Hope you enjoyed my Bird Barber post! Here is the other piece I mentioned. It's my little Bird Shrine of Spring. You can find the Alpha Stamps supply list below!
It is my call to Mother Nature to PLEASE bring us Spring! I have had these little tins for the longest time and love how they fell into place. It all fell into place and that is why I love to find old treasures and create art.
Even an odd bird needs a haircut, right? Whenever my father sees the art I created he says, "How do you come up with this stuff?" I don't know in all honesty. I start with a few elements and then it just seems to flow together and the process of it all brings me great joy.
For my recent design team work with Alpha Stamps, we were given some fabulous chipboard birdhouses and bird shadow box shrines (which will be another post as I still need to get photos of that piece so be sure to come back soon). I didn't want to go with a flat piece and somehow my brain decided to use these precious little paper mache house boxes so that I could make a shadow box of sorts. I love how it all flowed together, how I was able to find vintage treasures that worked as if made for my project and the end result. Don't you?
Oddly, I purchased this milk glass container two days before. I looked up what it said on the internet and found that it was an old bottle of Italian face cream. How odd is that, right here in the mountains of Tennessee? It was perfect. I cut a hole in the bottom of my house box and it fit right in. We wouldn't want any varmints getting into the bird barber shop now, would we?
While I was photographing my work, my oldest had the excellent suggestion that this should be done in the woods. I wonder if the patrons and employees in the Bird Barber Shop are as ready for spring as I am? Be sure to pop by Alpha Stamps to see more work by the amazing Design Team I am so honored to work with and to see the creatively new goodies to use in your own artwork!
I absolutely LOVE doing the Character Constructions tag swaps! This is my tag for the Valentine Swap, hosted by the amazing Cathy Arnold. This stamp is from the new Cirque set that the fabulous Catherine Moore has gifted us with! I LOVE the design of her stamps. They are so unique and tasteful, vintage looking and perfect.
A huge thank you to Catherine Moore for her inspirational creations and to Cathy Arnold for working so hard to make these swaps the huge success that they are! I have loved every single one of them!
What a wonderful way to start my year! I have always loved the stamps from Character Constructions. Everything Catherine Moore designs is just magical and charming. I fell in love with her Queen of Tarts (Marie Antoinette themed) collection but upon seeing other sets, I was hooked. I discovered a yahoo CC tag swap hosted by the amazing Cathy Arnold and have been in every tag swap since. You could make the ugliest tag ever, but if it has an image from Character Constructions it is nothing but beautiful. I'm totally serious!
One day, I saw a post on facebook where Catherine showed a sneak peak of her new stamp set Cirque. The second I saw it, the ideas started flowing through my mind. I contacted her and long story short, I am honored to be a new addition to her design team. Thank you so much Catherine!
I had made a paper-mache balloon over the summer with my kiddos and had recently painted it red and tan. But it just sat there waiting for a project. What a perfect way for a town to know that a beautiful circus is on it's way!
The Circus is Coming to Town!!!
I love the end result of my balloon!
Come back soon to see the other fun things I will be making with this stamp set and be sure to check out Character Constructions for this set and more.
I started by cutting a slit in the center of a vintage doily, just
big enough to slip over my chipboard torso so the doily hit on the
"waist" and hung like a skirt. Then I added a smaller doily and a third smaller doily.
Then I attached my collage sheet image to the torso. I had covered the back of both the image and the chipboard with the designed paper from The Avenues 6x6 Paper Pad.
Next, I laid out sections of some of the kits beautiful trims, seam binding and vintage lace. I simply hand sewed them to the doily both in front of and behind the chipboard torso. Just a few pass throughs to make a couple of loops to attach. I used some thinner pieces of trim to thread some Glass Window Beads and Brass Flower Charms to for some added charm, lol.
When I finished attaching the trims, I was able to glue the lower part of the image to the front of the doily and trims to make her more secure along with the trims. This also created about an inch of height under her "skirt" so she could sit or be place over a small container to look like she is standing.
I hope you have had a wonderful start to 2014 and that it delivers many creative projects for you. Be sure to check out Alpha Stamps wonderful kits. Kits are announced the first weekend of each month. However, if you sign up for a subscription, your kit will probably have already been mailed to you.
My favorite season is the fall. How could it not be, living in East Tennessee? I love that my home is surrounded by trees and I can enjoy their beautiful colors from my studio window. For this project, I wanted to incorporate these new, cool chip board leaves from Alpha Stamps. They are covered in some of the new wonderful papersAlpha Stamps is carrying.
I've been obsessed with making altered doll heads lately, so I decided to make a wonderful mother nature creation. I love how she turned out.
I started with this doll head that would not stay attached to it's body. My girls hated it so I decided to put her to use. I used a drill and made several holes in her head.
Using some Matte Medium, I applied torn and crumpled up pieces of tissue to the doll head. After it dried, I punched a blade back through each hole.
I used several of the Tim Holtz Distress Stains and Paint to add color to
these Wood Icons that came in a divided wood box. I removed the
dividers, painted the box (below) and then used that to stage my doll on.
A stand was created using this old piece of metal I found while treasure hunting. I added a circle of paper to the empty hole of it and the doll head so they would have more surface to secure them together with.
I am fortunate enough to have lots of moss where I live, so I gathered some from my personal woods out back and to keep it brightly colored, added some Glimmer Mist Olive Vine colored spray to it.Then I attached it with liquid glue to my base and the neck of the doll.
I wanted to get the moss crawling up the head a bit before I attached the leaves. The moss was great to put at the end of each leaf to hold it more securely. I also inserted tooth picks into each stem to give it extra length and security.
It was wonderful to see this colorful view out of my studio window as I worked.
And here she is, in all her glory in my back woods, greeting the squirrels and crows. I know, she is kind of odd, but it was a great creative experience and those fill me with such passion so it was a colorful and wonderful adventure.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and my Mother Nature doll. If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a post and for a complete list of supplies used see the list below!
As we say here in East Tennessee..... Happy Fall Y'all!