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! ❤


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

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

There are so many fabulous goodies I have to show you that I will be brief with my descriptions and just show you all the projects. This is a 2 day blog hop, so be sure to stop by and check out everything tomorrow too!

Melanie’s new set: Puppies Galore is so fun to play with! I have two dogs: Percy & Max who are full of mischief! Percy likes to dig in the yard and Max gets upset when they both get in trouble!

Percy & Max getting into trouble
fun idea: give your pooch some muddy paws like Percy….
Edelweiss & Mindaugas with Karen, November. 97

Todd & I had two dalmatian’s when we first got married. They were great dogs, they just shed a LOT! People loved coming up and petting them!

fun idea: make your mark on the background with the paw print stamp!

There is nothing worse than losing a fur-baby! Unfortunately, I had to make a card for a friend who lost their dog recently. This card uses the paw from Melanie’s set along with the die cut from the new mini set: Hugs and the stamp from the same set.

fun idea: add some dirt to your card with a fine tip marker
Puppies Galore: Available 4/16/19

My newest set: For the Grad was created because I am in that time in my life where either I have someone graduating, moving up or getting ready to make a life changing move and I had no set which really fit the bill for my stamping needs. Last year I had a 5th grader moving up, an 8th grader moving up and a high school graduate. This year my two nieces graduate from high school and Sophie moves up from 8th grade. We are hosting Emmy & Riley’s party so I had to come up with some ideas for table decorations as well! I needed a good stamp set, so I created one! What I love about it is that it coordinates well with my All Star stamp set! There are great sentiments that work for graduations, new jobs, birthdays, even final’s week … and as a bonus: there is confetti! Warning: there are MANY ideas here – be prepared to be overwhelmed! Also, I used green a lot because those are our school colors!

My idea for table decorations for a grad party, made a vintage tag with kraft paper, sponged with dark chocolate ink. Stamped fern image and “Class of 2019” in dark chocolate ink. Choose the grad’s school colors or their favorite color!
Mason Jar candle holder for the party. Sponged tag with “Class of 2019” stamped in dark chocolate ink. White rope tied in a knot around the mason jar, yellow ginham ribbon on tag and jar.
fun idea: add a gem in their school color to the mortar board or stamp the cap in their school colors!
fun idea: let the grad know what you really think using a mixture of the fun sentiments!
fun idea: make the diploma stand out by embossing it! Use school colors for the sentiments!

fun idea: use other stamp sets in your collection to make your grad card even more eye pleasing. Here I used the stars from All star!
fun idea: make a card for a high school senior getting ready to make their final choice…May 1 is the deadline to put down your deposit! Once again, I used All Star to make the card even more fun!

fun idea: use stencils to make clouds in the sky and sprinkle glitter on them to make them shimmer. Here is used the clouds from Nature’s Elements to make the clouds. I stamped the sentiment in a different color to make it stand out!
fun fact: everyone likes confetti except for the people who have to clean it up! Using three stamps and a sentiment, I created this cute card – maybe for a new job, a promotion or someone heading off to the military (try a red/blue color combo on a white card). Add some sparkle gems for extra bling!
fun fact: using the All Star set, the possibilities are endless with a variety of color combinations and the fun sentiments in the For the Grad set! Always add bling for extra special sparkle!

fun idea: Using the numbers from Emily’s Cake Toppers set, I was able to emphasize the year. To give it some extra umph I used a fine tip marker to add dots to the green numbers.
fun idea: create star confetti with the small solid star cluster in All Star to create a cute background using your school colors! The banner is easily trimmed out and can be mounted with dimensional dots.
fun idea: use sequins to make your card sparkle! Adhere easily with Gina K. connect glue for precise placement!

Gosh! That was a LOT of cards and projects! I hope that you liked them. I love to hear your favorite project – so let me know in the comments! Puppies Galore & For The Grad are available now at Gina K. Designs! Also, as with all the amazing blog hops with the Gina K. Design team, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate….simply comment on all the blogs and one winner will be selected (and announced on Gina’s Blog on Friday, April 19).

Here is the blog hop list: Follow along and leave some love!

Gina K. Designs February 2019 Release Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the February 2019 Release Blog Hop. Today we are featuring Hannah’s set To The Moon & Back/Wonderful World.  This set is really fun to play with and color!  I made this card and my daughter Bella LOVED it!  I mounted the colored image on grass green card stock!


I used the sentiment and the banner to create this valentine for Todd! I added some c00 grey for the banner to give it some depth!


This is a pre-folded watercolor paper base card.  I used some blues and purples to look like the night sky. I stamped the constellation images in white ink. The sentiment is stamped in black ink.


This is a great set with coordinating dies.  It is so much fun!

If you leave a comment on the blogs during the hop, you are eligible for a $50 gift certificate for Gina K. Designs!


Gina K. 

Hannah (Illustrator of To The Moon & Back/Wonderful World )


Beth (you are here)











Gina K. Designs February 2019 New Release Blog Hop Day 1

Today we are featuring sets from Gina K. (Crafty Notes) and Emily (Cake Toppers)!

The card which I made with Gina’s new set is stamped on white shimmery paper and colored with copic markers. The base is pink passion!



The card which I made with Emily’s set is stamped on white card stock with a variety of pinks!  All my friends are turning 50 this year (and last) so I need to have some in my stash! I stamped the cake stand in black amalgam ink and then used bubblegum pink for the cake layers. I used pink passion for the sentiment, the numbers and cake layers. I added some dots with a copic marker to the 50. Finally, some pretty pearls finish off the cake!


