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? https://gslcuts.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-claw.html

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 https://gslcuts.blogspot.com/2021/02/miniature-bakery.html

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

Curiosity Cabinet

Today I am sharing a miniature display of curiosities I made from a GSL 6 x 6 Shadowbox. I’ve always been fascinated by curiosity cabinets and was inspired to fashion something in miniature that’s a nod to them. 

Here’s the box laid out. It has a large area on top and three smaller cubbies below. I assembled it using a bit of tacky glue.

Once the glue dried, I painted the front edges of the box and the walls of the small cubbies with brown acrylic paint. The paper I chose for the background is 7 Gypsies Sirene paper.

The little egg collection is made from scraps of polymer clay. They are displayed in a GSL Mini Cigar Box which is available over at Alpha Stamps. 

I painted it off white and glued the baked poly clay eggs in place. On the left side is something I’ve wanted to use in a project for a long time. My husband and I have kept bees on and off over the years. When you buy a package of bees it comes with a queen trapped inside a queen cage that is sealed with a sugar plug. Her worker bee attendants will eat through the sugar to release her into the hive. I removed the screen from the queen cage to use it as a mineral display case. 

The outside of the cage was pretty rough so I covered the top and sides with a wood grained scrapbook paper. I chose a few polished minerals to tuck inside. Also included in the top section are some printed images of curiosity collections, resin animal skull flatback cameos, small seashells and tiny treasures. The butterfly specimens are mounted on a craft wood frame. A guinea hen feather is tucked into a shark vertebrae I picked up on our travels. 

I had some shark teeth I picked up on the beach when I was a kid. I glued them onto a piece of craft stick painted off white.

 The lower cubbies display curiosities in little jars, miniature books, pearls & shells.

Thanks for stopping by!

GSL Products Used

6 x 6 Shadowbox

Mini Cigar Box Set

Other Supplies Used

Tacky glue

Acrylic paint

7 Gypsies Sirene paper

Printed images

Craft wood

Shells, shark teeth, pearls, tiny treasures

Miniature Halloween Market Stall

I have another project for Alpha Stamps today, one that is perfect for the season. This little stand works perfectly for a Halloween sweet treats market booth. I could see using this piece for so many different projects – a hot chocolate stand, Christmas market stall, farmer’s market stand, bakery pop-up, the possibilities are endless!

I started this project by making a platform from a House Ornament Base and a Small Brick Wall Stencil. After stabilizing the stencil with painter’s tape, I applied texture paste with a palette knife.

Once the paste was dry, I painted the entire surface with an off white acrylic paint which would become my grout color.

From there, I just randomly layered different shades of brown and orange paints onto the raised bricks.

The entire thing was finished during a crafty skype with a friend.

The market is made from a Small Rectangular Niche with Shelves. It comes with a front, back, niche and two little shelves (I only used one for this project). I painted the niche walls black and glued the sides in place. All of the paper I used in this project came from the Alpha Stamps October 2020 Halloween Market Kit.

Here is the assembled niche along with the market front wall.

The niche needed a bat shelf so made one out of one of the Chipboard Bats Set and a small section of bass wood. Sitting on the shelf are some jars I made from Amber Glass Beads, round head pins and some tiny bats that were included in the October kit.

It looks great glued in place.

Also included in the niche are some mini resin jars, Tiny Wrapped Gumballs, Red Apples, jars of microbeads & bats and dishes of polymer clay candy slices.

The jar of green bats was made by sifting through the Dark Polymer Clay Halloween Slice Mix. The jar lid was made from a metal bead and head pin.

The Market Stall Niche Add-On has a floor, facade, counter and two small connector pieces. Here is the floor covered in striped paper and the facade which has an Orange Pumpkin Border.

The counter is a chipboard box that gets folded up and glued together. I chose to paint the top black and paper the sides with this great bat paper.

This market of course needs a cauldron. I painted a Metal Cauldron with black nail polish after giving it a good wash with soap and water. It came out nice and shiny!

To fill the pot, I made eyes from the Eyeballs Collage Sheet and some 10mm Round Glass Cabochons. So creepy!

