Saturday, November 6, 2021

Friends of Unity November Blog Hop

 Welcome back to another fun blog hop! And if you could pardon me for stepping you back in time a week, I was motivated to make these cute Halloween decorations to support this month’s theme …

I think the ideas used here could be utilized again to make upcoming holiday decorations as well! I did take advantage of a few non-Unity items in their creation, including, from Tim Holtz, a frame, regular and the new Mica stains, paper and various ephemera. I also used a bunch of other Halloween ephemera I had collected over the years, Glow in the Dark rocks from Brutus Monroe, a stone mixture, cotton, and a cute box I had received as a Unity freebie with one of the membership kits. I also used a variety of paints, pens and paint.

So, to begin, I first put this cute frame together matching paper with the graveyard scene from Unity’s Toil and Trouble Kit. I stamped and embossed the images and colored it with metallic and white pens. I then dripped paint down the front and cut it down. I then painted the frame with Seth Apter purple paint, and Mica stains to match. I rubbed over the frame ribbing with metallic pastes. 

I found more paper (a plaid and a sparkly star purple) to back the image and used sticky strips to frame it. I then cut all the papers down and attached them and the frame front to the frame back. Then I used tacky glue to add glow stones to both sides. Once dried, I then filled in with more glue and added free white  crafting stones in various sizes, ensuring I could add the skull and gravestone at the top of each pile. I also used pens to add lowlights and highlights and added a grungy gray paste to the top of the gravestone button and cut off the back hole fastener part. I glued both pieces on and used gray Distress stain to darken the stones.

I then found a cute Tim Holtz boy paper doll I could sit atop the skull pile. I stamped the hat from the kit,  colored and fussy cut it out and added it to the top of the boy’s head. Finally, I glued a cotton web and spider to the top corner and called this one done. So fun to create and although not perfect, I’ll be able to remember the fun I had creating it, when I bring it out each year!

For the gift box, I pulled out Hallow Eve’s TreeBoo-lieve and Spooky Girl, and combined with kit above.  I adore how this one turned out. Basically, I colored and fussy cut a couple of these out and stamped the other 2 sides right on patterned paper. I had a lot of fun again, using ephemera, Washi tape, glitter and various papers to decorate each side, ensuring a consistent color scheme. One of the papers, I even added glowing metallic cat eyes… lol! Again, I had a lot of fun decorating the box and will use it in as a small decorative item in a small niche area.

Hope you enjoyed these ideas and how you can transform common items into decorations using Unity stamps! Remember, to comment on each blog in the hop for a chance at some Unity goodness! Thanks for hopping!

Now, on to more fun ideas… you should have arrived here from:

Alaine’s blog

You are now at my blog, and next up is:

Robin’s blog

And if you want to start from the beginning, go to:

Crystal’s blog


  1. Joyce, you are always so creative and your attention to every little detail is amazing!Love, love, love both the frame and the gift box!

  2. The Halloween scene is simply amazing! I love the gift box and how your decorated with so many layers and tons of interest. I could look at it forever.

  3. FaBOOlous projects for Halloween! I love making things like the gift box to give to kids on Halloween night. The spooky frame is a delight and I just adore every fun, creepy detail.

  4. Spooktakular! Love Halloween and can watch cool stuff like this every day! Love it!

  5. Fabulous ideas to change common things to decor.

  6. That gift box is so awesome!!!!!

  7. Great projects! Love the frame and the box!

  8. I absolutely love your projects, The box is a treat unto itself!

  9. I love your Spooktacular Halloween projects! I can tell you love Halloween as much as I do! So fun to create Halloween projects! Thanks for always inspiring me!
    Vannessa Osbourn

  10. Great ideas and
    fun to look at.
    Carla from Arizona

  11. Wow Joyce! Both projects are really amazing! I really love how you decorated the frame and gift box. Fabulous!

  12. Eeek!!! OMGoodness I love what you did on the frame and the box. The stamps and details all go together wonderfully. Just spooktacular!!! Love them both!!! Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Holidays!

  13. Wow!!! These are amazing and that framed piece is gorgeous. That boy paper doll perched on the skull is perfection.

  14. Amazing projects, Joyce!! That box is a jaw dropper!! Seriously amazing!! And the framed piece is also amazing... you amaze me every month we hop, my friend!

  15. Spook-tacular Halloween creations.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"