Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween bling swap

I recently participated in a Halloween swap hosted by Jennifer Hayslip and Jessi Nagy.  The theme was Ghouls, Ghost, and Glamour Girls.  I was partnered up with the lovely Lori.  She has an Etsy site you must check out.  Here is what I sent to Lori.
A rusty coffin served as the packaging.  



Once again I used my ten second studios patina paint to rust it up.  


Here is the necklace I sent her.  I love the pink, it is such an unexpected Halloween color.  There is a vintage chandelier crystal and some silk sari ribbon for the bow.  
Here is what Lori sent me.


So stunning! I love this necklace so much.  I have already worn it several times.
What have you been crafting?
Jess


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dia de los Muertos

I took a class a couple weeks ago and made this Day of the Dead doll.

She totally rocks and I have been working on a bunch more.  After I made her I was inspired to make my Tim Holtz October Tag  and came up with this...

I followed what Tim did pretty closely.  The background used Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, and Pickled Raspberry Distress Spray.  I also used some Perfect Pearls Mist to give it a bit of shimmer.  
She has some colorful forget me nots in her hand.

She has glossy accents on her hat to make it pop.  I couldn't get the camera to really catch the shine.  

The letters were painted with several different distress paints.

A little monocle with a remnant rub and another flower. 
There you have it.  This was really fun to make.  The image is from Invoke Arts.  
Other challenges I am linking to:
What have you been crafting?

Jess




Sunday, October 12, 2014

Altered Worn Cover

Have you seen Tim Holtz's Worn Covers? They come in a bunch of styles and a couple sizes. They are great for mini scrapbooks or just to hold little projects you have made.  I have a couple that I use to store my completed tags.
The covers look great the way they are, but I decided to dress one up.
This is the current challenge happening over on Linda Ledbetter's blog.  As always, I can't tell you exactly what I did but I can show you lots of pictures.  If you want to make your own Worn Cover you can still pick up your own copy of The Compendium of Curiosities III.  This challenge is being sponsored by the lovely Inspiration Emporium.

I love these flowers I made using the tattered floral die.  The washi tape adds an extra pop.  There are some vintage millinery stems in there and some funky green fiber stuff I thought looked like leaves.

This little lady is on an altered playing card.  

Industrious stickers, remnant rubs, tissue wrap, and stencils can all be seen here. 

I love this charm.  
You can see all the ribbon exploding out of the top from all of my tags stored inside.  The ring clip is held in by dyed seam ribbon.  

This is the back cover.  

Close up so you can see some of the detail work.  
There you have it.  My take on a worn cover.
I am also entering this into The Mixed Media Monthly Ribbon Challenge
What have you been crafting?
Jess



Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween shadow box

We've had a couple days that were under 100 degrees here so Fall must be coming!  Time to start working on Halloween goodies.
I have had this box kicking around for some time.  I knew when I got it I wanted to alter it, but I was saving it for just the right project.

I started by painting the box with a very light coat of black paint.  Once that was dry I painted it with my Ten Second Sudios patina paint to make it look rusty.  Once the rust was dry I put on a coat of Crackle Distress Paint.  The crackle flaked off on parts, but I think it works perfectly with this project.
I added bits and bobs until I came up with this...

Creepy, right?!
I have a box of these little birdcages that I found at Goodwill.  The bird is white and the gold is nice and shiny.  A little black paint took care of that.  Now I had my raven.  
Next came Charlotte.  I have a couple of these giant Charlottes that a great friend gave me.  I haven't used one before this project.  I added a Remnant Rub spider to her shoulder.  
A skull in a corked dome. Evidence number 73362.  

The skeleton image was spritzed, crumpled, dried, and inked before being used in the back.  I stamped "nevermore" down the side.
A rusty finial and a painted bingo number complete the top.
The bingo part was red so I had to paint it.   You can still see some red peeping out.  I think it adds to the creepy factor.  
Check out that rusty, chippy, cracked paint.  Awesome.  

There you have it.  
Don't get too scared. 
What have you been crafting?
I am entering this project into a couple challenges.

Jess










Thursday, October 2, 2014

Meet Hazel- Compendium of Curiosities Photo Tinting Challenge

She's a lovely witch isn't she? 
This is just a tiny wall hanging I made using a beer coaster.  The photo is tinted according the the technique you can find in the Compendium of Curiosities III.  
An industrious sticker frame surrounds her. A vial label and remnant rub gave her her name.  An itsy bitsy spider crawls down the side to add a dash of Halloween creep.  Crinkle ribbon was died to match her pumpkin.  
This challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie.  If you haven't ordered from Linda you must run to her site.  She is so prompt AND she sells at 20% off MSRP!  
As always you need to stop by to see all the other creations on the lovely Linda Ledbetter's site.  She does this challenge just because she and the Curiosity Crew love to create.  
In addition to the CC3 challenge Hazel will go in the finishing touch challenge on the Simon Says Stamp blog,  the Mixed Media Monthly Ribbon Challenge.,  Frilly and Funkies Halloween Challenge, and Rhedd's Creative Spirit- October Challenge
What have you been crafting?
Jess


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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.