Tuesday, July 10, 2018

GSLC Ed. Team: "His Collection" Shadow Box

Hello crafty friends!  Today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog I have a masculine-themed shadow box to share with you!  I used the 3 Story House and packed it to the rafters with bits and pieces.  Visit the GSLC blog for all the details!

Thanks for your visit today!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Civic Duty Shadow Box

Hello crafty friends!  I have a civic-minded shadow box with you.  While we were clearing out the attic the other day Husband found a 70s-era patch that set the tone for this weeks project using the Arch Top Cabinet w/Doors (and feet -- really great feet) from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

You'll see the patch at the bottom of the post.  For now, let me walk you through my construction.  Remember my crafty education team motto?  "I make the mistakes so you don't have to!"

Here all the parts laid out.  The dimensions when finished are 4" x 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" (10.16cm x 3.81cm x 16.51cm).

The first thing I did was to outline the body on my chosen paper.  I like to score corners rather than cut separate panels, but you can do that, too.  If you do one big piece like mine, leave extra on the side flaps to account for the corners.  See how there's more on the left edge (and barely more on the right)?  That's what I mean AND what you see here was barely enough.  While it's flat, outline the base arches, moving the left and right panels out a little first ( accounting for that scored corner).  Set this aside and do the same for the doors and front panel.

I picked out door knobs and poked a hole in the first door.  To match the second door, I laid the first onto the second and marked where the hole needed to be.  These doors are marked "front" and "back" in pencil, and -- even though you can't really see there are two doors here, they are stacked front-to-back-to-back-to-front.  It doesn't matter as much at this stage, but if paper or paint had already applied, I can guarantee I would have something upside down. ::shrug::

 I now have all my outer papers cut.  Notice I've penciled in the base arches but not cut.  I glued the top and bottom then the sides, and let it sit for a while.

Score the paper where you think the corners are.  This sounds scary, but you can score a little to the left or right of the original score lines if needed.  I had to adjust both and it didn't make a difference in the finished appearance.

Once the cabinet is dry enough to handle, double check the paper width before cutting out the base.  This is where I needed to adjust my score lines.  Cut out the center arch first, then check your pencil lines on the side arches and adjust as needed.  Once your arches are cut out, go ahead and glue the paper to the cabinet, starting with one side and wrapping around, making sure to flatten the paper as you go.  I like to use Mod Podge for these kinds of steps since it briefly allows me to nudge the paper a little if needed.

At this point leave the doors and front alone.

I applied black gesso to the inside, base, and top.  Later I painted the top outside and bottom outside with a mottled brown-black-red combo to mimic the door paper.

I used linen hinge tape to attach the doors to the frame.  I put as much as possible on the narrow frame and marked the spot.

Next I separated the tape from the backing and stuck it the the door; I reattached the backing to the little flap as I worked on the red door panel.

I don't have photos, but here's what I did: sanded the left edge of the paper at an angle to account for the hinging.  This was easier to do before attaching to the door because I didn't want to sand the linen tape.  I did the same for the right door, then attached the paper to the door panel.  I sanded the rest of the edges a bit and then inked all around.

Here is what it looked like at this stage.  Notice the doors fall in a bit - at the end I made door stops from the little dashes left from the laser cutting.  (I keep all of these "just in case").  In the future I'll add the door stops before the front panel is attached so they can be better aligned.

I let it dry overnight with the doors open.  The next day I sanded all the edges (and reinked as needed), then decorated.

Thanks for your visit today.  Please vote in your local elections as well as the big ones!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Arch Top Cabinet with Doors #D11B

Other Supplies Used
Tim Holtz Seasonal paper
Brown Dresden trim
Acrylic paints
Black gesso
Mod Podge
TH metal door knobs
Vintage photo
1970s fabric patch
Cheese cloth
Vintage brooch
Lineco Linen Hinge Tape

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Prizes At Our FB Group!

Calling all crafters!

Want to win a fabulous prize package from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts?

We're giving away a prize package worth $50 - full of fabulous chippies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Show us what you've made featuring Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and we'll pick a winner for a $50 prize package and maybe even a guest spot on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog!

To enter, post a comment at our GSL Cuts Creative Group on Facebook with a photo of your project and a link to your blog post showing the project. (Open to USA residents only please. Contest ends Jun 25. Winner announced July 1).

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: Boardwalk Diorama

Hi friends!  Over on the Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts blog I'm sharing scenes from beach vacations past using the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts dimensional diorama.  Come on over to see how I made it!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Flights Of Fancy Necklace

Hello my friends!  Today I have a new vintage-inspired necklace and a story to share with you.  Quite a few yeas ago I was at the Philadelphia Beadfest and spent a little time chatting with Suzanne of A Grain Of Sand.  Not only did she have gorgeous vintage beads and clasps, but AGOS is the same town as family, so there was a bit of a 'connection'.  Since then I've kept up with the Facebook page and drooled over new stock posts about the famous Vintage Bead Hoard.

Last year Suzanne and team created a new Facebook group dedicated to jewelry designers who are inspired by the Miriam Haskell design house (1930s-present).  During the past year, I've been inspired by so many incredible pieces posted by designers from all over.  In January I decided to enter the AGOS 2nd Miriam Haskell Design Challenge - how exciting!

The entrants bought a challenge-specific assortment of vintage beads from AGOS and had a few weeks to design.  The top 3 winners received gift certificates to buy more great vintage stuff.  What could be better than that?

