Thursday, September 26, 2013

Halloween Wall Hanging

The attic is calling me. (whoa, that sounds creepy...)  The Halloween decorations will soon be going up in my house. I have a LOT of stuff, mostly hand made, so I'll be sure to share with you once it's all put out and arranged. Meanwhile, I just had to make something new this year. Just for fun.

If you've followed me for very long, you may remember this piece I did back in 2011.

I like the small size and thought I'd mimic it with a Halloween theme this time.

Lots of great Ranger and Tim Holtz products, not to mention Wendy Vecchi's new translucent embossing paste.

Here's a quick look at how it came together...

Black mat board pieces. I used a template saved from the first project.

Embossing paste using two of Tim's newest stencils: Clockwork and Bubble. The embossing paste will dry clear with a shine to it. A fun background effect.

On a sheet of Tim's new Laboratorie paper, I washed some Rusty Hinge Distress Stain over the black and white diamond print.

This was used to cover the top half of the piece as shown. Tissue tape separates the two sections. See how cool the embossing paste looks when dry?

From Grungeboard, I die cut the wrought iron fence and painted it with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint.

Then, to dirty it up, I quickly spread Black Soot Distress Paint with my finger over it.

Next I stamped this big skelly (Retro Halloween) with Jet Black Archival onto the back side of a Crowded Attic paper stash scrap.

I cut him out... then cut him up. Mwah-HA-ha-ha!

Also from the Laboratorie paper stash, I die cut this crescent moon and a few stars (not shown) and colored them with Wild Honey Distress Stain. I love the new Crescent Moon & Stars die!

I punched an oval from the Laboratorie 2 x 2 page and colored it with Peeled Paint Distress Stain, then popped it into a collage key.

Rather than use the clear epoxy bubble that comes with the collage keys, I glued a new Crossbones Idea-ology Adornment with strong metal glue. (E6000)

For the lower piece, I simply added die-cut letters and a leftover star. I like using Kraft Core card stock so I can sand-distress the edges for a cool effect.

Using the Holly Branch die, I cut the branch and leaves also from Kraft Core. The spider was cut from the Candlelight Fright die.

A few chit-chat seasonal word stickers.

Did you notice Skelly's wings and crown? 

A ribbon and waxed twine attach the key.

I punched holes in the pieces with the Crop-a-dile and strung bead chain through to connect them. A simple magnetic hook on my front door (which is metal) serves nicely for this lightweight piece.

So, what do you think? Is this something you'd give a try? Are YOU a big fan of Halloween like me? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your Thursday is fantastic!

You can find all these great products I used today is these online stores, or check your local craft store.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall Centerpiece with Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells

Here I sit in my air-conditioned home in Florida, late September, wishing for cool crisp days, crunchy leaves, and a big cozy sweater. Alas, it's gonna be a while yet. In the meantime, I can certainly get in the mood, at least, with Fall themed projects.

Today, I'm over at the Graphic 45 blog with fellow designers Rhea Freitag and Denise Johnson as we share our Fall-themed home decor projects while participating in the Blog Hop Day 2 partnership with Graphic 45, Petaloo and Xyron. Be sure to check it out. If you leave a comment there, you could win a HUGE prize package at the end of the week.

Meanwhile, if you feel like staying put, I'll share my project here.

Here's how it came together:

I started with a wooden plate stand from the craft store.

Painted it a barn red color. Two coats.

I added these beautiful Petaloo flowers with Xyron's Adhesive Dots. Two dots per flower held well.

I gave the whole thing a few mists of Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold spray at this point.

I love the bit of shimmer it adds.

When glass jar are on sale at the craft store, I stock up. I added burlap ribbon around three jars using Xyron's High Tack Adhesive Tape.

I chose three different heights of jars for added interest.

Next I adorned each candle holder with a combination of Petaloo crochet ribbons, leaves and flowers, and Steampunk Spells cardstock flowers.

