Friday, September 30, 2011

What a week!

Busy times for me!  We're coming up on fall break which means that right now it's all about half-days, assemblies and parent-teacher conferences.  Throw in a new DT to choose and you have one busy girl! :)

Our current team has been wonderful and they're still working hard on projects to share with you!  Let's check out one from Ellen to start off this fall Friday!

"I love love to create my own backgrounds with cardstock, stamps and ink!"


Here are a few more with the save the date stamp set
Core'dinations Cardstock
CI button
Twinery Twine
Cosmo Cricket alpha stickers

We have another card by Cassie today for you!  I love the Halloween set and this card is making me think about all the other projects I need to make with it for October!

"I didn't just want to use black, although I struggled not to, haha. I pulled out some navy paper, and gave it a roughed up look by rubbing the ink pad directly onto the paper. For the main panel I used my Copics and my airbrush system to get the same sort of color as the navy paper, and then I embossed the little ghost in white."


Ink: Craft White, Black Soot distress ink
Paper: SU Not Quite Navy, CDS Cottonball White, MME Gertie
Copics: T3, B39, BG75, & airbrush
Accessories: Circle & Labels 11 Nestabilities, white embossing powder, white Liquid Pearls

I hope you're all inspired to get crafty this weekend!  Don't forget that tomorrow is the day that we announce our new monthly challenge (and the winner for this month)!  See you then!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Here they are!

This was not an easy decision to make.  Only six girls?  Hard to narrow down!  We spent a lot of time going over the submissions and checking out blogs and projects, but we finally made our decision and now it's time to announce our next team!

Andrea Budjack

Donna Bowman

Jeannie DeGruccio

Linda Abadie

Jodi Wilton

Kim Sonksen

Head over to their blogs and check them out!  Welcome them to the team!  I know I can't wait to see the projects they make with our stamps.

To all the people that submitted: THANK YOU!  You all did great work and it means a lot that you all wanted to be a part of our team.  We appreciate you all for being fans!

These girls start in November, so keep an eye out for their getting to know you posts and projects that month!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thanks a lot!

You know that I love a cute thank you card, so today's post is a favorite for me!  Check out the fabulous cards from Gladys and Angela that I have to share!

"I have so much fun stamping my own background using the Admission is Free set from gel-a-tins. They have the solid and the outline stamp of the ticket. I started off stamping the solid ticket in the middle and work my way out. Love the subtle look. For the sentiment, I used the many thanks stamp set."


Paper: Aqua mist from pti, bitty dot from pti, webster page ladies collection, echo park from little girl
Ink: versafine onxy black, Snow fresh from pti
Stamps: Admission is free and many thanks from gelatins
Others: edger #1 collection, leafy vine border, turning a new leaf die, twine

I think that background paper made with the ticket stamps is amazing!  Speaking of making background paper with a stamp, Angela has something else to share...

"I love making my own patterned paper using stamps! For this card I inked the card base in Desert Sand and Black ink, using the Many Thanks set."


"I die cut a tag using paper from My Mind's Eye and a Papertrey Ink die, and stamped the sentiment at the bottom, then added a flower from Sassafras. I punched a little scallop strip using My Mind's Eye paper and a punch from EK Success. The black dotted paper is from October Afternoon.
I think the stamped patterned paper really adds emphasis to the sentiment!"

Isn't that the cutest?  I need to go make one for myself!  Don't forget, we still have the Operation Write Home challenge going on and you have a little more time to send in your monthly challenge project!

Tune in tomorrow for our big DT announcement!

Monday, September 26, 2011

More Monday Crafting!

Hello and happy Monday to you all!  We're back with more projects for you and I know you'll be inspired just like I was when I saw these.
Karin is up first with another one of her amazing cards.  She used the Build Your Own Flourish set to make this one and I love the tone on tone look of it!

"There are many fabulous stamps in the "Build a Flourish" set and all of them work so well together - this set has actually become one of my favourites!!! . For this card I used the ornate corner stamp with purple ink on my already patterned paper to bring my card together. Then I used the same ink for decorating my little flower label. I finished with stamping a sentiment from the "Many Thanks" set which is perfect for all different styles of thank you cards!"

Stamps: Gel a tins - "Build a Flourish" and "Many Thanks" , Dies: Spellbinders, Patterned paper; Pion Design + dried flower

Angela has another card to share with us.  I love using stamps for something that's not their original shape.  Making these dimensional scallops with the Build Your Own Paisley- Floral set is a great idea.  This is such a pretty card!

"I've been seeing layered scallops all over the place lately and I wanted to try it using the paisley stamps from the Build Your Own Paisley Floral set. It worked so well! Starting with the bottom layer, I alternated colours and curled up the bottom edge, then trimmed off the excess."



"The thank you sentiment is from the Many Thanks set. I love how this turned out! Almost perfect."

Keep on working on those cards for Operation Write Home challenge and the Monthly Challenge.  I'm loving all the things that you've been making!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

We have another guest designer today!

Today we have Chris Hurley sharing some wonderful projects with us!  Have a seat and we'll learn a little more about her and get inspired by her work.  Take it away Chris!

Hi, my name is Chris. I've been crafting for about as long as I can remember. I have been stamping for about 20 years now. I was hooked the first time I picked up a stamp! I try to get in my studio every day. I spend most of that time making cards and ATC's. I live in Michigan with my 2 dogs, Doodle and Bentley. They are spoiled beyond belief.

Thank you Chris!  Those are such fun cards!

We're getting closer and closer to the end of the month, gelly fans :)  Be sure to check out that monthly challenge and our post about Operation Write Home!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Working for the Weekend!

Are you singing an 80's song now?  Sorry about that :) 

More card cuteness is coming your way today!  Cherie has been working with the Save the Date set this month and every time I see another project I want that set that much more!  Check this one out!

"I love this set; so many different ways to use it. It's even great to use on cards!"
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Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye
Die Cuts: Quickutz Silhouette
Stamp: Gel-a-tins

Karin has been working with the Build Your Own Flourish set.  She has such a gift for making great cards!  I need to lift some of these ideas :)

"Build a Flourish is absolutely wonderful for creating your own patterned paper - I just LOVE it. For this card I used the Faded Jeans ink from Tim Holtz distress inks for the flowers and then went over my flowers with my ink blending tool adding the same color - which I think turned out quite nice. The label/doily is cut with my Silhouette SD and then stamped with a flower from the "Bulid a Flourish" set and a sentiment from Gel-a-tin's great set Happy Days - filled with different and very useful sentiments for birthdays and other celebrations!"

Well that's it for today!  Be sure to check out yesterday's post and learn about our Operation Write Home challenge, and don't forget about the monthly challenge too!  We want to see you win!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Operation Write Home Challenge!

Today we're offering up another challenge that involves making cards for Operation Write Home.  Here's a little bit about them from their website:

Our Mission:
Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.
This merry band of thousands of cardmakers is made up of Americans - and citizens of other nations too - who care about our military, and want to support them through creativity and encouragement. Crafters of all ages and levels of experience have participated since 2007...and are on the way to a landmark one MILLION cards!
Care packages filled with hundreds of handmade cards are sent to our contacts, restocking every 6-8 weeks, and are sent in time for the long journey back home to loved ones. Each box is packed with great care, alternating styles, colors, and cardmakers from all over the USA, creating "eye candy" for heroes who see only khaki around them. The topper on each box is a plastic bag filled with 20-30 letters from adults and children across the country, letters handed out especially to those in need of a positive word from the homefront.

This is such a great cause and we wanted to get involved!  For the next two weeks (until October 6th) we challenge you to make cards for Operation Write Home.  There are some guide lines (check them out first) for your cards, so be sure to follow those.
We have a sketch to inspire you and we're challenging you to make fall-themed cards using this fabulous sketch by Sassy Lil' Sketches!

Dt member Angela made this great card based on the sketch...


"I used the Sweet to the Core set again and the Thanks set, and then I used the Build a Paisley set to "kiss" the pear stamp to get that great pattern on the orange pear. I then covered it with clear crackle paint.
The Thanks sentiment was stamped on twill tape that I had painted with shimmer spray and the button flower was made using one of Cosmo Cricket's enormous "Gluber" glue dots.
The paper is from Pink Paislee."

Here are some samples I made...

I use the Many Thanks set to add a sentiment and used the dragonfly from the Big and Wild Things set on the main paper strip.  I used my Xyron to cover the card in paper and all the patterned papers are by Bo Bunny.
This one was a little fancier, but I was having fun with the sketch :)  The next one is a bit more simple.

I used those same papers by Bo Bunny and my Xyron again, but I added some interest to those die-cut hearts with the flowers from the big and wild things set.  I added some lighter stamps to the paper strip again and a few misted leaves and and some foam adhesive finished this one off.

Want to get involved and enter to win a prize?  Here's what you can do:
1.  Make your cards (using gel-a-tins stamps isn't necessary, but we'd love to see them!)
2.  Take a photo of one and link up here with the Mr. Linky
3.  Send those cards in to Operation Write Home (info is at that link)

We'll choose one of the entries at random and that person will win our great Witchy Poo stamp set and our orange embossing powder!

Like this prize?  Check out all of our other products in our online store!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

We're back to get you through the middle of the week with more inspiration!  Today we have two more cards to share with you.  Let's get to it!

This first card is by Ellen and I love this grey and yellow color combo!

"I love the idea of having wedding cards available since we go to so many and I never seem to have a card. This Save the Date stamp is perfect!  Mix and match the circles to create your own design."

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Save the Date Gel-a-tins stamp
Teresa Collins pearl
Creative Imaginations button
Bazzill Cardstock
Authentique Papers
Prima Flower
AC Pigment Ink

Angela has another card today that she made with the Build Your Own Paisley-Floral set.  I love all the different ways she's been showing this off!


"I went with a monochromatic look for this card, heat embossing the paisley onto a die cut using White On! Gelly powder. I then sponged ink over the embossed image. The background paper is stamped using the same colour ink and the dotted outline paisley stamp from the set."

Be sure to check out our monthly challenge and give it a try!  See you again tomorrow with a challenge and a way to help a great cause!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Good Morning!

Happy Monday to all you gelly girls out there!  I'm back after a busy weekend and can't wait to share today's projects with you all!  First project today is by Gladys...

"I did a ticket for party invitation and love the little wordings at the side. I also made a hat attached to the ticket."


Paper: White stamper from pti
Ink: Jenni bowlin chicken feed, veresamagic red magic, versafine onxy black
Stamp: Admission free from gelatin, banner builder from pti
Other: banner builder die from pti, pom pom

Isn't that adorable?  I love all the color on that project!  Our second project today is another one of mine, and there is no shortage of color on this one either!

A friend gave me a bunch of stamp pads and I had so much fun using some of my favorite cheery colors to make this card.  I love the Put a Cap on It set and I  go through a lot of thank you notes so I thought I'd make one of those with it.  I punched my caps out with a circle punch to keep them all the same size and shape (and to save me a lot of fussy cutting time). 

Patterned paper by Scenic Route
Cardstock by Bazzill
Studs by Imaginisce
Inks by Stampin' Up
Punch by Fiskars
Caps by The Paper Studio
While we go over the DT applications, why not take a little time and do our monthly challenge?  Check it out here for all the info.  We want to see one of our great fans win that set this month!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Last day to apply for the DT!

Today is your last day to apply for our design team!  Here's the info again for those of you that may have missed it.  Good luck!

Today we're announcing our design team tryout for our next term! Here's the info for you:

What we are looking for:

1. Six design team members (international is okay).

2. People willing and able to commit to a six-month term. (November to April)

3. Stamping and embossing skills

4. Paper crafters that can really showcase our products on a variety of types of projects.

5. People with the ability and desire to promote their gel-a-tin projects all over the internet and at their local store.


1. Four projects per month- a mix of projects including layouts altered items and cards, not just four small cards per month.

2. Share all blog posts and projects (as well as hops and other promotions) on your personal blog, Twitter, Facebook and any other forums or sites you belong to.

3. Submitted projects require instructions and description and supply lists for blog posts.

4. Ability to take high-quality project photos.

5. Commitment to an initial webinar for an intro to the company, the owner, and to get to know the details of term. Samples of projects and expectations will be shared.

6. Participate on our DT forum and turn in all projects on time.

7. Ability to really show off gel-a-tin stamps and make them the star of your projects!

8. Ability to commit to a full six month term.

Design Team Member benefits:

1. One stamp set (minimum) per month of term.

2. Other supplies (embossing powders, etc.)

3. Get our new products first!

4. 25% discount on our other stamp sets

5. Special, exclusive stamp sets at the end of the term. One for each month that you met your requirements. (No projects are required from these sets, they are just a bonus for you to keep).

Design Team Tryout Submission Requirements:

1. Three projects showcasing stamping. We would prefer that these not all be the same type of project, but a mix of layouts, altered items and cards. Show off your stamping skills and your style! (these should each be files no larger than 500k and photos are very important! Take pictures that look professional and really show off your projects!)

2. Your name, address and phone number.

3. Bio about yourself: paper crafting history, etc.

4. Why you would like to be on our DT.

5. Links to blog, galleries, forums you participate in, etc.

6. Experience and current positions (no experience is required to make the team).

7. List of any publications your work has been in.

E-mail this info to Jessica at thefollowing address: by September 18. Designers will be announced on September 29.

Friday, September 16, 2011

More new projects and a reminder!

It's Friday!  I'm looking forward to a weekend with temps under 100.  When you live in AZ, it's the little things like that that can make you day :)

This is your final weekend to get in your Design Team application!  Go here for the details and don't forget!

Today we have projects from Angela and Cassie.  Check out these adorable cards!  First up is Cassie.

"This big pumpkin image is great, because it encompasses all of what makes Halloween spooky. I used the Rock 'n Roll technique for the pumpkin. It was first stamped in the lighter orange, and then the edges were rocked and rolled around in the darker orange. The card was topped off with a black rose. . .ooo so spooky, hehe."


Ink: SU Pumpkin Spice, SU Tangerine Tango, SU Crumb Cake, and Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: BG Hello Luscious
Accessories: black felt & black ribbon, orange button, staples, sponge, MFT Rolled Rose Die

Angela has been working with the Build Your Own Paisley set this month and has made some amazing cards.  Check this one out!

"I loved the idea of making the paisley shapes into the petals of a flower. I stamped several in two shades of aqua (Baja Breeze by Stampin' Up!), stamping off on a scrap paper to get the lighter shade. I then masked the petals and stamped the leaves using a Christmas tree stamp from the Oh Christmas Tree set!"



"A pretty button and a sentiment (from the Many Thanks set) stamped on a die cut tag finish off the card!"

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

You can do so much with a stamp!

Today we've got two projects that show you two very different ways you can use our stamp sets!  First up is Cherie with her sweet layout that uses the Save the Date set for her embellishment.   I just love that set!

"I stamped the numbered circle, then I stamped the line circle inside and then the date inside of that! I cut it out and added it to my page as a main focus embellishment."

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Core'dinations
Patterned Paper & Stickers: Echo Park
Stamps: Gel-a-tins
Ink: Stampin' Up!

This card is by Jessica.  Using a patterned paper with a monochromatic background and adding a solid stamp to it makes for a great look for a layered card or layout!

"I started with this one by stamping the different stamps from the Shifting Gears set all over the background paper.  Some of them I left looking a little rough, I think it adds to the mechanical, masculine look of the card.  Once I added that paper to my base, I misted some chipboard gears and added them to the card with foam adhesive.  With an ink around the edge and a sentiment, I was done and I love it!"

Paper: Imaginisce
Card base: Canvas Corp.
Sentiment: Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Staz-On and Ranger
Gears: Unique Pages
Adhesive: Xyron

Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Funday!

