Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Ed. Team: Valentine Micro Mini Album

Hello!  I'm over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with a sweet Shaped Edge Micro Mini Album to share with you today.  I'm not much of a Valentine's gal myself, but I do love a good paper and Kaisercraft's "Sweet Nothings" put me in the mood.

First things first: Punch holes.  I used a ruler and marked a hole 1/4 inch from the edges, then used a Crop-A-Dile to make 3/16" holes.

From there I used the top panel to mark hole positioning for all other panels.

The most time consuming part of this project was selecting the papers for each side.  I traced the panel on papers and cut them by hand.  Fine tuning happens later when the glue is dried and I can sand the edges to match the chipboard.

I used Mod Podge to adhere the cut papers to both sides of the panels, then let them sit and dry while I had lunch.

After lunch I sanded the edges, then inked.  I used white glue to attach the layered bits.

I've been meaning to play around with white dots and dashes, as I've seen on so many projects.  I like the look and will practice more to get better at it!

Thanks for your visit today!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Shaped Edge Micro Mini #D101R

Additional Supplies
Kaisercraft "Sweet Nothings" 6x6 pad
Mod Podge
Fine sand paper
Brown ink
White glue
Sharpie Poster Paint pen
Stickles "Frosted" glitter glue
Assorted fibers

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Gypsy Soul Ed. Team: ATC Trio

Hello and happy new year crafty friends!  I'm on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today to share a trio of ATCs with you.  This is the first chance I'd had to use Graphic 45's Flutter paper set.  I love it!

Come visit the GSLC blog to see all the details!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

GSL Ed Team: Graphic 45 Sampler

Hello crafty friends!  I'm on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  I have to be honest, I started this Tags In A Box project without real focus.  I wanted to use scraps of Graphic 45 papers, things I prepared with fussy cutting or layering, yet never used. Once I started it, I quickly became underwhelmed by my efforts.  It was a good idea, but...  'meh' on execution.  It was way after midnight and I went to bed with 3 tag fronts laid out, thinking I was too far in to quit, but I needed to sleep on it.

In the morning over coffee, I wondered what I'd do with this project after it was completed.  Should I even continue?

Then I remembered Margo.  We met at a local monthly art & craft event.  My table that month held shadow boxes, embellished greeting cards, altered tins, and such.  We bonded over a love of Graphic 45 papers.  I see her every once in a while and each time we lament that we've never actually gotten together for crafty time.

Margo, this one's for you.  You breathed life into this project and gave it purpose.  Thank you.  I hope to see you at November's 3rd Friday!


Here is the base. You'll see I was rubbish at taking photos of the steps, but this should help a little.

The small piece in front allows you to display a tag without it sliding forward.  Pretty clever design, if you ask me.  The kit includes the base as well as 6 tags.  The tags are all roughly 4" x 8" and the box has a generous amount of room, so embellishments weren't a concern.

There's even an Extra Tag Set available if you want to fill it up!

I painted the inside black and covered the outside with Renaissance paper and black acrylic paint.

The tags were covered with background paper using Mod Podge.  The edges were sanded and then inked with brown marker and a foam pad.

Each tag was assembled with scraps of G45 and embellishments.  I used a small cut of gears from the Steampunk Frame to enhance the Steampunk Spells tag.  (Visible in the top photo.)  I used a mix of browns and black embossing powders on the gears.

Thanks for your visit today.


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Tags In a Box Display #BD10A
Steampunk Frame #D20C

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

GSLC Ed. Team: #Engage

Hi friends - Here's my latest project on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog, using the ATC Shrine Box.  Pop on over to see how I made it!

Thanks for your visit today!  --Susan

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used

Monday, September 17, 2018

GSLC Ed. Team: Apothecary Cabinet

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm sharing an apothecary cabinet made with one of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts' fabulous hinged boxes.  Come see the treasures inside!

This apothecary cabinet comes with a shelf for the center middle and a drawer for the center bottom -- I have left both of these out.  I glued the pieces together with white craft glue and allowed to dry.

I wanted the hinge holes set before I painted or papered (haven't decided which way to go yet).  I laid the hinges in place, marked the brad holes with a pencil, then used a tool to poke the holes.  I attached them to make sure the cabinet doors hung evenly, then removed for later use.

I measured the harlequin paper for the back center and painted all sides with black acrylic paint.

In this next photo I have attached the back harlequin paper and the door front/side papers.   This allowed me to attach the hinges permanently.  Now that it stands, I gathered bits and started the inside design.  During this, I realized I wanted to paper the insides.

The papers are cut and scored, but I added front door handle holes first.  (I didn't end up using the handles but was able to disguise the holes on the front with black Dresden trim.)

In this photo, I've added the inside papers with Mod Podge.  After that dried, I coated all sides with matte varnish.  Time to fill the shelves!

The label on the tall bottle is a rub-on.  I carefully dabbed wet glue all over the glass bottle for a frosted effect.

Thanks for your visit today!  I hope you are inspired by all the designers over on the GSLC blog.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
Apothecary Cabinet for Larger Bottles #C45AL

Other Supplies Used
White craft glue
Black acrylic paint
Designer scrapbook papers
Liquitex Varnish - Matte
Assorted bottles and bits
7 Gypsies labels rub-on

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

GSLC Ed. Team: Glitter House Lane

Hello crafty friends!  Are you already thinking about holiday gifts and decorations?  Come visit my tutorial for glitter houses at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used

Platform 12x4 #C3P
(3) House Ornament Kits #D172HO
(3) House Ornament Chimney & Dormers #D172HC
(3) House Ornament Window Trim #D172HW
(2) House Ornament Porch #D172HP
(3) House Ornament Fence # D172HF

Thanks for your visit today!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

GSLC Ed. Team: "Study" Composition Box

Hello crafty friends!  Over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today I have a peek into a curious person's study.  I don't know if a mad scientist lives here or just a collector of ... oddities.  I can only imagine what's tucked into corners all over the room!

Come visit to see the step-by-step for this box!