Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cammie's Blog Give Away


I wanted to tell you about a great thing happening over at Cammie's blog.  She is doing a wonderful give away in honor of her grandmother who died a few years ago of complications resulting from Alzheimer's disease.  Cammie wants to build awareness of the disease and what goes into the caring of people with it.  One of the requirements of the contest is to make and send a card to a caregiver.  I work in a nursing home/ rehab center and have first hand experience of how difficult yet rewarding it can be to care for the elderly, no matter what their diagnosis may be. 

I used the leaf print from the Signs of Autumn Stamptv kit.  I wanted to do an embossed resist technique with the stamping underneath it, but I didn't have a small print or background stamp, so I made my own background using one of the mum stamps from the Lean on Me set.  I stamped the mum in pumpkin all over the cardstock, then stamped the leaf in versamark and clear embossed.  Then I sponged over everything with caramel, then navy inks.  I wasn't sure how to fit on a sentiment, so I just put it on the inside of the card.  This sentiment is very appropriate!  Caregivers do make the world a better place!  So hop on over to Cammie's blog to get all the details, make a card, and send it out to a caregiver deserving of a great THANK YOU!

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps:  Signs of Autumn, Lean on Me, Thanks a Million GKD
Ink:  SU pumpkin, navy, caramel, Versamark
Paper:  PL kraft, navy, pumpkin, ivory GKD
Other:  Button from GKD, ribbon, EP

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

End of Birthday Weekend


So today I'm showing my last card that I gave this past weekend to my friend Netty.  As I said yesterday, the last weekend of September has come to be known as Birthday Weekend, as 3 of my friends' birthdays are 3 days in a row.  It's easier for the rest of us friends to celebrate with one big party together.

I stayed with the theme I had going with the other 2 cards, and made this little piggy all glittery.  The inside of the card says " go hog wild".  It fits my friend perfectly as she loves to be a little wild and crazy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Down on the farm, GKD
Ink:  momento black
Paper:  PL bubblegum pink, ocean mist, white, DP Basic Grey
Other:  ribbon from GKD, glitter, nesties,  SU circle punches

Monday, September 27, 2010

Birthday Weekend

I hope you had a great weekend and made it through another Monday.  I had a great weekend, celebrating birthdays for 3 wonderful friends.  Their birthdays are 3 days in a row, September 24, 25, and 26.  We have been celebrating together for a couple of years now, and it has come to be known as BIRTHDAY WEEKEND.  So, of course I had 3 cards to make.  I showed Joanie's card last week, the one with a glittery cupcake.  Today's card was for Shana, and here it is:

The card uses Vicki's sketch from her challenge on Stamptv.  I love this little fairy, and it's hard to tell in the picture, but her wings are all glittery.  I have 1 more card from birthday weekend to show, hopefully in the next day or two.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Wishes and Dreams
Ink:  Momento black, SU Night of Navy, SU markers
Paper:  PL cardstock innocent pink, bubblegum pink, in the navy, white, Dp from Basic Grey Olivia
Other:  nesties, glitter, 2 way glue

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Color and Sketch


Today's card is for Janice's color challenge at Stamptv to use red, green, brown, and ivory and for the sketch at Card Patterns, CP 82.  As soon as I saw the colors for Janice's challenge I thought of Christmas.  So I used one of my favorite Gina K sets, Warm and Cozy Christmas.  Using the sketch, the card actually came together pretty quickly, and even the way I initially pictured it in my head, hehe. ( Doesn't always happen that way.)
Thanks for visiting!

Stamps:  Warm and Cozy Chistmas, Fanciful Tags  Gina K Designs
Ink:  Moment black, SU Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, SU markers
Paper:  Cardstock PL Chocolate, Apple green, ivory, DP from stash
Other:  Ribbon from GKD, nesties, brads

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CPS 185

Good evening!

My card tonight is a birthday card for a great friend whose birthday is this weekend.  The layout is from CPS 185.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use one of the multi-patterned papers from the Basic Grey pads.  This one is from the lemonade pad.  I just followed the lines between each pattern to cut the paper apart and spaced the strips on some apple green cardstock.  Simple as pie!  The cupcake frosting is all sprinkley with glitter, yum!  Stamps, cardstocks, and ribbon are from Gina K Designs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Sweetest Blessings from GKD
Ink:  Momento black, SU markers for coloring, SU rose
Paper:  GKD Pure Luxury black, innocent pink, green apple, and white, Basic Grey DP
Other: 2 way Glue, glitter, nesties, ribbon from GKD

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Favorite Fall Memory


It's almost time for another GinaK Designs stamp release, and that means a chance to become the next Centerstage Spotlight designer.  Gina's challenge for us this time is to make a project based on a favorite fall memory.
I have always enjoyed Halloween growing up and with my own kids.  It was always a big deal in my family with decorating, carving pumpkins, getting or making costumes, and of course trick or treating.

I used the new stamp set Boo! for my card.  The haunted house was stamped with versamark and heat embossed with black EP.  The moon and stars were stamped in yellow, then I drew over them with a versamarker, to heat emboss with clear EP.  Then the whole image was sponged.  I stamped, colored and cut out the jack-o-lanterns to pop them up in the corner.  Added some score lines and ribbon, heat embossed the sentiment in black, and done.

Thanks for visiting!
Stamps:  Boo! from Gina K Designs
Ink:  SU eggplant, navy, lilac, Momento black, versamark
Paper:  pl cardstock lovely lilac and white, SU cardstock black, eggplant
Other:  SU markers, versamarker, ribbon, nesties, scorpal

Thursday, September 16, 2010

CPS 184


Today's card is made with this weeks sketch over at Card Positioning Systems, CPS 184.

I went for a CAS type card with lots of white space.  I love the crisp look it gives to cards.  After stamping and coloring the sailboat, it was cut out with a nesties labels die.  With the die still in place, I sponged with the Pacific Point ink.  When the die is removed, it leaves a nice white border, which I then colored with a yellow marker.  An easy way to get that layered look with small borders!

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps:  Lazy Days of Summer from GKD
Paper:  Base weight white from GKD, SU Pacific Point, Summer Sun
Ink:  SU Pacific Point, SU markers Pacific Point, Summer Sun, CReamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
Other:  Nesties, white gel pen

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Challenging Colors


I hope you are having a great Wednesday.  I'm happy knowing the week is half over!

Today's card is for this weeks color challenge at StampTv, to use pink, brown, teal, and orange.  What a challenge this was for me!  I was ok with any combination of 3 of those colors, but adding the fourth one was hard.  I was lucky to find this Dp from Basic GRey that had the colors in it, and I just went from there.

I used the new Lean on Me set from GinaK, with the rock and roll technique on the flowers, and outlined the leaves with a marker after stamping.
I'm sending this card to a young teen named Riley from our church, who has just underwent 2 back surgeries in the past week to correct a severe scoliosis.  Her parents have reported a rough time following the 1st surgery with a lot of pain and some fluid in the lungs, and I'm not sure yet how the 2nd surgery went.  Please keep her and her family in your prayers also.

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps:  Lean on Me from GinaK
Ink:         Vivid aqua, SU creamy caramel, pumpkin,
                 regal rose, taken with teal marker
Paper:      PL pumpkin, white, chocolate, ocean mist,
                 Basic Grey Max and Whiskers
Other:      ribbon fron GKD, nesties,
                 swiss dots embossing folder

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hey Ghoulfriend!

Happy Sunday!

Today's card is for the sketch challenge over at StampTv stvsketchvd1.  Vikki gave 2 sketches this week, 1 for a CAS card and one for a card with all the frills.  I think mine falls somewhere in between, lol.

I have been making so many cards with fall colors lately, that I was really itching to make something bright, and what's brighter than Pure Luxury Bubblegum Pink?  And I love this funky Dp from Basic Grey.

Thanks for visiting!

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Boo! GinaK Designs
Ink:  Vivid Aqua, Versamark
Paper:  Pure luxury cardstock Bubblegum Pink, Black Onyx, Dp Basic Grey Olivia
Other:  nesties, black EP

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Double Challenge.


Today's card was made with 2 challenges in mind, the color challenge over at StampTV and CPS 183 at Card Positioning Systems.  The color challenge was to use brown, red, yellow, and kraft.

All stamps, cardstock, and most ribbion are from GinaK Designs.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Thinking of You


Today I have a card I made for my brother-in-law's birthday which is later in the month.  I CASEd the main image/scene from a card Theresa Momber made here.  Theresa has great tutorial pictures on her blog for sponging and coloring images.

I used Theresa's set from GKD called Life is Good.  This set is special to me because it was the set I was assigned when I was one of StampTV's Centerstage Designers.  The leaves on the background are from the StampTV kit Signs of Autumn.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 6, 2010

RAK Challenge

Good Evening!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day Weekend.  Tonight's card is for a challenge over on STV.  I joined the RAK group that Melissa Schultz started over there, and she issued a challenge to make a "thinking of you"  card based on last week's challenges to send to someone else in the group.  I used the sketch challenge from Gina.

I used the new Lean on Me stamp set for the flower, and the Fancy Tags set for the sentiment.  The Dp is from Basic Grey.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Toys!


Yes!  My GinaK order arrived today with some of the stamp sets from the latest release, along with some extras like nesties, cardstock, and Dp.  So of course, I had to play right away.  For inspiration, I used this weeks color challenge over at Stamptv:  brown, ivory and yellow.

I used the new set Lean on Me ( which also comes with a card kit right now).  I stamped one of the mum images onto my lemon drop yellow cardstock with versamark and clear embossed.  Then I used my brayer to apply the brown ink right over top, and wiped with a paper towel.  I love the effect of this technique.  The sentiment was stamped in brown, then sponged over in yellow while the nesties die was still in place.  It is all layered on a kraft base, which I used my scor-pal to add some lines at the top and bottom.  Added some of that great stiched ribbon from GinaK, and it was done.

Thanks for visiting, and have a great evening!
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