Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sketch Saturday #48

My Mom's friend's Mother passed away recently, so I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday to create this sympathy card for her.

I used Reflection by Sugar Nellie which was colored with my Copics. Cardstock is SU and dp is MME (I just love these papers). I used my nesties, MS border punch, and EK Success leaf punch. I covered up the apples with flower soft (spring mix) in her basket. Ribbon and flowers were from my stash. Sentiment stamp is from the $1 bin at Michaels. A close up of my coloring....although I just noticed from my picture that I goofed up a little and colored outside of her sleeve. Oooppps!
Then we have the finished inside. This would be the left side of the card.
And I carried the sketch through to the right side of the inside of the card.
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a GREAT weekend! I will be busy writing some literature papers this weekend....ICK....but only 2 more weeks and then I am on break until the middle of June (when summer classes start)! Woo-Hoo!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wedding Cards

My Mother-in-law asked me the other day if I could make 2 wedding cards for her. I was thrilled that she wanted me to make some creations for her to give away! That really means a lot to me that she likes my projects (as crafting isn't her kind of hobby)!

Amy Sheffer of Pickled Paper Designs is one of my favorite blogs to cruise around! Her creations are just amazing to me! When I saw THIS card on her blog, I was very inspired, and came up with the following cards. I used the same layout for both cards. Cardstock and dp is SU. Used my MS & EK Success border punches. Swirl punch was also used for behind the flowers. Ribbon, charm, tulle and flowers are from my stash. I didn't have a wedding stamp so I hope the "love" charm is enough! And then we have the finished inside! If you look close at the top...I glued my image the wrong way (which I am sure no one will notice....but it bothered me and it was already glued down and I wasn't going to wreck the whole card just to try and move it.) The next card I made sure to mount it correctly! LOL!

And then the second card. I used my nesties as in the above card. Cherish stamp is from a SU set. I also used my Cuttlebug embossing folder on this one!
And a similar inside!
I hope that my Mother-in-law likes them, and they meet up to what she wants. I know this is a different kind of card for me (as I usually create with people on my cards....I love coloring)! I would love to hear what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

CBCC #36 - Color Time!

This week at CBCC, Courtney has a great color challenge for us! These are fun spring colors to play with! After getting out my SU cardstock....I got out my fun Melinda stamp from WOJ (as I am entering this into this week's WOJ Challenge which is an awesome sketch from Miss. Heather...she always has such fun sketches to play with)! I just adore this little cutie! Melinda was colored with my Copics. DP is Basic Grey Euphoria. I used flower soft for the first time and I have to say I am addicted to this stuff! It gives such a beautiful dimension and look to the image! LOVE THIS I just need to get me some more! I only have 2 jars so far. Flowers, ribbon, and tulle with beads are from my stash. Used my EK Success leave punch, and MS border punch. Tapestry stamps were used to create the border around Miss. Melinda.
A close up of Miss. Melinda:
(Click on any picture to make it bigger)
I carried the papers into the inside of the card. Used my retro flowers punches to create the left hand side, and used the same MS border punch and added half pearls for the extra bling on the right side. On the big pink flowers I also used my Twinkling H2Os to give them a little more sparkle and shine.
Now it's your turn to play! Go and make something with the aforementioned colors, and link your creation to Courtney's Blog, where you will be entered to win a fun prize! And make sure you go and check out what fabulous creations the other chickies have made (you can find their links in my sidebar).

Hope your week is going great!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Welcome to the 2nd InStyle Stamps Blog Hop!

Our Theme this month is:
Contain Yourself!

We have lots of fun in store for you today! Make sure you head on over to the Instyle Stamps Forum where we will be chatting from now until 11 PM EST! There is going to be many mini contests with prizes throughout the day. When you get to the forum click on the blog hop thread. You don't want to miss this!!!

The DT have been working on their creations all month for this fun event! We were to make/alter some type of container. Like last month, after you go and view all of the other DT's projects, make sure you head on over to the InStyle Stamps Blog to vote for your favorite project! The DT member who gets the most votes will win a prize. And you can win a prize just for voting! All you have to do is place your vote; then leave a comment on the post with the poll to be entered for the GRAND PRIZE! You need to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. The contest will remain open until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, April 25th, and winners will be announced on Sunday, April 26th.

For my project, I made this fun top note purse, which I got the directions from my friend Anita! I used Molly for my project....I mean who can resist a fun shopper girl when you are making a purse! I colored Molly with my Copics! Used my SU top note die for the front and back of my purse. Papers used were SU cardstock, and My Mind's Eye. Punches: MS branch, and Retro flowers. Bling, center flower, tulle, pearls, and ribbon were from my stash.
A close up of adorable Molly:
Don't forget that all InStyle Stamps are on sale until April 30th
(details in my sidebar...make sure to place my name, Kim G. in the comment section of your order so I can get credit for the referral)!
The side view of my purse:
And a few more pictures of details (to see each picture bigger, just click on it):

NOW...make sure you hop on over to the other Diva's blogs and check out their projects, their links can be found in my side bar! Don't forget to go vote for your favorite DT member's project over at the InStyle Blog!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a GREAT Friday!
Hope to see you all at the InStyle Chat!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Just Magnolia Challange 1

Just Magnolia is a BRAND NEW challenge blog that a bunch of my very good friends have put together! I am so excited for them and am hoping to always play Tildas really like this blog! :)

Well I think I am cutting this pretty close as the deadline has to be up any minute for this week's challenge! I hope that I am in time to enter! The sketch for this week's challenge was by my GREAT friend Donalda! Love the sketch was fantastic to work with! I colored Miss. Tilda with my Copics. Papers used were SU cardstock, SU, MM, and My Mind's Eye dp! Used my Fiskars eyelet border punch, my curved rectangle and circle nesties. Flowers, charm, lace, ribbon, and tulle from my stash. I just adore the colors in this card....I was so excited to get my kraft colored paper today! Woot Woot!

Close up of Tilda:

And the finished inside which I carried part of the sketch through to!
Tomorrow is InStyle Stamps monthly blog hop! Make sure you come by for some fun!!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Release Wednesday

It's Wednesday so that means it's the day to head on over to InStyle Stamps and check out all the new releases!!!! Don't forget that until April 30th you can save 20% on your entire purchase! All you have to do is use Code: ISSA20009 and in the comments section write "Kim G. sent you!"

Now, onto the card......How many of you have little boys who LOVE to play their video games? Today you can now get a stamp to resemble your boys! Meet Ben! I just adore this little guy! When I first saw him I knew I wanted to make a card shaped like a Nintendo Controller. My brother and I used to live on our Nintendo when we were younger! Paper used is DCWV and CM cardstock. The screen on the TV is actually a metallic shiny silver. Ben is colored with my Copics. Edges of the grey cs is distressed with momento black tuxedo ink.
Here's a close up of the newbie in the anime collection at InStyle Stamps!
Then I carried the Nintendo Controller theme to the inside of the card!
I can't wait to hear what you think of this cutie pie Ben!
I hope you are all having a fabulous day!

Thanks for stopping by, I greatly appreciate it!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CBCC #35 - Let's Roll!

Are you ready to rock n' roll this week with Courtney's Challenge?! Get out your brayer and let's have some rollin' along fun! Create a project using your brayer, post a link to your project on Courtney's Blog for your chance to win a prize.
First off, I want to say I'm not to happy with my pictures as it's night time and I had to use my Ott Lite and I am not good at taking pictures with that. I love taking pictures in the natural daylight much better. Oh well! Hopefully someday I will learn how to take good pictures with my lamp!

Now on to the fun stuff....the card! How do you like Mike and Jessie? They are the cutest couple, don't you think? They are another anime stamp over at InStyle Stamps. Remember all purchases are 20% off at InStyle until April 30th (details are two posts below, and in my sidebar)! Mike & Jessie are colored with my Copics and Twinkling H2O's! The background they are on is made with the baroque motiff stamp from SU and my brayer....I used a Michelle Zindorf technique where you emboss an image in the background and then roller over the image with different colors of ink. I used TH Distress inks in broken china and weathered wood. Dp is Basic Grey-Two Scoops collection, and cardstock is SU. Tulle, beads, spacer, brad, charm, ribbon, and flowers are from my stash.
And close up of my cute couple:
And then the finished inside:
Since I used a bunch of flowers on this card, I am also going to use this as my Cute Card Thursday challenge entry (which is to use flowers)! Not hard for me, as I LOVE flowers on my cards!

Now make sure you go and see what the other chickies have made! You can find their blog links in my sidebar.

**Yesterday was my 1 year Blogaversary so there is some fun blog candy on the way! **

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Say Hi to Lizzie!

Meet Lizzie from InStyle Stamps! Another adorable image in my opinion! You can get Lizzie for 20% off (as well as all the other products from InStyle Stamps until April 30th....check out the below post for all the details)!

I used last week's sketch from Sketch Saturday. SU cardstock and dp (from the Raspberry Tart collection) used. Lizzie was colored with my Copics. Used my nesties, MS branch punch, EK Success branch punch, and Cuttlebug paisley embossing folder. Swirls around Lizzie are Autumn Leaves stamp. Flowers, bling, and ribbon from my stash.

A close up of cutie patootie Lizzie!

Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend! We had a our friend's wedding last night, and another friend's wedding today! Busy weekend at our house!

I'm sorry I haven't been to many of your blogs lately. I haven't had much time on the computer this week. I am hoping to get caught up next week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Blog Candy Alert:

Katharina over at WOJ is giving away some yummy candy! She is making 2 stampers really happy! Click HERE to go and see what it is all about! :)

InStyle Stamps Discount!

Many of you have said how much you just LOVE the InStyle Stamps....well now is your time to stock up on these cuties!!! Virginia is offering a great discount now through April 30th! You will receive a 20% discount on your entire order (Copics are excluded from this sale.)! Isn't that a great discount!
Head on over to InStyle Stamps (by clicking on the above picture):
1. Please place my name, Kim G., in the comment section of your order (so I get credit for the referral); and
2. Use code: ISSA20009
and you will receive your 20% discount. Make sure you do both steps to receive your discount! :)

Happy Shopping!
Make sure you come back and tell me what you ordered!
I can't wait to see what you all create with your new stamps and digi images!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

CBCC #34...Toys Toys Toys

This week's challenge at CBCC is Inspiration Station: Toys! Pick your child's, niece's, nephew's, or even your favorite childhood toy and use it as inspiration for your creation. At first I was scared of this challenge....but then after I thought about it I had a fabulous idea. When we were little my sister's favorite game was CANDY LAND....I played that with her many many many times! I used lollipops for the inspiration of my card! I thought it would be very cute to put a Gorjuss Girl sitting on top of a lollipop. I created the lollipop with my nesties (after I chose the colors I thought "oh no it looks like a bulls eye target" but after I gave it a stick and found my paper I thought it looked more like a lollipop then). Paper is DCWV and SU cardstock in Red Riding Hood. I used my Quickutz flourish die, and EK Success swirl punch. Ribbon and flowers are from my stash.
I used the sketch from Friday Sketchers...I just turned the sketch upside down so that the ribbon wouldn't be hidden from the lollipop. Finally, a close up of Miss. Gorjuss! I colored her with my Copics.
Now, make on sure you head on over to the other chickies blogs (you can find their links in my side bar) to see the fabulous creations they have made. I can't wait to see what you make and what your inspiration is! Make sure you link your creation to Courtney's Blog for your chance to win some goodies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sugar Bowl Challenge 8

First I want to wish everyone a Very Hoppy Easter!!!! Hope you are having a blessed day and the Easter Bunny was good to you all! We are enjoying time with family today! Right now we stopped home before heading over to my Grandparents house for dinner, so I thought I would upload a card to share with you all!

As of last night, I still had to make my parents' Easter card and I wanted to use one of my new Gorjuss Girls so I decided to take a hop over to the Sugar Bowl Challenge blog and this week's challenge is to use Tiet's fabulous sketch! WOW what a wonderful and fun sketch...I know I will be using this one MANY times!!! Here's the sketch:
And here's my take on the sketch! I used my Bo Bunny papers (oh I am so in love with this's the Alissa collection (which also happens to by my sister's name so I love the paper even more!!!) Stamps are Sugar Nellie's Gorjuss Girl, the little chick is from the WOJ spring collection, the swirl is from the yummy SU set, and the eggs are from Stamps & Smiles Egg Hunt set. All images were colored with my Copics, and I used a little bit of my NEW Twinkling H2Os on the Gorjuss Girl! I used my EK Success branch punch, and my Fiskars egg punch (thanks again mom I love this cute punch!). Flowers and ribbon (raffia is from Rach...thanks darling I am so in love with this!!!) are from my stash.
Here's a close up of Miss. Gorjuss herself....what a sweetheart she is!
And of course the inside:
Used MS border punch, and Stampendous Happy Easter stamp.
Again, I hope everyone is enjoying this day!

I have also made my sibling a treat for Easter....but I am going to share that with you tomorrow (I know what torture to wait)....make sure you come by and take a peek! I think they turned out super cute!

It's my Blogaversary VERY Blog Candy is on it's way this week!!!!!
Keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Hippity Hoppity....

...Easter is on it's way!!!

As I promised you yesterday....I have more baskets to share with you today! I used the same supplies as yesterday's baskets, except I have used different stamps. These cutie pie bunnies are from Stamps and Smiles.
The bunnies and eggs were colored with my Copics. I used white fun flock on the bunnies tails for the extra softness.

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Easter!!! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! I will be busy with family, and studying (as I have a major exam the Monday after Easter). Not too much play time in store for this weekend, but after Monday I should get some play time again. :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Tisket A Tasket....

...I have Jax from InStyle Stamps on my Easter Baskets!

A friend asked if I could make her some cute treat holders for her nephews for a little Easter present. I thought Jax would be perfect, as I used him before on this basket. And I just love how cute and easy this basket is to make with my nesties.

