Saturday, February 06, 2016

Graphic 45 January 2016 Project Sheet - Mon Amour

Hello, Readers and Graphic 45 Fans! I know that some of you have been waiting on pins and needles for the NEW 2016 Graphic 45 monthly project sheets to hit the blog! Well, the wait is over! I am sharing the January project sheets today! 

The January project set includes an altered Mixed Media box with matching mini album, plus three cards! The card program this year is designed for beginners, but takes advantage of left-over product from the mixed media class! 

To print the step-by-step directions for the Mixed Media Box and Mini Album, click HERE. The project sheet includes a full supply list, plus directions for the optional Metal Staples package! Each month, you will be able to create a mixed media project for an approximate retail cost of $30. The metal staples option will be about $10 more. The directions explain how to create the project, and then show you how to add the optional Metal Staples items! 

We will be using the Mon Amour Collection for the projects this month. The Metal Staples are the Shabby Chic Door Pull and the Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys.

The adorable Mixed Media Box is a fantastic project on its own! 

But, I have also included step-by-step, photo directions for creating a six-page mini album, constructed from the photo mat inserts which come with the box! The album fits into the box!

If that is not enough fun, there is a second project sheet for creating three cards from the left-over product! If you want to "add-on" the card class, the cost is under $5. If you wish to make ONLY the cards, the retail cost is around $20, depending on the Metal Staples you wish to use.

I am sharing the cards with metal keys attached, but you can make the cards without that extra product, if you wish! If you use the keys for the Mixed Media Box and Album, you will have three left-over for use on the cards.

The goal of the card class is to show beginners how to create cards with minimal product and without using a lot of special tools, plus to show experienced crafters how to use up the scraps and left-overs from the larger class.

I will be back in April with the March project sheets! For the February projects, check the Graphic 45 Blog in March, or check with Maria Cole, who is sharing the class duties with me this year!

Here is a sneaky peeky of what I am working on next....

Friday, February 05, 2016

Craft Hoarders February Blog Hop

Welcome to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous February 2016 Blog Hop! My blog is the first blog in the hop! After visiting me, hop over to Debbie Seyer's Blog next! For the full list of Bloggers, see the list at the end of this post! Keep an eye out for Bloggers who are giving away Blog Candy!

Many of you may have heard of art journaling. If you have not, do a search on Pinterest to see many fine examples. I have never done art journaling, because I simply have ZERO artistic talent. I cannot paint or draw or sketch or watercolor or accomplish any other fine art technique! Recently I have been seeing another form of art journaling called Bible Journaling. I have been fascinated with this form of Bible study! Once again, I've never tried it because...saying I stink at art is just harsh! (For some wonderful examples of Bible Journaling, click HERE.) 

After speaking to my (very artistic and very smart) daughter about this, she gave me some tips about giving Bible Journaling a try...BEFORE diving in head first and spending a lot of money on supplies I may not need! Which brings us to the Hoarders portion of the show. I wanted to buy a NEW journaling Bible...but my daughter pointed out that I have quite a large collection of Bibles on hand already...and why not experiment with one of those FIRST?!  
I ended up choosing to use this devotional Bible that I purchased in 1997 (it has the date inscribed on the inside cover). I bought it for use in a Bible study, but I soon realized that I did not care for how the Bible was structured. It mostly sits on a shelf with all my other translations and commentaries and Bible study guides and the children's Bible, etc. and so on. I cannot throw it out. Which means I feel some warmth about using art journaling techniques with this Bible. (If you are squeamish about using a Bible, use a journal or a notebook or even an old commentary or study guide.) 

The next part of the Hoarders show is that I already have tons of art supplies: colored pencils, pens, markers, watercolor paints and pencils, gelatos, inks, and more. (My daughter said to "step away" from the "Bible journaling pen set that I had in my Amazon cart!) I have everything I need to start journaling...except the talent for drawing and hand-lettering.

