Thursday, September 12, 2019

Day 2: Autumn Splendor Card Kit

Welcome back to our September inspiration hops, it's Day 2! As usual, Gina is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky commenter! Thank you in advance for your comments as you hop along, and best of luck in winning the GC! 
You should be coming from Susie's blog.

Today we are showcasing the new Autumn Splendor Card Kit

For these first cards I enjoyed using some fall colors for the greetings and leaves, Faded Brick, Prickly Pear, I can almost hear them skittering down the street looking at these beautiful prints! On the card on the left I used Gina K. Embossing ink and Rose Gold embossing powder for the sentiment and top layer of the leaf. This color  powder looks gorgeous with an autumnal pallete.Looks so elegant! The one on the right I used the colored inks for a gradient, Pure Luxury White is the perfect clean backdrop.
Next, have fun with these two step leaves and a Wreath Builder template!  Leaves are stamped in GKD Sea Glass and Tranquil Teal.
These images look beautiful in any color, so I really wanted to show something nontraditional, enjoy them year-round.
Finally, to go with this *awesome* greeting, I thought I should do some next level coloring on this flower!  Why stick to one color for petals? I used alcphol markers and cardstock is Black Onyx, White, and Sea Glass Pure Luxury.  I lightly blended on some Sea Glas ink with a Life Changing Blending Brush to suggest a blue sky. The wony offset layers are appropriate with this flower that dances to its own drum. :) 

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Your next stop is Mindy's blog.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Day 1: Majestic Peony and Happy Fall

Good morning and welcome to our September inspiration hop! As usual, Gina is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky commenter! Thank you in advance for your comments as you hop along, and best of luck in winning the GC! You should be coming from Rema's blog.

First up, we have Majestic Peony. So many ways to color and use these huge flowers! On this first one, I used GKD Skeleton Leaves Amalgam ink to stamp the image on watercolor paper and colored them with Watercolor pans and water brush. Cardstock is Pure Luxury Black Onyx and Kraft and greeting is Jet Black Amalgam stamped 3 times with the MISTI so it's nice and crisp.

 This next card was inspired by my friend who had an unexpected pregnancy at 40, and is in love with her new little man, but still struggling with the big change of having a newborn. She told me she heard an analogy this week, about when "transplanted" to a new pot, the plant and roots go into shock for a short time, until the roots spread and go deeper, and then the plant can really grow.  This sentiment was perfect to encourage her to stay the course, blooming into something richer and more beautiful as her life and family has been enlarged. I did a spotlight technique and colored just the new part with bold alcohol markers. I tore the edge where the image overlaps to represented the uprootedness from the former life.  Cardstock is Warm Glow and White. Ink is GKD Amalgam Jet Black.

  For the last sample with this set, I did just a bit of coloring with two alcohol markers to really pop with the red greeting.  The gray shadows really emphasize the form and just one flower draws you in.  Sometimes simple is best! The absence of blending really creates a beautiful contrast. Cardstock is GKD White and Tomato Soup.

Next we are showcasing Happy Fall.  I did some stenciling (from the new Autumn Splendor kit) with GKD Tangerine Twist and a Life Changing Blending Brush for some pops to swirling leaves before stamping the old leaf in the same ink plus GKD Dark Truffle Amalgam.  I did an ombre effect with the two inks on the greeting and then traced I with a white gel pen.  I added some white dashed paths for the leaves for movement and popped one up for more dimension. Cardstock is GKD White and Kraft.

Next, I wanted to use the bold banner in the set a different way.  Trim off the hanging V and turn it into a pocket!  GKD Blue Denim ink tapped lightly onto the image allows for some texture from the surface to the pad, just like jeans! I used Wild Dandelion, Lucky Clover, and Tangerine Twist for the leaves. Cardstock is White, Blue Denim and Tomato Soup.
For the last card, I stamped Emily's beautiful greeting onto my boards from Perfect Pallets and cut them apart to split up the sentiment for something more unexpected. Stamp the greeting again over Red Velvet cardstock an cut out a little heart, then line it up over the first sentiment. Cardstock is Black Onyx, Kraft, and White. 

Next on the hop is Sheri's blog.

