Monday, October 17, 2016

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Home for the Holidays StampTV Kit and 'Tis the Sea-Sun

Good morning, everyone! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new Home for the Holidays StampTV Kit and a number of gorgeous stamp sets by our illustrator team! Honestly the weather here is pretty hot but "It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas” around Gina K Designs, right?! Gina K and the illustrator team have been extremely busy preparing the most fun stamp sets with a variety of images and sentiments to make so many incredible cards and holiday projects! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring one of the stamp sets from the Home for the Holidays kit and the new ‘Tis the Sea-Sun.

Please enjoy the holiday inspiration from our team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

This awesome new StampTV kit comes with, count 'em, FOUR holiday sets that give you such a huge variety of styles and holiday themes to work with, all amazing!

Home for the Holidays

Music Background
Christmas Greenery
Christmas Magic

Today I am featuring projects with two of the sets above.


  Tip:  To really make white snow pop, stamp your house on a panel that is cut to the same dimensions as your card base, color, and then cut around the house with a wavy border to create gentle, dimensional snowbanks.  Pop up over a Kraft or blue background for sky.  I used the Pitt artist pen to dot on falling snow plus a hint of glitter. Cardbase is Pure Luxury Kraft.

I also wanted a clean and simple design you could build using the different snowflakes and branch building elements in the Home for the Holidays set.  Cardstock is Pure Luxury Navy and Kraft and ink Grass Green and Blue Denim.  I pierced a few accents and embellished the flakes with pearl for some shine and dimension.

Here is one with the Christmas Magic set from the StampTV kit. I thought she'd be even cuter (if that's possible) hovering in the globe and surrounded by a flurry of stars instead of snow.  Magical, indeed!  I echoed the star theme by masking it into the the side panels of the frame from Holiday Frame set, which is also stamped in GKD Ocean Mist.

Here is a little tag I made, also with Christmas Magic: love the "to:" and "from:" in this set that allow making quick gift tags with these different adorable characters!  I stamped on Kraft, and used the Faber Castell White Pitt Artist pen for his beard and fur trim to do on the white parts over and over to create a textured, cotton ball effect.  Santa is colored with Spectrum Noir markers and mounted on Pure Luxury Red Velvet.


Home for the Holidays StampTV Kit

Just look at all the stuff in this kit!

Finally, on this Tis Sea-Sun card, I couldn't resist making a sand globe with Holiday Frame when I saw that palm tree, it just begged for a summer time Christmas scene!  This is single layer card where I colored the outside border of the frame with a Spectrum Noir markers and stamped in and colored so hanging ornaments to make it "penguin" to look more Christmasy. (hee!)  I cut out and popped up the penguin and drew in some dunes with a pen.  I also reverse masked in just a bit of Powder Blue to the circle opening to suggest sky.
"Penguin-ing"!! Hahahahaha!!


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


Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Thank you for stopping by!

63 comments:

Monica Talbott said...

Love all the cards!

El Ivens said...

Love them all, but the last two are my favorites. Thanks for your inspiration.

Joyce Erb said...

WOW, love ALL your cards! Great vibrancy of color, love love love

Mary Kay Werry said...

Amazing creations!!! love the sand globe, lol. and the fairy globe. Love this release.

Theresa said...

Gorgeous cards, Mel! I love the combo with your snow globe!!!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Super cards. Love the sand globe - how fun. It was great meeting you this past weekend. Thanks for the great inspiration you always provide.

ldiggs said...

Can't choose a favorite, love them all!

Janie said...

Beautiful cards. Love the snow globe.

Tink said...

They are so festave! Love them

Macimbalo said...

Love your cards! That kraft one is so unique!

Sue LD said...

Wonderful cards and tag. I like your use of kraft paper.

Sheri Gilson said...

WOW! What an amazing batch of cards and adorable tag! I really love the Kraft!

Becky said...

Love all the cards. Santa's beard is great. I actually thought it was little cotton pieces until I read your post. I will try that in the future. I will definitely CASE some of your cards. :-) Thanks for sharing. I want to go home and play now....

Golda said...

What sweet examples. The penguin card at the end is fantastic!

Lisa K said...

All of the cards are so nice and festive, but the penguin takes front and center! That penguin in the snow-globe is so cute!

Kay S said...

Love the house card with the snowbank and falling snow! The snow globes are so cute; can't wait to get my stamps so I can play around with some of those! All your cards are fabulous!

