Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Summer Cottage

Hello everyone, Lora here taking my turn for the amazing Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!
Ever dream of getting away for the summer? Escape the bustle of the city or the heavy heat and humidity that we get here in the south? I do. I love where I live but there are two months of the year when the pollen is terrible (for someone who has summer allergies) and the heat is so thick, you can scoop it with a spoon.
Those two months I dream of a sweet little cottage somewhere far north, near the sea.
A place where I can open the windows, smell the salt and feel the ocean breeze, hang laundry on the line, bake pies and be near enough to walk to the beach.
And maybe eat a lobster roll or two.
This dream is what inspired my little 'Summer Cottage'.

I began with the Arch Top Cabinet with Doors.
I opted not to use the doors this time as I wanted it to be open and airy. (For a look at what a piece looks like with the doors attached, click HERE)
I assembled the piece and papered the outside with Double Dot Vintage Soft Pear Scrapbook Paper, sanded the edged and inked them with Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink.
Knowing I would need a large amount of sky, I papered the inside back with a blue paper, and painted the top, bottom and sides (inside) white.
I painted this quick little watercolor and cut it up, with the center piece measured to fin the width of the inside of the cabinet.
NOTE: There will be a tutorial on how to paint a little watercolor cottage later in the spring for those of you who are interested.
I also painted a bunch of blobby bits that will become shrubbery (Okay, it's irresistible......"Don'y say 'Shrubbery'!") and a path that I also cut out. I glued foam core to the backs of the pieces that thought I wanted to use and began playing with a layout stacking them up to create layers and depth.
When I was happy with the way things looked, I began gluing the pieces in, working my way from the background (the biggest piece, which is the house) to the foreground, a bright green shrub.
 There are four layers stacked in this piece to create depth, but you can certainly add more or less depending on how much detail you want. I added a few flowers and dots for a finishing touch.
My little Summer Cottage...I like guests.....maybe I'll see you here someday!

Arch Top Cabinet with Doors

Additional supplies:
Bo Bunny Double Dot Vintage Soft Pear Scrapbook Paper
Prima Flowers
Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink
Hot Press Watercolor Paper
Schmincke Watercolors

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Alice's Buffet

If I were Alice, I'd probably have rather interesting tastes in furniture. Definitely things with character and charm.
Quirky and unique.
Maybe some hand painted things that are one-of-a-kind. Like this fun little number the Large Wooden Buffet.
It's from the one and only Alpha Stamps and here is how it started life....
Just a humble little wooden buffet, a blank canvas waiting for someone to come along and paint mushrooms and stuff all over it.
I gave it a coat of gesso and then white paint.
I painted the trim and spindles a pale shade of green, including the drawer fronts and the rolled trim that is on either side of the drawers to keep a consistent line of color.
I took the same green (Chromium Oxide Green, but you can use whatever color makes you happy) straight from the bottle to do the itty bits of detail on the spindles and the center rolled trim on either side of the outside drawers.
I used the sap green paint to lay the dark green ground for the center painting.
Using an old brush I cut straight across, I gradually added a bit of white to lighten up the green as it goes higher, until it blends and nearly disappears into the creamy white background.
 I painted in little stems...
and tiny little red flowers that look a little like poppies. I made sure I gave the same treatment to the frame so it would blend in.
 Using Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and a bit of water, I 'aged' up the piece, brushing the paint on and then wiping most of it off with a damp paper towel. Don't wait too long to wipe the paint off, you want to do it while it's still damp.
It gives the piece a mellow, softer appearance.
I found this awesome image on the Alice Plays Croque Collage Sheet (actually, the big boss found it for me, she's good that way) and reduced it down so it would fit into the frame, which originally had a mirror in it, but I wanted a cool picture.
It still needed alittle something, so I painted some more flowers and added a few mushrooms.....
I painted four wooden beads green and added them for feet and a bit of gold paint for some extra detail on the drawers and around the top of the buffet arch.
And here it is. Alice's Buffet. Now I just need to fill it with treasure from the rabbit hole.
See below the supplies list for a (very) brief and easy tutorial on painting tiny mushrooms and flowers.
Large Wooden Buffet
Alice Plays Croque Collage Sheet

