Thursday, June 30, 2011

Meet Design Team member Natalie!

My name is Natalie Dever, stay at home mom to four mostly adorable children- whose faces occupy the majority of my scrapbook pages. I started scrapbooking soon after my oldest child was born (17 years ago!); I was invited to a Creative Memories workshop and was immediately hooked! I was introduced to D.O.T.S. (now Close to My Heart) about a year later and have been stamping ever since. I love doing anything paper and ink related from scrapbooking to cards to tags and gift it all!
I am a ‘reality’ TV junkie and almost NEVER miss an episode of Survivor. I am addicted to diet coke and taco pizza and I am always ready to read a good vampire love story.
I am so excited to be working with Gel-a-tins stamps!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Meet Design Team member Karin!

My name is Karin Åkesdotter and I'm from Gothenburg, Sweden where I live with my dear husband Mikael and our sweet son Ted (2½). I have been doing arts and crafts, sewing, drawing, painting, papercrafting etc. etc. for as long as I can remember - driving my mum crazy with new projects every day! So it was no surprise that I chose that path for my career and studied arts and crafts with a focus on textiles for 5 years at the University of Gothenburg and have now been teaching textile crafts/needle work (it's a compulsory subject here) to 7-9th graders for 15 years ( 0-: - time flies).

I bought my first clear stamp set (Wroom from Gel-a-tins!!!) a few years ago and it was love at first "try" but it was not until August last year that I began blogging about my papercrafting. It all started when I saw a cute little altered birdhouse at our local scrapbooking store and went home to see if I could find a template on the internet. I hit different sites about bloghops, challenges, color cues etc. and a new world opened up to me and I have been completely addicted ever since. I am very excited to be a part of the Gel-aTins design team and thrilled to be working with such a talented group of designers.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Meet Design Team member Gladys!


Hello… My name is Gladys Chia and I am from Sunny Singapore. I have known the scrapbooking industry in year 2008 through my elder sister. Loving all the beautiful things – papers, ribbons, stickers, flowers. I used to hoard them because they are soooo pretty to use them! Ha! I started to create a few pages of layout and find them too large for me to fill up the space of 12 x 12 pages. That’s why I start from card making and there goes my crafting journey. I love to create my own handmade stuff whenever I am free. Its has been a very fun and interesting journey. I am loving each and every part of the process in creating my own art. I love travelling, shopping, reading, watching movies and having fun!! I can’t wait to start this wonderful journey to show you what I can create.


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Monday, June 27, 2011

Meet Design Team member Ellen!

I am so excited to be part of the Gel-a-Tins Design Team. I have been scrapbooking for almost six years now. It started out as a stamping hobby and then just naturally progressed into paper crafting in general. I love to create cards, layouts, mini albums and altered projects and find myself creating almost every day. I stamp on virtually every project, I cannot get enough of it! My days and nights are spent with my two boys, Owen and Henry, and my awesome husband, Brian. We also have two dogs, Max & Chase and you will see all of these guys as subject matter in my projects. They are such an inspiration to me! By day I work in Social Media and Marketing and also teach Business Classes at a local community college. I am so lucky that I found a way to combine my love of creating with paper and a full time job. Other than that, we travel a lot, love to wine taste, watch the Phillies, and hangout out with family and friends.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Meet Design Team member Cherie!


My name is Cherie Nymeyer. I live in SW Ontario with my husband and son. When not scrapbooking, I work as a Payroll Administrator for one of the largest grocery store chains in Canada. I've been scrapbooking for almost 8 years; just after I got married. I remember getting my wedding photos and thinking, there has to be something better then just sticking them in an album and putting them on a shelf. A co-worker showed me her scrapbook album and I was smitten with the craft immediately. I love working on multi photo single page layouts and usually find a way to incorporate a stamp into every page! I submit regularly to scrapbook magazines and have had my layouts and cards in most of the magazines on the newsstand. I've been very fortunate to work with many great design teams and count myself extremely fortunate to be designing for Gel-a-tins. I've been a fan of Gel-a-tins Stamps from the day they came on the market and I hope I can inspire you through stamping!



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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Meet Design Team member Cassie!

We missed Cassie's birthday at the beginning of the month, so be sure to leave her some belated birthday wishes in the comments!

I am a stay-at-home homeschooling mom to two great kids, and the wife to a military man. We currently live in Columbus, GA, but I from Nebraska where I was born and raised. I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. . .GO HUSKERS! I started stamping when I was 11, when my mother introduced it to me and my sister. We started out making our own Christmas gift tags and embossing them over our electric stove. I loved that and the memories were so great. I picked it all back up when my second child, my daughter, was only a few months old. I needed something that was just for me, so I did it for fun when I had time. I entered the world of blogging only a couple of years ago, and am so thankful that I did because I have met some wonderful people and it has really helped my style to grow! While I did scrap when my kids were little, I just don't do it anymore. I'm all cards now, and I would say that I am primarily a Clean and Simple gal. Although I've been known to dabble in the more intricate as well :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Meet Design Team member Angela!


I'm 34 years old and my most important attributes are being an artist, a wife, and a mother of three children. I started stamping half a lifetime ago (literally!) when I got into stamping at the age of 17, after receiving a letter from a friend who had stamped and heat embossed an image on her letter. I didn't even know what it was called, but I was determined to find out and learn how to do it!
I'm also a watercolour painter and so I do something creative every single day. Art is a huge part of my life. I was thrilled to be one of the winners of Paper Crafts magazine's Stamping Royalty 2011 competition recently - it was a big encouragement to me to continue following my creative instincts. I'd say my style is funky vintage - I love colour and layers and stamping appears in almost all of my paper projects. This year I combined three blogs into one web site, and you can see my paintings, papercraft projects and personal musings on that site,
I am blessed to live in the north - northern British Columbia - and despite enduring 6+ months of winter, I love our rural lifestyle and beautiful rugged country. I home school my children, ages 5, 7 and 8, and work very part time at home doing graphic design, freelance writing, and art, of course! I also have a bit of a unique background since my parents are missionaries and I spent my teenage years living in the tropical jungles of Papua New Guinea, in a remote tribal village.
Being on the gel-a-tins design team has been so fun so far! I love the variety of stamp sets and the fun scented embossing powders and I can't wait to see the new lines BonBon will be unveiling this year!



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Thursday, June 23, 2011

More ideas for you!

Tomorrow we're going to start getting to know the gel-a-tins Design Team a little better, but today we have a card and a layout for you!

This sweet baby card is by Karin.  She used three different stamps from the Elephant Garden set to fit that baby theme and it's just lovely in purple!

This fab layout is by Angela. 

"I made one more project using the Spin Cycle stamp set - it is a great basic set for backgrounds, accents and more! I did this page on kraft cardstock, and then stamped the circles in navy and desert sand inks. I applied rub ons to the centers of some of the circles which worked really well!

The Spin Cycle circles are already distressed, a look that I love - and even more so when ink doesn't quite transfer onto the page in spots - it looks intentional!  I will be using the Spin Cycle set a lot - there is just so much you can do with it!"

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

We are Family!

Today's first project is this layout by Ellen.  She used the We Are Family set to stamp her title right on her page.  How cute is that?

I love these cards by Cassie.  She used the Butterflies Are Free set and colored the stamps in with markers to get a very different look on each card.  The white cardstock matted with black really makes those stamps pop!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: CDS Cottonball White, Night Eclipse, Sweet Pea, Still Waters, Cherry Go Round, Bee Pollen
Copics: B29, B06, B02, R29, R24, R20, YR14, YR21, YR20, G17, G14, G12
Accessories: Square Nestabilities

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pink Elephants!

Today I want to start off by thanking you for being a fan!  Last night we hit our first fan goal of 250 on Facebook.  It's so great to see that number rising and I hope that you're finding a lot of inspiration both on Facebook and here on the blog.  Keep suggesting our page to your friends because we'll keep giving away prizes as we get more fans!  You'll also want to be sure to keep your eyes peeled for information about our next big give away that's coming soon!

More beautiful cards today!  There are so many ways you can use gel-a-tins stamps, keep reading to see a couple more...
Sharm used the Many Thanks set to make this thank you card.  Add in some punches and fussy cutting and you have a treat that will let someone special know how much you appreciate them.

Materials Used : American Crafts Cardstock, Gel-a-tins Many Thanks Stamp Set, Basic Grey Patterned Paper, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punches, Ranger Distress Inks, Basic Grey Blings, Pink Paislee Ticket, Ek Success Border Punch

And now, it's time for those pink elephants!  This card by Karin is so sweet that it would put a smile on the face of anyone lucky enough to get it.  She used the Elephant Garden set, the Happy Days set and different shades of pink to make this project.

Monday, June 20, 2011

We Will Rock You!

Today we have a fabulous layout by Ellen and an awesome card from Angela! 
First, the layout by Ellen  She used the We Are Family stamp set to add some accents to her page.  Aren't they cute?

This card by Angela really grabs your attention.  She used Spin Cycle and the colors really pop!

"I think this set is so versatile! In the card above I used a star sticker for the center and the sentiment is a rub-on from Cosmo Cricket." -Angela

Please keep the new fans coming over on our Facebook page!  We have some great stuff in store for you next month, and you won't want to miss it!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

More Thank Yous!

First off, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday!  Whether you're spending time with your dad, or another important person in your life, Happy Father's Day!

I think that thank you cards are probably what I find myself needing most often around here.  I love the gel-a-tins Many Thanks stamp set and all the different ways you can use it to thank those you care about for all the things they do for you!

This thank you card is by Gladys She used the Many Thanks set and I love the way it looks on this card!

Gladys says, "This card used the Many Thanks block. I wanted to create a chalk board feel, I decided to heat emboss with White On gelly powder which really give the feel that I like."

This sweet card is by Sharm. 

"I decided to go on a one colour theme this time for my card ;) it's a simple one featuring the Many Thanks stamp set."

This cool card is by Cassie!  She got such a neat effect with the Butterflies are Free stamps and the Teal You What gelly powder, and that burgundy with the teal is such a pretty color combo.

Ink: Gold, Versamark
Paper: CDS Cottonball White & Tropical Mist, SU Melon Mambo
Accessories: Gold ribbon, Teal You What Gelly Powder, Scallop Border Punch, Tiny Bubbles Embossing Folder, Prima flower

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Celebrate with gel-a-tins!

Today we have three more beautiful cards to inspire you! 

The first is by Natalie.  She used the Happy Days set for this card.  Using two inks and layering the words really makes those stamps pop!

What do you get when you add bright papers, bright inks and bling to your gel-a-tins?  This fabulous card by Cassie.  She used three of the different stamps from the Butterflies are Free set and the look is summery and perfect!

Ink: SU Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Real Red
Paper: Alphabet Soup MME, unknown orange
Accessories: blue ribbon, pink rhinestones

This card was made by DT member Angela.  She used the Spin Cycle set to make that gorgeous background paper.  Using a  monochromatic color scheme makes for such a pretty card!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Happy Days!

Check out this great distressed card by Sheree!  She used the Happy Days stamp set for the greeting, and backing it with card stock that matches the ink really grabs your attention.

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Now, just look at this beautiful card by Gladys. Her greeting was made with one of the stamps from the Many Thanks set.  Stamped, cut out and made into a tag, it looks adorable tied to the front of the card with baker's twine.  She embellished the card by using a stamp from the Put a Cap On It stamp set to make a flower that she backed with layers of doilies.  What a great idea!

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Thursday, June 16, 2011


Who doesn't love getting a beautiful hand made card?  The two we're sharing today would make anyone happy to open their mail box!

This card by Ellen would be great to congratulate a friend on a new house or to announce your new address.  She used the gel-a-tins We Are Family set to make this, and it's just one of many ways you could use such a versatile stamp set!

Design Team member Natalie made this adorable Happy Birthday card using the Admission is Free set and Crate Paper.  This card is such a cheery way to wish a friend a great day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hot Diggity Dog!

Our first project today is this adorable layout by Sheree.  She used the very fun Hot Diggity Dog stamp set to make this layout.  Those popcorn stamps make the cutest background paper!


We also have this beautiful card by Cassie.  She used the Butterflies are Free stamp set as well as the gel-a-tins Teal You What gelly powder to create a card that really grabs your attention.

Ink: Versamark, SU Close to Cocoa
Paper: MME Good Times, CDS Cottonball White
Accessories: Gel-a-tins Teal You What embossing gelly powder, MFT Rolled Rose Flower Die-namics, teal pearls, distresser, sponge, SU leaf punch, corner chomper

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