Saturday, October 16, 2021

Mini Occult Market Shop

Happy Saturday, everyone! You may recall the Halloween Market Stall I shared a few weeks ago. I decided to make another little witchy companion shop with the intent to eventually make an entire spooky bazaar.

I used a GSL 1:12 Scale Market Stall which is available over at Alpha Stamps. The paper I chose for this project is from Stamperia's lovely Cosmos line. I painted the supports and papered the shelves and rear wall of the stall before assembling it with tacky glue and installing it on the base.

To fill the shelves, I started with a little display of polished crystals and stones. I have a jar of polished pebbles that I sorted through and glued like colors into a tray made of craft sticks. I used a curved dollhouse brick to make a stand for the display.

I made colorful spell candles by painting round toothpicks and assembling them in bundles. The jar of miniature rune stones were made by a friend years ago. I am so glad I finally found a project they belong in. Those little charm bags were sewn, filled with an assortment of shells, stones, runes and talismans then tied with a bit of embroidery thread.

Here are some close-ups of the shelves. The top one features gazing balls made from marbles and pretty beads next to miniature brass statues I picked up on our travels. Below that are tarot cards made from miniature printables and a few jars of herbs.

Below that I placed the spell candles, a GSL Miniature Ouija Board from the Mystical Miniatures set (coming soon) and smudge sticks which are made from assorted dried mosses tied with crochet thread. The shelf below that features the polished stone display and some books made from printable covers glued onto foam blocks.

The front counter was covered in a faux reptile paper and features the runes, a set of mini tarot cards, the charm bags and a little silver pentagram jar. The front of the stall has a palmistry sign also from the GSL Mystical Miniatures set to draw customers in. 

Here is the beginning of my Halloween Bazaar. Thanks for stopping by!


GSL Products Used

1:12 Scale Market Stall

Mystical Miniatures (Coming Soon)




Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Monster TV-The Idiot's Lantern-A Peek-a-Boo Project


Having not grown up with a television in our house, it consumed me when I finally got my own 12 inch black and white TV when I moved into my first apartment many, many years ago.  I also never understood or was interested in Sci-Fi, that was introduced to me years later by my life partner who loves all things science fiction. It was he who brought me to the wonderful worlds of Dr. Who. These are the inspiration for this artwork. 
1.  Gather Supplies.
2.  Randomly Paint GSLC Tiny TV Retro and Creepy Critters Larger Bat With Golden Acrylic Paint- Chromium Oxide Green and Raw Umber.
3.  Dust With Green Mica Powder.
4.   Seal with Matte Varnish.
5.  Randomly Paint GSLC Tiny TV Standard, and GSLC Creepy Critters Smaller Bat With Golden Acrylic Paint-Quinacridone Burnt Orange and Raw Umber.
6.  Dust With Silver Mica Powder.
7.   Seal with Matte Varnish
8.  Cut Out a Piece of Gauze Cardstock and Glue to Back Portion of GSLC Tiny TV-Retro and Standard.
9. Choose Prepared Dragon Eye Polymer Clay Cabochons and Trim Wire Cutters to Fit Inside of Painted GSLC Tiny TV Retro/Standard Frames.
10.               Stack and Use Weldbond to Glue GSLC Tiny TV Retro/Standard Frames Together.
11.               Allow to Dry Fully Using Clips to Secure Into Place.
12.               Glue GSLC Creepy Critter Bats to Back of GSLC Tiny TVs, Cutting Smaller Bat for Back of Standard TV.

13.               Glue Prepared Dragon Eye Polymer Clay Cabochons to Inside of Each GSLC TV Frame.

Some Final Thoughts.

We did not grow up with a television because my parents thought it was evil we just could not afford it and lived in the rural countryside of Pennsylvania before cable, and dish TV. Antenna TV channels were few at best, neighbors had TVs and it was a real treat to go watch Saturday Cartoons or Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom, Grizzly Adams, Wonderful World of Disney, The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. These shows were magical to my imaginative impressionable mind but did not prepare me for the bazillion of TV shows I would later see.

Dr. Who, The Idiot's Lantern, is set in 1953 Great Britain with all huddled around their television sets to witness the great event of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, but beneath the celebrations, there are rumors of monsters on the streets, and the tormented Mr. Magpie is hiding a  strange and alien secret within tiny television shoppe.  

