Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Week 2 with Carla Suto: A Beautiful Easel!

Welcome to Week 2 with Carla Suto and "A Beautiful Life"! Today Carla made this beautiful easel card with the tulip frame, how simple and clever her design is here, propping up the front with a three-dimensional stamped butterfly and the punched picket fence! If you have never made an easel card, you must try, they are so fun!!

I had never seen these particular Basic Grey papers before, and I am just lovin' the patterns and colors! (I'll have to go put Ocean Mist and Little Boy Blue together to try to recreate this serene look.) instead of coloring the flowers and butterflies, she stamped them onto the solid colored, distressed Basic Grey papers from the same pack for a beautifully coordinated, shabby chic look! Here is today's card recipe:

Stamps: Gina K. Designs A Beautiful Life and A Year of Flowers
Paper: Sage, Baja, and White Cardstock, Basic Grey Stella Ruby Patterned Paper
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Copic Markers, Inkssentials White Gel Pen, Yellow Pearls, Martha Stewart Trellis Border Punch, Petite Oval Nestabiltities, Foam Tape

Let's go see what else Carla created! :)

Natural Beauty

Another scrap card today! (I wasn't kidding there were lots of scraps to work with!!) Keep the scrappy samples coming in the linky in the post below, I am enjoying your creations and stories! :)
I had a Kraft base left over from working on the release and this quarter sheet of neutral DP from the StampTV "Spring Mix" kit (these white silhouettes are one of my favorite prints in the kit!) I thought these would be the perfect for starter for a very earthy and natural "A Beautiful Life" card, with white tulips* to match. I stamped the frame directly on the DP, colored in the borders and leaves, then popped up some tulips stamped on White Pure Luxury, just shaded with a touch of W-3 Copic, it is a lovely match with these other sandy shades...

I also had a black mat that was already cut a wee to short to completely frame up my DP...but that's okay! You can pretend these offset panels sometimes are just part of your cool sketch! ;) I had just a little white scrap left over so I cut out a petite oval for greeting (this one from "Arranged with Love" , and added a few more black accents with a fancy corner punch and fancy tag die cut behind. The frame is really fun to layer different shapes and tags to change the look, just have fun with it! I am completely out of adhesive pearls, so I improvised by putting a 1/4" circle punch of white CS behind a dewdrop, turned out really pretty!!

Have a gorgeous day, thanks so much for visiting! :) Coming up, an altered item and a guest spot with Carla!

* There is no flower that fits more occasions than the white tulip. (so says ProFlowers!)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Take the Scraps Challenge!

I love how today's sample with "By Your Side" turned out, and I have to share how it came together! My desk is not TOO terribly messy right now, having cleaned it completely just before our new release sets arrived (to make room!) and while it accumulated a lot of scraps and bits in that frenzy of designing for the previews, I was away for a week on vacation after that so it couldn't pile up as much it often does. I had this little vase of call lilies I'd colored and cut out lying there for before I left (often when I get my new sets I will stamp out a bunch of the images to color while I wait for inspiration on exactly what the concept or design will be for each) and decided I was ready to make a card with it.
I noticed I still have a piece of Ocean Mist already Cuttlebugged awhile back, and thought this color looks so calming with the lilies...those swirls look lovely with the flowers' shapes... so here was my mat! I also had a scrap of black and a bit of this ribbon I am already almost out of (because I love it so much!) but it wasn't long enough to tie, so I just made it a stripe and trimmed the ends. This was my very last card base of Pure Luxury White (but more arrived over the weekend, woo hoo!), already folded and waiting to be finished. I added my last aqua button and a greeting* from "A Beautiful Life" and the card is complete (plus a few adhesive rhinestones) All this stuff was out, no dipping into my stashes!

See what you can make with the stuff on your desk, I'd be interested to see! More than likely, if you've gone a couple card making sessions without reorganizing you have some great stuff in front of you that already coordinates. Add your creation to the linky below by pasting in your name and the post where you upload, link back to me in your description so people know about the challenge. It's on the honor system that you used scraps! (extra points for using GKD stamps, wink) I'll have a little prize for the winner, and will leave it open til Friday and post a winner over the weekend! (But for SOME of you, I know this will be a very difficult, perhaps impossible task, because you always clean up as you go... (you make me a little sick! jk! LOL!) but, I know you will manage, because you save all your scraps of paper and they are all neatly filed away in their proper color file, blah blah blah... :) since you have a few days to enter let things go for a bit and see how it feels! (kind of liberating!)

* "Hello beautiful" reminds me of some wonderful old black and white classic film; can't you just hear the leading man saying "hel-LO beautiful!"? ;)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Beautiful Butterflies (Embrace the White, or Bring the Bling!)

Today's card just focuses on the butterfly and a greeting from "A Beautiful Life"; I really liked the rainbow of colors against the white in this sample, so I used that for my inspiration, plus a LOT of white space in this new CAS layout, adds a lot of drama, no?
The Black Onyx and white panels are popped up onto the Pure Luxury White base. I used a piercing template as a guide for the little dotted row I made on either side with a pen.

For the butterflies I used YG11 and YG 23 for the green, Y38, YR07, and R46 for the red, BG01 and B05 for the blue, and W-3 for the shadow. I couldn't find my Clear Stardust pen, so instead I used my Sakura Galaxy Gel pen set and traced the details with the matching pen colors, gold, red and sky. Isn't that pretty?

Now here is my "souped up" version!! I added this crystal flourish from Hobby Lobby plus one more yellow butterfly I cut out and popped up. I am quickly getting addicted to these crystals!! They come on a clear plastic sheet so you can see how the flourish will fall on your layout, then you just trim out the part you want. (I think I need to go bug Gina to start carrying these!) :) I especially like how this extends off the edge of the black mat over the base, gives it a lot of energy, like this breeze just tumbled in! Lovin how how all the big dots echo the butterfly bodies and little dots go with the dotted detial and their antennae!!
Which version do you like better?? ;) Both are actually pretty quick cards!

Now I made something later to go with this, but don't have it photographed yet, I will be sure to share it later this week! :) (BTW, in case you are wondering I have not abandoned my DIY "photo tent" (hee!) just took these pics before the last post!) ;)

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tulips and Daffodils

Here is a card I made with "A Beautiful Life" filling in the open corners of the tulip frame with cutouts of the daffodils from Theresa's "Sending Sunshine" set. Aren't these images fabulous together?!
I stamped both the frame and daffodils onto Lemon Drop Pure Luxury, and used just three Copics to color everything: Y15 for all the flowers and leaves, leaving the Lemon Drop color of the paper for the lighter areas, and G24 and G94 for the stems and leaves. A little yellow ink was also sponged inside and rectangle and oval frame. TIP: After coloring the daffodils, cut off one side and an angle towards where the stems meet at the bottom, then turn the image sideways on your cutter and trim the other side at a 90 degree angle to side you already cut, the image will now tuck perfectly into a corner! Then you can go in and trim around the petals and leaves at the top with some scissors. Stamp your greeting inside the oval, then pop these added flowers up and layer onto Black Onyx, Fresh Asparagus, and finally a Lemon Drop base. NO ribbon or embellishments here, but I am lovin' how elegant this card turned out!

So based on today's photo, how do you like my new "photo tent"?? It is actually just a 30 cent white poster board I threw on the floor up against the wall of my craft room! I ran out of all my white CS for staging (could you tell in the last week?? LOL!) and have been too lazy/not had the room to make one of the nice DIY sytems for photographing your stuff. When I'm not taking pictures with it, I can just lean the poster board back behind the open door to my room, out of sight. (It wants to fall forward when it's back there, shaping itself into that perfect curve for a seamless photo...) Try it youself and see if you like how your photos are looking! :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Asian Mosaic

Hello! A new mosaic for you today, with an Asian feel, I knew I wanted to pair it with Asela's koi from "By Your Side" as soon as Gina peeked the set to the team! :) (I had this in mind a few weeks ago, even before Gina threw down the paper lantern inspired challenge LOL! I may just have to go post in anyway!) ;)

For this card I used both white AND ivory: ivory for the background to make my greeting and white lotus pop. I stamped the koi in Vivid Brick Red to match the Red Hot cardstock (mat is Black Onyx), isn't that sharp in red uncolored? I shaded the white cut out flower with aW-3 Warm Gray Copic, as simple as tracing along the undersides of the petals and drawing a quick stripes down the middles. I popped it up and added a white panel with "thinking of you", also from "Inspiration Mosaic", adding a row of squares below from that same set inked up with markers.

I LOVE these two sets together!! :) (BTW, I have a little (big!) secret about the "Inspiration Mosaic" set, I will be sharing very SOON! Any guesses??)

PS As I've told you my husband has a koi pond in our backyard and I think this weekend he is going to be enlarging it, something he has been wanting to do for a long time but was waiting partly til the kids were older so we didn't have to worry as much about how deep it was. (If we are still here after 20 years, and he gets his way, the pond will replace the yard and there will be bridges to get around LOL!) I will have to take some before and after pics for you! ;)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Week 1 with Guest Designer Carla Suto

I wish I could say I made this beautiful card, but I didn't!! The lovely and talented Carla Suto did and she's hit the ground running with this stunner in her first week as my guest designer for "A Beautiful Life"!

I literally gasped when I opened the attachment, these colors and patterns are just speaking to me! Love how she popped up all the different colored mats inside the oval and let just a touch of that gorgeous printed paper peep through the middle and around the edges. The greeting is from my "Arranged with Love" set. The little organdy bow at the top and pearls below are perfect way to finish it off! Below are Carla's card making details, and then a little more about the lady itself! :)

Stamps: Gina K. Designs "A Beautiful Life" and "Arranged With Love"
Paper: Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Layering Weight Ivory, Rose and Moss CS, Karen Foster Designs Patterned Paper
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Copic Markers, Ribbon, Pearls, Petite Oval Nestabilities, Foam Tape, Martha Stewart Border Punch (inside)

and now some questions for Carla!

FAVORITE TECHNIQUE: coloring and sponging

COLORS/COLOR COMBO: blue and green

FAVORITE GINA K SET BY MELANIE: A Year of Flowers (and now Pressed Flowers, too!)

FAVORITE GINA K SETS (FROM ANY ILLUSTRATOR) : It's hard to choose from all the fantastic sets, but Asela's Friendship's Garden and Nina's Lovely Shelf are definitely among my favorites.

CRAFT SUPPLIES I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Patterned Paper, Nesties, Copics, Cuttlebug


I GET MY INSPIRATION FROM: Melanie and the other awesome Gina K. designers, StampTV and SCS galleries, friends' blogs and challenges

to color better (still working on that), to have fun and try new things, to take a break once in awhile to refresh my mojo

SOME OF MY STAMPING/CRAFTING GOALS ARE: to one day have the nerve to submit something for publication, to keep learning, to organize my craft space (!)

FAVORITE THING TO MAKE THAT AREN’T CARDS: altered items, templates

SOME OF MY STAMPING/CRAFTING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Guest Designer/Featured Stamper on a couple of blogs; being selected for the Center Stage Spotlight Team on StampTV and continuing as an Alumni; being a Guest Designer for Melanie - this is such a thrill and an honor for me!

CHALLENGES I LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN: I try to participate in all the challenges on StampTV. I also participate in challenges on SCS and PaperCraft Planet and on a few blogs when I find ones that inspire me.

WHAT I DO WHEN I’M NOT STAMPING:Until last year, I worked full-time in the biotech industry, but now I'm just consulting. When I am not stamping, I am helping care for my 85-year-old Mom who I moved here last summer. I also enjoy casual golf with DH and with friends (I'm trying to improve).

Let's go see what else Carla made!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Card Positioning Systems Sponsor

Hello! This week several of the Gina K Illustrators are sponsoring the latest Card Positioning Systems Sketch! I donated the "Pressed Flowers" stamp set, so I used it in my sample for their sketch.
I inked up the tulips with markers and stamped them onto Pure Luxury White, cut them out, then popped them up over this houndstooth Lovely Label. I used greetings from my new "A Beautiful Life" set, inking them in red then balck on the bottom to create the two tones. For fun I decided to make the classic houndstooth a little funkier by adding some red to the pattern. Mats are Black Onyx and Red Hot. Thanks for looking! :)

Hope you will go check out the CPS sketch 159 and all the samples made by their team. Submit your own creation using the sketch in their Mr. Linky on the CPS blog and possibly win a Gina K Designs set from one of our illustrators! I hope you'll join the fun!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Honey, honey

Here is the bee card I have "bee"n waiting to make! :) I used Pure Luxury Sweet Corn for my background and Black Onyx to make it pop with the little bee.

The sentiment from "A Beautiful Life" fits perfectly into one of Nina's "Lovely Labels". I die cut it and then traced the die on Black Onyx to make a lager mat. After randomly stamping a pattern of bees in Versamark to create a background paper, I colored my stamped bee with Cadmium Yellow and Honey Copics and then popped it up, adding a little trail of these "Say it in Crystals" flourish behind. I am in love with these crystal flourishes (from Hobby Lobby)! They are a little pricey, but when you consider how you can divide a large flourish into many smaller parts and how much it adds to the card, it is a great value! :)
Here you can see the closeup. I finished the card with some stitched ribbon and then had to use a (gasp!) confetti base because I am down to only scraps of Pure Luxury White! (the horror! how did I let this happen?!) Please excuse me while I go place an order for more of this staple card stock (plus some more binders, maybe a new set of dies, the new Basic Grey DP etc) :)

"A Beautiful Life" Tip Sheet

The newest frame stamp in my collection gives you a beautiful layout for an A2 card in a matter of seconds, with a place to fill with more images, a greeting, or favorite photos. These elegantly arranged tulips will be a favorite and timeless addition in your stamp collection.
The tulip blooms are the same size and shape as the tulips in "A Year of Flowers" which make it easy to stamp just the blooms to pop up over the frame for added color and dimension.

The frame can be turned in 4 directions to provide you with a variety of vertical and horizontal layouts.

You will love the double border in this frame! Similar to that of "Festive Frame", you can color these in any hues you choose to give the illusion of extra layers without adding the extra bulk or time to cut them. Notice however these borders use both a bold and narrow line: when left uncolored, this creates the illusion of a beautifully embossed panel!

Fill out the frame even more with your favorite blossoms and leaves from "A Year of Flowers" to create your own custom arrangements! Cut them out and layer on top or mask off the border to stamp them inside.

The oval and surrounding flowers create the pefect backdrop to frame a smaller arrangement of "A Year of Flowers" blossoms.

Stamp the frame onto colored cardstock in Versamark or a matching ink for a beautiful tone on tone, embossed look.

Emboss the frame in silver or gold for an elegant wedding or anniversary card.

Cut out the oval window to create a window into your card or to layer another color under.

Cut out just one tulip corner or the other and pop it up over the corner of a greeting panel on another card, already masked for you!

