Thursday, 13 November 2014

I can see clearly now

Hello big friends, and thank you for stopping by.

After the fun and frolic of the 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop - wasn't it GREAT? - I have emerged from my darkened room just in time to take part in the November Smeared and Smudged blog hop.
Here's the blog roll -
Black Dragon
Evil Edna
Jessica
Karen
LeslieRahye
Nanette
Kim
Sarah N
Keren
Susan


If you're following  the hop in order, you've arrived here from Sarah's blog.

The theme is TRANSPARENT, and for my offering I've used a snow globe.

These things are ace.  They are designed with a void in the middle which you can fill with whatever image you choose (and there's enough space to allow for a quite lumpy image).  The best bit is that you can change the image as often as you like - so you may be seeing the globe quite often in the future!

Mine's more of a Poe globe, actually...
This was such a quick project, using the watch stamp from Creative Expressions (with a bit of masking and DI on the background) and the Poe digi by Rick St Denis.  I actually printed out Poe for another project, but he wasn't the right size when I came to use him....then I lost the bit of paper...
Anyway, it was so quick it seemed a pity not to do another insert for the other side of the globe...and it looked so GOOD all magnified by the globe...so I did another one.
So once I'd finished, I got to thinking that it was all too easy for a blog hop project, (I like to give value for money!)  so I decided to make a little stand for the globe to sit on.  

I started with a carton that came with cans of lager.  (Of course, someone had to drink the lager.  The sacrifices I make for my art...)  It's a good weight, cuts well, and the price is right.  I found that one of my Spellbinders circles was just the right size for the globe to sit on so I cut three circles and glued them together.    
While I had the Big Shot out, I also cut a length of card with the Iron Works On the Edge die and another strip of card.  See the jar lid in the picture?  The strip of card was the same depth as that. the lid is there to provide support as the globe is relatively heavy and I don't want the card to collapse under the weight.
While the glue was drying, I cut some construction strips out of lightweight card (cut a 1 inch wide strip of card, score in half, and apply strong double-sided tape to the sides.  I use Template Tape from BCE.  I notched one side of the construction strip ready for the next stage - 

I glued the construction strip to the underside of the card circles.  I used glue as well as tape- the tape gave a quick grab, the glue makes sure that the project won't come unstuck.  I clamped it (mini clamps came from the pound shop!)  while it was drying.

Then I glued the jar lid to the underside with glue gel.  After that, it was just a matter of sticking the edging onto the platform. painting it and giving it a coat of Decoart Metallic Lustre wax in black.
So, if you're working your way through the blog hop, you're nearly done. On to Susan's blog!

Friday, 31 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 31

And we've done it!  The last day of the Smeared and Smudged Blog hop, and Halloween - Samhain for me.  If you've been a Wicked Blogger or a Horrifying Hopper and have made it all the way through,  I would say you definitely deserve your badge of honour!

If you’re following the blog hop in order, you’ve arrived here from Teresa’s blog.    If you’ve arrived from elsewhere and you’d like to work your way through all the participating blogs, the blog roll is in the sidebar – just start at the beginning or wherever suits you best.

For the first time I've posted a project a day every day for a month and now I'm going to have a nice lie  down for a bit.  Before I do, here's my contribution for the hop.


I've always been fascinated by the word casket (I'm from the U.K. - it doesn't have quite the same meaning as it does in the U.S.A! )  It was the bit in Snow White where the wicked queen tells the huntsman to kill Snow White and bring back her heart in a casket...Anyway, this is definitely a casket.  As you can see,  I had lots of fun with the crackle and distressing because I wanted it to look like it had been dug up.





The gold wreath on the top of the box (sorry, casket) is a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine a couple of issues ago.  It's on tissue paper that I've adhered to the lid with my favourite clear floor polish.  One day someone is going to catch on to the fact that Pledge Multi-Surface wax(formerly known as Klear) is a very useful crafting product and start selling it in teeny tiny bottles and charge us lots of pennies for it...so grab it now, I say!  I brushed it all over the box and the skull cameo (the skull is moulded from white polymer clay and antiqued with paint, then stuck onto a bit of black polymer clay baked separately).





Hope you enjoyed your visits throughout the hop.  Don't forget that Scavenger Items are hidden randomly on the Wicked Blogs, and are not guaranteed to be available every day. You will have to visit blogs to find them - today's your last chance!   If you find one, you will email and let us know exactly where it was and your name will go into that scavenger item's drawing. Each person who finds the "hidden" picture will get one entry. The drawing for each scavenger prize will be the day after it was posted and winners will be chosen by random number based on who emailed. Thank you for visiting. and for all your lovely comments;  special thanks to those of you who  follow my blog ( I cherish each and every one of you, I really do.) 

