Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Spirituality of a Fortune Teller

I had posted these journal pages on Instagram a few days ago
and thought I would share the details.
I love the gypsy boho style of these pages and I
am fascinated by Fortune Telling.
This is my Halloween journal I made a couple of years ago.
I try to create pages in it every year around this time.
I created this journal with an idea of it being the journal of  the
daughter of a 17th century undertaker and her obsession with her
fathers work and the death of the people he brings into
the mortuary where they also reside. The question of how,
when and where they died was something she was always trying to
figure out and this journal is where she documents everything
she discovers.

These pages are of the mysterious death of a Fortune Teller but the focused
is on her spirituality rather than her death.
I started with two pages that I had already sown on coffee stained coffee
filter and doily. I added some lace trim to the coffee filter that I had
made look grungy with some barn door, black soot and
vintage photo distress ink. On the opposite page I sewed on a
fabric flower to create a tab then distressed it with a little
black soot distress ink.

I stamped on the page with the distress archival ink vintage photo, ground
espresso and walnut stain using Tim Holtz fragments and the tree is a
wood mounted stamp from Inkadinkado 2016. The paper was coffee stained
prior to binding it in the journal. 
I stamped on the coffee filter with ground espresso archival ink and the fragments
stamp. The eye is from Tim Holtz Cadaverous stamp set. I added an 
embellishment under the eye that I cut from a piece of a vintage sari which 
I purchased from ETSY.

For the other page I added another piece of the vintage sari with a 
coin pinned to it with a safety pin. The head image came from a vintage book
about fortune telling. It came from the section on how to read
the bumps on a persons head and the vintage tickets were
purchased from Instagram. @tremblayspapershop @the_mad__fox
and @paperharborco are a few of my favorite. They always have
amazing vintage paper goodies. 

I made this journaling card using a vintage mini file divider. It was coffee
stained then I stenciled on some Ranger Texture Paste opaque crackle. 
The stencil was Prima I believe it is called Cherish. 

After it was dried I sprayed seedless preserves, broken china and
Victorian velvet distress oxide spray. I added lots of droplets of water. I love
that look. Added some stamps from Tim Holtz mini Halloween 5 set and 
correspondence stamp set. I added the work Palmistry typed with
my vintage type writer. The final touch was adding this
vintage cabinet card photo with a paper clip. 

When I stamped on the coffee filter and then flipped it opened
the stamp went through to the other side and it looks like it was stamped
on both sides. Didn't know it would do that. Happy accident.

Thank you for stopping by
I am sharing this at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Friday, October 4, 2019

Count Dracula

Hello everyone, I so enjoy the month of October. The weather is cooler
and everywhere I look I am reminded that this is the month
for mischief and me ham. Where the wicked, scary, creepy and
odd get to shine. I am a Vampire fan and one of my favorite things to do in
October is watch and many Vampire movies as I can. So of course
the second altered page of my series "The Society of the Supernatural"
is Count Dracula. I am drawn to his dark and tragic love story.

I started by standing up the album page and spraying it with Tim Holtz distress Oxide 
spray in black soot, fired brick and ground espresso in random spots than
sprayed water so the colors would drip down the page. Then I dried it with a heat gun and
rubbed black soot distressed ink pad around the edge. Then I did some water drops and
splattered it with black soot, fire brick and pumice stone Oxide spray. I added the bats on the top
left with a stencil and black soot distress ink and the top right is Tim Holtz Decayed stencil
that I sprayed distress oxide spray pumice stone on and flipped it over and did
a print. A technique he showed on Facebook live.

For the "Count Dracula" plaque I used moulding clay in a Prima Marketing IOD mould. 
Sprayed it with Pumice Stone Oxide spray and distressed it with black soot 
distress crayon. I rubbed it in with my fingers and added a little water to get it in 
the grooves. Then I printed "Count Dracula" from my computer on a sheet
of transparent sticker paper. The words "Blood is Life Love is Forever" are typed
on a piece of coffee stained paper with one of my ole type writers and then torn and 
distressed with black soot ink. I decoupaged them and a torn and distressed piece
of paper from the Tim Holtz abandoned paper stash.

I used red sealing wax and a seal for the lower right with some gauze behind it. The
gauze was stained with black soot oxide spray. I dripped some of the wax in
random spots. Added some washi tape, stained gauze and a bat from The Tim Holtz
Halloween adornments that I colored with black soot alcohol ink. I also melted some wax
behind the bat over the gauze then pressed the bat in it. I like the dark blood red color.

