Thursday, May 31, 2012

Woweee, that's me on the cover

Hi everyone!  I am excited to share that I am on the COVER of CardMaker magazine's July issue!  Woohoo!  Those of you who have followed me for awhile may remember that back in March of 2010 I made the cover of CARDS Spring UK version.  But I never was able to get a copy and it just didn't feel real, kwim?  So really this feels like my first cover and having it be CARDMAKER makes it even more special. 

Here is the cover, my card is on the left and my friend Glenda's card is on the right.  I am double excited to share the cover with Glenda.  I had the chance to meet her last year and she is a really sweet person.  AND this is her first cover too :-)
My card uses washi tape (my favorite place to shop for washi tape is Chickydoodle on Etsy) and a Gina K Designs sentiment!  I love how fun and fresh this cover looks.  I am really excited!

Thanks for letting me share my news.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gina K Designs May Release Party Invitation Blog Hop




The Gina K. Design Team is excited to invite you to another fabulous Release Party!!! The party is tomorrow, Thursday, May 31 at 11:00 am Central Time in the Stamp TV Release Party Forum. Join us for Challenges, Contest Questions, Design Team Samples, Full Stamp Set Reveals and, of course, party chit chat!!! Everything will go "live" at 11:00 am Central in Gina's Store so there won't be any long wait to start shopping! Hope to see you there!

Sooooo, Gina has been hinting on Facebook and in the forums for some time now about a special announcement today.  Ready to hear what it is?  
Announcing:
That's right, Gina is now selling her stamps in high quality CLEAR photopolymer!!  Woohoo!  Now her stamps will be available in both clear and rubber! 

Back to today's hop, if you came from Melanie's blog, then you're right where you should be. If not, please go to Stamp TV where you will find a list of everyone participating. Here is one of the cards I will be sharing with you at the party:

This card uses the new Stamp TV kit called, Hello Sunshine.  I LOVE this kit and I know you will too!!  My card is pretty simple, I stamped the image in white ink and colored the centers with a yellow copic marker.  I used a couple strips of washi tape and a button as accents.  It measures 4.25" square.

Head on over to Sharon's blog, to continue the hop and see you at the party tomorrow!  Here is a close up picture.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ribbon Inspiration/Stamp Simply Style - Bo Bunny

Hi everyone!!  Welcome to this week's Ribbon Inspiration Stamp Simply Style. This week we are all using Bo Bunny products!  I chose to use papers from the Country Garden 6x6 pad.  This paper is really pretty and has a smattering of newsprint throughout which is on trend right now.
You can find all the Bo Bunny products in stock here.
I went with some of the blue papers in the pad and they are a perfect match to the blue silk ribbon and Bliss pearls.  The sentiment is from JustRite's Musical Notes Labels Twenty.  I made the roses from Spellbinders Rose Creations die templates.

Each week we will have fabulous Blog Candy and this week is a $20 gift certificate to the store!  The winner will be drawn from comments on one of today’s participating blogs, one comment per blog, please.  The winner will be selected at 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 29th and posted on Sharon's Blog on Wednesday.
You must check back to claim your prize if you are the lucky winner!
 Here is a list of today's participants:

My card also follows Chupa's amazing Sketchbook Saturday Challenge 60.  Not only are her sketches some of my favorites, but I love that there is no deadline, so you can play anytime you have a chance.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!  I'll leave you with a close up picture.
Card Deets:
Stamps - Musical Notes Labels Twenty (JustRite Papercrafts)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper - white cardstock, Country Garden (Bo Bunny)

Accessories - 1.25" blue silk ribbon, Spellbinders S5-050 Rose Creations Shapeabilities, Kaisercraft pearls in Bliss

 
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

My day on the CardMaker blog

Hi everyone!  I have a post up on the CardMaker blog today.  I blogged about one of my favorite techniques.  Can you guess what it is by this snippet?  Check it out if you have a chance!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A couple rejects (hey wait, that sounds weird!)

