AiDT Reunion Blog Hop + Ai Spinners Release

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Hi! Welcome to the reunion blog hop for Art Impressions! You should have arrived from Isha Gupta‘s blog. If this is your first stop, please start at the beginning, you won’t want to miss out on the awesome inspiration and prizes!

Spinner Graphic

Today I’ve used 4679 – Witch Spinner & 4698 – Witch Spinner Dies to create this little treat bag for a Halloween party! I want to tell you what I used to color my image, however, I’m more curious to know what you THINK I used. Being a certified Copic Instructor, you would likely guess Copics, however, I actually used Sharpies! I used yellow, orange, red, purple, green, brown and silver. I used Glue Lines to adhere the bling to the bag and Pop-Up Glue Dots to adhere the rosette, the Witch from Ai and the banner that says “Happy Halloween!”

AI Blog Hop Jessica Griffin

Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway where you can win one of seven incredible prizes! Please note if you encounter a broken link in the hop you can always go back to the Art Impressions Blog or reference the link list below.

Next on the hop is Karen Day!

Art Impressions Blog
Cheri Burry
Crystal Lopez
Dana Warren
Deloris Thiede
Diane Zechman
Isha Gupta
Jessica Griffin
Karen Day
Kerry Kung
Kirsi Kamppikoski
Maria McGuire
Marie-Pierre Capistran
Mary Witter
Piali Biswas
Reneé Matarese
Sharon Caudle
Soili-Maria Seppala
Tammie Koehnen
Tracy Gray
Tracy MacDonald
Trena Brannon
Zora Bergstrom

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The Pixie Cottage: Dark and Spoooooooky!

This week at the Pixie Cottage the theme is Dark and Spooooooky!
I really wish I had a bat that I could have added to this image. It really needs one!


For this card, I used Hannah Witch (currently out of stock). I just loved this image.
She’s absolutely adorable. And, she can be colored in so many different ways.

Now go check out the rest of the DT’s creations!

Edited to add these photos: (I made this card so long ago I forgot I took these pictures!)

ScrapTiffany: Scrap Lift

I just love these challenges!! Last week at ScrapTiffany we were asked to scrap lift someone.

I participated in the Papertrey Ink’s blog hop last month, and while hopping, I found Jennifer Carter and her fun little banner!!

And here’s my take…

And the detail…

Materials used:
Vampire Candy Stickers
Vampire Layered Circle Icon Stickers
Vampire 12X12 Paper Pad

I added two base layers using Schlosser Designs Borders and Corners stamp set.
Tsukineko Brilliance in Rocket Red and Graphite Black.

If you’re interested in purchasing pre sewn bags, please feel free to contact me. They are sold in sets of 5 for $3.00 per set. Price does not include shipping.

Scrap Tiffany: Orange!

The challenge over at ScrapTiffany this week is ORANGE!! I love orange, so this was no problem for me! And living in Texas, with this 100+ degree weather for at least a month now… I’m ready for some cooler weather, changes in color and… fall!

I can’t tell you how many times people say that they didn’t know I had a family, or that I was even old enough to have one! Well… I do, and… if I’m old enough or not is still up for debate! I have three little ones. Gabriella, Emmelia and Parker. And of course my wonderful husband, Alex, who is so supportive, and encourages me to follow my dreams!

So todays post involves my family, and now that you know who everyone is… I believe we can move forward!

For my layouts I used Making Memories Spook Alley collection. I’ll list what specific papers I used for each page. 🙂

I used a Vintage Fall Flash Card from Elle’s Studio on each of my layouts.

Pumpkin piece before:

Here’s the pumpkin piece after I sanded it and sprayed it with Tattered Angles Peach Delight Glimmer Mist. After it was dry, I outlined it with stickles and added some bling.

The bats were cut out from the Bat Newsprint paper. Buttons are from Papertrey Ink, Orange Zest.

The blue lace was drenched in Peach Delight Glimmer Mist.

This time I painted the lace with Perfect Pigment acrylic paint in Mars Black.

Then I sprayed the lace with Peach Delight Glimmer Mist.

I used Elle’s Vintage Fall Flash Cards.

Because of my slight star obsession, I cut out the strips of Icon Stripe that had stars on it. 🙂

I cut out another bat from the Bat Newsprint paper, and attached a Papertrey Ink, Orange Zest button.

I used the opposite side of the Bat Newsprint paper, punched the edge, sprayed with water and scrunched up the paper to create a border.

I cut out the Witches Feet, and used the opposite side of that paper to mat my photos.

Be sure to stop over at Tiffany’s to check out the inspiration!

Angy… would you please contact me with your mailing address so I can get these mists in the mail to you! 🙂

And, last, but certainly not least… my dear friend Mel is celebrating her blogs one year anniversary! I know she’s got some fun giveaways, and she always has amazing photos of gorgeous places she has traveled to! I live vicariously through her!

.pumpkins. (PPA vs. Mod Podge)

For this project you’ll need some Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA), empty glass jars, scissors, tissue paper, black paper and a paint brush. You can see the tutorial at Somewhat Simple. I will also provide instructions, as I’ve done things a little different.

A while ago I invested in some Master’s Touch paint brushes. I don’t paint a whole lot, but when I do, I’m ready. I bought a one inch brush to apply the PPA. I don’t like using sponge brushes because I feel like I waste the adhesive since the sponge absorbs so much.

I used purple, green and orange tissue paper. If you don’t have enough glass jars, or you don’t have a variety, ask your neighbors. I honestly went door to door asking our immediate neighbors for glass jars. One of our neighbors was having a garage sale so I went and asked them, turns out they were selling a few, and they just gave them to me. If all else fails, go to the $1.00 store, they’re sure to have glass jars, and tissue paper!

On with the show!

Gather your supplies. Make sure your glass jars are clean, and dry. Cut some tissue paper in strips.

Step one: apply PPA to your glass jar. (I did a section at a time.)

Step two: Lay your tissue paper over the area you applied PPA.

Step three: Cut off any access tissue paper.

Step four: Go over the strip you just laid with PPA.

*DO NOT BRUSH TOP TO BOTTOM*

Tip: Brush left to right. Brushing top to bottom will “drag” your tissue paper and quite possibly rip it.

Continue steps one through four until you’ve covered the entire glass with tissue paper.

Let dry for approximately two hours. While you’re waiting for the jars to dry, you could cut out the faces you want the pumpkins to wear!

Emily used vinyl to make her pumpkin faces. Now that I think of it… IF you have a cricut, you could probably use it to make faces too! Although Emily provides links to some faces in her post at Somewhat Simple.

Now, for the difference between Mod Podge and PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive). Keep in mind, I’m no professional, I’m just a consumer stating my opinion.

Straight out of the bottle I could tell a difference. MP (Mod Podge) is really thick, and white. PPA is really thin and transparent. When I work with MP I always wear the same pair of pants because I’m a messy crafter and I KNOW I’m going to get MP all over my hands and I’ll need somewhere to wipe it. With PPA I didn’t have to worry about what I was wearing. When I was applying the tissue paper to the jar, I was smoothing it out with my finger and it was like I was playing with lotion. I know it sounds silly, but my fingers weren’t sticky! At all!! PPA ISN’T STICKY!! MP is extrememly sticky, and messy. The PPA is flexible too. I figured that out on accident! When I had put MP on paper and allowed it to dry, I accidentally bent the paper and the MP did no react well to it. Since then I have been really careful not to bend anything I’ve applied MP to. Well… with little ones, life happens. Parker picked up the paper after I’d put some PPA on it, and it didn’t crack, or crumble! How awesome is that!? I’ve done a tiny bit of research on PPA and MP and found out that PPA is water-resistant.

Hurry… go buy some PPA!!

That’s my two cents for the night!