Friday, December 30, 2011

Repeat Impressions Sketch Challenge #D2811


The other day, I received a blog post from Vicki Dutcher - blog friend and StampTV DT member - inviting us to join in on What If Wednesday blog challenge at Repeat Impressions (The House that Stamps Built). (Vicki is also a DT member for Repeat Impressions).  The holiday rush was over, I love challenges and totally loved the sketch.  So I thought I'd take Vicki up on her invite and play along.  (Thanks for the invite, Vicki!)  

While I have a few Repeat Impression stamps and used one in my card, you don't need to use their stamps to play along in this challenge. 

Here's the sketch -
Looks like a fun one, doesn't it? 
Here's my card for the challenge -

I bought this stamp a few years ago and it's been one of my favorites since then.  I love coloring this image.  The sentiment stamp is from a GKD set by Melanie Muenchinger called "Wild At Heart". 
Other products I used were GDK Pure Luxury CS, Core'dinations papers, Spellbinders, Copic Markers and CuttlteBug EF. 

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving all your supportive comments during this past year.  I really appreciate each one of you and treasure the new friends I've made through our blogging. 
 Have a great weekend and I wish you all a VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS 2012!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Rogue Redhead Challenge

I purchased some fantastic stamps awhile back from Sharon Briss at Rouge Redhead Designs and I loved them.  I haven't had much time to play until this week, but here's a card I created with Floriculture for the new challenge at Rouge Redhead called "Get Griddy". 

Thanks so much for stopping by and please forgive any and all typos and mistakes.....I'm not complaining.....I have a new laptop, after all.....but getting used to a PC after using a MAC for so long is BIG learning curve for me.  ACKKKK! 

I hope youre all having a great week!!! 
See you again soon!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Simply Thank You

I hope your holidays were full of joy.  As we move into the next year, I hope you each have only good times, great health and lots of fun crafting.

As often is the case after the holidays, there's a need to send a few thank you notes for gifts and/or special moments shared.  Over at Gingersnaps Creations my friend Penny Bennington has a challenge for thank you notes and I wanted to play along.  The problem is, it's the last day of the challenge and I am just getting in under the wire. 

I have created two different thank you notes using the same products and techniques.  I like having a variety of thank you notes but I don't often have a lot of time to create them.  So, this idea worked out very well for me. 

The products:
CS:  Gina K Design, Pure Luxury Ivory layer weight and base weight.
Stamps:  SU (image) and GKD (sentiment)
Inks:  DI TH Christmas Collection and Antique Linen.
Embossing was done with the CB Folder

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for all your kind comments throughout the past year. 


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Always ready for fun with paper and ribbon, Bobbi is stopping by to wish you all lots of joy this season!!!  

Also, never forget

See you a bit later with some new postings!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Count Down to Christmas Day

Tomorrow is a holiday lunch at my office and I've always made cards for each of the 14 people in office staff.  I thought I'd post the cards I made for them this year.  

There are 14 people in our office so I made seven of each of these cards.  This was an easy card to reproduce which is what I was hoping for since there's so much to do this time of year.  

The stamps are from the fabulous "Wishing You Joy" StampTV kit.  CS is from GKD pure luxury "white" and "Red Hot".  Colored with Copic Markers, dp is from PTI.  

Thanks for stopping by.  
Wishing you JOY this coming Christmas!  

"God Bless Us, Everyone"


Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Light Has Come

I'm posting like crazy today because there's a full week of "busy" ahead and I wanted to get my challenge cards in so I don't miss them.  

This card is for Maureen's inspiration CAS Sunday challenge over at Outlawz.  Here's the inspiration piece she came up with  

My inspiration came from the lights and the traditional Christmas colors.  

CS:  GKD Pure Luxury "All Spruced Up", "Red Hot" and White
Stamp:  Sweet n Sassy

Thanks for spending so much time with me today!  Have a great week and I hope your holidays are full of joy and blessings.


JUGS Color Challenge #115

Christmas is almost here and I'm still making Christmas cards!  I'm so far behind this year!!  That being said, over at JUST US GIRLS they have a new challenge that fits my late world right now.  

Here's the color challenge

One more card is ready to mail:  

CS:  GKD Pure Luxury Kraft, White, Fresh Asparagus, Red Lipstick.
Dies:  Spellbinder Poinsettia, Cheery Lynn "Cathedral Lace Frame".
EF:  SU and CB
Inks:  Distress Inks, Lipstick Red.
Stamps:  GKD "Holiday Greetings

Thanks for stopping by! 

