Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Countdown to ...

Halloween! and all things spooky.. Even though we don't really celebrate Halloween here in Australia, ( though I wish we did!) I absolutely love the chance to get a little spooky!
I have two tags to share with you today, both have the same papers used for the base, but one is from this year and the other is my Halloween tag from last year. I only just realised that I didn't actually share it.. oops ..
This is my newest tag..
I started off with a base made from the Halloween  Kraft Resist and some strips of the Halloween papers  in the Seasonal paper stash, and a little distress inking through one of my favourite layering stencils - Splatters.
I then chose and cut out one of the vintage photos from the laboratorie paper stash put it inside a industrious stickers frame and stamped and inked my Happy Halloween sentiment.
I love the old photos that are in this paper pad.. perfect for something a little spooky!!
Next came the embellishing .. I  love the Corked Vials, so I've decided to use two here. I first coated it with a thin layer of multi medium and allowed it to dry, so that the crackle paint has something to grab onto. Once it was dry I added my layer of rock Candy distress crackle paint.. I love the vintage cracked effect you get and filled with a little alcohol ink coloured Rock Candy Distress glitter is even better!! 

A label pull and chitchat sticker  teamed with a  clipboard clip at the top add a perfect little touch.  
 And this is my Halloween tag from last year..
 As you can see I've used the same papers, just in a bit of a different way,  a bit of stamping, a glassine tattered floral scrunched flower- sigh.. these make me smile.

 I hope I've inspired you to get a little spooky,
 Happy Creating
Karen xx
The Details:
  Halloween 2014 
Tim Holtz Paper Stash : Kraft Resist - Halloween, Laboratorie, Seasonal.
Tim Holtz Idea- ology:  Corked Vials, Baubles, Label pulls, Chitchat Stickers - Seasonal, Industrious Stickers - Framed, Clipboard clip, Vial Labels Rock candy Distress Glitter, Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint,
 Dies:  Candlelight Fright.
Tim Holtz : CMS140 Mini Halloween 3
           CMS120 Little Labels
Ink: Black Soot Distress Ink, Jet Black Archival.
Machine Stitching and wire.
Halloween 2013
Tim Holtz Paper Stash : Kraft Resist - Halloween, Seasonal.
Tim Holtz Idea- ology: Wishbones, metal corners, time piece, facets, ornate plate, game spinners, washers, Kraft Core- Shattered ( bats) , Glassine,
Dies:  Movers and Shapers -  Mini Bat and Skull, Tattered Floral
Tim Holtz : CMS140 Mini Halloween 3
 Ink: Black Soot Distress Ink, Jet Black Archival. Clear Embossing powder.
Machine Stitching .



  1. wonderful Karen - love what you have done here. Wish I would have thought of it! keep it up!

  2. I love spooky inspiration the best of all inspiration. Your spooky tags are awesome! I love all the creepy details!

  3. I love these so much. I might have to sit down and just flat out copy these! The picture you chose for the frame is just perfect. The vial. The glitter. The pearl. All of it is perfection.

  4. Oh YES! Halloween at its best! Love both of your tags, Karen,

    and the Laboratoire paper stash really is perfect for adding some sinister ancestors to your creations! Brilliant tags!

    Claudia x

  5. Both tags are fabulous Karen, I love the vials and the scary spider on the first one and the skull and cat on the second. Both look great! Anne x

  6. Fantastic tags Karen!! The lady from the laboratorie stash looks amazing on this Halloween tag. Beautifully put together. Karen.x

  7. Paula Cheney has you on her blog as inspiration she found on the net...way to go girl! So nice to see a name I know!

  8. How incredible Karen! Love the way you've really worked on making the most of those background papers by mixing and matching the perfect embellishments and ephemera. Fabulous ideas! Jenny x

  9. I wondered what you were going to do when I saw the teaser photo on instagram, but WOW, you make awesome from nothing! Saw your post on Paula's blog. Well worthy of a mention, I always love everything you create. x

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