Saturday, January 30, 2016

Time to Shop

Shopping, I personally loath shopping, but not Blanch.  Blanch loves nothing more than a bit of outdoor shopping and goes absolutely to the moon when it is done Alpha Stamp style.
Today Blanche is heading to the grand opening of a new outdoor mall.  The clock is ticking away the minutes until she can enter.  
 The Architect spared no expense.  An Ice Resin mold of an Architectural Flourish (gigantic supply list at end of post) adorns the Flower Shop Window.
 Each side of the box is decorated with a wooden flower box filled with coordinating flowers.
 Blanche wondered what the mysterious black window on the back of the mall was.
Until she left the mall late that night and the clock tower was lit with an LED tea light.  The little black window is how the maintenance worker turns on and off the light.  It is just the right size to slip one's fingers inside and grab the light.
 The architect is a little disappointed in the roof, it is the first time she has made one with such a severe slant and she was worried about weight.  In her dreams the roof would have been covered with shingles.  As is she settled for three layers of paper with the ends rolled up.
 The clock strikes 1:25 pm (yea I know a really strange time, but heck the owners like to sleep in, have a bit of lunch and then go to work) and Blanche heads inside.  The front panel of the box pulls away to revel chipboard houses.
  The mall unfolds before Blanche.
 First stop, the Tea Parlor, after all it is tea time!  Blanche told Joan she would meet her at the Chipboard Tea Set sign. 
 On a rainy day (which thank goodness the opening day is not) water will run out of the tea pot. Not really but wouldn't gutters and downspouts be so much cooler if they did have fabulous tea pots at the end of them!?!
 Rejuvenated (one of my daughters vocabulary words this week) from their spot of tea, Blanche and Joan had to the Perfumerie.  They have to enter a Gothic Chipboard fence to go inside.
Perfume bottles adorn every inch of this shop.  The shop clerk makes all her own bottles from the DIY Potion Bottles bead mix. Joan adores that the stoppers are all pearls.  So chic! Blanche picks out a floral scent that will drive the honey bees bonkers.  

 Onto the Lingerie shop.  Joan has been waiting and waiting for this.  She loves how fancy undergarments make her feel. The stockings hanging outside are made of silk!
 Joan can't resist feeling the exquisite lace hanging on the plush hanger that matches the shops wallpaper!.
 Both women decide they needs some flowers to brighten their houses.  They head into the Florist shop.  This florists favorite flower is sunflowers, they cover every inch of the shop.  It's a good thing Joan and Blanche like the happy flowers too.  
Lastly the ladies head to the toy shop to pick something out for their grand-babies.  
The toys look so tantalizing that Blanche tries to reach through the window, but is stopped by the crystal clear Ice Resin that fills all the windows of the mall.

The two ladies had a grand time today.  
I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as they enjoyed the experience.  
Thanks for stopping by!

Flat house supplies (used on every house)
Flat houses
Provincial paper pad 6x6 
Deco window
Windows 4 panel
Tea Shop
Perfume Shop
Lingerie Shop
3/8 inch looped ivory lace
Flower Shop
Toy Shop
12x12 paper hedge, mail, chaise, hampton

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Moulin Dude

 Girls can't have all the fun can we?  Well, not according to these 10 dudes.  They're kicking up their spats and showing us ladies just how high they can can-can.
This month over at Alpha Stamps the kit is all about love, an Amour kit.  What better way for 10 sexy dudes to show their ladies how much they love them than by facing down their stage fright and giving them a show.
But this isn't any ordinary stage. It is watched over by a cameo of Jane Avril.  
The curtains are a deep rich black velvet (it's just paper from the Love and Lace collection, but velvet sounds so much better) embroidered with luscious roses.
 And what are curtains without some pink sweeper fringe (boring, that's what)?
The stage manager didn't stop there, little golden hearts dangle about the performers nuggets (think Victorian disco balls). 
Behind those jovial men is a tiled wall.  To create this effect (which I am sad is mostly covered up, but boy was it fun to make) I used the Ornaments and Settings Silicone mold. 
I created a video a few months back on how to use hot glue in the molds, which is what I did.  This technique cuts down on time when making a bunch of the exact same thing.

I flipped them diagonal and lined them up starting in the center of the box.  At the edges the squares had to be cut in half.  
The back of the wall also has some iconic French landmarks framed in circular lace edge settings.
 There was no way I was going to create a stage and not have it lit up.  Instead of the traditional white lights I selected red for a more Valentines feel.   
To hide the lights the stage manager ordered custom sconces made.  Oval filigree settings were bent to form the shape. They were then adorned with images from the French Oval Collage Sheet and covered with Diamond Glaze.
But the stage details don't stop there.  To adorn the stage a 3/4" Metal Deco Strip was wrapped around the box and then aged with various patinas from the weathered copper and treasured heirlooms sets. A touch of cream and black were also added.
These fabulous men have admirers who have littered the stage with pink roses.  

