Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fairy Flight to Heaven

I'm still missing my Willie so much, and I like to imagine that perhaps he flew to heaven on the wings of a fairy.  This layout was created from my heart.  I hope you like it.  I have used two of the small fairies from Gina's Designs, and one of the medium fairies as well as one of the large shuttered windows.

The fairies were painted with clear gesso followed by Twinkling H20's in a gold tone, then dotted with some glossy accents.  I covered the wings with glossy accents then gold glass microbeads.  The steampunk doily is new at Gina's Designs and should be in the shop soon.

I used some Prima resin embellishments to represent the rainbow bridge, and more doilies.

The bricks are also new at Gina's Designs.  The window was dry brushed with gesso and acrylic paint in pastel colors followed by Grecian Gold rub n buff.

Gina's Designs Products:

New Gina's Designs Products:

Steampunk doilies (will be available in white or black)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Vintage Beach Canvas - More Fun with Gina's Designs

I have so much fun playing with the chipboard shapes from Gina's Designs, especially when I'm getting inky and messy with a canvas at the same time.  Every Summer I like to create a canvas with a vintage beach theme.  I grew up at the beach and I really miss it a lot.  Although I enjoy mountain and desert views these days, there is nothing like the smell of the sea, the sounds of the surf and the feel of sand in between your toes.

I covered the canvas in gesso, stenciled the ledger pattern from Crafter's Workshop, then used various ink sprays, and finally a little more gesso over parts of the canvas.

These chipboard shells from Gina's designs were fun to decorate.  First I covered them with gesso for some texture, then I used Prima chalk inks in various colors, a little diamond dust, and finally a coat of Tim Holtz distress clear rock candy crackle paint.  The fence in the background, also from Gina's Designs was painted with gesso using a dry brush technique, inked a little bit, then embossed in areas with Tim Holtz distress embossing powder.

The palm tress, one of my favorite shapes from Gina's Designs were inked with Prima Chalk Inks, then covered with Tim Holtz distress crackle paint in clear rock candy.

Also from Gina's Designs (but not listed on the site at this time) are:

Sand & Surf title
Sea Shells & Seahorse

(you may request these items directly from Gina by going to her website)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bird House Shelf

This birdhouse shelf is so much fun to decorate.   It's meant to be a wall shelf, but since I have a thing for "feet", and I don't have a lot of wall space left,  I decided to use the Tim Holtz feet instead of hanging my birdhouse on the wall.  Either way, it would be great.  I can think of other ways to display this as well.  I was originally thinking of attaching the entire house to an 8 x 10 wooden plaque that I bought at the dollar store.  I'm sure I'll want to play with at least one more of these.

Since we are featuring the lovely feathers this week, I've used them as well on this project.  They are so "feathery" they pick up color really well.

I began by painting my bird house with gesso, followed by two shades of teal in folk art paints.  On top of that I applied Kroma Crackle and various shades of Prima chalk inks.  The Tim Holtz feet were distressed using rub n buff in white and patina.  I used the smallest sized intricate doilies in the windows and the vine frame which I cut apart to use as ivy over the doorways and windows.  After coloring the vines with gesso, then Prima chalk ink,  I applied glossy accents.  The roof was covered in script paper.  The entire house was coated with Tim Holtz Distress rock candy crackle paint.  The feathers were painted with magical mica's in various shades, mostly gold.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Jungle Kitty

When I printed this photo of my recently departed kitty Willie, his pose and expression reminded me of a wild animal peering through the foliage in an exotic and tropical jungle.  In reality he was only standing on the back of the couch.  I found some zebra print in my stash,  and the project took off from there.  No fancy design paper here, or any planned coordinating collections.  I fussy cut a patterned paper also from my stash, and even the chipboard from Gina's Designs were various pieces that I cut up.  I had so much fun putting all of this together.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

"Stalker" - Layout featuring my cat Missy and Gina's Designs

This month the Design Team combined Gina's awesome chipboard shapes with animal print papers from The Robin's Nest.   I chose the leopard print and I distressed it with some script stamping, then dragged it through some Tim Holtz distress inks that I watered down on my non-stick craft mat.  It came out tea dyed just like I wanted.  I surrounded Missy in grasses from Gina's Designs, and some ferns I had in my stash from the floral dept. of JoAnns.  The leopard butterflies are by Renea Bouquets. I hope you like it!

Gina's Designs grass and foliage
Robin's Nest leopard paper