Saturday, August 24, 2013

Yes to Carrots!

Happy Saturday!

Today I made a card using Crafty Secrets Digital Vegetable Garden Stamp set. 

I printed the image onto watercolor paper and colored with my new Inktense Pencils.  After distressing the edges in vintage photo, I adhered to kraft paper lined with Stickles.  So simple!


Crafty Secrets digital Vegetable Garden Stamps
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Stickles
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Brown and White Baker's Twine

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Thinking of You

Hi, Everyone. 

So excited today! I just purchased Dewent's Inktense Watercolor Pencils (after much hesitation due to price) and I must say, I am pleased! In the past, I have stayed away from blending markers as I just wasn't experienced in that area and after a few failed attempts, I gave up; however, I think colored pencils are about the easiest things to color with so I gave these a shot. 

I printed the image from Crafty Secrets' CD1 onto watercolor paper. 

I only used three colored pencils for the entire project. One pink and two different greens. After coloring, I used a waterbrush to go over the colors. You could just as easily use a paintbrush but for me, the thickness of the waterbrush is easier to control. 

I used tea dye distress ink to age the image and after adhering to colored cardstock, went around the edges with vintage photo Stickles. 

That's all!  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Halloween Postcard

Greetings!  Just wanted to share a quick project I put together.  I apologize ahead of time for using my bulletin board as a backdrop but I am crunched for time today and didn't want to fuss with having to hang something.

The postcard below is from Crafty Secrets (of course).  These are super easy to put together and are a great little pieces to add to your fall decor.

The postcard kits are available with/without chipboard...I ordered mine without as I own the Spellbinders die that would cut out the shape.  I also didn't purchase the chipboard as I have found cereal boxes work just fine and we have plenty in our home!

I inked the edges using Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink and then adhered the image to the 'cereal board.'

I adhered ivory paper to the backside and used the included Halloween stamps to decorate.  Yes, I said 'included.'  Along with 56 images, the Crafty Secrets kit includes a small stamp set to add to your collection.  The entire kit creates up to 18 postcards.

I finished the mini project by inking the back with more vintage photo and hung with jewelry wire, beads, and polished it off with a bow. 


 Crafty Secrets Halloween 54 Piece Images and Mini Clear Art Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
TH Antique Linen (stars around border)
Ranger Glue n' Seal
Ranger Archival Black Ink
Jewelry Wire
Spellbinders Labels Four

Monday, August 12, 2013

Halloween Greetings

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would share a tag I created using Tim Holtz' rickety house die. I am so ready for Halloween.  I've noticed some of the craft stores stocking up and it just adds to the anticipation!  Don't you just love working with Fall colors?

The background paper is from Crafty Secrets' Vintage Halloween Jumbo Kit. I inked it up with various distress inks from Tim Holtz.

The house was cut from grungeboard and then embossed using a notebook style embossing folder. I then cut the grunge board in between the 'wide-ruled' lines  down the entire length of the house and glued the pieces onto a piece of black card stock that had been cut with the rickety house die. Tim Holtz provides a great tutorial on his site using the rickety house die to create a winter scene (I didn't follow his directions exactly as I didn't have all of the suggested supplies).  After that, I inked up the grungeboard with black soot.

The moon, bat, and image of the kids peeking through the window are from Crafty Secrets' Halloween Time Heartwarming Vintage Sticker Collection.  Love this set!  There are so many great images to choose from.

I used a embossing folder to create the fence and then cut it out using an Exacto knife.  I added a pumpkin button and faux grass for a little embellishment.

Thanks for looking!

Crafty Secrets Halloween Time Heart Warming Vintage Stickers
Crafty Secrets Vintage Halloween Jumbo Kit
Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink
TH Dusty Concord Distress Ink
TH Peeled Paint Distress Ink
TH Rusty Hinge Distress Ink
TH Glossy Accents
TH Rickety House Die
TH Thankful Background & Borders
TH Grungeboard


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Halloween Village Part 3

Hello! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!
I want to share the third installment of my Halloween Village.  Click the links to view Part 1 and
Part 2.

This has been such a fun project to make! I really wanted to do a gingerbread house to add a few frills. 

The paper is from Crafty Secrets Vintage Halloween Jumbo Kit.  I love how unique the little 'beaded' spider webs are...too cute!

The fence was cut from Tim Holtz' 'On the Fence' die.  I have used this die for so many things. After cutting, I covered it in black onyx glitter.

The 'frills' were cut from Martha Stewart's vintage floral punch and covered in black onyx glitter, as well.  Now after uploading this photo, I am thinking I might need to add frills around the entire rooftop.  What do you think?

That's all for now.

P.S.  This project will be entered into the Crafty Secrets August Linky Party.  Don't forget to enter...everyone is a winner!

Goodnight and God Bless!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Halloween Village Part 2

Good morning! I mentioned in yesterday's post that I have been working on several items to create a Halloween village so I thought I would share another completed piece.  Click here for part 1.

I purchased the house at Hobby Lobby a few months ago and intended to use it for a Christmas village but decided to go another route.

It was really simple to make...mostly just time consuming with having to cut all of the windows and wait for things to dry (I am impatient in this area). 

I papered the house using paper printed  from the Crafty Secrets Vintage Halloween Jumbo Kit. This is available for instant download or can be purchased in CD format.  The little witch is from the CS Heartwarming Vintage sticker collection.

The roof and base were painted using one coat of Tim Holtz' black soot crackle paint. I really like how it turned out. 

I used another paper from the CS Halloween download for the floor. I LOVE this paper! What's cuter than a checkered Halloween floor?  Please forgive the inside walls as I folded the wallpaper in to provide a smoother effect rather than me hacking at the windows with an Exacto knife. I am not the steadiest hand. :)

Everything was glued down using Ranger's Glue n' Seal. Fantastic stuff!
It doesn't bubble like some other glues I have tried so you always have a nice flat surface. It also seals so it's great when u want to protect an image or just give it am extra little stiffness.
Stay tuned! More Halloween village pieces to come!

Don't forget to enter your project for the Crafty Secrets August Linky Party!  It's a great opportunity to see some very talented and crafty projects and everyone who enters wins a gift card to their online store!

Crafty Secrets Halloween Time Heartwarming Vintage Stickers
Crafty Secrets Halloween Jumbo Digital Download Kit
Ranger Glue n' Seal
Tim Holtz Black Soot Crackle Paint

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Haunted House

Hi! I apologize for not posting in awhile but have had a few things going on lately that have prevented me from getting to it! On that note, I wanted to share a few things I have been working on. All of my projects of late have been Halloween themed as I am so over summer here in Arizona!

For this post, I wanted to show you the start of a little Halloween village I am working on. I plan on entering it in the Crafty Secrets August Linky Party

I wish I could claim this idea but I actually lifted it from the Sizzix blog. Shelly has some great detailed instructions if you are interested in making one of your own...of course I had to tweak mine with some vintage from Crafty Secrets!

The fence, house, and trees were all cut from various Tim Holtz dies. I used a combination TH distress inks, crackle paints, embossing folders, paint dabbers, and stickles to color and texture each of the die cuts.

The little girl in the window, the owl, moon, and the cat directing the Jack-o-Lanterns are from Crafty Secrets' Heart Warming Vintage Halloween sticker collection. I added Glossy Accents to the cat and pumpkins to make them shine. 

The grass and tombstones are from Michael's. Everything was hot glued to wooden plaque I got at Hobby Lobby for $1.49.