Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mini Album and Wooden Charm by Shanna

Hi everyone!  Shanna here to share a quick way that I altered one of our Wooden Charm Circles for a mini album I recently made. 

First I cut out the image that I wanted to show inside my charm.

I used glossy accents to adhere it.

Then I filled the inside with more glossy accents.

After the glossy accents dried I used a nail file to scuff off the paper that was still showing. Once that was done I covered the outside with some Viva Decor Inka Gold rub.

Here is the front cover of the mini album. For more photos come stop by my blog by clicking here.

Items Used:

Friday, May 30, 2014

Book Box by Kim

Hello Friends! Today I have a lovely project to share. I have created a Bird Themed Book Box. I love how this came out, mostly in part to Gina's amazing book box of course but also, I love the huge key with the birds!

In this photo you can see some of Gina's feathers which I used texture paste, and some embossing powders to achieve the look. I wanted them to match the coloring of the birds on the paper. I then added a few little flowers and some laces and trims around the edge of the book box.

Here is a close up of the Bird Wall Art Key, I did a lot of work on this, using texture paste, embossing powders and also some Americana Old Gold paint on it as well, love all that texture!

Here is the inside of the box, I decorated it simply with papers from the paper line and some laces from Craftsupplies1.
I added a cute little metal handle to the outside of the box and that finished it off nicely.
Thanks for stopping by today to take a peek!
Gina's Designs Items Used
Other Products Used
Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper
All Laces, Doily and Flowers from Craftsupplies1
Wooden Believe Charm from WhichCraft
Wood Sentiment & Letters from My Stash
Metal Handle from Butterbeescraps
Americana Old Gold Paint
Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Powder
Crackle Accents
Glossy Accents
Rusty Hinge Distress Ink
Shimmerz Texturez Gold Mine

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Layout by Melissa and Graduation Card Box by Heidi

First up today we have a gorgeous textural mixed media layout by Melissa.

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a layout using Gina's Designs Lasercuts.
I have scrapped a photo of a cousin visiting from Sweden, his girlfriend, and my Father-in-Law.
On this layout, I used texture paste on one of our texture sheets, using it as a stencil.  I painted the raised areas with silk acrylics, and outlined them with a gel pen.  On the gears chipboard I painted with gesso, followed by copper pigment ink, gold lumieres, a bit of Vintaj patina, and more lumieres in blue.  I put a layer of  Utee over everything, and rubbed a little gold perfect pearls on the raised areas.
There are a few pieces of bamboo leaves that I painted with gesso, chalk ink, and silk acrylic. I coated the surface with magic medium, and I brushed a little deco paint pen on.  For the crow at the bottom left, I used gesso, texture paste for feathers, and black acrylic paint.  I coated it with glossy accents, and I rubbed on a few colors of jaquard mica powders.  For the honeycomb at the upper left, I used gesso, and glossy accents.  While the glue was wet I poured on embossing powder. I didn't follow with a heat gun, preferring the way it looked dry.  Thanks for looking!

Chipboard used:

Other products used:
Pink Paislee paper
Prima flowers, brads, and script stamp
A small piece of Winter is Coming paper by UHK Gallery
Tim Holtz gear, rub-ons, and crackle accents
Twinkle H20s
Silk Acrylics
Tsuineko chalk inks
Crayola glitter glue
glass glitter
Dry stickles
Magic Medium by Mod Podge

Next up is Heidi with a fun and unusual graduation themed project.

 Hello all my friends.  Today is kind of a sad day for me as this will be my last post for Gina's Designs.  I have really enjoyed this team as the product is something different than what I was used to using, very nice quality and very versatile as well.  And most of all, Gina is such a generous owner and is eager to work with the design team to let them give ideas and design things with her.  So I will miss this team.....  but will surely check back and see how everyone is doing!  

  So on to the project which is a graduation  card box.  I had been seeing these with flowers and my first thought was to use the graduation set which is a set that I had asked Gina to design for us and then Heidi's stars, which I designed and Gina put into work for me (and I adore them!).  I did this one in Red and Black for my son's graduation as these are his school colors.  The graduation items I spray painted and the stars I used some Adirondack paint.  
Here is a closer picture of the box using the graduation hat and a little stickles on the tassle!  I also added a few little twirlies that are just cardstock rolled around a pencil- I thought it was cute to add the little extra fillers.  

Gina's Designs Products: 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Deco Front Shadowbox by Nancy

Hi everyone!  Nancy here with a fun and easy project to assemble and decorate.  The frame is beautifully ornate and I thought the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection really suited the Victorian feel that I envisioned.  There are many ways you could decorate this, and in many themes, FUN!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May Layout Challenge by Kathi

 A very happy day to everyone!!! We're so glad you dropped by today and would love to see you here everyday! We enjoy showing you the many ways we use the gorgeous products from Gina’s Designs. Kathi here to share this week's project.  Here is  my take on our May layout challenge.

 The May Challenge

My layout

Supplies Used:

Other Supplies:
Quick Quotes paper "Damsel in Distress"
Distress Paint
Metal Butterfly "Craftsupplies1"
Metal flowers from my stash

Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed day.

Monday, May 26, 2014

China Cabinet: Light House Display by Veronica

Hello Everyone! Veronica here to share my take on the amazing  China Cabinet from Gina's Designs.

I have never been to the ocean, but ever since I was a little girl I have loved Light Houses, and the strength and beauty they bring.  I wanted a way to display some of my collection of Light Houses, and this cabinet was perfect!
This Adorable China Cabinet has endless possibilities for you to create! The front doors open, and all three bottom draws open for you to store your goodies in!
To keep with the Nautical theme, Gina's Beach Shape Set is a perfect fit! I have to admit while working on this project, I got the sudden cravings for Lobster!
A Compass to guide you along your way....Plus more Lobster and other things you would find at the Beach!

Thank you again for joining us!
 May everyone have a wonderful Memorial Day remembering those who fought and still serve for our Country.

Other items used:
Authentique "Anchored" (Nautical) collection
Distress Ink - Faded Blue Jean
Distress Ink - Tea Dye
White Sand

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Whimsical Fairy Watering Can from Jennifer and A Little China Cabinet from Heidi

Hello Friends today we have some amazing projects by two of our designers. First up is our Guest Designer Jennifer who has created this whimsical Spring Fairy Watering Can!
Here you can see one of our Fairies perched upon the spout of the can, ready to help out watering the flowers.
We love how the butterflies seem to be flying all around this magical piece!

 Can you spot the Fairy hiding in the flowers?
Thank you so much Jennifer for your beautiful project!

Gina's Designs Items Used
Welcome Sign Special Order from Gina's Designs
(For more info on special orders, please contact Gina's Designs)

Other Items Used
Graphic 45 Secret Garden Paper
Silk Flowers from Jennifer's Stash
Heart Lace from Craftsupplies1
Other Laces from Jennifer's Stash

Now over to Heidi who has this wonderful China Cabinet to share!

 Good Day my friends!!
Today's project from Gina's Designs is a new little china cabinet and it is A-dorable!  It is made with a hard board and so it was easy for me to use my American Chalk paint on it.  I have been wanting to do a project with it and this worked perfect- the small version of my ideal little cabinet.  The doors open and there are 2 shelves in there to store little items on it.    
On the bottom are 3 little drawers that are sturdy and open and can actually be used for storage (imagine that!).  I got these little drawer pulls that are actually brads- aren't they perfect for the distressed cabinet?  I adore it. 

Products Used: 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

China Cabinet by Shanna and House Shrine Box by Marfa

First up today is Shanna with a beautiful and practical storage solution.

Hi everyone, it's Shanna here today to share a fun project.  I love storage and this China Cabinet is amazing!

I covered everything using some Tim Holtz papers for a vintage look.

I numbered the boxes and colored them to match the papers.

I filled it with a few knick knacks from my goodie containers to showcase the inside.

Here you can see the inside of the bins. Big enough for lots of goodies. 

Thanks so much for looking!

 Next up is Marfa with an adorable home decor project.

Good morning chickadees!  Happy Saturday :-)  Today I want to show you a House Shrine Box from Gina's Designs.  I am using it to display some of my 3D quilling.  I began by covering it with modeling paste and I drew some designs on it for visual effect and texture.  I used a very thin layer so it dried fairly quickly.  Then I painted it with Adirondack ink.  Inside I covered everything with scrapbook paper.  I also created a shelf out of cardboard so I could display more quilled items.  The finishing touch was some pretty flowers.

This project was very easy to put together.  You do not need to be an expert crafter to do it and its going to look great on a shelf, or on your desk.


Other Supplies:

Modeling paste
Adirondack ink
Prima flowers
scrapbook paper
Gorilla wood glue

Friday, May 23, 2014

Shabby Cottage Window Shadowboxes

 Happy Friday everyone! Today I would like to share a fun little project I created to hang on my wall in my kitchen. These are my Shabby Cottage Window Shadowboxes, which are made from Gina's Bagatelle Boxes.

 I really love these little bagatelle boxes, they come in lots of different sizes, and you can purchase them in a set of 12! I had a lot of fun with these, and got out the Large Cottage Windows to place over the top of the boxes to create the illusion of looking in a cottage window. I did a lot of mixed media work on the windows, and it was fun to get my hands dirty!

You can see in the first one, several of Gina's other pieces, such as the postage stamp frames, gears, diamond texture sheet, stackable labels set, and a few pieces from the spring shape set as well. I embossed, painted and stamped on most of them and of course added some laces for a finishing touch.

Side & Back View of the Bagatelle Boxes

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look at my shadowboxes and I hope you will give them a try!

Gina's Designs Products Used

Other Items Used
My Minds Eye Pretty Things Paper
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
Americana Baby Blue, Buttermilk and Snow Paint
Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Powder
Lace From The Lace Mama
Shimmerz Texturez & Dazzlerz Paints
Wood Embellishements and Lace From My Stash
Wood Dressform by WhichCraft

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Vintage Cards by Melissa

Hi everyone! Melissa here with two cards using Gina's Designs Chipboard. 

On the first card,  I used several products on the chipboard butterfly to give it lots of texture and interest including gesso, texture paste, silk acrylics, acrylic paint, lumiers, twinkling H20s,  Vintaj patina paint, stickles, and glass glitter. 

On the card itself I used texture paste and a stencil.  I painted the paper with acrylic paints, art deco pens, and inked at the end with chalk ink.

On the pink card I used liquid pearls over gesso on the chipboard . On the leaves I used gesso, watercolors, twinkling H20s, and chalk ink.  I used a leaf stamp to add detail but wound up making veins on the leaves by scratching the surface with a straight pin while the ink was wet.

Thanks for looking!

Gina's Designs Products used on lavender card:

Gina's Designs Products used on pink card:

Other products used:
Prima Printery paper, and  buttons
Core'dinations paper
Prima flowers
A tiny bit of Tim Holtz and Vintaj
Tsuineko chalk ink
Toho glass beads
Sizzix  big shot 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gina's Designs Lasercuts is having a DT CALL!!

Altered Shadowbox Frame in a Steampunk Theme by Nancy

Hi Everyone, Nancy here!  Today I'm sharing an altered shadowbox frame that began as a thrift store find.  The frame was solid wood and painted black,  and there was glass inside.  I removed the glass and the backing and the fun began!

 I left the black paint alone and painted a thin coat of metallic brass over it.  Since the outside of the frame measured 12 x 12, I thought it would be fun to lay one of our texture sheets (in this case the gears style) over the entire frame.  I simply cut out the center, used matte Mod Podge to adhere the texture sheet to the frame, and then painted it with white gesso.  The rest was just spraying some various colors of ink sprays until I got the look I wanted.  

I painted the butterfly of gears with Folk Art acrylics and added some dimensional pearls.  The stacked hot air balloon was painted lightly with gesso, stamped with script and embossed.  The waterworks frame was embossed in copper.  The steampunk lady was embossed with script, edges inked with Prima chalk inks, and the gears with various metal colored embossing powders.  The rolled roses were created with a die and papers from my scraps.  The background paper is by Mambi, and I added some sprays, yellow gelatos, and a little texture paste and stenciling.  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Altered Canvas by Kathi

Kathi here to share my project for this week,  Yancee's graduation on a 20" X 24" canvas. 

 I upcycled an old painting by first covering the canvas with 2 layers of white gesso.  I created lots of texture to the background by layering lace/trim, cheese cloth, and crocheted fabric, then covering it all with gesso and modeling paste.

Supplies Used:
 Gina's Designs Lasercuts:

Other supplies used:
White Gesso
Modeling paste
Metal Embelishments
Steampunk Key (craftsupplies1)
Lace/Trim some from  (craftsupplies1)
Flowers from:
I Am Roses
Wild Orchid Crafts
Distress Paint:
Salty Ocean
Picked Raspberries 
Seedless Preserves
Mowed Lawn
Tarnished Brass
Lindy's Stamp Gang:
Lucky Shamrock
Hydrangea Blue
Sweet Violet Purple Teal
Ramblin Rose Pink

Thanks for Watching, be sure to stop by Gina's store.
Have a blessed day.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Desk Organizer by Veronica

Hello Again! Veronica here today to show off Gina's Desk Organizer.
This piece can be decorated many different ways to personalize your needs and to match your decor.  I chose to only decorate the outside of the organizer, using one of my favorite paper collections, the Kaisercraft 75 cent collection.  I  kept the inside the beautiful dark wood color.
I am using my organizer to store some of my paint brushes instead of just pens or things needed at a desk.

Here you can see some of our Doily Intricates. I just love them!

Thank you all for stopping by, and have a Blessed Day!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Steampunk Fun with Jennifer & Cards by Heidi

Hello Crafty Friends! Today we are excited to share some more amazing items created by our Guest Designer Jennifer. She has gone Steampunk Mad this time, and we are thrilled to show you her creations. First up is a gorgeous steampunk butterfly necklace!

Jennifer relayed this to us.  "I made this Steampunk butterfly and used two gears and watch parts from stash.  I got many compliments on this piece!"
Gina's Designs Items Used
Next up is her Mardi Gras style mask, it is truly a work of Art!

From Jennifer: "For the Steampunk Mardi mask I covered the chipboard mask in embossed leather, then embellished with Gina's chipboard items."
Items used from Gina's Designs
And last, but not least, here is Jennifer's Steampunk Dressform Cage. This is a New item in our shop, we also have it as a Hot Air Balloon as well. Jennifer has really outdone herself with this piece as the propellers actually work!
Gina's Designs Items Used
Now over to Heidi who has some lovely little cards to share with us!
Project number one is a card.  My son is a pilot so as soon as I saw this cute litte (masculine) airplane I knew I had to make a card to mail out to him.  So back up a few weeks and he explained what he envisioned a cool card to look like.   So this is my take on our discussion for him.  I painted the little airplane clip white and the rest is clear embossing.
  I thought I needed to start working on graduation cards since this will be a big year for graduates with our friends and family.   So this is the first one I made- kept it simple but fun I think.  The frame is just cut out of red cardstock.  The cap is chipboard that I painted black and then covered with glaze to give it a little sheen: little red stickles on the tassle. 

This graduation set is so perfect this time of year to be making graduation invites and cards- check them out! 


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