March 23, 2019

Spring Time On The Farm

It's finally Spring and I am ready! How about you? To celebrate, I made this Mini House Front Box that is included in the newest "Spring Farmhouse Kit" over at Alpha Stamps


I decided to create some shabby farm themed tags with bits of vintage paper and fabric along with the kits included Spring Farmhouse 8x8 Papers and Eggs and Easter Collage Sheet. I have always been a fan of images of various bird eggs, so this worked perfectly. 


I had an extra goody to use, the Cathe Holden Eggs & Alphabet Stencil and Lillington Stencil. Just gave me so many options.


Using bits of vintage lace and buttons gave the tags some extra character and warmth.



I also love the fact that there are tiny holes on either side of the house so with a little twine I have the option to hang it from a hook or clothes pin. You could also use some wire, vintage lace or seam binding. 




So bring on the warm sun and be gone brown dead leaves! 


Note to self..... do not use real eggs while photographing art you have made. Especially when 100+ year old French ledger pages are involved.



Thanks for visiting!

xoxo
Rhonda...

March 13, 2019

Collecting


It's no secret that I am a collector of many things. From all things French, ephemera galore, doll heads, ledgers, smalls, and everything in between, my studio is covered, top to bottom. Even the ceiling has found treasures on it. So the idea of creating a mini space full of collections was just too perfect to pass up.


The new Industrial Bricks 6x6 Paper Pad was the inspiration behind my project along with this Half Scale Tall Corner Room Box.


I grew up with books, lots and lots of books. I could never have too many and the older they are the happier I become. I used pages from a vintage French dictionary to make the pages for my mini books. I used five "mini" folded pages in each "book" and a dab of glue. The easiest part was having the covers already finished with the help of this Jules Verne Tiny Books Half Sheet




I found a dictionary page with some colorful flags, so I made them into a collection of mini posters.




Rolling up illustration pages created a collection of posters.



For my many "curiosities" I used this fantastic Cabinet of Curiosities Collage Sheet. Since it can be purchased as a digital download, I am able to print the designs in whatever size I choose, as many times as I like. This sheet has everything for my tiny studio including birds, butterflies, bats, posters or make shift shadow boxes that look just like the real deal. 





I recently organized my studio using several brown cardboard boxes and old red framed labels to add that needed vintage touch. I was able to do the same for my mini studio using the Miniature Brown Paper Boxes Collage Sheet. 








I really enjoyed putting this miniature space together and I am feeling the need to make a "collection" of many more!


So, what do you collect? 

xoxo
Rhonda...

February 16, 2019

The Dance of the Mermaids


After seeing this months "Letters from the Sea Kit" over at Alpha Stamps, I was swept away with a strong current to the depths of my minds ocean. There I found beautiful crystal waters and playful mermaids with gorgeous hair. 



It was easy to get lost in this project and I enjoyed every wave of creativity and how everything just flowed into place. I love it when that happens with my work!


I instantly thought of an aquarium of sorts after seeing this Fortune Teller's Booth. It was easy to imagine each window having it's own scene and seaweed and mermaids dancing from the top. I created my field of seaweed using cuts from the the below dies.

CottageCutz Elites Die Large Leafy Flourish
Sizzix Framelits with Stamps - Eucalyptus and Flourish




Wooden skewers were all I needed to hold the "seaweed", trimmed and painted with a little glue and layers of die cuts. After punching a few holes in the lid, the skewers slipped right in and I had an instant ocean garden.







Using the top two images on the Matchbox Nautical Clock Half Sheet, a crystal blue backdrop came to be. I blended the two images together using watercolor crayons and a white pen.




Swirly die cuts from the Feathery Flourishes Set created the flowing hair of my black haired mermaid.





I wanted the mermaid's tails to have scales, so I actually used several punched leaves from this Burch Punch using the Waves & Seaweed Solid-Color Paper Set. I added a squirt of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in different shades here and there.




I hope you've enjoyed your journey and that this gets you currents of creativity flowing. Thanks for stopping by!

xo
Rhonda...