Saturday, December 26, 2009

Continuing Happy Holidays

Hello everyone and Welcome to the Stamp TV Members December Blog Hop!

I'm so happy that you stopped by to look at my card projects.  I hope you'll leave a message for me, I love reading them and learning about you.

I'm still in a "Christmas  frame of mind" so I made this card for Selma's Blast From the Past Challenge  over at StampTV  The technique is called "Using Colored Pencils and OMS " so check it out.

The dp is from Bo-Bunny's Limited Edition Glitter Series entitled "Snowy Serenade Sparkles".  It is gorgeous paper.  The bottom portion of the card is cs from GKD Pure Luxury Pure White embossed with a Cuttlebug folder (sorry I don't remember the name of it, but it's swirly...kinda looks like snow.)  I layered it on GKD Base Weight CS "Ocean Mist" and then on GKD Pure Luxury "Silver Lining".  The corners were Cuttlebug dyes.  I used 2 GKD stamp sets to make this card.

The cabin and the trees  (I stamped them subtly on the dp) are from the "Life Is Good" set by Theresa Momber.  The sentiment is from GKD "Holiday Hospitality ".  Ink used is Vivid "Aqua "  stamped on GKD Pure Luxury CS and cut then embossed on Spellbinders Shapeabilities "Fancy Tags".  The cabin too was stamped on Pure Luxury Pure White CS, colored using the colored pencil and OMS technique, then cut and embossed using my Nestabilities standard circle large.  Once both the sentiment and cabin were cut and embossed, I sponged them very lightly with  Vivid Aqua before adhering them to the card.

I had a little fun with the trees around the cabin.  I used Flowersoft (Spring Green) on them and then "decorated" them with Ice Stickles from Ranger.  I absolutely love the way it turned out.  The snow on the roof is "Snow Writer" by DecoArt.

The only embellishments I used were self sticking nail heads and ribbon from my stash.

I hope you have a happy, healthy New Year.

Please visit Gina's Blog to link to all the other creative people who are joining this MEMBERS DECEMBER BLOG HOP.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

StampTV December Member Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be participating in the second StampTV Member Blog Hop! The stamps sets being featured are some of the most creative stamp sets I've ever used and I love, love, love each one of them.

This is one of the first cards I made using the newest stamp set by Nina Brackett, "Lovely Shelf". I'm hoping to add more cards for this hop because designs keep rolling around in my head, so please come back and see if I managed that (It might be difficult because of Christmas, but let's see if I can get'r done ;0) I think I just challenged myself :P )

Take a peak at all the other blogs in this hop by going to Gina K's Blog , she has them all here .


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Life is Good Blog Hop

Hello, and Welcome!  Tonight we are featuring the stamp set "Life is Good" by Theresa Momber.

You're invited here,  so come, smell
the fragrant pine as the cold winter air blows, mingling it with the snow laying on it's branches.  Feel the gentle crunch of snow, as it breaks beneath your feet, while you carefully make a path toward the curiously soft light you see illuminating from the cabin window.  Tonight you will sleep under the stars in a warm, pine bed while keeping watch of the cabin light.  You'll hear magical sounds as water laps against a mossy lakeside shore, and feel the distant rumble of a freight train as it makes it's way toward the world of hustle and bustle, a world away from this peaceful place, where life is good.

For even more inspiration tonight with the Life is Good stamp set, check out these links:

Theresa Momber {Illustrator}
Jessica Fick
Nina Brackett
Melanie Muenchinger
Lee Murphy
Erika Martin
Emily Giovanni
Colleen Schaan

Cheri Weston {CSS designer}
Melissa Shultz {CSS designer}
Peggy Wainman {CSS designer}

Geri Utterback {guest designer}
Brenda Turner {guest designer}
Linda Payne {guest designer}

The Life is Good discussion on the StampTV Idea Center is also a valuable resource for tips, samples, and tutorials. Theresa's tip sheet and the Card Kit is available in the discussion as well.

And, finally stop by GinaK's blog today to leave your comment on her blog for your chance to win today's featured stamp set or another stamp set valued at $23.95 of your choice!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Nina's Lovely Shelf Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog.  I'm so excited to be participating in Nina Brackett's blog hop for Stamp TV   featuring Nina's newest stamp set "Lovely Shelf".  I've had soooooo much fun creating with this set.  It's delightfully feminine and expresses warm and loving sentiments for so many creative cards or other projects.  If you haven't purchased this set yet, put it on your list.  You'll absolutely LOVE (LY) it.

