Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cigar Box Book Nesting Boxes

 Cigar Box Sweeties was the them for this months Alpha Stamps Kit
 I had purchased some Tiny Cigar Boxes and when this kit came out I knew I had to use them somehow. But y'all know me, I couldn't go simple and just decorate I reached into my pile of books to alter and came up with this Nesting Cigar Box Book.
 In the past I have done tutorials on how to prepare a box for altering and how to create a box inside of a book (HERE).  This time I went with making two openings and I will be pulling together a tutorial soon.
 I love Dresden Flowers and Gold Dresden to me they make things look so rich and Victorian (my favorite time in history).
 When I saw the new Collage Sheets I instantly knew I wanted to use the Starry Queen image from the Small Cigar Labels and Bands Collage Sheet.
 I used texture paste to build up the clouds all around her and then sprinkled it with glitter.  Alas after all my excitement of working with this collage image I ended up disappointed with the outcome.  
 For my second tiny cigar box I again used an image from the Small Cigar labels and bands Collage Sheet.  This box just fell together perfectly and I absolutely love the outcome.  Inside each box is spray painted gold.
 I used a ton of different papers on this project from the Cigar Box Secrets Paper Collection. The papers are so rich and coordinate so well. To hold the tiny cigar boxes I built up two openings.  You can take the tiny cigar boxes out and use them or keep them inside this book.  
In the end I am really pleased with this creation.  It might just be my favorite so far this year, but then again I would have to go back and look at everything I've made. 

 I hope you are inspired by my creation.

You can purchase this piece in my Etsy Shop
I have also put all my Halloween items on a half off sale and lowered the cost of some ornaments I made last year.  

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog.  

Complete List of Supplies Used 
(available at Alpha Stamps)
Cigar Box Secrets Paper - perfecto, panatela, corona, figurados, robusto
Cigar Label Banners Collage Sheet
Gypsy Coin Mix
Pink Roses Dresden Scrap
Senorita Cameo
Halfround Dresden Boarders - Gold
Cigar Box Label ATC Collage Sheet
Red Roses Dresden Scrap
Narrow Gold metallic Braid
Tiny Cigar Box
Small Cigar labels and bands Collage sheet
Diamond Stickles
Tiny Star Sequins
Cigar Box Secrets 6x6 paper pad
Lumiere Metallic Acrylic paint - metallic gold
Texture sand paste
Cigar Box Secrets Ephemera
Gold Ric Rac Dresden Boarders Set

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Home for the Holidays Ornament Swap!

 Oh I am super excited about this one!
I am hosting the annual Alpha Stamps Ornament Swap and this year we are making mini houses.
 The little chipboard houses measure ATC size 2 1/2 by 3 1/2
 The swap is a 3 for 3.  You make 3 and will receive 3 in return.  All you have to do is use the chipboard houses and at least one Alpha Stamp Collage Sheet or Rubber Stamp.
Not a member of the Alpha Stamps yahoo group?  You don't have to be.  Email me at and I will send you all the swap details and sign you up.  
If you are a member Sign up HERE

Don't miss out on this fun swap.  
My tree is full of handmade ornaments and I cherish them all.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Goblin Potion Altered Matchbox

 As I've mentioned before, it's that time of year...Halloween!  And no one does Halloween better than Alpha Stamps.  This year Leslie has pulled together a fun Goblin Kit.
 One of my favorite things to make around Halloween is special treat containers.  Did you see my Medusa Candy Jar?  Well, here is a little treat box.  This one you can fill with just about anything.
 I used paper, collage images, and Dresden all from the kit.  Some of my other supplies were black seam binding, potion bottles with sticker labels, and the poison rubber stamp set all available from Alpha Stamps.
 Inside is a tarot card reading scene with a large potion bottle and a spider web in the corner.  See lots of room for candy.
But my favorite part is the paper clay zombie hands that I made for the ends.  Doesn't' it look like they are reaching in to steal some candy!?!  
This piece is available in my store

