Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas Wishes



Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog with a Christmas piece that could be a wallhanging or an ornament.  
I started with a canvas tag and added Distress Inks in pretty much every shade of green.  
Once the ink was dry I added the stars using one of the new Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Holiday stencils and Festive Berries Distress Ink. 

The house is the Mini House Shadowbox 1 from Gypsy Soul.  I love these teeny houses and they come in four different sizes.  I covered the house inside and out with paper from the new Tim Holtz Christmas pad and then embossed the front edges using Emerald Creek Hammered Metal. 


A tiny bottle brush tree and deer were popped in there. The mirrored star and deer are covered with Mushroom alcohol ink.  Mica snow was added to the roof and the bottom of the house.  A vintage bingo marker gives that extra Christmas magic.  
I covered the Large Swirl Medallion from Gypsy Soul with Emerald Creek embossing powder in Charred Gold and then glued the house in the center.  The medallion was then glued to the canvas tag.  Look at how fine the cuts are on this thing! I love this medallion.  

A Tim Holtz rub on was added to the top and the piece is done! 
A few glamour shots for you. 


I hope you enjoy!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

My unsung hero

Hi Everyone, 
I have am up on the Emerald Creek Dare Blog today and our current dare is Unsung Heroes.  My mum is my unsung hero.  She works so hard and always has time for everyone and everything else.  She is the one that instilled the love of creating in me.  I remember being 8 or 9 and doing craft fairs with her selling my little lace and bead ornaments.  She's my biggest cheerleader and supporter, so I wanted to make her a little something. She is a reader and a sewer, so I came up with this oversized bookmark. 
I started with a large heavy weight chipboard tag from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and painted it with a very thin layer of White Acrylic paint.  
The I added my stamps using my Tim Holtz stamping platform. This is the back.
This is the front. The butterfly has a layer of Fractured Ice Embossing powder over the Black Soot Archival ink and the sentiment(from the Fallen Blossom set) has Onyx Frost embossing powder for shimmer.  

Once I layered on all of my stamps I colored the images on the front using Distress Crayons and Dina Wakley scribble sticks.  

I added the button brads and made the thread using Oil Rubbed Bronze powder right over a line drawn with a pen.  
The top of the tag was embellished with seam binding, twine, and the Handmade charm. 

Here you can really see the Fractured Ice over the black.  I added scissors to the body of the butterfly. 

The back was colored using Magenta's Nuance Powders and the entire piece was edged with charred gold.  
Here is the finished piece. 
Who is your unsung hero? Be sure to enter the dare and you can win money to the store!
Jess





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Friday, November 17, 2017

Giving Thanks

Hi Everyone, 


I have a quick and easy project for you today.  I love the new Tim Holtz Gift Card Holder die from Sizzix.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and gift cards make the perfect gift.
There are multiple thinlets in the set so I took photos so you can see what each piece is when I put it all together.

There is also a little gift tag die, but I didn't use that one.  I used the Tim Holtz Etcetera paper pad and Kraft core to cut my pieces.
I ran Pumice Stone ink around the edges of the patterned paper and Vintage Photo on the Kraftcore before I glued the pieces together.
Now I am going to work on my embellishments.  I will be using watercolor paper and Magenta's Nuance Powders.  The Nuance Powders come in little jars.  A little bit of this product goes a LONG way.  I poked a hole in the top of the jars using a push pin.  I get really good control this way.  When I am done the pin goes back in and keeps the powder from spilling. 
See those little speckles? That's a couple taps of the Red and the Scarlet Nuance Powder on dry watercolor paper.
This was with a spritz from my water bottle.  It looks kind of like fireworks.
This was with more water and a couple more taps. 
For this piece I used water and then added the powders, just to show you the difference.
I needed more than just red so I grabbed my Distress Oxides in Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, and Vintage Photo.  I smooshed them on my craft mat and spritzed.  

Using the same watercolor paper I ran my paper through the inks.  Remember to dry between layers so you don't get mud!
I used my Sizzix Autumn Gatherings Strip die to cut out my leaves, acorns, and wheat. Be sure to ink the edges of your cut outs so you don't see the white.  I used Vintage Photo to ink mine.  
To color my paper dolls I used Distress Markers in Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade.  I just scribble right on the doll and move the color using a cotton swab.  
I clustered up some of the pieces and decided I needed leaves so I used my Nuance Powder Chartruse for color.  I used my Zip Dry to glue them down and added the "thanks" chit chat sticker.  
The bow was missing something and faux stitching was added using my Black Pen.  
The top just slides up and there are little notches to hold the gift card. 
The final touch was adding a vintage marker and acorn charm.   
I hope you try making your own.  
I would love you to stop over at the My Rusty Crown blog today and check out my tutorial for this cute gift card holder.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Jess

Monday, November 6, 2017

Thankful Frame


Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with a super fun and easy Fall decor project.  This project uses two different frames from Gypsy Soul the Flourished Open Circle Frame(Medium) and the Round Grapevine Frame(coming to the store soon).

Cover your frames in Emerald Creek Embossing powder in Charred Gold.

 Line the back of the large frame with paper.  I used Distress Crayons to age the paper .  Glue on your paper doll and give her some pops of color using Distress Markers.

The vintage flowers were dyed using Distress Spray Stain and bundled with ribbon.  Glue on paper flowers,leaves, and sentiment.

  Flick metallic distress paints and black soot distress paint all over the piece.  And just like that you're done!
A perfect little hostess gift. 
Enjoy! 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Potions Book

Hi Everyone,
Are you ready to get your creep on? Pop over to the My Rusty Crown Blog to see how I made this postions book using Eileen Hull's Journal Die.


Here's a little sneak peek for you.
Jess




Monday, October 16, 2017

Tell Tale Heart

Hi Everyone,
I am up on the Gypsy Soul LAser Cuts blog with a really cool creepy project today.




Take a brown paper sack and crumple it up.  I crumpled and uncrumpled mine several times to get the wrinkles the way I liked them.  I glued the bag to the Faux Book Box using Distress Collage Medium.  Once the collage medium was dry I used Distress Stains to color the paper. I kept adding and wiping away the stain until I was happy with the color.
I added Distress Crayon in Ground Espresso to the book to highlight the wrinkles.
Next I embossed a couple Stackable Labels using Charred Gold and glued them to the cover of the book. 
Printers Ornamental Corners were added to the spine(also embossed with Charred Gold). 
The inside of the box is covered with a paper that looks like weathered wood and the edges are embossed.  
A faux pocket watch has a picture of Poe inside.  I colored the edge with alcohol inks in mushroom and red pepper.  Silk sari ribbon was dyed using Distress Stain in walnut Stain and Alcohol Ink in Red Pepper.  The alcohol ink gave the ribbon the deep red color I wanted.  The watch was then glued on top of the stackable labels.
   
The relics and artifacts heart was painted red and left to air dry.  I added a layer of collage medium onto the heart and heated it with an embossing gun.  The glue bubbled and looked pretty gross(the look I was going for).  I added another layer of red paint to the heart.  
The heart hangs freely in the box so you can hear it bumping around.

I added the quote from the story to complete the tale.  
The back is blank, but you can see how the book looks like wrinkly old leather. 


Happy Halloween!
Jess