Saturday, October 29, 2011

Need a Fix until the Ghastlie Blog Hop Starts Back up on Monday?

I made one more thing. I couldn't help it. It has been in my mind the whole time. I couldn't help myself. I had leftovers. And my door? It was calling for something....anything. I didn't want anything else I made to be specifically designated for Halloween, but I wanted just one thing. THIS one thing.


Ach! I love it so much! I had several fussy cut characters leftover and I really wanted to represent them as a family.  I did the top sign that really represented the dynamics of our family (mom, dad, son, and daughter) but my daughter insisted that I include the other two so I added two small canvases for them.

I totally think she was right. I think it helped balance it all out and put the words in the middle instead of the bottom.  Here's a close-up of the main sign.

I used a large canvas I've had for quite a while and was using as a small quilt design board. I used a piece of textured gray fabric I got in a scrap bag from Pink Chalk Studios a few weeks ago as the base. The fabrics were all Mod Podged onto the canvas in layers. I will say, wait between layers for it to dry to avoid bubbles. I used printable fabric with a spooky font for the words, and tore the edges all around the word block to give it more texture. The edges also bubbled when I Mod Podged it but I love the look because it added character.

After everything was dry I added some 'extras' to give the project some depth. I used hemp rope to create the end of the broom. Vlad got a gold glitter glue ring; it doesn't show as much as I would like so my next idea is to break the sides off of a brad and hot glue it to his finger so it stands out a bit more. Mathilda's dress has been enhanced with some black sheer spider web fabric. I actually tacked that on with needle and thread to insure it stayed where I wanted it to be. Hubby helped me pick some buttons to stack together for replacing her flower on her hat. He was a GREAT help as he has taken some art classes; he helped me a lot with balancing everything.

 Mathilda's dress and hat

One of the reasons that I have a belated Ghastlie project is because I knew I had won some Halloween fabric and I was waiting for it to arrive. It didn't get here in time for the blog hop, which ended up being fine because I don't think I would have used it on this project anyway because the colors were more traditional Halloween colors. I decided to go ahead and make the sign in the colors that were represented and I love it. I also love my new fabric! It came the day after I finished the sign.

Look at all that spooky goodness! Thank you Allegory! I can't wait to use them! I did want to point out that I may not have used the fabrics but I did use one thing Allegory sent me...
See that orange ribbon? Yup, that's my sign holder!

14 comments:

Linz said...

EEeeeek! I LOVE that SO much!! So cute!!

Connie said...

Wow have you been hit by the Ghastlies! These are all so great and I love Mathilda's dress and flower on her hat! Great work and your new fabrics are really neat too!

M-R said...

Great idea for using those leftovers! Well done, Melinda!

gill said...

I love that it's so easy to fussy cut this Ghastlie fabric! I still haven't found any here in the UK and I even went to a quilt show today and looked for some!!

Mrs.Pickles said...

You read my mind i was just thinking it would be nice to see some more Ghastlies projects today. Love your signs very creative. I'm also envious of your Halloween fabric. My local quilt shop "doesn't believe in Halloween"i am trying to find some online today :)

piece peace said...

Many thanks, as I did indeed need a Ghastlie fix. I love the embellished Ghastlie sign. Awesome teamwork!

Allegory said...

I thought I recognized that ribbon!
Such a great door hanging! I love all the embellishments you added.

iluvmybugs said...

Adorable Halloween sign!!! TFS

WandaFish said...

Thanks for the extra Ghastlie fix! I was feeling quite lonely without any today, lol.
What a wonderful Halloween decoration! I love all your little embellishments :)

Grammasheri said...

Sweet! SO glad you gave us a weekend fix of Ghastlie. A perfect door hanging...love the embellishments!

Dannelle said...

I almost forgot the the Ghastlies could be used for Halloween (LOL)! After just one week I think of them as everyday family! Great decoration and so clever to add all the extras!

Denise :) said...

That was FUN! I love the dress embellisments, especially! :)

VickiT said...

That is just adorable ~ or is it Ghastlie? LOVE IT! The broom is great how it adds that 3D dimension and then the skirt on the witch -very cool.

Loralynn said...

Absolutely darling! I love the extra embellishments, it really makes the project pop!