Monday, November 30, 2009

Gina K. Sneak Peeks Day #1.........Lovely Shelf and Tech Talk!!!!

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Ooooooo yes it is Gina K. Designs Sneak Peek time!!!!! And the Illustrators again have designed fabulous new sets!!!!!!
I used Nina's new Lovely Shelf to actually make a little shelf......using some pink woodgrainy type dp in the background like the wall that the shelf is hung upon......and some little lovelies on the shelf!!! Especially a teapot......I mean who doesn't love a teapot??!!! It's soooo dainty!!! And lots of opportunity for bling and embellies!!!! LOL

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Oh now Melanie...........yep, Melanie............well, she's done it again!!!! She's gone Hi Tech!!!! Her new set is called Tech Talk........and of COURSE I had to make a PINK LAPTOP first thing!!!! I stamped it on the new Mother Of Pearl GKD cardstock.......it's so shimmery IRL!!! Although waiting for it to completely dry is a challenge for me!!! LOL I just wanted a super girlie, get well for a techie girlfriend!!!

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:
Now don't forget to check in the Gina K. Designs forum on Splitcoast on Thursday night for the Release Party starting at 7 p.m. Central!!!!!

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

ETSY Inspired #64.........and a Special Challenge!!

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It's a fun ETSY Inpsired Challenge Saturday...........and if you've got the weekend to just relax and enjoy then jump into this challenge with us!!! This week's Etsy Shop is Barefoot Weaver. And there sure are some gorgeous inspiration pieces for sure!!!!!

Since I combined this challenge with the very special Challenge and Card RAK request from Deb found on Stamp TV I chose this dainty purple scarf. Even though the challenge was issued a few weeks ago......a family who has been through such a tragedy will always appreciate heartfelt cards and thoughts and prayers!!!


I used Melanie's gorgeous Festive Frame image and just kept the theme to lavendar and simple. Okay, yes, that's as simple as I can get..........still has to have bling!!

Please make sure to check out the ETSY Inspired Challenge Blog for all the details, prize info and to link up your creation and check out the amazing DT girls and their samples!!!!!!

I just want to let you all know that I'm in week number 4 now of being pretty miserable and not being able to eat much and losing weight..............now the losing weight part is fine since I have a ton to lose!!! LOL But I can't get to the doc anytime soon, but I suspect ulcers or something similar............anyway.............I'm soooooooo incredibly sorry to not have been by your blogs to visit in quite some time and trust me.........I MISS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!! Just doing the normal things I gotta do takes my energy...........but I will be trying to catch up here soon and let you all know how much I missed you and leave you lots of love!!!!!

Hope you all had a FABULOUS holiday weekend!!!!!!!!!!! And make sure y'all come back to check out the previews for the gorgeous new Gina K. Designs sets that start on Monday!!!!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

A Gina K. Hop With Calendar Bits & Pieces!!!!!

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It's a fabulous hop with more fun, new Gina K. Designs stamps!!!! This huuuuge and versatile set is designed by the talented Tami Mayberry!!!! Oh and just wait until you see ALLLLLLL the amazing ways to use this set along this blog hop!!!


  • Stamps: Calendar Bits & Pieces, Calendar Grid
  • Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White, All Spruced Up & Cranberry Tart
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Vivid Brick, Straw, Purple, Brown
  • Accessories: Primas, Pearls
I'm making a calendar for hubby to keep at the office........the home office or the Denver office......either one!!! I actually started with June........why?? Well because it's our anniversary and I found this photo of us from years ago celebrating an anniversary and just totally got into the mood to make the June calendar page!!! LOL As you can see.........the Calendar Grid is all laid out for you.....then the numbers, symbols, images, words, etc. are limitless!!! Well, almost!! ;) You can tell June 3rd is our Anniversary........I also marked other holidays that are commonly found on the calendar for June..........Father's Day and the first day of Summer. I now can't wait to sort thru older photos and make all the rest of the months!!!! As long as I have bling that is!!! LOL

For more inspiration, please visit Calendar Bits and Pieces' illustrator, Tami Mayberry, then to the following Blog Hop Participants from the GinaK Designs team:


{the GinaK Designs CSS team}
Deb, Sharri, Sue, Melissa.

