Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hawaiian Falls: On the Ropes!

Aloha! Today I want to share about a local water and adventure park my family has been enjoying this summer, just 15 minutes outside of Austin Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville.  They have several locations all over Texas, with this being the newest and one of the only ones to have an Adventure Park, with a ropes course, zip lines, free fall drop and climbing wall. I really like water parks, but this place has so much more, which is why I love it!

My teenage son, Jonathan who has admitted to me a tiny fear of heights, braved the obstacles, and some of these are pretty legit! Whether that was because the course beckoned, or he didn't want to get shown up by his little bro, he went for it after all!  We did a Canopy Course in New Braunfels at Natural Bridge Caverns and although it was a good time, being in a solid track system, you never felt unstable there, no danger, you could literally hang by your harness and not move.  At Hawaiian Falls, your smart belay system is attached to a second cable while you carefully walk leaf, jump, hang or climb across tilting beams, tiny platforms and hanging cargo nets. So while you are always safely hooked in, you are not balanced or guaranteed to make it to the next obstacle without careful navigation (but you can grab on the "wimp rope" (my term, and yes, full disclosure, I had to rely on it a few, but not every, time) or your harness to steady yourself, don't worry!  Great core workout! I won't name names, but one member of my (not immediate) family, actually got stuck on one of the dangling cargo nets and had to be retrieved.  It's not easy!  You feel like a beast when you're done! Roar!  This was my second time to do it this week, and I admit I did reach up a few times to just check to make sure both belays were definitely tethered before stepping out three stories onto a cable.  

I fished my smartphone out of my pocket and risked smashing it several stories below just to give you this pic!  That's about a 5 foot gap there to either leap to the next solid step, or, trudge across the cables.
 Here's William making his way across the swinging beams on the 3rd story.  These move a lot. No wimp rope to grab here!

Now the zip lines, honestly, jarred me a bit at the stops when I first tried the zips here last autumn, so I didn't do it the time before last, and may not recommend the zip part if you have neck or back issues, but really enjoyed taking some photos and videos of the kids flying over the park.  But, this last weekend, I went on it again, asking for tips from the attendant to minimize before taking the leap of faith.  "Curl up into a ball right before the end, it keeps your arms and legs from flailing."  I have to say this really helped!  So much better.  Highly recommended. Fun, safe thrills.  You are not allowed to have your phone on for aerial views, but here's someone flying over the lazy river!

I am so impressed with this organization and after meeting some of the management and sharing I had a blog, they offered to sponsor some specials and giveaways I can share here with you throughout the summer!  Don't wait to try it though, if you have a good day to go!  They have so many great deals, that if you plan it right you'll never have to pay fill price!  Currently available: 2 for 2 Sundays, Maui Mom Mondays, get in free with purchase of child ticket, and $2 Tuesday, buy one get one for just $2!)  Combo family packs  can also be purchased through Costco if you have a membership, just $99 for 4 which includes 4 combo meals! Next I think we will check out Friday Night Slides, where for only $10 you can slide from 8-10 PM (on Friday) with slides lit up with LED for a very different nighttime experience!  Wish I could get photos of that!  Thursdays for the rest of the summer they will also have movie nights where you can relax in a tube in the wave pool while watching a family on a gigantic outdoor screen.

I hope you check out this park with your family if you have one nearby or are planning a trip! Have a great day! :)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Video: Zip it Good! Creating Purse Cards with a Zipper Stamp

Hello! Check out these gorgeous designer bags!  Oh, wait, they're cards! :) In today's video, I'm going to show you how to make elegant purse cards with the zipper stamp from my Triple Play Fillers set!  Zippered bags are on trend and the embossed zippers makes these look so real that very little else is required! I also share an easy way to design different purse shapes without using a template, plus tips for notching the zipper and incorporating embossing folders to add fun textures. Have fun surfing the web for purse images as inspiration to be your own “handbag designer”! A similar design would also make great diaper bag cards for baby showers. (Hmm, maybe I need to do that for my next video!*  Tell me if so in the comments below!)

TIP: To make the zippers meet in a “V”, the midway point of the bottom of this card is 2 3/4”. You can make a tiny mark at the bottom (before doing any shaping at the corners), and then stamp the zipper each time going through this mark.

