Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Trixie Likes Bees

Hello everyone, Lora here for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.
Beatrix Mellifera likes honeybees.
A lot.
And they like her.
She draws them, studies them, talks to them and generally looks after their well being.
She cultivates their favorite flowers and fusses over them when it gets cold and shoos away naughty insects that might do them harm.
She is a great friend and guardian.
She's a little quirky, but aren't we all?
She has lots of personality and if you ask about bees, she can talk about them for a very long time. And she has great hair...
I began with the Art Doll Nicho (which is coming to the store soon).
I glued down the inside folds of the box and clipped them together until the glue set.
NOTE: the flaps are not glued down, just folded in to help the clips hold the wet gluey bits.
Next, I painted the inside of the box cream and aged up the corners a bit with some brown ink using a Q-tip and cut the papers front and back using the nicho as the template. Notice that when I cut the back paper, I included the circle (head). I did this to give added strength to the piece when I glue the collage sheet face onto the circle.
In the picture above, I glued the box on to the backside of the nicho, painted the side of the box cream and inked it up a bit to give it a little patina. After it dried, I dry fit the paper on to the back, pushing it over the box carefully, adjusting the fit as needed. I carefully removed the paper after I had a good fit, added glued and stuck it down.

I glued Beatrix' head on and then the front papers. I added bits of cotton lace around the nicho opening and gave her a pretty lace collar. I attached the brass bee to a small cork and did the same with some of the sequin flowers, cutting the corks to different heights to give things depth.

I put the flowers and little bits of glitter and sequins in the box before I added the bee. That made it a lot easier to add or subtract detail without having to work around a big object.

 I made a little skirt out of leftover paper and arms and legs for Beatrix from a collage sheet (you can get this or something similar at Alpha Stamps)

 I stuck a command strip on the back of the box to attach her to this pillar. You can do the same thing anywhere in your house.

A little lace, glitter, sequins and a pretty bee....... you can't go wrong!
Thank you for stopping by!

Art Doll Nicho (coming soon!)
You can get the Art Doll Nicho HERE

Acrylic paint
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe paper (HERE)
Collage sheet
Tea stained lace

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mice Like Candy too....Part Two

Greetings! Lora here for the terrific Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Part Two of Mice Like Candy Too. Today I am going to do the do the four remaining tags.
In the picture below, you can see the top row is what I did a couple of weeks ago and the bottom row are the four I am going to chat about today.
Most of the elements are the same - the background color, candy jars, dots and flowers all help with cohesiveness and tie all the tags together, making them a set.
I began with cutting out all the bits and pieces I may (or may not) use. I wanted some different mice and these cute little fellows fit in with the look I was going for. (I darkened up their color so they would pop a bit more) I cut out a bunch of circles and various sweets and jars and played with the mix until I got layouts I liked....
I started gluing my layers on starting with what will be in the background-the circles.
With a little daub of glue at the bottom of the mouse, I attached him to where I wanted him on the jar and then glued the whole piece down and attached the number, adding dots after everything dried.
 Next, the ribbon was added and glitter was used for a sparkly bit of detail. The flower was glued on as the last thing.
Not a difficult project, but I think they are so cute. I decided that I did not want to make a banner of them as a friend of mine is having a little baby shower for her grand daughter and we are going to use them for place cards for the table. Now I have to make a 'few' more!
Small Tag Set
Faux Metal Number Plates

Bo Bunny Double Dots Vintage Pink Punch and Cotton Candy
Bo Bunny Sweet Moments
Mouse Collage images came from Digital Antiques (Etsy)
Acrylic paint
Silk Flowers
Green silky ribbon

For the supplies I used on the Mice Like Candy set #1, click HERE

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tiny Little Mice Tag Banner - Part One

Now if they can just figure out how to get the lids off the candy jars.........
Hello all, Lora here for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts with a trio of tiny tags with even tinier mice on them.
Part one of two....first easy peasy tag making. Second, an easy peasy banner made out of the cute tags.

I chose the Small Tag Set and covered seven of the pieces, back and front with pretty pink paper.
 Here is a picture of me messing around with how I want the layout for the final banner...
You can see I settled on using bits of the House Jewelry Pieces and the Petal Corner Minis.
I also used the Faux Metal Number Plates in the picture below.
I also cut little background circles of the paper I used on the backs of the tags to keep a consistent theme running through them, and added some white dots a ribbon a little silk flower at the top. And a tiny little white mouse. So cute!
More on this process in the next installment of the Mouse Tag Banner!
Thank you for stopping by!

Small Tag Set
House Jewelry Pieces
Petal Corner Minis
Faux Metal Number Plates

Additional supplies:
Bo Bunny Double Dot Vintage Pink Punch and Passion Fruit Scrapbook Paper
Bo Bunny Sweet Moments Scrapbook Paper
White Acrylic Paint
Silk Flowers
Teeny Tiny White Mice (from Alpha Stamps)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Little Topiary House

Lora here for Alpha Stamps!
Here is a fun, fast and pretty project that let me get a little of the 'I-wish-it-was-spring-already!!' out of my system.
I love this little Mini House Front Box. It's so versatile and just the right size...about 4x4.5 and you can put stuff in it. So it's practical, right? And it's cute as a button.
I decided to put a topiary in mine.
I had thought of making this a giraffe house just because a giraffe neck and head sticking out of a house is kind of cute, but the topiary won. Mainly because there's no poo to clean up.
Here's where I started...
I used the pieces of the house as templates to cut my paper. I glued the sides of the house together and ONLY DRY FIT it to the base. I wanted the pieces to dry square but still wanted to remove the top of the house from the base.
After the house dried, I painted the inside of the house white and glued the papers on the outside. I glued the papers to the base and then attached the house. I wanted to be able to look down inside the house and see pretty paper, not just a white bottom, and it's a lot easier to paint the inside of a house while it's not attached to the base if you want to avoid getting paint on your 'floor'.
I also gave my trims (the Mini House Doors and Windows)  and fence (the Chipboard Fleur Border) a coat of white paint and then painted the 'fence' an iridescent green.
I set all that aside for some drying time and worked on my topiary.
I used 1inch, 1.5 inches and 2 inch foam balls. I poked each one through the paper stem wire I got at WalMart and put a dab of glue at the base of each one to keep them stationary.
After that, I simply tore of bits of moss and glued them on in pieces until each ball was covered. It was a bit messy, but it didn't take long.
You can use a glue gun which would be faster, but I have a tendency to glue myself to things, so I avoid glue guns whenever possible.
I drilled a hole in the center of a wooden block (about 1.5 inches) and painted it white. I inked it up around the edges with gold and pink stamp pads.
I gave my now dry topiary a bit of a trim and glued some flowers on it.
I decorated my little house with the Mini House Doors and Windows and with cute images from the papers from Spring Farm House 8x8 Paper Pad and some sweet Felt Flowers in pink and white. I also used the Small Wooden Finials as feet for the little house.
Small White Mulberry Blossoms were used on the topiary.
Dresden White Zig Zag Trim was arched over the door and window.
For a link to all the supplies used from Alpha Stamps, click HERE.

Spring Farmhouse 8x8 Paper Pad
Mini House Front Box
Mini House Doors & Windows 
Chipboard Fleur Border
One and a half inch Wood Block Cube
Medium Wooden Finials
Felt Flowers (in pink and white) 
Small White Mulberry Blossoms 
Dresden White Border Sampler Set
Sheet Moss

White Acrylic Paint
Green Iridescent paint
Foam balls 
Paper Stem Wire
Thank you for stopping by!