Friday, October 20, 2017

Sugar and Spice Phone Holder

Hi everyone!! I'm here today with a baking themed phone holder for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Fall always brings the urge to bake. I find most of my recipes while scrolling thru Pinterest. So when it comes time to bake I usually just pull the recipe up on my phone which makes this phone holder the perfect kitchen accessory for me.

I come from a family that loves to bake so I dug into my box of old family recipes. Don't worry I made photocopies of the originals.

I started by painting all of the pieces front and back with Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint. I did two layers on the bottom side of the base. 

I made copies of all of the recipes I was considering using. Some of the recipes were lighter than I wanted. I added a little touch of vintage using instant coffee in a spray bottle. To help blend the edges of each card on the project I added a bit of Distress ink to the edges of each card. 

Once I figured out the placement of my recipe cards I adhered them to the phone holder using Distress Collage Medium and a palette knife. Make sure when adhering your paper to not cover the tabs. Once the Collage Medium dried I went back in with an exacto knife and cut out the notch holes on the base piece. 

I found a wooden die cut in my stash that says "sugar" I painted it in Abandoned Coral Distress Paint and adhered it to the phone holder. I left the edges the natural color of the piece. 

I added a strip of vintage Savers Coupons on the base. Using my finger and the same Cracked Pistachio paint from before I added some paint to edges of the piece and where seams of the cards met.  Before assembling the phone holder I used a brush and applied a layer of Distress Collage Medium to all of the surfaces to help protect the piece.

I used Beacon 3 in 1 adhesive to attach my pieces. 

I hope you enjoyed this project and that it inspires you to bake something yummy today!! I know I'm in the mood to get baking. Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Creating ~ Jennalee

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th

Hello!! Happy Friday the 13th!! I've always found this day to be a day of luck. 

I have a tutorial featuring my favorite number to share with you over on the My Rusty Crown blog. I hope you'll stop by and take a look. 

Here are a couple sneak peeks for you. 

Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Junk Journal featuring GSL

Hi everyone, Jennalee here today with a quick junk journal featuring lots of fun Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. When I saw the Queen Anne's Lace flower laser cuts I instantly knew I wanted to make a junk journal with them. You'll have to forgive me I got so caught up in the creating process I forgot to take step by step pics, but don't worry I'll walk you thru the process. Let's get started!!

The largest of the 3 Queen Anne's Lace flowers is the star of the layered and stitched cover. 

To color the flower paint a layer of Raw Umber. Allow to dry, Spray with a gold shimmer spray. Begin by adding random swipes of gesso using a palette knife to the front cover. Then stitch on a layer of green burlap. 

On top of the burlap layer and stitch scraps of vintage book text. Then glue on small pieces of ephemera. 

Run a decorative stitch down the edge of the cover. Alternately you could stamp a border along the edge. 

For the title page stitch together a collage of vintage book text. Glue onto first page. Emboss Scribble Frame Leaves. Determine the position of the frame on page. Paint a layer of gesso where frame will go to allow for the addition of a title to be added. 

Color the mid-sized Queen Anne's Lace piece the same as the piece used on the cover. 

For all pages of the junk journal tear or cut vintage dictionary pages to size. Add decorative stitching to edges of each dictionary page. Using a palette knife spread a layer of gesso across the text. This allows for a "blank" background for each journal page. Writing or collage can be added as desired. Glue each dictionary page into the journal.  

Emboss Printers Ornament Corners with Salted Wine. Glue to opposite corners. 

Color the smallest Queen Anne's Lace piece same as before. Glue into journal spread. 

To add some interest to the edges and draw people into your journal add some pieces that hang off the edge of the page. 

Emboss Meadow Flowers using Camo Ammo. Glue along bottom edge of the final page of journal. 

Here is a side view of all the chunky goodness peeking out. I absolutely love how the Scribble Frame Leaves hang out over the edge. 

I hope you enjoyed this quick little journal. It was such a joy to make. I love how easy the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts made this project. Thanks for stopping!! Happy Creating~ Jennalee 


Friday, September 15, 2017

Rusty Wings

Hello!! I have been seeing faux rust projects everywhere. The wheels started turning and inspiration struck. This set of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts wings were the perfect piece to "rust" up. If you haven't figured it out yet I love keys and locks. The engraved keys (coming soon) are full of detail and so beautiful. 

Begin by painting wings both front and back with Raw Umber. Allow the first layer to dry. Once dry apply a second layer of Raw Umber. While paint is still wet apply ground cinnamon to wing. Once the second layer was dry I sprayed my wings with hairspray to hold on the cinnamon layer. 

Once the wings are dry add some touches of gold Metallique wax. Emboss lock and key with Burnt Copper Leaves and highlight with gold Metallique wax. The details on the lock and key really pop once embossed. 

Cut out a primitive dress shape and stamp with Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo. I sprayed the dress with a mix of instant coffee. The combination of coffee and Distress Oxides provides the perfect mixture for a vintage look. Messy stitch around dress. 

Layer the engraved lock on top of a coffee stained crocheted medallion. Apply the layered piece to dress. 

Apply wings to back of dress using strong hold double sided tape or hot glue. 

Attach engraved key with a couple stitches using thick floss and needle. 

Thank you for stopping by!! I hope you enjoyed this rusty project. I forgot to mention it smells heavenly. The cinnamon on the wings and the coffee stained dress create such a pleasing scent. Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Altered Composition Books for My Rusty Crown

Hello!! Happy Friday!! 
Does your heart skip a beat when you see school supplies hit the shelves? I love the promise of new notebooks and crayons!! 

I am sharing some fun altered Composition Books over on the brand new My Rusty Crown blog

If you know me you know I LOVE my Character Construction stamps and they are the star of the show. 

Here is a sneak peek. For all the details and a step by step picture tutorial for the vintage skirt book be sure to check out my post here 

Friday, September 1, 2017

It's a Good Day to Craft

Hi!! I'm here today with a fun mash-up from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and 7Gypsies.
Our theme was "Small World". I was digging thru my stash of awesome Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and ran across the Mini House Shadow Box #1 and from there my idea took shape when I started looking thru the awesome 7Gypsies pieces we were sent. 

I started by painting all the pieces of the Mini House Shadow Box a mint green.

I then added 7Gypsies Architextures Junque Pack - Attic. I added a touch of Ivory acrylic paint to the raised parts of the Architextures sticker. 
Picture courtesy of 7Gypsies website 

One of my favorite parts of the 7Gypsies line is their packaging. It can easily be incorporated into your project. I used the packaging from the Architexture stickers to line the floor of the Mini House Shadow Box and the outside walls. I cut to size and applied using Distress Collage Medium. Added a coat of Distress Collage Crazing Medium. Once the Crazing Medium dries enhance crazing with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.

The idea for a sewing themed Shadow Box came from one of the tiny clippings off this charming scrapbook paper Go & Be. 

Picture courtesy of 7Gypsies website 

The "A Good Day to Craft" clipping made me think of spending a day in my studio surrounded by my favorite supplies. I cut the "good day" clipping and added a bit of Burnt Copper Leaves around the edges to make a frame. 

To complete the roof I added strips cut from the To & Due paper. 

Picture courtesy of 7Gypsies website

Then it was time to decorate my little studio shadow box. I used charms I found in the jewelry section at Michael's. I got a little too excited and forgot to take pictures before throwing out the packaging. Oops!! I added a couple vintage buttons from my stash to complete the piece. 

I love the shadow boxes from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!! This was my first time working with products from 7Gypsies and I think it's safe to say it won't be my last. 

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. And remember it's always "A Good Day to Craft". 
~Happy Creating Friends~ Jennalee 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Unlock Your Dreams- Heartfelt House Die Project

Hello!! I was recently the lucky winner of a giveaway on the Eileen Hull Fan Club Facebook page. I won Eileen's new Heart Felt House Pocket die. I love house shapes in art so I was very excited to add this die to my collection. There are so many ideas dancing around in my head!! 

The House Pocket die was the perfect base for the piece I had in mind. I picked up a couple beautifully vintage escutcheon plates while junking and could not wait to use one. 

I started with a simple collaged background and added some random swipes of gesso. I used my new favorite instant coffee. I keep a small spray bottle at the ready with instant coffee and water mixed, ready to spray at any time. 

I used one of my favorite stamps. This girl speaks to me and inspires me to keep searching and seeking for my dreams. 

As you may know, I love keys and try to sneak them in whenever I can. So naturally doors and houses need keys, right? 

I have been enjoying working with wire and sneaking it into my projects. A wire hanger was the perfect addition to take this piece from flat to a dimensional wall hanging. 

As always I snuck in some messy stitching and buttons. 

Have you made anything with inspiring die? Be sure to check out the Makers Challenge over on the Sizzix blog. Thank you for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me. Comments always bring a smile so leave a quick note and let me know you stopped by. 
Happy Creating Friends!!