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!

Monday, 22 October 2018

Graham's first Jack-o-Lantern...layout for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hey there crafty friends! I have a shocking confession to make....unlike what seems like pretty much all of my fellow crafters, I am NOT a huge fan of Halloween! GASP! I do however love the trappings of fall: pumpkins, acorns, squirrels and pretty leaves! That's why I decided to create a fall layout this week using a photo I just love of my son when he was about 2-1/2 with his very first Halloween pumpkins (ten guesses what he loved to watch on TV!) I love how the frame allowed me to add the fussy-cut image of my son-in the original photo he had been standing near the pumpkins but there was a lot of background clutter!


Th chipboard pieces were all painted with gold acrylic paint then rubbed with Hero Arts shadow ink in Orange. 


The pumpkins were run through my Cuttlebug in a Darice embossing folder. The orange ink emphasized the lovely embossed leaf pattern.



I randomly punched around the border of the paper with vine edge punches, then tore the paper in between even with the punchwork. I then inked all the edges with the same orange ink that was used on the chipboard. I stencilled with homemade texture paste and misted with Tattered Angels glimmer mist. The flowers and pumpkins were fussy cut from some pretty Prima paper.


I love layering different elements to create interest with a variety of materials and textures.


That little boy in the photo is now 26 years old, so this page brings back a lot of happy memories-thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share them with you, and have a wonderful week! xoxo

GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED

Layered Frame Victoria Round
Fall Shape Set
Halloween Word Set-coming soon

OTHER ITEMS USED

Prima flowers and paper
Inkido paper
Tattered Angels glimmer mist
Prima and Tim Holt stencils
Hero Arts Shadow Ink

Monday, 8 October 2018

Best Fishes Card for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello there friends! I'm here today with a birthday card I made for my uncle, who turned 86 this past week. He has always been into fishing, hunting, and all that "guy" stuff, so I knew he'd get a kick out of a card made with these fun chipboard pieces!


I made the side step card by altering a template I found online to suit the size of the chippies; I started with a 7"x 10" piece of cardstock, and the dimensions are marked for you in the photo. Should you prefer to make a different sized card, there are lots of templates online; I just Googled side step card directions.

I painted the silhouette pieces black, then misted them with Tattered Angels glimmer mist in "It's Black" to add a bit of a subtle sparkle. I attached a piece of grey paper behind the boat so the details would still stand out.


The water was punched with a Fiskars border punch, then inked in a deeper blue along the edges. I layered them on the front for dimension, not gluing the upper edges down. I added a strip to each of the other steps as well, and tucked the fisherman behind the one on the second step

A piece of light orange paper was misted with yellows and oranges, then cut into a rounded sunset background. I mounted this onto black cardstock so it would stand out more.
I drew and cut out a couple black fish like the one on the line, and added them here and there on the card.


I added a couple dots of hot glue to hold the fishing line in place, but didn't glue it down flat. The title piece was painted light blue, then inked with the same ink I used on the punched water strips.




This photo shows the dimensional aspect of the card a little better.



I hope you enjoyed seeing my card and directions; I'd love to see how you might use this fun shape set By the way, my uncle LOVED his card-he said it was a "piece of art" and that he would keep it displayed for a long time...that made my day! Wishing you a lovely week; it's Canadian Thanksgiving and I'm thankful for all you great craft-lovers who I've had the opportunity to share my creations with-hugs! xxoo



Friday, 28 September 2018

Basket of Pumpkins for the Fall CCB Blog Hop




Hello crafty friends! I'm so glad you've come by today; I am blessed to be a part of a fabulous group of designers from all over the world who've joined forces to participate in this MEGA BLOG HOP!!!!!!  We're sharing fall-themed projects and hope to inspire you to create some of your own! You'll find that each one of us features products from  Tattered Angels, 7 Gypsies and Canvas Corp Brands-yes, we are all part of the 2018 CCB Creative Crew!! Each of these designers have created a project to share with you on their blog. Some are offering prizes, so please hop on through to each blog. You'll find the list at the bottom of this post.

