Saturday, December 3, 2016

St Nicholas Santa Sleigh Candy Dish by Pam Bray

Hi Pam here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog! Are you enjoying all the fabulous Christmas and holiday projects that the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design Team has been sharing! Today I am sharing my St Nicholas Santa Sleigh Candy Dish using the Santa Sleigh Chipboard and Christmas Shapes.

I began by first tracing the sleigh shapes on to my designer paper with a pencil. Fussy cut out trace image. (I use my Xyron Creative Station to apply my adhesive on my paper but any adhesive will work.) Apply adhesive to paper cuts and place on chipboard.

Mask off the pattern paper with post-it notes to protect paper. Apply Boss Gloss to sleigh runners and apply embossing powder. Heat set. Repeat for other prepared sleigh.

Continue using Boss Gloss and embossing powder to emboss sleigh runners chipboard outline pieces. Form sleigh and adhere prepared runners to the sides.

Cover Christmas Shapes with pattern paper; adhere to side of prepared sleigh.  Add bow, chipboard and charm to side.

Add metal door pull and bow to front of sleigh.

Add chipboard piece to back of sleigh and fill with your favorite candy.

I hope I have inspired you to grab some Christmas paper and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Chipboard to create a wonderful candy dish or other home decor for you or for a gift.

by Barbara Rankin

Thanks for stopping by the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today and if you missed out on Barbara Table Decoration using the Santa Sleigh make sure to check it out HERE!!! Remember to check out all the fabulous products in the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store along with other inspiring projects from the team. Hugs Pam

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies

Other Supplies
Graphic 45 St Nicholas Paper Pad and Chipboard
Graphic 45 Door Pull
Xyron Creative Station
Stampendous Boss Gloss
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder: 4th of July and Weathered Wood
Emerald Creek Supplies Snowflake Charm
Red Gingham Ribbon
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Glossy Accent
Pop Dots

Friday, December 2, 2016

Cozy Fairy Beds

When I was a little girl, my Christmas stocking was always placed at the bottom of my bed. I'd wake up super duper early on Christmas morning and find a sock full of treats waiting for me. I'm sure this pleased my mother, as it gave her some extra sleep while I pillaged the stocking goodies.

I am CERTAIN that fairies celebrate Christmas too. (In fact, fairies love celebrating so much, I'm sure that they partake in every possible holiday!) I wanted to give my fairies the same Christmas experience I had as a girl. So, I've made my house fairies some little beds to get tucked into on Christmas eve. I've used a Gypsy Soul Mission Style Bed and a Standard Bed. I've added Leafy Corners to the Standard Bed as decorative accents. 

The linens have been made from an old cotton pillowcase and the bedding is chopped from discarded sweaters. They are quite the cozy little things!

I've also used the Christmas Shape Set to add a stocking to the end of the bed. I've dusted one with glitter and added a fuzzy trim... but if you want to get extra fancy, use the cutout as a template and cut 2 shapes out of felt. Glue the edge together and you'll have made a cute little stocking you can put the tiniest of treats inside!

Now my fairies will be tucked safely into drawers and cupboards, no-so-patiently waiting for Santa's arrival. If you want to create your own wee beds, HERE is a video showing just how I put these cuties together.

Happy holidays to you and your fairy folk <3

Acrylic paint
Cotton fabric
Old sweater
Felt & fuzz (if making stocking)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

No time for Christmas cards? . . .

Not sure if this happens to you but each year I have the intention of making Christmas cards . . . and then . . . time gets away. But it's not too late if you ditch the idea of sending Christmas cards and send New Year cards instead.

For this card I combined Frank Garcia's Sweet Peppermint collection with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

The first step was to layer papers along with mitten from the mitten and stocking collection.

  • Layer #1 is the base cardstock cut 5.5" X 8.5" and fold in half as a top fold card. 
  • Layer #2 is a Sweet Peppermint small green dot pattern paper cut 5 1/4" x 4 1/8".  
  • Layer #3 is the bright colored dots from Sweet Peppermint cut just a quarter inch smaller than the last layer. Pop that layer up with Crafty Foam Tape.
  • Layer #4 is the mitten from Holiday Banner covered with Sweet Peppermint and then popped up (a little crooked) with Crafty Foam Tape

Next I worked with GSLCuts Snowflake Shape Set. Since Sweet Peppermint has splashes of bright silver, I wanted to use Prima's silver rub-on foils. So I *painted* the snow flakes with Beacon Fabri-Tac 

and then laid the foil on top and let it dry for a few minutes.

When I pulled the foil off, it left beautiful silver bright snowflakes.

I did the same with GSLCuts Winter Shape Set. Then added drips of snow using Prima's Snowflake Paste. Love using this as there is a bit of shimmer to the paste.

Finally added a few flowers from Sweet Peppermint and a some miscellaneous frosty leaves as well as an image with children sledding (also from the Sweet Peppermint collection). Tiny dots were added using Liquid Pearls Platinum and Ruby Red.

A few more Prima Snowflake Paste drops were added to the flowers.

The inside is covered with green snowflake paper from Sweet Peppermint and then a larger image of the children sledding as well as the little bird image and the tiny mitten (all from Frank's collection). The images were outlined with a Pen-Touch silver pen. A snowflake border was added after treating it with Beacon and Prima's Rub-On Foils and the card is complete.