"I hear they rot your brains. Rot them into soup. And your Brains come pouring out of your ears. That's what television does"-Grandmother

Rose-"Look at all the TV aerials. Looks like everyone's got one, my nan said tellys were so rare they all had to pile into one house."

Magpie-"Not 'round here, luv, Magpie's marvelous tellys, only five quid a pop."

Doctor-"Oh this is a brilliant year! Classic Technicolor. Everest climbed. Everything off the ration. A nation throwing off the shadows of war and looking forward to a happier, brighter future."

Also who can forget the iconic imagery from Poltergeist of Carol Ann's Creepy pronouncement, "They're Here!!" as she embraces the static, eerily glowing television set.

Steve-"Looks like something's funny going on here next door. Something."

Diane-"We were wondering if maybe you had experienced any disturbances?"

Tuthill-"What kind of disturbances?"

Diane-"Oh, you know, like dishes or furniture moving around by themselves."

 " Television is the Monster in your home. And it's called a program for a reason. Your television is nothing more than an electronic mind altering device. It has been designed to psychologically change the ways you view reality" Morgan Freeman

I for one am grateful for the amazing worlds that television has taken me to and allowed me to experience life more fully and taught me truths I needed to learn.

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Creepy Critters, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Tiny TV Standard, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Tiny TV Retro, Gauze Cardstock, Golden Acrylic Paint- Chromium Oxide Green, Raw Umber, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Paintbrush, Green Mica Powder, Silver Mica Powder, Paintbrush, Weldbond, Prepared Dragon Eye Polymer Clay Cabochons, Scissors, Wire Cutters

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Skelly House


Happy Saturday, everyone! We've all started decorating for Halloween, right? Today I have a quick project to share that adds to my collection of decorations for the holiday. This cute little assembly came together in a jiffy and used a lot of Halloween paper scraps from my stash.

I started with a GSL Tiny Little Shadowbox House 1. I cut the rear wall paper to size before assembling it with tacky glue. I painted the front edges with black acrylic paint and papered the interior walls and ceiling.  The shadowbox house fits this miniature skeleton perfectly.

I added a moon sticker to the inside of the house and glued that on top of a GSL Bagatelle Box 1.5 x 3 inch that was also decorated with paper scraps.

To foot the project I grabbed some wooden beads and painted them black. They fit perfectly onto a Q-Tip which made them easy to paint as well as supported them while the paint dried.

Miniature glass bottles were filled with different kinds of dried moss. I used straight pins to hold crystal beads in place on top of the bottle corks.

The bottles got tiny labels and were glued in place next to the skeleton house. I grabbed some green Flower Soft to embellish the surface of the piece with a coating of moss.


A bit of white glue sets it in place.

Thanks for stopping by!

GSL Products Used

Tiny Little Shadowbox Houses 1

Bagatelle Box 1.5 x 3 inch

Other Supplies Used

Tacky glue

Acrylic paint

Miniature skeleton

Miniature glass bottles

Decorative moss

Crystal beads

Flower Soft

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Moon Phase Garland - Home Decor Project

Hello everyone,

It's Elle here from Empire of the Cat and this time on the blog I have a fun home decor project to share with you.

GSL don't have any Moon phase chippies (maybe they will soon hint hint!) so I cut my own from some ATC coins. I started off with these ATC coins from GSL.  They come in a pack of three, and for this product I used eight of them, so I needed three packs, but it depends on how many moons you want on your garland.


 Decide how many full moons, half moons and quarter moons you want to have on your garland and then using scissors, cut the shapes from the coins.  To get the crescent moon shape, place one coin on top of the other, just overlapping enough to give you the crescent shape.  Draw around the curve with a pencil and then cut it out.  You can see how to measure this more accurately in my earlier post when I used these coins to make a moon canvas.


Next step is to gesso both sides and the edges of each coin and leave to dry.  


To cover my coins, I am using a white and a black Glimmer Paste by Nuvo.  There are plenty of similar options available or you could make your own using glitter and a transparent paste!  I chose to cover all my moons with white paste and then use the black paste to cover the oval shapes leftover from cutting out the crescent moons, just for a bit of interest.  Cover one side at a time and leave to dry before starting on the other side - don't forget to cover the edges too!


