Friday, October 31, 2008

BC71 - Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all you little goblins! I love Halloween. I can't really explain why, and when you think about it, it really is a strange custom. As children we are told not to take candy from strangers, but on Halloween, we are actually encouraged to go and knock on doors panhandling for the sweet treat. Go figure.


My husband is a computer tech and works for a local bank, and he tells me that banks HATE Halloween because of the possibility of someone walking in with a mask (which wouldn't seem strange on Halloween, right?) and robbing the bank. They actually have signs on the door of their bank on Halloween that state that all masks must be removed before entering...lol

I love the spooky sounds, the rustling leaves, the cool night air, and the ominous feel of the unknown that the evening seems to hold. The fun, scary decorations, the signs of harvest - corn stalks, pumpkins, jack-o'-lanterns, black cats, bats, witches, and let's not forget the CANDY - all bring back fond memories of childhood. As an adult, I get just as much fun from watching the kids enjoy that same festive feeling that I held as a kid. It's fun to be scared SAFELY. :)

So on with today's Blogger's Challenge. Today's challenge was to create something for Halloween. Since I have already done all of my Halloween cards and gifts, I thought that I would make something that I could use. I created this fun Votive-Card from the August/September issue of Technique Junkies Newsletter. For direction to this great votive candle card and other great techniques and projects, why not subscribe to Pat Huntoon's Technique Junkies Newsletter. This project was fast and easy, and the best part is that if I wanted to (which I don't because I'm keeping this one), I could easily fold it up and mail it in a standard sized envelope. Not only is this a great project for Halloween, but can be suited for any occasion or holiday with a change of stamps and sentiments which can be added to the 4 side panels (2 front & 2 on the back)

Whether you use a real candle, or one of the battery operated candles (my favorite), this votive holder illuminates an eerie glow to add to the spooky Halloween mood. I tried to get a picture of the project in the dark with a candle, but just couldn't get a good picture. All the more reason to make one of your own and see for yourself how wonderfully they work.

I used my Martha Stewart Halloween punches and some black glossy cardstock to punch out some creepy shapes.

To further add to the creepiness of the votive candle card, I first punched out some red cardstock using my Drippy Goo punch, then added some Crystal Effects to the drips so that they look like blood dripping down the card. (I know, I'm sick...lol)

I'm sure you will want to check out the other projects from my Blogger's Challenge sistahs...they are sure to delight the spooky side of any crafter. You can find a complete list of players by clicking on the Blogger's Challenge logo along the left-hand side bar of my blog.

Thanks for looking in today.


Stuff I Used: Stamps: House of Haunts, Spookie Sweets (PTI); Papers: Basic Black, Real Red, Black Glossy Cardstock from LSS, Vellum Cardstock (Provocraft); Inks: Brilliance Graphite Black; Other Stuff: Bat, Skull, Spider, Spider Web, Drippy Goo punches (Martha Stewart), Xyron 150

26 comments:

Lisa Bohler said...

Love this 'scary' candle holder. The crystal effects on the blood dripping is a great detail! Boo to you!

Heather said...

WOW! Incredible project! Love it! I SO wish I would have gotten that martha punch before our Archivers ran out, darn! Have a great weekend!

Claudia said...

WOW what a spooky/creepy cool project - I bet it looks great with the candle lit!

Pat Huntoon said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your dripping blood! Wow, Lynn! So cool and creative! How inspiring!

Connie said...

Oooohhhh, ahhhhh, love the spooky votive holder! (Reminds me to get my Halloween one out, too!) The Drippy Goo Punch adds just the right touch!

Molly B said...

Very cool Lynn. I love that is a great luminary that can be mailed. What a great idea. Happy Halloween! -Molly B

Lisa Somerville said...

What an awesome votive holder Lynn - the CE on the goo punch really adds a lot!

Patti Chesky said...

Wow! This votive holder is amazing!! I have to admit...the CE on the Drippy Goo is my favorite part!!

Lisa said...

Totally FRIGHTFUL! I'll bet it looks great when illuminated!

Kimberly said...

Fantastic!!!! The glossy cardstock and the glossy added to the drippy goo punch is AWESOME!!!
Happy Halloween!! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Robin Merriman said...

Great project idea Lynn! TFS!

Chrissy D said...

Ohhhhh WOW Lynn I love this! Great dippity Goo! Reminds me of hair gel for whatever reason!!! TFS!

Barb Hardeman said...

Wow, wow, wowza Lynn. What a fantastic project. All the little details, from glossy punched creatures to the drippity gooey topper just make this Votive project fabulous. You did a wonderful job on this...

Michelle Ramlochan said...

I knew I should've picked up that pucnh when I had the chance! I love the way the goop is dripping...this is terrific :0

Regina Cornelius said...

what an awesome project!!! i love the crystal effects on the drips....very gooey!!!

Ida P. Krause said...

Ghoulishly Gorgeous. Love the dripping blood and the spiders.

Claire Brennan said...

Oh this is too cool - love the globulous blood drops!!

sheryl said...

Wow! Great project! Those punches are just too cool!

Marcia P said...

That blood looks so real .... wow now this is a votive holder I would love to own. Very grissly indeed!

Nikki Bond said...

This turned out amazing! Love the colors...so halloweeny...and the red goo is pefect! {SMILES}

Kimberly Gajewski said...

Wow Lynn! This is absolutely fabulous! You NEED to send a picture of this to Martha...she'd love it too! Happy Halloween! :D

Lori said...

This is so cool, Lynn! Love how you used the drippy goo punch here.

Kristen said...

Lynne, this is soooo cool...The goo puch looks so real. Your card is amazing. tfs!

Amanda Sewell said...

I just adore the look of the crystal effects on the drippy goo punch! looks frightening and AWESOME!!

Happy belated Halloween!

StampingSelene said...

How "bloody" brilliant! I dont think it's sick at all. Brilliant!

Kerry D-C said...

SpOoKtAcUlAr, Lynn! The blood is a little freaky! LOL!