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.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Gilded Crown

Gold and glitter and pearls, oh my! All sorts of lux elements from Alpha Stamps went into making an ornate crown fit for a queen. It started with the Fancy Gold Dresden Diadem or Crown as the top portion, and is attached to heavyweight cardstock that is painted with metallic paint and then glittered. I added layer after layer of trims, like the gorgeous Large Zig Zag Gold Dresden Edging and Fancy Scalloped Gold Dresden Borders. The Large Zig Zag Dresden Edging has circular indentations that are perfect for adding Liquid Pearls; no need to worry about wonky dots! The Fancy Gold Dresden Diadem has circles along its edge too, so guess what? More Liquid Pearls!

Several Mixed Size Ivory Flat Back Pearls were placed along the front of the crown and Gold and White Pearl Shaped Stick Pins were adhered in places at the top. The decorative Dresden pieces made it easier to determine where things ought to be. For the front piece, I made a simple rolled paper star, added glitter to the edges, then stuck  a 2 Inch Gold Star Ornament in the center. There's some bits of tulle here and there, just because I like the stuff. And it's shimmery. That helps.

Here's how to make your own rolled paper star:

For a 4 1/2" diameter star, cut (20) 1 1/2" squares. Roll each square into a cone and glue in place. I found it easier to start at one corner and roll the square around a knitting needle before shaping it into a cone. Repeat for all squares. Punch out a circle for center of star (optional).

Glue two cones together as shown.

Then glue into a star shape like this:

I put glue along the ends of the star tips and dipped it in glitter before adding the punched  circle to the center. That's it! You could have a vintage photograph, a bird, or whatever you like in the center.

Now go be beautiful!

All of the glitzy bits can be found HERE.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Home for the Holidays Diorama Ornament

I needed a gift to take to a friend and found I had a tiny diorama box from Alpha Stamps. It was the perfect size for an ornament with a snowy scene inside. The Home for the Holidays Clear Stamp Set fit exactly inside of the diorama box. The stamp set has several houses, a fence, trees and more trees, and even a tiny Santa and his sleigh. Cute!

I layered the scene inside similar to a tunnel book to make it a bit more interesting then covered everything in pounds of Winter Snow Glitter Mix and a bit of dimensional snow.

To make the layers inside the ornament, four pieces of watercolor paper were cut the same width as the diorama box and twice as long. Any thick paper would work, I just chose it because all of the images are colored with watercolor pencils after they were stamped. 

I began folding the paper beginning with the foreground (which is also the background, which willl hopefully make sense with the photos). That piece fits the back of the box and is folded to fit along the bottom of the box, then folded one more time for the foreground's "snow bank". For the next layer, I stamped a Christmas tree on one side, folded the paper as before, then stamped background trees on the other side. This method was continued for four layers before I trimmed around the house and all of those teensy weensy trees. The images were colored, glittered, and stacked together with adhesive foam dots in between.

All of that fit snuggly inside the diorama box. Covered it in paper, added some tiny white snowflake buttons, snippets of a silver juniper pick, and a hanger, and poof! Instant gift.

Happy Holidays!