Thursday, August 17, 2017

A new collaboration from Gina Hubbard and Nancy Wethington . . .

News from Nancy Wethington:

Gina and I are partners on a new endeavor: pre-cut mini-books. Not sure if you know this about Gina but she is a genius - at least in my book. She can figure the dimensions of a new design in a minute (something that completely baffles me) and have it on the laser in no time at all.

She constructs inter-active mini-book pages without even thinking about them. There aren't many people who can do what she does - think in both her right brain and left brain at the same time.

Gina loves constructing the pages to mini-books but not necessarily decorating them. That's where I come in. I love the decorating.

So together we bring you . . . Our first mini-book
Book #1: Fairies

Purchase this in one of two ways:

PDF instructions with photos


pre-cut mini-book pages with PDF instructions.
Pre-cut pages available in either black or kraft cardstock.

Our book #1: Fairies is 
8.5" tall X 6.75" wide with a 3.5" spine.

You supply your own paper and embellishments.

Want to see the inside? Here's a link to the mini-book:

To order either the pre-cut pages

or the PDF instruction sheets only

go here:

This book was decorated with (mostly) 49&Market papers and the following Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: 

On the cover I used . . .

Next month: Book #2: Botanicals. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Master Detective Curio Cabinet by Sandy Trefger Part Two

Hello again, Sandy here with Part Two of the tutorial on assembling my Master Detective Curio Cabinet with the hidden box on the back that you can see above.  The original kit for the cabinet is on the left and the add on box kit is on the right.  It is 3 inches deep and holds a very good sized folio album.  It is attached with hinges and closed with a metal latch.

In the August 2nd blog post here on Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, I shared how I put my cabinet together with cardstock structure hinges.  I did find that the added paper made it a bit harder for the doors to swing open and closed and required a bit of sanding in the end and it also added bulk to the cabinet where the drawers go in and out.  On my next one, I will be assembling with just glue and painting the edges black.  You might want to consider that for yours as well.  However, for this next tutorial segment on assembling and adding the box to the back, I did use the structure hinges.

Supplies Used:
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts China Cabinet # B4A
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Bonus Box for the #B4A China Cabinet - Custom Item, Contact the Store
  • Black 12 x12 Cardstock
  • 12" Trimmer
  • 12" Score Board and Bone Folder
  • Art Glitter Designer Glue (White Glue)
  • 3-in-1 Glue
  • Glossy Accents
  • Black Masking Tape
  • 3/8" Scor-tape
  • Clear Transparency Sheets 
  • Black Ink and Foam Applicator
  • Halloween embellishments
  • Assorted Ribbons-4 to 6 different colors and designs
  • Basic Grey Magnet Snaps, small
  • Metal hinges - 2 small and 2 mediuim
  • Metal Latch - 1
  • Small Brads and Large Brads
  • Eyelets
  • Assorted charms & chains
  • Prima Flower
  • Steampunk bottles and other embellishments
  • Tim Holtz Mini Bottles
  • Assorted Miniature Items
  • Tim Holtz Door Knob (for decorative item inside cabinet)
  • Fall Leaves and Mini Pumpkin Floral Pick

Let's get started!

Step 1:  Layout out your chipboard pieces for the box as shown.  Make sure to use a damp cloth or baby wipe to clean the laser residue from the edges.


Step 2:  Apply glue to the notches of the sides and ends and bring  them up to form the box as shown below.  Allow the glue to dry well.

Step 3:If you are using the black cardstock structure hinges to finish the edges of your box, cut several from 12x12 sheets as shown.They will need to be 12" long x 1" wide, scored on the 1" side at 1/2".  You will measure the box and cut the lengths to fit as needed.

Step 4:  Apply glue or scor-tape to one side of the hinges on each 1/2" section.  And attach a hinge to all the edges as shown on the inside and outside of the box.  If you do not want to use structure hinges and you have assembled/glued the box together well, you can choose to paint all the seams and edges black.

