Monday, December 16, 2013

Miniature Christmas Village


As you may know I was so taken with the Christmas Village by Anita Houston that I continue to work on variation of the project.  Earlier I posted my Halloween version and for this month I did a miniature version as presents for two of my favorite crafters, Lisa and Maura from My Heart's Fancy. 

The concept is the same but in a smaller size.  The base only measures 9.5 long and 3 inches deep.  It was the pretty size for a gift. 

Happy Paper Cutting!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Configuration Box


So this is my first Christmas Project to post.  Well, not really my first Christmas project I have made several little things for my booth but this is the first official project of the holiday season. 

I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Configuration Box which is 5.5 X 5.5 inches.  The front is covered with Music Note Washi Tape (which I don't know the brand).  I then went over the top of it with Broken China Distress Paint.  I went back with a damp paper towel and lightened the paint so that the notes would show. 

The sides and the back are covered with paper from the Country Christmas Paper Pack.  The edges are inked with Broken China Distress ink pad.  I just loved the weather wood look.  The legs are Tim Holtz Foundations covered with Broken China Distress Paint. 

I used the Music Note Washi Tape to cover the edges of each little box and the insides are covered with either paper from the Country Christmas pack or Country Snowflake paper.  I this box I used Joy Ornament that I picked up at Walmart.  It was the perfect size.  In the back are some silver glittered leaves.

 In these two boxes I used some miniature ornaments that I have picked up here and there.

In this box is a Tim Holtz Bottle Brush which I sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  I then glittered it with some Silver Blue glitter mix.

I really had fun making this shadow box and see many more in my feature for this holiday season.

Happy Paper Cutting!

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Configuration Box 5.5x5.5 TH92883
Hobby Lobby 'A Country Christmas Paper Pack' 12x12
The Paper Studio 'Country Snowflakes' Paper
Hobby Lobby A Tree for Me - Snowman Ornament
Tim Holtz Idea-ology WOODLANDS Trees TH93049
WalMart Holiday Time Joy Ornament
Glittered Ornament
Michaels Celebrate It Glitter Pick
Tim Holtz Idea-ology FOUNDATIONS Metal Box Feet Foundation TH92821
Music Note Washi Tape

Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Broken China, Vintage Photo
Robert Stanley Silver Blue Glitter Mix
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Sapphire, Verdigris

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tim Holtz 12 TAGS OF 2013 November


As with everything else I am running behind on getting my tag done this month.  I did have a chalky good time trying this technique.  I couldn't decide on the final tag so I picked two.

This was the first one I made and I was so happy that I got it to work on the first try.

I used the new Snowman Blueprint Die and Stamps.  These are so fun!

Also, added some snowflakes.

On this one, I used the Retro Christmas Die and Stamps.  I also tried green chalk on the background.

Very cool technique!!  I had a chalk dust going all around my craft desk it reminded me of Pigpen from the Peanuts Cartoon.

To check out Tim's technique visit his blog here!

P.S.  I LOVE the new magnetic plate for cutting these dies.  Makes it so much easier!!!!!

Happy Paper Cutting!

Halloween Village


Yes, I know it has been a while since I have posted anything.  A lot has been going on since last I was here and while I have been busy crafting as usual I haven't taken the time to sit down and do a post.  Also, the lack of sun lately has prevent me from being able to take any pics.  Getting a good pic in my house is like pulling teeth but since sun was actually out today I decided to brave the cold, blanket in hand and ventured outside to take some pics of my Halloween Village.  No, it wasn't finished by Halloween this year but it was close.  LOL

My inspiration for this project came from a class I attended given by the very talented Anita Houston.  I did a post on this class earlier in October.  Being that Halloween is my favorite holiday I just couldn't resist turning Christmas in the Hood into a spooky Halloween Village.

The village measures 26 x 3.5 inches.  The base is made from three board which I had salvaged from the wood when they built my house years and years ago.  The legs are wood turning in the shape of an apple.  Although the back doesn't look too bad it was still meant to view from the front. 

The houses are Wendy Vecchi Residence Art Parts and also some house pieces I managed to purchase after the class I took.  Some are also from Tim Holtz Artful Dwelling die.  I made all of them the same thickness as Wendy's pieces by cutting three each out of chipboard and gluing together.

The first house was covered with paper from MME Haunted paper pad.  The arch is cut from grungepaper and then embossed with the wood grain Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I used the Dot Fade layering stencil to add some interest to the roof.  The roof and arch are decorated with Silver and Orange Peel Stickles. The door has the Skull and Cross Bones from the Apothecary Remnant Rubs.  The door knob is part of a snap.  The Trick or Treat is a rub as well adhere to a piece of black cardstock.

The second house was covered with Tim Holtz Foil Tape.

I adhered the foil tape to a piece of cardstock then run through with the Rivet Metal embossing folder to look like metal.  I then used Black Soot to give it that aged look.

On the eaves I used the Vintage Photo Distressed Embossing powder and inked the edges with Black Soot.

I used the 31 from the Metal Plaquettes and inked it with Mushroom Alcohol Ink.

Standing in front of the house are two brave trick or treaters cut from the Halloween Shadows die.

This is one of my favorites. 
The third house I used paper from Authentique paper.  I don't remember the name though.  I inked it with Vintage Photo and used the Shatter stencil.  The cob web is cut from the Cobweb die and I add black glitter.

On the front piece of the house I wanted to brick but most of the brick stencils that were out were too big for the size of the house.

Solution:  I used the Tim Holtz Brick Wall die to make a stencil from some cardstock.  I first painted the either piece with Black Soot then used modeling paste to create the bricks.  I inked it up using Black Soot and Fired Brick.

I also used this same technique to brick the front of the base and each tier.  The third tier is also bricked on the top.
The fourth house is also bricked using the same method as above.  For the window pane I used the Overlay Film and stamped the Halloween ticket on it with Archival Jet Black Ink.

For the roof, I used Croco Crackling Paint.  When it dried it gave the roof a nice aged look.

The trees are cut from the Branch Tree die from chipboard.  I then ran each one through with the Woodgrain Embossing folder.  I ink them with Vintage Photo Distressed stain and ink over the raised areas with Black Soot.  Topped that off with Rock Candy Crackle.

The fence was cut from the On the Fence die from black cardstock.  I then embossed it using Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. 

The last is a church.  I think this is my second favorite house on the block.

This is almost identical to the one from the Christmas in the Hood project but it is Hallween'd out.  I used Liquid Pearls to accent the pieces.

The roof eaves have the Croco Crackling Paint on them as well as the cross.

For the window in the small section I used the Mini Openings die to cut the panes on the building then used it again on a piece of black cardstock to make the window frame.  They were also used on the arch on the main part of the building.

A button is used for the door knob.  It was the wrong color so I painted it with Black Soot Distress Paint.

The bottle brush tree were from the Christmas craft stuff at Michaels.  I used the Tattered Angels spray to tint them green and added a little Black Magic to darken them up a bit.

And what Halloween Village would be complete without a spooky graveyard.

I used the Graveyard On the Edge die and cut them down to two or three tombstone a piece.  To give them depth I cut each three times and glue the three piece together.

I embossed the front, back and edges with Antiquities Cement Embossing Powder.

Since you obviously can't use the embossing ink pad on the edges, my solution was to open the Emboss It Dabber and used a paint brush to apply a light coat.  It worked like a charm.

You can tell by the picture below they look like one piece of board.

The tea lights of course where white and yes I took the Black Soot to them and painted them black.  To give them some interest I cut a piece of the Fence edging and put around them.  The fence was embossed the same as I did on the rest of the project.

To get the trees and houses to stand on the third tier I used little wood blocks painted black.  I adhered them to the back of the object like little legs.  LOL  I then covered them with Spanish moss to hide them.

