Monday, 9 July 2018

"Wish" card and bookmark for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello crafty friends! I recently made an easel card and posted it on my Facebook page, and one of my online friends admired it and said she'd love a card like that for her birthday, which just happened to be coming up soon...I decided to use this gorgeous frame and coordinating goodies to create a unique card for her, then I thought I'd add a bookmark to match (this is being mailed out of the country so I had to keep everything relatively flat)


I started out by cutting a 5 1/2" strip from double-sided patterned paper ( make sure you like both sides unless you don't mind adding panels to the inside!), then I distressed the edges and inked them in charcoal grey.


I scored the rectangle at 6" and at the 3" mark on one side, then folded it in half.



I border punched along the bottom edge and lightly inked the leaves, I added a contrasting piece of paper behind the punchwork, and distressed/inked the edge of that as well.


At one end of the card where the 6" panel is not divided by a fold, I made a raised panel with layers of coordinating papers and some fussy-cut flower. When your easel card is standing, this creates a little ledge for the front to rest on to keep it upright.


I chose this lovely frame set for my card, and a coordinating fairy for the bookmark I created, and primed them all with white gesso before adding white glitter embossing powder. I fit a circle of patterned paper behind the frame, then added to the end of the card with the 3" folds, gluing down only the lower half so that when the card is folded to stand, the top part of the frame will stand above it.

I added a chain with a butterfly charm to the simple bookmark design, and poked the hole with a large pin-I got a bunch of these pins at a thrift store one time, and they come in handy for so many things-holes like this, piercing for handstitching with embroidery floss, cleaning out glue and paint bottle tips, etc.

I added some glittery letters to finish off the sentiment on the front of the card after attaching the "Wish" word piece on top of the frame.


I fussy cut a ton of the pretty flowers from my papers and used them to accent the frame, and I love the soft and feminine combination of colours, flowers and fairies, and hope my friend will too! Thanks for stopping by to see; have a terrific week! It's really hot here, so perfect weather to stay inside and craft!



GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED
Garden fairies, large

Scribble fairy frame

OTHER ITEMS USED

Fabscraps patterned paper
Ranger glitter embossing powder-Bridal Tinsel |
Ingvild Bolme chalk ink-Old Road
Fiskars leaves punch
white gesso
Versamark ink
Ranger heat tool

Sunday, 8 July 2018

"Beautiful"-Marilyn Monroe layout for Scrap & Craft

Hello there! I love the soft greens and greys in this lovely paper line and I knew it would look perfect with this photo of Marilyn Monroe that I've been wanting to use on a page for a while.  I love vintage movies and stars, and every so often I create a layout featuring one.



I stenciled with texture paste and misted here and there, and I couldn't resist making a few more foamiran flowers for added texture.



The leaf sprays were diecut then rubbed onto a green inkpad. The beautiful flowers in the paper pack are perfect for fussy cutting and layering. I randomly punched along the edge with a notebook punch for a little added interest, and added the looped pearl string, which I got at the dollar store.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my page; if you've ever done a celebrity layout, I'd love to see it on our Scrap & Craft Inspiration page!  Wishing you a wonderful and creative week!




Monday, 25 June 2018

Dragonfly Tablet Holder for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Don't even get me started on the dozens of reasons I hate, loathe and despise cell phones....but I sure do love me my laptop! Recently my amazing bestie received a tablet as a freebie when she replaced the cell phone which she uses for work, and since she knew she wouldn't use it, she passed it along to me!  Since a tablet falls somewhere between phone and laptop, I want to give it a try, but so far haven't used it much. I'm hoping setting it up on my work table in this cute little stand will inspire me to pick it up more often.


This project is simple, consisting of only three pieces. I covered them all with patterned paper; this sheet is from FabScraps. I sanded the edges and inked them with Donna Salazar Mixed Media ink in Leather.


I used the largest of the Damask Singles behind the back piece to add interest and height. I just painted it white, then inked the edges with the same brown ink. I brushed a little Perfect Pearls on it as well, which I also used on the dragonflies on the background paper as well as the two that I cut out and attached.

In addition to the dragonflies, I fussycut one of the plants from the paper, and cut an extra so that I could fold it and layer it on top for a 3D look. I then heat-embossed the whole piece in clear to give it a little extra strength to stand up.


I added a little moss and some flowers to finish the project and complement the outdoorsy feel of the paper.



Now my tablet will be out in the open where I will remember to pick it up and play with it more often...thank you, Bestie, and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!!




GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED


OTHER ITEMS USED
FabScraps 12x12 paper-Peaceful
Donna Salazar mixed Media ink-Leather
Perfect Pearls powder-Pearl


clear embossing powder, Versamark ink

Monday, 11 June 2018

Getting Organized with Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hey there! Lynne here with the new Organizer System that I've been looking forward to putting together for a while now...I just had to find a paper pack with colours and patterns that would look good in my craft room and coordinate with my other storage before I could make this. I found a Recollections pack at Michael's that was perfect.



I decided to put all the pieces together before papering them because there were so many pieces and I wanted to make sure I put the right patterns in the right places. It's of course perfectly fine to paper everything first, and I usually do, but this worked well for me on this project.



After putting the pieces together, I painted all the edges white, then adhered patterned paper (since I couldn't trace around them like I usually do, I actually had to do some measuring, but it was pretty simple and I lived to tell about it-lol1)

I inked the edges/joints of the paper with honey-coloured ink.



