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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Saturday, March 31, 2018

LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS - ATC TICKET JOURNAL with FOLDER & BOOKMARK

Spring has sprung at AlphaStamps with the April Spring themed kit.  I’ve used some of the items from the kit plus other AlphaStamps products to create a Language of Flowers folder containing an ATC ticket journal and bookmark.
With a project like this, dimensional embellishments are not an option as the journal needs to fold up to fit inside the folder.  No worries though, instead I’ve used layers of images to add lots of detail.
In addition to all of the lovely older and new AlphaStamps collage sheets, I used my new Nature’s Creatures collage sheet.

Further down in this post you’ll find all of the details on how I put this piece together and the lovely images I used.

This sheet is packed with nature’s small creatures such as birds, butterflies, bees, dragonflies, and snails.

THE DETAILS
I started by covering the ticket journal with Nature Garden Meeting a Fairy Scrapbook Paper .  I used this paper to cover the folder as well.     
Next, I added images from the Mix of Spring Beauties,  Vintage Sepia Children, and the Lovely Sepia Ladies ATCs collage sheets.  Each image is framed using an image from my Vintage Frames Set Download.
For embellishments, I used the Seed Catalog ATCs and Bouquet collage sheets
For embellishments, I used the Seed Catalog ATCs and Bouquet collage sheets.  
To accent the flowers I snipped off leaves from a green leaf garland and stitched leaf ribbon.  Lastly, I added birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and snails from the new Nature’s Creatures collage sheet.
I used more of the decorative paper to cover the folder.
I cut away some of the bottom of a large tag, covered it with the Garden Tools scrapbook paper, added an image from The Language of Flowers collage sheet and the bee, butterfly, and snail from the Nature’s Creatures collage sheet.  The tassel at the top is from my stash.
Before adding the images on the front and back, I attached a ribbon to serve as a closure.
The front cover is decorated with another image from The Language of Flowers collage sheet along with more flowers (on the back as well) and nature’s creatures.

SUPPLY LISTS

DETAIL SUPPLY LIST
Vintage Sepia Children Collage Sheet
Lovely Sepia Ladies ATCs Collage Sheet
Mix of Spring Beauties Collage Sheet
A Mix of Spring Beauties ATCs Collage Sheet
The Language of Flowers Collage Sheet
Seed Catalog ATCs Collage Sheet
Bouquet Collage Sheet
Vintage Frames Set Download
ATC Folder
ATC Ticket Journal
Nature Garden Meeting a Fairy Scrapbook Paper
Garden Tools Scrapbook Paper
Stitched Leaf Ribbon – Moss Green
Larger Green Leaf Garland
Manilla Tags - Large
White Seam Binding

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

MINIATURE PURSES, SHOES, PERFUME BOTTLES, COSMETIC & JEWELRY - Streets of Paris Event

The Streets of Paris project event continues with fashion accessories.  In this video tutorial, I’ll cover transforming cheesy miniature purses and shoes into something that looks elegant and expensive.  For even more purse options I've created a NEW Mini Purses collage sheet and digital image set of purses and complimentary embellishments.

I’ll show you how I made perfume bottles from beads and I’ll also cover premade bottle options.  You won’t believe how easy it is to make powder boxes and compacts.  And lastly, I’ll cover making all kinds of jewelry and the methods I used to display them.  

You'll be seeing all of these accessories again (plus hats and dresses) when I cover constructing the Maison de la Mode (The House of Fashion).
PURSES
Mixed Set of Doll Purses
The hidden beauty of the plastic purses is the detail embossed on the plastic.  By using paint and dimensional embellishments to accents the details, it’s easy to transform the purses into something that looks elegant and expensive.
Using my new Mini Purse Collage Sheet or Corresponding Digital Image Set you can make 3D paper & fabric purses.
SHOES
Mixed Set of Doll Shoes
Using the same method I used for the purses, I transformed plastic shoes into fashionable footwear.

PERFUME BOTTLES





By combining beads and metal bits, it’s easy to make all kinds of lovely perfume bottles.  I've used my Mini Perfume Bottle Collage Sheet to add labels to many of the bottles.






For those less adventurous, pre-made bottles are an option.







JEWELRY


I’ve used rhinestones, various chains, jump rings and head pins to create rings, bracelets, and necklaces.

To display some of the jewelry, I've made display boxes out of polymer clay.


COSMETICS
I thought a fun thing to add to the fashion shop would be some cosmetics and to that end, I’ve created a NEW Mini Cosmetic Labels collage sheet.



