Haunted Manor Purple & Black

We are getting very close to Halloween and you know what that means. . . . tiny haunted houses! I have been going a little crazy over the Tim Holtz Halloween Houses, again. If you haven’t seen Lucy’s work over at her blog With Glue and Glitter you are missing out.  I was heavily influenced by her amazing work. Loved this house she made that had a teal roof, make take on it has a purple roof. I loved how makes bases for her houses and so I gave that a whirl too.

Haunted Manor

As with my other two houses (here) and (here), I used the Tim Holtz Dies as my starting place. I used the Village Dwelling, Village Manor, and Village Rooftops.

Haunted Manor – Front View

I started by cutting my bases out of heavyweight cardstock. Then I began creating my siding by spritzing a piece of cardstock with Glimmer Mist and Distress Ink Spray in Autumn Nights and Black Soot. Once dry I then cut the cardstock into thin strips and applied a little white chalk ink to the edges. This is not an exact science, I ended up making several batches of siding and so there was a little variation in color but I think that this adds to the overall weathered look of the house.

Side View

For the roof, I cut the pieces out first and the sprayed with Fully Purple Glimmer Mist and then edged with Black Soot Distress Ink. The window frames were created in the same manner.

Tiny Door

To create the door I stamped a copy of the door with the Woodgrain Stamp from Stampin’ Up and then added color with Distress Inks. I colored a few thin strips of cardstock with Distress Stain and added a little Distress Embossing Powder, then attached to the house. The doorknobs are tiny brads. I was really happy to find these little guys.

View from the back

Each window and the front door have a small piece of acetate behind. I just used scraps I had lying around and colored them with alcohol ink in Butterscotch.

Additional roof edging

I added trim pieces on the roofline using the front trim piece as a guide for the angle and then coloring in the same manner as the roof. My edges were a little rough and this certainly smartened up the whole house.

Base with the battery operated candle

The base was created in the manner that Lucy has described over on her blog (here). I used smaller layers between mine (little strips of cardboard) to give it a little more height without a full piece of cardboard. In addition, I also added a little hole in the center to hold my battery operated light. Once the cardboard was dry I added about three coats of tissue paper adhered with glue. I left that to dry overnight. In the morning I gave it a few coats of grey and black acrylic paint.  I painted a few fence lengths and glued them to my base.

Base without the candle

I feel like my house might be a little plain and so there may be an addition or two down the road, i.e. polymer clay pumpkins or a ghost. For now, this little house sits ready for Halloween. I really would love to get another house done before Halloween but I am simply buried with projects (in a good way).  Thank you for stopping by and I hope that this inspires you to create your own tiny Halloween Dwelling!

House with the light on

Harry Potter Shadowbox

Welcome! I can’t seem to stay away from Harry Potter, not that I am complaining. Today, I have created a new project for all you Harry Potter fans – a tribute shadowbox. I am considering making these available for sale down the road. I am also working on a teacher appreciation shadow box which should be done soon.

Harry Potter Shadowbox

I created this project using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio Design Edition Software. I used only white cardstock as my base and then a ton of different tools to create the different looks.

Out of the frame – Harry Potter Shadowbox

I wish I had taken a photo of my desk when I was done, it looked like a craft bomb had gone off. I did my best to write down all of the supplies and I will list those at the end. This was so much fun to create and I had way more ideas than would fit in this 8″x10″ frame. Hedwig is my very favorite.

Harry Potter Initials

I used a lot of misting sprays and embossing powders, distress ink, Glossy Accents and PearlEx powders to pull this Harry Potter Shadowbox together.

Dobby

I love how the Dobby element turned out. This was cut with my Silhouette Cameo and then the background was misted with a variety of Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels.

Stag Patronus

I reused the stag shape I created for my Always Painting. The stage and back frame were colored with Distress Stain and the blue mat was colored with more color mists.

Hedwig

Above you can see Hedwig and a glimpse of the wand. Hedwig was my favorite element. I added a little Glossy Accents to her eyes.

Quote with Hogwarts

The Hogwarts quote panel was created with Distress Inks, Pearl Ex Powders and Distress Stain. The Harry panel was also created with Distress Stain, Distress Inks, and Distress Marker. The back mat was created with Embossing Powder. The Deathly Hallows Panel was done with Glimmer Mist and Silver Embossing Powder.

