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

Monday, 15 August 2016

Dragon's Lair-a mixed media canvas for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

I've gone over to the dark side....well at l,east with this project! I love the Dragons Shape Set and have been waiting for the chance to use one of these awesome fairy doors ,so I decided to combine them for a little medieval magick...

I created a background with texture paste-stencilled bricks and some stringy fabric, then I added a variety of metal embellishments, flowers, and puzzle pieces as well as some torn corrugate.
After all those things were glued down I painted the entire canvas and the chipboard pieces with black gesso. I added colour with a variety of Luminarte Radiant Rain colour concentrate daubers and  Silks paints.The dragon and inner door piece were both run through an embossing folder first and  I love the effects that the paints created on the embossed area. I used several colours on the dragon to get the look of iridescent scales and  think it turned out pretty dragon-y (is that a word? well, it is now!!

The door door trim has an overlay so I added a combination of colours to the base piece and just used the solid nutmeg dauber on the stone overlay to create contrast.

I added vibrant colours here and there to make the embellishments and the different colours stand out from the black background-they look really shimmery in person.

I love the rough texture of the bricks-I used homemade texture paste made with baking soda; because of their rough texture  a fair amount of the black still shows through the Ginger Peach Silk paint for an ancient and worn look.

Thanks so much for stopping by and may all your dragons be friendly!

Dragons Shape Set
Fairy Door-Amy Love


Colourarte Silks-Ginger Peach,. Iridescent Green, Kiwi
Radiant Rain-Nutmeg, Wine and Roses
Crafter's Workshop Stencil-bricks
Prima Finnabair Mechanicals

Monday, 8 August 2016

"HOME"-House Oddities Box for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

hello crafty friends!

This awesome 3D item in the Gypsy Soul store intrigued me right away, but it took me a while to decide exactly how I wanted to use it. I decided to interpret the house theme figuratively by finding quotes that contained the word "home", but didn't necessarily have anything to do with actual houses...after all, to coin a phrase-home is where the heart is!

I really love the front door piece; it has the panels marked off in a way that even if you simply wanted to paint it you would get the look of a raised-panel door. I decided to cover it with woodgrain patterned paper,so I removed the pieces and covered the panel centers with paper separately. When I  reassembled the door I left out the piece that went around each center panel and backed the openings with the same paper to create more dimension. I was happy with the effect this method created; anyone familiar with my style knows I  love texture and dimension. A wreath made of punched branches and a metal brad doorknob finished the  door.

I used Donna Salazar Antiquities papers for the entire project and the quotes I used were all found on Google Images (I did edit them so the colours would coordinate with my papers though) I love to fussy cut, so after the house pieces were papered and the quotes were attached I added several fussy cut bits for interest. The dog images were from Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs paper.I used small wings from the Steampunk shape set on one of the houses, painting them white then heat embossing them with glitter embossing powder.

The houses were attached to each other and to the door piece with hinges made of masking tape; once they were covered with paper they were plenty strong enough to hold things together.

I had so much fun looking for quotes I liked and then embellishing each little house like a mini-canvas. I don't know if this was actually meant to be a double-sided project but I kept finding great quotes that I wanted to include and ended up finishing both sides...and even then there were a few quotes I had to leave out!


There would be so many different ways you could finish this unique project; it would make a great mini-album with photos...possibly with memories of all the houses you've lived in, or to tell the story of a house being built, or even a housewarming party! I'm sure you can think of all sorts of possibilities. I had also thought it could be interesting to create an address book of sorts....hmmm....I just might need a few more of these!

House Oddities Box
Steampunk shape set

Donna Salazar 12x12 Antiquities paper pack
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs paper
Tim Holtz distress ink-vintage photo
Ranger glitter embossing powder-bridal tinsel

Monday, 25 July 2016

Typography gift bag and birthday card for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Once upon a time on July 27 some years ago an awesome thing of my favourite people in the whole world was born!! It's my best friend's birthday and I created this gift bag/card set for her using Graphic 45 Typography papers and some terrific Gypsy Soul Lasercuts chipboard!

I love the friendship quotes that were on the paper cut-aparts and used several of those; I often call my BFF "Sunshine" , so I thought the sunshine quote and the chipboard sun were perfect for the front of the bag!

I covered the sun with patterned paper , dry embossed it , then misted it in yellow before adding light random brushstrokes of yellow acrylic paint and rubbing the raised parts with Ranger antique linen distress ink. The red chipboard strips are from the Fiesta texture sheets; I have included a closeup taken of the yellow ones used on the back of the bag later in this post.

The back of the bag was embellished with strips from the Fiesta texture sheet painted yellow then rubbed with the same Ranger ink as the sun.

For the card I chose the "sheltering tree" quote and one of the  Leafy Trees from the GSL store.I painted the tree green , then cut leaves from the green patterned paper and covered random leaves with it then I dry embossed the whole tree with a woodgrain design.

I popped up some of the pieces on my projects with foam tape for dimension and added a bit of stencilling with texture paste. The paper's colours and patterns are quite vibrant , so other than a little layered punchwork I didn't think it needed a whole lot more detail. I sure hope she likes them; thanks for stopping by and having a look. Wishing you a terrific week even if it isn't your birthday!
   Texture Sheets Fiesta

Graphic 45 Typography 12x12 paper pad
anger Distress Ink-Antique Linen
Crafter's Workshop stencil
Fiskars border punch
    texture paste
foam tape

Monday, 18 July 2016

Sweet as Honey-a layout for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hi there crafters! Going through my albums last week I realized I had yet to do a layout featuring one of my two youngest kitties....and she's almost a year old already! Honey and her sister Maggie were born in my hubby's workshop along with 3 siblings, and their young momma couldn't take care of them so I bottle-fed them and was able to find homes for 3 of them. These two were both spoken for but the adoptions fell through. What can I say? They are now my babies.

Hubby named this little girl Honey so
I decided to do my page with a honeycomb/bee theme and found some perfect pieces in my Gypsy Soul chipboard stash! I echoed the theme with stencilling   on the page and stamping on the chipboard with honeycomb patterns.

The honeycomb patterned chipboard was painted peach then randomly stamped in orange and heat embossed with Ranger Antiquities in California Stucco. I then stamped randomly again with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The bees were simply heat embossed with Lindy's Golden Angel Wings.

he clear alphabets and drips were brushed with Butterscotch alcohol ink and I think they sort of look like they're made of honey! Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you a fabulous week!

Gypsy Soul Items Used

Honeycomb & Bees ATC sized
Collage Border Spring

Other Items Used
 Ranger embossing powder and alcohol ink
Versamark Ink
clear embossing powder
Crafter's Workshop stencil
Pink Paislee papers
Prima and Recollections flowers

Monday, 11 July 2016

Clear Stamp Storage for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hey there everybody! We all know a crafter can never have enough storage for all her treasures; while I'm not much of a stamper I have managed to accumulate a pretty substantial collection of clear stamps-many through prize packs or design team kits-and had them all in a shoebox.....well we all know the old saying: "out of sight out of mind" and I found I was hardly ever using them. I decided to create a decorative way to keep them out in the open and a little better organized.

I used some Authentique papers  to cover the chipboard and added some fussy cut elements and paper strips. I fashioned feet from some knobs I found out in hubby's workshop and added some flourishes cut from a GSL texture sheet.

 This was a very simple project to put together but I'm so excited about this new storage-and I had a blast sorting my stamps and arranging them by theme. So many of the dimensional items in the GSL store can be used in a variety of ways and can be decorated to suit any room theme or decor. Have a                                                  wonderful week and happy crafting!  

 Gypsy Soul Items Used
Texture sheet-flourished
8.5 square shadowbox-coming soon

Other Items Used

Authentique Renew collection
yellow acrylic paint
white glue

Monday, 4 July 2016

Greetings from Shanghai! A layout for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

                      Well hello there crafty friends-or          
as they say in Shanghai China, where my son has spent the last 10 months in university learning the language.

He's coming home for the summer tomorrow (yay!!) so I decided to create another page with some of the photos he emailed me, as well as a couple items he sent back with some friends of ours from hi trip to Hong Kong in February (the gold coins and the red envelope behind the photo) well as some great pieces of Gypsy Soul chipboard from the Oriental shape set!

This building is one of the dorms on campus at Fudan university where Graham was staying and I thought the paper with the touches of red was perfect to showcase it.
I had so much fun with the chipboard lantern strip! I started out doing all of them with the pleated paper in different colours/patterns, but didn't really like the effect so I decided to change it up a bit and just fussy cut and pop up a few bits for dimension on some of them-and I found that brown diecut lattice in my scrap box and loved the way it looked on the long lantern! The strip was heat embossed in gold to coordinate with the gold coins and the writing on the envelope. I also popped up the two red lanterns that were printed on the paper for a little more dimension and interest.

For the fan in the lower right corner I fussy cut some flower designs from the reverse of the paper and layered them over each other. The edges and lower part were all heat embossed with the gold that I used on the lantern piece.

I stencilled  with texture paste on the page, did a little punching on some of the edges ,and misted in gold and red. 

Keep in mind that you don't have to go to China to find uses for this lovely chipboard would be great for scrapping a visit to a Chinese restaurant, a page about your Chinese zodiac animal (I'm a horse!) or even what your fortune cookie says! I'm sure you could think of lots of other interesting ways to use these pieces-and I'd love it if you'd share some of your ideas with me!

Wishing you a wonderful and creative week!

Gypsy Soul Items Used
 Oriental Shape Set

Other Items Used

Kaisercraft Serenity paper
Prima stencils
Heidi Swapp and Dylusions mists