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    Haunted Houses and New Halloween (& Christmas) Tim Holtz Items!

    Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Haunted House Kit, Nichola Battilana, Tim Holtz

    Before TWO new Halloween projects, an announcement and a couple quick reminders:

    A message from Laura Carson:
    Sorry all but there is going to be a slight delay in Part 3 of the Haunted Village Event. The technology monster struck this past week and I lost the first half of my video tutorial. So, I’m working to get everything back on track and will post Part 3 on October 1. I think I’ve saved the best for last and I hope you all think so too!


    In the meantime, see more artwork by entrants in Laura’s contest.

    And, remember: there’s a Haunted Village Intro Page that has all the current links, and will continue to be updated through September and October.

    The Halloween Cameo Frames Gift Sheet announced in last Thursday’s newsletter is still on offer! FREE for all orders, regardless of order size! More info and inspiration for Decorating Your Halloween Tree!

    Note: it’s our busiest time of year and we’re working extra days and hours to get all your orders shipped. If you have an urgent request, please contact John in customer service. Thanks.
     


    Design Team Members Nichola Battila and Caroline Ouzts-Hay have THREE spooky cute Haunted Houses for you to cluck and cackle over!

    Nichola has TWO Haunted Houses, that both have Adorable Little Imps on them that I’m sure all have horrible little habbits; like tripping their nanny down the staircase or poisoning their parents when they don’t get their way. By accident, of course.

    [Aside: See all those fabulous snippets of text on Nichola's houses? (And a bit hard to read at that size, but the house in the bottom left says: Then slowly, slowly in a queer scary voice, "What's your trouble?") WELL, Teri Calia was inspired and made a VERY DARK AND CREEPY new text collage sheet: Creepy Words. And it includes the text from Nichola's artwork, too!]

    Back to Nichola’s artwork: The iron gates are quite fabulous with their “spider webs” and Nichola shares a secret for how you can make them on her blog.

    Nichola’s Haunted Houses Supply List
     


    Now everyone has skeletons in their closets; but here in the South we like to parade them out on the front porch for everyone to see; one way or another! Caroline’s Hidden Skeleton Haunted House has a hidden skeleton right out in front — it looks pretty amazing when lit up from behind, don’t you think? (See the narrow photo at left.)

    “I went back to some of my old ways and favorite crafting tools, ICE Resin and used it for the cut outs (windows and skeleton opening) and filled them with the resin.

    [Another aside: see Caroline's tutorial on how to use ICE Resin to create transparent windows. Plus, we've started carrying the larger 8 oz size.]

    “The window features an image from the A Witchy Encore Collage Sheet. She is backed with a bit of decorative paper so she shows pretty when looking from the other side. Iridescent Glass Micro Beads are sprinkled onto the surface of the resin to try to make the “glass” look older.

    “To create the window frame I added Textured Sand Paste to a Black Chipboard Window Frame. Let that dry, meanwhile I made the window arch (not really an arch and alas using a sold out mold, sorry. Something from the Architectural Flourishes would work.) and then painted everything.”

    Caroline’s Hidden Skeleton Haunted House Supply List

    To see how Caroline’s tutorial and more pictures, visit her at her blog.

    Lastly, by request: More purple and lavender colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks! Remember that loverly new Wilted Violet color? Tim Holtz showed a color chart in his video of how it compares/coordinates with other purple tints in the Distress color line. We’ve restocked! See them all here. (Plus they’re ALL On Sale!)

     

    Hooray for the Imps, Witches & Houses Giveaway!

    I started out with a Haunted House Kit (2 scrapbook papers, black chipboard house and window, and 3 collage sheets: including the More Old Windows Collage Sheet that Nichola used in both of her Haunted Houses).

    With both projects using the 2 Sets of Chipboard Gates, I couldn’t help but include that set (plus a few things from each project that caught my eye):
    - Haunted House Black Chipboard Set
    - Little Imps Collage Sheet
    - Creepy Words Collage Sheet
    - The Heart Matchbox Label Rubber Stamp (did you notice that in Nichola’s art? adorable!)
    - A Witchy Encore Collage Sheet
    - Chipboard Corner Spider Webs
    - Tiny White Turquoise Skull Beads
    - Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green

    Plus one of those cute little Halloween Cameo Frames Gift Sheets

    To enter the Imps, Witches & Houses Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, September 28, 2015. AND tell me one of these: will you (have you?) tried out Caroline’s ICE Resin technique for making windows? Or are there other techniques you use resin for (beside casting items from a mold)? OR… Christmas?! Are you ready? Have you started making gifts?

    Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

    Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!


    After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via Random.org). So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

    Hey, who won the Halloween Ornaments Giveaway? That would be Kathy!

    And she replied to my question “In addition to the 41 collage sheets in the Pendants & Ornaments Collage Sheets section (aka: layouts sized for shapes like the oval settings in the Giveaway), what other images would you like to see in that section? Christmas is coming… maybe more Christmas art? Silly Santas? Nostalgic Victorian?” More Victorian Christmas art please. No problem, Kathy. It’s already in the works… :)

      
    Posted by Leslie, September 27th, 2015


    69 Responses to “Haunted Houses and New Halloween (& Christmas) Tim Holtz Items!”

    1. Ina Good Says:

      I have used ice resin in trionimos over a picture for a necklace game piece

    2. Holly Says:

      I’ve used ICE resin in jewelry before, but never tried using it as windows before!

    3. Robin Bartoletti Says:

      Been awhile since I have made anything. I have never used Ice resin or used resin at all, but I am looking forward to trying it out. I especially love Nicola’s haunted houses.

    4. Jen R Says:

      Not used ice resin yet but this makes me want to! Oh and Christmas? Nope I ride my broom for Halloween as long as possible.

    5. marykay chisum Says:

      I have not tried ICE resin yet but I am looking forward to the opportunity! As far as Christmas goes, I’m still working on Halloween!!

    6. phoebe diamond Says:

      I’ve not tried the resin yet but it looks like it could be interesting in books with niches and enclosures. And yes, I have started gathering materials for winter gifts.

    7. Carolyn Says:

      I am starting Christmas this week. I have so many people I want to show my appreciation to, I need to start now. Loving Tim’s tokens, tape and argyle stencil.

      All of you always do halloween like nobody’s business! Thanks for the inspiration and the fab give-away!

    8. barbara macaskill Says:

      I have just started using ICe Resin so was glad to see this little tutorial. I started making Christmas gifts on December 26th and am almost done! I only do handmade gifts so I keep myself pretty busy since hubby comes from a large family. Thanks for all the amazing projects to inspire me and the awesome giveaway! Fingers crossed!

    9. KIM Says:

      No,I have not tried ice resin.
      After reading about it and seeing the results, I should.
      Always fun to try something new.
      I have already started making Christmas gifts.

    10. Regina Salvador Says:

      Love this Halloween stuff, and I will definitely be trying the Ice Resin windows!

    11. Jennie Says:

      While I’m not completely ready for Christmas, I have started making gifts. Even finished an afghan!

    12. Marilyn H Says:

      I’d love to try and make the window since I do have some resin. I’ve never tried anything with it except pouring into molds and imbedding items into those molds. As for Christmas, I’m not ready. I am waiting on an order from Notions that does contain a bunch of Christmas items plus I just received some Christmas stamps from a company I design for. I’m hoping to make Christmas cards for the very first time and send them out to family.

    13. M. C. Sparks Says:

      I haven’t used ice resin. Need to try!

    14. Barb J Says:

      I haven’t tried the resin yet, but would love to. This is a really perfect definition of interesting!!!

    15. Roxanne Says:

      Yes, I’ve tried the resin method. Can be a little tricky, but if you get all your supplies out and do just right, work out bubbles with pin…the results can be fun and amazing. Great for making your own personalized jewelry pendants! :)

    16. Birgit Says:

      I have never used resin before, but I might now! As for Christmas, no, I haven’t prepared anything yet. I first want to concentrate on Halloween, so thanks for the chance to win these goodies.

      Happy creating,
      Birgit

    17. jean marmo Says:

      i love this project! One of my faves!! I have started some winter mixed media canvases. I have not tried the resin but it looks fun!

