Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dreamweaver: 31 Days of Halloween with Smeared and Smudged - Day 25

The Dream Team are dipping their fingers into all things spooky, creepy, and scary, as we play along with the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween. The team will be taking turns to fill the quota of 31 days on the Dream It Up! blog, and posting on their own blogs as well. Be sure to leave them lots of love as this is truly a challenge for many of them! Here is my post for today:

 Today's card features the large Tapestry/Damask stencil machine-embossed on Core'dinations cardstock, and sanded to reveal the gray core as the base. The large focal panel is the Mirror Mirror image from Stampendous, stamped in black on white cardstock, and ink and edge distressed. The center of the mirror is the witch profile, but just to channel my inner Disney Haunted Mansion leanings, I embossed in white the Dreamweaver Cameo on Core'dinations vellum, framed in black, and popped up over the top. If you look carefully, you'll see the pretty cameo profile, with the witch silhouette underneath. Bwahahahahaha. To add to the ambiance, the Dreamweaver Bats and the Raven were cut from paper stamped in black using the Stampendous Ornate Border. More ink-distressing, and red rhinestones, a strip of May Arts Chevron ribbon, and the card had the eerie feel that I was aiming for.

The Smeared and Smudged site is offering prizes each day of the month by a long list of sponsors...Dreamweaver being one of them, but we are also offering one stencil to one lucky commenter on the Dream It Up! blog each day of the month! So, leave your comment below before heading over the Smeared and Smudged blog to view all of the other creepiness! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Stampendous and HHH Enterprises Jewelry: A CRYPTic Pendant from Beyond

HHH Enterprises Jewelry pieces were quite a nice surprise for me. I hadn't seen them before, but loved all of the possibilities that my busy brain was thinking of! My favorite in my batch of goodies from them, was this cool box with the glass door on it. I instantly wanted to do something creepy for Halloween...sort of CRYPTic, if you know what I mean.

My first step was to place several drops of Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage into the box, enough to cover the bottom. I sprinkled Stampendous Purple Micro Glitter over the wet surface, and set it aside to dry about five minutes. (There's a reason they call this stuff FAST Finish!) While that was drying, I stamped the Cling Tomb Elements image with Tuxedo Black Memento on white tissue paper. I turned the piece over and colored the skeleton on the back with a Pentel White Paint Marker. This kept the skeleton standing out, and the tissue disappearing into the background. I added a few more drops of Fast Finish over the glitter layer, placed the tissue piece on top, and added a few more drops, pressing slightly to smooth the tissue piece. This, too, was set aside to dry for a few minutes. Meanwhile, I found a long bead chain in the same color as the metal on the box, an old rusty safety pin (which I brushed a sealer over), and a couple of charms ( a frog and a snake) that I had stashed away. Both were antiqued a bit by daubing some Black StazOn ink over the surface, and heating with a heat tool. I brushed a bit of glue over each and covered this in green Micro Glitter. Finally, I added a couple more drops of Fast Finish just at the bottom of the box, and sprinkled with Stampendous Trick or Treat Color Fragments for more texture and dimension. A couple of tiny glowing green crystals were added for eyes, and I hand-painted a spider web in the corner of the glass door with Copic white and a fine brush.

Be sure to follow the rest of the Stampendous team that are posting for this event by heading to the Stampendous blog. To purchase the HHH Enterprises products seen here, visit their website HERE. To purchase Stampendous product, visit your local retailer, or online HERE.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Woodware: A Winter White Wonderland for Christmas

This week the Woodware team are dreaming of a white Christmas. Living in Southern California doesn't provide much opportunity for this, but I can pretend...

My card features a white panel, machine-embossed with the new Dreamweaver Quatrefoil background, and then inked through with Versamark, and embossed with Stampendous Crystal Embossing Powder. Over the top is another white panel with the new Dreamweaver Nested Ornament Diese cut from it, and then run through my embossing machine with the Dreamweaver Christmas Borders Embossing Folder. This was adhered with dimensional foam adhesive squares to pop it away from the background. A sheer polka dot ribbon bow was added, along with Mark Richards Crystal strips for added bling. All in all, this card is very simple to recreate in multiples, and easily changed with many of the Dreamweaver backgrounds and dies...and even in non-white!

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