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Creep-a-Day Challenge Day 31

Polymer Clay Fingers

Happy Halloween! Thank you so much for following me through this magical month of crafting insanity! I'm glad and sad to see it come to a close, but hey, there is always next year!

Since this is the last night and we'll have trick-or-treaters and other fun things going on, I thought I'd do something simple, yet fun. Behold...polymer clay fingers! These awesome candy molds have been tucked away in a closet, waiting to be used for at least five years. FIVE YEARS! Well, they shall wait no longer.

Cautions: Polymer clay can give off fumes--make sure you are in a well-ventilated kitchen. They say it is best to keep your polymer clay tools strictly for polymer clay.

Polymer clay in various colors (I used Sculpey)
Candy mold
Baking dish
Parchment paper

The How:
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Make sure your candy molds are clean and dry.

Select the fingernail color and break off a piece of clay, kneadi…

Creep-a-Day Challenge Day 30

Shrunken Skull

I've had a Shrinky Dink kit for jewelry for several years and only made a few things out of it. A few weeks ago, I thought about making an articulated Shrinky Dink skeleton, but the paper I have isn't big enough for the size I wanted. Sifting through my royalty-free clip art collection from Dover, I decided to make a skull ornament.

Shrinky Dink plastic sheets
Felt tip pen
Aluminum foil
Baking pan

Hole punch (mine came with the kit)

The How:
I traced out my image on the rough side of the Shrinky dink paper, per the instructions, adding shading where appropriate. It was time-consuming but it reminded me of my college osteology class. We spent a lot of time sketching the different bones in the lab and I still have many of my drawings.

I trimmed around the skull and positioned the hole punch...then applied too much pressure apparently because the hole punch shattered in my hands! Oh the humanity... There was only a slight impression…

Creep-a-Day Challenge Day 29

Spooky Halloween Album

Today's craft was unplanned. I thought I knew what I was making...but had swapped the craft out for a different night that had no craft earlier this month. What to do? What to do??? I couldn't sleep because of this then I thought of all the supplies I have the most of. Paper. Good gravy, do I have paper! And doo dads. Lots and lots of doo dads. I would combine the two to make a spooktacular Halloween photo album.

2 book boards (I used 8x8)
8x8 Halloween scrapbook paper
2 Binder rings
Halloween scrapbook paper in contrasting colors/patterns
Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz metal corners
Tim Holtz word bands
Double-sided tape
Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Crackle
Tim Holtz ornate plates
Tim Holtz gears

7 gypsies Binderie Punch

The How: I had different sizes of book boards and the 8x8 size already had holes punched in them so that helped me decide what size to make my album. With the holes on the left, I put a squiggle of Glos…

Creep-a-Day Challenge Day 28

Mother of the Year

I bought this paper pulp pumpkin on clearance last year, not knowing what I'd make with it. As this month progressed, ideas ranged from a newspaper-covered pumpkin to a button-covered pumpkin to a googly eye-covered pumpkin.Staring at the naked pumpkin, the idea of the pumpkin being an egg sack both terrified and delighted me. The spider on top is the Mother of the Year for protecting her soon-to-be hatched hellions.

Paper pulp pumpkin
White acrylic paint
Black paint (I used a paint pen as well as acrylic)
Styrofoam ball
Crackle Glaze (I used Tim Holtz® Clear Distress Crackle Paint by Ranger®)

Paint brush

The How: I applied a thick layer of white paint over the pumpkin except for the stem. I only used one layer because I wanted a webby/woven appearance.

I painted the stem black and made a circle of black around it for the body then in the grooves down the side of the pumpkin, I drew lines for the legs.

After staring at it a wh…

Creep-a-Day Challenge Day 27

Spooky Silhouettes

Each year, I come up with different silhouettes for our front windows and I usually have all of the supplies for this project on hand. Bats always look awesome and crows look cool too. If I'm feeling extremely ambitious, I cover the windows in colored cellophane. This year, I was only feeling mildly ambitious.

Black paper (card stock or construction paper)
Colored cellophane (the stuff you wrap gift baskets in)


The How: I start out folding a piece of construction paper in half and cut out a rough pumpkin shape. This guy was tall
so I folded the paper long-ways and cut.

With the paper still in half, I drew a large X where I thought the eyes should go. I opened the paper to make sure the placement was good. Next I drew an open, wailing mouth.

I refolded the paper and carefully, I poked a "pilot hole" in the center of the X and began cutting it out. I did the same for the mouth. 

