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Saturday, August 15, 2015


Have you ever wanted to own a sweet little shabby chic boutique filled will lovely goodies?  Now you can!  In my boutique, I’ve created all kinds of furniture from a chipboard kit, matchboxes, a plant stand, glass & paper, hat boxes, dollhouse furniture and a folding screen.  I’ve filled the pieces with hats made from bottle caps, perfume bottles, purses, jewelry and other bits and bobs. 
I’ve also created a simple structure using a few pieces of foam core board and two pieces of basal wood to showcase the boutique.  Paper images and beautiful lace add architecture to the shop.
What’s more, I have made a video tutorial showing you how to create all of the pieces and the shop structure.  With a project like this, it is easy to pick and choose what you want to tackle.  You could just make a piece or two or create your own shop.  
I think my favorite piece is the glass cabinet.  It's made using an image from the Boutique Exquisite collage sheet, a piece of chipboard in the back, glass slides and box feet that serve as brackets.  You won’t believe how simple it is to make and what a wow factor it gives your shop.  I put many of the prettiest things on the glass shelves; the mantle clock, jardinière and the mask.
By using a box top, fabric and box feet you can construct an ottoman.  A chipboard tray filled with goodies and a bottle cap hat completes the piece.
By using laser-cut tags, some chipboard and hinges you can create a beautiful folding screen.
I can never get enough of matchbox chests.  I used two different sized mini matchboxes to make the two chests below.
The paper mache round boxes coupled with candlestick holders make great tables. 
The cabinet below is made from a chipboard kit which made it easy to assemble and so fun to decorate.
The piece below is an unfinished dollhouse counter which I stained with Distress Stain.  And check out the cute little cash register!  The mirror stand is made from a hand mirror and a piece of filigree.
This lovely plant stand makes a perfect place to display hats, purses, and perfume.
All the 3D hats in the boutique are from bottle caps.

To go along with the project I have six new collage sheets and 1 new digital image set.
This sheet contains elegant furniture and architecture to adorn your boutique or shop of any theme.
This sheet is loaded will all sorts of beautiful hats, gloves and purses.

This sheet includes 29 pairs of vintage shoes.

This sheet contains lovely labels in three different sizes to adorn small and mini perfume bottles or to use in a decoupage project.

This sheet contains 15 dress form tops with various colors and patterns.  You’ll find a free stand image that you can use to go with the dress forms at the bottom of this post.

These drawer fronts fit the smallest Diamond brand matchbox that measures 1 3/8” x 7/16” x 2/16”.
These drawer fronts fit the narrow matchboxes carried by Alpha Stamps that measure 2 1/4” x 15/16” x 5/16”.

This digital kit includes all of the images on the collage sheet and some unique to the kit.  There are 29 images in total.  In addition to the images on the collage sheet, there is another cabinet and couch with drapes.  There is another sign, final and knob and two sizes of the three unique knobs.
Digital files can be resized, rotated or flipped as needed.  The files are in a .png format.  PNG formatted files have a transparent background making it easy to layer an image over other digital images.  You can open .png files using graphics programs like Photoshop Elements.  Digital collage sheets and digital images can be saved to your computer and printed as many times as you wish.

Below are detailed pictures of each of the pieces.  At the end of the post are the free images available for your personal use.



Drawer front for the matchboxes in the counter.

Dress form stand that fits the dress forms in the collage sheet.