Friday, September 15, 2017

Rusty Wings

Hello!! I have been seeing faux rust projects everywhere. The wheels started turning and inspiration struck. This set of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts wings were the perfect piece to "rust" up. If you haven't figured it out yet I love keys and locks. The engraved keys (coming soon) are full of detail and so beautiful. 

Begin by painting wings both front and back with Raw Umber. Allow the first layer to dry. Once dry apply a second layer of Raw Umber. While paint is still wet apply ground cinnamon to wing. Once the second layer was dry I sprayed my wings with hairspray to hold on the cinnamon layer. 

Once the wings are dry add some touches of gold Metallique wax. Emboss lock and key with Burnt Copper Leaves and highlight with gold Metallique wax. The details on the lock and key really pop once embossed. 

Cut out a primitive dress shape and stamp with Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo. I sprayed the dress with a mix of instant coffee. The combination of coffee and Distress Oxides provides the perfect mixture for a vintage look. Messy stitch around dress. 

Layer the engraved lock on top of a coffee stained crocheted medallion. Apply the layered piece to dress. 

Apply wings to back of dress using strong hold double sided tape or hot glue. 

Attach engraved key with a couple stitches using thick floss and needle. 

Thank you for stopping by!! I hope you enjoyed this rusty project. I forgot to mention it smells heavenly. The cinnamon on the wings and the coffee stained dress create such a pleasing scent. Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Altered Composition Books for My Rusty Crown

Hello!! Happy Friday!! 
Does your heart skip a beat when you see school supplies hit the shelves? I love the promise of new notebooks and crayons!! 

I am sharing some fun altered Composition Books over on the brand new My Rusty Crown blog

If you know me you know I LOVE my Character Construction stamps and they are the star of the show. 

Here is a sneak peek. For all the details and a step by step picture tutorial for the vintage skirt book be sure to check out my post here 

Friday, September 1, 2017

It's a Good Day to Craft

Hi!! I'm here today with a fun mash-up from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and 7Gypsies.
Our theme was "Small World". I was digging thru my stash of awesome Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and ran across the Mini House Shadow Box #1 and from there my idea took shape when I started looking thru the awesome 7Gypsies pieces we were sent. 

I started by painting all the pieces of the Mini House Shadow Box a mint green.

I then added 7Gypsies Architextures Junque Pack - Attic. I added a touch of Ivory acrylic paint to the raised parts of the Architextures sticker. 
Picture courtesy of 7Gypsies website 

One of my favorite parts of the 7Gypsies line is their packaging. It can easily be incorporated into your project. I used the packaging from the Architexture stickers to line the floor of the Mini House Shadow Box and the outside walls. I cut to size and applied using Distress Collage Medium. Added a coat of Distress Collage Crazing Medium. Once the Crazing Medium dries enhance crazing with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.

The idea for a sewing themed Shadow Box came from one of the tiny clippings off this charming scrapbook paper Go & Be. 

Picture courtesy of 7Gypsies website 

The "A Good Day to Craft" clipping made me think of spending a day in my studio surrounded by my favorite supplies. I cut the "good day" clipping and added a bit of Burnt Copper Leaves around the edges to make a frame. 

To complete the roof I added strips cut from the To & Due paper. 

Picture courtesy of 7Gypsies website

Then it was time to decorate my little studio shadow box. I used charms I found in the jewelry section at Michael's. I got a little too excited and forgot to take pictures before throwing out the packaging. Oops!! I added a couple vintage buttons from my stash to complete the piece. 

I love the shadow boxes from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!! This was my first time working with products from 7Gypsies and I think it's safe to say it won't be my last. 

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. And remember it's always "A Good Day to Craft". 
~Happy Creating Friends~ Jennalee 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Unlock Your Dreams- Heartfelt House Die Project

Hello!! I was recently the lucky winner of a giveaway on the Eileen Hull Fan Club Facebook page. I won Eileen's new Heart Felt House Pocket die. I love house shapes in art so I was very excited to add this die to my collection. There are so many ideas dancing around in my head!! 

The House Pocket die was the perfect base for the piece I had in mind. I picked up a couple beautifully vintage escutcheon plates while junking and could not wait to use one. 

I started with a simple collaged background and added some random swipes of gesso. I used my new favorite instant coffee. I keep a small spray bottle at the ready with instant coffee and water mixed, ready to spray at any time. 

I used one of my favorite stamps. This girl speaks to me and inspires me to keep searching and seeking for my dreams. 

As you may know, I love keys and try to sneak them in whenever I can. So naturally doors and houses need keys, right? 

I have been enjoying working with wire and sneaking it into my projects. A wire hanger was the perfect addition to take this piece from flat to a dimensional wall hanging. 

As always I snuck in some messy stitching and buttons. 

Have you made anything with inspiring die? Be sure to check out the Makers Challenge over on the Sizzix blog. Thank you for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me. Comments always bring a smile so leave a quick note and let me know you stopped by. 
Happy Creating Friends!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Watchmaker's Clock

Hello!! I'm here today with a Steampunk inspired clock. When I saw the Desk Clock Kit from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts I knew I wanted to make a clock for my hubby. He loves vintage and steampunk so the gears were an easy choice to go with.

Start by applying two layers of Black gesso or acrylic paint to the fronts and backs of all the chip board pieces.

Cover the Clock Face and Base with scrapbook paper. Adhere paper using Distress Collage Medium or matte medium. I used a piece of paper from Tim Holtz's Dapper paper stash paper pad. The wording was perfect and set the tone for the whole piece. 

 Once Collage Medium is dry apply a generous layer of Distress Crazing Medium. Allow to air dry. Once dry apply accents to the crazing with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. 

Emboss the numbers using Burnt Copper Leaves

Using a strong hold adhesive attach clock support to base and numbers to front of clock. Assemble clock workings. The inner workings of the clock fit perfectly on the support piece. 

Once I had my clock assembled I decided I wanted it to have a larger base. I took a small wooden cradle board I had in my stash and spray painted using a dark brown with light hints of bronze. 

Then came the fun of adding gears and other small steampunk inspired bits. The gears I used are from Tim Holtz's Idea-ology line.The light bulb and other random "thing" are from junking excursions. I attached the gears and bits and bobs with hot glue. 

I don't make masculine projects often, but I really enjoyed this one. And my hubby was thrilled that I made a project for him, for once!! Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today. Happy Creating ~ Jennalee

Other Supplies:

Black Gesso or Acrylic Paint
Scrapbook Paper- Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Dapper paper stash paper pad
Distress Collage Medium
Distress Collage Medium Crazing 
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder - Emerald Creek 
Beacon 3 in 1

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Santos Cardboard Journal Cover

Hello!! My admiration of cardboard continues. 
I love the texture and strength provided by such a simple substrate. Plus since cardboard is so accessible and basically free there is no pressure if you mess up. That freedom is wonderful for those of us who overthink everything!! 

I recently added the Character Constructions Santos Cage Doll to my collection. You may remember I used her on a previous assemblage piece. Since that project, I added the cage skirt to my collection. So, of course, I had to make another project with her. 

I recently ran across some cardboard pieces that were flat and had rounded corners. And the perfect size when folded with a spine for a traveler's journal cover. 

Peel top layer off one side of cardboard piece to reveal the corrugated layer. 
Fold spine to be approximately 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch.
Add random swipes of Gesso with a palette knife.
Spray with coffee mix. 
Dry with heat gun. 
Sew square of lace off center on front of journal.
Punch holes and thread elastic thru spine. 
Scrunch and sew on piece of muslin to spine. Making sure not sew over the elastic. 
Sew on ripped muslin strips for bow closure. 
Stamp and assemble Santos Doll. 
I used the same technique for the doll body as used here.
Add a piece of scrapbook paper behind skirt with handwritten sentiment. 
For bird nest wrap 20 gauge brown wire to form nest shape. Add turquoise beads. 
Attach Santos Doll offset on journal cover. 

I am linking this project up to the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge 

August Challenge:
Anything Goes!:
(stamping MUST be included)

Find all the entries and information at 

Thank you for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. Leave me a comment and let me know you stopped by!! Happy Creating friends~ Jennalee