Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gypsy Soul

A stunning photo of Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, taken in the early 1900's, seemed a perfect fit for the Art-I-Cake jewelry piece "Gypsy Soul" that I have in my stash!   (except maybe not so much the skull and lightning bolt - LOL)
I'm very intrigued by Evelyn and I always enjoy scrapping her!  She and my daughter are 'hauntingly' almost twins.  Perhaps that is what attracted me to Evelyn in the first place : )

I started with the reversed chickenwire stencil and flexible modeling paste.  Then I sprayed the lace with Lindy's Starburst color Salt Water Taffy for a subtle light pink color.  I decided to let the lace lay naturally on the page, just as it is off of the roll, in a half circle pattern, rather than glue it straight across the page.  I really like the look!

I decided to make the photo of Evelyn a sepia color to coordinate with the beautiful Kaisercraft collection "Betsy's Couture".  After distressing & layering the papers, I glued everything down.
Then came the finishing embellishments.......
first the title jewelry piece that I recolored from silver to copper using alcohol ink.
I also changed the dangling beads to some that I preferred from my own stash.
Metal filigree tear drop shapes added to the gypsy vibe (like earrings).  I heat embossed a few areas on them for a patina look; then decorated with pink rhinestones.
I made a small flower arrangement and added a glittered bird with it.  I found this bird in Michael's bargain bins.  It was actually a clip (like to put on a floral arrangement or a wreath).  I removed the clip and then with my Exacto knife, cut the rounded bottom so it would be flat and able to be glued to the page. 


Finishing touches of copper glass glitter, a lace covered large clothespin, stickers from the Kaisercraft Betsy's Couture collection & an ornate metal clothing clasp completed my layout.
Thanks for viewing and hope you have a great day!   Lisa : )
Products used:
Kaisercraft Betsy's Couture collection - page name "Bolero"; 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad; sticker sheet
The Crafter's Workshop 6x6 stencil - Reversed Chickenwire
Art-I-Cake jewelry - "Gypsy Soul"
Tim Holtz alcohol ink - "Copper" Mixative
Michael's - Glitter bird clip; lace covered clothespin; pink rhinestones; berry stem; metal filigree tear drop shapes
Hobby Lobby - lace
Prima Finnabair Art ingredients - Glass Glitter "Copper"
Ranger 'Antiquities' Embossing Powder - "Verdigris"
Wild Orchid Crafts - pink tone open roses & rosebuds
Petaloo - Chantilly velvet leaves
ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink - "Chestnut Roan"
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst spray - "Salt Water Taffy"
Metal clothing clasp (from a fabric shop) 


  1. Love what you have done with the lace(that curve!), the title jewelry piece as well as the tear drops that you reversed(clever!). Evelyn is enchanting as a gypsy, it could have been taken in the '60's.

  2. Hi Lisa, this is a lovely layout. I especially love the jewellery pieces that you altered. The little bird is so cute, what a find. (I also love cats and have three of my own so its seems we are very similar!) hope to see you over at my blog some day. xx Angela

  3. hello Lisa this is oozing with beauty and wonderful texture , love this x

  4. Gorgeous Lisa! I love the design, the curve of the lace and the patina on the filigree pieces. I'm going to have to look more carefully in those bargain bins at Michael's, lol.


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