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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Couture a Bejeweled Altoids Tin Dress Shop - NEW Collage Sheets & Digi Image Set

AlphaStamps May kit is aTiny Dress Shop.  For my shop, I thought I would create dresses made from images of vintage jewelry.
The tiny shop is made from Altoids tins so you can imagine how tiny the dresses are.  What gives the shop an architectural look is the 3D roof chipboard kit designed to fit the top of an Altoids tin.
I could see the items I used applied to other themes like Halloween, Alice in Wonderland, Fairies, etc.
For this project, I created two new collage sheets and digital image set.  One of the sheets is filled with dress forms that can be used standalone or layer over the chipboard dress forms from the two shape sets I used.  
The Mini Bejeweled Collage Sheet is a mini version of my older Bejeweled & Bejeweled #2 Collage Sheet and is Free With Purchase for a limited time at Alpha Stamps, see details below.  
The digital image set contains most of the images on the older Bejeweled collage sheets plus some new images.  The great thing about the digital image set is that it is easy to size and flip images and to print multiples of an image which is what I did to create my dresses.

This sheet contains three sets of different sized dress forms with each set made up of 14 unique patterns.  The dress forms are sized to work with the Dress Shop Shape Set & the Mini Paper Dolls Shape Set.  You can layer the images over the dress forms in these sets or use them standalone.
This collage sheet is a mini version of my larger Bejeweled & Bejeweled #2 Collage Sheets and is packed with all kinds of jewelry.  The images are great for smaller projects.  Use them as an accent or combine multiple pieces of jewelry to create clothing. 
FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE - All orders at AlphaStamps on Thursday through Saturday. May 24th, through 26th (2018) will receive one of these collage sheets FREE.  Click here for more details.
This sheet contains 72 vintage jewelry images which are also found, with a few exceptions, on the Bejeweled and Bejeweled #2 Collage Sheet.    You can “jewel up” these images by adding rhinestones, Glossy Accents, microbeads, glitter, and Stickles. 

I started by assembling the roofs which are made from a chipboard kit and then covered them with Hampton Brick Scrapbook paper.   Notice the grove at the bottom, its designed to fit on top of an Altoid’s tin.

For the tins, I started by removing the lid and flattening the prongs.  I covered the back and sides with 1:12 Brick Wall Sheet which is embossed.  
I covered the surfaces on the inside with papers from the Moments In Time 6x6 Paper Pad.
To make the dresses, I used dress forms from my New Dress Form #2 Collage Sheet.  I applied the dress forms to chipboard dress forms found on the Dress Shop Shape Set & Mini Paper Dolls Shape Set and painted the bases of the dress forms black.
To create the dresses, I used jewelry images from the Mini Bejeweled Collage Sheet.  Since for many of the pieces I need multiples and flipped pieces, I also use the Bejeweled Digital Images Set.  The longer curved images and leaves work great for bodices and skirts.  Birds are great for shoulder accents and bodices.  Horizontal pieces work well for belts or connectors for long waisted dresses.  Wings turned upside down work well for collars and the use of multiple wings upside down can create a tapered skirt.
To give the jewelry more dimension, I applied Glossy Accents to some of the jewels.  You could also add rhinestones, glitter, Stickles, microbeads and metal findings.

I glued the dresses inside the tins by using layers of double stick foam tape which popped them up from the back. 

The frame I glued on top of the tin is from the Altoids Tin Facades which dresses-up the edge of the tin.  I cut away the top of the frame as it would have covered up the roof.  Next, I glued the roofs on the top of the tins.

For the centerpiece, I used two more of the Altoids Tin Facades.  I used the same paper for the roof and the main area of the frame. 

The posters displayed in the opening of the façade come from the Mini French Fashion Magazines Collage Sheet.  To the image in the front, I added a feather and jewelry images from the Mini Bejeweled Collage Sheet to the hat and used part of an image for the earring to which I added Glossy Accents.  In the center of the flower on the hat, I added a red bead.  

I glued the poster images to paper from the Moments in Time paper pad then sandwiched the images between the two facades.
Finally, I glued the edges of the Altoids tin on top of the edges of the façade.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CHOCOLATIER - Chocolate Shop - Streets of Paris Event

Good news, the first of multiple tenants has moved into the building, and it is the Chocolatier.
Surrounded by beautiful bay windows crammed with delicious treats and shaded by pink and brown awnings the Chocolate Shop is a lovely addition to the building.  
At night, the lights in the windows illuminate the sweets.
On the side are a cute wrought iron table and chair set accented with a trellis and potted plant, a perfect place to sit and enjoy your purchases and a cup of tea.
The inside is bursting with even more goodies displayed in cabinets, glass shelving, and glass cases.  From the ceiling hangs soft lighting (made with tea lights & vellum.)
The pink bags and boxes sitting around the store are from my NEW Chocolate Shop Bags & Boxes collage sheet.
To complement the shop, I’ve created a NEW Chocolate Shop collage sheet filled with posters, signage and other shop related images.  There is also a NEW digital image set which contains everything that you will find on the Chocolate Shop and Bags & Boxes collage sheet, plus several awnings, and more posters and shop related images.  The image set details are below.
The bay windows which I think are the star of the shop are made using NEW easy to assemble chipboard kits.  I’ve used two of the three styles for the Chocolatier.  The new Chocolate Shop digital image set contains a series of awnings that are sized to fit the new windows.   
In this video tutorial, I’ll cover architectural changes I made to customize the store, additional furnishings, lighting, bay windows, a wraparound sidewalk, signage and new image sets.

This collage sheet includes images to decorate the inside and outside of a chocolate, patisserie or cake shop.  Included are posters, signs, a clock, and chocolate-themed invoices.
This collage sheet contains a variety of Chocolate Shop box and bag designs and sizes.  Some labels fit the round and square cookie tins and the narrow matchbox carried by AlphaStamps, a label that fits a standard small matchbox and various other sized labels.
This digital image set includes items to decorate the inside and outside of a chocolate, patisserie or cake shop.  There are a total of 69 images including the ones found on the Chocolate Shop & the Chocolate Shop Bags & Boxes collage sheet.  Included are:
  • Paris Shop Scene
  • Wrought Iron Door
  • Clock
  • 15 Posters
  • 6 Signs
  • 2 Window Glass Signs (These fit the 2 column and large center window rectangular bay windows)
  • 7 Bags & Boxes
  • 4 Invoices
  • Five sets of easy to assemble window awnings in three styles.  Two of the styles come in both a large and small size. Included are trim pieces with lettering and trim without allowing you to customize the trim.  The awnings fit the three styles of Rectangular Bay Windows, or you can use them over the windows and doors of the French Quarter Two Story Room Box.


NOTE: Since I have covered making the sweets and display cases in other videos, in this tutorial I’m going to focus on putting the Chocolate Shop together.

Feel free to download the stained glass image to use in your projects.

Architecture Trims Download - Digi Image Set – White Tile – Ceiling
Scalloped Gingerbread Trim Strips – Trellis Extension
¼ Inch Square Wooden Dowels – Ceiling Supports
1:12 Bookcase – Used 2
Dazzles Gold Thin Lines Stickers – Windows, Lighting, Glass Shelves Trim
Raw Brass Long Filigree – Square - glass shelves
Rectangular Bronze Filigree – Bay window glass shelves
Antique Gold Rope-Edged Rondelles – Used 2 per light
Remnants Scrapbook Paper - Beaumont – I used 4 sheets including the extension.  If you don’t do the extension 3 sheets is enough
Red, Ivory & Pink Patterns Scrapbook Paper Set – Used the pink strip for a window.  I’ll be using the red stripe for the Café window.
Heartland Scrapbook Paper – Red Rose Ball – Used for a window

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


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.

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.