Monday, 13 October 2014

3 of the 31 Day of Hallowe'en - with RSD

I've been so busy making this and that, sharing on other blogs and Facebook, I almost forgot this little corner of my life. Mega oops. Time for a quick catch-up of the projects I have made for Rick St Dennis and the Airless Chambers blog for the fabulous 31 Days of Hallowe'en Hop - organised by Smeared and Smudged.
This year I have not signed up as me - last year really was too exhausting what with working full time as well. Doesn't mean I can't join in though. The other ladies of the EDT have been mega busy as well and have produced some amazing projects so far.

First up - the project for today.
A El Dia de Muertos - The Day of the Dead - canvas. I chose to use the image Plague
Coloured with a mixture of promarkers and graph'it pens

 The canvas was given a coat of gesso first then painted with "red cadmium hue" acrylic paint. Masking off in strips, some copper coloured glitter paste (imagination crafts, sparkle medium bright copper) applied and allowed to dry.
The bright and shiny silver corners and the cross were given a coating of gilding flakes to tone in. Some black velvet ribbon with hanging baubles to mirror that in the image. The image given mats of orange and black. Some purple and black feathers to finish.

Last week - day 8
A different canvas - used back to front as a shadow box. This is a favourite method of mine and enables me to ring the changes on my walls by turning them around once in a while.
 This one features The Crow Hunter and the Haunted Mansion
Plenty of black gesso as a base before a moon was added with white glitter paste and added sheen with a bit of black. (Imagination crafts, sparkle medium diamond and black stars)
The tree is from Tando and the added crow spider and cat from That Craft Place Laser Cuts
 Coloured with pencils
  Coloured with promarkers
Day 1 of the hop
I had the honour of kicking off the hop for Airless Chambers.
I chose to alter a little bag - all ready for those "trick or treaters" - I'll probably give to my Grandson for when he gets escorted round the street by his mum.

This is one of Rick's newer images - ICON
coloured with promarkers
 Some orange card, plenty of black ink, some orange and black ribbon and a little skully bead.
The other side - more orange card with some grubby hand prints stencilled on with yet more black ink. A silvery spider web and skull and bones beads. Just right for a young lad I think.

That's it ........... so far. I'm up for another couple of projects this month - what will they be???
Thanks for looking


I'd like to enter into the challenges at
All Crafts Challenge - Anything But a Card
Imagination Crafts - Anything Goes
Craft a Scene - By the light of the silvery moon (2nd project)
Quirky Crafts - Lets Frame it

You WOOD Do that! with HDH

Post #2 for today
It's the second week of the challenge at Haunted Design House.
We have the very talented Maureen (Mo) Scott featuring as our Guest Minion and you really need to see her make-over!!
I was really lucky to actually meet our Mo at a recent craft fair, she is as warm in real life as she is on-line **smiles**
Anyway, I digress,
The challenge this fortnight is all about the wood! We need to see some wood - real or fake it.
I altered a little box - just a little - a box that cost pennies at a "carboot sale" - one of those British things. People bring along their unwanted junk for others to choose to give a new home at a small cost. Is the US version a Yard Sale?
This little fella was looking a bit beaten up - the varnish all chipped and cracked etc. A good rub down with sandpaper sorted that. Amazing what a lick of paint and a covering of gilding flakes can do. I wanted the top to be the focal point but the sides needed a bit of coverage. These were covered in a piece of DP on which I had stamped images.
With stamps from DeStempelwinkel and Lost Coast
From Smeared Ink
 More DP covered the top
A scrap of paper, aged and stamped with a script stamp from Paper Artsy formed the scroll with some wooden (bamboo) holders. Some little pen nibs, one made into a little quill and some tiny bottles to accent.
Still a useful little box with drawer at the bottom, but oh so much prettier than before.
You have another 6 days to get your bit of wood entered into the challenge so we can come and leave some bloggy love. Then one more challenge before the Minions of the Dungeon are allowed to hibernate for the winter.

I'd like to enter this into the challenge at
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

It's Hallowe'en - with Delicious Darkness

Hi everyone
Mega posting day in the Cubbyhole - First up with Delicious Darkness Challenges
The challenge this month is Anything Goes with a Twist of Hallowe'en.
For my project I made a door wreath.


Using 13 of the Evil Skully images and 2 of Disturbia as a central swinging/hanging accent (attached only at the top)


These were all attached to a metal frame that I had covered with hessian strips. Then wrapped black 2mm organza ribbon in a criss-cross pattern.
The Skullys then adhered using silicon glue.
A simple but effective, I think, door decoration for any time of year in my home although I believe others take their decs down ready for the "C" time of year.
What Hallowe'en make will you have to show us? Looking forward to seeing them entered into our challenge.



