Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Wit & Sarcasm Fun!

Hello crafty friends!  I'm on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today sharing giggles, guffaws, and chuckles.

Generally, I'm the person who comes up with a snappy retort about 20 minutes after it was needed.  *sigh*  I admire people fortunate enough to have a quick wit.  For the rest of us, there are Susan's Wit & Sarcasm Flash Cards!  Ha ha.  I just made that up.  See? I *am* funny (or so I keep telling my husband...).

The base materials are Simple House OrnamentsArtist Trading Coins, and the 2.5 Inch Trading Coasters.  The construction process is pretty simple but I admit to agonizing over caption and image pairing.  I spent hours scouring the internet for free high resolution 50s housewife images and also bought a few pre-made downloads (those are much, much easier...).

I fussy-cut as many shapes as I could handle at one time.  This is really just carefully cutting with sharp scissors, good lighting, and reading glasses/magnifiers.  Seriously!  I perch drugstore 1.75 reading glasses on the end of my nose while I'm cutting and it is most helpful!

From a long list of collected sarcastic and witty comments, I choose according to the figure's "personality", printed on card stock and cut into strips.

Next, I coordinated the figure with the background papers and used Mod Podge/adhesive medium to adhere to the first side of the chipboard.  I gave that a few minutes to set up, then flush cut around the edges.  You can use another coordinating paper for the reverse/magnet side, and adhere the same way or paint the reverse side a fun color.

Next, adhere the figure and trim off the edges as needed. Don't worry about the rough edges at this point -- sanding is one of the last steps.  The coins can be cut with scissors.

Add the captions --tweezers and Zig glue pen are great for this-- and sand all the edges once that glue is dry.  Ink the edges and add magnet squares as needed.  Fun!

I have a stand at a weekly market and it has been a lot of fun watching people look through them, recognize themselves and friends, and whisper to each other about the captions.

Thanks for your visit today!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Simple House Ornament #C17O Set/2
Artist Trading Coins #D81M Set/3
2.5 Inch Trading Coasters #C23L Set/3

Other Supplies Used
Collage sheets from Alpha Stamps
Mod Podge
Assorted My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pads
Sand paper
Brown ink for edges
Zig blue glue pen
Magnetic sheets cut to 1 1/2" squares (from Amazon)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Witchy Memorabilia Box

Hello friends! It's May and that means the Alpha Stamps design team is getting crafty with the  "Coins, Coasters, and Holders" May kit.

Let me tell you a story...

As I was poking through an abandoned house recently, I found a dusty container in a corner.  Excited and apprehensive, I carefully opened it.  There was a faint roar somewhere in the house.  Inside the container I found this witchy memorabilia box kept safe from time and space.

Of special interest to me were the ancestral photographs found in these pockets.  My favorite one os "love from beyond the grave", but I'm hoping no one visits me after disturbing the boxes hiding place...

I want to share a tip or the folders/pockets.  To give the perforated edges a more finished look, I painted with black gesso and allowed to dry.  I glued flaps together as needed and sanded the perforated edges with fine paper.  If any brown base showed through, I touched up with a little more black gesso.  Voila!

Please visit this Alpha Stamps link HERE for all my supplies.  Thanks for your visit!


Alpha Stamps Products Used
Ordre du Jour 8x8 Paper Pack
Dragon Claw Box Feet Set/4
Lion Head Handle
Swinging Hook & Latch Set
Vintage Dark Parchment Scrapbook Paper
Ceramic Raven Bead - Large
Black Zig Zag Dresden Borders
Thin Loop Dresden Borders
Artist Trading Coins - Set of 3
2.5 Inch Trading Coasters - Set of 3
3 Inch Dimensional Coin Folder
3 Inch Simple Pocket
3 Inch Wallet
Coins, Coasters & Holders Kit - May 2019
CS Magical Books #1 (Cauldron Favorites, Enchantments)
CS Witch Stock (4 witches, 2 child witches)
CS Spooky Cabinet Cards (skeleton love)
CS Dark Words ("love from beyond the grave")
CS Anatomy Gift Tags
CS Witchy Business (portraits)
CS Vintage Women (woman with glasses)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Alice In Wonderland

Hello Friends!  As you might notice, I'm still working on Alice In Wonderland projects!  I'll tell you a secret:  Until last month, I never read or watched any version of Alice in Wonderland.  No kidding!  Since that's the Alpha Stamps April Kit theme, I decided to jump down the rabbit hole and finally explore for myself.

I survived.  It was bewildering at times and downright weird at others, but I made it through 3 1/2 versions and only switched off two others (including the one with Scott Baio... yikes).

As a result, I have a few projects to share with you today.  I used a lot of Alpha Stamps collage sheets and I'll include a separate list at the end for each project, just to keep it straight.

I've done the fussy-cut on many character pieces, then outlined with brown brush marker to give dimension.

The collage sheet card stock is sturdy, but most of the time I reinforce my bits with left-over board.

I love how Alice is peeking in the background.

I built up a layer of foam adhesive to adhere the white rabbit to the back of the tin.

To make scenic tin backgrounds a little easier I have a clear acetate shape to fit the inside.  I keep it in my tin box for just this type of situation -- I wanted to include Alice and the hill for my background.  You can sort of see it in this photo.

The next project is a wee (and I mean WEE) faux book box with my favorite characters: Cheshire Cat and Caterpillar.

There are great Alpha Stamps supply lists for my tins HERE and the wee book box supply list is HERE!

Croquet Tin Collage Sheets Used
Alice Plays Croquet Collage Sheet
Alice Covers Collage Sheet

White Rabbit Collage Sheets Used
Alice Book Cover 2 #1264 (dreaming Alice)
Alice Herself (chasing Alice)
We're All Mad Here #1657 (rabbit)
CS China Cabinet House Wallpapers (follow the white rabbit)

Faux Book Box Collage Sheets Used
Alice in Wonderland Dominoes Collage Sheet (Caterpillar, This Way/That Way)
Alice Plays Croquet Collage Sheet (background, mushrooms)

Thanks for your visit today!


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

There's A Cure

Hello crafty friends!  I'm on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today sharing a tongue-in-cheek altered tin.

As a frame for the tin, I used the Altoids Fairy Tale Inserts.  This is a set of three, each with a two-part decorative label holder.  Here are the other two in the set:

For a textured surface, I tapped an embossing ink pad on the frame then sprinted embossing powder all over it (over a separate piece of paper so I could pour the excess back into the jar).

The heat gun worked it's magic and the embossing powder melted into a wonderful black and white textured surface.

I dabbed black paint onto the label frame surface, then used a brown brush pen to even out the color on the label's edges.

Attach the insert with a line of glue around the tin.

I used both parts of the label, and helped the glue set up with clothes pins.  Since the embossed surface is textured, I glued the label to the tin using strong E-6000.

I hope I haven't shocked you too much... I do like to raise eyebrows every once in a while!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Altoids Fairy Tale Inserts #YB23A

Other Supplies Used
Tim Holtz paper, washi tape, metal knob
Seth Apter Baked Texture - Rocky Road
Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Alice Trading Coasters

Hello crafty friends!  Today I'm over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog to share a couple of Alice in Wonderland Trading Coasters. These are totally new to me and I had fun collaging them.  (Collaging? Is that a verb? Eh, no, but...)

I have a lot of Alice-themed pieces already fussy-cut from Alpha Stamps collage sheets, so I decided to made these quick coasters with a few.

The coasters come as a set of 2.  I simply outlined them on the background papers and cut out by hand.  I used Mod Podge to adhere to the coaster and sanded the edges once the glue was dry.

If you look closely you'll see the layers on each coaster.

Thanks for your visit today!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
4" Trading Coaster Set/2 #C23M - coming soon!

Other Supplies Used
Coaster #1 "We're All Mad Here"
AS CS Alice & Cards (yellow background)
AS CS We're All Mad Here (Mad Hatter, cat, quote)
AS CS Tin-Size Alice (rabbit)

Coaster #2 "Off With Her Head"
AS CS The Red Queen (background)
AS CS We're All Mad Here (Queen & quote)
AS 1" playing card set

Mod Podge
Brown ink for edges

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Easter Bunny is Coming!

Hello crafty friends!  The March kit from Alpha Stamps is "Spring Farmhouse" -themed.  How cute!  It comes with this house-shape basket as well as pretty papers and Easter collage sheets.

There are tons of coordinating choices in the shop -- come see how I used them!

The bunny, chick, and eggs are all from collage sheets included in the kit.  I fussy-cut them and used a brown marker on the edges.

I've added a white picket fence around the outside and hid a few eggs in the flowers.

The handle is three strands of braided jute that were carefully stuffed into the holes on the box.  Ok, ok, I admit I made the holes bigger, but not before TRYING to fit all three strands through the existing hole.  :)

I used the Cathe Holden stencil on the inside.  (See below for a wee demo.)

I pulled the brad ends off the metal bunnies and glued them to the fence.

Since the house is wee, I stenciled it in three stages, allowing each one to dry before adding the next. In the second photo you can see how I lined up the rooster, select, and eggs in a column to fit the small space.

For a nice visual link to all the Alpha Stamp supplies I used, click HERE.

Thanks for your visit today!

Alpha Stamp Supplies List
Mini House Front Box
House Ornament Fence
Spring Farmhouse 8x8 Paper Pad
Stitched Leaf Ribbon
Small Felt Flowers - Pink
Small Felt Flowers - Multi
Tiny Scalloped Fleur Dresden Border - Antique Gold
Faded Tan & Cream Stripes Scrapbook Paper
Whitewashed Wood Background Scrapbook Paper
Easter Pussy Willow ATCs Collage Sheet
Eggs & Easter Collage Sheet
Seam Binding Set - Art Nouveau Colors
Cathe Holden Eggs & Alphabet Stencil
Rabbit Brads

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