Saturday, July 11, 2015

Odessa Grim's Spell Book

With a little help from the Alpha Stamps July Kit, Odessa Grim created her one of a kind super secret Book of Spells.
Odessa knows that Halloween/Magic Potions aren't for everyone.  This kit is chocked full of charms, some that are Halloween, but others that can be used for just about anything.
Odessa, being a good witch covered her book (a small hinged tin.) in Faux Suede Sheets.  The thought of covering it in human skin made her toes curl.  All spell books need to close so Odessa used a mix of alcohol inks (pitch black, gold and an assortment of browns) to mask the silver of the tin.  She did not water these paints down, used them at full strength, just drip them on.  She needed the full power that the deep color provided.

 To create the label Odessa used some of her specially tea died fabric (you know, the same fabric she weaves protective baby blankets out of) ironed it onto butchers paper and ran it through the printer (after all she is a modern Witch).  Witchcraft is not for everyone, so try these Colorfast Sew-In inkjet sheets if the home brewed formula isn't for you.  After printing your phrase cut it off and then add inks/dies to grunge it up.
Odessa cast an Extension Charm, yes, she learned it from Hermione, so that the inside of her book held more than just pages with spells.  She has shelves for her healing potions (Amber Resin potion bottles, green resin perfume bottles, tiny white turquoise skull beads) and even a place for her familiar, Venus, to hide in (complete supply list link provided at end of post).
Odessa's spell book folds out of the right side of the tin.  Pages and pages filled with celestial spells (Alchemical Spheres Collage Sheet) and healing potions.  
But her book couldn't just be simple pages, her pages fold out and down and are chocked full of little notes and splashed (Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays - Mermaid seashells) with spells she has created for the greater good.
It doesn't end there though, Odessa has an entire library hidden at the back of her spell book covering safe travel, how to uncover the truth, blessings for the home and many many more.

Odessa's go to store for all her witch-crafting necessities is Alpha Stamps and here is her complete supply list for this particular project.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out Odessa's Spell Book.  She will watch out for you and keep you from all evils.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Faux Mermaid Stained Glass Window

 This piece was inspired by the absolutely amazing sea glass now available at Alpha Stamps.  I used a bit from each color set Sea Glass Blue and White, Sea Glass Green and Yellow, Sea Glass Red and Brown. I mounted the glass on  piece of plexiglass using a 100% Silicone Sealant that I found in the shower section of the local hardware store.  That glass is on there!
 Here it is without the sun shining through.  The image I used is one of my all time favorites from the Caribbean Blue Mermaids Collage Sheet.  To make it into one solid image I cut pieces out of two separate images and slipped them together.
 Chipboard bits are one of my favorite things to work with and these were Sea themed (as you know anything Ocean related is one of my favorite things to create with).  The gold piece is the Large Coral Die-Cut chipboard.  The green bit is the Seaweed Stem die-cut chipboard, and the blue pieces are from the Small Coral Die-cut chipboard set.  I painted them using Lumiere paint - Metallic Gold.  I painted them on the Tim Holtz reusable non-stick craft sheet and left them on it to dry.  When I pulled them off paint had built up along many of the edges and in the holes so I can to cut it off with a matt knife, not fun.
 Originally I was going to put all of these bits into a solo shadow box tray, but then you wouldn't have been able to get the full effect of the sea glass.  I still wanted the compartment component the box offered.  To make them here I used the inside of matchboxes.
 The matchboxes are wrapped in the Unearth Copper Patina Scrapbook paper.  This is a two sided paper so I used both sides because they complimented themselves so well.  Inside the two boxes on the end (turned horizontal) is an image from the Vintage Mermaids Collage Sheet that I cut in half.  The bottom of the boxes are lines with micro pearls, a small amount of peachturquoise, and white were used but the majority of the beads are Aqua. In addition to those fabulous bits are the Cheetah Shell Mix and Tiny Real Seashells in a tin. The middle two boxes I kept simple with some stunning bronze charms. 1/2" Bronze starfish charm, Bronze Octopus Charm, and an antique Brass conch shell charm all of which I cut off the loops of.
 In order to hang the piece I drilled two small holes in areas that I left clear of sea glass.  Then I strung it with some of the ribbons from the Summer Silk Ribbon Set. Just a moment on these ribbons, they are luscious!  So vibrant!  I want every color they make.
The finishing touch, that I just couldn't resist, is the Large Bronze Mermaid Pendant Charm.
Thank you for stopping by my blog.  
This piece will be available in the Etsy shop when I return from vacation.
Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Circus Folio

