Friday, October 11, 2019

Spin into Fall! NEW Crackerjack Carousel

Good Morning Everyone!

Man, do I have a new spring in my step this morning!  We finally have cold rainy weather in Texas!  I mean, I had my studio door open to get that cool northern breeze coming in and had to shut it and throw on a sweatshirt.  There's nothing like finally being able to hide the more fatty portions of your body with clothing!  HA!  Just for the record it's 45 degrees, windy as heck and rainy.  Looks like a lot of the country is getting the same.

Anyway,  Sorry I've been a bit AWOL lately.  I have been working on a huge project that has basically consumed most of my time.  So, I apologize to all my friends! It's awesome to be busy though isn't it?  In between I did actually get several projects done but just never had a chance to post them.  Well, here is one of them.  I call it Crackerjack Carousel.  Hope you like it and stay warm for a couple of days anyway!

The Crackerjack Carousel





I've decided to continue with the circus/carnival rides this month.  The Crackerjack Carousel is crafted from heavy weight chipboard and is covered in Carta Bella's Circus paper collection.  It's really such a cool piece.  The carousel sits on a small hidden lazy susan that allows it to spin around in circles perfectly.  The included mirror inset pieces at the top and center walls picks up the light as it spins making it fascinating to watch.  Hope you like!  New Rides are coming soon.

If you would like to make this project or for more details, please follow the link below to my shop:


Thanks so very much for stopping by!  Have an excellent day!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

Monday, August 26, 2019

Graphic 45 Tiki Bar-Coasters and Charms

Good Day Everyone!

Please join me over at Graphic 45 today as we reveal the Summer Staycation Tiki Bar tutorial...A wonderful way to craft away the summer heat.  Made from really one of the the most beautiful paper collections...Graphic 45's Lost in Paradise,,,

Here's what I call the Staycation Holiday-Tiki Bar- with Coasters and Wine Glass Charms...





The Tiki Bar  has a slide out drawer on the side that will hold 9 laminated coasters and nine wine charms to identify your favorite concoction...

If you would like to make this project, please follow the links below for the tutorial, the SVG and .PDF files:

Click here for the tutorial:


Click here for the .SVG and .PDF files:


Hope your enjoy making it and and thanks for visiting both Graphic  45 and me.

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

Friday, August 23, 2019

New! Haunted Thin House Mini and Fall Carnival Swing Ride

Hello Friends!

I don't know if it's the hot weather but I'm just longing for Fall.  I love Fall!  It's such a pretty time of year as the leaves change from green to those beautiful warm colors.  To me it's the kick off to the upcoming holiday season.  Speaking of kicking of Fall, I have created two different projects that are Fall themed...

The ELEVENTH in The Thin House Mini Collection is Haunted Haven.  Full of details and a great decoration for your home.  Easy to store and small enough to leave out and add to the collection.  Remove the roof and the base to get to the main box compartment which holds a simple to make mini (not shown).  Spooky! 

Thin House Mini- Haunted Haven




For more information or to purchase this kit please follow the link below:



OZ Fall Fair Swing Ride


The second project that I've conjured up for this Fall is a carnival ride.  I love to make carnival rides...This is actually a remake of one I made years ago after visiting Chicago's Navy Pier.  This Swing ride is bedecked in Graphic 45's Magic of Oz paper and has four swings that actually "SWWIIINGGG" when the ride is spun on it's hidden lazy Susan.  A really cool piece!



If you would like more information or to purchase the kit please follow the link below:


Thanks tons for coming by to look!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter






Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Princess Diorama Project in Graphic 45's Princess Collection

Good Morning Everyone!

Another Graphic 45 weekend project for you...I call it the Princess Diorama.  Original name huh?  LOL!  It's a really easy to make project and the different tiers make it really fun to look at and display. 

The project is made from chipboard and Graphic 45's Princess collection.  There are templates that are linked at the bottom of this post for .SVG files for cutting with your digital cutter and .PDF files to print out on your computer to use as a pattern to cut out with scissors.  The tutorial is also linked at the bottom of this post...Hope you like it!






Items Used:

Chipboard
Glossy Accents as glue
Assorted Half Back Pearls and Jewels

For the Tutorial Click Here:


For the .SVG/.PDF Files Click Here:


Have an Awesome Weekend!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter





Saturday, July 20, 2019

July Projects- Mini Monticello & Royal Carriage

Good Saturday To You All!