For this hop, I used only the stamps from this set....however, these stamps are soooooo universal you can mix and match them with many other stamps sold at GKD and especially other stamps designed by Nina .

Thanks for hopping by after viewing my cards, continue on the hop by linking to my StampTV designer friends' blogs and enjoy all the treats they've created.

Don't forget to hop over to Gina's Blog and leave a comment for a chance to win Lovely Shelf or any other set by Nina Brackett if you already have this one. {How cool is THAT?}

Thanks again for stopping to view my cards.  Please leave a comment if you can.


For this card I used:
Distressed Cuttlebug folder background, partially embossed.
Papers:  GKD Pure Luxury White, Rocket Red, Good as Gold and All Spruced Up.
Ribbon:  GKD Holiday collection
Nesstabilities Ovals Large

Layers of GKD Pure Luxury CS, Good as Gold, All Spruced Up, Cranberry Tart.
Cuttlebug "candy cane" folder for card layer background, "Victoria" CB folder for bouquet layer.
Nesstabilities: large ovals for sentiment and bouquet
Punch:  MS
Bouquet is colored with Prismacolor Art Markers
Bouquet is sponged with Ranger distress inck, Aged Mahogany"

Talk about's one I did all in silver.
The lamp in this set lends itself to so many gorgeous opportunities.
The dp is from GKD digi papers, and the CS layers are GKD Pure Luxury Moonlit Fog and Silver Lining.
Punchs used, MS and Paper Shapers Swirl Flourish.
Ink:  ColorBox Sliver

Not so feminine....but then maybe it is....I was going to put flowers in the corner of the shelf but wanted to keep it plain so it could be suitable for either man or woman. (But then some men appreciate flowers as much as women...I can add them later)
The colors I used here are GKD Pure Luxury Soft Sand and a turquoise color I had in my stash.
Inks were Ranger Distressed Inks "Broken China", Mustard Seed, Antique Linen, Memento Rich Cocoa and Bahama Blue.
Ribbon is from GKD.

For even more inspiration with the Lovely Shelf stamp set, please visit these designer's blogs:

Nina Brackett {illustrator}

Jessica Fick

Melanie Muenchinger

Theresa Momber

Carolyn King

Donna Baker

Emily Giovanni

Lee Murphy

Peggy Wainman {CSS designer}

Cheri Weston {CSS Designer} (YOU ARE HERE)

Vanessa Menhorn {Nina's Guest Designer}

The StampTV Idea Center is also a valuable resource for tips, samples, and tutorials on how to use all of GinaK's stamp sets. Check out the Lovely Shelf stamp set discussion HERE. The Lovely Shelf Card Kit information can be found there as well.

And, finally remember to check in on GinaK's blog tonight to leave your comment on her
Lovely Shelf post so that you can be entered to win this fantastic Lovely Shelf stamp set, or any other stamp set by Nina Brackett if you already have this one.  

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Winter Weekend

I spent some time this weekend playing with some of the new GKD stamps.  I'm having so much fun!  Here are a few of the cards I made this weekend.

Stamps:  GKD Warm and Wonderful.  An assortment of inks.  The sweater was stamped on dp and cut out.  I then highlighted the snowflakes with a gell pen and put tiny pearls on their centers.  The cardstock was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, the "lace" is a ms punch and the label is from the new fancy labels by Nesstabilities.

Stamps:  GKD "Life is Good".  DP is Basic Grey, "Spice Tea", CS is GKD Pure Luxury; Cranberry Tart and Soft Sand.  The train was colored with Prisma Art Markers.

Stamps:  GKD "Lovely Shelf".  DP Basic Grey, Eskimo Kisses, CS, GKD Pure Luxury, Cranberry Tart and Pure White.

I hope you all are having a great weekend.


Friday, December 4, 2009

December Release Party Fun

The GKD December Release Party went off without a hitch last night and I must tell you it was a BLAST!  It's hard keeping up with all the messaging and information, but seeing the cards and "talking" to so many of the fantastic party people is so much fun.

These are the 2 cards that I posted on the party last night.  Both are made with the new stamp set, "Warm an Wonderful" by Rupa Shevde.  I'm really looking forward to creating more cards with these stamps.

