Thursday, June 6, 2019

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Ocean-Minded Card Kit, Whimsical Wildflower Frame and More

Hello, and welcome back to our second day of inspiration hops for the newly released stamp sets and supplies from Gina K. Designs!  We are giving away a $50 gift certificate each day, all you have to do is leave comments on the blog as you hop through, the more comments you leave the more chances you have to win! 
We've worked hard on these cards for you, so please visit every stop, it's worth the journey!
Winner announced on Gina's blog June 14th.

You should be coming from LISA'S blog!

First up, I have some cards with Whimsical Wildflower Frame. There are many ways to use these borders from Hannah's set, but I wanted to use one on each card, in both portrait and landscape layout, to showcase these long greetings.  I chose a different new stencil for each that work well with the style of illustration.  I selected the GKD Stormy Sky ink to go with the "difficulty" greeting (and pink coloring and cardstock so that it's "coming up roses") masking off the center with Purple Tape before blending the inks over the stencil. All my blending is done with the Life Changing Brushes. All brush sets can be found in that link, choose the best assortment for you. :)

For this next card I stamped the other border twice near the top in GKD Jet Black Amalgam ink to make a space for the greeting and then blended some GKD Lucky Clover over the Leafy Stencil very softly to complement the foliage. Don't underestimate the impact you can make from just the teeniest bit of stenciling, it does not always have to be solid, use multiple colors, or cover the entire mat to stand out! So many looks! I kept the coloring very simple as well. Cardstock is GKD white and Peach Bellini. 

Next up, we have the Ocean Minded card kit.  I shared some elements from it in yesterday's hop if you missed it, but today I am focusing on the main stamp set. I used Gina K. Embossing and Watermark ink and Gina K. Clear embossing powder for the wave border and heated. (If you aren't using a white paper, use a white detail powder instead to create the foam, clear works here because of the white mat I started with.  Next time I'm going to try it with Gina's Puffy!! Extra foam! If you use a white, you can emboss after your sponging, but this was a resist technique) Then I blended in some GKD Sandy Beach and Sea Glass ink to create shore and water. Greeting and drawn heart are stamped in GKD Kraft and starfish in GKD Warm Cocoa.

On the second card I did the same, but created a diagonal background with the wave border for two sets of prints to follow along: one human, and one with paws! I offset the greeting with GKD Chocolate Truffle ink to help it pop more and work as a sentiment, rather than something that looked like it was literally written in the sand like the card above.

Next stop is MINDY's blog!

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Thank you for stopping by today and your thoughtful comments! 
Which card do you like best? I wanna know!

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Timeless Beauty and Have Faith

Hello, and welcome to our first day of inspiration hops for the newly released stamp sets and supplies from Gina K. Designs!  We are giving away a $50 gift certificate each day, all you have to do is leave comments on the blog as you hop through, the more comments you leave the more chances you have to win! Winner announced on Gina's blog June 14th.

You should be coming from LISA'S blog!

First up, we have Alicia's Timeless Beauty set. The new stencils Mermaid Scales and Leafy remind me of some of my favorite textile patterns, so I decided to use two on this card, blending GKD Blue Denim and Powder Blue inks over the scalloped Mermaid Scale stencil on a piece of white cardstock, next removing the stencil and stamping the image of the woman over the sponging in black, and then cutting it out to paper piece on top of the second stamped image on my card base.  For the background I used the same inks over the Leafy texture stencil.  I love how using both a light and heavier touch on the card makes such bold and yet ethereal impact with the contrast.  Lady is colored with Spectrum Noir markers. Top layers of the scarf are popped up with foam squares. I used one of the Life Changing Brushes for all of my blending.
Ocean Minded card kit  (Mermaid Scale Stencil included)

For the next card, I used two generations of GKD Faded Brick and Red Velvet inks with the lip print to make this fun collage background, then colored the tube to match my favorite L'oreal tubes (or Yves St. Lauren if I can afford it! I wish!) with Spectrum Noir markers.  I thought it would be sassy to add the heart image from the new Ocean Minded stamp set from the new card kit in Red Velvet ink like it was drawn on a mirror in lipstick, and the tiny greetings fit inside the envelope so I stamped and cut one out and popped it up to add dimension. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Prickly Pear, Black Onyx and White. 