Good morning to all you gelly fans out there!  I hope everyone got to enjoy their weekend.  Mine was great!  Lots of work and fun on Saturday and lots of relaxing on Sunday.  Please be sure to check out our Monthly Challenge for this month and our DT call that's going on right now.  You have until the 18th to get your DT entry in and you have until the 30th for the challenge.  Don't miss out!

Today I have another one of my cards to share with you!  I have been a card-making fool lately and I think I'm starting to enjoy it!  If you know me, you know that I struggle with cards.  Trying to make them pretty while also keeping them flat enough that you can still mail them can be hard, but I'm getting better at it :)  For this one I used the You're So Tweet set.  I spent a fair amount of time fussy cutting the birds, but that's only because I don't plan.  I just make a bunch of stuff and decide what I want to do with it.  So, after layering with different thicknesses of foam adhesive, I have a card with a lot of dimension that should be totally safe to send off to a friend (while still being cute!).

Materials Used:
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket
Stamps: gel-a-tins You're So Tweet
Ink: Staz-On and Ranger
Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels
Distress Stickles by Ranger

Karin is a master card maker.  I love her work and this card is no exception!

"For this card I've used stamps from Build a Flourish for the background and the stamps from this beautiful set are just perfect for that. To get a more vintagey touch to this "homemade" pattered paper I used my inkblender and Tea Dye Cham Ink. Ribbon from Reprint and the sentiment is from another great Gel-a-tin set: Happy Days."

Ink from Tim Holtz/Ranger's Distress inks; Peeled paint and Victorian Velvet

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September Guest DT -- Becki Donovan-Hosmer

Happy Saturday!  I hope you're enjoying your weekend.  We've got some adorable projects from this month's guest DT member, Becki, but let's get to know her a little better first...

"Hi! My name is Becki and I live in Lafayette, Louisiana. Lafayette is in the heart of Cajun Country, and although I am not originally from here, it is definitely home now. I have only been scrapbooking about a year and a half, but I am what you would call a scrapbook junkie! God blessed me with my wonderful husband, Russ, who encourages my creative endeavors. I scrapbook to preserve moments that might otherwise be forgotten in time. My handsome husband and four spoiled rotten dogs are often the focus of my creations. Perhaps one day Russ and I will be blessed with a little one, but until then I am graced with friends who have beautiful children that just have to be scrapped!"

Now let's check out those projects!  Becky worked with our Happy Thanksgiving set and she has some great work to share!

Thank you so much for all your hard work, Becki! 

I hope you're inspired and can find some time to craft this weekend!  Have a great day!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Cards!

It's finally Friday, gelly fans!  I'm looking forward to a calm (and hopefully slightly cooler) weekend for us.  I plan on doing some creating and I even get to have a girl's night on Saturday!  Woohoo!

Today's projects are by Karin and Gladys and I know you'll love them!  Let's see what Karin has for us first...

"For August I got the "Build a Flourish" to work with, and when I first saw it I have to admit I wondered how I was to make 4 cards from it - but wow- when I started using it I fell head over heels in LOVE with it. The stamps are so beautiful and useful I know this will be one of my favorite sets! It is fabulous for backgrounds and for adding that extra touch to labels and just beautiful to add to patterned paper."

For this card I've used stamps from Gel a tins sets; Build a Flourish and Many Thanks. Paper from K and Company and the label is Spellbinders.

Gladys has a card to share that she made with the Admission is Free set!
"This is another card using admission is free. Using 3 tickets and stamped Happy birthday to you!"

Paper: plum pudding, kraft cardstock and 2008 bitty dot basic
Stamp: admission is free from gelatins
Ink: vintage sepia and satin red from versafine, danube blue from memento
Other: buttons and rattan string pink and purple

There's still plenty of time to get your entry in for the Monthly Challenge!  We're also still accepting appications for our DT until Sept 18.  Check out the call here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday cards!

Hello again!  Today was have cards by Cassie and Ellen to share with you.  Be sure to read through our other recent posts.  We have the Design Team call still going on and you have a chance to win a stamp set again this month with our monthly challenge (not to mention that you'll want to check out any projects you may have missed).
First up today is Cassie!

"It's hard to believe that October is right around the corner! The bats in this set are so cute, and I really wanted to highlight them. I used scraps of 4 different designer papers, each from a different collection to make my back panel. They were glued down to another lightweight paper so that I could stamp and emboss each bat."


Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: SU Sahara Sand, CC Mitten Weather, MME Gertie & Mabel, CC Social Club
Accessories: black embossing powder, dimensionals

Now it's time for Ellen's project, this sweet pink card.


Core'dinations Cardstock
Stampin' up! Ink
misc. Ribbon
PTI die for the window

Save the Date Gel-a-tins stamp
*I also used the Beary Much stamp sent for the sentiment*

Monday, September 5, 2011

Save the Date and Build Your own Paisley!

It's a happy holiday Monday here in the states, but I hope that you're having a great day no matter where you are!  We have more great projects for you today, but before we get to that I want to remind you that we have a design team call going on until September 18th.  Get those entries in!  Just go here for directions.  Good luck!
Cherie is up first today with an adorable layout that was embellished with our Save the Date stamp set. 

"I love these date stamps. I can see them working their way onto many of my scrapbook pages."


Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
Die Cuts: Jillibean Soup
Stamps: Gel-a-tins
Ink: Stampin' Up!
Chipboard: Fancy Pants
Letter Stickers: Lily Bee, Jillibean Soup, Sassafras Lass
Sticker Accent: My Mind's Eye

This thank you card was made by Angela.  She used the Build Your Own Paisley-Floral set to make this one stand out!


"This thank you card was fun to make and very classic looking - paisley is such a classic pattern. Here I was thinking of autumn colours of cranberry, navy and gold. I used the Many Thanks set for the sentiment."

Saturday, September 3, 2011

September Monthly Challenge

Helly again, gelly fans!  I'm back with our Monthly Challenge for September!

This month's challenge is a color combo challenge.  Check out my sample:

I used a light blue, pink, light green and pale yellow on this one.  This was made with our Butterflies are Free set.  I colored the images in with coordinating markers for the challenge.  I used the Many Thanks set for the sentiment.  Added a few pearls and some ink and I love how cheery it is!

So, that's your challenge for this month!  Use your gel-a-tin stamps to make a project that uses these colors!  Link up here using the widget below and at the end of the month we'll choose a random entry and that person will win our Sheltering Tree stamp set!

Good luck, gelly fans!  I can't wait to see your work!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fun Friday projects!

Hello again!  It's finally Friday and we want to send you off for your weekend with some more card inspiration!

I (Jessica) made this first card.  I got this Big and Wild Things set and this was exactly the kind of project I thought it would be perfect for!  The first thing I did was stamp three of the images onto some canvas I got at Michael's.  I used three different greens for a natural, watercolor kind of look.  I trimmed the canvas down and backed it with some green cardstock.  I sewed around the edge with my machine and then inked and attached it to a kraft cardstock card base by Canvas Corp.  The butterflies were punched from craft and I stamped on them with another of the stamps from this set to add some pattern to them.  They got some brown Stickles around the edges to add a little more detail.  The sentiment just got attached to come more card stock and then the card (with foam dots this time). 

I really like the way this turned out!  I am going to have to use this set a lot more, especially on some layouts.

Supplies Used:
Canvas Corp Card
Bazzill cardstock
gel-a-tin stamps: Big and Wild Things
Ink by Ranger and Close to My Heart
Sentiment from Joann's
Stickles by Ranger
Xyron Adhesives

Ellen made this cute card (and I think any boy would be excited to get it)!

"I love the tiny circles in this Save the Date Gel-a-tins stamp! I used it to accent the bling on this card."
Core'dinations Cardstock
Stampin' up! Ink
misc burlap
gel-a-tins stamps
want2scrap bling
Teresa Collins tag