Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Retro Ornaments, Yay!

My Christmas wishes were answered with this month's kit at Alpha Stamps, a kit that is chock full of mid century goodness and oodles of rosy cheeked Santas and snowmen. I'm in love with all of the vintage images like Frosty here:

I added tiny ric rac and baker's twine on the ornaments plus a few pom poms for good measure. Santa's giant red bow came out of a 1970's Christmas craft kit. He also has a glittered dingbat on his ornament.

One of my daughters chose this sweet kitty face for the last ornament and even though you can't tell, her collar is fuzzy with white flocking powder and her hat with red.

I'm off to go pull out the color wheel and all my boxes of Shiny Brite ornaments. Happy holiday crafting to you!

Supply List is Ho Ho HERE.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Autumn Harvest Buffet

Now that Halloween has passed, it is time to kick it into high gear and prepare for the holiday season. But before diving in the Christmas spirit, I took some time to assemble a miniature hutch celebrating Autumn and all of its glorious colors. 

How fun is that buffet?? It comes unfinished from Alpha Stamps so it can be painted or stained any color you'd like. In fact, many of the items in the scene came from Alpha Stamps, making short work of a finished project. I made the paper banner, the cornucopia, a bunch of crepe paper flowers, painted a bowl, and four polymer clay squash. That's it!

The buffet has four functioning drawers to hold bits and pieces. I'd like to think that is where the squirrels have stashed their bounty (after they tossed the silverware, of course).

Under the buffet hides a hedgehog and a gnome in an acorn cap bowl. There's also a rustic metal bucket filled with golden apples, a couple of pumpkins, and polymer clay squash in a wire basket. The squash were shaped and a hole was poked in the top so after baking I could add a tiny length of toothpick for the stem. They are odd squash but that's what they look like in my head. 

I followed a really great tutorial on how to weave a miniature cornucopia, and even though it came out a little wonky, I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The bowl on the top right  received a coat of paint and a wash of antiquing fluid before being stuffed with fall foliage. 

This sweet metal urn came from my minis stash and it worked well as a planter. Here's a quickie tutorial for the flowers. It is too easy, really.

Cut a long, thin strip of crepe paper then make tiny cuts along one long edge.

Dip the end of a piece of wire into glue and wrap strip around end, adding a dab of glue as needed.

Cut out a circle of green crepe paper and poke a hole in center. 

Add a bit of glue to underside of flower and slide circle to cover the glue.

Roll circle around bottom of flower.

Fluff out the flower with a toothpick or needle and repeat. I believe the photos alone would have worked as a sufficient tutorial, it is that simple.

Thanks for viewing and happy November to you!

Supply List is HERE.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ghoul Manor

One of my favorite books as a kid was It's Halloween by Jack Prelutsky. It is a collection of short Halloween poems that I read until it nearly fell apart. It went with me when I moved out and was eventually read countless times to all of my kids. The pages are yellowed and the cover is frightful, but we still pull it out every October to read at least eight times before Halloween. In the book there is a poem about a group of ghouls having a party in a haunted house. So, when I learned of the haunted house shadowbox from Alpha Stamps, I knew how it was to be decorated.

There's a house
upon the hilltop
We will not go inside
For that is where
the witches live,
Where ghosts and goblins hide.

Tonight they have
their party,
All the lights are
burning bright,

But oh we will not
go inside
The haunted house tonight.

The demons there are whirling
And the spirits swirl about.
They sing their songs to Halloween.
"Come join the fun," they shout.

But we do not want to go there
So we run with all our might
And oh we will not go inside
The haunted house tonight.

The facade of the small haunted house shadowbox was altered a little using heavy cardstock. 

I started by cutting out two roof shapes, the larger roof section being double-layered since I wanted that portion to protrude a bit more. The windows were cut out of the new large roof piece and then all of the windows were glued in place. To make the lower roof portion, I started by cutting out a triangular piece of heavy card for the pediment, glued it over the window, then added thin strips of the same heavy card in a rectangular shape between the windows. Tiny scalloped shingles were glued in the center. More thin strips of card were added around the edges of the house, around the top right window, and along the roof pieces. The window sills are double layered like the large roof. 

The house was given a base coat of white acrylic and black on the roof. Because I added the lower roof, the door no longer fit the front of the house. Making the door shorter would have been an easy fix but I ended up cutting a long plank of basswood and gluing it to the bottom of the shadowbox. 

To make the wood siding, I cut several strips of paper in varied widths (it's Chesterville Whitford 12 x 12 and already has a nice aged look about it. I still grunged it up). The strips were glued on and more tiny scalloped shingles were put on the upper roof. The entire inside of the shadowbox was painted black before all of the little ghouls and demons were added, and I decided to give the Pumpkin Girl glowing eyes. Hiding the wiring on the outside of the shadowbox was a snap once I realized I had a small chipboard steamer trunk. It had already been assembled but chopping off the part with the hinged door was easy. I drilled a hole in the trunk so I could feed the LED light through to the inside of the shadowbox.

I cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth of Pumpkin Girl and glued a circle of orange vellum on the back. A length of double sided tape on the back held the light in place, and she was stuck to the shadowbox with foam adhesive circles.

Hope you enjoyed my haunted house on the hilltop with all its goblins and ghouls!

Supply List HERE!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Few ATCs, Cat Hats, and a Kid Cake

I had a moment to myself the other day and put together some witchy ATCs. They were a fast project since all I really did was paint the frames and back pieces of three Wrought Iron ATC Cards then spritz them with Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays. The Blushing Ladies collage sheet  and a few eensy weensy 1.5 mm Gold Stars finished them off. 

While watching Hocus Pocus, I crocheted a new hat for Chaircat Mao.

She got a pirate hat in September:

And my smallish people made a cake. It was delicious!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ghost in a Glitter House and Halloween Blocks!

Putz houses have to be one of the greatest things on the planet. They are small, charming, and covered in GLITTER. What could be better than that? But it is not quite time for Christmas crafting, so I made a Hallowe'en version instead. Alpha Stamps has a miniature House Ornament that happens to be perfect for making your own glitter house. I think an entire village of shimmering houses in orange, purple, green, and black would be the bat's wings!

I glued the house together, painted it orange and the window frames silver. The window trims were painted black and then dipped in a pile of black glitter. After gluing on the window trims, each side of the house was slathered in glue and dusted (more like enveloped!) in orange glitter. The roof was added and covered in black glitter, and finally the chimney was glued on top.

The base is a box from a Tim Holtz Configurations Shadowbox but I had to cut and reassemble it to fit the house. I love the candy corn trees, even though my kids informed me that "candy corn is orange in the middle and yellow at the end, geez, Mom!" The trees are dyeable bottle brush trees painted with acrylic paints. 

There is a wee ghostie hanging out inside the house, ready to get his spook on.

And he glows! Before assembling the roof, I cut a hole in the floor of the house that was the same diameter as the flame of one of those LED tea lights. The base also got a hole so the flame of the tealight could be inserted from the bottom and poke through the floor. To make the ghost, I shaped a bit of aluminum foil like a hill and covered it with crepe paper and glue. The foil was removed from the dried ghost and I glued the shape over the hole in the floor. The tealight was inserted under the base and I had an illuminated apparition. OOOoooooo!

The supply list for the glitter house can be found HERE.

Because I want to make all of the Hallowe'en things, but locking myself in the craft room and ignoring my family is frowned upon, I crafted some quick EEK blocks for a friend. Tiny House Jewelry pieces became row houses on top of 1" blocks. I made crepe paper medallions and glued a vintage button on top, then added plastic letters to the front of each block. The houses were painted and decorated with collage sheet images, and that was that!

The supplies used can be found right HERE.

Happy October to you!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pumpkin Guy and Kitty

Eeeeek! It is nearly October! I am both excited about that and surprised at how quickly September vanished. It has been a very busy time for me, but I managed to carve out time to get this paper clay Pumpkin Guy finished. I made his head some time ago but lost interest (or maybe that giant grin was just too much at the time) but after getting another look at him, I figured. "eh, why not?" So, I plunked his noggin on a wire armature, covered the wire with floral tape, painted his arms and legs, added a felt body over the wire, stuffed the body, then sewed clothes over the body.

Such a dapper looking fellow! He has polymer clay shoes and ribbon suspenders, and teensy buttons from Alpha Stamps. They are so small! The most difficult and time-consuming thing was deciding on what Pumpkin Guy was going to hold. Eventually, I settled on needle felting him a buddy with a candy corn tail. Needle felting is still a mystery to me but I like the surprise after finishing something. Sometimes it goes well, and sometimes it looks like I should never try this ever again. The kitty didn't turn out looking like The Blob so I stuck him in Guy's arm.

Happy almost October!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hip Hop Halloween ATCs

This is my favorite time of year. It is beginning to get cooler, the bugs are gone, and Halloween is in the air! Maybe it is because I am a huge fan of orange and no one really appreciates the color until Autumn...but also, HALLOWEEN. There are so many things to craft! I sent a few silly Hip Hop Halloween ATCs to a friend:

They were made with a new collage sheet called Halloween Darlings and some really shimmery, very cool Mica Fragments from Alpha Stamps. They are easy to apply, just sprinkle them onto an adhesive like Glossy Accents, and they will stick forever. I even poured some of the fragments into a plastic bag and smooshed them into a coarse powder and still they glistened. Pretty neat stuff!

Hope you are getting your Hallowe'en on and are crafting all things spooky!