Monday, 14 August 2017

Vintage Hanging Album for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello crafters! I love working with vintage photos and was blessed to receive a bunch of them from one of my cousins a while back; many of these photos are about 100 years old! I've made scrapbook layouts with several of the images, and recently decided to make a small heritage album for the cousin who passed the photos on to me to show my appreciation:

I used the Wood Hanging Stand and chose the Baroque pages (there are three different page shapes to choose from, or you can get 2 of each shape).

The first thing I did was cover all the pages with patterned paper; I used the aptly named "Heritage" collection from BoBunny. The warm rich colours go so well with my sepia photos! After tracing the shapes and applying the paper, I sanded the edges gently then inked them with Burnt Sienna ink:

I incorporated some chipboard frames and embellishments into some of my pages as well; this wagon wheel was painted brown, then heat embossed with Pebbled Copper embossing powder.

The dress form was just rubbed with Prima Metallique Wax in Aged Brass and inked on the edges with Ranger Antique Linen distress ink. I fussy cut  flowers from my paper and added those as well.

The key and plate I left "naked", but just rubbed a little of the Aged Brass wax here and there on the surfaces.

This frame was painted a dusty rose colour, then stamped with this Prima stamp and Versamark ink, then heat embossed in Chablis.

This frame was dry embossed, then painted burgundy. I then lightly brushed gold paint over it, and finally rubbed some of the Aged Brass wax here and there.

Here are the rest of the album pages:

The horse and carriage piece was painted a rusty brown, then heat embossed with Ranger Distress embossing powder in Vintage Photo. Afterwards, I rubbed-GUESS WHAT??-yes,you guessed it- Aged Brass Wax here and there over the surface (I'm nothing if not consistent!)

There are six pages included with the standing frame; on this post I've included the pages that featured additional Gypsy Soul chipboard. If you'd like to see the remaining pages in the album, please visit my blog at:

Thanks so much for stopping by;this project took me a while to finish but I really enjoyed putting it together. The frame is sturdy and just fits together with dowels, and the large rings to mount the album are included. Have a terrifically creative week!


Wooden Hanging Stand with Pages
Horse and Carriage
Wheels 1.5 inch Fancy
Dress Forms 1 Miniature Shape Set
Wooden Shape Set-Keys and Plates
Flourished Frames Evie
Music Symbols Shape set
Flourished Frame Mikayla-coming soon
Ornate Doilies-contact store


BoBunny Heritage collection
Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax-Aged Brass
Ranger Distress embossing powder-Vintage Photo
Versamark ink
Prima stamp
Colorbox Chalk Ink-Burnt Sienna

Monday, 10 July 2017

"Faith" Display Tray for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello friends and happy July! I just can't figure out where this year is going! One of my goals for this year was to do more faith-based art, and I recently had the chance to get my hands on some wonderful faith-related patterned papers. The collection I'm showcasing on this project is the aptly titled "Faith" line by Simple Stories:

I added bits and pieces from these two 6x6 pads that were in my stash as well-the colours and patterns coordinated amazingly well with my main paper choice!

For most of the cut-aparts that I used, I just flipped the paper over and traced around the shape, then added a little bit  along each edge before cutting them out. Many of the images were fussy-cut, then applied to contrasting backgrounds.

I adhered all the images I wanted to use to the base of the tray (other than those to be attached to the overlay, or would overlap it.) I used foam adhesive to pop up smaller pieces for dimension and interest.

I painted the overlay piece black, then heat-embossed its entire surface with Ranger Black Sparkle glitter embossing powder. I'm normally not a big glitter user, but I really liked the way it made this project pop!

The buttons were painted in pink and yellow to coordinate with the papers, then heat embossed with a light coat of Ranger Bridal Tinsel glitter embossing powder, then tied with a piece of teal thread.

Close-ups of some of the panels  and the dimensional items added to them:

(the little pieces of clothing were from some very OLD paper in my stash, and I couldn't resist using
them to illustrate a verse starting with the word "clothe"!!)

I hope you enjoyed this lively, uplifting and colourful project of mine as much as I enjoyed creating it!  The positive messages warm my heart; I wish you all a wonderful week full of love, joy and creativity!


Display Tray Dome-coming soon


Simple Stories Faith papers
Pink Paislee Cedar Lane 6x6 pad
BoBunny You're Invited 6x6 pad
Ranger glitter embossing powders

Monday, 26 June 2017

"Art" Mixed Media layout for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hello friends-as a lover of all things artsy, this quote spoke to my gypsy soul, and I hope it does to  yours as well! Sometimes I enjoy using a meaningful quote on a page (I usually find them on Facebook) rather than a photo just for a change of pace.

I have had this fabulous Colorbox  "Teen Angst" paper for ages and still love the funky, eclectic feel of it; the Mixed Media Fragments complemented the paper perfectly and the Palette and Brushes was just right for the theme of the quote.

I started off by painting each piece with acrylic paint; the palette piece was then run through this embossing folder to create the textured surface:

After rubbing the surface of the palette with a pearlized ink, I punched 1" circles of various colours from my papers, then added paint drips with coordinating acrylic paints. I lightly inked the edges of the palette for dimension.

The paintbrush handles and palette knife were heat-embossed with UTEE for a glossy look. Because the papers are so vibrant, I wanted my embellishments to stand out sufficiently.

This Fragment was painted black, then heat-embossed with UTEE also-I love the glossy finish!

This Fragment from the Retro set was stamped with Versamark ink with this Prima stamp, then heat-embossed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Midnight Gold embossing powder.

I added some stenciling with homemade texture paste, a few metal embellishments and a little fussy-cutting, then finished the page off with a few sprays of orange and yellow mists.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project, and I'd love to see something you create that incorporates a quote....that is your challenge, should you choose to accept it!! Have a super week, and thanks so much for stopping by.



craft concepts embossing folder
Prima stamp
Versamark Ink
Lindys embossing powder
Colorbox papers

Monday, 22 May 2017

"Friends" Mixed Media Canvas for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

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 and looks 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

Monday, 8 May 2017

Shabby Lil Cabinet for Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hey there!  I've gotten myself all sorts of luscious woodgrain papers over the last while, most of them when I went to Scrapfest, and I decided this warm white one would be perfect to use on the Arch Top Cabinet.

This is a blown out photo of how the cabinet pieces fit together; the open front and doors are added afterwards. I covered all the pieces with patterned paper and sanded & inked the edges before gluing the cabinet together,

I used mini clamps to hold the pieces together as they dried; these came from a dollar store.

I used the Narrow windows to embellish the doors; there was a bit of a process there that didn't quite go as planned, but I ended up liking the end result. I started with acrylic paint blended to closely match the soft pinkish-white of the patterned paper, then lightly inked them with the two inks I had used on the edges-ColorBox Honey and Versamark Brown, then I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. When I went to add them to the doors, I decided they looked WAAAAY too dark, so I then rubbed them with Dew Drop Ink in Moonlight White and really liked the way they looked against the paper after that. From that you can take this gem of wisdom-ideally, make sure you're happy with the colour BEFORE you add the embossing powder or other sealer!! See how dark it was before I added the white ink?

The cat as painted with white acrylic paint then brushed with ModPodge. I then sprinkled flocking onto the glue and spread it as evenly as possible. I added some flowers, ribbons, and punched foliage to give the top of the cabinet a finished look

I added brads to the doors for knobs after attaching the windows.
This is a view with the doors open....I haven't quite figured out what I want to store in here yet....any suggestions? If I thought I could fit Narnia in there I'd give it a go....

Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you peace, joy and creativity!

Arch Top Cabinet with Doors
.Narrow Windows
Cats Shape Set


Color Box Ink-Honey
VersaColor Ink-Brown
Dew Drop Ink-Moonlight White
Clear embossing powder
Versamark Ink
white flocking
BoBunny brads