Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Forget Me Nots

Hello Happy Tuesday!  Cherry here at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog.  

                 I have an old fashion altered Heart to share.  

I first took my accent chipboard pieces and spray painted them with pink spray paint. 

Than took my large layered heart shapes and traced them with my pattern paper and cut them out.

                   I added tinsel to the inset of the hearts.

 I also added fine white glitter and pink Mica flakes to my chipboard accent pieces.

From here I started adding my ribbons, stamens, and smaller chipboard pieces.

Here it is finished!  I used the Bead Strand Heart dangle, Heart Wall Hanging set, Flourished Lisa Frame, and ,Faux Number metal plates

Thanks for visiting the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog, Cherry

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies-

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Winter ATC & New ATC Stand with Susan

Hello crafty friends!  I'm pleased to share with you a winter ATC/ACEO (Artist Trading Card/Art Cart, Editions & Originals) as well as the NEW Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts Chunky ATC and ATC Stand!  Our fair leader Gina was kind to work with me to design this stand so I can display my current obsession all over my house.  My husband is just shaking his head at me...

Both the ATCs and ATC Stands are 3-packs, which works perfect for those of us who like to do things in 3s.  Gina really is good to me!

First, use a blade to release the stand parts.  Next, use a fine sand paper to flatten out those cuts.

I used white glue to put the pieces together - inside and on the outer side.

My thumb nail was handy to clean up the glue that squished out.  Pun intended.  Allow to dry completely.

While the stand glue dried, I pulled together the components for my ATC.

I wanted the stand to be brown, so I gesso'd with black, allowed to dry, then applied a coat of brown.  Yes, that's way too much black gesso.  It squished out!

Matte Mod Podge to add the papers front and back, then sand the edges and ink!

I'm so happy to have the ATC stands!  The height is perfect for vertical or horizontal cards -- it doesn't stick up past a horizontal card.

Thanks for your visit today!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Chunky ATC Blanks 3-Pack  #C33O
ATC Stands 3-Pack  #C43M 

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Gift of Love Christmas Sleigh by Lynne

Hello crafty friends! Many of us are up to our ears in Christmas creating, decorating, baking and what-have-you, and that's a happy place to be! The sleigh is one of my favourite GSL pieces, and I love the one I made for myself last year. My best friend loved it to, so I pulled out my (huge) stash of Christmas papers and told her to pick out what she liked best, and I would use it to make a sleigh for her!

There's a template of the side pieces included in the sleigh kit to trace around on your patterned paper, which is wonderful! I used some lovely old-fashioned Inkido Christmas papers, positioning them so the poinsettia pattern ran along the bottom of the sleigh. I hate measuring, so I also traced around the inside and back/front pieces and glued papers on them before putting the sleigh together.

I dry-embossed the fancy overlay and painted it gold before heat embossing it in antique gold.
(I painted the skis and edges of the main side pieces gold as well.)

I rubbed the edges with bronze ink for a richer look.

When attaching the overlay, I used these adorable itty-bitty clamps my hubby put in my Christmas stocking last year....they are soooo handy for gluing things together, holding them tight until the glue sets.

The bells were cut from another sheet of Inkido paper and were heat embossed with UTEE before being attached with thick Glue Dots. I used a larger one for the front of the sleigh.

When everything was put together, I placed a piece of styrofoam in the bottom of the sleigh before I added my greenery (which was cut from one of those artificial garlands) I cut the piece smaller than the sleigh because the garland greenery would be tucked around the edge before I added the stand-up embellishments.

The reindeer was already on a wire, but I attached the fussy-cut Santa and sentiment, diecut poinsettias and min wrapped gifts to kitchen skewers, then arranged them in the styrofoam piece. I then bent the wired garland around to cover the remaining styrofoam and showcase the embellishments and sleigh. I'm on a twisted paper kick these days and added a couple strips with Christmas sentiments to the arrangement.

I love Christmas and had a wonderful time putting this together! I love the way you can take any of the Gypsy Soul chipboard items and finish it so many different ways depending on your taste, decor, supplies, etc.

Wishing each of you a wonderful Christmas season, and I do
hope you take time to enjoy a little crafting in the midst of the hustly-bustly preparations!


Santa's Sleigh


Inkido papers
Cuttlebug embossing folder
gold acrylic paint
Stampendous gold embossing powder
Spellbinders poinsettia die
artificial pine garland

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Santa's Sleigh gift idea

Hi and welcome to the GSLC Blog!  Christmas is fast approaching so I have a quick idea to share that you can do for friends or co workers to decorate for the holidays.  I used the "Santa Sleigh" chipboard kit in the shop to make my project and it was super fun and easy to do. And.... Below I have a quick tutorial for you all on how I did it so I hope you have a minute to read on and see.

