Saturday, February 28, 2009

Raspberry Tart Thanks Purse

In my Super Sunday class we made this cute little Thanks purse.   
To create this cute purse you start out with 2 Mini Square envelope. The inside of the envelopes will become your pockets to place a cute little card. Using many pieces of card stock you cover almost all of the envelopes. This will give the purse some substance. 

I choose the Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper to layer over the coordinating colors of card stock, Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red and Cameo Coral
I also used some Regal Rose card stock
With the assistance of the Sweet Stems and Thank You Kindly stamp sets I was able to creatively decorate the purse. 

Using an oval (Ovals Sizzix Die) as a back drop I put this flower cut from some Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper.

What a great way to tell some one Thank you! 

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Friday, February 27, 2009

Cupcake gift card holder

Typically I am not a big fan of giving gift cards as a gift. I think it lacks the personal flair. 

I realize it can be a great gift when you don't know what to get.

But I think this cute gift card holder has changed my mind. I just might start to give out more gift cards.

For the front cover I stamped my cupcake tray image from the Crazy for Cupcake stamp set on Very Vanilla card stock using Basic Brown Classic Ink
It is Waterproof and prevent bleeding when you water color the image. 

I used the ticket corner punch on the corners.

I layered that onto Close to Cocoa card stock and then on Pretty in Pink card stock on to your base. 

The base of my card is made from a 4-1/2" x 11" piece of Close to Cocoa card stock
It is scored at 3", 5-1/2" and 8"

When you fold your base it will make a "w"

In the center you will use your window punch and 1/4" circle punch to create the cut-out to place the card in. 
I glued the other 3 sides to keep the gift card from slipping out. 

Make sure to use the glue sparingly.

I finished the card by tying a piece of Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon around and making a pretty bow.

crafted by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Birthday in a Box

A perfect surprise to keep in your desk drawer for the next birthday.

 This Birthday in Box is surely going to delight whom ever you choose to give it to.

This box is 
crafted with Pacific Point and Kiwi Kiss card stock

The party hats are part of the Party Hearty stamp set

I had my husband cut the

 wood from the long strip of wood into 5 pieces, so I could mount each party hat separately. 
This allows me to stamp a different hat into different colors giving me a cute effect.

 I used the new eyelet border punch to edge the top of the box.

Placed a cupcake, box of matches and a candle inside. 

Tied the box up with Tangerine Tango 5/8"Striped Grosgrain ribbon

Don't the cute tag that is punched out with the scallop circle punch. The celebrate you image is also part of the Party Hearty stamp set.

hand stamped by Gina Dygert

Monday, February 23, 2009

B is for Baby

Today my
baby card was published on Stampers Showcase, a wonderful resource to Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

This card was created with the little Duck from the new Animal Crackers stamp set and Just B stamp set.  

To make the Rectangles in the background I layered 
Bashful Blue Patterns Designer Series Paper on Bashful Blue Card Stock
Pink Pirouette Patterns Designer Series Paper on  Pretty In Pink Card Stock
 So Saffron Patterns Designer Series Paper on  So Saffron Card Stock

I layered those rectangles on to of Very Vanilla Card Stock using Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Then placing that layer on top of Certainly Celery Patterns Designer Series Paper on a So Saffron base card.

These soft colors are perfect for a baby card.

hand created by Gina Dygert

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My dear & Kind wonderful Friend

To create my next card I tried to step out of my typical color choices. 

So I opened up my Stampin' Up! Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog to the Designer Series Papers (DSP) starting on page 158. Instead of looking at the DSP I was looking at the coordinating colors below each group. 

Looking  at Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP, I decided I found the color group I was looking for. 
Ruby Red, Baja Breeze, So Saffron(DSP), Sahara Sand and I used Chocolate Chip, it tends to be a great color to go along with many. 

With the aid of my Big Shot I created this card rather quickly. 

