Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Creepmas Needle Felting


I added a little needle felting to my Creepmas this year. The frog is from a previous post.  The tree is combination of hemp, wire, beads, glitter and tatting.


If you were around last year you might remember the Cthulhu Snowdeity inspired by the Cthulhu Snowman card by AmysNotDeadYet,which can still be ordered by the way.  This is the felted version.  I'm currently working on another one and once I see which method works best, I'll write up a tutorial.

I'm not thrilled with how these others turned out, but I can count them as a learning experience.

The Yeti.  I like his teeth.


My Creepy Snowball that doesn't look very creepy or snowbally.
Probably shouldn't have given him hair.


My Sinister Snowman.  He looks more like a crotchety old snowman,
yelling at the snowkid to get off his lawn.  


My favorite creepy felted snowman of the season is the guy lurking in the back, that a friend made.  He was actually created with Steven Wright in mind. I'm pretty sure he's up to no good.  The snowman that is.  I don't know what Steven Wright is up to.  

Well another Creepmas season is at it's end...Ok, that's a lie.  I still have Krampus recipes to post and there's a lot of posts from other Creepers I haven't read yet.  And the Krampus Advent is still going.  So I'll still be here keeping it creepy.  Thanks everyone for making this another twisted fun filled Creepmas.  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

There'll Be Scary Ghost Stories…

What could be better than reading M.R. James on a cold winters night? Listening to Christopher Lee read them. He narrates "The Stalls of Barchester", "The Ash Tree", "Number 13" and "A Warning to the Curious" in a series called "Ghost Stories for Christmas".

The Stalls of Barchester

Check out SOG59's The Horror Vault channel for the rest.  The Christopher Lee version of "Number 13" is unavailable but there is another version, along with many other M. R. James stories and quite a few other classics to give you Creepmas chills.


Another classic Christmas ghost story, this is A. M. Burrage's Smee.  


And Lovecraft's "The Festival"

Over at SoundCloud there is a reading of The Christmas Carol by Neil Gaiman.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Grinch (Grincsfa) Trees

I love these Grincsfa trees, which seem to be very popular in other parts of the world much more interesting than mine.  Someday I will make my own Grincsfa.  I haven't figured it all out yet, but it will be black with a beautiful skull bauble hanging down off the tip.

 Here is a tutorial video. 


This one is in English.


This video is still shots of a three tipped (headed?) Grincsfa.
I love the alienesque look of it.


Here are some more examples and any other interesting tree that caught my eye. 
I see so much Creepmas potential in these. 



















Speaking of the Grinch, I love this mashup that's linked to teefury.com but I couldn't find it there.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Krampus Plushies & Dolls

The question is whether being naughty or nice will increase you're odds of finding one of these wrapped up under the Creepmas tree...

I love the expression on this Krampus by RavenCroftCottage


This Krampus by Camamiel is an ornament, but he looks cute enough to cuddle.


I swear this Krampus by Zombiehun  looks like it could be a real creature.


The details on this Krampus by MedusaWood are incredible.


This Krampus by grandbaby1 has such a silly grin.


I think a letter from Krampus is a fantastic idea. 


This guy looks so huggable. 


This is actually a set of three dolls by, Living Dead Dolls ,
but I love the white one most, it's such a contrast to the usual Krampus.  

Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy! Creepmas


Add a little Happy! to your Creepmas cheer.  I finally watched the season premier and I have to say this it what the Creepmas season is all about.  There's lots of bright festive blood, inappropriate humor and a deranged Santa Claus.  It's kind of like Deadpool got together with Bad Santa and they made a bastard mini-series.  More info and the first episode available at  SYFY

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Creepmas Gingerbread House


This is my second attempt at a creepy gingerbread house.  The first was during my first year joining Creepmas!  That one was a haunted house kit that I tweaked a little with a skull wreath and some icicles.  This year I wanted to make one that almost looked normal, at least from a distance, standing on one leg, with squinty eyes. The kind of house someone might make if they had seen a real gingerbread house, but then had gotten it all wrong.

I realize not everyone wants to muddle through my ramblings on a rather mediocre gingerbread house, so I will interrupt this post to show you this awesome creation by the Keeling family.  If you remember last year I posted about their Overlook Hotel. Go to imgur.com to check out all the pictures, where all the movie magic of Psycho has been recreated with edibles.  Yes, even the famous shower scene.  



