Card making, rubber stamping techniques and project videos for papercrafters

Beth Silaika

About me:

I am from Upstate NY (just north of Albany) I currently live in a small town called Clifton Park.  I grew up in Niskayuna (just across the river from Clifton Park) and attended college locally (at SUNY Cobleskill and the University At Albany).  I have a few degrees (I have an associates in Travel & Resort Marketing), spent time as a travel agent before returning to school to get my bachelor and master degrees from UAlbany in Interpersonal and Intercultural communication. I spent several years working in the human services field as a direct care worker and case manager for New York State for the Office of Developmental Disabilities.  I officially retired from NY after my oldest daughter was born. I started doing some computer work for a health care research firm in 1998 and started working out of my home so that I could stay with the kids and get a little extra income. My brother in law installed photoshop on my computer and I started playing around with it for fun and taught myself how to do all kinds of fun things.  I grew to love stamping and became a member of Splitcoaststampers, getting really involved in their challenges.  Watermarks and blogs became the rage and I started helping out fellow stampers by creating watermarks for them. I was on several design teams for various stamp companies, but also I really enjoyed creating things online. One day I was asked to submit designs for a stamp company....suddenly my designs were accepted as stamp sets. This past year, I made the switch to Gina K. Designs and could not be happier with my decision!

My family:

I met Todd in 1985 in high school. We have been inseparable since he wished me happy birthday in the hallway while I was walking to gym class. I have been married to him for 19 years (20 this summer) and we have 6 incredible kids (5 girls and 1 boy). They all sing, swim, ski and love school!  We are truly blessed. I have a wonderful family (2 sisters, a great brother in law), 2 brothers (and their wives) and 2 nieces and 2 nephews. Our best friends (Debbie, who is a new addition to the Gina K. family and her husband Chris) live a few miles away and we see them and their girls every week.  We have a two year old miniature golden-doodle named Percy Jackson (after the character in the Last Olympian series).  Todd's parents have both passed, but my parents are local and very involved in my kids lives. They snowbird in Florida for a few months every winter and return to the area just in time for spring!

How I started stamping:

When I started stamping and paper crafting.- growing up I liked putting my photos in those sticky back albums with the clear plastic film. I would write on little colored scraps of paper and document trips and different events during high school and college. Then in 1999, after the birth of my second daughter, my mom had a stamping party. I was in heaven!  I have been hooked ever since!

My favorite stamping tools:

 I love my copic markers and embossing folders...but recently purchased a cameo and really love how I can use it to make backgrounds and custom tags and elements for cards.

My favorite stamp set or series:

I loved my Wicked stamp set - I used it a TON - even using the skull and crossbones for boy birthday cards.

What I love that isn't stamping related:

I love to read and spend time with my kids.  They are all competitive swimmers, so I spend many evenings shuttling them back and forth to the pool.   I am an AVID New York Giants fan and my family is really into watching various sports (NY Rangers hockey, Celtics basketball and NY Yankees baseball).  We love reality TV (Survivor and the Amazing Race)!  Our family really enjoys traveling and we have had the pleasure of experiencing some really fun vacations over the past few years. Todd and I are active in our church and are very involved in a local charity called Hannah's Hope Fund, co-chairing their annual Ball ( 

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Gina's Favorites from Amazon

Technique Archives

Vintage Chic Kit

Introduction Project

Border Bling

Shimmer Card

Distressed Letterpress


Springtime Silhouettes Kit

Detail Image Thumping

Doily Card

Shadow Stamping

Watercolor Spritz

Wax Paper Focal Image

Embossed Marble 

Lattice Background

Negative Stamping

Perfect Pearls and Glitter Pens 


Sent with Love Kit

Adding Shine with Glaze

Distressed Embossed Patterned Paper

Double Embossing

Weathered Wood 

Tag Die Frames

Paper Scraps

Parisian Embossed Background

Pastel Pencil Background

Rubber Band Emboss

Victorian Distress


Winter Wonderland Kit
3-D Focal Image
Metallic Edge
Metallic Embellishment
Raised Frame Card
Partial Embossing w/Cuttlebug
Creating a Corner Bow

Autumn Splendor Kit
Bleached Leaves
Clean/Simple Scor-Buddy
Distressed Stripes
Emerging Leaves
Gatefold w/ a Twist
Masked Pumpkin
Scalloped Oval Card
Sunflower Resist
Simple Copic Coloring 1
Simple Copic Coloring 2

Christmas in July

Project 1
Project 2

Project 3
Project 4

Enjoy the Sunshine Kit
Cropped Circles
Decorative Edge/Scor-Buddy
Distressed Linen Butterflies
Distressed Newsprint
Flocked Background Part 1
Flocked Background Part 2
Distress/Scored Masculine card part 1
Distress/Scored Masculine Card Part 2
Layering Labels Dies
Recessed Diamond Background
Happy Fish Card/Copics
Reverse Nestabilities
Tent Topper Card

May 20102 Release ideas
Botanical Resist
Hope Grows Butterflies
Tag Dies as a Decorative Element

Using with Cuttlebug

March Preview and
Spring Mix Kit Projects

Adding a Glittered Border
Asian Inspired Card
Borders with Nestabilities
Coloring Tiger Lilies
Flower Gift Basket 1
Flower Gift Basket 2
Gatefold Cards/Scor-pal
Nestabilitie/Beyond Border
Paper Piercing w/Sewing Machine
Paper Quilting
Setting Eyelets with Pen

Organize it! Projects
Decorative Edge w/Scor-pal
Embossed background/Scor-pal
Gift Card Holder 1 (Masculine)
Gift Card Holder 2 (Masculine)Journal and Pen Set 1
Journal and Pen Set 2
Kitchen Counter Organizer 1
Kitchen Counter Organizer 2
Kitchen Counter Organizer 3
Kitchen Counter Organizer 4
Little Black Book Part 1
Little Black Book Part 2
Memory Keeper Part 1
Memory Keeper Part 2
Organize it Card Sketch
Password Keeper Part 1 Password Keeper Part 2

Holiday Projects
Box of Gift Cards Part 1
Box of Gift Cards Part 2
Decorative Box part 1
Decorative Box part 2
Decorative Box part 3
Gift Card Holder Part 1
Gift Card Holder Part 2
Nugget Pillow Box Part 1
Nugget Pillow Box Part 2
Stamping on Candles Part 1
Stamping on Candles Part 2
Tone on Tone Card
Trio of Trees Card

Making a Calendar
Calendar Bits&Pieces 1
Calendar Bits&Pieces 2


Adding Glaze with Glaze pens
Adding Glitter -Stardust Pens
Baby Wipes as an Inkpad
Baby wipes Background
Background using Marbles
Bleach as a Coloring Tool
Bleach as an Ink Pad
Bleached Polished Stone
Colored Pencils/OMS Part-1
Colored Pencils/OMS Part-2
Crayon Resist
Cracked Glass
Cuttlebug Embossing (partial)
Cuttlebugged Wax Paper
Drop Shadow
Embellished Flowers
Emboss Resist Style 1
Emboss Resist Style 2
Embossed Foil
Envelopes- 4/25" Square
Faux Snake Skin
Faux Window Part 1
Faux Window Part 2
Flourish Punch Embellishment
Heat Embossing
Inking a Cuttlebug Folder
Joseph's Coat
Kissed Flowers Part 1
Kissed Flowers Part 2
Lining your Envelopes
Nestabilities/Cuttlebug 1
Nestabilities/Cuttlebug 2
Nestabilities/Embossing Only
Paper Piecing
Patterned Embossing
Polished Stone
Poppin' Pastels
Precision Inking w/Markers
Pullin' Pastels
Rubber Band Background
Shaker Cards Part 1
Shaker Cards Part 2
Shaving Cream
Shimmering Background Paper
Sky Background
Smackin' Acetate
Soot Stamping
Split Negative
Tone on Tone Embossing
Trimming your stamps
Thumping with Markers
Watercolor Spritz
Wax Paper Background

Assorted Projects
Tile Coasters
Clear Box Gift Box- part 1
Clear Box Gift Box- part 2
Embellished Flowers Card
Floral Thank You
Woodgrained Get Well Card

Sewing on Cards
Janome Sew-mini setup
Janome Sew-mini- bobbin and threading 1
Janome Sew-mini- threading 2
Janome Sew-mini stitching

How to use it!
Background Stamps
The Bow Easy
Chalk Enhancer
Crystal Lacquer
Easy Set Eyelet Setter
Metallic Rub-on Paste
Making Cheater's Bows
Colored Glitter
Liquid Applique
Paper piercing Templates
Magnetic Snaps 1
Magnetic Snaps 2

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