My manni head went steampunk for Halloween

As Halloween was approaching, Fannie was bugging me to go steampunk for a costume. So, I finally gave in!

I made her a 'mask' from a pic of me that I edited in Photoshop 😜. She was a little worried when I was applying it but I assured her she could still breathe while it was on πŸ˜ƒ

To add a little ghoul, I added a zipper to her neck. What's interesting is that the E6000 glue eats into the styrofoam, making it look like it's digging into her neck. Don't worry - she was perfectly fine with it - a little pain to look cool. 😎

I added different types of texture using stencils, crumpled paper, cheesecloth. As I was using my dryer, the little dots on her head became more pronounced, like goosebumps. She was quite thrilled with the process!  She wanted me to add some nails and brads here & there - no pain, no gain is her motto πŸ˜‰  I was glad to lend her a "hand"....

Of course she wanted wings & some type of headpiece. She loved the sprinkler idea & the little crown. Made her feel like a heavy metal princess.

All in all, Fannie was really excited about her big reveal. And since Silence of the Lambs is her fav creepy movie, she insisted on a butterfly somewhere πŸ¦‹

So we're off to do some tricking & some treating....Fannie thanks you for stopping by & checking out her new costume.  Who knows what she'll want next....




Hey everybody! As a brand new DT member at The Male Room Challenge Blog, I'm here with my first make for the current challenge!

I had a new naked art journal from Canvas Corp & decided to decorate my cover. 

Instead of using the usual black for silhouettes, I kept them white for something different - they are actually Tim Holtz paper dolls! I also added some 7 Gypsies rubbings & shading around my silhouettes. 

It was fun showing the brawny sex in different stages of life doing different things. Men & their toys - they're always boys! 


It's official!

I'm so psyched - I'm now a member of The Male Room DT!

It's an interesting challenge blog: you can make any type of paper-craft project you like - but it must be geared towards a male. We often overlook the males in our lives when crafting so it might actually be a little more challenging with the men in our lives as the focus!

I hope you'll all join me over there for some unique & different challenges!


Baby, it's cold outside

I know that it's only Fall right now but brrrr.....I left my camera outside!

My frozen camera looks really icy and cold - frostbite has taken over!

Layers of icy crackle, gesso, frost and snow - even some crystals got stuck to it!

And my favorite part: The big, vintage, silver doorknob....

Strike a pose and say "frozen cheese"!

Are those frozen snowflakes?

I love upcycling things and this left me a bit cold....but 'tis the season, my friends.  I hope they like it over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog - I'm playing along in their mixed media challenge!


It's a masquerade!

Another entry for the Halloween challenge at Dream in Darkness - it's a masquerade! 

I had a set of Tattered Angels' Mixed Media Origins Elegant Ladies Mini Art paper & chose one of the ladies. I fussy cut her & colored her in with oil pastels - I then added a mask on her face. The journal pages were covered in black, then spritzed with various Lindy's Gang sprays. I also added copper crackle through a stencil for contrast & texture. 

I really liked the copper against the black & the stencil added some sophistication. 

And the stamped sentiment fit in well:  an elegant lady masquerading with an attitude! 

Thank you for stopping by & having a look at my masquerade creation! 


A quickie Halloween art journal spread

October is Halloween month & I love the colors: purple, orange, yellow, black.  So here's a Halloween quickie journal spread.

I did a light coat of gesso on my pages & then used a triangle stencil with crackle paste. Then stamped some trees & a creepy pumpkin ghost. Then spritzed my colors & added some water so they'd run just a little. 

Added a couple sentiments and went around the edges with black pencil & a water brush. 

I stamped the pumpkin twice & a little offset on this one for that weird Holga double-vision affect. 

Super simple & very colorful! 


I know this looks like nothing....

.....so you look at this and think, 'Whoopee...a collage journal page with really big words'.  But something lies beneath, my friends.

I did the phrase 'All who wander are not lost' for my mice & men post - but it was supposed to be small. Somehow, my printer spit out these huge words and some were cut off and they were a little blurry. No worries - waste nothing! So for this spread, I changed the phrase around:  Not all who are lost wander. And I dabbed on Studio 71 glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint through a crazy circle stencil. What's that you say - you don't see anything? I think it's too bright in here.....

By day, it's an ordinary artsy journal spread. By night? 

The stencil and edge stamping can be seen at certain angles, though it's not prominent. 

It's an interesting spread with a little kick to it.  And I think I like 'Not all who are lost wander' as a catchy phrase. 😎



Angels are close at hand

Hey everyone! I'm here today to show you a project using a super cute printable page from MixedUP Merchandise!  Aren't these little people adorable?

I got this hand statue/knick knack at my local Goodwill store. I see these alot in thrift stores or you can get them on Etsy or Ebay. If all else fails, you can use a simple vase.

I also had a pretty tissue-type paper with flowers so I got to work decoupaging the hand. I used my hand alot (no pun intended πŸ˜ƒ) so that I could get the paper into the cracks to keep the look of the hand. 

While it was drying, I set about cutting out my little person from the cutouts page. I added some color with oil pastels & added a sash using Sari silk ribbon. For the wings, I embossed them with some chunky 2-tone powder

After printing a sentiment & applying some sisal, my little statuary artwork was complete! 

These little people cutouts are adorable & you get different sizes & different girls - and wings! 

I love Sari silk ribbon because of the luscious threads that you can pull off to add wispy texture

And I love the back of the hand! 

This is definitely an easy project to whip up - I know you could hand-le it...see what I did there? πŸ˜ƒ