Friday, November 27, 2009


It's time for another CenterStage Spotlight Challenge Blog hop!

Jessica at Stamp TV arranged for past members of the Center Stage Spotlight Team to participate in a special blog hop.  Here was the challenge for this hop:

Theme: Stamp and color the image on Patterned Paper
* any occasion card acceptable, it doesn't have to be Christmas themed
* image may be cut out and layered, but must be stamped and colored on patterned paper
Requirement: any GinaK Designs stamp set & Glitter
Bonus Challenge: decorate the inside of your card to coordinate

Here is my first card:                                                                                      the inside:

Stamps:  Melanie Muenchinger's Hip to Be Square and Rupa Shevde's Winter Friends
Paper:  Gina K Designs In the Navy and Pure Luxury White cardstock, Stampin Up DP
Other:  Gina K Designs Ribbon, Sakura Glitter Pen, snowflakes cut with Cuttlebug and Copic Markers

This one I made for my daughter whose husband is a worship leader at his church:

                                                                                                      the inside:

Stamps:  Nina Brackett's Vintage Borders, Asela Hopkins' First Christmas
Paper:  GKD Rocket Red, All Spruced Up, White, Misc. DP
Other:  Gold Glitter Embossing powder

OK, OK, I know we were only to do one card, but I got a little carried away with the idea of stamping on patterned paper so I promise this is the last one.  I looked at all my GKD stamps and found all the tiny stamps!  (used 6 different stamp sets)  The gold glitter embossing powder made it difficult to photograph.  It really looks better in person!  Hope you enjoy!!

Stamps: GKD Holiday Cheer (stocking, ornament, snowflake), Rupa Shevde's Winter Friends( bird, holly) Melanie Muenchinger's Hip to be Square (star), Nina Brackett's Lord of the Season (tree trunk, base) Nina Brackett's Elegant Post (kissing birds), Nina Brackett's Vintage Borders(inside sentiment)
Paper:  GKD All Spruced Up, Good as Gold and White cardstock, misc. DP
Other:  Gold Glitter embossing powder

Now go check out some REALLY neat cards that will give you great inspiration!!

Participating Designer's links:

Thursday, November 26, 2009


We ate and ate and ate and ate some more!!  I love our family.  We pray, laugh and cry together!  What a blessing from God they are.  After lunch, the boys watched games while 2 of my daughters and I stamped and watched the little kids (sort of).  We kinda let them get into stuff -- as long as they were quiet and happy while we stamped!  Here are a couple of photos

Here is one of the grandsons -- He got busted getting into my stamping stuff -- the little monkey is his best buddy

Monday, November 23, 2009

GingerBread House Party

My sister -- bless her heart hosted a Gingerbread Party for 16 kids and a bunch of adults. She made 16 houses and had all KINDS of candy for us to decorate the houses. We had a blast! The kids ate TONS of candy and had so much fun -- so did the adults. The kids ranged in age from 17 years old to 18 months! She also served us lunch.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Stamp TV Member BLOG HOP

Jessica at Stamp TV arranged for an all Stamp TV member  blog hop. Here is the challenge she issued::

The only requirements to join in will be to make one new card using any of these new stamp sets:

Calendar Bits & Pieces
First Christmas
Festive Frame
Signed with Love
Winter Friends
Vintage Borders

So here are my cards:

Materials used:
Stamps:  Asela Hopkins First Christmas
Paper:  GKD's Cranberry Tart & misc dp
Ribbon is GKD's Cranberry Tart Satin

Here is the second one:

Materials used:
Stamps:  Asela Hopkins First Christmas
Paper:  GKD's Chocolate Kiss & misc dp
Ribbon is GKD's Cranberry Tart Satin

Now take a look at some of the others in the Mr. Linky at Gina K's Blog page

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cards before Thanksgiving

Our family will be so busy starting this weekend with family for Thanksgiving, I thought I'd post a couple of cards before the rush starts!  This is our turn to have all the family for Thanksgiving.  We will have the 3 girls, their spouses and kids plus a few friends.  I ordered a new table for the holidays, but it looks like it won't make it in time. --- maybe for Christmas.