For the counter top I painted a couple of Tiny Wooden Bowls and filled them with more polymer clay slices.

The candied apples are made from green polymer clay that got some brown and red chalk highlights after it was baked off. A toothpick stick was glued in place and they were dipped in a mixture of red acrylic paint and Glossy Accents.

Cotton Candy was made from tiny bits of roving inside a small cellophane bag. They are hung from tiny clothespins that I decorated and glued in place onto one of the stall supports.

When my girls were little, we used to decorate blown eggs for Halloween. That inspired me to make some in miniature from polymer clay. They are displayed in a small basket on top of Mini Easter Basket Grass. I’ve set it on top of a decorated One Inch Wooden Block.

I used a Mini Sandwich Board Set to make a sign showing some of the treats for sale.

I hope your holiday brings you lots and lots of full sized sweet treats. Happy Halloween!

You can find all of the wonderful Alpha Stamps products I used HERE.

Miniature Halloween Cabinet

I had fun decorating one of my absolute favorite pieces to work with – a GSL China Cabinet 1 to 12 for Halloween. It was fun finding and making spooky little objects to put in the display.

Here are the cabinet pieces laid out. The cabinet also comes with upper and lower doors but I wanted this to be an open cabinet so I set those aside for some future use.

Once it was assembled with tacky glue, I painted the walls and exterior with black acrylic paint.

For the back interior wall, I used two different papers – an orange dot from DCWV and Graphic 45’s An Eerie Tale floral which I fussy cut for the middle shelf.

To make the stand up ghosts I cut apart a scrapbook border I had in my stash and glued them to small wood blocks that were painted white.

I had a Haunted Mansion Madame Leota miniature game that a friend made me and I wanted to include, which gave me the idea of making a Madame Leota crystal ball. It’s made from a Idea-Ology snowglobe, a printed image and some teal roving.

I embossed the word ‘Boo!’ from the GSL Spooky Shape Set and glued it in place. I added a few printed heads in jars, a trick or treat bucket, a doll’s eye and a vial of poison made from a Christmas light bulb dipped in red paint and set inside a mini glass bottle.

Madame Leota was joined by a Hagen-Renaker porcelain frog and a plastic spider web. That darling GSL Miniature Ouija Board is available over at Alpha Stamps.

Those little ghosts went in one of the bottom cubbies, along with the Madame Leota game and a miniature skull.

The cabinet was finished with a bat sticker from Jolee’s Boutique 3D Halloween Embellishments – Animal Skeletons.

Happy Halloween!

Ectomobile Reimagined

I’ve had one of the incredible GSL Funeral Coaches for a while and couldn’t decide how I wanted to finish it. I kept flipping back and forth between painting it black and trying to make it authentic to the late 1800’s vs. making it into something really unconventional like a doughnut delivery vehicle. Once I got into my head that it’s basically a hearse, I hit on the idea of turning it into a funky version of the Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1.

To get started, I set aside the wheels and chassis and laid out all of the pieces that form the coach’s body. This makes both assembly and planning out which pieces need to be painted what color very easy.

I used white, black and red paint for the coach. Here are all the pieces with the exception of the wheels which were painted black with metallic for the spokes.

Here is the main part of the coach’s body assembled using a bit of tacky glue.

The ectomobile carries a lot of equipment on it’s roof. I used the base of a GSL Suitcase 2.4 Inch for gear storage.

Finding stuff for the roof rack was pretty fun. I ended up using an Altoid tin, spent CO2 cartridge, some wooden beads, acrylic bits, spool, wire, light bulbs, sewing bobbin, and a black lego. The amber lights were made by gluing large rhinestones onto flat square silver beads. The satellite dish is made from a flower nail, which is the base you use when piping flowers from frosting.

I fretted over how to make a red light working only from stash then found a jar of these vase filler acorns. When you set a red one inside a polymer clay base and add a split key ring, I think the effect is quite convincing.

The vehicle needs a companion to ride along. I sculpted a Slimer out of polymer clay. Here is an in-process picture.

I glued the chassis in place, added some signage and it’s ready to roll.

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