{Tami's Guest designer}
Jennie Harper

Make sure you stop by Gina's blog to leave your comment for a chance to win this amazing stamp set for free! Remember to check our Idea Center for even more samples, tutorials, and links!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Gina K. Hop.............Vintage Style!!!!

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It's a beautiful time of year..........and tonite's Gina K. Designs hop will put you in a holiday spirit for sure!!!!! We're showcasing Nina's beautiful Vintage Borders stamp set tonite!!!

I stamped this border image on both sides of my cardstock in Colorbox Gold Ink and cut out the edging. The scallop punch I have didn't work, so I cut them out with scissors. I used the gorgeous and perfect holiday colors of the Pure Luxury cardstock, Cranberry Crisp, All Spruced Up, Good As Gold and White. I used the verse from the stamp set as the focal point and some gold bling to tie it all together!! Well, that and because...........ummm............it's BLING!!!! Y'all KNOW how I most certainly MUST have bling!!!! LOL

How about some more inspiration with the Vintage Borders stamp set? First, check in with the Illustrator of this versatile stamp set, our Senior Designer Nina Bracket and her friend Lisa Hjulberg joining in the blog hop tonight.

Then, stop by these GinaK Designer's & Center Stage Spotlight blogs for even more samples:

Asela, Carolyn, Cindy, Emily, Erika, Jessica, Kurtis, Lee, Lynn, and Melanie



Before you finish hopping, be sure to check in on GinaK's blog to enter your comment for a chance to win Nina's Vintage Borders stamp set. If you already have purchased Nina's set, you can substitute any GinaK Designs stamp set valued at $23.95 or less.

For those of you are who looking for a quick and easy Christmas card idea, check out the Vintage Borders Card Kit available online in GinaK's store tonight. The Kit includes the step by step tutorial as well as all the card stock cut to the exact measurements needed to make 4 cards. For more details and photos of this card kit, see Jessica Fick's blog link as well as this Class Kit link.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

ETSY Inspired #62..............Quiltish!!!!!!

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It's a FABulous ETSY Challenge..........are you ready???? This week's shop is Quiltish by Alissa Jacobs........and it's a cutie, cutie, shop!!!!!!!!!!

I chose this sweet, colorful design as it totally was perfect for my newest Unity Stamps kit!!!!

This is from the October Kit Of The Month.........and so fun to glitz up a little bit to match this fun DCWV Fall Glitter Stack dp!!!! And I sooooo love the Twill that Mandy carries at Limelight Papercrafts!!!! Not to mention the Stickles and Rhinestones!!!! LOL Yep..........blingy, bling, bling!!!! LOL

Now head over to the ETSY Inpsired Blog for all the deets and to check out all the fabulous DT creations!!!!!

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Now I have to share this fun........I got this "sweeeeeeeet" award!!!!!! From my fabulously talented and very sweet friend, Tina!!!!! Check out her blog..........she's amazing!!!!!!!! And I have to answer some questions.......some I can't, so I'll do my best!!

1. Where is your cell phone? On my nightstand.

2. Your hair? Now it's just below my shoulder after having been long for 20 years!!!

3. Your mother? n/a

4. Your father? n/a

5. Your fave food? This always depends on my mood! LOL But chocolate ranks pretty high!!

6. Your dream last night? I thankfully rarely dream as usually I only have nightmares.

7. Your fave drink? Diet Coke.......it's an addiction!!!

8. Your dream/goal? To always be in love with my hubby and see my children grow into happy, fulfilled adults!!

9. What room are you in? Snuggled in bed late at night with my laptop!!

10. Your hobby? Stamping, reading, baking.

11. Your fear? Mostly heights and dark.

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? I'd love to be a Gramma! Shhhh......don't tell the kids! ;)

13. Where you were last night? Stampin' away!!!

14. Something that you aren’t? Skinny!!! LOL

15. Muffins? Blueberry Streusel!!! Would you like to make me some?? :)

16. Wish List Item? I have so much as my hubby has spoiled me.......but I guess more Copics until I eventually have them all!!

