Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fairy Tales and Secret Doors

I've had a lot of fairy tales running around in my brain for the last couple of weeks and they are ripe with endless possibilities. So much so that it's very hard to get them out of ones head! Not that I'm complaining, I love fairy tales, but they do seem to have a mind of their own and tend to go galloping off with a person on little side trips!
I was thinking of pivotal moments in fairy tales and wandered down the Sleeping Beauty path whilst playing with the Hidden Drawer Book Box and this project is a result of that.
That moment before Aurora touches the spinning wheel needle. Open the box and it tells you a story.........





I had a lot of fun using Lumiere Metallic Acrylics and Liquid Pearls dots for embellishing the cover and inside the box. I like the pearls in her braid.


All the papers were from 'An Eerie Tale' by Graphic 45. The fancy green and purple curlicues are from the Wrought Iron Set.
I cut up various bits to suit the space they were going in to and primed them all with Gesso. After they dried I used Metallic Olive Green acrylic paint (from Lumiere) on the inside pieces. The purple bits on the outside of the box I colored with Jaquard Dye-na-Flow Violet fabric paint. Let me tell you, that stuff is fun to play with! The colors are fantastic and they mix well with each other. I spent far too long playing with them on various surfaces. Including my skin, accidentally. It was a little awesome....The violet made my skin look really cool.....kind of like Violet Beauregarde from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".








SUPPLIES:
Wrought Iron Set
Hidden Drawer Book Box
Windows 4 Panel
 (Window is the medium one and used behind the old spinner and Sleeping Beauty)


Additional supplies:
Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paint in Olve
Jaquard Dye-na-Flow Ink in Violet
Liquid Pearls in Blackberry and Key Lime
Wooden knob
Swarovski Crystal in Aurora ( I thought it apropo)
Glue
Matte Medium (I like Liquitex)
Graphic 45 'An Eerie Tale' paper

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pretty Tags in a Box

Tags are such a great opportunity for embellishment, aren't they? Combine them with a box and the holiday season and the sky is the limit. As far as I'm concerned around Christmas time, if it's stationary, it's going to get glued and glittered!
Lora Mahaffey here chatting about adding a little Santa and Christmas sparkle to your holiday decor!


I really like this Tags in a Box Display it's a good size box and is, of course, perfect for displaying your lovely holiday tags, but it's also perfect for storing and displaying the wonderful cards a girl has received over the years from friends and family. Some of them are just too gorgeous to pack away and forget. This box allows storage and you can rotate the cards and tags as it pleases you.



The tags were lots of fun to make....I used a lot of Dresden trim and made fun pockets and pouches to stick little presents in. Lots of glitter glue and ribbon give the tags sparkle and texture. You can't tell in the pictures, but they really glitter and glimmer with sparkly goodness!

I started out gluing the box up. I put one of those big rubber bands you get off of produce around the middle to keep it square.






While that was drying, I flipped a tag upside down and glued three craft sticks to it, making sure that the sticks were even at the bottom.




After both pieces dried, I gave them both a coat of gesso and then painted the inside of the box white with acrylic paint.
I also painted the lower half of the 'pop sickle stick tag' so it blends in with the white inside of the box.
Then I started covering everything with pretty papers.


I covered both sides of the tag half way down, so that it's looks finished from the back as well as the front.







Then, with a pair of scissors, I carved the back half of a 5-inch bottle brush tree off starting about a third of the way down the tree all the way in to the center wire and set it aside.





 I then embellished the 'tag' and the box, decorated the tree and glued it into the box, making sure it was level at the bottom so that the whole thing was straight at the top.
I apologize for not taking pictures of the last two steps. I got all into my little Christmas groove and sailed right on by the picture-taking opportunity.

In the picture below, you can see where the tag is glued into the inside of the box.










A picture of the box empty........




And some fun detail that I added to a metal embellishment.


Supplies  from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Tags In A Box Display

Additional supplies
Various Dresden Trims
Stamp Metal Embellishments
Various Ribbon Trims
Glass Beads
Flat Back Crystals
Stickles Glitter Glue
Bottle Brush Christmas Tree
Graphic 45 Papers (The Twelve Days of Christmas and St. Nicholas)
Bullion Trim
Glass Pearls
Gesso
Acrylic Paint

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Friday, November 25, 2016

A Little Holiday Table

Hello Holidays! The last days of fall are flying by, Thanksgiving is upon us and Christmas is on it's way. And more specifically for me, all that gorgeous holiday baking.
I love to bake for friends and family all year, but there is something about chilly weather, Christmas trees, sparkly lights and the promise of snow that sends me into a baking tizzy. I want to fill my house with the smells of gingerbread and sugar cookies and walnut fudge. Cinnamon coffee cakes and decorated cookies go out to neighbors and there is always something delicious in the kitchen to nibble on when folks drop by.
The state of my kitchen could be described as a' cheerful mess'. No one seems to mind, especially when they get handed some gingerbread!
Here's a snapshot of a cheerfully messy kitchen work table on a doll's house scale.......slightly easier to clean up!



I like to decorate my kitchen with garland and lights at Christmas....it's always such a pleasure to work in a space that's decked out for the holidays.

And it's nice to have everything at your fingertips, or at least in the drawers at your fingertips.....


Here is where I started out...........

I began with the Tile Top Table and 1/2 inch Chipboard Tiles and gave everything a coat of gesso and a coat of white paint.


Use gesso and paint sparingly (thin coats) on the outside of the drawers or they will be a very tight fit.

Next, using a mixture of cobalt blue acrylic paint and glaze, I painted the tiles. I used glaze in combination with the paint because I wanted the tiles to look, well, like glazed tiles, but painting them and leaving the glaze out is grand as well!



After the tiles dried, I laid them out on the tabletop, spacing them equally across the surface.

After spacing them out, I began to glue them down, one row at a time, being mindful of the spacing and doing my best to keep everything straight.


All the tiles are glued down and looking pretty tidy! After they dried, I applied a coat of varnish.


After they dried (give them at least a couple of hours) I used Liquid Pearls Opal White as grout, piping it in sections and carefully wiping away the excess before it dried. The varnish gives you a wipe-able surface, allowing you to remove the extra 'grout' a lot more easily than just a coat of paint and glaze would.


You can also use dimensional fabric paint as well....anything that has a thick gluey texture that will stay where you put it.
The applicator you see in the photograph above is a Ranger Fine Tip Applicator for .05 oz. Bottles a screw on tip that allows you to pipe out super fine lines,a great tool for tight spaces!

I added Dresden trim around the edge of the tabletop and down the legs for extra detail and wee pearls for drawer pulls.


Here is the table decked with Tim Holtz Pine Twine Garland and dotted with Stickles- Christmas Red
holly berries.


Now it's ready for all those goodies!

For a link to all the wonderful supplies from Alpha Stamps click HERE!

Supplies list;
Tile Top Table
1/2 inch Chipboard Tiles
1;12 Gingerbread House
Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter
Cookie Sheet with Gingerbread Men
Copper Bundt Cake Pan Set
Mixing Bowl with Batter
Rolling Pin
Star Cookie Cutter
Tiny Measuring Cup
Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter
Flour with Measuring Cup
6 Miniature Eggs


Tim Holtz White Resin Deer
Mini Cake Stand Kit
Flat back Gold Star Studs
Fancy Red Holly Berries Mix
Crinkle Wire-Red
Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set-Green
Liquid Pearls-Garnet
Liquid Pearls-White Opal
Stickles-Diamond
Mini Cookie Sheet
Tim Holtz Pine Twine Garland
Miniature Chocolate Cake
Pewter Measuring Spoons
Vintage Mixing Bowl

Additional Supplies
Gesso White Acrylic Paint
Glazing Medium
Matte Varnish
(all of the above additional supplies were Liquitex....no I don't work for 'em, just like 'em)

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Checking the lists.........

I don't know about you, but I always feel a little overwhelmed during the holidays without a list. My problem is I'm always losing the dang things! Hello everyone! Lora here to show you an awesome way to keep track of the lists you make for the holidays.
It's called a Memo Board and you can get the easy-to-put-together kit at the wonderland called Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!


Here's what I did...........

First off, I gave everything a good coat of gesso. Sigh......I love gesso. In this case, I love gesso because it's a great surface coat on chip board for decoupage. It makes things stick a lot better to just about any surface. So a good coat of gesso first. It doesn't have to be heavy or thick, just thorough.


After the gesso dried, I started sticking the papers down. I chose a couple of older papers mainly because they play well together and I was wanting a very cheerful green. So Bo Bunny Vintage Dot in Wasabi is the background paper and the other two are from Graphic 45's 8x8 pad 'The Night Before Christmas'. I also painted all the trim pieces and the shelf white.


After the Vintage Dot dried, I applied the second paper, which will become a second background layer and a frame for what goes on top. By the way, the Vintage Dot was cut to 9x91/4 inches and after it dried, I cut the fitting holes out with an xacto. The G45 paper (called Happy Holly-Day) I cut to 8x7.
When the Happy Holly-Day paper dried, I started applying Dresden Trim.


I cut a piece of chipboard and the third piece of paper to 7x2 1/2 inches and glued the paper to the chipboard.





After it dried, I applied gold Dresden trim to the underside of the chipboard.



On Illustrator, I wrote and printed the 'Making a list, checking it twice.....' text, cut it out and glued it to the chipboard strip. After drying, I added the last of the Dresden trim and then glued the strip to the Memo Board, being mindful of spacing and position. I apologize for not taking a picture of this stage.....I was all in my creative groove and chugging along like a little Christmas choo-choo and plain forgot.

Next I gessoed and painted white snowflakes.




