Friday, October 14, 2011

Welcome To The Scraps of Darkness Halloween Blog Hop!

Hi Everybody and welcome to my blog!! If you have been playing along with the blog hop you have found me by way of  Karen's (a.k.a. lostcoastscrapper) Blog If not you are welcome to jump in and start at the beginning by going to the Scraps Of Darkness Blog!!

How to play:
  Our design team will be revealing their projects for the Scraps Of Darkness October Kit-All Hallow's Eve. You will need to visit each blog and leave a comment that you have been there. Your last stop will be Lisa's (a.k.a. Raining) Blog.

Melinda will be giving away 2 of those uber gorgeous kits-squeeel!!! Here is a pic of the dark beauty:


To qualify for the two Scraps Of Darkness October Kits that are being given away,  you will need to leave a comment on the Scraps Of Darkness Blog, and all of the Design Team's Blogs, letting us know you have visited all the designers. A winner will be randomly selected. You have from  Saturday, October 15- Sunday October 16th  (12:00 a.m. pacific standard time) to complete the hop. A winner will be announced on Monday October 17th!!!

Along the way, the design team members will be offering up their own raks and prizes!!!! So you can win more than one prize!! Just don't forget to leave a comment at each stop you make!
In case you get lost along the way here is a complete list of  order:

I Am Your Sixth Stop!
The following are my reveal projects that I created using the Scraps Of Darkness October Kit-. I wanted to show off the amazing versatility of these blow me away gorgeous kits that Melinda puts together for us. The kits along with coordinating add ons offered each month will have you scrapping beautifully right out of the box. The kits are packed with so many goodies and items that you will find yourself reaching for again and again, and you will also find that you spend less time shopping and more time scrapping, almost everything you need is delivered to your door.

Each kit comes with a sketch from our super talented sketch artist, Charlotte (aka Suepup). These sketches will inspire you and keep that mojo flowing. Here is this month's sketch:

And here is my interpretation:

This layout shows the romantic side to the kit with a photo of one of my favorite dark couples of all time, Mina and Dracula, from Bram Stoker's version of the movie "Dracula".
I created this resin look chandelier, using chipboard, gel medium and the gorgeous Shimmerz Enamels from the this month's color add on.

To create the flower layer, I used the Petaloo Chantilly flowers from the Flora & Fauna add on, mixed with some tulle flowers I created and hand painted florals and swirls I cut out with my Sizzix. The clock face is the Kaiser Acetate frames from the kit.




The frame around the photo is one of the Moxie Die Cuts from the Romance Add On, the bling on the edges of the frame and the vine winding it's way through the layout was included in the kit.


Next, I wanted to show the more girlie grunge side:

This layout is the example for the Stalker Challenge that I host each month over at Scraps Of Darkness, and I would love to have you come and play along! I used the Dusty Attic Sketch from this Month for inspiration.


I used the pps from the kit,  and punched circles, then did machine sewing to accent the edges. The large circle features my wicked black & white photo, framed out with card stock from last monthes kit,  Petaloo and Prima flowers from the Romance add on, and one of the painted and tattooed Dusty Attic spiders that I purchased from the Scraps Of Darkness store.


I did a lot of technique work on the layout. The background is strips of white card stock and cheesecloth. I then took the brick mask from last month's kit and painted it on with gel medium and the black Ingvild Bolme ink included in the kit.  The spider web is one that I hand drew onto the layout with glue, layed yarn down into the pattern and then stickled to get the glitter and depth effect.


I love how the large spider turned out that I hand tattooed and then blinged up. don't you just love how she is dropping down the brick wall? My journaling is a Sir Walter Scott quote-"Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice To Deceive", and ties right in to my title work Deception.


The next layout is for the Halloween Movie Contest that Mel's husband, Brian is putting up a prize for! The winner will receive a $50.00 credit to the Scraps Of Darkness Store!!! Mine of course is just for fun, but I invite you to join us for a chance at that more than awesome prize!
I did my layout based on the movie "Nightmare On Elm Street", and it definitely shows the very dark side to the kit. That movie scared the bejeezies out of me! I am trying to get up the nerve to watch it again with my teenage son, Draven, but that Freddy Kruegar totally mortifies me.

I used lots of distressed pp layers from the kit to create this layout.


