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I have started this blog to help me get my craft projects out for everyone to see. My crafts are my therapy. I find peace in creating special ideas for friends and family. This is a new adventure for me and I plan on enjoying the ride

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Skull Appreciation Blog Hop




It's finally here! My first blog hop! I'm really excited to showcase some of my projects. I have several friends who love Day of the Dead skulls and so this hop could not have come at a better time. They are both celebrating their birthdays so I've been able to create a few projects using this theme and surprise them with some great gifts.





First is a birthday card I made for my friend Rin. I used Sugar Skull stamps from Bombshell Stamps which are quickly becoming some of my favorite stamps. I used Copic markers to color and Stickles to add a little bling. All the cardstock used is from DCWV. I did make all the flowers on this card. The first one I used is the Rosette diecut from Tim Holtz. On the second flower I used the Tattered flower diecut also from Tim Holtz, cut from grunge board and accented with distress ink and micro beads. The last flower is made from twine. I saw a similar flower at Michaels and knew I could easily make my own version so here it is and used pearls as my center. I took a bling swirl and a happy birthday stamp from Studio G to finish it off.


 


My second project is this wall hanging. I was able to use one of my favorite supplies....metal!! Both the metal and the Day of the Dead Skull are from Ten Seconds Studio. I embossed it onto silver metal, colored with Copic makers then took German glass glitter and mirco beads to jazz it up. Glitter and micro beads can bring any project to life. I attached the skull to a piece of acrylic which I stamped with Staz On and Pearl Pens. I made all these flowers on this piece using the Tattered flower diecut , which I think is becoming my new best friend. LOL! All the flowers are made from grunge board and I colored them using distress inks and accented with micro beads. The rose can be a challenge to make but I found a very simple tutorial on YouTube. I think the rose adds a special touch to any project. I then took tulle and made a hanger and attached a bow to the base of the project and added a pin I found at my local flea market. I really enjoyed making this project.

I appreciate you stopping by and hope you enjoyed viewing my projects. Please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you. I've really enjoyed my first blog hop and hope it's not my last. Enjoy the rest of blog



33 comments:

Alison said...

Freddie, first of all I am thrilled that you are a part of this hop! Even happier that it's your first! I knew you would make something incredible for it and i was right! Both of your projects rock! I am not really a flower on cards person, but I am coveting your little petal-y creations! Especially that rosette on the 1st card! You are super talented, and i hope you will continue to play with us at S&S!

Debbie said...

WOW, excellent projects - and lucky friends to get one of your creations! Both your projects are beautiful. Just beautiful!

DonnaMundinger said...

Gorgeous projects, Freddie! I too am a huge fan of Dia de los Muertos and your sugar skull creations are really fabulous. Had to laugh about the twine flower. I was at M's yesterday and sid the same thing to myself but I bought the already made ones 'cause they were 40% off. (Lazy me who can't resist a bargain.) Yours is nicer, though. xxD

silvia said...

Fabulous card and wall-hanging!!

ike said...

WOW - cool projects Freddie. Great to see it's your first Hop too. Well done.
Hugz
Ike xx

~Lady B~ said...

I'm so glad you hopped with us! Fantastic projects! I love your coloring on the sugar skulls and your handmade flowers. Great craftsmanship! I love all all the dimension and texture in your second project. The embossed metal rocks, the mesh is awesome, and that german glass is so brilliant!

I Don't Do Straignt said...

Both projects are beautifull Freddie, Love em :)

Fiona. x

Dawn said...

ooohh , I love the rose and the tulle on your project

Susan's crafty chaos said...

Both of these projects are fab, I love the flowers you created to showcase your sugar skulls, and I love that black tulle on the wall hanging - I'm a sucker for tulle! :D

Barb said...

Both of these projects are fab, Freddie! Love the handmade florals & they set off those sugar skulls perfectly!

Prissy said...

I am so very lucky to be hangin' with such a talented man. Maybe some of your mojo will rub off on me. I sure know how to pick my friends. Love your projects as always! Love you more!!!!

Terra said...

Amazing work!! I am positive both of your friends will be completely thrilled with their birthday goodies. You've inspired me to try and make some awesome flowers, as both of your projects feature them beautifully! And what's up with that rose, I could have sworn it was store bought! Gorgeous!
I adore the design of both of your pieces and the metal skull is calling to me. Thanks for being a part of this, we hope this will not be your last hop as well!!!

Alex said...

You hav equickly convinced me I need to get that die out of the box and USE it! Love your projects and the tulle on the hanging is wonderful. The rose, stunning! SO THRILLED you joined in !!

Kathi said...

Hi Freddie!

Both of your projects are absolutely great. I love how you used Bombshell's Sugar Skull set. I didn't know that Ten Seconds Studio made a sugar skull pattern. I've been trying to resist their stuff...

Your flowers are all totally gorgeous!

Now that you've partipated in your first Blog Hop, you'll have to hop some more!

ScrappingBeauty said...

your card is awesome! I wish my friends would send me a card like that for my bday!

Jane said...

Hi Freddie

Welcome to your first of many blog hops I love your projects and I am sure your friend will as well
Luv Jane xxx

blackdragon said...

Fantastic card and wall hanging.... i love these flowers of yours... i've just started making my own flowers too... so glad you hopped with us... hope you do it again soon.
Good luck in the new job .... love lynx

Dragonfly Jane said...

Two stunning projects, I love the flowers.

Frith x

Judi B said...

wow love the card and the hanging is cool to but the card is fab

Kelli said...

Freddie, Freddie, Freddie, I knew your projects would be amazing and you did not dissappoint me in the least!!! I wish I was one of those friends right now!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them, and I am so happy we were your first!!! I hope you play along more with S and S!!!!!
FREAKIN AWESOME!!!

Tish LaRee said...

freakin love the sugar skull card.. so so awesome! thanks for sharing .. totally

Scrappy Rat said...

Neat wall hanging! Thanks for sharing your work with the blog hoppers (like me!) :)

Heather Strenzwilk said...

Your projects are fabulous- great job on your 1st blog hop. I love that you saw the flower at Michael's and made your own instead of buying it.

Andrea C said...

YOur project wasn't up the other day when I visited but glad I came back, your stuff is brilliant, great job x

Jennifer Scull said...

what a great hop to be in as your first!!!

I am sooooooooooo impressed with your projects! such bold, bright colors and so much gorgeousness to behold! amazing!

ldfdesign said...

the card is awesome! but the wall hanging is my favoriate! wonderful job!

Susan said...

Hi Freddie, welcome to the wonderful world of Hopping, if you enjoyed it, check out the button low on my side bar for "OUR WORLD, OUR ART" which will be in February 2012.

Your projects totally FREAKIN' ROCK!!

I LOVE, Love, love the wall hanging!!
a great gift indeed!

What kind of Hospital work do you do? I am an MRI Technologist by profession, but disabled now :(
inky hugs,
Susan

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

OMG what lucky friends you have to be getting one of these fantastic pieces of art. Gorgeous

Kate P. said...

Love your skulls with bling - totally up my alley! Fabulous cards, thanks so much for sharing :O)

Steph said...

Super Fab projects, what lucky friends you have!! I can't beleive you made all those flowers, aweseomeness!! So glad you joined in on the hop :)

KC said...

these are both so cool! I love the card and that wall hanging is so fun!

DK Spins said...

Really glad you joined us on the blog hop Freddie! I love both of your skully projects. Lovely coloring on the card & all of the flowers you made were wonderful! The wall hanging is awesome (I love metal too ) Great job!!!!

Tori said...

Both pieces are beautiful! I really want to start using metal in my projects but need to find some tutorials or something...Thanks for joining our Skull Appreciation Blog Hop! Hope to see you around the forum!!

:)tOri