 I have fallen in love with Tim Holtz's folio's!  I'm not a scrapbooker, but these folios are perfect for all those tickets, flyers and what nots one collects on a fun filled trip.
Many of the supplies I used can be found HERE.
To color the folio I took Tim Holtz's distressed paint pealed paint, spun sugar and broken china.  Doctored them up a bit and turned them into sprays.
There are tons of surfaces to cover on this thing which means you have plenty of space to tell your story or show all your trip bits.  
 On the inside flap I used images from the Carnival Scrapbook paper - slideshow and Big Top. My lovely lady is from the Tattooed ladies Collage Sheet. I finished it off with a fun saying stamped directly on and some stenciled stars from the punchinella stencil.
 When you open up the inside flaps you are provided with a ready made cascading paper section to affix just about anything you want to.  
I put a Tiny Brown Kraft Envelope on the inside of each flap to hold goodies. The lovely lady is mounted on a die cut from Tim Holtz Thinlits mini label die set.
 And now for the really fun part.  All the stuff that flips!  The envelope with the word Fly on it is from the Junque Gypsy paper pad set (I used a lot from this set). I just jazzed it up with the stamped word, an image from the Circus Performers #1 Collage Sheet, and some tickets.
 When you flip the pocket over this is the back.  I cut a number of the saying from the Gypsy Moments Poses and reflections paper and peppered them throughout the project. 
 The next layer is another cut out from the Junque paper.  This one is a little book, it opens to show ledger like paper.  On the outside I used a Tattooed lady, flowers, feathers and pearls to decorate it.
 Behind the book I have flying Aerialists, laughing clowns and a black envelope.  
 Flip to the next page and you get a fabulous Women Circus performer and a horse from the Tiny Circus Collage Sheet.
 And for the final page a clown or two with an image surrounded by a Tiny Embossed Gold Dresden Boarder.
And because I couldn't leave the back blank after all that I used an image from the Junque Gypsy paper.  

Thanks so much for looking!  
This piece will be one sale in my Etsy shop when I return from vacation.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Getting my Mojo Back

I decided last year that I would start a journal and I follow Journal 52.  Well, at the end of last year I got caught on a prompt and hated what I did.  It stared at me for months.  I was prepping a canvas and had some left over gesso so I covered up the ugly and started fresh.  

This is what I came up with.  I wasn't following a theme just trying to get back to journaling.  
Layer 1: Hand written tea related words
Layer 2: Tea stained (yep I brewed and stained)
Layer 3: Splattered white paint
Layer 4: Decorative paper to form tea cups
Layer 5: Lace and tea boarder
Layer 6: Swirl stencil with molding paste painted with sparkling H2O's
Layer 7: Distress Stickles Rock Candy  (on the teacups)

I've done two other pages since finishing this one.  I'd say I have my journaling mojo back.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Travel Accordion Book

 This year is the 100th Anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and Alpha Stamps is Celebrating!
 There is just something about postcards that scream, historical fun events, to me.  So to help celebrate this event with Alpha Stamps I've created some postcards highlighting events from the Exposition.  When I was done making the postcards I felt like I hadn't done enough.  I've been itching to make a book accordion file so voila, the perfect way to store postcards!  
 The size/shape of the book was very important.  It needed to not be very thick and it also needed to be larger.  Mine measures 8 1/2 "long, 5 3/4" wide and 1" deep when it is closed.  
 The outside is decorated with papers from the Tim Holtz Destinations pack. The woman image is from the Travel Reading Collage Sheet.  The extra bits are some 2mm and 3 mm Brass Flat-Back Studs, Mini Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (which I wrapped around in case the accordion gets full),  and gold zig zag dresden boarders.
 I'm going to do a tutorial on how I made the accordion portion of the book.  I got the basics from Wings of Whimsy but ran into a few issues and have some tips.  
 Now onto the events postcards!
The store with Uncle Sam (at least that is who I thought he was) coming out the top is a watch store.  So I ran with that.  I used images from the Fun photos from the Fair Collage SheetFun Vintage Pics Collage sheet, The 4th of July Collage Sheet and Tiny Vintage Letters and Postage Collage Sheet. Some of the other goodies I used were from the Tim Holtz Destinations paper pack, dazzles silver thin line stickers and tiny star sequins (all available at Alpha Stamps).
 For my second postcard I used a lot of the same things as I did on the Watch Postcard.  I pulled extra images from the Tiny Vintage Scrapbook Collage Sheet.  The letters/ numbers that are supposed to look like typewriter keys came from the Star Crossed paper pack. I also used some postmark paper tape along the bottom and my favorite, Liquid pearls in platinum
The folder and postcards are available to purchase together in my Etsy Shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed.  Stay tuned for the tutorial.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mermaid Altered Tart Tin Trinket Box

 Tart tins are so pretty.  You can do practically anything with them and end up with a gorgeous piece.   Because of this it is hard to think outside the box sometimes, but that is what I tried to do, use the shabby chic tins in a new way. 
 These tins came all shabby chiced up which left me with two ideas, vintage little girls or mermaids and y'all know how much I loves me some mermaids.  This image is from the Carribean Blue Mermaids Collage Sheet.
 Around her I added clear acrylic sprays, pearls, and leaf ribbon.  
To create the blue spray I took 22 gauge wire and coated it with hot glue.  While the glue was drying I mixed three different colors of micro beads - Aqua, White and Turquoise, in a small container. next I coated the dried (and bumpy) hot glue with  a thick fast drying glue and rolled it in the micro bead mixture.  Ever so gently I pressed the beads into the glue and set it aside to dry.  
 Because every jewelry box opening has something pretty by it I made some architectural flourishes with hot glue, so they would shape to the tin, painted them with coordinating paint to match the tin.  A few tiny read seashells and a brass charm finish off the opening. 
 Inside I covered the top and bottom with paper from the Star Crossed collection.  I know that someone someday will put something pretty inside these tins but until then when you open it a brass fish, bead filled glass vial and pearls decorate it.  
Thank you for stopping by.  
This piece is available in my Etsy Store.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hoppy Easter!

