Tuesday, September 27, 2011

~Tuesday Display Chain~"Framed In"~Project Style

It's back....!!
The Tuesday Display Chain!
The lovely and talented Misi from 1890 Gable House Musings is once again graciously hostessing the weekly chain....But with a few twists this time around....

This time its a continuous chain lasting 4 weeks....We'll see how long I last!
Anywho...this week's theme is "Framed In" - Project Style....Misi left this one wide open....and left us to free to interpret it as we wish.
Hmmmm....You know mine would be a bit on the twisted side....
So, without further adieu, I'd like to introduce you to:

The Girl In The Mirror:

Take the image of one spooky little girl, and add to a purchased mirror, and you have some very fun and unusual Halloween decor.  (Love the empty eyes and the fingers on the side like she's trying to climb out....)

It's harder than I thought to take a picture of a mirror, but I think you get the idea....If you're interested in doing one of your own, it's really quite simple....Just follow these steps:

1.  Find a photo online that you would like to see staring back at you when you look in the mirror.  Cut it down to the size you like, leaving a bit of a border.  (For a spookier effect, the photo I used was also copied onto a piece of transparency paper (remember that stuff?) and then the transparency copy and the paper copy were placed on top of each other, with just a slight, slight, offset to give it a more ghost-like image, and taped together.)

2.  Take a Dremel or razor blade (razor blade actually works better) and gently scrape off the backing of the mirror (If the mirror has a cardboard or paper backing, you'll need to remove that first, or cut out a section large enough to accommodate the photo you are using).  Steel wool also works well in taking the backing off - but you need to use a GENTLE touch so you do not scrape the glass any more than you have to.  (Note - you may want to wear a mask while doing this....) Scrape the area to the size and shape of your photo.  (For the one above, I used an irregular oval shape.)  Occasionally, hold the photo up to the scraped part on the back to check your progress so you can gauge the correct size and shape.  You don't want to scrape too much, or you will have blank paper or blank space showing through.

3.  Tape the photo to the back of the mirror and, ta da! You have a person "framed in" your mirror!

How's that for project style?

Not your style??? Well, how about this project: 

Make your own Halloween cards!  Just scan a photo of a suitable candidate, and print out (or photocopy).  Layer with specialty paper, etc. on card stock and embellish with stamps, witch's hat, or whatever!  Too cool!

Ok....so something tells me this isn't, exactly, what Misi had in mind, but it's my interpretation - and I'm sticking to it!!

Go visit Misi for links to other members of the chain gang and see what they came up with!  (Maybe I should have done that first, huh??)

Happy Tuesday!


Traci said...

Holy crap! I love your interpretation...so spooky and cool! That lost girl in the mirror would probably scared me to death in the night, LOL. Hope you warn your houseguests about her before bedtime-

And your Witch card is awesome too, you girl, need to be sharing more of your creative ideas, they are so neat!


Christine said...

Who knew? That is so spooky! (but effective!)
Love your style!
Best wishes

lilraggedyangie said...

o your so CREEPY ... thats one of the reason I luv ya so ! Creepy n Cranky a perfect mix! Thanks for the ideas ! Have a great week ! hugs lilraggedyangie

Misi said...

Oh my goodness Oh My Goodness Oh My Goodness!!!~ This couldn't be a better "ME" project ..It is exactly my cuppa brew!..This week has completely fallen into place with this project in mind.
Happenstance #1 ~ My daughter needed a picture printed out for a class project, "a representation of Family". She printed a photo of the 5 of us..an extra was printed so she tucked that one into the mirror frame of my old hall stand.. Every time i passed through the hall ..out of the corner of my eye i caught my face (largest in view) ..thinking "oh how scary" (i am).
Happenstance #2~ I recently purchased an old framed mirror ...the mirror glass was very age spotty , so i started to remove the cardboard from the back and peeled a bit of the silver off as well..walla.. I never realized that missing mirror effect through the glass..( just what you are talking about here Cranky!)...
I really need to do some of these mirrors for my upstairs foyer!
Your interpretation of "Framed In" is simply Awesome!! THANK YOU MS. CRANKY FRIEND>> That's some good spooky!
Boo Ya!!

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

OOOOO~ So spooky~ so neat~ Love it!!!
I say girl you got some imagination!!!
hugs to you~

Kim said...

I love your twisty-ness. But Robin - that girl in the mirror would make me pee my pants in the middle of the night. Creepy!

Kimberly said...


Prims By The Water said...

You may live in Nod my frined, but your frames are outta this world fantastic...one problem with the girl in the mirror for me though. I wake up to go to work in the dark...and being half asleep when I get into the bathroom, if I saw her in my mirror, it would probably scare the crap outta me. LOL. I have some old photos at the store of folks from the early days. I will definitely have to try and make one of those up! Thanks for sharing the great ideas...gets those juices flowing in me ole bones. Take care, Janice

Rachel said...

That is spook-tacular!! love it!

laurie said...

ok, thats very scary! spooky scary.. LOVE THAT ! You are so very clever!!

frontporchprims said...

Oh WoW!!! That is such a cool interpretation. It looks so spooky. I love the cards too:) Thanks for the know how. I would love to send some cards out. -Steph-

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Very creative. I never would have thought of that, since I don't want the beejeebers scared outta me in the middle of the night!!!! lol


outjunking said...

