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Monday, April 27, 2015

Barb's Birds and Ivy

Hi Everyone! Barb here with a piece that I worked on while thinking of Earth Day. In celebration thereof, I decided to do a little up-cycling and use a couple of pages from an old lettering handbook that belonged to my Dad (a commercial artist back in the day when signs were painted by hand and not chunked together on a computer).
I began by putting the pages on a canvas panel with Mod Podge. After letting it dry overnight, I distressed it by using a wash of watered down white acrylic paint, sponged on inks, splattered paint and spritzed on sprays.
For the ivy frame I began with a bright green. I often go brighter and bolder on the initial paint because I know I'm going to abuse it into submission with lots of distressing. It's easy to subdue a color, but not as easy to make it brighter. Many have been the times when I've finished something and wish the color had a little more pop. Generally, the reason it doesn't is because I began it with a too subtle color.
Of course, once it was dry, I gave it all sorts of abuse. I sponged, stamped, splattered, wiped, sanded, splattered and sponged some more. I don't have a recipe for this stuff; I just play until it works for me. To bring out the color of the ivy I used StazOn Studio Glaze.
For the birdhouse and larger flying bird, I used Ranger Distress Crackle paints - Vintage Photo brown for the birdhouse and Clear Rock Candy for the bird (which I first primed with a coat of white gesso).
Once the crackle paints were completely dry, scrubbed on ink with a sponge and splattered and spritzed them as well.
Because I wanted the frame to be on top of the birdhouse and the smaller birds on branches, I used left over bits and pieces (the in between stuff) of Gina's Designs chipboard as spacers. See? More up-cycling! Plus, since it was the same material, the spacing was perfect. The frame is set apart and gives a nice shadow box effect to the whole piece.

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Gina's Designs Used

Other Items Used
Acrylic Paint
Ranger Distress Crackle Paint
irRESISTibles spray
Mod Podge
StazOn inks
StazOn Studio Glaze
Music rubber stamp manufacturer is unknown
9 x 12 canvas panel

Spring Cards and Tag

Hi there! Lynne here and it's finally really starting to look like spring in Southwestern Ontario. I'm celebrating the change in seasons with some spring-themed creations. 
The chipboard was dry-embossed, then heat embossed with a mixture of pearlized embossing powders. I then rubbed them with gold and bronze gelatos for warmer colours that coordinated with my papers.I love the texture and dimension the pieces get from the different embossing methods!

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the great chipboard pieces in the Spring Shape Set. The pieces I used are just a few of the many items included!

 Gina's Designs Items Used

Other Items Used
Blue Fern Studios Ombre Dreams paper
Lindy's embossing powders
Prima stencils
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Quilted Cards with Mary B

Hello!  Mary here with a few quilt-inspired cards that are rocking some cute chip embellies.
I've always been a fan of the home-spun look of quilts, but haven't been able to make the jump to actual quilting.  So what's a girl to do when you're itching to make something stitched and fabulous?  Quilted cards, of course!

The Button Shape Set provides the perfect finishing touch for my mini quilts.

I've simply given them two coats of white embossing powder...

...and tied a bit of twine through.  It was as simple as ONE-TWO-THREE!!

Thanks so much for joining me today and I'll see ya next time!

Gina's Designs supplies used:

Other supplies used:
Iron Orchid Designs 6x6 Loolah paper pad
WOW  embossing powder in Opaque Bright White
May Arts String Burlap Ribbon in Natural, Ivory and Olive

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Shabby Chic Embellishments by Kim C.

Hello everyone!  This week I have created shabby-vintage embellishments!  These are so fun and so easy to make. I am so addicted to making these cute embellies!!!  So let me tell you what I have done!
I have used the Button Shape Set to make these super cute button embellishments.  The paper I used was in my stash. I glued the buttons to the paper then cut around the buttons. Victorian Velvet distress ink was used all around each button.  I then added trims and flowers to them.
For the next embellishments, I used the Dangles collection.  I also used a few pieces from Miniatures Ladies Choice to decorate them, along with flowers, trims, seam binding and pearls.  I also used a heart from Border Sticks Lattice Hearts.   The butterfly and mason jar where created with punches.  I punched out 4 of each and glued them together to stiffen them up.  I then added pattern paper and then decorated them.
 Please check out my blog to close ups of these super cute embellishments!

Gina's Designs Products used:

Other items used:
Paper from Kittys Scrap Post
Seam Binding
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink

Mermaid Cards

Hello everyone! Shanna here with a new share.
Summer seems to be trying to take over spring. So I thought why not create a little "summer fun" as I have been creating lots of "springy" projects lately.
When I was unsure of what to create when I thought, "Why not some cards." I was excited to create these awesome ocean style cards using Gina's fun shapes!

All the chipboard got a coat of gesso to prime the surface as I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them yet. I chose to use a gelato on the sea shells for color and then gave a little coat of Art Anthology's Stone Effects called Sandstone to add more for texture for the sea shells.
The mermaids got edged around with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I loved their pop from the Prima papers so much I didn't want to add anything else to them.
I hope you found some summer inspiration. Keep coming back for more inspiration!

Gina's Designs Items Used:
Friday, April 24, 2015

Fourth Friday Freebie

Happy Fourth Friday to everyone!  Gina here today with a fun printable freebie.  In honor of the new Circus set on our store, I have put together a vintage circus printable.  Our printables work best when printed onto medium to heavy cardstock.  As always, if you use our printable, please come back and share your project with us.
Click on the image to download a full sized 300 dpi printable sheet.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cards in Pastel Colors

Hi everyone! Melissa here with two cards for Gina's Designs. I think these buttons are so cute and fit well with the style of the cards. I also used fern, leaf, bird, and daisy pieces. They're all so versatile and I've used them in several of my projects.
I prepped all the chipboard with gesso. I used oil paint on the buttons, daisy, and ferns. On the little bird I used Twinkling H20s and watercolors. On the leaf I used chalk ink topped with crackle paint.

Thank you so much for looking, and I hope you can find a little time to create something today!

Gina's Products Used:

White cardstock, Pink Paislee, and Graphic 45 Papers
Flowers from Prima and Petaloo
Sizzix Tattered Flower Garland
Twinkling H20s
Winsor and Newton Oil Paints and Watercolors
The Crafters Workshop 6 x 6 Doodling Template, Cherry Blossoms
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Ranger Crackle Accent
Tsukineko Chalk Ink

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