As it has turned out, we are home today. We decided last night after watching the Weather Channel that we may want to shop just in case. Luckily we were able to find a fresh turkey breast and some other trimmings. This morning around 6:00 a.m., we made the decision to stay home. The weather in the Chicago region was not conducive for us traveling up I-65 and then turning around and coming home tonight. I made early morning phone calls and my mother and my aunt are now coming for dinner. I feel so much better knowing they will be with us this Holiday.

The turkey breast is in the oven now and I had an opportunity to check on Julia’s Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoast. It is such a fun one and heaven knows is right up my alley – stitching! Machine stitching, faux stitching, stitching stamps, stitching rub-ons, hand stitching…anything goes. I decided today that I could use one of the newer releases from Gina K. Designs – Got Snow.


The image was stamped on watercolor paper and then colored with Tim Holtz Distress Ink reinkers. The background paper, BasicGrey Dasher, is machine stitched to a layer of cardstock to match the card base. The edges of the image and the background were sponged in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. To create some added dimension to the image, I applied a small amount of Liquid Applique around the sled and the trees.

Stamps: Got Snow from Gina K. Designs

Paper: Watercolor, SU Old Olive and Soft Sky, BasicGrey Dasher

Ink: Palette Noir Black, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Distress Ink Reinkers, Liquid Applique, May Arts Ribbon, Watercolor Brush, Mounting Tape, Brads

I hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful holiday!

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week so far and is looking forward to the weekend. I have a community service project tomorrow afternoon for Sorority and am looking forward to participating. We are boxing up items to send to our Service Men in Iraq. Of course, I still need to shop for some items, but I can get that done in the morning. If anyone has any ideas other than the typical books, magazines, toiletry items, please post a comment and let me know. One thing they requested was Ramen Noodles – we were all quite surprised, but after thinking about it, it did make sense. So anyhoo, I would love to have some other suggestions.

Yesterday I was able to get a few cards stamped just for fun and with my luck, none of them fit the Splitcoast Challenge today. One almost did, but I added just a few too many embellishments. Today’s Limited Supply Challenge is one embellishment or designer paper only. It is to only have one or two stamps – one of them a heart, and have limited layers.

You all know how much I love the new Way to Go by Gina K. Designs. Well an idea hit me this morning and I just had to RUN with it! There are just way too many possibilities with this set. I stamped the toilet bowl image and then stamped a heart. Colored them both with Copic Markers, cut a small slit in the water and slid the heart in. The sentiment, You Make My Heart Overflow, was typed on the computer (my specialty tool of choice) – hehe I just kill myself sometimes! Oh the joys of being BAD!


Stamps: Way to Go by Gina K. Designs, SU Love Matters

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, SU Pretty in Pink and Basic Black

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black

Accessories: Copic Markers, Ribbon, Mounting Tape, Computer (to generate sentiment), Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen

Sometimes a card just HAS to be made! This was the predicament I found myself in yesterday – do I make it or do I not? Jeanne sent me her idea for the JBWW Challenge this week – use a sentiment that is not a stamp, one that is either handwritten or computer generated. She opened the door me, and I really couldn’t help myself. The card had to be made!

I’ve had this idea running in my twisted, warped mind ever since I saw the Way to Go set by Gina K. Designs. I even told Kim of My Favorite Things about my idea and she kind of laughed – then said “that’s funny.” So in my attempt to be fair for all the Design Teams I’m on, I even threw in some Lizzie Anne Designs. It really is not my stamping choice to mix companies like this, BUT this card HAD to be made. The sets demand it, there is no other choice, and my mind could not let it go. I give you my sample for the JBWW Challenge – A Swirlin’ Birthday!

Swirlin bday

I stamped the toilet bowl from Way to Go by Gina K. Designs and the teacher from Back to School by My Favorite Things, and colored them with Copic markers. After layering the toilet bowl image, I cut a small slit in the middle of the seat, and stuck the teacher through to the back. There is a small piece of mounting tape on the back of her skirt, to hold her in place and to add a little dimension. For the background, I printed out my sentiment on a piece of Barely Banana cardstock, cut it to size, and then stamped in Versamark, one of the swirl images from So Swirly by Lizzie Anne Designs. Get it – swirl, so swirly, swirlin’ – BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, oh I slay myself! I added the photo corners, some black doodles and a little bit of ribbon to finish off the card.

Stamps: Way to Go by Gina K. Designs, Back to School by My Favorite Things, So Swirly by Lizzie Anne Designs

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, SU Barely Banana and Buckaroo Blue

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Versamark

Accessories: Copic Markers, Photo Corner Punch, Computer to generate sentiment, Mounting Tape, Ribbon, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen

Now for the JBWW Challenge. As I stated earlier, before I got so carried away with my card, the challenge today is to to make your own phrase using the computer or writing it out yourself. Any image, any theme, just get creative with your phrases and have fun!!! If you upload to your SCS Gallery, please use the keyword JBWW. Please post a link to either your gallery or your blog here on my blog, or on Jeanne’s. Can’t wait to see what you create today!

Good Thursday morning. It’s so hard to believe that it’s already November – I wonder if it’s because I’ve been on a whirlwind since the first part of October. This is the first year in 21 that I can honestly say I didn’t put up that first Halloween decoration. Unheard of in this household! With Mallory gone, my house is quieter and I don’t have all the kids running in and out as in past years. I suppose I should pull out some of the fall stuff for Thanksgiving though. Maybe.

Anyhoo, it’s November 1st and Gina K. Designs has some awesome new sets that were released at midnight. I missed the release party last night on Splitcoast, but reading back this morning, what a party they had. In addition, her new site is up and running and it looks fabulous!

This first card is made using the new set Got Snow. I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then water colored with reinkers. To add more dimension, I used Liquid Applique for the snowflakes and snow around the base of the image. Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink was sponged around the edges of the main image and the BasicGrey Figgy Pudding DP (which I found at Jacksonbelle Embellishments). All the DP was sewn to a panel of Chocolate Chip cardstock using Jeanne’s new sewing machine.

Winter Got Snow

Stamps: Got Snow? By Gina K. Designs

Paper: Watercolor; SU Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip BasicGrey Figgy Pudding

Ink: Various Reinkers, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress, Palette Noir Black

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Watercolor Brush, Sponge, Liquid Applique, Mounting Tape, Ribbon, Small Oval Punch

This second card was one of the last I made while visiting with Jeanne. Using the new set, Punchy Words, I wanted a simple thank you card. I colored the stamp with markers and stamped it on SU Whisper White cardstock. I kept layering the sentiment to make the medallion and sponged all the edges with Old Paper Distress Ink. Once again, I sewed all the DP (which is also from Jacksonbelle Embellishments) to another panel before putting it on the actual card base.

Thankful 4 You

Stamps: Punchy Words by Gina K. Designs

Paper: SU Whisper White and Old Olive, BasicGrey Mellow

Ink: Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress, SU Ruby Red and Old Olive

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Ribbon, Punches, Wedge Makeup Sponge, Mounting Tape, Piercing Tool

Good morning! Well I’m finally home, getting in late last night. The puppies were very excited to see me and haven’t left my side since I walked in the door. I have so many things around the house to catch up on, laundry being the first, and then the mail. Oh the goodies that came in the mail while I was gone. I can’t even begin to describe what all is sitting on my dining room table. Let me just say that once I get it all organized and put away, we are gonna have some fun!

As I promised yesterday, I have a little peek at one of the new sets from Gina K. Designs. I think this has to be one of the most versatile sets I’ve ever seen! Actually, when Gina first told me about, I promised to do cartwheels and roundoffs down the boulevard if I could get my hands on it! Well, she did send it, but video will have to wait – I’m too tired from my world travels!

You can see the entire set on Gina’s blog, but here’s my first sample with this new set, Way to Go! This set has so many possibilities and I am so honored and delighted that Gina asked me to work with it. WOO HOO!

Way to Go

I colored the images with Copic Markers and raised both the image panel and the brush on mounting tape. Instead of actually sewing on the card, I went for a little faux stitching for a change.

Stamps: Way to Go by Gina K. Designs

Paper: Memory Box Homespun Collection, SU Brocade Blue and Basic Black

Ink: Palette Noir Black, SU Basic Black

Accessories: Copic Markers, Faber-Castell Artist Pen, Mounting Tape, Ribbon, Corner Punch

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