Saturday, December 31, 2011

2nd & 3rd Publication share–January 2012 CardMaker Magazine

I am so excited to finally share the 2 cards I got accepted back in July from CardMaker magazine’s January 2012 issue!  This year was exciting for me in that a goal to get published about 3 years ago finally came true!  I kept plugging away with time after time getting rejected.  I have to admit I almost wanted to give up!  It happened the first time in July with Scrap & Stamp Arts and now CardMaker. 

cardmaker jan12share2

Here is my card on a full page spread (woo hoo!) using Perfect Pennants.  I just adored all the bright colors on this card with the pop of black!  I used White, Key Lime, Red Hot, Sweet Mango, Turquoise Sea  and Black Onyx pure luxury cardstock.  They were all stamped with a polka dot stamp from Timeless Textures then punched out with 1 1/4” square punches.  The colored pennants are hanging from black cotton thread.

cardmaker jan12 share

Here is another card that was accepted, but it did not make it in print.  However, it is on the web as a bonus project.  CardMaker sent me the full color printed copy of it which is what I am showing here (luckily since we don’t have a color printer!) I used A Year of Flowers on this card and the labels 9 die is some linen fabric.  I love the simplicity of this card but also the wonderful textured brown button I found in my stash for the sunflower center!  You can click on the photo for a larger view. 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my fun news!!

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Gina K Inspiration Hop Day 1

dear friend

Did you make it to the release party last night!?  It sure was a lot of fun chatting it up with all the Gina K fans!!  I love it that everyone can chat together and see the video, contest questions, challenges and SHOP at their leisure!  It’s great that Gina K chats with us too now!!

My first card was made using Melanie’s Stately Flowers 2 which covers flowers from Kentucky, Minnesota and Nebraska!   She draws flowers so wonderfully and realistic, they are so easy to create with!  I wanted to make my Goldenrod flowers stand out on the white layer but yet still use my new Cuttlebug folder Kassie’s Brocade so I decided to just run the sides through the folder and LOVE how it turned out!  I used Wild Dandelion and Black Onyx Pure Luxury cardstock and 5/8” stitched black ribbon

mountain scene

Here is a card I made using Theresa’s new set Mountain Wilderness.  It was my DH’s idea to created a background scene and I thought about using my distress inks to make a ‘painting-like’ sky and ground.  I like how this turned out.   Distress inks are fun to use!  My card base is Green Apple and I layered the main image on black onyx pure luxury cardstock

As you hop through the designer’s blogs, make sure you leave comments on each one for a chance to win a grab bag full of 12 stamps!! We will randomly choose two winners so the more comments you leave, the better chance you have to win. Gina K will announce the winners on her blog.

Here are links to the challenges you can participate in this weekend to win!!  Challenge 1 and Challenge 2

Thanks for stopping by and hope you come back on Monday and Tuesday as the inspiration hops continue! 

Happy New Year to you!!


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

You’re Invited to the Gina K release party tonight!

I am excited for tonight’s release party and hope you are too! 

If you came from Giovana Smith’s blog, A Place to Praise and Craft, you're at the right place. If not make sure to head over to StampTV where you will find a list of all those participating in today's hop.

Here's a sneak peek of one of the cards I will be sharing at the party using Theresa Momber’s new set!

mountain scene

Hope to see you there!  Here are all the details:

Head on over to Deb Felts’ blog With a Stamp and a Song to see what she's sharing with you today and see you back here tomorrow for the beginning of our three day Inspiration Blog Hop series for December!

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Last Minute Easy Wine Gift & True Friendship

wine gift
I am a last minute Lucy this year – has mostly to do with the fact I was stressed out a few weeks ago and got sick so I decided to take it easy and scale way back so I could get through the holiday.  I like planning in advance, so back in July we bottled some wine for gifts this year.  It was a lot of fun because we did it with our best friends James & Stephanie!  This is going to be part of a gift exchange at my in-law’s this evening. 
wine label
I stamped the waterproof label with A Year of Borders (poinsettia) and greeting. Then colored it with copics. Isn’t it simple and pretty?  This morning I found the easy coasters to make – they took less than an hour.  If I wasn’t doing other stuff, I bet it would have taken less time!  I get distracted by Pinterest and Facebook a lot.  ha
Here is a visual of the steps I took to make these and here is the tutorial I found online.  I used Kate Spain’s Flurry charm squares I had. 
Lastly, here is a picture of the real wine label we had made to go on the wine we bottled (it is a DELICIOUS sweet red wine).  We had SO MUCH fun sampling all the wines the day we chose which wine we would bottle – geez.  I remember it fondly!  We chose to put an older picture of us all together (on the left) that we took in 2004 on a trip to Colorado Springs where we had a ton of fun!  We went in July for our anniversaries.  They are just a few days apart.  The picture on the right was taken on the day we bottled the wine.  It’s so funny we all wore red & blue on both days and it wasn’t even planned!  Great minds think alike.  It’s wonderful to have friends you can be your crazy self around and have them still like you – ha!  No matter what we do together, we always enjoy one another’s company and true friendship is something you hold on dearly to. 
We love these 2 people so much!

