Knick Knacks and Curiosities and a Paper Issues Mash-Up

Some of you may have seen this project and post before.  I decided to use this project as my project for Paper Issues these next 2 weeks because Paper Issues and Gauche Alchemy have teamed up to double the inspiration and even offer a coupon code for an unprecedented 30% off in the Gauche Alchemy store for the next 2 weeks and a giveaway from Cassie over at Paper Issues.  We are also hosting a mini blog hop of sorts for this theme as well.

The blog hop list is as follows:

Here is what is up for grabs over at Paper Issues once you "like" Paper Issues on Facebook and become a follower of the Paper Issues blog:

Mini Kit of Awesomeness up for grabs at Paper Issues!

The coupon code you can use for your 30% off in the Gauche Alchemy store is PAPERISSUES2012.   This coupon code is good for anything in the store except for the ACME Kit subscriptions.  The valid dates are 5/13-5/27.

If you choose to also shop over at the Paper Issues shop, you can use coupon code "BADASSERY" for 20% off your entire order, no limitations, no restrictions, no expiration date.
Gauche Alchemy came out with a themed kit that was HAWT, I swear, just about the entire design team HAD to have it for themselves!  We all wanted it and poor Amy and Heather ended up having to order another shipment of the curios!

The kit, Knick Knack Paddy Whack, comes with a mini tray that is 6x6 and the perfect size to sit on an already crowded shelf without taking away from everything else on it.

Using that kit and some delish awesomeness from the color kits, this is what I came up with.  I wanted something that was bright in color, quirky, eclectic, and eccentric.  I wanted something that was a portrayal of me and my personality.

Quiry, bright, fun, and all over the place; just like ME!

I used the 7-square curio because I love the variety.  I painted the curio using some gesso and went over the top of some areas with Tim Holtz crackle paint in "Picket Fence".  To add texture to the crackle paint, I went over it using some distress ink, also Tim Holtz, then wiped off the excess with a baby wipe.  The effect left the color in the cracks and adds some dimension.

One of my favorite touches on this little curio is the drawer knob I added to the top.  

I used some AWESOME Sassafras Lass papers in a couple of the cubbies, as well as some amazing origami paper, and even a page out of a magazine!  I added to the eclecticness of the curio by using some vintage ad paper from Gauche Alchemy.

What curio is complete unless it has a rusty key!

The corner pieces are also by Tim Holtz and I've had these in my stash for some time now.  The rusty key comes with kit.  To add my personal touch, I wrapped some hemp twine tightly around it and let it unwind a little bit.  Once I was happy with it, I hot glued that bad boy right to the curio. 

The bird is actually the acetate from a package of stamps.  That is what that bird stamp would've been stored on...if I had it!  Who says those awesome little packaging images are garbage?!  Now, I love what I did with the background.  That is a page from a magazine that I cut down to size then dabbed gesso over the top of it using a course brush.  I love that it toned down the color to just the right hue.  Add some bling from the kit and voila!

Altered Scrabble tile?  Why YES please!

That blue block there is actually an altered Scrabble tile!  I painted it blue then added a Hambly rubon to it.  I got they idea to use the little flourishes that are part of the trademarking from a Hambly DT blog post, though I don't remember who it was by.  After the blue paint dried, I added the rubon and some doodling.  The final layer is a thick layer of Crackle Accents topped with a frame by Tattered Angels.  Add a cool Tim Holtz BINGO piece, a few pieces from the Purple People Eater and Banana Hammock color kits, a cute Sassafras Lass border and you're done!

The center cubby uses sheet music from the Gauche Alchemy kit, a die from the Lady Marmalade
 color kit, purple beads from the Purple People Eater kit, and some skull beads from the Oriental Trading Company.  The glass beads are from a broken bracelet in my jewelry box.

The orange cubby is pretty much the same as the birdy one, only I didn't gesso the background paper.  The cute little sparkly scotty dog is from the Envy Green color kit.

Let's talk about ME!

Who doesn't love some Scrabble tiles, some Punchinella, and a cool little vial?!  And who says you can't use them all together?!  The vial is filled with little acrylic baubles.  Some of them I dyed using Ranger alcohol ink in "Stream".  Wait for them to dry, throw them in the cool little vial, add some twine and call it done!  My Scrabble tiles are older than I am.  They came from a Scrabble game that was my parents'.  That's why they have that awesome discoloring to them.  Yes.  I like my tiles aged like wine.

The final cubby uses another cool border by Sass Lass, some origami paper, another BINGO piece and some items from the color kits.  This cubby represents me as a mom to my 4 kids.

And there you have it.  Not so short, but to the point!  I hope you enjoyed checking it out.