Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Momma Memories-A Peek-a-Boo Project

It has been over a year since they have sold our family homestead in the foothills of Pennsylvania. I am hoping to finally return and bid my final farewell this summer. We have not traveled out of Maryland since March of 2020. I know many others have traveled, taken vacations, and resumed a normal way of venturing to and fro. We have never felt trapped at our home but have enjoyed the moments of peace and rest. Our home is our refuge as much was my childhood home. My momma always said anyone was welcomed if they did not mind the mess. Our house wasn't messy but it was well lived in. It is hard to imagine the lives our parents had before we knew them. Last June an envelope arrived unexpectedly from a dear cousin whose handwriting is surprisingly similar to my sweet momma's who left us in November of 2018 to be with dad and brother who passed away years earlier to be joined by my sister is December of 2019. She did not know me for the last years of her life as she had Alzheimer's and it had been many years longer since I had received a handwritten letter from her. Within that envelope was a treasure trough of family photographs. They are the inspiration for this Mother's Day artwork.

1.  Make copies of Treasured Family Photographs you wish to use.

2.  Use front portion of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Alarm Clock Frame Ups to decide what part of the pictures you wish to frame.

3.  Trace with a pencil and cut out carefully.

4.  Decide on Embossing Powers you want to use to highlight each photograph.

5.  Randomly apply embossing ink on front portion of GSLC Alarm Clock Frames. Cure using a heating tool. I never try to fully cover a chippie as I find it is more interesting if left with empty spaces.  

6.  Fill in empty spaces with TH Distress Stains.

7.  Cut Out Chosen portion of photographs and glue to back of embossed GSLC Alarm Clock Frame.

8.  Next glue prepared front portion of GSLC Alarm Clock frame to the back portion of frames using Weldbond.

9.  Once parts are lined up hold securely in place with clamps.

10.                Once fully dry add a layer of Glossy Accent Clear to the inside of the alarm clock face. Allow to dry fully.

11.                Find an appropriate frame to add this trio of momma clocks. I am using a wooden box top.

12.                Print saved handwritten letters from loved ones. They will be glued as a wallpaper to the inside of wood box top I found.

13.                Use Acrylic Paints to paint the rim of found wooden box top.

14.                Once fully dry add clock trio

15.                If you wish to make this a hanging assemblage add a bit of ribbon and a few decorative upholstery tacks.


Some Final Thoughts.

At my momma's funeral it was so strange as everyone who knew her called her "June", "Gram", "Grammy" or like me "Momma or Mom" her obituary had her full given name Mary Angus June Lowe. No one, not ever her family called her Mary. Obituaries are so cold and final I think our passing should be a celebration of what we brought to the world, how we made it a bit brighter by being a room enhancer or how we tried to care for those who had fallen. One person left this message for us about our mom " June was our girls' Sunday School Teacher. She faithfully taught hundreds of children over the years. She was a hard working woman, who cared for everyone. If you needed something and she could do it, she did. June will live on in the hearts of many she served. It could have been a meal, produce from her garden, or a kind word. I know she struggled with remembering. However she has a sense of peace when she sang hymns. Those songs were embedded in her soul. So I shall think of June singing and serving with the angels. June was our dear friend and neighbor." May others have such sweet words to say about me and may I reflect all the wonderful things my sweet momma taught me. I hope I make her proud by the way I walk through this world.

 Supplies: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Alarm Clock Frame Ups, Selected Copies of Treasured Family Photographs, Pencil, Embossing Powders of your Choice-Iced Resin German Silver, Turquoise, Allure Hammered Metal, Rangers Brick, Heating Tool, TH Distress Stains-Broken China, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Scissors, Weldbond, Clamps, Glossy Accent Clear, Repurposed Wooden Box Top, Copies of Handwritten Letters, Acrylic Paints, Ribbon or String, Upholstery Tacks


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!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The best chipboard for your covers IV

 Hi everyone!

Myry again and today I'm going to continue show you how frames can be the best for your covers!
I'm going to use this beautiful frame again and the first thing I'm going to do is paint it with acrylic pink and white paint.
I've embroidered this letter with small flowers, and I'm going to do a small sack filled with wadding.
Once finished fit it into the frame and stick it with a resistant glue.
I think it's a lovely idea for journal covers. 
I wish you like it a lot!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts items used:

Other items used:
Acrylic paint, brush and sponge
Embroidery fabric and threads, and wadding
Scissors and glue

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Mini Bath & Body Display

Happy Saturday, everyone! I have a little bath and body display to share today that uses the brand new GSL Composition Display Stand (coming soon). This piece could be used for so many things! I considered setting it for a wedding cake, birthday, cocktail party, bake sale, market stand, so many possibilities. I finally settled on a little soap kiosk. I had a small handmade soap business a few years ago and this brings back memories.

