Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Gina K. Designs Inspiration Hops, Day1: Beautiful Bees and Innocent Orchid

Hello! Today we are hopping with the new release sets and kicking it off with my Beautiful Bees stamp set and Hannah Drapinski's Innocent Orchid!  The design team has worked so hard to share fun ideas with these fantastic sets and look forward to reading your comments as you hop through, the more you leave the more chances you have to win a $50 gift certificate to Gina K Designs! Winner announced a few days after hops conclude.

As soon as I finished up drawing the Beautiful Butterflies set a few months ago, I got busy (pun intended) drawing BEES!  Having pretty winged things and coordinating dies to adorn all your cards and stamped floral arrangements made gorgeous cards in no time a breeze, I just had to make a fun follow up! BEE-lieve me when I say these honeybees of various sizes and poses will BEE so versatile year-round!  I also included huge dahlias for them to pollinate and you to color, leafy bits to build out arrangements, punny sayings, and some hexagon elements that allow amazing patterns and take these bee creations to the next level! You'll see from samples to come it is is *such* a playful set, I am having a blast with it!

In the first video, I show how quickly you can color the die cuts and add a bit of sparkle to the wings before popping them up on foam adhesive.  Isn't this hexagon background fun? I stamped off to create 4 shades with 2 ink pads, Wild Dandelion and Sweet Mango (didn't not end up sing the Sweet Corn ink I mentioned in video, no need!).  I used the Master Layouts 2 dies for my mats, the dashed border is perfect with the flying, busy bees, always on the move!  All the small greetings in the set fit inside the solid hexagon image or die, which is perfect of really spotlighting your sentiment or making little bee themed tags.  


I just love how quickly this honeycomb comes together stamping off! And some black and white hearts in the centers for dimension and cuteness.  TIP: The white hearts in the assortment can all be colored with your markers as you go to match your inks and cardstock, perfect coordination, yay! Cardstock is Wild Dandelion, White and Black Onyx.

This video dropping soon! UnBEElievably cute! I love how the wonky layer gives the impression the whole mat is about to lift off!


And one that is simply BEE-autiful!  Look at this dahlia!

BEE sure to buy some Rainbow Hearts! (and attach with GKD Connect Glue) The bees may BEE little, but their hearts are BIG!  This is one of a series of cards I created using the bee image to stamp in for the word "Be", along with different words from my "This Girl Is" set, so many options, you're recipient will BEE so empowered and encouraged! Bee strong! Bee joyful! (I'll show you those in the video) Of course, another video! It's all in the details, I decided to draw this line with a pen and ruler to extend the die's dashed border (Master Layouts 2 dies) as well as it give it a confident straight trajectory, bravely "into the unknown"!  This kind of flight is very un-bee-like, as they are kind of in and out all over the place, but they have their good reasons. I just love how its little heart is leading it, truly knows where its going! #beegoals

So this set sold out last night, but please BEE patient, it will BEE back in stock soon!  Thanks SO much for your support and love for the bees! Be sure to click "notify me" on the dies and stamps' links below if you missed it and you will be the first to get an alert when its back!

Beautiful Bees stamp set

Beautiful Bees die set



Next up, Hannah drew a ginormous orchid corsage!  When I saw this greeting in the set "You don't have to do anything alone", I knew two little bees working together side by side on the flower would give it even more meaning, really bring that message home, don't you love it? Such a beautiful message, love these sentiments

FUN FACT! It takes about 556 worker bees to gather 1 pound of honey from about 2 million flowers. It takes about 55,000 flight miles per gallon of honey!

I inked the orchid in GKD Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea and finally Blue Raspberry to create the gradient when stamped, and then blended on just a bit more Ocean Mist with a Life Changing Blending Brush.  I layered the White mat onto the coordinating Blue Raspberry cardstock a Heavy Base Weight White card base. Greeting and bees are stamped in GKD Obsidian Amalgam ink.  For this card, I die cut my bees from the Wild Dandelion cardstock for a different look!  Just a bit of yellow to shadow the belly and white gel pen on the wings (and the glitter if you wish), and boom, done!

Innocent Orchid stamp set

Thanks for visiting today!  Please tell me in the comments, which card is your fave? Do you have a favorite bee, or image in this set? Hit me up with a bee pun! It will BEE interesting to read all your opinions!

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Next stop on the hop is Hannah!  

Get ready for some lovely!

114 comments:

  1. Gorgeous cards and beautiful set!
    Thanks for walking us through the process of how you made the cards, and for sharing!

