A woman who works with her hands is a LABORER; a woman who works with her hands and head, a CRAFTSMAN; but a woman who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an ARTIST. ~ Louis Nizer
Monday, August 31, 2009
I made this card for the son of some friends of ours (UT alums) who at age 3 recently became a proud big brother. The little star on the shirt and cap is also from "Just So Sporty" and all greetings on this card are from "Wee Tees".
I used my Scor-Bug to create the stitched borders and Square Scalloped nestabilitie for the mat. just a bit of shadowing with a pale gray marker will give your cut out images a lot of dimesnion.
Happy Monday! Two tip sheets this week plus TWO guest design spots, get ready! :)
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Happy Sunday!!! Live Boldly!! :)
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Back to School!
I used the locker, pennant and megaphone from "Sporty Accessories" and used two new greetings to fit in them from the new set "School, Sports, Spirit!": "Back 2 School! and "Congrats!" I added the new homecoming mum to the locker that were always so fun for Spirit week, and a duffle bag with her name on it (lots of words can be added to the pocket, stamepd or hand-written!) plus some bling. (I have some GREAT tips for this bag, there are so many things you can do with it! Stay tuned!) Cardbase is Moonlit Fog.
Inside I added "Go for the goal!" and this new little graduation cap. The inside would be a really CAS to do for a graduation card outside!
Working while going back to school will not be easy, but I am certain this is the Lord's plan for Donna, in a few years she will be a working nurse and probably ministering and making handmade gifts for all her patients!
For any of you readers who are going back to school to either follow a dream, make a life change, or make a better life for you and your family, I just want to say, "I'm proud of YOU!" (and if you're thinking about it, I say, GO FOR IT! It's NEVER too late to start learning and doing something you love! Have a wonderful weekend! :)
Friday, August 28, 2009
"A Year Of Leaves"
This uses the SCS color challenge CC233 for the week: red, chocolate and Kraft, I used all Gina K Pure Luxury CS for my card.
I am so excited about the response this set has gotten and can't wait for your sets to start arriving so I can see your leafy creations! You can see more samples today using "A Year of Leaves" from the lovely and talented Sharon Johnson, Laurie Schmidlin, and Geri Utterback! Thank you SO much ladies for stamping with my designs and sharing your artwork and talent with us today! :) look for more samples, a tip sheet and mid month blog hop with the set coming soon!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
A couple winners, then it's time to Party!
"A Year of Leaves" goes to:
I would like to work with those leaves and some snow flakes - maybe from Gina K's Magic of Christmas, it has a tiny snow flake and white embossing powder. Hummmmmmm... I'm thinking.
August 24, 2009 10:15 PM
"School Sports, Spirit!"
My 2 kiddos have tried everythingdance, gymnastics were short lived but we had many good soccer years and at the same time they wwere doing karate - a couple years of softball/baseball and then last year it was swim team. This year looks like swim team again for my son and art club for my daughter.This new set of yours will fit right in on my shelf :)....
August 26, 2009 7:55 AM
Congrats ladies!! Please email me your mailing info so I can put your sets in the mail! Thank you everyone for playing, I so enjoyed reading all your comments and will surely be incorporating many of your ideas into my tip sheets! Stay tuned for those!
Come join us!! at the Gina K Release Party!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sneak Peek: Autumn Beauty, Elegant Verses, and Tropical Blooms
I took the small solid and outline circle images from "Inspiration Mosaic" and stamped my patterned background, using Vivid Coffee Bean ink on Pure Luxury Soft Sand. I chose to repeat the brown circle elements all over my card to go with the flower's center. I created the punched sunflower at top using oval punches, a circle and scallop punch, and my Crop-o-dile to emboss small and large circles in the center for seeds! Base is Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss. I threw on a strip on green accented with more "Inspiration Mosaic" dots and her new greeting (which I happen to love being a native Texan, yes, I am!): "Happy Fall Y'all!" Her adorable mailbox on the envelope is the perfect finishing touch!
For even more projects with tonight's two stamp sets, these Senior Design Team Members are participating in previews today: Asela, Carolyn, Cindy, Donna, Emily, Erika Jessica, Kurtis, Lee, Lynn, and Melanie as well as our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team members:Shelly Wilson and Charlene Merrick
Our Release Party starts Thursday night at 7 pm CST. Please join us for contests questions, challenges, lots of chatter as well as a ton more samples shared by the Senior Design team members and our CenterStage Spotlight team too. See you tomorrow night!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sneak Peek: "School Sports, Spirit!" and "Back to School"
Today we have a few new sets from Gina K you'll love, the first is my new "School, Sports, Spirit!" which perfectly captures and celebrates you AND your kids year-round sports and school activities and events, from the first day of school to the last! This set coordinates with "Just So Sporty", "Tee Talk" and "Sporty Accessories". Not just for school (and not just for kids!), you'll also be able to scrap and recognize your family and friend's favorite pastimes and achievements. I'm peeking just a couple images today, the images are so varied, but lots more to come at the party!
