Monday, 27 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Hi all,

I'm meant to have finished a design today for but with the last month I've had, I haven't had time.
I'd like to apologise for not being able to complete my design.
So I'll just take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

Kelly :)

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Isla Word book

Hi all,

Today I'm a guess designer on She's a Sassy Lady. I thought I would do a word book today. My friend just had a little girl and I thought I would make her a little word book. I hope you like it.

This is the first layer on the Gypsy. I used George for the square and Storybook for the lettering. I often use Storybook as I like the lettering.

Here's layer two. On the first and second layer I just focused on the main part of the word book.

Layer 3 was just for the lettering that I was going to overlay on the main wordbook pages.

Here's the chipboard all cut out. I used cereal boxes for my chipboard.

Here are all of layer three cut out. I used DCWV Nursery Girls for all of the paper.
I arranged my paper so each letter would be cut out of different paper. Saves time and paper.

Here are the letters cut out.

To make the other size fit, I could have flipped the designs on the Gypsy, but to save time I put the paper on the mat face down.

Here are all the four pages assembled. I inked round all of the edges with Tattered Rose distress ink. I made little pockets with envelopes so the hospital bracelets etc could have somewhere to go.

Here is the final picture of it all together. I tied it with a baby ribbon. Word books are fairly easy to do and I hope this tutorial will help you have a go at it.

Kelly x

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Bird Cage Album

Hi all,
As you know I'm a regular guest designer for . Today I wanted to make a mini album. I have wanted to get the serenade cart for a long time. Finally I have it. I love the bird cages on it. This inspired me to make a bird cage mini album. I like to use one image and change it to make a great mini album.The bird cage is 5.94 inches in height. I left the link on. I used K& co paper.

I used two layers for my Gypsy file. This is the first layer. On this layer I used one of the bird cages with all the bits cut out. The second image is using hide contour to a solid image. I use two and three images when I cut my chipboard out as it's not 12 x 12. So it doesn't fill a whole mat. I use cereal boxes and pizza boxes for my chipboard.
Here is the first layer cut out.

Here is the second layer on the Gypsy. As you can see the three bird cages have had Hide contour used on them. I used hide contour on one image and then copied that image twice. It saves time. Copy is the button with two squares on top of each other.
Here is layer two cut out.

When I cut the paper for these shapes I used layer 2 and 4 cages. I copied another cage as I was using all of the cutting mat as I used 12x12 paper.
I cut layer 2 twice with two different sheets of paper. Here is the first lot cut out.

Here is the second lot cut out.

Here are all the shapes, paper cut out.

For the bird cage I used gilding flakes. I put all the gilding flakes in a ice cream tub with a paint brush to store it. My gilding flakes were a mixed bag. You can buy just gold, silver or bronze on it's own.

I used the Xyron creative station to put a layer of adhesive onto the cage.

Here is the cage after it's come out of the Xyron. I turned it over so the adhesive would be on the front of the cage.

I then placed the cage in the flakes as you can see in the picture. I then used the paint brush to brush the excess flakes off. I used a circle motion and didn't press to hard. Using the xyron saves having to buy the size for leaf metal. Basically a glue you paint on and have to wait until it goes clear before you put the flakes on.

Here is the cage after the brushing off. It gives it a antique look.

I then used the zyron for adding adhesive to the chipboard. I sometimes find it easier than using my ATG gun.

To finish it I used my crop a dile to cut a hole in the top of the cages. This is where I have attached it together with fibre.
I haven't added anymore to it as I always add most of the finishing touches after I choose the picture. I haven't decided which one of my children should be behind the cage lol.
I hope you enjoyed this project. Please check out for other great projects.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


Hi all,
I'm debuting on It's my first time as a designer on there. The blog was started up on the Cricut Members Board for Gypsy users to gain inspiration and to try to learn how to use her. Today I decided to make flowers. The file is pretty simple. It was one of the first ones I made on my Gypsy. I saw lots of flowers being made on Utube using punches. That seemed a lot of time wasted punching out. I made this file with 8 different size flowers.

Here is my Gypsy screen. You can change the flowers, which I'm going to do now I have even more carts. The flowers are just over 1.5 inches.

Here are the floers all cut out on my mat. I used K&Co card. I find light weight card works better as it holds the shape and doesn't tear.

I then used the end of a paint brush to curl the petals. I also squeezed some with my fingers.

