December 30, 2017

Falling Snow

Unlike the rest of the country, I haven't had a beautiful snow, just the frigid temperatures that go along with it. Every year I do wish for one good snow. I love the way the sun light shines on the snow, the comfy feeling in the air of a warm house, and the way the outside world (as in people)disappears. So I decided to get lost in creating my own snowy scene as both a flat card and as a shadowbox. One for me to keep and one to pass along for someone else to enjoy. 

So to begin the new year, Alpha Stamps is introducing the newest Snow Queen Kit which  contains the Taj Mahal flat card, which can also be purchased as a shadowbox.

You can see above that I created both with the same theme, just with different embellishments. 

I am in love with this Tiny Scalloped Fleur Dresden Border. There are so many ways you could change the color to match the project, but I kept it as it's natural white.

This beautiful flower was easily created using Silver Glittered Leaf Pick, White Glittered Snowflake Embellishments, Large Snowflake Sequin Mix and some Dimensional Snow.  Silver Glittered Leaf Pick, White Glittered Snowflake Embellishments,  Large Snowflake Sequin Mix, and a Dimensional Snow Writer.

When I made the Taj Mahal Shadow Box, I was able to go more over the top. 

Don't be nervous to create a 3D image with a flat paper element like this bird. You don't have to have an actual faux bird, just blend the cut edges with brown or matching ink, give the paper a bit of a curl and add it with a piece of  White Adhesive Foam on Roll. 

On both the flat card and shadow box, I scattered  Iridescent Glass Spheres, Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls and  Winter Snow Glitter Mix  to make the image appear like she is coming together more with swirling snow. 

I wanted to show you how I covered my shadowbox with paper. 

I was sure to add enough paper around to cover the edges of the box. Then I just wrapped it like I would a present. 

Finally I used a fresh exacto blade to trim out the Taj Mahal design out.

Before I attached my image from The Snow Queen collage sheet, I added a touch of similar colored paint so my inside edges would blend in with the outer paper.

So here is to a beautiful, welcoming snow and a super blessed 2018! 

I look forward to sharing more in 2018 and thank you so much for the comments and messages. It's rewarding to bring a smile to the eyes of so many.


December 13, 2017

Picture perfect on the outside, but what is on the inside?

Driving on a winters day, viewing the lovely cottages and Tudor homes. What a picture perfect world this family must live, inside of their wonderfully, grand home. 

The beautiful stain glass windows, gleaming with fresh snow......

The perfectly hung wreaths and decorations.....

The welcoming front door....

I would imagine the inside is just as beautiful with a perfect husband and wife, and wonderfully behaved children.

Well think again! 

Even those who portray perfection are actually hiding things within.

Welcome to the home where the bad girls and boys live. The ones that get a lump of coal from Santa, and also get a visit from......

Hey! Little Girl! Did you seriously open the presents BEFORE Christmas and start playing with something that wasn't even for you? Meet KRAMPUS!

You knock your mothers favorite lamp over, and shatter glass everywhere, and you actually think you can hide it with your dress? KRAMPUS!

But yes, you do look like a sweet little angel, but this is who you really are! An angle and doll smasher! Meet KRAMPUS!

Have you lost your mind? You bring snow in the house AND your sled and make puddles on the floor and my hand stamped wall paper from France! Bet that snow is about to turn yellow. Meet KRAMPUS!

Not only do you break your baby brothers new pull toy, but you start stealing things out of his stocking! You are cruisin for a brusin little boy! Oh, but wait, KRAMPUS!

You two really think it's ok to take all of the peppermint candy and candy canes for yourselves and eat as much as you can? I hope you get really sick and learn your lesson! Oh, but wait, KRAMPUS!

Not only do you put clothes on your pet bunny, but you let him inside just to knock all of my vintage cookie cutters down. Grrrrrr, KRAMPUS!


Hopefully those kids have learned their lesson! 

It was simple to create this opening shadowbox. I used the Large Haunted House Shadowbox
along with the Large Haunted House Frame Set as a "hinged cover".

After decorating the front of my Large Haunted House Frame Set and adding the Large Haunted House Window Trims, I covered only the back of the solid house shape with decorative paper. This will be the "inside cover" of my shadowbox.

After tracing the spot where I wanted to attach my hinges, I applied a good layer of glue, placed the hinges on and added more glue over the hinges, smearing it out smooth and flat. After the glue was fully dry, I added a layer of packaging tape over the glued area to make the hinges extra secure.

Next, I attached the hinges to the shadowbox with a light layer of glue. Once dry, I added screws to the hinges that were connected to the shadow box. Finally, I attached the "cover" with a good layer of glue and closed both layers tight with clothes pins while it dried.

Now, I have a beautiful Christmas decoration with my covered shadow box, and for some laughter or needed threats to my children, I just open the box up and show them a peek of what's inside.


May you have a joyous holiday, no matter how you celebrate and thank you so much for visiting! 

