here's how I got started...

here's how I got started...
a 20 minute podcast by Crazy BeYOUtiful

Friday, October 31, 2014

no tricks, but I do have a TREAT!

I'm O V E R Halloween & on to...

CHRISTMAS...
but I DO have a Halloween treat for you today...
keep reading...

let's start today's project...

I originally planned to make an ornament, but this piece took me on another adventure...

I started with one of my original art parts...
art parts LOVE embossing powder, as you'll see...

starting on the left side of the solid base piece,
then the large tree again...
making sure to vary the height of the trees...
and also to vary the intensity of the leaf green...


it looked like this...



next,
I added gathered twigs to the whole background with the blending tool...

the next step was to use snow cap pigment ink with my spatter background stamp to add "snow" to the base...
psst...the spatter stamp is back in stock!


psst...these make cool ornaments & are fun to customize for gifts to package decor...
I'll be making some samples to post here...

I used tree branch archival with the mini blending tool to stencil the "yikes, stripes" stencil...
using it sideways makes it look like a log house!
hey...you might have to use your imagination on this one!


I inked the art parts roof with watering archival ink, then added the watering can embossing powder & heated it to melt the powder...


I inked the frame with forget-me-not archival ink & sprinkled on the cornflower blue embossing powder...
before melting the powder, I wiped away the powder from the edges of the frame...
I like this worn effect...



after the powder cooled, I added some potting soil archival ink over the frame...

I used jet black archival to stamp the sentiment at the top & bottom of the frame...
*remember* to give it a quick dry...


the frame looked like this...
I'm totally loving the texture the embossing powder creates...


I used a small piece of the industrious border sticker & altered it with tree branch archival...
I LOVE the industrious stickers so much...
they are so easy fun to change to any color with the archival inks...
this started out as a silver sticker... 


I used Glue N Seal 
(so HAPPY it's BACK!)
to add a dictionary page to the clear version of clearly for art...
then stamped the holly with jet black...


the coordinating stencil makes it fast to ink just the holly leaves...


love  how it works!


after repositioning the stencil, it was time to add red geranium to the little berries...


after I cut out the holly, I heated it to soften the CFA & then shaped the leaves...


after gluing the frame to the solid base, 
I added a tiny bit of Glossy Accents to the lower left corner & sprinkled on 
I wanted it to appear that the snow had accumulated in the corner...



this is where this piece took on a life of it's own...
I originally planned to make this a hanging tree ornament, but I felt it needed a larger base...

I inked it with tree branch, sprinkled on the tree branch embossing powder...
wiped the powder off the edges & blasted it with the embossing tool to melt the powder...
I added potting soil to the edges & to the perimeter of the frame...
I knew the center would b covered...


here's a blast from the past...

this background stamp is from my very first stamp release, W A Y  back in July of 2008...
it has teeny tiny script that says...
"have yourself a merry little Christmas"...
I stamped it over the base using potting soil...


after shaking the tarnished brass distress stain, I added a gold edge to the base...
*make sure the dabber top is fairly dry...NOT saturated*...


and here's everything all assembled...
do you see the log cabin?



after everything was glued in place, I added bits of "snow" to the roof & a little pile of "snow" just above the berries...


I used the glitter "snow" in 3 areas to create a visual triangle...
haha...almost makes me feel like I know what I'm talking about...


so instead of an ornament, 
I have a fun little shelf-sitter...

NOW...

I HAVE A TREAT
for YOU...

I have the
and
the HOLIDAY ICONS SiSi to give away...



just leave a comment on this post & Rick will choose a lucky winner who will get BOTH the stencil & the SiSi...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN to you!

enjoy your weekend & remember to
get out your supplies, eat candy &

make art!
wendy


167 comments:

K of JK Designs said...

Oh boy, Rick pick me and I'll buy you a drink next year in England ;) lol

Sharon Estes said...

I love the different ways you used the inks and embossing mediums. This is a great blog.

Melissa Merritt said...

