Gina K Sneak Peek – and release party!

The release part for Gina K’s newest designs is tonight!  You can find the thread {HERE} on SCS.  Be sure to stop by – there is always plenty of chatter, samples, contests, and prizes!

And now for my sample for today!  This card uses the newest Buy 3 Get 1 Free stamp set: Lazy Days of Summer.   It’s the perfect summer stamp set!


supplies: Lazy Days of Summer by Gina K Designs; Bright Summer Grunge digital by Emily Giovanni for Gina K Designs; yo yo yellow and sahara sand cardstock;watercolor paper;  palette noir black ink; SU scallop border punch; classic oval nestabilities ; circle Nestabilities;niji waterbrush; yo yo yellow, sahara sand, tempting turquoise, and green galore reinkers; and dimensionals.

So be sure to stop by and  see more on Gina’s Blog {HERE}, and also on all the Design Team members here:

Carolyn King, Melanie Muenchinger, Jessica Fick Erika Martin, Cindy LawrenceDonna Baker Joanne Basile and Theresa Momber.

And our Spotlight Designer: Melissa Shultz


Gina K Sneak Peek – Stamp TV!

Today I have a sneak peek at the newest Stamp TV kit – and it’s a beauty!  Gina really knows how to put an amazing kit together!  You won’t believe all the fab goodies she has assembled for this one – and great new packaging too!  You can find out all about the newest kit on Gina’s Blog!

And here is my sneak peek!  It uses the Eclectic Summer Stamp TV set as well as another piece from my newest Digital Paper pack Bright Summer Grunge:


supplies: Eclectic Summer Stamp Tv kit from Gina K Designs; Bright Summer Grunge Digital paper by Emily Giovanni for Gina K Designs; white prima flowers; gold Shimmerz; watercolor paper;niji waterbrush; Spellbinders die; wide organdy ribbon; glue dots; crystals; tempting turqouise, groovy guava and palette noir black inks; and dimensionals.

up close of the flowers: I painted these first with plain water, then with groovy guava reinker, and finally with gold Shimmerz.


I love how that turned out!  Anyway, you can see more on Gina’s Blog {HERE}, and also on all the Design Team members here:

Carolyn King, Melanie Muenchinger, Jessica Fick Erika MartinJoanne Basile and Theresa Momber.

And our Spotlight Designer: Melissa Shultz


Gina K Sneak Peek – and a CC!

So I hope you have all been following {Gina’s blog} this week….she’s been posting lots of fun hints at what is in store for her release this week!  Yesterday she shared the first stamp set – Melanie Muenchinger’s newest offering!  You can stop by {Mel’s blog} and see more on that.

Also, today is color challenge day over at SCS.  You can find out more on that {HERE}!

And now for today’s sneak peek!  Miss Gina K has a brand new illustrator joining us today!  And y’all are going to love her designs!  This set is a wonderful man set – and we all know there aren’t enough of those out there!  I played around with watercoloring on this one.  I’ve been really struggling with getting my watercoloring to the *next step* so to speak.  I caught a video tutorial on how Debbie Olson does it over on {the CLASSroom} – it really gave me some ideas.  So this was the first time I tried *treating* the watercolor paper first.  It really made blending a lot easier.  I know I need some more play time with it, but I am already liking my results more.  This one isn’t the best – I got a little overzealous and just kept blending and blending and way overwet my paper.  Oh well, it still looks pretty!


and the inside – I love the sentiment, but it looked better on the plain cardstock – so I put it inside…


supplies: Special Fathers by Nina Brackett for Gina K Designs; Bright Summer Grunge digital paper by Emily Giovanni for Gina K Designs; pumpkin pie, going gray and watercolor cardstock; matte flyer/brochure paper for printing digital designs; palette noir black ink; niji waterbrush; pumpkin pie, so saffron, bashful blue, creamy caramel and close to cocoa reinkers; petite oval nestabilities; sponge, and dimensionals.

Did you notice that little hint in the description?  Yep – I’ve got some new digital papers this month!  And these were pretty different for me – I hope y’all like them!

Be sure to check back this week for lots more samples, hints, contests and more at Gina K’s blog!  And all these Design Team members have samples to share with you today!

Carolyn King, Melanie Muenchinger, Jessica Fick, Cindy LawrenceDonna Baker, Erika MartinJoanne Basile and Theresa Momber.

And our Spotlight Designer: Melissa Schultz


Kimberly Countdown

So Kimberly is headed back to the US to visit this summer.  And of course I am counting down!  In fact – I think I’ll steal the ticker she has on her blog!  And I am totally kidnapping the girls so they can live at my house this summer!  I am not joking about that either – Eliza and Katie can stay with me…..I’m sure I can find room for them!

Pretty awesome, huh?  Seems like a loooong time since my {Black Monday} post, doesn’t it?  Anyway, I thought I would share one of my favorite projects for the Dirty Dozen galleries at Splitcoaststampers.  This was a 4×4 acrylic album I made using the photos I had from my visit to China last year.

The album is 4×4 – I got the acrylic cover from Bind-It-All.  (I think I actually purchased it from Eclectic Paperie, but it’s made by BIA!). The digital album is from Weeds & Wildflowers.  I printed the 4×4 pages on 4×6 prints so it was incredibly cheap to get printed (I paste a 4×4 on to a 4×6 blank ‘page’ in PSE so that wherever you get it printed doesn’t accidentally stretch your image to fit or crop it poorly.). I cut the extra two inches off, corner rounded the pages (and sanded the edges), then glued them back to back.  That was it and then I used my Bind-It-All to coil it.  That’s about it!  I just love that it’s pink and sparkly and girly!  Cause the pictures are all of me, my sister, and my nieces so it can be all girlied up!

The hardest part of this album was those silly glitter letters! I have a few sets of chipboard letters. But the set that was small enough to fit on the cover had some weird slick coating on the front. So I tried several methods to get the glitter to stick and it just wouldn’t! In hindsight, I should have sanded them a bit or something.

Anyway – I ended up tracing the ruined letters on white cardstock. I cut them out then laid them face down on a strip of really wide super sticky tape from Scor-pal. Then I cut them out again. I peeled the front off the tape and laid them in the glitter (from an SU glitter stack). They are adhered to the acrylic cover with glue dots.

Yes- this was a total pain in the rear!! But it’s super glittery and pink and I love it!

digital supplies:
template – Traci Murphy – With A Quickness 1
papers – Weeds & Wildflowers – Being Me
Doodles – Weeds & Wildflowers – Being Me
alhpa – Sausan Designs – Little Summer Breeze
staples – Jenn Patrick – Backwards Staples

Other pages:
font – Darcy Baldwin – Another Mandy

And here are the rest of the shots – you can click on them if you’d like the see them full size (eta: I thought you would be able to click on them…but you can’t.  So I uploaded them at the medium size.  Not sure why you can’t click on the thumbnails…new wordpress – I have no idea!):

julydd-china-album-2-7-08-erg1 julydd-china-album-3-7-08-erg1

julydd-china-album-4-7-08-erg1 julydd-china-album-5-7-08-erg1

julydd-china-album-6-7-08-erg1 julydd-china-album-7-7-08-erg1


Just a few more weeks!!!!


Stamping Lifestyle Magazine

So I have been terribly remiss in not sharing this with y’all.  Hopefully you have dropped by Gina K’s Stamp TV and you have seen it already.  But if not – here it is!  This is a magazine for stampers -but not necessarily about stamping!  It’s geared towards female crafters and all the balls we juggle in life.  There are recipes (quick ones were chosen so you can have more time in your craft room!), tips and advice, and more!  Be sure to check it out – you just never know what extra goodies you might find in there!  😉

And it is edited by the ever-fabulous Lynn Mercurio!  I had the pleasure of walking around much of CHA with Lynn (and Beth!) and she is just the sweetest person!  She really did a fantastic job with this so be sure to check it out!

Oh yeah – and the best part – IT’S FREE!!!!  I know we all like that, right?!


Best Ribbon Rack EVER – revisted

In case you missed my first post about the BEST RIBBON RACK EVER – I thought I would repost about it.  I also got several requests for the measurements of the rack itself, as well as questions about what ribbon rolls will fit on the rack.  So, here’s a more comprehensive review!  I hope this answers any of your questions – and if not, ask away!  I promise, this thing is everything I would ever want in a Ribbon Rack.  Absolutely wonderful – and functional!

So here is the original photo: this is how it will come to you, minus the ribbon and the cuttlebug!


This is the original photo of the rack painted and filled:


Here is that same pic with the measurements added:

Those measurements are:

width: 19 13/16 inches

knob to knob width: 21 1/2 inches

depth inside the rack: 3 1/2 inches

depth outside (the frame): 4 3/8 inches

width of each column: 8 3/8 inches

height of rack: 20 5/8 inches (this one was left off the photo – oops!)


And just to show it fits all ribbon rolls – here it is with several different brands of ribbon.

The first several are PaperTreyInk, then Stampin Up! wide stitched grosgrain, SU 1/4 in grosgrain, and even the large plastic rolls from May Arts!  See – every kind!  And there is still almost a fingertip of room behind those!



So there you have it!  Let me know if there is anything else you’d like to know about these beauties!  Here’s the info about purchasing them.

Price: $65

Shipping & Handling: $22.50

Paypal preferred/check accepted

Now, like I said, there are at least 10 racks ready to go.  If you are local, please email me first about picking one up to avoid shipping charges.  If you are not local, please email Tom ( about purchasing one.  He will let you know if he has one ready for you or if you will have to wait for one to be made.

And I just want to assure you that these are top-notch.  I hope that you all know by now that I am really committed to only endorsing products that I truly adore.  This is absolutely the best ribbon rack I’ve ever seen.  Not only is it functional, but it’s lovely too!  Now I realize that it’s not every-one’s cup of tea – but if you want something functional that also looks great in your room, this is it!


Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Ok, I just finished up all my gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I made these earlier this year {here} and decided to do them during Teacher Appreciation week as well.  This time I found Cadbury chocolate bars 4 for $5 and figured they would work great – one of the days this week is *give your teacher something sweet* or something like that.  Perfect!  Now I’ve seen these lots of times using the large Hershey bars…..but I like the size of the Cadbury ones – you get two out of a 12×12 sheet of cardstock.  And they taste good!

Candy Bar Sleeve Measurements: (for Cadbury Bar)

Cardstock – 7 1/2 in x 6 in

Patterned paper – 7 1/2 in x 5 in

I personalized these – they are for people all 3 boys have like Music, Art, etc. – using JustRite products.  I love that you can do that!  Personal, but still easy to make lots!

Here’s the big pile of them!


Up close of one opened up:


And up close of just one of them:


supplies: JustRite Brayton Font; DIY Monogram Stamper block; small letter set; Pure Luxury layering weight white cardstock; various inks; Various patterned papers; Classic Circle nestabilities; Prism Cardstocks; SU punch; and various ribbons.

Now, I didn’t take photos to do a full tutorial, but here are the steps written out.

1. Take 7 1/2 in x 6 in piece of cardstock and lay it face down on your table.

2.  Run red-liner (or scor-tape) alone one end.

3.  Lay candy bar on paper.

4. Wrap cardstock around bar using the red-liner tape to hold it shut.

5. Slide candy bar out of cardstock holder.

6. Punch ribbon holes through one end of holder.

7.  Wrap ribbon around candy bar with ends untied.

8.  Slide candy bar back into holder with ribbon ends at the end with the holes.

9.  Pull ribbon out of the holes on either side of the holder and then tie a bow at the top.  This should allow you to pull the ribbon (not undoing the bow, just hold it to pull) and slide the candy bar up and down in the holder.

10.  Take patterned paper and put face down on table.

11.  Run red-liner tape along one end.  Put a little adhesive on the middle as well.

12.  Stick adhesive side on the front of your cardstock holder.  Then wrap around the holder and use the red-liner tape to hold it around.

That’s it!  Does that make any sense?  If not, I’ll try to do another with photos.

And guess what??  The Stamp Castle has decided to try and make a go of it and stay OPEN!  I am so glad!  I know that they really enjoy what they do and I really hope that they can stay in business.  I’ve even got a coupon code to share with you, they have some more of the newer JustRite products, and they have other goodies there too!  So if you’d like to make some personalized gifts like this, be sure to stop by The Stamp Castle and pick up some of these letter stamps!

The Stamp Castle coupon code:

FREE shipping on orders over $60.

Choose *priority shipping* and you will receive FREE shipping on orders over $60!  Use the coupon code EMILY1

*Only valid on US orders*

Offer ends May 31st, 2009.