8″x10″ Harry Potter Shadowbox by Jennifer Miner

Overall I am happy with how this latest project turned out. I am looking forward to creating and sharing more! As always, thank you for your time!

Supplies

Glimmer Mist: Purple Rain, Granite, Jack Frost, Copper, Lavender Fields, Silver Sugar, Oriental Poppy, Penny, Money Bags, Key Lime Pie – Tattered Angels

Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Black Velvet & Teal

Distress Spray: Black Soot & Peacock Feathers – Ranger

Dylusions Ink Spray: Postbox Red & London Blue – Ranger

Perfect Pearls Mist: Perfect Pearl & Bronze – Ranger

Distress Stain: Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, & Walnut Stain – Ranger

Distress Paint: Brushed Pewter – Ranger

Embossing Powder: Gold, Red, & Copper Zing – American Crafts, Copper – My Sentiments Exactly, Sterling SIlver & Clear – Stampin’ Up

Distress Marker: Aged Mahogany – Ranger

Distress Ink: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Black Soot, Fired Brick, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, & Fossilized Amber – Ranger

Misc: Pearl Ex Powder – True Blue, VersaMark, Industrial Stamp – Stampendous, Glossy Accents – Ranger

Frame – Gunnabo – IKEA

August is for Afghans (Part Two)

I am back!! Pretty sure that posts two days in a row might be a sign of the apocalypse. So I made you all wait a whole day for the other afghan I completed in August. So, this afghan is a single block from a CAL that Moogly is throwing this year. I loved this block and the colors that were used and decided to make a whole afghan using this one block.

Crocheted by Jennifer Miner. Pattern from Polly Plum

Seriously I feel in love with the colors and pattern created by Polly Plum of Every Trick on the Hook. It is called Simbelmyne and it is lovely. The blocks are 12″x12.” I used her color scheme as below.

Vanna’s Choice
  • Radiant Lime
  • Toffee
  • Raspberry
  • White
  • Aquamarine
  • Mustard
Pattern by Polly Plum

If you have never worked with one of Polly Plum’s patterns you are missing out. She gives great directions and the photos with details are fantastic. This made it so easy to create the squares. You can find the pattern for this block here.

Flat Braid Join

In this afghan, I used a new method to join my blocks called the Flat Braid Join. I followed the tutorial from The Patchwork Heart (here). I wasn’t able to get my join to look nice as a continuous join so I just did it block by block. Just a heads up these directions are in UK terms so just be aware. I loved the way the join looked.

Lace fan border

I added a border from Edie Eckman book Around the Corner. I was a slacker and did not sew in my ends as I went so it took forever to sew in all of those ends. It was totally worth the time as I am so pleased with this project. There is a chance that this may not make it to its recipient for Christmas. Not really but I might snuggle under it just once before packing it up if it ever cools off here.

Crochet Afghan because August is for Afghans

I really had to force myself to stop making blocks for this afghan I was just having too much fun. I was also happy with the border.

Crochet edges

The only downside of this pattern was that I did have to run around a little to collect all the yarn I needed. No one store had the whole palette. If I was able to plan ahead I could have probably ordered them all at once but I am terrible at estimating how much I will need, so there is always a trip to the store. I hope you enjoyed today’s post!

Cheers

August is for Afghans

Nothing says hot weather like working under a warm blanket, okay well maybe not but I finished two afghans last month and I had to share. I know that many fiber craftspeople don’t make blankets or afghans in the hotter months but I have such a back log I feel like I have to! The one time that this is a problem is joining and sewing in ends. This can be hot work! I usually try to keep the work off my lap and sit by the air conditioning vent and it really helps. These are the two afghans I mentioned in my last post. I have decided to post them even though they are Christmas gifts, I think that they will still be a surprise.  Or at the least, the recipients will forget that they ever saw them since Christmas is so far away!

Crochet Afghan by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

The first afghan was my very first Crochet-Along. I shared a few photos in this post. This afghan represents a few “firsts” for me. It was my first CAL, the first time I blocked squares, the first afghan with all different blocks and the first time I sewed in my ends as I went along. Sewing in your ends as you finish a block makes the finishing of the afghan so much more pleasant. Nothing like sitting and sewing in 300+ ends.

Looking forward to those cold months

The CAL I followed is from the Creative Crochet Workshop and is called Crochet a Block Afghan 2017. You can find all of the patterns on their website here.  I used Vanna’s Choice in

  • Dark Grey Heather
  • Silver Heather
  • Rose Shocking
  • Aquamarine
Every block is different!

This was really fun and I truly looked forward to the days when the next block was released.  Since the blocks were released once a week I had plenty of time to sew in the ends before the next block was released.

Hooked by Jennifer Miner

The border is pretty simple but there is so much going on in the afghan itself I think that it totally works.

August is for afghans

The cat really likes this afghan and I have had to kick him off it a few times when it was in my studio.

The completed afghan on a full sized bed
Created by Jennifer Miner
The edging

Originally I was going to showcase both afghans today but I think that I will make you come back tomorrow! However, if you have read this far I will give you a little sneak peek.

Sneaky peak of the other afghan

I really hope that it cools off here in Colorado soon. We are in the upper 80s/90s this whole week. I am ready for the Fall! Hopefully soon thanks for visiting.

Pattern from the Creative Crochet Workshop

 

Tudor Princess Toothpick Doll

Hello All –

Back today with a new little toothpick doll. Truth be told she has been done awhile I just haven’t made time to share her with you! I started this doll ages ago and she sat in my box of supplies with no head or arms. You see, the arms are the hardest part to get right with these little dolls. It can be a real challenge to get them to match up. So, when I came across this little lady in my most recent endeavor to tidy up my studio space I decided that she must be completed. Thus the Tudor Princess was born.

Tudor Princess Toothpick Doll by Jennifer Miner

I will admit that there are times that I get a little over zealous with my research to make my dolls historically accurate. This doll is what I would call “loosely Tudor.” There are a lot of details that have to be skipped or that are simply not possible when working on this scale.

Side View

This doll turned out a tiny bit shorter than my Fairy Doll, she is just under 3 inches tall. The “braid” trim was created with two strands of floss and was created using a rope making technique.

Back View

The hair was created by wrapping the damp floss around a few toothpicks and leaving it to dry. I have dolls that are over 20 years old that still have curled hair. It is sort of crazy that such an easy process will stay for so long, but I can attest that it does.

By Jennifer Miner

I made her headdress by gluing embroidery floss to a non-stick mat and once it was dry cutting the floss to the correct shape. Once it was attached, I also added a little bit of trim. Based on my research most Tudor women wore a hair covering or net of some sort but nothing I tried really worked out so her hair remains scandalously uncovered.  I made her collar in the same manner.

I use Aleene’s Tack Glue and there is a little flexibility in the pieces once they are dry. The one downside of the Aleene’s is that it tastes terrible. Yes, I realize that sounds strange but there are times when I hold something in my teeth and as a result get a little taste of glue. You may just have to trust me on this one.

 

Tudor Princess Toothpick Doll

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s doll. I completed two afghans in August but they are Christmas gifts so I am debating if I should wait to share them with you. Have a great day!

 

Bling Flamingos!

As we are winding down our summer we have been trying to squeeze a few special days and projects in.  Last week we did glass fusing, which was a blast. I think I might be hooked. This sparked a whole interest in glass work in general; stain glass, mosaics, and fused glass. Then there was a moment when the little person was looking at Pinterest with me and we saw a blinged flamingo. Sold, done this was going to happen.

A Blingo in its natural environment

On Monday, we set out to find our flamingos. I was pleasantly surprised to find a pair at the local party store. We had some gems left over from previous projects but decided that we needed more. In the end, we actually ended up getting two boxes of acrylic gems in addition to what we already had on hand. Thus the Blingos, Rhinegos, Flaminglows, Bling Flamingos were born.

This Blingo is after the tomatoes

The boxes of gems we purchased came with more than one color so we had to sort or gems before we could glue them. I would say that it took about four sessions with dry time between to finish my flamingo. I started with E6000 but reading the back of the tube freaked me out, the warnings have gotten more serious since I had purchased a tube. We picked up some outdoor silicon and that worked like a charm. We worked outside and the silicone was nearly odor free with the breeze. I thought about grouting my flamingo but decided that might be overkill, although I always reserve the right to change my mind.

I love our Blingos, and I think that they look fantastically kitschy! These bedazzled birds were a great mother/daughter project. These were easy and you are rewarded with instant shimmer and shine.

A little adhesive and a lot of rhinestones

You have about 30 minutes working time with the adhesive so I would gloop out a bit in the area I was working then add me presorted gems. I found that if I laid out my gems flat side down and then used a Pick-Me-Up/Quickstik I could work pretty quickly.

TheBlingos should hold up to the weather, we hope, but I might bring them in before it snows.

Lots of sparkle!
End of the summer mother/daughter project

I loved this project! this was a pretty easy project, so don’t be afraid and bling up a flamboyance of flamingos yourself. (That is really what a group of flamingos is called, and it is awesome). Every time I let the dogs out these little guys bring a smile to my face.

Enjoy the end of your summer! We are gearing up for the eclipse here. They are saying we should have about 92-93% complete eclipse, we have our glasses and are very excited.

It’s a Blingo

They are multiplying! – Another Crochet Bunny

Another Crochet Rabbit

You may remember the darling little crochet rabbit I made a few weeks ago. Well, while that little one was under construction, I had a request to create another one. Of course, this one had to be different from the first.

Crochet Bunny by Jennifer

I used the same pattern, available here. This time I used Lion Brand Homespun in Barley.  Again, I mostly used the pattern. I kind of make changes on the fly while I work. For this pattern, I have lengthened the legs and arms. I just liked the way that looked.

The Homespun yarn is very forgiving and nice to work with. The finished bunny is very soft. If I were to make it again I think that I would have held two strands of yarn together. I really was hoping that it would be a little bigger but I didn’t want too many holes in the fabric.

Crochet Rabbit – the close-up

Another change on this rabbit was the face. I added a nose and mouth with embroidery floss. While my embroidery skills will not win any prizes I think that she has lots of personality.

Bunny Booty

One thing that is the same between these two bunnies is the over sized tail. I think that they are my favorite part! Why is making pom-poms so much fun! For this crochet bunny, I started with a much larger pom-pom and then trim it and trim it and then trim it some more until I have the size that I want. I find that doing this gives you a very dense pom-pom.

Doin’ what rabbit’s do, getting into the flowers

I just can’t keep these rabbits out of the flower pot! This was a quick little project and I am always happy to take requests from my daughter.

 

Steampunk Happy Birthday

This post is all about dads! Well, the birthday cards I made for my dad and my father-in-law. I am lucky in that their birthdays are within a few days so that means that I get to hit two birds with one stone this year and make similar cards. Last year, I made my father-in-law a very special Cubs card. I am not going to say that was why they won, but I can’t say that it didn’t help.

Created by Jennifer Miner

Well, on to our Steampunk Birthday Cards. These were so much fun and involved lots of supplies. All of the paper I used in these cards started as either white or black cardstock and they ended up at 5″x7″. I just loved how they turned out. As you may have noticed, I haven’t done a ton of cards this summer but it was great to get back into the swing of things.

Happy Birthday Card by Jennifer Miner

I was really channeling the pickers on these, I was imagining vintage signs with rust and peeling paint. I felt like I had half of my drawers on my workspace when I finished.

Channeling the “Pickers”

When I was creating the cards, I tried to keep to that vintage feel and there is no better product line than Tim Holtz for that. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the gears and the sentiment frame.

Grungy Birthday

I will have a complete list of the products I used to create these birthday cards below.

Tim Holtz Inspired manly card.

Materials

Distress Ink: Rusty Hinge, Evergreen Boughs, Stormy Sky, Ground Espresso, Black Soot, Embossing Ink, Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Old Paper, Walnut Stain & Vintage Photo

Ink: Colorbox Pigment – Frost White

Mists/Sprays: Key Lime, Dragonfly, Sugar Maple, Moneybags & Bahama Blue – Tattered Angles

Distress Stain: Evergreen Boughs, Iced Spruce, Rusty Hinge, Stormy Sky

Distress Paint: Pewter, Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Tarnished Brass & Black

Distress Embossing Powder: Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain

Stencil: Rays

Stamps: Crackle – Prima, Industrial – Stampendous, French Script(Retired) – Stampin’ Up

Other: White Eyelets – Stampin’ Up. Twine – Stampin’ Up, Brown Eyelets – Memory Keepers, Gears & Brads –  Tim Holtz for Ideology, Foam Adhesive Circles – Recollections, Crackle Paint in Rock Candy, Molding Paste – Golden

Goodness, I think that is it! Thank you for stopping by.

Faux Enamel Letters

 

Distress Oxide Card with Roses

Well, if you are a card maker you probably know that the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxides are the latest hot trend from Time Holtz, who we love (ps). I will admit that I have the capability to go full hoarder on all things Tim Holtz and these are no exception. I knew that I would need them and that it was really useless to try and resist. I ordered the first collection which includes Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain. I really wanted to use them right when they arrived but I was just too busy with other projects.