Additional Supplies:
Acrylic paint
Wooden beads for feet

One way to paint little mushrooms and flowers.
Super easy! And I am sorry for the photographs... everything I snapped was an inch or shorter, so it was a bit of a challenge and my picture taking skills are minimal.
Mock me if you must. Just do it elsewhere.
Start with two weird shaped triangles, one on top of the other...
Add a spongy, bigger triangle in red on top of the other two. Cover most of the triangle that will now be the center triangle. Add a little shading to the center triangle and the base triangle opposite the side you imagine the light is coming from.
Use the other end of your brush to add some dots (if you want a poisonous mushrooms..they are pretty) and a little extra shading of a darker brown just on the edges of the lighter shadows.
Not hard, right? You can even add a bit of white to the 'light' side of the mushroom. Get creative and play with colors if you want to. It's fun.
Add some grass. Play a bit!
Note: I used a very tiny brush to add the finer details, a 3/0 white round.
For more coverage of the bigger bits I used a 6 filbert.

Make a petal by making a triangle-ish shape with the small end pointed toward the center.
Make three of them.
Starting from the ground, draw a stem up to the flower, making the fat part (with more paint on the brush) at the bottom.
You can always do the stem first if you want to.
I added a bit of orange and yellow paint toward the center of the flower as well.
Add a bit of black to make a center. And make a few leaves by doing the triangle technique you made the flowers with, but start from the stem and go out.
Don't overload your brush or you will make globs. Do a few practice runs with a scrap piece of paper.
Add some grass and a little lighter greens if you're feeling artsy. (see bottom picture)
 Easy peasy!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

An ATC Trio of Royal Birds

I can tell spring has really arrived. Suddenly my garden is full of birds...all shapes and sizes, from petite purple finches to bright blue jays, they've all flocked to the feeders and have been feeding up for the arduous task of caring for nestlings.
Certain birds seem to have dominance or priority over others. I've seen this in all the species we've got at the feeders.
Maybe they paid the extra money for the executive lounge.
Or maybe they're royalty and all the other birds let them have first go.
Either way, there's enough for all.
A whimsical trio of ATC's inspiring by the birds I see at my feeders.
Except the owl.
He's there because he's so handsome.
And he makes me smile because he's very pope-ish.

I began with the ATC Stand. this comes in a package of three which is super handy because mt favorite Chunky ATC Blanks come in a set of three. What a coincidence! Naw, that Gina is pretty smart. ;-)
After gluing them together, (easy-peasy) I gave all three a good coat of white paint.
Then I started working on the ATC blanks.
I cut the papers for both sides of each ATC and glued them on.
I sanded the edges and inked them up. Then I started working on the bird images. Using colored pencils and a couple of Copic markers, I juiced up the color on the birds a bit.
And started adding glitter to the crowns.
It's a bit hard to tell, but a lot of Stickles Glitter Glue was used...
I wanted the birds raised a bit off of the ATC, so I glued some scrap chipboard to the backs of each bird.
I also wanted a bit of exaggerated shadow under the birds, so using the birds as templates, I did a light outline around the inside of each bird cut-out on the ATC where I wanted them placed and then using pencils and a blender stick, I made a 'shadow' around what will be the outside edges of the birds.
I added my favorite dots to each ATC for some delicate detail.
And maybe a little extra glitter.
The stands are a great way to show off the ATCs and I like the fact that you can rotate a collection out depending on mood or season/ holiday. Or you can get a bunch and put your whole collection out.
ATC Stand
Chunky ATC Blanks

Additional Supplies:
Birds and Crowns Collage Sheet (from Gallery Cats)
Stickles Glitter Glue in a variety of colors
White acrylic paint
Gold Ink Pad

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Easter Bunny Shadow Box and a Little Blue Bunny.

