Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chaircat Mao's Holiday Hats

For whatever reason, I have chosen to crochet hats for my less-than-amused cat, Chaircat Mao. I'd like to say it is because she is a stellar model and is proud of her keen fashion sense, but no. Mostly it is because I like to crochet absurd stuff and put it on my cat's head. So far, there is a chapeau for Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day, and Saint Patrick's. That cat is a trooper, for sure.

Uh, no.


Not cool, not cool at all.


She secretly likes them. That is what I am telling myself as I crochet her Easter hat...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mysterious Masquerade Altered Tin

I've been on a tin kick lately and so made another one, this time with a Venetian masquerade theme. The oh-so-gorgeous G45 Midnight Masquerade papers complemented the two saucy women I chose for the tin. In addition to the Masquerade paper pads, Alpha Stamps carries a very cool Quatrefoil Texture Sheet and a chipboard Fleur Border, both of which worked well with what I was going for.

The Quatrefoil Texture Sheet was trimmed and sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray in Witch's Potion Purple- that shimmer!- and then the quatrefoil shapes were painted with Liquid Pearls in Ancient Gold. I also spritzed the frame at the bottom with the purple, as well as the Fleur Border using Glory of the Seas Gold in the Mermaid Set of Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray because that stuff is fantastic and shiny and all things good. The perimeter of the tin is rimmed in gold seed beads with red micro bead centers. I can't help but think of olives.

The top of the tin has a pile of luscious paper gardenias and the whole thing was glued to an old mini tart tin. The image on the back came from the Midnight Masquerade 8x8 pad and to finish it off I glued a Brass Mask with Scalloped Edge to the bottom.

Happy March to you!

Supply List:

Midnight Masquerade 12x12 Patterns and Solids Paper Pad
Midnight Masquerade Savor the Magic Scrapbook Paper
Midnight Masquerade Romantic Rendezvous Scrapbook Paper
Midnight Masquerade Moonlight Mystery Scrapbook Paper
6x6 Quatrefoil Texture Sheet
Fleur Border
Brass Mask with Scalloped Edge
Gardenias- Mixed Cream Lavender Purple
Mini Rose Buds- Turquoise Variegated
Blank Altoid Tin
Fairy Tale Frames Insert
Art Deco Party #2 Collage Sheet
The Secret Collage Sheet
Christmas Red Stickles
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray- Haunted Halloween Set (awesome)
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray Mermaid Seashells Set (equally awesome)
Liquid Pearls- Ancient Gold
Micro Beads Red Pearl
5mm Clear Iridescent Star Sequins

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Wedding Coach for Cinderella

 Cinderella has made her appearance at Alpha Stamps for February (and I was ecstatic about getting a 3D version of the fanciful Cinderella Coach Album). The coach is smaller than the album at about 3 1/2" high by 5" wide; it is dainty enough for a wedding cake!

I didn't stray too far from a classic version of a royal wedding carriage, or at least my version of one, and painted it white with little adornments. The bride is supposed to be the star of the show, right? 

The Tiny Dot Dresden Borders worked out nicely for window trim, so that and a few fancy embellishments was all it really needed. And a bunch of roses. Oh, and tulle curtains. 

And maybe two suede cushions with gold trim. Plus a coating of White Opal Liquid Pearls to give the coach a pearlescent shimmer to it. (I just painted it on over the white gesso base coat.) But that's about it. Well, I did add a door handle- a snippet of toothpick and a flat back brass stud- and sprinkled a few more of those studs here and there.

The last thing I added was a white paper lollipop stick on the back of the carriage because I wanted a place to tie golden jingle bells. That's it!

Okay, okay, I also hacked the coach up a tad, but it is an easy alteration. Here is the assembled coach from the kit, and I just gave it a different floor: 

Mark floor of coach at the door opening.

This is the floor of the coach. The back of the coach is on the left and the front is on the right. Mark a line that is 22mm from the left and 37mm from the right. Cut along lines. Save that extra piece!

