Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Video How to Mask & Color Wrapped Branches Card

Good morning! In today’s video, I'll show you how to stamp, mask and color the line art and bold branches along with the tissue wrap container from my Fill it with Flowers stamp set (back in stock!). A beautiful masculine or anytime design, for a nature look without the flowers! I also share some tips for additional elements in the set you might have questions about. Watch to the end for an alternative layout! Please enjoy! Let me know in the comments if you prefer  "A" or "B" layout!

Gina K. Designs Fill it with Flowers stamp set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Gina K Pure Luxury Honey Mustard (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"), Black Onyx (5 1/4" x 2 5/8"), White (3 1/2" x 4 3/4" and scrap for tag) cardstock
Spectrum Noir markers: GB6, GB7, GB8, CR2, DR7, LV2, HB2, IG2 (I'd actually recommend IG3, realized after wrapping I used IG3 on the original card!)
Adhesive and foam squares, die cutting machine and Cuttlebug Distressed Branches embossing folder, scissors, sticky notes

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Video: Color Ink Charts and a Giveaway!

Hello! You asked for it, you got it! I created a pdf color chart ALL my viewers/readers that can use to organize both your ink pads and cardstock colors, just print and stamp (or adhere paper scraps). I show you two ways to stamp your chart, plus tips for what order to stamp them in and how to fix if you mess up a square! ( Don't start over! I did fix the ocean mist after filming!)  This is a great way to see all the beautiful colors in Gina's line, and how the inks lighten just a bit upon drying. You will reference this again and again when purchasing, creating a project, choosing a color palette, or finding a coordinating marker. Thanks for watching today and enjoy the free pdf!  

Click this link for the free pdf so you can print!

Color chart pdf
Gina K. ink pads
stamp that fits in the boxes (butterflies are from Triple Play Frame
white cardstock

 GIVEAWAY!!!!  I'll send out a COMPLETED stamped color chart along with one of my handmade cards to the winner! Go to Youtube and  "Like" this video and comment for your chance to win! Please tell me in your comment below if you prefer A, the stamped off chart with three smaller images, or B, the full strength chart with the larger stamp image. Drawn randomly from all comments and announced in an upcoming video. Thanks for playing!

Winner of the cardstock video is announced during video so be sure to watch the whole thing to see who won! :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Video: How to Stamp a Banner with Twine Time and Lots of Letters 2

Hello! Today I'll show you how to stamp up a simple pennant banner using the string elements from Twine Time and the bold triangle and letters from my Lots of Letters 2 set!  Both stamp sets (currently in stock, woo hoo!) are so versatile and *together* they open up a lot of fun possibilities! So festive for a birthday or arrival of a little boy, or change up the colors and greeting for a happy “any time” card for anyone. Every day is worth celebrating. Please enjoy! Watch till the end for an alternative layout. I had so much fun making these cards for my friend and her mom (who is also my friend, new mom and new grandmom, don't forget to celebrate with the grandma!) :) You can whip this design up in 10 minutes.

Gina K. Designs Twine Time, Lots of Letters 2 stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury Applemint (5 ½” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 ¼”), Kraft (3 7/8” x 5 1/8”), White )4’ x 5 ¼”), and Blue Denim (3” x 3”) cardstock
Gina K. Applemint, Blue Denim, Sweet Mango, Kraft dye ink pads and Gina K. White pigment ink pad
Scissors, pop dots, adhesive pearls, Dotted Cuttlebug folder and die cutting machine

Here is the list I mentioned of short words to make:

BIG 40

And here is Twine Time! 
Check out my other videos with this set, love these images!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and week is off to a great start! Hugs!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Video: How to Make Adult Coloring Cards with Fabulous Frame

Hello! Today I'll show you how to use the frame in my Fabulous Frame set to make an adult coloring card, these are all the rage!  You will love masking your favorite images into this frame on a clean heavy weight white base, and then going crazy (or chilling out) with your favorite coloring medium.  Sentiment is from Scripty Sayings 2, the new incentive stamp set, which ships free for a limited time with an order of $75 or more.

Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frame and Scripty Sayings 2 stamp sets
Gina K. Black Onyx ink pad
Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Basewight White cardstock
Spectrum Noir markers: IB3, CG2, CG4, CR11, BP6, PL3, GB6

Hope you enjoyed this! Have a great day!  Color yourself happy! :)

PS I have selected a winner randomly form the giveaway!  Announcing it in my next video, just need to add some edits and it will be posted shortly, sharing ink pad colors this time, woo hoo!  AND a new giveaway... :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Video and Giveaway!

The giveaway is closed, but it's stilla great resource video.  Please see this video for coordinating ink colors and for winner of the cardstock sampler giveaway.  And, I have a NEW giveaway in that link!

Hey everyone! I hit 6000 subscribers and am celebrating with a fun giveaway for all my viewers!  Check out this video with my favorite colors from Gina K. Designs.  Hope you find it informative and spot some of your faves, too!

You might notice a few changes in this video, although there are more changes to come  (a few things I added display properly in edit mode but not when viewing outside of that, so I have a ticket into Youtube to figure out the problem. Nothing major, just a little music and outro!  You can see it below, had to share it here, since I worked on it) 

Thanks for bearing with me and my no frills production values up until this point, I like keeping all that simple to spend more time and coming up with creative ideas for the cards, but no more, I learned some simple ways even a not tech savvy gal like me can jazz it up!  I was invited to a Youtube Creator conference here in Austin last week (for channels with over 1K subs),  and it was a great opportunity to learn more about how to improve the videos and channel and build community, so I was really thankful to attend. Here I am running in to Lydia Fielder, who also lives here and has a crafty channel like I do! In a sea of gamers and beauty vloggers, we were definitely representing! Stampers in da house!

Anyway, I will announce the winner of the cardstock package in my next video. I hope you all leave your comment *on the video* (not here) and like it and subscribe to make sure you are entered!

Happy day!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Video: Stuff I Like: How to Apply Metallic Tats

Hey, everybody! Do you know how many emails I got about my "chain"? Wow!  So here's a little video, since I make videos. ;)

I also found a link for these on Amazon, click below. As you can see on that linked page, they are very well reviewed, 4.5 star average, and are from Hot Jewels (but fulfilled by Amazon), not a knock off. (To address the negative review, no, you do not need a heavy duty scrubber to remove.  Baby oil is great, just rub off with your poof in the shower. Promise. Just sayin'!)

Mmmkay, so right after I posted the video, they sold out, just like the stamp sets do! (but I'm sure they'll add more.) Here is another link I found for you, haven't tried this brand, but the designs look awesome, and the reviews are terrific. (I might need to add these to the cart, too. Feathers.....!)

Super cool for summer! And great for vacations, so you don't have to mess with jewelry, but still look great! Please enjoy this first "Stuff I Like" video! Yep, I like a few things other than stamps! ;)

UPDATE:  Gina just told me SHE sells them at Village Paper & Ink!  Not in the online store, though, retail location only.  But there's another endorsement! Fun times...

Monday, June 13, 2016

Video: Canvas Hydrangea

Hello! Today I will show you how to make gorgeous canvas collage texture on your mats, which is perfect for this Spectrum Noir colored hydrangea from my Fill it With Flowers set!

 Tiny Textures and a sponge dauber are all you need to create this look. one thing, I forgot to add the pearl you see on one flower in the finished sample before I cut!  This one small detail adds so much!

So...Fill It with Flowers is now SOLD OUT, (more on order don't worry!) but it will be out for a few weeks while we await the shipment, but you can recreate this design with any of my other Stately Flowers sets, making your flower of choice the focal point as well as on the stamped background. Here is one I did with Stately Flowers 8, jessamine and greeting on the mat, and iris stamped on the pink background.

Which do you prefer? (Layout slightly different as well, options, baby!)

Please enjoy! I hate to tease you with this video if you hadn't bought it yet, but wanted to share anyway for those who just bought or are awaiting it's arrival. Again, it will be back in stock soon, StampTV will send an update when it's back to subscribers!

Gina K. Designs Fill It with Flowers, Tiny Textures stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury Sweet Corn, White, Innocent Pink cardstock
Gina K. Honey Mustard, Innocent Pink, Sweet Corn, Applemint ink pads
Spectrum Noir markers- CR2, CR4, CG1, DG3,
Spectrum Aqua marker-Moss (essentials)
Sponge dauber, adhesive, acrylic blocks, white gel pen

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cup of Hydrangeas

More Fill it With Flowers inspiration! I made several cards when my set first arrived and photographed them lying on my desk to how Gina what I had so far. This one never got staged for the blog, I sold it at the craft fair (and realized as I was selling it, "um...shoot, I never.. oh well...please enjoy!" The first part, just in my head, of course!)

