Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pretty Christmas Tags in a Box

Tags are such a great opportunity for embellishment, aren't they? Combine them with a box and the holiday season and the sky is the limit. As far as I'm concerned around Christmas time, if it's stationary, it's going to get glued and glittered! Lora Mahaffey here chatting about adding a little Santa and Christmas sparkle to your holiday decor!

I really like this Tags in a Box Display it's a good size box and is, of course, perfect for displaying your lovely holiday tags, but it's also perfect for storing and displaying the wonderful cards a girl has received over the years from friends and family. Some of them are just too gorgeous to pack away and forget. This box allows storage and you can rotate the cards and tags as it pleases you.

The tags were lots of fun to make....I used a lot of Dresden trim and made fun pockets and pouches to stick little presents in. Lots of glitter glue and ribbon give the tags sparkle and texture. You can't tell in the pictures, but they really glitter and glimmer with sparkly goodness!

I started out gluing the box up. I put one of those big rubber bands you get off of produce around the middle to keep it square.

While that was drying, I flipped a tag upside down and glued three craft sticks to it, making sure that the sticks were even at the bottom.

After both pieces dried, I gave them both a coat of gesso and then painted the inside of the box white with acrylic paint. I also painted the lower half of the 'pop sickle stick tag' so it blends in with the white inside of the box. Then I started covering everything with pretty papers.

I covered both sides of the tag half way down, so that it's looks finished from the back as well as the front.

Then, with a pair of scissors, I carved the back half of a 5-inch bottle brush tree off starting about a third of the way down the tree all the way in to the center wire and set it aside.

I then embellished the 'tag' and the box, decorated the tree and glued it into the box, making sure it was level at the bottom so that the whole thing was straight at the top. I apologize for not taking pictures of the last two steps. I got all into my little Christmas groove and sailed right on by the picture-taking opportunity.

In the picture below, you can see where the tag is glued into the inside of the box.

A picture of the box empty........

And some fun detail that I added to a metal embellishment.

Supplies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Tags In A Box Display

Additional supplies
Various Dresden Trims
Stamp Metal Embellishments
Various Ribbon Trims
Glass Beads
Flat Back Crystals
Stickles Glitter Glue
Bottle Brush Christmas Tree
Graphic 45 Papers (The Twelve Days of Christmas and St. Nicholas)
Bullion Trim
Glass Pearls
Acrylic Paint

Thank you for visiting!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Silent Night Arch Top Reliquary Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It's Kathy here with a lovely wintry project that you can enjoy all season.  Today I'm working with the wonderful Arch Top Reliquary, Snowflake Shape Set and Winter Shape set.

I love wintry blues and whites, especially when there's a little bit of sparkle involved.

Working with this arch top reliquary is really fun.  It goes together quickly but still has a great 3-D feel.

White feathers and silver skeleton leaves add to the wintry feel of this wintry project. Here are a few more photos for you to enjoy.

I've prepared a Snapguide Tutorial so you can make your own Arch Top Reliquary. You'll find a complete supply list there.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Winter Reliquary Arch With Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Thanks for stopping by!

Product Links 

 Arch Top Reliquary 

Snowflake Shape Set

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sleigh Floral Centerpiece by Ginny

Hey there Peeps! Ginny here and I'm having a good ol time decking the halls and adding Christmas cheer everywhere I can. This centerpiece will look great on my table and make a great addition to our holiday display.

Isn't it just grand???? This is the Santa Sleigh Kit which was super easy to assemble and with just a few finishing touches I was able to create a centerpiece that works perfectly in our home.
Using the side of the sleigh as a template I traced the patterned paper and cut to size.
I gave all the pieces a coat of chalkboard paint because I love the depth of color it gives. Remember to finish all the pieces inside and out since this centerpiece can be seen from all sides by your guests.
The runners are finished with Steel Luxe paint. OOOHHH shinyyyy!!!

