Saturday, September 27, 2014

Poe Inspired Raven Box

I just love it when a project stretches my creativity.  This was the case for my recent installment for Alpha Stamps.  The theme this month was Edgar Allen Poe and they have a ton of cool stuff to fit the theme.  

The base of my project is one of the new mixed media 5x5 boxes by Graphic 45.  These are so sturdy and make for an awesome base to any project!  With a little bit of Black Soot added to the box, my project was ready for a spooky theme. 

I used the paper from the Edgar Allen Poe kit to make for the perfect background for my box.  Lots of fun trims from the add on kit made for perfect texture.  I could not complete a project without adding a bit of metal, so some filigree were cut to make corners and an ornate key was added too.

The season for fall and creepy stuff is certainly upon us!  Happy Haunting!



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Another Box altered with An Eerie Tale

I simply could not resist altering this little box with some scraps of An Eerie Tale paper from Graphic 45 that were lying on my work table from my last project.  I am absolutely in love with the Enchantment paper.  

The box was picked up at a rummage sale or flea market for fifty cents.  I am always on the hunt for things that have flat surfaces to alter.

The front of the box had an existing frame, but I removed it to easily tack down my paper.  I thought the addition of the Ornate Metal Label Holder was perfect for this magical little project.

To add extra interest to the top, I cut tiny strips of paper to add some detail.  The mitered corners are another nice addition too.

My altered box made for a perfect place to stash just a few of the samples of glue that Beacon Adhesives sent along. The perks of being a designer for Graphic 45 never end!



Monday, September 8, 2014

Eerie Tale Letterbox Tray

I just knew that I would have to use Graphic 45's An Eerie Tale in an assemblage tray.  What a perfect partner in Petaloo to create this special project for their current blog hop.  The hop is located on the sponsor pages, and there is a $100 prize at hand!

There are a ton of photos to attempt to capture all of the fun details, so grab a cup of something warm and enjoy this post!

The color palate of Petaloo flowers and Graphic 45 are a match made in heaven.

I chose lots of fall themed embellishments to add to my assemblage as well.  Pumpkins, pears and a few brown toadstools were a great compliment to this tray.  

To add texture I used a leafy vine ribbon from Alpha Stamps.  Also lots of moss and layers add to the dimension.

Notice how I stretch my flowers by cutting them in half.  Yes, it is hard to do, but this technique not only makes your stash go farther, but it adds interest to each little nook.  

The use of the chipboard pieces from the paper line make for easy focals in each little box.  I am always sure to sand and distress the edges with ink for that tattered and worn look.  

A few of the metal staples always end up in my projects for Graphic 45, as they are my favorite.

I also had a few choice paper cut outs from Retro Cafe Art Gallery that fit this theme perfectly, so the raven and the black cat were added.  

And one last shot of the whole thing to end my very long post!

Thank you so much for stopping by! And a welcome to my favorite time of year: Fall!