Pretty flower and monogram set

I forgot I had one last card that I sneak peeked during Gina’s release this month and I never posted it here! Also – I realize I didn’t do a “stuff I like” post yesterday. I’m just going to skip this week and work on next Sunday’s. Sorry about that – I just got busy! I’ve also got a monogram set I made for my sister-in-law.

This card was made using Asela’s first set for Gina K. I used a cool sticky dot center from Jody’s “sticky stuff” share on her {blog}. She’s always finding cool products!

And this patterned paper I found from Sassafrass Lass – it has the coolest scallops along the bottom! One side has a pattern and then the info about the paper line on the scallops. The reverse has a different pattern and the scallops are coordinated with it. Pretty cool! Paper and an embellishment in one!


supplies: Botanical Dreams by Asela Hopkins for Gina K Designs; pixie pink and white cardstock; palette noir ink; koh-i-noor woodless pencils, OMS, and blending stumps; sticky dot; dimensionals; various beads; glitter; paper piercer and template; paper snips; Sassafrass Lass SunShine Lollipop patterned paper.

When I put the patterned paper on the card base, I trimmed just outside the line of the scallop – so now the card is scalloped too!

And my sister-in-law liked the monogram cards I’ve had on here so she asked for a set of her own. I used the rest of the paper I had out from a previous Chatterbox set I made. And since some of it was smaller than a regular card front – I made 4 A2 sized cards and 4 4-bar sized cards. A cute set!

Regular A2 card: Made with the JustRite DIY C-45 Monogram Stamper and a 2-color ink pad.


4-Bar notecard: Made with the JustRite Miniature C-30 DIY Monogram Stamper.


All 8 cards together:


supplies: Chatterbox patterned paper; JustRite Monograms; paper piercer and template (SU); dimensionals; classic circle nestabilities; vanilla and certainly celery cardstock; regal rose and chocolate chip reinkers to ink dry ink pads.

I totally messed up first too and made them with a G – then I realized that isn’t her last name anymore, lol!  It was easily fixed though.  That’s all I’ve got for now!

Another Kindred Kid…

I totally didn’t realize I hadn’t posted in 2 days, lol!  We are having a garage sale this weekend and I just got busy getting all that together!  That and watching the entire series of Bones.  I just finished season 1 – loved it!  Thanks Jenn for getting me involved in yet another show~!  But seriously, how cool is it to just rent 4-6 episodes for $1.07 (tax included) at Blockbuster?  I love that.

Anyway, this was a card I showed during the release party GinaK had earlier this month.  And I never posted it here!  I love the Kindred Spirits line she came up with – very cool, realistic images.  And the sentiments for them are all so useful and heartfelt.  This is another summer kid fun image…or I guess it doesn’t have to be summer….

Also – I wanted to point out that the actual stamp image is not that wide.  I extended the creek and grass to the edge of my cardstock and drew the lines in with a Zig Millenium pen.  (You can totally tell which parts I drew cause I suck at drawing!) But I think overall it wasn’t terribly noticeable that it was drawn in later.  The actual image looks like this:

And here’s mine with the extra drawn on….


supplies: Exploring Nature by Gina K Designs, Sentiment from Kindred Greetings for Kids; long rectangle nestabilities; polka dot organdy from May Arts; pumpkin grosgrain from SU; palette noir ink; koh-i-noor woodless pencils, OMS and blending stumps; dimensionals; Dude! papers by Corina Nielsen for Prima; stickles for the top of the plants.

And woohoo! got the long rectangle nestabilities in!   I’m collecting them one at a time…..the good thing about rectangle (and squares) is that you can get the scalloped ones first and just cut a rectangle (or square) to fit inside until you can buy the plain dies.  I mean – I love the embossed imprint the plain dies give you – so so classy.  But I couldn’t swing buying them all at once, so I just got one scalloped set (above on card) and then cut the image to fit inside it.  It’ll work until I can get the rest!

Ok, off to bed so I can’t get the garage opened up nice and early tomorrow!

Some more funny stuffs…..

Since several of you enjoyed the NKOTB Father/Daughter dance video I shared… are some more I found that are hilarious!!!

