Tuesday, January 14, 2020

home is where the heart is

Hi everyone, today I am on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog sharing these valentine putz houses.
 I love decorating my house for the various holidays throughout the year; with Valentine's day just around the corner, I thought it would be a lot of fun to create a small vignette of sweet putz.
The GSLC chipboard house ornament kit makes these super simple to create, and you can let your imagination go with all of the details. Each kit contains the pieces for one house, including a bottom with access flap in case you want to put a battery operated tea light inside. The houses have holes in the roof for hanging; however, since I will be using mine in a home decor display, I have simply covered the holes. I use some of the additional house parts that are available, like the house ornament porch, the house ornament window trims, and the the house ornament chimney and dormers. There are even more pieces that can be incorporated that you may be interested in, available in the shop.
The first step is constructing the basic house. The house ornament kit arrives flat. The pieces should be carefully removed from the surround. Run a thin line of glue along the edges and then secure the tabs into the slots and allow to dry. I suggest adding small pieces of mica or acetate on the inside at the window locations before gluing the roof in place. (This is a step I did not include on my houses, but looking back wish that I had. Having the windows sealed would be helpful when adding the glitter to the outside surfaces.)
When the three house kits are assembled, the next step is deciding which additional features to add to each house. The chimney and dormers set includes two dormers and one chimney. These can all be used on one house or split up among the houses. You can see that I use the chimney on one house and two dormers on another, while my third house uses a full set, two dormers and the chimney, as well as the porch. The window trims are added later. Location and placement of the additional house features is entirely up to you, simply glue them in place with a craft glue and allow to dry.
With the additional features in place, It is time to paint the houses. [Note: I recommend attaching the window trims AFTER the initial paint coat] I select colors to represent the Valentine's holiday: pinks, blush, victorian velvet, and cameo as well as brushed pewter. I paint directly on the chipboard, two light coats, allowing time to dry in between each coat. When the base coats are completely dry, I add the painted window trims to the houses with glue. [Note: a pair of tweezers is very handy during this step.] It is much easier to paint the trims prior to attaching them to the house.
Using a paintbrush and distress collage medium, I paint the areas where I want the glitter to stick. It is easiest to do one roof plane/side of the house at a time. The degree that the house is glittered is entirely up to you. I use a super fine clear glitter (Distress clear rock candy) since the houses are small. You could use colored glitter if you prefer. A more chunky glitter would give an entirely different appearance. I prefer the look of a fine coat of glitter which allows the details to show. I want each of my houses to be a little different, so one house is only glittered on the roof and I added other embellishments to the exterior walls. One of the other houses is covered completely in glitter, while the third is only glittered on the walls, dormers and chimney.
I added extra details by incorporating some X & O sequins along the eaves, a large heart brad at the circular window, heart trims as a wainscoting, and even added shingles to the roof on one of the houses. For my roof shingles, I used painted die cuts from the village rooftops die; however, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts makes a wide variety of shingle styles that would work very well.
My putz houses are arranged on an antique silver serving tray with glass glitter and dyed bottlebrush trees to create a sweet valentine vignette. I hope you are inspired to create your own putz houses, they really are so much fun to make and adorn, and can be done up in any style you can imagine.
Thank you so much for stopping by today,
I really appreciate it.

supplies used:
decorative heart brad
Distress collage medium
Distress glitter: clear rock candy
Distress paint:
brushed pewter, picked raspberry, spun sugar, victorian velvet
DecoArt acrylic paint:
cameo blush
  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
House Ornament Kit (x3), House Ornament PorchHouse Ornament Chimney and Dormers (x2)
House Ornament Window Trims (x2)
Tim Holtz / Sizzix alterations dies: village rooftops

Thursday, January 9, 2020

love wins ~ a guest designer post for the funkie junkie boutique challenge

Happy new year everyone,
I hope that you enjoyed the holidays.
I am honored to be guest designer for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog's current
challenge: tic tac toe. This is truly a fun challenge that Cec Wintynok is hosting
and there is no end to the possibilities; you are sure to want to join in.
To complete the challenge, simply select any vertical, horizontal or diagonal line
from the graphic below and create a project combining all three items from your chosen
 line. Be sure to visit the challenge blog here to see all of the rules, as well as gather
inspiration from the awesome FJB design team.
Let's play tic tac toe!
For my project, I have created a fancy fold card, incorporating heat embossing
as well as ribbon. Love is in the air with Valentine's day right around the corner,
so I thought it would be fun to create a themed project and get a head start on valentines.
To begin, I fold a 12x12 square of cardstock into quadrants, then once diagonally.
Use a bone folder to ensure the fold lines are crisp. Once the creases are set, push the
diagonal creases towards the middle and the paper folds into a 6x6 card that opens to
reveal the full 12x12 expanse. I love that aspect of this style card, there is so much area
 for embellishing. If you would like to see a more detailed blog describing the process
for creating fancy fold cards, click here.

