Monday, October 31, 2016

And the Stockings Were Hung . . .

Hi Everyone,

I'm back with a Christmas project using several wonderful Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts including  the mittens and stockings collection! This set comes with holiday words: Peace; Joy; Noel.  I chose to use both the stockings and the mittens with the word NOEL.

Using Graphic 45's Enchanted Forest Collection, I wallpapered the mittens and stockings,

then took snowflakes from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Snowflake Shape Set (#D38A).  I painted those white with an acrylic paint, then embossed them using Snowflake Embossing Tinsel.  I love bling on Christmas projects but not necessarily the *shedding* they keep doing. So using embossing tinsel alleviates the shedding.

And you get great sparkle with embossing tinsels!

I also used gold embossing tinsel on the letters. Using my favorite gold leaf pen - PenTouch - I outlined the mittens and stockings and painted the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Border Sticks.

The Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Filligree Frames Set was also embossed with red tinsel embossing powder.

Thanks for joining me for this Christmas project from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween Goodies by Deann

Good morning everyone. Today I have a few Halloween goodies to share with you. First up is a piece made with the Artist Trading Blocks  , Spiderweb Shape Set , Spooky Shape Set and the
Tombstone Stand Ups .

I used white gesso and black chalk paint to paint every thing. I glued thick wire to the back of each piece with hot glue. I glued a piece of floral foam into the box and then arranged all the pieces.

Next up, Halloween Stocking ornament/tags. So fun to make! I used the template that I have for my Christmas Stockings.

I picked two contrasting papers, traced the template onto one of the papers. I cut both pieces out together so the are identical. Next, choose which paper will be the base. The other paper gets cut up to make the toes and heel pieces. Whats left of the second paper gets cut up to make the cuff. Then add all the goodies!
Products used:

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Embellishment Organizer by Mary

Hi folks! I have an embellishment organizer for you today. The Memory Keeping Organizer makes the perfect storage unit for this! This organizer has 13 compartments and will help you keep almost anything organized and at your fingertips!
When you put together any of the dimensional or storage pieces, always do a dry fit. Once you have seen how it will fit, use your favorite wet glue to hold it together.  I have always used Scotch Quick Dry on all my storage pieces and have never had a problem with the glue not holding. Once the glue is dry, I then cut the paper to cover the sides (both in and out). I do it that way because I am a messy gluer and it works best that way for me! Before attaching the paper, I do ink the edges.
The organizer is 13-inches wide. Since my paper is only 12-inches wide, I made decorative corners out of card stock and a border punch! I used some of my lace out of my hoard vault and attached it around the top edge of the entire organizer.
I used the "inspire" from the Word Stackers 2 set. The top part was heat embossed and attached to an inked card board back piece. Done! I then filled my organizer with things that I would use to make embellishments!
Here is a shot of one of my compartments. The embellishments you can see were gifted to me. They were made using the Punchelements 1-inch Scalloped.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Items
Memory Keeping Organizer
Word Stackers 2

Friday, October 28, 2016

First Edition Books by Jessica

There's a bookstore in the game Oblivion called First Edition, but that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my obsession with miniature books and bookstores (let alone full sized ones). Last month I showed you Nevermore Books and this month I give you First Edition - no word yet if next month will also be book related, but you can bet your bottom I will at least try and sneak some tiny books into the mix.

Earlier in the month, I showed you what went into building this tiny thing. It's built in 1:24 scale and nearly anything that isn't GSLC chipboard (you'll notice in gold) is foam. There's no wood here, it's all foam, which is what I was trying out. I wanted to see if I could create a historical storefront, with the decorative bits without spending the money on all the fancy pieces of turned wood. 

So without further ado, I give you the finished pictures of First Edition Books:

The full view of the front.

GSLC Products Used

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween Favor Box or Table Decor

Happy Halloween!!  This is my favorite time of year for making all of my macabre projects.  In keeping with that theme, I chose to make a Coffin Box Miniature and decorate it with more fun Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!

This set comes with two coffin boxes which are perfect for party favors or decorations.  I laid out a top and bottom onto a piece of print paper and cut around the box pieces to get an idea of where I want the print to appear on the box.

Cut around the pieces, leaving a slight margin.

Run papers through Xyron machine, or simply glue to box pieces with glue of choice.  Place pieces face down onto paper for easiest folding.

Trim excess paper, cut through box slits, and assemble box top and bottom.

If you want to finish off the inside, the easiest way would be to paint it with a coordinating color in the paper.  I used black, and then edged the pieces with silver ink pad to match the silver spider web design in my paper.

I used pigment ink and embossing powders to cover each of my laser cut pieces.

Bat = Marquasite EP
Spider = Peridot EP
Spiderweb = Black EP
Mouse = Brown EP

Glue pieces to outside of coffin box, as shown.  Make "spikes" with 3D silver paint around box lid.  The lid is still removable even though my curious little mouse is trying to take a peek inside.  He is only glued to the side of the lid.

 Twist a small piece of 20g black wire.

Adhere one end of wire to back of bat with white glue.  Set aside to dry.

Pierce box top with paper piercer and insert opposite end of wire into box.  Lift cover and add white glue.  Let dry.

Supplies used:

GSL Coffin Box Miniatures
GSL Spiders and Webs
GSL Creepy Critters Shape Set

Spiderweb print paper
Black acrylic paint
Embossing Powders
Pigment ink pads
20g black wire

Well, I just realized how "black and white" my project looks, very much like an old Alfred Hitchcock movie.  Anyway, if you want more color, just change up the papers and embossing powder colors. However, I am getting a pretty cool vibe from this old-time presentation.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out all the fab laser cuts Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has to offer.

Have a frightfully fun Halloween!!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mini House luminary for Christmas by Deann

Hello, today I made a trio of Christmas decorated houses using the Cabana Row House Set and the Snowflake Shape Set .

For the first house, I used masking tape for texture. I also used some of the bricks from the Brick Wall 2 sheet . I painted a coat of gesso over all of the house. Once the gesso was dry, I used distress inks to add color. (I cut windows out before adding the texture).
For the second house, I sponged gesso through the Brick sheet. Let it dry and inked with Distress Ink.
The third house I ran through a wood texture folder and inked with Distress ink in walnut stain. I cut the snowflakes in half and glued to the edge of the roof. For all of the houses, I cut the bottoms out. It makes it easy to sit the houses over battery opperated tea lights. Have a great day!
Products used:
Cabana Row House Set (coming soon)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Advent Shadow Box by Gloria

Hello, it is Gloria with you and I have a huge project to share. And by huge, I mean a time-consuming project! Depending on how "fancy" you get, this project could take a while, so you will want to get your Advent Calendar Shadowbox on order TODAY! (Check availability at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store).

I have always had some sort of advent calendar set up during the holidays, even after my kids got "too old" for one. The calendar I have been using is getting a bit tired and worn, so, I figured, time to make a new one! This shadow box version of an advent calendar is approximately 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" x 1 1/2" with an 8" x 8" center opening.
There are 25 small boxes (roughly 1 1/2" square). You can purchase the pre-cut chipboard boxes or you can use a template to make them yourself. If you have an electronic cutting system, there is also a cut file for cutting the little boxes! You can decorate the 8" x 8" opening to your heart's content.

I even decorated the back of the shadow box. It would be fun to add a large photo to the back of the box to display as well.

1. To begin, unpack your shadow box and wipe the pieces with a damp cloth to remove the soot created during the cutting process.
2. Spray the pieces with black glimmer mist. Once the mist has dried, you may wish to seal the pieces with a clear sealant. Assemble the shadow box. (You will have three small pieces "left over" to use for creating box #25. I chose to skip that step.) After I assembled my box, I wrapped the outer edges with washi tape for extra stabilization.

3. Assemble the small treat boxes. Use strong tape or glue to assemble

4. If using glue, allow the glue to dry before going to the next step. You may also wish to rub the edges of each box with ink.
5. To cover each box, trim a strip of paper to 1 3/8" x 5" (cut 25). Trim two squares to 1 7/16" x 1 7/16" (cut 50). Use a 1/2" circle punch to cut a notch into the top of one square (do this for 25). Use the box as a guide for the notch placement.

6. Wrap the 5" long strip around the box, securing at the front. Glue one of the squares to the bottom of the box.
7. Add the notched square to the front of the box. You may add paper to the inside of your boxes, if desired. Since my project is decorative only, I skipped that step.

8. Place a box into each opening of the advent calendar. Trim a piece of decorative paper to 8" x 8" and attach to the center of the shadowbox. Trim a second piece of decorative paper to 8" x 8" and cut on the diagonal. Attach to the lower right corner of the center opening (shown in Step 14 below). Trim four paper strips to 1 3/8" x 8" and attach to the inside edges of the shadowbox.

9. Cut four pieces of decorative paper to 1 7/16" x 11 3/8" and attach them to the outside edges of the box.

10.Use a craft knife to separate the Faux Metal Number Plates 1-25 from the background. Attach two micro brads to each number.

11. Use foam adhesive or glue dots to attach a number embellishment to each box, 1-24. Arrange the numbered boxes in your advent calendar as desired.

12. Select the numbers element from the package of Mixed Media Fragments 1. Cover the surface of the chipboard with embossing ink. Sprinkle with gold glitter embossing powder and heat.

13. Select one of the Postage Frames and paint it with white paint. Once the paint is dry, cover the surface with glitter glue. Stamp the image onto cream paper and attach to the back of the postage frame.

14. Glue the gold numbers to the upper left of the center window. Fussy cut a Christmas image from decorative paper and attach to the lower right corner with foam tape. Add the postage frame as shown. Assemble the last box (#25) and glue to the center window, at an angle as shown.

15. Add holiday decor and embellishments to the #25 box as desired.

16. Decorate the top of the box with more holiday decor and ribbons.

Happy Christmas! Thanks for looking!

~ Gloria:Scraps of Life

Supplies Used:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Advent Calendar Shadowbox
Advent Calendar Boxes (25)
Faux Metal Number Plates 1-25 (similar)
Mixed Media Fragments 1
Postage Frames

Partner products:
Graphic 45 papers: St. Nicholas, A Christmas Carol, Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Emporium
Graphic 45 stamps: St. Nicholas 3

Other: black spray mist, ink (black, white, brown), glitter glue, ribbon, micro brads, washi tape, adhesive and glue