Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gina K. Inspiration Hop Day 1: Triple Play Holiday and Vine & Butterfly

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! This blog hop is for  our September Release, just in case you didn't get enough inspiration at last night's party! ;) We hope to inspire you with some eye candy as you hop along.  Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win an awesome grab bag of GKD goodies! Additionally, I will be giving one of these cards away!  Be sure to let me know in the comments *which* is your favorite! To see who won, please check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

First up, I have a few samples with my new Triple Play Holiday! It coordinates with the Triple Play Frame, but can do so much more. I am loving all the little bits! 

Who's ready to get started on Christmas cards?  The wreaths, two step images, and and homespun elements in this set make accenting the frame a snap!  Twine!!  Jingle bells!!

I showed this single layer Kraft design at the party. The embroidery combos are truly endless!  Now you can have a homespun stitched look on any card, frame or no,  in any ink pads you choose! I love "no sew"!

 Here is another single layer card. I am so stinkin' excited about this raffia wrap!  The raffia is drawn to look like it is just wrapping around the edges of that layer in the frame, see? here I stamped it in Charcoal Brown and colored it with Spectrum Noir FS1 and GB1 markers. Tracing the underside with a BG3 marker to create a drop shadow adds a lot, but I will show in a video how to create even more dimension on the raffia than I did here, for even more realism, and it's really easy!  Love how the leaves fit in the windows and the smaller two step versions work as accents or a charm (stamped in Tomato Soup ink)  The diamond border is a filler for the open border in Triple Play Fillers, and is a great way to fill in this smaller section. I also added a few stitched to the belly band, to add interest.
And finally I wanted to show one with the leaves again and the dahlia, also fits in the round windows, but no frame this time.  There is a lot of shading in this line art flower, so it's incredibly easy to color.  Begin by stamping the flowers in Dark Chocolate, then the leaves around them in the chocolate and also Grass Green, add the smaller leaves and now you have a vine! I sponged on both inks around the edges. Next, I used a water brush and painted on a bit of Peach Bellini ink to the flower, and a little green and the peach on the leaves.  I'll admit I dropped a huge spot of water (lower left, huge!!) so this was the perfect to time to "just add water" and do some more drops and make it look intentional.  That is the beauty of watercolor: messy, and beautiful, just like life!  So don't throw it away, go with it!  I love how this adds age and romance to the design.  Greeting is from Beth's This &That (our hop tomorrow!)

 If you missed my intro video and single layer cupcake card (mmm, cupcakes!), please be sure to scroll down to the post below. :)  That's all i'm showing now because I have lots of videos already recorded and need to save some surprises! ;)

The next set we are showcasing is Theresa Momber's Vine & Butterfly. I love this rectangular vine stamp!  There are so many ways to configure it on a card, and lots of inky techniques to try. 

Here is a very simple one I did just inking up one piece of the vine by tapping on my ink pads. An easy way to add flourishes on your cards, anywhere you need them.  Sky is sponged with Gina K. Sweet Mango and Dusty Rose. Cardstock is Gina K. Pure Luxury White, Black Onyx and Ocean Mist.  Love the "You've got this"!

I shared this card last night. I inked up the vine image in Jelly Bean Green (and tapped a little of Fresh Asparagus and Grass Green on before stamping to add some different shades) over the stamped Triple Play Frame (this vine fits in there so nicely!) and stamped on the stitched berries from my new Triple Play Holiday set in Blue Denim ink. (I have a wisteria pad but look how nice and purple the Denim ink paints with water!) Next I stamped the butterflies in Black Onyx, cut them out, and water colored them with the Blue Denim ink pad. Finally I popped them up with foam squares and brushed on just a bit of the Wink of Stella glitter pen. Card base is Pure Luxury Wild Wisteria.



Ready for more awesome creations? Just click on the links below for more from the Illustrators and Design Team!  Thanks for visiting today!

Allie Gower


47 comments:

  1. WOW! Each one is a uooo ahhh. Fabulous creations! :) Love them All!!! :)

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  2. wonderful cards. Love the embroidery elements.

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  3. How beautiful! Great additions to the triple frame!!

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  4. Oh I can't wait to get this set. There are so many wonderful elements that can be used in so many ways. Got my order placed before I even joined the party last night. I'm looking forward to more inspiration as I hop along.

