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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

GSL Cuts Ed. Team: Mother Nature Santos Doll

Hello crafty friends!  Today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog I'm sharing a Mother Nature inspired Santos doll.

My original idea for her was completely different than what you see today.  While my idea was neat, *this* particular Santos doll had a different design in mind.  :)  You may notice wings and a skeleton in the photos... just ignore 'em.

Here we go!  I used a small blade to cut the parts from the frame.  I usually just push down with the blade on both sides rather than pull the blade.  I'm not that graceful and run the risk of cutting too much.  Pressing down is safer!

I laid the torso on the paper I wanted to use and outlined with a pencil.  "F" is for front.  I had both front and back cut at this point and wanted to keep them straight.  I used Mod Podge as the adhesive. Once dry, I fine-tuned the paper edges with finishing sandpaper.  You'll see that better a little further down.

I highly recommend marking the arm holes on the first paper layer by using a pin to poke a tiny hole from the non-papered side.  It becomes a wee bit challenging to find the holes if you forget and put both front and back papers on without doing it.

For the inside base (painted brown for the earlier Santos version), I outlined both the outer edge and inner notches on my paper of choice.  I only needed to do the notches on the inside base since the skirt frame goes in them.  The base bottom paper is just the circle.

Mod Podge the inside paper to the base.  Once dry, use fine and superfine sandpaper to finish the edges.

Next, Mod Podge the outside paper (not shown here) and finish sand in the same manner.

I used a smidge of white glue on the bases of the skirt frame and cleaned up the bits that squish out with my fingernail or whatever would work.

Before the last frame piece was attached, I added embellishments.

The bird cage was painted brown, then gold, then with a silver wash.  I was making that up as I went!

To hang the cage, I used a very small eye hook up through the already-glued-and-mostly-dry torso.  Then I add the this top to the skirt frames and allowed to dry overnight.  In this case, I dabbed glue in the holes rather than on the frame parts.  Getting all the legs in required a little patience and coordination, but I would NOT say it was difficult.

I used small head pins and spacers to attach the arms.

Here she is in full.  I added a tiny nest and eggs.  I'm not sure if I'm going to add any more embellishments. Maybe a grapevine wreath for her head, but she will stay simple.

Thanks for your visit today!


GSL Cuts Used
Santos Doll Kit #C43L
Steampunk Shape Set (Cage) #D33A

Other Supplies Used
Pink Paislee "Butterfly Garden" paper
Dresden trim
Mod Podge
Fine sand paper
White gesso
Brown acrylic paint
Ivory acrylic paint
Brass bits and bobs

Saturday, January 27, 2018

GSL Ed. Team: Dirty Girl

Hello crafty friends!  I found a few cool Vargas pin-up girl playing cards recently and couldn't wait to use them on my Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts project.  Luckily the ATC Shrine Box w/Feet is the perfect size for playing cards.  Who knew?!

I started with standard assembly, which for me means making sure I have all the parts going in the right direction before gluing in place.  I learned the hard way.... *ahem*

I suggest you glue  top and bottom first so you can slide walls on.  As you can see in the photos, I put the right side wall on first without thinking ahead about that bottom notch.  It didn't end up being a  hardship, but I did have one of my "Huh... ok" moments.  They are more frequent that I should admit.

Once dry, I slathered the whole box with black gesso.

Gesso dries pretty quickly so I tapped my fingers a few times, or did something equally speedy.  I then measured the exterior and interior paper panels and cut out with a paper cutter.

I needed to tweak this side panel a bit.  There's a joke about measuring twice, cutting once.  Bah, whatever.

Here I have everything cut out.  I inked the edges with black just to get rid of the too-bright white core.

Mod podge it all together!

I've jumped ahead a bit in the photos.  After the mod podge dried I added a layer of lace, then a layer of rhinestones on the inside edges.  Diamonds are a girls best friend, right?

I used black dotted Dresden trim for the front edges and around the frame.  Glossy accents is a good adhesive since it has a small nozzle, but any glue will do.  

After all the trim was placed and the reverse side lettering was attached, I covered it all with a layer of matte varnish to seal and give a nice finish. I used E-6000 to attach the word blocks.

Thanks for stopping at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  I hope we can inspire you on your next projects!


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
ATC Shrine Box w/Feet #BD12F

Other Supplies Used
Prima Romance Novel 6x6 paper pad
Dresden trim
Vintage tattered lace
Rhinestone trim
Vintage playing card
Vintage word blocks
Mod Podge
Glossy Accents