Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine Youtube and Blog Hop February 4, 2016

Today, February 4, 2016, is the first day of the Valentine youtube and blog hop, sponsored and organized by Scrapbooking With M.E., a Facebook discount supply store for brand name crafting and art supplies.
There is also a chance to win one of two (or two of two if you're really lucky!) craft supply hoard treasure baskets! But, before I tell you about the way you can enter to win the prizes, I'd like to share with you my Valentine projects.
Please note that all the supplies for these projects were supplied by
Scrapbooking With M.E. Boutique and Alpha All images are
from Alpha Stamps collage sheets.

For my Valentine Lover's Tryst mini theatre, I started with Alpha Stamps' Gatefold Triptych Shrine blank ... they have many premade room blanks that are wonderfully easy ways to begin a project!
I added lots of Scrapbooking with M.E. chipboard, papers and flowers to create a much larger and more elaborate scene than the original triptych. Lots of fun getting so fussy and fancy for an homage to Valentine's Day!

 The Gatefold Triptych Shrine blank provides the back wall and the two side walls with the smaller arches on top. The French windows are a diecut and the display pedestals, which hold the miniature flower pots, are constructed from images from a collage sheet from Alpha Stamps.
This is a close up of the display pedestal with the miniature terra cotta flower pots filled with paper flowers from Scrapbooking With M.E. and Alpha Stamps. The tiny piece of Dresden paper border on the edge of the display stand top, and the topiary cut out are both from Alpha Stamps collage sheets.
This shows the center of the stage with the circle of swans around a (mirror) pond with a gold (plastic) miniature vase filled with flowers from Scrapbooking with M.E. and Alpha Stamps. The red acrylic heart came from my stash of Valentine 'stuff.' I really like using the mirror - and wish I had used it in a way that was more visible to the viewer!
These are the top arches of the piece - diecut and embellished with red acrylic hearts, bows, and three dimensional heart ornaments that I made using a tutorial by Miss Edith on Scrapbooking with M.E.'s youtube channel ... some fun things there that are quick and easy and effective on your projects!
This is a close up of the two Valentine lovers meeting in the garden. They are from an Alpha Stamps collage sheet titled 'French Ballet Costumes.'

 Also, I made some vintage style Valentines for the blog hop - a couple I will send to people who I am doing Valentine swaps with - and a few will get sent to good friends - and one to my mom, of course! I was first inspired by this design by Laura Carson's tutorial on her blog Artfully Musing. Again, all supplies are from Scrapbooking With M.E. and Alpha Stamps.

Well, that's my 2016 Valentine stash! Hope you enjoyed peeking in - I'm glad you came for a visit.
Now for all the information about the prize drawings!

Please go to each link below, watch the video, like, share and subscribe to their channels. You never know when we might throw in a few more giveaways.
MayMay Helms from MayMay Made It -
Jenifer Stephens from Atouchofsparkle -
Loretta Harwell from Loretta H -
Jannifer Schweitzer from Iowabuttercup -
Tristan Blakeman from Enchanted Revelries -
Christopher Allen from Brutus Monroe -
Edith Wray from Scrapbooking With ME -
Scrapbooking With ME Blog –
Make sure to go to our blog to register for the BIG VALENTINE GIFT BASKET
Thank you so much for watching and subscribing to all channels.
Here is the photo for the big basket of Valentine goodies and crafty supplies. 

And, now to enter my giveaway contest for Enchanted Revelries, all you have to do is become a follower of the blog (which you know you want to do anyway *smile*) and leave a comment below. I'll use the Random Number Generator to choose a winner. My prize isn't nearly as pretty as the other one! But it has lots of fun stuff in it ... here is a picture of the goodies.
 This is most of the prize package, though I couldn't quiiiiiiiiite get it all in the photo, so there's a few surprises in addition to these things. A few of the goodies include Graphic 45 chipboard embellishments and stickers, Ink Jet Shrink Film, several sets of quality printed craft papers, a set of Spectrum Noir pens (flesh tones), lots of clear acrylic and red rubber stamps (all new and never used), metal embellishments, lots of layered paper embellishments and stickers, a roll of Scor-Tape and a roll of RedLine Wonder Tape (my favorite!), a Heidi Swap stamp, some fancy paper die cut tags, several packages of crocheted embellishments (mostly holiday oriented), several tubes of Pixie Stix glitter, a Sizzix Susan's Garden die set, and much more. Please note!!! In the photo, you can see the tiny corners of my Vagabond machine and my Minc machine - those are NOT included (they just happened to be on the work bench when I took the photo!).

I will draw the winning name/number at noon on Monday, February 8. I will make the announcement and if the winner hasn't contacted me within 48 hours, I will draw a new name/number.

And remember, when you join the blog as a follower, if you don't 'subscribe' to notifications when a new post is made, you'll never receive an email from me - this is not a way for me to build my email client mailing list!

I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop - good luck with entering the contests! - and that you've found some inspiration! And, as always ...

Now, go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Monday, February 1, 2016

Who Wants a Human Hair Wig When You Can Have One Made From Paper?!

"Historical wigs always fascinated me, especially the Baroque era. This is art for art's sake aesthetics for aesthetics, no practical sense. But they are beautiful. I made a series of wigs. Paper helps to highlight in this case the main form and not be obsessed unnecessary details."
                                               ~  Asya Kozina Artist
                                                       St. Petersburg, Russia

... now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Marie Antoinette's Opera Comique Mini Theatre

I have to admit, whenever I find out that the theme of a month's projects is going to involve a miniature theatre or house, my eyes light up like a kid seeing his first b.b. gun! I've always been enchanted with and somewhat obsessed with mini-theatres. There's something nostaglic and romantic and downright magical about them! And, of course, my second obsession, Marie Antoinette, being able to be included makes it all that much more enticing.

