Showing posts with label Gothic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gothic. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Til Death Do Us Part Couples Shower Candles


 Happy Halloween all! Hope those of you with Trick or Treaters are prepared for tonight. We are winging it. We have no idea if we'll get any at all but I was a Girl Scout so I'm prepared with candy ( my favorites just in case no one shows!).

My BFF just threw an amazing couples shower for "our" daughter and future son-in-law. The inside joke is that I'm her "real" mom because we tend to like a lot of the same things, and those things are very different from what my BFF tends to like. We all converge around Harry Potter!  Since we were pregnant together, there's always been a connection there.

The wedding isn't until January but "our" daughter LOVES Halloween and all things skully and gothic so October was the perfect time for the shower.

Supplies:

  • Plain Prayer Candles (Dollar Tree)
  • Black Vinyl ( I used Cricut Glossy Black)
  • Skull Image ( downloaded from Silhouette online store)
  • Decorative Paper ( I had this in my stash)
  • Washi Tape (also stash)


Tip: if you need Dollar Tree items in a specific quantity and don't want to risk your store not having enough, you can order online and have sent to your store for you to pickup. I had a little hiccup with mine but it's the first time it's happened and luckily the store still had the 20 candles I needed.



I wrapped the bottom of 10 with the silver paper and 10 with the black and silver paper.




I used a strong double sided tape to adhere. I had some coordinating washi tape in my stash so I used it with the silver paper. 

My images were busy  cutting on my Cameo while I was wrapping the candles. Once they were cut, the fun began: weeding. Not my favorite part of vinyl, but oh so necessary! 


Weeding As Art ! These are all my little scraps removed from the images. 



Once the weeding was complete and the transfer tape applied, applying the images to the candles was easy peasy.  My BFF was so happy with them and they went perfectly with how she'd decorated for the shower. 



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mr. Skully's Hat and Mrs. Pumpkin's Mask


Continuing with my Gothic Halloween theme, I dressed up a gold leafed skull I made last year. I mean who doesn't make a top hat for a skull? 

My camera battery was dead while I was making this hat but it's a pretty simple construction. 

Supplies Needed: 
  • Heavy scrapbook paper...cover weight or light chipboard weight. I used a chipboard weight glitter paper
  • Strong adhesive or hot glue gun. I used Sookwang double sided tape or the "red liner" double sided tape works as well. 
  • Embellishments ( I really just raided my stash for this)
To make the basic hat, I cut a circle in proportion to the head, with a slightly smaller circle for the top, and then a rectangle large enough to fit the circumference of your circle. Pinterest has lots of tutorials and all of the basic construction is the same.

The fun part is in the embellishments. I used some leftover tulle, paper roses and rolled paper roses that I made from scraps in my stash, along with leftover bits of ribbon and trim and a couple of glittered leaves. 



Mr. Skully needed a friend so I hooked him up with Mrs. Pumpkin, a glittery ceramic pumpkin I picked up for 60% off at Michaels. I decided rather than alter her permanently, I'd just give her a costume to wear that can be removed and she can stay on my mantel through Thanksgiving. 


For this, I just used a black masquerade mask (Creatology, Michaels) and added a nose made from glitter and metallic scrapbook paper, more rolled paper roses, and glitter leaves. Her "eyelashes" are black adhesive rhinestones! 


BOO! Don't they look ready to go to a Halloween Ball ? 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Happy Haunting Entryway



NOTE: This is a sponsored post. Supplies were provided to me. Opinions are mine. 

Halloween is one of my favorite decorating holidays. Over the years I've matured my decor, moving to a more "elegant" ( I hope!) and Gothic look. Each year I've either made or added a couple of new things so I didn't have to invest in a makeover all at once. 

These items from Oriental Trading Company fit right in with my transformation! 

This year I wanted to focus on my entryway and entryway  table. 


The Spiderweb candleabra was a perfect addition with these creepy crawly but not too scary spiders! 

My favorite item I used this year however was this Spiderweb table topper. I absolutely love this thing and need to get a couple more! 


The other thing I chose and with which I'm totally in love is this "Happy Haunting" sign. 


