Thursday, March 31, 2011

Living Room Birthday

I had so much fun making this card. It's reminiscent of one of my favorite cards from 2009. The stamps are Hero Arts' Wish You Were Here. The sentiment is SRM Stickers We've Got Your Stickers Happy. The papers are just scraps I found on my desk. The cream "base board" is embossed but it's hard to see on the photo. I added some bling on the chandelier and on the bottom.
Birthday Living Room
I'm entering this to the following challenges: Stampin' Sisters in Christ (paper piecing), CPS (sketch); CR84FN (color combo), The Shabby Tea Room (inspiration photo), and Hero Arts' March 2011 challenge.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Hugs

Today's card uses my latest GinaK Lovely Labels 3. The label was, of course, die cut with Spellbinders Labels 18. The papers are American Crafts Enchanted. The pink ribbon and buttons are PTI and twine by The Twinery.
Don't forget the Lily Pad Cards Hop is still happening. I don't know about you, but I'm excited about this new challenge blog because it involves many of my stamping idols.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Just a Note Tulips

I hope you had fun with the Lily Pad Blog hop yesterday. The hop continues today until the 1st of April on the Lily Pad Cards blog and enter their huge giveaway.

Today's card is for Card Patterns' sketch 108. Our sponsor is Stitchy Bear Stamps, which provided the tulip image on my card. I colored it with Copics and die cut with Spellbinders Labels 10. The papers are Webster's Pages and the sentiment is SRM Stickers Sentiments Thinking of You. I hope you can play along with us.
Nina Sketch 108
I'm in the middle of four major paper crafting projects that I can't wait to share with you all. I have to finish by the end of the week, when we have a group of friends coming to visit from America! We love having guests.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Welcome, Lily Pad Cards! Blog Hop

Welcome to stop #5 in the Lily Pad Cards blog hop! I am so excited to be a part of this event that finally reveals what Lily Pad Cards is all about and features so many of my paper crafting idols from all over the world. This blog hop starts today and will feature seven blogs per day when it culminates on Friday, April 1, with the grand opening of Lily Pad Cards.

Lily Pad Cards is a new challenge blog that will feature interviews, articles, videos, challenges, great prizes, and more!

Although Lily Pad Cards doesn’t officially bloom until April 1, 2011, you’ll be able to see a new sneak peek every day until then. And you’ll definitely want to drop by because there are three prize packages with a total retail value of over $800 - including a $100 gift certificate to a very popular online store! Go here for specific prize details and contest rules.

The hop’s theme is Welcome because not only are we welcoming Lily Pad Cards to the neighborhood, but we’re also welcoming all of you to come in and join in all the fun.

I have two cards to show you. The first welcomes spring. The girl is Little Frieda stamp by The Craft's Meow. The papers are Echo Park Springtime and the sentiment is SRM Stickers Sentiments' Spring.
Welcome Spring
My second card uses GinaK's Lovely Labels 3 (label and sentiment) stamps and Layers of Color's Embroidered Butterfly, which was colored with Copics. The papers are Crate Paper's Portrait Collection.
Welcome Home Butterfly
Thanks for stopping by! The next stop on the hop is my dear friend, Kathy Racoosin's blog, The Daily Marker. If you hit a bad link, you can always come back here and click on the next link in the hop. Please report any bad links to


Friday, March 25, 2011

Daisy for A Dear Friend

As many of you probably already know, my friend Lisa opened her very own web store, The Craft's Meow, where you can buy some beautiful paper crafting kits with the newest paper lines from some of our favorite Paper Companies like Crate Paper and Graphic 45. She is also selling her own line of stamps.

I made this card just because and it uses one of The Craft's Meow's exclusive stamps called Little Frieda's Daisy. I had to take out my Copics again and adorable Frieda was so much fun to color. I die cut her using Spellbinders Labels 10. The papers are Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe, which you can also buy from TCM as part of the kits. The sentiment is by Flourishes.
Frieda Daisy
I'm entering this to The Color Room's Palette #51 and The Shabby Tea Room's challenge (I used everything on the bingo card except the brad).

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A box of cards

Happy Thursday, everyone! Here's a box of gift cards that I created using the Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels Four. The papers are Cosmo Cricket Social Club and the birds and sentiments are from SRM Stickers (We've Got Your Stickers Birdie).

Card Set box
Because the stickers come with 4 birds and sentiments, I was able to make identical cards using the same sheet. The pattern on the papers remind me of a branch, so I perched the bird on it.
Card Set card
I'll have some news to share with you all, but it will have to wait till later :-). Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gina K Designs' March Release Hop, Day 4

I hope you've been enjoying the new format of the hop after the stamps have been released. This way, there's no waiting involved :-).

Today's cards feature the new Stamp TV kit, Springtime Silhouettes. They are just my style - very vintage. I used my Lovely Labels 3 for the frame and sentiment. The papers are from the brand new Emma's Shoppe by Crate Paper. I love this new paper line. I covered the bird with glitter.
My second card uses two images and a sentiment from Springtime Silhouettes and a label from the Lovely Labels 3. The papers are from Crate Paper's Portrait Collection. Can you tell CP is fast becoming my favorite paper company? I'm also loving twill tape.
For more inspiration, make sure you visit the following GKD team members' blogs. Remember, Gina is giving away prizes along the way.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gina K Designs' March Release Hop, Day 3

Today is the day I get to show you cards I've made using my latest Lovely Labels 3 set. As you probably already know, I love my Spellbinders Nestabilities and have an affection for anything vintage. Add to that the need I had for masculine I just had to design this set! :-). I also had the military and expats (which I am) in mind when I added the sentiments.

For my first card, I used the labels to make this vintage masculine card. Who said we can't use lace on a masculine card? :-). I die cut one of Spellbinders' Elegant Posts for the post.
LL3 Card 4
This next one is a quick card to make and used up some ribbon scraps. I die cut the label image with the Oval Nesties, so you don't have to use the specific labels the stamps were designed for.
LL3 Card 2
This card uses Rupa's Cute as a Bug set. I created a scene using Echo Park's Springtime papers. I just love the sentiment, which was die cut and sponged using SB Grommet Tags dies, that came with the image.
Cute as a Bug
Finally, I have Tami Mayberry's Perfect Pennants on this card. I die cut the banners borders and tassels from the SB Basic Banners dies. The papers are also from EP Springtime.
Per Pennants
Check out what the rest of the GKD team has created using these new stamps:


The winners for the 2nd blog anniversary giveaways, week 2 are:

From the commenters this past week...Becky.

The winner from my subscribers, who signed up via Inlinkz, is...#65 MariLynn!

Please email me via tab above with your info and I will send your prizes out to you! I will have one more set of prizes, but it will have to wait later on after the GinaK hops. Speaking of which, stay tuned for my post featuring my latest Lovely Labels 3 set.

Thank you all for your visits and comments and for entering my giveaways.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Gina K Designs' March Release Hop, Day 2

I'm glad you could join us today as the GinaK Designs team features the brand spankin' new stamps that are available for purchase now. Let's go straight to the projects then. :-)

My first card uses Theresa Momber's latest set, Warm with Love. I had so much fun coloring this iris with Copic markers. The papers are from the pack that comes with the new STV Kit. I also stamped the lace from Vintage Backgrounds on the bottom for added interest. After I colored the image, I die cut it using Spellbinders' Labels 10 and sponged the background using Distress Inks.
Warm Love
My second card highlights Melanie Muenchinger's Bring the Bling set. I stamped a row of "bling" flowers on the bottom, and also white embossed the edge of the patterned paper (also from the new STV Kit). The doilies and border were die cut using the Spellbinders' Floral Doily Accents and FD Motifs. The sentiment is from Warm with Love.
My third card showcases Asela Hopkin's Make a Splash set. This is such an adorable set and it goes well with Cosmo Cricket's Salt Air. I dotted the jellyfish using a white pen. It's a technique I learned from my friend Kathy.
Make a Splash 2
Are you ready for more inspiration and some giveaways? Make sure you visit the rest of the team's blogs:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

You're the Best and Some Announcements!

I just have a few announcements for you today. Please join me and the Gina K Designs team as we showcase the new release stamps this week. I will be back tomorrow morning for the GKD hop using three of the new stamps. And as usual, Gina will be offering some generous prizes along the way.

Here's a CAS card that was shared at the release party on Thursday using my latest Lovely Labels 3. I white embossed it on Chocolate brown cardstock. I stamped the text background from Vintage Backgrounds on the bottom with Versamark for added interest. The sentiment is die cut using Spellbinders' Fancy Tags Two.
LL3 Card 1
And tomorrow, my good friend Lisa Hjulberg will have the GRAND OPENING of her brand new adventure, The Craft's Meow. She has previews already showing on the blog, so make sure you check out what yumminess she has in store for us paper crafters.

See you back here tomorrow! Finally, don't forget to check out my 2nd blog anniversary giveaway. More details HERE.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sent With Love Butterfly

Today's card is for Card Patterns' sketch 107. I used some lovelies from Layers of Color art stamps, Embroidered Butterfly and Sent with Love. The papers are Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime.

We are celebrating one of our DT's birthday today. Warm birthday greetings to Vanessa, who is one of the most talented people I know on this side of the Atlantic. I've enjoyed getting to know her ever since I found her blog over a year ago. And she was even kind enough to guest design for me. I hope you have a fabulous day, Vanessa!
Nina Sketch 107
I hope you can join wouldn't want to miss the amazing prize this week!

Speaking of prizes, please don't forget to check out my 2nd blog anniversary giveaway. More details HERE.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Introducing Lovely Labels 3

I am excited to finally show you my latest Gina K Designs stamps, Lovely Labels 3, which coordinate with Spellbinders Labels 18, 20 and 21. The curved greetings fit inside the Spellbinder Ribbon Banner dies. I wanted to design something that can easily be used for masculine and feminine cards. The sentiments included are as follows:
  • Missing You
  • You're My Hero
  • Thankful For You
  • Get Well Wishes
  • Time To Celebrate!
  • Happy Birthday
  • Welcome Home
  • Sending You smiles and hugs across the miles
  • I know this for a fact, you're the best
  • Love*Sacrifice*Love*Honor...Happy Father's Day
  • Hugs
  • Hi!
  • I{heart image} you
Here is a card sample showing this new set, along with the new STV kit, Springtime Silhouettes. The colors follow today's STV Color Spotlight Challenge. The papers are Crate Paper's Portrait Collection.
Finally, here's a sneak peek of my Princess Wand on the SRM Blog today. You can purchase these wands from their online store HERE. They are so fun to decorate.
Princess wand top
I made it for my daughter who dressed as a princess (basically, she just dressed her Sunday best and fixed her hair up) for Masquerade a couple of weeks ago.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vintage Rose and a little sneak peek

Hello, friends. My hubby's finally here and all is well in the home! And he brought us lots of goodies like Jell-O and condensed milk (for my cheesecake and banana pudding recipes...yumm!). No chocolate chips this time. I'm well stashed on those for a couple of months. He also brought me lots of paper crafting goodies from my favorite CHA paper lines like Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe and Echo Park's Springtime. I can't wait to get creative!

My card today uses Layers of Color's gorgeous Cottage Rose cling art stamp. It's colored with Copics. The sentiment is from Fanciful Tags stamp set by Gina K, die cut with Spellbinders Fancy Tags dies. I'm entering this to The Shabby Tea Room's 1st birthday bash celebration.

NR Rose 2

And want to see a sneak peek of my latest Gina K Designs' stamps (hint: they coordinate with some of the new Spellbinders dies)? The party is tonight on StampTV, 7-9pm CST. The GinaK team is doing something different for this release and I hope you will join in the fun.

