Friday, October 7

Spooky “Boo” Frame

Happy “TGIF” my crafty friends…     Are you ready for the weekend!

I’m still working on my Halloween projects and today I have another fun one to share with you.

First, I should say this Spooky Frame was an “Epic fail” that turned into a “Not so bad” frame. Originally, I envisioned an old antique look with a black background and a crackled cream topcoat. NOT!!  This started out as a big flop but determination and frustration won and I ended up with a pretty sweet frame. Check it out… 

Boo Frame1Edit
I did my research, bought my materials and went to work. Now, I have crackled thing before (it has been a while) but seriously… How hard could it be? 

No matter what I did it would not crackle! I sanded the paint off and tried again and nothing! I was getting ready to scrap the whole darn thing but as I am sanding (for the 3rd time), I sort of liked the look that was taking shape. After playing around a bit and adding a little black using the dry brush technique, the frame finally came around. Not even close to what I had envisioned but it works!
 Material collage final edits
The subway art turned out so good. I found this particular piece at Eighteen25 (such a great blog!). It was so easy to download and print and she has several color versions and sizes. I printed it on 4x6 photo paper and then mounted on black card-stock. The chipboard letters were painted matte black and glue in place on the frame.

I guess I should thank my little mouse sander (I named her “little lady” years ago) for the handy work cause she really made it come to life!

Boo Frame Closeup1Matte

I really think I like it…

Boo Frame Closeup2

What do you think… Did it turn out okay or was it a flop???

Boo Frame Tilt1

One more project completed for the Haunted Mantle… YAY!!

Here is another simple project that I put together for the mantle - I picked up these candles at Hobby Lobby's 40% off Fall sale and I dressed them up with some Cosmo Cricket "Circa 1934" paper (this collection is fantastic!) and added a spider web for fun. So Simple!

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I am really happy with the way the Haunted Mantle is coming together and the Spooky Foyer is finished just waiting on me to snap a few pictures. 

You should check back over the next few days to see the reveal of our “Boo Time” Halloween fun! 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Until next time…
Simply AJ

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  1. I think it looks great! I love the weathered look, and you did a wonderful job on it.

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  2. I LOVE your distressed frame and candles. They're so fun for a Halloween mantle!

  3. Don't you love it when fails turn into successes?? I think the frame turned out perfect for a spooky Halloween frame! Great job.

  4. I totally need to get it together and decorate for the Halloween! This all looks fabulous and I am super jealous!! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with the FROG! I hope you will join me again this week! Plus, there is a HUGE giveaway included with this weeks party.
    Hope to see you there!

  5. I LOVE how the frame turned out! Even if it isn't quite what you were originally thinking I think it is perfect! :o) another great project and some more wonderful inspiration! Thank you!!!!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy


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