Saturday, February 11, 2012

Woo Hoo! Shabby Cottage Studio Time:) :) :)

Greetings One and All
(Well it was different from Hello Everyone! LOL)

Here we are again, with one of my 
Favourite Internet Shops and the 
Lovely and Talented
Gail Schmidt

Who I am so proudly the
Artist in Residence for:)

Gail Offers Up a Fabulous Assortment 
of Workshops and Classes
by a plethora of Wonderful and Talented Artists!

And today, Gail has posted a
New Workshop Class
of her own!

Gail Schmidt

And to Celebrate She's put it on Sale this Week
to Introduce you all to it!!!

So please do pop on over to see the Fabulous Collection
of Workshop, Classes and Gail's New Class as well as
New Products beginning to arrive for her 
Wonderful Shop!

But in the meantime, I have a 
Brand New Tutorial
which I hope you will enjoy and to inspire you
to try some of these ideas yourselves!

Cigar Box Assemblage
by Denise Phillips
Using Products from

It may only be a few more days until 
Valentine's Day
but Love should be Year Round!!! 

So Lets Get Started!

Using Gail's 7gypsies 'Roma' Book Covers
I wanted to come up with something a little 
different than what would come to mind first
off in using them.
I love using them to make Mini-Books, Cards even!
Backgrounds for wall displays but this is what
I chose to do this time....

Gail also sent me these 2 wonderful 
New Products 
Maya Road 'Vintage' Wood Doily's

I love these Lazier Cut Doily's!!

And this adorable Tin Heart Pan!!!
So being the main elements used in this
Project, I had an assortment of 
Vintage Faux Pearls.
Using Ranger's Glossy Accents
I put a layer of the Glossy Accents all over
the bottom of the Tin Heart and

filled the Tin Heart with the Pearls:)
Doesn't take long for the Glossy Accents
to dry, with a not too thick layer to
adhere the pearls.

Next was the Maya Road Wood Doily

Using ('Mr. Tim's':)
 Tim Holtz 'Distress Stain' 
(which Gail also offers in her shop:)
I coloured the Wood Doily with ease.
I love these Stains, they're so easy to use!!

I then took one of my favourite Script Stamps
and using StazOn Ink Pad 
I gave a gentile stamping
of the script on the Wood Doily.

Then using Tim Holtz 'Distress Ink Pad' 
Walnut Stain I Distress Inked all the 

So now, using the 7gypsies Book Cover
and the Maya Road's Wood Doily 
I added a Tim Holtz Metal Clip
and using what I find works great if
you need a little extra bond strength 
when glueing, 
Bathroom and Kitchen Clear Caulking!
It takes longer to 'cure' actually overnight is
best to really let the caulk set up, but it's such
a 'pain free' way of gluing something that
is questionable in weight or material.
In this case it was weight, because next...

I glued the Tin Heart Pan to the Doily:)

Then playing around with a salvage edge of
a Vintage Dictionary Page, I printed with stamps,
then used Distress Ink to rough up the edges.
I cut a piece of chipboard to back the little 
banner piece, as the Dictionary salvage edge
being Vintage you can imagine how fine the
paper is. But I love the look using the
Vintage paper:)

Then using the Ranger Glossy Accents again,
I glued the little banner to the pearls in the tin.
I deliberately made the banner wider so that
when it was mounted on the cigar box it 
would 'flow over' the pan.

I had this Fabulous Vintage Cigar Box 
( a gift of an assortment of them from a friend!)
That was already lacquered in the black on the
outside, with rich details of wood on the inside
(absolutely gorgeous!!!!)

So I printed up one of Gail's Fabulous
Digital Graphic Background Sheets
Cut it down to size and used an edger punch to
round the corners to match the box and the
book cover to mount to it.

And while the other piece was still drying
I worked on the inside lid of the box.

Again using Gail's 'Damask' Graphic Background Sheet,
I lined the top of the lid,
(I will explain later why I didn't do the bottom:)

Then I used the other 7gypsies Book Cover 'Roma' that
came in the package, and using the Glossy Accents
glued it onto the Digital paper.
Using one of Gail's Shipping Tags from her shop, I covered
the tag with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape,
then glued it to the top of the book cover, then

Using one of Gail's wonderful charms that she
has in her shop, this one is by Blue Moon
Angel Key:)

I glued it using the Bath/Kitchen Clear 
Caulking to get a good hold:)

Again using the Bath/Kitchen Caulking
I glued the book cover to the top of the Cigar Box
and there ya go!!!

Cigar Box Assemblage!

Now there's a reason that I didn't do the inside
bottom of the box....

Here's the reason:)

If you are interested in having my 
Cigar Box Assemblage
Tutorial Piece....
yes, I'm giving it away!!!

Then please leave a Comment
on this Blog Post, 
sign on as a Google Follower
here on my blog,
then go on over to 
and sign up for 
Gail's Newsletter
and leave a Comment on
her blog and
you'll be
Entered to Win
Tutorial Assemblage:)

Deadline for Entries is
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
With the Winner being Announced on
Friday, February 24th, 2012!!!!

So I hope this Tutorial gets you inspired
to do some assemblages yourself!!
And please stop by 

To check out all the fun New Products
Gail will be offering soon!!!

Till next time!



Selah Gay said...

WOW!!! That is an awesome tutorial! I never thought to use clear caulk!!! Great Tip!!! Love that cigar box! (Selah, looking over at her stack of cigar boxes and dreaming...hmmm!) Thanks again! Selah <3

Kaz Hall said...

Your tutorial is FABBEROONIE!!! love it Denise thanks so much for sharing xxx

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

Beautiful box! I really like what you did with the pearls! xo

Mary Jane said...

Wonderful tutorial Denise! Love cigar boxes and you have put a whole new "spin" on them.....wonderful!! xo

1CardCreator said...

Lovely box, thank you for sharing your step by step. I just recently found Shabby Cottage Studio and I am in love with Gails gorgeous ephemera.

Gigi Butterfly said...

The cigar box idea is wonderful! So yummy!

Anonymous said...

great piece Denise! You know who I am -- u said u would! off to the Shabby Cottage Studio site now! xxxEugenia

Diana said...

This is a beautiful tutorial. You are so clever. I would love a chance to win it. I am a follower

Art From The heart said...

Wonderful tutorial,great tips and thanks for sharing.
I'm a new follower.Happy Valentines Day.

Tarnished Rose said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

Of course, I'm already a follower!

I also follow Shabby Cottage Studio so am headed over there to leave a comment.


MONICA said...

WoW Denise...this is absolutely gorgeous...You make it all look so easy with your awesome instructions, and I love that about coming to visit your blog.
You always inspire...
Thanks for sharing this and thanks for the chance to win.

Gaby Bee said...

Thanks for your great tutorial my friend! Beauiful alterd box...
I am always in awe of your creations and this is no exception.

All the very best,

Bobbie said...

Denise! Oh my....your cigar box and blog are fantastic!!!! Very glad that I found your blog!!!! ~ Bobbie

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