Friday, April 19, 2019

Tag You're It Mini Albums

Hello and happy Friday!! It's Jennalee here today. I am on a bit of a book kick lately. They are the perfect project for using up scraps. I have seen some amazing matchbook albums on Instagram and was inspired by the size of them. So I decided to go small again. The cover of my books are made from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts - Small Tag Set and Large Tags.  The chipboard tags provide a sturdy cover yet can still be stitched thru!!

The Small Tags Set come with 10 in the pack and measure 3.25 inches tall by 1.6 inches wide. 

The Large Tags come with 3 in the pack and are number 8 size. 

Fold the small tags at 1/2 inch from the bottom and then at 2.25 inches. 

I used my score board and bone folder to score my tags before folding. I found that lightly spraying the Small Tags helped create a cleaner fold. 

Fold the Large Tag at 3/4 inch from the bottom and then again at 3 5/8 inches. 

The larger tags are not as thick as the smaller ones and don't need to be sprayed. 

I used a glue stick to adhere scraps to both the front and back of both tags. I used a sanding block to remove any overhanging edges. 

A stitched on button and some vintage cotton thread make the perfect closure for the Small Tag book. 

I built up my layers and then stitched them together on with the sewing machine. I then set my stitches to a longer length and then stitched them into the tag cover. 
And added messy stitching to the top flap. 

The large tag book was assembled the same as the small one. Because there were more pieces of ephemera in the larger book stitching on my machine was a bit tricky. So keep that in mind and take it slow. 

Those layers make my heart flutter!! 

I love the wings peeking out!! 

These little books are the perfect way to spend an afternoon and would be perfect for mail art swaps.
Tag you're it!! I challenge you to make a book from a tag. 
Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Creating Junque Journal Ephemera . . .

I am so into junque journals right now. And creating ephemera, pockets and tuck behinds are so easy with the help of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

After tea-dying some tea bags, I'm using those as pockets and adding various pieces of ephemera to the front of the tea bag. Wanting to use something as a *tuck behind*, I decided to use one of the flowers from the Henna Doodles I Set.

This set has become one of my *go-to* sets. Flowers, hearts, doodles - this set has it all. This didn't even need to be painted. I simply pressed a VersaMark ink pad to the front, doused it with Adirondack Red Pepper embossing powder and heat set. Super easy!

The next tea bag used a floral spray and heart from the same Henna Doodles I set.

Starting with the heart, I again added VersaMark on top of the chip and then poured Sparkle & Sprinkle Black Magic embossing powder on top. Heat set and this beautiful color came up.

For the swirly flowers, the stems were painted with Prima's Rust Effect Paste (Dark Olive). The texture on the chipboard is really cool.

Then I mixed a dot of Stampin' Up! reinker with Prima's Art Alchemy Linen Impasto. As long as both are acrylic (water based), they'll mix perfectly. I wanted a light color blue-ish color and this worked well.

The final result after adding Stickles to the tiny seed dots on the flowers:

For the last little ephemera doo-dad, I used Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Artist Trading Coins. These are sturdy chipboard pieces that are 2.5" diameter disks.

This one uses the *inner heart* from the Henna Doodles I (this would normally be a throw-away piece but it came out of the center of the heart beautifully so I had to use it).

For this coloring I pounced some Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink on my craft mat and sprinkled with water. Then painted it onto the heart.

Using leaf stems from the Doodles Set 1, I painted them with the same Art Rust Effect Paste from Prima.

After the Dark Olive dried, I edges the leaves a bit with Dusty Art Extravagance to give them a bit of highlight.

The berry stem was first painted with Linen Impasto paint . . .

followed by the Dark Olive Rust Effect Paste. The berries were topped off with Ice Stickles.

Thanks for visiting with me today. 

Hope to see you on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

bird lady

Hello everyone, today I am sharing "bird lady," an inspired santos doll.
For me, some of the first sure signs of spring are the birdsongs. I love seeing the robins, with their feathers still fluffed for warmth, come out and grace the landscape. Then, ever so gradually, many other species arrive to join in the song.
It definitely brings hope and eager anticipation for the warmer days ahead.
 This is the inspiration behind "bird lady."
I begin with a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts santos doll. This set arrives flat; I carefully remove the pieces and wipe off the residue from the laser cuts. Next, I like to assemble the piece (without glue) into it's three dimensional form so that I understand how it will look as a finished piece. This allows me to visualize which finishes to use as well as helps to focus my ideas. 
Once I have settled on a theme, I disassemble the piece. One side of each part is painted with raw umber paint. The two flat circular disks are painted on both sides. When the paint has dried, using collage medium, I cover the unpainted sides with french book pages from my stash. This paper will serve as a base that I will layer over.
While the adhesive is drying, I put together the tiny bird box and tiny bird houses. Each of these sets contains pieces to make either: two tiny bird boxes, or two tiny bird houses. For this project, I have used one set of tiny bird boxes and two sets of tiny bird houses. The pieces are very small; however, they are fairly easy to put together. On the bird houses, one of the roof planes is just a bit longer than the other. When you assemble the house, be sure that the longer piece overlaps the edge of the smaller roof plane. I have added tiny shingles standard to the roof on one of the bird houses. The bird houses are painted with a mustard yellow color and then dry brushed with brown paint to create an aged wood look. The bird box is finished in a similar manner, but using a tuscan red color as a base. The roof of the bird box is painted with copper paint. A very small screw eye is attached to the center of each of the bird house roofs. 
Collage tissue paper is adhered over the book pages in a random pattern along the cage pieces of the santos' skirt. An image of a bird is collaged onto the bodice. The collage tissue is covered with distress collage medium to ensure translucency as well as a seamless transition. The edges of the pieces are sanded and then inked with brushed corduroy distress ink.
A branch is wedged into the santo's skirt and a small nest is secured into the "V" created by the twiggy branch. Three small eggs are safely tucked into the nest. 
The bird houses hang from chains grasped by the bird lady's petite hands.
She wears the bird box on her back, inviting another family to make it their home. Gold swirls and dots adorn the back side of the torso and arms. 
The bird lady's hair is an upside-down nest. Placed on her head and secured with collage medium. Resting atop, is a robin preparing to take flight on a new adventure;
while we await the arrival of her littles.
I hope that you are enjoying these early days of spring and perhaps are inspired to create something to capture the beauty of this wonderful season. 
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog,
 I truly appreciate it.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sweetly Scented Houseflies

These little houseflies work hard. They buzz around your house searching for smelly things - got a teenage boy? Then you know what their socks are like! Kitty box? No problem! After-a-party bathroom? Their favorite!
These industrious little houseflies flitter to the funk and let loose the lavender scent in their pretty eyeball flowers on a lovely breeze created by the flutter of their little black glittery fly wings.
Yes, it's a little crazy.
Here are the elements I used....
Mini House Shadowbox 3
Standard Shingles Half Scale
Petal Corners Minis
Faux Metal Number Plates
Wings and Halo (coming soon)

I started by painting everything. The inside of the houses I painted white and the rest of the pieces got a coat or two of black. (Except for the shingles and the house numbers)
After the house (outside and back) the wings and the petal corners were painted, I glued the shingles on the roof.
I cut what I needed to fit and started from the bottom and worked up, like a real roofer would. After they dried, I painted the shingles a rich brown.
I glued the wings to the back of the house, positioning them carefully and  glued the petal corners to the top gable of the house.
I added some Black Diamond Stickles to the wings, glued a little eyeball to the flowers and glued a small cork to the back of each flower to bring then forward from the back of the house.
Before gluing the flowers down, I applied a drop of lavender oil to the petals of the flowers.
I glued a Faux metal number to the top of the petal corner and some black tinsel garland around the edge of the house. Kind of reminiscent of hairy little fly legs!

Thank you for stopping by!
Mini House Shadowbox 3
Standard Shingles Half Scale
Petal Corners Minis
Faux Metal Number Plates
Wings and Halo (coming soon)

Supplies from Alpha Stamps:
Miniature Black Tinsel Garland
Black Diamond Stickles

Additional supplies
Acrylic paint (black, brown and white)
Silk flowers