Supplies Used:

Large Haunted House Shadowbox
Large Haunted House Window Trims

Large Haunted House Frame Set  
1/4 Inch Red Holly Berry Stems
2017 Christmas Ornaments Ribbon Set
Christmas Red Stickles
Diamond Stickles
Lime Green Stickles
Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set - Green
Mini Pine & Berry Garland
Tiny Green Leaf Garland*
22mm Smiling Snowman Cabochon
Dimensional Snow - 2 Ounce Jar*
Dimensional Snow Writer
Fluffy Winter Snow
Miniature Red Sled*
Christmas Cookie Cutter Cabochons
7mm Round Red Cabochons
Mini Candy Canes
Miniature Ice Cubes
Flat-Back Gold Star Studs - 8mm
Painted Wooden Toy Train Set
Polymer Clay Cane - 10mm Lacy Snowflakes
Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane
Vintage Christmas Scrapbook Paper - Let it Snow
Christmastime Evergreen Scrapbook Paper**
Vintage Christmas Scrapbook Paper - Twas The Night
Vintage Christmas 6x6 Paper Pad
Tim Holtz Christmas 8x8 Paper Stash
Classic Christmas Chimney Bricks Scrapbook Paper
Wood Flooring Scrapbook Paper
Hampton Brick Scrapbook Paper
Winter Snow Glitter Mix
Twinklets Diamond Dust - 3oz Jar
Diamond Glaze*
White Adhesive Foam on Roll
German Bouillon - Red
Iridescent Glass Spheres - 2mm in Bottles
Gothic Window Overlays for Mausoleum
Mini Chipboard Fireplace Mantel Die-Cuts*
Wood Trim - Crown Molding
Basswood Strips - 1/4 Inches Wide
Krampus Collage Sheet
Krampus in Red Collage Sheet
A Childs Christmas Collage Sheet
Christmas Trees Collage Sheet
Holiday Bags, Tags & Boxes Collage Sheet
Vintage Toys Collage Sheet
Deck The Halls Collage Sheet
Retching Toad Eatery Collage Sheet

December 2, 2017

A True Queen Has More Than One Crown

I remember a time when I would see beautiful crowns posted by others on line. I wouldn't have thought it would have been something that I could have achieved, but I finally did long ago. Now, I'm excited because Alpha Stamps latest kit is "Winter Crowns" which includes a crown template. You would be amazed how many designs you can create with it and just how easy it is to use. 

I am going to show you my smaller crown first because this is the size it is intended for, but I will also show you how you can use this same template to create an even larger crown that you can actually wear on your head. 

I'm impressed with how complicated it looks, but really the only difficult part is deciding what embellishments you want to use. 

The beautifully framed young lady is actually from a collage sheet called Portraiture. It even has the pearl frame included.

Whichever design you choose, I suggest that you trace it out first on thin cardboard. That way your crown will be strong. 

Next, choose a patterned paper for the front and back of your crown. 

I wrapped my crown gently around a bottle to help it curve more naturally.

The center part of my crown was created by cutting out the image of a frame. Then, I adhered it to matching patterned paper so that it would blend in with the rest of the crown.

Time to decorate!

To make the pearl frame even more incredible and indulgent, I added similarly sized pearls from the Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Backed Pearls, available at Alpha Stamps. 

The precious Queen "B" Antoinette in her newest, royal crown. She is our only female pup, (thus the "B")  and I named her Antoinette after the one and only Marie Antoinette. She is a love when she isn't yapping.  

Now for the large crown, modeled by my amazing mini me, who was ready to kill me for taking pictures of her.

I attached a few strands of seam binding to each end so that it could be tied around her head. 

Above you can see that I simply punched one hole on each end of the crown, then tied a knot on the inner side to hold the seam binding in place. I used extra long pieces so that there would be plenty of length to tie it around even the biggest head and have left over to elegantly flow down.

For this crown, I traced out the original stencil onto cardboard. Then, I traced it again, adding an extra inch or so to the bottom. 

I placed the trimmed layer onto more cardboard, and created a larger third layer of my own. 

After folding my third layer in half, so that both sides would be the same, I trimmed it out of the cardboard.

Yes, all cats believe they are the center of the universe and should place themselves wherever you are working.

Below you can see in red, the location where I punched holes after I added decorative paper.

Next step, add some decorative paper/papers to the layers. 

When I finally knew the arrangement for bling, I placed only a line of glue at the bottom of each layer. That way I would be able to tuck things in here and there between the layers.

Now for the fun, playing around with embellishments. I love the more muted color of these Golden Night Wired Leaves. From there I chose vintage broaches with similar colors. 

To make this Maidenhair Fern Pick, Silver Tinsel and pearl trim more suited to one another, I added a few sprits of color. 

I dried the pearl trim carefully using a heating tool, usually used for embossing. The heat caused the ribbon to bunch in on itself and create a seam of sorts, but it is one of those, "do not try this at home" scenarios. 

The real trick to a successful crown is to just enjoy the process and not be intimidated by it. Play around with the placement and different elements. I can't even tell you how many times I changed the items, but it all always falls into place. 

So yes, I am the Queen, and I now have many beautiful crowns. With my template, lots of vintage goodies and beautiful supplies from the newest Alpha Stamps Winter Crown Kit, I will be making many, many more.

Thanks for visiting! I hope I inspired you to create something beautiful.