Sunday, 30 August 2015

HALLOWEEN IN AUGUST - Design Team Project

I don't usually think so far ahead, let a lone prepare, but I knew what I wanted to do with these have MDF Wonky Houses from That Craft Place ever since I first saw them. 

And in case you are inspired to make these too, I decided to share these now, to give time for ordering and making up in time for Halloween.  Of course, they would also be good for other festivities such as Christmas (I can see me ordering another set of Wonky Houses!) and they would look pretty good for Easter, decorated with spring flowers and bunnies.  But in total contrast here is what I did to them:

First I gave them an overall colour of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk paint then used masks and stencils to add detail to the roof. 

Then I masked the roof and windows while I worked on the front of the house, to leave the inside window plain orange.  On the smaller houses I used a stamp to create an overall pattern, and decided to use a sheet of paper on the middle house. This sheet is from a set of Halloween papers in my stash and I've had it so long I don't know the manufacturer, but the large cobweb design was perfect for this project. 

And here are so close ups, showing more detail. After decorating the houses I inked the edges and painted the window frames and doors, using the same paint to decorate the base of the Wonky Houses and the MDF Halloween shapes (also available from That Craft Place).  Finally I attached these in place with PVA glue and gave it all a coat of DecoArt Matt Medium to seal and protect it.

And that's me done!  The houses will be packed away until the end of October and then they will have pride of place. I had a lot of fun decorating these and I hope they will enjoyed year after year. 
If you would like to make your own, here are the materials I used:

MDF Wonkey Houses
Halloween Grab Bag
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paints. I used Black Dress, Pumpkin Soup and Blood Orange - blending the colours to create different shades.
DecoArt Matt Medium
PVA glue
Sheet of patterned paper, alphas and stencils from my stash.

All these items are available from That Craft Place
Do check out other designs in the MDF range and their wide selection of masks and stencils.

To see more Design Team projects do pop over to TCP Blog and why not enter this months Mixed Media challenge?  You'll find details how to take part and lots more ideas too.  Thank you for popping by and I'll be back next month with another project. 

Monday, 24 August 2015

5 in 5- MELANIE - August 2015

Melanie is my friend who lives in Australia and she loves photography. Every month Melanie has taken part in this monthly neme and we managed to find a way round her not having a blog by posting here. I love that we have found a way for her to take part! So over to you Melanie:
Hi Guys here is a very late posting for my August 5 in 5 so late in fact that it is almost September.  The photos were taken when I returned home after an overseas trip of nearly three months.  I got back late on the evening of August 5th and looking for inspiration for a 5 in 5 subject the first thing that sprung to mind was my house plants.  Some of them were in flower, some of them had a few dead leaves but all of them had survived.  This was thanks to my youngest daughter who lives nearby.  She called round each Monday to chat to my plants and water as needed.  Hope you enjoy the selection of photos I took in the first five minutes of getting home.

It was so good to meet up with Melanie during her stay, her time here is never long enough but at least we enjoyed some days out together.  I'm glad her houseplants survived this long trip!

If this has inspired you to pick up your camera and take part in this challenge you have until 25th before this months link closes.
It's great fun and this post should answer any questions or give other information that you need.  And you don't need to go anywhere exciting to take photos, as my own post this month shows.
To see this and more links for this month just go here and
 hopefully I'll be back with more photos from Melanie and myself next month. I hope you will join us and thanks for popping by!
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