The eggs were stamped from Stamps and Smiles Egg Hunt set. Jaxs and eggs were colored with my Copics. Baskets were cut and embossed in my Cuttlebug. Cardstock is CM, ribbon and brads were from my stash.

I will have more baskets to share with you tomorrow! And blog candy is coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Release Day at InStyle

Today is another release day over at InStyle Stamps! Woot Woot! I just love release days! So many new stamps are being released this whole month, so make sure you stop over at InStyle every Wednesday to see what's new!

This week I had the honor of working with Katsu! He is a newbie for the anime line. Don't you just love the head shot? He's so darn cute! With Katsu just being a head shot he is perfect for the focal point on any project! I have used my circle nesties to create this fun shaped card! Paper is SU cardstock in Red Riding Hood and dp is Basic Grey. Katsu is colored with my Copics. Ribbon is SU and bling is from my stash!

I hope you enjoyed this little cutie! Head on over to InStyle Stamps to order your very own Katsu today!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

CBCC 33 - Soda Pop Tops

This week was a super fun challenge for me! Courtney has challenged us to see what we can create with soda pop tops!!!! I have been collecting pop tops since January for this fun challenge! I made a fun ribbon-border with my pop tops! The sketch I used was from over at Sketch Saturday...what a great sketch, I know I will be using this one again!

The Gorjuss Girl that I used is a Sugar Nellie stamp (one that I colored way back during spring break...and just finally got around to making something with her....I so love these Gorjuss Girls and can't wait to get my 2nd group!) Papers used are DCWV Garden Stack, MM dp, and SU cardstock. Miss Gorjuss was colored with my copics. Raffia ribbon is from my dear friend Rach, love you hun for getting me this!!! I used my EK Success punch for the bottom border and MS branch punch. Pink ribbon, glitter dots, and flower from my stash. The pink swirlies under my flower is my new pink scrappers floss that I just got from my friend Susana's Store.
A close up of my Gorjuss Girl:
A close up of my fun flower:
Now, you need to go and check out what the other chickies have made with their pop tops (you can find their links in my side bar!) I can't wait to see what you make with this great challenge! Make sure you link your creation to Courtney's blog for your chance to win a prize!

**I am only a few days away from celebrating
my very first Blogaversary....
be on the look out for blog candy coming soon to celebrate!!**

Thanks for stopping by, your comments truly make my day!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thankful Thursday InStyle

As promised, I said I would have another surprise for you this week! YAY!!!! It's now surprise time!!!! This week I was chosen to create the Thankful Thursday Sketch Challenge over at InStyle Stamps! I am honored to be in charge this week! And I am very excited to share with you my very first sketch that I created (well maybe it's my second....) feel free to add any fun elements to it!

Here's my sketch:
I am starting to get that hand on my Photoshop Elements 7 a little bit!
And here's my take on the sketch! I used lovely Lilah from InStyle Stamps. I just love how cute she is! Lilah was colored with my Copics. Papers are Bo Bunny and Making Memories. Flowers are from my stash. This card was so fast and easy to make! (Can you believe that's 2 cards in a row now without any ribbon....double eeekkkk!)

A close up of Lilah, don't you love her pink boots?!
The base of this card is 4 x 6, which is a twist from my normal 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card!
To play along head on over to the InStyle Stamps blog by clicking HERE! You can find all of the directions to play along and Virginia is kind enough to offer a great fun prize for the winner! Now you just have to play along! :)

I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to everyone to gave me information on where to find books on Photoshop! I went to Barnes and Noble today and found just what I am looking for! You are all the greatest!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Basic Grey Sketch Challenge

I got some time to play along with the Basic Grey Challenge this week! seems like it's been forever since I got to play along with a challenge. Today I took some time away from my school books and had some "me" time! I have another surprise coming up tomorrow too! Make sure you come back to see what I have up my sleeve!

This week's Basic Grey Challenge is a sketch challenge! Sketches are my favorite! I used the new Marrakech papers....I wasn't going to buy this paper pack until I saw people using it, and then I knew I had to have it! I am totally in love with these papers...and they work perfect for boy cards!!! I used Jet from InStyle Stamps and colored him with my Copics. Since this is a boy card I didn't "deck" it up too much....I used my EK Success border punch, and added a few orange baubles from my stash. Can you believe I made a card and didn't add any ribbon? I am still in total shock that I didn't add ribbon! LOL!
Here's a close up of handsome Jet!
The inside of the card is quite simple. I followed through with my EK Success border from the front. On the left hand side I used the negative parts of the cut out and decorated this cute circle.
I hope everyone is having a Happy Hump Day!
I am busy taking a Business Stats Exam today! ICK! Wish me luck!
Thanks for stopping by!


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