Monday, 29 September 2014

Ancient Evil

Haunted Design House day here in the cubbyhole.
The challenge started last week and continues to next Monday..........

Ancient Evil

Think back to days of yore, the very distant past.
What sort of evil lurked in the shadows back then? 
Slimy mythical monsters, devils, demons maybe?  How did those, in times forgotten, protect against the unseen terrors?
The task is to unleash the long forgotten myths and demonic creatures of yesteryear and depict in a way of your choosing.

Tombs and sarcophagi were often decorated with what the ancient Kushites and Egyptians called "udjat" eyes — It had a kind of ritual role to protect from the evil eye. It is this idea that I have chosen to use as my interpretation of the theme.


and complete with "mummy"

I covered a wooden coffin shell with grunge paste - making sure there was plenty of "stone-like" texture.
Then came the job of painting. First layer being black then dry brushing in various shades of grey through to "off-white".
The "eyes" are gilding flakes applied to the images painted on with pva glue.
The linen interior of the coffin is muslin dyed with distress re-inkers and the mummy is a TH fractured doll wrapped in more muslin lightly coloured with more re-inker.

What "Ancient Evil" are you going to depict? Or are you going to interpret the theme differently? Come show us at Haunted Design House and get your Hallowe'en decorations off to a good start.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Eleganza with Rick St Dennis

Good morning everyone.
I have the honour of being on the GDT team for Cute Card Thursday today via Rick St Dennis.
The theme for this week's challenge is dies and punches. Well, I have a few of them in my collection now, but which to choose? Also which image from the extensive collection of Rick's?
The Mermaid Eleganza caught my eye a while back and she was screaming for some colour......who am I to argue?
Soft teal tones - almost like those you find at sea - came to mind.
Now to get her onto a card
A few different makes of dies and punches here teamed with some DCWV DP that I airbrushed with stencils and the same promarkers that I'd used to colour our gal.
Some pearls and a little mother of pearl starfish I found in my stash,
Then a BIG OOOPSS 
I almost forgot - this is supposed to be a CUTE card. Well, those that know me will know I don't do cute really but, in deference to the hosts, I placed a couple of mother of pearl sequins on the image for the photo. I think I saved it.
Anyway - my fellow teamie Karen made a fabulously cute card to counteract my boob. You can see the two together on the Sparkle and Glitter blog and of course over at the hosts of the challenge - Cute Card Thursday.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Second Catchup with Delicious Doodles

This is only a day late - so I'm that far behind now **grin**

The challenge started yesterday over a Delicious Doodles Challenges -

Tag It.
To create either a tag or a project with a tag
I went for just the tag - I love making tags for some unknown reason.

Using the cardboard back of a paper stack - almost chipboard weight. Well it was too good to waste. I needed something substantial so the it wouldn't be warped with the gesso I intended to use.

So.......... a light coating of gesso on both sides. Followed by the stencilling with more gesso of a snowflake background I have. Plenty of warm soapy water needed to clean it - gosh that stuff sticks like sh...........
When dry, some black stars sparkle medium was scraped on and off. More drying time.
My image is the Holly Sugar Skull. Printed onto card twice then reversed and printed onto cheap printer paper. Needed this for the image transfer. No way I could fussy cut all those swirls and berries.

 So some layering of the larger items after colouring with distress inks and coloured the image transfer with gel pen and metallic marker.
Some die-cuts of a poinsettia and a little sentiment (Las Vegas Stamps) a bit of ribbon to tie. Job done.

I'd like to enter this tag into the challenge at
A Step in the Dark - Anything Goes

Catching up time - Firstly with Rick St Dennis

OOoooops my bad.
I've been so busy with this and that, I almost forgot this little place. I have been crafting as well but sometimes when I make projects well in advance of being able to blog them - that little job seems to escape my tiny brain.
Anyway................

This post is to share my project made for the Rick St Dennis' Sparkle and Glitter Progressive challenge. - the mid month reminder for the first month.  An "Anything Goes"  - but using an RSD image. Any image that can be found in either the Zibbet or Etsy stores.
The project I made is so simple - just an altered CD. Any old CD just cries out for a makeover. They're so easy to do and a string of them can adorn any wall. If you want a change - decorate both sides and turn them round once in a while.

This one was made using Cannibal Creepmas

Coloured with promarkers with some added distressing with ink
Mounted onto the disc that had been covered with a scrap of paper from my stash. I think it was actually from a Christmas paper stack but can't remember which.
Added ribbon, pleated and plain with a scrap of lace. Finished off with some eyelets for hanging and decoration.
Done and super quick for a bit of Creepmas decoration.
Don't forget to enter your project now.