Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Few October Challenges from Swirlydoos

It's October and that means Halloween - one of my favorite Crafty Holidays! To start the celebration, I've given both of the Swirlydoos Challenges that I'm hosting this month an eerie flavor.

First, the ATF (All That Flutters) Challenge, where it's basically anything goes, as long as the entry follows that month's theme. All you have to do is create a project (scrapbook layout, canvas, card, tag, OTP project, it’s up to you) that includes something that “flutters” – butterflies, dragonflies, bees, ladybugs, birds, fairies – we all have these among our embellies, dies and punches, right?
There's a random draw for a small RAK at the end of the month; I've given the details here in the Swirlydoos Forums.

I've created this layout as an example and I've taken some liberties with the flutterbies, using an owl, a bat, a couple of witches and assorted ghosts.

I've used the Ocean Voyage paper from Blue Fern Studios' Wanderlust collection as my base, knowing that once I inked the edges with a bit of Distress Ink, the colors and textures would be perfect. I applied a very heavy layer of Graphite Texture Paste through an old (and loved) Crafter's Workshop stencil and allowed it to air dry. Meanwhile, I dug out some Creative Embellishment chippies left over from last year, primed them with gesso and then painted them with Raven Black Sparks paint. There were also a couple of tombstones in the pack; a few spritzes of Color Bloom in Frost on the bare chippies was all they needed.
And now for assemblage: The photo was adhered to some packaging to make it pop and glued to the paper. Next, I arranged my "mist", gluing the cheesecloth here and there and adding the tombstones to one side. The rest of the chippies came next; and then my "ghosts": some of the new Tim Holtz Paper Dolls, some simply glued, others attached with foam tape. I finished my page by scattering some black pearls here and there to fill in the empty spaces.
Some ghostly closeups:


*Swirlydoos August 2017 "Sunshine" Kit*
Blue Fern Studios - Wanderlust Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Ocean Voyage

Other Supplies
The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Templates - Branches Reversed #TCW251
Creative Embellishments - Laser Cut Chipboard - Halloween Scene 2
Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection  - Paper Dolls - Ancestors
Kaisercraft - Self Adhesive Pearls - Black #SB793
Prima - Art Extravagance - Texture Paste - Graphite
Prima - Finnabair - Art Alchemy - Sparks Acrylic Paint - Raven Black
Prima - Color Bloom - Spray Mist - Frost
Golden - Gesso
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory Smoke
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Black Foam Tape


Next is the Card Challenge - a fun and easy way to use up some scraps and to create some "make aheads" for upcoming celebrations.
Well, that's what it usually is; but this month, it's all about Halloween. I've given all of the details here; meanwhile here are a few ATC cards that I put together as examples.
I decided to make my own background paper for these. I cut a few pieces of cream cardstock to 3.25" x 2.25" and rounded the edges. They were stamped with a script stamp and then colored with Distress Ink and glued to black cardstock that was cut to regular ATC size.
All of the images are from Tim Holtz's Halloween themed ephemera; I've added some bling from my stash.


Recollections - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock - Cream
Recollections - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock - Black
Inkadinkadoo - Wood Mounted Stamp - DH Letter #ink8347
Ranger - Archival Ink - Jet Black
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Carved Pumpkin
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory Smoke
Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Ephemera Pack - Halloween
Kaisercraft - Self Adhesive Pearls - Black #SB793
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Black Foam Tape

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