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!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Gina K. Designs & CardMaker Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Gina K. Designs and Cardmaker Blog Hop!  If you have reached my blog from Susie Moore's blog, welcome!  You've reached the next stop.  Thanks for hopping with us today.



The design teams from Gina K. Designs and CardMaker have teamed up to bring you some new inspiration using the Gina K. Designs Home For The Holidays StampTV Kit.


This amazing jam-packed holiday themed kit is available now from Gina K. Designs.

Today, I am sharing some fun gift packaging featuring the gift tags using the cute little snowman and some various paper scraps.  I'm a paper hoarder.  I hate to waste paper, so I have plastic drawers that I toss my various scraps of patterned papers and card stock in.  This project is a good way to use up some of those scraps!  



I started my project by first die-cutting a few of the snowmen from Gina K. Heavy Weight Base White card stock.  I saved the negative piece from my die cutting, and used that as a guide for stamping my image.  To do this, I used my MISTI.  I first stamped once on a scrap paper, leaving my stamp in place on the lid.  Then I centered my die cut negative over that stamped image and secured the negative in place.


Next, I popped the die cut back into the negative hole.  I know that it will stamp exactly as I want it to, because I know it is lined up correctly.


It does.  And I removed the die cut and continued stamping the remainder of my die cuts.

I then very quickly added a bit of color to my snowmen and their scarves with Copic Markers.


I chose to snip off the inked pom-pom from my die cut, because I would be adding a tiny craft pom-pom instead.

My "tags" were made from a 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of patterned paper.  To create the ribbon tail edge, I  marked the center point and measured 1/2' from the bottom, and marked a dot with pencil on the reverse side.  And just cut from the edge to that centered dot with scissors.   I used scraps of coordinating patterned paper and cardstock to create a contrasting bands on my tag.  I stamped the To:/From: in Gina K Black Onyx ink and added my snowman, adding the pom-pom with Glossy Accents last.

My packaging for my popcorn is a lined Kraft window coffee bag.  I love giving homemade treats for the holidays, and this is always a nice simple way to gift a gift.  I filled mine with homemade Caramel Corn.  I make many, many batches of this popcorn each year for easy holiday gifts.

Just for fun, I'm including my secret recipe in case you'd like to try it for yourself.

Caramel Popcorn

18-20 cups of air-popped corn (plain. don't add oil/salt)

1 cup butter
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt butter in saucepan.  Stir in brown sugar, syrup and salt.  Bring to a boil stirring constantly.  Boil 5 minutes, no longer stirring.  Remove from heat.  Add soda and vanilla.  Stir until foamy.  Pour over popped corn, mixing well.  Place into two large baking pans.  Bake in a 250 degree oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Your next stop on the hop should be Juliana Michaels.
If you get lost, here is the complete list of blog hop participants:

CardMaker Blog 
Susie Moore 
Chris Dayton - you are here!
Juliana Michaels 

Karen Hightower 
Cathy Tidwell 
Kelly Gettelfinger 
Silke Ledlow 
Jeanne Streiff 
Kendra Wietstock 
Melanie Muenchinger 
Daniela Dobson 
Sheri Gilson 
Donna Idlet 
Sean Fetterman 
Gina K. Designs Blog 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gina K Designs October Inspiration Blog Hop Day Three

Hello! Welcome!

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new Home for the Holidays StampTV Kit and a number of gorgeous stamp sets 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 Beth Silaika’s new “Ian Moose” stamp set and Claire Brennan’s new stamp sets: Nordic Winter, Noel, Festive Foliage and Compliments of the Season. Beth’s set, “Ian Moose” is the most adorable moose with cute accompanying images and fun sentiments! Claire’s stamp sets are the best in classic and traditional stamps celebrating this holiday season!


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.

Today I have a clean and simple card that I made with Claire Brennan's set, Festive Foliage.






This is just a very simple design using the mistletoe image stamped in Memento and quickly colored with Copic Markers.  I love all the white space, and the Red Velvet sentiment really shines.


Perhaps I had mistletoe on the brain, because my next card uses the mistletoe sentiment from Beth Silaika's Ian Moose stamp set along with the cute little moose.



I stamped this adorable little Moose and sentiment on a square of 90# watercolor paper with Versafine ink and colored him with Zig Clean Color Realbrush markers.  The pretty patterned papers are from the Home for the Holidays Stamp TV kit, and are trimmed and accented with Jelly Bean green, Turquoise Sea and White card stock.



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

Gina K
Beth Silaika – Illustrator for Ian Moose
Claire Brennan - Nordic Winter, Noel, Festive Foliage and Compliments of the Season
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Kendra Wietstock
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger
Sean Fetterman
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Susie Moore
Theresa Momber
Chris Dayton - You are here!

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!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Gina K Designs Inpiration Blog Hop Day Two

Welcome back!

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new Home for the Holidays Stamp TV Kit and a number of gorgeous stamp sets 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 Melanie Muenchinger's new Holiday Frame stamp set and Theresa Momber's new Dashing stamp set.  Both Melanie and Theresa have hand drawn these beautiful images that will allow you to male a card that is personalized with images that you will not find anywhere else!

Today I am sharing a card made with Melanie Muenchinger's new set, Holiday Frame.  What a fun set with so many possibilities!
 

Today I used the full frame stamp, but decided to paper piece in the sections with various papers and textures.

 



I began my card by stamping the full frame four times: on a 
White Pure Luxury heavyweight card base, on the red patterned paper from the kit, on a piece of Turquoise Sea card stock, and on a piece of 90# cold press watercolor paper.  Because I planned to watercolor images in the central circle, I used Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I stamped the small log cabin, trees and snowman images within the circle with Versafine, then watercolored them using Spectrum Aqua watercolors.  I prefer to use these markers by scribbling onto a palette, then use a paintbrush to pick up ink and watercolor with. I feel I have more control when I paint with a brush.

