This year at Creativation, 7 Gypsies revealed an exciting new line of products called Architextures. These pieces are little embellishments and goodies that you can craft with, and they are vintage-inspired to look and feel like the real thing! They have so many pieces to choose from, including a little mason jar that looks 3D and you can actually see through like glass.
This mason jar is just one piece in a collection of hundreds that are so inspiring to play with! The other cool thing about it is that the packaging has been designed so that it can also be used in your craft projects. I think this is just brilliant!
Another piece that I was able to work with while at Creativation is this fun dressform. This piece is 3D, feels soft just like a regular dressform would, and is so much fun to dress up and embellish! I pieced together some packaging and some embellishments to make a little dress on this piece. CLICK HERE if you would like to see the post for this dressform!
I managed to get my hands on a few Architexture pieces that are found at Michael's stores. There are so many fun ones there but I found these little silver crosses that look like a pendant or necklace piece, and decided to use them on an altered paintbrush.
I have done one Altered Paintbrush in the past. I loved how it turned out so I actually went to Lowes and picked up a few of those $1 wooden paintbrushes for the purpose of altering them.
I started by applying a coat of Tattered Angels Crystal DIY and Decor paint. This is a white paint that covers almost any surface very well. Once that layer of paint was dry, I misted over it with some Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist. I thought the paintbrush just needed a little shimmer!
I then applied some tacky glue to a few areas on the handle, and stuck some gold glitter flakes to that. I also added some bits of ribbon, a few flower embellishments that I colored with more Iridescent Gold and also some True Turquoise Glimmer Mist, and then moved on to applying the Architextures Cross.
Although the cross is self-adhesive, I wanted to pop it up a bit so I used some small bits of foam adhesive to adhere it down to the paintbrush. Then, using my labeler, I typed out the verse, "In the beginning, God created..." and adhered the words to small strips of black cardstock.
I applied the verse with foam adhesive, as well.
To put some finishing touches on the paintbrush, I added some Chandelier Glimmer Glam to the bristles, and also tied some Jute Cord around the handle, letting it fall down to the side.
Very simple embellishing job on this paintbrush, but I love the overall message of it! I have it in my craft room and it reminds me who our Original Artist and Creator is.
If you are interested in seeing more 7 Gypsies Architextures, check out the Canvas Corp Brands Store or visit your local Michaels to see what they have there!
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!
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This little file folder album was so much fun to create. I was inspired by a few Pinterest posts and videos and decided to try to build my own. I grabbed my pack of White File Folders from Canvas Corp and stamped and inked three of them, and then sewed them together to create the "bones" of my album. I left a few of the sides unsewn in order to create a few pockets to tuck goodies or photos inside of.
The front cover was decorated by stamping Brutus Monroe's Enchanted Rose stamp with embossing ink and then embossing in gold. Then, I just ink blended on a few colors and added the little die cut "shine" sentiment. I also spritzed it with a little Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist for more shimmer!
The first inside page is decorated with some journaling cards from Simple Stories. I wanted to add a lot of stitched details, so for most of my layers I roughed the edges with a scissors and then stitched around the outsides. I also added a few of the journaling cards with some washi tape so that you can flip them up and add photos or handwrite memories and stories on them.
The page opposite the first has some ink blended stripes and then some more layered embellishments. I added a little wood frame that was painted with Tattered Angels paints in coordinating colors. This little frame is perfect for adding a little 2x2 photo inside of.
The top edge of this page I left unsewn in order to create a pocket. Inside the pocket I slipped in a fun journaling card on which I added a tab and some ribbon embellishments.
Using all these papers from the same Simple Stories collection made it so simple to mix and match everything! The colors and patterns all coordinate beautifully and took a lot of the guesswork out of selecting papers myself.
Moving on to the next page, I had fun embellishing with some strips of patterned paper that was also roughed up and sewn. I cut the ends into banner shapes and layered them over each other.
I also added a little paper bag from Canvas Corp that I stamped on, and added a chipboard butterfly paperclip that I created. There is another journaling card inside of the paper bag to give more room for memory documentation and photos.
I also added another page here by taking a large journaling card and taping it down with some fun washi tape. I loved that donut image and the colors matched nicely with the soft color palette that I had going on. On the flipside of the donut image there is more lined space for writing on.
Opposite of the added page, I added another paper bag that I added more washi tape to, along with a few feathers. The paper bag is left empty to allow a little room to pace ephemera and fun little keepsakes in.
The side of this page I left unsewn to create another pocket. I found a journaling card I liked and added another tab and some ribbons and twine as well.
This last page was fun to decorate. I used my Pugsley stencil from Brutus Monroe to create ink blended stripes and then added a die cut sentiment, "beautiful", which I embossed with more gold embossing powder. I also created a fun pocket page with my Fuse Tool to add to the right side of this spread. The top pocket is a shaker pocket filled with glitter, and the bottom pocket is another journaling card.
This album was so much fun to put together and I have a feeling Ill be creating more of these albums in the future! I havent decided if I'd like to use this myself or send it away to a friend.
Thanks so much for stopping by to get a peek inside my mini file folder album! I have included some links below on items I used to create this.
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Being a cardmaker, its just natural that I also love sending out happy mail to friends and family. I like to try to keep my address book up to date, but it can be hard to figure out how to keep my book tidy when I need to change the addresses in there!
I had this idea to use some of Canvas Corp's Chalkstock to create these fun little address cards. I embellished the front sides with photos of my friends and family, along with other pretty embellishments, and then left the backside blank so I could write their addresses and special dates in with chalk.
I chose this Chalkstock for the reason that it acts as a paper verson of a chalkboard! You can write on it with chalk paint, markers, or regular chalk, and then wipe it off with water and write on it again. PERFECT for writing addresses and important info on the back of small cards. The best part? You can make your cards pretty and not have to worry when the time comes to change the info!
I have my cards displayed here in a little 7Gypsies Librarie Drawer. Canvas Corp Brands currently has these drawers on sale, and once they are gone, they are gone for good! I'm so happy I picked one up when I did, but if you dont have one dont worry! Just find a cute little box that works for you!
That's it! A simple way to keep my loved ones addresses organized even when they change. I used a journaling card die to make these little address cards, but you could make your own simply by trimming to the size you want and then rounding the corners.
Hope that gives you some fun ideas on how to use this Chalkstock. Its such a unique paper that its really worth a try!
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