Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Three Sides of January- Peek-a-Boo Project

January is named after the Roman God Janus, he is depicted with faces one looking into the past, the other into the future. He is the god of beginnings and endings, openings and closings, gateways of to and fro, transitions through time, duality of our days. The two sides of January that many of us contemplate are the year that has been and look forward to the year that will be, the third side if January and if I daresay in life is the day and time that is, the present. These are the inspirations of this artwork.

  1. Gather Supplies.
  2. Paint the GSLC Triptych-Towers Top  and GSLC Cathedral Frame with Acrylic Paints- Base Layer of Browns, Metallics, and Yellows.
  3. Next Add Patina with Green Gold, Neon Green, and Gold Acrylic Paints.
  4. Use Frame to Trace on Scrapbook Paper.
  5. Cut Out and Glue to Back Portions of Frames using UHU GlueStick.
  6. Choose Stickers from Antiquarian Sticker Books, Fussy Cut, and Glue to Scrapbook Paper.
  7. Once Fully Dry add Rub-On Transfers. 
  8. Glue Front Portion of GSLC Frames to Back Portion. Secure Tightly with Clamps.
  9. Once Dry, Use a Small Plastic Spatula and Add a Thicker Layer of WeldBond to Unify the Stickers and Rub-On Transfers. 

Final Thoughts:

“The Past is Dead, and has no Resurrection: But the Future is Endowed with such a Life, That it Lives to us Men in Anticipation.”

~Henry Kirk White

“Let go of the Past, But Keep the Lessons it Taught You.” ~Chiara Gizzi

“Your Past is Done, so Forget It. Your Future is Yet to Come, so Dream It, But your Present is NOW, so Live it with No Regrets.”

“The Past is Filled with Pain, the Present with Opportunity, and the Future with Uncertainty.”

“Tell me, tell me, smiling child,
What the past is like to thee?
'An Autumn evening soft and mild
With a wind that sighs mournfully.'

Tell me, what is the present hour?
'A green and flowery spray
Where a young bird sits gathering its power
To mount and fly away.'

And what is the future, happy one?
'A sea beneath a cloudless sun;
A mighty, glorious, dazzling sea
Stretching into infinity.”

~Emily Brontë

The Song of Himself by Natalie Merchant puts these thoughts into perspective.

Supplies:  GSLC Triptych-Towers Top , GSLC Cathedral Frame , Antiquarian Sticker Books, Acrylic Paints-Browns, Metallics, Yellows, Green Gold, Neon Green, Golds, Paintbrush, Scrapbook Papers, Pencil, Scissors, UHU GlueStick, Rub-On Transfers, WeldBond Glue, Metal Clamps, Small Plastic Spatula 

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!

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Graphic 45 Life Is Abundant Mini-Book


Hi Everyone. It's Nancy with you today sharing my latest Button Farm mini-album. This book is decorated with the beautiful and detailed Graphic 45 Life Is Abundant Collection. 

With lots of help from GSLCuts, the cover features a beautiful frame, specially made for this project. It is a double layer frame with the first layer painted in blue and the second layer is black. 

This allowed me to sandwich an image between the two frame layers. There's a shallow track on the top layer of the frame. So I inserted some beaded chain into the track.

I wanted to do a type of opening for one of the pages with tags that would "swing" open on either side (like an old saloon door!). So GSLCuts designed these for me with a window opening and acetate covers. Insert your own photos or use one of the images from the Graphic 45 papers. 

I had GSLCuts make these tags double sided so that I could insert a tag between the double sided "doors". 

Love working with Gina who owns GSLCuts. 
Visit her site to see all the possibilities for your own projects! 

Coming Soon:
I use a lot of GSLCuts in my Button Farm projects. 
Those cuts are usually specially sized and created for The Button Farm kits only.
But, very soon you will see a special section
so you can purchase the things created exclusively for
The Button Farm!
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Frozen in Time-A Peek-a-Boo Project

This time of year with the temperatures dropping, and the skies deepening, with the threat of winter storms, I wanted to put a romantic spin to it an imagine our perfect kind of snow day. This is the inspiration for this artwork.

As introverts the thought of getting snowed in is a tantalizing treat. Even much more now that we have moved into a condo community and not responsible for shoveling our long driveway, or sidewalks. We still must excavate our snow-encased cars eventually to go to work. 

But I digress, A perfect snow day is one where neither of us have to work, their is food in the fridge, electricity is heating our home and we have list of shows to binge watch. It’s always to have a sweet snack nearby, warm cookies from the oven, and a Keurig collection of coffees and teas. Half and half to soothe it just so. If we could choose the setting of this enchantment it would be in a cabin in the woods.We are simple people, and love simple pleasures, how about you?

  1. Gather Supplies.
  2. Paint Two of the GSLC Alarm Clock Frame Ups with White Gesso
  3. Paint the Other Two GSLC Alarm Clock Frame Ups with Turquoise Stencil Butter.
  4. Spray with Cheap Hairspray and add Iridescent Glitter to White Ones and Blue Glitter to Turquoise Ones.
  5. Spray Again to Adhere Glitter.
  6. Trace Images with a Pencil.
  7. Cut Out and Glue to Back of GSLC Alarm Clock Frame Ups.
  8. Glue and Add top Portion of GSLC Alarm Clock Frame Ups and Secure Tightly, Pressing Down with a Weighted Object.
  9. Once Fully Dry add Ranger Glossy Accents to Clock Face and Allow to Dry Overnight.
  10. Once Dry add a Wash of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold Golden Paint to the Edges.

Final Thoughts:

I’ve said it many times before that Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost is one of my favorite poems and t would be perfectly joined with these art pieces. 

But I’ll Close with this song by one of my favorite bands, Over the Rhine-“Let it Fall”

Have you been trying too hard

Have you been holding too tight

Have you been worrying too much lately

All night

Whatever we've lost

I think we're gonna let it go

Let it fall

Like snow

'Cause rain and leaves

And snow and tears and stars

And that's not all my friend

They all fall with confidence and grace

So let it fall, let it fall

Have you been carin' too much

How this one ends

Y'know it's not the kind of fight

That you lose or WIN

When you're down so low

You feel the imprint of the ground

On skin

Look around

Breathe in

'Cause rain and leaves

And snow and tears and stars

And that's not all my friend

They all fall with confidence and grace

So let it fall, let it fall

Supplies:  GSLC Alarm Clock Frame Ups , White Gesso Paint, Turquoise Stencil Butter, Paintbrush, WeldBond Glue, Blue Glitter, Iridescent Glitter, Cheap Hairspray, Manipulated and Printed Images of Your Choosing, Pencil, Scissors, Rangers Glossy Accents

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!