Wednesday, October 7, 2015

they're creepy...

they're kooky...
they're mysteriously spooky...
they're creepy little row houses!
Made with the new Mini Haunted House Chipboard Set and some awesome collage sheets sized just for them. All designed by Laura Carson, for Alpha Stamps. You may know Laura from around the interweb, as she is utterly famous for her yearly Halloween tutorial extravaganzas. This year she did a complete creeptastic village and when it was done she shrunk down some of the parts to create this awesome tiny set. Needless to say, I love it!
I also used the Regions Beyond paper stash by Tim Holtz as it is so perfectly creepy and the color pallet is wonderfully warm and muted.
I'm really proud of my embossed spiderweb as I am usually a complete failure at using rubber stamps. I was super careful this time and the result was just right :)
The rubber stamp is an old one from Inkadinkado. It's been in my stash for a few years now and this is the first occasion I've had to use it. That totally validates my hoarding, errr, um, collecting mentality and makes me happy :D
Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings. I hope I see you again and if you'd like to see a list of all the supplies I used on this creepy little project, click here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Marie Antoinette was a witch...

Every year, around this time, I design a collage sheet for Alpha Stamps with vintage portraits, photographs or paintings, altered into witches. This year I've designed two, one of which features a couple of images of my girl Marie A in witchy apparel.
And this one with an assortment of saucy wenches, err... um, witches.
 As soon as the first copies were hot off the laser printer... I started working on an arty little piece to show them off ;)
I bet you didn't know Marie Antoinette was a witch that floated around in an enchanted flying shoe flapping her little glitter encrusted bat wings for all she was worth.
Marie seemed a bit naked by herself, and I wanted to play with an image from my other collage sheet, so I threw together this triptych as a back ground for her.
The whole thing went together in a few hours and was super fun to work on. I really like the eyeball embellishment on the front of Marie's enchanted shoe...
and this saucy lass with her cauldron and owl...
If you'd like to peruse my supply list, click here.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. I hope you've been creating lots of wonderful Halloween art or enjoying the approach of Autumn in your own favorite way :)


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"24 Carrot Farms" a miniature farm stand...

A while back, at Alpha Stamps, we got these cool wooden boxes, from Maya Road, in. Leslie put them on the website but they didn't really sell very well. I thought that was kind of a shame because they were really awesome. Leslie told me to take one home and see what I could do with it. After a bit of pondering, and some supply gathering, I turned that box into a sweet little farm stand.
Just look at those tiny apples! Don't they look delicious?
I used paper from two new 6"x6" paper pads to cover the box and table. The adorable carrot print is from Echo Park's Homegrown pad. I love it! And all that beautiful wood grain, on the floor (which was the lid of the box) and on the outside of the stand, comes from Bo Bunny's Heritage pad.
 The box is just over 7" tall so I had to be creative with the use of my 6" paper. I think it adds a nice touch to have some of the wood grain going in a different direction.
 While I was creating my little stand, I decided to design a couple of collage sheets to use on it. One of the collage sheets has all of the signs, bags, and boxes for a farm stand called 24 Carrot Farms. There's even an awning to fold and glue together. Speaking of awnings, did you notice that handsome crow standing right above the awning?
The other collage sheet I designed has tons of produce crate labels as well as can and jar labels. You can see them in use in the photo below on the tops of two crates and on some bottles and cans.
Me being the crazy cat lady I am, I just couldn't help myself and added a couple of cats and a grape stealing rat to my scene. One of the cats is asleep in a stack of towels. The other is lounging next to the peaches :)
The rat is so tiny he's hard to see, but he's making off with a big bunch of grapes over by the pumpkins, lol. He's had to drag his sweet booty (grapes) all through the straw on the floor to make his escape.
Looking back on the beginning of this post, I have to say I'm quite pleased with what I was able to do with the box I took home. I really like the way my little farm stand turned out and I hope you've enjoyed the tour I've given you of it. If you'd like to build your own tiny little farm stand here's a link to my supply list.
Thanks for dropping by and enjoy your day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

the White Rabbit's hutch...

My favorite Wonderland denizen has always been the White Rabbit. Being perpetually late myself, I truly understand his frustrated cries of "Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!". I have always assumed he is a bit tardy because he is an avid reader and has a terrible time tearing himself away from a good book. I imagine his little home filled with books. Books in every room because you never know when you might have a few minutes to lose yourself in an interesting story...
I recently had the opportunity to birth my vision of the White Rabbit's home inside a sweet little Miniature China Cabinet from Alpha Stamps. The china cabinet or hutch, as I like to call it, looks quite shabby chic on the outside.
 There are images and pages from an old copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as well as images from Go Ask Alice Collage Sheet and We Are All Mad Here Collage Sheet all over the outside.
 A bit of texture was added with a Tim Holtz Stencil - Dot Fade and some Golden Molding Paste.

 And, of course, I used lots of Wonderland themed charms and doodads! Like the adorable Tiny Cup of Tea with Lemon and the "drink me" bottle.

