It's a masquerade!

Another entry for the Halloween challenge at Dream in Darkness - it's a masquerade! 

I had a set of Tattered Angels' Mixed Media Origins Elegant Ladies Mini Art paper & chose one of the ladies. I fussy cut her & colored her in with oil pastels - I then added a mask on her face. The journal pages were covered in black, then spritzed with various Lindy's Gang sprays. I also added copper crackle through a stencil for contrast & texture. 

I really liked the copper against the black & the stencil added some sophistication. 

And the stamped sentiment fit in well:  an elegant lady masquerading with an attitude! 

Thank you for stopping by & having a look at my masquerade creation! 


A quickie Halloween art journal spread

October is Halloween month & I love the colors: purple, orange, yellow, black.  So here's a Halloween quickie journal spread.

I did a light coat of gesso on my pages & then used a triangle stencil with crackle paste. Then stamped some trees & a creepy pumpkin ghost. Then spritzed my colors & added some water so they'd run just a little. 

Added a couple sentiments and went around the edges with black pencil & a water brush. 

I stamped the pumpkin twice & a little offset on this one for that weird Holga double-vision affect. 

Super simple & very colorful! 


I know this looks like nothing....

.....so you look at this and think, 'Whoopee...a collage journal page with really big words'.  But something lies beneath, my friends.

I did the phrase 'All who wander are not lost' for my mice & men post - but it was supposed to be small. Somehow, my printer spit out these huge words and some were cut off and they were a little blurry. No worries - waste nothing! So for this spread, I changed the phrase around:  Not all who are lost wander. And I dabbed on Studio 71 glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint through a crazy circle stencil. What's that you say - you don't see anything? I think it's too bright in here.....

By day, it's an ordinary artsy journal spread. By night? 

The stencil and edge stamping can be seen at certain angles, though it's not prominent. 

It's an interesting spread with a little kick to it.  And I think I like 'Not all who are lost wander' as a catchy phrase. 😎



Angels are close at hand

Hey everyone! I'm here today to show you a project using a super cute printable page from MixedUP Merchandise!  Aren't these little people adorable?

I got this hand statue/knick knack at my local Goodwill store. I see these alot in thrift stores or you can get them on Etsy or Ebay. If all else fails, you can use a simple vase.

I also had a pretty tissue-type paper with flowers so I got to work decoupaging the hand. I used my hand alot (no pun intended 😃) so that I could get the paper into the cracks to keep the look of the hand. 

While it was drying, I set about cutting out my little person from the cutouts page. I added some color with oil pastels & added a sash using Sari silk ribbon. For the wings, I embossed them with some chunky 2-tone powder

After printing a sentiment & applying some sisal, my little statuary artwork was complete! 

These little people cutouts are adorable & you get different sizes & different girls - and wings! 

I love Sari silk ribbon because of the luscious threads that you can pull off to add wispy texture

And I love the back of the hand! 

This is definitely an easy project to whip up - I know you could hand-le it...see what I did there? 😃  


My 7 Gypsies Junque House

I previously posted a little villa - here's a larger folded book piece I did, using alot of 7 Gypsies Architextures & Architextures Mixed Media paper pad!

I did the same fold as the other one & stopped about halfway through because I love this look! I put some Architextures strips & nuts and bolts haphazardly on the roof & added some rust paste here & there. Added an industrial door & wrench from a Studio Light industrial die cut sheet. Love the Tim Holtz paper doll at the door & sitting on the high voltage! 😲

For the wall, I added more Architextures & a 3D layered high voltage topper from Studio Light and covered it in burlap. On the window, I added some lacquer to the panes so that it looks like reflective glass. I also outlined in black for some depth. I didn't trim the burlap - I wanted it to be rough looking. 

And now for the back! 

I did a 3D layer of the truck & some of the signs. I also added a couple industrial die cuts & used mounting foam. One the side window, the headlights and hood ornament, I added lacquer to make them shiny & reflective. 

These are super simple to make but does take time to fold each page. It's just 2 different types of folds alternating every other page. The decorating is the fun part by far & can be customized for any theme. 

I'm also entering this beauty in the Altered Eclectics October challenge!   


Welcome to my little book villa!

Something that's been on the back burner for me is book folding. I was originally going to fold all the pages so that it would be completely round like a birdhouse. But then, quite by accident, I stopped folding to do something else....and came back & saw how cute it looked and had a vision of a little villa!

I used the Knot Garden stencil from TCW on the wall with crackle paste, then used oil pastels & a water brush. Printed a door & shutters & added moss. 

Of course, I had to use Tim Holtz paper dolls! 

Don't forget the kid on the roof! 

The back is finished with fluted kraft paper. 

This one is about 6" tall & I'm working on a larger one that's about 10" tall so stay tuned! 


Time is precious...

Do you like to stamp? Then head over to Fashionable Stamping Challenges & join in their latest challenge - Time Waits For No Man.

I used the back of a Studio 71 wood wall panel instead of the flat front. I picked a page from Kaisercraft's Barber Shoppe collection and cut the inside piece which left the part that went around the frame. I love the offset look of it. 

My main focus is the vellum piece. I made my own vellum using a regular piece of printer paper & oil. I then did a mask stamping of my gentleman with the train behind him. I distressed the edges, added some gold rub 'n buff, and stamped a pocket watch that I inked up with both gold & black. This home-made vellum takes a stamp BEAUTIFULLY! 

I added a time sentiment which I partially covered with the vellum for interest. 

I added rub 'n buff around all the edges & dyed Sari ribbon around the outside. 

In the top corner, I fussy cut a watch & added rub 'n buff around it & a chain. 

Overall, it's a great piece for the man in your life. And the vellum is really awesome to work with, allowing the time pieces & other designs to show through. I really loved creating around this theme!