Saturday, 14 October 2017

Anne Sullivan page for 7 Dots Sept/Oct Challenge


I created a layout for the current challenge at 7 Dots Studio (the link to the challenge can be found HERE) The theme is a favourite historical figure, and I chose Anne Sullivan, who was Helen Keller's teacher, mentor and lifelong friend. Pretty much everyone knows who Helen Keller was, but few recognize the name of the person responsible for her success and even her very ability to communicate. I've always admired her dedication and commitment, as well as the love and devotion she felt for Helen. Visually impaired herself, she spent hours reading and spelling the books out to Helen via sign language on her hand, and did this with textbooks and lectures throughout Helen's education, including Harvard university. 

I used the lovely Thoughts Keeper collection paper for my page, and added Prima and Recollections flowers, some edge punching with a Martha Stewart punch, misting in Mister Huey's Classic Tan, and some bits and pieces from my stash. The quote reads, "It is a rare privilege to watch the birth, growth, and first feeble struggles of a living mind; this privilege is mine."

Thanks so much for stopping by and  have a terrific day!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

"Delicate" layout for More than Words October Challenge

hi there friends! As soon as I saw the prompts for this month's challenge on More than Words, I knew it was right up my alley; I love creating soft, delicate layouts and incorporating fabric into my projects.

You can find information about their challenge HERE

I have made several layouts with photos of these gorgeous wire fairies; I love that they are so delicate while being made of such strong material. I found the images on Facebook, made by a company called Fantasy Wire. I chose delicate pastel papers from Pion Design and incorporated several different types of fabric/fiber to my page-the ribbon roses, vintage doily, tulle, green cloth ribbon, and thread. The chipboard pieces are very ornate and delicate as well. I loved both prompts and enjoyed using them to create this page! Thanks for stopping by to look :)

Monday, 9 October 2017

"darkness" mixed media canvas for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts and Chiaroscuro

Hey there crafty friends; as some of you may know, I don't tend to make a lot of Halloween projects, especially not the really creepy things, but this one is a bit of an exception. Our local art store is having a Halloween-themed competition, and I decided to throw my (pointy, black) hat into the ring!

We had the choice of either a 16x20 black canvas or 9x12 black or canvas drawing paper, so of course I scooped a canvas, as I love using my Gypsy Soul chipboard for assemblage on canvases or on 3D items.

After attaching the image and the quote, I chose my chipboard pieces from several shape sets. The bats were run through a reptile-skin embossing folder before being attached to the canvas.

The tree was run through a woodgrain embossing folder.

The ravens were covered with texture paste; I used my finger to spread it to get the rough, feathery texture I wanted.

I arranged the chipboard pieces and a variety of flowers, fibers, metal items, etc onto the canvas in a diagonal pattern and stencilled here and there with texture paste. Keep in mind that projects like this are a great way to use up odd coloured items, and you can mix metals, as they will all be covered in black gesso before any colour is added.

After everything was arranged the way I wanted, I covered everything except the paper image (which was found in Googe images) in black gesso.

The next part was so much fun; I had just gotten two new Art Alchemy waxes with this project in mind and couldn't wait to try them out! I started with the Aged Iron Metallique Wax and applied it to most of the embellishments and raised surfaces, using my finger and a small piece of paper towel for blending. I then began adding Royal Robes (purple) Opal Magic Wax here and there, rubbing some into some flat parts of the canvas as well.

I liked the effect of just these two colours but was bothered by the contrast between the sheen of the waxed parts and the matte finish of the areas without I pulled out a couple other goodies-ColourArte Silks in Iridescent Green and Twinkling H20s in Meridian blue. I concentrated these mostly on the areas of flat canvas that had not been coloured, although I did add a little to some of the embellishments to make them stand out a bit more. When I was done adding these colours I was much happier with the overall effect. I then sprayed a little Perfect Pearls mist in Pewter, mostly in the larger open spaces, to soften the lines created by brushing on the paints I added a few tiny acrylic teardrops here and there and then I was done.

I had a great time getting in touch with my dark side on this project, and I hope you enjoyed seeing my canvas and how easy it is to create cool (and creepy) effects! Have a great week; I hope you find the time to get messy and creative :)


tree-Winter Shape Set
bats & ravens-Creepy Critters 
spider/web-Creepy Corners1
Barbed Wire Shape Set


Prime Art Alchemy Waxes
-Royal Robes
-Aged Iron

ColourArte Silks-Iridescent Green
ColourArte Twinkling H20s-Meridian
Perfect Pearls mist-Pewter
black gesso
Aleene's Tacky glue
embossing folders and Cuttlebug

Monday, 25 September 2017

Golden Fall Wreath for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello friends and happy Fall! I decided that this week it was time to take down my spring/summer wreath with the soft lavender florals and create something just right for this time of year, and the Fall Shapes Set provided me with exactly what I needed.

I spray painted my straw wreath gold, using this paint (although I'm sure any brand would work equally well)

The leaves were  run through my Cuttlebug in this embossing folder: , then painted with gold acrylic paint. I then lightly rubbed them  here and there with Art Alchemy Metallic Wax and a bit of copper acrylic paint.

The pumpkin was painted with the copper paint, but I wanted to add dimension, so I cut the shape out from patterned paper (7 Dots Thoughts Keeper), scored it, and rubbed over the scored lines with the metallic wax. It was then glued onto the chip
board pumpkin.

I coloured the metal embellishments and paper flowers with the same supplies as these pieces, but the banner pieces were simply painted with the 2 colours of acrylics, then I lightly brushed a bit of metallic wax on the outer edges. The pieces were glued together, then attached to a piece of twine.

The hanging metal acorns are bells that I found at a cute shop here in my town; I just added a little metallic paint and wax to soften the colours and help them coordinate better with everything else.

I have to confess that the bright oranges and rust colours that are often used in fall decor are not my favourites, so I was pleased with the effect of the metallics combine with natural elements like straw and twine, and I hope you like the finished look as well! Thanks so much for stopping by, and may you "fall" in love with creating all over again!!

Fall Shape Set


Art Alchemy Metallic Wax-aged copper
Darice embossing folder
& Dots paper
Krylon gold spray paint
Gold and copper acrylic paints
assorted paper flowers

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