Monday, October 6, 2014

Journal ~ In the City

 I am on a roll with this journal thing LOL.  Last week at Journal 52 the theme was In the City.
The idea of using flowers for clouds popped into my head before anything else and the page evolved from there. 
When I was done adding the paper bits I thought it was missing some things so I added a few bricks, wrote all the places I've lived and washed the entire page with an off white paint which is what really helped in my opinion.
I also added some shimmer to a few of the windows and flowers.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

Journal ~ Favorite Foods

I'm working a little, well more like a lot, out of order on the Journal 52 prompts.  This one is from Week 32: Favorite Foods. Cupcakes aren't my favorite food, I don't really have one, but they are my favorite to make.
 I had some trouble with this page and had to start it all over.  Can you see the image of the woman above?  Well, that is my grandmother who taught me a lot about baking.  I wanted to include her image and decided to try a new to me technique, gel medium image transfer.  It didn't work as well as I wanted it to but in the end I like how the page turned out.
 I cut along the edge of the page in the shape of the cupcakes.  You can see the next page peeking through.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Medusa Candy Jar

 It's October!  Time to share Halloween goodies!
This one was so much fun to make.  It's a Medusa themed candy jar using Alpha Stamps products.

Wouldn't this be Awesome filled with Gummy Worms!  I mean after all that is the closes one is going to get to the Essence of Medusa this Halloween.
 And there is no way you can open/look at a Medusa Candy Jar directly to you must use the mini mirror provided.  
 The topper is a paper clay skull and crossbones.
This was so much fun to make and I know it will be even more fun to have out on the counter filled with Candy this Halloween Season.  

It is available in my Etsy store.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lunch Box Notes F, G and H

Here is part 2 of my pre-school lunch box notes.  
Go HERE to download/print them out

C, D and E are HERE

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lunch Box Notes C, D and E

So I am one of those mom's who sends lunch box notes.  My mom used to write on napkins and I just loved getting them.  So moving along with the times I print out ones I find and toss them in.  My oldest has a hard time reading some of the ones I pick but she understands them for the most part.  My youngest, 4 years, has no clue but wants little notes so bad.  

I searched and searched but there just aren't any preschool level lunch box notes.  So what is an artist to do?  Well, I made my own and I am sharing them with you.  I hope you like them and that your little one loves them!

Each week in school she is learning a new letter so I have created 4 per week highlighting the letter she is working on.  This is just the first installment.  And If you really want me to do A and B I will, but my daughter is past those letters.  Just leave a comment.  

Click HERE for a link to go to a Google Doc and print them out/download them etc. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Journaling ~ Rhyme

 I would by no means call myself a journaler but I have found myself a bit lost now that many of my swapping groups have shut down.  I discovered Journal52 and have been playing with their prompts.  
This weeks prompt was Rhyme Time.
I started with an acrylic background, covered it with gesso, then Twinkling H2O's next came some hand writien facts about the rhyme and randomly placed stamps.  I created the cow and moon from various decorative papers.  To finish it off I added some texture paste in a star pattern.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Envelope Art

Wendy from Bliss Angels hosted a fabulous Mail Art Swap.  We were paired with three other ladies and told "go" no rules just your imagination and it had to of course be mailable.  
I made my 3 all different.  
 This one is my favorite.  I hardly ever do anything with circus items and I don't have that many but I received the paper I used as a banner and just couldn't get that out of my mind.  The circus theme evolved from there.
 If you follow me you know that anything Ocean themed is my cup of tea.  So of course I had to create an envelope with that theme.  I wanted it to be a bit different and found this blue envelope in my secret stash.
 It's hard to tell but I covered the entire envelope in perfect pearls.  So shimmery and pretty.
 The swap didn't have to be mailed until the end of the month so I thought a Halloween themed envelope would be fun to receive.  
This one ended up being the most work and it is the one I like the least.  I hope that the recipient likes it better than I do.  

You can follow the progression of my pieces on Instegram, glittertartdesigns.