Friday, November 16, 2018

Santa's Magic Key

Hello!! I'm here today with a bit of Christmas. I don't know about you but I am a true believer of Santa. And since I don't have a chimney a magical key is needed. The ATC Shrine with Feet is the perfect size for displaying this bit of magic.

Begin by painting the inside of the ATC Shrine box black. 

Cut patterned paper to size and adhere to the inside of Shrine. Sand edges and blend with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 

Prepare outside surface of Shrine by embossing a piece of watercolor paper using Tim Holtz's Lumber 3D Texture Fade folder. Paint embossed piece to resemble wood. Randomly spray with Distress Resist Spray. While the Resist Spray is still wet sprinkle with Distress Stickles and set aside to dry. The random effects of the Distress Resist Spray makes for the perfect snow. 

Assemble Shrine and adhere the snowy wood background to the outside. 

Die cut an oval and apply to the inside of Shrine using foam squares to add depth. Using greenery die cut from Holiday Greens thinlets begin building a background. Not pictured because I got too caught up in the fun - Die cut two more oval shapes and layer. Using foam squares adhere layered ovals on top of greenery. 

Grunge up a metal key using Mushroom Alchohol Ink. 

Apply Gold Alcohol Ink to a Story Stick and color in the word with Picket Fence Distress Crayon. 

Add a seam binding bow to the top of the key and tie on the Story Stick. Adhere to key onto layered oval. Add a Christmas Quote Chip to the bottom edge of the Shrine. 

I haven't started decorating quite yet but, I am looking forward to finding the perfect spot for my magic key Shrine. I'll be sure to leave it somewhere safe so Santa can easily find it to drop off all my goodies. I promise I've been good enough for lots of crafty presents!! 

Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Winter Wonder Santos Doll

Hello!! I don't know about you but now that Halloween is done and over I am ready to start Christmas creating!! When I saw the Wings Assortment Mini set (coming soon) I knew they would be perfect on a Santos Doll. I don't have an angel for my tree so I thought I would make one to display on a shelf or tabletop. Plus I love any reason to make another Santos Doll!!

Begin by painting a thin layer of gesso over the Santos doll body. Once dry paint face and hands flesh color. 

Smoosh Iced Spruce Distress Oxide on craft mat using palette knife mix Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Crackle into ink. Use palette knife to apply texture paste to doll body. Set aside to air dry. 

Once dry distress body with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon. Rub crayon on and blend in with paper towel, wipe away excess with baby wipe. 

Paint a base layer of Ground Espresso Distress Paint on wings. Once dry smoosh Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide onto wings and lightly spray. Set aside to air dry. Once dry layer more Frayed Burlap if desired. Using a scrunched up paper towel randomly pounce on Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. Heat set to make sure all layers are dry. Randomly apply Vintage Photo Distress Crayon. Don't blend in the crayon as it leaves a nice texture. Keep building layers until you reach desired look. 

Paint the base of the Santos brown. Paint all pieces front and back. Apply faux cinnamon rust to each piece. Using a cosmetics sponge apply brown paint and then dip directly into cinnamon. Pounce on more brown paint and heat set. If you have a heat gun that runs hot you can burn the cinnamon for that great crusty effect. But be careful!! 

Mix Antique Linen Distress Oxide with the Crackle Texture Paste using the same technique as above. Using a palette knife lightly and randomly apply to the Santos base. Set aside to air dry. Once dry add Pumice Stone Distress Crayon to crackled areas. As Tim says Pumice Stone is the perfect non-color. It helps the cracks to pop but doesn't overwhelm the color of the crackle paste. 

Look at that crusty crackle!! 

Cut a length of Eclectic Elements Craft Thread and run thru a baby wipe. Lay on craft mat and randomly run Vintage Photo Distress Crayon along thread. Run baby wipe across thread again. Set aside to dry. 

Sew doll body together with distressed thread. 

Using Distress Collage Medium in the cut outs of the cage skirt base and bottom construct skirt. Adhere doll body on top of skirt base. 

Construct a crown from a piece of Silver Metallic Kraft. Heat emboss crown with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves. Paint the back side of crown with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. 

Add a bit of color to a Christmas Typed Token with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. Once paint is dry rub Picket Fence Distress Crayon into text on token. Wipe away excess with paper towel. Using the colored Craft Thread attach token to base of mini tree. Attach tree to the top of the cage base and position hands to look like they are holding it. 

Make a small necklace from Aqua Iridescent Beade Chain and add Milagros Adornment bird charm. 

Are you beginning to think about creating Christmas projects or do you still have a few more Fall ideas? I love creating and decorating for Christmas and always feel like I run out of time so if you need me I'll be in the studio. 
Thanks for stopping by!! Be sure to leave a note and say hi!!
Happy Creating ~ Jennalee

Friday, October 19, 2018

Bewitched Candy Box

Hello!! I'm here today with a Bewitching candy box. My favorite part of Halloween is most definitely the candy and who doesn't love having a cute way to display or gift a favorite treat. With an easy gusset, we can make the cauldron from the Be Witched Shape Set 3D. Let's get started!!