Hi everyone!  Long time no post.  Sidebar, isn't it funny when people say that?  It's not like you realized it's been while since I have posted -lol!  Anyway, I have been busy behind the scenes making Spellbinders projects.  CHA is just around the corner, just sayin'...!  I don't have anything new to share, but here are a couple cards that were publication submission rejects.  I made these about 8 months ago, I found them when I was cleaning out my photo files and realized I hadn't blogged them.

This circle card uses Waltzingmouse Stamps
This CAS card uses Gina K Designs stamps
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here are a couple close up shots.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CardSwaps: Unscramble It blog hop, Time to Shine

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the a special blog hop, today the CardMaker blog team was asked to hop along with CardSwaps.  For those of you don't know, CardSwaps is a forum connected with CardMaker magazine which has challenges, games, recipes and chatting!  I am very excited to play along today.

Today's theme is Time to Shine which focuses on glittery, shimmery stuff and we were asked to make a card for an occasion you would see on a "Time to Shine" day, such as graduation, wedding or birthday.  I chose to make a simple wedding card because that was my most special day that I shined!  My card is shiny in several ways.  It's hard to photograph, but the main white and dotted panel are matted to Silver Mirror Cardstock!  It tends to photograph as black, but it's so pretty and shiny IRL.  I also have a thin strip of Scor-Tape with glitter and there are stickles on my flowers.
This card uses the lovely stamp set, Vintage Rose Medallions from JustRite Papercrafts with the coordinating Spellbinders die templates.  For the sentiment, I die cut it in the smaller shape and hand cut using an Xacto knife around the roses part and tucked the top and bottom ends underneath.

So here is the twist, today's hop is an Unscramble It Hop.  Which means all participants were assigned a LETTER for our blog post so write them down, and you will unscramble a word or phrase once you collect them all.  The last hostess in the blog hop will direct you to the thread in the CardSwaps forum where you can find all the details you need to enter the drawing.  On May 23rd, one lucky hopper will have their name drawn and will win a prize!!  Fun, right?? I have a couple hints for you: it’s a phrase, it has four words, and it’s a way you will be able to shine.
 
My letter is:  A

If you came from Ana's blog, you are in the right place.  Here is the complete list of hoppers, in case you got lost along the way:
The next stop on the hop is Judy!  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!  I'll leave you with a close up picture.
Card Deets:
Stamps - Vintage Rose Medallions (JustRite Papercrafts)
Paper - Sky and Sugar cardstock (A|Muse Studios), Silver Mirror Cardstock, Be Amazing 6x6 pad (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories - Stickles (Ranger Ink), Copic markers, Crystal Ultrafine glitter (Art Glitter Institute), 2mm and 3mm clear rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty)

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

CardMaker Blog Hop: What A Difference You've Made

Hi everyone!  Welcome to today's CardMaker blog hop!  The theme is What A Difference You've Made, and the blog team was asked to make a card thanking a teacher or mentor in your life.  Well, some of you may know that this is Teacher's Appreciation Week and I took this opportunity to make a card for each of my son's teachers.
 
My cards use the stamp set Back To School from Gina K Designs -this set has some cute images and the perfect sentiment I was looking for!  I bought a Starbucks gift card to tuck into each card, cause who doesn't like a little Starbucks to start your day?!
 and here is the second one
I am the last stop on this hop!  So if you just joined with me, be sure to head over to the CardMaker blog and catch it from the beginning!  You will want to see how each of the girls thanked a teacher or mentor in their life!
Michelle Woerner -you are here
 
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!!
 
Card Deets:
Stamps - Back to School (Gina K Designs)
Paper - PL White, Ivory and Red Hot cardstock and Poppy Prints pattern paper (Gina K Designs); On the Bright Side ONE 6x6 pad (My Mind's Eye)

Accessories - S4-114 Standard Circles LG, S4-124 Classic Scalloped Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM (Spellbinders), Red grosgrain ribbon, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Copic markers, Sakura silver star glitter pen, red rhinestones and silver cord (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
, mulberry flower (Wild Orchid Crafts

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Spellbinders Spring Blog Hop and Giveaway Day 5


Hi everyone!  Welcome to Day 5 of the Spellbinders™ Spring Blog Hop!  I am so excited to be showing you the fabulous S4-359 Office Supplies die templates.  These dies are part of the PageMaps by Becky Feck designer collection.  PageMaps have become a go-to source of inspiration for Scrapbookers and Card Makers all over the world, and these dies are designed to coordinate with Becky's sketches!

