Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A Hint of Spring

Hello creative friends!  I'm over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog, sharing a fun shadow box that hints of the changing season.

I used the Square Shrine Shadow Box to create a window of sorts.  I can imagine staring out at the melting snow and budding trees.  This is a Mid-Atlantic March. :)

Using Graphic 45's Fairy Dust, I cut panels for the box inside and the front wall and Mod Podge'd them on.

I used a small sponge to dab light green paint on one leafy tree, and white paint on the other.  You might notice the trees are mirror images.

I trimmed the tree's lower branches and right edges in order to set it a bit to the right.

On the back of the green tree, I added a few layers of scrap chipboard to raise it off the back wall.  I did the same on the back of the white tree to raise it off the green tree.

After the sheet moss and trees were installed, I added the front panel.  Edges were sanded and inked with brown.

The bird was cut from the Birds On A Wire chippy and painted an orange-ish color.

Thanks for your visit today!  ~Susan

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
2 Small Leafy Trees: #D14E
Birds On A Wire 1: #D87A
Square Shrine Shadow Box: #BD2A

Other Supplies Used
Graphic 45 Fairie Dust 8x8
Green, white, orange acrylic paint
White craft glue
Mod Podge
Brown Dresden trim
Sheet moss
Flocking powder

Monday, March 4, 2019

I've Joined the Alpha Stamps Team!

I'm pleased as punch to announce that I'm now an Alpha Stamps design team member!  Alpha Stamps carries a huge line of supplies for your mixed media projects.  The collage sheet choices are astounding, plus there are all kinds of 3 dimensional bits and bobs to embellish your crafty life.

Check out the March Kit on the right sidebar --->   Each month AS has a new kit, and the design team  members show their take on it.  Sign up for the newsletter and you'll see our take on each month's theme, as well as get news on flash sales and the monthly giveaway.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Do You Believe In Fairies?

Hello gypsy soulmates!  Today is my day over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  I've been playing with the fairies and captured a few on this cool 3D "film" from the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. shop  Let me show you!

The Filmstrip Shadow Box is 14" x 4" x 2".  For scale, you can see a wee bit of my keyboard in the top of the photo.  See the excess chipboard bits in the top right corner?  Save those!  They're great to use for added dimension.

This has three interior panels but I'm only going to use the center one.  I measured strips of paper for the inside walls and both sides of the center panel, and attached with Mod Podge.

Here's the ceiling panel, cut in two pieces to allow the center interior panel to fit the notches.  White glue to stick it all together.

The Leafy Tree - Small comes with two trees - this is the smaller one.  I painted it and all 6 of the Garden Fairies - Small with white gesso.

I wrapped the outside with fun stripey paper.  I only have it in 8x8 format, so I used 2 sheets that line up perfectly; Mod Podge to adhere.

I used Lumiere metallic acrylic paints for the fairy silhouettes - Pearl White for the bodies and assorted colors for the wings.  I used a light green metallic paint on the tree and small excess chipboard bits on the back to raise it off the finished surface.

My first thought was to paint the filmstrip front with a very light salmon color, but ended up with an amethyst-brown mashup.

I cut the tree in half with a guillotine cutter and used white glue to adhere to the back of the box.

Thanks for your visit today!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used

Filmstrip Shadow Box #HD111513001
Garden Fairies Small #RB1
Leafy Tree Small #D14E

Other Supplies Used
White glue
White gesso
Graphic 45 Fairie Dust
Lumiere metallic paints
Golden acrylic paint in purple and brown
Paper flowers
Sheet moss
Crochet lace

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Home is Where The Heart Is

Hello crafty friends!  I'm on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  I have a project with a sentiment that is especially important to me these days.  My family is in the process of moving two states away.  The old house is on the market, still filled 90% of our "stuff".  We spend a lot of time in temporary digs, waiting to move on with our lives.  I do a lot of traveling between locations, but I always know that my home is, in fact, where my family is.

Click HERE to visit the GSLC blog and get the details!

Thanks for your visit today.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Valentine Micro Mini Album

Hello!  I'm over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with a sweet Shaped Edge Micro Mini Album to share with you today.  I'm not much of a Valentine's gal myself, but I do love a good paper and Kaisercraft's "Sweet Nothings" put me in the mood.

First things first: Punch holes.  I used a ruler and marked a hole 1/4 inch from the edges, then used a Crop-A-Dile to make 3/16" holes.

From there I used the top panel to mark hole positioning for all other panels.

The most time consuming part of this project was selecting the papers for each side.  I traced the panel on papers and cut them by hand.  Fine tuning happens later when the glue is dried and I can sand the edges to match the chipboard.

I used Mod Podge to adhere the cut papers to both sides of the panels, then let them sit and dry while I had lunch.

After lunch I sanded the edges, then inked.  I used white glue to attach the layered bits.

I've been meaning to play around with white dots and dashes, as I've seen on so many projects.  I like the look and will practice more to get better at it!

Thanks for your visit today!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Shaped Edge Micro Mini #D101R

Additional Supplies
Kaisercraft "Sweet Nothings" 6x6 pad
Mod Podge
Fine sand paper
Brown ink
White glue
Sharpie Poster Paint pen
Stickles "Frosted" glitter glue
Assorted fibers

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Fluttery ATC Trio

Hello and happy new year crafty friends!  I'm on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today to share a trio of ATCs with you.  This is the first chance I'd had to use Graphic 45's Flutter paper set.  I love it!

Come visit the GSLC blog to see all the details!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Graphic 45 Tag Sampler

Hello crafty friends!  I'm on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  I have to be honest, I started this Tags In A Box project without real focus.  I wanted to use scraps of Graphic 45 papers, things I prepared with fussy cutting or layering, yet never used. Once I started it, I quickly became underwhelmed by my efforts.  It was a good idea, but...  'meh' on execution.  It was way after midnight and I went to bed with 3 tag fronts laid out, thinking I was too far in to quit, but I needed to sleep on it.

In the morning over coffee, I wondered what I'd do with this project after it was completed.  Should I even continue?

Then I remembered Margo.  We met at a local monthly art & craft event.  My table that month held shadow boxes, embellished greeting cards, altered tins, and such.  We bonded over a love of Graphic 45 papers.  I see her every once in a while and each time we lament that we've never actually gotten together for crafty time.

Margo, this one's for you.  You breathed life into this project and gave it purpose.  Thank you.  I hope to see you at November's 3rd Friday!


Here is the base. You'll see I was rubbish at taking photos of the steps, but this should help a little.

The small piece in front allows you to display a tag without it sliding forward.  Pretty clever design, if you ask me.  The kit includes the base as well as 6 tags.  The tags are all roughly 4" x 8" and the box has a generous amount of room, so embellishments weren't a concern.

There's even an Extra Tag Set available if you want to fill it up!

I painted the inside black and covered the outside with Renaissance paper and black acrylic paint.

The tags were covered with background paper using Mod Podge.  The edges were sanded and then inked with brown marker and a foam pad.

Each tag was assembled with scraps of G45 and embellishments.  I used a small cut of gears from the Steampunk Frame to enhance the Steampunk Spells tag.  (Visible in the top photo.)  I used a mix of browns and black embossing powders on the gears.

Thanks for your visit today.


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Tags In a Box Display #BD10A
Steampunk Frame #D20C