Do It Yourself Gift Card Holders

A while back my friend Emily, asked if I would be a guest on her blog.  So yesterday the post went live, and I share a template and three different projects on Do It Yourself Gift Cards.  Head on over to her blog to check out the projects below.


CardMaker & Flourishes Blog Hop




Welcome to the CardMaker & Flourishes Blog Hop.  The CardMaker Blog Team, is playing along with the Flourishes Design team, using stamps from Flourishes.  Make sure you visit the Flourishes Blog, as they are giving away a $70 prize package!!
Next up on the hop is, Stacy Morgan.
In case you get lost along the way, here is the complete Blog Hop list:

For the stamp set I was working with, I wanted to keep things on the simple side.  So, I stamped my image and sentiment onto the white card base, using Tsukineko Tuxedo Black ink.  I then colored in my image using Copic Markers.  I adhered the red pattern paper to the bottom of the card using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ Runner, to help balance the card a bit.  I rounded the corners to help soften the card, and then embellished using Lawn Fawn Peppermint trimmings & KaiserCraft rhinestones.

Gina K May Release Day 4


The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to Day 4 of the May release for another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop!  Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas!  And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products!  To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a few days after the hop.

For my first card, I am using the stamp set called A Little Something, it is the one free with 3 stamp set incentive.  I chose to stamp the vase with the whimsy flowers, and color it in with copic markers.  I kept the card design fairly simple because I wanted the image to show off the card, and that gingham ribbon is just the right feminine touch.  The bottom corners are rounded to give a softened look to the card.

This card, I am using one of the cute little Diva sets called Rainy Day Diva.  I love the little clouds and cute sentiments, so perfect for making whimsical cards like this one.  I love that cloud...like super love! So I stamped the bottom part of the card, making it tone on tone (i used turquoise sea ink), and stamped a few clouds on the white cardstock as well.  I embelished with a wood veneer cloud and some ribbon.

Here is the blog list for todays hop!

Gina K May Release Day 3

The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to Day 3 of the May release for another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop!  Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas!  And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products!  To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a few days after the hop.


My First card that I have for you today, is from the Weather or Not stamp set from Beth.  I decided to stamp the rain drops in versamark ink, and then paper piece the cute rainboots!!   My inspiration came from how bright everything looks after it rains.  

For my next card.  I used the By The Sea stamp set from Theresa.  I live in Florida, so I appreciate all of the elements she put in this set.  I decided to go with a one layer card for this one.  I think by using different colored inks, it helps give the card a little bit of depth.  I rounded the corners and added twine to help soften it a bit.


Make sure you visit all of the designers to see what they created today!!


Lawn Fawn: Critters at the Dog Park

I know all of you dog lovers out there have been awaiting this stamp set.  I am talking about Critters at the Dog Park from Lawn Fawn.  This set, has super cute doggies, treats and sentiments that will have you creating projects for the people in your life who love dogs!!  What is awesome, is that there are dies that match!!
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, to check out all of the projects using this great new set, as well as leaving a comment for a chance to win!!
For my card today, I die cut white cardstock, and then stamped my image over the diecut with black ink.  I colored in the dog using Copic markers, and then set the die cut aside.  I wanted to have this a mostly "one layer" card, so to help give the card more depth, I used different colored inks and popped the doggie die cut up with foam squares.  To soften the card a little I rounded the bottom corners.
materials used:
Lawn Fawn Critters at the Dog Park stamps and dies
blue cardstock
white cardstock
black ink
green ink
pink ink
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares
Copic Markers
corner rounder

Gina K May Release Day 2

The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to Day 2 of the May release for another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop!  Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas!  And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products!  To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a few days after the hop.

For my first card that I am showing you today, I used the set called Simple Flowers by Tami.  I love how Tami always keeps the stamper in mind in all of her stamp sets.  It makes creating beautiful stamped cards so easy (thank you Tami).  I love the Sweet Corn ink pad color, so that was the start of my card, so I just coordinated everything around the pretty yellow color.  A little note, I did not condition these stamps at all.  I stamped them with the new GinaK ink, and then onto my card stock...that is my test for quality ink and stamps...and these babies passed with flying colors.


This paper pieced beauty was created using the stamp set called Stamp It Big 2 by Carolyn.  By golly, I may be in love with this little house.  See the little pennants at the top of the card to create the banner?  I paper pieced the ends of the jumbo banner piece.  For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the paper piecing technique, paper piecing is where you stamp your image onto pattern paper (or card stock), and then cut it out.  My banner, and house were all paper pieced.  So fun!


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Lawn Fawn: Lucky Stars + Puffy Stars Stackables

Hello!  Today I get to share with you a new stamp set and Lawn Cuts from Lawn Fawn.  The stamp set is called Lucky Stars, and everytime I use it I can't help but sing (in my head) to the Madonna, Lucky Star song lol.  Also, these star dies are so fun!  I love how they are more rounded than straight/hard lines.  Who doesn't love stars?  They are pretty much a perfect shape to use on everything, like hearts (well in Latisha land anyhow lol).  
Make sure you head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog for a chance to win this stamp set and dies, as well as to check out all of the wonderful projects that the design team has created.

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars stamp set
Lawn Fawn Puffy Stars Stackables
Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L foam squares
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ Runner
black ink
pink ink
aqua ink
kraft cardstock

Gina K May Release


The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop!  Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas!  And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products!  To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a few days after the hop.

With Mother's Day this coming weekend, and my children's school district honoring teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, I have a need for a lot of tags, to put on gifts.  So, today I am going to share a few tags I made using the Bold Blooms set from Becky, and the Pretty Patterns 2 set from Melanie.

Up first is a circular shaped tag using the Pretty Patterns 2 stamp set.  I created the gradient pattern by taking the single stamps, and repeatedly stamping them in different inks (of the same color family).  I am not sure if you know, but Gina K Designs now has custom ink pads.  They are the GKD Color Companion Ink Pads, and I am in love.  The three inks I used for this gradient look are, Passionate Pink, Bubblegum, Innocent Pink, and the bold black sentiment was stamped in Black Onyx.
The tag was finished off by embellishing with Gina K. buttons and ribbon.


There is nothing I love more than making a shaped tag.  To me it just screams classy and professional.  Classy is definitely a word I would use to describe the Bold Blooms stamp set by Becky O.  More like holy beautifulness!!  So, I grabbed a die cut that I had lying around, stamped the bottom of the die cut with the big flower, and colored it in using Copic markers.  To finish the tag, I added some luscious black sheer ribbon with a satin edge (from GinaK).
Just a quick note/thought...Becky really outdid herself with this stamp set, I really can't get over how beautiful these flowers are!


Take a few minutes, and visit these wonderful blogs to see all of the great project the designers created for you today.

Pretty Patterns 2
Bold Blooms

Lawn Fawn: A Good Apple

Here, in my neck of the woods, this is Teacher Appreciation Week.  As my children are getting older (Jr High & High School), I don't buy a gift for all of their teachers.  Just the select few, that my children love, and whom I feel go out of their way for the children they teach.  Today I am showing you a Gift Card (from Starbucks of course) that I bought for my daughter's AP Psychology teacher.  Today (Monday) is the actual AP exam, so I will have Kendall give her this card today.  Ms. Waller goes out of her way to have study sessions, which prepare the students for the AP exam, and is always available to them.
So, when I saw this stamp set from Lawn Fawn, and then saw the teacher gift cards at Starbucks, the gears started churning in my noggin for a cute gift card idea.
By stamping the gift card holder, and personalizing it, my hope is that is will make her teacher feel a little extra special and that we are thinking of her.  I wish I could give more, but with 14 teachers between my two children, $15 seemed like the perfect amount to give her.  She can go get a treat a few times on us.

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog, to check out all of the projects using this wonderful stamp set. There is a giveaway as well!! I know this setwill quickly become a staple in my stamping arsenal.

The "thanks" allows for a little bit of coloring to be done (if you wish), so I colored in the thanks using the same Copic colors used in the apple.

To personalize the gift card, I used Riley's ABC's.

Lawn Fawn: Blue Skies

Good Day!  Today, I am sharing with you a fun card I made using the new Blue Skies stamp set and dies from Lawn Fawn.  Make sure you head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog, to check out all of the projects the designers have created.  Make sure to leave a comment too, I hear there is going to be a giveaway! (fun!!)

For my card, I die cut the balloons and clouds, then stamped the images in black ink onto the die cuts. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink, because I knew I wanted to color in the images with Copic markers. Before I adhered the diecuts down with foam squares, I stamped a few hearts and sentiment onto the kraft panel.

Lawn Fawn & Perfect Layers

This week, Lawn Fawn has teamed up with Perfect Layers.  Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog to see all of the different projects using these fun tools.  For this card I used the Perfect Tears 3 rulers to create this argyle look with the Lawn Fawn pattern papers.  I used the water tool, to wet the paper along the ruler, and then gently tore the paper down (towards me), I ended up with a soft torn edge of the papers.  I paired the papers with the Mother's Day stamp set.


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