Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gina K Designs Inspiration Blog Hop Day 3!

Hello! Happy Halloween!  Welcome to another day of inspiration from the Gina K Design team.  Hope you like what you have seen so far from us.   Today, the design team is showing their projects using the new releases---Merry Little Christmas StampTV Kit  and  Holiday Tags (free w/ three set).

Be prepared to be inspired as you check out all the stops on this hop.  Make sure to leave a comment at each stop along the way because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops.

Here are my projects for today: 
My design for the first card uses Holiday Tags.  I paired the tag element with the ornament strand from  Deck the Halls.  I stamped the circular tag and then punched a picture of my daughter to pop up inside.   I think this would be a great design to shrink a family photo and put that inside OR add pictures of all three kids in the tag along the strand.  Alas, I only did one of my kiddos because I thought of the family photo idea too late to have a photo shrunk :(
Next, I have some samples using the new Stamp TV Kit- Merry Little Christmas! Wow...this kit is JAM PACKED with stamps.  My head was spinning when I got them all.  Seriously, enough stamps for holiday cards galore!  My first design uses the little penguins that I adore beyond belief.  Simple card...stamped penguins and some patterned paper and stitch design. I added the metal heart over the stamped one to bring the red into the design.  A 5 minute card :)
 Next, I have another easy design using the kit.  I embossed the fun snowman in white on some blue cardstock.  I cut it out with a circle die and mounted it on a Spellbinders label that I punched from felt for the bottom of the snow globe.  *TIP: I enlarged the snow pile under the snowman by painting the area white to bring the snow to the edge of the circle.*  I stamped the tiny sentiment at the bottom (which is from Deck the Halls.)
Finally, here is one more design using the same Stamp TV kit.  This one features the wise men stamp and sentiment.  I stamped the text background (From Mistletoe Memories) along the bottom in sand ink.  Then, I stamped the sentiment from the kit on top.  The wise men are stamped in Memento tuxedo black ink and I added the strip of paper and tulle ribbon.  Next, I embossed the star in gold and embellished it with rhinestones.  I added one last rhinestone to the sentiment to finish it off:
The wonderful thing about all the stamps this month is that they all work so well together :)  (As you can see from many of my samples--I love mixing and matching them all!)  Enjoy!

That's it for me today....
But you can head on over to these wonderful blogs for more Gina K inspiration:

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gina K Designs Inspiration Blog Hop Day 2

Hello! Welcome to another day of inspiration from the Gina K Design team.  Today, the design team is showing their projects using the new releases-- Deck the Halls, Simple Snowflakes and Mistletoe Memories.

Be prepared to be inspired as you check out all the stops on this hop.  Make sure to leave a comment at each stop along the way because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops.

Here are my projects for today: 
My first card features Simple Snowflakes.  I love this set. Classic and timeless.  My first card uses the sentiment (which I adore) and the fun circle snowflake.  I went more vintage with this one because I think this set is so graphic it is good to see it used another way. (PS...graphic card coming up!):
Next, is a card using Mistletoe Memories.  I love this set because the elements in it allow you to make a zillion different designs.  I used the large MERRY stamp on the label and the mistletoe and the fun text border (which I foresee using a ton!): 

The next  card uses Deck the Halls.  The fun ornaments in this set are so wonderfully designed.  I LOVE Gina's card that she did with this set for her Stamp TV video and I had to put that out of my head before I could think of another idea! (If you didn't see it, you should check it out on Stamp TV!)
Anyway, I decided to make the ornament on this card dimensional.  I stamped three of the same ornament design and then cut them out.  Then, I used my Scor-Pal to fold them in half so I could adhere them together before adding them to the card.  I stamped the sentiment and matted it on a label:

Finally, I have one more quick card using Simple Snowflakes and the border text from Mistletoe Memories:
That's it for me today....
But you can head on over to these amazing blogs for more Gina K inspiration:
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Gina K Designs Inspiration Blog Hop Day 1

The Gina K. Design team welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop!!! Be prepared to be inspired as you check out all the stops on this hop.  Make sure to leave a comment at each stop along the way because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops.

