Sunday, May 31, 2015

Blog Hop Winners!!!!

We have had a fantastic birthday month! Thanks to everyone who played games, chatted, attended classes and blog hopped with us.  

The overall winner of the blog hop is 

Diana Fernandez.

Diana, please email to claim your prize.

  Please type "Blog Hop Winner - Grand Prize" in your subject line and don't forget to include your mailing address.

The correct sentence was:  


Please check out the designers blogs to see if you have won any of  the individual blog giveaways.

The Girls! A Mini Layout with Mary B

Hello!  It's Mary here with a mini layout.  Since I prefer to work in miniature, I always find it's easier for me to fill up a layout when I downsize.  This layout is 8 by 8 inches and features the vintage camper from the Sweet Summer Shape Set.

I LOVE the vintage camper and I knew from the moment I laid eyes on it, that it would make its way onto one of the layouts from one of my yearly NSD Scrapbooking retreats with My Girls!

 I began by paper piecing the camper with cardstock.  A bit of Copic marker shading gives some dimension to the piece.  I then added my metallic stripes and a bit of embossing powder to really highlight the antenna and hitch.

Here, you can see a bit of the metallic shine!

 It's not quite as girly as my real life camper would be (PINK with silver racing stripes!), but it totally gets the point across.  I don't really camp, and my idea of camping is a resort with a fully working bathroom!

Thanks for joining me today and I'll see you next time!!

Gina's Designs supplies used:

Other supplies used:

watercolor paper

black cardstock

watercolor paint in yellow and grey

Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6 inch paper pad

WOW! Platinum Metallic Sparkle embossing powder

Viva Las VegaStamps! Postal Background stamp

sewing machine

miniature alphabet stickers

Saturday, May 30, 2015

"Beautiful" Altered Canvas by Kim C.

Welcome everyone to this weeks DT project for Gina's Designs!

This week I decided to do an altered canvas that has a picture of my "Beautiful" daughter just before her prom.  I wanted to keep this simple and elegant.  This is a 12 x 12 canvas, that has paper from My Minds Eye.  I layered the paper with white cardstock and layered the photo also with the same cardstock.  I inked all the edges with Broken China distress ink. 

Layered behind the photo is the Deco Lattice Panel 2. Gesso and watered down Broken China distress ink was used to give it a softened look. Cut up Grape Vines were tucked in behind the flower clusters in the corners.  I also used a doily from Cardstock Doily Set 1.

Here you can just see the doily sticking out from under the trim and lace under the pattern paper.  You can also see more of the grape vine piece.

"Beautiful" is one of the many words in the Words and Phrases 1 set.  Gesso was first applied to the word then inked with distress ink. Clear embossing powder was applied last to make it pop. 

Here you can see the other half of the doily I used, along with more of the grape vine.

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks project.

Gina's Designs Products Used:

Other products used:

Distress Ink : Broken China

Lace/Pearl Trims

Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers

My Minds Eye Paper

White Cardstock

12 x 12 Canvas

Thanks for stopping!!

Kim :)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ginas Designs Birthday Blog Hop!!!! (Closed)

Welcome to Gina’s Designs 3rd Birthday Blog Hop!
The Birthday Blog Hop will run from today, May 22, until May 29 at 8pm CST. We are having two great giveaways associated with this blog hop.
The first one is for the Birthday Prize Giveaway!

The Birthday Prize package includes:

To be entered into the Birthday Prize giveaway, you need to:

1. Stop at all 15 designers’ blogs for a secret word.
2. After you collect all of the 15 words, create a sentence.
3. Email your answer to for a chance to win the
 Birthday Prize!

 This is why you will want to make sure you stop at each blog. This prize package is fantastic! 

Now, the second giveaway will be done on EACH of the designers blogs. All you have to do is hop to each designers blog, they are listed in order below, and subscribe and comment to win!

To be entered into the designers blog giveaway,

1.  Subscribe to each of their blogs.
2.  Leave a comment on each blog post.

THAT’S IT! So easy! So many great ways to win some fabulous chipboard pieces!

The next blog you will want to visit is Kim Fuller's Angeldreamcrafts If you get lost along the way, here is a list of all the blogs you need to visit to collect your word.
Mary - The Craft Hoarder

Good luck to everyone and have fun!

Mad Hatter Birthday Hat by Dianna

Hi everyone and a happy 3rd Birthday to Gina's Designs!  Gina helped make this idea a reality - thank you, Gina! She cut this hat for me and was very supportive when I took over her craft room and decoupaged everything in sight. 

The paper is actually book pages from Alice in Wonderland that was lavishly distressed with ink.  I did use color pencils on some of the pages.  I used Beacon's Fast Finish Decoupage and it was a pleasure to work with (Warning! This stuff is like water so a little easier to work with and it does dry fast).  The above picture is a side shot but I wanted it to be the first picture.  I used a blown up picture of the mad hatter and placed one of Gina's Designs tea cups in front of the mad hatter.  I used Sparkling H20's on Gina's feathers and some of the left over rosette from the hat band.  I added the cards to celebrate Gina's Designs 3rd Birthday!

This picture is actually the front of the hat.  I used Gina's Designs String Alongs - Alice and applied Sparkling H20's.  The pocket watch was cut from a String Alongs and I included a metal watch face.  The white rabbit is a stamp from Deep Red colored with Copic Markers.  The blue band is a rosette die that was cut from blue paper.

The caterpillar was cut out from a Alice in Wonderland page and popped up on one of Gina's mushrooms. Sparking H20's was used on the mushrooms to give them some depth.  This Alice is a stamp from Saturated Canary and colored with Copic Markers.  


There was a lot going on here with all of the colored pages so I used a hat from Gina's Alice String Alongs to brake it up a little. 

This is the top of the hat, I just had to include the Cheshire Cat :)

Thank you for looking!

Items Used

Other Items

Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage

Deep Red - White Rabbit Late

Saturated Canary - Alice

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Shabby Steampunk

Hello fellow crafters, Kathi here to share a great project I created using many 

of Gina's wonderful designs!

Gina's Designs Supplies Used:

Other supplies used:

Flowers, Appliques, Key, Charms 

Heidi Swap photo frame shadow box

White Geasso

Metal Embesslishiments from my stash

Distress Paint

Distress Stain

Thanks for stopping by check out Gina's store at

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

View From Tintagel

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a 12 x 12 layout for
Gina's Designs.  I remember when I took
this photo I was thinking how beautiful the view was.  According to legend, this is where King Arthur
built his castle.

There are also a lot of stories about mermaids in the ocean
around Cornwall. Gina's Designs has a variety of pieces you can use in
your beachy creations. I thought the shells and mermaid fit the theme of the

All the chipboard is coated with gesso. I layered modeling paste on the mermaid with a palette knife before using
my finger to give the paste a streaky look.. I wanted it to look as if streams of
water were going by. I painted her with a mix of Lindys Stamp Gang, Twinkling
H20's, and regular watercolors. I dry brushed on layers of silver, gold, and
blue Lumiere acrylic paint to pick up the texture.  Perfect Pearls were patted on top. 

The sand dollar on the upper right has on gold mica
powder mixed with a drop of water.

The rest of the items have modeling paste on them.

The sand dollar to the left of the photo is painted the
same way as the other one.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Gina's Products Used:


Papers by My Mind's Eye, Prima,and Graphic 45

Luminarte Twinkling H20s

Perfect Pearls

Lindy's Stamp Gang

Winsor and Newton Watercolors

Prima Pearl Flourishes

Distress Crackle Paint

Swarovski crystals

Stampendous Embossing Powder in Jeweled Gold

Distress Glitter

Ranger Distress Embossing Powder in Linen

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mixed Media Mermaid Canvas

Hi all! Amylove here with a beautiful mixed media canvas using Gina's amazing chip board pieces. I had never tried a canvas this large before, so I was a bit intimidated, but I was excited to use the mermaids so I just went for it!!!

It really turned out to be a stunning piece! I have made a video tutorial of how I altered the chip board pieces and assembled the canvas. Please follow this link to view the tutorial:  

Items used from Gina's Designs:

Other items used:

Acrylic Paint



Texture Paste

Prima Stencil


Metal Pieces



Glossy Accent

Monday, May 25, 2015

Let It Rain by Barb Black

I live in the Pacific NW, a place where it doesn't rain nearly as much as most people think it does. But when it does rain, it's often a day-long drizzle. I don't mind. The relative gloom is good for my creative... um... genius. Plus, it keeps all the flora here a glorious vibrant green. In short, rain kind of makes me happy, so I didn't have to reach far to find inspiration for this week's post.

I selected the umbrella from the Sweet Summer Shape Set. That's one of the cool things about the sets from Gina's Designs. You get all kinds of bits and pieces and lots of possibilities for lots of different projects. I used one piece from the set for this project, and I've still got two dozen more from that set that I can play with!

I began by tracing a light outline around the umbrella. I also traced it on a piece of scrap cardstock to use as a mask so I wouldn't end up with raindrop splatter all over the bright part. I "made it rain" by liberally spraying my sheet of watercolor paper with water, and then with a very wet brush, blobbed blues and purples all over. To make the little rain dots, I used an old toothbrush soaked in water and then scrubbed across blue watercolor paint. I simply flicked the bristles with my finger and let the drops fly and land wherever they wanted to.

I drew and outline of the girl and painted her in with watercolors. Then, dipping my brush in yellows, oranges, and pinks, I blobbed pretty colors everywhere I wanted "liquid sunshine".
For the umbrella, I began by giving it a coat of white gesso.
Then, using a stencil, I sponged ink all over it.
To finish the umbrella and give it some bling, I added gold acrylic paint to the handle and top. I also sponged some yellow ink onto the main part and then gave it a coat of gloss gel to make it look shiny and wet.

Once the umbrella and my painting had fully dried, I simply glued on the umbrella and my project was complete. Not bad for some rainy afternoon fun, huh?

Gina's Designs Products Used

Other Products Used
Watercolor paint
Radiant Neon ink pad
Acrylic Paint
Stencil Girl Stencil
Paint brushes and sponges
Acrylic Gel Medium

All You Need is Love...and a Dog!

Woof! Lynne here with a fun project, the adorable bone-shaped mini album from Gina's store! As a major pet lover, I fell in love with it and with the Graphic 45 paper line "Raining Cats and Dogs", which was perfect for this project. Featured here are my Shih-tzu Chazz and my pug/Boston mix Toby, with cameo appearances by my daughter Elizabeth and cat Marley!

 The bone-shaped tag comes with the album, as well as a round tag.

As you can see I had fun playing with this little album; check out the great minis in Gina's store!

Gina's Products Used

Other Products Used

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs,

8x8 and 12x12 sheets

black ink, foam tape

Martha Stewart punches