Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly November Challenge – "Silhouette"


Hello! It's mid-month inspiration time over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog! Our theme this month is "Silhouette". Visible Image Stamps is our generous sponsor for this challenge and they sent stamps to all the design team members. I made a rockin' birthday card for my husband with them. ;-)

We hope that you join in this month's challenge! Head on over and check it out. =)

Stamps/Stencils Used: 
Visible Image - Rays of Light
Visible Image - Rock Out
Visible Image stencil - Fibres

Dies Used:
Tim Holtz - On the Edge Star Cluster retired (SSS
Tim Holtz - Vintage Cabinet Card (Sizzix / SSS )

Other supplies:
Distress Paint - Mustard Seed, Wild Honey
Distress Stain - Wild Honey, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers
Distress Spray Stain - Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey
Distress Oxide Ink - Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers
Ranger Archival Ink - Forget Me Not, Orange Blossom, Jet Black
Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste - Metallic Gold
Embossing powder - Black, Gold

Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also says thanks!)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Eileen Hull's Book Club Collection Release!

Hello, Eileen's new collection, Book Club, will soon be in the stores! This collection is chock full of cool dies but some of the coolest are the 3-in-1 dies. They are XL Bigz dies and are designed so you can make several different types of projects from the same cuts. My favorite is the Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame Die. (Check out the projects the Inspiration Team is sharing on Eileen's blog all this month. You will see the variety you can achieve!) I created a little winter scene in my trinket box:

I have a quick little tutorial for you. These are pretty easy to put together! To start, I cut all the pieces out of white matboard (I love how the Sizzix matboard takes ink.) For the inside of the box, I first smooshed Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress ink onto my craft mat, sprayed with water and then smooshed the matboard into the puddle and then dried it. Using the Bare Trees stencil, I made a monoprint over that.

Making a monoprint is easy. I used the Hickory Smoke ink pad to apply ink directly to the stencil. I then lightly misted it with water and placed it ink side down onto the background. It helps to press down on the stencil with a paper towel or cloth to absorb any extra water that squishes out.

I neglected to take more photos (oops) but the box goes together quite easily. Before assembly, I stamped the outside surfaces with a woodgrain stamp and Antique Linen ink. I then glued the box sides to the back and filled it before gluing on the front. I built up a little platform from scrap matboard so the tree and deer would be high enough to show properly in the window. I used Texture Paste to make the snow and covered it with Rock Candy Glitter.

The wooden birch tree, mini pine cones and wooden snowflakes I had in my stash. The base is an old wooden spool I painted white and wrapped with grey Jute Twine.

Thanks for stopping by! Ask about Eileen's new collection at your local scrapbook store. Also be sure to check out Eileen's blog to see what everyone else is sharing. =)

Dies Used: 
Eileen Hull - Book & Pages, Trinket Box, Frame (Sizzix
Eileen Hull - Floral Arch & Words(Sizzix)
Mover & Shapers Mini Reindeer (Sizzix

Other supplies:
Dreamweaver Bare Trees Stencil
Tim Holtz Jute Twine
Tim Holtz Christmas Word Bands (retired)
Distress Glitter - Rock Candy, Vintage Platinum
Sizzles matboard
Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone
Stickles - Rock Candy
Distress Collage Medium

Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also says thanks!)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sneak Peek!

It must be A Jillian Vance Design Monday! I have a sneak peek of the card I've posted over on their blog. Head on over to see the whole thing. ;-)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Village Church at Christmastime

My Tim Holtz Village Dwelling love continues! In case you missed it, I completed a huge Halloween Village project last month and now I'm turning my attention to Christmas projects. I made a little old fashioned country church scene for a crystal base I found at the thrift store. The church lifts off so you can put a battery tea light underneath.

I used heavyweight card stock for the structure of the house and then used the Notebook embossing folder to make "siding" pieces to go on all the walls. All the dies are from Tim Holtz's Village Die series.

The windows are scrap plastic colored with alcohol ink and coated with Stickles Rock Candy for extra sparkle.

I love the look of the light inside! Use a battery powered tea light.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm entering this into the Timeworn challenge on the Frilly & Funkie blog. Churches like this one are certainly from a by-gone era. =)

Dies Used: 
Sizzix (all Tim Holtz):
Village Dwelling (Sizzix / SSS
Village Manor (Sizzix / SSS)
Village Bell Tower (Sizzix / SSS
Village Rooftops (Sizzix / SSS
Village Winter (Sizzix / SSS )
Village Christmastime (Sizzix / SSS)

Other supplies:
Tim Holtz embossing folder Notebook
Tim Holtz Tiny Bells
Tim Holtz Wire Pin
Tim Holtz Decorative Deer
Tim Holtz Christmas Typed Tokens
Distress Ink – Picket Fence, Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone
Alcohol Ink – Mushroom, Butterscotch
Distress Paint – Picket Fence
Distress Dry Glitter - Rock Candy
Stickles Rock Candy 

Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also says thanks!)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tim Holtz Halloween Village Lantern

Well, it's taken me quite awhile, but I have finally completed my biggest lantern scene yet! I've been itching to create a complex scene in this really big lantern I've been lugging around for two years now. I hope you like it! It's just in time lol. If you are interested in the tutorial, it is all the way at the end of the post (which is long!)

The whole lantern stands about 29 inches tall.

Eek! A giant spider is attacking the village ha ha.

I made some custom muslin "ribbon" for the top.
See how in the tutorial.
I built the whole village on a base that could just slide right into the lantern since it opens from the top. It was much easier that way!

Also, I wired it up with little LED lights!

It looks so cool in the dark!

The manor house is also outfitted with a strobe pumpkin light. Tim Holtz did this for his manor house tutorial video and I thought it looked so cool I had to try it too. Unfortunately my video tech is sorely lacking and I couldn't get a good video of it in action in low light. So check out Tim's instead lol. It looks like that minus the sound effects.

On to more village closeups!

Of course the little church needed a spooky graveyard. I also put plenty of bats in the belfry! More of the graveyard continues around the back.

I colored the windows of the church with some bright colors of alcohol ink so they would shine like stained glass windows when the lights are on.

I used Clearly for Art Modeling Film for the ghosts. Heat the plastic and it can be
molded in a rippled, ghostly manner. Once it cools it stays put!
Each of the brownstones has a different look (because why not?)

Grit Paste and the brick and stone mini stencils are perfect for adding texture to the houses.

The roof of the yellow house is made from wood veneer tape!

Now let's go visit the mad scientist who lives on top of the hill. I hear he's invented a death ray…

He's the type to have a steam punkin' of course. (I covered a mini resin pumpkin with
pieces of metal foil tape and antiqued it with black alcohol ink.)
If you'd like to see some 'how-to' info, keep on scrolling! It's coming. Otherwise, thank you for stopping by to see my project. =)

I'm entering this project into the following challenges:

• the Frilly & Funkie Trick or Treat Challenge. The treat is that the hidden lights are on a timer so as night falls they pop on!

• the Emerald Creek Dares Freaky Fun! Challenge. This project is definitely full of freaky Halloween fun.

• the SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Anything Goes Challenge. I think our mad scientist is definitely a steampunk type fellow. Look at all his gears he left laying around!

Dies Used: 
Sizzix (all Tim Holtz):
Village Dwelling (Sizzix / SSS
Village Manor (Sizzix / SSS
Village Brownstone (Sizzix / SSS)
Village Bell Tower (Sizzix / SSS
Village Rooftops (Sizzix / SSS
Village Bungalow (Sizzix / SSS
Village Landscape (Sizzix / SSS
Village Graveyard (Sizzix / SSS
Witchcraft (Sizzix / SSS)
Halloween Shadows (retired strip die)
Crescent Moon & Stars (Sizzix / SSS)
Vintage Spirits (Sizzix / SSS)
Candlelight Fright (retired / SSS)

Other supplies:
Stampers Anonymouse – Joyful Song
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils – Mini Set 28, ZigZag, Batground
Tim Holtz Mini Pumpkins
Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears & Mini Gears
Tim Holtz Fringe
Wood Veneer Tape (link for cherry wood color, I had birch, same brand though)
Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art Modeling Film - Whiteout
Distress Ink – Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Hickory Smoke, Forest Moss
Distress Ink Oxides – Antique Linen
Archvial Ink – Jet Black, Watering Can, Tree Branch, Tiger Lily, Orange Blossom
Alcohol Ink – Silver Mixative, Mushroom, Pitch Black, Butterscotch, Stream, Raspberry
Distress Stain – Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs
Distress Paint – Black Soot, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey 
Ranger Texture Paste, Distress Grit Paste, Distress Collage Medium, Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste

SIZZIX SALE GOING ON THIS WEEKEND! The Black Friday Sale is BACK for Oct. 27-29! Head on over to Sizzix and check out the savings. Many of the dies I used are on sale. =)

Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also says thanks!)

TUTORIAL TIME!! You stuck in there, good for you!

I'm mainly going to talk about the base construction and lighting. There are lots of videos on how to put together the houses – Tim Holtz has really good ones on his blog.

To start, I made some quick little house mockups so I could move them around and get an idea of how I was going to fill up the space in the lantern.

Next I moved to making mockup pillars to play with the heights of the houses. It helped me to visualize the 3-D space.

Once I established the proper spacing, I cut the base and support pillars out of foam core board. (Truly a wonder of a substrate.) I used a glue gun to fasten all the structures in place.

The platform for the manor house got a 'pavement' treatment using Texture Paste and the Mini Stencil Set #28.

 I used crumpled newspaper as filler around the rises and taped it into place.

Time for the plaster cloth! This is plaster impregnated cheesecloth that you dip in water and then form around your landscape feature. It's commonly used in model railroad landscaping. It was really easy to use but a bit messy. I had my work surface well covered with plastic.

Before the plaster had completely set up, I checked to make sure that nothing was sticking out beyond the edges of my hexagonal base. That would have been a major bummer to have it hitting the glass walls of the lantern!

Bright white wasn't exactly the look I was going for so I first sprayed it with a DecoArt Media Carbon Black Mister (it's permanent when dry). Then I painted over that with various Deco Art Media Liquid Acrylics in greens, greys and browns. I also kept in mind that I'd be covering parts in landscaping foam later on.

The mister made it really easy to quickly lay down a base
coat and get in the nooks & crannies.

Once I finished the base, I made all the houses. (Insert long pause for all the time it took to make the houses.) Then it was time to figure out the lighting. I made loops of the light strand to fit under each building and played around with the spacing until I had it all evenly distributed. I temporarily taped it into place while I was figuring it out.

When it was all set, I hot glued each loop in its spot. With the loops glued, I could fiddle around with the extra wire in between the loops and tuck it away and glue it into place too.

Any shiny copper wire that was going to show I painted over with black or grey paint.

I rigged my strobe light like Tim suggested in his Manor House Tutorial video. I also wanted the manor to be lit like the others so I wrapped a portion of the light strand around the strobe battery box. I did not glue it down because I want to be able to change the batteries for the strobe. The manor house can lift off the base so I can turn on the strobes. The other houses are glued down.

The battery box for the lights is tucked up under the lantern lid. It is fastened in place with heavy duty Velcro Extreme Outdoor strips. Probably overkill, but I didn't want to risk the battery box coming loose and squishing my scene!

For the top decoration, I tore strips of muslin and stenciled on them with archival inks. I also had some black sari silk ribbon which looked good with the frayed muslin.

Whew! This is an epic post! I think it even beats my Atlantis Steampunk Journal post. I really appreciate you taking time to view my post. I hope you have a fab weekend and a happy Halloween!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sneak Peek!

Hello!! Here's a sneak peek of the project I have posted over at the A Jillian Vance Design blog today. Check it out for a technique to stretch the use of your die collection. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Eileen Hull for the Fall-idays

Hello there. Fall is well under way and Halloween is fast approaching!! This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is making all things related to the holidays, or "Fall-idays". Keep an eye on her blog to keep up on all the inspiration. I used her Train Case box die to make a decoration bursting with Halloween festiveness.

Somebody is grumpy!

I love the Silly Monsters Die Set!!
The train case die is easy to put together. I covered the Sizzles matboard with patterned paper from Tim Holtz's Halloween Paper Stash. To save time and paper, I measured out where the die cut parts for the lid and body would fall and adhered my patterned paper accordingly.

Cut 2 sets of these pieces
I used the Big Ticket die to cut a base for the Train Case to sit on. I filled the Case with pumpkins, monsters, vials of "potions" and other goodies.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm also entering this into the October 'Freaky Fun' challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares.

Dies Used: 
Eileen Hull - Train Case  (Sizzix)
Big Ticket (Sizzix / SSS
Silly Monsters (Sizzix / SSS
Hocus Pocus (retired)
Other supplies:
Sizzles matboard – black (retired but you can still get white and cream)
Distress Ink – Black Soot
Distress Ink Oxides – Peeled Paint, Wilted Violet
Distress Paint – Picket Fence
Distress Glitter – Black Soot
Tim Holtz Paper Stash – Halloween
Tim Holtz Pumpkin Pieces
Tim Holtz Tiny Vials
Tim Holtz Adornments - Halloween
Tim Holtz Ephemera pack from 2016
Tim Holtz Alpha Parts - Wicked

Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also says thanks!)