Monday, September 30, 2013

Wood, Black Paint and Chalk

Wonderful news!  Unruly Paper Arts blogozine will continue thanks to Dani and Zoe.  There will be some new columnists coming aboard.  I have decided to take a sabbatical this term in order to devote more time to some important family events coming up in the next six months.  However, I will continue to provide a couple of design team inspirations for the Reader Art QuestsAnd here's the first one......

Happy October!  The theme for this month's Unruly Paper Arts issue is Haunting Ways.  And the two Reader Art Quests (RAQs) are Black It Out and Going Batty.

Here is my design team inspiration for RAQ 1: Black It Out

I used My Mind's Eye the spider's web Halloween Night 12x12 scrapbook paper from my stash.  There was so much detail on the paper that I didn't need to do anything to it.  Instead, I concentrated on the new chalk technique--for the wood witch (Red Lead Paperworks) and the chalk cardstock.

Mini Tutorial

Using dabber on bottle, paint witch face, legs, hand and pumpkin with Ranger Distress Stain - Wild Honey
Using hand-roll method (not adhering stamp to a block) stamp checkerboard (from Rogue Redhead Designs This N That stamp plate) onto pumpkin, using Ranger Distress Ink (pad) - Spiced Marmalade.  Immediately, using dabber on bottle, lightly dab Ranger Distress Stain - Wild Honey in four places on pumpkin, to blur the squares.

Using foam brush, paint remaining wood with two coats of black chalkboard paint, drying one hour in-between coats of paint.  Let cure 24 hours.

Using side of chalkboard chalk, rub chalk onto witch and then rub off with chalk eraser or a piece of felt (I used felt).
Outline the witch with your choice of white marker. I used white chalk.

Use banner die (Stampin' Up) to cut three banners from Chalkstock (Canvas Corp.)  Punch holes and lace with Doodletwine.  Anchor with bat gems. Using chalk, hand draw border and print letter on each banner.

I think this page would look great framed for the holiday or as a first page in a Halloween album. 
FYI, I just upgraded the software on my iPhone.  It now has a "square" feature on the camera which really helped when photographing this 12x12 page.

As always, I'm looking forward to reading all the columns this month and seeing your art work entered in the Reader Art Quests.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Our Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway is over!

The Crafty Paper

Thanks for hopping by and leaving a comment!

To celebrate, here's a blast from the past--last year's Eerie With Edgar ATC made with Gecko Galz images.

And just who is the lucky winner of  her very own Gecko Galz collage sheet images????

Without further ado........drum roll please.........

nichtniedlich said...
lovely halloween jars - working is so much more fun if you can fall back on such wonderful images, isn't it? thanks a lot for sharing,
best wishes, serafeena
September 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Congratulations, Serafeena!  Please contact me by email to
I will send you your special code to claim your collage sheet at Gecko Galz!

And thanks, again, to everyone who participated in the blog hop!

Please visit again at the end of October when I'll be part of the Gecko Galz blog hop!


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wood Christmas Shadow Box

I'm closing out this month's wood theme at Unruly Paper Arts with this design team project --- an altered shadow box house.

I grew up in the 1950s.  This house is full of those holiday memories.  If you'd like to read about them in my column, please visit Unruly Paper Arts HERE.

Bright Red acrylic paint
Crackle paint
Pewter distress stain
Digital images from Gecko Galz and Retro Cafe Art
Papers from Scrap Cake and Graphic 45
Girl in circle, wood sled, plastic deer,  from Red Lead Paperworks
Other embellishments, including synthetic snow, from Hobby Lobby
Tim Holtz idea-ology fractured doll
Strand of tiny lights from my blogging buddy, Terry

Entering this altered wood house in this challenge:

The Craft Room Challenge:  Use Something Wooden (my second entry this month)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Boo-tiful Witchy Woman

Have you seen the current Rebel challenge at Rogue Redhead Designs?  Do some stamping and use some autumn colors.  I've posted my card on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

My autumn colors include:
Background paper sprayed with Dylusions ink sprays (Squeezed Orange and Fresh Lime) and a shimmer mist--Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle, then stamped with my boo-tiful witchy woman image from the RRD half plate, Nature Notes. I had to square up the actual image and then edged with a black sharpie to redefine the frame.
Blackbird paper from Memorybox which is the base on top of a black card as well as the larger mat.  Smaller mat is a scrap.

Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacy Squares used to make two paper mats.

Wood witch hat from Red Lead Paperworks is painted with black chalkboard paint (when I had the paint out for some other projects).  I did not chalk up the hat as I think this sophisticated witchy woman would keep her hat in pristine condition, tied up in a bow with Doodle Twine (Halloween assortment).

