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Monday, 14 September 2015

Haunted Hopping

It's a double-hopping day here at Words and Pictures... and we're still slightly spooked out.  (If you missed my Haunted House Spooktacular, I'd love it if you had time to check it out.)  We've moved away from those traditional Halloween colours (the full-on green, orange, purple with all the attendant bits and bobs is great fun, but not truly scary as far as I'm concerned) to something a little more vintage and, to my mind, a little more unnerving.

So at A Vintage Journey, for my Destination Inspiration creation, you can see an ATB candle holder - a little room inspired by the Victorian obsession with death, the rituals and icons and symbols surrounding it.


It's a little unsettling - with strange currents below the surface - but it's also rather lovely (though I do say so myself) so I hope you can hop over to see more.

And at Calico Craft Parts, we're tapping in to the original 1922 vampire film, Nosferatu - Max Schreck as Count Orlok, still the creepiest, most truly spine-tingling vampire ever committed to celluloid.


After the Scooby Doo scariness of the Spooky Shrine this one comes with a genuine health warning but I hope you'll be brave enough to hop over to Calico Craft Parts to see it.

I hope you'll enjoy the haunting experiences coming your way...

Oh, and the winners of the Ally Pally tickets were Kirsten and Laura (since Lin and Julie Ann had won elsewhere they were happy to take their names out of the hat, and these were the two left over!).  I took the liberty of contacting them right away yesterday, so that I could get the tickets in the post today.  Many thanks to PaperArtsy for sponsoring the tickets.  I hope I'll be seeing some of you at Ally Pally on Saturday.  If you want to see what I'll be up to at the PaperArtsy demo table (12.15 - 2pm) you can see some sneak peeks here.

By the pricking of my thumbs, 
Something wicked this way comes.
From Macbeth by William Shakespeare

If you don't mind hopping to see the full project I'd love to enter my Victorian candle shrine in the Anything Goes with Autumn Colours at Mixed Media World.
And - again if you don't mind hopping over to A Vintage Journey - since stamping with clear-embossing and wrinkle-free distress are two of my favourite go-to techniques, I'd also like to enter the Victorian candle shrine in Love This Technique at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

31 comments:

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Saw your fabulous Victorian ATB votive holder at AVJ Alison, it is wonderful! Off to check out your Nosferatu inspired creation at Calico, just knowing that creepy count is featured has me scared already! Deb xo

brenda said...

Like the idea of a vintage slant on Halloween Alison. Taken several looks at that crackled background, why is it mine never crack quite as well I wonder, could it be the depth of medium used.

B x

Juliz Design Post said...

Checked out your wonderful AVJ post now off to your Calico Craft Parts. Two treats in one day.....brilliant !
Julie x

chrissie said...

I found both pieces frightening Alison and mainly because of my own imagination and things I recall from the past. Wonderful ideas and so well made.

The quote from Macbeth made me see scary things as well--must be one of those days lol.

Love Chrissie xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Fab projects both of them Alison!

Georgie C said...

Been, seen, drooling with glee. Missed seeing your work and so glad to be back xx

Inky and Quirky said...

Oooh just popped over and now I'll have nightmares!! That's one seriously spooky make Alison, beautifully made as always. Good luck with your Ally Pally stint too ;)
Hugs
Donna xxx

Mrs.B said...

Two fabulous projects Alison, Love the Victorian room with all its details, loved the process from 'bright' to spooky!
Wonderful crackle background for the vampire too.
Avril xx

Julia Aston said...

Two wonderful projects for the spooky season Alison!!

Shirley Chillman said...

Both are totally you Alison, love all the techniques used and the candle is just divine.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

suzyb said...

I wrote on Vintage Journey how much l LOVED your room!!! I just love everything about it and I want to thank you for the very well done journal on how you made it, it is truly a detailed work of art. As for the scariest vampire of the old screen, you nailed it!!! Great job and such amazing inspiration to get going on a Halloween card for a couple friends :) Thanks again Alison.
Sue
Victoria, BC
Canada

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow Alison these are fabulous off to get a better look hugs Debs xx

Coco said...

Hi Alison, I have so much to catch up with your blog!.. I'm sorry, life has become very intense and also a bit chaotic at the moment.. I have so much to do in so little time. I beg you pardon... I really hope I will have more time in a few weeks to follow my friends again at the same pace as before, just like I love to do!
Your two projects tonight look very creepy... even maybe scary!!! :) I'm going to look at them... Will also catch-up with your haunted house of course !!!
Hugs, Coco xxx

Corrie Herriman said...

Your little room is FANTASTIC !!! Love it....
Corrie x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Both are great 3D Halloween projects, I admire the many cool details!
Big hugs Anja

Corrie Herriman said...

Count Orlok is great too. Love the crackle !
Corrie x

Meggymay said...

Off to see them both, I am sure they will look fabulous.
Yvonne xx

Lynne Moncrieff said...

I am heading over to the dark side right this minute!
Wishes
Lynne

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Your creativity must be limitless! I am always amazed at your work because it's fresh and original and so YOU! I have to give you kudos yet again for a piece that looks both effortless and incredible all at once! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing this with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

All these sneak peeks! It is rather like a treasure hunt to find the finished art project.

JackieP Neal said...

I was popped over to both sites- and Alison- you rocked it again girlfriend!!
hugs, Jackie xx

Shari Trumbull said...

Alison-Look at you go, you busy crafty girl!! I love both of these creations--The eerie ATB is spectacular and I love your Nosferatu ATC! I was 12 years old when I first saw the 1922 film and Max Schreck is still the scariest 'dracula' ever!! FREAKY scary!! But Fun!! :) :) Thanks so much for sharing all of your steps!! XOXO-Shari

sam21ski said...

Been and looked, totally amazing x

Kerstin F. said...

Fantastic, many thanks for this great Halloween inspiration!!

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Apologies for being late. These are just stunning, right up my street.

Julie Ann Lee said...

As I said at a Vintage Journey, your spooky creations have really 'lifted my spirits' - sorry to repeat such an awful joke! These creations are totally inspiring! I'm off to check them out - all of them, as I've been out of circulation a bit lately. xx

Inky and Quirky said...

Forgot to say, thanks so much for linking over at MMW too Alison ;)
Hugs
Donna xxx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Love, love, love your Nosferatu piece! Have left a comment at Calico! It's a triumph! xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Whoooo! It's not even October yet.....I hope things don't get scarier! Love all your fabulous details! Chrisx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Alison this is really fabulous, brilliant attention to detail. I love the candle and how atmospheric it is alight. Love it. thanks for playing along with us at MMW hugs Debs X

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Fantastic make! So many gorgeous elements.. Thank you very much for sharing it with us at Mixed Media World! Ingrid X