Monday, November 30, 2009

Gina K Design December Preview Day 1!!

It's the most wonderful time of the MONTH!! Yep, Gina K Designs release time! Well, officially its Thursday at 10pm CST, but you get to enjoy some awesome previews from all of the DT for now! Ya know, I still get so excited to see what everybody else has made! LOL!! I am seeing it the first time, most of the time, just like you are on their blogs tonight! Ok, first up for tonight is Nina Brackett's newest set called Lovely Shelf. Here is my card for that:

This set is just packed full of some fun images for that shelf! Not only for the shelf either...which you will see in a card I made for Wednesday too! I just love how Nina makes all of her sets so versatile and really, soooo much fun to play with! I tried to make my lamp look like a light coming from it, lol! I guess it does look like SOME kind of strange glow, haha! And I am so loving the sentiments in this set with that fun font!

Next up is the newest set by Melanie Muenchinger called Tech Talk....and we all know how Mel just packs her sets full of images too! Oh my, what fun you are gonna have with this one too! Here is what I have come up with for tonight:

I took some of my inchies and covered them with dp, and then stamped 3 of the smiley faces onto them....I love how they look on this paper! I love the sayings in this set, and how they are computer related and will fit all ages, not just the teens and such, but you know, us young at hearts too! LOL! I made a little charm thingy with the mouse image in this set, it has both images, reverse of each other in the set, and all I did was sandwich them together with the twine in between too with a dimensional in there with a dab of crystal effects just to make sure it stayed glued. Love how it turned out too, so if it flips around it still looks good from all sides!

For even more ways to use these fabulous stamp sets, please check tonight's featured Illustrator's blogs:

Then, visit our Designer's blogs participating in the previews tonight:

We also have two of our special Center Stage Spotlight Designer's joining us with samples as well:

Thanks so much for stopping by today and dont forget to come back tomorrow for Day 2 of the previews....we will have 2 more sets to show you tomorrow!!
Card Details:
Card #1:
Stamps: Lovely Shelf by Nina Brackett from Gina K Designs
Papers: cardstock from Gina K, dp Basic Grey
Accessories: circle nesties, half pearls, SU! markers, pop dots ribbon, flower brad thingy.
Card #2:
Stamps: Tech Talk by Melanie Muenchinger from Gina K Designs
Papers: cardstock from Gina K, dp is 'Homeroom' by TPC Studios
Accessories: twine, pop dots, oval punches, inchies, brads, EKSuccess border punch.

My Goodness!!

O.M.G.! I cannot believe it has been a week since I posted anything, lol! Where did this week go? And I didnt even go anywhere for Thanksgiving! Well, to my daughters house but that is only about an hour up the was very nice too, Blake just loves us to come to his house...he is so crazy about his 'peepaw' (hubby) ....I dont get it though, haha! Just kidding....I can see why Blake is crazy about him...and why I'm not right now, rofl. ANYways...lets move off of THAT subject!!

Here is a card I made with an inspiration...I WAS going to try out for the CAS DT on SCS, but changed my mind...I dont handle rejection very good, lol. Soooo i just played along for the fun of it with a few of their challenges and this card is one of them. Here is my inspiration:


And my card:

I really like how this card turned out! And it will be so easy to mail! That's one thing about our cards we make, sometimes they are so expensive to mail! OR if you dont package them up right they get all messed up by the time the recipient gets them! I keep saying too, that I am done with Christmas cards and then I get inspired again to make one, lol!

And I cant leave this post without wishing Happy Birthday to my favorite daughter!!

I just feel so old thinking about her getting closer to that 30 mark, haha!! She is 26 really doesnt seem THAT long ago about time flying!! LOVE you HOLLI!!
Card Details
Stamps: Hip To Be Square by Melanie Muenchingerfrom Gina K Designs
Paper: All from Gina K
Ink: memento tuxedo black, vivid brick red, chalk white
Accessories: pop dots, orange marker for nose, pop dots

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Im late, Im late....

...just like that rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, lol! Both of these cards were made following Beate's weekend sketch challenge from LAST friday, WSC106! I really loved the sketch too so made 2 cards:

This card pretty much followed the sketch, with the 5 images across the bottom there. I so love that new cardstock from Gina K Designs, called Tan Leather, love the texture and the color of it. Also the new kraft cardstock from Gina K, omg so loving that, more so than SU! even! You will see, got several cards made with that that I will be showing you in the next few days! OK, here is the other card I made inspired by the sketch too:

This card uses the same stamp set from PTI too, just more of the image across the bottom is all. I sponged the edges to give it more of an 'aged' look. Anyways, both cards CAS card for me!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you all had a wonderful relaxing weekend! I practiced making some did NOT turn out, haha! I have NEVER had much luck making any kind of homemade candies! Makes me so mad .... guess I can do like my sister and just dip some pretzels in almond bark stuff and act like I have really made something, rofl!! AND I will be having NEW Gina K stamps in the house tomorrow! woot!! At least I HOPe my mail lady brings them tomorrow....she should! Previews for that will start next Monday! Cant wait!!
Card Details:
Card #1:
Stamps: A Very Merry Christmas by Theresa Momber from Gina K Designs, Quilters Sampler Additions from PTI
Papers: All from Gina K
Accessories: ribbon, button, twine, pop dots, sewing machine, copic markers.
Card # 2:
Stamps: Quilters Sampler Additions, Quilters Sampler Sentiments from PTI
papers: All Gina K
Accessories: charm, button, ribbon twine, pop dots, half pearls, sponge and distress ink, vintage photo, scallop edge punch.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A FS card and CAS, oh, AND....

I made this card a little over a week ago now for the Featured Stamper on SCS, MsBoo! I really love her, Jen's, work! Such awesome CAS cards she does! This is the card I chose to do of hers:

Ms Boo's Card

And here is my card:

I used Nina's newest set called Vintage Borders, what a fun set this one is!! I am LOVING it! Not only for borders but like this card, for the main image even! And speaking of Vintage Borders...there is a blog hop today! If you start on Gina's Blog, you will be on your way to some gorgeous eye candy! Here is the link to Gina' s blog:

Gina's Blog

Ok, that's all from me today. Wondering if daughter kept Blake's doctor appointment today. Havent heard from her this am yet...
Card Details:
Stamps: Vintage Borders from Gina K Designs
Papers: All From Gina K except the vellum
Accessories: scor-pal, ribbon, piercing tool, fisker cutter thingy to cut swirl of on bottom of vellum, pop dots, clear embossing powder.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A blog thingy....

Well, I usually dont post these things, and the reason being, well, I'm just a bad blogger and will forget about them, LOL! It's not that I dont enjoy getting them and am tickled when its a blog award, I just get to doing something else and completely forget about them and then its been so long I feel funny posting it, rofl! Anyways, this one came from my partner in crime over on StampTV, Lee! And I am going to try to do better about posting these, starting with this one!

And here are all the questions answered:

1. Where is your cell phone? On charger

2. Your hair? dyed

3. Your mother? missing her

4. Your father? miss him too

5. Your fave food? seafood

6. Your dream last night? sad

7. Your fave drink? water

8. Your dream/goal? To see a sunrise on the east coast and a sunset on the west coast

9. What room are you in? den

10. Your hobby? reading, paper art

11. Your fear? the dark

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? it doesnt matter where i am, just to be healthy and happy.

13. Where you were last night? home

14. Something that you aren’t? revengeful

15. Muffins? blueberry

16. Wish List Item? all of the copic sketch markers, lol.

17. Where did you grow up? Texas

18. Last thing you did? fixed me a glass of water

19. What are you wearing? t-shirt and sleep pants

20. Your TV? on

21. Your Pets? none

22. Friends? few but true

23. Your Life? in limbo

24. Your Mood? cranky today

25. Missing Someone? yes

26. Vehicle? malibu

27. Something your not wearing? my wedding band

28. Your fave store? Online-Gina K Designs, local-Fanfare

29. Your fave color? red

30. Last time you laughed? today

31. Last time you cried? last night

32. Your best friend? doesnt live close anymore

33. One place that I go to over and over? bathroom

34. One person who emails regularly? T

35. Fave place to eat? Local BBQ called Ramage Farms

36. Facebook? yes

I believe the rules where I was to put down 5 of my friends....well, I tried to pick some that I hadnt seen post this yet, lol! That's hard to do as much as some of this goes around! But here are the 5 I am passing this on to:


Yea, ok, I cant count, haha!

Sooo! What's YOUR plans for Thanksgiving this year? Traveling? Lots of company?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Accordion Tag card

A couple of weeks ago, Sharon from No Time to Stamp/Stamp Simply's weekly challenge was to do an accordion fold card and I decided to play along. I wasnt real thrilled with how mine turned out though is why I havent posted it yet, but now I am, lol. Here is is:

The letters 'JOY' were cut using my slice machine....I should use that thing more often, it really has some neat stuff on it! And then I stitched around each letter, hand stitched that is...that is one reason I decided to go ahead and post this after spending so much time on it, lol! I sponged like crazy to give it an antique look, and it also has some gold shimmer mist on it, which of course you cant see in this picture! Anyways, its kinda growing on me a bit...

And just a little update on Blake, my grandson....The xrays showed he had some backed up plumbing!! Extremely so! All the way to his stomach...I can only imagine how miserable he had to be! It just upsets me that it took 3 doctor visits to get the doctor to finally do something. They put him on Miralax, 3 doses for 2 days, then once a day for a week, and this Thursday he goes back to make sure it has moved on out like it should....and the 3rd day, he pooped about 10 times, lol. Sooo, hoping its moving like it should now...but still makes me wonder what made it do that in the first place....

ok, thats about all for now! Hope you had a wonderfully relaxing weekend. It's starting to rain here now, and I am hoping its gonna cool back off..this sure doesnt feel like its almost Thanksgiving!!
Card Details:
Stamps: None
Papers: Cranberry Tart, Fresh Asparagus and Good as Gold cardstock from Gina K Designs, Rustic white cardstock from PTI
Accessories: slice machine, circle nesties, buttons, ribbon, cb folder snowflakes, twine, glue dots, jumbo eyelets, oval punch.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gina K Design Special Release night--Calendar Bits and Pieces and Grid!

Howdy all and welcome to a special release night for Tami Mayberry's newest sets! And OH MY! What a HUGE set this is! You have everything you need right here in these sets to make ANY kind of card you want, not to mention a calendar for the whole year! But I chose to go with just making a card for tonight:

I stamped the grid onto the new kraft cardstock from Gina K Designs (LOVING IT!!) filled in the numbers as if it was a complete calendar page for this month, and used the oval line stamp to circle a particular date, which happens to be my daughters birthday here! All of the sentiments are from the set too, BAKOODLES of words to combine!! I have only just touched on the possibilities with this set...its like I have to write down my ideas or I will forget! LOL!

For some helpful tips on how to use the Calendar Bits & Pieces and Calendar Grid stamp sets, please be sure to check out Gina's blog and StampTV for a helpful video on just how quick and easy it can be to use! Both of these sets as well as the PDF version of the Calendar Grid image will be available for purchase tonight over on our online store.

After that, stop by our Illustrator's blog - Tami Mayberry for some projects with her timely stamp sets.

Here are the GinaK Designer Member's links who are joining us in the preview tonight:

You'll also want to check in on these CenterStage Spotlight Designer's blogs for more ideas:

Ok, I am off to enjoy the awesome eye candy on this set myself now too! Thanks for stopping by tonight!
Card Details:
Stamps: Calendar Bits and Pieces and Grid by Tami Mayberry from Gina K Designs
Papers: kraft, rocket red, black onyx, pure luxury white all from Gina K
Accessories: ribbon, button, twine, glue dots, tim holtz acrylic charms, glossy accents, word window punch.

Scarecrows! another little late!

I had colored this image like mid month last month, and didnt finish putting it into a card until after halloween actually, lol. Good for next year though, right?

Pretty simple card! I also used Nina Brackett's newest set Vintage Borders from Gina K Designs. This set is so much fun, many MANY possibilities!!

Well, that is all of the crafty stuff for today. If you can, say a little prayer for my grandson today...he is having a bunch of tests run through outpatient at the hospital..upper GI, more blood work, some x-rays and 2 other tests..not sure what those are yet...but anything like that is traumatic to a 3 yr old..heck for a 50 yr old they are too! If he isnt cooperative they will use anesthesia on him. He was crying this morning wanting his juice and says " we go to doctor already!" he means to go NOW to get it over with so he can have some juice, lol! I was going to go to the hospital this am, but my fever is up this am and dont want to pass my crud on to anybody...I dont feel that bad, just sinuses all stopped up and running fever! hoping it dont go to my ears like usual, lol!
Card Details
Stamps: SU! and Vintage Borders from Gina K Designs
Papers: SU! and pure luxury white from Gina K
Accessories: button, twine, copic markers, pop dots, white gel pen corner chomper.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Creative Cuts and More Blog Hop!!

Howdy blog hoppers! Welcome to the first day of the Creative Cuts & More Mega Recipe Blog Hop! Today's hop will feature the 8" x 8" Treasued Family Recipes Kit! There are a total of 24 designers who will be creating awesome pages to help inspire you and also sharing some wonderful family recipes with us too! I can't wait to check it ALL out myself!! And I am so super excited to be a part of this! First, be sure that you arrived from Angie's Blog If not, be sure you started from DieCut Diva's Blog!...that is where all the wonderful goodness starts! Your next stop will be

Holli Simoni!!

And below will be the complete list of all the designers just in case you were to get lost along the way, lol! Ok, now, here is what I have created...lots of pictures coming up! But I really wanted to show how awesome all of this kit is!

Front Cover of my album:

First indexed page:

One of the spotlighted recipes:

Second indexed page:

Another spotlighted favorite recipe:

Back inside cover of album:

I have created this for my daughter...I have spotlighted a couple of her favorite recipes here, and below is her ALL time favorite recipe, chicken spaghetti! (I will have this recipe typed out at the end of this post also.) Now, I have added my own stamps and embellishments, but the kit comes with everything you would need to create a keepsake album if you want though! The papers are just gorgeous in this kit, they just SCREAMED retro to me! LOVE that! And I gave everything an aged look by using distress inks and sponging the edges of EVERthing! LOL!

Now as part of the celebration CC&M will be having a great sale. For the next six days, we will offer 20% off the entire store!! But act quickly, it is only for six days – this sale will end on Nov 14th. Make sure you enter this code


during checkout.

As a continuing part of the celebration CC&M will of course give away great gifts. Each day we will give away one kit. Here is the twist – go through the blog hop, leave wonderful comments for the great designers. After you have finished the blog hop, return to DieCut Diva and instead of leaving a comment, you need to share a recipe to have a chance at winning the kit. Share the recipe on your blog and link it back and get another chance to win the kit. Help us also make this a great recipe swap!!!

I am so looking forward to seeing some awesome recipes! And dont forget, tomorrow starting on the diecut Diva blog will be another hop ..." Apron Holiday Treats Recipe Kit" With MORE wondeful creations to inspire you and wonderful holiday recipes..cant wait to see what all the awesome designers came up with that one! Thanks for stopping by today! Have fun on the hop!

Links for all the designers and order of the blog hop:
Die Cut Diva
Jen Johnson
Lori Renn
Michele Kovack
Ellen Sosnoski
Kayla Dupont
Courtney Holgate
Sharon Harnist
Eva Dobilas
Noelle Reese
Joan Ervin
Suzanne Blickenstaff
Angie Pearl
Holly Simoni
Lila Holgate
Kendra Wietstock
Chris Penaflor
Holly Brown
AJ Otto
Stephany Zerbe
Lisa Somerville
Chris Dickinson
Stacy Cohen
Pam Smerker
Die Cut Diva

Chicken Spaghetti
4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 package spaghetti
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can tomato soup
1 stick butter
1 onion chopped
1 8oz. package cheddar cheese

Boil chicken until done, cut up. Boil noodles in chicken water until done, drain. Mix soups. Cook onions in butter until tender, mix in with soups. Add chicken to soup mixture. Pour noodles into baking dish, toss until coated with soup and chicken mixture, top with cheese. Bake at 350 until hot and bubbly.

Album Details:
Stamps: apron, kiss the cook from Stampabilities; chickens from Starving Artists; 'eat cow' made by using Just Rite Stamper; 100% Sweet, Fruitful Harvest, Signed with Love all from Gina K Designs
Papers: all from the album kit except what was used to stamp images, which was 120lb ivory and white from Gina K
Accessories: name it i used it, haha! circles nesties, slice machine, wood letters, pop dots, ric-rac, ribbon, metal rhinestones stickers, metal paper clip, ball and chain closures, buttons, all other chipboard items are included in kit, such as the letters, and silverware, salt and pepper shakers..etc...copic markers, glaze pen, prisma pencils with OMS, scallop edge punch, twine.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Beate's weekend sketch, only a week late, lol!

I did this card this past week, (not from THIS Friday, but LAST Friday!) following Beate's weekend sketch she does each Friday, I believe is when she puts it up. I am only late by a day or two, not too bad, lol! Here is my kinda CAS card:

I really loved the sketch for this one, WSC104, fun one! You can't tell in the picture, but the white on the leaves and the word Thanks have the glaze pen over them, it makes it look like they have been embossed to me. I used the new leather cardstock from Gina K Designs that I just LOVE, and loving the new kraft cardstock too! I will have cards with it later for sure!

Also, tomorrow at 10am CST, I will be participating in the Treasured Recipe Blog Hop hosted by Creative Cuts & More! I am SUPER excited to show you what I have created! I am so tickled how it turned out! AND I cant wait to see what all the other designers have come up with and seeing what recipes they will be sharing too! This time of year always puts me in the cooking mood! So be sure and check back tomorrow for that!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Card Details:
Stamps: A year of Leaves by Melanie Muenchinger from Gina K Designs, Distressed Dots bg stamp from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers: All from Gina K
Accessories: versamark ink, clear embossing powder, sakura glaze pen, pop dots, paper piercing tool and circle template, circle nesties, buttons, twine.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mr. Cool Penguin

Here is another card I did for the Release party last week for Gina K Designs that I havent posted here yet:

I just love the little penguins in this set! I think I already said that, but, love this one holding the sign and the little sayings you can put in the sign area! Fun! I also used Joanne Basil's tutorial on that bow, she calls it her Buttony Bow Tutorial LOVE it!

Did you notice the new little picture <----------------over there? It's about a blog hop coming up on the 9th and 10th with Creative Cuts and More and I am one of the guest designers participating in it! I am so excited to be part of this! Looking forward to it!!! I hope you will come back then too to see what I have created with an awesome kit from CC&M!!

Let's seeee...there was something else I was gonna tell ya too....hmmm well, I have forgot, rofl! so just gonna finish this up...for now...I might remember in a little bit, haha!
Card Details:
Stamps: Winter Friends from Gina K Designs
Papers: Black Onyx, Rocket Red, 120lb pure luxury cardstock all from Gina K, Kraft from SU!
Accessories: sewing machine, card maker who cant see straight, ribbon, twine, pop dots, prisma pencils w/OMS, button, mini brads, grey copic marker

p.s. Hubby has THE Mancold...lordy have mercy on me....

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hope is everything

I meant to get this posted before October was over, for breast cancer awareness...I guess one day late not TOO bad, lol. There is a commercial on TV, about a cancer treatment center and one of the patients says 'hope is everything' and that says alot to me! Not only in the fight for cancer, but in so many other things in our life! So that is what inspired these cards, made 2 since I had the cardstock already out!

This card follows a sketch from SCS, from about 2 weeks ago I believe also.

And the pink color IRL really does match, where I colored a bit on the stamped image, but in the photos it looks totally different...dont ya hate when that happens? LOL! And Ya'll dont think I am nuts, but this stamp set, I have NO clue who it is by. This was one of the stamp sets I won when I won on a Moxie World Challenge awhile back and I had taken it out of the package and put into some Gina K Storage binders and didnt say the name or anything! BAD me! so if anybody knows the name of the stamp set, email me pretty please!

Well, I hope everyone had a safe and fun Hallowe'en if you celebrate that. We did not get a single trick or treater. And I couldnt believe it! Well come to find out our porch light was burned out, lol! But I dont think as many were out this year, due to the flu...them warning in the news like they have been. (which dont even get me started on how the media is sensationalizing the Swine Flu, lol!) Anyways, was a really quiet night here. I didnt even get to see Blake, my grandson.....:( But did get to see pics of him dressed up that my daughter took before she took him around to a few houses. Here he is as a Ninja! And he loves saying Hiiiiiiiiya!!! haha!!

Ok, that's all from me for now! I got quite a few more pics of cards I havent posted on my blog from the release party this past Thursday night...maybe I will post one of them later, lol! Have a wonderful relaxing Sunday ya'll!!


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