Friday, October 25, 2019

Tropical Halloween Card

"Tropical State of Mind" 

(My entry for the "Spooky" Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!)

     This card makes me smile each time I see it! Yes! Those of you who know me, know that I love color, I love the tropics, and never see any reason to reserve these elements for a particular season. In fact, I love going against the grain and creating unexpected surprises; always using past stamps and dies combined with a few of my favorite new releases.
      Here you see the wonderful "Mr. Bones" just can't shake being in a "Tropical State of Mind." He, like me, will always be in a "Tropical State of Mind!" The escaping ghosts are even covered in plumerias from the Tim Holtz "Lost and Found" paper pack. This is also where I found the colorful paper used for the Hibiscus flowers and leaves! How gorgeous are those?!! (For added gloss, I embossed the entire flower with clear embossing powder.  This makes the flowers a little more sturdy.)

    This "Tropical" Sizzix Die Set by Tim Holtz is one of my favorites and as you can see, it can be used year round in so many different combinations with the newer sets! The background of this card is a Sizzix 3D embossing folder called "Tropical Leaves" by designer Courtney Chilson. I loved using Distress Oxides to color and shade those leaves! That little spider you see hanging from the huge web (Sizzix Alterations collection by Tim Holtz) is actually from the new Halloween Release "Frightful Things." And while the large web I used is discontinued, the new release includes a web just as gorgeous that includes this magical little spider and even cuts the piece of web he hangs from! Again, never think that you can't combine old with the new. And for whatever is discontinued, Tim always seems to have another alternate die or stamp that takes its place beautifully!

 I hope you enjoyed this card and the idea behind the design as much as I enjoyed creating it. Always remember, that our creative minds offer us the opportunity everyday to share our thoughts and views through the art we create. It is in these creative moments that we are able to inspire others to create from what inspires them most. 
     Do you have someone who truly inspires you? Do you ever wonder where they get their inspiration from? In an upcoming post I will share some insight on what I think is inspiring. And it may just surprise you! Be sure to subscribe to this blog so you don't miss a thing! And again, thanks for following me on this journey down "216 Alchemy Lane" where inspiration's only a blog away! Take care everyone! ~🖤Sheila

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Maker Monday!

     It's Maker Monday (actually it's about a late start!) Anyway, every Monday I intend on showcasing a design or product from a "Maker" or "Company of Makers" that I would recommend to you! Although I am not affiliated with these brands, I have been inspired by their designs enough to make sure you know about them. After you see their designs I'm sure they will inspire you just the same! This weeks "Maker Monday" design is one that is as versatile as it is beautiful. 
Wishing You A Basket Full Of...
    I could not wait to "pour" something out of the basket from designer Wendy Vecchi's "A Basket of Art" stamp set! Believe me, I still have a gazillion ideas for that basket! And those leaves! Do you see how you are able to fold and twist and turn them?!! Listen, don't be afraid to fussy cut these flowers and leaves! They are large enough to cut in no time at all and its so worth it!
and...There is a coordinating set of "MAT minis" that nicely support all of your pieces! 

    I used the basket "mini" to give a little bit more stability to it. But I think my favorite thing about Wendy's design is that it came with stencils that actually cover sections you don't want colored while you color sections you do want colored! It's really a smart concept that has eliminated the fear of coloring outside the lines for me! 

  Of course I had to test this concept out in a slightly different way by dabbing embossing fluid, instead of color onto the middle of the flowers, lifting the stencil up carefully, then applying embossing powder, enabling me to heat set perfect metallic and black centers!  I then heat embossed that fantastic web in black and pearl and stretched it out between the leaves (from the Tim Holtz stamp set "Frightful Things")
    Those awesome little spiders are also 

from the same Tim Holtz set! The sentiment is missing the word "happiness" on purpose....just in case you want to
 wish something other than that! You can see where this little stamp can come in very handy!
     And there you have it! "Wishing You A Basket Full Of...

       in case you were wondering 

                           the inside of the card

                                  says ...."Happiness!"

     Don't forget to subscribe to this blog to be the first to see some surprising ways to use ribbon in an upcoming post! Until next time....have a creatively beautiful day and if you have any questions or comments on this design I'd love to hear from you!   


Friday, October 18, 2019

Paper Wreath Ornament

Paper Wreath Ornament

     As most of you know, this wreath idea has been around for a very long time. I have made a couple for family and friends over the years and have even had friends over to make these for their own doors. The original idea used old book pages cut into squares that were folded into cones and attached to a cardboard pizza round.This made some HUGE wreaths! 
     So when I saw the pages in the Tim Holtz "Paper Stash" books that had all the little squares, I just couldn't help thinking that they were the perfect size for a small wreath that would make a wonderful gift or ornament! The best part is they are perfect 2 inch squares! The only other thing that I needed was a stapler that was small enough. You can use a regular size stapler but I found it much easier to use the Tim Holtz "idea-ology" one with my awkwardly huge fingers!  
     I'm hoping that they continue to make the replacement staples for this little "lifesaver." By the way, you really have to try one of these to truly appreciate its awesomeness.....and I don't say that about many things unless they are TRULY AWESOME! It's strong, the tiny staples are sharp, and they pierce through the thickest cardstock; Tim wasn't messin' around when he designed this handy dandy little tool! The flip-load design is enough to make you feel empowered one refill at a time! lol! "Stand back! I have a mini stapler and I'm not afraid to use it!" 
     Anyway, the first thing you are going to have to do is cut all of those little squares and place them into piles of similar colors and patterns. Believe me, this will save your sanity! After you are done with this you're going to want to grab a bunch of glue sticks and your glue gun and plug it in to heat. 
     Cut a 3 1/2 inch circle out of dark cardstock (this will be your base that you will glue all of your cones to.     

     You can fold and staple your cones as you go or you can fold them all at once. I like to fold as I go because I will also distress the edges of some to make them coordinate if I don't have enough of one color. There's always a way to make something work into your designs!
      Now you can start to glue down your cones! Start in a "cross pattern" and work each round gluing in between each cone. Keep your circle shape or elongate your design with the placement of your cones! I can even see these made into squares!   

      * The other elements used to create the Halloween ornament featured at the top were the Tim Holtz "Frightful Things", "Fold-Up Bows", "Gearhead" die set, Distress Oxides, and a bit of black raffia.
      I have so many more ideas for these ornaments spinning in my head! 
I've created a couple that will eventually make their way into an Etsy store along with some pre-cut kits.
 Please let me know by email 
 if you will need one or the other as I've already had some people asking if they could purchase them. 
     They really are so easy and fun to make especially as the seasons change and new stamps and dies are released! I have a few favorites that I will be featuring in the next couple posts. What about you?! What are your top picks from the seasonal releases?


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Halloween Metamorphosis!

 Halloween Moth Metamorphosis Card

     This monochromatic card depicts the inevitable metamorphosis! This poor "Moth" has reached his end and these ghosts will be guiding him to the other side on this spooky Halloween night!
    The "Moth" is actually the Sizzix Bigz Layered Butterfly die by Tim Holtz. I trimmed a little off the top of each wing to make it look more like a moth than a butterfly. I then stamped and clear embossed the Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz "Mr. Bones" twice on paper from the "Lost and Found" paper pack. I love how the word "curiosity" shows through on the left-hand side! That was such an awesome surprise! 

     The piece of vellum under the moth was embossed with the Sizzix 3D Texture Fades "Lumber" also by designer Tim Holtz to give the moth a ghostly transition.  I used this same folder on the background of the card and rubbed some Distress Oxides into the grain. The "Happy Halloween" is one of my favorites from the "Apothecary" stamp set and the white ghosts are from another Sizzix Bigz die called "Ghosts" that has unfortunately been retired. But don't fret one bit because the new Halloween release contained a set called "Frightful Things" and it has two of what I think are the coolest looking little ghosts ever! 
     Just look at that set! When Tim first introduced it, I could see so many possibilities that my head was just spinning! The ghosts and spider web sealed the deal for me!  And be sure to subscribe see how I used these versatile ghosts in a card called "Tropical State of Mind." Seriously, you're not going to want to miss this card design! It will literally "blow your mind....or at least the mind of Mr. Bones!" Until next time.....Happy Haunting! ~🖤Sheila

My New Journey! My New Blog!

                          Welcome to "216 Alchemy Lane!"                                      I'm a maker just like you! And when I create, a story develops, a memory is triggered; a thought becomes...something physical!        
                                        to me, it's Magic!
 (kinda like..."Alchemy")             
   I grew up in Ohio and back when things were a bit simpler, all of Northeastern Ohio, including Cleveland, was under a "216" area code. And just like life, things got complicated and area codes multiplied.
      Anyways, the "216" reminds me to keep things simple and to always remember where I came from in my life, as well as in my art. As creatives, we take different paths that eventually lead us down a familiar road where we can start to learn from each other. It is on those solitary paths that we find ourselves in life and our style in art. It's where everything comes together and begins to make sense. We become...
                         a little stronger,
                                     a little braver,
                                              a little more creative.
And eventually, if you're  anything like me...
You want to shout it out in the middle of a street 
and share your story and ideas with the World 
because there's always someone else out there; 
who is searching for inspiration!

 216 Alchemy Lane
( Yes! I'm shouting!)
This is where my next journey begins
and I'm so glad your here because 
I have so much to share with you!


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