Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Tutorial and Kits Done: Springtime Lantern!!

Good Morning Everyone!

Hope that you all are having a wonderful Saturday Morning!!

I'm on the road this morning and off to teach the Springtime Lantern today at Craft Crossing in Gonzales, Texas!!  And it looks like rain!  Rain in Texas...Gotta Love it!  Not a huge fan of driving in it, but whatever it takes to give the trees the water the so need.

With the rain comes the arduous task of caring for pets that want to come in and out and in and out! It's so funny to see Ellie running full blast to the door to go out and then see her brakes applied as she comes to a complete halt at the door looking out at the rainy surroundings!  To see the cats tip toe across the yard thinking this will help their paws from getting wet....Glad for the rain, but looking forward to Springtime sunny days...

On that note of Springtime, I'm excited to say that I have completed the Springtime Lantern.  It's a great project full of fantasy and fairies talking to frogs and a magical light to illuminate the vignette.  A beautiful decorative piece or nightlight for any room.

If you are interested in making the lantern, you can get it two ways from my SHOP.  An instant download tutorial with complete instructions on how to make the lantern...or... the complete kit that also includes an instant downloadable tutorial.  Please note...I'm not a car salesman, but I have a limited quantity, so please grab yours now if you have any interest.  

The kit includes: 
The downloadable tutorial that will be sent immediately upon purchase. (1) Graphic 45 12 x 12 Deluxe Edition Once Upon A Springtime Paper Pack (1) Set Graphic 45 Antique Brass Claw Feet(9) Pieces of Black Heavy Weight Chipboard (4) Laser Cut Top Lid Pieces (8) Laser Cut Screen Pieces (3) Pieces of Black Cardstock (4) Acrylic Panels (1) Glossy Accents Glue (1) 4-inch Styrofoam Dome (2) Wooden Popsicle Sticks (1) Wooden Finial (1) Tea Light (1) Velcro Dot (1) Paddle Wire

Please click on the SHOP tab at the top of my page to grab the tutorial or the kit.

Thanks tons!

The Gentleman Crafter


  1. What a beautiful and magical lantern! Jim, where can I get Graphic 45 "Once Upon A Springtime"? It's my favorite of their papers and I used the last of my stash some time ago. I can't find it anywhere!

    1. Holly, I would be delighted to sell you a collection. Yes, it's not totally out yet. If you are interested, it's the Deluxe Collector's Edition that comes with (2) of each sheet, a chipboard set and a sticker set. Just email me at: and I will send you an invoice and your pad through the mail...

      Hope that helps!


  2. Another beauty Jim. I was wondering, I see that you say some pieces are laser cut. I was wondering do you have the laser or do you take it somewhere else?

  3. I too would love to get a paper collection - I have been searching for the last 7 months and have not been able to find it anywhere to my great disappointment. Do you have an extra?

  4. Darn. I missed the lantern! Just saw it today. Sigh


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