I scattered Spanish moss throughout the village to add some texture to the base.

I am really happy with the way this project turned out and I am hoping Anita thinks I did her original project justice with the Halloween twist.

Be sure to see if you can find the little owl hiding in the spooky trees!!!!

Happy Paper Cutting!

Here is the list of items used.  I know I missed something because I wasn't writing it down as I went so had to do it from memory.

Wendy Vecchi ART PARTS RESIDENCES Studio 490
Heart of Texas Chipboard Houses
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 9 PLAQUETTES Metal TH92921
Tim Holtz Idea-ology APOTHECARY REMNANT RUBS TH93094
Tim Holtz Idea-ology WOODLANDS Trees & Wreath TH93049
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Naturals BLACK AND CREAM Trimmings TH93105
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 6 x 12 GRUNGEPAPER Grunge Paper TH92841
Tim Holtz Core'dinations KRAFT CORE NOSTALGIC Colorcore 2.25 X 12 Cardstock 278952
Ranger ISF30010 METAL FOIL TAPE SHEETS Postcard 4.25 x 5.5 ISF30010
MME Haunted 6x6 Paper Pack
Grafix Clear Overlay Film
Black Cardstock
Michaels Bottle Brush Trees-Small
Michaels Bottle Brush Trees-Medium
Michaels Halloween Pumpkins
Jolee's Boutique Parcel Glitter Spiders
Battery Operated Tea Lights
Spanish Moss
Wood Apples
Wood Blocks

Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Sizzix WOODGRAIN Texture Fades Embossing Folders 656644
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die ARTFUL DWELLINGS Movers & Shapers Bigz L Alterations 657218
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die BRANCH TREE Bigz Alterations 656929
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die BRICK WALL Decorative Strip 658240
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die COBWEBS Decorative Strip Sizzlits 658713
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die GRAVEYARD On The Edge 658243
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die HALLOWEEN SHADOWS Decorative Strip 658253
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die ON THE FENCE Edge Alterations 657030
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die ORNATE CROSSES Bigz 658245
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die MINI OPENINGS Movers & Shapers Alterations 657215
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil DOT FADE THS006
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil SHATTER THS014
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint ROCK CANDY Clear Ranger TDC26686
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder VINTAGE PHOTO Brown Ranger TIM21179
Tim Holtz Distress Markers BLACK SOOT Ranger TDM32458
Tim Holtz Sizzix RIVETED METAL Texture Fades 657848
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2013 SEASONAL CATALOG 1 cms174
Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp HALLOWEEN TICKET G2-1608 Stampers Anonymous
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps APOTHECARY cms138
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die MINI OPENINGS Movers & Shapers Alterations 657215
Tim Holtz Ranger Clear DISTRESS EMBOSSING INK PAD Ranger Clear
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MUSHROOM Grey Adirondack Ranger TIM22091
Ranger Stickles BLACK DIAMOND Glitter Glue SGG15123
Ranger Glitter Glue ICE Stickles ICY SILVER ISG11866
Ranger Stickles ORANGE PEEL Glitter Glue SGG15130
Ranger GOLD PEARL Liquid Pearls Pearlescent Paint LPL28130
Ranger PLATINUM PEARL Liquid Pearls Pearlescent Paint LPL09719
Ranger CLEAR EMBOSS IT DABBER Embossing Industries EMB34162
Ranger CEMENT Embossing Antiquities Powder Industries EAJ00396
Croco Crackling Color Bronze 
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist OLIVE VINE Spray 10315
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist BLACK MAGIC Heidi Swapp Glitter Spray 14276
Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042
Ranger Glue N' Seal 4 OZ MATTE Inkssentials ink29519
Liquitex Modeling Paste

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Going Batty!


Unruly Paper Arts Readers Art Quest 2 challenge for October is Bats. The flying creatures that give you a fright!

Here is my entry to Unruly PaperArt RAQ 2 challenge!

