Monday, November 2, 2009

Journey - Gypsy Spot Challenge

It's the first challenge for the new blog, Gypsy Spot!  If you are a Gypsy fan, a cricut fan or just a die cut fan, you are sure to find a lot of inspiration at the Gypsy Spot! If you don't know much about the Gypsy, come to the blog and see what we are doing with it. It is a personal design studio for the cricut, it allows papercrafters to take their ability to design on the go... also carrying all their cricut cartridges as well, which means we can travel to crops a lot lighter than ever!

I designed this to be a companion layout for my "Only 15" layout of my mother. This is my dad at graduation from high school. I fell in love with the K & Co "Blue Awning" paper pad that I found and I got it in the mail just as I was designing this project for the Gypsy Spot. Knew I had to use them for this layout! I also used Bazzill cardstock, Prima bling, Stickles, an EK border punch, and a couple K & Co. ephemera pieces I had laying around.

The first challenge at the Gypsy Spot that this was made for is to use either of the cartridges that came pre-installed on the Gypsy: Gypsy Wanderings or Gypsy Font, or both. I chose to use Gypsy Wanderings since it had EVERYTHING I needed for this layout. The marquee shape that is the background the photo is adhered to and the journal block were cut with GW.

All three leaf cuts are on Gypsy Wanderings, as well as the dragonfly. After I adhered the leaves and dragonflies to the layout, I went over them with stickles. The leaves have Distress Peeled Paint stickles and the Dragonflies have Frosted Lace stickles.

The word "Journey" can be found in Gypsy Wanderings as well, in one of the function keys. Up till now I rarely used the shadow features but I'm really liking the effect that shadowing a cut has. I applied Distress Faded Jeans stickles to the word. That particular color went with this paper perfectly.

I didn't have to do anything fancy with any of these cuts. I simply cut the leaves in a couple sizes, the word to fit the spot I wanted it to go. I'm finding that the Gypsy Wanderings cart is really versatile and has a lot of cuts in it that can be used for entire layouts.

Thank you for visiting!


  1. Michelle, I love it. Great job. Christina

  2. the deep and rich...wonderful pic did a great job on your fist challenge...just stunning!

  3. WOW, Michelle! Gorgeous layout! Love all the leaves and the colors are just perfeect! You definitely rocked this first challenge!

  4. A stunning layout, love everything about it - Go Gypsy (I will get one - Santa are you listening???) xx