Monday, May 21, 2018

Dream of faraway places

Hi everyone,
Jess here today.  I don't know if you've noticed, but I really love the house shadowboxes Gina has in the shop.  They come in so many fun sizes.  For today's project I used the Mini House Shadowbox #4.
I started by lining the inside of the house with paper and gave it a quick whitewash.  I glued the house together and started working on the exterior.  Using the Brick Wall Small I added grit paste to both sides. 
Once the paste was dry I added color.  
Watered down black acrylic paint made the first layer

A thin layer of tan for the second.

Greens and a touch of gold finish the brick. 
I covered one of the tages from the Extra Large Tag Set with paper and distressed the edges using Distress Crayons.  This will be the base for the project.  I glued the house to the tag and finished embellishing it.  
Moss and flowers cover the roof.  
Flowers climb up the side of the house.  
My little girl was colored with Distress Oxide ink and given a bouquet of vintage flowers. 
The quote token finishes the piece. 
I hope you enjoy her as much as I do.  

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Celebrate Your Independence Greeting Card

Well hello there friends and crafty peeps! Happy Sunday you all. I'm in the full swing of preparing for the summer holiday season and adding GSL chippies to my projects takes them to a whole nother level of awesome! 

This is very Americana inspired with loads of fun and festive embellishments!
The window frame is topped with stars and flowers and added a layer of velum for a frosted look.
 The altered stars really help to fill in the arrangements. I've also tucked in some metal flourishes and epoxy topped stickers.
The window has a crackle finish for a very vintagy look.
More flowers and stars for this corner and a scattering of sequins for a bit of sparkle.
a little printed burlap tucked under the sentiment and a fussy cut bunting to finish off this oh so patriotic card!
I wiped the chippie off to prepare it for finishing then applied a coat of chocolaty brown acrylic paint and let dry.
 Next I added a layer of crackle medium and allowed that to dry also. Last but not least was applying a coat of white paint being careful not to brush too much and disturb the crackles.
The stars are easy peasy to finish with metallic silver paint.  On the finished project I added a bit of Stickles to the stars for accent.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts~Cottage Windows Large, Decco Stars.

Wishing everyone a happy and productive day : ) Ginny

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Wedding Invitation Reliquary

The GSL Arch Top Reliquary is the perfect way to display our wedding invitation. We had a very small get together, just 20 invitees. We were married at home by the mayor of our little town followed by brunch at a french bistro. It was such a small affair, it didn't make sense to have invitations engraved so I was thrilled when I found pretty blank bride cards and hand wrote our invitation inside. She's been in a box for many years, it is wonderful to see her every day now! 
The reliquary is super simple, just two pieces. I chose a piece of blue Graphic 45 fauna paper from their Botanical Tea collection and got out my stash of white flowers.
I gave the base back and overlay pieces a coat of white acrylic paint, including the edges. 
To give the front a bit of shimmer, I added Martha Stewart glitter paint in Sugar Cube.
Using the front as a guide, I cut the paper to fit on top of the base, then cut the bride to fit inside.
Using tacky glue, I adhered the paper onto the base, added the bride and attached the arch frame overlay. I used craft clips to hold everything in place while the glue dried.
She of course needs a big diamond ring so I added a flat back rhinestone to her finger and a few flat back pearls to the buttons of her dress. 
 The final touches include a few more pearls, some white flowers and tiny bows.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gypsy Soul Laser Items Used

Other Items Used
Graphic 45 fauna paper
Wedding invitation
White acrylic paint
Martha Stewart glitter paint in Sugar Cube
Tacky glue
White flowers
Tiny bows
Flat back pearls
Flat back rhinestone

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Red Thread

Hello!! Happy Friday, Jennalee here today with a quick tutorial for this assemblage piece featuring rusty Altoid Insert Fairy Frames.

This piece was inspired by a Chinese Proverb I recently read. It says "An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of the time, the place or the circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break."

This proverb resonated with me so much because my husband and I worked at the same place for a few months back in 2010. Somehow we never noticed each other. And that's quite surprising considering he's 6'3 and red-headed. He moved cross country and came back in 2011 when we met and the rest is history. Our red thread led us to each other. 