Paper:  Basic Grey, Eskimo Kisses, GKD Pure Luxury White.
Embossing:  Cuttlebug folders.
Stamps:  Warm and Wonderful

Paper:  Basic Grey, Eskimo Kisses, GKD Pure Luxury CS Cranberry Tart.
Embossing:  Cuttlebug Folder
Stamps:  GKD Warm and Wonderful Stamp Set.

You can find these stamps and many other at StampTV , just click on "Shop Now".

If you want to get in on some fun, check out two upcoming blog hops:
December 14, 2009 - "Lovely Shelf"
December 16, 2009 - "Life is Good"

Hoping you all have a healthy day,

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Don't miss the GKD Party tonight at Split Coast Stampers tonight, beginning 7:00 (Central Time),  here's the link GKD PARTY TIME 
It's going to be a blast......come on in and stay awhile it will be lots and lots of fun! 

See you there!


Monday, November 30, 2009

Preview of GKD "Lovely Shelf" stamp set, designed by Nina Brackett

I want to thank Gina K for the unbelievable  invitation to be a part of her Center Stage Spotlight Design Team for December.  It's an absolute honor and one I never expected.  The creative talent here at StampTV is astounding and to be a part of  them is such an honor.  

As one of the newest members I have had the unbelievable privilege of creating with the newest stamp set by Nina Brackett, entitled "Lovely Shelf".  I've had such a great time playing and creating with these stamps; they have so many combo possibilities and they work well with other sets that Nina has designed, such as her "Vintage Borders",  which is available at Stamp TV.  

Here are the samples of the cards I made with the lovely,  "Lovely Shelf" stamp set for tonight's preview.   I have so many more ideas of combinations with these stamps and I'll be posting them in other bloggings and in the StampTV Gallery but get this set yourself and let's see what you can do with it.   

Also, don't forget.....tell your friends, to be sure to attend the always exciting GKD RELEASE PARTY over at Split Coast Stampers on Thursday, December 3.  Here's the link that will take you there to the party, it's always a blast and so much fun.  GKD PARTY Please come on over and get in on the party!  

ENJOY! And thanks so much stopping by and for viewing my cards.


Stamps:  "Lovely Shelf", by Nina Brackett.  I used layers of GKD papers:
  GKD Pure Luxury Card Stock Ivory, Cranberry Tart and new cardstock papers Creme de Menthe (embossed background) and Mother of Pearl which the doily and rose vase is stamped and cut from.  The punched eyelet scalloped "curtain" gave it a softer background.  I wanted to make the top of the shelf look more dense, so I stamped the shelf again onto the Cranberry Tart paper and cut the top and glued it to the top of the shelf I had stamped on the card stock. The sentiment was stamped onto GKD Pure Luxury Ivory CS and dye cut it.  I added an eyelet and threaded some gold cording through the vase that was popped up using dimensional dots.

Stamps:  "Lovely Shelf" by Nina Brackett.  Again using layers of  GKD Pure Luxury Pure White, Chocolate Kiss, and a new cardstock called "Ocean Mist" (partially embossed) on background.  The lamp shade was stamped on pattern dp, the lamp base was first stamped on and then cut from GKD "Good as Gold" cs, the teapot and cup were stamped on "Ocean Mist" distressed with ink then covered with glossy accents.  I cute a piece of Chocolate Kiss and covered the edge of the shelf so it gave it some dimension.  A gel pen was used to enhance the doily and the beading around the lamp shade and the sentiment.

For even more ways to use these fabulous stamp sets, please check tonight's featured Illustrator's blogs:

Then, visit our Designer's blogs participating in the previews tonight:

We also have two of our special Center Stage Spotlight Designer's joining us with samples as well:

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sharing An Award

Sunday greetings,

Here is an award I received his morning from Olga  who is incredibly talented. Thank you, Olga for this. She told me there are things I have to do now. I need to pass the award on to seven (7) blogs, letting them know they've been nominated to receive this award. So, here are the steps: (1) Thank the person who nominated you for this award. (2) Copy the logo and place it on your blog. (3) Link to hte person who nominated you for this ward. (4) Name 7 thinkgs about yourself that people might find interesting. (5) Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers. (6) Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate. (7) leave a comment on each of the blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

Those Kreativ Bloggers I've chosen to receive this award are: 1. Peggy Wainman , 2.Melissa Shultz , 3.Sue VanDeVusse  Grammamamma , 4. Caryl Kruger 5. Ursula . 6. Alita  7. Cathy Norton

Seven things about me that people might find interesting:

1. I'm 62 years old and don't know how/when that happened.
2. I have no musical skills other than playing my iPod.
3. I love the game of ice hockey and was once on a woman's team (we called ourselves "The Mother Puckers"
4. I love target shooting and am pretty good shot.
5. I love gardening.
6. I work outside the home as a secretary and I have a home based business with Shaklee.
7. I love snow.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Center Stage Spotlight Challenge Blog Hop

Hello and WELCOME
It's time for another CenterStage Spotlight Challenge Blog hop!

