Monday, August 17, 2015

Gina K. Designs Back to School Blog Hop!

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Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to a special BACK TO SCHOOL blog hop! Gina, along with the Cast and Crew, will inspire you with many fun cards and projects for your favorite student, their teacher or your friends that are in the teaching profession!


As you hop through Gina and the Cast & Crew blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a random comment and that stamper will win their choice of a Gina K. Designs stamp set with a value up to $23.95!


To see if you are the winner, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

There are a number of stamp sets from Gina K. Designs that you can use to create a welcome, thank you or back to school. Today, our featured sets are my Basket Additions 3 and Beth Silaika’s Keep Calm. There are some great stamps to color and perfect sentiments for Back to School!

It’s not too late to make your project or special cards because students and teachers will be back in the classroom soon, but also need encouragement throughout the semester! If you do not have these sets in your Gina K. Designs stamp collection, visit the Gina K. Designs store.

 Additionally, you will probably also see some other coordinating and complementing sets from Gina K. Designs.  The images in Basket Additions 3 all fit as toppers for my Spring, Holiday and Beyond Baskets and Beyond Baskets 2 sets.  I have a couple projects for you today without bottoms, just tops!

I made this calendar card for William, who is going into 5th grade. He loves anything "miniature", so I think he will love the tiny pages!  I will write a special note of encouragement and maybe some of his goals he's discussed with me inside and he can keep this out on his desk and keep track of the school year.
Here is the page I found that has all sorts of mini calendar printables.  I love how the stamped toppers are the perfect length to go across the month pages! I will definitely be making more mini calendar card, so I can do the floral calendar design with the Spring Basket set, etc! (Wouldn't that be great to make a Christmas card calendar with the Holiday Basket poinsettia toppers? The card is the gift, look, a 2016 calendar!)You can print a whole year on one sheet (print two years so you could get the correct dates for the months the school year overlaps) I printed them on regular copy paper and stapled them onto the red mat like a real calendar so you can remove the pages.

I used the heart from Triple Play Fillers (stamped in Red Hot) to show the day they head back, but all the other tiny bits in this set and the Triple Play Frame work great over each of the numbers to mark special days, count down till break, or even mark off competed homework of reading time. I am just so darned excited about this idea, an you tell?  You can make these cards with mini calendars for the teachers and moms in your life, too!  They need to mark time and count down (almost there!!), remember important dates, all the while your awesome card with your affirming message inside is proudly on display all year! :) (For this design, you can stamp "teacher" in place of the I "love you" and "back2school" for your mom friends.)   I colored the image and paper pieced the lunch box with a paper price tag that was attached to a stuffed animal I bought last week, it looked like some little character that might be on a lunch box!


The Gina K Designs products that I used to create this project are:


  • GKD Basket Additions 3 and Triple Play Fillers stamp sets
  • Gina K. Pure Luxury Powder Blue, Black Onyx and Red Hot cardstock
  • GKD Red Hot, Black Onyx ink pads
  • Spectrum Noir Markers

Now, this next one, well, let me remind you I also have a middle schooler.  Next year he'll be in HIGH school!  Eek!  That makes me feel like this skeleton looks!  ) So anyway, Jonathan's not really about "apples for the teachers and lunch tins" anymore, you know?  I have to be as sarcastic as he is to find any common ground, so here is my "skooleton"!  

Apologies to all the teachers out there, who do not appreciate this design, but please try to think back to a time when maybe you weren't so excited about going to school!  (I think he's going to love it!)  Everything here is from my Basket Additions 3 set, minus my handwriting, ("Best penmanship, please, class!") in gel pen.  The teacher, I mean, skooleton, (from the Halloween topper in the set), is about as excited to see the students as they are to see him or her, you know?  The desk and black board are just rectangular mats that make it easy to create a classroom scene. I smudged a little white craft ink (also used on the back2school) on the Black Onyx mat edges. Scary is from another greeting is the set, inking up just the "scary".  I used Wild Lilac for the mat to go with his school colors.


The Gina K Designs products that I used to create this project are:


  • Gina K. Basket Additions 3 stamp set
  • Gina K. Pure Luxury White, Black onyx, Warm Cocoa, and Wild Lilac cardstock
  • Gina K. Black Onyx ink pad and White craft pad
  • Spectrum Noir markers
  • White gel pen

It’s not too late to make your project or special cards because students and teachers will be back in the classroom soon, but also need encouragement throughout the semester! If you do not have these sets in your Gina K. Designs stamp collection, visit the Gina K. Designs store.

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Beth Silaika’s Keep Calm
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Have fun hopping!  Thanks for visiting today!




96 comments:

Beth Fairweather said...

Oh wow!!! That calendar card is so cool, I never would have thought to do that! And I am LOL'ing at your second card, that is too funny! Love it! Can't wait to get that basket additions set!

Hugs,
Beth

Janeen said...

My kids are way past school age but I have little ones at church that would enjoy some comfort about returning.

catdidit said...

LOVE these all Mel! I 'get' the skeleton too, too funny!

Sue D said...

Cute and colorful. Love the idea of the calendar card.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Great cards. Love the Skooleton! The calendar card is a great idea. Thanks for providing the link.

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

The first one was so cute, and I love it, but the second one REALLY made me laugh out loud!!! Such great cards! And a great sense of humor too!

Cindi Hall said...

Melanie, you always make great sets and I love the way you put the lunchboxes on top of the calendar!

Macimbalo said...

Great ideas! Love your mini calendar so much!

Cheryl Depler said...

So sweet. I've been retired from education for 11 years now but I still get a kick out of these cards for the kids and teachers. Several teachers in my family. They love them! And they all do need encouragement throughout the year, so this is great! Thanks.

Dawn S. said...

Love the idea of a calendar card! I can relate to the skooleton card - one of my sons wasn't really excited about going back to school.

Kathy E. said...

Such cute ideas and Great cards!! Thank You!!!

Bonnie said...

The desk in Kraft is my fav. You are so creative with these stamps with this concept!

nzillingworth said...

LOVE THE CALENDAR IDEA, USEFUL AND REMEMBER SOMEONE EVERY DAY YOU LOOK AT IT

Loretta Rush said...

Love your cards. The calendar card is so cute and the back to school is card is great also. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa K said...

I like the calendar idea, but I love the skeletoon! That is wonderful for the teen.

Angela Hartley said...

your designs are wonderful! the GKD stamps can not be beat! you always inspire when you create! Blessings!!

Cindyloohoo said...

Love the skeleton card so cute. And the calendar is adorable thanks for chance to win

Tami Priebe said...

That calendar is the neatest idea, I love it. My mind is already racing with ideas so adaptable to so many people of all ages.
Thanks for sharing!!

Nana Griffin said...

Love these cards. The skeleton one is so cool.

Stephanie said...

Great ideas!

scrappinmommom said...

Wow Melanie, they are both toooo cute. I especially like the calendar and what a great idea. I immediately thought of the next person that is pregnant, wouldn't that be and good idea with the due date on the calendar. My granddaughter just made me a great grandmother and that would have been so neat for her. Thanks!!!

Roberta Eldridge said...

Great cards, Melanie! I love the mini calendar idea. My grandson is in the 7th grade now and my granddaughter is in the 3rd grade. They'd love to have those calendars!

cardscookiecarrotcake said...

Fun cards! I like all the ideas you shared and the classroom scene is wonderful. I don't think teachers will be offended (I hope) with that fun card.

jeb said...

The callendar is a great idea. It could be used for multiple occasions. I love the last card. I sure smilled when I saw it.

Diana said...

I am so making that for my sons teachers, I love it. Thanks for inspiring me. I buy the stamp sets because of all the great video, you do an amazing job! Thanks for all the great ideas and keeping it fresh.
Diana

Jeff Towers said...

I love the calendar with the basket filler for a border. The skeleton teacher is a hoot because I sometimes felt this way when I was student teaching. Your humor and creativity are an inspiration.

Metty Fredricks said...

Love this! And so will the grandchildren.

Rita C Jackson said...

I love the desk calendar idea. I especially like the idea of writing the goals on the inside. Thanks for sharing.

Nikki said...

What great cards. I really like the calender card.

Caroline Pollard said...

too cool! lol skeleton!!

Deborah Vasel said...

Love the calendar card,
What an ingenious idea!

Sharon Underwood said...

These cards are fantastic! You really knocked this out of the park--your teenager will love his card, for sure! Well, both will, but the teenager is harder to please...been there, done that!

Taylored Just 4U said...

Love the cute calendar card! What a neat idea! The back to school card is adorable! Thanks for sharing the calendar link.

MsJudyC said...

Great calendar card and love, love, love the skeleton teacher card. Cracked me up!!!

Anneke Schep said...

I love both cards but the second card with the skeleton makes me laugh! It's my favorite...

Sheila said...

The calendar card is nice but I really enjoyed the second card and I think their are a lot of kids out there that would really enjoy receiving it. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Krug said...

i am a teacher and I love the skeleton card. Great idea to use the calendar.

Verna Angerhofer said...

What wonderful projects. I especially like the skeleton behind the school desk. So funny and hilariously done.

ShelleyV said...

What great ideas, and practical too, including the calendar! Your kids will love their cards. The skeleton card is such a fun twist on back-to-school.

Rose said...

WEll, this is my 2nd comment. I went to the bottom of the page and put a comment. As I've said I did enjoy your calendar and skooliton card. Very age appropriate as well! Thank you!

Linda said...

The calendar card is so cute. I love the color and the late great fort teachers and students.

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

These are awesome! Love the calendar one - will be great for Birthdays also! And I agree with everyone else on the skeleton one - very funny! Grandkids will love them!

Paula Kysilka said...

Melanie

These cards are adorable. I have become smitten with all of your designs and ordered both your books. You have been blessed with such a talent, keep on stampin' and inspiring so many who have come to love your talent.
Paula K.

Pat said...

I love anything with the basic colors and back to school is the perfect time for them. So bright and vivid colors makes me love your card. "skooleton" is a perfect card love the design. Great cards.

Jeanne Mello said...

Such CUTE cards! I especially like the mini calendar card.

Sandy M said...

Got a laugh at your Schooleton. Great cards

Judy Woodland said...

I love these, but the skeleton one just made me laugh out loud. How clever....great inspiration.

Lana Ellis said...

Love the calendar card idea. Thanks for sharing!

Cindy Arnold said...

Nicely done! Cute idea with the calendar!

MJR said...

I love the idea of the calendars for a present

Linda said...

Oh so cute. I love both of them, but the calendar is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Tracy McBee said...

Cute and creative way to use these stamp sets! I would have never thought of this! Thanks Melanie

lisa808 said...

Fun back to school cards! The skeleton is too cute.

Christina Young said...

I love how you showed off the stamps without the baskets! Thanks!!

Donna Phelan said...

Fab calendar card, but I love the scary back to school one complete with desk! FUN!

Sue In't Veld said...

Great use of your versatile stamp sets! I think you can make any kind of card or project with them! I love the skeleton!

CountessLaurie said...

Very fun! Any teacher would love the skeleton one :-)

Beaumonde Designs said...

Awesome cards! Love the skooleton! The stamp sets are amazing!! - Payel (Beau Monde Designs)

El Ivens said...

Love them both.
Skeleton is my favorite

Sharon Fontenot said...

Love the cards -- as a former teacher, I find the skeleton at the desk pretty funny. That teacher forgot to get up and move around a little bit.

Donna Przybylowski said...

Wonderful cards Mel, love the use of the skeleton, and also the Calendar card, thanks for sharing.
hugs
Donna

Sandra Schroeder said...

Really cute cards. I love the one with skeleton the most. Great cards and you just have to have a sense of humor with a teen.

sillygirl said...

