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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art. I have giveaways of my art and lots of free tutorials. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Halloween Carnival Event September 5th 2013

The Halloween Carnival has finally come to town and you are all invited.  There is something for everyone but first you’ll need a ticket.  Mr. Bones is working the booth tonight and he’ll be happy to help you.  Once you have your ticket you’ll want to check out all the carnival has to offer; lots of games, rides and of course sweet treats to tempt you.
Next, you’ll need to dig out your Halloween stash plus your tin cans, pie pans, cake pans, Tinker Toys, wooden skewers etc.; yes, we are doing some serious up cycling with this project.  I’m going to throw lots of ideas at you to help bring the carnival to your town. 
 
The great thing about this project is that you can tackle as many pieces as you like with whatever resources and time you have, and add to your carnival over the years.  This is a project your whole family can enjoy.

For the event I’ve created 12 new Carnival Themed collage sheets (click here to see them in detail).  Or if you prefer there are 3 digital kits which contain all of the collage sheet images plus more. 
All of my Carousel Themed Collage Sheets and File Sets are on sale at Alpha Stamps.  I also have a free collage sheet for you to download (you’ll find it at the bottom of this post).  Alpha Stamps is once again carrying many of the products I used and for those of you who participated in the Apothecary Event last year, you’ll see some of those products used again.  Of course like the collage sheets the products are on sale too!
GIVEAWAY - Winner Anna Hedberg
An event must have giveaways!!  The first is for those who make a carnival.  To participate:
  • You must make at least three pieces for your carnival.
  • They can be any three pieces.
  • They can be like the ones I demonstrate or anything else you desire.
  • You do not have to use the products I use except that you must use at least one image from one of my Carnival Themed Collage Sheets or Digital File Sets.  The free collage sheet does not count.
Once you have your pieces made, either email me pictures or post them on your blog, website or photo album and let me know where I can find them (by October 30th).  I will showcase your work on this blog and link back your website or album.  Last year during the Apothecary Event, it was so much fun for everyone to enjoy all of the creative talent by the participants.  On October 31st Random.Org will draw a winner who will receive the huge pile of Halloween themed supplies  pictured below.  There are so many goodies I couldn't get them in one picture!  Click the image to see the details.

CHALLENGE - Winner Debra Rollier
With a Giveaway
For this event I thought it would be fun to have a challenge.  To participate:
  • You must create one carnival piece that is different than any you see in the video tutorials. 
  • The piece can be a game, ride, or some other type of booth you would see in a Halloween Carnival. 
  • You do not have to use the products I use except that you must use at least one image from one of my Carnival Themed Collage Sheets or Digital File Sets.  The free collage sheet does not count.
Once you have your piece made, either email me pictures or post them on your blog, website or photo album and let me know where I can find them (by October 15th).  I will showcase your work on this blog and link back your website or album.  I know you guys are going to come up with some cool and fun stuff!  On October 16st Random.Org will draw a winner who will receive the huge pile of Halloween themed supplies pictured below.  Once again there are so many goodies I couldn't get them in one picture!  Click the image to see the details.

Alpha Stamps Boo Bash Giveaway
I'm not the only one having giveaways in honor of this event.  Alpha Stamps is giving away all of the products they carry that I used in the Boo Bash (see pictured below) including my collage sheets plus more!!
Just look at all the goodies!!

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The tutorials, collage sheets and free images will not go away after October 31st.  They will continue to be available for as long as I have a blog so no worries.

Since this carnival is so large and there were some thing’s that didn’t make it into the tutorials, I will be showcasing individual pieces here on the blog throughout September plus the ones not covered in the tutorials. 

Questions – If you have any questions use the Email Me button in the right hand column of the blog (it's the raven sitting on the ball) so that I have a way to contact you to answer your questions. 

Since this post will start moving down my blog I’ve added a tab at the top of the blog for the event.  The tab will always contain all of the event information and any new updates that arise after this post.

If you are new to my blog and are into Witches Apothecaries, below is the link to last year’s tutorials for that event.
TUTORIALS
When you finish watching each video be sure to download the companion PDF document which includes pictures of the pieces, complete supply lists, step by step directions and other information.

