December 7, 2016

Vintage Touches

Here's an idea for a detailed and beautiful large stamp. With a huge love of all things vintage, (buttons, lace, keys, etc), it can be easy to create a piece of art that can be hung on the wall to admire or give as a gift.

This is the new "A la fenetre" At The Window Cling Stamp which contains tiny french words (oh yes, another one of my favs in all things French) within many of the windows. Do you know what all those words say?

With the HoLiDaYs upon us, I included an open window to show Santa busy at work inside. But I can close him back up so I can enjoy this all year long, if my heart so desires.

I love vintage Frozen Charlotte dolls. This one is real, as I have been collecting and hoarding them for many years, but luckily Alpha Stamps carries both a  Resin Baby Doll Set and  Tim Holtz Salvaged Dolls set.

These tiny Bottle Brush Trees bring back so many childhood memories. My parents always displayed this wonderful wind up church, covered in mica flakes and surrounded by these trees. 

I used some seam binding tied in a knot to holds this magical star in place, so the window can be opened.

You can't go wrong with layers of vintage lace and mother of pearl buttons. 

Do you feel all warm and cozy now, ready to create something magical? Good! Then my job here is done. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful HoLiDaY!


Supplies Used:
At The Window Cling Stamp 
Extra Large Acrylic Mounting Block 
Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo

December 3, 2016

The House Through The Forest

One thing I have always loved over the holidays, is the delight of little decorated houses. Especially when they light up in some way. I seem to get momentarily lost within and capture a little Christmas Spirit. Below I have created two such houses each using one of the new Mini House Boxes and Attic Silhouettes. 

The first one was created with a Mini House Room Box - 4 Cubbies and the Small Flying Santa Silhouette

For the next house I used the Mini House Room Box - 4x4 Open along with the Deer Attic Silhouette.

I love watching birds out of my window, especially on a snowy day. I nicked some of their seed for my little elf to use for his winged friends. 

How do you like my mini "logs" for my house stand? My husband got the wood from our back woods and made all sorts of wooden goodies for me to use. 

Now is where the real fun comes in. I love how a tiny  LED Tea Light**  can fit inside of the attic and give a warm glow to these wintry scenes. 

Believe it or not, this was very simple to create. 

I took a  piece of  thin cardboard and made it just wide enough to fit with some wiggle room inside of the attic. 

Next, I folded the cardboard down under the edge so I would know where to fold and trim.

I cut the cardboard so that I would have two equal halfs. One side will slide into place, the other will attach to my silhouette. 

I then trimmed an edge to make sure I had room for my "spacers" (smaller trim pictured below). 

Below is the finished attic with the spacer, which allows the tea light to fit in pretty nicely. 

Turn on your tea light, then slide your attic into place and you have light!

A little extra touch, a warm glow of light, to make even more memories for all who see. I hope you find some wonderful warmth over the Holiday Season and a heart bursting with joy!

Thanks for stopping by! 


November 30, 2016

The Gingerbread House

Here's a favorite tradition that my girls and I love to do every year, making Gingerbread Houses! The thing I love about this little house is that not only can it light up, but it can be kept for years to come because none of it is edible!

Creating this faux gingerbread house put me in the Christmas Spirit early. It was simple to create, using "icing" (Dimensional Snow Writer) to attach the walls, roof and chimney.

I also used it to add the many pieces of candy. Add a dot, then mush the candy right into place.

The tiny peppermints were created by slicing this fun Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane. A little goes a long way and it slices like butter with an exacto blade. 

To give my deer a little pizzazz, I simple rubbed a tad of Diamond Stickles on with my finger. Gave them a nice little shimmer. 

Here's how I created my snowy roof. I used this Tiny Shingles Stencil along with some Dimensional Snow (love this stuff). Next, I sprinkled with a tad of  Twinklets Diamond Dust while the snow was still wet. 

If you look hard enough (or click on pic to enlarge) you can see that the inside light even shines out of the second story windows. Took some planning and thought, but my plan worked. I gently worked two holes into the roof before adding the second story windows. 

To add the interior light, I traced around my LED Tea Light and cut the bottom out so it could fit inside. I used a little tape to attach the light to the bottom. The important part is to make the black switch accessible.

After looping some beadless wire through the holes in the roof, the Glass Christmas Seed Bead Garland can go from a bow topper to a tree hanger. 

I love the glow from inside. This weekend we are going to go pick out our Christmas tree, and this will be an included decoration. I always have white lights on our Christmas tree so it will add to the charm. 

OK, I need a snack now. Preferably something with icing. Thanks for stopping by!