Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Secret Garden

The Secret Garden - made with the Mini Conservatory Kit from Alpha Stamps!

This was really easy to put together and fairly quick to whip out. I used a few of the characters from the Mini French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet (one of my most favorite collage sheets!) that were just the perfect size for the Mini Conservatory Accordion Book.   

The first thing that caught my eye was the paper I used for the whole book, the tiny purple flowers with the green and white just seemed to flow with all the images. Purple and green...c'mon. Gotta love the combo!

Really wanted to use the top image behind the purple window, but alas! It was too short to use just by itself. The gate was from the same collage sheet, so put in front of the short image. Used black ink to make the edges pop a bit, and it worked out pretty good.

Don't you just want to hop through the window and hang out for a bit, surrounded by flowers, butterflies and beautiful gardens? 

So easy to get this together! The fanciest technique that I did with this was to hit the Green Stitched Leaf Ribbon with the heat gun to make the leaves curl up. For me, sometimes it's fun to just sit down, cut up a bunch of images and glue away!  Here are a couple more pictures:


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz

Whatever have we here?
Pull the knob and see...

Mon dieu! It is Monsieur Fahnzee Pahntz in his shop getting ready for his day!

Such a delightful little space that Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz has. Fragrant roses here and there and of course, one must be under Queen Marie Antoinette's portrait.

Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz is so very, very happy all the time. This morning he has been dancing and has twirled himself around to his cabinet of frippery. Currently he is deciding if he'll be using silks or velvets today; before he digs through his messy drawer of patterns. 

As you can see, Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz loves to be surrounded by beauty. Luxurious fabrics, spools of silk threads, fresh flowers, beautiful books, and his precious Queen Marie Antoinette. (As well as himself, which he finds to be the most beautiful of all!) 

 I had a lot of fun with this project for Alpha Stamps using the Tiny Dress Shop Kit. Here are a few tips on how I made things.

-The bolts of fabrics are made by cutting small rectangles from chipboard and then wrapping silk and velvet ribbons around each rectangle. Voilà! You now have bolts of fabric. 

-The books on the shelf are covered with images from the Mini Perfume Labels Collage Sheet, because books with plain covers just wouldn't fly with Mr. Fahnze Pahntz.

-The dress form base is coated with Liquid Pearls Rose Gold. By mistake I found that if you mess the paint up a bit before it dries, you end up with something that looks a bit like metal. Gotta love mistakes that end up working in your favor!

-After cutting out the Marie Antoinette portrait from the Half Scale Books & Things Collage Sheet, I placed the portrait on a slightly larger piece of chipboard, then used Platinum Stickles on the chipboard to make the "frame". 

-The Half Scale Striped Dollhouse Wallpaper with Garlands  is made especially for miniatures and it fit the Hidden Drawer Book Box perfectly. Am thinking that I'll have to make sure that I order a few more of them because it really is so cute and I love the matte finish the paper has. There's also the Half Scale Floral Columns Wallpaper that I'll need to use in my next project. It has a glossy finish, and is not as tall as the striped paper so I guess I'll have to make something even smaller with it. Hmm, perhaps the ATC Sized Hidden Drawer Box will be next!

Monsieur Fahnze Pahntz Supply List

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Letters In The Flowers

"I post a letter in the flowers to wish you many happy hours."

The Spring Flowers Kit from Alpha Stamps came with an accordion-fold (ATC size) Ticket Journal with a Mini Folder to slip it into! The green and white paper covering the mini folder is also from the kit, I thought that it paired really well with the sweet Pink Fairies ATC Collage Sheet images that I used throughout the project.

Here it is opened up. The first page of the ticket journal has an image from the Language of Flowers Collage Sheet. The ATCs on the right are waiting to be used as gift or correspondence enclosures. Lay ticket journal completely flat with flaps extended, cover with paper, and ink the edges. I used the backside of the cover paper on the inside of the folder.

Some of the cute images...

Opened up and ready to bring a smile to the recipient.

This project was super easy. Cut out the ATC images, ink the edges and then glue to the ticket journal. Best thing - no fussy cutting meant a quick project! Add more images to the back of the ticket journal or just cover with coordinating scrapbook paper.

Trim the notched edges, touch up the ink and whambamthankyouma'am - you hot tramp look at how cute that ticket journal turned out!  Don't forget to add the paper flowers to the front of the folder for a bit of embellishment.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Shadow Play

Up at the top of the hill sits an abandoned time-worn mansion. Layers of paint have peeled off to reveal even more layers that are ready to curl up and blow away. The walls however are still strong, fiercely guarding its secrets.

Locals say that when the gods' wrath and thunderbolts shake your bones, you can see a peculiar little girl in the window under the flash of lighting. She beckons you to come and play within the shadows...

