Gina K Designs, Layering stamps

Day 5 and holiday tags

A few things used on day 5 that I hadn’t used before – the tag die and the inks used for the background stamps, the sentiment stamp, and an Artistro gold pen. I’ve never made a batch of gift tags before, so this was a fun new challenge for me. They’ll be attached to wee bags of chocolates for my monthly craft group that’s meeting this weekend for our final catch-up before Christmas.

Supplies used:

  • Perfect Poinsettias stamp set by Gina K Designs
  • Sentiment from Merriest Christmas by Taylored Expressions
  • Dye inks by Gina K Designs: Lipstick, Red Velvet, Cherry Red, Faded Brick, Chocolate Brown, and Light and Medium Spruce
  • Artistro gold pen
  • Nested Tag Shapes dies by Hero Arts
Challenges

Neon merry and bright

Day 2 of my personal ‘virgin product’ challenge – today I managed to christen a few items at once (the background stamp, inks and pearl pigment ink). I used the Jacob’s Coat technique … you can’t say it’s not ‘merry and bright’, that’s for sure!!

While I was at it, I decided to enter it into the following challenges this week:

Supplies used:

  • Ornamental Background stamp set by Catherine Pooler
  • Electro Pop neon inks by Gina K Designs
  • Pearl Aqua Pigment ink by Brutus Monroe
  • Merry & Bright dies by Simon Says Stamp and CZ Design
  • Rainbow gems by Honey Bee Stamps
Challenges, Gina K Designs, Paper piecing

Inlaid die cut Christmas trees part 2

Another set of trees using Gina K Designs’ Christmas Tree cover plate die. I this these are my favourite versions of the cards, I just love the more subtle colours of the papers together. I just flicked through my paper samples and found greens that I thought could work well together. Not a single paper pack in this case was a Christmas paper, so it just shows what you can find when you look outside the box a wee bit.

I’ve decided to enter these into a few challenges this week – I’ve been slack at doing challenges lately, so I guess I’m making up for lost time. I keep updating my Instagram feed, but forgetting to post here oops:

Supplies used:

  • Christmas Tree cover plate die by Gina K Designs
  • Sentiment from Sparkle and Shine stamp set by Gina K Designs
  • Patterned papers from Stampin’ Up!
    – Ever Eden (retired)
    – Gilded Autumn (retired)
    – Berry Delightful (retired)
  • Gold pearls by Unity? (not 100% as the packaging has disappeared)
  • Gold glitter cardstock by Craft Perfect/Tonic Studios
Challenges, Gina K Designs, Paper piecing, Using scraps

Inlaid die cut Christmas trees part 1

I created the die cut elements a few weeks ago and put the top layer together while I was at a craft retreat. I only just remembered to put them together into the final card versions this week! While I was posting on Instagram it was rightly pointed out that the bottom card is perfect for the current challenge over at the Double Trouble blog! The challenge is to mix plaids, stripes, checks, flowers and polka dots, with an optional twist of paper piecing … it was perfect timing 😀

Supplies used:

  • Christmas Tree cover plate die by Gina K Designs
  • Sentiment from Sparkle and Shine stamp set by Gina K Designs
  • Patterned papers from Stampin’ Up!
    – Boughs of Holly
    – Gingerbread and Peppermint (retired)
  • Ruby Slipper sequins by Gina K Designs
Challenges, Craft Roulette, Stencils

A little hello stencil window card

I’m pretty sure this was the very first set of layering stencils that I ever owned when I started cardmaking 18 months ago, and it began a love affair with stencils (even though I often forget to use them!). I actually created this card for the Craft Roulette challenge this week, but it’s also something that was inspired by the photo inspiration challenge over at Inspiration Station, and the aperture card challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters so it was a three-fer this week!

The Craft Roulette challenge this week was for:

  • Project: Window card (the second one I’ve ever attempted I think)
  • Colours: Red, yellow +1 (I chose green)
  • Element: November (it’s the end of Spring in Australia, so I went with flowers for my card)
  • Random: Use three circles (although there are a few circles on the card, I chose the three red flower centres which were black/grey enamel dots)

Supplies used:

  • A Little Hello stencil bundle by Gina K Designs
  • Ink pads by Gina K Designs: Sweet corn, Wild dandelion, Prickly pear, Chocolate truffle, Red velvet, Jelly bean green, and Fresh asparagus
  • Enamel dots are old Stampin’ Up! retired halloween ones
  • Happy birthday pre-printed sentiment from my stash (I can’t remember the brand)
Challenges, Tic Tac Toe

Poinsettia washi

I used the Poinsettia washi by Pinkfresh Studios for this card, which meets the first column of the Tic Tac Toe challenge this week. It’s also perfect for the Can you handle the Pressure? challenge of embossing folders with a twist of wreaths.

Supplies used:

  • Poinsettia washi by Pinkfresh Studios
  • Perfect sentiments Holiday hot foil plate by Pinkfresh Studios
  • Gold foil by Couture Creations
  • Holiday flora embossing folder by Gina K Designs
  • Gold fever confetti sequins by Studio Katia
Challenges, Gina K Designs, Tic Tac Toe

Sequin shaker tree

Oh my goodness it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on here, or in a challenge – I think I need to re-do my 100 days challenge, at least I keep crafting every day that way!

Anyway, I managed to complete this card for a challenge over on the Gina K Designs blog this month, and it worked out perfectly for the Tic Tac Toe challenge too – win/win! I went with the centre horizontal row of ‘Christmas tree – Sparkle – Star’. I’m dipping my toes back in the challenge waters again, yay 😉

Supplies used:

  • Christms Tree cover plate die by Gina K Designs
  • Sentiment from Blizzard stamp set by Gina K Designs
  • Holiday Flora embossing folder by Gina K Designs for the background
  • Background brushed lightly with Christmas Pine ink by Gina K Designs
  • Gold glitter cardstock by Tonic Studios for the mat layer
  • Shaker mix made from:
    Ruby Slippers and Emerald City sequins by Gina K Designs
    Mini gold star confetti by Pretty Pink Posh
    a few more green, white and irridescent ones to give different sizes (unsure of the brand).
Challenges

Big Grumpy Cat

I decided to use this card for the ‘my favourite domestic animal’ challenge on the As you like it challenge blog. I’m torn, though, because I’ve always been a dog-lover at heart. The one cat we had as a family pet won my dog-loving heart over because he seemed to have more doggy characteristics than a cat – he loved snuggles, followed you everywhere (especially walking to the mailbox and back, flopping over onto his back every few steps for tummy rubs), he loved to play chase, and he’d sit in the driveway waiting for me to arrive home once he heard the sound of my car in the distance. Ah, Rio, I still miss you years after you left us, there’s a huge space in my heart still there for you xx

Supplies used:

  • Big Grumpy Cat stamp by Taylored Expressions
  • Winter Wonderland sentiment stamps by Gina K Designs
  • Dashing Along patterned paper by Stampin’ Up! (retired)