Cutting a piece of Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla card stock with the Top Note Die Cut at the same time. You can actually cut 4 pieces at once with this die. It is one of my favorites. 

I then used a pair of Paper Snips to trim down the vanilla top note. 

Stamping the My dear,Kind & Wonderful Friend from the All Holidays stamp set in Sahara Sand Classic Ink repetitively until the entire vanilla top note is covered. I cleaned my stamp then stamped it in Ruby Red Classic Ink. 

Using the Big Shot and the Stampin' Up! Butterflies die cut I quickly cut out a butterfly from So Saffron DSP. Added  some 1/4" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon then attached the Butterfly to the card with some Stampin' Dimensionals so that the butterfly looks like it is resting on the page.

crafted by Gina Dygert

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thinking Of You

I absolutely LOvE this set. Thank you to my Friend Michelle for buying me this Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set. I will treasure it always.

At a shoe box swap I recently attended I picked up this quick coloring technique, thanks Lisa. I created this image by daubering on some Mellow Moss Classic Ink onto the leaves. Then I took a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Marker and brushed the trunk of the tree up to the bottom of the leaves with the paintbrush looking end. What a SIMPLE great effect. A truly BeauTiFul stamp set, a must own!

Hand Stamped by Gina Dygert

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Simply Said

Here is a simple card made with the Simply Said stamp set.

I saw it on Stamper's Showcase, a resource available to all Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.

I basically cased the card adding some Silver brads.

Having many project ideas available to us, is just one of the nice benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Demonstrator or hobbyist with Demonstrator benefits please contact me at or visit My Join Stampin' Up! page to get more information

hand stamped by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Know Life

The other day my friend Faith showed several of us a cool technique using daubers, Pocket Silhouette stamp set and classic ink pads on a beautiful card.

 I took her technique and made this masterpiece. It is so simple anyone can do it.Start with piece of Confetti white card stock. 

Ink up your grassy plant stamp from Pocket Silhouette with Kiwi Kiss classic ink pad stamping along the horizon of the paper. Re-ink every 2 or 3 impressions, this will give you different shades of this plant. It works best to have some taller than the others, a more realistic look. 

Then you will ink up your dauber with the Kiwi Kiss ink rubbing along the plants about 1/3 from the tops all the way to the bottom of the paper. 

Then come back with another dauber inked with Close to Cocoa classic ink pad rubbing along the bottom and blend upwards. try not to go more than halfway into the Kiwi area. 

Finish your landscape up with Baja Breeze classic ink pad and another dauber. Start rubbing at the top in a circular motion. You don't have to cover every spot, the remaining white will look like clouds. In some spots I rubbed on more ink to give darker spots. 

Have fun making your masterpiece.

Hand stamped by Gina Dygert

Monday, February 16, 2009

Rooster Coaster Framed Art

Here is another of my coaster framed art.The Rustic Rooster stamp set is a Level 2 Hostess set. 
It comes with a Rooster that I stamped in Close to Cocoa Classic ink then used the following Stampin' Markers:

Old Olive for blades of grass
Ruby Red  for the rooster's comb and wattle
Pumpkin Pie for feet and beak

The stamp set also includes a french script stamp. 
But the script is not big enough to cover the entire coaster so I have decide to cover it with the En Fran├žais background stamp stamped in Sahara Sand Classic Ink.

I finished up the coaster by sponging some Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel Classic Ink around the edge.

I punch holes in the corners with the Crop-a-dile and attached it to the window screen with some brads. I used a staple gun to staple the screen to the back of the wooden frame. 

This always makes a cute gift. This one is going to my friend Michelle, who is also one of my neighbors.

Created by Gina Dygert

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Penguin Treats

I took a penguin (made like the Penguin Magnet) and I glued a Small Flat cellophane bag of Swedish Fish  with a Top Note folded over and stapled  closed  onto the back to make a cute treat bag. 

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Love Birds

Happy Valentine's Day. 

Today LOvE was in the air. 

Hope you remembered to tell your sweetheart that you LOvE them.

Here is a cute LOvE bird card .

First I used the Sizzix Petal die.  Cutting off both bottom sections I create the heart.

I then stamped out the Bird from Good Friend. To get the reversed image I stamped the body of the bird on Pacific Point Designer Series Paper. Cut it out on the edge, flipped it over and attached it on some Whisper White Card stock.  Before cutting them out of the Whisper White, I stamped the legs and beak. To complete the birds look, I stamped the image of the body again to cut out the wings and make them pop from the page with the help of Stampin' Dimensionals
Oh yeah I don't want to forget to mention the Naturally Serif Sizzlit Decorative Strip Die I used to create the letters for this card.

hand stamped by Gina Dygert

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Have a honey of a day!

What a sweet treat bag. 

This project uses the Just Buzzin' by stamp set

This treat bag requires a little bit of work. The image of the bee and honey pot were stamped several times and cut out, layer it all for some depth. 

Some Dazzlin Diamond Glitter adorns the bee's wings. While Crystal Effects gives the honey a realistic look as it oozes out of the pot. I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the words just where I wanted them.

Created by Gina Dygert

Monday, February 9, 2009

Happy Birthday!

This card features the new Stampin' Up! Big Bold Cupcake sizzlit 4 pack dies with some Designer Series Paper. 
I own the Big Bold Birthday stamp set that matches this die. Although this cut out is larger than the cupcake from the stamp set. 


The Happy Birthday words in the background are actually from the happy happy birthday jumbo wheel that I wheeled on the base of the card.

Crafted by Gina Dygert

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Cotton Ball Box

During my latest trip to IKEA I found an adorable cotton ball box. (I sure do love that place)
Of course I could not just leave it plain. I decided to decorate it with some Rose red  and Chocolate Chip flower Decor Element  and White Decore element sheets.  What a quick cute way to dress up this box. 

Now to wrap it up and give this to my friend for her birthday. I know she will LOvE IT! 
Happy Birthday Norma. 

Created by Gina Dygert

Friday, February 6, 2009

B is for Birthday

Here is a PENGUIN birthday card using Just B and Animal Crackers. The penguin  is sitting on a block of ice that is melting. I had to use some crystal effects to give it a wet look. 

Hand stamped by Gina Dygert

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Jonathan! (Penguin magnet)

My baby is no longer a little boy. Jonathan has now hit the double digits. 
For his Birthday I made him this cute Penguin from Sizzix dies and punches. I put a magnet on the back so he will be able to put it on his magnetic dry erase board in his room. 

To make this penguin you will need to cut the following papers with the appropriate die or punch;

Basic Black
with  Sizzix Top 
Note die, wide oval punch
Whisper White: with 1-3/8" circle punch, large oval from Sizzix Oval die
Brilliant Blue: with 1/4" circle punch
Pumpkin Pie: with large oval, wide oval


You will need to alter a few pieces before assembling your penguin. Take the Wide Pumpkin pie oval and punch with the 1/2" circle two holes in the center then cut it apart to make the feet. Take the Basic Black Wide ovals and cut off some to make his wings. Fold your pumpkin pie Large oval to create the beak.

Put the pieces together to make your penguin.

Finally adding eyes and wings to make him complete.

Crafted by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Chocolate Elephant

Valentine's Day will soon be here. 

This adorable elephant stamp from a Happy Heart Day stamp set graces the front of my next card.

 I stamped this image twice; once on Very Vanilla card stock and once on a sheet of  Candy Lane Designer Series Paper. I trimmed the chocolate elephant on the line. I adhered him to the card stock. Using the Old Olive Stampin' Marker, I colored the stems. To finish off my flowers I punched hearts using the small heart from the Heart to Heart punch.

This beautiful Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon completes this card, giving it a finished look.

hand stamped by Gina Dygert