Monday, December 21, 2015

Of Snowmen and Seasons and Sue's Chapter 11

CT Anne here filled with Creepmas Spirit and the house is strangely quiet!  But will worry about that tomorrow....I was inspired by the pictures, but too busy to take Derryn Mentock's "Merry Men of Christmas" online class currently on.  I shared the link, and it became a springboard for some friends to make & swap our own.  So I started "conventional", and the snowmen evolved from these, hung amongst a crop of a traditional Christmas food - fresh cherries. Yummmm, they're sure happy to be in the shade with such sweet treats in their grasp:

 Then I got bolder: Under the raspberries, this snowman is wielding a bat in one arm, and a cat in the other

And in the glow of sunset they all gather for a bbq

Perhaps these snowmen are more worthy of turning up in this blog:

They decided it was a nice evening to go surfing at the beach

 I think this chappy needs to apply sunscreen first, blood just doesn't cover it!  Though I'm sure he'll deny it's blood - merely fresh raspberry juice!

The Laughing Buddha is a familiar "face" - why does he laugh?  Well wouldn't you with two dancing girls hanging onto your... I turned a shot glass upside down, glued fluff around the base, carved a flat spot on the polystyrene ball to take the buddha bead, then overpainted all with white gesso... strings of silver sequins dangle down, sprays of crinkle wire go up.  Mirror mosaic squares round the base.  And it's quite a sparkly piece.  The jar to the right turned out a bit of a challenge as the skull didn't really fit the opening, and instead of polystyrene, had a hollow harder plastic with glitter all over.

The jar I attached this skull into can balance on its side:

Not scary, but a bit of a worry all the same - a Steampunk Snowman.  What will the salt water do to all his Metallica?

 This was a salt/pepper shaker, with the sprinkler top discarded, and glitter glue added up the spiralling indents  A tinsel pipe cleaner is a neat scarf.

All very odd and believable, but did you notice Evil Froggie hanging out with one?

In fact he's swinging off this chappy's rhinestone scarf.  Should Nan be afraid?  I gouged eyes and mouth out of the polystyrene ball, painted the hollows black then interference green in the eye sockets, interference orange in the mouth.  The rest of the ball is Jacquard Lumiere silver over a coat of Golden's Clear Granular gel.

So, what do you think of my growing collection of weirdos gathering round my Christmas trees?  Bet they would stress Applejack Sue's Kevin, no end.

Golden have a fantastic product, Pearl Mica Flake.  Instant brilliant glitter WITH dimension.  Little dabs for snow build-up, coating balls for snowman heads - there's not one character here without it.
A lot of the baubles & trinkets come from Silver Crow Creations - wee tree, mushrooms, the green coca cola bottle, cat & bat were cocktail toothpicks once, ballerinas, ming pine tree, crinkle wire, spider...
These snowmen are great stash-busters with scraps of lace, ribbon, fluff, die cuts, etc - just have fun, and work through to your dark side with them.!

And who else to pair with these snowmen?  Why Sue's tale of Kevin and a whole house full!

It certainly had been an eventful week. Deborah managed to get connected to Kevin's Bloodbook  page and posted the message about a deadly Tinselitus outbreak in the area and the quarantine  orders. Hopefully it would prevent any more guests just turning up. Nan went through to the kitchen taking care not to squelch any of the finger rolls. Squiddy and Deborah collected Reg's eyeball ready for the afternoon game of cricket. Kevin was preparing lunch with Val's help. Those crunchy bone sandwiches which really tasted just like peanutbutter and tombstone crackers and knees. There was the problem that Fifi had used the same knife that she had used to scrape the zombie kid's flakes of skin off the floor. Now they didn't know if they were looking at finely sliced cheddar or bits of the kids..There was a slithery sloopy sort of noise coming from the fireplace. A sucking sound rather like the sound wellies make when they walk through sewers. Something rather nasty was dripping onto the fire grate. Slow and stinky...  and Ploop! It landed on the hearth. Just because it had a Santa hat didn't make it Santa and certainly didn't make it a welcome newcommer. It slythered over to the coffee table and took a mincepie IN EACH HAND!!! Enough!!

The ladies worked together. Fiona started to charm the creature by juggling party hats then threw the biggest mincepie, distracting him as Deborah ran to the toilet and collected the Reindeer loo rolls. She tied one end to a table and dipped and jumped as she wrapped the roll around some of the tentacles. Val was hitting him with the empty sherry bottles (making sure that they were empty first...) Nan and Leigh managed to position the couch as Susan leapt onto the creatures back, riding him straight up and over.. she jumped off just in time as the couch opened it's cushions and SNAP!! A bit of a chew, a rather loud burp and unfortunately a quite nasty, smelly..... you know what..... and all was quiet.     

Background Alchemist for Mischief Circus
Mincepies from Christmas Bundle for Mischief Circus**

And we thought we had house problems with that Frog!  Oh dear me!  And why is the house so quiet I wonder?  Granne was here two days ago, Nan was last here days ago, and Kim?  If you are writing Santa please ask him to return our missing team members!  Kim was hitting the nog hard and ....... ?  Entries please as we are much too worried to hassle you about them!

1 comment:

  1. FABULOUS Snowmen!!
    And Susan so energetically leaping on the creature's back???
    Excellent post...


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