Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Special Wedding Book to share

Happy Sunday all you chipboard fans of GSLC.  Today I have a really fun project to make to keep all those pictures you have of your favorite wedding that you went to recently or a new wedding coming up for summer.  I used the "Art Journal" chipboard mini book to make the base of my project because it has so many pages in it that I can fill for pictures and other fun little chippies to add to it.  You have tabbed dividers and with a front and back and also single pages between each with corrugated paper and flat chipboard to fill with lots of pictures and other goodies from your stash.  I love that!

On the front cover of my book is one of the really pretty laser cuts design patterns that we have that you can cut apart, use to stencil or just use as a pretty decoration like I did.  This one is called " Posey Panel ".   Since there was so much talk about the wedding in England I was inspired to use lots of gilded embossing powders and inks to make this very fancy and elegant and a real treasure for my daughter to use.  The wedding papers and stickers are from Photo Play and it all went together really easy and was super fun to make.  Below are more pictures of the insides for you....

For the inside I used the stickers and tags and lots of black and white papers to make the pages.  The gorgeous chipboard frames in the store are perfect to add the detail I wanted around the words.

Here is another set of pages with the stickers from the set.

Here is another of the frames.  This one reminds me of old victorian gingerbread on the outside of a house.  It's so pretty and so ornate.  The pictures are going to look so nice inside.  There is a huge selection of these frames in the store that you can see on this link HERE <<<<  And you don't have to make your books super fancy... the pictures and fun memories will do all the work.

Thank you so much for stopping by today... and enjoy your Sunday!



GSLC Florished Frame Karen
GSLC Florished Frames Evie

Papers by Photo Play (wedding)
Black and White cardstock
Adhesive, paper trimmer, scissors, ribbons, adhesive pearls

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Cabinet of Curiosities

I like tiny things, I always have. I still have Barbie accessories from when I was a kid. So I guess I also hoard tiny things. I've had a stash of tiny favorites I've been staring at for years thinking 'some day' I would find the very best use for them which is how they ended up in one of these gorgeous GSL Millinery Cabinets

For instance, I bought this little ceramic beaver at Disney World the first year it was open. The skull was an expensive impulse buy at a mineral show and glued onto a flat bead. The zombie specimen is a HO scale train person with some red paint added just because. The mineral is a chunk of glow in the dark vase filler. The duck is a glass charm and the Enterprise is a miniature Hallmark Christmas ornament. 
The main section of the cabinet is papered with Graphic 45 Artisan Style Craftsmanship paper which is perfect for this project. The specimen art posters are found in a cabinet of curiosities collage sheet from Alpha Stamps. The shark's teeth are some I picked up at the beach when I was a kid. They are showcased on a painted scrap of wood. I somehow have collected a lot of lapel pins over the years and chose one I got at a Prince concert in the 80's. The glass eye is a gift from a friend (don't I have awesome friends?). I found the mini display domes at Michaels. 
This shelf holds jars of shells and pearls, a charm I got at Hershey as a child and a Dungeons and Dragons miniature figure. I love that the charm has come out of the bottom of my jewelry box into something I look at every day. 
More shells, charms and specimen art. The skeleton foot is from one of those dollar store Halloween garlands. I found a ouija board digital download at Etsy. The coffee inside the miniature cup is made from mixing a small amount of Glossy Accents and some brown food color.
These jars contain black coarse salt and some ladybug polymer clay cane slices. I included an HO scale sheep, miniature tombstone and a Tim Holtz skull.
The scrolls are made from paper aged with an ink pad. The feathers are from our chickens and a friend's guinea fowl. 
 A miniature brass diving helmet I've had forever. The crystal ball is made from a marble and bead.  The animal skull was a gift.
A jaw bone, a scarab and metal pitcher I picked up on my travels and a mineral specimen I studied in college. 
The millinery cabinet works perfectly as a curiosity cabinet. Surely, you have some tiny treasures, too!  Supplement them with feathers, shells, shark's teeth, polymer clay canes, scrolls and specimen art and you will have a place to display them. Dig out that charm bracelet and have some fun! 

Gypsy Soul Items Used

Other Items Used
Acrylic paint
Tacky glue
Alpha Stamps Cabinet of Curiosities collage sheet
Miniature jars

Friday, May 25, 2018

Live in the Moment with Alicia Barry

I feel like I have been making lots of cards lately, so today I have created a pretty and delicate layout of my daughter instead.

I combined a number of chipboard pieces to create a focus point to frame my photo.  I believe that the frame piece was actually designed to be square, but I loved that it looked even more ornate turned on an angle. I combined this with flourishes to create the illusion of a full length embellishment.

I coated each of the swirl pieces in white paint first as this gives a far better vibrancy when color is added. I used a small paint brush to get into the small parts. You could also try using a sponge dauber for this, or go hands free and use paint sprays, if you are worried about damaging the small parts of the flourish. I used the same colour for the fern leaves. 

 I tried a few things with the title. First I primed with white paint. I used an ink pad first which on paper is a nice rose color, but on this came out far darker than I wanted, so I used pearlescent dimensional paint in soft pink. This gave me the additional bonus of textured paint. I simply "painted" it on using the nozzle. Remember that this will take longer to dry.

Once all my pieces were ready, this came together quite quickly. The main frame is lifted up on foam dots with the other pieces tucked underneath I fussy cut lots of floral pieces from patterned paper and tucked them under as well, making sure that the flourishes remained the focal point of the layout. This is also where I tucked in the fern leaves. 

I finished off with some small paper roses, and some tiny pearl paint drops. 

Supplies used:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Door Hanger Tutorial - Part 1 of 2

Hi everyone!  Today I am sharing another quick and easy project using one of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Door Hangers.  Now these are so versatile and fun to decorate.  You can use just about anything to enhance a bare piece of chipboard to perfectly suit yourself or whomever you plan to give it to. You can use it to display on your door knob whether you are either "IN"or "OUT", "BUSY", ARTIST AT WORK", or plain ole' "DO NOT DISTURB".  What will you put on yours?

You can see my complete video tutorial below.  I've divided the tutorial into two parts to keep it short, so come back in a few weeks when I will finish up the reverse side in Part 2.


Supplies Used:

GSL Door Hangers
GSL Cuckoo Clock
GSL Decorative Windows 1 to 24
GSL Punch Elements Deco
GSL Tiny Shingles Stencil
Quarterfoil 6x6 stencil (Clear Scraps)
Light Molding Paste (Golden)
Black Gesso
Gel Medium or Varnish
Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic spray
ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glazes
  Caribbean Mist
  Moss Green
  Bolivian Blue
  Golden Monarch
ColourArte Primary Elements
  Burnt Umber
Lumiere 3D Dimensional Paint (Brass)
Prima/Finnabair Art Alchemy Opal Magic Wax
  Green Brocade
  Vintage Silk
  Turquoise Satin
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Blending tool
Aleene's Quick Grab Tacky Glue
Krylon Crystal Clear acrylic coating spray
Assorted Brushes
K&Co Metal Art stickers

I  hope you enjoyed today's project, and perhaps I've been able to give you some ideas for your very own door hanger.  Oh, and how about making some of these for friends and family.  Wouldn't they make great and unique gifts?  I think so.

Well, that's it for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you will come back for my second part of this video.  Don't forget to subscribe so you won't miss it, or any of my other videos.

Until next time, have a very crafty day!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dreaming Of Dragons

There is an illustration by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale titled "Knight Carrying Child" it has been part of my collection for many years although just a greeting card, it plays a prominent place in my medieval inspired bathroom d├ęcor. I have made a copy of the illustration and used it as the inspiration for this project.
Supplies:  Gypsy Souls Laser Cuts-Round Frame with Dragons, Gypsy Souls Laser Cuts-Royal Flourishes, Gypsy Souls Laser Cuts-Bat Wing Miniatures, Gypsy Souls Laser Cuts-Dragons Shape Set, Gypsy Souls Laser Cuts-Vine Corners, Antique Brass 7" by 10" table top frame, Ink Jet print of desired image, Heating tool, scrap piece of Bookboard, pencil, heavy duty scissors, Weldbond, Dragon's Eye, Sculpey Premo Accents  Graphite  Pearl polymer clay, small plastic roller, flat roller with handle, rubber stamp to texture the clay, round cutters for clay, liquid polymer clay, small paint brush, polymer clay toaster oven for curing, Art Alchemy Sparks Paint-Raven Black, Versa Mark, Judi Kins Embossing Powder-Black Opal, Tim Holtz Distress Stains-Mermaid Lagoon, Gathered Twig, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, and Mowed Lawn, Heavy Body Gel Medium, alcohol in a mister, assortment of screws, screwdriver, awl,  and tweezers
1.  Make a copy of image to fit inside of Antique Brass Table Top Frame.
2.  Add some age to ink jet print by spraying with water and alcohol, allow to puddle then dry with heating tool.
3.   Use pencil to trace outer circle of Gypsy Laser Cuts Round Frame with Dragons on to Bookboard
4.  Use heavy duty scissors to cut out circle and secure to back of GSLC Round Dragons Frame.
5.  Prepare Sculpey Premo Accents  Graphite  Pearl polymer clay.
6.  Roll a thin layer and place onto stamp of your choosing to add texture to your clay.
7.  Use round cutter to cut out circle of clay to place into GSLC Round Dragons Frame.
8.  Apply a thin layer of liquid polymer clay and press in textured circle of clay.
 9.  As there is a gap around the edge I rolled two long, very thin strand of polymer clay.
10.                Attach at end and gently roll into a rope.
11.                Secure the rope to the edge of your frame to fill in the gap.
12.                Use cutters to make several circles of textured clay to use to build your eyelids for your Dragon's Eye.
13.                Use same cutter to make crescent of textured clay and build your Dragon's Eye. Be sure to place a bit of liquid clay on back of eye so that it will cure securely when baked in polymer clay oven.
14.                As Dragon's Eye is baking paint Gypsy Souls Laser Cuts Bat Wings Miniatures with Art Alchemy Sparks Raven Black paint.
15.                Choose a dragon from Gypsy Souls Laser Cuts Dragon Shapes Set.
16.                Use Versa Mark on same  stamp you used to texture clay.
17.                 Sprinkle with Judi Kins Black Opal Embossing Powder and cure with a heating tool.
18.                Fill in negative spaces with Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Stain.
19.                Use Weldbond to secure dragon to back of knight's armor.
20.                Once Dragon's Eye is cooled use Versa Mark on textured stamp and Judi Kins Black Opal Embossing Powders to age the frame front and back and also on one of  the Gypsy Souls Laser Cuts Royal Flourishes and cure with heating tool.
21.                Fill in negative spaces with Tim Holtz Gathered Twig Distress Stain.
 22.                Use Heavy Body Gel Medium to secure two painted GSLC Miniature Bat Wings to either side of the Dragon's Eye.
23.                Use Versa Mark on textured stamp and Judi Kins Black Opal Embossing Powders to age the frame front and back and also on one of  the Gypsy Souls Laser Cuts Vine Corners and cure with heating tool.
27.                Fill in negative spaces with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, and Mowed Lawn Distress Stain.
28.                To lighten the stains I spayed with alcohol and water and dried with heating tool.
29.                Place picture into frame.
30.                Assemble project using assortment of miniature screws and Heavy Body Gel to secure any loose areas.
This would make a great gift for any "Game of Thrones" enthusiasts or a child's room. To add to the gift you could include this quote from R. A. Salvatore , Streams of Silver “No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.”
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!