Monday, 10 July 2017

"Faith" Display Tray for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello friends and happy July! I just can't figure out where this year is going! One of my goals for this year was to do more faith-based art, and I recently had the chance to get my hands on some wonderful faith-related patterned papers. The collection I'm showcasing on this project is the aptly titled "Faith" line by Simple Stories:

I added bits and pieces from these two 6x6 pads that were in my stash as well-the colours and patterns coordinated amazingly well with my main paper choice!

For most of the cut-aparts that I used, I just flipped the paper over and traced around the shape, then added a little bit  along each edge before cutting them out. Many of the images were fussy-cut, then applied to contrasting backgrounds.

I adhered all the images I wanted to use to the base of the tray (other than those to be attached to the overlay, or would overlap it.) I used foam adhesive to pop up smaller pieces for dimension and interest.

I painted the overlay piece black, then heat-embossed its entire surface with Ranger Black Sparkle glitter embossing powder. I'm normally not a big glitter user, but I really liked the way it made this project pop!

The buttons were painted in pink and yellow to coordinate with the papers, then heat embossed with a light coat of Ranger Bridal Tinsel glitter embossing powder, then tied with a piece of teal thread.

Close-ups of some of the panels  and the dimensional items added to them:

(the little pieces of clothing were from some very OLD paper in my stash, and I couldn't resist using
them to illustrate a verse starting with the word "clothe"!!)

I hope you enjoyed this lively, uplifting and colourful project of mine as much as I enjoyed creating it!  The positive messages warm my heart; I wish you all a wonderful week full of love, joy and creativity!


Display Tray Dome-coming soon


Simple Stories Faith papers
Pink Paislee Cedar Lane 6x6 pad
BoBunny You're Invited 6x6 pad
Ranger glitter embossing powders

Monday, 26 June 2017

"Art" Mixed Media layout for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello friends-as a lover of all things artsy, this quote spoke to my gypsy soul, and I hope it does to  yours as well! Sometimes I enjoy using a meaningful quote on a page (I usually find them on Facebook) rather than a photo just for a change of pace.

I have had this fabulous Colorbox  "Teen Angst" paper for ages and still love the funky, eclectic feel of it; the Mixed Media Fragments complemented the paper perfectly and the Palette and Brushes was just right for the theme of the quote.

I started off by painting each piece with acrylic paint; the palette piece was then run through this embossing folder to create the textured surface:

After rubbing the surface of the palette with a pearlized ink, I punched 1" circles of various colours from my papers, then added paint drips with coordinating acrylic paints. I lightly inked the edges of the palette for dimension.

The paintbrush handles and palette knife were heat-embossed with UTEE for a glossy look. Because the papers are so vibrant, I wanted my embellishments to stand out sufficiently.

This Fragment was painted black, then heat-embossed with UTEE also-I love the glossy finish!

This Fragment from the Retro set was stamped with Versamark ink with this Prima stamp, then heat-embossed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Midnight Gold embossing powder.

I added some stenciling with homemade texture paste, a few metal embellishments and a little fussy-cutting, then finished the page off with a few sprays of orange and yellow mists.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project, and I'd love to see something you create that incorporates a quote....that is your challenge, should you choose to accept it!! Have a super week, and thanks so much for stopping by.



craft concepts embossing folder
Prima stamp
Versamark Ink
Lindys embossing powder
Colorbox papers

Monday, 22 May 2017

"Friends" Mixed Media Canvas for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello crafty folks! We all have special people in our lives, but here are some friends who are so much more than just special-they are extraordinary treasures, and this canvas I created with some beautiful GSL products celebrates them and the amazing bond we have with them.

After I chose the quote, I found a frame that looked beautiful with it (Flourished Frame Valerie Rectangle) then arranged other items on the canvas until I liked the placement.

I then primed the canvas and items with gesso; for flowers it is often best to prime them separately and then attach them to the canvas, as it can be difficult to get full coverage if you can't hold them at different angles while painting.I stenciled with texture paste before priming the canvas as well; even though the homemade texture paste is white, it is more porous than the primed surfaces so would absorb more mist and be darker than the rest. Items with deeper colours might need an extra coat of gesso (like that yellow metal flower!); you want the surface to be pretty much all the same colour before you add mists. 

Often a quote, photo or other image/focal item is added after misting, but if the framing makes it necessary to add it before hand, be sure to mask the item before you mist! Believe me, no matter how careful a person is, there will be overspray if you don't!! (YES, I learned that the hard way!!) I just cut a piece of scrap cardstock to fit the opening.

Misting is fun! I used a couple different shades each of pink and peach, then added some opaque white to tone the colours down a tad. You can dab with a paper towel if the mist pools and looks darker than you'd like also.

I added a few glass bubbles and some pink microbeads. The microbeads don't show up a lot but they do add a little bit of different texture.

I enjoyed putting this project together and hope it gives you some ideas. I love using the lasercut doilies on my mixed media projects to add subtle texture, and there are so many great pieces available  that I'm sure you could create a canvas like this with any theme you wanted. Have a wonderfully creative week!


