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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Composition Box by Kathi and Layout by Melissa

Hi Crafters!  Today we have two projects to share.  First up is Kathi with her version of the Composition Boxes we've been sharing with you this month.

Hi everyone, it's Kathi here to share my composition box & a video on how I altered it. It's hard to believe it's been 40 years since I graduated from High School in 1974.  I thought it would be fun to create a memory box representing Lewiston Senior High, Lewiston Idaho, home of The Bengals.  I decorated the box with my school colors.

Bengal Tigers 
Full view of box, 
High school colors purple & gold.
close up of top

Video :

Supplies Used:
Gina;s Designs:

Other supplies:
Quick Quotes paper "Julie Je T'aime"
Distress paint
WOC flowers
Recollection flowers
Flat back beads. 
Miniature photo frame
Stuffed Bengal tiger
Chipboard letters & numbers from my stash

Next up is Melissa with an amazing mixed media layout.

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a 12 x 12 layout for Gina's Designs Lasercut Chipboard.

This is a photo of a beach in Greenport, on the north shore of Long Island, New York.   It was taken in September, almost October, so I put a little Halloween in here too, just for fun.

All of the chipboard was first prepped with some gesso, followed by some texture paste painted on with a brush. I only put a tiny bit on the sea horse.  The chandelier got painted with blue metallic acrylic paint, then glossy accents, then a little gold ink. For the chains I applied gold ink over silver glitter.  The flames have gold leaf on them.  The crows were painted with black acrylic, then glossy accents, then gold mica powder and water.  I went around the edges with a black sharpie to make the colors stand out more.

The blue mermaid was painted with watercolors. I drew fish scales over blue paint on the dress, then put a little green gel pen on. To make the hair look like strands,  I scratched wet texture paste with a straight pin.  I painted it with gold mica powder and water, and followed that with a little purplish- blue mica powder.

On the green mermaid I put scales on by using a piece of netting and texture paste. I painted it with blue watercolor, then watered down green acrylic silk.   I rubbed in some gold mica powder.

The sand dollar I first painted with wet gold mica powder, then a little brown watercolor around the star part, to give a little definition.  I rubbed in pewter mica.  

The seahorse is brown watercolor. I added detail with a pencil, using a print of a seahorse as a guide.

Thanks for looking!

Chipboard used:

Other products used:

Jaquard mica powders
Glossy Accents
Butterfly by Reneabouquet
Winton and Lewis Watercolors
Stencil by Finnabair for Prima
DCWV paper
Swarovski flatback crystals
Tiny pieces of Vintaj
Jolees bling

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Composition Boxes by Nancy and by Veronica

Hello Everyone!  Today we have two designers on the blog, both creating their versions of our Composition Box.  You've been seeing versions of this box all month, and as always, it's so amazing to see each designers version.  This heavy chipboard kit comes with 3 smaller boxes to assemble and place within (or on top of) the large box, a wooden key, and a number of your choice.  Create your own project in any theme you'd like, or choose a number to correlate with a special year or a special day.  Anything goes!

Hello Crafty Friends!  Nancy here to share my version of our composition box.  Halloween is my favorite time of the year to scrap.  There are so many fun Halloween themes, and it's so hard to chose between witches, vamps, zombies, and other ghoulish themes,  that I usually end up making many projects during the Autumn months.  I knew as soon as Gina designed this awesome piece, exactly which numbers I'd choose.

Gina's Designs Products used:

Tim Holtz Halloween-themed stamps, rub-ons, and die
Collage sheets from Alpha Stamps
Collage sheet from Raiders of the Lost Art

Next up is Veronica with her version of our Composition Box featuring the number "13".

Hello again! Veronica here, and today I wanted to share a Composition Box that I Altered from 
Gina's Designs for this month's Team Challenge!
We each were to select a number, and I choose the number 13.
I love cats, and I have always had a heart for Black Cats. 
The number 13 just seemed fitting for me.
 One may be superstitious in thinking that the number 13, and Black Cats are anything but Lucky....
I truly dare to differ!
This is my first Composition Box that I have ever worked on.
I love going through the Gina's Designs store, and finding just what I need to complete a project.
Like the Stackable Labels Shape Set. It gave me the effect I wanted to tell my story....
that Black Cats, and the number 13 is Lucky!
 Black Jack was the name of my cat as a teenager. He was the Best!
I love that the Composition Box comes with 3 smaller boxes to place all your memorabilia. 
I just simply painted the entire box black, then added Viva Crackle Paint to give it a bit of an weathered and worn look. Then I decorated to my heart's content using paper from Carta Bella and embellishments from my ever growing stash of craft supplies.
It also includes a key and of course the number of your choice!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a Blessed Day!
Other items used:
Black Spray Paint
Viva Crackle Paint
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Carta Bella Moments & Memories

Monday, August 18, 2014

Halloween Steampunk Hat by Deann and Fall layout by Donna

Hello Friends!  We have two designers sharing projects today, both projects celebrating the upcoming Autumn months.  First up is Deann.

Good morning Deann here with a Gina's Designs project.  Today I'm sharing a Steampunk hat.

 I used Gina's Texture Sheet Gears as a stencil to get the Gears onto the hat. I plan on making a photo tutorial soon, to show how I acheived the effect.
 I also used lots of chipboard shapes from the Gears Shape Set. To get the rusted look, I used the Distress paint dabber in Expresso, I dabbed it all over the gear, leaving some of the raw chipboard showing, let it dry and then rubbed Vintage photo Distress Ink all over it. 
I applied the same rusting technique to the Clock Hands.
This was so much fun to make! I can't wait for Halloween to get here so I can display it on my fireplace mantle! Thanks for looking and I hope I inspired you to get your Steampunk on :)
Gina's Designs Products used:
Gears Shape Set
Clock Hands Shape Set
Texture Sheet Gears
Other Products used:
Mask from Craftsupplies1

Next up is Donna with a 12 x 12 layout also representing the colors of Autumn.

Hi, it's Donna! Today I am sharing a Fall layout using several pieces of Gina's chipboard flourishes.  There are several beautiful sets to choose from! I love to use them to create the feel of movement on the page.

I painted the flourishes with gesso, and then with a mixture of Shimmerz texture paint (arti choked) and Tattered Angels glimmer paint (palm leaf). I lightly sprayed Ranger color wash spray mist (meadow) on top.

The words are from the Words & Phrases 2 set, and painted with brown crackle paint. 

Gina's Designs

Other products

Maja papers - Walking in the Forest
Reneabouquets - Tiny Treasures butterflies  
Petaloo Botanical flowers
Prima Bella Notte flowers
Ranger color wash mist spray
Distressed Stickles

Thank you so much for taking a look! Have a good week!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Shabby Altered Letter for August Cross Promotional

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing an altered letter "G" I made for my daughter's room.  Her name is Genevieve but we lovingly call her Gigi :).   I papered my letter with the lovely French Seamstress collection by Kitty's Scrap Post as part of our August cross promotional.

Gina's pieces coordinate so well with this collection I could have used them all!  I had fun altering the Steampunk Dressform,  my favorite piece.  I love the clock that comes in the set, it is the perfect size for so many projects.

The chipboard shapes take all mediums so well whether it is glitter, embossing or spraying.  So much fun!

A close up of the dressform and the hearts from the border sticks.

Thank you so much for taking a peek!  Have a beautiful weekend!  xo, Brigitte

Products used:

Other Products:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mixed Media Tags by Shanna

Good day to you all. Shanna here excited to share my newest creations. I have been in tag making mode lately. I really love love love making tags. these turned out so textured and full of life. 

For this tag I used some 3d gloss gel and sprays. I added some glass glitter to the jar for even more shine. 

For my second tag I loved the colors I used. This time I used a matte gel and sprays. I painted the chipboard gears and added glass glitter as well as glass beads. So much fun and texture! 

These were messy and fun. I had no plan when I started, I just began spraying, painting, and gluing! 

Items Used:

Friday, August 15, 2014

House Wall Hanging by Kim

Hello crafty friends! Today I would like to share with you my house wall hanging! This set of 3 is from the Birdhouse Wall Hanging Set, and I have modified them to be some fun little mixed media houses.

You can see in these photos that I have had some real fun with the background on these. I love doing mixed media and I started with a coat of gesso, then layered on some sprays to give a colorful effect.

After I used the sprays, I got out my stamps from Rubbermoon and my clay. I made impressions in the clay with the stamps, then used mica powders to color the clay. Once the clay was baked I was able to add them to the little houses. I also used some of the same stamps from Rubbermoon in the background of the houses. I stamped them on with some Stazon Black Ink. As a final touch I used some watered down white paint to create some splotches on the houses to give it a nice shabby look.

I used some words from the Words and Phrases 1 set on each of the tops of the houses and added some flowers in matching colors to finish them off.

I added some metallic ribbon from my stash to attach the houses together in a row to hang up. I love how they turned out!

I hope you like my project I have shared with you today!  Check out all the great goodies in Gina's Store!

Gina's Designs Items Used
Other Items Used
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
Craftsupplies1 Flowers
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays & Mica Powders
Shimmerz Sprays
Silks Acrylic Glazes
Stazon Ink Black
Sculpey Clay
Ribbon From My Stash

Thursday, August 14, 2014

August Cross Promotional Projects - ATC's by Debbie and Storage Cabinet by Mary

Hi Crafters!  Today we have projects to share from two of our team members.  Both of today's projects are part of our August Cross Promotional with Gina's Designs and Kitty's Scrap Post.  First up is Debbie.

Hi Everyone! Debbie here to share a set of  ATC's.  I used the French Seamstress collection by Kitty's Scrap Post which comes with a set of ATC backgrounds, making my project fun and easy to create!  If you're not familiar with Kitty's Scrap Post,  her kits are digital, and you can print them off as many times as you like.  The full kits also come with backgrounds and elements to cut out.  I'm really excited about how these turned out!

I painted the dress forms a neutral color and the stems a copper color and then stamped on them. I added a bow and a flower to the bodice of the dress form and then added some dangles onto the bottle caps with beads. I added some lace and distressed and inked the edges to finish them up.  

Thanks for stopping by Gina's Designs Blog today!  Here is my Supply list to make these fun shabby ATC's

French Seamstress Full Kit

Next up is Mary who has papered and decorated one of our storage pieces using the same digital paper collection.

Hi everyone! Today I have a project featuring the digital paper from Kitty's Scrap Post. This is the first time I have used the paper and it won't be the last! I love that you can print off the sheets of paper you want to use for a project. I used the French Seamstress Paper and French Seamstress Bottle Caps with Gina's 15 Drawer Storage Cabinet and the new punchelements - 1" scalloped!
One of the great features of the 15 Drawer Storage Cabinet is that you can either attach drawer pulls or use the side with the cut out for the finger pull. As you can see I have used both sides on this project.
The punchelements are so easy to use! I used my 1" punch on the bottle cap sheet I printed off. After I had the pieces assembled. I used liquid embossing over the top of the caps.

Thanks for stopping by Gina's blog today. Make sure you pop over to Gina's Designs and to Kitty's Scrap Post for some great products that work so well together!

Gina's Designs Products

Other Products Used
Tim Holtz Distressed Ink - Walnut Stain
All Night Media Liquid Embossing - Antique Glass Finish
Metal Handles - ButterBeeScraps
1" circle punch

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