Cookie Houses and Hot Cocoa

Today I am happy to share with you a project for Alpha Stamps that is seriously one of the most fun I’ve ever made. As someone who works a lot with miniatures, I love it when I have a lot of horizontal space to fill in and the 1:12 Market Stall certainly fits the bill. My vision for the piece was to fill the shelves with as many decorated sugar cookie houses as possible while leaving a spot to also offer hot chocolate with all the mix-ins I could think of. The Sweetest Christmas 12×12 Paper Set was the perfect starting point for this sugared holiday design.

Before decorating and gluing the market shelves in place, I cut the paper for the back wall of the stand. I had a lot of great choices for the paper to use for this focal area and settled on featuring a holiday banner at the top and a great retro pink tile for behind the counter.

The market was assembled using tacky glue. The only paper in this project not from the Sweetest Christmas collection is the brown reptile paper I used to cover the front counter. The stand is a blank canvas screaming fill me up! Those adorable hanging mugs are made by gluing reindeers from the Retro Santa & Penguin Tiny Christmas Stickers onto White Coffee Mugs. They were hung from from Mini Brass Coat Hooks.

I made decorated sugar cookie houses from 1:12 Gingerbread Houses. After assembling them, I painted them inside and out with pastel colors of acrylic paint.

The houses come with tiny windows. I very carefully separated them from each other with sharp scissors and gave them all a coat of white paint. All of the houses got a few layers of Tiny Scalloped Shingles in a contrasting color.

The side of each roof got 3 rows of overlapping shingles.

Once the glue dried, I added a row of polymer clay slices at the roof line. There are so many fun ones to choose from!

A few of the poly clay slices I used in this project were sugar coated. They were lightly coated in tacky glue then dropped into a container of extra fine glitter where they hung out until the glue dried.

I seriously felt like Willy Wonka decorating those little treasures, so much fun!

I took the time to make a couple of tiny snowmen for a few of the houses from poly clay. Pretty houses all in a row.

Now for some tips on a few of the other decorations. I love using ceramic beads in my projects. I always take the time to fill in the beading hole with a dot of matching paint as I did here with the Tiny Ceramic Gingerbread House Beads.

White and dark chocolate covered spoons? Yes please! I dipped spoons from a Miniature Silverware Set in acrylic paint and held them with craft clips until they dried.

Here are the pieces I painted for this project. The Santa Head Mug and Xmas Tree Candy Dish are both cast metal, the candy cane dish is from a great little Set of Miscellaneous Flower Pots that got filled with Mini Candy Canes. All three pieces were washed with soap and water then painted with a few coats of acrylic paint.

Some adult mix-ins are needed for grown up hot cocoa. How cute is that Bailey’s bottle? I made the Frangelico from a Tall Amber Resin Syrup Bottle, some printed label images and a bit of embroidery thread. The rum is made by adding a label from the Rum Bottles, Labels & Posters Collage Sheet to a plain wine bottle.

Here are some close ups of the finished shelves. Along with the cookie houses, I filled a few of the Even Tinier Bottles with a combination of cane slices, Multicolored Striped Candy Sticks & Tiny Polymer Clay Candy Canes. The houses sit on Tiny White Doilies. Scattered 5mm White Snowflakes complete the snowy sugary scene.

The hot chocolate shelf features those gingerbread house beads, pink and white candy balls in a Large Glass Apothecary Jar and some tiny resin lollipops in a Tiny Cube Glass Bottle. A White Ceramic Pitcher is filled with hot chocolate made from polymer clay. Those Peppermint Cane slices are sitting on a Scalloped Metal Plate that was painted white.

The front counter features one of the cookie houses, rock candy sticks made from finely chopped polymer clay baked onto flat toothpicks, poly clay marshmallow snowmen mug toppers, the chocolate dipped spoons, microbead candy inside Mini Mason Jars, poly clay cinnamon sticks and a snowman snowglobe made from poly clay and crystal glitter inside a glass dome.

To finish the scene I added a sign that I would personally find hard to pass up using a 1:12 Scale Sandwich Board.

Thanks for stopping by my sweet holiday shop! You’ll find all the supplies I used HERE.

Mini Occult Market Shop

I decided to make another little witchy market shop with the intent to eventually make an entire spooky bazaar.

I used a GSL 1:12 Scale Market Stall which is available over at Alpha Stamps. The paper I chose for this project is from Stamperia’s lovely Cosmos line. I painted the supports and papered the shelves and rear wall of the stall before assembling it with tacky glue and installing it on the base.

To fill the shelves, I started with a little display of polished crystals and stones. I have a jar of polished pebbles that I sorted through and glued like colors into a tray made of craft sticks. I used a curved dollhouse brick to make a stand for the display.

I made colorful spell candles by painting round toothpicks and assembling them in bundles. The jar of miniature rune stones were made by a friend years ago. I am so glad I finally found a project they belong in. Those little charm bags were sewn, filled with an assortment of shells, stones, runes and talismans then tied with a bit of embroidery thread.

Here are some close-ups of the shelves. The top one features gazing balls made from marbles and pretty beads next to miniature brass statues I picked up on our travels. Below that are tarot cards made from miniature printables and a few jars of herbs.

Below that I placed the spell candles, a GSL Miniature Ouija Board from the Mystical Miniatures set (coming soon) and smudge sticks which are made from assorted dried mosses tied with crochet thread. The shelf below that features the polished stone display and some books made from printable covers glued onto foam blocks.

The front counter was covered in a faux reptile paper and features the runes, a set of mini tarot cards, the charm bags and a little silver pentagram jar. The front of the stall has a palmistry sign also from the GSL Mystical Miniatures set to draw customers in. 

Here is the beginning of my Halloween Bazaar. Thanks for stopping by!

Alice Through the Looking Glass Shrine

I have a pretty little project for Alpha Stamps to share with you today that features Stamperia’s new Alice Through the Looking Glass papers. There are so many gorgeous papers in this collection I had a hard time choosing which ones to use. The base for this project is a House Shrine with Doors – Medium, the perfect vessel to set a Queen Alice scene inside.

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Open the doors and you’ll see I used a Victorian Table Kit – Black I set all kinds of goodies on and filled the walls and floor with as many tiny treasures as possible.

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I fussy cut a few of the winged creatures from the Alice paper to display in a Mini Metal Shadowbox. It came with a bright red removable velveteen lining that I replaced with a gray suede paper. Super simple to use the original red as a template.

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I placed a Plant with Pink and Fuchsia Flowers inside an Antique Garden Urn as decoration. Before I set it in place, I snipped a few of the flowers and dropped them inside a 1cm Clear Glass Globe that got mounted on a spiked cone brad. When finished, it looks like a little floral snow globe.

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It was glued onto a Triangular White Shelf Bracket along with a Standing White Rabbit Charm. These shelves come in a set of two, the other one received an adorable Micro Mini Flamingo. Also shown here is the stack of cups I made for the table by gluing three Silver 3D Teacup and Saucer charms together.

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I love the Queen Alice image, and framed her overlooking the scene. Her crown hangs below her painting where it’s ready to grab and run.

The Victorian Table Kit basically snaps together, it was so easy to assemble! I hand made a few of the treats on the Tiered Cupcake Stand.

Here is a quick look at my cookie-making process. I used a Mini Silicone Mold – Biscuits and Bread to make tiny cookies out of paperclay. Once those were dried, I painted them with acrylic paint and rubbed the edges with a bit of brown soft pastel. The icing was made by mixing liquid polymer clay with soft pastels to color it then baked on the cookies for 5 minutes at 265 degrees to set it.

The little pink bouquet of paper flowers is being visited by an acrylic butterfly nail charm (I also landed one on the Pink Heart Cake with Roses).

These gorgeous Fancy Filigree Hinges were attached using E6000 glue. I glued them to the doors, let that set, then glued them to the sides of the shrine.

This little shrine includes a drawer that I filled with cards cut from a Mini Alice Tarot Half Sheet.

I hope you enjoyed this visit through the looking glass with Alice. You’ll find all of the supplies I used HERE

Fairy Tale Courtyard Bedroom

I have something rather charming to share with you today. I took a brand new piece from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts – the Porch and Courtyard Box and turned it into a fairy tale setting. This structure screams to be turned into a garden setting of some sort with lush plants and flowers, a bench, maybe a fountain but I went another direction. When I figured out that a GSL Bed Standard 1 to 12 fit on that upper level it was only going to be a fairy tale setting for me.

This project started with the bed, which came out oh so adorable.

I gave the headboard, footboard and side slats a coating of gesso as primer.

Once it was assembled using tacky glue it got a few coats of white acrylic paint.

The bedposts were made from lengths of ¼ inch dowel topped by ¾ inch wood ball finials and painted white to match the bedframe.

These posts were attached to the frame with E6000 glue for extra hold. I decorated the headboard with flatback resin flowers, leaves & rhinestones.

Two kinds of mattresses were made for the bed – thin and thick. The thin ones were simply a layer of quilt batting sewn between two layers of fabric. The thick ones involved no sewing at all. I had some squishy packaging material in my stash that I cut into rectangles. I wrapped some fabric around those and glued it in place. A clothespin held the fabric in place while the glue dried.

 Dowels and E6000 were used to make a ladder for the bed.

 Pretty dang cute!

I used papers from DCWV Dark Fairytale for the upper bedroom level. The wooden floor paper is from Bo Bunny’s Garden Party.

The structure has two slatted porch sections. Those were painted in a medium gray and glued in place.

Here is the upper level assembled. I painted the left wall in a soft gray. That massive stained glass detail is also from Dark Fairytale. 

The stone floor paper that I used is from the Reminisce – Wizard 102 Collection. You’ll notice the stairs are tabbed directly into the left side wall.

To facilitate that, slots were cut through the stained glass paper after it was glued into place.

The Porch and Courtyard Box also comes with a lattice piece that covers the entire upper section (shown below). I left it off so that the bed could be accessed as this is going to a little girl who will need to tuck a princess doll into bed at night. Had I gone in a different direction for this piece, I was considering hanging a chandelier from the lattice, and maybe also some ivy. So many options!

A bedroom window was fashioned from a GSL Reliquary – Arch Top. I only used the frame layer, which got painted black. The starry night paper is from Graphic 45’s Happy Haunting collection.

Some artwork was added to the wall using one of the new GSL Miniature Picture Frames.

A tiny flower arrangement was made in pretty much the same way full sized ones are. I cut a tiny piece of floral foam and inserted tiny paper flowers. It reminded me of the flower arranging classes my mom took when I was a kid. 

The floral arrangement went onto a vintage rattan dollhouse table. I added a friendly frog underneath.

Downstairs there was just enough room to feature a table set for a feast. I used a GSL Gothic Trestle Table 1:12 Scale.

Once painted and assembled, I topped it with a gray woodgrain paper surface.

The fun part… I got out my polymer clay and paper clay and put the TV on. It was fun researching medieval banquet spreads to see what all to make. Any questions just ask in the comments!

Since the bed has a whole princess and the pea vibe going on, I made sure to include a pea pod with a single pea missing from it.

Such a fun project, thanks for stopping by!

GSL Products Used

Porch and Courtyard Box (coming soon)

GSL Miniature Picture Frames (coming soon)

Bed Standard 1 to 12

Reliquary – Arch Top

Gothic Trestle Table 1:12 Scale

Other Supplies Used

Tacky glue

E6000 glue

Acrylic paint

Wooden dowels

Wood ball finials

Flatback resin flowers and rhinestones

DCWV Dark Fairytale

Bo Bunny Garden Party

Reminisce – Wizard 102 Collection

Graphic 45 Happy Haunting

Paper flowers

Vintage miniature rattan table

Toy frog

Polymer clay

Paper clay

Spring Gardening

Brought up from the garden this morning… asparagus from the bed we put in last year, garlic scapes and some gorgeous tender lettuce. We have 14 raised beds planted and added two paw paw trees next to our blueberries. We have lots and lots of garlic this year after a disappointing harvest last year.

Mini Bath & Body Display

I have a little bath and body display to share today that uses the brand new GSL Composition Display Stand (coming soon). This piece could be used for so many things! I considered setting it for a wedding cake, birthday, cocktail party, bake sale, market stand, so many possibilities. I finally settled on a little soap kiosk. I had a small handmade soap business a few years ago and this brings back memories.

The display stand is made up of six pieces that assemble easily with tacky glue.

I used a rubber band to hold the piece together while the glue dried.

The piece comes with two shelves, I only needed one of them for what I had in mind so set aside the other for a future project (yay, future project!). The shelf was painted with white acrylic paint. All of the paper used in this project is from Stamperia’s Secrets of India collection.

Most of the soap I made for this piece are just small bar-shaped chunks of polymer clay. I did, however make an actual tiny embedded heart with melt and pour soap and my smallest polymer clay cutters. I filled the heart cutter with pink soap and set it aside. After it set I unmolded it and set the heart inside the round mold then poured clear soap around it.

Once that was set I was able to unmold and slice it up. So stinking cute!

I wanted to include a little gift basket of bath products in this display, the GSL Tiny Octagon Planter Set was perfect. It comes with two sizes included, ½ inch tall and ¾ inch tall. 

I assembled the ¾ inch one and painted it white. It was trimmed with thin white satin ribbon and a white paper flower.

The gift basket was filled with a bar of each of the soaps, a resin rubber ducky and a jar of bath oil beads. Do they even make those any more? These are made from microbeads that came in a set of nail glitters.

A four inch section of GSL Border Sticks – Lace (coming soon) was painted white and fit the display motif perfectly.

 Thanks for stopping by!

GSL Products Used

Composition Display Stand (coming soon)

Border Sticks – Lace (coming soon)

Tiny Octagon Planter Set

Other Supplies Used

Tacky glue

Acrylic paint

Stamperia’s Secrets of India collection

Soap base

Polymer clay

Poly clay cutters

Dollhouse platters

Resin ducks

Satin ribbon

Paper flowers

Small glass bottles


Bunny Cubby

With Easter just around the corner, I was inspired to make a rabbit-related project featuring a little porcelain bunny my husband bought me on our travels. I decided to make him his own little space, complete with a few things that would make him happy. Here’s how it came together.

I started with a GSL Deep Open Front 4.5 x 5.5 Shadowbox. It’s available over at Alpha Stamps, as are all of the chipboard pieces I used in this project. It’s a simple box that was assembled using tacky glue.

I used a leafy green paper from Craft Consortium’s Herbarium collection to wallpaper the top section of the room. The lower wallpaper is a neutral green from a Tim Holtz paper pack. A coffee stir stick was painted a soft gray to serve as a chair rail between the two papers. I used scraps for the floor and ceiling of this tiny space. The exterior is a 49 and Market Tattered Garden paper.

I used painted wooden beads to foot the cubby. Using a Q-tip to hold the bead makes it super easy to paint and set to dry without messing up your fingers. 

Wall decorations included some gray bunny images cut from a First Edition’s Wild at Heart paper pad. The Peter Rabbit image is glued into a paper frame. My favorite is the Jessica Rabbit calendar I made from printed images. Easter is, of course, marked in red. 

 The little table I used is a GSL Simple1:24 Table which has a table top, eight leg sections and a base where the legs are inserted.

The legs are glued together in pairs to make them sturdy. Those get glued into the table base. Once the glue dried, the table got painted and set aside.

On to the basket which holds vintage dollhouse carrots. This GSL Tiny Picnic Basket – Half Scale comes with lots of layers to stack and glue together plus two tiny little handles that I chose not to use for this project. 

Here it is finished and painted, along with a few other props I made for the cubby. The bowl is a ¾ inch wooden bowl painted orange. 

I added a crocheted trivet under a mini porcelain teapot and added a couple of polymer clay slice lady bugs.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Claw

Who among us hasn’t looked at a miniature Punch and Judy theater and thought that needs to be a claw crane game? Just me?

Miniature Bakery

Today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog I am sharing my version of a miniature bakery inspired by some of the ones we have visited on our travels over the past few years. If you want to see the details of how it was made, stop by

Farmer’s Market Honey Display

Brian and I have kept bees off and on over the years and I spent many seasons at our local farmer’s market selling our honey (and lamb, eggs, produce, beeswax candles, soap & pottery). The GSL Mini House Room Box 4 Cubbies gave me the idea to make a miniature farm stand display that would make a beekeeper proud. Let me take you through how it came together.

Here are the chipboard pieces laid out. The interior of the house has interlocking pieces that make up the cubby sections. 

After assembling the interior, side walls and bottom of the piece using tacky glue, I painted the cubby walls and front edges with off white acrylic paint. I also painted the interior surface of the roof pieces the same color.

The attic section of the house was papered in Graphic 45’s Olde Curiosity Shop Parlor Wall, which has a lovely bee pattern. The cubby walls were papered in one of Authentique’s Latest and Greatest papers. The floors got a woodgrain paper from Honey Bee Stamps Home Essentials.

The roof got a shingles paper also from the Home Essentials collection. I used a black and gray check paper from Kaisercraft’s Looking Glass Collection for the house’s exterior walls. 

I made some fun things to go inside the display, starting with miniature candles made by dipping white florist wire in melted beeswax from our hives. Once cooled, they went on a small brass hook. I added a few descriptive signs.

I got some UV resin supplies for my birthday and these little yellow bears were my first resin project. I turned them into honey bears by adding lids made from small beads and painted toothpicks.

We never had an observation hive to take to the farmer’s market but a lot of honey vendors do. I started with a printed image and cut craft sticks to size. They were glued together and painted brown.

For a hive cover I glued on a small piece of transparency on top.

Once the glue was dried I simply cut away the excess.

Finishing touches include a spray of embellishment flowers in the attic space, along with a bee I made from pom poms and transparency wings.

The honey bears look so cute together! Any self respecting honey vendor has entered a jar or two in the county fair and come home with a ribbon or two (we have!). I felt this display deserved a few ribbons made from brads and blue (or course) ribbon. When I was making the dipped candles I poured the leftover melted wax in a rosebud mold and added a piece of florist wire for a candle wick. The honeycomb candles are made with small strips of hive foundation wax sheets wrapped around florist wire.

These floral candles on the left are simply molded polymer clay fitted with a florist wick. The observation hive cubby also contains resin honey jars.

I wish we had a real life size one of these! Thanks for stopping by!

GSL Product Used

GSL Mini House Room Box 4 Cubbies

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