I began by rusting up the frames from the Altoid Inserts. Paint all the frames with Burnt Umber while the paint is still wet apply ground cinnamon. Build layers and heat set until the desired effect is achieved. Add accents with Prima Metallic Waxes. 

Apply same rust technique to a couple keyholes from the Key and Plates Shape Set

Attach key plate to frame with gold brads. 

Adhere frame to postcard. 

Make copies of vintage photos. Apply 3 layers of Vintage Beeswax. 

The thicker you apply the Vintage Beeswax the more transparent your photo becomes. And look at all that amazing crazing. 

Attach photo with a simple hand stitched X in all four corners. 

Attach a vintage key beneath the Altoid Frame. I used glue dots to help hold it in place due to the weight. Add handstitched details. 

To connect the two postcards stitch on a set of hook and eyes.
For the hanger at the top of the assemblage stitch on just the eye portion and tie on a red string hanger. 

Complete the bottom card the same as the top. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. I really enjoyed this project. How can you go wrong with faux rust and some hand stitching? Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A card for all occasions . . .

Hi Everyone. Not sure about you but it seems this time of year is extra busy with gardening, graduations, wedding showers, weddings and just wanting to be outside after a rather long winter.

But I still need cards for all those occasions.

For this any occasion card, I'm using two Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:

In just 3 easy steps these laser cuts were completely finished:

  1. I base painted both the frame and the word *Friends* in white acrylic. Let dry.
  2. Painted the frame with bronze acrylic. Let dry.  Painted *Friends* in green acrylic. Let dry.
  3. Add some sparkle to each by gently rubbing on bronze and silver Metallique Wax. Let dry.
Yep. It's that easy.

You can get the outside of the card ready to go.  Once you have a special occasion, add the appropriate word on the inside as I did below.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has all kinds and types of words you can use for each card you make.

Your turn to create all occasion cards and let's see what you've been making.

and let us see what you've been up to.

Thanks for taking a look at my all occasion card.
See you next time.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Steampunk Shapes

Hello everyone, Ann here today to share some steampunk inspired, artist trading blocks.
Artist trading blocks have always drawn my attention. Each set is so unique to its creator and each block unique unto itself. The multitude of surfaces presents so many opportunities for creativity and artwork to be showcased; yet it remains relatively small scale in size, making it very manageable.
I started with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts artist trading blocks. Three blocks, in graduated sizes, arrive flat with score lines along the areas intended for folding to make it easy to construct. 
 Before I begin, I fold each piece along the score lines and create the box. This allows me to visualize which side of the tabs will be glued into place. To make it easier to add embellishments later on, I do not glue the top flaps into place, leaving the boxes "open". Once the blocks have been formed, I paint the outsides with black acrylic paint and set aside to dry.
 Each artist trading block has six sides to be embellished. For each block, I created a full piece of art that was cut into squares to fit the sides. While creating the pieces of art, I tried to keep in mind the size increments that the paper would be cut into. The smallest size block is a 2" cube, and each ascending block size is 1/2" larger. Using inks, stamps, and stencils from some of my favorite designers, I created the papers to adorn my trading blocks.
 Once I was satisfied with the overall design, I cut the sheet into squares, Each square was inked along the edge with black soot Distress Oxide ink to create a seamless transition when adhered to the painted block. These squares were then adhered to the six sides of the block.
While I attach the pieces of artwork, I constantly keep in mind ideas for the next layer of embellishments, this helps me decide the locations for the different pieces.
I found it easiest to work on one block at a time, meaning that I created a sheet of artwork, cut it to size and attached it to the corresponding block before starting the next piece of artwork.
Although I was using the same color inks, and similar themed stamps and stencils, I wanted each block to have its own unique quality. You might find it easiest to create all of the artwork at the same time. It's best to work in whatever way you are most comfortable.
I searched through my stash of bits and pieces and found elements I felt went well with my steampunk theme; then I die cut gear pieces, which I coated with gunmetal alcohol ink, to complement the palette.
The embellishments were attached to the blocks, using eyelets, brads and adhesive. The possibilities for these artist trading blocks are endless, they could be done in any style you choose, each creating a very different display.

I hope that you have enjoyed my photo heavy post, and perhaps are inspired to create something of your own. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts used:
Artists Trading Blocks (set of 3)

There is a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group on Facebook. We would love to have you share your creations with us. You can find the page here.