Thursday, October 4, 2018

Out of the Box Men of Faith!

So a little bird (Gina K) told me that another little bird (Lydia Fiedler) said that my Men of Faith silhouette looks like West TEXAS and it needed a card with my bluebonnet from Stately Flowers! (I guess when you live in Texas you can't not see it eventually!) So here it is! What I imagined when she told me... 
Good idea, ladies!
I made this for my stepfather whose favorite time of year is a drive through the hill country, when the roadsides become a sea of blue. It really is magnificent and worth the trip if you've never been (and it happens in March before it gets HOT, Spring is delightful here! Really. It is.  The silhouette is swiped vertically with Kraft ink to look like wood grain, (I love how the one skip made a little knot!) and then tapped again along the bottom edge to make it stand out. Flower is colored with Spectrum Noir markers. Cardstock is White, Kraft, and Navy, and patterned paper is form the Journey of the Heart pack.

Hope you enjoyed this out of the box idea!  There are so many techniques you can do to create texture on this bold stamp!  Men of Faithis almost sold out, thanks so much for your support and love for this set already!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Inspiration Hop, Day 3: Fruit of the Season StampTV Kit

Good morning! Welcome back to our final day of hops! Today we are featuring the Fruit of the Season StampTV kit and the new Incentive set, Perfect Pair. Once again, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to the Gina K. Designs store! Each comment you leave on today's hop is a chance to win! We love hearing from you! Check the StampTV forum where winners will be announced a few days after the hops. Good luck! 

I used GKD Prickly Pear for stamping the new Elegant Script background and large floral images, and then sponged the edges with the Prickly Pear and Fresh Asparagus ink. Don't you love the glow? So rich!   Perfect for the pears, colored with Spectrum Noir markers DG, DG3, GB11, GB9. Shadow is BG3. Cardstock is Pure Luxury White and Black Onyx.

I used the pears again (because I love pears) but added the bold holly in Fresh Asparagus. I stamped the bird at the top so it would look like he was perching on the greeting mat I added. Love a simple white card base to really focus on the gorgeous images!

Such beautiful snowflakes in this kit!  I love the coloring possibilities, so I stamped the largest one in Jet Black Amalgam and then smaller ones in Moonlit Fog to add interest but not take away from my focal point.  Just a few hits of red and blue to make some of the details pop! I added some Nuvo Drops sprinkled with the GKD Frozen Glitter for sparkle.
Fruit of the Season StampTV Kit

I shared another card with the incentive set on Monday, but here is one more! I love featuring these cups in my Inspiration Mosaic's frame!  After stamping and coloring those, I used some post it notes to mask off other portions of the frame to ad the cute beans in Warm Cocoa ink. Base is GKD Kraft (always a must with coffee cards!!) This cute set is free with a purchase of $75 or more before shipping for a limited time.  Shop all the new products for this release here: What's New. Thanks for hopping with us this week!  More inspiration from the team follows:

Gina K.
Arjita Sepaha Singh
Cathy Tidwell
Debra Warner - Guest Designer
Donna Idlet
Emily Loggans
Hannah Schroepfer
Karen Hightower
Lisa Hetrick
Melanie Muenchinger- you are here, thanks for visiting!
Mindy Eggen
Rema DeLeeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Day 2, Inspiration Hop: Rustic Autumn and Something Good in Every Day

Good morning, and welcome back to another inspiration hop! Today we are showcasing the Rustic Autumn and Something Good in Every Day  sets. We are giving away a $50 gift certificate again today to the Gina K. Designs store, so we hope you will leave comments along the way through, each and every comment is a chance to win!  Check the StampTV forum where winners will be announced a few days after the hops. Good luck! 

First up, Rustic Autumn! I stamped this lovely barn in Dark Chocolate onto white cardstock, and then dragged the Sandy Beach pad downward all across it several times to create the wood grain! Even in real life, it tricks me, looks so real! I mounted it on Black cardstock and added some Jet Black Nuvo Drops because I'm out of all my masculine looking little brads! The background mat is made from stamping the new Elegant Script in Dark Chocolate on White, and then sponging and and adding a few of the gorgeous line art and bold leaves in the set.  Greeting is Jet Black Amalgam, and base is Pure Luxury Sandy Beach.

For this card, I tore a piece of scratch paper to mask off a section for the greeting and sponged with Prickly Pear. After removing, I worked my way up so that it would fade out into the distance like a field. I stamped the greeting and trees in Jet Black Amalgam, and then added the leaves in Prickly Pear. I love one tree sending leaves to the other with this sentiment!

Next up, Lisa Hetrick's Something Good in Every Day! I showed one card with the wood yesterday, and today I'm sharing a simple Christmas design. I stamped this gorgeous slice of wood in GKD Sandy Beach on Pure Luxury White and then mounted in on the coordinating Sandy Beach cardstock. The branch is stamped and stamped off in Fresh Asparagus.  The berries and cool offset rectangle frame are stamped in GKD Red Velvet. This looks like a perfect modern country Christmas design so I chose a greeting from Gina's Fruit of the Season kit  (stamped in Jet Black Amalgam).

Let's see more from the rest of our team!

Theresa Momber - Illustrator of Rustic Autumn
Lisa Hetrick - Illustrator of Something Good in Every Day 
Gina K.
 Arjita Sepaha Singh
Cathy Tidwell
Debra Warner-Guest Designer
Donna Idlet
Emily Loggans
Hannah Schroepfer
Karen Hightower
Melanie Muenchinger-you are here, thanks for visiting!
Mindy Eggan
Rema DeLeeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore

Monday, October 1, 2018

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Men of Faith and Mandala Maker

Good morning, all! Welcome to the first day of our inspiration hops! Today we are featuring my Men of Faith set and Rina K's debut set, Mandala Maker! We are also giving away a $50 gift certificate each day to the Gina K. Designs store! Each comment you leave on today's hop is a chance to win, and we love hearing from you! Check the StampTV forum where winners will be announced a few days after the hops. Good luck!  

I have several samples to share today for Men of Faith as well as a video! This is a quick one, but you can make 2 cards with it! Measurements and supply list are in the video description! I also incorporated the new Musical Medley stamp as the background...

For these next three cards, among other ideas, I want to show you the different ways to use the new cross and necklace. Here, I chose to omit inking the hands to keep the focus on the profile and stamped the cord and cross in Versamark and embossed in gold to make it hang around his neck.  This sentiment is made for 6 separate words in the set.  I just love how they are separate so you can craft your own very personal messages, but also line them up or stack them to perfectly balance out your design.

I embossed the Son and Godly in gold to really stand out.  Remaining words are also stamped in the Jet Black Amalgam ink. I matted this on Good as Gold cardstock and finally a heavy white Pure Luxury base.  Obviously, this card is for my son!  His Adams apple is not quite that developed yet at 13 (haha!) but I can't ignore that he is changing before my eyes, turning into a man physically and emotionally (sniff, bittersweet)  He wears a gold cross necklace like this every day to school. He asked for one about a year ago, but went through a period he didn't wear it. Middle school is rough for anyone, but it can be especially hard to live out your faith at that age. I am so proud of this bold little guy. He loves Jesus!  And really wants to be a light in the world. 

He was in an accident on Saturday night that involved broken bones and a trip to ER, but I am so thankful it wasn't worse! God is good! If you pray, would you please say one for William, that his shoulder and collar bone would be completely healed? Thank you!

Here you see another layout, with the clasped hands skyward, holding the chain, this time embossed in silver.  I love this picture of surrender and trust.  I used the Moonlit Fog ink to sponge on some very simple clouds. I love the texture of the torn edge at the top and the chaos it suggests. (Praise You in this Storm by Casting Crowns (one of my favorite bands) is running through my head now...)  Base is Pure Luxury Slate.  I'll be sharing this card in a future video!  (I made this card a few weeks ago, but I need to make another one with the female silhouette and this sentiment, because THIS mama is going to need some encouragement over the next few weeks while he recovers!

