Saturday, May 22, 2010

I made this red, white and blue coffee card for Tina's color challenge over at  I used Rocket Red, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze and White.  The images are from Heartily Yours and sentiment from Heartily Yours Additions both by Gina K Designs. Card size is 4" x 8".

I will be back tomorrow to share some more projects. Have a fabulous Sunday!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Repurposed Napkin Holder

Over at Karen's latest Anything But a Card challenge is earth friendly. She challenged us to re-purpose a napkin holder.  I didn't have one already, so I stopped by the Dollar Store on Sunday after church to pick one up. Then I proceeded to make it over with some cool new paper I found. It is from Cosmo Cricket's The Boyfriend collection.  I love the hanging clothing and the Game Over with the old school Atari joystick.  I used images from the Tech Talk stamp set by Gina K Designs. Being a techno geek, I love that set. :o)  I think I'll take this to work to hold some items on my desk; like my notepad and such.

Stamps: Tech Talk
Paper: Pure Luxury Green Apple (laptop and wrap for napkin holder sides), Sweet Corn (envelope) and Ivory (computer screen) AND Cosmo Cricket The Boyfriend
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Inspired by Spongebob's BFF Patrick

Yes, my title says it all.  LOL! 

So, Gina's challenge this month is to be inspired by your favorite movie.  Most of my favorite movies are science fiction and mainly those that take place in space.  You know, Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, etc.  Maybe I am really an alien?! 

Anyway, one of my favorite non-sci-fi movies is Spongebob Squarepants The Movie.  Spongebob and Patrick crack me up. Makes me feel like a Goofy Goober! :o)  So I chose to use that movie as my inspiration.

The set I chose to use is Quite a Catch. How perfect that there is a starfish image that reminds me of Spongebob's BFF, Patrick. If I slapped a pair of tighty whiteys on him who would know the difference, right? LOL! 

Of course I had to make him a pink/coral color like he is in "real life".  So I stamped him onto Pure Luxury (PL) Innocent Pink card stock and colored his eyes with a white gel pen to give him some life.  I had to mix in some yellow for good ol' Spongebob, so I cut an oval from PL Lemon Drop as his backdrop. I stamped "Don't Worry Be Happy" from the set because Spongebob and Patrick seem to live this motto.  I embossed with the Swiss Dots folder to make it look like bubbles surrounding him.  The green layer is actually paper with fish swimming.  I embossed it with the Mosaic folder.  I layered that on some more PL Innocent Pink. The card base is PL 120 lb. White. Love that stuff for card bases!!  I used Vicki's sketch for this week as my layout.  When I look at the starfish on this card it definitely makes me want to smile. :o)

And here is the movie cover image that gave me my inspiration.

If you haven't seen this movie and have a goofy sense of humor, you've got to check it out.  I need to borrow it from niece and watch it again.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

CASEing Melanie

Melanie posted a challenge on her blog to go ahead and CASE her.  I decided to CASE the fold she used in a card she posted a while ago using a Kindred Spirits stamp from Gina K Designs.  Here is a link to the post with the card she made.  I used stamps from two of Melanie's sets.  Her newest set, Gifts from the Sea and an older, and my favorite set, Little Tees.  I stamped the seagulls and the word relax on a t-shirt as the focal point. I used pattern paper from Basic Grey Ambrosia as the base for the colors.  I love this type of fold for cards.

Here is the card closed to show you what the front looks like:

And here it is open:

There is a white panel to the left of the inside that a small message can be written to the recipient.  I have a friend that I used to work with that loves the beach.  She spends several months in Key West each winter. And her favorite color is orange.  So I think I will send this to her as a "Thinking of You" card. 

Stamps: Little Tees & Gifts from the Sea {Gina K Designs}
Paper: Lipstick Red, Smoky Slate, White {Pure Luxury GKD}, Tangerine Tango {SU}, Ambrosia {BG}
Accessories: orange gingham ribbon, small white pearls, Textile CB embossing folder, Nestabilities Circle and Labels 3 Dies

Friday, May 07, 2010

Gone Fishing with a Basket

The basket Gina has featured in the videos this week over at is so easy and fun to make. I decided to make a masculine basket using the new stamp set Gone Fishing.

I've had the basket weave pattern paper for forever. When I first saw the set I thought about this paper and how it looks like a fishing basket weave. So I made one of Gina's baskets with Pure Luxury Chocolate card stock and used the basket paper to cover it.  The metal piece under the fishing rod reads "Wisdom".  I had a hard time picking it up with the camera. This would perfect to add a gift card to a sporting goods store and a little gift to give to a special man in your life.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Gina K Designs - Quite A Catch Blog Hop

The CSS Alumni were asked to join the Quite A Catch Blog Hop. What an adorable set! I incorporated two different challenges in the creation of my card tonight. I used the latest sketch challenge from Card Positioning Systems, #165 and I used this week's Copic marker colors from Copic Colour Challenge, #63.

