Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Mother's Nest by Cherry Nelson

Hi there GSLC peeps...Cherry here today on the blog.
I have a soft sweet Mother's day card for you.
I started with the Hanging Sign Number two laser cut.  I painted it gold and than traced my rose image by using the main part of sign and adhered the image to it.

 I then covered my card stock in my chosen papers.

I added my ribbons and adhered the hanging sign piece to card.

From there I added a rose and stamped sentiment and added a nest from the For the Birds set.

Some fun accents were added like eggs, banners, more flowers, and two more chipboard accents including a Victorian corner two piece and Banner Border strip tucked under my bows.

Here it is complete.  I love the bright colors and natural elements.

This will make a lovely greeting for a Mama this Mother's Day.  Thanks so much for visiting the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog. Cherry

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies used:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pocket Circus by Susan Killam

Hi crafty folks!  On today's blog I have a pocket full of circus to share with you.  I used the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Tiny Matchbox Theatre.  It's 2 1/2" x 3" (6.35cm x 7.6cm)!

There are two sets in this photo to show how they arrive and how to fold at the score lines.

I painted the outside edges black.  I also painted the inside flaps since I knew they would be visible.  Next I used white craft glue to close all but the top.  I measured the inside aerialist panel to fit so I could slide that panel in from the top.

For a pull knob, I measured the center of the side panel (you *don't* want me to eyeball it...) and poked a hole.  You can sort of see the hole in this photo!  From the inside I threaded the knob base and left it in to attach the knob later.

In this photo you can also see the scrap chipboard I glued in to raise the aerialist panel to the center of the matchbox.

I inserted the layered aerialist panel and used a clamp and scrap chipboard to let the glue set.  After it set I used varying grits of sandpaper to even out the edges and give it a worn look.  The black paper is super fine and is great to sand away any extra glue, also.

Next I glued the matchbox sleeve and clamped to let the glue set.  You can see the finished matchbox theatre in the background.

I cut the outside paper and scored it to wrap around the bottom.  I couldn't bear to cut off the heads!

Here is the completed sleeve!  I inked the edges with brown ink and used gold Dresden trim to finish it off.  (The top and back of the sleeve were painted black.)

The inside has layered aerialists just hanging around.  If you click to enlarge the photo you can see the layering a bit better.

Thanks for visiting today!



Tiny Matchbox Theatre #C40D


Liquitex black acrylic paint
White craft glue
Vintage aerialist images
Ranger TH Gathered Twig ink
TH knob

Monday, April 24, 2017

Explore-A Beijing layout by Lynne

Hello there! As some of you know, my son is away at university in China and  occasionally sends me photos which I'm always thrilled to scrap. This one was taken in the fall in Beijing when some friends went down there from Hong Kong to visit him.

I have gotten so many layouts out of the wonderful Oriental Shape Set, and of course the Bamboo is a perfect addition, especially since this photo contains a lot of greenery.

For the bamboo, I ran it through this embossing folder:

I then painted it a light sage green and dry-brushed a light taupe brown over that.

I then use this stamp to add Versamark ink and heat-embossed with clear embossing powder:

The pagoda was run through the same embossing folder as the bamboo; the surface is larger so more of the floral pattern showed up. I painted it a light taupe, then
added layers of embossing powder by stamping with Versamark; I used Artful Stamper black glossy, Donna Salazar's Mix'd Media in Jasmine, and Ranger Embossing Antiquities in California Stucco, in that order.

The paper had a subtle harlequin pattern which I echoed with the stencilling and with the diamonds cut from coordinating paper and hand-stitched with embroidery floss.

I love that chipboard pieces like these can be altered and adapted in so many ways. Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative week!

Bamboo Shape Set
Oriental Shape Set


Prima and FabScraps papers
Ranger, Donna Salazar and Artful Stamper embossing powders
Versamark ink
Prima clear stamp
Darice Embossing folder
Embroidery floss and large needle
Crafter's Workshop stencil
homemade texture paste

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mother's Day Mini

Hi and welcome to the blog on this beautiful Sunday morning.  Today I am sharing a mini book that I made this past week for Mother's Day coming up in May.  We have a gorgeous mini book in the store called the Bracket Edged Staggered mini Album and it's just the perfect size to make up to put special pictures to give to your mom.  Join me for a quick tutorial on how to make this beautiful book.

Here you can see all the pretty edges on the book.

So to start my book you will need the Bracket Edged Staggered Album... love, love, love this album and all the pretty edges that you have overlapping on it.  You will also need lots of the new paper from Julie Nutting called French Flea Market and the stickers and ephemera that go with it too. 

Start by tracing the chipboard pieces onto the paper with a pencil and then cut them out.  Glue them to the fronts and backs of the pieces and let them dry.

Now you can take a nail file or sanding tool and sand around all the edges of the pieces.  Add chalk ink around them too if you would like a more vintage look.  I always love that so I use my favorite  Versamagic Gingerbread ink for it and just lightly pass over the edges.

Next you can start to decorate the inside of the book.  I made a card to fit on this page using a piece of cardstock and then decorated it with a border and this beautiful gate chippy.  There are lots of these little fancy pieces in the store and they fit perfectly on the pages and give it a little extra wow.

I am a huge fan of these books because it makes it fun for those looking at it to see just a peek of the next page ahead of it.  And it's fun for me to design it so that all the papers run together smoothly.

And if your feeling a little stressed for time ...don't worry.  You can do these simple or really add lots of ribbons and extra flowers to them.  Prima has the most gorgeous flowers and would really make it even more gorgeous to give to your mom.

And lastly you can make a pretty pocket to put lots of pictures.  It really is fun to do these and it really doesn't take that long and then you have a special book to give!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have time to get in a quick order and make up a few of these for your mom and other really special family members.  Have a wonderful day!!

Supply List:

Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Dots and Tape runner
Scotch Tacky Glue
Versamagic Gingerbread chalk ink
white paint

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Breaking News: E. Bunny Finally Reveals How Those Easter Baskets Get Delivered

The chocolate eggs and jelly beans have all been delivered (and probably eaten) by now, but I'm certain many of you are still wondering how Mr. Easter Bunny gets all those baskets delivered on Easter Morn. He certainly doesn't have the benefit of flying reindeer.

You can put all your wondering to rest because for the first time in the history of Easter baskets, Mr. Bunny aka Peter Cottontail is allowing the public to see just how he gets those candies to you.

Mr. Bunny agreed to the photos after tiring of all the "fake news" surrounding his delivery methods. "People actually thought I hopped around the entire world," he scoffed.

Instead, he delivers the Easter baskets via a pink wagon, designed by Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope. The wagon is pulled by a clutch of draught chicks.

Putting fuzzy white paws in front of his mouth, Mr. Bunny whispered, "Don't tell anyone, but it used to be a Funeral Coach." "Knowing it used to carry bodies might be bad for business."

When quizzed about the possible cruelty of using baby chicks in such a manner, Mr. Bunny assured us that they were treated exceedingly well. While he refused to reveal the specifics, he alluded to the fact the chicks were magical. Pausing his carrot nibbling and quivering his pink nose right in front of the reporter's face, he sputtered, "Ya don't think some ordinary barnyard chicks could get me round the world in one morning, do ya?"

After wiping flecks of carrot from her glasses, the reporter pacified Mr. Bunny by asking what he did with the wagon the rest of the year.

"Oh that's easy," he said, setting down his carrot. "I run a candy business. The finest candies in the world. You can see my sign on my wagon and on my fancy glass doors."

Mr Bunny seemingly did not hear the reporter when she reminded him that according to the artist Betsy Skagen, the doors were in fact made from transparency sheets. Instead he gave a dismissive flick of his cottontail and hopped away to gather carrots. 

Great Stuff

Funeral Coach
Pink Sweeper Fringe
Alice in Wonderland Rabbit
Chess piece
Gold beads
Pink beads
Miniature knobs
Transparency sheets
Large paper straws (stability for axels)
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Window/Door images
Bunny & Chick graphics
Plastic packaging to make stands

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hello Sunshine Card

Hello, Friends! It's Gloria with you today, I am sharing a sweet, springtime card with you. This is an 8" x 8" card that can be used to hold a gift card for your favorite friend. It can also be used as a scrapbook layout or part of a mini album!
I used soft, springtime colors and an adorable image, along with lovely chipboard embellishments...and tons of flowers!
The paper set the tone, so I colored my image and my chipboard embellishments to match the paper. You need the following Gypsy Soul Laser Cut items:
I covered the chipboard with gesso and pigment ink.

To see a video tutorial for creating this project, click the link below.

Thanks for looking!

Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

Supplies Used:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:

Copic markers, pigment ink, pre-made flowers, wet glue, hot glue, decorative paper, die cut templates, cardstock, stamped images, gesso

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mini-Book with a 3D Garden Bench . . .

My mini-book addiction is still in high gear.  I began with a Frank Garcia chipboard album that is 7.5" wide x 6" tall. This time I wanted to create a dimensional front to this book.

The above photo is the 3D Garden Bench (RB72A) after I put it together. This is when I decided to put it on a book front. The garden bench is 5.5" wide and 3.75" tall.

First it was base coated with white gesso. Once dry, I used two colors of acrylic paint: one pure white and then dry brushed with off-white.

The fun part was decorating! I added a few Prima flowers, a bitty mini-book tucked under the flowers and a tiny bunny pillow that I stitched. The butterfly is the last little bit added.

And now I think I'm not only addicted to mini-books but to dimensional fronts as well.

Thanks for joining me today. Let me know if you like the idea of dimensional fronts on mini-books.
I just may create more! Nancy Wethington

Gypsy Soul Laser cuts used:
3D Garden bench