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Monday, December 27, 2010

CAS Challenge Favorites

Here are some CAS favorites from the past few challenges. It was good to have some time to view the gallery again! *u*

CAS Challenge #99
Clear and Simple
lisa lara
Luv Flowers

CAS Challenge #98

My CAS97 Challenge Card
Splitcoast CAS Sketch Challenge
Inspired by DT member: Birgit (Biggan)

Christian Paper Crafts Color Challenge:
bashful blue, wild wasabi, real red, white

Stamps: Snow Much Fun (Gina K.)
Paper: white, real red, brocade blue, bashful blue dsp
Ink: black, Copic markers (R29 lipstick red, G21 lime green, B32 pale blue, Y38 honey)
Tools: CM custom cutting system, Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop circles, Martha Stewart snowflake punch
Accessories: gingham ribbon
Size: 4.25 square (4.5 A Muse envelopes)

CAS Challenge #97 Favorites

KY Southern Belle

My CAS96 Challenge Card

This week's CAS challenge was to use bows on your CAS card. I love bows!

Stamps: Merry & Bright (SU!), Warm and Wonderful & Snow Much Fun (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: white, wild wasabi, pink pirouette
Ink: black, Copic markers, wild wasibi, pink pirouette
Accessories: Offray ribbon

CAS Challenge #96 Favorites

markie's mom
k dunbrook

Color Challenges

This wonderful fabric covering these dresser drawers was found at JoAnn Fabrics. The photo is the inspiration for today's color challenge at Christian Paper Crafts. The print has leaves and birds which are not a requirement of the challenge, but I liked them! *u*

Anniversary Birds

Stamps: Elegant Post (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: sahara sand, black, white, concord crush dsp
Ink: basic black, cherry cobbler, Copic marker W2
Tools: CM custom cutting system, Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop circle die cut
Accessories: Offray 1/8" ribbon, pop-up dots
Size: approx. 6.25x3.5 (Fits into a letter sized envelope)

Splitcoast CAS Color Challenge: Wild & Krafty Chocolates

wild wasabi
chocolate chip

Stamps: You are Not Alone (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: white, chocolate chip, SU dsp
Ink: SU marker: chocolate cgip, Copic marker: E43 dull ivory
Tools: CM custom cutting system
Accessories: SU kraft taffeta ribbon. pop-up dots

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Blessings

It's crazy that Christmas has come and gone already! We had a white Christmas here. Hubby received an early gift last week... an epidural of steroids for his Spondolitis. He has 2 more rounds of shots. We weren't expecting to see any improvement until after the third round... but WOW! He is walking so much better and he can stand pain-free for over 5 minutes. It's truly a blessing.

I have a couple of Christmas photos and some holiday bookmarks I made for people who work with my son on a daily basis.

These bookmarks were made using Gina K. Designs stamps: Funky Christmas (Gina K.) and Warm and Wonderful (Rupa Shevde)

This is my son with his favorite gift on Christmas morning. Mom did great this year! Normally hubby does the shopping since he knows all the cool video games. So yeah, I'm proud of myself. LOL!

So, what is he reading that is so fascinating? It's an Eyewitness book titled, Robots!

Cousins Christmas Photo 2010
Take 101

Molly and Me

Isn't my niece the most adorable 3 year-old!?!
As soon as she walked in Grandma's door,
she ran into the family room and flew into my arms for a hug.
Kids can really make a person's heart feel mushy. *u*

Monday, December 13, 2010

I'm a winner!

Last Week's Color Challenge
on StampTV

... and I was the lucky winner! Sweet!

So... I get to choose a free set. I'm debating between Out West and 100% Sweet. I'm leaning towards the first one thinking that maybe I could use it for some masculine cards.


StampTV Color Challenge
innocent pink, chocolate brown, ivory

GKD Stamps: Warm and Wonderful, Snow Much Fun
GKD Cardstock: innocent pink, chocolate brown, ivory
Ink: early espresso, chocolate chip, Copic markers: (R20 blush, R02 flesh)
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop circle die
Accessories: pop-up dots

Friday, December 10, 2010

Stamp TV CSS Alumni Blog Hop

Gina K. Designs/Stamp TV
Center Stage Spotlight Alumni
Blog Hop

If you arrived here from Deb's blog, you're in the right place!
If not, you'll want to go back to StampTV so you won't miss a thing! :)

Sketch Challenge

Featured Gina K. Designs Stamp Set: Spirit of Christmas

GKD Cardstock
cranberry tart
green apple
creme de menthe

Tools & Accessories
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF
Spellbinders Nestabilities labels #10
Martha Stewart snowflake punch
whisper white taffeta ribbon
Copic Markers
R29 lipstick red
YG23 celadon green
V17 amethyst

Don't miss out on seeing Joy's blog

Pieces of Joy

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Few Favorites

Here are a few wonderfully cute and beautiful cards to share. I have many more I will try and post during the holiday weekend. Enjoy!

Karen B Barber
resqbarbie (CAS)
cindybstampin (CAS)
catdidit (CAS)
die cut diva (CAS)
Petal Pusher (CAS)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It's been awhile since I've been on my blog. But I have lots of cards to post.
It's definitely starting to look like Christmas in my craft room.

SCS Sketch Challenge 308

Besides being out of practice with several layers, I went way out of my comfort zone with this card. I very rarely use buttons or mix & match 3 patterns of dp.

Stamps: Rodney Reindeer (Whipper Snapper)
Cardstock: chocolate chip, white
Designer Paper: most likely DCWV
Ink: black, Copic markers
Accessories: buttons, gold cord

CAS Technique Challenge: sponging

Stamps: DRS Designs
Paper: white, real red
Ink: black, real red, summer sun, Copic markers
Accessories: satin ribbon
Technique: sponging

SCS - CAS challenge - Use gingham or checks.

Christian Paper Crafts Color Challenge
taupe (or tan)
cranberry or bright red
hunter green

Stamps: tree (Impression Obsession), sentiment (Gina K. Designs - Fanciful Tags)
Paper: white, close to cocoa, SU retired dsp
Ink: garden green, riding hood red, Copic markers
Accessories: gingham ribbon
Size: approx. 6.5x3.25 (It fits into a standard letter size envelope.)

Christian Paper Crafts Color Challenge 83

The inspiration photo shows shades of greens, pinks and a bit of caramel. I used red instead of the dark rose red color.

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids (Stampin' Up!), Fanciful Tags (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: white, real red, pink pirouette
Ink: black, real red, bashful blue, Copic markers
Accessories: gingham ribbon, pop-up dots
Tools: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF, CM custom cutting system, Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop circle die, sponge

CAS Sketch Challenge
Inspired by DT member: Lori (ltecler)

Stamps: Snow Globe (Stampin' Up!), Fanciful Tags (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: white, real red, unknown dp
Ink: black, real red, Copic markers
Accessories: Taffeta ribbon, pop-up dots, white opal Liquid Pearls

CAS Technique Challenge: sponging

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes (Stampin' Up), SU sentiment
Paper: white, old olive
Ink: old olive, real red
Tools: Cuttlebug snowflakes EF
Accessories: gingham ribbon, brads
Technique: sponging
Size: 4.25 square (I use 4.5 A Muse envelopes)

Clean & Simple Challenge Winter DT Search

By clicking directly on the photo, you'll be able to see a bigger photo to see the details.

Stamps: sentiment (TAC), wreath (DRS Designs?)
Paper: white, real red
Ink: black, real red, Copic markers
Accessories: gingham ribbon, Diamond stickles
Tools: CM custom cutting system, Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop circle die, Cuttlebug snowflake EF

Friday, November 12, 2010

CSS Alumni Color Challenge

Gina K. Designs/Stamp TV
Center Stage Spotlight Alumni
Blog Hop

If you arrived here from Janice's blog, you're in the right place!
If not, you'll want to go back to StampTV so you won't miss a thing! :)

Blog Hop Details:
Create a card or project using the following color combo:
  • White or Ivory
  • Brown
  • Light Blue (Little Boy Blue, Ocean Mist, or Turquoise Sea)
  • Yellow (Lemon Drop, Sweet Corn, or Wild Dandelion)

Gina K. Designs Stamps
Faithful Florals - Illustrator, Tami Mayberry
Purrr-fectly Delightful (butterflies)
Illustrator, Theresa Momber

GKD Cardstock: Ivory & Chocolate Brown
SU Ink: early espresso, brocade blue, so saffron
Accessories: Offray ribbon
Technique: sponging, clean & simple

Don't miss out on seeing Joan's blog!
Stamping with a Passion

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pulled out some old Stampin' Up...

