Friday, November 20, 2015

The worst juggler ever...

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would take a moment to share a personal post with you. If you aren't interested in personal stuff, I promise, I will be back to stamping very soon. (Just disregard this post and head straight to your stamp room!) :)

So life...

Yep. It's gets crazy sometimes...

I was so grateful this week to be part of an online show called This Crafty Life. Viewers send in questions and I had an opportunity to answer them live on the air.

One of the questions was about how I juggle business and family and what advice I have for other women wanting to go into business. My initial thought was, I don't! I'm the worst juggler ever! Can't you see that? Balls dropping everywhere?! I am just about the worst juggler there is!

But I want you to know that it's by choice.

I could have gone to the winter CHA every year and really promoted my business. In fact, I'm think that my business would have be a LOT bigger if I was a master networker and put myself out there.

But Rina has a swim meet over that time every year. And I didn't want to miss it.

You see, I made a commitment to myself and to my family that the order of importance would always be
then business.
Business last.
But why?

Well, the way I look at it, I can always make money but I can't always be in my daughter Alicia's latest film project in college. Or hang out on set with her while she is making her magic.

This is what we did last weekend. Tom and I  played the mother and father of her lead actor in her latest clip for her film.

Here is Alicia with her actors and camera man directing one of the scenes. (She's really good at this!)

And how lucky am I that I got to be part of this! 

This is what I did yesterday morning at 6:00 AM. Rina needed senior pictures featuring her swimming life so we kind of broke into the high school pool and had a super fun photo shoot!

Here is one of the photos that I took.

And of course we had some funny ones too! Think Little Mermaid, part of your world...

And of course the fierce competitor... with arm floaties... LOL

Again, I will never forget us bargaining our way into the pool, pretty much bribing the custodian with donuts and promising not to get in the water... fingers crossed behind my back... Good times.

And then there was Wednesday when I had a doctor's appointment in Madison and decided to stop by my Mom's house for a little bit. A little bit turned into a few hours and let's say I made it back home in time to get ready for bed.

But you know what? 

My daughter Alicia is going to graduate from college soon and who knows where she will go next. 

Rina signed to swim for Minnesota next year so she will be off to college.

My mom is going to be 89 years old. Say no more.

Time with family is limited. I know I should have been recording a new StampTV video this week when I was running all around with the kids and my mom. But, I wouldn't trade that time for anything in the world.

You see, I am not rich. I have a tiny two bedroom home. I have 12 year old cars with 200,000 miles on them. I have no fancy toys, (other than my stamping stuff.) I haven't had my hair cut in almost two years. 

But what I do have is something that can never be taken away from me. 

It's my memories. 
My time well spent. 
My close connection with my children.

See, you can always make money but you can't get back time. And no matter how much money you have, you can't use it purchase the time back.

Once Rina is off to college, I will have a lot more free time! You guys will get so sick of me posting new videos and new ideas, you won't know what to do! LOL! And it's just around the corner.

So, I want to apologize for the many balls that I have dropped over the last year. I hope you understand how important Gina K. Designs and StampTV are to me. But when my kids call, I will always let the balls fall and run to them. I know you guys would do the same. 

And by the way, I made the best card ever last night and I will have a new video coming up but it won't be up until next Monday.


Because Rina has a swim meet all weekend and I will be working on my bleacher butt. :)

Much love,
Gina K.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Sparkling Christmas Blog Hop

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! 

This blog hop is for the brand spanking new StampTV KitSparkling Christmas. We hope to inspire you with lots of ideas for the kit the today and tomorrow, and as you hop through the blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a a random comment and that stamper will win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

If you haven't gotten to see the full kit yet, here is a everything that you get!

You can find the new kit in the What's new category at

And you can see the product tour and first card by clicking: HERE

Ready for more fabulous creations? Start hopping here:

Make it a great day and Happy Stamping!
Gina K.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Introducing the Sparkling Christmas Palette

Hi Everyone!

Here is a look at the beautiful new Sparkling Christmas Patterned Paper Pack and the color palette for the new StampTV Kit!

What do you think? I'm so excited!
Join us tomorrow night at 7:00 PM Central Time for our kit release party at!

Hope to see you there!
Gina K.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sneak Peek 2- StampTV Holiday Kit

Hi Friends!

I am so glad you liked yesterday's sneak peek! This kit has got me feeling so crafty! Today's sneak peek is something I have needed in my personal collection for a LONG time!

Whether you are planning a little get together and want to make some festive place cards for the table or you just want to send out a New Year's wish, these stamps from the Sparkling Christmas stamp set will fit the bill!

Available Thursday night at 7:00 PM Central time at

Stop back tomorrow for more!
Gina K.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sneak Peek 1- StampTV Holiday Kit

Good morning everyone!

Although I LOVE to push autumn as far as I can, it's time to start thinking about holiday projects. So now is the perfect time to release our brand new Sparkling Christmas StampTV Kit!

Here is the first sneak peek of the Holiday Season stamp set, (one of two sets) that comes in this new StampTV kit.

Seriously, can you stand the cuteness? Wait until you see the rest. And the color palette in this kit is just amazing! 

Stop back tomorrow for another peek. And mark your calendar for this Thursday night from 7-8 PM, (a little shorter this time) for our kit release party. I'll have a kit tour video along with the first Sparkling Christmas card project and so much more!

Make it a great day and Happy Stamping!
Gina K. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Inspiration Blog Hop- Day 3

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! This blog hop is for our September Release! Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a Gina K. Designs prize package! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

Today we are showcasing the last two new sets, You've Got a Friend in Me and Wild Blossoms.

I wanted to share the last few cards I made at the Bella Crafts Connections Event using these sets. 

First, I made three square cards featuring the You've Got a Friend in Me set. Each card used the same basic layout. I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to add a little texture into the focal images.

If you love to send cards to friends "just because," these are great little ones to have on hand. 

Then, we did a a Water Based Markers techniques class. These are the three cards I did featuring the Wild Blossoms set.

Once this set comes back in stock, I will feature this last card in a video. (So sorry for the fast sellout. We have reordered this one and expect in back in stock in about 2 1/2 weeks.)

So, here's a question for you today. 
Which version of this card do you like better? I can't decide!

Ready for more inspiration?
Start hopping here:

Enjoy all of today's inspiration!

Make it a great day and Happy Stamping~

Gina K.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Inspiration Blog Hop- Day 2

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! This blog hop is for our September Release! Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a Gina K. Designs prize package! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

Today we are showcasing the new set by Beth Silaika called This and That and my newest set called Simply the Best.

I want to share a few cards that I made for my Beautiful Backgrounds class at the Bella Crafts Connection Event.

First, I did the Emboss Resist Technique along with some of the circles dies to highlight my greeting.
I have done videos on this technique but I really want to do one featuring this card project. The border is two of the die cuts from the Alison's Ribbons die set.

My next card features the faux torn layers technique which will definitely have to be a video too! These types of cards are so easy to mail because they are completely flat. I love the clean and simple nature of this one.

My final card makes a great card for guys! I used the Pillow Top technique for this one. These borders are also from the Alison's Ribbon die set. You can substitute ribbon on another border die cut if you don't have this die set.

So, which if my three cards do you like best?

And, for more inspiration, click on the links below:

Beth Silaika– Illustrator of This and That

Stay tuned tomorrow for card projects featuring my other two new sets including Wild Blossoms and You've Got a Friend in Me. 

Make it a great day and Happy Stamping!
Gina K.