Today, the design team is showing projects made with - Stately Flowers 5  and  Vogue Vases 2!
Here are my samples using Stately Flowers 5:
For my first card, I stamped the mistletoe in Cottage Ivy ink (Memento) on Ivory cardstock.  I used a red marker to ink the sentiment and then inked the edges of the cardstock using some Tea Dye Distress ink (Ranger).  The background is This & That Christmas patterned paper (Echo Park) and some washi tape.

Next, I have a card featuring the stunning sunflower in the set:
I stamped the flower in Memento tuxedo black ink on white cardstock and then colored it with Copic markers (Flower- Y11, Y17, YR16, E23;  Flower center- E37; Stem and leaves- YG11, G21, G94, YG63; shadow- BG10).  The edges are inked with Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger). I used some Copper Stickles in the center to give some texture to the flower.  I stamped a sentiment from Vogue Vases 2 underneath.

Here are my cards featuring Vogue Vases 2:
For my first card I used one of the solid vases to create a balloon.  I used Memento Love Letter ink to stamp it.  I used one of the blooms from the flower arrangements to add a flower to the hot air balloon.  I just cut a little square from Kraft cardstock to make the bottom of the balloon.  The sentiments from the set were stamped all inside the flags on the side using Memento tuxedo black ink.  (I used the cloud stamps from Hello Sunshine set and stamped them using Bahama Blue Memento ink!)

Next, I have a simple design using some of the greenery from the set:

I embossed the stems in white on red paper and then punched the circle shape to add to the white cardstock. (The stamped design along the bottom is from You Say Goodbye and I Say Ello!) 

That's it for me today....
But you can head on over to these amazing blogs for more Gina K inspiration:
Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow for another Inspiration Hop!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Winner for Clean Out the Office or Bust Giveaway!

As promised, I had Random.Cara pick a new number for the unclaimed box of Echo Park goodies.  Random.Cara picked #34 as the winner.  Congrats to:
cardscrapper who said...
"I missed seeing a card today, but WOW! What a haul. Would definitely love to win the beautiful stuff. I too need to clean out my stash. I can hardly get into my craft room anymore. Thanks for the chance to win this awesomness."

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ciao! and Giveaway Update!

Happy Saturday!  Today, the kids and I are doing some last minute Halloween costume shopping/making :) Perfect weather for it---cold!

And...I will be spending some time inking up the newest Gina K release for the inspiration blog hops this week (they start Monday!)  These sets are so fun.

Here is a card using one of my favorite releases from last month-- You Say Goodbye and I Say Ello!
I used the coffee cup and mug as a little couple, obviously making the mug the girl  :)  I used some Shore baker's twine to add the bow to her "hair"!  Embossing the sentiment on the red ties it in with the coffee cup, the patterned paper and really makes it stand out.  I used some white paint to dot the eyes to make them stand out as well.

Supplies- Cardstock- White/Kraft (Gina K Designs); Patterned paper- Sweet Day: Peppy Pinwheel, Red (Echo Park); Stamps- You Say Goodbye and I Say Ello (Gina K Designs); die-notebook edge (My Favorite Things); baker's twine- Shore (The Twinery); white embossing powder; Versamark; ink- Memento tuxedo black (Tsukineko).

**Clean Out the Office Giveaway Update----Since the winner has not emailed me (and I have given her all week), I will post a new one tomorrow.  Same rules apply. The winner must contact me in three days in order to claim the prize.  Thanks for your patience.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Haunted House

Today, I have a "Not so" Haunted House up on the SRM blog--you can see more and check out all the details HERE!

