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1  Snowglobe Ornament in Winter Holidays by rackycoo on: December 05, 2019 07:40:18 AM
I know we're going dark soon, but I am going to keep posting until the very end.

Here's a little decoration I made with a mason jar ornament from Alpha Stamps. It's pretty simple, and it didn't take much time at all, but I still think it's sweet.

I used some corrugated cardboard to build up the base and support the beaded tree.

The bottom was wrapped with cotton, and some Diamond Dust was added to the dome. (I love that Diamond Dust, but it's made with tiny shards of glass, so it's beautiful but deadly)

Some berries on the top, and some embellishments on the bottom, and there it is!
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2  House Ornaments in Winter Holidays by rackycoo on: December 02, 2019 07:38:52 AM
Alpha Stamps has some new hanging house ornaments, and they can be decorated in so many different ways! Each set comes with a house and "yard", plus a picket fence, two deer, and an evergreen tree. The pieces are nice and lightweight, even when decorated. Here's what I did with two of the kits: a sparkly monotone house with a subtle palette, and a brighter, more vintage look with Santa. Each house is 5" tall.

he sparkly house was covered with scrapbook paper, and the tree was painted with subtle shades of green. A base of Snow Tex was added to the bottom, and then everything was covered with Diamond Dust to make it extra sparkly.

The sign was cut from a collage sheet, and mounted on matchsticks. It was glued to the base, along with the deer. I used some colored pencils on the deer, but he would also be cute just in silhouette.

I thought the sparkly house might be my favorite, but I think the jolly Santa in the next house changed my mind! Although he's left gifts and candy under the tree, he's checking his list twice to make sure no one was forgotten.

Scrapbook paper was used for the sides and roof of this house. I painted the "yard" a very light blue and then unrolled a cotton ball to make the snow. Tiny snowflakes, a bright wreath, and miniature packages and candy complete the scene. Hint: if the tree doesn't fit well, it's easy to use scissors to trim the back flat so it can sit closer to the house. Santa and the fence have some foam tape behind them so they stand out a little.

It's too early for me to have my tree up, but luckily, my neighbors have the perfect bush for glamour shots.

I enjoyed making these so much that I got a few extra sets and invited some friends over for a Craft Day. How cute are the houses everyone made?
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3  Jolly Christmas Houses in Winter Holidays by rackycoo on: November 05, 2019 07:07:51 AM
Halloween is so last week. It's time for Christmas crafts! I have fallen in love these new chipboard houses from Alpha Stamps. With some scrapbook paper and a few embellishments, they are so cute! Add a few bottle brush trees and a tiny Santa, and ho, ho, ho- let's visit Jingle Lane!

Here's 24 Jingle Lane. Green and red striped candy canes flank the front entrance, and Christmas lights adorn the roof. The doors and windows have tissue paper behind them, so the houses look lovely with a small battery operated tea light inside.

Number 25 Jingle Lane has a beaded swag outlining their roof and a cookie cutter star for decoration. Candy pieces look like flowers under the windows.

You can even hang them! They look pretty in a window. (Would be even prettier with a snowy winter background.)

There are a few more photos on my blog, plus some tutorial stuff and a link for supplies, if you're interested. For now, though, I'll leave you with one more photo: a small 2"x2" gift box also fits beautifully inside these boxes. Two gifts in one!
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4  Haunted Duplex in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: October 24, 2019 07:55:36 AM
Double your fun! I took two Alpha Stamps chipboard haunted houses and put them together to create a haunted duplex. These houses were identical, so I cut out one of the towers on the house on the left to create a different roof line. Then, I had a great time mixing and matching Halloween papers and adding spooky accessories. Chipboard gates, doors, and window frames, along with Dresden trim and flying bats, give the duplex dimension. The houses are attached at the back with a strip of washi tape.

Every year the residents of the duplex try to outdo each other in decorating. They do love Halloween! The skeletons, who live on the left, enjoy a nice banquet on the big day. Looks like their youngest has been out trick or treating.

Witches reside in the other half of this duplex. Most of them are probably out on their broomsticks, but someone has to stay home and watch for trick or treaters. I believe they'd rather be out riding.

Some of my favorite details on the skeleton house: a flag made from a small image. The flag pole is some thin wire with a seed bead at the top. The bats are attached with foam tape so they almost look like they're flying. A couple of skeletons peer out of the attic window.

Also at the skeleton house, a brad makes the perfect doorknob. The smallest skeleton inspects the candy in his trick or treat bucket. Striped paper helps create the illusion of stairs.

Over at the witches: more bats, and a friendly ghost. The ghost's head is glued behind the tower, but the hands are glued in front, giving him a nice 3D look. The pointy spire has an orange bead at the point.  To attach it, I used wire clippers to shorten a straight pin, then put a dab of glue on the tip and carefully pushed it into the cardboard.

More striped paper for the steps, and bat decor on the doorway. That poor witch looks like she's so bored. You know she'd rather be out scaring children.

The bat on the door is a charm. Usually when I use a charm like this, I clip the ring off. I was just about to clip this one off when I noticed it was in the perfect place for a peephole. I found a tiny eye on a collage sheet image, and glued it behind the charm. Someone is watching you!
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5  Circus Town in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: October 02, 2019 08:30:00 AM
MissingWillow recently introduced me to feves, and I'm not sure how I feel about that; once I saw them, I had to purchase some. If you are unfamiliar with feves, they are small trinkets hidden in a king cake or similar dessert. You know, like the plastic babies you can buy at the party store. BUT, the feves she introduced to me are no plastic babies: they are porcelain feves from France. There are all sorts of feves to be found on etsy: animals, kitchen accessories,  and cartoon characters, just to name a few. I found a set that is circus themed and it was all over. They are mine.

Of course I need a way to display them, so I looked to Alpha Stamps and found the cutest little houses, perfect to make a circus town. They also had the perfect paper needed to decorate the houses: "The Greatest Show" 6 x 6 pad. It's gorgeous! I had fun mixing and matching the papers on each of the houses. For scale, the tallest house in the center is 3 1/4" tall, minus the flag.

Some closeups. Look at those little porcelain beauties!

I fussy cut some of the elements from the papers: the ball in the clown house, the pennants, and all the circus posters.

And, the backs. Circus Town is the perfect place for all my new feves to live.
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6  Halloween At The Cemetery (a candle holder) in Halloween Decor and Parties by rackycoo on: September 04, 2019 12:56:44 PM
I love Halloween, so I have a bunch of Halloween supplies around me at all times. I had a bunch of chipboard tombstones that needed to be used, so I put them together and made a candle holder. *Note, to avoid any sort of fire hazard, I'll be sure to only use a battery operated candle in this holder.

I painted all the tombstones with a mixture of paints and added papers, charms, rub on type, and collage sheet images to create five different tombstones. This little graveyard is littered with pumpkins, a witch's broom, and bones that were snapped off of a plastic skeleton. It's pretty easy to just break those bones off at the joints.

Here lies Edgar Allan Poe.  I used rub on type to indicate the year of his death, and for the RIP written on the gravestone to the right. To make the bats fly, I used a thin wire and literally just shoved it into the rubber bodies of the bats (poor things!). The wire was sandwiched between the two pieces of chipboard before gluing the gravestones together. Clothespins were used to hold the pieces tight while drying.

A black cat, a giant crow, and more bones. So spooky! I wrapped the candle with a black mesh ribbon before placing it into the holder.

I made the base for the candle holder from corrugated cardboard. I used a large can to trace around a circle, and cut two of those out using an x-acto knife. Glue these together to make a thicker piece This will elevate the candle and give the tombstones something to lean against. Glue this double thick base to another piece of cardboard.

You can make the base any shape you want; I elected to make mine a larger circle. Cut that shape out with an x-acto knife, and you are ready to go. I added a little moss to help hold my tombstones in place, then glued them to the inner circle with a glue gun. Most of the other elements, like the bones and pumpkins, were also attached with the hot glue. A nice ribbon around the lower level of the base will hide the cardboard.

Even though my desk is huge, I always end up working in the tiniest of spaces. Cheesy
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7  Re: CLOSED: Open Tin Swap (Signups through July 5 or until full; Sendout July 26) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rackycoo on: July 26, 2019 06:44:12 AM
Happy sendout day! Get that package to the PO!
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8  Pink Flamingos! (Altered tin) in Completed Projects by rackycoo on: July 24, 2019 08:50:31 AM
We've been having lots of fun over at the Open Tin Swap (here's the gallery so far). My partner, edelC, had such fun themes on her list. I almost chose "circus", but I've done so many circus tins that I was worried it wouldn't be original enough. edel needed something made just for her. So, knowing she loves flamingos, I decided to go there.

I found the little flamingos on etsy. They were solid pink, so I used a tiny detail brush and some acrylic paint to add details. The grass came from a little square of astroturf I've had forever. I just knew that would come in handy some day! And that trim! That and the glitter just add to the kitschy goodness. The stand and the finial were painted and then glazed to make them shiny.

Here's the back. I love this fun paper. I used a marker to make the glasses into sunglasses.  Cool
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9  Re: Open Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rackycoo on: July 18, 2019 08:51:11 AM
I'm first to post! Despite having to wing its way over the pond from Ireland, my package from edelC got here in record time! And lookie, here's the perfect tin for me. It states, "The secret ingredient is resentment and lots of wine". How true! Cheesy

I love the regal wine bottle and all the trims. And the pearly feet, with gears for the bases. Great idea!

Even the back is fun. Hello, ladies!

edel also gifted me with some vintage tins (too cool!) and some of her lovely handstamped fabric. Butterflies!!

Thank you so much, edel! My tin will hold a place of honor in my craft room.  Smiley
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10  Drinking All Day in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rackycoo on: July 15, 2019 08:53:10 AM
I used some items from this month's Alpha Stamps kit, plus tons of scraps of paper to make this little boozy recipe book.

What goes great with fruit? Booze, and vintage housewives. These gals are drinking morning, noon, and night.

Each section has a pocket containing a recipe. Is it before noon? How about a tipsy smoothie (nutritious because fruit!)

Another housewife:

Noon beverage: Champagne Lemonade, mmm!

Now evening rolls around...

...and we have a couple of Orange Crush Cocktails. Looks like my writing's starting to slip a bit. Oops, hic!

The end. G'night.  Cheesy

EDIT: Here are the recipes. I got these online, and haven't tried any of them, but they did sound good...

Tipsy smoothie:
Add the berries and ice to a blender and crush.
Add Vodka and lemon juice to the blender and blend until smooth.
Poor into glasses, garnish with mint leaf, and serve immediately.

Champagne Lemonade
Boil sugar in 1 c. water for one minute until dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool.
Combine cooled syrup with lemon juice and 2 c. water, mix well.
Fill champagne flute with 1/2 lemonade, then top with champagne and garnish with lemon slice.

Orange Crush Cocktail
Add vodka, Cointreau and orange juice to a glass filled with ice.
Top with a splash of Sprite and mix well. Garnish with orange peel.

Go to bed. You're drunk. Cheesy

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