Here's a sports card I made for my 4 year old who starts soccer for the first time this fall. I included some shoes with cleats in the new set ( you'll love these shoes, the cleats can be removed to make running or dance shoes!) I cut them out and adhered them to look like they are running in to kick the ball. To suggest a soccer field, I stamped "Inspiration Mosaic" in Cream White on Green Apple Pure Luxury, I know it's not "regulation" soccer LOL! but I hope it suggests the feeling of playing field boundaries and helps ground my elements. Adding a small shadow under the shoe helps create the illusion of a little invisible person kicking it, no? :)
For even more projects with tonight's two stamp sets, these Senior Design Team Members are participating in previews today: Carolyn, Cindy, Donna, Emily, Erika Jessica, Lee, Lynn, and Theresa as well as our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team members: Tina Gilliland and Vicki Dutcher
Don't forget about our Release Party on SCS starting at 7pm CST on Thursday, August 27th. There will be contests, challenges, lots of chatter as well as a ton more samples shared by the Senior Design team members and our CenterStage Spotlight team too. We'd love to have you join us!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sneak Peek: A Year of Leaves and Fruitful Harvest
A year after releasing "A Year of Flowers" for Gina K Designs, I am thrilled to bring you "A Year of Leaves", a nature set filled with greetings and images that will take you through the entire year, year after year, no matter the occasion! The changing seasons will allow you to color this festival of leaves in Spring and Fall combinations you will love. (Try adding them to your "A Year of Flowers" images, for stunning greenery or spectacular seasonal bouquets!)
The card above uses the new Gina K Pure Luxury Pumpkin Spice and Green Apple Cardstocks. The greeting is stamped on Summer Sun and the leaves are colored with Copics.
Leaves symbolize beauty, life, growth, change, and ultimately, death. We all have times we need to celebrate or recognize each of these themes with a card to a loved one, and you'll be able to do them all, (even masculine cards!) with this ONE set.
Now, I didn't think a a set of leaves would be complete without a hungry little caterpillar! I have always been fascinated with them, even before I was old enough to truly appreciate the miracle I held in my hand: the humblest of creatures transforms into one of the most magnificent in all creation. Here is a leaf scape made from one leaf image, masked and colored with Copics and the popped up caterpillar. I masked some diagonals and sponged to create some sunlight pouring down on this scene and added the first half of this wonderful Richard Bach quote (included in the set):
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world....
to reveal "... the Master calls a butterfly." (It gets me weepy every time I read it!)
2. Stamp the grapes separately.
5. Adhere with pop dots to card, lining up the grapes on the glass with the grapes behind it.
For even more projects with tonight's two stamp sets, these Senior Design Team Members are participating in previews today: Carolyn, Cindy, Donna, Emily, Erika, Kurtis, Jessica, Lee, Lynn, and Theresa as well as our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team members: Denise Kelemen and Geri Utterback
This is a fabulous kit! Get it! :) Gina K Sneak peeks start at 10PM CST Monday!!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
This is such a fabulous quote about time and so many moments of mother- and babyhood are breathtaking to be sure! Background uses two prints from the Basic Grey Porcelain DP and Apricot for the base and ribbon. I found a piece of the lace trim on the print that was perfect for punching the threading water border along the bottom. The little clock is framed up in a classic and scalloped square Nestaibilties die cuts.
Try picking through your small stamp images to make a customized alarm clock, sure to bring a smile to someone's face!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Guest Designer: Jennie Harper
For another project with this set, please see Jennie's blog and leave her some love! ! :)
Tomorrow I will have a sample with the current Free with Three set, Tropical Frames, and it's only free for one more week! Can you believe the next Gina K Designs release is just one week away?? eek! One of our biggest releases EVER, and I have TWO sets coming out! can't wait, can't wait!!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
A gridline block makes stamping a pattern with unmounted rubber as easy as using clear stamps! NO stampamajig used here, just keeping the lines on the block parallel to the top and side of the paper. Once you have a row you can also line up the lines on the blocks through the middle of the diamonds in the row next to it, see? I placed the solid and outlined squares tip to tip on my block and went in rows, alternating the pattern by shifting up one each time so it would go black white, black white...
I then made some celery and black and white mats for my greeting, adding the tiny squares around the "thanks", then moutnign it on a digonal to match the diamonds. I edged all the mats with a black marker to match my square outlines and a few punched corners to make the black pop. If I could do this card over, I would re-ink my pads first they are not as vibrant as they should be here, I've really been giving my pads a work out! Fortunately, the transparency of the organdy with the solid black edging kind of makes up for the not-so-black black ( I hope!) Cardbase and mat are Pure Luxury.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Transportation Inspiration DP!
I put the greeting into a box that fit it nicely and used the dashed and straight line below it to make the space more like a square and then the line, dash, line below kinda looks like a road, no?? Since I wanted to fill every space I just masked off each area with Post-Its, just lining up the sticky edges with each border and stamping each image with Memento Black onto Pure Luxury White. (Most I only had to mask on two sides but a couple I masked three...) I chose which image went where based on their sizes and to alternate them going in different directions. I love the finished "on the go" look! I matted it on Rocket Red (edged with black marker)and popped it up onto the base weight Pure Luxury White card. The greeting square is colored in red to match.
I hope this gives you some ideas about how to create DP with several images from a single set for a totally coordinated background and how easy it is to make the quick change to a square! (Next I'm going to give my grid a well-earned rest LOL!, and share a card using just shapes for a super cool pattern, I think you're gonna really dig it!) :) Stay tuned! Keep in touch! ;)
Monday, August 17, 2009
TIP: Be sure to stamp the images again without reinking so you get the fainter version for some that look farther away. Next, I sponged some Cream White ink over it for clouds to give it some atmosphere, and created the sun/moon by sponging over a punched circle before removing it. I drew the little birds by hand. It is so faint in this pic (that I might just need to stamp it again!), but I stamped a faint mountain from Theresa's "Happy Camper" set where the circle is in Versamark, makes it feel like a complete scene (but I guess I need to rei-nk my Versamark pad, LOL!). Last, I distressed the edges of the mat, adhered it to my Pure Luxury Green Apple Card base, and then stamped the stitched line from "Inspiration Mosaic" all around the border in Vivid Coffee Bean. I love how easy it is to make borders with this set, it is so simple to line up with a small grid line acrylic block.
Happy Monday, hope you week is off to a good start! Tomrrow I'll share cropping the grid and making some custom DP, stay tuned! :)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Some off the images are framed in the boxes like a picture (shoes) but others are placed almost like they are sitting in a cubby (ball and bat, with the ball resting on the line.) The bat, banner and glove are cut out to go over the grid and add dimension. TIP: when deciding what images will go where in my grid, I like to just lay the unmounted stamps directly into the boxes of my rubber grid, it's easy to build my layout this way before I ever start inking anything up, try it! :) Picking just a few colors to add to the smaller boxes and the star stamped with a circle and circle trims finish out the design. (The dots are kind of reminiscent off the holes for the laces in the glove and shoes) After trimming the stamped grid I ran my black marker around the edge off the mat to give it a double border. Cardbase is Yoyo Yellow. It looks pretty tolerable with just orange, black and white! ;) I'm really digging these sets together, the result I think is just as appropriate and cool for a kid who's 7 as for one who's 17!
Have a wonderful Sunday, I've got a busy week ahead preparing for our next release, less than two weeks away! :) Did you all see the coupon code in the new Stamping Lifestyle Magazine on STV? If you have a wish list, you'll want to taake advantage of that savings this week, code ends August 21st! As for the rest of the issue, I believe I'll be making an infinity board per that article's instructions for taking pics of the new release samples, be sure to check that out!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Elegant Post Blog Hop!
The post image in this set is very tall, so to add even more versatility you can flip it like I did here and use the base like a pedestal (or a cake stand?!) for a smaller focal point. The fine lines and intersections of the "Inspiration Mosaic" grid are a perfect match to go with the bars of the cage in this image. I added a rain dot heart over the birds silhouette and a smaller one on the rooftop. The stamped cage is beautiful without coloring, but I brought in a few shades of pink (Blush R20 and Tea Rose E93) to match the Basic Grey Porcelain print. (Nina has two gorgeous sets of digi papers she created that use the colors and patterns you see in the banner above, but my color printer is not working right now-wahhh!) I filled in the outside of the grid with one of the pink Copics and edged it and my focal point mat with the chisel tip of my Black Copic.
TIP: The mosaic grid also helps you with placing your images: see how the vertical at the top goes down through the top of the cage and seems to come out through the post to the meet the vertical at the bottom? It creates such a nice flow when you use these lines that draw your eye around the card and unify everything. Also, how the rectangle shapes under the focal point frame the top left and bottom right corners? That's what helped me figure out how high to mount it! It left the perfect spot at the bottom for a sentiment from "Elegant Post" (I used a Stampamajig to make sure the line fell exactly in between the two words so you can read it!)