Supply List:   Black acrylic paint; baker’s twine- Mandarin, Charcoal (The Twinery); rhinestones- Recollection’s (Michael’s); birdhouse- Art Minds (Michael’s); SRM Stickers- We’ve Got Your Border- Halloween #57003, We’ve Got Your Sticker Plus- Jack o Lantern #54005, Quick Cards Boo #52030, We’ve Got Your Sticker- Treats #53005, Stickers by the Dozen-Halloween #62003; Patterned paper- Witch Hazel: Chamomille Oil (October Afternoon), KP Halloween (K & company); Brenda Walton Haunted Word Dimensional Stickers (K & Company); Kelly Panacci Layered Accents (K & Company).

I will be picking another winner for the Clean Out the Office Giveway tomorrow.  Still haven't heard from our winner :(

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Hi there!  Just popping in to share a quick Halloween treat-- Using SRM Mini tube and SRM Stickers:
I dressed up the tube by die cutting some black vinyl (Haunted House by Lori Whitlock in Silhouette store).  I added the 10/31 sticker (SRM- We've Got Your Border- Halloween).  The tag was created by punching a circle of patterned paper (My Mind's Eye) and then adding the Boo SRM Sticker (We've Got Your Sticker- Treats). I added a button over the one O.  I added a scalloped green punched circle under the two circles and finished the tag off with the glittery bat (K & Company).
I tied the tag to the tube using some Charcoal baker's twine (The Twinery!)

Easy treat idea!!

PS: If anyone knows the winner from my recent blog giveaway, can you let her know she has one more day to claim the prize!  There is no email associated with her comment :(  Might be picking a new winner....

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Taylored Expressions Studio Challenge

It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for us to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we will have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.
 Once again, I am joining in with the Baker's Dozen team for this challenge.  My guest term is up at the end of this month and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Taylor and Jami and the whole team for the honor of playing along with you all these past two months.  You are all so sweet and INSPIRING and I have enjoyed every minute.  Thank you so much!
The question for October is:
Good things come in small packages!  The holiday season is upon us and between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas there are a ton of opportunities to create and give little treats, gifts, and party favors.  Please show us something you'll be giving this year.

Here are two easy projects that I designed for holiday gift giving.  First, I made an ornament using a circular wooden shape (found at my local craft store).  I painted it with gray paint.  I used the Taylored Expressions Nativity Border die as the focal point of the ornament, cutting it from black vinyl and embellishing it with a rub-on, some gems, a punched glittered felt star and some baker's twine:

This would make a great gift in itself or as a fun addition to a gift bag or tied to a package.

Next, I designed a simple gift card holder.  I have a huge family and often get gift cards for the teenagers who love to shop.  This is an easy way to dress up those gifts.
How fun would it be to have a small tree decorated with gift cards that are decorated in little envelopes? 
I used Very Merry stamp set and the Very Merry Outlines die for this project: 

Simple. Easy to mass produce.  

Here are the Taylored Expressions products I used on my projects today:

Head on over to the Baker's dozen to see their wonderful gift ideas.  I cannot wait to see what these creative ladies came up with!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Clean Out the Office or Bust Giveaway Winner!

Oopsie!  Random.Cara was out of town this weekend so Random.Ben gladly stepped in to help me pick a winner.  The lucky number is #107.  Congrats to Audrey, who said...
"That looks like Christmas morning to me....I would love to sit down and go through all that paper."
October 18, 2012 12:20 PM

Audrey, you have three days to email me your mailing information.  Thanks to everyone for playing along.  Stay tuned for more!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Yesterday, I had this project on the SRM Stickers blog.  I figured I would share it on here as well.  It is a "Count Down to Santa" Calendar...a fun way to count down the days until Christmas with your kids. I wanted to keep the supply list fairly simple so I used one paper collection (This & That: Christmas by Echo Park), The Twinery baker's twine, and SRM stickers. The base of the calendar is a tray (7 Gypsies) that I covered with paper. I covered the handle with twine and I added SRM sentiment strips along the top of the paper. I used craft tins that I found at my local craft store to serve as treat holders. I actually adhered these directly to the tray so that you can only remove the lid. I thought it might be easier than Velcro as far as long term durability. (My son would tear them right off if he knew candy was involved and I doubt they would survive more than one holiday!)