I definitely want those stencils. The project looks great and will have to try that stamp for snow when I move onto my Christmas projects.

Suzan VonEssen said...

My snow cap ink is getting a workout keeping up with you! Love this!!

Jeanette Cunningham said...

i love the idea of using it as an ornament...i wanna do my tree in handmade ornaments this year..guess me and the kids better get started...

Kathy Wittlock said...

Love this ...I needed some inspiration for some mini gifts ...this may be it! Thanks

Jean Dunning said...

Wahoo,thanks for another chance to win, instead of candy, can I have mine in a glass?lol
Love all the little details you add that make your projects really stand out. Yeah on the glue & seal comeback, guess I can use my stash now that I know I can replace it.

Anne said...

Wendy,
I am always inspired by your techniques! I am working on some tickets for a swap-and will pull out my Dabbers and embossing goodies!

SusanK said...

Really cool ornament and wall piece! I've been trying to purchase these 2 items for awhile now so keeping my fingers crossed I will win them! Cold enough today to envision the snow actually falling...might you see some wet flakes today????

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Your project is beautiful. The details are so sweet. Great idea to use as an ornament. It will look so pretty on the tree. Thanks for a chance to win a treat. Its so much better than candy. Happy Halloween. Hugs

Shannon Miller said...

Love the techniques you used...thanks for the chance to own the stamps and stencil..

RICK PICK ME!!! :)

cghundley said...

Oh this is awesome!
Love every inch of it
and thanks for showing
how to make it!
Carla from Utah

Caroline D. said...

Your ornament/shelf sitter is absolutely gorgeous!! Looks like it was so fun to make too! Let all the Christmas festivities begin! :) Crossing my fingers and toes that I'll be lucky winner...

County Purr Farm Scrapbooking said...

As if the tutorial wasn't enough, now you're giving us a chance to win a prize? What a fun post! Would love to win :) - Donna Jean Anderson

Rhonda said...

AWESOME tutorial!!! So much new fun to try. I would love to win too! Happy Halloween! :o)

Gunilla/Nilla said...

This is a masterpiece. Love all the beautiful elements and details. Such great inspiration.

Have wonderful Halloween.

Big hugs to you from Sweden/Gunilla

michelle said...

Happy Halloween what a fun treat I love that you share our creativity with us and I have to say you have the best color of products ever! Thanks for chance to win enjoy your day!

Heidi said...

I am over Halloween and it just arrived. Thanks for the step by step, it was perfect.

Would love to win your giveaway. Need to play in winter fun and Christmas joy.

Tonight is our possible snow dusting in the lower elevations. I am hoping so.

Boo!

Janie said...

Happy Halloween. Thanks for the chance to win.

Megan P. said...

Awesome tutorial. Thanks for the chance :)

Tona said...

Oh wow! As usual, I love your project!
Happy Halloween!

Kathleen Schriber said...

am soo in love with this! i still need to get the snow cap ink. i needed it a couple days ago, looked for it thinking i had it....grrrr! i love this project and would love to win. especially love the holly stencil.

Tapeva said...

As we do not celebrate Halloween in the middle of Europe we are all about X´mas already...that would suit my working-on-X´mas-time perfectly if I win those two sweet ones! :)

Marge said...

This is simply STUNNING and so very lovingly detailed!!! Would be thrilled to have these Howloween gifties, though the tutorial is a gift in itself -- TFS! ;)

2amscrapper said...

This is an AMAZING tutorial. I feel as though I'm sitting in one if your workshops! Helene

SusanH said...

Ooooh! I love these! Your project is very cool - can't wait to try out some of these techniques!

Sue Waters said...

I love the little log cabin in the (snowy) woods!

Dorothy said...

Have a great Halloween!!
Love the art as usual!!

famillemarleau said...

It's very beautiful. I love it. Thanks for the chance, Johanne Lacombe

Gabrielle said...

LOVE the tutorial... Your idea for snow was genius! Thanks for being so generous yet again with a giveaway - you know how much we love them! Happy Halloween!

Sue C said...

Fabulous project Wendy! Love the little log cabin and the background stamp has just one on my must have list! Sue C x

Redanne said...

It certainly does not look like a dog house now - this is a wonderful make and as ever, you are full of inspiring tips - thank you! Anne x

Angela Young said...

Ooh I love this...Christmas crafting is my favorite!! Must have a go at creating my own snowdrift x

Marilyn said...

All ways love your art work and this project is a beauty...I'm inspired! Thanks for the chance to win these stamps and stencils! Off to make something or to just have some fun!

Nox said...

Love the new Christmas scene!

JPScraps said...

Awesome project!!

Vic said...

Wow, fantastic creation! Thanks for a chance to win!

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Thank you for the tips and tricks, Wendy. Love this wonderful creation.

Marissa said...

I love when you ink over the embossing powder...I always forget to do that!

You know...my step-dad's name is Rick. Such a nice guy and a nice name... ;) :)

Kathy Jacobson said...

Thank you for the detailed tutorial, Wendy! I love your project! Happy Halloween!

Immi said...

Great tutorial. I think you should be named embossing queen!!

Cec said...

FAB-U-LOUS project and loved the step x step! I agree about Halloween so I started making Christmas gifts today. I wanted to use your embossing powders that I ordered from The Funkie Junkie Boutique but they haven't arrived yet - Customs & Post Office must be working at a snail's pace :( Thanks for the opportunity to win the stamps/stencils.
Hugs!
Cec

Vicki said...

That piece is beautiful. So nice of you to give away such a wonderful prize.

Heather Thompson said...

Treat defiantly. Very awesome project it turn out awesome. On to Christmas for me too.

Carol H. said...

WOW! You are a true artist! I love all the elements you added to your piece! It's beautiful!

Harley said...

Truly beautiful.

Belle said...

Christmas on Halloween... Let's do Easter on Thanksgiving... :) heehee

Linda Knox said...

Happy Halloween and Merry Christmas. Love your project and all the step by step photos and directions. I would be thrilled to win and thanks for the chance.

Wilma said...

Again a beautiful project. I realy need your embossing powder, the spatter background stamp and ofcourse the holiday icons sisi.
Love it all!!!

SuseADoodle said...

came from a link at facebook -- first time here, but i'll be back! Loved the tutorial and thank you for an opportunity to win the goodies!!! :-)

Diana said...

love your little tricks and offered treats almost as much as i love your project!!! Art Parts are fabulous little bits of goodness!!

Buffy Esser-Burnside said...

Awesome project! thanks for the chance to win and Happy Halloween!

Helen said...

Gorgeous makes, Wendy! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

blsewcrafty said...

Ohhhhh, I would love the stencils!

Swimmom said...

Awesome project!

Diana Gabriella said...

Love how this grew from an ornament :) Great colirs and details!

Sue said...

Oooh I love this, thanks for showing how it came together xx

TangledBlueRose said...

Love this, love how it started off as one thing and....turned extra awesome! Thank you for the cool Halloween Treat! ~kim

JanBianchi said...

Okay thanks for the tutorial. I love your art parts, and new embossing powders...I would love to win your new stencils and stamp. Very cool indeed! Over here Rick!!! Happy Halloween to you.

Deb ONeill said...

Wow. Love the tutorial!

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

I've been so busy I didn't realise I hadn't seen your posts in a while, until this one showed up in my inbox tonight.
I love this project, the little log cabin is so cute. I also love your detailed tutorials, they're so helpful.
Have a great weekend.

Marilyn C. said...

I love the powders on the inks! What a cool effect it makes. Your tutorials are the best - thanks!

cybil said...

Awesome and cool. I have most art parts and only found out just now that there are stencils as Stamps that match up. Please, I would love to win these gifts. Haven't figured out quite how to decorate the parts of my Art Parts. Sincerely. Cybil Lynch.

Tracey Rentcome said...

Funny how we start off making one project in our mind and it just kind of goes in its own direction. Thanks for sharing.

Craftychris said...

It's so cool! I love it! Fabulous tutorial too, thank you. And thank you for the chance to win the fab stencil and stamp xxx

Jacki said...

Wendy - you make the coolest stuff!!!! Thanks for the giveaways. BOO!!

Lori said...

Love the log cabin!

Cindyzs (cindy zemble stewart/freespiritczs) said...

love your 'shelf-sitter'! happy halloween!! :) fingers crossed!

Sue Brailey said...

WOW WOW WOW!! I wish I could sit and watch you work! Of course your step by step instructions are terrific...just think it would be such fun!

Thank you s much for the chance to win such a great prize! You are so generous with your time and talent!

Happy Halloween!!

Sue Brailey

marci said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

Debby said...

Way cool project! Love all of the little details. Hope to have some creative time this weekend. Thanks for sharing your techniques!

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome project! Love the colors and textures! And the pretty holly stamp! Thanks for the chance at an awesome prize!

Pam said...

Fabulous project! Thanks so much for the chance to win this great giveaway. I would love it!

Linda said...

Just love it Wendy - maybe with Rick picking it will change my luck!!!

Jean Bullock said...

Great tutorial. Very clear and informative. Love the decoration. Very well done.

Nancy Zunic said...

I love the texture in this little shelf-sitter! Well done and very inspiring! Thanks for a chance to win some goodies!

Linda T said...

What an adorable project! I never even think of the things you come up with. I just love It. Adorable stencils and stamps which are on my wish list already. Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing you're grest ideas.

Julia Aston said...

Love your sweet house and the pretty frame Wendy! I just made a project with the Art Parts Container - your stamps, inks and embossing powders - you can see it on my blog post here - http://www.createwithjulia.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-vintage-journey-18-bountiful-harvest.html

I'm lovin' your wonderful embossing powders! (and your stamps and inks!)

Claudine Criner said...

This is wonderful Wendy, you always give such wonderful tutorials, thanks so much for teaching us so much. :)

Rebecca Waddell said...

What a neat idea. So cute! Hope I get picked to use it. :)

Rebecca Waddell said...

What a neat idea. So cute! Hope I get picked to use it. :)

Beejay said...

R I C K? RICK? Rick? Hello? See me waving over here in the raining PNW?

Love this wonderful project-thanks for the inspiration and the chance for the giveaway!!!

Shari Czerwinski said...

Your style is so fantastic! Love this <3

Linda Bell said...

I love this project Wendy, would also love to win your gift!

cathy< jt said...

So pretty ! Always love your projects !!
Thank you for the chance !!

Bev said...

so cute!

Susan McMenamin said...

Love the holly and the trees!

Kaye said...

Happy Halloween indeed! Had our first snow tonight...not nearly as appealing as the snow on this project! Love the project and the "treat"!

Debbie K. said...

Love the stencils and stamp combinations. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Happy Halloween!!!

cheryltownley said...

So many things to love about your project, Wendy. I love the effect of rubbing off some of the embossing powder to create texture, and really love the holly leaves on the Clearly for Art. What a cool effect. Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

Marsha J Reed said...

Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! That's all I can say! :-)

nonnie said...

cute cabin...reminds me of my childhood...thanks for always sharing such fun ideas....

Julie Leake said...

Ho ho ho. You aint no
trickster on this street. I just got the most from this tut, and its the sweetest treat!

ScrapaDiddle said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Love the way the little house looks like a cabin. Love it all!

Colleen O said...

Love the details on your project and non-traditional Christmas colors. Happy Halloween!

Jane said...

What an amazing project Wendy and I love the way it changed course, art has a habit of doing that....such fun. Thanks for the super giveaway x

Dee in N.H. said...

Love how that turned out! Beautiful! I would so love to win the stencils. thanks for all you do!

Debbie A said...

