Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Shadowbox

Today, I am sharing my first ever shadowbox.  The theme, as you can see, is Halloween.  I was inspired by a project on display in my local Michaels, although their's was twice this size.  It took me quite awhile, so I am glad I opted for a smaller size!

I started by adhering a piece of Graphic 45 "An Eerie Tale" paper as the background.  I gathered a variety of product using Jolee and Recollections stickers, Tim Holtz vials and charm, cheesecloth, an assortment of leaves and some fall floral picks which I cut apart to use for decorations.

   A view from the top

In the next two photos, you can see a bit of how I decorated the inside parts of the frame.

Microbeads were placed in two of the vials.  On the larger vial inside the box, I gave the outside of it a coating of Golden Acrylic Pearl Mica Flake to make it look like the contents overflowed.

As you can see, there is a lot going on here.  I am pleased with the results considering it is my first attempt at this.  The only thing I think I may have done differently is to use a black shadowbox instead of the white.

We have a beautiful, crisp fall day today after a couple of days of summerlike weather.  I am enjoying the fresh, clean air.  I hope the week ahead is a good one for you and thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ATC and Card Using Graphic45

Hi everyone!  Back today to share the final ATC I made for a Halloween swap.  I used Graphic 45 papers and chipboard from "An Eerie Tale."

I layered a pre-made ATC card with a piece of the paper.  I cut out a tag from another sheet, popped it up with foam dots and layered a chipboard tag onto it.  The eyes of the owl are highlighted with Gold Stickles.  A bit of cheesecloth was given a coat of purple Glimmer Mist and tucked under the tag.  A flower and pumpkin were cut from another sheet of paper and added to opposite corners of the tag.  I finished it off with a rhinestone and baker's twine from Recollections.

Next, I created a card from the same papers to send to my ATC swap partner along with the ATCs I made for her.  Again, the papers and chipboard tag are from Graphic45.  The lace is from Joann's bargain bins.  The flowers are a mix of Prima and Recollections.  The white glittered pumpkin and the little embellishment in the upper right corner are also from Recollections.

I made a border strip to tuck under the lace with a Martha Stewart punch.  I didn't add a sentiment since the background paper had a lot of words and phrases on it.

I've spent the past two days working on a Halloween shadowbox which I hope to share soon.  I never realized how much work goes into them!  I don't think I've ever made so many Halloween items in one year, but I really love the Graphic 45 paper.  Here are the three ATCs together.

That's all for me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments.  I look forward to reading them.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween ATCs

Recently, I participated in an ATC (artist trading card) swap for Halloween on Facebook.  We were to make three ATCs for our swap partner.  Today, I am sharing two of the cards I made.

First up is my card featuring the "Punkin Girl" stamp by Stampendous.  I used a combination of Copics and Distress Markers to color it.  The sentiment is from Crafty Secrets.  The cat embellishment in the lower left corner as well as the baker's twine are from Recollections.  I inked the edges of the card with Black Soot Distress Ink.  A bit of Stickles was added for some sparkle.

Next up is a card using a burlap ATC from 7 Gypsies.  I inked the edges again on this one with Black Soot.  The leaves were a bright orange/yellow that I toned down with several shades of Glimmer Mist.  I also used Glimmer Mist on the cheesecloth tucked under the leaves.  Using Graphic 45 clear stamps, I stamped and cut out the sign, bottle and bat.  I gave the sign and bottle a coat of Distress Crackle and a bit of Tea Dye Distress Ink for an aged look.  The edges of the sign are highlighted with lavender Stickles.  The skull and crossbone charm is from Tim Holtz.

This was the first every card swap I did, and it was a lot of fun.  If you click on each image, you can view them in larger detail.

We have a very chilly fall day here today and I love it!  My husband and I participated in a Buddy Walk for Down's Syndrome today sponsored by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  It was a beautiful day to be out and support this worthy cause.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and also for your kind comments.  Next week, I'll share the remaining ATC.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Celebrate with An Eerie Tale

Have you seen Graphic 45's An Eerie Tale collection?  The papers are beautiful and versatile.  They are perfect for fussy cutting and can also be used for non-Halloween projects.  Needing a birthday card for a co-worker, I used these papers to create this card.