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Come back tomorrow for ideas for the new Autumn Splendor kit!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

StampNStencil Mix N Mingle Blog Hop

Hello and good morning friends, new and old!  
We are hopping with the Gina K and Therm-O-Web team for some fun new fall and winter  holiday products, I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen so far!  
You should be coming from 
Hannah's blog.  
I am the last on the list and very much appreciate you seeing the whole hop through, as I loved making today's cards for your inspiration and getting in the holiday spirit! If you are just now joining, you can go back to the beginning starting with 

Two random winners will be chosen from all of the comments on the hop today, so the more you comment, the better your chances! Entries are closed on Monday night and winners will be announced by September 11th at 10 AM Central.  
Good luck to you!

First up we have the Autumn Wishes collection, I so love making fall cards and look forward to it every year!

 Autumn Wishes

Lots of happy little trees and happy little leaves make me very happy! Tree and greeting are stamped in GKD Dark Chocolate and leaves are stamped in GKD Tangerine Twist.  Add some depth and texture with the gorgeous coordinating stencil and a Life Changing Blending Brush in GKD Kraft and dark Chocolate ink. Trace some white highlights with a gel pen for extra pop, and don't forget to glitz it up with the new Pumpkin Spice Glitz Glitter gel and stencil.  Cardstock is Gina K. Pure Luxury Kraft and White.
Pumpkin Spice Glitz Glitter Gel

Next is the Wishing You Joy Collection!

Wishing You Joy Collection

Love a lot of clean white space to go with these bold images! I used the GKD ink cubes Red Velvet, Passionate Pink, Lucky Clover to two step stamp the ornaments and holly and then did a direct to stamp ombre effect with Sea Glass and Tranquil Teal for the greeting, hangers and falling snow.  Holiday Pine Glitz Glitter Gel and the matching stencil make the ornament and holly sparkle! Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White and Sea Glass and Lucky Clover envelope.

Holiday Pine Glitz Glitter Gel

...and that's the end of our hop! 
I hope you enjoyed it and will also check out our teams' 
TOMORROW at 10 AM Central 
for more samples with these sets, stencils, dies and glitz!  
Two more winners will be chosen from all comments on the Instagram hop as well, so plan on joining in the fun and maybe walking away with a wonderful prize!

Thanks for visiting and I truly appreciate your comments! 
Which is your favorite?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Video: 3 D Wall Art, Gifts and Boxes with Perfect Pallets

Hey all, get out your scoring board to make some gorgeous 3D wall art with the Perfect Pallets set! I could not be more pleased with how these turned out! These will make great home d├ęcor or giftables, or even gift packaging or storage when you nest two of these pallet boxes together. They look just like the real thing, but are lightweight and use less than a sheet of cardstock. Little to no measuring involved (I'll show you both ways), these stamped canvases take your images or favorite quotes to another level and are super fun and easy to make!  You can hang these with a pushpin, and on the wall, the Your Wings one brings a smile and This Too Shall Pass is a gentle reminder when small or big things get in the way throughout the day. Please enjoy! I hope you will subscribe to my channel. Thank you for your likes, comments and shares.

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Formula: Boards measure 1x  3 3/4" and 1" x 5 1/8". For a pallet with a 1 inch reveal, for the width, add one inch to the measurement of the board of your choice on both ends, and for the height, measure 1 inch for each board you are using for the front, plus 1 inch per board at both the top and bottom.  For a 2 inch reveal, add 2 inches to all sides, etc...

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Coloring with Arteza Everblend Art Markers Video

Hello! Today I’m sharing my coloring tips as well as my opinion of the Arteza Everblend Art markers, the big 120 set, as well as the Gray and Skin tone sets of 36! These are the most affordable alcohol markers I’ve seen! (Sale price I mention in video may not be available later, heads up!) They come in a fantastic carrying case which allows both travel and full time storage in your art space. I point out several features I like as well as demonstrating how the two tips work and a short coloring tutorial with one of my stamp images, the Brown-eyed Susan from Stately Flowers 9 (used 949, 9424, 9433, 2491, 2492, 5947, 543, 753 from set of 120), stamped in Obsidian Amalgam ink. (You'll see Perfect Pallets, Spring Basket and Puppies Galore in this video, too! AND, Perfect Pallets will be back in stock next week! Make sure to click "Notify Me" if you are waiting for that to restock!)

