Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Bwahahahaaaa!

Happy almost, almost, almost Halloween! Still a couple months to go, but its fun to start breaking out all of the Halloween crafting supplies and brainstorming ideas.

I picked up this vintage frame from our monthly French Nest market last month. If you’re in the Northern Colorado area, definitely a “must do!” Lots of vendors with vintagey goodness. :)

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These delicate frames are so handy to frame a vintage postcard, or a little cluster of ephemera (such a great way to use scraps!).

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For this project, I used a vintage scrap of metallic wrapping paper. A little trim of it looks cute pleated, then topped with  a string of sequins, and adds interesting texture. A couple spooky die-cuts, a vintage receipt and a creepy plastic spider on a web of tulle, finish it off.

Although its August, pull out the Halloween supplies and get ready for spookier times ahead!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

 

 

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Shabby Chic Inspiration Folder

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Hello!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

I’m just in awe of how quickly the summer break has gone by. Its a reminder of how we truly need to live in the moment and have a vision of how we want to spend our days. And, then, simplify our lives to make that possible.

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Along the way, I’ve found some inspiring quotes that help keep me on focus and centered in this goal.  I thought it would be a neat go-to, to actually keep these quotes in an inspirational journal of sorts. shabby chic inspiration folder cover 2For this project, I altered the Tim Holtz kraft folder with layers of acrylic paint and oodles of ephemera. :)

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A little wooden spoon with a great reminder….spoon close up And all of the fun doodads inside! This is where all of my favorite quotes will be written.shabby chic inspiration folder inside shabby chic inspiration folder lace & star

Gorgeous scraps of paper for inspiring quotes – a perfect match. Can’t wait to fill it up and visit it often. lace & star

Have a wonderful week and Happy Creating!

Michelle

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Fabric Ribbons & Vintage Trimmings

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ribbons 1Hello,

I hope you are enjoying your week!

School starts for the kiddos in a couple weeks.  It’ll be a flurry of activity in getting ready for that, but in the meantime, I’ll take the extra time in the craft room. :)

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I love antique wooden spools, and use them in my craft room to store special ribbons and vintage garlands of tinsel.  But, its been nagging at me for a while now to actually use them in a project.  In keeping with ribbon storage, I created fabric ribbon made from a strip of linen and colorful fabric scraps, and made it a bit chubby with pretty embellishments.

ribbons 3a ribbons 5 ribbons 4 ribbons 6 ribbons 7 ribbons 8 ribbons 9 ribbons 10I edged the top and bottom of the linen with a scalloped trim. Adds a finishing touch, but I also like how it contrasts with the fraying of the fabric scraps.

A little tag, and a dangle of crystals adds some bling and a scrap of tulle ribbon keeps it all together. Really a fun way to highlight some favorite fabrics and special embellishments.

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Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful rest of the week!

Happy Creating,
Michelle

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Paper Doll Blocks

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Paper Doll BlocksHello!

I hope your week is off to a great start, and that your summer is going well. Its hard to believe that in a few short weeks, the kiddos go back to school. The school supplies are already purchased and ready to go. Yikes! :)

This project has been so fun to put together. Paper dolls have ALWAYS been one of my favorite things, and I so enjoy creating new things with them. Depending on the doll, the project can be either playfully sweet or movie star sophisticated.

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Wooden canvases have really come onto the crafting scene in a big way. Truly a great canvas to work with! And wooden blocks are simply an extension of that concept. To create these paper doll blocks, I first started by painting the block, then distressing the edges with sandpaper. A wash of ivory paint also helped tone down and added more depth to the block colors.

Dreamer 2Once the paint was dry, I added vintage book paper with Mod Podge, then applied the paper doll.  A few ribbons and fabric scraps, and a couple crowns (of course) dress them up nicely!

Love & Flowers Flowers Happy 1These sweet paper doll blocks can be personalized even further with memo pins holding descriptive adjectives and embellishments.  A fun gift idea for a good friend! :)

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I hope you have a great week! And, if you’re looking for a crafting idea, try embellishing a block – so much fun!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

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An Inspiration Happy Box & Class

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Hello!

I hope you had a great 4th of July!

A few posts ago, I shared a project idea of storyboard boxes – decorating a paper mache book-shaped box with the covers of vintage children’s books. You can find more about that HERE – they really are a great way to display those nostalgic illustrations. These boxes also are great gift boxes.

Playing around with that idea more, I realized these boxes could also be inspiration boxes. Personally decorated and filled with those things that give you that little spark, such as a quote, a photo, a shell from the beach, or a vintage bauble.  Whatever special item that takes you to your happy place – a Happy Box if you will.

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We all need that spark, and not just from time to time, to perk us up from a slump. It should be something that we visit regularly to keep us focused on our dreams, goals and purpose. Yes, a quote, or memento has the power to do just that! It truly is a box full of good energy.

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I know summer weekends get BUSY, but put this project on your TO DO list. Decorate a box – get wild and crazy with it. Cover it in your favorite patterns and colors. Then, take.your.time, but FILL IT! Fill it with special scraps, quotes, small bottles of glitter (yep, that’s in my box!) – whatever makes you happy. Then, put this box in a prominent place. Don’t tuck it away. Put your special box front and center by your bed, on your dresser. Then, OPEN IT – frequently! It’ll be like a breath of fresh air. Your own personalized treasure chest. :)

And, if you’re in the Northern Colorado area, come join me as I teach this class at Magpies Market.  I would love to have you join us – as a group we’ll create our beautiful individualized boxes.

You can find more information, and how to register HERE. magpiesOh, and come a little bit before class starts, because Magpies Market is not just a studio, but a beautiful gift store. So much fun!

Have a great weekend and a fun time creating your Happy Box,

Michelle

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