A Time for Peaceful

I'm playing along with a new challenge this week.  Over at One Layer Wednesday, Susan is challenging us to a one layer card expressing "peaceful".  
A friend of my husband's passed away last week and he asked me to create a sympathy card for his wife and family.  He didn't want any "frills" (what, Moi???  Frills????), so I created this card for him to send to his friend's family.  
I'd also like to add that CAS cards, while seemingly look simple to do, are not simple for me to do.  I am constantly trying to do better with them because I love their look.  So, thanks to Susan's blog, I'm getting better and enjoying my play time creating them.  

CS:  Gina K Pure Luxury White
Stamps:  GKD "Hope Grows", by Theresa Momber.  (The sentiment is not from this set.  Sorry, but I can't remember which set it came from but it was also a GKD stamp).
Inks:  Vivid "Cobblestone" and Memento "Cantaloupe", "Tangelo" and "London Fog" (the butterfly). 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a peaceful day!  


Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Fun Afternoon with a Friend

I had such a fun afternoon with a dear craft friend (and sometimes instructor), Cheryl, last Tuesday.  We poked around a local craft store and purchased some great new toys (we REALLY NEEDED - *wink*).  One of the new toys we both got was this great new Small Madison Window die from Memory Box.  

This card was made for my beautiful niece, Emily's birthday on Tuesday.  I wanted it to look vintage and CAS and I think I achieved what I was going for.  Do you see the covered button I used for the flower center?  That's from Emily's grandmother's old button collection for an additional little treasure on the card.  

The products I used, in addition to the Memory Box die, for this card were Gina K Designs Pure Luxury 120 weight white for a base layer.  Core'dinations paper which I ran through my die machine with a CB folder and then lightly sanded to get that distressed look.  I then tore the edge and layered it against another torn paper from Basic Grey's "Little Black Dress" 6x6 pad.  The stamped images are from the GKD, StampTV Set "Vintage Chic", loved the silhouette image for this card.  The sentiment was stamped on Spellbinder Labels 22 and then cut and placed behind the window frame.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're all ready for the holidays!  I'm way I'm off to get some catching up done.  


Monday, December 12, 2011

TJ Combo Fun

I'm so excited!  A technique I contributed to Technique Junkies Newsletter was published in the recent December/January issue.  You may recall this card I posted a few posts back in August 

...some of you asked me how I made the background, but I couldn't tell you because I'd emailed Pat Huntoon, Editor of Technique Junkies describing how I created the background and asking if she would be interested in testing the technique for publishing in the TJ newsletter.  

Low and behold, I got my December/January newsletter the other day and there was my technique entitled "Texture Transfer Tutorial".  I was over the moon excited.  Thank you, Pat!!!

If you don't subscribe to Technique Junkies and you like techniques in card making, you might want to check it out.  It's well worth the cost of the subscription and Pat also offers additional CD's  to purchase of past published techniques as well as CD's for 3D projects, motion cards and fancy fold cards.  Great Christmas gifts BTW.  

I thought I would create this card using the Texture Transfer Technique and also use another fabulous technique in the Dec/Jan Newsletter called "Picture Perfect" - you can see it illustrated in the sentiment area of this card.  I absolutely LOVED how this came out.  What a fabulous technique!!!  

For this card I used CS by GKD Pure Luxury "All Spruced Up", "Kraft" and White.  The bg flourish tree stamp is from Hero Arts and is stamped with DI "Forest Moss" Ink.  For the "Textured Transfer" layer I used the new holiday collection of TH DI.  Edging is MS punch, and embossed with SU ef.  The sentiment stamp is from GKD "Very Merry Christmas", illustrated by Theresa Momber.  

This has been a lengthy post, and I thank you spending your time here.  



Sunday, December 11, 2011

Santa Center Step Card

The weekends seem to fly by, don't they?  I always wish there was one more day included in a weekend....'sigh'.  

I'd like to post this card for 3 (yes, that's right....three) challenges 

MoJo Monday 218, which is a sketch challenge 

Crazy 4 Challenges C4C117 - It's Santa (Use a Santa on your project)

and the third challenge is for 

Just Us Girls #114 - Technique Challenge - Center Step Card

Thanks so much for stopping by - Have a GREAT week!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Days of Love and Roses

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  
We've been asked to join a card shower this week for my husband's uncle and aunt who are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.  Can you imagine?  They winter in Florida but call Maine "home".   
For their card, I CASE'd a card I saw by Jennie Harper, in the most recent issue of CardMaker magazine and I used the color challenge over at The Color Throwdown #171 for my colors.   I'm also entering this is Cat's Mix It Up Monday Challenge over at StampTV  "Let's Get Down and Dirty"

I used Gina K Design cs for the base and the cs layers in colors, Ivory and "Cranberry Tart".  EF from CuttleBug and SU.  The paper is an actual piece of sheet music from the song, L-O-V-E written by Bert Kaempfert and Milt Gabler.  Some of you may remember Nat King Cole made this a hit song back in the day!  Punches used were MS.  Dies of Hearts, Regular Squares and Curved Rectangles are Spellbinders.  Stamp "Hopeful Hearts" by Tami Mayberry is from GKD using Adirondack "Cranberry" ink.  The rose and ribbon are from my stash.  The word "Love" was cut from the song title using the heart die.  After gluing it, I then used some 3 D Crystal Lacquer to give it some dimension. 

Thank you for stopping by.  


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Merry Christmas Puppy

Absolutely no challenge or purpose for this post....I just loved this stamp and wanted to play with my Copic Markers....I CASE'd the image right from the stamp package.

Stamp is from Joanna Sheen Giordano Studio Stamps.  Love this image...from 
The CS is GKD Pure Luxury White 80 #, Sand and Lipstick Red.  DP is from MyMindsEye "Holly Jolly" 6X6 Pad.
Thanks so much for stopping by.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Snowman Holiday Greetings

Today's post is one for JUGS 113 Challenge!  This is a fantastic sketch challenge and one that worked well for my new snowman die from Cherry Lynn.  

I love this paper pak from echo park "Dots & Stripes" and I thought it made a great back drop for this cute as can be snowman from Cheery Lynn.  He was cut in various papers; black glossy, white, red, orange and green - all pieces of scraps (Yay!).  Behind him is a scalloped oval from Spellbinders and I used VersaMark and a snowflake stamp to create some texture.  I ran the polka dot layer through a snowflake ef from CuttleBug.  I also used Stickles on his scarf and the band around his hat.  To give his fragile stick arms some pop, I highlighted with my Sakura gelly roll pen (hard to see). 

Thanks for stopping by!  


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Penny's ATC Swap

Hi there blog friends - not sure if you recall one of my older posts where I told you about an ATC swap I was taking part in with my friend and fellow paper crafter, Penny Bennington.  Penny invited several of her blog friends to make and submit 5 ATC's of any theme and she would create a book with an assortment of all the ATC's for each participant.  Who wouldn't want one of Penny's great books and a piece of fabulous art work from a great group of artists?   It was so much fun and I can finally share my book with you.  (We were waiting for everyone to get their books before publishing to our blogs).  I was so honored to be asked to take part in this project and absolutely treasure my book.  Check out Penny's blog for all the details and even a tutorial on how to create the book.    

So happy you stopped by.  
Have a great week.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Angels We Have Heard on High

It was a fun class last Saturday at our LSS Stamp-N-Scrap in Gardiner.  I showed the ladies how I made these "Chunky" ATC's or aka "ATB" (Altered Trading Blocks).  They're made of blocks of wood and using the same rules for ATC's.  They can be traded, given as gifts or used for home decor.  

The angels all were cut from Graphic45 "Ode to Joy".  The backgrounds are varied, I used TH DI, Perfect Pearls Mist as well as Claudia Hellmuth Studio acrylic paints for the backgrounds.  Some recycled gold Christmas ribbon, MS punches and assorted embellishments from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you all have a GREAT weekend!  


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

O Christmas Tree

Hi there blogger friends, 

I recently took Holiday Card Boot Camp and learned some great techniques and projects.  A fun little addition was how to make these cute little Christmas trees. 
I'm entering this card in the "Our Creative Corner - O Christmas Tree Challenge"  

and Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World 

This was a fun challenge at both sites.  I was first inspired by the Christmas tree challenge and when I saw the Tuesday Trigger challenge, it all seemed to work for that too.  After embossing the dp I wanted to add some depth by adding Distress Crackle Paint.   After it dried, I layered on the trees and the greeting.  

Thank you so much for stopping by.  


Monday, November 28, 2011

Home for Christmas

It's a double post for me today - and another challenge card.  
I made this card for the CR84FN 43 challenge -the earthy color tones of brown, tan and green.

Still in the groove for making Christmas cards...

