Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gina's Designs DT Project: Happy Holiday Shadowbox

Today I have a happy holidays shadowbox for you today. I apologize for posting this after Christmas, but it was a gift!

  This element piece was made with one of Gina's doilies and a punchelement 1 inch scalloped.
 This was a Christmas pick that I took apart. I added one of Gina's snowflakes to the front of the house.

The number was custom made for me by Gina. I added metal brads on the side. It is attached to the shadowbox with pop dots.
You can see the three different techniques I used on the ornaments. After they were painted I used bling on the first, a rubber stamp on the second, and one of Gina's snowflakes that I glittered on the third.
The "Happy Holidays" was cut from one of the DCWV paper stacks I used.

I hope you have a great end to 2014! Thanks again for stopping by my blog.

Gina's Designs Products
Faux Metal Number Plates (Custom Ordered)

Other Products Used
Paint: Liquitex - Burnt Umber
Folkart - Lipstick Red, Classic Green,
Wicker White, Thicket
DecoArt - Dazzling Metallics - Luminous Gold
Paper: Bo Bunny - Silver & Gold Collection
DCWV - The Christmas Combo Stack
DCWV -  The Homemade Christmas Stack
White metal snowflake brads
Large metal snowflakes - ButterBeeScraps
Glitter - Martha Stewart
Candy cane
unmounted stamp
red pearl trim

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gina's Designs DT Project: "The Stockings Were Hung" Tag

Happy Monday! I have a fun Christmas tag for you today. The tag is one of the three tags form the Chipboard Decorative Tags X Large set. To give the wall a bricked look, I stenciled the tag with the Texture Sheet - Brick Wall  using several of distressed inks. I cut a small section from the bottom of tag and made a made a box which I attached to the back of the tag. The next time I come across a small branch, I will have to gather it for logs!
For the stockings, I painted them red, used ink on the edges and a cotton ball for the "fur" look. The middle stocking is stamped with a snowflake stamp.

Gina's Designs Products Used 

Other Products Used
Ink: Tim Holtz Distressed Ink - Black Soot, Fire Red,Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Tea Dye
Ribbon from stash
Buttons from stash
Sticker from stash
Cardstock: brown & black colors
Yarn: From stash

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gina's Designs - GDT Project: Christmas Cards

 Can you believe we are less than a month away until Christmas?? I have two cards that I made using some of the chipboard pieces that Gina has in her store.
 The first card features one of the snowflakes from the Snowflake Shape Set. I applied a coat of gesso before covering it in glitter. I attached it to the card using pop dots.

The next card is an easel card. I used the Punchelements - 1" Scalloped to make the elements that will keep the card in the upright position.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Make sure you check out the store for other great things you can use to make cards with.

Gina's Designs Products

Other Products Used
Paper: K&Company and my stash
Bling Snowflakes: Jolee's boutique: Snowflake Repeats
Ribbon: Stash

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gina's Designs GDT Project Featuring Craftsupplies1!

Hello! Today I have a fall wall hanging. This project also features some of the great products from Craftsupplies1!
I started with one of the tags form the tag set super x. After painting the tag, I covered it with burlap from Craftsupplies1.  The fall dove tail banner, leaves and the rakes are from Gina's Designs Fall Banner Kit. All of the flowers are from Craftsupplies1.
Thanks for stopping by Gina's blog today! 

Gina's Design's Products Used

Please visit either the Zibbet store or the Etsy store!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Gina's Designs GDT Project: BOO!!!

Hello everyone! I have this fun Boo Wall Decor from Gina's Designs. I really enjoyed making this. I got to go from this,
to this!

 I have it hanging on my front door. I need need to use some double sided tape to keep in place since the "corn stalks" became a little heavy.
The corn stalks were made by cutting twisted paper into strips. I used several distressed inks to color it: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, and Distressed Stain Wild Honey.

The ghosts, haunted house and candy were all fussy cut from a paper collection by Debbie Mumm. The ghosts were edged in Black Soot and the other pieces were edged in Walnut Stain.
I didn't have any web material so I had to improvise and used some poly batting - I kept pulling it apart until I got the look I wanted.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Make sure you take a look at Gina's store for more fun Halloween and Fall items!

Gina's Designs Products
Boo Wall Decor

Other Products Used
Paper: it was a colection by Debbie Mumm
Tim Holtz Distressed Ink: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distressed Stain: Wild Honey, Peeled Paint
Paint: Americana - Lamp Black
Folk Art - Pure Orange, Thicket
Daler Rowney - Orange
Gelly Roll Pen - Metallic

Monday, September 1, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog today. I can't believe that it is already September 1.  I'm so happy to be part of the Creative Blog Hop. This hop is a tour of different creative blogs. It is a great way to meet new bloggers and to get inspiration from them.  I was invited to be part of the hop by the ever so talented Kim from Angel Dream Crafts.  I met Kim almost two years ago and we have formed a wonderful friendship.

I have posted some pictures from past projects as I go about answering my hop questions!

