Tuesday, November 21, 2017

French Country Tool Caddy

Hola! Here I am with another fun project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts! I love this Tool Caddy. This is the third one I've made, but the first I've done a blog post on. It's so practical and the perfect size for just about any tool you want to have on hand and use frequently.

I take the very first one I made to the Make and Take classes I teach. It has all the basic things things I need to use as I'm doing a demo or workshop. Kind of a 'go bag' for me.
It has a Halloween theme, so I decided I'd make another one that was less holiday oriented in papers that I loved to look at.
And some of my favorite G45 papers of all time are probably the French Country papers. I really like working with red, black, cream and gold this line has those is abundance - they are warm and rich and have some beautiful images.
Plus, sunflowers!

I started off with the Tool Caddy Kit.
I painted the inside of the side walls black and cut paper for the two interior walls and for each side of the handle piece. (incidentally, the paper I used for the handle is the flip side of Olde Curiosity Shoppe's Optical Oddities)
Glued the papers on......
I dry-fitted the interior pieces to make sure they fit well, and then glued them together.
After everything dried, I gave the handle, interior striped walls and the black painted inside walls a coat of varnish. I'm going to be using this frequently and I wanted to make sure that it would hold up to lots of handling.
I used Liquitex Matte Varnish.
 When the varnish was completely dry, I glued the four wall in place and tied some twine around the pieces to keep them tight and give the glue time to set. Big rubber bands work too, I just had twine within easy grabbing distance.
After the caddy dried, I cut paper to fit the outside walls and glued it in place. Then I used both a gold ink and a brown ink in layers around all the edges and corners. I like the mellow look it gives to the piece.
Then collaging happens!
I cut the pieces out that I wanted to use on the front and back of my caddy and played around with the arrangements until I thought they looked right.
I knew I wanted to incorporate the striped paper into the main images to bring cohesion to the piece, so I settled on a small strip to use at the base in front of the girl picking poppies, but behind the sunflowers to make them feel more in the foreground.
The sunflowers went on.....
They look pretty!
Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thanksgiving Stagger Tags

Hello all! Lora here with some fun Thanksgiving tags from the fabulous Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts folks. I love fall colors and that's what inspired these cute tags. They are called Stagger Tags (small) and the set is three cute tags ranging from 2.5 x 4.5 (largest) to 2.5x3.5 (smallest). Great tags to put on a package, tie to a napkin ring or even use as a place tag on the table or attached to the back of a chair.
The fall-colored napkins are so pretty this year, I decided to use them instead of cardstock for the background of my tags.
 The first thing I did was give the tags a rough coat of white gesso. (you can use white paint as well) Since you are going to peel the napkins apart and they are transparent, it's good to have a white background as the colors will really pop.
After the gesso dried, I peeled the napkin apart, making sure that I got all three ply separated. Nearly all napkins are 3-ply. Make sure you have got the backing (the two separate ply of white layers) away from the 'picture' part of the napkin. If you leave a ply underneath the printed picture, the picture will not adhere properly and will eventually peel off.
And that would be sad.
After I separated all three ply (I always save the plain white to use for clean and etc...) I put of coat of matte medium on the tag (I used Liquitex Matte Medium) and gently laid the napkin over the tag, making sure there were no air bubbles. Folds are okay, but air bubbles will tear and you don't want that!
After placing the picture, I gave the piece a top coat of matte medium, making sure the whole surface is covered then set it aside to dry and worked on the other two. Do not try to tear the edges off at this point...let it all dry or you can tear the napkin right off of the tag.
Also sad.
Because here is what you do and it is so much easier and looks so much better!
After the tag has dried completely, use a fine grit sanding block or an emery board and sand off the extra bits of napkin. It looks so much tidier than tearing and you then have a nice edge to ink on. Easy, fast and purdy.
And now you have a beautiful surface to embellish that was simple and fun. I like the idea of having other options to use as a background surface and some of the designs on napkins these days are so nice.
One note: Make sure you get a quality product. I test all my napkins beforehand by applying a little matte medium to the surface to make sure they don't bleed or run. It does sometimes happen. I usually always buy the napkins on sale but have learned that some manufacturers do not use a stable dye. I can imagine what would happen if you wiped something really wet off of your face.....what a mess.
My favorite companies are Michel Design Works and Caspari, but there are others that are equally good.

Another fun thing I did paint the Miniature Book Plates Shape Set pieces I used on the tags to look a little like wood.
I just painted the bookplates with a mixture of orange and red, let them dry and then dry-brushed some sap green lightly across the top. The red underneath makes the sap green appear brown and simulate (loosely) wood grain.
Add ribbons, metal findings and erudite (not really) sayings and there you have it.  Thanksgiving tags.
Now go make fun stuff!

Thank you for stopping by!

