Monday, 16 October 2017

The Bone Collector...

Hello friends and welcome to another brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week, our theme is called ~ IT'S A DOG'S LIFE and for this one, I think the clue is in the title because we want to see you use a dog within your project! So, it doesn't matter what you choose to make, we just need to see those cute or crazy little dogs make an appearance!

For my project this week, I chose to use a Crazy Dog from Tim Holtz, who has been framed in the moment of trick, treating and just a little bone collecting...
So, it's time for the new challenge to begin and here's how I created this piece...
I started by creating my frame and used one of Tim's Mini Framed Panels, which I painted with a couple of coats of Black Soot Distress Paint, drying the paint layers thoroughly between coats.

Once I was happy with the coverage, I then dry brushed the frame with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, to accentuate the beading around the edge and allowed this to dry.

I then applied a small amount of Old Brass Alchemy Wax over the top of the beading to complete the paintwork.
For the next stage, I used some paper from the Halloween Paper Stash to create my background. I cut the paper to the same size as the back panel of the frame and then attached it by using Vintage Collage Medium, which gave it a slightly warmer colour. I then used the Ground Espresso Distress Crayon around the edges, blending the colour towards the centre.

To complete the background, I added flicks of Black Soot paint and allowed everything to dry.

Now for my little Crazy Dog, I stamped the dog image and the witches hat from the Crazy Things stamp set, onto watercolour card and watercolored them with Distress Marker Pens.I used the corresponding and matching Sizzix dies to each image, to die cut the dog and hat and then attached the hat to my dog, using foam pads on the back to create a little more dimension.
For the base of my panel and to set the scene, I began by using some of the super-cute Halloween Fringe, which I spritzed lightly with some Antiqued Bronze Mica Spray. I heat dried the fringe immediately and then attached the fringing along the bottom section of the frame.
For the next layer, I used some cheesecloth, coloured with Peeled Paint and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain. Once the cloth was dry, I arranged it along the bottom, placing it above the fringe and attaching it with Collage Medium. To complete the ground section, I added some moss.
I then attached my dog, using foam pads before adding a pumpkin piece, which I cut in half to fix to my panel, a skull and some Boneyard Findings...tucking them all into the arrangement along the bottom of my frame.
For the finishing touches, I added some die cut bats, taken from the Haunted House die set and attached these with Collage Medium and completed the panel with the perfect Halloween Word Band  Bone Collector, which I altered with a small amount of Picket Fence Paint to highlight the wording.
So, that completes my panel, the moment in time when this crazy dog was caught in the moment and framed for his crime of bone collecting!
As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


  1. It's in the details ... " Oh them bones .. " LOL . How fun is that; he's one heck of a Bone Collector !

  2. oh my goodness this really made me laugh!! a spooky doggy bone collector!! LOL, the whole design of this is brilliant!! Love it :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. This is another masterpiece of yours! Everything is perfect and perfectly done. I love the background with blended paints and the crazy doggy wearing the hat and the bottom section of your panel with so many different materials. Hugs, Marzena

  4. Hahaha!!! This is hilarious!!! And how you put it all together is fantastic!!!

  5. Excellence again. I love the humor in this piece, it so much fun! I love the scene with all it's little details and that gnarly little dog doesn't look like one to be messed with. All your details are done to perfection and this week, like every other is such a treat! Gosh, you have an amazing gift!

    Cathie ♥

  6. what a fun framed panel - the dog with the hat is so funny and I love all the texture at the bottom!

  7. PINNED! LOVE seeing the crazies for holidays, and this Halloween cutie is perfection! LOVE all the details!

  8. I don't know whether to grin and giggle or be afraid. What a fun piece!

  9. hahaha! fabulous creativity, clever wordplay,and super humour, Emma. Love it. This one sure did make me smile and lol . Thank you :)
    big hugs x

  10. Emma, I just had to laugh at the name you gave this handsome fellow! How perfect for a dog! Love it!! Hugs, Maura

  11. I absolutely adore your scary halloween dog in the frame!!!! awesome!!!!

  12. Emma, this is perfect! The dog is colored perfectly and I love the ephemera you used to embellish!! : )

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. How clever this is! I am so impressed with your ability to make things whimsical and sophisticated at the same time. The texture here is remarkable and I love how your dog is so charming!

  14. A wonderful piece with lots of great detail!!!!

  15. Your framed panel is fantastic! I love the pops of colour you used on this piece, they really draw the eye into all the lovely details you created - beautiful 😁. Wishing you a happy week! J 😊

  16. This is such a clever Halloween project Emma! I love how mischievous he looks there among all the layers of Halloween embellishments. So fun! The frame itself is stunning too.

  17. This piece is absolutely gorgeous, frame is fantastic and your dog so beautiful! Barbara

  18. This is such a fun and awesome creation, Emma. Love the beautiful Halloween elements. The crazy looks so cool with hat! :)

  19. your project is adorable Emma, love that mischievious pup already dressed up for trick and treating...hugs kath xxx

  20. What a fabulous Halloween project, Emma! Love to see this dog dressed up in a Halloween outfit, instead of Christmas one :). I think this look is better on him! Hugs, Sandra

  21. I absolutely love this, it appeals to me because I think the dog is kind of cute in a way, he may have those teeth out for Halloween but I bet he's actually a rather soft dog who would like nothing better than to play fetch with a ball or two.


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Emma ~xx

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