Sunday, December 16, 2018

Cozy Mittens Greeting Card

Hello there friends and crafty peeps! Ginny here to share a cozy mittens greeting card created with the gorgeous chippies from GSL.

I just love the homespun country inspiration of this card.
I altered the mittens to look hand painted with a little help from some pretty plaid paper.
The border strip of snowflakes is layered over embossed kraft paper. A bit of faux snow on the edges of the paper for a frosty look.
Some handcrafted flowers and die cut foliage are a nice touch for this whimsical card.
Red satin with swiss dots ribbon and burlap string are stacked for a perfect poofy bow.
I wiped down the chippies to prepare them for finishing. Trace the backside of the mittens onto patterned paper and clip out.
Adhere the cut paper to the fronts of the chipboard with good wet adhesive.
Use a file to clean the ragged edges. In the same manner prepare some glitter paper to be the fuzzy tops of the mittens.
Water down some white acrylic paint and add light layers to the patterned paper until you reach the desired amount of coverage.
Add a dot and dash line with a white Unibal pen.  Trace select lines of the plaid with clear Stickles to begin adding detail back to the pattern.
Add tiny punched hearts. Once the first layer of Stickles is dry add additional lines with red.

~Gypsy Soul laser Cuts~Winter Shape Set

Wishing everyone a happy and productive day : ) G

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Drive-In Movie Theater Tablet Holder

Happy Saturday, everyone! When I saw the GSL Tablet/Ipad/Phone Holder it's shape reminded me of a drive-in movie screen, and I was inspired to personalize it for my daughter for Christmas.
 The tablet holder comes in three easy to assemble heavy chipboard pieces. 
After gluing paper to the base, I used an x-Acto knife to remove the paper from the assembly slits and inked the edges.
I painted two small wooden blocks with a gray acrylic paint. These are going to provide a bit of additional support to the tablet.
I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology papers as well as the cheesy dancing concession snack intermission logo for the front, which I outlined in black dresden trim. The fun thing about this project is you could personalize it for anyone! The movie screen image could easily feature a screenshot of the recipient's favorite movie with the marquee on the back advertising it.

The rear was finished by gluing the marquee in place, supported by a stir stick painted black. The gray blocks were glued in place for stability.

Speaking of the marquee... it couldn't be easier to personalize. I found a marquee generator at this link and typed in my daughter's favorite cheesy movie title with a double feature of her favorite cartoon show.
A drive-in movie needs a few customers! I clipped the connector rings off of a few car charms and painted the wheels with black nail polish. After the tires dried, the cars were painted with Liquitex light body metallic paints. 
The cars were parked onto a strip of grass green wool felt sheet using E6000 glue.
Thanks for stopping by!
Gypsy Soul Items Used 

Other Items Used
Tacky glue
E6000 glue
Acrylic paint
Tim Holtz Idea-ology scrapbook paper
Green wool felt sheet
Car charms
Black nail polish
Lumiere paints
Dresden trim
Half inch wooden blocks
Coffee stir stick
Printed images

Friday, December 14, 2018

Tag Album Set

Rather than using the tags from 'Tags In A Box Display' as actual tags, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to use the tags to create a set of 3 mini albums.
This project will require reinforced packaging tape (cut two 4" strips), Graphic45 'Steampunk Debutante', Black card stock,  Beacon glue, Ranger Black Soot ink, chipboard (H 4" x W 7/8")

Line up tags (end to end) with strip of chipboard in the center (allow 1/8" spaces between tags & chipboard)
Use Beacon to glue packaging tape onto ends of tags (covering over chipboard strip) on both sides of tags
Cut strip of black card stock (W 1-1/2" x H 4") & score strip 1/4" five times

Fan fold strip 
Add glue under 'peaks' of fan folded strip

Glue fan folded strip onto packaging tape

Cut four pieces of black card stock (W 4" x  H 6-7/8")
Glue two pieces of black cardstock together with bottom edges on each side of fan folded 'peak'
Congrats - you've just created the first page of your tag album! Repeat the process to create the second page

Once the base of the 'tag album' has been created - you can now let your creative mind run free to embellish your album!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Little Christmas House Shrine

Happy holidays to everyone!  I hope you are enjoying the winter weather, wherever you are!  Today, I am going to be using a couple of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts' newest sets, the Little Folding House Shrine and the Tiny Christmas Shapes sets.  These are so cute and are sized just right to work together perfectly!

Outside with doors closed

Outside with doors open

Inside with doors opened
Make hinges by cutting two pieces of Tyvek to 2-1/2" x 3/4".  Paint both sides of the Tyvek with gold acrylic paint.  Paint both sides of the house with the gold acrylic paint.  One side (showing) only needs to be painted around the edges.  Set aside to dry.

Glue Tyvek "hinge" pieces to the three house pieces, as shown.  Leave enough space between pieces to allow the doors to open and close.  


This is a great time to use some of those paper scraps you've been saving.  These two pieces are from a Basic Grey Mistletoe & Pears paper pad.  

Run paper through Xyron 3" sticker maker.

Xyron 3" sticker maker

Cut paper just slightly smaller to fit each section, leaving a scant hint of gold edge.  Adhere to each panel.



Apply triangle paper pieces to the roof top, as shown, on each side, using the opposing prints.

Outside when closed in front
Add a strip of the gold Dresden border along the edge where the two papers meet, as shown.


Outside when closed in front
Cut two of the tiny scalloped shingles in half and paint with white acrylic paint or white gesso.  Let them dry, then glue to the top portion of the roof, as shown.

Outside when closed in front
Outside view on back
Fill in both sides of the roof top with the snow writer snow, as shown.

Outside when closed on front
Paint each of the pieces with acrylic paint, as shown.

Glue a small piece of mica to the back of the window frame.  Use the Snow Writer to add snow to the window frame and the green tree. (NOTE:  I added a wash of Burnt Umber acrylic paint to the window shutters to age them.)

I found a little white button in my stash, so I stamped "25" on it with black permanent ink, then ran a piece of red floss thorugh the button and tied it off.

Glue it to the top portion of the roof on the outside of the house, as well as the painted chipboard pieces, as shown.

I cut a printed word "NOEL" from one of the papers in the pad and glued that to the roof portion of the outside of the house.  Glue remaining chipboard pieces, as shown.  (NOTE: I glued a tiny strip of chipboard beneath the shutters, close to the window, so that I could angle them up and outward from the house.  This is optional, of course).

I have included a few more close-ups of the painted chipboard pieces for you.

Supplies Used:

GSLTiny Shingles Sampler
GSL Little Folding House Shrine (contact store)
GSL Tiny Christmas Shapes (contact store)
GSL Gingerbread House Mini Tall (window &  shutters)
2 strips Tyvek (2-1/2" x 3/4")
DecoArt Glorious Gold Metallic paint
DecoArt Americana Lamp Black acrylic paint
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
  Diarylide Yellow
  Hansa Yellow Light
  Primary Magenta
  Translucent White
  Cadmium Red Hue
  Burnt Umber
  Sap Green
DecoArt Snow Writer
Basic Grey Mistletoe & Pears paper pad 
Xyron 3" sticker maker
Gold German Dresden border
Liquitex white gesso
Mica Pieces
Alphabet/Numbers stamp set
Black archival ink pad
White button
Red floss

Thanks for stopping by, and have a very Merry Christmas!!!