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  5. Your cards are just beautiful!! LOVE the new sets, I think I'm going to go broke in Gina's store! LOL

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  6. Love all of these cards! Especially the "you've got this" and "Now and forever".
    I really like the burlap ribbon/knot stamp.
    Great Job Melanie!

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  7. Wow, my favorite is the grateful leaf card!
    So pretty!

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  8. Wow, they are all spectacular! I am so going to have to get this set to go with the others. I love the raffia and the bakers twine, along with all the other goodies. Yep, I can see this set in my future. :-)

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  9. The sets are wonderful! I would love to get both, but will only choose one for now. My favorite of all the cards is the last one. I love the colors and the airy feeling. It just says joy!thanks for shsring

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  10. You sure have been busy creating all those lovely cards. Each one is wonderful!

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  11. Forgot to say the dahlia one is a favorite one for me.

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  12. Awesome cards, Melanie! The Release Party last night - all the cards were just - WOW! Love the Frame sets (especially with my Misti) and order is placed for this sets. My favorite is the Craft Grateful card - but love all of them, especially the Christmas one! Thanks for sharing! Love your videos!

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  13. These are great samples but my favorite is the Thankful with the leaves.

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  14. Beautiful cards, not sure how to pick a favorite, they are all amazing!! The kraft grateful or the got this butterfly stand out the most for me!!

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  15. I really like the way you shadow your single layers to make them look 3D - gorgeous!

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  16. I still like the Hugs from last night the best. All are ahhhh inspiring!

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  17. Gorgeous had to get all of them. :)

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  18. All the creations are fabulous! I couldn't select a favorite if I tried.

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  19. My goodness! Terrific cards! Beautiful, Beautiful and more Beautiful. Love them ALL! Thanks for all the hard work.

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  20. I am so bowled over by the cards and these sets! The twine looks so real! So excited to get my hands on the set!

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  21. OMG Melanie, they are all beautiful. I especially like the one with the stitching. But yet I really like the one with the leaves, and I really like the one with Now and Forever, and so it goes. I really like them all!!'

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  22. OMG - these cards are so inspirational. Love them all, but my favorite would have to be the Fall leaf card.

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  23. Love, love, love! You always amaze me. I'm crazy for the Christmas card!!! They're all stunning!

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  24. All of your cards are beautiful and give us great inspiration. My favourite is the vine card with butterflies. Great colour combo!

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  25. These are all beautiful but if I have to pick one, my favorite is the first one, Happy Holidays.

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  26. Love, love all the cards, yet I'm partial to the embroidery looking one. It looks AHHHHmazing!!

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  27. Wonderful cards! I love the vines and blue butterflies!

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  28. Wow!!! You have been really super busy! All of your designs are so nice, but I think (if my name got chosen) that I would like the "Now & Forever" card because that kind of style is the hardest for me to do. However, I sure could have used that blueberry "Hugs" card about a year ago. I made a blueberry themed card but was not at all satisfied with the results (I photographed a tray of berries for a background because I could not find any appropriate scrapbook paper).

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  29. WOW! So many beautiful cards! Hmmm, I think the last card is my favourite - it is just stunning!

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  30. Beautiful cards! I really like the embroidered accents. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. I really love the butterfly card Hugs it is so pretty

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  32. oh my gosh - we were both busy this month! I kept reaching for your set - just to make one more....

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  33. These are all awesome, I especially like the embroidered look, reminds me of sewing lessons with my grandmother. :D

    Fantastic!

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  34. I like your call circle card and the the butterfly caught my eye. Love it

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  35. I like your call circle card and the the butterfly caught my eye. Love it

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  36. Wowza! I honestly have no favorite, you really knocked it out of the park!! Great new set!

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  37. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! Could never pick a favorite, cause I love them all!

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  38. Don't really know where to begin each card was replaced with another fabulous one.

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  39. How do you come up with so many fabulous ideas? Wonderful cards and stamp sets.

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  40. How do you come up with so many fabulous ideas? Wonderful cards and stamp sets.

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  41. WOW! What wonderful cards! Love the new way to play with Triple Play.

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  42. These are all beautiful cards and difficult to choose one. I love how you used the design on several cards but changed things up to make them a little different. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  43. Wow Melanie you have spoiled us with inspiration! Love them all but swooning over the watercolour and also the kraft flower one! Gorgeous!

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