Sunday, January 25, 2015

American Crafts | Metal Dies Week

Hi everyone,

It is metal dies week on the American Crafts Blog this week and I have a card to share with you today using the Dear Lizzy Serendipity die set.

You can layer dies to create one of a kind embellishments.  I layered the flower dies, included in the Dear Lizzy Serendipity die set, to create a 3d flower for my card.

Supplies: Dear Lizzy (369198) - Very Vanilla Paper, Dear Lizzy (369185) - Hello Beautiful Paper, Dear Lizzy (369186) - Summer Breeze Paper, Dear Lizzy (369224) - Serendipity Dies, Dear Lizzy (369213) - Serendipity Puffy Stickers, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive, Cardstock (AM710-81) - White

How To: Use an electronic die cutting machine to cut bow card design.  Trim a piece of Very Vanilla paper and adhere to card front.  Use a manual die cutting machine to cut flower pieces from Serendipity Die set.  Layer flower pieces and adhere to center of card design.  Finish by adhering "hooray" puffy sticker.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my card!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bella Rouge Altered Frame

Hi everyone,

I have a fun altered project to share today using the Bella Rouge collection from Pink Paislee.  I love how soft, girly and sweet this collection is!  I decided to make an altered frame display using papers and embellishments from this collection.  I just love how it came out!

I had been wanting a clip on display photo frame for awhile but didn't want to pay for one.  I think it is so much fun to do it yourself.  So, I went to the hardware store and picked up some wire,  and nails.  I found the clips at a local office supply store.  

I strung four wires across the back of the frame.  I didn't measure, I just eyeballed it (which is usually my technique for everything)!

Next, I added about four metal clips to each hanging wire.

 Embellishing it was the fun part!  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out envelopes, tags, bows, and arrows.  I even found a sweet little viewfinder and diamond that I cut out that I thought would go perfectly with the Bella Rouge collection!

I embellished each hanging clip with pieces from the ephemera pack, puffy glitter stickers, and chipboard sticker pack.  I added some ribbons, loose thread and bling to dress them up!

I love the way this project came out.  You can bet that you will see more altered frame projects in the future using this DIY frame!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pineapple Art Print | The Cut Shoppe

Hi everyone,

I hope your Friday is off to a great start!  I have a new project on The Cut Shoppe blog today that I would like to share with you using the Prickly Pineapple cut file.

To create my art print I cut out the Prickly Pineapples cut file using my Silhouette Cameo.  Then I used it as a mask.  I painted over it with watercolor paints onto watercolor paper using a water brush. Once it was dry I framed it.  This simple art print will make a sweet addition to any room.

Supplies: Prickly Pineapples Cut File: The Cut Shoppe; Other: watercolors, watercolor paper

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Designer Spotlight Post Continued

I had a spotlight on the new Scrapbook Expo blog called Weekly Scrapper yesterday and besides creating a new layout for the post, they also asked me to pick four of my favorite recent layouts.

All of my layouts lately have been all about watercolors!!  So here they are along with some questions that I answered for my spotlight post:

(these have all been previously published on my blog, but I still thought they would be fun to share!)

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE by Gina Lideros
To create this layout I used my Silhouette machine to draw the title using sketch pens, trimmed it out, and then applied watercolors. Super easy to do and makes a great background!
LIVE SIMPLY by Gina Lideros
This layout has two of my favorite things – watercolors and die cut letters. Simply apply watercolors to cardstock and then stitch down title using a sewing machine.
HOORAY by Gina Lideros
To document my New Year’s Eve photos I cut my photos and background papers into pennant shapes and then grouped them all together to make one large hanging pennant.

