Wednesday 12 September 2012

Haunted Design House Challenge. Oh my Gourd

Well its past due that time for this weeks challenge over at Haunted Design House.
I have been a little busy this week so I am making the 'wretched wednesday' posting.
The theme this week is 'Oh My Gourd'  we are getting in the mood for Halloween early over at hdh and we require you to base your project around Pumpkins. Now you can either carve a pumpkin,stamp with pumpkin stamps, paint a pumpkin etc etc etc.  I'm sure you all get the idea.

We have a wonderfully creative and timely sponsor this week!!
Funworld's Floating Pumpkin Hangers
These are called Floating Pumpkin Hanger kits.
Very cool concept and pretty simple to put together.
These look awesome in a grouping and the website has lots of 
photos and design ideas. They are available through Spirit,
Amazon, and possibly other online retailers. A simple Google search
should help you locate them in your area. They even have a Face Book page

I have made a very simple tag and atc this week, The tag was made using the Tim Holtze tag die, stained with the orange distress pad and stamped over with a 'cover the card' pattern stamp in vermilion archival ink.The skull and pumpkins were stamped in Black archival and are from the new Paper Artsy Halloween sets.
The bat, cat and pumpkin were given to me by my Blog friend Elly when we swapped some ATC's they were given coat of black distress ink and then clear embossed with UTEE.

The ATC was given the same orange stain and stamped with the same cover a card stamp, the pumpkin image is again from paper artsy. It was then covered in UTEE to give it that glossy look and to really bring out the orange colour under the black.

The pic is not great as it's a glossy surface.

Even though they are simple I quite like them, I normally like to do more but sometimes less works just as well ;)

We would love to see you over at Haunted Design House, there you can see the hangers in action and all the really cool projects from the other DT members.

Thanks for stopping by, x


  1. Both tags look great, nice friends you have who send just the right things you need. Trying to do the Time worn items at the mo, managed to finish the rust, and as you said quite difficult. love Francesca

  2. Hi Mark, very simple, yes ... you're kidding. Just love this pair, the color's really popping out on the ATC and the big background stamp is a very good choice. Missed your entry on the blog already :-) Great job!
    hugs, Suzanne xx

  3. I love the texture on these. Your work is super classy ;p

  4. Great makes , love the orange colours.fab pumpkin stamps too!! Just great makes , sorry didn't get back to you will do in mo! Trace x

  5. Two superb creations. I love the gloss finish on that ATC and the background effect on that tag is amazing :-) xxxxxxxxx

  6. ohooo this is just fabulous! Thanks for the note to the challenge, gone and joined in! MUST get me some scary stuff! Brilliant! Tlove all the DT creations

  7. Hi Mark, great zingy colours on these tags! Like the pumpkin stamps too. Seems like you've been busy! Hope we'll catch up soon.

  8. Very cool, as always... love the glossy ATC, and the stamped background on both is yummy! "Oh my Gourd?" - big groan!!
    Alison x

  9. that's a theme title!!...great work Mark, the colour is deliciously rich, your inking is sharp & the stamps are great fun especially the skull, loVe Elly's piece's too & the ATC with it's mini monster pumpkin has a slightly more sinister vibe...perfect for halloween...always a delight to visit here Mark...Melxx :)

  10. Really cool tags, love the stamps!!

  11. Hi Mark, I adore Halloween so I think your tag with the skullis fabulous, love that rich orange and the embellies look great. Not so sure about the sinister pumpkin but again I love the rich colour. You are right about the less is more, sometimes it works really well - like on your projects! Great work as always. Anne :)

  12. ...congratulations Mark on that fantastic win over at SSSS your name jumped right out at me...well done...Melxx :)

  13. Love these Mark! My favourite is the ATC - great colours and image with the utee over the top making the colours sing.

  14. Fab work, Mark! Love the orange and black and the Utee finish is so cool. xxD

  15. Good Gourd, Mark,

    your tag and the ATC are just marvellous!!!!

    Greetings from Vienna,
    die amelie xx

  16. Cool, cool halloween projects and congrats to your win on SSSS!! (:o) I'm so happy for you/ with you...doing a dance.. (:o)

  17. These are brilliant, so rich in colour, the black and orange work really well together. Love the pumpkin image on your ATC, not seen that stamp before, think I might be spending pennies again lol. Px

  18. Lovin these Mark. Such rich vibrant colour Mmmmmmmm. Thanks for the Inspiration mate. I've joined in with the challenge too.

  19. I'm loving both creations! The overstamping of the background image gives a great visual texture and cool effect. The UTEE really makes the tag embellishments pop and really brings out the vibrant orange of your ATC. Fabulous work!

  20. Hey Mark! I love your Oh My Gourd tags! I even love the title if this blog post! Haha when I read the comments that you posted on my blog...about how Andy Skinner lives so close to you and you can often attend his classes, I have to say, I am green with envy! He is such a talent and true artist! Thank you so much for the comments that you left on my blog. I found your thoughts very interesting...and one in particular that I won't expand on but let's just say, I understand. :) and I definitely don't think you should be lynched. Andy is a gifted and I spired artist! I LOVE his style and creative thought!