Monday, 24 October 2016

"Steampunk-in" altered craft pumpkin for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

hey there! While I'm not a huge Halloween fan (other than the cutesy little-kid type stuff) I do enjoy fall decor and I saw an altered craft pumpkin on a crafty friend's Facebook page which inspired my to create this one. Do check out Heather Tracy's blog Thicketworks and the lovely pumpkin she created at:

I started with one of those craft pumpkins you can find at Michael's although this technique could be used on real pumpkins as well.

I used DecoArt Honest Copper metallic acrylic paint to coat the entire pumpkin. The colour looks richer and less orange IRL but we were having a dreary overcast day.

I arranged a combination of chipboard pieces, flowers, and metal embellishments and then painted them with the copper paint as well. Then I set them aside to dry.

I used Mod Podge to attach pieces of lace here and there on the front of the pumpkin; I found the thinner synthetic lace worked better than the thicker cotton lace. I then added another coat of paint. If you try to attach the lace before the first coat of paint it may not cover well in the openings so the extra step is worthwhile.

Then I was able to have some fun with the background spongepainting over the copper with gold and adding some mist in warm tones.

After attaching the chipboard and other embellishments I continued to add mists making sure to use some of them heavily enough to encourage dripping into the grooves of the pumpkin. I also rubbed Brown and Paprika Versacolor inks onto the embellishments to define them a little more. The final sprays were Dylusions Pomengranate Seed  which has a rich burgundy and a dash of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame.

This really was a fun project to put together and I think a cluster of these altered pumpkins in different sizes (and maybe even some gourd shapes) would make an eyecatching display....happy fall to you and have a colourful week!

Steampunk Shape Set
Gear Border and Corners Miniatures


DecoArt acrylic paints
Prima flowers
Tattered Angels mist
Heidi Swapp mist
Dylusions mist
VersaColor Inks

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Punched rosette banner tutorial for Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog

Hello there crafty friends! Today I'm sharing with you a layout I created featuring my "grandkitty" (otherwise known as my daughter's cat Bella!) along with a simple tutorial for the pleated and punched half-rosette banner at the upper right of the page.

I started with a rectangular piece of patterned paper for each rosette; for this project the pieces were about 4.5 x 6.5 cm.

I punched along both of the long edges of each rectangle; for this project I used the Martha Stewart Swirling Lace punch.

Fold the pieces accordion-style starting at a short edge.

Fold the piece in the middle to form a fan shape and then use a hot glue gun to secure it in the center.

Arrange the banner pieces on your layout and attach them; I used the hot glue gun once again as the pleated edges are difficult to keep in place with any other adhesive. You can add twine along the top; I also added little bows just for fun.

Here are a few other rosettes using different punches; decorative scissors also work well or you can leave the rosettes plain with no punching.

I hope you're inspired to try making one of these banners on a layout or card; they're easy to create and add a cheery touch to your project as well as a bit of dimension. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Thanksgiving Treat Box and Place Cards for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! We'll be celebrating tonight with a nice dinner and some pumpkin cheesecake for dessert; since both of our kids are away from home it will be hubby and I and my best girlfriend. Since she's on her own she doesn't bake much at home, I plan to send some cheesecake home with her and thought it would be fun to have a decorative box for it.

I started with a treat box I got after Valentine's Day at the dollar store-

I covered the whole box with patterned paper using a 6x6 Pink Paislee Cedar Lane pad. In order to cut the heart shape out of the paper, I pressed the sheet into the lid of the box and ran a stylus around it to emboss the shape onto the paper so I could cut it out.

After the entire box was covered with paper I punched strips of paper to edge the box with. I used a Recollections punch but there are many different kinds that would be narrow enough to work well.

I fussy cut some images from the paper and added them to some of the box's surfaces for interest:

I used chipboard from the Fall Shape Set and covered it with patterned paper; I then sanded the edges and inked all the pieces with Versacolor ink in brown. The leaves on the pumpkins are painted with acrylic paint and inked as well.

I added a raffia bow to this piece for an extra bit of texture-I love the natural look and feel of raffia!

I was having so much fun with these papers that I decided to make placecards as well-yeah I know it's a little hokey when there are just 3 of us but what can I say? I was on a roll!

I cut the cards out by folding the paper in half then using a scalloped circle die. The fold was placed at the top and it was cut with the edge of the die above the fold so that the top was left intact.

The squirrels were cut with a Memory Box die and I fussy cut the flowers and other bits from the paper and inked the edges of the cards with the same brown as the treat box; the acorns were also from the Fall  Shapes Set and were covered in paper then sanded and inked like the other GSL pieces were but after I added the initial to them I heat embossed them with 2 coats of UTEE to create a shiny finish and keep the initials from coming off. I like the contrast of the shiny pieces when everything else is matte. I added raffia bows like the one on the box.

I created both this project and my last one with pieces from the same shape set; the versatility of the pieces and the way they can be used for so many different types of projects and so many different crafters' styles makes them a great addition to your crafting stash.

As we celebrate our Thanksgiving in Canada, remember that I'm thankful for each and every one of you who take the time to stop by and see my projects-have a wonderful day and week!


Fall Shape Set


Pink Paislee Cedar Lane 6x6 paper pad
Versamark Ink
Versacolor Ink-Brown
foam tape
Spellbinders and Memory Box dies
Recollections border punch

Monday, 26 September 2016

Welcome to the Nuthouse-a canvas for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello there and happy Fall! So far we're having gorgeous weather here in Southwestern Ontario after a hot and stick summer. In honour of this gorgeousness I decided to create a canvas with some warm fall colours and one of my favourite little creatures!

I dry-embossed the chipboard leaves using a leaf-themed Darice embossing folder by lining them up as closely as possible with similar-sized leaves on the folder to get the lines in the right places. The pumpkins were covered with corrugated cardboard. The heart was dry-embossed.

I attached some bits of crumpled tissue paper and pieces of burlap and cheesecloth for texture as well as some mesh ribbon and corrugated cardboard. I  added some stencilling with texture paste then primed everything with gesso before painting it with gold acrylic paint.

I then used Colourarte Silks and Twinkling H20s to add some splashes of warm colour here and there.

I finally figured out how I  wanted to add texture to the cute little squirrel (after trying a couple techniques that provided somewhat less than stellar results....hey that happens to all of us right??) I combined texture paste with microbeads and spread it with my finger for a rough texture. When it was dry I painted it gold.

I then sprayed the canvas with a variety of mists and added some brown ink on the letters as well as on the edge of the squirrel. I  attached a couple metal and wooden embellishments to finish it off. This little project will suit my house perfectly for fall decor...not only because I love squirrels but because my home is definitely a bit of a nuthouse....and that's just the way I like it! Wishing you a happy and at least mildly nutty week!

                                                       GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED
                                                                    Fall Shape Set


gold acrylic paint
Twinkling H20s and Silks by ColourArte
                                                           mists by; Tattered Angels
                                                                     Mister Huey's
                                                                   & Heidi Swapp
                                                             Prima static stencil 6x6

Monday, 19 September 2016

Business Card Holder for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello there-and yes you did read the title right! I put art for sale at a local cafe and every time I bring in a new piece I  have to write my information down to be attached to it so I  decided it would be easier to make some cards up ahead...and there is a fun story behind the name "Flying Cookie" which you can find on my blog HERE

I covered all the pieces of the holder with patterned paper on both sides, including some of the straight edges that would show. The curved edges were painted to coordinate with the paper. I inked all the edges in dusty rose.

When I  attached the metal word piece with ribbons I tucked the ribbon edges around the piece and glued them down before joining it to the sides.

The gears, Tudor Rose piece, and flowers were all primed with gesso, then painted with Colourarte Silks in Iridescent Green.They were then misted with a variety of mists.

I wasn't kidding when I  said "variety"! I  have collected mists of all colours and brands over the years-some just because I  needed a specific shade, some through prize boxes, some on clearance tables and at yard sales. If you're new to misting, try a few different kinds to see the way they colour-depending on the effect you are looking for and even on the specific project you'll find your own.favourites.

I cut the Tudor piece in half and attached it to the back and I  created clusters on the sides with the flowers and gears after attaching the flourish pieces at the upper part of each side piece.  also ran a strand of pearls along the two upper edges.

This project went together like a dream and I know it's going to come in time I  bring something to the cafe I  won't be scrambling to write something down at the last minute! Wishing you a wonderfully creative week...and don't forget to check out the Legend of the Flying Cookie!

Business Card Holder
Tudor Rose Singles
Steampunk Shape Set
Gear Shape Set
Victorian Corners 1


Colourarte Silks-Iredescent Green
Tattered Angels mists
Perfect Pearls mist
Recollections mist
Mister Huey's mist
Glue gun
Tim Holtz  metal phrase

Saturday, 17 September 2016

The Legend of the Flying Cookie

Wellthis is a different sort of post for me; usually I'm just showcasing new art pieces. Today I'm sharing a story about "where it all began"-more or less!

 I just started a new art page on Facebook and I have called it "Flying Cookie Creations"'s why:

I've been somewhat of a papercrafter all my life and by about 2007 had been dabbling in cardmaking and photo calendars. Scrapbooking was popular but I hadn't jumped on that bandwagon yet.

One of my daughter's teachers was retiring and the students in her class had all done little writeups about Mrs. J  to help out one of the other teachers who had to give a farewell speech about her. I got thinking what a nice gift it would be to put these little tributes together into a book for her and I offered to do so. Mr. A , the other teacher, thought it sounded like a great idea and was happy to pass the student's writing onto me.


Of course the creative wheels got turning and I thought, "hmmm-wouldn't it be even better if I  added a few photos to the collection  to make it more of a keepsake of her last class?"  So I ransacked my photo stash , then asked a few other parents from the class if they had any to share. The photos came pouring in and I got excited about putting this little project together.

The wheels continued to turn and the next step was patterned paper...there was SO much awesome paper out there!! I realized this was turning into a bit of a larger project than I had originally envisioned and ended up using a 12x12 album to house this "little" collection of stories and pictures.

Now , many of the students in this class had known each other for years-some even before they had started kindergarten; classes change and people move over the years so there were some people in the photos that this teacher had never met.One such photo was taken at a class pool party a couple years before and included a student who had moved away. It was such a great photo though-my daughter and I conferred and decided to cut him out of the picture. No problem-except Sam , the person in question ,was photographed while eating a cookie which he was holding up partially in front of another student. When I cut him out (yup-you got it!) the cookie remained! We decided we'd find a way to cover or disguise the cookie later on-perhaps with a sticker or other embellishment.

The album was finished and duly presented and THEN I remembered that I  had forgotten to cover the flying cookie that was all that remained of poor Sam! Every time my daughter and I talked about it we giggled wondering if Mrs. J had ever noticed a UFC (unidentified flying cookie) one one of her album pages.

Before long I  became a passionate scrapbooker and scrapped everything in sight; of course we all have "oopses" on our pages from time to time and after a while we started to refer to them and the tricks used to cover them as "flying cookies". Before long anything used to cover up a mistake or mess was referred to as a "flying cookie" in our house...for example-a blotch of ink? Put a flying cookie on it! A mark on the table? Use a vase as a flying get the picture.

Well in honour of my first foray into scrapbooking as well as a fun story that evolved between my daughter and I, my unofficial 'business" name for my art is Flying Cookie!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my story-hope it gave you a giggle. If you have any fun stories that have evolved from your crafting I'd love to read them!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Celebrate-90th birthday card and gift bag for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Well hi there folks! A dear friend of mine is having her 90th birthday the end of September (and a surprise party...SHHHH!) so I  decided to create a card and a little gift bag especially for her.

 I used Blue Fern Studios "Frolic" papers to cover the card and bag and added a little edge punching with a Martha Stewart punch. I inked the edges in a soft pink and did a bunch of fussy cutting which I popped up in spots with foam tape for dimension.

The cake piece was fun to decorate; to simulate the look of cake I mixed a little salt in with  the yellow acrylic paint. he icing is texture paste sprinkled with microbeads and the candle is patterned paper run through an embossing folder then heat-embossed with clear embossing powder. The flame of the candle was heat-embossed in antique gold then rubbed with a little orangey-red ink.

The heart border strip single heart and gifts outline were primed with white gesso then heat-embossed with Bridal Tinsel glitter embossing powder. I then used a glue pen on them
before covering them with white glitter. (My friend likes sparkly things!!)

The gifts were covered in patterned papers;  I used a different paper for each package to give more contrast then I added the outline piece that was all glittered up. I love all the pieces in the Birthday Shape set but I  think these gifts are my very favourite!

Thanks so much for stopping by; wishing you a wonderful and creative week!

Birthday Shape Set 
 Border Sticks-hearts


Blue Fern Studios 12x12 papers-Frolic
Ranger embossing powder-bridal tinsel
Dew Drop ink-angel pink