Reach for the stars

Sophie, Bella, Todd & I on Bella’s senior night

Fun idea: use your school colors for a grad card

Here is a quick card which I made (two of) for Sophie and Bella. This was for me to write an inspirational note for each of them for their upcoming sectionals meet – which is the culmination of their varsity swimming season this year. They’ve been practicing 3+ hours a day, 6 days a week!
I used a Gina K ivory A2 base and stamped the sentiment first in obsidian black ink. This is my new favorite black ink. It makes all others look grey! The stars are stamped in pine and obsidian (black and green are the school colors).

Supplies used: Gina K Ivory card stock, pine and obsidian inks, All Star stamp set

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.

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 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!