Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Village Collection: September -The Haunted Victorian Manse

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I'm back on track with the Village Collection!  I actually have the September house done in September!  Go Figure!

This month I thought we would get a head start on Spooky October.  We are continuing the Village Collection with what could be either a pretty Victorian House or a Gothic Haunted Manse.  You get to decide by what roof paper you add...That one element makes such a big difference in the look...You will receive the black paper shown (which is basically balanced on the roof for the photo to show you...as I originally did it in the terracotta paper.) or you can use whatever paper you have on hand for the roof.  I think it came out pretty cool.  I love how all the trim details pop off the main paper. and will display it as a part of my Halloween/Fall decorations and then pull off the black paper and add some wreaths to the windows and door for the holidays!  I hope you like it..

The Victorian House /Haunted Manse








If you would like to give this month's Village Collection kit a try... CLICK HERE.

or follow the link HERE:




Thanks so much for coming by for a look!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter


Monday, August 28, 2017

August Village Piece: Gypsy Wagon

Hello from Texas!

Yes, It's here!  I was determined to get August's house done in August and it finally here!

As we continue to build our Village Collection, this month is a Vintage Gypsy Wagon...a Vardo.  I wanted to change things up a bit and do a unique "house" to add to the collection.  Done with Authentique Paper and paint.  The gypsies call these wagons ‘vardos’.  The outside of the horse drawn abode is typically very decorative and over the top, with beautifully engraved carvings and paintings, as well as ornately designed wheels – these wagons certainly did make a statement!  I sure had a such a great time designing this one!  Hope you give it a try!

I present August's Abode...


The Gypsy Wagon



I hope you like it...If you would like to give this month's Village Collection piece a try there are two ways.

For the kit with paper...follow the link HERE!

Or Here:



To make it in your own style you can purchase the kit without paper HERE!

Or Here:


Thanks so much for coming by to take a look!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

July Village Piece and Fairy Doors!

Good Afternoon!

I don't know about you all, but I'm melting in Central Texas!  It's sad to look across my yard and see 50 Shades of Brown...Come on cooler weather is what I say!  That's my mantra anyway.  I know alot of you are enjoying the heat as you see so many cold days every year.  Where ever you are, enjoy these last days of summer.  I'm ready for fall..

Today, I wanted to share several things with you.  As you may or may not know, I went on vacation in July with a fun road trip from Texas to Alabama, to North Carolina to Virginia.  It was a blast.  I was so inspired by the architecture of Colonial Williamsburg and decided I needed to create a Georgian House.  This type of house can actually be seen everywhere and has been such a classical style that is still built.  The house I created may conjure up thoughts of old colonial houses, plantaion houses or even sorority or fraternity houses.  LOL!

As I was on vacation, I am totally late with July's house, and I loved hearing from you all that you missed it.  Thank you for that!  I have actually created August's...Domicile shall we say and it sits across from me as I write this.  However, I wanted to get July's out first.  So August's Village Piece is coming!

Here's the Georgian House..

Georgian House



If you would like to give July's Village piece a try WITH PAPER...Click Here!

Or Here:


If you would like to give July's Village piece a try WITHOUT PAPER...Click Here!

Or Here:



Fairy Doors...

In the wood kits, I've created three new Fairy Doors.  One, is a traditional Hobbit door, one is my interpretation of #10 Downing Street and last is a pretty French Door.

If you would like to try these out follow the links below:

#109 Fairy Lane- Hobbit Door


If you would like to make this kit...Click Here!

Or Here:


#110 Fairy Door- #10 Downing Street


If you would like to make this kit...Click Here!

Or Here:

#111 Fairy Lane


If you would like to make this kit...Click Here!

Or Here:

OK!!!  OK!!! I know this is a long post, but Cesar has been cleaning out my warehouse..aka..the spare bedroom...LOL!  He found the following kits and I have added them to the shop in case you are interested.  He wanted me to share with you all that he's not finished and there are several more kits coming soon.









