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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Artist Trading Block in Turquoise and Black

Hi everyone! Melissa here with my take on our artist trading block.  

I painted my block with white gesso, then black acrylic, then a coat of glossy accents.

  I felt that the chipboard and doilies I put on the block perfectly complemented the theme, and era of the images.

I painted all the chipboard with gesso, then turquoise Viva Color Precious Metal Effects. I didn't need gesso on the doilies,and I also painted them in turquoise. On some chipboard I added a little bronze paint,  stickles, green Lumieres, and/or diamond glaze coating.  I embellished my block with images, bling, metal, feathers, beads, moss, pearls, and lace.

Thanks for looking!

Chipboard used:

Other products used:
Folk Art black acrylic paint
Viva Color Precious Metal Effect Paint in turquoise, and bronze
Jaquard Lumieres in green
black ink
Graphic 45 papers: Couture Collection and Botanical Tea Collection
Tim Holtz metal
Judy Kins Diamond Glaze
Glossy Accents
Jolee's Bling
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Jaquard Mica powder
Feathers, seed beads, bling , flower, and chain from my stash

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shadowbox Frame with Layout by Nancy and Tags by Dianna

Hello Crafters!  Today we have two designers sharing projects.  First up is Nancy with a vintage style layout inside of a wooden shadowbox.  

Hi everyone, it's Nancy here!  Today I'm sharing a project that is personal to me.   The main photo is me as a little girl, with Mom in the oval frame.  I'm calling this piece "The Dressmaker's Daughter".  When I was young, my Mom made all of my dresses and I used to model them in fashion show competitions.  I really enjoyed it, and I continued modeling on department store runways well into my 20's.  

This project began with an unfinished shadowbox frame I purchased at Michael's.  I painted the frame with gesso,  then I did some stenciling with modeling paste, some stamping and some spraying until I got the look I wanted.   I placed sewing themed chipboard shapes all around the frame.  I decorated the shapes pretty simply with a light dry brushing of gesso, a little inking of the edges with Distress Ink, and then stamped with a script stamp.   

 The papers I used on the layout are from the French Seamstress Kit at Kitty's Scrap Post.  I really love this digital paper kit and this is my second project using it.  I also did some fussy cutting of elements from the kit like spools, thimbles, birdcage, flowers, etc, and of course you'll find plenty of Gina's chippies on it too.  The shadowbox is fairly deep so I added measuring tape and some wooden spools to the inside.   Thanks for looking!

Gina's Design Products Used:

Design paper by Kitty's Scrap Post - The French Seamstress Kit
Latex roses in two tone blue on upper right of layout by Craftsupplies1
Lace Appliques by Cathy's Crazy by Design on Etsy

Next up is Dianna sharing two of our X Large Chipboard Tags.  These are big tags with plenty of room to play, and Dianna has combined our chipboard shapes with Julie Nutting stamps to make these gorgeous creations.

Hi Everyone, Dianna here!  This is my first post as part of Gina's Designs team and I am so excited! I had two birthdays this month to make cards for but decided to make tags instead. Both Birthdays were on the same day. One was my daughters 21st Birthday and the second one was a friend who loves all things vintage and Paris. You will probably figure out which one is which. :)

 For the "21" tag above, I used two different Gina's Designs Cardstock Doilies behind the Stamp because I liked the look. The top two butterflies are Gina's Designs and I used coordinating paper and glued the paper on the lazer cuts, fussycut around them,  and used Distress ink in Tea Dye around the edges.  I colored the "Happy Birthday" and the bottom butterfly with Copics, then glittered with Stickles.

For the Paris tag,  I wanted the look to be old fashioned and vintage.  I colored the corset with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, daubing lightly so some of the natural chipboard still showed through.  I sewed the corset ties through the holes with white thread and a regular sewing needle.  The Eiffel Tower was also colored by lightly daubing with Distress Ink.

