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Friday, September 10, 2010

Color Challenge 4 CSS Blog Hop

Gina K. Designs/Stamp TV
Center Stage Spotlight Alumni

If you arrived here from, Giovana'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:
With fall just around the corner, how about this color combo:
  • Orange (Sweet Mango or Pumpkin Spice)
  • Red (Cranberry Tart, Rocket Red, or Red Hot)
  • Brown (Chocolate, Tan Leather, Kraft, Soft Sand
  • ONE Neutral Color from the following: White or Ivory
I love this color combo so much that I made a bookmark and 2 cards!

When I first bought this stamp set, I had no idea I would be using it with autumn colors. I'm glad I tried it with this challenge because I love the look.

GKD Stamp Set: Botanicals
GKD Cardstock: cranberry tart, sweet mango

SU ink: crumb cake, peach parfait, cherry cobbler, chocolate chip
SU ribbon: riding hood red & kraft taffeta ribbon
Other: eyelet

This is the simpler of the two card designs ~ "Happy for You"

GKD Stamp Set: Autumn Beauty (Illustrator - Theresa Momber)
GKD Stamp Set 4 the sentiment: Botanicals
GKD Cardstock: cranberry tart

SU Cardstock: close to cocoa
SU designer paper: Sweet & Sour Specialty
SU ink: peach parfait, cherry cobbler
Other: circle punches, eyelets, Offray ribbon, Copic markers

I just happened to run across this matching Prima flower by mistake when looking for brads. Why it was with the brads is a mystery to me. LOL! The side of the cart is popped up on a thin dimensional, the bottom left pumpkin is popped up with a thin dimensional, and the bottom center pumpkin is popped up on a thick dimensional.

GKD Stamp Set: Autumn Beauty (Illustrator - Theresa Momber)
GKD Cardstock: cranberry tart, sweet mango

SU: chocolate chip cardstock, creamy caramel ink (for sponging), Lattice embossing folder, word window, modern label, and scallop border punches, whisper white taffeta ribbon
Other: Prima flower, brads, unknown gingham ribbon

Don't miss out on seeing Joan's Blog!
~ Stamping with Passion

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sketch Inspired by resqbarbie

CAS Sketch Challenge inspired by
CAS co-hostess - resqbarbie (Denise)

Stamps: Coast to Coast (Stampin' Up), Guiding Light, Gifts from the Sea (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Ink: early espresso, Copic marker E71
Accessories: very vanilla taffeta ribbon, dimensionals

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Favorites - Lots of Clean & Simple

Here are a few awesome cards I was lucky to see in the gallery!

criminal grace (CAS)
ctorina (CAS)
vdutchr (CAS)
resqbarbie (CAS)
kstamper (CAS)
dawnmercedes (CAS)
cullenwr (CAS)
ravengirl (CAS)
cookiebaker (CAS)
LateBlossom (CAS)
Misstreez (CAS)
Biggan (CAS)
cindybstampin (CAS)
ltecler (CAS)

CASEing the Featured Stamper

SCS Featured Stamper: stampingout

* I changed the colors.
* Instead of using a heart charm, I stamped the heart in the set. The heart is popped up.
* I used a border stamp instead of a punch border. Because I did that, I had to add a layer to my base card. It didn't quite extend all the way across.

Here's Emily's beautiful card.

Stamps: Music of my Heart (Unity/Ippity), Unity June 2010 KOTM
CS: early espresso, pear pizzazz, white
Ink: close to cocoa, cameo coral
Accessories: American Crafts ribbon, pop-up dots

In the post below, I have linked some of my favorite Emily cards!

Featured Stamper Favorites (9/05/10)

SCS Featured Stamper: stampingout (Emily)
Emily just finished the summer season on the CAS design team. She is very talented. Here are just a few of my favorites from her gallery:

Welcome to the Neighborhood (CAS)
Thank You Flowers (CAS)
Sweet Strawberry
Birthday Wishes (CAS)
Trust in the Lord (CAS)
Happy Thanksgiving
Back to School (CAS)
Christmas Owls (CAS)
CAS Peacock (CAS)
One Quiet House
Pretty Posies
Bird Song
Berry Best
D0-Over (CAS)
Embrace Life (CAS)
FS75 - Stephanie's Dots (CAS)
Party Animals (CAS)
Birthday Numbers (CAS)

GKD Release Party Challenges

Last week's Gina K. Designs release party challenges were indeed challenging. I wasn't one of the lucky random winners of a free set this time, but I made some great things!

