Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Bogie and Bacall-for 13 Arts Challenge #58-Vintage Love

    The beautiful moodboard on the 13 Arts blog inspired me to create this layout using some of their gorgeous papers:

I have a "Silver Screen" album and love to make layouts featuring movies and stars, so  after seeing the image of the embracing couple,I thought this photo would be perfect for the theme ("To Have and Have Not", 1944) The title is a well known quote spoken by Humphrey Bogart in one of his movies.
In addition to that image, I picked up some of the colours from the moodboard, especially the coral/pink blend.

The tiny flowers are made with the MS hydrangea punch, and the background was created with homemade texture paste and a Prima stencil, then misted and spattered with several colours and shades.

Here is the link for the challenge as well as the moodboard that inspired my layout.Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, 11 September 2017

Gypsy Journal with Gypsy Soul Lasercuts and 7 Gypsies/Canvas Corp

Hey there crafty friends! I'm excited at the chance to combine goodies from two great companies to put together a fun project; as soon as I saw the 5x7 Naked Journal, I knew I wanted to work with it! I just happened to have some older 7Gypsies paper in my stash that worked great with the newer line, and I put it all together to create what I have called my "Gypsy Journal":

I used the burlap for the cover; I just love the natural, earthy feel and texture of burlap and thought it would create a great backdrop for the Botanical journalling block from GSLC and the other pieces I used.
I painted the journalling block gold, then brushed it with crackle finish; when that was dry I finished it with black acrylic paint and then ran jute through the holes along the edge.

On this page, the chipboard pieces were painted black, then heat embossed in clear before being treated with Dusty Attic Rust Paste and Prima Aged Brass Wax. I used crumpled pieces of a sewing pattern and some similar-coloured burlap as added embellishments.

For this page, the image from the paper takes center stage, but I added a music note which was heat-embossed first with Ranger Antiquities California Stucco, then Lindy's Adobe Fire. A tulle skirt and gemstone "sun" add some extra dimension.

This page features quotes from both the Wanderlust and Gypsy Moments collections-I love how well they work together! I covered the chipboard balloon in patterned paper, then sanded and inked the edges; the horseshoe was heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Copper embossing powder. The feather is real; I found it on the ground at work the other day!(I work at a golf course)

I started this page with an Architextures background, then used the Architextures baskets sticker and an image & quote from the Gypsy Moments paper as the focal points here. I then added the baggage ticket from the Wanderlust paper and the lasercut propeller and hasp. Both pieces were painted black, then rubbed with silver ink. It doesn't take much to alter your chipboard pieces to match any page theme or colour scheme; that's something I love about them!

The chipboard doodles here were painted black then heat-embossed with Lindy's Midnight Gold.

I absolutely loved this image from the Wanderlust paper but had a bit of a freakout when I realized I also loved something from the other side of the paper...(the struggle is real....sigh....) so I used the upper part of the image  and saved the rest for the following page! I thought these celestial pieces were perfect accompaniments to this image; the moon was dry-embossed with this Darice stencil, then painted antique white and brushed with Perfect Pearls. The stars were painted burgundy then brushed with Perfect Pearls as well.I dabbed a tiny bit of water onto my brush to make a paste with the powders.

I loved the door image along with the Milton Berle quote, so created a 2-page spread here. The Architextures wheel sticker was lightly brushed with Aged Brass wax, which I also used on the GSLC lock. The Parchment rubons are fabulous; they go on so easily and are full of great images and quotes! By the way, I used packaging from the journal on this page-it's the beige patterned rectangle in the middle!

There are six pages left in the journal, and I plan to add quotes, images and embellishments I find that speak to me of the "free my gypsy spirit" theme. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope I've been able to inspire you a little; I so enjoyed putting this project together and sharing it with you-have a wonderful and creative week!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Vintage Hanging Album for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello crafters! I love working with vintage photos and was blessed to receive a bunch of them from one of my cousins a while back; many of these photos are about 100 years old! I've made scrapbook layouts with several of the images, and recently decided to make a small heritage album for the cousin who passed the photos on to me to show my appreciation:

I used the Wood Hanging Stand and chose the Baroque pages (there are three different page shapes to choose from, or you can get 2 of each shape).

