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Mermaid Altered Mirror

Mermaid Altered Mirror: Recollections and Canvas Corp Brands Mash Up

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a really cool Mermaid Altered Mirror and some nautical greeting cards to share with you.  It feels sooooo good to be back in the studio after taking time off to move.  Things are not quite perfect yet, but they are definitely functional.  And I’m happy to report that I have some empty shelves in the new and improved Closet of Shame!  Woo-hoo!

So, what do you do after purging your studio?  If you are like me, you go shopping for new crafty goodies!  (Actually, Dale had to buy a new Ping Pong paddle at the sporting goods store, and since Michael’s was right next door….well, you know how that story ends, don’t you?)  While shopping, I found these cool new Recollections Mixed Media Collage pads, one in a kitchen theme and one with a wonderful beachy theme that made me weak in the knees.  And yes…they both came home with me…cuz we can’t have empty shelves in the Closet of Shame, can we?

Recollections Nautical Bay Mixed Media Collage PackHere’s a photo of the collection, so you know what you are looking for.  It goes by the name Recollections Nautical Bay Mixed Media Pack.  It’s in cool sewn-together packaging and contains a printed canvas sheet, printed papers, vintage images,corrugate sheet,  burlap sheet, plain canvas sheet and a sheet of plain white cardstock.  It’s pretty amazing!

Mermaid Altered Mirror 06jpg I am happy to say, I did not hoard these yummy papers. I promptly put them to use to make this Mermaid Altered Mirror for the entryway in our new home.  This started out as a plain white MALMA mirror from IKEA.  These are actually very easy to alter.  I just lay my mirror face down on the back side of my 12×12 paper and trace around it. You’ll want to center the mirror so that all sides are even.   Score and crease on the lines, bevel the corners and place right side up on the mirror front.  Use your bone folder to score around the mirrored portion, then use a craft knife to cut out the square.  Then you’re ready to glue your paper down with matte medium or Modge Podge or whatever collage medium you like to work with.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 03I fussy cut my mermaid from one of the 12×12 papers, then inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  I wanted her to have a little more color on her fins, so spritzed on a little Patina Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  And for sparkle, I added Dazzling Diamonds.  She’s mounted on the corrugate sheet that comes with the mixed media pad.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 04Adding shells, seed beads, and found objects from my stash was almost as good as a walk along the shore.  I made a burlap string “frame” to highlight the sentiment card, too.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 05jpgThis paper is great for altered projects like this Mermaid altered mirror.  It’s heavy, but not too heavy, and takes to fussy cutting and folding and tearing very well.  You can see here how I fussy cut waves from the paper collection, then added mica chips and ink spatters just for fun.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 02I found this striped canvas ribbon in my stash, and it was the perfect complement for the paper.  Topping it with a Petaloo Textured Blossom was the perfect finishing touch.

Mermaid Altered Mirror 06jpgI can’t wait to hang this above my hall entry table.  It’s going to look amazing with all the beachy goodness in our living room/dining room area.

Then, I was having so much fun, and the papers were so pretty, I just had to make a couple of cards.

CCB Anchor Card 02This sentiment panel from Canvas Corp Brands Nautical Cardstock in my stash went so well with the sentiment on the Mermaid Altered Mirror that I decided to use it with the printed canvas and burlap from the Recollections Mixed Media Collage pad.

CCB Anchor Card 04The seahorse was fussy cut, painted with Maple Sugar Glimmer Mist and spattered with Blue Ribbon Chalkboard mist.  I also altered some 7 Gypsies metal corners and invited them to the party along with a little metal anchor embellishment.  The more, the merrier, right?

CCB Anchor Card 05These background papers are from the Recollections pad, but the sailboat is fussy cut from CCB Sand & Sea papers.  I super love the way the inside of this card turned out!

Live in the Moment Nautical Card 01This second card is built on a CCB denim card base.  The focal image, post card and burlap are from the Recollections pad, and the sentiment panels are cut from Sails& Shells paper from CCB.  I told you it was a product mash up!  Sometimes you just want to pull out all kinds of goodies and create to your heart’s content!

Live in the Moment Nautical Card 03I used a Spellbinder’s embossing folder on the card base, then inked it up with Vintage Photo DI.  The paper is from the Recollections pad, and I love it paired up with the sentiments from the CCB paper.  Tucking a postcard into the pocket gives you lots of room to write a note, and you could add any other little gift here as well.

I spent a lovely afternoon playing with paper, and it felt soooo good!  Next time you are in Michael’s, keep an eye out for these mixed media pads!  They are truly loaded with crafty goodness, and make wonderful playmates for your Canvas Corp Brand goodies, too!

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Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies

Wanderlust Junque Journal for 7 Gypsies: Opportunity Knocks!

