Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Haunted Mansion Shadowbox for Gina's Designs

Hi Everyone,  today I am sharing another Halloween project.  This time I have created a peek at the inside of a haunted mansion.  I didn't want to use the standard Gothic and Halloween colors, and I was inspired by collage sheets of colorful furniture from Alpha Stamps.  I had been wanting to use the chipboard spiral staircase, one of the newer shapes from Gina's Designs, so I thought it would be fun to create an upstairs loft inside the mansion that is separated from the downstairs by a 5 inch length of 1 x 1 wood that I found in my garage.

This piece was created inside of a 12 x 12 wooden shadowbox I purchased at Michaels.  The shadowbox is about 2 inches deep and the images inside are raised on pop dots at different levels to create lots of dimension.  I painted the frame with gesso then applied texture paste and used various inks paints and sprays to color it.  The red streaks of "blood" were created with distress re-inker.  I had a lot of fun creating my Gothic world.  I hope you like it, thanks for looking!

Gina's Designs Products Used:

Digital Design Paper (background) by Kitty's Scrap Post - Nevermore Kit

Collage Sheet Images by:
Alpha Stamps
The Sum of All Crafts
Moonlight Journey

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Halloween Graveyard - Design Team for Gina's Designs

This Standing Dome from the Home Decor section of Gina's Designs, comes in two styles.  This one has a solid back and the other style has a framed opening at the back.  I love both of them, but this one in particular, because it does remind me of a tombstone.  The piece wasn't designed for Halloween necessarily, but I couldn't help myself.  The 4-inch depth seemed like such a likely spot for these skeletons to hang out.  

I painted the assembled piece black, then dry brushed some orange in places.  I also adhered some packaged spider webbing from the Halloween section of the dollar store with gel medium for extra texture, and melted it into the paints with my heat gun.  I also spread on a bit of glass bead gel and brass colored distress paint.  For the mossy look I added green acrylic paint with a dry brush.   I don't usually start with a plan, I just keep adding color and texture until I achieve the look I want.

Gina's Designs Products Used:

Collage Sheet Images by:
Seneca Pond Crafts
Alpha Stamps

Monday, September 22, 2014

Halloween Fun with Kitty's Scrap Post + $$$ COUPON $$$

Hello my Crafty Friends!  I'm back today with more Halloween fun, and a DISCOUNT CODE!  If you're a follower then you know how much I love Halloween.  When I saw the Nevermore digital kit by Kitty's Scrap Post, I knew it had to be mine!  All of the background paper and printed images are from the kit.  For this project I have altered a Memory Tray by Recollections.  I had so much fun cutting out the images from the collage sheets that come with the kit.   I'm such a fan of digital kits these days, I love printing the paper as often as I want for multiple projects.  If you haven't tried digital paper kits yet, or you want to add to an existing digital paper stash, then please visit the shop and remember to use this discount coupon for 15% off of your entire purchase.  ****Enter code NancyGDT15 to receive your discount!*****

Products Used:
Digital Design papers by Kitty's Scrap Post
(Note:  The kit also comes with optional matching bottecaps and domino art)


Memory Tray by Recollections
Flowers by Petaloo
Spooky cat, fence and raven by Tim Holtz
Chipboard spider webs and flourish topper by Gina's Designs

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Halloween Stage - Design Team Project for Gina's Designs

Hello Everyone, Today I'm sharing one of my favorite pieces from the Altered Art section of our store.  This is my second time working with the Stage.  This time around  I chose to create a Halloween project since it's my favorite theme to scrap this time of year.  

I began by painting my assembled stage in black, then I papered it with The Enchanted Collection by Authentique.  To decorate my stage I used various collage sheet images, and Gina's Designs chipboard shapes. 

Thanks for looking!

Gina's Designs Products Used:

Beach Shape Set (I used a portion of the fence)

Collage Sheet images from:
Retro Cafe Art
Seneca Pond Crafts

Alpha Stamps

Monday, September 8, 2014

Creative Team Project for Ephemera's Vintage Garden and Tim Holtz Folio Folder

Hi Friends!  Today I'm sharing my first project using the latest digital paper kit I received called Paris in my Heart from  Ephemera's Vintage Garden.  I know that each time I receive a new kit I say it's my favorite one yet, but I can't help myself, I get so excited!  I mean, what's not to love about images of Paris combined with beautiful shabby roses?  One of my favorite things about this particular kit is the combination of vintage washed out colors combined with the bright vivid ones.   It's such a feast for the eyes.

Anyway, I was trying to decide what I was going to create when I happened to find one of those Tim Holtz Folio's in my stash.  The small folio (which is not really that small I might add) just so happened to fit these papers perfectly!  I love how the folio cascades showing off the beautiful images so perfectly.  The first thing I did after printing the kit was to look through my files of Ephemera's Vintage Garden Freebies.  It's awesome when you find just the right images that match perfectly, so I printed some of those too, then I just got to work (or more like play).  I love the results, and I'm planning to gift this to a special friend who was practically drooling over it when I was half done. 

There are lots of tags and pockets for tucking, and I'm planning to also tuck an accordion style folder of just the journaling pages at the back of the folio so she will have even more places to write.  The folder leaves plenty of room without getting bulky.


Printable Design Paper by Ephemera's Vintage Garden

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