Saturday, January 30, 2016

a little house greeting card for your bff...

I love house shaped shrines, die cuts, etc, as many people do... I think it's probably because it's such a familiar and comforting shape. And guess what? Alpha Stamps has a brand spankin' new monthly kit, out for February, and it's all about Little Houses! I just couldn't resist making a little something with some of the parts of the kit and the new Provincial 6x6 Paper Pad by Kaisercraft.

I love Kaisercraft 6x6 pads because not only do they have fabulous small scale paper in them but they include extra pages of borders and other embellishments :) As a matter of fact I used two tag shaped embellishments on my card...
Inside is a gold Claddagh embellishment I'm kinda in love with. I used a Lipstick Red Copic marker to color the heart red because I thought it cold use a pop of color.
It's a very simple card made with paper, dresden and collage sheets. I used hinges on the paper covered die-cut chipboard pieces (in the Little Houses Kit!) so it could open and close. On the front is a bit of Flower Soft and an adorable little wreath from Little B.
If you'd like to create your own card to gift to your bff or someone special, here's my supply list.

Thanks for stopping by and have an inspired day!



Saturday, January 16, 2016

Maison de l'Amour...

or the House of Love is a lovely little market stall run by Madam Sophie and her dog Giget. Madam sells gifts of love and really makes a killing during the week leading up to Valentine's Day. Let's take a look at her wares...
The shop is quite festive with it's red, black and white wallpaper and signage.
 Madam Sophie is proud of her French heritage and you can see this in the Eiffel Tower paper she has covered her back wall with.
 Awww, there's little Giget, waiting to serve the next customer!
 Yum! Don't those candies look tempting!
Madam Sophie carries a wide variety of wonderful things...
 she's also open late to better serve her customer's needs.

I hope you have enjoyed my tour of the Maison de l'Amour... if you'd like to create a miniature house of love for yourself you can click here for my supply list. Wanna know how I made those tiny heart shaped candy boxes? Well, I have a Snapguide to show you how :)
 
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland...

is one of my all time favorite books! Along with the sequel Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, you have only to pick up either book, flip to any chapter and be instantly amused by the crazy antics of Alice and friends. That is why I couldn't resist doing a couple of collage sheets for both books sized to use with the Hidden Drawer Book Box.
Of course I also had to jump right in and play with the collage sheets and Book Box too! Here's what I came up with...
 I added the White Rabbit to the cover standing on a stack of books and holding a pocket watch.
 The White Rabbit is also standing on a pile of books on the back cover...
 he is joined by a framed photograph of Lewis Carroll himself.
 Inside you find Alice contemplating a bottle labeled "drink me" as the Mad Hatter peers at her from behind the curtain.
 There's a photograph hanging on the wall behind Alice taken by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) of his maybe inspiration for Alice, Alice Pleasance Liddell.
My favorite feature is the tiny key with a tassel made out of thread. I almost went blind making that tassel :) but it matches the tassel on the book mark I attached to the top of the book so it was well worth the effort!
Would you like to make your very own Alice Hidden Drawer Book Box? Wanna know what I used? Then click here! 
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day and a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

white mice and Christmas...

 go together like black cats and Halloween... in my humble opinion. 
So I have been creating lots of Christmas art featuring mice. What could be cuter than a hidden drawer book box with a mouse perching among the holly?
 or a sweet, tiny, mouse warming his paws at the fireplace, inside the hidden drawer book box.
If you're not into cute and sweet, perhaps, a mouse driving a steampunk sleigh is more your style...
 Don't you just love that gorgeous plaid paper?
And just look at his little face!
Ooops! He's missing his whiskers because one of my cats thought they were fun to chew on. Bad, kitty :(
Speaking of the plaid paper... it's from a new company called Photo Play Paper Co. and we have some of their Dear Santa line at alphastamps.com. I fell in love with the kitschy mid century vibe and used some paper from the 6" x 6" pad to create this sweet shabby chic mini sleigh...
Dang! I forgot to put a mouse in that one! Oh, well, I guess I can add one to it later ;)
Thanks for dropping by and reading my post, if you'd like to view a list of supplies I used on each of these projects just click on the name below:
Christmas Mouse Book Box
Steampunk Mouse Sleigh

Sweet Shabby Chic Sleigh (below)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

happy Thanksgiving and a sale...

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my US blog readers and happy Thursday everyone else! I am thankful for all of you who stop by my blog and read it. I know my posting is a bit sporadic but I am working on posting a little more frequently.
Now on to the shopping! I am running a sale from today through midnight on Cyber Monday. Everything in my shop is 10% off with FREE shipping to the US. I will be adding items to my shop though out the sale period so stop on by and see what's available.

For all of you who are reading this post, I have a coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY10
It will get you another 10% off on any order over $15! Just my way of saying thanks :)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

a miniature rustic Christmas...