I entered... and I won grand prize!  Can you believe it?  I was surprised.  No really.  When you go to the FB page and see all the other entries, you'll be in awe, too.

This necklace was made with a cage work technique, meaning all components (except cabochons) are wired to the filigree base using a fine gauge wire.  This is a fiddly technique but oh-so-satisfying to make.  I feel like I'm carrying on an almost-lost tradition when I make this type of jewelry.

See the wee hummingbird on the flower?  That's Fancy, and this necklace is part of my Flights Of Fancy line.

Thanks for your visit today.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: Travel Board Book/Album

Hi folks!  It's Susan, here to share the beginning of an ongoing project.  I used to make albums often, but got away from it for a while.  At some point I decided to use mini albums blanks as board books that tell a story - like the kid's books from years gone by.  (I have a very detailed Halloween one in the works!)

Today I want to share the beginnings of a travel mini album / board book, using the GSL Cuts staggered bracket edge mini album and elements from a couple different sets.

Here's the album.  See how pages 4 and 5 are set with brackets on top and bottom?  I accidentally put bot bracelets on the bottom (see above).  No worries, though - it still works!

The first thing I did was to choose the paper for each page.  I used IOD "Gallivant" since it has a vintage travel theme.  Number the pages 1, 2, 3, etc and note which side is the front to make sure you don't accidentally flip a page while gluing the paper (like me).

I outlined the album pages onto the paper design and cut by hand.

The papers were attached using Mod Podge, and I set a heavy object on them the keep them flat while drying.

Fine and extra-fine sandpaper cleaned up the edges.

Ink and a brown pen gave the edges a vintage look.

I was recently talking with another education team member about embossing powders.  I figured this would be a good project to use them again.  First I prepped the laser cuts I wanted to use.  This travel word is from the small Chevron Words travel set. Other words in the set are journey, adventure, and destination.  I'll end up using all of them in this book.

Since I only wanted the word, I snipped off the chevron parts.  Travel was eventually embossed with browns and landed on the album front.

Next I wanted to add a little color without painting.  I used blue Prismacolor pencil and layered a little brown on top.  This was a total experiment!

Embossing ink and clear powder added, and voilĂ , it worked!  I added more ink and powder to the cut-out Steampunk Frame balloon basket to fill in.

This banner strip got the same blue pencil/embossing powder treatment as the balloon.  Here I'm gluing it to the front page.  From here I continued embellishing the front and first two pages.  I'll continue the project in the next few weeks!

Here is a view of the embossed balloon, compass rose, and medium size tudor rose.

Thanks for your visit today!


GSL Cuts Used
Bracket Edge Mini Album #D100BE
Banner Border Strips D34D
Chevron Words Travel Small C71
Steampunk Frame D20C
Compass Rose D61B
Tudor Rose Singles D6Q

Other Supplies Used
Iron Orchid Designs "Galivant"
Brown ink
Brown marker
Embossing ink
Embossing powder  - clear, fine clear, brown blend
Prismacolor pencils - Copenhagen Blue, Sepia
Mod Podge
Vintage tatting
Cheese cloth

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: Anniversary Card

Hello friends!  I have an anniversary card to share today. I've used lots of fun Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts bits and bobs including butterfliesheart dangles, and wee little number plates.  I made this for my sister Lora, who also happens to be on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts education team.  I hope she doesn't take a sneak peek at my post before she receives the card!

I started with the Butterflies and Dragonflies cut.  Look how many choices are on the card!

Separate the cuts from the card -- I usually just press a blade into the board at the little stay-tabs.  Repeat on the other side if needed.

I dabbed white gesso on each piece and allowed to dry.

I positioned the heart frame top over the scene I wanted and traced it with a pencil.  I cut it inside the pencil lines so it wouldn't overlap on assembly and used brown ink on the edges.

Paint was next!  First I coated everything in creme white and quickly became bored with it.

I didn't take photos along the way, but I used these paint in roughly the left-to-right order.  The white on the end was mixed with colors to lighten them.  A little water diluted the paints so I could blend them in.

Here's the butterfly result.  Pretty!  The beaded hearts and bead trim were sponged with very diluted brown paint.  I used a brown marker to color the heart base so white didn't show through.

The Viva Pearl Pen is useful for pearls but keep in mind the dots will dry like little daggers if you don't make sure the tops are rounded when applied.  I didn't work carefully enough, I'll admit.  I ws able to push the dagger dots down a bit once dried.

The number plates are finished and don't need any treatment.  I used a straight pin to poke holes in the beaded heart where I wanted to attach the number plate.  Small vintage eye pins did the trick!

Once the card was embellished I decided to add a glassy surface in the heart using Diamond Glaze.

And here's the finished card!

Happy anniversary Lora and hubby!  I love you both dearly.  :)


Bead Strand Heart Dangle #D12H
Butterflies and Dragonflies #D69A
Bead Strands #D99K
Tiny Number Plates White #C8TW (coming soon!)

Other supplies used
Sewing machine
Scor Tape
Clear fabric glue
Liquitex white gesso
Diamond Glaze
Brown and ivory card stock
Pink Paislee paper
Mulberry paper flowers
Vintage tatting
Vintage crochet
Lumiere paints
Ivory acrylic paint
Viva Pearl Pen in creme