The two new pieces have been glued in place and the extra will be glued to the underside of the seats.

Cut two 12mm sections from the extra piece. Save that thin strip!

Glue 12mm pieces to the underside of floor and along edge of door on both sides.

Cut an 80mm x 48mm rectangle from thin cardboard, then wrap it around a coffee mug and hold it in place with a rubber band. This really should be Step 1, so by the time you get to this stage your cardboard will have a nice curve to it. Anyway!

Glue the thin strip left over from the last step on the underside of the coach, about 15mm from the right edge. The front of the coach is still on the right and the back of the coach is on the left.

Run a line of glue along the edge of the strip and also along the piece that protrudes slightly from the back.

Hold. Hold. Hold.

Then bippity, boppity, boo! A coach fit for a Princess, no Fairy Godmother needed.

HERE is a list of supplies I used

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cat Tales ATC Book

Paper toys delight me like nothing else. Airplanes, pop-ups, the "cootie catcher" every kid in grade school folded and played with, jumping jacks, and paper dolls...I love all of that. When I saw the new Wain Cat Paper Doll collage sheet at Alpha Stamps, I knew I had to get my paws on them! The sheet I used features Cinderella, Aladdin, the Princess, and the Magician, and Robin Hood, but there is also More Wain Cat Paper Dolls of Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, and Dick Whittington. Louis Wain's illustrations of anthropomorphic cats are fun all by themselves, but then to have the added pleasure of dressing and accessorizing these big-eyed kitties? Well, that's the cat's pajamas!

As soon as I had cut out all of the bits and pieces, clothed everycat in their appropriate attire, and reenacted a few scenes, I wondered how to store the paper dolls and keep them all together. What about a book? An ATC sized book that can be slipped into a pocket and carried along? 

Inside the book are three envelopes, one for each story, and in the back are two removable backgrounds that can be unfolded. The backgrounds are also reversible for maximum playability.  Here is the middle envelope opened up with Aladdin and the Princess ready to entertain. The tuxedo kitty on the front is attached with a brad so her head can be swiveled inside the book's cover.

Poor Cinderella, always sweeping, and her only friends are the mice.

Ho, ho! What's this? She's found the purrfect Prince! You better pounce home, Cinderella, because your time is up!

Aladdin and his pre- and post Genie outfits:

And my favorite one, Robin Hood, with all of his accoutrements. Maybe Aladdin and Cinderella will stand in for Little John and Maid Marian.


If you want to make your own ATC sized envelope, here is how you do it:

Cut a 5" square from cardstock. Place your square on an envelope maker and score a line at 1 3/4" on opposite sides. Turn and score a mark at 2 1/4" on opposite sides. Or measure the same distance from the corners and score if you don't have an envelope scoreboard.

Using a corner rounder, punch the corners on the long sides. Snip off tiny triangles where the score lines meet. 

On one long side, mark and cut a slit to hold the top flap of the envelope.

Fold over the sides and apply glue (or use a tape runner) to edges, then fold up the bottom. Stuff it full of paper cats!

Happy Crafting!

All of the supplies I used (it's all paper!) can be found HERE.

Plus a few stash items:

Sizzlits Tim Holtz Alphabetical Die
Small Brad (for the swiveling head of the cat on the front)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love You Like No Otter

It is Valentine's Day and I stink at card making. Can't do it. They drive me crazy. So I made a tiny otter to send to Kid 1 instead.

He's a little derpy looking, but it is kind of endearing.

I think she'll like it nonetheless.

Hope your Valentine's Day was like no otter!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Valentine Shrine

There wasn't much going on yesterday, other than the pouring down rain and tornado watches, so why not make some art? I pulled out this tiny house shrine from Alpha Stamps and a fun image of a goggle-wearing pooch to make a silly Valentine.

Unfortunately, there were only three of those hinges in the stash. I would have preferred a fourth, because it would look better that way, but hey. You work with what ya got.