If you leave a comment on the blogs during the hop, you are eligible for a $50 gift certificate for Gina K. Designs!


Gina K.  (Illustrator of Crafty Notes)

Emily (Illustrator of Cake Toppers)


Beth (you are here)










Gina K. Designs January 2019 New Release Blog Hop: Day 2

Welcome to day two of the Gina K. Designs New Release Blog Hop.  Today I will be showing you some of the samples I created with my latest stamp set.  I am showing Emily’s stamp set, but do not have any samples because we did not get it in time! It is super cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day! There is also a super cute incentive set which if free with a $75 purchase! Who doesn’t like free?

Incentive Set: Lovely Words, free with $75 purchase


Here is Emily’s lovely set – which is now available at Gina K. Designs!

Emily’s All You Need Is Love


This is my latest set!  All Star is available for purchase now at Gina K. Designs!

Beth’s All Star


Sometimes when I create a stamp set, I just know it is going to be fun to stamp with it!  This set is so versatile – you can use it for everything from The 4th of July to Baby Cards. The set can be used for Holidays and for backgrounds, for teacher and coach cards and birthday celebrations!

Here are some of the samples:


This first clean and simple card uses Wild Dandelion and Jelly Bean Green. I added a few sparkly gems and used the sentiment from the set Sweet Friendship.  two


This card uses innocent pink and amalgam black inks on the background and white pigment ink on the black sentiment block.



I love experimenting with kraft paper and different color inks. I used the white pigment ink right on the kraft with the open star. I colored in the stars with spectrum noir markers in a variety of colors. The sentiment is stamped in white pigment ink on Gina K. black card stock.  There is a small gem attached to the sentiment strip.


This was Bella’s favorite card of the bunch. I used the open star and stamped it in black amgalam ink and colored them in with spectrum noir markers.  Sentiment stamped in white pigment ink on black card stock strip



Another Kraft creation with white pigment ink! This was done using the speckled strip from Lisa’s Today And Always set followed by adding some of the solid stars from the All Star set. Make A Wish stamped in black amalgam ink.


Wild Dandelion, Ocean Mist and Black Amalgam ink were used in the creation of this super cute, 2 minute card.


This card uses a jelly bean A2 base. The stars are stamped in Jelly Bean, In The Navy and Ocean Mist.  


Now if you missed the the Facebook Live with Gina K. last week, here is a Here is a LINK  to replay it!  I shared three cards:

This first one is so simple – just randomly stamping the stars in amalgam black ink and then adding the sentiment.  This sentiment is from Sweet Friendship.  I used a pale turquoise spectrum noir marker to color in the larger stars.


This card features a square innocent pink base with a mix of stars from All Star stamped in moonlit fog and innocent pink inks. The sentiment from Sweet Friendship is stamped in black amalgam ink.


This last All Star sample features a bubblgum pink A2 base. The stars are stamped in sweet mango, bubblegum pink, jelly bean green and ocean mist. The sentiment is stamped in black amalgam ink. I used some cute bakers twine to finish off the card. four

Did I overload you with samples?

This is such a great set, it is sure to sit on my desk for many months!

Now on to the nitty gritty:

To be eligible for a change to win another $50 Gift Certificate, stop by all the blogs, leave a comment and you may win!  Here is the list of designers who are featuring beautiful creations with my & Emily’s latest sets!

Winner will be drawn on Friday!


Gina K.

Beth  (Illustrator of All Star)

Emily (Illustrator of All You Need Is Love)











Thank you for stopping by!

Gina K Designs January 2019 New Release Blog Hop: Day One

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Gina K. Designs Release of 2019! Today we are showing off two of the new sets: Open Book by Melanie Meunchinger and Today and Always by Lisa Hetrick.

If you missed it, there was a Gina K. Facebook Live Release Party which featured the Illustrators and these sets.  It was pretty fun to see & hear the ladies I work with (I have never met them in real life, so it was the next best thing).

Here is a LINK to the Facebook Live replay in case you missed it!

Today I am showing a few cards that I made with Melanie & Lisa’s new sets!

Melanie’s Open Book

Lisa’s Today And Always

Here is the first card with Melanie’s set:

This would be a great card for my sister or sister-in-law! They are both librarians!  It would also make a great card for inserting a book store gift certificate! It would make a great card for your favorite bibliophile!


This second card is perfect for anyone who loves crafts! I used the pencil stamp and colored it and then stamped the I ❤ Crafts along the bottom with inks that coordinated with the pencil colors.


Lisa’s Today And Always

Lisa’s new set features this amazing spatter pattern, flowers and the fun sentiments.

I chose to use Make Today Amazing with Moonlit Fog on innocent pink. Such a great combo! I used a little twine to finish the card. Love how the sentiments can me mixed and matched. Since Today is so huge I was able to put make sideways!


I was playing around with a scrap of paper and some of the beautiful Gina K. inks in purples. I never play with purple, but I created this background with sponge daubers and stamped the stars from my set with Gina K. white ink.  The sentiment went with it perfectly and mounted on a white A2 base, it looks clean & beautiful!


Now I am not going to tell you what to do, but if I wanted to have a chance to win a $50 gift card for something on my Gina K. wishlist, I would hop around and leave a comment on all the blogs!  You can start here by telling me that you enjoyed these cards and that you Pinky-Promise that you will stop by tomorrow to see my new stamp set and all the beautiful creations which our design team made with them!

Gina K.

Melanie (Illustrator of Open Book)

Lisa (Illustrator of Today And Always)


Beth  < you are here >








Thanks for hopping by!  Please stop back again tomorrow for TONS of new creations!