Friday, March 3, 2017

LA GUARDARROPA SHRINE and GIVE AWAY!



 For my post for March 2017 as a design team member for Retro Cafe Art Gallery, I decided to go with another La Guardarrop Shrine with a little twist. The last one I made was for a post for Halloween last October. I love making Shrines so I could not resist another attempt at this La Guardarropa Shrine. I did a minor alteration on this one, taking out the shelf inside and giving it a totally different look.
 I usually don't begin gluing pieces together until I know what is going to go on the front and back sides. It is so much easier to work on the front and back sides when you can lay them flat especially if you are stamping or working with a collage. 



       I completed the quote on the back side so I could stamp it while it laying flat. Then I  flipped it over and added my collage pieces that would be on the inside. I also completed the painting and gluing on my frames to the front doors before assembling the entire piece. 

The shrine is suppose to have a shelf inside, but I chose to leave out the shelf so I could utilize the entire space inside for my collage. It is easy to leave out the shelf and assemble. There will be a slit on both sides where the shelf should have been. I covered my slits with a papel picado cut out on the inside on both sides and one of Retro Cafe's crosses on the outside on both sides. One would never know the slit was there.






 On the inside of the doors, I added a couple pieces of my own embossed paper then added a papel picado cut out and cross with one of the cut out roses on top.
 
 The Shelf keeps the doors from going all the way in, but I kinda like the look it gave for this shrine allowing them to go in as well and yet they are easy to open. I added small crosses on the front of both doors for handles.

While waiting for the assemblage to dry which does not take long at all with a good tacky glue, I started painting the other pieces, like the crosses,the papel picado cut outs, and skull for the top of the Shrine.
I added the skull on top of one of the frames from the circle shrine kit,I really like how it framed the skull.

For my collage inside, I added painted Papel Picado cut outs and Milagros. The head/face is from one of the Angels and Saints Art Doll paper cuts over at Retro Cafe. I placed the head over another body I had in my stash.

Then I added roses that I cut from the Rosey Cake Paper Cuts at Retro cafe ...sometimes when you have a need it calls for desperate action. The roses worked perfect on the front, back,sides and inside of the shrine.

I ordered the milagros from a shop on Etsy straight from Mexico, I love how they fit perfectly into the frames from Retro Cafe. 



 











Next I added some brightly colored shell circle charms around the collage inside from my personal stash because I had them already, but any colored beads, jewelry pieces, charms, flowers, glittery bits and bobs would work just as well. Just let your imagination guide you.
Before finishing up, I added more glitz to the sides using some brads from Prima (just pulling off the back pieces) and gluing them on. Lastly, I added some Diamond Stickles to the roses and more paint to the sides and different places (using my fingers) that I felt needed a little more dimension or distressed look.

I love how the Shrine turned out and I found a Mexican proverb that I stamped on the back side in Spanish.

"The house does not Rest on the Earth, but on a
Woman." meaning, the woman is the one that makes a house work, or to stay up.

 If you would like to win a Wardrobe Shrine like this one to create one of your own, just leave a comment on this post stating what you liked best about this post or shrine. Next week a winner will be announced!
I do a new post each month for Retro Cafe Art Gallery and other creative madness in between. Thank you for being here, I hope to see you again soon! You can find this and other art created by me in my Etsy shop.
XO

 SUPPLIES

Alphabet Stamps
Stazon Ink
Prima Brads
Milagros
Beads and Jewelry findings
Acrylic Paint
Folk Art Antiquing Medium
 

39 comments:

  1. I'm inspired by 3dimensional art. This shrine suggests all sorts of possibilities.

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    1. THank you so much and yes, the possibilities are endless!!
      XO

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  2. Absolutely Outstanding Kim!!
    This is gorgeous and I LOVE each and every color and detail you used! Stunning shrine!
    xo

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  3. This is fabulous Kim. You are so talented lady. Shrine LOVE.

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  4. Beautiful, Kim!!! Heck of a "We're Baaaaaaaack!" debut!

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  5. Cool shrine! I especially like the red/turquoise on the door fronts -- showcases the brightly framed Milagros and cross "handles." Also like the stamped quote on the back.

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    1. Thank you! I always love it when anytime I get a chance to use red and turquoise together, two of my favorite color combo's!!

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  6. This is freaking awesome, Kim!!! I love everything about it...the colorful frames with the milagros, the quote on the back, the colors, the inside collage...just everything. I make lots of day of the dead shrines and boxes, and I can't wait to get my hands on one of the Retro Cafe Art shrine kits. Did I mention that I love the way you used the papel picado? Extremely well done...I'm inspired to get to work on one of these as soon as I can!

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    1. Thank Karen, I could make Shrines all day long. You will love this kit. In addition to this one, Retro Cafe has "lots" of great shrine kits and supplies. Good Luck and be sure to share any Retro Shrines you make, I would LOVE to see them!!
      XO

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  7. oh those tiny milagros! so very sweet.

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    1. Thank You Karen. I love these little milagros!!

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  8. What a great shrine! I love the colors and especially how you used the ornate mini frames on the door - brilliant!

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    1. Thank you Deb! This Shrine was a lot of fun to make. The little frames can be used in so many art projects. Thanks for commenting and Good Luck!

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  9. I love this piece! The colors the details. It reminds me of something you would find in a street market in Mexico that was hand made by a local artisan. Simply gorgeous!

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    1. Thank You Kimberly!Your comment really makes me happy!! I don't know if you noticed, but I did later as I was taking photos that the skull was a little off centered on the yellow piece behind it. At first I was kind of bummed, but then I thought, that just makes it look a little more authentic! So Thank You!! Hugs!!

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  10. This is gorgeous. The colors are amazing. Love everything about it!

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  11. Gorgeous shrine Kim!! Hard to pick just one thing to like "best" about this piece. Love the colorful Mexican palette combined with the silver of the Milagros which really stand out. The frames and the papel picado are inspired! And of course, love the skull. So well done. Love.

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    1. Thank Sheila!! Your comment is so appreciated! Good Luck!!

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  12. Gorgeous! I love all the colors and the image is beautiful too. Great creation!

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  13. I love the way you used the little frames on the doors and put charms in them! So clever. The whole piece is so wonderful!

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    1. Thanks so much Karen! Those little frames are such a great addition for so many projects! Good Luck and Thanks for commenting!

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  14. I like the jaunty, magical look to the piece and the surprise inside! Stunning!!!

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    1. Thank you,I like your description! Good Luck and thanks for stopping in and commenting!

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  15. Hi there, Kim! I just had to stop by and take a closer look at this wonderful shrine! I love anything inspired by Mexican art and it's fabulous! It is really tough deciding what I like best, but on reflection I think the way the doors open onto that beautiful, saintly little figure at the centre is gorgeous! The colours you've chosen make me want to sing! xxx

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    2. Thanks Julie, when I took out the shelf, I didn't know that the doors would go in. The shelf would keep them from doing that. What fun discoveries we make when we go off the beaten path!! Thank you for your lovely comment!
      XOXO

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  16. OMG, those colors!!! I want a life sized version to use as an armoire.....

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    1. I know, right? I would prolly fill mine with art assemblages! :)

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  17. How lovely! I gave milagros to all of my son's friends during his memorial service. I have some left over and think this project would be a beautiful tribute to him. 💫💔💫

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  18. What a lovely thing to do. I hope you get to make one as a beautiful tribute to your son!
    XO
    Kim

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  19. I love everything about your shrine! The embossed paper is a wonderful touch. And the face inside is beautiful. I love all the possibilities that this shrine offers. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Thank you Pamela for stopping by. Good luck to you!
      XO

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