Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blog Candy Arrived!

Whoot! I received my dark blog candy from Smudger Challenge Blog - this is the first time I've won anything and boy, is it a doozy!

There are sooo many goodies!  Charms, postcards, a journal, jewels, skulls, brains, flowers, stickers, some fabulous handmade clay items, just EVERYTHING!!

Thank you so much, Andrea!!

Macabre Monday - Pirate's Booty

It's time for another Macabre Monday over at Haunted Design House - this week's theme is Pirate's Booty.  I decided to go with a map, said to show the location of a chest of coins owned by infamous pirate, Calico Jackman.  Unfortunately, Captain Jackman was caught and hanged for piracy before he was able to retrieve his treasure.

This is the 2nd map that I made - the first one's ashes lie partially melted into the carpet of my craft room.  Did you know that you should not apply open flame to paper that has hairspray on it?  My left brain knows that, my right brain not so much.

Using Versafine, I stamped the map on a thin piece of stationary and added some script, as well as various nautical designs that I thought a sailor might have on a ledger page.  I marked the treasure with a Stazon X and distressed the entire thing with Walnut Ink and water.  While the page was still wet, I took an embossing stylus and wrote some numbers and words along the edge; the ink darkened them up nicely, and folded the map up to get the nice dark creases and let it sit for about 10 minutes and then opened it up flat.  Once the paper dried, it turned brittle.

I refolded it and got out the matches - let's gloss over the fate of the first map, shall we?  After going outside, I strategically burned the edges and some creases of the map.  I made the seal with wax and an unmounted stamp coated with Stazon.  The blood is Memento ink right out of the refill bottle.  Ta-dah, Calico Jack's treasure map.


I had a little time on my hands and decided to play with some clay and came up with some Krakken tentacles.   The base is covered in cloisonne embossing powder and the tentacles were darkened with a black ink wash.  It's a perfect paperweight for the map.   

 Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Macabre Monday - Off With Their Heads!!

It's time for another Macabre Monday over at Haunted Design House - this week, it's Off with their heads!! - replace the head on an image.

I had a few challenges with this particular assignment - first, I have amazingly few full body stamps and my digi images are mostly profile heads.  What is up with that??

Secondly, Haunted House Design is also having a minion call and I've been caught up in doing new items for my submission post and almost forgot this one.  On a side note, apparently you cannot have a conversation with your spouse that starts with 'does this pus have too much glitter in it?' and expect it go well.  Men!

Anyway, here's my submission:

Everything was stamped with Versafine.  The body is from Stampotique and the eye "head" is unmarked blue rubber.  The eyes in the background are an unknown clear stamp.  I covered the head's pupil with some diamond glaze after I did my pencil coloring. Added a goo border punch and a rather apropos greeting that I found in a pile of unmounted rubber.

Ta-dah, a great card for the stalker (or stalkee) in your life.

This card is also being submitted over at Art With No Boundaries - The Eyes Have It.  (Thank you, Beverly!)