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!

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!

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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 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!

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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!

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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.

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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 )

Arjita

Beth (you are here)

Cat

Donna

Emily

Karen

Lisa

Melanie

Mindy

Rema

Sheri

Susie

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!

 

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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!

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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)

Arjita

Beth (you are here)

Cat

Donna

Hannah

Karen

Melanie

Mindy

Rema

Sheri

Susie

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?

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Incentive Set: Lovely Words, free with $75 purchase

 

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

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Emily’s All You Need Is Love

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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)

Arjita

Donna

Karen

Lisa

Melanie

Mindy

Rema

Sheri

Susie

 

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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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)

Arjita

Beth  < you are here >

Donna

Emily

Karen

Mindy

Rema

Sheri

Susie

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