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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Gina K.

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)

Friday, April 12, 2019

Create a Page Turning Calendar with Open Book

Hello! Today I am sharing how to plan and add the mini calendar from my Stately Flowers 12 set to the Open Book frame to create an interactive calendar you can add to cards and gifts for just a few months or a full year! 

I shared this simple threading technique in my previous Page Turner video, but I show it again here.  Have fun adding any images in your collection, ones that coordinate with that month's season or holiday, or all flowers or another category to create a themed calendar like I did in this demo, or paper piece to make each month for bright quick color.
For the sake of time, I do not demonstrate coloring today, but for coloring samples and tips on these particular flowers, please watch my playlist for Stately Flowers 12. Thanks for watching! 

Gina K. Designs Open Book, Stately Flowers 12 stamp sets
Gina K. Jet Black Amalgam Ink pad 
Large or Small MISTI, scissors, needle and thread that matches ink, foam mat for piercing, acrylic blocks, scratch paper or sticky notes for masking
coloring medium of choice

We have an awesome release planned for you next TUESDAY night, the 16th, mark your CALENDAR, haha!  The new set works with Open Book, and fulfills a request I got from SO MANY of you!  Can't wait to share, it's a ridiculously fun set to play with!  Have an excellent weekend!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Page Turner: Interactive Open Book Card Video

This latest Open Book design is so simple to recreate, and doubles or triples your pages to stamp on, thus expanding your greeting, image and technique possibilities for a card your recipient truly will FLIP for! (pardon the pun)

 I used Fabulous Rose Frame set to decorate the pages because the rose frame fills it so quickly and the different greeting options allow you to put different ones that will make sense on each spread that flows to the next.  Small bold images add pops of color.  You can add more coloring to the line art images if you like, which I will do, but today I mainly just wanted to show how to construct, stamp and anchor the turning page (two ways, so be sure to watch to the end!) Please enjoy!


Gina K. Designs Open Book, Fabulous Rose Frame stamp sets
Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam, Wild Dandelion, Jellybean Green, Soft Stone Ink pads
Gina K. Gina K. Pure Luxury White (2 mats, 4” x 5 ¼”), Wild Dandelion (A2 base, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼” cardstock
Scissors, scoring board, Gina K. tape runner adhesive and foam squares or needle, thread, and foam craft mat or mouse mad, yellow, green and gray marker (Spectrum Noir CT4, IG4, IG5, LG5)

Friday, March 8, 2019

Video: No Line Coloring and Line Art Sketchbook Look

Today’s creation whisks you outside to a peaceful afternoon sketching in a lovely garden! The realism of the flowers in Stately Flowers 11 are just right for some no line coloring with our new Amalgam inks, and the book and pencil stamps from Open Book * are perfect to finish the illusion when you stamp the flowers again on the page in a pencil or ink pen color.  In this video, I’ll demonstrate the no line coloring and some simple sponging and adding grass to complete the scene.  Can you feel a gentle breeze?  Be sure to watch to the end for some variations I suggest for changing this design.

PS OOPS! I am SO SORRY I forgot to add the grass in my demo, ackk! A s you can see that detail really adds a LOT to this scene.  It took me 10 seconds after I’ve finished taping to figure out what was missing, lol! I promise it’s very simple: just do short flicking strokes with the 2 lightest greens (here CG1, CG2) using your brush of bullet tip marker, starting at the edge of the book and working outward, so it tapers off. Just like a blade of grass. Easy peasy! Using more than one color for the blades will add a lot of depth.

*In stock as of today, but if it happens to be out of stock when you view, please hit "notify me" button for an email when they are back, we will be getting more!

Gina K. Designs Open Book, Stately Flowers 11 stamp sets 
Gina K. Designs ink pads: Jellybean and Ocean Mist dye for sponging, Warm Glow Amalgam for no line, Soft Stone Amalgam for pencil and sketch, Jet Black Amalgam for book 
Gina K. Designs White (3 3/4” x 5”), Black Onyx (3 7/8” x 51/8”), Ocean Mist or (Dusty Rose) cardstock
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: CG1, CG2, DG3 (leaves), FS6, CR6, CR8 (petals), IG2, IG4, FS9 (pencil)
Large and small acrylic block or MISTI, scissors and copy paper for creating the book mask, jumbo sponge daubers, white pen, Tidy Towel, adhesive

 Please let me know in the comments which is your favorite. I hope you enjoy this video and post your own creations with Open Book on social media and our community gallery online, I’d love to see your ideas and works of heart!

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Video: Paper Piecing Open Book, 4 Ways

Hello! here is the video  I shared last week showing my paper piecing tips and tricks for the Open Book set!  Some of these ideas you may have seen in our facebook Live on release night, but I shared a lot more), just from having more time to experiment and play!  (and all the audio will be synched up this time lol!) This image is so easy to piece (with no tiny areas to cut or carefully add adhesive to) and it packs such a punch, looks like whatever kind of book you are trying to create, right down to the texture of the paper! Watch to the end as I have a fifth way I mention but do not show, I love it, though, and will try to make soon! I hope one of more of YOU will try it out and share with all of us if you are inspired by the perfect book! Please enjoy! Let me know in the comments your favorite way to paper piece the Open Book image, OR your favorite accessory in the set.

