Friday, October 24, 2014

Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 -October

Hello again,

Today I have a tag to share with you. This is my Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 for October. If you would to join in here is the link:TIM HOLTZ there's only one week left for the October Challenge.  Check out the full tutorial and Tim's amazing tag.

The sponsors are: Simon Says Stamp & Inspiration Emporium
I have shopped with both stores and they have some amazing items especially Tim Holtz products.

The Skeleton Hunter

I only had the silver tinsel so added some Distress Black Soot Paint and Dylusions Black Marble.

My monocle was used as the Hot Air Balloon and I used black soot distress paint on it. I love using the glossy accents on parts of the image, really like the effect.

This is a background I must use more often, so much fun to do and it didn't take a lot of time either. Here I used my Distress Stains in Mini Misters (as I wait for my new set to arrive) Rusty Hinge, Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze & Seedless Preserve.

Hope you like my tag.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Witches Handbook

Hello and welcome back,

Firstly I would like to welcome my newest followers. It's wonderful having you here. Also a HUGE thank you to everyone of you lovely people who leave me a comment, I enjoy reading them all. You are all far to kind.

Today I have a new project I have been working on.......surprise surprise yes it is Halloween related. I can't believe how much fun I'm having creating all these pieces. If anyone had asked me a couple of years ago if I would be celebrating Halloween I would have laughed.  Now....well there's just no stopping me.  Christmas has always been my favourite time of year but now I can happily add Halloween too.

My Witches Handbook has been entered into 3 challenges.......

1st Challenge Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 13 which is run by the ever wonderful Linda Ledbetter.  The challenge this fortnight is Worn Cover on page 35.  Pop on over to see all the Curiosity Crew makes, they are amazing.  If you would like to join in here is the link to Tim Holtz's blog.....CC3. Tim will even sign it for you.

The sponsor is Tim Holtz you might like to watch his latest video. Tim and Mario have generously given an amazing prize pack  for the Curiosity Crew Choice Winner.

Also sponsoring is Inspiration Emporium with a very generous $50 voucher. They have all sorts of great merchandise.

2nd Challenge  A Vintage Journey which is run by the very talented Brenda Brown. This fortnights challenge is called To Die For and we  are asked to use at least one die and the project must be influenced by Tim's style.

My Tim Holtz Inspiration for this piece is: I have used a couple of  his techniques from CC3 called Coloured Crackle on page 53 & Painted Industrial on page 46. I have also distressed and aged my piece.

Sponsor is: Country View Crafts who are generously offering a 10 pound voucher to one lucky winner.

3rd Challenge  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Anything Goes and they are very generously offering a $50 voucher to one lucky winner.  The store has all the crafting brands you could ever want Simon Says Stamp Shop

Here is a list of the items used:

Dies: Bewitching Hour, Movers & Shapers Spider, Writing Desk, Candlelight Fright and Caged Bird

Misc/Tools: Grunge Paper, Worn Cover called 'Composition', Page Pockets, Large Ring Binder,Washi Tape, Frosted Film, Mini Cabinet Cards, Adhesive Foam, E6000, Ranger Texture Paste, Glue N Seal, Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture, Black Embossing Paste, G45 Steampunk Spells Papers, Tim Holtz Laboratorie Papers & Distress Crackle Paint.

Distress Paints: Black Soot, Picket Fence, Gathered Twigs, Scattered Straw, Brushed Pewter & Pumice Stone.

Alcohol Inks: Black, Silver, Mushroom, Espresso, Rust

Stamps: Tim Holtz Apothecary & Artistic Stampers Haunted Halloween.

Stencils: Shattered, Halloween, Brick Wall, Compass

Inks: Gathered Twigs & Black Soot

Here it is........

I will be back shortly with my 12 tags of 2014.
Thanks so much for dropping by. Have a great day!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Hello and welcome,

BOO!!! Halloween is just around the corner....actually if you just scroll down its closer than you think......

