Saturday, October 26, 2013

Leslierahye's 3rd Annual Very Spooky Steampunk Halloween Blog Hop - October 26th

Welcome to
Very excited to join Mz. Leslierahye today.  We've been blog hopping together from the beginning and want to thank her for being such and active inspiration in my life.  Since we've met via internet we just clicked and our eclectic sense of designs and creations just gelled.  So I am honored to and humbly thankful being here.

New changes ladies and gents (if any out there lol).  I think I've found my niche and am going to run with it a big bounds.  No turning back. I've held myself back for too long.  I'm excited and hope that you will join me in my new journey in my life.

Enough of all that.  Let's start this blog hop.  Well, let me tell you when it came to this final design I was gearing towards making something totally different.  I saw a pic somewhere on the web (ha I said web - tells ya'll something) of this bad ass tree and one of the techniques was dripping hot glue on the branches.  Can you believe I cannot remember the web site.  I thought linked with her for new inspiration and for the life of me cannot find it.  Most of the times I print out the image and website reference to give individuals their shout out and thank them for being such an inspiration...  Just can't find it. So... I came up with what I could remember and caught my eye in the first place and designed this.

Steampunk Haunted Candles
I have see many friends and YouTubers creating dimensional wonders with Graphic 45, Pion, Prima Marketing, DCWV, BoBunny and the list goes on and on.  I've come to realize I cannot buy EVERYTHING that comes out.  Hey I'm feeling the notches in the belt and it's way too tight to get brand new. Many things you may see will be years and seasons ago and I'm okay with that.  I must admit that I look around my craft room and have plenty that would last me till the day I die.  I may go out for the necessary tools or replenishment but to have that "I gotta have the latest" days of impulse buys has diminished tremendously. Enough of  that...

I like to recycle so I kept paper towel rolls and had a foam board I wasn't using and cut a circle created the base board overed with the DCWV Tattered Times. I used white light chipboard and covered it with foil tape (my fav tool in my work areas) ran them through my Big Shot using a varity of Tim Holtz embossing folders
I brushed some Jaguard paints and black gesso. Blasted heat to them and wiped them down with a baby wipe to reveal the faux grungy industrial metal effect. I arranged my rolls and hot glued them to the base.
Oh! The fun part is dripping the hot glue around the rim to give the illusion of melted wax.
I pulled out my dies and started cranking and punching. By the way cheese cloth has become close friend lately. It's a pretty diverse piece of material from the kitchen to the craft room. I also had the opportunity to use things I had not had the chance to play with . Bad Jessica (in third person voice) - I am totally kidding and I hope my sense of humor doesn't offend anyone.  Call me a geek. lol.

I found some skulls and a mini coffin in my wonderland stash.  I love Tim Holtz dies that has the little tricker treaters and rows of houses - Instead used a fun Fiskar's border punch that went on clearance 2 seasons ago. Works for me. Number washi tape from a dollar bind at Michael's

Mulberry flowers from stash

I also enjoy the use of  Stampedous Essential Fran-tage Embossing Kit 
I hope you are enjoying my creation and having a blast hoppin. 

I have yet to pick a winner for my last hop and I apologize for that.  I will announce a winner of the steampunk wreath next week.  I'm giving away this fun project for your goulish halloween decor.


All you need to do
Hop on each blog
Leave a comment on each blog
Follow if you're not following
Easy Peasy Ya'll

Don't forget to go back to back to Leslierahye's blog to download that fabulous steampunk ghost digi designed by Vince.

Thanks for stopping by


Jean M said...

Truly a creative project. I love the recyling and the work to make things really look fabulous with fun techniques.

Noreen said...

I love how you did the candles! And the fun way you propped the treasure chest on the skull's head. Lots of great little details!

DogsMom said...

I can really relate to not being able to afford all the "latest" toys and gadgets. I can go for months without visiting the craft store but then a good sale or coupon will get my attention.
I do not have any of the fancy cutting or computerized machines, but I won a great selection of punches and that got my addiction going again. And these hops also make me want more goodies!

Kelli said...

So awesome!! Love the recycling aspect!!!

Barbara Rankin said...

This is totally awesome, Jess. I love all the "old" stuff you used. Ha ha. And I love your sense of humor. But most of all, this is just fabulous, and so many details and stuff to look at. Love, love, love it. Lots of work went into this piece, but looks like you had a lot of fun.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

can't write many words about this piece.



Morninglass said...

Amazing centerpiece! It is so very spooky steampunk. I also have a room filled with fabulous craft supplies from days and seasons gone by so I completely appreciate your use of 'outdated' items.

Shanna Shands said...

This is fabulous. Looks like something you would buy from the store. So fun. I think I might need to try my hand at something fun like this! Maybe a Christmas theme!

Christi Conley said...

Fabulous!!! I love the recycling & I SO understand the need to use what you have!

Wendy said...

Wow...what an awesome piece. Very steampunk looking. Love all the textures and embellishments! Fantastic work!

Brenda Young said...

Awesome! I can't believe these are from paper towel Rolls! Ingenious recycling, love It! You have to put those tiny flickering battery tealights in the Tops! Great Steampunk embellishing, loving it Pinning!

Lyneen said...

Jess this is FABULOUS... love all the up-cycling you did in this project! You have such an imagination!!!! Great Steampunk Halloween project!!!

I agree on buying all the latest... I have to use some of what I have or I will be drowning in a sea of stash and no money in the bank!!!

Gia Lau said...

So much in this post- tips for using up stash and recycling, some thrifty finds, AND AN AWESOME PROJECT!! Oh sorry for yelling- its excitement!

Steampunk Suzy said...

I absolutely adore this creation it's so sumptious.

Ratty Hugs said...

Wonderful way you ran with the budget items to create the inspiration piece. I actually like yours better cause it has a lot of cool touches.

WhoMom said...

What a fantastic centerpiece! I love that you used what you had, we are in the same mode here. Something about furloughs etc. It's amazing what you can do with hot glue. Thank you for sharing the great project.

leslierahye strickland said...

This is awesome Jess! You always inspire me! you KNOW I love upcycled projects and this one is fangtastic! Thank you for being a part of my Steampunk Blog Hop!

Daniella said...

What a sweet story about you an LR!! She is awesome, so you must be awesome too!!
What an amazing project! You went all in with this! Love it!!
Thanks for visiting me!!

artjunkie2 said...

Great project!

Fabrizio Martellucci said...

Stunning creation Jess ! Merry Christmas ! xoxo

Peggy Oliver said...

Great Job! Merry Christmas to you!