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A bed of Roses

Card made with Sue wilson dies

Here is a card I made using a few new dies and the Bed of Roses embossing folder all by Sue Wilson. The finished card measures 7 1/8″ square.

Card made with Sue wilson dies

I used:

Noble – Double Pierced Squares Configurations Meridian EdgerFrames & Tags Grace
Finishing Touches Petite Peony ClusterA4 Embossing Folder – Bed of Roses
Frames & Tags Collection – Pierced Flags
Pierced Flag Sentiments Stamp
Coconut white and Aqua card

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Ginas Designs is 3 years old – come and win some prizes

Welcome to Gina’s Designs 3rd Birthday Blog Hop!

The Birthday Blog Hop will run from today, May 22, until May 29 at 8pm CST.  You should have just come from Kim – AngelDream Crafts If you didn’t, don’t worry! Just pop over to Gina’s Designs Birthday Blog Hop post and follow all the blogs in order.

We are having two great giveaways associated with this blog hop.

The first one is the Birthday Prize Giveaway!

Ginas Designs Blog Hop Prize Photo

The Birthday Prize package includes:

Filigree Frames Shape Set , Dressforms 1 Shape Set, Butterflies & Dragonflies, Grape Vines, Feathers Shape Set, Dressforms & Wings Shape Set, Steampunk 2 Shape Set, Clockwork Penny Farthing, Garden Fairies Medium, Garden Fairies Large, Damask Singles, Button Shape Set, Skylines, Landmarks, Collage Border Splash, Mermaids Shape Set, Stackable Labels Shape Set, Steampunk Shape Set, Vintage Ladies Silhouette, Dressforms 2 Miniature Shape Set, Candelabra Set, Dressforms 1 Miniature Shape Set, Barbed Wire Deco Frame Square, Barbed Wire Deco Frame Rectangle, Alarm Clock, Layered Border Victoria Small, Flourish Frame Sienna, Flourish Set Amanda, Wishing Well, Butterfly of Gears, Longstem Rose, Grape Vine Frame, Barbed Wire Frame Circle, and a Brush Caddy !!!!!

To be entered into the Birthday Prize giveaway,

you need to:

  1. Stop at all 15 designers’ blogs for a secret word.
  2. After you collect all of the 15 words, create a sentence.
  3. Email your answer for a chance to win the Birthday Prize!

This is why you will want to make sure you stop at each blog. That prize package is fantastic! 

Now the second giveaway will be done on EACH of the designers blogs. The shape set I am giving away is 

Miniatures Shape Set – Guy Thing


This set  is so versitile, its great for making mens cards or using on tags.
The balloons look great when coloured with paints or alcohol pens or even sakura pens for that glittery look.
Each of the shapes takes embossing powder really well too.

To be entered into my blog’s giveaway,

  1. Subscribe to my blog or follow me.
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post. – you may have to click on the “Read more” button

THAT’S IT! So easy!

So many great ways to win some fabulous chipboard pieces! My word for the Birthday Prize giveaway is DESIGNS.

The next blog you will want to visit is Barb – In the Studio With Barb.

If you get lost along the way, here is a list of all the blogs you need to visit to collect your word.

Amy – Amylove Crafty Kingdom
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Tangled chocolate

Today I have another project made using the the autumn poppy stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. This time I used my love of Zentangle to make a card:

I stamped the image with Archival black ink and then sat and tangled the open spaces

I cut the image out and matted on black card. I then cut a piece of white card to fit my card base, stamped the edge with black ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder (this helps if you get extra spots as you don’t see them).

To finish I matted and layered the pieces and used mounting foam to give more dimension to the main image.

Why not pop over to the Chocolate Baroque blog and see what the design team have done with this fab stamp set.


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1st challenge of the year at Crafty Bloggers Network

Card for CBN Boy challenge

For this month it is the boys turn over at Crafty Bloggers network with a theme of All about Boys and our sponsor is Just Some lines here is my card

Card for CBN Boy challenge

Stamp from Just some lines
Blue and red card from stash
Empbossing folder
White WOW embossing powder
Paper Punch

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Happy Birthday Hubby with Clarity Stamps

Birthday with ClarityStamp Shapes

It my Hubbies birthday today and I made him a card with my new Clarity stamp shape set, its the first time I tried making the clouds in the sky so it took me 3 attempts to get it how I wanted it but I am very pleased with the results.

Birthday with ClarityStamp Shapes


Dearscape Stamp

Tree 2012 2 Clear Stamp – As Seen On TV

Large Hot Air Balloon

Remountable Shapes Clear Stamp Set

Ranger Ink Pad Archival Coffee

Distress ink

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Favourite Technique with SplodgeAway and the Gelli Plate

Rock On card with SplodgeAway mask and Gelli Pate background

This week on the SplodgeAway blog myself and my fellow DT members are sharing our favourite things to do with our masks, one of my favourites is using them with my Gelli plate.

The masks are great for this, they clean up really well afterwards too. The effects you can create with them are great with both first and second prints. Go on, have a go, its great fun, even your kids can have a go, but beware its messy and adictive!

Here is a card I made using the Hex-o-Star Mask and a topper from a CD by La Pashe.

Rock On card with SplodgeAway mask and Gelli Pate background

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Inking and brayering with the SplodgeAway mat

Birthday Butterfly made with Clarity stamps and SplodgeAway mat

This week over on the SplodgeAway blog is SplodgeAway mat week and my fellow DT members are showcasing their use of the mat. I have my mat out pretty much all the time as there aren’t many things that I don’t use it for, it is just so versatile and helps you blend in so well. Here is a card I have made for my Sister in Law’s birthday (its ok, she doesnt read my blog – well not that I know of anyway!) I used my mat to brayer the background and then I used the blending tool and the mat to blend the inks on the topper. All the stamps except for the greeting are from Clarity Stamp Company.

Birthday Butterfly made with Clarity stamps and SplodgeAway mat

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O is for Open over at the ABC challenge blog

I cannot believe that it is June 1st already, where has the time gone?? This time last year our lives changed forever with the loss of my Dad who left us far too early at the age of only 62. We still miss him, obviously, but if there is one thing I learned it is that life is too short and you only get one chance at it! With that in mind I was determined to try my hardest to get onto one or more design teams. Here I am now, a year later, on 2 challenge blog design teams and on the DT for a super company called Splodge Away that makes some wonderful products that are great fun to work with.

Around the same time, we started on the long road of trying to get a diagnosis for our son who we think has Asbergers (still on that long road but getting closer to an answer there). Whilst we don’t have a diagnosis as yet, or even bothered what the “label” is, we are finding it a lot easier to deal with his “quirks” and his special way of doing things. The same son has taken up playing the tin whistle and is loving it. Our younger Son has started with a local theater group and has just performed his first play, outside of school, in which he was a natural.

All in all I think we have had a year that Dad and Grandad would have been pleased with, I do believe he has been watching and is very proud of what we have all achieved.

Now onto the challenge over at the ABC challenge blog, as the title says, “o is for open” that’s right Anything Goes for this one and our wonderful sponsors are  Marker Pop and Paper Shelter

I used one of my Gelli plate printed Backgrounds and an image from the Paper shelter called Spring Swing II

o is for open - ABC challenge