Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gina K Designs November Inspiration Hop

WOW  What a FUN Gina K Designs Release Party it was last night!!!  Did you enjoy the new format?? I sure did... so relaxed and everyone seeing and ordering and chatting right from the start!  Loved it!!  The Gina K Design DT is ready to help you with some inspiration. if you didn't get to see the samples last night, using all the new sets!!  First up....

Stately Flowers... by Melanie Muenchinger

Oh ya... without Gina K Designs would there even BE a Wisconsin??? Bwahahaha!  I LOVE LOVE African Violets and was thrilled to be able to color this image!!  My card started with Pure Luxury Vibrant Violet and I added some Lovely Lavender which I embossed with the Polka Dots Cuttlebug folder.  My image was colored with Copics and I cut it out using Big Scalloped Rectangles Nesties.

Next up... 
Make a State-ment... also by Melanie Muenchinger!!
I, of course, HAD to do a card pointing out Iowa!!!  I couldn't resist trying to mimic "corn" in my card!  I found this cute DP that had a corn cob smilie on it and decided IT would cover the state.  :-)

My card base is Pure Luxury Sweet Corn (ha!) and I layered two DP's that reminded me of a stalk of corn with the cob showing.  :-)  A bit of twine and there you have it!!

Next up one of the new Duo's set that Gina introduced in her Black Friday Sale....

My card began with Pure Luxury Cranberry Tart.  I layered on some Sweet Corn and some DP.  I stamped my image on White card stock and used my Beaded Ovals Nestties to cut it out.  My image was colored with Copic markers.

And last showing today...

This couldn't have come at a more perfect time for me.  Soooooooo LOVE this image!!  One, I've been wanted an awesome silhouette image and... secondly... my darling husband needed a lift after MY having a bad dream about him.  He gets so upset when I have bad dreams that he's in... ya... he's kind of a romantic guy.  :-)  So I designed this card for him.

My card base is Pure Luxury Black Onyx layered with Red Hot and some DP from the Echo Park Victorian Garden paper pack.  I heat embossed with black and used my Oval Nesties to cut it out and mounted on top of more red hot which I cut from the Petite Scallop Oval Nesties.

Now head on over to the rest of the team's blogs and be sure to leave a comment.  Gina will be drawing from them for TWO winners of a grab bag of 12 new stamps!!! 
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!!!  Have a great day!! *smile*


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

You're Invited to a FABULOUS Gina K Designs Release

We are very excited to extend an invitation to Gina K. Designs November Release Party. We have a fun evening planned for you - chatting, prizes, challenges, stamp sets reveal, design team shares, and most importantly, you can start shopping at 7 PM (CST)!

If you came from Stamp TV, you're at the right place. If not make sure to head over to StampTV where you will find a list of all those participating in today's hop.  I'm soooo excited about this release and you do NOT want to miss out on seeing all these awesome stamps sets our illustrators are offering up this month!

Here's a photo of one of the cards I will be sharing at the party.

My card today was created using Theresa Momber's new set, "Dogwood & Butterfly"! I LOVE this set and these flowers!!! 

I started my card base using Pure Luxury Kraft card stock.  I used my Textile Cuttlebug embossing folder on the front.  My image was stamped on White and I used my Copic markers to color it.  I stamped and colored the butterfly and cut it out before popping it onto the framed image.  I added some ribbon and a bow and added Pop Dots to the oval which was cut out using my Oval Nestabilities

Hope to see you at the party, here are all the details:

Now head on over to Suzanne Dean's blog to see what FABULOUS creation she's sharing with you today and see you back here tomorrow for the beginning of our three day Inspiration Blog Hop series for November!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!!! *smile*


Friday, November 25, 2011

Gina K Designs Black Friday & A Centerpiece

Happy Shopping Day!!!  Are you a Black Friday shopper??? I'm soooooo not an ANY kind of day shopper!!  My husband does all the grocery shopping and I do the "have to" shopping... things like stuff for the kids.  I don't even like to do the "have to" shopping for ME!!  But for those of you that love to shop and CRAVE shopping on Black Friday... Gina K Designs has a special you won't want to miss!! 

