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The Witches' Kitchen

Hey friends! I'm back in Halloween mode and sharing a project I started on nearly a year ago. Yes, you read that correctly. Last year I had gathered all my Tim Holtz Halloween goodies from the 2018 release to play with them at a weekend crop. I finished one project and started on this one as the crop was coming to an end. I knew I wouldn't have time to finish it, but assumed I'd find some time to do so once I got home. Well...that never happened, so it stayed packed up until a few weeks ago when I went to another weekend crop. However at this point, I had more new Tim Holtz Halloween goodies to play with so I knew I had to add them in. This adding in, ended up causing me to redo a bit of the original piece, but in the end, I really love how it turned out. Welcome to The Witches' Kitchen!

Beware The Witches Kitchen Halloween Mixed Media by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz products

I will say, the final piece kept the original witch theme. That happens to be one of my favorite themes for Halloween and when I saw the new Sizzix Bigz Cauldron Die, I KNEW it would be perfect for this piece. Now that you've entered The Witches' Kitchen, let's take a look around!

The base of the piece is a Stampers Anonymous Tombstone Overlay Small that was released last year. They have released some new ones for this year, that I know I will be adding to my stash for future Halloween projects! I covered the pieces with patterned paper from past Halloween paper pads. The top and base pieces were inked up with a mix of Distress Ink and Distress Oxide to give them a worn wood look. For the inlaided section of the top, I also covered with patterned paper and then inked with a mix of Distress Ink and Distress Oxide. I did this part nearly a year ago, so I can't remember all of the details, but I think I used Vintage Photo, Black Soot, and Peeled Paint to get the colors you see. Next, I stamped the spider web from the Tangled Web Stamp Set with embossing ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then covered the entire area with Collage Medium Crazing to give it a bit more distressed look.

Beware The Witches Kitchen Halloween Mixed Media by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz products

I'm going to continue on with the base of the piece. I love how these pieces are all separate so you can work on each piece separately before putting them together. I again adhered another piece of Halloween paper to the background and inked the edges with Distress Ink. Make sure to allow the ink to dry before continuing on to the next step. Embossing powder will sticker to Distress Ink when it's still wet. Ask me how I know! LOL Once the ink was dry, I took the Falling Stars Stencil and used a palette knife to add Opaque Crackle Texture Paste. I then removed the stencil and sprinkled the stars with Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, let the paste dry and then heat embossed them to give them a super crackly effect!

Beware The Witches Kitchen Halloween Mixed Media by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz products

For the bottom part of the tombstone, I actually built out a ledge to make a shelf for the witches' cauldron and other goodies. I cut foam core board to the size of the larger piece, covered it with scrap patterned paper and adhered it to the bottom of the tag base and then added the other parts to complete the tombstone. All of these were covered with patterned paper from past Halloween paper pads. I then added the cool metal bat and used the same technique on it that I used on the metal tag, and also added in some Pitch Black Alcohol Ink. I have personally found that I just keep playing with adding the media to the piece until I like the look of it!

Once the base was completed, I adhered all the pieces together. I then added some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to random areas and once it was dry, I inked it with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Beware The Witches Kitchen Halloween Mixed Media by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz products

Now that the base is complete, let's continue with all the little details. On the top, I added the Webb Co. metal tag from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornment Foundry and a spider (from last years Halloween Wicked Metal) hanging from a bit of twine. All of the metal pieces where first painted with Collage Medium. Once this was dry, I added Alcohol Inks in Mushroom and Butterscotch to give them the look of aged metal. I also rubbed over it with some Black Soot Distress Crayon using my finger. For the spider here at the top, as well as the one I the broom, I painted them with Black Soot Distress Paint.

Beware The Witches Kitchen Halloween Mixed Media by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz products

To give the broom, I used feel, I applied Distress Stain in Black Soot to the bristles and scrunched it up a bit while it was wet. I then dried it with my heat gun.  I thought the handle needed some distressing as well, so I applied some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste, allowed it to dry and then inked it with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I finished it off by tying another metal spider to it using a bit of twine.

Beware The Witches Kitchen Halloween Mixed Media by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz products

Next on the tour, you'll see the witches' shelf with her cook books and other ingredients. I created the shelf from foam core, covered it with patterned paper and inked it until it was distressed to match the other wood looking sections. I then adhered it to the base to create a shelf. While this was drying, I worked on creating the books. They are made from scraps of cardboard that I wrapped in patterned paper and added titles to the spines using Halloween Remnant Rubs. I then inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. The pumpkins and skull where distressed with Distress Crayons...mostly Walnut Stain and Peeled Paint. I then glued on a bit of moss to the pumpkins.

One other small detail, that was actually one of the last things I added is the Beware sign. It's a Halloween Quote Chip, distressed a bit with sand paper and then inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I wanted it to be a hanging sign, so I attached it using hooks from the Vignette Hardware. I was able to carefully screw them into the Quote Chip and then into a the space between the top of the tombstone and the tag portion.

Beware The Witches Kitchen Halloween Mixed Media by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz products

Now onto the bottles! I'll be talking about those at the top and bottom of the piece. Some of them were already amber and others started out clear. To give them all a similar look, I painted them with Collage Medium, let that dry, then added Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint and let that dry. I then added some Grit Paste to the tops and let that dry. Once all that was dry, I applied a mix of Alcohol Ink in Mushroom and Butterscotch and even a touch of Pitch Black.  I also inked the corks using Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Ink. Once the bottles were all grunged up, I began adding labels and other details to them. Some of these are stickers from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Apothecary Vials and others are from past Halloween Ephemera. I also distressed the edges of the paper with the back side of an X-acto Knife and then inked them up with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Now, I want you to look closer at some of the bottles....see anything?! Yes, there are eye balls in that one jar! They are googlie eyes from my stash, but don't they add a fun touch?! I also filled the other large bottle with some bones!

Beware The Witches Kitchen Halloween Mixed Media by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz products

Last but not least is the witches' Cauldron! With this being a Bigz die, I was able to cut it from chipboard. I cut two layers for the cauldron and glued them together. I then painted it with Black Soot Distress Paint. Once the paint was dry, I applided Collage Medium Crazing to give it a little texture. For the handle, I cut if from chipboard and then again from Silver Metallic Kraft Stock. And finally for the smoke tendrils, I cut them from chipboard and painted them with Peeled Paint and Frayed Burlap Distress Paint. I then filled the cauldron with the smoke, bones and some funky moss!

Phew! I think that's it! Hopefully I covered enough of the details on how I created The Witches' Kitchen to give you some ideas of your own. And as always, if you any questions, don't hesitate to ask! I'm more than happy to answer them.

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Embrace The Journey

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm sharing a mixed media birthday card that features a fun background technique that tried recently. It incorporates the 3D Botanical Texture Fade Embossing Folder with Distress Ink for a fun way to add color to your embossed paper.

Embrace The Journey Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems 2, Tattered Butterfly, Botanical Embossing Folder and Mini Scallop 3D Impresslit

I began with the 3D Botanical Texture Fade Embossing Folder and applied Faded Jeans Distress Ink directly to the folder. I then spritzed a piece of water color paper trimmed to size and placed it inside the embossing folder. Following the instructions that come with these folders, I then ran the piece through my Sizzix Big Shot three times. I just love how the ink pooled in and around the edges of the embossed areas to bring out their shape and texture. I then inked the edge with Frayed Burlap and layered this onto a piece of watercolor paper with the same inked edges.

I then took a piece of watercolor paper and ink smooshed a mix of Distress Oxides onto it. Unfortunately, I don't recall what mix of colors I used, but it definitely included Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo! I then die cut this piece using the Stacked Baroque dies to create a base for my flowers and butterfly.

Embrace The Journey Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems 2, Tattered Butterfly, Botanical Embossing Folder and Mini Scallop 3D Impresslit

Now onto the main embellishments...Here I used the Wildflower Stems 2 and the Tattered Butterfly dies and cut them from watercolor paper. I inked up the flowers with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide and the stems with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters.

Embrace The Journey Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems 2, Tattered Butterfly, Botanical Embossing Folder and Mini Scallop 3D Impresslit

To give the butterfly some interest, I stamped it with the script stamp from the Ledger Script Stamp Set using Espresso Archival Ink. Next, I inked the layers with Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I then adhered all the layers together and gave it some antenna using a bit of wire from my stash.

Once this main piece was complete, I added the Small Talk Stickers for the sentiment. Since I was making this as a birthday card for a dear friend, I thought "use your wings" and "embrace the journey" were a perfect fit!

Embrace The Journey Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems 2, Tattered Butterfly, Botanical Embossing Folder and Mini Scallop 3D Impresslit

After all that, I still felt like it needed a little something, so I cut a piece of watercolor paper using the Mini Scallop 3D Impresslits Embossing Folder. I inked it lightly with some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and adhered it along the left hand side of the card.

Embrace The Journey Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems 2, Tattered Butterfly, Botanical Embossing Folder and Mini Scallop 3D Impresslit


I'm entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Midsummer Blues.

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Halloween Haunted House | Tim Holtz

As a bit of a Tim Holtz fan, this time of year has me doing the happy dance. All the new Tim Holtz Halloween products are being released, so I thought it would be a great time to start some Halloween crafting. I was greatly inspired by a recent project created by Emma Williams, but I hope I put a bit of my own twist on it. I combined a mix of old and new Tim Holtz Halloween Sizzix dies to create a Halloween Haunted House Frame with a touch of spooky and scary!

Haunted House Halloween Frame by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz and Sizzix

(A full list of supplies with afflilate links is located below.)

To get started, I die cut all the pieces for my scene from watercolor paper. The skeleton is from the Ghoulish Die Set and I inked him with Ranger Embossing Ink and then sprinkled him with a custom mix of White and and just a tiny bit of Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. I then heat set this with my heat gun. I repeated this same embossing technique on the ghost which is from the Village Graveyard Die Set (which unfortunately has been retired). The gate (which is also from this Village Graveyard Die Set) I die cut this from black cardstock, inked it with embossing ink and used Black Embossing Powder on it. And on the tombstones (again from that same set) I cut from watercolor paper and inked them lightly with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Haunted House Halloween Frame by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz and Sizzix

Those spooky looking houses are from the new Ghost Town Die Set and are die cut from watercolor paper and inked them with Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink. I then sprinkled them with a bit of water and dabbed them dry. I then die cut them again from Gold Metallic Kraft Stock.


When I removed the Gold Kraft Stock from the die, I made sure to keep all the little pieces with each die cut. I then adhered pieces of Therm O Web Purple tape to the backside to hold them in place. This allowed me to adhere this entire piece to the back side of the houses which makes it look like the lights are shining through the windows. I then finished off the houses by dry brushing each one with Black Soot Distress Paint. To dry brush, you simply wipe off any excess paint from your brush and then wipe the brush onto your die cut. This gives you that wonderful distressed look! If you get too much in the window area, just wipe it away with a paper towel.


Haunted House Halloween Frame by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz and Sizzix

I then finished off the houses by adding the smoke from the chimneys using Silver Metallic Kraft Stock. I distressed these by lightly sanding each  piece with some sand paper.

Haunted House Halloween Frame by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz and Sizzix

For the background of my scene, I used patterned paper from past Halloween Paper Pads. I tore the paper that I used to create the ground to give it a rough edge and inked it with a bit of Distress Ink. For the sky, I again used a piece of patterned paper and inked edges once it was trimmed to size. I also added some ink splatters using watered down Black Soot Distress Paint and a small paint brush.  For the moon, I die cut a piece of watercolor paper using a circle die and then inked it with Antique Linen Distress Ink and very lightly with Pumice Stone.  I also splattered it with a bit of paint as well. I then finished off the scene by adding some bats die cut using the Bat Crazy Die Set. These are cut from watercolor paper as well and inked with Black Soot Distress Oxide and very lightly splattered with water and dabbed dry.