17. Where did you grow up? Mostly Colorado.

18. Last thing you did? Made a card for a challenge!!

19. What are you wearing? Jammies!!!

20. Your TV? Forensic shows, some reality shows, TV Land, old movies.........always in the background as I stamp!

21. Your Pets? Yellow Lab - Kaia; Lab/Rottie Mix - Riley; 5 Kitties and various wildlife visitors!!!

22. Friends? I'm blessed with lots of wonderful friends in my life!!!

23. Your Life? I seriously have a wonderful family and special life here in the Colorado mountains!!!

24. Your Mood? Contemplative.

25. Missing Someone? Yes.

26. Vehicle? I mostly drive the Expedition.

27. Something your not wearing? Socks since I'm snuggled under the blankies!!!

28. Your fave store? Gina K Designs........and lots more too since I do love to shop!!! LOL

29. Your fave color? Oh come now..........you know you ALL know it's PINK!!!!!!!!!!!

30. Last time you laughed? At hubby just a few minutes ago!!!

31. Last time you cried? I don't cry.

32. Your best friend? I don't have just one!!! I have TONS of best friends!!!!

33. One place that I go to over and over? My stamp room!!! LOL

34. One person who emails regularly? Lots of people!!!

35. Fave place to eat? Red Lobster!!!

36. Facebook? Yeppers!!!


Okay..........now seriously.......I'm only supposed to pick 5 people to pass this along to........and I will so we can get this going around to everyone without being overwhelming........but you all HAVE to know that I'd pass it along to each and everyone of you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course I'll send it right back to my girl Tina!!!! Here's my 5:

Misti
JenMarie
Cat
Carolina
Lori


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Friday, November 13, 2009

A Gina K. Hop With Asela..............First Christmas!!!

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It's another fabulous designer hop by Gina K Designs.............it's Asela's precious new set, First Christmas!!! I totally ADORE this sweet set!!!!


  • Stamps: First Christmas
  • Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White, Cranberry Crisp, Fresh Asparagus; BG Eskimo Kisses
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories: Crystal Effects, Pearls, Ribbon, Stickles

I wanted to make a fairly CAS card that could be duplicated to make multiples pretty easily......so I used a cuttlebug folder, Joy and Cheer, for the background........and then let the paper-pieced ornaments just pop against the green and red.........actually Asparagus and Cranberry Tart which is some of my favorite Pure Luxury cardstock!!!! My lighting sure wasn't cooperating very well as you can't really see the ornaments all glazed up with Crystal Effects and a touch of gold glitter at the tops. But trust me........it's shiny!!!! LOL

Are you ready for some more Eye-Candy tonight!? Stop in at Asela Hopkin's blog (our featured Illustrator tonight) and see what she has prepared for us.

Then, check out these GinaK Designer's blogs for their projects:

as well as our CenterStage Spotlight Designer's blogs:
Deb and Sharri and Diana and Karen

Remember, the Idea Center has lots of tutorials, photos, and links that will provide even more ideas for you with this stamp set!

And, if you haven't already done so, be sure to leave a comment on GinaK's blog for a chance to win this stamp set tonight too! If you have already purchased this set, you may swap it out for any other GinaK stamp set valued at $23.95.

~ Have A Creative Day! ~

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Very Special Gina K. Release With Tami!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WoooooooHooooooo!!!!!!!!! Welcome to a VERY exciting, exciting, exciting Gina K. Designs release!!!!!!!!! The ever fabulous Tami Mayberry has designed a truly AMAZING stamp set!!!!!

I've been sick for a week, so I was only to make a simple set of invites to show........but seriously you'll be stunned by HOW MANY stamps are in this set!!!!!! I used the little snowflake and cupcake images and I flipped the word "MOM" upside down to make a "Winter Wow" phrase........I mean really..........I'd LOVE to go to a Winter Wow Party!!!!!!! Hmmm.....now that I made the invites I guess I should plan a party!!!! 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:


~ Have A Creative Day! ~

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Special Gina K. Hop............Melanie's Festive Frame!!!!

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It's another fabulous special Gina K. Designs Blog Hop!!! This time featuring the talented and lovely Melanie Muenchinger!!!

Okay.............are you ready for a break from my winter cards??? LOL Well, since our snow is still melting in the nice temps we have again.........I was in the mood for Spring!!!! Well, of course I am ALWAYS in the mood for PINK!!!! LOL




  • Stamps: Festive Frame, Lord of the Season
  • Paper: Pure Luxury Ivory, Pink, Eskimo Kisses bg paper
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
  • Accessories: Pearls, Ribbon, Crystal Lacquer

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this gorgeous Festive Frame Poinsettia frame stamp!!!! Sooooo many possibilities you know!!!! Cuz you all just KNOW you aren't only gonna find traditional from me!!!! LOL Although there ARE pink poinsettias.........so I'm actually being rather traditional after all!!! I used a sentiment from Nina's Lord Of The Season stamp set. I couldn't resist really shining up the flowers with some Crystal Lacquer and of course adding some bling!!!!


Melanie Muenchinger, the Illustrator of Festive Frame has invited a couple of her friends to join in on the blog hop tonight, so click on their blog links to see the projects they've created for us:

Then, check in on these GinaK Designer's participating in the Blog Hop tonight:
After you're done hopping to all the Designer's blogs stop by GinaK's Idea Center here: Festive Frame for lots more ideas on how to use Melanie's stamp set. And, don't forget to check in on GinaK's blog so you can leave your comment to be entered as a chance to win this stamp set, too!

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

ETSY Inspired #61..............Wildflowers!!!!

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Just a quick post today for the ETSY Inspired Challenge #61..........check out the gorgeous nature photography at Fine Art Nature Photography and then just go ahead and TRY to pick out just one inspiration photo!!!! LOL



I chose this gorgeous photo.........I soooooooooo ADORE flowers.........especially wildflowers!!!! Yep, we have no flowers here currently and still have a blanket of wet snow and mud!!! LOL So even more appreciated was this weeks' gorgeous flower challenge!!!

I made this little card and necklace gift set for a friend............she'll know who she is when she opens up the padded envie!!! ;) I'll be doing a tutorial this week on how to make these simple but sweet stamped necklaces!!!! So stay tuned!!! I couldn't resist decoratin a little tin of course with Melanie's What's In Your Tin set!!!!!

For the card I used Asela's Fruitful Harvest set............aren't those big sunflowers gorgeous??? Oh maybe I colored them more like black eyed susans...........well, whatever I did...........I LOVE this big flower image!!!! I used Gina K.'s Pure Luxury........Ivory, Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate Kiss and some basic grey dsp!! Of course had to get those embellies in there ya know!!! So some ribbon and pearls and stickles OH MY!!!! LOL


Please stop by the ETSY Inspired Challenge Blog for alllllllllll the details and the fun prize info and to see all the FUN and FAB DT girls and check out their beautiful cards!!!!
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

It's a Gina K. Designs Hop..............CSS Style!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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:







  • Stamps: Warm & Cozy Christmas
  • Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White, Cranberry Tart & Green Apple; BG Eskimo Kisses
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
  • Accessories: Snowflake Embellies, Rhinestones, Ribbon, Stickles, Flower Soft

I used one of my all time FAVORITE Gina K. sets..........Warm & Cozy Christmas........these little ones are just so darling!!!! The latest Pure Luxury Cardstock colors are perfect for holiday cards!!!! And of course my current favorite BG Eskimo Kisses!!! The Polar White Flower Soft is so fun as "snow" and some frosty Stickles on the tree. OF COURSE I had to choose the blinged up sketch Jessica made..........I mean really...........now tell me you ALL knew I'd have no choice!! LOL
We know you're going to LOVE what everyone has designed for us tonight!

First, 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. Don't forget to check in on Gina's Blog 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

Nina will be giving away a GKD stamp set to one lucky commenter, so make sure to comment away!!!! Nina is so sweet!!!!
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!

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