Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Secret Word is FUN!

Happy Saturday! Today's project is truly a nostalgic one. My daughter and I never missed watching Pee Wee's Playhouse together on Saturday morning when she was little. The show's amazing playhouse set decoration inspired me to make my own version using the GSL 7 by 7 Corner Room Box
The room box itself couldn't be easier to assemble with a bit of tacky glue. It's just 5 pieces: The floor, two walls and two 7 x 0.5 inch support pieces for the box's floor. 
The scrapbook paper I used doesn't 100% match the walls of the playhouse on TV, but they are close enough to evoke the feel of it. I made the flooring from gray, white and black cardstock and a few interesting hole punches. 
 I used two of the smaller GSL Mini Shadowbox Set boxes in this project. One is used for Jambi the genie's box and the other is used for the aquarium's base. This set of boxes is so versatile!  I use them in lots of projects.
"Wish? Did somebody say 'Wish'?” Jambi grants Pee Wee one wish per day. I painted the interior of the box black and the exterior a sparkly purple. I printed out a Jambi image and added a red jewel and feather to his turban. He is mounted on a bit of foam to add some dimension.  His box sits on top of a dollar store bedside table that I painted red.
I made the doors to his box out of white polymer clay. After baking, I painted one side with Lumiere Burgundy metallic paint and Martha Stewart amethyst glitter paint. 
The other side got a coating of Lumiere Metallic Silver and Martha Stewart sugar cube glitter paint. It was finished off with dots of Ranger Stickles and a few flat back jewels. "The wish has been granted. Long live Jambi!".
Clocky was sculpted out of yellow and white polymer clay. The red and black accents were done with Sharpie markers. The numbers in his smile were cut from a piece of junk mail.
Mr. Window was a fun project. He's made from a GSL 6 Panel Window.  After removing the lowest vertical spacer, I gave it a primer of gesso then painted it with a yellow acrylic paint. A realistic sky scrapbook paper was cut to fit the window.
The only things left to add were googly eyes and a dollhouse window pull (with straight pin heads glued in place to represent nails).  I clipped the pin shafts off once the glue was dry.
For Pee Wee's aquarium, I pulled two plastic fish out of my stash then removed their eyes (!) and replaced them with googly eyes. 
Their aquarium is made from a GSL Number Card cut in half and painted black, a coffee stir stick , some aquatic scrapbook paper and a snippet of plastic greenery.
I sandwiched them all together and held it with craft clips while the glue dried.
The flowers that introduced the King of Cartoons were assembled from glitter paper, cardstock and googly eyes.
Chairy figures are available online but I decided to needle felt her instead. Her eyes are teddy bear eyes topped with fake eyelashes.  It's only the second needle felted project I've ever attempted. I'm pretty happy with how it came out.

This is maybe my most fun project I've made in a long time. I'm guessing you either were brought on a nostalgic journey along with me or are left wondering what the heck? At any rate, for the rest of the day when anyone says the secret word, scream real loud! 
Gypsy Soul Laser Items Used
Windows 6 Panel 
Number Cards

Other Items Used
Tacky glue
Lumiere metallic paint
Martha Stewart glitter paint
Acrylic paint
Googly eyes
Dollar store bedside table
Basic Grey Nook & Plenty
Kaisercraft Winter Wonderland Silver Bells
Ella & Viv Mid Century Modern
Flatback crystals
Glitter cardstock
Polymer clay 
Plastic fish
Toy Chairy

Friday, April 20, 2018

Santos Doll

Hello!! It's Jennalee here today with a Santos Doll. I am so excited to share this project with you. With a few different mediums, this Santos really comes to life!!

To begin paint all skirt pieces front and back with brown paint. Once dry assemble skirt. 

Once the glue has dried rust the skirt with Rusting Powder from PaperArtsy. Cover piece with Distress Collage Medium and sprinkle on Rusting Powder. Spray with vinegar and set aside. (I forgot to take a pic of the rusting in action)

While skirt dries paint doll body with gesso. I only painted the front. The back I inked up with Frayed Burlap Distress ink. 

For the face and hands (sorry forgot a pic again) I painted them a peach skin tone. Once dry using a palette knife I added a layer of Distress Crazing Medium. Allow to air dry. For the body and arms mix Opaque Crackle Texture Paste with Bundled Sage Distress Ink. Add to body with palette knife. Allow to air dry. 

I chose not to do a face on my doll because I can't draw, period. And I may have gone a bit crackle crazy, but I wanted my doll to have a very worn look like she had just been dug up. 

Using a craft knife I remove a few areas of medium. To add an extra grungy look rub Artisan Powder and Vintage Photo Distress Crayon into the cracks. The hairline was drawn on with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.

The arms are one of my favorite details. I originally planned to use brads but they didn't hang quite the way I envisioned so I decided to use thread. 

Using Vintage Photo Distress Crayon color Tim' Holtz's Craft Thread. With a baby wipe run thread thru wipe and then randomly apply Distress Crayon to length of thread. This adds the perfect amount of grunginess. With needle thread thru arms and tie off. Attach arms to body same way. 

To finish off your Santos Doll drape her with your choice of jewelry. 

I used a variety of pieces from Tim Holtz's Assemblage line as well as an Idea-ology Philosophy tag. The medal came from my stash and was the perfect adornment. 

Here you can see some of the wonderful rust effect. I added highlights using Cracked Pistachio Distress Crayon. 

I really enjoyed watching this piece come together and am already planning my next one possibly for my mom, but shhh don't tell. I hope I've inspired you to explore making your own Santos Doll. As always thanks for stopping by!! Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Shabby Chic Mask

Hi everyone!  Barbara Rankin here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  Today, I want to share this pretty, shabby chic mask using the Masks Shape Set,  along with Prima's new Lavender paper, and lots of lace and trims.

Trim a piece of 12"x12" paper to 7-3/4" x 12".  I used the mask shapes to get this measurement.

Run paper, right side up, through Xyron Creative Station.

Place paper with sticky side up.  This paper is double sided, so the script you see in the photo is actually the sticky side now.  Lay right side of each mask onto sticky side of paper.

Trim excess paper around each mask and cut out inside eye holes.  Repeat process to cover back of each mask with solid purple card stock.

Run purple card stock through Xyron Creative Station.

Adhere back of each mask to sticky side of cardstock.  Trim excess paper and cut out area inside the eye holes.  If needed, you can use sand paper, an emery board, or sanding tool, like the one shown, to smooth any rough edges.

Choose three feathery flourishes and the smallest star medallion from each set.  Ink with Versamark ink and heat emboss each piece with Charred Gold embossing powder first.  Reheat the embossing powder and while embossing powder is still hot, randomly sprinkle a small amount of Queen's Gold embossing powder and quickly reheat until melted.  Repeat process for back of each piece.  You only need to cover the parts of these pieces that might extend past the mask and be seen from the back.

Adhere pieces to each mask, as shown.  The star medallion is centered and attached to the top mask, while the flourishes are adhered to the bottom mask, just above where the top mask will sit.

Cut a piece of 4" wide white fringe to 13".  Place onto a craft mat and spray with water first,  Then spray both Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stains over the fringe.  Spray more water to help the colors lighten as well as blend.  Allow the fringe to dry.  It will dry to a lighter color.  Then cut off any excess trim.

Glue purple trim around bottom mask, as shown.   I also outlined the eye openings on the bottom mask with the gold Krylon pen, as shown.

When the top mask is placed over  the bottom mask, you will be able to see the gold outline around the eyes, as shown below.

However, before we glue the two masks together, let's finish the top mask.  Glue purple trim around the edges of the top mask.  When glue dries, cut off any excess trim.

Next, glue a line of flat back pearl trim centered over purple trim.

Cut two dangle daisy pieces from dangle daisy trim.  Lay onto craft mat and spray with Ranger Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  Then dab ColourArte Solar Gold onto each piece.  Let dry.
Glue dangle daisy trim piece to each side of top mask, as shown. 

Spread a thick bead of fast grab tacky glue along outer edge of bottom mask, as shown.  Let set for a minute or two.  Gently curve upper mask, and have a few clamps nearby and ready to use.

Align both top and bottom masks together and clamp along edges until glue dries.

You may need to insert something between the two masks to keep the upper mask curved.  I used an extra clamp and shoved it between them.  Let the masks sit until the glue is dry.

Next, I inserted and glued small white feathers between the feathery flourishes to soften the top edges.  I glued matching gold buttons to the two daisy dangles and start medallion, as shown.  You may need to cut the shank off of the buttons before glueing them down.

Now, we need to add a handle.  I painted a 12" dowel that is 1/4' wide with  pearl paint.  You may need two coats for good coverage.  If you are right handed, you will want the handle to be on the left side of the mask so that when you are holding the mask, your right hand is free to use.  If you are left-handed, then place the handle on the right side of the mask.

Use a good glue to attach the handle to the back of the mask, and cover the top of the handle with a small piece of the solid purple card stock to help keep the handle in place.

Here are a few closeups for you.  

Supplies Used:

GSL Masks Shape Set
GSL Star Medallions
GSL Feathery Flourishes Set
Lavender paper collection (Prima)
Coordinating purple card stock
Lumiere Pearl White paint
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains (Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar)
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist (Heirloom Gold)
ColourArt Radiant Rain Solar Gold Dauber
Krylon 18kt. Gold Leafing Pen
Embossing Powders
  Charred Gold (Emerald Creek)
  Queen's Gold (Ranger)
Xyron Creative Station
E-6000 Fabri-Fuse fabric glue
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Various ribbons, lace, trims, buttons, and embellishments
Diamond gemstones (Paper Studio)
Small Clamps
12" wooden dowel (1/4" wide)

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Have a wonderful, crafty day!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Amphitrite "queen of the sea"

Hi, it's Ann here today, sharing my "queen of the sea" inspired piece.
It seems as though the longer the winter weather continues to hold on, the more my thoughts drift towards the ocean. These thoughts bring visions of the soothing blues and greens of the depths; and of sea nymphs, beautiful fish, coral formations and shells, and of Poseidon. As the legend goes, Poseidon had a wife/consort whose name was Amphitrite. She was considered "Queen of the Sea".
 My project begins with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard decorative tags X-large. This set of tags contains 3 different shapes that are very generous in size. I know that they will be able to hold my beautiful Amphitrite perfectly. I am using the tags as a trio for my piece; however, they could be used individually or even paired up.
Once I have an idea for the direction I want to take, I select a paper to use for the background. The chipboard tag is heavy enough to handle medium on one, or both, sides of the tag. When I create tags, the back sides usually end up covered with paints and inks, so I plan to cover the back sides as well as the front. I am using a Prima paper from the Royal Menagerie collection on the front sides of my tags. Before I begin, I choose colors that will coordinate nicely with the front paper and, using distress oxide and distress inks, I color a large sheet of watercolor paper. This will be cut to size and adhered to the back of the tags after I have completed the front of my pieces.  
I first adhere the paper to the front of the tag using collage medium. I like to use a brayer to assure there are no air bubbles, as well as to flatten out the paper. Once the collage medium is dry, I trim around the edges with my Exacto knife. I then use a standing block to rough up some of the edges. I ink the paper with Distress Ink in salty ocean, tumbled glass, mermaid lagoon and cracked pistachio; spritz with water, then allow to dry completely.
While the backgrounds are drying, I gather my stamps and some Bristol cardstock. Using my stamping platform, I stamp mermaid parts and heat emboss them with clear embossing powder. This ensures that the edges stay crisp when I color the images. The stamps I am using for the mermaid and shells are from the Character Constructions She Sells Seashells Collection by Catherine Moore. I also stamp the octopus, fish and seahorse onto Bristol and clear emboss. The seaweed, coral and sea creatures are all part of the Tim Holtz Sea Life stamp set by Stampers Anonymous.
Once colored, all of these pieces are fussy cut, assembled, embellished, and set aside.
I want the piece to include some real shells to give it more dimension. I gather a few shells from my stash and paint on some with Dina Wakley acrylic in Gilt. As this dries, I paint some embossing ink on the bottom of the tags, sprinkle with dirty sand Baked Texture embossing powder by Emerald Creek/Seth Apter, and heat emboss, while it is still warm, I add bit more sand to some areas, and then let cool completely.
Using the stamping platform, I arrange the tags side by side and decide on placement of the seaweed and coral. These are stamped using archival inks in fern green and sepia.
I play with the arrangement of pieces to figure out the perfect location for the title "queen of the sea" which will be stamped in cornflower blue archival ink directly onto the tag. To ensure that the image is placed correctly, I first do a sample stamping, which I can use for placement of the individual letter stamps. I then remove the sample before inking the rubber stamp and stamping directly onto the tag. The letters I use are from the Tim Holtz Worn Text stamp set by Stampers Anonymous.
Once this is dry, I place the pieces back onto the tags in their appropriate spots and finalize the layout. To counterbalance the octopus in the upper right, I add a "rusty" anchor on the left. The anchor is a wooden piece that I have heat embossed with chunky rust Baked Texture by Emerald Creek/Seth Apter.
Everything is glued down and allowed to dry overnight. I am unsure about how I will attach the panels together, so I color some crinkle ribbon with the same inks used on the background, spritz with water and dry with a heat gun. This may be woven through holes along the seams of the tags. My other consideration is to use some fishing net.
I ultimately decide on using the fishing net.
The net is glued along the back side of all three tags, tying them together.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.
I hope that your thoughts inspire you to create something wonderful.

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Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used:
Chipboard Decorative Tags X-Large