Saturday, September 18, 2010

Please Turn To Your Right

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Cover It All Up

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Little Up-date

You may have noticed that my blog looks a little bit different this morning. I have been meaning to up-date to one of the new templates so it is easier to change the design if I choose to. I was able to use one of my "digital papers" for the background instead of just a plain black. I hope it isn't to jarring since I know the lime green is a little bright. Hopefully if you visit my blog early it will just give you a little wake up jolt before you get that cup of coffee. Let me know what you think. (Of course I may just decided to re-design the whole thing one day.)

Planning For Next Years Garden

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What's In My Drawer's? (It must be Wednesday)

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This is the other side of the store shelving unit that I posted last Wednesday. I have already posted all the containers you see in the wooden unit on the top shelf and the 4 smaller drawer units that face the other way on the top shelf. (You have also seen inside the drawers that hold all the polymer clay stuff.) One day when I get ambitious I may pull all the stencils and fabric out of the bottom bins to photograph it but right now the table I would use for that has been hit by a tomahawk missile. (I need to get a better anti missile defense against those dang things.)


As I said you have seen inside most of the stuff on these 2 shelves but all the polymer clay stuff used to be kept on the window sill in another part of the shop. I had to move it because my stash of clay alone just outgrew the tiny drawers I had them in. (All the clay colors used to be in the 2 small drawer units next to the pink one on the left.)


This shelf has a load of plastic envelopes that house all my paper sets by certain companies. All of my K & Co paper as well as the stickers that go with them and all of my NRN papers, Disney, Tigger, Dog stuff, etc. Basically things that I want to keep together rather then file separately.


This bottom shelf you have not seen into each specific bin but there is a lot to try and photograph it all. The blue bin holds all my fabric. Sad really when you consider that I used to sew and this entire basement was my sewing room. I used to have 3 dressers and several of the cupboards filled with fabric. I one day lost my insanity and donated every last piece to several charities. (WHAT was I thinking??) I have since regretted that decision and the blue bin is new fabric I have purchased. The bin with all the plastic templates are the kind that have shapes to trace and cut for doing scrapbooking. The Kinetic Scrapbooking product is from the company I used to work for. (Remember that dream job?) Anyways its the stash of product I kept for myself after most of it was sold on my on-line store I used to have. (I still have other boxes of certain products that didn't sell as well on other shelves.) OH and the empty bins on the floor I use for when I re-organize or to hold stuff when I was putting together the monthly kits for my Yahoo group.

Have A "Furry" Day

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I had to put the bedspread back on our bed again. It seems the warm nights of sleeping under only the sheets are over.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Framed Again

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Beware Of The Witching Hour

This is what is called a "chunky ATC". Why? Because it is made from a 2"x 4" and is actually the size of a regular ATC. After a "2 x 4" is planed to make it smooth the measurements end up being 3.5" wide x 1.5" thick. All you do is simply cut the chunks 2.5" and you end up with a piece of wood that is the standard ATC size only it is 1.5" thick. My 2x4 was left over from our house addition so it was full of nails and had a few holes in it. Rather then throwing away the pieces with the holes I decided top use one of them to my advantage. Here are all the details of how I decorated it.

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1. I painted the entire block with white acrylic so that it didn't suck up a lot of the second coat of paint. I then applied a crackle coat so that the lime green would look old and cracked. Once the lime green was dry I rubbed the edges with Peeled Paint and then a little Black Soot Distress Ink on a blending foam pad.

2. The skeleton arm was cut from a plastic one that I have several of from a Halloween garland. I painted it black then dabbed the white over it to make the individual bones stand out. I then glued it into the hole with 2 part epoxy.

3. The green slime around the skeleton arm was done with a mixture of Diamond Glaze, some green metallic paint and a drop of Crushed Olive Distress Ink. Once it had dried a little so it wasn't so runny I dropped in glass BB's in clear and black iridescent to make it look like it was bubbling. (I let some drip over the edge and down the title.) The poem next to it is the familiar "Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble" from Shakespeare's Macbeth. The edges of the poem are rubbed with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink on a blending foam pad.

4. The "brain" shaker bubble at the top is made by gluing a brain image that is printed on a transparency to the inside of a packaging plastic bubble. I then filled it with some red micro beads and glued a piece of cream paper to the back. Once it was attached to the background I glued black cording around it to cover the edges.

5. The bat was a miniature resin one that I found at an on-line dollhouse miniature store. The "Beware" title was simply cut from some Halloween paper and mounted on foam dots.



1. The side with the "blood" and bugs was very easy to do. I simply glued on some paper that had bugs printed all over it. I then mixed some Fired Brick Distress Ink into some Diamond Glaze and let it run down the side of the block. (I also rubber Black Soot Distress Ink on the edge of the paper with a blending foam pad.)


1. For the back I left the background color and glued on a fence from a new Martha Stewart punch I found at Michael's. I colored it with a white and gray pencils to give it shading. The cat is from an old ad I found and the "moon" is an old stop watch face that I colored with Butterscotch and Sunshine Yellow alcohol ink.


1. The spider web side was also very simple to do. I took some orange swirl paper and glued it to the side and then rubbed some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink along the edge with a blending foam pad.

2. I then stamped an image of a spider web with a Versamark pad and heat embossed it in black.

3. The spider is a small charm and I hung it by poking a hole into the wood with a hat pin then gluing an eye pin into it.


1. The poison bottles are actual mini glass bottles that I already had. The shorter one I filled with Diamond Glaze and a few drops of China Blue Distress Ink. (It was done ahead of time for the charm necklaces and actually took a week or more to dry in the bottle.) The larger bottle has chunks of metallic green decorator sand in it for candlescaping. Both have a small poison label that I printed out and glued on. The labels that they sit on were just printed out and glued on the top of the block.

Here's a good close-up of the bottles.


Divas Of The Stage

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Digital Download

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This is another series I did based on fractal designs called "Purple Saturn".

Time To Get A Costume

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It's geting to be time to go Trick or Treating. Better think about what you want to dress up as for Halloween.