Sneaky Peek.. You’ve been Framed !

So.. ready for a sneaky peek at a few more  fancy frames using the Gina Marie Designs Die Collection?  As you can tell I added a few more fun die sets to my collection this week .. so now I have even MORE combinations I can make up and play with.

I just ordered my final missing  die that I REALLY wanted for this project, the Dot Stud Rectangles.   The Dot Studs are the ones with the larger circle cuts…I have the circles you can see in the picture and  already had squares, but Rectangles were  out of stock and I  REALLY REALLY like  the Dot Studs, so I had to go hunt a set down.  I think these are my favorite of all the IN/Out dies….  I hope that gets here soon.

There are so many combinations for this technique… and it’s such a great way to get a Bonus cut from your in and outs… expect to see these  A LOT in projects 🙂

Gina Marie Designs Giveaway – Ocean Dies



Well..  if you thought the giveaways on the blog were over..SURPRISE… nope.. still more to come.


Just in time for all these summer cards. I have a set of Gina Marie Designs to  give away to one lucky person on the blog.  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me which of the Gina Marie Dies  you already have .. and/or which ones you would love to have.

I already have a bunch of the stitched dies which I love and some  other small dies …. and of course I have a set of these fabulous ocean inspired dies which are perfect for  all of the mermaid images that have been popping up lately in various groups and artists pages. I am secretly coveting the quilt dies… they look so fun.

Scrapbook Outlet very kindly sent me a set of these to play with AND a set to give away..WOOT !  and if you haven’t seen them already check out the other ocean inspired dies that they just released recently…. sooo cool.





If you are a member of the Kit & Clowder Facebook Group  you may have noticed me playing around with a few ” ocean” themed digital stamps  lately… so stay tuned to see what projects I make with these.  In the meantime… if you want a chance to win a set of your own..  hop to it  and leave your comment below.


One lucky winner will receive  both die sets shown above… shells  and coral.

Eligibility – US only 

Ends August 10th, 2016  midnight central time.

Winner Random winner from eligible comments, 1 entry per person. winner will be contacted at email  address used to sign up and must respond from that account to claim.

Spotlight Series Day 8 – Gina Marie Designs

Who are you?  Gina Marie – Gina Marie Designs



Online Store

Physical Store Address:

Scrapbook Outlet
5357 Alpine Ave
Comstock Park, Mi 49321


Where are you?



When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I have been designing since I was little


What was the first product you ever had for sale?

I created an embossing folder first for resale.


What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

My favorite design is my great heron die











Who is your inspiration/muse? 

I like all companies.  I think everyone has something that I like and that inspires me.


If you were a classic car…. what would you be?



How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

5 minutes.  I only pre design and I give instructions to my artist to interpret my ideas since I am not a good designer


If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

An evil villain





When you are working, what is the view from your window like 

I have 40 acres and I sit and watch my goats while I work


<<Administrative creative license..yes I’s NOT a goat  LOL – MsWipz




How many people work with/for you ?

I have a few helpers, but one employee Dawn


What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

I do not believe in wasting money I will be cremated


Name your favorite cartoon?

I love all Disney movies


If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?

Myself I do a lot on my own


When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?





Favorite quote?

I love spiritual quotes








What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Video games


What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I cocktailed and bartended in Vegas before chasing my dreams


If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

Kevin Costner…I wouldn’t ask any questions probably just stare 😉


What’s your favorite color? 

Sparkle haha!


What was your favorite subject in school…? 



If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?

My next tattoo will be a bracelet


What is your best and worst personality trait? 

I believe in being honest






When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?


We do a lot of little ones but my last relaxing one was a cruise in the Caribbean with my husband.




If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?



If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?

Ummm what’s that?


If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

Probably a waitress


How long have you been in business?

Technically 9 years


What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

I love distressing inks







What’s your favorite horror movie?
I love many







If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life.

I do not believe in reincarnation


When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?



What is your most popular item in the store/shop? 

All my dies have been very successful for my business


Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?

Johnathan Taylor Thomas – no


What is the one question you are really glad I didn’t ask ….and dare you answer it anyway? Lol

Who I’m voting for…lets just say I would never vote for Bernie or Hillary


What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Family reunions and gatherings I have a big family


Would you go cave diving with sharks?

No I am afraid of sharks











If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?

Something Celtic I love things from other countries


Which decade do you think had the best music?



Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Yes a few.  Most were interesting


What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

Relaxing in a hammock


Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

No way too fake


If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

No interest


Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

I have good genes so I think I will get lucky


What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

I like lots of music


Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My mom


What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

How creative and thoughtful they are




NEW Gina Marie Designs Dies at Novi, MI Scrapbook Event May 5-7

Oh how I wish I was there for the Great Lakes Scrapbook Event … the vendors are getting set up and the Round Robin guests are checking it out..

Soon this place will be filled with lots of  lucky, lucky scrapper’s…   but not me *sigh13178937_10154662531406840_5219041325703415525_n
Scrapbook outlet –  will be there with the fab new “Gina Marie Designs” Dies… be sure to drop by and see them.

You will find them at booth 535. Say Hi and drool a little for me …  

For those of you  like me, who can’t attend in person… check out the website….  there have been about 42 brand new designs in the last month or so.  My wish list just keeps getting longer and longer LOL.  They have a physical store too, for anyone in the area.

If you like dies.. you would be crazy not to check these guys out.. their prices are awesome and so is the range.  Have a blast and  enjoy the Event..  🙂

I have my eye on some more of the stitched dies… specially the quilting ones… they look so cool. Check out some of the new designs below…as well as a few of my favorites.



Gina Marie Dies Giveaway

For anyone who missed these giveaways posted last week, you still have time to comment and be in with a chance to win one of these dies courtesy of ScrapbookOutlet.   These giveaways expire March 31st, 2016.
Details and entry points are here:

“Gina Marie” Bows Die

“Gina Marie” Sympathy Sentiment Die

Spring Card with Daffodils

This was an image I picked up a few months ago, I thought I’d see if my coloring Mojo was coming back… 🙂

Just a quick and simple spring image; popped on a foam base and mounted on a contrasting card, great card for all sorts of occasions!

  • Image  – Power Poppy “Dancing with Daffodils”
    Image printed on 110lb Card Stock using print and cut on my Cricut Explore.  This is a 3D layered card with 3 layers. Main image, main image minus the smaller background leaves and flowers, then the final layer is the large Daffodil head and the Periwinkles.
  • Colored with Chameleon Pens, a touch of Ranger Distress Markers and Zig Memory System Brushables.
  • Card –  Recollections Value Pack from Michaels
  • Die – “Gina Marie” Cross(X) Stitch Rectangles from ScrapbookOutlet
  • Foam – Darice adhesive foam from Walmart.
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Quick and Easy Sympathy Card & Another Die Giveaway

Ok, this one came together quicker than expected, so here is my sketch No 4 card for our Monthly Sketch Challenge over on the message board and it includes the Extra Credit for making a sympathy card. Now this is a Gazillion miles outside of my comfort zone… It’s way softer and more feminine than my usual typical style.  But as a friend told me, sometimes it’s good to step  out of your comfort zone.. so here it is.

Dies used Gina Marie stitched rectangle and a Gina Marie sympathy sentiment.  The sentiment was cut on a silver glitter card stock, the stitched die is  cut on 110lb card and popped with a foam rectangle behind.

Lace around the center is just some adhesive lace from a Joann grab bag last year. The lace down the side is from Walmart.

The silver rose is from the Michaels bargain racks. The front panel was also foam popped and mounted on a Recollections card base.


And now for the fun part…Scrapbook Outlet kindly sent me  this sentiment die to play with… and a second  one for one lucky blog reader.

I’m afraid  this is a US only  giveaway, sorry Internationals…

Leave your comment below  before Midnight March 31st Texas time and a (ONE) random winner will be picked on April 1st from all comments using widget, or similar.  You can share this with your friends from the Crafting Circle Facebook, Twitter or Google+  posts, but you must leave your comment here to be in with a chance to win.  Winner will be posted here on April 1st and you will have 48 hours from the time your name is posted to claim this, or another winner will be picked.

This is just a fun giveaway thanks to ScrapbookOutlet’s generosity…. all comments will be pending review, so please don’t worry if it doesn’t show up instantly.  If you missed the other Gina Marie Die Giveaway post earlier today…  be sure to check it out on the front page.

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Quick Easter Card Project & Giveaway

It’s a quick and simple card… with lots going on.  This is also my Sketch No1 card for our current  Sketch Challenge over on the message board.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see how you can win a set of these Gina Marie bow dies for yourself.

Window Die Spellbinders Oval
Window Vellum Paper from Ebay
Embossed card – Darice Swiss Dots
Card base and Bow Recollections greeting card set & card  stock
Image – Easter Bunny from 2CuteInk
Sentiment StampMichaels holiday stamps from $1.50 bins
Sentiment Stamped with Ranger Archival Ink Pad
Bow background strip cut on a Fellows  paper trimmer with wavey edge blade
Bow Gina Marie Bow die
Insert – scraps from a Recollections Book
Glue Xyron Tape runner
Image & embossed dots
colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens, and a home made alcohol mix


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My creative Mojo took a vacation this month; lots of family issues etc., but I was determined to get out of my funk…and new dies definitely help challenge me and kick me out of my funk. Expect to see a lot more projects posts now through the end of the month as I recapture my elusive Mojo.

Scrapbook Outlet very kindly sent me a set of bow dies to play with….and not only that, they sent me a spare set.  One of you lucky peeps can get your hands on a set of these bows, just by leaving a comment below.  I’m afraid  this is a US only  giveaway, sorry Internationals…

Leave your comment below  before Midnight March 31st Texas time and a (ONE) random winner will be picked on April 1st from all comments using widget, or similar.  You can share this with your friends from the Crafting Circle Facebook or Twitter or Google+  posts, but you must leave your comment here to be in with a chance to win.  Winner will be posted here on April 1st and you will have 48 hours from the time your name is posted to claim this, or another winner will be picked.



Image- ScrapbookOutlet

This is just a fun giveaway thanks to ScrapbookOutlet’s generosity…. all comments will be pending review, so please don’t worry if it doesn’t show up instantly.

STAY TUNED For a second Gina Marie Die up for grabs later this month… maybe even later this week.  If you don’t want to miss out, be sure to subscribe to the blog 🙂

ScrapbookOutlet  has a great range of dies in the Gina Marie line… I already have some of the stitched dies  that I bought last month and will be adding to my collection as and when I can.   I’m looking forward to trying my circle stitched dies out with the shaker card windows ( link for those is on the side bar for anyone interested ) to make some new game cards. This is a fab range of dies at VERY affordable prices.  Check out the gallery below for a sneakey peek at the kind of  dies you can find in the Gina Marie range.  The Gina Marie range also includes some fab rubber stamps and co-ordinating stamp & die sets

… and be sure to check out the blog of  AJ Bodine  .. this is the lady who does the  card Designs you see on the ScrapbookOutlet site… aren’t they fab.


Starting a big card project – 1 down

I am working on a big card project for a friend.. she wants a mix of cards for various occasions. I have free reign on design so that will be fun and I can play around with ideas and styles. Here is one I made…. it’s a welcome to the neighborhood/moving in card.

I kept the coloring cartoonish/childish to match the image ..I think it’s kinda cute. Nice and quick, simple card.


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St Patricks Day Bear Card

And here is the second of the 2 St Patrick’s Day Bugaboostamps images I bought last night. Love this lil’ guy.























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cute, quick and simple

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