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11  World Halloween Pumpkin remake with tut. in Halloween Decor and Parties by cmarion3 on: October 26, 2017 09:36:17 AM
I had acquired (hoarded) an old world globe. It had split and was covered in bandaids (yes, the world needs bandaids) and other kid markings.

- Large round item, could be an old globe or a paper mached kids play ball, cut in half with the ball removed. Or you could cut the top off as in a regular pumpkin and remove the ball by deflating.
- Gesso or primer
- Orange and brown paint in various shades. I used Canyon Orange as a base, then added highlights in a lighter orange and shadows for the divisions in the pumpkin in burnt sienna, burnt orange, burnt umber.
- Tape measure or other flexible object for a straight edge to wrap around the globe.
- utility or Xacto knife.

* Paint the halves of the globe with the primer, then paint several coats of canyon orange to cover.
* Place the halves together, if they don't hold, use a masking tape that won't pull paint off to hold it together. This is so the divisions run from top to bottom seamlessly.
* Using the flexible straight edge, pencil in the divisions in the pumpkin. Don't make them too regular, vary in width.
* Using a dry brush add a darker orange to a division line, blend out from the center. BTW fingers work great here to blend the colors.
* Add a darker color and blend out again, but not so far. Be irregular here as well. Do all the divisions.
* Brush on a lighter orange between two divisions as highlights.
* When dry cut out eyes and mouth from black paper to position the features. The globe was hard to cut, so I kept it very simple.
* Trace around the features then cut out with a utility knife or other blade. BE CAREFUL! This is much harder than cutting a real pumpkin and the knife could slip and cause blood and gore. Great for a Halloween theme, but not fun.
* Paint the edges if necessary, with more orange paint.

* Create a stem. I used pink rigid insulating foam and carved out a stem, covered it in masking tape, then painted. Or take a toilet paper roll, cut to height, bend in the top as needed, cover in paper mache or masking tape and paint in shades of green, gold, and brown.
* When dry, glue to the top. Add some leaves cut out of paper or from a floral swag. Or felt some leaves, come on here folks, we are craftsters!
* You may need to create a base if you used a globe. An old round take out container, a ring cut from a 2 liter bottle or such can make a great base.
* Add lights, DO NOT USE A CANDLE - this is paper after all. LED tea lights or candle or battery operated short strings of lights work well.
* If you will be using outside, spray the outside with a clear coat rated for outdoors. I wouldn't leave it out very long, but a coating or two would keep it from absorbing too much moisture.

Turn off the lights and enjoy.

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12  Re: OTT October Holidays 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 24, 2017 05:52:57 AM
Ludi out did herself in one tiny thing with an amazing demon cat! The detail is amazing and when seen in a dim room....terrifying! Thank you so much, this is perfect. And my extremely mellow black cat appreciates it too, he's trying to look fiercer these days.

Look at the detail, down to a bit of white to highlight the eyes!

This is a bit blurry, but look how the snarl and flames stand out in dimmer light.

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13  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 23, 2017 09:47:50 AM
Missingwillow said I should post the house i sent her, she's rather busy...we all know that one.

I selected  her aliens abducting farm animals, then forgot to add the aliens and the farm animals...I guess the aliens flew off! But they left a haunted barn behind. The cobwebs glow in the dark.

Missing willow, you have to acquire some more farm animals to entice the aliens to return.

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14  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 23, 2017 06:11:14 AM
I received from irid3sc3nt and thepeachmartini. I'm happy to have more halloween houses to display and sad that I have no more coming in the mail. My 2017 collection is complete. I line my front window with the houses and the cats knock them off, I put them back. Fun times in October! Thank you, thank you.

From irid3sc3nt a toxique poison infused witch house. Look at her...she's definitely on the wicked side! And the back shows is a witchy poster, a cat and more wonderful things.

And from thepeachmartini a Practical magic Apothecary. The shop was opened in 1692 by Ms. Opalina Grimm. It's a lovely cofin shapped shop with medicinals, bones, and a crystal ball!

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15  It's almost midnight on Halloween!!! in Halloween Decor and Parties by cmarion3 on: October 23, 2017 05:55:47 AM
I had an old cheap wall clock that had given up on working. So, I now have a new door decoration. It's almost midnight on Halloween.

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16  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2017 (SIGNUPS 9/1-9/15; MAIL BY 10/16) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cmarion3 on: October 16, 2017 07:34:29 AM
I will be sending out late as well, I mixed up send dates on swaps. I need one more evening and can't do anything until Tuesday evening, so a Wed am send out. I mean, driving into the Adirondacks and picking up a Hornbeck canoe really ate up my Saturday. It was a 3 hour drive through Northeast fall foliage, 3 hours playing with canoes on a pond and getting our canoe fully outfitted and 3 hours back. Wooooo. But two houses are done and the third is in progress.

But I did get this little sweetie finished for installation on my home town main street. Our church enters the scarecrow contest every year, this is Justice Woman!

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17  Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: October 01, 2017 02:03:47 PM
I received this wonderfully spooky haunted house from MissingWillow. "It's beginning to look a lot like halloween...all around the house." Perfect start to the gallery.

Spooky wonky house with a protective pumpkin out front. Beware trick or treaters!

And the back...just to let you know what is lurking inside.
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18  Flower Power Beer Upcycle! in Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: September 25, 2017 02:44:54 PM
I won this beer in an auction and after enjoying the beer in the approved manner (at home and while crafting), I just couldn't throw those bottles away.

My crafting counter has lately been a big mess and so in the futile attempt at organizing I turned one of those bottles into a tape holder for masking tape and packing tape and whatever. It even holds my favorite scissors (that I constantly lose). Not much use for washi tape, but one step at a time.

So good old E6000 and an old CD came to the rescue. Simple, effective and one small step for crafty organization.


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19  Re: Inchie House, Fairy Style Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: September 25, 2017 07:19:49 AM
I love all the little houses. So creative and fun. All those steeply peaked houses are so sweet. The fairies must be so happy.

here are pre-build house shots of the one's I sent out. sammylouise40, could you take some shots of the rock house without the roof? I can't find my pics of thta one. PS, the roof is upside down...but I rather like it that way.

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20  Re: Inchie House, Fairy Style Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: September 22, 2017 02:01:00 PM
I went on vacation to a beautiful Vermont reservoir, quiet, remote, lots of canoeing and hiking....simply one of the most relaxing trips I've ever taken. And I came home to three beautiful tiny houses. But, I was a bit busy, so a week later I try to find all the pieces, put them with the right house...and I can't find any of the cards. So please identify your house geekgirl1000100, sammylouise40, sarasmile. Oh and let me know if the wrong house is sitting on the wrong land.

So I finally glued them up, put them in a box to transport to another room, set them on a chair then promptly sat on them! Only squished a little, I caught myself, but whew, these houses have been through some weather just like Texas, Florida, the caribbean and surrounds, Mexico, and all the others. Scary world right now.

This first house is so sweet, little vines, a tiny shell door knob and a wonderful purple shiny roof!

The second is woody and wonderful with a leaf covered roof (little cut out leaves, whoa!) and a little frog.

and the last house is amazing, a mass of shells for a roof, a sandy yard with a little flower light, jewels for doors and windows and beautiful blue/teal/green/gold paper. Just look at that roof.

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