Monday, October 16, 2017

Inspiration Hop Day 1: Fabulous Holiday Labels and Peaceful Holiday

 Good morning! Welcome to another Gina K. Designs inspiration hop! Today we are showcasing new stamp sets from Theresa and myself.  Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

First I am sharing Fabulous Holiday Labels.  There are about a gazillion combinations you can create with the 47 images and sentiments pieces in this set! Cards, gift tags and more!

For this box I used the Fabulous Labels die set to stamp my tag on the  GKD Pure Luxury Ivory die cut in GKD Christmas Pine, Cherry Red, and Grass Green.  I die cut a second label from GKD Cherry Red cardstock and cut it in two halves to create the reveal of red on top and bottom to frame it.  TIP: If your label is wider than your box or bag, just make a light score on either side and fold so it overlaps the sides.  This is a box from a necklace I bought that I am repurposing as a gift box. Easy peasy! You can switch up the belly bands, stamp the end caps left or right and you've got a to-from tag in no time to make a plain package FABULOUS! I love how the diamond motifs in these image just create virtual *sparkle*!
Here is a simple card I made using Gina's Ornamental Holiday Foil Mates striped background and Radiant Red Fancy Foil, cutting out the center of the mat with one Gina's Decorative Labels die, and popping up my stamped oval die cut over it, stacking some different words to create my senitment, love these different fonts with a bit of my own cursive! It is SO pretty to layer the die cuts from Fabulous Labels over this larger curvy label also!  I'm excited to mix and match these die sets, and how well the images and sentiments work her Foil Mates line, great for quick but fancy cards! I used that same holly end cap as in the gift box above, but swapped out the diamond berries for stripey berries to match the foiled striped.  Love this!  I'm also having too much fun swapping out the "O" in HOLIDAY for snowflakes, bells and more from this set! The round small elements in all my coordinating sets fit here, too. :) Card base is GKD Pure Luxury Grass Green.

Next, I had to share how you can use these new pieces with my Fabulous Frame stamp! Here is a 2 layer card with a Kraft base. The Fabulous Frame is stamped in Dark Chocolate on white and cut out.  (Fill the belly band and oval window with the 2 step bold image from Fabulous Rose Frame for added color if you choose, but here I left it open.) I did my stamping with GKD Ocean Mist, Kraft and Dark Chocolate. The new diamond border that curves around the oval is so versatile, with its spacing you have room to customize with all sorts of other accents, here I added the jingle bells in 2 sizes with Kraft ink. I'm also crazy about the chevron belly band fillers for "any time" faux paper piecing and the tiny reindeer as a little winter embellishment!  Last, I used the little row of dots (same piece I used to accent the tag on the foiled card above) to create a longer border in the Ocean Mist, masking the frame's sides with sticky notes.
Finally, here is a single layer card, this time no "label"! I embossed some stripes with a folder on one side of the Pure Luxury base and stamped the circle belly band filler to frame the top and bottom of the section on the right. Add lots of JOY lol! Ink is GKD Red Hot, Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus. I cut out the holly for a little accent and popped it up with foam.  I hope this gives you ideas for how you can use these different elements beyond the label shape when the mood strikes and you want to give your hardworking label a little rest! ;)

Be sure to check out my videos in the coming weeks! I'm always excited for Christmas, but this year *especially* excited about how to step up all my decor and cards and gifts for friends with this set!

(coordinates with 7 other sets!)

Next up we have Theresa's Peaceful Holidays. What a gorgeous set!

 For this card, I sponged Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink all over my white mat, leaving white space in the middle for a glowing spotlight. I love how nicely these Oxide inks blend! Next I spritzed on just a little water to create a spotty, sparkly, snowy look!  I sponged GKD Navy ink around the edges and stamped on some of Theresa's gorgeous snowflake images in Navy and GKD White pigment ink.  Dove and sentiment are also stamped in Navy. Last I embellished with some silver adhesive sequins and adhered it to a GKD Pure Luxury Heavy Weight White base.
I shared this one at the party but wanted to tell you how I made it. 
I stamped the bird image on my white mat and then sponged with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink, and GKD Faded Brick over that at the edges.  Bold leaf image stamped in Faded Brick.  I colored the branch and needles with Spectrum Noir markers and then stamped the bird again on white, adding just a few shadows and color to the beak and feet, then cut it out to pop up over the first image.  I love how this greeting is split so you can line it up like I did on the previous sample or stack or offset it to fit your layout like I did here! :) Base is GKD Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White.


Ready for more inspiration? Let's go see what surprises our Gina K. Designs team created with these sets!
Thanks so much for hopping with us today! Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out the all of the new stamp sets by the illustrators from this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.  See you back here TOMORROW for more inspiration with sets from Beth Silaika and Chris Dayton!

73 comments:

  1. well, as always, love every single creation you have done! Fav would be the one using kraft! :D This set so rocks!

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  2. Fabulous release! Thanks for sharing your talent. I like all of your designs especially the one on kraft paper. I like the non traditional colors.

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  3. Melanie, these are all sooooo beautiful! Enjoyed inking up your new set :) !!!

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  4. Wow! Beautiful and elegant Xmas projects!!!

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  5. Wow, Melanie, these are all wonderful! I love your designs & your new set with all the options you get when using it! <3 Your cards with Theresa set is beautiful. <3

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  6. Beautiful ideas! Love the way the stamps and dies make great gift packaging. Love the cards you creates using Theresa's set also.

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  7. Fabulous projects... so professional looking.

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  8. All of your cards are beautiful, I wish I was that talented. Thank you for your creativity.

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  9. I just love this set, Melanie! Can't wait to get my hands on it. Should come about noon today. I have this afternoon blocked out for play time. I love the card on Kraft!

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  10. I love all of your cards and get so much inspiration from you.

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  11. What fabulous projects. I love all the possibilities this set has. I love the Kraft card with the tiny little reindeer. I like how you used the row of dots for accents - I never think to do that but it's so effective. Your cards with Theresa's sets are beautiful too. Thanks for including details for all your cards.

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  12. AWESOME cards, Great Release, I especially love your blue dove card!

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  13. Great ideas, awesome cards! Love all of them! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love the colors you are using and the fact that it coordinates with some of the other sets I have.

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  15. You have designed great cards. They have inspired me on some uses for these stamp sets. Thank you!

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  16. Love the Joy card you created. The embossing is perfect for the card too. Your new set is Fabulous. Looking forward to creating Christmas tags among other things.

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  17. You're cards are just beautiful! I especially like the ones with Theresa's set.

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  18. there is some serious christmasing going on in your craft room! Wow!

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  19. Beautiful cards! The Holidays Label set looks so fun - endless possibilities.

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  20. Fabulous stamp sets and some fantastic inspiration in the cards you have designed. Wow!

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  21. All so beautiful , really love the blue card with the dove!

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  22. What beautiful images, wonderful and fun creation for the holidays!

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  23. Love them all! Great release. Cant wit to grt my goodies and finish up on Christmas.

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  24. OM so many different cards and designs. They are all breath taking and inspiring;)

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  25. Beautiful as always! I love your creativity and talent! This new set is so versatile! It is absolutely a must have!

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  26. Your cards are gorgeous. Love the new stamp sets.

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  27. Beautiful cards. I so love your new set Melanie!

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  28. Beautiful cards!! Love them all!

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  29. I love the partial embossing with raised holly. Simple but very attractive. I will be making this design for sure

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  30. Oh my gosh! I love this set and all the fabulous combos you’ve shown. I can’t wait to get my set and start making some cards with it.

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  31. Terrific cards. I like that the new Holiday labels work with othr stamp sets.

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  32. Just purchased your stamp set can not wait to use it.

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  33. These two sets would make any card maker thrilled to have them grace their stashes. Super job on the Fabulous Holiday Labels.

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  34. Love your samples - I always do. You never fail to impress me.

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  35. One fabulous card after another. You certainly have inspired me. Both are such great stamp sets.

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  36. Fabulous new stamp set and so versatile. Love the single layer card with the embossing and Joy words.

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  37. Lovely cards and gift tag ideas. I like the sponging on the card backgrounds to give it the lighter effect behind the images. Great technique!
    Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  38. Fabulous creations for the holidays.

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  39. You do such beautiful work. I bought your set this weekend. Looking forward to playing.

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  40. These are just beautiful! Your set is so versatile.

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  41. All wonderful festive cards. Love the glow effect on the dove card.

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  42. Love all the single little stamps that come with the Holiday label set, makes for a never ending combination designs!

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  43. Great cards! Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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  44. love the blue soft dove. a very peaceful Christmas card.

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  45. Fantastic inspiration, I could just kick myself for not getting your stamp set geez

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  46. Love your designs. I was able to purchase the Peaceful Holidays set. Wish I could get the labels, so many possibilities.

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  47. You always have so many ideas and all are beautiful. For simplicity I like the Holiday Cheer kraft and blue card. Also the embossed and JOY card is so pretty. I love your inked dove card and the pretty snowflakes. I also like how you used the label for a box. Your Fabulous Holiday Labels set is awesome and has so many elements to mix as well as the pretty handwriting.

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  48. Fabulous stamp sets & projects.

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  49. Such a pretty stamp set - all of these cards are lovely but my favorite is the light blue & chocolate brown card, love that color combination!

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  50. Oh my! Such pretty projects! You always make it seem so easy!

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  51. You have created such a versatile stamp set. Thank you for all the beautiful inspiration.

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  52. Love the multitude of fun ways to use the labels set. The peaceful set is very nice, as well.

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  53. So many great examples!!! I love your single layer card and the Peaceful Holidays cards are so beautiful!

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  54. Love your ideas! I can't believe how many ways there are to use your set. Fabulous!!!

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  55. Wow!! Such beautiful cards!! I love them all!! So many ways to use your stamp set. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  56. Love them all but that white one is my most favorite. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

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  57. Love your talent and watching you work. Keep 'em comin' Melanie!!

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  58. Love them. Need to get your new set. Hopefully this weekend.

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  59. Fabulous, love your holiday cheer and dove cards!

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  60. Awesome cards. Thanks for sharing..

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  61. Oh my ! All these creations are so beautiful !!

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  62. Beautiful! Great designs and new products!

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  63. Oh my gosh so many beautiful creations! I love the bird card it's simply gorgeous!

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  64. What a lovely bunch of samples I am seeing today...thank you so much for sharing your talent..

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  65. I learned you can make a masculine Christmas card. I like to make special cards for special friends, your ideas for Day 1 of the Blog Hop inspired me.

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  66. What lovely ideas. The dove with the light shining from behind is so stunning. The labels are so versatile.

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  67. What wonderful projects. I like the versatility of the Holiday Labels. Great for cards or packages. I especially love the Peaceful Holidays set.

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  68. Such fabulous projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  69. So many beautiful and festive inspirations here.
    Thank you so much for sharing them!

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