Next up we have Emily's Have Faith set, and the greetings are so encouraging and work for many situations.  I first blended GKD Passion Pink and Stormy Sky on white over the new Art Deco stencil, removed the stencil and then stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Amalgam.  To make the greeting stand out more, and look like a sun rising triumphantly, I used the circle from the Sunshine stencil (in the Ocean Minded card kit , see photo above) to mask the middle and create rays above and below with the same ink colors and Sunshine Stencil and Life Changing Brush.  These stencils are really fun to layer and make new combinations!

On this next card, I gently blended some GKD Wild Dandelion ink over the Sun Spots stencil from the new Ocean Minded Card Kit like warm sunshine, and then stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Amalgam.  Cardstock is Wild Dandelion. How simple but effective.

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Next stop on our hop today is MINDY!
Thanks so much for visiting me today and your sweet comments! 
Which card do you like best?

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Stamping Friends Trifecta Blog Hop

Hello and good morning! Today we are THREE companies and design teams strong, hopping together to showcase some of their fabulous new products and how well they all play together! Thanks to Picket Fence Studios, My Sweet Petunia and Gina K. Designs for this fun, creative opportunity! Each participating company has generously donated one $50 gift card to their online store, and the winners will be randomly drawn from all the comments at each stop on today's hop. Winners will be announced on the company blogs no later than June 7th. The more comments you leave today, the more likely you are to win a prize! Best of luck to you, I hope you win!

You should be coming from Karen Reategui's blog, but if you are just joining in, the full list is at the bottom of the post. I hope you have time to check out every stop and enjoy the different styles and ideas created for your inspiration today. :)

For my first card, I used the Picket Fence "Martini Stencil" along with stamps from the Gina K. Wishes stamp set . A rainbow of different Gina K. Ink cubes and one of Picket Fence Studio's Life Changing Blending Brushes filled in this cute drink background in no time. I think it's really cool how working the blending brush up against the edges of the stencil details creates such a realistic shadow on the edge of these glasses, with translucent color to look like blown glass!  Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Passionate Pink, Black Onyx, and White. My Sweet Petunia's new Cut-Align tool makes it so easy to create quick and perfect mats without measuring (I hate measuring, but I also hate wonky, uneven mats), just follow the line!

Gina K. Wishes stamp set 

My desk is pretty small, so my cardstock is in a file cabinet on the other side of the office, where I keep my big cutter with a rotary blade on top, no room for it here. With the Cut-Align I LOVE now being able to make perfect quick cuts and mats while I'm seated as I make changes to my design on the fly with a craft knife, instead of getting up and going back and forth, not to mention not having the precision of the Cut-Align with my current cutters, so the Cut-Align will be used ALL the time, not just for mats but long enough for full sheet of cardstock to create bases! I have a smaller guillotine cutter for cropping, but it isn't large enough to handle a longer piece of cardstock, but Cut-Align will accommodate any size and I love that it has not one but two rulers, to use the one you need, instead of always using a larger one. And you can make the teeniest of cuts mats, and trims. Iliana really put a LOT of thought into this tool based on a crafter's needs, which I very much appreciate!

 Can you current cutter do THIS? (Probably not) 
Without the Cut-Align I would not have attempted these tiny woven swatches, for sure!
I made this card for a friend whose family is from Denmark and when she came back from a recent trip to Copenhagen, she brought me a kit to make some little woven basket hearts to put on the Christmas tree, papercrafting and weaving is very popular and old tradition there!  The woven baskets are much bigger and made out of thinner paper to do the weaving, but I wanted to scale it down and use Gina's Pure Luxury cardstock, so these 1 by 4 inch pieces of Coral Reef and Tranquil Teal were my compromise. Cuts are made every 1/4", with a 1/4" space at the top to keep the strips togther and the smaller Cut-Align ruler made it simple. I mounted it over my stamping with foam squares and think it's a fun graphic element to go with the flowers and leaves. I know she'll get the reference to her gift to me.  Adds nice texture and an intricate handmade embellishment.  Stamping with the GKD Elegant Asters stamp set is done GKD Soft Stone, Peach Bellini, Coral Reef, and Tranquil Teal.

As bright as the first samples were, I wanted the next to be very soft. I used some of the new pale Amalgam inks Gina carries, designed for watercoloring and no line coloring, but fabulous for other uses and elegant for your paper and card base choices, for my stamping and blending.  The round Waffle Squares stencil from Picket Fence Studios reminded in its shape and texture of a dream catcher, so I paired it with the dreamy greeting from Gina's Elegant Asters set. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Stormy Sky, Barely There and White. Stamping is done in Gina K. Warm Glow, Peach Bellini, Barely There, and Soft Stone. 

Adjusting where you hold the long handle of the brush  shifts the pressure of your blending without you having to push a lot harder, which is easy on the hands and wrists, and allows for a much wider range or shades in your sponging with just one color. I love the control and the ability to add just a hint of ink with these!  The smaller brushes in the Fine Blending 6 pack assortment or full set of 10 allow you to work in tight areas and small stencil details without getting color in an unwanted area, so those are very unique and useful as well, had not used anything like that before!

I used My Sweet Petunia's Mini MISTI to stamp the greetings and images on all cards for a solid, crisp impression. :) All the gorgeous cardstock and inks in today's post can be found in the Gina K. Designs store.

I am really enjoying all the new supplies and grateful to be part of today's hop! Below is the full link list. I can't wait to see what the other designers have in store for us!  Your next stop on the hop is the Angela Bode!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Video: Create Simple Sign for Framing Sentiments with Puppies Galore

Hello! Today I'll show some very simple ways to create some adorable signage for puppies to hold, perfect for filling out your layouts and frame up all the fun sentiments in the Puppies Galore set. You will love using the different paws to change up the poses, the variety of this versatile set just expanded again! I also share some simple coloring. Gray puppy card also uses the Hugs Mini stamp set. I love the extended paws on this one to really convey that big HUG!  Have fun getting sassy by varying up where you position the head and paws, it will make such a difference, I promise (paw-mise!) Please enjoy! Thanks for watching!

Gina K. Designs Puppies Galore stamp set
Gina K. White cardstock
Gina K. Jet Black Amalgam ink pad
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: IG5, IG7, TN6, BG4, fine line black pen
Optional: scissors, sticky notes for masking, rectangle or square dies 

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Video: Creating Furever Stamps!

Hello! Today I'm sharing how to make these fun and easy "Furever stamps" with my new Puppies Galore set and postage themed images from my Stately Flowers 11 set!

We'll mask and sponge to create depth and a postage border before stamping and some simple coloring and shading with alcohol markers. Please enjoy! I hope you will subscribe to my channel.

Gina K. Designs Puppies Galore, Stately Flowers 11 stamp sets
Gina K. Peach Bellini and Jet Black Amalgam ink pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury White 3 3/4" x 5" and Peach Bellini cardstock
Sponge dauber, Gina K. Acrylic blocks or MISTI, Gina K. purple tape
Spectrum Noir Markers TN6, EB6, EB3
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Day 2 Inspiration Hop: Elegant Asters Kit, Hugs and Wildflowers, and More

Good morning! Welcome back to our April release!  Today we are showcasing Gina's Elegant Asters Kit, Hugs and Wildflowers from Lisa Hetrick, and other wonderful new goodies!  We hope you are inspired as you hop through our team's links today, we've worked super hard to share our ideas and creations with you! Please leave comments with your feedback for chances to win a $50 gift certificate to Gina K. Designs!  It is not required to comment on every blog, but the more you do, the more chances you have to win!  Winner will be announced on Gina's blog April 19th.

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Here is everything you get in the Elegant Asters kit! These colors and images will take you right from Spring into Summer!

