Monday 1 July 2013

Unlucky for some - 13

Superstition has it that 13 is unlucky - except if you purchased from an old fashioned baker who couldn't count. You were more likely to get 13 rolls or small loaves in the bag, in case you were "shorted" they used to throw in the 13th for luck, the 12 they counted in might have been only 11.
Enough of the history lesson.
At Haunted Design House, the challenge went up last week to 
"create a dark, Gothic, or Hallowe'en project with a total of thirteen components. No more. No less. Thirteen pieces total." 
If you make a card, the base counts as one. If you use multiple dps, they each count as one. If you use six brads, they count as six. Catch the drift? Make a card and the base counts as one layer.

This was harder than I first thought, but this is a challenge after all. I won't bore you all with the number of times I added and took away different items when putting this fat book page together.

My elements are
1. Dark blue c.s. base stamped in white with a Paper Artsy Script stamp
2. Hallowe'en faux spider web
3. TH/Stampers' Anonymous skull stamped onto cream card.
4. Altered jigsaw (free with Kinder egg sweet). This was stamped with a Darcie "haunted house in frame" stamp. The frame was washed with copper paint then edged further with "marine blue" frantage embossing enamel.
5, 6 and 7 are the three centre pieces of the jigsaw.
8. TH/Stampers' Anonymous "Happy Halloween" stamped and gilded onto black c.s.
9. Spider
10. Skull and bones flat back embellishment from stash
11. Pearl headed pin
12. orange skull bead on the pin
13. Bronze bead on the pin

There's just under a week to go now to get counting and make those projects. It would help us poor Minions if you let us know what the 13 elements are. (Some of us might not be able to count that day)

It's always nice to get some bloggy love so please go visit the other Minions and show that you care. Thank you.
While you're there at the Haunted Design House blog - check out the amazing projects that Glo and Donna made for the Smeared and Smudged Design Team Throwdown. HDH won the coveted title of best in show again. Are you a member of a design team? Has your DT got what it takes to knock HDH off the perch? Check out the Smeared and Smudged forum for full details, come and have some fun with us.


  1. Wow! Geat idea. The puzzle pieces are awesome. Love the layering and how the skull peeks through from behind. Suzanne x

  2. Looking for inspiration for this challenge. It is hard! Think I know where I might be heading...Thanks! Love this.

  3. Brilliant, The puzzle piece idea is genius x A stunning fat page for your book x

  4. This is utterly brilliant and what you did with that jigsaw is AWESOME.!!!! Such a fantastic piece. you are such an inspiration :-)
    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. This is STUNNING! Helen, love your use of the jigsaw.....FAB!