Thursday, August 31, 2017

Memo Board for Mum

Hi folks, its Angela here with a memo board that I made for my Mum.

I took the GSL Cuts Memo board and covered it with gesso and I took a cheap dry wipe board from somewhere like the dollar store (ensure it is metal so magnets will stick) and stuck it on using Beacon 3 in 1.

I used the Chicken Wire 6 inch panel to spread some texture paste through.

 I also used Tim Holtz stencil on the other corners and then applied gesso to the metal sheet to ensure the paint had a surface to stick to.

 I painted with various shades of blue and I used other stencils to apply some yellow and orange colours through. I painted the Leafy Corners before adhearing to the board.

I used the Birds on a Wire 2 in order to hide the line of the metal dry wipe board
 then I added various embelishments. My dry wipe board came with a couple of magnets so I decorated these with some flowers so they matched the rest of the project.

GSL Cuts
Memo Board
Birds on a Wire 2
Leafy Corners
Chicken Wire 6 inch panel

Tim Holtz stencils and embelishments
Distress paints
Prima flowers and pegs
Sweet Lilac Flowers
White paper clay bird
Dutch Doobadoo stencil
Luminarte Paints

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Early for Christmas

Hello everyone, I have started to make my Christmas cards so I decided to make one using
Gypsy soul laser cuts goodies as you can see below.

First of all I decided on the design of the card and which items to use. I decided on these small Christmas charms, which will be coming to the store very soon, and the words from 10 words which fitted into the squares perfectly.

I decided to cover the charms with patterned paper rather than just paint them, so I got some Christmassy paper from my stash, cut pieces slightly larger than the charms, stuck the charm to the back of the paper and filed the edges for a perfect fit.

I did this with three of the charms on both sides then painted round the outside of the edges with red paint because the charms are quite thick and brown. 
I then threaded twine through the holes in the charms and tied a bow round the top, arranging the charms to hang in different places.

I thought that the plain card looked a bit bland to add the charms to so I embossed a piece of card the same size as the original which is 7 x 5 inches, using creative expressions A4 embossing folder, contemporary poinsettias and stuck this onto the card.
I stuck the back of the ribbon near the top left hand side of the card so  that the ends of  the twine came to the top, then I started on the words side.

I chose hope, love and joy because I thought that these were suitable for Christmas, but of course you can use any words that you want to, and I painted them red, then left to dry. I then cut three pieces of white card measuring 2 x 2 inches each and stuck these to a slightly larger square of red card with scalloped edges, so that the scalloped edge just shows round the outside. Mine measured 2 1/4 inch square and these just fitted down the length of the card nicely.

I added two pieces of 2mm thick double sided tape to  the back of the card, but before I stuck this to the main card I stuck the words onto the white front, then I stuck the three squares with the words on down the right hand side of the front of the card, and that is the card finished.

The little Christmas charms can be put onto a Christmas tree as they are covered both front and back with the patterned paper and hang loose from the card, or you could use one large bauble on the left hand side, which again could be used for a decoration.
I think that I will be doing other variations of this card as there are so many Gypsy Soul laser cut items that can be used, and I hope that I have inspired some of you to have a go and make a similar card for that special someone.

Gypsy Soul Laser Items used:

Christmas charms (coming soon)
10 words 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Magic House Box Shrine

Small things are often jam packed with magic. Take buttons for example. I am 100% certain that buttons contain infinite amounts of magic. How many of us have memories of grandma's button tin? There simply MUST be magic in those little wonders.

This month I've used Gypsy Soul's Mini House Room Box to create a space to celebrate these small bits of magic. A place to tuck away thimbles and stones and buttons, all those precious tiny things that hold big memories.

There's LOADS of room for personalisation with this project. 

My Faux Typewriter Keys spell out MAGIC but you could order keys to spell out a name create a personalized memory shrine or choose to spell out a word that is particularly sentimental to you and really make this project your own.

I've put some tiny feet on my shrine but you could easily add hanging hardware to the back, or a length of ribbon or twine for hanging.

And check out the roof detail! If you make mini houses the Chipboard Shingles are a lot of fun to play with.

The assembly for this piece is super simple, but just in case you'd like to see how I put it together, HERE is a video walk through to guide you.

Products used in this piece:
Chipboard Shingles - Half Scale Sampler
Mini House Room Box 4 Cubbies
Faux Typewriter Keys Gold
Victorian Corners 1
Winged Heart**

Monday, August 28, 2017

Be A Dreamer layout by Lynne

Hello all! I've fallen madly in love with the photos of these wire sculptures that I've found on Facebook here and decided to use a couple of the images for a layout. I scrap whatever catches my eye, in addition to family/pet photos and the other "normal" subjects people choose for their pages!

First, I primed all the chipboard pieces with white acrylic paint-easy peasy:

I used Faber Castell Texture Gems to draw random lines and squiggles on the flourishes for added texture, then added another layer of white paint when that was dry.

I like the irregularity they add; I then brushed them with ColourArte Twinkling H2Os in Iridescent Blue and Meridian.I dabbed a little Lemondrop Silks here and there on these as well when I was using it on the fairy.

For the aforementioned fairy, I first covered her with white glue and then sprinkled clear glass glitter onto the glue.

