April 26, 2017

The Book That Is A Mystery

 I'm so excited! The newest mystery, "Let's Do it Your Way" by Rhonda Thomas, just hit book stores today!

I love to try and figure out who the killer is and how they murdered their poor victim. But they'll get caught eventually. They always do.

The cover is from Alpha Stamps, of course, and you can find even more "Dapper Gents" in this months kit of the same title! This cool image came from the Men in Hats ATCs Collage Sheet.

Did I fool you? I fooled my oldest and my husband. They actually thought it was a book! 

And what do we find in that hidden compartment? Clues, weapons, blood, a crime scene and a huge question mark!

So how exactly did I fool my family, and possibly some of you? I'll show you. 

My trusty assistant, Spooky, will help. Please ignore the black carpet with tid-bits here and there. It's my studio, and the carpet was free, and I have to vacuum daily, especially with a white furry dog. I used a sheet of vintage ledger paper, my favorite, and cut the tiniest strips possible. 

Add some glue, smooth it onto every last edge, and layer the paper strips side by side.

For the top and side edge of my book, I used one sliver of paper and continued it around. That way the pages look more realistic. 

When you have you edges all glued down, trim off the excess paper with a sharp blade. It's best to let the glue dry so you don't move the paper or damage the edge. I have no patience though and went ahead and cut mine.

You can also use an Emory board to smooth the edges all the way flush.

I love the way it turned out, and it was even better because I fooled my husband. Always great to have something to pick on him about!

So, who do you think the murderer is and which of those bloody weapons did they use?  I hope they turn this brilliant author's mystery into a movie!

Thanks for stopping by!

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March 29, 2017

Music Makers Masquerade

My favorite quote is, "We are the Music Makers & We are the Dreamers of Dreams". And of course I give credit to Willie Wonka even though the true poet is Arthur O'Shaughnessy. It's magical and can take the imagination to so many wonderful places. This is true with this months  Beauty and the Beast Kit from Alpha Stamps as well. 

Imagine being the little boy from the movie, that gets shrunk down inside of a television. His poor mother dropping him into her purse. Now imagine being shrunk down into my Shadowbox, a magical theater of vivid colors, music, dancing, and magical wonder. 

The Wrought Iron Shadowbox Header fits perfectly across the shadowbox horizontally (see photo below), but I decided to use it vertically, with a curve that fit nicely within the box, which before attaching, I created with the wonderful new papers from the Midnight Masquerade 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad.

Wrought Iron Shadowbox Header 

If you know me, you know I can't leave the backside of my work plain. It gives me great anxiety! 

I couldn't leave this months Taj Mahal Folding Card all by itself and plain, so I added it to the back of my shadowbox.

One of my favorite color schemes are "peacock colors" purple, blue, and green. I decided to go all out since there are a great variety of papers to choose from.

I imagined this to be the outside of a great lite up theater, with one of those performances like you see in those old movies from the late 30's early 40's. I used this image from the new Midnight Masquerade Cling Stamp Set - Mystery Fan. Also shown and used, Midnight Masquerade Cling Stamp Set - Fairy Magic, and the Midnight Masquerade Cling Stamp Set - Dreamer.

I had such a variety of cool embellishments, charms, papers and more to add glamour to my entire theater. I also used several shades of Liquid Pearls to add colorful pops of color here and there. 

I used the new Taj Mahal Triptych and to connect each piece together, I used a simple piece of seam binding, but any old ribbon would do. I attached the back all three pieces to the seam binding with glue, leaving just a tad of space between each. This allowed me to open the Triptych but still have the pieces intact. When closed, I added some Dagged Border trim to pull it all together and add lots of details. 

Red faux "trim" is where I attached the seam binding on the back side of my triptych fold.

Here, you can see the little bit of purple seam binding behind the triptych.

So are you going to go create some "music" and "dream" up a new project? And here's a little twist. Leave me a comment telling me what part of this project was my favorite. Was it the quote? Was it the dancing couple or the many flowers? Or was it something completely different? The first person to guess correctly will receive a little something in their snail mail, so be sure to let me know. I will announce the winner one week from today, Wednesday April 5th. The winner will then need to send me their info. Thanks for visiting and good luck!


Alpha Stamps Supplies Used: Direct Link
Simple 7 Inch x 8.5 Inch Shadowbox
Wrought Iron Shadowbox Header
Beauty and the Beast Kit

March 1, 2017

If Cats Ruled

If you love fairy tales, then this large Cinderella Coach Album is for you. It's new at Alpha Stamps and can be lavishly decorated with the February 2017 Cinderella Kit which is loaded with lots of beautiful papers, collage sheets, charms and more.  

I just received a huge box of vintage lace and beaded trims while I was in the process of considering what embellishments I wanted to add. Talk about perfect timing. 

I used Distress Paints Tarnished Brass to paint the metal of this button a golden color so that it would match the rest of my coach. 

Lucky me, having two full sheets of Wain Cats to work with for my coach pages. I've always had cats so it's even that much better. 

I created matching two page spreads using lots of Dresden and trims.  

Paper flowers adorn some of the pages as well as the book tie. 

All of the backgrounds for my cat pages, came from other collage sheets. You can find a full supply list at the end of this post. 

To make the coach into a "book" I simply added large holes in the same section on each coach and tied it all together with some vintage laces. It even stands up all by itself.

I think the addition of more paper flowers on my lace tie, just "tied it" all together, lol. 

What will your fairy tale coach look like? Leave me a comment and let me know your ideas and thanks for stopping by!


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