Friday, October 20, 2017

How to Video - Halloween Bat Decor with ColourArte

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share another DIY video tutorial using a flat wooden bat silhouette shape that I got from my local Michael's craft store.  Since I am all about dimension and details, I knew I had to do something to bring this flat surface to life.  You can apply all of these techniques to any project, so I hope to inspire you and spark your imagination for any project you make.


ColourArte Supplies Used:
Radiant Gels - Periwinkle
Vivid Ultra Metallics
  China Black
  Ginger Peach
  Solar Gold
  True Metals Autumn Flame
  Snap Dragon
  Bolivian Blue
  Autumn Leaf

Other Supplies Used:
Creatology Halloween Bat Plaque
Liquitex Black Gesso
Finnabair Graphite Texture Paste
DecoArt Media White Crackle Paste

I hope you enjoyed my video today.  As always, thanks so much for watching, and have a safe and very Happy Halloween!!!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

How to Make Quick & Easy Halloween Candles From The Dollar Store

Hi everyone!  I have a quick and easy Halloween candle for you to make, whether just for fun, or for your  home d├ęcor.  Since I found these at my local Dollar Store, you can make lots of them for your holiday decorating or gift giving, They would also make nice party favors for your guests to take home.

Here is a short video tutorial showing how easy these are to make, and they look great!

Supplies Used:

GSL Trick or Treaters Border (contact store)
GSL Rickety Fence With Cats
GSL Spooky Shape Set
Battery-operated candles (Dollar Store)
#48 Glama Natural Clear Translucent Parchment Paper
Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter
Xyron machine or doube sided adhesive sheets
Halloween Ribbon
Decorative Punches (grass) (fence not used)

I am also entering this in the PaperArtsy 2017 Topic 14 Glitter Challenge.  Unfortunately, I didn't use any PaperArtsy stamps or products, but I was totally inspired by the JoAnns blog post, and I used a lot of glitter on the background vellum paper.  

I hope you have been inspired by my project today and will check out the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts shop to see the fabulous Halloween collection (and more) for all your holiday decorating.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Needles and Pins Art Journal with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Canva Corp

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog, and this month, we are cross-promoting with Canvas Corp, and look at all the goodies they sent. Thank you Canvas Corp for your generosity!

And I thought these products would make a fantastic sewing-themed mini book.  Apologies in advance as this is a very photo heavy, long post, but I hope you enjoy it.

So, I am using the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Art Journal as my base.  As you can see, there are lots of chipboard pages to use, never mind how many sheets of double-sided paper you may or may not choose to add.  The possibilities are endless. 

I pulled threads and frayed two edges (top and left in the photo below) to find the "square" edge so that I could use the book to measure where to cut the canvas (the bottom edge in the photo below).  Lay the covers on your canvas, one at a time, aligning the side with the holes along the selvage edge (right side in photo below) of the canvas. 

Cut the canvas along the bottom edge, leaving approximately 1/4" edge to fray.  I like to pull a thread to get a straight line to cut along. 

Lay book covers onto  Gypsy Seamstress Collection: Spools paper and trace around them, as shown.

Glue the canvas pieces to the outside of each cover.

Then glue the print papers to the inside front and back covers.

I had enough canvas material left, so while I was at it, I cut two more pieces the same size to add as canvas pages.  I used my crop-a-dile tool to punch holes and add eyelets to strengthen the holes.

Cut 8 sheets of the French General print paper measuring 5" x 7" for the inside chipboard pages.  These papers are all double sided, so you will have more choices as to which side or sides to use.

Cover both sides of chipboard pages, as shown below.  (TIP: Use chipboard to mark binding holes and punch or cut out holes before covering each page.  I used a 3/8" hole punch I had in my stash).

Cut 8 sheets of the French General paper measuring 6" x 7-1/4" for the inside tabbed chipboard pages. 

Cover both sides of each tabbed chipboard page and trim away excess paper, as shown below. 

Cut 4 sheets of the French General paper measuring 1-5/8" x 7-1/4" for the inside book mark chipboard pages.

Cover both sides of each chipboard bookmark and trim away excess paper, as shown below. 

Cut 4 more sheets of the French General paper measuring 5" x 7" for the back side only of the corrugated chipboard pages. 

Cover only the smooth side of each corrugated chipboard page, as shown below. 

The pretty red and blue ticking pieces from Canvas Corp matched my papers perfectly, and so I wanted to cut and fray the edges of each color to make additional fabric pages for my art-journal-turned-mini-album.  I punched holes and added eyelets to each page the same as I did for my canvas pages.  I found a couple of pieces of ephemera in the French General collection and stitched them to each page, as shown.

You can make pockets to any size you wish to fit onto your page(s), whether larger or smaller.  The measurements I used for my pocket, shown below, are 4"H x 6"W.  The top was punched with a decorative edge punch.  The remaining sides and bottom were scored 1/2" in on each side, folded, and corners were mitered for a clean corner.  

I added score-tape along the folded edges, as shown, and then these can be added to any page you chose.   Just adjust your measurements for whatever size you want or need, such as journaling cards or other ephemera you want to store.

Heat emboss Flourished Frame Karen with Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder.

Use packaging from 7Gypsies Architectures Treasures, and trace around frame with pencil.  Cut out middle section and glue to back of frame.

Glue framed piece to front cover.