Add buttons, pearls, or punched corners to the open corners to dress the frame up or wrap a ribbon around each and tie at the top or bottom.

Color in the corners of the frame around the tulips and/or color the borders to create the illusion of several different mats without all the cutting or adding extra bulk to the card.

Stamp onto designer papers to let the beautiful patterns show through. color directly over the pattern to make the tulips and narrow borders pop out without adding extra mats.

Paper piece the different parts of the frame to look like quilting.

A little bee and butterfly have been added for quick adornments here, as well as provide you with more options for your "A Year of Flowers" and "Arranged with Love" sets. Pop them up in the corner or lighting on the flowers for the perfect little embellishment. You can also use these new delicate images with any other flowers on your cards to create focal points and backgrounds.

Some ideas for creating a flight path for these insects:
pierce it
stitch it
stamp a flourish or use a rub on
a row of adhesive pearls or rhinestones
doodle it with a pen

Add glitter or Stickles to the butterfly wings for shimmer. Fold the wings in half and adhere the center of the image to your card so they pop out. layer a cut and folded butterfly over a stamped one on your card, this creates the illusion of flapping wings!

Cut the butterfly straight down the middle, between the antennae and through the body's center. now you have two new butterflies that can be viewed from the side! This gives more versatility to the image, mix these up with the front view and it will look like you have a lovely little swarm on your card.

Stamp it all over cardstock or your favrotie patterned papers to make beautiful coordinating butterfly backgrounds.

Make the bees wings translucent by stamping them on acetate or vellum and layering over the body, or cover with Crystal Lacquer, clear or iridescent embossing powder or Sakura glaze. Try flocking his little bumble bottom with black and yellow flock! :)

Ink just the "utiful" in "beautiful" and place a popped up bee in front of the word, that spells bee-yootiful!

Create a honeycomb background for your bee by inking up bubble wrap and stamping, the result will be hundreds of little holes in a hive!

The bee has his own quote: "Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers", which can be used for so many occasions. Make him the focal point of your card with this sentiments, yellow, black and white cards are so crisp and cheerful!

Add quick color to these tulips using the stems, leaves and blossoms from the coordinating "Pressed Flowers" set.

This set includes sentiments for year round occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and thank yous, as well as sympathy and encouragement. Greetings are sized to fit in the oval whether you orient your card vertically or horizontally.

The smaller greetings like "thank you", "friend" and "bride" look beautiful when stamped into the corner of the border or onto a tag.

Sentiment Combinations:

beautiful friend, bride, or mother

hello beautiful

thank you beautiful

you are a beautiful friend, bride, Mother

Mother, friend, bride, you are beautiful

you make life beautiful

hope your birthday (wedding, anniversary, Mother's day) is beautiful

have a beautiful day, wedding (day), anniversary or Mother's day!

These classic fonts will never go out of style and can work with so many other images you have collected whenever you need to make a beautiful card, not just for flowers! They also coordinate with the greetings in "Say it with Flowers".

Use some of these new quotes inside your "Festive Frame" set for wintery thank yous and birthdays!

Make a beautiful coordinating gift with your cards by adding a photo into the oval window: lovely for a bridal portrait, picture of you and your mother, Easter photos etc.

Make a wonderful mini wedding or Easter scrapbook using the stamp to frame favorite photos.

Create a bee tag and tie it onto a jar of honey with a little dipper for a sweet gift for a friend or teacher.

Use the frame on the top of a painted to altered paper or wooden box to create a gorgeous jewelry or keepsake box, perfect for Mom!

Create a clock with the frame using a clock kit and panel of painted wood like in this post. Glue the little bee or butterfly to the end of the second hand to make it continuously circling the clock face! (I almost hated to tell you about this one already since I am making one right now for the the blog and wanted it to be (bee!) a surprise!)

The frame creates a beautiful insert to decorate the large acrylic pillow boxes, stamp a greeting into the oval to announce your gift, or cut out the window to allow your treats inside to peek through!

The frame would make a beautiful book plate to line the inside of your favorite books and add your name to the middle.

Create a matchbook style card or pouch with the tulip frame on the front and add a seed packet inside, truly giving the gift of flowers!

Stamp it onto the outside of plain gift bag and color, quick, beautiful and inexpensive!

Create real framed art work with the frame, a pretty acrylic message board for jotting notes, or a wine label with the waterproof labels for special occasions.

Stamp the frame and a greeting onto Polyshrink, color cut out and make a hole in the corner, the heat. Add a chain and you now have a sweet key chain!

Shrink down the bee and butterfly images for charms to use one a wine ring, bracelet or earrings, a book mark, or card bling!

Stamp the frame onto an organdy gift bag, another easy way to dress up a little gift!

Stamp onto a mirror or pane of glass to make a beautiful sun catcher.

More tips to come! :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Piecing Together a Beautiful Life...

Hello! Here is a sample Theresa posted for me at the party, I combined my new "A Beautiful Life" set with a greetings from Nina's "Nana's Sentiments", I thought the rectangular frame would be perfect as a quilt block with the paper piecing technique. The piecing was very easy, you might be surprised how few cutouts were needed to create this card!
First I stamped the frame out onto Pure Luxury White, Lemon Drop, and a patterned piece of paper from the new Spring Mix Stamp TV kit. Love that delicate floral!

Here you can see how I have cut out the floral to go into part around the ovals and the frame, it's just two large pieces for either corner, plus three more small pieces in between the flowers.

Mono Multi or Pro Glider adhesive is perfect adhering the large pieces to the background and Quickie Glue Pen to add those small pieces. As you can see, I cut inside the large border and outside of the oval one. Save the scraps from your cut out for tags or piecing on other cards, too pretty not to use every little bit! TIP: At this point, you could just color in your flowers and leaves with the colors of your choice since the image is open, but I wanted a layered look like a quilt block, with my tulips being a solid yellow, rather than shaded, like pieces of yellow fabric.

Next I colored just the stems and leaves with a Pale Olive Copic, leaving the blossoms yellow. I then cut these pieces out whole to adhere on top of my floral.

Here they are adhered to the frame. I stamped the stitched sentiment int the oval, inking it up with black and olive markers, then added my little butterfly stamped onto the Lemon Drop as well. The little dotted trail? That is actually created from inking up just a small part of the swirly stitched border from "Nana's Needlework", isn't that fun??
I cropped my frame to leave an additional 1/8" around all sides, colored in with a pale blue Copic to match the DP, then layered onto Black Onyx and Lemon Drop. A few Spring buttons adhered with glue dots in the corners and the card is complete. I am thrilled with the result, and just loving all these sets together!!
More to come, still have my tip sheet and family photos from our vacation! I haven't stamped in a week but my time away was very restorative and I am more than ready to jump back in! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! If you are just finishing your Spring Break, I hope it was safe and lovely, and if you are just about to start one I pray you have a grand adventure! :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Beautiful Life... Stepping it Up!

Update: William is much better today! Thank you for your prayers and comments! :)

All our March Gina K Designs releases are now available for purchase! So sorry I had to miss the party for the first time in two years (did you even notice I wasn't there??) I am actually out of town right now, have been ALL week, but we come back tomorrow. I was able to pop in for just a couple minutes in the middle from my phone on the way back from the beach, but my son I fear scratched his cornea tonight* so this is a quick post of one of my "A Beautiful Life" card that Theresa uploaded for me during the festivities, thanks Theresa!

I stamped the frame on one of the quarter sheets of patterned paper included in the the new StampTV kit and the colored in the flowers and borders with Copics. TIP: I stamped out two butterflies to pop up, cutting one in half, you can use the halves for two side views of butterflies, this is a nice way to change up the image! :) I matted it onto Black Onyx and Bubblegum Pink. Easy peasy!

Now here is a quick step it up to add some punched scalloped corners and dew drops if you want to add a little somethin somethin! I wish I'd had my Stardust pen that day, LOL, too!

"have a beautiful day!"

*I'd so appreciate if you could keep my little William in your prayers tonight, I've scratched both corneas at two separate times and it was was the worst! I don't think it's as serious as mine or he'd be having a LOT more pain, but he's very miserable and hurting, and we have a big day of travelling tomorrow and the weekend coming up which makes trying to see a doctor tough. I will have to get my tip sheet for this new set up after we return!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sneak Peek Day 4: Nana's Needlework and Sentiments and Spring Has Sprung

Last day of previews, the party is almost here!! We start off tonight with Nina Brackett's newest set, "Nana's Needlework", filled with beautiful sewing and quilting elements. This sample uses the charming country shelf with a separate quilt and bar you can hang from below. After coloring the shelf with Copics, I paper pieced the quilt with two different patterned papers form the new "Spring Mix" StampTV kit (striped background is from the kit, too!) The base of the quilt is the tiny pink pattern and then I stamped it again on the floral, cutting out just a few squares. The triangular pattern you see on a few of the blocks is part of the stamp, these I colored in with Copics, as well.
I used one of the small patched elements in the set that can be stamped on the blanket, this time the heart, on it's own frame up in some oval die cuts to look framed. I couldn't resist tucking the bear from Rupa's "O Baby" set on top, the scale of it and legs dangling over the edge was too perfect! :)
Inside I used more of the patterned paper and created a border cutting two strips the same width from different patterns and then cutting them up randomly like quilt scraps, adding some faux stitching with a pen. The swirly stitched border I stamped over it is part of the set, too (this will be a really fun stamp for makign anythign look quilted, but check back here and at the party for more ideas I have for it!) The large cross stitched "Welcome Home" is from the new "Nanas's Sentiments", a smaller set that coordinates with the needlework stamps, must have greetings in just the right style for those sewing and quilting images! Card base is the new Gina K Pure Luxury Bubblegum Pink, and I LOVE it!

This next card uses Rupa's new "Spring has Sprung", the first image that jumped out at me was the darling duckling out for a sail in an umbrella. It went so well with the Cherish the simple pleasures, so I decided to make a whimsical scene for him to float through: Basic Grey's Sugar Rush had this fun dotted pattern that looked a litle like raining buttons! The piece for the water is from the same pack, and I Cuttlebugged this with a piece of Pure Luxury White for the clouds using D'vine Swirl, then trimmed around the curls and popped them up.
Ribbon and buttons are Pure Luxury, the base is the new Pure Luxury Red Hot, you will love this fiery new red, too!

For even more inspiration with tonight's new stamp sets:


Nina Brackett {Illustrator of Nana's Needlework & Sentiments}

Then, visit these Designer's blogs:
Jessica Fick

Jennie Harper - our Guest Designer for this Month!

The Release Party is tomorrow night Thursday, March 18th starting at 7pm and ending at 10pm (all times CST) when all the new products will be available for purchase in Gina's online store.

To keep informed of all the party plans and activities, check out this link:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sneek Peek Day 3: Stamp TV Kit "Spring Mix" and "Friends"

Day 3 of the previews, and we have two for you, the newest StampTV kit and the "Free with Three" set, woo hoo! The new kit "Spring Mix" contains a ginormous set of the cutest stamp greetings and images, and a fabulous assortment or card stock, including spring colors and many more, patterned papers plus coordinating ribbons, brads and EYELETS, oh my!
A few of the images have a little open space inside to stamp the greeting, one being this shy little mouse holding a sign, I added "Feel Better Soon". After coloring and cutting it out, I popped it up inside this dashed round border stamp also in the kit, which is perfect for framing up all the images, you will love it! I die cut it with a Classic Circle Nestabilitie. The card base is the new Pure Luxury Little Boy Blue, and don't you love the new beautiful 5/8" grosgrain to match?! I kept this layout simple because I wanted to use one of the patterned quarter sheets in the kit, they are some of the prettiest patterned papers Gina K has ever offered (IMHO) wait til you see them all!

Next we have the "Free with Three" "Friends", you will get so much use out of all the greetings in this set! (do you send cards to anyone who's NOT a friend? LOL!) there are no images in this set, just sentiments, so I used a floral patterned piece of Basic Grey Origins to go with the gardener part of the quote....
To add more interest to the greeting, I colored a white paper flower with Y08 Copic and then stamped my greeting onto it , making sure I left room to put a button over the little hole in the middle. Then I lined it up over my stamped greeting on the Labels Four die cut, isn't that fun, kind of like the spotlighting technique, although I don't normally do that with sentiments! I like! I was thrilled with how well stamping the words worked on the flower and how easy it still is to read. :)

I traced around my die to make a small black mat for my die cut and added the green stitched ribbon behind it. I also sponged on a little green ink before removing the die to give it a nice glow. Base is Pure Luxury Lemon Drop.

For even more inspiration with the new Spring Mix StampTV kit and the new Free with Three stamp set:

Then, visit these Designer's blogs:
Jessica Fick

Jennie Harper - our Guest Designer for this Month!

Tune into StampTV for this week's video from GinaK featuring the new Spring Mix StampTV kit!

Mark your calendars for the Release Party this Thursday, March 18th starting at 7pm and ends at 10pm (all times CST) when all the new products will be available for purchase in Gina's online store.

To keep informed of all the party plans and activities, check out this link:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sneek Peek Day 2: By Your Side and Happy Spring Card kit

Day two and two new sets to preview! The first is from Asela Hopkins, "By your Side" and I have to say it is my favorite set of hers so far! I really like the Asian feel, and we actually have a koi pond in our backyard, so these little fish were calling my name! I love how the contours of the larger and smaller fish are nesting together, making sort of a yin and yang if you will! Since together they made this natural oval shape, I thought it would be really pretty to try framing them in my new "A Beautiful Life" frame as thought you're looking down into a pool of water surrounded by flowers...
Everything is colored with Copics, I used this link for help with Koi marking and colors, and sued Strong Red, Apricot and Honey Copics on the fish and tulips. (I've never made any tulips deep orange like this, and I don't know what I was waiting for! The black white and red color combo give the card a very Zen feel, base is the new Pure Luxury Red Hot.

Now here is the same card, but I wanted to try to simulate a pool of water for them to swim in, without having to color. A mat of Ocean Mist works quite nicely! :) The cool aqua is such a gorgeous contrast with the Red Hot base. Having the window cut out actually looks like I added two layers, but really it's only once just a larger mat. Which do you like better, I can't decide LOL!

Next up is the new Card Kit "Happy Spring". It has an adorable mix of garden images and sentiments, plus some beautiful new patterned papers, I actually used FOUR different prints here for my background and to piece the little hat, gloves, and seed packets! Instead of a traditional card, I made a seed pouch with Pure Luxury Kraft. Cut a piece of CS 4 1/4" x 11, then score at 1" and 6 1/4", then fold. You can hold the bottom part together with staples, matchbook style, or use brads, eyelets, or even just some tied ribbon like I did here and then tuck the front flap under.

Here you can see the pouch opened, I stamped another greeting from the set at the top and tucked a little morning glory packet inside. I love the earthy, natural element the Kraft CS gives this project!

This is such an easy and inexpensive little gift to make for friends, neighbors, or teachers and a great way to kick off the new season! Hope it inspires! One change you will LOVE to the card kits is that they now have FULL sheets of cardstock and exclusive designer paper instead of precut pieces, now YOU can customize the size of your mats to create your own layouts, or copy the versions Jessica created for the kit! :)

Are you ready for even more inspiration?

Then, find out more information about the new Card Kit here:
Jessica Fick

Finally, check out these Designer's blogs:
Asela Hopkins {Illustrator of By Your Side}

Jennie Harper - our Guest Designer for this Month!

StampTV is celebrating it's first birthday and the festivities are in full swing with this month's release! We'll be holding this month's Release Party on StampTV and couldn't be more excited about all that Gina has planned for everyone! The party kicks off this Thursday, March 18th starting at 7pm and ends at 10pm (all times CST) when all the new products will be available for purchase in Gina's online store.

To keep informed of all the party plans and activities, check out this link:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sneek Peek day 1: A Beautiful Life, Fairy Tales, and Sending Sunshine

Welcome to Day 1 of our sneak peeks! First we have my new set, "A Beautiful Life"! Your response was so overwhelming to my holiday "Festive Frame" set, I just had to create another floral frame that you could use year round, with beautiful greetings for ALL occasions! "A Beautiful Life" features these graceful tulips inside a border and surrounding an oval, to which you can then add your favorite photos, images or the new greetings from this set, and beyond. Tulips are among most people's favorite flowers, and not only for spring, they are the most versatile "occasion" flower, as appropriate for a wedding or birthday as they are a memorial. Creating beautiful cards is a breeze with this set that requires no masking of the images or time thinking about a special layout, it fills up the whole front!
A large "beautiful" greeting is included, that acts as a base for most of the other greetings in the set ((but not all, wait till you see some of the other heart-melting sentiments! I bet we'll spot a few on our hop today!) , just stamp the occasion you want around it and you can wish someone a beautiful wedding or day, to simply "hello beautiful!" You will also love the little bee and butterfly images I've included in this set, they are a wonderful addition to bring all your nature cards "to life" as well as coordinating with all my other floral sets from Gina K Designs, like you just stepped out into the garden! :) I made the borders pop with a white Koh-i Noor pencil and colored the butterfly and tulips with Strong Red, Cardinal Copics, and Willow and Spanish Olive for the leaves. Shadows drawn with Warm Gray 1.
Here I made a Mother's Day card on Kraft CS, making the inside flap a little wider so you could see this punched border on the white liner from the front, just a different way to use this frame! :) I cut out the oval, so you could see my greetings and butterfly on the inside. I doodled on the dotted trail with a pen and added a few pearls...

Now since I have "A Year of Flowers"(heh heh!), I couldn't resist stamping more tulips inside over the cut outs. (You could also make the arrangement on the front even fuller by adding your other favorite blooms from the set to complement the tulips if you wished, enjoy customizing it!)
I cannot wait to show you more projects with this set, it's becoming one of my favorites after stamping with it just a week! (It will be great for mini albums and framing up your favorite Easter photos, too!)

Next we have Tami Mayberry's "Fairy Tales" set, I picked my favorite images and greeting from it to make this sample. The doodling and whimsy of the Sugar Rush paper is perfect with this set and fun, wonky font she used in the quote!
The oval border is from the new Stamp TV kit (you'll see that on Day 3!) After adding the greeting, I popped up Tami's crown, blinged up with rhinestones, and the winged heart below. Now it has kind of a "mirror, mirror, on the wall" effect! (Ribbon and Black Onyx and new Bubblegum Pink CS are also from the upcoming kit.) :) Here is a closeup to show the detail.
I added little white dots to the heart to match the hearts in the DP, and I LOVE what that little bit adds! :) Using the fine tip of your different markers, making the letters different colors (remember doing that in school? LOL!) for the words you want to pop really brings your attention to them and makes it extra "happy happy"...!

My next card uses Theresa's "Sending Sunshine" set. Perfect for Spring, it has several lovely park images, my favorite being this lazy tree and tire swing, can't help but think back to simpler, innocent times! I started with a Kraft base and stamped my tree on Pure Luxury White. After coloring the tree (a wisteria, you can really have fun choosing the colors for your flowers!) I stamped the tire onto scratch paper so I could cut off the rope part of the image (if you want to it's very easy to just stamp it in the spot you wanted, but I chose to make something interactive this time!) and then tied on some hemp twine, perfect for the old rope (here is the jute Gina K sells). The color is perfect with the natural Kraft! Poke a hole through the branch on the tree with a piercing tool and thread your twine through.
Place a sheet of scratch paper over the top two thirds of your scene and sponge in some green ink until you are satisfied with your grass. TIP: Don't worry about getting it completely even, having some lighter areas will create the illusion of beautiful sunlight filtering through the tree and creating dappled patches. Remove the paper and sponge in just a bit of aqua ink, this will create a clear, bright day!

Here you can see the motion (I dare you try not to give it a few pushes if you received a card like this, irresistable, hee hee! wheeeeeee!) ;)
I kept the layout really simple as you can see, adding the greeting (love this clean modern font!), a few Spring buttons and a mat of Vibrant Violet to bring out the purple in tree. :)

Are you ready for even more inspiration?

Then, visit these Illustrator's blogs of these new stamp sets:

Melanie Muenchinger - A Beautiful Life (thanks for visiting!)

Theresa Momber - Sending Sunshine

Tami Mayberry - Fairy Tales

Finally, check out these Designer's blogs:

Jennie Harper - our Guest Designer for this Month!

StampTV is celebrating it's first birthday and the festivities are in full swing with this month's release! We'll be holding this month's Release Party on StampTV and couldn't be more excited about all that Gina has planned for everyone! The party kicks off this Thursday, March 18th starting at 7pm and ends at 10pm (all times CST) when all the new products will be available for purchase in Gina's online store.

To keep informed of all the party plans and activities, check out this link:

Friday, March 12, 2010

Surprise Party!

It's a Surprise Party!!!! It is Stamp TV's 1st birthday and we just wanted to throw a little party for Gina! Happy 1st Birthday Stamp TV!!!
To celebrate, a bunch of design team members and challenge hostesses decided to create birthday cards using a previous Stamp TV kit (or Gina K set). Leave a comment on every blog along the way because one lucky commenter will receive the all new Stamp TV kit that will be released next week!!!! (And....you're gonna LOVEEE it!) You will have until Sunday, March 14 at 8:00 p.m. central to post comments on all the blogs. The winner will be posted on Stamp TV on Monday!
I chose the previous StampTV kit "Organize It!" I wanted to do something a little different with the dashed semi circle, which is made for making tabs and dividers; I thought it would be really pretty and easy to create a simple scalloped border with it to dress up this stitched ribbon and single layer card! (This 5/8" ribbon is a sneak peek from the new kit, shhhh!) ;) I colored the butterfly with Copics, cut it out, and popped it up on two layers of pop dots for extra dimension. All the dashes add some whimsy to the butterfly image, simulating a flirty little flight path. :)

Hope you enjoyed this CAS card! This kit is not just for organizing! :)

Be sure to check out ALL of the birthday cards on these blogs:



Sneak peeks are almost here!!! :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Modern Neapolitan

I had to go back and double check all my posts to make sure I hadn't already posted this for you, it is from a looong time ago, but I apparently I never did! I cranked out so many mosaics when this set first came out I didn't have time to show them all before our next release came around LOL! This "Inspiration Mosaic" sample used "100% Sweet"s sundae as it's focal point, all the layers of a sundae were perfect for this color blocking concept! When you cut it out and mount it over the white rectangle it looks like it's sitting on a place mat, and really pops out from the other panels colored in all these yummy sundae colors (all colored with Copics, no paper piecing here)! I colored the bottom of the strawberry dark brown and added a little glaze to make it look chocolate dipped. :) This time I trimmed the mosaic exactly on the edge and then did the matting a little differently with a thick fudge stripe (Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss) along the bottom and a little punched square at the top corner for balance. Base is cherry, I mean Rocket Red! ;)

I am SO excited, the "Inspiration Mosaic" set will be featured in a publication's "Favorite Products" section in a just a few weeks, I have been on pins and needles waiting for this one to come out! :) Any guesses which??
Hope your day is super sweet!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Happy Birthday StampTV! (and a little tutorial)

I can't believe it's been a year since the inception of StampTV! In some ways, it's gone by in a blur, but in others I can barely remember what it was like before this community got off the ground, you know?! You also know Gina has all sorts of fun things and freebies planned, including a new and improved release party for our March release next week, so stay tuned! Here is a simple birthday card I made in honor of the occasion, kind of a "fill in the blank, paint by number" card if you will, using "Arranged with Love" and "Pressed Flowers"! :) Start by stamping the Arranged with Love frame in black onto Pure Luxury White and trim.
Now take the bold images from Pressed Flowers you want to spotlight in the frame, here I chose the roses and a shade of pink. Mask off the edges of the frame and stamp!

You could leave it like that and mat it onto coordinating black and colored base for a sweet monochromatic card. You might choose to do just one flower instead in an eyepopping color for a spotlighting effect, OR you could keep adding more color, see below...
Now I'm doing the rose leaves in light green. In addition to the post it notes for the straight edges, you'll also need a mask of the rose you cut from sketch paper to cover the flower before stamping.
You can compare the different looks, both versions took under 10 minutes. If you have more masks cut out, it is a snap to add more flowers and color if you wish. If you'd like to add shadowed areas to these images instead of solid color, just color them directly onto your stamps with markers.* Then add a little bling with some pearls and rhinestones and a ribbon to take it up another notch!
I hope this is helpful to show the possibilities with these two sets! :) Happy birthday StampTV! Thank you for such a fun year...and many mooooooooooooooooooore!
*I am working on a post showing each of the bold images in the set which I have photoshopped to show the exact areas for you to add your darker colors to get realsitic shading when stamping these images, think you will find this very helpful! coming soon!