Gina K. Designs Triple Play Fillers
Gina K. Pure Luxury Black Onyx (5 ½” x 8 ½” scored at 4 ¼ and ½” x 2”) and gold cardstock ¾” x 2 ¼”cardstock  ( use Red Hot base for second purse shown)
Versamark ink pad
Goosebumps A2 Whimsy Embossing folder  
Cuttlebug machine and plates (use this stack: base plate, B plate, open card inside folder, 2nd B plate)

Scissors, adhesive, heat gun, gold embossing powder

Goosebumps A2 Whimsy Embossing folder  
Cuttlebug machine and plates (use this stack: base plate, B plate, open card inside folder, 2nd B plate

*I found the "label" stamp, hurray! (Right after I finished the video. Of course!)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mod Squad Challenge! Fast & Easy

Joyce Erb hosting a new "fast and easy" challenge today over at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week and I'm sponsoring.  
Well, Triple Play Fillers is easy to use on a "Fast and Easy" card for sure! 

Here is a card I made with this set, don't you love this zipper.  TIP: When using the zipper, cut just a tiny notch where it open s to reveal a cardstock layer underneath.  Ink is GKD Dark Chocolate and cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Passionate Pink, Dark Chocolate and White.  Greeting and heart are from Triple Play Frame.

 I am sponsoring the challenge with  a prize this week, I hope you can play along!

 Go see what Joyce has created and the challenge rules.

Have a great day!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Video: Belt it Out!

 Today I'll show you how to "belt it out" on this clean and

 simple masculine project with my two step belt and buckle

 images in my new Triple Play Fillers set. Designed to nest

 perfectly inside the Triple Play Frame, this belt is so 

versatile and adds instant embellishments, borders, and as 

you see here even focal points that will fill up your design. I 

also have a few tips and tricks for getting good impressions 

with the bold images and demonstrate some quick speck-free

 embossing if you want to step up this design to add shiny 

dimension to the buckles. Also, think outside the box, how 

about using pastel colors for a child, or brightly colored belts

 on a card for your bestie? Please enjoy!


Gina K. Triple Play Fillers stamp set

Gina K. Warm Cocoa, Kraft, Prickly Pear, Moonlit Fog

Gina K. Pure Luxury Warm Cocoa (4 1/4" x 5 1/2" A2 sized,

 top or side fold) and Ivory (or White) cardstock (4" x 5 1/4")


Optional: Versamark pad, clear embossing powder and heat

gun for embossing the buckles

Thanks for  watching! I hope you had a fabulous 


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Triple Play Fillers Tip Sheet

Fillers for your new favorite frame set are here! Triple Play Fillers decorative elements and greetings designed to perfectly fit and customize the Triple Play Frame, these stamps can do so much more.  You will love having bows, bits and borders plus embossable two step images like buckles, zippers, and stick pins to bedazzle all your projects, masculine or feminine, any occasion,  in a flash, even when you aren’t using the frame!  This fabulous set of stamps is a must have for any stamper’s collection and contains 39 images and sentiments.  Time to play!

I've included both images sheets in today's post for your reference. There are so many coordinating elements across so many of my sets, it's hard to remember all the possibilities!
 Triple Play Fillers

Triple Play Frame

Bold circle rim works as a two-step to fills the borders around the frame’s three round windows.  Punch out the inside with a 1 ¼” circle punch, or punch around the edge with a 1 ½” circle punch. Great for tags!  Emboss them for a metal edge.

Diamond, belt, Moroccan and zipper borders measure 4 ¾”, and fit exactly across the inside of both long sections of the frame. 

Stamp Moroccan, Diamond or even the dashed or dotted straight borders from Fabulous Frame Fillers to add detail on your belt, like it has been stitched or tooled.

Tiny bold image is included to two step stamp filler for the Moroccan border. This border coordinates with the larger border in Pretty Patterns 2.

Patterned hearts fill the large heart outline in the border Triple Play Frame. 

Created patterned clover, flower or butterflies with the heart images stamped  to make wings, petals and leaves.

Patterned and solid diamonds two step stamp easily into the open diamond border. Mix and match colors and patterns for endless looks!

All pattern elements in this set (polka dot, plaid, and houndstooth) coordinate with the patterned pieces in Fabulous Holiday Fillers.  have fun using these pieces together for coordinating patterns on the same project.

Patterned “bow ties” and corners fill the middle section of the frame. Add the coordinating patterned corner piece to all four corners to look like you have paper-pieced this entire section.

Use the patterned tiny corners on 1 or more corners of your square and rectangular mats. It will look paper piecing behind a rounded corner punch!

Circle elements from Triple Play Frame and Fabulous Holiday Fillers fit inside the larger star's opening, and the solid belly band filler (bow tie) that has the open circle.  

Dashed and dotted circles nest inside the frames round windows and can be punched with a 1 ¼” circle punch. 

Rectangle tag fits both long sections and fits almost all words from Triple Play Frame, Fabulous Holiday Fillers, Fabulous Frame. Fits exactly across the largest long section of the frame when the frame is turned portrait style.

Emboss the zipper, belt buckle and stick pin elements with metallic EP.

Make the zipper more dimensional by stamping the pull tab again separately and cutting out to add on top of the zipper border with a piece of foam.

Small hearts from the Triple Play Frame set two step stamp into the open heart in the zipper.

Make your zipper more realistic by cutting a tiny "v" in your cardstock mat where the side of the zipper open up to reveal another piece of paper underneath.

Add round gift bow to the round windows. Punch out with a 1 ¼" circle punch for quick cutting.  

Layer bows over the Washi tape image to look like a ribbon wrap.

Make the bows more dimensional by stamping two or three out and cutting them in smaller parts, to stack on top of one another with the largest, full image being on the bottom.

Stamp patterns from this set and others onto the stamped bold Washi image.  For images wider than the Washi, create a reverse mask by stamping the Washi first onto scratch paper and cutting out.  use the paper surrounding it to layer over the stamped washi on your cardstock mat and stamp images. Remove mask.

Stamp the long sentiments above, below, or over the bold belt and Washi images. You can also stamp these greetings over the zipper, Moroccan, or diamond borders, but the pattern will need to be in much lighter ink than what you choose for the sentiment in order to read it well.

Use the vertical sentiments in the long sections of the frame for portrait style layouts.

Omit the "o" s in Thinking Of You and Thanks So Much and replace them by stamping in or popping up the round elements form the coordinating sets or these new patterned hearts.

Add stick pin pieces one either side of the two bows.  Top the stick pins with small round or themed elements in Triple Play Frame or Fabulous Holiday Fillers.

Create interesting negative circle patterns by repeating the patterned bow ties, and open circle gaps will appear in between.

Nestle the double bow image in the two spaces between the round windows in the belly band area of Triple Play Frame.
Fabulous Holiday Fillers

That's all for now! So much more to come! And videos to show these tips and move in action!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: The Wetlands

Good morning!The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! As you hop through each of the designers' blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a random comment and that stamper will win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see who won,  check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

Today we are featuring the fabulous new set The Wetlands by Theresa Momber. What man wouldn't like a card with these gorgeous bird and outdoorsy silhouettes? Definitely one for your collection.  I am loving the Christmas Pine Pure Luxury cardstock with this mallard. I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers: GT2, JG6, EB6, BG1,LY3, and CT4. 
I also reversed the stamp on a piece of acetate to create a slight reflection on the water, and sponged in some GKD Dark Sage and GKD Ocean Mist for the water. Silhouettes are stamped in Dark Sage.  Belt and greeting are stamped in GKD Charcoal Brown.  It was hard to get a good angle to show off the dimension and shine in the photo, but I embossed the belt buckle with gold metallic powder. No embellishments needed!

I can't get enough of this belt from Triple Play Fillers as a border to go with these images! If you missed our party, this is the card that I made for the release party challenge, just one layer. Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock, Lemon Drop, Dark Chocolate and Peach Bellini inks. Easy peasy! Love these sets together!
Thanks for visiting!

Ready for more awesome creations? Just click on the links below for more from the Illustrators and Design Team!

Theresa Momber-Illustrator of The Wetlands
Tricia Traxler

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Triple Play Fillers and Video

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! As you hop through each of the designers' blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a random comment and that stamper will win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see who won,  check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

Today we are sharing samples and ideas for my Triple Play Fillers. I am crazy for the images in this set!  

Today's video is simple, showing some tips for some of the borders, one bow, and the stick pin elements.  

Here are photos of both samples, the top made with GKD Wild Wisteria, Charcoal Brown, and Moonlit Fog, and below with GKD Peach Bellini, Dark Chocolate and Moonlit Fog. Very similar design, although I made just a few changes, swapping out the stick pin cap images and didn't fill in the border.  I think these would work nicely as contemporary but classic designs for anytime, or a mother who is having a baby boy or girl. Our White Pure Luxury cardstock looks so nice and crisp with the cool tone of the Wisteria, and the Ivory so rich with the warm Peach.

