Saturday 1 October 2016

Ball and chain...

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my blog where today I'd like to introduce the new challenge over at Country View Challenges. It was my choice this month and because it is October I chose "All things spooky". Quite funny really if you know that Halloween is not really celebrated in Holland.
One year when it looked like it was taking off I made a whole bunch of sweet bags for the kids and yes, you guessed it, nobody came ! lol... I had to eat all the sweets myself !

Anyway, I would love it if you played along with our challenge. You'll find all the rules on the Country View Blog HERE.

Here is my first project of this month. It is not too spooky but I think it is funny. I have written up the process so you could recreate it or something like it if you wish.

Here is the finished page: 

And here is how I made it:

I started off with my gelli plate and some light blue paint as a base. 

Next I used purple paint and a star shaped foam stamp to create some interest. 
That was the background basically done. I did think that the stars weren't light enough so I used the same foam stamp and white paint to make them lighter by stamping over the top. Sorry I didn't take a picture of that but you get the idea....

Next, although the stars were now lighter I still thought they didn't stand out enough so I used a Dina Wakley stamp which fitted nicely over top of the stars. I stamped them with VersaMark ink, making sure to sometimes stamp them slightly askew. I then heat embossed the stars with white embossing powder from WOW. 

I also used a PaperArtsy script stamp and some black Archival in between the stars for more interest and texture.. 

As my focal images I used Morticia and Gomez from VeraLaneStudios. I love the Addams Family films and I think these drawings by Janet Klein, who also designs stamps for Stampotique, are absolutely fantastic ! These are digital images and I chose to colour them with Copic Markers. 

And here they are. Next I cut them out which was not easy with all the little fiddly bits on Morticia but I didn't do a bad job, I think....

I then put them on my page to see if I liked it. I thought they didn't stand out enough so I die cut an oval from book pages to put them on... sorry got carried away and forgot to take a picture.... 

Next I got my typewriter out and used the same book page that I used for the oval to type my sentiment on. I use the blank sides on the pages for this. I think it is nice to have the same paper for unity. I then cut out the sentiment, which is a quote from one of the films and put the whole thing together... 

I think it turned out great ! I hope you think that too ! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today and please join us for this challenge. You might win a GBP20,-- gift card from the shop ! 


  1. Fabulous page, Corrie! Great background for Morticia and Gomez! The oval shape background really highlighted them! I love your Copic colouring too! xx

  2. Fabulous challenge choice Corrie and I love your fun Adams family page. Your old typewriter is brilliant! Xx

  3. Great fun Corrie! I am impressed at the typewriter too... I do have one lying around, probably in the furthest confines of the attic, and I never thought of using it for crafting!

  4. Love this Corrie, looks like you had fun making it. Love the typewriter too. Hugs Debsxx

  5. Funny card, Corrie! Your background looks fabulous, Love the layered stars!
    xxx Evelyn

  6. LOVE the Addams Family - spooky & fun!

  7. Love the background Corrie, and the Coptic colouring. One year, I had to eat up all the Halloween treats too. Xx

  8. I absolutely adore this Corrie - really fabulous and I just adore those stamps xx

  9. Great make Corrie, love the stars background (I have a similar one waiting to be finished in my journal) and the spooky images. Great make for your challenge xxx

  10. Just back to say thanks for joining in with my Halloween giveaway with this fabulous project xxx

  11. Super duidelijke uitleg weer! En toen ik de uitdaging daar zag dacht ik al dat jij die gekozen had:)! Leuk! Groetjes, Gerrina

  12. Such a great make Corrie! The gelli plate background is stunning and your colouring is just fabulous! Really spooky images! Jennie x

  13. This is fabulous Corrie, I like the book page oval behind the characters, it really makes them pop! xx

  14. Faboolous, love Morticia and Gomez! Deb xo

  15. Fab page loving those stamps xx have a lovely Sunday x