Wednesday, October 3, 2012


I'm Lady Brayton.  Welcome to my blog!

I am participating as a wicked blogger for THE 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN blog hop hosted by the Smeared and Smudged Forum

I will be posting a new, stamped project everyday during the month of October dealing with the themes of Halloween and Day of the Dead. 
To learn more about the 31 Days of Halloween and to find out how non-bloggers can win prizes, click this link. There will be multiple prizes daily and a HUGE GRAND PRIZE at the end of the month!

 For your convenience, I will keep the blog roll posted on the left sidebar of my blog.  The hop goes LIVE everyday in October at 9:00am PST. 
You should have arrived here from Vee's Blog and your 
next stop on the hop is Lindsay's Blog.
The start of the hop is Terra's blog.

Today is Day 3 of the 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN

Here is my offering:
(click images to enlarge)

This is the Halloween Decor Swap gift I made for Shell.  I only had 2 crappy pics so Shell was kind enough to take photos for me.  I started with Smeared Ink's "Bony Bunny Head" and chopped off his ears leaving me with a wicked skull image.  I printed the design to a suitable size to fit the face of a small foam pumpkin.  I cut the design out and outlined the image with an exacto-blade.  I then carved the silhouette with a rotary tool.  As you can see from the bottom photo, I did not cut through the entire pumpkin.  I just took the orange bit off to expose the "flesh" of the pumpkin.  Next I held the image over the silhouette and carved out the black parts of the design.  When I was almost finished, my template kept slipping so I didn't carve the image 100% accurately, but I think it still resembles the original skull pretty closely.  For carving the black parts and fine lines I used a wood-burning set which included and exacto-blade bit.  It cut through the foam splendidly!  I did a little sanding to smooth out some of the drill work.

Things I learned doing this project and tips to pass on:
It is best to print the design on sticker paper and apply to the pumpkin so there is no slipping of the template or stencil.  I had no idea sticker paper for printers existed.  If you don't want to spend money on sticker paper or can't find any, use cheap PVA glue and glue the image to the pumpkin.  At the end of carving, a 20 minute soak in the sink will remove the glue and paper.  The foam will dry and will not be harmed.  If using sticker paper, it peels right off and needs no soak time.
If using a wood burning kit work outdoors as the foam fumes are toxic.  Luckily I knew this :)  Also, have a glass of cold water nearby to soak your finger which will most likely get burned at some point no matter how careful you are.  Luckily I always have cold drinking water with me.  Don't wear contact lenses when drilling.  Even with safety glasses, dust will get in your eyes.  If you are visually impaired, wear your glasses with safety glasses over them. 
 Always wear protective glasses/goggles.  Trust me :)
Research carving foam pumpkins before actually attempting to carve foam pumpkins.  Lol! 
 I found these tips AFTER I carved the pumpkin.

Have fun hopping!
~ Lady B ~

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Party Time Tuesdays: Frightfully Scary/Halloween - I carved a pumpkin from a stamp
Use it Tuesdays: Use hoarded supplies.  I used a foam pumpkin left over from last year and I used a wood burning tool (from 5 years ago) which I have never used until now.
Bearly Mine: Halloween - I carved a pumpkin
Art With No Boundaries: Halloween - I carved a pumpkin from a stamped image.


  1. OMG I love love!! Can you come do my pumpkins????

  2. This is marvellous! can´t wait for your next project to show :)

  3. I am speechless. That is an amazing idea and beautifully "executed" (perfect for Halloween). Thank you for sharing.

  4. OMG... This is freakin' awesome! I love it and hmmm... I may just have to give it a try, thanks for the tips! Hugs!

  5. Damn you and your mastery of carving foam pumpkins!! I have a wood burning tool, but never thought to use it. I'll just stick to painting my pumpkins. So the white skull is just the pumpkin foam without the orange on it? AWESOME!!!!!

  6. Wow your so awesome, I dont see one mistake at all! I think this looks FABULOUS! Tks for the tip of dos and donts, not that I will find the courage to do this but hey? I really love your/Shell's pumpkin!!

  7. thats awesome great pumpkin carving project using a digi stamp for your pattern never would have thought of that

  8. Lady B, you are so delightful! I LOVE your pumpkin!

  9. Beautifully executed and such a wonderful idea! I have one sitting I've been afraid to tackle so your tips are much appreciated.

  10. you break the rules of art and make it look legal lol awesome awesome pumpkin..a digi on a pumpkin awesome brilliance!
    susan s.

  11. wow lb this is so awesome, the coolest pumpkin I've ever seen. LOOOOOVE it!!!!!

  12. I was totally freaked out when I received this it's one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The boys totally love it too, as Ben put it " we have got the coolest pumpkin ever, none of my friends have got one this cool" Thank you so much xxx

  13. As a pro at pumpkin carving, I can appreciate all your work! I like it without the bunny ears! Awesome job!

  14. This is amazing, Lady B. I never would have thought to do something like cool. Love the detail and intricacy of the design. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries. I look forward to seeing more of your art soon.

  15. There are no words to describe this.
    Your work is beautiful.

  16. That is some wicked skull, Lady B! I know you just HAD to do another after the one for HDH, eh? Fabulous! xxD

  17. killa! I would love to have this skull a lantern in my yard!

  18. Totally AWESOME pumpkin!!! Thank you thank you for the tips too.

    Happy Hauntings ^_^

  19. Flippin' amazing! Thanks for all the tips too :)

  20. That is beautiful!!
    Thank you for playing along with us at Use it Tuesday and I hope to see you again for another challenge!

  21. wow! this is amazing! what a fabulous entry to our contest this week. I want your pumpkin! Thanks again for joining us at Use it Tuesday this week!
    Tammy DT

  22. These are incredibly beautiful and awesome. I so enjoyed reading your post too. I am sorry about finger and eyes and hope you are okay but the way you describe your progress had me giggling! Thank goodness you knew about the fumes. Vee xx

  23. Lovely halloween pumpkin. Thank you so much for joining us at Bearly Mine Designs Challenge this time. Good luck!

    Hugs, Natascha

  24. Wow - you did an excellent job cutting the image on the pumpkin! So glad you linked up at Art With No Boundaries!

  25. Thanks for joining the Party Time Tuesday Challenge this week.