Wednesday, April 01, 2020

An Irish Faerie Cottage and a Pinky Swear

Today is the day! It's been a LONG wait but today, April 1st, is the date that my little Irish Cottage project is being released over on Art Walk Alchemy 2020.


This project was inspired by the gorgeous wee cottages with bright colours and slate roofs I spied on my Irish adventure. The tutorial is made up of three 30 minute videos and I'll be hanging about online for two weeks to provide any support and encouragement you need.


It feels like really cruddy timing, but if you're looking for something positive and creative to do during this pandemic Art Walk Alchemy 2020 might be up your alley. There will be 24 different projects offered over the course of 2020, with several bonus classes. Classes range from painting to paper craft and jewelry making. If you can, come join us!


MASSIVE thank you to those who continue to support makers, creators, and artists of all sorts during these strange times. Not just by taking online classes and making purchases, but by liking, sharing and commenting too. It all makes a huge difference.

I know that it's a difficult time right now and not everyone will be able to join me over at Art Walk Alchemy so I am working on a special quarantine project. Pinky swear that I will have something up next week.

Stay safe. Stay creative. And wash your hands.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

House Front Letter Box

In the midst of the worlds current craziness I find I'm having issues concentrating. While it seems that now might be the perfect time to tackle a big and complex project, I just can't seem to muster the gumption needed. A little distraction on the other hand... totally doable.


So I've taken a House Front Box Kit and made a wee box for the mail that is still managing to get through. I love getting mail, if you have little ones maybe they'd like to get some mail too.

I don't have a video tute for this project, but I do have some step-by-steps you can follow.


1. Clean the edges of the pieces you'll be using and orientate the pieces of House Front Box Kit so that you know how they'll fit together.


2. Cover one side of the slotted base and cut out the holes using a sharp blade. This will be the top side of the base.


3. Cover the bottom side of the side. No need to cut out the holes on this side.


4. Glue the box together.
Note: Consider tracing the house shape of the front of the box onto your decorative paper before gluing pieces in place.


5. Cover the inside and outside of the box with decorative paper.

Note: I covered the little holes on the sides of the box. If you want to add a handle, string or ribbon, you'll want to poke those holes open.


6. Prepare your decorate elements.

• Paint the door included in the House Front Box Kit, a little "Letters" Plate, and a turret from the Turrets Set of 4 with red acrylic paint.

• Paint window frames from the House Front Box Kit and a Mini Crest Sign black. 


7. Add a non-discript picture to the window frame. You might also want to sandwhich a layer of clear plastic between the frame and the image to give the shiny appearance of glass.

8. For the mailbox I simply sliced one of the little turrets in half. Cover the exterior with paper to hide the curved opening then cut with a sharp blade.


9. For the top piece, apply the prepared Mini Crest Signadd a bit of paper to the back of the "Letters" Plate to make the lettering pop, and then add a Faux Metal Number Plate


10. Pop your window, door and mailbox in place.

11. Fill with letters and notes for those that you're quarantined or locked-down with!

Here's all the bits you'll need:

House Front Box Kit
Turrets Set of 4
Mini Crest Sign
"Letters" Plate **available from AlphaStamps
Faux Metal Number Plates 1 to 25
Scrapbook paper
Black and red acrylic paint
Glue
Plastic for windows (optional)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Pretty Moon Maiden ATCs

Some pretty ATCs to share today.


These are made with Chunky ATC Blanks as a base. I know they're just a cut rectangle of chipboard, and you could absolutely cut your own bases... but man, oh man I'm a fan of these. It's one of the items I repeatedly request from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.


The images and words I've used are from my Moon Maiden Collage Sheet. In my original set of ATC's I set these ladies against a night sky backdrop. I think they're quite nice as daytime maidens too.


As a final touch, I've applied some stained lace, dried lavender and rose petals and a few drops of bees wax.

Have you been keeping your fingers busy and mind occupied? Hope you're well. Please be safe. 

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 


Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Bind Sigil Besom

A new pretty thing-a-ma-bob for the front door! A bit of magical protection against that big bad virus that is wreaking havoc on the world.


I've added charms and beads, flowers and some knot work to my besom too. My focus was on creating something gentle, calm and hopeful. Although those things might sound a bit namby-pamby, they're powerful forces of good! I don't know about you, but I could do with a bit of positive focus right now... making pretty things helps.


The symbol I carved is a bind sigil created by Tommie Kelly, combining sigils from his divination/magic system The Forty Servants. Specifically the sigils for The Healer, The Protector and The Sun were used here. 

(Totally recommend checking out Adventures in Woo Woo if you're interested in modern magical discussion/thinking/ideas.)


I first carved the sigil and then stained it with red ocher. This is said to have been done historically as a replacement for blood in the charging of magical items and ritual. I'm not sure how accurate that is, but I like the idea of taking this new symbol, from a new magical system, and mixing it up with old ideas.


Truly, I hope you're doing all you can to feel safe right now. I hope you're doing all the practical things like social distancing and making healthy choices. And, whether it's carving sigils, crafting, cooking comfort food, or Netflixing, I hope you're finding a bit of calm and hope in this crazy time.

P.S. Wash your hands. 

P.P.S. I love you.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 


Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 


Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Monday, March 09, 2020

All about bee wings

I've had a few requests for additional information, and questions about attaching the wings when following my Needle Felted Bumblebee video tutorial and working with the Bee Wing Digital Download and Bee Wing Transparency Sheet. 


First, you'll need wings.

The Bee Wing Transparency Sheet is a pre-printed sheet with 32 pairs of bee wings in various sizes. Cut them out as you go along. How you cut them out will depend on which method you want to use to attach the wings. I'll show you two methods below.

To print your own wings you'll need the Bee Wing Digital Download. You will use this file to print onto transparency paper. When buying transparency paper it's important to buy the correct type for your printer. Look for "inkjet" or "laser" on the packaging depending on which type you have. When printing specify that you are printing onto transparency paper by changing the settings. This will give you the best results.

I use two methods to attach the wings.

Method 1
Select the wings you want to use. Leave a little extra tab at the end of the wing when cutting them out.

With a very sharp blade, make an incision into the body of the bee where you want to place the wings.


If you've felted the bee well, this cut should not cause the bee to come apart.


Apply a tiny drop of glue to the end of the wing


Push the wing into the cut, wiggle it into just the right position, and allow to dry.


Method 2
Cut out your preferred wings and make a diagonal cut at the end. The cut should reflect the angle that you want the wings to sit at.


Apply the a small drop of hot glue to the underside and edge of the wing. You may want to practice applying the glue to get used to applying just the right amount.


Press the wing into place. Wiggle slightly so that the glue catches to the wooly surface of the bee. Hold the wing in place as it dries.


While the first method will give you a stronger bond, I actually prefer the second method. Once you get the hang of how much glue to apply it's a much quicker and simpler method.


I've had people ask about adding wire to the wings. When I was planning this project I thought that wire would be needed but at this size the transparency is thick enough that it doesn't need added support. Unless you want to create posable wings, or a super huge bee, wiring the wings is unnecessary.

As always, if you have a technique or method that you prefer, by all means continue doing what you're doing! There's no wrong or right way to do things and experimentation is the key for discovering what works best for you.

Have a great week crafty friends!

Friday, March 06, 2020

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 


Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Paper fairy in a tuna tin

The thing with faeries is that they can take up residence anywhere. They can move into an old tuna tin and turn it into a tiny wonderland.



Creative recycling is a funny thing. You become drawn to certain vessels. I have soooo many single serve tuna tins, Pringles tubes, cocoa and coffee tins. Each of them waiting, waiting for paper fairies and wonderlands.


