Monday, January 4, 2016

The Circus is awol

Well, when they're not creeping us out at the circus, what do the clowns do for a vay-kay-shun?  Why, they head for the swamps... swamps of boiling mud to improve their complexions after a season's makeup.  The monkeys do what monkeys always do - exercise their curiosity bumps investigating the contents of some of the magician's props while he looks on almost as round-eyed as his Ass-istant (who he turned into a donkey for his personal ease of travel)

They toss the Elf-On-a-Shelf out, so he sulks on the fence and sabotages the mailman.  The worst juggler of the season has to practice for hours on end in the swamp, while witches fly above him trying to snitch his balls.

By printing the Mushy House out large I could open doors and windows to see who had checked in. 

I started by printing out our sponsor  Anita's Digi Art "Mushy House" on grey cardstock, and again reversed on white paper.  Cut the windows and door to hinge, and cut them completely out of the plain paper, to glue/tape to the insides of the door & windows.  The clown characters are "scraps" from Silver Crow Creations, as are the clowns.  The house was coloured, taped to a 12x12 page  of boiling mud. The spots on the mushroom cap, as well as the whole house, were outlined with glitter glue.  A "scrapbooking page" featuring bark shreds, and another of tree ferns (pongas) were also ripped and layered over the mud page.

The zombie hand from Butter Side Down was stamped on the page and also on a separate piece of blue paper, which was then fussy-cut, the bottom part removed, and layered over the image stamped on the mud, increasing the 3-dimensionality.  The balls it is juggling were drawn free-hand.  The Mail Monster from Third Stone Stamps was stamped on my fave fluoro green card, and fussycut.

The weird "plants" growing on the edge of the swamp are from stamp sets "Ville d'ailleurs: Urbania" and "Rouages auz petits pois" by Carabelle Studio but I bought them from closer to home, Time To Create in Australia - which we kiwis refer to as "West Island".
The witches background stamp is from Carmens Verandah

So, while the clowns are out of town, we can safely sleep at night... I hope! 

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