CardMaker Fabulous Frames Blog Hop

Good morning!  Today several members of the CardMaker Blog team and Gina K. Designs team are  showcasing stamps used in Melanie Muenchinger's newest book Fabulous Stamped Frames, published byAnnie's. This cardmaking tutorial book features 36 projects using seven of Melanie's bold and line art frame stamp sets from Gina K. Designs.  These versatile sets each contain a frame stamp large enough to fill an A2 card front, which can be rotated portrait or landscape style, along with coordinating images and sentiments, that allow both beginners and advanced crafters to enjoy endless design possibilities for year-round themes, occasions and styles. Not all sets are needed to get a ton of instruction and ideas from this book! Melanie challenged us to each put our own spin on one of the sets, so we hope you enjoy what you see today!  She and Gina will besharing videos as well to show more of the book and some of the stamps in action.

Here is the card that I made using the Branching Out stamp set.  What I love about this set, are the little extra elements (bird, vines, flowers etc...) that can be used to stamp inside or outside of the frames.  I masked the outside of the circle, so that when I stamped the flowers, they remained in the circle.  Masking is a fun an easy technique that creates depth.

There is also a prize! A gift certificate to use on any sets, templates, digital paper or studio cut files in Melanie's line of Gina K. Designs products.  To enter, leave a comment on the blogs in our hop today.   One commenter will be randomly chosen and posted Friday on Gina's Blog.  The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win.  Finally, all seven sets frame stamp sets are all on sale for the first time ever.Take this opportunity to stock up on your favorites or complete your collection.  See full details for the prize and the sale on Gina's blog.

Please enjoy the hop!  Good luck on winning the gift certificate!  Thanks for hopping today!

Gina K Designs July Inspiration Blog Hop

The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops.

The complete blog list is as the bottom of this post...visit all of the designers to see what they created using these two great sets!!

My first card, I made a stamped card using the Beautiful Banners stamp set from Becky Oehlers.  I can see myself using this a lot!  I am always attracted to bold sentiments...and what can only make that better?  A sentiment banner style!! Love!  I stamped the woodgrain directly onto my card base.  The sunshine and hello images were both stamped onto white card stock, cut out, and then adhered to the card using foam squares.  I rounded the corners, added some washi tape to the bottom, and applied stickles to the sunburst and banner.

This next card was created using a new Diva set called Aloha Mini Diva by Debbi Corbari.  I was instantly drawn to those flowers, and the "hakuna matata" sentiment.  What a great sentiment!  I have many friends who live in Hawaii, so this will be a well "inked" stamp for sure!  Since this is a one layer card, everything was stamped directly onto the card base.  I love rounded the bottoms of cards, so of course to soften up the card a bit...I rounded the corners.

Take a minute to check out what all of these fabulous designers created today!!

Gina K Inspiration Blog Hop

The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops.

Release weeks are so much fun!  Today, I went back to basics with tone on tone stamping.  It is simple, it gets me out of using black ink, and it creates a nice subtle background.

Here is the complete hop list!

Materials Used:
white cardstock
pink cardstock
red cardstock
aqua cardstock
Gina K Designs ink
Gina K Designs buttons (bowl of cherries & ocean mix)
corner rounder

Lawn Fawn Sneak Week Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of more Lawn Fawn CHA sneak peaks!!  Today, I am showing a few cards using the Into the Woods paper line, flair, sequins, stamps and twine!  So many great new things!!

You want to head over to the Lawn Fawn blog, to see more great sneaks, as well as a chance to win new product!!

Taylored Expressions & Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog Hop

GIVEAWAY: To enter to win a Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L & Taylored Expressions Prize Pack ($30 value) filled with fun products to get your crafting, leave a comment on each hop designer blog. One lucky winner will be chosen at random from all blog hop comments. Deadline to enter: Friday, July, 2013 at 11:59 pm PST.

I am the worst when it comes to sending out cards!  I live about 30-45 minutes away from a physical Post Office (depending on traffic).  So just to get to the Post Office can be a struggle.  So, this stamp set from Taylored Expressions called Belated Birthday,  is so perfect for me!  I didn't forget, I just couldn't get it in the mail in time.  Does anyone else have this problem?  I tell my husband that I'm a cardmaker, not a card sender lol.

I may be in love with that basic bow die! So cute!

Materials Used:
Taylored Expressions Belated Birthday stamp set
Taylored Expressions Basic Bow die
Taylored Expressions From the Heart Frame die
Green Cardstock
White Carstock
Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Collection pattern paper
Copic Markers

1.  Cut/score cardbase to 4 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches.
2.  Diecut white cardstock using the Heart Frame Die.
3.  Using the Repositionable dispenser, adhere the diecut to the card base.
4.  Stamp image onto the die cut, and card front.
5.  Stamp the sentiment in black ink underneath.
6.  Remove the die cut.  Color in using Copic markers.
7.  Stamp the image again, color in the balloon.  Cut out & set aside.
8.  Diecut the bow using pattern paper.
9.  Adhere the white die cut, bow & balloon to the card using 3D Foam Squares.

Lawn Fawn CHA Sneak Week

This is going to be one exciting week for all of you Lawn Fawn lovers out there!!  CHA is right around the corner, so we will be showcasing some of the new products that will be hitting store shelves soon!!  Make sure to visit the Lawn Fawn Blog everyday this week, to check out new product, so much inspiration and for a chance to win new stuff!!

My project I am sharing today, is a "boo" bag.  Have you ever "boo-ed" your neighbors, or been "boo-ed"?  If not, you should do it, it is so much fun!  Basically, you leave treats for your neighbors, ring the door bell and run away as fast as you can.  You leave a note saying they have been "boo-ed" (you can find this online) you don't say who it is from, and then they are supposed to "boo" a neighbor.

Anyhow, here is a cute "boo" bag that could go into a "boo" basket.

This is a new stamp set called, Critters in Costume!  And yes, there is a Lawn Cut die set to coordinate too!!  Are you squealing yet?  Well, that rounded rectangular shape is also a new Lawn Cut, as well as the leaves!!!  I had such a fun time creating this project.
The bag is glasine, and can be a little slick to stamp on.  But I very carefully stamped the little star (many times) at the bottom of the bag.  I love how stamps give me the versatility to make customs gifts! (the star is in the stamp set too)

I colored in the cute little critter using copic markers, and to get that great shading on the leaves, I used Tim Holtz ink.  For a little bit of sparkle, I put yellow and diamond dust stickles in the "boo" sentiment/diecut.

Crate Paper & CardMaker Blog Hop!

Today the designers from Crate Paper, and CardMaker Magazine, are showing off some great new projects using the Maggie Holmes Collection.  If you have time, head on over to the Crate Blog, they are giving a Maggie Holmes prize package worth $40.

Your next stop is to Piradee's blog!
(the complete blog list is below)

I have a few cards to show you today, it was hard just to make one project.  I was on the CHA show floor when this line debuted, and I was blown away!  There is just something in the color palette of this line that I'm drawn to.  I have used it many, many just makes me so happy!

Materials List for Say Cheese Card:
Maggie Holmes Wonderful paper
Maggie Holmes Emily Jane paper
Maggie Holmes Die Cuts (tag, camera, ticket stub)
Maggie Homes Stickers
kraft cardstock
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares & EZ runner
May Arts ribbon
Twinery pink twine

Materials List for Love You Dear Card:
American Crafts white card stock
Maggie Holmes Click paper
Maggie Holmes Dreamy paper
Maggie Holmes stickers
Maggie Holmes Bow Embellishments

Again, head on over to the Crate Blog for a chance to win a Maggie Holmes Collection pack valued at $40!

Blog Hop Lineup:
Rebecca Luminarias:
Latisha Yoast:  (here)
Janna Werner:

Lawn Fawn & May Arts blog hop

This week, the designers from Lawn Fawn and May Arts are doing a blog hop.
It is always a fun surprise to get May Arts ribbon in the mail.  I was starting to over think how to show of ribbon on my project.  But, the ribbon is so pretty it shows off itself.  I decided to make a fun and festive gift bag.
Make sure you visit the Lawn Fawn and May Arts blog every day this week.  I believe there are prizes to be had!

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Home Sweet Home stamp set
Lawn Fawn Home Sweet Home dies
Lawn Fawn lime twine
Lawn Fawn Puffy Star die
Lawn Fawn Pink Lemonade petite pattern paper
May Arts pink chevron ribbon
May Arts pink oval ribbon
May Arts green chevron ribbon
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ runner
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares
white bag
pink copic markers
white card stock

Gina K Designs 4th of July Hop

Happy Birthday America!!
For my fellow Americans, I hope you all have a safe and patriotic day.  We are having a nice an easy day planned.  We are BBQ-ing chicken, hot dogs then for sides are, baked beans with sausage & peppers, cole slaw, potato salad, watermelon, veggie platters, and cupcakes to name a few items on the menu.  We purchased a bunch of fireworks, motars enjoy once the sun goes down.  Some friends are going to come over, and I think it will be a great day!

Welcome to this special July 4 Gina K. Designs Hop!!!!  Some of the Design Team and the Center Stage Spotlight Team have some fun cards and projects to share with a patriotic theme and flair!!!  And Gina has a special sale incentive too!!!  Check out these 2 new Duos:
From Thursday, July 4 thru Sunday, July 7
Orders of $25.00 or more get Harvest of Memories
Orders of $50.00 or more get Harvest of Memories and Unforgettable.
Come hop along for some Patriotic inspiration to help kick off your Fourth Of July festivities!!!
Latisha (here)

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