The display stand is made up of six pieces that assemble easily with tacky glue.

I used a rubber band to hold the piece together while the glue dried.

The piece comes with two shelves, I only needed one of them for what I had in mind so set aside the other for a future project (yay, future project!). The shelf was painted with white acrylic paint. All of the paper used in this project is from Stamperia's Secrets of India collection.

Most of the soap I made for this piece are just small bar-shaped chunks of polymer clay. I did, however make an actual tiny embedded heart with melt and pour soap and my smallest polymer clay cutters. I filled the heart cutter with pink soap and set it aside. After it set I unmolded it and set the heart inside the round mold then poured clear soap around it.

Once that was set I was able to unmold and slice it up. So stinking cute!


I wanted to include a little gift basket of bath products in this display, the GSL Tiny Octagon Planter Set was perfect. It comes with two sizes included, ½ inch tall and ¾ inch tall. 

I assembled the ¾ inch one and painted it white. It was trimmed with thin white satin ribbon and a white paper flower.

The gift basket was filled with a bar of each of the soaps, a resin rubber ducky and a jar of bath oil beads. Do they even make those any more? These are made from microbeads that came in a set of nail glitters.

A four inch section of GSL Border Sticks - Lace (coming soon) was painted white and fit the display motif perfectly.

 Thanks for stopping by!

GSL Products Used

Composition Display Stand (coming soon)

Border Sticks – Lace (coming soon)

Tiny Octagon Planter Set

Other Supplies Used

Tacky glue

Acrylic paint

Stamperia's Secrets of India collection

Soap base

Polymer clay

Poly clay cutters

Dollhouse platters

Resin ducks

Satin ribbon

Paper flowers

Small glass bottles




Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Arbor Day-Guardian of the Woodland-A Peek-A-Boo-Project

 Arbor Day is celebrated the last Friday in April. I have always loved the woodlands and spending time is forests. Some of my fondest memories are from these "thin places"  "Thin places are places of energy. A place where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin/ A thin place is where one can walk in two world-the worlds are fused together, knitted loosely where the differences can be discerned or tightly where the two worlds become one. Thin places aren't Perceived with the five senses."

Once while visiting a college roommate on Vancouver Island in the Town of Chemainus I took a walk in these ancient trees-Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, Grand Fir, Bigleaf Maple, and Garry Oak- and was transported to a time my grandfathers spoke of in Pennsylvanian when Lumber was King, and Williamsport was known as the "The Lumber Capital of the World" I have "green men blood" in my veins.

"Walks in Woods" is a name given to me to honor my love for nature and the hollers I frequented in my childhood from another longtime friend. It is with him that I have another thin place memory. The season is winter and we are in the woods near a relatives farm, where Oktoberfest is held in Autumn. The path is snow covered and we find our way to the campgrounds and gather fallen branches dragging them back to the fire-pit. We find some dry kindling left behind and begin to build a tepee of twigs and larger branches, till we have a totem ready to set ablaze. Once burning bright we stand under the pine boughs as snow gently falls upon our heated faces and melts as teardrop flowing down onto the frozen soil. We are still and quiet knowing we have come upon a sacred space. This memory has carried us through many darken days. My interpretation of the Green Man is the inspiration for this artwork as I honor the blessing of thin places.

