The Road Less Traveled


Friday, September 28, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop Day 7 - Coffin Tag

If you want to make a tag, why not make it to fit the holiday or sentiment you are adding?  A tag was cut to resemble a coffin.  There are so many ways to finish your coffin tag, but I wanted to use the Raven in the tree for a spooky look.
VLVS Images:
Here is a coffin you can size and make into a tag.
The tag is cut from light purple cardstock.  The collage image is stamped in black permanent ink.  Distressed inks were used to add contrast of a darker purple and eery yellow light behind the trees.
The cemetery is stamped in black permanent ink at the bottom of the tag.
The flock of bats is up on the words, also stamped in black permanent ink.
The words Trick or Treat is adhered, and ribbons tied at the top.

 Last Day of Halloween Blog Hop!!!  Post on FB your favorite project you have seen throughout the hop.  Remember, one lucky winner of A WHOLE PLATE will be awarded, and a winner on the comments as well.  Hope you've had a ghoulish great time playing along with this contest. 

I will announce the winner of the FRANKIE stamp next week on my FB page and VLVS FB page!!!  Be sure to have your email in your comments so I can contact you and send you the stamp. 
Cre8tiveLea Yours - Lea 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop Day 3- Poisoned Mind

Does genius come from an alcohol and drugged up mind???  Maybe in this case, I guess you could say it is true.  Fueled with cocaine, Laudanum, alcohol, Poe wrote his fantasies and visions.  Macrbe statements written before Stephen King!

Glue Dots helped to create a totally dimensional piece.  The bottle, poison tag, and crow are lifted off the art as though they were real.


VLVS images:
Miracle Tape - for frame and flat surfaces
Glue Dots were used to elevate the Raven, Sugar of Lead and Poison Bottle.
Use a frame for backdrop - any frame will do or cut your own. 
All images stamped, colored, and cut out.  Follow assembly per photos. 
A plastic, die cut frame was used around Poe.  The Sugar of Lead is mounted on black cardstock for contrast.
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door
Only this, and nothing more
But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking "Nevermore."
Watch out this Hallow's Eve, even too much candy can make you sick and give you weird dreams!
Blog Hop Challenge: Go to VLVS Website and then return to all the blogs and comment something you learned while at the site.
Cre8tiveLea Yours - Lea

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop Day 2 - Frankie

On my short list of fav VLVS images, Frankie has got to be one of my most favorites!!!  A mix of a Distressed Ink background and a little distressing right on Frankie, helps create a gruesome scene.  I am very much enamored of the Cemetary stamp image, it works for so many Halloween creations!

Once again, the cememtary - which is a fav of my new stamps, and the flock of bats complete the tag!

VLVS images:
18907 - Cemetary: New plate 1433
18909 - Flock of Bats:  New plate 1429
5842 - Frankenstein's Bolts

Miracle Tape

Background:  Easy, favorite technique with Distressed Inks.  On a craft sheet, swipe a yellow and orange color on the surface (Dye inks work as well).  Spritz a mister in the air just above the craft sheet. 

Place tag face down onto craft sheet, twisting and turning to pick up ink color.  If a spot is missed, push it back into the ink to cover it.

Once dried, a sponge was used to add a little purple ink to the background.

Cemetary and bats:  Used permanet purple ink to stamp images.  Gellly roll pen in purple highlights a few spots on the tombstones.

Frankenstein:  Stamp in purple permanent ink, color green with Copics, cut out, and adhere with Miracle Tape.

Add a bat brad over the tag hole.

This is an alternative to an ATC card, easy to create a lot to give!  Frankie looks like he is so close to you that he is ready to get you!!!  The new Halloween plates give me images that are perfect to create a backdrop!

This is only day 2!  More spooky ideas to come!

*****Win  this Frankie image!!!  Comment below what you like about Frankie and I will be randomly drawing a winner after the blog hop.  This is my own personal contribution to the hop with my stamp after ordering the new Halloween Plate 827.*******

To win the plate of stamps as part of the regular blog hop contest - create your own spooky art with VLVS Halloween Images and link up by the 28th!!!!

Cre8tiveLea Yours - Lea

Halloween Blog Hop Day 1 - Milk Carton

What a Spooky Way to hold treats, put a gift, or even have a fun UNICEF container once you cut a slit in the top.  The body of the milk carton has an ATC sized art so this basic design can be done over and over again and given out to friends!  Mixing the two new, awesome, Halloween plates, and a couple older Halloween images complete this design.  Ink up the clouds on the full moon and add on the left and right edge as seen in picture.
VLVS images:
Milk Carton:  Mirwood has templates on its website, or if you have an electronic cutter; Lettering Delights (LD) has a milkcarton design as well as other SVG sites.
Flap Design:  The milk carton design has a scalloped edge.  A strip of orange cardstock - using a stencil achieved lines and dots, and with the bat randomly stamped above and below the line.
ATC Design: Stamp the cemetary in permanent black ink going off the bottom of the ATC card (a rectangle of cardstock may be used and then a corner rounder punch to achieve look).  Do the same with the full moon and flock of bats, using black permanent ink.
Stamp the skeleton in purple permanent ink.  Gelly roll pens were used to accent the skeleton.  The flourescent yellow was put on and then smudged almost off so the ink was not raised and dimentional.
Color the moon with Orange Copics, then use the blender pen in a swirl motion and lighten the color.  Use the florescent gelly roll pen to create the light of the moon shining.
Adhere all components with Miracle Tape (A yellow ribbon was added for contrast -use Miracle Tape on back to add adhesive).
Create a scene...make some ghoulish art!  Continue on the blog hop and check out the other Fabulous ideas by our Design Team!!

Cre8tiveLea Yours - Lea

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop Kick Off

Step right up - join the party!!!  For the next week, starting tomorrow; the VLVS DT will be showcasing delightlfully ghoulish designs with 2 of the newer Halloween Plates - 1433, 1429!!!!!  These images can be purchased separately as well.

This blog hop has contests and fun, so follow every day, comment every day and also do the challenge.  REWARD:  A WHOLE PLATE OF IMAGES!!!!  Who doesn't want a whole plate of VLVS images?????? 

For the kick off please copy the image below and  pin it on Pinintrest and/or on your FB PAGE!!!   

It will also be on my FB page.

Cre8tiveLea yours - Lea