Wow! So inspirational, Wendy. So many textures using the embossing powder with your archival inks. Love the edge effects. You make stencilling so easy with the SiSi. Thanks for the chance to win some and for all your great tutes and experimenting. Debbie Adams

Scrapthat said...

I love how your enamelware look transforms even a simple frame into something so much more!! TFS Wendy!

Dana D. said...

Terrific project. Can't wait to give this a try. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

Claire said...

Beautiful project Wendy, I love the worn effect on the edges by wiping away some of the powder - must try it out! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win some lovely goodies! Claire x

Jeanie said...

love these!

debbig said...

Great & fun project! Thanks for all your hard work

Theresa said...

way cool!!! I also am on my way to Christmas - with a little bit of Thanksgiving thrown in!!!

nanastricter said...

Wendy, I want to 'make art' using this stencil set, too! Love the varied trees and the log cabin -- especially love seeing the background stamp (for the snow) is back!! Thank you!

Kandi Kwirant said...

I love this, so nice to have ink and embossing powders to match!
Thanks for the chance to win.

Donna Streagle said...

Your tutorial was perfect...Chrstmas on Halloween. I always love how you can use your goodies in different ways to make your products perfect for many different occasions. Guess that is really why I like you so much, Wendy! Plus, you use "old" stuff and new stuff so well together. It's not like I should be getting rid of old stuff because it doesn't get used much anymore. All in all, you are the best!

Lisa Kind said...

I love your creations and your techniques! I was lucky to attend one of your workshops and learned so much! This holiday decoration is just beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anita Houston said...

Yay for Christmas, and how cute is this! LOVE the framing!

Suzette said...

Awesome ideas!! It is time for christmas!!! Yeah especially when over have the the US is cold this weekend. Love idea! Thanks for chance to win!

Maria V. said...

I started to read your post and then I had to scroll down to see the finished project, I had to see it ! Just beautiful. Love your posts and projects. You inspire me to try new technics. THANKS Wendy.

Saranne Valentine said...

WoWza Wendy, this is beautiful! Happy Holidays!

Lynn Hardy said...

I love your cute project and would be thrilled to win that amazing prize! Thanks for the chance!

Lisa said...

Oh wow, what an amazing project!! The details are just stunning!! Love, love it!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Wanda Hentges said...

Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cebelica said...

Great project and great tutorial. Thanks for sharing! :)

Darlyne Wagner said...

Oh, the cleverness on this image! Everything works so perfectly, I can almost smell the snowy air. From the frame to the cabin it is so great. I love your tutorials, Wendy.

Debbi Jacintho said...

Thanks for another stellar tutorial !! I would so love to win these stencils - they would be great for a multitude of holiday creations !! Thanks for the opportunity to MAKE MORE ART !!

Sandra Bonagura said...

love visiting - thanks for the inspiration!
Sandra ltb

Makalah said...

Pretty project! It makes me want to play with my holiday card supplies! :)

purplemel said...

That's a stellar project. TFS

Teena said...

It might be too late for the contest...but never too late to say LOVE THIS!!! :)

Heidi said...

I have been dying to play with the SISI'S since you demo's at GASC, however every time I was going to buy one I found a Studio 490 set I couldn't live without. Pick me please! :-)

Lori said...

I love holiday time, would love to win these, early holiday gift to me from a wonderful artist. I too will buy you a drink in London If you pick me.

Aileen Joy Fernandez said...

such pretty creations you got! Continue to inspire us! <3 <3 <3 hugs from Davao City , Philippines

april dawn said...

Lots of wonderful techniques here. Thank you.

Christina Hicks said...

Gorgeous project! I'm still in denial about Christmas lol. I would love to win these.

Diane Swanson said...

Wendy, I love this and would love to make it! Must go order some arts parts now!!

Carolyn said...

Wow - that is lovely! Thanks for explaining the process!! That sounds like a lot of fun!!

luluvision said...

I love what you created! So inspiring! Thank you for sharing! I hope I win! :-)

Judy said...

