Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Tomorrow we flip the calendars, and it's October (where oh where has this year gone !!!!) .... it's haunting month !!!!
Time to exhume my little Zombie Doll Collection, and put them on display for all to see. This was the 7th Annual Halloween Swap, that my lovely friend Val has hosted ..... that girl is the Queen of Halloween for sure.
My partner this year was Debbie ....... she is a doll maker extraordinaire, and all round crafting genius !!! Now you see, I can do cute ..... I love cute ...... not a problem :-) Debbie, on the other hand doesn't do cute ..... she prefers scary .... cute would not be happy in her home !!! This to me is the beauty of Swaps, we are pushed outside of our comfort zones, made to take our blinkers off, and see things from a different angle .... and Oh Boy, was this a different angle !!!
Our theme this year was Primitive Zombies (made in the primitive style) ... if you've read my blog for a while, you'll know I love that style, and have done quite a bit with it. At first I wondered how Prim and Scary could possibly marry up ..... but I discovered they can, and they can do it well !!!

So, without further addo, let me show you the Prim Zombie I made Debbie .......

He kind of reminds me of Gene Simmons from Kiss !!! He has the usual fabric body that Prim dolls have, but in order to get scary, I felt I needed to make him a sculpey face (a mask). I was SO happy with how he turned out ... I mean bolts in his head ... how could I go wrong :-) He turned out better than I could have imagined .... I was quite sad to see him go !!! I just hope he was scary enough for her.

What's a swap without tuck ins ? The challenge was to send 3 tuck ins. These are possibly my favorite part of any swap ... time to try something totally out of the box !!! And I did that this time, for sure .... and learned some new techniques along the way :-)

This turned out awesome !!!! It was an old vitamin bottle (guess who'll NEVER throw another one of those out again !!!).
I found THIS TUTORIAL on Pinterest. This was SO much fun to make !!! I added some spanish moss and a drawer pull to the lid, to give it the perfect finishing touch. I did go ahead and finish the bottle off with a coat of matte sealant, and I'm glad I did - that paint job wasn't going anywhere with it on.
I filled the bottle with some dark chocolates - Debbie's favorite treat.

Next up, the super spooky journal that I chatted about in my previous post.

And lastly, a hand towel that clips over the handle of your oven ... not the best photo, but it was the best of the bunch. 
THIS TUTORIAL, is the one I used to make this hanging towel. It's a great scrap buster, as it uses such a small piece of fabric and half of a dishtowel.

Here the package is, all together ..... Oops, I forgot to show you the card I made to go with it .....

This was a new technique for me too ... masking off an area (the moon), while I sponged different layers of color onto the cardstock, to achieve that spooky looking sky :-)

I hope Debbie liked the package, as I had a ton of fun making the goodies and putting it together. Tomorrow I'll share with you, the goodies Debbie sent me ...... Oh, you wont want to miss it ...... it is cuteness overload ...... it was amazing !!!!


  1. Seriously you are a zombie making genious!!!! You could write a book, just saying. Great tuckins, what a fabulous package!

  2. I LOVED everything. You are such an amazing, talented artist. I am in awe :0) I have been showing this guy off to everyone. I loved every single thing. It was the perfect swap! Thank youi so much!!

  3. you are so really should open a store! That book was soooo creepy! Well done, as usual!