Gina K. Open Book stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White or neutral cardstock for stamped mat, colored A2 sized card base over your choice (to match your markers or patterned paper you are piecing)
Gina K. Jet Black Amalgam Ink pad
Books wider than the Open Book top pages (4 1/2” or more) Word Search, Crossword Puzzles, New Testament, and journaling book all from Dollar Tree
Gray pencil or marker for adding shadows (Spectrum Noir IB3), marker for coloring bookmarks pen, etc. of your choice
Adhesive, Tidy towel, MISTI and or acrylic blocks

Monday, February 25, 2019

Mega and Mini Wreath Builders

Hello! Today we have a special hop to share some fabulous new templates for Gina K. Designs: MEGA and Mini Wreath Builder! If you are addicted to wreath building, these templates are for must have! Enjoy our hop and please leave comments along the way, each one will give you a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Gina K. store!  Winner announced March 1st.

 The mini template is oh so tiny, what a cute template! It also includes some stencils on the same sheet, which is a nice bonus.

I made this small card for a baby shower we had for a friend this week! I inked the flower and leafy bits form the Mini Wreath Builder stamp set with GKD Tranquil Teal, Lucky Clover, Fresh Asparagus and Seaglass ink CUBES, they are the perfect size for these little images.  Sentiment was stamped in Jet Black Amalgam and cardstock is GKD White, the new Stormy Sky and Tranquil Teal. (I misplaced my circle die this size, so I used a 1 3/8" circle punch, which took off just the rim, the image is slightly bigger.)  Card measures 3 1/4" square.

Mini Wreath Builder Stamp Set

The Memory MISTI and Mega templates are huge! So many possibilities! Here is Sadie checking it out. I needed to clean my desk off to make room and it would be a good idea to keep it on my desk so I clean up after each stamping session.  ;) (The magnet is on the back when you unbox it, heads up! Store these large templates inside the MISTI, my tip)

The foam in the MISTI are a perfect surface for stamping with clear stamps even if you are not using the door. For this card I used the template where you cut your mat to 4 3/4". I love how all the sizes are on the back of the packaging. Hang on to that for reference! I used the A Year of Flowers 2 set to stamp all these flowers with the new Whisper ink, it is the palest gray you can still see, which I really need for no line coloring right now ( I was seriously seeing double after a long day of editing my last stamp set, ugh). It is easy to complete color to cover or quickly and loosely fill in color like I have shown in my A Year of Flowers 2 videos so you can still see a hint of the lines like a pencil sketch.
I colored with Spectrum Noir trying to make it look very much like watercolor rather than real flowers.  Sentiment is stamped in Jet Black Amalgam. I traced the greeting and all flower elements for a drop shadow, I love how transparent and watery it looks. I add a few Crystalline drops for dimension and shine.

Cardstock is Coral Reef, and Lemon Drop. Finished card measures 5 1/2" square. Greeting is from Emily's Lettered and Lovely set.

This next design I used the 6 1/2" size template and greetings and a butterfly from my Women of Faith set. I originally I had a lot more stamping in mind to create a kaleidoscope of butterflies (the actual term for a group of them, I love that, so appropriate!) but I couldn't find the smaller two.  The medium one I located after clearing my desk (to make room for Mega MISTI) and then it went AWOL WHILE I was cutting my cardstock to make the card, ack!*  So I went much simpler with just the one. I love a lot of white space in design however, so I'm not disappointed with how it turned out.  I'm glad I can at least show an example of how you don't have to fill the whole space just because you are using a larger piece of paper! You will need these larger templates to do the rotation technique of wreath building on larger mats, but it doesn't require that it be stamped to the limits! :)

GKD inks from the top going  clockwise: Ocean Mist, Sea Glass, Turquoise Sea, Bahama Blue, Blue Raspberry, Tranquil Teal, Slate and finally Whisper. I love the progression of blues and symbolism of transformation, both in the butterflies and transformative power of prayer.I love how she included 2 large circle templates for the center to allow you to perfectly center your greetings, and sponge in come color to really make your design pop. I used Ocean Mist at the top and Turquoise Sea at the bottom. I didn't want to go too dark and lose the detail in the butterfly wings. I layered my stamped mat on Black Onyx and Blue Raspberry cardstock. Each of the black layers are popped up on adhesive foam squares.  
Finished project is 12" x 12". You can put this in an album cover or scrapbook page frame, or what I did is mount it on a white wood laminate sample I got from a thrift store. I put this up on a storage cabinet in my craft room and it reminds me both to pray for the people on my prayer lists, and that Jesus is also lifting me up and interceding. :)

Let's see what the rest of the design team made with these fabulous stamps, templates and tools! Shop here!

Gina K.  -  Mega and Mini Wreath Builder 
Melanie Muenchinger-you are here!
Susie Moore

* found it! :)

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