Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Video: Introducing Pressed Flowers 2 and Dies!

Good morning! I have a new video for but am working remotely and unable to embed the video in my post, so please click this link to view it!
Today I am introducing my new Pressed Flowers 2, a bold year round floral set which coordinates and fill with my line art A Year of Flowers 2, plus a matching die set!  You will LOVE being able to make single flower embellishments or gorgeous layered bouquets in no time with these stamps and dies, no coloring yet SO colorful! I use the rock and roll technique to ink the flowers and share how you can mix and match the different flower and center options to create gorgeous NEW hybrid blooms! Please enjoy!  Tell me in the comments below which layout or color you prefer below: pink or blue, landscape or portrait....

This die set cuts out TWO different stamp sets, making it a great value and first at Gina K. Designs!  Pressed Flowers 2 and the coordinating "two-fer" die set are available for purchase beginning Thursday, June 29th 7PM Central at ginakdesigns.com !


Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Pressed Flowers 2 stamp set
Gina K. Blue Lagoon and Ocean Mist (or Innocent Pink and Passionate Pink), Fresh Asparagus, Black Onyx ink pads
Gina K. Blue Lagoon (4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½” )  Black Onyx (3 7/8”x 5 1/8”), and Layering Weight White (3 ¾” x 5”, plus 2 quarter sheets for the die cut pieces) cardstock
Gina K. A Year of Flowers 2/Pressed Flowers 2 die set
Acrylic block, tape runner, foam adhesive, die cutting machine

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Video: Tool Stamped and "Tangled" Fish



Hello everyone!  Forgive me for the week off from videos last week, summer is in full effect! Today I have some fun techniques like tool stamping and "tangling" with a gel pen for the changing up the look of the bold and line art fish in my Gifts from the Sea set.  See all the fun patterns below?  The other images included in this versatile set help you create a beautiful underwater scene with ease, and I liked this one with Fabulous Frame so much that and I went ahead and stamped up a few other cards using Holiday Frame and Inspiration Mosaic to show how you can make different lay outs.  Please enjoy!

Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Gifts from the Sea and Fabulous Frame (or Holiday Frame or Inspiration Mosaic) stamp sets
Gina K. Designs Black Onyx and Blue Lagoon ink pads
Gina K. White and Wild Dandelion (A2 size) cardstock
Spectrum Noir markers: CT2, JG1

Sponge dauber, scissors, acrylic blocks, white gel pen, adhesive, foam squares (optional for popping up fish)




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Typhoon Texas! (and BOGO for Dads this Weekend)

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Good morning!  Just a heads up, William and I were thrilled and delighted to preview the new Typhoon Texas the week before school let out to see all the awesome additions to the water park in Pflugerville, so I wanted to tell you a little about it!  This is the first time we've been to the location in the evening and it was so relaxing, with the live music playing at the band stand and cooler temps.  We checked out all the slides and lazy river we enjoyed from previous summers, but the main attraction (for us, anyway) was really the enormous multilevel water playscape, with kids and families in mind, but my tween and his buddy and I had a blast running up and down this thing, and getting wet, wet, wet! 
 Seriously, in addition to the huge constantly filling and dumping bucket that will rain a deluge on everyone in the vicinity approximately every 5 minutes (check my perfectly timed pic above just before the water hits!), there are sprayers, soakers, guns and pouring curtains of water at every turn, so staying cool is no problem!  What makes this playscape extra exciting is there are 6 or 7 different slides branching off the different levels, so if you want to play tag or hide and seek like us there are multiple quick exit and escape routes, with no waiting in line! Obviously, it's way better to slide down than use the stairs if you can!  There are also cargo nets, bridges  and towers which give you lots of safe but fun challenges and hidey holes if you are playing a game.  It's also in the center of the park, so easy to find, or find stray family members!  The lazy river goes right by so you can check in on the littles!  Here is William giving me a wave!


We also really enjoyed all the Texas names and theming! Check out this new adventure if you are in or planning to visit the Austin area!