To finish it off and fill it out, I added floral picks, die cut leaves, ribbon and buttons, as well as chipboard tags from the Place in Time collection.

Word of warning if you try this project. If you are going to use real candles and plan to light them, be mindful of the placement of any leaves or other paper embellishments that might overhang the candle's flame. We don't want to burn the house down for Thanksgiving.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to go to the Graphic 45 blog where there are direct links to all the supplies used in my project as well as Rhea's and Denise's.

Have a great day!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Layout

Looking for some inspiration for your scrapbooking layouts using three different Graphic 45 collections? Look no further and hop over to Graphic 45's blog at this link. I'm featured there along with the talented Romy Veul and Arlene Cuevas. Romy shares a drop-dead gorgeous French Country layout and Arlene shows us that Mother Goose isn't just for kids' layouts.

I share a holiday layout using the 12 Days of Christmas and thought I'd put it here on my blog as well.

There's our little Jamie quite a few years ago with my sister's pug Nicky.

The 12 Days of Christmas papers are so lovely with the warm colors and vintage imagery. You just can't go wrong! Here I've fussy cut two turtle doves, then covered chipboard letters with the red striped paper. Inked edges always pump up the vintage appeal, of course, so I used Walnut Stain Distress ink on everything.

There's the partridge hiding behind the pretty poinsettias. Those flowers are actually old Close To My Heart embellishments that I hoarded. They're pure white, so I inked them with a bit of Festive Berries, then Vintage Photo Distress inks. The leaves behind each flower are the same flowers only cut apart and inked with Peeled Paint Distress ink. 

I kind of have this weird love of vintage fruit and vegetable images, so when I saw these pears in the collection, I swooned! I added some other fussy cutting of holly leaves and a floral pick in my stash for some added dimension.

The music page is also from the same paper collection. An edge-distresser and Walnut Stain ink are the perfect combination for aging papers like this. Sanding the surface of Core-dinations card stock is another great vintage treatment. 

Hope you love 12 Days of Christmas as much as I do. It's simply delicious!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a fantastic weekend.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Belated Birthday Bash Blog Hop for eclectic Paperie

Awww, I miss my friends over at eclectic Paperie. My first design team! When Kim Schofield contacted me for the Belated Birthday Bash blog hop, I was happy to join the fun.

We're celebrating the (belated) one year anniversary of the store's new ownership. It's been an amazing year, full of inspiring projects, wonderful classes, and many many new products! eclectic Paperie wouldn't be where it is today without the ongoing support of their customers and as a BIG thank you, you'll have an opportunity to win these great prizes! 5 commenters' names will be drawn.

A full set of Tim Holtz's NEW Distress Paints

6 x 6 Paper Pad Bundle

Dylusions Stencil Bundle

A set of  Wendy Vecchi's NEW archival inks

Crafter's Workshop Stencil Bundle

To be entered in the prize drawing, please be sure to comment on the eclectic Paperie blog and on each of the designers' blogs celebrating in this Belated Birthday Bash blog hop. Just go to the links at the bottom of my post to hop to the other designers. While you're visiting their blogs, you'll see projects using products from the eP store that I'm sure will certainly inspire you.

My project is a cute little baby's mini album using Graphic 45's Mother Goose 8 x 8 collection and the Regular Tag Album.

I just love the sweet images in this bright and cheery paper. I used a cash key (Tim Holtz) to inset this baby's image. 

This lucky find was in my local Hobby Lobby on the jewelry-making aisle. (Fairy Tale by bead treasures.)

The big moon and stars are cut from Tim Holtz's new Crescent Moon and Stars Alterations die. The baby letters are from his Wordplay die.

The Mother Goose chipboard tags are a fun embellishment for tabbing the pages.

The inside of the album is still a work in progress, but this is how it's shaping up so far. You'll have to come back and see me early next week when I've finished it up. 

Okay, now hop along and enjoy the other designers' creations. You'll have until tomorrow night (Sept. 20) at midnight EST to leave your comments to be eligible to win.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Steampunk Spells Mini Album Videos 1 & 2

Graphic 45 featured my Steampunk Spells mini tag album last week, so I thought I'd also share it here today. I created the first video which got tremendous response, however it left many viewers wanting to know exactly how to recreate the album especially the accordion spine in particular.

So video 2 was a necessity. While Part 1 is a walk-through of the album page by page, showing the interactive flaps and pockets, Part 2 shows a step-by-step of how to make the spine and the complete assembly of the pages with a few tips and hints along the way.

Here are some still shots of the album and then the videos below. Please enjoy and let me know your thoughts.


Monday, September 16, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - September Journal Page

It's that time again. Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013. The months are flying by, aren't they? Tim has done it once again with his amazing September tag utilizing many of his new stencils. Be sure to check it out here. He shares lots of techniques and layering in his colorful creation.

For me, I'm working on journal pages inspired by Tim's tags. My pages are 6 x 8 inches on Bristol, vellum surface, 100 lb. by Strathmore. At the end of the year, I will have created a beautiful journal which I will bind with book rings. It's looking good so far.

Here's my take on the September tag techniques...

Ever since I won this Sewing Blueprint stamp set from Tim and Mario back in July, I knew I had to incorporate it into one of my pages. (Thank you guys!)

Here's how my page came together and what I learned through the process...

First, I wanted to see what the difference would be if I used Wendy Vecchi's new Translucent Embossing Paste, as opposed to the white that Tim used. In the end it made no difference because the idea behind the translucent paste is to reveal what's underneath. On my page, nothing is underneath but the white page. Same as using white paste. Get it?

Since my page has a sewing theme, I decided on the Burlap stencil to create texture. Here I've used Antique Linen, Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress Stains with water to flow the colors. (Note: I had followed Tim's steps to stenciling letters on my page with Picket Fence Distress Paint before the stains went on, but I guess I wasn't heavy-handed enough, because it really didn't show up very well. So don't be shy with that white paint.)

I had forgotten to add some metallic to my mix above, so I tried adding Antiqued Bronze after the color layer was dry. Not advised. Not ideal, but not a deal breaker either so onward I forged.

This part gets fun. I didn't have a lot of the new stencils, so I pulled from what I had in my stash. The doily in the upper left is from Christy Tomlinson (I used Vintage Photo for that) and the leaves are Stamper's Anonymous/Wendy Vecchi's. (I used Festive Berries for those)

Then Polka Dotty with Walnut Stain. (Also by Stamper's Anonymous/Wendy Vecchi)

Here's where I thought it might end up in the trash. I stamped some sewing images and they simply got lost in all the busy background. (Tip: a more solid design in your stamp images would be better.) I gave something a try that I learned at Ranger U from our friend Dyan Reaveley...

With a paintbrush I brushed a generous amount of water over the inside of the stamped image and let it sit for just a few seconds to react with the water-based inks beneath. Because I stamped with archival black, the stamped image was not affected. Then I took a balled-up paper towel and sopped up the water I had brushed on and it lifted away some but not all of the color, giving it a ghosted effect. This really helped the stamped image to stand out better.

Same with the dress form image.

Better, but it still needs something...

I decided to add some dimension by adding another spool using the mini dress form and spool. Here I'm cut the spool from grungeboard, inked it with Vintage Photo and the outer edges with Walnut Stain, then wrapped some string around it and popped it onto the page with foam tape overlapping the stamped spool.

Same deal with the dress form. I stamped it with the ruler from the Seamless Experience stamp set.

I added a few cut-outs from the Crowded Attic paper stash after inking the edges, then popped up two of the buttons with foam tape.

Chit Chat Verbiage stickers inked with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. I added a bit of glue to ensure they were securely adhered to my textured surface.

In the end, I was pleased with my page. Just goes to show that you don't have to give up right away. Sometimes you can get things to work out.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I've inspired you to give Tim's technique's a try. Have a great day!