Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop for March

 Welcome, to the March 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, April 4th, and will have 72 hours to claim their prize.

 I used the beautiful Bleeding Hearts stamp from the Romantique Swans HCPC3638 stamp set for this card.  The sentiment is from the Vines and Blooms PreCut Set HCPC3616.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Flowers For You

I am having so much fun playing with my Spectrum Aqua Markers, so I have another card to share with you that I colored with these great pens!  I stamped the image onto watercolor paper, put some of the marker onto an acyrlic block, and used a round paintbrush and water to apply a light shade of pigment.  For the darker areas, I used the pen directly onto the paper, and blended it out a bit with the brush and water.
May Arts Ribbon
Core'dinations Cardstock
Watercolor Paper

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Heartfelt Wishes Treat Bag

Here's another project I created for the Crafter's Companion March HSN appearance.  These little mice from the Moonbeam Meadow collection are so sweet, and were fun to color.  I thought they would be cute on a treat bag and would be perfect for upcoming weddings/ anniversary parties.

Moonbeam Meadow - Hugs and Kisses
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers: PP3, PP5, BG1, BG2, BG4, BG6, BG7, BG9, FS1, FS2, CG1, CG2
Construction Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Elegance Patterned Cardstock
Big Score

May Arts Ribbon CC-1-09

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tiger Lilies

I've got a lovely card to share with you today, that I created for Crafter's Companion resent segment on HSN.  I was thrilled getting to sneak a peak of this on t.v.  The flowers were stamped using the Sheena Lily stamp and colored with the Spectrum Noir markers.  Since I colored these as tiger lilies, did you notice that I used the Tiger Stripe embossing folder on the backgound?  Just a little tongue in cheek humor for you!  And, my pearls are a perfect match, because I used the markers to color plain white pearls.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bee Well Soon

Texture and mixed media are the "buzz" words now, and Core'dinations papers are the perfect paper for this trend. Not only is the paper great for tearing, embossing, and distressing to add texture, but many of the papers have an aged look already, like the Tim Holtz Shattered Collection that I used to create this Bee Well Soon Card. BeeWellSoonGiniWilliamsCagle  
Bee Well Soon Supplies:
  • Gemstones
  • Kraft-core Shattered
  • Kraft-core Nostalgic
  • Stampendous: Queen Bee, Timeless Tags Stamps
  • Penny Black: Sweet As Honey (sentiment) stamp
  • Sizzix: Book Cover #1 Embossing Folder
  • Spellbinders: Classic Ovals Small, Pierced Ovals Die Sets, Grand Calibur Machine
  • Close To My Heart Heat Tool
  • May Arts Ribbons: 445-15-32; SM-27
  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Delicata Golden Glitz; Versafine Onyx Black; Memnto Luxe Elderberry ink pads; and Shimmer Spritz Sparkle; Radiant Neon Amplify – Black, Electric Yellow; Clear Embossing Powder
  • Madeira: Gold Thread
  • Xyron Adhesives
  • Tapestry Needle
Step 1. Emboss a panel of Shattered with an embossing folder.  
Step 2. Rub gold ink over the raised areas and sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set. Step 3. Stamp the bee and die cut.
 Step 4. Add hand stitching around the oval panel.
Step 5. Paint the bee with Amplify! and heat set to create dimension. BeeWellSoonDetailGiniWilliamsCagle
 Step 6. Layer the card as shown with mats, sentiment and ribbons.

 There are so many techniques to try using Core'dinations! Just jump in and give it a go. ~Gini

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015

Welcome to my Graphic 45 Design Team Audition for 2015!  As you know, I love all things vintage, so of course, Graphic 45's line always delights and inspires me.  I've made many G45 projects through the years, but am just going to share a few with you today to highlight my style.

1.  Steampunk Mermaid Assemblage Doll using papers from Steampunk Spells, Tropical Travelogue, and By the Sea Collections.  I love how the paper lines can be mixed from different collections, using the G45 signature colors for consistency.

And this mermaid has a secret....in her caged skirt, there are six hidden mini-albums.

2.  Magical Layout featuring an Eerie Tale Collection - It's fabulous that holiday collections can be used for non-seasonal projects as well an their intended theme.

 3.  Gold Ol' Sport 6 x 6" Card featuring the Good Ol' Sport Collection.  Graphic 45 is a dream for anyone who loves fussy cutting like I do....it's so much fun to add dimension to projects by layering the images.

( Interior of the card)

4.  Dream Card- 4" x 6" featuring the Artisan Style Collection.  Since I'm a native of Asheville, NC - this collection is one of my favorites.  It really echoes so much of the architecture and imagery that my home town is know for.  The matching stamp collections are wonderful additions to the line.

