Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween swaps

I did a couple of Halloween swaps this year.
One was with my dear blog friend Meri from
If you don't know Meri you really need to stop by her blog for a real treat!
 She made me this AMAZING!!! Halloween Poe book.
Inside pages fold out for some really fun pages!!
She also made me this ADORABLE  Witch necklace
made with a vintage China doll head.
complete with her own hat. 
I couldn't wait to wear it!!!

Just some of the goodies to play with!!
Thank you so much Meri. I know I'll have a blast with all these goodies!

 I played in the Halloween matchbox swap at Vintage Dragonfly.
 My partner was Tabitha, She made this incredible coffin box.
It opens to a wicked black skeleton.
Forgot to take a photo of the rest of the goodies 
I had already put them way. Oops!!
Happy Halloween my blog Friends!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Vintage Journey- TO DIE FOR

Halloween 13 to 31
Countdown Calender

Thrilled to be a Guest this Halloween Season for 
Where the theme is TO DIE FOR 
Inspired by who else but Tim Holtz

Products Used Tim Holtz:
Dies Big Dies: Rickety House, Gothic Boo,
Decorative Strip: Halloween shadows
On The Edge Dies: Graveyard, On the Fence
Distress ink : Vintage photo.
Idea-ology: Plaquetts
Grunge paper

Other Products used:
Christmas tree shaped boxes 
Circle punch,
Misc papers, Glue,
Brads for drawer pulls, Misc #'s for drawers.
Green flower soft,
Black and grey paint
Mini Pumpkins
Black Glitter

Well this isn't exactly the boxes I started with, but close enough. 
They didn't have the back on it.
Found at my local craft store just waiting to be altered.
I took the boxes apart. Counted out enough for 13 to 31 days.
Then figured out how I wanted to arrange them.
I knew I wanted to use several of Tim's dies as my focal point.
So I left the center open to set my scene.
I cut a variety of papers to fit the fronts of the boxes and 
used a punch for the circular area.
Painted all of the boxes black, glued on the papers. 
Then started  die cutting the images.
I punched a small hole in each drawer and used a brad for the pulls. 
Edged each drawer with Vintage Photo distress ink 
Close up of the center scene. 
I used grunge board for the boo, painted black and added black glitter
Punched out the tombstones 
painted grey and added green flower soft for moss.
Glued on the # for each drawer added a skull and some pumpkins.
Could you image receiving a countdown calender like this for Halloween?
Especially if each drawer was filled with 
TIM HOLTZ goodies!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mixed Media Monday

Time again for my Guest spot on Spellbinders Mixed Media Monday
with A Gilded Life /Spellbinders products
The theme this month is Autumn.
I created an Altered Altoid tin with embossed metals
in beautiful Autumnal colors.
For a full tutorial visit 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Cabinet Card

I just Love Halloween and Altering Old Cabinet cards .
 I made this one for a swap with a special blog friend.
Now that shes received it I can show it to you.
The text ,broom and large #'s come from 

I have lots more to post just running behind again!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Blog Candy Winners

I used the Random # Generator to pick the numbers.
I put together some FUN goodie bags for the winners.
Drum Roll............................

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
13 18 1 31 
Timestamp: 2014-10-05 04:17:13 UTC

# 13 Hettienne Grobler
#18 Laura Strack
#1 Sherry from Creatology
#31 Sarah Hemphill
Congrats ladies.
Please send me your contact info so I can mail them out
Thanks for playing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Bit more Halloween- Altered Matchbox

I do Adore Halloween and decided to join in the swap at 
Here's the Altered Matchbox I created for my swap partner.
I used a faux claw for the closure. So FUN!!!

 Its filled with all these treats
I included a Halloween Cabinet card just for fun.
Hope she likes them.

If you haven't signed up for my giveaway yet. There's still time!

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Its my Blogaversary!!
It just about slipped by me. We can't have that Now can we?
I had made up these little treats for Halloween for Retro Cafe Art. 
They can be worn as jewelry or used in Halloween art.
If you'd like one of these little treats. 
I'm giving away 4 to 4 lucky winners. 
You never know what else I'll toss in the pot!
 Just leave a comment by next Saturday at 6 :00 p.m MST for your chance to enter.
Make sure I have a way to contact you!!
Only one entry per person. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mixed Media Monday

Altered Cabinet Card

I just adore Halloween and when I was asked if
 I could do a tutorial for Spellbinders/A Gilded Life
of course the answer is yes!
Check out my full tutorial at 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ouija Witch

Had some fun playing with this little witch.
The base,Ouija board, and trim all come from Retro Cafe Art
What's your future hold???