 She looked quite pretty and sparkly just like that, but I felt like she got a little lost among the vibrant colours on the page, so I lightly brushed on ColourArte Silks in Lemondrop;the sparkle of the glass glitter still showed through, but the yellow brought the fairy to life where she sat upon the blue flower.

I used white flocking on the last piece; it is Queen Anne's lace, but I thought the shape was close enough to the head of a seeded dandelion to fit in make a wish and blow!

I added some cheesecloth here and there to continue the feeling of dandelion fluff-I love the added bit of texture it adds to a project:

I did some stencilling with blue and yellow texture paste and added a few spritzes of glimmer mist in both colours as well, and added some random border punching and inked edges.

I love adding a variety of textures to all of my layouts, and my Gypsy Soul Lasercuts give me perfect surfaces to do just that-I always enjoy seeing different ways to finish these great pieces, and look forward to seeing your creations! Have a terrific and creative week! xoxo

 Flourishes 2
Queen Anne's Lace
Garden Fairies medium


Authentique Felicity papers
ColourArte Silks-lemondrop
ColourArte Twinkling H2Os
Ayeeda mists
Prima stencils and flowers
Faber Castell Texture Gems

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Vintage Family Mini Book with GSLC and Canvas Corp

Hi and welcome to the GSLC blog today.  This month we are joining forces with an amazing company called Canvas Corp.  They have lots of vintage products that are really fun to work with and create with.  I made a vintage Family Book with my goodies that I got, so please keep reading to see how I created it.

So all my products were from their 7 Gypsies line called the Architectures Collection.  It had gorgeous vintage colors in aqua, browns and ivory so I set to work starting with the mini book.  For my Chipboard on the cover I used the Flourished Frame Lisa (coming soon)and the Victorian Silhouette Frames.

1. Start by cutting the blue paper to cover the inside of the book both front and back and adhere.  Cut out the white set of doors from the back side of the paper.

2. Use a ruler and mark where your holes will go on the front.  Use a crop a dile to punch them on the front and back and then attach them with small metal rings like you see above.

3. For the frame I inked it with Brilliance ink and then embossed it with a fun vintage embossing powder from Stampendous.  It's called Aged Aqua and it gives it a really fun patina.

4. Ink and emboss the chipboard with the silhouettes on it using the rose embossing powder.  Then layer all of them on the front of the book and glue with Beacon's 3 in 1 Advanced Adhesive.  This is a wonderful glue in that it works on all kinds of products.  Even fabric.

5.  Now you can die cut a few flowers with the ivory burlap that they carry.  I did 2 sets of each so that I could create a nice flower cluster on the front of my book.

6. Glue the flowers together and let them dry.

7. Arrange lots of flowers on the front and attach with ribbons and leaves to your liking.  This part is always my favorite because I love flowers on things.  

8.  for the inside of the book you can cut pages from paper and then add other bits of things to decorate them.  I cut pieces of canvas below to put on the page for pictures later when I fill it with all the things I want to remember about my ancestors from long ago.

9.  And Canvas Corp also has lots of other little door themed stickers to put inside.

This was a really fun book to make and I can't wait to put all the information and pictures I am finding from this side of my family.  And the size is really nice too so that it doesn't take up so much room.

Here is a supply list just in case you need a few things:

GSLC Flourished Frame Lisa (coming soon)

Stampendous Aged Aqua and Aged Rose embossing powder
Versamagic Jumbo Java chalk ink
Brilliance ink in cosmic copper
Extra flowers from Paper Studio
Adhesive letters from Ruby Rock-it

Thanks so much for stopping over and have a wonderful day


Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Mid-Century Modern Memento Album by Betsy Skagen

A talented friend of mine has taken on the challenge of giving her entire house a Mid-Century Modern updo with only inexpensive secondhand goods. 

Her ingenuity impressed me so much that I thought she should memorialize her project with a mini album. As a surprise for her, I made this little album so she could paste in before and after pictures, make notes of her awesome estate sale finds and even add in inspiration and ideas from magazines. 

The best part about this project is that I was able to do something nice for a friend, without going to a lot of cost or time. 

To make your own Mid-Century Modern Album, begin with an empty spiral bound album.
Cover the front and back with a coat of white acrylic paint. 
Apply Molding Paste to the front through a stencil with repeating shapes. As you can see from my photo, there are inherent dangers in working in the great outdoors. After the paste dries, repeat with another stencil on the back cover. 
While the paste is drying, paint the Mixed Media Fragments Retro with assorted colors (preferably following Mid-Century color palettes).
Give the front and back cover, including the raised stencil surfaces, another coat of white paint. After it dries, paint the raised stencil surfaces in another color. 

Adhere the Mixed Media Fragments and translucent Dew Drops to the front and back covers. 

Use your computer to design a title graphic for your album. Print and adhere to the cover. Outline the edges of your Mixed Media Fragments in a darker shade. I used Distress Markers to do this. 
Add Atomic Atomburst and Atomic Coordination paper to the inside front and back cover. 
That's all there is to making this quick and easy book. 

Great Stuff

7gypsies blank album
Acrylic paint
Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Beacon Adhesive