Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Anniversary Alice!

Today I am celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland
by taking part in a celebratory blog hop featuring lots of creative projects 
inspired by this wonderfully strange, and adventurous story.

Not only will you be awed by all of the amazing artwork, 
but you can also win prizes from these generous companies;

Prize winners will be selected from random blogs throughout the hop. 
In order to be eligible for a prize, you must visit all stops on the hop and leave a comment. 
The prize draws will be open until July 18th, with winners announced on July 20th.

Okay, now that all of that is out of the way, I bet you'd
like to check out my Alice in Wonderland inspired project.

I have quite a few Alice in Wonderland stamps and digital images to 
create with, but I was eager to use my newest digital acquisitions
from the very talented, Vera Lane Studios. Actually, the artist is named,
Janet Klein, but she lives on Vera Lane, so hence the business name. 

I recently got some new craft room storage and ended up with a bunch of
dividers that were intended for some of the new drawers. I opted to fill the drawers
without the help of the dividers, but thought that they'd make good wall hangings.
Into the hoarded pile they went! And then I had an idea for some AIW wall art.

I began by painting the panel bright red, and then applied a white
crackle effect over the top. That was way too white, so I toned it down
with a brown acrylic wash. I wiped most of it back, but left enough to give it
a nice, antiqued feel. It is the 150th Anniversary, after all.

I manipulated the Vera Lane images in Gimp, and created the
panel and images to fit my layout and design.

What is Alice in Wonderland without Alice?
Here she is looking a bit disheveled, which is why I love her.
Maybe that tumble down the rabbit hole was a bit more rough than
anyone originally thought. Looks like stitches were necessary. Ouch.
I colored her with Copics, added Glossy Accents to her eyes, and
some Stickles to the bloody bits for a sparkly effect.  

The White Rabbit received the very same treatment as Alice,
but he managed to make it down the hole unscathed. Lucky rabbit.

I adore the Mad Hatter! So fun and silly! I referred to a 
photo of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter for the color scheme.  

I used the mushroom and the Queen of Hearts here.
I manipulated the mushroom in Gimp to give me a smaller and 
a reversed image mushroom. I colored them both with Copics and
used some Rock Candy Stickles to the spots for a nice sparkle.

I punched holes at the bottom of the panel and added ribbons and charms.
I made the Queen of Hearts charm using a small playing card, Crackle Accents, 
grunge board, and Glossy Accents on the back to seal everything. I added a red beaded
accent to the bottom as well. Super fancy!  

Well, that does it for me.
Enjoy the rest of the hop, and if you are only arriving here
by chance and want to check out the entire hop, the list of
participating blogs is listed below for your convenience.  

Blog Hop List

Thursday, June 25, 2015

What an exquisitely creepy little girl!

I am almost unable to contain my sinister bubblings over the
new images from Vera Lane Studio Digi Stamps. I am always thrilled when
another artist (unwittingly, or not) caters to those of us who are
"less than normal crafters". And I mean that in the best way

This little zombified booger is named, "Rachael".
And she only resembles a booger because that is how I have
colored her. I usually like my zombies to be green and have 
varying spots of decay and discoloration. And then they 
should be wearing a pretty dress to show that they are still
a girl, after all. 
As a side note, the set this image is from also comes with a little
zombie boy named "Gage", and a kitty named "Meow". Anyone care to
connect the undead dots? What if the cat was named, "Church"?
The sentiment is from my favorite word artist, Ginger's House.
Not only are her sentiments funny, sweet, and even kinda naughty sometimes,
but they're FREE!! Yeah, I know. Cool, right?

I have a bunch more Vera Lane images to color and show off, 
so stay tuned...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pocket Letter Newbie

I have officially participated in my very first Pocket Letter swap!!
I loved how fun and simple it looked, so I started collecting all of the
"ingredients" to begin making my own. But you really do need someone to
swap with to make it official. I happened to be chatting with my dear friend
(in real life), Dani, who stated that she has been trading pocket letters all
over the US and Internationally for a few months. What?! How did I not
know this?! I made sure she was my first PL swap, although I still haven't
received mine yet....

I went with a purple Goth theme which I chose myself. I guess you can
pick a theme between you and your trade partner, but Dani left it up to me
since it was my first time. I know she doesn't "do pink", so I went with
purple. Everyone loves purple, right? Well, they should!

I began by grabbing a stack of trading card sheets from my ATC stash,
and pulled out my ridiculous amount of ATCs that I have made, but never
gave away. I have a lot! What a great way to share them with new friends far and wide.

I was lucky enough to have won some Bugaboo images from a recent LOC challenge,
and really wanted to color them up. I love this spider hanging from the moon.
I colored it with Copics and then clear embossed a spider web over the entire card
before using Distress Inks to color the background. 
Then the fun really begins when you start adding goodies to every pocket. 
I added a bunch of paper punched spiders to this pocket.   

After filling the pockets with ATCs, and blank coordinating papers,
I added rhinestones, bows, glittery border strips, puffy bat ribbon, etc...
Basically, add fun crafty stuff to share. I guess the original idea is
to add a tea bag, a note about yourself, a fun quote, and all kinds of 
ephemera. There is a great introduction to Pocket Letters here,
by the lady who created them. 

This one was fun. I just added some Tim Burton-y paper clips, and
a bunch of punched bats, and teeny neon clips, too.

This image was fun to color and play with. I got a bit over zealous with the 
polka dot background, but it's very fancy now.

Dani loved her Pocket Letter. I am going to the post office to retrieve mine today.
And pay to get it out of hock. Make sure to add the correct postage, and that it's
packaged properly when you do your swaps. I'm sure Dani did as well, but 
apparently my local post office is super persnickety and wants special handling
fees or something.... Of all the swaps Dani has done, both in the US and Internationally,
this is the FIRST one to have issues. And we only live about 10 miles apart.
I am such a unique experience.  

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sprite Delight part deux

It has been a while since I've blogged. 
Too long, but I have been busy making schtuffs.

Today is the beginning of the new challenge at Aurora Wings.
The new theme is Sprite Delight Part II
When I first saw Mitzi's artwork years ago on Etsy
I fell madly in love with her sprites. 
This is one of my favorite Aurora Wings challenge themes.
I'm still chuggin' along on the wedding album I'm making for my Aunt and Uncle.
I'm hoping to have the entire album completed by their second Anniversary, 
this September. Good things are worth waiting for, right?

After using various inks, and distress sprays to achieve a sandy texture on
some kraft card stock, I began the layering of my 8" x 8" scrapbook page. 

I began by coloring up this gorgeous little 
I thought he was perfect for a tropical beach themed wedding.
Just the right pop of color to set off the image against the 
washed out beach colored page.

I also thought it was a good idea to add some bling and fleurs 
that wouldn't compete with the little Sprite, but compliment it. 

More fleurs, die cuts, gumdrops, half pearls, and pearl sprays
to finish it off. I love the look of the frantage on the leaf die cuts. 

And here we are at the completed scrapbook page, once again.
I like to see the completed piece after all of the details have been
accounted for . I still have about 18 more pages to go before this
album is complete, but I am having a good time making sure each
page is perfect, and a good representation of their love. 
They are two very special people, and I want this book to reflect that.

Be sure to drop by the Aurora Wings challenge blog to see all of the
incredible inspiration pieces, and meet our newest DT member, too! 
Thanks for stopping by today.

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


Monday, June 1, 2015

Bug. Bugg. Buggs.

The new challenge over at Haunted Design House is a 
theme that is near and dear to my heart,
I'm mainly partial to the bugs and the gems. Still not
quite sure what a "gewgaw" is, but I think it's a
non-essential embellishment. I've got those in spades, too.

I have quite a few framed insect/bug specimens in my collection,
so I figured it would be cool to make my very own specimens.

I got the idea from an episode of America's Next Top Model, where the 
models had to pose with hissing cockroaches that were on leashes 
and covered in jewels.

I used a rubber cockroach I picked up on clearance at Wally World
after Halloween. It comes with a small glow stick you can insert into the  
abdomen for a cool effect. Maybe I'll try and get pics of  that later.
I had a hell of a time getting the jewels to stick to the stretchy rubber 
the bug is made of, but Glossy Accents came through in the end.
I painted the frame with black paint, dry brushed red glitter paint on the edges
and sides, and then added a couple of stamped flourishes embossed 
with red foil embossing powder.  Lastly, I sealed it with a coat or two of
gloss medium.
This spider was hard plastic, with a hollow body on the back making
it difficult to glue into place. So, this guy is something of a wanderer. 

He goes very nicely with my spider web under glass, don't you think?

And he looks right at home among the other oddities and creepies
on my mantle.

Thanks for dropping by today.
Be sure to check out the other bugs, rhinestones, and fancy bits 
over at HDH!!  


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Under the Sea Dream Wedding

My Aunt and Uncle were married on the beach in Hawaii.
My Aunt had a hard bound book of their wedding photos created 
online from Walmart. While she was happily showing around her wedding book
it began to fall apart. She had only had it a few weeks. This made me sad.
So I immediately went on her face book page and started downloading
her wedding pictures. I ordered prints online from Costco, and am now
ready to begin creating their new wedding album. 

Now it just so happens to be the start of a new challenge at Aurora Wings,
and the theme is: Dream Wedding.
I'm pretty sure that a wedding on the beach in Hawaii is a dream wedding.
I'd like to have a vow renewal (next year is 20 years) on the beach somewhere.
Just me and my husband, and the officiant. No one else. No shoes either.
A girl can dream...   

I decided to use this adorable Aurora Wings image called,
"The Gift". Seems perfect for the very first page of the
wedding album. I colored the cute Mer-couple using Copics.
I went with vivid hues since I love using bright colors on
fantasy images. No rules. I love it. 

I've been collecting beach themed dies and embellishments for this project.
I used some TH distress inks and paint to color the TH sand dollar
and seahorse die cuts. I used Frantage on the "love" die cut to make 
it fancy, and stand out against the sand dollar. Added the starfish brad 
and the gold dew drops for more interest. And cheesecloth. Ya gotta have cheesecloth
for many uses, but especially for an ocean netting embellishment.    

I popped a teeny half pearl in the clam shell. It fit perfectly.
I also Stickled bubbles using crystal Stickles, along with punched circles of glittered
and pearlized papers to represent bubbles, too.
I think I got my point across. Gotta have lots of bubbles.
And here it is! I am liking where this is going. 
Mitzi has a bunch of other ocean/sea inspired images that will be just
perfect for the rest of this album. I'll be sure to share my progress.
I hope to have this done by their anniversary in September.

Thanks for dropping by. Be sure to check out all the other
wonderful inspiration samples on the Aurora Wings challenge blog.

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

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Quick Haunted Word

So I survived Mother's Day, and true to form,
I didn't do what my Dad told me to do. 
I still plan to write a letter to my Mom, 
but I just couldn't bring myself to do it on Mother's Day. 
I was already having a really hard time, and opted not to 
dive into the most painful part of my life. My fear was that
I may not come back. Ever been afraid to really feel the pain?
I am terrified, but know it will help me heal. All in good time.

I do have a really cool project to share with you today.
Been keeping busy creatively. Idle hands and all that... 

First up is the second half of the Haunted Design House challenge:
Can I Have a Quick Word?
I chose one of my favorite words that doesn't begin with an "F",
and used WEIRD.
 Weird on Google search comes up with a definition of:
suggesting something supernatural; uncanny.
Funny that some of the synonyms for weird are 
odd, bizarre, awful, creepy, spooky, ghastly, freaky, strange,
magical , haunting, grotesque, kooky, etc...
More of my favorite words.

I began with a box frame I have had for months (years?).
I knew it would be perfect for a cool shadowbox display, and as it
turns out, I was right!
I distressed the box with a cool TH hammer with various tips
to give cool textures for aging and distressing. 
 I painted the box red and then black, all the while distressing
as I went along to each layer. I painted some wooden feet
and then gave them a coat of Rock Candy crackle paint. 

I have had this clear embossing paste from Dreamweaver Stencils for a while,
 and was inspired to use it on all sides of this box as soon as my new 
Dyan Reaveley  skull stencil arrived. It goes on very well, and I was worried it
was going to remain kinda rubbery, but once it cured completely ( a couple of days)
it was fine. I am loving the new stencil, too. It comes in a larger size, but this
one will do for now...

One can never have too many doll heads...
I salvaged this one from my kid and chopped the back of
her head off to fit in the frame/box better. I painted her with black gesso
to give me a good base to work with. I used a crackle technique on her
to give a cracked porcelain doll feel.    

As I was waiting for the head to dry onto the frame backing,
I used some TH wood letters and some Scrabble tiles to spell, weird
I used the TH hammer to distress the "W" and added some black acrylic wash and 
lime green Inka Gold metallic rub. I used distress paint daubers on the "E',
and white distress paint on the "I" to make it stand out. The "R" got a
smattering of Diamond Dust, and the "D" got a coat of  
green antiquing cream from DecoArt's Media line. 
I really LOVE how the "D" turned out. That is a great product!  

Once I arranged everything the way I wanted, I glued everything
down using Glossy Accents. I usually never use GA as a glue,
but I wanted to make sure this thing wasn't going to fall apart
any time soon.

I used some Pork Chop Show wooden pieces, along with various TH bits
and bobs. I used some mirrors, too.

One of my favorite parts is the eyeball on the top. I used a plastic doll
eye I bought on ebay, and glued it onto one of those TH specimen pins.  

I love the way the plastic TH dolly looks almost like
a negative image in the face after distressing it with black soot
distress paint, and then rubbing some of it off. TH star, and skull and crossbones
made there way onto this, too. I added some Firefly Stickles to the little bottle
to help spread the green color around a bit.

I generously coated the inside walls of the box with
platinum glass glitter. Kinda reminds me of the
genie on Pee Wee's Playhouse, Jambi

Okay that's it for my weird HDH creation. 
I love it. How about you?

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