Triple Challenge

SCS Featured Stamper: CherylQuilts

*I used the same stamp set and border punch.
*I used similar colors and a similar layout.
*I used a different style of ribbon and left off the button.

Here's Cheryl's beautiful card.
Cheryl's gallery is amazing! You can see her gallery here.

SCS Clean & Simple Theme Challenge: Sympathy Cards

Christian Paper Crafts Color Challenge:
cream, tan, chocolate, garden green

Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: very vanilla, chocolate chip
Ink: chocolate chip, creamy caramel, wild wasabi
Tools: EK Success dotted wavy border punch, sponge
Accessories: organdy ribbon

CAS Color Challenge:
soft pink, old olive, kraft, white (optional marina mist)

This color combo can be seen in the current Stampin' Up catty on pages 156 and 157. They can be seen with chocolate on pages 102 & 103. Similar colors can be seen on page 56.

The same color challenge can be found on Christian Paper Crafts this, today.

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: kraft, old olive, blushing bride, blushing bride dsp (level 1 hostess)
Ink: old olive
Tools: CM custom cutting system, Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop oval die
Accessories: kraft taffeta ribbon, petal pink Liquid Pearls
Size: approx. 3.5x6.25 (Fits in a standard size letter envelope)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The cute teacups are from an older set called Signs of Autumn.
When it was released it was part of a Showtime kit.

SCS F4A36 - paper piecing
StampTV sketch challenge

Stamps: Signs of Autumn, Fanciful Tags (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: chocolate chip, blushing bride, white, kraft
Designer Paper: SU blushing bride & kraft dsp
Ink: Palette burnt umber, Copic markers (E37 - Sepia, E71 - champagne, R20 - blush)
Tools: SU word window & modern label punches
Accessories: brads, taffeta ribbon
Techniques: paper piecing, CAS
This is an oldie but goodie Gina K. set
illustrated by Theresa Momber.

SCS Color Challenge: Peach Espresso Craze

Stamps: Autumn Beauty - Gina K. Designs (Theresa Momber)
Paper: GKD sweet mango, SU very vanilla, early espresso, really rust
Ink: Memento Tangelo, SU creamy caramel, pumpkin pie, really rust, pumpkin pie, Copic markers (E08, YR16, YR23, Y38)
Accessories: vanilla taffeta ribbon, caramel gingham ribbon, GKD assorted buttons (neutrals), sponge

Wow! Wow! Wow!

You have to see this card made by Illustrator from Gina K. Designs, Melanie Muenchinger!
It make CAS cards to elaborate cards. It's a set of borders for year round use. And it coordinates with some of her other sets. I'm enjoying all the snippets, but this one is first on my wish list. I'm embarrassed to say I was actually giddy when I saw the cards in the blog hop... giddy! LOL!

Melanie's Card

Isn't this card gorgeous?!? OK, here is the blog hop that starts with Gina. Here is the link directly to Melanie's blog. You have a chance to win this set in both places.

Gina's Card

Gina's Blog

Cat's Card

Carolyn's Card

Emily's Card

Lee's Card

Theresa's Card

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween!
These are cards I've made throughout the last month.

SCS Inspiration Challenge 249: Cost Plus World Market

I was instantly inspired by many things in their Halloween Headquarters. This is the image that inspired my card.

Stamps: DRS Designs
Paper: SU pumpkin pie, chocolate chip, & more mustard
Ink: Adirondack pitch black, SU chocolate chip, Copic markers
Tools & Accessories: Cuttlebug Forest Branches & Swiss Dots embossing folders, SU whisper white taffeta ribbon, pop-up dots

The embossed mustard layer is popped up.

SCS Featured Stamper 188: Die Cut Diva

Congrats Terri! I love your CAS cards and I was thrilled to see you in the DT search. I've linked a few of your cards on my blog that you can see here.

The elegant card I CASEd can be found here.

I kept the same layout. I was originally going to go with different flowers and the same elegant look, but ast this time of year, I'm trying to use my fall and Halloween stamps so they just get used. LOL! I used the same layout, moved the sentiment, changed the colors and edge punch and added a green layer so it wasn't just the standard orange and black Halloween card. I love this whispy Halloween tree from Unity.

Stamps: Hauntingly Sweet (Unity)
Paper: SU pear pizzazz, GKD sweet mango
(SU peach parfait & GKD sweet mango are an exact match in my eyes.)
Ink: Adirondack pitch black
Accessories & Tools: Martha Stewart Drippy Goo border punch, ribbon (unknown)

CAS Sketch Challenge Inspired by kstamper

Stamps: variety of retired Stampin' Up stamps
One Layer Card
Adirondack black ink
Copic markers: YR04 chrome orange, Y08 acid yellow
The "dangling" candy corn are popped up.

I was lucky to get this cool 'BOO' stamp at the Novi stamp show in August. Ya know I couldn't pass it up. LOL!

SCS Inspiration Challenge 248
I was inspired by the Boo Newsprint Plaque from Elizabeth's Embellishments. I was looking to see if I still had some newsprint dp when I ran across the pre-stamped sanded BG. It turned out to be my substitute. I may make one with real newsprint, though.

Stamps: Boo (Stamp Oasis), Sanded BG (Stampin' Up)
CS: white, black, only orange, going gray
Ink: black, gray
Accessories: Cuttlebug EF, ribbon, eyelet, Martha Stewart web & cat punches

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Having a little difficulty with sleeping and I've hit a writer's block, sooooooo.... what a great time to cruise the gallery! Here are some great cards I've seen this week.

kittie747 (CAS)
kittie747 (CAS)
sweetnsassystamps (CAS)
dancerriley (CAS)
atsamom (CAS)
stamperjen0 (CAS)
SouthernBellStamper (CAS)
creativebutterfly (CAS)
kstamper (CAS)
kstamper (CAS)
LynniePoo (CAS)
sf9erfan (CAS)
markie's mom
markie's mom
rainy (CAS)
ltecler (CAS)
ltecler (CAS)
bfinlay (CAS)
CAKath (CAS)
catcrazy (CAS)
resqbarbie (CAS)
krischir (CAS)
nancy littrell
Splitcoast Sketch Challenge 304

I'm still going crazy with the layers.

I matched this sentiment with the image of books because I laugh with and talk back to the characters in books. Hubby thinks I'm very strange.

Stamps: Ippity, Unity
Paper: white, chocolate chip, kraft, pink pirouette, melon mambo
Ink: Palette burnt umber, Copic markers
Tools: CM custom cutting system, Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop oval die, SU large oval, circle, & designer label punches
Accessories: ribbon, pop-up dots

Stamps: Warm Winter Wishes (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: white, pear pizzazz, retired SU dsp
Ink: Memento black, Copic markers
Tools: CM custom cutting system, Spellbinders Nestabilities: Scall oval die and Labels #10 die, Martha Stewart branch punch
Accessories: SU taffeta ribbon, Cotton Candy Stickles, pop-up dots

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I went crazy!

It's been awhile since I've participated in a SCS color challenge that you can find here. It's been a difficult couple of weeks for my family and my heart hasn't been into creating as often as I usually do. But when I saw the colors, I made myself enter my craft room. I'm not sure what happened since this isn't my usually style... I went crazy! LOL! And I had fun! Thanks for the push, Joanne :)

I made this card for this week's StampTV sketch challenge, too. You can find it here.
I turned it into a square card when I realized my panels were too large. The card is approx. 5x5.

The main image is layered on kraft that has been run through the Big Shot with SU's Lattice embossing folder. I didn't actually just think about doing this like a light bulb hit me... or something like that. LOL! It's because I haven't bothered to clean up my craft table in way too long. I found a scrap piece of kraft that had beem embossed and it was big enough. I liked how it looked... so voila. After that, I got a little more creative.... embossing is fun. I grabbed the forest branches and thought about what else I could do to make it "wow." That's how I ended up stamping it first with the leaves from "Hope Grows." The bottom kraft panel is stamped with the sand speckled stamp from "Gifts from the Sea." I used SU markers to color the main image before stamping. This took me more time than I'd like since the image is compact so huffing needed to be done to moisten it back up. The main image and sentiment are from the set "You are Not Alone."

Gina K Designs stamps: You are Not Alone, Hope Grows, Gifts from the Sea
Paper: white, kraft, baja breeze, blushing bride, blushing bride dsp
Ink: crumb cake, baja breeze, blushing bride, close to cocoa
Tools: SU Lattice EF, Cuttlebug Forest Branches EF, CM custom cutting system, Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop circle die, SU large oval, circle, and designer label punches
Accessories: SU brads, blushing bride ribbon, pop-up dot
Size: approx. 5.5 square

Friday, October 22, 2010

CSS Alumni CAS Challenge

Gina K. Designs/Stamp TV
Center Stage Spotlight Alumni
Blog Hop

If you arrived here from Janice's blog, you're in the right place!
If not, you'll want to go back to StampTV so you won't miss a thing! :)

Blog Hop Details:
Create a CAS card or project that contains only the following items and no others:
  • Your design must be CAS - Clean And Simple: lots of white or open space with one main focal point
  • One image
  • One sentiment
  • One layer card - your card base plus only one more layer
  • Embellishments - you can use any number of embellishments you want, but they all must be the same color

Gina K. Designs Stamps
Elegant Post - Nina Brackett (Illustrator)

Copic markers

spiral clip

ribbon scraps

Gina K. Designs Stamps
Funky Christmas - Gina K. (Illustrator)

SU retired designer paper
gingham ribbon
Spellbinders Nestabilities Label #10
Copic markers

Don't miss out on seeing Joy's blog!
Pieces of Joy

If you missed out on Thursday's Stamp TV hostess Thank You blog hop,
you can find details in the following post.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Stamp TV Hostess Thank You Blog Hop

Tonight we are having a special blog hop
to thank our recently retired StampTV Challenge Hostess Team members:

These 5 designers have provided StampTV with a challenge each week
during the months of
June, July and August.

We have a special StampTV Challenge Magazine Volume 3* located on the Freebie Tab, where all of their challenges are shared in a download PDF that you can save to your computer and print out at your leisure!

Please join in our Thank You Discussion on Stamp TV and feel free to play along
and say thank you with your own take on one of their challenges!!

The challenge I chose for this hop is
Christmas challenge hostessed by Giovanna...

"Show me your Christmas style"

I love to make detailed and embellished one-of-a-kind Christmas cards, but when it gets closer to the holiday season and it's actually time to get them in the mailbox, mass production to finish enough of them is a must. I love the clean & simple style (no big surprise there :) and using it with Christmas images can make a very elegant creation with minimal ink, products, and time.

Gina K. Designs Stamps
Vintage Borders - Nina Brackett
Seasonal Sayings - Gina K.

SU wild wasabi CS and ink
SU white organza ribbon
Martha Stewart lace border punch

DCWV vintage Christmas designer paper was used
to highlight the card in the photos.


You have finished tonight's blog hop.
I'm confident you loved it as much as we did!

If you just happened to visit my blog without knowing about the hop,
you can start at the beginning by visiting Lee's blog.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 19 - A Day of Joy and Peace for Miss Boo

Double Challenge

StampTV Sketch Challenge

Christian Paper Crafts Color Challenge
(Baby Blue and Yellow)

These colors are in honor of my sons. My 15 year old son, born on July 6, 1995, weighing a mere 1 pound and 4 ounces, came home from the hospital on October 19. His favorite color is yellow. I know it's unusual, but he has high-functioning autism and he's been firm on that for a long time. On October 19, 2000, I delivered a premature stillborn baby boy. His first name was decided by my oldest son and his middle name comes from my dad. So, as hostess of the CPC color challenge, and in memory of my little boy in Heaven, I thought a traditional baby boy blue would be nice with the color yellow.

GKD Stamps: Oh Baby (Rupa Shevde)
Paper: white, bashful blue, so saffron, barely banana, SU so saffron dsp
Ink: Adirondack black, SU brocade blue, Copic markers (B93 light crockery blue, Y21 buttercup yellow, E30 bisque)
Tools & Accessories: Cuttlebug houndstooth EF, gingham ribbon, pop-up dots, CM custom cutting system, Spellbinders Nestabilities scallop circle die
Size: 4.25 square
Envelope size: 4.5 (A Muse)