Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Haunted House with Back Porch


This is similar to the first haunted house I made but not exactly the same.  It has a back side to it to help stabilize it -- it's what I call the back porch:


There's a cemetary, cat under the porch and a witch.  I had to fill this area with something but didn't want more tiny bottles and things that I used on the front side.


Above is just a close-up of the top portion of the front side.  I used a collection of miniatures from Joann Fabric, Michaels and Hobby Lobby.


I packed this up real good with a lot of bubble wrap and extra firm cardboard in the box as it's on it's way from Maryland to my parent's house in upstate NY via the Post Office.  When I brought it to the post office this morning, I put it on the counter where drop-offs go, and the lady behind the counter picked it up and THREW it in the bin for the truck.  I looked at her and told her "that was fragile"..... thank goodness I packed it up good.  Now that I said that to her she probably took it to the back room and stomped on it.  I normally have success with this post office but not today.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann



Monday, October 15, 2018

Mini Halloween Tin



I used one of the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vintage-styled Metal Trinket Tins and covered it on the outside with rust paint and just a mix of acrylic and gesso on the inside.  The shelves are pieces of heavy chipboard glued in place.


I had this really old photo of my nephew, Nick, that I wanted to use on his tin somewhere.  He was making this zombie-looking face when I took his picture which made it perfect for a Halloween themed tin.


All the miniatures are from Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabric and Michaels.


Another item in the mail, hoping nothing comes unglued.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Ben's Shrine


Shrines are so popular in the mixed media world right now, and since one of my  nephews has a 20th birthday in a few days, I thought I'd make him a shrine with a photo of himself in it.

This is the photo I cut Ben out of; it's the "Bean" in Chicago.  He thought of doing this great pose making it look like he was holding the Bean.


Here's a close-up of the top of the shrine side:


Since his birthday is in October, I used some embellishments that are Fall related.  Then I realized the shrine wasn't very secure on it's base so I built up the back side using more of the Tim Holtz Vignette boxes and dedicated this side to Halloween:


A close-up of the bottom shelf:



A side view showing how the shrine was propped up for balance:


I really like how the box on the very bottom came out.  I used Tim Holtz paper, washi tape, feet, and the printer's tray for the shrine itself.  The embellishments are an assortment of Tim Holtz Idea-ology items, some Halloween miniatures from Michaels and JoAnn Fabric, and tiny bottles that I colored with alcohol inks.  

Now I just hope it makes it to him all in one piece.  Packing this up will be tricky.




Thank you for stopping by and taking a look ~ Ann

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wicked Assemblage Clock


My 18 yr old niece loves the musical Wicked, so it was easy to make a birthday gift for her.  I used the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Assemblage Clock and filled it with things I assume were part of the musical as I have not seen it.

I painted the clock with two coats of black gesso then one coat of Finnabair Art Alchemy brown Rust Effect Paste.  This gave the clock a bumpy texture which I then painted over with black acrylic paint.  Once that was dry, I manually rubbed on some Finnabair Art Alchemy Brushed Iron wax to highlight the texture and give it an aged look.

For the inside, I downloaded a Wicked playbill image and printed it on photo paper.  I cut it out with a 3" circle punch and put it in the center of the Sizzix Weathered Clock (die) which I cut out on silver glitter paper.  I backed all of this with some green glitter paper.

The hard part was filling the center of the clock since it has a curve base.  I couldn't simply glue things in place.  I built up a flat base using a piece of thick flexible foam (that foam that comes in some packaging for brads) and covered the bottom half of the inside of the clock.  I painted that foam black then glued on the inside elements:  a gazing ball from Michaels Ashland Tiny Treasures collection, a handmade good witch wand using a star from Tim Holtz and a pearl, a foam pumpkin, a handmade book of curses, and one of the Tim Holtz skeleton heads.

On the side I attached some baubles from Joann Fabric, a clock from Hobby Lobby and a skeleton key that came with a paper Recollections haunted house that I used on my previous post.  I tied on some ribbons I had in my stash.  I had to hold back from letting this look too Halloweenish.


On the back I attached the phrase that I found on my Google search for Wicked.  I adhered a broom and a bat as well.  You may notice the block under the clock; the clock did not want to stand on its own without tipping so it needed to be propped up.  I used a glass domino that I painted black.


Below you can get a better look at the skeleton key:


I hope Katelyn likes this.  Now I have to rush and make something for my nephew who has a birthday two days after Katelyn's.  It's so hard to make things for guys, especially a 20 year old.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann