Sunday, January 31, 2010

Valentine Braid

This was fun to make. The braiding is like making boondoggles (something I did often in the summer as a rec center counselor). But instead of using that vinyl stuff you use ribbon. Brilliant!

I wish I could take full credit for this idea. But I was looking at  fellow demonstrators site and just had to make it. 
I LOvE looking at it.  
Thanks Lynn for inspiring me. 

Hand Stamped by Gina Dygert

Friday, January 29, 2010

Under the Stars

Valentine's are fun to make. I really enjoyed making this one. I was inspired by a Paper Crafting magazine. Remember you can be inspired by any thing.
To create this card I stamped the Bear from the Under the Stars stamp set in Black Stazon on to Watercolor paper.  
Then I used a Blender Pen and Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa Classic Ink along with a Close to Cocoa Stampin' Write Marker.

This heart was actually a free handed heart. The Regal Rose Heart is punched with the Heart to Heart Punch. The Chocolate Chip letters are from the Big Shot. No surprise there. The Timeless Type Sizzlits.
To create the cut letters I just stamped out the letters from the Calendar Alphabet and Numbers stamp set and then cut them apart.
I finished off the card by using my one of my favorite things....... Stampin' Dimensionals. I like for my cards to pop. 
Wondering how I got theold look in the card? Well I  sponged the Very Vanilla card stock with Creamy Caramel Classic Ink.

I plan to give this card to my husband. I want him to know how much I love him. 

I really like this stamp set. Don't be surprised to see more of the Bear in the future.

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Stampin' Up! Anniversary

I just recently realized next week I will celebrate my Stampin' Up! Anniversary. It has been 3 wonderful years. I look forward to many more. 

In honor of my Stampin' Up! Anniversary I have decide to give away one of my favorite things. 

Check out my Stampin' Up! Website for more information by clicking here.

I also thought I would share some of the first few cards I made as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  

In this butterfly card I used the end of a brand new pencil to create these little circles finishing off with a White Uni ball Signo Gel Pen. Creating "Faux Brads".

I look back at them and think. Sometimes it is great to keep it simple. 
That simplicity often allows us to focus the beauty in the stamps... the words and images.

Other times I look at these cards and think wow guess I hadn't really discovered Stampin Dimensionals. 

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Simple: I {Heart} Heart Valentine's card

Here is another I {Heart} Heart Valentine's card. This is a very simple and quick card.

To  make this card I cut a piece of 3" x 3" Whisper White card stock. Then I took the new Scallop Trim  Border Punch (Sale-A-Bration Flyer) and punched each side in the center to create this adorable look. 

I stamped 2 of the hearts from the I {Heart} Heart stamp set. The leafy heart has to be hand cut but you can punch out the LOVE heart with the new Small Heart Punch (Occasion Mini Catalog). 

I adhered the small heart on with Snail Adhesive and then used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up on a layer of Basic Black and Real Red card stock

Remember this is the stamp set you can purchase to help Support Haiti! 

Hand Stamped by Gina Dygert

Monday, January 25, 2010

I {Heart} Heart Valentine's card

This card is just so sparkly! And it even has a matching Very Vanilla envelope.

This card features the new I {Heart} Heart stamp set. This is the stamp set that you can purchase to help support Haiti
Every time I look at it, I think WOW! What a cute card. What a beautiful stamp set.

To make this card I cut a piece of 4" x 11" piece of Regal Rose card stock 
 I scored it at 5 1/2" and again at 8 1/4" .  Using the Stampin' Up! Movers and Shapers Curly Label Die with the Removeable magnetic Heart from the Stampin' UP! Punch Windows. I placed my card inside the die. Made sure that the folded edge falls on the peak and valley of the heart (half of a heart). Since the Big Shot will only cut where there is a full
layers going through, I only cover the portion I want cut. Then you will have half a heart cut. 

Punch out a heart using the Full Heart punch out of Real Red card stock then place it in the center of the Stampin' Up! Embosslit die, Scalloped Heart of Hearts Cut and run it through your Big Shot. Then  use the embosslit  to cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock
Layer the two hearts and place onto the heart area on the base of the card. 

Take a piece of Very Vanilla card stock stamp it with the following Classic Ink: Pretty in Pink using the polka-dot heart, Regal Rose with the leafy heart, Real Red with love heart and Chocolate Chip on the polka dot outlined heart. 
Finishing of using Versa Mark along with the 3 hearts and Iridescent Ice Emboss Powder

Don't forget to heat it with your Heat tool to make the iridescent Ice really sparkle.

Hand Stamped by Gina Dygert

Friday, January 22, 2010

Big Shot Fabric Projects

Have you wondered what else can you do with your Big Shot?

When I went to the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona I was amazed at what some others were doing with their Big Shot and Fabric. 

