October 5, 2018

Embalm Stamped Candleholders

Just wanted to share this quick project I did for Alpha Stamps. Are you ready for Halloween???

"Wow! These turned out great!
Not much to tell you about… you can see Rhonda’s work-in-progress photo below (stamp the new Crowned Skull Cling Stamp with black ink on parchment… color with colored pencils… tear the edges… glue to a mason jar). Oh, and tie on some cheesecloth with a bit of twine or ribbon (and put a tealight inside).
Nice job, Rhonda!"


September 29, 2018

Welcome To My Haunted House

Yes, yes, it is that time again. My FaVoRiTe time of year for creating! How about we start with this creepy Haunted House Book. And pretty much everything can be found at over at Alpha Stamps but better yet, the newest kit called, "Nightfall Haunted House ".

Vintage doll parts are a fav, like these eyes glaring through the windows on this house. These baby blues came from my personal collection and are on the collage sheet Creepy Dolls. When I use one of my doll's  images, they giggle from my studio with delight! It used to freak my family out, but they are used to it now. But not the dogs. They run and hide when the dolls make noise.

Decisions, decisions. Which image should I use beneath my many cabochons? This Halloween Pendants Collage Sheet gives me so many options!

I have lots of round and oval cabochons, but not rectangular. These are a wonderful addition to create with and you can even get these rectangular frames that fit around nicely. I painted these a deep orange and then used a white gel pen to add some depth and detail. 

For those of you who have trouble deciding for yourself, how about one of these pre made cabachons. Both come in the new Nightfall Haunted House Kit. 

The Nightfall Kit comes with paper from the 6x6 Nightfall pad. If you are like me, you like the paper in the larger 12x12 size as well. The larger sized pad comes with this spooky sheet of stickers that I could not resist using.

She sees you when you're sleeping, she knows when you're awake. 

To make the Mini Haunted House Chipboard Set into a book, simply punch two holes into each page and tie off with some ribbon, twine, or even wire. Be sure to measure so that you place the holes in the same location on each "page".

I hope you feel inspired and enjoy this festive yet spooky season! Thanks for visiting!


September 22, 2018

An Ode to the Black Cat

The first pet I ever owned as an adult was a stray black cat. I had him for over 15 years and he was my baby. After he went over the rainbow bridge, another black stray showed up. He has the same meow, lays in the same places, and acts exactly the same. Sometimes I wonder if he isn't the same cat in a new body. They do say cats have nine lives.  I've now had him for 12 years. Or should I say he has had me? 

I know those of you who know me will find this hard to believe, hahaha, but I do have a few vintage black cats and vintage Halloween black cats. So in honor of my love of  black cats, here are some cool shrines which you can now get over at Alpha Stamps.

This little guy, which came from the Halloween 2x2 Collage Sheet, is on a little spring I made from twisted wire. Watch out, he might bite. 

Vintage glass glitter always makes everything better. I painted the shrine black first, then added lots of black glass glitter.

Vintage Halloween 2x2 Number Squares Scrapbook Paper is great for a Halloween themed countdown. Even better, it's included in the Halloween Kit

To attach the moon, I painted a wood skewer black, wrapped it in wire, and added more glass glitter. A little line of glue sealed it into place. I'm just over the moon with this idea, lol.  

Black cats and the number 13 have always been lucky for me. I guess this little shrine might scare some people. 

I always like the back of my project to look as good as the front. This precious child looking lovingly at this fella made me chuckle.  You can find it here, Halloween #1 Collage Sheet

Halloween is my favorite time for projects and the latest kit from Alpha Stamps has once again filled my creativity. Be sure to check out all of the other Spook-tacular  themed goodies including TONS of vintage imaged collage sheets and more! And for my complete supply list, just click the link below.

Thanks for stopping by,

August 24, 2018

Nature Study

If you're anything like me, you love vintage images of nature and butterflies. Another favorite, library card catalog drawers, thread drawers, any and all drawers. This months Anthology ATC Kit over at Alpha Stamps brings plenty of variety for use on a multitude of projects, including my Nature Study. Let's take a peek inside of my tiny specimen drawers.

I began with this cool ATC Envelope Folder that is easy to decorate, and has plenty of spots to add lots of detail.

Of course, there are lots of different routes to take with the included kit supplies, but I chose this fabulous Antholog.y 12x12 Scrapbook Paper called Apothecary Drawers, also available at Alpha Stamps.

I am absolutely in love with this paper!

Recently I have found a passion for using water colors. Above is a Water Media ATC Card which seemed perfect for a little color splash. A beautiful Dresden Butterfly specimen is included.

On the other side I added another splash, a sampling of beetles from the 12x12 page Anthology Scrapbook Paper - Ephemera, and some real vintage ephemera from an old book.

To add even more details and "specimens" to my study, I used this ATC Ticket Journal.

I used a combination of images from the English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet and a vintage book about moths by W.J. Holland. Did you notice that my Kraft ATC Envelope is addressed to him?

Do you feel inspired yet? I hope so! My next project with be for the ornithologist, again using supplies left from this beautiful kit.

Thanks for stopping by!