First up is Rupa's beautiful set, The Magic of Christmas. I love all of Rupa's stamp sets and this one is no exception. When my husband saw these cards, he actually commented on how elegant this stamp set is - and he rarely ever comments on stamp designs! LOL! I usually show him my cards and he dutifully says that they look nice and such, but he hardly ever volunteers compliments without being prompted! heehee...
I'm excited to announce that Gina will be adding 3 different sizes of Clear Boxes to her Store on Thursday night. I used the large size for a gift card set of 4 cards and envelopes. To make the box a little more special, I stamped the snowflakes from her set in White Stazon before assembling it all together. Rupa has included 5 snowflake images in her set and I love them all! They are so beautiful and the details of each image is amazing.
I had such a hard time getting a good photo of my gift box. It was hard to get the camera to pick up the white stazon ink... but I think you can see at least a few of the snowflakes.
I love that Rupa included this beautiful dove in her set. I could totally see using this image for many other occasions. She has many beautiful words in her set - including the word 'Peace' - that are very lovely. I decided to keep my cards 'sentiment' free so the recipient could use them as she sees fit.
I'm so excited to show on my cards tonight a few new items that Gina will be carrying in her store beginning on Thursday, October 2nd! Along with the clear boxes, we'll also be carrying clear rhinestone stickers, these gorgeous flower, and Gina's own Pure Luxury ribbons!!!! Eeek!
Just wait until you see these ribbons! Organdy, polka dot, satin, grosgrain... ahhh - it's all so beautiful! I used the white satin ribbon with the gold trim on this notecard gift set. I doubled up my Sateen flowers to make white poinsettias and added a small rhinestone gem in each center.
I have to apologize again with the quality of my photos tonight. I'm so disappointed that they don't show the brightness and sparkle that is on each card. The white cardbase is Stampin Up's shimmery white cardstock, which I embossed with a Petite Oval nestability and then stamped with black ink and clear embossed the images. Then, I took some Stampin Up reinkers, my Niji watercolor brush and watercolored them with SU reinkers - with the exception of the dove image on the previous card which I colored with Copic markers.
Guess what else will be added to Gina's online store this Thursday night: Niji waterbrushes (my favorite and the ones I use for all the watercoloring classes at Gina's store) and Detail embossing powders in 4 colors: Clear, Black, Gold, and Silver. Plus, the best silver, gold, and white gel pens. I'm addicted to pens and these are my absolute favorite ones to use for my journaling in my scrapbooks and on my cards. More yummy things that I use all the time!There are 4 cards in my card set, but I'm only sharing 2 of them tonight. I'll share the other 2 during Gina's Release Party in her Forum on Thursday night. I hope you'll join us! Gina's parties are always so fun and filled with lots more samples from her Design Team members.
Gina, Emily, Melanie, Carolyn, Lee, and Kurtis have all be working with Rupa's elegant set, The Magic of Christmas and have some awesome projects to share with us as well.
Next up, is Gina's super adorable set, Warm and Cozy Christmas....
Just look at that adorable little guy!! I'm a sucker for cute kid images and I fell head over heels for this stamp set. After cutting out a Nestability Circle on Stampin Up's Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the image in Momento ink and colored it in with Copic markers. Liquid applique sprinkled with clear glitter before heat embossing it added some cute little piles of snow that this little guy is trudging through with his Christmas tree on the sled.
I didn't take a photo of the markers I used, but I did jot down the numbers, if you're interested. I used BG75, BG72, BG10, BV23, B60, G24, G94, G99, YR65, R24, E00, E21, E49, 57, and the blender pen.
The blue paper is a sample that I received from the Coordinations Booth while I was at CHA this summer at Chicago. I sanded the swirls with a sanding block to bring out the light blue core of this amazing paper.
I used the large rhinestones on the edge of this card. Notice the greenish hue to them? I took a copic marker and colored over the gems. It's pretty light, but copic markers don't seem to make the gems very dark - they only seem to take the color a little bit, but it was enough for me.
In addition to Gina's blog, be sure to check in on what the other design team girls have been doing with this adorable set. Joanne, Emily, Melanie, and Lee also have some fabulous projects that I just know you're going to love.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back in tomorrow for more sneak peeks!!
By the way, because I'm sharing so many cards tonight I don't think you'll be able to click on any of them to make them larger. It seems to always happen when I share multiple cards in one post. I will be sharing each of them at Gina's Release party and in the GinaK Gallery on Splitcoast, so hopefully you can get a closer look there if you're interested.