Design team member of Alpha Stamps, moderator at Craftster, lover of ephemera and junk.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Halloween Cat Bat

Here's a little paper clay cat bat I made for the Vintage Halloween swap on Craftster. I don't often work with clay, so each time I try, it's a real adventure. He stands about 6" tall, and is dressed to go trick or treating. To help him stand, I bent a wire hanger into a U shape, turned it upside down, and built his body onto the wire with the two ends of the U becoming his legs.

The open polka dots on his costume were the result of a happy accident. When I first painted them, I wasn't happy with the color, so I attempted to wipe them off. They had already partially dried, so I was left with a little ring of color that I happened to like. I did the rest of the dots in that same way: putting dots in a small area, and then wiping out the centers. Once he was all painted, I used some ink to dirty him up, and then painted him with glaze to make him shiny.  

My partner in the swap said she liked a bit of humor, so oops! cat bat has lost a button and his little rear end is exposed.

Ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Magic of Christmas

Last time we visited my brother-in-law, he gave me the cutest picture ever of my two and a half year old husband visiting Santa. I don't think I can adequately convey how much I love that photo. I needed a way to display it each year, and this is what I came up with. See how Santa is instructing him not to reveal the secrets of Christmas? It's the cutest!

The box is a wooden cigar box. It seemed the perfect size. I covered the back and sides with paper, and ran some red ribbon around the edge of the front. The Tim Holtz tag reads "believe in the magic of Christmas". Perfect! I planted three bottle brush trees at the bottom, added a vintage dancing Santa to the top, and strung up some miniature Christmas lights.

I toyed with the idea of covering the back, but it won't usually show, and I like the fact that it's stamped with information about the cigars, one of my husband's infrequent guilty pleasures.

The hubby wasn't sure about the disk with "24" on it, but that's when Santa arrives: on Christmas eve! I'll enjoy using this as one of my Christmas decorations this year. Ho ho ho!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Halloween Night ATCs

I'm loving these new Alpha Stamps ATC cards with their gothic gate and spiderweb frames! Those, along with some spooky new collage sheets, inspired me to make up a set of Halloween ATCs. I painted the gate frames black, and added an orange accent using Liquid Pearls. Then I filled two cards with googly-eyed pumpkins, and two with some spooky trick or treaters.

Oh, the horror! These two kids are dressed up wearing funny half masks. I used Copic markers to color their clothing to match their masks; the cat is not amused. To make a little extra room for the kiddos, I cut part of the fence back on the top of this frame.

Here's another group of trick or treaters. These guys came fully costumed on their collage sheet. I gave the skeleton a fun jack o'lantern and added a festive hat.

Pumpkins! I just could not resist giving them all googly eyes. They're not so scary now, are they? Bunch of goofballs.

Want to make some fun ATCs? Here's a list of supplies I used.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Flashback: A Little Halloween

Thanks to Photobucket's new policy on 3rd party hosting, I'm cleaning out there and moving my photos here. Here are a few Halloween items not previously published here.

1. A set of Halloween matchboxes, shown here in super size.
And, when open.
  
2. A polymer clay witch, ready for trick or treating:
Face:

A grinning happy jack pumpkin with a painted candlestick stand. I love painting those faux pumpkins from Michaels.

Fall was in the air this morning. More Halloween will be on the way!




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Night Witch

It's never too early for Halloween, and who better to announce its imminent arrival than the Night Witch? I was inspired by this cobweb chipboard insert and a lovely deep blue sky scrapbook paper to make (yet another) altered Altoids tin. Plus, I can't get enough of those tiny stars that I used in my "Lucky Stars" shrine last month, so they also play a starring role. (See what I did there?)

I painted the spider web insert to match the background paper. Normally, I would insert it behind the rolled lip of the tin, but on this project, I liked it sitting on top. While I had my colors mixed, I also painted the wooden stand, and then distressed it with some ink to darken it up a bit. The bat is a plastic cupcake pick with the "pick" part cut off. He's attached to the top of the tin with a little Apoxie Sculpt. I used a toothpick and some red paint to give him some glowing eyes.

I altered the witch image a bit: the hat was given a stripey band and a gold star, and outlined slightly with a gold Sharpie to make it stand out from the background. Then, to make the image more dimensional, I cut out the witch's arms and the cat from a second, identical image. I attached her left arm flush at the shoulder, and used a foam glue dot to elevate the cat and her right arm. The cat's eyes are highlighted with a little green paint and a dot of ink for pupils.

Here's a shot of the back. I'm sure you can see why I love that rich blue paper so much! The star medallion on the foot not only ties in with the rest of the gold in the stars above, but makes the stand super sturdy.

Happy haunting! For a list of supplies I used on this project, click here.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Flashback: Fairy Godmother

I did this several years ago for a swap on Craftster.org. I found the most perfect photo of a fairy godmother (look at her! I'm sure that's who she was!) in an antique mall, and crowned her with a cigar band crown. She proclaims, as any good godmother would: "Anything you wish, sweetie!"

This art is mounted on a 4" by 4" board. There are lots of advantages to being married to a woodworker: I get all the scraps!

I hope this godmother has performed her duties well in her new home.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Flashback: Mother's Little Helper Tin

The world (especially now) can be a crazy place. Here's a little tin I made a few years back, to hold "Mother's Little Helpers". Can't everyone use one of these? Perfect for mints, or whatever your "little helper" happens to be.


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