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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 …

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…