Haha! That face is priceless.

Supply List:

House Shrine with Doors- Tiny
Funny Pets Collage Sheet
3mm Brass Flat-Back Studs
Tiny Curved Hinges
5/8 inch White Zig-Zag Cotton Lace
Victorian Drawer Pulls
Amour 6x6 Paper Pad

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Dwarfs' Cottage Altered Tin

Alpha Stamps is ringing in the new year with a sweet Snow White kit that includes Fairy Tale Frames Inserts for Altoid tins. I fell in love with the scalloped insert frames from earlier this year, erm...last year, and was excited to see more. 

I used an image from the Snow White with the Dwarves collage sheet and the blank tin from the kit to construct the Dwarfs' wee cottage, which has to be a much more pleasant place than a  Prince's boring old castle. Plus, tiny houses are the way to go. 

The entire cottage is made from just three things: the tin, cardboard, and Creative Paperclay. The stones and wood beams are sculpted from the paper clay and the roof pieces and tiles are cut from cardboard. Super easy! 

You can see here how the roof is cut, but I'll show you how to do it in a sec. Adding clump foliage in the spaces between the stones adds a bit of charm.

There's a plume of smoke coming from the chimney, which is simply a tuft of wool roving stuffed in the top. I wonder what those two dwarfs see?

Want to build your own cottage? Let's get to it! For the roof, all you need is a blank Altoid tin, and both heavyweight and lightweight cardboard. 

Trace around the top of the tin onto the heavyweight cardboard. 

Mark the center of the tracing and make a straight line upward, like this.

Measure an equal distance from either side of the curved mark. Draw a diagonal line from that point to the vertical line and repeat for the other side. Did that make sense? I think it's better to say, "Trace around the tin's top part and make a triangle." Do this twice and those will be the gables.

Cut out. Obviously.

For the stones you will need Creative Paperclay, a toothbrush, and a pointy tool of some sort. Also your tin. I wasn't sure if the paper clay would stay put after it dried on the tin, so I covered the tin in paper first, then sanded the paper a little, and the added tacky glue to the paper before sticking the stones on the sides. That is most likely over-doing it, but I didn't want to put all this work in only to have all the stones fall off. I can tell you that mine are stuck tight!

To make the stones, roll bits of clay into ball shapes and smash them on the paper-covered, glue-slathered tin. Use the tool to shape the clay, and then pounce the toothbrush over the stones to add texture. The tool can also be used to crease lines on the stones. I left a space at the top of the tin to accommodate the gable and roof pieces. When the clay dries, outline all of the stones with white paint, smooshing paint between the crevices to cover the paper underneath. 

After painting the stones, fill in the space at the back of the tin with more clay stones, and while the clay is still wet, push a gable into it. Glue the other gable piece to front of house and let the whole thing dry. (Not that it is necessary, but I glued a skinny dowel in between the two gable pieces at the peak for added stability)

Measure the length and width of one side of your gable and cut two pieces for the roof from heavyweight cardboard. Cut the ends off at an angle so they'll fit snugly together. Glue in place. Almost there!

The disaster that is my creative space. Is that a half sewn Niffler back there???

To make the roof tiles, cut strips from lightweight cardboard. Make them slightly wider than your roof. Cut each strip into three sections and distress the edges. Glue to roof. Paint when dry. 

I added the Fairy Tale Frame insert, covered the edges of the tin in more paper clay, then sculpted it to resemble wooden beams. Everything was painted, a cute little window was glued in place, and finally clump foliage was glued in the cracks of some of the stones. 

Hope your 2017 is a crafty one!

Supply List:

Blank Altoid Tin
Fairy Tale frames Altoid Inserts Set
Fairy Tale Titles Collage Sheet
Snow White with the Dwarves Collage Sheet
Creative Paperclay
Flower Soft- Sweet Pea
Asparagus Fern Garland
Leafy Green Underbrush
Decorative Windows Set- 1:24