February 18, 2017

Cinderella In The Palm of Your Hand

What could be better then a Cinderella story so tiny you can fit it in the palm of your hand? 

Using two of the new Cinderella Coach Mini Albums from Alpha Stamps gives you the option to make an adorable accordion book. 

I used a simple piece of small ribbon to create a cute tie to hold it all together. All I did was use a dab of glue to hold the ribbon in place and covered it with a Tiny Paper Rose in Medium Pink.

I wrapped the ribbon around a small wooden dowel, then carefully ran a flame under it to just barely heat the ribbon. When you pull the ribbon off, the curl is held in place. 

As you can see below, this carriage is very easy to put together. I covered mine in coordinating papers (see full supply list below) and then just glued it all together. 

I used a copy of the Tiny Cinderella Booklets Collage Sheet printed on card stock, so that it would be sturdy for my accordion fold. I used the excess paper before the title page and after the final page to attach it to the back of each carriage. 

There are 2 tiny accordion-fold books on this sheet. Plus 6 tiny postcards, and 3 characters from a Cinderella paper doll set. The books fold up to a finished size of 1-1/2" wide x 1-3/4" tall.

Next, I covered each side with more beautiful paper, some Gold Mini Rosette Dresden Borders* and Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls to give it a royal touch.

After everything was dry and in place I was able to begin the extra fun part of embellishing all of the areas.

I really like how it all turned out, and I didn't even need a Fairy Godmother to help me! 

Having girls of my own, I can imagine the many possibilities for an accordion book. The fact that it is so tiny means it could be easily sent to a granddaughter, niece or other loved one for a bed time story and a reminder that they are loved.

It could even be a tiny photo album of princess memories.

Now it's your turn. Go create something beautiful to put a smile on your face, because you deserve one too. Thanks for visiting!


Alpha Stamps Supplies Used  Link

February 8, 2017

Cinderella's Many Forms

There are so many wonderful items to choose from in this months Cinderella Kit at Alpha Stamps. Decisions, decisions. Do I go with the pitiful Cinderella being pushed around, or the magical beauty taking on her destiny? How about both! 

And luckily I was using this 6x6 Shadowbox as my base which gave me lots of room for plenty of details and embellishments. And I've always been a huge fan of pink and black.

I didn't want all of my chipboard silhouettes to be the usual "black" so I decided to do some with a bit of color. I used a couple of shades of pink from Tim Holtz Distress Paint Line and for my black silhouettes I used more Distress Paints in Black Soot and Tarnished Brass. It gave a bit of dimension and character to my shapes. 

I always like dimension and one favorite "tool" from my creative kit is to use adhesive foam to make images stand out, and also stand out further then others like the black silhouettes below.

Some pearly white paint and a pink nose and feet help my cute mice take center stage. 

Some of the chipboard Cinderellas also got a sprinkling of Flower Soft in Sweet Pea, but there are several colors to choose from. 

Vintage pocket watches are a great way to create a mini magical creative spot. I used an authentic one but Tim Holtz also has a wonderful faux version.

Faux pocket watch body, with glass front insert, for creating collaged pendants. The back pops out (with a bit of prying... you needn't worry that it will open unexpectedly). 2-1/2" tall.

How do you like my mini Cinderella book? I used the Brothers Grim Books Collage Sheet and a plain Miniatre Book to create this version.

You can also find other book themed collage sheets like Jules Verne Books, Mystic Book titles, Plain Books, and so many more in several sizes. Follow this book link to check them out. 

Charms galore! Do a search and see how many items you can find. A full supply list can be found at the bottom of this post. 

Oh no! It's midnight! You know what that means.......


Alpha Stamps Supply List - Direct Link
Cinderella Kit - February 2017
6x6 Shadowbox
Wild & Free 8x8 Collection Kit
Wild & Free Cosmic Love & Lights Scrapbook Paper
Wild & Free Into The Wild Scrapbook Paper
Midnight #1 Collage Sheet
Brothers Grimm Books Collage Sheet
Halloween Clock Faces Collage Sheet
Wild & Free Lets Be Wild Scrapbook Paper
Cinderella Silhouettes Set Small
Cinderella Silhouettes Set Large
Mouse & Pumpkin Borders Set
Thin Looped Dresden Borders - Pink
Thin Looped Dresden Borders - Black
Large Once Upon a Time Book Charm
Fairy Godmother Wands
Tiny Metal Mouse
Metal Shoes w Louis Heels
Silver Pumpkin Carriage Charm
Pumpkin Pods
Miniature Rustic Brooms*
Set of Miniature Books
1 Inch Pale Pink Paper Roses*
Small White Mulberry Blossoms*
Gardenias - Mixed Pink
Tiny Paper Roses - Lilac Cream Variegated*
Flower Soft - Sweet Pea
Metallic Distress Paints - Set of 3
Black Soot Distress Paint, Ink & Stain Set
Distress Paints - Spun Sugar
White Adhesive Foam on Roll

January 23, 2017

Do you see what you love? Or is it hidden away?

I was once so good about posting on my blog. She has grown neglected. It's one of those little voices in the back of your head "come tend to me" but life's responsibilities get in the way. I was playing around with backgrounds over the Holidays and wondered how long it had been since I did that, played on just the appearance of my blog. I used to have so many readers and comments, but more importantly heard how I had inspired someone to develop "me time" and loose themselves in a project. So here is a new start for 2017......

A favorite wall, a rectangular area, and a collection of favorite things. I love all things French, tea stained, red ticking, and vintage finds. A canvas created years ago, and not imitation, but real photos, mother of pearl buttons, black haired Charlotte dolls, and more gathered for one to look at and imagine how the world was when that item came to be. 

Favorite items from friends, past swaps, and things I learned to create. Beautiful tags from Character Construction tag swaps, sewn hearts from friends, Parisian Souvenirs (thanks again Terry) and vintage pocket watches, ornaments and metal hardware.

It's like an Eye Spy book, can you find, 13 vintage photos, 4 dolls with no arms, 1 wallet, 4 paper dolls, 2 children's toys, 7 black buttons, 1 lovely jewel, 2 beaks, 1 embroidered "P", 7 Eiffel Towers,  1 vintage lock & key.

And of course there are bits of vintage French ledger pages and books. It wouldn't say "Rhonda" otherwise!

In case you can't count but can read the actual number, how many dolls are there?

That was one of my first Alpha Stamps projects below, wow!

Something old (my father's baptism gown), something new (a gorgeous tag), something borrowed (the space that belongs to my wall) and something blue (does robin's egg blue paint count).

So, leave me a comment and let me know what room of my house you think this is? Maybe I can get my audience back and start doing give aways again!

Hope you're inspired and thanks for stopping by!

January 11, 2017

Snow White the Warrior

Did you know that Snow White was actually a bad ass warrior? True, we all love the traditional story of her gentle ways and her little dwarf friends, but let's really think about this. Why did the Evil Queen envy her so much? It wasn't just because she was the "fairest of them all". 

Yes, she had a natural beauty that all noticed, and was dearly loved by the seven dwarfs and all her woodland friends, but she was also extremely strong both mentally and physically. So she was a huge threat to the Evil Queen. 

You can see it in her eyes and stance. Don't mess with Snow White!

But the Queen just HAD to try and bring her down, like she would be that special if there were no Snow White.

And we all know what happens after the "Evil Witch Outside" gets her way and poisons Snow White. In my version it occurs right at the end of winter during a snowy day. 

For this project, I used the Double Layer Window - Ornate, so that I could add a layer of 12x12 Clear Plastic for Windows along with some Golden - Mica Flakes - Pearl  and Dimensional Snow.  This gave my window an extra cold appearance. 

When you open the tin and look inside, you can see that spring has officially arrived and soon Snow White's Prince will come and take her away to live happily ever after. 

Below you can see how I gave depth to the sleeping Snow White by cutting around the back of her pillow and inserting some paper flowers. Don't be nervous to cut within an actual image. It can really add so much to a project. 

So there you have some ideas for using a Blank Altoids Tin. Be sure to check out all of the different Altoid frames and inserts that Alpha Stamps carries. You might even come up with a fairy tale of your own!


Complete Alpha Stamps Supply List

   Product Name 
 5mm Thin Silver Snowflakes  5mm Thin Silver Snowflakes
 7mm Round Red Cabochons  7mm Round Red Cabochons
 Bella Rosa Scrapbook Paper  Bella Rosa Scrapbook Paper
 Blank Altoids Tins  Blank Altoids Tins
 Dimensional Snow Writer  Dimensional Snow Writer
 Distress Paints - Picket Fence  Distress Paints - Picket Fence
 Evil Queens Collage Sheet  Evil Queens Collage Sheet
 Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Inserts Set  Fairy Tale Frames Altoid Inserts Set
 Fairy Tale Titles Collage Sheet  Fairy Tale Titles Collage Sheet
 Fern Garland*  Fern Garland*
 Golden - Mica Flakes - Pearl  Golden - Mica Flakes - Pearl
 Light Blue Birds - Set of 2  Light Blue Birds - Set of 2
 Polymer Clay Cane - 10mm Lacy Snowflakes  Polymer Clay Cane - 10mm Lacy Snowflakes
 Round Frame with Dragons  Round Frame with Dragons
 Sheet Moss*  Sheet Moss*
 Small Pine Cones  Small Pine Cones
 Small White Mulberry Blossoms*  Small White Mulberry Blossoms*
 Snow White Kit - January 2017  Snow White Kit - January 2017
 Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls  Tiny Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls
 Tiny Paper Roses - Pink Cream Variegated*  Tiny Paper Roses - Pink Cream Variegated*
 Winter Wishes 6x6 Paper Pad  Winter Wishes 6x6 Paper Pad