Card is colored with Spectrum Noir markers: TB3, TB5, TB6, CR3, CR1, DR1, LG5, JG1, IG1, IG2. I added a stamped tag, greeting, and the bow to the handle, and used a white gel pen to add the teeniest highlight ot the base to show the curve. Love how this turned out! Base is GKD Pure Luxury Applemint.

Hope you are having a great week so far, halfway to Friday!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Gina K. Incentive Hop: Tiny Textures

Hello and good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to a special blog hop featuring the new Tiny Textures incentive stamp set from the May StampTV Release Party! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs!
Incentive Stamp Set- Tiny Textures

Tiny Textures is an essential stamp set that allows you add a splash of something fun to your scrapbook pages or will help you to make a cool stamped background to your card projects. The “Just Because” sentiment from the set is ideal to add the finishing touch to a quick, but thoughtful card!

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.

I have a video today for this hop! This "faux glaze" on the cup I created with the spatter image (doesn't that look just like those spotty multicolored drippy pieces of pottery?), and I also used it to make my own patterned paper mixed with the bold eucalyptus from Fill it With Flowers. I used the linen texture on the tag. This new incentive goes with *everything*, get it free now with a qualifying order (or for 10.95 when it goes into regular stock next month.) (Sorry I kept saying "Bahama" in the video, guess I need a vacation! The beautiful teal green blue is GKD Blue Lagoon.)

Gina K. Designs Fill it with Flowers, Tiny Textures stamp sets
Gina k. Pure Luxury White (4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, 3 7/8” 5 1/8”, 2 ½” x 4 ¼’, and scrap for cup and tag) Warm Cocoa (4” x 5 ¼” and 2 3/8” x 4 3/8), and Black Onyx (scrap) cardstock
Gina K. Black Onyx, Warm Cocoa and  Blue Lagoon ink pads
Sponge dauber, foam squares, scissors, sticky notes for masking

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

Friday, June 3, 2016

National Doughnut Day!

Yes, this is a thing! And, now that I know, I really *should* show my spirit and honor this day to the fullest with a trip to the nearest shop!  (Update: I didn't. But was there in spirit!) Here is a card I made with Claire Brennan's We Go Together set and my Triple Play Frame.  Aren't these little guys adorable?  Love the little arms and legs she added to get them moving! 

I love using my Triple Play Frame when I want to design a card that showcases smaller images!  After stamping, adding appendages, coloring (be sure to leave some white on the icing to make it shiny!) and finally "sprinkling", I used those same color markers to fill in the rest of the frame's borders. Always enjoy Neopolitan colors together, it's the "yummiest" combo! Last I added the polka dot belly band fillers from Triple Play Fillers in Dusty Rose.  Greeting is stamped in Dark Chocolate and Black Onyx and cardstock is Pure Luxury White. I realize after photographing I forgot to add my shadows under the donuts, which would have been so much better, oops! Pretend they are there, 'cause I added!

Happy Friday! The kids are out of school! Summer, woo hoo! Happy National Doughnut Day!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Video: Bottled Daisy

Hello! Today I show you how to add the daisy to my new milk bottle in Fill It With Flowers, along with tips for the label, raffia bow, and simple coloring and shadows for clear glass and the flower. You can make this happy card in no time flat with this versatile container and swap out the two step elements for decorating it for different looks. Please enjoy!

Gina K. Designs Fill It With Flowers stamp set
Memento Black Onyx ink pad
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (2  1/8” x 4 ¾” and scrap), Passionate Pink 4 ¼” x 11, scored at 5 ½”, Black Onyx  (2 ¼” x 2 ¼” ) cardstock
Spectrum Noir markers CG3, DG3, GB8, EV2, EB6, BGR2, PP6, BP6, PL3

Scissors, adhesive, raffia, die cutting machine, Cuttlebug Dotted embossing folder, sticky notes for masking, white gel pen if desired

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Gina K. Inspiration Hop Day 2: Sophie Pig, Old Country Roses, and Fine Feathers

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from the May StampTV Release Party! 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 two stamp sets by Beth Silaika  and Claire Brennan . Please 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.

First up we have Sophie Pig by Beth Silaika.  With her heart ears and hooves and clever puns, this little porker is going to get in lots of trouble, I know it!

 Hahahahaha!! Stamp the three little pigs first and then ink up just the lower portion of the puddle and stamp, no need to mask!  Colored with Spectrum Noir PP1, CR2, CR3, TN2, TN3, EB6, GG2, DR1. Cardstock is Pure Luxury Peach Bellini, Black Onyx and White.
Just pigcause!( Look how nicely she cleaned up from before!) Stamp the umbrella first and then mask it to add the pig. I used some of the hearts to stamp some rain falling into the puddle. I used the same hearts and reverse masked them onto the umbrella to make the print. Image is colored with Spectrum Noir DR1, DR6, PP2, PP4, CR2, CR3, TB2, and TB3. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Innocent Pink, Black Onyx, White and Wild Wisteria.

 The second and third sets we are featuring are by our new Illustrator Claire Brennan. The sets are Old Country Roses and Fine Feathers. With Claire’s Old Country Roses set, you can create beautiful layered stamped images that make the most beautiful and soft roses that look like you have picked them right out of your own rose garden. 

Roses are stamped in GKD Sweet Corn, Red Hot, and Cherry Red, eucalyptus from Fill it With Flowers is stamped and stamped off in Grass Green, and leaves are stamped in Applemint and Grass Green. Some little details: I used a brown pen to draw the crosshatching for texture like burlap.  I also used a craft knife to cut above and below the stamped bow to thread through the bakers twine for the tag. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White, Black Onyx, and Kraft. 

These roses are stamped in GKD Bubblegum, Passionate Pink, and Cherry Red, and the leaves are Applemint and Grass Green.  You can see just a tiny bit of shimmer in the photo, but I swished on a bunch of Wink of Stella glitter to the rose centers and leaves!

Next, Claire’s Fine Feathers set is a collection of stunning feathers that are perfect focal images to create a message of inspiration, hope, thanks and more!

 The feathers are a nice way to accent a sentiment, the way you would with a vine or flourish. I wanted to do something a little different here and add more interest to what was otherwise a pretty simple card so I used a craft knife and mat to cut around top and sides of the feathers, keeping the bottom s attached. Gently pull out and then add a little score to the shaft, and bend the edges outward. I think this turned out so cool! Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Kraft (feather background stamped in the coordinating GKD ink) and Black Onyx. 

Here I used some of the new Tiny Textures incentive set images to give a real artsy feel to the Black Onyx stamped leaves and sentiment. Ink pads are GKD Bahama Blue, Ocean Mist, Sweet Mango, and finally some Tomato Soup which I rolled onto the edges of the Sweet Mango inked splatter before stamping.  Having just that little variation in the color of the dots adds a punch!

 We are so very blessed to have Claire’s illustrating and designing talents to our Gina K. team!

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

Beth Silaika (Illustrator of Sophie Pig)
Claire Brennan (Illustrator of Old Country Roses and Fine Feathers)
Allie Gower
Cathy Tidwell
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.  Thanks for visiting me today!

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Gina K. Inspiration Hop Day 1: Fill it with Flowers and Country Roads

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from the May StampTV Release Party! 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 two stamp sets, by
Therea Momber and myself! Please 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.

The first set we are featuring is Country Roads 2 by Theresa Momber. Theresa has created a second set to her popular Country Roads collection. Whether you are a country lover or an animal lover, you will be making creative and fun projects with this wonderful set. I am so looking forward to creating more scenes with this set (and copying some of hers like the horses one she shared at the party!) The first idea lots of other designers on our team had, to use the new paint brushed image from the Tiny Textures incentive set as a background for the silhouettes, but I'm sharing it anyway!

  I recommend starting with the bottom stroke to ground the barn in Black Onyx, stamp the barn, and then work your way up: GKD Peach Bellini,  Sweet Mango, Cherry Red, Cranberry Tart. I added the windmill and greeting last. Cardstock is Pure Luxury Back Onyx and White.

This card I shared at the party and had a few requests for tutorials, but it's really pretty straightforward. Begin with a piece of white cardstock and and sponge a little Sweet Corn to the middle, cover with a small circle and sponge Sweet Mango, remove the mask and continue to sponge Tomato Soup, Cherry Red and Cranberry Tart.  Last, Stamp the windmill in Black Onyx, sponge Black Onyx along the bottom and then ink up just the treetop form the barn image and stamp a few times along the top of the black sponged area. Cardstock is Gina K. Pure Luxury White, Kraft, and Black Onyx.

