Monday, April 30, 2012

Gina K. Inspiration April Blog Hop Day 2: "Vintage Notes" and "Sweet Strawberries"


The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop!!! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of deeply etched, pre-cut Gina K. Designs stamps! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops!!

Vintage Notes: This is fantastic set by Tami!!

Directions:
  • Make card base from Ivory Cardstock.
  • Mat a piece of Chocolate Brown Cardstock and  Patterned Paper. Emboss PP with Swiss Dots Embossing folder
  • Tie on White Organdy Ribbon and make a bow. Adhere panel to card base.
  • Ink edges of a White Doily, fold it and adhere it to card.
  • Die-cut a tag in Ivory Cardstock, stamp Big Note image and Just a Note saying in Vintage Photo Distress ink, then ink all edges. Add a couple of paper flowers and adhere tag to card.
  • Add  Pearls to opposite corners and die-cut butterfly :)



Sweet Strawberries: This set is super reFRESHing! Theresa has done it again. My card sample is a  6" square card.

Directions:
  • Make card base from White cardstock (6" square)
  • Cut a panel from Jelly Bean Green Cardstock (5.5" square), mat this piece with Patterned Paper (Berry Sweet from K&Company). Die-cut a border using Classic Bracket Edgeabilities Dies in Bubblegum Pink Cardstock. Add zig-zag stitches.
  • Tie on White Organdy Ribbon. Create a double bow with Bow-easy.
  • Stamp image onto Watercolor Pencil and color it with Watercolor Pencils (Inktense WP). Die-cut, emboss and stencil image with Circle Nestabilities. Adhere it to card base with Mini Pop Dots. Add bow.
  • Stamp sentiment on White Cardstock in Black Soot Distress Ink. Die-cut and emboss piece with Labels Fourteen Nestabilities. Adhere it to card with Medium Pop Dots.
  • Add Crystal Lacquer to strawberries, leaves and flower.


All the items in bold can be found at Gina K. Designs Store

Check out all the amazing designs and inspiration:

Have fun hopping.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pretty birds!

Hello!! I hope your Sunday is great, I usually don't post on Sundays, but today I really want to show something I just discovered yesterday, well kind of. In the last five years, every Spring we have a killdeer couple, who makes their nest in our rocky land. Our front yard is still virgin "aka weeds, rocks and other nature stuff", we tried to keep it clean as much as we can, but weeds sometimes win. Anyways, killdeers love to make their nests on the ground. The last 2 weeks or so I've seen "mama and papa" being super protective and loud anytime I opened my front door (These birds are VERY LOUD), so yesterday I was leaving the house and getting into the car and my husband said" Look at those babies!" My daughter really wanted to jump out of the card and chase the babies, LOL. We decided to go, run errands and try a picture later. But after we came back home, we all were tired and ready for a nap, and honestly I forgot about the new little ones.
So this morning before going to church, I caught some pictures of the babies and the mama from inside the house.

Here they are:
Can you see those feathers? They are so fluffy :)

This little one was just looking at me :)

 
Mama keeping an eye to the little ones.

Hope your Sunday is great!!
God bless.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Gina K. Inspiration April Blog Hop Day 1: "Basket Additions 2" and " Lacy Border"


The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop!!! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of deeply etched, pre-cut Gina K. Designs stamps! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops!!

Basket Additions 2: Another super cute set from our very talented Melanie! and great for Paper piecing or coloring.

Directions:
  • Make card base from White cardstock (heavy weight) 6" square.
  • Cut a panel from Innocent Pink Cardstock (5.5" square), mat this with Petals & Wings Patterned Paper (ink all edges) and add zig-zag stitches.
  • Tie Light Pink Gingham Ribbon around and adhere piece to card base.
  • Die-cut a piece of White CS using Fleur De Lis Square Nestabilities, emboss and stencil as well. Adhere it to card base with pop dots.
  • Stamp image onto White cardstock. Color it with Copic Markers. Cut them out and glue basket direct onto White Square piece and add top piece with Pop dots.
  • Paper piece blanket and book (Paper used from Petals & Wings Patterned Paper)
  • Create a double bow with bow-easy and adhere it to card.
  • Add a couple of Gold nail heads to opposite corners.