Girl what horror movies do you watch? I love this, I was creep-ed out by this and I loved it. In the middle of the night that thing would scare the holy heck out of you. Might even do one for my booth.

prims by olde lady morgan said...

HOLY COW!!!! That is so cool!!! Love it!!!! OLM

Stacy said...

So spooky...I have to admit that mirror is scarry LOL I would freak out seeing that in the middle of the night. Love your interpretation :)

Meadowbrook Cabin Primitives said...

Hi Robin,

Very creepyative ... I mean creative ! I have to admit..that is totally spooky !

Also like your cards !


Beckyjean said...

Oh my Robin!! That mirror really creeps me out. Love the idea, but could never do it for my house. I'd scare the crap out of myself.

Have a wonderful evening~Becky

Carmen at Primcats said...

ACK! That freaks me out! I'm not gonna sleep fo a week!

But of course that freaky little girl is framed in nicely!

Carmen and the Primcats

Vicki said...

Ok, I need someone to hold me. I'm in the fetal position in the corner. That girl in the mirror is so cool but super scary! Love it

Robyn ♥ said...

THAT IS FREAKIN AWESOME!! I personally couldn't have it or my son would never brush his teeth again,(it being in the bathroom mirror) but it is COOL!!
I really think this is right up Misi's alley! PERFECTO!

~Madalynne~ said...

I haven't seen anything that darn creative in a loooooong time! And I love the fact that you don't need to search the planet for some special supplies. LOVE IT!!!!!!!

renee said...

She is a lot creepola! LOL! I like Halloween too, but I don't know about that one! I would be freaked.
Great idea though, Thanks for sharing with us and have a great week!

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

cool mirror!!!!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

I don't even have to tell you how cool that mirror image is ~ just my cup of tea!!! Spooky Cool!
Love the witchy Halloween card too!
Didn't know you were so talented!
Prim Blessings

Kaisievic said...

The girl in the mirror is really creepy - like the girl in "The Ring".

Hugs, Kaye xoxox

Siobhan said...

What great ideas! The pic of that girl in the mirror creeps me out, though. It reminds me of when my friend & I would chant "Bloody Mary" in the dark when we were little, hoping to summon the ghost of Mary, Queen of Scots. Yikes.

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Farmhouse prims said...

Hi Robin, thank you for the tutorials, I esp. like the one to make the card. I love cards. Hugs, Lecia

Traci said...

Bad dreams last night ;O)

jules said...

That girl in the mirror gives me the creeps! I don't think I could have her peeking out at me.....

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

She's a little too spooky for me, LOL. But a very very good halloweeny prop.

Love that you gave instructions.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

deb said...

love love love the card with the witch hat and crows!!!!!!!!!!! the mirror....lol....looks like me the morning after too many margheritas....lololololol.
I have a few old pics like the one in the card....I want to maybe embellish them like that and hang them from black ribbon on the wall????? thanks for the cool ideas!!!

The Country Nest said...

How creepy and creative....Her eyes bug me out, but I love it. Nice job!!!!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Oh how creeeeepy!! I am thinking that it would be a cool "gotcha" prank for someone! tee hee.

Cute cards!!!


Margie from Hungry Hook Primitives said...

Twisted ? You ? Nah, I dont believe it...haha Yes I do ! You are sooo twisted and thats why we all love you ! I'm not much into halloween decor but I do love your interpretation !!!


BumbleBeeLane said...

Loved your spooky girl.Would have never thought of it.Now just wish I had some ink in my printer to go do it now cause by the time I go buy ink I'll forget..smile..I have a ton of old photo's so going to go make some ornie cards,except I'm going to use the originals.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Katherine said...

Oh my gosh! That mirror is SO spooky. Love it!

Gatherings said...

neat ideas!!!

annie said...

That mirror, I don't do spooky stuff, but I can see all sorts of possibilities with that. I don't do Halloween either, but I like crows, and I like the layering of the effects on your cards. You have a very creative gift indeed.

Leontien said...

Haha this is wayyyyyyyy to spooky for me! i would scare myself to death if i put a picture up like that in our own house! hahah

But.... i think you did a great job!

Hope you have a great week

Heather said...

oooh, she is SUPER spooky! but what a fun idea! Love the old photo with the hat too. I love vintage style halloween!~

Kattywhompus Primitives said...

Hi Robin,
First, let me say that I'm glad I won't be walking around your house in the middle of the night! Holy cow...that mirror would scare the pee right outta me! LOL It's fabulously frightening!

Second, thank you for your very kind comments on my studio re-do. It's nice to know my frilly alter ego is appreciated too. :)

Blessings to you, Robin!

oldgreymare said...

Shriek! Creepy!
Just popped in to catch up. You have been a very lucky winner. Fabulous gifties especially the autumn couple.

Also enjoyed the music :D

Marijke van Ooijen said...

I am a little bit afrais from this mirror!
That face is scarry..
I believe in ghosts...I have a one in my house..realy.

Love from Marijke

Kathy said...

No way, I love the mirror project. That photo it so eerie I could handle that. I will pick up transparency paper today.
Thanks for the info.