Monday, June 18, 2018

Shine your Light

Hi Everyone,
Jess here today and I don't have a lot of steps out for this one because I was feeling a bit under the weather when I crafted and forgot to take photos.  I will still walk you through all the steps.
Cut a piece of paper large enough to cover your Large Chipboard Tag.  Using a piece of sticky fabric tape run it down the edge of you paper and stitch it on using your sewing machine.  Glue the paper to the tag.  Once your adhesive is dry cover the entire tag with clear embossing powder.  While the embossing powder is still hot using foil to add tiny bits of gold.
Paint your Wood Medallion using Mowed Lawn and Black soot Distress Paints.  Add gold accents using a gel pen.  Glue to the top of your tag.  
Paint your Scribble Leaves Frame using Mowed Lawn Distress Paint and buff with a bit of Dina Wakley Paint in Gilt.  
Using foam tape pop up your focal image and adhere her to the center of the tag.  Attach your scribble frame using a strong adhesive.

Glue down your sentiment and scribble around the edges using a Fude Ball Pen.  Add Distress Crayon in Black Soot to the edges of the tag. Add flowers to the woman's hair and to the tag.  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dream Wish Do Graduation Mini Album with Video Flip Through

Hello and happy Sunday to all my friends and crafty peeps! I'm sharing a mini album today that I created for a very special person. We are so proud of her for her achievements! Not only has she excelled in academics but also in sports and service to her community.  Of course I'm talking about my Son's girlfriend Lexi!

I've decorated the cover with altered chippies from GSL finished to coordinate perfectly with the patterned papers.

Here's a close up at the chippies....

First I selected just the right shapes for the project then wiped them down with a damp cloth to prepare them for finishing.
First they were dabbed with an adhesive to adhere the embossing powder then heated to set the finish.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts~ Graduation Shape Set, Scribble Frame, Deco Stars.

Please enjoy this flip through video we've prepared of this mini scrapbook album.....
Wishing everyone a happy and productive day : ) G

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Carnival Food Cart

I've been wanting to make a tiny display of snacks you would find at a carnival, county or state fair forever. When I discovered the GSL Peddler's Cart which is available over at Alpha Stamps I immediately knew that would be a perfect fit. Let me walk you through how I made it.
When I start a new project, the first thing I do is assemble it without glue first to see how it's put together. The kit comes with two dowels; one for the wheels and one for the cart's handle. Please note these dowels go on opposite sides of the cart. 
Before gluing anything together I used the side support pieces as a template for cutting my scrapbook paper.  The colorful papers I chose for this project come from Bo Bunny's Lemonade collection. Any pieces that I didn't want to paper like the wheels, stand, handle, etc. got painted with a acrylic paint before assembly started.
This is the base of the cart sitting upside down. I started by inserting the dowel for the wheels. I used tacky glue for all assembly. 
The piece on the left is the top shelf of the cart (upside down). I painted and glued in the support pieces before adding the red and pink heart paper to the other side.
This shows the shelf glued in place (right side up) The front and rear of the cart's base are ready for paper.
It's time to install the cart's handle, wheels and stand. The scalloped paper from the Lemonade collection was perfect for the awning.
I made up a few basic signs on Photoshop to advertise the fun foods that were going to be available on my cart. Let me also walk you through how I made the treats.
The cotton candy was probably the easiest one to make. I made tiny bags out of pieces of cellophane. The cotton candy is just wool roving, which is what yarn is made from. I closed the bags with bits of baker's twine.
The pretzels are made from polymer clay that I tinted with pastel chalk. I added tiny bits of white poly clay 'salt' before baking them off. They were displayed on a painted scrap of wood from my stash. I tucked one inside a tiny bag made from glassine paper.
I made polymer clay apples and nachos. I added a little bit of black pepper to the clay I used for the nachos. Those were piled high onto a tiny ceramic plate before baking.
The candy apples were first tinted with a bit of brown pastel chalk. The skewers are toothpicks. After baking, I mixed a bit of red acrylic paint with Ranger Glossy Accents and dipped them. I set the dipped apples on a bit of aluminum foil until the coating was set.
The giant lollipops were made from a polymer clay rainbow cane and are sitting in a miniature candle cup. You can find many tutorials on YouTube for making miniature lollipops.
Similar to the apple coating, the nacho cheese was made from yellow acrylic paint and Glossy Accents. The popcorn boxes were assembled from a free printable I found online.
The Sno-Kones were a fun project. They started with balls of white polymer clay. After baking, I painted rainbow swirls on them with acrylic paint. The toothpicks are just for ease of handling them while the paint is wet.
Once dry and glued into tiny paper cones I covered the balls with tacky glue and rolled them in crystal glitter.
This project was a super fun realization of a crafty goat I've had for a long time.
 Thanks for stopping by!
Gypsy Soul Laser Items Used

