Monday, February 19, 2018

Salvaged Heart

Hi Everyone,
Jess here today with a fun shabby chic project. 
This was really simple to put together.  Start by covering both sides of  your Dress Form Tag with the paper of your choice.  I inked the edges of my paper. 
Cover the largest set of wings from the Wings Assortment with gold embossing powder. Once the wings have cooled off attach the, to the back of the tag using a strong adhesive. 

 Cover the base of your Flourished Heart Frame with DIna Wakley Media Paint in Blushing.  This is a bold pink and I used a wash of cheap brown acrylic paint to tone it down for this project.  

Cover the top of your frame with Finnabair Paint in Royal Red.  While the paint is still wet cover the heart with Distress Embossing Powder in Vintage Photo.  This makes the heart look old and kind of crusty.  Perfect for this project.     

Glue your frame together and attach it to the dress form tag.  Finishing the main part of the piece just took using a Tim Holtz Chip word that I banged on the side of my desk to ding it up.  Vintage photo Distress Ink covers the chip word.  
I used an old spindle to make my base.  I stuck a Tim Holtz Memo Pin in the top and then wedged the finished project into it.  I love the look of sari ribbon for making bows.  This one has a large off white bow and a smaller pink bow to cover where the pin got stuck into the spindle. 
The spindle is fun because you can just pop this piece out and change it up for the season.  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Lucky Irish Lass Four Leaf Clover Greeting Card

Hello friends and fellow crafters! I'm wishing you the luck of the Irish today with this fun and festive greeting card.

I just love having holiday themed chippies from GSL to create with because it allows me to scrap my stash and create great cards and decor.
This larger frame is just perfect for big cards like this really fills in the space generously.
I've substituted 4 leaf clovers for leaves in the flower arrangement and layered them up with twine and seasonal embellishments.

Speaking of upturned horseshoe will catch all the luck and good tidings : )
I think this card would make a great addition to holiday decor displayed with fun and festive seasonal items : )
I used my favorite embossing powders to finish the chippies before I added them to this card. A few coats of Stickles are added for  super glittery and shiny four leaf clovers : )

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts~ 4 Leaf Clover Set (coming soon), Feeling Lucky Shape Set, Round Grapevine Frame.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Valentine's Day Hutch

Happy Saturday, everyone!  For this week's project, I was inspired to decorate the GSL 3 Panel Hutch with some sweet pink and white goodies for Valentine's Day.
As always, I started this project by laying out all the pieces.  This really helps me with assembly.
The shelves of the hutch are put together from these three notched pieces.
Here is what the shelves will look like when glued into place.
Before gluing, I cut a piece of paper from the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection for the interior back wall of the piece.  I like this paper for the hutch because it's nice and neutral, and who doesn't enjoy a subtle botanical print?  I adhered it onto the interior wall of the hutch then used an X-Acto knife and nail file to expose the assembly notches.
The hutch pieces were painted with black acrylic paint then glued into place using tacky glue.
The hutch needs something to sit on and I had this perfect little table from the dollar store.  This was also painted black with the exception of contrasting cream colored knobs.  The two pieces were then glued together for a finished piece. 
Since I made this a basic black and cream, it can be decorated for any season. Since it's February, I chose a few pink and white accessories. I used some miniature porcelain dishes, pink resin flowers, a large diamond crystal, Swarovski beads, a tiny molded clay cake and a small glass bottle containing nail art hearts. I plan to change it out for Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
The hutch also comes with easily assembled drawers but I decided I like the look of open shelves to show off a few miniature platters. 
The finished piece is one I'd love to have regular sized in real life.  Thanks for stopping by!
Gypsy Soul Laser Item Used
3 Panel Hutch

Other Items Used 
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea paper - Fauna
Tacky glue
Acrylic paint
Miniature porcelain dishes
Resin flowers
Molded clay cake
Crystals and beads
Small glass bottle
Nail art hearts

Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrating Friendship

Hello!! Jennalee here today with a project to commemorate my recent trip to Creativation 2018 and meeting Jess of Two Mad Dahlias in real life. Have you ever met someone online and then met in real life and you are instant best friends? Thankfully this was the case with Jess and not just because I was staying at her house for a week!!  So naturally, I needed to make a piece to celebrate this friendship. As I was digging thru my Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts stash I ran across the Tudor Rose Singles and Petal Corners Mini and my wheels started turning.

I began by prepping all my chipboard pieces. For the Petal Corners Mini I heat embossed 2 of them with Hammered Metal embossing powder. Using my finger I added some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide to give it an aged look. I wanted some more age and texture so added some Cracked Pistachio Distress Crayon. I left some chunky bits of crayon on the Corners. 

I cut the Tudor Rose Singles in half and then sprayed two coats of white spray paint on all the pieces. Once the paint was dry I randomly applied some Distress Crazing Medium with my finger. Once the crazing medium was dry I added some detail with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 

For my base I used a medium Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag. I cut my background paper to size and stitched around the edge with gold thread. I  then applied the background paper to the tag using Distress Collage Medium. 

I then added a bit of detail to the top right and bottom left corners of the tag using a palette knife to spread gesso thru the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil- Floral. 

To begin my layers I started with a Tim Holtz Pocket Card. I added a small piece of ephemera and a stamped spool image from the Haberdashery stamp set. On top of this I added the Tudor Rose Singles. I used one half of the largest cut out and one half of the medium size cut out. I adhered them to the top left and bottom right of the tag using Distress Collage Medium. 

I then built up the main layer by layering this awesome photo of two vintage girls from Tim Holtz's new pack of Found Relatives on a piece of background paper from the Memorandum Paper Stash. Using a paper distress to distress the edges of the background paper and Vintage Photo Distress Ink for detail. I layered the photo and a ticket from an ephemera pack and stitched them together with my sewing machine. I then adhered the Petal Corners Mini using Distress Collage Medium. 

To finish I adhered the photo layer to the tag using foam dots. To finish off the tag reinforcer I used two pieces of floral Design Tape from the Rose set and adhered to the tag using Distress Collage Medium. 

The final touch added was this quote from a movie both Jess and I enjoy. Bonus points if you can name that movie!! 

I love the texture and chunkiness the Tudor Rose Singles add to this piece. And the added vintage detail from the Petal Corners Mini complete the photo. The best part is that I still have enough left from both sets to make another project down the road. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Birthday Wishes . . .

Hi Everyone.

When time is short and you need a quick birthday gift, turn to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. I'm combining a tag with a gift for a friend's birthday.

I first chose a tag from Gypsy Soul's Extra Large Tags and covered it with decorative paper.

Then turned to GSLCuts Hanging Sign Set.

  1. Using the largest sign in this set, paint the *wrought iron* with black chalk paint.
  2. Paint the sign portion in an off white.
  3. Once the paint is dry, add some color on top of the off white with your favorite color Distress Ink. For this one I used Iced Spruce.
  4. I'm using a large flower as a pocket and will tuck a gift certificate behind the flower.
  5. Add dots around the outside edge of the tag.
It's that simple and quick to do.

Visit the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts store for more additions to your own birthday tag.

Thanks for visiting today.  I'll be back in March with more Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts ideas.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love you

Hello Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts peeps.

Cherry here with a fun card to share today.

I started with the Valerie frame.  I used a chalkboard pen to paint it white. 

 Than I added a vintage cameo pin and my ribbons.

 I than added flowers and  some buttons. 

 I than added a vintage bird to the middle of my bows.

Love the way it turned out!  Thanks for visiting the GSLC blog, Cherry

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mother Nature Santos Doll by Susan

Hello crafty friends!  Today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog I'm sharing a Mother Nature inspired Santos doll.

My original idea for her was completely different than what you see today.  While my idea was neat, *this* particular Santos doll had a different design in mind.  :)  You may notice wings and a skeleton in the photos... just ignore 'em.

Here we go!  I used a small blade to cut the parts from the frame.  I usually just push down with the blade on both sides rather than pull the blade.  I'm not that graceful and run the risk of cutting too much.  Pressing down is safer!

I laid the torso on the paper I wanted to use and outlined with a pencil.  "F" is for front.  I had both front and back cut at this point and wanted to keep them straight.  I used Mod Podge as the adhesive. Once dry, I fine-tuned the paper edges with finishing sandpaper.  You'll see that better a little further down.

I highly recommend marking the arm holes on the first paper layer by using a pin to poke a tiny hole from the non-papered side.  It becomes a wee bit challenging to find the holes if you forget and put both front and back papers on without doing it.

For the inside base (painted brown for the earlier Santos version), I outlined both the outer edge and inner notches on my paper of choice.  I only needed to do the notches on the inside base since the skirt frame goes in them.  The base bottom paper is just the circle.

Mod Podge the inside paper to the base.  Once dry, use fine and superfine sandpaper to finish the edges.

Next, Mod Podge the outside paper (not shown here) and finish sand in the same manner.

I used a smidge of white glue on the bases of the skirt frame and cleaned up the bits that squish out with my fingernail or whatever would work.

Before the last frame piece was attached, I added embellishments.

The bird cage was painted brown, then gold, then with a silver wash.  I was making that up as I went!

At this point I have glued the torso to the top circle.  To hang the cage, I screwed a very small eye hook into the center of the top circle. Next, I added this top to the skirt frames and allowed to dry overnight.  You might be able to see that I dabbed glue in the circle's notches rather than on the frame parts as I did in earlier photos.  Getting all the legs in required a little patience and coordination, but it wasn't difficult.

I used small head pins and spacers to attach the arms.

Here she is in full.  I added a tiny nest and eggs.  I'm not sure if I'm going to add any more embellishments. Maybe a grapevine wreath for her head, but she will stay simple.

Thanks for your visit today!


GSL Cuts Used
Santos Doll Kit #C43L
Steampunk Shape Set (Cage) #D33A

Other Supplies Used
Pink Paislee "Butterfly Garden" paper
Dresden trim
Mod Podge
Fine sand paper
White gesso
Brown acrylic paint
Ivory acrylic paint
Brass bits and bobs
Glass beads
Paper flowers