November 28, 2015

A Christmas Doll Delivery

If you could take a trip back in time 120 years, would you do it? A time when electronics were not placed under the tree and children used their imaginations more. Here is a little sleigh kit you can fill with whatever goodies you want and it's called Santa Sleigh Kit. It's the newest kit from Alpha Stamps and there is an Santa Sleigh Add-On Kit as well.

I adore antique black haired German dolls. They have so much character and encompass that olden time. Seems they are harder and harder to find but having the option to make my own is a great alternative.  More on that below.

Everything seemed magical during Victorian times from the decorations to the gifts, the beautiful china and food all made from scratch.  I really love all of these cute little wooden toys. They are the perfect touch for an old fashioned Christmas.

I cheated and used these little pre-made presents both Tiny Gift Wrapped Box Ornaments - 1/2 Inch and Wrapped Gift Box Ornaments - 3/4 Inch. Another option that you can do yourself are these clever collage sheets. Print them up and make as many little presents as you like! 

Don't have a wreath for your sleigh? No worries, just use some Holly Berry Garland, make a ring, add any type of bow and your done. I also added a golden Wood Reindeer cut out to mine.

Before attaching my Christmastime Papers (12x12 and 6x6) to the chipboard sleigh, I traced an extra small piece out to create the image of a carved inlay on the side of the sleigh. And of course aging with a little brown ink always makes it pop. I used gold ink as well for an added holiday touch.

For the front wreath, I did the same as the back but added some Black White & Gold Flat Braid and these precious Small Pine Cones. The braid was one element that really inspired me for this piece and I couldn't get enough of it.

Do you like my Santa Doll's hat?  Another simple creation using a ring of Mini Pine & Berry Garland,
more of my favorite Black White & Gold Flat Braid, a little Acorn Cap and 1 Inch Pink and Brown Bird (also come in Blue, Green and Mauve).

I added this gorgeous Black White & Gold Flat Braid along my edges to hide the seam line from putting the 3D Sleigh together. It adds a touch of class and whimsy, don't you think?

There are endless possibilities for using your sleigh. It can be a centerpiece for a table or hutch, can hold Christmas Cards, gift cards or even a gift for a loved one.

The larger doll is an antique from my collection. The smaller dolls are actually new, Tim Holtz Salvaged Dolls, and come plain like a frozen Charlotte. I used liquid pearls to paint in the dresses, dabbing a little here and there with a wet q-tip.  Plain old black acrylic paint was used for the hair, and some pink for their cheeks. 

I hope no matter what you celebrate, you're heart is filled with great love and happiness! Thanks for stopping by! 

Supplies Used:
Santa Sleigh Kit

November 7, 2015

Countdown To Christmas

I already have the Christmas Spirit. I wonder why that is? Ohhhh, it must be because of the recent Christmas Tag Swap over at Alpha Stamps! I've already been busy, creating Christmas art. It is never a hard thing to do and I tend to gravitate towards the older decor of the holidays.

In addition to lots of wonderful goodies to use on tags, you can also find this easy to assemble Library Pocket Organizer Box. A dab of glue and some festive papers equals instant decor for any table top. Not only can you display it with tags, it's also the perfect size to hold your Christmas Cards. Scatter a few all around and feel the love of the Holidays! I added wooden finials to the bottom of my box.

Yes, it looks like a festive package that doesn't need to be unwrapped. Super simple, just add a thin line of glue, place your trim on top, add an extra if you like, a little sprig of berries and done! I used one long piece around the the whole box, and cut strips to fit each side.

I'm sure many of you use an Advent Calendar as a countdown for Christmas, with a little treat each day. My girls LOVE this tradition and that brings us another idea for this handy box with tags. 

There are lots of options for numbers, one being this precious A Victorian Christmas Clear Stamp Set. I used it along with Antiquities Embossing Powder in both Red Cinnabar and Verdigres

There is also a set of Faux Metal Number Plates. I really thought that I accidentally received real metal plates. Comes in a set of 25, perfect for a Christmas countdown!

It's easy to clip a piece of candy onto each tag with a clothes pin. I used two designs of tissue tape, one color for each girl. I can't tell you how many days begin with an argument, "It's my turn" or "She did it yesterday", blah blah blah. This way, each child has their own color and I don't have to hurt my brain trying to remember who went last. 

Candy can also be placed behind each tag, let them grab their choice. 

When that day is done, the tag can be placed behind one of these handy tabbed pocket dividers. Easy to decorate, I just covered in festive paper and used a collage sheet image. 

Kids can even join in on creating the tags. With the latest Christmas Tag kit, they will have everything they need, papers, collage sheets, and trims at one low price. 

For even more fun, and to receive some tags from other artists, join in on the latest Christmas Tags Swap. Tags to keep for many years of memories and festive decor. 

I'll have more Christmas ideas to share with you, so be sure to visit again soon! Happy Creating!

November 6, 2015

A Teeny Tiny Tea

Leave it to me to make tea time a bit creepy. Alpha Stamps now carries this wonderful Tea Time Teacup Die Set and it is precious. I have a collection of my grandmother's tea cups but none of those contained Little Imps.

I used the Province Paper Collection and must have made dozens of these wonderful cups in two styles. I especially love that there is already an opening in the top of the tea cup, waiting for a wonderful color of brew or a child or two.

I color coordinated my ribbons and edges using the new Distress Inks and Paints in the color Carved Pumpkin.

I have to be honest, I never thought I would purchase a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine,  but I love it. I can run any size die through this machine and it's super easy to use. 

Below is the Tea Time Tea Cup Die Set. It cuts out two types of teacups, one saucer and a teabag tag. Imagine all of the themes you could use this for. If my grandmother were still alive, I would create the most beautiful spring banner for her.  She would have loved this, especially while telling me stories of old about the cups and saucers my great grandmother would paint. 

Below you can see both cup styles un-decorated. It's easy to create depth by using some foam adhesive only on the larger part of the cup. Add another layer of paper to the back edge and you instantly have a beverage. 

Below is an example of a plain cup, or the "before" and then the "full" cup. 

Creating the ribbons was a piece of crumpet, I mean, a piece of cake. I used the Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon along with some stains in the carved pumpkin and a bit of Vintage Photo to customize my color. On one ribbon, I added a lighter coat of the ink and the Vintage Photo ink. The lowest ribbon I used more of the ink to make the color deeper. Then, using a low temperature iron, I wad up the ribbon and iron in the creases to "crinkle" it up. Occasionally I spray with water so the ribbon doesn't become too dried out.

I used this same method to color some Ivory Sheer Pleated Ribbon, which I used as a trim on all of my banner parts.

Now that I've shared my banner with you, I am really wanting a cup of tea I hope you enjoyed my TEAtorial. Have a TEAriffic day and thanks for stopping by!

For a complete supply list click here... Tea Banner Supply List

October 24, 2015

Alpha Stamps Haunted House Swap

I just can't say no to any swaps that have a Halloween theme! Below are the houses that I created for the Alpha Stamps Haunted House Swap and I LOVE how they came out!

I never leave the back of a swap item blank. I want every part of it to be loved by it's new owner. 


I believe 98% of the items I used to create these houses, including the houses, all came from Alpha Stamps. To see the full list of goodies from the swap kit, click here. Even though the swap is now closed, you can still order the items used any time of the year! Feel free to comment if you have any questions and ....

Did I scare you?

Happy Halloween!!