To 'encourage' your own recycling fairy, you might want to consider keeping these bits around:
Matchbox fairy download
• a clean vessel/tin/box/bottle
• paper, paint and lace to embellish
• moss
• acorn
• paper mini flowers
• handmade mushrooms
• crown (I made one from THIS mold)



Saturday, February 29, 2020

Paper Moon Tags


This month I'm diving into my stash and making some dreamy mixed media tags for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.


And while you'll find the full supply list of the bits I've used for my tags, I totally encourage you to dip into your own stash to create the textured effect with extra bits from your own stash.


I've layered chipboard elements and washes of paint and glitter to achieve the desired effect on these tags. I am LOVING the texture. The same effect can be achieved by layering all sorts of extra chippy bits, so don't feel confined to using the same ones I've listed. Just be sure the top layer contains a few stars and you'll be set.


I've turned these tags upside-down so that the ribbons dangle, my initial intent being to add charms and dangly beads... that idea went out the window. 

I'm all about creating as means of improvisation and playing. If you don't have a certain product, use what's on hand and experiment! Sometimes those results are just as nice.


And I am so pleased with these how these paper moon tags turned out. They make my heart happy.


If you'd like to see how I created these tags, pop over HERE for a video of my process.

Gypsy Soul Supplies:
Chipboard Decorative Tags X Large

Other goodies I used:
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments - Stars
Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Paper Dolls
Scrapbook paper
Old paper
Ribbon
Wired tinsel
Glitter
Clear gesso
Glue
Acrylic paint

Friday, February 28, 2020

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 


Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

"The Board" Miniature

It's Thursday which means that a whole bunch of my favourite true crime podcasts release new episodes today. I am a big fat true crime fan and always been enamored with those boards filled with pictures, crime scene photos, suspects, victim profiles, maps and... of course... that red string. 

I know that these boards are mostly a fictional Hollywood tool, but the visual is just so darned appealing!


There are a number of full size memo boards overflowing with inspiration and slips of paper and bits of this and that in my house, so I decided that a mini version of a murder board would probably be more sensible.


I've used a cheap wooden 4 x 6 frame and cut a cork insert to create my mini-crime board.


The pics and clippings are all from my Killer Scraps collage sheet and the maps snipped from scrapbook paper. I cut about 1/4"off of the top of straight pins to use as the pushpins and wrapped red thread around them.


Are you a true crime fan too? Toss your podcast and book recommendations my way!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Shabby Cubby

Back from a beautiful few days in Cuba and set to work right away. I finished up this little cubby I began transforming before I left.


It started out as a chunky wooden box from the Dollar Tree.


I began by staining the box with acrylic paint washes and yanked off those chunky round handles. Once prepped I covered the box with Worn Wallpaper from Tim Holtz. I popped on some metal medallion handles and metal angel feet. I've also added some ornate metal corners from Graphic 45.


Inside I've added all sorts of sweet vintage-y bits. Some of the items inside are new but feel vintage (the doll, story stick, lace) and some are actual vintage items like the spools, ticket and photograph.


Speaking of that doll... I picked up a slew of those Tim Holtz 'Salvaged Dolls' at a clearance sale last month and I have zero idea what I'm going to do with this dolly army.


Finally, the glass dome atop the large wooden spool has rose petals and bud inside with a specimen tag that says "rosebud". Since this is sort like a collection of memories I thought it would be a funny little Citizen Kane reference. (I know rosebud wasn't a rosebud but you get it.)

And here's the list of bits used:
wooden cupboard
Artifact Labels
Worn Wallpaper, Tim Holtz
metal handles
metal angel feet
Ornate Metal Corners, Graphic 45
acrylic paint
glue
Things to fill: wooden spools, pin, lace and ribbon, old papers, old buttons, thimble, key, glass dome, rose bud, Tim Holtz 'Salvaged Doll' and 'Story Stick'



Bonus vacation content: My gorgeous kid laughing at my expense when I drank too much rum and tried to order ceviche instead of cerveza. 

Drunk mum is both hilarious and embarassing.