Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Haunted Mansion Shadowbox Frame - Enter If You Dare

Hi Everyone, it's Nancy here, and today I am sharing another Halloween project.  This time I have created a peek at the inside of a haunted mansion.  I didn't want to use the standard Gothic and Halloween colors, and I was inspired by collage sheets of colorful furniture from Alpha Stamps.  I had been wanting to use the chipboard spiral staircase, one of the newer shapes from Gina's Designs, so I thought it would be fun to create an upstairs loft inside the mansion that is separated from the downstairs by a 5 inch length of 1 x 1 wood that I found in my garage.

This piece was created inside of a 12 x 12 wooden shadowbox I purchased at Michaels.  The shadowbox is about 2 inches deep and the images inside are raised on pop dots at different levels to create lots of dimension.  I painted the frame with gesso then applied texture paste and used various inks paints and sprays to color it.  The red streaks of "blood" were created with distress re-inker.  I had a lot of fun creating my Gothic world.  I hope you like it, thanks for looking!

Gina's Designs Products Used:
Spiral Staircase
Grape Vines
Spiderweb Shapes Set
Hanging Clock

Digital Design Paper (background) by Kitty's Scrap Post - Nevermore Kit

Collage Sheet Images by:
Alpha Stamps
The Sum of All Crafts
Moonlight Journey

Monday, September 29, 2014

Together Forever - A Layout by Kathi

Hi, and thanks for stopping by.   It's Kathi here to share a layout I created using a template by The Crafter's Workshop.  I used walnut stain distress ink using a blending tool, I then cut out the & symbol to add to the 12 X 12. The 12 X 12 paper is from a Bo-Bunny collection. I outlined the symbol with crystal rhinestones, and added some added bling. I used Gina's Chipboard words Cherish, Together, Forever, & Love, to help create this layout.  I used distress paint on the doilies and on the textured sheet. I used two frame dies from Sizzix to create the frames for the photos.  I finished the layout with flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections.

The words have been painted with distress paint,  then glossy accents was applied on top of each letter/words. 

 Behind the photo/frame I used Gina's textured sheet Swirled Hearts layered
 over a large intricate doily that was painted with distress paint. The swirled hearts 
were also painted using picket fence distress paint.

Flourishes 2 was painted with distress paint. I layered the & symbol over the end 
of the flourish, and layered over Gina's large intricate doily, 
 a photo frame was layered over the texture sheet.

Supplies used:
Gina's Designs Lasercuts:

Cardstock Doily Set Intricates
Flourish 2
Textured Sheet Swirled Hearts
10 Words

Other supplies:
TCW texture sheet # TCW383
Sizzix photo frames
Bo-Bunny paper
Distress Ink - Walnut stain
WOC flowers & skeleton leaves
Prima flowers
Recollection Bling

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Two Halloween Cards by Dianna & Create Canvas by GDT Rashida

Happy Sunday Friends! Today we have two very fun projects by our designer Dianna and Guest Designer Rashida! First up is Dianna.
Hi everyone, Dianna here with two Halloween Cards.

 Gina's Designs and Kitty's Scrap Post was used on both cards.

On the first card, I fussy cut this adorable little witch on the large pumpkin from the digital paper and placed her on top of two graduating squares of orange paper that has been distressed with brown ink and spritzed with Tattered Angels. 
 The white card is then covered with orange polka dot paper.  I found some orange buttons and tied black and white bakers twine into bows and placed them on the spiderweb paper that had been spritzed heavily with Tattered Angels Gold.  
The two bats are from Gina's Designs Spooky Shape Set and are "painted" with black glittery nail polish (this really really works great with the chipboard).

The second card I covered with a scrap of orange and distressed with black ink.  The post card of the little girl is from Kitty's Scrap Post, O' Halloween collection.
I placed on scrap polka dot and dark orange paper which was distressed with black ink.  The post card was a little off size so I staggered the layers, then spritzed with Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist - Gold.
  What looks like four pieces of paper is actually just one piece of paper that was cut out from DCWV- Bewitched Stack.
The Boo, Bat and Scary Cat are from Gina's Designs Spooky Shape Set and "painted" with black glittery nail polish.

Items Used
Gina's Designs
Kitty's Scrap Post

DCWV - Bewitched Stack
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist - Gold
Hobby Lobby - Paper Studio Card Stock with Envelopes
Tim Holtz - Distressed Ink
Black Soot
Vintage Photo
Now over to Guest Designer Rashida who has a fun and colorful project to share.

 Hello Everyone! Today I am going to share my CREATE wall canvas that I made for Gina’s Designs. I have always been interested in abstract art so I used this opportunity to try my hand at my very first abstract painting. For this canvas I used Gina’s Designs palette and brushes and Ginas Designs Create dovetail banner and Gina’s Designs chicken wire.
 The first thing you will need to do is apply a background color to your canvas. I chose orange. Once the paint was applied I wiped the excess off. I then added various drips and drops of colors. I chose lime green, yellow, while and turquoise. I also used drips of India Ink to add vibrancy to my paint.  Once you let that dry it’s time for your next layer. I used modeling paste and Gina’s Chicken wire to add texture, while the paste was still wet I sprayed it with lime green ranger spray and topped it off with a sprinkle of recollections glitter glass. Let that dry overnight. Don’t forget the edges!
Once my canvas was completely dry I used a black ink pad and ran it along the edges. Next for the chipboard. First I painted all the pieces white. Next I used my Gelatos to color the pallet and brush and the letters. I used my finger to blend it all together, then I used a paint brush with a small amount of water to smooth everything out.
Once dry I began using the same dip and drizzle technique that I used for the canvas. Finally, after everything was dry I glued everything down using E6000.  This was yet another easy project to complete and I absolutely love the results. The nice thing about this type of project is you can’t mess up.  If you can layer, you can do this!
Items used:
Other items used
Black ink pad
Recollections glass glitter
Modeling paste
Ranger Dylusions sprays
Acrylic paint
India Ink (optional)
drywall tape
Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fall Wreath by Shanna

Good day to you all, it's Shanna here. I decided to create a Fall wreath. I love love love this project. I have been so inspired by other members of the team. I mean seriously amazing talent here. I hope some of you have been so inspired, and are creating some amazing proejcts. 

I used the Fall Banner Kit and some pieces from the craft store to finish this off. 

For the banner part I painted it black and then used paper to line the banner with letters. I painted the leaves with Distress Paints and I just so enjoyed this. 

Now all I need is a hanger to mount it on my door. 

Hope you are seasonally inspired. Still time to grab you banner kit and make some home decor as well. 

Item Used:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Paint Brush Caddy by Kim and a Layout by Debbie

Hello Friends. Today I would like to share with you one of Gina's amazing storage items. This time I have created the Brush Caddy. I am super happy with this caddy - it holds so much!

I have decorated mine in mixed media style and had fun with stencils, stamps and sprays.

 This caddy fits neatly inside Gina's Art Desk Caddy in the top compartment. I have the Art Storage Cabinet as well, and these items are such great storage in my art studio!

 I hope you will check out all of our amazing storage solutions, and get yourself one of these caddies, you won't be disappointed!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you wish to see more photos and info, check out my blog here

Gina's Designs Items Used

Other Items Used
Kaisercraft Basecoat Paper
Prima Resin and Metal Embellishments
Stampendous Live Creativity Stamp
Tim Holtz Stamps
7 Gypsies Wood Ruler
Tiffany Lou Blue Lindys Stamp Gang Spray
Flowers and Lace from my Stash
Tim Holtz Stencils
Paper Artsy Mermaid Chalk Paint

Thanks for stopping by Gina's Designs Blog today!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Seasonal Wall Decor by Deann and by Veronica

Hello Crafty Friends!  Yesterday was the official first day of Fall, and today we have two amazing projects to decorate your home for the season.  First up is Deann.  It's amazing the effect she got on bare chipboard with just some simple shading with distress ink.

Good morning, Deann here with a Fall project .
I made the Boo Wall Decor 
 I used Distress inks in Gathered Twig, Rusty Hinge and Scattered Straw, applying them directly to the raw chipboard.

I love the shading that I got on the chip board, I added a few spiders and webs and also fall colored flowers. A Halloween sentiment to finish it off.
Gina's Designs Products used:
Other Products from Craftsupplies1

Next up today is Veronica, and she is combining our Fall Shape Set with items from the floral department of your local craft store to create this amazing piece.

Hello Everyone! Veronica here once again to share my fall project for Gina's Designs.
My most favorite time of the year! I am so excited to see the colors of Autumn come in to play!
Gina's Fall Shape Set is packed with lots of chipboard shapes that are perfect for any Fall themed project!

Here I made a Fall Harvest Wreath.
Gina's Designs  had just what I needed to set the Fall Theme!
The Scarecrow, corn stalks and pumpkins all dressed up my wagon wheel so well!
 I am ready to go on a hay ride through a pumpkin patch!

Thank you again for stopping by.
Happy Harvest to All!

Other Items used in Project:
Copic Markers
Ranger Distressed Inks

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Steampunk Canvas by Lynne

Hi! This is Lynne with an 8x10 canvas featuring lots of Gina's chipboard goodies!

I started off  Mod Podging some crumpled tissue paper onto the canvas then added texture paste, acrylic paint and mist. I couldn't get the colors quite right so I ran to my local scrapbook store, where my lovely friend Marie set me up with a package of gelatos, which helped me get the  background I had in mind. The chippies were treated with a variety of materials; the balloon and chain were done with aged copper embossing powder, which really brought out the awesome shapes of the pieces.

 I just love this combination of chain and gears, it's so steampunk-y cool!

        For a more grungy look, I used distress embossing powder on the gears.
These great chipboard pieces inspired me to finally cut into the steampunk paper that I had been hoarding forever, and make a little something for my scrap room door, hurray!
Thanks for the visit and have an awesomely creative day!
Chain and Gears Frame
Other Items Used
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Paper
Stampendous Embossing Powders
Tissue Paper




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Layout by Melissa and Halloween Home Decor by Nancy

First up is Melissa, with a bright and beautiful layout, that is reminiscent of The Roaring Twenties.

Hi Melissa here for Gina's Chipboard Laser Designs

I thought this beautiful chipboard frame was just right for this photo of Louise Brooks, a famous film star of the 1920's.  

 I painted the frame with the following:
1. Gesso
2.  A mix of green and brown watercolor on the whole frame.
3.  A mix of red and green watercolors on the circle part of the frame. 
4.  A coat of Glossy Accents
5. Twinkling H20s in green on the leaves and vines.

Thanks for looking!

Chipboard used:

Pink Paislee Paper
Petaloo flowers
Glossy Accents
Winton and Lewis Watercolors
Watercolor paper
Sizzix with Tattered Florals
Red Swarovski crytals
Twinkling H20s
Prima Bling

Next up is Nancy to share some spooky Halloween Home Decor.

This Standing Dome from the Home Decor section of our store, comes in two styles.  This one has a solid back and the other style has a framed opening at the back.  I love both of them, but this one in particular, because it does remind me of a tombstone.  The piece wasn't designed for Halloween necessarily, but I couldn't help myself.  The 4-inch depth seemed like such a likely spot for these skeletons to hang out.  

I painted the assembled piece black, then dry brushed some orange in places.  I also adhered some packaged spider webbing from the Halloween section of the dollar store with gel medium for extra texture, and melted it into the paints with my heat gun.  I also spread on a bit of glass bead gel and brass colored distress paint.  For the mossy look I added green acrylic paint with a dry brush.   I don't usually start with a plan, I just keep adding color and texture until I achieve the look I want.

Gina's Designs Products Used:

Collage Sheet Images by:
Seneca Pond Crafts
Alpha Stamps

Monday, September 22, 2014

Beach Cards by Kathi

Hello, Kathi here to share with you a few beach themed cards I created!

For this card I used the Beach Theme shape set, you get a lot of pieces in the set!

Supplies Used
Gina's Designs

Graphic 45 "By the Sea"
Close to my heart stamp set
Distress Stickles
Distress Ink "Walnut Stain"
Ranger Glossy Accents
Stampin Up Lattice Bigz Die

Thanks for stopping by have a great day.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

3-D Haunted House by Donna

It's almost that spooky time of year! For me, Halloween is all about the kids! I used Gina's 2 Story House to make something the kids would enjoy, a haunted house!

I covered all the edges of the chipboard pieces to build the house with black gesso and then covered each piece with papers.

I used black and purple crackle paint on two of the spiderweb shapes and used embossing powder on the orange one. Also, black, brown and copper crackle paint on the tree, and black and copper (added some Inka gold) on the string along crow.

This house was so much fun to put together!

Gina's Designs

Wrought Iron set

Other Products

Arsenic and Lace paper - Echo Park
Flowers -  I Am Roses

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cards by Shanna

Hello everyone. Shanna here with a new set of cards to share. 

I painted the chipboard using some Distress Paints (Picket Fence). On the Punch Element I used a Prima Chalk Ink before adding the photo. 

For my second card. I loved doing the stitching. Of course I am not great at this but will get it down one day. 

Again I painted the chipboard pieces using more Distress Paints (Picket Fence). I love how soft this card turned out! 

Items Used:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Art Desk Organizer by Kim and Home Decor for Fall by Debbie

Hello Crafters!  Today we have two designers on the blog.  First up is Kim with a desk top storage solution  that's both beautiful and functional.

Happy Friday friends! Today I would like to share one of the great organizational items available at Gina's Designs. This is the Desk Organizer 1.  I am super happy with how it came out, and it allows for extra storage on top of my desk, which is always a good thing!

As you can see there is lots of space for storing brushes, pens, inks, markers and anything else you'd like. This organizer has roomy spaces to put all your art supplies and also some drawers that are nice and deep as well.

The Organizer has 2 drawers in front which is good for storing all those extra little items you need to have handy when you are creating.  I filled mine with some 1 inch ink cubes that I have been looking for a place to keep, this worked out perfectly!

Below here you can see the side and back of the organizer. I used one of my favorite paper lines to decorate it, then added some of the Tulip borders and a fun butterfly to finish it off.

 Below here you can see the front of the drawers to which I added some metal filigree pieces and a handle. I also stamped the word "ART" on a piece of paper and framed it up with one of the Filigree Frames. I embossed the frame with some Stampendous shabby white embossing powder.

I have already filled my my desk organizer and it is a really handy thing to have on my desk top.  It doesn't take up too much room but has tons of great spaces in it for storage, check out all the great storage solutions in Gina's Store

Gina's Designs Items Used

Other Items Used
Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper
Metal Pieces & Handles from Butterbeescraps
Art Stamp from Stampendous
Butterflies and Flowers From My Stash
Stampendous Embossing Powders
Martha Stewart Sky Blue Paint

Nest up is Debbie to share a gorgeous display piece to celebrate the Fall season.

Hello everyone, this is Debbie with you today.  Fall is my favorite time of year...the smells, the beautiful flowers and the cool mornings and warm days.  I always decorate for Fall and this year is no exception.  Gina's Designs made that easy for me this year.  Gina has the cutest Fall themed chipboard designs in her store and I had a great time creating this project.

This project is one of my favorites....I used several techniques to create this project.  For the Scarecrow I simply used some scrap fabric that has been sitting around forever and dressed my scarecrow.

Here is the directions for the chipboard pumpkins and banner kit.

Step 1. Color your chipboard with ink. I used Distress ink in Rusty Hinge , Dyed Tea and Shabby Shutters. 

Step 2. Cover the chipboard with VersaMark Ink.

Step 3. Cover with Utee Clear Embossing Enamel and heat.

Step 4. Spray with your favorite spray inks and reheat.  

Hope you give this a try.  I can guarantee you will try it again and again.

Thanks for stopping by Gina's Blog today!!


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