Stop by the Arnold Grummer's Papermaking blog tomorrow and see what I've been up to this time. I've been busy creating a lot of projects the last four weeks and am anxious to share them. This is the first of them. You'll never believe what I did with handmade paper this time.
I decided to play in this month's Unruly PaperArts RAQ since I was at a crafting day with friends and had all day to work on projects and have fun. One of my favorite times of year is coming up with Halloween and the colors in this month RAQ were calling me to do a project for it. When I brought it home, I didn't have it quite finished when I came home because I do not have any Halloween sentiment stamps so I was needing to cut it out on my die cut machine. This is how it turned out, but this wasn't even the original idea I had. This definitely took on a mind of it's own with the suggestions of my son. The sentiment was going to be at the top of the card, but I thought it still looked unfinished. Too much open space for my liking. My son suggested that I add a spooky tree behind the pumpkin that would look like it was hanging over it. I liked that idea and went with it and die cut the tree after making some adjustments to the size of it. We both agreed the tree needed to be more skinny and fit just on the right side of the card. It worked!
As I looked at the picture that is also included as the inspiration for the RAQ I thought it would be cool to have a moon on the project, too. I knew that it wouldn't look right if I just placed it behind the tree so I decided to slide it in behind the vellum which made the stars come more to the front of the entire piece. I loved it! This is how it ended up and how it even came about for this fun RAQ.
There's still a couple of days left to enter. All you need to do is look at the Creative Prompt over on Unruly PaperArts and use that to create your project, post it on your blog and link it up using InLinkz on the Unruly blog and you will be entered for a fun prize. Be sure to join today!
I love the fall and am so happy that today is the first day of the new season. What better way to celebrate than with some more "firsts" today. Right? This is also my first steampunk blog hop, my first mixed media canvas and even the first time I used some of the tools to create it. I have always loved all things steampunk and am excited to join this blog hop to share my project with you. This turned out being a very quick project for me as I had ordered some things and my box was delayed once it arrived in my area. It was tough knowing that it was so close and I couldn't be using it to create the idea that was in my head!
The canvas had already been prepped so all I needed to do at this point to finish it was to paint it black. The gears were cut from bronze and white gold cardstocks using the Sizzix Alterations Gear die. The gentlemen were stamped using the Steampunk stamps by Tim Holtz and the skin tones were added with colored pencils. The leaves were cut from handmade sheets of paper and I decided to place them among the gears to look like they were being caught up and spun in them. This little canvas now sits on my desk which is also painted black. I'm thinking that once spring hits again that I may use this piece as inspiration and give the desk a fresh coat of black paint and add a few gears and other steampunk pieces to the top of it before finishing it off with a piece of glass to cover it all.
Thank you for stopping by today and sharing my day of "firsts" with me. Please be sure to go through the entire hop and see all of the incredible inspiration from everyone!
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of fall and the fun of steampunk with Leslierahye's Very Fall Steampunk Blog Hop. There will be fun, inspirations and even some prizes along the way so don't miss any of the blogs on the hop. It all starts at 10:29 Eastern tomorrow night (Monday, September 22nd) so be sure to stop by and join the celebration!
Join me tomorrow as I share a special project to kick off the Fall season. Head on over to the Arnold Grummer's Papermaking blog in the morning to see what I have created this time using some beautiful handmade sheets of paper. This is a project I know will want you to start creating our own paper, too, so don't miss it!