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Taking Flight

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  is to make something Christmassy. Seems odd for October, but what can you do? 
I had an idea for a vintage plastic reindeer but as I assembled supplies, my idea shifted a bit. 
Supplies: Tim Holtz Vignette Tray Yupo Paper Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink in Pitch Black Blending Solution Archival Ink in Jet Black Tim Holtz Tree Line Stamp Vintage Plastic Reindeer Acrylic Paint in Black Glossy Accents Recollections Vintage Glass Golden Glitter - previously dyed with the Alcohol Ink in Pitch Black E6000
I had the alcohol ink background from a previous project. First, I added a pool of Blending Solution to the Yupo paper and then added a few drops of the alcohol ink. I shifted the paper back and forth until about 3/4 of the paper was covered. I added more alcohol ink to make it a bit darker and shifted it again. 
Once dry, I added straight black alcohol ink to the white band for the horizon. After it was completely dry, I sealed with a few coats of …
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Vintage Muffin Tins Become Halloween Treats

I purchased two vintage muffin tins to hold charms and beads at sales but don't really use them anymore. Rather than sell them off at a yard sale, I saw some inspiration on Pinterest so I made these two crusty, creepy Halloween decorations!




For the piece on the right, I didn't have step-by-step photos, but I'll list all the ingredients after the how-to for the one on the left.

Supplies:
Muffin tin
Distress Grit Paste
Distress Paint: Black Soot and Picket Fence
Distress Ink: Black Soot and Walnut Stain
Alcohol Ink: Mushroom, Gold Mixative and Pitch Black
Tim Holtz Transparent Tile (skulls only)
Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash (older version for cobweb designs and skeleton)
Tim Holtz Skulls
Tim Holtz Decorative Domes
Tim Holtz Word Key
Tim Holtz Tombstones
Glossy Accents
E6000
Foam dots
Moss
Plastic Spider
Vintage silver glass glitter
Cork vial of glitter
Twine

Tools:
Foam brush (small)
Cotton swabs
Scissors
Wire cutters (I use an old pair from jewelry-making)

First, I found…

The Creepening 2019

Ahhhh....it is August and that Halloween itch is getting harder to ignore. Perhaps it is my peeling skin from my recent sunburn?

Where has the time gone, dear blog? I've been wrapped up in so many things and then the summer was taken up by 10-hour workdays leaving not much time for you. But, I've been busy crafting and will share some of my completed and in-process projects.

First off, let's talk about this year's Halloween theme at home. It is once a witch's apothecary with some new pieces. This is just one corner of the living room so far. There will be creepy black cheesecloth and more goodies but, it is a start!


Maker's Monday: Fly

I decided that this year I will "make do" with the crafty supplies I already have. There's only so much space in the Pit of Despair! This project came together really quickly and while I used a vintage plastic reindeer, a new version can be substituted.



Supplies:
Tim Holtz Vignette Panel (largest size with backer board)
Tim Holtz Christmas Stack golden star paper
Tim Holtz Typography letters 'FLY'
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Gold Mixative
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Matte Medium
Glossy Accents
Red acrylic paint
Dark green acrylic paint
Vintage plastic reindeer
Sophisticated Finishes Rust paint
Four felt adhesive dots

Tools:
Scissors
Paint brushes
Cotton swab

Months ago, I nabbed a bag of vintage plastic reindeer at an antique shop and decided to rust one to see how it would look. I coated it in two layers of iron paint and then added the rusting agent. I liked how it looked and set it aside for later.

While organizing my hoard, I spied my Vignet…

Oh, Christmas Tree!

It's the day before Christmas and I've been a little crafty making this one-of-a-kind Christmas Tree!


Supplies:
Wooden finial that looks like a tree
Small film canister
Tim Holtz gold ribbon from Metallic Trimmings
Tim Holtz gold tinsel garland from Metallic Trimmings
Tim Holtz Christmas word band
Tim Holtz brads
Tim Holtz Distress Crayon in Candied Apple
Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars (two smallest sizes and one of the largest)
String of LED lights
Glossy Accents

Tools:
Saw
Rotary tool with drill bit
Hammer and nail
Bracelet forming tool


I first spied the wooden finial in a bin at a funky antique shop and I thought "That looks like a tree" but kept walking. Before we left, I found a small, dingy film canister and wanted it but wasn't sure what to do with it. That's when I remembered the tree.

After a couple weeks of it sitting around, I finally tried to trim the base of the finial off, but didn't have the right tools. The hubby came to the rescue and made the…

Winter Wonderland

I've had this project in my mind for weeks now but just couldn't figure out the execution. When this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge called for snow, I knew I had to finish it in time.



Supplies:
Antique wooden kitchen utensil tray
Wooden Coats & Clark spool
Tim Holtz Woodlands trees (two small and one large)
Tim Holtz Christmas Transparent Tiles
Tim Holtz Assemblage Diamonds and Pearls Charms
Tim Holtz Vignette Hardware - Hooks
Ranger Glossy Accents
White acrylic paint
Clear glitter
Mini wooden moulding with a channel
2 Sheets of paper (I used printer paper)

Tools:
Chain nose pliers for jewelry
Craft scissors
Awl
Paint brush

I found this green painted tray at an antique mall quite a while ago and wasn't sure what I'd make with it. A few months ago, I set a large Woodlands tree in it and knew. My first thought was to use old letter stamps to spell out something wintry, but stamps are getting more expensive as they're becoming popular in projects l…