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...