Monday, September 18, 2017

The Savage Monster

Hi everyone,
 A few months back I made one of the large stages from Gyspy Soul.  You can find that stage here.  Using the same techniques I used on the big stage I made the Miniature Stage.

This stage is full of Tim Holtz Halloween goodies!The stage is covered in the new Halloween paper.  The edges have been rubbed with Black Soot Oxide ink and spritzed to make it drip.

I used the spider web from the Halloween corners(coming soon to the store) to decorate the back of the stage.  There is another tiny spider creeping around on the front.  Can you find him?

The paper doll is from the new ancestors set.  I gave her some wings from Prima and tinted them using red alcohol ink.  She's holding a frozen Charlotte head I made using a mold and resin.  The head has been aged using mushroom alcohol ink.  The tiny skulls are beads that have been colored using snow cap and mushroom alcohol ink.

The top of the stage is embossed using Oil Rubbed Bronze Emerald Creek embossing powder.

 I love the fringe.  I think we need this in every color and all year round.

Happy Haunting,

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Oh, Canada

Here is my little ode to Canada.  I have only been there once, that's a story to tell over an adult beverage!  I have to say that I have met some truly lovely people through crafting and the Canadians have been some of the best.
This piece is in the current issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  

 I didn't take step out photos, but I used plain tissue wrap to create my base that covers the canvas board.  I stamped it with the Freshly Picked Rose and Kimilese 3 in archival ink.  I then colored it using various Distress Crayons. I know you can't really see it on here, but I promise they are under there.  
I distressed and layered on some paper.  The dress form is from a Tim Holtz Sizzix diecut and then dry embossed.  I ran my embossing ink over the top and used Charred Gold to pick up the embossing. 
I took a piece of white cardstock and colored it using Magenta's Nuvo Powders and then used the   Kimilese 3 Stamp and Charred Gold for the extra pop.  Each leaf was cut using the Tim Holtz Fall Foliage strip die. The leaves are layered on to make a skirt.  I added Tombow tabs to give some dimension.  
The flower band(contact Emerald Creek to get this) was colored with gold and red alcohol inks.
I colored seam binding using Distress Stains and tinted the vintage flowers the same way.  
A bit of Distress Crayon around the stickers completes the panel.  
Thanks for checking it out,

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Strange Story of Amelia Hardy

Hello Everyone,
I love creating for Halloween. I have a creepy project for you today with a full tutorial over on the My Rusty Crown Blog.  Pop over and have a look.  Here's a little taste of what awaits!


Monday, September 4, 2017

Journey with Gypsy Soul

Hi Everyone,
 Over at Gypsy Soul Laser cuts we are doing a month long match up with Canvas Corp.  I'm rather spoiled since I have been able to work with both of these teams.
I decided to make a tattered canvas for you today.

Cut your canvas down to a size that suits you and pull out strands to fray the edges.  Spray canvas with water and crumple.  Flatten canvas and spray on your Glimmer Mists(Crocheted Doily, Gilded Gold, and Stone). Dry the canvas with a heat tool. Drip on some Walnut Stain Distress Ink to make rust spots.

Add parchment rub ons just to the top and bottom area where the Architecture sticker won't cover.  Tear the edge of your architextures sticker and glue sticker onto canvas.

Paint the back of your Double Window Ornate  with a metallic red paint.  Cover the top with Charred Gold Embossing powder.

 When your paint is dry glue the two pieces together and then glue your focal image to the back of the window.

Paint the word Journey from the Chevron Words Travel Lg set using Black High Impact Paint. Stipple on High Impact Paint in Gold and then go back in and stipple on another layer of Black.  
Paint one set of the Wings using White Acrylic, Dina Wakley Paint in Elephant, and a touch of Black High Impact.
Attach wings to the back of the   Double Window Ornate and adhere to the background using several layers of foam tape to add dimension. 
Cut Ticking to size and glue down your word.  Attach the ticking to the background using staples.  
Add vintage hat pins and a charm to complete your piece.  

Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Wicked Witch

 Hi Guys, 
I am posting for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts today.
 Meet the sweetest wicked witch ever.  

Using a gel medium, cover your art doll with the paper of your choosing.  I covered the front and back of my doll using pages from an old shorthand book. 
Go around all of your edges with Distress Ink in Antique Linen. Using an awl make holes in your doll for her joints and put her together using brads.  
You might notice she is missing her head. I used an image and then popped a witch hat on her head. 
I just glued the head to the body.  
The witch hat is mounted on a scrap of chipboard that was the edge of something I had from Gypsy Soul.  I ran the hat through my Xyron sticker maker and then just trimmed the chipboard around my new sticker.  The fabric on her hat is that same as her skirt.  I took white cheese cloth and sprayed it with Distress Stains.  The vintage bingo marker has a little spider rub on. 
The Bird Cage is covered with Emerald Creek Embossing Powders.  Instead of carrying a bird, she has a little bat in there.  
I cut her boots put of cardstock.  They are a little wonky since I freehanded them, but witch shoes don't have to be pretty.  

I love the brad on her belt and the necklace details too.
Here she is one more time.

Medium Art Doll
Bird Cage

Friday, August 18, 2017

Butterfly Dreams

This month our theme at Emerald Creek is Anything Goes.
Do you ever get an idea and just run with it? I was playing with the Butterfly Stamp and it happened to fall on her head.  I just kind of ran with it.   
I used a ton of embossing powders to make all of the butterflies.  Here's the rundown of colors: 
I colored the butterflies using Distress Markers, Distress Crayons, and Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks.  
I used one of Tim Holtz's Etc Tags.  These are a super thick board and come in three sizes.  This is the smallest tag.  I started with a thin layer of gesso that I smeared on with my fingers.  I added some paper using my Distress Collage Medium. 
I covered the board with Dina Wakley Media Paints and Distress Paints. 
Once the paint was dry I stamped my Kimilese 3 Stamp in Jet Black Archival ink. I added another couple pieces of paper on top since my original layer was pretty well covered.  I also splattered paint all over the tag. 
Once this was done I just piled on the embellishments.  I placed my girl on first and then decorated around her.  I love her necklace made out of Amethyst Gemstones and a teeny Tim Holtz butterfly. 
I love the little butterflies I made out of Shrink Plastic.  

Don't forget to pop over to the Emerald Creek Blog for your chance to enter this month's dare and win $50 to the store.  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Just Be Yourself

Hi Everyone, I am posting for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts today. 
This started off with me just playing around with my paper dolls.The guys all look so serious, so I decided to give them a little bit of personality.  

Use the smallest crown from the Steampunk Shape Set.  I embossed this using Candy Orange and Sweet Valentine from Emerald Creek.  

Put on his fancy pants.  I tried just tracing and cutting them, but it wasn't quite working.  I ended up cutting his pants off and then gluing him back together so his jacket sat correctly.   
Paint your fragment.  I used Dina Wakley's Magenta hereThe other paints are Dina's in Lime and Lemon).  This one is from the Mixed Media Fragments 2 set.  In the final product you can see I also used pieces from the Mixed Media Fragments 1 set.  I used the same technique on all three tags.  I used a foam brush and dabbed on the color to get some texture in the paint. 

Use Distress Ink to create your tag.  I used the same four colors on all three tags. This is a mixture of Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, and Carved Pumpkin.   

Flick on paint in black, Dina Wakley's sterling, and penny.  Add Black Soot Distress Ink and Crayon on the edges.  

Flick your fragment with paint at the same time.  I also just tapped the brush in various spots. 
Glue your Fragment to your tag.  Use foam tape to adhere your paperdoll.  Add your sentiment and any other final touches.  

Super fun and really easy project.