I hope your significant others pull out all the stops for you this Valentines!  You deserve it!  If not the Moulin Dudes will put a smile on your face.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Reindeer do Fly!

 Sleigh kits!  
Need I say more?
This month Alpha Stamps is all about the Sleigh. Be them big, little, flat or 3D.  What is a sleigh without some Reindeer.  Have no fear, Alpha Stamps has them too and boy did I have a great time playing with all these goodies.
So grab some hot chocolate, eggnog, hot toddy, etc and enjoy!
 I'll start with the simple and work my way up to the flying reindeer, because, well there is a story there LOL.
I used the Chipboard Sleigh to hold all of Santa's presents.
HERE is a link to most of the supplies I used from Alpha Stamps.
To achieve the rich red on the sleigh I started by stamping the Fancy Flourish Clear Stamp, painted over that with red paint, grunged up the edges with some black ink and then painted over it all with crackle distress paint.
 In my world everyone is nice and Santa's sleigh is overfilled to the point that the reindeer get extra feed.
The gifts are 7/8" wooden cube blocks wrapped in Christmastime paper.  Oh my, these are stunning, I prefer the 6x6 pieces because the pattern/designs are smaller.  Wrapping ribbon around them would have hidden the pretty patterns so I used gold mini rosette Dresden boarders to act like ribbon and then tied a bit of seam binding to make the bow on top.
 Along all the edges of Santa's sleigh is rich gold metallic single loop braid ribbon. The rest of the swirls that are on the sleigh are painted with metallic gold paint and coated with gold stickles.
 I made a bunch of wreaths for this project, and I mean a bunch.  Tim Holtz's pine twine came in very handy. To accent the wreaths on the sleigh I added small pine cones,  ribbon from the Christmas set, and a few of the red glittered holy berries.  Everything, and I mean everything, got a dusting of extra fine white glitter. A small snowflake charm, that I painted gold, hangs in the center of this wreath.
And here is what inspired all those wreaths.  
I wanted something to break up the sled, why not some greenery and a charm.  I used more of those holy berries, small pine cones, clear acrylic spray that I coated in olive alcohol ink, and the deer charm. Once this became part of the sleigh it was only natural for the rest of the sleigh to get a wreath concoction too. There is a wreath on the front and back of the sleigh.  
 Okay, so here is where my art brain went a bit wild.  
When I envisioned this piece it had flying reindeer. I approached my husband to see if he could help me with this.  He of course said yes because he is a HUGE enabler ;)  We scoured the internet for bits and found some carousel pieces that would work.  Alas, we couldn't get our hands on those because the poor woman broke her arm.  Did that deter us, nope.  We built our own!
We shot for the moon and landed among the stars.
Before I get to the moving parts let's pause and pay homage to Rudolf.  You knew I was going to light something up ;)  
Rudolf is a chipboard reindeer covered in the scrumptious Christmastime paper with a wreath around his dainty neck and gold metallic mini braid ribbon for a harness. His nose is, and this is ironic, Red Demon Eyes - LED lights-large.  I removed one of the red lights and hid the wires with a wired pine needle stem wrapped around Rudolf post and then a gift strategically placed in front of the switch and battery pack.  
Okay onto flight!
As I mentioned earlier we shot for the moon and landed in the stars.  Only one set of the reindeer currently move, but we have a plan to fix that.  As soon as we get all the kinks worked out I will repost.
 Once everything is moving correctly I will attach the lead lines.  I have gold DMC thread and some fabulous beads (minuscule ones) from Alpha Stamps to put on it.
 So all that machinery needed a home and that home needed some decoration. 
The tree's are from a fabulous pack that makes 3D trees (they should be HERE) by slipping two of them together.  I didn't need anything 3D (OMG that is the first time I have ever said that!) so I did not put them together, instead I covered them with paper and added some glitter.
 For the houses I used Black chipboard windows and Die-cut chipboard houses with windows.  And do you see what I see?  Yep, more wreaths.  I made most of them, but the two here are tiny felt wreath stickers.  
Each house is outlined in a narrow gold fleur dresden boarder.  Can you believe this is my first time using this bit of Dresden?  One of my new favorites for sure. 
 It is impossible to see in the photos, but all the windows are coated in the distress rock candy crackle.  
The base is finished off with more garland and star tinsel
Well, that's it.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  
I am off to get myself a cup of hot chocolate and watch my reindeer fly!
Happy Holiday's to all!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Angel Wing Advent Calendar Shadowbox ~ Multiple Tutorials

 Does it seem like my projects keep getting more and more complicated?  Don't blame me, blame Alpha Stamps.  What else is a girl to make with goodies like the ones in the 
First things first, how in the world does the box go together?  
When I poured the pieces onto my workbench my stomach dropped.  Mistletoe and Tensile!
After a couple of tries I figured it out.  Thank goodness I didn't start gluing with my initial idea.  Hopefully this video will help you put yours together without pulling your hair out and driving you to drink copious amounts of eggnog.    
 Okay, hard part behind.  Now onto the fun stuff.
If you take a close look, I don't have a box 25.  The instructions say the 25th box can be placed at your discretion.  Problem is, I am not a boxy type of gall.  So from the start I planned on leaving it out.  But what to put in its place, because what fun is there in not opening something on the night before Christmas.  Eureka!  A special ornament to go on the tree.  That's what the wings are. 
 Scrumptious lace!  So in love with this stuff.  So of course I had to use it.  
The laces are the same design just different colors.  Metallic Gold 1 3/4" Fancy Venice Lace and Ivory 1 3/4" Fancy Venice Lace.
Massive Supply list at the bottom of this post.
Check out how they lay like real feathers!  
There are a few real feathers mixed in here and there.  
Check out the Tutorial Video to see how I created these wings.
Yep, that light is on. 
Alpha Stamps carries the coolest little LED lights.  
There are directions on how to add them on the product page at Alpha Stamps.  However, I happen to have some experience with wiring so I rewired mine.  All the wires and switches come out the back and are nestled inside box number 1.  When I want to turn them on I open box one and hit the switches.  Don't you think that is a great way to start the advent calendar adventure?  May not be candy, but heck you get to light it up!.  
I am working on a video tutorial to show how I did this.  
 This project could not take a stark black lamp so I brushed on some brown paint and a bit of  Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paint - Metallic Gold.  I used this paint all over the project.  It is quite bold, to tone it down I applied a minuscule amount with my finger and rubbed it around.  
 The back of the shadow box needed to be pretty when the wings were removed.  There are a multitude of layers creating the look.  
Script stamps come in so handy, don't know what I would do without them.  This one is the Wendy Vecchi Cling Stamp - Script.  I also used two Tim Holtz Stencil's Christmas Text and Festive.
Quick note on my drawers.  
I covered the pre-cut drawers with papers from the kit and my stash and used a variety of items for numbers and decoration. 
 All of the greenery and flowers in the shadowbox has a sprinkling of Twinklets Diamond Dust.  I prefer this product over glitter when trying to accomplish a snow dusting effect because it is semi-transparent.  
 Inside each drawer is a piece of chocolate.  It is wrapped with a strip of paper, tied with a bit of tulle with a 1" Burgundy Paper Rose on top.
 When the candy is removed you're in for a little surprise.  Each box has a holiday themed collage sheet image inside.
 This post could go on and on.  If you have questions about what I did not cover, or only glossed over please e-mail me or write it in a comment. 

marked with an *

Numbered boxes
*Papers from the Victorian Christmas Scrapbook paper Set
*Numbers from the Advent Calendar Add-On Kit
*Pre-Cut Drawers
*Brimstone Damask Scrapbook paper
*Brilliance Pigment Ink Pad - Galaxy Gold
Petite Resin Frame Set
*Diamond Glaze
*Faux Metal Number Plates 1 to 25
*Liquid Pearls - Avocado
*Serengeti 6x6 paper pad
*Small Ivory Cherub Buttons
*Stitched Leaf Ribbon - Moss Green
*Tiny Faux Ring Handles
*VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
Gold Embossing powder
*Twinklets Diamond Dust

Tissue Paper
Permanent Brown Ink Pad
*Wendy Vecchi Cling Stamp - Script
*Tim Holtz Stencil - Christmas text
*Tim Holtz Stencil - Festive
Texture paste
Twinkling H2O's
*Clear Acrylic Bead Sprays - Asymmetrical
*Fancy Gold Holly Berries Mix
*Large Bronze Fancy Filigree Set
*Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paint - Metallic Gold
*Mini Rose Buds - Burgundy
*Seam Binding - Tans
*Twinklets Diamond Dust
*Wall Sconce Victorian Coach Lamp
*Wired Pine Needle Stems
Mini pine cones

Lightweight Cardboard
Complete detailed list of supplies on Video

Box Treats
*A Victorian Christmas Scrapbook paper set
*Hanging by the Chimney with Care Collage Sheet
*1" Burgundy paper roses
gold tulle

Thanks so much for stopping by.  
I hope you have enjoyed your time here and that my piece has inspired you to go out and make your own!