Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Whimsical Haunted Village

What an incredibly fun weekend I had creating this Whimsical Haunted Village. I think I used every Tim Holtz/Sizzix Halloween die I own, plus every Village die set. I love how the accessory dies like the Surf Shack, Cottage, and Rooftops allow me to be as creative as possible to build a unique village like this.

Rather than the expected creepy and dark Halloween scene, I opted for a whimsical touch. I've incorporated Graphic 45's fantastic Hallowe'en in Wonderland papers with the new Village Manor die to build the main structure in my village. The new Twisted Edge die works well on its side to create spooky branches in the background. I simply die cut it twice and flipped it and trimmed it so each one looks a little different on each side of the manor. Tim's new Wicked Metal Adornment (spider charm) works well as a creepy decoration over the front door.

I created custom steps following the same basic construction as the base in the Village Dwelling die. 

My second structure is the Village Brownstone, mixed with some accents from the Village Cottage die. You can probably identify some of the older dies I've incorporated here, too, like the Branch Tree, On the Fence Edge, and Autumn Gatherings. (I snuck in a little paper from last year's Graphic 45 Halloween release "Rare Oddities" for this house, too.)

Tim's new Pumpkin Pieces and Broomsticks are a bit large in scale for the village, but since mine is a whimsical Hallowe'en in Wonderland, I thought they were perfect! Out of proportion makes perfect sense here. The base of this house has been created with a texture folder to resemble a cobblestone effect.

My third structure is made from the Village Dwelling, plus some parts from the Surf Shack. Tim's new Boneyard Bones are perfect on the front porch. The bats coming out of the chimney are from Tim's new Mixed Media Halloween Thinlits set. I've attached them to a thin strip of clear plastic (from Sizzix cutting plates packaging). The roof, of course, is made with the Rooftops die and some black Kraft Core, sanded for a distressed shingle effect.

Older dies like Gothic Boo and the crow (movers and shapers) are worked into this design, along with some swirls from the Festive Greenery die. (I told you I used a bunch of different dies.)

Flickering battery-operated tea lights sit inside each house to give a nice eerie glow. You can find these in a two-pack in Dollar Tree.

Thanks for stopping in today. I guess it's no surprise I LOVE all the Village dies. I'm totally and utterly addicted to them!

I'll be teaching this Whimsical Haunted Village class in Jacksonville, Florida at Crafting at the Nest, Saturday September 24th. If you're in the area and would like to join us, please contact Cindy Bosnyak at CraftingAtTheNest@bellsouth.net or phone her at 904-838-8151.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Fall Candle Stand with Susan's Garden Notes

Hi and Happy Monday everyone. Thanks for stopping in. Today I'm featured on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with a Fall home decor piece, using several of Susan's Garden Notes dies. I hope you get a chance to check it out. I've got an easy-to-follow tutorial that I think will make you rush out to the craft store and buy a flameless candle!

Learn how to shape the Marigold, Mini Chrysanthemums, and Woodland Leaves. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

New Updates to my Calendar

Hi Everyone. I've got a busy couple of months coming. Did you know I now have a Calendar tab at the top of my blog. See it? If you click there, you'll see what's coming up and where I'll be teaching. I update this calendar regularly, so I'll be sure to post more details as I have them.

You'll see I'll be traveling to the Carolinas this October teaching these...

Soon I'll be posting my Haunted Village class! So stay tuned!!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

New Safari Adventure Card Tutorial is Up! Plus some Florida fun to share.

You may recall from my social media posts in recent weeks that I've been making lots of great projects with Graphic 45's Safari Adventure collection. Starting today, I've posted a new tutorial in my Etsy shop. It's a four-card set tutorial for any gender, any occasion and any age.

You can find all the details for this tutorial in my Etsy shop. The tutorial shows how to make two 5" x 7" cards, one 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" card, and one 6" x 6" pop-up easel card. My tutorials come with step-by-step directions and clear photos of each step. Check it out when you get a moment.

I've been doing some fun projects in local Florida stores also...

At Violettes Scrapbook Store in Lakeland, we created this chunky Summer album with Voyage Beneath the Sea.

My teaching experience at Violettes is ALWAYS so awesome! What a fantastic store. This was a fun class to teach and such a great group of ladies. I can't wait to return with more Graphic 45 projects in 2017.

Love these gals!

Jamie was my helpful assistant at Violettes in July. I was happy to have some time with her before she left for college.

Two weekends ago, I taught two fun Graphic 45 classes at Scraporium in Lutz, Florida for the first time. Another wonderful and busy scrapbook store with all my favorite things! 

We created this Safari Adventure box with mini album inside...

and this Voyage Beneath the Sea ivory shadow box.

I met so many new friends and saw some familiar faces in these classes. 

I finally met my fellow Florida friend who I've known on social media for a long time, Sue Waters. 

This past Friday, I taught my Friday Follies monthly group how to make this passport sized Enchanted Forest mini album. 

This group of friends has been with me for several years. Some have come and gone, but most of these girls are the core group. We always have a great time every month! They keep me humble, and they keep me laughing. We're quite a crew, and our Follies title fits us to a T.

No doubt, I've been quite busy. And I LOVE every minute. Currently, I've got 8 classes on my books between now and the end of November. Stay tuned for details! Now I'm off to cut more paper...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Fall Birthday Card with Susan's Garden Notes

Hello everyone and happy Monday. I'm featured today over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with a pretty birthday card with a bit of Fall flair. What better combination than Graphic 45 papers and Susan's Garden Notes dies? I've used Graphic 45's Hallowe'en in Wonderland paper with the pretty pumpkins as my background, and mixed three flowers (Marigold, Sunflower and Aster) in Susan's new "Potted" die. I hope you get a chance to check out my tutorial today!