Can't wait to color the whole series of Stately Flowers and other Gina K. images with these markers for you! (The extra 10% off Arteza code I mention in the video is no longer valid, but the markers and other products are already deeply discounted for their sale, and Gina has her own B2S sale through the 18th! Use SCHOOL20 at checkout for 20% off your order, everything in the store! Go grab those stamps you've been wanting!!) I highly recommend this assortment of alcohol markers for all types of art and crafts. Their website shows a swatch of each, but to help you, I’ve created a color chart you can download and fill in to reference as you play with color! It is so helpful to see what you have to work with when selecting markers for your projects, as well as how they blend on your cardstock. I review my color charts every time I start a project to choose shades and as I work usually select more markers that will add even better contrast. This pdfs below are free for you to print on your preferred cardstock (GKD Base or Layering Weight is mine! Please enjoy this gift from me!
Arteza Everblend Markers 120 Colors chart pdf here. Arteza Everblend Gray and Skin Tone chart pdf here. Looking for great marker storage for your current collection? They sell just the case that holds 144 markers here!

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Day 2: Pop Art Flowers Card Kit and Main Squeeze

Hello! Welcome to you second day of inspiration hops! 
Today we are showcasing the Pop Art Flowers Card Kit and Main Squeeze stamp set.
Be sure to comment on each stop, each one counts as an entry to win a $50 gift certificate from Gina K. Designs. Winner announced August 2nd.  Good luck!

So many different looks to make the different sets and tools in this kit!  (I used the kit's stencil in yesterday's post before I realized it was part of this kit! Scroll down to see on balloon card) For this first card, I stamped the card kit's beautiful line art flowers onto a white mat and also on Sandy Beach mat.  Next I stamped three boards from Perfect Pallets in Kraft ink on the Sandy Beach cardstock, with the flowers centered in the middle, and cut it out.  It's as easy as cutting a square or rectangular mat, you can use your trimmer, CutALine tool, or scissors.  Here I went in with scissors for each little notch between the three boards. 
I stamped the greeting and added some white gel pen to just some of the petals and around "thank". Doesn't it look gorgeous with just that little bit of white? So quick and simple! Then I lined it up with the first image popped it up with foam squares. Trace around the white mat's flowers at the bottom for extra dimension, and that's it. 
Card base is GKD Ocean Mist.

 Next, the new Electro Pop Neon inks are fun with the kit's 2 and 3 step flowers!  I began by stamping the leaves from the card kit in Hello Yellow, Loud Line and Screamin Green, then adding the roses in Orange Glow and Raging Red. Next I stamped out three boards from Perfect Pallets together in Sea Glass ink on white cardstock, trimmed one off to make a handle for my wooden planter, and left the other two together to make the holder. 

I used a cool gray marker to make a couple stripes on each board just loosely following the  wood grain in the illustration for a very silvery, weathered look.  I love that you don't need to completely color them in to get cool look!  These are popped up on foam squares. 
Celebrate is stamped in the new Obsidian Amalgam.

I used the the third stamp set in this kit to make this card. I went tropical with the colors on this pallet to go with these joyful vacay blooms! Boards from Perfect Pallets are stamped in Charcoal Brown on white cardstock, then two step filled with the bold board using Sandy Beach and Wild Dandelion (left the middle board with sentiment white to make it pop more and easier to read).  Flowers are stamped with Passionate Pink, Sweet Mango, Wild Dandelion, Grass Green (also stamped off for lighter green) and Obsidian Amalgam inks. I added Crystalline Drops for dimension and shine.  Cardstock is White, Black Onyx and Passionate Pink.

Next up, this fun design with Hannah's Main Squeeze set.

(I don't know if you've watched Stranger Things 3 yet, but after I finished the card, it totally made me think of Eleven's cute 80's rompers, down to the colors, shapes and wonky 80's layers!)

Splatter in the background is from the Tiny Textures set, I thought these made the perfect juicy sweet and sour squirts!  Stamping is Loud Lime, Hello Yellow, Raging Red, Orange Glow, Jellybean Green and Wild Dandelion. I used the matching die set to cut out and pop up the fruit. Cardstock is GKD Wild Dandelion, Black Onyx and White.

I also wanted to show you a sample with the new incentive Layered Eucalyptus set! 
 I stamped out some boards from my Perfect Pallets on White, then covered the bottom with a sticky note and three step stamped the eucalyptus layers in Lovely Lavender, Wild Lilac and Wild Wisteria.  I think this look so pretty on the sign. I "hung" it with the tied bow image and colored with alcohol markers. I used a mix of greetings from both Perfect Pallets and This Girl Is. Butterfly is from my Women of Faith set.

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Now on for more more inspiration from the team:

Gina K.-Pop Art Flowers
Hannah Schroepfer-Main Squeeze
Melanie Muenchinger-you are here!