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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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

BUILDING STRUCTURE TO HOUSE SHOPS - Streets of Paris Event


The Streets of Paris project event continues with the construction of the structure that will house the shops.  My approach is to connect three 2-Story Room Box French Quarter kits.
I wanted the height and style of each structure to vary which I accomplished by using the new French Quarter Short Roof on each side of the structure and the new French Quarter Open Roof in the middle.  
To further add interest to the row of shops I am staggering the shops by recessing the middle kit.  In the video tutorial, I demonstrate the paint technique I used for the exterior.
Art Decor Silicone Mold - Renaissance
The decorative stonework is made of clay using the Renaissance Art Decor Silicone Mold which is packed with decorative designs.
The main entrance door includes beautiful stained glass and an elegant wrought iron and glass door made out of sandwiching faux glass with two Folding Screen Fretwork Inserts.  You’ll find the stained glass image further down in the post. 
Inside the rooms are papered and ready for their new occupants.  An elevator will be installed to take customers from the first to the second floors.
The holes I cut for the future elevator are not only functional but let in lots of light coming through the open roof.
Since the house of fashion will be occupying multiple rooms on the second floor, I’ve cut doorways between the room kits.
Just imagine beautiful gowns showcased on the balconies.
The image below is of what will become the florist shop “L’Amour des Fleurs”.
The room will become the "Cafe Chat Noir".
And the room below will be the Chocolatier, which will be the next tutorial in the series.
You’ll notice that the building looks like it’s still under construction.  This is because in future videos I will be adding lovely external lighted display windows, awnings, doors, signage and more as I cover the details of each shop.
 Not to worry if this is too big of a project to tackle as I’ll also talk about how you can make individual shops from room kits.  Of course, you could also opt to use just one or two house kits.

All of the trim work, interior window framing, and tile work comes from this digital image set.


NOTE: Since I have covered the basic assembly of the house kit in the previous Steamtown video series, in this tutorial I’m only going to cover construction techniques that are different.  If you would like detail kit assembly information click here to hop over to the first Steampunk House Video Tutorial.
VIDEO TUTORIAL


FREE DISTRESS WOOD FLOOR COLLAGE SHEET
Feel free to download the collage sheet and other images to use in your projects.
Stonework I used on the bottom of the exterior.
Stain glass used in the center (Florist Shop) door.


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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.

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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


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Jewelry/Cosmetics
Bottles
BEADS
PERFUME BOTTLE ACCENTS
PURSES
SHOES
DISPLAY STANDS