Fall is in the Air Challenge


Today’s card will be entered into the StampTV September Monthly Mix Challenge hosted by Karen to create a Fall themed card with background paper.  My card uses the designer paper from GKD’s Autumn Landscape patterned paper pack, dark chocolate cardstock, wild lilac ink, Thankful Leaves stamp set and dies and Skeleton Leaves stamp set.

I die cut one of the leaves from the dark chocolate and layered white cardstock to show the patterned paper beneath it, then stamped one leaf on patterned paper and the other in ink.

The September Challenge can be found here:  https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2019/09/02/september-2019-monthly-mix-challenge/

August 2019 For the Boys Challenge

I’m entering this card into the StampTV August 2019 “For the Boys” challenge hosted by Sheri which we are to create a project with a male theme.  I’m not sure if this would be considered “male” theme but this summer the place where my husband was most relaxed was during our visits to the Jersey Shore.  I used Melanie Muenchinger’s “Gifts from the Sea” for my background.  Covered my cardstock with versamark then stamped the images and covered the layer in Perfect Pearls “perfect pearl” and then brushed some prefect bronze Perfect Pearls by Ranger onto some of the shells.  I partially stamped the row of shells and added a simple sentiment.  GKD cardstock used on this card.


It is very shiny IRL and I kind of like the way it turned out.

The August 2019 Challenge can be found  here:  https://www.ginakdesigns.com/2019/08/01/august-2019-monthly-mix-challenge/

Hip Recovery

This AI (Art Impressions) clear stamp set Doggy Kisses by Bonnie Krebs always makes me laugh.  Love the dogs especially the doxie but today’s card I’m using the pooch in the cone and sent it to my old boss who just had hip replacement surgery.  Inside sentiment was “on the bright side….you don’t need a cone”!  Maybe my sense of humor but love this one.


I used an unknown stencil that I purchased before stencils became popular and lightly sponged some GKD ink on a portion of the card.

Thanks for looking!

Princess Street

Two little grand-“friends” birthdays coming up in September.  The first one will be three and is loving Disney Princesses.  I used a few Inkadinkadoo (EK Success) Disney stamps and the GKD wreath builder for this card.  The images were large for the wreath builder so I could only stamp each one four times.   I’m including the inside photo also since it’s really sweet.



My next little grand-“friend” is turning two and loves Elmo.  I found free clip art on line, printed and fussy cut Elmo, popped him up on a Happy Birthday embossing folder layer, die cut a two and used GKD’s Sweet Tweets stamp set for the birthday cupcake which I stamped on the embossed layer then stamped, colored and fussy cut to be popped up over the stamped image.


Happy Birthday to Jessie and Marlowe!  Thanks for looking.



Fall 2019 – 2

I have this bad habit of using a stamp set and then setting it to the side instead of putting it away when I’m finished with it.  So every once in awhile when I cannot find anything on my work space, I clean up and file everything in it’s proper place.  And I’m starting a new collection of stamp sets that I’ve used and have not yet filed so I’m again using GKD’s Stamp n Foil Thankful Leaves stamp set as well as Thankful For You set for today’s card.

Mindy Eggen did a YouTube video “Adding Gold to Your Fall Card” and I thought I’d give it a try.  I sponged fall colors onto my cardstock using a My Hero Arts stencil and then added some Glitter Glitz Gel to the stencil.  It’s a little difficult to see the sponged colors on the cardstock and next time I may use brighter colors.  Some of the leaves were die cut and stamped and cut some from patterned papers and embossed the leaf veins in gold embossing powder added a EK border punch and my bouquet of leaves popping it up on coral reef cardstock.


It’s been a lazy day for me today — yesterday too!  I must get motivated but I’ll blame it on the dog days of summer!!  Thanks for looking and have a great day.


P.S.  3 Stamp Sets on a pile 🙂


My card today was meant for the single layer  ModSquad Challenge but I didn’t make the deadline on it…LOL….so I pondered on the original and decided it need something more.  I added a Martha Stewart punched border piece, then I added the twine ribbon, some gem stones and just now decided it needed more so I sprayed the card with Glitter Dust.  I do believe it’s finished.  Any more will be the sentiment inside and an envelope!

This card uses GKD’s Thankful Leaves Stamp n Foil  stamp set and dies, coral reef ink and some sandy beach cardstock for the border on white cardstock base.SAM_3997

My original idea was to die cut the leaves and then stamp on the inside using the layering leaves stamp from this stamp set.  I did get tiny bits of coral reef ink on the die cut front layer but hopefully they aren’t too noticeable.

Thanks for looking!

Back to School 2019

My area schools are starting back in session on August 26th so I have a few cards to share that I’ll be sending to some of my little “buddies”.


First up are the ones for our grandchildren Chase and Brooke.  It is hard to believe that they will be in 2nd and 3rd grade.  Oh my how time flies!  These little ones are enjoying their vacation with mom and dad in Hawaii!


The second batch is from 3 little grand”friends” who will be entering kindergarten and two in first grade.  They are a long time girlfriend’s grandchildren and they love receiving mail so I added them to my card list.

I don’t have too many Back to School stamps but found some on the Falling For You stamp set from GKD and a set from TPC Studios and just picked up the Love Nicole apple stamp and die set from AC Moore with a 60% coupon. The rest was patterned papers that I cut apart for images and used as the background.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Layers – Not

I decided to play along with the ModSquad Challenge “Layer Me Not” to create a one layer card.  Challenge can be seen here:  http://modsquadchallenge.com/


I taped off the edges of the card base on all sides with washi tape and then using versamark stamped a StampinUp stamp From the Garden image and added the sentiment from GKD’s Dogwood & Butterfly illustrated by Theresa Momber then heat embossed in GKD’s fine detail gold embossing powder.

The idea of this card came from Yana Smakula’s Modern One-Layer Floral Card with Simon Says Stamp.

My original card in navy and gold is below but it seemed too dark to me so I went with the white and gold.


Thanks for looking.

Happy August!

How the summer is flying by!  We are still experiencing hot and humid weather but not too much hazy in my neighborhood.  I’ve been working on a variety of cards the last week and here’s what I came up with.

First up is a card for our grandson using a stamp set from Impression Obsession “Max” stamp set.  The background is D’vine Swirl cuttlebug embossing folder and the insert sponging was a wave stencil by Pretty Pink Posh and patterned paper by Gina K Designs.


Next is a card for our granddaughter using a Sizzix framelit with stamp set continuing with my ocean theme also uses the Pretty Pink Posh wave stencil  on pixie powder background and then white heat embossed.  These two will be enjoying paradise on Hawaii end of the week.


Then I couldn’t leave out our youngest granddaughter who I hope remembers the bubbles she played with at our home on her last visit.  I dug out my The Cat’s Pajamas stamp set Bubbles Happen for this cute layered image.


We have a wedding the end of the month and I created this card which I love the way it turned out.  Very simple but to me elegant, too.  The main image sentiment was from GKD’s “Love Is” on white with a Technique Tuesday “Butterfly on the Border” die.  I inserted the butterfly cuts with gold glitter paper and put an pearlescent paper insert from Denami Designs with a GKD sentiment inside.


One sympathy card for my sister’s mil that came together pretty quickly using a sponged oval and a Simon Says Stamp Daisy Stem die.  One birthday card using a Simon Says Stamp Carnation Frame die.  Both were cut and layered 4 times and the inside petals or layers were cut from pixie powder backgrounds.



And finally, not my favorite, but tried my best to save the jungle vines die cut from the My Hero Arts Monthly kit.  I like the tiger but not too keen on the background….maybe it will grow on me.


Another long post but thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Hugs to all!!