Flourished Frame Valerie Rectangle
Butterflies and Dragonflies
Border Sticks-hearts
Cardstock Doilies (contact store)


Prima stencils
homemade texture paste
glass bubbles
Mister Huey's, Tattered angels and Recollections mists
Misc flowers, buttons, etc

Monday, 8 May 2017

Shabby Lil Cabinet for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hey there!  I've gotten myself all sorts of luscious woodgrain papers over the last while, most of them when I went to Scrapfest, and I decided this warm white one would be perfect to use on the Arch Top Cabinet.

This is a blown out photo of how the cabinet pieces fit together; the open front and doors are added afterwards. I covered all the pieces with patterned paper and sanded & inked the edges before gluing the cabinet together,

I used mini clamps to hold the pieces together as they dried; these came from a dollar store.

I used the Narrow windows to embellish the doors; there was a bit of a process there that didn't quite go as planned, but I ended up liking the end result. I started with acrylic paint blended to closely match the soft pinkish-white of the patterned paper, then lightly inked them with the two inks I had used on the edges-ColorBox Honey and Versamark Brown, then I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. When I went to add them to the doors, I decided they looked WAAAAY too dark, so I then rubbed them with Dew Drop Ink in Moonlight White and really liked the way they looked against the paper after that. From that you can take this gem of wisdom-ideally, make sure you're happy with the colour BEFORE you add the embossing powder or other sealer!! See how dark it was before I added the white ink?

The cat as painted with white acrylic paint then brushed with ModPodge. I then sprinkled flocking onto the glue and spread it as evenly as possible. I added some flowers, ribbons, and punched foliage to give the top of the cabinet a finished look

I added brads to the doors for knobs after attaching the windows.
This is a view with the doors open....I haven't quite figured out what I want to store in here yet....any suggestions? If I thought I could fit Narnia in there I'd give it a go....

Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you peace, joy and creativity!

Arch Top Cabinet with Doors
.Narrow Windows
Cats Shape Set


Color Box Ink-Honey
VersaColor Ink-Brown
Dew Drop Ink-Moonlight White
Clear embossing powder
Versamark Ink
white flocking
BoBunny brads

Monday, 24 April 2017

Explore-a photo from China, a layout for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

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

Monday, 10 April 2017

Take Time to Dream-dreamcatcher for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello there, crafty friends! There is never enough time, is there? I love to use the theme of time in projects, and got thinking that the openwork on the skeleton clocks would be a perfect base for a dreamcatcher...

I used jute and this tutorial To make the dreamcatcher design; I had made some as Christmas ornaments a few years ago but needed a refresher course.

I painted the chipboard and jute gold, then added some lines and dots for dimension using Faber Castell Texture Gems. When those were dry I painted over them in gold to blend everything together.

I attached real feathers, chipboard feathers and clock hands with some fibers-in retrospect, I should have waited to attach these until all the misting, heat embossing etc was done ( the heat tool melted the fibers a smidge-oops!) I misted with a variety of shades including gold, orange, green and copper. In addition to the mist I added light brushstrokes of dusty green and copper-coloured acrylic paints.

 I added a little Black Soot distress ink on the flowers and paper clocks to tie the colours together a little more The flowers were beige to start with and were painted gold along with the chipboard.

The heat embossing was done with Ranger distress embossing powder in Vintage Photo and  Lindy's Stamp Gang in Midnight Gold.

I used some white puffy letters for the word art and painted them gold as well-I added the mist and ink separately to those pieces as I wanted them legible.

This was a fun project to put together and I would definitely try one again, playing around with different colour combinations, textures, etc. Thanks for stopping by!

Skeleton Clocks
 Feathers Shape Set

acrylic paints
various mists
Ranger and Lindy's Stamp Gang

embossing powders

Monday, 27 March 2017

Celebrating Hazel-mini album for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hi everybody! Lynne here with a project created using the Bracket Edged Stagger Mini Album and the cute Garden Party 6x6 paper pad from Pebbles Inc.

I had originally planned to make a spring-themed album, but once I had covered the pages with patterned paper, it just seemed to want to be a baby girl's album instead....funny how projects sometimes take on a life of their own!

I knew 3 people who had had little girls in the past few months, but only one of them lived close enough that I would be able to meet up and give her the album, so I got in touch and asked if I could use her photos for my project and she was kind enough to say here is a chronicle of the first couple months in little Hazel's life:

After covering the pages with patterned paper, I sanded and inked the edges. The photos were collaged 4 images to a 4x6" printout so each image was 2"x3". I was able to layer 2 images on some of the pages but one photo worked well on most of them. The embellishments were mostly cut from the paper and popped up with foam adhesive, but some of them came from the Special Delivery collection, also by Pebbles Inc. I tied a variety of laces, fibers and ribbons to the rings using larks-head knots.

The chipboard  piece on the cover was painted with white acrylic paint then heat-embossed with glitter embossing powder; I did 2 alternating layers of each, which, combined with the use of the heat tool, created a raised, bubbled effect. I then inked the surface lightly with pink ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by; I'm sure you can come up with a wonderful use for this cute shaped album-it's so versatile and will look terrific no matter how you decide to finish it. have a super week!


Bracket Edged Stagger Mini Album
Delicate Frames and Ornaments Shape Set


Pebbles Inc. Garden Party collection-6x6
Pebbles Inc. Special Delivery collection (stickers and cutout shapes)
Colorbox inks
Ranger embossing powder-Bridal Tinsel