Saturday, 22 September 2012

A shadowy Halloween Shadow Box

Good morning everybody! There's a real nip of Autumn in the air now; the weather is dry, but really chilly, especially mornings and nights, and the evenings are getting longer. But every weather is good for crafting and painting!
For my shadow box I have used a wooden rack that was filled with Easter decorations. They were under 2€ each - with the filling! - so good value, and are approx 12x8".  I sprayed it with gold and then gave a quick spray of dark red over it, to make it look 'blood spattered'. The background papers are all from TH's Halloween Kraft Paper Block. Here it is before I added the filling. 



Here is the finished box. I gathered all the scraps and Halloween bits I had lying around. The three bottles in the top row were the packaging from some stuff from Ranger. The quote behind the  rooster is one the head-mistress of a school I taught at in St Helens many years ago greeted me with every morning:

A whistling woman
And a crowing hen
Waken the devil
From his den.

She didn't like it that I came happily whistling to school. It certainly woke her anyway, wonder what that tells us?!






The clock is showing us that the witching time is fast approaching.


The little book has been cut from some old book pages, and sewn together with 'witches' hair'.



The bottle was one I made up last year, and which I have astonishingly found again in time to use it for Halloween; mostly the things turn up much later....


The houses, fence and bats are all TH die-cuts.

I am linking to the 'halloween' Challenge at Out of a Hat Challenge Blog

Here's hoping you all have a great weekend, whatever you are up to. Take care, and thanks a lot for visiting!

37 comments:

  1. Hi Val, love your shadow box. It's still peaceful here, the kids haven't woken up yet - so nice! Have a great weekend, hugs, Sarah

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  2. Morning Valerie, you've obviously donned your witchy hat and had a great time making this. Love the mix of fun and creepy elements. We're having lovely autumnal weather here too and the trees are just beginning to change. Have a nice weekend. Take care. xx

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  3. Your shadow box is beautiful Valerie.. such gorgeous Halloween papers... and love the way you filled it... the little book is so cute...

    Hugs
    Jenny ♥

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  4. I love everything in this post Valerie.... I love all your bits and pieces... a true delight to look at!

    Karenx

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  5. Wonderful Valerie and so much work in it.

    Just right for the Hatters challenge this week if you are joining us.

    Love Chrissie xxx

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  6. Oh I see that you have joined us Valerie--thank you. We always love to see what you have made.

    Best Wishes Chrissie xx

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  7. This is fabulous Valerie!! You do find some bargains don't you?
    And, yay, to things turning up when needed.....mine just reappear whenever..usually too late to be of use!!
    Nip of Autumn here too.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs xx

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  8. Brilliant!! Love all the wicked details, you totally got Hallow'eened LOL Have a great weekend! Cool here too but bright :0) Gay x

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  9. Oh my, what a hauntingly wicked shadow box! I love all the frightful details, you did a splendid job of this! Everything goes together so perfectly, the bloody bottles and book of potions bound with witches hair are perfect! Love everything about it, even the picture of the head-mistress tucked behind the clock, ha ha!

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  10. You are so right about the picture of that headmistress, she was just a really awful person! I was really pleased to get out of that school!

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  11. Love your shadow box, the skull with the wings and the bottles are amazing! x

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  12. When I first looked at your post, I thought "hey what a cool shadow box". Then I read on and saw that you filled each section as well, WOWSERS, it's totally awesome, Valerie!

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  13. Beautiful shadow box. When Easter comes you can do it all over for Easter!

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  14. You actually made that bottle, I am so impressed Valerie, what substance is it made from?
    This is such fun and I can tell that you love Hallowe'en!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  15. That looks like so much fun to make.Cute!Thanks for your kind remarks on My last post.Denise

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  16. Oh so creepy and cool! The way I really love halloween... been saving bits to do my own (for me). You have inspired me..loving this one! Hgs

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  17. I have so much trouble with Halloween as a holiday - it is often so "dark". But spooky can be fun too - your shadow box is fun and beautiful!

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  18. fab box val, cannot believe you're thinking halloween I'm still waiting for summer lol..

    (I do remember you love halloween though)...

    hope you are keeping, sorry not kept up with your blog, just so much going on here... roll on next month, at least the wedding stuff will be out the way, lol...

    hugs, maria ...xx

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  19. I cant believe its this time of year already and if I remember correctly your favourite holiday. What a sensational makeover . Full of lots of horrible things and of course I mean that in the nicest possible way. I love how you have coloured the witches eyes she looks like she has been drinking one of her own potions !

    Marie

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  20. WOW !!! Valerie,your shadow box is prefect for Halloween,
    Thank you for sharing with us at Out of a Hat
    Janet x

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  21. WOW! What a wonderful project. I am loving all the little element you added to your shadow box. Very cool.

    Hugs~

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  22. Valerie WOW this is just wonderful I am blown away. So much to see and take in I am off for a much closer look. I am so glad you shared this with us at Out of a hat. Hugs Sandra X

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  23. Absolutely love the box with all the details, great project.

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  24. This is just full of wild imagination! You did a great job with this piece!

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  25. Well you just might make get in the Halloween mode with this beauty! Love all the compartments. The fence is my fave element... love how you've colored it. Happy Haunting!

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  26. This piece is just INCREDIBLE,Valerie! It must have been so much fun to make. LOVE! xoDonna

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  27. Another project I just love! This is so spooky cool! Don't you wish you had the TH die with the kids? Bones in the jar, so fun! Each little cubby is just so filled with treats! Love this!

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  28. This is fabulous Valerie, I love how you have filled it, especially the poison bottle x

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  29. What a brill Halloween project. Love all the individual compartments. x

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  30. This is spooktacular! What a great little Halloween display this will make for your trick or treaters. Very cool.

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  31. Absoulutely superb - it is a fantastic bit of crafting. Really good! (can you tell I like it!) Cx

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  32. Awesome and deliciously wicked!

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  33. This is gorgeous and sooo creepe, love it

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  34. Hi Valerie, Wow! Love your shaddow box. Amazing Halloween project. There is so much to look at and so many inspiring ideas. Thank you so much for sharing with the Hatters again this week. It is always a "treat" to visit your blog.
    Sending hugs, Take care.
    Florence xx

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  35. I love everything in this post Valerie.... I love all your bits and pieces... a true delight to look at! Karenx

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