Dec kit projects from Nina!

Nina Patena, our December guest designer, finally got her kit! I was starting to wonder if someone had swiped the box en route! 😉

First, here are the photos of her projects… below are instructions and comments from Nina. Great job, Nina! So glad we get to see you work with this kit!

We’ll see more from Nina soon, so stay tuned. Also, I STILL need to photograph my own projects and get them up here, so watch for those, too!









This was a two-dollar frame with a weird artsy object inside which I removed.
1. Once you have the back board, paint it with two coats of gesso. Dry between coats.
2. Use Mod Podge or PVA glue mixed with water to paste image on the board. Paint another layer of Mod Podge/PVA glue over the paper. Apply red Stickles to accent the image. Here, I added a red accent to the girl’s ribbon then drew a Christmas tree on her sweater.
3. Apply two layers of foam tape to back of felt snowman and stick in place. Decorate with alcohol ink.
4. Apply three layers of foam tape to back of felt star and stick in place. Done! Easy-peasy. 🙂

1. Attach felt tree to side of bottle with strong adhesive. I used Crafter’s Pick.
2. Apply strong adhesive around the inside base of the bottle and stick fiber. Use a stick or your scissors to poke the fiber in place. (Remember to wash your scissors though!) I used Inkssentials’ Glossy Accents. The reason I also like Glossy Accents is that, once it’s dry, it looks like a layer of slick ice.
3. Apply strong adhesive to bottom of earring as well as inside the bottle. Stick in place. Crafter’s Pick is a good choice ‘coz when it’s a really thick layer, like it is here, it looks like snow.
4. Attach gold sequin waste to side of bottle. I also used Crafter’s Pick. (Warning: this part can get messy.) 🙂

This was my favorite project as it’s sooo easy.
1. Remove inner box from the outer box of the matchbox. Paint outer box with gesso.
2. Choose your image and apply to side of box with Mod Podge/PVA glue. Apply a second coat of Mod Podge/PVA glue on top.
3. Select your image for the inner box. Paint a layer of Mod Podge/PVA glue inside the box before applying the image. Paint a coat of Mod Podge/PVA on the image.
4. Attach Bingo wooden chip with strong adhesive. I used Crafter’s Pick.
5. Fill sides with red Stickles. Fun and done! 🙂

Thanks so much to the wonderful team of Gauche Alchemy for reminding me how much fun it is to play with altered things. I haven’t done this in a while since I never have enough fun images to play with. *wink*

Since it doesn’t snow in the Philippines, I’d also like to thank Amy, Heather and Yasu for giving me the chance to play with make-believe snow! 🙂


4 Responses

  1. Great projects there, Nina! As I’ve always said, you have a style that is really truly hip, creative and really you. LOVE them all!!!

  2. Nina, I told you you could do smething with the kit!
    Santa is in the bottle, so fun and cute!
    You made so many things wao!

  3. Those are nice and fun projects Nina !
    You did a great job ! Congrats !!!

  4. Wow! Those projects are really creative! Love the bottle project.
    Great job Nina!

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