I did have a question about how I made the post-it-note holder. I'll try and find time for a tutorial on that. Wish me luck!

Gina K. Designs
Release Party 3-D Challenge

I altered a spiral notebook and made a matching post-it-note holder and R.S.V.P. pen. Almost all of the ribbons came from my scrap box. You can see photos in the post below.

GKD Stamps:
Bug me Anytime (Nina Brackett)
Organize It (Gina K.)
Picture It (Gina K.)
Gifts from the Sea (Melanie Muenchinger - used the sand for sprinkles)

October Afternoon dp - Ice Cream
Stampin' Up! dp - Sunny Garden

Other: SU poppy parade CS, black & white CS, CM custom cutting system, SU wild wasabi ink, Copic markers, various ribbons from my scrap bin.

Gina K. Designs Release Party Challenge #2
Challenge - Highlighting With Nestabilities

Stamps: Guiding Light (Rupa Shevde)
CS: wild wasabi, chocolate chip (SU)
Ink: black, espresso, wild wasabi, cool caribbean, Copic markers
Accessories: Michael's ribbon, paper piercer, Lattice EF (SU), Swiss Dots EF (Cuttlebug), Spellbinders Nestabilities
Techniques: Highlighting With Nestabilities, faux stitching

Double Challenge

CAS Challenge DT Search Sample for the Finalists
Challenge #3: Something on your card needs to be 'a couple.'

2 brads
2 ribbon ties
2 eyelets that could possibly be used to thread twine through
2 of the same image whether it be side-by-side or masked.
You could also use an amage that has 2 of something: a wedding couple,
2 pets cuddling each other, 2 birds in a nest, etc.

Gina K. Designs Release Party Challenge #1
Color Challenge Details: Color Options: Yellow, Orange, Red, Green, and white (choose any 3 for your card)

GKD Stamps: Spring has Sprung (Rupa Shevde), Tag Lines (Gina)
CS: Lemon Drop CS (GKD), Wild Wasabi CS (SU)
Ink: Momento black, wild wasabi, bashful blue, Copic markers
Accessories: ribbon, brads, pop-up dots
Techniques: CAS, sponging

Storage: Loose Ribbons & Colored Images

Guess what? I have too much stuff!!! LOL! I bet you do, too. *wink*

I color images just to color sometimes. I find it very relaxing. Some of these images I colored 2 summers ago. I'm not kidding. They get put in old SU stamp storage plastic boxes. It was handy for storage, but I wasn't using them. So, I decided to use some of my teacher equipment that was no longer being used in my classroom. These blue wall hangars are called pocket charts. The pockets are clear.

This pocket chart is bigger and also holds embossing folders. Not pictured is another pocket chart that holds my nestabilities dies and more... can yo guess?... yes, colored images. Pictured below the embossing folders are rolls and rolls of ribbon. I love ribbon! There's more not pictured. But not all of my ribbon comes on rolls. Look below.

Above and Below: I used plastic wall hangers to hold longer ribbons. If I don't remember to close the door to my craft room, the cats have a party. So that's the one down fall to this. But now I remember what I have so it gets used. Yay!

Pictured below is one of my cats. She likes my ribbon! :) The little container on the left holds ribbons that are just big enough to tie on a spiral clip or notebook. The larger container holds ribbons big enough to tie a bow or wrap around a card for a knot tie. They range from 9" to 14".

Switching into a smaller room has been a chore. I'm getting closer to being done though. It's hard to stamp when everything isn't in its place. Sigh.


It's been awhile since I've used my Stampendous Happy Bee and Changito images. They are so cute! I'm glad that these CAS challenges inspired me to use them.

CAS Inspiration Challenge: Inspired by the word "Delicious"

Stamps: Happy Bee (Stampendous), Happy 4th (Stamping' Up)
Paper: riding hood red, black, white, gingham dp (Creative Memories)
Ink: black, cherry cobbler, Copic markers
Tools & Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities, circle punch, SU's scallop border punch, dimensionals

Couples' CAS Finalist challenge (Fall 2010 DT Search).

Stamps: Changitos (Stampendous), sentiment (Stampin' Up!)
CS: white, real red
Ink: black, Copic markers
Accessories: ribbon, SU wide oval punch

New CAS Fall 2010 Design Team!

Wow! I've been so busy! The Fall 2010 DT search ended on Thursday. As usual, it was excruciatingly difficult judging. I'm hoping that all of our CAS stampers continue to come back every season.

Here are our 3 new CAS design team members: