Monday, 2 March 2015

Stand In The Naughty Corner with HDH

Starting month three of our new monthly format at Haunted Design House - this time it's about those corners, with a twist if you want to use, that of Naughty/Nice.

It was left (almost) to the last minute here. Birthday weekend meant not so many hours in the craft room so the twist went out of the window.

A battered old cigar box that has been waiting for a makeover was my canvas.
A bit of sanding to remove the splintery bits then some Decoart Americana paint in Red Violet along the edges that would not be covered in embossed card. (Darice - crackle).
With that dry, the card was painted with Decoart Royal Purple America paint first then some dry brushing with Mulbery and Wild Orchid.

The corner embellishments are cut from black card using a spellbinders Gold elements one set.
This set embosses as well as cuts. Some Decoart Metallic Lustre in silver was added with a trusty finger and buffed up before attaching to the box. Some tiny black pearls added to resemble rivets.

The silver lustre was also lightly added to the painted edges. The side corners were not left out. A sizzlet die to the rescue. More silver and pearls.
The inside was covered in a piece of DP with Decoart Decou-page in the antique finish and the whole thing sealed.
Now I just need to find my box of catches to add that finishing touch and allow the box to be in a totally finished state,

I'd like to enter my altered cigar box intoi the challenges at
Altered Eclectics - Altered Item - March
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes

Sunday, 1 March 2015

March Progressive Challenge with Rick St Dennis

Oh My Goodness - March already? Where did February go?

Being the 1st day of March, the new Progressive Challenge starts again over at the Sparkle & Glitter Blog. I'm on Team A therefore it's our turn to make something. The theme this month is Easter/Spring using a Rick St Dennis image from either the Zibbet or the Etsy shops.
I made a "little" origami box with lid using this video on youtube as inspiration using a sheet of 12"x12" double sided paper.

The image that takes centre stage is Daffo Dill Fairy

Torn out and mounted onto some bright yellow card

The lid has beed slightly adapted and is attached with a card hinge so that it doesn't blow away. 
Well we have been having some really strong winds lately

Some ribbon threaded through so that it can be carried by little hands
Just need to get the Easter eggs to go in it and that'll be one Easter gift finished

Thanks for looking

I'd like to enter this little paper basket into the challenge at
Country View - Anything Goes for the 2nd blogversary
Crafts Galore - March - Anything Goes

Monday, 16 February 2015

Carnival with Paint and Feathers

Ok - onto my project - following on from the last post with DecoArt paints and other products.
A large project for me - a 30x40cm canvas.

Image from the shop of Rick St Dennis - Carnival 2015
Coloured with Graph-It pens

Primed with DecoArt White Gesso

Paints used
Americana Teal Green, Jade Green,Wild Orchid, Royal Purple
Dazzling Metallics Teal, Amythyst

Weathered Wood
Matte Medium

Stencil - Brocade Motif

Other products - Spellbinders Gold Elements one
peacock, and other feathers in pale green, lilac and purple/dark green
Purple gems 2mm
stardust stickles
glossy accents
Beads - peyote stitched lilac seed beads with added faceted AB crystal effect beads

First layer of paint was the Royal Purple, swirls of Wild Orchid followed. When dry, a coat of weathered wood, applied thinly for the fine crackle effect. A two colour combo of Teal and Jade greens slightly watered down (50:50)for the top coat.
Go to bed so I can't touch until dry!
The stencil and the Amythyst come next
 mmmmmmmm yummy 
together with the corner die cuts - painted with the Metallic Teal and dry brushed with diluted Wild Orchid , applied with glossy accents
oops the middle WAS there - oh well

Feathers added using the Matte Medium as a glue and the beaded element to conceal the ends and add an extra touch.
The image was fussy cut out and stickles applied - even on her body stocking. Glossy accents to her shoes.

the image was applied to the canvas with more Matte Medium.
Final touch was the tiny 2mm gems to the corner elements

The canvas - that's going to be hung in my living room - once the decorating has been finished,
Sorry about the glare from the shiny metallic paints

I am entering this into the challenge at
Design Team Showcase - This project is both for Rick St Dennis and DecoArt

A Splash Of Paint - Oh What Fun We Have

I have recently been teaching a few paint techniques to a fabulous group of ladies in my local area in my recently acquired status of a member of the DecoArt Helping Artist program. The ladies have all got different skills in crafting and have all got a thirst to learn more. Tastes differ as well, from the real girly, girly through to grungy/steampunk. One thing they all have in common is the love of crafting. The last few weeks have been a journey into the world of paint and different techniques that they can apply their own tastes to. No set project other than paint a picture frame and then venturing onto canvas. The frames were a great success with crackle techniques being a firm favorite and stenciling a close second.

The canvases - Guess who forgot to take her camera!!!
Sharon finished two canvases - she elected to use a pre-printed paper stuck to the canvases and just stencils and black paint. Carol - after a priming with white Gesso went onto use the DecoArt Brick Wall stencil with Americana Red Violet then the Timeless Treasures stencil and Americana Lamp (Ebony)Black.
A clock mechanism added and this is now hanging in her home. She's well chuffed with it and rightly so.

Me - what did I do? - Well see the other post for today for my massive (for me) 30x40cm canvas

Monday, 2 February 2015

It's a Love/Hate Thing - Feb challenge with HDH

February - that month when many will be concentrating on that day that falls in the middle. That day when more than a few of you will be declaring your love to those whom your affections have settled on. What's the flip side of that bundle of emotions that many call Love? Hate of course. This is the theme for the challenge over at Haunted Design House. Love and it's flip side - Hate. So's a

Love/Hate Thing

This is a Christmas ornament that I started painting but just couldn't finish. For a few different reasons. It seemed the apt project to complete for this month's piece. A heart shaped wooden piece that has two totally different finishes on it. 
Decoart products used throughout.
The first side features a technique that I first attempted with the help of a dear friend and fellow minion - Black Dragon. This project had me all on my own.
Stamping into clay. I used a few of the images from the Rick St Dennis rubber collection from Smeared Ink - Dark Holidaze

The piece was painted in Americana Antique Teal then dry brushed over with copper from the Dazzling Metallics range

The flip side
This was first painted with white Gesso to give a textured finish. When dry a coat of Americana Golden Straw was painted on and dry brushed with Americana White Wash. Then an old tooth brush used to spatter Americana Cherry Red. The swirls are from the "Paris" Stencil - again available from Decoart with the same Cherry Red paint.
The image is from De Stempenwinkel Gothic Halloween plate #47. Stamped onto tissue paper and applied with Decoart Decou-page.
To hang - a piece of coiled copper wire with a length of black organza ribbon.

Your turn - you can have upto three projects entered in each month. Are you in a lovey dovey mood or has this emotion turned sour? Come show us all at the HDH dungeon - we'd love to see where your heart lies.

I'd like to enter this heart into the challenge at
Smudgy Antics - Anything Goes

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Showcase for Rick St Dennis' EDT Blogs

Hi everyone.
Oh my, It's been a busy few weeks in the Cubbyhole lately and quite a few different projects have been made and now I can share 2 of them.
The occasion is the January showcases for Sparkle and Glitter with Rick and it's darker sister, Airless Chambers.
The task to choose Valentine images from the Zibbet and/or Etsy shops and create projects without using the traditional colours of red, pink or purples.

First up Airless Chambers
I chose the image Valentine Macabre available from both Etsy and Zibbet
The story of how this came to be.... Using Decoart products
A canvas primed with black Gesso
then a thin coat of Antique Teal Americana paint. When dry, another layer - this time with weathered wood

Now for the fun part.....
The normal way would be to let the weathered wood layer get to touch dry before going over with the next coat. It's late at night, freezing cold and I need to get this to a drying state. Experiment time.....
I watered down the americana light avocado about two parts paint to one part water, poured this onto the canvas and "teased" it with a brush to cover the surface.
I'm liking this
Next layer
Using the Distressed Harlequin Stencil and some Dazzling Metallic in teal
loving the distressed look
Some  diecut and embossed heart shapes were given a lick of antique gold, deep paint and dry brushed with butter then some hunter green Frantage embossing powder was randomly applied.
These hearts, some die cut letters and, of course, the main image were secured and sealed using decou-page. 
A couple of charms, a brass key and heart, and some pearls applied with glossy accents just to finish off.

My next project was done for 
Sparkle and Glitter 
beware - cuteness coming 
A rocker card with Valentine Turtle
This card not only rocks from side to side but our little turtle is on a spring as well

The gold hearts are from paper artsy, randomly stamped onto a black card base
Those images were all coloured with promarkers

Thank you for joining us on this little show

Monday, 5 January 2015

HDH are BACK (after the winter break)

Yes - the Minions are back in full swing after the dungeon shut down after the Hallowe'en shindig for the normal 2 month holiday at Haunted Design House. There have been a few changes and we are welcoming back some of the Minons that managed to loosen their shackles and go a-wandering through those corridors that are ill-frequented. They forgot they don't get fed out there in the cold and hunger drove them back. Hunger for creating the type of art that you will only find in a few locations and be thought normal.
There are changes to the challenges as well. We've gone monthly. So many of those worthwhile projects are taking time to complete. A few people were mentioning that they didn't have time and missed the deadline. Well, now there is bags of time - from the first Monday in the month through to the first Sunday of the following month......... then it's a new challenge starting.
The theme for the first challenge of the New Year was obviously going to have to be to do with things new, new format, new year etc ................
What's New Pussycat?

Here's the copy/paste bit
"You can use new stash, or a new technique, or cats, or focus on something that's "new" New year, new moon, newly dead, new fears, new passions. Style? that cute and sweet and nice are not what we're about. We're here to celebrate your inner demons, NOT to sweet-talk your inner cherubs
All the new challenges over the next few months are open to interpretation!

I have two projects for you today
The first is celebrating the fact that I have been accepted onto the DecoArt Helping Artist Program
and it is with some of their products that I have created the base for my "Tree of Life" for a friend who has a new home.
Using Red Aventurine (enhances creativity and ability to see possibilities. It is said to be able to heal the reproductive system, and sometimes reverse diseases. It also can bring prosperity and lessen negativity) Tigers Eye (aids harmony and balance, and helps you to release fear and anxiety) and Jet (for the person starting a new job or beginning a new business pursuit.  Jet can bring clarity to a confusing situation by bringing unique insights from variant perspectives)

The base - well that started life as 6 small pieces of wood that came with a box canvas as supports. Instead of binning when not used, these ended up in my "just incase box"
glued together to form a box with base.
Then the painting...
Mixing Decoart Americana  black acrylic with some Americana Texturizing Medium, painted the sides that can be seen, Dry time needed.
Next - more black with a bit of the Traditions Warm White in varying quantities to get the different greys that were dry brushed on.

Next - new glue gun - a mini one from daughter as a Christmas pressie - Set the tree base into the box. When set, the Decoart Traditions Blue Green Light paint was applied as "grass"

Next up is a quick couple of ATCs that I just "had to do" New rubber in the house that still had to escape and see ink. Can't have virgin rubber sitting there for too long!! These stamps are from De Stempelwinkel.
Plate#56 The Ancient Cemetery, #47 Gothic Halloween and #42 Dark Night.
This covers the new in "Newly Dead" "New Stash" and there's that Pussy Cat in the corner.

Using plate #53 Dark Creatures, #47 Gothic Halloween, #42 Dark Night, #52 Dark Bounderies and a single "fence with stones"

The "grey" of the images created by using the "second stamping" of the images and there was a bit of masking involved as well. Distress inks used for colour.

I'd like to enter my ATCs into the challenge over at
De-StempelWinkel Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

I'd like to enter my Tree of Life into the challenge at
Crafty Calender - Any Thing New
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes