Monday, June 10, 2019

Adventure Awaits My True Friend

It's time for a new Monday Challenge!
The theme this week is Vacation!

I started by covering my vignette box inside and out with a thin layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Once the paint was dry I used college medium to adhere the travel collage paper to the outside of the box.  A bit of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint was added here and there on the outside of the vignette box.
Using a piece of matching travel paper from the 8x8 etcetera pad, I glued it to the back the inside of the box.  I sanded the paper so the map appears aged and covered it with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  The final touch was to splatter on some Black Soot Distress Paint. I snapped one of the ruler pieces in half.  I just held mine in my hand and snapped it.  I didn't want it to be even.  If you wanted an even cut you could cut it with your craft knife or even use a pair of Tim's scissors to snip it.  I wrapped the ruler in a piece of craft thread and added the compass charm.   I then glued the ruler inside the box about two thirds of the way down.

A couple clipping stickers were added to the top of the box.  I centered them so they would be above the baseboard doll's head.  Then outlined them using a gold paint pen.
The bottom part of the box has a vintage clock face.

The baseboard doll was colored using a Distress Crayon in  Cracked Pistachio.  The tiny flower was colored using Wild Plum alcohol ink and added to her hair.  Two sets of transparent wings were added to her back using foam tape.  The wings got a tiny bit of Wild Plum alcohol ink and some Tarnished Brass Distress Paint added to them.  I glued a little clipping sticker to her center and then I glued the doll to the box using several bingo markers to hold her upright.

The bottom of the box is covered with vintage paper flowers.

I covered the lace baseboard frame with crackle texture paste and let it air dry.  Once the crackle was dry I sprayed it with Distress Oxide Sprays(Pumice Stone and Cracked Pistachio). Some of the crackle flaked off and I was totally okay with this. The exposed areas suck in the spray and you get all that wonderful oxidization.

I took a ribbon from the Ideaology Ribbon and bow assortment and colored it using Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.  Before the paint is fully dry, I wiped some off to expose the metal underneath.
I used a chip quote and banged up the edges by running it along my desk.  The edges got a coat of Tarnished Brass Paint.

The finial was painted with Black Soot Distress Paint and then given a couple sprays of the same Oxide Colors I used on the frame.   The little grooves were painted using the Tarnished Brass Paint.

Using a strong glue I added the fence to the back of the frame and then glued the frame to the vignette box.
I hope you enjoyed my take on this weeks theme.  And now it's your turn to create a Vacation themed project!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too

You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in 

Monday, June 3, 2019

We Carry the Heavens with Us

Hi Everyone,
I've been keeping a secret.  I have been asked to be in the designer spotlight on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge for the month of June!

I am beyond excited to share what I have been creating for you
.  A huge shout out goes out to Lols and the SSS team for letting me play along with them for the month.

We are kicking off the month showcasing a little bit of Prima magic.  You don't have to use Prima products in your creations for the challenge, but it would be awfully fun if you did.  
The theme this week is Weddings/Anniversaries.

My anniversary was just last week.  We have been together for 12 years now.  I thought for this project I'd use a little something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  

To begin I covered a Dina Wakley canvas board with  Tim Holtz Collage Paper.  I used Collage Medium all over the board to stick the collage paper down.  Then I added another layer on top.  I didn't completely coat the top because I wanted the inks and sprays to adhere to the collage paper in different ways.  Once the collage medium was dry  I sanded the background so some of the collage paper came off and some of the pattern disappeared.  To color the collage paper I sprayed on Distress Spray Stain in Tea Dye and Tattered Rose  I dried that and then added a layer of Oxide Spray in Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, and Cracked Pistachio.  To finish the base I added the tiniest bit of Walnut Stain Spray Stain and some Prima wax in Vintage Silk. Did you know the traditional 12 year anniversary gift is silk? Using this wax was my subtle nod to this tradition. 

For the something borrowed I used this sheet music that a friend sent to me and had stitched up into a pocket. I borrowed the pocket and ripped it in half.  Once I decided I liked the size I put it aside and added some of Tim Holtz Botanical Layer pieces behind where the pocket would go.  I used collage medium to glue them down, then sanded them, and finally used some Pumice Stone Distress Ink over them so the white paper core wouldn't show. The back of the pocket was then glued to the center of the board.  The edges of the sheet music were hit with the Pumice Stone pad as well. Bits of ephemera were added to the pocket and once they were all slipped in place I glue the flap of the pocket to the back.  

The bride is carrying a bouquet of vintage blue flowers(this was my something old).  I just poked a hole through the Tim Holtz paper doll and glue the bouquet in place.  Because the stems are a bit bulky I attached the paper doll to the sheet music pocket using foam tape.    

The final piece of the pocket was adding the metal accent.  This flourish is from the Tim Holtz Halloween Vignette accent package.  I added a bit of Broken China Distress paint and some PaperArtsy Venice Blue(my something blue).  I just rubbed the paint on using my fingers and then before it dried rubbed a bit off to expose the original color.  The extra bit of Venice Blue paint got smudged around random edges of the board.  Gold paint pen gave a teeny bit of glimmer here and there on the collage paper. 

The final step was adding the words. I adore the clipping stickers from Tim Holtz.   It's so fun looking at all the random sayings and creating stories out of them. You can make new stories every time.  So, there is my something new.  I created a new piece of art for my husband to celebrate our anniversary.
I hope you are inspired to create your own Wedding/Anniversary Themed project and join the challenge. Don't forget to stop by the design team members blogs and see what they have created. I'll be back next Monday with another Simon Says Stamp project.  
Thanks for popping by and happy crafting!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too

You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in 

All of the products I used on today's project that are available from Simon Says Stamp are linked below.

Monday, May 20, 2019

The house that snark built

This is the house that snark built.  
It's a bittersweet day for me today.  After three years with the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts team today will be my last post.  I have loved every second I have been on the team and promise I won't be gone forever.  So, for this post I decided to go out the way I came in- full of snark.  

This project was made with the House Oddities box.  This kit includes the box and all the little houses inside.  It's pretty amazing.  
I started with two sheets of watercolor paper and used Distress Oxide Sprays to color them.  The first sheet has Broken China, Wilted Violet, Pumice Stone, and Cracked Pistachio Oxides.  After the initial layer of Oxides I added some PaperArtsy Infusions in Rocky Road. I areas that were still exposed got hit with Distress Ink in the corresponding colors.  
The second sheet was made using Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, and Squeezed Lemonade Oxide Sprays.  I added Infusions in Violeta and filled in the blanks with Distress Ink.
The houses are hinged together using plain white sports tape.  I cut a small piece and put it on the front of the house.  A second piece went on the back so there was no stick exposed tape.  I knew I wasn't going to make the pages too thick with embellishments.  If you want to recreate this house and know you will have chunky pages just make the hinges longer.  The hinges are painted with colors that correspond to the pages.  
I cut the watercolor paper to fit each house and then stamped up the backgrounds.  I used several of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous sets (CMS364, CMS341, CMS328,CMS302, CMS294,CMS261, CMS187, CMS172,CMS083, and CMS081) for this.  Some of the backgrounds were stamped using Archival ink in Hydrangea and the rest were stamped using Staz-on Pigment inks.  
Part of the stamping was done before the embellishments were added.  After the paperdolls, sentiments, and other bits were glued down I added a bit more stamping. 
Once all the stamping was done I went back in with various gel pens to add doodles and scribbles.  
So this is what the front row of houses looks like all stretched out.  
You can see I added bits to some of the pages.  The little crown, chain, party hats, and coin add just a bit of bulk but I took that into account when making the hinges. 
 Here are the back pages of the house.
 Now these could be the front.  It just depends on how you fold them up.
 I had so much fun picking out the paperdolls and the snarky sentiments for each.
The exterior is quite simple to put together. 
I painted the exterior black and the interior with Dina Wakley's Lime.  Once it was all dry I used Beacon 3 in 1 glue to stick it all together.  Don't glue the front to the box or you won't be able to get inside! I gave the exterior a spritz of gold ink spray just so it wasn't flat black.

 The interior was splattered with the same color paints I used to color the hinges in the book. You can see the little houses all fit right inside the box.  
You can hinge the door to the houses, so when you pull the door open all the houses come right out.  I decided to do mine a bit differently and I actually used Tim Holtz hinges to hinge the door to the box.  The door panels were covered using the same background paper that covers the houses inside. 
Here you can see the top of the box was stuck to the door using a layer of foam tape.  The door is hinged to the side of the box using the metal hinges.  I used an awl and then was able to use brads to attach the hinges.  Please pardon my hand in here, the wooden base I use to take my photos is a bit warped so sometimes projects want to fall over.  
The final touches were added by spraying the finials with Oxide sprays in Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio.  They got splattered with the paint too.  The baseboard doll was edged with gold(and the entire backside is painted gold too).  He got his snarky sentiment and was glued to the box using super glue.  
I hope you enjoyed my project today.  I had so much fun making it! 
Happy Crafting,


Monday, April 22, 2019

She has butterflies in her stomach

Hi Guys,
I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.

I recently got this cool Art Doll Nicho(coming to the store soon) from GSL and immediately thought I needed to put butterflies in it.

The doll comes in three pieces. I started by cutting a dress out of a bright bold patterned paper and glued it to the main body piece. Then I was stumped.  I realized I don't do bright often.  So I tore that dress off and went with a more neutral paper (read grungy).  Once I did that she really started to come together.  The paper was splattered with Black Soot Distress Paint.  The edges were inked up using Distress Ink in Pumice Stone.  The gold is Dina Wakley Gilt(this is quickly becoming my go to gold color).

 The large butterflies on her dress are from the Tim Holtz French Flight stamp and die set.   I cut them using mop up paper I had on my desk.  The tiny key centers are from Ideaology.

  The large wings were die cut using the Fanciful Flight Die using the same mop up paper I used to cut the small butterflies.

Her arms are from the Santos Doll.  They are painted with Dina Wakley Gilt.  Then stamped using the Blank Page Muse Correspondence Script stamp in Black Soot Archival ink.   I used craft thread to make the joints and attached them to the body using a strong glue.

The second piece of the doll is the head.  It's really just a circle that you can use to support the head of your choice.  I had this art doll sheet from Art Chix Studios and used one of them.  I gave her a halo using the Medallion Impresslit.  Some teeny butterflies finish her halo.  I wanted to give her a little necklace since the doll head has a long neck.  I used some chain from the Tim Holtz Assemblage line to make her necklace and the pearl dangle. The butterfly is a another one from the French Flight set.

  The last piece is the little belly box that needs to be folded up.  The box is tiny.  Use a good strong glue to keep it together.  I painted the inside using Peeled Paint Distress Paint and added a flowery paper to the back.  The butterflies were cut using the Tim Holtz Butterfly Frenzy die.  I spritzed several colors of Distress Oxide ink on my gel press and used a piece of vintage book paper to pull my print.  Once the paper was dry I ran it through the Vagabond.  The butterflies were glued down to fill the cavity.  There are a couple teeny butterfly brads in her belly too.

The legs are vintage ceramic doll legs.  I poked holes into the belly box and ran craft thread though to keep them on the box.  They are tied on so they can dangle and move.
I hope you like her! 

Disclaimer Notice

I've received products/compensation as part of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.