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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Atelier: Mini Sewing-Themed Album

Hello creative friends!  I have an Alpha Stamps project to share with you today, made with gorgeous paper and a wee 4-inch chipboard album.

There's a feeling of nostalgia and comfort that comes from vintage sewing artifacts and ephemera.  I've collected enough bits and bobs over the years to have a vintage-sewing-themed guest bedroom, including an old singer treadle machine as a side table.

I was thrilled to see Stamperia's Atelier paper pad, a beautiful nod to seamstresses everywhere.  I couldn't wait to work with it.

Don't get me wrong - I am NOT a seamstress.  Funny story - when we lived in Pennsylvania, my husband and I hosted an annual Christmas party for a few neighbor friends.  There were a total of 4 couples and we did a funny gift exchange.  One year I made fleece pajama pants for everyone.  We had the weekend morning habit of wandering to someone's house for porch coffee -- usually in pajamas --  so I bought a pattern and matched the fleece designs to their personalities as best I could.  I sewed for months.  I was relieved when the last pair was finished, and tickled when everyone put them on at the party.  Needless to say, I haven't made a garment again.  It was fun to walk out my door and see those jim-jams that winter, though.

I mostly use my sewing machine on paper now, as you can see on each page of this tiny album. 

I loved working with this Memory Hardware Tiny Chipboard Album.  Leslie, our fearless Alpha Stamps leader, knew I wanted to embellish the heck out of this paper so she searched high and low for the perfect base.  Thanks Leslie!

The spine is white sticky canvas with a few coats of matte varnish to give it more structure and keep from fraying.  I supplemented the sticky back with white glue, just in case...

Let's take a peek inside!

The dress form on the right is great on it's own, so I only outlined it with a silver star jelly roll pen to give it a little sparkle.

Once they can no longer be worn, my husband gives me his old silk suspenders to reuse.  The collection of fabric "shirting" samples are actually very old quilt blocks that came in a large vintage sewing auction lot I won a few months ago.  These are my favorite pages of the whole album.

This is a small sampler of crochet laces.  I found the celluloid thread cutter in that auction box, also.

The dress form and thread top are just a few in the Atelier paper pad.  I wrapped brown ribbon around the waist and sewed a blue button with a lace scrap onto it.

A few notes on construction.  I painted the album edges white, and added linen hinging tape between each page to give a fabric-y look without adding any bulk.  It coordinates with the white canvas I used on the spine.

To help pick out a specific part of a paper design, I cut a piece of acetate to fit my item (in this case, the front and back covers), then hovered it over different designs until I find the perfect one.  After the outside was done, I trimmed the acetate to fit the pages, then set it aside for the next project.

There is a fair amount of hand sewing here, including the large mother-of-pearl button closure.  I punched two holes in the chipboard before covering with papers and added the button at the end.  That message was appropriate since I poked my fingers a few times... ouch.

The suspenders were added before the page was attached to the book.  I sewed the buttons on and attached the suspenders part with a zig-zag stitch mirroring the one on the fabric.

The dress form charm dangles on a sturdy eye pin from the jewelry section of a craft store.  I used cream seam binding for the closure.  The other end is glued between the inside back cover paper and the chipboard. 

Thanks for your visit today!  A complete Alpha Stamps supply list for this project can be found HERE!


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Time Is An Illusion: An Ode To Love

Hello crafty friends!  Today I want to share a project made with the Alpha Stamps June Kit: Butterfly Garden.  This is a great kit, chock full of gorgeous papers and fun embellishments.  Plus, it comes with the Tall Accordion Letter Folder and an Accordion Book.  I've gone rogue and set aside the Butterfly Garden papers for later use... No, you *didn't* just hear echoes of "my precious" off in the distance.  I WILL use it eventually!

I'm smitten with many of the papers from Stamperia. This project showcases "Time Is An Illusion", which comes as a 12x12 pad or as single sheets.  One of the great things about Stamperia is they make every page useable - including the cover sheet.  There's very little waste!

Time Is An Illusion Collection Pack

To begin, I covered the perforated accordion edges with linen tape, then covered everything with a coat of black paint. The made the accordion very sturdy -- good for me since I knew I'd be layering a lot onto the pages. 

In the photo above, you can see the Tall Accordion Letter Box sitting on its side.  I used linen tape for hinges and coated all the edges with a few coats of black gesso.  You can ignore the hole -- I thought I wanted a knob on the big front panel.

Instead, I went for a handle on the flap.  Speaking of flap, I wanted this joint it to be rigid, so I glued it onto the top piece, then used linen tape to reinforce the joint.  You can use masking tape in place of the linen hinging tape, but the linen is whisper thin and doesn't show as much.  I made the 1/8" holes with a Crop-A-Dile for the metal handle brads.

The kit also comes with collage sheets, and I've fussy cut all the butterflies, inked the edges and added antennae with craft wire. 

One last step to show you before we head inside:  the photo below is a dry run for the front cover.  The face piece was cut from the paper pad cover (see? I told you it's all useful!), and here I'm measuring the position so the flap doesn't cover her eyes. 

This accordian book is an ode to love.  I remember love as a teenager, and it was excruciating.  One day away felt like weeks.  Ah, young love.  To be honest, I'm not sure if the love in this book is requited, but love it is...

How long is forever?

Sometimes just one minute.

Many of the pages are loaded with embellishments, which fills the generously-sized box.

Here's an inside view of the rigid joint.  I didn't take photos of the process, but I've used two sets of neodymium magnets for the closure.  The positives are under the paper on the rigid flap, and the negatives are under the front paper (at the top of the heart on the left, and "times" on the right).

And now for a look inside.  The next four photos show the accordion pages folded down.

"And live to be the show and gaze of the time."  This is a quote from MacBeth taken out of context.  I imagine unrequited teenage love when I see it here.

The next two photos show the accordion folded out to reveal the underside of the pages.

Thanks for your visit today! My Alpha Stamps supply list can be found HERE.

Other Supplies Used
Distress Embossing Ink
Emerald Creek embossing powders
Black gesso
Mod Podge
Golden matte medium
Pilot gold marker
Atyou Spica pen in Chocolate
Gelly Roll pen in Silver Star
GSLC Steampunk Frame (gears corner piece)
GSLC Henna Doodles
Paper flowers
Lace pieces
Black craft wire