Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Upcycled Altoid Tin for 4th of July

Hi there!  Cherry here at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!   I have the grand Independence Day on the brain and created this up cycled Altoid tin in honor of it.  I first started with the Altoid Inserts Fairy Tale Frame .
They were painted with silver metallic paint.  I trimmed one side down so I could fit it in the wider part of the Altoid tin.

 I then glittered the frames along with the stars from the Celestial Shape Set.

Next I covered the back side of the tin with pattern paper and then added handmade stitched paper fringe.

I inserted pattern paper on one side of the frame. 

 I adorned the one side with the glittered chipboard pieces and a sentiment sticker.

The other side of the tin I added an old fashion image and than framed with the frame.

I added a few more stars and buttons to accent and was done!  Here it is complete.

I see more of these in my future! Thanks for visiting the Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Blog, Cherry

Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Supplies-

Other supplies-
recycled Altoid Tin
paper fringe
random buttons

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Window on the French Countryside by Susan Killam

Hello folks!  Today I have a hint of the French countryside to share with you.  I've never actually been, but I can imagine it with the help of Graphic 45's French Country collection.  Come here and take a peek through this Reliquary Arch window...

I pulled together the components I wanted to use and outlined the reliquary base on my background paper. I actually used the top piece for the outline so I could see how the finished paper would look.  As it turned out, barely any showed through but that's not always the case.  Anyway...  I cut it out and fine tuned with snips here and there so it didn't poke out between layers.

Since I wanted a hanger on the back, I punched a hole for future addition of the hanger.

Matte medium attached the paper to the reliquary base.  Next step was to paint things black: front piece of the arch, the inside edge and back of the base, and the fleur-de-lis.

You can see in this next photo that I painted the inside edges of the base so the base paper didn't show through the top piece scallops.

The next thing was to add the hanger and the only embellishment to go between the layers.  Once the bee paper was on I glued the reliquary pieces together and clamped to keep them as tight as possible.

Also in this photo you can see I started the gold paint layering on the fleur-de-lis.

Next I added the fence, flowers, and finished fleur-de-lis.  The fence needed to be clamped while the glue set.

The last step was to add the final embellishments!

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope our daily projects help inspire your Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts projects.


GSL Cuts Used
Reliquary Arch #D8A

Other Materials Used
Graphic 45 "French Country" collection
Wood fence
Wood alphabet
Wood flour-de-lis
Liquitex black acrylic paint
Ranger Glue and Seal
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Distress Collage Medium
Stickles Diamond, Waterfall, Paprika, Clear Rock Candy

Monday, May 22, 2017

`Friends`mixed media canvas by Lynne

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 look 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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

All Our Love Vintage Beach Inspired Greeting Card

Hey there Peeps! I'm sharing a card today with a vintage beach theme that is near and dear to my heart. Our little family loves the beach so much we spend our Christmas holiday there.  A little sand....a little surf. IHOP(for those not in America IHOP is International House of Pancakes) for Christmas dinner. What could be better?

I think these warmer tones of blue and kraft adds to the vintagy effect.
The shells and sand dollars make a great accent and work well to fill in the flower arrangement.
A scribble frame in a circular shape breaks up the square edges.
Tucking in some cheesecloth gives the effect of netting...a natural choice for a beach card. I love the texture it adds and helps to fill in the arrangement.
The bow has white stitching and helps to break up the dark blue satin.
Last but not least.....some coordinating Prills to give the effect of  water.

These chippies were fun and easy to alter to coordinate with the vintage beach theme....
1. The bare chipboard was wiped down to prepare for finishing. 2. Flat white acrylic to top off the scribble frame and gold to base coat the shells and sand dollars. 3. Crackle medium is added to the sand dollars and once dry a thin coat of white acrylic. Stamping on the frame and a bit of inking. 4. Distressing the edges makes the elements pop.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts~ Beach Shape Set, Scribble Frames and Lines.

Okay that's all for me. Wishing all of you a happy and productive day : ) G

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Enchanted Forest Altoids Tin by Pam Bray

Hi Pam here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog sharing with you how to alter an Altoids Tin using some fabulous Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Chipboard pieces made just for that.

Begin by covering the sides of an Altoids Tin with pattern paper.

Adhere pattern paper to inside covers of the Altoids Tin Book Cover. Adhere Altoids Tin to inside of back cover.

Decorate the inside of the Altoids Tin using pattern paper.

Cover the Altoids Insert Frames Scalloped with pattern paper; adhere to top of prepared Altoids Tin Book Cover. Add fussy cut pieces to front of the Altoids Insert Frames Scalloped.

Repeat with pattern paper to the inside of the Altoids Tin.

Add pocket tag to inside of Altoids Tin.

 Add a few white pearl gemstones to the inside and outside trim of Altoids Tin.

Paint Round Frame With Dragons with distress paint; dry. Add to top of chipboard piece; adhere to top of prepared Altoids Tin Book Cover. Add small flowers to top of Round Frame With Dragons.

Paint corners from the Wrought Iron Set with distress paint; dry. Adhere to front of prepared Altoids Tin Book Cover. Add small chipboard button with twine bow along with more small flowers.

I hope you start keeping your Altoids Tin and create a few upcycled pieces with them using Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies. Hugs Pam

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest Collection
Floral Picks
MayArts Ribbon: Red and Brown Twine
Distress Paint: Fired Brick and Antique Linen
Empty Altoids Tin
Small White Pearl Gemstones
Paint Brush
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

Friday, May 19, 2017

Say Cheese Album Cover

Hello, Friends! It's Gloria with you today. I am sharing an amusement park themed brag book as my project. I found this 5 3/4" x 8 1/4" binder in my stash. It is a little ring binder, perfect for making a brag book or autograph book commemorating a trip to see "the mouse."
I thought it would be fun to decorate the cover with some fun chipboard and Disney-themed items. I added all sorts of goodies to the front of this little book. It makes me happy just to look at it!

To decorate the cover, you need the following Gypsy Soul Laser Cut items:
I really like the photo frames. This one has cut-out words at the bottom! You could place a photo into this instead of the "sign" that I used.
The  Say Cheese Shape Set has tons of cool stuff to add to the project. I only used a few items from the pack. I can make a lot more projects with what is left over! I used the camera shape and added a graphic behind the camera opening.
I just adore the cut out panels! I added a decorative paper clip to the edge of the "snap shot" panel. I also added a decorative brad to the photo reel. It looks very cool with black paper behind, and the fancy brad in the center!
 I added decorated paper to the inside covers, too. I found some photo reel paper in my stash! How cool is that?!
 The back is plain, with just a piece of the film strip attached.
For a full tutorial, please click the video link below.

Thanks for looking!

Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life

Supplies Used:

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:

binder, decorative paper and matching elements, embellishments (brad, clip, bow), library pocket, tags, double-sided tape, glue, foam tape, black ink or paint, black cardstock