Sunday, February 19, 2017

Steampunk Expedition Greeting Card by Ginny

Hey there Paper Peeps!  I've got a little steampunk inspiration coming your way inspired by some gorgeous masculine papers with hot air balloons. I pulled out some of my favorite steampunk chippies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and loads of mixed media supplies and beautiful flowers.

Here's a look at how I altered the chippies....
The most important thing is to select chipboard that will enhance your project.
Even if I'm going to finish the chippies with dark colors I base coat them in flat white paint.
I used a very thick coat of Iron Paste from Pentart and allowed to dry. Next I globbed on 3D Matte Gel from art basics to add a lumpy bumpy texture, then heat set to encourage the bubbling.
Using a cosmetic sponge I dabbed and smooshed on loads of alcohol inks.
I finished up the card with flowers, micro beads and twine.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts~ Hot Air Balloons Net Style, Hanging Clock Set, Steampunk Shape Set.
Okay that's all for me. Wishing all of you a happy and productive day : ) G

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Ooh La La" Candy Treasure Chest by Pam Bray

Good morning my chipboard loving friends! I am so glad that you stopped by today to see my "Ooh La La" Candy Treasure Chest that I created using Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Treasure Chest. It is extremely easy to recreate since I kept all the chipboard that I used to embellish in their nature state.

But, first.... start by adding card stock to the base of the Treasure Chest.

Attach sides to base using adhesive; hold together with small pieces of washi tape. Adhere pattern paper to inside of Treasure Chest.

Add pattern paper to outside of prepared Treasure Chest. Adhere small chipboard pieces to sides of Treasure Chest; adhere pattern paper strips to the chipboard strips.

Add beads to the bottom of Treasure Chest to form height and interest to the candy dish.

Adhere pattern paper to Treasure Chest lid.

Adhere Victorian Corners and Stackable Labels Shape Set to top of prepared Treasure Chest,

Add clear bead and bow to top of Treasure Chest.

Fill "Ooh La La" Treasure Chest with candy. Glue flowers and lock to top and sides of Treasure Chest.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you to re-create your own "Ooh La La" Candy Treasure Box or even make a gift box out of it. Hugs Pam

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
BoBunny Ooh La La Paper Collection
Green and Clear Beads
Paper Studio Metal Arrow and Lock
Paper Studio Flowers
MayArts Green Crinkle Ribbon
Xyron Adhesive
Scotch Quick Dry
Green Card Stock
Washi Tape

Friday, February 17, 2017

St. David's Day

St. David is the Patron Saint of Wales  in the UK and it is on March 1st.
The Welsh flag is a red dragon on a green and white background, and also in the UK we have a different flower that represents each  country  that make up the United Kingdom, the flower for Wales is a Daffodil.
This is the finished product which has quite a few embellishments from Gypsy soul laser cuts.

I began by deciding what to put on the card and selected various embellishments:

These were the lovely ornate frame, which I have already gessoed, a dragon, various flowers
 from the flower stackers and I also decided half way through that I would add a label from the stackable label set.

I gessoed all the embellishments and left them to dry, so whilst they were drying I made the daffodils with the use of my Silhouette cutting machine which my daughter (Angela Drummond)had very kindly given to me.

Once the embellishments were dry I decorated the flowers with paper from my stash, the dragon I painted red and the frame I painted yellow (just because I wanted too), then the label I painted red and added letters cut with the Silhouette to read St. Davids Day. Any paint or ink can be used for this, it is really up to you as to which one you prefer.

 I embossed some green and white Creative Expressions foundation card with one of my folders (I'm sorry but I don't know whose make it is, but any one that you have got will do)and stuck this to a piece of card again from my stash as it is only to hold the two pieces of card together.

All that was left to do was put the rest of the card together with the addition of some flat back pearls, a dark one for the dragons eye and lighter ones for the middle of the flowers and some red foundation card for a border.

Thank you for taking a look at my card and I hope that you will take a look at the web site for a huge variety of "Goodies" to give you inspiration.


                                                                             Elaborate frame
Dragons from the dragons shape set
Flowers from the flower stackers set
Labels from the stackable labels shape set. 


Thursday, February 16, 2017

More Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Tags . . .

Hi Everyone. I'm back with more from my February 2 post with Tags In A Box.

Here's a couple more completed tags using Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts embellishments:

I am using paper from Prima Marketing and paired it with embellishments that would work with the paper. The paper has birds and a fence motif and has gorgeous chipboard that would fit in beautifully with this theme.  Look at the details in this Wrought Iron Miniatures set. It's so gorgeous and goes perfectly with the wrought iron fence on the Prima Marketing papers.

Distress Stain was used on the GSL Wrought Iron Miniatures then I used Copic Markers and colored the birds on the smallest paper. Then the layering began:

I covered the tag with Prima Marketing papers and took another smaller piece with the fence motif and (1) added chipboard to the back for stability and (2) added Crafty Foam Tape to raise the paper up a bit for dimension.

Pieces of the Wrought Iron Miniatures were added with Crafty Foam Tape as well as a beautiful bird with wings. The bird was stamped with VersaMark and a Prima Marketing word stamp and then painted with Prima Marketing acrylic paint. The bird was also popped up on the fence.

Here's another tag I added to the Tags In A Box:

For this tag I used a butterfly from the Butterfly and Dragonfly set and a lamp post from the Lamp Post and Sconce set. The papers are from Prima Marketing and with the word Paris on the papers, you know I had to go there with the Eiffel Tower paper and a mimic of the butterfly. The lamp post reminds me of those on the Alexander III bridge in Paris.

Thanks for sticking with me through this post. I appreciate each of you and hope you enjoyed these tags.

See you next month with another project from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Nancy Wethington

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Romantic Card by Sandy Trefger

Hi everyone! Sandy here with my second project this month for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I know that Valentine's Day is over for this year but I was still in the mood for one more romantic card.  This one could be easily used for any occasion as I left it blank with no sentiment.  This is a much larger (6"x6") and thicker card than I normally create but I do love some pretty flowers and elements now and then.  Of course, it makes it near impossible to mail a card like this but then there are times when one does hand deliver for a special occasion.

Despite all of it's details, this card is really quick and easy to create.  I've written up a Snapguide Tutorial with photos for you.

Check out How to Create a Romantic Card by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.

Here are the supplies that I used to create my card:
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Deco Frame 6" D84C
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Buttlerflies & Dragonflies D69A
  • Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Platinum Silver & Pink
  • Wow! Embossing Powder, Pink
  • Embossing Ink Dabber
  • Pink Prima or Petaloo Flowers
  • Piece of Vintage Lace
  • Button Twine
  • Pink Flat Back Pearls
  • Leaf or Decorative Stick Pin
  • Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
  • White Cardstock
I hope I've inspired you to create a romantic card using any of the wonderful Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts frames available in the store.  I will be back with another project on March 1st, until then...

Happy Crafting!

Please feel free to visit my blog website at for more of my crafty ideas.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Steampunk Spells Mini Album

Hello steampunk fans! It is Gloria with you today, and I have a remarkable mini album to share! 
This project is a joint project with Graphic 45 and GSLCuts. G45 is a sponsor here at GSLCuts and many of us on the GSLCuts team enjoy using their papers!

I have created a 6" x 6" x 2" mini containing 18 pages (36 sides). This little gem is chock full of pretty papers and awesome chipboard embellishments! This is the perfect project for photos and journaling. Display this beauty on a shelf or easel for maximum enjoyment!
 Each page contains pockets or tags or ephemera. It is a steampunk-ers dream.
The spine sports a metal door plate and knob, plus two wonderful metal keys.
You need the following Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts embellishments for this project:

Mini Bird Cages

For a full supply list, scroll down to the bottom of the post. 
The front of this album is packed with metal charms, grungy steampunk chipboard shapes, and flowers. To create the large, butterfly embellishment, ink one Butterfly of Gears with black pigment ink. Cover the shape with Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder and heat set. 

For all the other chipboard shapes in the album, either keep them "raw" or color them with a black marker or black ink. I sprayed a few shapes with black glimmer mist. See the printable tutorial for specific directions. (COMING SOON!)

The inside front cover contains an envelope for hidden journaling or photos. I have used two of the corners from the Wrought Iron Set to decorate the envelope.
The inside back cover also contains a pocket for a square tag. This pocket is decorated with a spectacular Steampunk Gentleman. I sprayed this shape with glimmer mist and weighted it down with some heavy books so that he could dry flat.
This is just a sneaky peaky of all the chipboard shapes contained in this book!
To see all the pages of this wonderful, little album, check out the video! 
You can also print a step-by-step project sheet for this project. Click HERE to print the tutorial.

Thanks for looking!

Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:

Partner products:
Graphic 45:
DCE - Old Curiosity Shoppe (with stickers and decorative chipboard)
DCE - Steampunk Debutante (with stickers and decorative chipboard)
DCE - Botanicabella (with stickers and decorative chipboard)
Rare Oddities (retired)
Artisan Style (retired)
Steampunk Spells (retired)
Eerie Tale (retired)
Square Tag and Pocket Album - kraft
Square Tags - black, kraft
Artist Trading Tags Tags - black, kraft
Policy Envelopes - Square Black
Metal Clock Keys
Metal Door Plates and Knobs
Door Knocker
Ornate Metal Keys


Cardstock: black, kraft
Markers: Zig black, Stampin' Up black
Ink: black pigment
Embossing powder: Ranger Distress Black Soot
Embellishments: decorative brads, metal gears, paper and fabric flowers, filmstrip, bingo tile, lightbulb, metal frame, metal spigots, charms, pen nib, wishbone
Punches: Stampin' Up 1" and 1/2" circles, Creative Memories corner rounder, EK Success bumpy road border
Dies: Spellbinders standard circles large, small; Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Doily
Magnets: Basic Grey
Adhesive: ATG double-sided tape, Scor-tape, Scrapbooking Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares, 3M foam tape, Ranger Multi Medium, hot glue
Tools: Paper trimmer, scissors, craft knife and cutting mat, bone folder

Monday, February 13, 2017

vintage valentine triptych by Lynne

Sending love out to all our crafty GSLC peeps! I loved the look of the triptych piece and wanted to find the perfect images, and when a friend passed these lovely Inkado Valentine cutaparts on to me, I knew they would be just right.

When you match up the triptych pieces, you will notice that the two that are meant to go on the ends have small protruding "feet". so be sure to place the pieces in the right order when you attach everything later, and of course when you decide how you are decorating them.

I decided to use FolkArt Crackle Medium, which is a three-step process that creates a terrific crackled effect with whatever two colours of acrylic paint you choose. Paint all pieces with the first colour (the one you want to show through the cracks-I chose gold) Be sure to allow the paint to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step. You may use a heat tool to dry the paint if you wish. Afterwards, brush on an even coat of the crackle medium, trying to brush in smooth strokes going in one direction as much as possible. Use a thick coat for larger cracks and a thin one for finer cracks. (I used a thicker coat) Allow to dry thoroughly and do not use the heat tool for this step. After this you may brush on your surface paint (this is the colour that will show the most), again using long, even strokes that go in one direction, Allow to dry naturally once again-the cracks will form as the paint dries.

Afterward I sanded here and there on the edges for a more distressed look and then rubbed tiny bits of dark gold ink on those areas with my finger.

I cut paper to fit into each of the triptych pieces; when you cut your paper don't worry about the scalloped edges-you can cut the paper a little smaller than the base pieces because the frames will cover the edges.

I added some heat-embossing to my paper pieces, stamping them with Versamark ink then using Stampendous Aged Copper embossing enamel. The photo shows the details of the flourish design but the colours are a little lighter in person, more of a deep coppery gold with flecks of verdis gris.

I attached the images, then added a few metal embellishments, ribbons and flowers to finish the look.


I had some tiny metal hinges that I attached to the back to connect the pieces to each other; you may cover the back with paper as well and/or decorate it if you wish.

The triptych could be used with so many different  themes-any holiday, to showcase quotes or poems, or to display photos. I'd love to see what creative way you find to use this great chipboard set! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentine's Day!


Triptych-Arch Top


FolkArt Crackle Medium by Plaid
Gold and White DecoArt acrylic paints
Blue Fern paper-Courtship Lane
Stampendous embossing enamel-Aged Copper