Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Altered Sleigh - Rachelle

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
we wish you a Merry Chrismas .....
and a Happy New Year ...  
(Did you sing that in your head ??)
Rachelle decorated one of the Photo Carousels for the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS special that we did - (look back on the blog to see that and the other great projects ) and that Carousel totally "blew me away" - BUT now she has also done this A-MAZZZ-ING piece as well.
Together with the Maja Papers it is just beautiful !
I can not say how much I love this !!! 
(Thank you Rachelle)  

Hello,today I am here to share with you a altered Christmas Project. I live in a small rural town of about 9000. In this little town,we have some great places to shop. One of my fav's is Balloon Tycoons, Bev carry's everything in her store.She has scrabooking supplies,toys, balloons,you name it she has got it, & yes she even carry's Dusty Attic & is now looking into Maja Design. Well,with all my altered work I have been doing,Bev asked me if I would do this sleigh for her, as it has been in the store for a few years. I took it home & started to work on it & decided I wanted a small teddy bear in the sleigh, so I went back to Bevs & she had these 2 collectibles that have been in her store since 1997. I was so happy, & this project even became more fun!!! On the way home from Bev's,I stopped in the 2nd hand store & bought 2 crochet doily's for 25 cent. What more could a girl ask for, to get her Vintage looking sleigh!!!!

The Dusty Attic Chipboard Used:
poinsettia DA0648 
mini heart buttons DA0682
Decorative Scroll #2 DA0206
mini hinges DA1006
Christmas Tree #2 DA0648
ornate corner # 6 DA0465
stars#2 DA0937
pot & Columns DA0546

& nameplates #4 DA0585

I also used the Vintage Autumn Basics & Vintage Frost Basics Collection from Maja Design

I started off by altering the sleigh. I used the front of the sleigh as a seat,then made my own front out of a piece of chipboard that I curved.
I then covered the sleigh with Maja paper. I used metallic silver distress paint on the under part of the decorative scroll. My next step was to put a thick coat of crackle on to the sleigh,& while that was still wet I placed the under part of the scroll. On the top part of the scroll I used a brown marker,then TA black gold. I applied crackle onto the under scroll,then placed the top part on & applied a coat of crackle to the top.Once the crackle had dried I used a brush & applied some TA black gold to bring out the cracks....

The curved front of the sleigh,using ornate corners & hinges plus Tim Holtz jump rings,mini fasteners (brads),screw eyes,chains & tassels.....

This is where I used 1 of the columns,to make a step at the back of the sleigh,for the tree,presents & bunny....
I did my layered tree,using distressed picket fence crackle,texture effects,tulle,beads,burlap & mini roses
On the outside edges of the sleigh I used texture effects & rock candy glitter....
I used a brown marker on the nameplate,then TA black gold. I also cut out pieces of paper I was working with on the nameplate.....
Yes!!!!I do not have to wrap any more tiny presents until next year & I don't even want to count, how many Christmas trees I did this season!!!!
I wet the poinsettia,lifted the edges,then painted it with metallic silver distress paint. I then used a paint brush & applied some texture effects to the outside edges. For the center I used seed beads.....
The ribbon on the bear & bunny,is old basic grey,they are so cute,there heads turn,& arms & legs move....


Have a Very Merry Christmas & all the Best for the Year 2014.....Rachelle


  1. What a gorgeous sleigh. The rabbit looks as though he is taking his job very seriously. Love the pics. Merry Christmas. Karen.x

  2. Rachelle, you are an artist.....amazing is all I can say to that beautiful sleigh. The detail is incredible. Very beautiful. All your work is outstanding.

  3. What an amazing treasure you have created! I absolutely love all of the fine detail, textures and colours you used Rachelle! Its gorgeous!