Monday, October 24, 2011

it's almost time for my favorite holiday, and as it approaches i immerse myself in spookiness, creepiness, and new techniques.

i needed to create a project for the authentique paper color challenge this month. the challenge colors were awesome - olive, black, white. perfect for halloween. i started by painting a 6x6 canvas square in avocado acrylic, and for the paper challenge i created a more paper-focused version.

using paper from authentique's "glowing" collection foundation paper, i created tiny paper bones - misting the paper heavily then squeezing and forming into boney shapes. then i used olive green from the "freebird" series to create smooshie flowers and stems.i tried paper quilling to create the word "eek", starting with thin strips of the foundation paper. then a little tearing, a little inking, a little stickling and we were in business.

of course after i created and submitted this, i wanted to do more. so i took a curley flourish stamp and stamped the edges of the canvas. i used black stickles to cover black chipboard die cut flourishes, and then decided i needed more. so next came a tiny black stickle spider - eek! a tiny raven finished it off.

i really like the way the second version turned out, and my note to myself is to not hold back on the authentique challenges - it's ok to load up the project a little more. after all, there's no such thing as too sparkly is there?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


...double, double, toil and burn and cauldron bubble...
...eye of newt and wing of bat...smallish witch in charming hat...
...caw of raven...rings in the hours...hat bedecked with paper flowers...
...witch's fingers made from bone...rattle fences as you roam...
...double, double toil and burn and cauldron bubble...
...dress up with some authentique...then you'll truly be unique...

magical elements
"glowing" collection
"ripe persimmon", "gathered twigs"  & "black soot" - tim holtz distressed ink
"black" stickles
one black crow
two dead hands

powerful spells
"on the fence" die - tim holtz alterations
"tattered florals" - tim holtz alterations

Saturday, October 1, 2011

looking for some inspiration?

check out authentique's monthly challenge! the sketch challenge is up and not only did the team create some beautiful cards and layouts, you can enter the fun too.visit the blog and pick a sketch, make something wonderful and post on your own blog.