So back to the rather anticlimactic creation of my house...there were a few things to consider, the main thing being that I'm complete rubbish when it comes to decorating with icing.

I heard somewhere that it's easier if you do the decorating first and then assemble the pieces together. I figure it couldn't end up any worse, so why not? The haunted house came with two packages of icing powder, one black and one gray.  I still had the gray one left, so I mixed about a half cup of it with a bit of black coloring and enough water to make it fairly thin and painted all the pieces.  While that was drying I assembled the houses from a mini village kit, because kids and normal stuff...


Dried it was a lot lighter of course, but it also had a mottled look.  I don't know if that's because I added food coloring or didn't mix it as well as I thought I did.  I wish I knew because I think the light and dark gray splotchiness looked very wall-like.

I meant to roll out black jelly beans and use them as windows. They where a bit hard so I warmed them up first.  The second batch I gradually heated in the microwave a little bit at a time until they were just warm enough to roll out between wax paper.  Oh the first batch, you're wondering? If you've ever said to yourself, "Well I might like to play with a bit of napalm, if only it was licorice scented."  No.  No, you wouldn't.

Moving on...I did get jelly beans rolled out and they did look quite interesting.  Some of the shell melted into the center goo, some it cracked in an almost mosaic pattern. But I could tell they weren't ever going to be windows, no matter how hard they tried, so I decided to go with curtains.

I rolled out gumdrops to go behind the curtains for a little contrast. Last time I rolled out gumdrops and cut them into windows and then completely botched outlining them. But this time they were going to be perfect because everything was still laid out flat.  All I'm going to say is that gingerbread icing is just mean and nasty.  It doesn't stick when you want it to. You're going along thinking you're laying down a nice line of piping and then the whole thing just pulls off.  And then you're stuck trying to push it back into place without smushing it.  I swear it enjoys being difficult.

Since I'm not good at the whole icing thing I mostly used it to glue things on.  I used the Wilton skeleton bones candy mold, mini skulls candy mold and a button mold to make stuff.  I only partially filled the skull molds so they weren't too thick.  I didn't utilize the foot/leg bone component of the skeleton mold, but now that I think about it, two of those together would frame out a window nicely.

My other plan was to have candy eyes peeking out the windows, because I remembered LadyM doing that and it looked awesome. She also knows how to accessorize a house with candy bones. Unfortunately, I forgot I used up my candy eyes on the cake pop monsters.  So I used candy pearls and dabbed on a black iris with gel food coloring on a toothpick.



I think this little guy looks a bit like Frank from the first Hellraiser, before he gets his skin suit.  The resemblance is purely accidental as I was just poking the red icing with a toothpick to get it to stay put.



And here you can see my sorry swirls.  I was trying to channel my inner Tim Burton, but the stupid icing wasn't seeing things my way.  Again I did the roof décor prior to assembly.  I think that did help, but then I dinked it up fumbling the roof while putting it together. The gingerbread gods hate me.  I do like the skeleton hands capping off the ends of the roof. 



...and this is my kiwi tree.  I bought dried kiwi around Halloween, because it was green and funky looking and kiwi is delicious.  Dried kiwi is not delicious, it's not good at all.  But you can make little snips around edges of the slices and then layer them together with a spot of icing and boom, you got a pretty cool looking tree.  The "rocks" are also from Halloween.  A flavor of M&M's called Cookies & Screeem.  They are too disgusting to eat, but great for landscaping. 



Last up is this trio of snowmen.  The one in the back is my daughters creation, beside the gaping wound in his belly and guts spilling out, his head has turned inside out.  Who says kids don't use their imaginations anymore? The one in front lost his head.  Actually I tried to use red icing to join his head to his body. Stupid icing wouldn't stick them together, but it left a red stain, so I just went with it.  The guy in the back, without any blood is held together with a toothpick.  The heads are regular marshmallows and the bodies are jumbo sized. The details were made with a toothpick dipped in black gel food coloring.  Mind where you put your fingers, I transferred black coloring everywhere.  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Santa Roaches


Chocolate Covered Santa Roaches were one of this years Creepmas treats.  These are so easy to make this isn't really even a recipe.  But you will need:

Chocolate [I used Doves Dark, it's a mild dark for those that can't handle the strong stuff]
Pecan halves
Chocolate Jimmies
White and Red candy melts
White Pearl decorating candy [optional, could use white candy melts instead]

Sprinkle a layer of jimmies on a jelly roll pan covered with parchment paper.

Melt the chocolate, temper it.  Dip the pecans in one at time.  Pull them out flat side down on a fork, tap the fork on the side of the bowl to remove the excess chocolate. Use another fork to slide the pecan off and onto the jimmie covered parchment.  Let chocolate completely set before moving on.

Below is a visual on improperly tempered chocolate.  I have tempering info in my Rat Truffle post.  You can see starting from the top left hand corner my chocolate is not tempered correctly, which has resulted in an unsightly bloom.  This does not effect the taste at all, but it can take longer to set.  You can see how the very act of stirring and dipping more roaches actually helped the tempering process as they go from full bloom, to swirly to all smooth and shiny.   


After they were set I microwaved the red candy melts in a freezer ziplock, snipped a corner off and zigzagged a little triangle shape onto their little heads.  I added a candy pearl for the hat tassel, but you could also pipe white candy melt, which I used for the brim of the hats.




And these are the Santa Roaches in the bathroom.  Yes they've been up since the craft party just so they could join in the Creepmas festivities this year.  I made about 30 little hats.  And that alone is probably grounds to have me committed...Here they are up close:



I may be a little crazy, but I am not the only one. 
Check out this Christmas Caroling Cockroach Diorama.

 

and this ornament...

and this festive bugger...
source: pinterest.com

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Creepmas Makeup Tutorials

Looking to glam up for a holiday party?  These looks will definitely have all eyes on you...


I love this Christmas Present Zombie look.  It's so colorful and festive.  She has a bunch of tutorials suitable for Creepmas.  A Jack and Shelly mashupevil snowman, Krampus, peppermint candy creature, and that nasty elf on a shelf, just to name a few.  She actually has so many creepy holiday looks you could probably sport a different one for each day of Creepmas.  She also has a video where she addresses contacts.  I'm paraphrasing a bit here, but she has some sage advice like don't buy the cheapest ones you can find and then stick them in your eye.  



This Yeti and the following Candy Monster
are even more involved with prosthetics.  




The next one's aren't quite as complicated...



Love to accessorize?  How about with a candy cane through the cheek?

Maybe you're more into shiny baubles...


I found this video amusing, but if you'd like something more professional watch the one below.  I do prefer the ornament placing in this one.  I would go mental having one of my eyes covered like the following video.



Or maybe just a nice little bloody snowflake accent.  Pair it with a little black dress and you are ready for an enchanted evening of holiday merriment.

 


If I'm being honest, I'm not talented enough to pull off most of these. I think I could manage a bloody snowflake, but that's about it.  But this last video, I could rock this look, maybe not as well as she does, but this one is definitely more my speed and I love her sense of humor. "It's a judge free zone."

Monday, December 4, 2017

Creepmas Yard Displays

First of all I should have pointed this out day one, but I forgot all about it.  There's this cool Krampus Advent Calendar online http://regina.bayern/.

Continuing on, earlier this year after admiring the Krampus set at a local haunt, I was curious if with the latest surge of Krampus enthusiasm if homeowners were including him in their holiday displays.

I did find this display which caused quite an uproar in the neighborhood decorating contest.   I love the Krampus, the homeowner did a fantastic job creating him.


At the end of the article they said they had a few "Nightmare Before Christmas" entries also. I love it when people come over to the dark side. I failed to find pictures of those, but I did something a little closer to home...


You have to read the article where there are more amazing pictures, but basically this guy makes all his own props to create a display that spans down the block.  After Halloween it gets pulled back to just his yard but he changes it up to match the movie's timeline. I can't imagine the time and effort that goes into this.  Some people are truly extraordinary. Currently the facebook page is posting Christmas Town.  While this isn't quite in my backyard it's close enough that I'm embarrassed that it's taken me this long to find out this exists.  

This is a cool video of the display: