Saturday, June 24, 2017

a dia de los muertos (day of the dead) cat mermaid shrine??

Well, why the heck not? I love cats, day of the dead shrines and mermaids are really apropos right now. Last but not least, Alpha Stamps is doing mermaids this month and I really wanted to participate (not be left out, lol). So, I created a collage sheet with mermaid parts to fit the awesome Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll so you can make this...
Isn't she cute?? I love her, she has so much attitude! Anyway, you could just make a mermaid (or two) with the new collage sheet and be done with the whole thing... or you could make a whole day of the dead shrine to house her in!
 I made a shrine because I really do love day of the dead shrines and never need an excuse to make one.
 The shrine is composed of an Arched Shrine Shadowbox, a Balcony Balustrade - 12 Inch, and a brand new Stairstep Shrine Base. Plus a whole bunch of brightly painted doodads...
I used the Tiny Scalloped Shingles or Scales Stencil - 5x5 Size to add some texture to the top of the shrine base...
Of course I used Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Aquamarine to push through the stencil because this stuff is the most amazing thing on the planet! Not only is it awesome to paint with and dimensional enough to hold its shape through a stencil, it is iridescent and comes in some luscious colors too!!! It's now available in nine colors at Alpha Stamps. (To see the colors I used click on my supply list for this project.)
 I attached my little mermaid to the interior of the shrine by gluing her to a couple of Small Wooden Spools then gluing the spools to the shrine wall. Makes her look like she's swimming around inside the shrine :)
 Someone has left her a yummy offering of chocolate mice and some lovely marigolds (which are really Tiny Paper Roses - Orange because I have yet to find miniature marigolds). The chocolate mice were made by a lovely miniaturist in England. I purchased them a few years ago on eBay.
Thanks for stopping by and reading all the way to the end. I hope you enjoy making your own day of the dead mermaid kitty and shrine :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

spiderweb, a Halloween shadowbox...

 More Halloween art, today, with a small witchy diorama/shadowbox. Super easy to create using the Small Frame Shadowbox, mostly painting, cutting, pasting and a bit of sewing (to make a felt witches hat). The hat, or one like it, will be an upcoming kit at Alpha Stamps in mid July. So stay tuned to this blog or the Alpha Stamps blog for more information on that.
I am going to show you how to keep the glass in your shadowbox while making it open and close on command ;)
I like to have the glass there to keep the dust out and having the frame front removable, makes it reusable as a display box if you don't permanently glue the displayed pieces into the box.
To permanently affix the glass inside the frame, I ran a strip of Super Sticky Red Liner Tape all the way around the inside ledge of the frame (where the glass usually sits). Remove the red backing, clean the glass, then adhere to the red liner tape. Simple and effective!
For a removable frame, I started by lining the frame up so it was where I wanted it to be when finished. Then I flipped it over and marked the corners with a marking pen.
 Making "L" shaped marks around all of the corners (of the shadowbox backing) is important to the placement of the "Velcro" fasteners we will use to make it removable.
 You can use any brand or color of fasteners you have on hand. I used the one below and I got it at Target.
Cut a piece of each "side" of the fasteners about 1.5" long.
 Then cut those pieces into four equal pieces as shown below.
 Apply the four "fuzzy" pieces of fastener to the four corners of the shadowbox. Then apply the four pieces of the "pointy" fastener to the "L" shaped marks we made on the back of the frame.
 Line up the fasteners facing each other and press.
The shadowbox and frame should now be firmly affixed together but with the fasteners it can be gently removed and replaced again and again :)
I hope you enjoyed this quick post and it inspires you to make your own little Halloween shadowbox. If you would like to use any of the items I used, in my shadowbox, you can find my supply list here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

a Wizard's potion making table...

As Summer nears I always start thinking about Halloween because I love making creepy, spooky, magical and/or fantastical art. So, a couple of months ago, I started designing a Dragon Table that sort of morphed into the Gryphon Table you see here. The table is really easy to glue together and would be fabulous in a Medieval dungeon as well as in a modern library.
I painted my table black and dry brushed white over the top to add a bit of depth and interest. I also used four mushroom plugs as feet to give the table more height. The table comes with a thin chipboard "veneer" that glues onto the top that I chose to cover with a great distressed paper from the Tim Holtz Materialize 8x8 Paper Stash pad.
I made up a bunch of potion bottles using a couple of collage sheets and lots of bottles from the many choices available at Alpha Stamps. Some of the bottles are just beads with bead stoppers, but they do look like real bottles :) The boxes and books were made using collage sheets as well. It always amazes me that so many things can be created with just paper and glue and a little imagination.
My fancy wizard's wand is made out of a painted toothpick with a bit of washi tape on the end. I used Finnabair Art Extravagance Patina Effect Paste Set to color the Mini Scale with Weights so it wasn't so brightly gold. The candles were sculpted out of polymer clay. And, the skull is the Cast Metal Skull - White that is available at Alpha Stamps. I just painted it with dark brown acrylic paint and dry brushed white acrylic paint over it when it was dry.
I really like the way my wizard potion making table turned out. It looks like it was complicated and time consuming to make but it really wasn't. The labels are easily glued onto the bottles with white glue. There's a tutorial for making the books and anyone can paint a miniature table :) I hope you will make one of your own, come on you know you want to!
To see my supply list go here.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Alice in the library... and outside

 Alpha Stamps has a new monthly kit for May and it includes this awesome Gatefold Window Card.
 I used two of the gatefold window cards to make a sweet little double sided Alice in Wonderland shrine. On one side there is an outside scene with fake grass and a window box and lovely pink roses. You can view the library through the window...
 if you look closely you can see the Cheshire cat sitting on a shelf in the bookcase.
Btw, I used the Finnabair Art Extravagence Rust Paste Set to paint the window frames and the flower box because I swear I'm in love with this stuff!
From the side you can kinda see both little scenes...
 The flip side of my shrine has a library scene and you can look outside. I used the Alice Plays Croquet Collage Sheet for my outside view. 
 You can tell you're in the library because there are stacks of books everywhere.
The White Rabbit is looking a bit puzzled by the butterfly sitting on a stack of books and perhaps by the mushrooms sprouting out of the floor.
Those wonderful framed paintings are cut out of one of the papers included in the May kit :)
If you'd like to see a complete list of the supplies I used click here.
 Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. I hope you have a fun and creative day!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

a lady's dresser...

 Believe it or not, this beautiful shabby chic dresser started out as an unfinished dollhouse dresser that looked like this:
I used Folk Art Home Decor Chalk paint in Nantucket Blue and Folk Art Home Decor Wax in White to achieve the shabby chic look (I bought both at my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store). The tiny roses, I used as handles, were sculpted from polymer clay and glued on before I painted. You could probably use 6mm metal roses to get a similar look if you aren't into sculpting with clay. I dabbed a bit of metallic gold paint on to the roses so they didn't blend in with the dresser paint too much.
 When I was ready to "dress" my dresser, I glued down a Dollhouse Laser-Cut Table Runner. Then I lined the tiny drawers with some scrapbook paper I had leftover from a previous project.
Many of the elements used on this dresser came from a collage sheet I created with tiny things to use in a lady's boudoir. I cut out the tiny little perfume labels using sharp pointed scissors and a pair of tweezers. A Wax Pick-Up Pencil is great for holding the labels while applying glue and then adhering the label to the perfume bottle.
Some of my favorite items in this dresser are the tiny stack of love letters tied up with a bow in the top drawer and the little stack of matching decorative boxes. 
To create the love letters I simply cut out a bunch of the envelopes from my A Lady's Boudoir Ephemera Collage Sheet, folded and glued them, then glued them together to form a stack. I then glued a band of ribbon around them, tied a tiny bow in a matching piece of ribbon and glued it on top of the band.
Tip: I find it's often easier to use two pairs of tweezers in place of my giant fingers when tying a tiny bow. I use 2mm silk ribbon (often sold as an embroidery ribbon) as it is tiny and quite flexible.
The stack of boxes was also cut out of A Lady's Boudoir Ephemera Collage Sheet. 
 To create a stack of your own cut, fold and glue the three boxes (from the collage sheet) together. Then apply a strip of Tiny Gold Line Stripe Tape around the biggest lid and glue a perfume label over top. Next glue the lids onto the boxes then glue the boxes together. When the glue is dry glue a band of ribbon around the boxes and tie a tiny bow in a matching piece of ribbon and glue it on top of that band.
Thanks for stopping by and reading about my little dresser. If you'd like to make one of your own you can find my supply list here
Have a fun and creative week :)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

getting back to my roots...

I've been doing a lot of multi media and three dimensional art lately and felt the need to do something a bit simpler and more collage-y. So, I grabbed one of the adorable Hidden Drawer Book Box - ATC Size and a brand spankin' new Saucy 6x6 Paper Pad and got to work creating this sweet "Let's Eat" shrine.
With the exception of one tiny little pitcher of milk, the whole thing is made of paper. Some of the paper is from a new collage sheet I created just for this project. It has lots of kitschy images of food and people eating and goes great with the Saucy paper.
I also begged Leslie to have a little set of chipboard kitchen shapes cut, thus giving birth to Tiny Kitchen Items :)
Don't they look adorable painted black?
Inside my little shrine is a darling little girl, dressed for Sunday dinner, with a straw hat perched jauntily on her head. It appears dinner is just being served...
Haha! Looks like my kind of dinner! Yummy cupcakes and a glass of milk, what could be sweeter? And there's that tiny Pitcher of Milk I spoke of earlier.
On the back is an old advertisement for sugar...
 I hope you enjoyed my kitschy sweet Let's Eat shrine and it will inspire you to either go out and eat a dozen doughnuts or, better yet, make a shrine of your very own!
Here's a link to the products I used ;)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

playing with new products...

One of my favorite things to do is to try new paint or patina products. This weekend I was lucky enough to score several new products to try. First up was the new Finnabair Art Extravagance Patina Effect Paste Set. This set is magical! I was a little skeptical when I saw the color of the pastes as I pulled them from the box, but, as I worked with them I was quickly won over.
 I applied the Brass paste, with a paint brush, to completely cover the frame.
 Next I opened up the jar of Blue paste and thought to myself, jeeze, that looks kinda fluorescent...
 but brushing it lightly over the Brass paste created an instant verdigris patina!
 So when I opened up the jar of Mint-Green, I couldn't wait to see what would happen.
 The Mint-Green is the thickest paste in the kit and it really adds a sort of crusty-ness to the frame...
 the more layers you apply the more the piece seems to age right before your eyes!
 To finish my frame I added a backing of Black Suede Paper glued to lightweight chipboard.
 My next project uses a Memory Hardware Resin Frames - Marseille Grand as the canvas.
 I've been dying to try the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Black Ash so decided to cover the whole frame with it. OMG! This stuff is like soft butter! It goes on so smooth and covers like a dream.
 To accent the details on my frame I used the new Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance - Red Amber and Art Alchemy Metallique Wax - Aged Brass. These waxes are soft, creamy, smell good and are easily applied with a tiny brush for detail work. They cover very well too, as you can see, since I used them right over the Black Ash.
 I applied a backing of Black Suede Paper and lightweight chipboard to this frame too.
To finish off this frame, I glued some Relics & Artifacts Rhinestone Chains - Amethyst around the inner edge with a bit of E6000.
You may be wondering what the heck I plan to use my frames for since I glued the backings onto them...
 Well, I'm going to use them to display my treasures and shiny bits of course!
I hope you've enjoyed this post and it inspires you to go out and make something :)