Thursday, September 28, 2017

Two Crones Sharing Recipes

Please join me on my new blog - where this project is included with many more already added. Thank you. I hope to see you there.

The inspiration for this project was a bat garland I saw online that was made by cutting out bats from folded paper where the ends of the wings remained connected. You know, you probably made a paper doll garland that way as a child. Well, I had an idea that maybe the new Tim Holtz Witchcraft die might work in this way.

Here is my first attempt at cutting out the witch paper dolls.

I call them the "Butt Sisters". The two witches make a good solid connection, but stylistically it doesn't work.

After that I decided they would have to be connected face to face which looks like they are talking intensely to each other.

I cut out 4 sets of witches with the intention of making a garland with each one on a separate background piece. And then in my mind, things began to escalate into a big complicated project that would have taken until Halloween - multi-layered backgrounds with intricate decor elements. These are not my forte.

Finally, my more rational mind took over and decided to just make one panel that I could enter in some of my favorite online challenges - Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and the Paper Artsy Challenge both of which involve metals. Also I could add another project to #holtzforhalloween.

I wondered if I could fold some paper and make the skirt 3 dimensional. That idea was because the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge for last week was "Pop It Up". I missed that deadline, but I did discover a kind of cool technique. I folded the paper for the skirt kind of like a fan and then laid it on the die and only cut out the skirt part. Then I re-folded it a bit to fluff it up and glued it to the witches. It worked!! I also used some leftover paper for the shoes. I've seen some great online projects where the witches have wonderful shoes glued on.

I used the Tim Holtz Sizzix Poison embossing folder for the base that the cauldron and the witches stand on. It's distressed with 3 Distress Oxides - Walnut Stain, Black Soot, and Peeled Paint. I added the Peeled Paint to make it look a little more toxic. The edges were torn and distressed with the paper distressed. I drew the cauldron and cut it out of black card stock and then painted it with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Can you believe that I don't have a cauldron die? I was kind of stunned by that realization.

Here are the other metallic elements for my project:

There is a Spells and Fortunes word band with White Distress Crayon, a spider token which has a piece of colored paper glued on the back, a POISON key highlighted with Distress Crayons and a vial with metal beads in it. 

Since I work in a hospital, every once in awhile I ask a nurse to save me an empty medication vial that I can use in my projects. I coated it with Crackle Glossy Accents and added a small ephemera label.

I kept adding background layers until I figured the project was done. So that is the piece called "Two Crones Sharing Recipes". It is one of my very favorite Halloween projects. I still love making little houses, but it sure is nice to make something that doesn't take an entire week. And I can make the deadline for these online challenges:

Thank you for visiting. Take care. 


  1. Great project - love the shoes! I work in hospital pharmacy and years ago used leftover vials that I filled with colored liquids and hot glued to a lighted wreath for Christmas - so festive! Love your use of the vial here - great upcycle.

  2. Lucy, I think you might already know how much I love this witchy creation - the witch is my favourite of Tim's new release and you have used it so cleverly to create your cauldron scene - I love it so much! I also love the banner/garland idea too, that would be such fun! Anne xx

  3. your project is amazing, love how you have used the Witchcraft die, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  4. Oh my gosh. I just discovered your page. You are over the top talented!