Friday, July 9, 2010


Welcome to a fun blog hop being hosted by members of StampTV Center Stage Alumni.  I was so fortunate and honored when back in December of 2009, I was chosen to become a member of StampTV's Center Stage Spotlight Design Team.   What a fabulous group of ladies this is and I'm so grateful to be considered a part of this very talented team.   

A few of us have decided to get together a couple of times a month and host a themed hop in order to share our love for Gina K. stamps. If you've arrived from Carolina Buchting  then you're at the right place! To start at the beginning, please go to StampTV and hop from there.

The challenge for this hop is a Color Challenge ~ Kraft or Tan Leather, Green (Creme de Menthe, Grass Green, Fresh Asparagus, or Green Apple) and White. Here's what I came up with:

Card base is GKD PL Kraft, layered with Fresh Asparagus.  DP is Basic Grey, "Green at Heart".  The border embossing was done with Cuttlebug and I punched out the flower centers with MS punch then used pearls for accent.  I used Nestabilities labels 9 on PL White and layered with Green Apple.  Sentiment is from GKD Botanicals stamp set.
Here's another one:

I chose to do a little distressing on this card.  The card base is GKD PL White, using Kraft for layering.  I stamped the flowers and sentiment from the GKD "Friends are Forever" stamp set.  The flowers are colored with Copics YG00, YG03, E31 and Y32.  Using a ScoreBug I textureized the GKD Creme de Menthe CS then sponged Distress Ink "Antique Linen" to distress it.  Using a Nestabilities classic circle, I cut into the CS, leaving the 1/2 circle effect and used Popdots to pop it off the white CS.  The buttons were made using Gina's technique of distressed newsprint (only I used a page from an old book), clear buttons and 3D Crystal Lacquer to adhere them to the distressed book print.  I then attached them onto some crocheted old lace edging. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I welcome all comments, so I hope you'll leave me a little note.   Have fun at the hop!    Ready for more inspiration? Hop on over to the very talented Giovana Smith's blog to see her beautiful project!


Monday, July 5, 2010

College Bound

Hi peeps,

I hope you all had a great 4th of July!  WOW, is this summer flying by or what????  The temps here in Maine today are well over 90 F and spending any amount of time outside is nearly impossible.  (Unless you're able to get to the beach or have a pool in your backyard)  I put some plants in early this morning, watered my container plants and that's about all I've done outside.  Maybe later when it cools down, I'll pull some weeds in the  flower gardens - or is it flowers in the weed garden????  Hmmm!

A co-worker's son is headed for college this fall and I wanted to make a card for him and I got this idea from the Papertrey Ink website.

  I used GKD Pure Luxury CS for the base in Kraft, Chocolate Kiss and Red Hot.  I used a piece of an old map for the dp and I distressed it with Distress Inks, Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick.  I tore the definition "future" from an old dictionary I got free at a yard sale and I distressed that too.  The car stamp fits the occasion because his grandparents pooled together an bought him a great older grey card, had it overhauled, making it road ready and gave it to him as a gift.  I colored the car with Copic Markers and added Crystal 3-D effects to the headlights giving them dimension.  I added a little compass  I picked up at my LSS "Stamp N Scrap" in Gardiner, ME.  (Ruth Ann has some exceptionally cute things there and tons of stamps and other goodies.)  Finally, I added some twine for additional embellishment and dimension.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a GREAT day!


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Red, White and Blue Thank You

Okay, now I know I need to get a life.....2 postings in one day and on the 4th of July, no less!  I should be making my potato salad, but I wanted to get these cards posted for the challenges I wanted to play in this week's my card for the Mark's Finest Papers and Speedy the Cat's Challenge 10, to use a DIE CUT on your card.

I seem to be in a patriotic mood today (what else?) I made this card clean and simple, even my husband liked it - and I don't believe I've ever put a card together so fast.

Supplies: CS: GKD Pure Luxury White, Red Hot and In the Navy.  DP: Used for the "ribbon" effect behind the die is GKD Free Digi "Stars and Stripes" All from StampTV.  Sentiment is from GKD "Hip to be Square" by Melanie Muenchinger - This seems to be my favorite "go to" set when I'm looking for sentiments that fit inside small areas.  The Dies I used are Spellbinders, Shapeabilities Pendent "Lotus" and Nestabilities "Small Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles".  The nail head embellies are from GKD

I'm behind in my cardmaking - but I'm catching up with this long weekend.  Okay, gotta go! the great outdoors is calling me and so is that potato salad I need to make.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!



Hello friends!

Here it is, America's 234th Birthday!  When I was little, we would get all excited about seeing the small town parade, then going to watch my father play in a baseball game with the other community fathers.  Then it was off to my Gt. Grandmother's for a huge family picnic.  What dear memories those are to me.  Have you got any memories of 4th of July moments in your life?  I'd love to hear about them.

In honor of this 4th of July, I'm posting this card I mad for the Inspiration Challenge over at StampTV this week and Joan's #4 Color Challenge at Joan's Creations.

The products I used for this card are:  CS GKD Pure Luxury White, Red Hot and In the Navy.  DP Basic Grey, "Boxer", GKD Free Digi "Stars and Stripes".  Stamps:  GKD "The Journey" by Asela Hopkins and "Hip to be Square" by Melanie Muenchinger.  I colored the chair with Copic Markers E31 and E33.  Ribbon is from GKD, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities and Tim Holtz Alterations "Brackets" were also used.  Crystal stars are from Michaels.

Here's the inspiration photo from StampTV.

Couldn't you just take a seat right there on that porch and have a chat with someone or watch a parade go by?  

I hope you're all having a wonderful day of celebration.  
Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment, I love hearing from everyone.


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