Gina's Designs Products Used:

Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Country Girls a Layout by Donna

Hi friends! This is Donna here today to share a layout using some of Gina's chipboard shapes! I was inspired by the Build a Layout - Country Living collection. There are 5 really cute items in this pack. I did not use three of the items, the windmill, an old water pump, and a wooden window that you would find on a farm or in the country. All of the items are great designs and I cant wait to use the other items in a new layout! When I saw this collection I immediately thought of a photo of my granddaughters, in their sun hats, in the country in Virginia!

  I tried something a little different with the paper. After putting down the first couple papers to frame the page, I added torn sections of  paper to create the background for the country scene. I added two borders to the page before adding the embellishments. I think the red gingham paper enhanced the "country" look. I then fussy cut the two girls from the photo. I used pop dots on the back of one of the girls to give the scene some dimension.  I painted the chipboard pieces with gesso, with the exception of the chicken wire and birds nest. I wanted the natural look for those pieces. I embossed the words, Country Living, with fired brick embossing powder, then decided to add a clear medium over the top to smooth it out a bit. It's fun to try different mediums on the chipboard. I used several different shades of chalk ink and stamping ink on the fence, the wagon wheel, and the blue bird.  I outlined the fence and the bird with a marker to make them stand out, and I secured a few of the chipboard pieces with pop dots for dimension, the fence, the bird, and the birds nest on a branch.

Gina's Designs products

Other products
Graphic 45 French Country collection
Misc flowers, twigs, eggs from my stash

Thank you so much for stopping by Gina's today! Have a great week!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Butterflies by Kim and Deann

Hi Everyone! Today we have a dual take on the same inspirational item. We were both on Pinterest and discovered this great inspirational piece which you can find Here.  Deann and I have similar tastes and we both were inspired by similar things, and decided to do our own take on something that inspired us. This is what we came up with! It not only shows the versatility of Gina's chipboard items, it also shows how two people can be inspired by the same thing and come up with a completely different take on it.

I have done a 5 x 7 inch canvas for my project and used lots of fun summery colors.

 I have used lots of layers on this canvas, including ripping up paper, melting crayon wax on the butterfly, lots of bright colors of sprays and some pretty flowers as well.

Here in the center I have taken the scissors from the Vintage Seamstress Set and used them as the body of the butterfly, which was another inspirational point for Deann and I. I added some gears which I painted white, then sprayed with Shimmerz orange and a Lindys blue colored spray.

I hope you have enjoyed my take on our inspiration. Now over to Deann who will share her project with you.

Gina's Designs Items Used

Other Items used
Lindys' Stamp Gang Sprays
Shimmerz Sprays
Faber Castell Crayons for Adults
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
Paper, Bead and Stamps from My Stash


Hi Everyone! This is my take on our inspiration piece.  I started my project with a 10x10 canvas and used texture paste with Punchinella in different shapes for the background effect.
I used water soluble wax pastels in blues, pinks and yellows. Once that was dry I went
over the whole thing with some gesso. I used an old credit card to apply the gesso, and that allowed me to scrape some off and make thicker in other spots for more texture.

Then it was time to add stuff! I used the scissors from the Vintage Seamstress Shape Set and wings
from the Garden Fairies Set ( well...their wings :). They were painted with gesso and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I hope you like my take on this project, it was a lot of fun to make! Thanks for taking a look. :)
Other Items Used
Flowers and Bling from Craftsupplies1
Flowers from Prima
Water Soluble Wax Pastels
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Book Paper from My Stash

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nautical Shrine by Shanna and Mixed Media Canvas by Brigitte

Hi Everyone!  We have two amazing designers on the blog today sharing very different types of projects.  First up is Shanna.

Hi everyone. Shanna here today to share an ATC Shrine I decorated.

I painted my shrine with red acrylic paint and distressed the surface a bit, then lined the inside with Graphic 45 papers.

I fussy cut some of the images from the papers and placed sand underneath them!

Items Used:
Gina's Designs - Nautical Shrine

Next up today is Brigitte with a mixed media canvas.

Hello crafty friends!  I have a burlap canvas to share with you today featuring my daughter's first grade class photo, beautifully highlighted with Gina's laser cuts.

I primed the canvas in spots with Gesso and sprayed the colors I chose as a base for the canvas and began applying all the pieces in my vision :)  I primed all of the laser cuts with Gesso and used sprays and embossing powders until I got the desired results for each piece.

Here I embossed the smallest Skeleton Clock in this set and layered the clock hands from the shapes set followed by a butterfly from the Butterflies and Dragonflies set.  The Leafy Cluster is the base layer and was sprayed with two different colors to coordinate perfectly :)

And finally on the right side of the canvas I showcase the banner border which I cut to fit and the "Beautiful" phrase from the Words and Phrases 1 set.  I am so happy with how this came out and would not have been able to make it happen without Gina's designs!

Thank you for taking a peek, I hope you like it!  xo, Brigitte

Gina's Designs Products Used:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Canvas by Kathi and Artist Trading Blocks by Debbie

Hello Everyone!  Today we have two team members with projects to share, a gorgeous canvas by Kathi using lots of techniques and inventive ways to use our chipboard shapes, and we also have Debbie here today to show you her Artist Trading Blocks, in a unique and colorful display.

Hi everyone, Kathi here, thanks for stopping by!  Today I am sharing my Summer Garden Canvas.

The canvas was first prepared using white gesso.  After allowing it to dry,  I used a mask to create the bricks on the left side of the canvas, using spackeling compound. I then used the mask on the right side under the archway.
 I used distress paint, stain & ink on all of the chipboard. The chipboard was first painted with white gesso. The canvas was sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays Starburst.

Doodle Bird Cage layered over the brick wall
Flowers line the river on both sides with the Vintage Lady silhouette

Supplies Used:
Gina's Designs Laser Cuts:

Other Supplies:
White Gesso
WOC flowers
Prima flowers
Handmade flowers
Lace & Trims
Tim Holtz Birds
Spackling Paste

Next up is Debbie

Hello everyone, Debbie with you today to share my version of Gina’s Designs Artist Trading Blocks.  I LOVE these!!!   These are such a great idea and take Trading to the next level.  Not only do you have a great time making these but have an amazing and different project to trade with a friend!

I started out by painting the blocks with acrylic paint, adhering patterned paper and then using some modeling paste and a stencil with a honeycomb pattern.  I rubbed a little chalk ink over the modeling pasted to make it pop.
Next I cut small pieces of the honeycomb chipboard and rubbed it with Viva D├ęcor Inka Gold in Green Yellow.  For the negative pieces of honeycomb,  I embossed with green embossing powder and then rubbed with the Inka.
The bees were sprayed with Color Shine in a mustard color and then embossed with distress powder and again rubbed with Inka Gold.
That’s all for the techniques I used on the chipboard pieces.
I embellished with flowers and gave everything a final rub with the Inka Gold.
I really hope you will give these fun Artist Trading Blocks a try and we would love to see how you decorate them!


I hope you enjoyed this project and will give them a try…they are so much fun and I’ll be making more of these!
Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Paint Brush Caddy by Mary

Hello fellow crafters! As promised I have the new paint brush caddy from Gina's Designs! It is designed to fit into one of the top caddies on the art storage cabinet.  As I'm sure you have already figured out, I plan on using this as a free standing item.
While it may be designed to hold your paint brushes, I wanted to give you some other ideas of what you could place in this great caddy. The compartments are deep enough to hold your smaller scissors or bone folders!
This is one of the new Word Stackers in Gina's store. The other side of the box says inspire!
The wooden key is an element piece that Gina created and sent to me in my DT box!

Gina Design Products

Other Products Used
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