Assembling the sleigh was easy and took just a bit of glue to keep it together. I used Tombo Multi since it dries clear and quickly.
Attach the patterned paper and use a file to get a perfect fit  . Next adhere the runners with the Tombo glue and hold it in place while it set up.
Watering down white glue makes it thin enough to paint on getting into all the nooks and crannies. Once I had a good coating  I sprinkled on fine clear glitter and shook off the excess.  It dried pretty quickly so I could move on to the next step.
Adding a nice big block of floral foam gave me a perfect base to insert the stems of holiday picks. I chose a variety of picks purchased from the local discount store. Some had poinsettias and faux fruits and some had pine cones. I also included a few large jingle bells that were attached to floral stems and tucked in to fill gaps.
The glitter adds a nice little bit of sparkle as well as tones down the very contrasting pattern of the holiday scrapbook paper.
Keep in mind that centerpieces can be viewed from the top as well and are lighted by the chandelier above your table so make sure you're really filling in the flowers and not leaving gaps that will be noticeable  by your guests.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts~ Santa's Sleigh Kit

Okay that's all for me. I'm off to add this to my holiday table and enjoy it when our guests arrive for Christmas! Wishing all of you a happy and productive day : ) G

Saturday, December 3, 2016

St Nicholas Santa Sleigh Candy Dish by Pam Bray

Hi Pam here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog! Are you enjoying all the fabulous Christmas and holiday projects that the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design Team has been sharing! Today I am sharing my St Nicholas Santa Sleigh Candy Dish using the Santa Sleigh Chipboard and Christmas Shapes.

I began by first tracing the sleigh shapes on to my designer paper with a pencil. Fussy cut out trace image. (I use my Xyron Creative Station to apply my adhesive on my paper but any adhesive will work.) Apply adhesive to paper cuts and place on chipboard.

Mask off the pattern paper with post-it notes to protect paper. Apply Boss Gloss to sleigh runners and apply embossing powder. Heat set. Repeat for other prepared sleigh.

Continue using Boss Gloss and embossing powder to emboss sleigh runners chipboard outline pieces. Form sleigh and adhere prepared runners to the sides.

Cover Christmas Shapes with pattern paper; adhere to side of prepared sleigh.  Add bow, chipboard and charm to side.

Add metal door pull and bow to front of sleigh.

Add chipboard piece to back of sleigh and fill with your favorite candy.

I hope I have inspired you to grab some Christmas paper and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Chipboard to create a wonderful candy dish or other home decor for you or for a gift.

by Barbara Rankin

Thanks for stopping by the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today and if you missed out on Barbara Table Decoration using the Santa Sleigh make sure to check it out HERE!!! Remember to check out all the fabulous products in the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store along with other inspiring projects from the team. Hugs Pam

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies

Other Supplies
Graphic 45 St Nicholas Paper Pad and Chipboard
Graphic 45 Door Pull
Xyron Creative Station
Stampendous Boss Gloss
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder: 4th of July and Weathered Wood
Emerald Creek Supplies Snowflake Charm
Red Gingham Ribbon
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Glossy Accent
Pop Dots

Friday, December 2, 2016

Cozy Fairy Beds

When I was a little girl, my Christmas stocking was always placed at the bottom of my bed. I'd wake up super duper early on Christmas morning and find a sock full of treats waiting for me. I'm sure this pleased my mother, as it gave her some extra sleep while I pillaged the stocking goodies.

I am CERTAIN that fairies celebrate Christmas too. (In fact, fairies love celebrating so much, I'm sure that they partake in every possible holiday!) I wanted to give my fairies the same Christmas experience I had as a girl. So, I've made my house fairies some little beds to get tucked into on Christmas eve. I've used a Gypsy Soul Mission Style Bed and a Standard Bed. I've added Leafy Corners to the Standard Bed as decorative accents. 

The linens have been made from an old cotton pillowcase and the bedding is chopped from discarded sweaters. They are quite the cozy little things!

I've also used the Christmas Shape Set to add a stocking to the end of the bed. I've dusted one with glitter and added a fuzzy trim... but if you want to get extra fancy, use the cutout as a template and cut 2 shapes out of felt. Glue the edge together and you'll have made a cute little stocking you can put the tiniest of treats inside!

