Mixed Media Haunted House

DSC_0002-Haunted House Front Mixed Media Haunted House
(created by Sophia Vida)

I wanted to create a little something for Halloween. What could be better than a haunted house, right? It needed to be scary, but not too scary. Quite a bit of the supplies for this house were items I had leftover from other projects. I purchased a couple of new things like the bead strand, crossbones and beware sign but that was about it. With everything I pieced together, this is what I ended up with…..

For this project you will need:

– 8-1/2″ Plain Wood Bird House
– Americana Acrylic Paints:  Persimmon (Orange), Light Cinnamon (Brown), Dove Gray and Black
– Martha Stewart Pumpkin Craft Stickers #48-20391
– Folk Art Crackle Medium
– Miniature Halloween Beware Decoration from Michaels
– Tim Holtz Crossbones Adornments #TH93089
– Favorite Findings Spider Mix Flatbacks from Joann’s (#1194)
– Glitter Hanging Jack-O-Lantern Ornaments from Joann’s (#1351-0888)
– Crafting Moss
– Jesse James 7″ Bead Strand from Michaels
– Ranger Glossy Accents
– Ranger Liquid Pearls – Onyx
– Stickles: Stardust, Dark Blue
– Thin white fabric
– White String
– Stylus in varying sizes
– Two 1″ – inchie squares for windows
– Two 1″ squares of copper sheet for shutters
– 1″ Styrofoam Ball
– Sharpie fine point pen
– 3 small black beads (any kind)
– Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
– Aleenes Tacky Glue
– Glue Gun
– 1/2″ Paint Brush
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse the brush

  1. You can gently sand the bird house if you like but I wanted it to look more rustic so I skipped this step. Coat the entire house with black acrylic paint. Let dry. Then give it a second coat and let dry.
  2. Cover the entire house with crackle medium. Let dry.
  3. Paint your roof with 1 coat of brown paint. Let dry.
  4. Paint your walls with 1 coat of orange paint. Let dry.
  5. Paint your fence with 1 coat of gray paint. let dry.
  6. Randomly adhere the pumpkin stickers all around the house.
  7. Using Aleene’s Tacky glue, adhere the Halloween beads to the front line of the roof. Let dry.
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  8. Using Aleene’s tacky glue, adhere the beware sign to the front left side.
  9. Using the glue gun, adhere the moss all around the edges and yard of the house.
  10. Make a smaller loop on the Jack-O-Lanterns and cut to size. Glue them to the  front left and right corner of the roof using Aleene’s tacky glue. Cover the strings by gluing a little moss on top.
  11. Using the glue gun, adhere small pieces of moss randomly on the roof.
  12. Using your sharpie pen, draw your spider web in the top left corner. Go over web lines with Glossy Accents. Let dry. Note: If you get the Glossy Accents in between the webbing, use the end of your stylus to remove it before it dries. Just be sure to wipe the stylus clean every time.
  13. Add 3D Onyx Liquid Pearl around hole. Let dry.
  14. Glue your crossbones over the hole. Also glue your spider by the web and add more spiders if you like.
  15. Paint both of your inchies with a mix of black and gray paint. Let dry. Add white accent lines and go over the lines with Stardust Stickles. Let dry.
  16. On one of the copper squares, mark the center with a pencil. Score down the middle with a thick stylus. Score shutter lines across both sides. Distress with Walnut Stain and Liquid Pearls. Cut in half on center score line with scissors and adhere edges to the back of the window. Repeat this step for second window.
  17. Glue windows and shutters to sides of house.
  18. Glue the black beads to the Styrofoam ball for eyes and mouth. Push them in a little so they are flush. Let dry.
  19. Cut a small piece of white fabric and wrap it around your Styrofoam ball. Secure with a piece of white string. Gently stuff part of your ghost into the hole and glue the back of the head onto the house. Let dry. Voila!! You have a one of a kind work of art!!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making your own Haunted House!


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Candy Corn Witch Hat

Candy Corn Witch Hat
Created by Sophia Vida

I’m so excited to share with you my first fall project! I love candy corns. They’re so much fun and I had to find a way to use them for a Halloween project. After a little brainstorming I came up with the Candy Corn Witch Hat. It’s really easy to make!

For this Project you will need:

– Large paper mache witch hat (about 12 inches tall)

– Acrylic Paints: Folk Art School Bus Yellow and Black
– Candy Corn Candies

– Mode Podge: Matte

– 18″ white netting
– Black Pom-poms: 1 large and 1 small
– 2 small wiggle eyes
– 2 Yellow/Orange Pipe Stems
– Letter Cling Stamps and Acrylic Block
– Staz On Stone Gray Ink

– 1/2″ yard Orange Boa
– Sponge brushes
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Glue Gun
– Scissors
– Wire cutters
– 1/2″ flat brush
– Clean water, paper towels, wax-coated paper plates for paint palette

  1. Basecoat the top of your witch hat in black paint using the 1/2″ brush. Apply 2-3 coats in all and let dry in between coats.
  2. Basecoat the bottom and inside of the hat with 1 coat of the black paint using the 1/2″ brush. Let dry.
  3. Basecoat the rim of the hat in yellow paint using the 1/2″ brush. Apply 2-3 coats and let dry in between coats.
  4. Using the glue gun, randomly glue candy corns around the top of the hat. Let dry.
  5. Place your cling letter stamps directly on the rim of the hat for 1 word. Once you have the correct placement, put your acrylic block of top of the stamps to pick them up. Ink the letters and stamp directly onto the rim of the hat. Repeat this step for each word. Let dry.
  6. Using your sponge brush, apply a coat of Matte Mod Podge to the entire hat. Let dry. Apply a second coat and let dry.
  7. Next apply a coat of Matte Mod Podge to the bottom of the rim with the sponge brush. Let dry.
  8. Using the tacky glue, adhere the small pom-pom to the large pom-pom.
  9. Using wire cutters, cut five 2″ pieces of the yellow/orange pipe stem. Bundle 4 of the pieces and twist the 5th piece around the center of the bundle to hold in place. Spread out the pieces and shape your spider legs. Cut off any excess.
  10. Glue your spider body to the legs with tacky glue. Next glue the wiggle eyes to the front of the small pom-pom. Let dry.
  11. Apply a generous amount of tacky glue to the inner seam of the hat. Wrap your boa around the hat and cut off any excess. Let dry.
  12. Cut a 12″ piece of netting and tie the center into a knot. Apply tacky glue to the tip of the hat and place the center of the knot over the hat. Let dry.
  13. Gently insert the spider feet into the netting and  Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art! 

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Candy Corn Witch Hat!

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Rose Princess Mixed Media Art

Rose Princess Mixed Media Art
Created by Sophia Vida

I had so much fun with the Under the Sea mixed media art that I had to try another one.  This piece is all about roses, which I absolutely love. Roses are one of nature’s most beautiful works of art.

This easy to make project was inspired by Suzi Blu’s “Mixed-Media Girls.”  One of the funnest aspects of mixed media art is to use supplies and embellishments you already have on hand. But most importantly just enjoy and have fun creating your art work.

For this Project you will need:

– 9 x 12 canvas
– White Cardstock
– Prismacolor Colored Pencils
– Assorted Jelly Roll Pens
– Vellum Paper
– 1 Large White/Pink Silk Rose
– Martha Stewart Lace Butterflies 41-00239
– Recollections 9 pc Pink Roses Embellishments
– Recollections 14 pc Fabric Leaf Embellishments
– 1 Small Ivory Satin Bow with Pearl
– 3 Amber Rhinestones
– White Fine Glitter
– 2″ Piece of Ivory Satin Ribbon
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Mod Podge: Sparkles and Matte
– Scissors
– Cut outs from your favorite Rose Magazine (I used Romantic Homes)
– Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Tea Dye
– Acrylic Paints: Folk Art – Sunflower; Americana – Royal Fuchsia
– Folk Art Floating Medium
– 1/2″ flat brush
– 1/4″ flat brush
– Small inexpensive brush
– Clean water, paper towels, wax-coated paper plates for paint palette

  1. Basecoat your canvas with the sunflower paint. Let dry.
  2. Cut out your favorite words and rose pictures from your magazine.
  3. Mix a little floating medium with the Fuchsia paint. Randomly pink brush strokes on your canvas. 
  4. Mix a little floating medium with the sunflower paint and add a more color on top of the pink and anywhere else you’d like. Let dry.
  5. Using the Matte Mod Podge, adhere your magazine clippings to your canvas. Let dry.
  6. Distress your canvas and clippings with the tea dye ink.
  7. Tear pieces of vellum paper in any size you like. Cover one side with Glitter Mod Podge and adhere over some of your clippings. Let dry.
  8. Draw your Rose Princess (overall height is approximately 10″) on the white cardstock and color in with the Prismacolor colored pencils. Use Jelly Roll pens to highlight her hair. Glue 3 small amber rhinestones in her hair.
  9. Using the small inexpensive brush, carefully cover the top of her dress with the Matte Mod Podge. While the Mod Podge is still wet sprinkle with white glitter. Remove any excess. Let dry. 
  10. Gently take your silk rose apart. If necessary, cut the individual petals. Using the  tacky glue adhere the rose petals to the bottom part of her dress. Start with the bottom layer and the largest petals. Work your way up to her waist with smaller petals. Let dry.
  11. Cut a small piece of coordinating ribbon to cover her waist. Depending on how your rose petals lay at  her waist, you can either keep the ribbon in 1 piece and glue it across her waist. Or you can cut your ribbon into 2 pieces and glue them diagonally on her waist. If the bottom corners don’t match up exactly, that’s okay because you will cover that with the satin bow. Glue your ribbon into place with the tacky glue. Last, glue the silk bow on top of the middle of your ribbon. Let dry.
  12. Distress your fabric leaves and paper rose embellishments.
  13. Check the placement of your Rose Princess on your canvas along with the fabric leaves and paper flowers. Once your happy with your layout, glue the flowers and leaves in place with the tacky glue. Let dry.
  14. Cover the back of the Rose Princess with the Matte Mod Podge and glue to your canvas. Let dry.
  15. Since the lace butterflies come with adhesive already on, just stick them directly on your canvas. Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art! 

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Rose Princess Mixed Media Art!

Additional Pictures:



For those interested, this is the book “Mixed-Media Girls with Suzi Blu”  that inspired this piece:


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Father’s Day Picture Frame

Father’s Day Picture Frame
(created by Sophia Vida)

With Father’s Day just around the corner this is a great and easy project you can make with kids. This handmade picture frame will be a gift that Dad treasures for a lifetime! Keep in mind the ocean theme for this project can easily be changed with just a little creativity.

For this project you will need:

– 8.5″ x 6.25″ wood frame that holds a 4″ x 6″ photo
– Wood letters to spell D A D
– A few small sea shells
– Acrylic paints: White and Navy Blue
– Cardstock: Baby Blue Scroll by Paper Adventures
– Mod Podge: Matte and Glitter
– 1/4″ brush
– Small foam brush
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse the brushes
– Fine Grit Sandpaper
– Scissors

  1. Remove the center cardboard from the frame. Sand any rough edges on the frame and letters. Wipe off any dust with a paper towel.
  2. Trace the outline of the frame on the back of the Baby Blue Scroll cardstock. Cut out with scissors and set aside.
  3. Put a small amount of white paint on the paper plate and paint your frame (front and sides).  Let dry (remember to rinse your brushes after each use).
  4. Put a small amount of navy blue paint on the paper plate and paint your “D A D” letters. Cover each letter entirely. Let dry.
  5. If you like you can lightly sand the edges and sides of your frame for a distressed look. Wipe off any dust with a paper towel.
  6. Using a foam brush apply a medium layer of Matte Mod Podge to the front of the frame. Adhere your Baby Blue Scroll cut out to the front of the frame. Gently flatten to remove any bubbles and wrinkles.
  7. Next apply a sealer coat of Matte Mod Podge to the front of the frame. Let dry.
  8. Using the 1/4″ brush, apply a coat of Glitter Mod Podge to the front of the wooden “D A D” letters.  Let dry.
  9. Using Aleene’s Tacky glue adhere the “D A D” letters to the top left corner of the frame. Next glue a few small sea shells across the bottom of the frame. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful frame made with lots of love for Dad!          