    18. Tanya Says:

      I am looking forward to trying out Caroline’s ICE Resin technique, have not tried any technique for that yet! Still working on Halloween, so no Christmas gifts yet!

    19. Heather Maxwell Says:

      Ice Resin! I bought some a while back and haven’t done anything with it. This will be the perfect opportunity to try it out as windows (probably on some Christmas items).

    20. Maryellen Says:

      I have not used resin in any of my projects – yet! I am visualizing though a santa house in the works for Christmas.

    21. francine perri Says:

      I love all of this I have used resin in my jewelry I am vending at Art Is You next year and starting to make my jewelry now using resin I would love to win this Thanks so much

    22. teri steele Says:

      I will definitely try it out. I try to avoid two part substances but am always looking for different techniques to make realistic windows.

    23. Leah Fein Says:

      I have never tried using ice resin before. I think I will go look at the tutorial and see if I can do it. I have already started making Christmas gifts, and I already have a handful of fairy houses some which have windows. So maybe I could use the ice resin technique to make windows for the Christmas house

    24. Carolyn Bowlby Says:

      I haven’t used the Ice Resin yet. I usually figure something out with clear plastic. This sounds really interesting.

    25. Traci Says:

      Love the haunted house projects this week-love halloween so not into Christmas much. I have never used ice resin-I use glossy accents which has a similar effect I think? >^..^<

    26. Sue C Says:

      Another fabulous blog post and giveaway! I have not used ice resin much, but I love your idea for making windows! I WILL try that. One of the things I love to do with ice resin is to ‘resin-ate’ newspaper, book paper and other collage elements, but they make great additions to jewelry projects.

    27. MaggieM Says:

      I have not tried Ice Resin yet. I usually use a piece of plastic, or cut up a page protector, to create my windows. I haven’t started my Christmas cards yet, but plan on using the Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol for my cards this year. I would love to win this giveaway to go with the chipboard houses and collage sheets I have already purchased. Thanks for the chance:)

    28. Linda Marie Says:

      As of now I have not used the results n to create windows. I certainly am going to try. The results look spectacular!

    29. Mary Helene Says:

      I have never used Ice Resin yet. For windows in my shaker cards I use Vellum or a piece of clear plastic. CHRISTMAS!! I haven’t even looked at my Christmas stamps yet.

    30. Emily Ann Says:

      Love the houses!! I would like to try her technique like used to make the potion bottles.

    31. Karen Mallory Says:

      Fun giveaway! I have never used ice resin. It sounds like fun.

    32. Starqueen Says:

      Oh, Christmas is on my mind! I haven’t tried Caroline’s Ice Resin technique for windows yet, but I’m thinking it will make some COOL frosty windows in my winter houses! Thank you for sharing!

    33. Laura West Says:

      I have not worked with resin yet, but it’s on my wishlist of products I want to experiment with after seeing so many amazing things made with it! I start making my christmas gifts and cards during the summer so I have enough time to put all the details I want into the creations. I always aim for something special and personalized as much as I can.

    34. Ginette P. Says:

      Yes, I’ll try making windows from ice resin. I started making Christmas tags and my special once a year Christmas ball out of seed beads and Swarovski crystals. The ornament is for my collection. I also make a star with seed beads and crystal for one of my friend.

    35. Nancy S Says:

      I will definitely try the windows with ice resin. I can see them with vintage Christmas scenes. Can’t wait to try my hand at it!!!

    36. Janet Ostridge Says:

      This has been the best Halloween season yet. Great stuff everyone is creating.
      Resin sets up better when its a hot room temperature. If it has to sit for awhile, cover it with something that will not touch to avoid dust settling.

    37. Elizabeth Says:

      I plan to incoperate ice resin windows in a rare oddities curio project. I appreciate all the great ideas. Thanks

    38. Jo Says:

      I haven’t used ICE resin before either but would love to learn how to use it. Love the Halloween houses!

    39. Luanne Says:

      Tim Holtz Christmas ephemera would be perfect for my Christmas cards, of which I have started!

    40. Laural Says:

      I haven’t tried the process however; I would if I won!!

    41. Helen P Says:

      Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway. I haven’t tried Ice Resin window technique, but I will soon.