Thanks so much for giving me some of your time.  Hope you all have an awesome week ahead and remember August House is coming!  It's different and cool!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter



Monday, July 31, 2017

The Ladies Vanity and New Fall Projects!

Good Evening Everyone!
It was so good to get back in the studio after vacation, I have been going full guns getting some new project done for you all!  Yes, finally some Fall projects.  You asked, and here is a start...

Please know I haven't forgotten about all my Village Collectors.  I'm just running a bit late on July's house.  It's coming!  LOL!  But, for now, I would be honored if you would peruse the following projects that I have just added to the shop.

First up is a project I made for Graphic 45's booth in the Spring.  I call it The Ladies Vanity...


The Ladies Vanity






This beautiful and delicate ladies vanity is a great addition to any room as a decorative piece.  The vanity stand proudly on cabriolet legs, has three faux drawers in the front and a cool mirror fame that is made to hold a picture or a piece of mirrored film.  The right side has a drawer that pulls open to reveal a small mini book for collected memories such as pictures, journaling or ephemera.  Really an easy project to make.

Kit Contents:
All chipboard pieces cut to fit
Hard to cut paper pieces cut to fit Graphic 45's Portrait of a Lady
Extra Papers to Make the Mini
(4) Hitch Fasteners for drawer handles
(1) Piece of Acrylic for Frame
(1) Mini Bottle of Glossy Accents
(1) Emailed Tutorial


OR HERE:


NOW...I couldn't help it, with all the fun and cool new Halloween releases, I wanted to start doing some Halloween projects!  First up is the...

Halloween Cat Cart


This is a fun reproduction of a Halloween toy from days past.  I love the Fall, old toys and Halloween when it wasn't so scary or gory.  The Halloween Cat Cart fits the bill.  A really cool cat cart with a an old witch riding the black cat.  A great piece to decorate for Fall.  Just add your own imagination, glue and paint and Voila!  Easy to Assemble! 

Kit Contents:
All wood pieces shown in picture
Dowel
Tiny Tutorial to help you put it together


Or Here:




Continuing with the Halloween theme in fun project to make... one of my favorites...

Halloween Chalkboard Pumpkin Puppet Kit

I love this kit!  I have made it in several styles including a wall clock with a sugar skull that I hope will please you.  They will be available in the next couple of days...

The Halloween Chalkboard Pumpkin Puppet has a really spooky pumpkin head that will need to be painted with black chalkboard paint, (Easily found in your craft store.) or you may choose to just paint it the traditional orange and paint or paper cut a face for it.  I love the idea of a chalkboard as you can either leave a message on it or keep drawing different faces on it throughout the holiday.  This easy to assemble project hangs on the wall.  Add your own paint, embellishments, brads, paper and a bit of imagination to make this a classic you will pull out year after year. This is a pretty cool and large project.  Totally easy to put together

Kit Contents:
All wood pieces shown in picture
Tiny Tutorial to help you put it together


Or Here:


Thank you so much for coming by!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter




Monday, July 3, 2017

Dastardly Deeds Book and Puppet Vignette kits-Done!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Today, I wanted to share some new projects I created.  For one of them I showed a sneak peak video of on Facebook.  I was overwhelmed by the great response, Thank You so much!  It makes one feel like what you are doing is worth doing!  Again, I thank you!  The new project has a long name. LOL..The Case of the Dastardly Deeds Mystery Book...

It was such a joy coming up with this project for a class in New Braunfels at Scrapbook n' More this past weekend.  Today is my first day back in the studio from the weekend and I can assure you, everyone enjoyed making it.  We even finished it before I thought we would!  So Yay!

I love this book! This is a fun and interactive book that is an easy project to make! You are basically making four boxes with interactive lids and latches. The fifth box holds a precut jigsaw puzzle from the paper collection. If you are not into jigsaw puzzles, take it out and place something mysterious within. I want to tell you honestly, This book is a blast to pull apart and reveal each new section and then putting it back together, truly is just as much fun.  I think you will really enjoy making this one. 

Here are some pictures:

The Case of the Dastardly Deeds Mystery Book






If you are interested in making this fun project you can follow the Link By Clicking Here...

or by the link below:


Puppet Vignettes

I have been having the BEST time making the Puppet Vignettes from wood...If you haven't noticed, I love to make old fashioned toys...And these fun interactive projects just make me HAPPY!  If you would like to give them a go I have just added four puppet kits to the shop.  They are:


Uncle Sam Puppet Vignette Kit





If you would like to make this project Click the Link HERE

or follow the link below:



Frida Kahlo Puppet Vignette Kit






If you would like to make this project Click the Link HERE

or follow the link below:


Sugar Skull Puppet Vignette Kit




If you would like to make this project Click the Link HERE

or follow the link below:


And one last project that brings back so many memories to me of being a child and huddling around the large BOX television that received four channels and being just magically taken away to OZ....

OZ Vignette Kit



To give this project a try, Click the LINK HERE

or follow the link below:

http://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/oz-vignette-wood-kit

Well, That's it for now!  I hope you like the new kits!

Have an awesome 4th of July!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter






Friday, June 16, 2017

June Village Piece and Getting Groovy!!

Good Morning Everyone!

Well, it's finally getting to those miserable temps in Texas!  High of 98 degrees today and Sunday it looks like we will already hit our first 100 degree mark...It's HOT folks!  Speaking of hot and sun baked, I want to introduce to you this month's Village piece.  The Tuscan Villa...


The Tuscan Villa brings back memories of traveling to Tuscany and looking out over the rolling hills and seeing these types of villa’s spotted over the landscape.  Our villa’s walls are baked by the sun and bedecked with lots of wooden looking windows to allow the breeze to waft through.  Look out the second story balcony and hear a trickling lion fountain that can be found in the courtyard below…sure to cool you after a long day in the vineyard.
The Tuscan Villa


If you would like to continue adding to your village collection this month or just have fond memories of visiting Tuscany please follow the links below for the kit.


or here:

Getting Groovy
I am starting to pull out and sell all the kits I have done this year, so keep looking  here on this website or Facebook if you've been looking for that kit you have seen on either my FB posts or blogs.  Today, I am starting with a really cool VW Van...Getting Summer Groovy Man!  I love this van!
A really hip project that brings back memories of the Swingin’ Sixties! This Groovy 60’s VW Van is all decked out with two outta site surfboards on the van’s roof! There’s also a neato place in the back for (8) journaling cards to capture photos, memories and far-out collectibles. 




or here:



Again, please keep checking back as I will be adding new things soon. 

Thanks so much for coming by!
Happy June Y'all!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter


Friday, May 26, 2017

May's Village Collection: Retro Drive-In

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I know you have been waiting and I so appreciate your patience! This one took me a while to design.  I've been on this retro jag for awhile and had to do one last project with Authentiques Cool Paper Collection, Saucy!

As we continue to build the village, this month's Village Collection is a fun and Retro Drive-In Diner....and yes, I had just finished watching a movie the night before that gave me inspiration... The Founder...Good movie...but, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the brothers at the end.  My heart is too tender I guess...Anyway, I digress...I'm in love with this Retro Drive-in and hope you like it as well..Here are a few pictures...

The Retro Drive-In 







If you would like to give the Village Collection's Retro Drive-In a try...there are two ways to purchase...With Paper or Without Paper...

Retro Drive-In With Paper click HERE!

or here:


Retro Drive-In Without Paper click HERE!

Or here:


I hope you give this fun blast from the past a go...It will add a NEATO  building to your Village Collection!

Changing the subject for a sec...Special Note on The Retro Fridge..If you ordered the Retro Fridge, I received the paper yesterday and am cutting it as I write this.  All the boxes are packed and ready to go so they will be out the door maybe tomorrow if I can catch the Post Office Open, if not as Monday is Memorial Day, they will go out Tuesday Morning...Thank you all so much!

I hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter