Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Pretty coasters for an alfresco summer

For the first time in forever, I am the proud owner of an awesome grill. This has lead to the redesigning of our terrace (that we never use) into a charming outdoor space. Which of course, one has to accessorize. Like, with really pretty coasters. Hence, this blog post!
My pretty coasters for lovely cocktails on the terrace.
Here's to the beginning of a beautiful summer!
I started out with 2 sets of the Four Inch Trading Coasters (they come in sets of two).
I covered them in Bo Bunny Double Dot Coral Vintage paper on both sides and sanded the edges.
I inked all the edges with Brilliance Galaxy Gold and Rocket red Gold.

I then peeled a three ply napkin leaving only the top ply with the pattern on it (trust me, you may think a napkin only has two ply but they almost all have three) and tore the bits off that I wanted to use on my coaster. I used traditional decoupage technique-brushing matte medium on the coaster. laying the piece of napkin gently on top and brushing the top of the napkin with another coat of matte medium working from the center out to avoid bubbles.
 After they dried, I lightly sanded the edges off and redid the ink edges where needed.
I then painted in dot and swirl details starting with green and then white.
I gave them all a good coat of poly to keep moisture out and they are done!
A word about napkins....
Buy a top quality brand and test a bit of it before you use it in your work. Some of the cheaper napkins color will smear when the matte medium is brushed on!

Four Inch Trading Coasters
Bo Bunny Double Dot Vintage Peach paper
Acrylic paint in white and green
Matte medium
Good quality napkin
Waterproof poly finish

Monday, May 20, 2019

The house that snark built

This is the house that snark built.  
It's a bittersweet day for me today.  After three years with the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts team today will be my last post.  I have loved every second I have been on the team and promise I won't be gone forever.  So, for this post I decided to go out the way I came in- full of snark.  

This project was made with the House Oddities box.  This kit includes the box and all the little houses inside.  It's pretty amazing.  
I started with two sheets of watercolor paper and used Distress Oxide Sprays to color them.  The first sheet has Broken China, Wilted Violet, Pumice Stone, and Cracked Pistachio Oxides.  After the initial layer of Oxides I added some PaperArtsy Infusions in Rocky Road. I areas that were still exposed got hit with Distress Ink in the corresponding colors.  
The second sheet was made using Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, and Squeezed Lemonade Oxide Sprays.  I added Infusions in Violeta and filled in the blanks with Distress Ink.
The houses are hinged together using plain white sports tape.  I cut a small piece and put it on the front of the house.  A second piece went on the back so there was no stick exposed tape.  I knew I wasn't going to make the pages too thick with embellishments.  If you want to recreate this house and know you will have chunky pages just make the hinges longer.  The hinges are painted with colors that correspond to the pages.  
I cut the watercolor paper to fit each house and then stamped up the backgrounds.  I used several of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous sets (CMS364, CMS341, CMS328,CMS302, CMS294,CMS261, CMS187, CMS172,CMS083, and CMS081) for this.  Some of the backgrounds were stamped using Archival ink in Hydrangea and the rest were stamped using Staz-on Pigment inks.  
Part of the stamping was done before the embellishments were added.  After the paperdolls, sentiments, and other bits were glued down I added a bit more stamping. 
Once all the stamping was done I went back in with various gel pens to add doodles and scribbles.  
So this is what the front row of houses looks like all stretched out.  
You can see I added bits to some of the pages.  The little crown, chain, party hats, and coin add just a bit of bulk but I took that into account when making the hinges. 
 Here are the back pages of the house. 
 Now these could be the front.  It just depends on how you fold them up. 
 I had so much fun picking out the paperdolls and the snarky sentiments for each. 
The exterior is quite simple to put together. 
I painted the exterior black and the interior with Dina Wakley's Lime.  Once it was all dry I used Beacon 3 in 1 glue to stick it all together.  Don't glue the front to the box or you won't be able to get inside! I gave the exterior a spritz of gold ink spray just so it wasn't flat black.

