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.
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  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                      

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop for March

The winner of the $25 gift certificate is Teresa Doyle  - you have 72 hours to contact Emma Lou to collect your prize!

Welcome, to the March Edition of the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog hop! The hop runs now through Friday night - at midnight.  And one lucky commenter, chosen from one of the stops on the blog hop, will win a $25 gift certificate to HC.  How great is that?  You get to hop around and see some wonderful projects, plus have the chance to win some goodies of your own!  The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 4th, and will have 72 hours to claim their prize.

 I used the beautiful Bleeding Hearts stamp from the Romantique Swans HCPC3638 stamp set for this card.  The sentiment is from the Vines and Blooms PreCut Set HCPC3616.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Flowers For You

I am having so much fun playing with my Spectrum Aqua Markers, so I have another card to share with you that I colored with these great pens!  I stamped the image onto watercolor paper, put some of the marker onto an acyrlic block, and used a round paintbrush and water to apply a light shade of pigment.  For the darker areas, I used the pen directly onto the paper, and blended it out a bit with the brush and water.
May Arts Ribbon
Core'dinations Cardstock
Watercolor Paper