thanksgiving whimsy
out with the scarey...

H is for Halloween

the ways to use it challenge on SCS was to use a monogram...i took creative license and used the letter for this halloween card:

i'm pretty sure i am gonna have a REALLY hard time parting with this one! i am in love...ever make something that just seems so you that you just can't stop admiring it? it happens lots when i look at other people's creations...but not always mine...

i have a special treat for you today! see those pumpkins in the background? would you like to see how to make 'em????

i am a country girl at heart...and, i decorate with a country flair...if it is rusty, sanded, tattered, banged up...antique, vintage, or new...i heart it! so, when i was looking for some cheap pumpkins to decorate with last year that kept with my country style, i got REALLY frustrated! anything that was more country looking was twice, if not triple the price of the bright, fake looking pumpkins (and gourds) is what i did...

first i took the cheap fake looking pumpkins...

these are the hallow styrofoamy ones that you find at most craft stores...paint-able, cut-able, etc...

then i gathered these supplies:

the pumpkins of course, a cheapy paint brush, an antiquing medium of some sort (this one is antiquing polish in brown by folk art...but any antique made for crafting, tole painting, etc will work), and lots of paper towels...

then, just go to town painting that bad boy don't have to be neat in any way...cover the whole thing bottom to's okay to set it down on the paper towel or grab the top with a paper towel while doing is what you end up with...

all covered and looking grungy...grab two paper for each hand and pick up the pumpkin....just patting off the antiquing with both towels...take off as much or as little as you like...

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how much you leave will make the pumpkin a muted version of it's former self with most antiquing taken off, lots left on is more primitive...this is kinda middle of the road...

purposely leave antiquing in the cracks and the stem area...if you take too much off...just brush some more will take a while for it to dry up, but you will be decorating with them within an hour or's before and after...
so much better! here is what a white one looks like...before...

and, all of the pumpkins after:

i just did a few small ones this year to show you how to do it...last year i bought all different sizes and shapes...gourds is what i used them for in the living room...

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...these are the tops of the two book shelves in the living room...kinda framing in the TV mounted on the wall...


hope you enjoyed the little tutorial and you run to your local craft store to grab up some pumpkins...they are bound to be on sale or clearance cause everyone has CHRISTMAS now! that scares me...a lot!

can't wait for the over this work week!!!

ingredients (for the card way at the top of the extra long post!):
SU! very vanilla cs, spooked dp from my mind's eye (also die cuts), ribbon & buttons from stash, heidi swap ghost letter H*, tim holtz journaling ticket, ivory crochet thread, aged copper brad, punches, & nestibilities
catslife press halloween stamp, pallette black noir ink, several distress inks, jumbo java & wheat versamagic dew drops, sponges, dimensionals
*i not only inked up every thing (ribbon, thread, paper, cs, etc) with distress ink, but i also inked up the ghost letter...which is clear to start...i first inked up the front of the h with the dew drop ink, paying attention the edges mostly...then flipped it over and inked up the back with the pallette black ink...before it dried, i used the end of a paint brush to swirl in some detail...then used my heat gun to dry it all up...


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LOVE LOVE LOVE your halloween card! I can see how it would be hard to part with, you may need to just keep it and frame that baby! Thanks for your pumpkin "how to", so much better than the store bought look. Love em!


I love your card, your pumpkins and your house! So fun!

Anna Wight (SweetMissDaisy)

First, I *love love love* your halloween card!
Second, LOVE that you painted those dreadfully BRIGHT pumpkins -- MUCH better!! It's fun to do that with REAL pumpkins too!! =)

Mike Payson

That is so cool! The pumpkins really look good. I will definitely be trying this. Thanks:)

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