Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Video: How to Spotlight a Frame within a Frame

Today I mix things up with a frame within a frame! Theresa Momber’s beautiful new Framescape-Winter Trees pairs beautifully inside my popular Holiday Frame and Fabulous Frame, in more than one orientation.  Whether you color the whole scene or spotlight a portion like I demonstrate here, the intersecting frames’ borders create all new layouts, full of depth and interest. Please enjoy!

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(If I sound a little flustered today, I was!  It's almost 80 degrees here!  I turned the ceiling fan off before I started filming and almost immediately when I started talking, realized it was SO hot!!  Sorry, and glad it was a short one, I  could't take much longer!)

Gina K. Designs Holiday Frame (or Fabulous Frame), and Framescape-Winter Trees stamp sets
Gina K . Pure Luxury White cardstock (5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”)
Gina K. Blackk onyx, FreshApsaragus, and Ocean Mist ink pads
Scratch paper and scissors for masking, sponge daubers
Optional: markers for coloring the borders

Link to my original blog hop card!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

New Video: Change the Frame's Sketch with Fillers

Hello! Today I'll shows you how well  the versatile Holiday Frame and fillers sets work together for even more options and designs!  I focus today on the belly band image in Holiday Frame Fillers, which essentially adds a layer to your frame for 4 new sketches! I also sprinkle in some images and greeting from Fabulous Holiday Fillers set for these easy but eye-catching single layer  masculine cards. Please enjoy!

Gina K. Designs Holiday Frame, Holiday Frame Fillers, Fabulous Holiday Fillers stamp sets
Gina K. ink Dark Chocolate and White pigment inkpads
Gina K. Pure Luxury Kraft cardstock, 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”

Acrylic blocks

Holiday Frame Filler is almost sold out, so if you want it NOW, please don't delay in ordering! We will of course order more, but it will probably not be back in stock for a few weeks. Heads up!:) Happy stamping!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gina K. Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Half Pint Heroes, Half Pint Heroines, and Xavier Zebra

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp release for December by our illustrator team! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring the stamp sets Xavier Zebra by Beth Silaika, and Half Pint Heroes and Half Pint Heroines by Claire Brennan. These whimsical stamp sets are just adorable and oh so versatile! Ready for some inspiration?

I've been needing some cute boy and girl stamps and these Half Pint sets by Claire really fill the fill! (Where were they years ago when my kids were younger?! That's okay, still lots of littles in my life...)

William came in while I was coloring this Half Pint Heroes  and asked, "Is that ME?? 'Cause it looks JUST like me!"  Yep, I agree. Love all the different hair options she added in this set, you really can personalize these to be recognizable, even though they are simple enough to also be anyone. Great job, Claire! Tip: Stamp the rocket and sentiment on a rectangle of white, and then cut a curve on each side of the rocket and around the rocket, it's just one piece, easy!  A great way to create a sense of place and "space", hee!  I also used a black marker to color in the holes on the rocket fins instead of cutting and that really create the illusion of black sky behind without cutting! Stars were stamped in GKD White pigment ink, and then filled in with a white gel pen. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White, Black Onyx, and Blue Raspberry.

I made this card for the little girl I read with each week through Education Connection.  I hope she loves it! Only been partnering with her about a month but she is a really special kid!  I love these affirming, storybook-style sentiments in Half Pint Heroines you can piece together to write your own story. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White, Peach Bellini and patterned paper I used to piece her dress and the background is from the Gina K. Fight Like a Girl pack (how apropos!)

And this is so fun, up, up and way!  Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White, Wild Dandelion, Cherry Red, and Black Onyx.  Colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I did a little sponging with GKD Ocean Mist for sky around these adorable and versatile clouds. (That bottom corner is super dark and green because I grabbed the wrong dauber at first, doh!!! Make it work...)

And I made this for a little boy I read with, but found out the next day when I showed up for my session with him he moved. :( (It will still get used. Maybe I knew subconsciously he was heading out?! Nah, but I do wish him the best, wherever he went!!!)  I used the cloud from the Half Pint Heroines set: all the sky elements in these two sets play well together. :)

Next up we have Beth Silaika's newest critter set, Xavier Zebra! Bonus critter, toucan and puns!!

When you say it's a little "toucan", you need to have a smaller then usual card, right? :)  (It's just a square 4" card, not too small!)  Image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers and cardstock is Pure Luxury Blue Raspberry, Black Onyx, Cherry Red and White.

I showed this one at the release and it's one of my favorites!  Gotta really be different with a sentiment as special as this one! Xavier is such a swinger!  Not only is he sweet, the leaf and vine elements are super fun for scene building.  Colored with Spectrum Noir markers and a teensy bit of Ocean Mist sponging for sky and to match the Pure Luxury cardstock base.

Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:

Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at

Half Pint Heroes

Half Pint Heroines
Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Gina K. Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Holiday Frame Fillers, Framescape-Winter Trees, and a Video!

Hello and welcome! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp release for December by our illustrator team! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring the stamp sets Holiday Frame Fillers, (by moi!) and Framescape- Winter Trees by Theresa Momber. You will be able to create amazing card projects using each individual set or by combining the images and sentiments from multiple sets from this release, so fun and versatile!

Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from our team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

Ready for some inspiration? Below are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop. (I used the Holiday Frame in all these samples for Holiday Frame Fillers, because there is SO much you can do with them together, but scroll down to the following post if you want to see some without it.) :)

Here is a video I made using the circle arcs and the two new sequin images.  (Now these are some fillers I will never get enough of! It was hard not to add them to every card I made today, but I resisted, lol!) I also show in the video how to create more than 30 wreaths with the different seasonal arcs in the set!  Here is the link to the pdf and on our StampTV Freebies page.

Isn't this Gold cardstock so pretty? And doesn't the stamped and stamped off Prickly Pear ink look shimmery, too? Love the illusion!

Next, a sample using Holiday Frame Fillers' new banner, dotted arc and scalloped border (don't you love that going all the way around?! Fancy!), plus some bits like the ducky and heart from Fabulous Holiday Fillers to fill in the little flags! And see the tiny triangles in between stamped in Ocean Mist? Just one of the FIVE two step elements in the Holiday Frame Fillers to accent the banner, so fun!

I colored in the Holiday Frame borders with Spectrum Noir markers and pumped up the dots with Caribbean Ocean Nuvo Crystal Drops. Cardstock is Gina K. Pure Luxury Peach Bellini and White.

And here is some Valentine inspiration with the bows, bears and the straight "pinking" border again, from Fabulous Holiday Fillers, to mix with the new pinking arc in the Holiday Frame Fillers so you can go all the way around the belly band! (stamped in GKD Red Hot) Just mask off the sides of the frame before stamping the long straight border. Cardstock is Pure Luxury heavy Base Weight White and I colored with Spectrum Noir markers PP6, BP3, DR2, BG5.

Last, I just had to share a flower wreath, this time with the Holiday Frame portrait style. Pretty self explanatory! I will demo one in a future video. Cardstock in GKD Pure Luxury Wild Wisteria (with coordinating ink for the frame and flowers) and White.  I filled in the flower centers by just dotting in a yellow marker, stamped the leaves in GKD Jelly Bean Green and added some Glass White Nuvo Crystal Drops for a bit of subtle shine and texture.  Greeting and bow are stamped in GKD Black Onyx.

Can you tell how inspired I am by all these coordinating sets? I was going to show a masculine design, but, I gotta save something for later. ;) Speaking of, here comes some masculine with ....

Theresa Momber's first Framescape-Winter Trees ! Well, you know I always love a frame stamp. :) This one won't leave my desk. I added in her mountains, rower and pond, and then sponged in some Fresh Asparagus and Blue Raspberry. I added some simple shadowing to the mountains with a Spectrum Noir IB2 marker. Last add the greeting. Cardstock is Pure Luxury White and Black Onyx.

And here is the one I showed at our release party, frame in a frame!  Oh, snap, they fit! Begin by stamping the Holiday Frame stamp FIRST. (Always stamp bigger to smaller.) Then nest the  Framescape- Winter Trees  frame inside. (You may get a teensy overlap at the edges but this will resolve when color the borders.) I made the square intersections of the frames slightly darker to resemble arts and crafts stained glass. I  thought this scene was perfect for that!  Finally I did some very simple sponging with GKD Ocean Mist and Fresh Asparagus to suggest sky and grass (no masking, the colors blended with the border coloring), and added the deer silhouette and greeting in GKD Black Onyx. Easy peasy!

I have so many ideas and sunrises and sunsets planned for this wonderful new set! More to come! Fantastic frame, Theresa!

Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:

Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at

Holiday Frame Fillers

Thank you for stopping by! See you back here tomorrow, same time! :)

Friday, December 9, 2016

New Sets at Gina K. Designs and Catching Up!

Well, well! I guess I have been very busy, busier than I thought, with holiday stuff and didn't blog my last couple videos or about my new set yet, ack!  I have inspiration hop posts all ready to go for next week though, lol!

Here are a few cards I shared with my new Holiday Frame Fillers set last night at the party, I wanted to show some "look ma, no frame!" designs to show you what you can do with all these little bits but no frame.
Sequins galore!!!!

Whimsical framing with the borders to showcase cute little images!

  And thankfully, more stock was added to Holiday Frame, so both sets are good to go in the store (for now, anyway, don't wait it you want to start playing right away!) Speaking of play, about to shoot my next video! You are gonna flip when you see ALL the different wreaths you can make, like, mind. Blown!!

 Here is my intro video for the set in case you missed it!

Hugs! Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week!