1. What I am working on? Currently I am working on unpacking and setting up my craft space! I moved mid-July and am looking forward to getting this done. I have some great storage and organizers that I have gotten from Gina's Designs and am using those to help with this huge task. As I am unpacking and organizing, I am taking the opportunity to weed out things that I no longer enjoy.
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? As you can tell by my pictures, I do all sorts of different things. Besides paper crafting, I also like to do counted cross-stitch, basic quilting (and I mean BASIC!), and beading. This year was also the first year I played around with the steam punk style. What I want to get into next is mixed-media!
3. Why do I write/create what I do? For me, crafting is my happy place. Creating regenerates my batteries and helps me forget a bad day. I try and set aside one day of the weekend to craft and if I am lucky, I might be able to squeeze in an hour or two during the workweek.

4 How does my writing/creative process work? Typically I will sit down knowing what I am going to make, like a layout. After that, it is all trial and error! I usually tryout different things before I commit. If I find myself being to wishy-washy, I will start gluing things down and create from there! As far as inspirations do, I find myself being inspired by so many things; nature, pictures, music, emotions, etc. On those days that I need a little nudge, I will go look on pintrest or challenge blogs.
Okay, next up on the hop is my crafty friend Sandy. I met Sandy over a year ago on facebook. We happened to be in the same crafting group. Sandy's blog is Sweet Sands Crafts. You will be able to see all of Sandy's Creative Blog Hop post on Monday, September 8.

Thank you for stop by my blog today!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gina's Designs DT Project: Create Banner

Hello everyone! I hope you are all well today. I have one of Gina's fun banners for you today. This is the C-R-E-A-T-E Dovetail Banner. I have the banner hanging over the area that I keep things I made or that others have made and sent to me. (Excuse the beam - yes my craft room is now in the basement.)
I started with painting the bottom layer in Linen. The next layer is painted with a mixture of Poodleskirt Pink and White. I then used a piece of paper from the Kellerkurtz & Company paper stack.
The doilies are from the Daily Box Sew wall hanging set. I inked them lightly with Vintage Photo and Antique Linen. The letters are embossed with a mixture of Aged Rose and Chestnut. I then 
attached them to the banner with pop dots. I punched a whole in each of the corners and the added eyelets. The banner is held together with twine from my stash.

Gina's Designs Products Used

Other Products Used
Paint: Folk Art - Linen & Americana - Poodleskirt Pink & Craft Essentials - White
Embossing Powder: Stampendous-Aged Rose & Zing! - Chestnut
Ink: Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Vintage Paper
Eyelets: Stash
Twine: Stash

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gina's Designs DT Project: 2 Beautiful Composition Box

Hello everyone. I hope all is well. I know that many of you are busy with school starting again. I don't think it has sunk in that I will not have to crack the books this semester!
Today I have one of Gina's composition boxes. These boxes come with the large box, the three smaller boxes, a wooden key and the chipboard numbers. Currently it shows the number 25 but you can order any two numbers you want. As of this post, you will need to leave Gina a message as to which numbers. 
The inspiration I used was my trip to Ireland in 2006. We were there for two wonderful weeks.

 All the inner boxes had the outer edges first inked and then I applied some paint in spots. I love how it looks worn.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have a great day!

Gina's Designs Products

Other Products
Paper: Antiquity
Paint: Americana - Burnt Umber
Glitter Glue: Studio G - Brown
Embossing Powder: Stash
Metal Charm: Stash
House: from Ireland
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Bling: Me & My Big Ideas
Stickers: Stash

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gina's Designs DT Project: 15 Drawer Storage Cabinet Featuring Kitty Scrap Post!

Hi everyone! Today I have a project featuring the digital paper from Kitty's Scrap Post. This is the first time I have used the paper and it won't be the last! I love that you can print off the sheets of paper you want to use for a project. I used the French Seamstress paper and French Seamstress Bottle Caps with Gina's 15 Drawer Storage Cabinet and the new punchelements - 1" scalloped!
One of the great features of the 15 Drawer Storage Cabinet is that you can either attach drawer pulls or use the side with the cut out for the finger pull. As you can see I have used both sides on this project.
The punchelements are so easy to use! I used my 1" punch on the bottle cap sheet I printed off. After I had the pieces assembled. I used liquid embossing over the top of the caps.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Make sure you pop over to Gina's store and Kitty's Scrap Post for some great products that work so well together!

Gina's Designs Products

The French Seamstress Paper and Bottle caps.

Other Products Used
Tim Holtz Distressed Ink - Walnut Stain
All Night Media Liquid Embossing - Antique Glass Finish
Metal Handles - ButterBeeScraps
1" circle punch

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Gina's Designs DT Project - Multi-Purpose Advent Calendar

I know it's "Christmas in July", but I was in the process of moving most of that month so I decided to do a few "Christmas in August" projects. Today I have an advent calendar for you made from the 24 Drawer Storage Unit.  What is nice about making one like this is that you can use it over and over and you decide what kind of goodies to put into the drawers!
Now I know some of you are thinking yes, they are great for the first 24 days of Christmas, but then it's just another thing you have to store! 
Well, if you make it that way, but what I did was paper the other side of the drawer into something I can use everyday. Yes, I will have to find a temporary home for the everyday items when it 
is time to use the advent calendar but I love the idea of being able
to use items vs having a bunch of things in storage.

I  covered the one end of the drawer with my everyday use paper and attached metal drawer pulls.
The other side of the drawer has the advent calendar. I just pull out the drawer and turn it around.
 I did leave the top and sides uncovered to show the beautiful wood. You are able to decorate the top with different Christmas items.
I hope this gives you another idea on how to use Gina's great products!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Gina's Designs Products Used
 (This is for # 1-10. I special ordered 1-24!)

Other Products Used
Paper: BoBunny - Silver & Gold Collection and The PaperStudio(Hobby Lobby) Kellerkurtz & Company
Tim Holtz Distressed Ink - Walnut Stain
Bling - Darice (Joann Fabrics)
Drawer Pulls - ButterBeeScraps
Glue: E-6000 and Scotch Quick Dry

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gina's Designs DT Project - Let it Snow Artist Trading Block

Hello fellow crafters. My project today is featuring Gina's new artist trading blocks! There are actually three different sizes that come in the set, I am using the 3 and 2.5 inch size blocks.
I removed one of the sides on the bottom box and used the inside to hang snowflakes. All the paper was distressed with Black Soot. To get a true color of any of the techniques I used, I applied gesso to all of the chipboard pieces in this project.  The snowflakes are all glittered.
 I just love this little snowman stamp!
This is the back side of the box. Good thing I do not make my living as a photographer!

Here is one of the sides. The arms of the chipboard snowman are taken from the tree in the Winter Shape Set. Her chipboard hat and scarf are painted and I used flower fresh for the pom-pom on the top of the hat.
This chipboard snowman has a painted chipboard top hat. The nose is actually one of the icicles that is in the Winter Shape Set. The nose and chipboard mittens were colored with markers.

Please check out the blog to see what others have created using the artist trading blocks!

Gina's Designs Products Used

Other Products Used
Paper: K&Company - Let it Snow
Snowflake Stickers: Jolee's boutique - Snowflake Repeats
Tim Holtz Distressed Ink - Black Soot
Snowman Stamp: Hampton Art Stamps - Relaxed Snowman
Flower Fresh
Flocking Powder
Silver Thread

Friday, July 25, 2014

Gina's Designs DT Project: L is for Laundry

You know what today is? Today marks five months til Christmas! Just a friendly reminder to start on all the gifts you were going to make last year but ran out of time! Make sure you head over to Gina's Designs to check out some of the awesome hardwood and chipboard items that will make great gifts.

Today I have another new item in Gina's store, the new "letter your life". With these you get to custom make your word! That's right, crafters, the large letter will be the first letter in the word you ask for. Just think of the possibilities!
I guess I had laundry on my mind when I was asked to pick a word since that is what came out of my mouth.
I wanted it to be fun yet simple since it will be hanging on the wall in the basement. 
I covered the "L" with paper and embossed the word laundry.

 It will be mounted on the wall but I still need to paint it - my mom and I have only got the primer on.
I also used the new punchelements 1". These are stackable element sets that you are able to use your 1" punch with! I glued my punched paper to the plain circle. Once it was dried, I used my cleaned up any edges, distressed with Walnut Stain and glued it to the larger fancy circle. I then applied a coat of the liquid embossing to the top of the paper.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a great weekend!

Gina's Designs Products

Other Products Used
Paper: Prima - Lyric & MME: Lost & Found - Madison Avenue
Embossing Powder: American Crafters Zing! - Chestnut
Lace and Doilies: Stash
All Night Media: Liquid Embossing - Clear Glass Finish
Ink: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Mini Clothes Pins

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gina's Designs DT Project - Paint Brush Caddy

Hello fellow crafters! As promised I have the new paint brush caddy from Gina's Designs! It is designed to fit into one of the top caddies on the art storage cabinet.  As I'm sure you have already figured out, I plan on using this as a free standing item.
While it may be designed to hold your paint brushes, I wanted to give you some other ideas what you could place in this great caddie. The compartments are deep enough to hold your smaller scissors or bone folders!

This is one of the new word stackers in Gina's store. The other side of the box says inspire!

The key element was created by our very own Gina! I was lucky enough to receive this in my last DT package.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Gina Design Products

Other Products Used
Paper: Kellerkurtz & Company
Lace: stash
Pearls: Suhafua
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays: Sandra Dee Sopia, My Mojito Green, Clam Baked Beige, Cotton Candy Pink, Dark Chocolate Truffle, Frozen Jack Frost, Sea Grass Green
Metal Feet: ButterBeeScraps
Watercolor Paint: Crayola
Stamps: Prima #960810 and TPC Studio - Vintage Crafting