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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Halloween Haunted Village Event - PART 3 - GHOSTMORE MANOR

The Halloween Haunted House event continues with Part 3!  

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.
But don’t be afraid, as I know the mistress of Ghostmore Isabella, who comes from a long line of witches many of whom are pictured on the walls.
The ghost in the mirror above the fireplace is Isabella’s sister Ophelia.  It’s a long tragic story that I think had to do with lost love.
There is no dark magic here, only light.  Isabella isn’t the least bit bothered by the gossip in town and dismisses the townspeople as “nothing but a bunch of skeletons and zombies”.
The bust at the top of the staircase is of Isabella's aunt Maudlin, an absolute shrew.  The painting is of Isabella's beloved mother Estace.
Sitting on the top of Isabella's secretary (his favorite spot) is her companion owl, Dominic.  I can see that Natasha the cat (at the top of the stairs), is trying to sneak up on Dominic. 
From the view in the window it looks like it’s a full moon tonight.

Ghostmore Manor is a 7 sheet collage set or a digital image set.  Both sets include all of the images you'll need to create the manor.  You can purchase either the 7 collage sheets set or the digital image set separately or with the Ghostmore chipboard house pieces.
For those who purchase PDF collage sheets, you might find this older video tutorial of mine that covers how to how to re-size 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 re-size individual images, helpful.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO TUTORIAL - WORKING WITH COLLAGE SHEETS THAT ARE IN A PDF FORMAT


GHOSTMORE MANOR DIGITAL SET
The digital set includes a total of 83 images, most of which are included in the Ghostmore Manor Collage Sheet Set, plus an additional 7 images: a table, a rug, stairs, stone trim, wood trim, a large lion medallion, and cherry wood veneer.

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

This is a special set with ALL SEVEN collage sheets for creating Ghostmore Manor — architectural pieces designed to make a Gothic manor.  This special set is not available as separate collage sheets.

This is a special KIT with ALL SEVEN collage sheets from the Ghostmore Manor Collage Sheet Set PLUS 4 custom chipboard houses sized for Ghostmore Manor! This kit includes the collage sheets printed on cardstock.

This is a special KIT with ALL 83 digital files from the Ghostmore Manor Set Download PLUS 4 custom chipboard houses sized for Ghostmore Manor!


For the most part, the Ghostmore Manor tutorial can be view without watching Parts 1 & 2 of the village.  However, there are some references to the products used in the other parts.



FREE COLLAGE SHEET
Below is a free 3/4 collage sheet for Ghostmore Manor.  The sheet contains 3 strips of stone trim for the exterior and 3 strips of wood trim for the interior.   In addition, there is a staircase.  Below the collage sheet is a free image of the cherry wood veneer that I used for the secretary.  If you purchase the Ghostmore digital image set, it includes all of the images on the free collage sheet and the cherry wood veneer.   To download, click on the images.


If you are interested in the other Grimsley Village pieces, you can find the video tutorials and supply list by clicking the links below.

Grimsley Village Part 1 (which includes)
Happy Bat Tavern
Grizelda's House of Beauty
The Retching Toad Eatery
Ghoul & Sons Chemists
The Thrifty Witch
Grimsley Village Part 2 (which includes)
Black Cat Emporium
Buzzard Bed & Breakfast
Cadaver & Digger Undertakers
Village Square





Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ghoul & Sons Chemist Artwork by Kerstin and a Slight Delay for Part 3 of the Haunted Village Event

Sorry all but there is going to be a slight delay in Part 3 of the Haunted Village Event.  The technology monster struck this past week and I lost the first half of my video tutorial.  So, I’m working to get everything back on track and will post Part 3 on October 1.  I think I’ve saved the best for last and I hope you all think so too!

Now I would like to share this fabulous interpretation of Ghoul & Sons Chemist by Kerstin.
She has more pictures and detailed instructions over at her blog Scrapbook Dreams.  I checked out other pieces of her art on her blog and I just love her style.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Halloween Haunted Village Event - PART 2


The Halloween Haunted House event continues with Part 2!  It’s time to check out some of the other fine businesses in Grimsley Village.
The 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 occur, Cadaver & Digger Undertakers will take care of everything.
Before you leave be sure to stop at the town square where you can say hello to the mayor.
BLACK CAT EMPORIUM
Click here for the supply list at AlphaStamps
You can tell by the name and the décor that the owner is very fond of black cats.
The shop proprietor is Mr. Grimsley.  As you might guess, the town was founded by his ancestors.  What a lovely cabinet, full of all kinds of goodies.
In the shop window, you can see a beautiful crystal ball and a bowl of very rare dragon tears.
Look, they have a one-of-a-kind All-Seeing Eye.  I have no idea what’s in that bell jar, and I’m not sure I want to know.

BUZZARD BED & BREAKFAST
The Buzzard Bed & Breakfast doesn’t get many customers; the last was a couple of honeymooners who came and never left. You can see the bride's ghost in the front window.
I bet she was a lovely bride, but now, not so much.
For a spookier look, add spider webs.

CADAVER & DIGGER UNDERTAKERS
I see Mr. Cadaver is directing one of his zombie minions.  There are rumors in the town that Cadaver and Digger are digging up more than they are burying.  I suspect they are the ones supplying Ghoul and Sons Chemists with the skeletons.
You don’t suppose that this is where the Retching Toad Eatery's food comes from???  The place looks a bit torturous.
Yes, there is really an embalming solution named “Frigid.”  I guess when you deal with the dead, you have to have a sense of humor.
GRIMSLEY VILLAGE SQUARE
The main square is in the heart of the village.  The residents are proud of its lovely 13th-hour clock.  Looks like it's a full moon tonight.
There’s the mayor waiting to greet newcomers.
And look, the Halloween Carnival is coming, and you can buy your tickets at the clock tower.
Looks like the evening edition of the Grimsley Village Herald is out, and tonight’s headline is “Halloween Carnival Comes To Town – October 1”.  There are some other interesting articles too; “Thrifty Witch to Expand,” “Unhappy Customer Sues Grizelda’s House of Beauty,” and “Strange Noises Heard at Night at the Dying to Get in Cemetery.”  
Things are never dull in Grimsely Village!

NEW COLLAGE SHEETS & DIGITAL IMAGE SETS

There is a collage sheet for each of the 4 village pieces covered in PART 2, plus a spooky windows collage sheet like the one in Part 1 and a collage sheet with blank signs and plaques.  For each of the collage sheets, there is a corresponding digital image set that contains all of the images in the collage sheets and more. 

For those who purchase PDF collage sheets, you might find this older video tutorial of mine that covers how to re-size PDF formatted collage sheets and 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 re-size individual images, helpful.



This set includes 23 images.  All of the images from the Black Cat Emporium collage sheet are included in this set, plus a gargoyle pediment.
This set includes 28 images.  All of the images from the Buzzard Bed & Breakfast collage sheet are included in this set, plus an additional 4 images; a pair of shutters, a door, a large version of the clock face, and a large version of the coffin clock.
This set includes 30 images.  All of the images from the Cadaver and Digger Undertakers are included in this set, plus an additional 7 images; a stack of crates, a cauldron, a guillotine, 3 tombstones, and a skull.
This set includes 22 images.  All of the images from the Grimsley Collage Sheet are included in this set, plus an additional 7 images; 13th-hour clock, moon, skull streetlight, black skull, blank newspaper, stone arch, and a blank street sign.
This set includes 21 images.  All of the images are from the Spooky Windows and More Spooky Windows Collage Sheets.

This set includes 25 blank signs and plaques.  All of the images from the Blank Signs & Plaques collage sheet are included in this set, plus an additional 8 signs.

ALPHA STAMPS KITS
Alpha Stamps has created some kits for the Halloween Village Event & Haunted House Swap. Of course, all of the products in the kits are available individually.
The Haunted Village Collage Sheet Set contains all 11 of the new Haunted Village collage sheets from Part 1.  Click on the image below for more details.

HAUNTED VILLAGE COLLAGE SHEET SET PART 2
The Haunted Village Collage Sheet Set contains all 6 of the new Haunted Village collage sheets from Part 2.  Click on the image below for more details.

If you are new to the event, you will want to watch the Part 1 videos first before watching part two.  I reference several things covered in the Part 1 video, so if you haven't seen them, they might not make sense.  


CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE ALPHA STAMPS PRODUCTS I USED FOR THE VILLAGE PIECES IN PART 2.

FREE COLLAGE SHEET
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 and windows and as baseboards or paneling.  To download the sheet, click and select the download icon.


AWNING TEMPLATE
Below is a sheet of the awning template I used for the Black Cat Emporium. Feel free to download the template. 


If you are interested in the other Grimsley Village pieces, you can find the video tutorials and supply list by clicking the links below.

Grimsley Village Part 1 (which includes)
Happy Bat Tavern
Grizelda's House of Beauty
The Retching Toad Eatery
Ghoul & Sons Chemists
The Thrifty Witch