This is messy and can be finicky as you want to get the whole snowflake covered, even the thin, thin sides or they show up dark. I use a cheap, firm brush, fill it with gesso and sort of scrabble it around until the whole thing is completely covered, then brush the excess paint off making sure all the little holes and details are clear and open and there is no paint plugging up the delicate details. I do this on plastic and let the snowflakes dry on it because they don't stick when they dry.
Set them aside.

 I cut out three little clocks from another bit of G45 paper, put holes in the center and placed them where I wanted them on top of the chipboard strip. With a pencil, I marked the center of each one onto the board and using an awl, gently pierced the chipboard just enough to get a hole started. Don't poke the awl (or whatever you're using) all the way through....just enough to get a hole started.
Glue the clocks (you can use whatever you choose here, I just got a giggle out of using the clocks since I'm always running out of time!) down making sure the holes in the clock are directly over the center mark and your starter hole.



You can see in the picture above that the clock hole is place over the starter hole. Putting a little bit of glue on the shaft of an eye screw, screw that puppy into the pre-made hole until it's secure. I tried hard not to pierce the Memo Board out the back. The two layers of thick chipboard will be jst about as thick as the eye screw if you use the tiny ones.


Screw in all three eye screws and add little clips. (you can get the little clips at just about any craft store) Start gluing on snowflakes where you think they look pretty, glue in the shelf and trim and let it dry and then it's glitter time!


I added glitter to all of the snowflakes. Then I decided that the white painted trim wasn't glam enough, so I painted a coat of pearlescent white on all the white bits, let it dry and added more glitter.


I also added some Swarovski flat back crystals because if some is good, more is better!

SUPPLY LIST
Memo Board
Snowflake Shape Set

Additional Supplies
Eye Screws
Clips
Dresden Trims
Bo Bunny Vintage Dot-Wasabi
G45  8x8 paper pad 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'
Gesso
White acrylic paint
Lumiere Pearlescent White Paint
Swarovski flat back crystals

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Clock Tower (or more ways to use bits of wood from your husband's scrap box)

My husband is an accomplished wood and metal worker. He has built everything from beautiful guitars to door hinges. So what is truly awesome for me is his ever changing, always fascinating scrap boxes. He has one for metal and one for wood. I love going out to his workshop and trolling through all the wonderful possibilities that lay in those boxes.
Because I am such a house freak, I tend to look for stuff I can turn into a house shape of some kind.
A couple of weeks ago,  I found a longish piece of 2x4 that I decided to turn into a clock tower for the wonderful folks at Alpha Stamps.


A lot of the supplies I used were from the Halloween Clock Kit-October 2016 including all of the papers (except the orange door and that was a bitty piece of scrap....you can make your door any old color you like!)

It was a lot of fun coming up with different ways to embellish the clocks from the Victorian Chipboard Shapes Sets.





I love the little lady peeking out of the Grandfather clock at the rat on the bookcase!



What the heck is she doing in there, anyway?


The arch over the door I made with scrapbook paper and chipboard. You can see a mini tutorial on how I made this HERE.


All in all, a very fun project to work on and a lovely excuse to rummage through MacGyver's Scrap boxes!


Click HERE to a link for supplies!

Supplies list:
Halloween Clock Faces Collage Sheet
Chipboard Shingles-Pointed
Candlestick Holder
Faux Metal Number Plates
Victorian Furniture Chipboard Set 1-Sofa
Victorian Furniture Chipboard Set 2 -Grandfather Clock
Baroque Dresden Borders-Black
Tiny Dot Dresden Borders-Black
Tiny Fleur Dresden Borders-Black
Chipboard Topiary Trees
Sheet moss
Small Wooden Finial (on top of the house)
Fancy Star Bead Cap
35mm Round Flower Filigree
Hitch Fasteners (door knob)
Liquid Pearls-Gold Pearl
Black Diamond Stickles
Wonderfully Wicked Dreadful Books Scrapbook Paper
Wonderfully Wicked Haunted Scrapbook Paper
Wonderfully Wicked Scrapbook Pack (the green border at the bottom and gable of the tower was from the sticker sheet)
Large Game Spinners
12x12 Chipboard (arch over door)
Filigree Frames Shapes Set (the black filigree under the brassy clock on the grandfather clock side)


Additional Supplies
Black Paint
Quinachrodone Gold Paint
Stamped Brass Flowers (tiny 3mm)
Wood scrap for the clock tower shape and door
Mini Chipboard Frame (window in the door)
Chipboard Crown

BONUS!!!
Oh the possibilities! A couple of great ways to use the new Simple House Ornament Shape - Set of 2!
You can stack them together to make a thicker ornament like the ones pictured here, or use them individually. Most of the papers I used were from the St. Nicholas 8x8 Paper Pad.
The wee tree comes from the Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set. The snowflakes I found kicking around a box of old scraps. but the Large Snowflake Sequin Mix would look awesome. The cute doors are from the Tiny House Trims Collage Sheet and the black wire (my favorite) is from the hardware store. 


 



 

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