Saturday, October 25, 2008

Showcase Saturday

Today I would like to introduce you to Gina M. Here's what she has to say.....

Let's see.... a little about myself..... I'm a happily married mom of 3 boys. My oldest - Declan- is 10 and in fifth grade. His favorite subject is recess. I have 5 yo twin boys - Finnbar and Aedan. Finn has red hair, is shy, very adorable smile and nature. Aedan is brunette, outgoing, intelligent, catches on quickly to new things and can be a little devilish. They are in kindergarten. I work fulltime as an RN managing a stress lab. We do all the treadmill testing on heart patients. I love my job! SU is a hobby for me right now. I'd love to do it part time....but not enough hours in a day! I sell my cards to friends and at work to try to pay for my hobby (addiction). My children love to stamp and create cards with me. I give them scraps, stamped images that I don't need and they design their own cards. My husband, Michael is a stay at home dad. He was home with Declan until he was 3 and went to daycare. Then, he worked nights fulltime and took college classes during the day. After the twins were born, we continued working opposite shifts for the first year. Once they became mobile, he quit his job and has stayed home with them since. I am amazed at his energy and patience with the kids. I know that I could never be a stay at home mom. I would miss the adult conversations too much. We live in a 100 yo farmhouse that needs constant renovations, so we are always in the midst of a project or 2 or 3! We have 2 cats- Henry and Tober (13 yo), 2 dogs- Daisy (11 yo pomeranian and Jackson(1 1/2 yo black lab -HYPER, HYPER, HYPER), and the kids each have their own fishtanks. We have a very full house! Declan still tries to convince me that he needs a bird!
I have always enjoyed crafts. Growing up, I did cross stitch, macrame, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, and hand quilting. After Declan was born, I started scrapbooking and then found rubber stamping! I became a demonstrater for the discount and have been for almost 2 years. I went to my first convention this year and stayed at the Diva house. Wow, I am amazed by the wonderful women that are Divas. The support and concern for each and everyone is amazing. Convention, now that was one of the best experiences of my life. Just seeing all the people swapping and cheering and hanging out in lines together and all the classes and workshops, the boards full of stamped items, the give-aways, to see all the happiness and smiling faces everyday....what if the rest of the world could be like that!!!
SU is a great place to be and being part of such a caring and gifted group of people like the Divas just keeps me going each and every day!

Stamp Sets: Window Dressing, Occassions Collection
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, More Mustard, Haiku DSP, Watercolor Paper

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Black Stazon
Accessories: So Saffron Brad, Linen thread, Wide Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Blender Pen, Crafter's Tool Kit

Stamp Set: Upsy Daisy
Paper: Pacific Point, Naturals White, Bashful Blue, Bashful Blue DSP
Ink: Bashful Blue, Pacific Point
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Crafter's Tool Kit, Bashful Blue striped Grosgrain ribbon, Filigree Designer brads, Boho Blossoms Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
Rock n roll technigue on stamped image. Sentiment edge sponged in bashful blue and paper pierced under 'you're'. Sentiment and flower attached with dimensionals.

Stamp Set: Live Like You Mean It
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Chocoate Chip and Bella Rose DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch
All edges sponged with pink pirouette.

Stamp Set: Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Kiwi Kiss (textured and regular), Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware-silver, Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

Stamp Set: Nursery Neccesities
Paper: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Kiwi Kiss (textured and regular), Urban Garden DSP, Naturals White
Ink: Baja Breeze, VersaMark
Accessories: Sticky Cut letters, Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Fine Cosmo Glitter, Clip Assortment, Big Shot, Naturely Serif die, Stampin' Dimensionals
Sails VersaMarked and cut out. Dimensionals behind sailboat pieces.

Stamp Set: Say it with Scallops
Paper: Old Olive, So Saffron, More Mustard, Whisper White, Haiku DSP
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Scallop Rectangle Punch, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon

Thank you for sharing with us, Gina.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Alicia :)


carolm said...

gina, your work is gorgeous.

love your boys' names. very irish!!!

xox ~ carol.

Carpenter's said...


Your cards are great, thanks for sharing.