Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Gina K. Designs Hot Summer Release Part Two

Hi Everyone!


It's another day full of inspiration because the design team is showcasing beautiful projects featuring the final two stamp sets we released last Thursday night at www.ginakdesigns.com!

Today, we are featuring the new Tropical Tidings by Theresa Momber:


And the brand new incentive set called Inspiring Poppies. This set is your free with any $75 purchase and it will automatically be added to your order!


In case you didn't get a chance to see the release party video, I used our new Incentive set with a little household bleach to make these cards below.


You can watch the release party video HERE

As you hop through the blogs, make sure you leave a comment because we will be giving away a $50.00 gift certificate today and tomorrow! The winners will be posted in the Big News Forum on StampTV a few days after the hop.

Ready to get inspired?

Start hopping here:

Theresa Momber-Illustrator of Tropical Tidings

Melanie Muenchinger- you are here!

Thanks for joining us today and Happy Stamping!
Hugs,
Gina

Monday, July 9, 2018

Gina K. Designs Hot Summer Release Part One

Hi Everyone!

It's a day full of inspiration because the design team is showcasing beautiful projects featuring two of the stamp sets we released last Thursday night at www.ginakdesigns.com!

Today, we are featuring two of the new sets including the new This Girl Is by Melanie Muenchinger:


And the new Unicorn Wishes by Beth Silaika:


As you hop through the blogs, make sure you leave a comment because we will be giving away a $50.00 gift certificate today and tomorrow! The winners will be posted in the Big News Forum on StampTV a few days after the hop.

Ready to get inspired?

Start hopping here:

Beth Silaika, Illustrator of Unicorn Wishes
Melanie Muenchinger, Illustrator of This Girl Is


Thanks for joining us today and Happy Stamping!
Hugs,
Gina






Thursday, July 5, 2018

CRAFTING WITH COMPASSION + INTRODUCING CELEBRATE YOU


Hi Everyone,

I am so honored to part of this blog hop!

Today, a bunch of us are helping to promote a new stamp set and die set available at Neat & Tangled that was designed for a very special reason.


We are showcasing the new Celebrate You Stamp Set and Celebrate You dies and they are now available for purchase HERE in the Neat & Tangled Shop. All profits from the sale of both products will go towards helping families in need receive financial assistance at The Neurologic Relief Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The donations will be made to The Burning Limb Foundation, who works with The Neurologic Relief Center directly. 




Another way to help is to just make a direct donation HERE

My friend Danielle owns Neat & Tangled and here is a little bit about why we are doing this blog hop and fundraiser today. (I made a card featuring these items and you can see it at the bottom of this post.)

Neat and Tangled owner Danielle Walls  father, Dan, became unexpectedly ill after a routine knee surgery.  He had a series of complications following the procedure and then developed and was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in March of 2017. CRPS is a complex, progressive disease of the nervous system. The pain is characterized as constant and extremely intense. The pain is often accompanied by swelling, skin changes, extreme sensitivity, and in most cases is debilitating. You can read much more about his journey HERE

It is difficult to put into words how much of a nightmare CRPS is, so please take a few minutes to watch this short video to get a better understanding of how life altering this disease can be.
  

After several failed attempts to heal through traditional medicine, at the end of their ropes, Danielle and her family discovered Dr. Katinka van der Merwe and The Neurologic Relief Center. Dr. Katinka specializes in revolutionary, non-invasive, non-pharcaeutical therapies to treat patients suffering from CRPS. THIS is a great article written by Dr. Katinka outlining what it is they do. Treatment at this center is costly, as insurance will not cover most of the therapies they provide. It is also 10-12 weeks  of treatment, and requires living in Arkansas near the clinic for the duration of the the treatment. 

Because of the kindness and compassion of friends, family, and the crafting community, enough funds were raised so that Danielle's father was able to receive care at the Center. He arrived in Arkansas in August of 2017, and at the end of October 2017, with Danielle by his side, Dan was able to ring the bell at the completion of his treatment.  You can view the video of his bell ringing ceremony HERE, please keep in mind that when Dan had first arrived in Arkansas he had lost significant weight, was depressed and anxious, was unable to hold conversation and was easily confused, and was almost completely immobile. To see him smiling, standing and speaking just 11 short weeks later is nothing short of a miracle. In December of 2017 he was able to return to work full time, and he is just enjoying life each day now! I  encourage you to take a look at the rest of the The Neurologic Relief Center's Facebook page to see interviews with patients, and question and answer videos from Dr. K and her staff.

