Monday, July 24, 2017

Domestic Goddess Tag Trio/ Gypsy Soul Lasercuts and Graphic 45

Hey there! Lynne here with the X-Large Decorative tags finished using the warm, homey Domestic Goddess collection from Graphic 45 as well as various other Gypsy Soul pieces and some bits and pieces of ribbon, metal etc. from my stash:

I started by covering each tag with patterned paper, then sanding the edges and inking them with Versacolor in Paprika. I love to fussy-cut, so I cut various images from the patterned paper and attached them, lifting some with foam tape for dimension. Most of these were inked along the edges as well, either with  Paprika or with Black Soot Distress ink.

The cameo pieces were painted black and white and the white piece was dry-embossed with a checked pattern to echo that of the paper, but I found them too stark next to the papers on the tag, so I rubbed the pieces with Prima Metallique Wax in Antique Brass until I was happy with the effect.(Love those waxes, by the way!)

The cherries were painted with acrylic paint after I used a butter knife to draw the pattern on the leaf; I then heat-embossed the cherries themselves with clear embossing powder for a fresh-picked shine!

The buttons were painted with acrylic paint, then brushed with white glue and flocked with coordinating colours. To me it gave them the look (and feel) of cloth-covered buttons, which was in keeping with the homey theme of the papers.

I love the generous size of these tags; there's plenty of room to add a variety of embellishments ad still showcase both the papers and the chipboard about 8" X 4", there's loads of space for "stuff"!

Thanks so much for stopping by; like the domestic goddess that I am NOT!) I shall say goodbye and do a little much-needed housework....I look forward to popping in again soon with another project featuring some terrific items by Gypsy Soul Lasercuts :)

Chipboard Decorative Tags X Large
Sweet Summer Shapes Set (cherries)
Fashion Cameos
Button Shape Set


Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess papers
Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax-Aged Brass
Doodlebug Design Crushed Velvet flocking
Versacolor ink-Paprika
Ranger Distress Ink-Black Soot
Faber Castell Texture Gems-Ice Liners (dots on strawberry paper)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Summer Journals

Summer is my favorite time of year so I thought Ii would make up a quick journal with a composition book that I  got on sale and have some fun.  My favorite animal in the Long Beach Aquarium where I live is the Sea Horses so  I used that for my inspiration today.

For my project today I used the "Steampunk Seahorse", the "Beach shape set" and "Chevron words travel" small to add dimension to the Me and My Big Ideas beach paper pack that i got at Hobby Lobby.  There was lots of fun things in the pack so it was fun to make and would be great for a summer project for your kids to do.  Then they can write in their journals each night for all the fun things that they did.

The beach pieces were my favorite and there are lots more in the set to use for other fun things.

Below is a quick tutorial on how i did my project... won't you join me?

First thing to do is cover the journal inside and out with your decorative papers.  Sand the edges to make them clean and finished and then chalk with colored inks.

Next.... take your Journey chipboard word and chalk with white chalk ink and let it dry.

Chalk the seahorse with different colors to make it look like a water color and also the shells.  I put clear embossing powder on my seahorse and heat embossed it so that the colors would pop.  The shells in inked again with brown to shade them.

Add stickers and words on the front of the journal to finish the book.

Here is a closeup of the top journaling and the journey chipboard.  I added brown ink on top to antique it just a little and not make it so stark white.....

And to finish it i added lots of fibers and twine that i had in my stash on the side.  And now it's time to get caught up with all the things i have done so far.....  I hope you have fun creating one too.

Supply List:

Me & My Big Ideas Ocean Collection
Paper trimmer and scissors
chalk inks and stickles
fibers and twine to tie on the book

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Halloween Altered Altoid Tin Album by Betsy Skagen

Spooky things come in small packages. Take for example this Altoid tin that I altered into a Halloween mini album.

I just love how the spider casts his shadow over the baby doll.  
The raven must have found some rotting treat still attached to the skull that he wanted to peck at. 

Tutorial to make the Halloween Altered Altoid Tin Album

 1. Begin by painting the MINI BOOK COVER, Altoid Insert Fairy Tale Frames, and Spider and Owl Insets (new to gslcuts and coming soon) with black acrylic paint. Let dry.

2. Adhere the Owl and Spider insets to the back of the fairy tale frames, cut off anything extending beyond the frame. Cover these units with black glitter. 

3. Use a paper towel to rub Orange Peel Silks onto the book cover and back, avoiding the inlaid pattern. (Design Team Member Lora Mahaffey came up with this great idea!) When dry, repeat with Persimmon Silks. Then touch up the inset pattern with a black pen.

4. I forgot to photograph this next step, but take the labels from the Fairy Tale Frames and heat emboss them with copper embossing powder and ultra thick black embossing enamel. Continue to build up embossing layers and colors until you are satisfied with the results. 
5. Print spooky messages on your printer, cut into strips and age with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Attach the messages to the embossed labels and add a black string to the ones that will hang loose before adhering the main label to the front book cover. 
6. Take apart an Altoid tin. Paint both halves with black paint. 
7. When dry add a coat of Quinacridone Gold acrylic paint. 

8. Trace the bottom of the tin onto two pieces of Halloween scrapbook paper, cut out and adhere to the inside of your tin. Add additional images.  Dip a pencil eraser in orange paint to add polka dots. Add orange glitter glue to the baby's eyes. This photo does not show it, but I also layered additional spooky images (two moons and a raven) with three-dimensional foam tape.

9. Cut 3/4" wide strips of Halloween cardstock and adhere to both the interior and exterior sides. The paper I used for the exterior actually had white skulls and I used orange ink to color them orange. 
10. Adhere the black glitter fairy tale frame inserts to the inside. 

11. You can see from the picture that I adhered the hinges before adding the fairy tale inserts. This ended up being a mistake so make sure you add the inserts first. Stain some miniature hinges with mushroom-colored alcohol ink and adhere the hinges to the exterior of the tin. Then rub random spots of black ink on the cardstock used on the exterior of the tin. 
12. Adhere the front and back book covers and add paper ribbon around the sides of the book.  

It is only July, but if you want to make crafts for Halloween, it will soon be time to begin. I hope you give an altered Altoid tin a try! -Betsy

Great Stuff

Mini Book cover..............  These are all
Spider Inset --...................  new to Gslcuts and 
Owl Branch Inset................will be COMING SOON so don't forget to keep checking
Assorted Halloween cardstock
Two hinges
Beacon Adhesive
Black glitter
Black embossing power
Copper embossing powder
Embossing stamp pad
Quinacridone gold acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
ColourArte Orange Peel Silks 
ColourArte Persimmon Silks 
Mushroom colored alcohol ink
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Black Soot Distress Ink
Orange ink
Orange paper ribbon

Friday, July 21, 2017


Hello!! Jennalee here today. When I sat down to start this project I had a totally different piece picked out that I wanted to play with, but this Reliquary Arch Top called my name. I have learned that some of my favorite projects are those where you follow what calls you, and this project was no exception.

I started out by painting the entire piece gold. I used Liquitex Basics because it offers great coverage with minimal coats and it has a nice sheen to it. 

I then embossed the top arch piece with Burnt Copper Leaves. I put it on quite thick. And melted it a little longer than normal to give it some movement and to really get the different layers of colors in the powder to mix and swirl together. 

I covered the back of the arch with a piece of resin paper. Resin paper has a nice translucent quality so the choice of gold paint on the background shines thru. I stamped the image of a girl peeking thru a keyhole and colored with chalk pastels and colored pencils. I chose paper resin butterfly wings again for the sturdiness and translucent quality. 

I then adhered the resin paper to the arch background and allowed to dry. I then glued the arch top onto the background and clipped while it dried. 

While that was drying I started fussing with the placement of my wings and girl. I decided that she needed some sort of crown. I had a key from the Keys and Plates Shape Set sitting on my work table. When I began looking at it the top reminded me of a crown. I embossed the top portion of the key with gold embossing powder.

It fit my image perfectly and I like the added message of knowing that it came from a key. 

I embossed both sides of a key hole with Burnt Copper Leaves and later attached to the back as a hanging bracket. 

I then finished off the back by writing myself a message in a very messy script. 

To finish off the piece I stamped on black card stock the word Embark from a mini alphabet set and heat embossed in gold. I then used my hole punch and punched out the letters and applied to the bottom of the arch piece. 

Thank you for spending a few minutes with me today. Happy Creating!! ~Jennalee

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts used:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Expecting a delivery? . . .

 Are you expecting a delivery? September and October are the most popular months for baby births. If you're expecting, now's the time to get your baby book ready for Grandmas or GG's (Great Grandmas). You know how Grandmas love to show off their Grands!

Gypsy Soul is ready with adorable baby laser cuts. Couldn't resist using them in this baby book.

After building this 8" X 6" mini from scratch, I chose a few of my favorite laser cuts to use on the cover and spine.

The spine: I incorporated a String Along for the spine. These String Alongs have so much potential and it was the perfect size for the book spine. Here are the steps for decorating the String Along:

  1. Paint the entire String Along with your favorite acrylic paint. I used a burnished gold.
  2. Apply Art Glitter Glue to the left side of the moon. While the adhesive is still wet, sprinkle seed beads on top of the glue. Let dry.
  3. Apply Art Glitter Glue to the stars. While the adhesive is still wet, sprinkle silver crushed glass glitter to the stars. Let dry.
  4. Apply to spine with Beacon Fabri-Tac.
Why Art Glitter Glue? It dries clear. Perfectly clear. Without any shine. It's the best adhesive I've found for beads and glitter. 

For the cover, I chose a couple of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:

  1. Cut banner to desired length.
  2. Apply Art Glitter Glue to each *flag*. While the adhesive is still wet, sprinkle your favorite glitter on top and let dry.
  3. I used silver glass glitter glue for one and some blue sparkly glitter I found in my stash for the other.

Baby Book Title:
  1. Paint the entire title in silver acrylic paint.
  2. Once the paint is dry, add Aleene's Paper Glaze (or similar) on top of the letters. Let glaze dry.
  3. Add Art Glitter Glue to the feet and baby pin.
  4. Sprinkle with crushed gold glitter glass.
I've used some of the new Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts baby pieces on a few of the inside pages as well. Here's a couple of examples:

Little Dreamer: Of course, this piece can be used to decorate a scrapbook layout or book cover, although I chose to use it as a belly band.
  1. Paint Little Dreamer words with bronze acrylic paint. Let dry.
  2. Add VersaMark to the moon. Sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat emboss.
  3. Add Art Glitter Glue to the stars. While still wet, sprinkle with gold glitter. Let dry.
  4. Paint the cloud with white acrylic. Using two shades of Distress Ink pads and finger tip sponge, pounce ink on top of the cloud.
  5. Glue to page (only the sides if you're using as a belly band).

For this page I used a Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Deco Punch Element to close a page that includes fold-outs and flips.

  1. Paint the background of the punch element with gold acrylic paint.
  2. Punch a design from paper (1" round punch fits the top piece perfectly). Adhere to top circle.
  3. Adhere the top circle to the background punch element piece.
  4. Create a *flag* with a piece of scrap paper. 
  5. Fold the flag over a large paper clip.
  6. Attach the deco punch element to the flag.
  7. Add liquid pearls to the background of the punch element.
  8. Use the paper clip to close any flips or fold-outs you use in your mini-books.

Flourished Heart Frame: This two piece frame is appropriate for so many occasions. Here I used it to decorate a pocket page.

I adore the layers!

  1. Paint the lower layer in your favorite acrylic paint color
  2. Paint the top layer in a clear crackle paint. Let dry.
  3. Using Prima's waxes, apply a gold wax over the crackle paint.

Special Delivery page: How cute is this stork! And so appropriate whether you birth your own babies or adopt . . .

  1. Paint *Special Delivery* with gold acrylic paint.
  2. Pounce gesso on top of the stark to create texture. Let dry.
  3. Add Prima's Opal Magic Blue-Gold paint on top of the gesso. Let dry.
  4. Add paper to the baby bag and tie a ribbon on top.
  5. Using the Feathers Shape Set, paint 3 feather with gold acrylic. Let dry.
  6. Adhere feathers to the back of the stork. 

If you stuck with me through this long-winded blog post, thank you so much.

I appreciate each of you and will see you again soon
on the
or at the
where I'll be shopping for my next blog post.

Thank you.