Saturday, 23 October 2021

Skulls and pumpkins and ghosts, oh my! by guest designer Lori Woods

 Hello friends! I'm back with my second guest designer post for October!

When I got the Skull & Ghosts Hanger kit, I knew I wanted to keep the decoration quite simple and concentrate on making it look as creepy as I could!

For the skull I painted the base a cream colour and then added areas of crackle paste, which I made quite thick so that the crackle would be more obvious. Once dry, I went over the skull with a watered down brown acrylic so that is filled all the cracks and also pooled over the other areas to create an old and dirty look. I then covered the back with black card to really emphasis the eye, nose and mouth holes.

The pumpkins were painted pale orange and again, I used watered down brown acrylic to create an old, shabby look and black card to emphasise the eyes.

The ghosts were covered in cheesecloth, painted with black gesso and then dry-brushed with white gesso to bring out the texture and give them a more ethereal look.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how you can make a spooky decoration with just a few simple techniques!

Thursday, 21 October 2021

School Of Magic by Liz

 Hi all, I'm here today with my last Halloween project for

Calico Craft Parts,

as I've said before I love creating Halloween projects and I love the way this one came together,

I've created an exploding box with lots of the fabulous MDF Calico Craft Parts pieces. both outside the box and in,

So on the lid I used the spooky Halloween letters, these I gave a coat of white Gesso too, going very lightly and not worrying if it missed parts, it all added to the distressed look,

I also added one of the Spider webs, this I painted with black Gesso then when dry sprayed some silver waterbased paint over,

On the back section I added one of the Ghosts, placing it so it would show behind the House (school) in my case!! lol

On the left hand side, I added a couple of bats,

The front sections, have the fabulous RIP which I kept in it's original colour, then adhered the Spider and Owl corner on the inner section, this is just painted with Black Gesso,

Yet another Ghost is used on the right hand side,

My main image is made up of the haunted House, which again I decorated as the Spider web and added some vellum on the windows,

In front of the house I used the Skeleton trees,

After adding some moss I places some bones here and there,

To give a scary effect for at night, I added a battery tea light behind the house, 


Haunted House with Tower

Skeleton Tree Duo


Flying Bat Colony 

Spider Web

Owl and spider Corner

RIP Gravestone and Pumpkin

Ghost style 2

Ghost style 3 

Happy Crafting!!

Hugs Liz 

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Zombie Fright Night - by Claudia

Hi, servus, boo, how do you do and thanks for stopping by today! 

Who could resist some deliciously wicked Halloween crafting? Definitely not me - so here comes my "Zombie Fright Night" - Halloween Hanger Diorama...or whatever you'd like to call it.

These guys are definitely up to no good! Obviously they're just on their way out of the cemetery to haunt the hapless neighbourhood. 

Golly! Who knows how many innocent victims will be crossing their path tonight?!

And even more of these grizzly creatures seem to arise from their graves! Beware!!!!

And where does all that ghastly blood on the tombstones come from?! I am not sure I really want to know...

What YOU might want to know though is which Calico Craft Parts I have used to create my little diorama of horrors and how I did it...

Of course the hanger kit by itself is already really cool - but I wanted to add a little more storytelling and liveliness to it by combining it with some of the other fabulous Calico Halloween Craft Parts (and believe me - there are oodles to choose from!!!)

Calico Craft Parts used: 

But for now don't let yourself be followed by Zombies - rather follow me through the how-to! ;)

These are all the Calico Craft Parts I played with - the hanger kit consists of the three Zombies (which form one single piece), the oval shaped platform, two small tombstones and two large crosses as well as two Zombie boots. 

The slots in the platform can be used for other parts though - if you want to add any like I did with the Zombie arms. I played around for a while - the picture below shows only one of the possible combos I liked - moving larger parts (like the giant cross) to the background after I decided to add the beautiful log fence to the scenery. 

I also chose to add a little bat and separate it from its colony, the Zombie Wood Word and the Fright Night Word Element but to not use the second large cross (I am sure this will find a new home in a different cool Halloween project). 

I started with priming both sides of all the Craft Parts except the backs of the log fence and the Zombie wood word with DecoArt premium Carbon Black acrylic paint. Once that had dried, I fetched my largest stipple brush and - while mixing black and white (DecoArt premium Titanium White) on the go on my palette - created a base layer of various stippled on shades of grey. This formed a kind of rotten looking texture to go over with some paint washes and/or transparent acrylic paints later in the painting process! 

While the stippled on paint was still wet, I went in here and there with a mix of DecoArt Americana Festive Green and some grey (which gave a lovely ghoulish green) from my palette using a smaller stipple brush. 
The log fence and Zombie boot were dry brushed though - otherwise I would have lost the beautiful engraved patterns on these pieces. 

For the fence I mixed some of the grey on the palette with DecoArt Raw Umber Student Acrylic paint. I made sure to have several shades of the mix while dry brushing! 

Once the paint had dried I started adding more colours - using them mostly as transparent washes (=heavily diluted) on top of the stippled on base (so it would still show through) and only some of the brighter pale green and light grey mixes as opaque highlights. Colours used were DecoArt Americana Celery Green, Deep Burgundy, Lavender, Milk Chocolate and a lot of mixes that evolved during the painting process.

The left over diluted Burgundy on my palette got sprinkled onto the cross and the tombstones using a heavily loaded detail brush flicking the paint on randomly.

So far, so good. 

To have some of the green and orange tones pop more, I went in with another layer of paint - this time DecoArt media fluid acrylic paints Green Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide. I added these as washes to some of the Zombies' clothes and the Zombie Wood Word. 

Finally I glued everything in place (using the slots in the platform to put the Zombie hands in) - except for the log fence - and then added model railway grass to the platform. I used DecoArt matte Decou-Page for that - my all-time go-to glue and sealant. The log fence got glued in place on top of the added grass - I used the right tombstone to have the fence kind of lean against it and added some Decou-Page there as well as to the two outer fence posts and that did the job perfectly. All I had to do was leave everything alone until the glue had hardened. 

Time to test if the hanger kit was still in balance (as I had added pieces that weren't originally part of the kit) - nope! Of course it wasn't. To fix this, I added two pieces of collected driftwood in the needed spots at the back of the scenery. 

This picture also shows why I hadn't painted the backs of the log fence and the Zombie word - this way the black silhouette of the Zombie group was still fully visible - and what a fabulous silhouette it is!!!

My zombies were finally ready to get hanged!!! Yay!

I hope you've enjoyed your visit!

Happy Halloween crafting!

Saturday, 16 October 2021

Follow the wind - Autumn tag by Kerstin


Welcome everyone!


I was inspired to create a another tag with this awesome 

stone moorish window.

 I used some amazing MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts 

section - Halloween and Autumn Wood Shapes -

 and completed this natural impressions

 with warm autumn colours and some dried nature materials.




some details


used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts


Stone Mullion Narrow Moorish Window

Tree Sapling MDF Wood Shape - Style 1

Tree Sapling MDF Wood Shape - Style 2

 Clump of Flat Mushrooms

Sheet of Mini MDF Acorns & Oakleaves

 MDF Tag Shape - Classic



Thanks for your visit!


Happy crafting!


Saturday, 9 October 2021

Oh mummy! by guest designer Lori Woods

 Hello friends! I'm super happy to back with another guest design post for you and since it's October, I went super spooky!

The Standing Skeleton kit is a fantastic 3D kit that has so many possibilities but I decided to make a creepy mummy with mine. Once I had assembled the skeleton, I gave it a quick coat of white gesso. Next I created two eyeballs from clay and glued these into position in the skull eye sockets. Now came the fun part, wrapping the mummy!

I made a mix of watered down white glue- I used PVA but you could use any kind of glue that has a nice runny texture as the idea is to saturate the fabric with it. I cut strips of muslin and gave them a good soak in the glue mix then squeezed out the excess. Then I began wrapping! It doesn't have to be neat and tidy and you can miss out areas of bones like the hip bone and some ribs to give the effect of an ancient old mummy who's starting to unravel a bit!

Once the wrapping was finished and the bandages were dry, I took some watered down brown acrylic paint and used this to create some areas of shadow and a little green paint to create an effect of some moss growing on the mummy. A quick dry brush of white gesso and some red paint for the eyes and the mummy was finished!

Although the kit does stand by itself, I wanted to give the mummy a base so that I could position him in a sort of lurching stance. I used an oval MDF board, painted it green and glued on some art stones to create a bit of texture. I then positioned the mummy in the stance that I wanted and using a strong glue, attached him to the MDF board.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how versatile this kit is and inspires you to create your own creepy cute Halloween decor!

Thursday, 7 October 2021

The Witches Lair by Liz

                                               Beware of the woods on Halloween eve, 

as the witches are maybe working their magic around there, lol

Yep I've created another halloween scene, using again the fabulous MDF products from

Calico Craft parts,

this time I used a metal clock as the base then decorated it with the mdf pieces,

After painting the clock with some black Gesso, I stamped an image of the moon onto some watercolour card first to create the scene, then sprayed a little colour on the inside back,

Then the fun began with adding the mdf pieces,

I first adhered the trees in place, when set I then added some moss, I added the bones at a later stage that I added onto the top of the moss,

I adhered some cheesecloth which I had first coloured with some black gesso onto the top left hand side of the clock, then to add some interest to the scene I used one of the floral pieces,

On the right hand side I took one of the Sider webs and added some glue strings as a little extra for the Spider creating his web, which if you look closely is on the web as well,

In the middle I attached some of the bats onto a piece of acetate, these then appear to move if  you move the clock,

At the bottom left I added some of the awesome Toadstools, can you spot the skull peeking out from behind, lol

I then finished off the bottom right with this fabulous Pumkin,

Calico craft parts:

Pumpkin and vines

Spider web

Flying Bat Colony

Rose Bramble - Fauna Flourish style 23

Spider  style 6

Bones - sheet of Halloween mini wood shapes

Fungi - mdf wood shape style 13

Happy Crafting!!

Hugs Liz x