Friday, October 9, 2015

Mini Coffins

This week I have decorated up these really cute coffins.  They are so easy to assemble and make cute decorations or even treat holders.  I assembled the coffins first then added my pattern paper to each one.  I then inked the edges and added gesso for a distress look.  I then added my decorations.

This little coffin I used one of the Skeleton pieces.  I painted it with gesso and then inked it with black ink.  I added some cheesecloth under the skeleton and then used a piece of the pattern paper to make the banner.

I added items from the paper collection and some orange and black flowers to this one.  I layered some cheese cloth under the bat and the little embellishment piece.

These were really super fast to put together.
I think I will use these to hold some special treats!!
Thanks for stopping!
Kim :)

Gina's Designs Items Used:

Other items used:
cheese cloth
Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
Black Soot Distress Ink
MME - Wicked Mechant Malvado Paper Pad

Friday, September 25, 2015

24 Drawer Storage Unit

This weeks post I wanted to show a project that I am working on.
I got this 24 drawer storage unit and LOVE IT!!!

This unit took me only an hour to put together.  Gina makes these organizational units so easy to put together and use.  I started out thinking that I would just put it together and use it but decided to decorate it up somewhat.  But then the more I looked at it the more I like it just with paper on the drawer fronts.  I did use distress ink on all the papers.
The unit is about 13 3/4 inches tall and 11 1/4 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches deep.  Each of the drawers are 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 1 3/8, they are very nice size drawers for all those little trinkets.

Thanks for stopping!
Kim :)

Gina's Designs Items:

Other items used:
Prima: Something Blue
Distress ink: Vintage Photo

Friday, September 18, 2015

Prima Picket Fence Clock

Hello ladies, when I saw this picket fence clock I was super excited to alter this.  I gave the fence a weathered paint look with a crackle technique.  I painted the slates with 2 coats of flat black paint, then added my crackle medium.  Once it was dried I added vintage ivory acrylic paint and then added black distress ink to all the edges.  

I added a birdcage, which I manipulated to give it some dimension.  I pained it with snow tex for  more dimension and added a very small flower to the top.  I also inked it slightly with black distress ink.

The clock face I used Prima paper along with the base of the fence.  The numbers on the clock I painted with black ink, then used my finger to added gesso to make the numbers pop.  I also added gesso to the clock hands to make them stand out more.

The flourish details I inked with 2 different distress inks, Crushed Olive and Forest Moss.  Then again using my finger to add gesso for dimension.  I then added several flowers from my stash to finish it off.

I just love the way this came out!  Thanks for stopping and have a crafty day!

Gina's Designs Items Used:

Other Items Used:
Prima Stationer's Desk
Distress Inks: Forest Moss & Crushed Olive
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
Acrylic Paints: Ivory & Black
Folkart Crackle Medium

Friday, September 11, 2015

"You Make Me Smile" Card and Gift Box

This week I have done 2 projects.
The first is a simple card.
I used kraft colored cardstock and some vintage pattern paper from my stash.
I then added a doily to the side of the card.  I inked the edges with distress ink.  I made some flags from the vintage paper and added them to the right top corner.
I took the sentiment "You make me Smile" and embossed it with black embossing powder.  I added a dew drop from The Robins Nest to the "i" to make it stand out.
I also added more of the dew drops to the bottom right corner.  I took the other half of the doily and added it to the inside of the card.  I then added some flowers from my stash to the bottom left corner.  I inked all the paper and cardstock with distress ink.

My next project is a gift box with mini book charm.  I made the box from kraft cardstock.  I wrapped vintage pattern paper and some lace around the middle of the box.  I inked the box and paper with distress ink.
I then added some flowers from my stash along with a vintage dressform.
I made a mini book charm that hangs from a lobster claw clasp, which I attached to a book mark style tag.  I added beads and a charm to the chain and also added some lace and a metal flower to the front of the book.

I just love how these 2 projects just go together.

Gina's Design's Items Used:

Other items used:
Dew Drops
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
Mirabella Paper Collection from The Paper Studio
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo

Friday, September 4, 2015

Vintage Note Cards

Do you ever just need a simple but lovely note card to send with a gift.  I know I do from time to time.  So I decided to make some vintage note cards.  These are simple but very easy to make 3 x 3 note cards.

I started with some kraft colored cardstock and added some vintage looking pattern paper.  I added some vintage lace to the edge of each card.  I added vintage dressforms to each of the cards, I just used some gesso to enhance the look of the dress forms.  I then made a punched flower with a flat back pearl to the center of each one.  I didn't add any sentiment to the cards, I can do that when I send each one of them out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gina's Designs Used:

Other items used:
Kraft Cardstock
Vintage Lace
Pattern Paper: Paper Studio Mirabelle Collection
Flat Back Pearls

Friday, August 28, 2015

Altered Frame by Kim C.

Welcome to this weeks project!
I have altered a picture frame that I picked up at a yard sale.  Best place to find those items to alter and make beautiful!

I painted the frame with white gesso first then added pattern paper.  I then added an intricate doily to the top and bottom corners.  I then added flowers from my stash on top.  I added some lace and some flat back pearls to each scallop on the lace.

The large butterfly I painted with snow-tex then added some H2O paints from ColourArte and then used some distress ink on it.  

I then painted the word "Love", also with snow-tex.

A view of the top corner with the intricate doily under the flowers.  I wanted this to look elegant with just a touch of color to it.  I think I managed that.  I hope you like this weeks project and please stop back!

Gina's Designs Items Used:

Other items used:
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
Flatback Pearls
Mirabelle Paper Collection from The Paper Studio(Hobby Lobby)

Friday, August 21, 2015

"Timeless Memories" Folio by Kim C.

This week I have made a mini album or folio.  This is for a benefit for someone that lost their home to a very major fire.  I used the tutorial from My Sisters Scrapper on youtube.  This was very quick to make.  I love the way it came out.

The front cover I used words from Words & Phrases #1.  I painted them with snowtex to give them some dimension.  I used a clock from Skeleton Clocks Set, which I cut and used the other half on the inside.  I used snowtex on them and then I used distress ink on it also.  I added flowers and twine from my stash.  I also added dew drops from The Robin's Nest.

I then used a key and keyhole from the Keys & Plates set.  I used snowtex on them, then I used distress inks to give them an aged look.  I used on the edge of the folio hinges from the Hinges Set.  Again I used snowtex and distress inks to give them an aged look.

The inside of the folio will hold 15 photos in the waterfall section.  I have a pocket with tags on the other side with the other half of the skeleton clock.  I then added flowers and twine from my stash.

I hope you like what I have created this week.
Thanks for stopping!!
Kim :)

Gina's Designs Items Used:

Robin's Nest Item Used:
Dew Drops

Other Items Used:
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
Distress Inks: Vintage Photo/Black Soot
Bo Bunny Paper: Timepiece Collection

Friday, August 14, 2015

"A Moment in Time" Layout with Robins Nest Paper by Kim C.

This is one of the hardest projects I have had to do.  This is a layout I did using papers from The Robin's Nest.  This is a layout honoring a woman that I miss so very much.  This is my Grandmother and she was a sweet and very wonderful lady.  

The paper I used from the Robin's Nest for the back ground is Honeycomb Fleur Cardstock.  I then used Tropicana Fleur Cardstock for the photo mat along with cream colored cardstock.  I used from Gina's Designs the chipboard frame called Flourished Frame: Connie.  I used some gesso to soften it up just a little bit.  You can still see the natural color of the chipboard.

Along the right side of the photo I made a flower cluster that has a piece of chipboard called Tudor Rose Singes.  I cut it in half and used some of the negative pieces to add some swirls.  I also used gesso on these pieces as well.  I added some diamond dew drops in a frosted white from The Robins Nest.  I then added some cheesecloth and flowers from my stash.

At the bottom left of the photo I added more of the negative pieces coming out of the flowers.  I also added a script word cluster from Words & Phrases #1.  I added another diamond dew drop and added some flowers and a flat back heart from my stash.

I hope you like this weeks project.  It was a very emotional project for me.

Robin's Nest Items Used:
Diamond Dew Drops
Honeycomb Fleur Cardstock
Tropicana Fleur Cardstock

Gina's Designs Items Used:

Other Items Used:
Cream Cardstock
Wild Orchid Craft Flowers
Resin Heart

Friday, August 7, 2015

Steampunk Hot Air Balloon Embellishment

Hi everyone!  This week I wanted to show what great embellishments you can make with items from Gina's Designs!!
We are also having a cross promotion with The Robin's Nest this month!

I used the Steampunk Border for this embellishment.

I cut off the hot air balloon from the bottom.  And this is what I created with it!!

I first gave it a couple coats of gesso.  I then painted it with paints from ColourArt.  I then added some pattern paper from my stash.

I added some dew drops from The Robin's Nest.  I also added a large dew drop to the bottom gear.  I then added some crackle medium to the top of the balloon in all the little openings.
This is now ready to add to any project, like a card, tag, or maybe even a layout.  I will be using this at a later time in an upcoming project.  Or maybe I just might put a magnet on the back and hang it up.  This would make a great magnet for the fridge, hmmm....  The possibilities!!!!! 

Gina's Items Used:

The Robin's Nest Item Used:

Other items used:
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante
Crackle Accents
ColourArte Paints

Thanks for stopping!!
Kim :)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Trim Organizer

This week I put together this trim organizer. 
 Let me start with telling you my funny story.  I was in the process of finishing up this project when I accidentally hit my cup of coffee.  I have never moved so fast trying to move stuff off my desk!!!  I was able to save about 90% of my project but still lost some very nice paper in the process.  
I love the way it turned out even with some coffee stains on it!!

First I adhered paper from my stash.  I then used a clock stencil and modeling paste to give texture.  I then added some lace and trim from my stash.
I also added some ornate metal feet to the corners of the organizer. 

I then added this hanging clock, that I put about 4 coats of gesso on it.  If you look real close you can see its also been coffee stained!!!  Not the look I was going for, but it works!!
I then started layering flowers to make this beautiful flower spray.

On this corner of the organizer I added some more flowers and a metal clock piece.  You can see some of the texture I added with the modeling paste and stencil.

I added paper to the lace dividers, but only to 2 of them.  Do to the mishap with the coffee, I was unable to save the rest of the paper.  But these 2 look great!!

I hope you like my project this week and had a little chuckle!!

Gina's Designs Items Used:

Other items used:
Graphic 45 Ladies Diary Paper
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
Modeling Paste
Clock Stencil
Tim Holtz Box Feet

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tea Box w/Tutorial

This week I decided to just do something simple but really cute!
I made a Tea Box.
This will also be a short tutorial on how I made this little box.
This is a pizza style box.

First you will need to have some cardstock.  The measurement for the box is 4 3/4 x 7 3/4.  You need to score on the 4 3/4 side at 3/4" and 4".  Rotate cardstock to the 7 3/4 side and score at 3/4", 3 1/2", 4 1/4" and 7".
Then you will need to cut the tabs on each end and in the middle.   Then add adhesive to all the tabs.
See photo below for reference.

Fold on all score lines and assemble your box.  Your box should look like the photo below.

The chipboard pieces are form a new set called Coffee & Tea Set.  I used the teacup with teabag, the word tea and a steam piece.  I painted all the pieces with several coats of gesso.  I then inked them with vintage photo distress ink.  The tea bag I used the distress ink to make it look like it had been used.  I then added glossy accents to the tea bag and the word, tea.

I then used a flower background stamp to stamp the tea cup.  I used victorian velvet distress ink.
Before adhering the chipboard pieces I cut some pattern paper and adhered that to the box.  My measurements for the pattern paper are as follows:  top of box 3 1/8x 2 5/8, front and back sides of box 5/8 x 3 1/8(cut 2)  sides of box 5/8 x 2 5/8(cut 2).  I inked all the edges of the paper with vintage photo distress ink.
I hope you like what I have done and I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.  Sorry for not having photos of the chipboard process but I was very into making this box.
This little box will hold 4 tea bags.

Thanks for stopping and happy crafting!!

Gina's Designs Items Used:

Other items used:
Black Cardstock
Scor Tape
Graphic 45 Pattern Paper
Glossy Accents
Distress Inks: Victorian Velvet/Vintage Photo
Stampendous Stamp Set
Tea Bags

Friday, July 17, 2015

Altered Embroidery Hoop - Baby Layout

This week I have altered an embroidery hoop.  I have created a baby girl layout.  Very soon I will be getting a new granddaughter and wanted to make a beautiful piece for my daughter to hang in the babies room.
I painted the hoop with 2 coats of white gesso and then added pattern paper to a piece of lightweight chipboard for the backing.  I inked the edges of the hoop with distress ink.
I then added some box pleated trim and a pearl trim to the outside edge of the hoop.  I created a space for a 4x6 photo in the center.

The chipboard pieces I used are from the Baby Girl Clothesline Set.
I took the baby dress and painted it with light pink acrylic paint and inked the edges with distress ink.  I then added some lace to the bottom of the dress along with  some trim and pearl trim.  I popped this up with foam squares so that the photo can go under it.

  I then added some pattern paper to the baby booties and some crochet trim to the top of them.  I also inked these with pattern paper. 

 To finish off the hoop I added some flower sprays and seam binding.
I hope you like what I have created!

Kim :)

Gina's Designs item Used:

Other Items Used:
Graphic 45 - Little Darlings Collection
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Pink Acrylic Paint
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
Embroidery Hoop
Trim/Pearl Trim/Lace/Seam Binding

Friday, July 10, 2015

"Steampunk Box" and ColourArt Collaboration

Welcome everyone!
This month we are doing a collaboration with ColourArt.  I have created this beautiful steampunk box and used some amazing H2O's and Silks from ColourArt.  I created the box out of lightweight chipboard and added some design paper from my stash.
I then chose several steampunk pieces from different collections for the top of the box.
I painted all the chipboard pieces with gesso first, since I wanted these beautiful ColourArt products to stand out.

For the clock and gear pieces I used Silks Acrylic Glaze in Ginger Peach as a base for the gears.  I used Olive Vine as a base for the skeleton clock.  I then added Twinkling H2O's in the following colors:
Rain Forest, Teal Zircon, Mandarin Citrine, Ginger Peach, Meridian, Periwinkle and Orange Peel.  I just kept adding and spritzing with water and dabbing the excess off to get the colors I wanted.  The key I used just Ginger Peach Silks Acrylic Glaze and then I inked it with black distress ink.

The dressform and wings I used the following Silks colors: Stargazer and Iridescent Green.  I also used the following H2O's color: Meridian.  I made the wings darker so the dressform would stand out more.  I love the color!!

I added metal pieces and flowers from my stash to give it a more girlie feel to it.  I inked all the edges of the box and paper with black distress ink. 

I just loved working with these products from ColourArt, they are amazing.  They work so well with Gina's Lasercuts!  I hope you like my girlie steampunk box.

Gina's Designs Products Used:

ColourArt Products Used:
Silks Acrylic Glaze Colors: Ginger Peach, Iridescent Green, Stargazer and Olive Vine
Twinkling H2O's Colors: Rain Forest, Teal Zircon, Mandarin Citrine, Ginger Peach, Meridian, Periwinkle and Orange Peel

Other Items Used:
Metal Gears, Wing and Key
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Collection
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
Black Soot Distress Ink
Lightweight Chipboard

Kim C. :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

"BeachTime" Shadow Box

Hey everyone!
This week I have created a little hanging shadowbox.  I created this box out of chipboard and used the Sweet Summer Shape Set.
The picture inside the box is of my niece and nephew, and they are ready for the beach!

I did the crackle technique on the bucket and shovel.  I painted them with gesso, then added my crackle medium.  Once the medium dried I added the grey paint, which I just mixed black and white gesso together (since I didn't have grey!!).  Once that dried I inked it with black distress ink around the edges.  I added some twine to the handle of the shovel, which I used the technique on as well only using brown paint.

I sun, I painted with gesso then I used some some watercolor paints from Colorarte to give it a golden color.  I then inked the edges of the sun with vintage photo distress ink.

I also did the crackle technique to the piece on the front of the box,  Which is like a covered sand box with a shovel and bucket.  I painted it with brown paint, added the crackle medium, and once that was dry I added some ivory acrylic paint.  I added some pattern paper and a few flowers to the the box.  This was a very quick and simple project, but its so cute!!  I then added twine and some letter beads that hang from the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Gina's Designs item used:

Other items used:
Acrylic paint: Brown, Black, Ivory
Water Color Paint: ColorArte H20's
Mandarin Citrine, Orange Peel and Ginger Peach
WOC Flowers
Letter Beads

Kim C. :)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Father's Day Cards

Fathers Day is right around the corner, so I decided this week to make some Fathers Day Cards.
I by no means am a card maker, but I do at least try and attempt them.
My first card is very simple, but masculine!  I used black cardstock and pattern paper from my stash for the base.  I then layered black cardstock with cream cardstock.  I used the Compass Shape Set along with a piece from the Miniatures Guy Thing set.  I inked the edge of the telescope with Walnut stain distress ink.  I left the chipboard pieces their natural color.  They just didn't need anything to make them stand out at all.  I then added some metal letters to spell out the word "Dad" along the edge of the cardstock.

My second card I used the Gears Borders & Corners set and a gear from Miniatures Guy Thing set.
I inked the gear corner piece with walnut stain distress ink and vintage photo ink.  I then added clear embossing powder and it gave it a rusted look.  I then used walnut stain ink to the smaller gear at the top as well as the chipboard letters.  I used glossy accents on the letters.  I then added some metal gears to give more dimension.

Below is a close up of the gear corner piece.

I hope you like the cards I have created.

Gina's Designs Items Used:

Other items used:
MME Paper
Black/Cream Cardstock
Metal Embellishments
Distress Inks: Walnut Stain/Vintage Photo
Clear Embossing Powder
Glossy Accents

Thanks for stopping!