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Father’s Day Picture Frame!

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The Love Shack

The Love Shack
(created by Sophia Vida)

This little bird house is anything but a shack. It’s a great Valentine’s Day craft that’s super easy and fun to make! 

For this project you will need:

– 8-1/2″ Plain Wood Bird House
– Vintage Printed Papers by Graphic 45 – Le Romantique Collection
– 3″ Small Bird
– Medium Butterfly Punch by Martha Stewart

– Medium Heart Punch by Martha Stewart  

– 12-16 Small Ivory Colored Pearls
– 4 Large Ivory Colored Pearls
– 6 Small Satin Peach Colored Roses
– 1 Large Heart Shaped Button (any color will do)
– Small Piece of Ivory Satin Ribbon for your Heart Button
– Matte Mod Podge
– Acrylic Paints: White, Antique White, Flesh, Magenta
– Jim Holtz Distress Ink – Tea Dye
– White Glitter
– Aleenes Tacky Glue
– Small Make Up Applicator
– 1/2″ Paint Brush
– Small Foam Brush
– Small Amount of Wood Excelsior or Spanish Moss
– Glue Gun
– 2 Plastic Coated Paper Plates (1 will be used a painting palette, the other will be used for the glitter)
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse the brushes
– Fine Grit Sandpaper
– Scotch Tape

  1.  Pick the patterned paper for the roof and cut out the images from the vintage paper for the bird house. Set aside.
  2. Punch 6-8 hearts. Set aside.
  3. Punch 6-8 butterflies. Fold the butterfly wings at the body on each side. Glue 2 small pearls to the body of each butterfly. Set aside.
  4. Using the fine grit sandpaper, lightly sand any rough spots or jagged edges on your bird house. Wipe off any dust with a paper towel.
  5. Using the 1/2″ brush base coat your bird house in white paint. Let dry. Apply a second coat. Let dry. Make sure to rinse your brush in between coats so the paint won’t dry on your brush.
  6. Using the 1/2″ brush, paint the sides of the bird house with Antique White. Rinse your brush. Let dry.
  7. Mix equals parts of the Flesh paint with the Magenta paint. Using the 1/2″ brush, paint the base of the bird house. Next paint the inside of the hole for the bird house. Last paint the front and back of your heart button. Let dry. Make sure to rinse your brush.
  8. Using the second paper plate, mix a small amount of Aleenes Tacky glue with a little water. Cover the front of your heart button with glue and sprinkle with white glitter. Let dry.
  9. Measure the paper for each roof panel and cut to size. Turn over the paper and add a few pieces of tape to the underside top seam. Then turn it back over and test your sizing on the roof. It should fully cover the roof but not hang over the edge.
  10. Using the make up applicator, dab it into the distress ink and begin distressing the bird house. Make the corners and underlying roof edges a little darker than the rest. Let dry.
  11. Using your small foam brush, dip it into the Matte Mod Podge and use it as a glue to adhere your roof panels to the bird house. Continue by gluing your images to all 4 sides of  the bird house. Glue your punched heart and butterflies to any open spaces. Note: you will only be gluing the butterfly body to the bird house so the wings will stand up. Let dry.
  12. Using the make up applicator, dab it into the distress ink and begin distressing the roof panels, images, hearts and butterflies you just glued to the bird house in step 10. Let dry.
  13. Using your glue gun adhere the excelsior to the bottom edges of the bird house and add a little to the hole in the front. Next glue the satin roses to the edge of the roof on the front of the house and glue the large ivory pearls in between the satin roses. Then glue your bird on the perch.
  14. Run the ivory satin ribbon through the holes on the heart button and tie it off. Trim off any excess. Using your glue gun, adhere the heart button to the front highest point on the roof. Voila you have a beautiful and romantic Valentine decoration!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making The Love Shack Valentine Decoration!

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Domino Jewelry Pendant

Domino Jewelry Pendant
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this project you will need:

– White dominoes with smooth back

– Any rubber stamp
– Staz On Ink – Black
– Fine Tip Permanent Markers (Assorted Colors)
– The Stencil Collection Pastel Chalks
– Sparkle Mod Podge

– Glue on Pendant Bail

– Jewelry Cement
– Small Foam Brush

This project is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike! These domino jewelry pieces make great gifts for any occasion. You can use almost any rubber stamp you have. It doesn’t necessarily have to fit on the domino. If it fits that great! If it’s a large stamp, just pick your favorite part of the stamp and use that.

  1. Ink your stamp with the Staz on Ink and stamp onto the smooth back of the domino. Let dry.
  2. Color your image with the permanent markers and do your best to stay within the lines. Some markers may erase the stamped image a little. If this happens just use a black permanent marker to correct the spot. Let dry.
  3. Color your background and sides of the domino with the permanent pastel chalks from the Stencil Collection. 
  4. Using the foam brush, apply a coat of Glitter Mod Podge to the back and sides of the domino covering all colored areas.  Let dry.
  5. Place a small amount of cement glue on flat part of the pendant bail and adhere to the face of the domino. Hold steady for a minute until it stays in place. Then gently lay it on a flat surface to dry. Make sure it stays straight and centered.
  6. Thread your pendant with the necklace of your choice. Voila! You have a  unique work of art that you can wear anywhere you go!

Tips:      Coloring: You can also color the back of the domino with Adirondack Alcohol Inks or LuminArte Pigment Inks and then stamp your image on top of that. I don’t normally use the Mod Podge with these inks since the colors are usually pretty vibrant and iridescent.

                 Necklace: You can purchase pre-made ribbon, satin cord or leather  necklaces to hang your pendant. Just make sure the end of the necklace will fit through the loop on your pendant bail.

                Instead of using a pendant bail, you can drill a small hole through the top of the domino and loop the satin cord or ribbon through the hole. This gives it a more casual look but is also very nice.

                Pin:  If you prefer you can glue a pin back to the face of the domino and create a beautiful pin.

                Create a Picture: Using blue painters tape, tape 6-10 dominoes together into two rows. Then stamp and color your image. Once dried, remove the tape and mount the dominoes in a picture frame for a unique work of art! 

The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Domino Jewelry Pendant!

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Glass Holiday Ornaments

Glass Holiday Ornaments
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this project you will need:

– Clear glass ornaments
– Plaid Extreme Glitter Paint (2 colors minimum)

– Thin ribbon in coordinating colors
– Dixie 5 oz Bath Cups
– Rubbing Alcohol
– Scissors
– Tape (Scotch Tape, Masking Tape, etc)
– Skinny Sticks (Flat wood craft sticks)

This is an easy project that makes a great holiday decoration for your home or tree. They also make great gifts for friends and family!

  1. Punch a small hole in the center of the bottom on a Dixie cup. The hole doesn’t have to be exact. Just big enough for the end of the ornament to fit through it. Then invert the cups as shown below.
    Using your tape, secure the two cups together at the rims. This will serve as a drying station for your ornament.
  2. Remove the metal end from your ornament and pour a little rubbing alcohol inside. Swish it around and discard the alcohol. Let dry. This helps to remove any residue that may be inside of the ornament.
  3. Before opening, shake your Plaid Extreme Glitter Paint to mix. Using a skinny stick, scoop a small amount of the paint onto the stick and slowly let it drop inside of the ornament. Move it around to distribute inside.
  4. Choose a second complimenting color of paint and repeat step 3. Once you’ve added a little of the second color cover the hole with your finger and start rolling/twirling your ornament to distribute the paint. Add more paint as needed until you have the desired effect. Try not to add too much paint or it will take longer to dry.
  5. Turn your ornament upside down and place the open end through the hole in your Dixie cup and allow the excess paint to drip onto the bottom cup. Let dry. Check your ornament during this process to ensure the end doesn’t become clogged with an air bubble. If it is starting to clog, gently tap the ornament to or use a skinny stick to unclog.
  6. Once dry, replace the top of the ornament. Cut a piece of ribbon and tie it through the loop for hanging. Voila! You have a beautiful handmade holiday ornament. You can also place a group of ornaments inside a vase with iridescent snowflakes for a beautiful home decoration.

Tip: If you want to add a little texture, paint a design on the outside of the ornament using PermEnamel Accent Liner by Delta. 

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making these Glass Holiday Ornaments!

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