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  2. Fun! Sending my bee card to my sister and BIL who raise bees

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  3. I am so excited to get your bee stamps and dies. I was lucky enough to purchase before they ran out. I have your butterflies too! Beeutifully done!💕🐝😁 I loved your bee with balloons from last night.

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  4. Love this set. Beautiful cards. Can't wait to receive it! You are so talented!

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  5. I love this set! Your cards are beautiful and yet simple. Great job on designing this set💞

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  6. What great cards! Love the honeycomb for balloons!

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  7. Melanie you always knock it out of the park! Love this set. Soooo bee u ti ful!

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  8. STUNNING cards, thanks for the great inspiration, you never disappoint!!

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  9. This set is so versatile!!

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  10. super excited to see the Bee set. I am working on a project that I wanted a realistic looking stamp and just was not finding what I need until I watched the launch. Thank you for this set and the many other greats you have designed.

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  11. Love your new set and all the Bee phrases. Your cards are beautiful too!!

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  12. This set,and what you’ve created with it is absolutely amazing!

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  13. Beautiful cards, but then again all your cards great.

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  14. Love, love, love the Bee set! Your drawings are just amazing! Can't wait to get my set in the mail and start creating!

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  15. Love this new set. Your cards are lovely! Bookmarked your page.

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  16. So happy to see the bees. With all the beautiful flowers we have the bees were definitely missing. All your cards and these stamps/die sets are bee-u-tiful!!

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  17. I forgot to tell you my favorite card which is the way you made the balloons from hexagon.

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  18. I have BEEn waiting for a fun set like this! 😎

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  19. I like the inking on the last card—all lovely tho!

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  20. Love the bee cards. They are so awesome!

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  21. Love the gorgeous cards

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  22. So many beautiful flowers and now Beautiful Bees to use those flowers in a new way. The sentiments are lovely!

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  23. Love this set. Can't wait to get it in my hands.

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  24. Love the samples you made for our enjoyment - very inspiring

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  25. I am not a fan of bees. I like how you worked the bees with the orchid stamp

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  26. I am very in love with the bees! Beeautiful cards!

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  27. I have to say that is the best BEE stamp I have ever seen!

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  28. These bees are the most realistic bees I've seen. Simply stunging.

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  29. Awesome bees set! Beautiful Cards ~

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  30. You designed a beautiful stamp set. I love the bee card with the balloons. That is such a cool idea!

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  31. You designed a beautiful stamp set. I love the bee card with the balloons. That is such a cool idea!

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  32. I ordered the bee stamps and dies last night. I am a beekeeper and I am in LOVE with this set. 🐝

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  33. You are amazing! This bee journey has been fun, I can tell! Thanks for your gorgeous stamps, Melanie!

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  34. Love this set and it's on the way to me!! Yeah!!

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  35. Loved you bee release so much I ordered it!

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  36. I will “bee” waiting for this to come in! So relevant at this time.

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  37. I love this set and hopefully can get it before it's gone. Such exciting work and designs you create!

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  38. Watching this video inspired me and now I want that stamp set. There so many ways to use the set. Thank you for sharing.

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  39. Love those hexagons and who doesn't love bees! Thanks for doing the video.

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  40. Love the colors you used in the first card and I love the realism in these flowers and bees

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  41. Your butterflies are my favorite, and now I have matching bees! I love how detailed they are, and your cards are beautiful.

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  42. These are absolutely beautiful! Love how real the bees look.

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  43. I adore those bees! And your cards offer so much inspiration

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  44. Ordered the bee set but forgot to order the dies!! Beautiful cards!

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  45. Love the birthday card...so cute!

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  46. very nice... loving your ideas...

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  47. Love the bee cards! Love Happy B Day!

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  48. Love, love, love this set, Mel!! Oh my goodness...so fun! Am on wait list...

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  49. This stamp has so many possibilities like you have shown, My favorite is the bee bringing the balloons, but hard to choose just one.

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  50. Gorgeous cards. I love the sentiments in this set.

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  51. Wonderful cards. I love the Beautiful Bees set and your cards are both "beautiful" and fun! Those sentiments are wonderful.

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  52. Hello Melanie,

    Your Bee set is gorgeous, I cannot BeeLieve how lifelike they are i cannot wait to add this to my collection. You made stunning cards.

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  53. Well heck, I didn't put this in my cart last night and now I wish I had. It will bee back and I'll pick it up then. I like the realistic looking bees and LOVE the dahlias! Beee utiful set!

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  54. The stamp set and all of your designs are beautiful!

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  55. FAB stamp set! Love the bees and sentiments!