But... my favorite part is inside...
where I created the White Rabbits home in 1:48 scale!
If you look closely at the desk in his den, you will see a tiny cup of tea and lots of books. The books were made using a collage sheet I created with all kinds of things to use in a 1:48 scale house. The lamp on the corner is a Gold Chess Queen Charm with a lamp shade from the collage sheet added to it :)
There are more books in his bedroom and a Tiny Bronze Cauldron Charm with a plant growing from it. And just look at that bathroom! Did you notice the books on the floor next to the toilet?
In the tiny kitchen there are books on the table and a Tiny Bronze Teapot Charm on the stove.
Now I know not everyone is gonna want to make their own White Rabbit's Hutch but why not make a tiny little house in a hutch devoted to one of your own favorite literary characters? The scale is small but it makes everything so much faster to complete! And the furniture is so very tiny and cute!
A supply list for everything I used from Alpha Stamps is located here.
Thanks for hopping by and reading my blog. It means the world to me that you are interested in what I have to say and the things I create!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

a Creepy Goblin Cemetery and a new Snapguide tutorial...

I can't believe there are only 105 more days until Halloween! Where has the time gone?! I really need to start churning out more Halloween projects! Those were my thoughts when I started working on this mini graveyard scene...
I LOVE Halloween and August's Cemetery Kit at Alpha Stamps is all about cemeteries and Halloween. I relied heavily on both the Cemetery Kit and the Cemetery Add On Kit for this project and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Let me give you a tour around the place... here's the view from above...
 It's just a little bit creepy... how about a closer view...
Yiikes! It looks like someone has been digging up the coffins. Huh, probably just an old witch looking for goblin bones to use in her latest evil spell.
 Hey! Look at the eyes on those crows... they seem to be glowing red!
Maybe they had some help with the new Red Demon Eyes - LED lights.
If you want to add some awesome LED lights to your project click here for a quick tutorial I created on Snapguide. Here's a photo of my project from the tutorial...
It's a tribute to one of my favorite movies...
Kiss of the Spider Woman
If you're looking for my list of supplies for these two creepy cemetery projects click here for the Creepy Goblin Cemetery and click here for Kiss of the Spider Woman Box.
Thanks for stopping by and reading all the way to the end! Now go make something spooky!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sugar Skulls...

It's been a while but Alpha Stamps is resurrecting swaps! First up is a sugar skull swap and boy am I ready! I even created a collage sheet for the occasion. Here's what my swap entries look like...
Yes, I used my new collage sheet all over them! I also used plenty of glitter and other goodies from my stash and from Alpha Stamps.
My favorite of this group is the devil.
I think he's pretty handsome with his gold tooth and faux suede horns.
While I was working on my sugar skulls, I kept thinking about this years Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) festivities. The cemetery where my Mom is buried is open for Day of the Dead vigils and will place a lit candle on the grave of your loved one for a small fee.
I like to go out and spend some time graveside with Mom on this night and decided to make a traditional shrine to decorate her gravestone along with the traditional marigolds.
I think she'll love it :)
If you're wondering where I got the lovely white skeleton, it's actually one of the plastic skeletons we sell at Alpha Stamps. It started out black but quickly became white with a coat of gesso and a couple of coats of white spray paint.
I hope you'll join me for the sugar skull swap, you can find all of the details here.
Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Witch's Book of Spells with a Secret...

Just an unassuming little spell book sitting on  a shelf.

It's a bit worn and looks well loved...

Hey! The spine is loose! Oh! There's something inside...

This is my latest creation and it was made using a new kit I designed for Alpha Stamps. The kit comes with die-cut chipboard parts and collage sheets to assemble the book box, plus potion labels, ephemera, miniature book covers and boxes, a wooden look drawer... you really need to go take a look. But, come right back as I've created a snapguide with all the instructions and tips you need to get the kit assembled, too.

If you're curious about the bottles or paper or embellishment I've used to decorate my book box, here's the supply list. Not sure how to assemble miniature books? Here's my tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by... I hope you enjoyed this post and it inspired you to create something.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Kitschy Bitch Television Shrine...

New and fabulous at is the Altered Metal Frame - Television! I am in LOVE with this kitschy little shadowbox! It's the perfect shade of mid-century aqua and looks like an old TV with rabbit ears. I adore kitsch, so I begged Leslie to carry this frame from Prima Marketing just so I could create something totally over the top and tacky as all get out. I even created two new collage sheets for the occasion and dug up all the red and aqua treasures I could find in my hoarded stash.

 I think we can all agree the resulting shrine is pretty tacky, gaudy and lots of fun. It was also very easy to create as the back of the shadowbox opens up so you can easily apply paper and other decoration. My favorite thing about this piece is the letterpress letters that spell out kitschy along the top. I used some red acrylic paint on them to make them really pop.

If you'd like to create you own version of this "masterpiece" click here for a list of the supplies I used.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've enjoyed this little bit of kitsch.