1. Gather Supplies
2. Connect Two GSLC Tree 2 Together Forming a Mirror Image, Cutting off Most of the Trunks.
3. Stable these Two pieces Together Using a Stapler.
4. Begin by Randomly Painting Both Sides of Trees First with Americana Decor Deep Brown Creme Wax, Vallejo Russian Thick Mud-Brown Using a Thin Plastic Spatula.
5. Next Randomly Sprinkle with Nutmeg and Chili Powder.
6. On a Paper Plate Use a Dollop of Cosmic Shimmer Lava Paste. Adding Peat Moss Reinker, Vallejo Model Color-Green Brown and Flat Earth Paints to Tint the White Paste.
7. Use Small Plastic Spatula to Randomly Splatter the Lava Paste Mixture onto Tree Branches.
8. It Will Go On Wet but Grows When Cured With a Heat Tool.
9.Spray Everything With Cheap Hairspray Sealing It.
10. Paint GSLC Pine Shapes with Lumiere Green Metallic Paints, I used Olive Green, Pearlescent Emerald, and  Citrine.
11. Sprinkle With Green Embossing Powder I Used Leaf Green and Forest Foliage. Cure With a Heating Tool.
12. Use Green Acrylic Paint, I Used Green Gold, Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), Florescent, Chromium Oxide Green and Titan Pale Green to Paint and Layer GSLC Fern Fronds Without First Separating Them.
13. Sprinkle with Nutmeg and Chili Powder, Sealing with Cheap Hair Spray.
14. Once Fully Dry Take Apart Each Fern Frond.
15. Collect and Print Face Images with Green Eyes.
16. Use Portion of Face Images for Eyes, Nose and Mouth.
17. I Left GSLC Fanciful Elements in Their Original Form to Counterbalance the Greens and the Browns Featured in This Piece.
18. Assemble Green Man Image Layering and Adhering with Heavy Matte Gel Medium.
19. Press and Dry Completely Under Heavy Books.
20. Once Fully Dry Assemble Your 3-D Mixed Media Canvas- Ready for Any Wall Display.


Some Final Thoughts.

Two Books that are often used on Arbor Day in the Classroom Are The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and  The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

“And after a long time the boy came back again.
"I am sorry, Boy," said the tree, "but I have nothing left to give you-
My apples are gone."
"My teeth are too weak for apples," said the boy.
"My branches are gone," said the tree.
"You cannot swing on them-"
"I am too old to swing on branches," said the boy.
"My trunk is gone," said the tree.
"You cannot climb-"
"I am too tired to climb," said the boy.
"I am sorry," sighed the tree.
"I wish that I could give you something... but I have nothing left. I am an old stump. I am sorry..."
"I don't need very much now," said the boy, "just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired."
"Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,
"well, an old stump is a good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest."
And the boy did.
And the tree was happy.” 
-Shel Silverstein

"I am the Lorax.

 I speak for the trees.

I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.

 And I'm asking you sir, at the top of my lungs - that thing!

That horrible thing that I see! What's that thing you've made out of my truffula tree?"

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It's Not!"

“It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become.”

-Dr. Seuss

I would add to the list the musical "Into the Woods"

Little red riding hood
Into the woods,
It's time to go,
I hate to leave,
I have to, though.
Into the woods-
It's time, and so
I must begin my journey.

Into the woods
And down the dell,
The path is straight,
I know it well.
Into the woods,
And who can tell
What's waiting on the journey?

So into the woods
The time is now.
We have to live,
I don't care how.
Into the woods
To sell the cow,
You must begin the journey.
Straight to the woods
And don't delay-
We have to face
The marketplace.
Into the woods to journey's end-

Into the woods,
It's time to go,
It may be all
In vain, I know.
Into the woods-
But even so,
I h Into the woods
Without regret,
The choice is made,
The task is set.
Into the woods,
But not forget-
Ting why I'm on the journey.
Into the woods
To get my wish,
I don't care how,
The time is now.ave to take the journey.

Into the woods,
Without delay,
But careful no
To lose the way.
Into the woods,
Who knows what may
Be lurking on the journey?
Into the woods
To get the thing
That makes it worth
The journeying.
Into the woods-

Into the woods!
Into the woods!
Into the woods,
Then out of the woods,
And home before dark!

Supplies:  (2) Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Tree 2,Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Pine Tree Shape Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Fern FrondsGypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Fanciful Elements, Scissors, Stapler, Americana Decor Deep Brown Creme Wax, Vallejo Russian Thick Mud-Brown, Thin Plastic Spatula,  Nutmeg, Chili Powder, Cosmic Shimmer Lava Paste, Paper Plate,  Peat Moss Reinker, Vallejo Model Color-Green Brown and Flat Earth, Lumiere Green Metallic Paints-Olive Green, Pearlescent Emerald, Citrine, Green Embossing Powder-Leaf Green, Forest Foliage, Green Acrylic Paint-Green Gold, Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), Florescent, Chromium Oxide Green, Titan Pale Green, Face Images with Green Eyes, Heavy Gel Matte Medium, Paintbrush, Heavy Books 

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!