Friday, October 21, 2016

Happy Halloween Pop Up Box

Hello and thanks for stopping by, just a quick post today to let you know that I have a quick tutorial over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's challenge blog on how I made my happy Halloween pop up box decoration.

I used the Happy Halloween chipboard collection from Southern Ridge
Trading Company, Eileen Hull's Box/Cube/Bank die and some Tim Holtz Frightful Ephemera and Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells papers.  Hope you will be able to head on over to Southern Ridge for my how-to and that you will join in our current challenge, you have a chance to win 4 designs from the online store - - of your own choosing.  See you there and happy haunting!

Deb xo

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Things That Make You Scream ATC's

Hello, hope this finds you all well!  I've been crafting away like a mad woman this last couple of weeks as I've a whole lot of projects coming due very soon, so apologies for my absence from Blogland.  Unfortunately I can't show you much of what I've been working on as they are for upcoming DT projects or submissions to publications but I do have a couple of ATC's I can share with you.  The current ATC swap theme for our Mixed Media Studio groups is 'Things That Make You Scream' and here is what I created for my swap partner.

This first ATC has an element that is pretty much guaranteed to make me scream if it catches me unawares, a SPIDER!

I know, I know they aren't (for the most part!) going to hurt me and I am much larger than they are but they still have the power to creep me out!

I was using my hoarded saved stash of Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells papers for another project so used the Tick-Tock paper for the background on this ATC.  The spider web was die cut from black cardstock with Tim Holtz's Mixed Media Halloween die and I edged the whole ATC with some spider web washi tape I had in my stash (think it was a Michaels find from last year?).

The skull pennants are from Vectoria Designs (shrunk down considerably!) and I stamped the middle banner image onto cardstock coloured with Distress Inks using a discontinued Halloween postcard stamp by Crafty Secrets.  The banners were glued onto some black button thread and secured underneath the washi tape edging.

I coloured one of Tim's Wicked spider charms with black, mushroom and rust alcohol inks and suspended her from more black button thread.

A label from Tim's Regions Beyond paper stash was cut down to fit and stamped with the 'something wicked' saying from his Mini Halloween 5 stamp set.  I added some 'blood spatters' by stenciling through the Speckles layering stencil with Barn Door Distress ink and spritzing with water.

The second ATC which I'm calling 'Trick or Treat?' started out with an obituary print from Tim's Regions Beyond paper stash that was embossed with his Poison Labels Texture Fades embossing folder.

The scream element on this ATC came from the possibility that someone might actually add a little poison into your Halloween treats, now that's a dirty trick!

The skull die cut was gifted to me by a friend so not sure who's design it is but I coloured the white cardstock with several shades of brown Distress inks and spattered it with water.

A couple of ephemera labels from Tim's Frightful Ephemera pack were layered overtop.

The poison bottle was cut from a piece of layering stencil packaging using Tim's Mini Apothecary Movers and Shapers die and the 'poison' label is one that came with his amber Apothecary Vials.  I gently curved the die cut and added a strip of fun foam underneath to elevate it off of the background.

To ground the poison vial, I added a couple of pieces of Orange and Black Jute twine attached with staples and then stamped the 'trick or treat' sentiment onto a scrap of cardstock coloured with Distress inks.  The stamp is from another discontinued Halloween stamp set from Crafty Secrets.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing my Things That Make You Scream ATC's and I hope that my swap partner will like them too.  I'll be back on Friday with a post for Southern Ridge Trading Company and hope that you will pop back then to see another Halloween project, it turned out spook-tacular!  See you on Friday and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Bat Sitter

Hello everyone, a quick post today to let you know that I have a tutorial over at Mixed Media Mojo today for my Halloween mixed media canvas, The Bat Sitter.

Meet Zebediah, he's currently bat sitting for Vladula Von Peckering who's flown off for a visit with his cousins Count Peckula and Lord Wampyr.  Zebediah was happy to get the job because let's face it, it's hard to find gainful employment when you are a zombie.  Other than working as an extra in the Walking Dead or Z Nation or joining the occassional zombie walk what's a zombie to do with his time?!

I'd like to link my Halloween canvas up with the following challenges:

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #29 Mood Board
 I was inspired by the spooky haunted house, the pumpkins and the little zombies down in the bottom corner :O)

Country View Challenges All Things Spooky October 2016 Challenge - hope my canvas is spooky enough!

Please pop over to Mixed Media Mojo for my how to and hope that you will feel inspired to join in our challenge, Spookiness with the twist of adding Bats.

See you there, if you dare, bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Deb xo

Friday, October 7, 2016

Falling Leaves Mixed Media Plaque

Hello everyone, just popping in quickly today to let you know I have a short step by step over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's challenge blog on how I made my falling leaves mixed media plaque.

I used the cover from Southern Ridge's Fall Album along with their Pumpkin and Fall chipboard leaves with Distress inks and crayons, love how it turned out!  Hope you can pop by to read my how-to and that you will join in our Fall challenge, you could win 4 designs from the online store - - a $20.00 (before tax) retail value of your own choosing.  See you there!

Deb xo

Thursday, October 6, 2016

And They Lived Happily Ever After

Hello blogging peeps, hope this finds you all well.  I'm waiting for some gesso to dry on my next project and while twiddling my thumbs realized that I had never shown you the 60th anniversary plaque that I made for my Mom and Dad.  It was made with lots of love and thanks for being the very best parents a gal could ever dream of ... mwah! ... love you both so much!

The inspiration for the plaque came to me while leafing through a Recollections 'Memories Documented' paper pad I had picked up a few months ago.   I saw the 'happily ever after' card and that wonderful subway print 'together forever' banner and immediately knew what I wanted to do!

I started out with a picture of my Mom and Dad from their courting days (it's my Mom's favourite picture of the two of them from that time :O), slightly colourized the scanned image with Distress markers and mounted a Baroque Frame embossed with a combo of Hammered Metal and Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powders over top.

The Weathered  Clock die cut was embossed with the same combo and I added some Words Remnant Rubs to the right side.  The 'always' Flash Card was attached with a Hinge Clip and it seemed an appropriate sentiment after 60 years of wedded bliss!

This subway print sentiment really says it all doesn't it?

I added some taupe flat back diamond gems and hearts for their Diamond anniversary too.

The number 60 was made with Tim Holtz's metal Numerals and they got the same embossing powder treatment as the Baroque frame and Weathered Clock die cut to tie it all together.

A Fragment was laid over a piece of scrapbook paper from a Maggie Holmes Crate Paper pad (#683439) that had the handwritten words 'I love you' repeated on it.  I edged the Fragment with some Mushroom alcohol ink to tie it in with the vintage feel of the plaque.

The 'happily ever after' sentiment was mounted on some fun foam for dimension and finally a Game Spinner had the 'love' Typed Token attached to it with a fragment of rusty wire.  The paper backing all of the elements was from the same Memories Documented paper pad and the wood grain paper peeking out around the edges was one I had in my stash.

My Mom and Dad loved it which is all that mattered to me.  There is no way in the world to repay them for all of their love and support but hope that this little token of love and appreciation showed them how much they mean to our family.  Happy 60th anniversary Mom and Dad, love you to the moon and back!

And thanks to you my friends for stopping by today, hope that you've enjoyed seeing my anniversary plaque and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Saturday, October 1, 2016

At Your Service Halloween Mixed Media Plaque

Hello and happy October!  Can't believe I am typing those words, where in the heck has this year disappeared to?!  But it is indeed October 1st so that means it's time for a new challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo and this month our theme is Spookiness with the added twist of Bats.

Do you think my Halloween creation fits the brief?

Bwa-ha-ha-ha!  Oh how I love Tim Holtz's Undertaker stamp set - James Fallon, Undertaker, at your service.  When I was making this plaque back in August I hadn't yet received any of Tim's new Halloween stamps or dies and only had a few of his Idea-ology releases but James Fallon came to my rescue admirably :O)

Manila cardstock was cut to 5" x 7" and coloured with Distress stain - Hickory Smoke, Dusty Concord, Ground Espresso.

The inked background was stamped with the Halftone background stamp and the Undertaker stamp set (obituary) with Jet Black Archival ink.  The Batground Layering stencil was added here and there with Ranger Matte Texture paste coloured with Jet Black Archival reinker.

The 'orders' phrase from the Undertaker stamp set was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink onto manila card coloured with Distress inks - Antique Linen, Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy.

The phrase was cut out and adhered to the background with Distress Matte collage medium along with elements from Tim Holtz's Frightful Ephemera pack.  The edges of the background were distressed with the Tonic Distress tool and the edges and collaged elements were shaded with Distress Crayons in Black Soot And Walnut Stain and with a Black Soot Distress marker.

The background was then spattered with diluted acrylic paints (Americana Mulberry, Ebony Black and Heritage Brick).

The large skull from the Undertaker stamp set was stamped with Jet Black Archival ink and clear embossed on manila card coloured with Antique Linen Distress ink, Old Paper Distress stain and Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist Van Dyke Sepia.

The skull was fussy cut and the eye sockets were cut out.  Glossy cardstock was coloured with Red Pepper and Rust alcohol inks and adhered behind the cut out eye sockets.

Idea-ology Wicked Adornment spider was coloured with Black Soot and Mushroom alcohol inks.

Idea-ology Incantations word band was coloured with Distress crayons - Black Soot, Walnut Stain and Seedless Preserves.

James Fallon Undertaker stamp from the Undertaker stamp set was stamped onto manila cardstock.  The card was coloured with Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo Distress inks and stenciled with a Crackle FolkArt stencil and Ground Espresso Distress ink.  Label was die cut with Spellbinders Labels Eight die and covered with clear UTEE, the label was cracked once the UTEE had cooled and the cracks emphasized with Ground Espresso Distress ink.

Obituary stamp from the Undertaker stamp set was stamped lightly onto copy paper coloured with Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke Distress inks.  The edges were torn and tattered and inked with Ground Espresso Distress ink.  'Blood' spatters were stenciled over the obituary with the Speckles Layering stencil and Rusty Hinge Distress ink.

Back piece of the plaque was made from a 6" x 8" piece of corrugated cardboard.  The top layer of the cardboard was torn away around the edges to reveal the corrugations and finger painted with white gesso and then coloured with Black Soot and Ground Espresso Distress inks around the edges and spattered with diluted acrylic paints (Americana Black Soot, Warm White, Mulberry and Heritage Brick).

Time to assemble!  James Fallon and the undertaker sign were mounted onto black fun foam for dimension.

A piece of jute twine was coloured with black acrylic paint and tied to the spider so she could hang down from the top of the plaque.

Rusty wire was twisted onto both sides of the Curiosities word band and wrapped around the edges of the plaque to keep the word band in place.

Here are a couple of more closeups.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how I put my Halloween mixed media plaque together, it's my favourite time of year to create for, so much spooky fun!

I also hope that you will join us at Mixed Media Mojo this month and link up your spooky creations (with or without bats!), can't wait to see what you make.  Happy creating,

Deb xo