Twiddleybitz, All Hallows Eve – the other page.

Arrgghhh – having computer issues now. Another virus.  Biting the bullet and have put in an order for a new computer – this one is just past trying to save. There’s only so many times you can raise the dead. I will have to limp along with this one for a week or so – without Outlook (s0 no emails) and only partial access to the internet (so not much posting anywhere) until the new one has been built though – so bear with me.

I’ve managed to sneak in and grab the photo images of the completed second page for DS2’s Cyanide & Happiness layout – so whilst I can get access to them, here they are. It’s not often you get asked to make a matching page – so when DS2 begged for the comic strip to be shown rather than hidden behind the tag, I thought I would humour him and make one up. Lol – the hardest part was finding a strip that wasn’t rude or offensive, so that it could be shown without offending anyone.

I’ve kept to the same papers and cardstock – but I turned them 90 degrees to prevent the layout looking too similar. So, the base for the layout is a piece of Burnt Orange/Chocolate cardstock. The bottom layer is the dotted reverse side of Spooky Damask and over this is one of the web pattern reverse side of Scary Stripe. For the top layer, there is a section of the newsprint pattern from Skeleton. Just above the layered papers I added a left-over strip from a scalloped punched edge of the striped side of Scary Stripe.

I used my new Tim Holtz Halloween Blue-print stamps to create this lovely little tombstone. I’ve stamped it onto a piece of Marshmellow/Kraft cardstock and then added a little smudging of Black Soot Distress Ink to age it a little.

The same process produced this cute little bat as well.

Up in the right-hand top corner I filled in some ‘white’ space with another embellishment cluster: a bit of the skull and crossbones sticker strip from the Element Stickers pack, a pennant strip of Scary Stripe and a cute little Black Skeleton Charm from Tracy.

I love this chippy. 🙂 It has turned out way better than I hoped it might with such a simple treatment. It’s a Twiddleybitz Winged Skull (SKU001) and like the spiderweb on the first page, it ws Gesso’ed and then inked with an old black catseye inkpad. I’ve tried to ink the chippy so that the darker areas match where there would be shadows on a real skull and I think it has worked a treat. I popped some darker cardstock behind the eye sockets and nose to add to the shadows. DS2 thinks it is awesome, so you can’t not be happy with that.

 The small chipboard letters are again from the Itty Bitty Alphabet (ALPHA005B) from Twiddleybitz. They were black originally, but I painted them with some Kaiser Mocha paint. Again I ‘blobbed’ it on – so the alphas have a heap of texture to them in real life that doesn’t show up well in the images.

I’ve a few more layouts to share – but getting them up will depend on how often and long I can beg a laptop from my teens. Hopefully I’ll get my new, virus-free and better-protected desktop within a week. Until then -check out my2angels for All Hallows Eve and all the other new stock Tracy has had arrive this week.

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Twiddleybitz and All Hallows Eve

So I’ve been absent for a bit now – a combination of holidays and some strange bug I picked up a few weeks ago – but I am feeling a little better at last and managed to finish off this layout using some Twiddleybitz chippy and Tracy’s new All Hallows Eve range from Carta Bella. Although it is a themed range, you can use it to produce non-halloween layouts – such as this one of DS2 and his love of a strange, online comic called ‘Cyanide & Happiness’. It’s a very snarky, dark-humoured style of comic and not always funny (to me) and often very rude (uhm – ok – it’s almost always rude) – but it is sooooo DS2 that I am not surprised he likes it.

The base for the layout is a piece of the Burnt Orange/Chocolate cardstock, that forms one of the three cardstocks in the All Hallows Eve range. Knowing I had some large embellishment elements I wanted to display against this dark cardstock – I kept the patterned paper to the middle section – relying on the layering to produce interest. The bottom layer is the dotted reverse side of Spooky Damask and over this is one of the web pattern reverse side of Scary Stripe. For the top layer, providing a lighter contrast to these darker colours, is a section of the newsprint pattern from Skeleton. Just above the layered papers I added a left-over strip from a scalloped punched edge of the striped side of Scary Stripe. All those straight edges put my teeth on edge, (oops – pardon the pun) so I needed something curvy to shake them all up a little. 🙂  I’ve inked all the paper edges with Black Soot Distress Ink too, just to emphasise the grungey feel to it all.

