Monday 29 November 2021

Tim Holtz Christmas Village Green

 Hello Friends

Since watching Tim's Saturday video on 'The Village' I have wanted to make a village of my own.  I was totally inspired by the creation that the very talented Emma Williams, one of Tim's Makers had made.  You can see Emma's beautiful and very detailed village here.

I built the village over a couple of weeks so I don't have step by steps but I have a few photos to share.  The first house uses House 1 from the new Village Collection and the brickwork was created using the Mini Brickwork 3D embossing folder.

The trees are from Tim's Idea-ology Woodland lot and I sprayed them green using Distress Spray Stain in Rustic Wilderness and the edges were covered with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  I added Tiny Christmas Lights to the tree and all of the houses.
The wreaths on the houses, the gentleman and the Carol singers were created by using Tim's Vault Series: Christmas 2021 die set with black shrink plastic.  I was quite pleased with the way they turned out!  The bows on the front of the village are from the same die set too.  

The central tree has Idea-ology pearl baubles (coloured with alcohol ink) and stars but no lights and you will see why at the end of this post!

I used House 2 to create a pair of semi detached houses, I simply joined two of the houses together and added a 'drain pipe' to separate the two houses.  All of the roofs were die cut and coloured with Distress Ink in two colours, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs.
The Post Office was created from House 1 dies and I added the cute little awnings.  The phone box was created using the tall thin building from Tim's Paper Village die set and it even has a little telephone inside!  The post box was created with a wooden button and card - well I needed a post box to go alongside the Post Office. It was the hardest thing to create because it is so tiny....
The pathway at the front of the properties was created with Tim's Mini Cobblestone 3D embossing folder.  The 'snow' was created with Ranger Distress Grit Paste with Distress Grit Paste - Snowfall to add some extra whiteness. I carefully puffed on Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter to add a little sparkle.

To finish off my project I added some Idea-ology feet (from years ago) and a metal plaque from Tim's new Christmas range, that says 'Season of Magic'.
And finally, I took a little video so that you can see that I added a music box (playing Jingle Bells) and turntable to bring the Village Green Christmas tree to life.  I hope it works and that you like it!

I absolutely love this new size of Village dies and I can see me using them lots more in the future.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate you stopping by.

Take care and keep safe and well.

Crafty hugs,  Anne xxx

Tuesday 16 November 2021

Belinda Basson DT - Lady Vagabond Christmas Baubles

 Hello Friends

My project for the Belinda Basson Design Team for Stamperia this month has Christmas in mind.  I created two large baubles using Stamperia products, all of which are listed at the end of this post.

The first step is to wash the baubles in soapy water, dry them thoroughly and then apply a coat of Stamperia Mixed Media glue to the base piece of the bauble only, and allow to dry. This will give the plastic a 'tooth' so that further products will stick and stay put.
Apply a coat of Glamour Paste in Turquoise and allow it to dry.  Add the paste up to the rim but not on the rim so that the bauble will close easily.
Time to apply the glitter!  Apply a coat of Mixed Media Glue and then generously sprinkle the Glamour Sparkles (Turquoise) whilst the glue is wet.  You need patience at this point (I don't have a lot), let it dry thoroughly and then tap off the excess Sparkles.  You can put these back in the jar for your next project.
For the right hand bauble (below) an area of 'snow' was created with White Glamour Paste, sprinkled with Glamour Sparkles in White.

Next, add two of the Lady Vagabond chipboard pieces, raising them up with hot glue, silicone glue or several layers of double sided sticky pads, whichever is your preference.  You want the chipboard pieces to be level with the top.

Add a small amount of glue around the edges of the baubles and attach the top, leaving them to dry thoroughly.
Finally, apply some velvet ribbon to the edges of the bauble, attaching a bow to the top.
Do the same with the second bauble.

At this point I regretted not trying harder to fit lights to the baubles, I just couldn't get the balance right and the wires kept showing.  But, I didn't give up as I hate to be defeated!  This bauble uses the new Lady Vagabond Lifestyle chipboard pieces and I did my best to disguise the lights by creating a 'window's edge of snow' using the White Glamour Paste and White Glamour Sparkles.  I added a small pocket at the back to hold the battery pack.  Whew, not perfect but I love it all the same!
If you have not seen Belinda's new Lifestyle range I hope you will soon, it is beautiful and compliments Belinda's original range perfectly.  I am really looking forward to creating projects with it and I hope you will enjoy seeing them.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it.
Take care, keep safe and well.
Crafty Hugs,

Anne xxx

Products Used:

Stamperia Mixed Media Glue - DC28M

Stamperia Glamour Paste Turquoise - K3P61C

Stamperia Glamour Paste Sparkling White - K3P61A

Stamperia Glamour Sparkles Turquoise - K3GGS03

Stamperia Glamour Sparkles White - K3GGS01

Stamperia Lady Vagabond Die Cuts - DFLDC27

Stamperia Extra Strong Glue- DC007GN

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