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, Stencils, Taylored Expressions

A personal advent challenge

Today is day 1 of using ‘virgin’ stamps and dies from my stash … my personal version of an advent calendar/challenge.

This used a poinsettia stamp and stencil set by Taylored Expressions and a sentiment from the Joyful Season stamp set, also from TE. I accidentally had a stencil bleed from being heavy handed so I slapped on the vellum strip to hide my sins 😉

I’m entering this for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown stencil challenge as well as the Stencil Fun challenge.


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)
Class projects, Crop & Create Delivered

Crop & Create Delivered – Taylored Expressions

The second class on the Sunday with was Taylored Expressions. On a high from the Concord & 9th class, I decided to keep going with the lives – this once kicked off at around 3.30am in Australia, and I managed to keep up right until 4.30am when we had to get the paper cutter out to start chopping. At that point I decided I’d better get some sleep before playing with a guillotine blade 😉 I was pretty happy I’d managed to get all the stencilling completed before bed-time, though, and really love these cards!

Some things I loved about this class:

  • Quad stencils are so much FUN! And they’re so clever – my first, but not my last!
  • The style of these cards is so versatile – just swap out the colours for amazing different looks … I can’t wait to make more!
  • I was a bit nervous about my colour choices but it turned out OK – once I started ink blending and seeing the results I realized that in fact you could pretty much use any colours and it would be stunning. It made me more confident to enjoy the process and experiment.
  • The stamp set of sentiments etc is awesome – really versatile and love the font styles 💙

The Poblano Pepper cardstock was provided by Taylored Expressions and I chose a Gina K Designs ink that was similar to it for my darkest ink colour (Christmas Pine). The Gina K inks I used were: Sea Glass, Grass Green, Blue Denim and Christmas Pine.