Hope you enjoyed my take on this challenge.  Click here to visit Unruly PaperArts and join in on the fun!!!

Happy Paper Cutting!!

Ranger #8 Manilla Tag
Hug Snug Seam Binding

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Glitter - Seedless Preserves
Tim Holtz Stamps - Halloween Blueprints 1, Apothecary
Tim Holtz Alterations - Word Play
Stickles - Diamond
Art Glitter - Black
Archival Ink - Jet Black

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 October


Spent some late night crafting doing my tag for October.  I seem to craft so much better in the wee hours of the morning when it is dark outside and the house is quiet. 

I love crafting this time of year.  The colors of fall and especially Halloween are my all-time favorite.  So of course I was looking forward to this month tag and the Distressed Glitter just made it all the more enjoyable.   To add to the enjoyment I had just received my new Tim Holtz stencil "Shatter" in the mail and couldn't wait to try it out.

For my background, I started with just laying down some Distress Stain.  I used Mustard Seed and applied various colors of ink until I achieved the look I liked. 

Then simply added the Raven Blueprint stamp and some other back ground stamps.

Then used the new Shatter stencil.  You can see the Shatter in the background of the Raven.  I can safely say this is my new favorite stencil.

Honestly, after that I couldn't bring myself to cover it up so I didn't do a lot of embellishing on this tag.  I really did try to add more but every time I put something on the tag I frowned because it covered up the shatter so in the end I just left it plain.  LOL

I did the frame the same way Tim showed on his blog and inked the edges with a big of Black Soot.

So that is my take on this month tag.  Hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks Tim for another great tag and technique!

Happy Paper Cutting!

Ranger #8 Manilla Tag
Hug Snug Seam Binding

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Glitter - Seedless Preserves
Tim Holtz Stencil - Shatter
Tim Holtz Stamps - Halloween Blueprints 2, Apothecary, Seasonal Catalog 1
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die - Ornate Frame
Archival Ink - Jet Black

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Christmas In The Hood" Village Workshop


I had a wonderful weekend trip to The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, TX this weekend with my BFF Denise to attend the "Christmas In The Hood" Village Workshop by Anita Houston.  If you have never seen this beautiful piece of art you should definitely take a moment and visit her blog here.

I had seen this when Tim Holtz had featured it on his blog and had drooled over this since.  So I was beyond excited when I learned that she was going to be teaching a class on this project and immediately called a reserved a spot.

Well, to say the least I was not disappointed. 

The class was two eight hour days of inky fun.  We inked, crackled and embossed our way through 12 village houses using great Ranger techniques.

Anita is a great teacher and such a talented artist. She guided us through the village with ease.   There she is talking to my BFF (don't tell Denise I posted her pic on my blog.  LOL).

Here is a pic of some of my houses.  While I wasn't able to complete the entire project during the class (did I say this thing is huge), I did make a really good start and now that I am back home I can't wait to finish it.  I can only hope I do justice to the original piece.

I also see a Halloween village in my future.  LOL

If you live in the area you should definitely check out the classes given at The Crafty Scrapper.  Carolyn and her staff are the perfect hosts and it is such a great store to visit.  Visit their blog here and check out their upcoming classes.

One last note of THANKS to Anita for the hours she took preparing the kits and instructions for this class.   It was much appreciate by everyone in the class!!!!

Happy Paper Cutting!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Haunted House Shadow Box


I ran across an amazing blog site the other day with some great challenges.  It is Unruly Paper Arts!  and it is a great site with challenges each month.

The Readers Art Quest 1 challenge for October is to use the scariest color BLACK as your dominant color on your project.  I love Halloween; it is my most favorite holiday to decorate and craft for.  So I couldn't resist joining in on the fun.

So here is my entry to Unruly PaperArt RAQ 1 challenge!

I had so much fun doing this project.

I used a Maya Road House Shadow box and put just about everything but the kitchen sink in this little box.

A creepy Halloween hand from Michael's hold a Raven.

In order to get the distressed stain to adhere to the hand I first covered it with Glue n' Seal and then inked it using Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Black Soot.
The bottles are from Spare Parts and I also covered them with Glue n' Seal so that I could ink them to make them looked more distressed.

The Glass Dome is from Tim Holtz.  

The skeleton is from some garland that I got at Micheals.

He already had a eerie color to him but I did give him sparkly green eyes using Stickles Lime Green.

He is holding a tiny key to the Haunted House.
More eerie glass vials of poison.  I really like the one that has the Zombie Virus in it.

The candelabra is a dollhouse miniature that I again covered with Glue n' Seal (my new best friend LOL) and inked to distress it.

I also used some vials that I had saved that held insulin from when I use to have a diabetic cat that I gave shots to every day.  These are the pretty size.  

I made a window cut out in the roof so that I could add a tea light to give the project a glowing element.  I love these battery operated tea light and use them in a lot of my projects.

The window panes are a piece of craft plastic cut slightly larger than the window opening.  To give it the frosted effect I take a fine nail file and file across the surface of the clear plastic. 

The house measures approximately  7.5x2.5x10.5 inches.

Hope you enjoyed my take on this challenge.  Click here to visit Unruly PaperArts and join in on the fun!!!

Happy Paper Cutting!

Maya Road House Shadow Box
Western Crafts Jute Packaging Twine TAN
MME Haunted Paper Pad 6x6
Authentique Enchanted Collection 'Spellbound' 12x12 
Authentique Enchanted Collection 'Bewitched' 12x12 
Cheese Cloth
Spare Parts Glass Bottles
Wood Wheels
Battery Operated Tea Light
Michaels Halloween Garland Skeleton
Michaels Halloween Skulls, Hand and Black Bird
Decorative Tacks
Jolee's Boutique Spider
Recollections Halloween Tape
Grafix Clear Craft Plastic
Tim Holtz Idea-ology GAME PIECES BINGO
Tim Holtz Idea-ology FAUCET KNOBS Metal 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 6 x 12 GRUNGEPAPER Grunge Paper 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology  CORKED DOMES

Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Black Soot, Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Black Soot
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink - Lettece, Butterscotch
Tim Holtz Mover and Shakers - Mini Bat and Skull Set
Dylusions Ink Spray - Lemon Zest
Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist - Afraid of the Dark, Black Magic
Art Glitter - Black
Glue n' Seal and Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
Ranger Stickles - Lime Green
Poppy Stamps Small Madison Window Die

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Day 4


Another awesome day in class.  Gives me a new appreciation of Alcohol Inks.  I didn't have any of the glossy card stock on hand and a quick trip to my local craft store didn't help any.  So, I had to break the rules and try the techniques with glossy photo paper.  I know Tim said it wouldn't work but I am a rebel crafter at heart.  LOL And NO it doesn't work as well.  LOL  But I just couldn't wait for an order to arrive to try at least one of the techniques.  I chose the Monoprint thinking it would be the most forgiving of the techniques.  After several failed attempts, I at least got one to come out looking presentable.

I will definitely be putting an order in for some proper paper and revisiting the lessons from today!

On the sad/happy side of things, tomorrow I am leaving for The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, TX for a great two day craft class where we will be doing the Christmas in the Hood Village project by Anita Houston.  It was featured on Tim Holtz's blog and I have been waiting with great anticipation for this class.  While this is the happy part; the sad part is while I will still be able to watch Tim's classes each day I will have to wait till I am back home to practice the techniques! 

Click here to see this great project!

Happy Paper Cutting!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 Day 3


Another day of amazing techniques!  I am also finally caught up with class on my homework.  LOL

Can't tell you how much I am enjoying these classes and learning so many new techniques.  Today I picked Smudge Stamping for my playtime.