Plus, here’s a Father’s Day gift dad won’t soon forget if you are looking for a way to enjoy some family time– free admission to Typhoon Texas Austin all Father’s Day weekend. Simply purchase a regularly-priced, above-48-inch, single-day ticket at the Typhoon Texas ticket window, and dad can enter for free June 17-18. Typhoon Texas Austin is open until 10 p.m. both days to ensure dads and their families have plenty of time to enjoy the park’s high-speed raft rides and tube slides, free-fall body slides, four-story children’s Gully Washer with 800-gallon water bucket and more than 100 spray areas, Texas-sized wavepool, winding lazy river, family adventure trail and challenge course, and more.
Single-day passes Father’s Day weekend are $34.99. Children under 48 inches tall, seniors 55 and older, and military personnel (with military ID) are $24.99. After 5 p.m., tickets are always $19.99. Children 2 and younger are free.

More about the park:

Typhoon Texas Austin is a 25-acre waterpark located at 18500 TX-130 North Service Road in Pflugerville. This Texas- themed waterpark is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Children and adults of all ages can enjoy relaxing and having fun on tube slides, body slides, a mat racer slide, wave pool, lazy river and the family adventure park and challenge course. An island in the middle of the park features a splash pad with toddler slides for children ages 0 to 4 years, and and the Gully Washer, a four-story play structure with an 800-gallon water bucket, seven slides and more than 100 spray areas, offering hours of play and exploration for kids ages 3 to 10. The park offers a wide range of fresh food concepts at the park, such as hand-tossed pizzas, hamburgers and fresh-cut french fries, hand-dipped chicken tenders, corn dogs, fried shrimp, fajita tacos and a full bar. Park hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Visit www.typhoontexas.com for more information about special events, live music, cabana rentals, season passes and daily tickets.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Inspiration Hop: Sentimental Summer StampTV Kit

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fantastic blog hop celebrating the new Sentimental Summer StampTV Kit.  Join us by hopping along on all of the Cast & Crew blogs to see the wide variety of samples, which will give you ideas as you create your own projects with this kit. 
Sentimental Summer StampTV Kit
Contained in the kit are:

·         24 sheets of Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Card Stock including Passionate Pink, Turquoise Sea, Layering White, Black Onyx, Heavy Base Weight White, Wild Dandelion and Sweet Mango
·         Petite Patterns 6X6 pattern paper pack
·         Dazzling Dahlia stamp set
·         Your Own Kind of Beautiful stamp set
·         Set of 13 dies that coordinate with images from the two stamp sets

Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog. We will be selecting one lucky commenter at the end of the hop today and that person will 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? This first card I made with the Dazzling Dahlias stamps.  I stamped them all in Red Velvet and Grass Green and then the outlines in Black Onyx.  

I chose to cut out just the largest flower using one of the dies and then popping it up offset on some adhesive foam on a Red Velvet mat.  White Pure Luxury card base is stamped with one of the flourishes in GKD Black Onyx.  I just had try this out in red to start, but it would look gorgeous in the Passionate Pink in the kit! ;)


This next card I made with the Sentimental Summer set.  I stamped the bike and sun first in Black Onyx and colored everything in with Spectrum Noir markers.   I  masked in the cloudy sky (scalloped sticky note I cut) with Ocean Mist and the ground (masked with a straight edge) with Moonlit Fog.  

Next, I cut out the sun and bike with the matching dies, and them popped them up on foam, offsetting the sun by one ray to have them radiating. Card base is Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion.  I also added some Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops to the wheel axles or some nice dimension and shine.

Love both of these sets and this kit! :)

Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew, and make sure to leave a comment on the blog for a chance at the prize!



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!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Video: Kissed Tile Background


Hello! Today I am sharing how using a direct to stamp technique (kissing!) with my bold Wild at Heart frame and one of the borders from my Pretty Patterns 2 set allows you to create this complicated-looking floral tile background with ease!  Simple cut flower embellishments are made with my coordinating Wild Flowers set. Please enjoy!  Supply list below. Let me know in the comments whether you prefer the square or diamond oriented greeting! :)





Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Wild at Heart, Pretty Patterns 2, Wild Flowers stamp sets
Gina K. Blue Denim, Powder Blue, and Fresh Asparagus ink pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury Powder Blue (4 ¼” x 5 ½”)  Blue Denim (2 1/8” square), White (3 7/8” x 5 1/8”, 2” square,  and scrap for cut flowers) cardstock
Scissors, tape runner, foam, acrylic blocks, adhesive pearls

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Video: More Stately and Postage Fun!



Hello! Today I am sharing yet another way to use the postage frame from Stately Flowers 11 (back in stock, but limited quantity, more on the way soon), omitting portions and enlarging it to fit large stamps or greetings in the middle of your sketch! I showcase the hibiscus and butterfly from Stately Flowers 4, with simple Prismacoloring and blending. Hello, Summer! Aloha! :)


Supplies: 
Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 11, Stately Flowers 4 stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Prismacolor 72 pencil  tin-True Green, Grass Green, Orange, Poppy Red, 70% Cool Gray, Violet, and Imperial Violet
Gamsol, blending stumps, sanding block, scissors, adhesive foam and tape runner



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Video: Mixing Foil with Stamps



Today I am showing this beautiful monochromatic design that I shared in our hop on Monday using Foil -Mates products, which coordinate perfectly with Gina K.'s fabulous inks and cardstock.   I share various tips and techniques in this demonstration including how to make the versatile script words and embellishment elements from Twine Time and my Pretty Patterns 2 borders virtually pop off the card with a simple drop shadow.  Please enjoy! I used black Onyx ink for the twine elements and greeting on Monday, but I only had the Turquoise Sea pad out for the video, so...you can see it two ways! :)



Supplies: 
Gina K. Designs Twine Time and Pretty Patterns 2 stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea cardstock (A2 size)
Gina K. Turquoise Sea (and or Black Onyx) ink pad
Gina K. Fancy Foils-Turquoise Sea
Gina K. Foil-Mates-Polka Party (cut to 4” x 5 ¼”)
Sponge dauber, Spectrum Noir GG3 marker
laminator, adhesive

Thanks for visiting and watching!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Gina K Designs– Fun with Fabulous Foil-Mates Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! Gina K and the team have received such amazing feedback on the new Foil-Mates, Fancy Foils and dies that we have decided to put together a special hop for you today! This blog hop is a blend of a VIDEO blog hop featuring tutorials from Gina K and a few members of the team, and a traditional blog hop featuring beautiful cards from other members of the team. Over the past few weeks, the Foil-Mates products have been flying off the shelves at Gina K Designs. Please be assured that if they are out-of-stock, they will quickly be back on the shelves again soon. In fact, Gina just stocked the shelves with a fresh batch of Foil-Mates, Fancy Foils and dies and more will be on the way.


Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog. We will be selecting one lucky commenter at the end of the hop and that person will 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 we go! 
I've paired some of my different stamps sets , also from Gina K. Designs, with one of the Polka Party Foil-Mates patterns. I used the Passionate Pink and the Turquoise Sea Fancy Foils on this same Swiss dot pattern today.


 I love sponging and stamping with these Foil-Mates! You can stamp or sponge before or after foiling. The foil will show through, just wipe your ink away if necessary, like in a resist technique. After applying the foil to the pattern, I stamped the greeting from my Twine Time and then the button, bow, and straight twine elements from that same set below.  Trace a drop shadow below all this with a GG3 or other gray marker.  I hadn't pulled this set out in awhile, I love it so! It just needs to stay on my desk, all these twine bits look so real!



Sponge on the coordinating GKD Turquoise Sea ink to the lower half of the card, and then stamp on the border from my Pretty Patterns 2 set in the same turquoise ink.  Card base is GKD Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea.





For this next card, I stamped my Fun Year Round frame in GKD Passionate Pink ink to match the foiled dots.  Next, I stamped on some of the round floral and heart elements from the set in GKD Black Onyx, Passionate Pink, and Turquoise Sea ink. I centered all the flowers over foiled dots in the pattern, and YES, the pink foil spot shines right through, even through the black ink, POP!  The pink cut heart is from the new Gina K single stitch circle die set.
  
This was the perfect size for stamping my round "thank you..." sentiment and heart button image inside!  I popped this up on another die cut circle from GKD Black Onyx cardstock with the Therm O Web foam squares.  Easy peasy, happy happy! Base is GKD Passionate Pink.




Passionate Pink Fancy Foil 


Turquoise Sea Fancy Foil

 We would like to thank Therm O Web for being such a great partner in the Foil-Mates line of products!

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

Melanie Muenchinger (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!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Video: How to Two Step Stamp Banners and Balloons with Holiday Frame Fillers



Hello! Today I am sharing how to two step stamp, fill and decorate fun custom banners with the various two step elements in my Holiday Frame Fillers set.   So celebratory for birthdays, graduation, or anytime you want to wish someone a happy day!  The banner fits perfectly across the circle opening in the coordinating Holiday Frame set if you choose one of those four layouts, but here I create a single layer scene, complete with the “eggs” for balloons! Please enjoy!


