October 30, 2016

A Spook-tacular Altered Bottle

Hello to all my crafty friends. Its almost that day, you know when the ghosts and goblins come out to play. I have for you another project I created to decorate my home with. I purchased this bottle as well as long taper candles at $1.00 store earlier this year and knew I would be doing some altering. So here we go.

Melting the candle over the bottle actually takes me back to my high school days  (yep… in the 70’s) where that technique was really popular. Masking off a portion of the bottle to expose the inside and then dripping my candle over the bottle, I also mixed Art Anthology Mud with some crafting sand for yummy texture and applied randomly to sections of the bottle. Once dry,  I covered it with black gesso. 

The bottle is filled with tiny little bones, and skulls from a necklace (hence …. leftovers). Then it was time to get out my Art Anthology paints . Using Metal Effects in Silver, Velvet Paints  in Limeaid, Mardi Gras & Terracotta I added several coats dry brushing the tops of the wax on the bottle. 
To finish off the bottle, I had these wood tags, stamped “Leftover” in black Stazon and distressed the edges with Distressed Ink in Black Soot. Attached with black hemp cord and some metal keys.

For a complete list of Art Anthology products used, please visit Art Anthology blog  HERE. 
For your viewing I have also included a snapguide tutorial below for a step x step process. Wishing you a Spook-tacular Halloween !!!
I will be entering this piece in the following challenges: 
Frilly and Funky - A Very Vintage Halloween
Mixed Media World - MMW#19 Assemblage/Altered Art
Love To Create - Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes

October 23, 2016

Creating A Creepy Canvas

Happy October everyone, this is the month when the weather turns a bit cooler, it gets darker earlier in the evening and it's time for spooky and eerie projects to be created. Today I'm up on Art Anthology's blog with my design team project and I created a mixed media canvas filled with scary delights.
I started with a 8 x 10 canvas and used the back to utilize the niche  for adding my fun Halloween bottles and embellishments. The frame and outside of the canvas was textured using cheesecloth and dimensional paint from Art Anthology. 
Rock Candy crackle paint was applied to the outside of the bottles and allowed to dry naturally for the beautiful crackes to fill the bottles and jars. For the inside backdrop of the canvas I used Tim Holtz Paper Stash Halloween and splattered some AA Minx Ink for a bloody effect. 
For the sugar in the spoon, Distress Rock Candy glitter was added, and to achieve the spider web look, I allowed hot glue strands to catch on the sides of he canvas. The tubing used is simply some plumbers tubing I got at the $1.00 store. Go grab yourself some old bottles and fix yourself a scary laboratory for part of your Halloween decor. 
I will be entering this piece in the following wonderful challenges: 
Mixed Media World - Things To Alter
Love to Create - Anything Creative - Mixed Media
Frilly and Funky - A Very Vintage Halloween
A Vintage Journey - Make It Spooky
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - October Challenge

For your viewing I have included a snapguide tutorial for more photos and step x step process. 

October 2, 2016

Tag Time

Hi to all my crafty friends. It's my turn for inspiration on Art Anthology's blog today. As a new scrapbooker/crafter sometimes your not sure where to start when wanting to create something new… so let’s keep it simple today. Frankly, sometimes when I am going to make a project I have no idea what direction to go in. My creative juices aren’t flowing and I need a way to warm up with my paints. Tags are the perfect outlet for that because they are like little mini canvases. A place to try out new techniques, new products, play around a bit and give you that creative spark that you need to get you going.
Today I’m going to share a simple little tag that I created with luscious colors that remind me of fall. Several different techniques were used on this tag including, embossing, stamping, inking & distressing .

First stamp your image using a waterproof ink such as Archival Ink or Versamark, that way your spray inks won’t cause your stamped image to bleed.

 Here is a photo of my stamped tag, the ink I used and the stamp. 
Next up, take your sprays and make puddles of them on your craft mat and swipe your tag through the colors. It’s amazing the results you get, and every time their different.
Using the edge of your scissors or a distress tool by Ideology, go around the edges of your tag to create some texture.

To add dimension to my tag I stamped another image of the sunflower and cut it out, then colored it with Minx Shimmering Ink, then applied it to the top of the tag with dimensional stickers.
For the final touch I embossed the edges with Ultra Thick Embossing powder in black and added my title. Very simple but a fun way to give my creativity a boost and get me going for my next projects. 
Here are a few more of my tags that I’ve created in the past. I hope this has inspired you to get out some tags and play around with your products. Go wild and get messy with your paints and inks, and grab yourself a cup of tea and enjoy the coolness of fall ! For a complete list of Art Anthology products used, please visit our blog @
art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.