Next, we have my Fill it With Flowers set.  This set is staying on my desk for sure, goes with so much! These flowers and containers will work for any occasion, and I can't wait to see what YOU will create with them! The Hydrangea and Gerbera daisy flowers are also great stand alones, and are *not* part of the Stately Flower series!  (How could no state claim these beauties? Some of my faves!)  I will share some samples and videos using just the flowers, or the containers with images from other sets later, I promise, but today it's all about filling these!

 These colors might look a little unnatural for leaves, but I was going for those dried, dyed branches you can get at World Market or Pier One for arrangements. I'm happy with the look, hope you like! Love this for fall, or a less flowery, more masculine look.  I think it would work nicely for a sympathy card also. I used Spectrum Noir markers LV1, LV2, EB1, GB8, GB6, GB7, PP1, DR7, IG2, and IG3. I will definitely do a video showing how to get nice shadows to shade like the wrap is folded, slightly crinkled  paper! I wish it showed up better in the photo, but I used the Cuttlebug Distressed Branches folder on the Black Onyx mat, which I love anyway, but I think goes so well with the textures of these eucalyptus and lemon leaf branch images.  Base is GKD Honey Mustard. 

Isn't this a happy card?   Stamp the wrap first, then the bow, then mask the wrap and add your flowers next, cover the flowers and stamp the leaves as desired. Don't you love this striped bow?  I can finally afford all the striped ribbon I want, lol! It can also go over the bottle, layered over the other wrap containers, and added to the cup handle. No coloring needed for the bow unless you want it two tone, or to add a simple a shadow by tracing along the underside with the same color as the shadow you use on the outside to give it dimension. Tip: Stamp the tag anywhere and then draw a simple line for the string to attach it to the tied wrap like a piece of string. Or, of course, you can use real twine!  All the handwritten greetings and single words in the set fit on the tag. Use a 1/16" punch for the hole in the tag if you end up cutting it out.  Here I used Spectrum Noir EB1, GB8, IG3, CG3, CG4, FL1, CR9, CT3, CR2, CR4. Card base is GKD Pure Luxury Lipstick.

Last, I couldn't resist, showing something in one of the new container that wasn't a flower. These are the *pencils* from the most recent StampTV kit Sending Love.  I used the round label (stamped in GKD Dusty Rose) and greeting, also from that Art from the Heart set in the kit, to decorate the cup.  It is going to be *so* fun making all sorts of cute stamped cups!! For the background I just grabbed a bunch of those leftover strips of cardstocks you have form cutting down mats that were still by my cutter, in the same colors that I used to color the pencils, and adhered them at a diagonal and trimmed the edges. Shadow is Spectrum Noir GG2.

I just love this release!

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

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

You're Invited! Gina K. StampTV Release Party Tonight

Today's the day, friends! I was peeking into our team folder and am so excited about all the cards I am seeing for all the new stamp sets from our design team!  Creative and gorgeous, that's what! Get ready to be inspired at the party on StampTV and then shop with us at ginakdesigns.com tonight at 7 PM central!

And no peek has been posted of it yet, but you are going to freak out when you see what a fantastic incentive set Gina has created for you!  Definitely put together an order to earn this one for free, you'll want it!  So versatile and artsy! See you tonight!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Video: Introducing Fill it With Flowers

Are you ready to see the new set?!  Been waiting awhile for this one, eek!

You are gonna love how these containers go with any flower images you have, including all the ones in my line of stamps, of course, Statelys included! 

Fill It With Flowers will be available for purchase May 26th,  7PM Central at ginakdesigns.com .

Gina K. Designs Fill it With Flowers stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (“2 ½” x 5” ), Powder Blue (2” x 4” ), Bubblegum  (4” x 5 ¼” ), Applemint ( 4 ¼” x 11, scored at 5 ½” ) and Kraft (scrap for tag) cardstock
Gina K. White premium pigment and Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads  
White gel pen and Spectrum Noir markers: GG2, CG3, CG4, DG2, IB1, LV1, IB2

Adhesive, foam squares, scissors, scratch paper or sticky notes for masks, Cuttlebug or die cutting machine, Cuttlebug Victoria folder and Lifestyle Crafts Whimsy folder, adhesive pearls, acrylic blocks

Come to our party at StampTV Thursday night to see more inspiration for this and all our new sets!  See you then!