Other Items Used
BoBunny Lemonade papers
Tacky glue
Acrylic paint
Ranger Glossy Accents
Polymer clay
Pastel chalks
Wool roving
Baker's twine
Miniature ceramic plate
Miniature candle cup
Cellophane, glassine and wood scraps
Printed images

Friday, June 15, 2018

Steampunk Inspired Phone Holder

Hello!! Jennalee here today with a masculine Steampunk inspired Phone Holder. It's not often my hubby is the recipient of my work, but this week I made this project specifically with him in mind.

Start by cutting paper down to size and apply adhesive. My Xyron made this step super easy!! 

Apply paper to base and back of Phone Holder. Use a sanding block to smooth any overhanging edges and add distressed detail. 

With Black Soot Distress Ink add a bit of detail to the edges. 

Flip base over and remove paper from the holes the tabs go into. 

With Black Soot Distress Ink color the front piece of the Phone Holder. Using strong double sided adhesive apply the Tim Holtz Metal Measurement.

Apply Distress Collage Medium to the tabs of the front and back pieces and insert in slots. Allow to dry and set up. 

I added a word sticker to the top left corner that says "hello there" and a Tim Holtz Hinge Clip and a few Pocket Cards for a little spot for notes. My hubby has already put his new phone holder to use in his man cave. Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. Happy Creating~ Jennalee

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Door Hanger Tutorial - Part 2 of 2

Hi everyone, and welcome back to part 2 of my mixed media door hanger video tutorial with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  In case you missed part 1, you can click here to see that video.  In part 1, we finished side one, which I will call the IN side.  In keeping with that, in part 2, we will complete  side two, which I will call the OUT side.

I used a variety of different techniques for each side, so I hope you will enjoy the videos and glean some inspiration from both.


Supplies Used:

GSL Door Hangers
GSL Birdwatching Shape Set
GSL Bird on Branch Assortment (replaces Bird and Flourishes
  Shapes Set, which has been discontinued)
GSL For the Birds
Liquitex white gesso
DecoArt Media Matte Medium
DecoArt Patent Leather Paint - Black
Americana chalky finish paint
Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste
ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics
  Pink Azalea
  Mandarin Blush
  Mallard Green
  China Black
ColourArte Radiant Rains Dabber
  Solar Gold
Alphabet Letters
Colored Pencils
Old book pages
Assorted brushes

Calling all Crafters. Want to win a fabulous prize package from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts? GSL is giving away a prize package worth $50 - full of fabulous chippies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Show us what you've made featuring Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and we'll pick a winner for a $50 prize package. And maybe a guest spot on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog!  To enter, go to the GSL Facebook page by clicking this link, then post a comment below with a photo of your project and a link to your blog post showing the project. (Open to USA residents only please. Contest ends Jun 25. Winner announced July 1)  GOOD LUCK!!!

Well, that's about it for this week.  I hope you will consider joining in our contest and sharing your fabulous art with us. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a super crafty week!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

As the Deer Pants

I am not an overly religious man but was raised up attending a small, little white church on the hill several miles from our small country home. I always loved the Psalms the best as they expressed just deep emotions and longings. I was a bit of an outsider growing up in this rural setting as I was an artistic emotional child. I comforted myself reading the Psalms and always believing in better days. This is the inspiration for this piece. Many people try to keep deer out of their gardens I am inviting them to be part of our gardens as I try to include all outsiders into my art.
1.   Separate Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Flourished Deer, Vine Corners, and Creepy Tree 5 inches.
3.  Use Ranger Vintaj Patina set to distress the Seed Packet Plant Holders using a small natural sponge.

4.  Cut out photocopied pictures and use a Pistachio Coptic marker on the edges.
5.  Glue pictures into Seed Packet Plant Holders using Weldbond.
6.  To make the outdoor friendly coat with two coats of Clear Matte Varnish.
7.  Emboss Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Flourished Deer with Wendy Vecchi Tree Branch Embossing Powders.
8.  Emboss Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Vine Corners with Wendy Vecchi Fern Green Embossing Powders.
9.   Emboss Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Creepy Tree with Rangers Brick Embossing Powders.
10.                Cure all using a heating tool.
11.                To antique the shiny pieces I used a dry brush to apply Raw Umber Antiquing Cream.
12.                Coat all embossed pieces with Clear Matte Varnish as the Antiquing Cream is water based and will run unless coated.
13.                Use Weldbond to layer the embossed pieces onto the Seed Packet Plant Holders.
14.                Allow to dry fully using a weighted bag of BB's or Kitty Litter to hold pieces into place.
15.                Once dry add several more coats of Clear Matte Varnish to assure they will be able to withstand the outside weather.
***Some artist might stop here but I always like to take it a few steps further and pushing the envelope a little closer to the edge. I've heard it said "If you're not living on the edge, you're wasting too much space***
16.                Using Gypsy Souls Laser Cuts Layered Bella Oval Frame to make a "Salad Bar" sign.
17.                Print the words "Salad Bar" using your word processing program.
18.                Distress the paper sign using a stamp and permanent ink of your choosing.
19.                Use Rangers Brick Embossing Powder on the back portion of the frame curing with heating tool.
20.                Use Ranger Vintaj Patina set to distress the front portion of the frame.
21.                Use a Coptic marker to determine proper placement of printed inked words.
22.                Glue into place using Weldbond.
23.                Dry flat and weight down with your trusty bag of BBs or kitty litter.
24.                Distress sign using antiquing cream of raw umber, copper paint, and Coptic markers.
25.                Add a layer of Gloss Accents to center of sign.
26.                Sprinkle with Finnabair microbeads and mica chips.
27.                Add an aged look using Finnabair Red and Brown Rust Paste.
28.                To add weight to the salad bar sign, so it would hang correctly, I cut out an oval shape from a piece of balsa wood.

29.                Distress with Ferro Textured Paint of Silver and Irongold.
30.                Secure smaller more delicate sign to larger balsa wood using screwdriver and micro-screws.
31.                Use Finnabair Red and Brown Rust Paste to tie it all together.
32.                Drill two holes into balsa sign, add 12 to 13 aluminum jump rings to both sides so sign can dangle between two deer signs.
33.                Once everything is dry, add several more coats of Clear Matte Varnish to assure it is outdoor ready
I find great comfort walking in the woods. Every gift I receive while there comforts me. Seeing a deer drinking from a stream restores my soul and lets me know all is well in the world. I find Nature can be a great cathedral and wisdom often comes in unexpected places. And, a sense of humor makes the darkest days brighter.

Supplies: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Flourished Deer, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Creepy Tree 5 Inches, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Vine Corners, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Layered Frame Bella Oval, Upcycled Seed Packet Plant Holders(can find them by doing an internet search sold by Amazon, garden centers, some Big Lot stores), photocopies of woodland scenes, Ranger Vintaj Patina Set, Small Natural Sponge, Coptic Marker-Pistachio, Weldbond, Clear Matte Varnish, Paintbrush, Versa Mark, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powders-Tree Branch and Fern Green, Ranger Embossing Powder-Brick (Use to be named Rust). Heating Tool, Antiquing Cream Raw Umber, Weighted Bags of BB's or Kitty Litter, balsa wood, micro-screws, screwdriver, Ferro Textured Paint Irongold and Silver,  24 jump rings-12 gauge x 3/8 i.d.(inside diameter) anodized aluminum in black ice, and  two pairs of flat nosed pliers

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!