Monday, December 10, 2007

Guest Designer, the fabulous Amy Powers

We are SO thrilled to introduce our first guest designer, the fabulous Miss Amy Powers of Inspire Company. I've been a fan of her work for quite some time (you will be too if you haven't visited her blog or website yet!) She's incredibly talented and just the sweetest, nicest person!

Amy Powers is the owner of a little online shop called Inspire Company. She lives a sweet and quiet life, making things and wrapping things and sending them off with lots of love to her customers all over the world. She shares her adventures and joie de vivre on her popular blog (inspireco.blogspot.com) .

Amy's even given us a tutorial on how to decorate the little village in her adorable style! Just look at these!

Base paint the entire little house the color you'd like for the house to be. Once the paint is dry, paint the details like the roofline, chimney, doors, windows. If you're shaky, use tape to mask off areas where you don't want the paint. Add polka dots and stripes and more details when that coat dries. Alternatively, you could cut out bits of paper for details like the shutters, doors, and windows and glue them into place.

For the piece with an open doorway and windows, glue paper bits to the back of the piece.

Add accents like tiny Christmas balls, millinery flowers, beads, pom-poms using hot glue. Have fun with this part and look at everyday things with fresh eyes. Let yourself play!

Coat the entire front of the piece with craft glue using a broad paint brush. Put glue over the bits and bobs too.



With a piece of paper underneath collect the run-off, pour a generous amount of clear glitter over the entire piece. Shake off the excess.

Ta-dah!


If you'd like to decorate your own village, come visit HERE.



"A smile is a light in the window which shows the heart is at home." Martin Buxbaum









16 comments:

Kari & Kijsa said...

Love this! How fun, cute and easy to do this project is- a gem for sharing!! Love all your design inspirations!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

LOVE these! Your houses are just adorable... and teamed up with Amy's embellishments, they are even more fantastic!!!

LaurieStar said...

Oh my Gosh - I love the way hers turned out! So cute with all the sugary glitter! Great job Amy and Deb - these houses are just so cute in general - I want to do another set!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

WOW! I am stunned. I just discovered Amy's blog yesterday before I even saw this post. Love her store, her blog, and these houses!!! Yum yum~!

Colleen said...

How wonderful! I just got back and it is sooo sweet to see such a nice project...I love this idea...lots of bling!

Sugar Bear said...

Lovin this big time! Of course, if it has glitter I'm all for it!
Karla

Jolene said...

The glitter is the perfect touch for this project. Looks great!

updycrafts said...

These turned out so stinkin' cute! You guys are a great combination in craftiness.

Robyn Weatherspoon said...

Amy, you simply are AMAZING! I love your little village and I love your site! Wowiee!!

Danielle said...

LOVE, love the glittery houses..adorable!!! Great job on these!
Danielle

Kory Dordea said...

Fabulous!!!! Love all of the yummy glitter! :-)

Marci Knecht said...

Super cute Amy! I love how you made them all glittery.

Jessica said...

WOW! Seriously stunning and so whimsical!

Chrys said...

I love your houses!!!!! Those pom poms are just perfect!!

mclady37 said...

Wow, too cute! I love that Peace can be used in so many ways not just the holidays.
Joyce

Raechelle said...

WOW!!! These are amazing! What a cool idea! Such fun colors and idea!