Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Happy October Eve!

Happy October Eve! My Halloween senses are running on overload and I've begun to start really decorating at home and at work. There are sketches. Oh, are there sketches! I even took a little field trip at work to the room our party will be held in and my gruesome ideas should work out perfectly!

Rather than doing a Creep-a-Day Craft Challenge this year, I'll be posting decorating ideas. There may be a 'how-to' or two as well.

Time to get busy! May your pumpkins stay solid, your spiders be plastic, and your tricks be outnumbered by treats!

Friday, September 25, 2015

I turn your attention to Exhibit A...


Last night I finished another project which will be a raffle item for our annual Halloween party at work. This piece started out as a way to justify buying the Tim Holtz® Regions Beyond Mini Stash of paper. (like I really needed a reason...) Originally, I was just going to make cards but then that weird magic happened when pieces of other things found their way into the mix and something wonderful emerges.


An experiment with Tim Holtz® Adirondack Inks by Ranger® and bubble wrap led to an interesting scrap I didn't know what to do with. Stacking it on the lovely orange paper just seemed right. And then I remembered I had black glitter paper...

That led to a Tim Holtz® 'Wicked' charm which needed string which needed to be tied to something different and dark...black cheesecloth drapery was the perfect choice.


Discovering Tim Holtz® Ephemera Pack led me to the beautiful Tim Holtz® Tree Branch stamper. I attempted two stamping techniques on a tag stained with Tim Holtz® Distressed Stain in Hickory smoke but part of the tag turned out horribly.  Instead of throwing it away, I tore off the bad parts, stained the edges with more Hickory Smoke and glued it over the bubble wrap experiment so that it peeks out from under the scrap of drapery.

Whew!

Then there's the creepy photo of the woman, courtesy of the above mentioned Regions Beyond paper. I gave her a slight wash of color and then topped her with a Tim Holtz® Foundry Frame.


It didn't feel "finished" so I took out all of my odds and ends and decided that all of these components were part of "Exhibit A," Tim Holtz® Metal Word Band.

Wow, some might say I’m obsessed with Tim Holtz® products. They’d be right. If I could, I’d buy everything, just so I could sit at home eating chocolate and making things. (if anyone wants to pay me to do that, feel free contact me…)
Anyway, I'm very pleased with how this turned out and it took me a couple hours to force myself not to just keep it. Hopefully, someone will actually want to win this and the ticket bucket won’t be empty.

I encourage you to visit timholtz.com for inspiration and to see all of his products but don't blame me if you become obsessed too.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Is a project truly ever finished?

Saturday was filled with a lot of paint and glue...I wished it would never end! I did manage to finish a few projects, but even in their current state, part of me wants to keep adding things.

First, I made up a few tags just for the heck of it. It is fun to experiment with different products and see if they work. These were created using stamps, paper punches, marker, and metal charms. The background pattern on the red one is achieved using bubble wrap...

I used Tim Holtz® Distressed Stains in Mowed Lawn and Picked Raspberry and Ranger®  Archival Ink.

The only spiders I like

Spooky tree

I added some paint and a rust paint to my Handsome Devil and now I'm convinced he is modeled after Anthony Hopkins. Do you see the likeness???

He may be rusted, but he's still dapper!




He still needs a dry brushing of white paint, but he is almost done! Hooray!!!

I even had a little time to make a very quick/easy pair of earrings and give them away at my Facebook page. check it out to see other goodies I've made. I'd be honored if you'd 'like' it too. That way you can know when the next giveaway is!

Tonight will be busy with finishing up my Handsome Devil and I'll be sure to post photos...

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wicked Work In Progress

Since my last posting, I've been a busy girl and somehow managed to come down with a cold/allergy issue over Labor Day weekend.

One of my current projects I'm finishing is a Halloween assemblage for our annual Treat-o-Rama at work. Each year we have a big potluck and raffle off donated Halloween items. Hopefully someone wants to win this... For this project I've stamped, stained, glued, and decoupaged my heart out. I even created that one-off, weird honeycomb design on the paper with alcohol ink and bubble wrap. I should finish it tonight or tomorrow and will post photos.

Something wicked this way comes...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I'll tumble for you

A little over two weeks ago, my ankle rolled on me just as I was descending a flight of stairs. Eleven steps later, I was crumpled on the floor, laughing. Just my luck. I'm very lucky that I didn't break any bones or have anything more serious happen, just a bunch of deep bruises. (not to mention bruised dignity)

As I've been recovering, I've been thinking if this was a metaphorical "push" from fate to get off my ass and finish the things I've started. That's a long, long list of things but I'm up for a challenge. I'm envisioning a lot of late nights and early mornings over the next few months but it will be worth it.

I'll be blogging more, mostly as a way to keep myself accountable, but also to share finished projects. First on my list is a statue I've been working on. Here is a sneak peek of my Handsome Devil.