Saturday, November 30, 2013


Hi everyone Monica here and I hope everyone survived Thanksgiving and the mad holiday shopping rush.  I definitely felt being home was better than fighting through crowds of people just to save a buck or two lol...  With Christmas being right around the corner now is a great time to make those special handmade cards and gifts from the heart and today I am sharing a project that will be a gift and the next project will be one I use as a decorative piece.

My first project is this Victorian Easel Frame I put a picture of my nephews and niece in it for my brother.  I used some G45 papers to cover some of the parts, but I really love the look of the masonite so I didnt cover it all.  I added some flat back pearls along the edges.

I added a sentiment that says Generation to Generation which I thought was perfect for the front of the frame.  You actually can stand the frame either direction!

 My next project may look weird, but I am going to put our photos of us skiing this Christmas as soon as we get back.  This is a piece from the Filmstrips 1 Shape Set and I used some pieces from the

 Snowflake Shape set I painted all the pieces with gesso and then some navy, baby blue, and black in to covers them and give the pieces some definition.  Then I added some navy colored roses to it.

I hope everyone enjoyed my projects for today and thanks for stopping by everyone....

Gina's Designs Products Used:
Victorian Easel Frame
Filmstrips 1 Shape Set
Snowflake Shape Set

Friday, November 29, 2013

Freebie Friday Dictionary Pages

This is the final printable in our November dictionary page series.  Use these pages to punch or die cut shapes, create backgrounds or mats.  If you missed any of the dictionary page downloads, check out the previous Friday posts in November to download them all.
If you prefer the pdf file you can download it here:
Dictionary Pages

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wood Hanging Mini Album

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday with their friends and family.

Dawn Rene here to share a mini album I made with a dimensional kit from Gina's Designs. It comes with a wooden stand and chipboard pages to make a hanging album. 

This is what the wood in the kit looks like when you get it.
Hanging Wood Album - DDR 1

I used tattered Angels Naturally Aged Fine Wood Paint Kit to stain the wood. I stained the pieces before I put the stand together.
Hanging Wood Album - DDR 2

I covered the chipboard pages with Authentique papers. The pages were decorated with chipboard shapes from Gina's Designs colored with Tim Holtz Distressed Paints or Mister Huey's spray mist. The binder rings in the kit were silver. I colored them with a gold Sharpie marker.

Here are some pictures of the finished product!

Hanging Wood Album - DDR 3

Hanging Wood Album - DDR 4    Hanging Wood Album - DDR 10

Hanging Wood Album - DDR 6   Hanging Wood Album - DDR 7

Hanging Wood Album - DDR 8    Hanging Wood Album - DDR 11
Hanging Wood Album - DDR 9

Thanks for stopping by! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend....

Gina's Designs Supplies
Dimensional Kit: Wood Hanging Stand with Pages
Chipboard Shapes: Small Fence and Gate SetFlourishes 2Words & Phrases 1,10 WordsSkeleton ClocksClock Hands Shape SetCottage Windows MediumCottage Windows SmallFiligree Frames Shape Set

Other Supplies
Paper: Authentique Natural Collection Kit
Dies: Tim Holtz Picture Wheel, Memory Box Fresh Foliage, Memory Box Honey Blossom, Cheery Lynn Designs Hummingbird, Cheery Lynn Designs Burlap Border
Ribbon: Lovebug Creations - Beary Brown
Inks: Tim Holtz Distressed Paints, Mister Huey's Spray Mist
Embellishments: Paper Flowers, Metal Corners, Eyelets, Brads, CTMH Wooden Buttons, CTMH Corrugated Shapes

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mixed Media Wall Clock

Good morning buttercups!  This is Crafting Marfa today.  I am dying to show you one of my favorite projects so far.  This is a Mixed Media Wall Clock.  It is my first time making a clock and let me tell you, it won't be my last.  I used lots of products by Gina's Designs.  You can find a list at the bottom of this post.  I used modeling paste and a stencil to create a brick effect all over the clock.  Lumiere paint in several colors give it a beautiful shimmery color.   I created a female shape using glass beads, wire, flowers and a metal purse charm.  The box is made of the hardest chipboard that I've ever seen.  This thing feels like wood!  The dry modeling paste gives it a very protective coat all over as well.  This clock is up for sale in my Etsy shop.  Scroll down for a short video and a list of supplies.

Supplies List:

Chipboard Shapes by Gina's Designs:

Shadow Box
Cardstock Doily Set Steampunk
Keys and Plates Set
Say Cheese Shape Set
Skeleton Clocks 

Other Products Used:

Crackle Accents
Lumiere Metallic Paint
Glass Beads
Metal Charms
Modeling Paste
Clock Kit
Prima Flowers


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Family Delights

Hi everyone Monica here and today I am sharing a layout.  Me and layouts don't seem to get along sometimes but I really loved how this one came out with all the Gina's Designs flourishes.  She sells many different styles and what I love is that they come in a variety of sizes so you can piece them together to give a different look.

I used Flourishes 1 and  Flourishes 2 for this layout 

The pieces are so easy to paint and stamp on I just love them

I also have another project to share with everyone.   It is a tag I made using the XL Large Decorative Tags from Gina's Designs.  I know it may seem early for Christmas but this is inspiration for the month to come right?!!

I adhered the digi image to Cardstock Doily Set 1

Gina's Products
XL Tags

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nature Inspired Altered Spool with Tutorial

Hi everyone, it's Nancy here today with my favorite project ever!   These spools by Gina's Designs are so much fun to decorate!  They are large spools and there is plenty of room to play with.  I wanted my finished spool to be nature inspired, and the end result was exactly what I'd had in mind.   I have created a step by step photo tutorial and you will find it following the photos of my finished piece.  The tutorial will show you how I created a  simple and dimensional faux bark look to the center of the spool.  I hope you like it!

Here is my finished spool:

Step by step faux bark tutorial:

In step one I have drawn lines of hot glue onto the spool center to simulate a tree pattern.  I grabbed a tree bark rubber stamp from my stash to get an idea of the pattern I would use.  It took just a few moments to draw on the hot glue.  Be sure your glue gun is nice and hot. My glue gun is the fine-tipped variety and I used the high temperature setting.  It took 3 of the fat glue sticks to achieve this.

In step two I painted it with two coats of white gesso followed by gloss enamel paint in light buttermilk.

In step three I used some ink sprays in nature colors to define the raised areas.

In step four I still wanted more definition so I  rubbed on some Lumiere metallics with my finger to further define the raised areas.  I followed that with a clear pearlescent spray for shine

In step five I covered the surface with thick coat of distress crackle paint in clear rock candy

Here is a close-up of the finished product

Although I did not do a tutorial on the rest of the spool, I will show you and explain some of the steps below:

Before attaching the top and bottom disks to the center piece, I first painted the two disks.  I used the same white gesso, followed by the same light buttermilk enamel paint that I used to paint the center of the spool. After the paint was dry I used Kroma Crackle to distress the finish on the disks.  When using Kroma Crackle I do the white glue method in combination as it dries quickly that way.  You can find this white glue method along with other product how-to's for Kroma Crackle HERE.  I purchase my Kroma Crackle at Dick Blick Art Supplies.  It has to be applied thickly for the best results.  I just use my finger to spread the white glue and the Kroma Crackle.  The crackle dries white so I colored it with ink sprays in browns and greens to look mossy like the floor of the forest.  Now it was time to glue the disks to the cylinder. I first sanded the top and bottom edges of the cylinder to insure better contact.  I then glued the top and bottom to the center of the spool with glossy accents.  There is a grove cut into the top and bottom of the disks so that you know exactly where to place  them on the center part.  I squeezed my glossy accents into the grooves.  I placed an item of moderate weight, in my case a ceramic dinner plate on top of the spool until I was sure the glossy accents had dried and that my spool was put together securely.  I then covered all exposed areas of the disks with the same rock candy distress crackle paint that I used on the center piece.

A close up is here

I gave the edges a finished look by hot gluing fibers along the edges of the disks.  I love these fibers, they are very soft and look like moss.  I purchased these fibers on Etsy,  HERE

Now the fun begins!  The next step is to start gluing your embellishments! 

I personally love the look of nature inspired, but I can see this spool decorated in many different ways, and I know I'll be making more.  I have a vision of the spool dripping with pearls and lace in a gorgeous shabby chic style, maybe an elaborate fairy forest, or perhaps a fun and funky steampunk design, or even mermaids in an ocean theme.   Whatever theme you choose, have fun and please share with us on our facebook page.

Gina's Designs Products Used:

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mixed Media Journal

Hello! Dawn Rene here to share a mixed media journal that I created with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric and Gina's Designs chipboard shapes - Hinge Straps Shape SetParisian Shape SetSkeleton ClocksSmall Fence and Gate Set10 Words.

The fabric, chipboard shapes, and paper flowers were colored with Dylusions Ink Spray and Gelatos. The bookmark is ribbon with antique gold heart charms on both ends. I love the texture that chipboard shapes bring to a project.....

Mixed Media Journal - Designs By Dawn Rene

Mixed Media Journal - DDR CU
Thanks for stopping by!
Dawn Rene

Chipboard Shapes: Gina's Designs - Hinge Straps Shape Set, Parisian Shape Set, Skeleton Clocks, Small Fence and Gate Set, 10 Words
Ribbon: Lovebug Creations - Beary Brown
Fabric: Tim Holtz abric - Eclectic Elements
Inks and Markers: Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray, Faber-Castell Gelatos
Embellishments: Paper Flowers, Thread, Buttons, Fibers, Mesh, Heart Charms

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Wedding Mini Album

Hello everyone, Rashida here with you today to share my black and white acrylic mini album. I had a great time making this mini because of all the chipboard and flowers. Please enjoy a few photo's below! You can find more on my blog. Thanks so much for looking.

I used:
Gina's Designs Fluer De Lis Gate
Gina's Designs Flower Stackers
Gina's Designs Word Phrases 1
Gina's Designs Stackable Labels Shape Set
Gina's Designs Flourishes 2
Gina's Designs Parisian Shape Set
Gina's Designs Cardstock Doily Set Intricates

Friday, November 22, 2013

Freebie Friday Dictionary Page Book Pages

Today's printable is a set of 5 by 7 pages, great for journals or mini albums.  Use with the coordinating items in the series or combine with your favorite paper line.  If you missed any of our dictionary page series, be sure to check out the previous Fridays in November to download them.
If you prefer the pdf file, you can download it here:
Dictionary Page Book Pages

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