Friday, 17 October 2014

Halloween Luminary for A Vintage Journey





If you hadn't noticed that Halloween was nearly upon us then you must have been on another planet!

For our new challenge at A Vintage Journey for starting today we are challenging you to use at least one die on your Halloween creation. The very talented Anne has chosen the theme and whilst you don't have to make anything scary or spooky (but it would be fun if you did!), you must use at least one die on your creation and remember too that it must be strongly influenced by Tim Holtz. 




I recently purchased Tim's Luminary die with thoughts of creating pretty little flowery pieces never thinking I would be using it for the very first time for something spooky!



These are the pieces I started with - cut in orange cardstock and overstamped with an Indigo Blu Crackle stamp. Black Soot Distress Ink was blended around the edges too.



This is the base made up and I cut a strip of spooky houses from the Townscape Die and joined them into a circle. They fit the base perfectly!



I am afraid there are no pictures of me making the box! It is quite fiddly, but very worth the effort. I had pictured ivy leaves hanging off the luminary so I cut three branches from the Spring Greenery Die using sandable cardstock.  And some little flowers from the Tattered Florals Die which I coloured with Black Soot Distress Ink (I have never actually used this pad before!).



I had some fun putting together some of Tim's Stamps and Rub Ons for the top and used the Rosette Die for a bit of height. I really wanted a little pumpkin, so - please don't laugh at it! - I made this from paper clay which I coloured with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint Distress Re-inkers. It isn't great but given there was no chance of buying one here in Shetland, this was the only solution!



Even without a lamp inside the spooky houses shine through the Frosted Film windows.

But with a lamp ……………



I am so pleased with this little luminary and I surprised myself my using five dies to complete the project. I had such great fun putting it all together and can't wait to try the luminary again but in a more shabby vintage style. Watch this space!

I do hope you will hop on over to A Vintage Journey today to see the wonderful Design Team projects. There is such an array of inspirational and innovative ways of using dies you must see them all!


Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x


17 comments:

Julia Aston said...

I should say you should be pleased with this wonderful spooky luminary Jennie - I love the orange crackle outside and the pretty overhanging growth - your pumpkin is adorable - I made some like that a few years ago out of marzipan - a yummy table decoration! so many fun things to look at on this - that die has been calling my name......

Rita said...

Love what you've done with the luminaire. So spooky looking and your little pumpkin looks great. Glad to hear you had a great time with the lovely Brenda. Hugs Rita xxx

Karen Garrard said...


Jennie what a gorgeous little luminary! I love your use of the frosted film and cute village inside. Youve done a wonderful job making that pumpkin from scratch too. Karen.x

S@ndy Diller said...

All I can say is "Simply Beautiful". I love all the details that you put into this luminary but especially the townscape on the inside. My favorite photo is the one with the green light. So beautifully done.

Astrid Maclean said...

Totally brilliant Jennie, I adore your lantern, and how clever to put the houses inside, it looks fantastic both with and without the light! Love how you decorated it too, and I for one adore your pumpkin!! Much nicer than the ready bought ones! A great piece and I now really look forward to a shabby chic version!

Redanne said...

Jennie - it is wonderful! Such a clever idea to use the crackle stamp instead of crackle glaze (why didn't I think of that!). I love the little town houses inside and your pumpkin is fantastic! Anne xx

Juliz Design Post said...

Hi Jennie, love your luminary. The orange colour with the black crackle suits it perfectly. I love the reflective quality of your town houses to give a spooky feel and as for your Pumpkin, I think it's brilliant and so creative.
Julie x

Terry said...

Jennie, your Halloween luminary is to Die For! Love all the spooky details and great crackle with the stamp! Happy Weekend!

Jools Robertson said...

Brilliant, that die is so cool
Love how you coloured it and stamped the crackle

Looks super spooky with the light and the silhouette of the houses very clever

Jools x

Buttons said...

What a fantastic luminary Jennie! I love how you've added the houses to the inside so they really show up with the lights off. Jenny x

Annie said...

Your luminary is fabulous jennie, love the colour and that amazing crackle stamp. The addition of the houses is genius and looks amazing when lit.
Wonderful decorations just add to your overall creation.

TFS and best wishes
Annie x

Brenda Brown said...

This is just perfect for Halloween and I can imagine it lit on All Hallows Eve. The embellishments are gorgeous and I adore your little pumpkin. xxx

Nikki Acton said...

Wow wow wow, this is excellent Jennie. I love all your decorations including the pumpkin! Nikki xxx

Maggie said...

Fabulous project Jennie have to say I have just acquired this die and I love it just had to use it in the challenge.

MaggieH

crafty creations said...

Wow Jennie this is just amazing so much attention to detail - love that you have shared your expertise

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Jenny, this is fantastic! I love that crackle stamp and your clay pumpkin was genius! The townscape was such a creative choice for the inside, what a wonderful Halloween project! hugs :)

Sara Barker said...

So cool to use the frosted panes and love the townscape inside. I was trying to figure out how to incorporate an On the Edge die in my project. Should have looked to the Creative Guides for guidance before working on my own! This is just too cute and spooky all in one!