And the Copic marker colors for this week are

I did not have BG11 so I used BG10 instead.  R20 is a perfect match for Pure Luxury (PL) Innocent Pink and the NEW Turquoise Sea goes really well the the Blue Green colors.

This card has a lot of layers and dimension. I was going for a porthole or fishing tank look.  I started by stamping the circle frame image from the Spring Mix StampTV Kit on PL Innocent Pink.  I used Nestabilities to cut out a circle slightly smaller than the inside of the frame.  I used a circle one size smaller to cut out the window from the turquoise card stock. 

I stamped the sentiment with Vivid Aqua and rounded the corners with a punch. I adhered a piece of transparency to the back of the Innocent pink layer.  Then I applied foam tape on the transparency and layered the turquoise under that.  Then I applied another layer of foam tape on the back of the turquoise layer.

I stamped the fish image and colored her with the Copic marker colors from the challenge.  I masked her and sponged around her with Soft Sky which is a perfect match for Copic BG10.  I adhered that to the back of the turquoise layer. 

Finally I trimmed some papers from Basic Grey Urban Prairie and put it together using the sketch from CPS.  I added lots of pearls because they are from the water and oh so girly. 

Visit these designer's blogs tonight for even more samples with the Quite a Catch stamp set
To see the adorable samples in the StampTV gallery, check out this link: quiteacatch   

Spring Flower Basket - Inspire 22

Over at Gina has a video this week that shows you how to make these adorable baskets. She is so amazing with the awesome videos she shares each week.  The weekly Inspire Challenge is to use flowers. I decided to make this one as I watched her explain it. I cannot believe I created this in less than an hour. It usually takes me hours to make something, but I guess Mr. Mojo was paying me a visit tonight. :o)  And it felt good to create something after the stressful evening I had. 

I used Turquoise Sea to make the basket and Lipstick Red for the accent color.  The pattern paper is from my Basic Grey Urban Prairie 6x6 pad. Stamps are from the latest Spring StampTV Kit. This is the first time I inked up the pretty daisy stamp.  It's my favorite flower. I will need to get some goodies to put inside and find someone to give a fun little gift to.

I only have one more day of work. Yeah!  Stop by tomorrow night after 10 pm CST for the Gina K Designs, Quite A Catch blog hop. You will surely be inspired after seeing what the design team and CSS alumni from StampTV have to share. Have a super Thursday!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Dad's Day Water Colored Trees Card

I used the sketch #37 from Jen del Muro's blog i {heart}2stamp.  I turned it on it's side to make this card.

I used stamps from Gina K Designs NEW set Gone Fishing, illustrated by Theresa Momber.  I experimented with the trees by first applying ink with markers using the thumping technique and then filled in some of the trees with Mellow Moss.  I used a watercolor brush to soften it all up and kind of made a water colored picture out of it. I like how it turned out.  I sponged the sky with Memento Sky Blue and the grass with Memento Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves.  The paper is from one of the Gina K Designs kits I bought in the past. It was lying on my desk and it looked like a perfect match for the tree scene.  So I went with it. I tried to keep in masculine (no ribbon and minimal bling with the brads). 

Feel free to leave a comment to tell me what you think.  Have a super week!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Copic Colour Challenge and 2Sketches4U #51

Just one card to share tonight. I made this for two different challenges.

and the sketch #51 from 2 Sketches 4 You

And here is my card using the stamp set Sew Pretty.  I had two of the three Copic marker colors. I had to substitute BV04 for BV02.  I like the colors together and will use this color combination again.

Isn't she such a fabulous vintage image. I can't wait to send this out to someone for their birthday. :o)

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Vintage Box of Cards

Over at Sharri's Blast From the Past challenge for this week is to make a box of cards.  I decorated a plastic card box using a large doily stamp from Nana's Needlework.  I blinged it up with some adhesive back half pearls, a large pink button and a white flower I sponged with yellow ink. 

I made four cards to put in the box.  I used the sketch from "Just Us Girls" challenge this week. I chose some vintage colors to use on the cards, Lemon Drop, Innocent Pink, and Turquoise Sea along with Black Onyx and White as my neutrals.  All from the Pure Luxury line at Gina K Designs.  I can't say how much I love this card stock. It is so thick and sturdy. And she released a new color that I think is my favorite, Turquoise Sea. :o)  Four the main focal images of all the cards, I stamped the image on white card stock and created a mask of the same image with a post-it note.  I masked the image and sponged around it with either Barely Banana or Pink Pirouette ink.  I liked the look of the sewing machine left white and just added a hint of color on some of the pieces of the machine with Copic markers.  I decided to color the dress on the woman to match the Turquoise Sea card stock but made it a few shades lighter.  All stamps are from the new set, Sew Pretty except the "Happy Birthday" is from Nana's Needlework Sentiments.  I kept the cards fairly simple to fit in the box and did not use any ribbon, gasp! "Sew", here are the four cards: