Tuesday, November 7, 2017


 Three little Kittens lost their Mittens, but they didn't lose their way. It's November and time for my Post for Retro Cafe Art Gallery. I couldn't resist these adorable feline faces from Retro Cafe and I've had them in my stash for some time. My intention when starting this month's project was to make these three Articulated 3-D Angels - Love, Light and Peace. All three are listed in the supplies at the bottom. I love the way the angels stand, giving multiple sides to work with. Then I began looking at faces to use and that's when it all changed. 

These angels are very easy to assemble and paint and offer lots of possibilities. For this project, begin by giving all the pieces a light coating of white gesso.
 Then assemble the base by inserting the two pieces together. Paint your base with a base coat of paint. Once dry, go through your paper stash and or scaps and literally just tear strips of paper and glue on to your base front and back.

 Attach your arms. For these kittens, I replaced the upper arm with Tim Holtz Metal Word Bands. Attach the hand and arm piece first with the brad included, then attach the metal word band to the shoulder with the brad included. Clip brads with wire cutters to shorten after you have attached them and then flatten them down on the back side.

Before attaching the face and or bird cut outs, glue them to a thicker backing and cut them out. I just use the backing that actually comes in the cut outs with the birds and faces, which works perfect making the cutout a little sturdier. 
Glue the face to the body. Next, take the small paper doilies, fold each in half and sew across the top of them making a little apron. Use Tim Holtz distress pads to distress the edges. Glue the paper apron on the body with some glue in the middle and attaching on the back.  Next add any other embellishments you like to the body and glue on your bird.

I added stamped words to each side of the middle stand or skirt in front. For the last steps,  I painted the wings ivory, stamped the back side of the wings, rubbed gold on the edges and glued them to the back side of the body. I did the same thing with the crown and glued it to the back side of the head. Without a lot of fuss, I made all three of these kittens in one evening.

I hope you have enjoyed these little kittens that "Momma calls Angels". You can find all the supplies to make your own 3-D Articulated Angels over at Retro Cafe Art Gallery. See the supply list below!

Love, Light and Peace,


Artist Papers or Paper Scraps
Acrylic Paint
Gold Paint
Wood Bingo Tiles
Tim Holtz Metal Word Bands
Small Alpha Rubber Stamps
Stazon Ink Pad
Glue Stick


  1. How cute are these precious kitties! You are so creative! xoxo

    1. Thank you! I have adored these faces forever!!

  2. Adorable! Inspired use of the kitty heads...always loved animals in clothes ever since one children's book early on. A variation of these may show up on my family's trees this year! xo

    1. Thank you and Yes!! They would make fabulous ornaments!!

  3. Kim, you have a mind that twists and turns in all unique directions! Love your art!

    1. Thank you so much Sandra! You are right about my mind! LOL!
      It certainly takes me in different directions!
      I loved that you stopped by, I've been thinking about you!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  4. I love the kittens♥ You don't mind other people making these?

    1. Jackiie,
      Of Course not, I am happy to share the steps to making these and of course you can find all this and more over at Retro Cafe Art Gallery. If you like the Cat faces, they have the dolls that you can hang and as someone mentioned, these would make wonderful ornaments as well. I hope you will follow me, I am always creating something and try to share it here as much as possible.
      Happy Creating!

  5. Oh love these - need articulated 3D angels but think I have everything else!!! What a great idea ! Thanks Kim

    1. Thank you Kathleen. I can see a million possibilities with these little kitties and the 3-D articulated angels.
      Have fun! and do Share!!

  6. Kim these are just the sweetest!! Genius idea to use those bands for the arms! And the use of scrap is perfect! I just love these sweet kittens- precious indeed!
    I love coming over for my dose of inspiration and beauty!
    Jackie xo

  7. These are just too cool! I love how your whimsy transfers so beautifully through your hands. And using the Tim Holtz word plates as upper arms? BRILLIANT!! A total "AHA!" moment!


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