Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cirque du So Spooky!

Haunted Circus Tent...
Our son and his two little daughters treated Grandma and Grandpa to a day at the Circus.  Mama was at home getting some well-deserved rest.   I had never been to a real Barnum & Bailey Circus before and couldn't wait to see my favorite act...the Elephants!  I don't know what it is about their size and dignified grace that entrances heart simply swelled with emotion when they entered the ring.  Of course, right in the middle of the show I had a flash of an idea that I couldn't wait to get started on...a haunted circus tent to add to my collection of Halloween buildings.   I didn't want to make it too freakishly evil..."Something Wicked This Way Comes"...just quirky enough to be fun.

Haunted Village....
I used the same paper and color scheme for each building.

I used my Cricut to make the skeleton poster frames.
Fun old-time freak show and circus acts.

I was going to use a spooky graphic for the flag, but liked the ticket better.

I wanted a startling face at the curtained tent entrance...
This clown kinda freaked me out!
This was so much fun to do.  I had to figure out how to make a conical roof for my paper mache box.  It's not perfect, but I figured a spooky circus wouldn't have a perfect roof...right?  I can't paint stripes for the life of bring out paper stripes and  Mod Podge...I couldn't craft without it!  I'm still debating on whether to add some little black bats around the top edge of the tent...we'll see.
Happy Halloween Crafting!


Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Oh WOW!!! You could win some kind of contest with this creation for sure! It's so spook-tacular! LOL
I love the skeleton cut outs around the windows!
Great job Shirley!
Erica :)

Cheryl said...

Your needing to submit those to some magazine... those are fabulous!

LBP said...

Amazing! I love it your tent and the rest of your village. But I must admint, I hate circuses! Clowns absolutely freak me out. And I get so nervous watching the high wire acts I would end up with a headache. It only took one trip to the circus for my parents to realize I could not do circuses!

chris mckinley said...

What a great idea!! So clever!! The clown is creeping and adds to your Halloweeen Circus!!!


Creative Breathing said...

Oh Shirley, Isn't it funny in this community to find your thoughts always on the lookout for crafting ideas! Your circus tent is a brilliant stroke of creativity. I just love it!
Your post is so sweet about the elephants. I always feel the same way when seeing them. Lovely. Elizabeth

DearHelenHartman said...

That haunted village is amazing! It's like something out of a craft magazine where you look at the photos and think NOBODY could ever just MAKE those! Fabulous.

Tammy's in Love said...

Hilarious! You don't have my picture on the other side of that 'strange people' signage do you!?!? Skeleton frames, I have seen it all! You are brilliant!

Dorothy said...

Love it! Those skeleton frames are so cute! You make such pretty things, I always like them. You are so creative, always!

Pearl said...

Oh, I love your stuff!

I have a fascination with circuses and circus freaks. :-)

Greetings from Minneapolis,


Pollyanna said...

Oh, Shirley, it is so charming, and the perfect amount of a tiny bit creepy, without being scary!! I LOVE it! And I agree with Cheryl, you need to submit these somewhere!

Jenny's Heart said...

You have been one busy crafter this fall! Shirley everything looks great and I LOVE the circus tent. You had never been to the B&B Circus before? I used to love to go, it is not nearly as good as it used to be and the horses and elephants are my favorites, oh and the cotton candy :)


Hi Shirley,
You are Very Talented!!! WOW!!! Such detail! WOW!!!!
Can't wait to see what you do for Christmas. It would be awesome to create with you!