Thursday, July 27, 2017

New IO Challenge: Christmas in July

Today the team from Impression Obsession is kicking off the new challenge:

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

For more information on the new challenge and how to enter, please visit the Impression Obsession blog by clicking HERE.  A random challenge card will be selected from entrants to showcase on the IO blog and you can be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing!




Holiday Teapot (H16322)                      Holiday Words (3189-LG)



I colored this teapot with Copic markers, leaving an area white,  so it would appear smooth and red metallic-y, then balanced it with lots of green foliage.  The greeting is heat embossed in silver on a folded sentiment strip and popped up with foam tape.




Colorless Calendula

Today I'm posting for Technique Junkies on the Team blog, sharing details for this chalkboard card made with the new July Calendula background stamp!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Stampscapes-like inking with Gina K Designs products and MISTI

Hello.

I was taught a new-to-me technique on Saturday when I was at the Scrapmania Crop Event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  There was a rather impromptu demo given by Lynette Etzel, one of the teachers at Scrapmania.





Stampscapes stamps and this technique have been around quite awhile, and I've alway admired them, but never explored.

But after watching Lynette's short but concise and informative demonstration, I learned that I needed very few supplies to try this technique;  I had many stamps that I knew that would work for this technique, and definitely have plenty of dye inks!  The items I did not have were Ranger Glossy paper, and small Colorbox foam blenders, so I purchased those at the event.  I also picked up a few individual stamps as well.

I couldn't wait to get home at give this technique a try.

I love it.  I'm hooked.
I knew I would be.  I love landscapes and sky scenes.  There are so many colors that appear that it's always a challenge to try to recreate images of them!

The possibilities are endless for landscape images.



Framescapes: Winter Trees from Gina K Designs

I have stamped this image with India Ink and added color with Gina K Designs dye inks.

The video is HERE:



This technique is so much fun and is a rather quick and easy technique which is quite forgiving of mistakes.  I see a long pattern of adding scene-building stamps and blending tools to my collection!

Here are some of the scenes that I made last night.

This was my first attempt with Framescapes; only as a sunset, rather than sunrise.


This was stamped with a few Stampscape stamps.


This is a photo I took recently of a sunset.
I attempted to recreate it in ink below.





Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!




Friday, July 21, 2017

Impression Obsession New Catalog Release Blog Hop: Day Five!


Welcome to Day Five of the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.

Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!



If you’ve arrived here from Anna's blog, you’re at the right place. If not, please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.


Today I am featuring this stunning and classic holiday stamp, Hark! (H13578), along with other new and current stamps.


Hark! is a very detailed stamp which has the stunning angel in front of the sheet music background.
I stamped the Hark! image on white cardstock and sponged Distress inks from the edges in towards the angel, leaving her as white as possible.  I wanted to create the look of marble, so I added some shading with warm gray Copic markers. 
The card base was stamped with the Crackle Cover-a-Card background stamp (CC277) in Distress Oxide ink.  I also used a foam blender to add color in areas of the card base.  I trimmed out the Hark! panel and layered it with patterned papers of similar size. and finished it with dyed-to match ribbon (dyed with reinkers) and a small tag, stamped with the pine tuft from Winter Elements (CL690) and the Season's Greetings sentiment from Holiday Words (3189-LG).  Can you tell I love the set, Holiday Words??  I think I've reached for it nearly everyday this week!  It's such a lovely greeting set.  It's perfect!

Thanks for visiting again today.   Your next stop in the hop should be Daniela Dobson's blog.  

Here is the whole list of Blog Hop participants:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Impression Obsession New Catalog Release Blog Hop: Day Four!


Welcome to Day Four of the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.


Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!


If you’ve arrived from Anna's blog, you’re at the right place. If not, please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.


Today I am featuring this new fall image, Fall Pumpkins, and the new sentiment set, Holiday Words.




Fall Pumpkin (J16328) and Holiday Words (3189-LG)

This image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Hammermill paper and colored with Copic markers.  The classic gold-embossed Be Thankful greeting is one of the six gorgeous script-y greetings included in the new Holiday Words set (3189-LG).



Thanks for stopping by today.  Stop by again tomorrow for Day Five of the IO Blog Hop.  Your next stop in the hop should be Daniela Dobson's blog.  

Here is the whole list of Blog Hop participants:



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Impression Obsession New Catalog Release Blog Hop: Day Three!


Welcome to Day Three of the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!

The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.

Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
If you’ve arrived from Anna's blog, you’re at the right place. If not, please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.


Today I am featuring this beautiful new floral stamp called Double Cone Flowers.

Double Cone Flowers (K16332), Smile (MC665) and Smile Die (DIE378-E)

I stamped this image with black archival ink on Hammermill paper and colored with Copic markers.  This was such a fun one to color with Copic markers, and I colored them similar to the very hearty yellow-orange flowers that grew in my mom's garden.  The Greeting is from the clear set Smile (MC665).  I heat embossed the "You make me" in white, and diecut the Smile die (DIE378-E) twice, once in black cardstock and once in Yellow-orange fun foam and layered the two together, with the black as a shadow.



Thanks for visiting today.  Stop by again tomorrow for Day Four of the IO Blog Hop.  Your next stop in the hop should be Daniela Dobson's blog.  

Here is the whole list of Blog Hop participants:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Impression Obsession New Catalog Release Blog Hop: Day Two



Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.
Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
If you’ve arrived from Anna's blog, then you’re at the right place. If not, please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

Today on Day Two of the blog hop, I am sharing a fall card created with the new clear set Falling Leaves, and the Autumn is Calling rubber stamp.  


This card was created with Canson Montval watercolor paper.  I used Sennelier Aquarelle watercolor washes to create a background panel, adding the Autumn is Calling greeting and spatters of paint after it was fully dry.  I stamped the leaves from Falling Leaves onto another piece of watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink, cut them out using my Scan N Cut, then watercolored them, letting the colors bleed into each other.  

When my leaves were fully dry, I adhered them to my background panel and to a prepared card base.



Thanks for stopping in today.  Stop by again tomorrow for Day Three of our Blog Hop.  Your next stop in the hop should be Daniela Dobson's blog.  


Here is the whole list of Blog Hop participants:

Monday, July 17, 2017

Impression Obsession New Catalog Release Blog Hop: Day One


Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!  The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.
Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.
The more blogs you visit, the better chance you will have to win!!!
If you’ve arrived from Anna Wight's blog, you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

Today I am sharing a card created with one of the many new stamps available now at IO Stamps, Holly Joy (D19654).


For this card I stamped the Holly Joy stamp on 80# Hammermill Color Cover Digital copy paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I use this Hammermill paper often as a cost-friendly layering-weight alcohol marker paper.  I colored the image with Copic Markers. I added Gold Wink of Stella to the stripes, and then trimmed out the panel with a stitched rectangle die.  I layered my colored panel with a pieces of gold foil cardstock, and a white cardstock panel that I had embossed using the Snowflake Swirl embossing folder and a red card base.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Stop by again tomorrow for more new Fall/Winter fun!  Your next stop in the hop should be Daniela Dobson's blog.  

Here is the whole list of Blog Hop participants:



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Joy and Laughter

Hello!  Today I am sharing a quick and easy pop-art type card featuring one of the July Technique Junkies stamps, Joy and Laughter.

I stamped the Joy and Laughter image three times on smooth heavyweight white cardstock using dye inks.  I then used a variety of dye ink colors and foam blending sponges to ink up a gradient panel of rainbow colors.  I then trimmed my stamped images to line up with the matching ink color in my rainbow, and measured them out to fit across a horizontal A2 card.  I then trimmed the gradient panel to fit above and below my images.  I added the Live Out Loud greeting from the Things I Want to Do set with Versamark ink and white heat embossing powder.




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Friday, July 14, 2017

AAACard challenge #94 and Less Is More #336/337 challenge

I hadn't entered challenges in a long time, but now I can't stop...  
Today I'm playing along with yet another challenge.  What's one more?  
Actually this is two more, since this is a joint challenge with AAA Cards and Less Is More.


The challenge parameters for CAS Game #94 and Less Is More #336 & #337 are each:

a CAS one layer card
and a colored card base






I chose an Gina K Designs In the Navy 100# card base, and stamped the cluster of Calla Lilies from Sentimental Calla Lily with Versamark Ink for no-line coloring.  The ink shows up realy well on the navy cardstock as long as you work rather quickly.  

I left my Calla Lily stamp in my MISTI, because I wanted to re-stamp and clear emboss my image once I colored it.

I first colored the majority of the image faintly with a white pencil before adding the colors.  This way I was able to get some brightness on the navy cardstock.

Once colored, I put my card back into my MISTI and embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  It deepened the lines, without altering the color very much.

Then I added the sentiment with Versamark ink and white embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting!  Please check out my other challenge cards and the GKD Blog Hop in my previous blog posts.





Thursday, July 13, 2017

Find your Zen!

Today I'm sharing these two cards on the Technique Junkies Blog!

Click HERE to hop right over to the TJ Blog for the details.







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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gina K Designs Inspiration Blog Hop: Day Three

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets by Gina K and the illustrator team from Gina K Designs! 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 Chris Dayton’s first stamp set and June Incentive set “Happy Mail”. 

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!

This is my very first stamp set that I designed (with lots of help from Gina!).  Calla Lilies are a floral I've always loved, and it includes many of the sentiments that I find lacking in my stamp arsenal.  Gina challenged me to design a set that I wanted to teach with at an event at her store in Greendale, WI, and this is what I came up with.  And now that people are getting their orders, I can't even begin to describe how it feels to see the beautiful projects people are making with this set.  Thank you.

Sentimental Calla Lily 

Enjoy the hop and all the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $50 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 card is a mix of watercolor for the background panel, and colored pencils.  I selectively stamped five of the single Calla Lilies with Lemon Drop and Jelly Bean Green inks onto Artist's Choice cardstock and colored them with Prismacolor Pencils.  (colors used: Orange Mineral 1033, Goldenrod 1034, Yellow Ochre 942, Sand 940, Cream 914, White 938, Olive 911 and Chartreuse 989).  I hand trimmed them out and added them to my watercolored panel (I used Dr. PH Martin Radiant watercolors).  The sentiment was added in Versafine ink, and I added a strip of Jelly Bean Green cardstock and a ribbon, which I had colored to match by swiping my ink pad over it to color.  Just a note:  Once the inked ribbon was dry, I did scrunch it up within a baby wipe for a bit to remove and lighten the ink a bit.  Then I let it dry again fully before assembling the card.



This card and the one below were my samples for my Prismacolor pencil class in June. I used Gina's Artist's Choice Cardstock.  I love the smooth texture of that paper when using pencils.



This has a Kraft ink sponged background with the greeting embossed in gold.




I used Prima Confections watercolors to loosely paint this one.


This is masked and heat embossed in white before watercoloring with Sennelier watercolors.  I used the Wild Wisteria Fancy Foil and Polka Party Foil Mate paper to create a fun shiny background.


This month's incentive set, Happy Mail.



A simple greeting card using the envelope and greeting from the new incentive set, Happy Mail.  Happy Mail is available free with your $75 order while supplies last.




I used the Double Stitched Circle dies to create fun envelope stickers using adhesive sheets.  It's fun to dress up an envelope with washi tape and stickers made with the Happy Mail set.

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

Chris Dayton - Today’s featured illustrator


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!