TIP: if you have trouble viewing it without a lot of stopping and starting – turn the volume down and let it play all the way through once. Then go back, turn the volume up and play it again – should play through perfectly then!

Bride and Groom:

Baby Got Back

The Groomsman:


Wedding Party:

Chariots Of Fire Theme (I think??)

Bride & Groom:

Austin Powers

Male Relatives:

Ok Go 

Bride & Groom:

Featured on Good Morning America


P.S. Don’t you hate it when you waste hours of your life on sites like youtube?????

More Magnets

Ok – so I know I said I’d be back yesterday to share something crafty…..sorry about that! And I had this ready to show you and just never made it back here! Oh well – it’s here for ya now! Enjoy!

I had a class Saturday where we made these scalloped chipboard magnets – actually, some people attached satin ribbon to them so they could be hung from the wall. Then the recipient has choices – use the magnets or hang it up! Here’s the one I made on can find more information about how to do these {here} and {here}


supplies: Everyday Blessings stamp set from Papertrey Ink; Two Scoops Swirlies by Basic Grey; Whisper patterned papers by Corina Nielsen for Prima; white cardstock; sweet blush palette ink and Chocolate Chip SU ink; cuttlebug; classic square nestabilities; prima flowers, mini and craft glue dots; sanding block; magnets; and Mono Multi adhesive.

And then I had these squares leftover from the middle of the scallops. And I decided to use them to make little monogrammed magnets for my Mom and Cindy. I just used the same size nestability die and punched out the paper I wanted to use. I adhered it with mono multi adhesive and then stamped on it. After that I sanded the edge a tinch and sprayed them with acrylic sealant. Glued a magnet on the back and embellished with some primas! That’s it! I think they are pretty cool – especially since they are made from a scrap and a few other small things…..I hope they like them!


supplies: various Prima and BasicGrey papers; Special Occasions Font DIY Manual Monogram Stamper by Just Rite; palette noir ink; primas; pearls; K&Co jewels; glue dots; mono multi; sanding block; classic square nestabilities; and magnets.

And just a reminder on the coupon code I had this month:

The Stamp Castle has the coupon code “MONOGRAM” to get 25% off the C-45 DIY Monogram Stamper kit! You can find the kit {here}!


Thank you so much to Jenifer for sharing this video with me! You can find the post, etc, {here} on the NKOTB blog. So Dad….Warren….would either of you have done this at my wedding?!?! Somehow I don’t think they would have! Seriously awesome stuff though!


And I promise – a crafty post later this afternoon….and I updated the For Sale demo stuff page. Again – that is LOCAL PICK UP ONLY at this time.

SU – etc stuff for sale….

I have a bunch of stuff for sale {here}.

I quit being demonstrator for Stampin Up several months ago and I finally cleaned out my closet of all Demo related things.  Right now I am only interested in local pick-ups only.  So if you’re interested, check out the page {here}.   Some is for sale, some is free – not all is demo related, it was just in with that stuff.  Thanks!

Berry Sorbet

Yeah….I really like this color. I’ve got another card we made at class earlier this month. I’m trying to finish up a few things this week to get ready for vacation. So I’ve got stuff to show every day, but my posts might be rather short. But before I show the card – something else!

We took the boys to see the Kung Fu Panda movie last night and I just thought I’d share – it’s pretty good! I think Matthew and I were both surprised at how funny it was. I mean, Jack Black is the voice of the panda – so you know it’s not going to be that bad. But it had enough humor we liked and there were some dorky parts that the boys found hysterical. So I would recommend it! I was pleasantly surprised.

Ok, back to crafty stuffs. Here is another card we made at class – it was inspired by Heather Nichols {pinefeather}. I love how she uses kraft paper! Heather’s card is the last one in {this post}.


supplies: Simple Little Things (anniv set) PTI; berry sorbet, kraft and white cardstock; white satin ribbon; new canvas and berry sorbet palette inks; label tag spellbinders die; sponge and dimensionals.

Ok, that’s what I’ve got for this morning! My Dad and Cindy return from {China} tonight – I can’t wait to hear about their trip and compare our experiences! They did a little more site seeing than I did when I was there – so I’ll have to find out what things are worth  a trip next time I go!