Computer generate a title for your book to fit onto one of the Stackable Labels Shape Set labels.  I chose "Needles and Pins" for my title.  Glue to top piece of label and distress with brown ink.  Heat emboss bottom piece of label with Charred Gold embossing powder.  Glue both together and glue to front cover.  (See photo of finished cover)

Heat emboss stand portion of dress form with Weathered Wood embossing powder. 

(TIP:  I added brown archival ink over the embossing to give it a deeper browncolor).  Cover body portion with self adhesive print fabric from the French General collection.  This will be glued to front cover (see photo of finished cover).

Heat emboss stand portion of dress form with Charred Gold embossing powder.  Cover body portion with self adhesive print fabric from the French General collection.  Set aside for use on inside pages.

Heat emboss stand portion of dress form with Hammered Metal embossing powder.  Cover body portion with self adhesive print fabric from the French General collection.  Set aside for use on inside pages.

On the back of a tag, use the Architextures Parchment Rub-On - Inspire to add the quote and whatever image you like.  This is just one example of many I used throughout the book.  They are really fun and easy to use, and they add a real vintage feel to your project.

The rest of the pictures are of those pages I "finished", at least for now.  This is not all of the pages inside this book.  A journal of this size will be a work in progress for me for quite some time.  Even when I think I have finished, I will continue to collect, save, and add more to my pages as time goes on.  But in the meantime, I wanted to show you the pages as they are "finished" at this time.  If you are using this as a photo album, then some of the pages are perfectly suited to the addition of family photos.  Just simply mat your photo with coordinating solid paper and slap it in there.  LOL

Front Cover

Inside Front Cover
Canvas Corp 7Gypsies Architexture Treasures - Vintage Sewing Machine
Page with tags and cards 
Page with tags and cards removed
Reverse of tag shows Canvas Corp rub-on added
Page with Canvas Corp parchment rub-on (dress form)
Corrugated page with tags and cards 
Corrugated page with tags and cards removed
Reverse of tag shows Canvas Corp rub-on added
Page with fussy cut spools from 7Gypsies paper with tags and cards
Page with fussy cut spools from 7Gypsies paper with tags and cards removed
Page with GSL dress form shape
Canvas Corp 7Gypsies Architecture Junque Pack (hanging lamp)
Page with tag inserted in pocket
GSL Dressforms 2 Shape Set
Page with tag removed from pocket
Reverse of tag shows Canvas Corp rub-on added
Corrugated page with handmade flowers
Canvas Natural burlap piece holding small stick pin
Two pages made from Canvas Corp Ticking (red and blue)
Tags sewn onto each piece of fabric
Inside back cover
Canvas Corp 7 Gypsies Architexture Treasures - Old Scissors
Outside Back Cover
Canvas Corp Natural Canvas covering

Supplies Used:

GSL Art Journal
GSL Stackable Labels Shape Set
GSL Dressforms 2 Shape Set
GSL Flourished Frame Karen
Canvas Corp
   Natural canvas fabric
   Ivory burlap fabric
   Ticking fabric (red, blue)
   Colored Burlap (aqua, ivory)
   7Gypsies 12x12 paper - Gypsy Seamstress Collection:  Spools
   7Gypsies 12x12 paper - Gypsy Seamstress Collection:  Buttons
   7Gypsies Architecture Treasures - Vintage Sewing Machine
   7Gypsies Architecture Treasures - Old Scissors
   7Gypsies Architxtures Junque Pack - Library
   7Gypsies Architextures Parchment Rub-On - Inspire
French General paper collection (Jolee's Boutique by EK Success)
French General embellishments and ephemera
Floral edge punch (Martha Stewart)
Buttons punch (EK Success)
Scor-tape (or any adhesive you have on hand)
Embossing Powders (Emerald Creek)
Lace, metal embellishments, gem stickers, etc. (from my stash)

If you are reading this, then I thank you for sticking with me.  I will continue to work in this book, adding and decorating each page, which is the most enjoyable part for me.  I don't like to rush this part, but I enjoy the "hunt" for more items to add. 

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and have wonderful, creative day!  


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pyramid Base Display Shelf Tutorial

Hi everyone!  Barbara Rankin here today with another video tutorial using Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Pyramid Base Display Shelf.  This is such a fun and useful piece, and can be personalized to any taste simply by changing the paper, or paint, or what have you.  Use whatever you have and proudly display your mini collections.  



I found these miniature vintage items on eBay and I've just been waiting for the right display piece to come along.  I am so pleased with the way this turned out.  

Supplies Used:
GSL Pyramid Base Display Shelf
GSL Stackable Labels Shape Set
GSL Words and Phrases 1 (Memories)
GSL Art Deco Corner Set
GSL Border Sticks Floral
GSL Topiary Trees
Blue Fern paper collection (Timeless)
PVA Glue (Paper Source) (optional: Elmer's Glue)
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Aleene's Quick Grab Glue
FolkArt Chalk Paint (Spanish Moss)
DecoArt Chalk Paint (Timeless, Rustic, Carbon)
Jacquard Lumiere 3D Metallic Paint (Brass)
Makeup sponges
1" Sponge Brush
Flower Soft (Christmas Green, Shamrock Green, Ultra Fine Pine)
Distress Ink (Tattered Rose)
Sand paper and sanding grip (Tim Holtz)

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and I hope I have inspired you to try making your own display shelf, whether for yourself or for a gift.  Remember, Christmas is just around the corner, and who doesn't love a handmade gift?  

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, crafty day!