Monday, November 24, 2014

Back to the Chalkboard - Thank You Cards

During the holiday season, it is easy to focus on getting those Christmas cards made and sent out, but this time of year, we also need a steady supply of thank you cards. This trendy chalkboard card fits the bill. Add an easy matching envelope, and you have a stunning set. 

Back to the Chalkboard Thank You Cards Supplies:
 Step 1. Score each side of the card front to create a border. Sand with the Sand-It Gadget to reveal the chalkboard effect. 
 Step 2. Die cut the label, then emboss with the folder. Sand the edges and the designs.  
Step 3. Die cut the decorative label. Mount on the card base with foam adhesives. Mount the snowflake label on top with more foam adhesives.
 Step 4. Add gems and ribbon to decorate.
 Step 5. Die cut snowflakes with Glitter Silk and layer on the card.
 Step 6. Die cut the sentiment and mount on another die cut label for the inside greeting. 

Envelope Directions: 
 Step 1. Emboss a piece of the colored chalkboard with the Snowflake folder.
 Step 2. Tear the edge of the embossed paper. Trim to fit the envelope and adhere.
 Step 3. Add glitter glue to the centers of the snowflakes.   

Get started crafting now! Then you can have your thank-you cards ready to go, and you can sit back and enjoy the holidays. ~Gini

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Tag

I'm all caught up on design work, so I thought it would be fun to just play around with some techniques on a tag.   And since Thanksgiving is just a few days away, this will probably be the last project that I will have for that holiday, and then, it will be all Christmas.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Core'dinations and Graphic 45 Blog Event

  I love working with Graphic 45 products, and I always find that I am challenged to think outside of the box - or in this case, design around the box. I started out with the G45 ATC Book Box, and decided to turn it into a Dog House that functions as a bank. Using the Raining Cats and Dogs collection got me thinking about saving for a rainy day and inspired the idea of a piggy bank.  

 Saving For a Rainy Day Bank Supplies:

 I constructed a roof to fit over the box ( and cut a hole to insert money). The dog house was decorated and finished with a paper umbrella, made from a scalloped circle. To access the money inside, simply untie the ribbon.  
Wouldn't this be a fun way to save up those pennies for more craft supplies?!! Thanks for stopping by. ~Gini

May Arts - Kids Crafts for the Holidays Blog Hop

The Holidays are all about family - and even more so, kids.  So the May Arts Ribbonistas decided to have s blog hop to celebrate crafting with our favorite kidos. And of course, there will be prizes, so head to the May Arts Ribbon Blog for all of the details.

Since I don't have any children of my own, I asked my eight year old nephew if he would like to help me out with this project.  He jumped at the chance and came right over.  I of course had visions of the cute projects that we would make together....and as you know, sometimes things just don't go as planned. Cole's mind was racing with all of the fun supplies he could do anything with, and he was not at all interested in my plans. 

So, I ended up making this Sock Snowman.  He was so quick and easy to make - and adding the May Arts Ribbon, made him look spectacular. To create this little cutie, just take an old sock and cut off the foot.  Turn the sock inside out and gather one end with a heavy rubber band.  Turn back right side out and fill with rice.  Close the top with another rubber band. Tie ribbon for a scarf and to create the neck.  Fold the foot portion of the sock to form that hat. Embellish with ribbon and buttons.

May Arts Ribbons:

Now here is the card my nephew made. Since he just had his Veteran's Day program last week at school, he wanted to make a Marine card. It probably didn't help that he was eating Frito's as he made his card - but it was made with love :)  And we still had fun together (which is the main point!)



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Live Every Moment

Hi, I hope you have had a lovely weekend!  Just thought I would sneak in a card that I made using the gorgeous IndigoBlu stamps from England.  I masked over parts of my image and then used a stencil to ink the designs.

IndigoBlu: Magical Masking
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Inspired by Ornaments (the stencil design looked like an antique glass ornament)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Imagine Crafts 2015 Artist in Residence

 I am so honored to be joining the Imagine Crafts Artist in Residence Team for 2015!  This is an amazing line-up of fabulous designers and I am thrilled to be included in this group. 
2015 AIRs Project Team
Heike Linnek (Germany)
Isha Gupta (Switzerland)
Jowilna Nolte (South Africa)
Maureen Cronin (WA, US)
Penny Ward (FL, US)
Renee Zarate (MA, US)
Roni Johnson  (US)
Sylvia Blum (Germany)
Taylor Usry (VA, US)

2015 AIRs Video Team
Baerbel Born (Germany)
Carisa Zglobicki (CO, US)
Gini Williams Cagle (NC, US)
Savannah O’Gwynn (FL, US)
Tina McDonald (NB, Canada)

May Arts and Core'Dinations Blog Hop Day Five

 Welcome to the final day of the May Arts Ribbon and Core'dinations Blog Hop!  There has been so much inspiration this week with gorgeous ribbons and wonderful sandable cardstock.  Be sure to go to the May Arts and Core'dinations Blogs to see links to the rest of the week's projects as well as to enter for some great giveaways.

I thought it would be fun to try out this fancy-edged card (it seemed perfect for the elegant May Arts Ribbons).   I embossed and sanded the cardstock to bring out the design. Ribbon was layered underneath this panel.  My sentiment was stamped and cut using a Spellbinders die, and dressed with a bow.
May Arts Ribbons:
Partners In Craft Supplies: 
Spellbinders Labels 28
Spellbinders Decorative Labels 28
Grand Caliber
Imagine Crafts/Tsukeniko VersaFine Ink
Xyron Mega Runner
Other Supplies 
Crafter's Companion Rose Plaid Embossing Folder
Crafter's Companion Floral Sentiments Stamp

May Arts Ribbonistas Blog Hop Line Up






Wednesday, November 12, 2014

May Arts and Core'dinations Blog Hop Day Three

  Welcome to Day 3 of the May Arts Ribbon and Core'Dinations Blog Hop!  I'm lucky enough to work for both of these amazing companies, so come back on Friday to see my second project for the hop.  And with any great hop, you know there will be go to the Core'dinations Blog and the May Arts Blog to get your entries in for great giveaways!

   There is something about cool weather season, that really makes me enjoy staying in, and adding some fun seasonal decor to my home. I found this grapevine wreath at my local craft store, and decided to use it to give a large pillar candle a make-over. This is such an easy project, and works well for different holidays and themes.

 Fall Mini-Wreath Candle Holder Supplies:
  Step 1. Die cut leaves from the Shattered Paper Collection.


Step 2. Emboss the leaves using the matching embossing folder.


 Step 3. Sand the raised areas using the Sand-It Gadget.


Step 4. Cut the wired edges from the Faux Burlap ribbon and fray the edges. Weave through the wreath.
Step 5. Hot glue the leaves onto the wreath.
Step 6. Tie a bow with the striped ribbon and glue on the wreath to finish.

 I'm sure you will be able to adapt this project to fit your decorating style. Thanks for stopping by today! ~ Gini

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thanksgiving Mini Album with Core'dinations

Thanksgiving is always a great time to get together with family and friends and celebrate the blessings in our lives. And like any fun gathering, food is always involved. Some recipes become yearly traditions, while others are soon forgotten. Why not organize your recipes with a seasonal mini album? It's easy to add or remove recipe from year to year - and to help make planning the feast a little easier. This keepsake would also make a wonderful hostess gift, if you aren't the one doing all of the cooking.

Thanksgiving Recipes Mini Album Supplies:
 Step 1. Cover pages of the mini-album with papers of your choice. 001
 Step 2. Sand areas of embossing with Sand-It Gadget to expose the color core. 002
 Step 3. Decorate the pages as desired.     1077_edited-1 1070_edited-1 1071_edited-1   1072_edited-1   1073_edited-1 1074_edited-11075_edited-1
 Thanks for stopping by - I hope that you have been inspired to create your own recipe book to treasure your families memories. ~Gini

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Inspiration

Heartfelt Creations Supplies
Gala Glitz Orange
Other Supplies:
May Arts Burlap Center Stitch Turquoise
Core'Dinations Cardstock
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Versamark Watermark ink; Versamagic - Turquoise Gem, Perfect Plumeria
Derwent Artbars
Faber Castell Gelatos
Black embossing powder

Distress a cardstock layer (5.75" square) and mount  on a 6" card base.  Cut a patterned paper panel at 5.25" square and distress. Mount ribbon across the center and apply to card. Stamp the Tarnished Gears with watermark ink and heat emboss with black powder.  Color images with Artbars/Gelatos. Glue a little Gala Glitz in the corners of the image. Use petals from the All Geared Up die set to form the base for the flower, and finish the flower with stamped/cut Majestic Blooms.  Stamp and die cut the sentiment and tuck behind the flower.  Finish with die cut leaves.