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Saturday, December 22, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop with Sean and Regina

Hello everyone!  Happy Holidays from everyone at the Blog Hop for Sean & Regina!  Thank you for playing along in our December blog hop!  The Blog Hop with Sean & Regina features Gina K. Designs stamps only for our monthly blog hops!  
This month, we are featuring the “12 Days of Christmas”.  Each blog hop designer will be hosting a day from December 13 – December 24 that will feature Christmas/Holiday cards from a Gina K. Designs stamp set.  A list of blog hop designers are listed in this post with the day they will be hosting.  You are invited to take part in each of the twelve days. Subscribe and comment on the hop designer’s blog hop for the day and at the end, the person who has completed the entire twelve days will win a wonderful GINA K. DESIGNS PRIZE PACK! 
Enjoy yourself as you hop along for the holidays!  
A Gina K. Designs Prize Pack including:
  • Gina K. Designs stamp set
  • Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury card stock
  • Gina K. Designs pattern paper
  • Brads
  • Ribbon
  • Embellishments  
I love Christmas and make quite a few different cards, so I thought I'd share three of them with you today. The first one was inspired by this video Gina did on Stamp TV. I changed up the colors but used the same embossing technique. The card base is GKD Pure Luxury Kraft layered with Pure Luxury Cherry. The patterned paper is some old Stampin' Up that I had from a couple of Christmases ago. The stamps are from the Stamp TV kit set called Merry Little Christmas. I stamped the Fa La La with Memento Rhubarb Stalk, clear embossed the trees and went over them with Memento Toffee Crunch. The sentiment is also stamped with Rhubarb Stalk and sponged with Toffee Crunch. A fairly straightforward card but one of my favorites of the bunch I made this year. Note that I try to keep embellishments to a minimum on these cards so they mail more easily.

This card was made using GKD Pure Luxury Pure White base weight layered with patterned paper from the GKD patterned paper pack "Blizzard." Then I layered with another piece of white that had been die cut and embossed with the Edgelits and Textured Impressions "Adorning Accents" from SU. The stamp set is Simple Snowflakes that I stamped using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Festive Berries and Iced Spruce. On either side of the red strip I used 1/8" scor tape that I covered with glitter to add some bling. I love it that by using clear stamps I could curve the text along the embossing line!

Finally, another quick and simple card, this time using the Holiday Tags set. The card base is Pure Luxury Red Hot and the patterned paper is again some old SU I had in my stash. I stamped the little figures in Memento black and did minimal coloring with Copics. The snowflakes and tag were stamped with Vivid ink in Brick and the sentiment with Vivid ink in Taupe. Don't you just love those adorable little figures from this set??

I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my holiday cards. Thanks for visiting and now . . .
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 from December 13 – December 24.  
  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 Gina K. Designs Prize Pack.
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 will be posting the winner a day or so after the holidays!   
The blog hop designer this month and the designated date they are hosting are as follows:

12/13 Regina Hardy

12/14 Nancy Leppek

12/15 Patti Gilliam

12/16 Cheryl Wright

12/17 Lori McAree

12/18 Penny O'Dell

12/19 Alex Turner

12/20 Suzanne Dean

12/21 Kyra Sanders

12/22 Kay Simmons

12/23 Donna Bowman

12/24 Sean Fetterman

Please leave a comment for the blog hop design and sign up/follow each hop designer to be eligible to win the Gina K. Designs Prize Pack!

Tomorrow, Donna Bowman will be posting the next in the “12 Days of Christmas” blog hop!  Please visit her blog at:

Have very Happy Holidays wherever you may be and whatever you may be celebrating! Peace and blessings to you this holiday season and in the new year!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Stamp TV CSS Holiday Inspiration Hop

Happy Holidays! Welcome to the CSS Alumni blog hop for December. This time our hop is a color combo hop, although the challenge Linda gave us was to create holiday cards without using any red or green; in other words, no traditional holiday colors.

If you came here from Joy's lovely blog, you are on the right path. If you didn't come via her blog and want to go through the whole hop, jump back over to Stamp TV where you will find the whole list of people participating.

I had a hard time with this challenge at first since I was in the groove of making my holiday cards and was using traditional colors. Once I got going on it, however, I was inspired and ended up making three cards! Here they are:

This first one is purple, black and silver using Gina K Designs Pure Luxury black onyx and vibrant violet along with silver sparkly paper from Stampin' Up. The stamp set is the Stamp TV kit "City of David" set.

This second one is black, white and silver using Gina K Designs Pure Luxury black onyx, pure white and the silver from Stampin' Up. The stamp set used is from Gina K Designs called "Blessed is the Season." The text is stamped in black and the dove is embossed with clear embossing powered. Then I went over it with Memento Gray Flannel to make the dove pop.

My final card is blue and silver using Gina K Designs Pure Luxury In the Navy and the sparkly silver paper from Stampin' Up. The trees and sentiment are embossed in silver and I added the stars or snowflakes (whichever you prefer them to be! LOL!) were created by making glue dots with a glue pen and the using Stampin' Up "Dazzling Diamonds" glitter. I added gray rhinestones for a bit of extra bling -- although if you look closely in the photo they seem to have picked up a reflection of red from something nearby when I took the picture.

Thanks for joining the hop today! Be sure to comment here and be sure to leave a comment on each blog as you hop along because on Friday morning (December 21), 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!

Now hop on over to Karen's blog to see what she has made in non-traditional holiday colors!