Happy Summer!  Whew!  Hot here in Texas!  My studio has been a great place to hang out and escape the hot temps.  This month I have gone presidential in this month's Thin House Mini.  I call it Mini Monticello...My second project I have been waiting for months to show you all...I call it the Royal Carriage.   I think it's so cool.  I hope you do too.

This Month's Thin House Mini is the 10th in the collection.  I call it Mini Monticello...I was lucky enough to visit this amazing house situated atop a hill in Albemarle County, Virginia on a crazy unplanned road trip three years ago.  With my travel pictures, memories and Thomas Jefferson in mind, I sat down an tried to make a mini version of this amazing manse.  As always Monticello comes with the paper kit to make the mini that goes inside.  Hope you like it...

Thin House Mini-Mini Monticello



For more information or to purchase the kit please click on the link below:



The Royal Carriage

I'm truly proud of this one and have had so much fun trying my hand at designing a carriage.

This fantasy coach has stately wooden wheels and is dramatically decorated with painted gilt swirls all along it's carriage. The coach holds a secret 15 (30) page mini that you can access by pulling up on the decorative knob on the very top of the Carriage. The Royal Carriage really is a beautiful piece to display. Great for any King, Queen, Prince or Princess in the house or perfect to hold pictures and small memorabilia of that amazing trip to foreign lands this summer. Easy to build. Just glue the wooden pieces together, paint with your own gold metallic paint, make the chipboard coach with the precut chipboard and paper pieces and finish the mini inside. Voila!




For more information or to purchase the kit please click on the link below:


Thanks so very much for stopping by...Try to stay cool during these warm summer days...

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Gazebo in Graphic 45's Bloom Collection

Good Morning Everyone...

I wanted to share a project with you that I call the Gazebo.  An ode to summertime, flowers blooming, and an old gazebo that has a swing in it to laze away the hot afternoons with a glass of lemonade.

Crafted of heavy black chipboard and Graphic 45's Bloom collection.  It's really easy to make and the only time consuming part is covering the roof with a lot of circles to form a tiled roof. However, I think that's a  lot of fun too.   A great weekend project.

I present....

The Gazebo




Below find the .SVG files to use on your digital cutter or the .PDF files to print at actual size to trace around if you don't have a digital cutter and just want to cut the chipboard with scissors.  Also, find the link to the YouTube video showing you how to put it together.


or here:


Click below for the .SVG and .PDF files:


Click below for the Video Tutorial:


Hope you  enjoy the project and have a great weekend.

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter


Thursday, June 27, 2019

New Thin House Mini - The Beach House

Good Evening Everyone!

I've been a bit under the weather lately but wanted to get this month's Thin House Mini to you all.  There are additional projects coming, but decided that I would go ahead and post this one and post more in July.  I hope you understand.

To add to our collection of Thin House Mini's this month I went with a beach summer house.  A cabana by the sea in a tropical local.  You can hear the waves and the surf board is at the ready.  Hope you like it.

It does have a mini that slips inside and all pieces for that are included in the kit.

The Beach House





If you would like to give this month's Thin House Mini a try please click on the link below:


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Graphic 45 Self Portrait Introduction Project: Pendulum Clock

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today, I'm excited to be introduced by Graphic 45 as one of this year's Brand Ambassadors.  It is an amazing honor to be a part of this awesome family run business and to be able to design projects for them again.

This month, we were asked to do a self-portrait project.  Something that represents who we are and what mediums we like to design with all folded into a project.  To be honest, there were several projects made and then I narrowed it down to the pendulum clock.  I used one of my favorite collections, A Proper Gentleman.  I was so glad to see it come back into print.   Not only do I love to make clocks, I love things that are functional. To me, a project needs to do something to be able to take up valuable space in my house.

Personally, I am not a big flowery, embellishment kinda guy.  I love the paper to stand for itself and show off the design.   Sometimes, I think plain and simple is better...however, contradicting myself, if the project calls for flowers I'm totally into flowering it up.  No fear there.  LOL!  My main thing is being all about the details.  I think the more details you give a project the more interesting it is.

The Self-Portrait project on Graphic 45's site is the more masculine version of the Pendulum Clock.  A simple but elegant clock.

