Sunday, April 23, 2017

Growing in Unity Blog Hop

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Today I am joining in on the Growing in Unity Blog Hop.    
This hop is just for fun, and is a great way to reconnect with the Spring Growing in Unity Girls and share our love of Unity Stamps!

Today I have chosen to use a friendship stamp designed for Unity Stamps by Angie Blom.  It is from the March release, called Unity Girls.

I'm a huge fan of the Angie Blom and her Angie Girl series.  They are so much fun to color and have wonderful sentiments.


I have been loving watercolors lately, and recently just got a few of the Prima Confections watercolor tins, so I chose to use them for today's project.

I enjoy no-line coloring and watercolor, so I stamped my image in a very pale gray ink, so the lines would hide beneath my coloring.







I love to paint in the hint of faces on these face-less Angie girls.  Here's a closeup of just how simplistic it really is.  It's an optical illusion of sorts.  Just enough shadow and highlight forces the eye to subconciously fill in the rest of the face.  

I added a quick light background wash and once it was dry. I used a stitched die to trim down my watercolor panel a bit.  

Before adhering it to my layered card base I stamped my sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink.



Thanks for visiting and hopping with us today.  Please visit all the blogs and be sure to comment to enter to win prizes from Unity Stamp Company!  They are always so generous with their prizes!



Here all the hop participants today:


Chris Dayton - you are here
Amber Trubiak


Enjoy!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gina K Designs Inspiration Blog Hop: Day 3

Welcome back to the final day of the  Gina K Designs April Release 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 new  My Anchor Mini Kit.   


This new kit has some fabulous images suitable for those hard-to-make masculine cards!  Isn't it perfect??


Hop through the blog list and enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team today and 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 one layer card.  I stamped the lighthouse image and sentiment with Black Onyx ink.  I then masked the lighthouse as well as the edges of the card, leaving that 1 1/2" section where I sponged Blue Denim,  Blue Lagoon and Turquoise Sea inks.  I removed the masks and colored in the light beam and adding a bit of shading on the lighthouse with Copic markers.  I finished with adding some random splash-y streaks of Copic Opaque white ink to look like waves.


This card uses the frame from Holiday Frame.  I stamped it on watercolor paper with Versafine ink.  I stamped the sentiment and the deck image as well.  I also stamped the deck image on another piece of watercolor paper.  I used Sennelier watercolors to paint both pieces, taking care to keep them similar enough that I could die cut the deck image and use pop dots to adhere a raised portion to my image.  

This simple one layer card uses Post-It tape to mask off the area I wanted to sponge in Prickly Pear, Kraft and Warm Cocoa inks.  I then stamped the sentiment and truck with Black Onyx ink.  Easy peasy birthday!

That's it from me today!  I hope you will follow along with our hope and see all the rest of the
creations from Gina and the Cast & Crew:

Chris Dayton - you are here
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Sean Fetterman
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Susie Moore

Juliana Michaels

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, April 11, 2017

Gina K Designs Inspiration Blog Hop: Day 2

Welcome back for Day Two of our blog hop celebrating the new April Release 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 stamp sets by Beth Silaika, Claire Brennan and the Botanical Blocks Incentive set. 

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!

Vicki Mermaid - by Beth Silaika

Cottage Garden - by Claire Brennan

Botannical Blocks - new April incentive 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 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 the card that was shown at the StampTV Release Party last week.  
I colored the cute octopus from Beth's "punny" Vicky Mermaid set with Copic markers.  I then took a small piece of terry cloth and wet it with just few drops of colorless blender.  As dabbed it onto my colored octopus it lifted bits of color, giving my octopus a unique grainy texture.  My background is inked with Ocean Mist and Turquoise Sea ink.  I added the seaweed directly to the background and colored.  The starfish is colored and fussy cut and added to my torn Kraft cardstock "sand".


This is a one layer card using the fish from Vickie Mermaid.  I colored each of them with colored pencils.  The bubbles were stamped (some, I masked off one or two for variety), and I added a drop of Nuvo "Morning Dew" crystal drops and let them dry completely overnight.  My "Sea you soon" sentiment is heat embossed on black cardstock.



Claire Brennan released a really detailed scene builder set.   It has so many mix and match  elements, it almost should be a kit!
This is the one you a may have seen at the release party.  I used several elemets, and did lots of masking!  I first stamped the fence/flowers image,  and the bluebird with the sign.  I carefully masked them before stamping the small bird and chalet.  I also masked them before starting my background.  I had cut a small mask of the cloud image, and used that mask to create the sky.  I started at my horizon and worked upwards small areas at a time, moving the cloud masks with me.  I then protected my sky above my horizon and sponged the grass. I then removed all the masks and colored with Copic markers.


Here is another one with Cottage Garden.  I watercolored the chalet with Zig markers, and added the bird/sign image that was colored with Copics.  The pattern paper is from the Journey of the Heart paper pack.



This card uses the Botannical Blocks incentive set.  I stamped the daisy block images with Black Onyx ink, and again with Versamark so I could use clear embossing powder to make them glossy.  I trimmed them down to 1 1/2" squares.  I masked the sentiment carefully so that I could cut apart in strips and use pop dots to adhere to my card.



Here is  simple thank you card.  This was stamped three times justing Sweet Mango, Tomato Soup and Faded Brick Ink.  I added the thank you sentiment from Cottage Garden in Moonlit Fog Ink.


That's it for me today!  Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:

Beth Silaika  - Today’s featured illustrator
Claire Brennan - Today’s featured illustrator
Cathy Tidwell
Chris Dayton - you are here
Donna Idlet

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, April 10, 2017

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 April Release 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 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!


Stately Flowers 11 - by Melanie Meunchinger

Daisy Delight - by Theresa Momber

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 the 5x7" card and envelope that I created for the StampTV release party using Melanie's new set Stately Flowers 11.

I used the Indian Paintbrush image and the butterfly image today for my card.  I stamped the flower onto GKD Artist's Choice cardstock using Innocent Pink ink.  I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and sponged a bit of Powder Blue ink very lightly to soften the starkness of the white background.  Since the butterfly is a symmetrical image, I stamped it twice with Black Onyx ink, and colored them both the same.  I fussy cut both, trimming off the antennae.  I used a small piece of single strand embroidery floss to replace the antennae, sandwiching it in between the two layers.  I then folded carefully along the butterfly body and adhered it to my card so that the wings appear in flight.

I stamped a few of the fun postage images, as well as the Paintbrush floral on my envelope to continue my theme.

On this card, I used the postage images along with the Syringa Mock Orange image.  I used my Prismacolor pencils on this one.  It is assembled with a Moonlit Fog cardstock panel stamped in matching ink and a piece of the pretty yellow gingham pattern paper from the Suhshiny Day paper pack.





This card uses the Sego Lily image.  I stamped on black card stock using white pigment ink, and colored with my Prismacolor pencils.  Aren't these new Stately Flowers fun??




You may have seen this simple card using Theresa's Daisy Delight at the Release Party last Thursday.


I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the flower in Mememto Onyx Black directly on my single layer card base.  I left the stamp on my MISTI so that i could over stamp and heat emboss after I added a bit of Copic marker.  I used warm gray Copics to give a bit of depth to the flower petals, and Y11, 26 and 28 to color the flower center.   I placed my card base back into my MISTI and stamped again using Versamark ink, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  My sentiment was stamped on a small black rectangle piece and heat embossed with White embossing powder.  I used pop dots to attach the sentiment.  Lastly, I added just a few dots of Black Nuvo drops to create a bit of a visual triangle.

This card is uses the daisy bouquet image.  I stamped using Versafine ink and watercolor paper, and used my Zig watercolor markers to color this image.  I trimmed my panel down carefully using my slide trimmer, taking care not to cut through any of the petals.  I hand trimmed the remaining petals and let my image pop over the edge of my contrasting layers.  


Ready for more inspiring creations from the rest of the team?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew.  

Do you notice a new name in the list??  Please join us in welcoming Juliana Michaels to the Cast & Crew for Gina K Designs. Juliana has been a project designer in the paper craft/scrapbook industry since 2007 and has worked for many top manufacturers in the craft world.  Her projects have been published in a variety of magazines and idea books. You will instantly fall in love with her projects!  

Melanie Muenchinger  - Today’s featured illustrator
Theresa Momber - 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!

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Ton’s Spring 2017 Release Blog Hop

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you've all had a great week and are ready for some Friday fun!

Today, I am thrilled to be guest designing again for The Ton Stamps' Release Blog Hop.  Once again, Effie has knocked it out for the park with her new spring release.  In case you haven't seen already, The Ton has 18 new stamps for their new Spring 2017 Release which includes up to three free gifts with purchases. For more information on The Ton’s incentive gifts, head over to The Ton's blog.  All new release products are available now!



For today's blog hop, I chose to work with Zig Clean Color watercolor markers for both of my cards. 

My first card used the perfume bottle from Marvelous Perfumes along with the single bloom from Wishful Wildflowers.  This particular bottle happens to be a personal favorite of mine.  I have a few of these shaped bottles in my possession, and wear the perfume contained inside everyday!  


I stamped the bloom and the bottle with Crystal Pewter ink.  I didn't bother masking either of the images, as I knew the pale gray would disappear under my coloring.  I used my Zig markers and a paintbrush to color them.  I drew in the final details of the bow, and spray top with a Copic Multiliner, and added the white highlights to the flower center with Copic Opaque White.   I cut my watercolor panel to a 4 1/4" square using the Double Stitched Square Die.  I adhered my panel to a layered 5" cardbase.  My sentiment is added last with Caviar Hybrid ink.


My next card is also watercolored with Zig markers.  I've always loved Effie's florals, and these new sunflowers in Sunflower Bouquet prove no exception.  This bouquet is lovely, big and gorgeous, and is the perfect image to add little or lots of details!


To create this Sunflower Bouquet card, this time I did some masking.  I carefully stamped the bouquet, without inking the stems, onto my watercolor panel using Frosted Vanilla Cupcake ink.  I stamped it again on Post-It tape and cut a mask for the lower portion of the bouquet and leaves.  I used that Post-It mask to cover the bottom of my image, and stamped the elegant vase from Fresh Cut Roses in Versamark so that the flowers would appear hanging over the edge of the vase.  I sprinkled Wow! Diamond White embossing powder over my Versamark ink and carefully removed the Post-It mask before heating with my heat gun.  Make sure you do that or the adhesive from the Post-it when heated can make a mess.
I love that embossing powder.  Look how pretty it is with all the intricate details of that vase stamp! Depending on the light, that powder makes it can look either like a fine crystal or elegant silver vase!  
Once my heat embossing had cooled, I painted my background and shadow before painting the flowers. I prefer to use my Zig markers not as actual markers, but as small convenient vehicles to deliver paint to my palette.  I've always preferred to paint with a brush, picking up the color from my palette.  I feel I have much more control with my brush.

Since this ended up to be a large image, when it was completly dry I used the full A2 sized Double Stitched Rectangle Die to trim my watercolor panel.  I added the hello sentiment in Light Onyx ink before adhering to my card base.

That's it for my projects today.  Thanks for visiting me and hopping with all of us today.  I hope you have reached me from Lisa Harrolles blog.  Your next stop on the hop should be Miriam Prantner.


 The whole list of participants can be found here:

  1. The Ton
  2. Brenda Noelke
  3. Svitlana Shayevich
  4. Lisa Harrolle
  5. Chris Dayton
  6. Miriam Prantner
  7. Janette Kausen
  8. Justine Hovey
  9. Laura Jane Head
  10. Amy Kolling
  11. Tae Eun Yoo
  12. Amy Tsuruta
  13. Eunji Jung
  14. Isha Gupta
  15. Jenny Yamasaki
  16. Kay Miller
  17. Vera Yates
  18. Stephanie Klauck
  19. Emily Midgett
  20. Taheerah Atchia
  21. Mayline Jung
  22. Laura Sterckx
  23. Laurel Beard

But before you wander off, check out these fun details!  

As with previous The Ton Stamps blog hops, there are PRIZES!!

Five $25 gift certificates to The Ton's shop will be given away to random commenters from the hop participant blogs.  To qualify, you must leave a comment on The Ton Stamps' Blog Hop post. The comment period will close on Monday, April 10th at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced thereafter on The Ton’s blog. 

Have a wonderful weekend, and happy hopping!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Gina K Designs – StampTV Kit Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 2

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new StampTV Kit! 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 first stamp set called Happy Spring. These stamps are so much fun and versatile! These are perfect for spring! We are also showcasing the incentive set available this month called Through Thick and Thin. You will be able to create amazing card projects using these beautiful stamp sets! 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 chose to use several images from the Happy Spring set in slightly non-traditional ways.  I stamped the balloon to by panel and colored it with Copic Markers.  The rabbit with stamped and colored on a small scrap paper and fussy cut  (the dies were not here yet!)  I added some grass with a Copic marker and the balloon string with a Copic Multiliner pen.  I thin added the rabbit.  For my sentimet, I mixed and matched portions of two different sentiments to create a new combo.  I love to stretch my stamps that way!  Once in awhile I will even carefully cut the words  apart to give the more possible options available!  



This cute little scene is created with several of the new images from Happy Spring.  The branch and birdie are stamped on Gina K white heavy weight yardstick and  colored with Copic markers.  I hand cut a small hill from the polka dot paper  and adhered and used a double stitched rectangle die to cut the smaller panel.  I stamped the clouds and sun on a separate piece of heavyweight white, and also colored with Copics then cut out.  I used a panel of the black floral patterned paper, and some Turquoise Sea card stock to assemble my card, adding the sun and clouds overlapping the foal panel and the background paper.   


Here is the inside of my card.  Look how fun these flowers are in this garden of polka dots!  The polka dots another of the fabulous paper patterns included in the Kit paper pack!





This single layer card was created on Kraft cardstock using the new incentive set, Through Thick and Thin.  I stamped the flowers with Kraft ink, then colored with white and gray pencils to make the petals pop!

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, March 13, 2017

Growing in Unity Week Prize Winners

I had so much fun with my Growing In Unity week.  Thank you Unity Stamp Company for the opportunity and the challenge!

And thank you to all of you, who stopped by to take a look at my projects and took time out of your busy lives to leave such generous and supportive comments.  I really appreciate your encouragement and appreciation.

Thanks to Unity Stamps as well for offering two prize packs of 25 random stamps to the winners from my blog.  I have added all the commenters to a pile and the two winners drawn from my week are:

Helen Mazengarb and Louise W.  

Helen and Louise, I will need your address to pass on to Unity Stamps so they can ship out your prize pack.  Please email me at candedayton@aol.com.

Congratulations to you both!

Have a fabulous day!  
I'll be back tomorrow with Day 2 of the Stamp TV Inspiration Blog Hop.  I hope you'll stop back too!


Gina K Designs – StampTV Kit Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 1

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new StampTV Kit, Bold and Blooming.  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 first stamp set called Bold and Blooming. These stamps are so much fun and versatile! These are perfect for spring! You will be able to create amazing card projects using this beautiful stamp set! Have fun and be creative! 



This month, please welcome Carolyn King as a special guest designer to our blog hop! You may remember that Carolyn has been a member of our team in the past so we are all very excited that she is joining us in March to showcase her talents once again! Also, please welcome our new team member Rema DeLeeuw. Rema has a fun and clean style and loves to work in watercolors and ink blending. You will instantly fall in love with her projects! 

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:




Aren't these patterned papers awesome?  I love the chevrons!  I used the two henna inspired images as a frame for the bold sentiment here.  I stamped in Black Onyx ink then added color with Prismacolor pencils.



For this card, I turned one of the images sideways to create a border.  Again, colored with Prismacolor pencils.



I used the bold flower image here as a border.  I stamped my images with Red Hot, Turquoise Sea and Jellybean Green and added a bit of detail with my pencils.  I used strips of patterned papers to carry the colors through as a book binding.

Here is the beautiful new Incentive set, Through Thick and Thin.  I love how big it is!  It's so fun to color!  This set is free with your $75 order right now!







For this watercolor card, I masked and stamped several flowers together, heat embossing them in white onto Bristol paper.  I painted with some bright spring-y colors using Dr. P.H. Martins Radiant watercolors.  My sentiment was stamped with Black Onyx and heat embossed in clear.


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!  Come back tomorrow for more inspiration!