Hello, Friends! Are you familiar with Junque Journals?  They are all the rage in the papercrafting world.  Junque Journals are kind of hybrid between traditional journals and scrapbooks or mini albums.  These mixed media creations combine fabric, different kinds of paper, found items and small souvenirs to capture memories in a fun and playful way.  7 Gyspies has recently released a fabulous new collection called Wanderlust that is tailor made for this kind of memory keeping.  I spent a glorious day of crafting with their Wanderlust Junque Journal and ended up with a really funky, fun, mixed media book that oozes with vintage goodness.  Take a peek:

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 01The great thing about this Wanderlust Junque Journal is that half the work has been done for you.  7 Gypsies thoughtfully stitched up a gorgeous base album with beautifully vintage cover art and 6 machine stitched pages made from cardstock, burlap, kraft paper, canvas and corrugate.  All I had to do was add the fun.

I did make a video of this project so you could really get a feel for the flow and all the various elements.  But for those of you who prefer “still” shots, I have loads of them below.  Before we get started, you might want to go get a snack and a beverage…there’s a LOT to look at!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 02I cut out the cover focal image with my craft knife, then stitched it onto some brown faux leather paper.  I love the dimension this adds to the cover and the custom feel it gives the journal.  The little metal hasp was on an old medicine cabinet that I found at a local yard sale.  I added a fussy cut suitcase handle from Pack Your Bags to give the focal the look of a vintage suitcase.   I fussy cut other elements and added them to the cover with foam tape.  Can you spot the “luggage tag” I made with the faux leather?  I love the little post card charm!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 04The inside pages are so much fun to build up.  I fussy cut various elements from papers found in the 12×12 Mixed Media Kit and layered them up until I was happy with the way they looked.  On the left hand page I tucked a Gypsy Moments tag into a tiny kraft bag.  You could add small photos, journaling, or small souvenirs in the bag as well.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 05I built hidden pockets and fold outs throughout the Wanderlust Junque Journal because I wanted to have that feeling you get when you are out on a really great junkin’ trip with your best buddy.  The top of this fold out was left open so that I could tuck a Postcard and photo mount in behind it.  (All my photo mounts and tags were created with Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies.)The focal image was cut from the “Stay Focused” 12×12 paper and then “hinged” with washi tape to create a door.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 06When you open it, there’s room to mount some photos, or to journal in white ink.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 07This two page spread displays the corrugate and burlap pages.  I love the texture you get from these. There’s a pull out pocket behind the doors on the left, and another pocket above the photo mount on the right.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 08I used my craft knife to split the doors on the image and backed it with another image from the
“Stay Focused” paper.  I spattered on some TA Chalkboard mist to add to the artsy feel of this wonderful paper.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 09This double paged spread is on burlap and kraft papers.  I cut out tags and images from “Open New Doors” and layered them in. So quick and easy!  The page on the right has a pocket/photo mount filled to the brim with tags, mini file folders and other goodies.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 10I think this might be my favorite page.  The tag pulls out from behind the wonderful “Open New Doors” image.  The lined kraft paper behind has been spattered with ink to give it a great grungy feel.  But the image on the right is so artsy and fun.  I painted the canvas page with ink.  Then I “painted” around the focal image with a water brush to make it easy to tear out from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper. This gives you great control but you still end up with that wonderful torn edge look.  A little more inking, a torn paper layer that looks like a grassy knoll and a vintage label fussy cut from the paper and this page is done.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 11Here’s another photo mount pocket filled with tags and mini file folder.  The background paper came from a Junque Pack that I had in my stash.  I also opened up a Gypsy Moments file folder and used it as a photo mat.  All I had to do was add a little hand journaling and another focal image/pocket and this page was done.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 12I love the vibrancy this red burlap page adds to the Wanderlust Junque Journal.  I created a journaling spot on the left with a Gypsy Moments ATC Printed Folder. The little die cuts were in my stash, and they fit in with this so well that I couldn’t resist using them. The corner of the typewriter to hold the folder closed.  The inside could house journaling, or small photos.  Interactive elements in a journal make me super happy.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 13This door image is from the “Be Free” 12×12 paper.  It reminds me of Dublin, and memories of Dublin make my heart sing.  I’ve used another file folder as a mat on this page.  Think outside the box when you are using your supplies…a postcard or a file folder can be a mat, or a pocket!

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 14This page is the inside back cover.  I fussy cut some keys, turned an image into a pocket and then added a file folder behind it.  This took maybe 10 minutes to do…because fussy  cutting the keys was a little bit “worky”.  But you get the idea.  You can build a fabulous album like this in less than a day because the basics have all been done for you.

Wanderlust Junque Journal Kathy by Design 03I tied some burlap twine around the spine and then added on these fun wine charms I bought at a thrift store.  Treasure is everywhere….you just have to open your eyes and look for it!

This Wanderlust Junque Journal was so much fun to create.  I think it would be a fantastic activity for a bridal shower weekend, a girls’ retreat, a family trip.  The album is already about half done…you just add the fun details and your memories and you’ve got a great keepsake that captures a special event or time in your life.

My Gypsy Soul is so happy right now, I can hardly stand it!

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