College Dorm Packing List

If you are anything like me, you are a little overwhelmed by the though of sending off your baby to college. What do they need? What do you have to buy in the next few months to prepare them for the big MOVE IN day!

The first time we dropped off my oldest at college it was a whirlwind of emotions and stress. We had put everything in the giant van, but when we arrived there was a crew of people at the school that took everything from the vehicle! It was wonderful to not have to schlep boxes and bags up 4 flights of stairs, but they ended up putting everything in the room and we had no idea where to start unpacking. I quickly realized I had forgotten quite a few items too! We wasted several hours because we were unorganized and not sure what to unpack first. I quickly jotted down some ideas of how I could improve for child number 2!

I knew I needed to pack more efficiently and divide things up into like boxes! I quickly came up with a packing list divided up into 7 boxes. I recommend printing them all off and getting 7 large totes, labeling them 1-7 and putting the list on top of the box when you are done checking off each item. Now some things can easily be mailed via amazon right to the dorm room a few days into their stay, but some stuff is pretty necessary day one!

SEVEN BOX PACKING LIST

Fast forward to child 2 – we had everything much better organized. The bed was lofted up pretty high, so we ended up buying a three step foldable ladder which worked really well! Child #2 also had an issue with the mattress slipping so she purchased STRAPS to hold the sheets to the mattress but put it through the metal frame so the whole thing would not slip! The mini fridge fit under the bed, the cubes and grey/teal baskets were a Target purchase! I ordered XL mattress protector and the xl twin sheets online on Amazon! The fan was great because there was no AC in the dorms! Even in Syracuse the weather can be hot in August! The clear totes under her bed were what we divided the stuff into and we took a few of them home empty so that she had lots of space!

The surge protector is a must have – it gives you many more outlets and some even come with a Multiple USB port option for phones!

A few more tips from my mom friends:

Kathie said: a lanyard for keys and ID holder, and a tile tracker for keys and backpack! Great idea Kathie! She also suggested Marshall’s tote bags for loading and unloading if you don’t want to buy plastic tote bins!

Sue used a rolling desk supply case for all the school supplies and taped it shut for easy transport!

My daughter Vicky put all her clothes for in the closet on hangers and popped them in a large garbage bag and put the hangers through the top of the bag. Cinch the bag closed with hangers sticking out and then simply hang on rod when you arrive at school and pull the bag off!

Hope this helps all you moms & dads that are overwhelmed! Now go enjoy your summer!

Even More Graduation Parties

Today there are three graduation parties so I had to whip up some more cards! I love having For the grad on my craft desk this time of year to make personalized cards for these kids!

My first card uses a kraft base with the random dots stencil on the background. I created a tag and distressed with with chocolate ink, stamped with some of the images from the set and the 2019 from Emily’s Cale Toppers set. I wanted a masculine card for Nate, and even though Shen is green, Nate’s favorite color is orange, so I used a hint of orange ribbon with the twill.

Fun idea: use a hint of their favorite color on the card

Next card uses the same background stencil, but I went with green this time to make it look like confetti! I stamped the grad caps All over the background to make it look like they were being tossed in the air! Strip of the same color in card stock with congratulations in black ink! I love this font so much!

Fun idea: customizable cards in school colors are so simple with this set

This last card is also Shen Green! I used a white cap (since that is what the girls wear) and created a focal point with the double circle! Here’s a secret… i stamped it off center so I chopped off a bit of the side of the card to make the circle in the center! Waste not, want not!

Fun idea: use the double circle for a great focal point

Stay tuned for more graduation cards this summer season! this is my graduate this year- Sophie💙💚 is off to high school

Sixty Second Grad Cards, plus envelopes

If you are anything like me, you have amazing intentions and limited time! I am constantly in a battle between making my own creations and not giving myself the right amount of time to create that perfect card! Today is no exception! We have 12 graduation parties in the next month and two this afternoon! I ran down into my craft area to customize some cards for children of friends!

I turned to my Gina K set For The Grad which is so simple to use for these sixty second cards. I used my Misti to place the sentiment and the grad cap exactly where I wanted them in position on the card and even stamping this multiple times to ensure perfect coverage, it still only took a few seconds to create the final product! I added a simple dot to the top of the cap with a line to connect the tassel and I still had time to customize a matching envelope! Throw in a gift card or check and voila, you’re done!

Gina K. Designs Card Kit & Illustrator Blog Hop June 2019 Day 2

The second day of the blog hop features so much stuff you are going to go crazy! I am hoping that by using this card it will warm Upstate New York, which has been freezing lately!

Ocean Minded Card Kit!

Whimsical Wildflower Frame – Hannah Schroepfer
Fun Idea: Use alcohol inks to make an “under the sea” background

This card features the sentiment and the wave stamp from the card kit. I thought it looked like coral on this background! The sentiment is stamped in Gina K. black amalgam ink.

Fun Idea: Create a fun summer background with watercolors

I used some watercolor paints to create a fun background. The base is a sweet corn A2 card. Images stamped in Gina K. black amalgam ink.

Fun Idea: Sing Zac Brown Band’s Toes in the Water while looking at this card!

This super quick card features the footprints and the sentiment, which totally reminds me of a Zac Brown Song (Toes in the water). The Gina K. ink for the footprints is Sandy Beach and the sentiment is Charcoal Brown.

Fun Idea: Try your best to create a watercolor background that looks like a wave

This A2 Sea Glass background has a watercolor main image. The sentiment is from the Ocean Minded Card kit. The sentiment was stamped with Gina K. black amalgam ink.

Fun Idea: Use the Mermaid Scales stencil to create the perfect background for mermaid cards

This card uses the Mermaid Scales stencil with (LCBB) using Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea and Blue Lagoon. Vicky Mermaid works perfect with this stenciled background! The sentiment from the card kit is stamped in white ink on black card stock. I used a few tear drop gems using connect glue.

Fun Idea: add sequins to create a little bling next to your sentiment

This card features more alcohol ink backgrounds. Hannah’s set had a variety of sentiments which work so well alone with pretty backgrounds. A trifecta of sequins makes the gold leaf on the alcohol ink really pop.

Fun Idea: Frame your sentiment on the top and bottom with the floral images.

This card is an A2 Dusty Rose base with a layer of Gina K. White layering card stock. I stamped the images and colored with copic markers.

Check out all the amazing projects:

(comment to be eligible for a $50 Gift Certificate from Gina K. Designs)

  • Gina (to access the whole list)
  • Hannah (Illustrator of Whimsical Wildflower Frame)
  • Arjita <- You are coming from here
  • Beth <- You are here
  • Cat <- Now head here!

Gina K. Designs Card Kit and Illustrator Blog Hop June 2019: Day One

Today is day one of the June 2019 Gina K. Designs Card Kit and Illustrator Blog Hop. There will be so many cards featured over the next two days! Be sure to stop back tomorrow!

Timeless Beauty – Alicia Krupsky
Have Faith – Emily Loggans
Fun Idea: Add some sparkle to the perfume bottle to make it look crystalized!

This card is a 4.25 square, stamped with Gina K. black amalgam ink. I used some copic markers to fill the bottle and added some stickles glitter glue on the bottle to make it appear crystal.

Fun Idea: Use alcohol inks and a gold leaf pen for a one-of-a-kind background.

This card was created with alcohol inks and a gold leaf pen! I paper pieced the lipstick from the Timeless Beauty set and added Sparkle and Shine from the Sunshine Mini Set.

Fun Idea: Mix and match sets to expand your collection to endless possible combinations

I used the Gina K. leafy stencil with some skeleton leaves ink with the butterfly from Elegant Asters with Gina K. black amalgam ink. I used the sentiment from Emily’s set. The butterfly is colored with copics.

Fun idea: use a stencil to create endless background possibilities!

This kraft card base used kraft ink and the stenciled with the Sun Spots stencil using LCBB. The sentiment is from Emily’s new set, using black ink. I used a few strips of black card stock to complete the card.

Fun Idea: Pop up your images with foam squares to make them float off the card

This card uses the Gina K. leafy stencil with Gina K. whisper ink. The sentiment is in black and the Elegant Asters butterfly colored with copic markers.

Fun Idea: Create tons of backgrounds using alcohol inks and metallic pens

This final card uses a background image which I created using alcohol inks and a gold leaf pen! I stamped the sentiment from Emily’s set in the middle of the card and then added some of the background on the top and bottom, framing the sentiment. I added that Elegant Asters  butterfly which I colored with blues and purples (copics).

To be eligible for a $50 gift certificate to Gina K. Designs, simply leave comment on all the blogs. A winner will be chosen and posted on the 14th of June on Gina’s Blog:

(If you want to continue hopping, just click on Cat’s blog)

Stamping Friends Trifecta Blog Hop!

Today is the Stamping Friends Trifecta blog hop with the amazing My Sweet Petunia, Picket Fence Studios and Gina K. Designs. You are going to be amazed at the beautiful creations by all the artists involved in this hop!

Today’s project was created with Picket Fence Studio’s Life Changing Blender Brushes along with the Random Dots stencil. I used Gina K. inks with the medium brush (third from left in photo)

Life Changing Blender Brushes (LCBB) are made of thousands of plastic hairs that pick up but NOT absorb ink. You can blend softly by holding onto the handle, blend medium by holding the head of the brush, or complete coverage by flattening the bristles. Super fun & life changing (to stampers)! These brushes can be used with any water-based ink that doesn’t cause the brush to become stiff. Please don’t ruin them by using them with acrylic paint or Glitz Gel because of glitter.

Brushes can easily be washed with either brush cleaner or mild soap and water if they get super dirty, but you can simply swirl the brushes on a scrap paper to clean between uses. Baby wipes work well too! Let them dry naturally, don’t heat them with a blow dryer or heat tool! That can ruin them too!

Fun Idea: Use glitter, glitter pens or stickles glitter glue to add some sparkle to the center of your flowers!

For the first card, I started by using Gina K. Designs jelly bean green ink with light pressure and then firmer pressure in the middle of the card. On the left I used some asparagus ink to make it even deeper. Love the way the background turned out! I used a scrap piece of Gina K. white card stock and stamped the leaves and flowers from Elegant Asters with Gina K. black amalgam ink. The flowers and leaves were colored with spectrum noir markers, trimmed and then attached with a foam square. I added some glitter to the center of the flowers for a little sparkle!

Using the Misti allows for the precise alignment of the sentiment to the background! I do want to mention a new Misti tool called the Cut Align which a great tool for stampers. It allows for you to cut images without your paper trimmer with precise measurement!

Fun Idea: Use a variety of ink pads with your stencils to create a multi-color ombre background

This second card is super fun! I created it while wearing my favorite t-shirt from Target! Did you need to know that? No! But if you love coffee, you will love this shirt!

instagram photo by life_after_kids_. View on Instagram.
My stamping shirt! Super soft (available at Target)

I love coffee and two years ago switched to a french press, so the Good to the Last Drop stencil made me squeal with delight when it arrived in my hands! It made for a perfect background…the colors spoke to me – it looks like a summer sunrise! I got this effect using this variety of yellows and pinks from Gina’s ink collection (Lemon drop, sweet corn, sweet mango along with Passionate Pink and Bubblegum pink). Its very therapeutic to blend with the (LCBB)! I have to admit I am a sloppy stamper. The Misti is a great tool for me. I can’t begin to count the number of cards which I have ruined because of an errant sentiment. Did that ever happen to you? You’re finishing up the card with the sentiment, you don’t stamp hard enough or ink up the image enough and you think, “Oh….I can fix this!” You attempt to line up the image again, but the caffeine jitters take over and “oooofffff” the image looks double stamped! The Misti tool allowed me to go back and re-stamp the sentiment as black and perfect as I want it to be! I stamped the sentiment three times to cover every little imperfection! I finished off the card with a couple of gems from my bauble bucket! What do you think? Leave me some feedback! ❤

HOP DETAILS:

The Hop Starts with Gina and continues with designers from all three companies. As a bonus to you, the three companies participating will be giving away a $50 gift card to their stores, randomly drawn from the comments at each stop on the hop. So three gift cards total! Winners will be announced on the company blogs no later than June 7th. 

Gina K. Designs Card Kit & Illustrator Blog Hop April 2019: Day 2

Thank you for stopping back for day 2 of the Blog Hop! Today we are featuring Elegant Asters card kit and Lisa’s Hugs & Wildflowers set. Big shout out to my dad on his birthday! I love you dad!

The stamp Tv kit this month has some great images mixed with dies and a wonderful color combo of papers! Check it out!

kit available April 16, 2019

fun idea: combine bright colors with the same image and add your sentiment in the corner!


fun idea: color your images with alcohol markers and add some gems to make the card sparkle!

fun idea: add some bakers twine to make your flowers pop!
Lisa’s new set Hugs & Wildflowers is available 4/16/19

fun idea: stamp the outline in black and add color with the solid images

fun idea: give your card a watercolor look with blending markers. Add a fun sentiment, like this from the mini stamp set: smile


fun idea: repeat the images to make a flower cluster. Mix up your sentiment colors!
Fun Idea: Make an easter or spring card with the new Spring Joy stamp set! Send it to a friend who still lives in an area where they are getting snow! (ie. Wisconsin, Illinois & Minnesota)

fun idea: use the new smile die that coordinates with the mini set: Smile to create a cute little card to go with flowers for the grad’s big day!

That is all I created for the two day hop! I think there were 25 projects! What was your favorite project this release?

Peaceful Florals Incentive set: free with $75 purchase

Stop By The Blogs and leave a comment to be eligible for a $50 Gift Certificate (for Gina K. Designs). Winner will be drawn on Friday and will be announced on Gina’s Blog!


Gina K. – Elegant Aster Card Kit

Lisa Hetrick – Hugs and Wildflowers

Beth Silaika

Cathy Tidwell

Donna Idlet

Emily Loggans

Hannah Schroepfer

Karen Hightower 

Melanie Muenchinger

Mindy Eggen

Rema DeLeeuw

Sheri Gilson

Susie Moore