Saturday, October 14

Colours of fall cards with Ruby Rock-It

Fall is in full swing here in Northern California which inspired me to create these cards in bright fall colours using Ranger mini inks and Francheville cards sets.

To start with, I used the Bella ! Champagne Bubbles clear stamp with Ranger Victorian Velvet Distress paint on the background and then heat set. I then applied Ranger distress ink all over the cards in a circular motion using the mini blending tool. I used a combination of pinks, purples, yellow and browns to create this effect. I then used a mini mister to spray water across the card which had a bleaching effect on the Distress ink.

For this card I used a Fundamentals doily, then a piece of patterned paper from the Faded Empire collection. (great way to use scraps from former projects). I used the same inks to colour my Sentiment Topper, and finished with some Bella! florals and some Droplets.

For the second card I used the same formula with a little more yellow in the mix. I used the same combination of embellishments, but turned my card to the side and created a cascading cluster from the top corner. 

Francheville card set

Ranger Distress ink: Spun Sugar, Pickled Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Milled Lavender, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs.

Friday, October 13

Fall Wagon with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

One of the things I love most about moving to live in the States is decorating for the holidays.  Back in Australia, it's really only Christmas, but here, I get to decorate for three months straight across three different's awesome! My front porch is already covered in all things fall, and since I was in a fall mood, I decided to decorate this cute Gypsy Wagon to match. I've had this one for a while now waiting for the perfect plan. It was one of the first things I chose from the Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts shop, and I am super pleased with the way it turned out.

Your kit will come flat and has a lot of pieces. Don't be overwhelmed by this. It's not as hard to piece together as it looks. In fact, it's quite simple. Unfortunately I was too excited to put it together and forgot to take step by step pics. I'll try to explain as best I can. Here's what you are aiming for:

A few things to note. If you plan to paint the wagon, or cover it in paper,  I find it much easier to do it before assembling. Just be careful not to paint the tabs or fill the slots with paint. I chose not to add the door to the front of mine. If you decide to add it, do it before you decorate.

Here's what the base will look like. There are little cogs to attach the wheels to the axel. They are small, be careful not to lose them. If you want the wheels to move, I definitely suggest painting each piece separately before assembly, so they don't dry together.

Here's the underside. I also decided to paint the decorative siding in gold after priming with gesso. (see the next picture also).

The sides all slot together. It should be pretty obvious. I again painted the decorative corners in gold.

I have chosen to keep my roof piece separate. It can slot in, but I wanted to be able to remove it. At the moment, I have some battery operated tea lights in there, but I also  plan to put some pumpkin spice scented pot pourrie inside, so I want to be able to change it out each year. For the roof, you will see a number of long slats, plus 4 end pieces. Two have the tabs for the assembly, and two are plain to cover over the slats once completed. Use liquid adhesive to glue the slats at one end, then flip and attach at the other end once dry.

I took strips of patterned paper and used a border punch to create the decorative slat effect for the roof. You could also paint it, or cover it in textured material. I rolled a strip of paper and adhered to the centre of the roof.

Notice how my cascading flowers continue from the roof down the side of the wagon, then draws the eye to the smaller cluster in the front of the wagon.

Supplies used:

Heartfelt Creations paper
Silks paint:sunflower
paper sunflowers and roses
mesh gauze

Wednesday, October 11

Here in Northern California, the leaves are just starting to curl on the ends and change colours. The nights are getting cooler and the long summer days are becoming shorter. Summer is done, and Fall is here, so I used this as my inspiration to create this fall coloured Thankfulness card. 

Ruby Rock-It are partnering with Ranger at the moment for some product swaps, and we have been working with the Tim Holtz Distress ink minis.  I have used them in a couple of ways on this card. 

  I started with a simple white card base from the Franchville card sets. I used Ranger Gathered Twig distress ink along with a Ranger blending tool to add brown around the edge of the card. When applying ink in this way, use a circular motion, starting off the edge of the project to avoid harsh edges. Next I layered some Rusty Hinge distress ink, then Tumbled glass distress ink, and finally some bold areas of Broken China distress ink.

 Next, I sprayed some water across the card with a mini mister, to "activate" the ink, and heat set it. This created the bleaching water drop effect you see in the corner. Once dry, I applied a spray of Distress Spray Stain in Pumice Stone. I aimed fairly closely to get some big droplets, then again heat set. 

To keep the focus on the inked background, I kept my embellishments simple. I first added the Bella! Bling Accent Flourish across the bottom of the card. I then went back to my Broken China distress ink, and coloured a large white Bella! floral to match my background. The paper flower took the ink really well. Just be sure to apply the ink to both layers of the flower, both front and back. I combined this with some white and yellow florals. 

I tucked white mesh and hessian twine into the cluster for texture, before finally adding a simple see through sentiment sticker.

Supplies used:

Ranger distress inks: Gathered Twig, Rusty Hinge, Tumbled Glass, Broken China
Ranger Distress Spray Stain: Pumice Stone

Wednesday, September 27

Phone holder with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Today I thought I would take the opportunity to experiment a little and try something different from what I normally do. I decided to create this phone holder for my son. For this I had to abandon the traditional "pretty" style I am used to and go with something a bit more grungy and industrial.

I began with the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts phone/tablet holder. It comes in three pieces which easily slot together giving a very sturdy base.

I covered my piece in black gesso. I also used a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Steampunk border piece and a  rectangular frame called Mikayla which will be coming soon to the store

I wanted the frame to be the backboard for the phone when in place. I also wanted it to stand out from the other black chipboard pieces,  so I opted instead for more of a rust effect. To achieve this, I applied layers of red and orange Silks paint (sparingly), then swiped some copper 3D stamp paint with my finger and heat set. I then added some Metallic Melts embossing powders. I found the heat setting between layers really enhanced the look by helping to blend my colors together.

Meanwhile I applied some patterned paper to the back of the phone holder, and embellished the front panel with a ruler sticker, and some circular sticker pieces. I painted my Steampunk Border piece in black gesso, and cut into three smaller sections, with one going on the front panel as shown.

I also applied some black crackle paint to the visible sections of the base.

I cut a journaling tag from patterned paper and adhered to the back of the frame with foam dots before adhering to the back panel of the holder.

I then added my remaining Steampunk Border pieces to either side of the frame, and added some additional metal embellishments in behind. Black glass glitter was also applied in various spots across the project for extra dimension.

Here you can see how the embellishments frame the phone while in use. The phone will also securely sit sideways to expose the charging port.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cut supplies used:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Phone Holder

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Steampunk Border

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Rectangular Frame, Mikayla (coming soon)

Other Supplies:

Kaisercraft Story Book paper collection and stickers

Metallic Melts embossing powders

Dina Wakley Media Black Gesso

Ranger crackle paint

Finnabair glass glitter

Silks paint: Ginger peach and Spicy tomato

3D stamp paint: Copper

Foam Dots

Metal embellishments and buttons

Wednesday, September 20

Glittery elegance

I thought I would try something  little different this time with my project. I set out to make an elegant wedding card. I feel that maybe it turned out to be closer to maybe an anniversary card.  

I started with a gold card, then layered gold glitter, then finally added a metallic cream layer with foam dots in between.

I wanted the glitter strip to be the main focus of the card. I cut it longer than the length of the card and secured it behind the cream card layer so that it would curve forward giving the card dimension. I then tucked my flowers in behind the strip in the top and the bottom. 

The flat kraft coloured doily pieces took on a gold tone against the sparkly gold glitter while not competing with it. The tiny touches of green leaves seemed to blend into the monochromatic scheme. 

Supplies used:

Franchville Card sets
Glitz gold glitter card stock
Fundamentals sentiment stickers
Fundamentals doily embellishment
Bella bling

Tuesday, September 12

GSLC shadowbox with Canvas Corp

Hi All,
This month we have been lucky enough to do a product swap with Canvas Corp. I have used the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Deco Front Shadowbox as my base, and Canvas Corp products to embellish the inside.

First, I coated all my pieces with gesso, then assembled the shadowbox and adhered together.

I covered the inner board with 7Gypsies paper and distressed the edges. I then added some parchment rub ons to the base. This included a title for my piece.  I then built up layers using various textures from Canvas Corp. This included canvas (which I treated with paint mists, and frayed the edges), hessian, tags and textured stickers. I used a stock photo from the 7Gypsies Architexture paper. I adhered this over the top of the layers using a layer of foam dots.

Meanwhile, I added colour to my shadowbox base using paint mists. I started with light colours and heat set between layers to prevent too much bleeding while I built up the colours. I then added a coat of metallic embossing powder around the inner edge of the frame. This added texture and a little shimmer. but also disguised the tabs where the side panels attach to the front of the frame.

Once everything was dry, I adhered the base into the shadowbox using a triple layer of foam dots. I added some extra texture using some sandy glitter mix.

Finally I added a few small flowers with gauze to the different layers of the project.

Supplies used:
GSLC Deco Front Shadowbox

Canvas Corp 7 Gypsies Architexture paper collection
Canvas Corp 7 Gypsies Architexture parchment rubons
Canvas Corp 7 Gypsies Architexture  texture stickers