When finished attaching the structure hinges, your box will look like the photo below or all the black hinge areas will be painted black if you went with that option.

Step 5:  Pattern the outside of your box and carefully line it up with the curio cabinet.  Use a ruler and marker to mark the placement holes for your hinges.

Step 6:  Drill or punch the holes that you marked and use Glossy Accents plus brads to attach the  hinges to the box and the cabinet.  Carefully open up the prongs on the inside of both the box and cabinet. Make sure they are tight and use a bit of Glossy Accents to secure if needed.  You will add two hinges on the same side.  Also use a marker to mark the holes for the latch on the other side. Drill or punch holes and attach the same way by adding Glossy Accents and brads.  When looking at the front of the cabinet, I put the hinges on the left side and the latch on the right side.

Step 7:  Once the hinges  and latch are securely on the box and cabinet, you can go ahead and pattern the back of the cabinet and the inside of the box.  If you haven't already, you will also want to pattern the back of the box on the outside.

The curio cabinet with the secret storage compartment is now completed.  When you open it up from the back, you have a 3 inch space to create a custom album to store inside. Make sure that you don't create an album that is too thick as you do want your cabinet and storage box to close up properly.

The photo below shows the curio cabinet with the back opened up and a glimpse of the album I created for Graphic 45 and added to the inside.

Finish up your cabinet by adding decorative elements to the inside such as small bottles, skulls, miniature items, photos, clocks, mirrors, etc.  On the knobs of the doors you can hang chains, padlocks, a sign, metal key and other charms.  On the top, add a junk bow with floral pieces and if desired like mine, a spooky skeleton.

I hope you've enjoyed my two part tutorial to create a unique decorative piece with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts kits. Check back here September 6th for another project from me with a tutorial.  I'd love for you to visit my blog/website for more of my crafty projects at

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sometimes a pig's gotta fly.............

Hello all, Lora here taking my turn for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts with this little piggy whose just gotta fly. Having escaped the confines of the balloon, she grew some wings and has taken off into blue skies. Skimming over the trees, enjoying the view, she's a happy little porker!
She is pretty fancy with her necklace of flowers and her glittery wings.

Here is where I began......
 I started off with the new ATC Shrine-Steampunk. (which will be coming soon!)
I dry fit it together using a couple of pieces of tape, working out the order that I needed to assemble it in.
Because the piece is designed with a 'hinge' already, I decided that I would not glue the bottom or the door on until I was finished working on the inside of the shadowbox and both sides of the door.
I gave everything a good coat of gesso and started cutting out my bits and pieces.
Worked with the bottom open. I painted a blue sky and built up a little scene for my pig to fly over.
Whilst things were drying, I painted the door and embellished the front. I mixed a bit of glaze with cobalt blue paint and coated the balloon with it, adding some sparkles. I papered the gears, added gold and brown ink around the edges. A little sparkle on the banner, then glued it on. And added some white dots for detail.
I like adding dots to things.
I glued the bottom and the door on the piece and added a bit of moss (for shrubbery) on the bottom piece. Voila.
A cute and cheerful little box of piggy happiness!
Thank you for stopping by!

ATC Shadowbox-Steampunk (coming soon)

acrylic paint
collage images
Graphic 45 'Olde Curiosity Shoppe 6x6 Scrapbook Paper (for the pig and the gears on the balloon)
florist moss
Stickles Diamond

Monday, August 14, 2017

Vintage Hanging Album by Lynne

Hello crafters! I love working with vintage photos and was blessed to receive a bunch of them from one of my cousins a while back; many of these photos are about 100 years old! I've made scrapbook layouts with several of the images, and recently decided to make a small heritage album for the cousin who passed the photos on to me to show my appreciation:

I used the Wood Hanging Stand and chose the Baroque pages (there are three different page shapes to choose from, or you can get 2 of each shape).