Lora here for the amazing Alpha Stamps! Easter is around the corner, hunting for Easter eggs, dressing up in Easter bonnets, cellophane covered baskets full of treats,  eating waaaay too many egg-shaped chocolate covered malt balls and last but certainly not least, eagg decorating. It sure is hard to find the time nowadays. BUT, there is someone who always has time.
Yep. Our favorite rabbit (no, not bugs) the Easter Bunny!
And look! Here he is decorating his little fluffy tale into a fuzzy frenzy.

He's even got a little wee peep fan-girling all over him as he works. Stick around, you might learn something, kid.

A view of the front cover....

I began with the Mini Shadowbox-3.5x5.5. I glued it together......
I measured and cut all my papers for the piece, inside and out.
I glued them all into place EXCEPT for the piece on the inside of the door.
I measured and cut a piece of linen hinging tape and put that in place, making sure it was even and the lid and box were lined up straight. Make sure you leave enough space between the lid and the box to allow it to close properly. Adjust the tape as needed than apply pressure to afix the tape.
Now glue in the paper for the inside of the door.
The main image used for the inside of the shadowbox is from the Bunnies and Violets Collage Sheet. I fancied him up with lots of glittah!
Here is what the inside of the shadowbox looked like before I added the images and final details...
You can see the progression of steps, from gluing in the Sheet Moss to adding the white-painted spool used to rest the Miniature Wicker Basket on.
I added little flowers to the outside of the basket and glitter centers to the flowers, a Blue Speckled Plastic Egg got a light dusting of glitter as well.
Flowers went on the inside cover as well to hide the back of the banner that is glued on the outside cover.
It's all so dang springy and Easter-ish.
I may have to do something for Halloween now, just because I feel the need to counter balance the pastel explosion.
But wait!!!
Just when you thought the cuteness was too much to bear, here is something that will throw you into a sweetness overload..
How about a little blue bunny? Hmmm?
Dang it.
I couldn't help myself. The little guy was irresistible.
Same steps apply for putting the box together and doing the papers.
The difference here is that I glued the top on, so it does not open up. Here's what I did on the inside...
I glued a strip of blue spotty paper down the center of the box, piped some Cinnamon Stickles around the edges.
I cut another piece of blue spotty paper and inked up the edges, adding wings to the cute bunny (from the Happy Easter Collage Sheet)...
I glue a strip of cardboard on the center of the piped strip of paper.
Then I glued in the inked piece of blue paper. I like the little bit of depth and shadow it creates.
Then the bunny was glued in and the cover glued on. More stickles was piped on the front and a pretty flower from the Vintage Velvet Hydrangea Picks was attached.
Cuteness happened!
For a complete link to the list of supplies used, click HERE

Easter Shadowbox:

Mini Shadowbox-3.5x5.5
Easter Covers for Mini Shadowbox (large rabbit)
Bunnies and Violets Collage Sheet
Happy Easter Collage Sheet
Stickles-Firefly, Waterfall, Lavender and Pineapple
6x6 Cottontail Paper Pad
Double Dot Powder Blue Scrapbook Paper
Mini Fuzzy Yellow Easter Chicks
Miniature Wicker Basket
Wood Mini Spools (substitute)
Blue Speckled Plastic Eggs
8mm White Pearls (flower centers on top of box)
Sheet Moss

Additional supplies
various paper and silk flowers
vintage photo stamp pad
linen hinging tape

Little Blue Bunny:
Mini Shadowbox-2x3
Easter Covers for Mini Shadowboxes (small egg)
Happy Easter Collage Sheet
Just Wings Collage Sheet
Stickles - Cinnamon
6x6 Cottontail Paper Pad
Vintage Photo Ink Pad
Vintage Velvet Hydrangea Picks-Sage

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