Well, I finally got a chance to work with them and yep, they are awesome. And yes, I will now have to buy the whole collection. I must have them in all colors. Just have to, there is no point in resisting. I whipped up a card to go with my Maleficent cross stitch. I really liked how the inks performed and I am loving the finished product.

Tim Holtz Distress Card by Jennifer Miner

I started with my white cardstock and stenciled the diamonds using Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks. The stencil is actually too small to cover the whole background but I was able to line it up and I think that it looks like it was done all at once.  Once I had my diamonds I went back over them with the same colors. Then I added some distress with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain around the edge. The last step on the background was a little flick with water.

Just a hint of glitter

Once the background had dried, I added the stenciled flourish.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the shape from a piece of clear acetate. Then I applied Golden Molding Paste colored with Distress Ink Reinker in Walnut Stain over the stencil. You have to clean up your acetate immediately or the paste will not come off. Once I was done stenciling I added a touch of Distress Glitter in Rock Candy over the wet paste. This was then set aside to dry.

Distress Oxide Card with Roses

While I was patiently waiting for my background to dry, I created my roses. I used my McGill Paper Blossom punches and the Distress Oxide Ink to create the blooms. Then I created the sentiment by stamping the words on a piece of scrap paper then trimming it down and adding Vintage Photo Distress Oxide. When the background was dry I glued the roses on and added the sentiment with two lavender eyelets.

Distress Oxide Ink Happy Birthday Card

I mounted my panel on a piece of brown cardstock and then inked another background with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. The last step was to add a little bit more shimmer with the adhesive gems.

Shabby Chic Distress Card by Jennifer Miner

I will totally admit that I am loving the Distress Oxides. Yet another great product from the master! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the card.

Materials

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Brown cardstock – Archivers

Ink: Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Antique Linen Distress Ink, Archival Ink Ranger

Stamps: Saying Stuff Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous

Other: 2mm Clear Gems & 3mm Brown Gems -by Mark Richards, GoldenMolding Paste, Distress re-inker – Walnut Stain, Distress Glitter in Rock Candy, Harlequin Layering Stencil – Tim Holtz

Punches: Dogwood, Starflower,  and Birch Leaf McGill Paper Blossoms

Maleficent Cross Stitch

62 Skeins, 56 Colors, 41,830 Stitches, 2.5 years

This was one beast of a project. I was beginning to fear that she would never get completed. When  I started this project for my mother, whose favorite villain is Maleficent. I thought that I would be able to get her done in a few months, just in time for Christmas. Wow was I wrong. It took me two additional Christmases and several birthdays to get her completed.

Maleficent Cross Stitch by Jennifer Miner

Now, it wasn’t just that it was the most complex cross-stitch that I have ever attempted (there are 12 shades of purple in there) but she kept getting bumped for other projects. Well, after the big Harry Potter Birthday Party,  I decided that this was the year and that I was going to get her done before my mom’s birthday. I attacked this project with renewed motivation and got it done. I was even able to get the project framed prior to the day.

Close-up

I think that projects are funny like that. Sometimes you just have to be “in the mood” to get them done. I once read that if you haven’t worked on a project in six months you are probably not going to finish it and that you should pitch it. For me, this is generally not true. I really make an effort to finish what I start and things do get set aside before I can get to them. So, I guess that it is a case of doing what works for you. In fact, I had a half completed toothpick doll that had been sitting in my box of doll supplies. I worked on her last week and will be sharing my finished doll soon.

Two and half years in the making

On that note, I have completed the crochet on one blanket and am starting the process of sewing in my ends (this one may have to wait, a little as it is too hot to sit under an afghan right now), I have one more square on my Creative Crochet Workshop CAL afghan. There will be a border and joining will still need to be done but we are getting close! I have also picked up a knit blanket that I started last Spring. I am trying to get the major UFOs tackled around here. My goal is to not buy any supplies for a new project before I get these done. I think that I can do it, although I am really wanting to start a temperature blanket. No, I will be strong, I will resist!! I will probably buy supplies tomorrow. Oh, and I forgot I still have my Sophie’s Universe have completed and hiding in the basement, and two quilts, and and and . . . . Well, you get the idea.