I want to wish y’all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Thank you so much for stopping by! 

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Gina K Weekend Special & some Christmas Decor shares

Weekend Special- 3 for $39.00
Check out this great special from Gina K Designs this weekend!  Click on the photo to start shopping!  Don’t forget to check out the all new Clearance Bin too!  I am going to stock up on button jars and tea tins! 
Here are pics of the stocking I made for John. We don't have a lot of traditions for Christmas but one we really look forward to is opening our stockings on Christmas morning.  It's like getting a ton of presents in one small package, how fun!  I got the tutorial from Fabricworm.  Super easy to follow – this went together pretty quickly.  How do you like the funky multi-colored fabric John picked out from our LQS The Cotton Cupboard?  It’s brand new Daydreams II by Stephanie Brandeburg for Camelot Cottons.  Isn't it colorful, funky and fun?  I wasn't crazy about it on the bolt, but once it was revealed to me in full (open), I really started to like it!  I even bought some to make a purse out of it.  He picked out the purple cuff fabric and the owner of the store helped him pick out the green liner which I also used for the loop instead of ribbon. 

my tree
This year, we decided not to go all out and get a big tree or decorate to excess.  We brought in our porch lit trees and are decorating each one ourselves.  This is mine with all red, silver, white which I really love!  It was so fun and not as time consuming to decorate!  One reason we decided to go small is because I have been stressed out which caused me to get sick a week ago and it progressed throughout the week from a cold sore to sinus congestion to a sore throat to a cough to a fever, stomach ache and then the big “D” (I had the whole virus symptom gamut).  I missed several days of work and lots of opportunities to make things or clean my house or wrap presents.  I did manage to make it to our department event on Thursday although I was still feeling bad and the fever and “D” started!  We worked 2 hours then went to a high class cinema with recliners, pillows, blankets and had lunch and watched a movie, New Year’s Eve which I liked a lot.  I was just thrilled to go home and spent the better part of 24 hours in bed while I battled my fever, chills, body aches and sweating the fever out.
I am still on the mend and taking it easy still, as I don’t want to relapse.  Right now I am mainly dealing with the stomach ache still.  Here is a cute ornament I have on my tree I got from a “Secret Santa” at work with my name on it.  how cute is that!?
red & silver wreath
Lastly, a few weeks ago when I was feeling like myself, I made a wreath for our front door which I adore!  I bought it at Hobby Lobby for just $5 and all the Christmas picks were 1/2 price, then I got some red & silver ornaments from Home Depot for like $7 and the silver wire edged ribbon I got from Costco last year.  I really love how it turned out! 

Thanks for stopping by – promise I will stamp again when I feel better and get a handle on the messiness I left in my stamp room the last time I was in there!  I will be back again soon. Pin It

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Some Christmas cards to share

joy snowman

I bet you may be wondering if I have abandoned my blog or why I haven’t posted in so long?  Well, I’m still here; super busy and trying to enjoy the holidays stress-free although I think I am miserably failing at that.  When I woke up Friday morning, I felt the first signs of a cold (sore on my lip – yikes sure fire sign I am stressed out). I tried to get a prescription from my Dr to get it knocked out but they wanted to ‘see’ me first so I will be going on Monday morning before work.  Ugh.  Anyway…here are a few of the cards my friends made over at the house back in October.  I love this cute snowman!  He is from the Wishing You Joy stamptv kit.  This card came together quite quickly, a version of one of my favorite sketches!  I colored the snowman with prismacolor pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits.  I love the snowflake embossing folder I used, it really gives a ton of texture to the card.


Next is a card I made using Festive Frame and my kraft magic technique!  I love stamping on kraft cardstock and coloring in with colored pencils to make the images pop.  The white for the poinsettias look a little velvety to me.  I love the simplicity of this card. 

I spent today as stress free as possible although I have a lot of things on my to do list!  I washed laundry, made homemade granola bars, breakfast mini quiches for us to eat for breakfast during the week, and some lentils & kidney beans are in the crock pot for dinner.  I am just waiting on John to get home so I can cook the rest of our dinner. 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by today.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 3: Gina K Release Inspiration Hop

live learn dream

Welcome to our last day of inspiration hops for the new release.  I bet by now or by tomorrow those of you who placed your orders on the night of the release will be getting your new stuff and stamping your hearts out!  I know how fun that is! 

First, I have a card to share with you using the new one free with 3 set called Inspirational Blocks.  When you purchase 3 sets (3 stamp duos will count as 1 set too), you add this set automatically to your cart and you will get it free!  It is beautiful, sometimes I just want to take the quick route and stamp a solid image and not color anything in and that’s what I did here.  Made a graduated color palette of Dandelion, Canteloupe and Potter’s Clay Memento inks.  I also thought the leaves needed a little something so I put some stardust stickles on them.  After stamping the sentiments partially in the blocks, I outlined the letters in the blocks with my inkssentials white pen to make them stand out a little more. 

blue butterfly

Here is my card using Master Butterfly stamp duo. As Gina said at the release party, she “can never have too many flower or butterfly stamps!”  I have to agree!  I used one of her background swiping techniques from this video to cover a whole layer of cardstock for a full background piece.  I just made more of a wavy swipe.  I really like it!  After I stamped the butterfly, I filled it in with some stardust stickles (love that stuff!) and there I go sponging again on the sentiment tag). 


On my final sample for the release, I used Just calling to say stamp duo.  I kept this card real simple, showcasing the beautiful Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 papers (reminiscent of old times like the style of the phone right?)

As you hop through the designer’s blogs, make sure you leave comments on each one for a chance to win a grab bag full of 12 stamps!! We will randomly choose two winners so the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win. Gina K will announce the winners on her blog.

Be sure to check out StampTV each week Monday and Friday we have challenges posted where you can win MORE free stamps!!

I’m so glad you joined us for the inspiration hops for this new release and I hope you are very inspired!  Thank you for stopping by!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Day 2: Gina K Release Inspiration Hop


So glad you’ve joined us for today’s inspiration hop!   

First up is my card using Dogwood and Butterfly by Theresa Momber.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  I wanted to make a card using the spotlight technique on this card (makes it easier when you don’t want to color a whole bunch but still make a card’s image stand out!  I went with soft colors (Bubblegum cardstock) and added some light pink silk ribbon. 

purple & green

Next up is a set of cards I made using Tami Mayberry’s new set Label Borders.  This fun set coordinates with a lot of Tami’s other sets, so you can mix & match sentiments in the rectangle or use dies over the center to have a different look.  Check out the stamp reveal thread from the release party for Tami’s tips!


true love

I made monochromatic clean & simple cards for this card set.  I could have left well enough alone with all the white space but when I was creating with all the release sets, I was totally in a sponging mood so I sponged away!


white bloom

Lastly, this is my card (also sponged again) using Friends are Flowers stamp duo.  I used one of my favorite techniques kraft magic.  That is where you stamp on kraft cardstock and color in with colored pencils.  I used white & green prismacolor pencils. 

As you hop through the designer’s blogs, make sure you leave comments on each one for a chance to win a grab bag full of 12 stamps!! We will randomly choose two winners so the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win. Gina K will announce the winners on her blog.

Be sure to check out StampTV each week Monday and Friday we have challenges posted where you can win MORE free stamps!!

Thanks for stopping by – hope you come back for the last day of inspiration hops!!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 1: Gina K release inspiration hop

ca poppy

Welcome to our first day of inspiration hops for the Gina K release.  I hope you had fun if you came to the party.  They are always fast & furious and a lot of fun, huh? 

First up is my card for Melanie’s new Stately Flowers, the first in a series (can you say yea?!) Personally, I am very fond of the flowers she chose for the first series.  #1 I am a California Native #2 I call Texas home now #3 I want to live in Colorado someday and #4 I hope to visit Wisconsin some day so I can meet Gina!

ca poppy inside

I made this card to send to my oldest sister Val. I had a lot of fun coloring the poppies, which I think are very beautiful and of course, think Melanie did a fantastic job drawing (all of them!) I used White and Sweet Mango pure luxury cardstock, white gold lined organdy ribbon, textile cuttlebug embossing folder and labels.  The poppies were colored using Copic markers.  Here is a photo of the inside of the card.  My sister is always asking for prayers for California because of the bad economy and frequent earthquakes which scare her.  After living here 14 years, I am still trying to convince her to move to Texas where she wouldn’t have to worry about that! 

missing you

Melanie’s other set, Make a State-ment.  I made this card to send to my niece & nephew in CA…I’m sure they will love it.  Since they visited last year, I’m sure a visual of the distance between where they are and where we are, will be helpful to see!  I used kraft and black onyx pure luxury cardstock, Basic Grey Wander papers, distress tool and Distress Inks to sponge.