I love how when you two step stamp just select parts of the Moroccan and diamond borders, the little bits just seem to come to life like tiny shimmering facets!  Cardstock and ink are GKD Pure Luxury Lovely Lavender, Moonlit Fog, and Dark Chocolate. (Ivory mat)
 So fun to pop in some different colors and patterns quickly, no cutting or coloring! This square card was made with just one ink pad, full strength and stamped off, GKD Prickly Pear!

And although I just can't bring myself to make a Christmas video yet, I couldn't resist posting a Santa card with the belt, since it seems to be my family's favorite so far! 

Embossing the bold rings around the circles makes it extra fancy and looks great with that big gold buckle! Cardstock is Pure Luxury Red Hot ans I used the frame and greeting, and ornament elements from Triple Play FrameThe plaid fillers on the belly band are stamped in Cherry Red. 

More videos and ideas in the coming weeks with both sets! :)

Ready for more inspiration? Just click on the links below for more from the Illustrators and Design Team!

Tricia Traxler

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Video Sneak Peek: Triple Play Fillers

Hello! Today I am sharing a sneak peek of my new coordinating set for Triple Play Frame*, Triple Play Fillers! Just as Fabulous Frame Fillers and Fabulos Holiday Fillers were the peanut butter to Fabulous Frame's jelly, this set contains so many versatile sentiments and two step stamping elements that will help you customize the frame in seconds, but can be used to embellish any card project even without the frame.  After the walk through of how the new images work with the frame, I demonstrate this two layer card with no cutting and very minimal supplies, plus peeking some of our newest cardstock and ink colors. This stamp set is available for purchase this Thursday, June 25th.

Gina K. Designs Triple Play Fillers, Triple Play Frame
Gina K. Pure Luxury Peach Bellini and White cardstocks
Gina K. Black Onyx, Lovely Lavender, Lemon Drop, Jellybean, Peach Bellini ink pads
Spectrum Noir marker LV1, adhesive, adhesive rhinestones, acrylic blocks


* If you haven't bought the original Triple Play Frame set yet, you will want this to go with the new Fillers! Don't miss it now that it's back in stock!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bonus Video! Faux Dry Embossing with Triple Play Frame

Ready for some faux dry embossing? Turn all your bold

stamps into “virtual embossing folders” with tone on tone

 stamping and a white pigment ink pad! Today I have a CAS 

card with the flowers from my Triple Play Frame stamp set 

for a quick card with very minimal supplies that’s great in a 

pinch! TIP: Any colored cardstock will work for this technique,

 and you can substitute a Versamark pad for a colored pad to

 do the tone on tone stamping if you prefer.

Apologies on not being very eloquent today, I threw this all 

together in just a few minutes to keep up with our regular 

StampTV broadcast schedule (Please keep Gina in your

prayers as she gets back on track after some health and 

personal stuff!) Thanks for understanding. :)


Gina K. Designs Triple Play Frame stamp set

Gina K. White, Innocent Pink, Black Onyx ink pads

Gina K. Pure Luxury Innocent Pink cardstock (4 ¼” x 11,

 scored at 5 ½”)

Adhesive rhinestones

Friday, June 5, 2015

Back in Stock!

Triple Play Frame is back!!  

Be sure to get yours, you'll *definitely* want to have this one on your desk when our June release comes out in a few weeks! ;)
(Scroll down to see the rose trellis made with this set and the StampTV kit if you missed yesterday's hop! 
Do we need a video for that card??)

School's out, woo hoo!  Happy summer!!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Flowers and Frames Hop!

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! This blog hop is for the brand spanking new StampTV Flowers and Frames kit. This kit, along with several other sets you've been waiting for, will be back in stock tomorrow for you to order, and we are hopping up and down with excitement, ready to share some new ideas!  Please enjoy today's samples and then browse the store for other crafty items you need so you'll be ready to throw this kit in your cart tomorrow starting at 8 AM Central, ready to head to checkout!

