Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Foil-Mates Summer Release Blog Hop

Things are still in full school mode here in the Silaika house! We still have about 2 weeks left until summer starts around here! Are your schools out for the summer yet? New York seems to suck every last bit of fun out of June! This year we have 3 graduations in the house (Genevieve is leaving elementary school, Xavier is moving up from middle to high school and Victoria graduates from high school).  I have spent the past few months in our schools substitute teaching (everything from gym to art, music to math!). I absolutely love it, but have had very little time to craft or create!


It also always seems that I am in desperate need of spring birthday cards this time of year, so with the Foil-Mates Summer release, I was able to fill my stash! 


Gina K. Designs Foil Mates collections are available in so many fun designs!  These new birthday designs are fun to use with ovals and circles!



 This first card features a wild wisteria A2 base. Then I used the wild lilac foil with the Happy Birthday sentiment die cut with the oval die.  I also used some of the polka dot background and cut it in a strip! A little corner rounder on the edge makes this shimmery purple design complete!







 This second card features a square 4.25 inch innocent pink base. I stamped small hearts in white ink (Emmy and Riley Flamingo). There is a layer of die cut black, then the Happy birthday to you was cut with a slightly smaller double stitched oval die. The foil I used on this is bubblegum pink! It is *SO* hard to photograph the shimmer and colors. This cute little square card is perfect to hold a gift certificate for those last minute "Hey Mom! I have a sleepover birthday party tonight!"





 This final card features an A2 blue lagoon base. I foiled the die cut frame and the star background with turquoise sea foil. I also stamped the sentiment in Turquoise sea ink. The sentiment is also from Emmy and Riley Flamingo. I was thinking how awesome this background would be in school colors for a graduation card! I used a little black stitched ribbon to break up the turquoise colors! This shimmer-tastic turquoise card is going into the birthday stash as well!







 This is just the start of the Foil-Mates Summer Release Blog Hop! Check out everyone's creations by hopping along! And there is always a give away - comment on all the blogs and you could win one of 3 $50 gift certificates! That can buy a lot of foiling! Winner will be announced on Gina's blog on Thursday morning! 


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gina K . Designs 2018 New Colors Release

I am giddy with excitement! The new colors by Gina K Designs for 2018 have been released! 



Here are all the beautiful colors! There will be 24 sheep packs available! These colors are amazing!




Sea Glass, Plum Punch, Slate
Key Lime, Lucky Clover, Tangerine Twist
Coral Reef & Tranquil Teal



The ink pads and cubes will also be available! 









What the heck is amalgam ink?  Amalgam Ink is Gina K. Designs newest black ink. The color is Jet Black super dark. It can be used with Copic Markers, Watercolors and Colored pencils and Gamsol. This is going to be your GO-TO ink! It will be the one ink that does it ALL! You have to give it a few minutes to totally dry, or heat set it for a few seconds with your heat tool.



 

And who doesn't love being on a Sandy Beach? This is a great color ink, available in both full size pad and cubes!

I just got these ink pads and had one evening to play! I did a quick clean and simple card this evening and unfortunately the photo does not do this beautiful green justice!

This green is a lucky clover base. The ink I used was the new jet black amalgam ink! I used copic markers to color in the Liam & Leo from my latest stamp set: Liam & Liz Lion. It was amazing. NO BLEEDING! The colors don't run at all!  I am in love!!!






I wish there were more hours in the day to play with these beautiful colors! Check out what everyone else is playing with!  If you comment, you know there will be a reward - a chance for a $25 gift card (maybe you can fill your cart with some new colors)! Winner will be announced Friday! Let's get hopping!






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Friday, March 30, 2018

A Few More Liam & Liz (and Leo) Lion samples


Here are a couple of more cards which I created with my latest stamp set Liam & Liz Lion. This one uses an evergreen base with some watercolor paper on top. I use a wide tip brush and created the background. I added another layer of evergreen under the main image.   The images were colored with alcohol markers.




This card uses a Gina K. white base with some Gina K. Bold & Blooming designer paper on top. I used a stitched die for the main image and used the heart and sentiments on the edge! The images were colored with alcohol markers.






The set is now available at Gina K. Designs (Click Here)




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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Gina K. Designs March Preview- Day 2: Introducing Liam & Liz Lion




Here is my latest set called Liam & Liz Lion. My nephew, Liam always carried around this adorable stuffed cat called Fluffy.  My mom and  my daughter's bestie (who is like my 6th daughter) is Liz! I think I will refer to the baby lion as Leo (that was my Great Grandpa's name)










This clean and simple card features the big Lion (Liam) stamped right on kraft with the "you are my mane squeeze" sentiment stamped in black. I used alcohol markers to color in the lion!







This clean and simple card features the baby Lion  (Leo) stamped on a Gina K. stitched circle die cut. The background uses white ink with the heart stamp on the innocent pink base. I used alcohol markers to color in the lion! The banner die cut in black for the sentiment, which was stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. I adhered them both to the base with foam dots.



This clean and simple card features the mama Lion (Liz), stamped and colored with alcohol markers. She is adhered to the watercolored background with circle dots. There are tiny little gems in the hearts. The base is turquoise sea.




This clean and simple card features the big Lion (Liam) stamped right on glossy paper with the "you rule" sentiment stamped in black. I used alcohol markers to color in the lion, the background and finally, the hat was stamped and colored with a gold metallic marker. Everything was mounted on a kraft base.





This card features the baby Lion (Leo) stamped right on a black stitched die cut circle with white ink (and heat embossed). The "be courageous" sentiment is also stamped in white ink and heat embossed. The base is jelly bean green and the ribbon is Gina K. gingham black/white!



