Friday, October 30, 2009

Guest Designer: Linda Payne

If you thought you couldn't use a LOT of black on a Christmas card..think again!
This stunning card was created by Linda Payne using Gina K Pure Luxury Black Onyx, White and Good as Gold Cardstock and the Festive Frame set, with the frame embossed in gold detail powder. She cut out the middle to leave a white opening for her greeting and layered cut white poinsettias over the images. The it needs gold, gold and more gold to make it super festive! Gold Glimmer Mist for sparkle, Copic Y28 Lionet Gold over the veins in the petals and gold adhesive dots to the flower centers. Ooh aah!! Magnificent design, Linda!!

Here is a little more about this feisty and talented crafter... :)

FAVORITE TECHNIQUE: hard to pick - but would chose any type of coloring and paper piecing...but love learning new techniques

COLORS/COLOR COMBO: love blues and browns, but use a lot of black with everything! actually, I love all colors but I think matting with black just makes them pop!

FAVORITE GINA K SET BY MELANIE: this is easy...Inspiration Mosaic...mine has its own block it stays on. There isn't a stamp that won't work with it!! All my stamps I work with, end up being stamped at some point with the IM stamp! Can't imagine that by now everyone doesn't own it!!!

FAVORITE GINA K SETS (FROM ANY ILLUSTRATOR: now this is tough....hmmmmmm, outside of the IM stamp, would say ....Gina K's Tree Silhouettes, Take Flight, Thanks a Million and Tropical Flowers, Theresa's A Very Merry Christmas.....actually, I could keep going!

CRAFT SUPPLIES I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: my ATG, scor-pal mini tape, Cuttlebug, Nesties, Stickles, decorative scissors...I'm thinking I need it all.. LOL

I’VE BEEN STAMPING FOR (HOW LONG): about 8 years, played at first and then started spending serious money...started selling cards on Ebay and was a SU demo. Started blogging in January and then seriously in June.

I GET MY INSPIRATION FROM: absolutely everything! nature, clothing, weather, music ...and I love blog surfing!

THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT STAMPING/CARDMAKING ARE: to enjoy it, don't take yourself seriously, and the joy is in the giving!

SOME OF MY STAMPING/CRAFTING GOALS ARE: become a DT member for GinaK !!! well, realistically...teach card making at a LSS (when you teach, you learn) and have an income through my cardmaking so I can keep it up when I retire.

FAVORITE THING TO MAKE THAT AREN’T CARDS: post-it note holders and stamping candles!

SOME OF MY STAMPING/CRAFTING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I am very blessed through my blog with the friends made there and at StampTV (that's been the best), being chosen for Center Stage at GinaK and a DT member for Creative Vision and Melanie's guest designer!!!

Please go see more festive and fabulous projects from Linda here. Have a great weekend!


  1. Ohhh I love it. Nice job, Linda!!! I actually LOVE black Christmas cards. I bought some years ago for our company and my dad about freaked until he saw them. Then he was good. LOL

  2. You sure can pick 'em, Mel! Linda has designed a beautiful card! I actually made my first black Christmas card this past week (embossed with silver) and loved the final outcome!

  3. Just stunning! Linda knows how to work a card!!!
    She is just as sweet IRL as what you see in blog land...actually she is sweeter :o) You made a perfect choice for this month's Guest Designer. Congrats Linda, we all think you are just so creative and are inspired by each and every creation.

  4. I bought this set today. Can't get to ink it up! Keep those samples coming!

  5. wow! this card is GORGEOUS, I nearly thought it was your creation before I saw the post title! wow, great job Linda! I think I will have to CASE this


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