Friday, 5 October 2018

October 5th - Day 5 of 31 Days of Halloween

This year Leigh is hosting 31DOH!

🎃LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop🎃
Oct 1 - 31, 2018

The Blog Hop linky party opens Oct 1st at 5 past midnight PDT and ends at 5 to midnight on Oct 31st!

For more details go to

🎃 LeighSBDesigns annual 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop🎃

I will be sharing today's Halloween make on Leigh's page....


Don't forget to keep watching and commenting for the chance to win spot prizes and some of my makes!

I mentioned my first SPOT PRIZE on Monday - email the answer to before midnight October 5th - this is your last chance to go in the draw for this first prize...

What did I make as my main 31DOH project last year?


 Day 5 of 31DOH... an altered chocolate box!

My husband and I enjoyed a short trip to Prague earlier in the year - 
I brought back a box of chocolates for my Mum and Dad...

Of course I hoped that Mum would give the box back eventually for me to upcycle - and she did - a couple of days ago!! I wanted to keep some of the features of the box but make it generally more spooky!!

Here's how the sides of the box look now:

This is the back - I covered the centre of the panel with part of a paper from The Other Side by Craft Box. I had first embossed this using copper embossing powder and two stamps designed by Rick St Dennis for Smeared Ink in 2013!
I then added a sparkly spider and a metal skeleton.

This is the front side, similarly decorated but leaving the clock parts visible. chocolate inside...but untie the ribbon, pull on the piece that is clipped by the top spider:

 I will also link this altered chocolate box to...

Dream in Darkness - because this is the BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR

Lost Coast Portal Challenge #62 - I have used two rubber stamps!


My original plan was to place one of these inside the box:

But they were both too big...!!


All these orange sparkly spiders were in my Halloween box - and as I was looking through it, I decided to start adding things to my vintage treadle sewing machine 
to start my Halloween display:

The candles were made by stamping that SU witch on tissue and melting them on to the candles (one was showing the reverse). I also added my 'hallo kitty' and 'Devil Boy' pegs to my calendar. I made these using two of my favourite Smeared Ink digis some years ago!


To finish today... I had a few scraps on my worktable so I made a couple of ATCs:

Happy Hopping!


  1. Oooh you have spooked this up beautifully. It looks like an ossuary. Spooktacular. Thanks for mentioning the rubber stamps LOL. Hugz

    1. Thanks for joining the fun at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. Hugz

  2. What a cool shaped box... fun for altering! Love your ATCs also!

  3. A fabulous chocolate box and even a more altered box! x

  4. Wonderful projects! Love them all

  5. The dancing skeletons are back.
    Love the recycled box. It's
    fantastic. Lucky that mom
    didn't give it the heave-ho.
    thanks for sharing

  6. FaBOOlous and creeptastic all rolled into one!!! I love upcycled altered boxes and I'm just like you and would have been coveting that box in the hopes I got it back LOL! Spooktacular ATCs too!

  7. This is an amazing creation and I love the dancing skeletons.

  8. What a fun and very cool altered box!
    I love the skeleton surprise inside. Your
    ATC's are faBOOlous, too.

  9. Thanks for joining all the spooky fun over at Lost Coast blog.

  10. Wonderfullness! Love all the details! xx

  11. Such a gorgeous make-over on that box and super ATCs x

  12. What a creepy gift box for your Halloween friends!!! Love your ATCs!!!

  13. oh wow! this is amazing and i'll bet you had so much fun making it! thanks for joining the lost coast design 31 days of halloween blog hop!

  14. I love how you saw something in the box, another use! It turned out fantastic, so detailed and intricate.

  15. This is great and the dancing skellies made me laugh

  16. What a spooky and creative project! Thank you for participating in the Lost Coast Designs "31 Days of Halloween Challenge"!

  17. Brilliant recycling! Love the design papers and details but must say - the black skeleton is my fav. Thank you so much for joining Dream in Darkness challenge.

  18. I'm honestly loving those spiders! hehe so cool!


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