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!  ;)