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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Grunge and Ghouls Haunted House

 Hello Again Crafty Friends!!

I am super excited to share todays post with you. This is my inspiration for the new Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge "Grunge, Ghouls, or Giggles". 

I am so excited to share this little haunted house box. I have been having so much fun with the new Tim Holtz village dies. Years ago, I has the original dwelling die, and one of the add-ons. Ironically I had been playing with the old ones a few weeks before the new release! I had been looking for some of the older retired ones, so I'm thrilled to have them now as thinlits!!! Be prepared for a photo heavy post.  

I started by cutting out all of the pieces I thought I would use from heavy weight cardstock.

I used the brick mini 3D embossing folder to emboss the base pieces, then distressed with picket fence distress ink. 

I put all of the base together, then I added vellum behind the windows. 
(Yes I forgot to put it in the roof one before gluing the roof on. I should have glued them all in before gluing things together).

Using a craft blade I cut out some bricks, then glued in some wood strips. 
(I also snuck in the upper window with some long tweezers...haha that was a struggle!)

Next, I used the halloween "crypt" grit paste on the roofs. 
You can see it wet, where I started to place it on the house. (It drys clear with a sort of sandy color 

After the grit paste dried, I added on my roof tiles, doors, window frames, and roof spikes.
(I used a silver ink on the roof tiles and spikes. Then I used a gold distress crayon on all the window frames)

Side view

Back view

Other side

The base box was first painted with hickory smoke distress paint, then messily layered with a thick layer of crackle texture paste.

When dried and cracked I used the walnut stain distress crayon to highlight all the cracks.
To finish everything off I added twisted citron paint with a dry brush. I used the new holiday icicle crackle paste to all of the windows. The 2 labels were distressed with brushed corduroy distress ink. (they were from the Halloween ephemera pack). The pumpkins were added from the skulls and pumpkins Halloween pack. The skull and crossbones was an old one i had from my stash. 

I used the vault series dies for the ghosts, and some of the bats. 
The tree was from a die cut my friend sent me. 

I added the purple tiny lights, to give that perfect haunted creepiness.

Detail shots

More close ups

More details

Details again

Supplies Used:

IO fence die
Distress paint- twisted citron and hickory smoke
Distress ink- Brushed corduroy 
Silver ink
Distress crayons- Gold and walnut stain
Hot Glue
Crackle accents (could be used for the windows)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Simply Grateful

 Hello Crafty Friends

Are you ready for a new challenge?

 Today starts the new challenge on the Frilly and Funkie blog. The challenge theme is "Fall Gratitude".

I went with a simple fall gratitude card. 

Supplies Used:

Tim Holtz small talk sticker "occasions"

3D embossing folder-  Tim Holtz Foliage

Tim Holtz Thinlits- Funky Nature 665215

Mummy Cloth

Distress Oxide inks-Vintage Photo, Forest Moss

(random others used on the flowers, but these came from my extra cuts stash). 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

6 simple cards with only 1 stamp set


 Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my Saturday showcase day for The Funkie and Frilly challenge blog.

Today I wanted to share a fun challenge I gave myself. I challenged myself to use only 1 stamp set to create 6 simple cards that can be good for any occasion.  I chose to use the Tim Holtz Set - CMS385 "Into the woods".  I wanted a woodsy look that could be good for fall, Christmas, or masculine cards. 

3 of the cards are A2, one just a bit shorter than A2, a slimline card, and one that's about 2/3s the size of an A2 (made from the scrap from cutting the slimline card).

A simple frame card
 (you could easily switch out any of the animals to the bear or the fox from the set).

Simple and woodsy.

Woodsy with a splash of color.

A touch of plaid for simple color.

A simple and easy wreath card. 
(This could also be a bird nest. I should have done a touch less stenciling for my preferred look).

My favorite of all the cards, and yet the simplest!

What do you think of these cards?

This stamp set could easily make so many more simple cards, or awesome elaborate ones!!

Products Used: 

Stamp set- Tim Holtz Into the woods


    Distress oxides- vintage photofrayed burlapwalnut stainforest mosscrackling campfirecandied apple, and black soot

    Original Distress inksscattered strawwalnut stain

    Other inks- Delicata golden glitz, Embossing ink

Embossing powders- black and red

Tim Holtz layering stencil - THS021 Speckles

Tim Holtz small talk stickers

plaid scrapbook paper

blending tool

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Chalk it up to madness...

 Hello My crafty friends!! 

If you are a regular around here than you know how much I love Halloween cards and creations! 

I used my love for the creepy to inspire me for the new Frilly and Funkie challenge.

The theme this round is: "Chalk it up" 

The idea is to include chalk in some form. I don't own any chalk, so I went with a faux chalk effect.

I used a stamping tool, and stamped multiple times with the Distress ink in picket fence. Then on my final stamping when I got the right level of white I used frosted crystal embossing powder over the image.

After I heat embossed the frosted crystal I lightly went randomly over the rest of the black cardstock with the white ink again. to give a chalkboard look. 

Next I stamped the "table of the skeleton" in black archival ink on kraft paper. I flicked a few drops of black soot stain to give a little grungy interest, and lightly used black soot oxide ink to edge both layers of the kraft paper.
(I used my deckle edge trimmer on both pieces of black cardstock to get the tattered look.)

The skeleton piece is popped up on pop dots, as is the ephemera piece I finished off with.

I hope you like this simple and easy faux chalk card and will join us in the challenge.

Products Used:
Cardstock- Black and Kraft
Pop dots
Heat tool
Tape runner

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Die-na-mite Halloween card

  Hello Again Crafty Friends!!!

It's that time again!!! Today starts the new challenge with the Funkie Junkie Boutique and I'm the Host!

Join us over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog HERE.

The Theme is "Die-na-mite" 

Dies can make a simple or boring project extra mighty... I want you to use your dies to make a project! They can be your main focus, or work in the background to make your project a little extra mighty.  

For my project, I chose to make a Halloween card. This year I am going to try really hard to get a few out to some family and a few special mail art friends I have been super neglecting for a while. 

To start I cut out the small pumpkin from the new Tim Holtz- "Pumpkin Patch, Colorize" die set. I added some of the new mica sprays to my black layer, and my top orange layer. I also lightly inked with vintage photo distress ink on the edges of each piece. To glue everything together I used collage medium (my go to matte glue).

Next, I went through my background box, and found a leafy background I had created using various distress inks and oxides with a Dylusions stencil (and water flicks of course).  I also had this wood frame sitting on my desk from another Idea that hadn't worked out like I wanted. I thought it looked so perfect with the leaves so I decided to add it (It was created using a 3D wood grain embossing folder on brown cardstock, then using a rectangle nesting die to cut out the center to create a frame). 

From here, I got in the groove, and totally forgot to take progress photos, but I stamped the "wishing you a spooky Halloween" from the "Monstrous" stamp set by Tim Holtz in black soot- Archival ink (since I am stamping over oxides I used my stamping tool to stamp it several times so that the color would really pop).

I also used white heat embossing with a spider web stamp from the "Tangled Webs" stamp set by Tim Holtz. 

The tiny bats I added were from the die set "Vault series: Halloween 2021" (Yes the pumpkin patch set comes with bats, but for whatever reason I liked these tiny bats better. lol).

To add to the look of the frame I added the screw heads to the corners of the frame. I thought this gave a little extra something to the look. I also added grit paste to the screws and the area around them for a worn texture (I used the new Halloween grit paste, but since I ended up covering it up any of the translucent grit paste would have worked). 

Once that was dry, I used distress crayons to make the wood grain pop more, and to add a bit of rusty/grunginess around the screws.  

Last to finish off the pumpkins, I used a white gel pen to add random highlights to the pumpkin so that it would really pop off of the card (which was adhered with pop-dots to give it dimension).

Products Used:

Dies: Pumpkin Patch, Vault series: Halloween 2021, Rectangle nesting die (I used an old retired set, but any would work).

Grit Paste (I used Tombstone, but THIS will work too)

Tim Holtz 3D wood grain embossing folder

Stamps: Tangled Webs, Monstrous

Inks: Distress inks, Distress Oxides, Black Soot Archival, Embossing ink pad

Prima Junk Yard Findings (these are old so not sure if they still make them) You can also use Hardware Heads by Tim Holtz (my usual go to)

White Embossing powder

Distress Crayons (sets 7 & 10 are perfect for rust, and #3 is of course needed for the white highlights)

Tim Holtz Halloween Mica Sprays -Set 1

Collage Medium

Dylusions Stencil - Leaves 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

De-stressing with distressing

 Hello Again Crafty Friends!!!

It's that time again!!! Today starts the new challenge with the Funkie Junkie Boutique and I'm the Host!

Join us over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog HERE.

The new challenge is called "De-stressing with distressing"

The object is share a project with your favorite ways of distressing.

 My project was inspired by Stacy Hutchinson. you can see her project HERE.

I started with a smaller vignette box and a piece of paper from the Tim Holtz backdrops. I cute my paper to be able to cover all of the outer sides. ( I am still considering doing a 2nd project on the inside at a later date.) 

I cut my port hole and bits using the Sizzix Bigz die "Steampunk Parts". I used a combination of the old Distress powders, Distress stains, grit paste, and Distress crayons to get the rusty look. For the red part I used "rouge" Zing embossing powder.

(Close up for detail)

You can see I flicked off a lot of the red embossing powder before heating for a more weathered look. then the stains and crayons filled in the gaps. The image is one of the Tim Holtz "found relatives". 

Since I loved how Stacy stitched around her pieces, I chose to do the same before gluing anything to my vignette box. 

After all of my paper pieces were glued on using Distress collage medium, I then added my crackle pastes, and decorative elements such as the "be brave". When everything was dry I used Distress inks, stains, and crayons to add a bit of grunge.

I also added a heat embossed fish to the front with white embossing powder and the stamp set "Sealife" by Tim Holtz. The string bits were extra left over bits from stitching the panels, and I liked the look of them so I also added them. 

(Here's some of the side details)

(The other side...
I chose to keep both simple since I may add to the inside still and if so not sure if I may choose to carry whatever onto the outer sides.)

Well, I hope you like this little display piece, and don't forget to check out the AMAZING piece I was inspired by HERE

(Really, you should make sure you follow Stacy Hutchinson if you don't already! Her work is outstanding!!)

Products Used: 

Tim Holtz Backdrops Papers 

Collage Medium 

Opaque crackle paste 

Grit Paste 

Palette Knife 

Found Relatives (the new sets may not have this fella. Mine was from an old set) 

Quote Chips 

Paper Distresser 

Distress Crayons Set #3  

Walnut Spray Stain  

Vintage Photo Spray Stain 

Picket fence Spray stain (for splatters) 

Inks: Walnut stain, Vintage Photo 

Red Embossing powder 

Heat Tool 

Stamp Set CMS 304 "SeaLife" 

Steampunk Parts Bigz Die