spooky grave


hello everyone!!! i wanted to share my news with you all before i show you this months project  i created!!!

i was so excited this spring when i had the opportunity to meet Eileen Hull, the designer of those cute multi sized Artist Trading Blocks and then to be asked to join the official design team for The Artist on the Block (http://theartistsontheblock NULL.com) .. totally over joyed…. NOW i have also joined  Eileen Hull’s Inspiration Team (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.com)!!!! BEYOND EXCITED HERE!!! totally honoured to be amongst all the women on both teams!!now onto this months creation!!

i have to start out by confessing i am so not a designer of anything halloween.. i LOVE seeing all the works of art created out there by so many talented folks but i could just never find my grove when attempting to create something ghoulish…. this is my attempt and i have to say i am pleased with the final result

so i started out using a couple of tim’s layering stencils (http://timholtz NULL.com/prod_cat/layering-stencils/), shattered and harlequin as well as some distress ink and some clear rock candy glitter


and one tim holtz  on the fence (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/product/657030/sizzix-on-the-edge-die-on-the-fence) die

IMG_3753i thought okay.. not too bad but what can i add to this so i kept going… i took out some of my crackle paint and added a coat to a few grungboard pieces (after i was done smelling all the grunge out of them!!! )

i had also cut out two branch tree (http://timholtz NULL.com/prod_cat/bigz-dies/) bigz dies and started colouring them with some dusty concord (http://timholtz NULL.com/prod_cat/distress-stains/) distress stain and water…now i felt i was getting somewhere


so now this is getting better..more ghoulish like i think…so i started adding some distress  dusty concord stain  to my ATB’s….IMG_3765

i loved how the glitter was still glittering through the stainIMG_3766

and yup… i do get right into the creating process..i mean RIGHT IN!!!thank goodness for the craft scrubbie i say!!

loving loving loving the shine!! and sparkle of this rock candy glitter!



how spooky is this!!IMG_3782


i had created a specific background on a 12×12 canvas  using some Golden Crackle paste for the sky, some distress stains and a bit of water but  kept the ‘moon’ section clear.

this is what it looks like backlit


and this is without!


i loved how this turned out!! the skulls, the bones, the complete package!! IMG_3960

and this is what it looks like from above!!! Oh how this picture makes me laugh!!!!! like really really laugh!!!


Eileen is offering a fantastic prize for her latest Art with Heart Challenge – Tricks and Treats which you can find HERE (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.com/2014/10/art-with-heart-challenge-october-tricks-and-treats NULL.html).  The prize is one of Eileen’s Scoreboard Artist Trading Block Dies!  That’s one challenge not to be missed!!


I am linking up to the Sizzix Challenge – Halloween HERE (http://blog NULL.sizzix NULL.com/sizzix-challenge-halloween/). i used a lot of Sizzix dies. the main die being  Eileen Hull’s Artist Trading Block dies, Tim Holtz  On the Edge Die.  The fabulous prize is a selection of Tim’s new releases!

i hope you have taken a chance to enter as well as to view all the fantastic projects put out there this month!  i can’t wait to see you all back here next month for our November challenge


tim holtz you've got mail!

you’ve got ‘eclectic’ mail!!

oh my where to start.

this time last year i was away at a retreat and at this retreat were a couple of ‘ladies’ quilting away… i soooo envied them the ability to create with fabric. you see i had me some fabric that i just needed to do something with. i had purchased all the sets sold in 12×12 packs, a few square packages and a friend of mine had picked some up for me whilst she was travelling in the states.

i had created this wreath

and this iPhone case

oh and this bag for a special someone


and a few more things i added my much loved fabric too but what i really wanted to do was to create a  quilt. so i asked..or coerced…said ladies into teaching me.

so i patiently waited until the new year rolled around and ‘class’ to start. i had hit up our locally own quilting store for some of their in stock fabrics in the meantime and dreamt of the possibility

i must say i’ve discovered a few things in creating my quilt…

1. what this thing is actually used for.

you do what with this??2. instead of creating a consistent 1/4 inch seam i consistently sew totally inconsistent…but i am okay with that.

sewing straight?3.  same rule applies pretty much to cutting even though i have all kinds of lines and rulers that are meant to assist with that

learning to cut

4. it is okay if making a quilt is going to take me 192 weeks as some smart ass husband stated one day!!! LOL

189 weeks to go

5. what it’s NOT suppose to look like

what not to do

6. this is more like it

you've got mail!

oh and i suspect so many other things were learned along the way.

is my quilt perfect..oh to me it is. i am absolutely thrilled with it. with everything from the pattern chosen, the two special signature blocks (which i was beyond thrilled to get) and even the colour of the thread (i chose a rusty hinge colour)

special signatures now if only i had a clothesline or a pretty fence to take a picture of it but alas here is what i have come up with

quilt in nature

back sidequilt on fenceand here it is…my ‘vintage’ tim holtz (http://timholtz NULL.com/prod_cat/eclectic-elements-2/)eclectic elements quilt!!

you've got maili am seriously starting another one that i believe will be equally as loved and forever cherished as this one will be. i never dreamt i would be able to not only make a quilt but be able to proudly display it for years and years to come.

thank you my friends, all of you, for your special part in helping me make this dream come true.



TTT – September


hello!!! i am here today to show you my take on Tim’s Twelve Tags of September (http://timholtz NULL.com/12-tags-of-2014-september/).
he used something that i imagine most of us who follow Tim has but rarely use… Alcohol Ink!!! i so forget every time how much i love using them.

I LOVED tim’s tag this month and how he used the butterflies!!! now i don’t have all my supplies on hand.. they are still in storage.. but i did have a few and they so happened to be fall colours!!! now again i don’t a fall foliage die but i do have a festive one so…..
here is my tag. i am pretty pleased on how it turned out with what i have
alcohol inks

to see all the steps do step on over to Tim’s (http://timholtz NULL.com/blog/) site and watch and follow along with his challenge!!
I loved using my alcohol ink.. i am so very glad that he reminded me how much i love alcohol ink!!

have fun creating!!


Fall Harvest ATB

it is by far my favourite season… i love them all for their own individual reasons but fall i feel right in my core…

for this months ATB challenge over at the Art with Heart challenge is a theme of Fall back. there have been some spectacular projects before mine…truly spectacular so i hope you do take a moment to hop on over there and take a boo at them

for mine i kept it quite simple.
i started out by colouring some ribbon with distress inks
distress mini's

i used a Tim Holtz texture fade and one of his Stamper Anonymous reflection stamps and ran each mat board piece through my vagabond
texture fade and reflections stamp

then i used the Harlequin stencil and added a bit of walnut stain to the ATB
tim holtz harlequin stencil

loved where it was going so then decided that i needed to add a bit of smoothness so added some distress embossing ink and clear embossing powder to my ATB by placing my stencil over top the walnut stained bits and embossed only the broken china bits along with my pumpkins

using clear embossing powderembossing powder and distress ink

yes.. happy happy happy with that.

now it was time to put it all together. i wanted to be able to close it and open it with ease so i grabbed myself one of the elastics, added a bauble and tada!!
fall harest crinkle ribbon colourswalnut stain and broken chinaIMG_3495

the only thing left to do was to add a bit of tissue paper to the insides. i am planning on adding a nice fall cupcake and handing this out as a little token of friendship…. will post pics later !!!

tim holtz postal tissue wrap paperwell that is it for my ATB for now.  Remember to stop by The Artists on the Block (http://theartistsontheblock NULL.com) Blog to see other inspiring projects. Also be sure and stop by the Art with Heart (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.com/2014/09/art-with-heart-challenge-september-fall-back NULL.html) Fall Back Challenge for more Inspiration and to participate in the challenge! So get over there and link up one of your creations for a chance to win a Sizzix prize pack!



layered dragonfly love

hello everyone! i am just here for a quick minute to let you know i have a new posting up over at Art Anthology (http://artanthologyinc NULL.com/blog/?p=5440)
i really enjoyed the whole process of the layering and creating this canvas. here is a sneak of the finished. do jump over and take a boo at the process!
tim holtz dragon fly

and so speaking of sneak peaks here is another project which i used the layered dragonfly (http://timholtz NULL.com/prod_cat/bigz-dies/) that i have attached to a project for October! i absolutely LOVE how it turned out…

i am hoping to be back with a tutorial on how i created this dragonfly later on this month!
until next time…

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