Sweet 16 Vintage Style

   Just a quick post to share my latest make ... a commissioned Sweet 16 Shadow Box featuring a sage green dress to match the party girl's dress, and some vintage embellisments as her theme will be vintage. She wanted sage, gold and white colors.  I so love making these special keepsakes!  This shadow box is a 10x10 inch size. I get them in white and black at Joanns and the do feature a glass cover with the frame.
     Once again, as in my other Sweet 16 Shadow Boxes, HERE I began with a Sizzix Bigz Gown die cut (5.5 inches long) using thick chipboard, and painted it to match the color of the dress. Then I add gathered tulle, satin and lace on top and secured it to the chipboard form. I also did the same for the top of the dress. I especially love this little vintage necklace and earring set I bought from an Ebay store who makes jewelry accessories for Barbie Dolls! I cut the clasp off the necklace and the post off the earrings and used the necklace for the drop waist sash and the earrings as dress embellishments in both front and back of the dress.
     Once again, I used Tim Holtz mirror paper and cut out a mirror oval with my Spellbinder oval dies and used another Sizzix ornate frame die on which to mat the mirror. As I use dimensional adhesive to secure the dress to the background, it allows the back of the dress to be viewed in the mirror creating a cool effect. I also used a Spellbinder border die to cut the 10 inch border attached to the inner frame.
     The design paper is from Maja, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima and the lace and bit of pearls on a string in cream color are from Live and Love crafts.
     These are custom made shadow boxes and they are available for special order in my ETSY shop.  Thank you so much for stopping by, and, as always, for your kind comments.

Little Mermaid- Michele R Designs Design Team

     Happy Sunday.. we're having a heat wave here in New York but I will take it! Hope you are enjoying sunshine wherever you are!  As you know, I love, love, love mermaids. This one has just been added to my collection.  That combined with the fabulous Michele R Designs digital papers made for a fun & colorful card for my Michele R Designs dt post today! Warning: Photo intense post!
     Where to begin...first, I fell in love with these digital papers from Michele R Designs called "Designer Grunge". You can find them HERE.  I so love the collections Michele creates, not only for the 6x6 and 12x12 designer papers, but also for the  Inserts and Elements coordinating collections (see pic below). The best part is that you never run out of them. Here are some of the printed papers from the collection (which I print on 8.5x11 inch, Neenah Bright White 65lb paper which I get at Office Max and print on an Inkjet printer.) The "doily" print is one of the "inserts" which are used to decorate the inside of my card..love them!
  Right about the time I decided on these papers, I saw a blogpost by Patty Sue Chapman of Ink it Up where she colored up this absolutely adorable new mermaid digital stamp, "Little Mermaid" by Raul Guerra.  It is available HERE at his new ETSY shop. I HAD to buy it and color it up the same day!
      The image was colored with copic markers (see colors below) on Make it Colour cardstock.  I cut her out using Spellbinder grand ovals & grand scalloped ovals using Bazzill Swiss Dots cardstock in turquoise as a mat.  I distressed the edges of all the design papers with the new Tim Holtz distress ink called "Mermaid Lagoon" which is a perfect match for those bright BG copics.  (BG 000, 00, 02,05, 09 and BV29 for deep shading). While the image comes with hair drawn on, I embellished it further with C9,7, 5 and 3 to make it pop!
     The sentiment is a digital sentiment from Create with TLC Artfire HERE, called "Serenity of the Sea."  I love to incorporate them when using digital images-  just size and merge with digi image and print out.
      Last, I added some cream mesh, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and in between the flowers I added tiny pools of glue and poured on multi-size pearls.  Beneath the pearls, I used a fun die cut from Memory Box, "Sketchy Rings"
Here are papers from the same collection which I used to decorate the inside of my card. The doily is part of the design paper, not separate, and you can stamp a sentiment or merge one from a digital collection right onto the paper!  Each insert collection comes with several different inserts all using a match to one of the design papers. Both the top gingham and the bottom doily with flowers are part of this "Designer Grunge" collection. 
        Thanks so much for hanging with me for this looong post, and as always, for your kind comments. Have a great day! This card is available for purchase in my ETSY shop! SOLD

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
The Outlawz- At the Beach 
Color Q- Color Inspiration
Deep Ocean Challenge- Maritime
Pile it On- Bright Colors

A Little Bit Girly- Die Cuts and Lace - Little Girl Shadow Box

     Happy Wednesday.. Just wanted to share a commission piece I finished for a little girl's bedroom. Her Mom wanted an 8x8 inch Shadow Box that featured the items you see in a 10x10 inch "Sweet 16 Shadow Box" HERE that I sold in my ETSY store, but the one below is for a girl who is three years old and her Mom wants to hang in her bedroom. The date is the little girl's birthdate as per her Mom's request, and she wanted it as a keepsake for her daughter!  I so love making these altered dresses. 

     Let me begin by saying I am so grateful to Angela Holt for her amazing youtube tutorials that inspire me to create these dresses!  Since this was going to be included in a shadow box, I needed to be mindful of the depth of the box and how "poofy" the dress could be. Because it would be encased in this glass enclosed box, I began with a base of the Sizzix Bigz L Dress Die HEREI cut it out of thick chipboard and then coated with gesso. Afterward, I used Tim Holtz Acrylic Paint in the color of the dress- in this case "Pink Sherbert".  The TH acrylic paints cover chipboard so much better than my other acrylic paints. I do this on BOTH sides of the die cut. You will notice that for this dress, I cut away the little "straps" and made it strapless which makes adding the fabric much easier.
   Then the fun begins. I start with a layer of folded 2"wide strips of pink tulle -using a hot glue gun or Fabri -Tac- around the waist to secure it. I only do this on the front of the dress because it must lay flat. I trim the tulle hem with scissors when done so it hangs right below the scallops of the die.  I then added the lace the same way, pinching and making pleats as I glue but I add the lace around the entire die cut. I love using lace with a finished edge and here the scallop mimics the scallop of the die cut.  I always begin attaching fabric at the back of the die cut and end there neatly folding over each edge for a clean seam down the back.  I do this because I mount this dress on Tim Holtz "mirror" cardstock HERE and I want the back of the dress to be as visible and pretty as the front, depending on how large the mirror and how much of the dress is shown. The pic below shows the top part of the back of the dress reflected in the mirror and you can see a hint of the sash, pearls and there is one rose in the center back that matches the small front roses. No matter at what angle you view the shadow box, you see the back of the dress and it is so pretty.
    Once done with the skirt, I add my lace to the top of the dress. NOTE: I found lace trim at Joanns where the scallops perfectly matched the sweetheart neckline..so it was easy peasy to match up and glue on, again beginning and ending at the back of the dress with a folded over seam, and adding dots of glue at the edge of the lace only.  Now you can see why I painted the die cut as any pink that shows through blends beautifully!
   Last, I added some lace pearl trim as a sash -beginning and ending in back of the die cut and covered where the ends met with a rose.  As the top is added last and its edge hangs OVER the top of the skirt, that along with the sash hides the top of the skirt that was glued down first.  After that, you can add pearls, sequins, and glitter...but since this was for a little girl, I made it much more juvenile than I would a teen or adult design.
     Last, I added a "mirror" using two Spellbinder Dies, ovals and Floral Oval dies. I attached pearls around the mirror to accent it. The beautiful 8 inch (yes 8 inch) Lattice Valance border die is from Cheery Lynn HERE... so beautiful and perfect for my 8x8 inch shadow boxes. I attached it to the front of the box to give dimension to the other elements most of which are attached with foam tape. I will be using this border a lot! I ran it through my xyron and added glitter to the die cut to make it pop. The resin frame is from Prima, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and filmstrip from Tim Holtz.  Last the gorgeous paper is from Maja- "Sofiero- Strolling down the Rose Path". (HINT: I waited until the LAST and I mean LAST minute to pull off the release paper from the mirror paper. This way the "mirror" was not scratched and no glitter attached to it.  As soon as I did it, I adhered the dress and put it in a safe place until all other paper, die cuts and embellies were glued in place and it was last to be secured! )
  I hope you are inspired to use your die cuts in a different way and to experiment with fabric. Have a great day, and as always, thank you for your kind comments!
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