My next card uses the new Stamp Duo Close Knit Friends.  I love this quote, it’s so true!  I taught myself to knit a few years ago, but so far I have only made 1 scarf.  I have some new yarn to make my 2nd one but now I have to make the time to do it!  I used Sweet Mango, Chocolate and Turquoise Sea pure luxury cardstock, which coordinate nicely with the Basic Grey Indie Bloom papers I chose!  I also stamped Vintage Borders on the turquoise panel and sponged lightly with antique linen distress ink.  My embellishments are chocolate grosgrain ribbon and an orange button.  The image was colored with Copic markers.   

dancing couple

Last but not least is my card using Because of You stamp duo.  I used White, Black Onyx pure luxury cardstock and the pattern paper is from Echo Park - Victoria Garden.  I used gold lined white organdy ribbon again, with a pearl brad accent.  I love the look of stamping on pattern paper, don’t you, that is fun with solid stamps. 

Here is a list of all the designers participating in today’s inspiration hop, make sure you leave comments on each one for a chance to win a grab bag of 12 free stamps!! We will randomly choose two winners and Gina K will announce the winners on her blog.

Thanks for stopping by – be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 2 Inspiration!!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

You’re Invited to the Gina K release party tonight!!

We are very excited to extend an invitation to Gina K. Designs November Release Party. We have a fun evening planned for you - chatting, prizes, challenges, stamp sets reveal, design team shares, and most importantly, at the end of the party you will be able to go shopping!

If you came from Deb Felts’ blog, you're at the right place. If not make sure to head over to StampTV where you will find a list of all those participating in today's hop.

Here's a photo of one of the cards I will be sharing at the party; I decided instead of a sneak peek this month, I would just show you the full card.  This is from one of Melanie’s new sets and just like all her others, know it will be a BIG hit!  I plan to send this card to my niece and nephew because just like the card says, I am missing them – ALWAYS.  They love getting my cards in the mail and need to do it more often and more randomly and out of the blue. 

missing you

Hope to see you at the party, here are all the details:

Head on over to Cat Tidwell’s blog to see what she's sharing with you today and see you back here on tomorrow for the beginning of our three day Inspiration Blog Hop series for November!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Gina K Black Friday Special!

Are you a Black Friday early morning or all day shopper?  Not me.  The only time I ever went shopping was with my sister in CA for an early morning Michael’s sale.  But, I decided early on it just wasn’t worth it so I’ve never done it again!  I’d rather hand make as many of my gifts so I start earlier in the year so I am usually done with gifts by the first or second week in December.  This year, I am behind because I have a lot of gifts to sew still! 

But one thing I do like to do is shop online!  So, here is a great special for all you Gina K fans!  You can get 2 or all 5 of the new stamp duos that haven’t even been released yet!  The designers have them, we are working on samples we plan to show at the release party, which by the way is next Tuesday, Nov 29th!  Mark your calendars!  I will see you then – no more posting for me until that day because I will be busy making samples and working on sewing those Christmas gifts! 

Thanks for stopping by – hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! 

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Blessings and Décor!

thanksgiving blessings

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers who are celebrating with yummy food, family & friends today!   First, I have to share a card I mass produced (just 4) to send to family I wish we were able to celebrate with and we miss.  It came together real quickly (even with all the coloring, which I did with prismacolor pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits).  I just got the new cuttlebug embossing folder (Grace’s Frame) after seeing Melanie use it on several of her cards.  I think it lends a particular elegance to your cards which I like!  I combined Holiday Basket and Basket Additions for a Basket of Blessings on Thanksgiving.  The stamps are on pure luxury ivory and my card base is Pumpkin Spice.

fabric dishcloths close up

Next up I have a few sewing shares for you.  I was so excited to find some dish towels at Wal-Mart for less than $6 I believe for 2.  They are a waffle weave and very soft.  I sewed a piece of fabric, folding over the edge 1/8” and topstitching.  EASY!  I love how they add a pop of color to the boring white dish towels.  I bought extra so I can make some for Christmas too.  These would make a great gift to wrap around a homemade loaf of bread or line a basket of home baked cookies as a gift too. 

1 yd table runner & napkins

Then I made a one yard table runner I got a pattern for during our quilt bus trip my friend Stephanie and I took back in July.  It was simple to make and I love that it is reversible.  The print fabric is on the other side.  This is what our Thanksgiving table will look like.  I finished these a few weeks ago.  Yea, another thing crossed off my ever growing  to do list!


I also made some matching napkins, using my rolled hem foot that came with my machine.  Here is a photo of what the hem looks like.  I tell you, it is FANCY and I am so glad I have it!  It was super easy to use and I have grand plans to make lots of napkins!  In fact, I already made a table runner from fabric I got in Santa Fe, NM for my sister and brother-in-law who have decorated their kitchen Southwestern.  I just have to make their napkins and will share in a future post. 

I hope you and your family have a Blessed Thanksgiving and enjoy all your time together with loved ones. 

I am Thankful for you, my readers!  Thank you for stopping by!  Check back tomorrow a.m. for details on the Gina K Black Friday Special! 

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In Results–NOT

pillow ornaments

***Disclaimer*** this is a previously sewn project I am sharing!! 

I was not able to participate in the last 2 Friday Night Sew Ins and I am disappointed.  I had grand plans (too ambitious if you ask me) because the holidays are fast approaching, we tend to put too much on our plates don’t we?  Well, I am guilty as charged.  This week was quite busy and emotional for me.**more on that later in the post.  So, after work I went to a local Indian grocery store and spent almost $85 on spices and foods to stock our pantry so I can do more Indian food cooking from scratch.  You may not realize, but Indian food is my favorite cuisine.  I love the flavors, smells and variety.  After I did that, John and I met at Costco to do some more shopping and we didn’t get home until almost 8:00.  Of course, there were a lot of groceries to put away and well, I still need to finish that and it’s Sat. morning already, and after I compose this post, we are headed for a hike at McKinney Roughs Nature Park.  John wants to get some geocaches and I want to get some exercise since it was on my to do list for today anyway.  Plus, it is literally down the street from where we live and we have not been there yet (what a shame).  I was just too exhausted last night to get out my sewing supplies and sew.  I was in bed by 9:30 and had a great night’s sleep!

backs pillow ornamentsSo, here I am showing some pillow ornaments I made a while back since I have not shared them yet.  These were my winnings from a few months ago from the Friday Night Sew In I won from Heidi.  She also sent me a quilting ruler and some chocolate covered potato chips that melted from the Texas heat but they were still tasty!  The fabric is Kate Spain Flurry and I got the idea for these here.  If you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, here is the link to my boards.  It is addicting but I have made MANY projects and recipes I have pinned since I found it!  I just don’t pin and not produce. 

**About the emotional week I had.  My favorite cousin Andrea is in the hospital very ill but as of Thursday, she was doing somewhat better.  If you pray, will you please keep her in yours for a continued healing & recovery?** Thank you so much.

Thanks for stopping by & hope you have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gratitude Blog Hop with Gina K Designs

Welcome to another Gina K. Design Team blog hop. Today we're featuring cards with a Gratitude theme to them. If you came from Cat’s blog Cat’s Creations, you're at the right place. If not, make sure to head over to StampTV where you will find a list of all those participating in today's hop.
red & orange blooms
This time of year especially, we may need more Thank You cards than usual with dinner parties, gifts and other acts of hospitality that may be extended to you or your family so we can show some gratitude with a handmade card.  So I made a set of Thank You cards to have on hand, actually I needed some to send out that are long overdue so this was the perfect theme for me this month!  I used the new Nature’s Greeting stamp kit which I love (especially this whimsical bloom). 
yellow & purple blooms
I thought it would be fun to make a set of cards using some Basic Grey Indie Bloom papers which I just got from the Gina K store! Believe it or not, these cards came together in about an hour because I kept them simple, using the same layout and putting them together mass production-style. Here is what I did: 1. picked out all my pure luxury cardstock colors (red hot, pumpkin spice, sweet corn and lovely lavender), cut them and scored them. 2. Picked out my matching ribbons, buttons and pattern papers. 3. Stamped all the flowers and greetings, colored them (prismacolor pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits) and cut them out. 4. Cut all the layers at one time. 5. Assemble all layers (focal image is popped up with foam tape) 6. Placed liquid pearls in the flower centers.
purple bloom close up
I just love the centers of the flowers!
I want to extend a special thank you to everyone hopping with us today and for those who stop by my blog…I appreciate you!!  P.S. I apologize for the quality of my photos – I cannot find my camera so I had to use my phone. 

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