This structure was begun with one of Alpha Stamps most versatile miniature house blanks - the Square Shrine Shadowbox. Turned one way you get a wonderful little room or theatre with a 'header' - turned upside down you get a charming little coach blank - add wheels and away you ride!

I also added three of the WONDERFUL miniature batter operated carriage lamps across the back - a little luxurious perhaps - but I think Marie and her theatre is worth it! Besides the various metal findings and filigrees used, I found that Flower Soft was the perfect touch to add a bit of texture to the stage prop topiaries.

Look how charming the scene is and how it comes to life with the miniature vintage carriage lamps turned on!
The side panels  with the columns and guards were cut from a collage sheet and added "wing style" to the sides of the theatre, so from the front they look like they're part of the architectue, when actually, they are just deceiving to the eye!
Here is a side view of the theatre, showing all the depths and layering which were used - you can also see the "winged" flies on the side and the on/off switches for the lamps which I installed at the top of the theatre behind the large Marie. (By the way, The stage Marie and the large Marie are the same image from the same collage sheet. The large Marie was printed at 600% and the small Marie (and her courtier partner) were printed at 50% of the original size.)
If you would like to make a mini-theatre for yourself, all the supplies are available with one click from Alpha Stamps - who also have lots of other subject matters if Marie doesn't quite do the tricke for you! Just click on the words 'Supply List' below to go right to the list of supplies that I used...the pieces I used from my stash (the pink beads, etc.) are things that you're sure to have around the house in your own stash - or easily available from a discount craft house.
Square Shrine Shadowbox
Sq Shadowbox Opera Comique Collage Sheet
French Ballet Costumes Collage Sheet (1 was printed at 50%
size for stage dancers and one was printed 600% for the rooftop figure)
3 Victorian Sconce Wall Lamp
3  Lightweight Round Filigree
Pink Sweeper Fringe
Gold Ric Rac Dresden Borders
Wide Brass Header Filigree

Thanks for visiting me and seeing my Marie Antoinette Mini Theatre Opera Comique. Hope you're inspired to make something pretty and special - what a great Valentine gift this would make, huh!, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan


Monday, January 18, 2016

I Think I Need to Move to Spain ...

I am overwhelmed by these homes in Spain. Now, obviously, they're lavish, beautifully designed, and historical. The most amazing thing about them all? They're abandoned ... and just sitting waiting for somebody (me?!) to bring them back to their former glory!
... nothing short of a palace!
... a little Spanish Tara action going on here

... so hard to believe that these stunning details have been left undisturbed for so many years!

This reminds me of some of the wonderful estates in Newport.

... perhaps a little more down-to-earth - but, still, quite a showplace

What a stunning example of art nouveau architecture - just sitting there waiting ... 

Such a shame that abandoned buildings that are available in America look more like outhouses than these Xanadu-like marvels!

Now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan
 21st Century American Gothic


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

... Just a little something to help you get through Hump Day

The bass player... well you have to watch
Posted by Vic Biggs on Sunday, 6 October 2013 go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Alpha Stamps Miniature Faerie Theatre

I just love the tiny shadowboxes from Alpha Stamps - and the coordinating 
collage sheets that fit each one perfectly!
 Even though they're a bit in the way when you're working on the piece, the very first thing you want to do is install the miniature carriage lamps on either side of the stage. They need to be done before anything goes any further. Once they're installed all the pain-staking work is done!
 To start this one I used several copies of one image (the curtains) and layered them with pop-dots, giving them a paper tole work look and depth. I also used a riser available which brought the stage floor up to the higher proscenium opening on this particular facade. (Later this month I'll show you another one that doesn't require a riser.) The plaid paper is just a paper 'hinge' used over the apron to give a nice smooth corner to the stage.
 Next, I started fussy cutting, and cut a lot of the figures and characters from a collage sheet (see supply list for collage sheet title). The figures are so tiny, it was a bit of a challenge for my big clumsy fingers, but I was happy with the way they turned out. I added stickles on the faeries' ribbons, a piece of silk ribbon on the horse drawn carriage, and a brass filigree 'halo' over the horse drawn faery.
 Next on the agenda was to add a metallic cord tassel, pink sweeper fringe and crystal "bushes" behind  the dancing faeries. (The quartz crystals came from my stash.)
Finally, we add the theatre facade, add several layers of images for depth, add a piece of fancy
filigree hardware over the proscenium, add a fancy brass medallion at the apex of the facade, trim out the top and bottom with gold foil Dresden trim, add ball-foot foundation legs (I painted mine black with gold balls), and create a multi-layer rosette for the top of the mini theatre.

 If you would like to make a special faery mini theatre for yourself - or as a gift! - here is the supply list - almost everything is available from Alpha Stamps

Theatre Francais Shadowbox Façade

Deep Open Front 4.5 x 5.5 Shadowbox

Deep 5.5 Shadowbox Riser

2 – Wall Sconce Victorian Coach Lamp

Square Shadowbox Curtains Pink collage sheet

French Fairies Shadowbox  Facade collage sheet

Metallic Gold Tassel

Fancy Leaf Header Filigree

Lightweight RoundBrass Filigree

Gold Ric Rac Dresden Borders Set

Foundations (Box Feet)

4 Clear Crystals

Amour Ribbon Set

Large Brass Filigree Corner
Pink Sweeper Fringe
The only items used not from Alpha Stamps is the pink rhinestone in the Leaf Header Filigree
and the papers and rhinestones for the rooftop rosette. Everything else can be acquired through Alpha Stamps.
You can find everything used at this search address: Supply List

... now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´♥ Tristan

 Cary Grant magically trims the Christmas tree as Dudley in the
holiday classic, "The Bishop's Wife."