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February 11, 2015

Cute As A Button

This months Alpha Stamps theme, Cute As A Button, really inspired me. I love the colors that I chose for this project and the new sewing and cat images were purrrrrfect to create this wonderful box of treasures for my mom. She has Dementia and it is really difficult at times. But if I can give her a gift to look at during her day that adds a smile to her face and makes her feel loved, then it is a successful day.

Using Distressed Paints in Peeled Paint, I was able to quickly add some color to my Configuration Box. I thought this color went well with the Grey Blue seam binding I was using. I simply ran a thread through the center of the binding and pulled it to make this ruffled trim for my box and added some of these adorable Doll Buttons with a dab of glue to pull it all together.

It was easy to collect images for each little compartment and I had to really pick and choose because I had so many that I liked. Tiny scissors and other treasures just added character to what was already a great display.

The bird house above and the three painted kitties are actually buttons. I knew I had to have those cats ASAP! There are also new owl, heart, butterflies, other cat buttons and more that are now available and as you can see, they don't have to be used just for sewing!

You will notice below that I actually used the lid of my configuration box on the back to create a frame. This way there are actually two scenes to look at when it's displayed. I think this image from the collage sheet Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice is one of my very favorites from this months kit. It reminds me of my mother's doll collection and the colors are soothing to me. Alpha Stamps carries a few different sizes and configurations of these boxes so be sure to check them out!

Creating art is my therapy. It is that thing that is for me, and we should all be blessed with that. Passing it along to someone and making their day better is priceless. I hope you can add some creativity to your day and also brighten the day of those around you. Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

January 7, 2015

Love Her, Love Her Not

A new year means a new fortune. So, I created a set of my very own Fortune Telling Cards using supplies from Alpha Stamps first kit of 2015 "Star Crossed Lovers".

It was actually a very easy project. Having Blank Playing Cards to cover as I please made it more personal and the rich colors screamed my name from both the Yesterday Papillion Scrapbook Paper and the Yesterday Beautiful Past Collection.

For my deck design, I used the collage sheet called Red Roses and Yesterday Beautiful Past Scrapbook Paper. After aging my edges with brown ink, I added some beautiful Flower and Leaves Dresden Borders in Antique Gold.

For the "face" of my card, I used beautiful images from collage sheets included in the kit like Vaguely Valentine and Juliet. I also rubbed some gold ink along my edges to make them look like a real deck of old cards and added some Gold Zig Zag Dresden Borders.

How will the man make the woman's heart feel today? Will he be passionate, absent, loving, needy, missing, or short?  Leave her wondering what the heck is going on or make her feel high on a cloud? Well, my cards can't tell her that but they sure do look beautiful. 

It was simple to make my elaborate card holder. I simply cut a square in the top of a painted box, but did so at an angle to give it more character. Add some pretty trims, Dresden, jewels and paper flowers and it makes it that much more ornate. I used Garnet Metal Patinas to make my Gardenias match in color and attached each  with some simple glue. 

I used several layers of old paper and cardboard to add some height to the inside of my box. That way my fortune telling cards were more visible and accessible.

Adding color to my cardboard scraps helped it to blend in more so as not to be as noticeable.

So what does your future hold for 2015? I hope it is many wonderful moments with lots of creativity! My goal is to post more on my blog and share more of all that I create! Stay warm and thanks for stopping by!

Detailed supply list can be found here: Love Her, Love Her Not Supply List

Supply List:
Red Roses CS
Vaguely Valentine CS
Juliet CS
Queen of Hearts #3 CS
Spanish Crowns CS
Vintage French Ads CS
Star-Crossed 12x12 Pad
Star-Crossed 6x6 Pad
Yesterday 12x12 Pad
Yesterday 6x6 Pad
Teal Heart Charms
Blank Playing Cards
Red Dresden Hearts
Thin Fleur Dresden Borders - Turquoise
Gold Zig Zag Dresden Borders
Flower and Leaves Dresden Borders - Antique Gold
Narrow Gold Fleur Dresden Borders
Gardenias - Cream-Pink-Brown
Foundations (Box Feet)
Metal Patinas - Painted Barn
Black Sweeper Fringe

December 3, 2014

Precious Holiday House Decorations

Nothing like a nice warm home and some Christmas decorations for the holidays. I adore the new Glitter House Template Collage Sheet from Alpha Stamps. It's part of the December 3D Ornament Kit.  I can make as many cute little houses as I like and I even found a way to make a two story house. Imagine how many themes you could use this for!

And the houses even light up!

Don't let the lights intimidate you! Everything is already made, you just have to flip the switch on or attach a battery. The left house is lit using a Mini LED Light with Switch and I used the Lamp Post with Light on the right house. I used one lamp post for the front porch light and then used a second one to light the inside of the house. I simple made a hole in the top of my box and fed the light post through. The box conceals the batteries and the wires. I love the way the light shines through the "glass" that was easy to create. I'll show you below.....

Looking at this pic, I feel like I am back in Chester, England on a cold night, breathing in all of the history and beauty. If only I could have this in a life sized version!  I used the wood designed paper from the Christmas Collage 6x6 Paper Pad to create "wood" strips that I placed in a tudor pattern.  

The chimney smoke was created by using  some Crinkle Wire (Repro Bouillon)* stretched and wrapped around a small wooden dowl to make it a larger curl. Twist a few together on the bottom end and pop it on in for a pretty and non polluting smoke.

It was really easy to create a two story house to go along with my one level house. All I did was trace my stencil, then lined up the bottom left of the stencil along with the top left of the first trace.

Then I just cut the house out and assembled it the same way as the one level house. Be sure to scour your paper to make good folding lines. You want to make your edges as smooth and crisp as possible to keep the house sturdy. 

I also like to make my houses extra sturdy so not only did I attach the original stencil to my designed paper (after scouring), I also attached it to a manilla folder. The fold lines up perfectly with the extra bit of my house and again, just make sure to really scour the paper with each layer for a good for a clean, crisp fold.

After putting my house together and creasing it to assemble, I lay it out flat and decorate. I decided where I wanted to attach my windows, traced around my windows and cut just within the line so that there was an area to allow the window to adhere to the paper.

To create my transparent windows, I used a ATC Size Glassine Envelopes*

I attached small pieces of the envelope over the windows with a glue stick. Then, I colored the windows with ink and paint. To create stained glass, just use three or four colors like I did for the smaller house.

I hope you feel inspired to make some of these adorable houses. Each year, my favorite decorations that I unpack are all those that were made by hand for generations. Sewn ornaments my mother made, ornaments made by my former students, the ones I have created, and of course my favorite are those made by my children. They are at an age where creating this precious house is simple and they will look wonderful on my mantle and Christmas tree. Have a wonderful Holiday, a Merry Christmas, and as always, thanks for stopping by! 

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