Aren't these just the sweetest stamps??? I especially ADORE the "Because of You" set.  Can't live without a little romance!! :-)  It's one day only so don't miss out on some of the newest sets that have not been released to the public yet!! 

My card today features Melanie Muenchinger's, "Holiday Basket" set.  My inspiration for the card were baskets that I had purchased for my dad's annual Christmas party gathering he has done for employees and family members.  I had baskets created with the white poinsettias as center pieces for all the tables.  It was sooo pretty and festive.  At the end of the evening we would give the baskets away for others to enjoy at home during the holiday.  :-)
My card base is Pure Luxury Grass Green layered with Pure Luxury Accents Key Lime and some White card stock.  I stamped my basket on a red DP I found in my stash and the flowers on White card stock then colored with my Copic markers.  I cut them but out before mounting them to the card base. I also used Melanie's, "Border Bling" set to add a little swirl under my sentiment and used Liquid Pearls to add a bit of shine and dimension. 

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and... I hope you take advantage of the awesome sale stamps Gina has for you today and if you're out in the crowds, good luck fighting off those hard-core shoppers!! ;-) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!! *smile*


Monday, November 21, 2011

An Outlawz Birthday... Yessirree!!!

Happy TENTH Birthday, Emily!!! Yep... MY little "outlaw" turned ten yesterday!!!  Ten?? OMGosh, how time does fly!!  I miss holding her... I miss rocking her to sleep... and seeing her sweet little face smooshed all up asking for a "sssmarshmellyohhh" (marshmellow).. hee.  But I'll be the first to admit... she's STILL a momma's girl and she clings to me more than I ever imagined she would... STILL!  But it's all ok... in the end, I KNOW it won't last long.  :-(  And yes.. she IS my "outlaw".  She is the toughest thing I've "handled" in ten years.  Even before she was born... I KNEW she was a girl... I KNEW she would be stubborn and yep... she wreaked havoc on my body!! Ha!!  But I would go through it all again 'cause I love her more than I could ever have imagined I could before becoming a mom.  I truly believe NOTHING can top the feeling of a warm baby being laid on your tummy after birth.  A feeling I know I'll NEVER forget.  Never!  And I also know there will never be any real "unconditional love" that is better than that of a child.  So, happy birthday, my sweet little "tween" (a title she's been looking forward to).

Now onto some REAL Outlawz business!!  Today I am posting the Greetings Challenge over on the Outlawz site.  Your task, should you decide to accept it, and I hope you will!!, is to create a card with a birthday or Christmas gift on it.  Remember, your card must also have a greeting on the front as well.

My card was created using a sweet little Magnolia.  I colored her with Copic AND... as a treat to my daughter... her dress was colored EXACTLY as the one we brought her home in from the hospital.  A red velvet top... a white bottom with a soft netting that had tiny little red flowers embroidered on it... and little white shoes... she was so adorable.  See the cute little gift she is hiding behind her back?  Her brother, then four at the time, gave her a gift when she was born.  Hee... this little girl reminded me so much of that day.  :-)

My card base is Pure Luxury Red Hot layered with some Little Boy Blue and DP I found in my stash.  My sentiment comes from Nina Brackett's, "Fanciful Tags".  I cut my image out using my Oval Nestabilities and mounted her with Pop Dots.  A few roses and a ribbon and my birthday card was complete. 

I hope you hop on over to the Outlawz site and enter our Greetings Challenge.  The Paper Temptress is our awesome sponsor this month and you surely will want to get your hands on some of her awesome papers!!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a fabulous Monday!!! *smile*


Friday, November 18, 2011

Ornamentally Bright...

Today I am FINALLY feeling much better and thought I felt well enough to even "think" about some Christmas cheer!  Woot!  Trust me... most often I'm in a dither thinking about Christmas so this is a welcome feeling for me. HA!