Most patients with CRPS have exhausted their funds trying any and all other treatments some causing more harm than good, most have put themselves into great debt seeking healing. Many are just unable to afford the cost of care at The Neurologic Relief Center to begin with.  If it were not for the help of fundraising, Dan would have left the center in extreme debt which is such a burden to overcome. 

It has been on Danielle's heart ever since then to pay it forward to others who are in a similar situation.  The biggest help in Dan's fundraising, was when Simon Says Stamp donated all the sales of Neat and Tangled's 2017 STAMPtember set to Dan's GoFundMe, you can see more about that HERE. So many of you bought that set, and had a hand in Dan's healing whether you knew it or not! Using the same idea, Danielle has started the Crafting With Compassion campaign, and designed the Celebrate You stamp set and Celebrate You dies to help this cause.  All profits from the sales of these sets will go directly towards CRPS patients in financial need at The Neurologic Relief Center, and also those who are still waiting to get to the center due to financial limitations. If you wish, you can also just make a straight donation with no purchase necessary on the Neat and Tangled website. All funds raised will be donated to The Burning Limb Foundation, who in turn will work with Dr. Katinka to distribute the funds. The purpose of Crafting With Compassion is to remind us that not only should we feel empathy for those suffering, but we should also take action and do something about it. 

Please realize the power we have when we all come together. Even if everyone just does a little, it can add up to a lot. Because of the compassion of others, Dan's life was truly changed. Now, let's help change some more! 

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I had a lot of fun using these sets! I mixed them with the Rose Lace Background stamp by Gina K. Designs and did a little emboss resist to add the color. Then, I embossed the smaller greeting and die cut the large Celebrate You to great the focal image of the card.



Thanks for joining in on today's hop! Here is the complete list of bloggers so you can see all of their beautiful projects too!

Jennifer McGuire
Kathy Racoosin
Chari Moss
Jenn Shurkus
Kelly Marie Alvarez
Kristina Werner
Lydia Fiedler


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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Foil-Mates Summer Release Blog Hop

***ETA*** WINNERS!
Congratulations to these winners of a $50 gift certificate:

As always, I love your cards and ideas of how to use various items (new and old). I was going to watch your video first, but got caught up in the fun of the blog hop. So once I've finished "hopping" then I'll go back to your video. Thanks for sharing your joy of life -- it's definitely contagious.

Love your cards! The little Elephant is so cute!! Using the Wreath builder was a brilliant idea!

I'm always amazed at your beautiful cards! You are so talented. Thanks for the inspiration.

Please send and email to info@ginakdesigns.com and tell them that you won the $50 gift certificate from the Foil-Mates New Release Blog Hop and they will get that right out to you! And thanks to everyone who played along! We appreciate your kind words!


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Hi Everyone,

Today, the design team and I have a blog hop for you featuring our newest addition to the Gina K. Designs / ThermOWeb Foil-Mates line! 

We are also giving away THREE $50 Gift Certificates to three lucky winners who leave comments on our blogs. The winners will be posted right here on my blog on Thursday morning!

I'm really excited about these new Foil-Mates designs. Here is a look at all four new options:


I made a lot of projects featuring this new line and I have a new video that's a little bit long, but there is so much fun to share! 

In my first project, I used the new Better with You Sentiment Pack along with Bold Backdrops for the background. Then, I used the negative piece to create a second version! This really expands your opportunities to use every bit of foil in beautiful ways!



In my second project, I made a birthday card and some matching tags. I used the new Birthday Bash Sentiment set along with the new Tag Borders for the tags. For the backgrounds, I used the Time to Celebrate backgrounds along with Stars and Stripes. I mixed in some of the Time to Celebrate Stamp-n-Foil System and my project was ready as a card and a matching tag to hang off of a gift! In my video, I show you how easy it is to use two colors of foil at one time for a multi-color effect.


In my third project, I used the new Label Borders and I mixed in an older Gina K. Design stamp set called Spring Blessings. I also used the Vibrant Vines Background pack to create a rich leafy backdrop. I love how you can mix any of your stamps with the new Tag Borders and Label Borders and cut them our with the Tag and Label Dies Sets. This is a great way to add a little sparkle to your every day stamping projects. And they also are great for framing out photos for scrapbook pages.


Here is my full video featuring these projects. It's a little bit longer today but there was SO many ideas to share!



Ready for more inspiration?

Start hopping here:
Gina K.- You are here

And don't forget to comment for those chances to win!

