Sunday, September 7, 2014

Spooky Halloween Shadow Box

Hello everyone, one more quick post and project to show you before we hit the road this coming week; I finished the Halloween shadow box project I mentioned in my last post and had to share it with you because I LOVE how it turned out!

I had an old wooden frame that was delaminating and falling apart and I was going to chuck it into the garbage when my mixed media muse tapped me on the shoulder and said 'Keep that, it will come in handy one day'.  And you know what?  She was right!  Here's my spooky Halloween mixed media shadow box that I created with it.

I painted the frame with a slip slap of burnt umber and black acrylic paint and then papered the background with an aged wall paper print and tore bits of it so it looked like it was peeling.  I then started layering on Halloween images from my stash.

I cut the edges of the 'photograph' with some decorative scissors and then tore and curled the edges and painted the border inside and out with some Distress Ink using my water brush.

The clock face had some French advertising on it, so I made up the 'Witching Hour' banner to cover it up and also added the 'spooky' label.  I fussy cut the spider and then mounted it on some pop dots and gently bent the legs and glued them so it looked like she was crawling down from the corner.  Spooky (and kind of creepy!!).

The 'Powdered Crows Beak' is actually some pepper that I put in this little test tube :O)

And for the 'dried & salted bat ears', I cut some little triangles from black card stock, gently folded them to look like bat ears and then wrapped them up in some aged cheesecloth.

Love these 'photographs', they are hilarious aren't they?  They were part of a CD that I got from Crafty Vintage Girl.

The 'aromatic spider eggs for the breath' just breaks me up!  Perhaps that is why Momma Spider is crawling down from the upper corner, we are threatening to eat her kids!!

And it drives me mad when the back of items are left unfinished so I always make sure that mine are completed and have some interest as well.  'Cause you know the first thing we all do when we look at something is turn it around and/or look at the bottom, right?

Thanks to The Graphics Fairy, Vectoria Designs, Crafty Vintage Girl, Lynne Farr, Far Far Hill and others who's names I do not know for their wonderful images.  If anyone recognizes an image of theirs that I have not given credit for, please let me know so I can add your name and my thanks.

So that is it for now my friends, we will be heading out very soon on our holiday so if I don't get back again before we leave, have a great September and I will see you in October when we return.  Have a wonderful creative month and remember, think warm!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Halloween Fun And More Happy Mail

Hello everyone, hope this finds you well.  Thanks so much to all of you who wished better weather for us for our holidays, your positive mojo appears to be working as it is lovely and warm here today, yay!

I've been making more Hallowe'en digital collages (click here to download the freebie I made for you :O) and for this one I based it on the three witches from MacBeth.  I printed out my digital collage and mounted it onto an artists canvas and added some aged cheesecloth as a border to create my three witches Halloween mixed media canvas.

I aged the edges of the collage by tearing and curling the paper and adding copious amounts of 'Walnut Stain' Distress Ink.

The 'blood' drips were inspired by a video I watched on YouTube by Rach0113 (click here to view it, it is wonderful!) and I fussy cut the skull and the witch's hats and mounted them with pop dots for a little more dimension.

The black cat and pumpkin were also fussy cut and mounted with pop dots and did you notice the toad on the witches broom on the right?

The tombstone and bats were added using overlays from PicMonkey, love them!

And as an homage to the Shakespearean influence for this canvas, I added the famous stanza from the three witches incantation in MacBeth.

'Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.'

Act IV, Scene I
'MacBeth' by William Shakespeare

Love how it turned out.  I'm working on another Hallowen piece right now that will be a shadow box type of project; I had an old picture frame that was falling apart and it is perfect to frame a spooky Halloween vignette!

I also received a special swap parcel from another one of my Mixed Media Studio friends yesterday, this one was from Norma and in it I found her toilet paper roll album page (love the Steampunk theme!):

and her hand lettered ATC's.

I love them all Norma, thank you so much!

I have three more tp roll album pages to come yet, so hopefully they will arrive before we leave so I can show them to you all together.  It is going to be such a fun album, I can't wait to see it completed.  I will have to make front and back covers for it but will wait to see all the pages together before I decide upon a design for the cover.  And we are going to be starting on another ongoing swap here shortly, we are going to make blades for a 'Friendship Fan' that will incorporate one blade from each person participating in the swap.  Another fun and creative way to share everyone's lovely art, I can't wait to start on it but that will have to be wait until after we return from holidays.