So that’s the bare bones of the layout (sorry – pun intended) – the rest is all embellishment.

I fell in love with the skeleton as soon as I saw the Skeleton patterned paper – I knew I had to cut it out. Love the flourish that goes with it. So that got popped down at the bottom of the layout in the right-hand corner, using some pop-dots to give it dimension. I have to say it was a bit fiddley getting all the large pieces working together on this layout – balancing the skeleton, photo, title and spiderweb – made what appears to be a simple layout a bit of a nightmare to put together.

Down in the left-hand bottom corner I filled in some ‘white’ space with a skull and crossbones sticker strip from the Element Stickers pack, a pennant strip of Scary Stripe and a cute little Black Spider Charm from Tracy. The spider charm has a length of leftover string from the tag tied through it – I was going to tie it through an eyelet, but ended up not putting one in.

Moving up the left side of the layout, there is a combination of several stickers from the Element Stickers pack – 3 potion bottles and a die cut tag. Both sections of sticker are adhered to the layout on pop dots – so this also has some dimension.

Love the Twiddleybitz spider web (HAL001) – it fits into the corner perfectly. I’ve given it a thick coat of Gesso, which I’ve deliberately made lumpy and bumpy. Although it might not look it from the image, it does have a fair bit of texture to it – it’s not like a thin coat of paint, it’s more blobby and thick. To make it less ‘bright and white,’ I lightly inked over it with an old black catseye inkpad – and that gorgeous spider? That’s all due to Stampendous Black Aged Embossing Enamel (oos). It’s blotchy because I must not have properly covered it with embossing ink first – but I liked the patchy look to it and left it that way deliberately, rather than fix it up.

Just a close-up of my gorgeous spider.

The title was rather a pain to do. I’ve cut out single letters from the Words sheet and organised them together to spell out what I wanted. I did have to modify several of them to get the letter I wanted – but you have to look closely to see which ones they are (I hope). The smaller chipboard letters in the ‘and’ are from the Itty Bitty Alphabet (ALPHA005B) from Twiddleybitz. They were black originally, but I painted them with some Kaiser Mocha paint. Again I ‘blobbed’ it on – so the alphas have a heap of texture to them in real life that doesn’t show up well in the images.

The final part of the layout is a tag. I’ve made it from a cut-down standard luggage/shipping tag and popped it into one of Tracy’s Kraft bags (oos). Both of these to start with were too pale and too yellow for the colours on the layout – so I inked them both with a mix of Tea Dye (oos) and Vintage Photo Distress Ink, before edging them with Black Soot Distress Ink. The blotchy pattern on the tag is from spraying it with some water droplets after inking and then drying it with a heat gun. When the tag was fully dry, I stamped the skull image onto it with some Jet Black Archival Ink (oos), added the quote and finished it all off with a Black Skeleton Charm. (and yes – that is one of the new Tim Holtz Halloween Blue-print stamps.)

The quote was printed on with my computer/printer though and sadly – it took about 10 mins to make the tag and then another hour to put those few words on. Sigh – printing directly onto tags using  your printer can be a bit hit and miss – so I tend to be a little fussy in checking to make sure it will work perfectly the first time.  The phrase is part of the ‘official’ description of the Cyanide & Happiness comic style  – but it describes the nature of my second son just as aptly. On the back of the tag will be my computer printed journalling – though that was printed onto an acrylic sheet and then glued onto the tag – a much quicker job than printing directly onto the tag itself.