The left side is the first stamping and the right is the second stamping with the smudging technique.  You can definitely tell what a difference the smudging added to the look of the tag.  It really gave some depth to the images especially since I got so carried away with stamping.  The Happy Halloween I did stamp with Archival Black because I really wanted it to pop a little more on the tag.

Happy Paper Cutting!!

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 Day 2


Been doing some playing with Day 2 techniques.  I guess my favorite (if it is possible to have just one LOL) would be the Ink Monoprinting with the stencils.  Mostly because I hadn't thought of using stencils quiet like this and because I really loved the effect for a background.

It was really very addicting and I was tempted to try it will all the stencils I had.  LOL

Happy Paper Cutting!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 Day 1


Day 1 of class was amazing! So many techniques to learn taught by the master himself.  After taking class I decided to have some fun and play around with the techniques we learned. 

One of my favorites by far was the Industrial Technique and here is my take on that tag.

Happy Paper Cutting!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Graphic 45 Small Matchbox - Steampunk Spells


Yes, have been busy crafting away on Halloween projects! Halloween is my most favorite time of year for crafting.  I love the colors and the papers that always spring up during fall. 

My BFF and I are taking a trip to TX this weekend and was in need of a easy project to do in our hotel room at night.  I had this Graphic 45 Small Matchbox in my stash for some time now and decided it was time for it to meet my craft desk.

For this one, I went surfing for some inspiration and boy did I find a lot of get projects out there.  I settled on one that not only gave me a challenge but the look was awesome.

Click here to see my inspiration for this project.

Let just say you had to really take the knife to this poor little box.  Cutting not only the lid but the inside box.  But the effort is so worth the outcome. 

I again used Tim Holtz GrungePaper to make the clasp.  I really like out it turns out looking like leather when inked. 

Now I will have to admit getting the binding in the holes was quiet a challenge and I had to stop several times because I didn't think I would ever succeed. But in the end I did manage this feat.

No, I just couldn't cover up some of the papers.  LOL

The project turned out great and was well worth the effort.

Happy Paper Cutting!!

Graphic 45 Small Matchbox
Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Collection
Recollections Rhinestones
Tim Holtz GrungePaper
Tim Holtz Hitch Fastners
Zutter 3/4 inch binding
Washi Tape - Spider Web

Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Paint Dabber - Black Soot
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Glue n' Seal
Stickles - Diamond
Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Stamps

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Book


Today I am showing off my first ever finish combination box.  Let me tell you this is a big deal.  I have always loved the looks of these boxes but have always had a creative block when trying to do one.  I would sit and look at all these little boxes and get so overwhelmed with what to do with each one that I would just end up putting the whole thing but in my stash for later. 

When I received my Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Collection in the mail, I decided to give it another try.  Halloween is my all time fav for creating with and I just knew this new paper would bring my creative juices to the surface and let me finally accomplish what I have set out so many times to do before.

And I am happy to report we have SUCCESS!!!! Finally!  LOL At least I think I do and I hope you do also.

So here it is ............... TA DAAA!!!!!

I figured I would start with the cover because that seems less daunting to me.  I so loved the steampunked girl in this picture and pretty much keep the front simply.  I added a set of glasses that was a brad and used Glossy Accents to make the lens.  I also added the three pictures using pop dots to give some depth.  Lots of Stickles for some glittery accents. Topping off the one hat with a feather.

The closer for the book is made from Tim Holtz Grungepaper.  I used Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Black Soot to give it a leathered looked and a Tim Holt Hitch Faster to keep it hooked.  A couple of brads on the back part to give it some interest.

Now for the inside......

I loved the paper used for the inside cover and let it speak for itself because I just couldn't stand to cover any of it up.

Now for the hard part, those pesky little boxes.  LOL  I must say in the end I did do a lot of head scratching and fretting over each one.

The first box I attempted was one that I had seen on the web and I just loved the trees for the added dimensional effect.  I added Glossy Accents to the windows to make them look like they had glass panes.  The trees where sprayed with Tattered Angels Afraid of the Dark.

I thought once I got one down the rest would be a piece of cake. Well, it didn't really work out that way but I did get a groove and pretty soon each box seemed easier to do than the last.  I think the secret is to NOT think.

My favorite by far was the skeleton box.  He was from some garland that I got from Michaels.  Once freed from his string he took up residence in the box and seems to command over all the others.  I sprayed some cheese cloth with Tattered Angels spray to give it a creepy color and he wrapped up in it to keep his bones warm in the October chill.

I think the most fun I had was making the little bottles.  I covered them with Glue n Seal to give them a worn look and took Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Black Soot to give them an even more aged look.  The poison is actual V05 Hot Oil Treatment.  I learned that from a very clever lady at My Heart's Fancy... Lisa Bruno.  The spider webs is stuffing from one of my puppies toys.  Let me just say my puppies are de-stuffers of their puppy toys and there is always an endless supply of this laying around the house. LOL

For the Vampire Blood, I used Alcohol Inks.  It was the only thing that I had that truly looked like blood.  But be warned if you are using a corked bottle you need to seal the cork or the ink will soak right thru it.  

For eye balls, I took little pears and put a black dot on them with a Black Sharp and put in the bottle with some V05.  Sad but you can't really tell from the picture they are eye balls.

The Coffin Nails were just small finishing nails that I covered with Glue and Seal and then Black Soot ink to age.

The Cameo was a rub on from Tim Holt that I put on a metal finding.  I used Glossy Accents to make it appear under glass.  I used Glue n' Seal with some distress ink to make the bottom of the blub look aged.

Another creepy hand from Michaels holding on to a Evidence Tube wrapped in creepy cheese cloth.  I used Glue n' Seal on the hand also so that I could apply some ink to it for a aged effect.  I must say I love Glue n' Seal it is so versatile. Not only great for glue but wonderful to put on items that normally you wouldn't be able to ink.
The Black Cat is one of Tim Holtz newest Sizzix framlets where you get the stamps and the dies in the same package.  These are great by the way!!!  I so love the Retro Halloween because it reminds my of my childhood.  I used the cobweb stamp for the background on the spider and added a little Stickles to make it a Black Widow in the corner.  Although I think the big spiders is planning on lunching on her.  LOL

In all I was happy with my success and needless to say I am already working on another combination box.  The creative block has been broken.  Heaven helps us all.  ; )

Happy Paper Cutting!!

I tried to list everything that I used in this project but I am sure I missed some things.  I usually keep a running list while I work but didn't this time so I do apologize if I missed something.  A lot of the little stuff was from my stash. The skeleton, skulls, spider, raven and hand were all from Michaels.  Some of the glass jars I used were actually empty insulin bottles I had from when I use to have a diabetic cat.  These are a great size for these boxes.

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Paper Collection
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Configuration Book Shadow Box 9 x 12 TH93078
Tim Holtz Idea-ology CORKED DOMES TH93092
Tim Holtz Idea-ology HITCH FASTENERS
Tim Holtz Idea-ology PLAQUETTES Metal TH92921
Tim Holtz Idea-ology APOTHECARY REMNANT RUBS TH93094
Tim Holtz Idea-ology MEMO PINS Split Ring Metal Embellishment TH92833
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 6 x 12 GRUNGEPAPER Grunge Paper TH92841
Tim Holtz Idea-ology LIGHT BULBS TH92900
Cheese Cloth

Supplies, Stamps, Dies, etc:
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads-Vintage Photo and Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Paint Dabber-Black Soot
Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks- Butterscotch, Lettuce and Watermelon
Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Cobweb Blueprint
Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - Retro Halloween
Tim Holtz Alterations- Halloween Shadows
Memory Box Manor House 98705
Ranger Glue n' Seal
Ranger Glossy Accents
Stickles Diamond and Xmas Red
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist-Afraid of Dark and Black Magic
Dylusions Ink Spray-Lemon Mist
V05 Hot Oil Treatment