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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Spooky Stand-Up Dressform by Melissa

Hi everyone. Melissa here with a project for Gina's Designs Chipboard  that was lots of fun to make.  I began by prepping all the chipboard with gesso.  I left the standing dressform alone as far as additonal paint goes, then I gave her arms and a face made from foam core board.  The arm on the right is a piece of a Gina's Designs chipboard branch that I cut up.

  I put texture paste on the jack o'lantern with a small paint brush, added Tim Holtz distress stain, then acrylic glaze paint, and topped it with glossy accents.  

The black cat and crow were painted with texture paste, black acrylic paint, then glossy accents.

The spiderweb and bat is just glossy accents over black acrylic.

The  spooky and boo words were painted with purple alcohol ink, then blue acrylic glaze. I also added some purple blue mica powder, and blue alcohol ink on parts of the spooky piece.

 The purple cat was painted with alcohol ink, then I dry brushed a little Vintaj Patina paint on.

Thanks for looking!

Gina's chipboard used: Spooky Shape Set

Other products used:
A few pieces of Graphic 45 paper
The butterfly wings on the dressform's head are from a greeting card
Jaquard mica powder
Ranger alcohol ink in purple twilight, sunset orange, sailboat blue
Tim Holtz Distress Stain in spiced marmalade
Luminarte Silk Acrylic Glaze in orange

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Sketch Challenge and Halloween Wall Hanging by Deann

Welcome to the September Sketch Challenge!

Each month, on the first Monday, a new sketch will be provided.  Use the sketch to create a layout, card or other craft project.  Winner will be drawn from all eligible entries and will receive a $10 gift certificate to Gina's Designs online store.  We encourage you to use Gina's Designs products in your project but it is not required to be eligible to win.  You have until the first Monday of the Following month to enter and the winner will be announced on the blog on the second Monday of the following month.  Use the Link Up tool below to enter.
Here is the sketch for September.

Below is Deann's take on the sketch. 

Good morning, Deann here with the September Sketch Challenge.
I made it into a Halloween Wall Hanging.
 I used the GR45 Steampunk Spells for the back ground paper and the center piece.
 Behind the center piece I added black gauze.

I combined Alarm Clock Frame Ups and Bat from the Spooky Shape Set.
Lots of Gears from the Gears Shape Set and Scribbled lines and black and orange lace to the bottom. 

Gina's Designs Products used:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

"The Three Of Us" Composition Box

Hello my crafty friends!  I am sharing what will be my last project here with Gina :(  But I have an exciting opportunity ahead and will still share my work through my blog and Youtube when I can :)  I really enjoyed creating this fun piece showcasing the Composition Box by Gina.  This picture was the perfect backdrop for my idea because my favorite number is three!

A few years ago this picture was taken with my daughter (in the middle) and her two cousins at her Birthday party.  How time flies!  I also embossed one of the banners found in the shop and framed the three beauties with a Filigree frame found in the shop as well.

On this side I added a piece of the Texture Sheets in the Swirled Hearts shape.  Just love working with these large sets!

Here is the key that I spritzed up and added to this side.  It has been so much fun working on this team and with Gina's Designs, thank you and God Bless!

Brigitte xo

Items Used:

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Oceans Composition Box

Hello everyone. Shanna here today to share a new product. I altered a Composition Box from the store. This was so much fun to alter. Lately you have been seeing these if you have been stopping by. If not go back through previous post and check out these amazing creations that have been shared.

First I started out by painting all my edges. Then layered everything with paper. I had so much fun altering the chipboard shapes with gesso and Tim Holtz paints.

I am in love with coloring the seahorses. 

I had to add a message in the bottle. Although no message I added a little sand in.

I did also create some sand to add underneath the shells which was a fun mess but seashells have to lay somewhere right! 

Hope you are inspired grab your Composition Box and create.

Items Used:

Friday, August 29, 2014

"Oh, the places we've been" Compostion Box by Kim

Hello fellow travelers! Today I would like to share with you my Composition Box I have created.  I chose a travel theme for it, to represent all the places my family has been across the globe.  We all love to travel, and I thought it would be fun to represent that with the box.
I really love that you get extra items with this Composition Box, such as the wooden key, which is below right, and also the great little boxes which you can place momentos or photos in.

Gina's Designs also offers a personalized number to represent what you would like to do with your Composition box. I chose the number 10, as that is the number of my husband and I, our 4 children their spouses and our grandson. I wanted this box to show all the places we have been so far on our travels through life, such as England, Scotland, Paris, Germany, Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba, Vancouver and several other places in the USA and Canada. We are a family who loves to travel and this box is a perfect way to show it off.
I hope you like my project today, and hope you will get out there and see the world!
Thanks for stopping by!

Gina's Designs Items Used

Other Items Used
Bo Bunny Paper
Prima Metal and Wood Embellishments
Other Wood Embellishments and Union Jack Ribbon From My Stash
Tim Holtz Ticket and Crackle Distress Paint
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
Metal Feet from Butterbeescraps

Thursday, August 28, 2014

C-R-E-A-T-E Dovetail Banner by Mary and a Layout by Debbie

First up today is Mary to show you how she has decorated one of our banner kits.  Other styles of banner kits are also available in the store.

Hello everyone. I hope you are all well today. This is Mary and I  have one of Gina's fun banners for you today. This is the C-R-E-A-T-E Dovetail Banner. I have the banner hanging over the area that I keep things I made or that others have made and sent to me. (Excuse the beam - yes my craft room is now in the basement.)

The doilies are from the Doily Box - Sew wall hanging set. I inked them lightly with Vintage Photo and Antique Linen. The letters are embossed and  then attached them to the banner with pop dots.

Thank you for stopping by Gina's blog today!

Gina's Designs Products Used

Other Products Used
Paint: Folk Art - Linen & Americana - Poodleskirt Pink & Craft Essentials - White
Embossing Powder: Stampendous-Aged Rose & Zing! - Chestnut
Ink: Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Vintage Paper
Eyelets: Stash
Twine: Stash

Next up is Debbie with a 12 x 12 layout and a chipboard technique to share.

Hello Everyone! Debbie with you today to share a fun and quick technique using Gina's Designs Laser Cuts.

The technique I used on this flourished frame was one I have never tried before.  Here's what I did.
1. Painted the frame with aqua/turquoise acrylic paint
2. Outlined the flourishes with Perfect Pearls.  I used Pearly White color
3. I heat embossed the Perfect Pearls which caused them to bubble up and add more texture
4. I went over the dry Perfect Pearls with Versa Mark and used Turquoise embossing powder over the top.
5. I rubbed everything with Inka Gold in Turquoise and Old Silver.

You can see on the layout that I used coordinating cardstock for my photo matting and coordianated my embellishments to match.

I used Gina's Laser Cuts 10" Frame

Hope you enjoyed this technique and thanks for stopping by Gina's Designs Blog today!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Memo Board by Kathi and Composition Box by Melissa

Hello Friends!  Today we have two projects to share, first is another of our August cross promotional projects with Kitty's Scrap Post, and then we're also sharing another version of our Composition Box.

First up today is Kathi who has done an amazing job of combining the paper kit with our chipboard shapes.

Welcome, and thanks for joining me today.  I have decorated one of our memo boards using the French Seamstress digital paper kit from Kitty's Scrap Post along with the vintage seamstress shape set from Gina's Designs.

Full View

I covered the dressforms with the French Seamstress paper, added antique buttons to one 
of the spools, then added the spools to the pocket envelope.  I added a metal sewing 
machine to the shelf, and spools of thread, then embellished with  flowers.

I added a decorative dress form to the shelf. and also cut the wire dress form out of the paper 
line & placed it behind the pincushion by cutting around the pincushion & inserting it. 
Lace & trim was added to the top & bottom of the memo board. 
Two bottle caps were placed above the dressforms.

Supplies Used:
Gina's Designs Lasercuts:

Printable Design Papers by:

Next up is Melissa with her take on our Composition Box.  Melissa chose the number "25" and created a gorgeous Home Decor item to enjoy this Holiday season.

Hi everyone! Melissa here with my version of our composition box.  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!  

To get the shiny gold effect I wanted on the key, I prepped it with gesso, then applied texture paste.  I then painted on some rub n buff, and some Pilot gold ink.  I also rubbed on some gold mica powder, applied glossy accents, then finished it off with some gold leaf in some areas.

Thanks for looking!

Gina's Designs products used:

Paper by K and Company
Flowers by Prima and Petaloo
Stickers by Jolee's

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