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  56. Love the bee with the balloons! You are so creative

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  57. I love your new set! and your cute cards!

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  58. What a great variety of stamp images and sentiments! I love how you’ve included the hexagon stamps! Beautiful cards!

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  59. Love the way you used the hexagon for the balloons.

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  60. I cannot BEElieve I missed this - I love this stamp set. Just have to wait a little longer!

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  61. My Fave cards are the Bee Happy and Brave!!

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  62. Bee-utiful cards and new stamp set.

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  63. So enjoy your stamps ad the cards you create with them.

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  64. Great cards; the hexagons make the perfect background.

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  65. Oh my goodness, you outdid yourself with the puns! Fascinating trivia about the work it takes for honey, too! :)

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  66. Such cute cards!! You are the “bees knees “♥️♥️♥️

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  67. Such cute cards!! You are the “bees knees “♥️♥️♥️

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  68. Another FAB new release from Gina K. Designs. Your inspiration is always so amazing.

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  69. I am BEE-holden to you for your inspiration! My set comes soon!

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  70. Un-BEE- lievable! Love your artwork, stamps and cards!

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  71. Love the bees and the large flowers.

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  72. The yellow/black color combo is so enduring

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  73. What a fun stamp hopefully I will be able to get it later

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  74. So much awesomeness ❣️ Looking forward to getting my goodies so I can play too!💞

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  75. Beautiful cards... I really like the Bee-brave.

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  76. Beautiful stamp set. The cards are amazing. Also love the bee puns! What fun!

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  77. Really great cards, Melanie! The hexagons as balloons is a cute idea.

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  78. Love all the bees! They are so cute. And the hexagons!❤

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  79. I’ve always loved bees and Dahlias have to be some of my favorite flowers, big beautiful and colorful!

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  80. All of your cards are amazing! The one with the lavender flower doesn't even look like a die cut - it looks like a 3-D flower because of the lovely way you colored it! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! The shading in the illustration's petals make this a very easy ome to color, just little swipes! I'll do a video!

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  81. Love the bee on the dahlia. Ordered.

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  82. Your bee set is really great. My favorite card is You Gotta Bee Lieve. I love flowers. A bee landed on our 2 yr old granddaughter after we got out of the pool the other day. My husband thought is was a fly. Thankfully, the bee flew away and didn't sting her. Anytime anyone mentions bees, our granddaughter goes into this whole story about a bee landing on her knee, etc. etc. etc. Pretty funny.

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  83. Hi Susan, great story! That reminds me, the only time Ive ever been "stung" was when I was about 8, a bee landed on my chest (shirt had a huge rainbow across the chest, bee attracted to the colors!) I git scared and brushed it off and the stinger went into my finger. It was painful but the people I waa with taught me it wasnt the bees fault, that Id have probably been okay had I not swiped at it, but when the stinger comes out, the bee dues. That made me sad. So ever since when I see bees, I just stay still and let them do their thing, they dont bother me. When I find them in pools, I save them, left them climb on my hand and they fly away when dry. So nowxwhenever a bee is flying around me abd friebds, theyll say , THERE'S A BEE!! and start waving their hands around, but I say, "Yeah, just let it BEE, it will go away if we mind our own business" (beezness). True story! (But if you're allergic, that's a different story, I get wanting to go somehwere far away!) Wasps and hornets, though, oh my gosh, dont get me started!!)

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  84. So inspired. Melanie you are so creative. The bees are so realistic . Can't wait to get my hands on this. great set.

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  85. Absolutely BEEutiful stamps! Love your cards! Another great stamp set!

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  86. So excited about the �� stamp set! My favorite card is the dahlia with the bee hanging upside down.

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  87. Love how you used the poppies stamp with the bee stamps

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  88. BEEyoutiful cards! Your video was a sight to BEEhold and your stamp set is BEEfitting this great release!

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  89. Again you Beemaze me with those bees!! So very beeutiful cards Melanie.. I love they way you make those Bees come to life.. I so want these Bees..

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  90. Really love this set! you are very talented!

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  91. I love them all but the hexagon balloons are my favorite!

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  92. Absolutely gorgeous cards, Melanie! I love bees & you have really made them shine!!

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  93. love all of your cards! The bee set is my favorite!

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  94. Nice shares. I like the softer color mixes for the designs.

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  95. Absolutely wonderful cards...amazing colors ...love them all

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  96. Your cards are amazing. I love the stamp sets. I was really never a bee stamp lover until now.

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  97. I Love love love this set Melanie! So glad mine is on order as I see now it has sold out! Congrats on another amazing set!

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