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

Monday, 5 September 2016

Rear Window-a Silver Screen layout for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

I've always been a bit of an old-movie buff, so I started an album with layout of classic stars and favourite movies a while back. It's been quite a while since I've added anything to this album so I decided it was time.

Rear Window is an Alfred Hitchcock film made in 1954 starring James Stewart (my favourite classic actor) and the lovely Grace Kelly, who later became Princess Grace of Monaco. Since the main character is laid up and passing time by watching the neighbours through the windows, I decided to use a variety of chipboard pieces to emphasize this theme..the windows for obvious reasons, but also the cameras since he was taking photographs of what he saw, the glasses to repeat the looking theme ,and the bricks to continue the image of the brick apartment building as shown in the promotion photo I used.

I painted the windows with black acrylic paint, then stamped here and there with Versamark before heat embossing with Ranger Antiquities embossing powder in California Stucco to give them a worn look.

The cameras were painted silver then inked in black. I then coated them with 2 layers of UTEE for a glossy finish. I used foil tape to create the lens.

The glasses were painted in a light rust colour, then inked with a slightly deeper tone. I stuck Rain Dots in the corners to give the idea of the gems that were often on glasses back then.

The bricks were painted white then rubbed with rust/brick coloured inks.

The two photos I used came from Google Images; I used them as a basis to decide my colour scheme. This page is an example of combining a lot of different types of Gypsy Soul pieces into one cohesive theme. You may have fun thinking "outside of the box" (or the window!) for unique and interesting ways to combine your chipboard pieces...can't wait to see what you come up with!

Brick Wall
Windows 4 panel
Windows 4 panel square
Windows 6 panel
Eyeglasses Shape Set

Tim Holtz paper
Ranger Antiquities embossing powder-California Stucco
Versamark Ink
UTEE embossing enamel

Monday, 29 August 2016

Shabby Chic Treasure Chest for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

hello crafty friends-happy Monday!! (although many people feel the words "happy" and "Monday" have no business being in the same sentence-lol) Here's my take on the adorable Treasure Chest that Gina recently added to the Gypsy Soul store; I love the size and the solid feel of it-perfect to store small items in or to use as a gift box for someone special.

I used FabScraps papers that are appropriately named "Shabby Chic"and covered the inside pieces of the box before putting it together, then covered the outside; I was able to wrap one 12x12 strip around the front and sides so that the only seams are in the back. I used a similar process to cover the two overlay sectionstucking lace under each of them before attaching them; I found hot glue worked best to attach both the lace and the chipboard strips.

The top was papered as well; I layered the punched out center of the cutout lid piece on top of the main lid piece for more dimension. When the box is opened you are able to see the cutout piece. I also decided to add hinges.

On the top of the box I added some lace loops and some edge-punched loops cut from the same paper as the box is covered in, then some paper roses, burlap foliage, and metal leaves to match the metal heart lock I hung on the front. I inked some edges here and there for an even shabbier look ,but I have to admit those gorgeous FabScraps papers did most of the work in that regard! 

This was such an enjoyable project to create and I can't wait to see how you decorate your own Treasure Chest-be sure to tag me when you post it on the Gypsy Soul Craft Group Facebook page so I don't miss it...have a terrific week!

Treasure Chest-coming soon!

FabScraps Shabby Chic papers
small hinges from dollar store
Donna Salazar inks
Fiskars punch

Monday, 22 August 2016

My Irish roots-heritage layout for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

A while back my aunt passed her collection of old family photos on to me and I've gradually been scrapping them and adding them to my heritage albums. This photo shows my great-great grandparents; he came over from Cork Ireland during the Potato Famine in the 1850s as a young man. She was French and born in this area.  

I chose to create a heritage page this week so I could feature one of the gorgeous vintage lampposts from the Gypsy Soul store; I think they're so elegant and make a fabulous focal point to a page. This is the large Double Lamp Post. I painted it with acrylic paint then used Ranger crackle finish in Rock Candy before rubbing it with moss green and dark grey inks. The flames were created by blending alcohol inks on clear acrylics; after they were dried I cut them out and layered them using the jagged edges for a fiery look.

The whole layout was made using the Kaisercraft Rustic Harmony paper collection; the florals were perfect for fussy cutting and layering and then adding a couple of the smaller Ornate Doilies from the store just finished the flower clusters off perfectly with an added vintage touch.


 I added some stencilling with my beloved texture paste and a few random sprays and spatters of olive green mist to pull the colours together and voila...another entry in the store of my family!

Thanks ever so much for visiting and I hope you're able to find some happy creative time for yourself in the coming week!


                                                      Single & Double Lamp Posts large
Ornate Doilies-returning to the store soon

Kaisercraft Rustic Harmony 12x12 collection
Ranger crackle finish and alcohol inks
Ranger Distress Inks-Antique Linen and Weathered Wood
Donna Salazar Ink-Mossy
Martha Stewart edge punch
Prima and Crafter's Workshop stencils