Added another bat from the Tim Holtz Halloween Idea-ology line and a red resin rose to 
to the middle of the wax seal. 

And for the Count himself, I photocopied an old cabinet card on to coffee
stained card stock then inked the edges with fired brick and black soot distress ink.
Then I used an oval shaped piece of card stock to mask the Count and sprayed
some water to give the edges a faded and distressed look. The hat I did the same
as the first page "Witches and Warlocks" that you can see here and the fangs I
just used distress spray ink Picket Fence and a pen nib calligraphy pen.

Thank you for stopping by and
Have a spooky day.

Thursday, September 12, 2019


She looks like she doesn't want to be there. Like she wants to escape.
Everyone whispers about her. "Such a beautiful girl, why does she 
always look so unhappy?" She longs to be free. Free from the 
judging eyes and free of her own dark thoughts.

This project I did with a background that was made using a technique from
 Tim Holtz live tutorial. I started with this antique tintype of this beautiful girl
with such a haunting look on her face. (notice how shes not wearing any shoes)
I couldn't help but imagine what she might be thinking.

I did the print technique from the tutorial. I spritzed a piece of cardstock
with water. Then I sprayed Tim Holtz Walnut Stain, Wilted Violet and
Spiced Marmalade distress Oxide Spray. Then I added some
Black Soot distress Spray Stain. Sprayed it with water
and moved it around. Then I laid another piece
of cardstock on top to soak up all the colors. I am always amazed
at how colors turn out. 

After it was dry I sprayed some Rusty Hing Oxide spray and added
some water droplets. Then I splattered some Picket Fence. I Added
a piece of an old proscription and Pharmacy postage stamp. The stamps sets that
I used were Tim Holtz Architecture, Correspondence and Mini Halloween 5.
I embossed the palm reader hand with black embossing powder 
and splattered some black soot Spray Stain to look like ink spots. I distresses
the edges of everything with Gathered Twig distress ink and used 
Ranger Black Soot and Ground Espresso archival ink for the stamps.

For the bottle pen I uses Mushroom and Sepia alcohol ink to distress the bottle
and pen nib. I had to move the bottle around while the ink dried to give it that 
drippy look. Then I glued the nib to the bottle with hot glue. The label
is one of the sticky labels that came with the Tim Holtz Ideaology
Apothecary vials. I crinkles it up and distressed it with black soot ink.

I noticed that the stamp on the prescription is No. 11 so I put two of Tim Holtz
Ideaology numbered index clips on the bottom of the tintype. "11" Reminds me of that show 
Stranger Things. Love that show. 

Here is a free printable of some of my tintypes for you to use 
on your projects. This is my first printable and I'm not very computer savvy so 
I didn't do any digital enhancing of these. I just scanned and uploaded. If you 
are interested in a printable of the tintype I used for this project
let me know. The first scan I did included that one too but
it didn't work. I could try it again. 

Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Something Wicked This Way Comes

This is the first of a series of four that I am going to create called 
"The Society of the Supernatural". This one is Witches and Warlocks.  

I had these pages form an antique photo album that was falling apart 
and I've been wanting to do something with them for a long time now.
As I was looking around for inspiration I finally came up with
something that incorporates my favorite Holiday. HALLOWEEN!
I used distress and oxide distress inks and sprays with crackle paste to 
grunge it up.


      The apothecary bottle was simply done with tissue paper and distress ink
       that was glued on with mod podge. I added a string around the neck with a little metal
           tag. The stamps I used for this project are Tim Holtz Halloween
stamps except for the witches had. That is an older one I have .

I added some stamping and stamp embossing. The hats were done with
stamp embossing on card stock and then I fussy cut them out.
I have a collection of antique cabinet cards but I didn't want to altered them.
So I made a photocopy onto coffee stained card stock to use.

I glued the photocopy in before I added the hats. Then I wanted to add some 
water drops to the distressed photo frame. I didn't think about covering the
photo but it turned out ok. The water drops gave a great eerie/spooky
effect on the photo. See the one that landed right on his eyes. Love that.

Then I added the embellishments. The skulls and cross bones with moss and 
some tattered cheese cloth. Tucked in a couple of vintage apothecary labels and added
one of the Tim Holtz black resin roses with a little embossing to give it some 
crustiness. The metal adornment in the right hand corner also needed some crustiness. 
I distresses it with mushroom and sepia alcohol inks. Then did some embossing
to add the yummy texture.

Thank you 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Wow can't believe it's been over a year sense I have posted anything. I didn't even realize it had been that long. So I'm just going to jump right in. This is a piece I made for a friend. She loves horses and vintage so I wanted to use some of the old salvaged pieces I have been hording. That is my plan for this year, to get out the large ever growing stash of things I have collected and use it to create. I am not one for sticking to plans but this is something I really want to do and I hope that is enough to keep me motivated.

I used an antique book cover for the base.

Added some old salvaged pieces like a rusty nail, found bottle,
another rusty piece that looks like maybe a pipe clamp
and a horse cut out of salvaged metal that I got at
a Junk Flea Market.

A piece of an antique book page, some chipboard embellishments,
cheese cloth and flowers to soften it up.

I attached it to an old leather razor strap for hanging and that
was it. Oh I also decoupaged a piece of decorative paper
behind the horse to look like an old barn in the background.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my first piece and post
of the year.


Thursday, August 3, 2017


Memories, sometimes I want to curl up inside my memories and close the door to the rest of the world. Ever sense the passing of my Dad I have been going through my memories of him like a scrapbook. Everyday another memory comes to mind. Like pages in a book I turn and remember another one and with bitter sweet sentiment I recall every detail of those cherished memories. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Childhood Adventures

I love the journeys and adventures a story can take you on. My daughters imagination and love for books has sparked the memories of many adventures I had when I was a girl with just a story and my imagination.


Thank you



Friday, November 11, 2016

Red White and Blue

Today I've been thinking about the military men and women who serve/served our country and 
how happy and relived I was when my son came home after serving in the Marines 
and fighting over seas. My heart goes out to those who have lost a loved one
in the service. I have great admiration and gratitude for their sacrifice so we can live
the American dream. Heroes one and all. Thank you to veterans everywhere.

I have also been putting together some Christmas vignettes. The theme is Christmas and
the colors are red, white and blue. Great colors don't you think? I re-purposed a
red toolbox to use with some Christmas decorations.

 I filled the tray with snow and made a little Christmas village. 

Well that is enough Christmas decorating fun for me for a while. It's time to get the 
house ready for Thanksgiving dinner. I am having it at my house this year
and the whole family is coming. Wish me luck!
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and Happy Friday.
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Friday, November 4, 2016

Salvaged Tray

Bringing back to life something that might otherwise be discarded is rewarding. I find myself looking at things and thinking "What can I do with that?" and I enjoy coming up with ideas. People always tell me (especially my husband) "What are you going to do with that junk?" and of course my response is "I will think of something." So when I saw that my Mother in law was getting rid of a metal tray my mind lit up with all kinds of ideas. Laterally lit up! Light bulb above my head and everything. Well maybe not literally ;) So she said if I wanted it I could have it. She knew I would do something with it. Right away I thought  of painting it. Using paint to update something is so simply and so easy. It definitely turned out better than I imagined. The paint highlighted the details and brightened it up. I used the new Valspar chalky finish spray paint and did a little distressing and a light amount of stain. I am going to use this for a Thanksgiving dinner table centerpiece. There was going to be a before picture but I am not to tech savvy. I accidentally deleted it and could not figure out how to get it back and it was not frustrating at all...... That will teach me to only take one. Didn't think I needed more than that. But I took plenty of after pics and here they are.
Happy Friday everyone.

Paint can works wonders. This was a very dull tray and with just some paint 
it looks completely different and ready to shin again.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pink Champagne

Finding this beautiful silverware set has me dreaming of tea parties and pink 
champagne brunches with my girlfriends. 
I put together some of my pretty vintage finds to use for setting the table 
with this wonderful silver set. Now all I need is to send out 
the invites. It's time to party. There is nothing like having the girls over 
for some good food, drinks and a lot of laughs. Maybe I will
plan some crafts for us to do. Because we all know drinking and crafting go well together! ;)

Pink roses, vintage tea cups, etched glasses and a touch of silver and gold mixed in.

This would make great bridal shower decor. If only I knew someone who was getting married.

Writing this post has me thinking about friends from the past that I don't see anymore.
Thinking about them makes me smile and I am glad they have 
been a part of my life.

I've missed the laughs we've shared 
the stories we've told
of our family lives
and recipes we've tried
friends grow apart 
and move away
but your friendship will live forever
in my heart

R.J. Mayville

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