Monday, June 24, 2019

On Trend ATC Bookcase

Hello this is Yolie sharing my version of the ATC Bookcase. The Bookcase a good size for crafty storage. The assembled measurements are 6-5/8" wide x 6-7/8" deep x 7-7/8" tall with a roomy drawer measuring (2-7/8" tall).

For starters, always remember to use a lightly damp cloth to clean off the laser cut soot on all the pieces. I went with a super trendy paper pad to alter the ATC Bookcase. The complete supply list is at the bottom of this post.

I used acrylic paint to paint all the edges of the ATC Bookcase. I separated the drawer pieces from the actual pieces that make up the book case. It also helps to determine which pattern paper to use.

I traced and cut the pattern paper and adhered them to the pieces. I sprayed the Mod Podge Ultra Matte onto the backside of the paper. This made it so easy!
I used Beacon Power-Tac on the tabs to assemble and also to attached the drawer knob.

Here are a couple of side angle photos.

I also covered the side of the drawers for a more finished look.

It's so pretty! I can't wait to fill it up with craft goodies.

Thank you for stopping by today and happy crafting.

Supply List: 
ATC Bookcase No. C56L
Mod Podge Ultra Matte
Acrylic Paints
12x12 pattern paper
Paint brush
Beacon Power-Tac
Westcott Scissors
Paint brush

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Oh Happy Day Layout

Hi crafty friends!  Leigh Ann here today with a 12x12 layout using Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Simple Stories Oh Happy Day paper collection.

First I started by giving my chipboard pieces from the Skinny Arrows and Doodles Set 1 a coat of white gesso and then I painted them with acrylic paints that matched my paper collection. 

For my layout I started by creating and placing the focal point with the pictures. I didn't glue it down, but just figured out the placement.  

Next I added a piece of paper to the background and laid out my embellishments to decide on the placement for them. 

Here is the finished product:

I used the following Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts products on this project:

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Make Your Alphabet Mechanical by Betsy Skagen

What to you do when you have no idea about what to create? Some people turn to Pinterest for inspiration and some turn to YouTube. Sometimes I do that, but more often I just let the creativity flow.

This was one of  those times. When I sat down at my desk I had no idea in mind. For quite some time I had been wanting to make something with Gypsy Soul's Alphabet Stencil Blanks, but never had any inspiration. So I picked up a one of the letters and flipped it around it my hands. Soon, I decided it might pair well with a Trading Coaster.

I began wondering what I could put inside the letter to make it interesting and decided I should use some gears. Now, I had the beginning of an idea in mind, but no particular plan.

To get started, I began painting the Steampunk Shape Set with quinacridone nickel azo gold, burnt umber, teal, sky blue and yellow acrylic paint to to create faux metal pieces.
Next I rounded the edges of the alphabet stencil blank and then covered it and a 4" inch coaster with gesso.
After the gesso dried, I blended teal ink onto the trading coaster, covered the alphabet stencil with a page from a vintage book and blended brown ink around the edges to give it an aged appearance.
Next I glued my steampunk pieces onto the trading coaster so that it would line up with the letter J opening. 
I adhered additional components to the face of the alphabet stencil, and used Beacon Fabri-Tac to adhere translucent beads and a metal phrase.
I then painted some metallic ribbon and its spool to transform them into a hanger. I added an extra gear for decoration.

To finish the piece, I cut a piece of cardboard slightly larger than my coaster and tore off the backing to expose the corrugated surface. I then inked the cardboard with teal and brown inks and glued it to the coaster.

I was pleased with how this relatively quick project turned out--especially since I let free-flowing creativity guide its creation. Next time you feel like you are in a creative rut, instead of turning to Pinterest, YouTube or someone else for inspiration, try trusting your own creative process.

Have a wonderful and creative weekend! Betsy

Great Stuff

Steampunk Shape Set
Alphabet Stencil Blanks
4" Trading Coaster
Brown and Teal ink
Vintage book page
Translucent beads
Metal phrase
Beacon Fabri-Tac
Acrylic paint: quinacridone nickel azo gold, burnt umber, teal, sky blue and yellow
Metallic ribbon and ribbon spool
Corrugated cardboard

Friday, June 21, 2019

Steampunk Seamstress

Hello and happy Friday!! It's Jennalee here today. Today I am sharing my last project as a team member with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. I've been with the team for 2 years and am so thankful to Gina for allowing me to be part of it all!! For my last project, I thought I would use one of my favorite chipboard pieces the Santos Doll. Although for this project I used just the cage skirt. 

Fun Vintage Sewing Measurement Guide Mannequin Graphic!

This project was inspired by this amazing graphic from The Graphics Fairy . I instantly thought of a Steampunk Mannequin. 

I sized the mannequin down in Publisher and printed onto Ranger Sticky Back Canvas. The canvas provides the perfect texture reminiscent of a vintage dress form. I colored the image using Distress Markers. To achieve the subtle coloring I outlined around the edges and lines and then blended towards the middle with a water brush. And what Steampunk Seamstress would be complete without her wind up key? 

To add the haberdashery detail to her stash I stamped a ruler along a length of seam binding.

I tied the sash around her waist and added a pair of scissors dangling from a decorative chain. 

Of course, the cage skirt needed to be rusted. I was trying to mix a few techniques here that went awry. But instead of tossing the project I decided to embrace the extra crustiness of it. I wanted the skirt to have a more cage-like feel so dyed some skinny satin ribbon with Walnut Crystal Ink and then wrapped it around the Santos Doll

And how else would a Steampunk Seamstress get around? She needed wheels. Tim Holtz Mini Pulleys made the perfect wheels. Before attaching the Pulleys I distressed them using Mushroom Alcohol Ink. Using a Drill Punch I poked holes for the screws of the Mini Pulleys to go thru and attached them before assembling the skirt. 

The Steampunk Seamstress is ready to begin her adventures in sewing. I had a lot of fun with this project and feel it was a great way to finish my time with the team at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. 
Thank you for following along with me. 
Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

A perfect little gift card holder . . .

Hi Everyone.
Nancy here today with a way to dress up those gift cards.

Sometimes you want to give a bit more than a gift card/certificate.
Enter the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Trifold Pocket Mini.

This is what it looks like when shipped
but it's so much more than this!

Pre-cut, simply fold it on the pre-scored lines
and you have a tri-fold.
It's that easy!

First, I inked all the edges with Black Soot Distress Stain.

Then chose my paper and started *wallpapering*.

On Panel #1, I used an extra bit of paper to create a pocket.
The flips were closed with thin clear Velcro fasteners.

Panel #2 is reserved for a sentiment that I'll add a bit later.

Panel #3 is glued to create a pocket
and that's where the gift certificate will be placed.

Once the Velcro is applied, all the panels are closed.

I wanted a frame for the outside of the trifold
and chose the Bella frame.

This is a double layer frame.

The bottom layer was painted with a light green acrylic.
Once the acrylic was dry, I stamped it with a crackle stamp
and embossed with Ranger's Queen's Gold.

The top layer of the frame was painted with 
a gold acrylic paint.

I add a thick layer of Clear Rock Candy, a few seed beads
and let it dry.

While that was drying, I finished the cover panel.

First a layer of green corrugated paper.

Next, the closure:
I took some silk sari ribbon and folded it in half
to create a loop.
The loop was placed on the far right, 
overlapping the side slightly.

Then the remainder of the ribbon was wrapped around the back
and up to the loop.
The stray ends then go through the loop to close the booklet.

Once all that was glued down and in place,
I added a popped up decorative paper layer,

followed by the frame popped up and centered.

(I used Anna Griffin paper on this project.)

Change up the paper and you have a booklet
suitable for anyone's birthday or graduation.

I like to have a few of these on hand for the
*just in case* last minute moments.

Hope you enjoyed this mini project.

Here are the Gypsy Soul Laser Cut items I used:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

