September 22, 2018

An Ode to the Black Cat

The first pet I ever owned as an adult was a stray black cat. I had him for over 15 years and he was my baby. After he went over the rainbow bridge, another black stray showed up. He has the same meow, lays in the same places, and acts exactly the same. Sometimes I wonder if he isn't the same cat in a new body. They do say cats have nine lives.  I've now had him for 12 years. Or should I say he has had me? 

I know those of you who know me will find this hard to believe, hahaha, but I do have a few vintage black cats and vintage Halloween black cats. So in honor of my love of  black cats, here are some cool shrines which you can now get over at Alpha Stamps.

This little guy, which came from the Halloween 2x2 Collage Sheet, is on a little spring I made from twisted wire. Watch out, he might bite. 

Vintage glass glitter always makes everything better. I painted the shrine black first, then added lots of black glass glitter.

Vintage Halloween 2x2 Number Squares Scrapbook Paper is great for a Halloween themed countdown. Even better, it's included in the Halloween Kit

To attach the moon, I painted a wood skewer black, wrapped it in wire, and added more glass glitter. A little line of glue sealed it into place. I'm just over the moon with this idea, lol.  

Black cats and the number 13 have always been lucky for me. I guess this little shrine might scare some people. 

I always like the back of my project to look as good as the front. This precious child looking lovingly at this fella made me chuckle.  You can find it here, Halloween #1 Collage Sheet

Halloween is my favorite time for projects and the latest kit from Alpha Stamps has once again filled my creativity. Be sure to check out all of the other Spook-tacular  themed goodies including TONS of vintage imaged collage sheets and more! And for my complete supply list, just click the link below.

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August 24, 2018

Nature Study

If you're anything like me, you love vintage images of nature and butterflies. Another favorite, library card catalog drawers, thread drawers, any and all drawers. This months Anthology ATC Kit over at Alpha Stamps brings plenty of variety for use on a multitude of projects, including my Nature Study. Let's take a peek inside of my tiny specimen drawers.

I began with this cool ATC Envelope Folder that is easy to decorate, and has plenty of spots to add lots of detail.

Of course, there are lots of different routes to take with the included kit supplies, but I chose this fabulous Antholog.y 12x12 Scrapbook Paper called Apothecary Drawers, also available at Alpha Stamps.

I am absolutely in love with this paper!

Recently I have found a passion for using water colors. Above is a Water Media ATC Card which seemed perfect for a little color splash. A beautiful Dresden Butterfly specimen is included.

On the other side I added another splash, a sampling of beetles from the 12x12 page Anthology Scrapbook Paper - Ephemera, and some real vintage ephemera from an old book.

To add even more details and "specimens" to my study, I used this ATC Ticket Journal.

I used a combination of images from the English Fairy Garden Collage Sheet and a vintage book about moths by W.J. Holland. Did you notice that my Kraft ATC Envelope is addressed to him?

Do you feel inspired yet? I hope so! My next project with be for the ornithologist, again using supplies left from this beautiful kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

June 30, 2018

Vintage Seaside Memory Box

 You would never know that this little 3" x 3" box contains so many individual pieces of beauty! 

This is a "Double Explosion Box" and you can get it now at Alpha Stamps. And wait until you peek inside! 

There are two separate "boxes" that each flatten out to show lots of spaces to add art or happy memories. If you use both sides of the box and the bottom, that is 18 miniature canvases to work with, not to mention the included lid. 

I made a miniature ocean floor and included lots of tiny shells, charms and even made my own colorful starfish with the Seashell Mold.  I made the seahorses on the lid with the Seahorse Mold and used some ink pads to dab on some color and a moist q-tip to get in the tiny cracks.

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This Seaside Victorian Children Collage Sheet was the main inspiration for my project. The images are so bold in color which really drew me in and reminded me of my own beach memories. 

I included a little tribute postcard to my Mom in a glassine envelope so you could have a peek at what was inside. She would spend hours combing the beach for fossils and shells. There were many to choose from in the Seashells in Plastic Tin.

Notice how I wrapped the lid with twine. Since I had layers of paper and other goodies on each side, I had a very snug lid. By using the twine I was able to secure the lid together without actually attaching it together with glue. This allows the lid to open a bit so that it can fit over the boxes. 

The above shells and starfish are actually buttons, Beach Beauties Seashell Buttons Mix. I used a couple of ink pads to give them some color and carefully cut the back loop off. For a extra little color, I added some torn fabric bits before attaching the buttons with glue. 

So this is one idea for using the Double Explosion Box. But there are endless possibilities for the theme. It is a great way to show different memories from childhood, family celebrations, creative quotes and more. 

So, do you have an "explosion" of ideas? Sorry, couldn't resist.

Thanks for visiting!

Alpha Stamps Supplies Used:

13mm Antique Gold Clam Shell Beads
13x17mm Patina Starfish Charms
8mm Gold Flat-Back Glass Shell Cabochon
Beach and Shore Backdrops Collage Sheet
Beach Beauties Seashell Buttons Mix
Brass Patina Conch Shell Charms
Bronze Conch Shell Charm or Pendant
Captured Adventures Explorer Scrapbook Paper
Double Explosion Box
Glassine Envelopes - Horizontal Flaps - Tiny
Larger Green Leaf Garland
Patina Scallop Shell Charms
Patina Sea Horse Charm
Seahorse Mold
Seashells in Plastic Tins
Seaside Victorian Children Collage Sheet
Shell Postcards Collage Sheet
Silicone Mold - 7 Seashells
Vacation Memories Kit
Wanderlust Petites Scrapbook Paper
Wanderlust Printed Chipboard
Wanderlust Souvenir Scrapbook Paper