Haunted House Halloween Frame by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz and Sizzix

Once I had all of the pieces cut out, I began assembling them to create my Haunted House scene. I used double sided foam adhesive to pop up the skeleton, bats, tombstones, and middle house to give the scene a bit of dimension.

The title piece was created using the Alphanumeric Label Die. I cut the letters from Gold Metallic Kraft Stock and then adhered them to a piece of Gold Metallic Kraft Stock using a small tip glue pen. Once they were in place, I dry brushed the piece with Black Soot Distress Paint to grunge it up a bit and then added some Hardware Heads to each end that I colored with Alcohol Ink.

And last but not least, the frame is an Ideology Framed Panel. I dry brushed this with Black Soot Distress Paint as well which allowed some of the original wood color to peak through and add to the distressed look.

Haunted House Halloween Frame by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz and Sizzix

Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out my Halloween Haunted House! See you next time!



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Christmas in July Scrapbook.com

Hi all! I just wanted to take a minute and share some great summer deals with you from my friends at Scrapbook.com! They're having a Christmas in July Sale and all ALL Christmas, Holiday, Winter, Glitter, Giftmaking, and Celebrations & Events themed items are 20% off. Yes, you read that correctly!

CHECK OUT ALL THE SALES:

Make sure to shop early before your favorites sell out! This promotion ends July 29th at 11:50 PM MST.


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Also, for a limited time, you can grab a FREE randomly selected add-on Jane Davenport Brush Pen! How do you get YOUR freebie? It's easy! Shop as you normally would, then add one (1) Spellbinders Jane Davenport  Ultimate Pen Waterproof to your cart and the price will be $0.00.

*This is a FREE gift, while supplies last. Shipping rates still apply. One (1) randomly selected Jane Davenport Brush Pen freebie per customer, per day during the promotional period for all shipped and pick-up orders.

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Ice Cream You Scream

Happy Monday friends! Today I'm super excited to share a couple cards I created as part of a collaboration between Scrapbook.com and Catherine Pooler! I was sent some amazing products to create with to celebrate that Catherine Pooler's products are now available at Scrapbook.com! How awesome is that?!

Ice Cream Cards by Juliana Michaels featuring Catherine Pooler Designs available at Scrapbook.com

The Traveling Professor and Friends

This past weekend I had a crafty weekend getaway at my dear friend Tracey from Garden of Grace. We had a wonderful time crafting the weekend away. While I was there, I was inspired to play along with the latest Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is travel/vacation.

May I introduce to you The Traveling Professor and Friends! Even though his friends might appear a bit frightful, they sure look dapper in their suit and hats. Wouldn't you agree? And of course, no trip would be complete without a suitcase packed with all the essentials!

Traveling Professor and Friends by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink, Stampers Anonymous

Happy Birthday Wrap Around Gift Box - Ocean Themed

Hey friends! I'm back today to share a Happy Birthday Wrap Around Gift Box featuring Sunny Studio Stamps Wrap Around Box Dies. I combined it with the Best Fishes Stamps and Oceans of Joy Stamps to create a fun ocean themed project. And you might remember, I recently shared a sloth themed birthday gift box featuring this Wrap Around Box Dies. Fill these up with treats or a small present and you have the prefect gift for that someone special!

Happy Birthday Wrap Around Gift Box by Juliana Michaels featuring Sunny Studio Stamps Wrap Around Box Dies, Catch A Wave Dies, Woodland Border Dies,Best Fishes Stamps and Oceans of Joy Stamps,

Interactive Sliding Window Card | Sunny Studio Stamps

--> Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a fun interactive card I created using the Silly Sloths Stamps and Sliding Window Die! Interactive cards are always so much fun and the addition of the adorable Silly Sloth Stamps makes this card even more entertaining!

Sliding Window Die Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Sunny Studio Stamps Sliding Window Die and Silly Sloths Stamps