Thursday, February 25, 2016

La Mode Shoppe

Hey chipper gang!  Barbara here, and I have another one of those cute little mini house shaped shadow boxes from Gypsy Soul.  These are so fun to put together and decorate with your favorite theme.  I find them very inspirational to sit somewhere prominent for me to ponder.  If you missed my previous post using one of these cuties, you can click here to see that project.  But I warn you, it can be very addicting.   

I always lay my chipboard out the way it will be glued together, just to make sure I have it positioned  correctly.  I am using Mini House Shadowbox 1 for today's project.  This particular box is a taller, rectangular house, and I thought it would be perfect to house my dress forms and perhaps showcase the Fashionistas.  As always, I like to use Aleene's Fast Grab tacky glue to put my chipboard together. 

I traced the box onto the flourish texture sheet and cut the approximate area needed to cover the back and sides of the box.  I cut a section from the diamond texture sheet for the roof.
Next, I cut out all the pieces of paper to use on the inside, outside, and roof of the box.
Paint the inside and outside of the box with chalk paint in matching colors.  Allow paint to dry thoroughly, then adhere papers, as shown.

Paint diamonds, fourishes, and corners with the chalk paints in a green and blue. 

Add crackle glaze over the diamonds and add green distress ink over it.

Add white antiquing cream over the flourishes.

Wrap flourished texture sheet around box and adhering as you fold over the edges and trim excess.  Glue diamond texture sheet to roof.

Add a copper paste over the corners to resemble patinated copper.

Glue one corner to the front and one to the back.

Use the medium sized window from the Windows 4 Panel pack to select the images from the G45 Ladies' Diary paper to appear through the open window.  Trace around it with a pencil and cut out.  Set paper aside for now.  Paint the window frame with a coat of white crackle paint.  When dry, add brown distress stain to bring out the crackles, then adhere over the G45 image. 

Glue the window frame on the inside of the box.  Now it looks like there are two very fashionable ladies standing outside the shoppe, deciding whether or not to go in .  

Paint three miniature dress forms with a pink chalk paint and add white antiquing cream to give it a shabby chic look.  Adhere inside the box, as shown.

Paint a miniature bookplate with the pink chalk paint, adding white antiquing cream around the edges and a line of minature pearls.  Computer generate La Mode Shoppe (The Fashion Shoppe) onto a scrap of print paper and place in the center of the bookplate.  Adhere to back of box.

Glue four cone-shaped metal beads to the bottom  for legs.  A scrap piece lace was glued inside the box, just above the window, to represent  a window valance.  Pretty posh, huh?

And a here are a couple of side views.  I just love those texture sheets. They really add to the piece, giving such cool texture, don't you think? 

Supplies used:

Mini House Shadowbox 1
Windows 4 Panel
Art Deco Corner Set
Dressforms 1 Miniature Shape Set
Texture Sheet Flourished
Texture Sheet Diamonds
Miniature Bookplates Shape Set
Graphic 45 Ladies' Diary 8x8 paper pad
Chalk Paint
White crackle paint
Clear crackle glaze
White antiquing cream
Distress inks

I hope you are enjoying my "series" of mini house shrines.  I've got two more to go, so I hope you will come back and check out my next one.  I don't know what I am going to do yet, but I hope to inspire you, nonetheless.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit my very talented team mate, Ginny, as she also has a post on today's blog.  

Have a wonderful and creative weekend!!


1 comment:

  1. Beautiful, Barbara! I love the paper you used in the back - it's so perfect. And, what a wonderful series - a perfect little set for your craft room.