Here is my card: Just a Note
My card uses the following Supply List:
Spellbinder dies:
·        S4-359Office Supplies
·        S5-086Bitty Blossoms
Cross Promotional Partners:
·        MyMind's Eye, Lost and Found "Portobello Road" 6x6 pad
·        WorldwinPapers, Ivory cardstock
·        Want2Scrap, Say it With Pearls 72 count -LeCreme and Say it With Pearls Finesse Swirls LeCreme
·        Clear Snap, ColorBox in Black, Charcoal and Toffee
Preferred Partner Partners:
·        GinaK Designs, Vintage Notes and Nature's Greetings stamp set

Here are all the dies for my card set out on the Base Plate.  See how easy it is to fit all the dies you need for your card with one pass through of the Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine?  Saves so much time!
To add a little extra sparkle on the leaves, I embossed them with glitter embossing powder.  Here you can see I inked up the leaves while they are still in the die (this is called stenciling).
Next you pour the glitter EP over the VersaMark ink and emboss.  See the perfect "leaf veins" stenciling creates?  Love that!!  Notice the coffee filter below?  I use that to collect the extra embossing powder, and the powder slides easily back into the container without leaving a mess behind.
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The Spellbinders™ Spring Blog Hop will begin April 30th, and will end on May 5th, 2012. It consists of 16 individual and one grand prize drawings.  Enter the Spellbinders™ Spring Blog Hop by visiting the participating blogs each day.

From each Blog Hop post, click on the Blog Hop "Enter HERE" at the end of each blog to open the entry form. You may only enter once from each blog each day. 

Spellbinders™ will randomly draw one winner from each participating blog to receive all of that day’s products. The Grand Prize Winner will be randomly drawn from the pool of entrants that sent entry forms from each and every participating blog during the 48 hours each blog was open. For the full list of official rules please click RULES.

**Enter the Contest by Clicking HERE**

Today’s participating Spring Blog hop blogs includes my blog and Teresa Horner's blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the hop!!

No entries will be accepted at this email address. 

I'll leave you with a close up picture.

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Retro Sketches -roses and washi tape

Hi everyone!  I took a little time last weekend to play along with a new-to-me sketch challenge blog.  It's called Retro Sketches.  I have seen some of my blogging buddies play along with these before and this week's sketch called out to me.  I received a new order of Washi Tape (yeah, MORE!) and had to bust them out and play!
My card uses the Spellbinders Rose Creations die templates, Washi Tape from Chickydoodle and accents from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
See the flower made from the matching Washi Tape?  To make that, I covered some cardstock with the tape and die cut it.  Works perfect if you want a matching layer with your tape!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!  Here is a close up picture.

Card deets:
Stamps - Pleasant Plurals (Gina K Designs)
Cardstock - AMuse
Accessories - Washi Tape (Chickydoodle), Green pearls and bakers Twine (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), stickles

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Gina K April release inspiration blog hop: Day 3

Hi everyone!  Today the Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop were we hope to inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each because we will choose a few random commenters and they will win a grab bag of deeply etched, pre-cut Gina K. Designs stamps! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops!!
 
Today we are spotlighting the One Free with Three set, One in a Million.  This set is FREE when you buy 3 or more stamp sets!
 My card uses a piece of the GKD paper from the Petals and Wings pack.  I lightly stamped the flower image in the background.  It's hard to see in the picture, but I added stickles to the flower centers. 
Check out all the amazing designs and inspiration:
 
Card Deets (One in a Million):
Stamps - One in a Million
Ink - grey and kraft ink
Cardstock - Pure Luxury cardstock in White, other dark grey and light pink cardstock
Pattern Paper - GKD Petals and Wings
Accessories - Spellbinders S5-086 Bitty Blossoms, E8-008 Classic Edges Two Edgeabilities and E8-004 Classic Ric Rac insert; satin ribbon, decorative stick pins, rhinestones, burlap string, stickles in Stardust
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