December 29, 2019

Elukkig Nieuwjaar

My main focus for 2020 is to learn French and to focus more on my vintage Parisian treasures. I keep many of them safe in boxes, but for this new decade, I plan on using those treasures in my work. And if all goes as planned, I will be visiting France in the months to come and finding even more to bring back home. 


Even though "Elukkig Nieuwjaar" is Dutch, it is still a wonderful image that you too can use, along with several other vintage images from the Alpha Stamps Collage Sheet titled Bonne Annee. I think it looks fabulous! All I did was layer the image onto some paper, added some vintage silver glass glitter, Twinklets Diamond Dust and an embellished piece from this Small Chipboard Victorian Wall Shelf, and this gorgeous little welcome to the New Year was complete.


Oh, and I can't forget the vintage rhinestone pin. One stone was missing, but I just added a little glitter and Diamond Dust to it and you can't even tell. My many vintage pieces of bling are another item I need to quit hoarding, and start enjoying.


I hope you enjoy it as well. 
Elukkig Nieuwjaar, Bonne Annee, and Happy New Year

xoxo
Rhonda...

December 28, 2019

A Little Place Called Gnomeville

If you ever find yourself deep in the forest, you might be lucky enough to come along to a little place known as Gnomeville.


There is a wonderful cabin there, with a foundation of beautiful stone where all are welcome.


On any given night, you can peek in the back window and see gnomes gathered around a warm fire, sipping on warm cider with smiles and laughter on all. 


One of my favorite things to see there are the grand toadstools that pop up all over, which I've heard is a sign of good luck. What a fabulous way to bring in a New Year!


I am happy to say that the newest kit from Alpha Stamps has already given me a great, creative start to the New Year. Why? Because I adore toadstools/mushrooms and gnomes.


The wooded scene here was easy to create with the help of this new 12x12 Scandinavian Woodland - Birch Wood Scrapbook Paper.


There are so many beautiful animals that can be added from the Into The Woods Collage Sheet. I have a fondness for squirrels so I knew that little guy would be my first choice.



I so enjoy creating with bits of fabric from vintage, beat up quilts. When I realized I had this 4.5x5.5 Inch Mini Folio, I decided to create a large toadstool for these happy gnomes to celebrate the New Year. I think they like it, what do you think?


Can you guess the theme for the next kit from Alpha Stamps


 Alpha Stamps January 2020 New Year Gnomes Kit

The above little guy is included in the kit along with some other precious wood cuts, my new favorite 12x12 papers and more. 


Below you can find a link to all of the Alpha Stamps supplies that I used, including the names of other collage sheets that I used to add even more life to the Gnomeville woods.


I hope you enjoyed your visit and I wish to you a very Joyous New Year and Decade! May it bring you every happiness, much love, and lots of creative me time! 



xoxo,
Rhonda...

December 21, 2019

Memories of Christmas Past

Over the years, I have created so many amazing items with the products I receive from Alpha Stamps. I can't put into words how thankful I am for the creative fire that burns from within and the joy the end results bring to me. I have been with the Alpha Stamps Design Team for so many years, and this Christmas it has occurred to me just how many fond memories have been made, as I unpack and unwrap our Christmas Decorations.


Each year of design team work comes with many memories. I remember the things that were going on in my life while creating, and with each ornament that I hang on our tree, or neat item that I place on the mantle, it brings more memories from the many holidays of the past and how much my girls have grown and the young women they are becoming. 



As I think about this blog post, I think about many of you that receive these creative, unique, and beautiful kits from Alpha Stamps, like this months Vintage Victorian Ornaments Kit. I imagine you have a similar experience in that you have a joy for creating, and that as you come upon something you made in the past, you are blessed with the happy memories that came along with it. 


I love how each kit comes with really inspiring items, and even though there is a certain item planned for the end "product", I am still given the opportunity to create from the heart, come up with my own ideas, and have something that is still uniquely me. 


Take these precious wooden mittens. I instantly thought about fluffy trim and had some Tiny Mixed Size Flat Back Pearls to help. I used images from the Winter Birds Collage Sheet and some simple red seam binding, (a huge favorite for me), which added that little bit of detail that made the mittens really grand. 


The above ornament shows just how easy it can be to create something gorgeous. The bird image came from the Vintage Saga 6x6 Papers, included in the kit. This 1 inch natural cotton lace,  which looks like a yummy vintage find,  cream seam binding, and some vintage gold glass glitter were an easy add and the way the Christmas tree lights shine through is a bit magical in all honesty. The 20mm Silky Green Tassel was the perfect final embellishment. 


Another easy make, yet stunning wood ornament. These angel images are just too perfect for the holidays. I used a slice of the included papers, made an accordion fold, added gold glass glitter, and attached with glue. And I always have many clothes pins close by to help hold things in place while the glue dries. 




Ok, I was having too much fun to stop. So I made one last ornament using only the included papers and some red glass glitter. I so love the deep, red color! 


A huge thank you to Leslie, the owner of Alpha Stamps, and all of the people behind the scenes that work so hard and help to feed our creative spirits! 



I hope the last few days of this decade bring you much love, joy and peace. May 2020 bring you even more! Thank you so much for stopping by and I will "see" you next year!

xoxo
Rhonda...

November 6, 2019

A Treat To Make, And A Place For Treats


I have SO MUCH to share with you! I have been busy in the studio with the latest Alpha Stamps Christmas Baking Treat Box Kit! It's loaded with the cutest goodies, and there are some other fun boxes for decorating available as well.


Look at all of these adorable decorations I made! Not only are they full of Holiday Cheer, but they were simple to create as well. 




This cute, snowy House Treat Box, which is included in this months kit, looks detailed, which it is, but it didn't take much work at all.


Using a palette knife, I added some Dimensional Snow to the roof, just like I was frosting a cake. Then I pressed a stencil into the snowy layer and added a tad more snow over the top. 


This made a quick imprint to add texture and design.


It was like creating a mini gingerbread house, with so many included treats, but this is one house I can keep around forever. Wish I had these when my girls were little. 





Crating these 2 Inch Cube Craft Boxes was an even quicker task with the help of some paper punches. I used a scalloped square to gather a few punches of chosen paper, then a round punch for my collage sheet images, a dab of red ink from an ink pad, and attached. For the top, I added a few holes and poked in some Miniature Pine Cone Picks, greenery and some artificial hydrangea flowers.


Imagine these placed all around the house in tiny nooks here and there. 


Lastly are my Kraft Milk Cartons, minus the milk of course. 


Seriously, these little, colorful Brownies from the Holiday Brownies Rubber Stamp Set, are just too fabulous! I have used this stamp set several times over the years and  with a few more paper punches of patterned paper, my hand colored friends made a perfect addition.







Using some ribbon from the Advent Calendar Tags Ribbon Set, and a Mini Bronze Butterfly Paper Clip, help this little carton become a box to hold candy, treats, or a small gift.



A personal favorite for the Holiday Season. Such a gorgeous variety of ribbons to choose from. 


Don't let the many angles intimidate you from creating something grand. I literally folded the paper over the edges on the sides and this little roof piece, creased the paper, tore, and applied. 




Another Brownie friend! 


I used a square punch to make an opening in this carton, so that I could insert a bundle of candy canes and leave room for a surprise inside. 




Lucky for me, I have a few more boxes to play with. I've already started on another House Treat Box, and I have a few more 2 Inch Cube Boxes, which I'm excited to add some other holiday greenery to. 


I hope I've given you some inspiration! Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,
Rhonda...