The Big Shot and it's dies are a great way to cut out identical pieces. 

I wanted to share with you a few of the projects that were shown. They have inspired me to pull out my sewing machine. 

Stampin' Up! is a great company
At the end of the conference every demonstrator was given a hand sewn quilt square. Shelli, the co-founder, picked out the fabric. 
All the wonderful employees at Kanab, the Stampin' Up! home office brought in their sewing machines and created the quilt squares for us! 
I would LOvE to hug everyone there for doing this for us(1,000 US and Canada demonstrators).

I would LOvE to share my quilt square at your next workshop. 
Contact me to schedule your workshop. 
I will bring my Big Shot and show you how you can get started cutting your fabric.

Contact me at or call 757-483-6433 and we can schedule your workshop today. 
Even though I live in Hampton Roads Area in Virginia, I am willing to travel some to do a workshop for you. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Simply Said Valentine

 I just love to use Real Red card stock for a Valentine. 

To create this card I used the 3 heart stamps from the Simply Said Stamp Set. Many forget that there are hearts in that set. Randomly stamping them in Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink Classic ink onto Very Vanilla card stock makes it look like a piece of Designer paper. 

The Popped out hearts area consist of :
Chocolate Chip card stock Mover & Shapers Heart

Very Vanilla card stock

Full Heart Punch

Real Red card stock Heart 
medium heart in the Heart to Heart Punch

Teeny Tiny Wishes words punched out with the Word  Window.

Finishing the card off with a piece of the Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

Hand Stamped by Gina Dygert

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Masculine Valentine's card

This card definitely has a more masculine feel to it. It was so fun to make.  

Take your small piece of Real Red  card stock run it through you Crimper. Then punch out a heart using the Full Heart punch. Adhere that with some Tombow multi purpose glue onto a larger piece of Basic Black card stock. It is best to glue it so you don't lose your visual effect. (Don't push out the bumps)

Then punch out the medium heart from the Heart to Heart punch in Pretty in Pink card stock. Pop it up with a Stampin' Dimensional.  I just LOvE those Dimensionals.

The heart I used to add texture to the back ground page is part of the Things I Love stamp set.
The Beautiful words "Love You Much" are part of a new stamp set found in the Occasion Mini called Well Scripted. It is such a beautiful flowing stamp set. I just had to have it!

Hand stamped by Gina Dygert

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sweetheart Card

I couldn't wait to create with these adorable Heart Treat Cups and the Sweetheart stamp set

Using several punches I created this pull tab so you can get the candy out without destroying the card.

To create these wonderful raised dots on the Basic Gray card stock you will need the Stampin' Up! Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impression Folder found in the Occasion Mini Catalog
A must Have!

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Trendy Trees Thinking of You Card

This card was created by my down line, Shannon Freeman. She just couldn't wait to create a card with her new Trendy Trees stamp set.

I think she did an awesome job on this card. I just love the speckling of spots, created with the Itty Bitty Background stamp to give the card texture. 
Hand Stamped by Shannon Freeman.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I Love EWE card

Today at my Group Meeting for my downline we made this cute card.

Just a quick simple card made from the Big Shot with the Serif Essentials Alphabet and punches. 

The Heart if the Full Heart Punch.

To make the Sheep you will need the Word Window Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch and the Trio Flower Punch

Don't Forget your GOOGLIE EYES.They finish off this card so cutely. 

Hand Crafted By Gina Dygert

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I {Love} Love Valentines card

Here's my Leadership Swap. I wanted to share it with you all.  Since I didn't have to much time to put this card together I needed to make a quick and easy card.

I used the new I {Love} Love Jumbo Wheel from the Occasion Mini Catalog. 

Using only Stampin' Up! Punches I was about to create this cute layer finishing it off with a Linen Thread Double Knot attached with a Mini Glue Dot

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Monkey punch art

Here is a similar monkey used in yesterdays Banana Recipe card. 

Can you figure out the necessary pieces and punches?  

Here is the list of the punches:

Wide Oval
Large Oval
Small Oval

1 3/8" circle 
3/4" circle

1/2" circle
1/4" circle
Photo Corner

This monkey has bent arms compared to the curves ones from the the recipe card created with Small and Large Oval punches.

Would you like to take a Punch Art class in the Hampton Roads Area in Virginia? 

My next class is January 24. It is open to customers and Demonstrators. 
Contact me to reserve your supplies. You will receive 2 sets of pieces for each character. So you can put them into your book like the above picture.

*Class attendees can stay after class to complete previous Punch Art projects for an additional fee.

crafted by Gina Dygert

Friday, January 8, 2010

Banana Bread Recipe Card

I do like Bananas. The Sock Monkey stamp set has this cute banana stamp. You can use several ways as shown here.

Pair it up with a monkey made from a punch. How cute is this recipe card? Check back tomorrow for details on the monkey.

Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Petal Pizazz Shaker Birthday Card

Using the Petal Pizazz stamp set I created this shaker card. It was a fun card to make in my Stamp Club. Need more information on joining my Stamp Club, click here.

To create a shaker card you will need Stampin' Dimensionals, Window Sheets and Micro Beads.

Take your stamped image with a hole in the center and adhere a piece of window sheet to the back with Two-Way glue. 

Line the edge of the back side with Stampin' Dimensionals, making sure not to leave any gaps. 

Pour in just a little bit of the clear Micro Beads.

Peel off the back of the Stampin' Dimensionals and the place on backing piece. Apply a little pressure to make it stick.

Now you have a completed shaker to apply to your card.

Happy Crafting!

Hand stamped by Gina Dygert

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Simple Birthday Thanks Birthday Cards

If today is your birthday, 
then Happy Birthday to you! 
I just love this cupcake it makes a great Birthday card. 

I stamped this image (Simply Birthday Thanks stamp) many times on different pieces of card stock to create this look. 
Then use your Paper Snips to cut out each piece to be layered together. I find it works best to cut right on the line. 
I like to use my Crimper on the bottom of the cupcake. It makes the cupcake look like it has the paper lining like a real cupcake. 
Don't forget to finish off the cupcake using a 1/4" circle punch to create confetti sprinkles.

Hand stamped by Gina Dygert

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Leadership Conferenece in Phoenix, Arizona

I do LOvE what I do. 
And I would LOvE to share it with you! 
Would you like to do what I do? Stampin' Up! has a wonderful recruiting special going on right now.

Sign Up between January 5 and March 31, 2010

Choose any retail stamp set (valued up to $47.95) from the current catalogs when signing up during the promotion. Plus, get 15 percent off your Starter Kit (Standard or Digital+)!

Starter Kit  Regular Price  Sale-A-Bration Price (15% off) 
Standard Starter Kit  $199  $169 
Digital+ Starter Kit  $185  $157 
Click here to learn more about being a demonstrator.

I am headed to Phoenix to participate in  
Stampin' Up! 's Leadership Conference.
I look forward to gathering new ideas to bring back and share with you. 

Even though I will be in Arizona I have set up my BLOG to post several ideas through out this week. Come back and visit daily.

:) Gina

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Crazy for Cupcakes Birthday Card

Here is a nice birthday card featuring the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set.

 I choose the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper for this card, along with all the coordinating card stock colors (Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo) and Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Ribbon
I used the back side because it has no dots. 

The large scallop is created using my Big Shot and the Scallop Circle #2 Die.

Don't own a Big Shot? 

Purchase a Big Shot through me between now and January 10th and you will receive your choice of a FREE Die (Valued up to 21.95)  

What a great time to Get What you really want ....

Contact me at
Hand crafted by Gina Dygert

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Wandering Words Valentine's Card

I would have to say the Wandering Words stamp set is one of my favorite stamp sets from this Holiday Mini catalog
The stamp set comes with 3 stamps. I have created a card with each. 
Christmas , Thanksgiving and now a Valentine's card.

What a simple and quick card, but yet a WOW! Notice the envelope. Using a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker I colored the mailbox and grass making sure the mailbox looked closed. And when you see the card the mailbox has opened to reveal hearts and a message. 
I stamped the whole image in Stazon Black ink. Punched out some Hearts with the Heart to Heart Punch in Real Red card stock. The beautiful black and white paper is actually the Night & Day Speciallty Designer Series paper from the Holiday Mini catalog. Remember you only have until Monday night January 4th to order from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

To place an order visit my website and click on SHOP NOW. 
Hand stamped by Gina Dygert

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

As I begin this new year, I look forward to the many opportunities I will have to share my creativity with you on my BLOG! 

Please come back and visit often. 

I appreciate those of you who take the time to view my BLOG. 

And those of you who comment on my BLOG, I LOvE hearing from you. 

It only takes a moment to leave a comment but it warms my heart when you do!

:) Gina

Gina's Stampin' Room

Here is another project created using the Tote-Ally Tess stamp set from the Occasion Mini Catalog. Tess is adorable with her apron.

You can order yours stamp set starting January 5th. 

Would you like to receive a copy of the Occasion Mini Catalog?

Contact me today and I will send one right to you. You can look at an on line copy by clicking here.

Wondering how I created all those wonderful letters? 
MY BIG SHOT! I love my Big Shot. It is one of my favorite things to use. 

Don't have a Big Shot?

Purchase a Big shot through me between now and January 10th and you will receive your choice a FREE Die (Valued up to 21.95)  

Get What you really want ....a BIG SHOT

Contact me at or 757-483-6433
Hand crafted by Gina Dygert