The last card features the baby lion (Leo) surrounded by some watercoloring. The sentiment "I'm wild about you" is stamped in black on the banner die.  There are gems on the background to add a little bling!








Stop by each of the blogs below, give them some Gina K. love and you could be entered for a prize from Gina K. Designs! They will be featuring cards with my set (Liam & Liz Lion) as well as Lisa's amazing "Hello Beautiful" set!  There will be one $50 gift certificates chosen from the comments on ALL the blog posts! 


Thanks for hopping by today.  You should have come from Gina's blog and you are now headed off to Cat's creations!



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Monday, March 26, 2018

New Look!

Just a quick post with an updated look to my blog! I have been spending some time getting samples ready for my upcoming stamp release which will take place this week! I also added a link to my instagram page, which is filled with images from my stamp sets! This week I will be sharing samples with the set - so stay tuned for some amazingly cute ideas that will be sure to make your heart ROAR!






Also - please give a warm welcome to our newest Gina K. Designs member, Arjita Singh!  Check out her blog here!  She is the queen of watercoloring!

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gina K. Designs/ThermoWeb Stamp-n-Foil Blog Hop

There are so many fabulous things going on right now with ThermoWeb and Gina K. Designs!  Today I will showcase some of these amazing new products!  There is something here for everyone! The possibilities are endless!


Here are the goodies: Butterfly Kisses, Time To Celebrate & Where Flowers Bloom

All these items will be available at Gina K. Designs online store!



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First, here is what I created with Butterfly Kisses (note - I love this set - I love butterflies and the delicate wings, matching dies...I could go on and on):

This first card is a Gina K. Designs black A2 base. I used the Gina K. Designs white card stock (layering weight) and stamped the sentiment on the bottom left with Gina K. black ink. I die cut the butterflies on black card stock and then stamped them with Gina K. white ink. I used chalk to create the butterfly wing colors and I LOVE how they turned out. I used a combination of royal blue and turquoise/teals to create this effect.  For the splattered background I used a wet paint brush dipped in the chalk and tapped the brush gently over the white paper to let it splatter!



Here is a close up of the chalked butterflies - I used my finger to grab the chalk color and gently tapped it on the white ink to let the color grab on.  





For this next card, I used a black Gina K. A2 base and stamped the sentiment in white ink.  It was not as dark as I wanted, so I poured on some white embossing powder and heat embossed the sentiment. Now it *really* pops off the card! For the butterflies, I used the new blue glitter foil and I LOVE it! First, I used the pre-printed butterfly sheets and die cut the three butterfly sizes I wanted. I took those butterfly die cuts and ran them through the laminator with the blue glitter foil. The butterflies were then adhered to the card with small foam dots.

Here is a close up of the butterflies - see how they sparkle?


A little closer, a little more sparkle!


This card was clean and simple fun! I die cut the banner on white card stock and then stamped the HAPPY BIRTHDAY banner in black ink. I think that it covered pretty good! The cake stand and candles were stamped in black, the cake details in pink passion, and then the candles and flames and cake stand base were colored with copic markers! 



This final card uses a white Gina K. base. I used glossy paper for the main image because I wanted to see if I could get a "watercolor" type effect with my copic markers, using the glossy paper. I stamped the images in Gina K. black ink and used a variety of makers to color them in. I used a fine tip black marker to speckle around the images and finally finished the card using a white gel pen on the flowers. 




Stop by each of the blogs below, give them some ThermoWeb/Gina K. love and you could be entered for a prize from Gina K. Designs!  There will be one $50 gift certificates chosen from the comments on ALL the blog posts! 


Thanks for stopping by today's blog hop.  You should have come from Gina's blog and you are now headed off to Cat's creations!



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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Gina K. Designs introduces: Furry Friends

 Welcome to the Gina K. Designs "Furry Friends" stamp set blog hop. First and foremost, I want to introduce you to my furry friends, Percy Jackson and Maximus Gunnar.  They are both miniature golden doodles. They also both have instagram accounts (percythegolden_ and  maxthedoodle_)if you want to follow them!

And speaking of instagram - I am now going to be putting my cards on  my instagram account: {HERE}

These pups are full of energy and certainly keep me and the kids on our toes! 

For some reason, Max loves to get in trouble more than Percy! This time, he decided to jump in the fire pit and sniff around in the soot. He must have thought there were s'mores or something in there!



I am pretty sure this time Max was blaming Percy, but they were both caught digging in the yard!



Percy was all smiles when we had a snow storm last month!


This is one of my favorites: Max deciding to go down the pool slide.  He sat there for quite some time before I realized where he was.  No he does not swim! They both hate getting wet!




And this was today, during Winter Storm Liam! The snow was chest deep and very fluffy - perfect for frolicking!

So for the people in your life who love their furry friends, Gina K. Designs now offers Furry Friends!

Two separate stamp sets with matching die cuts!

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Here are the cards which I created with these sets:




Here is a closer look at the kitty card! I used a base weight of white with some Gina K. Designer paper from my stash.  I die cut the cat and the paws (three times). The dies are attached with foam circles to pop them off the page a bit.  Any cat lover would be Purrfectly Pleased to receive this card!  



Ack! I cannot stand the cuteness of this dog!  This is what I wake up to every day. Max (the little dog) sleeps on the bed with me and wakes up so happy every morning. Percy is happy too, but impatient and he steals my slippers and brings them to the front stairs (to move me along).  For some reason I hear Randy Jackson's voice when I look at the sentiment! Ha Ha!


So - take a look around the other design team's blogs to give them some love!

Stop by each of the blogs below, give them some Valentine's love and you could be entered for a prize from Gina K. Designs!  There will be one $50 gift certificates chosen from the comments on ALL the blog posts! 







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