Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Years of Love...

Today I'm sharing another I Brake For Stamps, Humorous Senior, with you.  OMGosh I saw "Thelma & George" and I have to say... my first thought was, "I could SO see my mom and dad in this!" LOL  LOL  NOT that my dad runs around dressed like that... HA!! But he still surprises her with flowers and such and I just think it's so sweet. And honestly... my mom is known for all the pretty nightgowns she owns AND slippers!! LOL  Seriously, my dad makes a point to get her jammies every Christmas when my sister and I take him shopping for her.  Infact, I've decided when their anniversary comes.. in May... I'm giving them this card. LOL  OMGosh I know they will love it!

My card started with Pure Luxury Little Boy Blue card stock.  I added a  layer of Soft Sand and ran it through my Vagabond using the Cuttlebug Herringbone embossing folder.  I stamped my image and colored it with Copic markers.  I added a layer of Wild Dandelion to make her gown pop a bit more.  A little wrinkled ribbon a few flowers, a Websters Sparkler and a cameo stick pin finish off my card. 

I hope you my sweet seniors made you smile.  I just can't help but feel happy when I work with them.  They are so much fun and it seems I always find "someone" in them every time I look at one of them.  Be sure to stop over at I Brake for Stamps and have a look at ALL the fabulous seniors you can chose from!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  *HUGS*


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Monday, February 27, 2012

The Sweetest of Teachers...

Today I wanted to share a card I made for my daughter, Emily's, teacher.  And though I made it for her... she never got it.  NOT because I forgot to send it.. but because I had done a few "teacher" cards and let my daughter choose which she wanted to give her.  Well... my daughter is FAR from "girlie" and THIS was just toooo "pink" for her! LOL  We recently went to Emily's conference and as we were finishing up, her teacher made the comment that she loved the cards Emily brings and she actually has them PINNED UP on her wall in the classroom!! LOL  I didn't quite hear her say that until I turned and saw them and she laughed and said... "I think they are just wonderful!".. well... sheesh (embarrassing blush)!  So, I don't know... she may or may not get another card. LOL  (Kidding!)

But I really did like this card... this Magnolia image is just one of my very favorites. 

My card base is Pure Luxury Bubblegum Pink which I embossed using my  Polka Dot Cuttlebug folder.  I added a couple pieces of Turquoise Sea card stock and some DP for my background.  My images were colored with Copics and I cut them out and mounted the using Pop Dots.  My sentiment was stamped on Turquoise Sea and I used my Spellbinders Fancy Tags.

I hope your Monday is going well.  I'll be busy this week working with new "rubbbahhhhh"!! Woot!!! I think a certain "Gina K" has a release party coming up sooner than you think.  Hee

Thanks for stopping by!!! HUGS* 

(P.S.  Sorry I don't have the Copic colors to show you for this card... it was done before I started keeping track.)


Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Mother's Love....

A past Gina K Designs fellow DT member and Illustrator, Asela Hopkins, recently sent her son, James, off to boot camp.  Well... like most mothers, she is missing him terribly!  And I probably don't need to remind you how VERY much I missed my son when he took off with Grandma this last summer headed to Alaska for a FIVE WEEK vacation trip!!! Ugh!!!  I'm not sure if it was worse missing him at night ... when Emily headed to bed and dad was gone at work... that was OUR time to chat and spend time alone together.  Or... when he would call and I'd get choked up having to say good-bye.  But.. either way, I KNOW how Asela feels.  It's so not easy to let your son go off into the world without you knowing his every move or at least having him home every evening for dinner.  :-(

So... Asela DID get to talk to her son and she thought he was feeling a bit down.  I mean, come on, we all know boot camp can't be all fun!!!  Asela asked if some of her friends would be willing to send James a card of encouragement.  This is what I came up with... AFTER my hubby said I couldn't send him one with butterflies on it! LOL

I found Theresa Momber's, "Hang In There" set to be the perfect match for what I needed.  My card base is Pure Luxury, Moonlit Fog.  I ran the upper half of it through my Vagabond and used the Houndstooth embossing folder on it.  I used my Scor Buddy to add a couple score lines below this.  My image was colored used my Copic markers and the Deckled Rectangle Nestabilities to cut it out.  I added small strip of white at the bottom to put my "encouragement" on and added some silver nail heads to the sides.

I know it won't be long before Asela sees her son and I KNOW she will hug him more than she ever thought she could!!  So YOU hang in there too, Asela.  Hurry homes, James and keep your chin up!

Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by!  *HUGS*


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Bunco Babe...

OMGosh I can't think of anything funnier than the images of the Humorous Seniors from I Brake For Stamps!  Somehow I think it MUST be because I'm getting close to looking like these old folk. LOL  Maybe. 

My image today is sweet Bunco Betty! LOL  Honestly when I first saw her I thought she was playing bingo and immediately knew I would want to make this card for my aunt who NEVER misses a Monday night at bingo.  But.. then I realized... HA.. it's like the "girls" and I when we would go to the lake and took the Bunco game with us!!  Perfect either way! LOL 

I started my card with Pure Luxury Passionate Pink card sock and added a layer of White then some Black Onyx.  I colored Betty with my Copic markers and use my multi-liner to add some black splotches to her shirt.  A few white brads in the corners and again used the multi-liner to add some black to them to match her shirt.  I added another layer of Black Onyx and Passionate Pink before mounting her to my card base.  My big zebra ribbon/bow had been begging to be used and this was perfect for ol Betty! LOL

Stay tuned 'cause I'll have even more of those "Humorous Seniors" to share with you now and then. 

Have a great day and make someone smile!  I hope I did.  :-)  *HUGS*


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Springtime Hugs...

It's Wednesday... does anyone need a hug?? Have a rough week already??? Well... If you need a hug AND are ready for Spring... this cards for you!!! 

My card begins with Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight white.  I used Lovely Lavender and the Spellbinders Lattice Rectangles to add another layer to my card.  My image, by Theresa Momber, "Whimsical Spring" was colored with my Copic markers.  I stamped the butterflies and cut them out after coloring them. 

We have had a VERY mild Winter and I certainly should be happy and not "dying" for Spring to get here, but it's very hard not to want to see all the pretty colors that come with it.  I  am grateful for the easy Winter and honestly even when Spring does arrive, I'm sure the colors won't falter in my designs.  I am the "colorful" family member, I admit. Ha!

I hope you have a great day and that a touch of Spring made you feel like you can face the rest of week.  It is all downhill from "hump day".  :-)

Thanks for stopping by.  *HUGS*


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A REAL Cowgirl Can....

Today I wanted to share yet another card I designed quite some time ago for the Outlawz Challenge site but never posted on my blog.  I dug out an "oldie but goodie" stamp set by Theresa Momber, "Out West".  This set is very dear to my heart as it was Theresa's first Gina K Designs set and "I" won it!!!  I was so happy for Theresa and she continues to illustrate fabulous sets!!

I used Pure Luxury Passionate Pink CS and added some Kraft which I ran through my Vegabond using the Cuttlebug embossing folder, Distress Stripes.  I colored my image with Copic markers and cut it out using my Spellbinders Labels 23 to cut out the image and sponged on some Memento Angel Pink before removing the die.  I cut out the horseshoes and added them to the corners.  I added my sentiment on some DP and adhered it using Pop Dots.  I added a few copper nail heads to the tag and a bit of pink twine finished off my card. 

I hope you are having a great day as it's my day at home and I'm crafting away!! :-)

Thanks for stopping by!! *HUGS*


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Monday, February 20, 2012

Designer Bricks...

Good morning!! Today I wanted to share a "brick wall" I designed with you. ;-)  Quite awhile back I had seen a card using this technique and my card was actually made when I saw it.  But... time gets away from you and when I opened my file of "things to post", this popped right out and it hit me I had it for quite some time!! Eeek!! Well, needless to say... I really liked it so better late then never, right?

My card base is Pure Luxury Ocean Mist and I layered on some Key Lime then Kraft card stock.  I stamped the flower image from the "True Love Stamp TV Kit" on some DP I had in my stash.  I colored with image with my Copics prior to drawing the lines (using a brick wall layout) and cutting the image apart.  I have to admit, getting each "brick" straight is NOT an easy task and I thought of a hundred better ways than what I did (though I admit some are still not straight... don't look closely!!! LOL).  But... I love the affect overall.

A little hemp and my sentiment stamped below finished off the design.

I am sure I will HAVE to try this again and maybe next time I can feel a little more confident about how the layout went.  But... as I said... I still love the look.

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you decide to try this design, send me a note... I'd LOVE to see it!!!  Have a great day!! *HUGS*


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Friday, February 17, 2012

Swirls, Pearls & Lace...

Happy Friday!!!! Woot!! I truly look forward to the weekend beginning.  It was a crazy busy week for me and I'm ready to "relax" if only just for a day.  (Yep... Sundays are usually "get ready for the week again" day... ugh. )  Today I am sharing with you yet another of those yummy Gilli stamps, "Angel Gilli" which is also featured today over a the House of Gilli Challenge blog.  

I started my card with some Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea card stock.  I ran it through my Vagabond using the Polka Dot Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I did a little border punch on the bottom and if you look closely you will see my inside paper was also punched to just peek out a bit from the top.  My image was colored with Copic markers and I cut it out and used Pop Dots to attach to the doilie.  My sentiment was stamped and cut using the Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2 which I sponged some Memento Angel Pink onto before removing it. 

Of course I added he pearls and swirls because it was all part of the challenge at the House of Gilli!  I hope you have some time to join in on the challenge.  Can't wait to see all the pretties this challenge will bring!

Have a great day and an ever better one tomorrow... Woot for the weekend!!!  *HUGS*


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lovely Maiden...

I sooo love "LOVE day"! Hee Hee  I could color with pinks and reds every day!!  Today I am sharing Renaissance Gilli with you.  I just adore her long hair and braids!

I colored her with my Copic markers and used my Oval Nestabilities to cut her out and added the Lacy Ovals under it.  I used the DP from Echo Parks Be Mine collection.

A little swirl of pearls and some wrinkled ribbon and I think this little lady is ready to share her love!

I did this card for the House of Gilli challenge last week.  Hop on over and see the new challenge posted to use Pearls, Swirls and Lace!  You COULD win a mystery Gilli bag!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's, "Can you hear me now?"....

Happy Valentine's Day!!!  I couldn't help but think of the Verizon commercial when I saw this cute flip phone in the "True Love Stamp TV Kit".  And the sweet DP that comes with the kit is just the perfect addition to the phone!

My card started with Pure Luxury Moonlit Fog card stock.  I added a layer of Black Onyx and cut layers of Passionate Pink to add my DP to hoping to resemble the "calling bars" on a cell phone.  ;-)

My image was colored with Copic markers and I added my Silver Atyou Spica pens to the buttons on the phone.  I added my hearts and phone with Pop Dots for a bit of dimension.

I have a bit of shopping to do today since it's my day off work and a couple more cards to get done but I'm pretty much hoping for a relaxing day at home with hubby.  My kids saw the "heart shaped" pizza commercial and I'm afraid THAT'S what they are wanting for dinner tonight.  Hmmmm... hope I can figure out what pizza place is selling it. LOL  I also think it's all pepperoni too... not a fan of that... so perhaps dad and I will find something more to OUR liking for dinner as they feast on pizza.  :-)

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


Monday, February 13, 2012

Rainbow Dreams...

Today I am sharing my "Crimped Envelope Pocket Card" I created for the Outlawz Greetings Challenge.  I had soooo much fun creating this card using a regular A2 envelope and you can find the directions for this HERE.  I was soooo surprised, and happy, to find that the designer of this awesome project was none other than my fellow Gina K Design Team pal, Theresa Momber!!  If you know Theresa, you know ALL her work is FAB!!!  I'm thrilled to be using her design!!

I sponged Memento ink around my envelope and stamped some grass below using, yet again, Theresa Momber's, "Hang In There".  My sentiments (outside and inside) are also from Theresa's current release, "Whimsical Spring".  My image is A Gilli stamped, "Balloon Gilli" which I colored with my Copic markers and cut out then mounted with Pop Dots

When you remove the top the inside card can be removed....

My balloons on the inside is from Melanie Muenchinger's set, "Just so Happy".  I drew the balloon strings with my Atyou Copic pens.

I really really enjoyed making this and I KNOW I will be making another one very soon.. infact, I have a challenge coming up that I already have an idea for using this with.  Hee Hee

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


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Friday, February 10, 2012

The Hidden Card...

Remember when Gina K had her Release Party a little over a week ago??? Remember THIS sneak peak I shared???  Wellllll.... I promised to share the WHOLE card at the Release Party.  And since I was in California at CHA, I left that to someone else to do.  Sadly... she got sick and well... the card never got shown.  So... today... I'm sharing the WHOLE card!!  Sorry it took so long but I've had a few days of jet lag to get over... and a few blog hops I was involved in that took priority.  Anyway... here ya go....