1. Step one you are going to glue together the sleigh and let it dry.

2. Then paint the entire sleigh with red paint and let that dry.

3. For the details on the sides I decided I wanted to make a metallic look on them so I inked them up with gold Delicata ink and then embossed it with gold embossing powder from Tim Holtz.  

This gave the pieces a subtle gold tone with a really pretty metal texture.  Set these aside.

4. Take the patterns for the side that you get in the set and use them to cut 2 pieces for the sides of the sleigh with red dotted paper to match. 

5. Ink all around each of the side pieces to darken them just slightly like you see above.  Glue the red dotted pieces to the sides of the sleigh.  Let dry.

6. Glue the gold pieces onto the sides of your sleigh to finish it.  And wha la... you have the cutest little sleigh to add a floral design or even cookies or a gift for a very special someone this holiday!!

For my sleigh I added a piece of styrofoam inside and then added Christmas floral picks and greenery to make a pretty arrangement.  And of course a pretty bow to add extra sparkle just because it's Christmas.

And here is a quick closeup of the details in the sides.  I love this part and it gives it that extra wow and just a bit more stability to the sleigh.  It was really fun and easy to make and I hope you try one!

Supply List:

Americana Satin paint in red
Bo Bunny dot paper in red
Delicata Ink in gold
Gold embossing powder
Heat tool, scissors, pencil, paintbrush
styrofoam square, christmas greenery

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winter's Solstice Card by Betsy Skagen

Winter has arrived  here in Minnesota. It is a blustery nine degrees outside and as dusk settles, the wind is rattling the windows of our turn-of-the-century home.

In other words, it is a perfect night for crafting and for playing with the deep blue, purple, white and silver colors of Winter's Solstice.
To make this Winter's Solstice card begin by covering the Snowflake Shape Set with a coat of gesso.
 Next emboss the snowflakes with snowflake, blue glass, silver tinsel and blue embossing powders.
Apply Snow-Tex to a 8.5" x 11" sheet of black cardstock to make white snow mounds.
Dry snow with heat gun--guess what, it doesn't melt! Spritz blue and purple ink onto snow. Then place more snow onto your finger tip and lightly dab it over some of the purple and blue. Dry snow again.
Run another sheet of 8.5" x 11" black cardstock through a snowflake embossing folder. Repeat until entire paper is covered. Cut the snow mounds from the first sheet of black cardstock and glue onto the snowflake embossed paper. You could just emboss one sheet of black cardstock and apply the snow directly to it, but this method avoids getting accidental dabs of snow in unwanted areas of your page.
Adhere a plastic fence over the snow and add more snow and ink on top of the fence. Let this dry naturally because your heat gun can melt the fence.

Once the snow is dry, trim and adhere the scene to purple glitter cardstock. Then adhere both to silver cardstock.

 Adhere the entire unit to a sturdy card you create from 12" x 12" white cardstock sheets. Then glue clear gems onto some of the snowflakes.

 That is all there is to making a Winter's Solstice card. I hope you have a lovely weekend! -Betsy

Great Stuff

Snowflake Shape Set
Plastic fence piece
DecoArt Snow-Tex
Dylusions blue and purple ink
Snowflake embossing folder
Embossing powder in snowflake, blue glass, silver tinsel and blue
Black cardstock
White cardstock
Silver cardstock
Purple glitter cardstock

Friday, December 8, 2017

Festive lantern with Alicia Barry

I love decorating for the holidays. It is one of my favorite things to do. This year, I have been adding some handmade pieces to my collection. I recently created an Advent Calendar, which you can see here.  I have made a pinecone wreath and I am working on a Santa sleigh table decoration.  This week, I have created a pretty little lantern post decoration.

I started with the Gypsy Soul Industrial Lantern kit.

I covered the whole thing in black gesso. You will need to paint the inside as well, since you can see straight through the sides. I found it easier to do this first, before assembling. 

I wanted my lantern to stand upright as a table decoration, so I created a stem from rolled up cardboard (paper town inner), and covered in black cardstock. I cut flaps into the top and hot glued it to lantern base, which I also covered in black gesso.  I then stuck the stem into a floral foam base, covered in black cardstock. I painted the top of the foam in black gesso too. 

Next, I wanted to create a decorative base for the lantern, so I layered two circular chipboard pieces. I covered them in white gesso, then glitter. Notice how I have used slightly different glitter on each piece, so they would stand out from each other, while still having a cohesive look. I adhered them with a thick layer of hotglue, to give a little dimension between the layers. I backed the base in black cardstock, to have a surface to adhere the lantern to.

I wanted to mimick the delicate design on the base, at the bottom of the layer, so I used a Wrought Iron border piece in a similar design, and just cut it to fit each side.

Then it was time to decorate. I applied texture paste with fine glitter to mimic snow, then embellished with tiny pinecones, flowers, leaves and some ribbon.

This lantern is the perfect size for a tiny battery operated tea light.

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