Friday, 19 October 2018

Minialbum - Witching Hour by Kerstin

Hello, crafty friends!

As you can remember, I was totally in love with our winged devil, so he needed to find his place on my next Halloween project too. It's a mini album in mixed media style and I used a mix of wood shapes and cutting dies and some suitable embellishments.

My base was a castle shaped cardboard blank, which consists of three pages that are
coloured with a mixture of three acrylic paints - white, black and grey, - then altered with splatters and stains from a brown spray paint and highlighted in some spots with texture stamps

Calico Craft Parts used:

some details:

first page: in the background you will find some die cut elements - spiderwebs, ghost and leaves;
the frontdoor 'Sunbeam Glazed Door' was supplemented with Cat scrap silhouette and the title Witching hour

 the door knocker is a self made skeleton hand made with modelling paste silicone mould

 OMG the window is charged  - electrically charged ;-) 

 the one and only Winged Devil  
is sitting on the roof and enjoying the nice view

 on the second page you can find two roofs made with more cutting dies;
I also created my own broken windows with the help of foil, crackle glaze and brown spray paint

 third page  -
the time is right when the bells strike twelve o'clock in the night
yes, you know it, it's - WITCHING HOUR -  

... and as the moonlight shines faintly on the clearing, someone enters the enchanted castle

And now get enchanted and plunge into the wonderful
world of creativity!
Happy crafting!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Autumn Love by Jennie

Hello and welcome to my second project this month, celebrating my love of Autumn and ATCs!

You are perhaps getting the gist that I really love ATCs and particularly working with the Calico Craft Parts MDF ones. It is so nice to be able to pile on products in the knowledge that the ATC is not going to buckle or bend.

I have quite a few layers on this ATC - gesso, crackle paste and texture paste ........

Followed by water based dye pigments and stamping.

The MDF is great for allowing me to add a pretty heavy cluster of flowers and berries ........

.... and one of the mini MDF tags.

All in all it is a great substrate to work on!

Thank you for joining me today for this short post about how much you can layer in a small space!

Jennie x

Calico Craft Parts used:

Monday, 15 October 2018

Witch Ancestry - by Claudia

Merry meet! Porticia Crimpbottle here today (Claudia asked me to jump in as she is busy) to welcome you at the Calico Craft Parts blog.

I live in boring Kingsport (with my boring witch relatives) and I am one-hundred-and-twenty-five years old (which is quite young for a witch could say I'm in my mid-teenage years compared to normal humans...just so you get the idea...). I will count as a grown-up when I reach the age of one-hundred-and-eighty, but honestly being a grown-up isn't anything I am looking forward to. No fun, just liabilities and all that being reasonable and a role model for the youngsters....hah! If you knew Auntie Hapsack you would get a good example of the total opposite of a role model - and she is two-hundred-and-fifty-one!!!! (which is why I adore her to be honest).

Well, so much for grown-ups....but Claudia asked me to tell you a bit about my family and ancestors as she discovered the photo frame I made for Granny Prudence last year for Christmas and thought you might be interested in that as it is Halloween. I know that humans love Halloween and get crazy over everything that has to do with witches and witchcraft and all that stuff at that time of the year (even though I do not get what there is to be excited about really...if you knew any witches in person, you would know that there's nothing spooky or intimidating about us). I've known humans (from the home for the aged at the other end of our street for example) that were more spooky and weird than Grand-aunt Gwynneth - and that's saying something! She used to do that kind of spells where you need some baby's puke that had to be gathered at the light of the (exactly!) half-full moon and burnt in a bowl alongside the whiskers of a lame albino ferret and stuff like that...

She's the one in the picture in the bottom middle. She died some decades ago, but I still miss her kroaked voice and the cats in our neighbourhood all taking to their heels as soon as they could hear her shout (she was almost completely deaf in her last years, so she shouted all the time - which drove mum mad actually). I loved old Gwynnie - she knew how to spoil an (already boring) party.

The fancy lady to her right is a grand-aunt of my dad's. She liked to be addressed as "Dr. Eloise Thrumpton" (as she had married a country doctor - a human whom she outlived by about three-hundred years, but never
stopped missing dearly I was told). Dad told me he had to call her by "Auntie Doctor" - which I think is potty. She didn't heal people - on the contrary: she was fully into curses and other sinister stuff (I suppose poor Dr.Thrumpton never knew as he is said to have excessively adored her).

And just look at that absurd witch hat of hers! I would rather die than ever wear a thing like that!!!!

By the dad - you can see him in the picture to the left (at the age of fourty-three). He says he hates pictures showing
him at that age because they made him wear that boys sorcerers hat that made him look like "a real Seppl". *) You see - that witch hat thingie is something that gives a lot of us a hard time actually. Fancy a cool modern hair style? Ah, forget it!!!

   Dad says boys' sorcerers hats at that time were less pointy than the girls' hats, because boys were supposed to do more of the outdoor stuff like climbing trees and doing other dangerous (I call it cool) things that might become even more dangerous when wearing a long pointy hat that could get entangled in thicket or poke out another boy's eyes or so...though I think they were just afraid that boys might damage a high, pointy hat faster than a short one).

To my dad's right is Aunt Cynthia. She lives right down our street and comes over to our house almost every day. I like her a lot, because she knows the most amazing old witches' songs and she always brings cookies that have one or the other "surprise" in them - she has already made some that exploded in your mouth, made you croak like a toad or puke swarms of glowworms. She says that the dress she is wearing in the picture looks white, but it was actually a "breathtakingly beautiful" pale death cap green-white - her favourite colour back then.

The younger girl to my dad's left is Aunt Mathilda, dad's younger sister. She ran away with another witch long ago. Every once in a while he gets a greeting card from her from a far off place from the other end of the world that she always signs "Luv U, nimrod! Mattie xxx". (She has only recently switched to the more modern spelling).
We are under no circumstances to mention Aunt Mattie when grandma is around! Dad hides her greeting cards in a trinket box out in his garage (and he thinks no one knows).

Grandma Olivia is the elderly woman in the picture. She hasn't changed a lot since the picture was taken about two and a half centuries ago...still droughty...still grumpy...always speaking about all the hard times she has got her children through without a man by her side. (Grandpa Alastair is said to have been killed in a sorcerers' fight. Not that he was killed by a disastrous spell - which would have been way cool a story to tell! But nope! They say he fell and got impaled by a fork when trying to walk backwards while casting an explosion spell to throw at his opponent).

My mum is the one in the middle in the picture to the top right - her two sisters Grace ("Auntie Hapsack", to the left) and Pernille at
her sides. I love my two aunties a lot - they're all only some decades apart - so they share the same interests - especially as they had all been at the same witches' boarding school. They giggle a lot when they meet (which sadly is only three or four times a year) and share the latest gossip. Auntie Pernille has just married - a real bloke if you ask me. Hubert Happenstett (what a name to go by!) - a thin, quiet guy who only uses spells to light the fire in the fireplace or make the morning newspaper hover in from the garden so he doesn't have to go outside. I will never understand grown-ups!

So, well...I guess that's it! Job done! Oh, no....Claudia also asked me to tell you how I made the picture frame.

I have used these Calico Craft Parts: 

Halloween Multi-Frame - ApothecaryShop
Eyeballs and Veins - Halloween Wood Corner
Spider Dangling from Web MDF Wood Shape
Vampire Bat Silhouette - MDF Wood Shape Style 4
Skeleton Hand Bones MDF Wood Shape

alongside DecoArt media clear Crackle Glaze, white Antiquing Cream, Liquid Glass, fluid acrylics Titanium White, Titan Buff, Raw Umber, Carbon Black and Green Gold, Americana paints Black Plum, Lamp Black and Hauser Light Green and multi-surface paints NEON in pink and yellow. No witchcraft needed therefore to create a cool looking frame!

Merry part and happy Halloween!
Porticia Crimpbottle

*) Seppl, just in case you don't know, is Kasperl's best friend. Kasperl is the German version of Punch. My dad's sorcerers family came over from Germany in the early seventeen-hundreds. 
Seppl is wearing Bavarian leather shorts (at least dad didn't have to wear any of these!) and that silly looking hat and is as silly as Kasperl - only that he is not as funny. Nor is his silly Bavarian hat.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

The Day My Dog Ate My Calico Piece

Huge apologies, sadly...…...I have nada to show you this week. :(

I did have a Halloween piece, a spooky door hanger made...…but it is no more.
6 months ago, we got a puppy. An English bulldog called Teddy. He drives me to the brink of insanity every day, but also melts my heart just by looking at me.

Today he made me super cross.
I was at the kitchen table typing up my blog post. Door twins returning home from a play date. Whilst I was opening the door, my delightful dog jumped up and chewed my creation into pieces.

This is all that remains of my door hanger.
I can see the funny side of it now....earlier, not so much!

I'll leave you with an older creation, that I loved making, which you can see here.....and is very apt for Halloween...….my little flying skull people. :)

Thanks for reading. I will return with a Halloween piece very soon......keeping it far away from Teddybear dog.

L. xx

Monday, 8 October 2018

Welcome to Oz - Miniature Artist's Trading Cube by Julie Ann.

Hello Everyone! It's lovely to be back with you on the Calico Craft Parts Blog. Last time I was here I created a little canvas with some of my own design shrink film Oz characters. I hope you won't mind, but i had enough room on my sheet to create 2 of each so there were enough characters to combine with more gorgeous Calico autumn craft parts and a Calico artist's trading cube to create another miniature project.

I wanted to create a miniature world with plenty of autumn detail. Every facet of the cube involves one of my Oz characters in a story.

If you could shrink to the size of Mr Scarecrow, you might be able to slip inside and slumber among the poppies for a while. I wonder what dreams you would have?

This story begins, as it often does, with Gesso - and a square aperture Artist Trading Block Cube Kit. Once I had assembled my kit, my plan was to add interest to the top of the cube, so I drilled 2 holes with a Dremel and fixed 2 tiny screws into them with a heavy gel medium around the sides to secure them.

The aperture was going to be a feature and I wanted my miniature story block to look vintage so I lined the sides and base with tissue over the Gesso and applied antiquing medium to the corners.

Now, I know this flower is from the flowering Dogwood sprig and there are poppies in The Wizard of Oz, but it did fit perfectly into the aperture. I painted it poppy red and melted clear ultra thick embossing enamel over it to create a glossy finish. By fixing it to the cube with 2 wooden beads, I could make it appear to be floating inside.

I love the Calico doors and windows so much. I've given this one a DecoArt crackle finish and a tiny silver bead door knocker. The design paper behind the window suggests a completely different season behind the door. Right from the start, my plan was to have this door, not on the side of my cube; but on the top to add interest - a door into another world.

On this side I've used a tissue napkin layer over design paper; a little stamping with acrylic paint and a strip of crackled and painted card. I've used the tiny pieces of MDF from between Calico window and door panes to fix on my Shrink Film characters and make them stand out.

It was so much fun creating little scenarios for my miniature Oz characters. Here Dorothy gazes all around her at the wonders of Oz, unaware that the cowardly lion is standing behind her and Toto, who she carries in her basket. The Cowardly Lion has a poppy to offer just in case he scares her when she turns around. I'm not sure if the words, 'Be Brave' around his neck are for Dorothy's benefit or his!

Meanwhile on the other side of the enchanted door is a rather bashful Munchkin with a bouquet of autumn flowers to offer Dorothy - if he can muster enough courage to get past the Lion. That leonine tail appearing around the door is making him nervous.

The Tin Man is oiling his joints ready to go on a quest to find a heart to place in that top pocket.

Glinda, the Good Witch of the South is such a tiny character on my story cube, I'm not surprised that she's casting a wary eye at that little song-bird. He could fit neatly into the palm of a human hand; but to her he's a giant!

I wonder whose house stands all deserted this beautiful autumn afternoon?

The tiny feet on my cube are made from wooden letter beads painted gold. Aren't these Calico hinges beautifully delicate?

Calico Craft Parts used in this Project 
Artist Trading Block Kit 50mm x 50mm (small)
Door Style 13
Mini Windows MDF Wood Shapes
Mini Hinges MDF Wood Shapes
Oak leaf Branch with Acorn wood shape
Wood Mini Sugar Maple Leaf Twig
Flowering Dogwood Sprig

Thank You for stopping by today and lingering for a while in the Land of Oz once more. Until we meet again, Happy Crafting.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Red-hot - "Fire and Flames" by Kerstin

Hello crafty friends!

When I discovered the awesome Winged Devil 
I fell totally in love because his great batman wings and the hanging foot exude so much vitality.  
At the same time, he seems very mysterious, cunning and devious. 
So I decided he should become my eye catcher for a new Halloween shadow frame. 

Calico Craft Parts used:

His sitting posture was perfect for putting him on a home-made fireplace.
The flickering flames were created with orange neon luminous paint by Decoart.

I used the Shaped Profile Greyboard Mixed Media Board as a wall picture. It was primed with white Gesso and the edges were aged with distress ink. Afterwards I stamped over it with a spider web stamp. Finally I added Halloween ephemera, embellishments and die cuts. At the end it was brushed with white acrylic paint.

As I had seen an idea on Pinterest some months ago where a simple plastic frame was used,
I was inspired and went searching for the right frame.
I found it in a Euro Store; the frame was square 
and so I just had to remove the bottom part. 
Really simple, but a cool effect!

I love this font, because I think this style is very suitable for Halloween.

I used two pieces from this amazing Skeleton Tree 
for the border design

A crackling fire in the fireplace, the pot is filled with delicious things ;-)

side view with 3D effect

Thanks for your visit!
Happy crafting!