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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Halloween Haunted Village Event - PART 1


The 2015 Haunted Village Event is here!!!  Plan to spend your day shopping at the The Thrifty Witch.  Then it is off to the Grizelda’s for a new quaff and on to the Retching Toad Eatery for dinner.  Ring in midnight at the Happy Bat Tavern.  In the morning (if you survive), on your way out of town stop at Ghoul & Sons Chemist for whatever ails you.
HAPPY BAT TAVERN
The Happy Bat tavern has been under the management of the house of Dracula for centuries.  Herman, Dracula’s younger brother decided not to go into the family business but instead opened this tavern.  On tap you’ll find Blood Beer, Hair of the Dog and Black Cat Brew.  If your tastes run to wine there is Dracula’s Reserve and Witch Wine which has an unusual and indescribable aroma of rotten fruit.
Here are two of the regulars leaning on the bar getting an early start.  Rottie the bartender is ready to serve your favorite libation.
GRIZELDA’S HOUSE OF BEAUTY
Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this house of beauty is more of a house of pain.  Grizelda’s insists on payment before service just in case….just in case you don’t survive the treatment.
At this salon, you’ll find state of the art electroshock therapy, the invigorating chair of nails and the nail press.  Grizelda carries the ever popular Zombie line of cosmetics, which I think she secretly brews herself out of who knows what.
And there’s the lovely Grizelda showing another happy customer the results of their makeover.
THE RETCHING TOAD EATERY
Well the name says it all at a restaurant where road kill is served daily and specials include; Shrunken Head Soup, Brainloaf, Eyeball Casserole, Rat Fondue, Ghost Souffle and Earwax Pie.
Ah, two young lovers out on a date.  I can tell the woman spent some time in Grizelda’s House of Beauty.  I can just hear in her best southern accent say “I’m overwhelmed by your attentions.”
I’ve got a feeling that the cook’s missing hand ended up in the pot.
GHOUL & SONS CHEMISTS
A trusted name for 500 years and all of their best customers are underground.  You can see the boys are hard at work in the lab.
I see the local constable is out for a stroll.
Inside Mr. Ghoul is busy creating who knows what and I think he’s got a skeleton in his cabinet, maybe a secret ingredient of one of his potions.
THE THRIFTY WITCH
The go to place for all your magic needs.  I see a happy moon man dancing with the broom he bought on sale.
I see Belladonna the owner of the Thrifty Witch in the front window.

Oh, they have lovey crystal balls, pumpkins, magic books and a Ouija board.  

The Thrifty Witch carries all kinds of potions.  The black cat hissing in front of the cabinet is Belladonna’s pet Sheba.
It’s an interesting town, particularly for zombies, ghouls, skeletons and ghosts.  I hope you will be inspired to create your own version of a haunted town, business in the town or a haunted house to add to your Halloween display.  For those who created Halloween Carnival pieces from the past event, these village pieces are a perfect complement and I will be tying in the carnival in Part 2.





There is a collage sheet for each of the 5 village pieces covered in PART 1 plus collage sheets with architectural elements like doors and windows and a couple of collage sheets with spooky pumpkins and people.  I’ll be using the architecture related collage sheets throughout the entire event (Parts 1-3) and for the remaining parts there will be additional new collage sheets for each of the village pieces.

For those who purchase PDF collage sheets, you might find this older video tutorial of mine that covers how to how to resize PDF formatted collage sheets, how to cut and paste individual images from the collage sheets (which is great for only printing the images you want and printing multiple version of the image) and how to resize individual images, helpful.






The Facades & Interiors and the Roofs & Chimneys are only available as digital sets due to the large size of the images.  The other digital sets contain the same images as the collage sheets plus some extras.  You’ll find the detail contents of each set explained below.
This set includes a total of 27 images :
  • 12 Facades that each measure 7.25 “ wide by 5.75” high – they are sized to fit the largest exterior of any of the houses from the bottom to where the roof line starts.  Although they are labeled as facades you could use them on the inside of a house as well.
  • 12 Interiors that each measure 7.25” wide by 10” tall – they are sized to fit the entire area of the largest house.  Although they are labeled as interiors you could use some of them as facades
  • 3 Panels that measure various sizes but are sized for the houses.
 
This set includes a total of 20 images :
  • 14 Roofs that measure 7.5” wide by 4” high– they are sized to fit the largest roof
  • 6 Chimneys
This set includes 29 images.  All of the images from the Old Doors, Old Windows, and More Old Windows collage sheets are included in this set.
This set includes 38 Images which are the same images as on the collage sheet plus three extra images; a stack of barrels and two different beer mugs.
This set includes 42 Images which are the same images you will find on the collage sheet.
 
