Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Challenge for Creative Embellishments - NEW/BETTER PICTURES ADDED

Hi everyone.  So excited to share with you my challenge for the October challenge at CreativeEmbellishments.com/blog.  I absolutely was inspired by the wonderful chipboard pieces they carry in their store at CreativeEmbellishments.com. 

This challenge was so much fun.  I love Halloween.  I was so inspired by the creepy gates that I knew I had to incorporate them into my project.

The carousel:   The carousel is from the wonderful SVGCuts.com.  I did modify the pattern a bit to accommodate the battery operated lazy susan on the bottom.  It spins on its own - so cool.  The patterned paper is Eerie Tale from Graphic 45 and the card stock is from Bazzill.   I added spider webbing, flourish borders, and spiders to the top.  The top comes off so that you could stash treats or a small gift.

On the crown of the carousel, I used the web borders from Creative Embellishments.  I painted with black distress paint, added glossy accents and black and silver micro beads.  Once dry, I cut them into sections to fit.  When I saw the witches at Creative Embellishments, I was over the moon and had to have one flying over the carousel.  I painted with black distress paint and then added TH distress glitter.  I added skulls, spiders, and fussy cuts to spook it up a bit

Talk about bling - I used close to 1600 pieces of bling around the crown.  Labor of love, but definitely worth it.

The horses: were cut and layered with black Bazzil paper that I highlighted with purple stickles and layered over purple glitter paper.  I trimmed the hooves so that the purple would show through.  Instead of using this as a cupcake holder, I trimmed straws and modified the base a little so that it would look more like a traditional carousel.  On the inside piece I used plum cardstock, purple glitter stock, and black ravens.

The base:  I took a tray and turned it upside down and added two layers of chipboard so that it was level before covering it with paper. This also came in handy to puncture holes into to allow the graveyard, pumpkin patch, and fussy cut images to stand up straight.  I used Graphic 45 Eerie Tale for the base.  For the gates and fence, I painted heavy cardstock with black paint and then added some Rub and Buff in silver leaf to give a distressed look.  I added Rub and Buff to the tombstones as well.  The pumpkin patch and images are fussy cut from the Eerie Tale.  

  This was so much crazy fun to make.  I have to say that Creative Embellishments makes wonderful chipboard pieces.  They are detailed and stand up to inking, spraying, and what ever else you want to do to them without falling apart.  Their store is creativeembelishments.com.  Come join in the challenges and fun at their blog creativeembellishments.com/blog.


Monday, September 1, 2014

It's Official - I am Unruly

Hello all.  I am excited to share that I am a columnist for Unruly PaperArts beginning October 1st.  I stumbled across the blog in my constant search for new ideas to get inspired.  It was love at first sight. The blog is filled with unique projects, tutorials, and sponsored RAQ challenges (Reader Art Quest) based on a monthly theme that will be sure to keep those creative juices flowing. 

In addition to the UPA blog, there is also a Facebook page where you can share your creations, and a monthly newsletter chucked full of wonderful ideas and information. I hope you can join me on my new adventure.