This is my RRD design team sample for the Rebel challenge.  Be sure to enter HERE  by October 6 to be in the running for a $15.00 voucher to the RRD stamp store.
Rebel Challenges

I'm submitting my card to these challenges: 

Card a Day September prompts:  Autumn, Halloween

The Cheerful Stamp Pad Challenge I Love Your Hat!

Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge 70:  Fall is in the Air 

The Craft Room challenge Use Something Wooden

Lunagirl Moonbeams Challenge:  Autumn 

DON'T FORGET:  just a couple of days left to leave a comment on my blog post:  Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway for a chance to win a Gecko Galz digital collage sheet.   GO HERE

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fairy Wings

This week's Tag Tuesday theme is Wings.

What, it's Saturday, already?  Hence the simple tag.

The tag base is from K&Company Tag Pad.  The two stamps are from Red Lead Paperworks.  This little fairy is my favorite Red Lead rubber stamp.  I fussy cut the dress, shoes, and wings.  The wings and label are up on pop dots.

Please visit the Tag Tuesday blog to see the other players' wings.

Entering this in the Crafty Bloggers' Network September Challenge:  Things With Wings

Friday, September 20, 2013


 Looking for my Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway?  Scroll down to the previous post or click HERE.

Bellydancer 5x7 card

I love this Lunagirl image!  It wasn't until after I used it that I realized it also was the image used on the challenge badge.  Subliminal messaging?  hmmmmm.....  But it is my fave image on this collage sheet!  She looks so pensive.

image from Luna Girl Moonbeams' La Danse Orientale collage sheet
Sizzix Fancy Rectangle Frame Die
misc. papers and trims from my stash--using up what I have

Entering these challenges:

Vintage Bellydance Blog Challenge

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway September 15-30

Tee has organized a Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway at her site: The Crafty Paper Blog.  I'm  putting the blog hop linky here at the bottom of my post. 

What will you find at each blog as you hop?  Something Halloween themed of course.  And a chance to win that blogger's giveaway.

(I'm linking this to Beverly's Pink Saturday which on Sept. 21 is something pink or seasonal. )

My Halloween themed creations are two altered glass jars. Digital images used are from Lunagirl Moonbeams, Gecko Galz and Alpha Stamps.

We start today, September 15.  We end September 29.  On September 30, each blog hop participant will announce the winner of their give-away.  Be sure to check the give-away rules at each blog stop.

What do you need to do to win my give-away?  Just leave a comment on this post.  One comment per person please.   You do not have to become a follower unless you really want to make return visits to see what I'm creating.

My give-away is a Gecko Galz digital collage sheet of the winner's choice.  (I do not want to mail glass jars.)  I know you will love shopping for your own digital collage sheet to be emailed to you direct from Gecko Galz.  Winner will get the details.

Winner will be chosen by random draw.  Please come back on September 30 to see if you are the winner.  Enjoy the hop!

The links you see here are the bloggers participating in the hop.  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment in the regular comment section.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Eyes Have It

As promised earlier this month, here is my design team entry for our latest Gecko Galz project.

At Gecko Galz we're celebrating National Card Making Day for six weeks.   Design team member's cards will be posted every other day at Gecko Galz, so please visit often to see what we've created.  Currently you will find details about my card--products used and a short tutorial on how to assemble it.

I loved this Gecko Galz image from this month's Costumes collage sheet.  I paired it with my background created with alcohol inks on glossy paper. 

Entering this card in this challenge:

Dynamic Duos Challenge #69:  Bright Green and Blue

Monday, September 9, 2013

Do You Like To Enter Challenges?

You know how much I love to enter challenges!  There are some amazing crafters who are making this a lot easier for me.  Check out this new blog site:  Challenges For Days HERE

If you like to enter challenges, too, then you may find their daily posting of challenges very helpful.

And there's some blog candy up for grabs right now to help spread the word!  Once this post is no longer at the top, you still will be able to find the links for the site and the candy on my sidebar.

Speaking of blog candy.....
the September blog candy from It's All About the Vintage  is HERE:

And at Paper Profusion, where Nicola is celebrating her one year blogaversary HERE:

Friday, September 6, 2013

What Autumn Brings

September means back to school and a look to fall decor.  In the crafting world, Halloween is in full swing.

This is a double post, one for back to school challenges and one for this week's Tag Tuesday theme.

BACK TO SCHOOL--Mid-Century Vintage

This project started with a prompt in the Gecko Galz September e-newsletter.  Leanne is offering a challenge with a $50 shopping spree from Gecko Galz for the winner.  To play, you must use a digital image from my design teamie Heather Hudson's etsy shop.  And then send your creation via email to  with the words "challenge entry" in the subject space.  On September 30th  all the entries will be posted on the Gecko Galz blog site and a winner crowned.