I created this card using the "Merry & Bright" set from Gina K Designs. I started with some Pure Luxury Red Hot card stock.  I added a bit of DP and some lace.  I heat embossed my  ornaments onto White card stock and cut them out using my Spellbinder Heirloom Ornament dies.  I mounted it on top of a layer of Good As Gold metallic card stock and raised it up on the card using Pop Dots.  I heat embossed my sentiment as well. 

I am actually ready to send out my Christmas cards this year, for a change.  One of the ways I managed to get it done on time this year was I decided NOT to send out the same design to everyone this year.  Each card will be an original and no two will be alike.  I found that as I'm doing cards for challenges, design team hops, etc., it has been easier for me to get a nice assortment and just the amount I need to send out.  Woot Woot!! 

I hope you are getting ready for the holidays, they are quicker to come each year it seems.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday!!  *smile*


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Always Time for Thank Yous....

Well I have to tell ya... I was going through my posts and trying to decide what I wanted to share today.  Quite often I upload my photos and add a title then go back later to add the details.  I spied this card and thought to myself... "hmmmm.. that card was for a challenge over on The Outlawz forum so can't use it."  Then it hit me... it was marked as a "draft".  Uhhhh... oooopsie!!!  I had it all written up and never posted it to the blog.  So... while it's no longer a challenge, I'll just share it and give you the deets.  Hee Hee

I used a darling stamp from SCACD, Elisabeth Bell's, "Letter to a Friend".  I started my card with a Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea card stock base and layered on some Wild Dandelion.  I added a DP I found in my stash and stamped my image on white card stock.  My image was colored with Copic markers.  I used my Lacey Circle Nestabilitie to mount my image on which I cut in half.  I added a nice satin bow to finish it off. 

Here's hoping the next challenge I share actually shows up on the blog, eh??!!  Sorry about that.  :-(

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!  *smile*


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gina K Designs Gratitude Blog Hop

Welcome to another Gina K. Design Team blog hop. Today we're featuring cards with a Gratitude theme to them. If you came from Theresa Momber's blog, you're at the right place. If not make sure to head over to StampTV where you will find a list of all those participating in today's hop.

Here's what I came up with today.

My card was created using the new Nature's Greeting Stamp Kit which is on sale now at Gina K Designs.  This kit includes a DVD with 6 complete card projects from start to finish! Stamp Set, Card Stock, Patterned Paper, Ribbon, Brads and DVD. Be sure to check this out HERE and get your order in!  Perfect gift for your favorite crafter!

I started my card with some Pure Luxury Grass Green card stock.  I layered on some Bubble Gum Pink and then a piece of DP from the Echo Park Victoria Garden paper pack.  I ran a piece of the Bubble Gum pink through my Vagabond using the Textile Cuttlebug folder for a bit of texture.  My image was colored with Copic markers and I attached it to the card using Pop Dots. I also added a bit of Stardust Stickles to the center of the flower.  I took a piece of lace from my stash and ran it a across my Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad, Shabby Shutters to coordinate with my card base.

My sentiment and a few self-adhesive pearls finish off my card. 

Now head on over to Vicki Dutcher's blog to see what she's sharing with you today!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!! Enjoy the hop!  *smile*


Monday, November 14, 2011

Manly Outlawz!

It's Monday Greeting Challenge time over on the Outlawz site!!  Today we are creating "manly" cards!  Put your crafty hat on and think of a way to create that perfect card for a man.

Today I am sharing the card I created for my "sailor"/vet that I made for him last Friday to celebrate and thank him on Veterans Day.

I've had this adorable little Sailor Magnolia stamp for quite some time but you how it is if you're a stamp hoarder like me.. *wink*... he just never got inked!  Poor guy!

My card began with Pure Luxury Blue Raspberry and I layered on Cryogen White from the Paper Temptress to add a bit of sparkle to the card.  My image was colored with Copic markers and I used some twine to accent the border of my card.  A little blue "bling" to make the "waves" a real sailor is used to. Hee

I hope you play along with our Challenge... HERE is the site and details on how to play.  The Paper Temptress is providing our prize and I KNOW you will want to get your hands on her paper.  She has tons and sooooo many to chose from you won't want to quit buying!!! Have fun and good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!  *smile*


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Forgotten Halloween...