Begin by painting both cauldrons black front and back. Once dry run thru Xyron sticker maker. Apply glitter. This is my favorite way to add glitter because there is no dry time for glue and it's way less messy!!

To make your gusset cut a piece of black cardstock approximately 1.25" wide by 4.5" long. Score .25 inch from the long edge on both sides. Once scored cut V shapes approximately every quarter inch along each long edge. Fold the score lines, working one side at a time apply adhesive along the edges and adhere to the back side of each cauldron piece. 

Paint a base layer on the witch's feet both front and back. Apply purple glitter to the shoes and create stripes for the stockings using glitter tape dyed with Alchohol Ink. 

Prepare the second set of legs from the set by painting front and back black. Prepare two small wood skewers painted black. Cut a block of foam to size to fit in cauldron. Once the paint all pieces have dried adhere skewers sandwiched between the front and back legs.

Once the legs have dried insert skewers into the foam block.

Prepare hat by painting both front and back purple, run thru Xyron and apply purple glitter. 

Dye the Baubles that will overflow from the cauldron. Using a small zipper seal plastic bag add a few drops of Alcohol Ink and insert Baubles. Roll them around and add ink as needed. Remove from bag and set Baubles aside to dry.  

Color a variety of sizes of Baubles using Sunset Orange, Purple Twilight, Citrus, and Watermelon Alcohol Ink. 

Adhere Baubles down the front of the cauldron as if they are bubbles cascading over the edge. 

Spray Mummy Cloth with Twisted Citron Distress Spray Stain and heat set. Glue Mummy Cloth over the foam piece inside the cauldron and on top of the Trinket Box under the cauldron and hat. 

Cut Trinket Box from Mat Board covered in paper from Halloween Paper Stash. Blend edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and fill in fold lines with Black Soot Distress Marker. Use double sided super tape to assemble box. (Not all pieces are shown here.)

Cut a length of purple seam binding to wrap around the box and layer a Halloween Quote Chip on the front. Finish off by adhereing the Mummy Cloth, cauldron, and hat to the box top. Once the cauldron placement is figured out add remaining Baubles cascading onto the box top, fill with candy and enjoy. 

Although I think this project rounds up my Halloween creating that doesn't mean I won't continue the celebration with more candy!! 
Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Midnight Apothecarist

Hello!! I just had to make another pair of witch boots from Tim Holtz's Ice Skates die from Sizzix. I stepped out of my normal whimsical Halloween style with this Etcetera Tag but really wanted to make a slightly more spooky piece for these boots. 

Begin prepping a small Etcetera Tag measuring 5 1/2" x 10". Adhere black Kraft-Stock with Distress Collage Medium. Randomly sand and then ink with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. 

Cut piece of Worn Wallpaper Halloween to size. Distress edges and randomly and bend wallpapaer to allow the black background to peek thru. Blend Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and messy stitch around the edges. Adhere the Worn Wallpaper layer using Distress Collage Medium. 

Don't adhere the bent corners to give the piece more dimension. 

Distress the edges of ephemera using the Paper Distresser tool and then ink with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Some of the labels are from the Ephemera Halloween pack and some are cut from Paper Stash Halloween. 

Heat emboss Star Adornments with Rocky Road Baked Texture. Allow stars to cool and then add Walnut Stain Distress Crayon. 

Prepare photo taken from Idea-ology Framed Portraits Halloween. Distress and ink edges using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Tear a piece of linen to size to frame photo and layer on a piece of sanded Kraft-Stock. Messy Stitch around photo. Finish off with Halloween Clippings Stickers.  

Cut a pair of Ice Skates from black cardstock adhered to a piece of Mixed Media paper. 

Cut along white lines shown for your witch boot. Cut a notch in the heel for extra detail. 

Cover boots with a layer of Distress Crazing Medium and allow to air dry. Once boots have dried rub Prima Umber Artisan Powder into the cracks and wipe away excess. Cut a length of Eclectic Elements Craft Thread and run thru a paper towel to dampen. Randomly run Walnut Stain Distress Crayon along the length of Craft Thread. With needle thread boots by beginning at back of boot and pulling thread thru til even lengths are on front and back. Thread thru every other hole and leave remaining tale at top of boot. Move needle to other end of thread and thread remaing holes on boot. Tie the remaining tales at top of boot. 

Layer ephemera behind photo and adhere to tag. Adhere Stars randomly around the tag using Distress Collage Medium which works perfectly on metal pieces. To top off the tag run a piece of black Kraft-Stock thru Botanical 3D Texture Fade. Cut to size and adhere to hole reniforcer. Once dry sand edge and ink with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Adhere reinforcer to tag. 

Attach boots to tag using foam squares for added dimension. 

I really enjoyed working with some darker colors and a little bit spookier of a theme on this piece. I have one maybe two more Halloween projects planned and then I think it's time to start thinking about Christmas!! What is your favorite holiday to create for?

As always thanks for stopping by.
Happy Creating ~ Jennalee