Thanks for stopping in. Have a wonderful day!

(p.s. this is for my sweet Mom's birthday tomorrow. shhhh...)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Creative Carte Blanche August Theme - Sun, Moon and/or Stars

Hi everyone. I'm here today with a fun art journal spread for the Creative Carte Blanche August theme of "Sun, Moon and/or Stars." Yvonne Blair has chosen this month's creative adventure. You can check out Candy Colwell's amazing card for this challenge, as well as the rest of the CCB team on the blog throughout the month. Meanwhile, why not join us by uploading your project to the main challenge post here.

I used my 4" x 8" Inky Art Journal from Yvonne Blair Designs and utilized several Distress techniques I've been exploring the past week. I tried some products I've never used before, and "attempted" some effects, and well..., here's a closer look at how it all came together...

I began with a starry stencil and some Crackle Texture Paste. (first time using both) The stencil is from Studio R12.

I can't believe I've never used Crackle Texture Paste before now. This stuff is cool!

After the crackle had dried, I sprayed my pages with a few mists of water, then several colors of Distress Stains. Then a few more spritzes of water to get the colors flowing.

I rubbed some Distress Inks with a mini blending tool to brighten up areas, then dribbled some water blobs onto the pages and immediately pressed them with a paper towel to lift away the color.

This effects leaves ghosted splotches, which appear even more bright once dried with the heat tool.

After the pages were dry, I spritzed a few times with Ranger's new Mica Spray (silver).

I wanted to add some fireflies to my background, but all I had was a bee stamp. It would have to do. So I stamped several of them randomly on my pages with Archival Black ink. I attempted to achieve a glowing light by first coloring in with Picket Fence Distress Crayon and smudging it. It sort of did the trick, but too matte and not glowy enough. So I touched my finger into some White Pearl Paint and swirled it on. Better, but still not feeling that "glow" effect I was after. Finally, I took my Picket Fence Distress Marker and outlined the area, knowing that this marker gives a soft ghosted look as it dries. Close enough for me.

I stamped my sentiment with Archival Black ink and heat set it, then drew in my drop shadows with a Gelly Roll white pen. 

I added a touch of the same White Pearl Paint over the stars. This really made them pop.

Here you can see the Mica Spray in the background. It gives a nice effect.

I felt that this was a good place to stop. (For now.) I like the message and decided to let the background be the main focus. It may stay this way forever, or I may add things at a later time. Who knows?

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope this inspires you to try new products or techniques, or both. Come join us at Creative Carte Blanche with your creation. Have a great day!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Creative Chemistry 103 - Day 5

I can't believe it's already over. I feel like I've just gotten started. Creative Chemistry 103 Day 5 was our last day of class, and the focus was Alcohol Inks and Yupo "paper". I think I learned more today than any other day, simply because I've never used Yupo before. It's certainly an interesting, amazing surface, and one to experiment with over and over.

Here are all the tags from Day 5's lesson. 

My personal favorite technique of the day was the first one: "Alcohol Ink Stamped Resist on Yupo." I wanted to make a stack of things!

"Alcohol Ink Faded Layers on Yupo" 
(a better choice of stencils on my part might have made this one more impressive)

"Alcohol Ink Texture Resist on Yupo"

"Alcohol Ink Painting on Yupo"
This one had me mesmerized. I enjoyed it so much.

I wanted to share a close-up of my pear, which looks more like an avocado probably, but I didn't care. I loved painting the alcohol inks in layers and watching what happened on the Yupo. Choice of stamp is important for this technique.

"Alcohol Ink Liquid Landscapes on Yupo"
I can't believe I only threw away one attempt on this one. I got it by the second try. It's a tricky one and I'm not one for lack of control, but I really like the way it came together here.

"Alcohol Ink Splattered Floral on Yupo"
This was just plain fun. Mine looks more like an egg yolk than a flower, but the process was sure enjoyable.

When Tim Holtz said this was the last technique of Creative Chemistry 103, I thought he was mistaken. It can't be over already! But, sadly, it's true. The great thing though about Online Card Classes is that once you pay, they're yours forever. You can go back and view them again and again. I highly recommend all the Creative Chemistry courses if you haven't already. So often I hear students say they don't know how to use certain Ranger products, and for those people I say this is the answer. It's the best way to educate yourself on the entire product line, and all in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.

Thanks for following along with my technique tags. I've enjoyed sharing them with you.

Creative Chemistry 103 - Day 4

Hi again all. Day 4 of Creative Chemistry was all about Distress Crayons. Distress Crayons debuted this year at CHA and I've loved playing with them since I first got my hot little hands on them. Tim Holtz does a fabulous job in class comparing them to similar products on the market, as well as sharing tips and so many techniques on how to work with them. I tell you, if you're not taking this online course, you're missing out on tons of useful information.

Here are my versions of the six different Distress Crayon techniques from Day 4.

"Distress Crayon Smudge"

"Distress Crayon Gesso Fresco" (that's fun to say)

"Distress Crayon Textured Resist"

"Distress Crayon Watercolor Resist" (my favorite technique of the day)

"Distress Crayon Blended Background"

"Distress Crayon Layered Coloring" (My favorite finished tag and 2nd favorite technique today)

I LOVE Distress Crayons because I use my fingers for most every technique. Something about using your fingers as opposed to a brush just makes the process that much more fun!

Thanks for stopping in today. I'm still a day behind, but maybe I'll get an opportunity later today to catch up.

Have a great day!