I'm really into crafting for Christmas this year. This is unusual for me as I prefer Halloween over Christmas and I tend to want to keep on creating Halloween crafts even after Halloween has come and gone. But this year, I have embraced the Christmas crafting sooo much, I created a Christmas crafting kit for Alpha Stamps.

The kit is called Rustic Christmas Tree Kit and it includes almost everything you need to create this lovely little rustic Christmas tree under glass...
I even provide complete instructions on how to put it together. You will need to provide your own glue, paint and tools (such as scissors). The whole thing from base to dome top is only about 6.5 inches tall so it's perfect to gift to someone special or to keep on your desk at work. You could even display it on a shelf or in a curio cabinet after Christmas is over :)
Speaking of curio cabinets... I used the fabulous Curio Cabinet Shrine Kit to create a miniature Christmas scene complete with fireplace and Christmas gifts...
I love the sleeping kitty and that chair!
 Of course there's a mouse stealing a Christmas cookie...
 and a mounted deer head above the mantle.

The outside is totally festooned with flowers and holly so it's pretty from every angle...
Wow, this has turned into a rather looong post, thanks for reading all the way to the end!

Before I go, here's a link to my supply list... cause I just know you're going to wanna make your own Christmas curio cabinet scene :) If you'd prefer to purchase the curio cabinet I created, it is available here. I've also started to load my Etsy shop with Christmas goodies and mixed media art for gift giving. Shipping is always free to the USA too!



Saturday, October 31, 2015

Little Deer's Christmas Countdown...

Feels a bit strange writing this post on Halloween as it is about counting off the days before Christmas, lol. Anyway, I have created a cute snowy Advent Calendar using the new Advent Calendar Shadowbox from, bet you can guess, Alpha Stamps.
I love this advent calendar shadowbox because once you put it together is feels like you have an item of heirloom quality that can be passed down for generations. It is laser cut from a nice heavy Masonite and it glues together like a dream. But, if you're a bit sketchy on how it pieces together, you can always pop on over to Glitter Tart's (Caroline Ouzts-Hay) blog where she has a video tutorial waiting just for you!
How sweet are the drawers I made using the provided template from the advent calendar shadowbox and the gorgeous new A Victorian Christmas Scrapbook Paper Set from Prima Marketing. This paper is rich with deep reddish burgundy and beautiful golden cream and really lends a warm homey touch to your Christmas project.
I used Hitch Fasteners for the drawer pulls and a set of Faux Metal Number Plates 1 to 25 to finish off my drawers.
 If you're wondering where I got that dear deer, I'm sorry to say it's been in my stash for a while and I'm not sure... But, Leslie, has provided an adorable alternative that's just about the same size :) And... since you can have a deer in your shadowbox, why not a tree and some snow covered hills. Here's how I made mine...
 After gluing the "floating" 25th cubby where I wanted it, I hot glued a couple of Icy Branches on top of it in the manner of a tree. I then cut a couple of pieces out of a round piece of floral (green) Styrofoam and hot glued them in place to form the base of the hills.
 To further smooth and shape, the hills, I used Apoxie Sculpt Epoxy Clay - White right over the Styrofoam.
 Once the Apoxie Sculpt cured, overnight, I hot glued sections of a White Picket Fence in place on the hills.
The fun part was adding lots of Dimensional Snow - 2 Ounce Jar to my scene. I used a medium stiff bristle paint brush to apply and arrange the "snow" just where I wanted it.
I let the "snow" dry overnight and then hot glued the deer and other goodies in place. 
If you'd like to buy your own goodies, you can find my full supply list here.
This was really a fun project to work on and it has made me want to make lots more projects for Christmas! I hope you will stop by again soon to see what I've been creating :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

a miniature Christmas magic shadowbox...

I know, I know, Halloween isn't even here yet and I'm posting about Christmas!
 I can't help it, we got the cutest Christmas paper pad in from Carta Bella and I just had to make something with it. The pad is called Christmas Wonderland and it's got the cutest tiny Christmas prints and sweet little deer on it. Along with the adorable pad, I used one of our brand spanking new Mini Wood Printers Type Tray Shadowboxes to make a sweet little display of some of my favorite holiday things.
The shadowbox is pretty small, about the size of a photograph (4"x6"), and didn't have any feet to stand on or a hook to hang it with so I decided to use one of the small easels that Prima Marketing has started selling. It's a perfect fit for the shadowbox...
I love the way it makes the whole thing look pulled together and complete.
If you come in a bit closer...
you can see some of the fun miniature things I used in the cubbies. There are wrapped gifts, old books, magic potions and yummy things to snack on. I dug up an old deer and some Scrabble tiles from my stash to add some nostalgia and topped the whole thing off with a lovely embellished "pine" swag.
Not gonna lie... I had so much fun working on this it inspired a second project, using the same shadowbox, that will be featured in Sunday's newsletter ;)
Now, if you just can't wait for Sunday to do some shopping... here's a link to my supply list to get you started.
Thanks for stopping in and celebrating the upcoming Christmas season with me!

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.