Friday, September 5, 2014

Halloween Scary-Go-Round

I had such fun creating this Halloween Scary-Go-Round for 
giving it a Halloween makeover.
I hand painted a horse skeleton on a piece of black paper 
to fit her carousel horse ,
then just photo copied a few more for the rest of the horses.
and used a Bat cut out for the top.

For the center I painted some velum with Tim Holtz alcohol inks, 
die cut his little Trick or Treats kids circling the velum tube 
then just popped in a electric tea light.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Halloween Tombstones

Say it ain't so. Summer is winding down and you know what that means! 
Cooler weather, leaves falling and Halloween is right at our backdoor.
To kick off this year I'm starting with some Tombstones I created for the 
Retro Cafe Art
Gothic Tombstone ATC swap

Products used: Tombstone ATC base,CV46 collage sheet,
Halloween Words scroll cut-outs,
Cat Cut-outs, Mini Baroque Frame Cut-outs,
Braass Owl Charm, Skull Cameo Dimensional Resin dome

Tombstone ATC base,
 CV127 collage sheet ,CV128 collage sheet,
Mini Stencil words Halloween Witches, 
Witch Wand, Bat Cut-outs
Tombstone ATC base, 
Antique Skeleton Illustrations collage sheet 1
Zombie arm cutouts, Mini Baroque frame cut-outs,Brass Fancy Owl
Tombstone ATC base,
Antique Skeleton Illustrations collage sheet 2
Candelabra cuts,Halloween Collage word Paper cuts.

Still plenty of time to join in.
The cut off date is Oct. 6th.
Check out
 Retro Cafe Art

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Had an amazing time on our vacation. Our first stop Vegas.
Met up with some friends for a Fabulous dinner at Mirage. 
Mindi, her hub-bum Mike and Deb.
The Mirage hotel. Great place to stay!
Our next stop the Grand Canyon. Vic originally didn't want to see it
said it was just a big hole in the ground.

His First reaction. That's one AWESOME hole in the ground. LOL
Next was on to Texas to see the kids. 
Spent a day at the Zoo with our Grand son Emmett.

So much fun and miss him already. sniff sniff.

They had an area there where water shoots out of the ground.
 We must have watched him for an hour playing .Pure bliss

At the kids. Vic and our son were working on the sprinkler system. Emmett
decided to par take in the local cuisine. Mud. hahahaha

Emmett with the new swing set we got him! One happy little boy!

Next was on to Colorado to see my sister, her hubby ,
My Niece and her boys.
A couple of days on the lake fishing.
Here's my little sis.

Tiffany and her boyfriend.

and her three little fishermen ! 

Vic and Alan on the lake fishing.

Sad to have to leave. Hoping we can do it all again next spring.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Vacation bound

House sitter set up. Check!
Lawn care set up. Check!
Dog, fish, chickens,cat care set up. Check!
Work Schedule postponed. Check!
Vacation bound for Vegas, Grand Canyon, Texas and Colorado.
 See you in two weeks with lots of photos

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Vintage Journey

When I was approached by A.Vintage Journey  challenge blog to do a guest spot how could I resist!!
With the "Vintage/shabby/Mixed Media"  style influenced by Tim Holtz it was right up my ally!

This weeks host Jenny has us painting/dripping/splatting ,etc
 using Distress stains! and while I only have
three bottles of Distress stains (hangs head in shame) 
I did mange to create my project.
An altered book made from two Canvases.
Stencils seem to be all the rage right now so I grabbed some of my favorites
and used Tim's music embossing folder and some 
tissue paper to protect the folder
and slapped on some texture paste.
I call this my Hidden Art!! 
I Laid out the stencils and  slapped on more texture paste.
If you look close you can see Tim's Crown I made from a stencil.

I let the entire thing dry, painted on a coat of white Acrylic paint 
and began the fun part of  coloring my canvas of hidden art.
I splotched, splattered and dripped on all those Distress Stains.
Misting with a water bottle when I wanted a softer look. 
I die cut one of Tim's Fleur-de-lis and pulled out his 
Grungeboard hinges. Inked them up and added a bit of gold
I even used the stains for my crinkle ribbon to match.
Another one of my favorite techniques via Tim!
The Bezel comes from A Gilded life I used Rangers Patina to give it a vintage look.
Love those Jade Verdigris and moss colors!

What to get in on the fun???
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