Monday, October 15, 2018

Greetings from Regions Beyond

Hi Everyone,

I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today with a wicked little vignette box.
Start by taking a wooden vignette box and layering it on top of your Mini Botanical Journaling Block.  The blocks come in a set of three, so you can play with different sizes.
Cut the house out of the Haunted House Oval.  Trim it down so it fits inside the vignette box.  Emboss the piece with Emerald Creek's Mercury Rising embossing powder.

Treat the outside of the box using Distress Oxide inks in Forest Moss, Hickory Smoke, and Ground Espresso. 

Add a crackle medium.  I really glopped it on so it looks chunky. Mixed with the Forest Moss Oxide ink the box looks a bit moldy.  Moldy is good at Halloween time!

Add paper to the back of the box and glue it in place.  Glue the house to the background.  Add fabric tape all around the edges of the shadowbox and set it aside. 
Use the largest of the Mini Botanical Journaling Blocks and cover the entire piece with gesso.
Add your sentiment cut from the Tim Holtz Halloween script, Christmas Script, and Holiday Words.  
Time to start adding Distress Crayon.     
Add crayon and move it around using your fingers.  
Cover the front using the same technique.  Add more saturated colors on the flowers and leaves. A bit of Distress Paint in Tarnished Brass gets smudged all around the edge of the block. 

Cut the bats and moon out of the Haunted House Oval.  Emboss the bats using the mercury rising powder.  Emboss the moon using Charred Gold.  

Glue the shadowbox to the center of the journaling block.  Add the bats to the front of the box.  Glue in a Tim Holtz tombstone with rub ons added.  Glue on the paperdoll.  Don't forget to give her a bouquet of dead flowers wrapped in mummy cloth. Cut a small slit around her hand and she appears to actually be holding the bouquet.

Make a bunch of tiny tattered florals and glue them in a cascade on the top of the vignette box.  A bit of leftover mummy cloth from the bouquet was put to good use up here.  A tiny skull bead aged with mushroom alcohol ink adds an element of surprise. 

Add a wooden finial that has been painted with Black Soot Distress Paint and a bit of Tarnished Brass. A bit of fabric tape that is around the edge of the box is wrapped around the finial.  Mummy cloth and a few more flowers complete the base. 
Here's the back of the Mini Botanical Journaling block all done up.
Happy Haunting!

Haunted Halloween  Challenge Frilly and Funkie

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Spooky Bookmarks

Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Blank Page Muse blog today with a little something to keep your page when your book gets too scary to read at night!

Stamp your bookmark(the bookmark is a Ken Oliver Watercolor bookmark) with your Ashes of Ex-Lovers BottleMummy Ribs Bottle, and Powdered Cobwebs Pot.  Using your permanent inks, stamp each bottle in a different color and at various angles to create interest. 

Once the inks are dry use Distress ink in Carved Pumpkin and Black Soot to cover the entire bookmark.

 Layer your bookmark onto various colors of cardstock. 
Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark.  Add your die cut Halloween Side Order skeleton images, Halloween Script Words, and your sari ribbon.

For the second bookmark the paper layering will be the same.  Using the permanent ink stamp your Oct. 31 and Spider from the Halloween Bingo Set.  Add in the tiny 31 to fill in the gaps.

  Once your ink is dry create your background.  Cover the entire bookmark using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink.  On your craft mat smoosh on the other two purple shades (Dusty Concord and Wilted Violet)  and spritz with water.  After your have sprayed your water tap your bookmark in the color.  Be sure you only tap it in a couple times.  If you just rub it around you won't get speckles and splats.  Look at your bookmark and see if you like the patterns that are appearing.  If you do, stop and dry your layer.  Once the layer is dry then you can go back and tap into the ink again.  Drying between layers makes a huge difference.

Add on your Frankenstein die cut image.   

Spray your sari ribbon, with Dylusions Lime and Distress Walnut Stain, and dry it.  Add the ribbon to the top of the bookmark.
I hope you're inspired to create some on your own.  They are easy and fun to make!
Happy Crafting,

Monday, October 1, 2018

Halloween Surprise Box

Hi everyone,

I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with a tiny Matchbox Theater.  I absolutely love how this turned out and I hope you do too.

The theater has two pieces, start with the exterior piece first (the box).
Paint all of the outside seams with Black Soot Distress Paint.  Cover the box with paper from the new Halloween Paper Pad from Tim Holtz.  Watch your cuts so you can line up the pattern.  Using your Xyron Sticker maker adhere all the paper to the box and glue it together.

