Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Traveling Salesman

Hi Everyone,
I made this a couple weeks ago, but hadn't had a chance to blog it yet.
Meet the Traveling Salesman.
I used a mixture of new and vintage pieces here.


It was nice to create without a deadline or project in mind.


Fiddling with the details is always the best part. 

Even the edges got a rusty makeover. 

I hope you like him as much as I do. 
Jess


Monday, May 21, 2018

Dream of Faraway Places

Hi everyone,
I am up on the Gypsy Soul Lasercuts blog today.  I don't know if you've noticed, but I really love the house shadowboxes Gina has in the shop.  They come in so many fun sizes.  For today's project I used the Mini House Shadowbox #4.
I started by lining the inside of the house with Tim Holtz Wallpaper and gave it a quick whitewash.  I glued the house together and started working on the exterior.  Using the Brick Wall Small I added grit paste to both sides. 
Once the paste was dry I added color.  
Watered down black soot Distress Paint made the first layer

A thin layer of DecoArt Titan Buff fluid acrylic for the second.

Distress Paint in Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint and a touch of gold finish the brick. 
I covered one of the tages from the Extra Large Tag Set with paper from the 8x8 Etcetera pad and distressed the edges using Distress Crayons.  This will be the base for the project.  I glued the house to the tag and finished embellishing it.  
Moss and flowers cover the roof.  
Flowers climb up the side of the house.  
My little paper doll was colored with Distress Oxide ink in Bundled Sage and given a bouquet of vintage flowers. 
The quote token finishes the piece. 
I hope you enjoy her as much as I do.  
Jess

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Drinks with my girls


Hi Everyone, 
I have a fun tropical tag for you.  I am sharing this on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today. I used one of the tags from the  Extra Large Tag set for the background here.  I created this tag to share as part of a new stamp release for Blank Page Muse Stamps.  One of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design Team Alumni drew all of these stamps.  Pam Bray is a woman that wears many hats!

Cover your Extra Large Tag with cardstock and stamp with Distress Ink in various shades of green.  I used stamps from the Blank Page Muses Tropical Dreams set.  Once your leaves are stamped cover the entire tag with Antique Linen Distress Ink and spritz with water. 
Stamp the hibiscus flower using Stampin Up ink in tip top taupe. This completes the background of your piece.
Paint the Flowers using Folk Art paint in color shift Green Flash and the flower centers in Distress Paint in Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry.  
I doubled up the small flower and one of the large flowers on the top of the tag.  The top flower was stamped with the Pineapple stamp to add some texture.  

The other large flower helps ground the girls.  
The big hats and flowers called for big drinks too! I think most of you know by now that I am pretty snarky and this sentiment was perfect for this tag.  I did a bit of scribbling using gel pens and paint on the tag to complete it.  
I think this would be a really fun gift for your best friend! I hope you're inspired to create a tag too.
Jess

Simon Says Stamp Ombre Challenge(their drinks are ombre)

Monday, May 7, 2018

ATC Journal

Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today showing you this awesome ATC ticket journal that will be coming soon to the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts store.









Start by adding a thin layer of gesso to the journal on the front and the back.  Once it is dry paint with Deco Art Fluid Acrylic Paint in Titan Buff.  Using Distress Collage medium adhere small pieces of Tim Holtz Tissue wrap and Collage paper to each side.  Be sure you cover the entire journal with Collage Medium as it makes it easier to move around your color later.
Once the collage medium is dry add stamps using archival inks. I used stamps from the Tim Holtz Entomology set, Sideshow, Classics #6, and Mixed Media.  I used archivals in Potting Soil, Jet Black, Coffee, and Hydrangea. 
After you are happy with your base you can add color using Distress Crayons(black soot, walnut stain, vintage photo); paint(Dina Wakley Gilt and Tim Black Soot); and gel pens.
Cut a piece of the honeycomb and emboss(Emerald Creek Charred Gold) it. I added bits throughout the journal and just cut the pieces to size as I went.   
The crown is colored with a gel pen.

Here the honeycomb and bee are colored using a gel pen. 

These little bits are the centers of the comb. They are supposed to be waste, but you can always put those little bits to good use.  
To hold the journal together I used a large vintage pin I just purchased at a local junk show. The cover has a story stick and a quote token from Tim Holtz. 
Here are a few closeups for you too. 
Enjoy!
I'm entering this into the Frilly and Funkie Neutral Point of View Challenge. 
Jess

Disclaimer Notice

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