Friday, November 17, 2017

Dear Santa Christmas Village

Hello!! Jennalee here today. Can you believe it's already that time of year? I love decorating for Christmas!! It's always fun to add a new handmade piece to my collection each year. The theme for my mantle this year is Dear Santa. I love postal ephemera and mail art and love to collect vintage postcards which were the basis for this idea. The Cabana Row Mini Houses are the perfect size and base to build a vintage-inspired Christmas village.

The Cabana Row Mini Houses come flat. They are already scored and easy to fold. I started out by making copies of vintage postcards from my collection. I cut them to size and ran them thru my Xyron. For the gables of the houses, I used scrapbook paper, again cut to size and run thru the Xyron. I did the same for the roofs (not pictured). For the roofs be sure to remember that the bottom side will also be visible so they will need to be covered as well. 

After assembling the houses I added additional pieces of ephemera to each. And my favorite detail snowy rooftops!! For the snow I added Texture Paste to the ridge of the roof with a palette knife. While the Texture Paste was still wet I sprinkled Rock Candy glitter on the paste. Set aside and let air dry. 

I cut a base for each house out of chipboard and attached the houses and trees with Distress Collage Medium. Once dry I added snow using the same technique as used on the rooftops. 

I am so excited to decorate for Christmas and display my new little village!! Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Creating~ Jennalee 

Gypsy Soul items used\;

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Christmas Stars . . .

Create your own Christmas Star Book with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts new pre-cut, pre-scored mini.

Here's what your star book kit includes:

The star books are available in either black or kraft. I purchase one of each and mix the pages for more contrast.

Step 1: Wallpaper the outside of each cover. (Do not paper the inside of the covers.)

For this project I'm using beautiful Graphic 45's Winter Wonderland. And because I hate wasting any part of the 12x12 paper pad, the star book covers are papered with the front cover of the 12x12 paper pad.

Step 2: Cover one side only of the largest pages. For contrast, I used 6 different patterns of G45 paper cut 5-3/4" inches square. Using even margins on the top, bottom and middle, add the decorative paper to the cardstock pages. This will leave a larger margin on the side edges. That's OK as that's where we'll adhere the remaining pages.

Step 3: Cover one side only of the medium size pages. For contrast, I used 6 different patterns of G45 papers cut 5-5/8" tall X 5-1/4" wide. Paper the medium pages the same way it was done in Step 2.

Step 4: Cover one side only of the smallest size pages. For these pages, I went back to the first set of Graphic 45 papers I used and cut 12 pieces that were 5-5/8" tall X 4-3/4" wide. Paper the smallest pages centering the Graphic 45 paper from side to side.

Step 5: Adhere the pages one to another. Begin with the largest page. Apply score tape to the far left edge.

Adhere the mid-size page to the left edge of the large page. Then apply score tape to the far left edge of the medium page.

Add the smallest page to the left side of the medium page. Your pages will look something like this:

They are evenly stacked and glued on the left and staggered on the right.

To the far right edge, add score tape to the longest and medium edges. Adhere the medium edge to the longest edge. Then the shortest edge to the medium edge.

This is what you will end up with:

Continue to do this for the remaining 5 sets.
When complete, you will have 6 *booklets*.

Step 6: Adhering the booklets one to another. Begin by laying out the booklets the way they'll be put together.  Lay one booklet in front of you with the page openings to the left. Lay the rest of the booklets to the right of that with the openings to the right.

Add score tape to the booklet on the left, placing the tape along the left edge only. Take a booklet from the right pile and turn it over to match openings and adhering the 2nd booklet to the 1st booklet. Make sure to evenly line up all edges.

You now have 2 booklets taped together on the left and 4 untaped booklets on the right.

Add score tape to the far left edge.  Turn a right booklet over and, matching edges, adhere the open end of the right booklet to the open end of the left booklet.

Continue this until all booklets are taped together. You will end up with this:

Step 7: The Closure and the Covers. I am adding a ribbon closure to this star book. To make it easier to maneuver, I add score tape to the outside of the

and then wrap my ribbon around, leaving enough ribbon to either tie loosely or tie a bow.

Next, using wet glue, attach the front and back covers to the front & back of the booklet. Check to make sure you're pages are right side up!

Your star book is complete:

If you'd like you can decorate it, adding the included corner pockets to the pages and/or adding ephemera, cards, photos and belly bands.

I'm off to decorate mine. Hop over to my blog to see the finished pages and more Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts including the frames I used on this project: Flourished Frame Karen and Flourished Frame Marigold.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
See you next month on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fall Canvas by Sandy Trefger

Hi everyone, Sandy here with a Fall Canvas project that I created for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I love how it turned out and have it displayed on my fireplace mantel in the living room.  

It's so easy to create a seasonal canvas.  I did this one in an afternoon and you can too!  Below are the supply list and steps:

Supply List:

Step 1:  Lay out your chipboard pieces that you wish to use on your canvas.  I placed mine on some paper towels for quicker clean up!

Step 2:  Apply Embossing Ink (I use a dabber) on your chipboard pieces.  Do one piece at a time and sprinkle each piece with different gold embossing powders.  I think I used 3 or 4 different ones.  Heat emboss to completely cover the chipboard pieces.
In the photo above of the acorns, you can see that I used two different golds with more texture to the gold on the top of the acorns.

Use different gold powders and some with texture like what I used on the pumpkins above.

For the crow, I used gold powder that had a bit of blue in it.

Step 3:  Ink the canvas with brown tone Distress Inks.  You can leave the center light or not inked as that will be covered up.

Step 4:  Cut and ravel a piece of canvas fabric and glue down onto the canvas.

Step 5:  Start layering and gluing down the chipboard pieces. (I used Beacon 3-in-1 glue)

Step 6:  Next, add ink to the fabric around the chipboard pieces.  Then, select various fall foliage, flowers and a bow  for your canvas piece.  Arrange and glue them to the canvas using hot glue.

Step 7:  Glue three of the chipboard acorns onto the flowers.

Step 9:  Keep adding ink to get the color you want for your fabric and add in bits of embossing ink & powder to get a spattered effect.
I added in some black Distress Ink and then brushed in some white Gesso.  Keep adding until the background is a color that you like.  I would have added in some orange or yellow but did not have those colors in ink nor paint.

Step 10:  Glue on some decorative metal pieces to the corners if desired. I used Glossy Accents to attach these pieces to my main canvas.  Then add splotches of gold embossing powder (added to the main canvas with Embossing Ink Dabber) and heat emboss.

Your Fall Canvas piece is finished and ready to be displayed.

Here's a closer look at it on my worktable...

And on display...

I hope I've inspired you again to order some of the wonderful Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard sets to create a lovely decor piece for your home.  I'll be back on December 6 with a Christmas project.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Something Wicked by Susan

Hello crafty friends!  Today I want to share a steampunk-y shadow box made from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts' ATC Shrine Box.

The first thing to do is wipe down the edges with a damp cloth to remove laser residue (if any).  Lay the pieces out and put a dab of glue on the edges that fit together.  I did one panel at a time and held in place for a few seconds to give the glue a chance to catch.  Let this dry completely before measuring for paper inserts.

I used a corner of the 12x12 Texture Sheet Gears for the inside back, embossing it with a red/black/brown powder mixture I made a few projects ago.

I wanted a dash of color so I cut off a piece of the Banner Border Strips, traced each pennant on a different scrap of paper, then painted the pennant with black gesso.  While that dried I cut the triangles and inked the edges.  They are all slightly larger than the actual chipboard piece and overlap nicely to cover the space between each triangle.

I use the Zig glue writers a lot, and this one came in handy to draw a line on the pennant edges and allow me to easily apply the papers.

Next I picked out a few gears and backgrounds from the Steampunk Shape Set and painted them with  metallic paints I have on hand.

Once everything was dry I assembled in a whirlwind and didn't stop to take photos.  *sigh*  In the next two photos you can see the hint of the texture gear sheet in the back.  I chose a plain paper (black with white dots) so attention wasn't diverted from the embossed texture gears.

The pennants are raised up on a layer or two of scrap chipboard for added dimension.  You can also see the metallic gears layered in the right front corner, on which a black cat is perched.

I used more plain paper for the inside walls and ended up using strips of straight black Dresden foil  to finish the inside corners.  Once the outside was covered I used a more ornate Dresden foil to finish the front frame.

Here's a look at the back!

Thanks for visiting today!

Cheers ~ Susan

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used

ATC Shrine Box BD12X
Texture Sheet Gears HR1
Steampunk Shape Set D33A
Banner Border Strips D34D

Other Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells
assorted acrylic paint
custom embossing powder
white glue
Zig writer glue
Brown ink for edges
Dresden foil
wood feet
assorted ribbon