Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Black Lantern for GSLCuts

Happy New Year's Eve!! Do you ever get that itch for something new in your home decor? I knew that I wanted something that I could keep out year round on top of my computer armoire. I was really inspired by Betsy's winter lantern,  and this I came up with.

I started by putting the frame together except I left the lid off. I also did not use the inside divider. After a coat of black gesso was dry, I cut apart the pieces of the Wrought Iron Set (contact store if you need to have this in your grasp!) and attached them to only three of the sides. Once the glue dried. I painted the entire thing in black gloss paint. After that, I attached velum paper to the sides that had the wrought iron pieces on it. I left the back open so I could easily reach in to turn the light on.
The top of the lantern is a 3x3 bagatelle box. I attached some of the pieces of the wrought iron to give it a little bit of a lift. The reason I wanted it raised up a bit was so I could place a second battery-operated tea light under it. I also painted this part with the black gloss paint.

Pearl beads were attached to the bottom of the lantern.

On behave of all the designers at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, I would like to wish everyone a happy 2017. Thank you for following us on our creative journey. We hope that we have inspired you to create some projects of your own. On a personal note, this will be my last project for GSLCuts. The last three years on this team have been amazing. I have been so privileged to work with Gina and all of her amazing designers. I can't wait to see what new designs Gina and the team comes up with!

Happy 2017!!!!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Items
Dimensional Diorama
Wrought Iron Set (Please contact the store)
3x3 Bagatelle Box (Please contact the store)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Mittens! A DT Project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Today I have two mitten ornaments to keep you "warm." I had to keep these little guys under wraps until after Christmas since they were gifts. To start off the projects, I used a mitten for the base from the Mitten Micro Mini Album.
For my "Let it Snow" mitten, paper from my stash was adhered with glue. Once dry, I used an emery board to file the paper down to match the mitten. You would think I would have learned by now how to use a scissors! The edges were then inked with brown. Once that dried, I used my Wink of Stella pen over the top. The "let it snow" from Winter Shape Set was heat embossed with different blues and whites. The snowflake was treated with glitter glue. A double layer of lace, pearl trim and organza ribbon finish this one off.
The next mitten was for a co-worker who is at the 3-year mark of betting breast cancer. For this one, I did the same as above, but used the Wink of Stella pen over the entire mitten, not just the edge. A single layer of lace trim peaks out from under a layer of three snowflakes, one from my stash and the other two are from the Snowflake Shape Set. Both the chipboard snowflakes were heat embossed. I finished the layer off with a plastic, pink awareness ribbon. The oval "live" is from the Word Stackers 1 collection and was heat embossed as well.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Items

Friday, October 28, 2016

Embellishment Organizer DT Project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

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 21, 2016

A "Wicked" Canvas

Hello, everyone! Mary here with a canvas I call "Wicked." Halloween is not normally my thing, but I had a lot of fun making this.

The first thing I did was cover the entire canvas with black gesso. Next, I took different sheets of paper and tore them into small bits. After that, each edge of the small paper bits was inked with Gathered Twigs. The next step after attaching the paper to the canvas was to apply a thin coat of white gesso over the entire thing to tone down the brightness of the paper. The ink will turn the gesso a soft brown. Once the gesso was dry, I applied small strips of drywall joint tape to random spots. I then used two of the spiderwebs from the Spiderweb Shape Set as stencils. I applied embossing paste over the webs, various spots on the canvas, and on the joint paint. When the embossing paste was dry, I removed the joint tape and sprayed the canvas with Tears on my Pillow Tangerine and Summer Lovin' Sun. After that was dry, I used Gathered Twigs and Black Soot along all four edges of the canvas.

For the chipboard pieces I used, I first covered them all in white gesso. As I started working with each piece, I did recover each one in black gesso. I have listed below how I altered each piece!

Corner spiderwebs: Magic Moon Pearls embossing powder

 Bats: Black acrylic paint. The large bat is applied with foam pop squares.
Wicked: Glitter
Witches Hats: Black embossing powder and on one, splattered with gold paint marker. The belt on the hats -  orange acrylic paint and silver paint marker

Spiders: Glitter glue
Cauldron and witches feet: Gloss black,  silver, green and black paint, gold paint marker.
       Attached to the canvas with pop dots

I hope you inspired to make a canvas of your own!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Products
Spiderweb Shape Set
Be Witched Shape Set
Spiders & Webs Shape Set (Please contact store)
Title Wicked

Other Products
11x14 Canvas
Graphic 45: Steampunk Spells
DecoColor Opaque Paint Markers: Gold and Silver
Black and White gesso
Glitter: Recollections: Muse, Rust, Ebony
Glitter Glue: Studio G
Paint: Gloss Black, Shimmering Silver, Pure Orange, Classic Green, Black
Embossing Powder: Ranger - Black, Lindy's - Magic Moon Pearls
Sprays: Lindy's - Tears on my Pillow Tangerine, Summer Lovin' Sun
Embossing Paste
Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Black Soot
Drywall Joint Tape

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lace Storage Cabinet - a DT project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello everyone. Today I have GSLC's China Cabinet that I am using to show/store those smaller pieces of lace. Sorry for the poor pictures - my camera is hiding somewhere in my craft room and I had to use my janky cell phone!

I decided to assemble my cabinet without the doors (Here is Shanna's post showing the cabinet with doors!) leaving plenty of room on the shelves. The entire cabinet was covered with the Kellerkurtz & Company paper stack. Before I attached the paper to the cabinet, I had inked all the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.  For the layered border, I did cut off part of the ends since I did not want it to hang over the edges of the cabinet. I did leave the back piece of the border untouched and heat embossed the top layer with a coordinating color.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product
China Cabinet
Layered Boarder Victoria

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts DT Project - Rare Oddities Mini House Shadowbox

Hello! Yes! Another post!  I have a Halloween themed shadowbox for you today featuring Graphic 45's Rare Oddities 6x6 paper stack! Yes, it is the last day of May and no, I have no idea why I felt the need to do something Halloween based!
 I started by covering the Mini House Shadowbox 4 with purple and orange paper from the paper stack. Before placing on the house, the paper edges were inked. The scary tree was left raw and had three distress inks applied over it; Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot.
The skeleton was gessoed and then Picket Fence Distress Stain was applied once the gesso was dry. Pop up dots were applied to the back before we was placed into the house. The "Boo!" was cut from the Border Halloween and embossed with Black Soot.
The tag on the front of the box is from the Graphic 45 Rare Oddities chipboard collection. I was inked with Vintage Photo before attaching to the house.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. It is never too early to start your holiday decor projects!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Products Used
Mini House Shadowbox 4
Skeleton Shape Set
Border Halloween (Boo!)
Spooky Tree (special order)

Other Products Used

Graphic 45 Rare Oddities - 6x6 paper stack and chipboard 1

White and black gesso
Distress Stain - Picket Fence
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Dusty Concord
Distress Powder - Black Soot

Monday, May 30, 2016

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts DT Project - Art Journal Page

Welcome to my blog today! I have a page from my art journal page to share with you. My inspiration was lyrics from a song (Ready to Fly by FFH) and I knew which of Gypsy Soul's products I had wanted to use! I first used a light blue chalk to lay a sky base. To make the "clouds," I cut a piece of scrap paper into two different cloud shapes. I then used the template and a darker blue chalk.
The hot air balloons were covered with paper and distressed with ink while the baskets were heat embossed!
 The letters on the balloons are adhesive and the other words are rub-on letters.
 The three birds were all inked and then liquid embossed.

On the left is my first page and I didn't like it! That is the great thing about art journaling; you get a chance to play around with different techniques. I took the pieces off, rechalked the clouds and reattached the pieces. I so like the final page way better. It is less cluttered and I still feel the inspiration of the lyric.

Thank you for dropping by today!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Products Used
Hot Air Balloon Stack Up
Birds Shape Set

Other Items Used 
Prima Paper
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Rub-on and Adhesive Letters from stash
All Night Media Liquid Embossing - Clear Glass Finish
Stampendous - Aged Marine Embossing Enamel

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Travel Trinket Box for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!

Hello folks! Today I have Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts' Trinket Box! I fell in love with a globe nob at my local craft store and knew what I wanted to do with it. This box is perfect to hold some of the treasures from my travels.
After the box was completed, I painted all the edges with a dark brown acrylic paint. Once dry, the lid and sides (both in and out) where covered with travel themed paper which I had distressed. The "Enjoy the Journey" from the Travel Shape Set was embossed in brown. The compass was embossed in gold and a pinch of black. I also used distress ink on the compass to try and give it a more antique gold look. The two pictures are from my trip to Ireland and are up on pop-dots.
The side pieces were all embossed with the exception of the plane. I painted the plane brown and then sanded some of the painted off for a more distressed feel.
The inside of the box was lined with the same paper as the lid. It will be fun to fill it with my little treasures!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Travel Shape Set
Trinket Box

Monday, February 29, 2016

Steampunk Birdhouse for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

It's almost spring so you know what that means. It's time for my yearly steampunk project!
The house was covered with different sizes of squares of 3M foil tape. These pieces were placed  over the surface of the birdhouse. Using a stylus, I made an impression in the foil to create a rivet look. Black acrylic paint was applied over the foil and then buffed off when almost dried.  The gears you see on the front were painted with acrylic paint. The ones under the flowers were glossed  with clear liquid embossing fluid. Glitter in sliver and clear was applied to the gear acting as the opening into the birdhouse.
You can see on the next two pictures that I had applied different sized gears to the back and both sides before applying the the tape. The clock hand was embossed with black embossing powder.
Thanks for checking out my blog today!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Products Used:
Gears Shape Set
Clock Hands Shape Set

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Business Card Holder - A Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts DT Project

Hello fellow crafters. Today I have my version of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Business Card Holder. If you are looking for another quick and easy project, this is it! As you can tell by the picture below, it holds a nice stack of business cards.
I painted the edges with brown acrylic paint before I applied the paper to it. The paper was inked with brown ink after I cut it to fit the pieces.
For the stackable label, I embossed the back filigree part with a dark brown. The center part was covered with the the same paper as the front piece. I then adhered the metal word band to it. One the glue dried, I attached it to the holder.
If you missed the fabulous Gloria's business card holder, be sure to check it out HERE.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Products Used:

Other items used:
brown acrylic paper
metal word
brown embossing powder
brown ink