Monday, October 24, 2011

~Dusty Attic Halloween Chippies~

Have you seen the super cute new Halloween chippies from Dusty Attic!! If not, I have my store stocked with them all right now!! Plus lots more other favorite chippies, like the Baroque Frame Sets and 12x12 Chicken Wire!!  

~New Scraps of Darkness DT Members~

I wanted to congratulate Karolina Stopyra and Rachelle Sigurdson on making the Design Team at Scraps of Darkness!!  These two ladies are crazy talented!! Check out their amazing work!!

Another fun thing over at SOD, is we have an official mascot!! Escape Kitty, the feline owned by our fellow DT member Jennifer Snyder, has joined in on the fun!

Friday, October 21, 2011

~Scraps of Darkness & Punky Scraps~

It's time for another awesome challenge over at Punky Scraps!! This week's challenge is the Get Picky Challenge #32.  This is the challenge where Team A picks items or techniques to do on your layout and you have to pick 2 out of 9 of the choices!! I chose all 9 and created this layout using the October Scraps of Darkness kit which is packed full of amazing papers and embellies!!

Your Choices Are:
Tamara - Hessian/Mesh
Kat - A Tag
Cheryl - Steampunk Imagery
Kerry - Your Own Handwriting
Marie - Black Mist
Jolanda - Picture of Your Eye/What do they mean to you?  
Celina - Lace of Any Kind
Ashley - Doodling
Misty - Metal
 My title "Windows" is what my eyes mean to me.  They are windows to the soul! You can also see a shot of my pull out tag to the left of the photo as well as the lace.
 My steampunk image is gears and it is under my flowers.  
 Here is a close up shot of my pin.  This is my metal item and it has mesh on it! I used black mist to make the mask of windows.
 I recently purchased a couple of the EK Success flower punches that you roll up and make super cute flowers with.  I ended using mine to create an edge for my layout.  They work great for trim!! 
Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

~Blog Hop Winners Announced~

I just want to thank everyone who played along with us and helped make this blog hop a success!!  The winners are posted up at the Scraps of Darkness blog so make sure you check there to see if you won a grand prize!! Plus check back at each of the DT's blogs to see if you won there as well!!

The winner of my blog hop giveaway was chosen via and issssss!!!!

Kathy said...
Mandy, I am in total awe of your work. Words cannot describe its beauty. Thanks so much for the chance to win an incredible prize!

Congrats Kathy!!!  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

~Scraps of Darkness BLOG HOP and Reveal Day~

Welcome to my blog!!
If you are participating in the hop you found me by way of the Scraps of Darkness blog! If you just popped in and would like to play head on over to the Scraps of Darkness blog and you can start from there.  Our entire DT is involved and we are all giving out prizes, so you have a TON of chances to win and could even win multiple prizes!!!

On the Scraps of Darkness blog you can win one of two grand prizes!! The October and ever so yummy kit!! Just be sure to become a follower and leave a comment under the blog hop post as well as each individual DT blog in the hop!!  International entries are welcome!!  Here's the main kit!!


I am also giving away a yummy prize on my blog as well!!  To be eligible to win my prize you must become a follower and leave a comment on this post!!  International entries are welcome!!  Here's my giveway!!
Four Dusty Attic Chippies, Two Distress Inks, Two Distress Stickles, Crackle Paint, and Glimmer Glam!!

Info on where to go next is at the bottom of my reveal post!!

So here we go with the incredible Scraps of Darkness October Halloween kit, called All Hallow's Eve!  Every month I am blown away with each and this one is no exception!! It's packed full with papers from Fancy Pants, Authentique, and Moxxie!!  The embellishments are fantastic and the coordinating add ons are to die for!!

Here is my first layout based on the sketch by Charlotte aka Suepup.  Scraps of Darkness is hosting a horror movie challenge and so I decided to play along and scrap pics from the movie that scared me the most as a child.....   The Shining!!

Here is the sketch!

Ok these girls creeped me out so much as a child!  I distressed the photo a bit to make it look worn and old.
This is really easy to do with an x-acto knife.  Just take the blade to the side and tear at the paper.

 I used cheese cloth that I dyed with some black ink.  It's super easy to work with and no very expensive to buy.
 I have scrapped this picture in the past and I've also scrapped a similar pic from this shoot that I posted a layout of yesterday.  I love her look and had to scrap it in a more fitting layout.  This kit and embellies were made for this pic!!
 The days have been so dark and gloomy lately that my close up pics aren't the best, so I apologize for the coloring.  The kit included these tiny chipboard spiders, so I attached a string to them and made it look like it was hanging from the bottles on the shelf above.

 The paper bottles were cut from some of the paper and the smaller bottles along with the bottles on the shelf are Dusty Attic chippies!  I inked them all and then used UTEE on them to make them have a glass appearance.  Then I cut the labels from the same paper and stuck them on the fronts of each one.

I created this next one for the Skeletons challenge over at Scraps of Darkness.  This month you are supposed to say something you do behind closed doors.  I'm actually a really optimistic person, but I have been witness to so many things in my life involving ending marriages and losing people that I love, that I just have to say there are No Real Fairytales in life.  I believe the happily ever after part comes in the after life.  So although I try to be a positive person, I am a bit negative behind the scenes when it comes to this.
 Again sorry for the poor quality photos.

 This trick I did with the "No" I found on Pinterest and loved it!! I pinned it right away.  All you do is take the negative from your chipboard letters and trace around the inside of them.
 This is my signature ribbon trick that I do.  :)

Lastly I have a page of my daughter, dressed as Red Riding Hood.  I loved the new movie that came out and was inspired to do a shoot with the same theme.  I'm also happy to say that when I took these photos they day wasn't so gloomy.
 I am in love with the new EK Success punches that create these flowers.  I bought a couple of them and this one is the Dahlia.  I want them all!! They are so cool and easy to make!!
 This is a chippie from Dusty Attic!! I covered it with ink and cookies and cream glimmer glam, which is the same color as the one in my giveaway!
 I had to somehow incorporate a wolf into my page, so I went with the paw reaching over the photo :)

Ok Ladies!! Now you are off to Charlotte's Blog!!  Good Luck and don't forget to become a follower, if you aren't already, and leave me a quick comment to be eligible to win my giveaway as well as the BIG giveaway at Scraps of Darkness!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

~Punky Scraps Challenge 31 & Dusty Attic~

It's sketch time over at Punky Scraps and this months sketch is by Marie and it's so cute!!  If you haven't tried out any of the Punky Scraps challenges, you really must, because they are a lot of fun and get you mind thinking outside the box!! I also added in some older Dusty Attic chippies; the tree and barbwire.  I am currently selling Dusty in my Etsy shop as well!!  Here's my page and the sketch!!

 I just did a simple inking on this chippie, going a little heavier over the branches.

 The barb wire chippies are fun to work with and I recommend getting a hold of them asap!!

Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

~Punky Scraps & Scraps of Darkness~

Time for a new month of fun and funky challenges over at Punky Scraps!!  This month's first challenge is all about doing a collage!!  I remember doing these in school using all sorts of magazines.  We would go through and cut out images of what we think represents who we are.  Well I didn't go quite that far, but I did do a collage style layout of sorts, with a a bit of neg space to help break it up a little.  I used items and papers from the September Scraps of Darkness kit called Passages.  This is my last September kit page and I am excited to show you next month's kit on October 15th!!  

This page features two of my daughters out in our barn.
Here is the collage image that was used for inspiration!
Some Close Ups!!

Be sure to check back next Friday for the newest Punky Scraps challenge!!
Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!!

~Scraps of Darkness DT Call~

It's that time again ladies!! Scraps of Darkness is doing another DT call and we want all of you to apply!!! Here are the current details and this is open to everyone!!  

Also Don't forget we are having our very first Halloween Blog Hop on the 15th and you won't want to miss out on all the fabulous prizes!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

~Panties in a Bunch Flower Tutorial~

I created a video tutorial that shows how I created the Panties in a Bunch flower.  This flower was featured on a the box I did for Scraps of Darkness using items from the September Passages kit.  
Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

~Scraps of Darkness Altered Item and Upcoming BLOG HOP~

Before I get started I wanted to announce our first ever Scraps of Darkness BLOG HOP on October 15th!!  We are revealing the AMAZING October kit and giving away TONS of prizes!! The Scraps of Darkness blog will be giving away two KITS as well as prizes being given out at each of our DT's blogs!! The chances of winning are huge and you can even win more than one prize!!!  Mark Your Calendars!!!!


My father in law is a cigar smoker and he always has these really cool boxes left over.  I snagged some up and decided to start with a basic box.  I altered the box with items from the Scraps of Darkness September kit called Passages.  Gorgeous kit!!  
Here is a photo of the top.  I call the large flower "Panties in a Bunch" and I will be doing a tutorial for it soon.
I decorated the inside with torn napkins and trimmed the edges in lace.
Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!!


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