I want to mention that we did a critter swap, hosted by Sarah (aka Chaton13) and I got the wicked gold flies that you see on the layout from Nancy (aka Nancola). We called them sticky bugs, because when they arrived the gold leaf had not yet dried, but I left them out in the air and they did finally dry. So, thank you Nancy! I didn't have to give them a glitter bath after all-lol!! The strips behind Freddie's photo are pieces of dry wall repair -lol. I did some masking in the background with a chicken wire template and the Shimmerz mist from the kit.

I fussy cut the house from the pp, colored the windows with markers for emphasis, and adhered it with foam dots for dimension. I popped on a tiny, creepy Freddy shadow in the eve.

The door door frame came in the Romance add on and I sprayed it with the Shimmerz Mist from the CAO and then Rock Candied it for texture. The barbed wire and key are Dusty Attic pieces that I gussied up.


And last, but not least, is a layout that features my son Draven when he was 18 months old, dressed as a Dragon for Halloween. This layout shows the fun, cute side of the kit:

This layout is made up of lots of pp layers from the kit. the orange layer has stenciling done with gel medium for texture and depth.



The flowers with the crystal centers are from the Flora & Fauna add on and the one small orange flower is from July's kit. The swirl pieces are chipboard that I cut apart and painted using the Shimmerz paint from the CAO and purple ink.

I created a vile of Dragon Tears using a Tim Holtz bottle, glitter, and then made a label and tied a piece of raffia around it. The frame under the photo is one of the Moxxie die cuts from the Romance add on that I stickled and blinged with the Kaiser gems from the kit.


The letters are the Pink Paislee chipboard letters from the kit. I inked the edges for  contrast.


Thanks for letting me share all of my reveal layouts with you, and now for the........

PRIZE!!!
I am giving away a $20.00 Gift Certificate to the Scraps Of Darkness store!!!! Mel keeps our store stocked with the latest chipboard, embellishments and technique driven  supplies, and here is your chance to win a little extra spending cash for some of that scrappy goodness! To enter, you must be a follower of my blog, and then make sure to leave me a comment to this post. When the blog hop ends Sunday night, all entries will be put into a bowl and a name will be drawn and announced here on my blog Monday morning. Be sure to check back Monday to see if you won, and then contact me with the e-mail address that you want the gift certificate delivered to electronically. It's that simple!!!

Thanks for hopping by! Your next stop is my little dark sister Cheryl's (aka C Mom Go) Blog!! Have fun, but a quick warning, she said she was scrapping really dark and spooky!!!!!  ~Renea

40 comments:

Lisa aka Raining said...

Holy Moly Renea! You rocked this kit! Awesome work!

misty said...

OK, I feel like I keep saying this but on every hop I take but WOW!!! These pages are spectacular...love every one! Freddie is my most hated character too, btw! I had tons of nightmares!!...mine on jackson st though! :)

DesiLee said...

Great layouts! I love the versatility. Freddy Krueger is my favorite horror movie "monster". I'm a follower now.

Denay said...

I love the versatility of this kit, but my favorite is the lo of your son at 18 months. So cute.

Charlotte-AKA suepup said...

Oh my.....love the Deception!
straight Awesome work!

MommaSaid said...

Hello! I'm a new follower and I'm madly in love with your chandelier and spider creations. I look forward to enjoying more in the time to come.

aaveiro said...

Renea I love all your layouts!!! I am also enjoying the blog hop!!!

Scrap To It said...

Trying out my first blog hop :) thanks for the chance to win. I love all the detail in your work!

Cheryl (C Mom Go) said...

You totally knocked these pages right out of the ball park!!! All are AMAZING!! I love how dark and morbid you went also adding such a cute sweet page too.

Lisa said...

I love your designs for this month's "Scraps of Darkness"! I really LOVE your "deception" lo! OH MY...it is really sooooo cool with the distressed brick wall up the whole paper and that creepy spider and web is really amazing! I want to make something just like it!!! Thanks so much for the amazing inspiration! This is my first blog hop...always participate in hosting them but never a HOPPER! lol Thx for the chance to win some amazing prizes! Hugs....Lisa

CraftySprinkles said...

Fantastic pages Renea!! Love them all, but that spider one is so cool and creepy in a good way :D

Lenethren said...

