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

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Horologium

This is the Horologium.
Ever seen the movie Time Bandits?
I haven't worked out why yet, but I was thinking a lot about that movie whilst making this and this is what came out of that.
Maybe it's because the props were gorgeous and full of odd details and functions.
Horologium is the Latin word for clock, which seems kind of Time Bandits-ish. And this clock is pretty fancy and has an air of consciousness about it, so I felt it needed a smart name.
Clocks have moving parts, so it's a natural progression of fanciful thought to think they are intelligent. Lots of stories out there about clocks.
And I like making objects that appear to be a little bit (or a lot) sentient.
Here she is with her little traveling eye at the foot of the clock. She gets around.
Here is where I began..
I assembled and gessoed the inside of the clock. I did not glue the facade on-that comes later.
I made a template to build my stairs, then used it on some scrap thin chipboard and then cut them out. I actually made four staircases, but you can't really see the one behind the clock unless you look closely.

To assemble the stairs, I cut a piece of chipboard about 1/4 in wide and used that as the underside of the stairway. I glued both of the stair jacks (the zig zag bits) to either side of the chipboard making sure as best I could, that they were even with each other and straight.
I cut pieces of scrapbook paper approx. 1/4 in wide and glued them to the riser part of the stairs. I trimmed them to fit with a pair of scissors. After they dried, i did the treads and again, cut them with a pair of scissors to fit.
After they all dried, I dry-fitted the stairs into the clock and made adjustments as needed to get a good fit. I did not glue the stairs in until I had the background of the inside of the clock complete.
I decided that I wanted a piece on the inside of the clock that repeated the shape of the arched top of the clock, so i drew a template and cut one out of chipboard.
I painted it and put some lifts on the back to make it stand out a bit from the back. My intention was to put one of the staircases behind it to make it look deeper. After some fiddling around, I realized that the third course of stairs that need to fit behind the arch was too wide, so I ended up cutting the underside in half in order to get all the pieces to fit into the clock. You can see in the picture below that the third course (the one on the top) is much narrower than the other two.
Everything got a coat of brown paint and some detailing with gold paint, was dry-fitted into the clock once again and set aside.

I cut the paper for the facade of the clock using the piece as a template.
I fitted and then glued a piece of a rice paper image to the inside sections of the clock.
The paper I used throughout the piece, including the rice paper is from Ciao Bella's Codex Leonardo.
I gave it a good coating of matte medium, let it dry and began arranging some clock parts over the paper for more detail, dry-fitting my arch and staircases to make sure I wasn't interfering with the space I needed in the final gluing.
I used a lot of metal stampings in this piece. I decided to change the detailing on the stairs, ended up repainting them and adding little tiny flowers on the jacks. I like it!
After adding the deatils I wanted to the inside of the clock, i finally glued in the stairs and glued the facade on. I painted and added lots of details, like Dresden trim and the little birdcage on the right.
Little flower lanterns made from bead caps and wire,
lots of gold dots,
And hand painted details.
Thank you for stopping by!

Eleven inch Grandfather Clock
Miniature Bookplates Shape Set
Simple House Ornament
Faux Metal Number Plates

Additional supplies:
From Alpha Stamps:
Black Zig Zag Dresden Borders
Codex Leonardo 12x12 Paper Pad
A lot of the bead caps and metal findings I also got from Alpha Stamps HERE
and HERE

Acrylic Paint
Matte Medium (I use Liquitex)
NOTE: The piece with the eye on it is a Simple House Ornament with about an inch and a half cut off the bottom and a tiny wooden block glued on the back!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Papillons Butterfly House Tag

Hello there friends and GSL fans! Ginny here with a uniquely shaped tag with  some gorgeous chippies.

 I love this house shape base and wanted to use the chipboard as a bit of architecture for the roof peak.

I'm also using chipboard in the role of foliage for my floral arrangement.
I think the antiqued effect finish really compliments this nature inspired project.
I love how the Hypericum Berries really fills in the corner and adds a little warmth and shine.
A few details added to complete this tag include a clip, some Nuvo Drops, tinsel trim, and Prills.
I selected my chippies and wiped them to to clean them to prepare for altering.
Everything gets a coat of metallic gold paint then allowed to dry.
Pearlescent paint is a bit sheer so when dabbed onto another color you can achieve a nice mottled finish.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts~Hypericum Berries, Altoids Tin Topper.

Wishing everyone a happy and productive day : ) G