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Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Every once in a while I like to make something that is both lovely and functional.  When I saw this House Shrine with Doors kit, I thought it would make a great stationery caddy that you could keep for yourself or gift to a loved one or a special friend.
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I chose to go with a Rococo period romantic theme.  The images I’ve used are from my NEW Amour Collage Sheets.  There is also a NEW companion Digital Image Set which contains all of the images from the collage sheets and more.  The beautiful papers that so perfectly complement the image's color scheme are from the Amour 6 x 6 Paper Pad and some of the Amour Scrapbook Papers.
I’ve filled the cabinet with custom paper, envelopes, handmade cards, gift tags, envelope seals, and faux postage stamps.  You could also add real postage, address labels and a pretty pen.
To expand the storage space, I added a bin to the back and pockets inside the doors.  I used the bin to store the custom stationery and envelopes.  The pockets inside the doors were perfect for storing gift tags.
The seals are made using an image from the Amour #1 Collage SheetAfter cutting out the image, I ran it through my Xyron machine to turn it into a sticker.  You could also use the hearts on the collage sheet to make additional seals.
The gift tags are a combination of the new images and the Tag collage sheet. You'll find this FREE SHEET at the bottom of this post. 
The custom stationery was made by printing one of the panel images from the new sheets onto paper.  Another option would be to cut the image out and glue it to the paper.

This sheet is packed with romantic Rococo period images.  Included are couples, women, men, cupids and other complementary embellishments.
Just as with the Amour #1 collage sheet, this sheet is packed with more romantic Rococo period images.  Included are couples, women, men, cupids
 and other complementary embellishments.

This romantic Rococo period set includes all of the images from the Amour #1 and the Amour #2 collage sheet plus a few extra images.  Included are: 2 Cameos, 5 Couples, 4 Women, 3 Men, 6 Cupids, 5 Panels, 4 Hearts, a Party Scene and an envelope for a total of 31 images.

All of the images in the set can be re-sized for your project as they are high resolution (300dpi) PNG formatted images.

This sheet 23 faux stamps.


I started by assembling the main cabinet, pediment, and drawer.  I painted all of the edges inside and out white.  I then covered all of the surfaces with the Amour papers with the exception of the inside of the doors and the inside side panels.  I left these areas uncovered until after I added the hinges and handles so that I could hide the prongs on the brads which are used to attach the hardware.
To make the bin that is attached to the back of the cabinet, I cut 4 pieces of heavy chipboard and glued them together.  You can see the measurements of each piece in the picture below.  The bottom piece is slightly longer as when you attach the side pieces to the back the total width is longer.

I then covered the bin with paper and attached embossed metal box corners for decoration and support.

The bin is then glued to the back of the cabinet using E6000 glue.
If you needed more storage space, you could add bins to the sides.
The handmade cards are stored in the main area of the cabinet.  To keep the cards from falling out, I added two metal drawer pulls.
To dress up the pediment, I added a filigree crest and filigree squares which I bent and attached to the corners.  I trimmed the edges of the pediment with tiny gold line stripped tape.  So that all of the hardware I used in the project would match, I painted it with Metal Patina Paint.
The frames around the doors are from my Vintage Frames digital set.  I attached the doors using brads which fit through the holes on the hinges.  The handles are from the set pictured below.

I used some of the Amour paper to create pockets to store the tags.  In the picture below you can see how I cut the paper for the pockets.
I used a piece of chipboard to divide the drawer into sections for the envelope seals and the faux postage.  I did not paper the sides, back and bottom of the drawer (I used paint for these areas).  TIP: I rubbed Anne Sloan Soft Furniture Wax on the sides and bottom of the drawer to protect the paint when sliding the drawer in and out.

The crystal knob is from a set of antique knobs pictured below.  I also used knobs from this set as feet for the cabinet.

Click here to jump to the complete supply list  at Alpha Stamps


Amour 6x6 Paper Pad
Amour Border Strips Scrapbook Paper
Amour Tender Hearted Scrapbook Paper
House Shrine with Doors - Medium

Orleans Antique Knobs Set
Chambery Antique Drawers Pulls Set
Hinges with Brads
Crowned Crest Filigree - Gold
Embossed Metal Box Corners
19mm Fancy Metal Drawer Pull or Box Feet
Antique Square Open Fleur Filigree

Tiny Gold Line Stripe Tape
Metal Patinas – Treasured Heirloom



claude said...

beautiful cabinet
thank you for the explanations

Rebecca Russell said...

Thank You so much! I love your blog and your website so much! You have such an unique, amazing selection of wonderfully priced items! I would make a magical fairy world inside my House Shrine with doors kit! I Love the idea so much I am pretty sure even if I don't win one I will be ordering some House shrine's with doors anyways!

-Rebecca Russell

Shirley Manuel said...