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31  Tin of the Month Club, October and November in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: October 08, 2015 11:00:51 AM
I can't believe it's the last quarter of the year. Where has the time gone?

Short story: I've been decorating tiny tins all year, one for each month. I've been posting them in four separate posts, one for each quarter. The October tin was actually the first tin I completed. I originally planned to do several Halloween themed tins with my set of 12. But after completing this one, having 11 tins left gave me the idea to do one every month, and there you have it. So, here's October.


November is more than halfway over and I'm just now getting around to posting this. For shame! I struggled with this one, and I think it shows. I even had a hard time getting a good photo of it. Tom Turkey is hiding in the foliage and hoping no one spots him with dinner in mind:


To see the last three months, click here. Smiley
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32  Boo Witch with Cat and Pumpkins in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: September 29, 2015 08:28:08 AM
One of my favorite swaps this time of year is the OTT October Holiday swap. Of course I was thrilled to be partnered with pottermouth. Since she claims she loves peg dolls, I decided to make her a couple, along with some little Boo blocks. The only rule of the OTT swap is that your swap item has to be under 4". These blocks are 3/4" square, and the little cat is 1" tall, for reference.


All the pieces are separate, so pottermouth can move them around and arrange them however she likes.


Here's a picture she took for the swap gallery:


Tiny Halloween fun for everyone!
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33  Re: OTT October Holidays 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: September 21, 2015 12:30:04 PM
I received today from pottermouth! Look at this sweet little bunny, all ready for Halloween night! It's adorable!


It's all made of fluff and is wearing the cutest little polka dot bloomers.


It's even cute from the back. Look at the tiny spider crawling up that pumkin!


Thanks so much, pottermouth! What a sweet addition to my ever growing Halloween crafts collection!
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34  Re: Tin of the Month Club, July and August, now with September in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: September 07, 2015 09:03:47 AM
Just added September's tin to the front page. Next month, I'll start a new thread so you can opt out if you're tired of tins. Cheesy
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35  Carmen Miranda and Some Fruity Friends in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by rackycoo on: September 03, 2015 07:26:24 AM
I can't seem to stop making peg dolls, so when I saw all the miniature fruits and vegetables available now at Alpha Stamps, I had visions of a tiny Carmen Miranda.


Carmen needed some friends, so I made her four little fruity friends, each with costumes based on the color of their fruit. Their hats and capes are removable, so they can switch it up if they're so inclined.


The gang's all here!


Let's make some Sangria and have a par-tay!
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36  Zombie Cars! Scary Fun! in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: August 27, 2015 06:54:32 AM
Do you ever just get a weird idea right out of nowhere? It happened to me for this last project for Alpha Stamps. When I saw the included paper mach coffin boxes and rubber zombie finger puppets, for some crazy reason, I immediately thought "soapbox derby cars with dead drivers!" When I told Leslie (fearless leader of Alpha Stamps) my idea, she found me the perfect 1 1/2" spoked wheels for these vehicles.

I removed the top of each coffin box to save for another project. With an x-acto knife, I cut out a window from the box bottom before painting each car. The number 8 car features painted flames and a scary black widow spider on the front. The orange car, number 31, has skeleton arms and some red headlights shining through the eyes of the skull on the front. (There's a view of the underside of this car showing how those lights were installed at the bottom of this post.)


Where would one find a set of zombie cars? Why, nestled in a collector's box in an old creepy toy store, of course! I recovered the top of an old game box with some red cardstock and a new label. I added some masking tape to the sides, because we always ended up having to tape up the corners of our game boxes when I was a kid.


The cars are safely nestled within the box. I used shirt cardboard to construct the box insert (gotta keep those cars from moving around in there!). It seemed a little plain, so I covered the top of the insert with stripey scrapbook paper for more scary fun.


On the underside of the lid is a cemetery backdrop which makes the perfect little playset for the cars. The zombies seem right at home there.


Wanna see the car backs? Car 31 features more bones and a "rancid" license plate.  Car number 8 sports some fangy black fins and a pair of scary taillights (or are they eyes?!?) above a "poison" tag. The zombie finger puppets are stuck down in the opening created by the window cutout.


I'm still a huge newbie at Photoshop, so I was very excited to be able to put together the box top using an image of children from a vintage game of "Winner Spinner" (minus the giant spinner that used to be there) and actual photos of the cars themselves.


As promised, here's a shot of the underneath of car 31. I placed the skull on the front and punched out holes for the lights. Once the lights were inserted from the inside of the car, Apoxie Sculpt was used to keep them securely in place. Apoxie Sculpt also adhered the battery to the top of the car, and the light switch to the side, where it's easily accessible. You can see some masking tape and tiny o-rings on the axle, which keep the wheels from sliding side to side. The zombie driver is simply smashed in there. He's easily removable and repositionable.


There's a complete supply list on my blog, if you feel the need to have one of these freaky things lying around your house this Halloween. Cheesy
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37  Black Cat in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: August 21, 2015 06:52:35 AM
My favorite swaps on Craftster are always the Halloween swaps, and especially the Vintage Halloween swap! I can't resist joining every year. Here's what I made for my swap partner, the fabulous thisbirdsabsurd, this year. It's about 8" tall, made from paperclay on a foil armature. The star stand is the bottom of a paper mach box.


thisbird mentioned on the signup form that she like black cats, bats, and pumpkins, so I got in all three. The ruffle around his neck was originally white, so I colored it with a Copic marker.


Here's the back:


And a little closeup of his face, just for fun.


Wanna see what thisbird sent me in return? Hint: it's awesome, so yes, you do! Click here.
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38  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2015 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: August 19, 2015 05:33:40 PM
He's looking a little seasick in those pics (probably a rough ride in the mail truck). Here's his true colors.
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39  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2015 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: August 19, 2015 09:13:53 AM
Ooo, lucky me! I was not only the first to receive, but lookie what thisbirdsabsurd sent me. You are jealous.

It's a fine dapper fellow wearing a brightly colored suit and bow tie! He's definitely ready for the big day of Halloween.


He's perched on a little bench in an old cheese box. I love this box. Someone in the past used it for "2 IN ROOF NAIL". I know this because they wrote it on the end. Cheesy
Here's a nice side pic:


And I know you want a closeup of all the incredible detail, so here you go:


Thanks so, so much, Jen. I will love having this on my mantel every October!  Grin
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40  Tiny Witch in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: August 17, 2015 08:47:47 AM
She may be tiny, but she's fierce!


She's made from a wooden peg doll. Her hat is made from a dollop of Apoxie Sculpt.


She can come out of her box to play. Don't you love her trick or treat pail? It's one of my favorite miniatures.
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