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April 24, 2015

The Doll Collector

As many of you know, I love to travel. The thought of going back in time 100 years would be beyond interesting. Could you imagine how many awesome treasures I could find, not to mention how different things would be. 

Over the years I have collected a few trunks. I have my great grandmothers large trunk that I stupidly painted white, my great great aunt's humpback wooden trunk, a gorgeous, huge humpback trunk that even has the inside tray and top storage areas. The most recent purchase was a ginormous antique steamer trunk with four drawers on one side and a place to hang things on the other. It really is massive. I'd love to have it in my studio, but it's just too big. But Alpha Stamps solved that by creating a tiny chip board trunk that even comes with drawers and all sorts of details. I used it to make the "Doll Collector's Trunk". It's part of this months kit, "Vintage Vagabond".

The Doll Collector travels the world, collecting beautiful old dolls to bring home and keep her company in her art studio. She needs plenty of room because no doll can be left behind.

The Doll Collector has many letters and postcards from all around the world. Her contacts let her know when they have found more darlings for her to collect. It was super easy to create this bundle of letters. All I did was cut, fold, and glue images from  Tiny Vintage Letters & Postage Collage Sheet . Some letters are even double sided!

I didn't know this until a few years ago when a friend told me, but if you cut a piece of ribbon to use for a project, all you have to do is burn the end a little to "seal" it and it won't fray.

Simple trick when you have white or colored metal... use a bit of Alcohol Ink on it and you can make it the shade of metal you want, gold, silver or bronze.


To cover my trunk I simply cut a sheet of paper larger then the trunk itself and made sure to have enough extra to fold up and cover the sides.

After gluing the paper to the main trunk section, I could then cover the sides. I didn't measure, just cut each corner from the corner of the paper to the corner of the box, then wrapped it up like a present.

After trimming off the excess paper, I then used a file (stroking downwards) to finish the edges. Add a little brown ink and it looks like a top of the line, custom made trunk.


When making your drawers, be sure to score the fold lines. This will make for a better and more even crease. For an excellent assemblage tutorial visit The amazing Teri Calia shows every detail in assembling every part of this fabulous steamer trunk!  

Love those Alpha Stamps Digital Downloads! I can print up as many sheets as I want. Using two copies of  Steamer Trunk Parts Collage Sheet I was able to line my drawers. I just trimmed the excess off of the top and added some brown ink to my edges.

Everything is already done for you. All you have to do is cut, score, and glue!

After assembling all of my drawers, I used a small hole punch and some Hitch Fasteners to create drawer knobs. The fasteners screw together to make an actual working knob.

Thanks for visiting. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave it in a comment and I will get right back to you. I'm off to the antique store to find more dolls!

March 7, 2015

Marie Antoinette Always Loved A Good Party

I can't even tell you how many "things" I have, found "treasures" to turn into something.... one day... when the purpose hits me. Way too many. But at least I got to one of them, right? I have had this clock for years, up in a closet with other things to alter. I knew I wanted to make a clock with this months "Marie in Wonderland" kit from Alpha Stamps, but this was just too easy of a find.

 First, I am going to show you pictures of my clock. Then, I am going to show you how I made it! 

There are several images of Marie on the collage sheet, Marie Takes Tea, which fit perfectly onto the new  Die-Cut Chipboard Panniers Dress.

These tiny Ceramic Cupcake Beads (above) are too precious! The nice thing is that if the color doesn't match what you are using them with, a tad of acrylic paint will do the trick.

Always look "outside the box" when you have something to use in your artwork. These Flower Stamen are precious and come in so many colors.  After gluing a few together in the middle, I was able to cut them in half to use as decorations for both my cupcake (above) and for Marie's hair (below) and waist.

The Sweet Tooth Resin Embellishments are also easy to match with a touch of acrylic paint.

After using the Tiny Paper Mache Box Set as the interior of Marie's dress, I still had the lids left over. I cut each lid in half (that had already been painted) and than added different colors of 1mm Micro Beads (which come in several colors) and details using the Acrylic Flower & Leaf Mix.

Here is the grey blue clock that sat in my closet for years. I put a coat of Gesso on first, then after painting it cream, butter, golden orange yellow and pink, I finally decided yes to pink. One of my favorite color combinations is pink, brown and cream. I should have just gone with pink to begin with but I had to explore my options.

I love these new Lace Triangular Pennant Banner Flags from Alpha Stamps. They remind me of a vintage, European treat, perfect for a tea party. Also perfect for a Coo Coo type clock made into a yummy chocolate. I use Tim Holtz Distress Stains quite a bit as well as his paints. Easy to use, easy clean up and nice, rich color. Then I used a brush with some good ole Elmer's glue to make sure every last bit was attached. I also like the protection the glue gives the paper as well.

After placing on my chocolate delicacies, I used White Opal Liquid Pearl Paint on a paper clock-face to give it a porcelain look.  Then added a hole so I would know where to adhere it to the clock.You can purchase clock mechanisms that run with a battery that come with clock hands at most craft shops. Alpha Stamps also has a great selection of clock faces, hands and more.

A little more Elmer's and DONE! 

In both above and below photos, you can see how I made all of my Metallic Dresden pieces match, I am a bit of an "aged paper" fan, so I am used to making things look older then they are. Same is true with Dresden. Rubbing a brown ink pad over the Dresden gives it a nice, aged, matte appearance. How many brown ink pads do I currently own? The world may never know, lol! 

More Liquid Pearl to make my clock look like it had icing. Yummy! 

This next part was super fun and easy! Using some FIMO and this yummy 3D Tea Party Silicone Mold, I was able to make my own tea party treats. I stuffed FIMO into each spot (trying to be neat and perfect but then realized I didn't need to be), let it dry for just a little bit and then popped them out. Then, taking an exacto blade, I trimmed all of the messy excess off so easily, like a hot knife going through butter. I used simple acrylic paints to add some color, a little drop of Elmer's and a shove of some bead mix and stamens, and I have the cutest cupcakes and treats EVER!

Die-Cut Chipboard Pannier Dress, I first painted the dress with some similar colored acrylic paint. Then, covered with some glue and sprinkled on these neat 1mm micro beads. They remind me of candy sprinkles!

Thanks for visiting and I hope I have inspired you to try something new. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. Now, does anyone have a cupcake? I've got a craving!

 To see a complete list of Alpha Stamps products used, click here - Supply List