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

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Up, up and Away-layout for More Than Words March Challenge

Hi friends! 
I had these beautiful Blue Fern Studios Ombre Dreams papers in my stash that I picked up at Scrapfest last year, and they were perfect for this dreamy photo I found on the Facebook page Wire Sculpture by Fantasywire.

The criteria at the More Than Words Challenge blog for March is to use butterflies and the word "beautiful".

Lots of inking and distressing and my beloved homemade texture paste....the butterflies and flowers are from the Boho collection at Michaels. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

Monday, 13 March 2017

Tie-Dyed Sheep art journal page for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hey there crafters! Hope all is well in your world. I had the opportunity to take a class with the delightfully quirky Dyan Reavely in the fall, and she gave out some fun colouring cards. I coloured one and cut it up to use on this page and had a blast "personalizing" it.

The background was made in Dyan's class with paint, baby wipes, stamps and stencils. I then added some texture paste, Dew Drops and netting for texture before I broke out the chipboard. There are so many underwater-themed goodies in the Gypsy Soul store that were perfect for this project.

I love the cute octopus;  I  ran it through an embossing folder (leopard print I believe), painted it with acrylic paint , then rubbed moss green ink along the edges. As a finishing touch I added some rub-on eyes from my stash.

The lobster was primed with acrylic paint, then painted with Tattered Angels mist in Rouge.I brushed on a little Glossy Accents for a shiny finish.

The umbrella from the Seaside Decor set was a perfect finishing touch for my "mermaid self" to use as a tie-dyed parasol. After priming it with gesso, I rubbed different colours of ink onto it, blending a little where they met.I stamped a swirly design over the whole thing and heat-embossed it with a pearly off-white embossing powder.

The waves were painted pale blue, then I brushed them with blue glitter paint...easy peasy, but just right for a whimsical page.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by, and be sure to take the time to get in touch with your inner "tie-dyed sheep"-she might be a lot of fun!


Seaside Decor shape set-umbrella and wave
Ocean Creatures Small-octopus
Beach Shape Set-lobster


Dyan Reavely paints, stencils, stamps and colouring card
netting from onion bag
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Prima and Crafter's workshop stencils

Monday, 27 February 2017

"Juliet" Steamer Trunk for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

hi there crafty friends! I've been wanting to tackle this awesome steamer trunk project for ages and finally got brave! I chose the "Juliet" paper collection by Bo Bunny to finish my trunk.

The first thing I always do with 3D projects is put them together to make sure I know where everything goes and how it all fits. (It's important to note that if you are going to use the drop shelf that you attach it in the holes provided before you glue the sides together) I then take it all apart and paper or paint each piece.

After covering the panels I used this paper to cut strips for the edging.I ran the strips through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder to add some texture, then lightly inked them.

For the "metal" corners I used a 1" punch  on metallic gold cardstock, then removed a quarter of each one to make a little "Pacman" (yes I AM that old!! LOL) Thanks to Gloria for that idea, which she used on her own beautiful steamer trunk, which you can find HERE.

This is what the embossed strips look like with the corners added:

When I saw this paper with the small panels of different prints I knew it would be perfect for the                                                                         drawer fronts!

Then I added some fussy cut images to the large panels at the back of the trunk.

I added some cutouts and stickers to the fronts of the drawers  as well.The hinges and latch came from a little wooden box from Dollarama that my friend gave me after I couldn't find matching metal hinges and latches that were small enough. These were perfect!

I glued chains to the drop shelf to keep it level and add interest, and inserted a brad halfway through (sliced into the chipboard with an exacto knife) to serve as a handle.

I had several little bottles of seed beads and microbeads, and this is perfect storage for them; in the drawers I put little jars of paint that were so small they kept getting lost in larger storage spaces....we all know a crafter can never have too much storage! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a creative and happy week!


8" Steamer Trunk


Bo Bunny Juliet paper collection
gold metallic cardstock
white glue
Darice embossing folder
pale blue and brown inks
hinges and latch from Dollarama wooden box

Monday, 13 February 2017

Vintage Valentine Triptych for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Sending love out to my crafty 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