Now my fairies will be tucked safely into drawers and cupboards, no-so-patiently waiting for Santa's arrival. If you want to create your own wee beds, HERE is a video showing just how I put these cuties together.

Happy holidays to you and your fairy folk <3

Acrylic paint
Cotton fabric
Old sweater
Felt & fuzz (if making stocking)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

No time for Christmas cards? . . .

Not sure if this happens to you but each year I have the intention of making Christmas cards . . . and then . . . time gets away. But it's not too late if you ditch the idea of sending Christmas cards and send New Year cards instead.

For this card I combined Frank Garcia's Sweet Peppermint collection with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

The first step was to layer papers along with GSLCuts.com mitten from the mitten and stocking collection.

  • Layer #1 is the base cardstock cut 5.5" X 8.5" and fold in half as a top fold card. 
  • Layer #2 is a Sweet Peppermint small green dot pattern paper cut 5 1/4" x 4 1/8".  
  • Layer #3 is the bright colored dots from Sweet Peppermint cut just a quarter inch smaller than the last layer. Pop that layer up with Crafty Foam Tape.
  • Layer #4 is the mitten from Holiday Banner covered with Sweet Peppermint and then popped up (a little crooked) with Crafty Foam Tape

Next I worked with GSLCuts Snowflake Shape Set. Since Sweet Peppermint has splashes of bright silver, I wanted to use Prima's silver rub-on foils. So I *painted* the snow flakes with Beacon Fabri-Tac 

and then laid the foil on top and let it dry for a few minutes.

When I pulled the foil off, it left beautiful silver bright snowflakes.

I did the same with GSLCuts Winter Shape Set. Then added drips of snow using Prima's Snowflake Paste. Love using this as there is a bit of shimmer to the paste.

Finally added a few flowers from Sweet Peppermint and a some miscellaneous frosty leaves as well as an image with children sledding (also from the Sweet Peppermint collection). Tiny dots were added using Liquid Pearls Platinum and Ruby Red.

A few more Prima Snowflake Paste drops were added to the flowers.

The inside is covered with green snowflake paper from Sweet Peppermint and then a larger image of the children sledding as well as the little bird image and the tiny mitten (all from Frank's collection). The images were outlined with a Pen-Touch silver pen. A snowflake border was added after treating it with Beacon and Prima's Rub-On Foils and the card is complete.

Thanks for sticking with me through all these photos. Hoping you have a very merry Christmas.

Nancy Wethington
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Education Team

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

St Nicholas Joy Banner by Pam Bray

Hi! It is Pam on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today .... helping our teamie Dianna out this month. So.... I hope I won't disappoint with my fun and easy "Joy" Banner using the Holiday Banner Set that will be coming to the  store soon.

Begin by tracing mittens on to pattern paper with pencil.

Adhere cut out pieces to Christmas Mittens with your favorite adhesive; I use a Xyron Creative Station.

Add Snow Tex to the top of each Christmas Mitten; dry.

Emboss the "Joy" letters from the Christmas Mitten Set with embossing powder and VersaMark.

Die cut small doilies from your favorite die cut or contact Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store to have some cut for you. Adhere prepared "Joy" letters to the top of the mittens.

Cover three 4" x 6 chipboard with pattern paper. Adhere prepared Christmas Mittens to top of each banner.

Decorate with twine and charms....

and prepared chipboard that comes with the collection or other fabulous chipboard from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store. 

Add twine hangers to each end with a few metal knobs to finish your Joy Christmas Banner off. Thanks so much for stopping by the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today and I hope that myself and the rest of the team are inspiring you to create fabulous home decor or gift giving ideas. Hugs Pam

Other Supplies
Graphic 45 St Nicholas Pattern Collection
Emerald Creek Topiary Embossing Powder
Emerald Creek Fractured Ice Embossing Powder
Emerald Creek Snowflake Charms
DecoArt SnowTex
Xyron Creative Station
Palette Knife
Brown Twine
Chestnut Roan Ink