Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mixed Media Mania Day 9

Being that I have Halloween on the brain 365 days a year, I'm sure it's no
surprise that I have a few (hundred) unfinished projects lying around.
That doesn't include all of the projects I have been "collecting" things for,
and the ones still bumping around in the ol' nugget.

Always on the look out for possible makeover pieces, I picked this up at
the Dollar Store. Cute, nice size (4"x7"), and a solid frame/shadow box.

I have been wanting to make a mixed media shadow box using
various eclectic findings in a Halloween theme. I began by flipping the box around 
and using the backside as a frame. I glued in some Abigail Larson wallpaper 
(freebie from her facebook page) in orange.

I used the scraps to add interest to the sides and top of the box.
And then it sat for weeks. Weeks. 
I kept adding stuff to the box until I figured there 
wasn't anything else to throw in there. And I had
better get busy before it was the end of October.

This is the final result of my chaos.
I think I LOVE it.

I distressed a Dollar Store skeleton lady cameo with TH distress paints,
and strung some seam binding through it. I used a cool button from a dear friend
(thanks, Lynne!), a silk flower, some cheesecloth, a key, and a sprinkling of 
Martha Stewart Jack-o-lantern glitter (thanks, Celina!).  

The wooden medicine bottle is from Porkchop Show on Etsy, the other
two bottles I made myself, and the skull is another Dollar Store find.

More Porkchop Show pieces for the moon, bat, and grave marker.
Some black paper roses with some Rock Candy Stickles added for 
sparkle. And one of those cool spiders that I highlighted with Inka Gold.
Someone had to be responsible for all of that webbing (cheesecloth).

I'd like to share this with the following challenges:

I can guarantee I will making more of these in the future.
I had too much fun! And I think I found all of my schtuff to 
make them with. That's progress right there. 

Speaking of progress, this is a paper bag album that I started last year.
I got as far as the cover and a couple of inside pages, but never added to it
until this month.

The cover has a pocket with a blank piece of green
card stock with a pretty tab on it. 

I stamped and sprayed the bejeezus out of that card stock.

I used a cool, new skull stamp my friend Kristy sent to me for my birthday.
She's working with a new Spellbinders sister company. Check it out here.

I finally dusted this set of corner stamps off and inked one of them up.
I believe they're wood mount from Inkadinkado.
My secret for almost fool-proof stamping is to use Versafine pigment ink 
in black, and then clear emboss the image. Nearly perfect every time, and
a nice dark image. The Versafine picks up the tiniest of details and the embossing 
powder must be ultra fine to hold those details. The grain is much smaller than 
standard embossing powder. 
I spritzed the page with white and black Dylusions inks to break up all of 
that lime, and to camouflage a boo-boo. Did you see it?   

Here is the little tab using a Stampin' Up tab punch,
a spider brad, and some bright ribbons.

Thanks for dropping by today.
I'll be back tomorrow with more Halloween awesomeness to share.


  1. I don't think I know that I am 100 percent absolutely but crazy in love with your box. Take that sentence as you will. I want it.

  2. WOW! We hit the motherload today here, missy! You must be feeling better. So this is the $ store find you were talking about. WOW, what a fun collage of schtuff! Can't stop looking at it and seeing MORE fab details. And what a great album page. another thing I've been wanting to try. Love the Octopode images and even noticed the teeny key in the corner. Great stamping. (Ok, I see the little booboo but I wouldn't have had you not mentioned it.) You're a ROCK STAR, Glo! xxD

  3. Mixed media is my favorite genre. You have outdone yourself. I love that box too.

    The paperbag album is also outstanding.

  4. I love your shadow box - and I'm so glad that I am not the only one who has great plans....starts...then stalls.....for weeks, months!! I really should make this type of project - the perfect excuse to use up those bits and bobs that otherwise may never find a proper home. I also love your bag book - Versafine is my favourite ink for stamping (except when I have to use Memento for my marker colouring) it is perfect for details and the black really is black!!

  5. The shadow box is a must do and must have!! I love how you make everything look like it has been there for years! This really takes my breath away! I love your project.....another possibility for top dog of the hop!!