I’ve used the sheet for the lids of the powder boxes and compacts.

NEW COLLAGE SHEETS & IMAGE SET

This sheet contains 21 unique vintage powder box labels and compacts with two or more different sized versions of each.  Also, there are four vintage cosmetic themed posters.
 
This sheet contains ten easy to fold and assemble purses along with images like beaded appliques and jeweled bits that can be used as accents.  The purses come in three unique patterns.  The pattern is printed lightly on the purse in a coordinating color to make it easy to score and fold.
This image set contains all of the easy to fold and assemble purses, beaded appliques and jeweled bits found on the Mini Purses collage sheet plus four additional purses.  The purses come in three unique patterns.  Use dimensional or the included paper embellishments as accents.  The pattern is printed lightly on the purse in a coordinating color to make it easy to score and fold.  Also included are three unique patterns that can be printed and glued onto decorative paper or thin fabric to make even more purses.

VIDEO TUTORIAL


SUPPLY LISTS

DETAIL SUPPLY LIST
Gold Countertop Mirror – Oval
Jewelry/Cosmetics
Mini Wooden Make-up or Jewelry Box
3mm Rhinestone Chain – Green & Blue Mix
3mm Rhinestone Chain – Pink Mix
2mm Rhinestone Chain Crystal
Mesh Rhinestone Ribbon – Gold
Mesh Rhinestone Ribbon Red
Black and Silver Carved Saucer Beads
Dazzles Gold Tin Lines Stickers
6mm Raw Brass Bead Caps or Knobs
Bottles
Resin Mini Perfume Bottles with Box
Bronze Paris Perfume Bottle Charm
Eau de Toilette Silver Perfume Charm
Green Resin Perfume Bottle
Pink Resin Perfume Bottle
Red Resin Perfume Bottle
Yellow Resin Perfume Bottle
Resin Mini Perfume Bottles with Bow
BEADS
6mm Filigree Beads
12x8mm Amber Glass Rectangular Beads
12x8mm Green Glass Rectangular Beads
12x8mm Clear Glass Rectangular Beads
12x8mm Amber Glass Rectangular Beads
15mm Clear Pear-Shaped Faceted Czech Glass Bead
8mm Faceted Clear Glass Cube Beads
DIY Potion Bottles Bead Mix
12 x 8mm Pink Glass Rectangular Beads
12 x 8mm Red Glass Rectangular Beads
12 x 8mm Blue Glass Rectangular Beads
PERFUME BOTTLE ACCENTS
9mm Antiqued Swirl Bead Cap
4mm Raw Brass Smooth Rondelles
6mm Filigree Beads
Small Looped Bead Caps - Gold
Red Czech Glass 4mm Smooth Rondelles
PURSES
Mixed Set of Doll Purses
10mm Tiny Tassels – Mixed Colors
3mm Brass Flat-Back Studs
Posh Purses Buttons Set
Loopy Flower Antique Gold Bead Caps
Raw Brass Flourish
¼ Inch Gold Metallic Braid
Black White & Gold Flat Braid
Black Suede Paper
SHOES
Mixed Set of Doll Shoes
Head of Heels Shoe Buttons
Raw Brass Fancy Fleur de Lys
DISPLAY STANDS
Glass Microscope Slides
Tim Holtz Mini Foundations Box Feet
Large Fancy Oval Beads - Silver
Ornate Filigree - Silver
Mini Cake Stand Kit
6mm Round Corrugated Metal Beads
Square Bronze Upholstery Studs or Miniature Bases
Antique Gold Rope-Edged Rondelles
Plastic Serving Tray

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MINIATURE CHOCOLATES, PASTRIES, TARTS, CAKES and CANDY - Streets of Paris Event


The Streets of Paris project event continues with miniature sweets.  I've spent a good deal of time looking at pictures of Paris chocolate and pastry shops to inspire the sweets I've created.
I have for you not one, not two, but three video tutorials covering chocolates, pastry, tarts, cakes and more.  Each video is jam-packed with examples, demonstrations, tools, tips & tricks.   
In the Chocolates tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to make chocolates from beads and polymer clay plus cover lovely ways to display the chocolates.  What's more, I'll use easy to cut clay canes to jazz up the chocolates.
I’ll introduce you to helpful tools such as an extruder and pushrod clay cutters.  I’ll even show you to make a pushrod cutter out of a straw and a wooden dowel.
In the Pastry & Tarts video, I’ll show you how to make all kinds of sweet treats out of polymer clay.  To make the process easier, I’ll use silicone molds and metal clay cutters.
I'll show you an easy way to add glaze to your creations. 
I’ll demonstrate an easy way to make clay roses & fruit plus techniques for making clay look like baked dough.
In the Cake video, I’ll cover all kinds of cakes, from simple to elegant.  I’ll show you how to make molds of frequently used components which is such a time saver. 
I’ll showcase pre-made resin treats that you can intermix with polymer clay treats.
I’ll cover techniques such as making bows, cross-cutting cake designs, creating the texture of a realistic cake, and making nuts.
In short, there are almost 2 hours of video cram packed with all kinds of demonstrations and idea.

