Saturday, August 18, 2018

Simon Says Stamp


Hey, everyone! I am excited to be guest designing for the Simon Says Stamp blog today!  You can find my video this week in that post.  Here is a peek, using Stately Flowers 12 and Peerless Watercolors, both of which can be found in the Simon Say Stamp Store. Please enjoy the tutorial and I hope it inspires! looking forward to reading your comments there!  

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Day 2: Autumn Wreath Builder and Peaceful Roses

Hello, and welcome back if you hopped with us yesterday! We've got more projects to dazzle and delight with the new stamps and products! Be sure to comment as you hop through the blogs, because we will give away one $50 gift certificate each day and they will be announced in the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops conclude. One entry per comment! :) 

First up, we have the Autumn Wreath Builder stamp set. Grab your Wreath Builder templates, original MISTI, and some cubes and get stamping!


All the colors you see stamped here are in the 2018 Add On Ink Cube collection: Plum Punch, Lucky Clover, Coral Reef, and Tangerine Twist.  Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White and Plum Punch.

I showed at the party I made some cards to bring my This Girl Is girl into fall! You can stamp these small elements in her hand, clothes, or to build wonderful autumn scenes around her. :)
I couldn't decide whether to make the leafy garland going "up" or "down", but did up first. :) Hanging fits nicely, too.



Next, we have a new incentive set, free for a limited time with any purchase of $75 or more before shipping. It will be added directly to your cart! Peaceful Roses has a lovely line art floral image, perfect for coloring, plus pretty sentiments. I stamped on watercolor paper with Jet Black Amalgam ink and used a water brush and Peerless Watercolors to create this look. I thought the background and leaves looked so interesting, I decided to leave the flowers uncolored, except for a tiny drop of red at the centers.  Mat is popped up on foam squares and embellished with the GKD Crystalline Drops to look like water.





Ready to see more?  Let's go see what the team has! Thanks in advance for your comments today, I enjoyed creating for you!


Gina K.
Lisa Hetrick
Arjita Sepaha Singh
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Laurie S
Melanie Muenchinger-you are here! Thanks for visiting!
Rema DeLeeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore

(I've provided affiliate links throughout creation details in this post that will take you to directly to products I've mentioned which I receive a small commission for if you choose to purchase, at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support! Happy shopping!) :)

Monday, July 23, 2018

Day 1: Just a Little and Grand Garden

Hello and good morning!  Let the Gina K. design team start your Monday off right with some projects to get you even more excited about our pat 2 of the Hot Summer release! Be sure to comment as you hop through the blogs, because we will give away one $50 gift certificate each day and they will be announced in the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops conclude. One entry per comment! :) 

The first set we are showcasing today is Just a Little by Lisa Hetrick. The watercolored stripes in this set are so fun! I stamped this block of stripes twice in GKD Sea Glass, which was just the right size for a little 4 inch square background.  I stamped a little of the large floral element to the corners in Jet Black Amalgam, and added a few of the solid flowers in Peach Bellini. I stamped one more line art flower and colored that just a bit darker than my stripes. I accented all the flowers with sequins and cut out a little stamped butterfly, inked in Sea Glass and rolled in Tranquil Teal.  I popped up both layers on foam squares.




I showed this sample during the party. After stamping the floral image in Jet Black Amalgam ink, I sponged with Lavender and Peach Bellini and colored with alcohol markers. I finished with a little GKD Rose Gold embossing powder and some  Crystalline Drops. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White and Sea Glass.

Here are both cards. I am lovin' this colors for summer! Fresh and clean!  Great set, Lisa!




The next set is Grand Garden by Alicia Krupsky. I stamped the flower in Jet Black Amalgam, and then again in the corner using the new Coral Reef and Tangerine Twist ink cubes.


I used just three markers to color this! Spectrum Noir CR1, CR10, and IG4 for the shadow.  I tapped my CR10 marker hard several times to create the spray. I chose not to color the leaves to make these vivid coral colors pop!


Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Ivory and Coral Reef. I love how this card turned out.



Let's go see what the rest of the team has for us today! 


Lisa Hetrick- Illustrator of Just a Little
Melanie Muenchinger-you are here! Thanks for visiting!
Susie Moore

I've provided affiliate links throughout creation details in this post that will take you to directly to products I've mentioned which I receive a small commission for if you choose to purchase, at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support! Happy shopping! :)

Friday, July 20, 2018

New Release Now Available!


Hey, everyone! New stamp sets and stencils now at Gina K. Designs!  Part 2 plays well with Part 1, as you can see here!  I am enjoying "falling up"* these ladies with the Autumn Wreath Builder bits! (How do you like this no line coloring? Reminds me of my beloved Willowtree figurines) See ALL the new stamp sets from BOTH releases here!  

