Ginadapooh

Designer
Hi! I’m Gina and I have loved Winnie the Pooh for as long as I can remember, the book is one that I always keep near. Some of my favorite people in the world call me Auntie Gina, and they are the ones who I started making cards for, and still do a lot of the time. I live with my husband and my dog in beautiful Portland, Oregon. I have MS and utilize making cards as a form of therapy. I love reading and going on adventurers with my husband and our nieces & nephews.

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From My Blog

First coffee

First coffee

I love this card!  I keep imagining a quaint little coffee shop with this being the scene outside in the morning.  What a great place to visit, especially if it were your birthday!  I have to admit that I borrowed a technique for the balloons from a recent blog hop and I can’t remember who to credit with the amazing idea, but they are just cut out of card stock and then covered in Ranger Glossy Accents which gives them that balloon-like quality.  I used DMC Diamant Metallic Needlework Thread for my strings.  The kitty is My Favorite Things Cool Cat, and I painted him with a mix of Tim Holtz Distress Pumice Stone, and Hickory Smoke.

Paper trimmers

Paper trimmers

I first started making cards from kits and had no idea what I was doing, with that it took me a while to realize that I really needed a paper trimmer.  My first trimmer was the most basic one that I could find at Michael’s, it lasted me a couple of months before I realized it just wasn’t going to do what I needed when I started trying to make Christmas cards.  That is when I purchased my Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer, which I love and still use on a regular basis except for one small thing.  I find it gets really inaccurate on cuts over 3 inches.  For me, that was a problem because I like to cut my own cards out of cardstock I also pre-cut my cardstock into 4 x 5.5 pieces so they are ready to go.  I needed a better trimmer for handling larger cut jobs and spent a long time looking.  I decided on the CARL Professional Rotary Paper Trimmer, which I adore.  There is one small problem though and it is the reason that I still have the Fiskars as well, it is no good at anything under about 2 inches.  Honestly, having two trimmers that do a great job at what they do instead of having one trimmer that does an Ok job of most things is perfect for me.  Especially saying I still haven’t gotten into the other things that I utilize to cut paper on a regular basis…

Party pinata

Party pinata

This was a card that brought back memories of when my niece was little and wanted a pinata at every party!  I used Lawn Fawn’s Year Seven stamp and coordinating lawn cuts.  I then used Tim Holtz Distress Mowed Lawn, Wild Honey, Festive Berries, and Faded Jeans to watercolor the pinata and stamp the candy.  I used My Favorite Things SURF AND TURF Die-Namics in order to cut the channel for my pinata to move back and forth. There is a little video so that you can see how the pinata moves back and forth!

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I sell my hand-crafted creations on my Etsy store, where you’ll find greeting cards for just about any occasion. I also take special-orders if you need something special. Take a look at my portfolio for other ideas, or contact me and let me know what I can create for you.

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