Friday, February 28, 2020

Bloom Box With a Drawer

Who doesn't love a pretty little box?

This little box is made with the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Hidden Drawer Book Box and is 4.25 x 6.25 x 1.75.  General instructions on the website call for wiping the edges of the laser cuts, but I always start my class reiterating that point and laying out all of the pieces.

Step 1: Find the drawer pieces.  It's helpful to me to write on the pieces to identify where they go.  (The piece on the bottom of this picture is set aside to use later.)  I inked all the edges with a Sharpie.

(All the pieces of paper are cut and labeled for my classes.) 

This is the Graphic 45 paper line "Bloom".

Step 2: Find the blue cardstock printed paper and ink the edges:

Step 3: Use Scor-tape on the back of the pieces because it holds really well and can be unglued with Un-du if necessary.

Step 4: Put the drawer together with liquid glue and the inside looks like this:

Step 5: Ink the edges of the pieces of cardstock labeled box outside and adhere like this:

This is a better view of the drawer:

Step 6: Find the pieces of the box:

Step 7: There is an overhang which is inked with the Sharpie:

Step 8: Ink the flowered papers and the box looks like this:

Step 9: Back to the piece that was set aside.  The pink printed paper is adhered to one side.  The handle is used to mark where the brads go. I used a Crop-o-Dile to punch the holes.  The brads are put through the holes, the prongs are spead open and I use a piece of Scor-Tape to keep the brads from rubbing on the paper.

This is how the front looks:

This is how the front looks with the pink paper:

Step 10: There is a blue piece that is adhered on the other side of this piece:

Step 11: Scor-tape is adhered to the font of the box:

Step 12: The back of the panel is adhered to the box - it's flush with the worksurface:

This is how the back of the panel looks fom the backside of the box:

This is the finished box:

 Step 13: Pop up a chipboard piece from the paper line for the top of the box and add some small flowers:

Step 14: Use the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Small Staggerd Tags, leftover paper and chipboard pieces to cover them and a small piece of ribbon to tie them together.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

He Made His Own Bouncy House by Betsy Skagen

This project began with my scavenging from my box of rusty hardware and selecting an old spring, a couple bolts, some screws, a handle and some sort of doo-dad. 

Next, I assembled one of my go-to favorites, the Mini House Shadowbox 4 and adhered pages from and old Electrical Manual to both the inside and outside. 

After darkening the edges of the box with brown ink. I protected the old paper with a coat of matte medium. 

Next, I stamped the Inventor's Mother Mixed Media Stamp using embossing ink onto white cardstock, covered the iron grid portion with Black Magic Baked Texture and activated with heat gun. I fussy cut out the grid and glued to the inside back of the box
It was time to relax with a little more fussy cutting of one of the boys from Vintage Children #2. I don't know about you, but I find fussy cutting very relaxing! The only problem is that you can't do it and binge watch Netflix. 

After adhering the rusty hardware and doo-dad in place (the screws took a little patience), I glued the boy at the top of the spring and added a cute little vintage dog.  

Next, I covered a wooden spool with brown ink and glued it to the base of the house. 

To finish the project, I printed my cheeky bouncy house message, rubbed it with a little Tea Dye Distress Ink

Great Stuff

Embossing ink
Eileen Hull Black Magic Baked Texture Embossing Powder
Rusty hardware and doo-dad
Old dog figurine
White cardstock
Beacon Fabri-Tac
Wooden spool
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Tea Dye Distress Ink

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Something Cheerful

Hello everyone! Lora here taking my turn for the amazing Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.
Just a little something cheerful to ward off the February chill. Hope it brings a smile to your face!

  And a back view.....

I began with the Little Niche Sunflower.

Using the flower head a s a template, I cut my paper and then bent the niche box into shape for gluing.

I glued the niche box and used clips to hold it together while it dried.

Using two of the same image, I cut one to be a background for inside the niche, and fancy cut the other to glue in on top to create depth.

I glued the niche box on to the back of the sunflower, taking care to line up edges and then clipped it into place until it dried.

I glued the background into the niche and added a border around where the flower meets the box. I used watercolor pencils around the edge of the paper border and gently dry-brushed the lines outward, creating a soft edge around the paper.

 I glued in the fancy cut image bits on to the background, using small beads to lift them off the base image and make the piece look a bit three dimensional.
I inked the edges of the flower petals, using a q-tip to blend with.

I added brass flower to the corners and little dots of pearly paints for extra detail.

When all was dry, I flipped the piece over and painted the back. While it was drying, I strung some beads on a pretty piece of ribbon and glued the whole thing on to the back, using a pretty fairy image to hold it in place.

Don't forget to sign your piece!

Little Niche Sunflower
Graphic 45 Fairy Dust Papers
Folk Art Pearl Paints
Lyra Rembrandt Watercolor Pencils
Brilliance Ink Pad in Rocket Red Gold
Swarovski Flat Back Crystals (in the center of the brass flowers)
Stamped Brass Flowers

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Altoid Tin Televisions

Happy Saturday, everyone! I was so happy to play with an incredibly fun new piece from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts – the GSL Altoids Tin Television (coming soon). I have been an altoid tin crafter for many years and frequently stage little scenes inside. Now those little scenes can be nestled inside a television console. The possibilities are endless! 
Here are the parts of the console. There is a front piece with an altoid tin sized hole cut out, a solid rear piece, two-piece knobs, a tuning panel and an antenna.
The console pieces were painted front and back. I also painted the edges of the tuning panel, which was later covered with a small scrap of beige paper. The knob and antenna sections were glued together once the paint dried.
It was really hard deciding which 'show' to feature. I was contemplating this while cleaning out our attic and came across these micro-sized figures from a playset my daughter had when she was little. They are from the show 'Reboot', which is a computer animated series popular in the 1990's and was one of her favorites! I printed off a Dot's Diner screen grab from the show. The papers for this project were secured to the tin with matte Mod Podge. I always rough up the tin's surface with a bit of sandpaper to assist with adhesion.
The knobs were glued to the tuning panel and the show is ready to start.
I ran a thin layer of E6000 around the front metal edge of the tin then carefully set the TV's front into place. Once the glue was set, I glued the back of the tin on.
The only thing left to do was glue on the antenna and add the Reboot Hack and Slash dimwitted robot figures on top.
But wait... there's more... There is also a GSL Altoids Tin Retro Television (coming soon). This one insisted on being used for a retro TV show.  I loved Bewitched as a kid.  It was in black and white for it's first two seasons. 
Like I said, I do a lot of tin crafting and order the altoid sized tins online. I very rarely use the lids, those are just removed and set aside. I have a LOT of lids and decided to experiment with using them for this project. 
I printed off and cut the title sequence logo to size then blinged it up a little with some crystals and fine crystal glitter.
I glued the logo in place in a tin lid using Mod Podge, then secured this lid to a second one with E6000 glue.
Once that was set, I glued a strip of black paper around the lids to cover the seam. 
I followed the same process as the Reboot tin – paint then assemble. 
The only thing missing was aluminum foil on the bunny ears. Remember those?
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GSL Products Used (coming soon)
Altoids Tin Television
Altoids Tin Retro Television

Other Supplies Used
Mod Podge
E6000 glue
Acrylic paint
Altoid sized tins
Printed images
Miniature figures
Crystal and fine glitter