I like my storage to be labeled, so I used a combination of the Miniature Bookplates and the Stackable Labels. I ran them through my Cuttlebug in a damask embossing folder, then heat embossed them with a white enamel called Jasmine.





The bookplates didn't have labels to stack, so I made them by tracing the centers onto boxboard, then making them a little larger before cutting them out. I covered all the label pieces with patterned paper that was light enough to write on, and again inked the edges in the honey colour. I glued them onto the drawers and bins with a hot glue gun


The organizer pieces can be arranged so many different ways, depending on your preference and the space you have for them. After I had taken all my photographs and filled my bins, I noticed that some people also used them on their sides like cubbies. For my purpose (tall packages) the upright position was more practical though.  I thought they looked nice spread out like these examples as well, but I decided to use them on top of a set of drawers that was too narrow for this configuration.





I love the versatility of these pieces; you can finish them so many different ways and arrange them to fit any area. I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with them; be sure to share on the Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Craft Group page on Facebook!

GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED

Miniature Bookplates Shape Set

Stackable Labels Shape Set

OTHER ITEMS USED

Donna Salazar Mixed Media Ink-Honey
-embossing powder-Jasmine

Recollections Paper Pad-English Rose Garden

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Shaped mini-album for Scrap & Craft

Hello there! Lynne here with a little chipboard mini-album I had in my stash; I love the soft colours of Craft O'Clock's Morning Dreams II paper line and used them to create this  project.



I placed 3x4" photos on the first pages to show how they would fit; to make photos that size you can collage 2 photos onto a 4x6" template or scan 2 of them into a photo printer together.


These are the other pages as well as a closeup of the foamiran flowers I made for the cover.

 I cut apart a couple of the rosettes and added them to the banner I cut from the yellow paper.


Monday, 28 May 2018

"Sweet"-a simple layout for Gypsy Soul Lasercus

Hi crafty friends! Papercrafting has grown and changed so much over the past few years, and sometimes it seems  that complicated and time-consuming projects are in the spotlight; you know the ones you look at and think, " I could never DO that!!" ( I know I think that quite often!) Well, this page focuses on simple ways to use Gypsy Soul chipboard and has no complicated techniques, but I still love how it came out!



The paper I used was Blue Fern Studio Seaside Cottage-the colours worked so well with my photo, but since this is not a beach-themed page, there were elements in the left lower corner that didn't suit my page....so I just tore off both corners, inked the rough edge, and added some coordinating paper....and a couple diecut pawprints.



I matted the photo and cut two more rectagular pieces from another sheet and created a layered mat for the cute photo of my cat Honey (she very seldom isn't running around getting into trouble, so I was happy to get this shot!) The edges were all distressed and inked as well. I have a distressing tool, but usually just do it with scissors-either works great, but if you use scissors, rub the blade along the paper gently so as not to gouge into it, unless that's the effect you want.

I stenciled pawprints here and there and also used punchinella to create the spotted pattern on my page...I find pigment inks the easiest to use this way, as they have the foamy pad that rubs smoothly across the stencil.

This photo shows  my homemade flowers, which were made with a flower punch, then crumpled, inked and layered. And nothing is easier than adding naked chipboard to your project-that's right, I did NOTHING to these fern pieces!! I thought the natural colour went well with the colours on my page.



The danglers were heat-embossed, and I knew this embossing enamel had really good coverage, so I didn't prime them before adding it-I just rubbed them onto the Versamark pad, then made sure they were well-coated with the embossing enamel, and finished with the heat tool. The ivory colour with the gold flecks inspired my choice of brads for the flowers as well.



I wanted the title piece to look different from the danglers, so I painted it with dusty blue acrylic paint, then sponged it with sage green paint. You also get a closer look at the punchinella stencilling in this photo


I added a twine bow to the word dangler and stapled some twine above the photo for added texture; a page like this can be done in one crafting session, and goes together even easier with purchased flowers; I just enjoy making them because then I know they coordinate perfectly and don't have to pull out every flower I own to see if they match (or go shopping for flowers that match, although that can be a fun excuse to hit the craft store!!) 

I hope you enjoyed my page and that, if you find complicated projects intimidating, the simplicity of this will inspire you to grab some supplies today and put together a page! Crafty hugs from me ad sweet little Honey!!

GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED

String Alongs-cats
Words & Phrases 2
Fern Fronds

OTHER ITEMS USED

Blue Fern papers, Seaside Cottage
Colorbox Mixed Media Ink-Honey
Ranger Distress Ink-Bundled Sage
acrylic paints
Stampendous embossing enamel-Aged Ivory
Versamark ink

Sunday, 27 May 2018

"Together"-a layout for Scrap & Craft

Hello dear crafty friends! I'm sharing  a layout for Scrap & Craft's Design Team using some of Studio 75's beautiful "The Peony Avenue" papers. I wanted a monochromatic look and loved the different grey patterns in this paper line.The brick pattern was perfect to cut around and make a shaped photo mat, and I made my own flowers with some of the paper as well.



The title piece looks gold in the photo, but was heat-embossed in Antique Silver to coordinate with the silver texture paste and metal quote strip in the lower right corner. I also added hand-stitching with embroidery floss.





Studio 75-The Peony Avenue-12x12 paper pack

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I wish you a wonderful and creative week! xo