Awww I'm so sorry little witchy... I so totally forgot to post you at the appropriate time this year.  But I wuvs you so... here ya be... making a late appearance, but nonetheless... you're still a cutey pie!  :-)  I just wanted to make sure I shared this adorable little gal because I KNOW if I wait until NEXT Halloween, who knows WHERE she'll be!!! Hee Hee

My card started with Pure Luxury Sweet Mango card stock.  I ran it through my Vagabond using the Seeing Spots Cuttlebug folder.  I added a layered a square of Wild Lilac and then layered up some Black Onyx, Wild Lilac and more Sweet Mango under my image which I colored with my Copic markers.  I used Pop Dots to mount the layered image onto my card.  A few flourish punches and some twine and though she's late... she's to sweet to not share! :-)

I hope your weekend has been going great and you've had some awesome weather.  It was very nice here Saturday and I'm dealing with a nagging cough, tickly throat and a bit heavy chest so I'm suckin down some Tussin to see it I can get rid of it before it gets worse.  Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Sunday! *smile*


Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Little Something...

It's Saturday and I'm sooooooo glad!! It's been a rough, long, stressful week for me.  But... I'm hoping all that will turn around now that I'm pretty much all caught up at work.  Dealing with two companies simultaneously is NOT fun!!!  Today I decided I deserved a "little something"... hee hee.  In all honesty, my daughter saw me coloring one evening and asked if she could pick out the colors for the next little Magnolia I did.  THESE are HER colors and how she wanted Tilda done.  :-)

My card begins with Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion card stock.  A layer of Little Boy Blue and Green Apple were cut corner to corner and added as another layer under my DP.  I cut out my Tilda and used Pop Dots to prop her on the card.  My sentiment is from Nina Brackett's, "Fanciful Tags"

I hope you are having a great day and enjoying your weekend.  I am going to craft ALL day long and take the next two days as slow as I can.  I feel like I've certainly earned it!  :-)

Thanks for stopping by!!  *smile*


Friday, November 11, 2011

The Reason for the Season...

Every year at this time, or earlier if I'm organized... hee hee, I get frustrated because I want just the right stamps for my Christmas cards.  I RARELY "send" a card out at Christmas that doesn't depict the TRUE "reason for the season".  I mean honestly... it IS Jesus' birthday! Right??!!  It's important to me to send out cards that NOT commercialize the season any more than it already is.  We get enough of that, right? ;-)

My card today begins with Pure Luxury Ocean Mist layered with Wild Dandelion and Blue Raspberry.  I used a layer of Cryogen White card stock from the Paper Temptress to print my image on.  It has just a bit of sparkle to it and I love that, plus it colors wonderfully with my Copic markers.  My image, "Touched by Love", is a digi from Whimsy Stamps

I colored the image with my Copic markers and created the starlight by sponging on some Wild Dandelion from Memento ink.  I also added just a bit of Stardust Stickles to the wings of the angel for a bit more bling.  :-)

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope it's a GREAT's FRIDAY!!!  *smile*


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tone on Tone with a Pinch of White...

Well I'm baaack with more silvery goodness!! I told you yesterday, I couldn't help myself... the gold and silver were calling my name!  Today's card is no exception!!

I started with a card base of Pure Luxury Silver Lining. I created my card using the Tone on Tone Embossing (except for the white dove).  To see how this is done go HERE for Gina K's technique video.  I used the my Labels 16 Nestabilities to coordinate with the stamp from the Stamp TV Kit, Wishing You Joy.  My sentiment comes from Nina Brackett's, "Fanciful Tags" and I used my Fancy Tags Nesties to emboss with. Everything was heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Silver Embossing powder, except for the dove which I used Stampendous Detail White powder on. 

A little ribbon and a few self adhesive pearls finish off my card.  Fast, single layer CAS card and a perfect one to create in bulk for the holidays.  :-)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!! *smile*


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Silver & Gold....

Today I had a HUGE itch to design some Christmas cards using silver and gold embossing powders.  I only got two done but that happens when you have a full schedule of picking up kids... it's raining out and cold so it seems to be a rush to get a parking spot in front of the schools WAY before school is actually dismissed.  I hate dealing with that!!  But since I only have two days a week to pick up my son and daughter, it's not so bad... but it DOES cut into my creative days!  ;-)

My card today started with a base of Solar White Thick Column paper from the Paper Temptress.  It didn't photograph to well here but it's so awesome in real life!  I layered on some Good as Gold and Silver Lining card stock from Gina K Designs.  My final layer which I stamped in Versamark on and heat embossed my image on is also from the Paper Temptress, Laser Silver Lustre Text

My image is from Melanie Muenchinger's, "Holiday Basket".  Definitely a FAB set to have for any holiday OR just a "because" occasion as well.  :-)

Thanks for stopping by today and have a good one!! *smile*


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Even a Good Day is Made Better with a Friend....

I have a "thing" for umbrella/rainy day images, I think. LOL  Seriously... I just seem to always be drawn to any stamp that has at least one of them in it!!!  So... I HAD to grab up this adorable Gilli stamp, "Trench Coat Gilli"

My card begins with Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion layered with Passionate Pink.  I ran the pink thru my Vagabond and used the Seeing Spots Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I colored my image with Copic markers and used my Oval Nestabilities to cut her out.  She was mounted on more Passionate Pink using my Petite Scalloped Oval Nesties.  I mounted on her on DP using Pop Dots and added coordinated twine.  My sentiment was stamped on more Wild Dandelion and I added a few bling to the end. 

Personally... I LOVE the rain and that's just what it's doing outside as I type this.  I could EASILY be a Seattle gal.  :-)  I had such a stressful day and the rain, just clears my mind and makes it all better.  Hee (I know I'm odd... what can I say?!!)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Once a Sister... Always a Sister

Today I am sharing a card I made for my Stamp TV Secret Sister, Jennie Harper.  Jennie and I belong to the book club on Stamp TV.  Last year we all signed up for a Secret Sister/Christmas Book exchange.  It was sooo much fun we all decided to do it again this year!  Well... as luck would have it... and I LOVE having good luck... I ended up with Jennie as my Secret Sister AGAIN this year!!  Yes, I had her last year and so this year was an extra treat because I already knew what Jennie liked.  :-)

Jennie's favorite colors are pink and brown and I created this card for her using Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown and Bubblegum Pink card stock.  My butterfly images are from Theresa Momber's, "Celebrate the Season" stamp set.  I colored the butterflies with my Copic markers and mounted them using my Spellbinders Lacy Circles and under that the Spellbinders Lotus Pendant.  My sentiment is from SRM Stickers which I had won on a challenge awhile back!  (To many items in my shop = forgetting about fun stuff!!)

I added some of my favorite DP and wrinkled ribbon to my card and finished it off with a Websters Sparkler.  LOVE those too!! 

If you love to read AND stamp, please join us on Stamp TV at "Book Readers Unite!!".  We'd love to have you and who knows... maybe next year you'll have a secret sister!  ;-)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!  *smile*


Friday, November 4, 2011

Hi everyone!! Today I am hosting your Free For All Friday Challenge over on Stamp TV!  This one should be pretty easy... I think it's been quite popular for some years now but I want to make it official here! Hee Hee 

Your challenge today is to make a "Blue Christmas" card!  Yep... all shades of blue... one neutral... white/ivory, your choice there but all blues otherwise, please.

Here is my sample....

I stamped my image from the Stamp TV Kit, Wishing You Joy, on white layering weight card stock and colored in with my Copics.  I heat embossed the trees on the Raspberry card stock and then added stickles to them.  A little ribbon a few pearls and a punched border and there you have it!!!

I hope you FILL the forum with some awesome Blue Christmas cards!!!  Can't wait to see what you create!!!

Please use keyword STVFRITG4 You can see all the entries HERE.  You have until Thursday, November 10th, 8:00pm to upload your entry.

