Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Time Marches On-A Peek-a-Boo Project

January is a time of new beginnings, a time to reflect and take inventory of our lives. There is a quote by Warren Zevon, “we love to buy books because we believe we are buying the time to read them.” January is sort of like that it’s the promise of a full year ahead, the possibilities seems endless. But you and I both know that time is promised to no one, we must live each day as it is our last and tuck away memories that we can make along the way. This is the inspiration for this project.
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Trading Coin Covers Alice, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Artist Trading Coin, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Steampunk Lightbulb Set, Embossing Powders-I Used Granite and German Silver, Brushed Pewter Distress Mica Spray, A Wash Made of Water and Black Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush, Blue Metallic Tissue Paper, Faux Black Velvet Paper, Faux Alligator Skin paper, Markers-Black, Blue, Brown and Grey, Rusty Ribbon, Rub ‘n Buff-Gold Leaf, Weldbond, Scrap of Vintage Text, Metal Clamps, Art Deco One Step Crackle medium,
1.  Cut Apart the GSLC Alice Trading Coin Covers, decide which you will be using.
2.  Emboss GSLC-Trading coins with German Silver and Granite Powders and filling in gaps with Brushed Pewter Distress Mica Spray.
3.  Cure and set with a heating tool.
4.  Use a paint brush to paint the rims of the GSLC Alice Trading Coin Covers.
5.  Trace pocket watch onto Faux Alligator Skin Paper, Cut out with scissors.
6.  Trace top hat onto Faux Black Velvet Paper, Cut out with scissors.
7.  Trace bottle onto Blue Metallic Tissue Paper, Cut out with scissors
8.  Use Brown, Black, and Blue markers to edge the GSLC Alice Trading Coin Covers coordinating with papers used.
9.  Add a small piece of rusted ribbed ribbon to the top hat.
10.                Use Gold Leaf Rub ‘n Buff for the pocket watch top.
11.                Use Weldbond to glue chosen papers to correct GSLC Alice Trading Coin Covers. Adding a vintage text to the bottles label and gray marker to color the string and brown marker for the cork top.
12.                Secure into place with metal clamps allowing to dry fully.

13.                Once dry carefully add Art Deco One Step Crackle medium to the blue bottle.
14.                Use Gold Leaf Rub ‘n Buff to add details of your choosing from the GSLC Steampunk Light bulb Set
15.                Glue and Screw in metallic embellishments to your GSLC Alice Trading Coin Covers.        

Some Final Thoughts.  
New Year Song- Over the Rhine

Here's a little New Year's song

Don't worry it won't take too long
Just a bit of New Year's cheer
To say I'm glad you're here

Little leftover Christmas tree

Just big enough for you and me
With just a single strand of lights
To tease the stars outside

And we thought perhaps we'd see some friends

But as the old year slowly ends
The dogs are dreaming in their beds
We might stay home instead

Here's a little New Year's song

Don't worry it won't take too long
Just a quiet New Year's eve
There's somethin' up your sleeve

And I might gently take your wrist

Read your body like a Christmas list
The first night that the New Year brings
I wouldn't wanna miss a thing

Let's stay home and play old records

Our future's bright our past is checkered
What do you say we lift a glass

Toast the ghost of another year past

Just a little New Year's song
Happy New Year everyone
It came upon a midnight clear
Another brand new year

New mercy comes with every morning

The unexpected with no warning
For loved ones who've gone on before
Sing me Auld Lang Syne

New mercy comes with every morning

The unexpected with no warning
Let the dear ones you love know
You'll miss them when you go

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Birds in Winter-A Holiday Card-A Peek-a-Boo Project

One of my fondest memories of my childhood was watching the birds come to the feeders outside of our kitchen window. We’d put out suet, sunflower seeds, peanuts, in addition to regular birdseed mixture. My favorite winter bird is the chickadee. This is the inspiration for this instillation.

Supplies: GypsySoul Laser Cuts-Ornamental Birdcages Shape Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Snowflake Shape Set,   Acrylic Paint- Dark Grey, Burnt Sienna, Metallic Copper, Hi Light Blue, Paint Brush, Chili Powder, Nutmeg, Mister of Rubbing Alcohol and Water, Cheap Hairspray, Matte Varnish, Cardstock, Pictorial Paper, Envelopes in Coordinating Colors, Tag Set from Scrap Paper Pad, Bird Tissue Paper, Frayed Burlap Distress Stain, Iridescent and Blue Glitter, Holiday Greeting, Uhu Glue Stick, Deli Paper, Snowflake  Stamp
1.  Before Cutting apart GSLC Ornamental Birdcages randomly paint entire front and back with Acrylic Paints of Dark Grey, Burnt Sienna and Metallic Copper.
2.  While still wet sprinkle with Chili Powder and Nutmeg spices, spray with water or rubbing alcohol if paint has already dried.
3.   Spray with cheap hair spray and keep layering until you have desired effect.
4.  Allow to dry fully and then gently coat with a layer of Matte Varnish to seal in all the spices and textures
5.  Select Cardstock, Pictorial Paper and Envelopes in Coordinating Colors-I Used Silver, Winter Blue and White, and Vintage Craft Paper.
6.  Measure and cut pieces to form your holiday cards. 
7.  Find a tag set that coordinates with your color scheme and cut out pieces of Bird Tissue Paper to place randomly on top of each using matte varnish.
8.   Cut out each customized tag and coat with a layer of Frayed Burlap Distress Stain.
9.  Color entire GSLC Snowflakes Shape Set with Hi Light Blue Acrylic Paint.
10.                While still wet sprinkle with Iridescent and Blue Glitter; spray with water or rubbing alcohol if paint has already dried.
11.                Seal with cheap hairspray.
12.                Carefully cut out each GSLC ornamental Birdcage and Snowflake.
13.                Make copies of holiday greeting.
14.                Assemble your Holiday Cards
Some Final Thoughts.
The Snowbird's Song by F. C. Woodworth
The ground was all covered with snow one day,
And two little sisters were busy at play,
When a snowbird was sitting close by on a tree,
And merrily singing his chick-a-de-dee.
He had not been singing that tune very long
Ere Emily heard him, so loud was his song;
"O sister, look out of the window!" said she;
"Here's a dear little bird singing chick-a-de-dee.
"Poor fellow! he walks in the snow and the sleet,
And has neither stockings nor shoes on his feet:
I wonder what makes him so full of his glee;
He's all the time singing his chick-a-de-dee.
"If I were a barefooted snowbird, I know,
I would not stay out in the cold and the snow;
I pity him so! oh, how cold he must be!
And yet he keeps singing his chick-a-de-dee.
"O mother; do get him some stockings, and shoes,
And a nice little frock, and a hat if he choose:
I wish he'd come into the parlor, and see
How warm we would make him, poor chick-a-de-dee!"
The bird had flown down for some sweet crumbs of bread,
And heard every word little Emily said:
"What a figure I'd make in that dress" thought he,
And laughed as he warbled his chick-a-de-dee.
"I am grateful," said he, "for the wish you express,
But have no occasion for such a fine dress;
I rather remain with my little limbs free,
Than to hobble about, singing chick-a-de-dee.
"There is One, my dear child, though I can not tell who,
Has clothed me already, and warm enough, too.
Good morning! Oh, who are so happy as we?"
And away he flew, singing his chick-a-de-dee.