Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Full Moon Mobile

Some people love the sea... I love the night sky and light of the moon. I've made myself a little mobile so that I might have a slice of that celestial magic inside.

I'm really pleased with how it came out and it was really quite simple. I even have a tutorial for you below, but first a  couple of notes about this project:

• Don't fret if you can't find the wooden shapes I used. You can absolutely cut your own from cardboard

• Really, really, really play around with balance to find where the best placement of your stars and moon, and also where to place the hanging wire.

• I 100% DO NOT recommend this project for above a baby crib. Bark, fishing line, glitter and tiny stars that might come loose may all pose a danger to little ones. Don't risk it!

• I only decorated the front of the pieces because I'll be hanging my mobile against a wall. If you want to suspend yours you may want to decorate both sides of your stars and moon.

Okay? Okay.

Here are all the things I used:
Wooden circle and stars
Old sheet music
Acrylic Paint
Nail file
Acrylic stars
Fishing line

And, finally, here's how it's made it:

If you make your own, please tag me when you're showing off. It really is the best compliment and it helps promote my little crafty mess making heaps and heaps. Plus, I just love to see what you're making ;)


Monday, April 15, 2019

Playing with colour and good advice

Inspiration has struck and left me dizzied. I can't seem to focus on one idea long enough to finish before having another idea I *need* to work on. 

This collection of colourful pieces did not start out as experiments in colour but here we are.

I had made myself a sheet of vintage medallions and nice words that could be strung together into encouraging words with a specific intent. This was not that intent but I think they're rather fun and I have been in dire need of a jolt of joyous colour.

Stringing words together to produce lovely sentiments is one of my favorite activities. The results often feel like messages from the universe.

Sometimes they provide solid words advice or much needed positivity.

And while I plan on following through with my original plans, I think this colourful distraction was a valuable creative experiment.

Feel like playing too? I have a three page pdf download available HERE

Monday, April 08, 2019

Grumpy Monday and Miniature Mail

I am in a mood.

It's only 1pm and it's already been such a Monday.

I didn't wake up feeling bad. No big bad thing happened. It's just one of those days when a million little things beyond your control chip away at you.

But I'm refusing to let my pants remain grumpy this afternoon. Get lost blahs! Emotional vampire knocking? Sorry, no one is home at the moment. Perhaps a bit of cleaning and clearing to kick that bad juju in the bollocks too!

Let's start right now with some jolly things to push the mood in the correct direction.

Miniature mail! This batch was made from one print out of my new Miniature Vintage Mail PDF

Personally, I think there is something rather therapeutic about sitting quietly and cutting out all those wee bits, but I understand that isn't for everyone. For those who aren't keen on fussy cutting, I've put together some little packages of PreMade Mail too.

And since I'm slinging my wares today...

There are a half dozen Spring Clean Grab Bags listed as well. They're chocked with nice things new and old and come as close to humanly possible to 100g of goodness to keep the shipping cheap, cheap, cheap. (That's not an Easter joke, that's my frugality talking.)

Monday, I hope you're done with your tomfoolerly, because I am having none of it. Here's to better things.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

"My Love" Mini Book Box with Love Notes

Perhaps it's because I'm socially anxious and awkward, but if you met me in person I doubt you would think I was sentimental in any way. I'm much better at swearing, making jokes and laughing too loud than I am at romance.

Love? Pffft. Forget about that! I'm not very good with "I love you's" But no matter how much I protest, and how hard those words are... I am a sentimental fool underneath, with a heart of softened butter.

So I've made a charming little love thing-a-ma-bob with Love Notes Paper and a Tiny Faux Book Box.

It is a little thing but packed with love and made with pretty things.

The spine is simple and pretty with a Bronze Filigree and Antique Brass Stamped Metal Brad

Inside a little silhouette from Little Women in a brass setting with a wee little butterfly.

And you can see the sweet piano key border from Love Notes decorating the sides.

Despite the tiny size of this piece, there are three different collections used here. Love NotesLittle Women (the silhouette), and French Country (the chip tag).

Inside I've tucked in some miniature envelopes using my Miniature Vintage Mail Collage Sheet, and added my own favourite tender notes inside.

Here's the list of all the supplies I used:

Graphic 45 Products:
Love Notes 8x8 Paper Pad
Little Women 12x12 Collection Pack
Antique Brass Ornate Metal Keys
Antique Brass Stamped Metal Brads

Brass Filigree Setting

Here's to love and social awkwardness.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Scrappy little potted sprout #G45MixandMatch

This month's Graphic 45 challenge is to use up those papery scraps. And ... well ... ugh my heart!

Cute. As. Flipping. Buttons. That's my dude in his first halloween costume.

