Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


The inspiration for the first shadowbox comes from this month’s kit at AlphaStamps; The Snow Queen Kit Through the window you can see a little boy having a magical experience encountering the frosty Snow Queen.  She sparkles in the frosty night and the boy looks on with wonder.  Flanking the window scene are various snowflakes, frosty picks and beads.
The inspiration for the second shadowbox comes from the new Taj Mahal Shadowbox Lid.  Inside is a beautiful bejeweled mysterious woman.  The scene is decorated with blue curtains, a marble column, hanging lanterns, borders and a jeweled star and moon.
In the post below I’ll walk through how I assembled each shadowbox and the products I used.

The structure of the shadow box is made from the Double Pane Window Shadowbox Lid and a 4” x 6” Shadowbox.
I started by painting the area around the window cutout blue.  Next, I painted the window overlay white.
I lined the inside of the shadowbox with Aqua Blue Sponged Background Scrapbook Paper.
Next, I glued an image from the SnowQueen Collage Sheet.  It’s popped up with double stick foam tape so that it is easier to see through the windows.  I’ve also accented the image with Diamond Stickles.
To the bottom front, I added a Snowflake Border painted white.
To the side I added a Silver Juniper Pick painted blue using Alcohol Ink and Clear Iridescent and White Pearl Beaded Garland.
I also added leaves from the Silver Leaf Collage Sheet and covered them in Twinklets Diamond Dust.
The final touch was the addition of Iridescent Clear Icicle Confetti Mix which made me think of falling snow. 

The structure of the shadow box is made from the Taj Mahal Shadowbox Lid and a 4” x 6” Shadowbox.
I lined the inside of the shadowbox and the front of the Taj Mahal Lid with Faded Cream Wallpaper Scrapbook Paper.
The image I used is from the Pale Beauties Collage Sheet.  I printed it out twice, attached one image to the back of the shadowbox and cutout the woman from the other copy of the image.
I popped up the cutout image and added flat back pearls and rhinestones to give the woman sparkle and dimension.
To one side of the box I added a Blue Side Curtain with Fringe Download image which I printed twice.  For depth, I cutaway part of one curtain and layered the curtains together separated by double foam stick tape.
To the bottom of the box I added chipboard Stained Glass Border which I painted gold.  I added the negative of the border (chipboard left over when you remove the border) to the top and also painted it gold.
To the left side I added a column from the Garden Urns Collage Sheet.

I hung lanterns from the Lanterns Collage Sheet suspended by metallic stickers from my stash.
I then added a Gold Dresden Halo behind the image of the woman as well as a Fancy Gold Dresden Rosette to the bottom right corner of the shadowbox
The final touch was a moon from the Bejeweled Moon Collage Sheet to which I added rhinestones and a Glitter Star Ornament.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Since I’ve been posting so many miniature themed projects, I thought it would make a nice change to do something completely different.

In this post, you'll find a video tutorial covering how to make four different wearable crowns that range from easy paper crowns to more complicate wire framed crowns. 
First up, is the sparkling Ice Queen crown.  The base of crown is made from twisted wire accented with silver leaf ribbon and alcohol ink-stained acrylic bead sprays.  The front of the crown is made from a Dresden crown painted silver and loaded with sparkly leaves (from the new Silver Leaves collage sheet) covered in Twinklets Diamond Dust, glitter picks and wired beads.  
The front of the crown is decorated with flat-back pearl beads and stamen, rhinestones, alcohol ink colored acrylic teardrop charms hanging from the bottom and in the center is a burst of icicles made from mini icicle ornaments.
Next up is the Star crown. 
This simple to make crown is created by combining images from the Mini French Labels collage sheet (pictured below).  By gluing together several of collage sheet images, adding a bit of gold Dresden Zig Zag Edging and Halos, some brass star charms and star studs you end up with a beautiful crown. 
Mini French Labels Collage Sheet
Notice how there is a large focal point on the front of the crown and a smaller one on the back. 

For an antique look, there is the Elegant crown.  Just like the Ice Queen crown, the front is made using a Dresden crown.  
Showcased on the crown are images from the Portraiture collage sheet (pictured below).  Additional accents are beaded stick pins, acrylic teardrop charms, and flat-backed pearls.
The crown attaches to the head with a ribbon secured to the front of the crown and accented with Dresden Rosettes.
Lastly, is the Golden Autumn crown.  The base of the crown is wrapped 18 gauge gold wire accented with white stitched leaf ribbon and white mulberry paper lilies
Sprigs of more wire rise from the crown wrapped in gold embossed leaves (from the new Gold Leaves collage sheet), wired pearls and butterflies.

To complement the crowns I’ve created 2 new collage sheets and a new digital image set.  These images would work well for any collage project.  To jazz them up, add embossing powder, glitter, Stickles or Twinklets Diamond Dust.  Make them bendable by attaching them to wire.

This sheet contains 21 unique silver leaf designs with duplicates in different sizes.  Add Twinklets Diamond dust to give the leaves an icy look or add silver embossing powder to the edges to give them a shiny accent.
This sheet contains 17 unique gold leaf designs with duplicates in different sizes.  Add Twinklets Diamond dust to give the leaves an icy look or add gold embossing powder to the edges to give them a shiny accent.
This set contains all of the leaves from the Silver and Gold Leaves Collage Sheets and 8 additional copper leaves for a total of 46 leaves.  Each leaf is approximately 3” tall which gives you lots of flexibility in sizing the leaves for your project.



Feel free to download and use the butterfly I used in my crown.


White Pearl Mix In Tin – Threaded on Wire