Thursday, February 28, 2013

You're Invited to our Release Party!

Hi Everyone,

Everything is all a buzz behind the scenes today because we are busy getting ready for tonight's release party over at StampTV and YOU'RE invited!

Here is a little video for you with my invitation and a few details about tonight's party. (If you are reading this through an email or some sort of RSS feed, you will have to click through to my blog to watch the video.)

And our illustrators have put together a very special Invitation Blog Hop featuring projects using their new sets being released tonight!

Wait until you see all of the beautiful projects they have ready for you today!

Start Hopping Here:

All the fun starts at 7:00 PM central time tonight at! We hope to see you there!

Gina K.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sneak Peek Day 4

 Today is our final day of sneak peeks and then tomorrow, our illustrators will kick off our release party day with a blog hop full of projects featuring their new sets being released tomorrow night!

Today's first peek is a fabulous new set of backgrounds and borders called Lots of Dots by Beth Silaika. 

Filled with long card sized borders and fun circular elements like those pictured here, you can create fun backdrops for your cards and scrapbook pages that are right on trend!

And, also this month, Debbie Corbari is introducing three new Divas to her Darling Divas collection!

Whether you are making cards for the Mommy-to-be, calming a frazzled friend on just wanting to say hello, these three new Divas are the perfect little additions to your collection!

Stop by both of these talented illustrator's blogs today to see cards they made using their new stamp sets!

Stay tuned tomorrow because I have a sneak peek of a brand new patterned paper pack and a new card stock collection to! 

Make it a great day and happy stamping!!
Gina K.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sneak Peek Day 3

 Today's sneak peeks are two sets that will work for just about ANYONE on your card making list. Whether you make more cards for guys, gals or even your kids, there is something for everyone in today's peek!

The newest stamp set by Becky Oehlers is right on trend! With the poster board style showing up in just about every home decorating show and magazine, Becky brought that concept to the paper crafting world with her newest set, Poster Board Sentiments. 

Add these bold sentiments to any focal image or make them the center of attention! With a wide variety of occasions included, this one won't leave your desk top!

Springtime up north is one most beautiful places in the world, and Theresa Momber has brought you a taste of it's beauty in her new set, The Northwoods. 

With a wide array of beautiful leaf trees just waking up and pines in all their glory, you can create rich masculine cards AND you can mix and match these images with Theresa's other scene building sets to create small masterpieces to send to those you love.

Sponge leaves in bright and dark greens for spring and summer projects, or use browns, golds and reds to create a beautiful autumn look- anyway you stamp them, these images will take you through all four seasons.

Both of our illustrators are featuring projects using their new sets today. Stop by their blogs a see a peek of what you can make with these new stamps.

More sneak peeks coming tomorrow including a new set from Beth Silaika and three fabulous Divas by Debbie Corbari!

Make it a great day!
Gina K.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sneak Peek Day 2

Day 2 of our sneak peeks bring two sets that coordinate with two of our most popular sets from days gone by!

Tami Mayberry has created a part 2 of her best selling set- All Occasion Tags. Introducing All Occasion Tags 2.

All Occasion Tags 2 also coordinates with the Spellbinders Grommet Tags or you can use this set alone by stamping any of these beautiful frames and greetings directly onto your card projects! Emboss them for added texture. With a wide variety of greetings that will fit with both sets, the combinations and options are truly endless!

Melanie Muenchinger has also created a part 2 of her best selling set- A Year of Flowers. Intoducing A Year of Flowers 2.

A Year of Flowers 2 offers never-ending options when both stamped alone or mixed with A Year of Flowers and her amazing solid version of this set, Pressed Flowers. Now you can create light sketchy bouquets to watercolor or you can do some fun two AND three step stamping when you mix this set with A Year of Flowers and Pressed Flowers. This set also coordinates with many of Melanie's Basket series sets and her Fabulous Frames collection. Duplicate all of the projects in her "A Year of Flowers" book with a more sketchy version for spring and summer masterpieces.

Both of our illustrators are featuring projects using their new sets today. Stop by their blogs a see a peek of what you can make with these new stamps.

Tami Mayberry's Blog- All Occasion Tags 2

Melanie Muenchinger's Blog- A Year of Flowers 2

Also, check out Melanie's post on the CardMaker Blog where she shares her favorite things including a few of my favorite Gina K. Designs products! Click here- Melanie on the CardMaker Blog

More sneak peeks coming tomorrow! Make it a great day!
Gina K.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sneak Peek Day 1

Guess who's having a birthday party?? And YOU all get presents! StampTV is celebrating our 4th birthday with our February release this Thursday night and this will be our gift to you with every single order, no matter what size! It's going to be a BIRTHDAY HOOT!

And check out a sneak peek of our next One free with 3! You will love this collection of petite borders- perfectly sized for card making!

We can't wait for you to join the party this Thursday night, 7:00 PM central time at StampTV!

And stay tuned over the next couple of days for more sneak peeks and some awesome illustrator projects too!

Gina K.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Soup's on!

Last night on facebook, I posted a photo of a soup I made that is somewhere between zero and one weight watchers point per serving. There are lots of recipes out there but I really like this one so I'm sharing it with you.

Zero Point Soup*

5 cups of vegetable broth
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
salt to taste

1 large onion
1 bag of frozen medley (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots)
1 can of cut green beans
1 red pepper
(You can add other vegetables that that you like as well. Stay away from things like any kind of potato, beans, corn, peas- too starchy and will add points.)

In a pan, spray some cooking spray and sautee one cut up onion and one red pepper for a few minutes.
Mix broth ingredients in a large pot and start to cook on high heat until it starts to boil, then turn to medium.
Add sauted vegetables, bag of frozen medley and drained can of green beans.
Simmer on stove for about an hour or so or until all vegetables are soft and soup is hot.

5 one cup servings

* Keep in mind, even the lowest calorie vegetables have some calories so eat enough to feel satisfied but you may not want to eat the entire pot at one sitting. :)

this journey...

Transform... it's my word for 2013...

It's not just about transforming the physical... it's about the mental side of life too.

I let things get to me, way too much and way too often. And they got to me to a point where my body became physically sick. Waking up felt like just too much. The aches, the pains... and they were not just physical pains but they were mental pains too. I went to the doctor. My blood pressure was through the roof... and my diabetes was out of control. I had no energy and my heart was racing all the time.

I learned over the last couple of years that if you want to protect your body, you have to first protect your mind and your soul. You have to get rid of the thoughts that over time will make you sick, or worse... they will kill you.

I lost my best friend to cancer a little over a year ago and, although on the surface she was the most positive person I ever met, underneath- she worried... about everything, and she took everything that everyone said to heart. If they were upset, she was upset. She tried to fix everything for everyone. She wanted everyone to be happy. She was the most selfless person I EVER met. And she's gone.

The thing that she didn't understand, (and it's something I am only just beginning to understand) is that some people are happy being unhappy. It's their comfort zone. To feel defeated is easier than doing the work. To blame others is easier than blaming themselves. It's safer to agree with the pack than stand up for what's right  and find yourself alone.

Some people will always have a problem with you, no matter what you try to do to fix it. But rest assured- it's not you, it's them. It's really, really, REALLY them. And they are so unhappy- no matter how happy they look on the outside.

So what do you do to deal with it?

You simply let it go.

You let them go.

You can be pleasant and kind but you have to mentally walk away. You can't fix it, you can't change it, you can't help them... you have to let it all go.

And you know what will happen to you if you let it all go? You will find peace like you have never experienced before. You will make room for the postive people who have been waiting for your attention.

In my case, I felt born again. I wanted to eat better, I wanted to exercise, I wanted to work on my business and I wanted to enjoy my children... and I could do it all, guilt free!

When you let go of what holds you back, you will spring further than you ever thought you could!

As of today I am down 10lbs. My blood pressure is perfect and my diabetes in under great control. I haven't had a headache in weeks! My business is growing, my marriage great and my children are learning and growing every day.

Is it perfect? No. But I read that a true champion has long term memory of her successes and short term memory of her failures so I refuse to dwell on the failures. You will only see me dwelling on the positives. It's where I prefer to live.

It's not easy. There's a LOT of self-talk. You have to replace what you've heard in your head with what you should be hearing... and it takes time. Lots of time. But time well spent.

And now that I've started to let go of the negative, it's no longer poison... it's FUEL. Try me... Go ahead... Tell me I can't do something... Watch me...

this journey... it's my year to transform. It's only February... come with me...


Coming up later- my version of Weight Watcher Soup.