Design team member of Alpha Stamps, moderator at Craftster, lover of ephemera and junk.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Flashback: A Little Halloween

Thanks to Photobucket's new policy on 3rd party hosting, I'm cleaning out there and moving my photos here. Here are a few Halloween items not previously published here.

1. A set of Halloween matchboxes, shown here in super size.
And, when open.
  
2. A polymer clay witch, ready for trick or treating:
Face:

A grinning happy jack pumpkin with a painted candlestick stand. I love painting those faux pumpkins from Michaels.

Fall was in the air this morning. More Halloween will be on the way!




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Night Witch

It's never too early for Halloween, and who better to announce its imminent arrival than the Night Witch? I was inspired by this cobweb chipboard insert and a lovely deep blue sky scrapbook paper to make (yet another) altered Altoids tin. Plus, I can't get enough of those tiny stars that I used in my "Lucky Stars" shrine last month, so they also play a starring role. (See what I did there?)

I painted the spider web insert to match the background paper. Normally, I would insert it behind the rolled lip of the tin, but on this project, I liked it sitting on top. While I had my colors mixed, I also painted the wooden stand, and then distressed it with some ink to darken it up a bit. The bat is a plastic cupcake pick with the "pick" part cut off. He's attached to the top of the tin with a little Apoxie Sculpt. I used a toothpick and some red paint to give him some glowing eyes.

I altered the witch image a bit: the hat was given a stripey band and a gold star, and outlined slightly with a gold Sharpie to make it stand out from the background. Then, to make the image more dimensional, I cut out the witch's arms and the cat from a second, identical image. I attached her left arm flush at the shoulder, and used a foam glue dot to elevate the cat and her right arm. The cat's eyes are highlighted with a little green paint and a dot of ink for pupils.

Here's a shot of the back. I'm sure you can see why I love that rich blue paper so much! The star medallion on the foot not only ties in with the rest of the gold in the stars above, but makes the stand super sturdy.

Happy haunting! For a list of supplies I used on this project, click here.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Flashback: Fairy Godmother

I did this several years ago for a swap on Craftster.org. I found the most perfect photo of a fairy godmother (look at her! I'm sure that's who she was!) in an antique mall, and crowned her with a cigar band crown. She proclaims, as any good godmother would: "Anything you wish, sweetie!"

This art is mounted on a 4" by 4" board. There are lots of advantages to being married to a woodworker: I get all the scraps!

I hope this godmother has performed her duties well in her new home.
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