Monday, 28 November 2016

Countdown to Christmas-Advent Tree for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello here and happy Christmastime, my crafty friends! Yes, to me Christmas isn't a day-it's a whole season that starts no later than November first! I have to admit I can't wait to see the Halloween stuff gone from the stores so the Christmas decorating can begin.(I know my Halloween-loving cohorts will be appalled, but I can't help it!)

I just love this new arrival to Gypsy Soul and couldn't wait to get it ready to grace my space.

I covered the tree with some soft green paper with a crackle design that gave it a homey, vintage feel, then inked the edges in gold. I'm afraid I have no idea who made this paper :(

Some white texture paste spread on with my fingers and topped with clear glass glitter created fallen "snow" on the branches.

I covered the base in this deep maroon paper; it's by Inkido from the Happy Christmas line. I found the best way to get it to hold on when I wrapped it around the edges was to use my ATG, I'm sure most tape runners would hold as well. You will need to use an exacto knife to cut the slits in for the tree and the back piece to fit into. I inked the edges here with gold as well.

The tiles were covered with  paper from the Heartfelt Creations Christmas Card pack and the edges were inked in gold as well.

I painted the words and the numbers with gold acrylic paint and then dry-embossed the numbers with a Christmas pattern. 

Both the words and numbers were inked with Versacolor Ink in Paprika and were attached to the project pieces with white glue.
I put teeny nails in the tree to hang the countdown numbers.

The star was created with 2 different snowflakes from the Snowflakes Shape Set; the larger one was painted gold and inked in Paprika, and the smaller one was painted white and sprinkled with the glass glitter. I layered them with white glue and added an adhesive pearl to the center. I also painted and glittered 3 other small snowflakes to add to the tree. I made the bow from bits of ribbon and attached it with hot glue.

I found some small boxes and pieces of styrofoam to wrap to create the faux presents I attached to the base; I used real wrapping paper rather than patterned paper as it's easier to wrap around small items and not as bulky.

The snowman is from the Winter Shape Set; I used FolkArt Crackle Medium to get the effect. Paint the item with gold acrylic paint, then when dry add a thick coat of the crackle medium. This will take a while to completely dry (don't use the heat tool) Add a coat of white acrylic paint and the cracks will begin to form right away. When mine was dry I inked the edges in gold then added a scarf cut from a piece of sparkly canvas ribbon

My decor for Christmas always uses a combination of soft and warm colours, so this little project will fit in perfectly, but you can use any colours or patterns to create a custom Advent Tree for your home or that of a loved one....they would make terrific gifts! Wishing you a wonderful and creative week!


Advent Tree-coming soon (contact store)
Snowflake Shape Set
Winter Shape Set


Inkido and Heartfelt Creations papers
DecoArt Acrylic paints
Advanced Tape Glider
Versacolor inks
Clearsnap Colorbox glass glitter
Ribbon from my stash

Monday, 14 November 2016

St. Nicholas Book Box for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

hello there and happy November, crafty friends! Now that Halloween is over I can officially start saturating my online world with Christmas everything!! For my first Christmas-themed Gypsy Soul  DT project I chose the large Hidden Drawer Book Box and paired it with papers from the Graphic 45 St. Nicholas collection.

This is what the two parts look like put together; I like to paper them before gluing the pieces together but wanted you to see how everything fits. There is also a long rectangular piece that goes on the front of the drawer that didn't show up in the photo.

I papered the inside of each piece of the inside of the drawer before gluing it together. When I'm papering 3D projects I usually lay each piece on the paper and trace around it for the best fit....honestly, this is also because I HATE measuring! For straight simple pieces if you prefer to measure, of course that works just fine as well.

For the top and bottom of the box as well as the drawer front, I painted the edges a deep green then covered them with paper. I fussy cut images from the papers and layered them with contrasting paper. the yellow patterned horizontal strip on the top was punched with the Martha Stewart Laurel punch. I layered fussy cut holly leaves, flowers and swirls with foam tape for added dimension.

I attached the sides to the bottom of the box, then covered them with the yellow patterned paper; after cutting out diamond patterned strips from the paper I attached them vertically along the sides for interest and dimension, popping them up with foam tape.

After attaching the top I slid the drawer in so as to line the drawer front up perfectly with the top edge, then glued it on with my hot glue gun. White glue would have also worked but I didn't want to have to wait while it dried!Most of the pieces fit together so well that even with white glue they will hold together right away but this piece  doesn't fit  in with grooves like the others.
I had a great time putting this together and I'm happy with the way it came out; after all, what can go wrong with the terrific combination of Gypsy Soul Lasercuts and Graphic 45??


Hidden  Drawer Book Box  large


Graphic 45 St. Nicholas collection
foam tape
green acrylic paint
white glue
hot glue gun

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