Saturday, December 13, 2014

Primitive Angel Christmas Tree Gift Tutorial and More‏

New Goodies!
Happy Saturday Everyone! I'm SO in love with the new goodies this week. They were inspired by my Christmas fireplace mantel, which you can see below. I'm just dying to play with the new Vintage Santa!
In addition to the new goods, the general Christmas Section has over 600 fabulous goodies (all on sale) and our Coffee Break Design Christmas Section is sure to inspire.

Art Time!

I'm totally in love with the new Vintage Santa Stand-Up, and I have plans to make him PINK as I've always wanted a vintage pink Santa, however, priorities! I had some handmade gifts to make, so I came up with these sweet Tiny Primitive Angels in an equally adorable and functional magnet box. The receiver can stick the box to the fridge and either keep the Angel inside, or add a different treasure.

This was a really fun project. I enjoyed making the boxes just as much as the angels. Of course there are so many routes you can go with the boxes. The possibilities are endless!

To make my Angels, I attached paper to the bodies, and then doodled with my white and black pens. I added the Tiny Head Paper Cuts, and attached the wings and halos. I finished them by adding some Stickles to the wings/halos and attaching some vintage rhinestone trim. So sweet!

Next I stamped the front and back of my boxes.

I added magnets with E6000.

I wanted to personalize my gifts, so I used our "You Pick" Letters. I used the 1.5" size which was perfect. For a smaller letter the 1" would work well too.

I painted my letters with red acrylic paint, and then added dots with my white paint pen. They reminded me of the vintage red light-up marquee signs which are making a come back lately. I do love those signs!

I attached my painted letters to the front of my boxes.

I added a bit of paper shred to my boxes, and then tucked the Angels inside. Perfect fit!

While I was photographing, I came up with another idea.  You could turn these into ornaments too. Simply poke two holes in the top of the tree box, and string through some wire or a tinsel stem. Attach the angels to the bottom. They would make cute little tree ornament shrines! This was such a fun and festive project. I hope the receivers like them!

Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!
This brilliantly beautiful Laurel Wreath Ornament is by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst. I love the traditional, yet vintage look of this piece. Just stunning Gerri!
(Also Used Our Large Brass Christmas Tree (perfect!), Gold Stickles, Red Stickles, Cottage Path Alcohol Ink)

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

Design Team Member Lynn Stevens created this gorgeous, graceful Medium Primitive Angel. I adore silver and blue Christmas colors, and the Laurel Branch is such a great touch. Beautiful Lynn!
(Also Used Our Laurel Wreath Cut Outs, Silver Scalloped Dresden Trim, Silver Glass Glitter, Christmas Word Cut Outs, Santos Head Paper Cuts, Faux Silver Rhinestone Ribbon, and Collage Sheet CV58)

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

These have to be the most fabulous clothespins I've ever seen! By Design Team Member Amy Nieman Using our Colorful Suns Collage Sheet and Collage Sheet DP191. These would make adorable and functional Christmas Gifts. Or use them on your creative gift packaging. Just brilliant Amy!

Inspiration By Karen Sullivan!

This fanciful Christmas Carousel is by Karen Sullivan. Not only is it gorgeous, it also spins! Karen attached a small lazy susan to the bottom. Can you hear the music? So amazing Karen!

Her lovely top!

She even decorated the area that gets covered by the top! Beautiful details!

Christmas Inspiration!

I had a bit of fun decorating for Christmas this year. As many of you know, we moved this year, so this is our first Christmas in our "new" home. I've never really decorated for Christmas before. Never even had a Christmas tree as an adult. But our double sided fireplace was begging for it, and once I got started, I didn't want to stop. My decorating even inspired this week's new goodies!

This is side one.

And side two. Similar, yet different.

I was playing around with the new goodies, and they fit in very nicely!

The new Reindeer Sticks have new homes!

Here are a few other decorating shots. Of course the tree has more ornaments, candy canes, and presents now. No doubt I'll add more next year. I figured I should pace myself (a bit). 

Merry Christmas! xoxo Kristin

Friday, December 5, 2014

Captured Angel Ornaments and More‏

New Goodies!
Happy Saturday Everyone! This week we have glass domes in three fabulous styles plus several coordinating goodies. I just had to have some Houses and Angels to fit inside! The TINY Primitive Angels are ADORABLE!
In addition to the new goods, the general Christmas Section has over 600 fabulous goodies (all on sale) and our Coffee Break Design Christmas Section is sure to inspire.

Art Time!
When I saw the new Glass Domes I was in love! And I just had to have some Little Houses and Angels to fit inside. I love that the domes can be used as ornaments or pieces to sit on a mantel or shelf.

This was a really fast and fun project. First, I painted all of my Masonite pieces and the chipboard bottom of my Bell Ornament with acrylic paint. I added a bit of vintage sheet music to the angel for her dress.

Once my paint was dry, I distressed my edges and added some detail to my Angel's dress.

The Tiny Angels are SO cute!

It's a good idea to arrange your pieces and then try out the glass top BEFORE gluing your pieces down. The sides flare, so you will want to make sure it all fits. I glued my pieces down with E6000.

Once my glue was dry, I added Glitter Snow with a paint brush. I just LOVE this stuff. It's about the consistency of toothpaste (maybe a bit lighter in weight) and is very easy to manage. I also added a bit to my tree and houses. The houses look adorable with their "snow drifts".

Finally I attached my glass top a added a tinsel bow, which can also second as an ornament hanger. Tip: Obviously you can't actually "tie" a bow with the wire. Form a bow by bending the wire, and then twist the loops around each other. I love my sweet Bell Ornament!

Inspiration By Mary Jane Chadbourne!
Mary Jane Chadbourne used our larger Primitive Angel Art Dolls to create these stunningly festive ornaments! Each one is so creative. Beautiful job Mary Jane!

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

Design Team Member Lynn Stevens created this gorgeous glittery Christmas Tree Hutch! The pink and silver is so pretty and vintage. Amazing job Lynn!
(She Also Used Our Plastic White Deer, Cotton Spun Mushrooms, Glass Glitter, Faux Rhinestone Ribbon, Christmas Word Paper Cuts, White Bottle Brush Tree, and Collage Sheet CV58)

Inspiration By Linda Cain!

This fabulous Votive Church Shrine is by Design Team Member Linda Cain! You can find more gorgeous photos of this piece on Linda's Blog. I love how this piece is so reminiscent of vintage Putz houses. Absolutely stunning Linda!

Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!

This lovely Victorian Scrap Angel Ornament is by Sherry Matthews! Her wings are so pretty and that tiny cameo she's wearing is just perfect. So gorgeous Sherry!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Holiday SALE and a GIFT‏

Holiday Sale!

In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are having a SALE! Take an additional 10% off your entire order, including sale items! Use Discount Code: Retro10Off at check out. Make sure you hit "recalculate" before going to the payment screen. Now through Monday at midnight EST. Happy Shopping!
(Fine print: Discount not applicable to previously placed orders. You must use the code during check out for the discount to apply.)
We have some new goodies listed too!

Inspiration By Linda Cain!

I absolutely adore this gorgeous Christmas Keepsake Case by Design Team Member Linda Cain! You can find more amazing photos and the complete supply list in Linda's blog HERE.

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

Design Team Member Lynn Stevens made this stunning ornament using vintage star reflectors and our Statue Collage Sheet. The colors are just gorgeous!

Inspiration By Diana Darden!

This whimsical "Busy Dreaming" Female Bust is by Diana Darden! Her face is absolutely perfect Diana!

This stunning Tiny Fairy is by Sherry Matthews! The sentiment is absolutely perfect.
"Express Gratitude"

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Have Yourself A Charming Little Christmas‏

Charms! Charms! Charms! We've got em' and you're gonna love em'! This week we have TONS of new charms in stock, as well as awesome new Melissa Frances goodies. The new glass domes have so much awesome Christmas potential!

In addition to the new goods, the general Christmas Section has over 600 fabulous goodies (all on sale) and our Coffee Break Design Christmas Section is sure to inspire.

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!
This fabulous Deer Mount Ornament is by Amy Nieman! I LOVE that she used a funky face on the deer head, and went with some non-traditional colors. This would make a fabulous Christmas ornament, OR anytime ornament! So creative Amy!
(She Also Used Our Tiny Brown Deer, Glitter Jingle Bells, Metal Roses, Christmas Word Paper Cuts, Bakers Twine, and Heart Lock Charm)

Inspiration By Linda Cain!

I absolutely adore this fabulous Primitive Angel by Design Team Member Linda Cain! The halo is gorgeous, and Linda definitely shows off her painting skills on this one. And check out the "make-up" on her sweet angel's face! You can find the full details including the complete supply list on Linda's blog here!

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

Design Team Member Lynn Stevens definitely captured the magical and glittery side of Christmas with her stunning Votive Church Shrine. She's using our Church Shrines as a project for her art group so there will be lots more to come. This look almost good enough to eat Lynn! Gorgeous.
(She Also Used Our White Bottle Brush Trees, Glitter Snow, German Glass Glitter, and Battery Powered Votive.)

Inspiration By Laure Janus!

I was so excited when Laure Janus shared her adorable Tiny Fairy Shrines with me! She made them as gifts for her art group, and I'm sure they will LOVE them. Note how she turned them into pins! And using Mini Bottle Caps was such a brilliant idea. Even her backs are fantastic! These Tiny Fairies are a great little Christmas gift idea. Thanks so much for sharing Laure!
(She Also Used Our Tiny Fairy Head Paper Cuts, Diamond Glaze, Stickles, and Glitter.)

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Every now and then I like to pop in and say hi. The face behind the art supplies! I was winter coat shopping yesterday, and ended up with this bit of fluff, which was basically free (Horray for 50% off and Kohl's cash!). Anywho, I'm not sure what my face is saying, but my mind was thinking "Does this hood make me look fat?" Just making silly faces. I'm pretty much a goof ball most of the time. And now I'm a warm goof ball!

Speaking of bits of fluff, our 16 year old min pin, Zeus, is all set for winter too. He loves is "ugly Christmas sweater". For those of you that follow me on Facebook, I'm thrilled to report he's feeling much better! Nearly 100%!