For more inspiration with her Elegant Post stamp set tonight, please see Nina Brackett's blog. Nina has also designed two gorgeous digital paper pack that coordinate perfectly with her stamp set. They are called Grungy Elegance and Simple Elegance.
Nina has asked her friend Silke Ledlow and Melissa Czapor to join in her blog hop tonight. We also have several of GinaK's Senior Design team members participating: Cathy, Donna, Emily, Erika, Jessica, Lee, Gina, Kurtis and Theresa
And finally, be sure to check out our CenterStage Spotlight Design team members' blogs: Brenda Turner, Shannon Bracken, and Sue Walsh for even more great projects!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
Arranged with Love Notepad
You can find these 5x7 note pads in inexpensive packs of 4 or 5. I cut a piece of Cool Caribbean CS the same size as the pad for the front cover, and a piece of Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss the same width as the pad but a few inches longer and scored twice so it would come up and over the top of the pad. Adhere these to the front and back of the pad with Scor-Tape.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
And the Inspiration Blog Hop Candy goes to...
waltermouse (who) said...
Melanie, beautiful cards! I really love those Basic Grey papers you chose on the first one. I'm completely inspired by my LSS - I love staring at not only their samples but also the way they've arranged their papers and ribbons into blocks of color. I've tried to recreate the effect of these enormous color palettes in my home crafting area with lots of papers, ribbons, and markers, all out where I can see them. Thanks for the blog hop of ideas and another generous giveaway! I can't wait to get this set at payday! :)
August 12, 2009 10:41 PM
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Inspiration Mosaic Blog Hop!
It's here! :)
For today's hop, I wanted to share some simple samples that show off "Inspiration Mosaic" differently than I have so far. Both are easy to create, but I love the effect. The first is a card using paper piecing, but this one doesn't look at all like a quilt! Cardstock is Pure Luxury Ivory and Black Onyx. I stamped the grid in Memento Black onto the ivory CS and pieced with two prints from the Basic Grey Granola DP over it. Don't you just love these "textures"? One of my faves in this earthy pack is this gorgeous black wood grain. Really makes this card feel like it has wood panels instead of just paper!
To keep the piecing simple, the black print is all one piece, and then I cut out three separate pieces of the fern print on top of that. And that was it! The greeting from the set on top is one of the top boxes on Ivory cut out and then mounted in the middle, you can pop up a focal point anywhere on the grid, centered it makes a really strong statement. How's that for a masculine card?
On this next card I was going for stained glass look like the Mission style or Prairie School stained glass windows, click here for designs to inspire, modify or recreate. The grid is a little different this time, right?? To give the grid more facets for coloring, use Post-it notes and the solid black line stamp included in the set, it is the same width as the grid border so your new stamped lines will blend in with the original layout seamlessly.
After leaving your comment for a chance to win, it's time to hop!
I have some guest designers joining in tonight:
Jennie Harper, Tina Gilliland, Linda Payne, and Jenny Charboneau
Shannon Bracken and Brenda Turner
You Hold the Key...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I Wheelie Miss You!
I chose a piece of striped paper (DCWV Spring Stack) with the lines going horizontally to suggest the forward movement of the scooter, then used circles of Black Onyx to frame up him and my embellishments (some buttons from Basic Grey Cupcake pack) that were a nice match for the pastels in my DP. I place the buttons at intersections of the grid and placed my focal point on the opposite side, see how you eye follows the piece back and forth down the card? Finally I added the circles trim stamp from "Inspiration Mosaic" above and below Rupa's greeting, (there I go again with the circles!) to "wheelie" tie this theme all together. ;)
Are you ready for the "Inspiration Mosaic" Blog Hop tomorrow? Feel free to add this banner to your blog to let people knowabout the hop and the candy! Thank you!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I am also celebrating half a MILLION hits for my blog ( so expect some candy!) :) Some of you have been reading my blog since the very beginning I know, while others have only recently found it, but in the past year and half, I have released 20 stamp sets and done almost 600 posts for Gina K Designs! I am SO thankful for everyone who supports me with purchases and visits each day, your following and encouragement truly keeps me going: illustrating, designing, AND blogging! :) It has been a wonderful journey to take with you!
More later, BIG Hugs,
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Inspiration Mosaic Tutorial: Part 2
Now stamp your image into the grid, here I'm using one of the images from the "Signs of Autumn" StampTV kit, mounted on a round acrylic block.