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Spring Bunny

 The other night I felt like making a little Spring Bunny decoration to brighten up the weird, dreary weather we had been having. I hoard both the miniature Easter and Xmas vintage wood ornaments, but may have to give some up to make more of these. Or maybe...paint them to be a bit more Halloweenie themed! 

Supplies from Alpha Stamps
Small Wheeled Platform (Pull Toy)
Tiny Little Shadowbox House
3mm Pink Mix Rhinestone Chain
Sheet Moss
Baker's Twine
Vintage Bunny and Eggs: my collection

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Spring Has Sprung!

 Looks like Spring has finally sprung around here! It's about damn time, don't you think?

Using the March Easter Egg Shadowbox Kit from Alpha Stamps, plus a few extra goodies I made two Spring-themed boxes. Unlike the now sold-out kit, these little shadowboxes were around at Easter and they'll be out for a while longer. They're so cute, and I love the little vintage wooden Easter ornament from my stash and it's finally Spring! While I happen to love wintertime, this year has been especially craptastic and I am ready for the change.  Never fear about the sold out kit, there are still many components of the kit left that you could buy individually if you like. Just click here.

Glad I had plenty of sheet moss on hand for these two shadowboxes as it really helped me fill in extra space, prop the little chick up in the bunny box and provide a soft space for the rabbit and chicks to sit on. If you look back behind the basket, you can maybe see the extra moss that I used with the tiny purple flowers here and there. That was done to make it seem like an extension of the purple flowers and greenery in the background image.  
Spring Has Sprung Supply List

By the way, did you happen to notice what the wooden bunny is holding? You didn't? Well here's a closeup of him offering you a pretty little rose...

Wait! Don't leave just yet - Mr. Chick Adeez is about to go out for his morning walk. Perhaps you'd like to wave hello and wish him a good day? (Have a look at that bowl he's smoking, he must be from my home state of California!)

Yes, of course I am snickering and laughing like a juvenile delinquent over that, but I digress.

Super-duper easy box to put together. Cover box and lid with paper (or paint it if you'd rather), choose your background image. Before gluing it in, be sure to double check that when you look through the egg opening, you see the part of the image that you want to show through.  

The opening of the egg and all sides of the box were edged with Nuvo Lemon Sorbet paint, then edged with Stickles Diamond. The picture doesn't show it, but the green, purple/pinky, and gold glints from the Stickles goes perfect with the Mint Green Double Dot Scrapbook Paper and purple cover paper.

Mr. Chick Adeez Morning Walk Supply List

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation. . .

Driving home tonight, I saw a sign in front of a church that said "Repent and Resist Temptation"
To which I thought of my very good friend Mr. Oscar Wilde and what his response would have been:
"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself."  
-from The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sophronia Tries Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing, or  "shinrin-yoku" has many benefits to one’s health including lowered blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and stress hormones. Sophronia is taking it to the next level by actually bathing in the forest because in my world of make believe, that's how its done.

This was a fun project that I created for Alpha Stamps to get me out of the winter doldrums. Don't know about you, but even though I love wintertime I am ready for the green of Spring!

The base of the project is a 4x6 Shadowbox lined with Romantique Parisian Scrapbook Paper. I took Gold Stitched Leaf Ribbon and glued them onto the branches so that it looks like the birds are sitting on a "gold" branch.

My favorite part of the box is the "bubble" bath! I used the Tiny Flat Back Pearls and glued them where I thought bubbles would be in the bathtub, overflowing onto the mossy forest floor.

Mini Rose Buds are here and there in front of the tub, and Fancy Lavender Berries are popping up on the other side.  The luscious Reindeer Moss used for the tree at the end of the tub and around it is from my front yard ;)

The Taj Mahal Shadowbox Lid (shown in main photo at top of post) is covered with Floral Lace on Taupe Scrapbook Paper and then Platinum Stickles are used around the opening. Once the Stickles dried, I added the Green & Blue Mix Rhinestone Chain around the edge of the Stickles. Since it wasn't shiny and sparkly enough, I added a strip of Fancy Scalloped Gold Dresden Border at the bottom of the cover. Blingy dingy!

You can find the supplies I used here.  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018


NY Times Article from 1990 about Potpourri 

Article link at end of post.

What's That Smell? Probably, It's Potpourri

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ghosts of Christmas Past

I had fun dreaming up the Ghosts From Christmas Past using the Large Haunted House Frame set for Alpha Stamps. 

Walking through the forest you might come upon an old, odd home that is slowly being covered in moss along with the effects of time.

Looking up at the windows, you will find that there are many ghosts from long-lost Christmas times. 

Each room a memory of times long gone by, carefully maintained with the joy and wonder of a child.

No memory is too small for these wee angels to keep.

What memories of Christmas would these caretakers keep for you? The door is open, come in and find out. . .

Secret Garden

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