A Scraphappy Southernbelle

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My First 'Gypsy' Project!!!

Hey yall! Happy Thursday! As you may already know, Mom and I are proud new owners of our own Cricut Gypsy! We each bought one and they arrived on Tuesday....after an all day wait I might add! LOL. The UPS man did not come until like 7 pm!!! I was ready to pull my hair out by that time. I was like a kid at Christmas and getting very impatient!


Of course, I had to immediately pull out this wonderful new toy and play. So I decided to join in on a challenge that is being held on the Cricut Message Board under the 'Gypsy Chat' section. I am a newcomer to this section of the message board and already feel so welcome. Everyone over there is so nice and it is a great place for any information you might need to know. So if you own a Gypsy and want to play along, HERE is the link to the challenge for ya!

The specs of the challenge are:



1. Create a project either for yourself or something you have wanted to try but not had the opportunity to-check: I decided to alter one of those wooden letters that you can find at any craft store. I have been wanting to alter one of these forever. The letter is for myself, so I guess I chose to do both something for me and something new. This letter was purchased at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 (can't beat that!). I bought a letter 'G' since that is the first letter of my last name. And with the Halloween season coming up (and yall know how I LOVE to decorate), I decided to create a Halloween themed letter to hang on a door inside my home.


2. Project must be done on Gypsy-check


3. The project must include one old and one new (to you) Cricut cart-check. For my old cart, I used 'Pooh & Friends' and 'Plantin Schoolbook. For my new cart, I used 'Happy Hauntings,' Pumpkin Carvings,' and 'Forever Young.'


4. Project must include 1 weld-check. I welded the shadow of my 'moon' and 'bat.' Being a newbie, this took me a while to figure out how to do on the Gypsy. But I am so glad that we were challenged to do a weld because now I know how to.


5. Project must include a flip OR stretch of any kind-check. I flipped both the dressform and the witch hat on my project.


6. Have fun-check, check, check! LOL. I had SO much fun creating this project. It took me about 2 days to complete it, but it sure was fun!!!


Now, on to the details of the project.....


I decorate my home in black, purple, orange, and green for Halloween. I also use a lot of spider themed decor, as well as a few ghosts, bats, pumpkins and witches. So I incorporated all of those into my project. I began by covering the letter with a spiderweb printed patterned paper. I then scraplifted an idea I had seen on the Cricut message board (from 'Timm'). The idea was on the cutest card. The artist had cut a dressform out and put a big bow on it and topped it off with a witches hat. I used the 'Forever Young' cartridge to cut out the dressform and this was flipped. I then used the 'Pooh & Friends' cartridge to cut out a witch hat, this also was flipped. I used the 'Pumpkin Carving' cartridge for the 3 big pumpkins behind the cat.. I used 'Plantin Schoolbook' for the moon and 'Happy Hauntings' for the bat, title, and the cat. I added purple ribbon to act as a hanger. I took this picture on our neighbor's old shed. I just loved the crackle of the white paint...it just looked creepy. (If you want, you can click on this pic to make it bigger and then come back to the post. It might help to see it better.)

I used 'Glossy Accent's on the witch hat and on the bat to make them glossy. The ghosts are a 3D sticker I found in my Mom's scrappy stash. I just love this dressform cut. It is so girly and so me! Tee Hee! I tied a bow to the 'waist line' of the form.

I used the Cuttlebug 'Spiderweb' folder on my moon to mimic a spiderweb reflecting under the moonlight. The spider is a little piece of confetti. I used Stickles glitter glue to add shimmer to the web.

See the glossy accents? It really helps it to shimmer. I gotta get me some of this stuff!!! I borrowed my Mom's for the project.


I cut the 3 bigger pumpkins in the background behind the cat out using the 'Pumpkin Carvings' cartridge. The smaller pumpkins with the pearl bling in the centers are stickers.

Here is a view so you can see how I welded together my moon and bat shadow. I then cut out a moon and a bat a bit smaller to overlay on top. As the 'Glossy Accents' dried on the bat, it turned the wings up nicely. I like the dimension it gives.

More dimension....



Thanks to 'Sassylady' for hosting this challenge also!!!

Well, that is all from me today. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I should be back some time next week. I am making the 12-13 hour drive back up to PA on Sunday, so it's 'on the road again' time for me! LOL. As always, thanks for stoppin' by my blog! Happy Scrappin'!

And go buy yourself a Gypsy! You will love it! Wink Wink!

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13 comments:

chksngr said...

NICE!!! Its gorgeous!

Peggy said...

Aymee, girl you really jump in with both feet. I've had my Gypsy for a couple of months and still haven't accomplished anything with it. You did a great job on this project. Very nice.

Jamiecrafts said...

WOW you did an amzing job... i love it! wanna make an "S" for me? LOL

marcibun said...

Great project! I'm so on the fence about the Gypsy, you're making me think about it....

Audrey Frelx said...

This is absolutely adorable!!! Great job!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

You did great on your first project!!! Love it and I am so glad you joined in the challenge. I knew what ever you did would be spectacular... please continue to join us on these little challenges as they really help your skill on the gypsy... you already are loaded with talent and the abilty to make beautiful things. TFS

Melissa said...

Congrats on your Gypsy! I love mine and don't know how I lived without it!!! Your project is adorable!

joeygirl86 said...

WOW!! This is awesome!! I love all the details you put into this! tfs

Jodi said...

Fabulous project!!!! I love every litte detail!!!

Janneke Smit said...

Wow! Love it!

Lisa said...

Awesome job, love it.

Christa said...

Wow for a first project, you really tackeled it and did a fab job! Your dress form I thought was the body for the witch really and was thinking wheres the face? LOL! Congrats on a great job!!!

Tammy said...

This is a beautiful creation! So well put together.