The first thing I did was cover all the pages with patterned paper; I used the aptly named "Heritage" collection from BoBunny. The warm rich colours go so well with my sepia photos! After tracing the shapes and applying the paper, I sanded the edges gently then inked them with Burnt Sienna ink:

I incorporated some chipboard frames and embellishments into some of my pages as well; this wagon wheel was painted brown, then heat embossed with Pebbled Copper embossing powder.

The dress form was just rubbed with Prima Metallique Wax in Aged Brass and inked on the edges with Ranger Antique Linen distress ink. I fussy cut  flowers from my paper and added those as well.

The key and plate I left "naked", but just rubbed a little of the Aged Brass wax here and there on the surfaces.

This frame was painted a dusty rose colour, then stamped with this Prima stamp and Versamark ink, then heat embossed in Chablis.

This frame was dry embossed, then painted burgundy. I then lightly brushed gold paint over it, and finally rubbed some of the Aged Brass wax here and there.

Here are the rest of the album pages:

The horse and carriage piece was painted a rusty brown, then heat embossed with Ranger Distress embossing powder in Vintage Photo. Afterwards, I rubbed-GUESS WHAT??-yes,you guessed it- Aged Brass Wax here and there over the surface (I'm nothing if not consistent!)

There are six pages included with the standing frame; on this post I've included the pages that featured additional Gypsy Soul chipboard. If you'd like to see the remaining pages in the album, please visit my blog at:

Thanks so much for stopping by;this project took me a while to finish but I really enjoyed putting it together. The frame is sturdy and just fits together with dowels, and the large rings to mount the album are included. Have a terrifically creative week!


Wooden Hanging Stand with Pages
Horse and Carriage
Wheels 1.5 inch Fancy
Dress Forms 1 Miniature Shape Set
Wooden Shape Set-Keys and Plates
Flourished Frames Evie
Music Symbols Shape set
Flourished Frame Mikayla-coming soon
Ornate Doilies-contact store


BoBunny Heritage collection
Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax-Aged Brass
Ranger Distress embossing powder-Vintage Photo
Versamark ink
Prima stamp
Colorbox Chalk Ink-Burnt Sienna

Monday, 10 July 2017

"Faith" Display Tray for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello friends and happy July! I just can't figure out where this year is going! One of my goals for this year was to do more faith-based art, and I recently had the chance to get my hands on some wonderful faith-related patterned papers. The collection I'm showcasing on this project is the aptly titled "Faith" line by Simple Stories:

I added bits and pieces from these two 6x6 pads that were in my stash as well-the colours and patterns coordinated amazingly well with my main paper choice!

For most of the cut-aparts that I used, I just flipped the paper over and traced around the shape, then added a little bit  along each edge before cutting them out. Many of the images were fussy-cut, then applied to contrasting backgrounds.

I adhered all the images I wanted to use to the base of the tray (other than those to be attached to the overlay, or would overlap it.) I used foam adhesive to pop up smaller pieces for dimension and interest.

I painted the overlay piece black, then heat-embossed its entire surface with Ranger Black Sparkle glitter embossing powder. I'm normally not a big glitter user, but I really liked the way it made this project pop!

The buttons were painted in pink and yellow to coordinate with the papers, then heat embossed with a light coat of Ranger Bridal Tinsel glitter embossing powder, then tied with a piece of teal thread.

Close-ups of some of the panels  and the dimensional items added to them:

(the little pieces of clothing were from some very OLD paper in my stash, and I couldn't resist using
them to illustrate a verse starting with the word "clothe"!!)

I hope you enjoyed this lively, uplifting and colourful project of mine as much as I enjoyed creating it!  The positive messages warm my heart; I wish you all a wonderful week full of love, joy and creativity!


Display Tray Dome-coming soon


Simple Stories Faith papers
Pink Paislee Cedar Lane 6x6 pad
BoBunny You're Invited 6x6 pad
Ranger glitter embossing powders