SHINE by Gina Lideros
Creating a sequin title for your page is easy to do and creates a big impact! I used a stencil as a guide and then adhered my sequins down using liquid adhesive.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started scrapbooking: Hi! My name is Gina Lideros and I am so excited to be here! I am a military wife of 16 years to my husband Frank. Together we have two children ages 15 and 13. We live in sunny California with our 3 fur babies (dogs). We love to enjoy the outdoors and like to go camping and biking. I began scrapbooking in 1997. I was introduced to it by a friend and have been hooked ever since! I have been fortunate to work with a lot of great companies and meet some awesome friends.
Favorite thing to scrap: My family and everyday moments. I also love to scrap my 3 dogs. They make great scrap subjects!
What do you love about scrapbooking? I love that it is a creative form of expressing art while also documenting family memories.
5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I can’t scrap in silence. I need to have on music, a tv show, or friends with me while I scrap.
2. My favorite sweet treat to indulge in is white chocolate covered pretzels.
3. I was born and raised in Las Vegas and met my husband there. We were married on the Las Vegas strip in true Vegas tradition!
4.  I’ve been a blonde my whole life. The biggest change I’ve ever done was getting highlights. I kind of think I’d like to try something different, but I’m a big chicken about changing it!
5. I’m going through a painting phase. I need to apply watercolors or acrylics to every project that I make.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Scrapbook Expo Spotlight

I have a spotlight post over on the new and improved Scrapbook Expo blog called The Weekly Scrapper

I made a layout for the spotlight and I'm sharing it with you today!

XO Ice Cream by Gina Lideros

Description: I love incorporating photos into my design.   On this page, I printed my photos small and cut them the same size as my background pieces.  I created this layout based on a quilt background design that I love.  I used the Serendipity collection from American Crafts and added watercolor paints.
Supplies: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection: Patterned Papers, Thickers Royal/Foil Gold Stickers, Stickers Gold Mini Alpha, Fabric Embellishments Shapes, Pleather Bows, Enamel Dots, Ephemera; Other: watercolors, whited cardstock

I'm also sharing four of my favorite layouts on my spotlight today.  To visit the full post go here.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Scrapbook Circle | Shine Layout

Hi everyone!  It’s Gina here today and I’m excited to share with you a layout that I made this month using the January  All You Need Is Love Kit.  I was inspired by a recent cut file that I downloaded online to create my background.

I chose three photos and cropped them to fit within a couple pieces of the heart shape.  Then I chose papers from my kit and backed a few of the pieces.  I chose to leave the rest of the shape open so that my background paper would show through.

I added Authentique mini diction stickers and Foil Word Stickers from the  Hello Love Add-On and enamel dots from the Shine Bright Add-on.  I added drops of white paint and black ink to finish off my layout.

Tip: to add white paint to my page, I dipped the bottom end of a paint brush into a bottle of paint and flicked it across my page.  I didn't plan it, but I love that the bottom white flickers of paint mimic a heartbeat.

I hope you enjoyed my page today!  As always, we love to see how you use your kits! Please share over on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page so we can see your work.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

American Crafts | 10+ Patterned Papers

Hello all!

I had a tutorial up on the American Crafts blog yesterday that I would like to share with you!  For this weeks assignment we were challenged to use 10+ patterned papers.  I decided to make a home decor piece for my project.

I like to switch out the frames and art deco pieces in my home every so often, to give it a fresh look. Using a selection of patterned papers to create new art is a simple and cost effective way to achieve this look.

Supplies: Dear Lizzy (369181) - Little Things Paper, Dear Lizzy (369185) - Hello Beautiful Paper, Dear Lizzy (369186) - Summer Breeze Paper, Dear Lizzy (369187) - One Fine Day Paper, Dear Lizzy (369191) - Good Vibes Paper, Dear Lizzy (369192) - Bloom Paper, Dear Lizzy (369195) - Razzleberry Paper, Dear Lizzy (369196) - Liz Lemon Paper, Dear Lizzy (369200) - Blueberry Paper, HomeMade (732610) - Foil Cardstock Gold, This To That (61707) - Double Sided Tape

1.  Begin by selecting a frame that you would like to display your artwork.  Take out the matte from inside the picture frame and trace it onto white poster board.  Measure it onto four identical pieces and cut them out, like so:

2.  Next, Trim out several pieces of patterned paper each measuring 5/8" x 12" long.

3.  Next, take one of the patterned paper strips and lie it diagonally across the center of each of the four pieces.  Use double sided tape to adhere it down.  Trim off the excess ends with scissors.  Do this for each individual piece.

4.  Now, begin to build your pattern, by filling each pattern piece with diagonal patterned paper strips (each measuring about 5/8" apart).

When you are finished filling up each of the four pieces, adhere them to the inside matting of the frame, and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today, for more inspiring ideas visit the American Crafts Design Team Gallery here.