Along with this event segment I’ve designed a NEW Miniature Chocolates collage sheet and corresponding digital image set.  

I also have a FREE Miniature  Doilies collage sheet that you can use for your projects.  And the giveaways continue with a set of my handmade miniature polymer clay sweets (details below).

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be posting the next series of videos which will cover perfume, cosmetics, purses, and shoes.

NEW COLLAGE SHEET & DIGITAL IMAGE SET
MINI CHOCOLATE LABELS
This collage sheet contains 57 unique vintage chocolate related labels of various sizes.  There are at least two of each image and some with three.
This image set contains a file of 57 unique vintage chocolate related labels.  Included are all of the labels found on the Mini Chocolates Labels Collage Sheet.


VIDEO TUTORIALS

Be sure to watch the video’s in order as once I cover a technique, if I use it again it will not be demonstrated in detail.

MINIATURE CHOCOLATES VIDEO TUTORIAL
MINIATURE PASTRY & TARTS VIDEO TUTORIAL
MINIATURE CAKE TUTORIAL


FREE MINIATURE DOILIES COLLAGE SHEET
Feel free to download this collage sheet and use it in your projects.


SUPPLY LISTS

DETAIL SUPPLY LIST
IMAGES
BEADS
5x5mm Rounded Wooden Cube Beads
5x11 Printed Wooden Tube Beads
8mm Round Swirl Beads - Mixed Colors
Large Red/Gold Glass Heart Bead
10mm Gold Raspberry Beads
CAKES & PASTRY
Mini Silicone Mold – Sugar Wafer Cookie
Silicone Mold – Architectural Flourishes
Silicone Mold – Ornaments & Settings
Mini Silicone Mold – Many Sizes Bundt Cakes
Mini Silicone Mold- Biscuits & Bread
Silicone Mold – Ramekin Baking Dish
FAUX SWEETS & FRUIT
Heart-Shaped Mini Cake with Chocolate Frosting
½ Inch Pale Peach Paper Roses
8 Piece Set Miniature Desserts
Chocolate Rolled Cake with Cherries
Mini Sponge Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Miniature Chocolate Cake
Round Pink Cake with Heart Frosting
Slice of Pink Frosted Cake
Tiny Resin Strawberries Cabochons
ITEMS FOR DISPLAYING SWEETS
Metallic Foiled Origami Paper Set
Narrow Matchboxes
Miniature Round Cookie Tins
Miniature Square Cookie Tins
Plastic Serving Tray
Round White Serving Dish
Cake Stand with Round Dome
Cake Stand with Cylindrical Dome
Scallop Edge Mini Cake Plate w Dome
Mini Cloche on Base
Clear Cake Dome on Gold Tray
Mini Champagne Glasses
Black Faux Wrought Iron Round Filigree
Raw Brass Box Feet - Rounded
POLYMER CLAY CANES
Polymer Clay Strawberry Cane
Polymer Clay Orange Cane
Polymer Clay Lemon Cane
Polymer Clay Lime Cane
Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane
Polymer Clay Large Black & White Square Cane
Polymer Clay Cane - Pink Hearts
Polymer Clay Cane - Red Hearts
Polymer Clay Cane - Red & White Rolled Cake
Polymer Clay Cane - Rolled Cake with Cherry
Polymer Clay Cane - Neapolitan Stripes Square Cane
Polymer Clay Large Pink & Brown Square Cane
DECORATIONS
½ Inch Pale Peach Paper Roses
Flower Stamen - Peach
Tiny Paper Roses – Pink Cream Variegated
Fancy Glass Leaves AB
Large Red/Gold Glass Heart Bead
Small Glass Trumpet Flowers – Turquoise
1mm Micro Beads – White Pearl
3mm Brass Flat-Back Studs
MISCELLANEOUS
Twinklets Diamond Dust