Friday, August 15, 2008

Well, what can I say?

If you visit my blog, even just now and then, you will know what a big Gina K Design Fan I am! Gina's blog was the first blog I encountered when I started making cards and the first online store I ordered from, and that was alll it took, I was hooked! Not only are they such gorgeous images, high quality product, but they are sooo versatile, and work so well together! I could go on and! But I'll just get on to the card....

For this card I used the Flowers for Daisy set by Asela Hopkins. This set was made in honor of a friend of Asela's that is fighting cancer and for a limited time, part of the sales go to the American Cancer Society. How awesome is that?? Nearly everyone of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another..its an evil disease and any contributions we can make are beneficial to finding a cure!
For the card, I used the stained glass technique, the daisy is stamped on acetate, and painted (with a toothpick) with glass paints. The 'DP' I used is actually a piece of hand-dyed linen from my counted cross stitch stash. I hand stitched around it (must get sewing machine, lol!) to give it a bit more pop. Then the painted piece is mounted over it with the brads. I wish it would photograph better, to see the stained glass look. I tried all kinds of which a ways, but this was the best I could get, lol! I also used the daisy on the blue cardstock with versamark ink. The daisy 'ribbon' is from Wal-mart that I have had forever. Such a fun card to make, and such a wonderful sentiment that comes in this set also.

Ok, I couldnt stop at just ONE card! LOL! Like I said, I have been using Gina's stamps since February, the time I started making cards, and have loved everyone of them...there isnt a set that she has in her store that I dont like! And how could a do post, about Gina K stamps without doing one from one of my most favorite illustrators? Yep, Melanie Muenchinger!

For this card, I actually used a total of FIVE stamp sets! LOL! Thats what I mean about how versatile and interchangeable these stamps are. I used Mel's Little Tees, Just so Hippy, Just So Hoppy, Gina's Just Be-Claws, and You Are My Sunshine! I used versamark, heat embossing on some of the images, CB folder, paper piercing, twine, and one of the daisy's from the ribbon used on the previous card. Each section of the river rock color is cut and I ran the edges in river rock ink to bring them out more. Now for the short make it, I just cut the sleeves off the solid Tee, used the bottom of the Tee for the shorts! Was super simple! I'd wear this outfit! LOL!

Here I go again being long winded!! So sorry! But when I am excited about something I tend to do that! Like I said, I have been using Gina's stamps since I started making cards back in February, they are my 'go to' stamps...I have branched out a bit, lol, but still come back to my favorites! And I always do a countdown till the new release date...this time its in the first week of September...OMG so far away...haha!

Thanks for stopping by today, and hope I wasnt TOO long winded for ya! Have a beautiful day!

p.s. Yea, you know I'm trying out for Gina K's Design Team Spotlight! LOL! I think its so awesome how they are doing the design team now, and maybe, one of these days my dream come true!

Card #1 Details:
Stamps: Flowers for Daisy from Gina K Designs
Papers: SU! card stock
Accessories: glass paint, acetate, hand dyed linen, white embroidery floss, brads, MS butterfly punch, versamark ink, blue hemp cording, daisy ribbon.

Card #2 Details:
Stamps: Little Tees, Just so Hippy, Just so Hoppy, You Are My Sunshine, Just Be-Claws from Gina K Designs
Papers: SU! cardstock
Accessories: SU! ink used to watercolor the flip flops, small $1 flower punch, versamark ink, hemp cording, half pearls, SU! corner rounder to make scallops, CB embossing folder, oval punch, daisy ribbon, yellow spica glitter pen.


Jennie said...

You did a beautiful job on these two cards....I am sure you will be "In the Spotlight" very soon! :o)
Gina K's stamps are just wonderful, I agree!
Have a great day!

Donna Baker said...

I still can't believe you've been making cards for only 6 months - that's why U ROCK! both cards are awesome I particularly love the daisy one with the real daisy lacy border

Pamela Smerker said...

Way to go!! Beautiful job Cat!!

Carolyn King said...

Love them both---your combination of stamps in the second is fabulous! Great job and good luck to you!

Ps---yes you can use those dies in a cuttlebug--the one catch--you have to use your piercing tool to lift an edge out after you run it through the cuttlebug---but they work fine!

Annapurna said...

Very nicely done with both cards. Gosh all that stiching with hand? I would have given up long before half. It is perfect. The glass technique is super.

Nice job using all those elements from various sets and still not looking cluttered.

Good luck with the design team spotlight thingy.

Unknown said...

Awesome cards!! I really love how many sets you used... a girl after my own heart!!

Good luck with your 'spotlight' goal! You'd be awesome!!

Lee said...

You are DA BOMB!!!! Awesome look with that linen!!! And the little summer outfit.......sooooo cute!!! You're Mel's guest designer for a are one majorly talented lady!!!!!

Melanie said...

adorable shorts!!

the daisy one is just stunning!! :)

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