Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter on the Green


If you live near the Austin area and are looking for something to do tomorrow (Sunday), all are welcome to attend our church's outdoor celebration Easter on the Green from 11:30-3PM, complete with live music, bouncy houses and activities for the kids, egg hunt, food trucks including barbecue, sausage, tacos and shaved ice (nominal charge for food but everything else is free), and prizes.
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Link has address (across Mopac from The Domain) and info, plus a registration form to put your name in the hat for prizes if you wish. Hope to see you!
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 Pray for no rain! :)
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Week from Today: Gina K. Designs Release and Party!

Mark you calendars for next Thursday, because we are rolling out brand new stamps sets for you, plus the release party in out StampTV forum with new samples, chatting and contests!

So excited about my new set, it coordinates with some of my past sets (natch) and will be so useful and versatile!  I made 6 cards the day it arrived and already wrapped up three videos!  The first coming next week, during the sneak peek! :)

Hope you are having a great week and some fun plans for this weekend!

More to come!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Video: Creating a Dimensional Scene (Stamper's Favorites)

Good morning!  Here is my newest video, using Stamper's Favorites.  This set sold out quickly after its release, so I did not get a chance to do any videos for it.  Now that it is back in stock* (yay!), I hope you will enjoy seeing the many techniques I do in this video to create a fast, complete scene.  This card was posted at its release, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to show step by step, as well as add more dimension to one of the birds than I did in the photo below, so be sure to watch until the end!  :) This scene is made up of three images from my  Stamper's Favorites, using simple sponging, Copic coloring and paper tole technique for adding dimension.  I also added one of Theresa's Vertical Greetings.

Try this Google search for hummingbird for color reference

Please enjoy!

Gina K. Designs Stamper's Favorites, Vertical Greetings
Ink: Gina K. Black Onyx and Ocean Mist
Ruby Throated hummingbird (RV25, RV19, YG93, YG97) and Emerald hummingbird (RV25, G05, B06, B37, YG67,) leaves YG67, YG93 and flower (RV25).
Pure Luxury Cardstock: White, Passionate Pink and Black Onyx
Adhesive foam, scissors, sponge dauber

Working on the coloring videos, part 1 will be next!  For the first one, all you will need is a pencil.  I know you have one off those. ;)

* Appreciate your patience waiting for sets that are currently out of stock!  Apologize for the inconvenience, but customers loving our stamps is a very good problem to have.  If you saw Gina's post with updates about stock and shipping, you know things will settle down and the majority of our catalog will be available once again as soon as the warehouse move is complete, which is very soon. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Coloring Follow Up

*Thank you everyone* for your specific feedback on my coloring question post.  It really helps.  I know exactly what I'm going to do, just what many of you suggested: a series of short videos with basic principles.  Should be fun.  As always, I will keep it simple.  These will be building blocks you will return to again and again, I know I do, even if I don't think about it anymore. Knowledge is power. :)

Starting next week! Stay tuned!

Have a terrific weekend!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

That Scary Feeling: Please Respond

I often get comments on my posts here or Youtube videos to the tune of coloring (or shading) is "scary" or "intimidating".  Can you help me by posting in the comment section below if you sometimes feel this way:  what to you is intimidating or scary? Is it:

A.  choosing the right colors

B.  blending the colors

C.  knowing where the colors go

D. coloring an unfamiliar image

All feedback or questions is helpful in planning my future coloring videos!  I hope to demystify the process as much as possible.  Although I have enjoyed creating art most of my life, I've had very few formal lessons (6 after school classes in 3rd grade and Art 1 and Art II in high school), but I continue to go back to those basics (yep, the 3rd grade ones, believe it or not) and keep things as simple as possible.  It's fun!  It doesn't have to be hard.  You can do this ;)

Again, thanks so much for your help and encouragement!  I really appreciate all the notes I've been getting about the videos and so glad you are all enjoying them and learning.  The goal now is to make every new project a video.  I am so thankful Gina is broadcasting them on StampTV now on a regular basis to reach a wider audience.  Please subscribe if you have not already, as you will get an alert when I upload a new one.

Have terrific day!  It's almost the weekend :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Video: Basket Pop Up Card

 Good morning!  I hope you had a terrific weekend!  Today's video is based on a card I created for the book Interactive Cards 2 from Annie's. I use the one basket image from Holiday Basket to make both the lidded basket and the pop up element inside.  Clear stamps make creating this "new image" for the front so easy.  I love the modification, and transitions so well to the pop up reveal of the flowers inside.  For today's demo I use the roses from the set instead of the daisies in the coordinating Spring Basket set.  This design would be terrific for a birthday, or upcoming Easter or Mother's Day card.  Celebrate sentiment is from Theresa's Celebrate the Season and greeting inside is also from Holiday Basket.

Please enjoy!