You can get the new Foil-Mates Collection by visiting Gina K. Designs HERE

Enjoy today's inspiration and Happy Foiling! 

Hugs,
Gina K.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge 10th Anniversary Blog Hop

ETA: We have a winner!!
Hi Gina, Boy it is hard to pick a favorite. Lately, I've been challenged the most by watercolor. I've been using my water brush and the tip of my AquaBlend pencils to color my images. So I guess I'm using both watercolor and colored pencils.
Send an email to info@ginakdesigns.com and tell them you won the 30 Day Coloring Challenge Blog Hop Giveaway on Gina's Blog! They will send your gift certificate to you by email. :)

Thanks to everyone for joining in! Have a great day!
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Hi Everyone,

I am so honored to joining in on my amazing friend Kathy Raccosin's Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge Blog Hop and Giveaway! Can you believe that it's be 10 years? And every year, I learn something new and get more and more into coloring!

If you are new to the challenge, the premise of “The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge” is to color something everyday even if it’s for five minutes. However feel free to  jump in or out as time permits. Any coloring medium is great!

Click here for DAY 1. TO UPLOAD YOUR COLORING or here on Instagram or here on Facebook.

Please remember to use the hashtag
#thedailymarker30day and tag @kathyrac.
For kids & young adults #thedailymarker30daykids

Questions & Answers plus more info on The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge can be found here. If you are more visual here is a video.

If you have any questions about “The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge” you can refer to this post.  If you want more info on The Coloring Challenge Road Trip click here.

I have been into watercolor lately! So for my project, I chose to use the new Rose Peonies from the Sunshine and Love StampTV Kit.

First, I watercolored my images with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies.



Then, I stamped a greeting from the Painted Autumn stamp set and cut it out with Double Stitched Ovals dies and layered it on top of one of the Single Stitched Ovals dies. Then, I arranged my bouquet with adhesive and foam squares to add dimension. I created the texture in the background using the large 6 X 6 Gauze Background stamp and stamping it with Moonlit Fog Ink.



Here is an up close shot of my flowers. By embossing them first with Fine Detail White Embossing Powder, it made it easier for me to watercolor and stay inside the lines. It's my favorite way to use watercolors.


There are lots of prizes in this giveaway! Check out Kathy's Blog to enter to win the prizes below and check on the individual blogs along the way to see what others might be doing!


I have a giveaway today as well! I am giving away a $50.00 gift certificate to Gina K. Designs! (Winner will be announced back here at the top of this post on Monday.)

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what you like to color with the most. For me, I think I always go back to colored pencils and gamsol as my favorite, however, watercolor markers have been on my desk a lot lately. How about you?

Ready for more coloring inspiration?

You may have arrived here from the talented Creative Chic

Your next stop is Hero Arts

If any of the links along the way don't work, you can always head back to Kathy's blog for the full list because you won't want to miss anything!

I hope you enjoy today's inspiration and Happy Coloring!
Hugs,
Gina



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May Release Blog Hop- Day 3

Hi Everyone,

We have another blog hop for you today featuring the brand new StampTV Kit!


If you haven't had a chance to see my release party presentation video, I show you the first project featuring the new kit! You can see by by clicking HERE

This kit along with the rest of our new release are now available in the What's New category at www.ginakdesigns.com

As you hop through the blogs, make sure you leave a comment on each of them. We will be choosing three winners at the end of all of the hops who will each receive a $25.00 Gift Certificate to the Gina K. Designs store!

Ready to hop? Click the links below:
PLEASE NOTE* if any of the links aren't working, click back to my blog and you can get there from here. 


I am up in Minneapolis helping Rina with a few things today but, stay tuned because later today, I will be sharing another video featuring the new kit!

Enjoy today's inspiration and Happy Stamping!
Hugs,
Gina K.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May Release Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome back to day two of our May release blog hops!


Today, we are featuring two brand new stamps from our newest illustrator, Hannah Schroepfer!



Introducing the Stuck on You stamp and die bundle:




And the Sending you a Llama Love bundle:



These sets along with the rest of our new release are now available in the What's New category at www.ginakdesigns.com

As you hop through the blogs, make sure you leave a comment on each of them. We will be choosing three winners at the end of all of the hops who will each receive a $25.00 Gift Certificate to the Gina K. Designs store!

Ready to hop? Click the links below:
PLEASE NOTE* if any of the links aren't working, click back to my blog and you can get there from here. 

Hannah Schroepfer - Today's featured illustrator


Enjoy today's inspiration and Happy Stamping!
Hugs,

Gina K.