Friday, January 18, 2019

Two of Hearts

Hello!! Happy Friday everyone. I'm here today with a quick little Valentine project inspired by these amazing Heart Playing Cards from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. The instant I saw them I envisioned them all rusty as a frame for some antique photos. Although this was a super easy project I am so pleased with the outcome.

The frames come in a 2 pack and there are 4 pieces total with the fronts and backs. 

Run the frame backs thru your Xyron and apply short hand book text. Trace around the frame opening and then paint the outer edges of the back gold. This gold accent will pop thru once the frame is put together. 


For the top of the frame pieces I used my favorite faux rust treatment. 
 Using a cosmetics sponge apply brown paint and then dip directly into cinnamon. Pounce on more brown paint and heat set. If you have a heat gun that runs hot you can burn the cinnamon for that great crusty effect. But be careful!! 

Photo copy your vintage images. Heat emboss using Baked Texture Vintage Beeswax. Die cut with Stitched Oval die. I heat embossed my images before die cutting so that the die cut details would stand out. 

Cut a length of vintage patterned seam binding and adhere down the center of the frame backs. Adhere the photos centered in the cutout area. 

Adhere frame to the back. And voila you have a super easy antique inspired Valentine in just a few minutes. 

Although its a quick and simple project I love the way these Heart Playing Card frames take the main stage. And be sure to stay tuned on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog this coming Monday Jess from Two Mad Dahlias has a tutorial using these amazing frames as well!!
Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Friday, January 4, 2019

With Wonder Shadowbox

Hello!! Happy Friday and Happy New Year!! I spent the first day of 2019 in my studio playing, and this was the result!! I had put together this Mini Shadowbox a while back and found it in my drawer while looking for the Pocket Watch, which was the inspiration for this whole piece. Being the new year I wanted to make something with a watch or clock theme. From there I just let the piece guide me. Those are always my favorite projects!!  

Begin by covering the inside surfaces of the 3-inch Shadowbox with vintage ledger scraps and cigar label patterned paper from Tim Holtz Paper Stash. Then assemble the box.

Cover the back of the shadowbox with a ruler print patterned paper. Cover the sides of the shadowbox with a faux rust background.  Sand edges and ink to help everything blend together. 

Apply Distress Crazing Medium to back of box and allow to air dry. Once dry add distressing using Prima Artist Powders.

Make a photocopy of a vintage photo booth photo on plain copy paper. Heat emboss two layers of Vintage Beeswax over image. I prefer to do this technique on plain copy paper because of the unique transparent effect it achieves. 

Apply Distress Grit Paste randomly on the 1 1/2 inch Pocket Watch. Allow to air dry. 

Once the Grit Paste has air dried apply a faux rust treatment. 

Stitch photo to pocket watch. Wrap wire around the top of pocket watch. 

Heat emboss the 2-inch clock from the Pocket Watch Assorted Size Set with Burnt Copper Leaves and a sprinkle of Patina Oxide.  

Adhere clock to inside of shadowbox. Add a small screw in hook to top inside of box. 

Add a Gadget Gear to the inside of the clock. In bottom left corner add altered Numeral. I wanted a nod to 2019 so I cut the word nineteen out of the dictionary and adhered it to the metal number. 

Finish off two opposite corners with a corner sticker from Industrious Sticker Gallery. 

Apply Handle with Care ephemera piece to top of shadowbox. 

To finish off the pocket watch add 'wonder' sentiment from Clippings Stickers. Adhere key to bottom of shadowbox. Add a vintage metal film canister lid to bottom of box for a stand. 

I really enjoyed creating this project and love the way it turned out. It was a great way to kick off 2019. I wish you all a very happy year full of renewed creativity!! 
Thanks for stopping by and happy creating my friends ~ Jennalee

Friday, December 21, 2018

Steampunk Tree Topper

Hello and happy Friday!! Christmas is right around the corner so I am sneaking in one last Christmas project this week. At first glance, you wouldn't think Christmas but it is. My hubby started a small Steampunk tree for his man cave. We are still working on collecting ornaments but he requested a tree topper. I got to thinking about the Skeleton Clocks from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and knew they would make a perfect base!! I pulled out my embossing powders and heat gun and got to work. 

Here are the pieces I started out with from top left ATC CoinPhoto Reels MiniaturesGears Shape SetClock Hands Shape Set, Skeleton Clock.

Heat emboss clock and inner ring. I covered the whole clock using Charred Gold and heat set. Then went back and added Oil Rubbed Bronze to the numbers. The inner ring was embossed with Oil Rubbed Bronze. Not pictured is the smaller inner clock that I embossed in Charred Gold. 

For the clock hands I used Burnt Copper Leaves with a few sprinkle of Ancient Amber.

The gears are done in Oil Rubbed Bronze, Burnt Copper Leaves and Ancient Amber. 

I covered the ATC Coin with a piece of aluminum tape that had been embossed and colored with alcohol inks. 

Once I started constructing my clock I realized I needed a layer for the back to hold the 2 clock faces and inner ring together. This Trellis Frame was the perfect size. I painted both front and back black.

At this point, I fit all of the two clocks into each other and added the ATC coin in the center of the smaller clock. I adhered the layers together and backed them with the Trellis Frame. I got so caught up in the flow I forgot to take a picture. 

I used a paper mache cone that I had in my stash to attach to the back of the clock and serve as the tree topper. 

I layered the gears on top of the ATC Coin until I was happy with the configuration. The Photo Reel was embossed with Charred Gold and adhered on top of the Gears. I used a clock key that I found in the jewelry section of Michael's and poked it thru the Clock Hands and Photo Reel.

The clock hands are set at 10:04 as a tribute to Back to the Future as requested by the hubby. I really enjoyed this fairly simple project. If you love heat embossing then you will definitely enjoy it as well. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! ~ Jennalee

Friday, December 7, 2018

Dear Santa Tag

Hello!! Can you believe Christmas is a little over 2 weeks away?!? I have so many Christmas decor ideas but not enough time to make them all. So I really enjoyed taking some time to sit and make this piece. My decor theme this year is Dear Santa so when I was digging thru my Gypsy Soul stash and found this Typewriter Set I knew I had to make some sort of decor piece.  Paired with a tag from the Tag Super Set X made the perfect base.

Prepare Typewriter by heat embossing the body Black and the return bar Burnt Copper Leaves. Cut a piece of cardstock to place behind the typewriter. Heat emboss this piece Champagne. Adhere to back of chipboard typewriter. 

Borrowing the idea from Jess at Two Mad Dahlia's  I bent my tag about 3 inches up from the bottom to create a little shelf/base to the tag. These tags are pretty thick but if you place your tag on a counter top and use the edge for leverage you can easily get it to fold. 
Once folded cover tag with patterned paper from Tim Holtz's Paper Stash Christmas. 

Assemble and paint a box from the Mini Shadow Box  Set Black. Hot glue to your tag. The typewriter will be adhered on top of this box in a few steps. 

Distress your Christmas Ephemera, figure out placement and adhere to tag. 

Type out a letter to Santa. 

Add your typed letter to your chipboard typewriter and adhere to tag. 

Finish off your tag by adding die cut greens and poinsettias. 

A close up of my letter. My hubby wasn't amused. Hehe!! 

I really enjoyed this project and I hope you enjoyed seeing how it came together. What is on your Christmas craft list? I have been sneaking in some knitting while watching Christmas movies. I am currently working on a pair of socks for the hubby.
Leave me a note and let me know you stopped by. 
Happy Creating~ Jennalee