I used both sides of an 8x8 sheet of paper to make the background and panels.  A Martha Stewart punch was used to make a scallop edge which I accented with Recollections rhinestones.  I cut a border strip from another sheet of paper to put above the panels and added a piece of Doodlebug lace across the bottom of the panels.  Flowers are Prima and accented with vintage buttons.  Leaves are Recollections.  Sentiment is Papertrey Ink.  A double bow of twine finished it off.

As you can see, this card is not for Halloween.  I was surprised how much I liked the button centers, especially the dark ones.

We had a wedding to attend yesterday, and it was beautiful.  Perfect weather, wonderful food, and a wonderful time was had.  It was a long day, though, and this girl is very tired today!  Now, I have to go and play catch up on things I didn't get done yesterday as it's back to work tomorrow.  Have a wonderful week.  Thanks so much for stopping by and the kind comments you leave.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

#Happy Day

My friend's little girl has a birthday coming up and I needed to make a card for the occasion.  She is not a girly girl, so I knew I had to stay away from the frills.  Going through some scraps I had been saving, I came across stickers and pieces of papers from Webster's Pages.  Here is the card I made.

The pattern horizontal strips of papers at the top and bottom of the background are actually stickers as are the three circular designs and the bird.  The flowers are Prima and their centers are My Mind's Eye.  The banner is also from My Mind's Eye as is the yellow and white twine bow.  The stamped sentiment is Heidi Swapp.

What do you think?  I don't think it's too girly in spite of the flowers.  And I got to use up some of my stash that I had forgotten about.

I am working on some ATCs for a Halloween ATC swap on Facebook.  One in particular I enjoyed making as I got to work with my Copics and Distress Markers on a stamped image.  Can't wait to share them here.  I really enjoy the coloring and want to do more along those lines.

We've had a nice stretch of fall-like weather the last few days, but summer is trying to hang on today with warm temperatures and humidity.  But, that is to be expected this time of year and for about another month.  I did a bit of fall decorating today to get ready for the season and all the wonderful things it brings.  I hope all is going well for you.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your sweet comments.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Life Artist Tag

The tag I'm sharing today was inspired by Tim Holtz' tags of the month.  It isn't exactly how he designed his but I tried to stay close to what he did.

The base of the tag was created using Distress Inks in Tea Dye, Salty Ocean and Fired Brick.  I was hoping for more of the Tea Dye to come through, but the Fired Brick took over.  I then used some of Tim's tissue tape for two sides.  The edges were inked with Black Soot.  The lady stamp is from Rubber Stampede.  The butterflies were made using scraps of TH Crowded Attic paper and a Martha Stewart punch.  Dots of Glossy Accent were placed on the butterflies.  The life artist rub-on is also Tim Holtz; however, I had intended to place the word "artist" under the word "life".  The rub-ons stick so well that "art" ended up next to "life".  I was going to leave it that way but decided to place the "ist" sideways under "art".  A metal butterfly from Recollections was added to the corner the words formed.  Tim's crinkle ribbon was colored with the same Distress Inks used on the tag.  If you click on each photo, you can see the details in a larger image.

This tag was really fun to make.  I think I'll give it another try with different colors and see how it comes out.

This past week, I received an e-mail that this card I made using Melissa Frances papers will be featured tomorrow on their blog.  I am so excited and honored to have this card shown!  I love their shabby chic products.

Have a fantastic week, my friends!  I'm planning on doing some Halloween crafting which will include ATCs and a shadowbox.  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Artist Paper

Recently, I purchased an issue of Stamper's Sampler which included a sheet of heavyweight artist paper.  I needed to make a quick thank you card and used the sheet for it.

This was incredibly simple to make.  I cut two panels from the paper, rounded the corners and glued it to white cardstock.  For the flower stems, I used stamps from Papertrey Ink.  The Prima flowers were attached with Crate Paper brads.  The sentiment is also from Papertrey Ink.

That's all it took to put this card together.  Super quick and easy.  I thought the design on the paper was very pretty and didn't want to take away from it with too much embellishing.

It's a picture perfect day outside today after several hot and humid days.  I'm a bit under the weather so just taking it easy today.  Have a wonderful day wherever you are and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!