Friday, November 18, 2016

Kits, Kits and More Kits!!!

Happy Friday Everyone!

I know with the holidays upon us we are all trying to get things done in preparation.  Time to pull out the lists and begin the decorations and planning.   I have been busy creating some fun things to hopefully help make your holidays' a festive place this year!

I have four new kits...YAHOOO!  But first let me explain the next three..

Last year I sold a kit that I called The Luminary House.  It was a small Putz house that was easy to do and affordable.  It sold like HOTCAKES!!! Thank you everyone for that!...Here's a picture:


Since the house pictured above was such a big hit, I designed three more for this year...two houses and a much-requested church.  These houses are small and don't take much to put together.  The kit's pieces all come in Kraft 2X heavy chipboard...just paint or cover with patterned paper, add some small pine trees and of course some glitter...Last, add a battery operated tea light and let the magic begin.These kits are fun to put together and will look amazing in your house for the holidays...Or make a couple and give them as a present. 

Here are this year's Putz House Kits...

St. Luke's Church Kit




To purchase this kit follow the link to my shop HERE!

or Here:


The Tower House Kit

To purchase this kit follow the link to my shop HERE!

or here:



The Tallinn House Kit

Please note the blacked out window above is actually a cut out window in your kit.

To purchase this kit follow the link to my shop HERE!

or here:
http://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/putz-house-the-tallinn-house-with-instant-downlaod-instruction-sheet

The Putz House Trio of Kits

For those dedicated folks who want to make all three and save a few dollars...

To purchase The Trio follow the link HERE!

or here:

http://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/putz-house-trio-kit-collection-with-instant-download-instruction-sheets


And...my last project, which I truly love, is the Vintage Truck!!

A fun vintage truck that can hold all kinds of things in the bed. It is perfectly scaled to the Skippy Trailer I made, so hitch it up and go on an adventure.  Great for any vintage car enthusiast as well!

The Vintage Truck Kit


You can purchase the kit to make the Vintage Truck Here!

or here:
http://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/the-vintage-truck-kit-with-instant-download-tutorial

Well, here's to the start of getting the Holiday kits up and out...More to come soon!

Have an awesome Weekend Friends!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter






Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Taking It Easy with Some Halloween Art Therapy!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Per the cardiologist's orders, I've been trying to find a middle ground. I have been taking it easy and finding a slower pace.  Which is kinda boring really, but I know it's what I should do.  For the last couple of days, I've been feeling a bit down.  Hate to have the blues...So, today I asked myself what makes me the happiest...Designing stuff and working with my hands...Well Hello...Jimbo, get to it!  Art Therapy is a good thing!

So, I pulled out a big sheet of Kraft paper, some paints, stencils, a canvas and of course chipboard.  I sat down in a comfy chair, grabbed a nice bottle of water instead of a Coke and had a few low sodium almonds to help with my artistic journey.

I was off...keeping with the Halloween theme, here's what I came up with...A Backlit Halloween Canvas...

I tissued the canvas for texture and then  painted the canvas background with some orange and brown.  I then dry brushed some black paint and metallic espresso onto the canvas.  I then used my swirl stencil with some black spray ink to finish it off.  Of course, I had to sling some white paint onto the canvas to wake it up a bit.


I adhered some of my chipboard Just Bits Swirls to the canvas and some stars for some dimension.



I then set the canvas outside to dry and then found Triton eating a bedroom pillow!  Oy Vey!  I started work on the skull.

I cut a spooky skull out of Kraft chipboard and sprayed it with a low odor fixative and then painted it with white Gesso.  I covered it with some Idea-ology newsprint paper and cut out the eyes, nose, teeth, and details with a craft knife.  I grunged Mr. Skull up with some brown ink and went over the edges with some black ink.  I then used one of my stencils and sprayed black ink to form the wiggles on the front.

I took a piece of tracing paper and smeared some brown ink on it and took a paint brush and blended it together.  I then cut the tracing paper to fit  on the backside of the skull.

Next, I heated up the hot glue gun and adhered a battery operated set of mini LED lights around the backside edge making sure I placed the on/off button at the top where I could reach it.  I then added some square wooden blocks to the back of the skull so that the skull would float off the canvas.


I hot glued the backside of the blocks and adhered it centered-ish onto the canvas.  



DONE!!!





Then I listened to my MOM and sat down and rested while I wrote this blog...So there!  LOL

Hope you can find some Halloween inspiration from this!

Have an awesome week!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter















Thursday, August 18, 2016

Safari Collectors Case- Done!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

It's been CRAZY around here...So much seems to be going on lately and I'ma runnin'!  I am sure everyone else is the same way with getting the kids Back to School goodies ready,  last minute summer vacations or just busy day-to-day things that seem to take so much of our time.  But...It always seems to get done, doesn't it?    All I have to say is Thank God for Centrum Silver!  LOL!

Today I wanted to share my newest project.  I honestly love this project...Let me tell you about it...

The Safari Collectors Case

The Safari Collectors Case is so much fun to make.  It totally reminds me of younger years when I had a GI Joe RV.  It was a compact RV, but you could open it all up and spread it out to have fun.  The collector’s case isn’t far from that. It folds out from a small case to a large fun space to collect your thoughts and memories… You open up the left side to reveal three large drawers for all your keepsakes and treasures.  Open up the right side and it has a journal or a mini for pictures, thoughts, inspiration and memorabilia…I just love this piece, Hope you do too.





Please Note: I am PRE-SELLING this project.  That means I am basically taking orders at the moment as I am waiting for the latch to come in.  I am also taking  these pre-sell orders to see how many paper pads I will need to order. I would surely think this will go out by next Friday, August 27th and the latest Monday, August 29th,

This time around, there are three ways to purchase the project...the Instant Download Tutorial, the Complete Kit with Paper, and the Kit Without Paper.

The Safari Collectors Case Instant Download Tutorial-
Includes:
(1) Instant Download Tutorial

If you would like to order the Instant Download Tutorial please CLICK HERE!

Or follow the link here:
http://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/the-safari-collectors-case-instant-download-tutorial

The Safari Collectors Case Complete Kit-
Kit Contents:
Precut Chipboard Pieces
Graphic 45 Safari Adventures Paper Collection
Sticky Back Canvas
Brads
Idea-ology Ring Binder
(9) 12 x 12 Black and/or Kraft Cardstock
Glossy Accents Glue
Latch for Front
Instant Download Tutorial

If you would like to order this kit please CLICK HERE!

Or follow the link here:
http://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/the-safari-collectors-case-complete-kit-instant-download-tutorial

The Safari Collectors Case No Paper Kit-
Kit Includes:
Precut Chipboard Pieces
Sticky Back Canvas
Brads
Idea-ology Ring Binder
(9) 12 x 12 Black and/or Kraft Cardstock
Glossy Accents Glue
Latch for Front
Instant Download Tutorial

If you would like to order this kit please CLICK HERE!

Or follow the link here:
http://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/the-safari-collectors-case-no-paper-kit-instant-download-tutorial

I hope you give this case a try.  Will be awesome for your summer vacation pictures and memorabilia!

Please enjoys these last HOT days of Summer.  Be safe and have fun!

Thanks for looking!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Honoring My Sister... Kathy Sue Hankins

Hello Everyone!

I wish this could be an uplifting post, but some will find it sad...For me, it's so very bittersweet...It's meant to remember a beautiful, kind and so very sweet person...My Big Sister...Kathy Sue Hankins, who died so very unexpectedly one morning in May 2009 at 49 years of age.  On that unforgettable day, in May, I was the only one who was able to see her laying there on her sofa, in her house, her hand under her head sleeping so peacefully for eternity.  She was so pretty, so at peace...No grimace of pain, just peaceful sleep... What an amazing way to go. She passed away from a massive heart attack while taking a nap.

I wipe the tears that have not been evaporated by the Texas summer air from my eyes as I am out on my studio porch embarrassed of the emotions that seem to pour from me...I feel so guilty that as time has passed I have forgotten her birthday of August 4th.  I tell myself I was so busy and try to justify my forgetfulness...However, I will stand as her messenger, her spokesman if you will... to a life that cannot be forgotten and scribe now of the wonders that was  my big Sister, "Sue Belle".

To be honest, I'm so afraid that people will forget how wonderful Kathy was.  Maybe quite personally and selfishly it's because I am so afraid that I haven't left any legacy behind and I'm the one who is scared to be forgotten... I have nothing to leave this world, no children, nothing to carry on.  Just like Kathy, we would have loved to have had children, and would have been wonderful parents... but it just wasn't in the cards or seriously...God's will.  In my mind it's a terrible thought to be forgotten, so today, I honor Kathy Sue Hankins as I will every year that I am able...

I was honored to go through her house when she passed and pack away all of her possessions,  It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.  What would she want me to keep...Was I throwing away something that she thought was valuable... It was a monumental and honestly humbling experience.  She kept everything!  Kathy WAS the family archivist...small things that my nephews and nieces made, things that I had made her that were meant for the trash...she kept...

I came across a huge box of photos of fun times she had with her friends and family and came to the realization that  this was a small part of the legacy she left behind.    I wanted to share  a few of these photos so that we, her family and friends could take a moment to remember Kathy Sue Hankins on her birthday month...
















Kathy Sue Hankins

August 4, 1959 - May 11, 2009

Never Forgotten and Always Loved



Thanks for helping me to remember this remarkable woman...

Jim

The Gentleman Crafter




Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Double Decker Is Now Available!!

Good Morning Everyone!!

Today I thought I would get everything ready for the much requested Double Decker Bus Kit...

Here are my thoughts...I would like to get this out there to you all ASAP...However, I am completely out of the City Scapes 12 x 12 Paper Pads and need to order them.  I would like to go ahead and sell the kits so I can get an idea of how much paper to order. I don't think it will take too long for me to receive the paper and then mail them out.  Probably late next week.

I will, however, sell the Double Decker Bus two ways...One as stated above with the 12 x 12 City Scapes Paper Pad including all precut chipboard pieces and paper cut outs with an all .SVG Files.  The next way will be without the paper pad yet it will have the .SVG Files for you to cut out on a digital cutter that will accept .SVG Files.

Let's take a look at The Double Decker Bus....

The Beautiful city of London comes to the forefront with another iconic project…The famous Double Decker Buses have always been enchanting to me…of course I always clamored to the top for a more majestic view of the city.  In my version of the double decker, you lift up the back piece and pull out a thin but long mini that can be filled with traveling quotes, travel pictures and souvenirs picked up along the way.







Again there are two ways to purchase The Double Decker Bus Kit...

If you would like The Double Decker Kit With Paper:

Kit Includes:
Pre-cut Chipboard Pieces for Project and Mini 
Precut Paper Pieces
Graphic 45 City Scapes 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Hitch Fastener
Magnet Set
Black Cardstock For Mini
Glossy Accents
Instant Tutorial Download
.SVG Files to cut on your digital cutter

Please note...The tutorial and .SVG's are a zipped file.  It is the only way I can group them together to sell as one file as my service uses...Ipads may not be able to open this file.


or follow the link here:


If you would like the Double Decker Kit Without Paper:

Kit Includes:
Pre-cut Chipboard Pieces for Project and Mini 
Hitch Fastener
Magnet Set
Black Cardstock For Mini
Glossy Accents
Instant Tutorial Download
.SVG Files to cut on your digital cutter

Please note...This is a zipped file.  It is the only way I can group them together to sell as one file as my service uses...Ipads may not be able to open this file.


Or follow the link here:


If you have any questions, please feel to email me at TheGentlemanCrafter@gmail.com

Thanks Tons!  I hope you try it out!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter



Monday, July 25, 2016

Castle Card Today on Graphic 45!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Please join me over on Graphic 45's website to see inspiration from the Ambassador's today...

Yumi Muraeda has done an amazing altered Clock!  Just Gorgeous and I did a Castle Card....So if you get a chance, please stop by Graphic 45 to check the projects out...



you can also follow the link HERE  
or


Thanks so much for coming by!  Happy Monday Everyone!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

Friday, July 15, 2016

Telephone Booth Adresser Kits Available Now!

Good Morning Everyone!

Hope everyone is having a GREAT Friday so far!  It's so HOT in my area of Texas that I literally stay inside all day and only make appearances to the outside in the early morning or late at night.  It's that time of year when you try to keep everything you have worked so hard to grow alive...Just alive for a few more months so that it will come back out and flourish for the Fall.  But like I say, Thank God for Air Conditioning!

I've said in previous posts that it's time to start selling the kits that have been available to classes.  Today's is one of my very favorites.  The Telephone Booth Addresser.  We have had so much fun making this project and have even turned it into a Tardis for Dr. Who Fans!


The Telephone Booth Addresser








This British icon sits attractively on your desk and has a place to hold an address book or mini that you create with the tutorial.  Has a little drawer that holds stamps, paperclips and more...Fun Project to Make!

I'm selling The Telephone Booth Addresser two ways.  One, with the Graphic 45 Deluxe Collectors Edition 12 x 12 Paper Pad and the other with NO paper to cover it the way you would like.

The Telephone Addresser with Graphic 45 DCE Communique Paper Kit-

Kit Includes:
Graphic 45 Deluxe Collector’s Edition 12 x 12 Communique Paper 
Pre-cut Chipboard Pieces for Project 
(1) Set Metal Hinges
(1) Hitch Fastener
(1) 12 x 12 Heavy Black Cardstock
(1) Mini Glossy Accents
Instant Download Tutorial

You can purchase this by clicking HERE!

or by the link below:


The Telephone Addresser with NO Paper Kit-

Kit Includes:
Pre-cut Chipboard Pieces for Project 
(1) Set Metal Hinges
(1) Hitch Fastener
(1) 12 x 12 Heavy Black Cardstock
(1) Mini Glossy Accents
Instant Download Tutorial

You can purchase this by clicking HERE!

or by the link below:


Hope you give it a go...Have an awesome weekend and stay COOL!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter