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Added by Sue VanDeVusse on October 4, 2011 at 8:15am — No Comments

CSS Alumni Sketch Blog Hop

I feel so honored to be a part of this super talented group of ladies! Don't miss any of the team's blogs, they will be full of wonderful inspiration.

The CSS Alumni were challenged to create a card or project using the sketch below.

You should have arrived here from the very talented Sharri Seffen's blog:…


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on October 8, 2010 at 10:00pm — 19 Comments

CSS Alumni Color Challenge Blog Hop

The CSS Alumni have been challenged once again, this time it is a color challenge. You should have arrived here at the final destination from Shannon's Blog:

We are to use the colors red, orange and brown, with white or ivory as a neutral.

The trees from Theresa…


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on September 10, 2010 at 9:30pm — 24 Comments

CSS Alumni Sketch Challenge Blog Hop

The CSS Alumni has a Sketch Challenge based on this sketch:

This is the last stop on this hop and you should have arrived here from Sharri Seffens blog:


I changed it up a little by placing the…


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on August 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — 27 Comments

Showcasing Melanie's Sets

Tonight Melanie Muenchinger has several designing friends sharing samples they created using some of their favorite sets from Melanie, take a look!

Brenda Turner

Carla Suto…


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on August 1, 2010 at 10:00pm — 16 Comments

Summer Memories

Gina has a challenge to create something that reflects one of our favorite summer memories.


One of my favorite memories is from when I was little, my kids will tell you that I am still little! My dad worked for a railroad and every summer they would bring out the old passenger cars that had been refurbished and treat the employees and their families with an excursion trip. We would board in our hometown and then travel to the northern end of the line, spend a little time…


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on June 17, 2010 at 4:26am — 5 Comments

Thank You to Melanie

This has been such a fantastic experience being able to work with Melanie. I have so much to thank her for. First of all for this wonderful opportunity and second, because of Melanie, I have made a new friend right here in Bad Axe! Her name is Cindy and I had the priviledge to meet her about a week ago. She reads Melanie's blog faithfully and she recoginized my name because she knows my husband. Cindy, if you are reading this, I think that we are going to have a long and…


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on May 11, 2010 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

More Gifts from the Sea

Melanie is such a talented artist. Her stamp illustrations and her designs are amazing!

Whenever I see this set it makes me think of textures. I am constantly looking at items that could be repurposed for a card. I love to check out the aisles at our local dollar store for such treasures. On my last trip there I found a beach bag and some laundry bags that fit what I was looking for.

This card was…


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on May 3, 2010 at 10:00pm — 12 Comments

Gifts from the Sea

I am still loving Gifts from the Sea by Melanie Muenchinger! The images are just so perfect for CAS cards or more elaborate designs. This is a great set for both feminine and masculine cards.

Tonight I chose to show a CAS design using a single sand dollar.

Stamps: Gina K Gifts from the Sea illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger

ink: Versamark and Memento Rich…


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on April 27, 2010 at 7:13am — 1 Comment

Melanie's Gifts from the Sea

I was thrilled and honored that Melanie Muenchinger had asked me to be her Guest Designer for this month using her newest release Gifts from the Sea. This set has amazing, realistic images of sea related items: numerous shells, coral, starfish and wonderful sentiments.

The inspiration for this card comes from a picture that we have hanging in our pool bathroom that is decorated with shells.…


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on April 22, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

CSS BBQ/Picnic Recipe Hop


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on April 15, 2010 at 10:00pm — 15 Comments

Design Team Illustrator Hop and Challenge

This month's Illustrator's Challenge and Design Team Search had the following requirements:

Challenge: Choose your favorite children's book and make a project inspired by the book. Include a photo of book along with why you chose it and how it inspired your project.
  • Requirement: use any of our March Release stamp sets:…

Added by Sue VanDeVusse on April 9, 2010 at 4:23pm — No Comments

CSS Alumni Inspiration Blog Hop

Feelings of Hope…


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on February 18, 2010 at 10:00pm — 20 Comments

Tami's Happy Hearts Blog Hop

I just received Happy Hearts illustrated by Tami Mayberry in the mail yesterday and I couldn't wait to ink it up. I think I am going to get a lot of use out of this set.

I've made 2 cards already with it. Both cards are very quick to put together.

This one uses 2 of the larger hearts from the set and the large scalloped heart punch. Added red gel pen dots to the scallops. The bow was made with my Bow Easy. The checked heart was stamped on pink cs and… Continue

Added by Sue VanDeVusse on January 22, 2010 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

CSS Inspiration Blog Hop

It's time for another GinaK CenterStage Spotlight Team Blog Hop!
Each artist was asked to design their project by drawing inspiration from these photos of the AMAZING Christmas Cookie Bouquet the CSS Team sent to Gina's DT Coordinator Jessica Fick:…


Added by Sue VanDeVusse on January 13, 2010 at 10:00am — 19 Comments

Melanie Hop 2

Still celebrating Melanie's 2 years and 25 sets! I just recently received Tech Talk and has been used many times already.

Here is the outside:

But, the inside is the best part, using Melanie's desk template:

Stamps: GKD Tech Talk and for the little picture inside: Vintage Borders and Calendar Bits and Pieces

ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich… Continue

Added by Sue VanDeVusse on January 3, 2010 at 6:04am — 6 Comments

Melanie Hop

Congratulations to Melanie for designing 25 sets and 2 years! Melanie's stamps are all fantastic and I have a hard time picking which is my favorite. I decided on A Year of Flowers!

The roses and leaves were stamped, then colored and cut out. All coloring was done with markers. The vase is a giga oval punch with each end trimmed off, then sponged with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. The Distressed Stripes CB piece was received… Continue

Added by Sue VanDeVusse on January 1, 2010 at 12:14pm — 11 Comments

December Customer Blog Hop

This last Gina K release was amazing! I was fortunate enough to win 2 stamp sets from the release challenges and I chose Tech Talk and Life Is Good.

Tech talk by Melanie is so great for kids and adults. I made a birthday card for my niece using this set. Striped dp was used for the wallpaper and I had to hang a little mirror on the wall. On the desk I stamped the little dog from Winter Friends in the frame. The computer, mouse and picture frame were… Continue

Added by Sue VanDeVusse on December 21, 2009 at 9:47pm — 13 Comments

Christmas Treat Recipe Hop

Several members of the Center Stage Spotlight Team have joined together to share a special Christmas Treat Recipe Blog Hop event with everyone tonight! They have whipped up some treats in their kitchens and their stamp rooms over the past few weeks so we could compile our very… Continue

Added by Sue VanDeVusse on December 10, 2009 at 10:00pm — 19 Comments

Past & Present CSS DT Challenge Hop

Jessica has issued us another challenge, to stamp and color an image on dp.

My first card uses Gina K Winter Friends. The snowman is stamped on light blue polka dot dp then colored with markers and a white gel pen. I added twinkling H2Os over the white gel pen for some shimmer. He is layered on navy cs and then onto a light blue rectangle Nestie. The holly on his hat is colored with Sakura Stardust glitter pens.

And… Continue

Added by Sue VanDeVusse on November 27, 2009 at 10:00pm — 17 Comments


Gina's Favorites from Amazon

Technique Archives

Vintage Chic Kit

Introduction Project

Border Bling

Shimmer Card

Distressed Letterpress


Springtime Silhouettes Kit

Detail Image Thumping

Doily Card

Shadow Stamping

Watercolor Spritz

Wax Paper Focal Image

Embossed Marble 

Lattice Background

Negative Stamping

Perfect Pearls and Glitter Pens 


Sent with Love Kit

Adding Shine with Glaze

Distressed Embossed Patterned Paper

Double Embossing

Weathered Wood 

Tag Die Frames

Paper Scraps

Parisian Embossed Background

Pastel Pencil Background

Rubber Band Emboss

Victorian Distress


Winter Wonderland Kit
3-D Focal Image
Metallic Edge
Metallic Embellishment
Raised Frame Card
Partial Embossing w/Cuttlebug
Creating a Corner Bow

Autumn Splendor Kit
Bleached Leaves
Clean/Simple Scor-Buddy
Distressed Stripes
Emerging Leaves
Gatefold w/ a Twist
Masked Pumpkin
Scalloped Oval Card
Sunflower Resist
Simple Copic Coloring 1
Simple Copic Coloring 2

Christmas in July

Project 1
Project 2

Project 3
Project 4

Enjoy the Sunshine Kit
Cropped Circles
Decorative Edge/Scor-Buddy
Distressed Linen Butterflies
Distressed Newsprint
Flocked Background Part 1
Flocked Background Part 2
Distress/Scored Masculine card part 1
Distress/Scored Masculine Card Part 2
Layering Labels Dies
Recessed Diamond Background
Happy Fish Card/Copics
Reverse Nestabilities
Tent Topper Card

May 20102 Release ideas
Botanical Resist
Hope Grows Butterflies
Tag Dies as a Decorative Element

Using with Cuttlebug

March Preview and
Spring Mix Kit Projects

Adding a Glittered Border
Asian Inspired Card
Borders with Nestabilities
Coloring Tiger Lilies
Flower Gift Basket 1
Flower Gift Basket 2
Gatefold Cards/Scor-pal
Nestabilitie/Beyond Border
Paper Piercing w/Sewing Machine
Paper Quilting
Setting Eyelets with Pen

Organize it! Projects
Decorative Edge w/Scor-pal
Embossed background/Scor-pal
Gift Card Holder 1 (Masculine)
Gift Card Holder 2 (Masculine)Journal and Pen Set 1
Journal and Pen Set 2
Kitchen Counter Organizer 1
Kitchen Counter Organizer 2
Kitchen Counter Organizer 3
Kitchen Counter Organizer 4
Little Black Book Part 1
Little Black Book Part 2
Memory Keeper Part 1
Memory Keeper Part 2
Organize it Card Sketch
Password Keeper Part 1 Password Keeper Part 2

Holiday Projects
Box of Gift Cards Part 1
Box of Gift Cards Part 2
Decorative Box part 1
Decorative Box part 2
Decorative Box part 3
Gift Card Holder Part 1
Gift Card Holder Part 2
Nugget Pillow Box Part 1
Nugget Pillow Box Part 2
Stamping on Candles Part 1
Stamping on Candles Part 2
Tone on Tone Card
Trio of Trees Card

Making a Calendar
Calendar Bits&Pieces 1
Calendar Bits&Pieces 2


Adding Glaze with Glaze pens
Adding Glitter -Stardust Pens
Baby Wipes as an Inkpad
Baby wipes Background
Background using Marbles
Bleach as a Coloring Tool
Bleach as an Ink Pad
Bleached Polished Stone
Colored Pencils/OMS Part-1
Colored Pencils/OMS Part-2
Crayon Resist
Cracked Glass
Cuttlebug Embossing (partial)
Cuttlebugged Wax Paper
Drop Shadow
Embellished Flowers
Emboss Resist Style 1
Emboss Resist Style 2
Embossed Foil
Envelopes- 4/25" Square
Faux Snake Skin
Faux Window Part 1
Faux Window Part 2
Flourish Punch Embellishment
Heat Embossing
Inking a Cuttlebug Folder
Joseph's Coat
Kissed Flowers Part 1
Kissed Flowers Part 2
Lining your Envelopes
Nestabilities/Cuttlebug 1
Nestabilities/Cuttlebug 2
Nestabilities/Embossing Only
Paper Piecing
Patterned Embossing
Polished Stone
Poppin' Pastels
Precision Inking w/Markers
Pullin' Pastels
Rubber Band Background
Shaker Cards Part 1
Shaker Cards Part 2
Shaving Cream
Shimmering Background Paper
Sky Background
Smackin' Acetate
Soot Stamping
Split Negative
Tone on Tone Embossing
Trimming your stamps
Thumping with Markers
Watercolor Spritz
Wax Paper Background

Assorted Projects
Tile Coasters
Clear Box Gift Box- part 1
Clear Box Gift Box- part 2
Embellished Flowers Card
Floral Thank You
Woodgrained Get Well Card

Sewing on Cards
Janome Sew-mini setup
Janome Sew-mini- bobbin and threading 1
Janome Sew-mini- threading 2
Janome Sew-mini stitching

How to use it!
Background Stamps
The Bow Easy
Chalk Enhancer
Crystal Lacquer
Easy Set Eyelet Setter
Metallic Rub-on Paste
Making Cheater's Bows
Colored Glitter
Liquid Applique
Paper piercing Templates
Magnetic Snaps 1
Magnetic Snaps 2

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