Hostess: Jessica Fick {Design Team Coordinator} Theme: Stamp and color the image on Patterned Paper { any occasion card acceptable, it doesn't have to be Christmas themed} { image may be cut out and layered, but must be stamped and colored on patterned paper} Requirement: any GinaK Designs stamp set & Glitter Bonus Challenge: decorate the inside of your card to coordinate

Here is my card for this blog hop.  I used several different GKD stamp sets to create this card:  The front door  and the stone walkway are from "The Journey", The christmas trees and the sentiment are from "Very Merry Christmas" and the inside line of Christmas bulbs is from "Vintage Borders".  I love the way so many of GKD stamp sets work together.  You can have so much fun creating different cards with only a few sets.  The papers are GKD Luxury Card Stock:  Pure White, All Spruced Up, Good as Gold and Rocket Red.  My stamps were stamped on Basic Grey, "Nook and  Pantry" with "Vintage Sepia", VersaFine Ink.  The glitter is Stickles "Tiara" and Sakura Gelly Roll clear pen.

Thanks for looking and click on the links to hop on over to see what the others are doing.  HAPPY HOPPING!!

Participating Designer's links:

Thursday, November 26, 2009

An Unbelievable Honor

Yesterday, it was announced on Gina K Design's blog that myself and two other very talented ladies, Peggy Wainman  and Melissa Shultz , have been chosen to be members of the very elite and talented group of Center Stage Spotlight Design Team members on StampTV. We've been given the very exciting opportunity to be working with the newest stamps designed for Gina K Designs, due for release in the month of December, and there's a BIG release party on November 30, 2009, MONDAY NIGHT AT 10:00 at Split Coast Stampers I hope you'll all have a chance to be there and view the latest stamps from Gina K Designs and all the fantastic cards that will be created with these new stamp sets.  Check out Gina's blog and see the snippets she's previewing each day until the release party on MONDAY NIGHT.

I'm sworn to secrecy so I'm not going to tell you which set I've been assigned.....I must keep you in suspense.  However, I can tell you this....I'm VERY excited to be selected for this set; it's as if someone at GKD KNEW my inner soul.

Also, don't miss the Center State Spotlight Design Team Blog Hop tomorrow night, NOVEMBER 27 starting at 10:00 p.m.  The theme is Stamp and Color on Patterned Paper and all 3 of the new Center Stage Spotlight Design Team Members will be participating.   You can begin the hop on Gina's Blog or here and check out all the great projects at each blog site.  When you're here during the blog, please leave me a comment.  I'd love to hear from you.

Here's a card I made for the latest color challenge  by NinaB at Stamp TV .

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Day.  See you at the hop!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Gina K Customer Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by my blog to take a look at my card.  I'm so glad to be here and taking part in this fun event.  Won't you please sign my guest book.  I'd love hearing from you.

Here's my card for the Gina K Design customer blog hop.  Since this is my first blog hop I hope I get it right.
My card was layered on Gina K Pure Luxury card stock papers; Ivory, Good as Gold and All Spruced up.  The stamp is Festive Frame by Melanie Muenchinger.  I embossed with Ranger, Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder.  I embellished with Stickles and Sakura clear Gelly Roll pen.  I added some GKD ribbon and that's it.

Now, link back here to Gina K's blogsite and link to another fantastically, creative stamper on StampTV.  Enjoy!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

My New Blog

Hi Friends,

Thanks for stopping by.  I've been thinking that I needed to set up a blog to showcase some of my handmade cards as well as to be able to participate in many of the fun blog hops that go on.  I started building this blog months ago, but never quite got it off the ground.  I added a slideshow of some of my cards, some badges that I'd picked up and this week on StampTV Gina K annoucned she was setting up a blog hop for members sooooooo I thought I'd better get my blog up and running so I can play too. 

Here's my profile page at

I hope you all have a great day.  I'll be adding posts....There's so much great stuff going on in the world of paper crafts. 

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