Friday, January 30, 2015

May Arts Ribbonista's Valentine's Day Hop

Welcome to day 2 of the May Arts Ribbon Valentine's Blog Hop! Be sure to visit all the designer's posts and leave your own love for a chance to win some goodies from the Ribbon Lady.

I've put together an easel card using some of my favorite ribbons for valentines.

May Arts Ribbons:
Partners In Craft Supplies:
Scor-Tape, Scor-Pal
Authentique 6 x 6 Smitten Collection
Core'dinations Cardstock
Ki Memories Stickers


·         Virginia Fynes

·         Tracy McLennon

·         Rhea Weigand

·         Mary Brockway

·         Mallika Kejriwal

·         Lalo IK

·         Karen Hanson


·         Karen Baker

·         Jennifer Davey

·         Jenifer Cowles

·         Jen Shears

·         Gini Williams Cagle

·         Emily Lanham

·         Charlene Driggs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop - January

  Welcome, to the January Edition of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog hop! The hop runs now through Friday night - at midnight.  And one lucky commenter, chosen from one of the stops on the blog hop, will win a $25 gift certificate to HC.  How great is that?  You get to hop around and see some wonderful projects, plus have the chance to win some goodies of your own!  The winner will be announced on Saturday, January 31st.

  I played with the new Birds and Blooms Collection.  I love the delicate flowers in this set.

Heartfelt Creations: 
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko:
Memento - Rich Cocoa
VersMagic: Spanish Olive, Aloe Vera
Brilliance: Pearlescent Orchid
May Arts Ribbon: 
HA-78-02 Double Faced Satin
Want2Scrap Pearls
Spellbinders Die
Crafter's Companion Embossing Folder

Blog Hop Order

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Valentine Tussy Mussy

Valentine's Day is the perfect time of the year to create nostalgic projects to give to your loved ones. Tussy Mussies became popular during the Victorian period, but I've updated this idea, using the new, trendy Kraft Polka Dot Pops paper.


 Valentine Tussy Mussy Supplies:
Step 1. Cut a half circle to form the cone. Mark the center on the backside, to assist in forming the cone.
 Step 2. Use Scor-tape to attach the sides.

Step 3. Punch a hole on each side of the cone and use to add a ribbon holder.  
Step 4. Take about 4 yards of crepe paper, sew through the center to pleat, and add to the cone with Scor-tape.
 Step 5. Embellish the crepe ruffle with satin ribbon.  
Step 6. Emboss the Valentine heart with the folder. Sand the raised edges.

Step 7. Cut the heart out and attach to the cone.

Step 8. Fill with tulle and other goodies of your choice.

 This is an easy project to put together, and one that can be changed for any season or holiday. Thanks for stopping by! ~Gini

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Play Day in the Studio

At the end of the week, I need time in my studio to unwind and create.  So today, I did just that.  I made this mixed media piece on a wood panel and really just had fun. I sprayed the background, then stamped/heat embossed the next layer, and added stenciled modeling paste with embossing powder sprinkled on it while still wet.  The snowflakes were rub-ons, and worked great over the modeling paste (I wasn't sure if it would work or not, so it was a happy success!).  I also thought it would be fun for a frosty canvas to add "frozen" droplets of water.

So after playing for a bit today, I feel refreshed and ready for the week ahead!

Lindy's Stamp Gang:
Flat Fabio: Pop Rock Purple
Creative Embellishments:  Under the Mistletoe Chipboard
IndigoBlu: Bubbles Background
Webster's Pages: Flowers
October Afternoon: Rub-ons
Stampendous: Shaved Ice, Glass Glitter
Golden: Molding Paste, Gesso
Layers of Color: stencil
Zva Creative: Bling


(Supplies listed/linked in supply list)

Inspiration + Modeling Paste

I wanted to create a canvas to celebrate the New Year and somehow a frosty landscape celebrates a clean slate, a type of starting anew.

Fragile Papers

  I love incorporating old book pages into my art.  I was thrilled this fall to find a couple of old English and French dictionaries at a library book sale.
  I mounted the page onto cardstock for strength, and then used an embossing folder to create the flower pattern.  I added chipboard to the area that I was going to stamp prior to embossing, to leave a flat area.

The leaves and moth were stamped onto vellum, another fun and fragile paper.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Super Bowl Party Invitation

All right football fans, the most anticipated sports/social event of the year is quickly approaching, and it's time to start party planning. This cute invitation will catch the eye of everyone on your guest list.
Super Bowl Party Invitation Supplies:
 Step 1. Cut paper for card base 6" x 12". Score at 3" and 9". 001
 Step 2. Cut a piece of green cardstock 5 1/2" square. Score every half inch. Sand the score lines with the Sand-It Gadget. 002

 Step 3. Cut the square in half. Fold the card base as a gatefold card, and glue the green paper to each side. 003  
Step 4. Cut a football shape from paper. Line the football up over the opening of the card. Mark holes to punch through the football and card base. Use a hole punch to make the holes larger.

 Step 5. Emboss the football with folder. Sand the raised areas. Line the holes up and glue to one side of the card.
 Step 6. Print the details for your invitation on vellum, using the computer. Glue to the inside of
the card.

 Step 7. Loosely lace the football to close the card. After all of the holes are laced, then tighten them.

Which ever team you are pulling for....I hope you have a great time with family and friends! Thanks for stopping by. ~Gini

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mixed Media Angel

Things are finally calming down from the holidays, and then the whirlwind of creating projects for CHA - so, I have a moment to share a canvas that I finished.  There are so many layers on this (the figure actually has a layer of cheesecloth underneath). The flower was stamped onto old dictionary paper and embossed, then cut out and applied to the canvas.  The finished piece is 12 x 12 on wood.

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Dioxazine Purple, Titanium White, Quinacridone Gold, Cadmium Red, Interference Gold, Green Gold, Paynes Grey, Burnt Umber
DecoArt Antiquing Cream: English Red Oxide, Patina Green
DecoArt Decou-page Matte
DecoArt Mediums:  Crackle Paste, Modeling Paste, Gesso, Matte Medium
DecoArt Americana Stencils: Classic  - Acanthas Borders; Vintage Stencils - French Writing
Stampendous - Blossom Beauty Stamp

Challenge: PaperArtsy: Fragile Papers

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Wonderland Lantern

The holidays may be over, but we still have a few more months of wintery weather. Bring a little light into the season, with this shimmery tea-light lantern. Add a battery powered tea light, and the vellum paper allows a beautiful glow.

 Winter Wonderland Lantern Supplies:
Step 1. Die cut 2 sets of the Luminary die.

 Step 2. Score the cuts as marked on the cuts.

 Step 3. Add vellum to the backside of the windows with double-sided tape. 002  
Step 4. Assemble the lantern with double-sided tape.
Step 6. Die cut snowflakes and glue to the center of the vellum window.

Step 7. Embellish the lantern with Shaved Ice, snow border punch, ribbon and floral stems.

So instead of heading out into the winter weather, stay inside where it's warm and create your own winter wonderland!   ~Gini

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sneaking in One Last Challenge

I have recently discover PaperArtsy - and their line is beyond fabulous!  So realizing I had just a few short hours to play along with the December Challenge, I knew I had to get busy! 

There is so much inspiration on their blog, but I decided to try a project based on Wanda's paint/rubbing alcohol technique.

My results weren't as dramatic as hers - but I really liked the texture tip from the paper towels.  I stamped images from a Hot Picks stamp set on the background, then stamped hearts from EDY01 onto printed tissue - cut them out and decoupaged them to the tag. I went back around the hearts with some gelatos for a little more vibrancy.

May All The Joys of the Season Be Yours

I think I have finally finished working on my projects for CHA, and so now it's time to play!  I've got a frosty card to share with you today that is so full of texture, but yet quite delicate.

My background started with glitter cardstock, and then I used a Noor! Design stamp (Happy Anniversary - lace border) to randomly stamp with VersaMark ink, and then heat embossed with white powder.  I layered Noor! diecuts made with pearlescent vellum and embellished with pearls and bows.
I cut a window into the card front to allow the sentiment to show through.  The sides of the card were embellished with more die cuts. 
Thanks for stopping by!

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