Saturday, October 31, 2009

Alyssa's Playhouse

We had this little house put in our backyard when our granddaughter, Alyssa was 4 years old, that sweet little girl is  now a senior in high school.  We took this picture after a snow storm -- very rare in East Texas.  I used the scrapbook page to meet a challenge at Stamp TV.  I so enjoy those challenges.  I get inspired to complete projects by a deadline.

Materials used:

Stamps:  Holiday Cheer by Gina K Designs
Paper:  Nearly Navy by GKD

I embossed the large snowflakes in white on the Nearly Navy, small snowflakes on the light cardstock in white also.  I embossed the medium blue with a snowflake cuttlebug folder.

Here are a couple more cards:

The first one uses the Holiday Cheer Stamp Kit with Gina K Designs Holiday Cheer Stamp kit.  It was stamped in white and then given a good coat of Snow Writer.  It glimmers and has iridescent glitter.

The second one used the Nearly Navy and white embossed snowflakes from several stamp sets:  The Magic of Christmas by Rupa Shevde, Holiday Hospitality by Gina K Designs and the Holiday Cheer by Gina K Designs.

Burrrrrr.  Where's the hot chocolate?

Computer Woes

On the way to our vacation house in Louisiana a cooler leaked water on my computer.  I dried it off and it worked for a few hours, so I thought I'd help it along by drying it with my hair dryer.  Well, I didn't know that my dryer would get so hot and I melted the keys!!!  It is at the hospital being fixed.  Lucky me -- I do have a spare -- but it is an old ibook and it is slow as Christmas!!  The photoshop elements color is never right and I'm hating the way it colors my cards!  So please bear with me for about 3 weeks.  Here is a project I finally finished! 

It was for a 3D Challenge at Stamp TV.  The challenge was to make something out of paper towel rolls.  This is an Advent Calendar.  The roll was cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces and cover with Gina K Design paper, lids were cut and made with my cuttlebug.

I embossed Christmas ornaments with gold, attached numbers and then attached them to the lids with gold brads.

I covered some foam core board with the same designer paper and then filled the little boxes with Nativity figures, candy and money.  Each day, the grandkids can open one.  I hung it up to take the pictures and I think I'll just leave it up until Christmas.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Warm Winter Wishes Blog Hop Card

This little snowman from Carolyn Kings' Warm Winter Wishes has been so easy to use and here are two ideas on how to put him on a card.

One great reason to use this stamp set is because 100% of Carolyn's proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association in her grandmother's memory. If any of your loved ones have been affected by this disease, you certainly recognized the importance of this organization and how important the task of research and finding a cure.

The card uses Gina K Designs' Soft Sand cardstock. I put DH name on one heart and mine on the other, used a few copic markers, some white/glitter embossing powder and these were done. Quick and easy - I can make a lot of these in just an hour or so.

This next project uses Paula Deen's recipe for Peppermint Bark. I used Gina K Rocket Red cardstock and gold embossing powder. The red is so clear and true! It makes all your other elements pop!

For even more inspiration visit Carolyn King - the Illustrator of Warm Winter Wishes and the Idea Center gallery HERE.

Then, check in with Carolyn's special guest designers:

And, finally stop by these GinaK Designer's blog participating in the hop tonight:

and our CenterStage Spotlight Team:

Joy Hadden
Kay Simmons
Linda Payne
Lori McAree
GinaK will be giving away a copy of Warm Winter Wishes on her blog tonight - so pop over there to leave your comment on her blog for your chance to win the set for free! (If you've already purchased the stamp set, we can swap it out for another GinaK stamp set valued at $19.95 or less.)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


I made a 10 of these to pass out where my mom took her chemotherapy. She had a wonderful doctor/staff who took very good care of her.  I know those who are still taking chemotherapy need our prayers.   Here are the details of the cards:

Cardstock:   Gina K Designs, pure luxury white (so very smooth) and chocolate kiss
dp:                Bo Bunny and Melissa Frances
Stamps:        Melanie Muenchinger's Hip to be Square and Inspiration Mosaic (sentiment)
Rupa Shevde's Easter Blessings - the ribbon is the fish Christian Symbol (I think)  I turned it side ways.

These were to meet a challenge at Stamp TV for a card with just words as the focus. I made 10 of these really quick. They measure 4 x 4.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Lord of the Season Blog Hop

These two cards are for Stamp TV's Blog Hop. Blog Hops are so much fun. I get tons of inspiration. Here are two and then go check out the other cards for great inspiration. WOW it has been a great opportunity and a precious privilege to be a Stamp TV Center Stage Spotlight Team member. Continue checking Stamp TV each day for wonderful designs.

This uses: Nina Brackett's Lord of Season stamp set
Dp is from Stamp TV's download paper called Vintage Holly
Copic markers
pearl embellishments
vintage ribbon

This uses Nina Brackett's Lord of the Season stamp set
Melanie Muenchinger's Inspiration Mosaic
DP is Stamp TV's download paper called Vintage Holly
Stamp TV's good as gold, all spruced up green cardstocks
a few Copic markers

For even more ideas with Nina Brackett's Lord of the Season stamp set, visit her blog link below as well as the GinaK Idea Center here: Lord of the Season

GinaK Designer's joining in on the hop tonight:

September's Center Stage Spotlight Team:

Nina's Guest DT and friends:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pretty Things

Do you like pretty things? Please go to Terry Conrad's web site and see all her pretties. She designs beautiful frames, gifts and paper. She has beautiful things to "warm your heart and your home". She calls it Feather Your Nest. If you link her site on your blog, you could get your pick of some of her pretties!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Napkin Rings for 3 D Challenge

I will make more of these for our Thanksgiving lunch. We will have a full house with our 3 girls, their husbands, 6 grandchildren and maybe a few friends and extended family. So I better get to work! These are so easy! They are made to meet Donna's challenge at Stamp TV.


Paper towel roll cut into 6 pieces
Free Download paper called the Great Outdoors - this one looks like linen at StampTV under heading "Freebies"
Ribbon from Signs of Autumn StampTV kit
Leaves and acorn from Melanie Muenchinger's A Year of Leaves
copic markers

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Card Challenges

The first card I made for Split Coast Stampers Challenge for a no layer card. After I made it --- I realized this is a layer! So back to the drawing board, but wanted to post it. I used Melanie Muenchinger's Inspirational Mosiac. She has the BEST tutorial on how to use this. Go check it out here.

This 2 part tutorial will make using this Mosiac stamp easy and there is lots of inspiration on her blog

This next card did meet the challenge issued by Giovana called Gold, Gold, Gold. This one was fun. I used Gina K Design's Rocket Red cardstock. I've looked and looked and have NEVER found such a true clear red. You will love it. I'm beginning to do a few Valentine cards and this is working so beautifully! Believe me, you will like it. I used one of my favorite stamp sets by Rupa Shevde called The Magic of Christmas with gold embossing, ribbon is from a Stamp TV Kit called Christmas Cheer. I saw a card that used a little scooter loaded with packages and was inspired to load up this sleigh. Check out the scooter card here, made by scootin granny

Saturday, October 3, 2009

EASY PEAZY Christmas card

Here is a super quick card. I used the Gina K Design's All Spruced Up green cardstock, one of the digital papers from Vintage Christmas, the Good as Gold metalic paper - gorgeous shimmer - and a little piece of white. I stamped the Merry Christmas, embossed in white with 2 ribbon pieces and this one was ready in no time.

Pillow Pocket for Christmas

This is a fun project with with clear plastic pillow boxes from Gina K. Our family traditionally gives money to the children and grandchildren -- and sometimes I get some - if it's been a good year. We usually put these in envelopes and put them on the tree. After stocking goodies have been opened, Dad passes these out, calling each child by name up to the tree to get theirs. It is always a highlight and the kids love it. This year I am stuffing these with red or green tissue to match our tree decorations. I used some of the ribbon in the Holiday Cheer Stamp TV kit with a little cuttlebug ornament tied on the front. The back has a little tag with the person's name on it, attached with some of those brads from the kit. The colored brad matches perfectly the ribbon.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Gold and Red Quick card and a project to EAT!!

Here is a very quick card. I used Gina K Designs Rocket red cardstock which has a delicate texture -- goes so well with many patterns or by itself. The dp is a scrap of Martha Stewart from last year. The little ornament is a spellbinders die. I stamped the sentiment in red -- it shows up great on the Gina K Designs gold, but doesn't show up in my pictures, tied a ribbon and it's ready to mail! The ribbon is from Gina K Designs -- and ties like a dream!! I fight with ribbon like crazy and for some reason this ribbon stays in place, the knots look good and the loops stay looped!

Here is another project - My grandkids loved this project because they could EAT it!!
I used some of the Gina K digital papers called Deck the Halls - such vibrant colors. The little toppers are from the new Holiday Cheer Stamp TV kit. Below the picture is what happened to the cupcakes!


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