Thanksgiving themed shadow box using Tim Holtz Idea-ology bits

Thanksgiving themed shadow box using Tim Holtz Idea-ology bits

Hello,

Well, October has left us and fall is here in full swing with smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, and thoughts of turkeys and stuffing. Now that the creepy and whimsical have been taken down my home is looking quite bare. I have a few fall items but usually, enjoy the break until it’s time to deck the halls for Christmas. Thanks to one of my youtube followers I started thinking about this in-between time. We always see a lot of Halloween decor and lots of Christmas but very little Thanksgiving. Therefore I decided to try and make a few Thanksgiving/fall themed bits during November.

My first share for the month is a shadow box. One of Tim Holtz’s vignette boxes. The idea blossomed from a bit of burlap fabric I found on clearance at the end of last season. I thought it would make a lovely fall backdrop for a shadow box. Now during Thanksgiving, we give thanks and for me, it’s all about family. That’s why I chose “Family” as my word to center around. With a few bits from the Idea-ology line, I whipped up this little centerpiece at 5″ H x 4″ W x 1 1/2″ deep.

You can see my process video here: Thanksgiving-themed shadow box

This piece is for sale in my etsy shop: Thanksgiving-themed shadow box

Here are some close-ups for you:

As you can see the fall and Thanksgiving is a great time to gather our Idea-ology bits and keep that glimmer going in our homes through the holiday season.

You can find a list of supplies below:


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DIY Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

DIY Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

This is it, folks. My last Halloween post for 2018. I thought I’d end the Halloween season with another handmade card. I have done two Halloween cards using Tim Holtz Ephemera, so for this one, I wanted to change things up. About a month ago I was in Jo-Ann Fabrics and they were having a really great sale on their Halloween ribbons. Not knowing what I would do with them I stocked up on a few rolls anyway in several widths. I came across them again last week and realized I wanted to use them before the season was over. I decided to try my hand at a Halloween ribbon card. It’s very easy. I used a premade card background (5″ x 7″), 1/4″ wide double sided sticky tape and several rolls of ribbon in varying widths and patterns. I laid down the tape and worked my way row by row until I had covered the whole card, front, and back. In the end, to be safe I put the card thru my sewing machine to ensure if the ribbon frayed the stitch would catch it. As I final touch I added some 3D shimmer Halloween stickers I had in my stash.

I now have visions of book covers and Chrismas cards full of glitter made the same way.  I also noticed if I had left the center ribbons longer I could have tied the card shut as well. Just another idea. Really a fun way to use up those ribbon bits we have tucked away.

You can watch my process video here on my youtube channel: Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Here are some photos of the finished card to get those wheels churning:

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Thanks so much for following me thru the Halloween season. Stay tuned for my Fall and Christmas projects ahead!

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Below are some of the basic tools I had while making the card:


 

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Halloween Magazine Collage Art Journal Page

Halloween Magazine Collage Art Journal Page

Art Journaling…

I feel like it has been a while since I cracked open one of my art journals. I have been all swept up in DIY Halloween projects and it felt good to get back to my roots with the canvas journal page. This whole page was inspired by one item, a pair of whimsical glasses from the craft section at Hobby Lobby.  I had bought a pack of these glasses for the Halloween season and I was looking at them and it just hit me. Wham!. If I can wear them how would they look in a journal page on a models face. Well, that sent me off on a new tangent and out came my pile of collage pictures. I had one just the right size and coloring for what I was picturing. With a little tweaking, it came out just the way I imagined.

Struggles: One struggle I had with this page was when I got to the original lips.  I painted them purple but then the teeth looked all funky and I thought, oh man this page is sinking. I then in my brilliance thought oh maybe a baby wipe will take off the paint. Nope. Instead, it took off the magazine page. Again, spiraling downhill. Now I was in a panic. Then I thought to stop, breath and everything is fixable. I grabbed my stash of collage images, I cut out a new set of lips, glued those on and tried again. It covered most of the issue, and in the end, the page is for me and I was overall very pleased.