Lacy Borders: This is one of my favorite sets :) So elegant and easy to work with.

Direction:
  • Make card base from White Cardstock.
  • Cut a panel from White cardstock. (5" x 3.75")
  • Stamp sentiment in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Stamp Border Scallop lace image onto Vellum paper (x3) in Versamark Embossing Ink. Add Bridal Embossing Tinsel and heat it up. Cut them out.
  • Adhere the lace stamped image on your card panel with 1/8" Scor-Tape.
  • Add White Organdy Ribbon around, add paper flower.
  • Add little drops of White Opal Liquid Pearls.


All the items in bold can be found at Gina K. Designs Store

Check out all the amazing designs and inspiration:

Have fun hopping!
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gina K. Designs April Release Party Invitation Blog Hop


The Gina K. Design Team is excited to invite you to another fabulous Release Party tonight!!! The party starts at 7:00 pm Central Time in the Stamp TV Release Party Forum. Join us for Challenges, Contest Questions, Design Team Samples, Full Stamp Set Reveals and, of course, party chit chat!!! Everything will go "live" at 11:00 am Central in Gina's Store so there won't be any long wait to start shopping! Hope to see you there!

If you came from Emily's blog, then you're right where you should be. If not, please go to Stamp TV where you will find a list of all those participating.

Here's a sneak peek of one of the cards I will be sharing with you at the party tonight: I usually post the whole card, but this time I just want to tease a little bit, hope you don't mind. The only thing I can say it's you are going to LOVE this set!! It's one of my favorites!!


Go to Lee's blog, to continue the hop and see you at the party! Remember the party will be at 11:00 am (Central Time)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Some exciting news!!

Hello and Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I have some exciting news to share! You can read it about HERE. I am really really excited to be part of this Design Team one more time. Last time I had to stepped down due to some health issues in my family, but now everybody is fine and healthy PTL.

Ok, now go ahead and read it about :)
Hope you all have a great day.

Giovana

Monday, April 23, 2012

Love My Tapes "Mother's Day Blog Hop"


The Love My Tapes Design Team welcomes you to a fun Mother's Day Blog Hop!! The DT Members have all used a variety of Love My Tapes products for you to get inspired, you will be amazed by all the wonderful creations!

If you came from Ashley's blog, then you're right where you should be. If not, please go to the Love My Tapes' blog where you will find the list of participants.

Here are the cards I created for this special Mother's Day Blog Hop. Both are a Clean and Simple style, super cute and easy to make :)

To a Wonderful Person: For this card I used Fabric tapes from Enfant Fabric tape Value Pack. Just cut a strip from each color and added to the side of my card. I stamped the sentiment in Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Sentiment from Heartfelt Creations). I paper pierced the sides of the card for a little extra touch. I treated a white and 2 yellow button with Green/white twine and added to my card.





Happy Mother Day: I love all the red/pink tones from this card. Starting from the top I used Fabric Tape Mini Check Peppermint, Fabric Tape Mini Check Taffy, the polka dot scallop circle was created with Pink Dot Washi Tape. The bottom part of my card used Floral fabric tape from Greeny Value Pack and Dark Pink Lace Tape 


Hope you like my creations :)

Now hop on over to JJ's blog for more inspiration!

Don't forget to leave a comment while blogging along, one random commenter will win a fabulous Love My Tapes Prize that includes: "1 lace tape, 1 fabric tape, and 3 washi tapes"

And also you can find us on Facebook :)


Thanks so much for hopping along with us.
Have a great day!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Hello my friends! Hope your Friday is fantastic wherever you are. I have another butterfly card for you today. This time using "Treasured" set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I saw that today on SCS Free for All Challenge it's to use 2 or more 3 Patterned Papers, super fun!
I am submitting my card to Tuesday Trigger "Watercolor Butterflies". Although my card doesn't include watercoloring, I used heat embossing and paper piecing technique :)


So, here is my card :

Directions:
  • Make card base from White CS.
  • Cut a piece of Patterned Paper, add stitches, tie on ribbon, and adhere it to card base. I used PP from Clothesline Collection by Little Yellow Bicycle. (Just cut one corner of the scallop paper)
  • Stamp image on Patterned paper (Nantucket Collection from Pink Paislee) in Black Soot Distress Ink, add Clear embossing powder and heat it up. Set it to cool and cut out flower and butterfly (I used a yellow and pink PP from this collection) TIP: You can enhance the colors by adding a little bit of Copic Markers.
  • Stamp image on White Cardstock. Die-cut, emboss and stencil it with Circle NestabilitiesGlue images on White piece.
  • Mat White CS piece with a Yellow Scallop CS panel. 
  • Adhere it to card base with pop dots.
  • Add brad to ribbon and Liquid Pearls


Hope you like it!
Thanks for stopping by.

Giovana

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spread Love

Hello my friends!! Hope you all are having a great day. Here, the weather has been friendly, so my family and I decided to do some "garden work", I am so excited to see it growing, I already have lots of garlic, onion, chives and shallots!! and I just planted potatoes, arugula, carrots, and inside the house I started zucchini, tomatoes, basil, squash, peas, green beans. I am hoping for the weather to make its mind so I can transplant them, at night the weather is getting really chili (32F!). I've also been working on some DT projects and spending time with my family. I realized (well, I knew it)  my daughter is growing way too fast!!

Anyway, today I decided to create a card just for fun. I used the photo inspiration from Moxie Fab World and the Sketch from Fall to Layout Blog (CAS).


 
















The picture from the MFWB is just too pretty and invited me to do some watercoloring. I scrabbled 2 different tones of Red, Yellow and a bit of Brown, I used Inktense Watercolor Pencils (Derwent) add some water and let it dried (well, I used my heat gun, no patience here), after that I used SU Butterflies Dies. Miss E. (The little one I babysit) helped me inking all the butterflies edges :), she loves to stamp with me.

I also used some pretty Washi Tape from Love my Tapes, I think you will see me using it a lot :)

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs "Stately Flowers 3" set and also added some yummy Pink Sorbet Twine from The Twinery.




Hope you like it!!
Have a great day.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

You are beary special!

Hello my friends! Happy Saturday to you all. I want to show you a card I made few days ago using new stamps and dies from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. This card is very CAS considering that I only stamp the cute Rhubarb and honey comb, I colored them with Copic Markers. I die-cut the clouds, fence and grass using felt, then adhere them to my card base with Scor-tape. Super simple!! I added Star Dust Stickles to the clouds and bear.



Sweet 'n Sassy Supplies used:
  1. Bee-Happy Rhubarb Stamp Set.
  2. Cloud Dies.
  3. Grass and Fence Dies.
Hope you like it!!
Have a great day.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Take Flight "Gina K. Designs" Blog Hop



The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to a fun Take Flight blog hop. For this hop we will showcase the Petals & Wings StampTV Kit with the central theme being "Take Flight". The DT Members have all used a wide variety of Gina K. Designs stamp in this set to inspire you to get inky too! Come play along with the Current Challenges at Stamp TV!!!


If you came from Emily's blog, then you're right where you should be. If not, please go to Stamp TV  where you will find a list of all those participating.

Here are the cards I created for today's hop, I just couldn't make only 1 :)

Take flight

Directions:
  • Make card base using Circle Dies in White Cardstock.
  • Die-cut and emboss a piece of Innocent Pink Cardstock using Scallop Circles Dies.
  • Die-cut and emboss a piece of Patterned Paper "Petals & Wings Collection" using Circle Nestabilities Dies. TIP: The embossing line helps a lot if you decide to add stitches :)
  • Add a stripe piece of Patterned Paper onto your Circle piece, add zig-zag stitches. Adhere this panel to card base.
  • Stamp sentiment in Black Soot Distress Ink. Add twine and make a bow.
  • Stamp image on a piece of White Cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black. Color image with Copic Markers and cut it out.
  • Adhere image to circle piece with pop dots.
  • Cover birds with Star Dust Stickles, let them dry and then add Crystal Lacquer on top. Set to dry.
  • Add pearls



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Thanks for being there. I usually don't create whimsical cards, I pretty much like to create things very close to real one, but with this card I decided to play with colors and textures. I really like this :)

Directions:
  • Make card base from Ocean Mist cardstock. 5" square.
  • Cut a panel from Lemon Drop Cardstock: 4.25" square. Mat this with a piece of Patterned Paper "Petals & Wings Collection" : 4" square, add zig-zag stitches. Add a piece of Textured Pink Scalloped Cardstock, add zig-zag stitches.
  • Stamp images on White Cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black, color them with Copic markers and cut them out.
  • Stamp banner from "Perfect Pennants Set" on White Cardstock in Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and sentiment in Black Soot Distress Ink. Cut it out. Adhere it to card.
  • Die-cut clouds, ink all edges and adhere them to card with pop dots.
  • Adhere image to card. Add birds with Pop dots.
  • Cover clouds and heart from image with Crystal Lacquer. Cover small die-cut clouds with Star Dust Stickles.
  • Add Stickles to birds as well.
  • Add Liquid pearls to Scallop border.



All the items in bold can be found at Gina K. Designs Store

Hope you like my creations :)

Now hop on over to Lee's blog for more Gina K. goodness!!!

Have a great day.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

God is Good all the time

Hello my friends! Hope you all had a great Easter time. We had a great time as a family, my daughter enjoyed Easter Egg Hunt at one of our local churches, great Sunday service and a fabulous Easter dinner made by me :)
I took few days off from blogging 'cause I've been working on some projects for the next Gina K. Designs Release and also other secrets projects I can't tell you yet. Yes, I love to tease you :)

Today, I want to show a card I made using Melanie's newest set called "Wild Flowers"

Submitting this card to:
God is Good all the time

Directions:
  • Make card base from White Cardstock. A2 size.
  • Cut a piece of White cardstock: 3.75" x 5". Stamp flowers in VersaMark Ink and add Clear Embossing powder. Heat it up.
  • Using Distress Inks sponge to make the image show up. I used 3 different colors, starting from the top: Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey. Then rub the images with a piece of Paper Towel to remove any ink from the images.
  • Punch opposite corners and adhere panel to card base.
  • Stamp a butterfly in Dried Marigold Distress Ink, cut it out and adhere it to card. Add Star Dust Stickles.
  • Stamp Sentiment in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Add pearls. Make a double bow using the Bow-Easy, adhere it to card.


Card Recipe:
  • Cardstock: White (GKD)
  • Stamps: Wild Flowers (GKD)
  • Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko), Dried Marigold Distress, Mustrad Seed Distress, Wild Honey Distress, Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger)
  • Embellishments: Pearls, Yellow/White Ribbon (GKD), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger)
  • Accessories: Corner Punch, Scor-tape, Sponges, Mini glue dots.
Hope you like it.
Have a great day!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

For you my friend

Hello my friends! I have a pretty card for you today using Love My Tapes products! The background was created using Tapes from the new Value Packs "Afresh" and "Floral", also the butterflies were created with Pink/White Polka Dot Fabric Tape Sheet. I adhered the fabric tape onto a piece of think cardstock and then die-cut the butterflies.



Love My Tapes Supplies used:

Hope you like it!!
Have a great day!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sweet 'n Sassy April Release


Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps April New Release Celebration!  All of the Design Divas are excited to kick things off today with a fun blog hop full of inspiration using the sets that will be available for purchase in the store tonight.  Ready to get started?

Here are the projects I created:

Just bee-cause you're YOU!: I am in love with this Rhubarb image, so many possibilities. I created a CAS (kinda) card.

Details:
  • Make card base from White Cardstock.
  • Stamp bees line on the bottom part of your front card.
  • Stamp sentiment.
  • Die-cut a piece of White cardstock using Fleur de Lis Rectangle Die. Ink all edges.
  • Die-cut a piece of Yellow Cardstock.
  • Stamp Rhubarb image on White Cardstock. Color it with Copic Markers, add Star Dust Stickles. Die-cut image using Rectangle Nestabilities.
  • Mat pieces together and adhere them to card.

Card Recipe:
  • Cardstock: White, Yellow (GKD)
  • Stamps: Bee-Happy Rhubarb (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress, Tea Dye Distress (Ranger)
  • Embellishments: Star Dust Stickles (Ranger)
  • Accessories: Fleur de Lis Rectangle Nestabilities, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Pop dots, Copic Markers.

I love you Sister: I made this card for my sister, who has been through a lot lately. I decided to make it very pink-y and add a lot of bling! This card is very interesting, check out all the details :)

Details:
  • Die-cut 2 pieces of Pink Cardstock using Beaded Circle Dies and create a card.
  • Die-cut a piece of White Cardstock and adhere it to card base.
  • Stamp image on a piece of Vellum Paper in Versamark Ink, add White Embossing powder and heat it up.
  • Stamp image on a piece of Polka Dot Patterned paper and butterfly on a piece of Pink Cardstock and Vellum paper. Cut out all pieces.
  • Die-cut, emboss and stencil stamped vellum piece with Square Nestabilities. Adhere it to card base.
  • Add cut pieces to embossed image.
  • Create a 3D effect adding the pink butterfly (from CS) and Vellum butterfly on top.
  • Stamp sentiment.
  • Add ribbon and rhinestones.


Card Recipe:
  • Cardstock: Pink, White, Vellum
  • Patterned Paper: Honey Cake (My Mind's Eye)
  • Stamps: Treasured (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps)
  • Ink: Versamark Ink, Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger)
  • Embellishments:Dark Pink Rhinestones
  • Accessories: Beaded Square Dies, Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Glue dots, White embossing powder, Embossing heat gun.
Here's the full list of Design Divas (and our special April Guest) sharing their creativity with you today:


Make plans to join us tonight over in our member company forums on Splitcoaststampers for our New Release Party!  We'll have full reveals of each fabulous stamp set, fellowship and chatter with friends, fun challenges, and more!  Also.....did you know today is Korin's birthday?!  Isn't that fun?  To celebrate, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps will be giving away a $34 gift certificate to the store.  l you have to do is leave Korin some birthday wishes over on this photo on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Facebook page


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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

This is for you Korin!!!

Hap-bee Bearthday Korin!!!!

I'm a day early with a very special birthday surprise....tomorrow is my dear friend Korin Sutherland's birthday!  A group of her friends are getting together today for a fun early birthday party, since tomorrow is the fantastic April Release Blog Hop for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, and we didn't want to take the spotlight from that.  After all, our sweet girl deserves her OWN day in the spotlight!  So please join us as we celebrate Korin's birthday a little early! After all - you can never have too much celebration, can you?!?!

And this is the card I made for Korin's special day :) This is sneak peek from one of the new sets called Bee- Happy Rhubarb.
Hope you like it Korin :)

Below is the whole birthday party train....prepare yourself for some fantastic cupcakes and ice cream from these talented ladies!!
Giovana Smith U R Here

And feel free to leave Korin some early birthday love, either on her blog, her Facebook page, or the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Facebook page!

Have fun hopping!
 
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