Sunday, October 5, 2014

Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween 2014 Blog Hop- Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop. As you know by now, I am participating in this month-long blog hop with some extremely talented artists.  The complete list of Wicked Bloggers (that's what we are called) are in my side bar.  There are lots of prizes in the daily scavenger hunt, and a Grand Prize worth over $300.

To see all of the rules and regulations for 31 Days of Halloween 2014, please visit THIS POST.

To see Scavenger Hunt winners from previous days, please visit THIS PAGE

My next project is a journal card-holding mini album from my Silhouette cut file.  This pic shows it put together and covered with the MME papers.  I used mini magnets to keep it closed.

 Here it is, spread open with the help of my creepy friend!
It will be a continuation throughout the month, as I fill it with more journal cards and embellish the pages.  Each day I will show you another "piece" of it until it is completed.

Each journal card measures 3"x5".  You could certainly make your own, but using the Silhouette just made it quicker and easier.  Here is my first journal card using a paper piecing technique.
I first stamped the moonlight witch with black StazOn ink onto yellow and grey CS.
I used a 1-3/4" circle punch to cut out the moon and adhered, aligning it with the bat's wings and witch.  I also stamped the image directly onto the journal card.  Next, I fussy cut witch on grey paper, and the broom on a separate scrap of grey paper.  Layer those, as shown.
I wanted to do something a bit different with my embossing folder, so I embossed it onto a piece of grey CS, hit the high spots with the black StazOn, which helped me to see where to fussy cut it out.

Add white pearl Pan Pastel on the journal card from the bottom up to about mid point before layering the graveyard scene at the bottom of the journal card.  It gives it that feeling of spooky mist in the graveyard.

Stamp "Life's a witch, then you fly!" onto white scrap paper with black StazOn.  Color with Peeled Paint, then cut each word out in a funky fashion, edging with Black Soot, and layered onto journal card.


Black card stock (CS)
Yellow CS; Orchid CS; Grey CS
My Mind's Eye (MME) 12x12 Haunted paper pad
Silhouette machine and cut file (mini album with tags)
Sin City Stamps Halloween Takes Flight stamp set
Quickutz Graveyard embossing folder
Distress Ink Pads:  Peeled Paint, Black Soot
IMAGINE Crafts Jet Black StazOn midi ink pad
1-¾" circle punch

Well, I'm last on the list of bloggers, so no need to send you to the next blogger unless you are skipping around.  In any case, have fun and I hope you are enjoying the hop.

Barbara Rankin


  1. So fun. Love how it looks burnt instead of distressed. So ingenious I want to make one too. Perfect project

  2. WOW! Going to look for the sillhouette file for the folder, its' a great idea! Love your journal card too - great idea to fussy cut the embossing! Love it! Mo x

  3. I love learning about the process that goes into your amazing works of art. The embossing is fab and the envelopes are amazing (will have to learn to make some of those). I have to say I love the skelly hand - it's so realistic!!

  4. Wow, the mini album is so cool and your first journal card is wonderful. Love the paper piecing.

  5. Fab album! Would love to make one of those. Your first card blows me away. Love the colors and that is some fussy cutting, missy! Great work!

  6. This is a wonderful project and I bet you're having fun putting it all together.
    Thanks for sharing the process.

  7. Love this project! Creepy cool helper too! I love all the wonderful stamping and thanks so much for the step by step. Can't wait to see more, I love these big projects!~kim

  8. This project is awesome and the journaling cards are so beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Fabulous Halloween project! That flying witch is one of my all time Sin City stamps!

  10. A fabulous booklet, I look forward to watching the progression!

  11. Great booklet, love the card and sentiment and the skellie hand holding it open was genius!

  12. A brilliant project and I love the sentiment.

  13. Fantastic project, I keep meaning to try something like this!

  14. Such detail and love the embossed with the black! And tomorrow I start with you...I am alternating so I get a fresh take on everybodys! Love this project!

  15. Well I have reached you at a reasonable hour tonight Barbara - I am so pleased I don't have to hop on!! Fantastic project - love it! Loved reading of all the details - and love your creepy friend!

  16. I'm loving both the album and today's card--can't wait to see what's next!

  17. Love your album.... the first card is AWESOME!!!!

  18. Very nice! Love the post too and how the skeleton is turning the page!

  19. Fun journal card and holder. Love the witchy sentiment.

  20. Love your tag/card and the holder!!!