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Gel A Tins – The Simple Life card

19 Apr

I have made a very clean and simple card for you today.

I am using the set called WILD THINGS.

This has got to be my favorite Gel A Tins set!

I decided to go simple with my colors.

You can see my main color is white.

I have been working a lot with Grafix Arts paper products.

They have amazing Vellum and all my white paper is vellum.

(sorry you can see the adhesive, it must have been the time of night, since you can’t see the the adhesive indoors!)

I love how white embossing powder looks on white vellum!  So pretty!

 I also have used Grafix Arts Black Chipboard to make the frame for my sentiment. It is amazing, since it is black all the way through!  PERFECT for mounting and framing things!

 I wanted to create a peaceful setting with the placement of the flowers and butterflies..


 I thought this would be the perfect for someone going through a rough spot.  Someone who needed to take time out and enjoy the little things in life!

Simpler times!

(I think I need to mail the card to myself!!)

I hope you have enjoyed my project for today, this has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post.


Gel A Tins Wild Things Botanical Card

15 Mar

I have a beauty for you today.  Plus I have an idea for you try out while we are at it!


But for my card I turned it and used the sketch this way.

What I did first was to get all my supplies out to stamp on a piece of twill tape.

I just regular stamping ink in a dark color and randomly stamped the twill tape.

Since I was using the sketch, I cut all my papers and figured out what would go where, before I decided where to stamp on the papers.

Here I have all my papers stamped and I’m ready to assemble my card.

Here is the finished card.

The white part of the card is more of a cream color, I had a hard time getting the lighting right today! Sorry!

I just love this set.  There is so much you can do with this.  The images are all just gorgeous.

If you like my color and paper palette, I have Authentique Paper to thanks for that.  I am using their line called Free Bird Comfort & Familiar.

I will be entering this in Mojo Monday’s Challenge # 232.

I hope you enjoyed my idea, this would also work on certain ribbons, so I would love to hear if you try this out!  Let me know.

This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

Authentique Paper March Sketch Challenge

3 Mar

It is that time again. What time?  Time to get on over to Authentique Paper’s blog and check out or sketch challenges and join us.

Why? Because they are fabulous sketches and you have the chance to win a paper pack from Authentique Paper?

Do you need any other reasons?  I thought not!

Here is the sketch I followed.

Here is what I came up with.

I had a blast with this sketch.  What do you think of those ONSIES?

They are courtesy of Jessica Weible Illustrations.

They are a digital stamp called String of Onsies.

Digital stamps are so much fun to work with.

I thought the onsies looked adorable in different papers from Free Bird, Blush & Delight collection.

I hope you have time to head on over to Authentique Paper’s blog and see what the other, wonderfully talented, design team members have come up with.

Be sure and join us on this challenge, you can’t go wrong, the sketches are really awesome designs!

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

JW Illustrations with Authentique Paper

23 Jan

It is a rainy day AGAIN and I ham creating with some cute things today!

Today I am going to show you a card I have made for JW Illustrations.

JW stands for Jessica Weible, just so you know!

Most of you know I have a thing for ladybugs, so I am using the LADY LOVE BUG digital stamp.

Here is what I came up with.

How do you like the paper combination?  It is a new collection from Authentique Paper called MIRACLE COLLECTION – GIRL.

As already mentioned the adorable bug is by JW Illustrations.  I love digital stamps because there is so much you can do with them.

I love being able to manipulate, and do what ever I can figure out how to do with, digital stamps.

As for the products I have used today here is a little list:

Stamp – Lady Love Bug – JW Illustrations

Paper – Authentique Papers – Miracle- Girl

Letter Stickers – Authentique Paper – Miracle Collection

Rhinestuds – Rhinstone Hues – Etsy

Pennant Die – Cheery Lynn Designs

Twine – The Twinery

Candi – Sweet

What do you think?  Do you use Digital Stamps?  If so, what is your favorite thing to do with them?  I’d love to know!

Ok…I am done for today!  I might make another something for tomorrow…you never know!

Have a great day!


What do creative minds do on rainy days??

20 Jan

As my title asks, what do creative minds do on rainy days?

Do we cook? NO!!

Do we clean house? NO!

Do we catch up on laundry?  HECK NO!

We …..  CREATE!

It is a rainy, I am so happy to say that, we need it so badly.

Today I am going to show you a card I have made for JW Illustrations.

JW stands for Jessica Weible, just so you know!

I am using her Valentine Car Stamp, that just so happens to be ON SALE right now!!!

Here is what I came up with.

I am so blessed to have so many different items to play around with.

What I mean is, this card is a compilation of many companies that I work with, love and happily endorse!

As already mentioned the adorable car is by JW Illustrations.  I love digital stamps because there is so much you can do with them.

You can use your favorite papers or stamps, the possibilities are endless.

As for the products I have used today here is a little list:

Stamp – Valentine Car Stamp – JW Illustrations

Paper – Authentique Papers – Freebird – Delight

Letter Stickers – Authentique Paper – Miracle Collection

Stamps – Unity – Authentique Paper – You + Me = Bliss

Embossing Powder – Wow Embossing Powder – BUBBLE GUM, WHIRLY POP & GUMMY BEAR GREEN

Rhinestuds – Rhinstone Hues – Etsy

What do you think?  Do you use Digital Stamps?  If so, what is your favorite thing to do with them?  I’d love to know!

Ok…I am done for today!  I might make another something for tomorrow…you never know!

Have a great day!


Gel-à-tins & Authentique Paper = Fabulous

15 Dec

Today I am using the set called Christmas Wreath.

To start out what I did was to very faintly stamp the wreath onto white paper.

I only wanted the shape and did not care about the image showing up too much.

Next, I pretty much made a mess with paint, again I only wanted the shape and was not too concerned with how it looked at this point.

I added some sparkle to the paint in case any or the painted wreath showed through in my final product.

I also die cut a couple of different sized leaves in different papers and die cut little pears also.

Then I took the 2 smaller stamps from the stamp set and stamped each leaf.

After I stamped them I ran them through a paper crimper a couple of times to distress them.

After that was done, I adhered them to the wreath background, creating a 3-d wreath.

I added some fibers and embellishments and embossed the saying in black on the card front.

Ahhh, I could just stare at this for hours I think the colors are so gorgeous and relaxing!

All of the decorative papers are from Authentique Paper’s Free Bird – COMFORT series.

The decorative corners are from Authentique Paper’s – Wonder Headlines.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I came up with this design.

I am just loving playing with these stamps and know you will love them too!

This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

I have entered this card into’s color chalenge.

Thursday Thoughtfulness with I Heart {ippity}

17 Nov

I wanted to make a quick post for I Heart {ippity}.

I just got done making a very fun card.

I used the set called Flowers + Friends = Priceless.

Here is what I came up with.

I am using some Authentique Paper from the Free Bird collection called Poised.

What do you think of those flowers?  I hand made each one of those!

I love the way the handmade flowers look with the flower stamps.  I embossed the stamps in a thick black finish.

I tried to create a blanket type feel by fringing the edges of my paper.

Altogether, I love the way this turned out!

I hope you enjoy the things I make, it is the best part of my day to share ideas with you!

Have a thoughtful Thursday and go make your self a great day!

Products Used:

{ippity} Stamps –  Flowers + Friends = Priceless

Patterned Papers –  Authentique Paper -Free Bird – Poised

Stazon – Timber Brown

Stampendous Chunky Black Enamel

Cheery Lynn Designs – Miniature Rose

Misc Pearls and adhesives

Yummy Gel-a Tins Cupcake Card

17 Nov

I thought that since last week when I used the set  Sweet Cakes, I had used Shrink Film and the cupcakes were tiny.

So this week, I am using the stamps full size.

I decided to use coordinating papers from Authentique Paper – Fair Weather collection.

I love using un-usual prints for things like cupcake card.  I think it gives the card lots of personality when I use non-traditional types colors/prints for something like cupcakes.

To describe briefly how I made this, let me start with the background.

I used an embossing folder on the white paper first, then I used gold ink here and there and used clear embossing powder to make the embossing shine.

After those steps were done, I sprayed some Tattered Angels on it and let it dry.

I then attached my ribbon and did the sewing around the edge.

For the cupcakes, I stamped them on different patterned papers, cut them out and adhered them to the gray paper.  I had already distressed the gray paper and cut them to size.

I then adhered all the cupcakes to the card front, and embellished the cupcakes with dimensional glaze, glass beads and that  sparkly white powder.

The final step was the phrase.  It did not fit in the frame, so I stamped it again and went outside the frame as shown.

I hope you like this card as much as I do.  It is fun to come with different techniques to use on cards and I always enjoy sharing a tip or two.

I am enjoying working with Gel-a-Tins, they are simply wonderful!

This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post.


Printed Paper – Authentique Paper – Fair Weather

Black Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!

DG3 Art Gel

Flowers #2 Embossing Folder – Sizzix

Glass Beads

Brownie Chocolate Delight – Sweet

Stampin’ Up Denim Ribbon

Stampin’ Up! Metal Frame

3m Dimensional Foam

Sewing Machine & Thread

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2011 {Day Three}

5 Nov

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!

If you are here, you are almost done!  I sure hope you have gotten some great ideas the past 2 days!

We are on day 3  Here is the complete list for today’s blog hop.

Nov 6
Clearsnap –
Hampton Art –
Zutter –
Graphic45 –
Donna Salazar Designs –
The Twinery –
Authentique Paper –
Glue Arts –

Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap
Laura Denison – Graphic 45
Karen Taylor – Donna Salazar Designs –

Beverly Sizemore – Hampton Art
Kazan Clark  – Spellbinders
Janeen Shember – Authentique Paper
Charlotte Jenkins – Clearsnap
Grace Hester – The Twinery
Nicole Eccles – Graphic45 –
Audrey Pettit – Donna Salazar Designs –
Nan Paturzo – Zutter  –
********  YOU ARE HERE*****   Jeannie DeGruccio – Authentique Paper
Tamara Tripodi – Glue Arts –
Julie Ranae Murray- The Twinery –

If you are hopping along with us today: You should have come here from Nan Paturzo – Zutter

If you did, you are in the right place!

If you aren’t already a follower, we’d love to have you follow the blog!

We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season.
Now because I am one of the designers for Authentique Paper, I want to be sure you know about the giveaway on the Authentique Paper blog.
How does one of the 6×6 Bundles from EACH of our current 7 collections sound?
We’ll even throw in a few other Authentique Paper goodies as well!
{Note: Due to low stock because of the popularity of some of our collections,
we may need to substitute one or more of the 6×6 bundles shown above with a 6×6 Nest from the Free Bird Series at the time of shipment.}

Final details:
Leave a comment on each blog along the hop to be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors (including this great prize pack shown above)! The winners will be chosen randomly from all comments on the manufacturer blogs AND the designer blogs.
{Authentique Paper winner must have a US/Canada address.}Blog comments close on Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM {PST}.


Let’s move on to the Handmade Holiday Project I have made today.
I cut 6 pieces of paper 2 each at the following lengths: 4″ x 4″, 3″ x 3″ and 2″ x 2″. For each square size be sure to use 2 different patterns for each square.

I then needed to cut each square in 1/2″ strips.  I used my Cheery Lynn Designs called Wittle Wicker to save time and get perfect cuts.

I used some removable tape to keep the paper from moving while I cut the strips.

Here you can see all my strips cut and ready to go.

Nest I need to pierce a hole through all the strips on both ends about 1/4″ from the ends.

Here are the pins I am going to use for my projects.

This one pin has a little cap on it, but I need to take it off to start.

I have alternated my paper patterns on the pin, starting with the smallest length first.

This was kind of hard to take a picture of but after you have gotten all the strips for your smallest length on the pin, you need to attach the other end of the strips on the pin.  You need to start with the strip that you first put on and them keep putting the strips on in the order you placed them on the pin to begin with.

Here is what your ball will look like after you get the 1st set of strips on.

You will want to attach a rubber stopper to keep these strips in place.

Repeat the process 2 more times with the other lengths of paper.

Once all the layers are on that you want, you may embellish are desired.

Here are some pictures of my finished ornaments.  Bear with me, the day I got these done and took pictures, my camera died.  In my frenzy to hurry and try to find my battery charger, I left these outside and it started to rain!  Not so great for paper ornaments!!

The ornaments looked great on day 1.  But after their shower, their photo shoot on day 2 left my ornaments looking a little tired, oops!!

I took a bunch of pictures so hopefully you can see that they really are beautiful.

This is such a great idea for you to make with your kids.  Older ones since they are made with pins.

Authentique Paper has a color palette for anyone so chances are you will be able to please anyone on your Christmas list with these ornaments.

I personally love the layered ones since they are so colorful and pleasing.

Here they are, one final look!

I hope you are picking up some great ideas along the hop.

You have a couple more stops…be sure to head on over to

Tamara Tripodi – Glue Arts

Thank you for stopping by and HAPPY HOPPING, you are almost to the end! Give yourself a pat on the back!

Authentique Paper & Unity Stamp Blog Hop

8 Oct

Welcome to the Authentique Paper & Unity Stamp Co. Blog Hop.

If you are hopping along with us today: You should have come here from Eva Dobilas‘ –  blog.

If you did, you are in the right place!  Welcome!
If you aren’t already a follower, I’d love to have you follow my blog!

If you are one of my regular visitors, thanks for coming back!  I love having you!  Please join along in the hop – you can start at Authentique Paper‘s blog.

Here’s the full hop order for today:

Authentique Paper –

Tifany DeGough –

Maria Gurnsey –

Misty Buck –

Lisa Arana –

Cristine Redmond –

Christi Snow –

Brenda Smith –

Eva Dobilas –

***** YOU ARE HERE**** Jeannie DeGruccio –

Lisa Henke –

Natalie Dever –

Unity Stamp Company –


As you hop from blog to blog make sure and comment on every post because there are some fun prizes that Authentique Paper and Unity Stamp Co. are offering.


{*4 total winners*}

From Authentique Paper –

2 prize packs (one each for 2 winners) including a sampling of papers from each of the first 6 Authentique Paper collections and a sampling of the Free Bird Series


From Unity Stamp Company –

2 prize packs (one each for 2 winners) including the complete set of Unity/Authentique co-brand stamps   

To Win:

Participants should leave a comment on each blog along the hop.

(Winner will be chosen randomly from all comments on the manufacturer blogs.)


{Winner must have a US/Canada address}   

Blog Comments Close:

Monday, October 10th @ 11:59pm (Pacific)


Winners Announced:

Wednesday, October 12th (on Authentique Paper blog and Unity Stamp Co. blog)

My Project: 

I used Authentique Paper’s Unity Stamp set called:

You + Me = Bliss

Here is my card.

I used some of the newly released Free Bird Series  papers called: BLUSH

Maker sure that you check out my tutorial on the secret of Authentique Paper here:

Authentique Paper products are double-sided.  I love to utilize both sides and my tutorial will show you how I do it.

For this card, I used 1-ply of the Blush paper and stamped the floral background. I used my sewing machine to attach the paper to the card front.

My next step was that I attached my ribbon and made my slide mount focal point.

I love incorporating Authentique Paper’s logo in to my projects.  It is such a beautiful logo.  I think it always looks lovely when I make it part of my card.

When I got the slide mount just how I wanted it, I attached it to the card front.

This stamp set is just gorgeous.  I had a wonderful time using this set and highly recommend it.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Your next stop will be:

Lisa Henke –

I love comments and would love to have more followers so be sure to become a follower and more important, have fun hoping and I hope you learn some new techniques and get some great crafting ideas!

This has been Jeannie here at The Polka Cabana with today’s post.