Monday, December 21, 2015

Gina K. Designs Inspiration Hop: Twine Time and Hippo Bird Day

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop, this time,  for our December Release! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projections as you hop along. Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win an awesome grab bag of GKD goodies! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV on Thursday after the hop.

I hope you are loving my new Twine Time set as much I am! 
ATTENTION: NO TWINE was used in the creation of any of the following cards! (Some make it easy to forget, so just sayin') :)



You can put together a ton of different greetings with the twine script words in this set, and make that the focal point of your card. Here I stamped the twine in GKD Black Onyx and Cherry Red, and then used a white gel pen to dot or dash inside the twine to really make it pop off the Kraft. I love this look! If it looks or sounds like that would be time-consuming, it's really not, the same amount of time or less than having to color an image, and its like doing "dot to dot", no shading or blending, you know? I thought it would be fun to use the knot and crossed stitch to serve as XOXO hugs and kisses, just came to me while I was deciding how to finish the card! Use a BG3 Spectrum Noir or other gray marker to trace the underside of all stamped images.  Cardstock is GKD Black Onyx and Kraft.

Next, my good friend loved this one I made especially because of the scalloped stamped edge I added to the wavy cut DP using the long twine piece and half circle.  I'll show you in a video an easy way to do it!) I also stamped out and cut out some of buttons to use on the Prima flowers.  Don't forget to two step stamp the twine stitches into the buttons! Also, the spool looks really different when you stamp it in different colors. Patterned paper is from the GKD Love Letters pack.  (I'm not exactly ready for Valentine's Day yet, but it is around the corner and this would work with the "love" greeting!)

Finally, I know you're all done making your Christmas cards (Right? Right?? No, neither am I!) but here is a fun design with the clothespin, using the top of the spool as a halo, isn't that sweet? (The twine double bow fits just right around the pin, love it!) You can adapt this angel design to cards after the winter holidays using the "...angel's hands" sentiment in the set. :) Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Cherry Red, White and Fresh Asparagus.
This one you can also change to a birthday or thank you simply by swapping out the greeting and the patterned paper. I love how many wraps and borders you can make for your cards with the single twine piece and the little pieces!

Next, some super cute little (er, one not so little!) critters in this Hippo Bird Day set by Beth Silaika! Images are stamped in GKD Black Onyx and colored with Spectrum Noir markers, BG3, BG4, CR3, IB2, GB. To embellish the card, I stamped the twine and bow from my Twine Time set in GKD Innocent Pink, drew on a shadow with BG3, and then added a real button. Cardbase is GKD Pure Luxury Jellybean Green.

And since I managed to get every image from Hippo Bird Day in the card above, I wanted to use a greeting from the set that contains neither birds nor hippos, just a simple "Happy Birthday"! This one I showed at the release party, but wanted to share some details. I inked it carefully with three pads (GKD Wild Wisteria, Grass Green and Powder Blue) and then stamped up a little scene with my Twine Time set. (It goes with everything!) I love that you can use that one loop in the set to make a row of loop-de-loops the way I did on this tag, so fun as a trim!  And see the little tie for it? That's stamp two! Stamp it on the edge of your tag, ink it up again and stamp it underneath to make the tied part hanging off and pop the tag up. Easy peasy!  No eyelets used here, either! I love being able to add these stamps and then mask the single piece of twine in any length I choose to connect them! TIP: Punch through the center of the stamped eyelet image for added realism to reveal the layer underneath.



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


Beth Silaika – Illustrator of Hippo Bird Day
Melanie Muenchinger – Illustrator of Twine Time (you are here!)

Thank you so much for stopping by! Picked up your new sets yet? The shopping cart awaits! :)

66 comments:

Karen Hightower said...

My My My, You are one clever chic!!!! I Love all your cards! Each one is so cute and creative! :) <3

catdidit said...

You are the master at fake twine!! LOL! I love these!! I have one with the scallops almost like that first one on the curve you made! It just dawned on me what it was actually, just last night!

Sean Fetterman said...

Your new set is so much fun! I love how many different variations you can make with this set! Love, love, LOVE it! Hugs! Seanie

Deb said...

Love your cards...and your new stamp set!

Rose said...

I still can't get over the hippo and I have never seen twine as an image for words or designs of any kind. Great job you two!! Loved the cards!

Devy Collins said...

Such sweet cards! I'm loving the versatility of the twine set!

Linda said...

This stamp set is so wonderful and has so many possibilities. Just take a look at what you have done. They are all wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Macimbalo said...

Such great cards! Your set is amazing!!!

Becky said...

I love the twine stamp set. I hear it calling my name....lol. I love all the things you can do with it, all the colors you can make the twine, and how much money I am going to save not having to buy twine. :-)

Robin said...

My goodness so many cute cards. What a great set this wiil be. Can't wait.

My Hyer Space said...

I am drawn to your stamps. You create such beautiful cards and think outside of the box. Love learning from you. Thanks

Lisa K said...

Such wonderful cards! I love the twine idea. My mother has sewn her entire life and this set keeps calling me to make creations for her.

gobarb26 said...

Your twine designs is so original and I love the way they can be incorporated in so many ways! TFS.

Linda said...

Great cards. The twine time stamp set is so versatile, I just have to have it!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Melanie, Such creativity to inspire us! Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Caroline Pollard said...

very cute cards

Bonnie said...

Your concept for this set is jaw dropping but what you can make with them is over the moon.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Melanie, your twine cards are so gorgeous. Love how you use the shadow underneath to make them look so real. Just LOVE your new set.

~ Connie said...

What an adorable set and with soooo many possibilities -- especially for those of us who also sew and cross-stitch! Your samples are great and just begin the wheels turning. THANKS for your wonderful designs.

Mary Anne said...

Melanie, Cards don't get any cuter than your twine angel--inspired!

Dawn Begun said...

Love that angel! Awesome cards and really nicely designed stamp set.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Oh WOW! What fabulous cards - this set has so many possibilities. Loved the angel card, but I loved all of them. The twine on kraft is wonderful, and with the addition of the white pen, well it does look like twine. The cards with the Hippo set are cute too. Thanks for all the great inspiration, not just on these sets, but all year through! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Creative New Year!

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Awesome cards! Love that we can make great "flat" cards for mailing. The twine does look so real! Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

RoStamps4Fun said...

Adorable cards!!!! Have a blessed holiday....

Judy Shuck said...

I wish I had your talent! Great job. Twine Time is perfect for all those times when you could have added twine but waited until it was too late.

Tami Priebe said...

Gorgeous cards, love the stamp sets. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity :)

Andrea Beecroft said...

Wow I just love this stamp set. The peggy doll is just so, so cute. Love the thread look of all the stamps. Hugs Andrea

Dawn S. said...

So many great cards! I am loving the Twine Time elements. I really thought there were eyelets on the last card and it's amazing how different the spool looks stamped in different colours!

Brooke Berger said...

Wonderful as usual.

Theresa said...

Love your new set! Great cards!

quilt4fun2 said...

All 6 cards are so sweet and clever! The angel is too cute...clever to use the spool top as a halo. I can't get over how dimensional the twines look with the shadow added. The eyelet looks so real and great tip to punch a hole. Not done with my cards yet! Thanks for the inspiration.
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Sheila said...

You have really showed off both of the new stamp sets so perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing.

Sallie Gow said...

Love the cards, you are inspiring and your stamps sets are great, thank you.

Nana Griffin said...

So many wonderful ideas.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Awesome cards from two great sets of images. I love how adding the white gel pen makes the twine look so realistic.

Beth said...

You made some awesome cards and helped me pick out some new fun ways to use your set!

justme81233 said...

I love watching your videos and seeing your work. Great inspiration pieces to be had.

Golda said...

I am loving all your examples! The singing clothespin is so adorable!

Carol March said...

Love all your cards. Can't choose my favorite.

Retta Lutte said...

Think I am going to HAVE to have your new stamp set! What fun!!!!

MsJudyC said...

Love, love the twine stamp set and the cards are adorable.

Peggy Fitzmaurice said...

You are one of my favorite Illuatrators and I love watching you create. I am so impress and inspired

Peggy Fitzmaurice said...

You are one of my favorite Illuatrators and I love watching you create. I am so impress and inspired

Mama said...

I never thought to add the white pen to make the letters look like twine. Great idea!

Sharon Tate said...

Great cards and love the twine stamps set.

Beth Fairweather said...

Wow! Amazing creations!!!! Love them all Melanie!!

Judy Woodland said...

Your cards are so stinkin' CUTE! Took me a minute to find the twine half circle, but it makes a wonderful scalloped edge. And I think that using the white to enhance the look of the twine is genius, as is the shadowing. BRILLIANT, I tell ya!

Golda said...

These are all so adorable! Love the fun face on the clothespin!

Sandy M said...

Love, love, love the twine set. So versatile. Both sets are great. With a 3 year old grandson I can see many uses for the hippo birdie set. And I love your idea for the gray shadows with the marker. Really makes the image pop.

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

I always love your cards, Melanie. My favorite here is the twine angel. So clever!

Creative Daisy Crafts said...

Melanie love love love your cards Fabulous inspiration, cant wait to get Twine Time Happy Christmas to you and yours Liz

Cheryl W. said...

These are such creative cards. I love them all!

ajax said...

I love the hippo, but you have done wonders with the twine. Very versatile.Thanks

Silke Ledlow said...

Fabulous samples with your awesome new set! I enjoyed crafting with it too :) !!!

Ladyj711 said...

Y ou sure can do a lot of different things with these stamps

Sue D said...

Great variety using your new twine set.

Rushd Lady said...

I am here to say I love that clothespin angel! It's a really cute card and so clever!

Valerie said...

I always appreciate your work. The twine is brilliant. You did an awesome job!

Linda S said...

All of your cards are so very cute. How do you manage to come up with so many images that are always so universally useful??? Surely you don't have _all_ of those card sketch ideas (yours as well as those of everyone) in your head as you are drawing the images, do you?

kittykat3308 said...

Your cards are beautiful. Than you for sharing them

Blessings,
Kathleen

CraftyMomFL said...

My, my, my, your stamp sets are always so fabulous! Love the cards, love the techniques, just love, love, love! Merry Christmas, Melanie.

Susie Moore said...

I'm sure you already know, but you are truly amazing! Your cards are beautiful and reflect the talent God gave you. I am so happy to be on a team with you and learn from you too.

L.A. De Valk said...

That angel was cute. Very nice cards.

Allie Gower said...

You really make the twine "pop" right off the card. I'm going to have to practice using your fantastic examples!

Selina Macisco said...

I love them all! A lot of versatility and a lot of fun. So many designs from one stamp set!! The angel is darling. I am so glad that I ordered this set. :)

Gayle said...

Great samples and love that you picked up on the comments of seeing a person in the clothespin...Adorable angel.