I decided to go with a school theme because I could then enter these two challenges:
Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge #68 Back to School
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #79 Back to School and Ribbon

Heather also is on both of those design teams.  If you let her know that you entered both of those challenges, she will put your name in the hat to randomly draw two of her digital collage sheets from her etsy shop. See her sample and this special offer on her blog HERE

I also want to enter this card here:
A Card a Day Blog:  September prompt:  kiddie card

I used Heather's library card for my background.  I love to read.  I won the reading contest in fourth grade, reading 144 books from the classroom library.
I added images from Gecko Galz' School Days collage sheet.   Note the supply list from 1956-57.  I was seven and in second grade.  I loved the annual shopping trip for new school supplies.  I still swoon at the smell of new crayons when I open a box (now for my granddaughter).  I remember that hall pass. 
I tried to duplicate those Dick and Jane books with the graphic and words from the Red Lead Paperworks School Days Collage Sheet 2.
Edging papers with Ranger Distress Markers in Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, and Black Soot.
Gold ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
some black paper flowers from Bazzill
misc. autumn toned cardstock from stash.  The card base is dark green.
I photographed the card on the same orange paper that I used to mat Heather's library card. No matter how hard I tried, I could not get this card to be a perfect rectangle in the camera lens. 


Tag Tuesday's prompt this week is eyes.   I thought of the song lyrics, "I see the moon and the moon sees me."  Have you ever gazed into the moon looking for the eyes, nose and mouth carved from the craters?  This little vintage girl is playing peek-a-boo with the man in the moon.

This is a digital hybrid tag.  After layering and printing, I edged with ink and added some embellishments.  The man in the moon is sporting a page divider label dressed up to look like a hat.
I photographed the tag on a black background.

Please visit the Tag Tuesday blog to see what the other players created for this week's theme.

Vintage Moon from the Graphics Fairy
Peek-a-boo witch from Tattered Sisters:  I cleaned this up digitally to layer on top of the moon.  It took me a long time to do this, next time I'll print it and fussy cut the image from the dark background. 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs-Elements (stars at bottom of tag)
Heidi Swapp chipboard star (on hat)  I colored it with a Ranger black soot distress marker and then wiped it to reveal the dots
other stars (puffy gold foil, felt and flocked), ribbon and label from stash

I would like to enter this tag in:

Our Creative Corner:  September Challenge: Forgotten Things
I just looked through all of my Halloween stash.  I had forgotten about the felt star I got from Laura McCullough in a prize I won from her years ago. 

Live and Love Crafts:  September Challenge 15 Inspiration (from photo collage--I was inspired by the beige tones and vintage look in the top left photo)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Vintage Garden

I made an ATC for the latest Lunagirl challenge.

After just completing the Alice challenge, I was still in that mode, thinking of the talking flowers Alice encountered. 

I took the freebie flower seed packet offered on the Lunagirl blog and added three faces from their Lady of the Flowers digital collage sheet.  This was all done digitally and then printed out.  I blended with Ranger distress markers in spun sugar and wild honey.  Gelly Roll Clear Star pen was used to highlight the seeds.  It wouldn't be vintage without some gold edging, created with Ranger tarnished brass Distress Stain.  Hero Arts gemstones

This photo was taken indoors with my Ott light which picked up the glitter in a bold way.

Lunagirl Moonbeams Challenge:  Seed packs: vintage Garden


Sunday, September 1, 2013

September Gecko Galz Cards

At Gecko Galz we're celebrating National Card Making Day for six weeks.  You'll be seeing my card posted for our latest design team event posted here later this month (September 12) when it's my turn.  Design team member's cards will be posted every other day at Gecko Galz, so please visit often to see what we've created.

In the meantime, here are a couple of cards I made with the September Spellbound digital stamp set offered at Gecko Galz.

I'm demonstrating how to add color to digital stamps without using markers, ink, or pencils.

Print the digital stamp twice, once on blue paper and once on orange paper.  Fussy cut as one piece the moon/witch and city shoreline from the orange paper.  Glue on top of the blue version.  Mat onto a black card.

Print the framed image onto matte photo paper and cut off the frame.  Print a second time onto orange paper to add color to the leaf frame without having to color with markers.  (Printing hint:  I used my software program to erase the digital image, leaving only the frame to print out.  This saves on ink.)  Double mat on green card.

These cards are in my design team folder at the Gecko Galz website.  Please visit the site for September product releases, this month's spooktacular specials, winners, and a view of all the design team galleries for inspiration.  There's also a special contest you can enter in celebration of my design teamie, Heather Hudson's etsy shop

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