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Friday, October 24, 2014

12 x 12 Layouts by Kim and by Shanna

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today we have two gorgeous layouts to share!  First up is Kim to share her vintage heritage styled layout called "Somewhere in Time"

Happy Friday friends! Today I would like to share with you my "Somewhere in Time" layout.
I started off this layout being inspired by one of my vintage photos from my collection. I love the kind of "Mona Lisa" smile on this lady and wanted to use her as my starting off point.

I used some lovely paper for the background which has a crackled effect on it, and it went perfectly with the vintage feel of the photo. I used a lot of sprays, paints and textures on the background to build up some layers and color. Then I got out my Bo Bunny Somewhere in Time paper and ephemera I also layered on some corrugated cardstock and gauze paper which picked up the blue tones in the other paper.

I have then layered on some of the new Renata Flourishes from Gina's Shop, and some lovely laces and trims from Craftsupplies1. The photo on the right has an element I received in a swap from Gina herself, (she's kind of a master at those!) and I thought it topped the flourish off nicely.

The upper left photo is one of the alarm clock frame ups with one of the hot air balloon charms from Craftsupplies1. I layered it on top of more of the Bo Bunny ephemera.

Finally, here you can see some of the chain border which I painted with some chalk inks and Shimmerz paints.
I hope you had fun taking a journey though time with me today!

Gina's Designs Items Used
Renata Flourish (Coming Soon to the Store)

Other Items Used
Bo Bunny Somewhere In Time Paper & Ephemera
Mirabelle Paper
Petaloo Flowers

Next up is Shanna to share her mixed media layout called "Explore Your path"

Hey everyone. Shanna here to help you get the weekend started. I hope you all get some crafty time this weekend. I know I am planning it.

I am beyond excited to share with you a new layout I created. 

I had a blast using my all time favorite Gears Shape Set and I got to use a frame from the Scribbled Frames and Lines Set

First I created my background by using a stencil, some Twinkling H2O's, stamps, and modeling paste.

Then on the frame, first I gave it some gesso, then I added a little bit of red gelato.  After that I went crazy with glass bead gel. Then I covered it all up with twinkling H2O's. After that dried, I added a little bit of Bloom Spray. 

For my gears I kept it simple and added some gold rub n buff. Then I went to town and embellished my page. 

Grab your chipboard and have a blast!

Items Used:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mixed Media Steampunk Canvas by Nancy

Hello Friends, it's Nancy here, and today I'm sharing an altered inverted 8 x 10 canvas that I created in a fun Steampunk style.  The adorable image and the papers behind it were digital freebies that I had printed  previously but hadn't decided on a project yet.  I thought that the Steampunk chipboard shapes from Gina's Designs really complimented this image.  I used the techniques described below on the chipboard shapes.

The butterfly, the hot air balloon, and the gears corner at bottom right were first given a light coat of gesso.  I always use a light touch with the gesso, usually just a dry brushing with a fan brush,  because I like the natural shading it provides when some of the natural chip color is coming through.  I then used a variety of different colored gelatos on the butterfly.  I blended the colors with a touch of water then let it dry.  To get the distressed and grungy look I was after, I sanded it back so some gesso showed through.  I followed that with a touch of Prima chalk ink in a burnt orange color.  By that point you couldn't even tell that I'd ever used the gelatos, but with each layer of color you add, you'll get more depth and dimension as an end result.  I added a bit of stickles here and there, some bead connectors and I coiled some copper wire for antennae.  

On the balloon, I stamped a script stamp with perfect medium, then added shades of perfect pearls.  It has a beautiful sheen to it that doesn't show in the photos.  For the balloon overlay I embossed with copper embossing powder, sanded some of it off, then touched it up with Prima Chalk Ink in burnt orange.  

For the gears, I simply ran it through my Big Shot in a dry embossing folder, then rubbed it with different shades of Gilder's Paste.

For the chipboard Word Ribbon Title of "Explore", I rubbed the raw chipboard with Prima Chalk Ink in the burnt orange shade, added a touch of Tim Holtz tarnished brass Distress Paint then rubbed gesso over the letters.

There's more info on how I created the texture on the canvas and the grungy flowers on my blog HERE.

Gina's Designs Products Used:
Gears Borders and Corners Shape Set

Digital paper "freebies" from Ephemera's Vintage Garden

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A 12 x 12 Layout by Melissa

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a 12 x 12 mixed media layout for Gina's Chipboard Laser Designs.  I have titled this layout "Happy New Year".

This leaf frame is so beautifully designed.  When I saw it, I had to use it.

I always enjoy trying different ways to decorate these little beauties. Here are the steps:

1. Apply gesso.
2. Apply green chalk ink.
3. Randomly stamp on Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, and Peeled Paint.
4. Sprinkle Utee on and heat.
5.The Utee hadn't stuck too well,on the left side, so I experimented by putting on a thick layer of Crackle Accent, on the left side.
6. Dry brush gold leaf ink lightly all over, leaving most of the green exposed.

Thanks for looking!

Gina's Designs Products Used::

Flourished Frame - Bella (coming soon)

Prima paper
The Crafter's Workshop, Mini Branches Reversed
Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rock Candy, by Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Peeled Paint  and Vintage Photo
Vintaj bead caps and leaf
Lumiere Acrylic paint in gold
Tim Holtz rub ons
Tresors De Luxe lace
Winton and Lewis watercolors
Flowers by Prima
Plaid Liquid Leaf gold paint
A few Swarovski pointed back crystals
Tsukineko chalk ink
Luminarte Twinkling H20s
Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Powder
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tea Time - A Layout by Kathi

Hello Friends, and thanks for stopping by as we continue with our month long cross promotional with Craftsupplies1,  It's Kathi here today to share with you my 12 X 12 layout Tea Time.

 Full View

 Close-up of memories & metal butterfly

 Close-up of cardstock doily

 Vintage Phone

Close-up of dressform with cotton lace on the bodice of dressform with red roses.

Supplies Used:
Gina's Designs Lasercuts:


Other Supplies Used:
Prima paperline - Romantique Collection - Estella
Perfect Pearls Mists - Interference Red
Metallic Rub on 
Prima Butterfly
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Tissue Wrap -composed
WOC - flowers
Recollection - flowers

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Themed Shadowbox by Donna and a Spooky Altered Book Box by Deann

Hello Friends!  Today we have two amazing projects to share, first up is Donna with another of our October cross promotional projects.

Welcome scrappy friends! Today I am sharing a 7 x 7 Shadow Box from Gina's Designs along with a gorgeous brown fabric rose spray from Craftsupplies1.


I just love the pearl sprays!

I used two sizes of the new Layered Flourishes. These are so cool! I painted the top and bottom pieces with white gesso. For the top piece of the small flourish, I used a walnut stain distress paint dabber, then lightly rubbed on Inka Gold when the paint was dry.

I used weathered wood crackle paint on the top piece of the large flourish. The large flourish is straight like the smaller version, but I cut it in half to make a "corner" I used weathered wood crackle paint on the top piece of the large flourish. The large flourish is straight like the smaller version, but I cut it in half to make a "corner" flourish.

All of the dress forms were covered with white gesso and then painted with distress crackle paint.

This was a really fun project! I hope you will take a look at the cute Themed Shadow Boxes and the NEW Layered Flourishes! 

Thank you so much for taking time today to stop by Gina's!!!!

 Gina's Designs 
Layered Border - Victoria Large (coming soon)
Layered Border - Victoria Small (coming soon)

Brown fabric rose spray with pearls

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Craftsupplies1
Zibbet: http://www.zibbet.com/Craftsupplies1  

Other Products

Prima - Madeline paper
Petaloo - Small flowers
White gesso

Next up is Deann with a Halloween project she has created with one of our book boxes.  She has used the box in a fun and unique way!

Good morning, Deann Here with a Spooky Book Of Spells!
I used a Book Box- Small to make my Spell Book. On the cover I added one of the Spiderweb Shape Sets and a spider ring.  I wrote the word spells in hot glue. To try this yourself, let the hot glue dry, then cover with masking tape. Use a stylus or something with a round tip to emboss around all of the raised areas. Add a coat of Gesso, when dry add Dark Brown or Black craft paint. I rubbed Gold paint over the raised parts.

The inside of the box has been painted Black. I made a dimensional grave yard scene inside 

 I used a Raven from the Spooky Shape Set.

 This would look so cool sitting open on a book shelf!
I used the small box but there are three sizes to play with :)

Products used:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Projects for our October Cross Promotional by Deann and by Lynne

Hello Crafty Friends!  We are back today sharing even more of the amazing projects by the Gina's Designs team for the October month-long cross promotional with Craftsupplies1.  First up is Deann with a really unique and fun use of one of our shaped mini albums.

Good morning, Deann here sharing another Gina's Designs with Craftsupplies1  promotional project.
I used Gina's Owl Mini Album to make my Banner.

 I used two different embossing plates on the chip board pieces, then layered several colors of Distress Ink.

 I then layered two different laces from Craftsupplies1.

 Next I added the center of the owl and a leaf from the Fall Shape Set.

On top of the leaf I added a doily and mini roses from Craftsupplies1.
I loved using this shape for a banner, There are tons of other shaped Mini Albums in our store that would make really cute Banners :)
 Hope you give this a try,
Products used; 
Other Products used from

Next up is Lynne with a gorgeous home decor project.  The embellishments from Craftsupplies1, and Lynne's artistry,  complemented the ornate beauty of our wall shelf beautifully!

Hi everyone, it's Lynne here!  I was happy to be able to combine the gorgeous goodies from Craftsupplies 1 with both the Victorian Wall Shelf from Gina's Designs and the beautiful Bobunny Madeleine papers to create this project.  I love the way the beaded trim looks along the edge, and the flowers and bird matched so perfectly with the colour scheme I chose.

I added a mirror to the opening in the center and surrounded it with cheesecloth and bling. The shelf was easy to paper and to assemble; all I did after attaching the paper was sand the edges a bit and ink them lightly for a more finished look. I love the way it turned out and since I'm just moving into my new (and bigger!) scraproom, it'll be a perfect little addition to my decor. Try one yourself, it's so easy to match it to any colour scheme or theme you'd like!

 Gina's Designs Products used:
  Victorian Wall Shelf

Other Supplies:
(bird, flower cluster, and bead trim)

Papers and embellishments by Bobunny from the Scraps of Elegance Kit Club


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Burlap Canvas by Debbie

Hi everyone!  Debbie with you today to share a Burlap Canvas I recently created using Gina’s Designs Laser Cuts.  Below, I’ll share the techniques I used for the chipboard pieces. (The dragonflies are die cuts that I cut from Kraft paper )

I painted the chipboard fountain with black Gesso, and then used a stencil and modeling paste to add texture to the surface. I repainted it with black gesso and then rubbed it with Turquoise and Copper Inka Gold Rubs. The fountain itself is 10" tall so I've used it as a focal point on the 12 x 12 canvas.

The cattails, grasses, and foliage were simply gessoed, then inked with distress ink in Vintage Photo and then I added my rubs again in several different colors.
Thanks for stopping by Gina's Blog today!! Be sure to check back often, Gina is adding new products daily! 

Gina’s Designs Products used:

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