Gina K.  Designs Holiday Basket
Gina K. Black Onyx ink
Gina K. Pure Luxury cardstock

Score 1 1/4" by 4 1/2" pop up strip at 1" 2", 3" and 4".

You can find this and three more projects from me using stamps from Gina K. Designs in Interactive Cards 2.

Apologies for no photo today:  every time I try to add the photo, Blogger adds it landscape instead of portrait style.  This is a huge problem.  Have no idea why, tried resaving and redoing the photo many times. :(

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Video: Creating Stamped Off Patterns

Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Today’s video shows how easy it is to create patterns with the stamping off technique and my Pretty Patterns 2 set. I haven't used this tile pattern as often as some of the other borders in the set for my samples for you so far, but I love the ombre effect you can make and how clean that looks with the white space in between!  With all those squares, it looks like a lot more than it really is.  I also use my Lots of Letters set to spell out a sentiment on the stair steps created from stamping on a diagonal.  This bright graphic CAS card uses minimal supplies, can be made quickly and can be adapted to any occasion or color palette, working for male or female.  In the video I switch from this birthday design to a baby card.  Please enjoy!

 Gina K Designs Lots of Letters and Pretty Patterns 2
Gina K. Pure Luxury White and Black Onyx
Gina K Sweet Mango and Black Onyx, Memento Lilac Posies ink pads
Long and small gridline blocks

Black top fold card base (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2")
4” x 5 1/4" white mat

Make it a wonderful week!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Reverse Masking Background Video

Good morning!

This video demonstrates a reverse masking sponged background using my Branching Out set with the new Shabby Spring StampTV kit.  You will love the versatility and ease of this dramatic technique for your clean and simple projects.  The bird image nests perfectly into the frame stamp’s branches.    

Supplies Used: 
Gina K. Designs Branching Out stamp set, Shabby SpringStampTV Kit
Gina K Pure Luxury Wild Orchid, Charcoal Brown, and White cardstock
Gina K, Charcoal Brown and Sweet Mango pads, Memento Lilac Posies
Sponge daubers, adhesiveSponge daubers, adhesive (permanent for assembling card, and removable for using with the mask, I used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ Dots Repositionable), orange marker, white gel pen

Wild Orchid top fold base 4 ¼” x 8 ½”, scored at 5 ½”
Charcoal Brown mat: 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
White mat: 3 ¾” x 5”

Please enjoy!

Would you be interested in purchasing a signed copy of either of my books directly from me, that I could add a personalized message to?  If so, let me know. :)

Have a terrific day!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Creating a Stamped Doily Video

Update:  Stately Flowers 8 is out of stock!  I am of course thrilled there has been such a positive response to it and the new videos, but I apologize we don't have it currently for you to add to the cart.  Please keep it on your wishlist as we will be getting more added to the store in *just a few weeks*. :)  I will go through my stamp catalog and suggest some other sets I've included butterfly images in that will work well with this technique in the meantime.   Thanks for your patience!

Today I am using both butterflies from Stately Flowers 8 to create a stamped doily.  This video shows a simple trick for getting a symmetrical design on your card.  This doily design is wonderful for framing up a sentiment of a stamped image.  Substitute a square or octagon die/template to create pendants rather than a "round" doily shapes.

Supplies Used: Stately Flowers 8
Gina K. Black Onyx premium dye and White pigment ink
Pure Luxury Kraft cardstock
something round to use a guide. Approximately 2 1/4"
Optional: Spellbinder dies (Standard Circles and Beaded circles)

Here is the variation I also showed centering some layered die cuts inside.

The large and small butterflies in my Stately Flowers 4 would also work well for this technique and design.  Stately Flowers 4 is a clear set and has some gorgeous florals for spring and summer!
Have a terrific weekend!  Enjoy shopping the new release for your crafting products!  I will be busy putting together another video for you for Monday! :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Folk Filigree

Today I have a card I made using Becky Oehler's new Folk Filigree set.  This includes tons of tiny bold flower elements, plus some banners and birds for those of you who like coloring. Get your ink pads ready! I started with the banner in the middle with the intention of creating some floral garlands around it, and it just evolved form there.  As you can see, I did not make it perfectly symmetrical, but I did stamp opposite parts of the design as I went to keep it balanced.  First, the semicircle garland above and below.  Then I added the larger flowers, then two-stepped the flower centers, then eventually filling the mat out with springs and berries and smaller flowers until I was pleased with the look. I perched the birdies on either sides on the arrow and popped up the little heart. 
Cardstock is Pure Luxury Powder Blue and White, button is from Gina K Color Companions Bowl of cherries and Dark Chocolate  stitched ribbon.  Ink pads are Gina K  Color Companion Red Hot, Powder Blue, Fresh Asparagus, Grass Green, Dark Chocolate, and Sweet Mango.