Monday, July 29, 2013

Christmas and the Macabre....

Hello wonderful crafty friends and welcome back!
Today I have such a fun post as I have had the incredible opportunity to create with images from an amazing artist by the name of Rick St. Dennis.  If you've heard of him, I need not say another word, if you haven't....Oh my word...check out his Etsy Store here!!! 

My hope was to create something 3D with these elaborately detailed images and so here is my matching gift set of an ornament and card using the fabulous EEK A Mouse digital stamp.
The process began by sizing it, printing it out 8 times in black and white and then coloring each of them one after the other to duplicate the look.  Yes, I could have colored one and then copied it, but seriously...something this fun needs to be colored manually. 
Cutting out two Stampin' Up! Apothecary Accent frames as the ornament base, I then fussy cut around 2 of the colored images and double foam mounted them to the ornament base; creating the front and back of the holiday gift.
Then the fun and tedious part of deciding which aspects of the image to decoupage, I cut out each section from two extra colored images and applied them with crystal effects and then repeated on the opposite side. 
(Santa's hat and leg, Snowman's hat, Elf's face and knee, little mouse and the golden star were all decoupaged)
Once the decoupaged pieces were in tact, I punched out the holiday greenery using the Tim Holtz Festive Greenery in a soft blue and then inking with Old Olive Ink.  Gluing the greenery into place on the front and back, I then added the red Stickles for berries, frosted the snowman with crystal effects and the fluffy white trim on Santa's outfit with Snow-Tex.
Since this is designed as a gift, I wanted this ornament to have a sentiment on it, so using the Cameo Silhouette machine, I cut out a banner shape and then designed the sentiment to fit the scenery. 
The wording was applied with clear crystal effects and the edges of the banner were inked in Antique Linen.

Last bit was to attach a bit of vintage red wire so that this gift will hang from a tree proudly.
Here is the card that I've designed to match the ornament, also decoupaged, but with flatter surface area so it's not too difficult to fit into an envelope.
There you go...
Project one for Christmas, but.....
Now to another holiday using even more incredible images from Rick St. Dennis.

Here is a fun little 3D Haunted Mansion to sit on the entry table come All Hallow's Eve
using the following images from Rick St. Dennis himself.

Colored up in nearly every Copic marker I have and then carefully using the X-Acto knife to remove the glass panes from each window.
Picking out a simple 3D house form on my Cameo Silhouette, I cut out a black house that would be used to transform the flat image into a workable 3D lighted image.
Below to the left you can see that I've attached the black 3D form to the inside of the haunted mansion and then re-cut the windows again. To the right below, you'll see the actual folded house that I'll bend and wrap the colored mansion around.

Setting the mansion, the resident and the unsuspecting trick or treaters to the base of a flipped lid with glue, I then sprayed the base with TH Dylusions black ink.
Below you can see how the white turned to the perfect shade of hazy, creepy, gray.
Introducing the resident of the spooky mansion....
How awesome is she?????? Totally awesome! 

Here's our little Trick or Treaters all ready to receive their surprise....mhwahahahaha
To add a few elements of eerie ambiance to this incredible mansion, I cut out a few trees, gated pieces, and hanging bat by light of moon as well as the required quota of tomb stones in the yard and then glued bits of moss and dead grass as well.
The image above is how it appears when under indoor lighting and just about to be transformed into the most fun nightlight and topic of conversation for our Halloween callers....

Oooohhhh, creepy!!!  
If you love the holidays and you love the ability to color images from cute to creepy then I highly recommend the wonderful works of Rick St. Dennis.
Here is the direct link to his Etsy store  and here is the fabulous blog.

Thank you SO very much for your visit and I appreciate all your time and comments truly.
Hugs n' Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Do They Hang Low? Do They Travel To and Fro???

 Ohhhh boy! I know what you're thinking!!  
"What on earth is Lisa singing about ears for???" Hee hee :)
Well good news...I'm not.
I'm referring to.....

Baker's Twine!!!!

That's right, twine. Over at the ever fabulous
our very own sensational Lisa S. is hosting this go around challenge of
Spooled Items!

So I figured why not make a cute little organizational box of Kraft paper spools to hold my twine spares.  Then when I saw this audacious and over the top fun image from QKR Stampede called Old Lady, with the spools of hair rollers on her head, I just knew I had to pull it all together somehow.  

Come on over and enjoy the fun and share with us a project that you've made that has incorporated something that comes from a spool. For example,ribbon, twine, wire, etc...
While you're there, submit your entry for the opportunity to win a prize from our sponsors, QKR Stampede and Bugaboo Stamps and don't forget to leave a TIP!

Thanks so much for your visit!
hugs n' happy stamping,
Lisa xx

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Going Battywampus ....

I know, I know, it's really cattywampus, but I love a play on words.  Today over at Top Tip Tuesday we're hosting a Circles or Hexagons Challenge!  There's an INCREDIBLE tutorial by our very own talented Annette on making Circle Step Cards, so you won't want to miss this very detailed and exceptional display of pure genius talent!! 
  Our incredible sponsors this time around are Fred She Said and Tiddly Inks 
My image titled Batty from Tiddly Inks, is hands down, THE coolest Halloween image and she looks just perfect standing in front of this incredible hexagon tea light holder.
Ohhh, so creepy!!  But seriously, isn't that a groovy reflection on the wall? 

Okay, that's the deets, so join us over at 
Top Tip Tuesday for our Circle or Hexagon Challenge
and be eligible for a prize from our Sponsor.  Leave a Tip and you could also win a Guest Design Spot too! 

Just real quick....I apologize for the quietness from myself. We were away on vacation and just returned to find that the hubster has taken a butt load of days off and we're trying to have a "stay in town" vacation.  LOL  Which translated means, oops, I forgot Spring Cleaning, let's do it now that's it's hotter than hoo-ha and who's going to take what shift watering the lawn so it doesn't die and when do when we meet with so n' so to pick out a whatnot for the new house?  It's quality time I tell ya!!! ;)
I promise that I will return, probably NOT rested, but eager to see what you've all been up to.
I miss you SOOOO much!!

Hugs to you all and happy crafting,
Lisa xx