Emboss two pieces from the Circle Doily Set.  The outer circle was embossed using Emerald Creek's Mercury Rising.  The inner circle used Candy Orange.  The candy orange is super bright, almost fluorescent, so I toned it down using Mushroom Alcohol ink.  
Cut out the kitty from the Halloween side order and attach her to the doily.  Attach the doily to the top of the matchbox. 
Now it's time to work on the interior. 

Paint the interior piece of the theater except for the back panel.  Cover the back panel with Halloween Paper.  

The rest of the interior box was stamped using the Web stamp from an older Tim set(CMS093) and emboss using Emerald Creeks Hammered Metal.  At this time you can glue your box together.

Stamp, color, and die cut your witch from the Michael's exclusive set.  
Create a wobbler for the witch head.  Using a 1/2 inch circle punch cut out two circles.  Wrap a thin gauge wire around a marker a few times and snip it so you have a tiny spring.  Tape the edge of the spring to one of the circles and repeat for the other side.   
Using strong adhesive attach your witch to the wobbler. Make sure the depth of the wobbler works.  You don't want the witch to get caught when you're trying to open the box.  I added some halloween rub ons to the front of the interior box. 
Check it out! 

She's so fun.

The interior box just slides inside the wrap and you're done!


Monday, September 24, 2018

Pockets full of inspiration

Hi Everyone,
I think most of you know I am a huge reader.  I love everything about books.  Remember when you used to have to sign out your books at the library by writing your name on the card in the pocket?  Today I have a project for you using library pockets.

Blank Page Muse Products:

Other Supplies:
Library Pockets
Paper Dolls
Photobooth Photos
Distress Inks
Distress Oxide Ink
Archival Inks
Chipboard Sentiments
Bronze Paint
Vintage Sheet Music
Heavy weight thread
Milk Cap
Die Cuts
Mini flashcard
fabric tape
Frosted Crystal Embossing powder
Paper Distresser

Start by using a piece of silver cardstock. Coat the cardstock using Distress Ink and Oxide Ink ( I used rusty hinge and walnut stain).  Once the ink is dry use archival ink( Potting Soil) to stamp the  Small Crackle stamp.  Using a paper distresser rough up all the edges and cover the front of your library pocket.  
Stamp a piece of vintage sheet music with the postal stamp from the Correspondence  set.  Slide the paper into the pocket and glue it in place.  Add your 3d embossed border to the top of the pocket.  Stitch a small "x" onto your photo and glue it onto the crackled background.  Glue on the milk cap and chipboard sentiment. 
Stamp out the small Butterfly using archival ink.  Add bronze paint to the edges and cut the butterfly in half.  Add the wings to a paper doll and slide her into the pocket. 

This will complete your front cover. 

 Line a second pocket up to the backside of your first pocket.  Using a piece of fabric tape attach the pockets together.  Line the backside of your first pocket with a vintage airmail envelope.  Use postage stamps from the Correspondence  set in various spots.
Using Jet Black archival ink stamp a Hot Air Balloon.  Color the balloon using various shades of blue distress ink.  Fussy cut your balloon and use the bronze paint to cover your raw edges.
Adhere the balloon to the page.  Add a paper doll, chipboard sentiment, and die cut globe (from the Sizzix side orders).  Using the smallest  of the Feathers stamp them all around your page.  

   Use patterned scrapbook paper to cover the pocket on your next page.  Add the Pointing Hand and Feathers to the top of the pocket.   

Use the   Small Crackle stamp to add age to a tiny flashcard.  Use bronze paint around the edges. 
Add paper doll with die cut suitcase into the pocket. The suitcase is from the Sizzix Side order and was embossed using the Lumber 3d embossing folder. 
Here are the middle pages. 

For the back of the second page(your back cover), stamp on a plain piece of cardstock. Use the script stamp from the Correspondence  set, the  Small Crackle stamp, Sequin Waste, and the  Feathers.  I used various shades of archival inks in browns and reds to create my background.  Glue the paper to your pocket.  Rip a piece of patterned scrapbook paper and add it to the edge.  Stamp out a couple Feathers using archival ink and fussy cut them,  Add the tiniest hint of blue using distress inks to the feathers and edge in bronze paint.  Cut a small slit in your photo and slide the feathers in to make them appear to be wings.  Glue remaining pieces to complete your book.     
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Disclaimer Notice

I've received products/compensation as part of the Blank Page Muse and the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.