Here's my finished project; I hope you like it and enjoy seeing the process I used to create it:


Each pumpkin is about 3" high and 4" across; I found mine at a thrift store, but I'd like to try carving my own out of styrofoam balls some time.




I had some fair-sized burlap scraps, so I started with those; to cover 1 rib, I needed a piece about
5"x 2 1/2", and I trimmed the tops to a point so there wouldn't be too much excess fabric. I tucked them into the grooves but added a little hot glue to keep them from getting messed up .After they were put together I misted each one with a variety of mists (see my supply list below)


For the leaves, I started with the sheet of Leaves on Ivory and misted all over with the same mist I used on the pumpkins, adding colours more heavily in some areas for a variety of hues. After doing so, I realised that because the paper was porous, the colours were lighter than what I wanted, so I fussy cut the leaves and brushed the with a coat of clear gesso before remisting, this time just using one or two colours on each leaf. I then heat embossed them with UTEE to enhance the colours even more.



I created sprays of leaves and glued them onto the pumpkins along with contrasting bows. I have a large straw pumpkin and a couple terra cotta ones, and I'm looking forward to creating a fall arrangement this weekend, including my new little basket of burlap pumpkins! I hope you enjoyed seeing my creation; if you follow my blog and leave a comment, you'll have a chance to win an envelope of CCB goodies, including a few of my fall leaves...

CCB ITEMS USED

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Rouge, Rose Gold, Candy Corn, Summer Glow, Tattered Leather, English Ivy
Canvas Corp burlap: Natural, Wheat
 Gypsy Moments Mixed Media Pad: peach burlap

Here's the list of blogs to visit; have a great hop!! I'll be drawing a name from my comments when the hop has ended and will be posting it here, so stop by again and see!


  1. Scrappy Cafe (Betz Golden) https://scrappycafe.blogspot.com/2018/09/huge-fall-blog-hop.html
  2. Papierstau (Sanna Lippert) http://www.papierstau.at/fall-blog-hop-canvas-corp-brands/
  3. Marie Nicole Designs (Marie Heiderscheit) https://marienicoledesigns.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/farmhouse-autumn-mantel-teal-pumpkins
  4. Steph Ackerman - https://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/2018/09/fall-blog-hop-with-canvas-corp.html
  5. The Crafty Robin - https://elizabethr-thecraftyrobin.blogspot.com/2018/09/fall-canvas-corp-blog-hop.html
  6. Monica Taylor https://taylormadecards4u.blogspot.com/2018/09/toil-trouble-fall-blog-hop-with-canvas.html
  7. Karla Yungwirth https://creative-love-affair.blogspot.com/2018/09/canvas-corp-brands-fall-blog-hop.html
  8. Lynne Joncas https://scrappysquirrelsnest.blogspot.com/2018/09/basket-of-pumpkins-for-fall-ccb-blog-hop.html
  9. Priya Satish https://creativemotif.blogspot.com/2018/09/ccb-fall-hop.html
  10. Erin Reed - https://scraps-of-reflections.blogspot.com/2018/09/diy-give-thanks-stenciled-fall-wood-sign.html
  11. Natassa Blazaki - https://artrecipesandmore.blogspot.com/2018/09/welcome-to-fall-ccb-blog-hop.html
  12. Peggy Lee Baker https://pegbaker.blogspot.com/2018/09/ccb-fall-blog-hop-altered-paper-pumpkin.html
  13. Nadine Carlier - https://myscrapnstuff.blogspot.com/2018/09/fall-blog-hop-with-canvas-corp-brands.html
  14. Jaine Drake - http://www.basementstudio.lu/fall-ccb-blog-hop/
  15. Christine Santos - https://csantossite.wordpress.com/2018/09/27/boo-ccb-fall-blog-hop/
  16. Viktoriya Porechnaya https://vitulya.blogspot.com/2018/09/fall-ccb-blog-hop-halloween-bouqet.html
  17. Hema VelCraft https://velcraft.blogspot.com/2018/09/autumn-smile.html