5.  Thinking of You 6" x 6" Card featuring the Botanical Tea Collection.  G45 has a line of matching card stock from Core'dinations that is just right for creating hand made flowers to add to projects.

 (Interior of Card)

6.  Saving for a Rainy Day Bank featuring the Raining  Cats and Dogs Collection.  I constructed this bank using Graphic 45's ATC box as the base for my dog house.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and allowing me to share my love for Graphic 45 with you!  Wish me luck!

Friday, March 20, 2015

May Arts and Epiphany Crafts Week

 It's time for the final day of the May Arts and Epiphany Crafts Week - I hope you have made it around to all of the blogs to see great projects and inspiration.  Both companies are giving prizes, so be sure to leave love along the way.

I decided to create Birds Nest earrings, in honor of the first day of spring!  I coated May Arts Burlap String with tacky glue, and shaped it into a birdsnest.  I mounted the nests on a piece of woven burlap, and used the Epiphany Crafts Round Shape Studio Tool to create a bird charm to hang from the nest.

May Arts Ribbons
Epiphany Crafts

o    Mary Brockway

o    Lalo IK
o    Karen Hanson

o    Karen Baker

o    Jen Shears

o    Emily Lanham

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Waxed Embossing Technique for Crafter's Companion


Step 1.  Attach a 5.75 square mat of black cardstock to a 6 x 6 card base.

Step 2.  Emboss a 5.5 square piece of black cardstock using the Indian Ornate Screen embossing folder. Leave the paper in the folder.

Step 3. Use a candle to rub over the raised areas, letting the folder act as a support for the paper.  This will create a resist.

Step 4.  Use a sponge dauber to apply Radiant Neon Ink to the embossed paper.

Step 5.  Use a dry paper towel to rub away the excess ink, thus removing the ink from the waxed areas. Dot centers of pattern with Amplify if desired or substitute adhesive pearls.

Step 6.  Mount the panel to the card base.

Step 7.  Stamp the sentiment with watermark ink and heat emboss with black powder.  Trim to fit on  patterned paper strip as shown and add ribbon.

Step 8. Mount another piece of patterned paper with black mat that has been scalloped border punched. Place on card as shown.

Step 9.  Stamp the butterfly image with the Memento Ink.  Color with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.

Step 10.  Cut the image with scissors.  Slightly bend the wings up and glue down just the butterfly body to finish the card.  


Crafters Companion US supplies:

 Other Supplies:
  May Arts Silk Ribbon (SK-125-04); 
Radiant Neon Electric Blue Amplify;
 Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells patterned paper;
 Xyron Mega Runner; 
cardstock, black embossing powder, scallop punch

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


 I absolutely love the Artisan Style Collection from Graphic 45.  I grew up around Asheville, NC - and this style of architecture is extremely embraced for it's  historical significance as well as it's  inspiring beauty.

I stamped the Craftsman home on watercolor paper, and embossed with black power.  I used the Spectrum Aqua pens to "paint" my house.

Graphic 45 Artisan Style Paper
Hampton Art/ G45 Artisan Style Stamps 2,3
Spectrum Aqua Markers
Creative Expressions Die: Greek Island Collection: Corner, Border, Tag
Fisakars Tag Punch
PunchBunch Mini Cherry Blossom
Memento Luxe Ink, VersaMark Ink
May Arts Ribbon 444-58-20
Want2Scrap Pearls
Core'dinations Cardstock
Xyron Adhesive
Stampendous Embossing Powder

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Meadow Kraft Card

Core'dinations makes it so easy to create cute cards with lots of texture in just a few minutes. This is really great if you have to make multiples of cards for parties, thank-you's, etc. The Deco-Edge Kraft Cards and Envelopes are a real treat to use, not only for the trendy kraft color, but also with the fancy cut edge, half your work is already done. Kraft is also a great color choice, because it can be used for masculine and feminine projects alike.

Spring Meadow Kraft Card Supplies:
 Step 1. Cut a panel of blue cardstock to fit on the card front.
 Step 2. Emboss the panel and sand the image with the Sand-it Gadget, 016
 Step 3. Adhere to the card base.
 Step 4. Add dimension to the flower buds, by add a dot of white with the Pico Embellisher, to each of the dots on the design. 018
 Step 5. Punch small flower to layer over the flowers. Distress the flowers with a Sand-it Gadget. Step 6. Finish the flowers with a small adhesive pearl in the center. 022
This is not my typical color palette, but I think it is a great combination for spring. Add the distressing, and it reminds me of a favorite pair of worn blue jeans. ~Gini