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Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas/Winter Wishes Hop with Sean and Regina

Hi everyone!  Thanks for playing along in our November blog hop!  The Blog Hop with Sean & Regina will now be featuring Gina K. Designs stamps only for our monthly blog hops starting this month!  A lot of us have started to create our holiday cards.  There are some amazing new stamp sets by Gina K. Designs that were released in October and we are sure to be inspired in the upcoming November release as well!  
This month, we are honored that we are joined by Rebecca Oehlers, a Gina K. Designs Illustrator who has created some beautiful stamp sets for Gina K. Designs available in the Stamp TV Store!
The blog hop designers have been busy creating a card or cards that we hope will inspire you to create some beautiful Christmas and winter themed cards for your family and friends.  Enjoy yourself as you hop along for the holidays!  

Becky Oehlers is a member of the Gina K. Designs Illustrator Team! Becky’s style is really fun, crisp and clean.  They are used to make wonderful cards with just the right message or can be used to add some fun to your scrapbooking pages.  In addition, Becky is one of the best card designers and artists in the craft world.  Go to Becky’s blog to look at the great things she has been up to AND view the card samples she has created with her newest stamp set “Mistletoe Memories” that was released yesterday during the Stamp TV October Release Party.  Becky’s blog address is:
Here is the card I made for the hop. It is a somewhat different style than I usually make. I tend more toward the 'clean and simple' type cards, but this one just seemed to need more layers and action! I hope you like it!

This card was made using Becky's set, "Mistletoe Memories." I used Gina K Designs Pure Luxury card stock and patterned paper, including White, Warm Cocoa, Cherry Red and Dark Sage along with "Merry Little Christmas" patterned paper. I embossed the base with the Cuttlebug folder called "Mistletoe Kisses." I used the text stamp and the Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays stamps to create the rectangle and square layers. The rest of the pieces are stamps from the Mistletoe Memories set including the 'mistletoe memories' circle, the 'sealed with a kiss' sentiment and the mistletoe and berries. All ink used on the card is Memento.

I had fun making this rather non-traditional holiday card. I hope you enjoyed seeing it. And now . . .
It is your turn to blog hop with all of our friends!   
The rules are simple:
  1. Visit each participating blog on the list below.  
  2. Leave a comment for the blog host designer.
  3. Become a follower of each participating blog.
If you follow rules 1 – 3, you will be eligible to win the grand prize of a Becky Oehlers stamp set for Gina K. Designs.
At the end of the hop, a random winner will be chosen for the Blog Hop Grand Prize using comments and followers from each blog. We have decided to keep the hop open from Friday – Monday.  We do this because some people that want to participate need more time to get through the entire hop. 
The deadline for leaving comments is Monday, November 19 at 8pm CST.  The winner will be chosen and announced on Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The blog hop designer this month are as follows:

Sean Fetterman 
Regina Hardy
Lee Murphy
Becky Oehlers
Lori McAree
Kyra Sanders (Ky)
Kay Simmons
Penny O’Dell
Ina Grehan
Sherian Dixon

Please leave a comment for the blog hop designers and sign up/follow each hop designer to be eligible to win the grand prize stamp set!

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Now, go to Penny's blog at:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Show Me The Stamps Holiday Kick Off Blog Hop

Welcome to the Show Me the Stamps holiday kick off.  Several of the Gina K Designs Illustrators have brought together their design teams and guests for a lineup of fun and exciting things to share using their stamps. We also want to help you celebrate the holidays in style with some Gina K Designs stamps!

PRIZE #1: For this hop the Gina K Designs Illustrators will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on each Illustrator’s blog.

Want an extra entry?
Become a blog follower of any of the illustrators and leave a comment letting them know you did. That’s up to 8 chances to win if you become a follower of each illustrator and leave a comment!!

You can find the complete list of Gina K Design Illustrators participating on Theresa Momber’s blogBe sure to read below to find out how to win a Prize #2!
Here are the cards I made for the hop. Both were made using Theresa's newest set called "Joyful Holiday". This is such a fun set to play with because there are so many different options for making very different cards. My first card is made using Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Cherry Red as the base. I layered PL Dark Chocolate on that and then used a piece of patterned paper from the newest Gina K Patterned Paper Pack, "Merry Little Christmas." I did a free hand cut around the tree, used some Liquid Pearls to decorate it and then popped it up on the cherry red die cut.
 My second card is a bit more whimsical. I started with a white card base (GKD Pure Luxury White) and layered with GKD Pure Luxury Blue Raspberry and Red Hot. I stamped the ornaments onto the red layer with versamark and embossed with Winter Wonderland EP from Stampendous. Love that EP because it is white with silver mixed in so it is sparkly. I put silver brads through the top of each ornament to hold the silver cord in place and the put the cords up over the top of the red layer. Added some bows and the fun patterned paper layer from the Gina K Designs pack, "Winter Whimsy" to finish it off.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my cards made with Theresa's fun holiday set. Here is your chance to win another prize.
PRIZE #2Theresa will personally be sending out a Vogue Vases 2 Clear Stamp Set to someone who comments on our blogs as well. Here is the complete list of Theresa’s designers...

Kay Simmons (you are here!)

When you get done be sure that you hop on over to Theresa Momber’s Blog to get the complete list of Gina K Designs Illustrators participating and enter for a chance to win that $50 gift certificate!

Deadline to enter for the gift certificate drawing is 5pm Central time on Thursday. November 15, 2012—release party day! AND just in time for someone to do some exciting release party shopping when the new stamps become available at 7pm!

Friday, November 9, 2012

CSS November Inspiration Hop

I can hardly believe it is November and time for another CSS blog hop! Where does time go?? The holidays are nearly upon us, and I am in no way ready yet!

I hope our hop today will inspire you to make some cards for the fall holidays. You should have come here from Karen's blog, which is always filled with inspiration. If you didn't, you can go back to Stamp TV and start at the beginning of the hop.

Our hop this time is based on these inspiration photos.

Aren't they lovely? Definitely very fall/thanksgiving oriented but not traditional colors. I was inspired to make these two cards based on the colors, pumpkins, and overall fall theme of the photos.

This one is very CAS, which isn't my usual style, but I was inspired by the photos to do something very clean. The base is Gina K Designs Pure Luxury base weight ivory that I scored along the sides and top and bottom. I used a layer of Pure Luxury Good as Gold and stamped the pumpkins on a piece of Pure Luxury layering weight ivory, which I also scored as a way to emphasize the greeting. The pumpkins and greeting are from the Gina K Designs set called So Grateful by Rupa Shevda. I stamped the pumpkins and the little flourish with versa mark and embossed them in gold (the flourish is from the GKD set Seasonal Labels). I colored the pumpkins a bit with Copics and that was it. Quick and easy, but I really like the way it turned out.

This card used stamps from several Gina K Designs sets: The basket is from Holiday Basket by Melanie Muenchinger; the pumpkins are from Heartfelt by Theresa Momber; and the leaves and acorns are from A Year of Borders by Melanie (I cut it apart to make it fit the basket and to go on top of the pumpkins. The base is GKD Pure Luxury Dark Chocolate with a layer of Pure Luxury Ivory on top that was embossed with the Cuttlebug folder "Grace's Frame." I colored everything with Copics and popped the basket and contents up with pop dots. The greeting is from the GKD set, "Autumn Beauty."

I hope you have been inspired by the photos and/or the cards. Be sure to leave a comment on each blog as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (November 13) we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs and that person will receive a huge grab bag of fabulous Gina K Designs stamps. Hop along now to see what Linda has waiting for you; I'm sure it will be beautiful!