Sunday, 3 March 2019

JAKE-a layout for the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog

Hello crafty friends and Happy March!  It's time to start a new month's challenge at the Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge blog-as always, anything goes, as long as it includes mixed media!!

AS a Design Team member, I decided to create a layout this month, a tribute to my best friend's sweet kitty who passed away in 2018.



I tore the paper and inked the edges before attaching it to the background paper and added texture paste stencilling and some diecut foliage, as well as a touch of cheesecloth here and there I wanted to keep the page simple so the focus would be on Jake's adorable face, so distressed photo mats, a touching quote and a little bit of misting were all I needed to finish it off. I hope you enjoyed checking out my page; have a look at the Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge blog HERE

Thursday, 14 February 2019

"Whatever our souls are made of...." Valentine Blog Hop


Hello there crafty friends! Lynne Joncas here with a little something I created to celebrate Valentine's day and share with you as you hop along with me and a great group of creative, talented artists I have the privilege of being a part of.



The list of blogs is here; I'm sure you'll enjoy checking them all out, and who knows? There just may be a prize or two along the way!!

PolymerCreations4U: A Journey into Craftiness https://polymercreations4u.wordpress.com/
Psychotic Ramblings of a Serial Scrapper - https://ole682000.blogspot.com/2019/02/valentines-day-blog-hop.html
Whimsy Chic Paper Crafts Etc: https://youtu.be/NUer_-9kWpI


I was inspired to create this project by the card with the quote on it that I got recently when a friend was sharing some craft supplies (thank you, Becky!)  and realized it would fit perfectly in one of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts ATC shrines I had in my stash!



I had loads of fun playing withe techniques on the outer surface of the shrine; my crafting goal for 2019 is to experiment more with mediums and techniques, and I certainly did here! I started by decoupaging crumpled tissue paper onto the surface, then added some torn bits of patterned paper here and there.The surface was then painted with rose acrylic paint and sponged with a couple deeper shades. I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed the surface in white to create texture and depth, then added mica flakes, microbeads and followed that by brushing the entire surface with crackle glaze. When that was dry I rubbed in a little antiquing medium to tone down the colours for a softer, more vintage effect.


I cut a Gypsy Soul embellishment into two pieces, painted it with acrylic paint and Perfect Pearls, then attached one piece over the card inside and the other to the back of the shrine so it looked like a whole piece again. The fussy cut elements were added to the top and the beaded hearts to the inside atop a bed of tulle. Some rose ribbon and other trim were added to complete my project.


Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest project...if you follow my blog and leave a comment below this post, I will be drawing the name of one winner to send a little envelope of goodies out to, just as a thanks for your support! Enjoy the rest of the hop, and I wish you love and happiness this Valentine's Day and always! xoxo

Friday, 1 February 2019

First project for the Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge blog design team!

Hello crafty friends! I'm happy to announce that I've been invited to join the design team and the Creative Artiste Mixed Media  Challenge blog; the first Friday of every month, our mixed media projects will be posted on their blogs along with that month's challenge....we'd love to have you come and play along!

I created an 8x8 canvas using a variety of items; after the items were all adhered and texture paste stencilling was added, the whole canvas was primed with black gesso, then finished with Twinkling H20s, Tattered Angels mists and Art Alchemy metallic waxes.


                       You can find the challenge blog HERE...come on by and play along!


I'm also entering this project in the February challenge at Mixed Media Academy-you can find their challenge post HERE.




Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Joining Praise HeART's Design Team

PraiseHeART is an awesome Bible journaling group where there are printables and sketches available to help you worship God with art, and I'm happy to become a part of the design team there! In addition to the provided sketches/doodles, there are printable stickers available for purchase, and I will be featuring these weekly on Bible pages and other projects. They are versatile, can be printed out in any size you choose on whatever type of paper you like (you can buy sticker paper at your local office supply store, or print them out on regular paper and add the adhesive of your choice) The owner, Lisa Albinus, creates images that relate to the chapter being studied that week (currently we are working through the Psalms) and they are great both for people who feel they can't draw well enough to create their own Bible page art, and for those who would like to add them to their drawings/lettering, or would like to be able to complete more pages over a period of time.

The page I've done this week is for Psalm 68, and I just love the way the umbrella girl makes me feel-that I can put up with anything as long as God is protecting me!! We often lose sight of God's protection in our daily lives, and this is such a wonderful reminder...



Check out the PraiseHeART Facebook page for our Psalms study HERE or the blog HERE, and thanks so much for stopping by. I'm thrilled with the chance to share both my art and my faith with you.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Pastel Christmas Santos Doll

Hello dear crafty friends! Lynne here with my festive version of the Santos Doll I used the Kaisercraft Silver Bells collection and lots of sparkle and bling to put this project together.

I am also entering my doll into the Bleeding Art December Challenge (Shiny and Sparkly)
You can check their challenges out here: https://bleedingartchallenge.blogspot.com/ 


I painted the edges of the pieces, then covered  them with patterned paper, all but the arms and face. After putting everything the main form together, I arranged the silver poinsettias and glittery white deer in the lower "cage", then added the felt snowflake and the gathered portions of pale blue tulle, which were lightly decorated with gems and fussy-cut ornaments from the paper.


The hair was created by cutting the petals from another silver poinsettia apart and layering them randomly around the head-I added some fussy-cut bits an gems there as well.


The wings were simply brushed with white glue then liberally coated with silver glitter; I used a pin run through the open lines to clear them of glitter and maintain the detailed effect of the wings. They were then glued to the back of the doll with a hot glue gun.



The upper part of the skirt (waistband, I suppose) needed a little embellishment as well, and these also covered the spots where the gathered tulle was glued on.



I love the soft colours of this paper line and using them on such a unique GSL piece was fun and interesting, and I hope it may inspire you to try one of these dolls using your favourite theme, papers, and embellishments.  It could be finished in sooo many ways!!

That being said, I wanted to let you know that I'm stepping down from the Gypsy Soul Education team for now; after four years with this great group, I feel like I should spend some time discovering and playing with  new techniques and supplies in the hope of returning here at some point full of new and interesting ideas. In the meantime, I will still be creating and posting here on my blog, and the 2019 GSL team will continue to create fabulous things, and you can check them out atHello dear crafty friends! Lynne here with my festive version of the Santos Doll I used the Kaisercraft Silver Bells collection and lots of sparkle and bling to put this project together.


I painted the edges of the pieces, then covered  them with patterned paper, all but the arms and face. After putting everything the main form together, I arranged the silver poinsettias and glittery white deer in the lower "cage", then added the felt snowflake and the gathered portions of pale blue tulle, which were lightly decorated with gems and fussy-cut ornaments from the paper.


The hair was created by cutting the petals from another silver poinsettia apart and layering them randomly around the head-I added some fussy-cut bits an gems there as well.


The wings were simply brushed with white glue then liberally coated with silver glitter; I used a pin run through the open lines to clear them of glitter and maintain the detailed effect of the wings. They were then glued to the back of the doll with a hot glue gun.



The upper part of the skirt (waistband, I suppose) needed a little embellishment as well, and these also covered the spots where the gathered tulle was glued on.



I love the soft colours of this paper line and using them  on such a unique GSL was fun and interesting, and I hope it may inspire you to try one of these dolls using your favourite theme, papers, and embellishments.  It could be finished in sooo many ways!!

That being said, I wanted to let you know that I'm stepping down from the Gypsy Soul Education team for now; after four years with this great group, I feel like I should spend some time discovering and playing with  new techniques and supplies in the hope of returning here at some point full of new and interesting ideas. In the meantime, I will still be creating and posting here on my blog, and the 2019 GSL team will continue to create fabulous things, and you can check them out at Hello dear crafty friends! Lynne here with my festive version of the Santos Doll I used the Kaisercraft Silver Bells collection and lots of sparkle and bling to put this project together.


I painted the edges of the pieces, then covered  them with patterned paper, all but the arms and face. After putting everything the main form together, I arranged the silver poinsettias and glittery white deer in the lower "cage", then added the felt snowflake and the gathered portions of pale blue tulle, which were lightly decorated with gems and fussy-cut ornaments from the paper.


