Friday, September 24, 2010

Birthday Bears

I just can't help but use my bear, from Under the Stars,when I make a card. 
This time I made a group of bears to wish my son's friend a Happy Birthday! 

I just have so much fun coloring this bear. First I stamp my bears with Black Stazon onto Watercolor paper. Using retired Stampin' Write Markers, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel, and my Blender Pen to create this furry fellow.

The balloons are created from a tamp in the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set.
This a large card, it measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".
Created by Gina Dygert

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Spooky Bear

Now that Fall is here, it won't be long till Halloween. 
I love pairing this bear from Under the Stars with other stamp sets. This time I used Wicked Cool
Using my Big Shot I cut out a Top Note of Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock. Trimmed the black piece on the dotted lines to layer it on the White piece. I stamped the cobwebs in White Stazon on the Black for a spooky background. 
For my words I punched it out with the new Stampin' Up! Decorative Label punch. I shadowed it with 2 bats I punched using the Stampin' Up! Bitty Bat punch.

Created by Gina Dygert

Friday, September 17, 2010

Craft box

I wanted to share with you how I used some of my Vinyl images from the Spooky Things Decor Elements in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog to add a little character to my son's art box. He choose to use the spiders. 
See the third spider on the back side. 
These spiders would look great anywhere. I am thinking how great they would look on my front door as Halloween Decoration.
We also took some of the raw vinyl and cut out his name using my handy dandy BIG SHOT and  the Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Dies
I sure do love my Big Shot. 

Crafted by Ryan and Gina Dygert

Monday, September 6, 2010

You might be a Witch card

Does the shoe fit you?

I couldn't resist making another card with my favorite bear (from Under the Stars stamp set). 

The hat and shoes come from the Wicked Cool stamp set.

Created by Gina Dygert.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Make a Monster Motivational card

I just realized I forgot to post this card I made using the Make a Monster stamp set.  It was a swap I made for Convention this summer. 

This card looks harder than it is. I took a piece of Designer Series Paper cutting it 4" x 4". Fold each of the corners into the center so that they all touch in the center. Then fold the corner out to the edges. I punched out a piece of Very Vanilla card stock using the 1 1/4" Square punch to place in the center. It allows my image to truly pop from the center. The Stampin' dimensionals help too. Don't forget to put on some googlie eyes. They make this card so much fun.
Created by Gina Dygert.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Christmas Bear

 I just love this bear and can not help but make cards using this stamp set, Under the Stars.

I paired it with the new Season of Hugs stamp set from the new 2010 Holiday mini catalog. It is meant to be an accessory stamp set for the Build a Bear set but works great with my bear.
I stamped each image on all the different colors and cut and pasted them together. Don't forget to add your BLING BLING on the tree, using the self sticking Jewels Basic Rhinestones.

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Holiday Mini Sneak Peek

Are you getting excited about the new Holiday Mini?
Well here is a sneak peek.

This is a very simple card created with the Level 2 Hostess stamp set Peaceful Season and the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper.

Crafted by Gina Dygert

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Just Believe Thank You

To create this beautiful Thank You card  is used a technique called Stenciling with Daubers. The stamp set is called Just Believe. What a great stamp set to own.

My color choices for this card are So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi.
Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Birthday Owl

Have you seen the new Owl Punch?

I just love this punch. You can punch different pieces out of different colors. I choose to use Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip and Pacific Point cardstock. Along with some googlie eyes you have a cute owl.

To create this card I first stamped the base of the card with the Woodgrain Background stamp.
Punched a peek-a-boo hole using the 1 3/4" circle punch. I dressed up the Hole using the new 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.
To get the little branch he is perched on I punched out a piece of Old Olive card stock with the Two Step Bird Punch.

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wish Big Birthday Card

Happy Birthday to my oldest boy, Mitchel.

Here is a simple birthday card using the Word Play stamp set

For more information check out my STAMPIN' BLOG 

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Aviary Sunflower Seed Packet

Love this new Aviary stamp set found in the 2010 - 2011 Idea Book & Catalog.

Combined it with Hope Happens and created this adorable sunflower seed packet.

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Kimono Kids Photo Album(Convention Gifts)

Here is my convention gift for some of my friends and roommates at Convention.
It features the Kimono Kids stamp set. I just love the saying in this set.
"One good friend is worth a thousand relatives."

To create this photo album cut a piece of card stock into 2 - 8 1/2" x 5" pieces scoring it at 1" and 2". Folding in the the first fold. The 2" just gives you a place to open the album. Inside I used Stampin' Up! Clear Envelopes to hold photos. Using the Crop-a-dile I punched a hole through all the layers. Added our new Antique Brads to hold it all together.

Would you like to make a photo album like this? Or see it in person? Contact me at

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Convention Swap " Let it Snow"

Well I am in Salt Lake City Utah for the week. Really cramming to make card fronts and 3D swaps and can't forget about Convention gifts for friends. Here is one of my Swaps.  

With the heat lately I thought I would created something that brought cool thoughts. 
I am sure you are thinking I am crazy to say "Let it Snow".

Using the Playful Pieces stamp set (a Level 3 Hostess stamp set) I created this adorable snow man.
You will need to punch out 3 circles from copy paper. Cut those circles using the 1", 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" circle punches.
Sponge around the outer edges of the circles with Bashful Blue Classic Ink, a little more heavy handed. Lightly sponging the inner part of the circle.  Then add all of his accessories from the Playful Pieces stamp set to complete the look. Just love it.
The words are from Punch Pals stamp set.

This is a very simple card, only 2 layers. Bashful Blue and Whisper White card stock. To add a little depth I dragged the Whisper White card stock through Early Espresso Classic Ink (just the edge to add a thin line). It gives an illusion of a third layer of card stock.

No Stampin' Dimensionals on this card. Doesn't happen often:)

I also down scaled this card to create an ATC sized swap.

Created basically the same as the full size card. Except I used smaller circle punches. The 3/4", 1" and 1 3/8" circle punches. I also had to hand draw the eyes, mouth and buttons.

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Elegant Thank You Card

This card is such an elegant beauty. Very Chic!

This card is easier than it looks. The background is Sponged using a rectangle stencil. Stamp image in Stazon on Whisper White card stock. Using the Regal Rose Stampin' Write Marker color all of the flower except the centers. Come back with your
Rose Red Stampin' Write Marker, only coloring the dark areas. This gives such depth. On your leaves use an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker to color it all then follow up with the Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker in the dark areas.
Recreated by Gina Dygert

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Happy Birthday and Many S'More!

I just love the idea of making the card look like a giant S'more with a bite out of it.

For more details on how I created this card check out my Stampin' Blog at

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Another beautiful card made with the Artistic Etchings stamp set.

To create this card I also used the En Francais background stamp set. They just pair so well together. The Eiffel Tower is cut out and pops from the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.
These colors are beautiful together. The Cherry Cobbler card stock is so rich and vibrant.

Fellow Demonstrators who are attending Convention. I have recreated this card for one of my swaps.

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bon Jour

What fun it was to create this card, making it look like a post card from France.

The new 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon Layers wonderfully on the 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon.

This card features new colors. Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist. Such pretty colors. Would you like to see the new colors? Contact me today at

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Live with Passion

This stamp is part of the Inspired by Nature. It is a great solid stamp to have as part of your collection.

To create this card I used a Two-Step Emboss Resist with Markers Technique.

You start by inking up your stamp with Versa Mark, then using your Stampin' Write Markers you apply color to the image. It will look as if it is streaky. Stamp Image on Whisper White card stock that is first cut out using the Big Shot and the Top Note Die Cut. Apply Clear Embossing powder. Heat. Follow up with your Brayer and Old Olive Classic Ink. Ink up your Brayer well. Start off your paper quickly working towards it (this avoids a solid line at the top)
I stamped my words on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock, cut around it leaving white space all around. This will make the words pop.

Have fun stamping!

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert.

Have fun stamping!

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy fourth to you

With an All-American weekend upon us,  I just had to create a  sparkly card with one of my favorite stamp set, Under the Stars.

Along with the July Fourth Stamp Set and Red, White & Blue Jumbo wheel from the Summer Mini Catalog. The mini catalog is a great place to find stamps that fit the season.

I sure had fun making this card. Stamping brings such joy to my heart.
If you would like to stamp with me, contact me at

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert

Check out other cards I have made at my Stampin' Up! Blog

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Butterfly Card

This card was originally created for my May Stamp Club.

Here I combined the Elements of Style Stamp Set with the a la carte  Butterfly Stamp

I love the way the colors go so well together. 

For a different look I layered the Large Oval over a Scallop Oval over the Modern Label. A unique look!
Click here for a more detail list of supplies.

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Friday, June 25, 2010

Journey Card

What cute individual stamps can be found in the Summer Mini Catalog!

This card features the Motorcycle stamp.

I paired it with the In a Word stamp set and the Modern Label and 3/4" Circle Punches.

Using the Stampin' Up! Square Lattice I created the appearance of a tire track along the card.

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Birthday Candle Card

Here is another Birthday Card. Do you recognize the wing from the2 Step Bird punch?

It makes a great flame. Just sponge around the edge with a little Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink and you have a great flame.

Originally created for my May Birthday Stamp-A-Stack.

Would you like to attend my next Birthday Stamp-A-Stack? Click
here for more information

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Graduation Card

Congratulations to all the graduates! 

Here is my graduation card I made for those graduates!

This Go, Graduate stamp set can be found in the Summer Mini Catalog. This was fun to color with markers.
I started with the Bashful Blue Stampin' Write Marker around the images. This will make it pop. For the graduation gowns I colored them in with the Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker and followed with the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to outline. It still gives a black appearance without being too dark.

Hand Crafted By Gina Dygert

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Indiana Jones Lego card

This weekend one of the neighbor kids was having a Legos Indian Jones themed birthday, so I wanted to make a card that would match.

Using punches I was able to create this adorable card. I did have to pull out the paper snips to make a few simple cuts. 

 The hardest part is drawing out the details on his face and clothes. I used this picture from the invitation for guidance.

I had so much fun creating it.
For more details on the punches I used check out my projects page by clicking

Created by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Elements of Style Card

With the release of a new Mini Catalog comes great stamp sets.

I just love this stamp set. It is called Elements of Style. What a classy set. It is the same set that I used to create the Life is a Matter of Moments card posted May 23.

This time I paired it with the Big Shot.

The Big Shot is a wonderful tool. With all the Dies and Embossing options.
It is a must have.

Even though I only cut card stock for this product, the Big Shot has the capability to cut a variety of materials. It quickly and easily create die-cut or embossed shapes, envelopes, tags, and baskets.

This card was crafted by Gina Dygert.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Life is a Matter of Moments

What a great saying, " Life is a matter of moments" ! this comes from a wonderful stamp set called Elements of Style. Another favorite of mine from the Summer Mini Catalog.

I used the new Smooch Spritz on this card,actually I used two. The Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz is spritzed all over the butterfly. The Log Cabin Smooch Spritz was spritzed on the base of the card.

Hand Stamped by Gina Dygert

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Aloha Bear

This bear looks as if he has been to Hawaii.
I couldn't resist using the Button Latte Designer Buttons along with some Linen Thread to create this bears bikini top. A grass skirt created with scissors and a piece of Old Olive card stock.

He is so sticking cute.  To complete this card I used the palm tree from the Tropical Party stamp set, Island Oasis Designer Series Paper and letters from the Rough Type stamp set.

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Happy Everything to you!

Here is a recent project I took to a Shoe Box Swap.

I just love this Tropical Party stamp set. It is tied at my favorite for the new Summer Mini Catalog. Contact me at today to receive your own copy of this catalog.

I just wanted to show you how I popped out the coconut with Stampin' dimensionals. This adds depth and extra cuteness.
The words Happy Everything to You come from On a Pedestal Stamp Set.

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Original Bear

What an original! He is just so fresh and inventive!

I can't help but want to put him all over everything. This card features a plaid technique crafted by using the Brayer and several inks. What a great look for a masculine card.

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Swish You a Happy Birthday

This bear is awesome! You really can do just about any type of card using him.

If you don't all ready own it , the stamp set is called Under the Stars.

I highly recommend the stamp set! It has been so much fun playing with it. Pair it with the different stamp sets that I own.

Here is another card.
I love the words on the Front cover.  
"SWISH you a Happy Birthday"

Thought of if purely by accident. 
I was cutting out the word SWISH and 
realized it looks like wish... and what do you say for someone's birthday but I wish you a Happy Birthday. So I just had to do it.

The basketball net was stamped Vellum card stock. This allows for you to see the basketball in the hoop. 
Visit my Stampin' BLOG for more great ideas like this! Click HERE

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pirate Card

Arrr! Do you have a pirate in your life? Here's a great card to make them.

This card features the Beware Pirates stamp set.

Hand Stamped by Gina Dygert

Monday, April 19, 2010

Birthday Card Contest

Here is another card using that adorable bear from Under the Stars stamp set.

This time I paired it up with the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set.

The colors on this card are great. Totally inspired by the Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper.

Don't forget the Cupcake Wheel on the Base of the card.

I just love how he just pops out from the cupcake.

This reminds me I wanted to tell you about my Birthday card contest. Click here to find out more. This contest is open to all.

Have you made a card using this Bear? I would love to see it. Leave me a comment with a connection to your project or send me an email.

Hand stamped by Gina Dygert

Mother Day Card

Soon it will be Mother's Day! So I created a card for the occasion. My favorite bear is surrounded by Flowers.

These flowers are from the Just Buzzin' By stamp set. They also feature Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper, still available on the Clearance Rack of my online store.Click on Shop Now in the top right corner.

Hand Stamped By Gina Dygert

Monday, April 12, 2010

Have a Honey of a Day

I just love this Just Buzzin' By stamp set.

This card also features Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper.
Hand Stamped by Gina Dygert

Friday, April 9, 2010

Birthday cupcake card

Here is a fun Birthday card. I really enjoyed making this one.

I stamped the cupcake from the Simple Birthday Thanks stamp on three times, on Real Red card stock for the cherry section, onto a piece of Whisper White card stock that has been swirled using a shaving cream technique and a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock for the base.

I cut out each section right on the line. Run the base of your cupcake through your Paper Crimper, wrap a piece of Pretty in Pink Tafetta ribbon around the base and tie into a pretty knot.
The frosting area needed something so I first added on 1/4" Chocolate Chip circles onto desired areas then applied Two Way Glue and Dazzling Diamond to each.

Using Stampin' Dimensionals I pieced the cupcake back together onto the base of my card. This makes the cupcake pop off the card.

·      Fill your container with shaving cream and use your wooden stick to smooth it out a bit.
·      Add several drops of each of your re-inker colors to your shaving cream.
·      Mix Shaving Cream and re-inker in a swirling motion continue to mix until you like the design you like
·      Press cardstock into shaving cream. Make sure to the card front is completely coated.
Take paper towel and wipe away shaving cream in swirling motion, let dry and complete card.

Here is another great example of how to use the Shaving Cream technique. It really makes beautiful Easter Eggs.(This card features the In Colors from last year and A Good Egg stamp set.)

Hand Stamped by Gina Dygert

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Staircase Birthday Card

Here is one of the cards that my Stamp club made in March. I thought this card was a great way to feature the staircase card.

Adding such cute flowers to the middle step. To make these flowers I used my Big Shot and the Stampin' Up! Blossom Party Die and Stampin' Up! Birds and Blooms Sizzlits Dies. I also used some a Vintage Brad and a So Saffron Flower brad from the Flower Assortment Designer Brads.
Several stamp sets were used in this card. They are On a Pedestal, On Your Birthday and A Little Birthday Cheer.
Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert

Friday, April 2, 2010

Chocolate Bunny Treat Bag

Looking for a cute and simple treat for co workers.

How about the little Chocolate Bunny, page 43 of the Occasion Mini Catalog. He is so realistic looking.

I stamped him in Chocolate Chip Craft ink on  Close to Cocoa Card stock then I used Clear Embossing Powder. This really added to the dimension. Finished it off by cutting out this adorable bunny. A little Easter grass in a Medium Flat Cellophane Bag (page 158 of the Idea Book & Catalog) with a serving of jelly beans.

Finishing the bag off by tying some Pretty in Pink Tafetta Ribbon around the top with a little tag. The words from Eight Great Greetings stamp set stamped out then punched with the Medium Jewlery Tag punch, found on page 10 of the Occasion Mini Catalog.

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Bear

Hippity Hoppity, Easter is on its way.
Here is my favorite bear all dressed up as the Easter Bunny.

Isn't he just darling with those ears and Basket.
What a simple and cute card that is surely to make anyone's Easter.

You can find the Ears and Basket in the Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set.

The words Happy Easter are part of the Well Scripted stamp set found in the Occasions Mini Catalog. (Only available until April 30)

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Greenhouse Garden Birthday Wishes

Wanted to share with you a card I made for a card swap.
It features the Garden Greetings stamp set.

To create your own Designer Paper, stamped the images over and over again  on a piece of Whisper White card stock.

For a finishing touch I added some Dazzling Diamonds.

The colors featured in this card are Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke.

Here is another using the same set and colors, just less stamping.
Cards both created by Gina Dygert

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Honey Bear Card

What a sweet card this is.

The bear has gotten into the honey jar. I love how the honey is dripping from his hands. To create this I used Crystal effects on top of Summer sun to get the illusion of honey. 

Bees and honey pot: Paper Piecing technique
Stamp Image on different colors. Cut out and layer together. Add Crystal effects on top of Summer Sun card stock to give honey look. Let dry.
Bear is stamped with Stazon onto Watercolor paper. using blender pen and Inks and Marker water color the bear.
To create honey for the Bear make the top of the honey pot and cut up to add to his hands.

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Surfer Bear

I just love what you can make with this bear. Use the bear from the Under the Stars stamp set and pair him up with the Just Surfing stamp set.

The front of this card may just look like an ordinary card but OPEN it up and Wow. Some crazy surfing bears.

Notice how the bear in the back has fallen off his board. I really enjoyed making this crazy bears. This card pops up as you open it. I can show you how to create adorable 3-D cards just like this.

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This little chick

This little chick is such a sweet card to attach to an Easter gift.

He wasn't hatched from an egg.

He came from my Big Shot!

Owning a Big Shot is great. You never know what great craft will come next.

To make him you will need the Scallop Circle #2 Die along with the Snowflake Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch, 1/2" circle Punch and the 1/4 Circle Punch.

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bear Hugs! I miss you card

Here is the bear again from Under the Stars stamp set. He sure does make a cute card! The recipient of this card is going to know that I miss them.

The new Small Heart Punch is the perfect size to punch out the letters stamped from the Calendar Alphabet & Numbers stamp set.

The words "I miss you" come from the stamp set Three Little Words. (Which happens to be a stamp set you can receive free when you purchase $50 in product by March 31. You just need to use the special #120244.)

Hand Stamped by Gina Dygert

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ballon Bear

Here is card number one made using one bear from the Under the Stars stamp set.

I combined it with the balloon stamp from Crazy for Cupcakes and the "Happy Birthday" words from All Holiday

Are you wondering where that background cloud paper came from? Well I made it using Whisper White card stock, Bashful Blue Classic Ink and Sponges. Would you like to learn how?

Contact me at today to set up your own Private Class for you and your friends. I would be glad to demonstrate this or another card/ technique.

As you can see some of the ballons lift off the page. Of course I used my favorite accessory.... Stampin' Dimensionals.  Great item to keep on hand.

Hand Crafted by Gina Dygert