December 29, 2018

Oh How I Love Vintage Ephemera

I am obsessed with vintage ephemera. I hoard it like it is the priceless piece of beauty that it is. And I could never, ever have enough. So when I saw this new "Scrap Studio" collection of papers by Kaisercraft, I was instantly inspired to create. 

These papers are just so beautifully detailed, looking gorgeous and layered. It hardly took any work at all to make these tent cards, new at Alpha Stamps and I didn't even have to sacrifice any of my own vintage ephemera.

Want some great news? How about a creative start to the new year with the newest kit over at Alpha Stamps? Not only do you get these gorgeous papers, you also get the Arched Tent Card Frame and some goodies to decorate it yourself. 

Scrap Studio Pink Expressions Scrapbook Paper

Scrap Studio Roses & Gritty Scrapbook Paper

This blushing gal reminds me of Mary from Downtown Abbey. There are many images to choose from here

Don't you just love this Eiffel Tower wax seal! I got it at a little shop down in New Orleans and just swooned when I saw it!

Scrap Studio Authentic Ephemera Scrapbook Paper

Blue Resin Butterfly Embellishment

My goal for 2019, more "me time" and lots of creating in the studio. What about you? Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!


December 8, 2018


The Joy of the Season, the rich, yummy goodies that go to my hips. Creating this delicious little beauty only made my cravings worse! But it's for your eyes only, not your tummy.

Do you see that wonderful candy cane paper? I fell in LOVE with it and it was the inspiration for all of the pink. It's called Carousel Christmas Peppermint Wishes Scrapbook Paper. Even the name is fabulous!

Do you know I actually made this tiny 1:12 Ginger Bread House! Just like a real gingerbread house, but mini. Same with the Chipboard Sleigh below.

There are so many miniature treats over at Alpha Stamps, and I munched them all down! Some I added a little acrylic paint to, to make them just the right shade of pink and chocolate so they looked like them came out of the same kitchen.

I made some wonderful cookies out of some Polymer Clay Canes, Dimensional Snow, and adhesive dots.

I so enjoyed putting this cheerful shadowbox together and adding yummy treats galore and lots of cheerful decor!

Critters always add to a cozy Christmas.

Here's to an over the top Christmas, decorations galore, but more importantly a heart full of love and celebration!


Alpha Stamps Supplies Used:
Larger Square Shrine Shadowbox - Deep
Pink Christmas 12x12 nmjPad

Yuletide Carol Scrapbook Paper Set
Carousel Christmas Peppermint Wishes Scrapbook Paper
Chipboard Sleigh - 1:12 Scale
1:12 Gingerbread House
Scalloped Gingerbread Trim Strips
Leaf Gingerbread Trim Strips
3mm Gold & Silver Stars
3mm Rhinestone Chain - Pink Mix
5mm Thin Silver Snowflakes
6mm Fancy Silver Snowflakes

Christmas Red Stickles
Lime Green Stickles
Iridescent Crystal Iris AB Confetti Mix
Winter Snow Glitter Mix
Gothic Trestle Table - 1:12 Scale
Slice of Pink Frosted Cake
8 Piece Set Miniature Desserts
Miniature Chocolate Cake
Christmas Candy Box
Chocolate Rolled Cake with Cherries
Mini Sponge Cake with Chocolate Frosting
White & Pink Iced Brioche
Tiny Ceramic Gingerbread House Bead
Filled Candy Cane Jar
Mini Ceramic Garden Gnome Beads
Dimensional Snow Writer
Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set - Pink
Antiqued Medium Victorian Planter
Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane
Mini Candy Canes
Advent Calendar Tags Ribbon Set
Set of 3 Miniature Resin Deer
White Sleeping Cat
1-3/8 Inch Glass Bottle with Cork
White Dresden Border Sampler Set

December 1, 2018

A Nostalgic Christmas Display

There is something about vintage images that make my Holiday so much more nostalgic. Those innocent children's faces with cute little hats and dresses, Saint Nick going about his holidays, just makes me feel all warm inside.

These simple shadow boxes and lids were so easy to put together for a nice tabletop display. With each box, I wanted to keep things simple, but it doesn't look that way with the many, many layers that I used. I simply gathered my favorite images and let the creativity flow.

What speaks the holidays like a cute little puppy or other beloved pet? Imagine just gifting this simple shadow box with a note on the back to look in another room to find your new four legged friend. When my girls were little, I would have them go on a treasure hunt for their big birthday gift. This would have worked perfect.

A little dot of Diamond Glaze on the eyes and nose and this little guy looks even sweeter. 

These Larger Miniature Candy Canes are so easy to work with. I actually trimmed out a little niche on the back of the top candy cane so that the bottom one could fit inside. And since the canes are long, I just sliced off a few little bits to make some peppermints to spread about. 

I'm sure you have noticed the wonderful papers that I used on each shadow box. They came from the newest Nostalgia line from Authentique. 

Creating each shadowbox was easy, I simply trimmed the papers to fit the inside, and wrapped the entire box like a present on the outside. You can also get these designs in a 12x12 size. 

Below is the perfect example of that sweet, childhood face. He came from the collage sheet called Victorian Umbrella Kids and you can find even more vintage Christmas images by clicking here.

So, do you think this post gave you a little Christmas Spirit? It sure did for me! To see other Alpha Stamps items that I used, follow the link below. And let me be the first to say Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and Happy Holidays to all! Thanks for stopping by!


November 28, 2018

Cheers Bitches

Ok, ok, I'm sorry for the title, but I couldn't resist! These new designs from Alpha Stamps have me chuckling and I just had to use them to their full potential. They came from the collage sheets called Sassy Santas and Snarky Xmas Tags

To make these little gems, I used both the  Chunky Matchbox with Window - 2x3 and the
Big Chunky Matchbox with Window - 3x5.

Do you think Santa will mind if I have a martini or two, or three? 

I made some tiny martini olives using Liquid Pearls, a dot of green and a pin drop of red, poked inside. I love it!

It's great that you can buy any Alpha Stamps Collage Sheet as a download. I can print as many copies as I like, which means I can add layers for dimension, a favorite thing of mine to do.  

To make a cup of hot cocoa, I used this Silver Cup of Cocoa with Heart and painted it with some acrylic paint, and topped it off with some dimensional snow marshmallows. 

I have a collection of vintage miniatures, so decided to make this as party related as I could. And for that a mug of cold beer and a pack of smokes did just the trick.

This little box doubles as a gift tag/card holder. You could place any gift card you wanted and give the receiver a memory for years to come. 

The look on this guys face just cracks me up!

So hopefully these "Snarky" little images have inspired you for the right person on your gift list. And as the title says, Cheers Bitches! Thanks for stopping by!


Alpha Stamps Supplies Used:
Retro Ornaments Matchbox Kit
Jingle Die-Cut Cardstock Elements
Jingle 6x6 Paper Pad
1 Inch Clear Acrylic Snowflake Mix
Small Retro Xmas Tags & Labels Collage Sheet
Snarky Xmas Tags Collage Sheet
Sassy Santas Collage Sheet
Chunky Matchbox with Window - 2x3
Big Chunky Matchbox with Window - 3x5
Advent Calendar Tags Ribbon Set
Silver Glittered Leaf Pick
Large Clear Resin Potions Bottle
Mini Glassware - Set of 17
Red Seam Binding
1/4 Inch Red Holly Berry Stems
Small Transparent Christmas Bulb Garland
Diamond Glaze
White Adhesive Foam on Roll
Dimensional Snow Writer
Silver Cup of Cocoa with Heart