I was also going to print out some of his favourite strips of the comic – but DS2 has just informed me he is disappointed that they are to be hidden away in the tag pocket – he wants me to make the layout a double, so that his favourites can be emblazoned across the page for all to see. Hmmmm – I think I need some convincing for that to occur. Teenagers – it’s a good thing we start with them as babies first, otherwise no-one would have more than one child.

So pop into my2angels and check out Carta Bella’s All Hallows Eve. The toffee/caramel, black and dirty white colour combination is very appealing and it totally rocks for teenage boy layouts.

While the cats away competition at Ideal Papercraft

Hi,

I’m Basement Kitteh and if you are a regular visitor to our Forum, you will know that together with my lolcat friends, I visit every Monday to bring you poor humans some weekly cheer.

Life down in the Basement was getting a little boring, so whilst the Boss is off in Europe – we Kittehs have taken over the forum. I meant to take over last month – but it’s so hard to get good minions these days, that it has taken until now for the rebellion to take control.

Anyway – for the month of October – I have put Mary’s DT to work creating mini albums. It’s too hard for me to fit those 12 x 12’s comfortably in my furry paws – so something smaller is what I want to see.

Since I like Ngaire’s boys so much (there is much of the dark force in them) – she has started with some pages from a mini album about them. Throughout October, every couple of days or so, either she or Michele will add in a new page or two for you to see.

They will come from a variety of shapes, sizes and types of mini album and will showcase different types of albums, as much as they show different techniques and ways of making mini album pages.

Throughout November there will still be mini pages – but the focus there will be on using mists and sprays and in getting your creative groove on. We kittehs love our mists and paints – there is nothing ‘so fun’ as getting your paws all messy.

Where do you come in? Aside from giving me your soul at some point and the odd scratch under the chin or two (small fishy treats are appreciated as well)  – I want you to make a mini album of your own.

Rules
Cause every cat has them.  😉

1. The mini album may consist of any style or size – but MUST contain a minimum of 6 pages and a set of covers (back and front).
2. Every page must show some aspect (from Ngaire or Michele’s work) that you have been inspired to use. It might be a technique, product or design (eg use the original page as a sketch) – and you need to be able to state what the inspiration was.
3. The mini needs to be fully uploaded to the gallery by midnight Caturday November 24th 2012. (this gives Mary the chance to unpack before having to help out with the judging)
4. The overall prize is a generous store voucher – redeemable when Mary gets home in November.
5. There are prizes each week for that weeks submission – and these will vary from week to week – and both I and Ceiling Cat reserve the right to offer bonus incentives as well.
6. Each week you may submit one page (both sides) of your mini album to be in the running for the weekly prize. Submission into the gallery is due by midnight Caturday of that week. The first week submissions are due is the 13th of October (page 1).
7. If you have a blog or use your facebook page to share your scrapping – you will need to post your mini pages there and identify that they are part of our competition.

You don’t have to put a page up every week to be in the overall competition – but you will miss out on the chance to win that ‘weekly’ prize.

As the ‘store’ is not open for business during this time – it is ok if your mini album uses products not available from Ideal Papercraft.

If you are interested in joining in our little Competition – please add your name to the list here. Any questions can be posted here and either Ceiling Cat or I will get back to you as soon as we can (typing with your paws is very time consuming – my claws keep hitting the wrong key).

We’d love for you to join in with us.

my2angels glass cabochons and embossing enamels

On my Dream layout I used some embossing enamels/powders  from my2angels. On the pizzabox I used Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel; and on the chipboard I used a combination of Aged Ivory Embossing Powder (oos) and Shaved Ice fragments (on order) – all from Stampendous. They look fantastic and I can’t wait to use them again.

Here is the gorgeous butterfly…

and here is the stunning chandelier.

I also made several small glass embellishments from a transparent glass cabochon (Tracy has a number of sizes) glued onto small scraps of patterned paper. This is one of my favourites.

Check out Tracy’s blog and facebook page to see some of the wonderful things she has been up to with these embossing elements and then run into the store to get some for yourself before they sell out.