red, white, and true blue

Hi everyone, as the month of June speeds along and we near Independence Day in the United States, I thought it would be fun to create an Americana themed project.
Today, I am sharing my "red, white, and true blue" little houses matchbox book. 
I am so excited to share all the details with you!
It all starts with a GSLC little houses matchbox book. Don't let the name fool you, this accordion fold house book extends to over 14 inches long unfolded. When folded, the book fits inside its own 3 inch by 4 inch matchbox. I thought the five, double sided panels would provide many opportunities to embellish with some of my favorite supplies. The first step is creating the matchbox.
The outside chipboard sleeve is pre-scored which makes it easily converted into a 3D shape. Before creasing and folding the piece, I paint one side of the piece with red acrylic paint. When the sleeve piece is folded, this red will be the interior. A small dab of glue along the flap secures the piece into shape. I use clips to hold the flap until the glue has dried.
I cut a strip of some of my favorite papers to match the height of the sleeve. The paper wraps the entire outside of the sleeve piece. I ink all the exposed paper edges. Using the Xyron Creative Station Lite, adhesive is added to the back side of the paper and then it is secured in place onto the chipboard. I add a strip of red metallic embossed lattice along one side, and wrap the sleeve with paper twine. The twine is secured in place with sealing wax. While the wax is still hot, I push a star embellishment into it and allow it all to cool.
Next, the interior matchbox is created. This chipboard is also pre-scored; a bit of quick dry glue along each of the tabs, secured with a clamp until dry is all it takes for the box to form. I paint the exterior of the matchbox with red acrylic paint, and allow to dry. The interior of this matchbox is covered with patterned paper. I also cut strips of a coordinating paper to wrap the sides of the box. The bottom (underside) of the box is not covered with paper. I want to allow the matchbox to slide freely in and out of its sleeve.
The accordion fold house book is so much fun to create. The long chipboard piece is pre-scored, allowing it to be easily folded. Since I envision this book being opened and closed many times, I add strips of linen hinging tape along the "mountain" folds before I begin adding any paper coverings or embellishments. This will add an extra layer of durability to the folds. Next I select some coordinating red, white and blue patterned papers for backgrounds. All of the edges of the chipboard are inked with distress ink. I trace the house shape onto the different papers and fussy cut pieces to fit each of the panels.
All of these pieces are run through the Xyron machine to add an adhesive backing. When considering embellishments for each panel I find it best to work on one side at a time and always keeping the reverse side in my mind, that way anything that penetrates the chipboard will have an opportunity to be covered on the opposite side. I like to pull out a lot of different papers, stamps, embellishments and pieces that may or may not be used in the piece. This way I have a better idea of things that could potentially be arranged together or adjacent to one another.
It makes for a chaotic desk but allows me to design freely without  having to stop and seek too often. This is possibly the reason I do not have many process photos for the accordion book,
 I got caught up in the design.
I will share pictures of a few of the completed panel with a description.
The front flap contains a patriotic paper doll colored with distress crayons. A metal ribbon adornment is attached to the roof peak and a small ephemera piece completes the opening page. 
German dresden trim is secured with star fasteners to create the decorative bands that hold special tickets from days past.
A blueprint stamp in cobalt archival ink is the focal point of this panel.
This panel is covered with an embossed piece of colored Kraft core, sanded to highlight the design.
 Another paper doll adorns the last panel on this side of the accordion fold book. He is colored with distress crayons and appears to be holding the booklet open. A small clipping of banner border strip creates the patriotic pennants strung across the top.
The reverse side of the booklet begins with a freedom banner, created with punched and stamped pieces, strung on bakers twine.
One of my favorite panels in the booklet, the metallic kraft contains layers of paper dolls, representing diversity.
Grungeboard USA letters are painted with acrylic paint and surrounded by wooden laser cut stars.
A blueprint stamp is colored with distress crayons and ink, then fussy cut and attached to a "flagpole."
An old dictionary page is torn and inked giving definition to the patriotic terms.
On the final panel, quote chips display a powerful message.
Once all of the panels of the book are complete, I allow all the adhesive to dry overnight before folding it up and setting it into the matchbox. The box and book slip easily into the sleeve. I am so pleased with how this project turned out. I typically decorate my house in red, white, and blue from Memorial Day throughout the summer. I love displaying Americana themed pieces and projects. 
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my "red, white, and true blue" piece come together. Perhaps you are inspired to create a piece of your own to proudly display. We'd love to see what you are creating with the wonderful Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Be sure to share them.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by,
I truly appreciate it!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts used:
 Little Houses Matchbox Book
 Banner Border Strips

other supplies:
Deco Art Americana acrylic paint: Tuscan Red
Distress crayons:
 blueprint sketch, candied apple, chipped sapphire, fired brick
Distress Collage Medium: matte
Distress Ink:
 blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire, faded jeans, fired brick, gathered twigs
German Dresden trims
Sealing wax
Tim Holtz Ideaology:
adornments ribbons, adornments stars, chitchat seasonal, ephemera: snippets,
ephemera tickets, grungeblocks (retired), paper dolls, paper stash correspondence,
paper stash metallic jewel kraft, paper string airmail, pocket cards, quote chips,
 remnant rubs: botanical, remnant rubs: life quotes, star fasteners
Tim Holtz / Sizzix impresslits: 3D lattice trim
Tim Holtz / Sizzix texture trades: playing games (retired)
Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous stamps: Americana blueprint
Xyron Creative Station Lite