To make the garland I am using some metallic embroidery thread from my stash.  Spread out all your moons and decide how far apart you want them to be spaced, as this will be the length of your garland, then measure out the thread leaving enough on either end to tie a loop so it can be hung. 


Using some strong glue like this E6000 jewellery glue, attach the thread to the back of all the moons by making a line of glue across the centre of each and placing the thread on top of it.  Leave to dry, then if you want to hide the thread, add more glimmer paste on top of the thread.  Once everything is dry - hang it up!


So here are a couple of hanging options - horizontal using the loop on each end or vertical using just one loop.


I must apologise for how dark these photos are, but all my daylight seems to have disappeared with the good weather. 

Hope you enjoyed the project and will give it a try.  This is my last project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design Team, having been on the team for just over two years.  This last year has brought a lot of changes and I have less free time now, and so I must say goodbye. 

Let me know what you think in the comments.   

As always, thanks for reading!

Empire of the Cat


GSL Artist Trading Coins D81M,
gesso, glimmer paste, E6000 glue, metallic embroidery thread,

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Le Chat Noir Reimagined-A Peek-a-Boo Project


There is a famous poster referred to  as "Le Chat                     Noir", it is actually an ad for the entertainers, who                 also performed outside of the Paris cabaret and                         specialized in unique pieces of shadow theater                         inspired by the Chinese shadow puppet shows, this is             the inspiration for this artwork.

1.  Gather Supplies.

2.  Use UHU Gluestick to Adhere Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper and Abandoned Paper to Cigar Box Lid.

3.  Coat with Matte Varnish.

4.   Paint Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Cafe Table & Chairs Set with Golden Acrylic Paints-Transparent Red iron Oxide, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Magenta.

5.  Add Highlights and Patina with Neon Pink Paint, Vintage Gold Aged Brass Metallique Wax and a Paintbrush.

6.  A Happy Accident Happened when Drying My Covered Cigar Box Lid, Some of the Paper Stuck and Peeled Off. I Added TH Distress Stain  Bundled Sage to it.

7.   Use UHU Gluestick to Attach Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Cafe Table & Chairs Set to the Covered Cigar Box Lid.

8.  Coat Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Creepy Critters  with Black Embossing Paste and  Sprinkle With Pure Sheen Black Glitter While Still Wet.

9.  Once Fully Dry Use Golden Heavy Gel Matte Medium to Attach Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Creepy Critters to Covered Cigar Box Lid.

10.                Dry Fully Pressing Down With Heavy Container.

11.                Coat Entire Piece With Matte Varnish to Give a Uniform  Feel.

Some Final Thoughts.

Le Chat Noir cabaret is thought to be one of the first avant-garde to open its doors in the Montmartre neighborhood in 1881 attracting Bohemians and Bourgeoisie alike from near and far to the colorful medieval-inspired interior. It was a place where aristocracy and common people could partake in all the pleasures it offered, and come and go as they pleased. An eclectic encampment of eccentrics. How I wish more places like this existed, a mixed-media artist's merry-land.

"The avant-garde in every field consists of the lonely, the friendless, the uninvited. All progress is the product of the unpopular"        -Chuck Palahniuk

A Bohemian can be described as unconventional or nonconformist, a gypsy or wander, a free-spirited person who believes in truth, freedom, and love. They can be marginalized and left on the fringes of good society.

"I'd rather play here with all the madmen, for I am quite content, they're all as sane as me." -David Bowie

"I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference"-Robert Frost

"I do my thing, and you do your thing, I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in the world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful" -Frederick E. Perl

Supplies: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Creepy CrittersGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Cafe Table & Chairs Set, Cigar Box Lid, Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper and Abandoned Paper, UHU Gluestick, Matte Varnish, Golden Acrylic Paints-Transparent Red iron Oxide, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Magenta, Neon Pink Paint, Vintage Gold Aged Brass Metallique Wax, Paintbrush,  TH Distress Stain  Bundled Sage, Black Embossing Paste, Pure Sheen Black Glitter, Golden Heavy Gel Matte Medium,

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!