Using Gina K Pure Luxury CS, "Chocolate Kiss" and "Sand", I stamped the beautiful pine bough/cone bg with a Northwoods bg stamp in Vivid "Cottage Ivy" ink.  The cottage stamp and the script stamp are both SU and I inked them with TH DI "Walnut Stain".  I used a clear Sukara pen to "snow" the roof and all the snow areas, which gave it a glistening look.  Also used were Spellbinders scalloped circles, ribbon from stash, MS pine branch punch, twine, red pearls and a tiny cedar cone from a tree at our camp that I "frosted up" with Creative Inspirations "Winter Frost" acrylic paint.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  


Snow, Snow, Snow

I hope you all had a great weekend.  Monday is sure hard to face after a long holiday weekend.  I did get an opportunity to do some playing in the craft room this weekend and made some more Christmas cards and some cards for challenges.  

Here's a card I'm entering in two challenges:  
Crazy4Challenges - A project with snow on it.  
FashionableStampingChallenges - I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

I didn't need inspiration for these two challenges because we had a snowstorm the day before Thanksgiving and had nearly a foot of snow dumped on us.  

The design is a Pocket Card from SCS. The card stock is Gina K Pure Luxury Ivory and Sand.  I inked a snowflake ef with Color Box, "Cream White" before placing the Sand CS in it and running it through the Vagabond.  I then sprayed it with Perfect Pearls Mist to give it a soft glitter.  (The photo doesn't show it that well).  I punched tree edge with a MS punch in glittery blue paper and adhered them to the front of the card.  The snowman, snowflakes and sentiment are stamps from the new Gina K StampKit, "Wishing You Joy".  I used Antique Linen DI to edge the whole project.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your comments.  I appreciate it so very much.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas is Coming

To all my US friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  There's so much to be grateful for and  I personally don't have to look very far to find something.  
Thanksgiving weekend seems to be the weekend that launches the Christmas shopping season into orbit.  I hope everyone who participates in Black Friday managed to get everything they set out for and saved lots of money.  I just caught some extra felt so good!!!  
Christmas has been launched from my craft table too....I've been making Christmas cards and projects like crazy and I love it.  I'll be posting and sharing many of them here throughout the month.  

Here's a card I made and I'm entering it in 2 challenges:

MoJo Monday 216 Sketch Challenge

my second entry is for Outlawz Paper a la mode Challenge  PAM111911

Here's my card for all of those great challenges.

CS base is GKD Pure Luxury White and "All Spruced Up", DP is "Dots & Stripes" by Echo Park,  Sentiment is from GKD "Wishing You Joy" StampTV Kit, pine cone stamped image is a Northwoods stamp and is stamped on GKD PL with Vivid "Vintage Green".  Ribbon, buttons from stash.  MS punches.  

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Traditional Colors - JUGS #111

Hi Blog friends,

I hope you've had a chance to take the stamptv css alumni inspirational blog hop - if you need Christmas card inspiration....look no further.  It's a fabulous collection of inspiration at your fingertips. 

My friend and colleague, Vicki Dutcher has created a traditional Christmas color challenge over at JUGS and I was so inspired to play along.  
Knowing how busy we all are at this time of year and finding time to make special gifts for friends and family can sometimes get crazy.  If cards are your gifts - and for many of us they are - traditional colors are easy and almost everyone loves tradition.  

Vicki's challenge 

Like most of us, I don't have a lot of time to create cards during this time of year, but I always want to make something special for those on my card list and I think this one will be my 2011 Christmas card.  It's easy, quick and traditional.  

Supplies:  GKD PL White CS, TH DI Forest Moss ink, stamps are Hero Arts and GKD, "Hip to be Square" by Melanie Muenchinger (sentiment).  Bling is from stash.

Thanks for great challenge, Vicki.


Friday, November 18, 2011


Welcome to another StampTV CSS Alumni blog hop!  We're so happy you've joined us and we invite you to play along.  

While taking the hop, make sure to leave a comment on each blog because on Tuesday morning (November 22), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs and that very lucky person will win a Gina K Design stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95!

If you've arrived here from the fabulously talented Carolina's Blog you're in the right place.  If not, you're invited to start the hop from the beginning and enjoy all the inspiration this fabulously talented group ladies has to offer. 

This is an inspiration blog hop and here are the instructions - Create a card or project based on any of the boxes featured in photo from Better Homes and Gardens. Take inspiration from the colors, the shapes, the prints, etc. - they don't have to necessarily be Christmas cards or projects, feel free to let your creativity and imagination go wild!

You can really have some fun with this inspiration!  

I was inspired to make a tag and a card and honestly, I could have gone on and on with this inspiration image.  I got so many ideas from it.  

Here's the tag I made - inspired from the box top with the word "Joy" stamped on it.  

Using GKD Pure Luxury "All Spruced Up" card stock for a base, I layered my inked label image from the new fabulous "Wishing You Joy" StampTV Kit.  I inked the label image with "Festive Berries" from the new TH Holiday stamp pak.  To create the "wreath", I used Spellbinders Nestabilities "Inverted Scalloped Circles" dies and some MS punches.  The "berries" are gold and colored "pearls".  

My card - 
The inspiration for my card came from the box top in the center with the big snow flake.  The color of the ice blue and the snowflakes just begged me to create with it.  (I find it happens a lot - LOL)  It's another image from the new "Wishing You Joy" StampTV Kit.  (Can you tell I'm having a LOT of fun with this set?  I just got it yesterday!!!).  
The embossed background was created using the snowflake CB embossing folder.  I inked it by blending "Iced Spruce" from one of the new TH holiday inks and "Tumbled Glass" on the snowflakes.  I then took the panel and sprayed it with (my new absolute favorite product) Perfect Pearls Mists "Biscotti".  What a fabulous shimmer these glimmer sprays give.  I framed the focal image with standard and scalloped circle Nestabilities.  The card stock is GKD PL  "White", "Little Boy Blue" and "Blue Raspberry".  The image was colored with Copic Markers.  The punched snowflake is by MS.  
It's now time to hop over to the incredibly talented Giovana's blog and see her awesome creations.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Don't forget, leave a message to get in the drawing and possibly WIN a stamp set from GKD, also, play along with us on the StampTV Forum, we love seeing what you create.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my US friends!  I hope you enjoy your day surrounded by people who are near and dear to your heart.   


Saturday, November 12, 2011


Here's another posting - a card I made for two challenges - but I totally missed entering the one at Card Patterns CPS140  -  Here's the sketch (I missed).  

But, I'm on time for the color challenge at CR84FN42 

Here's my card

I was inspired by the black stripes in the center photo as well as the flowers.  I thought about embossing the base layer but then I thought it might be too much.

Details:  GKD CS Innocent Pink, Ivory and Black Onyx.  I used a TH Alterations Die for the cage and bird. First cutting the cage in the black onyx then rubbing it with Metallic Rub on "purple" which gave it a pink tone.  I then painted it with "Peach" Creative Inspirations paints, glued on some flowers from my stash after wrapping the top porting with gold cord.  The scalloped edge was also from my stash and I layered that against an ivory cs embossed with a CB snowflakes ef.  The bird was cut from American Craft POW glitter paper Carmel, purchased at the local AC Moore store.  

This is my last posting for today!!!  No, really....I mean it! I've got more, but I'll do that tomorrow!  Enough's enough, right?

Have a great weekend.


Mix It Up Monday

Here's a card I'm entering for Mix It Up Monday over at StampTV.  It's Jennie Harper's challenge to use scraps to create a background.  Well I've been working with Christmas papers for a couple of weeks now, and I have LOTS of scraps.  So, Jennie's challenge gave me a perfect opportunity to use up some of the scraps from those projects.  

The stamps I used are by Nina Bracket for Gina K Design "Heirloom Ornament" (sentiment) and Lovely Labels 2.   CS is from the Pure Luxury line at GKD "Red Lipstick" and White.  I also used tiny ribbons of gold to separate the pieces from Flower Soft.  Ribbon is from GKD, button is from my collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  


Happy Thanksgiving

Hi Blog Friends!!!  

This is going to be a quick post (probably not a bad thing - LOL)  
I'm entering this card for the CAS challenge over at Outlawz (I haven't been there for awhile and I've missed all the activity and fun challenges).  

I've been making a lot of Christmas cards lately, sort of skipping right by Thanksgiving, but I did make this card for some dear friends of my mother's.  

Thanks for looking.  


Friday, November 11, 2011

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Hello, blog friends,
My crafting area is loaded with Christmas projects I've been working on for classes I'm teaching this month.  There are so many different projects they're beginning to run into each other.  So, before things really get in a mess, I thought you might like to see some of them. 

Here's a mini starbook with the theme of Snowflakes and Angels that I'll be teaching at my local stamp store.  I decided to stray from the traditional Christmas colors for more subtle winter snowy tones.  

These are such sweet little books and make really nice gifts for either treasures under the tree or on it, as you can hang them like an ornament.  

I had a full and really fun class for making Christmas tags on Wednesday - I'll post those next time.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving your comments.  It makes my day when I know you've been by.


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