By now you know these beautiful flowers came from none other than Melanie Muenchinger's newest, "Stately Flowers 3" set.  The Bitterroot of Montana!!

My card base is Pure Luxury Lovely Lavender and I did a partial Cuttlebug embossing on it with the Swiss Dots folder.  I used my Scor-Buddy to add a score at the bottom where I stopped the embossing and added my sentiment.  My images were colored with Copics and I cut them out and mounted them on the Lotus Pendant by Spellbinders.

And there you have it... finally!!! The hidden card which seemed doomed to never  be seen.  Hee Hee

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a fabulous weekend planned because I have TONS of crafting AND cleaning duties I need to tend do.  Yep.. the older I get, the more I live for the weekends!!  Have a great day!! *HUGS*


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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dream a Little Dream & New Blog Candy Winner

Sure I'm not a kid anymore, but I can certainly remember being one.  :-)  When I saw this adorable image from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, Day Dreaming Peeker by Elisabeth Bell, I soooo remembered being in the same situation.  Seems I got one of those adorable little jewelry boxes with the ballerina for years at Christmas. LOL  And I dreamt of being that cute little ballerina.  Every single year.  HA!  Dreams are good!! There was a time when I gave up on them... but... because of my fabulous husband... I believe in them... again.  And it feels soooo good!  So dream!! And dream BIG!!!  Not only is it a good thing to do... it can easily put a smile on your face!!! There are no limits when you dream.  :-)

My card base is Pure Luxury Bubble Gum Pink layered with Passionate Pink.  I added some DP from the Echo Park Paper Pack, Country Drive.  My image was colored with Copics and I added a nice girly satin bow!  :-)

My Blogoversary winner didn't claim her prize.. sooo... the new winner of Tami Mayberry's set, "Special Occasion Tags" is....

mama razzi said...
Hi Tina, HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY!!! I'm a newby from Suzanne's blog. I love your cards, I think I'm now subscribed to your blog, at least I sure hope so,I'm embarrassed to say how many hrs I've been bouncing around. You know I used to considered myself an intellectual,so much for that belief huh? lol Congrats to you, may you celebrate many more! Congrats!! Please e-mail your addy so I can get the set sent out to you at

I hope you have a great day 'cause you know what tomorrow is??? YESSSSS FRIDAY!!! My favorite day of the week.... it IS the beginning of the weekend you know.  Hee

Thanks for stopping by!!! *HUGS*

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Gina Krupsky!!!

Today the Gina K Designs Design Team is honoring our fabulous leader, Gina K, herself and joining together for a special hop for her birthday!!

Gina has been one of my biggest inspirations and fans since I started REALLY getting serious about my card making and designing.  If you've ever wanted a mentor, a big sister, a true friend or an inspiration, look no further than Gina K.  I cannot begin to tell you she has helped, encouraged and supported everything I've tried to accomplish in the stamping/card making industry.  And... I know... she will always be there for me.  To answer questions, give me an honest opinion and remind me that all I need is ME and what I believe to make my experiences be all I want them to be.  Thank you, Gina... you've never let me down.

My card today uses Theresa Momber's set, "Whimsical Spring".
I used Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion for my card base and added a layer of Red Hot.  My DP is from Gina's new Patterned Paper Pack Red Carpet.  I added a small band of Red Hot which I embossed using my Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder.  My images were colored with Copics and I cut them out before mounting them on my card.  I added a smaller band of Wild Dandelion to stamp my sentiment on.

Hop on over to the DT blogs below and enjoy the hop!

Tina (You're Here!)

Please join us in wishing Gina the Happiest of Birthdays and leave her a comment on her Facebook page or over on the Stamp TV Facebook page.

Gina... have a day as FABULOUS as you!!! *HUGS*


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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Year of Flowers Book Hop

Thank you for hopping along today with the Gina K. Design Team!! If you arrived here from Theresa Momber's blog, then you're right where you should be. You can always go to StampTV to start from the beginning.  The inspiration for today's hop came from Melanie Muenchinger's new book called, A Year of Flowers.