I got so much wonderful feedback from one of my last videos about mixing up one of my sets with a StampTV kit, so since this hop is Flowers & Frames, I thought it would be appropriate to mix it with Triple Play Frame, since both are back in stock tomorrow, woo hoo!  I made a trellis scene by placing a mask over my frame and sponging some clouds with Gina K. Ocean Mist, then adding the die cut stamped flowers (Gina K. Innocent Pink, Passionate Pink, and Cherry Red) and leaves (Gina K. Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus) around the frame's borders, as if the vine is climbing. I love this look!  (and love that I didn't have to come up with a sketch!)  Frame is stamped in Gina K. Moonlit Fog and I added three adhesive pearls to the lower corner echo the circles in the frame. Sentiment is stamped in Gina K.Black Onyx and cardstock is Gina K. Pure Luxury Innocent Pink and White.

Ready for more creations? Just click on the links below for more kit inspiration! As you hop through our blogs today, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a a  random comment and that stamper will win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! Check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop to see who won.

Melanie Muenchinger (you are here!)
Tricia Traxler

Speaking of kits, did you know we have a special group that you can join if you are a member of StampTV?  It’s called StampTV Addicts!  Tricia has all kinds of good advice and inspiration in there, too! Join today!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Video: Kissing Technique

Have fun kissing beautiful patterned stamps onto the bold

 frame stamp in Wild at Heart to create new and different 

textured looks! This technique is so fun and versatile, you’ll 

be looking at all your stamps for kissing possibilities. The 

flowers and leaves in the coordinating Wild Flowers set are 

perfect for adding two step color to the frame, as well as 

create a matching accents for the inside of your card. Go 

bold with several colored ink pads to create a gradient effect,

 or stick with one color for a more subtle look. The tight 

weave of this patterned border in Pretty Patterns 2 is

excellent for kissing, as it creates terrific almost fabric-like 

texture as well as picks up a lot of the frame’s floral detail. 

Be sure to watch the video for a bonus product of a similar 

card with these same techniques and sets in earth tones! 

(Kraft and Charcoal Brown)



Gina K. Designs Wild at Heart, Pretty Patterns 2 stamp sets,

Wild Flowers

Gina K. Blue Raspberry, Ocean Mist, Grass Green, Fresh 


Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight white cardstock

Crystal Stickles

Friday, May 15, 2015

Video: Simple Color Gradient Technique with Wild at Heart

Are you ready for the fastest card ever? in today's video I'll

show you how to make a single or two layer card with my 

Wild at Heart set using a direct to stamp technique that 

creates a gorgeous color gradient or blocking effect with

quick swipes of your colored ink pads. Bold and graphic but 

painterly at the same time, the negative flower images in this

frame seem to magically appear when stamped!


Gina K. Designs Wild at Heart stamp set

Gina K. Pure Luxury Sweet Mango (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5

 1/2") and Layering Weight

 White (4" x 5 1/4") cardstock 

Gina K. Sweet Mango, passionate Pink, and Charcoal Brown

 ink pads


Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Video: Direct to Stamp Technique

 In today’s video, I will show you the direct to stamp technique  (DTS), which is drawing or coloring with water-based markers directly on your stamped images before stamping. The bold frame in the Wild at Heart set with its delicate, negative details is perfect for this technique! A marker with a brush tip makes it easy to create a beautiful tapered blade of grass. Butterflies are from A Beautiful Life, also a frame set. TIP: Be sure to swipe quickly when you draw your blades, for smooth, curving arcs, as trying to go more slowly and carefully can result in a more wobbly, wonky blade. 

This frame looks so beautiful on single layer cards with the outline border.

Gina K. Designs A Beautiful Life, Wild at Heart stamp sets 
Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White cardstock 4 ¼” x 11, scored at 5 ½”, and scrap 
Gina K. Sweet Corn, Black Onyx ink pads 
Spectrum Aqua Markers-Floral collection 
Scissors, Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L foam squares

Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Video: Simple Watercoloring with Spectrum Aqua Markers and Stately Flowers 8

Today I demonstrate a watercolor technique with the

 Spectrum Aqua markers on smooth white Pure Luxury

 cardstock. Whether you paint or color with them, these

 waterbased markers can create the bright, vibrant color of

 alcohol markers or a range of pale shades just by mixing

 with a little water. I also add a graphic border to ground the

 floral image from Stately Flowers 8 using my Pretty 

Patterns set in two tones by stamping off.

I will share some direct to stamp techniques with these

markers and my stamp sets soon!


Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 8, Pretty Patterns stamp


Gin K. Black Onyx, Grass Green ink pads

Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White cardstock

Spectrum Aqua Artists Markers-Floral Assortment

Waterbrush (or paint brush)