Monday, February 13, 2017

Gina K Designs Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Fabulous Flowers and Framescape: Simply Spring

Good morning, and happy Monday! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp release for February by our illustrator team! 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 the stamp sets by me and Theresa Momber. Please enjoy some gorgeous designs 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. Now for the cards!

My first card with Fabulous Flowers I just wanted to focus on one little arrangement. I used GKD Red Velvet ink for the bold flowers and stamped off to create the second flower in a lighter coordinating shade. Outline is stamped and stamped off in GKD Cherry Red to be just a hint darker than the Red Velvet for a subtle outline.


After laying out where my my mat would be on the base, I stamped up some more flowers and leaves to create a little border peeking out. I did the same on my envelope and inside the card (and one bud on the back where I sign my name!) Added skinny strip of Ocean Mist to enhance the stamped water filler in the vase. it is SO fun to put these tiny blooms anywhere (and everywhere!!) You could do a clean and simple single layer card with just this little vase arrangement if you want, but it was fun going a bit further with some layers and more stamping! Centers are stamped in GKD Sweet Mango, leaves and stems in GKD Grass Green, and water in Ocean Mist.

For this next card, I just played around with using the flowers as accents and the doodle bits to frame up this popped up sentiment from Scripty Love.  Isn't that border across the top and bottom fun?  I dotted every other loop with the Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops for shine and more dimensions.  Dies I used are GKD Inverted Scalloped Ovals and Stitched Ovals. Oh, I almost forgot to point out, you can make BIG daisy-like petals with the different leaves, like I did with the red! :) Create your own flowers!


Here is one I made since I hadn't used the lily yet in a sample (and hadn't used any purple), aren't these flower "centers" stamped in GKD Wild Dandelion fun being flowers of their own, and a great match for this Gina K. patterned paper?!  To fill in the line art stamped vase, I inked up the bold filler vase with lavender and then swiped my lilac pad across and stamped. Lot sf irect to stamp possibilities to add multiple colors, hand-drawn detail and cool ombre effects with these bold vases! I created my own coordinating embellishment using the larger stem, leaf and lily images from my A Year of Flowers 2 set.  (I used Spectrum Noir markers to color in the larger lily) A Year of Flowers 2 is not currently in stock, but on order, and will be back in time for the next kit release in a couple weeks! Put it on your wishlist! :) Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Wild Lilac, Lovely Lavender and White.

Some of my favorites I've made so far with this new set, though, I'm not showing YET because I really want to demonstrate the design and technique in videos the next few weeks!  Gotta leave some surprises! Trust me, FUN stuff, soon, soon!  

Next up, we have Theresa's new Framescape: Simply Spring!  I like this one even better the first, and that's saying a LOT, because both are fantastic!  Here I created a night sky by sponging GKD Blue Denim and GKD Navy ink at the corners (masking with sticky notes) and having the balloons reflecting on water instead of coloring like a grassy meadow.  I looked at a few photos of hot air balloons over water to help me determine how to make them glow and the colored ripple trail they would cast from their fire.  I'll admit, I didn't create the "glow" of these illuminated balloons exactly to my liking, but even so, I still think it looks really cool!!  I also sketched in just some blurry tree reflections, and then, just add stars! (white gel pen) Card base is GKD Pure Luxury Lipstick.



Finally, here is the card I showed at our release party, I just LOVE this one!  Ink sponging and  card base are GKD Blue Raspberry, and grass is sponged with GKD Jellybean.  After sponging the sky, I left an open white space and ran my Faber-Castell Pitt White Artist pen out in rays from that area, over the blue ink, to look like a burst of sun.  After  coloring the bushy areas with Spectrum Noir CG4, I used this same white paint pen to create some open areas in the bushes so I could dot on red, pink and yellow with my markers that would really pop and show up over my dark green coloring . Drawing a quick shadow "puddle" with a gray marker or pencil under your girl running will create a lot of light instantly in this scene! Dies again are GKD Inverted Scalloped Ovals and Stitched Ovals.






