Wednesday, September 30, 2020

"Lovely" LO

Hi everyone!
Myry again! A few days ago I shared a LO in the Facebook group that I'd made with some Gypsy chipboards and I thought make another one and show you how to make a LO like that!
Choose two 20x20cm (7 7⁄8") scrap papers and decide which one goes on the top. In my case I'm going to use this flowered paper with an oval opening. Next we're going to age its inner edges
Glue the paper on top of the other but without putting glue on the aged edges. Then glue it to the cardboard to give more strength to our LO.
This step is optional: give a touch to the edges of the LO with acrylic paint (silver or the one that goes best with the colors of your papers). 
Use some small pieces of scrap paper, age their edges and glue them to the edges of our main paper.
Choose 3 pieces of scrap paper somewhat larger than yout photo (I'm going to use a 6x8cm/2 23⁄64"x3 5⁄32" photo). You can age the edges of the papers now or after gluing them to the photo.
Now I'm going to show you how to give volume to a photo and create small "spaces" to decorate later.
Glue a piece of chipboard behind the photo, then glue one of the papers behind the photo like this:
Glue another piece of chipboard behind the paper and glue the next paper so that there is this little "space" between both.
Do the same with the last piece of paper but this time glue a piece of chipboard in front and another behind.
Easy peasy!
Now we are going to work with Gypsy chipboards: Frame Lavinia and Leafy Swirls and Buds (I'd chosen another one but in the end I only used these two sets).
Paint them with the acrylic paint after cleaning the edges.
Place some elements among the small spaces that we made in a harmonious way with the papers.
Flip the frame until you're satisfied with its position on top of the photo.
Put the leaf-shaped chipboards between the die cuts and the flowers and use more chipboard if necessary to add volume to the diecuts.
Place all the decorative elements (die cuts, flowers, thread...) until you like the result. 
Once ready it's time to glue everything in place! I recommend using a good hot silicone or sturdy glue.
To finish, distribute the glitter and other small elements, and give the last touches with white acrylic paint.
And that's it! 
What do you think?
I hope you like it!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts items used:

Other items used:
20x20cm (77⁄8") cardboard and scrap papers
Bruch/sponge and silver and white acrylic paint
Scissors, glue/hot silicone and chipboard pieces
Die cuts, flowers, lace, wool threads and glitter

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Noel Rejoice

Bo Bunny a gift of love

This is the A side of  a lovely paper I found in my Christmas stash!


I used the B side for the base of an ivory A2 (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") card.

This Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts frame Scribble Frames Flowers is about 4 1/4" round.

Using Versamark and Ranger Super Fine Gold embossing power and a heat gun,

gave the chipboard a beautiful finish.

This sentiment on the BoBunny paper was just the right size to cut and tuck behind the frame using some glue dots to adhere the two.

Stampin' Up Dimensionals gave the frame just enough pop when adhered to the card.

Some Poinsettias, also from my stash, were just the right size to cover the flowers on the frame. I used clear Wink of Stella to add just a bit of glitter to the flowers and the "Holiday Magic" sentiment.

We could all use a bit of Holiday Magic!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Shaker Sewing Cover Cutout Mini Album

 Hi Everyone, 

Today I have this cute little sewing album to share with you and to make it a little more interesting I thought I would give it a shaker cover!

The chipboard album I will be using for this is called Cutout Cover Mini Album Sewing D100F.  Give all the pages a good wipe with a damp cloth to remove the residue left from cutting then give the front cover a coat of gesso. To make the shaker window I am also using a piece of recycled plastic, but you can also use acetate.

As my album is sewing-inspired, I am also using these sewing stamps and paper from Stamperia.

I'm making this album in the same way as I made this little heart book, so you can find more instructions in that post.

Now comes the fun part!  Choose the papers you want to use inside your album and collage them onto the pages using matte gel medium.

Give the cover a coat of lovely cream coloured paint.  I used Fresco Chalk Paint from Paperartsy but you can use any kind of acrylic paint you like.

In addition to using the sewing stamps inside the album, I also used  them to stamp on top of the sewing shapes on the front cover.

Then using a black paint pen, I embellished some of the sewing shapes and coloured others, like the scissors, black.

I selected some small buttons from my stash to go inside the shaker, and I covered the panel with paper that looks like burlap so that would be a nice background showing through the shaker window.

To assemble the shaker window, you can follow the instructions on this Halloween card post from last year as it was done the same way.  Once everything was in place, the final step was to secure the spine with some linen tape.

Here's another look at the finished Sewing Album...

And if you are curious about the inside pages, here's a quick flip-through. I ended up using several different sewing-related papers collaged onto the pages, and then added some black stamping on top of that.  The mini tags and pockets were fussy cut from the same paper packs.  The finishing touch was to add some real lace to all of the pages in various places.

I hope you enjoyed this little sewing-inspired project.  Please let me know in the comments and have a lovely day.

Empire of the Cat

Project Recipe:
Cutout Cover Mini Album Sewing D100F
white gesso
sewing stamp set and scrapbook papers - Stamperia
matte gel medium
cream acrylic - Paperartsy
black paint pen
black archival ink pad
double-sided foam tape
masking tape
linen tape
buttons and lace
acetate or recycled plastic

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Magical Misfits-A Peek-a-Boo Project

This project grew out of a pile of mismatched and discarded items. I had leftover hummingbirds from a decorative napkin, a back portion of a triptych tower top, an arch top house silhouette piece, some fern fronds, and honeycomb, all parts from previous installments. I’ve long been fascinated by hummingbirds and Vintage Audubon Prints. These are the inspiration for this installment.
1.    Look through your treasure trough of misfit art supplies and be inspired. I found part of a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Arch Top House Silhouettes and part of a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Triptych Tower Top to use for this project.
2.    I painted the GSLC Arch Top House Silhouette with black ink and a paintbrush.
3.    I had leftover hummingbirds from a decorative napkin.
4.    After taking off the two plies I realized they were too thin, and I would not see their gorgeous details, so I painted the back of them with white gesso.
5.    Once dry I arranged them onto the prepared GSLC Arch Top House Silhouette using matte medium.
6.    I layered several of the hummingbirds to assure clarity of design.
7.    I next painted the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Triptych Tower Top with halo blue gold acrylic paint.
8.    I used two different shades of fingernail polish to add details and interest to frame.
9.    Using Embossing ink with a roller applicator I added some script to the frame. Using Allure Mercury Rising Embossing powder and a heating tool.
10.                   Glue the prepared hummingbird piece to the green frame. Offsetting leaving space at the bottom to create a small assemblage.
11.                   Hold pieces together with metal clamps until fully adhered.
12.                   Go through your stash of embellishments and choose some interesting pieces to add to the bottom portion. I am using fern fronds, honeycomb, leaves and flowers to build up the bottom portion of your project using Ultra Thick Gel Medium.
13.                   While still wet sprinkle with mica flakes and microbeads.
14.                   Allow to dry fully.
 Some Final Thoughts.
I love happy mistakes, magical misfits or what Bob Ross called “happy little accidents”. This project surprised me and allowed me to be fully creative as I had no idea what the final project would look like.
Other Bob Ross Quotes.
“I guess I am a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people.”
“I can’t think if anything more rewarding than being able to express yourself to others through painting (art). Exercising the imagination, experimenting with our talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul.”
“Let’s get crazy.”
“this is your world, you’re the creator. Find freedom on this canvas. Believe, that you can do it, ‘cuz you can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!”
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Arch Top House SilhouettesGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Triptych Tower TopGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Fern FrondsGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Honeycomb & Queen Bees ATC Sized, Black Ink, Paintbrush, White Gesso, Decorative Napkins, Halo Blue Gold Acrylic Paint, Nail Polish, Embossing Ink Roller Applicator, Script Stamp, Allure Mercury Rising Embossing Powder, Heating Tool, Weldbond, Metal Clamps, Ultra Thick Gel Medium, Embellishments, Mica Flakes, Micro Beads

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!