Now, if you’re working your way through the roll, it’s on to Renee for the last time. Bye now -and hope to see you soon!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 30

Hello folks, and it’s day 30  of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.


If you’re following the blog hop in order, you’ve arrived here from Teresa’s blog.    If you’ve arrived from elsewhere and you’d like to work your way through all the participating blogs, the blog roll is in the sidebar – just start at the beginning or wherever suits you best.


Here's today's offering -





These little pop-up box cards are very popular at the moment.   I've covered the sides of the box with paper from Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells (my favourite collection - I bought three sets, one to use, one to cherish, and one just in case) The black cat is a Movers & Shapers die covered with black Distress glitter, the moon was painted yellow and covered with clear Distress glitter (I don't have any yellow) and the ghosts are cut out of white parchment.

Everything is stuck onto acetate (packaging material) using double-sided adhesive sheet.  I'd've used my Xyron if I'd remembered where I left it.  The spooky trees that you can just see in the background are the Clarity split tree (I get a lot of use out of that stamp) and the Happy Halloween is a very old All Night Media sentiment (coloured orange with alcohol markers as I didn't have any orange embossing powder).


Hope you are enjoying the hop.  Don't forget that Scavenger Items will be hidden randomly on the Wicked Blogs, and are not guaranteed to be available every day. You will have to visit blogs to find them. If you find one, you will email and let us know exactly where it was and your name will go into that scavenger item's drawing. Each person who finds the "hidden" picture will get one entry. The drawing for each scavenger prize will be the day after it was posted and winners will be chosen by random number based on who emailed. Thank you for visiting.  Now, if you’re working your way through the roll, it’s on to Renee.  Bye now!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 29

Hello folks, and it’s day 29 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

If you’re following the blog hop in order, you’ve arrived here from Teresa’s blog.    If you’ve arrived from elsewhere and you’d like to work your way through all the participating blogs, the blog roll is in the sidebar – just start at the beginning or wherever suits you best.

For once - an ordinary, plain card that doesn't do anything.  (It had to happen sooner or later!)  This one is assembled from pits and pieces that were made for other projects but weren't used.  The Docrafts Daisy & Dandelion cat is ready for Trick or Treating disguised as a skeleton this time.  The bats and pumpkins are part of the same set.



You've probably spotted that the background paper is more of the G45 Eerie Tale collection.   If you look very carefully you can see that the main part is two smaller bits joined together.  (I call it being thrifty!)  Way back at the beginning of the blog hop I made a card with the Rickety House die cut where I'd filled in the windows with the shapes from a second one?  This is the rest of it, painted black, and with a bit of leftover orange card behind it.  Actually, a couple of bits - you can't see the joins because I have hidden them at the back...cunning, eh?


Hope you are enjoying the hop.  Don't forget that Scavenger Items will be hidden randomly on the Wicked Blogs, and are not guaranteed to be available every day. You will have to visit blogs to find them. If you find one, you will email and let us know exactly where it was and your name will go into that scavenger item's drawing. Each person who finds the "hidden" picture will get one entry. The drawing for each scavenger prize will be the day after it was posted and winners will be chosen by random number based on who emailed. Thank you for visiting.  Now, if you’re working your way through the roll, it’s on to Renee.  Bye now!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 28

Hello folks, and it’s day 28 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

If you’re following the blog hop in order, you’ve arrived here from Teresa’s blog.    If you’ve arrived from elsewhere and you’d like to work your way through all the participating blogs, the blog roll is in the sidebar – just start at the beginning or wherever suits you best.

Not long left now.  You might have spotted this lurking in the corner of yesterday's post.



I've been resisting getting the Alterations Luminary die for ages.  You know when you see all the cool stuff that they show at CHA and you draw up your wish list?  Well, this was at the top of my wish list.  By the time it was on sale, though, I'd persuaded myself that I didn't NEED it..what would I use it for...and it's a big one so it's a lot of cash...I almost bought it a few times and talked myself out of it...and then I finally gave in when I found it on offer somewhere. 

You can just make out the stamping on this one (it is there, I promise).  It's my favourite De Stempelwinkel skull again, stamped onto tracing paper (yes, the thin stuff you used for, well, tracing) with clear embossing ink and embossed with clear detail embossing powder.  The luminary I covered with Viva Decor Rust paint.  I'm always looking for ways of making paper look like something else - I collect techniques, if truth be told! - and this stuff didn't look very promising in the pot.   I'm glad I overcame my prejudice, because it works really well, especially with a light touch of Pinflair glitter paste in rust and aqua colours (they came with the paint in a set I got from Create & Craft) here and there - I just rubbed it on with my fingers.

A battery taillight inside and it looks very impressive - well, I think so.




Hope you are enjoying the hop.  Don't forget that Scavenger Items will be hidden randomly on the Wicked Blogs, and are not guaranteed to be available every day. You will have to visit blogs to find them. If you find one, you will email and let us know exactly where it was and your name will go into that scavenger item's drawing. Each person who finds the "hidden" picture will get one entry. The drawing for each scavenger prize will be the day after it was posted and winners will be chosen by random number based on who emailed. Thank you for visiting.  Now, if you’re working your way through the roll, it’s on to Renee.  Bye now!

Monday, 27 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 27

Hello folks, and it’s day 27 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

If you’re following the blog hop in order, you’ve arrived here from Teresa’s blog.    If you’ve arrived from elsewhere and you’d like to work your way through all the participating blogs, the blog roll is in the sidebar – just start at the beginning or wherever suits you best.

Today's offering is a tag, using the fallen angel stamp from De Stempelwinkel .
This time I've surrounded her with flames from Sheena's  A Little Bit Magical - From the Ashes  set.  I stamped the flames in front first and masked them before I stamped the angel, masked her, and then stamped the rest of the flames.  Then I got on with  colouring the background of the tag with Distress inks.  It's really helpful that they now make Post-It notes that are sticky all over except for a little bit at the edge (or of opposite to the usual ones) - it's much easier to keep the mask in place!  Finally I got busy with the colouring pens.  (I accidentally used Archival ink to stamp the image (schoolgirl error) so couldn't use alcohol markers and had to resort to the water-based felt-tips)

Last of all I added the messages from a collage sheet I got from Etsy.

Being the organised sort of person I am (koff koff) I've been working on the projects for the hop since it was announced in August.  Just as well as I am still starry-eyed from the visit to the Harry Potter studios and now want to make all sorts of Potter-inspired stuff...

Here's a couple of pictures -


Anyway, back to normality...or what passes for it in my little world...

Hope you are enjoying the hop.  Don't forget that Scavenger Items will be hidden randomly on the Wicked Blogs, and are not guaranteed to be available every day. You will have to visit blogs to find them. If you find one, you will email and let us know exactly where it was and your name will go into that scavenger item's drawing. Each person who finds the "hidden" picture will get one entry. The drawing for each scavenger prize will be the day after it was posted and winners will be chosen by random number based on who emailed. Thank you for visiting.  Now, if you’re working your way through the roll, it’s on to Renee.  Bye now!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 26

Hello folks, and it’s day 26 of the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween Blog Hop.  All you have to do to take part is to hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project.  All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

If you’re following the blog hop in order, you’ve arrived here from Teresa’s blog.    If you’ve arrived from elsewhere and you’d like to work your way through all the participating blogs, the blog roll is in the sidebar – just start at the beginning or wherever suits you best.


If you're hoping for an update about the Harry Potter studios, I am recovering from yesterday's excursion and all I will say for now is that it is AMAZING and if you have a chance to go don't hesitate, just get there.  I want to watch all the films again!  

Can you believe that Halloween is on Friday - where does the time go to?   Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get to a workshop with the wonderful Hels Sheridan, who does wonderful stuff with Melt Pots and beeswax and tissues and stuff, and this canvas is based on what I learned.  (There's good stuff on YouTube by Suze Weinberg if you're interested in the technique.  I've used stamps from De Stempelwinkel again and the flowers and bat are moulded - the flowers are air-dry clay painted black and the bat is polymer clay.   Because the polymer clay is quite thin in places, I left the bat in the mould when I baked it- the silicon is quite happy in the oven. 

 I had a bit of black card that I'd die cut with an On The Edge die that looked as if it belonged on the canvas, so I added that as well.

I made the little spider dangler with a charm I got from Ebay. 


Hope you are enjoying the hop.  Don't forget that Scavenger Items will be hidden randomly on the Wicked Blogs, and are not guaranteed to be available every day. You will have to visit blogs to find them. If you find one, you will email and let us know exactly where it was and your name will go into that scavenger item's drawing. Each person who finds the "hidden" picture will get one entry. The drawing for each scavenger prize will be the day after it was posted and winners will be chosen by random number based on who emailed.  Thank you for visiting.  Now, if you’re working your way through the roll, it’s on to Renee.  Bye now!