This card uses a technique taught by Gina K on her blog here

Stamps: Gina K Designs Holiday Cheer and Holiday Greetings
Paper: Gina K Designs Black Onyx, White
Other: velvet ribbon, silver glitter embossing powder

Here is the next one:  This was a challenge that I THOROUGLY enjoyed!  It was to make a card on a card.  I thought it would be difficult, but was quite easy!  Here are some instructions given by Sharri on the Stamp TV challenge page

Stamps:  Gina K Designs Comport and Peace and Tag Lines
Paper:  GKD Smoky Slate and Sweet Corn

Monday, November 16, 2009

Vists with Pap Paw

I did this scrapbook page for a challenge on Stamp TV.  It will go in the book of Memories I'm putting together about my mom and dad.  I love this one because Jonathan is showing my dad his new muck boots.  He loved having the grandkids in to visit.  He did not communicate very well, but most times the grandkids understood what he wanted. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Beautiful Fall Days in East Texas

Today was one of those rare fall days in East Texas. I did not like being indoors! The staff at the clinic came over and had lunch in the outdoor kitchen! Plenty of sunshine, a light breeze, good company and good food. I want to remember days like this.

Here are a couple of cards: The first one was a hooot! It used Cottonelle toilet paper for the base! LOL. It was a fun technique that Gina K did in the current issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine! It took several tries, but was fun!!!!

Stamp: Gina K Designs Elegant Flowers
Paper: Vibrant Violet cardstock by Gina K Design

The next card is one of my favorites because of the scripture: I'm having trouble with the color on my computer so I hope it shows up navy. Gina K's In the Navy is absolutely beautiful!

Stamp: Rupa Shevde's Easter Blessing and the sentiment is from Nina Brackett's Vintage Borders
Paper: In the Navy cardstock, Good as Gold by Gina K Designs

The last card is another one I am having fits getting the color to turn out right. It is Gina K's beautiful Vibrant Violet cardstock, the embossing is in gold with a little bit of misc. dp.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Welcome to our first Center Stage Spotlight Design Team Blog Hop!

Jessica Fick, the Design Team Coordinator for GinaK Designs has issued a challenge to all of the past and present team CSS team members to make a Christmas card with one of these sketches:

HEY GUYS --THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND FUN--------NINA BRACKETT is giving away a Hip to Be Square stamp set - she will pick a random commenter from one of the blogs and she is not telling you which one :-). This is her way of spreading the love.

Here are mine:

This one uses a digital paper from Gina K Designs called Vintage Holly with some of that BEAUTIFUL Good as Gold and Rocket Red cardstock from Gina K Designs. The sentiment is from Rupa Shevde's The Magic of Christmas.

This one uses Gina K Designs Designer Paper available as a digial paper called Vintage Holly and Chocolate Kiss cardstock.  The cute filigree sled and sentiment are from Rupa Shevde's The Magic of Christmas.

This one uses Gina K Designs Nearly Navy and Good as Gold cardstock. The stamps are from the Magic of Christmas and were embossed in gold.

We know you're going to LOVE what everyone has designed for us tonight! First check out Gina K's blog

Gina K Designs

Then, here are the links for GinaK's Current CSS Team Members:

Deb Felts

Diana S. Queen

Karen Knegten

Melissa Cash

Sharri Seffens

Sue VanDeVusse

and the links for all of the past CSS Design Team members participating:

Brenda Turner,

Carla Suto,

Carolina Buchting,

Charlene Merrick,

Dawn Lusk,

DeeMarie Kelemen,

Geri Utterback ,

Giovanna Smith,

Janice Melton,

JenMarie Taylor,

Jennie Harper,

Joy Hadden,

Kay Simmons,

Linda Payne,

Lori McAree,

Melisa Waldorf,

Pam Imholz,

Selma Stevenson,

Shannon Bracken,

Shelly Wilson,

Sue Walsh,

Tina Gilliland

Some of GinaK's Senior Design Team Members and Illustrators wanted to get in on the fun tonight too:

Asela Hopkins

Carolyn King

Cindy Lawrence

Jessica Fick

Lee Murphy

Lynn Mercurio

Nina Brackett

Melanie Muenchinger

along with Nina Brackett's Guest Designer: Lisa Hjulberg

All of these gorgeous cards from the entire team will be added to the StampTV gallery throughout the next few days with the tag cssjf1 (which stands for center stage spotlight jessica fick 1)

These sketches are also our sketch challenge for this week, so be sure to check out all the information in the discussion in our Challenge group over on StampTV Thursday morning. We'd love to see your cards with the sketch too!

Monday, November 2, 2009


Gina K issued a challenge of making a gift box of cards.  Here is my project.  This was soooooo EASY.  On her blog page she give fast and easy insturctions on how to get them done SUPER fast.  I'm making several of these. 

I used some GKD white and sweet corn cardstock with Asela Hopkins Framed Friends stamps and the bow is from my crazy big stash.  You can get the clear box and stamp set from Gina K Designs.  The Framed Friends stamp set is really cute -- there are 17 stamps!  I'll be using this stamp set a lot and in a few days, I'll post some other projects.


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