Thanks for sticking with me through all these photos. Hoping you have a very merry Christmas.

Nancy Wethington
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Education Team

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

St Nicholas Joy Banner by Pam Bray

Hi! It is Pam on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today .... helping our teamie Dianna out this month. So.... I hope I won't disappoint with my fun and easy "Joy" Banner using the Holiday Banner Set that will be coming to the  store soon.

Begin by tracing mittens on to pattern paper with pencil.

Adhere cut out pieces to Christmas Mittens with your favorite adhesive; I use a Xyron Creative Station.

Add Snow Tex to the top of each Christmas Mitten; dry.

Emboss the "Joy" letters from the Christmas Mitten Set with embossing powder and VersaMark.

Die cut small doilies from your favorite die cut or contact Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store to have some cut for you. Adhere prepared "Joy" letters to the top of the mittens.

Cover three 4" x 6 chipboard with pattern paper. Adhere prepared Christmas Mittens to top of each banner.

Decorate with twine and charms....

and prepared chipboard that comes with the collection or other fabulous chipboard from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store. 

Add twine hangers to each end with a few metal knobs to finish your Joy Christmas Banner off. Thanks so much for stopping by the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today and I hope that myself and the rest of the team are inspiring you to create fabulous home decor or gift giving ideas. Hugs Pam

Other Supplies
Graphic 45 St Nicholas Pattern Collection
Emerald Creek Topiary Embossing Powder
Emerald Creek Fractured Ice Embossing Powder
Emerald Creek Snowflake Charms
DecoArt SnowTex
Xyron Creative Station
Palette Knife
Brown Twine
Chestnut Roan Ink

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Countdown Tree by Sandy Trefger

Hello again everyone! Sandy here with another project for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!  The month of November is winding down and if you haven't already, there's a fun chipboard kit you can order from Gypsy Soul to create this Countdown Tree for Christmas.  It was so easy to put together.  I did change mine up just a tad--I used the storage box section from the kit to create the floral piece at the base of the tree. And since the kit comes with 13 tags and numbers for you to have all you need for 25 days, I used scraps of chipboard to create another storage box with divider that I attached to the back of the tree onto the base.  So all of my extra numbers on tags are stored there.

I wanted my project to have a touch of winter snow on it because we usually don't get any down here in Texas and have rarely had a white Christmas.  If you can't have snow outside then have a bit of it inside.

I've created a tutorial video to show you how I put my Countdown Tree kit together and included some process footage on how I decorated it.

Please note: If you are reading this post in an email subscription, you may have to go to the actual post to view the video.

Supply List:

  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Countdown Tree Kit #SR1A * Coming Soon - Contact Store
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Christmas Shape Set #D38B (Street Lamp, Snowman, Hat & Scarf)
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Flourished Deer  #84HM
  • Graphic 45 Christmas Carol 12 x 12 Paper, 2015
  • Petaloo & Prima Assorted Flowers and Picks
  • Assorted Christmas Floral Elements
  • Large Paper Poinsettia Flower -Made with Dies & Big Shot
  • Gold Metallic Canvas Cord
  • Wow! Sparkling Snow Embossing Glitter
  • Emboss It Clear Dabber
  • White Gesso
  • Nuvo Embellishment Mouse, Indian Gold
  • Shimmerz Blue Grass
  • Creameez Strawberry Fields
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 3 in 1 Glue

Thank you so much for reading my post and for watching my video.  I hope you enjoyed it and I also hope that I've inspired you to order some of the wonderful Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard sets to use on your own projects. I'll be back on  December 16th with my next GSL project.

Happy Crafting!
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Countdown to Christmas Advent Tree by Lynne

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 1! 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 x-acto 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 two 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 three 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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Life is a Journey Journal for 2017

Happy Sunday and welcome to the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  It's Teresa here today to share a quick project that I made with one of the laser cut back rounds and a book that I picked up at the craft store.

Every year I make up a travel book to keep the pictures of where we go that year and all the things that I pick up along the way.  It's for my tickets, brochures, pins, and pretty much anything I can find to remember all the fun that we had on that adventure.  This year I found a cute book at Micheal's that was really inexpensive so I thought I would decorate the front and the insides with some papers I had in my stash from Graphic 45 and bits of stickers that I had tucked away for a special project just like this one.  It was super easy to make and the 3D gears really gave it that extra pop that I wanted.

To make this project you will need the "Texture Sheets Gears" and colored inks to make it look more vintage.  I used browns, bronze and a bit of turquoise for mine and the Versa color inks by Tsukineko worked really well to blend all the colors on the front and make it pretty for my top layer.  I let it dry and then glued on pieces of travel stickers and cards.  The tiny cogs I glued on were even bits from my dads old typewriter so that really made it special for me.  Then I tied lots of ribbons and tags on the sides and of course 2017 numbers to start my new year.

There are lots of pages in the books so here is a quick page I started and I think I am going to add some pieces from the Gears Shape Set to match it. The pieces are really fun to do when you add ink and emboss them with metallic embossing powders.  It gives them a really pretty texture and the color combinations can be really fun to do.  

And that's it for me today but don't forget to check back again and see all the fun ideas that we have
to share on the Gypsy Soul Laser Blog each day!!  Take care and see you soon!!