Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Circus Procession by Kim F.

Hello and happy Tuesday friends! Today I would like to take you to the circus! I had so much fun with Gina's circus shape set, and I have had this in mind to make for quite some time.

As you can see above the set comes with quite a few pieces. I have used the Ferris Wheel on a previous project which you can view HERE.

I was drawn to the animal cage and elephant this time, but I really wanted them to be 3 dimensional. I started off with the cage and cut a back piece, by tracing around the cage. I then cut 2 inch strips for the sides, top and back, using glue and double sided tape to create a 3D look.  I also cut off the wheel of the cage as I wanted to use some wooden spools for the wheels, which I think gave a really fun look to the piece. I papered over the whole thing after giving it a coat of black paint with some touches of silver for a metal look, and added some fun wooden circus embellishments from my stash to the top.

For the inside of the cage, I fussy cut out the lion and added lots of dimensional tape to him to really make him look like he was jumping around in the cage. I added some of the Bella flourish frames to each side, and also used more of the paper, fussy cutting out some clowns and punching circles for the top corners and each of the front wheels.  I topped the cage with one of the Faux Metal Number plates and a couple of pieces of bling.

Next up is the elephant! This was super easy to do, I mixed some black and white paint to get the elephant grey colour, then added some fabric, lace and a lovely rose to her ear. I got out my rosette die and made a circus themed rosette for her to stand on, it worked perfectly!

Her finishing touch was one of the "rings" to preform in, which I again cut from the Graphic 45 paper.  I love how fun this is, and it shows the great versatility of the chipboard to be able to make these pieces 3 dimensional.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Other Items Used

Graphic 45 Le Cirque Paper

Lace, Wooden Spools from My Stash

Ranger Paint Daubers

Silver Gilder's Paste

Scotty Pork Chop Embellishments

ButterBeeScraps Metal

Flowers from Kraftsupplies4U

Monday, June 29, 2015

I've Got Sunshine - Shadow Box

Hi! Ever get a line from a song stuck in your head and you can't get rid of no matter what? Lynne here with a shadowbox project inspired by one of those lines (some people call it an "earworm" when that happens, but that expression kind of creeps me out. I'm not a huge fan of slithery things!)

I love the sun pieces from the Sweet Summer Shape set and used one of those here. I covered it with coordinating paper and inked the edges. The bird piece was from the Lovebirds Set. I dry-embossed it, then painted and inked it to add dimensional colour.

I loved the sunny colours in the papers I chose, and the fussy-cut butterflies and bright florals added to the theme. The adorable glass squirrels are just a personal touch by "Scrappy Squirrel"!! The cheesecloth made me think of floating clouds and the song lyrics just plain make me happy! Have yourself a happy, sunshiny day, and thanks heaps for stopping by!

Gina's Designs Products Used

Other Products Used

Blue Fern and Craft and You Design papers

Prima flowers

Cuttlebug embossing folder

Doodlebug Designs alphas

Vintage Poster by Barb Black

This is probably one of the easiest pieces I've ever done. Seriously. It took minutes.

I have a box of vintage poster stickers, from which I selected the one pictured here. I adhered it to heavy kraft cardstock. Then I stamped the harlequin pattern and added the dots.

For the bicycle and gears, I dabbed black craft ink all over them, 

coated them in black embossing powder, and heat set them.

Then I glued the bike and gears to the rest of the piece and I was done! 

I'll be putting this in a nice frame and sending it to a bicycle lover that I know.

Gina's Products Used

Other Products Used

Rubber stamp by Blockheads

irRESISTibles Tuxedo Black Pico Embellisher

Black craft ink

Black embossing powder

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Keepsake Box - Every Picture Tells a Story

Hello everyone, Debbie with you this Sunday morning to share a keepsake box I decorated with several Gina's Designs Laser Cuts.  I made this box to keep a small album in and several little keepsakes that I have from a friend I lost to breast cancer.  She wasn't just a friend, but she was my best friend of 35 years.  I had everything in a box, but it wasn't big enough and I thought it deserved a beautiful decorated box. Here is what I came up with:

To create this box I added my chipboard pieces to the top of the box and on the sides I added some stenciling and modeling paste along with some pieces from Texture Sheet Fleur De Lis.

The top of the box was created with the Flourished Frame BellaHinge Shape SetDragonflies Fancy, Words and Phrases 2 and several flowers.

When the modeling paste is dry, I gessoed the whole box include a little on the flowers.

Now the fun begins....spray your favorite colors on the box, I used Heidi Swapps mists.

 I added my misting, adhesive pearls, and splatters to finish my keepsake box.

Gina's Products used:
Texture Sheet Fleur De Lis
 Flourished Frame Bella
Hinges Shape Set
 Dragonflies Fancy
Words & Phrases 2 

Thanks for stopping by Gina's blog today!


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Scribbled Frame Layout

Big hello to all of you in blog-land.

Shanna here with a layout I created with some new colors in my stash.

I played with the Butterfly Scribbled Frame. I colored it with my black Gelato and then after using some embossing ink and Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder.

I love the pop of the black on the chipboard. 

I used flowers, stamps, and embossing paste to help embellish the rest of the layout. 

I love the dimension of the embossing paste and the looks of the embossing powder on the chipboard. Texture is just amazing isn't it?

Gina's Designs Products Used

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dressform Hang Ups

Gina here with a fun and easy project using the Dressform Hangups.  These pieces make a great base for designing dresses. I have done several of these for my granddaughters to hang in their room.

I started by heat embossing the parts of the hanger that I wanted to appear silver.  I then traced the bodice and straps onto a solid paper.  Once cut out and applied, I added the stamped details and the little flat back bows.

To make the skirt I cut a strip of paper 6 inches by 12 inches.  I stamped a matching pattern on the paper and used a border punch along one edge to create a lacy look.  I sprayed the paper with a little water to make it flexible and glued the paper down at the waist as I created the ruffle.

To add a little interest to the piece I added a flourish and a flower to the skirt.

Gina's Designs Products Used

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gears Calendar

Today I am sharing with you a calendar I altered. All of the pieces were painted with black acrylic paint. I lightly sanded the wood on the front and then layered card stock intricate steampunk dollies, adhering them with the black paint.

 I layered several of the intricate doilies to create the photo mat. The top one was painted black.

The paper used was Die Cuts With a View.

Two papers from the stack that coordinated were used to create the back drop

for the months and numbers.

 For the back of the calendar I painted on a textured gears sheet.

 The back storage unit holds the extra months and days.

I attached the intricate doilies to the outside of the box with mod podge.

Supplies Used:

Gina's Designs Laser Cuts:

Textured Sheet Gears

Card Stock Intricate Doilies Steampunk

 Others Supplies Used:

Black Paint

Letter Stickers

Number Stickers

DCWV - paper

"BeachTime" Shadow Box Hanging by Kim C.

Hey everyone!

This week I have created a little hanging shadowbox.  I created this box out of chipboard and used the Sweet Summer Shape Set.

The picture inside the box is of my niece and nephew, and they are ready for the beach!

The crackle technique was used on the bucket and shovel.  I painted each with gesso, then added my crackle medium.  When the medium was dry, I added the grey paint, a mixture of black and white gesso together since I didn't have grey!!  Once that dried I inked it with black distress ink around the edges.  I added some twine to the handle of the shovel, which I used the crackle technique on as well but only using brown paint.

The sun was painted with gesso and then I used some some watercolor paints from Colorarte to give it a golden color.  I inked the edges of the sun with vintage photo distress ink.

I also did the crackle technique to the piece on the front of the box which is like a covered sand box with a shovel and bucket.  I painted it with brown paint, added the crackle medium, and once that was dry, I added some ivory acrylic paint.  I added some pattern paper and a few flowers to the the box.  This was a very quick and simple project, but it's so cute!!  I then added twine and some letter beads that hang from the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Gina's Designs item used:

Other items used:


Acrylic paint: Brown, Black, Ivory

Water Color Paint: ColorArte H20's

Mandarin Citrine, Orange Peel and Ginger Peach


WOC Flowers

Letter Beads

Kim C. :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Amazing Wonder Art Journal Pages

Hello chippie fans.  Barbara here again with my last post as guest designer for Gina's Lasercut Chipboard.  But never fear, I am not gone for good.  I will be back next month as a regular designer on their design team. Yay, I am so excited about this fabulous opportunity.

Anyway, it is no surprise to those who know me that I am super fond of birds.  It is no "wonder" that I am always "amazed" by their sweetness, as well as their ability to fly!  Hence came the name for my journal pages. 

After adding a background of printed tissue paper with matte medium, I blended Radiant Gels Twilight and Celedon on both pages, spritzing with water to keep the transparency.  Then I dabbed a  Radiant Rain Coral Berry dauber along the top edge of journal page, misting with water and allowing the color to run and spread.

Next, I spread Twilight Radiant Gel through a stencil with a spatula and let that dry.  Then I dabbed 

more Radiant Rain Coral Berry randomly over the background, spritzed with water and added Kiwi Radiant Gel, blending the two over the background.

Paint Flights of Fancy Music Girl with flesh tint acrylic paint.  Draw in a few facial details with a pencil. 

Add highlights to her face by mixing white gesso with the flesh tint paint.

Continue coloring face details with markers, and add more flesh tint to blend the features more.

Cover her face with a paper towel and mist with a mixture of Primary Elements China Black and water for hair.  I love the mottled look this gives the hair. 

Dab Radiant Rain Egyptian Gold over two Damask Singles.  Heat emboss the ornamental bird cage with Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.  While the powder is still hot, sprinkle black embossing powder over it to give it an antique silver look.

Spray bird flourish with Fern Radiant Rain mist.  Add Twilight Radiant Gel to the bird only.

Spray Fern Radiant Rain Mist over the leaves and ornament.  These were the punch outs from the large Damask Single.  Nothing goes to waste here.

Dab Egyptian Gold Radiant Rain dabber over words, then mist with Pewter Radiant Rain Mist.  When dry, add Delicata Silver Shimmer randomly over words.

With all the chipboard embellishments completed, adhere to the pages, as shown.  

Left Page

Right Page

 I strung a metal chain from the jewelry section between the Damask Single and the Ornamental Bird Cage.  

Gina's Designs Supplies used:

ColourArte: Radiant Gels: Twilight, Celedon

 Radiant Rain Daubers: Egyptian Gold, Coral Berry, Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists: Fern, Pewter

Primary Elements Arte Pigment: China Black

Print Tissue Paper

Embossing Powder: Silver, Black

Markers: Faber-Castell

Stencil: Dylusions

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out Gina's Designs for more fabulous chipboard shapes for all of your art work!  If you want even further details on how I made this background, you can visit my blog at Black Hole Art Studio.

See you next month, and have a creative week!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"I Love You to the Moon and Back" Mixed Media Canvas

Hi all!! Amylove here again with another mixed media canvas. As soon as I saw the Celestial Shape Set, I knew I wanted to make this canvas for a dear friend of mine. She says "I love you to the moon and back" to me and it warms my heart! This canvas will very shortly be on it's way to Norway!

I had a lot of fun trying out some new techniques on this project. If you would like to see how I put this together, please follow this link to my tutorial:

Here is the list of supplies I used:

From Gina's Store:

From my stash:

8X10 canvas


paint sprays

destress ink


mod podge

gold leafing liquid

marabou feathers

pearl sprays