Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Shabby She Shed Tin

Blank Altoids Tins are by far one of the best things on the planet. They can be transformed into countless things: decorated containers for secret things, pocket sewing kits for embroidery on-the-go, a base for altered art, or even a place to display miniatures. It was the Altered Tin Facades from Alpha Stamps, coupled with a blank tin, that inspired me to create a wee scene with a shabby chic aesthetic. The Moments in Time 6x6 paper pad might have had something to do with it too. It is very pretty!

I began with the furniture, which is made from a few buttons and bent wire that has been painted white. The table was covered with a bit of doily and some Dresden trim. I chose a fabric covered button for the cushion of the chair and an oval button for the back. The back seemed plain so I painted on a few flowers. I emulated that on the tiny, tiny shutters also. I really love those shutters and am happy that they found a home on a very appropriate piece. The picture frame is simply cut from heavy cardstock, glued at an angle to give it a little dimension, and then painted. The shelf is also cardstock that is covered in paper and glued in place. The cute lamps come from the Dress Shop Shape Set. I chopped them in half, covered them in paper, added a doily trim, then glued them in place. 

The outside was the fun part. By this point I knew this project was taking on a very shabby chic personality, so it definitely needed a white-washed effect on the outside. I simulated wood siding by cutting thin strips from the 12 x 12 House of Roses on the Porch paper and gluing the strips on top of each other, overlapping them slightly as I worked toward the top.

After gluing on the strips (I eventually decided to cover the front entirely), it was turned over and the excess was trimmed off.

I dry brushed white acrylic over the paper to create a white washed effect.

The facade was attached to the front of the tin and I added the miniature louvered shutters and a strip of dresden to replicate a roof. The super cute tiny rose vines didn't quite match so I simply trimmed off the red roses, dipped the ends in glue, then rolled the glue in Flower Soft. The flower pots are painted Antique Silver Tall Flower Bead Caps! 

All of that in an itty bitty tin. I love those things!

Keep on crafting!

Sipply List can be found HERE.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Rainbow Flower Box

When I received the Tiny Tote Box from Alpha Stamps, which is itty bitty and perfectly cute btw, I knew it needed to be overflowing with a rainbow of flowers. While forging ahead with my original plan, I realized this is a versatile little piece and can be used for a variety of things. A decorative firewood box for a dollhouse? Sure. A place for faeries to store their berry harvest? Oh, yeah. A collection bin for miscellaneous scrolls belonging to Dumbledore? I can see it. But this tote, which measures 1 1/2" tall by 1 3/4" wide by 1 1/2" deep, was meant for a rainbow of flowers!

This project is easy peasy. I assembled and painted the tote with white acrylic paint, free-handed a few decorative lines with an assortment of colored sharpies, glued a square of florist foam inside the tote, then added a rainbow of different flowers. To finish it off, I plopped a super cute Big Eye Anime Cat Button in the center. I've hoarded that little guy for quite some time, waiting for the perfect opportunity to use him, and I believe this was the reason he's hung around so long. (It helps that he's so darn cute too.) 

So there you go, one lightning-fast project full of color and happiness! 

Supply list can be found HERE.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bunny Train for Spring

What do you do with two afternoons and the most adorable kitschy Easter collage sheet on the planet? You make a Bunny Train, that's what you do! Alpha Stamps' new super cute, very kitschy collage sheet is loaded with all of the retro rabbits (plus chicks and lambs!) of your dreams. Did I mention how awesomely kitschy it is?

I had a few 3 x 4.5" Shadowboxes and decided a train of vintage bunnies was in order. After papering the inside of the three shadowboxes, I collected anything that might be useful:

And that pile of mess was turned into a charming procession of delightful bunnies. Plus one chick who thinks she's a rabbit.

I glued bumpy chenille stems to a pom pom and added a bunny face to make a little guy for the first car. Bumpy chenille stems are kinda necessary for this sort of thing, ya know? A very full crepe paper garland fills up a good portion of the top, but it is the two lovable rabbits on the right that make it complete.

The center car is where the egg artists hang. There are crepe paper flowers and a flower pot full of eggs awaiting painting. They look like they are having a good time!

There is a bunny with a giant bow in the final car along with the chick that is trying to blend in...

And just like all of the other cars, there is a "turf" base dotted with mini tulips, has glittered pom pom wheels, and a scalloped awning made from a Mini Shadowbox Lid.

Thanks for providing me with the perfect scalloped awnings, Shadowbox Lid! 

I am pretty sad that my wee Bunny Train is now complete because it was keeping me from reassembling my washing machine after its pump kicked the bucket. Not nearly as fun as making kitschy bunny art, that's for sure.

Supply List can be found HERE.

