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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween

Hi everyone,
Thanks for visiting me here again, I do appreciate you all popping by and love reading any comments you leave me. Thanks so much for these.

Sorry I've not been around much this month, I've hardly been on the computer since my dad ended up in hospital 3 weeks ago after a fall at home, between hospital visits, then checking in on him after work each day since he got home I've not had much time to be creative.
I did buy a couple of pumpkins the day before dad's fall, and had planned to carve them both for the visiting ghosts, super heros, princesses and zombies etc. that like to knock on my door on the 31st.

I hate waste so had to do something with them when I got home from work tonight. My brother was with my dad tonight so had a bit of time to do this...

I don't have special pumpkin carving tools and so I lost the wee bat from the left hand side when I was carving it with my small kitchen knife, you can see the wee notch where it was supposed to be. This haunted house was inspired by an image from the rubber stamp sheet "Boo"  from Chocolate Baroque.
The middle of the pumkin was scooped out and made a lovely big pot of "Cream of Pumpkin Soup".

It was delicious!
I checked on google and found out Pumpkins are chock full of nutrition and good stuff too, I forgot to keep the pumpkin seeds to roast them too, these are full of minerals and goodness too.
I do still have the other pumpkin to use though, so I'll have a go at this to see how they turn out.

Of course, I will have to do another carving to decorate the garden with this one too. Hee hee!
Alexandra x


Friday, 12 October 2012

MAC #52

The Everything Wendy Vecchi yahoo group "Make Art Challenge" #52 was to use Wendy Vecchi stamps and CFA and sticky back canvas. Wendy used these to make a gorgeous tag here.

Here's my entry, using "Tools for Art" stamps;

I didn't have sticky backed canvas but did have a pad of primed canvas for painting, so I used this with glue to stick it to the CFA. My 3D ink bottle was stamped on this. It turned out not too bad but
I wasn't happy the label on the bottle didn't "pop" I think the texture of the canvas stole the detail of the wording so I stamped it a second time on CFA and cut and heat molded and glued the label over the 3D canvas bottle, then I thought the cap needed a boost too to balance it, so did the same with the bottle top, leaving the canvas for the rubber dropper bit.
I did the CFA/canvas technique again with the paintbrush as the one I stamped directly on the tag was too flat, the 3D brush handle was shaped over a paintbrush handle and fringed the bristles with scissors curled the CFA slightly to make it a bit more "brushy" then added acrylic paint dauber to the ends.
I found a small wire heart shape from my stash wrapped around the ink bottle neck, and some 3D silver stars which I darkened with pitch black and denim alcohol inks in a wee bag then added to tag.
Thanks for looking
Alexandra x

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

MAC #51

I just got this done in the nick of time. The Everything Wendy Vecchi yahoo group "Make Art Challenge"  #51 was to use Wendy Vecchi stamps and the technique Wendy showed in her video here using Rangers Snow Cap pigment ink and distress markers.

Here's my entry;

The Distress colours I used were; Barn door, Wild honey and Forest moss.
I also used a boring white shirt button coloured with alcohol ink pens (Sharpie pens this time as they were nearby & handy to save me running upstairs again, lol
...I used a couple of different greens and the black, dotted over the white pearly button, then I stitched it on with black thread.)