 This year to celebrate Easter I decided to take part in blissfullART's Easter Tin Swap.
What I ended up with is one of the most major deviations from a plan I have ever done but I love how it ended up (despite numerous mistakes).
You can't tell in the photo's but the tin background is shimmery gold over a textured light pink.
 My plan always called for a decorated egg on the inside.  I carefully cut, sized and decorated the egg.  It wasn't until after I glued it into the tin that I realized I had decorated the wrong half, the bigger half, so now the tin doesn't close :(
 Just look at that detail!  I love how this turned out.  The mold is a silicone mold-ornaments and settings.  The piece needed to be flexible to wrap around the tin so I used hot glue.  Yep, you read that right, I put hot glue in the mold.  Waited a few minutes, popped it out and spray painted it gold.  
 Inside I ended up making the non closure worse by adding the grass at the base of the bunnies feet.  I guess at this point it didn't matter, it was never going to close and the grass is fun.  Still frustrated me.
I really hope that my swap partner likes what I have created for her.  The one she made for me arrived a few days ago and I can't wait to share it with you it is a glitter tarts dream come true!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mash Up! Marie Antoinette and The Mad Hatter Tea Cup

 The Alpha Stamps kit this month is Marie in Wonderland!
This one was custom made for me...Marie and Alice and The Mad Hatter and Marie....need I go on????
 I started with a Tea Cup idea, wanting to create a scene inside the cup and have things going on on the outside.  Originally I thought, hey lets hang it from the handle and dangle things off the rim of the cup, but obviously the piece evolved in a different direction.
I know you have seen those darling scenes inside real cups.  Well, I was too scared (remember I was going to dangle things which meant drilling into the cup) and didn't want to buy a cup so I found this fabulous paper mache teacup tutorial and followed it.
 The cup is covered with paper from the Harmony 6x6 paper pad it took a little over one sheet to do the entire cup.  Inside The Mad hatter is featured (Mad Hatters tea party #2 Collage Sheet) sitting at a table with a 3D Bronze Tea Time teapot charm, mini strawberry cake and a mini heart tart cake charm.  The table cloth is a bit of lace (1/2 Inch Natural Scalloped cotton lace).  Some mini rose buds and a raw brass flourish finish off the scene.
 Next came some fun top hats.  Those things are itty in 1"!
The hats are covered with paper from the Harmony collection, then adorned with 1/8" Red Satin Ribbon (hides the seam where the base of the hat meets the hat), heart sequin mix, clock face buttons, and mini rose buds.  I affixed them to the cup using 22 gauge wire that I covered with red seed beads.
This is the pattern I used.  I am sorry I can't remember where I got it from but it was originally much bigger.  I shrunk it down in photoshop.  
 Marie herself is an image from the Marie Takes Tea Collage Sheet.  To dress her up I added some 1mm micro pearls and some more of the red ribbon tied in itty bitty bows.  Her center bow was created using the mini bows silicone mold.  I used paper clay and red paint to make the bow.
Even though you can't really see the cup I wanted to dress it up.  Thin looped Dresden boarders are what I used around the rims.  Since it is Marie, a few paper clay Fluer de lis adorn the cups. 

Now lets chat about the handle.  
I was going to use a really awesome resin casting.  If you take the resin piece out before it is really hard it bends!   However when I did that I wasn't ready to attach it yet and it got too hard by the time I was.  So if you want the ice resin handle (shown below) your cup needs to be ready for a handle when you make it.  Bend the piece gently and hot glue into place.  The hot glue will hold the bend and the resin will harden in that shape.
 Notice how it is holding its shape without me even holding it after I bent it.  
I selected a piece from the Architectural flourishes silicone mold and made it using paper clay.  Next I attached the handle (from the tutorial) using hot glue.  Then came the tricky part.  I took the paper clay out of the mold (still wet), very carefully cut off the ugly bits and then glued it to the handle.  I used a regular glue to glue it.  Now walk away!  It has to dry before you can do anything else with it.  Once the paper clay was dry I painted the entire handle.   
I had a fun time creating this piece.  I also tried a bunch of different items in my molds.  In the next few days I will have an information post up, I used bees wax, hot glue, ice resin, paper clay,  you name it I tried it and some of them are great!  
Thanks so much for stopping by!
This piece is on sale in my Etsy Shop.