Thursday, 4 December 2014

Merry Matryoshka Christmas!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! Tonight I'm lucky enough to be over at PaperArtsy's blog. Please do hop across if you have a minute! I'm sharing a simple Christmas make using an old bubble bath bottle and some twigs - with my favourite Shrink Plastic! I'm also linking this blog to the Unruly Paper Arts Party here
And also my favourite Lynne Perrella Collection Christmas Stamp Plate 016. The lovely matryoshka always reminds me of a Russian Christmas.
 I began by painting my glass bottle with PaperArtsy Fresco Paint in Antarctic and then stamping the beautiful JOFY snowflake stamp from PaperArtsy over it using Lake Wanaka Fresco.
I sprinkled with Tim Holtz glitter while the paint was still wet and added a little Guacamole Fresco in places. The twigs were also given a coat of the same colours and sprinkled with some glitter.

Next step was to lightly score a couple of sheets of Polyshrink, Shrink Plastic with a sanding block in cross-hatched strokes. I then painted them with a watered down application of Antarctic Fresco, stamping some with JOFY'S snowflakes and some with the Lynne Perrella image. As you can see from the picture, the best way to stamp on the plastic is to turn the paint side down onto the stamp and press in gentle circular strokes. You will see the image show through. You will also see that before this I drew 'tear drop' shapes on the SP with black pen and then cut them out.
Remember to punch a hole in your tear drops before you shrink them! I edged them with a little Glossy Accents and some more Tim Holtz glitter and a touch of Sapphire Treasure Gold. There is a blob of Pearlen Pen at the tip of the twine.
Some tiny glittering mini pine cones provide the finishing touch/
Here is my enchanted tree with the Frost Maiden! I shall be adding some more Russian fairy tale themed decorations over the coming days, I hope! Thank you so much for dropping by Magpieheaven today. I do hope you're on track with your festive preparations, and that the coming weeks will be filled with fun and happiness.


  1. It's another stunning Russian inspired creation, Julie Ann - have left some love over at PA. Am amazed by that final photo - the Frost Fairy is much larger than I'd imagined!!
    Alison xx

  2. I love the tree and suits the Frost Maiden so well!

  3. WOW Julie Ann, these two pieces work so well together, a marriage made in heaven - absolutely wonderful xxx

  4. great projects Julie, Annette x

  5. Wow Julie Ann, I think I have to go and break out the shrink plastic, these are gorgeous! I agree with Helen they compliment your Frost Maiden beautifully! Thanks for joining the party again today! Danie xx

  6. Wow, this is so pretty, love the transformation! The images are wonderful! So clever.

  7. How fabulous that you have created a place for the Frost Maiden to hang her earrings, a clever project and a perfect present for her:-) xxx

  8. this is magnificent! thanks for sharing your instructions. happy 12 days of christmas at UPA! xo

  9. this is so creative--love the image you used!

  10. Beautiful Julie Ann perfect colours for this time of year love it xx

  11. It looks beautiful, a lovely idea Julie Ann xxx

  12. This is so gorgeous, Julie Ann, and as others have said it complements the frost queen so well. I love moh's idea that she can use it to hang her earrings!

    Lucy xx

  13. I love that bottle!! Julie Ann! I also love Matryoshka and your lovely ornaments! And your maiden sits perfectly with them! hugs my friend!

  14. What a whimsical little tree.... love it !!! Isn't it wonderful how you can take something so simple and create something really special !!! Thanks for the inspiration... I love how you reminded us to punch a hole in your shrink plastic before heating, because I just made a project and completely forgot to do that very thing !!! hahaha

  15. Hello my sweet lovely Friend, what a fantastic hour I had reading what I missed, eyeing everything up closely. your stationery wallet, shut the front door, its FANTASTIC, eekks I want to make another one. I did some shaving cream technique years ago, with inks, I'll have to try it with my paints, wow it's breathtaking.. I'm so sad to see the alphabet challenge is over, i'll have to make sure I dream along, this time, your magic tag is MAGICAL, love you have done both side, they back is as gorgeous as the back, your faces may not be technically right but they are BRILLIANT, their eyes always see into my soul, they are all so beautiful, heart warming, I love your imagination.
    Now that is my kind of tree, you see I don't do any Christmas decorating, you have inspired me to make a tree,, I can leave up all year around, just for the joy of creating, I can\t do that shrink wrap thing but I will improvise, as I do LOL..
    Well my dear Miss Julie Ann, it's been a pleasure visiting again, sharing a tea, being so inspired, I must get to my desk, its full of watches chains, for brooches I'm revamping steampunk, for gifts, hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))...

  16. Wow, this is wonderful and so very creative! I love the idea of an enchanted tree with ornaments. FAB!

  17. ooooh Julie Ann ~ your tree is absolutely enchanting!
    My mother's mother fled Russia when she was a girl of eighteen so I have a strong connection to all things Russian. Back in 1999 I got to take a trip to Russia with my mother and it was such a special time.
    I have a small collection of Matroshka's and a few other Russian things which are all dear to me.
    I have had the nicest time visiting with you this evening and enjoying your lovely creations.
    Everything you make is so rich in detail and meaning
    AND beauty that always touches my he♥rt!
    Happy December to you and yours...

  18. Wow wow wow I can't believe it how a bottle can look so amazing, I love the wintery feel and the twigs and decorations look beautiful, especially with the Frost Maiden in front, fabulous. Kezzy :-) xxx


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