Once the card base is prepared, I decide on the theme.
I die cut a square of white bristol with the organic die, leaving a bit of extended
length to weave a piece of ribbon. This ribbon is long enough to wrap the card
and tie at the side, keeping it closed. Using distress inks and distress oxide inks,
I color a length of crinkle ribbon to match my card, as it is drying I spray the
ribbon with a small amount of distress mica spray in aged brass to give a
bit of shimmer in the light. The ribbon is set aside to dry.
Next, I heat emboss a wildflower stem die cut with charred gold embossing powder.
 I coat the die cut piece with VersaMark embossing ink, sprinkling the powder
onto the ink and then set it with my heat gun.
When the embossing has cooled, I layer the piece onto three more (non-embossed)
identical die cuts and secure together.
This gives the wildflower stem dimension when it is attached to the card front,
distinguishing it further from the intricate background it sits atop.
I secure a die cut "love" sentiment to the ribbon.
With the card front complete, the inside presents so many opportunities for
personalization. Staying with my valentine theme, I add special marbled papers
 to the triangular spaces, and then begin laying out the composition.
I use heat embossed love struck cherubs, hearts and stacked words.
I leave spaces for personal love notes
and in the upper quadrant I create a frame with embossed chipboard
that a special picture can be slipped into to personalize the card even further.
I think this will be a wonderful valentine to present to someone special.
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog.
I hope that you are inspired to create some handmade valentines and
perhaps join in the fun at the Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge.
Wishing you all a new year filled with happiness and love.

supplies used:
bone folder
cardstock 12x12 sheet
Distress Collage Medium: matte
Distress ink
Distress Oxide ink
Distress Mica Spray
Emerald Creek Craft Supplies embossing powder: charred gold
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: chevron frames
Sookwang double sided adhesive
Tim Holtz Ideaology: crinkle ribbon, kraftstock,
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations dies:
handwritten love, organic, shape strips, stacked words: valentines, wildflower stems #1
VersaMark embossing ink


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

angel of the fallen snow

December has been a busy month, preparing for Christmas with holiday decorating and shopping; trying to make everything extra special for the birth of baby Jesus.
My Christmas decorations have always included angels. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to create an angel with the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts santos doll that I can include in my displays. Recently, I was gifted a few found antlers, and this year much of my decor incorporates them among evergreens. This inspiration carried over and "angel of the fallen snow" was born.
Today I am on the GSLC blog sharing this piece.
I love working with the GSLC santos doll, this is the second one that I have made. The first, "bird lady," can be found here. The santos doll arrives flat. Carefully remove the pieces from the surround and wipe down the edges with a dry cloth. I like to do an initial assembly (without glue) to gather ideas. When I pre-assemble the santos doll, I check to make sure that whatever I will be locating within the caged skirt has adequate space and looks appropriately scaled.
Once I have settled on an idea, and have gathered my components, I dis-assemble the chipboard pieces and begin. To give the cage portion of the santos a natural woodsy feel, I begin by painting the base pieces with a layer of traditional burnt umber acrylic paint. Each piece is painted on both sides and allowed to dry. Next I dry-brush metallic brushed bronze paint onto the pieces to add highlights. While I have the brushed bronze paint out, the doll torso and arm pieces are painted on both sides and set aside to dry.
Once all of the paint has dried, I glue five of the six cage uprights into the base. I place the top circular flat piece onto the uprights without glue so that the pieces will attach at the right angle. One of the uprights is left out to facilitate adding the contents to the base. I glitter two dyed bottle brush tress and secure them onto the base with glue. 
Next, I use a palette knife to add texture paste around the trees. I carefully mound some areas along the wooden tree bases to make the scene appear like drifted snow. The texture paste is coated with collage medium and sprinkled with distress mica flakes to create the natural drifted snow effect. Two glittered Ideaology deer are also added to the scene. The last upright is then glued into the base.
With the base scene in place, I begin to work on the doll. I add a narrow piece of crocheted lace around the edge of the top flat circle. This same lace is used to create a cuff detail around each wrist. These pieces are set aside to dry. The angel's halo is created with a large snowflake from the GSLC snowflake shape set. I carefully remove the snowflake and then coat one side with collage medium and sprinkle vintage platinum glitter dust to cover the entire snowflake. The second side is finished in this same manner. The glittered snowflake is then attached to the back of the doll's head with hot glue. The doll arms are secured together using jump rings allowing them to bend and pose.
With the crocheted lace edge secure, the top circle can be attached to the cage uprights with glue. 
I begin to create her wings. Using a die, I cut the layered wings from multiple papers. Each layer is edged along the bottom with glue and glitter dust and then secured together. The back side of each wing has an added (mid size) layer of glittered paper. While the wings are drying, the doll torso is inserted into the slotted opening and glued in place. A larger width of crocheted lace serves as a shawl around the doll's shoulders. It is fastened in the front with a glittered snowflake from the snowflake shape set minis. Lastly, the angel wings are attached to the doll's back with hot glue.
I love the way the glitter captures the light and sparkles. 
The angel of the fallen snow stands guard over her beloved deer.
Thank you so much for stopping by today, 
I truly appreciate you taking the time during this busy season. 
Wishing you a wonderful holiday, however you celebrate!
Merry Christmas

bottle brush trees
Distress collage medium: matte
Distress glitter: clear rock candy
Distress glitter dust: vintage platinum
Distress mica flakes 
DecoArt acrylic paint: brushed bronze, traditional burnt umber 
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
hot glue & hot glue gun
paint brush
Ranger opaque texture paste
Tim Holtz Ideaology: decorative deer, jump rings, trimmings lace
Tim Holtz/ Sizzix: Bigz: layered angel wings

Thursday, December 12, 2019

holiday haute couture

The theme this month at the Emerald Creek Dares Challenge is "Believe."
We hope that you will join us and share your winter or Christmas creations.
For my project I thought it would be fun to create some holiday haute couture.
These dressform tags could be used on gifts and then hung on a tree or used as decor in the coming years.
If you follow me on social media, you know that I have been a little obsessed with making faux greenery with my Tim Holtz dies and distress inks. I had the idea that it would be really cool to use these "greens" for some "en vogue" fashion designs. Each of the tags is edged in an Emerald Creek embossing powder, some tags fashion stenciled and embossed designs, while others use pieces from the Emerald Creek Forge as embellishments, all tags are edged in Emerald Creek powders.
The six dressform tags are a set of chipboard laser cuts. The first step is covering each side with a paper of your choice. I prefer to use collage medium to attach the papers, as it is not affected when I add embossed accents on top of the papers. For these tags, I use a text paper on one side of all the tags, the opposite sides are covered with various materials including patterned paper, linen, and Christmas collage tissue. 
When both sides of the tag are covered, I coat the edges with Versamark embossing ink and then sprinkle with embossing powder. The embossing powder is heat set and, when needed a second coat is added. I love using the chunky powders along the edges of my projects, it adds so much interest and always feels awesome to the touch.
For these tags, I use a few of my favorite powders.
Charred gold, this powder is very chunky and gives a wonderful blend of color.
Another chunky powder is hammered metal.
These two powders generally will only require one coat along the edge.
A third embossing powder on a couple of the tags is oil rubbed bronze. This is a fine powder; in some areas I add two to three coats to achieve a thick smooth edge.
Special, embossed details are added to the finished sides prior to adding any of the greenery pieces.
On this tag I use a sponge applicator with Versamark embossing ink through a Tim Holtz stencil and sprinkle with oil rubbed bronze embossing powder. I then heat set the powder. One thing to note: on the linen surfaces, the embossing powder needs to be re-coated multiple times to achieve a finish that will mimic embossing that has been done on a non-porous surface. The upper portion of this tag was coated with collage medium to seal the collage tissue; when the embossed detail was heat set, it only required one coat, the bottom of the tag needed many coats, as the linen was not sealed. 
This Tag used the same technique; 
however, the surface was paper and the embossing powder, charred gold.
I love adding metal embellishments to my tags.
The Emerald Creek pinecone charms are a perfect fir with the greenery on these tags. 
These pinecone charms are colored with alcohol ink before being tied to a dyed, crinkle ribbon "scarf".
The pinecone charms are embossed with charred gold and oil rubbed bronze embossing powder then used to accent braided "necklace" on this tag. 
Another piece from the Emerald Creek Forge collection, the believe buckle connector charm, is used as a "belt". The connector has been colored using alcohol ink along the raised areas to coordinate with the charred gold tag edge.
Here are a few more detailed pictures:
I hope you have been inspired to join the challenge this month.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by the blog,
 I truly appreciate it and I wish you the very best this holiday season!

I am entering my holiday haute couture tags in the following challenges:
The Funkie Junkie Boutique: It's the Holidays

Alcohol inks:
sepia, mushroom, black, gold mixative
 Distress collage medium: matte
Distress inks:
crushed olive, forest moss, mowed lawn, peeled paint
Emerald Creek embossing powders:
charred gold
hammered metal
oil rubbed bronze
Emerald Creek Decor - forge:
pinecone charm
believe buckle connector charm
eyelets: 3/16"
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: dressform tags
Tim Holtz Ideaology:
christmas collage tissue, crinkle ribbon, metallic kraft stock, paper stash christmas
Tim Holtz / Sizzix:
deck the halls, funky festive, large funky festive, holiday greens, holiday greens mini,
pine branch, tiny tattered florals
Tim Holtz / Stampers Anonymous stencils:
holiday script, mini stencils set 19, sparkle