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Wednesday, February 22, 2017


This month’s theme at Alpha Stamps is Cinderella.  As I’m still on my kick of creating items both beautiful and useful, I decided to decorate a 3D coach fit for a queen that doubles as a bottle caddy.  
The project is made easy by using the 3D chipboard coach kit pictured above.
The door opens giving you access to the inside of the coach where I placed 6 perfume/altered bottles. 
At the top of the coach is a crown made from paper and lace in which I have placed a larger bottle.

On the front and back of the coach, there is even more room for small bottles. 

  • I started by painting all of the pieces in the coach kit gold.
  • Next, I decorated the side pieces by adding decorative paper, Dresden, cardstock, and images cut from the decorative paper.

  • Only the door on one side of the coach opens.
  • Both sides of the coach are decorated the same.
  • To the door I added a door handle, a chipboard frame painted gold and stamped with a French-themed rubber stamp and a bronze crest decorated with flat-back pearls.
  • To the top, I added a paper clay decorative piece.
I used paper clay and molds to create the decorative pieces on top of the doors, the flourishes on the front of the coach and the round decorative pieces on the wheels.
I colored the clay with pink paint, burgundy paint, and Inca Gold Gilder’s Paste
To the door that comes with the kit, I added a larger chipboard panel so that the door would sit on top of the side of the coach.  This is the only door that opens.

I glued the hinge between the door and the extra chipboard panel. 

Once the side pieces were finished, I assembled the coach and added decorative paper and images from the paper to the rest of the pieces.  Below is a layout to help you see how the coach pieces fit together.

The last thing I did was to add the wheels.  I did not paint the dowels that hold the wheels until they were on the coach and the wheels were in place.  If you paint them before attaching them they will swell and you might not be able to insert them through the holes in the sides of the coach or through the holes in the wheels.
I made the crown by gluing lace to decorative paper.  I glued together two pieces of paper for extra support and then applied glue to the lace by running it through a Xyron machine.  
I cut away the excess paper by following the shape of the lace.
I then added more lace, a velvet ribbon and some flat-back pearls.

Always & Forever Scrapbook Paper
Love Clippings 8x8 Collection Kit
Bruised Pink Antique Scrapbook Paper
3D Large Coach
7/8 Inch Fancy Fan Ivory Lace
1 ½ Inch Fancy Lace
Bronze Crest with Rampant Lions
Silicone Mold – Architectural Flourishes
Silicone Mold – Ornaments & Settings
Mini Mixed Size Flat-Back Pearls
Flowers & Leaves Dresden Borders – Antique Gold
Gold Mini Rosette Dresden Borders
French Floral Collage Rubber Stamp
Brass Door Handle & Key Sets
Creative Paperclay
Inca Gold Gilders Paste


claude said...


johala said...

Hello Laura
There is only you to create such things!!!! LOL

Jackie P Neal said...

OMGosh!! Laura, this is absolutely exquisite!! This needs to be featured on Downton Abbey or some other BBC show! lol truly gorgeous make!!
xo Jackie

Christine Anderson said...

This is just stunning! My first time commenting, but I've been loving all of your work. I do have a question for you, Laura. How do you store your beautiful creations?? I'm in the process of working on a Halloween Carnival inspired by you and I'm wondering when I finish it, how best to store it for the off season??
Thank u!!