Each tin is embellished with stickers and paper from the same collection and then I added the SRM We've Got Your Number-Large stickers to each tin for each day. I added other SRM stickers onto some of the tins (for example, the "Jolly" on the 3rd, the "Happy" on the 10th, the "Merry" on the 13th and "Joy" on the 19th. They are all from the Say It with Stickers - Christmas sheet.

Here is how the tins just lift the lid of the day you are on and take out the treat (or, in our case, the slip of paper that tells you where to look for a clue; I leave clues all around the house leading up to the final spot that is the treat!) The kids really look forward to finding the hidden surprise!"

Hope you enjoyed this project! Don't forget to leave a comment on my giveaway post below this one! You have until Sunday to leave a comment! Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Clean Out the Office or Bust Giveaway!

This contest is now closed.

Hello! Happy Thursday!! planned I have a giveaway for you today!  I have been cleaning out my office. (Doing a really good job, too!)  I get overwhelmed having too much product around so I decided to weed out older collections or ones I have several sets of.

Today, I have a HUGEGANTIC box filled with Echo Park paper, stickers, stamps, embellishments for one lucky person.  It is no secret I have been a big fan of EP since the very beginning...and my craft room is overflowing with the stuff.  With new collections coming in.....I have to say goodbye to some of the older ones. 
 There are tons of full page papers and lots of the sticker sheets are full or have just a few stickers missing:

Sigh! This makes me happy just looking at it and I am sure that one of you will get hours of fun from all this stuff.  The box weighs a ton!

All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment below letting me know you stopped by.  As always, subscribers can enter twice.  (Subscribers include those on my feed, Google reader or any other subscription service.) I really appreciate how many of you stop by on a regular basis and this is just one of the ways I can say thank you.

You have until Sunday morning at 8 a.m. EST to leave a comment.  Random.Cara will pick a winner and I will post the name on Monday.  The winner will have three days to email their address to me or we will pick a new one!

Good luck! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Metallic Inspirations- CardMaker Blog Hop

Hi there!  It's time for the monthly CardMaker Blog team hop. The theme is Metallic Inspirations---create a card that is shiny and sparkly. You can use mirrored card stock, glitter, metallic finished, etc.---anything that is metallic and shiny. Cards can be any occasion.

Here is my metallic, shiny, glittery mirrored, sparkly creation:

And here is a picture of the card lying down so you can see some more of the glitter, sparkle, etc:

Took the challenge quite literally, eh!? 
Mirrored- check
Glitter- check
Sparkly- check
Shiny- check

I used some beautiful chipboard from This & That- Christmas collection (Echo Park) that I have been hoarding and layered it on some fabulous paper I found.  It is pretty's mirrored and then has circular glitter circles.  (Cool, but hard to photograph!)

I used an SRM sticker from Fancy Sticker Sentiments- Christmas for the sentiment and I added a silk ribbon that I gathered with a piece of cord and then added a glittery sparkly snowflake with an extra rhinestone center on top.  I added another rhinestone to the first reindeer's nose (Rudolf!) and to the sentiment .  Finally, I punched a corner from a glittered area of the card stock to add to the corner of the sentiment.

Supplies: Sentiment- Fancy Sticker Sentiments- Christmas (SRM Stickers); Chipboard Accents- This & That Christmas (Echo Park); Patterned paper- This & That: Christmas- Poinsettias, Red (Echo Park Paper); Speciality paper- Metallic foil -Recollections (Michael's); rhinestones- Recollections (Michael's)- Snowflake bling- Jolee's (EK Success).
Cannot wait to get a gander at what my awesomely talented teammates came up with:
CardMaker Blog

Enjoy the hop! Be sure to check in tomorrow for my first "clean-out-the-office-or-bust" giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I'm a.......Calendar Girl :)

...and I didn't have to stuff myself into a tiny swimsuit either :) (which is probably best for all involved!)

The Cardmaker 2013 Calendar is available for sale and I am so proud to be included in this gorgeous calendar along with the rest of the CardMaker blog team.  

My months are March and July.  Here is March, which features SRM stickers, The Twinery baker's twine, and Jillibean Soup paper and sprouts:

The glossy full color calendar includes 12 fun card projects featuring step-by-step instructions!  It's the perfect gift for any CardMaker on your holiday shopping list!

You can order it HERE.

Be sure to stop in tomorrow for a CardMaker Blog team hop and later in the week for a giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tag Card

Happy Monday! Hope you had a fabulous weekend.  We did--spent most of it outdoors because we had a burst of warm weather! LOVE it!

I did get a little time in my stamp room too and here is one card I whipped up using SRM stickers- We've Got Your Sticker- Sweet and Fancy Sticker Sentiments- Love:

I love how easy it was to alter the tag I found at Target (Curiosity Shoppe) using the white SRM stickers.  I added the Pink Paislee chipboard heart and the tiny birds (Lori Whitlock) that I cut using my Silhouette.  I added one more SRM sticker on the bottom of the card to finish it off.

Patterned paper is by My Mind's Eye and Jillibean Soup.

Supplies- cardstock- Gina K Designs; patterned paper- 6 by 6 mini pad- Sweet & Sour (Jillibean Soup), 6 by 6 paper pad- Haunted (My Mind's Eye), Stickers- We've Got Your Sticker- Sweet, Fancy Sticker Sentiments- Love (SRM Stickers); Artisan Chipboard hearts (Pink Paislee), metal heart (Colorbok); tag- The Curiosity Shoppe (Target); birds- Bird on Branch (Lori Whitlock-Silhouette Studio).

Have a great day!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Witchy Tag

I love making Halloween projects. So much.  So imagine my surprise when I went to grab some Halloween patterned paper and realizing that I didn't even buy any this year. What?

I have been so busy with spring/summer projects and other assignments that I feel like I am playing Halloween catch up now!  Luckily, there is a Michael's close by and I was able to pick up a fun 6 by 6 pad of My Mind's Eye Haunted paper. Whew!

Here is a tag I came up with using that paper, stamps from Gina K Designs (Wicked), and SRM stickers (We've Got Your Sticker- Treats and We've Got Your Border-Halloween), and Charcoal baker's twine from The Twinery:
To create this tag, I layered the papers on the chipboard tag and inked the edges with Ranger- Tea Dye distress ink.  I specifically cut the bordered piece of paper so that it would be centered on the tag.  I added the Halloween sticker sentiment (SRM Stickers) inside the elegant label design.  I stamped the witch from Wicked in Memento tuxedo black ink on white card stock and then fussy cut it before adding it to the tag.  I stamped the stars from the set using Memento Dandelion ink.  

Where the layers of patterned paper meet, I added a border sticker (Bella Blvd) to the bottom and they layered SRM sticker borders along the top .  Some left over ribbon was secured to the top of the tag with Scor-tape and then I tied some Charcoal baker's twine from The Twinery to the ribbon.  Love all the fun Halloween-ey colors!

So I started off the post mentioning that I was surprised I didn't have any current Halloween patterned paper---but I did  realize that I have tons of product I cannot use for pubs anymore so....they will be given away on here once I get a few boxes together.  Sound good?

Also.... I just looked at my side bar----I cannot believe that my 5 year anniversary of this blog is coming up in November.  There will be partying going shizzle! Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

U Inspire Me

I have a U Inspire Me post up on the Cardmaker Blog today.  Check it out to see how a fun pair of shoes inspired this shaped Halloween card:

You can find the post HERE!
Thanks for stopping by!