Karen's Creative Mess

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Water Coloring!!!

Good Evening Everyone!
I sure hope you all had a great day. Mine was busy
and full of laughs with the grandkids watching Rio 2.
  Now I'm pooped.
I'm taking online classes for watercoloring. Just really learning.
 I skimmed through and only really watched the videos 
that I liked the projects. Not all water coloring appeals to me, 
so I took what I liked and left the rest behind.
Wanted to get these two cards posted before I forgot.
On the first one, I used a stamp set duo by Gina K Designs 
" My Most Favorite "using Black Onyx ink.
.  I also used Jelly Bean, and Black Onyx card stock and Ribbon 
from Gina K Designs. The top layer is water color paper. 


 This next card was fun to create. First I stamped the
 Magnolia from the Stately Flowers 3 set
 by Melanie Muenchenger.
 I masked the flower with rubber cement & I used
 Gina K Designs Powder Blue and
 Navy Inks to do my background water color. 
I love that I can use my Gina K Inks
 for water coloring. I then used water color pencils 
on the flower. Once dried I used Carolyn King's Elegant Flourishes
 stamped in versa mark.
 Heat set. Using Gina K Designs Black Ink I stamped the sentiment
 from the stamp set "Lots Of Lines" by Beth Silaika. 
That panel is on top of a Black Onyx card stock panel 
then wrapped Ivory ribbon
 around that and layered it on top of a Base
 of Turquoise Sea
 pure luxury card stock from Gina K Designs.
 Added some black pearls from my stash.


Thanks so much for stoping by.
 All comments are greatly appreciated.
Have a wonderful day!!!
Happy Stamping or What ever
Makes You Happy…  :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I hope everyone is have a blessed day.  This week I am hosting a challenge over at 
Mod Squad Challenge Blog. The link is: 
I really love this stamp set. Here is the list of products I used 
on this card: Gina K Designs Pure Luxury card stock in 
Kraft, Black Onyx, Vibrant Violet & White.
Black in for the sentiment, stamp set duo Better with Age. 
Ribbon and pearls.
Here is the link to the products I used:
Other products I used are Spellbinders die, Momentos - Black ink
Black Bling from my stash.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Good Morning!!!

I hope everyone had a great & safe weekend doing 
what ever made you happy! 
I was able to create a few cards this weekend and spend
 time with my hubby. 
The GrandKids & Samantha were out of town having a great time. 

So let me show you what I made. 
Happy Day!
I used All Gina K Designs- 
patterned paper is from the 6x6 pack Ang & me. 
Card stock White heavy base, Sweet Mango & Dk. Chocolate. 
Ink- Black & ribbon is white organdy. 
The Stamp set is "Lets Talk" by-Debbie Corbari @ Gina K Designs
I added a little black bling to the exclamation marks.

Next is a cute little card That I just had to make:
This card is only 3 3/4 x 4 1/4
But it opens to almost 10 inches. 
I used the stamp set " Keep Calm " by Beth Silaika
@ Gina K Designs.
The Gina K Designs product I used are:
Card Stock in White Heavy Base Weight, Bubble Gum Pink,
 Cherry Red, & Jelly Bean. I also used the patterned paper 
from the 6x6 pack Petals & Wings. Inks - Bubble Gum Pink, & Black.
I colored the icing on the cupcake with Spectrum Noir PP-1, & 2 , CG-3
Then added Wink of Stella brush glitter. Added some bling.

Thank You for stoping by & 
I hope you all have a fabulous day!!! 
((( Hugs ))) ,  Karen

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gina K Designs & Unity Stamps Inspiration Blog Hop

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to a fabulous blog hop celebrating the collaboration of two great craft companies, Gina K. Designs and Unity Stamp Company, lead by two incredible business women who happen to be great friends! Gina and Angela have put their heads and creative minds together and released the Unity Stamp Company, “Gina & Me” stamp sets and the Gina K Designs “Ang & Me Supplies Kit”. 

As you hop through the blogs today, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose one random commenter that will win a $25 Gina K. Designs gift certificate! Check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop for a posting of the winner for the blog hop random drawing.

The “Gina & Me” stamp set includes 11 pre-cut rubber stamps:
  • Gina and Angela image stamp 
  • Flower top image stamp
  • Larger and small butterfly images
  • Heart image
  • Heart border image
  • “Thank you, FRIEND” sentiment 
  • “In need of some serious GIRL TIME” sentiment 
  • “Can’t PICTURE life without you” sentiment 
  • “Best Selfie Ever” sentiment 
  • “Wishing my BESTIE a beautiful BIRTHDAY” sentiment 
The stamp set is available on the Unity website at: www.unitystampco.com. 

“Ang and Me Supplies Kit” includes:
  • 10 sheets of Pure Luxury Card Stock
  • 3 Yards of Pure Luxury Ribbon
  • Ang and Me 6 X 6 Patterned Paper Pack
The supply kit is available in the Gina K. Designs Online store at: www.ginakdesigns.com. 

Here is the project that I have created for the hop:
 This card I made using Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Card Stock in:
White Heavy Base, White Layering weight, Sweet Mango, 
& Dark Chocolate. The wonderful pattern paper is from the paper pack 
Ang & me. All these product are in the Ang & me Kit .
This wonderful stamp set, is big. I only used the girls top half. 
The sentiments in this set are perfect.
I added a wood frame and bling. I also colored the ladies 
with my Spectrum Noir pencils. 

I couldn't resist the wonderful butterflies in this set.
There are two. One is a little bigger than the other.
I used the White Heavy base card stock from the kit, I also used the
 layering weight white for the sentiment & for the butterfly on the front.
I also stamped the smaller butterfly on the inside and colored them both 
with my Spectrum Noir markers  IB-1,2,3 & BT-7.
 I also used Spectrum Noir pencils in # 65, 69, & 71

Thanks for coming by. I really appreciate your comments!!!
Visit the team and check out their cards and projects for the hop! Don’t forget to leave a comment!
Karen Day Hightower  
Unity Stamp Company Blog-http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Gina K Designs Inspirational Hop Day 2

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina, along with the Cast and Crew and Guest Designers, will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News Forum at StampTVa few days after the hops. 

I am so glad you stopped by today.
 I have cards made with two new stamp sets. 
First I have 
Theresa Momber's - Vertical Greetings 2

On this card I used Gina K Designs products in:
Pure Luxury Card Stock - Turquoise Sea, Black Onyx, 
Fresh Asparagus & White layering weight. Black/White Gingham Ribbon, & a Black Brad. 
I used Spectrum Noir markers-BT- 1,2,3,4,5 DG-2,3
 CR-10 to color the focal image. 

This card I showed at the release party. 
I used that wonderful flower image again and colored it with
 Spectrum Noir markers & pencils.
 Gina K Designs Products that I used are:
Pure Luxury Card Stock : Red Hot, Black Onyx, Wild Dandelion.
Inks: Cherry Red, Red Hot, & Black. Ribbon
Momentos Black ink for the image. White gel pen and bling. 


The next set today is Beth Silaika's : 
Keep Calm
This is a fun set, can be used so many ways.
On this card I curved the sentiments 
for the center panel. 
I thought the gentle wave action of the words 
was kinda calming.
I used Gina K Designs Pure luxury card stock
 in Sweet Corn,Dark Chocolate.
Dark chocolate Ink to match. The DP is from the new
 6x6 paper pack "Ang & Me." 
Added bling.  :)

This one was fun to make. I haven't used glitter in a while. 
So I did what the stamp said…
I keep calm and added glitter.  
I think this is what it would look like
 at the end of a glitter snow storm.
 I used Gina K Designs  Heavy Base White
 pure luxury card stock & Innocent Pink. 
Ink is Innocent Pink.
Glitter was from my stash.

 These sets are available at :

Thanks so much for stoping by. 
I appreciate your comments. Hope ya'll have a great day.
Now go check out all the wonderful creations the Design Team and Guest have waiting for you… 

Inspiration Just Ahead:

Gina K
Theresa Momber
- Illustrator Vertical Greetings 2 
Beth Silaika - Illustrator Keep Calm
Cathy Tidwell
Debbie Corbari
Karen Day Hightower ( You Are Here )
Kendra Wietstock
Laurie Schmidlin
Lee Murphy
Sean Fetterman
Tricia Traxler

And our Guests:

Patti J 
Sharyn P