Monday, March 28, 2011

Printable Textures

Looking for some cracked paint, wallpaper, book covers/end papers or just some great pics to help you grunge up your scene? Check out lost & taken. It's a gallery of free, high quality, printable textures that can be used for personal and commercial projects. Enjoy!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring is Here! And so is the Tulip House!

I've been really busy lately (please excuse my recent absence from the blogging world). There are so many ideas... and so little time!

Here is another item that I've been working on. The inspiration for this glitter house kit was a request by Sonya. She wanted a little cottage that was not Easter, but Spring-like. Well, I set to work creating a little English cottage with a flower garden. And then Hubby peered over my shoulder and said, "how about a flower-shape house?" It was just too much fun to imagine. I had to try!

Oiseau deNim's beautiful hyacinth and basket are finely crafted!

After I emailed Peiwen a photo of my progress on the little tulip house, she suggested that sit in a pot. Genius!

So you see, this has been a collaborative effort from all over the world! Sonya, I hope that you thoroughly enjoy putting together the Tulip Cottage kit! Thank you to Sonya, Peiwen and Hubby for their suggestions; and to Peiwen for her gorgeous hyacinth and basket!

If you would like to purchase the Tulip Cottage glitter house kit, it is available on Etsy. Happy Spring!

Halloween House is Ready!

Finally, I have finished the Halloween house! It is available on Etsy. This is the most architecturally detailed house that I've created so far. At 7/8" (22mm) tall, the house is packed with spooky delights!

It's very easy to put together; just fold on the perforations and glue. The instructions take you step-by-step through the assembly and decorating. You may wish to decorate the house using the included tiny ghosts, gravestones, pumpkins, boards on the windows, and glitter; or decorate the house with your own details.

A tiny LED light is included. The wires can exit the back of the house or through the bottom of the base; depending upon how you wish to display your house. A 3V battery is required for lighting. The battery is about the size of a coin and can be easily hidden into a display.

Enjoy a spook-tacular time putting together the Spooky Lane haunted house kit!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Creating a Scene

The tulips are just starting to peek above the frozen tundra of the upper Midwest. And yet, here I am, creating a Christmas display for my new glitter houses. This is a preview of the display. The finished piece will have more decorations: stockings, a swag, glass jars and ornaments.

The nicely detailed fireplaces are from Braxton Payne. The mirror is a combination of moldings and gold paper. In the picture, the mirror is reflecting the tree mural on the back wall of my studio. This was a happy accident, but I like how the branches look in the mirror.

Today, I'll wire the houses up and attach the battery holder to the back of the display. The battery is about the size of a U.S. quarter, so it should be easy to hide.

I hope everyone in the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying a beautiful Spring day!