Inspiration blog hops next week! :)  Most of my cards are done, but more playtime the next few days is in order to get posts ready for you! Have an excellent, stampy weekend!

*It is ridiculously HOT in Texas right now!  My 16 year old is holding down his first job as a lifeguard this summer, keeping Austin's pools safe!  Thermometer on my car dash read 112 yesterday! He worked 11 hours!!  THINKING CHILLY THOUGHTS!!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Video: Add a Silhouette to a Window

Hello! A video I uploaded to Youtube a couple weeks ago but forgot to share here, it's been very popular on my channel and I hope it inspires! Today I'm sharing how to add my Women of Faith silhouette image to the window image from Theresa Momber's Window of Wishes.  Grab your scissors! We'll do a little sponging in the window to create candlelight and add a sweet bird to the sill. Watch to the end for a second version of this card. Please enjoy! 
Apologies, I think I may have referred to my yellows as Sweet Corn a few times in the video, guess I must be hungry!  Ink and cardstock are LEMON DROP. :)

Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Women of FaithWindow of Wishes stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury Lemon Drop, Sweet Mango, and Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury Lemon Drop (5 12" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4") Black Onyx (4" x 5 1/4"), White (3 7/8" x 5 1/8") cardstock
MISTI, scissors, jumbo sponge daubers, glue



This post contains affiliate links that go directly to products I've used here for which I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support! :)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Stamping Flower Garlands


Hello! I got so inspired by all your sweet feedback on the This Girl Is cards I posted on Facebook last week, I had to try making the garlands I mentioned in my video with the tiny flowers in the set! Isn't she joyful? I love it! 

I didn't even have to mask, just stamp and go (although I used a reverse mask to add some to her dress).  You can see the full stamp set here: http://shrsl.com/124c3 (Affiliate link) Happy Monday!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Inspiration, Day 2: Tropical Tidings and Inspiring Poppies

Good morning! Welcome to Day 1 of our Inspiration Hop! Today we are showcasing Tropical Tidings and Inspiring Poppies.  Enjoy the cards and ideas from our design team and be sure to leave comments along the way-each one will give you a chance at wining a prize! We will give away a $50 gift certificate each day and they will be announced in the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops conclude.

First, we have Theresa Momber's Tropical Tidings. There are many things to love about this set, but I started here, because I love how these butterflies are so realistic but have a touch of whimsy at the same time!



Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White, Black Onyx, Coral Reef, and Wild Wisteria. I used Grass Green and Jellybean Green for the shadow vines behind the Jet Black Amalgam stamped plant and butterfly image.  I stamped and colored and cut out the large butterfly to pop up over the arrangement. Nuvo Crystal Drops in Jet Black at the top echo the circles on the wings.
Next, I'm sharing a samples made with the new Incentive set Inspiring Poppies, free with an order of $75 or more! (It is not out of stock will be added to your cart automatically with qualifying order of $75 before shipping.)


I did a very simple watercolor with watercolor paper and Peerless Watercolors. The streaky background adds a little wabi sabi!  You can get that look by adding a lot of water and then just blowing it around until you are satisfied! Cardstock is Pure luxury Wild Dandelion and Black Onyx.

This next one I did with my This Girl Is in the background and beloved stamped on her top.  Color with alcohol markers and sponge a little GKD Sea Glass ink for a summery sky.  Grab a couple green markers and make some quick swipes to add grass! Base is GKD Pure Luxury Coral Reef.



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Thanks for hopping today! New video with This Girl Is coming up!
Let's go see what the rest of the team has with these sets!




Theresa Momber-Illustrator of Tropical Tidings



Melanie Muenchinger- you are here!


Monday, July 9, 2018

Inspiration, Day 1: This Girl Is and Unicorn Wishes

Good morning! Welcome to Day 1 of our Inspiration Hop! Today we are showcasing This Girl is and Unicorn Wishes.  Enjoy the cards and ideas from our design team and be sure to leave comments along the way-each one will give you a chance at wining a prize! We will give away a $50 gift certificate each day and they will be announced in the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops conclude.

Starting out with This Girl is!
I'd like to say a little about what this hands raised, eyes closed posture represents to me, and what I was thinking about when I drew it. This girl is at peace.  This girl has hands open, letting go of what's behind, and open and ready to receive good things and challenges ahead. An open hand reflects an open heart. She's being still. She's focused on what's true, and listening to an inner voice, instead of the noise and distractions of the world that can often overwhelm us or make us doubt. If you are a believer, you may recognize this as surrender and giving honor. If you are a seeker, you may recognize a desire and longing for freedom of burdens that weigh you down. If you've overcome something big, you may see this girl stands in victory. This woman, no matter her age, is enjoying the breeze and the carefree innocence, energy, and health of her youth. This girl is FREE. (What this means to ME anyway! Plus all the other words in the set) ;)



Here I gave her hair a little "trim" (by just masking off the image or cutting off the stamped hair and popping it up!)  Nice little summer cut, lol! I had a couple different ladies in mind as I colored the hair, one in her 40's and the other in her late 60's, who both really rock their silvery locks!  (I hope mine turns out as nice one day*) I used this embossing folder to create rays of light, which I sponged darker yellowink onto the Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion cardstock. and made a fun, dimensional banner with the words.  Did you notice her necklace?? Yep, you can add ANY small image from this stamp set (or another set) like a charm to either girl's necklace, and this cross is from the coordinating Women of Faith set! Love it!
Here is an example with NO girl, using just the words. I used ink cubes and a MISTI on both cards, the difference being I added some of the little doodly images from the set to the one on the right as accents!  I love both looks! I'll show this in a video. After coloring, add just a few tiny black dots around each with a fine line pen, gives it a little extra personality. :) I plan to do to recreate this on some larger mats to put in frames as wall art and gifts. I used this same configuration of words in the MISTI to create this watercolor background as well!
Now I have to tell you I didn't realize until I received the stamps how it looked like she was full stretched out swinging, with the sky behind her! 

 The seat of the swing is soooo easy to add, and I just pierced holes on either side of her dress and strung some jute through.  I'll definitely show you how to make this! 
And see the little flower I added to her hair? You can create garlands from the 10 flower images in this set to hold in either figure's hands or crowns of blossoms to wear. Love that sweet, romantic, flirty touch! It's the little things!  Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Sea Glass and Kraft.

On this girl, I paperpieced with the GKD Pink Passion cardstock and stamped a flower from the set on her shirt. I love stamping stuff on her shirt because I sooo miss my Little Tees set! I colored in the center with a white gel pen, then just free cut a large heart from the same cardstock for my stamped birthday greeting. 

Adhere to a piece of contrasting paper like Black Onyx and then cut a border approx 1/8-1/4" inch all the way around.  Check the heart as you go to fit in between her hands.  I love cutting out hearts, but have a ton of dies this would work with an look forward to trying them out! You can also stamp just the hands so you know how much space you have in between, or lay your dies down over the image sheet to see what will fit.  Something that's a teensy too narrow can be matted to add extra width and stretch across. Card base is Kraft.

I hope you love this set as much as I do! Stay tuned for more ideas with the smaller images and words. I have another sample tomorrow with our new incentive set! Also, wait for it...Bible journaling! This girl is taking the plunge!





Next up we have Beth Silaika's Unicorn Wishes. This set is darling and magical! Plus lots of fun sentiments.

After stamping the little unicorn in Jet Black Amalgam ink, I drew a big cloud around him with enough room for one of the sentiment. I colored and shadowed everything with my Copics and then cut it out.  I used a piece of watercolor paper for the background, stamped on a few clouds and stars, then swirled on some Peerless Watercolor blues with a water brush. Base and mat are GKD Pure Luxury Black Onyx and Tranquil Teal.

I used a piece of watercolor paper for the background, stamped on a few clouds and stars, then swirled on some Peerless Watercolor blues with a water brush. Ad a little glitter and/or Crystalline Drops to the stars and hooves and horn for dimension and shimmer! Base and mat are GKD Pure Luxury Black Onyx and Tranquil Teal.

Having a few blogger issues today where I can't get all the fonts the same and same size! Sorry if that is distracting! My old computer crashed recently and I got a new one with a new photo editing programming that is my different from what I had previously, so  if the photos look a bit different than usual I ask for your patience while I adjust to that, too. 

Let's go see what the rest of the team has with these two sets!  Let me know in the comments which of these cards you'd like to see demo'd in this week's video! I appreciate it!

Gina K. 
Beth Silaika-Illustrator of Unicorn Wishes
Melanie Muenchinger-Illustrator of This Girl Is-you are here!
Arjita Sepaha Singh
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Lisa Hetrick
Rema DeLeeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore
Theresa Momber
Laurie Schmidlin

* William said about the little grays around my hairline recently, "I love your little white hairs, Mom. They'll be as pretty as Miss Mary's! (Who is my mother in law, and she has been rockin' the *most*  beautiful white hair, for the 20 years I've known her, in her 80's now!) So clearly, not all men think we need to color! :)