Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Alpha Stamps Gypsy Fever Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to another fabulous Alpha Stamps Blog Hop.  This time us ladies on the Alpha Stamps Design Team have created some Gypsy themed Art.  

On top of all the art we are sharing, we are also playing a little game.

A Gypsy Phrase Game
If you visit all 4 Design Team Members' blogs and figure out the fortune, you will have a chance to win over $100 of art supplies chosen for the Gypsy Fortune Teller Swap!  
Be sure to leave the Gypsy Fortune on the Alpha Stamps Blog!

But the fun doesn't stop there!

I'm giving away my Fortune Journal to one lucky blog hopper.

I learned how to bind journals/books years ago and will be sharing what I've learned in a future post.  For this book I used an image from the Talisman Collage Sheet that I transferred directly onto the decorative paper using a very simple technique.

To transfer the image you will need:
- photocopy of your image
- Blender Pen (I like Prismacolors)
- bone folder (or other hard object)

Step 1
Cut out your image and place face down onto your decorative paper.  Make sure it is lined up the way you want it.

Step 2
Color the back of the image using the Blender Pen (I do this is small patches)

Step 3
Rub the back of the image firmly.

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the image is entirely transferred.

To accent portions of the image I attached dominoes to it, added glitter around the edges, a glossy coat on the top and of course some rhinestones and my newest craze Liquid Pearls (available in a multitude of fabulous colors from Alpha Stamps)

Some of the other items I used on the cover are Tiny Star Sequins  Metal Flowers (Roses)  Seam Binding  Large Corner Banner Rubber Stamp

The Journal has quite a few pages, I roughed up the edges with sandpaper to give it an aged/loved feel. 

One of my must have products from Alpha Stamps are the gorgeous paper pads, like the Gypsy Sisters 6x6 Paper pad but I never know what to do with all the die cuts.  This journal is my solution and I must say I think it is a very clever one. 

I used the die cuts to decorate some of the pages inside the journal. 

I also spritzed each page with some Walnut Inks so they had more interest.  There were not quite enough Die Cuts to fill all the pages, so on the ones that still needed something I cut out some fortunes from the Fortunes Collage Sheet 

The back of the Fortune Journal is decorated similarly to the front but without all the fabulous 3D elements.  

I plan on making more of these journals to use up all the fabulous die cuts I've accumulated.  So if you don't win this one, maybe next time.  And Next time I promise i'll have a tutorial on how to make your own.  

Good Luck to all, hope you found the hidden word!
Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop

One last thing, if you want to share some Gypsy Art with others make sure you join the Swap!

Thanks for stopping by.


Diana said...

Caroline, Thank you for the tip on transferring the images. I love the caravan too, it is so artistic. You are a clever one.

Tarnished Rose said...

Thanks for the tutorial and the how-to on transfering an image. LOVE your book!


Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Fabulous work! Blog hops are so much fun!

Lynn Stevens said...

Caroline, What a kewl Gypsy caravan, Love the addition of the birdcage!
hugs Lynn

Lesley Gordon-Mountian said...

Caroline - Love your work and appreciate your sharing your knowledge with us!

Monster alice said...

I love the caravan, especially the bird and birdcage. The wheels are also dandy!

Jess said...

Beautiful journal!

Debbie K. said...

Caroline, you do such amazing artwork. Love the caravan, very clever! Hope all is well with you...

Carmen Willis said...

Oh how I would love a chance to win your Gypsy Journal! It looks so much fun and is a great Keepsake! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creative art pieces.
Carmen Willis

Noreen said...

Love the wheels on your first project! And the dominoes are a perfect addition to the journal cover!

Nichola said...


Diane at Craftin Your HeART Out! said...

Your Fortune Journal is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for offering all of us a chance to win it. Your Caravan is so pretty!! I really love all the colors and elements you used to create it and the Hot Air Balloon is perfect!!

Take care,

Connie said...

That journal is just gorgeous! I'm so happy to have found you through the blog hop!

Renee said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Your gypsy caravan is sweet. I also love the fact that I have a chance of winning your gypsy journal! Thanks for sharing your tip of sandpapering the edges of your pages...great idea! Looking forward to your future post on making our own and binding it to boot! Can you tell I'm excited? I keep using exclamation!

Shannon said...

Caroline, that is a beautiful journal! Thanks for sharing it with us. I also really like your little Gypsy Caravan at the top of the post, you've always been such a talented artist and you just keep getting better.

Marilyn said...

Wow these are terrific! Love the gypsy caravan box and the transfer images on the journal as well.Put me down for chance to win that.Can't wait to see what birds I receive next

peggy aplSEEDS said...

beautiful journal and thank you for telling us how you transferred the image! oh, i would love to win that gorgeous journal!

Jennifer said...

What a clever idea to carry some of the image onto the dominoes -- adds wonderful dimension to the piece. Thank you for the inspiration -- I look forward to your tutorial in the future.

Nicie Ibarra said...

Your projects are so beautiful and colorful!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! :)

Pandora said...

Wonderful journal~ thanks for the chance to win it !

Karenladd said...

This is so beautiful! Love the vintage pages and fabulous details!
Love the altered dominoes!

Sandi said...

Your caravan and journal are so wonderfully creative. Thanks for sharing your design tips.

MB Isaac said...

I will make sure to try the liquid pearls also - beautiful journal

CuddlyBunny said...

Both of your pieces are absolutely gorgeous!

Especially love the wheels on your caravan gypsy and the image transfer dominoes on the journal!

Charming Memories said...

So glad to have stumbled upon your blog. Love it, also if you have gotten Ender fever be sure to read the others in the series, they are great too. Love OS Card!
Love you creativity, very inspiring.
Your gypsy wagon is too cool, love it!

Theresa Goldman said...

Creative and sparkly and wonderfully fabulous all in one, your work always is! Thank you for sharing with us!

Sister Brute said...

Great inspiration! Thanks for sharing your beautiful journal!

LynnF said...

Thanks for sharing your creativity with us, Caroline! Your art is always so fantastic! Wouldn't I be a lucky duck to win your journal? Awesome, thanks for the chance!!!

Connie said...

great tutorial- thank you for being part of this terrific blog hop!

MaRyKaY said...

cool I've never thought of using a blender pen in that way. thanks for the heads up on that.
I just recently got into art journaling and cant wait to see one of your tutorial's on how you make that fabulous journal.
thanks for sharing with us all.

sheilaAR said...

The colors and designs on your pieces are Stunning!! It would be an honor to win your beautiful art book,..but I would certainly have to improve my journaling to live up to the book's beauty! Thanks for the blog hop! sheila

Cris said...

beautiful journal, amazing!