The first thing I did was cover all the pages with patterned paper; I used the aptly named "Heritage" collection from BoBunny. The warm rich colours go so well with my sepia photos! After tracing the shapes and applying the paper, I sanded the edges gently then inked them with Burnt Sienna ink:

I incorporated some chipboard frames and embellishments into some of my pages as well; this wagon wheel was painted brown, then heat embossed with Pebbled Copper embossing powder.

The dress form was just rubbed with Prima Metallique Wax in Aged Brass and inked on the edges with Ranger Antique Linen distress ink. I fussy cut  flowers from my paper and added those as well.

The key and plate I left "naked", but just rubbed a little of the Aged Brass wax here and there on the surfaces.

This frame was painted a dusty rose colour, then stamped with this Prima stamp and Versamark ink, then heat embossed in Chablis.

This frame was dry embossed, then painted burgundy. I then lightly brushed gold paint over it, and finally rubbed some of the Aged Brass wax here and there.

The music shapes wee painted a deep red then heat embossed with a coat of UTEE for an enamel-like glossy finish:

The horse and carriage piece was painted a rusty brown, then heat embossed with Ranger Distress embossing powder in Vintage Photo. Afterwards, I rubbed-GUESS WHAT??-yes,you guessed it- Aged Brass Wax here and there over the surface (I'm nothing if not consistent!)

There are six pages included with the standing frame; on this post I've included the pages that featured additional Gypsy Soul chipboard. I plan to add small labels to each page with the names of the subjects and approximate dates before giving the album to my cousin (just haven't gotten them looked up and printed yet!).If you'd like to see the remaining pages in the album, please visit my blog at:

Thanks so much for stopping by;this project took me a while to finish but I really enjoyed putting it together. The frame is sturdy and just fits together with dowels, and the large rings to mount the album are included. Have a terrifically creative week!


Wooden Hanging Stand with Pages
Horse and Carriage
Wheels 1.5 inch Fancy
Dress Forms 1 Miniature Shape Set
Wooden Shape Set-Keys and Plates
Flourished Frames Evie
Music Symbols Shape set
Flourished Frame Mikayla-coming soon
Ornate Doilies-contact store


BoBunny Heritage collection
Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax-Aged Brass
Ranger Distress embossing powder-Vintage Photo
Versamark ink
Prima stamp
Colorbox Chalk Ink-Burnt Sienna

Sunday, August 13, 2017

With a surprise inside . . .

Hi Everyone. This week I've got a special surprise hidden inside this Gypsy Soul Laser Cut box. I asked Gina (the owner) to create this box for me.

With only 6 pieces, it's super easy to put together. Here's how it starts:

There is a bottom piece and 4 sides (2 for the front & back and 2 for the sides).
Match notches and slots and glue in place, creating a 3 dimensional box.


Couldn't be easier right? Here's a trick I learned from Gina: Take one of those really thick black Sharpie's and go around the edges of the pieces. This will cover those places where the decorative paper doesn't quite fit. And the ink doesn't saturate the chipboard.

Normally, I put my project together and then decorate. But for this one, it will be much easier to cover the inside portions with paper before putting it together. Remember that you can't cover the notches and slots - leave those exposed.

Once this was complete, I glued the pieces in place. Then the outside decorations began:

This Prima paper is some of my favorites ever. I combined it with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Feathers Shape Set and Simple Feathers. Lots of Prima flowers and fussing cutting were added to the front of the box. 

It was then time for the lid. The lid looks like this:

Super simple because I wanted to add a mini-book to the inside of the lid. After covering the lid with decorative paper, I added a finial to the top and a mini-book to the inside lid.

When you pull the finial, the entire mini-book lifts out of the box:

And there's the mini-book, ready for photos and journaling:

Hope you enjoyed this little project. I can see this same idea only with a string of paper dolls for a child . . . or maybe a Congratulations banner . . . or perhaps a link of photos to be used as a decorative banner . . . or a myriad of other possibilities.

Want to create one yourself?  Contact Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and ask Gina to cut one of these especially for you!

Other Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts used:

Feathers Shape Set
Simple Feathers