Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Video: Add a Silhouette to a Window

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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. :)

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

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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! :)

Friday, July 6, 2018

New Sets Now Available!

How about that party last night! Hope you got lots of great ideas from our designers and had fun getting your shop on! Again, I hated to miss a minute, but I know I'll have some fun stories to share and will get caught up with teaching about this set in the next few videos!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Release Party Tonight!

Tonight the night! I hope you will join the design team and your friends and fellow GKD fans at the StampTV release party at 7PM Central!  There will be contests, prizes, chatting, a video, preview of the new products and lots of beautiful cards an projects from our design team with the new images!  The new sets go live in the store at 7PM also! I have a feeling this one will go fast!  

Hope you had a wonderful holiday if you celebrated the 4th, and you are ready to keep the party going! Chat with you soon!  I will try to pop in from where I am if possible, look forward to sharing more after our trip (blacksmithing, archery, swordplay) oh my!, but I will say it's pretty off the grid!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Video: Introducing This Girl Is

Hey, everyone! The release is almost here!  Have a video for you early, because I am headed out of town for an adventure with my 13 year old son!  Sorry to be missing the party, but this camp was planned and paid for before Gina picked the date! I know you'll have a wonderful time in the StampTV forum on Thursday, with the rest of our designers and Gina, and Theresa will be sharing some cards I've made with my set in our release chat thread! The following week, we will be doing a 2nd dose of inspiration in our inspiration hops on Monday and Tuesday!  

Today, I created a quick video for you before leaving to show you a peek of his fun new set!  It has the beauty and theme of my previous and coordinating Women of Faith set, but with more whimsy.  I am having a ball creating with it and I know you will, too! Lots of really cool, out of the box ideas with this in videos in the weeks to come! Enjoy this first of many!

Gina K. This Girl Is stamp set
Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn, Jet Black Amalgam or Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads
Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury White cardstock (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"
copy paper for masking, scissors, foam adhesive, sponge dauber, acrylic block or MISTI

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Emboss Resist Floral Silhouette

Hey, everyone! New Women of Faith video, hope you love this technique with these new images!  Isn't the floral pattern showing through pretty?! (Sending Love patterned paper pack)  More techniques to come with this set!  Stock is low, but it is still available. Fully supply list can be found in the description below the video.

Purchase Women of Faith stamp set here: https://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=3270&categoryId=16

Have a blessed day!  A Year of Borders video I teased is coming up next! Several layouts, colors and images in that one! Get ready to make some clean and simple cards that really pop!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Foil-Mates Summer Release

Good morning and welcome to a fancy summertime hop! Thank you for hopping with the Gina K. Designs team today as we share new Foil-Mates products and inspiration for Gina's new release plus other great products in the store! As usual, we have fun prizes!  The prizes will be THREE $50 gift certificates chosen from all the comments on the blog hop, one per winner. Gina will choose the three winners and announce them on her blog on the original post from today on Thursday morning.  Good luck!  
We got 4 new sets of Foil-Mates tags and greetings to play around with, so I made three cards today.  I mixed in some previous background packs and foils to make these cards.  The tags are so fun for adding stamped images and sentiments!

This sentiment fit so nicely in the Fabulous Label die, so I decided to cut it out after foiling it with Turquoise Sea Fancy Foil and then stamp in some of my Fabulous Holiday Fillers. The belly band ends are Bubblegum Pink and the little star (to match the foiled sentiment) is GKD Turquoise Sea ink to match my foiling.  

I put this over a polka dot foiled background from the Polka Party Foil-Mate pack (foiled with Silver Sequins Fancy Foil) and stamped in those stars from the Fillers set to make the pattern more coordinated and even fancier!  Base is Turquoise Sea.

I used the Labels Borders Foil Mates set and coordinating Decorative Label dies with the Grass Green Fancy Foil to make two gorgeous borders for my Stately Flowers 1 poppy and sentiment. 

I colored the flower with Spectrum Noir markers (CG3, CG4, JG6, FL1, CR11, DR4) and stamped the mat in GKD Coral Reef ink with the Rose Lace rubber background. Card base is GKD Pure Luxury Coral Reef.

Finally, I made this fun Life is Better card using one of the new Better with You Foil-Mates sentiments, a medium size label and matching die from Label Borders and another Polka Party Foil- Mate background.  I foiled these three Foil Mates elements with Passionate Pink Fancy Foil for the sentiment and Wild Dandelion  Fancy Foil (such a  pretty gold!) for the label and dots.  
If you don't recognize the label border now, I snipped the die cut in half to make it longer and accent my die cut oval (also from Fabulous Labels) Finally I embossed some leaves and a daisy in gold embossing powder from A Year of Flowers 2 stamp set on GKD Passionate Pink and Lucky Clover Pure Luxury cardstock, and then cut them out with the coordinating dies.  This card makes me so happy!

Ready for more lovely samples and ideas? Let's go see what else the team has! Remember, more comments more chances!  We love creating for you and hearing from you!

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

Have a fabulous and fancy (foil) day!