Saturday, October 25, 2014

Goblin Tag for Alpha Stamps

It is getting to be that time of year when creepy crafts are all I seem to be making.  This is certainly the case for this month's project for Alpha Stamps October Kit, goblins!  Of course I chose an image that was not too spooky and still had a beautiful element to it.  
I love being able to incorporate metal elements in my designs, so the charms and these metal die cut corners are perfect for this project.  On the corners I simply used alcohol inks to get a nice rusty aged look.  A few flowers from Petaloo and my tag was complete!

I hope you enjoyed this little spooky treat.  Be sure to check out the Alpha Stamps Blog for all kinds of inspiration and weekly give aways too!



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Raining Cats and Dogs Wall Decor

I am always excited to be able to work with the latest and greatest from Graphic 45!  One of their newer lines is Raining Cats and Dogs.  As you can see from this project these papers are very versatile as the end result is not dog or cat themed at all.  

The color palate here is just gorgeous.  I adore how the element of the paper banner here as well.  This was gifted as a late birthday gift to my dear friend Catherine and she seemed quite pleased with her treasure from her artsy pal. 

You can also see that I made good use of the die cut flowers that accompany this line.  They make for a nice detail around the branch of the Masonite kit I picked up at a local craft outlet. 

Sometimes I find it tricky to cover odd shaped things with paper, to that end I have created a simple snapguide with some of my tried and true secrets for completing this task.  It is easier than you think!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Halloween Burlap Canvas

I recently scored a few of Tim Holtz's mini burlap canvases on clearance at a big box store.  I was totally inspired to use one of them when I saw the latest challenge over on Linda Ledbetter's blog for the Compendium of Curiosities series.  This week the technique was photo tinting, perfect for a Halloween theme.

I used one of Tim's Found Relative cards and got to altering.  Since this particular relative did not scream Halloween, I simply added a few elements.  My favorite is the hat.  I used a scrap of decorative tissue paper that I had put resin on to create the hat.  A little bit of alcohol ink and it coordinated with her tinted dress.  

Another way I added interest to this project was with the use of beeswax.  I have had this lying around in my stash for a while and have yet to use it.  To add the layers of wax I warmed up a few pellets with my heat gun and just let them drip free form on the image.  I love the cloudy look it gave the piece in certain areas.

More Tim Holtz goodies with the use of his rub ons and word bands.  I thought the sentiment on this one was perfect, especially with the spider lurking on this little girls side.

I added lots more grunge with black gesso, bits of tissue tape and a bit of highlighting around the focal.  To finish things off, a few Petaloo flowers in black frame the image.  I had a blast creating this fun holiday piece.  Thanks to Linda and her crew for amazing inspiration once again.  It feels so good to create just for me and not for a deadline!

P.S.  This challenge is again being sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique, a lovely shop for all things Tim!

Happy Haunting,