Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Thank you once again to the fabulous (and amazing!) Alpha Stamps for providing most of the supplies used in this nutsy piece!
For a link to all the supplies provided by Alpha Stamps, click Here.

Supplies List
Little Household Goods Collage Sheet
Secret spell Book Labels Collage Sheet
Little Potions Collage Sheet
Small Dresden Frame with Shell Corners
Mini Cigar Box- 3x4
Mini Cigar Box Set
1 Inch Glass Bottle with Cork
1-1/2 Inch Glass Bottle with Cork
12 Tiny Glass Bottles
Amber resin Potions Bottle
Corked Vials (the tall skinny one)
Large Clear Resin Potions Bottle
Mini Inkwell Bottle
Tiny Round Bottles
White Resin Condiment Bottle
Mini Floral Dresden Borders-Antique Gold
Wide Scalloped Dresden Border (painted white)
Mini Mason Jar-Medium
Stickles-Lime Green and Diamond
Metal Paint Can with Lid

Additional Supplies
Bo bunny Sweet Moments Scrapbook Papers
Various Beads for Lids
Linen Hinging Tape
Acrylic Paints
Filigree Frames Shape Set (from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts)

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Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pretty 1:12 Scale Bed

Ooh, I love working in the classic doll house scale of 1:12! For those who aren't familiar with 1:12 scale, the explanation is that every foot of measurement equals an inch. So if your sofa in real life is eight feet long, it will be eight inches long in a dolls house.
Here is the latest edition to my ongoing dolls house project. A pretty little bed, fit for well, just about anyone who likes pretty little beds!
And a picture without the mattress...
I started out with the Standard Bed 1 to 12 .
I glued the Filigree to the head and foot board of the bed, being mindful that the filigree goes on the inside of the head board and the outside of the foot board. I also glued some legs on to give the bed a bit more height. (just used some scrap chipboard to do this)
I gave everything a good coat of white paint and dry fit it together.
After making sure everything fit together well, I took it apart and painted the filigree green using a bit of paper towel to lightly dab the paint on. A sponge would work well, too.
 After the green paint dried, I glues the bed together and used a rubber band to hold it firmly in place whilst it dried.
I also glued the bed skirt ( a bit of lace from my stash) onto the inside of the bed railing.
After everything dried, I added the detail to the head board and foot board by piping Liquid Pearls on the filigree and let the scrolly design influence where I applied the paint.
Dimensional fabric paint also works well here.
I extended the detail on to the smooth parts of the head boards as well and also the side slats. I think it looks more finished this way.
This bed also come is half scale, which is half inch to the foot. This was so much fun, I may make the smaller one as well! Thank you for stopping by!
Standard Bed 1 to 12
Chevron scrolly thing (will edit)

White paint
Green paint
Liquid Pearls
Scrap lace

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Make and Take Ladies Make Crowns

Hi Folks, Lora here to share a fun experience I recently had teaching a class on making the wonderful Crown designed by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.
I teach a crafty class the last Friday of every month called Make and Take. It's a three or four hour class with a different art project from month to month. I supply all the bits and pieces for each project and the skills needed and everybody goes home with a completed project.
The classes are usually held at The Reynolds Homestead, which is a Commonwealth Campus Center of Virginia Tech.
This month we had our first ever class at the Creative Arts Center, an extension of Reynold Homestead located downtown.
It was a great success!

Some prepping was done before hand. I spray painted all the component parts of the crowns....
It was a beautiful sunny day. Perfect for painting outdoors.
Setting up some of the supplies....
A couple of my 'regular' ladies and a new generation came to play as well.
 There was some intense crafting going on....
And lots of hamming for the camera.
A couple of cutie pies.
A detail shot of one of the lovely creations. There were lots of varied supplies used from Mardi Gras beads to sea shells and of course, GLITTER!
The Royal Wave was practiced.
And everybody had a go trying on the teachers sample crown....
It was a great class and it never ceases to amaze and delight me at the end of the day when everyone is finished, how different all the projects are.
A line up of some of the Ladies looking pretty majestic...
Thank you, Gina for letting me share this experience with everyone. It's a joy and privilege to be a part of this creative journey!

Of course, the item we all had in common is the Crown.
There were also;
Mardis Gras beads
Acrylic Paints (both Liquitex and Apple Barrel)
Flat back crystals
Silk and paper flowers
Sea shells
Luminarte Radiant Rain Color Concentrates
Dimensional fabric paint

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Captured Mermaid

She was found tangled in a fisherman's net, her arm badly broken. That day there happened to be a journalist at the harbor photographing the boats when the fisherman came in with his odd catch. Before anyone could say 'Fish and Chips' she was whisked away to London, her arm repaired with the most advanced technology of the Victorian era, placed in a large, specially made tank and hauled to the British Museum where she was the talk of the nation as folks came in droves to see her.
She spent many months in her beautiful, small prison..........
watching all the passers by much the same way they were watching her.
After a few months, the novelty wore off and the people were off to see the newest, shiniest thing and it was decided that she would be moved to another location to make room for the Gryphon that would soon be coming from the mountains of Tibet.

Whilst in transport over the London Bridge, the wagon bearing the full load of the tank, hit a large pot hole jarring the tank and cracking the glass viewing window.
The mermaid saw her chance, pushing as hard as she could on the damaged glass.
The glass burst with the added pressure, water came rushing out, the mermaid along with it. Eye witnesses said for a moment or two she clung to the rails of the bridge before she plunged into the Thames and disappeared.
It was speculated by many that she made her way to the sea. She was never seen again by human eyes.
Back in London in a dusty corner of a minor museum, her empty tank can still be found....

Here is where I began...
The lovely Alpha Stamps supplied all the wonderful items used in the project including this spectacular Arched Shrine Shadowbox and the Stair Step Shrine Base.
I began by cutting and fitting my interior papers, then gluing the basic box together, leaving the front facade off for the moment.
I put a couple of rubber bands around the box so it would glue tightly fitted together with no gaps.
I assembled the Stair Step Shrine Base and let it dry.
I painted everything black.........
And cut by papers for the risers of the steps and used the facade as a template for the front piece of paper.
Using linen hinging tape, I carefully attached the gates, making sure the tape came up to the edge (and no more!) of the inside of the gates and  also making sure that the tape was wide enough to fold over the outside of the box, giving the gates more strength and support. I then painted the hinge black.
Next, I VERY CAREFULLY dry-fitted the facade paper over the top of the gates, trimming where needed as I opened and closed the gates. This is an important step. If the paper impinges on the gates in anyway they will not open and close properly, so make sure before you glue that you've got plenty of leeway there.
After the paper was dry, I started messing with my chosen elements and embellishments until I got a layout that I liked, my object was to give her tank a steampunk look to match her repaired arm.

A detail picture of what I ended up with liking best. I glued everything down using E6000.
Make sure you've got ventilation...this stuff is super smelly and not good to breathe, but boy does it stick well!
I decided she need some flotsam in the tank so I used some closed cell Styrofoam that I tore into a couple of chunks and painted to look like sand mounds.
I glued them in the tank and used shells, pearls and micro beads to embellish them.
Here is a detail picture of my little mermaid....
I used the top half of the Mermaid Paper Doll in the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit and a tail from the Mermaid Tails Half Sheet.
I used small watch parts to repair her injured arm and had fun embellishing her with Liquid Pearls, a crown and pretty shell sequins. (all supplies are listed below)
In the above picture, you can see the little dot details and arm a bit better. (please ignore my paint dotted hand)

So, if some day you are out fishing in the deep, deep ocean and you see a mermaid with the sun glinting off of what appears to be a metal arm, give her a wave.
Thanks for stopping!
For a link to all the wonderful supplies provided by Alpha Stamps click HERE.

Arched Shrine Shadowbox
Stair Step Shrine Base
Wrought Iron Gates For Arched Shrine
Mermaid Paper Doll (smaller size)
Finnabair Mechanical Metals Rustic Gears
Belle Epoque Mermaid Heads & Hats Collection
Spanish crowns Collage Sheet
Mermaid Tails Half Sheet
Coral Chipboard Set-4 pieces
1mm Micro Beads-Aqua
Brass Patina Conch Shell Charms
Seashell Sequin Mix
Seashells in Plastic Tins
Brass Patina Seahorse Charm
Voyage Beneath the Sea-Deep Blue Dreams Scrapbook Paper
Down By the Sea Tide Scrapbook Paper
Mini Steampunk Seahorse-Set of 2
19mm Fancy Metal Drawer Pull or Box Feet
Hitch Fasteners
Liquid Pearls White Opal
White Pearls Mix in Tin
4mm Brads-Antique Gold, Copper & Pewter
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink Pad

Additional Supplies
Larger Shells
Watch Gears
Black Acrylic Paint
Matte Medium
Tacky Glue
Green Glass Pearls
Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink Pad
Liquid Pearls Lime Green
Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Pretty Victorian Wall Shelf

Detail can be a thing of beauty. I have always loved hand painted details on furniture and combining that with the wonderfully scrolly Victorian Wall Shelf Miniature is a match made in heaven!
I love working in 1:12 scale and this is a perfect piece for the WIP doll's house I have been slowly working on for about a year. The beautiful and graceful scroll work on this piece inspired me to enhance the already lovely shape and add pretty gold details.
 Here's where I started out....
Glued the bits together. Make sure you put your brackets in right way up! Just sayin'......
I gave it a good coat of gesso and then a coat of white acrylic paint.
I have a nice little collection of old watch faces and wanted to use one for the circle that was just crying to be a clock.
I chose one and dry fit it into the hole, then drew a circle around it to mark where the edges were on the circle.
And yes! This next picture is meant to be upside down. The shelf part of the clock would have inhibited me from doing a consistent paint job on the details, so I flip the piece over and did my rough guide/sketch of my design....
And then began to paint it on. I used Lumiere Metallic Acrylic in Sunset Gold and a #4 round brush. I like this brush because it holds it pointy tip and allows for fine lines and it's stiff enough that I can paint little swirly circles and dots.
I am right-handed, so I paint from the left to the right, that way I don't drag my hand through any wet paint.
Here is what the completed gold paint looks like.
I wanted to age it up a bit...the white is a little too bright for me, so I used a little water and Quinachrodone Gold to 'yellow' the white and make the gold look just a bit richer.
Quinac Gold is a semi translucent acrylic paint that I use a lot either by itself or with a little black to give the appearance of age or grime to a piece. (this is a variation on something I learned from the amazing and very funny Michael deMeng)
I smoodged around a bit of the quinac and water and then wiped it down with a bit of damp paper towel. I reapplied as I need to to get the color I wanted.
It goes without saying that you want your detail painting to be completely dry before you do this!
 The finished shelf!
And with some fun goodies displayed on it...

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Victorian Wall Shelf Miniature

Additional supplies from Alpha Stamps
Even tinier books-set of 12
Three Miniature Vases
Small Mulberry Blossoms
Amber Candy Dish Set

Acrylic paints
Thank you for stopping by!