Framescape- Simply Spring- CLEAR


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


Melanie Muenchinger  - Illustrator for Fabulous Flowers (you are here!)
Theresa Momber  - Illustrator for Framescape – Simply Spring

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! See you tomorrow as we showcase three more new stamp sets! And then a new video and tip sheet from me for Fabulous Flowers on Wednesday!

PS I didn't realize until this morning I never posted my video from last week here on my blog! Oops! Here it is if you missed:


And one more from the party!! Lots of requests for a video on this one, so look for that!

Praying you have a blessed day!

62 comments:

Theresa said...

Love, love, love these beautiful designs! Your flower cards are amazing and so are the balloon reflections. Gorgeous new set!

Cindy M said...

Oh so beautiful cards, I love that both these Stamp set have unlimited possibilities! Your flower sets are some of my favorite sets, so glad you made these smaller now we can mix them with the larger ones or use them for borders, so many ideas, thanks!

Lagene said...

Beautiful cards, great new stamp sets!

MiamiKel said...

Oh be still my heart, I am in absolute awe! Each of your cards are like little works of art - so full of color and breathtaking design ♥ The sets are so full of possibility! Truly something for everyone and every occasion. Love these so much ~ TFS! *Blessings!*

Sharon said...

Great card designs and stamps! Your flowers are always gorgeous!

Silke Ledlow said...

Mel, these cards are just GORGEOUS! Sooooomuch inspiration...love your new set!!!

Candy Bryant said...

All the cards are gorgeous but my favorite is the flowers on the black background

Karen Hightower said...

Wow, Ok where to start! :) What a wonderful collection & I really like the flowers peeking out from behind the panel, I'm still looking at the second on to see all your images around and under the edge of the die cut! Beautiful.. Your purple tulip looks pretty up against the PP and Your card with the balloons... Well it is so striking and what wonderful reflection you achieved. Then Your rays of sunshine on the last card with little patches of flowers is perfect! I love this new stamp set and I see lots of things I can use it for! <3 I can't wait to see your videos using this set as well! <3 :)

Kathleen said...

Love the new sets especially the spring scenic one.

Heidi Stamps said...

I love the flowers peeking out from behind the main images.

Lisa K said...

Love these cards! The balloon reflection looks so neat! I am eager to try this. Love the flower cards. That background you created with the lily is gorgeous. It looks like patterned paper. The other ideas are so creative. I may have to shop again to purchase this set to give all of these ideas a try.

Ann Washabaugh said...

WOW!! As always BEAUTIFUL cards. Really like the Hot Air Balloons and the framescape release card! Awesome!

Becky said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Kay Werry said...

Amazingly beautiful cards (as always) I just love your style and your stamps. so inspiring.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Wow - I never get tired of checking out your wonderful blog, Melanie - There is always something here that inspires me. Again you have outdone yourself with these gorgeous creations. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us:)

Nancy Ragatz said...

Love, love, love all these cards!! Where to start? So beautiful, colorful and inspirational! Oh, did I say versatile?

Marsha said...

Love your pretty two-step stamps. Lovely cards.

Josephine Cox said...



great stamp sets to make such wonderful cards. Love them all!

Jane M said...

Your cards are beautiful! Love the new stamp sets! Looking forward to your surprise cards and videos.

Debra Raben said...

Thank you for teaching me and inspiring me to try new techniques!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Awesome cards. I love the one with the Lilies. Now I'm thinking that maybe the vases will fit in the narrow panel of some of the frames. So many possibilities. Hoping my sets arrive today.

Sue LD said...

Sweet floral cards and beautiful scenery cards you created with these stamps.

Bonnie said...

Oh next week for more, always wanting more. What is here is so exciting.

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Love all the cards! These new stamp sets are awesome!

Dawn S. said...

Beautiful cards! I like both of these sets.

Donna Anderson said...

I love both these stamp sets but I love how you did the reflection of the balloon. Making a video on that one?

You guys are sooo talented.

m fountain said...

Melanie your cards are always a delight and so inspirational! You inspire me to try new techniques. Thanks

Lynn Cromrich said...

Awesome cards! I think these two stamp sets are a must for me. I'd better start saving!

Retta Lutte said...

Can't wait to get my hands on these stamps! Mine should come today! Love that bright blue on thw framescape. Those little flowers are to die for, too!

Sheri Gilson said...

Such beautiful cards Melanie! Love your new set!

Sharon said...

Melanie I love love love love love this set! Did I say I love it? Yes I do!

Stephanie Walter said...

You do amazing work - thanks for coming up with these for us

Robin said...

Your cards are beautiful as usual. I am so loving these little flowers. Hope to get mine in time for the challenge this week.

BarbLibrarian said...

Gosh I love the flowers! Especially the card with the flowers on black. So classy!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Really just beautiful.

Deedee said...

incredible cards. Just beautiful.

Pam Shea said...

In love all of your cards. TFS.

Rema said...

Beautiful cards Melanie! Your new set is Fabulous!!

Liz H. said...

Spectacular as Always !

Johanna said...

Wow - as usual you have come up with a wonderful set and some gorgeous cards. I am so impressed by your talent and thank you for sharing it.

Robin said...

Love the cards. They are all so great. Thanks again for such wonderful inspiration.

Nancy Vondra said...

Wow! I knew I liked the Framescapes, yet you made me like the Fabulous Flowers, too. LOVE how you've taken plain paper and created a masterpiece on every card you designed!!! Impressive! Now, you enabler to my addiction, I've got both sets on my wish list! You totally blew me away with the hot air balloons card! Thank you so much for your creativity as well as sharing it here with us!

cindy lou said...

I just love watching you create. Your stamps are out of this world. You have such a great way of teaching. Love your youtube channel. Thank you for everything. Great release.

Patty said...

Love your talent! Wish I could afford all of your stamps. 😊

Deb said...

Your cards are beautiful as always! Sure do LOVE your flower cards, and how you have flowers peeking out from behind things!

Jo - Jo's Scrap Shack said...

WOW Melanie... these cards are all so very beautiful!!!! I really love the Fabulous Flowers set and the Simply Spring set! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
Please know that you can link up in my challenges on my blog as I have an always anything goes challenge each Friday!!
TFS!
Jo

♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

Em Engle said...

Really liking the "different" layout for (particularly) the purple lily ... I like flowers but sometimes what I do with them looks too much like what I did with them the week before. The reflection of the gallons is such a good idea. Thank you for sharing!

Sherry said...

absolutely gorgeous!!!! love all of them!!

Julie Pluemer said...

Beautiful. Can't wait to try these sets

Golda said...

Beautiful cards! I love all the fun flower and scene examples.

Caroline Pollard said...

Beautiful cards Melanie!

Donna Phelan said...

WOW! So many beautiful cards! Stamping, coloring, designs and colors are gorgeous!!!

Patty said...

Wow, Wow, Wow! You've been quite busy! Really love all your creations & I really love those stamp sets!!

Nana Griffin said...

All are so lovely. I see one and think oh wow and then the next and oh wow but the blue one with the with love sentiment still draws my attention the most. Love the blue and red.

Mitzi Manthey said...

Love that green, yellow and purple card! Also like the balloons with reflections. And I want to know more about the striking card done on black. Please!

Carolyn King said...

gorgeous gorgeous---love your new set. Love what you did with theresa's new set too---that balloon card :) Those last two cards are awesome--glad you snuck them on there!

Susan Wareham said...

WOW Great Card ideas love these stamps even more now.

Maggie Dudley said...

Love your beautiful cards. I especially like the card with the hot air balloons and the shadows below!

Daria said...

I missed this yesterday. I clicked on everyone on the list and missed the two headliners! I love your cards, including the two that you forgot to post before. I'll be looking for the video for those beauties. I love all the vivid colors you used on all of your flower cards, and your Framescape card is lovely. Thank you for sharing all of these.

Chris said...

Squeeee! That mirrored balloon card is genius.

Donna Idlet said...

Melanie! Love your stamp set Fabulous Flowers! I had so much fun working with it. Your cards are beautiful I need to look at the video tutorial on how to do mirrored images!

Shari M said...

Absolutely beautiful, and think the scene is the favourite here. Gorgeous