It just goes to show, when it starts going downhill, step back, take a breath and try to keep pushing thru. Everything is fixable. Even if it is cut into new bits to use in other pieces of art.

This page was created in my large Dina Wakley Media journal with Dylusions Paint and Dina Wakley acrylics.

You can see my battle with the page here: Purple Haired Spider-Girl

Here are photos of the page to get all the lovely details:

 

Purple Haired Halloween Girl

Purple Haired Halloween Girl

Purple Haired Halloween Girl

Purple Haired Halloween Girl

Purple Haired Halloween Girl

Purple Haired Halloween Girl

So this page was a battle there for a bit but in the end I love it and I’m thinking she needs a friend. Although Halloween will be here soon, I may continue my fun into November and do a companion page with a  male model opposite her. Stay tuned!


Below are the supplies I used to create the page. The links go to my affiliate sites. If used and purchases are made I receive a small amount of the purchase which helps fund my love of art to keep this blog and my youtube channel going. Thank you for your support



 

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Halloween Skull Handmade Card

Halloween Skull Handmade Card

Hello,

Today I am back with another card making share. I am really starting to get into the swing of making handmade cards, and I can’t wait until the Christmas season to share some more makes with you. The glitter will be flowing!

Today’s card used:

  1. A premade “craft” paper card and envelope from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) (5″ x 7″)
  2. I cut a piece of mixed media white paper down to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  3. I cut two pieces of scrapbook paper. One at 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ the other at 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ for layering.
  4. First I coated the top half of the paper with Distress Oxide in Wild Honey, that was a little yellow so I went around the edges with some Carved pumpkin distress Oxide.
  5. I then took out my Dylusions skull stencil and Black Soot Distress Oxide and added skulls to the top half of the page.
  6. Next, I glued down the two pieces of scrapbook paper, first the wider piece, then the narrower piece. I used glue so I’d have a little wiggle room to ensure they were even.
  7. I then edged the whole paper once dry in the Distress Oxide, Black Soot.
  8. I then ran the Black Soot across the scrapbook paper edges a bit to darken them.
  9. Next, I pulled out some washi tape with skulls and placed that across the center between the pieces of scrapbook paper to add a little extra whimsy.
  10. I then used dimensional foam dots to place the skull as if it were sitting on the line of the scrapbook paper.
  11. I then glued down my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween word chip “from regions beyond”
  12. I used dimensional foam dots to place the background I made onto the card after I edged the face of the craft paper card with the black soot.
  13. Voila! A quick Halloween card, ready for some swap mail

You can follow along to my video on my Youtube channel: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Ephemera Skull Handmade Card

Here are some photos of the card:

Thanks for following along. I hope this will inspire you to look at your scrapbook paper in a new way. Don’t be afraid to get in there and tear it up to create some great layering techniques.

Happy Halloween!

Below are the supplies used to make this card:


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Target Chipboard Halloween Artist Trading Coins

Target Chipboard Halloween Artist Trading Coins

Hello,

Well the month of October has come and is almost over in a blink, but before it is I wanted to slide in just a few more Halloween crafts. This project today is Artist Trading Coins, a recent trend replacing or shaking up the use of ATCs, artist trading cards. I was at Target having a look in the Halloween section and I found a canister of these cute whimsical chipboard stickers and I knew I just had to make some trading coins out of them. I used mixed media paper cut into 3″ circles. I painted each background then added Dylusions shimmer spray, embossing or glitter depending on what influenced me from the sticker. It was a lot of fun and an easy way to add one new item to your collection and use up other supplies on hand. Now thru the end of October, if you make a purchase in my Etsy shop, one of these cards will go with the mail until they run out. I still have a few treats from my 7 days of Halloween left.

You can watch the video here: Halloween Artist Trading Coins

Here are some photos of the coins close up:

The canister I found in the “kid” craft section end cap at target had several hundred pieces of chipboard stickers. It’s a great way to have take-home gifts or treats if you are having a Halloween party this year.

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

 

Below is a list of the supplies I used to make all these coins:




 

 

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