Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I will Always Love You.....

Somethings in life never change. Like a sweet tooth. Chances are, if you started out with a sweet tooth, you'll always have one.
Some of us enjoy our penchant for a decadence a little more robustly than others.
Take me for example...I am never happier than when I have a good book and a box of chocolates.
And maybe a bubble bath.
And possibly a glass of champagne.
And don't forget the massage.

Here's a sweet little valentine for all of us hedonists.
 I started out with a coat of gesso on both pieces of the Reliquary-Arch Top and then painted it white.
You can also see in the picture above the image I chose for my inspiration. She is from a painting called 'La Simplicite' by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1759) and I've used her a couple of times with a similar theme, mainly because I like her expression, but also because her eyes are looking in the direction I like to place things.
The little cake came from a scrap from a collage sheet by Sandy Gordon.
I cut my background paper (I changed my mind and used green but didn't photograph it) and glued it in place. Notice I didn't cut it to the edge of the back piece. I cut it so that the paper edge would be hidden by the front piece, but small enough so that the paper edge wouldn't show when both back and front are glued together.
Do not glue the front and back together yet.
I cut my image being mindful of edges showing, place it where I liked it and then glued it in, checking to see if the top fits well and no bits that aren't supposed to show are sticking out. Then I glued the top piece of the reliquary on, making sure all the edges of the top and the bottom line up.
I glued my little cake in........
And then started adding the details....like little pink and white dots and sparkly bits. A pretty flower and of course, glitter!
The bottom piece with the sentiment (which was written in Illustrator and then printed on cardstock) is from the Stackable Labels Shape Set which I painted pink, added the phrase, glitter and a couple of flower petals and glued it on the bottom of the reliquary.
I doubled over a white ribbon and glued it on the back to use as a hanger and then glued a pretty flower image on top to cover up the raw edges of the ribbon. I added some pink paint and glitter to the front of the ribbon for a little extra bit of charming detail.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Supply List:
Reliquary-Arch Top
Stackable Labels Shape Set

Additional Supplies
Wite paint Pink Paint
Stickles Glitter Glue (Diamond)
Silk Flower
1 Inch White Ribbon
Collage Image (cake)
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Pink Heart Glitter

Thank you very much for visiting!
Lora Mahaffey for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A Valentine for Winter

I love winter.
I know there are lots of folks who don't like it one bit and that is okay.
For me, winter has always been magical and a little bit mysterious. I love the beauty of a snowfall, the glistening and sparkling that happens on a calm moonlit night.
The dazzling brilliance of a white blanketed, blue sky day.
Winter sunrises....such beautiful, delicate light.
Snowflakes, brisk air, sleeping forests.
It's also a time of great creativity. The tasks of summer are all done until the next season. Everything is at rest and there is time to turn inward and let all those creative sparks grow into ideas and visions.
In the heat and loud fecundity of summer, I dream of the coldest, quietest season.
Here is a little offering for winter.
A valentine.
 This project began as a Half Scale Arch Front Room Box.
I assembled the box, setting aside the arch front. Painted the interior of the box and cut papers for the exterior.
You can see here, I was playing with various bits and decided on mot everything but the clock to add to the piece.
I used the Bead Strand Heart Dangle for the main focal point in the box, painting it a delicate pink and adding pearly details and a little sparkle.
In the picture below, you can see the little dot details I added to the inside rear of the box ( I used a Sharpie Poster paint Marker) and then added snowflakes from the Winter Shape Set and the Snowflake Shape Set popping them up a bit with foam core poster board. I did the same thing with the Bead Strand Heart Dangle, but used more foam core, setting it up closer to the front of the box.
After I got the major players glued down and dried, I attached the arch front of the box and then began playing with the placement of the trees and exterior snowflakes, adding little dots of 'snow' with my marker in the background on the arch front.
I added flat back pearls to the center of each snowflake with the exception of the one in the center of the big heart. That one I covered with glitter and glued a Swarovski flat back crystal to the center.
I glued a white painted candle holder to the bottom, but thought it was a bit too low. I had a tin Jello mold sitting on my desk and impulsively painted it white, turned it upside down and glued it to the candlestick.
Perfect! A little bit whimsical and rustic.
Thank you for stopping by and Happy New Year to all!!

Half Scale Arch Front Room Box
Bead Strand Heart Dangle
Winter Shape Set
Snowflake Shape Set

Additional Supplies from Alpha Stamps:
Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set - Green
Snow and Cocoa Bottle brush Tree Set
Stickles Diamond
Candlestick Holder
Mixed Sized Ivory Flat-Back Pearls

Bo Bunny Winter Wishes 6x6 Paper Pad
Tin Jello Mold

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

A new year...time for a fresh start and great changes. We are nearly done with the studio!
I am looking forward to many happy hours creating art, teaching art and hanging out with all of my girlfriends in this wonderful space. The champagne will flow!
Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm, I luvs you all!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

It's the day after Christmas....

And all through the house, we are laying about reading and playing with our new iPads.  I have very happy, toasty warm feet. The rest of me is happy and toasted as well.
Did I say toasted?
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Witches Deck The Halls!

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Here I am again makin' something fun for Alpha Stamps! It's Witches Decking the Halls, woohoo! It's also very timely as we have had about 6 inches of snow in the last 24 hours.
The witches have decked out their house for Christmas! It's wintery and snowy outside and very festive inside.
The ladies have the tree all decorated and stockings hung, ready for Santa.
They are dressed in their finery, have their festive hats on and have their brooms all spiffed up, ready for their midnight rounds and then it's off to the Christmas Cookie Exchange!

I began with the Large Haunted House Shadowbox.
I glued the piece together starting from the inside, making sure all the 'walls' were plumb.
I applied gesso and then a coat of white paint to the areas that weren't getting paper.
While this was drying, I painted all my window trims black and built my window boxes out of scrap chipboard. The three windows I chose were all different widths, so each box was measured to fit over each one.
I painted them green and added Baroque Dresden Borders-Black to the fronts of the boxes.
I measured and cut all the papers I planned using for the outside and inside the main box, and the papers for the front. And I decided that the front of the house needed a tower, so I made a template and cut out a thin cardboard 'tower roof' that fit over the top two right-hand side windows.
I covered my tower roof with paper and glued it carefully over the existing window holes in the front piece, making sure everything lined up well.
I glued on all of my window frames and any Dresden trim I wanted to use on the outside of my house and under the windows (setting aside the door for the moment), put some greenery in my window boxes and glued them under the windows as well.
I set the front aside for a bit and played around with trimming out the inside rooms.
I cut a piece from a Small Glassine Envelope and fitted it to the front top of the door, giving the impression of frosted glass.
Brooms trimmed up with a little holiday cheer, Christmas tree decorated and a red sparkly bow makes the kitty in the top center window look festive. A little snow and sparkle on the outside of the house....Okay, everybody in their places for a photo op!


For a link to all the wonderful supplies, click HERE!

Large Haunted House Shadowbox
Mini Holly Leaf Garland
1/4 inch Red Holly Berry Stems
Wired Pine Needle Stems
Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set
Tiny Mixed Size Flat Back Pearls
G45 Winter Wonderland 12x12 Patterns and Solids Pad
G45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Optical Oddities Scrapbook Paper (flip side)
Saucy Witches Collage Sheet
Halloween Dress Up Half Sheet (black cat)
Deck The Halls Collage Sheet
Miniature Rustic Brooms
Fluffy Winter Snow
Stickles, Diamond, Lime Green, Christmas Red, Waterfall and Firefly
2017 Christmas Ornaments Ribbon Set
White Pearl Mix In Tin
3D Bronze Tea Time Teapot Charm
Chipboard Snowflake Shape Set
Small Glassine Envelopes

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Winteer Trees Shadowbox

Hello all. Lora Mahaffey here taking my turn for the awesome sauce that is Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!
When we are in this busy time of year I sometimes want to do something that has a repetitive nature. Seeing a pattern can be relaxing and calming.
Except if we're talking a zig-zag of spiders.
Maybe not that.
Anyway, I find making something that is repetitive kind of soothing. I'm sure I'm projecting here, but maybe in all the holiday chaos, looking at something that repeats itself might be that way for you too.
So here is a little serenity and calm in the midst of the bustle that we call the holidays.
Or you can just say it's four trees in a House Room Box - 4 Cubbies.
I'm good with that!
A view of the back....
I began by cutting my papers for the sides and back and also for the back of the four cubbies. I glued the house together and set it aside to dry.
While it was drying I put a coat of gesso on the Chipboard Shingles-Pointed and the 1 7/8 inch Snowflakes (which are coming soon).
After the snowflakes dried, I gave them a coat of matte medium and while they were wet, I sprinkled glitter on them.
A lot of glitter....
If you  put a saucer or a bowl underneath what you're glittering, you can reuse the glitter. I found these little ceramic dishes at a junk shop. It says 'United Airlines' on the bottom, so I guess these were the plates they used to serve meals on way back when.

While waiting for all that glitter to dry, I glued the shingles to the roof. It took four rows of shingles to do the whole roof.
After the glue dries, it's really easy to trim the shingles down to the width that you want them with a big pair of scissors. I cut mine down to about 1 3/4 inches wide.
At this point, my house was dry so I glued on all the papers I cut for the house and inked the edges a bit.
I wanted my snowflakes to sit about half an inch away from the back of each cubbie, so I measured cut four pieces of foam . painted them white and glued them to the back of each snowflake. I glued them into each cubbie, making sure they all lined up up with each other.
I didn't have any trees that were tiny enough to fit in the cubbies, but I had a bunch of small bottle brush trees that I had no other plans for, so I measured how tall I wanted them to be (about an 1 1/2) and cut their little tops off so the the tops became the 'new' tree.
I added some little pearls, some tiny little snowflakes and some more glitter and glued the trees in front of the large snowflakes.
I trimmed edges, added snow and (more) glitter to the roof.......
And a painted candlestick holder for as a pedestal.
I don't know about you, but I feel pretty calm and happy right now.
Happy Holidays!

Chipboard Shingles-Pointed
House Room Box 4 Cubbies
1 7/8 inch Snowflakes (coming soon)

The Candlestick Holder, Retro Bottle Brush Trees, pearls (White Pearl Mixed Tin), Stickles glitter (in Diamond) and 5mm Thin Snowflakes (on the trees) came from Alpha Stamps.
All the papers were from Graphic 45's lovely Winter Wonderland .

Thank you for visiting!