 The interior was splattered with the same color paints I used to color the hinges in the book. You can see the little houses all fit right inside the box.  
You can hinge the door to the houses, so when you pull the door open all the houses come right out.  I decided to do mine a bit differently and I actually used Tim Holtz hinges to hinge the door to the box.  The door panels were covered using the same background paper that covers the houses inside. 
Here you can see the top of the box was stuck to the door using a layer of foam tape.  The door is hinged to the side of the box using the metal hinges.  I used an awl and then was able to use brads to attach the hinges.  Please pardon my hand in here, the wooden base I use to take my photos is a bit warped so sometimes projects want to fall over.  
The final touches were added by spraying the finials with Oxide sprays in Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio.  They got splattered with the paint too.  The baseboard doll was edged with gold(and the entire backside is painted gold too).  He got his snarky sentiment and was glued to the box using super glue.  
I hope you enjoyed my project today.  I had so much fun making it! 
Happy Crafting,

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Thank You Greeting Card

Hello there Peeps! Ginny here to share a greeting card with you. You should all know by now that I love layering my chippies to create projects with a lot of depth.
I'm really into a black and pink color scheme these days and if I can incorporate buffalo check plaid well that's even better!

The tag in the center is my focal point and  it's elevated  by being perched on top of that Filigree Frame.

 The center panel section is also raised on craft foam for a super dimensional look.
The frame looks delicate but really holds up well to layers of finishing.

The leaves create a great base for this coordinating floral arrangement.
The chippies got a base coat of flat acrylic paint. The frame in white and the leaves in green.
After drying I coated the frame in shabby embossing powder then heat set it for a nice shiny finish.
I snipped the leaves in half to work around the corner of the frame. After assembling the arrangement I added a quick coat of Stickles.

~Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts~ Filigree Frames, Leaves & Flourishes

Wishing everyone a happy and productive day : ) G

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Sweets Shop Magnet

Happy Saturday, everyone. I'm here to share one of my favorite quick projects - a sweets shop magnet made from a GSL Mini House Shadowbox 2.
The house shadowbox comes together easily from just six pieces. I glued the sides and floor to the back wall with tacky glue and set aside the two roof pieces for later.
After priming the walls, ceiling and front edges of the house with gesso, I selected a pink floral paper from BoBunny's Sweet Moments collection for the back wall of the shop and a white woodgrain paper from ms. sparkle & co. for the floor.
I printed the word 'sweets' on chipboard, chose a few beads to use as table legs and painted a scrap of chipboard white to serve as a table top.  The walls and ceiling of the shop were painted white.
Making the candy jars was a lot of fun. I filled tiny glass jars with a combination of pink and silver microbeads, heart shaped nail decorations and a few sweet polymer cane slices. The jar lids were fashioned from metal beads and pearl straight pins glued together. Once the glue was dry, I snipped off the pin shanks.
So cute!
Two magnets were attached to the back of the little shop then the roof was finished off with some pink woodgrain stickers from 7Gypsies Attic Junque Pack.
Thanks for stopping by!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Items Used

Other Items Used
BoBunny Sweet Moments collection paper
ms. sparkle & co. white woodgrain paper
Acrylic paint
Tacky glue
Nail stickers
Polymer canes
7Gypsies Attic Junque Pack Stickers
Metal beads
Head pins

Friday, May 17, 2019

ATC Ticket Journal

Hello and happy Friday!! It's Jennalee here today. Do you ever get inspired while cleaning up the random pieces on your table? That's how this ATC Ticket Journal came about. While I was cleaning up the aftermath of previous projects I ran across a photo with red stitching alongside a ticket and piece of floral ephemera from there the layers started to flow. The ATC Ticket Journal is the perfect size for a quick project you can complete in an afternoon. I also love that the chipboard is thin enough to stitch on your sewing machine.

I kept my layers simple using 3-5 pieces of ephemera. I love how the red stitching pops and adds so much detail. 

The Ticket Journal is the perfect size with 5 panels. Enough to tell a story but not overwhelming when it comes to decorating. 

Washi tape adds just the right amount of detail in the background. 

That pop of red sets my heart aflutter. 

I didn't decorate the back of the tickets yet so that I can have another reason to clean up the piles of inspiration that accumulate on my table. What's currently on your table?

Happy Creating ~ Jennalee