This set includes 29 images which are the same images as on the collage sheet and 3 additional images; a second table, a blank sandwich board sign and a log fire.
This set includes 36 images which are the same images as on the collage sheet and 2 additional images, a clock and the "We Carry" sign.
This set includes 33 images which are the same images as on the collage sheet and 9 additional images; 5 pumpkins, 2 finials, a witch and an "Open" sign.

ALPHA STAMPS KITS
Alpha Stamps has created some kits for the Halloween Village. Of course all of the products in the kits are available individually.

HAUNTED HOUSE KIT
The Haunted House kit contains a chipboard house, chipboard window, 3 collage sheets and 12 x 12 papers.  Click on the image below for more details.

HAUNTED HOUSE ADD-ON KIT
The Haunted House add on kit contains all four of the chipboard houses, all four of the chipboard windows, 3 chipboard skeletons and 4 sheets of 12 x 12 paper.

HAUNTED VILLAGE COLLAGE SHEET SET
The Haunted Village Collage Sheet Set contains all 11 of the new Haunted Village collage sheets.  Click on the image below for more details.
  

There are two videos be sure to watch them both.







Below is a free collage sheet of wood trims in a PNG format.  The sheet contains 8 different wood patterns in 2 sizes.  You can use them to trim doors, windows and as baseboards or paneling.



Click here If you would prefer to have a digital image set of the Wood Trim.

Feel free to use the "Free Pumpkin Pets with Purchase" sign. 
UMBRELLA TEMPLATE
Below is a sheet of the umbrella template I used for the Retching Toad Eatery. Feel free to download the template.  Click on the link below to see the tutorial on how to make paper umbrellas.




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Halloween Haunted Village - PART 2
First stop is the Black Cat Emporium where you’ll find unique, strange and sometimes ghoulish items.  If you want to stay the night you can always get a room at the Buzzard Bed & Breakfast and should something unfortunate and final occur, Cadaver & Digger Undertakers will take care of everything.
CLICK HERE TO JUMP TO THE PART 2 TUTORIAL 

Halloween Haunted Village

GHOSTMORE MANOR
Every village has its haunted mansion, a place that is whispered about and strangers are warned not to go near.  For Grimsley Village it's Ghostmore Manor. Some say it's cursed other say it’s full of dark magic.  Even the dastardly Cadaver and Diggers Undertakers avoid Ghostmore.


Halloween Haunted Village - MAD SCIENTIST LABORATORY
It’s a dark and stormy night in Grimsley Village, the kind of night Dr. Deranged has been waiting for.  Tonight he will be taking advantage of the lighting storm to further his work on animating a giant brain.
With help from his mechanical minions, Dr. Derange hopes to see the culmination of his diabolical plans.

Inside all preparations have been made.  The brain is resting on the platform being fed by tubes of fluid.  The electrodes are in place leading up to the lightning collector installed on the roof.
In a fevered frenzy, Dr. Deranged works to finish the construction of his electrical plasma machines which he hopes will harness enough energy to animate the brain.  His work is cutting edge and dangerous.  If things don't work out, no doubt Cadaver and Digger will be the first on the scene.
You can see his formulas on the chalkboard, books, charts and laboratory equipment.  It’s taken years of work culminating in this one night.

On the outside, the lab appears calm and serine surrounded by seasonal pumpkins and vines, but inside it’s a different story.
The storm is getting closer, which means it’s time to fire-up the machines.

Everyone in Grimsley Village senses something is about to happen.  After tonight, the world might not ever be the same……BWAHAHAHAHA



56 comments:

johala said...

Hello!
You're really a genius, a source of inspiration!
I've no time to make it, but , be sure, I keep everything you make and one day, I WANT to make something like this!!!!
Hugs and kisses

Incipient Wings said...

This is fantastic!
Wow, you sure put in a lot of work with it all.
You're a genius!!
I'll put your button on my blog ASAP:-)
Thanks for doing all this.

georgina said...

Love them sooooo much,need you in UK.

silvergran said...

Spookilious village! Love the attention to detail!
You appear to have a wonderful sense of humour and vivid fantasy life - excellent!

Kerstin F. said...

I'm totally impressed, that is really fantastic, brilliant and spectacular!!! such love to the detail makes my day,many, many thanks for this ingenious facinating creation!