You've got me thinking Christmas Crafting!!

Nancy Johnston said...

Awesome Xmas fun project. Can't wait to start one.

gheester60 said...

How pretty! Good luck everyone!

Cheryl Lynn 2011 said...

I am still finishing some Halloween cards but it is never to early to start on another holiday! I will be working on Christmas cards up until the last minute too! Love your products Wendi!

Yvonne said...

I have stencil envy - not to mention that stunning stamp!

Pamela Haskin said...

Love your card! I especially like the three sizes of trees from the stencils. Adds so much depth to your scene.

Tammy J said...

I love the artwork but my favorite part are the holly and berries. Don't ask me why I don't know. I just love them. They speak to my heart.

ginny c said...

Love your blog love how you give step by step instructions
Lovely set

Natasa said...

Loving the stamped image with the stencil! I never won anything so it would be awesome to win this. Rick, could you please pick me? :)

Julie Rose said...

Loving this project, the stencils look great. Thanks for the opportunity to win :-)

Alyce said...

Great project ~ would love play with the stencils

jezebel said...

Lovely project. You inspire me and make me wish I could quit my day job to play all day long!

Gail said...

Wendy,
Adorable as always! Thanks for the pictures in the step by step instructions, they are so helpful!
Gail in Oklahoma

Kimmy C said...

Cute cute cute!! Would love this set.. Thank you

Karen Stevens said...

Love the Sisi's!!!! I have a few and use them All the time!!! I can see some Christmas tags/cards in my future with these sets!!Thanks for a chance to win them!!!

Peggy Lee said...

Oh my I so love these what a great idea....love love your style!

Katy Leitch said...

Would love to win these as I've hardly started on my Xmas crafting yet! Your make is adorable!

Sandra Villena Lavery said...

What a lovely giveaway!! good luck to all....

Laura C said...

Beautiful

Kim Potts said...

Love your creativity, where ever it leads! I have been wanting to try stencils and these look great. Thanks for the chance to win some.

bkazoo said...

Lovely project, thanks for sharing!

Peg Robinson said...

I love stencils and the project is beautiful. BTW glad to hear Glue n Seal is back. I love it too.

Elizabeth said...

Such a terrifically cute little project. Thanks for the chance to win a fun prize!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

What a coincidence ... I was just organizing my collection and I'm using the Sizzix pockets I got from Ranger for my 5 sets of SiSi's. I'm on your site looking for the correct names, and lucky day ... another tutorial AND a giveaway! And, it just so happens, I don't have this one yet! Hint, hint Rick.

Barbara said...

What a cute project! Love the techniques!
Thanks so much for the give-away!
Barbara

Deb ONeill said...

I really appreciate the tutorials and the great work, of course

Kat said...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ........ love this set. Good luck everyone!!!!

Karen Cerrato said...

Beautiful and creative, as always! Thank you!

Janine Rudnick said...

Thanks for all of your great inspiration! Beautiful card.

Rea' said...

The cutiest shelf sitter ... the cabin is way cute ... you come up with the cutest techniques that add the neatest touch! Love the snow piles ... burr I feel the chill :) !

Pam said...

Very cool techniques! Hello Christmas season....yeah! I really like the holly leaf stamp!

Karenladd said...

Loving the soft look of the stenciled trees and the awesome text printed holly! Getting in the Christmas mood for certain!

Julie Ribbans said...

Lovely demo, finished project is amazing. Thanks for the competition - what a great prize - would love to win x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely project Wendy perfect for sending to someone saying from our home to yours and Christmas. As always a very generous prize , items that will never date and can be used year after year. Tracy x

stamping sue said...

what a great project! do like all the detail you put into it.
hope I'm not too late to be included in the drawing.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Lynne Gilbert said...

Always love your work. Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques. I'm in love with masks almost as much as my love of stamps. Great give away. Fingers tightly crossed!

Julie Steed said...

You always show us the coolest tricks and techniques. Thank you, Wendy!