Friday, January 13, 2012


Welcome!! to another StampTV Center Stage Spotlight Design Team Blog Hop. 
It's a sketch hop, and the fantastic sketch was designed by our own Melissa Cash. 

If you've come from my super talented friend Carla's blog youre in the right place.   If you didn't, you may want to start HERE at the beginning so you don't miss any of the fabulous inspiration.

Make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (January 17), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs and that person will receive a huge grab bag of fabulous Gina K. Designs Stamps!

Here's Melissa's sketch....

Here's my card using Melissa's sketch. 

Using the cracked glass technique for my focal image I creatated layers of texture and details in order to give this little winter bird a "waiting for spring" effect. 
I'm a BIG technique junkie - therefore, I subscribe to TJN....the bg is a technique combination of Texture Plate Smoosh (Dec/Jan 2010 TJN) and Antique Wallpaper (June/July 2010).   This is one of my favorite sets from GKD. 

Stamps:  GKD "Winter Wings"
All CS is GKD Pure Luxury.
Copic Markers used for coloring both the image and the brads on the corners.
Flowers are Prima.
Dies:  Spellbinders
Punch:  MS. 

Thank you for stopping by....don't forget...leave a message and be entered into the win for the grab bag....then head on over to the uber talented Geri's Blog for more fantastic inspiration.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Wooohooo!!  If any of you saw my post yesterday, then you know I've been selected to join the amazing Rock Stars design team at Repeat Impressions Stamps.  I'm so very, very excited and honored to be a part of this team and I'm really looking forward to the fun months ahead. 

This is my first What If Wednesday sketch challenge and I hope you'll play along.  You don't have to use Repeat Impressions stamps, yet, if you do, you'll be entered in the drawing twice for a double chance to win a gift certificate to some of these fabulous stamps.  You can find the instructions on the Repeat Impressions blog site.

Here's the sketch you'll need to play along with.

Here's my inspiration from that sketch

It's no fun living in Maine in the winter without snow!!!  Especially if you like to ski and snowshoe.  But here we are - January and bare ground.  Of course, a snowless world is more convenient for getting around in, still...where's the snow? 

These little snow birds look so adorable as they sit on that limb waiting for some of the white stuff.

The image I used is # 309 and the sentiment stamp is #2006. The birds are colored with Copic Markers and the embossed background was creted with a sheet of Echo Park dp using an SU ef.  The "snow" effect was created using "Diamond Dust".  I also glitzed the branches and the hats with my Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star pen.  (Not sure if the camera picked that up).

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you'll grab some play time and play along with us. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2012


The cat is finally out of the bag....I can now take the duct tape off my mouth and share my exciting news! 

This year started out with an exciting invitation for me to become part of a FABULOUS design team with a FABULOUS Maine stamp company - REPEAT IMPRESSIONS AND THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT.

When I received the email from Wendy Wyman (owner/artist) on New Year's Eve, asking me if I "could keep a secret"....she had selected me to be the newest member of her "Rock Stars Design Team", I wanted to scream the news, but the closest I came was a muffled squeal through tight lips that my husband thought "sounded eerie". 

Two of my friends and collegues from StampTV, Joy Hadden and Vicki Dutcher are already here as Rock Stars and I'm so thrilled to be here with them and with the other extremely talented Rock Stars. 

I've been a fan of Repeat Impression rubber stamps for many years, the rubber is exquisit and leaves an exceptional image with any ink. 

Tomorrow will be my first post with the Rock Stars, we'll be showcasing a great sketch for a new What If Wednesday Challenge.  I hope you'll accept my personal invitation play along with us and maybe win some of Repeat Impressions' fantastic stamps.

See you tomorrow!!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Something New

The weekend is now over and another work week begins....blah!  However, without work weeks I would have less play things....okay...Yay! Work Week - let'er rip!

Over at Crazy4Challenges they've got a great challenge to help you use your new toys! 

I got these new stamps from Rogue Redhead just before Christmas and wanted to play with them for this challenge. 

This stamp set reminded me of my three Gt. Aunts; my grandfather's sisters.  They were lovely, lovely ladies and no matter where they went, they dressed up and never, ever went anywhere without a hat on.  They were not only sisters, they were dear, dear friends and absolutely loved each other.  The last one, Hazel, passed away 2 years ago at age 101.  The other two, Lillian and Kathleen lived into their 90's.  I always felt so fortunate to have known them.

So, for Gt. Aunts Lillian (Rosie), Kathleen (Kitty) and Hazel (Chubby [she wasn't]), here's a rememberance.

The stamps are from the "Milliner's Misses" set.  I colored their hats and clothing with Koh-I-Noor Colour Pencils and OMS and colored their faces with Copic Markers.  The dp is from MemoryBox "Enchanted" 6x6 pad.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned because on Tuesday's blog I'll have an exciting annoucement!!!! 


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