I gathered up a bunch of floral themed scraps from a variety of Graphic 45 collections and fussy cut a boatload of flowers, leaves, mushrooms and butterflies.

I staggered all those cut pieces inside a little plant pot and popped a photo of my kiddo in there.

While I'm not sure why you wouldn't have a picture of someone you love dressed as a gnome or fairy, it isn't absolutely necessary.

A regular photo will work just as well.

If your heart is set on having a potted fairy or gnome, never fear! You could absolutely add wings or a red cap to your photograph.

So get out your sharpest scissors...

... and fussy cut 3x's more than you think you'll ever need...

... then get to work on your own scrappy little potted sprout! 

Here is a video tutorial to get you on your way.

And everything you'll need to make this adorable thing-a-ma-bob:

Graphic 45 Papers!!!!
Floral scrapbook scraps! I've used papers from:
• Flutter
• Fairie Dust
• Floral Shoppe
• Home Sweet Home
• Garden Goddess
• Time to Flourish
• Botanical Tea

Small plant pot and base *you'll want a base larger than the pot so that the pot fits comfortably
Wooden stir stick
Small wooden block
Hot glue

Here's to a happy April!

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Butterfly Conservatory for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

On my trip to London last year I made certain to time my visit with the butterfly exhibit at the Natural History Museum. I made it just in time, squeezing in on the afternoon of the very last day. It was magic. Then again, how could walking among butterflies not be?!

Small Conservatory - Butterfly House - gslcuts.com

This project, is a sort of homage to that memory. A pretty space filled with flowers and fluttery things.

Small Conservatory - Butterfly House - gslcuts.com

This project may take time, but it uses  only a handful of supplies. The structure is a Small Conservatory. That's it. I haven't added any fancy embellishments (but don't let that stop you from adding some dramatic flair!)

Small Conservatory - Butterfly House - gslcuts.com

Inside I've added miniature wooden pots packed with faux flowers and leaves. They aren't properly scaled and they don't even look like any particular sort of 'real' plants, but they give a nice floral feel and provide lots of texture.

Small Conservatory - Butterfly House - gslcuts.com

Those paper butterflies inside are all from my English Fairy Garden collage sheet. I printed it out at 50% to scale the butterflies down to a more appropriate size.

Small Conservatory - Butterfly House - gslcuts.com

I haven't glued any of the pots in place so that I can move those potted pretties around, and even change up the Small Conservatory completely if I want to!

Small Conservatory - Butterfly House - gslcuts.com

Besides paint and glue, the last supply I used was a plain sheet of cardboard. I've used strips to create the 'wood' floor and baseboards inside the conservatory.

Small Conservatory - Butterfly House - gslcuts.com

Outside, again, I used layered strips of plain card to create a subtle architectural element to the bottom of the structure. I also used the card on the roof of the building to hide the slot and tabs that hold the piece together.

Small Conservatory - Butterfly House - gslcuts.com

And that's it! Just those few little bits to make something quite pretty. If you'd like to see how I put this project together, follow along with this walkthrough video

Small Conservatory - Butterfly House - gslcuts.com

And here is your supply list:
Small Conservatory

Miniature plant pots
Faux flowers
English Fairy Garden collage sheet
Sheet of cardstock
White acrylic paint
Glue (white and hot glue)

Happy making!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Dangly Paper Star Thingies

I came across some cute little paper star boxes in my stash. I have no idea how they got there. My stash is like a tourbillion* of neat supplies and old things. I wonder if there's a name for that little bit of excitement you feel when you find something you forgot you had.

*I learned a doozy of a new word today

Dangly Paper Star Thingies - Nichola Battilana

ANYWAY, I covered those bits in old paper and glitter.

Dangly Paper Star Thingies - Nichola Battilana

I added sweet words and more glitter!

Dangly Paper Star Thingies - Nichola Battilana

Then, for good measure I added some dangly sparkly bits.

Dangly Paper Star Thingies - Nichola Battilana

I think they are very sweet.

Dangly Paper Star Thingies - Nichola Battilana

Just the right thing for a tiny spot of cheer.

Dangly Paper Star Thingies - Nichola Battilana

Who doesn't love wonder and glitter?!?!

Dangly Paper Star Thingies - Nichola Battilana

Who doesn't love kisses?!?!

Dangly Paper Star Thingies - Nichola Battilana

Especially 'night kisses'.

Dangly Paper Star Thingies - Nichola Battilana

Caveat: I'll pass on morning kisses, thanks.

Dangly Paper Star Thingies - Nichola Battilana

The whole set of four dangly bits is listed HERE

I hope you have someone nice to give you appropriate kisses.