Mazel Tov

Genevieve had a very special Bat Mitzvah to attend today so I created this card using watercolor paper and Lisa’s Your Wings set. The butterfly was stamped with black ink and then colored with watercolors. I used some stickles glitter glue on the wings! Such a sweet sentiment for Anna’s coming of age in her faith. Card mounted on innocent pink Gina K card stock.

Gina K. Designs Card Kit & Illustrator Blog Hop July 2019: Day Two

Today’s hop features the new card kit: Pop Art Flowers along with Hannah’s Main Squeeze stamp set. There is a ton to share/show today!

Pop Art Flowers Card Kit

Hannah’s Main Squeeze stamp set
Fun Idea: Use stencils to create the perfect coordinating background strips

This card is a lemon drop base with some fun paper strips. I used the random dot stencil and the new diagonal stripe stencil to create these two strips of paper. One with peach bellini ink and one with key lime ink. The lime, grapefruit and lemon were stamped on the die cuts, then attached atop the strips of paper. I stamped the sentiment in black ink.

Fun idea: stamp some berries on the card and stamp some on dies to give card dimension.

This card features the strawberries from the set. I stamped some directly on the card base and then I added one die cut one. I used two small strips of black polka dot paper to enhance the card.

Fun Idea: Make your own patterned paper using stencils and Gina K Inks

I used the diagonal striped stencil with pink passion ink to create the striped layer and some black and white polka dot paper to layer underneath the flowers. Bubblegum pink and pink passion flowers with a few little innocent pink and sweet corn flowers thrown in. Each has a dot of glitter gel in the middle.

Fun Idea: Use the new electro pop colors to make beautiful bright flowers

Check out all these amazing colors. I used poppin pink, potent purple and blaring blue to make the flowers pop off the card! Aren’t they perfect with that sentiment?

Fun Idea: Use non traditional colors for a unique look

This card uses the leaf from the pop art flowers kit. You don’t need to layer the leaves to create a unique design. This is a sympathy card which also uses the the sentiment from the new incentive set called Layered Eucalyptus.

Incentive set: Layered Eucalyptus
Fun Idea: Mix and match your inks to create endless ideas with flowers/leaves

This card uses the leaves from the set (and the sentiment from the incentive set). Unfortunately there have been many funerals this summer so I needed to make several sympathy cards.

Fun Idea: Layer your main image to create a framed look

This card uses the new incentive set: Layered Eucalptus. I used the stitched oval die and layered it on the card base. The stamp layers were Soft sky, stormy day and moonlit fog.

Fun idea: use multiple color inks and a stencil to create a one of a kind card

This final card uses the new Funky Flourish stencil. The sentiment is from one of the sets in the card kit! I used the blender brushes with pink passion, bubblegum pink, and powder blue inks. Sentiment is stamped in black ink.

The full hop list is on Gina’s blog! You should have come from Donna’s Blog. I am the last blog on the hop! If you leave a comment on all the blog’s today you are in the running for a $50 gift certificate for Gina K. Designs store! Winner will be announced on Gina’s blog on August 2.

Gina K. Designs Card Kit & Illustrator Blog Hop July 2019: Day One

There is so much to squeeze in these next two days! There are multiple new sets and a new card kit!

Today will feature sets from Melanie, myself and Lisa! These new sets are incredible! Here are the sets (and for the first time ever, mine comes with a coordinating die!)

Melanie’s Perfect Pallets
Beth’s Beautiful Balloons (coordinating die available!)
Lisa’s Your Wings
Fun idea: create a wood fence card

This card features Melanie’s set. I used a dark chocolate base and stamped the images in dark chocolate. I colored them with copic markers to give them a weathered look! Each board was trimmed and attached to the base. The smaller board is perfect to go across the fence. I added the hearts and sentiment! So cute!

Fun Idea: Use a light color ink to create a fun background

This card uses skeleton leaves ink to create the background. I used powder blue and christmas pink inks for the flowers/leaves.

Next up is my new set, Beautiful Balloons, which has a coordinating die. I am so happy with how this set came out. I love the mix and match fonts and the variety of balloons.

Fun idea: Use Melanie’s set to create a background in fun colors

This first card is on a dusty rose base with dusty rose ink! The balloons were die cut and then stamped with lovely lavendar, dusty rose and blue lagoon inks. I added a few gems to add a little sparkle.

Fun Idea: Use the balloon outline and color the balloons with copics!

This card uses the balloon stamp layered (using a post it note) on a Gina K. Designs white base. The card was colored with copic markers. Super Simple to create! The balloons could be colored for baby showers (pink or blue), graduation cards (school colors) or birthdays! The possibilities are endless.

Fun Idea: Use designer paper or scraps of alcohol inked paper for fun balloons

The balloons on this card were on a piece of glossy paper that I colored with green and blue alcohol inks. I die cut the balloons and then stamped with black ink. Sentiments were mix and match from the set too!

Fun Idea: Use some liquid pixie dust to make the wings sparkle

This new set by Lisa is so beautiful! I loved creating this butterfly using some of the alcohol ink scraps from my stash. I added some liquid pixie dust to the wings for some added sparkle. The body of the butterfly was trimmed and then I added some glitter glue to it. The sentiment was stamped in black ink.

Fun Idea: Keep your card simple using one layer

This second card uses a turquoise sea base which pairs so nicely with Gina K. Black ink. I stamped the butterfly and some additional images from the set in the wings. Finally, the other sentiment in the set makes for a wonderful inspirational card. I love the simple look of the black and turquoise together.

For a full list of the blog hop participants, start with Gina‘ Blog!

You should have come from Melanie’s Blog and now you should head to Lisa’s Blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by – if you would love to be entered in the drawing for a $50 Gina K. Designs certificate, leave a comment on all the blogs participating today! Winner will be announced on Friday August 2.

Hero Arts/Gina K. Designs Friendship Blooms set

I am super excited to be able to share this beautiful new stamp set which is a collaboration with Hero Arts and Gina K. Designs. I created a few cards to share how beautiful this set is!

Fun Idea: Color directly on kraft card stock for a unique look
Fun Idea: Add some sparkling gems for a pretty detail on your creation!

What do you think? The new stamp set is going to be available today:

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Gina K. Designs & Inkon3 Collaboration Blog Hop

Welcome to the Gina K. Designs & Inkon3 Collaboration Blog hop! I have a bundle of fun (fundle) to show you! I created some super cute cards with products from both companies!

Inkon3 Bad & Boujee stamp set
Inkon3 Bad and Boujee coordinating die set

Gina K. Designs Vibrant Blooms stamp
Fun Idea: Use a strip of designer paper on your card to break up the white space

This first card uses an A2 white card with a strip of black polka dot paper. It uses cherry red ink for the lips and black amalgam ink for the sentiments.

Fun Idea: Channel your inner James Charles for a fun take on lipstick

I made this super cute card with the rainbow lipstick for a family friend! He loves makeup and making people beautiful, so I thought this would help him channel his inner James Charles! The kisses die cut was covered in this amazing stuff called liquid pixie dust! It is something that you can use a little or a lot of. I chose a lot! HA HA! I painted it on the die cut with a paint brush.

Fun idea: Add some liquid pixie dust to the perfume bottle and diamonds

This was my daughters favorite of the three I made with the Bad and Boujee set. The perfume bottle and big diamond are die cut, colored and covered with liquid pixie dust (and popped up with foam dots). The smaller diamonds are stamped right on the A2 card.

Now on to Vibrant Blooms! I had a bunch of thank you notes to make for the teachers this year and this set proved to be a lifesaver! I love the thank you sentiment. It is the perfect size and the elegant font is delightful!

Fun Idea: Create a background on glossy paper with alcohol inks and cut into strips for one-of-a-kind cards

This card uses a strip of glossy paper which I cut into 4.25×5.5 pieces. I made a huge background and then cut it into smaller strips for multiple cards. Once the alcohol ink was completely dried, I stamped the flowers with the flower from Vibrant Blooms in black amalgam ink. Then I added some liquid pixie dust all over the glossy strip! Oh boy does it shimmer. The sentiment is stamped in black amalgam ink!

I made this background with alcohol ink and the leaf bunch from Vibrant Blooms. This time I stamped the sentiment on the glossy paper as well. I added a little liquid pixie dust to make it sparkle.

Fun Idea: stamp the images on a post it note so you can layer the flowers and leaves.

I stamped the flowers on the cards in layers by using a post it note to cover the flowers and give it some depth. I colored the images in copic markers and then stamped the sentiment. Super easy card and the flowers are fun to color!

That is my contribution for the blog hop! I hope you liked them. If you want to play along to win one of the $50 gift cards, leave a comment on my blog (and all the other blogs). Which card was your favorite?

Here is the Hop: Full blog list on Gina and Fleurette‘s blogs…and now

you came from Karen’s blog and now head off to

Donna’s blog

Gina K Designs and Inkon3 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Gina K. Designs and Inkon3 Blog Hop. We are featuring a few stamp sets: Vibrant Blooms from Gina K. and Bad & Boujee From Inkon3.

This first Inkon3 creation uses the lips and sentiments from the set. I used cherry red ink and a strip of designer paper. You could easily replicate this paper using a polkadot stamp or a white gel pen and black card stock! Super simple design!

Fun Idea – use a strip of designer paper to give your project a pop of polka dots!

This card uses several ink colors for the lipstick: cherry red, tangerine twist, applemint, blue raspberry, applemint, and lovely lavender. The die is coated with Liquid pixie dust. I used a fine tip paint brush to spread it all over the die cut.

Fun Idea: Channel your inner James Charles for a rainbow of fun lipsticks!

This final card with the set uses the die cuts for the perfume and gem. I stamped the images with black ink and colored with copics. I stamped the smaller gems right to the card. I colored those with copics as well. Finally I adhered the die cuts to the card with foam dots. I added a gem to the perfume bottle, but only after spreading liquid pixie dust all over the diamonds and middle square of the perfume label.

Fun idea: add some gems and liquid pixie dust to your project to make them sparkle and shine

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!


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!