Friday, April 17, 2015

Sneak Peek for Crafter's Companion Kimono Collection

 Crafter's Companion
Kimono Collection: Porcelain
Spectrum Noir Markers: OR1, OR2, OR3, FS1, BT1, BT3, BT4, IG5, CT3, CG4
Spectum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Graphic 45 Paper:  Birdsong
Petaloo Flowers
May Arts Ribbon
Want2Scrap Pearls

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sheena's Laguna Release for Crafter's Companion

I know you are going to be excited to see the full new release by Crafter's Comanion today - Sheena's new Laguna line.  I've always loved Passion Flowers, and this beautiful stamp is so fun to color.  I used the Spectrum Noir pens to color the base, and then added shading with the Spectrum Noir Blendable pencils.  Such a realistic image!
Webster's Pages Patterned Paper
Core'dinations Cardstock
May Arts Ribbon 
Want2Scrap Pearls

Monday, April 13, 2015

Time to Nest with Technique Junkies

Hi, it's Gini, and I'm excited to share my first blog post with you today on the Technique Junkies blog!  I love trying new techniques and of course, adore beautiful stamps - so this is the perfect place for me.

I used two different stamps for my background - Burlap Flowers and Fat Smudged Lines.  I had fun with some embossing techniques, including a variation of the Outlined Resist Tutorial from the Bodacious Background Stamps CD.  

My focal image, Nesting Bird, was colored with Spectrum Aqua markers.  I then cut the image and used foam adhesive to apply it to the card.

The sentiment is from the very fun Mae West Sentiments (from the Palettini Collection).

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a bright and beautiful day.

Technique Junkies CD:  Bodacious Background Stamps
Noor! Designs Dies: 6003/0026; 6003/0035
May Arts Ribbons: 5" Tulle; Double Faced Satin: HA-8-04, HA-78-94; Burlap String; Cotton Eyelet
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers
Prima Flowers
Want2Scrap Pearls

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Noor! Designs UK

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sneak Peek for Sheena's Laguna Release for Crafter's Companion

Crafter's Companion will be releasing a new line of stamps on April 14th - but I thought that you would enjoy a little preview now.  This is part of the Sheena Laguna Collection - and it's going to make you want to pack your bags and head out for vacation! Be sure to check back on Tuesday, when the stamps will be up on the Crafter's Companion Website.

Crafter's Companion - Sheena's Laguna Release
May Arts Ribbon

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Birthday

April happens to be a month of birthdays for my family (including mine!) But when I saw this adorable Bebunni stamp set, I thought it would be perfect for my sweet nephew. I used the Spectrum Noir markers and pencils to color the image, and added stickles to the frosting, and Crystal Lacquer over the jellybeans.

Crafter's Companion
Webster's Pages Patterned Paper
May Arts Ribbon RG27


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter! with video tutorial

Happy Easter! I hope you all enjoy the blessings of the day!  I have a card and video to share with you today, for the celebration.

Imagine Crafts: Creative Medium Purple Iridescent; irresistible Pico Embellisher: Gold; Delicata 4: Bronze Burst, Golden Glitz; Diamond Trowel Palette Knife;  Sponge Dauber;  Radiant Neon: Electric Purlple; Neon Amplify! : Electric Purple; VersaMark; Imagine Embossing Powder:  Gold
Stampendous: Cling Winged Cross
Dreamweaver Stencils:  Corner Flowers
May Arts Ribbon:  GC07
Art Institute Glitter:  Bonnie Blue
Want2Scrap Pearls
Fun Stampers Journey: Journey Rectangles Die
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur
Xyron Adhesive
Heat Tool

Stampendous/Dreamweaver -April Showers (The flowers are showered in glitter, thus bringing the May Flowers) 
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Pastels

Friday, April 3, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers

 It's wonderful to have a long holiday weekend, and I am enjoying the pretty spring weather.  I have a card to share with you today, again, using the Spectrum Aqua makers.  I created the background first with a wash of the markers, and sprinkled coarse salt on it while wet. I then stamped the wildflowers using the Wedding Dress Memento Luxe Ink, then drew on the stamp with my Aqua Markers, offset it from the original image and stamped again.  It created a lovely and subtle shadow for the flowers.

Crafter's Companion:
Imagine Crafts: Versafine Ink: Onxy Black;  Memento Luxe Ink: Wedding Dress
 Want2Scrap Pearls
Core'dinations Cardstock: Pastels
Watercolor Paper


Spring Basket

Spring is in the air! And of course, that means baskets filled with treats! I began working on this project, and really didn't mean to make an Easter Basket, but since it's that time of year, that's exactly how mine turned out. But this simple creation could be used for any occasion, depending on your color scheme and decorations. Have you ever noticed that Core'dinations paper pads are grouped into colors that work great together? I used the Pastel Collection - which is perfect for Spring, but there are also the Brights, Darks and Neutral collections. I love having the papers that I need at my fingertips.
  • basket
  Spring Basket Supplies:

 Step 1. Using the embossing board template, score the container design twice.


  Step 2. Cut out the design with scissors.

Step 3. Score and fold.


 Step 4. Assemble with double-sided tape.
 Step 5. Cut four smaller panels to decorate the basket.
 Step 6. Emboss using the folder.
 Step 7. Sand the design to reveal the color core.


 Step 8. Add a strip of paper for the handle. Decorate the basket as shown.


 Hope your spring is filled with sweet memories! ~Gini

Thursday, April 2, 2015

May Arts Ribbonistas Light It Blue

At May Arts Ribbon, we are helping to celebrate the Light It Up Blue - Autism Speaks. This kicks off the Autism Awareness month.  For more information, please visit Autism Speaks.

I chose to create a Mixed Media piece for this hop - because I know with a piece like this, it is easy for everyone to see something a little bit different.  As we celebrate Autism Awareness, I think this is perfect to express the beauty of each individual that is affected with Autism. The cherub is to remind us what sweet angels we have living among us.

May Arts Ribbons:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Technique Junkies New Team, New Website, New Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to the Technique Junkies Blog Hop to celebrate our new design team, new website and of course, new stamps for the April release!  The hop starts out on the TJ Blog, so if you didn't start there, you may want to start at the beginning, so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects.  If you've been following the hop, you should have arrived from the very talented Jane Bosi's blog. 
We would love for you to head over and take a look at the new TJ Website, and to entice you more, all stamps are 15% off between April 1-8th - so it's the perfect time to stock up!

I love this new stamp - Watercolor NY (S633), and knew I would enjoy inking it up and coloring with my Spectrum Aqua pens.  I created the stars in the sky by dripping water on my dried sky.  The sentiment, Forever and a Day (SD599), is also from the April Release.

Now get ready for more inspiration, by hopping over to Jerri Jone's Blog.
Design Team Blog         

Pam DeChellis              

Marilyn Hughes                 

Kathy Stacy                       

Robin Redd                     

Beth Norman                   

Jane Bosi                            

Gini Williams Cagle        
Jerri Jones  

Sally Lynn MacDonald                       
Pat Huntoon