I love making things from scraps and trash, whether it be empty Altoid tins, old photographs, or rusty bits I find on the street. Most of the things I post here are available from my Etsy shop, Racky Road.

So welcome! Grab a cold one, kick off your shoes, and have a look around.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Tiny Halloween Friends

Halloween in July? Of course! Halloween is perfect for all seasons. I don't know why I have been so enamored of peg dolls lately, but I just have so much fun with them. A few days ago, I made this little 1 3/4" tall witch. Isn't she cute with that little trick or treat bucket? The brim of her hat is cut from black cardstock, and the remainder of the hat is Apoxie Sculpt clay. I really like using Apoxie Sculpt because not only can you sculpt with it, it's an adhesive as well, so once you get the shape you like, you just plop it on and it sticks - no glue necessary.

Anyway, after I made the witch, I remembered that I had several different sizes of Bagatelle Boxes
from Alpha Stamps, and looked through them to find one to hold my little witch and her pumpkin.

The 2" by 2" box was the perfect size, with plenty of room for a flying bat in the background. I decorated it with some Halloween paper, and then added a vintage pumpkin cupcake pick, some tinsel, and half of a medallion on top. Voila! My little witch has a cozy place to hang out. Watch out for spiders!

Look how tiny!

She looks a bit lonely, no? I decided to make a few friends for her; little trick or treaters. A cat:

A little devil:

And a crazy bat:
Other than the bat wings, which are actually a chipboard bat glued to his back, all the ears, horns and tails on the pegs are made from Apoxie Sculpt clay.

Friends in the pumpkin patch!

And in the palm of my hand- I love these little pegs.

Need supplies? Click here!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Love Potion #9

Here's a little magic for you: some love potion, a stalkery fella, and the woman of his dreams. Frank, pictured on the right, is hoping that some love potion and the button he stole from Esther's shirt will bring them together, but he'd better be careful of the dark arts! Who knows what could happen?

This shrine is constructed from two small tins. I took the lid off of one and attached it with Apoxie Sculpt to the other, forming a triptych.

Before the clay had time to dry, I pushed the half round filigree into the top, and then added the metal pieces. I also draped the rosary chain where I wanted it to be, and pushed the corner beads into the clay so that when I glued that in with some E6000, those beads would have a nice indentation to sit in. I removed the chain for painting.

Once the clay was set, I sanded it down and painted it and then begin to embellish it. Here's the story of this particular tin: Frank has for a long time had a crush on Esther. He's a wanna-be suitor, but she's just not feeling it. His plan is to send her a few letters, scented with some love potion that he purchased in a back alley from a questionable source.

The potion. Love Potion #9. It seems harmless enough, but can you ever really be sure? I'd stay away from it, based on the blackened rose and the skeleton standing by. That's a sheet of mica in the background of this niche, cut to size with a pair of scissors.

Here's poor unsuspecting Esther. Frank stole that button from her clothing in hopes of strengthening the spell. Watch out, Esther!

The back of the tin wasn't much to look at, so I crumpled up some tissue paper and affixed it with Mod Podge. It looks a bit like old leather now.

And there you have it. More magic made from Alpha Stamps products. Need a supply list? Click here!

This item is currently for sale in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tin of the Month Club, July

Each month this year, I'm altering a small tin and posting it. Happy July! To me, the biggest event in July is the Fourth. I love me some fireworks. For this month's tin, I tried to find trim that brought fireworks to mind. Hooray for the red, white, and blue!

If you'd like to see the rest of the tins I've done so far this year, click here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Circus Toys

Here's a couple of new things I've added to my circus collection, along with a large squeaky clown toy I played with as a baby. (Could that have been the start of my love of the circus?)

I used the new Funny Mixies collage sheet from Alpha Stamps to make the set of puzzle blocks. I am a huge fan of vintage puzzle blocks, and often use them in my art, so it was fun to make a set of my own. You can mix and match the faces, bodies and feet on the blocks to make all sorts of crazy characters. Hey wait; is that Satan, wearing a dress?

While the four sides of the blocks each contain a body part, the tops and bottoms each have part of a single image on them. Put those together, and you get a circus scene. I used some fine grained sand paper to lightly sand all the blocks. I wanted them to look like they were well loved and played with often.

I got the red clacker a couple of years ago from a "free" table at a craft event. I was attracted to its color and well-used look, plus: free! I used a couple of fun clown images from the Reversible Clown collage sheet and gold star stickers to make it a little more fun. That clown on the left is actually smoking a cigarette.

Look at him! For shame! Obviously, I sanded him a bit, too. It would look weird to have him be all bright and shiny on such a wonderfully distressed toy.

Do you need some supplies to make your own puzzle blocks? Click here! Alpha Stamps has everything you need, from the wooden blocks to the collage sheet, to the custom wooden box they're contained in.

I can think of so many uses for blocks like this. What about personalized photo puzzles for Christmas gifts this year. Wouldn't those be sweet?

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Tin of the Month Club, June

Each month this year, I'm altering a small tin and posting it. Now that it's summertime, it's time to go enjoy the outdoors. Let's go fishing! This tin is in honor of my husband, who's an avid fisherman. He tied the tiny fly that's tempting that large fish in the background.

Here are the second quarter 2015 tins together:

To see the rest of the year's tins so far, click here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ocean TV

What's on television tonight? Mermaids! I took this great metal tv frame from Alpha Stamps, and created a mermaid show. It includes everything a proper mermaid needs: friends, coral, pearls, sea glass, and some nice shell bikini tops. What fun they're having, playing in the waves.

I got the mermaid images from the Caribbean Blue Mermaids collage sheet. I used two of the images there to create this one full image. On the collage sheet, the girl on the left is actually from a separate image, so I cut her out and added her in. I also cut out a separate image of the girl in the foreground and adhered her on top of the corresponding image of her with foam glue dots to make her appear more dimensional.

When I got the tv, I thought the black "speaker box" was a little distracting, so I painted between the black lines with some turquoise paint, and then distressed it with ink. Here's a little picture of the speaker before. That big black square seemed just a bit too distracting to me. Painting it in helped it to fade more into the background. After all, tonight's show is all about the mermaids!
A little closer shot of those delightful frolicking sea nymphs:

Doesn't this make you long for the beach? Need supplies? Click here!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Fairies Three

I had some pegs left over from my last project; tiny little things in dresses. I decided to make a little trio of fairy queens with them. Have I mentioned before how much I love those wee crowns? I distressed their clothing a bit, because everyone knows fairies are hard workers. Each fairy measures 1 1/2" tall, including her little crown.

Not sure what the two on the right will do for you, but I'm pretty sure the one in the blue dress with the apron will wash the dishes for you if you ask nicely.

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