Thanks as always for stopping by and I wish you all a creative day and a warm and lovely weekend.  Talk again soon,


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside

Hi-de-ho everyone, hope you had a lovely long weekend.  I am in denial big time that it is now September and that fall is on it's way, but the weather here is conspiring to bring me back to reality.  It's been raining cats and dogs and the thermometer stubbornly refused to budge above 10 C (about 50 F) yesterday. Cold, wet and grey ... not my idea of early September weather; it's feeling more like November around here which is not boding well for our camping trip!

What that kind of weather does get me in the mood for though is the upcoming holiday season; as much as we might hate to admit it, it will be here before we know it.  So yesterday, as the rain fell and the wood stove crackled (yes, I lit the stove, I was freezing!), I made some .. gasp .. Christmas ornaments!

I've been saving used canning lids, it seems such a waste to through them out, and I have quite a pile accumulating.  I've used them to make primitive rusty labels on some of my past projects (here and here) but as I tossed another one into my stash yesterday I decided I needed to find another way to utilize them.  So I grabbed a hammer and smashed the heck out of a couple of them, front and back, to 'straighten' them out a bit, painted them with some brown acrylic paint, modge podged a Christmas image on the front, sprinkled them with mica flakes and backed them with a peice of felted aged wool.  Ta-da!  Christmas ornaments :O)

I stamped a sentiment onto a punched parchment paper circle and embossed a holly leaves image for the one above.  Simple but effective I think and they made up quite quickly, the longest waiting times were for the modge podge and the glue adhering the felt to dry.  I think I'll make up some Hallowe'en ornies as well and maybe back them with black felt.

And speaking of Hallowe'en, I made a collage yesterday with PicMonkey and my program and I'd like to share it with all of you.  Download it and use it as you'd like, it is currently 9" square at 300 dpi but feel free to resize it for your needs.

To make sure you get the full sized image, right click on the image above, then right click it again and choose 'View image'.  Click on the image again to make sure you have the full size picture (you'll see a little plus sign) and then right click and choose 'Save Image As'.  Save it to your computer and then resize it if you like with your picture editing program or you can go to PicMonkey and resize it there.  If you are having problems downloading it from Blogger, click here to download it from my account.  All I ask is that you don't distribute or claim this file or image as your own, other than that have some spooky fun kids!

I've some other Hallowe'en projects in the works, so if I get them done before we leave on holidays I'll pop in to show you (that's assuming we get away on holidays and that it doesn't snow, did you see the weather in Claresholm, Alberta this morning??!!).  Have a great day everyone and think warm :O)


Friday, August 29, 2014

And The Swaps Continue

Hello everyone, where in the heck has this week disappeared to?  Friday already and the last long weekend of the summer is about to begin.  In typical fashion, it is raining and cold here .. how is it that the weather always seems to go south whenever a long weekend is about to begin?!

I received more swap goodies in the mail this week and wanted to share them with you.  The first was another TP roll album page for the photo album we are putting together, this one is from Karen.

It doesn't show up very well in the photo's but she has added so many lovely little bits of bling everywhere, the page just sparkles!  I love it Karen, thank you so much.

And I also received my altered initial this week, I don't know if you remember this swap or not but the initial I made for my swap partner can be seen in this post here.  And here is the altered initial that my swap partner, Debbie, sent to me:

It is truly beautiful and believe it or not, it is also a music box that plays 'Lara's Theme' from the movie 'Dr. Zhivago'!  The details are astounding, the more I look at it, the more I see.  Thank you so much Debbie, it is a very special piece and I will always treasure it.

I've been working away on my mystery challenge piece and it's now clear where we are going with it, it is going to be a spooky Hallowe'en castle bwa-ha-ha-ha!

The tower is made from a Pringles can and the portcullis is a bread crumb container.  I have to admit that I got carried away and covered the outside of the castle, added my windows and my door frame before I was supposed to, so I'm hoping that there will not be an intermediate step that I have now totally mucked up!  I can see that I am going to have some difficulty joining the portcullis to the tower since I've already covered both surfaces with my rock wall paper, so I'm thinking I will have to add a couple of smaller towers on each side of the portcullis to disguise where it joins the main tower.  But I got cutting and gluing and what's done is done and I'll deal with any future difficulties as they arise.  I don't think that I will get it completed before we leave on holidays so you are going to have to wait to see the finished creation until after we get back.  Sorry for the tease!

And speaking of holidays, we've got the motorhome up and running and are about to start stocking her up for our annual camping trip.  My DH's holidays don't start for a while yet but the time will fly by so it's time to get a move on.  We're heading back to one of our favourite lakes to fish and relax and are praying to the Weather Gods that we get a lot more summer before fall decides to set in.  It's not looking good right now so hopefully our pleas will be heard soon!  I'll be back to say 'bye for now' before we go and until then, happy creating my friends!