Monday, November 17, 2008

"my cuppa' joe" is Cool Beans!

I walked up the steps to my apartment and what to my wondering eyes do I see, a cute little box filled with Gina K Designs stamps. I was giddy with excitement. Like a 6 year old girl on Christmas morning. I grabbed the box and hurried into my apartment. I put my bags down and ran to my stamp room. I tore open the box and salivated over the cool new stamps. I mounted the "my cuppa' joe" first and then I mounted "Have a Cookie". I could wait no longer. I made a card using my cuppa' joe. I just love the sentiments in this set. The Cool Beans sentiment has got to be one of my favorites. Here is my card:

I used Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, and Baja Breeze CS. I used Memento Rich Cocoa to stamp the images and SU Close To Cocoa ink for the sponging. There are little blue rhinestonse on the blue and green mugs. And I used up a scrap of green ric rac on the one corner. It matches Wild Wasabi perfectly.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

God of Love

I was going through my stash and found some fun stuff I received as a gift a while ago from my niece. She bought me a pack of packaging tags and some silver metal "Love" embelishments. I forgot I had them. So I challenged myself to use them. After browsing the Dirty Gallery this morning, I was totally inspired and this is what I made:

I really like the Wild Saffron DP from K & Company. It is absolutely gorgeous. I covered the tag with a piece from that collection. I used Close to Cocoa & River Rock with the paper and it matches nicely. That pretty pearl brad is also from K & Company. I picked up a pack of them at Ollie's Bargain Outlet last weekend. I paid $1.29. Wow, very cheap. I added some ribbon, linen thread and primas. I used the Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch. The stamped sentiment is from God's Blessings (Stampin' Up!).

I also embellished the inside. I have noticed some stampers finish the insides and I really like the look. So now I am doing that as well.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Smilin' Hoodie Challenge

Gina K Designs released lots of fabulous new sets last night. She threw a big party and her DT members hosted some challenges. Melanie challenged us to make a card using at least 3 different Gina K Designs stamp sets. She used 5 in her sample, so I decided to do the same. Actually I used 6 if you include the retired SU set, Great Shapes to make the large polka dotted backround.

I used the following GKD sets: Little Tees, Just So Sporty, Autumn Leaves, Whimiscal Autumn, Hip Hop Accessories.

I also added a special touch to the inside of the card.

I think I will give this card to my best friend. He can always make me laugh and he loves bright colors.

There are 2 more challenges posted in Gina K Designs Forum on SCS that are calling my name.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Groovy Girls in Retro Colors

I have been playing with some new colors that I don't normally use together. They kind of remind me of retro style 50's or 60's. Not sure what decade these colors were popular, but I am pretty sure it was before I was born. LOL!!

So I found a cute chipboard album kit by Maya Road at Ollie's Bargain Outlet for $7.99. I believe the kits sell for at least $20.00 normally. The kit contained some white core textured card stock, designer paper, chipboard pieces, stickers to match the DP, an 8 x 8 naked chipboard album and some page protectors.

I used some of the DP and card stock to make this card. First I stamped the girls from the retired Stampin' Up! set Girlfriends using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Georgia Pacific White card stock. I colored them in using PrismaColor and Bic Markit markers. I layered the colored image onto some Olive Green Textured CS from the kit. Next I layered Orange Textured CS onto more of the Olive Green Textured CS. I layered a piece of Yellow DP onto the Orange. I cute a slit into the stamped image and base to thread and tie the yellow gingham ribbon. I layered everything onto Marigold Morning {retired} from Stampin' Up! I pulled out a felt flower that I bought several months ago from Target's Dollar Spot. I added a large brown brad from Basic Grey and attached it to the card.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Krafty Thank You Card

Jess from Gina K Designs asked us to make a Thank You card for someone in our life that we are thankful for. I made this Krafty square card using the So Grateful by designed by Rupa Shevde. I used some gorgeous DP from K & Company {Wild Saffron collection}. The card base is Kraft from Stampin' Up! The acorn is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored in using PrismaColor and Bic Markit Markers on Very Vanilla CS. I layered the the acorn onto Close to Cocoa & Old Olive. I added some Chocolate tafetta ribbon and a few green Dew Drops from the Getaway color collection. I stamped the Thank You sentiment using Dark Brown Color Box Chalk Ink.

You can join the rest of the Gina K Design fans at Split Coast Stampers or Paper Craft Planet.