Saturday, October 15, 2022

Halloween Party Pumpkin Terrarium

 Hello Friends!

October is just the best month! The weather is nicer and leaves are turning. Pumpkins and Halloween decorations are everywhere! 

Today I am happy to show you my pumpkin terrarium-where there is an awesome Halloween Party going on!  I am linking this to Simon Says Stamp challenge and that info is at the bottom of this post.

Here it is :)  I bought the pumpkin terrarium from Oriental Trading.  And I will be honest-I was scared at first LOL. I was afraid of having this cool pumpkin but not decorating it cool enough-silly I know. I got over myself LOL and once I started applying paint to the outside-it started to come together. 


I love Tim Holtz. And I compartmentalized made the costume party dies one night. I made three of each since I had the papers out and I know there is another project I want to do with the trio. This little dracula has a silver glitter outfit on because he's at this party :)  The skull and pumpkin in the middle are ideology and the gold witch hat is a charm from Prima I got last year.

I used purple reindeer moss and this brown moss to fill in the floor. There are a few of Tim rub-on's on the walls of the pumpkin.  Now let's talk about tomb stones--I cut these from the sizzix halloween vault series 2021 out of black cardstock. I used the grave texture paste from last year. Then I painted on empty tomb distress crayon (like wow it looked good) and then some peeled paint over some of the textured places. I got that idea from watching one of Tami Bastiaans you tube videos. 


I used a couple of paper dolls and I sometimes like to assign stories to things LOL. So the guy in the back with the face mask and bat wings isn't really supposed to be there. Hmmm....an imposter? 


Tiny lights for the win! I drilled a little hole so the battery pack is on the back and then I hot glued the lights to the ceiling for the pumpkin. Also in the top right corner there is a ghost bottom.  Also, I hot glued sewing thread and strung one of this year's ideology spiders.  I used a little lettuce alcohol ink on it's abdomen like Zoe from Tim's design team did (except she used pearls and I don't have those [yet])  :)


Here is the top of the ghost. :) He's hiding behind the leaves. These big metallic leaves are sort of bendable. I bought those a few years ago from a thrift store, and I'm so happy to finally use them!  Also I used some leaves you can get from either the dollar store or hobby store. And the sunflower is from dollar tree. 


This witch is from Tim's Toil and Trouble sizzix die cut set. I cut a second hat from orange glitter paper because---party!


And lastly an entomology adornment-I used cracked pistachio on him and now he is this cool green color.  I painted the outside of the pumpkin first with black paint that I blotted as I went. I didn't want all of the orange to go away. And then I painted finnabair's sparks unicorn hair paint over it-and wow. I love it. :) 


So I totally forgot to take a before picture. I know-I was like what? So here is the before and the link to this is here at Oriental Trading


So just a few notes-I used hot glue to glue everyone down. I held them up until the glue dried which seemed longer then normal. The pumpkin is sort of a foam material so that might be why. I didn't glue down the moss. I didn't think it needed it. I also used die cut elements from Frightful Things (ghosts and jack o lanter).

I am linking this up to the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Fall Mood Board.


Pumpkins and the lights are totally inspiring from the mood board and used in my project. All of a sudden I want some hot chocolate. :) 

Here is a video of my project. :) 




Thank you for reading to the end. Have a great day friends! :)



Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Friendship Altered Tin

 Hello Friends!

I am so excited to share with you my project for being the Guest Designer this week at The Funkie Junkie Challenge! This week it's about Friendship.  Be sure to check out the Design Team's project and maybe submit one of your own! :)

A first I didn't know what I was going to make. I am in Halloween mode-LOL. And I didn't know who I would make something for-my husband and sister get many things as it is. :)  And I love all of my friends-but it hit me-I would make something for my friend that lives down the street. She makes life easier and definitely more fun.

I started off with an altoids tin. And I altered it using mostly Tim Holtz products and a little Finnabair.  Funny side note--I don't eat altoids. A different friend of mine a long time ago gave me tins, and this is from her collection.


Here is the front:


And when you open it...


So if you would like to see how I created this stay with me. If not-I understand that too :) 

I gessoed the tin with black gesso around the outside.  I put light modeling paste on the lid and let that dry. Then I used Tim's matte texture paste and a Tim stencil to create the stars. I used distress stains-mustard seed and carved pumpkin. I also took a little prize ribbon and used the spray tube to add drops of color. Then I spritzed with a little water and let that dry.


I sprayed some more stain on a piece of cardstock and added a little elixir mica spray. Then I used a garden green sizzix die to cut some leaves. I didn't use the leaves like how they are cut in the die. I cut the leaves in their little sections and created a bunch behind the flair piece.


To make the friend word card more fun I used this stars die cut which was the special die last year from Simon Says Stamp.  Then I used gathered twigs distress ink around the card.


For the inside I used liquitex gesso and a piece of paper from Tim's backdrop volume 1 papers.


I added walnut stain with a small brush to get into the corners.


Then I painted the inside left and the frame part of the right this beautiful finnabair sparks paint-unicorn hair. so magical :)


I just have to share that I love these thimbles as pots for the flowers. I used them before and glazed them with Tim's embossing glaze but the few colors of glaze didn't match what I was going for here. So I got out the Finnabair wax rusty brown and here's the difference. 


I sprayed my flowers-I think with tumbled glass and snowflurries mica for the blue, raspberry and hocus pocus mica for the pinkish, and flickering candle mica for the yellow. I did think that the flowers would stay nicely in this thimble pot. But they don't--LOL and I had to go back and glue them down with hot glue.


