Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Inspiration Hop, Day 3: Ian Moose and Claire's Sets!

Hello, and welcome back to our third day with the Gina K. Designs team inspiring you with another fabulous blog hop! Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the 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.

Today, we are featuring Beth Silaika’s new “Ian Moose” stamp set and Claire Brennan’s new stamp sets: Nordic Winter, Noel, Festive Foliage and Compliments of the Season. Beth’s set, “Ian Moose” is the most adorable moose with cute accompanying images and fun sentiments! Claire’s stamp sets are the best in classic and traditional stamps celebrating this holiday season!   

What an adorable little tree in this Ian Moose set! I had fun adding the different bulbs to the curling cord (stamped three times end to end to make a border).  Colored with Spectrum Noir markers. Base is the new Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion.  Beautiful script sentiment is from Claire's Compliments of the Season.
And isn't Ian adorable with his little scarf? I stamped him into the Holiday Frame Window and then colored him and the different borders in the frame with Spectrum Noir markers.  I reverse masked the little holly image into the outside portions of the frame in GKD Grass Green and then did the same with the snowflake in GKD Red Velvet into the belly band area.  

Next up, Compliments of the Season! I LOVE the beautiful little snowflakes Claire added to this greeting set for even more versatility! Here is a clean and simple design you can create without using any other sets.  The flakes are stamped in GKD Powder Blue, Ocean Mist, and Edible Eggplant, and then I accented just a few centers with adhesive rhinestones and pearls. It still needed just a little something so I got out my piercing tool and did a little poking around the flakes. I love the look!  I stamped the greeting two tone and traced with a TB2 Spectrum Noir. Easy peasy!  Card base is GKD Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White.

This is the first card I made when all my new supplies came, and one of my faves I've made so far from the release!  I stamped the ginormous greeting from Noel into the Holiday Frame's circle, and went to town reverse masking three of the different borders from Nordic Winter into the open areas to make my own custom stitched design. Love! Frame is stamped in GKD Dark Chocolate and Nordic Winter elements in GKD Cherry Red and Christmas Pine.  I used a Spectrum Noir CG2 marker around the borders (that is unfortunately now running a bit low form all the leaves I do, so it's a bit blotchy here, I apologize) plus a bit of DR3 red to accent the centers. ( I came back from Village Paper & Ink with a *new* product that would have looked great on this but that will have to wait for later!) This card came together so quickly but I'm sure you'll agree it's a lot of look!


Last I have a simple single layer card with some direct to stamp inking with my GKD Dark Chocolate, Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus pads using the Festive Foliage set, and a greeting from Compliments of the Season.  Love this pine cones and needles! I smudged some white pigment ink on the Kraft base, and brushed a little Wink of Stella clear glitter on the cones.







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

Beth Silaika – Illustrator for Ian Moose
Claire Brennan - Nordic Winter, Noel, Festive Foliage and Compliments of the Season
Cathy Tidwell

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!

57 comments:

Theresa said...

These are all gorgeous. The kraft card is absolutely stunning!

Claire Brennan said...

Wonderful cards Melanie! I love how the sentiment is set off in your frame card and I love that you gave it a shadow, that is such an effective look! The let it Snow card is delightful, the blues just look like they are glowing! The pinecones card is gorgeous, love that soft rustic feel!!

El Ivens said...

They are all beautiful. I think my favorite is the white let it snow. Love the simplicity and elegance. Thanks for the inspiration and cards to CASE.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Totally awesome cards. I love the simplicity of the Kraft card. Your Nordic Winter Frame card is AMAZING. I love how the Holiday Frame works with all of the sets in this release.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Wowza- so much inspiration and fabulous things to see here, Melanie!

Cathy Tidwell said...

wowza Mel! Totally loving that last one on the kraft! So rustic! Im doing rustic this year in my house for Christmas! :D No artificial lights, lots of pine cones, and greenery! a few candles

Bonnie said...

My heart stopped at he white ink edged Kraft. So festive and well thought out.

Karen Hightower said...

OH My Goodness, I love these cards! Your tree is precious and love the shadow under it! And of course the moose is the cutest!... I really love the Let is Snow card with the snow floating down the card with the piercings.... And, I love how the Greeting on the next one just pops up off that card... <3 I do LOVE the Kraft card as well! :)

Nana Griffin said...

These are all wonderful. A cute tag.

Katie Margolis said...

I love how smudging the white on the edges of the craft cardstock makes it look antiqued.

Cindy M said...

You always inspire, stunning work!!

Lisa K said...

Stunning cards! Love how you mixed a few stamps with your frame.

cardscookiecarrotcake said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards Melanie. Top favorite is your Holiday Frame and all the beautiful Nordic Winter stamps. That greeting in the circle just pops right off. Love, love it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sheri Gilson said...

Gorgeous cards, Melanie! Your Kraft card is an absolute stunner!

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Awesome cards, but the kraft is my favorite! Thanks for sharing!

Sandie said...

There would be no way possible to pick a favorite! These are all just fantastic and I just kept saying "OH" and "OOO" as I scrolled down. Just FANTASTIC!!

Sue McRae said...

Today's stamps are my favorite. Such great sentiments and I love the foliage images. Your nordic card makes me think of thick woolly winter sweaters.

Gabi said...

Love all your cards. But since I'm a sucker for Kraft, I just adore that one with the pine branches and cones. Absolutely stunning!

Pennie Glasser said...

I love all your work, I think my favorite is the festive foliage

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wow! Just when I think that one will be my favorite I scroll down and see another one that is also a favorite. So I guess I just love all of them. Great job and so inspiring to me.

Mary Holshouser said...

All of the cards are fantastic
but the pine cones really caught
my fancy.
Beautiful
thanks for sharing.

Sherry said...

beautiful cards!! love the kraft one!!

Macimbalo said...

So pretty! I love how you used the sets to create such beautiful works of art!

Rose Mary Smalley said...

Melanie, as usual, you never disappoint.....these cards are great......all of them.....I would be hard pressed to choose just one...thank you for sharing your talent.

Becky said...

Love all the beautiful samples. Thanks for sharing and being an inspiration.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Love all your cards - you have inspired me to try out some of these designs:)

itsablingfling said...

I love your cards. I especially love the blue snowflakes...so simple and pretty.

Johanna said...

Some wonderful cards once again but my favourite today is the one with the snowflakes. That is stunning.

Jean said...

WOnderful cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jeanne Jordan said...

Hi Melanie, just had to tell you how much I like your cards. Each one is a little different, but very appealing and well executed! This is the first time I ordered a Gina K. kit and I can't wait for it to arrive!

Retta Lutte said...

Are there any images that don't look terrific in that frame? I don't think so!!! Love it. Love that Let it Snow card. So simple, but effective. I may have to borrow that design!

Sherrie Johnson said...

Every one of your cards are so lovely. I really love the little tree with the "lights" border at the bottom. And that snowflake card! So, so beautiful... simple...yet beautiful.

RW Douglass said...

So glad to have these ideas! I ordered your set yesterday. I can tell I am going to get great use out of it. Yeah!

Sue LD said...

Your cards are fabulous!

Tina Riddle said...

Melanie, these are all gorgeous but I must say that your last card on Kraft was absolutely STUNNING!! I have this set on it's way so I was super excited for the inspiration!

Mary Anne said...

All the cards are wonderful. My fave was a Very Merry Christmas to You. Any chance of seeing a video on these? Hope so! Thanks so much for all of your inspiration.

Clare said...

Just love you cards. the moose is so colorful - he's may favorite.

Gayle said...

Gorgeous once again and amazing that you incorporate other stamp sets into your own creation.

Dawn S. said...

Gorgeous! I love the CAS snow card and the last card!

Sharon said...

Absolutely fabulous. Your creativity and talent is stunning

Donna Phelan said...

WOW! So many wonderful cards! Loving that moose, isn't he the cutest?!?

Ladyj711 said...

That moose get cuter and cuter and I love that tree Ladyjs711@yahoo.com

Tami Priebe said...

Fantastic cards, loving these stamps sets and seeing all the creativity they inspire :)

Caroline Pollard said...

Totally love the snowflake card and the foliage! Awesome cards!

Birgit said...

These are all so pretty!

Kay S said...

Oh my goodness! Each one of these is gorgeous! Love the sentiment in the circle and the sweet little tree card.

Dawn Begun said...

Great idea to pierce the paper around the snowflakes, it adds just the right texture. I also adored your pine cone and pine branch cards. Very pretty.

Golda said...

These are all great. The snow card and the kraft pine branch cards are absolute stunners.

Lynn Cromrich said...

Your cards are so beautiful

Silke Ledlow said...

Melanie, I'm loving all your beautiful Christmas cards!!!

Susan Wareham said...

All your cards are fantastic I think I like the last one best simple and rustic love that look great stamp sets.

Susan said...

Loved the cards you made using your frame stamp! Think I need to order it.

Vicki said...

Love all your cards. Nice job :)

Sharon Mesdag said...

The cards are wonderful, my favorite stamps have to be Noel and the Foliage set.

kittykat3308 said...

Love your samples. Great inspiration

Kathleen

ShelleyV said...

Great designs and I love how well these sets go with your fantastic frame set! Wonderful inspiration!

Donna Idlet said...

Love all your creations!