VIDEO  TUTORIAL 1
In this video I cover making an Entrance Sign, Directory Sign, Ticket Booth, Pumpkin Pets Booth (guaranteed to bite), Boo Bash (where you can dance the night away) and the Trick or Treat Smell My Feet Give Me Something Good to Eat concession stand).

Below is a panel used to make the spider web umbrella I used on the Ticket Booth.  To download the panel, click on the image to expand it, right-click and select Save As.  Print 5 panels and assemble using the orange tab.

VIDEO TUTORIAL 2
This video is all about carnival games.  Included are; Scary Meter, Bat the Rats, Stump the Owl, Stare Down a Gargoyle, and Dodge the Zombies.  

VIDEO TUTORIAL 3
Video three covers carnival rides.  Included are; Haunted Carnival, Spinning Cauldrons, Ride a Witches Broom and the Black Widow Web of Horror Ferris Wheel.
Click here to open and download the Video 3 Tutorial companion document.

Haunted Carousel Pole Placement Template
To download the template, click on the image to expand it, right-click and select Save As.

Round Tinker Toy Pieces for the Ferris Wheel
I know that some of you are having trouble finding sets of Tinker Toys.  Two round pieces with the pre-drilled holes are the important parts.  I bought my set on Ebay and there were several of the pieces in the set.  I have listed my extra round pieces in sets of 2 in my Etsy Store.  I’ve priced them at $2.00 for a set, which covers shipping, the bubble envelope and the fee I have to pay to Etsy for listing them.  This price covers shipping in the US.  If any international participants want to purchase a set, please email me first so I can calculate the shipping for you.  Here is the link to my store:

If I run out of sets, and there are other participants with extras that they would like to sell, just let me know and I will try to hook people up.

FREE COLLAGE SHEET - HALLOWEEN BORDERS
Below is a collage sheet which contains the vintage Halloween poem borders I used on many of the pieces.  Feel free to use it in your art.  To download the sheet, click on the image to expand it, right-click and select Save As.

I hope you have lots of fun creating your carnival pieces and while you are busy I will be working on more Halloween inspired art to share with you over the next two months!
Fellow bloggers, it would be great if you help me spread the word by grabbing the event badge code below!
CODE FOR THE HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL EVENT BADGE BELOW
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I’m so excited about this year’s event and I hope you are too!

45 comments:

Lori Stokes Wright said...

Wow! I can't wait. I've been thinking about doing some serious paper art and your stuff is perfect. I love Halloween and am so excited to get started!!! ~Lori

Julie Steed said...

Sweet! I am a huge Halloween fan as well as a big recycler and repurposer. This looks like a lot of creative fun. Can't wait!

Maryanne said...

I love your things and I'm a big fan of Halloween! I can't wait for this to get started! Thanks, Laura, for all the beautiful and inspiring things you do!

Lululiz said...

AWESOME! I am so looking forward to this. You are amazing, thank you so much for this. I can't imagine how much planning and work must go into this. Button is on my sidebar.

Carlene said...

Yipeeee!! This is going to be so cool:) I had so much fun making the Witches' apothacary last year. I can't thank you enough for doing all the tutorials you do. And so glad to see other Halloween minded folks out there as well :)
Can't wait to start!!!

sheilaAR said...

Oh Laura!! I am having a fit just thinking about building one of these, I remember I wrote to you about how much I loved it!! Thanks for the tutorial to come and for the genius of putting it well before Halloween! Looking forward to creating with all the other Halloween Queens out there...what IS it about that crazy holiday???!!
xo

Sieglinde said...

OH!!!! How very exciting!! This is going to be so cool!!!!

Ally White Cat said...

I am marking my calendar and listing and purchasing what I can way ahead of time awesome!
hugs
susan s

Holly M said...

I am wild with joy about this! Absolutely can't wait.

Christi Conley said...

Love your work & I happily posted your Halloween Carnival badge on my blog :)

April said...

This is amazing! Can't wait to get started!

Dianne said...

You're a doll for doing this and I can't wait to see this fabulous creation thanks for sharing my dear and have a wonderful weekend..

denice said...

I'm very excited
Is there something other than Tinker Toys we can use? still looking but can't find ?
Thank you

Kaatje said...

love your blog and your project. will cewrtainly be there for halloween. placed a link to my blog

Ann said...

omg..waiting !!!
shared it!!

Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh Golly cant wait, Hazelxox

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

this will be the ideal starter to our 31 days of Hallowe'en. Can't wait xx

JoAnne said...

Can't wait Laura...grabbing your badge now!

Debbie K. said...

Laura, I'm marking my calendar so I won't miss this. Looks like TONS of FUN. Can't wait!

SweetHeartCrafts said...

omg i cant wait halloween is my favorite haolidays and your doing it on my birthday. this is a sign. lol thanks so much

DogsMom said...

YAY!!!!
Just yesterday (as I was trying to beat the heat) I picked up something at a local thrift I am dying to transform into a carnival fortune tellers booth.

I will update my blog to share this event with others.

You made my day!

Eve said...

WoW- I am so looking forward to this!

KAT said...

Hi Laura,
Halloween is my favorite day of the year. I am so excited to participate with you doing this carnaval.
Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent!!!!!
Kat...

johala said...

Hi Laura
I put your picture on my blog. I would like to make something, but I don't know if I'll have time to do!
Hugs and kisses

johala said...

Hi Laura
I put your picture on my blog. I would like to make something, but I don't know if I'll have time to do!
Hugs and kisses

johala said...

Hi Laura
I put your picture on my blog. I would like to make something, but I don't know if I'll have time to do!
Hugs and kisses

ruthanne said...

OMG what a fun site. Love to join in the fun. I have a barn and always have a group or two in for a fall event. Great ideas!

paintedlady89 said...

I always enjoy your projects. I don't have much time to create these days, but I will love to see and try to make another one of your creative projects!

Silvestrina said...

I came to your website searching for a bookbinding tutorial and I found your work, you are an ARTIST, love it and very generous of you to share so many tutorials :) maybe one day I´ll give it a try...Thank you

nichtniedlich said...

Count me in! Your projects are always inspiring, especially the creepy ones. I'd like to help you spread the word ... love Halloween and hope, I will find more time than last year,
beste wishes, serafeena

Maureen said...

So looking forward to this! I have added your image to my sidebar today!

traci said...

Nobody does Halloween like you. I made the apothecary last year and it came out so cool I can't wait to get to this years creation. Halloween is my favorite holiday! Thank you for all your hard work and inspiration.

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

I am your newest follower. I discovered your party badge on Joanne's blog, Vintage Dragonfly. I love Halloween and I can't wait to join the party! I would love for you to check out my Halloween posts from last year if you get a chance!
Amber

2amscrapper said...

I've posted your badge. I admire your work and am anxious to learn from you.

Enchantments and Giggles said...

Hi! I found you via Pinterest and I am so happy I did! I love Halloween, as do many others following you, LOL! Can't wait for this event. I found you just in time!

Kerstin Bulin said...

wow... i love the event...

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

I have put this on my calendar. I am so impressed with your art and am excited to see it step by step. I am off to post this on my blog.
Nicole/Beadwright

Vic said...

This event looks so intriguing! I just started to create some spooky umbrellas from your tutorial to get ready. You have crazy creative genius, which is the highest compliment!

Ms Misantropia said...

I won't be building my own but it will be great following your progress!

Ms Misantropia said...

I won't be building my own but it will be great following your progress!

Martina2801 said...

That sounds promising and interesting, dear Laura! I can not wait until your tutorial appear ....
I hope you are well?
I'm currently very busy with a new heating system in my house. The artisans are here every day .....
Have a nice rest of the weekend.
Hugs MARTINA

Sandi McLean said...

oh,oh, oh just a couple of days away! Can't wait to see what magic you have created!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Wow, your artwork is Most impressive! I love it! I have added your badge to my blog, (even if the deadline is up) thanks for sharing such wonderful work!
Leticia

Witch Hollow Primitives said...

Laura, I love it! This is one of the most creatively fun events I have seen! I love the Halloween carnival theme. I will post it to my blog as well!
hugs,
Heather

Debb said...

love your blog so much fun will become a follower .If you have time stop by my blog were have a blog hop for Halloween with great prize to be won at:
http://halloweenjinglesnellsboo.blogspot.com
Witchy Witch Debb