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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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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7 Days of Halloween Day 7- Dollar Tree Skull Makeover – Sugar Skull Art

7 Days of Halloween Day 7- Dollar Tree Skull Makeover – Sugar Skull Art

Hello,

Well it is here the last day of my 7 days of Halloween. It has been such a treat to share so many fun projects in a row with you guys. I will still have other videos and posts throughout the month, but these 7 days were just to help get those creative juices pumping.

For today’s share I took a Dollar Tree creepy skull and turned it into a sugar skull. It was very simple and a great project. If you are having a party and want a fun craft project this would be it. With just a little prep work everyone would leave with a project they love and can keep in their Halloween collection.

What you need is:

  1. A plastic skull (Dollar Tree) or store of choice
  2. A light grain sand paper
  3. Krylon Colormaster Paint + PRimer with curable covermax technology White/Flat (Find at Michaels or hardware store)
  4. Some good detail brushes (Smaller tips)
  5. Black Acrylic Paint
  6. 4 to 5 of your favorite craft paint

 

Here is what you do:

  1. Grab a box and mask and in a well-ventilated area spray your sugar skull, give it one coat and walk away for an hour or so, come back and give it a second coat to get the base and areas you missed. I think for my one skull I may have used what feels like a 1/4 of the spray can. *Note: it is a good idea to give the skull a bit of a rub with the sandpaper first to help the spray paint stick.

2. Once you skull is dry bring it inside. (I let mine sit overnight to ensure it wasn’t tacky- Florida humidity)

3. I looked online to get an idea of colors/patterns I may like to incorporate into my skull.

4. I used black acrylic paint to do the outlines of all the shapes I wanted. I colored the eye sockets in black, the nostril area in black. I did black lines around the teeth, then added my shapes around the skull.

5. I then used the black lines as paint by number and picked four of my favorite colors and began filling in all the shapes. I chose Dylusions paints because of their vibrancy and they worked really well over the spray paint.

6. The acrylic dries very quickly making for an easy make and take craft project.

To watch the process video and see step by step how I made the skull you can check out my youtube channel:  DIY Dollar Tree Sugar Skull

Here are photos of the finished skull:

Alright, folks, it’s time to stock up on those Dollar Tree Skulls before they are gone for the season. You can also paint your skull black and use bright colors if you like using the sticky jewels you can make a bedazzled skull, there are just so many options with a little spray paint and imagination.

Thanks for joining me for my 7 days of Halloween! Happy crafting!

Here is a list of the supplies I used to create the skull:

A Dollar Tree Skull

Krylon Colormaster Spray Paint in Flat White


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Days of Halloween Day 5- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

7 Days of Halloween Day 5- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

Boo!

Welcome back for Day 5 of my 7 days of Halloween. We all love the idea-ology paper dolls we collect them and save them, especially the seasonal ones right. We use them on cards and tags and journal pages but we often have the little ones left over. I have found that the tiny ones make for great additions to ornaments. For today’s project, I purchased some chipboard frames from Michaels in their woodcraft section and set about making a set of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween frames. They do take a little time, being tiny and intricate but the end result is well worth it.

Some of the materials I used were the chipboard frames, Halloween scrapbook paper, Dyusions shimmer sprays, Dylusions paints, Idea-ology Halloween clipping stickers, the Idea-ology Ancestor Paper dolls, Distress Oxides, Embossing powders…I basically emptied my studio on these, phew you should have seen my desk after. The results I loved. These tiny frames at about 2 1/2″ x 3 /12″ are great for putting into nooks for Halloween, gift tags, party favors or if you have a Halloween tree they work as ornaments too.

This set is listed on my etsy shop: Tim Holtz Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

You can follow my process video here to create your own: Tim Holtz Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

Here are photos of the finished projects:

Now it’s time to break out those paper dolls and get to crafting. You can do this for any theme, with the regular paper dolls you can do family themed ones for father’s day, mother’s day a siblings birthday. With the Christmas ones you can do holiday ornaments. I hope this project got those creative wheels turning. Happy Crafting.

Here is a list of all the treats I used to make these:


 

 

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7 Days of Halloween Day 4- Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven” themed craft coffin box

7 Days of Halloween Day 4- Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven” themed craft coffin box

Hello Hello,

Welcome to day 4 of my 7 days of Halloween. For today’s treat, I have another assemblage piece. This is a spooky coffin box with an Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven” theme. The box used is a craft wood box that opens like a jewelry box. I purchased this one at Michaels (couldn’t find a link on website).  This is a seasonal item and they are great to stock up on at the end of the season to use as favors the following year. This box came together because of my Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2018 Halloween ephemera pack. I was looking thru all the bits and saw the one photo of Edgar Allan Poe, I then pulled out my Idea-ology baroque frames and thought hmm that would look cool together, then I put them on the coffin box and the spell began.  This one had many steps, too many to easily layout her for you but the basic materials were the wood coffin box, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween 2018 ephemera piece, Tim Holtz Idea-ology baroque frame, distress resist spray, gothic stencil (Tim Holtz stampers anonymous layering stencil), black paint, Dylusions pomegranate seed paint, scrapbook paper, embossing powder, archival ink, raven stamps and a little magic ;).

I see this box as a cute addition to a bookshelf, or as a set of favors for a party with treats inside, maybe even as a gift for that Edgar Allan Poe lover you know.

This box will be listed on my etsy shop (while supplies last): Edgar Allan Poe Coffin Box

You can watch the magic happen in my Youtube Video: Edgar Allan Poe Coffin Box

Here are some still shots to get those cauldrons bubbling:

As always below is a list of the supplies I used to make this piece. Happy crafting have a spooktacular time!


 

 

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