Thursday, September 13, 2012

100 Proof Press Blog Hop!!!

Hello and Welcome Hoppers!!! 
Thank you so much for stopping by and joining in on the fun on this lovely Thursday!
If you are just joining in, 100 Proof Press is holding a blog hop today jam packed with inspiration and of course some great prizes!!! 

Here is what you could win:
 One Pack of Postage Paper Style #5,
Postage Parts #5,
and a gift certificate to the shop for $30.00!!!
 All you have to do is leave your comments along the way the be entered for your chance to win!!

If you are interested in finding out a little more about 100 Proof Press, click here!
They are a wonderful stamping company that I was lucky enough to find here in Ohio at Stampaway. 
Now a year later, I have joined on in the adventures of stamping with the wonderful design team and all of their amazing rubber stamp creations!!
Here is a schedule for the hop so you can jump in at any time,
 and keep coming back for more!
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Today I have for you some quick spooky Halloween Inspiration to share!

This 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" Wood Art Block is simply made with only a few steps and some Mod Podge.
Combing the simplicity of black and white stamping with clipart. 
I absolutely LOVE the glazed over zombie like stare of this Skeleton!!  His eyes were just perfect for adding a touch of red with some yummy bling!
Stamp, or adhere paper along the edge of the block for a finished look.  To make it look more warn an aged, sand down corners till rounded, then ink before sealing with Mod Podge.
Supplies Used:
100 Proof Press: 4553 R ( Skull)
Webster's Pages
Want 2 Scrap Bling
Staz On Jet Black
Ranger: Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Other:  wooden block, sand paper, Mod Podge, Clip art, Printer
Up next I have a delightfully toxic little Shadobox!
Though I love to color in my stamped images.  There is just something about using black and white images with just touches of color that can really make your project pop. 
Though it may be hard to tell from the picture, but each little image inside the box has been dimensionally placed using 3D Foam squares.  This helps to give more depth, but to really bring the whole scene together.
Combining 100 Proof Press Stamps with clipart, scrapbooking supplies and other stamps is so easy, you won't want to stop once you get started!!!!
Supplies Used:
100 Proof Press: 3643 U (witch)
Reminisce Labels and Patterned Paper
Martha Stewart Halloween Stamps and papers
Scrapbook Adhesives : 3D Foam Squares
Ranger: Lime Stickles
Other: 4x4 Shadowbox
Thank you so much for joining in the hop today!!
Hopefully we have all left you running for the scrapbook room to get started on your next creative journey!!
Wishing you a safe and relaxing weekend!!!
Nicki Chicky

Monday, September 10, 2012

Altered Steampunk Halloween Clock w/ Graphic 45

Hello and Welcome on this gorgeous Monday!!   Today I am excited to share with you some more Halloween inspirations using Graphic 45 papers! 
If you didn't already know Halloween is my favorite Holiday, and I can never get enough of it!
So onto the inspiration!!!!
This is the clock before I got my hands on it.  It used to work, but stopped working awhile ago so I decided to give it some new life.  As you can see I took all the insides out so that I could start with a clean slate. 
And now for the after......
 Covered with a total of 6 different Graphic 45 lines.  Then the whole thing was distressed by inking and then dry brushing with a little black paint and gesso for that old world look. 
Up top, I created what looks like the insides of a clock by using plastic gears from a toy clock along with Chipboard gears cut from Sizzix/Tim Holtz gear die. 
All hand painted to match with an aged silver acrylic. 
To make my life easier, I created a false back out of chipboard to place inside the clock.  This way I wasn't having to build 100's of layers just to get all the gears closer to the opening. 
Once the false back was painted black and put into place, I then covered it completely with Chipboard gears, all interlocking for my base.  This gave the appearance of depth and added more interest with layering.  After that dried, I strategically placed all the gears, gluing as I went.  If there was an open spot, I would try to figure out how to get more gears in until I felt it looked full enough. 
I love the little added knickknacks to the inside.  Decorated with a few gems from Want 2 Scrap and of course the wonderfully creeping skeleton hand.  The cameo of the man was cut from G45's A Proper Gentleman line..Gives me chills just looking at it!
Down below a Halloween scene takes shape.  Using the cover from a Want 2 Scrap mini book created the perfect spooky looking backdrop.  Also it created the perfect frame for the spooky pendulum that really swings!!
The little lady from Steampunk Debutante is perfectly dressed for the occasion.  With her dress of orange, and even her top hat she is ready for a Halloween party!  The chair was a piece of clip art that I had and just worked perfectly into the scene.  For stability, each hand cut image was backed with heavy duty chipboard and  given a stand just like a paper doll.

A haunting scene, complete with pumpkins, potion bottles and even a creepy skeleton. 
In the background you can get a glimpse of the Nutcracker Sweet Grandfather clock! 
To make it look less Christmasy and more Halloweeny I used a Sharpie marker to color over all the Holly. 
Up above, a tiny paper banner brings in the season.   Created with the lovely Happy Haunting line and Girl Paperie Banner Stamp. 
Along the outside, Skeletons stand guard with their backs against the pillars. 
These are just plastic Skeletons you can find at any craft store from now till Halloween!
I was so happy that this clock had a drawer so I could use the brand new G45 Drawer pulls!  They are just amazing!!!  On either side are glittered decorative clock hands, just the perfect touch of black that tied right into it.
On the sides of the clock, G45's metal tags add a simple but stunning look.  Topped with a sticker from the Happy Haunting line, then distressed using gesso to match the look of the clock. 
Graphic 45 Papers:
Want 2 Scrap: Bling, Chipboard lace frame
May Arts: Black and white bakers twine
Ideology: Mini glass vials, orange Adirondack Ink
Ranger: Glossy accents as adhesive, Black Soot Distress Stickles
Girl Paperie: Jubilee Clear Stamps ( Pennant Banner)
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Sizzix: Gear Dies, Big Shot
Bazzil: 12 x 12 Chipboard
Other: gesso, gel medium, sand paper, orange/black/silver acrylic paint, drill, clipart, printer, Halloween d├ęcor, pumpkin pods, Old clock, plastic clock toy for gears, stamped metal star

Well that's it for today!!  Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my creations!! 
I hope you are now running out to find some fun little clock to alter to bring in the Halloween Season!!
Happy Haunted Creations!!!
Nicki Chicky