Monday, June 30, 2014

Vintage Sewing Themed Altered Cigar Box by Nancy

Hi everyone, it's Nancy here!  Today I am sharing an altered cigar box using papers from digital files that I have printed myself.  This coming August,  the Gina's Designs team will be participating in a cross promotional using digital designs by Kitty's Scrap Post.  We were excited to find out that in addition to each of us picking our choice of a digital  kit to work with for our August projects, all of us received the French Seamstress Kit as an extra bonus.   When I saw this gorgeous French Seamstress kit,  I just knew I had to combine the papers with Gina's sewing themed chipboard shapes.  A match made in Crafty Heaven!

 I'd been wanting a box to store my vintage Czech glass button collection and other sewing related collectibles I have accumulated, so I dug out this cigar box from my stash, and went to work.  I'm so happy with the way it turned out.  The box measures 7" x 7.5" x 4" deep.

I began by covering the box both inside and out, even the bottom got papered.  The best thing about digital papers is that you can print them as many times as you want to.  Just look how pretty the images are in this collection!

After the box was papered, everything got two coats of matte Mod Podge so the box can be wiped clean with a wet cloth.  Several techniques (as described below each photo) were used to decorate the chipboard shapes.

The dressform on the top of the box was embossed with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Powder.  Closeup view of the top below:

Aren't the papers gorgeous!  In addition to the dressform, I simply added a few Recollections flowers and fabric leaves.

On the front of the box I added more chipboard shapes and a few buttons to blend in with the button print on the paper.  Here the chippies were painted with Folk art acrylics.  Metal bookplate by Recollections and metal feet by Tim Holtz were painted with gesso and green acrylic paint.

On this side of the box I added the button border from Gina's Designs, and embossed it with Stampendous Shabby White, Pink, and Blue alternately.

On this side, I added a skeleton clock and clock hands embossed with Stampendous Shabby White embossing powder.  The chipboard clock mimics the clock and clock hands design on the paper.

On this side, I added scissors and another dressform.  The dressform is embossed with Shabby Blue, and the scissors with Shabby Marine (handles) and with a brass color embossing powder for the blades.

Here's a view of the inside! I'm all ready to add my collection of buttons and things!

Closeup of the inside lid.  On these shapes,  I have painted first with Gesso, stamped with a script stamp and then inked with pale pink and pale blue inks from Recollections new Vintage Romance collection of products.

Inside of the box at the bottom is another gorgeous design from the kit.  It was so hard to decide which paper to use on the top!

I hope you like my project, and be sure to visit us at Gina's Designs, and also check out all the gorgeous digital paper collections at Kitty's Scrap Post.

Gina's Designs Products Used:


Digital Design Papers by Kitty's Scrap Post

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Owl ATC Shrine by Marfa

Good morning to all of you creative people in blogland!  This is Crafting Marfa.  Today's blog post is bitter sweet for me.  This is my last project as a designer for Gina's Designs.  I have had the time of my life creating with Gina's chippies and hardboard items.  Honest to goodness, I would not trade my time in this team for anything in the world!  

So, on to today's project.  I want to share with you all my Owl ATC Shrine.  This shrine is made of hardboard and it makes for an awesome little photo frame.  I painted it with several shades of brown.  Then I glued brown beads to bring out the tree.  I used a few rhinestone hearts that I've had in my stash for years to accentuate the body of the owl and to decorate the fence.  Then I glued square rhinestones to outline the box.  They also act as two little legs to lift up the front of the box.  I covered the tree with ICE resin and the rest of the box is covered with acrylic gloss.  Just a little, not too much.  Finally I put a photo of a flower from my garden that I really love.  Even though I don't make Artist Trading Cards, I still really love to use Gina's ATC Shrines as little photo frames. 

Gina's Designs Supplies:  

Other Supplies:
  Acrylic paint
Acrylic gloss
 ICE resin
beads, rhinestones, and glue.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Two Shabby Cards by Shanna

Welcome to a wonderful weekend!  Shanna here to share two new cards I made for Gina's Designs.  

I painted my chipboard with gesso and added some pearls for a soft look.

For my second card I did the same technique. I love the shabby white vintage look. This look goes so great for bright or dull colors.

Items Used:
Gina's Designs Lasercuts
  Cottage Windows Small
Wrought Iron Set

Prima Paper, Flowers, and Embellishments

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas by Kim "Discoveries"

Happy Friday everyone! Today I have created a fun mixed media canvas using some of Gina's amazing products.
I have used the Flourish Circle Frames as the main focus on my canvas, and used several layers of mixed media on them, including paints, inks, texture paste and Tim Holtz distress paint.  In the center of the Flourish Frame, I have placed a bee which I made from some clay.

Below you can see some of the techniques I used on the Flourish.
I embellished around the Flourish Frame with some lovely flowers in whites, blues and yellows, along with some of the gears from the Gears Borders & Corners Set.  I also used one of the Steampunk doilies.  After distressing it, I cut the gears out from the doily and tucked them in with the flowers. In the background you can see some of the Chain Link Fence, which I embossed in black to contrast with the bright colors I used.  I topped that area off with some of the numbers from the Chunky Borders set.
I used a sentiment stamp from Rubbermoon as you can see below.  It is a quote by Picasso, which I just love. To the right you can see a close up of the Numbers from the chunky borders set, which I embossed.
I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek at my canvas today, thanks for stopping by!

Gina's Designs Items Used

Other Items Used
Lindy's Stamp Gang Mica Powders and Sprays
Prima Wing, Light bulb, Zipper and Clock
Rubbermoon Picasso Stamp
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
Craftsupplies1 Flowers
Tim Holtz Metal Sentiment
Ranger Distress Paint
Delta Soy Paint Turquoise
Iced Enamels Embossing Powder

Thursday, June 26, 2014

2 Story House by Mary

Happy Thursday!!  Today I have a "bird house" to show you using the 2 Story House from Gina's Designs. After the house was assembled, I applied a coat of gesso.  My next step was to extend the roof line. Since Gina designed it as a shadow box, the "back" side is made to be flat against a wall.  I wanted to use it as storage and to be able to turn it around to hide the inside. I took a piece of heavy card stock to make the overhang match the other side.

I have used two of our wooden frames on the front of the house, and backed them with black paper for the "bird holes". The nest at the roof peak is inked and the eggs are embossed.  The two pieces of the  lamppost are embossed and there is a piece of inked vellum paper sandwiched between them.

On one side of the house are three birdhouses from the "For the Birds" set.  I embossed one and stenciled the other two.
On the other side I placed one of our leafy branches that I turned into a tree. I painted the trunk and branches,  and covered the leaves with flower soft.
Inside the house, I covered each "room" with different paper and did a faux painting technique in the "attic". The bird on the birdhouse on the roof peak is from the Spring Shape Set.
I plan on using the house to store my bling from Joann's.  You could also store paint bottles on the bottom and middle shelves and your Lindy's sprays will fit on the middle shelf !
For more details, please visit my personal blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. The links to all of the products I used from Gina's Designs are listed below.

Gina's Designs Products
Wooden Frames

Other Products Used
Paper: Lyric (Prima) & stash
Metal Flowers: Craftsupply1
Wide Craft Sticks: Dollar Tree
Embossing Powder
Flower Soft

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ATC Shrine with ATC by Melissa

Hi everyone! Melissa here with an ATC shrine by Gina's Designs Lasercuts, and an ATC to go inside.  
I started by coating the shrine's pieces with a few coats of gesso, and I was careful to not get any gesso on the tabs on the hardboard so that they would fit correctly.  When it was dry I assembled it and painted it with  Precious Metal Colours in blue, then dry brushed on a little bronze.
I then poured on thin lines of alcohol ink in purple, and as quickly as possible I wiped it off.  I did the same thing using yellow. The ink made some areas green,   which took some of the sheen off, and I then added a little purple. I really liked the effect it made!
  I put a little more blue on in different areas. The leaves on the front are green liquid pearls, then green lumieres,with more bronze and blue on top. To get it lighter on the inside I put on a little pearl colored paint,and some gold leaf on glossy accents. Thanks for looking!

ATC Shrine-Leaves , by Gina's Lasercuts Designs

Other Products used:
Viva Decor Precious Metal Color in turquoise, mother of pearl, and bronze
Ranger alcohol ink in purple twilight, and sunshine yellow
Gel pens
Marvy Uchida DecoColor Liquid Silver Opaque Paint Markers, in gold and silver
 Swarovski crystals
Memory glass by Ranger
Tim Holtz metal
gold leaf
metal frog prince
watercolor paper
Winton and Lewis watercolors

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vintage Beach Layout by Nancy

Hi everyone, Nancy here sharing a layout I created with one of the vintage family photos that my Mother recently shared with me.  That's Me and Mom on the right.  I love using the beachy teals, greens, and vintage photo colors.  This layout was pretty quick and easy because I built it around one of our botanical journaling blocks.  The shapes are available in a package containing 3 shapes and sizes.  The intricate detailing around the edges is amazing!  I painted mine with gesso, used a script stamp with Perfect Medium, then brushed it with Perfect Pearls Powders.  I used distress inks around the edges, and colored the intricate areas with Prima Chalk Ink.  The chipboard border and element pieces were coated with gesso, then painted with Silks paints.

Elements Shapes

Monday, June 23, 2014

Shadow Box "Love You Endlessly" by Kathi

Thanks for joining me today, Kathi here to share with you a shadow box I made for my friend Cyndi. The items in the shadow box were given to her by her husband, Cliff during the last year of his life or are items that represent him to her. This is a simple yet lovely shadow box full of love & life.

 Full view of shadow box
There is a wooden saw with a train carved into the center.

 Close up of of Words "Love you endlessly"

Close up of the 8" Cardstock Doily
 A photo of their wedding, the last bouquet Cliff gave her,  A photo for the special 
photo she would like to add to the shadow box once she finds that photo.

A Railroad nail that has a metal train on it, 3 coins Cliff received 
from the railroad as a train engineer. 

Supplies used from Gina's Designs:

Other Supplies"
Black Shadow Box

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Sparkly Layout by Marfa

Happy Friday everybody, it's Marfa here with a sparkly layout to share.   This is a vintage photo of me on my 15th birthday.  I  am using the Parisian Shape Set and the Banner Border Strip from Gina's Designs.  I especially love the Parisian Shape Set.  It has a lot of lovely chipboard shapes and it was perfect for this layout.  I also used a reflective material to give the mirror a more realistic look.  That was a lot of fun.  I covered the chippies with glitter acrylic paint and with another acrylic paint that has a satin finish.  The awesome, glittery paper is by Robin's Nest.  This layout is me through and through.  Scroll down for a short video and have a great weekend!

Gina's Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Robin's Nest Paper
Flowers from Craftsupplies1
Prima Say It In Pearls
Tim Holtz Mirrored Adhesive-Back Sheets of Reflective Material
Recollections Glitter Shapes

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Handmade Tea Box by Shanna

Hey everyone. Shanna here using Gina's Tea Time Shape Set.  I found some inspiration from the Graphic 45 blog and had a blast making this. 

I made the box from chipboard and covered it with Graphic 45 papers.

I covered the large tea pot with papers and distressed the edges with Walnut Stain. I painted the tea cups and sugar bowl with gesso, then added a strip of paper. I painted the handles and the spoons with some silver paint. I also added some Distress Ink to make it look aged and a little more vintage, and some Petaloo flowers to finish the look.

Hope you enjoyed my tea box and feel like making one of your own!

Gina's Designs Products used:

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mixed Media ATC and Shrine & Background Tutorial by Kim

Happy Friday Everyone! Today I have a really fun and quick project to share with you. I have used one of the ATC shrines from Gina's Store, this one is the Swirl ATC Shrine. I have also created an ATC to go inside, and below you will find the tutorial for the background technique I have used to create it.
I really love these shrines, they are so fun to alter, and you can do them in so many different ways, Gina has a great selection of them, which you can find HERE

 I made this Shrine to look like an ATC itself, and on all the sides and back I wanted it to mimic being an ATC. I love working with mixed media so I had a blast making this!

Here is the inside of the ATC Shrine and you can see I have made my ATC as well, and also decorated the inside of the shrine. I love Gina's Doilies and I also used some of the chipboard honeycomb and bees set which I embossed. I also stamped the back of the ATC with a stamp from Stampin' Up.

Here is my tutorial on how I achieved the background effect on the ATC.
First, cut your chipboard to 3 1/2'' x 2 1/2'', and gesso both sides. Get out your clear embossing powder, any brand is fine and your clear embossing ink, I have used Ranger for this tutorial. Choose what stamps you want to use, now you are ready to begin.

Stamp your chosen stamps in the ink and place on the ATC, pressing firmly. Once you have covered your ATC with your stamps and ink, sprinkle your clear embossing powder all over your card.

Your ATC should look something like the bottom left photo, then use your heat gun to melt the embossing powder.
It should now look like the photo on the bottom left. Get out your colored inks, I have used Ranger distress inks for this tutorial.
Using your blending tool or sponge and blend different areas of your ATC with different colors of the inks until you are happy with the end result. I used 4 different colors on mine.
Your ATC should resemble this photo below. Its like magic!
 The clear embossing powder will stay white and your ink colours will blend nicely in the background, its a very cool effect!
 Here is a photo of the unfinished ATC with the background done, and one I did for the ATC Shrine. I love how they turned out. This is a great effect and it looks much harder than it actually is. It is really fun to do, so I hope you will give it a try!

You can add some stencils and mixed media texture paste to the background now and layer on some chipboard and other embellishments to finish off your ATC.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial this month! Thanks for stopping by!

Gina's Designs Items Used

Other Items Used
Americana Paint
Recollections Gold Embossing Powder
Stampendous  Clear, Shabby Pink & Shabby Blue Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Distress Inks & Metal Sentiment
Shimmerz Texturez Patina
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
My Minds Eye Paper
Stamps from Inkadinkadoo and Stampin Up

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