LL3 Card 3 peek


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

2nd Blog Anniversary Giveaways Week 2

EDIT: The winners for this week's giveaways are posted HERE.

Before I announce the winners from last week's giveaway, here's a card that I made just because. Don't you just love doing that? I used my GinaK Hugs and Prayers (poppies), Christ is Risen (main verse) sets and Layers of Color's The Love Chapter (script text background). I also used the brand new Spellbinders Labels 18. I did the emboss resist technique on this card. It was inspired by two challenges:
  • Etsy-Inspired - the photo inspiration is here.
  • Stampin' Sisters in Christ - my treasure is God's Word (the background text is I Cor 13 and of course, the main text), but in card-speak that would be the bling which I hoard like crazy. LOL!
And now the winners from last week's prizes. The commenter winner is:

The winner of the subscribers/followers only giveaway is:

Please email me (via tab above) to claim your prizes. Thank you for joining in the fun! Are you ready for more giveaways?

Here are this week's prizes. For a random commenter from today's post until Monday (March 21, 11:59pm PST), I will give this away: Gina K's Lawn and Garden, Seeds of Kindness, which go well with the SEI paper pack (please note this not brand new, but only a few sheets are missing). Remember you get to comment twice a day if you share this post on Facebook or your blog.
For my faithful subscribers and followers (via Google readers, Facebook, blogger, etc.), this is what's up for grabs:
  • GinaK's Fun Year Round stamp set
  • Some of my favorite SRM Stickers
  • 3 colors of twine from The Twinery (15 yards each)
  • Maya Road felt cupcakes
Remember, you have to enter your name via the Inlinkz below to be included in the drawing. Leaving a comment stating you're a follower will NOT be enough as I have no way to keep track of them easily. If you entered last week, no need to enter again. One entry per person, please. Duplicate entries will not be included in the drawing. If you don't have a blog, just enter mine, but make sure you enter your email address. Thank you for your regular visits!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Another CAS card

I have been enjoying making CAS (clean and simple) cards lately. Here's another one for this week's Stamp TV's Sketch Spotlight Challenge. I used the sentiments from my Christ is Risen set.
I will be drawing the winners from last week's giveaway by midnight PST and post the results tomorrow, along with the new set of giveaways to celebrate my 2nd blog anniversary. There's still time to enter. More info HERE.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thank You Blog Hop

Welcome to the Gina K Designs team's special Spellbinders Thank You Blog Hop! I hope you're hopping along with us and arrived here from my talented friend Michelle Woerner's blog. To see the blog hop order, visit the StampTV site.

It is no secret how much I love my Spellbinder dies *wink* and I'm so excited to be a part of this hop as we showcase different projects featuring our beloved dies using the new Grand Calibur machine. When I was at CHA in January, I was able to demo the Grand Calibur to retailers and it was such a great experience. The machine works effortlessly. It is much easier to crank than my other die cutting machine, which I often have to hold still with my left hand as I crank with the right. Grand Calibur's suction works so well that you don't need to do this. It stays put as it cuts. I also love that the cutting area is HUGE! You can cut up to letter size, meaning you can die cut several shapes at a time.

Here is my first card for today's hop. I used the following dies for this one:
The label is from the Lovely Labels set and the verse is from my Christ is Risen set. The papers are American Crafts Enchanted.

And notice that border of bling? That's my favorite find at CHA called the Nestabling, manufactured by Want2Scrap. Bling and Spellbinder Nestabilities together...what more could a crafty girl ask for?
SB card 2 detail
My second card features the following dies:
SB card 1
The sentiment is also from Christ is Risen and the papers are also American Crafts Enchanted.
SB card 1 detail
From here, hop along to the Copic marker extraordinaire, Sharon Harnist's blog. I am sure you will not be disappointed. Thank you for joining us today.

Finally don't forget my 2nd blog anniversary giveaway. More details HERE. The winner will be picked from one of the commenters all week. And make sure you check out the Subscriber/Follower only giveaway, too!
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