Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Alchemy Coasters and Coins for AlphaStamps

AlphaStamps sent me this Alchemy 12 x 12 Pad and I have one word. SWOOOOOON! Ugh! It's the type of pad you take extra care when cutting into because there's something gorgeous on both sides of the paper.

I used that gorgeousness with elements from this months' kit: Coins, Coasters & Holders. 

I mean you wouldn't think that moons and bees would go together.... but here we are.

The coins and coasters that are the base of these pieces are super thick chipboard. If you know me, I like to beat my projects into submission so these extra thick beauties are a total treat.

Oh the lushness!

Snails, stripes, moths and numbers! A jumble of all the nicest things.

And have you heard of Artist Trading Coins? 2.5" diameter, round works of art. You know how much I love working on a small scale so I'm game for these mini arty farty things.

There are coordinating pockets, folders and 'wallets' available to match the coins and coasters. It's such a nice way to present them as a gift, to make them extra special.

Since I can't control myself and make everything extra chunky, I particularly like the pockets with extra room like this Dimensional Coin Folder.

Beautiful graphics, shiny highlights, a bit of paint and glue and you've got yourself some sweet celestial art.

Here are all the bits and pieces you'll need to create your own:

You might want to grab the Coins, Coasters & Holders Kit

Friday, May 10, 2019

Platform 9 3/4

This has been waiting to be finished for AGES. Since before I visited the real platform 9 3/4!

Kings Cross Platform 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express - Nichola Battilana

When I visited the actual platform at Kings Cross station it was absolute madness. I didn't even line up for the photo op because it was swarming with people. (Don't feel badly for me. It gives me a great excuse to return!)

Kings Cross Platform 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express - Nichola Battilana

My little version of Platform 9 3/4 was built inside of a wooden shadow box. It measures approximately 6" x 9" x 1.5"

Kings Cross Platform 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express - Nichola Battilana

I'm so happy with the brickwork in this piece as well as that pipe to the side.

Kings Cross Platform 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express - Nichola Battilana

All of the suitcases are made from cardstock with ribbon and other wee bits.

Kings Cross Platform 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express - Nichola Battilana

There's a little Hogwarts Express ticket, and a few books atop the stack of cases.

Kings Cross Platform 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express - Nichola Battilana

A wax sealed acceptance letter, and a wand too.

Kings Cross Platform 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express - Nichola Battilana

Want to own a little Platform 9 3/4? This piece is listed HERE

P.S. Happy mother's day weekend moms and motherers!

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Paper Stereoscope Tutorial and Downloads

Are there things, objects, that you can't help but feel drawn to? I love old clocks, wooden crates, books. I've also always wanted a stereoscope.

I've wanted to make my own for a while and finally got around to looking into how to make one.

Graphic 45's Olde Curiosity Shoppe—Deluxe Collector's Edition seemed the perfect paper choice!

And I'm so pleased with myself because the stereoscope works like a charm!

Most of what I read suggested 3x lenses. I tried a few different magnifications and ended up using a pair of 4x's magnification reading glasses. Maybe it's because my eyes are a little weak that they worked better for me? Not sure, but I popped the lenses out of the frames, and simply glued them in place inside the viewer. Perfecto!

I didn't add many embellishments to this piece. I wanted to keep it looking like a usable object rather
than a decorative item. There's a restrained trim, a couple of Antique Brass Stamped Metal Brads. But how perfect is that graphic from the Optical Oddities page of Olde Curiosity Shoppe?

Those stereocards? A vintage story of love told in a series of public domain images from a museum collection. 

Because I think everyone should be as excited about stereoscopes as I am, I've put together a big fat tutorial for this project with three parts.

The pattern

The cards

Here are all the other bits you'll need to create this project:
Antique Brass Stamped Metal Brads
Olde Curiosity Shoppe—Deluxe Collector's Edition
Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Dark Cashmere
Cheap reading glasses 3x's (I used 4x)
Thick card
White Glue
Glue Stick

Thats it! Just a handful of things to make a really neat something :)

Now all I have to do is figure out how to make my own stereoview images...

Monday, April 29, 2019

Florentine Moon Triptych for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

I have always had an affinity with the night sky. The stars and moon make me swoon! And I've been especially inspired to make moony themed pieces recently, and this project is no exception.

The exterior is dark and moody. A Vintage Triptych "Florentine" is covered with paper from Graphic 45's Love Notes

The corners are adorned with Victorian Corners 2 which have been chopped in half to give a sort of hinge look. I've added a Hasp to the cover for a closure, and simply added the smallest of the Tudor Rose Singles to add a bit of decoration to the piece.

Inside I've relied on old paper and paint, and a bit of gold embossing powder.

I'm really pleased with it and I have a video to show you just how I achieved this look (and how I put the pieces together) Pop over HERE to see the walkthrough.

Are you ready to make some of your own moon magic?

Here are all the bits you'll need from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Vintage Triptych "Florentine" *Coming Soon*
Victorian Corners 2 

And all of the other supplies that I used in this project:
Brass Starburst CharmFlat Back Gold Star Studs 12mm
Flat Back Gold Star Studs 8mm
Stamp and pad
Gold embossing powder
Old Paper
Washi Tape
Acrylic paint

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Altoid Specimen Tin

Even if I haven't been posting like crazy, I've been making like mad. I've hit one of those periods where one inspiration leads to another, and so on, until I can't possibly keep up with all the ideas in my head!

There are about three hundred things on the go in my studio, but I wanted to make sure to share something before you forgot about me. So, I finished up this specimen Altoid tin to show off today.

The outside paper is from Communique. The inside is lined with vintage music paper. The butterflies are fussy cut from Butterfly Specifics - Old Curiosity Shoppe.

All those little specimen labels are from THIS new collage sheet set. I'm including two pages in this set. One page is filled with blank labels and the other filled with descriptions (low key fairy themed). While there aren't editable text areas, if you have basic photoshop/photo editing skills you should be able to add text on top of the image file, adding your own descriptions.

For authenticity, I recommend viewing THIS tutorial to create an aged glass look.

  A little bit of fake grime makes a big difference!

Inside those jars are all sorts of wee things. Twigs, roots, petals, bones, glitter, moss... basically anything that fit inside those little vials.

All the bits used:

Artifact Labels - 2 PDF collage sheet download
Mint tin
Mini vials
Communique (exterior paper)
Old Curiosity Shoppe (paper butterflies)
Music paper
Wee bits to fill the vials
Metal card/Label holder

Friday, April 19, 2019

Garden Goddess Cards with 60 Second #G45videotutorial

Spring eluded me. There was snow on the ground when I awoke, and more was expected by the end of the week. I’d been daydreaming of buds and blooms forever. With that in mind, I made a simple set of six bright and cheery Garden Goddess cards to get me through the lingering winter weather.

There’s a lot of fussy cutting in those cards, but the assembly is simple. The exact same steps are used to create the entire set of six different cards.

To begin, fussy cut loads and loads of flowers and leaves from the Garden Goddess collection. Loads. A lot. More than you think you’ll ever use. You’ll also want to cut out some figures which will be the central focus for your cards.

Next, I create a bunch of crumply, colored background sheets. My set includes three themed colours used in the Garden Goddess collection: green, pink and yellow. I prepared backgounds in each of the colours using Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Antique Moss, Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Precious Pink and Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Venetian Lace to match perfectly.

To create the backgrounds cut plain white paper smaller than the folded card size. Spritz with water and crumple into a loose ball. After crumpling gently roll it on the Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad of your choice. Unfurl the crumpled paper, then smoosh in some additional colour. Unfurl again, lay flat, and let dry.

The cards are created by layering a cut piece of Garden Goddess paper, a crumpled background and a round frame cut using the Square Tag & Clock Dies, all in the same colour theme, on top of a plain white card.

With the base in place, a goddess is added (I added wings to mine), then flowers, and a Garden Goddess sentiment. Most of the embellishing is kept to the bottom and sides, with a couple of flowers added to the top corners. The focus is the Goddess in the centre of each card.

I couldn’t resist adding a few butterflies from Flutter as a final touch.

I have a #g45videotutorial video to show you just how easy these come together.


That wasn’t so hard right?! You got this!

Here are all of the bits you’ll need to create this entire set of Garden Goddess cards.

Garden Goddess Collection papersClearsnap Decades Dye Pad Antique MossClearsnap Decades Dye Pad Precious Pink
Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Venetian Lace
Square Tag & Clock Dies

Printed Fairy Wings on Transparency SheetPlain white paper
Plain white base card
Foam spacer squares