Saturday, August 17, 2019

Edgar Allan Poe Tunnel Shadow Box

Hello crafty friends!  I'm here today to share a new project made with elements from the Alpha Stamps August Kit:  Tunnel Book!

The kit comes with great seasonal papers and timely sunflowers, but my 4x4 Arch Tunnel Book is a little darker with an Edgar Allan Poe theme.  Hey, I'm a Baltimore girl and I can't pass up a Poe project opportunity!

The design team will show you different ways to use the tunnel. I made mine into a shadow box.

To begin, I chose the center element first.  This photo shows how I rigged it up so I could see the chipboard layers and plan the elements.  (Note to self: put wee lights in the next tunnel book.)

I painted all pieces with black gesso, then decided to cover with papers.  The easiest for me was to paint the adhesive onto the tunnel panels, then put that onto the paper and allow to dry.

I cut the centers out with a straight edge on a self-healing mat. See how ragged they are?  My fix for that is sandpaper.  I used two grits - first was 320 to sand the paper up to the chipboard, then a finer grit of 600 (or higher) to "polish" the paper and get it ready for the next step.

Using sandpaper on your projects is a lot like using a good knife in the kitchen.  Choose the right tool and it will do the work for you.  You'll only need the smallest amount of pressure.  And maybe more patience.

White core on paper makes me squint and squish my nose, so I use the edge of a brush marker to color it in.  If you want to try this, keep light contact between the paper and marker -- the paper will soak up only what it needs.  Polishing the paper with the 600+ grit sandpaper keeps the sanded area from soaking up too much ink, so it's an important step.

I used the brush marker (brown or black) to color the edges of all the collage sheet elements.  When doing this, make sure you always come from behind, as I've done in the photo below.  It's easy to "fall off" the edge of the element (especially fussy cuts) and accidentally swipe a dark brush stroke on the surface.  Much better to have that on the back than the front!

Here's a view of the panels, ready for assembly.  The polka-dot panel is already attached to the Edgar panel (the back of the book).  I was a little eager and didn't photograph before putting those two together.

There are so many great motifs throughout Poe's writing.  Here I've included a raven, heart, cask, skull, and, of course, Lenore, all from Alpha Stamps collage sheets.  There's also a pendulum, eyes, premature burial, and doubles.  Oh... if only I'd used the 6x6 Arch Tunnel Book!  :)

Back to the project at hand, Susan... To create the space in between, I used layered strips of excess chipboard to separate the panels.  I save all kinds of board "just in case".  I'm not a pack rat... just a planner!

Once all the panels were attached, I covered the sides and back with heavy black card stock, and used the same for the top and bottom.

Thanks for your visit today!  You can view my complete Alpha Stamps supply list HERE.


Other supplies used
My Mind's Eye paper
Heavy black card stock
Mod Podge
White glue
Zig glue pen to adhere dresden trim
Gold paint pen around interior window openings
Black gesso and acrylic paint
Black Tombow brush marker

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Quiet Meadow

Hello crafty friends!  I'm over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today to share a quiet space with you.  Won't you join me there to see how I made it?

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Bagatelle Box 3x4 #ED6F
Leafy Tree- Small #D14E

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Stamperia Azulejos Wall Hanging

Hello creative friends!  I have a new Alpha Stamps project to share with you today.  I fall in love with gorgeous papers, and Stamperia's Azulejos Tiles Collection Pack is my newest obsession.  There is so much to love, but this project showcases many of the beautiful Mediterranean-style tiles.

I used the 6x6 shadow box without the cubby holes (save them for later!).  Notice that I've outlined on what looks like the packaging of traditional scrapbook paper pads?

It's actually the last page of the Azulejos pad - all pages including front and back covers are card stock and perfectly usable!

Each tile is about 1 5/8" square. Before the final straight-edge cuts, I glued them to thin board to give them a little umph.  Then used a paper cutter to make the nice straight edges.

To raise them off the back of the shadow box, I adhered mini spools with E-6000.  The next day I attached the tiles with the same adhesive, starting in the middle and working my way around.  I eyeballed the placement to get them as equidistant as possible.

I paired each tile with a coordinating Stickles and went to town!  Once all that was dry I gave each tile a coat of Glossy Accents for a bit of shine.

Thanks for your visit today!  You can find my Alpha Stamps supply list HERE!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Voltaire Mini Assemblage Box

Hello creative friends!  I'm on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today, sharing a wee assemblage/shadow box.

I like to use quotes.  A lot.  I have them scribbled on scraps of paper, a white board, a notebook, the tablet; all waiting for inspiration to strike.  Recent events inspired a quote by Voltaire, an 18th century French philosopher.

To see how I made this (featuring mitered corners on Dresden trim!), pop on over to the GSLC blog!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Mini Shadowbox Set C33P Set of 6 
House Ornament Fence D172HF

Thanks for your visit.  I hope you find positive inspiration today!


