Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Paperclay Blog Hop

Haunted House with Guest Designer Jackie Neal

Hello again! Jackie here, for my final Wednesday with Gina's Designs! I have to tell you, this guest spot has been a blast and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Gina's products! Again, Gina, thanks so much for asking me along!

BOO! Haunted House!! 

I started with the Haunted House Silhouette 2 Set, then added other chipboard pieces by Gina's as I went.


To begin, I covered the house with gesso, orange and green so these colors would come through the crackle when the purple top coat was added.


Here I added two different sized webs from the Spiderweb Shape Set

To distinguish the roof line I used a stencil with black modeling paste to create the look of roof shingles. Skellies and ghostly children were added.

The remaining piece of my Wrought Iron Set  was cut in half to become the gates for the sides of the house.These gates also help to stabilize the house upright as I chose not to use the stands that were included.

Layers and layers of color as well as embossing powder for texture were added to the gates.

 The tree, which came from the Winter Shape Set  was also layered with color as well as crackle paste.

The chipboard pieces, ghost, cat, BOO, and bat all came from the Spooky Shape Set  to help complete my Haunted House !

I do hope you have enjoyed my haunted Boo house and that I have inspired you to go shopping with Gina's and create some fun of your own!  -Jackie

Gina'sDesigns Products used:

Other Products Used:


DecoArt Paints


DecoArt Weathered Wood

E6000 Glue

Various Graphics 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

How to Art Journal with Chipboard

Hi everyone! Amylove here!! To say that I am enjoying art journaling would be an understatement! I absolutely love it. For this piece I used a scrap piece of paper and some chipboard pieces that I used as stencils before. I was really feeling the bright colors!!

Click below and follow along as I show you how I made this art journal page:

Gina's Designs:

My Stash:



Acrylic Sprays

Lindy's Sprays

Watered Down Mod Podge

Glossy Accents

Hot Glue

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fashion Forward by Barb

I have a secret love of sewing. It's how my hands-on creativity began decades ago. I still sew or quilt now and then, but it has largely fallen by the wayside in lieu of painting and rubber stamping. One day I will have a room just for sewing, where I can leave out my machine and fabric and not worry about anything getting splattered. Until then, I'll splatter stuff that can take it - like these adorable dress forms from Gina's Designs.

The background was easy enough. I began with a thick layer of gesso and while it was still wet, I smooshed lace and punchinella and rick rack. Without waiting for the gesso to thoroughly dry, I used a stencil and slathered on Creative Medium in silver and gold. Finally, I set it aside to dry completely.

For the dress forms, I coated the "body" with black acrylic paint that I stamped with white craft ink once dry. I painted the stands with StazOn Studio Glaze. 

The corset was coated with glittery embossing powder which I then heat set.

The other two forms were finished by simply adding bits of left over lace, ribbon, rhinestones and flowers. The "skirt" below was made from a peacock feather.

Now, if I could just clear some space for my sewing machine...

Gina's Designs Product Used

Other Products Used

Canvas board 


Imagine Crafts Creative Medium

StazOn Studio Glaze

Tim Holtz Stencil

Acrylic Paint

Craft Ink

Rubber stamp by Stampin' Up!

Inspirational mini-canvas set

Hi there! Lynne here sending greetings from beautiful, warm, sunny southwestern Ontario along with a sunny, happy set of canvases I created with lots of awesome goodies from Gina's store. The sentiments are from Teresa Collins' Nine & Co papers and are on 8x8 canvases.



I ran the border strip through an embossing folder, attached all the elements to the canvas, stenciled with texture paste, then coated the entire project (except for the sentiment) with gesso. I then used Twinkling H20s to add patches of various colours all over, covering the entire gessoed area. When those were dry I then applied another coat of gesso to blend and soften the colours. When that was completely dry I covered the sentiment with a piece of cardboard and misted the entire surface with a variety of colours until I achieved the intensity and blend I wanted. Splotches of black acrylic paint added contrast and tied the black elements of the sentiment pieces in with the rest of the project.

I know it sounds like a lot of steps were involved but they were all simple steps and the most time-consuming part of the project was allowing the layers to dry, although I did use the heat tool when I wanted to get to the next step a little sooner!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful, happy, sunny week!

Gina's Items Used

Other Items Used

Teresa Collins Nine & Co paper-cards

Colourarte Twinkling H20s

Prima and Crafter's Workshop stencils

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gina's Designs Leafy Branches with Birds

Hello friends!  Happy autumn!  Debbie with you today sharing a layout using Gina's Designs Leafy Branches with Birds.  I didn't give these leaves autumn colors because where I live the leaves are mostly still green.  We are having a long summer and everything is still beautiful here.  This layout is a special one because of the photos of my daughter's college graduation.  They mark a milestone and a lot of hard work accomplished.  I took these photos of her outside against a rodeo chute gate and I wanted to add a little softness to the layout.  These Leafy Branches remind me of flourishes and of the beautiful trees that were hanging over the chutes where the photo was taken. 

 To dress up the branches I simply inked them with chalk ink and then added Inka Gold rub to them in two different colors.  I love how it made this layout feel like you were in a beautiful garden somewhere. The pink flowers and soft colors gave this a romantic feel.

Thank you for taking a peek at my layout and for stopping by Gina's blog today!  

Gina's Designs Products Used:

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Boo! Canvas

Hello to you all. Today Shanna here and I have a home decor project to share with you. I wanted to create something fun for right when you walk in my house as the weather is cooler and the kids are playing indoors more. I had fun playing with several different mediums for the background but the chipboard part was so fun.

I painted the Boo with some ivory and white paint for a textured look.
The 31 Wall Art is new! There are so many cool things you can do with this! For the date I wanted a  crackle effect. I painted the base color with grey, then this cool crackle paint (Martha Stewart brand) and then I went over that after it dried with black.

I used a very dry brush over this so that way there was still splotchy grey areas.
I loved how the background looks like oozing blood for the scary effect. Okay maybe not really scary.  
I had to soften it up with some flowers I have including some black roses. My favorite thing to do is to add some cardboard behind things to give them dimension. So this popped off the canvas. 

With Halloween around the corner check out the store for some spooky fun!

Items Used:

Friday, September 25, 2015

24 Drawer Storage Unit by Kim C

This weeks post I wanted to show a project that I am working on. I got this 24 drawer storage unit and LOVE IT!!!

Gina makes these organizational units so easy to put together and use. This unit took me only an hour to put together.   I started out thinking that I would just put it together and use it, but decided to decorate it up somewhat. The more I looked at it, the more I like it just with paper on the drawer fronts.  Distress ink was used on all the papers.

The unit is about 13 3/4 inches tall and 11 1/4 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches deep.  Each of the drawers are 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 1 3/8, making them a perfect size for all those little trinkets.

Thanks for stopping!
Kim :)

Gina's Designs Items:
24 Drawer Storage Unit

Other items used:
Prima: Something Blue
Distress ink: Vintage Photo

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Happy Fall Layout

Hi all you chippy fans! Barbara here with a fall page layout for you.  I love this new Fall Shape Set by Gina's Designs Lasercuts. There are so many shapes and variety in this pack!  And I love the Canning Jars Branch Border!  Isn't it adorable?  I still have enough shapes left over to make some cards, or an art journal page, or a canvas, hmmmmm.....

I started with a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper from my stash, and adhered it to a slightly larger piece of blue mat board.  I chose the chipboard pieces I planned on using and arranged them on the paper to see how they would fit.

Each piece was first coated with either white or black gesso, then I used colored pencils to bring them to life.  I drew some details in pencil on the pumpkins, corn stalks, and squirrel, then I used a metal stylus to emboss those details.
The rake and canning jar hangers were painted with a silver marker, then dry brushed with black gesso for an aged metal look.  The canning jar lids and "Happy" were colored with gold metallic; then red pencil was added to the jars before I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

A few close-ups of the chipboard pieces are below.  I added some black alphabet stickers to spell "FALL" on each of the canning jars.

Here you can see the dimension added to the pumpkins, and details added to the squirrel. 

The scarecrow was painted with black gesso, and I gave him a scary face with a white gel pen.  I don't know about you, but clowns AND scarecrows scare me!

A tiny bit of the gold metallic was added to the corn stalk leaves to coordinate with the gold metallic used on  the word "Happy".

Gina's Designs Lasercuts Supplies Used:

Other supplies:
12x12  Paper Pad
12x12 blue mat board
gold paste
Colored Pencils
Black and white gesso
White gel and silver metallic pen
Thick letter stickers 

I hope you enjoyed my Fall page layout. There is a bit of room left for a picture or two, but you could also make this a Fall home decor piece to hang on your wall to bring in the Fall season.  Whatever you choose to make, be sure to stop by Gina's online store for a complete selection of fun and useful chippies!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative weekend!!!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Special Tribute by Guest Designer Jackie Neal

 Hello everyone,thanks for joining me again here at Gina's!

Today I would like to share something very special to me. September 19 was my Mom's birthday. She would have been 84. 

In honor of my Mom, I created this wall hanging using some of my favorite photos of her along with some of my favorite pieces from Gina's Designs.

 Read along as I share some photos and a few steps of my process.

This first photo is to show you a bit of how I work.

I had the general vision of what I wanted, but not sure of what elements I would use. The assorted Gina's pieces auditioned on and off and up and down, for about an hour before I finally (and I use that word lightly) decided!

For the base, I used covers from a book. They were gessoed, then painted, crackled and glued together.

 Next up painting the Flourished Frames Set-Evie (I used all three) and giving these a layer of crackle as well.

oops about the extra bits-darn macro shows everything!

Gina's Peacock Feathers Shape Set are absolutely gorgeous! These fit perfectly into Mom's piece as she had a beautiful evening dress that my Dad had brought her back from Japan. The dress, iridescent Damask Silk, had Peacock feathers all over and was one of the colors I used for this.

After the Peacock Feathers were painted and placed along with the other chipboard, I felt I needed just a bit more. I went through my Gina's stash and found the perfect chipboard pieces!

Again a bit of separation was done -

I told you Gina's chipboard was versatile!

 Here I used the Wrought Iron Set and separated a few of the swirly embellishments for my accent pieces for the center.

   I was painting the words "A Moment in Time", when I noticed there was Mom in beautiful cursive, so I cut it from the phrase and  adhered it to one of the pieces from the Stackable Labels Set.


I do hope you have been inspired to created something using Gina's beautiful chipboard Designs! 

  Jackie P Neal

 Gina's Products used:

Other Products used:

Silks Paints by ColoureArt~

Sea Spray, French Lilac, Chestnut Brown,

Teal Zircon,Wine&Roses, Stargazer, Key Lime


Distress Crackle Paint-Clear Rock Candy

 E600 Glue