 Here are 4 cards I made by putting the flower in the MISTI and stamping it out four times in Jet Black Amalgam, on 4 squares of colored cardstock from the kit cut the same size  3 1/4" square. Next, cut them all in half and then half again, and piece them back together for four different focal points! I used both the stamped greetings, Smile stamp from the new mini kit in the same font, and the new scripty "hugs" die to make these. Such great colors in this kit! (I know I already said that, just..!) I used a white gel pen on all the centers and to make the script on the colored cardstock pop.

Next, I wanted to add the kit's gorgeous butterfly and greeting from the kit to my Open Book frame. Cardstock is GKD White and Tangerine Twist. After coloring and shading one to look like an illustration on the page, I die cut the second one to really take flight from the book.

Next up we have Lisa's lovely Hugs and Wildflowers !   I love two step flowers so my vision was to do those line art images in Prickly Pea like a gold, with clear embossed bold flowers over them to resist the blue ink and show those delicate yellow details of the flowers. 

Unfortunately, last embossing sesh I must have put the clear powder cap on the white EP jar, ooooops, and it covered up the line art when heated!  (In my defense the powders look pretty similar!)  Anywho, although the card didn't turn out quite how I planned, but it was pretty close, enough to keep going! I sponged on the Sea Glass and Blue Raspberry ink, then added a few more silhouette stamps in the blue inks or a more layered look. I did an ombre on the greeting inking in Wild Dandelion and Prickly Pear to look like shiny gold,and although pretty, it was abit hard to read in the yellow, so I stamped offset with the Jet Black Amalgam.  Love the contrast here! 

I noticed this stem-y border was the perfect length to stamp in my Triple Play Frame, so I stamped the border in GKD Jellybean on the Soft Stone stamped frame. I added the two- and three step stamps in GKD Jet Black Amalgam, Dusty Rose and Coral Reef, then inked the leaves in Jellybean and rolled in Fresh Asparagus.  

The circles in the frame spotlighting her greeting and help me place remaining floral elements for a balanced design.  Cardstock is White and Coral Reef. 
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Here is one with the new mini stamp set, Hugs and one of my puppies!


Here is a sample with another new mini set, Spring Joy! The way the animals are rendered reminds me of stuffed animals or squeaky toys, so I just had to give another one of the pups, colored like my friends beagle, something to play with!  Cardstock is Lemon Drop, Black Onyx and White.

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Spring Joy

Now let's go see what the rest of the team has for all these fabulous new products! Shop all the new goodies here

Melanie Muenchinger- you are here! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Day 1 Inspiration Hop: Puppies Galore, For the Grad and More

Good morning! Welcome to our April release hop!  Today we are showcasing my Puppies Galore set, For the Grad from Beth Silaika, and other wonderful new goodies!  We hope you are inspired as you hop through our team's links today, we've worked super hard to share our ideas and creations with you! Please leave comments with your feedback for chances to win a $50 gift certificate to Gina K. designs!  It is not required to comment on every blog, but the more you do, the more chances you have to win!  Winner will be announced on Gina 's blog April 19th.

So I got requests from all over for a DOG stamp after Open Book came out, and honestly my first thought was, "Huh? I get it they like dogs but dogs don't really sleep on open books, it's kind of a cat thing..."*, but I looove a challenge, and honoring your requests as our schedule allows! Thanks all of you asked because I love the result so much! SO. MUCH.

This companion to Open Book is also an amazing stand alone set. One dog image just wouldn't do. While there are different breeds of cats, a single cat image can be pretty representative of *most* people's furry felines.  Not so much with dogs, they all look REALLY different!  I just had to come up with lots of different ears to change up not only their look, but their personality and mood. You'd be amazed how different the same ears can look when they are down, up, or both UP AND DOWN! That's a lot of exclamation points for one paragraph, but I AM EXCITED! ARE YOU?
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I love how expressive dogs' eyes are, and how they use them to reflect pure joy or adorable begging/guilt.  You can capture any emotion you need with these puppies.
Who wouldn't forgive your belated card with this face? Nobody!

 I don't color the images I illustrate until the stamps arrive, and I gotta say I am really enjoying how leaving a lot of white space on these dogs (nose, tummy, paws, etc) makes your coloring more realistic looking and gives the dog more personality and individuality. Less to color, woo hoo!

Here is my walk thru video last night with tips for stamping the elements, including a very *minimal* coloring sample you'll love and explanation of the interactive puppy book mark shown below. 

(I over/understamped a few things, because I was super hurried to get to the facebook live, I didn't do these screw ups any other time with this set than when I was filming. Of course! Mea culpa)


 I love those shaggy spaniel ears!
 Here, I'll save your place for you...

 Don't you just want to go make about a hundred different dog bookmarks now to stick in all your books? Whether you're in the middle of one or not. Just for company.
 (The Princess Bride is a good book. William Goldman is so funny. More detail than in the movie (which is one of my favorite movies) Although Robin Wright's Buttercup is much improved, imho. Buttercup in the book is kind of a ninny from what I remember) 

Both heads work on the dog that is sitting up. Heads can be tilted at an angle. As I demonstrate in the video, best way is to first stamp body (so the feet are straight and grounded with the edge of your mat), then add head (choose your angle!), then add ears, THEN add accessories. Coordinating ears are near each other, but a few can be mixed to look like the same ears but one up and one down. Add accessories last. The accessories in here are TO DIE FOR.  On this masculine yappy birthday card, I paper pieced the bow and hat with a plaid patterned paper.  Doesn't he look smart and ready to PARTY? Base is GKD Honey Mustard.

The samples I've shared so far are to represent  different coloring options or breeds, but I'll end with a card I made to look like someone's *actual* puppy, my bestie Carolyn's toy poodle Brett! Furball dogs get their own head topper and ears. :)  He really is this big next to a book.
Cardstock is GKD White and Sea Glass.

The stippling coloring is easy to do and makes it oh so curly, and of course you'll be getting a video for that, too. Referencing her photo, I drew on his shirt from before coloring his body. You'll have endless fun recreating your friends' dogs (with no shortage of inspiration, because you know people post more pics of their dogs on social media than pretty food or their kids!)
BRETT, the Wonderpoodle
(has his own Instagram. Natch)

(This is more than I usually show on the first day, but how could I possibly choose?  Pick a favorite among puppies? As if...)

Next up, we have Beth's For the Grad set!  Really useful not just for the graduation elements (when really nothing else will do because you NEED a grad card! Accept no substitutes!) but also for the dates, banner and circle frame elements AND all the encouraging greetings you can use year-round! The sky is the limit!
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 Next year I will have a TON to make because JONATHAN and his friends will be graduating high school, ack! (He was in kindergarten when I illustrated my first set!) But here's one early, I'm ready! GKD Blue Denim and Soft Stone and Stormy Sky for our team's royal blue and gray, GO KNIGHTS!

I also had to throw the cap on a doggy's head from Puppies Galore because my younger son Will is promoting from 8th grade (high school next fall! ohemgee)  His school has a dog mascot, so this was perfect! (Their color is purple, too, hence the Wild Lilac collar and cardstock)

 You could also put the diploma in the puppy's mouth or under his paw! The numbers are easy to line up, and I really appreciated the "20" being a single image as I will be making NO cards in 2100 and beyond, that saves me *loads* of time! (especially with 2020 next year, see above!!) You can use these year numbers with my mini calendar in Stately Flowers 12 as well.

Here is one where I used her circle frame to highlight the greeting from the new Heart Mini Stamp set, along with the heart outlines in the set and a sprinkle of dots from For the Grad for confetti, using several bright Gina K. ink cubes.  Such a festive addition on any card!  I sponged in some GKD Red Velvet after masking the circle frame and added a little GKD Crystalline Drops on a heart in the middle. Cardstock is GKD White and Sea Glass.

Now let's go see the rest of the team creations! Thanks in advance for your comments today, tell me your favorites! (Or, tell me about your dog, you know you want to...)  
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Melanie Muenchinger - Puppies Galore-you are here!

Susie Moore

* Actual quote from Carolyn, while discussing my dilemma and agreeing with me: "No, dogs don't sleep on books, because they are smarter than cats. Dogs sleep in their beds" (Texts a photo of Brett in his bed)