Monday, April 21, 2014

Monochrome Goddess of Biro

Today marks the beginning of the second challenge for
Aurora Wings.
The new theme is monochromatic.

I chose to work with the gorgeous

I started out (after a few previously failed attempts) with an
8x10 canvas, and painted it with various hues of blue green
acrylic paints. I added some distress inked papers with script on it,
and used a matte medium to adhere it onto the canvas.
I salvaged an old earring, and added an evil eye charm, 
and a cool, hand of hamsa charm to it, in the hopes of
giving it a Balinese feel. Even though the hamsa is actually
a Jewish symbol, thought to give protection from the evil eye.  

 I added some white pearl acrylic paint accents and Stickles 
to the background, before adding the finished image.

This image is amazing! So much glorious detail (notice the three faces!). 
It was quite a challenge to color in a monochromatic color scheme, 
but I love how she turned out!
I almost ruined the entire colored image when I decided to add some
color to the edges. Total FAIL! Then I had to try and tear the edges off without
losing any of the image, or leaving any of the offensive color mistake.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Please drop by the Aurora Wings challenge blog and
see all of the beautiful DT work for this challenge.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Release Hop for Smeared Ink

I have another new image release from 
to share with you today.

I have chosen to use "Loved Alone Octopus" for my card.
I thought he would be perfect on a Father's Day card. 
One down, three  more to go.

I was able to destash some TH gears and cogs that I had lying
around from another project. The colors matched, so why not?
I popped the gears up on foam dots for added dimension.

I colored this dapper fellow using Copics and tried to fussy cut 
him out with shaky hands. He looks a little rough in spots, but 
it is handmade, after all.

The image I used is from the "I Loved Alone" set of images
now available at Smeared Ink.

Feel free to hop around and see all of the awesomeness that has been
created using these new images. Plus, there is a giveaway involved as well.
Be sure to leave some blog love on each DT's Smeared Ink post, and maybe you
will win the entire set of images!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Steampunk Junk for Macabre Monday

Today begins the second week for Haunted Design House's
StEaMpUnK JuNk.

 This clever theme was all my idea, and I had an ulterior motive behind it.  
I have had this doll baby head (in the middle) from a while back, and I have been
dying to get back to it. I really love transforming these dolly heads!
And I like playing with polymer clay, and getting messy with paint, too!
Yes, this is my therapy.

So, I offered up a Steampunk theme for HDH
and here ya have my finished Steampunk Junk Doll Baby Head. 
Or as I like to call him, Sir Cornelius. Don't know why, I just do. 

"Corny" started out as a thrift store doll. I liberated him, washed him up,
and gave him facial hair using polymer clay. I painted him with gesso,
and then gave him a bronze base coat of acrylic paint.
I used some bright green cogs from a tape runner refill, a rubber cap
for a pipe or something (Hubs donated it), some metal washers, and
a doll eye wood cut. I'd say some of that is considered junk.
My problem is, I see potential in so much crap, I'm starting to fear
an intervention is in order.


I used some aluminum tape I picked up at the dollar store (score!),
embossed it with a TH Riveted Metal folder, and wrapped it around 
the top hat, aka rubber endcap.

I gave the hat a coat of black gesso, and then swiped some
Inka Gold in silver over the raised bits. Really brought out the
cool texture. I really like this folder. Well worth the time it took to find it.
I also added some distressed metal wings, another distressed washer, 
and a smoky rhinestone brad to the hat to make it all, "fancy schmancy".
I love using up my old stash, and found items. Makes me feel so good to recycle
the cool schtuff I acquire and collect.    

I attached a TH attacher thingy to Corny's ear, and this allowed
me to attach the monocle to him in a permanent way. Considering he
doesn't have a breast pocket, I had to make do with what he did have. An ear. 
I attached a chain, and a gear to one end, and the other end to the monocle.

That monocle, with the oversized doll eye wood cut is my favorite part of this
project. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the eye to the metal washer, and to 
give it the appearance of an eyeglass. I'm a sucker for wonky eyes.
I accented his facial hair using more Inka Gold in silver.

I used a TH tag, bent it with a heat gun and sheer force,
distressed it and attached it to Corny's neck with a couple of chains.
I attached a distressed tag onto the end to give it an industrial feel.

And there you have it.
My take on the Steampunk theme.
I'm rather proud.

Thanks for stopping by!  

I'd like to enter this project in the following challenges:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fun with ATCs

It's been a while, but I am participating in today's
challenge at Dilly Beans challenges
The theme is really simple.
Make an ATC.
This is the perfect time to use up some scraps,
and make a mini piece of art.

I used #376 Martin.
He is one of my favorite Dilly Beans images. 

I colored Martin with Copics, fussy cut him out, and then
attached him to a remnant background from some TH ink clean up.
I'm a die hard hoarder. Never throw anything away. 
The day I do throw it out, will be the day I want to use the damned thing.
I used the sentiment stamp for the very first time, even though I've had it for 
probably a year or more. Notice the addition of a cookie in 
Martin's hand. I drew it, and added it to match the sentiment. 
Not sure if Martin is the monster or not....   

I have taken a border sticker from Tim Coffey (K Designs?), and cut it apart to
make a stack of skulls for Martin to stand on. Lastly, I edged the ATC with
Orange Peel Stickles to add some sparkle.

Please stop by Dilly Beans challenge blog, and take in the eye candy the
DT has created for this two week challenge. 
Maybe even make an ATC of your own for the challenge!

I'd like to enter this in the current challenge at 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DT New Release Hop for Smeared Ink

Yes, that's right, I have joined the ranks of the uber talented DT for 
Smeared Ink.
It's quite an honor. I look forward to working with everyone at SI.

Today is a new release blog hop featuring a set of
 horse images, like you've never seen before!

I have used the new Daemon Horse 5  for my project.
I also generated the My Little Pony Nightmare in Gimp.

I printed this handsome fellow out on kraft cardstock, and
colored him with colored pencils. No, really, I used colored pencils.
I usually prefer a more vibrantly colored image, but I do like how
I was able to blend, and use the white pencil for the highlights.
I still prefer my Copics, but wanted to try something different this time.
I glittered his mane with the original MLPs in mind. Not sure it translates
that well, but it sure is sparkly! 

And what creepy card is complete without some MS Drippy Goo punch?
I layered two shades of red, and then covered it all with Glossy Accents.
First time I ever tried doing that. It has now been added to my crafty repertoire.   

Here is the New Release Hop list, as you simply must
hop along and check out the other wicked makes for this release.

Creepy Glowbugg - that's me!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Skullduggery in the dungeon

I've been neglecting my blog for far too long.
I am struggling with my creativity, but I can feel a shift in the atmosphere.
A change is brewing. I can feel it.

My creativity was sparked with the recent challenge at HDH,
The Minions are looking for skulls (hence the spelling), rather than the actual 
definition of the word, skulduggery.
I decided to create my very first vertical, toilet paper tube, mini album.
I followed the tutorial found here

With skulls being the main theme, it gave me a good opportunity to
use up some of my hoarded skull stash. Like that big, metal skull, for instance.
One of the crossbones broke off of it, and I have been moving it around in my
stash for well over a year (or two). It feels good to finally use it.  

I created my own charms for the dangly bits.

Meaning, I strung them, and added the beads to the TH swivel thing. 
I think it adds a nice touch to the album, while still keeping it masculine.

Side view of the innards.
There are six, flattened, toilet paper tubes in there, 
each with it's own removable tag.
The binding hinge is really the best part of this project.
I'm sure I'll be using it again in future projects.
The video is worth watching for the hinge alone.
Super simple, but so effective. 

Here is a nice shot of the technique I used for all of the dp panels,
and the internal tp tubes. I was trying to give everything a uniform feel, 
without being too, 'matchy matchy'. After edging the panels with vintage photo
Distress ink, I used black and white Dylusions Inks and Perfect Pearls in copper.
I just splattered the inks, as opposed to spraying them. I like the dingy,  
distressed look it gives everything. Plus, a little shimmer never hurt anyone.  

Here are the tubes with their tags. I was able to use up a bunch of scrap paper,
which is always a plus. I am currently trying to figure out how to better organize
my paper scraps, so I can use them up faster. I think I should sort them into
solids and prints, and the Hallowe'en papers should have their very own bin.
I used my SU small, oval scallop punch and folded it in half,
and glued it to the top of each tag. Then, I used the SU tab punch, to add the nice
 little tab at the top.  
Overall, this was a pretty straight forward project. The tutorial was easy
to follow, I was able to use up six tp tubes, and now I have 
this nifty little (3" x 5") tag book. 

I really enjoy making books from scratch. 
I may have missed my calling as a book binder. 

 I'd like to enter this mini album in the following challenges:
 (I went with a left side, diagonal, using metal, 3D, and sparkle) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Let's Play A Game

Well, after much plotting and planning, cussing and fixing,
Mister Billy is ready for his close up!

The current challenge over at Haunted Design House is
"Let's play a game".
You can choose to go, one of two ways, on this challenge.
I started out thinking I'd use some chess pieces or maybe a domino or two, 
but Billy, from the SAW franchise, won out in the end.

After printing out my reference photos from google,
I began with some white polymer clay, and began sculpting Billy.
I also sculpted a base for him that looks sorta like the subway tiles
in the bathroom in the first film, and it's many sequels. 

Lastly, I made Billy a bow tie, and added black, Fun Fur for his hair. 
Contrary to it's name, Fun Fur is not fun to cut. Just sayin'.

This little doll face will probably end up in my etsy shop.
I'd like to do an entire line of horror themed faces like this.
I see a hockey mask and a burn victim in my future.... 

As a side note: I am a big Cary Elwes fan. Ever since I saw The Princess Bride, I've had
a bit of a crush on him. Then came Men in Tights, which I also loved.
Then, Mister Elwes was cast in SAW as Doctor Lawrence Gordon, 
only to have his role reprised again in 2010 for SAW 3D: The Final Chapter.

So, when this bit of movie magic went up for sale, I had to add it to my
random collection of schtuff. It's even got movie blood on it!

Thanks for dropping by!
Keep it creepy!!