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Birds In Paradise Altered Altoids Tin

Hello friends!  Over at Alpha Stamps, July is Fruit Paradise Kit month!  The kit is jam-packed with fruity goodness, including gorgeous Prima paper, AS fruity collage sheets, and a super-cool 3x4 tabbed book.  But... BUT... since I've made quite a lot of mini books lately,  I set mine aside and focused on the fantastic Fruit Paradise papers.  

I was originally going to use this bird silicone mold with paper clay to make a bird sanctuary (of sorts), but the resident house elf was feeling sassy so the mold has been 'misplaced'.  I have hope it will show up again, but my logical side says "nope".  So, gears were shifted a bit.

I have a love affair with all the cool AS collage sheets.  Since I've been on the design team, I've gone from 0 to 75mph in my collection.  You never know what you'll need, right?  It's best to have 'em on hand, just in case.  Like these hummingbirds.  Look at them!  The colors are gorgeous and it took me all of 2 minutes to cut them out and ink the edges with a brush marker. 

Because the hummingbirds face right, I knew the vine would need to be along the right edge, so I picked a design on the fruit paper that would fill in the left side.  For added interest, I coated the cherries with Glossy Accents.

The vine is a combination of one full stem and parts of another to fill in as needed.

The frame was painted a salmon pink color and dry-brushed white.  I finished the  edge around the frame with a tiny strand of fiber from the Sea Fiber Set.  It has a feathery hint about it, don't you think?

You can visit the Alpha Stamps shop to see my supply list HERE.  The hummingbirds are frozen in mid-flight with the help of the ever-useful Adhesive Foam, too.

Thanks for your visit today!  I hope you have a chance to shift your creative gears into overdrive soon!


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Lady In Red

Hello crafty friends!  I'm over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog, sharing another project in my occasional Pin-Up series. 

I've been hoarding these 3x5 music cards for years, waiting for the right projects to come along.  "The Lady in Red" is from a 1935 movie musical called "In Caliente".   Head on over to the GSLC blog to see my step-by-step!

Oh! The lady in red
The fellows are crazy for the lady in red
She's a bit gaudy, but lawdy what a personality!

Oh! The lady in red
Is fresh as a daisy 
When the town is in bed.
Dancing and dining 
And shining with originality.

She's very proper;
She's nothing more than a pal.
But oh me! and oh my! 
You'd never stop her,
She'd be a dangerous gal
If she should ever meet the right guy.

Oh! The lady in red
Is she a study,
Oh! buddy what a personality
She's got vitality

Say! have you ever met
The girl who's the talk of the town?
A work of art without a question
You'd better write her number down.

Lyrics by Mort Dixon, 1935.

Thanks for your visit today!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used

Arch Top Cabinet with Doors #D11B

Other Supplies Used
Mod Podge
Vintage 3x5 music card (print date 1943)
Pin-Up Girl image
Black netting
Black tulle
Brass stars
Dresden trim
Graphic 45 Communique papers
Black gesso
Metal washers
Aleene's tacky glue
Chipboard scraps
Matte varnish

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Birdsong ACEO

Hello fine folks!  It's Susan here, welcoming you to today's edition of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts demo!  I have an ATC redux to share.

I have a bin of leftover chipboard parts.  This is different from a bin of leftover parts from assembly of, say, a computer or a bicycle; that's usually bad.  My parts bin holds pieces that are partially used but ultimately (gently) rejected for a project.

In this case, it's an ATC/ACEO from the sarcastic frenzy I was on a month or two ago.  One side was ripped off just like this one here, and the other a pretty yellow design.

I've been dying to do a project with birds in hats (have you seen these Little Hats? So cute!) so off I went.

It didn't go so well.

I wanted the hint of a musical background, so I pulled out a fine clear embossing powder and musical notes stamp.  Turned out the stamp details are way too tiny for embossing powder.  then I tried a larger musical stamp with a light brown embossing powder.  Fail.

I went back to the drawing board, or in this case, the paper pad with the yellow paper.  Instead, I found this music note paper and heard a choir of angels sing!  It had nothing to do with my state of overtiredness and mild frustration.  Really.  Ok.  I might've been imagining it.

In mere minutes I Mod Podge'd over both sides and adhered the musical notes paper and it's coordinating reverse on each side.  Once the papers were dry, I used a straight edge to cut off the excess.

I used the same Mod Podge to attach the three elements.  (The bird was a fiddly and wouldn't wear a hat, so I gave up on that idea.)

Once those layers were dry I cleaned up the edges with sandpaper, painted them with Archival Brilliance Galaxy Gold and Coffee Bean inks, then finished with a matte varnish.


Thanks for your visit today! 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used

Other Supplies Used
MME /Lost & Found/ Sunshine 6x6 paper
K & Co Brenda Walton Design Elements
1/8" snap-together letter stamps
Archival Brilliance - Coffee Bean Ink
Liquitex Basics matte varnish
Mod Podge - matte