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Glitterville's Handmade Halloween: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting! [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Brown
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Book Description

Celebrate the season of costumes and candy with Glitterville's guide to creating a wondrously wacky and whimsical holiday!

Treat yourself to the kookiest compilation of crafts and decor assembled from Glitterville's creator, Stephen Brown, judge of Craft Wars on TLC. Glitterville's Handmade Halloween is full of bright, colorful photos, step-by-step holiday how-tos, and over-the-harvest-moon decorating ideas to make your home sparkle and shine this spooktacular season.

A great book for intermediate to experienced crafters, Glitterville's Handmade Halloween will delight readers as they make their way through the playfully photographed pages of the book, which include full, never-before-published instructions for making some of Glitterville's most sought-after items, including Halloween candy garland and the studio collection of folk figures.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 28078 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (21 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,062,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical crafting for Halloween you will love 1 Oct. 2014
By Cleo
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Living in Belgium, where Halloween isn't really a big thing and where a lot of people don't even know what exactly it is about, I surely hadn't heard of Glitterville or Stephen Brown before. So when I went looking online for a book to make some nice Halloween stuff myself, I saw this book and got a little excited: it looked so much fun! And guess what: it totally is.

It's just a treat to anyone who likes holidays and crafting: the book is so beautifully designed and colourful. The author's enthusiasm oozes from the pages and the whimsical style is lovely. Everything is really well explained so anyone can make these 20 projects. Bonus: the materials needed for them are inexpensive and most of them you will already have or else are really easy to come by.

The projects are: Cellophane Fancies, Buckets of Fun, Paper Festooning, Oh So Wicked Party Hat, Chenille Pumpkins, Halloween Candy Garland, Butterscream Frosting Ornament, Nut Cups, Pinky's Pumpkin Patch, Mushroom Man on a Stump, Wackie Willie Webber Spider Puppet, Lumber Jack, Spooky Forest Sticks and Orange Candy Apples, Party Hat Place Card Holders, Glittered Cat Silhouette Party Hat, Harvest Moon Halloween Hanger, Kooky Cupcake Picks, Pumpkin Tiara, The Bride of Franky Glitterstein, Trick or Tweet (a little raven in a nest).

Some of the projects have variations included and every project starts with a rhyme - which are well written and often quite funny.

The book not only made me really keen on wanting to try everything in it, but made my imagination soar to high tops thinking about customizing the projects or make my very own. What more can you ask for as a crafter? Highly recommended.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant .... 25 Oct. 2012
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Glitterville's Handmade Halloween is a fantastic little book. I just loved every page.

Can you write a Christmas book pleeeese.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait to get started! 22 Aug. 2012
By Pope Mel - Published on
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I am old and very jaded and it usually takes something with batteries to make me squeal like a preteen at a Justin Bieber concert. But when it comes to my favorite holiday, all it takes is some glittery party hats and a few grinning pumpkins to make me pitch a major squealie.

Glitterville -[...] - has been selling wonderful decorations for years now. I'm too much of a cheapskate to spring for one of their "Mr. Bones chip & dip servers" or an "Itchy Witchy stacking cake platter", so I'm thrilled to be able to make my own goodies based on their designs.

Most of the projects in this book are made from easily obtainable supplies - no plastic novelty eyeballs, thank you! Styrofoam balls, Paperclay, crepe paper and chenille stems are all that's needed to create a cute, rather than creepy Halloween. (Chenille stems? I didn't know anybody used them anymore. I LOVE IT!)

I'm looking forward to many happy hours crafting witch hats, spider puppets, pumpkin tiaras, and surprised jack-o-lanterns. And did I mention the trick-or-treating cupcake, 'cos I should have.
She's really cool!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a "Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting" 22 Aug. 2012
By Sakuya - Published on
I pre-ordered this book months ago and just received it yesterday. I own a large selection of Glitterville Halloween items so when I saw this book was coming out, I immediately signed up to receive it. Now that I have it in my hands, I am beyond impressed. I have several craft books and magazines and this book by far blows all others away. It is written simply so directions are easy to follow and all the materials you will use for the crafts are explained in detail in the front of the book along with the how's and why's certain materials are better than others. At the beginning of each craft the specific items you will need for that specific craft is clearly listed. Nothing is an odd item you can not find from a trip to Michaels or Hobby Lobby or even in your kitchen. Yes, you will use cardboard paper towel inserts. This isn't your kindergartener's paper towel craft, either. The crafts depicted in detailed pictures with easy instruction are just like the items you have seen and bought in the stores. If you have bought Glitterville items before, you know the items are not inexpensive and that the detail in each is spot-on.

Having had the book for only one day, I have not yet tried to replicate anything. Having said that, I don't believe I will be unable to because the directions are that well-done. Each piece is broken down (with close-up photos) to the basics so you can see just how to build it to the final finished product. To be able to replicate these crafts, however, you will have to have some artistic ability. As you can see from the cover preview of the book, the faces on the whimsical characters are detailed and require a steady hand and some artistic ability and there is a small amount of sculpting. You can come up with your own painting ideas, of course, and the craft ideas can easily be altered in colors and characters for different holidays. All you need is your imagination.

These crafts will take time. It's not a quick one-hour kind of craft and is not for small children. The crafter must have dexterity and a steady hand (think painting), so more age 14 and up. There is very little sewing needed for these projects, but there is some in a couple projects. The witch shown on the cover in the top left corner has a sewing detail but I honestly don't think you have to do that step or even see it in the completed project. It's a craft, so you can change and alter things as you see fit. Some details require you to make a color copy of a pattern in the back of the book on cardstock and then cut it out to use. My only comment on this (again, not having done it yet), is the crisp lines of these color copies will not be as sharp as shown in the how-to pictures because we are making a copy of a copy whereas the author/creator is printing the cutout from a computer directly.

All in all, though, this book is a delight. The colors are a candy store for the eyes and page after page of whimsical characters you can make at home with time and patience. Like I said, I have not tried to make anything yet, but I did read the book cover to cover yesterday and followed the diagrams (easily numbered) and am confidant these ideas are actually doable despite the complicated yet fanciful-looking finished product. You, too, will be able to make Glitterville come alive in your own home with the aid of this book. It is an absolutely fantastic book. Even if you don't ever make a thing from it, you will get enjoyment just looking through the pages and letting the ideas flow for tablescapes and color palettes. The Amazon price is incredible and this book is well worth every cent even if you pay full price for it. For me to say something is worth full price is huge. This book is worth it. Five stars all the way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glitterfabulous! 28 Nov. 2012
By margot potter - Published on
This is the most luscious, scrumptious, stunning visual feast of a craft book I have ever read. Created, photographed, designed and edited entirely by Stephen and his Head Studio Elf Chico, it's epic in scope and scale. Stephen generously shares his long held secrets for making 20 exquisite projects inspired by his wildly successful Glitterville line.

Stephen Brown's attention to detail is unparalleled. He is a gifted artist with a uniquely whimsical and wonderful point of view that is reflected on every page from the projects, to the poems, to the stylish graphic design. There is so much to learn and so much to love in this book, I will be returning to it again and again for inspiration. Every design comes to life with exquisitely detailed photographs that make you feel as if Stephen is holding your hand and guiding each stroke of your paintbrush. Even if you aren't a crafty type, this is a gorgeous coffee table book and collectible.

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I have a passion for vintage decor, it is evident that Stephen shares this passion. He takes the best of vintage Halloween motifs and infuses it with a thoroughly modern and uniquely Glittervillian point of view. If you love vintage Halloween, you will most definitely love this book. If you love crafting, you will definitely love this book. It is glitterfabulous!

Margot Potter
The Impatient Crafter
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent projects! 30 Aug. 2012
By Hello Happy - Published on
As one who leaves my Christmas tree and decorations up far longer than is considered appropriate, I really agree with the idea of making every day a holiday through crafting, as author Stephen Brown asserts in his book. You may recognize the author's name, as he is one of the judges from Craft Wars, that addictive show on TLC. In Glitterville's Handmade Halloween, Stephen Brown has assembled the "kookiest compilation of Halloween crafts and decor" and the main thing I noticed is how the projects are fresh, new and so creatively fun! I have to also comment on the design of the book, which is filled with gorgeous, beautifully lit photos and eye catching design elements on every single page.

There are a wide range of projects in it, including edible treats, wearables, and decor items and each one is accompanied with a fun and funky poem that lets you know a little more about them! My daughter chose the Chenille Pumpkin as our first thing to make, as it only used pipe cleaners, crepe paper and a bit of felt to make this little cutie, and we had all of the items already. We got a bit carried away and made about 12 of them since they were so simple to make, and we think they will look adorable hanging on our front door to greet the trick or treaters this year. I really hope Mr. Brown authors another book for the winter holidays, I'm sure it would be just as magical!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Craft Book Purchase EVER! 28 Aug. 2012
By L. Glass - Published on
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I just got this book in the mail today (I pre-ordered it in July) and I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. The instructions in this book put the Martha Stewart craft books to shame, it has step by step photos and text for each craft. I haven't seen the techniques Stephen Brown uses anywhere else. Not only is every craft in this book extremely unique and creative, I will be able to apply the techniques and use of materials to my own creations- making this my best craft book buy EVER!

Because of the detailed instructions, I think most people will be able to do the crafts. However, these are not crafts for young children.

I want another copy just for back up and I hope Glitterville and Stephen Brown come out with more books for all the other holidays. This one is simply amazing!
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