But, do NOT despair! I also have a VAST collection of stamps, including an impressive hoard of Scripture stamps! I also have access to a computer where I can type up Scripture in cool fonts to trace or paste into my journal. If all else fails, there tons of things for free or to purchase online! Including this NEW line of stamps at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

My next hurdle was to pray about WHY I want to tackle Bible Journaling. If it is to have a pretty Bible...well, I should just buy an illustrated Bible and be done with it. If it is to color while I meditate, then THIS Bible with pre-printed line art may be more my speed. My main goal with this process is to memorize more Scripture. I am a very visual person, so perhaps, illustrating the verses may help me learn. I have a list of 52 verses I wish to learn. I am curious to see if Bible Journaling is the way to do it!

The first Scripture on my list is Isaiah 40:28. I looked it up in my "real" Bible to read and study. I then found the passage in my "journaling Bible" and marked it with some colored pencils. What I took away from the verse is that God is the Creator God...that He will hold up, not only us, but the whole of His Creation! If He can do THAT, why worry?! (Reflection on this one verse was a very rich time for verse! I know, God is good!)

I decided to illustrate the verse with the stamped image of the earth. I colored the image with pencils, just a very simple illustration. As a companion to the Isaiah verse, I love Psalm 46:10 - I love it so much that I have two stamps with that verse! I stamped the verse in blue ink next to the earth. One thing about the devotional Bible is that it has a lot of....devotions, meaning there is space for me to put art that does not obscure the Bible passages. 

I am not sure if you can see it, but I also stamped a cross over the earth, using a pale gray ink. To remind myself that God is in control of the WHOLE earth. He made it all.

The second verse I wanted to illustrate is Genesis 1:1. I die cut some clouds out of scrap paper to use as templates, and then I sponged around them with blue ink. I stamped the earth again with blue ink, and while the ink was still a bit damp, I smudged it with a illustrate that the earth was formless in the beginning.

Psalm 150:6 is a great companion to what I was feeling after studying Genesis 1:1, so I stamped that verse in pink. I used a PITT artist pen to trace over some of the letters.

For my last page, I turned to one of the devotions next to Psalm 30:4-5 and decided to do a color illustration of fruit and flowers. When I think of  God "rejoicing" I always think of his Divine Creation and how He must love us to give us such beauty to look at! 

I stamped the image and then colored it with pencils. I love the look of the text peeking through the color. 

I still don't know if Bible Journaling is for me...or if I want to purchase a journaling Bible or just a notebook...but I did love working on Scripture memorization while playing with art supplies! My daughter cautioned me against getting hung up on the art and the process more than the Word. She knows me well, and her mature faith is wonderful to behold! 

Thanks for visiting this month! Now hop on to Debbie Seyer's Blog!

Make sure you visit all the ladies in the group. They have some AMAZING projects to share. A few of the gals may have Blog Candy to give away as well! 

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop List:
Gloria Stengel (you are here)
Debbie Seyer
Jacquie Southas
Tracey Sabella
Donna Idlet
Bonnie Garby
Wendi Robinson
Teresa Horner
Barbara Rankin
Karen Zueger-Brownell
Marisa Job

Colored pencils: Prisma
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Chalk Ice Blue, Colorbox Pigment Midnight, Cupid
Stamps: JustRite, Papertrey Ink, Verve, Our Daily Bread Design

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Graphic 45 Communique - Desk Top Card

My all-time favorite Graphic45 collection is Communique! You can imagine my joy when they decided to release a Deluxe Collection of this set of papers! Communique was the very first Graphic 45 collection that I purchased, way back in (dare I say) 2008 or 2009. It was the collection that inspired me to try out for the design team in 2010! Since today is my birthday...what a better gift than sharing my ALL TIME FAVORITE paper collection?!

Communique has everything I love: a black and red color scheme, typewriters, pens, vintage images, vintage postcards and handwriting, typography, and more! I have always felt that Graphic 45 created this collection specifically for me! 

I made an 8" x 8" desk-top home decor "card," making it both a card and a gift! This card is suitable for framing or standing on a desk or shelf. I loved this project so much that I had trouble putting it in a box and mailing it off to the office for display at CHA!

