Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Junque It Up Candle Holder - For BGC

Are you ready to get Junqie?!  I was so excited to do this project!!  As soon as I saw the Prima Moulds this is the vision that I had in my mind.

This dreamy vintage looking pillar candle holder that looks like it came from another time.  But I was nervous to work with the paper clay, I had never worked with it before and wasn't sure how it would turn out.  So, in true junk fashion, I headed out to the scrap wood pile and found me a piece of wood and it was perfect for this!

Next I just pressed a good size piece of the clay into the mould and immediately removed it.
 
Since I needed it to take on the shape of the rounded edges I had to wrap it around the wood.  I thought I could just glue it and it would be ok...so I hot glued it and trimmed the extra pieces.  Then I attached an old junk brooch and layered a little brass clock charm on top right to the middle for interest and I headed to bed for the night while it dried.

Well it dried.  And cracked.  And all fell off.  Lesson learned.  But...it did hold it's shape where I needed it to around the corners so I was able to piece it back together and reglue it.

But the cracks and gaps remained where the clay had shrunken.  So I pulled out my joint compound and began to patch the cracks with a pallet knife and the results were pretty good.

Next I gessoed the entire thing and then grabbed the Ivory Tattered Angels paint and painted over just the exposed wood section.

Lastly, I gave the clay and the metal pieces in the center a distressed antique finish.  As you can see on the scrap pieces of clay I played around with the finishes I wanted to use before I landed on the one I really liked.  I used a combination of paints by Plaid (layering and sponging until I like the effect) and then applied a layer of the Gold Glitter Tattered Angels that came in the kit to finish it off.


I hope you are inspired to go junking and find an old treasure to spruce up!!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Inspired By the Obvious - For BGC

Today is all about inspiration and where we find it over on the BGC blog.


We all know inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere!  But sometimes we overlook the obvious.  Sometimes we get our kits or our new scrapbook supplies and we just get so excited by how pretty they are we immediately just try to "match" them to our pictures without really taking a good look and getting inspired by them.  This month when I got my kit I saw that 7 Gypsies paper with the big graphic numbers on it and was inspired to use them as big bold title pieces.  I knew I had just taken the boys back to school pics and they would be perfect to use for that.

So basically the entire page was inspired by those big graphic letters!  I built the whole page around them.  I love how the bold graphic of the letters were still simplistic enough to allow the photos on my multi photo layout shine, which was important to this layout.  And they really do pop on that robbins egg blue card stock that I adore!  All all it really took was cutting the letters out of the paper, inking them up and stapling them on, yes I stapled in my scrapbook...I told you i'm a rule breaker!  LOL!  I added some ribbon to give some texture and I love the effect that added.

So I hope this has inspired you to look more closely at your papers and supplies and truly get inspired by them and get to cutting!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Repurpose Farmhouse Sign - For BGC

Today we are talking about repurposing over at Bad Girls Couture!!

For me, repurposing can come from anywhere.  And I do mean anywhere.  For this particular project, I used scrap pieces of our porch deck that was tossed in a scrap pile to make a farmhouse style sign for our house!
As I was pouring over this amazing kit I couldn't help but just crush over the amazing "Market Signs" paper by 7 Gypsies.


With the fresh visions of all that I had just seen in this beautiful kit I walked to the yard to bring something to my husband and my eyes were drawn to our scrap wood pile.  Naturally my wheels began to turn on this repurpose challenge!!  I love all things vintage and I'm a big fan of a lot of the new farm house trends as well so making a sign like this was just a no brainer for me.  Annnddd it was super easy.
So I'm gonna break a few rules here...(you'll learn I'm a rule breaker LOL)  and make this super quick and easy for ya!
One of the scrap pieces were already stained the color of our porch so that was easy.  The other two were still unfinished wood, which was good because I wanted to give all three pieces a different look.  So I watered down white paint and gave one a white washed look and I did the same with the other one but used a dark grey paint.  Once it was all dry I cut out the Market Sign words I liked from the 7 Gypsies papers and Mod Podged them down to the boards and sealed them over the front with an additional coat for extra gloss.

Then on the back I secured all three boards together with another scrap board and nailed them all together.

The longest part was waiting for the Mod Podge to dry!  It was an instant gratification project and classy enough for Christmas gifts!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bringin' It Back Y'all - Mini Paper Bag Book for BGC

Today the theme over at BGC is "bringing sexy back" so how am I bring it back?  Well remember those old paper bag books we used to make years ago that were so fun and cute?  Here is the BGC version of it using the retro popcorn bag in this month's kit!

This book was so fun to make!  I used a lot of the scraps from the wonderful papers in this kit and pulled a few bits and pieces from my vintage paper stash to mix in to create the pages.

It was constructed by simply folding all the pages in half between the popcorn bag and securing it with the polkadot ribbon include in the kit.  The ribbon was a little too bright white for the vintage look I was going for in this mini so I distressed it up a bit with some brown ink.

Finally, I made a couple little slide out cards to slip in the pocket that was created in the opening of the bag with some card stock and a scrap this awesome 7 Gypsies Architextures paper as the tab.  You will notice I just used staples to secure these pieces to make the tabs on the card stock so they can withstand being pulled in and out, plus I like the additional texture it gives.  You can also cut a slit in the back cover to make another pocket for another slide out card as well.  Then finished it off by embellishing it with that OH SO CUTE Prima flower and some hand cut leaves.  Ink it all up (cause it wouldn't be complete without ink) and I was done!
Hopefully you are inspired to bring this sexy lil number back because it is certainly one you will LOVE to create!  Happy Scrapin'!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Did I mention I *heart* Mod Podge?

So recently I applied for an amazing design team for a scrapbook/paper craft kit club and I had to create some exclude items to submit to that call.  This is a couple of things I created during that time.
 I've been having this sweet little (but horribly outdated) jewelry box since middle school.  It was about time for a face lift.
 So I just sanded down the wood, removed the knobs and the padded panel at the top before starting.  Next I applied a thick coat of robins egg blue chalk paint.  Then came the fun part...MOD PODGE!  I trimmed some wonderful pattered paper from my planner society stash and mod podged it to the front of the drawers then over the top of the paper and smoothed it out to make sure there were not bubbles or wrinkles.  To finish it off I cut a small piece of vintage cross stitched linen (I think it was a scarf) and put it over the padded part and secured it back in place.  I also screwed the knobs back on and I was done.  Now it totally makes me smile every time I look at it and I can cherish it for years more to come!

The next project was just a plain kraft Heidi Swapp binder with a black and white spine when I started.

Again, I took vintage linens, lace, scrap paper (old Hambly I've been hoarding) and some burlap textured paper and just started layering till I liked the look.  When I was happy with the layout of it I stared applying the Mod Podge to the back of everything then over the front of it all as well to make it all adhear and become really stiff and all feel like part of the binder when it dried. 
I really love this technique.  I've done it to other books and to my journaling bible and it is one of my favorite things to do!

OH and PS...I made it on the design team I was applying for!  I'll post more about that later!  EEEEPPPP!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Prayer Journal Pages

So I was going through my prayer journal and came across some pages I hadn't shared on here and thought I would post them.  

My prayer journal is probably my favorite art outlet.  It's where I just express whatever God has put on my heart in whatever medium I feel let to use and it's all there in chronological order to tell the story of my journey.  It's truly a cherish thing in my collection and I love thumbing through it and remind myself where I've been and the promises God has given me.
 Most of the time I use water color because it's my favorite but every now and then I mix it up.
 For the "Get Lit" on it was based on an amazing sermon our pastor preached and I was totally inspired to come home and create this one.
And the heart...well that one is one that was in my head for days before I could adequately visualize and put it down on paper and it is one of my favorite journal pages now.

Friday, July 28, 2017

What's Going on at DSG

A peek at what's been going on over at Deep South Gypsies...

I've been making custom vintage lace tassel necklaces

 And something I'm super excited about is our limited edition gypsy bags that include these pretty awesome sunnies and this metallic quilted cosmetic bag in addition to the wonderful gypsy jewels the DSG customers are used to. 

 While we were making limited edition bags, we couldn't forget about our little gypsy divas!  So we have a limited gypsy girl bag too that has so much wonderful goodness that it won't even all fit in the bag!  LOL!

Needless to say I had to keep a pair of the amazing sunnies for myself!  If you are interested in any of these pretties, feel free to shoot me a message over on the DSG Facebook page!  
www.facebook.com/deepsouthgypsies