Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hallowe'en Fun

I had a great rainy day a week or so ago making some Hallowe'en cards. I do like Hallowe'en-related imagery, but not so much the Hallmark, cutesy versions. Bring on actual mummies, bats, spiders, snakes and the like (which I don't find scary, but seem to suit the day). And this year Canada Post put out a Haunted Canada series, so these stamps were fun to pair with the collages. I also had some of older Hallowe'en stamps, which came packaged in a "haunted stamp house." Since (I hope) most of these cards will have arrived at their destination, I thought it would be safe to post.

Here are two stamps from the different collections. The top is from the Haunted Canada series (2014), which was released on Friday, June 13th. These "soldiers" are guarding the haunted Fort George at Niagara-on-the-Lake. The other is from The Haunted Stamp House series. Here's a great post on that series. And the guy with horns? It's from a National Geographic spread on "wild men" of Europe (dressed in some very odd costumes). 
Someone mentioned that she liked the Bride of Frankenstein, so I went from there. And the old stamp is from another Canada Post series on cryptozoology (or, as they called it, Canada's Legendary Creatures). This one was Le Loup-Garou (the werewolf). I think it's great that Canada Post can think beyond queens, dead white men, and flags every once in awhile! 
My favourite. This is a mummified Sicilian priest. Love the velvet cape and hat and the lace blouse. I tried to echo the lace using a doily. I hope it made it through the post.  
Hard to go wrong with a bat and a crypt. 
This is the ghost bride from the Haunted Canada series. It's from the little monthly magazine that Canada Post puts out.  (And you can see part of one of the stamps in the lower left.)
For my niece, so a little tamer. Good use for one of those Harry Potter stamps from the US. 
Not particularly "Halloweeny"...
I couldn't resist this gal. Tried again with a bit of doily in the lower left. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Momentary Radio Silence

Sorry for the radio silence, gang. Lots going on - winding up my existing job, getting ready for a new one (all will be revealed); assignments for a collage course (more on that soon, too, but I've posted a few of the exercises here); apartment-hunting trips, and many more excellent excuses. I'll be back soon; that you can be sure of.

Thanks to everyone who has been sending me fabulous mail, like this from Peter. I have you all in a chronological stack and I'm getting to it, slowly but surely.

And have you seen Red Handed Rubber Stamps? Get yourself on over there! I'm not sure if it's a good thing that there are no retail outlets near my home. I may have to ask my friends in San Francisco to do a bit of shopping for me!

Playing around with my gelli plate. Kinds of '60s abstract, don't you think?
I think we might have had curtains like that!