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

June 15, 2018

The Abandoned Mansion

It amazes me how many beautiful, old, abandoned homes there are. My dream would be to find one, preferably haunted, with lots of land, and make it my own. Until then, I can imagine with this larger version of the Conservatory Accordion Book from Alpha Stamps. I incorporated many of the included images from the Stained Glass Windows Collage Sheet which is included in this months Mini Conservatory Kit

Below is the Large Conservatory Accordion Book. Exact design of the mini version but larger! There is even a NEW Large Conservatory Parts Collage Sheet!

Imagine being an "urban explorer" and coming upon this Abandoned Mansion, with it's gorgeous stained class and statues. The creeping ivy, the gorgeous flowers, and the unknown behind a door that once welcomed so many. 

Knock, knock. Anyone home?

It was easy to create the look of stone walls and concrete with the gorgeous papers in the Wandering Ivy 12x12 Paper Pad. It is one of my favorite paper collections.

Don't forget, you can purchase this collage sheet on a transparency as well, which is an option on all of Alpha Stamps Collage Sheets. 

Let's see what is around the back of the house.

I used the solid 12x12 Ivy Paper to create the back, overgrown, wall. I attached the paper with just a touch of glue, knowing which elements I wanted to include, so that I could cut some of the leaves out to layer on top of the ornate elements like the fountains and copper roof. 

I divided up this Miniature Creeping Vine Garland, so a little bit of it went a long way. 

If only I could explore an old, abandoned mansion.

Thanks for visiting!

April 28, 2018

Her Own Little Dress Shop

I think now is a good time to get lost again in another miniature project. The newest kit over at Alpha Stamps gives you a chance to make a "Dress Shop in an Altoids Tin".  But with the goodies that are included, you could make all sorts of miniature scenes to get lost in.

There is a lot of detail in my little shop, but it was actually not super time consuming or difficult at all to make.

This 3D peaked roof is easy to assemble and with all of the adorable papers in the new Moments in Time 6x6 Paper Pad, the only hard part will be choosing which one to use.  My favorite is the one above, covered in song birds.

Many of the details came from Miss Betty Vintage Thread and Sewing 12x12 paper. 

Lots of goodies can be found on the Half Scale Books & Things Collage Sheet, including this cute little rug.

There are four different facades to choose from. I chose the one with the largest opening because this little shop was going to have a lot going on. 

Three wood mini spools and a stick pin were used to make a nice lamp for the shop. 

How about the beautiful dress the shop owner created. It is Prom Season. Imagine recreating that dream dress in miniature form. A few snips of gorgeous paper and a little glue are all you need. 

One measuring tape chimney coming up, courtesy again of Miss Betty.  

She looked in the mirror, and was proud of the woman she had become.

Make sure to take some time for yourself, and enjoy all that you do. Thanks for visiting!