Please create and upload a new project for this challenge that can only be entered into this challenge on StampTV to be eligible for a prize, no combining of Stamp TV challenges.  However, you can combine it with challenges outside of StampTV.  And remember you don't have to use Gina K. Designs stamps, but if you do your name will go into the drawing twice!

Have fun!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!! *smile*


Thursday, November 3, 2011

CAS Blessing

Thanksgiving isn't far way and I know this month is all about giving thanks so, I decided the one thing I am VERY thankful for is all the blessings I have in my life.  Starting with my kids, my husband and my extended family!! Of course!  But I'm also thankful for all the dear friends I've met online and then later, some, in person!  This Internet/web thing is so powerful and brings so many things to our lives that we may have never known about had someone not started us all on this huge world wide web!  And.... one of those many wonders I've met is Suzanne Dean.  Suzanne is responsible (ha!) for getting me back in touch with my Copics and the reason I've dug out so many of my cute Magnolia stamps and a few others that I had purchased but never inked up!!  So today... I am sharing a very simple, Magnolia that really doesn't need much more than  a card to be mounted on.  I love her!  A perfect little image to say, "bless you", "I'm praying for you..." or even "thanks be to God...".  I'm a HUGE lover of praying hands no matter how they are presented.  It speaks volumes to me!

My little image sits on top of a Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion card stock base.  I layered up some Wild Lilac and then topped it off with some Yellow Crepe Ruche paper from the Paper Temptress (LOVE that texture). And... the nice part about that Ruche paper... you can stamp directly on it and your image doesn't become distorted... (my sentiment was stamped direct).  Love that!!  I did color my image with Copic makers and cut her out then mounted her using Pop Dots. 

I hope you are having a great week... even though this is hump day, it was kinda gloomy out.  Rain, cold and I hear, later, snow! YUK YUK Phooey!!  But tomorrow is my day off and I may just sit and count my blessings in my PAJAMAS!!!  :-) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!! *smile


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Everyone Needs a Fairytale....

Ahhhh the fairytale... we all need one, don't ya think??? I do!!  In fact... I like to think I "lived the fairytale" when I married my DH.  Since it wasn't my FIRST marriage... I decided, why not?!!  And that's just what I did!! I fashioned our wedding on a fairytale!  Cinderella to be exact! Ha!!  I wore the light blue dress... he wore the whites AND... I even wore the "glass" slippers.  Ok... they were acrylic pumps, but hey, they LOOKED like glass! Ha Ha!!  Everything was decorated in clear twinkling lights, light blue, white and plenty of tulle! LOL  Oh yesss... I even wore the tiara!  Perfect... just perfect.  ;-) 

And my little Magnolia stamp?  Well... she's waiting.  For her "knight in shining armour", of course!!!  :-)

I colored my image with my Copic markers.  I stamped the "castle wall" directly onto my Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight card stock and colored the Maggie and glued her in place.  I stamped my sentiment onto the white card stock and used my Fancy Tags2 Nestabilities to mount it onto the card base using Pop Dots.  A few lavender blings and she's read for more than the fairytale.  :-)  But I have to say... I think she looks a bit tired of it all. Hee Hee

I hope you have a great Wednesday... the week is nearly over!! Right? RIGHT???!!! LOL

Thanks for stopping by!  *smile*


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Have a Wee Bit of Time for a Challenge???

Today I'd like to share the card I created for the Outlawz DT Recycle & Sentiment Challenge for this week's Greetings Challenge.  To see the cards created by the DT, click HERE and be sure to enter your recycled card to the mix!! 

My card begins with Pure Luxury Red Hot card stock.  I layered on some Wild Dandelion and grabbed my box of scrap DP!  I found the flowered patterned card stock and the gingham red check and added them to my card!  Perfect for my Wee Florist!  I added a few of the Prima roses I found and grabbed some Glimmer Glam to them to match my sweet florist.  :-)  I colored using my Copic markers and added a little bow to set her and her flowers off.  LOVE the Wee stamps!!!

I hope you join in on the fun.  You could be the next winner!!  Remember to check out all the challenges on the Outlawz site and play as often as you like!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!! *smile



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