The 8" x 8" size is new for me. It is that perfect niche between a 6" x 6" card and a 12" x 12" layout, but it's neither! A friend of mine makes large-size cards as gifts and I decided to give it a try! (Thanks for the idea, Katrina!) I may become addicted!

I was happy to find some number brads in my stash to create "45" on one of the tags! I also de-hoarded my stash of Stamped Metal Brads.  

I created some "rusty" embellishments with my own custom mix embossing powder and chipboard shapes. I mixed the rusty keys with some G45 Ornate Metal Keys

I also discovered a faux clay postage cancellation embellishment with "Anaheim" stamped onto it! Perfect for a project on it's way to the Anaheim CHA show! And a project covered in rusty metal is not complete until I add a bunch of flowers! 

I did a bit of fussy cutting of the pen nibs and the postage images. Fussy cutting is NOT my strong suit, but I do what I can.

Here is the inside of the "card." That is 16" of real estate to cover with paper!

I wanted this card to be special, inside and out! If I were mailing this to someone, I'd add a gift card holder to the inside, or even give this card along with a suitable frame so the recipient could display the card.

I added more rusty gears and some of the collection images.

Thanks for joining me today! 

Graphic 45 Products:
Communique 12x12 paper: Pen in Hand, Society Page, Classy Correspondence, Typography, On the Dot, Postage, Party Line, Telegram

Other Products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Ink: Top Boss Watermark, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, VersaFine Onyx Black
Embossing powder: Tim Holtz Distress Black Soot, Vintage Photo; Stampendous Aged Bronze; Enchanted Cottage Malachite; Hampton Art various metallic
Metal embellishments: Creative Impressions brads; Tim Holtz game spinners, clock, number brads, clips, hinge fasteners, book plate
Die cut words: Papertrey Ink
Punches: Stampin' Up 3/4", 1 1/2" circles, Fiskars border punch, Creative Memories corner rounder
Stamps: Verve Framed Lilies
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape and foam tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares, Scor-tape, Ranger Glossy Accents, hot glue

Saturday, January 30, 2016

What Happened to January?!

I am not sure where the month of January has gone! I am pretty sure we just celebrated the New Year...was it yesterday?!? As a farewell to the month, Graphic 45 is sharing my Children's Hour card on their Blog today!

To see my original post and more photos of this card, click HERE.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Let's Make a Perpetual Calendar!

Hello everyone! I am back again with another Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts tutorial. Visit the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog HERE! Before we get to the post...check out my NEW blog look! My daughter, Laura Stengel, designed all original graphics for me! It is a HUGE change, but...I think it is very trendy and still captures my grungy/girlie vintage side! Now, on to the project!

I have been wanting to create a perpetual calendar for a while now. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, a perpetual calendar is one that can be used over and over again, regardless of which year it is!

When I saw the Perpetual Calendar - Bracket Style in the GSL store, I knew it was the one I wanted to use! I created the base calendar, but you know I can never leave well enough I jazzed it up a bit!

I wanted to showcase a different look for each month! I created my own unique calendar from the base calendar! As always, I want to teach you to see products in a new light, and to show you how use them in a new way!

The calendar base is made from wood, and comes in a dark finish. You can paint the wood if you wish, but I decided that I did not want to paint it, so the only preparation we need is to wipe the pieces with a damp baby wipe and sand any rough edges.

Cut four pieces of paper for the end pieces to 3 1/2" x 4 5/8". Use a gel medium to attach the paper to the wood base pieces. Trim the curved edge with a craft knife. Sand any rough edges and sponge the paper edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink. Make sure you cut out the holes on the INSIDE ONLY of each end piece.

You do not need to notch the holes on the OUTSIDE of the end pieces. I chose Graphic 45 Children's Hour papers for my project. Since I live in the land of perpetual summer, I used the July and August papers in the collection to decorate my box.

Trim two pieces of paper to 3 1/2" x 5 1/4" for the back of the box. Use a craft knife to trim around the bracket shape on the top of the piece. For the bottom, trim two pieces of paper to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". For the front piece, trim two pieces of paper to 3 1/2" x 1 7/8". For the inside dividers trim four pieces of paper to 3 1/2" x 1 7/8".

Sponge the edges with Vintage Photo ink. Attach the paper to the wood shapes with gel medium.

Make sure to dry fit the box before gluing to avoid making a mistake! Use a wet glue, such as Glossy Accents, to attach the pieces of the box together. The notched pieces make it very easy to assemble the box. You may need to clamp or hold each piece for a minute or so to allow the glue to dry. Set the box aside while you assemble the inside pieces.

This is what your box will look like from the back. You can see on the right side that my box is not fitting together properly. I had to clamp the box for a few minutes until the glue dried completely. {See, even us fancy pants designers mess up!}

Color all the words and numbers with Beetle Black Glimmer Mist. Allow to dry.

If desired, sponge the edges of all the inserts with Vintage Photo ink.

Make sure that your pieces are dry before starting the next step.

Cover each month insert with printed paper cut to 3 3/8" x 4 7/8". For the month inserts, cover both sides of the insert, trimming the bracket edge with a craft knife or sharp scissors. Use a file or sanding block to smooth any rough edges.

I decided that I did not want to trim the day and date inserts to have a bracket edge. (Frankly, I got tired of all that trimming!) To crate inserts with a smooth edge, trim paper for the day of the week inserts to 3 3/8" x 4" and round the top two corners. Trim the edges with a craft knife if needed. Cover both sides of the four inserts.  (There are other ways to cover the inserts and still show the top bracket, but I chose this way to cover my inserts.)

For the date inserts, trim paper to 1 5/8" x 3" and round the top two corners. Trim the edges with a craft knife if needed. You only need to cover one side of the 14 date inserts, but you may cover both sides if you wish.

Sponge the edges of the inserts with Vintage Photo ink. Place the inserts into the box to see where you want to glue the words and numbers.

Use a strong glue to attach your months, days, and dates to the inserts. Your month and day inserts will be "double-sided." Each month insert will have a month name on each side. Three of the four day of the week inserts will also be double-sided. 

Attach one number to the top of each date insert. These inserts will be single-sided. You need to be able to select 0-3 for your first number and 0-9 for the second number. For example, to be able to show Monday, February 29, you need a "2" panel and a "9" panel.

Place your inserts into the box. Add a bit of decoration to the front of the box, and you are FINISHED! Well...maybe! You can see the "January" on my insert seems a bit low. That is because I decided that wanted to do something different with my box. I decide that I did not wish to use the day of the week inserts, and to showcase the month inserts!

I decided to create a faux easel for my month cards and just display the box with my month and date. Read on to see how to do that!

Trim a piece of black heavy-weight cardstock or chipboard to 3 1/2" x 7 1/2" and place it into the divider where the days of the week panels should go. Use a clip to attach the month panel to the cardstock panel. Store the other month panels in the divider. Each month, change out the panel using the clip. Each day, change the date panels.

Since I used Graphic 45 Children's Hour paper, I was able to decorate each month insert to reflect the "theme" of the month. I kept the design simple and used the same design for each month.

Flip January insert over and decorate with February. (I actually think that my February is on the reverse of August.)

And there you have 12 months of inserts!

I hope you like my twist on the perpetual calendar! I created this amazing project with minimal supplies and effort. It will be the star of my desk for some time to come!

Visit the Gypsy Soul Blog for more inspiration!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Products:

Other Products:
Paper: Graphic 45 Children's Hour 12x12 paper
Decorative chipboard: Graphic 45 Children's Hour
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Spray Mist: Tattered Angels Beetle Black (retired - substitute It's Black)
Gems: Want2Scrap
Clip: from my stash
Cardstock scrap: WorldWin Papers Black
Adhesive: Liquitex Matt Gel, Ranger Glossy Accents, ATG tape