I wanted to create a piece to sit on our dining table. I am hoping my cheeky 2 year old doesn't pull it apart, so it will be interesting to see how long it lasts in one piece.  My Graveyard has been entered into a couple of challenges...........

1st Challenge A Vintage Journey!!
The challenge this fortnight is Heavy Metal. If you have a minute to pop on over to see all the amazing entries, you wont be disappointed.

My Tim Influence: To make something look very very old, I have used one of his techniques called Painted Industrial from page 46 of Compendium of Curiosities 3.  I have also used some of Tim's Found Relatives and many other Tim products....some listed below.
Distress Paints: Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Mowed Lawn, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, Brushed Pewter.
Alcohol Inks: Pitch Black, Mushroom, Espresso & Rust ,
Grunge Paper, Foil Tape, Frosted Film, Industrial stickers-Borders,Metal Legs, Metal Key, chain & hook, Black Gesso, Black Embossing Paste
Crackle Accent, Glossy Accents, E6000 & Scotch Quick Dry
Embossing Folders: Small Umbrella Man, Halloween & Clock
Dies used are: Bewitching Hour, Headstone, Alphanumeric, Iron Gate, Luminary 3D & Styled Labels
Other Dies used: Branch & Leaves
Stencils: Christmas, Cargo, School House, Brick & Small Script
Inks: Vintage Photo & Black Soot
Stamps: Artistic Outpost Haunted Halloween

The sponsor is Country View Crafts offering a 10 pound voucher to one lucky winner.

2nd Challenge Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!
The generous people here are offering one very lucky winner a $50 gift voucher. The challenge this week is O. I have chosen October with my Halloween Graveyard. Here is the link for they're shop too
Simon Says Stamp shop

Welcome to the Graveyard!! 
Enter if you dare....hahahaha

What really goes on after a cemetery???  Here there seems to be secret gatherings. A good witch hiding from a bad witch, a couple of  skeletal remains remain after drinking some poison. There's also is a hidden key in one of the pillars....does this key fit the key hole under the skeleton and what does it open???? A young boy visiting his mother perhaps? Is that the grounds keeper with his umbrella lurking behind the headstone??  What is the young girl hiding behind her back?? The girl in the white dress seems to be floating as she has no legs.
Anyway....I hope you enjoy my newest creation.

For some of the headstones I covered the Grunge Paper with Foil Tape then added my image and then Frosted Film which I haven't used before and just love the shimmery effect it gives.

Then I die cut

Add a little paint at a time and wipe with a paper towel as this dries extremely quick on the frosted film.

Both of these headstones have Frosted Film. What has she behind her back, I wouldn't be hanging around to find out that's for sure.

The one on the left has Frosted Film. The one on the right has had Tim's Painted Industrial technique. There's the grounds keeper too.

The one on the left has Tim's Painted Industrial technique and has had another piece added around the top of the headstone. The one on the right has Frosted Film.

I have also added some clock pieces. The 13 was made made using Tim's new Alphanumeric Die. The headstone on right here has had the middle cut out and an embossed piece inserted.

Here I am gluing two headstones together.

This is the base of the Graveyard.I have covered the whole piece in black Gesso. When dry I added the paints. After using the Black Soot and Walnut Stain I added the below colours also.

Here I have added some texture paste using a brick stencil, then some metal feet.

Erecting the fence with Glossy Accents

Using empty garbage bag rolls for my posts. I have covered them with black Gesso then some Black Soot Paint and the Industrial Sticker. For the clock which sits on top I have applied Tim's Painted Industrial technique then added underneath a hook and chain with the hidden key attached.

Here I have stamped some crows onto white card stock then added Frosted Film and fussy cut them out.

I brought a 20 pack of battery operated Tea Lights from the Reject shop and just added Black embossing paste.

Here comes that cackly old witch from the west.

Back view

Thanks so much for stopping by, there were a lot of photos. Enjoy the rest of your day!!!