Monday, 2 February 2015

February Challenge for Haunted Design House

Haunted Design House Challenge Time

I have been given a reprieve from my chains in the dungeon.  They decided one year was enough punishment.   I have had to swear a solemn oath that I will no longer try to be "normal".

For the month of February it's a love/hate thing for our challenge.

This means that you can make it about love or hate, OR use something you love, or something you hate. We're always open to interpretation, but PLEASE nothing sweet and insipid or we'll have to burn it. Seriously. No traditionally "nice" Valentine cards, ok? Make it gothic, make it creepy, make it beautifully twisted and dark and you'll receive so much Minion love that you'll need to get checked out for communicable diseases. Remember, we're now monthly and you can enter up to three macabre creations each

For this month I got a picture of my husband when he was pulling a face and modified it on the computer by stretching the space between his ears so it would look better in the bottle.  I then printed it and laminated it, then stuck it in the bottle.  Well this is the story I am telling people.  You never know when they might start burning witches again!  I probably won't get cheek from him for a while :P

Glad to be back in the game again.  Hope to see you all play along with our challenge this month.

Andrea C

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Bits and Bobs

I have been a bad blogger and even worse at commenting.  Hoping the New Year will bring a better and more ready for the world me!

Anywho, here is a few of the things I have been doing:

I made this advent calendar for the school with a little clay santa on top:

These are two paintings for Barb.  They look as if they are in a right mood with each other.

This was an other thing I did for the Mitzi challenge but forgot to post it:

These are some of the donuts for elves I made.  I added one of my pics of the completed one with the window top.  The kids loved them.  These are templates that can be added to any word processing document and printed to make your own.

I am also working on an owl that I am needle felting for my daughter for Xmas and a heart for my mum with the kid's faces on it.

Hope everyone is well and getting their craft on.

Andrea C x

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

HDH #179 Macabre Monday Samhain Sunset

Things are so darn busy here that I am late posting my HDH so here we go and apologies.

Welcome to week #1 of Macabre Monday challenge,

"Samhain Sunset."

You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Hallowe'en

based art piece that represents a 
Samhain Sunset.

We're looking for the colors of a beautiful fall sunset.

Use them as you wish, just keep it within our guidelines.
I have started a piñata using the wonderful image I received. 
Our sponsor is Aurora Wings
She has offered up a very generous prize of $15 worth of store credit
to each of our GTs this challenge.
Mitzi has beautiful artwork available in her store. She has digis,
ACEOs, original artwork, and more in her shop. Stop by and check it out.
The rest of the minions are cooking up a storm so don't forget to check their work out at Haunted Design House and their personal blogs.
I have still to finish the piñata but this is the basic:
First I coloured the image:
Then I scanned it and printed it on tissue paper to add to the piñata which I made by using a balloon and covering in tissue paper.
I am working on the top at the moment and will add some decoration to the base of it too.
Anyway get your butts on over to Haunted Design House and enter our challenge it is the last one of the year.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

HDH #178 Macabre Monday Zombies and Creeps

Welcome to week #1 of Macabre Monday challenge,

"Zombies and Creeps."

You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Hallowe'en

based art piece that showcases Zombies or Classic Creeps 
in some way.

Our Sponsor this week is Simply B Stamps and the Minions are using the Limited Edition Zombies and Creeps digis, one of the newest of the Steampunk Collections drawn by the fabulous Abigail Larson.

I LOVE the Abigail Larson images, they are so intricate and wonderful!

I chose to use Collette.  I coloured her with a mix of cosmic shimmer inks, glimmer mist and distress inks and some watercolour pencils.  She looks a lot better coloured in person and I am really bad at photography so she doesn't look up to much in the photos but is very shimmery.  I also added some Wild Orchid Flowers and some of Glo's fabulous Brains from her etsy shop.  You can also purchase the brains as jewellery.  I have a pendant and a pair of earrings.

Get your bahookies on over to HDH to see the other minions creations and to check out the prize.

Monday, 7 October 2013

HDH177 - Tando Dimensional Halloween Challenge

Welcome to the new Macabre Monday challenge at Haunted Design HOuse which is:
"Dimensional Hallowe'en."
You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Hallowe'en based art piece that is dimensional in some way.

There are some fine prizes being offered by our generous sponsor,

Aha pop on over to Haunted Design House to see the prize on offer and to see the Minions hard work.
I used the Gothic Archway with a spiderweb.  These things are immense to paint on.  I have already ordered a few more!
The edge I used posh metallic inks and dabbed them on with a toothpick which took forever but gave a nice raised bumpy texture.

The minions as always have outdone themselves so go and have a peek.
Andrea C x

Sunday, 22 September 2013


Well my kids have been getting into Harry Potter of late, so I made them some wands and they love them.

I made them little mini books:
One also for my daughter's school buddy:
I am currently working on a spell book for them and have  made some train tickets too.

Monday, 16 September 2013

HDH 176 - Who Are You?

Another challenge for Macabre Monday at Haunted Design House this week the challenge is to create a dark, Gothic, or Hallowe'en 
based art piece that depicts a costume or
character you have been, or want to be for Hallowe'en.  

Isn't there that one costume you always remember
fondly from your childhood? Or maybe that one character 
you've always wished you had the guts 
(or the money, or the body)
to portray at this year's costume party?
We are being sponsored by I Brake for Stamps with the fabulous images from Rick St Dennis.

I always loved vampires and wanted to be one when I was a kid (yes always been a strange one me!).  Anyway I made a bag to carry my vampire costume accessories in.  I made the bag from an old cornflake packet. 

In case you come from Mars and didn't know what a cornflake packet looked like :P

I then pasted tissue paper on with a mix of PVA and water.
After that I painted it black then dry brushed some gold buff n rub stuff.  I then added my embellishments and image.  I added some 3D glaze to the image to protect it.  To the die I used the Jewel Stampendous red one.
I got a cheap plastic bat and added rub n buff to that and some liquid pearls and stickles to the belly.
I also added one of Glo's skulls from her etsy shop and added them to a charm that I got from Crafty Individuals shop.
Then the bag:

Well that's all folks. Be sure to check out the Minions.
Andrea C x
p.s.  Happiest of birthdays to our creepiest minion Glo. xxx