Wow....fabulous layouts. Really loving the cute dragon one though. Thanks for the chance to win a prize and the inspiration!

elena said...

I love your pages. With which I could not stay. A greeting from Spain. http://lluviatrasloscristales.blogspot.com/

ms.schwiet said...

your distress work is genius. One of my favorite things I saw was how you did the title on the chippie spider web...wicked cool

jengd said...

Fabulous layouts!! The Dracula one frames them beautifully and the Deception one is just amazing. Of course, I couldn't help but laugh at the one of your son... been there, done that. :)

nkaigle said...

Renea, your work is always inspirational and amazing to me, and this month is no exception. Always so well designed and executed, it is hard to choose a favorite! Love the page with the spiderweb, the "tangled web" layout, lots of super techniques, a real standout!!!

Vicki said...

Your layouts are masterpieces..I can not get over all the layering and the very cool embellishments!

Andrea Slee said...

Love how versatile and creative your work is! Awesome job with the kit!! I'm now following you!

Nancy said...

Absolutely FANTASTIC job on each and everyone of your layouts Renea! masterpieces! and I am so glad to here that those dang flies finally dried LOL!!! I had plans on blinging them out even more...but the pesky little stickie bugs just did not cooperate in a timely manner! LOL! They look fab though, if I do say so myself!!! :) This has been a lot of fun hopping along!

Nicolle said...

Amazing work and kit! Love all the details on your LO's..:)

Heidi Bound said...

WOW! Your layouts took my breath away...GORGEOUS!

Jax said...

Wow - love your chandelier and the giant spider. The gold fly from the bug swap is beautiful. Am a follower.

Carol said...

Bloody freakn' fantastic! WOW I am always inspired by your layouts but these are...I have no words just amazing. Love them all my fav - deception!

Ashley Van Etten said...

I am just blown away by your reveal!! Amazingly stunning!!! Wow.

Scrap Vamp said...

Your creations just floor me! The attention to detail you put into these gorgeous pages amazes me!

Raeven said...

Oh my, the talent I am seeing during this blog hop is amazing. I'm going to check out your stalker challenge. Just the same has me intrigued. I LOVED your chandelier. Its unique and gorgeous.

I've subscribed to your blog and will be back after some more hopping to read some more of your posts.

vickie c said...

Love the lo. Really liked the one with your son. It was really cute. Thanks for a chance to win

Micupoftea~ said...

wowzers, girl, you done good! Love the LOs, fun blog hop!! Hey, your new avi looks fabulous too :)
shawn

Nitasha said...

Your work is fab! I love all of the texture and layers of your work, especially on the 'Eternal' layout! Happy to be a new follower!

Dara Lynn said...

Renea! What a fabulous layouts from the kit!!!! Totally unique embellishments and paper treatments make these pages sooooo unique! Love the Deception page and "Little Dragon Tears"! New follower!

Sharon (Fritchey) said...

Such amazing and beautiful pages, Renea! You really showed how multifaceted this kit can be, depending on your mood! Thanks so much for sharing all of your awesome work with this kit, my friend!!!!!!!

zandra said...

Wow, spooktacular layouts! Thanks for a chance to win.
Hugz, Z

CourtneyV said...

Renea your work is absolutely amazing...i am loving that black and white layout!! amazing work...and thank you for the absolutely awesome chance to win a prize!! I always look forward to your work and will continue to be inspired!!

A Scrap-a-Teeny Girl said...

I can't believe all the cool techniques I can learn from just this post! Can't wait to browse around more & check it ALL out! Wonderful layouts! :D Becky

lost coast scrapper said...

Renea, Your work with this kit is just INCREDIBLE!!! I really love all the techniques and special touches on your B&W Goth page, Beautifully done my friend!!!

joydee1963 said...

Your layouts are wonderful! Your follower and friend on scrapbooking.com joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

kksb said...

Wow! Your layouts are ever so creepy! The deception layout...incredible!!! Those spiders...EEK!!!

DK Spins said...

Wow Renea, all of these are awesome layouts! I love all the techniques you used in the Deception layout - gorgeous texture. Katmama

maxell said...

Wow. Popping colors in the first layout. Great!

And that spider. Love it!

Monica said...

super duper! loved it!