Supplies: 
Gina K. DesignsHoliday Frame Fillers stamp set
Gina K. Black Onyx, Jelly Bean Green, Wild Lilac, Passionate Pink, and Turquoise Sea ink pads or cubes
Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White cardstock, 4 ¼”  11”, scored at 5 ½”
Sponge dauber, acrylic blocks
Optional: black pen, sticky notes or masking paper and scissors



Thank you for visiting today!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Video: How to Use Gina K. Foil-Mates



Hello! Today I am sharing how to make two gorgeous foiled cards in less time than you'd think, and about the same amount it takes to make one quick one!  I'm demonstrating several go-to foiling techniques here while showcasing several of the new Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates products from Therm O Web , embellishing with my A Year of Flowers 3  (small) and A Year of Flowers (large) roses, which perfectly coordinate with this foiled Elegant Florals or Swirls & Flourishes Foil-Mate patterns! Please enjoy! Let me know which card you prefer, A or B in the comments below. I wish you could see these cards in person, the foil looks so amazing and the roses on this Red Velvet cardstock so rich!  


Supplies:
Gina K. Designs A Year of Flowers 3 (or A Year of Flowers) stamp set
Versafine Onyx Black ink pad
Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Red Velvet cardstock (scrap for roses and 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4")
Gina K. Red Velvet Fancy Foil, Gina K. double or single stitched stitched Ovals dies, Elegant Florals (or Swirls & Flourishes) Foil Mates backgrounds, Foil-Mates True Friend Sentiments (or Wedding Invitations) set, and Gina K. black fancy ribbon
scissors, tape runner, adhesive foam, die cutter, laminator, Spectrum Noir DR6 marker, spray adhesive for negative version of card

 A Year of Flowers 3



A Year of Flowers

Thank you for your visit and feedback!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Gina K. Foil-Mates Day 3: Wedding Invitations and Save the Date!


Happy Wednesday! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you back for our third day celebrating the new line of Foil-Mates products with Gina K Designs and Therm O Web, now available at www.ginakdesigns.com. We are so excited to show you our projects and inspire you to jump into the foil craze! Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog. We will be selecting one lucky commenter at the end of the hop from a combination of all three days of comments and that person will win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate!

Ready for more foil inspiration? Today we are featuring Wedding and Save the Date sets. 



Ack, so pretty!!!  If foil had been around back when I got married (well, and if I'd also been cardmaking back then, that came three years later!!) I'd have made my own invites, sooo gorgeous!!  Maybe we need to do a vow renewal, lol!

I chose not to foil the Save the Date image (die cut with the single stitched rectangle) because it just looked so sharp in black, you can leave these gorgeous elements foil-less!  

I added some adhesive rhinestones to the wheels, which gives nice texture and looks really great with the Silver Sequined foil! I still can't get over how these printed foils look like solid color one way and then all these other colors pop out form the other, see the silver on bottom and rainbow at top? it's the same foil, same piece! Red Velvet die cut heart is popped up over the little flourish.



So many of our Gina K. stamps look amazing with these patterned Foil-Mates! Here I stamped two of one of the rose bud images from A Year of Flowers 3  in GKD Black Onyx ink on Red Velvet cardstock to match the card base, and then just added a little DR6 for shadows and cut out and popped up.  LOOK at how gorgeous those red foil roses look shining up through that black ribbon!  Looks *just* like burn out velvet!! I die!!

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(Burn out velvet) ;)

And finally here is a simple card using that negative piece of the foil form the previous card and spray adhesive once again! Easy peasy!
I am showing how to make these two RED cards in an upcoming video!  "Foil once, use twice!" lol That's my new motto!  Be sure to stop back by!  These cards just make me wanna go eat a slab of red velvet cake. Right. NOW! Who's with me? :)

To recap all the products in these samples from the Fancy Foils line, I used Silver Sequins and Red Velvet.
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Here are both those beautiful ribbons I used, white and black!

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Today I also used the double stitched ovals, single stitched Rectangles, and Large Circles set (for its chubby heart die!)

And here are links for the Elegant Damasks and Elegant Florals backgrounds I used to make all these cards.





Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the 
links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew.  Don't forget to comment along the way for more chances to win the $50 gift certificate!  To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. 


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! Video tomorrow!