Monday, 23 April 2018

Mini-books and bookcase for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hey crafters! Once again I'm lured by the wondrous appeal of storage and organization, this time using the ATC Bookcase and Faux Book Boxes...

The bookcase went together so easily; I used white glue to assemble it after covering the pieces with the patterned paper I chose. I sanded and inked the edges before assembling, then rubbed the ink over each joint afterwards so the edges blended together.

There were plenty of pretty images in the paper collection to fussy cut and use to decorate my project

I added a mushroom bird and some moss to the top, which I thought suited the garden/nature theme of the papers.

I chose the striped paper for the edges of the faux book boxes to mimic the look of pages; when assembling them, I simply used strips of paper to create "hinges" then covered over them, leaving a                                                      slight gap so the hinge could move.

More images from the papers completed the boxes; I wanted to keep the embellishments to a minimum so that they would fit flat against each other on the bookcase.

I had some lovely 7 Gypsies paper with a row of books, and they were pretty much the perfect width to use on these book boxes for a touch of authenticity-I love how they make the books look almost real!! (although tiny!)

The book boxes are ATC sized, but I'm not sure yet what I will keep in them....heaven knows there are lots of options in this overflowing craft room of mine! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I wish you a wonderful week!



BoBunny Garden Journal papers
7 Gypsies Gypsy Moments paper-Under the Cover
Colorbox Ink
mushroom bird from dollar store
leaf border punch

Sunday, 15 April 2018

All-occasion card and tag for Scrap & Craft

hello crafty friends!! Lynne here with a card and tag set made with the beautiful Morning Dreams II collection; I love the warm, homey look of woodgrain papers and the soft patterns set the background off so well.

I added fussy cut flowers from the paper and a little cheesecloth, then did a little stencilling with texture paste before misting lightly with Tattered Angels glimmer mist.
The title piece was created with a stackable label from Gypsy Soul Lasercuts; I heat embossed the bottom layer and covered the top one with paper before adding a diecut sentiment.

I used the same techniques on the tag, distressing and inking the edges and attaching the fussy cut bits with adhesive foam tape.The diecut sentiment was heat embossed like the label on the card.

The larger white flower is from the store, and the smaller one that I found in my stash coordinated quite well with it.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I wish you a wonderful and creative week!


Monday, 9 April 2018

I do believe in fairies! A layout for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello crafty friends!I absolutely love the wire fairy sculptures by Fantasywire, and have used several of them on layouts; I loved how magical this fairy image looks in the gorgeous frame from Gypsy Soul!

I used the Flourished Open Circle frames and Prima Royal Menagerie papers, fussy-cutting elements from the papers and adding layers and handstitching for interest and dimension. When I handstitch on a project, I usually draw my lines in pencil then poke the holes with a good-sized needle or pin, working with a mouse pad under the project as I pierce it. It is much, MUCH easier to stitch when the holes have been premade like this, and a lot easier on the paper too! I usually use 2 or 3 strands of embroidery floss, depending on the thickness I want.

This butterfly was painter with acrylic paint then heat embossed in clear; I allowed the melted embossing powder to swirl around a bit and make the colours flow.

This butterfly was also painted with acrylic paint and then inked a bit with coordinating colours, but the layer of clear embossing powder was thinner and just meant to give it a bit of a sheen.

The frames and word pieces were all primed in white, then heat embossed with Donna Salazar embossing powder in Jasmine, which created a lovely smooth and shiny surface. I then sponged them with dusty rose pigment ink to echo the colours in the papers.

I popped up the fussy cut bits with some foam tape and added some of my beloved stenciling, and some acrylic dots which echo the touch of warm colour in the photo. I hope you liked my page and wish you a magical day!


Butterflies & Dragonflies

Word Elements 1-small


Prima stencil
Fiskars border punch foam adhesive
acrylic dot stickers
Donna Salazar embossing powder-Jasmine
Versamark Ink
clear embossing powder
Colorbox pigment ink-Dusty Plum
embroidery floss and needle

Thursday, 5 April 2018

April Challenge at Canvas Corp Brands-woodgrain

hi there-I just wanted to let you know there's a great challenge up at CCB for the month of April; this is the sample page I created as a Crew Member there:

I love this photo of my dad with his dog Cody-my dad was a true dog lover and this guy was the last furperson he ever took in. When Cody showed up he was covered in porcupine quills; Dad and his buddies tried to pull them out but ended up having to enlist the help of a veterinarian. Once Cody had recuperated, Dad had a new friend for life!

Here's the blog post with information about the challenge; you can make layouts, cards, 3D, home decor, mixed media, whatever! Check it out and play along :)

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Family-a heritage layout for Scrap & Craft

Hello crafty friends! I'm excited to be posting my first DT project for Scrap & Craft!! I was thrilled to receive my box of goodies from Poland; I love the papers they sent me, and  I decided to create a layout with the beautiful Craft Clock papers, "Always Together" using a heritage photo from about 1915.

The flowers on the papers just begged to be fussy-cut, and I layered them with foam tape.

 I added loops and spirals made out of the paper as well for extra texture and interest.

Some stencilling with texture paste and a little spray of mist finished things off.

Thank you so much for looking! With lovely papers like these, even a fairly simple layout is such a pleasure to create. Have a wonderful day!

supplies used:

clock 9,5 cm
Tattered Angels glimmer mists-
Walnut Gold and Olive Vine
Prima and Crafter's Workshop stencils
Martha Stewart punches
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks-
Olive Pastel and Rose Coral

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

I've joined the 2018 Design Team at Scrap & Craft!

I'm proud and happy to announce that I've been invited to join the Scrap & Craft team for 2018, which features Polish scrapbooking products and includes a lovely and talented group of ladies from all over the world!

I'm eagerly awaiting my first DT box and can't wait to share my creations here as well as on the Scrap & Craft blog!

Monday, 26 March 2018

Risen-an Easter canvas for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hi friends! I love bunnies and chicks (and of course, chocolate!) every bit as much as the next person, but I really wanted to create a meaningful project that reflected the true significance of the Easter season. Gypsy Soul's Gothic Crosses were a perfect start to my 12x12 canvas.

I decided which cross I wanted to use, then found letters in my stash that were an appropriate size and font, and arranged these before adding anything else, just to make sure things would be proportionate.

I ran the cross through this embossing folder before adding the embellishments ( a pearl heart and a piece from the Medallion Flourish Set) to the center of it.

Mod Podge was used to adhere and hold the shape of the cheesecloth that I added to the base of the cross. I was able to play around with positioning of flowers for a bit and then the Mod Podge adhered those as well.Keep in mind that this sort of project can be a great way to use up odd-coloured and mismatched flowers ( I have used some seriously UGLY ones on previous canvases-LOL! Gesso works miracles!!)

No canvas of mine is complete without texture paste! I mixed up a batch and added stencilling in several different patterns for added texture and interest.

I also added some rays emanating from the cross to make the image coma alive even more. These were cut from a sheet of bling sent to me by an online friend a while back., but adhesive rhinestones or pearls would have worked as well, and they often come in lines, so trying to get them on straight is easier than working with individual pieces.

After everything is attached and dried, a couple coats of gesso create a unified surface before colour is added.

The rays inspired me to use sunrise (or "SONrise") colours; I began with the yellow mist and then added some gold, peach and pink shades to create the effect I wanted. I then rubbed Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in Rose Gold over the letters and the dry-embossing of the cross to make them stand out more. I did add a little of it here and there on the flowers and foliage as well, and rubbed some coral ink on the edges of the cross and letters.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my canvas, and I wish you a happy and blessed Easter!

Gothic Cross Set
Flourish medallion Set


Thickers Alphabet
Crafter's Workshop Stencils
Tattered Angels mists
Tim Holtz, Petaloo and Recollections flowers
Mod Podge
homemade texture paste
white gesso