Sunday’s Stuff I like: Cold Stone Prismacolor Art Marker

A little late, but here it is! Since I brought this up earlier this week, I figured it would be a good topic for today’s post. And now for the disclaimer….

**These are not products that I was asked to endorse in any way. While they might be things that are carried by companies I do design work for – they are just things that I love and want to share the benefits of with all of you. So please rest assured that I am absolutely honestly in love with these products. I do not rave about anything I do not use every day myself, ok?**

Prismacolor Premier Art Marker: Cold Stone PM194 (or another shade/brand)

*not the colors shown – they are just for visual purposes!!*

I use this marker for drawing that outline around my images – the idea is that it gives the image a bit of dimension or it *grounds* the image. I like Cold Stone for this because it is light enough that it isn’t extremely obvious that you’ve done this. I like the subtle look for it. Now you can you another brand (Copic, etc) but this is the one I got at Michael’s. Another light blue/gray shade would work fine too. This is just the shade I use. They run $2-5 for one marker – and you only need the one to do this kind of thing!

To make the outline, I use the fine point end and go VERY slowly around the image. You don’t want to go too dark, so going slowly allows you to make a nice even outline around your image. It *will* lighten a bit as it dries. So don’t freak out if it looks really dark when you do it. That’s it! I hope that was helpful!!

Where to get them:

I got mine at Michaels. I think Hobby Lobby and JoAnn’s also carry a small selection of them individually. I’m not sure where you can get them individually online – none of the stores I looked at sold them that way.

**ETA – Kate let me know that you can get them {here} online for $1.99 individually!  Thanks for the link, Kate~*** 

Summer Fun

Well, I hope that those of you who were at GinaK’s release party had fun! There were a ton of fabulous samples shown! And this is a quick post to share one of mine! Enjoy!

This is using the newest additions to the Kindred Spirits line – the kids! You can find them {here}.


supplies: Kindred Spirits Summer Fun and Kindred Greetings for Kids by Gina K Designs; A Shore Thing paper by Imaginisce; classic square nestabilities; dimensionals; white and sweet blush cardstock from PTI; blue bayou cardstock from SU; sweet blush satin ribbon; chocolate chip twill; waterfall stickles; palette noir ink; koh-i-noor woodless pencils, blending stumps, and OMS; niji waterbrush and blush blossom reinker (for skin tone).

Gina’s got a lot of new fab accessories, bling, tools, etc – so check out the All New page! She’s even carrying the Scor-Pal now! And those fantastic Tim Holtz Scissors are {here}!

Cuddles & Hugs Sneak Peek and a mini tutorial….

The release party starts at 7 pm Friday night! Not too much longer! My sneak peek today is of Melanie Muenchinger’s new animal set: Cuddles & Hugs! It’s really really cute – and I don’t even like animals! But first I have a little mini tutorial on how to line up words for the ribbon tag dies from Spellbinders.

For my card, I wanted to use two sentiments from Melanie’s set. This is how I got them lined up for the die.

Ribbon Tag Dies Tutorial – using more than one word/sentiment


First I set the die on my cardstock and lightly traced inside it with a pencil.


Remove the die and you are left with the area you will have available when it is punched out.


I put the first sentiment (hugs and smiles) on a block and stamped it in the upper left corner of my “box”. Then I put the second sentiment on the block (across the miles – a card for my nieces in China) and stamped it in the lower right corner of my “box”. You could place them both on the block and stamp them at once if you wanted. I just found this easiest to utilize the tag space well.


This leaves you with the sentiment all stamped. Then erase the pencil lines. This is why it important to trace lightly – that way you can fully remove the pencil lines.


I then placed the die where I wanted it around the sentiment and used a small piece of scotch tape to hold it in place. Then I ran it through my cuttlebug! That’s it! Perfectly aligned and spaced sentiment!

And here’s the finished card!


supplies: Cuddles & Hugs by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs (coming soon!); white and going gray cardstock; going gray and palette noir ink; sponge; classic circle nestabilities; ribbon tag dies; pink taffeta ribbon; dimensionals; basicgrey patterned paper, koh-i-noor woodless pencils and stumps; prismacolor marker for outline.

For more info about this set and links to all the other sneak peeks by the rest of the Design Team, see Gina’s Blog {here}!