I have also done a more feminine version which is made the same way.  I made it with Graphic 45's Bloom Collection. For the feminine version you just cut a chipboard clock face instead of adding the acrylic to the front.





The Pendulum Clock is really easy to make.  You are simply making a box, adding the paper collection of your choice and placing a pendulum clock movement found in the wood section of your favorite craft store to the interior center.  You may also chose to add a regular clock movement without the pendulum.  It looks great either way.  Makes an awesome, functional gift.

If you would like to give the clock project a try, please follow the links below for the tutorial, .SVG files and .PDF files.

Use the .SVG files if you would like to cut the pieces with your digital cutter.  Or, if you don't have a digital cutter, use the .PDF files and print them on your home printer at actual size.  Take the printouts and use them as templates to trace around and then cut the chipboard with your scissors.

For the .SVG and .PDF files click below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1W5d_e4Yw_DwtIEEB7UYmb8NgbgFMNl6P

For the tutorial click the link below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qc1idQahW-2AdX2ESXL8dowgaJ0W_sEv

I hope you enjoy making the project.  Please check out Graphic 45's Blog for more pictures and information.  Also, please head back here Saturday for my second project, The Gazebo...Talk about flowers, this project is loaded with them.  For the Gazebo project you will have all the files you need to make it as well as an instructional video to go along...

Thanks for coming by my site today and Thank you so much Graphic 45 for this incredible honor.  It's going to be an awesome year!

Besos,

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter


Friday, May 24, 2019

May Projects!! The Savings Bank & Antique Shop

Good Afternoon My Friends!

It's been crazy busy in the studio this month...There are projects lying around everywhere waiting to be shown, finished, tutorials written, etc.  I Love It!

This month I have added to the Thin House Mini Collection for the eighth in the series.  I decided to do a shop to add to the collection this month...A bit of a departure from the houses, but I think the Antique Shop will fit in nicely with the village we are creating and give it something extra.

When I was thinking about the The Antique Shop, I thought of rich colors dark colors and a bay window full of curiosities.  What better paper to use than Graphic 45's Love Notes Paper Collection.  I hope you like it and will consider adding it to your collection.

The Antique Shop




If you would like more information or to purchase this month's Thin House Mini, please click the link below:



The Bank

The Second project is so fun...I love to save my change.  I have jars, and milk jugs and even a bank in my laundry room where I place all my coins as I take them out of my pockets.  I then take the coins into the bank before I go on a trip and use the money for fun excursions or even to pay for the trip.  So this month, my friend Kim suggested making a bank.  I created it using Heavy Kraft Chipboard.  Just follow the instructions to put it together and then paint it to your liking...This is my take on it...Hope you like!






If you would like more information or to purchase The Bank, please click the link below:


Well, that's it for this month.  As you know, I have been honored with becoming a Brand Ambassador for Graphic 45.  There are so many cool projects and ideas coming so, please keep checking back.

Thanks so much and have a meaningful Memorial Day Weekend.

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April Projects: Arbor House and Grandma's Jewelry Box

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I hope you all had a Wonderful Easter  It's just been amazing around here, the wildflowers are blooming and such pleasant weather!  It's just awesome!  I love this time of year...

With flowers in mind this month I have designed the seventh in The Thin House Mini Collection...The Arbor House... done in Graphic 45's Bloom Collection. An arbor covers the front door and Spring flower boxes aside the front door make this a fun and dimensional house...Full of details and a great decoration for your home.  Easy to store and small enough to leave out and add to the collection.  Remove the roof and the base to get to the main box compartment which holds a simple to make mini. 

This month there is a YouTube video to help you create the main parts of the house...

Here's the video:



The Arbor House



For more information or to purchase the kit please click the link below.

https://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/thin-house-mini-the-arbor-house



With Mother's Day around the corner I designed a different kind of jewelry box...

Grandma's Jewelry Box

Grandma's Jewelry box is unique as it has shallow drawers to hold all kinds of goodies!  Covered in Authentique's Glamour and Poise Papers...Lower the closing flaps on all four sides to reveal four drawers that come out from different areas inside the box.  Drawers come out from the left, right, front and back.  It's a pretty box sitting on any vanity or dresser.  Would be a great gift for Mother...






For more information or to purchase the kit please click the link below.

https://thegentlemancrafter.bigcartel.com/product/grandma-s-jewelry-box

Hope you like the projects.  Have a wonderful wonderful Spring!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter