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Wednesday, May 13, 2020


Spring has sprung and I have a new project for you; Buzzy Bee’s Butterfly Boutique.  I’ve used a 7” tall 3” deep theatre box (made from a kit) to create Buzzy’s shop.
On the front, you see butterfly fairies sporting the latest fashions while bees and butterflies fly around them.  The sign at the top (which you will find further down in the post to download) is accented by Butterfly & Honeycomb Medley that I painted and accented with Chipboard Leafy Swirls, bees, chipboard and metal butterflies and flowers.
When you open the hinged doors you’ll see inside the shop with more fashions and there is Mr. Buzzy Bee himself (you’ll find him further down in the post to download.)
All of the butterfly fairies come from my two new collage sheets, Butterfly Fairies 1 & 2.  I’ve also used some older ones; Butterfly & Moths Collage Sheet (or you can use the digital Butterflies & Moths Set Download) and the Dress Forms Collage Sheet.  
I’ve used more chipboard leaves, swirls and cattails to frame the rooms and trimmed the inside with moss.
The inspiration from the project came from this sweet 6x6 paper pad titled “Tell the Bees”.

Butterfly Fairies #1 and #2
These two sheets are filled with whimsical butterfly fairies in various sizes.  To complement the fairies I’ve included lots of colorful butterflies.  You can make them even more magical by adding larger wings from the Butterflies and Moths collage sheet or digital image set pictured further down in the post.

To purchase this sheet click on the image below.


After I assembled the theater cabinet I covered it with yellow cardstock.  I then used a mini honeycomb stencil and Vintage Photo Distress ink to add the honeycomb pattern to the paper.  
Next, I painted a sheet of honeycomb chipboard gold which I then cut into pieces and used to decorate the front of the theatre and also the back.  On the back and sides, I added a piece of decorative paper from the Tell the Bees paper pad.

I then used hinges to attach the doors to the back.  You want to make sure your hinges are wide enough that brads that are used to attach the hinges clear the edge of the box.  To make the attachment marks, be sure to hold the door and back together, then punch the holes and then attach them with brads (I used glue as well).
On the inside, I added more of the paper and then moss around the inside edges.

To decorate the front, I used a variety of chipboard and die-cut vines, leaves, cattails and butterflies which on which I used paint, watercolor pencils, and iridescent powders.

For the topper, I used a chipboard honeycomb and medley piece which I painted and then added bees, butterflies, and flowers.  To open the door you need to cut the topper in half.

To cover the cut, I used a dragonfly charm which I glued to only one side of the topper.
To make the paper frames I used three pieces of the paper and drew an oval on two of the pieces.
Next, within the oval, I cut slits into the paper.
I then pulled back the cut paper and tore off the edges of the paper.
Lastly, I stacked the two cut pieces together and mounted them on the solid sheet.  I then curled the torn edges back.  Before attaching the frames to the shop, I trim away much of the excess back paper.
NOTE: Decide which side of the paper you want to show when the curling is finished as it is the opposite side of the paper where you draw the circle that way you won’t see it when you are finished.  You can use more than two torn pieces of paper if you like.

I embellished the butterflies fairies with butterflies printed on vellum.  I also printed the fairies multiple times, cut out bits of the dress, and attached them to the main image tape with foam double-stick tape which gave them more dimension.  For the antenna, I used flower stamen.
For the dress forms on the inside, I cut up multiple butterfly images (printed on vellum) glued them to a dress form (you can find the stand further down to download for free).  In the pictures below, you can see the progression of how I added the pieces of wings.  Additionally I accented the dress with dragonfly charms.

Feel free to download the images below and use them in your artwork.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Angel Themed Christmas Ornaments & Tags - NEW IMAGE SETS

The ornaments and tags were inspired by the December AlphaStamps Vintage Victorian Ornaments kit and the lovely Vintage Saga 6x6 paper pad.  I was drawn to the non-traditional color scheme and imagery (pinks, cream and red with flowers and birds) on the Vintage Saga paper.  I was also inspired to create a series of new collage sheets to complement the paper.  The new flowers and bird collage sheets would also work well for all kinds of other themed projects. 
Dress My Craft - 6 x 6 Paper Pad - Vintage Saga
Using lovely paper, Dresden and some images it was easy to put together a set of Victorian-style ornaments using a die-cut wood ornament shape as the base.
While I was at it, I thought, why not make a set of large gift tags for some of the girlfriend Christmas gifts I am giving.

This sheet contains 10 Victorian style angels with coordinating flowers.  To purchase this sheet, click on the image below.
These two collage sheets are loaded with all kinds of colorful flowers in two sizes. To purchase theses sheets, click on the image below.
This sheet contains all kinds of colorful birds.  To purchase this sheet, click on the image below.
This half sheet contains all kinds of colorful birds (the same ones as in the larger sheet) but is smaller in size.  

I started by painting the edges and the tops of the wood ornaments a cream color then covered them in decorative paper.  Next, I used frames from two of my frame themed digital image sets to dress up the ornaments.
For the ornament pictured below, I collaged Dresden roses and a Dresden child with wings.  
For the ornament pictured below, I used another Dresden child with wings and flowers and a bird from the new collage sheets.  In the center of each flower, I added microbeads.
For the ornament below I used another Dresden child with wings, a harp charm, and flowers from the new collage sheets.  I once again added microbeads to the center of the flowers as well as gold stamen and pieces of red pip berry garland.
I covered each tag in the same paper as the ornaments (Vintage Saga 6x6  paper pad). 
For the tag pictured below, I added a beaded ribbon and some flower lace with flat back pearls glued to the center of each lace flower.  The rose garland is made by twisting the wire stems of paper roses together then wrapping the garland with a cream leaf ribbon. The angel and birds are from the new collage sheets.
For the tag pictured below, I used more of the Dresden roses in the background, a Dresden banjo, and an angel and bird images from the new collage sheets. 
For the lace, I dyed two different pieces of cream lace pink to match the color scheme of the tag.  I used Alcohol Ink diluted with Alcohol Blending solution to keep the color from being too intense.  After soaking the lace in the solution, I laid it on a piece of plastic to dry. DO NOT lay the lace on something absorbent, or it will pull the color from the lace.  DO NOT hang the lace to dry, or the color will sink to the end of the lace and give you an ombre effect (unless that is what you want).
For the tag pictured below, I used more of the Dresden roses in the background, lace from my stash with more of the flatback pearls glued to the lace flowers (painted red to match the background) and another brass harp.  The angel is from the new collage sheet.
For the tag pictured below, I used a beaded ribbon and beaded trim from my stash.  I also used more of the cream lace (not dyed).  The angel and bird are from the new collage sheets.  I attached pieces of green stitched leaf ribbon and added more of the flatback pearls as an accent.