Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Video: Distress Oxide Lilac Background



Hello all! I'm baaaack with a new video!  It's been awhile, I'm so sorry!  Been broadsided with a few things last few weeks that were making it so so hard for me to create and turn the camera back on! I really missed it though and am looking forward to the ones to come!  Today I have a card I made when my set Stately Flowers 12 set first came, using a couple Distress Oxide ink pads to create this glowing distressed floral background in no time! Greeting and  hearts are from the current Incentive set You Get Me.  Also a peek of a new product coming this week to Gina K. Designs, the Tidy Towel! Please enjoy!

Pardon me for getting a little flustered at the end: I usually ask you to tell me *which* card you like better, but I looked down at my cards and noticed they were the same lol!  I guess because, no coffee this morning, it wasn't until I turned off the a camera that I realized I forgot to turn the layout sideways and change it up for another option! Doh!  That ever happen to you? (You can totally picture it though, right?  Just turn the card and greeting!)  I'll be back on my game next week, I promise! (Or try harder, at least!)

Supplies: 
Gina K. Stately Flowers 12  and You Get Me stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (4" x 5 1/4") and Black Onyx (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2") Cardstock
Gina K. Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads
Distress Oxide ink pads
sponge daubers and Distress Sprayer, Gina K. Tidy Towel
So like I said, coming this Thursday to Gina K. Designs: The Tidy Towel is a lint free towel that measures approximately 6" X 8". The color is called slate and when wet, it turns black. It can be used with just water or you can add a little stamp cleaner when necessary. The Tidy Towel is packaged damp and can be stored damp however, if it is left out and gets completely hard, it will reactivate by soaking it in water for a few minutes. 
 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Frisky Felines and Playful Pups Hop!

Good morning! Welcome to our February inspiration hop, featuring awesome sets from Gina K.'s daughter, Alicia Krupsky! Ready to get your cat and pup on?  Here we go!  As exciting as it is to get to that next blog for more eye candy, be sure to comment on the blogs as you hop because Gina has a $50 gift certificate to give away!  Winner will be randomly drawn from all comments and announced on StampTV a few days after the top! Check the Big News Forum.

The first card features Frisky Felines.  (Love the dies for both these sets to quickly make a dimensional critter!) I stamped up a background with the paw and yarn, stamped my sentiment and cat, and added one peeking out, ya know, the way cats DO! Cat lovers recognize these little cat "quirks" and behaviors and will make your cards extra fun!  Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White and Innocent Pink.
Clear Stamps- Frisky Felines


The second card features Playful Pups. Playful, indeed!  I stamped the Inspiration Mosaic frame to give me a nice layout for these little guys and a perfect spot to pop in the darling greeting.  Just add puppy treats!  I masked these stamped dog bones in GKD Kraft ink into 4 of the mosaic sections, and then colored and popped up the stamped and die cut puppies.  Cardstock is Pure Luxury White and Kraft.


Clear Stamps- Playful Pups


I made a third card for today's hop because I couldn't resist mixing the two sets when I saw how perfectly the belly rub pup and standing pose cat went with the "...when I knead you" greeting for the cat set! I die!!


Nothing like those two little paws kneading accompanied by contented purring to make all your troubles melt away!  I colored in the borders of my stamped Holiday Frame with Spectrum Noir markers and masked in some paw prints at the bottom and top.  Base and die cut heart (from Gina's Double Stitched Circle die set) are Pure Luxury Red Velvet.
Bundle Stamps and Dies- Frisky Felines
Bundle Frisky Felines-dies and stamps
Bundle Stamps and Dies- Playful Pups
Bundle Playful Pups-dies and stamps

Ready for more furry inspiration?  Let's see what the rest of our talented Gina K. Designs team has today!
Gina K.
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger- you are here, thanks for visiting!
Rema Deleeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore
Theresa Momber
Lisa Hetrick

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Share the Love with Foil-Mates Blog Hop!

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Good morning, all! How about a quick hop to inspire with the new Fancy Foil and Foil-Mates products from Gina K. Designs? :) Please enjoy our ideas showcasing all the fabulous products and leave a comment on each blog as you hop for more chances to win a $50 gift certificate to Gina K. Designs.  Winner will be drawn randomly and announced on StampTV. Check the Big New Forum a few days after the hop.

I just love the XO design as a background and these new tags! I used the Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils™ 6" x 8" • Bubblegum Pink and coordinating Pure Luxury Bubblegum cardstock for my card base.  The fun XOXO background is included in the 

Foil-Mates™ Backgrounds • Love and Kisses.   Round tag is from the Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates™ Sentiments • Sweet Expressions  pack. I cut it out with one of the Double Stitched Circle dies, and matted both on Pure Luxury Black Onyx to really POP!

Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils™ 6" x 8" • Bubblegum Pink
 Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils™ 6" x 8" • Bubblegum Pink Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates™ Backgrounds • Love and Kisses

Foil-Mates™ Backgrounds • Love and Kisses. 

Gina K. Designs Double Stitched Circles Dies

Double Stitched Circle dies


I also want to point out how much I like how Gina has spaced these Foil-Mates designs.

Not just with dies in mind, you can quickly crop the sentiments into rectangular mats with just a couple swipes of your paper cutter, and they are ready to make some quick foiled cards!  Foil once, then cut twice, so easy! The background pieces you see here are from one piece of foil and one Foil Mate sheet.  Ready to go on 3 cards!


Last, I want to share something fun I discovered, a happy accident! I love the smooth, shiny looks that foil creates, which is so amazing on these designs, but found by mistake you can create some really cool gungy or weathered looks if spots of the toner are showing through!  With proper use, you should not get spots, and I knew my Foil *should* work because it always had for me before, but when I wasn't getting good results for the first time when I started making some cards for this hop, I thought, maybe my laminator (Scotch) wasn't working properly anymore?   Thankfully, before I ran out and got another laminator, I realized I must have accidentally flipped the switch when I was getting off the shelf, from 5 to 3mm!  Well! This makes a HUGE difference (and it does say 5mm on the back of the Foil-Mates pack in the instructions, thank you, Gina)! So glad I figured it out, BUT no way am I throwing out the spotty pieces!   Spotty design below:)
I think they look TEErrific with these tags and greetings, especially since I almost always use black in my designs!  Kind of like, "foil for guys"! "Distressed foil"! Anyway, be sure to check that if you are suddenly ( or have never!) not achieving good results with your laminator.  It is NOT the Fancy Foil's fault! And hopefully just a setting like in my case! :)

Foil is hard to photograph, but hopefully you can see the spots and texture in the foil in these two photos of this pink and red card.  These are the "goofs"! The Red Velvet sponging adds another layer of texture and interest,  and in my mind, makes the imperfect foiling make more sense, if you will. Cardstock iS GKD Pure Luxury Red Velvet and Bubblegum Pink.

Ready to see more from the team? Let's go!

Gina K.
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger- you are here, thanks for visiting!
Rema Deleeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore
Theresa Momber
Lisa Hetrick

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Video: Simple Valentine with Stately Flowers 12



Hello! Today I am sharing a lovely valentine with the mayflower image from my Stately Flowers 12 set. This clean and simple design requires very minimal supplies, can be whipped up in no time, and adapted to any *season* or occasion switching out your main color. The gray stamping is soft and elegant and lends extra drama and punch to your colored flower. I also have a few tips for borders with the days of the week for the calendar and bold butterfly to create LACE, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Please enjoy!

Be sure to watch to the end for a peek at the Distress Oxide card I'll be demonstrating with this set in my next video, along with a fun mani score from Dollar Tree (mo' money for craft supplies, woo hoo! You're welcome!) ;)

Supplies: Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 12 stamp set Gina K. Moonlit Fog and Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads Gina K. Pure Luxury Red Velvet 4 ¼” x 11”, score at 5 ½”) and White (4” x 4 ¼”) cardstock Spectrum Noir DR2 (optional DR3) marker Gina K. Connect glue, acrylic block

Have a good one! I really do think about you-my readers, customers,friends and viewers, every day!

Hugs,
Melanie



Monday, January 22, 2018

Video: Vintage Calendar with Stately Flowers 10 and 12 and Amazing Inspiration!



Hello! Today I am sharing another beautiful way to frame the mini calendar from Stately Flowers 12: the seed packet from Stately Flowers 10!  I also demonstrate quick coloring for this new violet from Stately Flowers 12 with Zig Clean Color markers, incorporates greetings from both stamp sets, and show a simple way to decorate the inside, back of your card, and envelopes for perfect coordination.  Please enjoy, and PLEASE watch to the end for a short story about why I made today’s special card*. You will LOVE it!




Supplies:
Gina K. Stately Flowers 10 and Stately Flowers 12 stamp sets
Gina K. Jellybean, Lovely Lavender and Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury Lovely Lavender or Wild Lilac (A2 sized card base) and White (4” x 5 ¼” and scraps for butterfly and packet image) cardstock
Zig Clean Color markers: Yellow, Lilac, Light Violet, Emerald Green, Light Green

Gina K. Connect glue, scissors, foam tape, MISTI and acrylic blocks, envelope (Gina K. Jellybean in the video)
Clear Stamps- Stately Flowers 12

* Did you watch? I want to also share a few more things about meeting Lori, not in the video, because I was running out of battery, finished nick of time!!  I'd been crying with a friend a few hours earlier that morning in a cafe because I was SO down from recent tragedy, perceived slights, and maybe hormones. We prayed together and my AMAZING friend Andrea asked God for miracles in all areas of my life that need help and healing and for me to know and feel how much people love me and how "amazing" I am.  (Her words, I just want to feel loved, I don't have to hear "amazing!") Later I went in to volunteer afterwards because I knew the thrift store needed extra help, and am usually energized by being there, but had to leave because it was so hard for me to focus and a few situations almost had me in tears again.  Again, my AMAZING friend/assistant manager Heather gave me a huge hug and told me to go home and rest, and if I felt like it, and ONLY if I felt like it, to come back because they would be short staffed from 4-6 PM.  Well, I did go home and rest, and although not sure if I was "feelin' it", I always want to help them out, so I went back up to the store. I met Lori at 5 PM.   If I hadn't gone BACK, to serve, I would have missed that great blessing, divine appointment, and answer to my prayer.  When WE show up, GOD SHOWS UP!  Isn't He AMAZING?! <3 font="">

Have a blessed day and week!  Go bless someone and you will be doubly blessed!  Again, here is Lori's Instagram to read about all the ladies she met the past year! Could you help me wish her a happy birthday by leaving some love for her over there? :)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January New Release Blog Hop- Day 3

Hello, everyone! Welcome to our third day of hops with the design team for our January release stamp sets, thanks for coming back! Today we are featuring Gina's newest StampTV Kit-Hearts & Flowers! (It's like my favorite kit ever I think!) Be sure to comment on each of the blogs as you hop because we will be going away three $25 gift certificates to Gina K. Designs, one each day!  Comment for more chances to win! Check StampTV Big News Forum a few days after the hops conclude where the winners will be announced. Here we go!


Isn't this flowering guitar pretty?  I wanted a vintage looking background to go with this romantic image and sentiment, so I stamped the guitar in Kraft and sponged the edges to age it.  Next I embossed the guitar in gold on the GKD Black Onyx cardstock die cut. I had some heart eyelets that I knew would be perfect to add to the guitar, popped it up with foam squares, and then stamped a bunch of bold hearts in GKD Red Velvet swirling out and around the greeting.  These stamps are music to my eyes!


Next, what a gorgeous floral image and die! I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. After stamping the greeting, I trimmed out the birthday in Dusty Rose cardstock, and popped up this and the flower on a White GKD Pure Luxury base.

I loved all these heart images so much, so I stamped a collage background on Ivory in GKD Red Velvet, Black Onyx, Turquoise Sea, and Innocent Pink.  I left a space to stamp one of the sentiments, and added the birds perched on two of the hearts. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea, Black Onyx, and Ivory.
Finally, I wanted to play with these lovely floral layering stamps.  I used Innocent Pink, Red Velvet and Black Onyx for the flower elements, and Jellybean and Grass Green for the leaves. Chevron patterned paper is from the GKD Bold & Blooming pack, and I used the Gina K. Black Fancy Ribbon to make a bow. Card base is GKD Pure Luxury Dusty Rose.
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Finally, one more sample from me with the "You Get Me" Incentive Set. Love thee two fonts and the messages so I will be using these a LOT, as you've seen throughout our hops this week!  Here is one I made with my Stately Flowers 12 set. 



I stamped the violets in GKD Applemint and the colored them in pinks, for a subtle no line colored look. See the tiny hearts in the flower centers?  So fun for a valentine, and to go with this "you have my heart" sentiment!  

I added some of Gina's  Black Fancy Ribbon to balance out the greeting, and make it *extra fancy*.  Cardsotck is GKD Pure luxury White, Black Onyx and Innocent Pink. Sentiment is stamped in GKD Black Onyx. I just adore this little border of whimsical hearts that's included!  This set is free for a limited time, with a $75 order!
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Ready for more inspiration from our design team?  Let's hop to it!

Gina K.- Introducing the Hearts & Flowers StampTV kit and the new Your Get Me Incentive Set
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Claire Brennan
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Lisa Hetrick
Melanie Muenchinger -you are here! Thanks for visiting!
Rema Deleeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore
Theresa Momber
Guest Designer Sean Fetterman

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January New Release Blog Hop- Day 2

Hello, everyone! Welcome to our first day of hops with the design team for our January release stamp sets! Today we are featuring sets from Theresa Momber, Claire Brennan, and our brand new illustrator, Lisa Hetrick!  Be sure to comment on each of the blogs as you hop because we will be going away three $25 gift certificates to Gina K. Designs, one each day!  Comment for more chances to win! Check StampTV Big News Forum a few days after the hops conclude where the winners will be announced. Here we go!

The first set we are showcasing today is Theresa's Framescapes- Enchanted Forest. How I love these fairy tale images!


This is the first card I made with this new framescape.  I free cut a large round moon mask and then sponged over some GKD Lovely Lavender for a dreamy, evening sky and grass green below.  I intentionally didn't mask a horizon because I wanted them to run together.  The tiny star/fairy dust image is great for adding some rising/falling pollen/magic, take your pick! After coloring, and adding a few vines and the bold grass in GKD Fresh Asparagus, I covered the fairy's wings with some of the new GKD Crystalline Drops and dusted them with Gina's Frozen glitter before it dried.  Enchanted, indeed! I curved the sneitment on my block to go along the tree root and outlined parts with a white gel pen so it was easy read next to the stamped grass.


There are a LOT of ways to use this set, but pardon me while I focus on the perching fairy for awhile, I just love her!  I realized later I totally could have used the bold grass image under the mushroom, but it is easy to make a little patch of your own, too!  Dandelion is stamped in GKD Jellybean. I thought this pair would be sweet with one of the greetings "Hey Soul Sister"  from the new Incentive set "You Get Me". Finally, just add a little pixie dust! (GKD Innocent Pink) Card base is GKD Pure Luxury Red Velvet.
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Next up we have this lovely set of wreath, floral elements and stylized greetings called "You Are", from our newest illustrator, Lisa Hetrick! So many combos to make and fun bits to color and watercolor! 

 Here I stamped the wreath in Jellybean, and then filled few of the leaves with a bold leaf in GKD Applemint. I added a heart, flower and greeting in Memento tuxedo Black and did some simple coloring with Spectrum Noir markers.  Keep your coloring loose and your markers look like watercolor!  I stamped the berry clusters in Red hot and added a few dots of darker red to them as accents. last I added some Crystalline Drops for shine and dimension. Card base is GKD Wild Dandelion.
Love these big "you are" greetings!  You can stamp them just about anywhere on a clean white base, add a few of the sketchy images, and bam! Your card is good to go!  I stamped on a few of the dot trios after coloring and accented with GKD Crystalline Drops. Love Lisa's style and look forward to more sets from her!
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Finally, we have Claire Brennan's Geo Thanks, and I am really feelin' the chunky bold and delicate outlines in this geometric set!  I had to use all the hearts! I stamped a little rainbow of the bold heart in GKD Red Hot, Sweet Mango, Wild Dandelion, Jellybean, and Turquoise Sea, then tamped the outline over two of them in Versamark and embossed in gold.  Lots of different thank you greetings to put together, this was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

 For this one, I used both the large and mall heart and stamped them in  GKD Red Hot, Bubblegum, and Peach Bellini, then two step stamped their outlines in Memento Tuxedo Black. After adding the large "Thanks" and the smaller conversation heart sentiments to the centers, I added lots of GKD Crystalline Drops and glitter! Super sparkly in real life!

Awesome set, Claire!  I'm inking up the feathers next! :)
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Ready for more inspiration? Let's see what the team has for us!

Theresa Momber-Illustrator Framescapes-Enchanted Garden
Lisa Hetrick-Illustrator of You Are
Claire Brennan-Illustrator of Geo Thanks
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet
Gina K.
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger-you are here!
Rema Deleeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore
Guest Designer Sean Fetterman

Monday, January 15, 2018

January New Release Blog Hop- Day 1

Hello, everyone! Welcome to our first day of hops with the design team for our January release stamp sets! Today we are featuring sets from me and Beth Silaika!  Be sure to comment on each of the blogs as you hop because we will be going away THREE $25 gift certificates to Gina K. Designs, one gift certificate each day!  Comment for more chances to win! Check StampTV Big News Forum a few days after the hops conclude where the winners will be announced. Here we go!