Love the way uused these stamps! Especially the skeleton!

STAMPING SAM said...

Both cards are perfect for back to school...as a teacher it is scary!!!

STAMPING SAM said...

Both cards are perfect for back to school...as a teacher it is scary!!!

Linda S said...

Wow, these are really cute Melanie (except I don't much care for the skeleton, by any name). For years, I have wanted to be able to do calendar cards -- it never occurred to me to combine a stamped image with a mini-calendar that I found online. Thank you so much for the suggestion / resource link!!! Even though I do not much care for the skeleton, the desk and blackboard are also a usable idea for me. Thank you for that also.

snkplssskin said...

this is great! LOVE your calendar, may have to case it! LiaS

Tina Gostling said...

How cute are these cards? Where in the world do you find the inspiration! Why can't I come up with these ideas? Oh yeah, I can look at everyone's creations and create a card just like it, but to come up with my own ideas....forget it!..LOL

Nancy M. Lane said...

Love watching your videos. You have some stamp sets I have on my want list, hope I get to be able to purchase them soon. Thank you for sharing.

Robin said...

Super cute!!

Sharon said...

Both Fabulous but laughed out loud at the scary skeleton! Awesome

Debby said...

Melanie, love the cards! By the way I love all your stamp sets, I am on a spending freexe and your sets are tempting me to break it. lol

Dee Earnshaw said...

Loving your cards - they are so creative. The calendar card is so clever and thank you for the links to these awesome printables. The second card is so funny - love the grinning skeleton. LOL

ktmoore1960 said...

I am so inspired. I have several friends and family members that are teachers and I have to have these sets. I never would have thought of sending a back to school card. I will next year! I LOVE the calender

Vickie Livingston said...

I'm a high school librarian & I LOVE your skoolenton! I need it for my circulation desk.

Vickie Livingston said...

I'm a high school librarian & I LOVE your skoolenton! I need it for my circulation desk.

Sharon Kent said...

I love your cards. I wish I had younger children (They are 39 and 42 with no children of their own.)to make something like this for them and their teachers. I will use the calendar idea for cards for other occasions.

Cathy Montoya said...

Great card. THANKS FOR SHARING.

marilynwillauer said...

Cute cards!!! Love the skelton!!!

Carol March said...

Hi Melanie
Just love your cards. Yours are always so cute.

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

Really great cards so perfectly suited to their recipients! N

JoAnn said...

Really cute cards. Love the one with the mini calendar. That is such a great idea.

Gayle said...

Too cute! Love the skeleton card.

Rosy Newlun said...

Sweet Melanie!! He's going to adore your calendar all school year long, with you saying "I love you" to remind him ♥ The chalkboard card is so funny I cracked up - going back to school is so SCARY so it's the perfect sentiment!!!

Gloria Magdaleno said...

Absolutely FUN!!! cards. Thank you for inspiring us.

Chrissy Allen said...

Love your cards.

Sharon said...

So cute! Love the calendar!

Carole Renneker said...

"skooleton" hilarious! Love the calendar too. Your creativity always blows me away. Thanks for inspiring.

Allie Gower said...

Love, love, love the calendar idea!
I know of a few teachers that would totally appreciate the skeleton at the desk! Ha ha.

Great projects.

Kind Regards,
Allie Gower

Lagene said...

COOL cards!

Di said...

Lovin' that calendar card. Thanks for the mini link.

Beth said...

i hope my kids don't get that boring skeleton teacher this year! ha ha!

Kate Tornblom said...

My daughter-in-law is a middle school teacher and she would love getting any of these amazing cards! Your creativity inspires me!

mtscrapgal said...

Love the calendar idea. Your suggestions for variations were terrific, The scoolton card is perfect for the cool middle schooler. Great projects, Melanie.

ehbost said...

Love the calendar. Everyone needs to keep track of important events. The skooleton was on fleek!

Silvia Jacinto said...

I love your blog. Keep it up.

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