A very special thank you to Leslie for warming my heart with the Kitschy Easter collage sheet.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Easter Shadowboxes

Spring is in the air! The flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, and the pollen is killing me. Going outside this time of year is completely out of the question, so I have isolated myself to the craft table with Zyrtec and Alpha Stamps Easter Egg Shadowbox kit. The 2" x 3" shadowbox has an egg-shaped cover and makes a sweet little shrine. 

I papered the shadowbox and lid with Cottontail 6x6 Paper pad and added a bit of moss and images from the new Happy Easter and Bunnies and Violets collage sheets.

I made a wee paintbrush from a toothpick and bristles from an old paintbrush. The rabbit has a teacup of paint for decorating the eggs in his basket. An upturned 1" wooden flowerpot was used as a base, and a few paper flowers finished it off. 

That project was finished so quickly I went ahead and made a lidded gift box using a pretty scalloped edge lid with a bunny silhouette that fits the 3.5" x 5.5" shadowbox. 

All I did for the lid was paint it yellow and glue paper from the Cottontail 6x6 pad on the inside. I love that paper! The shadowbox was covered with Double Dot Passion Fruit paper on the inside and outside. Done!

But what to put in the gift box? I knew I wanted to use the bunny from the Happy Easter collage sheet and settled on nestling her in a painted petit four tin. The tin was given a wire handle to turn it into a basket and then it was filled with grass, flowers, and leaves.

I had a vintage spool with the perfect shade of lavender thread laying about, so I added a crepe paper fringe to the top of the spool before gluing the tin on top. A thin ribbon and vintage button were glued around the spool before it was popped into the gift box.

Here is how to make the easy peasy paper fringe:

Cut thin strips of crepe paper.

Sew down the centre of the paper. Cut fringe.

Since I was making a circle of fringe, I trimmed it along the sewn line and separated the fringe with my fingers before gluing it to the top of my spool.

I also have two other shadowboxes from Alpha Stamps, an Easter chick and another bunny, and the outside world is powdered yellow with pollen, so I am going to stay right here and make something else. Happy Spring! Achoo!

Supply List for The Easter Egg Artist Shrine is HERE and the list for the Spring Giftbox with Bunny Tin can be found HERE.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pop Up Alice in a Matchbox

I got to try out a Matchbox Ticket Journal from Alpha Stamps and turned it into a weensy pop up book featuring Alice in Wonderland. The accordion folded pages can be glued together or left in one long strip, which means both the front and back could be used. Fun stuff!

My little matchbox is pretty simplistic and an easy enough project to do in an afternoon. 

The inside of the matchbox was covered with a page from an old copy of Alice in Wonderland:

And the book opens to reveal four pop up pages.

The faces of the Cheshire cat are double sided, mostly because I wanted to use ALL the cats.

The pop ups in this book are all the same, and insanely easy to do. First, cut out an image that you want to use, like this:

Then score it down the center or wherever you want the middle fold to be. Fold the two end pieces, making sure the image fits inside the book when it is closed. I just eye balled it and it worked out fine.

Glue one end piece to the page.

Add glue to other end piece, fold image in half, then close the book.

Hold, hold, hold...repeat for additional pages then enjoy your book!

Now go think of six impossible things before breakfast and get creative!

The Supply List can be found HERE!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Kay Meets the Snow Queen and a Winter Spool

This month's kit from Alpha Stamps is just perfect for January; it celebrates the beauty of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, one of my all-time favorite fairy tales. The kit includes a Taj Mahal window card, lots of wintry papers, and snowflakes for embellishment. I used the kit and a 4 x 6 shadowbox to make a Snow Queen scene.

After assembling the shadowbox, I covered it with paper from the Vintage Winter 6 x 6 collection, slathered a thick layer of Dimensional Snow along the bottom, then stuck glittery trees (from a silver Juniper pick) in the snow. The snow was sprinkled with fine glitter and a besparkled Snow Queen and Kay were added while the dimensional snow was wet. I made a bass wood trim frame for the Taj Mahal card and gessoed the whole thing.

The pretty Snowflake Border made nice corner bits and I glued on a few Flat Back Pearls before splotching on some crackle medium here and there. When that dried, I mixed blue and purple Distress Ink with water and painted over the crackle medium. It reminded me of ice or the hobgoblin's cracked mirror from The Snow Queen

The painted silver feet and a sign were glued on, making this a quickie evening craft. 

And because I love the Vintage Winter paper, and there was still wine in my glass, I decided to make a little spool angel. 

Here's a glance at the Vintage Winter paper. So pretty!

Happy crafting in 2018!

Supply List for The Snow Queen Shadowbox is HERE.

Supply List for Vintage Winter Spool can be found HERE.