For the paper doll ladies I cut some craft foam and adhered it using glossy accents so they would have a little dimension.  And I added craft moss-I used the q-tip to put the glossy accents on the bottom of the tin. Also, I glued the thimble in first so I had small spaces on both sides to put the glue so the q-tip was awesome. And then I used craft tweezers to add in the moss. 


Here is the left inside. The stars are last years ideology christmas stars--I didn't know they had stars so small. It was a great surprise (and it was a brand new pack which means I guess I haven't needed any stars in like 11 months.)


The moon is made from paper clay I bought and a Finnabair mould. Those nice words are from the everyday clipping stickers and some more little stars.


My friends-here is the back. I took a piece of cardstock and added distress ink--crushed olive, scattered straw, oxide antique linen. Then I stamped the lines using a super old stampin up journaling stamp (2002 lol) and distress ink gathered twigs.  Later I will tell my friend how great she is :)


Thank you for making it to the end.  I appreciate your vising. :)







Friday, September 16, 2022

Birthday Card

 Hello Friends!

Over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the challenge is do use dies. Yes please! 

So I created this card out of Tim Holtz dies (like they are all his for real). And Tim's foil cardstock because it's my favorite. The background is a spray stains, oxides, and mica stains and then I embossed it with a folder from Sizzix. I put some finnabair wax amethyst magic on the raised parts.  I also added some sequins because flowers seemed to big but that corner needed a little something. :)



Thanks for stopping by! :)


Sunday, September 4, 2022

Happy Halloween Card

 Hello Friends!

I was inspired by two challenges to make this card. The first is The Funkie Junkie Challenge: Stamped with Love using Tim Holtz stamps. The second is make your own background by Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Here's my card:


Here's a close up of most of the detail.


The background is CMS414 Tapestry-I used villianous potion embossing glaze and distress ink. 

The skeleton is from CMS437 Halloween Doodles.

CMS237 Crazy Things-Balloons (which I masked to get them together), hat, bow tie (colored with villianous potion embossing glaze), and pumpkin trick or treat container. I used copics and prismacolor markers for these things. 

CMS236 Crazy Talk is the sentiment (and my favorite sentiment stamp of all time.)

Some twine and pop dots were used for the balloons.

I am probably going to make this background again. There is something about the shine of the glaze that is just so pretty. :)

Thank you for stopping by! :)




Friday, August 26, 2022

Bad Mood Mixed Media Page

 Hello Friends!

Do you have a long list of things you should be making-birthday cards, halloween things, maybe some tags? Me too! But I couldn't focus on that. I just wanted to play-so I created this page in my little art journal book. It's 4x6 so it's enough "real estate" :)  

When I chose this page the purple and and pink ink were already on there. I think I was using up something LOL.  The lady I printed off from my silhouette software and bought from the Silhouette design store-clickchic is the designer. She is just printed on regular copy paper. I used a paint brush and water to tear the paper around her. I adhered her with tim holtz collage medium and added more on top.


And then I played! I used mica hocus pocus and winterberry distress crayons for the feathers. For the edge of her hat I used hickory smoked crayon and antique linen crayon for her skin. I used a little left over hocus pocus for her dress.

Then I used distress ink villianous potion and my simon says stamp heart stencil and added hearts. I used a script tim holtz stamp and faded jeans distress ink and added some stamping. And the sentiment is where the bad mood comes from LOL.


Here's a close up. I think I can relate ;) LOL. 


This week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Mixed Media--I am submitting this art journal page. 

Thank you for stopping by! :)


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

2 Mixed Media Cards

 Hello Friends,

I made a couple of mixed media cards. I was inspired by the challenge at The Funky Junky Boutique: Chillin' in the Heat. So the challenge is to either to use hot colors like reds and oranges or cool colors like blues and greens. And because I am literal and cannot make a decision-I made a card for both cool and hot. :)  


So for Christmas I received these Ranger tools that make textures in paste. For the hot card I spread Distress Texture Paste matte on to a piece of Stampin Up paper. You can see the design below.  And then I used this took to make those specific grooves.


This is the cool card.


Here are the sprays I used for the hot card.  I used a spell binders die for the sentiment and some little white gems.


Normally, I don't think I would put the gems like how I did. But here is why--LOL so I must have put the paste on too thick because the paper bent and you can see cracks in some places. I know it's not mixed media paper so maybe a duh moment-however I have a lot of pattern paper, and I can either donate it or use it. Right now I'm trying to use it, and I like how it looks on this card. 

So I sprayed the card and when dry the paper was bowed. So I put a box on it and these mysterious green dots appeared.  So I covered them but they were perfectly lined so I had to add a few more ;)



Here are the colors I used for the cool card. I used a Tim Holtz sizzix die cut and star.


Thank you for stopping by! :)


Sunday, August 14, 2022

USA Scrapbook Layout

 Hello Friends!

I love the 1 page sketch over at Stick It Down this month. I really love stars right now-so here's my layout:


I used a stencil from Paige Evans and I used candied apple and blueprint sketch oxide first through the stencil and then I put stickles on top of it. I used a border punch from stampin up and used some scraps for the bottom. And I love the heart washi tape and thought why not? Stars and hearts it is :)


I cut these letters on my silhouette cameo. I tried with just the stickles but I didn't like it so I applied the oxides and then went over it with the stickles.


Here's a close up of the title and some of the stars.

Here is the Stick It Down sketch:


Thank you for stopping by! :)