Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ringing In the New Year

Can you believe that the year is almost over, and soon we will be celebrating 2015?!! I'll admit, New Year's is not a huge crafting holiday....but, this is a cute decoration that is simple, but has the right holiday flare.


New Year's Top Hat Supplies:
This was really easy to put together. The most time consuming part was covering the form with the black paper. Adding die cuts and ribbons was a fun way to bling it up a bit. The Glitter Silk paper was perfect, because it added sparkle without the mess. A year tag was tucked into the hatband . This tag was crisp and clean, but you could easily make the tag over the top fancy, to keep as a memento. Each year, the tag could be exchanged to ring in the new.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Holidays with Hampton Art

Penguins have a way of just making people smile - so of course I was thrilled to see this new addition to the Hampton Art family.  Pair him up with some of the new goodies from jillibean soup, and you are set for some fun!

Supplies for Happy Holidays
  • Hampton Art Stamp/Die Set SC0665
  • Hampton Art/Canvas Corp Stamp Set SC0663
  • Jillibean Soup 6 x 6 Holly Berry Borscht Paper Pad jb0394
  • Jillibean Soup Labels Holly Berry Borscht jb0390
  • Jillibean Mix the Media Diecut Vellum Stars jb0458
  • Jillibean Mix the Media Red Ephemera jb0436
  • Jillibean Soup Staples Record Your Numbers Patterned paper jb04000
  • May Arts Ribbon Mini PomPoms 419-16
  • May Arts Ribbon Burlap String SM-28
Step 1.  Mount patterened paper panel slightly smaller than card to the front of a 6" card base.
Step 2.  Stamp the Penguin and cut with matching die. Stamp again on patterned paper, and cut the hat and scarf to paper piece.
Step 3.   Hand cut the zig-zag paper to fit on card as shown.
Step 4.  Stamp sentiment on label from ephemera pack.
Step 5.  Add vellum star to burlap tag from the ephemera pack.
Step 6.  Use the embellishments from the ephemera pack and labels to finish card as shown.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

May Arts Ribbon - Creative Giftwrapping Blog Hop

So your presents are bought and now you need to figure out how to wrap them?  Not to fear, the May Arts Ribbonistas have been busy thinking of fun and creative ways to make a show of your gifts.  If you missed yesterday's lineup - please see the links at the bottom of the post.  And our Ribbon Lady is giving away a great prize on the May Arts Blog, so be sure to check it out!

I decided to make a cone and cover it it ribbon, so that it looks like a Christmas tree. The present fits nicely inside, and then it can be kept and used as an ornament.

After I made a cone from cardboard, I used Scor-Tape to add my ribbon.  Untie the ribbons at the bottom to get to the goodies!

May Arts Ribbons



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The World is But a Canvas with Video Tutorial

A few weeks back, I shared with you that I was chosen to be on the Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Video  Artist in Residence Team.  I'm so excited!  I won't officially start posting on the blog until January, but thought I would give you a sneak peak of things to come.

The leaves and the dragonfly were made with the Vertigo film (that is one of the coolest products ever!)  If you would like to see more on how I made this, then please watch my video.  If you enjoy it - please subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Winter Woodland Card

    I've got a mixed media card to share with you today that will work for Christmas and beyond. A winter woodland scene was created using stencils, embossing folders and stamps. You could easily change the sentiment for any of your winter holidays. 008_edited-2  
Winter Woodland Card Supplies:

  Step 1. Use White Picket Distress paint over the area that will be covered with the stencil. Then lay stencil on top.

 Step 2. Mist with the blue spray. 


Step 3. Remove the stencil. Allow to dry.

Step 4. Emboss with the folder. Sand the raised image.


 Step 5. Stamp the sentiment with watermark ink. Heat emboss with silver powder. Stamp the holly leaves white white ink. Color with pencils. Die Cut the sentiment.
 Step 6. Add a bow to the sentiment panel and apply to card with foam adhesives.  
Step 7. Glue microbeads to the bottom of the card and star sequins to the sky area.

 You can create similar scenes for different seasons. The chalkboard embossing really makes a lovely design. Thanks for stopping by. ~Gini

Friday, December 5, 2014

Merry Christmas with Hampton Art

 I love retro colors - especially at Christmas time.  So the Holly Berry Borscht line from Jillibean Soup, is perfect!  And to make your Christmas card crunch go even smoother, Hampton Art has introduced some adorable stamps with matching dies- a real time saver!

Supplies for Merry Christmas
Step 1.  Mount blue panel slightly smaller than card to the front of a 5 1/2" card base.
Step 2.  Stamp the Christmas Tree and cut with matching die.
Step 3.   Cut a strip of the wood panel paper as shown.  Tie a bow around the bottom portion.
Step 4.  Attach the tree with foam adhesives.  Glue 5 sequin stars above the tree.
Step 5.  Cut a piece of the ornament paper and adhere to the right side of the card.
Step 6.  Stamp the sentiment on a piece of the blue cardstock.
Step 7.  Arrange the card as shown.  Add scalloped satin on the card seams.
Step 8.  Glue sequins to the bottom right side as shown.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Gift

The smell of gingerbread always conjures up great Christmas memories. When I found this simple recipe for a Gingerbread Sugar Scrub, and knew it would make a great present to have on hand for the season. And with winter comes dry skin - so this not only smells great, it made my hands feel so smooth after using it.

 Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Gift Supplies:
Step 1. Stamp image with watermark ink onto Kraft cardstock. Heat emboss with white powder. Color highlights with pencils. Fussy Cut.
 Step 2. Die cut a scalloped circle to fit over lid of jar.  
Step 3. Use the inner part of the lid to trace around and mark on the back side of the scalloped circle.
 Step 4. Cut between each scallop, stopping at the drawn circle.
 Step 5. Put a bead of glue around the outer lid.
 Step 6. Center over the drawn circle and allow to dry. Fold each scallop down.  
Step 7. Cut nesting circles to make label for the top. Use watermark pen to write "Gingerbread Sugar Scrub" and heat emboss with gold powder.

 Step 8. Attach to the top using Mono Adhesive.
 Step 9. Tie gingerbread house onto jar with ribbons.  
Step 10. Fill with homemade sugar scrub.    

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe Mix the ingredients:
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
Slowly add 1/4 cup of Coconut Oil, and 1/4 cup Jojoba Oil. To Use: Apply scrub to wet skin, and massage with a circular motion - concentrating on dry areas. Rinse with warm water.

 Whether you keep this for yourself or gift it to a friend, enjoy the scents of the season! ~Gini

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Flowers and Hugs

Ah, a four day weekend! The perfect time to play in the studio and relax.  Usually, about this time of year, I start getting burned out on Christmas cards and need to jump ahead to spring and flowers. (I know I have a long time to wait!)

Anyhow, Tracy at Noor! Design-UK is having a design team call, and I would love the opportunity to design with these elegant dies.  Anyone who follows my blog, knows that I am a die-cut addict! 

I enjoy making my own flowers, and had fun with these Fantasy Flowers.  I cut and embossed the base, shaped it, inked the flowers and added glitter.  Then I cut the small flowers, inked and shaped them and added seed bead centers.  Cutting the dies is always just the beginning for me - I really like to finish them off as well.

I think I would be a great fit for this team, because I love their products and the line fits completely with my style ( which I consider Shabby Chic meets Dolly Parton!)  Any company that I have designed for, I realize it is my responsibility to share my enthusiasm with others, to inspire and educate people on how to use the lines, to be an ambassador for the company and to do all within my power to promote them.  I achieve this by posting my projects not only to my blog, but also to Facebook, TwitterPinterest.. In the past year, I have starting making video tutorials, so I am also growing a YouTube Channel. I  regularly submit to print magazines, and have been fortunate to have quite a few publications.

Thanks for letting me share this card with you today!

Winner of the Heartfelt Creations November Blog Hop

I am excited to say that the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations was chosen from my blog, and it was none other than my very sweet commenter, Donna Ellis!  Donna, you get to go shopping at HC (just in time for their beautiful new release - Romantique Garden Collection.

Just email Emma Lou and let her know that you were the winner, and have fun shopping!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Die Cutting Extreme

I always love pushing the boundaries for die cutting, and thought this card was one of those examples.    For the fancy cut on the side of the card, I used an Over the Edge die, and then used the matching silhouette to trim the aqua panel to match.   The lace border to the left side was matched and extended to make it longer.  Finally all of the flowers and greenery were cut, colored and shaped to make a stunning bouquet.