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 www.alphastamps.com 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.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

a Shrine to the Holy Mother and Mushrooms...

Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful and loving mothers! May your day be fill with love, art and happiness.
I've created a reliquary shrine to a rather well know Mother for this special day.
I painted a vintage plastic icon to look aged and enshrined her in a wonderful House Shrine Box Kit from Alpha Stamps. I love the way she looks set off by the papers from the Junque Gypsy collection.
I didn't stop there though...
To the back of the shrine I added a sacred heart reliquary I made with the fabulous new Relic & Artifacts Casts designed by Sandra Evertson for Prima. I'm totally in LOVE with Sandra's collection so you will be seeing lots of these used in my upcoming projects. I used Golden Liquid Acrylics to paint the heart and hand and they take the paint like a dream. Also featured in this reliquary is the new Castle Towers Reliquary - Single from Alpha Stamps.
Since Spring is slowly taking root around here I've been thinking of mushrooms...
I made this little fairy house shrine using a plastic mushroom that I added a door to and painted.
Last but certainly not least I made three potted mushrooms because mushrooms are just so cheerful and make me happy.
The fairy house shrine and mushrooms are available in my Etsy shop here, but the Holy Mother Shrine has already been claimed by a friend.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit of your day with me. Here's a free image to use in your own mushroom art...








 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

a haunted sunken ship shadowbox in a miniature suitcase...

It looks like a miniature suitcase with buckles and labels and all of the other things you'd expect a suitcase to have... But, when you open it up there the similarities end...
Inside awaits a tiny haunted world from a past era when sailing via ocean liner was all the rage. Unfortunately, for our occupants this ship is resting somewhere on the bottom of the ocean.
There is lots of luggage in this stateroom including a nifty steamer trunk stuffed full of travel things (such as the tiny passports and tags).
The occupant of this stateroom is a bit indisposed at the moment. It doesn't look like he will be finishing his breakfast anytime soon.
I hope you've enjoyed my little sea journey. I created it with stuff I got at Alpha Stamps, including a new collage sheet with the luggage boxes I designed exclusively for Leslie (the Queen of Alpha Stamps). To help you put the boxes together, I created my very first Snapguide Tutorial. It's super easy to follow and I hope you will make some sweet little luggage boxes for your own artsy project.



Saturday, April 4, 2015

happy Easter...


Feel free to use the above vintage Easter image in your artistic endeavors and enjoy your day.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Marie's Boudoir... a shabby chic shadowbox...

If Marie Antoinette were living today, I bet she'd be a shopaholic shabby chic fan...


Using this awesomely shabby chic shadowbox, made by Prima Marketing and available at Alpha Stamps, I created a miniature scene depicting a corner of Marie's boudoir.


I needed lots of bakery, shoe and hat boxes for my scene soooo... I created a new collage sheet full of boxes too. The boxes are super easy to put together and look adorable with a bit of tissue paper or some yummy faux sweets in them.


Here's a list of supplies I used in making my shadowbox. I hope you enjoyed my post and wanna go make your own version of Marie's boudoir or her tea table or her favorite shoe store...


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Vintage Sewing Vignettes...

I work for Alpha Stamps so I'm often asked (or volunteer!) to do a sample that uses new products. This month I was asked to be a Guest Designer, which means I received the same box load of Vintage Sewing/Cat themed goodies the Design Team received.

Yiiipppeeee!!!!

So here's what I came up with to showcase these inspiring products...

First up is a sweet shadowbox filled with lots of miniature goodies and some adorable kitty images from a vintage sewing advertisement.






Don't you just love that tiny vintage sewing machine!?!

I must confess to designing a collage sheet of Mini Sewing Notions to use along with the other goodies I was given. I just couldn't help myself, lol. All of those button cards, boxes, and the pattern envelope are easily made with the collage sheet and some glue. Of course I added tiny buttons and spools too, but Alpha Stamps has them available for you too!

My next project was a sweet vintage miniature sewing basket, well two sewing baskets as I love them so much I just couldn't stop at one! It's as if you found a miniature copy of your Grandmother's sewing basket :)







This one has an adorable Japanese Cat Button on the front!





I made the tiny pincushion/button keeper from a Tiny Jewelers Tin. It was super easy to make. I simply broke the glass out of the lid of the tin, glued pink paper inside, cut out a 1.5" circle of ultra suede, ran a running stitch around the edge of the ultra suede circle put a small ball of cotton in the middle and gathered the edges together with the running stitch to form a pouch. I then glued the pouch into the lid with the majority sticking out, glued some Dresden Trim around the edge and boom, there it is ;)

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post! If you'd like to check out some of the awesome goodies I used to make these little sewing vignettes go here. Please leave me a comment if you enjoyed my post, all comments are greatly appreciated :)