Stagger Tags (small)
Miniature Book Plates Shape Set

Additional supplies
Matte Medium
Metal findings
Stickles Glitter Glue

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Retro Kitty Cat Mini Halloween Bunting

There is something so charming about bygone Halloween images. I love all of them, but I especially like the cats. They are cute as can be, but I like that some of them are a little mischievous and edgy. And maybe a wee bit scritchy-scratchy. It's wise to give cats a wide birth on Halloween. Even the cute ones!
Here is a cute (and scratchy) Halloween Bunting complete with sweet little black bows and of course, sparkly green bats!

Definitely scritchy-scratchy........
This one could go either way. Best not interrupt her whilst she's playing her virtuoso!

This was a fun, easy project that I enjoyed putting together. Lots of bold color and good contrast. It's small, (the cards are sized for Altoid tins) but they pack a colorful punch!
I began with three kinds of Altoid Tins Insert Frames-Wrought Iron.
I used the frames as a template to cut my papers from the Bewitched 6x6 Paper Pad and
cut out my kitty images from Halloween Clock Spinners Collage Sheet. I painted all the frames black.
I glued the papers on to the back cards and then glued my pom pom fringe (I think the black fringe would look awesome on this as well!) on the BACK of the cards, letting the round  bits show on the front.
I glued the front frames in place on the outside thicker edge only, and then played with my images, placing them behind the fencing. I then glued all my kitties on to the Ric Rac (from the back) for hanging on display. After they are glued in and dry, I added bows, embellished with Stickles (both Lime Green and Diamond Black).
And last but not least, I added some awesome Mini Chipboard Bats that I painted black and added Lime Green Stickles to give them some stand-out glitter.
Because glitter!
And because I can.
Happy Halloween!!

All of these great supplies came from the wonderful Alpha Stamps and here's the list!
Mini Chipboard Bats
Wrought Iron Altoid Tin Insert Frames
3/8 Inch Ric Rac Ribbon-Black
Stickles: Lime Green, Black Diamond
Mini Pom Pom Fringe-Orange
Halloween Clock Spinners Collage Sheet
Bewitched 6x6 Paper Pad

Black Bows 
Thank you very much for dropping by!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The World is My Inspiration Gatefold Shrine

Hello everyone, Lora here with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and this month we are cross promoting with Canvas Corp with a fun 'Small Worlds' theme.
Here is my offering, inspired by the fun Architectures Parchment Rub-Ons, Live and
the images from the bits and pieces of the Mixed Media Junque Pack-Wanderlust Collection. Looking at the image of the camels and the caravan in the background of this picture, I thought of 'Out of Africa' and off I went.
I used the tags from the collection as pockets and filled them with the kind of memorabilia one gathers on a long journey. Tags and ticket stubs, bits of postcards and a picture or two.
Travel by camel or plane, however you do it, just go out and see the world! It will surprise you by how large it feels and how small it becomes when you see how much we all have in common.
I began with the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Square Shrine Gatefold.
I painted what will be the front of two smaller pieces brown and what will be the back of the center piece brown.

Then the center piece (edges only) the same brown on the other side.
I used the 7Gypsies American Vintage Collection Paper 'Across USA' as my background for the inside of all three pieces of the Gatefold.
When I cut the paper for the large center piece, I made sure to leave about a 1/8 inch of brown reveal around the edges.
I cut out the postcards from the Wish You Were Here scrapbook paper from the American Vintage Paper Collection and used one of these as the opening on the front of the Gatefold, by cutting it in half and trimming it a bit to show some of the brown paint as a reveal on the top and bottom of the front flaps.

I also used one of the postcards as a base for the rub-on of the cute boy in the biplane.
I used Copic markers to brighten up the image, trimmed the post card so it would fit inside the center at an angle, inked it up and glued it down.
So cute!
I also used the bicycle and suitcases rub-on for the front cover. I think they add a bit of whimsy and dimension.

I found the quote 'The World Is My Inspiration' on the back of the packaging for the Architectures Parchment Rub-Ons, Live! It's nice that Canvas Corp has packaging that's nice enough to craft with!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Square Shrine Gatefold.

Canvas Corp Brands
Architectures Parchment Rub-Ons, Live
American Vintage Collection Paper 'Across USA'
American Vintage Paper Collection 'Wish You Were Here
Mixed Media Junque Pack-Wanderlust Collection

Thank you for flying by!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Make-and-Take class Halloween Triptych

For all my Make-and-Take ladies....what we are doing Friday, September 29th!
We'll have lots of fun collage sheets, trims, and ephemera as well as the scattering of skellies, moons and antikamnia skeletons pictured below.
There are only 13 spaces in the class, so let's fill it up and have some fun!
Remember, we meet at the Creative Arts Center the last Friday of every month from noon until three pm.  And you must call the Reynolds Homestead and reserve a space.
Hope I see you there!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Studio Progress

An quick update on what's been happening. We've gone from this...
to this....
then this...
and here we are today!
Of course, this doesn't show all the hours and hours of work involved in getting this far, but hey, that's the magic of progress shots! Next step is painting, which is my favorite. Stay tuned.
Thank you for stopping in, I love y'all!