Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Witches Handbook

Hello and welcome back,

Firstly I would like to welcome my newest followers. It's wonderful having you here. Also a HUGE thank you to everyone of you lovely people who leave me a comment, I enjoy reading them all. You are all far to kind.

Today I have a new project I have been working on.......surprise surprise yes it is Halloween related. I can't believe how much fun I'm having creating all these pieces. If anyone had asked me a couple of years ago if I would be celebrating Halloween I would have laughed.  Now....well there's just no stopping me.  Christmas has always been my favourite time of year but now I can happily add Halloween too.

My Witches Handbook has been entered into 3 challenges.......

1st Challenge Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 13 which is run by the ever wonderful Linda Ledbetter.  The challenge this fortnight is Worn Cover on page 35.  Pop on over to see all the Curiosity Crew makes, they are amazing.  If you would like to join in here is the link to Tim Holtz's blog.....CC3. Tim will even sign it for you.

The sponsor is Tim Holtz you might like to watch his latest video. Tim and Mario have generously given an amazing prize pack  for the Curiosity Crew Choice Winner.

Also sponsoring is Inspiration Emporium with a very generous $50 voucher. They have all sorts of great merchandise.


2nd Challenge  A Vintage Journey which is run by the very talented Brenda Brown. This fortnights challenge is called To Die For and we  are asked to use at least one die and the project must be influenced by Tim's style.

My Tim Holtz Inspiration for this piece is: I have used a couple of  his techniques from CC3 called Coloured Crackle on page 53 & Painted Industrial on page 46. I have also distressed and aged my piece.

Sponsor is: Country View Crafts who are generously offering a 10 pound voucher to one lucky winner.


3rd Challenge  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Anything Goes and they are very generously offering a $50 voucher to one lucky winner.  The store has all the crafting brands you could ever want Simon Says Stamp Shop


Here is a list of the items used:

Dies: Bewitching Hour, Movers & Shapers Spider, Writing Desk, Candlelight Fright and Caged Bird

Misc/Tools: Grunge Paper, Worn Cover called 'Composition', Page Pockets, Large Ring Binder,Washi Tape, Frosted Film, Mini Cabinet Cards, Adhesive Foam, E6000, Ranger Texture Paste, Glue N Seal, Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture, Black Embossing Paste, G45 Steampunk Spells Papers, Tim Holtz Laboratorie Papers & Distress Crackle Paint.

Distress Paints: Black Soot, Picket Fence, Gathered Twigs, Scattered Straw, Brushed Pewter & Pumice Stone.

Alcohol Inks: Black, Silver, Mushroom, Espresso, Rust

Stamps: Tim Holtz Apothecary & Artistic Stampers Haunted Halloween.

Stencils: Shattered, Halloween, Brick Wall, Compass

Inks: Gathered Twigs & Black Soot

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I will be back shortly with my 12 tags of 2014.
Thanks so much for dropping by. Have a great day!!



23 comments:

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful Witches Handbook Karen! sooooo spooky in the grays and blacks - love the stencil embossings, bats, cats and witchy relatives inside! Thank you for joining us in the A Vintage Journey challenge!

Cheryl Grigsby said...

Nothing to see here..... Just typical Karen Garrard awesomeness!! Excellent collage work throughout. I love all your elements, structure and balance and, of course, your texturing. I'm trying to remember how I lived without texture paste.... Thanks for sharing another excellent entry! <c <c <3 <c

Nicole Wright said...

WOW great Worn Cover! The inside is awesome. Love the creepy factor!

Redanne said...

Wow Karen, the way you have altered the worn covers is fantastic! I love the witch and the textured wall you have created. The die cut embellishments are all wonderful too - very spooky and lots of fun!

Thanks so much for joining in our Halloween - To Die For Challenge at A Vintage Journey! Anne x

Anita Houston said...

How fun and spooky is this?!! LOVE the embossing paste, and the inside is my favorite part...love all the paper and stenciling! So cool that you already added pages too! Thanks so much for joining us on the Worn Cover Challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

Michelle said...

Fabulous book! Each page is delightful. So many spooky details! Thank you for sharing your art with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. It was a pleasure visiting your blog. ~Michelle
http://www.michellezerull.blogspot.com

JanBianchi said...

I love what you did with your cover. That is very cool indeed. And I love the inserts to go with it....The textures for the webs are aged to perfection...Love it and had to tell you that!!!

Candy C said...

Karen...this is a way cool book. I love how you have taken Tim's innocent little Worn Cover and turned it into such a witch's delight! Great idea! Love all of your cover work; inside and out. The inside pockets you've added and thee small cabinet cards look awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

Meggymay said...

Wow, an amazing book, fabulous details and so many interesting things to see.
Yvonne

S@ndy Diller said...

Karen

As always your work is wonderful to look at - I love your book with all the details and fun elements. I would like to know what goes on in that imagination when you are creating. Just love it, thanks for traveling with us on our Vintage Journey.

Astrid Maclean said...

Amazing Karen, LOVE this! Yet another fantastic project, brilliant!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Wow, Karen, this is creepy and cool all rolled into one. Love that cover with the witch flying by and the # on the spine is such a great touch. The insides are wonderful, too. Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C!

Buttons said...

No self respecting witch should be without one of these! As ever it's your attention to detail with these projects that makes you stand out from the crowd. LOVE it Karen! Jenny x

Terry said...

Love the Witches Handbook! That is so clever and all your details are spooky fun! Love this much!

Vic's Creations! said...

I'm cackling all over! Your book is spectacular! Very bewitching, yet sophisticated. Love your techniques. The book looks very old! Love the black and the textures! So much talent!

Juliz Design Post said...

What a fantastic alteration to Tim's worn cover. It has a real spooky element to it and I can just picture a witch holding this. Love the textures, shade and aged design. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey and good luck.
Julie x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Fantastic handbook! I love all the texture patterns you created and even all your elements have great texture! What wonderful attention you have given every detail! Bravo! :)

Shari Trumbull said...

Fabulous Worn Cover, Karen!! You've totally gone above & beyond with your Witches Handbook and all of the wonderful goodies you've included!! Looks like another CC3 winner to me :) Good Luck!! XOXO-Shari T.

Sara Barker said...

Finally getting around to look at some of these great entries...yours caught my eye, as usual, as you are the master of Halloween! Love what you've done with the cover! Ghastly!

Anna-Karin said...

Wow, this is gorgeous and what a great idea!! Love the paste and all the details. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

Mary Elizabeth said...

This is fantastic Karen! You are so on a roll with this Halloween theme. I love what you did with the texture paste and stencils. Honestly ... just fantastic. The shattered stencil and crackle paste on the inside front cover is such a WOW!!!!! Love the book page collage. So many wonderful things to see! Fantastic make my friend! -- Mary Elizabeth

butterfly said...

A fabulous bookful of spookiness, Karen... I love the shattered stencilling and brilliant stamping throughout. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison xx

iGirlZoe said...

You worn cover is awesome Karen! I love love love the front cover (and all the others). I feel the same way about Halloween/Christmas. Definitely the more is more rule when it comes to holidays. ;)