  6. Where do I start? Love both of these projects. Love your attention to the details and the creativity you bring day after day. Wow. Thanks for being a part of this hop.

  7. Awesome box! Such a great makeover to be sure. Love the bat and moon, so creepy cool! The bag book is awesome too, great colors! Just WOW great stuff!

  8. Two fabulous projects today! I think I love that shadow box, too--so much to look at!

  9. Hey Gloria, this is exceptional - in all its parts. it is so illustrious, with your tutorials and all your references - so generous. i am so impressed with all the little parts you have in the box. Question: what do you do with your makes afterward? Just first-rate work. Always impressive. Best, Samara x

  10. Really cool paper bag album! Thank you for all your projects this hop!

  11. Fabulous box you made, great remake of the first edition! =) Cool album you are working on too!
    Hugs, Elenor

  12. Did I mention I want the altered box? Tee Hee

  13. Whoa! These are amazing projects! I adore the shadow box! All those yummy bits in there, the bottles and the cameo, the skull and the wallpaper! Awesome! And I love your paper bag album! This is a great idea, love the tag and the gorgeous lime green!!! X

  14. I'd like the altered box too!! Therse are both amazing projects - so much to read- so much to look at! Thank you!

  15. So much to see and so many details ---I'm sure you love Halloween!
    The lime green project almost jumped off the screen ...WOW!
    Thank you for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this time - Julie Guest Designer

  16. Great projects! That shadow box is beautiful!

  17. It's like the button was just waiting to be added to that beautiful box! :D

  18. Awesome project thanks for joining in at Punk You Girl

  19. Two absolutely WICKED COOL creations, I THINK I LOVE your shadowbox too, A LOT!!! Adore your paperbag book too!

  20. What a wonderful work of chaos, I love all the little details you've used. Your card is beautiful too, love that skull image.

  21. This is going to sound creepy, but I would love to hang out in your head for a while with all that creativity!! Fabulousawesome creations!!! <3 <3 <3

  22. WOW that box is incredible! Many thanks for joining the Rhedd's Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  23. I Love it too...WOW....The elements & design are amazing...the detail is outstanding....Thank you so much for joining us at Altered Eclectics... Hugs May x x

  24. Amazing shadow box - so many things to see and drool over - wonderful - your card is brilliant too

  25. *love* the shadow box. I have a few shadow box frames I've been filling in different styles for the season, but I'm not great at assemblage, as you clearly are. I'm going to print this and use it for inspiration for the next one. If it gets posted this month, I'll link you back.

  26. I LOVE your shadow box, so many bits to look at and such attention to detail. Excellent project.

    Thank you for coming over and joining in with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

  27. Wow!! I must admit I have been back numerous times looking at your project and each time I see something more. I think you did an amazing job and thanks for sharing with us at recycle reuse and reinvent challenge blog. We hope you will join in on the next one.

    With smiles
    DT member.

  28. Wow!!! I must confess I have been back to your blog numerous times to look at your project. Each time I see something new. Amazing job. Thanks for sharing with us at reCycle ReInvent And ReUse. We hope you will join us again.

    With smiles
    DT member

  29. Apologies if you get my message twice, Blogger says I made an error.... I love your fabulous project, it is spooky on the one hand and very beautiful on the other! The shadow box was a clever find, I particularly love the lady skull cameo, she is brilliant. Wonderful work.

    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Inspiration Journal! Anne x

  30. WOW freakin spooktacular project! All the goodie you loaded into this are awesome. Lovin the skully's and bottles. So many creepy layers. It's Boo-tiful!

  31. This is absolutely fantastic and boy would I love to shop at your dollar store. I frequent them often where I live, but I have never found anything like your gorgeous cameo in any of them. You did an amazing job on your shadowbox and ove all the tiny details. Thank you for sharing this in our first challenge on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent and hope you will come back and join us often.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  32. Amazing shadowbox project! Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics Challenge.

  33. fabulous make for this month's challenge...thanks for joining in the fun at Inspiration Journal...hugs kath xxx


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