What a week!!! That's all I'm going to say about that! :)
I did want to take a quick second and thank all of you who left so many, many awesome comments on my blog as well as YouTube about Mom. She now wants to be a movie star all the time. If the phone rings one more time and she says, "Did you read the comment that so and so left..." I'm going to unplug the phone from the wall! LOL!!!!! Not really! She's been so excited to see how many incredible people are out there and how sweet you all are. See Mom, I told ya! There is nothing better than the paper crafting community! Thanks Y'all!
Today, I wanted to take a second and show you what was going on over on Graphic 45's blog yesterday. I missed the opportunity to show you personally and I wanted to tell you a bit about The Nutcracker Sweet Suite, so I will do that now...May be old hash, but besides the CHA temple piece, this was my next favorite thing I made. So here goes....
Graphic 45 asked us to do four things for their booth for CHA...a card, layout, tag, and to use either the altered box or metal film canister. I chose the altered box between the two. The reason, you may recall the Happy Haunting Haunted House I did for the Graphic 45/Want2Scrap/Art Glitter blog hop in late July....Well, this was actually the original Christmas manse and courtyard, however, I decided to keep it on the smaller side as it needed to travel to Chicago, so it went through a complete restoration. LOL! You may see the similarities...
The roof on the Haunted House was actually the Nutcracker Sweet Suite roof. Behind all those circle roof tiles, you would see the G45 Nutcracker Sweet paper collection! Hahaha! For the Nutcracker Sweet Suite piece, I drew my inspiration from the same roof but I was going for a not so scary look. Something about the punched fence top that does that, I think.
I made a new roof and actually punched the red top that you see and had it sitting on the roof ready to be adhered down. Then in passing through from one room to the next, I turned the punched rooftop section upside down to see what would happen. Ahhhh, to me, it didn't look so "haunted" anymore. Get me? LOL! You know me, I can go off for hours and have no idea what I wrote and later think, why on earth did I write stuff that you wouldn't be interested in in the first place! Hahahaha! Oh well! That's the roof story! I guess the point to that long tale was to say, by doing one thing you can draw inspiration to do another...I love that about crafting.
OK, Onwards shall we...
The CHA Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Suite....
You can't tell by the pictures, but I daubed Glossy Accents on the acetate, then used some plastic sheeting to pull the Glossy Accents up leaving a ripple effect on the acetate. Sorry you can't see it, it made it look like old glass window panes. The structure of the Suite was like I said above the Graphic 45 Altered box. I love these things as there are so many cool things you can do with them. The front of the box looked like a door to me, so I added the new metal keyhole and brad to the front making a doorknob. I made a base to hold the Altered box closed and once again the roof did this as well.
I made the collar piece and placed a flat double layer of chip on that and added painted wooden balls and brads to the corners. I placed the new and my FAVORITE piece the Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull on the gable and adhered the fussy cut "N" to it. Added a ball finial and the roof was done.
Then it was time to do the inside...I went for a dimensional look on the inside....
I'm not a BIG fussy cutter, but I gave it a go and cut out all the little pieces inking the edges along the way. Clara, the curtain, what seemed like a million nutcrackers (hahahaha) the clock and some candy.
I took a sisal tree and sheared it down to fit the box and then decorated it with the cutouts. Once again, sorry you can't see it, but I took a mirror and placed copper stained glass tape (don't know the real name of this lol!) on it. It really added so much to the inside. It gave the inside of the box dimension. It also gave one the feeling that it was a window or a mirror over a mantle.
To finish up, I added Clara, some Jolee's candies and presents around her feet as she decorated the tree.
Well, that's it... The Nutcracker Sweet Suite....Hope you liked it....
Tomorrow, I will show you what I just finished right before I started blogging....My Dylusional Dylusions box! Want a sneak peek?
Hope you all have a wonderful day!
The Gentleman Crafter