Here is stamped the silhouette in GKD Sandy Beach to match my cardstock. I love having the ability to stamp the individual words around it to create custom frames! Stamping the comma is optional, it's a piece of art, so punctuation doesn't have to be exact, just sayin, go with what you think looks good! Play with the spacing and place the image sheet over your stamped silhouette to get a feel of how much space each word will take up, and if you have more space in between than you want or your words or shorter than what you want to fill up he space, get creative by filling it in bling, Nuvo drops, the cross, know what I mean? After embossing the necklace in gold, I matted on Black Onyx and base is Pure Luxury White.
All of the "You are" and "He is" statements you can create are not just referring to the man you might be giving the card too, but can also refer to God or Jesus and his promises! So please enjoy using all of these with the Women of Faith silhouette (or other stamp images) as encouraging reminders of his goodness and love! He keeps his promises! (I made the storm card a few weeks ago, but I need to make another one with the female silhouette and this sentiment for MYSELF, because THIS mama is going to need some encouragement over the next few weeks through doctor's visits and recovery!) This cheerful yellow and orange card I made for Will this morning, orange is his favorite color.  (The other designs look a bit somber in comparison with the dark grays, blues and browns, but that's what most of the guys in our family like!) I used the GKD Square Mandala Stencil with Wild Dandelion and Coral Reef ink and embossed the words in white on Black Onyx cardstock to make the little tape like labels. I hope this card reminds him of happy times and better days ahead...

Finally, I HAD to make one with my set and the new incentive set, Perfect Pair, haha!  Lest you think this set is only serious, I promise there are other possibilities! Nothing like white-knuckling a coffee cup on Monday mornings to make you start feeling alive again, you know?! Stamp silhouette first, then mask the hands to stamp top of coffee cup above and then again below, extended to make it a wee bit longer than the original image to be more to scale. That's it! I love this greeting! Base is Warm Cocoa, stamped with beans in Dark Chocolate. This darling coffee set is free for a limited time with your order of $75 or more, will automatically add to your art!

Next, we have Rina's first set, Mandala Maker! I love elemental stamping and these have infinite possibilities. Because I wanted to use so many of the different elements, I didn't use the template to stamp this,  just stamped each image in 4 opposite pairs, starting with the largest element on the inside in Jet Black Amalgam, and working outward. Then I added in the small elements stamped in GKD  Dusty Rose.  I added just a little color with 2 alcohol markers to emphasize the small details. I used a GKD stitched circle die cut to pop up this fun greeting. Base is Pure Luxury White.

I also shared this one at the party using her greeting paired with Lisa Hetrick's new set Something Good! (We'll be sharing more samples with that set tomorrow!)
I also shared this one at the party using her greeting paired with Lisa Hetrick's new set Something Good! We'll be sharing more samples with that set tomorrow!  Be sure to come back for more fun ideas!

Thanks for visiting today! I am so thankful and humbled for all the wonderful feedback and support I've gotten for this new set. Thank you, thank you, thank you. :) Please let me know below in the comments which card you liked best... Full link list here:

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Men of Faith and More Now Available! Tip Sheet, Part 1!

New stamps now available (you can see them all here in the What's New section) Here is one of the cards I shared last night, using both the new Men of Faith silhouette and words from the set to make my greeting, along with my female silhouette from Women of Faith. This set is truly a must have if you got Women of Faith before, or need a masculine set (because let's face it, our collections are all probably pretty floral/feminine heavy!), and I am so excited not only to use this new silhouette and all the sentiments, but to mix the two together. Because women are courageous, patient, giving, too..!

Today I also wanted to share the first part of my tips for this set.  All of it is too long for one post! And I'm just not ready to call it "done", because there are so many options with this set, times more than 2 if you have the coordinating set! Wanted to share some greeting combinations you can make, but this isn't all! There are about 60 words in this set (give or take, so many I lose track each time I count the plate and doubt myself!).  The should get you started

Be strong & courageous etc (insert adjectives here)
In the Storm, 
Through this trial, 
                      you are strong, faithful, patient, courageous
                      you were there (for me)
                      we are here (for you)
                      praying (for you)
                      he is there/kind/faithful etc
(you can also start your sentiment with these, to end with "in the storm" or "through this trial")
You are strong/patient/faithful/kind/gentle/Godly etc
             my rock
             a warrior
                        Godly husband/son/Dad etc
Love is patient/kind/ etc
So sorry (for your loss)
     thankful for you/us/your big day
We are praying
On Your Big Day
On my big day, you were there
I am thankful (for you)(son, husband, etc)
                       you are 
                                   my/our brother, child etc
For you (dad/husband, etc)
To my cousin/nephew etc
Praying for 
                   your peace
                   your husband/father/brother etc
Man of God
Great/Grand Father/Son/Child/Uncle
Step Father/Brother/Son

I wan to point out real quick, though (since I can't wait), that the woman can wear the necklace also!  On her neck or hands, facing right or up.  And the new cross is a two step filler for the cross in Women of Faith if you want to make the cross two tone. :)

Hope you will check out our team's inspiration hops next week, starting Monday!! Have a blessed weekend!  

PS: The font in this new set is the same as in one of bestselling sets. Which is it?

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Stamp n Foil Holiday Release Blog Hop!

Hello! Thank you for joining the Gina K. Designs team today in a blog hop for the new products Gina is releasing for the holidays with Therm-O Web.  Lots of fun, wintery goodies that almost makes me think it *just might* get cold here again one day!

 These two collections we are showcasing are limited edition, so if they strike your fancy ("foil", ba dump bump!!) , get 'em while you can! As you hop through each of the blogs, please leave comments for our designers about which projects excited you (we SO appreciate hearing what we've created for your inspiration makes you want to go make something!), and each comment will be entered as a chance to win $50 to shop with at Gina K. Designs! check the StampTV forum for an announcement of the winner a few days after the hop.  Now, let's go!

The first one is a flaky design with the Baby It's Cold Outside collection. The flakes are foiled with Turquoise Sea Fancy Foil, and two step stamped with GKD Plum Punch.  The greeting is stamped in Tranquil Teal (as are the flakes plus a few stamped off in the Plum Punch) on the White mat and then mounted on a coordinating GKD Pure Luxury Tranquil Teal.  The die cut flakes are popped up with foam squares. I love how much interest and dimension you can add when you stack the flakes on top of each other!

For this next card, I used the Holly Jolly collection.  Fun, ornaments and flowers! I did all my foiling first with Turquoise Sea Fancy Foil. Next, I filled in the two step with GKD Red Velvet, Dusty Rose, Lucky Clover and Jellybean inks.  I stamped the greeting in Turqoise Sea and drew on some fake twine to hang my ornament (red pen, then striped with white gel pen) 

I die cut the four pieces and popped these up over the cut and foiled and stamped light bulb border.  Card base is GKD Pure Luxury Red Velvet.

This last card uses Foil-Mates and stamps from *both* the Holly Jolly collection and Baby It's Cold Outside.  I think the flakes and flowers are fun together! and. I stamped up a few flakes and a greeting in GKD Turquoise Sea ink on Pure Luxury Sea Glass and then popped up the die cut and foiled (Turquoise Sea Fancy Foil) flowers and flakes. 

The die cut foiled pieces are two step stamped with GKD Red Velvet, Dusty Rose, Lucky Clover and Jellybean inks.  This is all mounted on GKD Red Velvet and White Pure Luxury.
Hey, did you notice ALL my foiling is Turquoise Sea today?? I can't find all my foils! I have a huge box of the Foil-Mates but could only find two sheets of Fancy Foil (Turquoise Sea, yep)  Anyway, I love turquoise with red, so luckily I was able to make it work!  I know the foil will turn up eventually, the way things always do when I've decided to be more organized and create a new system, which I then forget about, and thus end up hiding things from myself.  You, too?)

Baby It's Cold Outside stamp set, StampnFoil™ DetailSheet, and die set
Holly Jolly stamp set, StampnFoil™ DetailSheet and die set

All new products are in store now, shop here! (And don't forget the dot runners!) All of the new Stamp-n-Foil products are now available for preorder in the What's New category at They will begin shipping this Friday. 

Now please enjoy more foily, fancy, stampy ideas from our talented design team now! 
Gina K.
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet
Emily Loggans
Hannah Schroepfer
Karen Hightower
Lisa Hetrick
Melanie Muenchinger-you are here! Thanks for visiting!
Mindy Eggen
Rema DeLeeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Stamptember: Joy of the Season, Now Available!

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Hello and welcome to a Gina K. Designs blog hop that we are doing to help keep the party going for STAMPtember all month long at Simon Says Stamp!  Today we are showcasing Gina's new set for Simon Says Stamp, Joy of the Season! You can also get them bundled with its coordinating dies, shown below.  Be sure to comment as you go through the hop, each comment will count as one entry towards a gift certificate at Simon say s Stamp. Winner will be drawn and announced on Tuesday at StampTV.

Since it's still over 100 degrees here, I'm not quite ready to make my Christmas cards yet, but as soon as I saw these gorgeous tress I knew I was ready to check some home decor and handmade gifts off my list by making these simple embossed vellum wraps!  They looks so elegant during the day, and look like a miniature sun setting behind the trees when you add a tiny tealight at night!  These are a great way to change out a design on a candle jar to match your season or occasion, just slide it off when you are ready for plain glass or a new theme, and look just like etched glass but without the permanent commitment or hassle of executing that!  I decided to make step out photos this time to show the process.

You'll need a clear jar*, glass or vase with straight sides (straight is important, otherwise it won't lay flat on curved sides and you'll have to do some trimming/monkeying around) , stamp set, Versamark pad, white embossing powder, vellum paper, heat gun, large acrylic block, adhesive tape, and scratch paper for masking.

Tear your scratch paper unevenly to create hills and place over the bottom of your vellum, about 1/2" up.  Smash Versamark pad all over to completely cover this area. Remove paper.

 Pour on embossing powder and heat.
 Stamp trees image all the way across in Versamark, overlapping your embossed snow.
 Add powder and shake off excess. I didn't worry as much about getting every stray bit off, as it will just look like a few flakes coming off the trees!
Turn vellum sideways and add a length of the tape to on end.
Remove backing from tape and wrap around jar, pressing one end on top of tape in the other end.  Make it tight enough so no wrinkles and doesn't wobble, but loose enough  you can still pull it off later.
 Voila! Looks gorgeous just sitting out, unlit!
But when it IS LIT, it's LIT!!

You can also make a wrap with the snowflakes or other images in the set, but with the light in side the snowy tree scene is my favorite, looks like you could step inside.  I love how the flame crates its own colors as the light diffuses to look just like a morning or evening sky!
 This idea will make great inexpensive gifts, that look so luxe!  So many ways to use pretty jars around the house, too, not just for candles!
I hope you enjoyed this idea and tutorial!  This is a limited edition set only available at Simon Says Stamp, and once it's gone it's gone! Get yours here.

Let's see what the rest of the Gina K. Designs team has with this set:

Gina K.
Beth Silaika

Cathy Tidwell

Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Lisa Hetrick
Emily Loggans
Melanie Muenchinger-you are here! Thanks for visiting!
Rema DeLeeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore
Hannah Schroepfer

*This is a Diamond Candle jar (after I finished the candle and popped out the remaining wax) the vellum is on my craft mat if you can see in the photo, measuring 6 by 10 inches, so the jar is a little taller, but has a wider lip at the bottom. I love the scent of Diamond Candles, and the surprise of the ring. That they come in a pretty jar you can use or upcycle is a bonus. TIP: To remove that last bit of wax, instead of heating and pouring it out, or chipping it out,  put it in the freezer! The wax will pop right out in one piece, no mess, clear jar ready to go!

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