I knew I wasn't going to have a lot of time to make things this year so this is ready to go and can be placed on a wall, table, mantel. Easy peasy. 



I also re-did my railings keeping them simple with some tulle I've re-used over the years but adding Canvas Banners painted with chalkboard paint and hand drawn letters. But to make it stand out I added a gold glittered tulle bow and tied this together with my entryway table by adding the same bow to it. 




I re-purposed some tinsel trees to hold Poison Bottle ornaments. These are square Christmas ornaments with drips of paint inside, scraps of washi paper / tape and embellished with Enamel Labels from OTC. 





Happy Haunting! 


Monday, September 19, 2016

2016 Halloween: Gothic Pumpkin



I am working on some Halloween decorating and projects and whipped up a couple of fun faux pumpkins this weekend. Not showing the whole table on which these are displayed yet since that will be part of an upcoming sponsored post! 

This is an easy peasy project so I didn't take a lot of step by step pics. 

Supplies and Steps: 
  • Faux pumpkin (small) ($9.99 ea less 60% sale)
  • Glittered leaf bush ($4.99 lesss 50%)
  • Glass Knob (Clearance $.50...yes fifty cents)
  • Scrapbook Paper in gold metallic ($.10 on one of their 10 for $1 sales)
  • Paper Roses (stash)
  • Hot glue / glue gun
With the exception of the paper roses which I had on hand, all other supplies are from Michaels, and of course all supplies were on sale! Total cost to make two pumpkins was $10, or the regular price of one pumpkin.


Faux white pumpkin, glitter leaf bush, glass knob, messy desk


Make 6 rolled paper roses from the gold scrapbook paper, set aside. I used 3 per pumpkin. Pinterest has tons of tutorials on how to make these.  

Cut 6 leaves per pumpkin from the bush, hot glue to the pumpkin making a kind of crown. I did 4 (North, South, East, West) and then layered the remaining 2. 


I thought these glass knobs were awesome at $1.50 when they first came in but wasn't sure what I'd use them for. When I saw them for $.50 I bought several. I'd come up with something! 

Start a hole in the pumpkin stem and then screw in the glass knob. Hot glue three of the rolled roses to the stem and fill in any spaces with the paper roses and voila. 





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Monday, September 22, 2014

Halloween: French Gothic Coffin Boxes

Gothic Coffin Boxes

A couple of years ago I had so much fun altering these little coffin shaped boxes I found at Michaels. Darn if they don’t keep stocking them and darn if I don’t keep finding ways to play with them.

It helps ( or doesn’t help depending on whether you’re Mr. Chocolate) that I love digging through clearance aisles and 50-60% off bins which is where I found the embellishments that inspired this project.

Gothic Coffins Embellishments

The metal Fleur de Lis and Crown pieces were in the $1.50-$3 bins and were 60% off when I found them. On a previous hunting expedition, I’d found the Jolee’s Boutique embellishments on sale. 

We went to France several years ago and while there we toured the Catacombs which are not for the faint of heart but an amazing piece of history. The ornate metal embellishments brought back memories of that trip and the coffin boxes brought back memories of the Catacombs so voila. Gothic Coffin Boxes. Welcome to my brain.

Gothic Coffins Prep

I left a couple of the boxes unpainted and painted the others black. Using the boxes as a template, traced around them and cut out coordinating papers and Mod Podge’d them onto the boxes.

Gothic Coffin Boxes Back

I love it when  a plan goes awry. I intended to use the polka dot paper on the BACKS of each coffin and oops…one made it on the front. Oh well. Lemons / lemonade.

Gothic Coffin Boxes 3

You can’t really see it but I crumpled the skull and bones paper before applying so it would be a little wrinkly. And for once, I was patient and let the boxes dry overnight so the paper would be good and stiff when I sanded the edges.
TIP: Package of emery boards from the Dollar store work great for this

Gothic Coffin Boxes 2

I glued the metal embellishments to the front and added the Jolee’s embellishments as shown. Edged the boxes with torn pieces of  coordinating washi tape.

Gothic Coffin Box Skeleton

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