I opened the paper and cut out a p…

Cross-stitch Zombie Day 2

I kept my word and finished this beast of a craft project. I won't say when I began or when I finally finished...but I'd say over 7 hours were put into this thing today only. If (this is a big if) I do any other cross-stitch projects in the future, I seriously would consider getting a magnifying light of some sort. Or just do needlepoint on bigger canvas holes.

Anyway, this is my cross-stitched zombie that will be gifted to my hubby.
I'll post Day 27 very soon.

Creep-a-Day Challenge Day 26

Cross-stitch Zombie...Part One

I purchased this amazing cross-stitch kit a couple years ago, but never got around to working up the ambition to make anything. A long time ago in a world far away, I was in 4-H and my awesome mom taught me the fine arts of needlepoint and cross-stitch. I knew I could do this project, but knew I was rusty in my needling skills. Oh, if only I knew how rusty I truly was!

So I should let you know that I just got back from a 3-day trip to Michigan to see the lovely fall scenery and visit our favorite haunted attractions. It is now 9:31 p.m.

Today, I cross-stitched in  moving car until the squares of the cloth became a blur and the sun sank too low to even see what I was doing. It was fun and challenging and I know I screwed up a handful of stitches...because I am very rusty.

This is as far as I got today, and I'm okay with that. I have all day off tomorrow so I will finish the zombie and work on a super cool craft idea that you can feel free to copy.

Creep-a-Day Challenge Day 25

Painted Skull

Nothing says Halloween or scary like a grinning skull. I bought this one on clearance last year promising myself that I would paint it one day. Well, today was that day.

Paper pulp skull
White acrylic paint
Paint pens
Green acrylic paint
Waxed paper

Paint brush

The How:
We took another road trip today and I knew it would take a while for a layer of white paint to dry, so I took my supplies with me and painted while the hubs drove to our destination. It was tough, but I got it done and by the time we got back, I could break out the paint pens and decorate my skull.
 I painted on a pretty pink flower and added designs around the eye orbits and gave her teeth and pretty pink lips.

I added a few leaves just because.

Creep-a-Day Challenge Day 24

Shrouded Suckers

I remember these shrouded suckers from when I was little...I think they may have used muslin and yarn tied in a bow. Anyway, today was jam-packed with adventure so I needed an easy, car-friendly craft. Enter the ghostly candies.

White felt
String or yarn
Black paint marker (or permanent marker)


The How: Remove any stickers from your sheets of felt. Match the short ends of a piece felt together to fold in half. Cut the fold. Repeat for each cut piece so that you end up with four rectangles of felt.

Cut several 5 to 6 inch pieces of string.

Center the sucker under a rectangle of felt and wrap the felt around it. Tie a piece of string under the round sucker then make two black dots for eyes.

You now have a bunch of cute little ghosties.

Creep-a-Day Challenge Day 23

Repainted Pumpkins

I can't remember where I got these fake pumpkins, but the yellow in them was always a little off-putting to me, so much so that I kept them hidden away in a plastic bag. Not anymore! With a fresh coat of paint, they look a little better to me.

Fake pumpkins
Acrylic paint
Paper towels
Waxed paper

Paint brushes

The How:

I covered my work surface with waxed paper so I didn't get paint everywhere. Next, I selected to colors I
wanted to paint the pumpkins. I had a nice orange and then I mixed up a bit of orange and brown as a secondary color.

I painted a thin layer of plain orange over a section of yellow, feathering out the edges a bit.

I took a piece of paper towel and wadded it up to dab the wet paint for a mottled-effect. I liked the way it turned out and did that on every yellow section then let it dry

Finally, I added a layer of the darker orange I mixed up to the previously yellow sections for some depth and dabbed it with a fres…

Creep-a-Day Challenge Day 22

His and Hers Coffins Today was a rough crafting day! I didn't sleep much and I had a 6:30 a.m. blood draw for our yearly wellness thing at work. All day I've been tired, cranky, and a bit sore but hey, the crafts must go on. I mean...I've gone 21 days. I can't say "eff it" with ten days left. Anywho...

I found these little wooden coffins at a craft store and the price was right, so I bought them. I didn't know what they would contain, but I had a vague idea. Deep in my sticker and embellishment horde, I had these cute die cuts I bought almost ten years ago and I figured it would be good to use them.

Two pre-made wooden coffins
Black acrylic paint
Glossy Accents
Halloween embellishments of your choice
Silver Sharpie marker

Paint brushes
Waxed paper or paper towels

The How: Cover your work station with either paper towel or waxed paper. I forgot the waxed paper so used some
paper towels.

I sorted through the embellishments until…