Kerstin Bulin said...

Ohhh wow...i love to win

Kerstin Bulin said...

I love all this great pices...your are amazing

Deonna Bemish said...

OH Wow, this is totally amazing! What a Work of Art. I hope that i have time to play. I've already posted your badge on my blog with a link back to your site. I love Halloween projects and love that i found your site. So much fun and possibilities here. Thanks for a chance to win some of your amazing work.

Theresa said...

outstanding village. love all the detail. thank so much for sharing.

Miz Sharon said...

A wonderful celebration for the Halloween Season -- and a cool Halloween badge for our blogs as well!

traci said...

I love your fantastic Halloween creations-every year they get better and better. I love the way you make the papers look like the actual thing. The buildings look like buildings not chipboard shapes-amazing. >^..^<

Ginger said...

Laura, you work so hard and share so much! Thank you and we LOVE that you LOVE Halloween!

Diane at Craftin Your HeART Out! said...

Again I am speechless. Your talent is endless. This Village is fantastic and definitely compliments the Halloween Carnival you created before for all of us. I wish I had a Blog to post your Badge on but since I don't, and since I recently started working part-time at a leading Craft Store, mainly to just get out of the house because I have yet to take home a full paycheck, LOL, I plan to let everyone I come in contact with know about your Event. I can't wait to see Part 2 and Part 3. AMAZING, but then again all your work is.

Angie said...

This is amazing! I can't imagine how much work you put into creating the haunted village. I have to participate in this, it looks like so much fun :) and I love love love Halloween.
I also put your badge on my website: angiescraftystuff.com. My email is angie@angiescraftystuff.com
Angie

Teresa said...

This is spectacular, I can't wait to see the village grow!! So much inspiration, and a chance to win....thankyou xx
teresa.craft@hotmail.co.uk

Emily Nilson said...

Your village is wonderful. Love all the collage sheets.

Joy Nelson said...

Laura, your village is so wicked awesome. It's beyond wonderful, and I can't believe that just up the road a few minutes from me, all this spookiness resides. I have no more words, so I think I shall just say Trick or Treat, from your neighbor in Glendale.

2amscrapper said...

Wowzers, Laura! So much to absorb! Your attention to detail is striking! I think I want to tackle the tavern first and then the chemist's. I will need to visit often to get all the info sorted out in my mind! Love your latest project! In addition to the time taken to make all these things, I know it also takes a lot just to write up the blog post, not to mention creating videos. Cheers to you! Thanks for all the freebies too! Helene

Heather Maxwell said...

Laura, you have really outdone yourself with the haunted village this year (and even more we haven't seen yet)! I can't wait to get started on it!
Heather

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I have just spent an hour pouring over this post! I am totally beside myself with enjoyment - what incredible cleverness and skill and vision on display! Charming beyond words. Brava Brava Brava!

Oh - I put your badge on my blog because EVERYBODY must see your wonderful Hallwe'en event!!1

Felica Tortorici Duryee said...

Well you are amazing! I'm absolutely participating in the swap, but I've picked up enough goodies to start working on a village with my husband as well. I've also put the badge up on my blog along with adding a little blog post with a couple of links back to you. Thanks for being so generous!

Linda Knox said...

wowza, wowza, wowza! My jaw is sitting on my keyboard. Don't know where you get all of your ideas but I lurve them. All I can say is congrats on all the hard work and fun and pick me, pick me :)

gsgail said...

Laura, Wonderful - I am speechless. This is just amazing. I love every aspect of your village and I am going to have to make myself one!

nichtniedlich said...

Eeek! Aamazing and inspiring as always! I love your Haunted Village, so many wonderful details. Most of all I'm fond of the thrifty witch!
hugs Irmgard

lee said...

Just posted your link on my blog Dark Moon Mysteries. I think people will enjoy your artwork and be inspired by it.

smokeysmom said...

OMG Laura, your Haunted Village is so amazing! I already spread the word at ATCSFORALL.com and on my Facebook Page (Maggie Mannwieler). Your tutorial videos are great! I don't usually "do" Halloween projects but after viewing your tutorials, I just might try something with the chipboard houses:) You are a creative genius and provide so much inspiration - many thanks. Can't wait for #2 and #3!!

butterfly said...

I'm completely and utterly blown away! What a joy of a post... as the daughter of a dollshouse collector and maker, who gets roped in a lot, I've enjoyed walking the streets of your Haunted Village no end. I'm off to put the badge on my blog sidebar, and really hope to be back to play along. I'm also going to send my mother along for a look!

I arrived here after seeing your gorgeous apothecary background being used by Deb Paxton of Valley Folk Art, and I'm so glad I followed her link.
Alison x

Nan Bourdeu said...

Loved the apothecary and potions event! Looking forward to participating this time!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Awe-mazing Laura, you never cease to delight us with your incredible creations! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us all. Deb xo

Chark said...

so exciting...glad to see the videos and pics since I wouldn't know where to start!

Kym Decker said...

I am absolutely in amazement of your fabulous talent and creativity! The Halloween Taverns are fantastic and now I find myself needing to create one of those too!! Keep inspiring us with your magical projects!

I placed your badge on my blog and added the link!

http://1darkrosaleen.blogspot.com
deckerkym6@gmail.com

Lora Mahaffey said...

Such a huge and wonderful undertaking, Laura!
Lots of fun to stroll around your village and take in all the details.
Love the humor and appreciate all the work!

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely wickedly wonderful! txormt@yahoo.com

mberry117 said...

This is so awesome!!! I love your stuff, so talented!!

Sandi said...

Terrific!!! Your attention to detail is great! Love the whole village!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Hey Laura, I'm just now getting our here to check out your haunted village! Amazing as always.
Must have taken forever to create not to mention photographing and writing up the post.
Kudos to you~!
Hugs Lynn

Elizabeth said...

So incredibly creepy-cool! I'm sure I'll be making many visits to your village to take in all of the amazing details. I'm totally blown away!

Nana said...

Fantabulous Halloween Village! I love this post ...so much information...great! I wish I could make it...winning these awesome collage sheets would be a great start! Thanks for this post and chance to win. What fun if I won!😀 (email I know use is kkzgardenmum@aol.com)

MK Chisum said...

You've done it again! Wonderful!! Beautiful! And so much fun! I can't wait to get started!

Enchantments and Giggles said...

This is amazing, as all your projects are! Sign me up!

Lady Sharlyne (Charlene 'White Deer' Heathwood) said...

WOW this is stupendous! I love everything you have to offer for this season. I do so love Halloween and a bit witchy all year round. Thank you so much for these designs!

Sue J said...

Oh how we need your fabulous creations in the UK! Happy Halloween :-)

GailPellegrin said...

Oh my word, this is awesome. Love all your creations. Keep them coming.

Gidgetwitch said...

HI Laura, I would love to win the Haunted Village Collage sheets! I love EVERYTHING you do!

nelda said...

Wow! What a generous giveaway! I love Everything, especially the 2 skewed on a date!

Tanya said...

Wow! This is amazing! I just love it all!!

Karen Nein said...

What a fabulously spooky village...love, love, love it! And thank you for the opportunity to win the incredibly detailed collage sheers!

Mary Fry said...

You are amazing! I love this spooky village! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

geri said...

So inspired by all the Halloween goodies!
Love the new sheets and hope to create my own spooky eerie village

Nancie said...

This is so amazing and wonderful..I would love to win this set...I love all Halloween themes...thanks.

Sunny Smith said...

The entire village is amazing! Thanks for a chance to win the collage sheets!

Christi Conley said...

The link has been on my blog since I saw it :) I love, love your creations - the detail amazes me!! Thank you for being so giving with your talent ~ Happiest Halloween!!

Tarnished Rose said...

I posted the image a bit ago when you first announced and I did receive a free collage sheet. I just wanted to make sure I also got entered for the drawing!

Since I received a house and window as part of the monthly kit I get via subscription, I think I'm going to enter this year. I just have to order the collage sheets.

Marilyn
mcgoo4@gmail.com

smokeysmom said...

Hi Laura! Hey, I posted your Haunted Village info. at ATCForall.com (under Announcements) and on my Facebook page. How do I go about getting a free collage sheet from you? I have purchased your set of 11 collage sheets from AlphaStamps and I am waiting for my order to arrive, so I don't need any of the collage sheets that come with your set of 11. I am also waiting for my chipboard houses and some decor items from AlphaStamps so I can enter your contest. As soon as I receive my AlphaStamps order, I'll get to work on my entry:) I love all of your wonderful inspiration, you're the best I always say:)

Emma Sims said...

OOh so want to make this!!

Carol said...

Oh, I want this the most ever. Halloween is my thing!

Wonderful project and tutorials.

Thanks soooo much.