The hair was created by cutting the petals from another silver poinsettia apart and layering them randomly around the head-I added some fussy-cut bits an gems there as well.


The wings were simply brushed with white glue then liberally coated with silver glitter; I used a pin run through the open lines to clear them of glitter and maintain the detailed effect of the wings. They were then glued to the back of the doll with a hot glue gun.



The upper part of the skirt (waistband, I suppose) needed a little embellishment as well, and these also covered the spots where the gathered tulle was glued on.



I love the soft colours of this paper line and using them  on such a unique GSL was fun and interesting, and I hope it may inspire you to try one of these dolls using your favourite theme, papers, and embellishments.  It could be finished in sooo many ways!!

That being said, I wanted to let you know that I'm stepping down from the Gypsy Soul Education team for now; after four years with this great group, I feel like I should spend some time discovering and playing with  new techniques and supplies in the hope of returning here at some point full of new and interesting ideas. In the meantime, I will still be creating and posting here on my blog, and the 2019 GSL team will continue to create fabulous things, and you can check them out at http://gslcuts.blogspot.com/

xx Lynne

GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED

Santos Doll
Wings Assortment

OTHER ITEMS USED

Kaisercraft Silver Bells collection, 12" and 6"
assorted gems
silver poinsettias and glittery reindeer from Michael's
white glue, hot glue gun




Monday, 26 November 2018

Metal Ornaments for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuys


Hey people! Lynne here with a couple ornaments
that I rescued from the thrift store-they were actually a promo from some business and had their logo and name stuck on to them, and thus rather ugly. Fortunately it was done with a type of sticker and I was able to scrape it all off. Yay!

I started by attaching my chipboard pieces with Aleene's Tacky Glue-I held them down for a few seconds to be sure the pieces adhered properly to the curved surface. I added embroidery floss to the row of stockings and some letter stickers for my festive phrases.


I brushed on a coat of clear gesso-I love this stuff! It goes on white but dries clear, so you retain the look of the surface, but can apply different mediums to it. I wanted to use mist and it doesn't adhere well to metal.


The mist came next, then a little ink around the edges and across the letters to create contrast. 

I precoated the stockings with red acrylic paint, then brushed them with white glue when they were dry and applied flocking. The snowflakes were brushed with white glue then sprinkled with glitter. I added a second layer when it was dry to make them stand out a little more. I used a white glitter gel pen on the letters. Simple ribbon hangers and bows finished the ornaments off.



I'm putting my Christmas tree up over the weekend, so I took these photos of the ornaments hanging on my little Charlie Brown Christmas tree, so please imagine lush green boughs...




Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you're enjoying your Christmas preparations, or at least anticipating them!! Have a wonderful week! xoxo

GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED

Winter Shape Set-contact store
Snowflake Shape Set
Tiny Christmas-coming soon

OTHER ITEMS USED

Aleene's Tacky Glue
Tattered Angels mists
Doodlebug designs flocking
diamond glitter
ribbon
Embroidery floss
Blue, green, and white inks
white glitter gel pen


Monday, 12 November 2018

Rustic Christmas Crates for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi-I'm happy to be here with a Christmas project inspired by a home decor piece I picked up recently; I love Christmas and am really embracing the rustic, homey themes I have been seeing so far this year. The deer in the center of my photo is the piece I purchased, and I finished the Little Crates to coordinate with it.


I started off by tracing around each section of the crates onto the back of my woodgrain papers; I did each side separately and then inked the edges with a charcoal grey ink.



When I cut the dark grey strips I rubbed them lightly with the Moonlight White ink to lighten them a bit, and the brown ones were rubbed with the Old Road ink, as I wanted to tone down the orangy golden hue.



I added diecut words and snowflakes to the fronts of the crates to mimic those on the deer, then filled the crates with some artificial greenery, berries and flowers to create a festive look. This was not a difficult project to create, but I'm happy with the way the crates look with my pretty wooden deer. I have a large wall unit in my living room that I fill with Christmas decor, and can't wait to put these up!


Thank you for stopping by, and I wish you peace and joy and a wonderfully merry and creative week!