While you can make every design in the book with Melanie’s all occasion “A Year of Flowers” set, today’s samples showcase her coordinating florals, which can also be used with the book's tutorials and designs, and provide endless options and more value for your money. We are excited to share cards and projects we created using some of our favorite flower sets designed by Melanie! We love her new book and know you will too - don't miss out on getting your very own copy which you can purchase HERE!
My sample uses "A Beautiful Life"

I colored my image with my Copic markers and added a bit of Atyou Spica lavender to the inside frame.  I paper pieced the inside DP from Gina K's new Patterned Paper Pack Wisteria Lane and stamped my sentiment on top.  My paper is Pure Luxury Lavender. 
  • Hope you're finding some great inspiration and wonderful designs to get your creativity jump-started!  You can find the newest stamp sets and lots of wonderful accessories in Gina's Store.  And then join us on Stamp TV for the challenges and surprises and crafty videos galore!!!
  • Go to Vicki Dutcher's blog to continue the hop! 
Leave comments along our hop today to enter to win one of Melanie's coordinating floral sets of your choice. The more comments you leave the more chances to win! Melanie will draw a name randomly from one blog and post the winner tomorrow morning.  She is also giving away her Crazy Daisy digital patterned paper FREE if you link Gina's video or her post, please see Melanie's blog for details! Good Luck!
    Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop!! *HUGS*


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    Monday, February 6, 2012

    Magic at CHA??

    Magic, I think!!!  Yes... magic... or something like it.  I came home from CHA and I have to say if nothing else, it inspires you.  Truly!!!

    My first day of CHA was nothing short of stressful.  It was almost noon and I realized in two hours I had seen ONE booth!  ONE!  And... in that two hours... I dropped my camera and broke it!!!  I already had sore feet and what I was hoping wasn't shin splints!

    Immediately you realize there are those in the business who 1) will snub you... 2) will look at ONLY your title on your badge BEFORE they speak.... 3)  can be intimidating with just a glance of their eyes.  Yes... needless to say... it seemed like a most MISERABLE two hours!!!  AND... to top it off... I realized there TRULY WAS 160,000 sq. feet of space to wander! O! M! Gosh!!!  But... once I realized this was THEIR game to play and NOT mine... things turned around.  I left the first day determined to be JUST ME, REGARDLESS of what THEY expect and want!  I am who I am and I will NOT change to be the "game" they like to play.

    Day two... I'm happy... having fun... loving the whole experience.  AND... I learned.  Not from the rude vendors of yesterday... but from the REAL heart of CHA.  The designers who had THEIR work displayed at every booth.  THAT is me.  I am a designer and not only did I learn form their awesome creations, but I was inspired.  Inspired to create.. inspired to try new things... inspired to do the best I can and then keep trying harder.  THAT is what I learned and wanted from CHA.  :-)  I made a few truly amazing contacts and dare I say I think that we will be friends for a very long time.  Yes.. CHA has it's "issues" but... all in all... it was quite an experience and even a bit magical at times.

    My card today was created using the "Wags n Whiskers" digi stamp, "Angelica".  Isn't she beautiful??  I love fairies and everything magical.  :-)  I colored her with my Copic markers and added a bit of Frost Stickles to her wings. 

    My paper is Pure Luxury from Gina K Designs, Blue Raspberry and Key Lime Accents... love love these colors!! The DP is from Echo Park.  My ribbon is one of my favs that I always forget.. or.. maybe I'm not forgetting so much but hording it... hee hee... Turquoise Stripe

    I hope you have a fabulous day!! Stay tuned for some fabulous "hops" coming your way this week.  Fun fun!!  *HUGS*


    Sunday, February 5, 2012

    Snow White....

    I decided I needed to practice coloring with my yellow Copics and though I had NO intention of creating a "Snow White" image, somehow... I did! LOL  Or at least it appeared to be Snow White to me once it was finished.  I agree she has a flower in her hand but... imagine it as an apple... ok? LOL

    My card begins with Pure Luxury Red Hot card stock.  I added a couple layers of DP which I'm sorry to say I don't now because I pulled them from my scraps.  Do you keep a stash of scrap DP???

    I colored my Fairytale Magnolia with my Copics and cut it out using my Nestabilities Labels 14.  Before removing I sponged on some Ladybug Red Memento ink

    I added some pearl flourish and some ribbon to finish it off.  Now I'm reading for any "girlie" occasion which needs a fairytale.  ;-)

    Thanks for stopping by today.  My family is having our traditional Super Bowl Sunday carpet picnic!!  Go Giants!!!! 



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