You can make lots of different flowers depending on how many layers you use. The purple one in the picture was my very first attempt. It's the last one of the batch I made, so I keep it as a record. You can see by the pink ones, depending on what ones you use you can get different results.
I hope you all enjoyed my project. I will add the file at a later date to my Gypsy File section.
Thanks for looking
Kelly :)

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Pumpkin Rosette

Hi all,
Today I'm a guest designer for Pam at The theme this month is Halloween. I thought I would make a pumpkin rosette. I made a rosette on my Gypsy the other week and I wanted to try it again but instead of circles at the top I used pumpkins.

Here is the Gypsy screen of the file.As you can see I placed pumpkins along the top. I didn't put any on the bottom as a previous reader on here pointed out I didn't need to. I think I just got too excited placing them on.

I used the Graphic 45 Alice in Wonderland halloween card and Orange card

Here it is cut out. As you can see I folded it on where the pumkin ended. After a bit of playing I had to also fold it down the middle of each pumkin. If the pumpkins were smaller it would be alright, but I don't think you would realise they were pumpkins if they were smaller. You then need to attach the two pieces together to make a ring. you then push the bottom in whilst pulling the top out. The pumpkin keeps the rosette in it's shape. There is one on each side. If you don't have something in the middle the rosette pops out of shape.

Here is the finished one. You can see how I've folded it a bit more detail. I would probably change the colour of the pumpkin in the middle when I do it again. The rosettes are a bit addictive once you have the basic file. I will be uploading this file Wednesday pm onto here. You'll be able to find it under the heading Gypsy files at the top.
I hope you enjoyed this project.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Gypsy Files

Hi all,

I have now updated my gypsy files. Here you will find all of the projects I have done so far.
Just click on Gypsy files. Click on the file you would like to download. Download, save and then upload to your Gypsy.

This is the first time I've done this, so hopefully it works correctly.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day.


Monday, 27 September 2010

Rosette Flower

Hi all,

I'm a guest designer on today.

This time I'm going to show you how to make your own paper rosettes. As some of you may know Tim Holtz has just brought a die out which makes a paper rosette. I have this die, it's great but you are limited by size. I thought I would put the task to my Gypsy and see what she could come up with.

The blue Rosette is my first attempt. I thought it turned out quite well.

This is the Gypsy screen. I used Gypsy Font for the rectangle and the circles. The rectangle was 7.75 inches by 1 inch. The flowers were 1/2 inch. I could have gone smaller, but I know that sometimes the Gypsy can take a long time cutting something too delicate. The first time I cut this I had 3 strips of the rectangle and 6 circles. The Gypsy froze when it finished cutting. I turned it off and adjusted it to the above and it cut fine. I cut it once, blade 5, pressure high.

This is the strips cut out on the Expression. I used double sided card.

You then have to fold it alternately like an accordian or a fan.

Join the two ends on each strip to the other strip so it forms a cylinder. You then need to gather one end of the cylinder together whilst pushing the other end out. I couldn't photograph this bit as I couldn't hold it down and take a photo. You then stick the circles on both sides in the middle. Like the picture below. This holds the rosette in place.

I hope you like this tutorial. It was a lot of fun to make. i'm going to try different lengths and sizes of the circle to see what the Gypsy can cope with.

Kelly x

Monday, 23 August 2010


Hi all,
I'm a guess designer on today, so please take a look. I love making wordbooks on the Gypsy. This time I decided to do a wordbook for myself based on the Magnolia Stamps Tilda. It has pockets for putting stamped images in. This is going to be a record for myself, so I know which stamps I have. I'm a bit addicted to buying these at the moment and I don't want to double up on ones I already have lol.

Here is the wordbook.

I designed it on the Gypsy using Gypsy Font. Gypsy Font is a cart I use a lot for making wordbooks as it has basic shapes and a great font. I used 6 layers, one for each letter and the last page had all the individual letters on it. I cut the chipboard and then the paper.

Here is how I laid my paper out. As you can see on the gypsy screen above only the T was highlighted in red. I cut one layer at a time, but arranged them after I had lined them up, so I could cut more quickly.

I cut the letter T (the first layer). When my Gypsy finished cutting the screen below showed. I didn't unload my mat, I tapped the return to design button. I then clicked onto the second layer, the letter I and pressed cut. It then cut the letter but to the right of my screen. and I repeated this eith the third layer. I then unloaded my mat, then arranged two new pieces of paper for D and A and repeated the above process. I hope this is a tip you can all find useful

To make the little pockets, I used some little wage envelopes. I sealed the envelope and covered one side with paper. I then cut the top off. To shape the corners I cut one corner off see picture below.

I then turned this corner over and placed it on the other corner ( see picture below). I used it as a template so the corners would be the exact same size. I then scored and folded one edge down.

Here is the finished album.

Well I hope you like my wordbook. They are easy to make, so have a go and see what you can come up with.
Kelly x