Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gina K Designs – February Inspiration Blog Hop – Day Two



The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp release for February by our illustrator team! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring the stamp sets by Beth Silaika, Claire Brennan and our new Incentive set, Vintage Rose. 

These stamp sets are so fun and versatile! You will be able to create amazing card projects using each individual set or by combining the images and sentiments from multiple sets from this release. Have fun and be creative! 






Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop:




Look how beautifully these gorgeous eggs from Springtime Baskets emboss!  I used Gina K Gold embossing powder and her gorgeous gold metallic card stock as a mat.  Coloring with pencil on black card stock can really make those images pop.  And little tip?  If you want a nice highlight? Put a layer of white down first.  Then add your color.  I did that for the blue egg.  And burnished a portion of it with my white pencil, rather than my blender pencil.




This fun sentiment inspired this silly card.  I used a gray sketch paper for this card, so I would have a bit of a rougher surface to hold lots of white prismacolor pencil.



Which came first? The chicken or the egg?  I used Copic markers to color this speckled little Spring Fling peep.





And these?  Tiny little lunchbox notes.  Here's your chance to use up those 1/8" tiny google-y eyes you bought in 1994 for your kids' thumbprint Valentines.  (This is me:  Those bags of eyes are so small!  Theres only 300.  I'd better buy two!)  Well.  You're in luck!  They fit perfectly on the cute little Spring Fling froggy and are bound to make someone giggle.

Thanks for visiting today!  
Enjoy the hop!




Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew….

Beth Silaika - Illustrator for Spring Fling
Claire Brennan - Illustrator for Springtime Baskets
Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.


Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Gina K Designs – February Inspiration Blog Hop – Day One



The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp release for February by our illustrator team! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring the stamp sets by Melanie Muenchinger and Theresa Momber. 

These stamp sets are so fun and versatile! You will be able to create amazing card projects using each individual set or by combining the images and sentiments from multiple sets from this release. Have fun and be creative! 




Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop:

I tried to really go out of my box with Melanie's Fabulous Flowers set for this little friendship project.  I've been dabbling with acrylic paint and mixed media lately, trying to get my toes wet.   And even though it's messy?  I'm really enjoying it.    



For this project, I used a small 4" x 4" canvas wrapped frame to create a little birthday gift.  I gessoed and painted the canvas.  Then used Versafine ink to stamp my flowers and vases on white tissue paper.  I tore the images out, then added them to my canvas with multi-matte medium.  When dry, I painted over the top with acrylic paints.

This card is much more my typical style.  I just think these bouquets of flowers are so adorable, and how can you resist the bright colors of red and yellow together!  I used the ombre technique of inking the large bloom with Red Hot and Cherry Red.    






Theresa Momber's new Framescape - Simply Spring set is just lovely.  It really does all the work for you!  For this card I stamped in Versafine ink on watercolor paper and just swiped little hints of color across the frame!  I used a Zig Marker to add the little dots of a field of flowers, then stamped the sentiment and the dog.  How simple is THAT?

And her "additional" images in the Framescape set are just wonderfully detailed on their own!  Look at the detail in the hot air balloons!  How simple is this for a masculine birthday card?





Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:

Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Thank you for stopping by!


Saturday, February 11, 2017

If you're not from Minnesota, you may not quite understand this one...

Good Morning!





I'm sharing a silly card that I made with my daughter in mind.  When she went off to college in Michigan she learned that the children's tag game that she has played since she was little was called something else:

Duck.  Duck.  Gray Duck!

Was called Duck.  Duck.  GOOSE??

Waaaaaaait a minute.

She did a little research.  And found...  (perhaps this Minnesota newspaper is a bit biased), but here you go.  She was right.  The proof is here:






Anyway, hope you enjoyed that little fun fact about Minnesota's superior Duck games.  This little DUCK, DUCK,  GRAY DUCK card that I created with Beth Silaika's adorable new set, Spring Fling, needs to hurry on it's way to Michigan for Valentine's day.


Thursday was the new release from Gina K Designs.  Gina and her illustrator team knocked it out of the park again with some fabulous new spring themed stamp sets.  I hope you were able to visit and shop and pick up the new goodies!


 Here"s a quick peek at my cards that were revealed during Thursday's StampTV party.




Isn't Claire Brennan's Springtime Basket set beautiful??  The detail in this stamp is ahhhhmazing.




Here's another made with Beth's  Spring Fling set.


This watercolor bouquet was made with just a few of the smaller stamps from Melanie Meuchinger's new Fabulous Flowers set.  




Theresa Momber designed another beautiful landscape frame set:  Framescape - Simply Spring.  She does such an amazing job with the details on the smaller images, i love to highlight just how versatile they can be on their own!   I stamped this row of Tulips in white pigment ink, let it dry, then drew in the color with my Polychromos pencils.


And last but not least.  Here's my take on this month's new incentive set.  (free with a $75 purchase).  This set 

I masked the larger rose, and overstamped the jar image so I could add the smaller blooms and buds twice to create a larger bouquet of flowers!   


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Go play some DUCK, DUCK, GRAY DUCK!  ;)








Thursday, January 26, 2017

Back home!

I had such a fun trip to Phoenix last week for Creativation 2017.  Seeing the new products and meeting so many fellow crafters in one location was just fabulous.     But even though a sinus infection decided to make the trip home with me, it does feel good to be home.

Tonight I ventured back into my craft room for the first time in well over a week.  I decided to spend an hour or so playing along with the new The Ton Stamps Challenge Blog. The theme for their first 2017 challenge is "Celebrate".

 

I chose the set Fresh Cut Poppies to use for this birthday card.  The heat embossed birthday sentiment is from Shoe Wardrobe Outline.

 


Friday, January 13, 2017

Ton’s 2017 Anniversary Release Blog Hop


Welcome to The Ton Stamps' 2017 Anniversary Release Blog Hop!  

I'm thrilled to have been invited to participate as a guest designer and help celebrate the second anniversary of The Ton Stamps!   I've been a huge fan since I learned of The Ton, and Effie has definitely outdid herself with this release!  The Ton has 26 amazing new stamps for their 2017 Anniversary Release which include three free gifts with qualifying purchases. For more information on The Ton’s inventive products, head over to The Ton’s blog. All new release products are available now! 

Today I am showcasing just a few of the new sets.  My first cards use a new 6" x 6" rubber cling background stamp called Fountain Terrace.  This is an amazingly detailed stamp, and it's beautiful.  

I stamped the Fountain Terrace stamp on watercolor paper and painted using my Dr. PH Martin watercolors, then added Daniel Smith Iridescent Copper watercolor to the fountain.  I added the sentiment from Fresh Cut Poppies Outlines.  I stamped and colored the take charge girl from Born Classy onto watercolor paper and fussy cut her carefully out.  I decided she needed a stunning glittery dress, so I chose to cut one from Silver Adhesive Glitter Paper.   (A tip for paper piecing with this glitter paper, is to cover your glitter paper with  3M Post-It tape. then stamp the image onto the Post-It tape.  You can use the stamped lines as a cutting guide, then peel away the tape, leaving your glittery dress ink free.) I added a black frame, cut with the Double Stitched Squares dies and adhered everything to a card base.



I wanted to try a night scene with this stamp for this 5" x 7" card.  I stamped in Versamark ink onto navy blue card stock and heat embossed in silver.  Isn't it amazing how the details really stay crisp even when embossed?  I used the Pyrotechnics set, to add some embossed fireworks in the sky.  I then used Polychromos pencils to add a bit of shadow and reflection of the fireworks in the trees and water.  The sentiment I chose to use is actually just a portion of a sentiment from Shoe Wardrobe 2nd Edition (Solid).





The Ton has some seriously amazing floral stamps in their collection, and this release adds Poppies to the line up.  And I love them!

These two cards are created using the Thoughtful Poppies set.  This card was stamped in Caviar Hybrid ink and colored with Copic markers.  I heat heat embossed one of the thoughtful sentiments in gold.




When I think of poppies, I immediately think of reds and oranges.  This time I did some no line coloring with Prismacolor pencils.  I stamped my image using the pale Crystal Pewter dye ink onto Strathmore toned gray paper.  I colored and burnished with a colorless blender pencil, then using my MISTI, stamped the sentiment in Caviar Hybrid ink, and again in Versamark so I could add clear embossing powder.  I then used the Double Stitched Squares dies to cut both my panel and a mat, and used black fun foam to pop my focal panel up on a black card base.





The next cards use the Fresh Cut Poppies Outlines set.  I love the versatility of these.  I love to color.  And almost always do.  But this time I chose to paper piece the single bloom.  

I stamped the flower onto a piece of pink cardstock and twice more on little miscellaneous scrap pieces of paper from my stash.  (yes, I hoard pretty papers...  and I save small leftover pieces - just for uses as this!)  I fussy cut the various petals and adhered them to my pink flower.  I also stamped the leaves and bud onto little leftover pieces of papers and card stock and fussy cut.  For my card panel, I wet a piece of watercolor paper and added some green ink and let it move across the paper.  Once dry, I trimmed the area I wanted, and stamped the sentiment and stems and bud in Caviar Hybrid ink.  I carefully added just a bit of green to the stems with a Copic marker.  I then spattered a light and a dark green watercolor droplets to the panel and let it dry before adhering my bloom, bud and leaves. And assembling my card with a green mat.






This card is my Wizard of Oz card.  Remember when Dorothy and her friends had to cross the poppy fields?  This sentiment from The New Pretty set were the perfect addition to make a red poppy encouragement card.  

I stamped several of the poppies on watercolor paper and wet the paper then just dropped in vibrant red and orange watercolors and let them move and blend.  When dry, I added some yellow to the center as well as purple, then cut out the blooms when dry.  I used a sponge dauber to sponge in some Everglade Moss ink to a card base made with Bristol smooth paper.  I added the sentiment also with Everglade Moss ink, and laid out where the flowers would fit.  I then lightly added a marking with pencil of where the flowers would be with pencil, then stamped the stems with Caviar Hybrid ink, and used a Zig marker to add more green to the stems and buds.  Then glued the flowers in place.







Thanks for visiting the hop today,  please make your way through the hop participants' blogs and be sure to comment for a chance to win one of five gift certificates to The Ton's shop: One $75, two $50 and two $25 gift certificates will be given away to random commenters on all the hop participant blogs.  To qualify, you must leave a comment on The Ton Blog Hop post. The comment period will close on Monday, January 16th at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced thereafter. 


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gina K Designs – December Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 2




The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp release for December by our illustrator team! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring the stamp sets by Beth Silaika and Claire Brennan.

These stamp sets are so fun and versatile! You will be able to create amazing card projects using each individual set or by combining the images and sentiments from multiple sets from this release. Have fun and be creative!





Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop:

This is a fun card using the Toucan from Beth's Xavier Zebra set.  My toucan is colored with Prismacolor pencils.  The leaf is stamped in Versamark on a Faded Brick card base.  The gold edge of the white piece is just dipped in Versamark and heat embossed with gold.


Xavier the Zebra is such a cute little guy.  Here I just added a tiny bit of shading with a gray Copic Marker and added him to my embossed patterned Wild Lilac card panel.




For this Half Pint Heroine card, I finally opened the pack of Copper Metallic card stock that I bought in October.  That shimmer is so pretty.  My little girl is stamped on a white panel and colored with Copic markers.  I carried the copper cardstock inside the card, and finished the sentiment with a flexible mirror that I had in my stash of supplies.  Loved the sentiment, and knew just what little girl needed to see herself as amazing.




In this card, I also used the Once upon a time sentiment with the large elephant image.  This card is also colored with Copic markers.


Obviously, I love to color.  And the fun images from Half Pint Hero give lots of opportunity!
This party invite uses all the face options in the "Polaroid" photo.  The whole "photo" was covered with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder and heat embossed to give it the shiny gloss.  



My final card is sponged with Ocean Mist, Blue Lagoon and Turquoise Sea inks.  The submarine is colored with warm gray Copics and covered with a clear Spectrum sparkle pen.  Recognize the coral and the aquatic plants?  I cheated.  I used a few of the addition images from Theresa's new Framescape Winter Trees set that we featured yesterday.  They are embossed with some crazy neon embossing powders that I found in my drawer.  But the neon makes perfect coral to complete the scene!



Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:


Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Thank you for stopping by!




Monday, December 12, 2016

Gina K Designs – Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 1




The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp release for December by our illustrator team! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring the stamp sets by Melanie Muenchinger and Theresa Momber. 

These stamp sets are so fun and versatile! You will be able to create amazing card projects using each individual set or by combining the images and sentiments from multiple sets from this release. Have fun and be creative! 





Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop:

Today I am sharing a few projects made with Theresa Momber's gorgeous set, Framescapes - Winter Trees.  This is such a versatile set with a large framed landscaped image and several sentiment and additions.  

I have focused on the beautiful framed landscape image today.  
I have created winter scenes in these first two cards.


heat embossed the image on this card in white on In the Navy cardstock.  I added white sponged ink and Prismacolor pencil for snow, and added snowflakes in the sky with a white gel pen.


In this example I heat embossed with black, also adding the snow with white pigment ink and Prismacolor pencil.

This scene can be used in all seasons.  Below I am sharing a video on how I watercolor painted this summer sunset card.







Melanie Meunchinger has also released a beautiful follow up set to her popular Holiday Frame from the October release.  Holiday Frame Fillers allows you to create beautiful cards for any season or occasion.

I have used the Holiday Frame as a base for my faux barn wood door, and the Holiday Frame Fillers to create a congratulations card.


And again, below with a military welcome card.

The Holiday Frame Fillers now allows you to make cards for so many seasons and occasions!


Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:


Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.


Thank you for stopping by!