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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Diorama in Faux Vintage Box, with Tutorial on: November 16, 2017 06:56:31 AM
I'll admit it: I have a love for vintage packaging, and vintage Christmas ornament boxes hold a special place in my heart. You may not have access to a vintage ornament box, but you can make a pretty convincing fake. I used paper from the "A Very Merry Christmas" paper pad for the inside and outside of the box, fussy cutting elements from the paper to create logos and box design. In the photo below, the two boxes in back are vintage; the one in the front is a fake.


Here they are stacked up. I used a nice golden brown ink pad to dirty up the imposter a bit.


The diorama box I used is cardboard, so even though it's a one piece box, I left the bottom "as is", and only glued the decorated sides at the corners so it looks like a box with a lid. (Check out those staples; I love that little detail. More about those later.)


The interior of the box features a wee little elf admiring the decorated Christmas tree.


Here's how it was done: glue the paper on the top of the box, and cut out the opening with an x-acto knife. The paper in the pad I used was not big enough to cover the four sides of the box, so I used red stripey paper around the bottom edge of each side. Glue in your patterned background paper. Glue beads and a star onto a bottle brush tree, and make a cardboard ledge to raise up the floor of the display area so the elf and tree are easily visible. The tree I used was a little too tall, so I cut a hole in this new false floor to sit the wooden base of the tree into.


Use Snow-tex to create "snow" for the bottom. Once the snow is good and dry, glue the elf in place and set the tree down into its hole.


Glue the cardboard base to the back of the wall, and put a line of glue on its front cardboard flap to adhere it to the box front when the box is closed. My floor is slightly tilted toward the front, so you can see the elf a little better. *Plan ahead! If you want some tinsel around the opening, now's the time to glue that in. Trust me, it's not easy to add tinsel if your box is already sealed. My problem: it wasn't until my box was "finished" that I felt adding the tinsel was necessary.* Now would be a good time to put the wreath up, too. Once your interior is finished, tuck the flap of the box lid on the inside the of box, leaving the decorative paper outside, and glue the flap in place.


I was so happy how real my little box was looking, that I just had to add staples on the ends just like my two actual vintage boxes had. I used a sewing needle to punch holes in the box, and pushed the staples in with my fingers.


There are more photos and a complete supply list on my blog, should you care to make one of your own. Look how tiny and cute!


2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Some Halloween ATCs on: October 18, 2017 01:13:11 PM
Man, I love Halloween! Here are a few ATCs to celebrate it.


Oh, the horror! These two kids are dressed up wearing funny half masks. I used Copic markers to color their clothing to match their masks, but the cat is not amused. To make a little extra room for the kiddos, I cut part of the fence back on the top of this frame.


Here's another group of trick or treaters. I gave the skeleton a fun jack o'lantern and added a festive hat.


Pumpkins! I just could not resist giving them all googly eyes. They're not so scary now, are they? Bunch of goofballs.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 120 ENTRIES / RAK: Inspirational Bookmarks on: October 05, 2017 10:53:04 AM
We just celebrated my mom's 80th birthday. In lieu of gifts, she requested that each of us do a Random Act of Kindness in her honor and then send her a card telling her what we did. We sent out letters to all her friends, and she got more than 200 cards back with all sorts of wonderful RAKs! It was a very happy birthday for her.

I decided for my RAK that I would make some inspirational bookmarks and leave them in library books for people to find. I took a piece of thin cardboard, and using paints, stamps, tissue paper, glaze, and pages from old books, created one big sheet, which was then cut down to bookmark size. The inspiration came from my ever-growing collection of fortune cookies. I placed the bookmarks in books where I felt the inspiration fit. For example, the bookmark that said, "When one door closes, another one will open" went into a book for women defining their dreams at the prime of their life. "You are loved" went into a book for Caregivers, and "This is your day to call the shots" was placed in a book about dealing with bullies. I included a note on the back of each bookmark telling why I made the bookmarks, and encouraged the recipient to go do a RAK of their own. Hopefully, Mom's idea will continue to generate kindness for quite some time.

Some of the bookmarks:


This one, which says, "You will bring sunshine into someone's life", I included in with the birthday card I sent to Mom. Smiley
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Countdown on: October 02, 2017 07:20:59 AM
Remember those Christmas countdowns, where every day you open a little door and get a waxy piece of chocolate? It always made it so fun to track the days until Christmas. Why don't they have those for all the holidays? Most especially, Halloween? Since you can't buy one, I just made one of my own. It's 8" by 17", and full of Halloween fun. No chocolate in this version, though.


Let's open some windows. Yikes, this place is haunted!


The center house has a shadowbox behind it, so it has 3D Halloween fun in each room.


Here's what it will look like on Halloween eve:


There are more (and larger) photos and a bit of a tutorial on my blog. The Halloween countdown begins!

EDIT: Oh, I almost forgot to point out the poor kids trapped in the attics. That's one of my favorite parts. Here's a detail.  Cheesy
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Night Witch on: September 21, 2017 07:57:47 AM
It's never too early for Halloween, and who better to announce its imminent arrival than the Night Witch? I was inspired by this cobweb chipboard insert and a lovely deep blue sky scrapbook paper to make (yet another) altered Altoids tin. Plus, I can't get enough of those tiny stars metal stars.

I painted the spider web insert to match the background paper. Normally, I would insert it behind the rolled lip of the tin, but on this project, I liked it sitting on top. While I had my colors mixed, I also painted the wooden stand, and then distressed it with some ink to darken it up a bit. The bat is a plastic cupcake pick with the "pick" part cut off. He's attached to the top of the tin with a little Apoxie Sculpt. I used a toothpick and some red paint to give him some glowing eyes.


I altered the witch image a bit: the hat was given a stripey band and a gold star, and outlined slightly with a gold Sharpie to make it stand out from the background. Then, to make the image more dimensional, I cut out the witch's arms and the cat from a second, identical image. I attached her left arm flush at the shoulder, and used a foam glue dot to elevate the cat and her right arm. The cat's eyes are highlighted with a little green paint and a dot of ink for pupils.


Here's a shot of the back. I'm sure you can see why I love that rich blue paper so much! The star medallion on the foot not only ties in with the rest of the gold in the stars above, but makes the stand super sturdy.


Happy Haunting!
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Cat Bat on: September 09, 2017 09:23:44 AM

Here's a little paper clay cat bat I made for KarenLouiseM in the Vintage Halloween swap. I don't often work with clay, so each time I try, it's a real adventure.

He stands about 6" tall, and is dressed to go trick or treating. To help him stand, I bent a wire hanger into a U shape, turned it upside down, and built his body onto the wire with the two ends of the U becoming his legs.


The open polka dots on his costume were the result of a happy accident. When I first painted them, I wasn't happy with the color, so I attempted to wipe them off. They had already partially dried, so I was left with a little ring of color that I happened to like. I did the rest of the dots in that same way: putting dots in a small area, and then wiping out the centers. Once he was all painted, I used some ink to dirty him up, and then painted him with glaze to make him shiny.


KarenLouiseM said she liked a bit of humor, so oops! cat bat has lost a button and his little rear end is exposed.  Shocked


7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / The Magic of Christmas Photo Display on: September 06, 2017 08:35:06 AM
Last time we visited my brother-in-law, he gave me the cutest picture ever of my two and a half year old husband visiting Santa. I don't think I can adequately convey how much I love that photo. I needed a way to display it each year, and this is what I came up with. See how Santa is instructing him not to reveal the secrets of Christmas? It's the cutest!


The box is a wooden cigar box. I covered the back and sides with paper, and ran some red ribbon around the edge of the front. The Tim Holtz tag reads "believe in the magic of Christmas". Perfect! I planted three bottle brush trees at the bottom, added a vintage dancing Santa to the top, and strung up some miniature Christmas lights.


I toyed with the idea of covering the back, but it won't usually show, and I like the fact that it's stamped with information about the cigars, one of Mr. 'coo's infrequent guilty pleasures.


Mr. 'coo wasn't sure about the disk with "24" on it, but that's when Santa arrives: on Christmas eve! I'll enjoy using this as one of my Christmas decorations this year. Ho ho ho!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lucky Stars on: July 27, 2017 06:58:55 AM
I made this tiny shadowbox using a Matchbox Cabinet from Alpha Stamps. Here's a little pixie, perched on a shelf, removing wishing stars and lucky stars from the sky. He'll fill that bottle and store it below with previously harvested stars.


The top was created from a wheel from an old set of blocks. I cut it in half so it would sit nicely. Those teeny stars you see around the edge were so fiddly! I used a wax pencil (designed for putting charms on fingernails) to place them.


Writing the labels was tricky; I had a very fine pen, and wrote each label many times before I got them legible. Cheesy


Here's the "cigar box", also from an Alpha Stamps kit. So teensy!


And, the back, with my hand for reference. I hung this in my craft room. Hopefully it brings me luck.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mermaid Garden on: June 19, 2017 06:49:43 AM
It's been a while since I posted in this section. This mermaid garden isn't strictly all paper, but it mostly is! The shrine itself is chipboard, so other than the wooden feet and pearls, this is paper all the way.


The basis of this is the mermaid paper doll. I "floated her in the shrine by attaching her to a bamboo skewer and gluing that into a bead that's glued on the ocean floor. Coral and a swimming fish help hide the skewer. To help stabilize the mermaid, I put a little bead of glue on her right elbow and attached it to the wall.


The shrine is pretty deep, so there are lots of layers of waves, coral, fish and seashells.

Hope you enjoyed touring the Mermaid Garden!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Girls and their dog, altered Altoids tin on: May 10, 2017 07:11:40 AM
What's sweeter than a couple of girls and their dog?

I got some new Tim Holtz paper doll cutouts, and thought it would be fun to decorate an Altoids tin (it's been so long!) These sisters were just perfect for the front of the tin, and I gave them a little dog, because he's just too cute. I used a red colored pencil to outline the figures, and after inking the edges, dotted the border with white paint.


A little bit of lace and a vintage button around the sides, and I have a tin to hold things I don't want to forget. A key? Some tiny treasures? A lucky penny? Who knows; I'll think of something!
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