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