    42. Tammy Lemon Says:

      would love to win so cute.

    43. Susan M L Says:

      I haven’t used ICE Resin, but have used Diamond Glaze on a few projects.

    44. Maria Says:

      I fear I am a resin dunce.

    45. Pam Weiler Says:

      I have never used resin, but Caroline’s tutorial makes it look like something I could do.

    46. Denise Bryant Says:

      Love all these fun Halloween and Christmas items! I have not used ICE Resin yet, but love the look!

    47. Orlie Severson Says:

      I would really enjoy winning your give away. I am working on a Halloween Clock and some of your give away would work well in it. Thank you.

    48. Janet Turner Says:

      I love this giveaway! you’ve given me so many great ideas for a Craft Fair I’m going to in October.

    49. kathy sokol Says:

      I plan to build a spooky tunnel book that winds back into a creepy dark mirror that will reflect your worst fears.

    50. Carol Slowik Says:

      This is all good stuff! I have never used Ice Resin but would love to! Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!

    51. julie m Says:

      have not tried any resin projects yet.

    52. Kristie N Says:

      I have never used the resin and would love to try it. I am so ready for Christmas. I would love to see both Romantic and Victorian Christmas. Love the giveaways!

    53. Carmeng Says:

      I used I’ve resin and the verdigris on a bracelet I made. Turned out beautifully. I love the fact the resin is in a tube and you can squeeze out the exact amount and mix it up. Very easy and convenient

    54. Christi Conley Says:

      Christmas?!?! ACK! However, Halloween is in full swing! Awesome goodies!

    55. Lou Anne Says:

      I haven’t used ice resin or any kink of resin but the windows are fabulous. No Christmas done yet but my Halloween is in full swing.

    56. Beth Williams Says:

      I’ve never used Iced Resin-but I think it’s time to give it a try. No Christmas here yet-still working on my fav holiday-Halloween.

    57. Dawn Says:

      I would like to try the resin windows. The effect is really cool. I have only used resin for creating cabochons for jewelry.

    58. joan Says:

      Ice resin is one of those products I’ve been dying to try. Jewelry is one item I am thinking of using it for.

    59. Diana Bittaker Says:

      I have only used ice resin for jewelry – but will now try it on windows! What a cool idea! Love the houses- they are perfect- hope to win this one!

    60. April Dudko Says:

      I’ve used ICE resin to make pendants and resin papers. I’d like to try the window technique too!

    61. Ann Says:

      I must admit that I have had some ICE resin in my stockpile for a few now and still haven’t tried it. This serves as a reminder of all the things I wanted to do with it as well as new stuff. My first task will probably be to make a tiny 1/4 scale pond for my Halloween scene!

    62. MICHELLE Says:

      Whoa cool!!! I’ve got to try that for a window!! Never used ice resin before so this will be fun :)

    63. JackieP Neal Says:

      Wow! Such great inspiring haunted houses!!!

      I have only used ice Resin once, during a jewelry making class- so I have yet to experiment some more.
      As for starting gifts! Yikes- I have thoughts and ideas- but yet to start them!!

    64. Lana Says:

      love this giveaway. I’ll be honest, i’m not too excited to try resin. i’m old school and have a mental block, that it will be difficult to mix and what do I do it I don’t use it all, would I just pour it down the drain? On the other hand…it sure looks like a lot of fun!

    65. Sokat Says:

      I have tried ice resin but not for Windows. Hmmm, may have to give that a try. I have coated paper, made flower petals and have filled spoons after creating mixed media art.

    66. winnie Says:

      I have not used ice resin, but I think I may have to give it a try. I have started gathering for all my Christmas projects. This time of year is so much fun!

    67. Megan Warren Says:

      Haven’t tried Ice yet, and am getting ready to start on Christmas gifts.

    68. Katherine S Says:

      I have used ice resin with tiny picture frames to add “glass” to my tiny photographs. I used the tiny frames as charms on all kinds of projects.

    69. Lori D. Says:

      I adore all of this! I haven’t tried Ice Resin yet, but looking forward to trying it and want to make windows for my dollhouse! Thank you for the opportunity to win!