Once my painting had fully dried, I fussy cut the circle out.  I stamped the sentiment onto my Turquoise Sea piece with Christmas Pine Green ink. I dry embossed the Turquoise Sea panel with a scroll-y embossing folder before cutting out the two pieces I wanted for my card.  I also fussy cut the other sections from my patterned paper.  I cut just with in the black ink lines, and adhered them to my white heavyweight card base.

My next card is simple card that would be easy to mass produce.  This one uses images from the Dashing stamp set.  

 

 
This is a one layer card, created on Ivory Heavyweight Pure Luxury card stock.  I used Post-It tape to mask off the edges of my card front.  By covering each of the sides 1/2", it left plenty of room to create the central focal image.  I tore a piece of Post-it tape to create a mask that I would use to create the hazy, snowy foreground.  Beginning at the top of my panel, I used a sponge dauber to layer in Charcoal Brown ink.  I continued layering more ink as I moved my tape mask downward, allowing the ink at the foreground to be the lightest.  When I was satisfied with the depth of color, I removed the tape, and heat set the ink, to make sure it was completely dry before I stamped the sentiment and deer with Versamark ink and heat embossing with gold embossing powder.

I also created this card with a few of the smaller images from the Dashing Stamp set.  

 

I began with a top folding heavyweight In the Navy card base.  I used a mask that I created out of a piece of scratch paper and a 2 1/2" circle die.  I placed my mask over my card base, and used a small makeup brush to sweep Ivory pigment ink in circular motions to create the moon.  I smudged just a bit of  Black Onyx ink with my fingertip to the edges to create a hint of shadow on the edges of my moon.  I then heat set the ink, to ensure it was very dry before stamping the santa and sleigh image and the small skinny trees with Versamark and heat embossing in black.  I sponged a bit of Black Onyx ink at the base of the trees to create a bit of haze.  The stars and sentiment were heat embossed in silver.  

My final card today is also created with images from the Dashing set.  

 


I started by stamping the large poinsettia image on White Heavyweight Pure Luxury cardstock with Memento ink.  I chose a very simple and quick coloring/shading method of Copic coloring, whereas I first determined the direction of my light source, then colored the areas of shadow first with a W3 gray marker.  I then colored the whole flower, including the gray areas with R35.  Because I was cutting out my image, I colored quickly without worrying about staying in the lines.

 
 

 I decided to deepen a few areas further with R59.  I used a little YG21, G14 and Y08 on the flower centers.  I then fussy cut the flowers. 
My sentiment is created on a small piece of heavy weight white card stock.  I had used second generation stamping with the Music background stamp (available in the Home for the Holidays Stamp TV Kit) using Kraft ink.  

 

The Merry Christmas sentiment is added in Charcoal Brown   I created multiple mat layers using the pretty Christmas Pine patterned paper from the Home for the Holidays Stamp TV kit, and Turquoise Sea card stock and assembled all elements with adhesive on a White heavyweight card base.

Links to products are provided in the descriptions above.  Just click on the colored product name for the direct links to the products I used in the examples above.  All products are available for purchase now from Gina K Designs.

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


Melanie Muenchinger - illustrator of Holiday Frame

Theresa Momber - illustrator for Dashing



Chris Dayton - you are here



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.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  




Monday, October 17, 2016

Gina K Inspiration Blog Hop Day One: Home For The Holidays Kit

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop featuring the new Home for the Holidays Stamp TV Kit and a number of gorgeous stamp sets 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, the team is featuring stamp sets from the Kit and the new 'Tis the Sea-Sun stamp set.  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 Stamp TV a few days after the hop.

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" at Gina K Designs!  Gina K and the illustrator team have been extremely busy preparing the most fun stamp sets with a variety of images and sentiments to make so many incredible cards and holiday projects.

I am a thrilled to be participating in today's blog hop as a new member of the design team.  What a month to begin!  This release is amazing.

Today, I am featuring two of the stamp sets from the new Stamp TV kit, Home For The Holidays.   SO much loveliness in this kit!  I love it all.




My first card uses a few of the small images from the Christmas Greenery set, designed by Gina K.

 

 

I stamped my sentiment in Charcoal Brown ink onto a heavy weight Ivory panel.  I then stamped three of the tiny poinsettia images in Lipstick ink.  I also stamped the poinsettia three times on a piece of Post-it tape, and fussy cut them to use as masks.  I placed the tape masks on top of my images on my card panel, and randomly stamped the small pine sprig images first in Jelly Bean Green  and again in Fresh Asparagus ink.  I removed the masks from my flowers used my colored pencils to add a bit of shading and color to the flower centers.  I used a ruler and a pencil to lightly draw in a candle.  I used my Copic markers to color the candle, adding a bit of extra detail to the flame with colored pencil.  I assembled my card with a Charcoal Brown mat with a Kraft card base.

My next project is a tag made with the Home for the Holidays set.  



I made a folded tag using a 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of heavy weight white cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers.  Don't you just love the heavy weight white for Copics?  I love how it doesn't bleed through!



I made my first ever video to show you how I cut this tag.  I know I have lots to learn about filming and editing, but I decided I needed to start somewhere!  I hope you enjoy.









Links to products are provided in the descriptions above.  Just click on the colored product name for the direct links to the products I used in the examples above.  All products are available for purchase now from Gina K Designs.

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



Chris Dayton - you are here

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.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  
I'll be back tomorrow for Day Two!

Have a wonderful day!