Saturday, October 21, 2017

“BOO!” to You and Happy Haunting

Happy Halloween to everyone! We decorate outlandishly and wait for all the neighborhood kids to come knocking. Our “Neighborhood e-Newsletter” is amazing during this holiday. They ask people in the neighborhood to let them know if they are be handing out treats. With the answers they accumulate, they create a map with those addresses. This enables the parents to head to those houses with their little goblins.  Pretty cool, huh? My project for today is a Halloween card for my youngest grandson. This will be my first, and not my last, card to him for Halloween. Let’s get this ball rolling!

The photo above is showing my finished front layer for my card. I have die cut the frame die with the insert die three times, and used Perfect Paper Adhesive for gluing them together.

In my second photo above shows the background completed with Distress Oxide Inks in Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, and Peeled Paint. The moon was added with a Club Scrap large sponge dauber (link below) and stamped several times with Distress Ink Picket Fence. Before it was dry I added droplets of water with a Distress Sprayer.

My third photo depicts the addition of Picket Fence Distress Ink to lighten the trees and to give them some depth

In the fourth photo is my “almost” complete card with the addition of the bats from the Spellbinder’s Haunted Manor die.

My finished card! That last touch was adding the word “Boo!” from Spellbinders Boo Web die with Distress Oxides in Walnut Stain and Fossilized Amber. I felt like there was something missing. I decided to add Ranger’s Glossy Accents to the “Boo!” That was what was needed.

I’m entering “BOO!” in the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Challenge – Halloween and/or Harvest
My Time to Craft – Halloween or Cats
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Thank so much for stopping by! If you have any questions, please contact me. I hope everyone, young and old, has a great and fun Halloween.
Aletha Jane
AJ’s Design Artz








Affiliated links are listed below at no cost to you. The supplies for making this project were purchased by me. If you click on the pics below (you have a choice of several online stores) and make a purchase, I get a commission. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of my art.




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Getting Ready for Christmas with Concord & 9th


I bit the bullet and started on Christmas projects. I decided to go with Concord & 9th’s September’s release and landed on their Many Mandala stamps and dies. Many years ago, when I was healthy enough to participate in the arts and crafts shows community, I created mandala ornaments, shadow boxes, and cards with mandala stamps from Outline Rubber Stamps. I have worn out most of my wood mounted stamps and unfortunately they are out of business. When I saw Concord & 9th’s "Many Mandalas" set, my world was looking up!

I will be making more mandalas and in more colors of cardstock, but this time around I chose gold embossing on a green and red cardstock. My go-to cardstock and embossing powders are from Gina K. Designs. Gina’s cardstock is a base-weight stock and takes whatever you dish out. The photos below are my process photos. Enjoy!


Photo above is gold embossing on the cardstock along with the die cuts.
You will need two sets of the four shown.




The three photos above are the order for each layer for each side of the mandala.
You will need two complete layers sides of the complete layering.


Ta Da! You now have two sides complete for one finished mandala.
At this time you need to add a crystals, or any kind of embellishment you want,
to the center of each side.


Take the backside of one mandala and add some gold thread,
this thread is from my stash, and foam tape for added dimension.


Another Ta Da! Above is my finished mandala ornament.



My mandala is now ready for the tree or as a table top decoration.

I hope that you will take a look at Concord & 9th’s merchandise. You creativity will really start flowing.

Challenges:
ABC Christmas  Challenge – U for Unlimited
Always Fun Challenge #27 – Lots of Layers


Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane
AJ’s Design Artz


Affiliated links are listed below at no cost to you. The supplies for making this project were purchased by me. If you click on the pics below (you have a choice of several online stores) and make a purchase, I get a commission. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of my art.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Artsy and Craftsy Sales this Weekend

Hi all! Just another little post to let you know about some amazing sales at your fingertips

Scrapbook.com (click the link) has sales going on for the WCMD weekend celebrations. Below this banner are just a few of the products offered. Go shopping!

In honor of WCMD Spellbinders has many of their card kits on sale. 


Check out Altenew here! 15% off on selected items. 


Get ready for a fantastic weekend!
Aletha Jane

WCMD 2017 Has Begun at StampNation!


There are three days, October 6-8, 2017, of wonderful inspiration and amazing prizes at StampNation! Come join in the fun, strut you stuff, and win, win, and win! Keep reading, you don't want to miss what's below my peeks..

Here are two sneak peeks at the projects, with a theme, that I was assigned for this WCMD weekend at StampNation. The only way you can see my projects in their full glory is to join StampNation. I had so much fun. I got out of my comfort zone, no Copics!




StampNation is a place for everyone in this world of ours. We have forums, challenges, classes, and you meet crafters and artists just like you!




Take a look at all our sponsors that are supporting StampNation’s WCMD 2017 challenges. Don’t miss out!


Sorry for all the exclamations! Can you tell I'm excited?
Aletha Jane


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Scrapbook.com, Umbrella Crafts-A Great Combination

Happy Thursday! Scrapbook.com is have an amazing sale on certain products by Umbrella Crafts. Just click on the photo and go shopping. And as usual I am running late (major family issues). This sales ends today, Thursday, September 28, 2017. I have picked out just a few of the products that I know I would use. All of Umbrella Crafts at Scrapbook.com are on sale, so there are many more. I am definitely getting the die bundle, the prices is more than half of the price if you bought them separately! (Affiliated links are used at no cost to you. If you purchase from Scrapbook.com, I will get a commission. Thanks so much for supporting me and my art!)




Thanks for stopping by. Now go have some the shopping therapy!
Aletha Jane
AJ's Design Artz

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

‘’Life is Beautiful” Now Available in My Online Shops

One of my very favorite art cards is available for your purchase in my three online shops. Yes, you all have seen this one, but I wanted to see it again and promote my shops and my affiliates. My original “Life is Beautiful” post is located here.


My store listings for ''Life is Beautiful'' are below. 

I hope that you will come and visit me. If you do purchase anything in any of my shops, you will receive a 20% off coupon (one-time-use) on your next purchase. This coupon is for one or more items purchased.

Thanks for dropping by. If you have any questions please contact me via email or my shops.
Aletha Jane
AJ’s Design Artz









Some affiliated links are listed below at no cost to you. The supplies for making this project were purchased by me. If you click on the pics below and make a purchase, I get a commission. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of my art.


Ssles, Sales, and more Sales!

First one up is Spellbinders. Click here and enjoy their Fall Clearance! Scrapbook.com's Umbrella Crafts (exclusive to Scrapbo...