Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas House Ornaments

Hi Everyone,

Jess here today with a quick last minute ornament or gift tag.
Start with your Simple House Ornament cover both sides in the paper of your choosing. I added a bit of shimmer using my clear shimmer pen.  I tried to capture it in the photos, but it's so subtle.  

Apply a thin layer of white acrylic paint to both sides of your Snowflake Border.  You won't need the whole border.  I placed mine on top of my ornament and got a basic placement idea and then trimmed it accordingly.  
Once your paint is dry, emboss the snowflakes using Fractured Ice Embossing powder. 

Color your Tim Holtz paper doll using Distress Markers.  I also added some stickles for sparkle. 
Glue your snowflakes to your house(be sure you don't cover the hole in the top of the ornament).  Add your people using some foam tape for dimension.  Add stickers from the Tim Holtz Christmas clippings stack.  A little bakers twine and your ornament is finished.   

I liked this so much I made a second ornament using the same process, but these snowflakes are embossed with Charred Gold.The paper doll had a tiny jingle bell added to his hand.
Have a very Merry Christmas,

Sunday, December 17, 2017

You Are Amazing Greeting Card

Hey there GSL Peeps! Ginny here to share a card I created with some of my fave chippies. I mean... to be fair I love all the frames. But sometimes just the right  frame is  the perfect addition to a project.
I feel like this card is so sweet and whimsical with the fairy and butterfly.
The chipboard layered in creates so much depth and texture.
I've added a few additional elements like vintage buttons and vintagy metal keys.
Spacers between the layers to build up the scene and keep it from looking busy.
Okay..maybe it's a little busy...but in a totally fabulous way!
A proper fairy card needs loads of flowers and I think we have the perfect amount! I've also tucked in some ribbon and twine to fill in this arrangement.
Picking just the right chippies....

Adding sparkle to the stars with antique gold embossing powder then adding heat to set the powder.
The frame is finished with pink embossing powder that has just a bit of gold flake in it. It was a bit too large so I snipped it in half to fit the card perfectly.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts~Deco Stars, Flourished Frame Lisa.

Okay that's all for me. Wishing you all a happy and productive day : ) G

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Seasons of Joy Christmas Scissors by Pam Bray

Happy Saturday to all of our Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts Fans!!! Pam here today to share with you a fun and easy Seasons of Joy Christmas Scissors Wall Décor to add to your holiday decoration this year or to gift to a special person on your holiday list!

Begin by painting Scissors Wall Décor with black paint, dry. Repeat with Weathered Wood; dry and lastly with Crackle Paste to achieve the crackle look. Next you will give a wash of the yellow and red paint; drying between coats. Lastly, add different layers of Metallic Lustre to achieve that vintage, rusty feel you like for your Seasons of Joy Christmas Scissors Wall Décor. Spatter with white and black paint; dry.

Paint a frame from the Filigree Frames and Shape Set using paint and lustre to continue your vintage look. Adhere to the center of the prepared scissors. Add chipboard piece to center of frame. Wrap frame with brown twine. 

Add miniature poinsettia, white flowers, berries and pinecones randomly along edge of Filigree Frame. 

 Paint Leafy Swirl with paint and apply a bit of the lustre to edges. Stamp with background stamp and black paint. Spatter with white and black paint. Adhere prepared Leafy Swirl under florals.

Add tan twine bow and rusty jingle bells to finish your Seasons of Joy Christmas Scissors. 

I hope you are inspired to create the Seasons of Joy Christmas Scissors for your gift giving this holiday season or to keep in mind as you enter the New Year. Now to a bit of a sad ending...this is my last official post as part of the Gyspy Soul Design Team but never fear you will continue to see me use Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Chipboard and you never know I may show back up here to do a few Guest Spots. You can follow my blog at Scrapbook Flair and I will always direct you back to the store to find the pieces I use when creating with Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts. Hugs Pam

Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts Scissors Wall Decor
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Leafy Swirl
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Filigree Frames and Shapes
Graphic 45 Seasons Chipboard
SinCity Stamps
MayArts Ribbon
DecoArt Media Paints: Titanium White, Carbon Black, Yellow Oxide, Cadmium Red Hue, Titan Buff, Blue Green Light, Crackle Paint
Deco Art Metallic Lustre: Gold Rush, Copper Kettle, Elegant Emerald, Radiant Rain
Americana Weathered Wood
Miniature Flowers, Pinecones, Berries

Friday, December 15, 2017

Easy Snowflake Earrings

Hello!! Jennalee here today with a super easy project. Although it's a super easy project it's sparkly and perfect for any upcoming Ugly Sweater parties you may be attending. When I recently got the Snowflakes Mini set they screamed earrings to me!

I chose 2 snowflakes from the Snowflake Mini set to emboss and layer. As you can see there are some fantastic shapes in the mini set. 
I simply heat embossed each snowflake. The bottom red snowflake I embossed both front and back because they are dangly both sides will be visible. My biggest tip for embossing any chipboard is to use an Embossing Ink Dabber. It makes heat embossing chipboard a breeze! After both snowflakes are embossed use a strong hold adhesive to adhere the two together. Then simply loop onto an earring hook. 

I thought these would make an adorable hostess gift. To up the presentation, a handmade tag is always the answer. I covered the smallest tag from the Stagger Tags Small with a piece of scrapbook paper. I then added a border of gold heat embossing around the edge of the tag. To make the pop-up I used a strip of paper matching the background of the tag. Fold in thirds and then fold the 2 outer thirds in half. Punch holes and glue only the outer most folds to the tag to make it pop. Thread earrings thru. 

