Friday, September 19, 2014

A Special Place for a Skeleton!

 I found this cool little box at Hobby Lobby and just had to have it. I seem to collect anything wooden that looks remotely interesting.
Anyway, it looked like a perfect little Halloween box to decorate! 


This is the front with German Scrap on the bottom with my little wooden Punkins that I painted.
The Candelabra and Cat are Masonite cut outs from Retro Cafe Art Gallery...of course, as well as the Bat on top.
The papers and stickers are all from Graphic 45.

You open the door and Viola! Here's what you get!

With a little adjustment, the Skeleton fit into the box...bend carefully and the chipboard will be OK. 

The Pumpkins are colored with 2 colors of Inka Gold. and the Spider is painted and penned.
Boo is from the Newsprint Word Collage Cut Outs.

I love the checkered papers along the sides and tops. Perfect fit here.

You can see the different layers of UTEE on the Bat Cut Out and the Purple Glitter Glue on the Spider.

I painted the Candelabra white and added Sharpie Markers in blue and purple. Mr. Cat has Black Distress Stickles on him.
The Orange German Scrap was sanded and then the Inka Golds were added.
Black Cats and Happy Haunting are stickers from G45.

The little wooden Punkins are fun to paint with Liquid Pearls, and their faces are added with a fine black Sharpie pen.

And this is the back.....Gotta LOVE those pumpkin letters!!!
Check out all the great products at
Retro Cafe Art Gallery...Kristin will fix you right up!

That's it for today.... this little box needs a Special friend....I think I'll send it on it's way.


Retro Cafe Art Gallery Products:
Inka Gold-Copper and Green Yellow

Monday, September 15, 2014

Finnabair Creative Team Post Time!!!

 Well, the time has finally arrived when I can show you a project I created for the new
Finnabair Creative Team!

I am soooooo honored to be on this team with these uber talented ladies. And Ania's kindness is unsurpassed. The box of goodies we received left me speechless...and that takes a LOT!
So without further ado, I give you my take on Finnabair's
 Every Monday and Friday there will be a project with either videos or picture tutorials on her blog to teach you all about Finnabair's "new babies" here. 

After removing the back, I painted parts with Heavy White Gesso.  Then I added a swath of Copper CrackleTexture Paste with a palette knife. 

When the crackle was dry, I used Fresco Acrylic Chalk Paints to add various blues to the white gesso areas. I also added some Distress Inks and Perfect Pearl Mists. 

Then I stamped the Fishnet Clear Stamp randomly with black archival ink. Heat-set. 

Finally, I added stenciling with the Prima stencil Flourish using a foam square and black archival ink, and a bit of Gold Metallic Alcohol Ink. I also sealed it at this point.

 I painted Heavy White Gesso with a splotchy pattern around the outside of the clock.   

Then I added more Fresco Paints in the turquoise family. 

When dry, I used a sponge brush to add Copper Crackle Paste blending the edges with the blue paint. Let it dry.

 Next add the Threading stamp around the clock with both black and coffee archival ink.  Don’t put it on a block, just roll it here and there stamping a small portion of the stamp. 

Using the back of your clock, trace it onto the White Resist Canvas-Scales and cut out. Glue to the back with Soft Matte Gel. Add distress inks in the orange and yellow colors to the canvas area. Note the “resist” area will not take the color. This is so cool! 

Stamp a background using Stamps and Adverts and Adverts with black archival ink. 

I added a bit of Heavy Black Gesso to the Large Clockface and the edges of 2 wooden blocks. The blocks will be your base for the picture of the children. Then I spread some Soft Gel around the circle (the distress inks all blend and bleed together here) and sprinkled a bit of Luminous and  Ebony and Ivory Glitter into it. 

The next step is to put together the collage inside your clock.
I cut around the picture of the children from Found Relatives by Tim Holtz and edged with a pen. The medium size Bottlecap is filled with Soft Matte Gel with more at the edges. The wooden button with waxed linen tied in a bow is added to the center, and the edges are filled with Plum, Licorice and Zinc Glass Beads. These are so gorgeous!!! 

I used Mini Flowers, a Washer #1, and a Numeral 5 with some Junkyard Findings that I glued on with 3D Matte Gel. This stuff REALLY is great for gluing heavier pieces. Now you can add your children that will sit on top of the 2 wooden blocks. 

I picked out some Prima flowers and leaves to add to the outside. They seemed to want to be sprinkled with something….so I broke out the Art Sugar!  I used a small brush to add some Soft Matte Gel and then dipped them into the jar. Shake them off a bit and you’re done! Here I used the White and Charcoal Sugars. 

I bent the larger metal pieces to the shape of the clock and glued the embellishments together with the 3D Matte Gel. I love adding the Junkyard Findings to the larger pieces. 

The outside is decorated with Mechanicals from Leaves 1Leaves 2Mini Flowers, some small Junkyard Findings, and a Lady Bird Butterfly.  I also added a bit of Black Sand Texture Paste  just to see how it worked. It's a white and black texture on the outside. VERY cool stuff. 

The 3D Matt Gel is amazing! It's so easy to use and boy, does it work!!! Those metal embellishments are not moving! 

I must say the new Art Sugars on the flowers and leaves are stunningly gorgeous!!!
The Beads and Art Glitters inside along with stamps were perfect ways to add a bit of glitz.

So if you want to see all amazing work from the other Designers, go to 

Finnabair's Blog

 every Monday and Friday for great projects with all these wonderful products. Don't forget to leave them some love!

You will not be sorry!

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