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Love your cards and this set! It is perfect for us "frozen" Phoenix gals! Hahaha! Finally warming up a little. Wonderful weekend meeting all fo you!

Laurie Pickerel said...

Great cards! I love the Holiday Frame set - so many great options. The 'Tis Sea-Sun card is adorable.

Dawn S. said...

Gorgeous cards!

Rema said...

Fabulous projects Melanie! Love all your cards. You are so amazing and talented!!

Lynn Cromrich said...

You always inspire me! These cards are wonderful.

Trina P. said...

Beautiful cards. My favourite is the penguin-ing one. So cute.

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the scene with the house.
the wreath is beautiful.
thanks for sharing some wonderful
designs.

Karen Hightower said...

Ok, where to start! Lol, I love your coloring on the house, really cute! The Kraft with the greenery and snowflakes is so cool looking, love it! But all the cute little images in the snow globes are just to precious! Love them all! :) <3

Claire Brennan said...

These are amazing Melanie, so much inspiration, but I absolutely love that wee fairy in the snowglobe and Santa's fuzzy beard!! ace!!

Dee Earnshaw said...

OMG love all this wonderful eye candy - thanks for sharing your talents with us:)

Kendra said...

Such fun projects!!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love all of those cards and I really like that Santa tag. Great coloring on all of them.

Nana Griffin said...

Great ideas.

Caroline Pollard said...

Really love the penguin ing card! Lol love those cool shades!!

lisa808 said...

Fabulous samples!

mommak said...

I love the texture on Santa's beard! Great Job!

Vonnie b said...

How cute is that fairy snowglobe!!! Also appreciate seeing craft paper cards looking so finished and charming. Great stamp sets, great cards.

Gayle said...

Love your cards and the fairy globe is just too adorable.

Wend Lit said...

Beautiful cards ! I especially like the last one. X

Cathy Tidwell said...

As usual, all are so awesome in their own different ways! I really love the tip on how you colored Santa's beard too!

Tami Priebe said...

Nothing short of amazing!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Rose Mary Smalley said...

This is such a great new release.....love everything...how do I choose.....Loved your samples..thank you so much

cardscookiecarrotcake said...

Lovely cards Melanie. I love the blue house against the Kraft card stock. Great idea to make a wavy border too. Thanks for the inspiration.

Andrea1702 said...

Fabulous cards! Love the snowglobe ones!

Ladyj711 said...

So very cute Melanie. You never disappoint. Really like the lovely bright blue house
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Johanna said...

As always you have made some fantastic cards. That globe with the penguin is especially cute to me.

craftymom205 said...

Great cards and tag.

kittykat3308 said...

Love your cards and tag

Kathleen

ShelleyV said...

I love what you did with the branches and snowflakes! I love clean and simple designs like that.

Dawn Begun said...

Oh my goodness! The Penguin snow globe has got to be the cutests snow globe ever!

cjgusloff57 said...

Oh my goodness what great cards! Having a hard time deciding what stamp sets I like best. All of them?

Donna Phelan said...

There's just something about Kraft cards, love me'....and those penguins--what a hoot! Do they hoot??? lol

Silke Ledlow said...

Totally awesome cards and tag Melanie! So much inspiration...from CAS to elegant and fun...love it!!!

Joni said...

Stunning cards.

Lisa Zurek said...

Every project is just beautiful!!

Sissyc said...

Love all of the cards. Each one has its own unique Colors.

Hi Rosemary said...

When my kids were little I had a snow globe with a snowman inside but it broke. So my kids will probably a Christmas card with the snowman inside and it will remind them of our past holidays. Thanks for the memories.

JR said...

Beautiful cards. So creative!

marilyn said...

Love these cards.

Sissyc said...

Love all of these but really like the penguin card.

Retta Lutte said...

Love these cards! The snow globe is a perfect stage for all the darling little creatures in these stamp sets.

Bonnie said...

Fabulous cards. Can not wait for my kit to arrive.

Sherrie Johnson said...

Wow! You did some amazing creations here! I love all of them. That tag with the Santa...love that beard! And the penguin with those sunglasses! So cute. They're all gorgeous!

Barbara said...

That penguin!

Barbara said...

That penguin!

Jeanne Jordan said...

Great cards. I love the way you used the frame stamp in both cards...so cute. And, the Christmas House... way sweet!

Clare said...

Just love your cards. Your energy shows in everything you do. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait till my kit comes in