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project. I know this time of year is a blur for most of us, but this is a last minute gift you can sneak in in a matter of minutes and dazzle everyone with the final product. Wishing you a Happy Holiday!! ~ Jennalee 

Snow flakes shape set minis

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas House Shadow Box

Hi everyone!  How's your Christmas shopping coming along?  If you need an idea for a unique gift this Christmas, how about making a shadowbox for someone special.  They can display it every year and think of you.

This one is a little tricky, so lay out all the pieces and, like a puzzle, dry fit them together.  Everything will fit perfectly once you figure how they work together.  I hope these pictures below will help you easily align everything.

view from bottom

view from top

Be sure to glue the inside portions of the house together first.  See photo below.

Next, glue the three outer sides.

Then glue the roof down, and set aside to dry.  (TIP:  I have my shadowbox sitting on a non-stick mat to keep any seeping glue from adhering it to my work surface.)

Prime chipboard with white gesso.  This step is optional, but as a mixed media artist, I find that it will give me a clean, smooth surface with tooth to accept any layers I decide to add, even if I decide to glue papers down.

Cut a piece of 12x12 paper to fit inside each cubby.  I used Bo Bunny's Snowy Serenade Overture paper, but you can use whatever paper you have on hand.  You may have noticed that I have not adhered these down yet because I want to paint the box with a coordinating color.

I like to use my Xyron 510 sticker machine to run my papers through.  This will make it really quick and easy to add them later, when I get the back side finished.  Run all your paper strips and pieces that will fit through the Xyron 510 sticker maker.  

Remove the pieces of paper and number them to correspond to each cubby.  This will make it easier to replace them with less opportunity to make a mistake.  I did not number the triangle piece as it is the only one shaped like that.

Cut strips of music paper to fit the roof and adhere.  Turn excess paper to back side, as shown.

Cover the bottom and sides of the shadowbox, turning excess paper to the back, as shown.

Cut paper to fit the triangle shape and adhere to top portion of shadowbox on the back, as shown. 

Cut a separate piece of the same paper to fit the bottom half of the house.  If your paper has a pattern, try to match it up or at least align the paper so it looks pleasing to the eye.  You can disguise the seam with lace or some of the chipboard Border Sticks that GSL carries.

I've decided to paint the inside cubbies with a color to match the background paper.  I didn't have the exact color, so I just mixed up a color to match.  You can see where I was testing colors on the back of some of the cubbies where it will later be covered with the paper.

Now it's time to adhere those papers that were cut and numbered to fit in each cubbie that was also numbered to correspond.

Cut two pieces of shell borders to fit along top of roof, and miter the center pieces to fit together.  Use a makeup sponge to dab white gesso over border and, while gesso is still wet, sprinkle ultra-fine gold glitter over it.  (TIP:  Catch extra glitter in a coffee filter and use the filter to pour it back into its bottle.)  Repeat this for both sides, since both sides will show above the roof line.

Glue border sticks to roof line, as shown.  Don't worry if the miter isn't perfect.  It will be covered in the next step.

Use makeup sponge to add white gesso to both sides of snowflake and cover with the white crystal snow glitter, then glue to center of roof top, covering the mitered join.  I also added strips of white Dresden border to the three horizontal shelves, as shown.

Cut seven snowflakes from the snowflake border from the Winter Shape Set, and repeat process as for the large snowflake above.

Adhere along seam line where square and triangular papers meet.

I thought the snowflake border looked a little lonely, so I repeated the process on three more snowflakes of different sizes and glued them to the back, as shown.

Glue metal feet to base of shadowbox with E-6000 glue.  See photo of finished project.

Use white gesso and white crystal snow glitter to decorate more snowflakes and part of the snowflake border.

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When dry, adhere the snowflake border and snowflakes inside the cubbies, as shown.  You can always make more if needed.

Use a craft knife to separate the reindeer from the Santa's Sleigh Border.

Paint and glitter the reindeer, again using the same process of white gesso and gold ultra fine glitter.

Glue reindeer feet to cubbie with white snowflake paste, as shown.

Decorate with whatever embellishments you wish to use, and change it up for whatever the season or theme.  Here are some close-ups of each little cabbie.  Each one is a little scene.

side view of shadow box
Supplies Used:
GSL House Shadow Box
GSL Santa's Sleigh Border
GSL Border Sticks Shell
GSL Snowflake Shape Set
GSL Winter Shape Set
GSL Snowflake Border
DecoArt Media White Gesso
DecoArt Media White Tinting Medium
Miss Lillian's Chanel Chock Paint
PVA white glue (any brand)
12x12 scrapbook paper (Bo Bunny)(Colorbok)(Paper Studio)
Gold Ultra Fine Glitter
White Crystal Snow Fine Glitter
Baroque Dresden Border White
Snowflake Paste (Finnabair)
E-6000 glue
Christmas embellishments (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Tim Holtz, etc.)

I know this post is quite long and full of pictures, but I believe a picture is worth a thousand words, and I know from my own experiences that sometimes when I refer to something that is unfamiliar to you, a picture of it would have been helpful.  So, if you made it this far, thanks for staying with me.

I hope you enjoyed my project today and that you have been inspired to make a little Christmas-themed shadowbox for display in your home this holiday.  I plan to sit mine on my fireplace mantel.  What will you do with yours?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful holiday season!!!