Portrait of an artist: Gina Piazza

Disclaimer: I am not this thin, young or blonde. I do not see Times Square and a lighthouse from my windows. Lol

I am a jeans and sneakers girl, therefore pairing Julie Nutting’s Aidan with Sea Sallie was the way to go. I added in my dogs; Clancy and Casey and several of my hobbies; gardening, collecting seashells, reading, crafting and working in the garage.imageimage

I also added New York City (911), and a waterfront scene(Superstorm Sandy) and social media icons, as these are the things I have been greatly influenced by.


July 4th Banner

image I know it’s a bit early for July 4th decorations, but with the weather getting warmer, I am ready for summer to arrive. I created this banner with the Photo Play Julie Nutting Paper dolls. They were a bit too pastel, so added more vibrant blues and reds with copics. Plus I added Stickles, and little flags and stars. The lettering a was Cricut cut and they are hanging on a string of “Puffy” stars. ( Anyone remember those….fabric puffy shapes were popular for crafting many, many moons ago). We host a big family get together for the fourth, ( it’s our niece Shannon’s birthday as well) and this will be a perfect decoration.imageimageimage

Armoire Baby Card

Quick and easy baby card using Julie Nutting’s tag pad armoire. Cut open the doors, score and fold back. Cut out the drawers. Put a backing on ( I used ivory behind the doors and pink behind the drawers.) I pop dotted the top drawer on and double pop dotted the bottom drawer- looks like the bottom drawer is open a bit more than the top. I added my ” bits and pieces” of baby artwork including the baby’s first initial up top.
Mine are cut on my Cricut, but you can easily use stickers for this. A tiny bow and tiny buttons and it’s ready to go…

Little Red Riding Hood

imageI have a lovely stamp that says “Never too old for fairy tales”..and I thought I might do a series of them..so here is Julie Nutting’s ‘Little Miss Witchy Poo’ masquerading as little red. I stamped her without her pointy hat and then drew her hood and cape. I also stamped my wolf and basket and colored everything with copics. I die cut ovals into red and brown cardstock and embossed the red.
I added the name banner, some printed forest background and some quilled roses ( cut on an Explore).imageI’m thinking about doing Aidan as ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ next!

How does your garden grow?

imageMy seedlings are lined up on every windowsill in my house, just waiting for the weather to improve. While I’m waiting… I created this little beauty from the Rhapsody Collection from Hot Off the Press. (Thank you Mary….who was so kind to send it to me). I knew I wanted to create a “gardening girl” from a Julie Nutting doll stamp, so first I tried out Nicki, giving her rubber boots and a denim apron with a lace dress underneath plus a cute straw hat (stamp from AI).imageShe wasn’t quite what I had in mind ( I had already gotten the tin pail from Michaels), so I went with the Rhapsody collection and Halie. Even though she comes with dies, I fussy cut her and all her pieces.

A Pirate’s Life for me!

imageI love pirates, mermaids and all things nautical and beach related. So using Julie Nutting’s ‘Sea Sallie’ stamp and dressing up the ‘Aidan’ stamp as a pirate was perfect for this layout.

imageI love texture and detail, so I sewed the sequins onto her tail with French knots and knotted a bit of fishnet.imageI drew and cut the ship from some wood veneer, water colored Aidan, added some cheesecloth sails, and some cute sayings. I love the “You rock my boat” next to the photo of me and my dogs, because they really do ‘rock my boat’.

Things with Wings

imageOK, I’m very wrong to call Angels and Fairies ‘things’,
But these ladies were lots of fun to create.
Lorena just got some Stickled edges, some tiny gold star confetti and die cut / embossed (cuttlebug) wings.
A little ‘Wink of Stella’ pen and an inked cloud background….imageOlive received some butterfly wings and lots of punched, die cut and inked greenery and flowers.I can imagine a whole series of flower fairies….image

Playing with clay

imageHow fun is stamping into air dry clay?And aren’t Julie Nutting’s doll just perfect for it? I can see personalized Christmas ornaments for all my nieces and nephews in the future…

If you have never done this here’s the link to my Snapguide tutorial
Check out How to Stamp in Clay by Gina Piazza on Snapguide.//snapguide.com/load-embed.js

Hooray for Hollywood

Starring…Some of Julie Nutting’s fabulous doll stamps….

Riley as Doris Day in The Pajama Game (1957)
Cally as Dorothy aka Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Mia as Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady (1964)
Steffi as Jane Russell in Macao (1952)
Lorenna as Elizabeth Taylor in Father of the Bride (1950)
And Steffi with some help from Aidan as Doris Day in Calamity Jane (1953)