First up we have my Stately Flowers 12 set! (We are almost to the end of the series!)  It has been such an awesome journey, and I love the elements I've been able to add in addition to the flowers that will work with all the previous sets as well as being really versatile for other projects, like the mini calendar this month! It's sized with A2 cards in mind, and fits so many different orientations, die cuts and frame stamp images.
This is the first card I made when my set arrived!  (Shout if you love purple!)  These violets are so fun to color.  After stamping and coloring them with Spectrum Noir markers on Gina K. Pure Luxury White cardstock, I used two die from the set, popping up the center on my card. I offset it just the tiniest bit to let more of the Lovely Lavender mat show through like a drop shadow, it looks so gorgeous in real life! I stamped the calendar underneath in Black Onyx, then stamped the violet again in Wild Lilac along the sides to create fancy borders, and then tapped my darkest purple marker several times to create the speckles you see on the die cuts and mat.


Also sharing a sample with the lilac image (I used the lilac in last week's video).  No calendar here, but I thought using the days of the week as a border, as a decorative element or to define masked off areas that you stamp, would be really cool with the different "every day" greetings in this set. I stamped the lilacs several times, colored, and instead of sponging, used two different green Spectrum Noir markers to color the background. (Maybe a little fussier in some regards than sponging, but not as fussy as masking all those lilacs, imho!) You can blend the center area where the two greens meet with tip to tip coloring. :)  Card base is GKD Black Onyx.

I also wanted to show a few samples uncolored! I love the detail in all these flowers and how elegant they look stamped monochromatically or embossed.  Here I used GKD Pure Luxury and stamped the violet twice in GKD Moonlit Fog. Butterfly is stamped, cut out and popped up and coordinating strip under popped up mat is GKD Black Onyx. This thank you design could work just as easily be a sympathy card (Praying for you...) or birthday or wedding card (There is something to celebrate...) or anniversary (I think of you...) Yep, I'll be putting this layout in heavy rotation for when I need a quick CAS card!

Here I stamped the mayflower in Sweet Corn, Innocent Pink, Grass Green, and Turquoise Sea. Don't these classic images look so fresh and modern in bright colors paired with a graphic black and white chevron print? (GKD Bold and Blooming. I cut two thin strips for top and bottom so I wasn't wasting that gorgeous pattern under my stamped mat!)  Sentiment and hearts (both stamped in GKD Black Onyx) are from the new incentive set You Get Me", which is free for a limited time with every purchase of $75 or more. (You need this set, we'll be showing more inspiration for it in our hops the next few days and featuring it Wednesday!) Card base is the coordinating GKD Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea.  
This card makes me so happy (and ready for Spring!)
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Stately Flowers 12
So many ideas and videos to come for this set! And I know our team will dazzle with it, too!

Next up, we have the adorable Emmy and Riley Flamingos by Beth Silaika. Love these feathered friends!  Here are two samples I made  one balancing and the other snuggling! So nice for Valentines, kids cards, sports themed, and just fun and friendship.
I used the tiny heart outline to create a border on the GKD Red Velvet card base.  Gina's Crystalline Drops make the hearts look like puffy stickers! Aren't these two darling?


This one I showed at the party. I covered their bills and hearts with Gina's new Crystalline Drops again for shine and dimension, great detail on these birds!  Chevron patterned paper from Gina's "Bold and Blooming" pack again, because I always love black and white with pink!  (When editing my photo I questioned whether it would have been better to point the chevron *up* to emphasize the spirit and visual of "stand tall", but the reason I turned it downward while creating was to use the "v" to make a little heart embellishment. Sticking with it!) Since the patterned paper is 6 inches square, I had a trimmed piece I was able to color a little heart over the striping with a pink alcohol marker, and then cut it out to line up  and pop up over the patterned strip with foam.  I love it!

Emmy and Riley Flamingos

Now please enjoy more inspiration from our creative team for both these sets!

Melanie Muenchinger- Illustrator of Stately Flowers 12 - you are here!
Beth Silaika- Illustrator of Emmy and Riley Flamingos
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet
Gina K.
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Lisa Hetrick
Rema Deleeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore
Theresa Momber
Guest Designer Sean Fetterman

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back tomorrow as we hop with new sets from Theresa, Claire and Lisa!