Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Day 2 Inspiration Hop: Just Because, Kindness Wreath, & Woodland Whimsy

Good morning, welcome back!  The design team has a new inspiration hop for you showcasing the new stamp sets Just Because, Kindness Wreath and Woodland Whimsy.  We hope you get tons of ideas today and as you hop, be sure to leave comments along the way, we love hearing from you and each one is a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Gina K. Designs store!  
Gina will announce the winner a few days after the hops.

You should be coming from Karen Hightower's blog.

Your next stop will be  Mindy Eggen's blog.

First up we have the Kindness Wreath set from Hannah Drapinski. This was so much fun to color.  She has several sentiments that will fit inside the circle and I love how the flowers placement allows you to turn it in different directions for your layout.
For this next card, I wanted to use the individual branches for making a custom arrangement. After stamping them in Grass Green, I added the yucca flowers from Stately Flowers 13, in that same green ink colored with just a touch of yellow. Sentiment is stamped in Jet Black Amalgam.


Next up we have Emily Loggan's Just Because  set. What gorgeous scripty greetings! And so different form ones you may already have. The scale and beauty of these really make a statement,  pardon the pun.  For this card I added the Stately yucca flower again in Soft Stone to match the card base and spattered on some black.


Although I love monochromatic cards, this one feels a little unfinished to me so I am going to add color when I decide who exactly I am sending it to--their favorite, of course!  This is a tip or having the stamping and cardmaking done when you need it, but allows for that personalization!  OR, if THEY like to color, invite them to do when they get it! :)

On this next card, I used my Cherokee Rose from Stately Flowers 13. Cardstock is White, Black Onyx, and Tomato Soup.  I know I am going to love all these new greetings with all my flowers and other sets as well. They are both timeless and on trend.



Unfortunately, I do not have the Woodland Whimsy set, but I love it and know Lisa and the team will show you awesome things with it in our hop! (AND, I think it's going to work very well with my set coming out next release!  So I will be playing with it and the two together for sure!)
Woodland Whimsy


Ready for more inspiration?  Next on the hop is Mindy Eggen!

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Stately Flowers 13 and Simply Circular

Good morning, happy Monday!  The design team has a new inspiration hop for you showcasing the new stamp sets Stately Flowers 13 and Simply Circles.  We hope you get tons of ideas today and as you hop, be sure to leave comments along the way, we love hearing from you and each one is a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Gina K. Designs store!  Gina will announce the winner a few days after the hops.


First up we have my Stately Flowers 13! I am thrilled to give you the final set of the series and grateful all the friends I've made and fans of the stamps along the way!  It has been a pleasure to see your creations online and in my mailbox using these beautful state flowers. I made a new video showing how you can create a design that will work with these 4 new flowers as well as every other flower in the Stately series with the postage images from Stately Flowers 11



(If  you missed my preview video of the new set from last week, I have another tutorial there on my channel and in the Stately Flowers 13 playlist)
On this next card I used the GKD Barely There cardstock, it has just a touch of pink that is perfect for a soft sunrise or sunset and these delicate petals! I embossed the flowers and leaves in white and and sponged on Innocent Pink to suggest clouds and sky.

I used my watercolor pans to add just a bit more color.  Sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Truffle amalgam ink.




This next card uses the single peach blossom as well as its bold 2 step filler. I wanted these to look like they gently falling in the breeze. It is easy to collage stamp and fill this background!
Sequins secured with GKD Connect Glue in the centers are so fun.  Colors are GKD Dusty Pink, Innocent Pink, and Passionate Pink.

I hope you love the new set as much as I do!


Next we have Beth Silaika's Simply circles!  I love circles for backgrounds or spotlighting smaller images.  They have a very contemporary feel, but it's also very striking to put them with classic images.


This first card I stamped a fun collage background in different Gina K. inks and then punched out a few to add dimension. Cardstock is Pure Luxury . Colors are GKD Turquoise Sea, Tangerine Twist, Passionate Pink, and Jet Black.
On this next card I used the single Cherokee Rose from Stately Flowers 13 inside the dotted circle.  I chose that one for the look but also go with all the dots in the flowers' centers (I'm weird that way, gotta match stuff up even if no one else notices!) Cardstock is Pure Luxury  White and Turquoise Sea and inks are Blue Denim, Turquoise Sea and Stormy Sky. Simply Circular is a great set for your stamping toolbox. Sentiment is from Emily's which we will show more of in tomorrow's hop.





Next on the hop is Beth!

Thanks for visiting and I look forward to reading your comments and answering your questions!  
Which card do you like best?? 
Which new stately is your fave?

Simple Blended Desert Video



Hey, friends! Here is my intro video to Stately Flowers 13  and a scene you can create in no time!  Please enjoy!  Supply list is in the video!  


Thank so much for your enthusiasm for this set, and all the requests you made to bump this up in our release line up!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

How to Create Shaped Pocket Cards with Embroidered Flowers



Hi! You will love how quick and easy today's card is! Create this fun pocket- shaped using my Embroidered Flowers stamp set from Gina K. Designs, without any template, die or tracing, just grab your scissors and make a few quick snips!

This card will stand on its own to display and can be customized to hold a gift card, cash, folded note, or other flat item--maybe even a stick of gum, bookmark or other stamped and die cut image, get creative! You can freehand your own stitching around the edges with a pen or stamp the row of knots I included in my Embroidered Flowers set. Enjoy making it fancy with the different embroidered leaves, blooms and border images! Please enjoy! Thanks for watching. I look forward to reading your comment and questions!
Here is another card I share in today's Instagram hop, using the hoop stamp and coordinating die from Lisas You Being You set, these are made for each other! I'll do a video, look for it!

Purchase Embroidered Flowers stamp set here: http://shrsl.com/22q38

Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Embroidered Flowers stamp set
 Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Baseweight cardstock 4 1/4" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4" (white)
 Gina K. Jet Black amalgam, Soft Stone, Stormy Sky, and Red Velvet ink pads Scissors, craft knife, craft mat, acrylic blocks or MISTI, pen

Monday, January 27, 2020

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Embroidered Flowers and Happy Hearts

Be sure to visit each stop on the hop because the team has worked SO hard to give you lots of ideas, layouts and inspiration with the new products! As you go, please leave a comment, we so appreciate hearing from you, AND each comment is a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Gina K. Designs.  
Gina will announce the winner on her blog. Good luck!!

First we are sharing my new set, and I have a new video for you! 


Super quick and easy, a little direct to paper technique to add texture like a distressed cloth or denim and some stenciling before you stamp the flowers and leaves. (I want to point out I did not use the MISTI or foam mat underneath my stamping like I recommended in my first video for the set which will show more detail in the stitches, I passed on using the cushion for this design since they were already layered over the swiping and stenciling. Either way..!) 


Supplies:
GKD White and Blue Denim cardstock
GKD Powder Blue and Blue Denim ink
Funky Flourish Stencil
white gel pen, acrylic blocks or MISTI

I'm going to come back with more videos with this direct to stamp technique, sharing how to make a pocket and also a shirt card, how fun would those be with some great embroidered designs?! 

(I haven't found a Gina K. stencil yet I don't love with these Embroidered Flowers!)

Like this one, for example! (Autumn Wishes Stencil) I sponged on some Stormy Sky ink with a Life Changing Blending Brush and then used the coordinating die set with Red Velvet and Grass Green paper.  I like how this shows you don't always have to die cut from white.  
 Both the tone on tone greens for the leaves (Fresh Asparagus ink) and Jet Black Amalgam and White pigment for the roses create really different but bold and interesting looks.  Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White, Stormy Sky, and Soft Stone. Also, I'm guessing you may not have "Love, Me" stamp in your collection (and if o its probably not embroidered!) I think this sentiment is perfect for all the cards you are making with your own hands and heart, for the front like you see here, for signing the *inside* because your person certainly knows who "me" is (in my everyday circle, I am the only one who makes handmade cards) AND for the backs of your cards, isn't that fun with the date?



This last one's just a stamped scene! Whether you choose to make it look "more embroidered" with the needle and thread or embossing or  or not, they are really versatile floral building elements. I used GKD Wild Dandelion and Prickly Pear inks direct to stamp for the flowers and Fresh Asparagus, stamped on and off for the leaves and stems. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White.

Thanks so, sew much for all the love and support you have already shown for Embroidered Flowers! I can't wait to see all the wonderful cards I know you will make once your sets arrive.



You will also see Beth's new Happy Hearts stamp set and dies showcased on today's hop!  I don't have this set or I've made a bunch of valentines, but I know there are plenty in store from our team!
Happy Hearts
Happy Hearts dies

Shop all the new products here.

Now let's continue the hop and see what the rest of our super creative design team has made with both of these new sets!

Next on the list is

Beth Silaika-illustrator of Happy Hearts

The full link list is on Gina's blog.

Thanks so much for visiting today! 
Which card is your favorite? Tell me in the comment section!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Video: Embroidered Flowers

Hello! Today I am sharing my newest stamp set from Gina K. Designs, Embroidered Flowers! You will be amazed at how realistic these hand drawn (sewn!) large florals and sentiments look and how versatile they are for stamping, cardmaking and other projects. I share some tips for stamping, embossing and direct to stamp techniques with these images.  Please enjoy!   Let me know in the comments which layout you prefer OR your favorite images in the set.

Embroidered Flowers stamp set is available now! Shop here.


Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Embroidered Flowers stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury Passionate Pink (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2") and White ( 3 7/8" x 5 1/8") cardstock
Passionate Pink, Innocent Pink, Jellybean Green, Grass Green, Fresh Asparagus, ink pads or cubes, Gina K. Jet Black amalgam ink pad, Gina K. Watermark ink pad

MISTI and acrylic blocks
Arteza Everblend marker A152

silver fine detail embossing powder and heat gun

Hops with the design team and tip sheet coming up!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Gina K. Blog Hop, Day 3: Warm Winter Wishes Card Kit

Hello, and welcome to our final day of the October Holiday Blog Hop!  We are so glad you're back to see our ideas and art with you today, and thankful you are making time for it.  Please be sure to leave a comment on each blog letting us know you were here and what you enjoyed. This feedback not only helps us plan for future hops for you, but you might ALSO win a $50 gift certificate to Gina K. Designs!  One winner will be selected randomly from all the comments and announced on Gina's blog a few days after hops conclude. The more you comment the better your chances. Good luck!

You should be coming from Karen's blog.

I stamped these cuties and my popcorn string from Pallet Christmas and then colored with Arteza Everblend markers. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White, Red Velvet, and Kraft.
Next I used one of the beautiful snowflakes and a greeting, for the sentiment, ink in Turquoise Sea then Tranquil Teal for the ombre effect.  Adding a stencil to snowflake takes it to a 100, really pumps it up! Be sure to center it with the center of the snowflake stamp for more impact, like a bulls eye. I used a life changing blending brush, and i'll be honest , this is what happens when you grab one that is the wrong color or you forgot to clean, there's a lot of green and brown in there, when I was only using Sea Glass but it gave such an aged vintage look! Even better!  Stencils usually look more interesting with at least 2 or 3 shades. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White and Turquoise Sea.


Thank you for visiting! You can find all the 

Next stop is Beth's blog!



Thursday, October 24, 2019

Gina K. Blog Hop, Day 2: You Being You and You Warm My Heart

Hello, and welcome to day 2 of our Holiday Blog Hop!  We are so happy you are joining us again, and thankful you are making time for it.  Please be sure to leave a comment on each blog letting us know you were here and what you enjoyed. This feedback not only helps us plan for future hops for you, but you might ALSO win a $50 gift certificate to Gina K. Designs!  One winner will be selected randomly from all the comments and announced on Gina's blog a few days after hops conclude. The more you comment the better your chances. Good luck!

You should be coming from Emily's blog.


For this first card, I used Lisa's leaves to make butterflies.  The 2 leaf clusters lend themselves to front and side views.  I also sponged on a bit Wild Dandelion over the Snowfall Stencil and it makes the perfect dusting of happy glittery wonderful. Cardstock is GKD White and Turquoise Sea and ink Tangerine Twist, Wild dandelion, Turquoise Sea and Plum Punch. I drew the little bodies and antennae with a black pen, easy peasy. Highlighting parts of Lisa's pretty handwriting with a yellow marker makes it pop.

This uses Lisa McClelland Hetrick's You Being You hoop, a sentiment from Emily Loggans's Christmas Script, and my little houses from Pallet Christmas, they went so perfectly with the "our home" sentiment! After stamping all of the above in Whisper Amalgam, I traced the images with dashes in metallic gel pens to create stitching, the metallic ink looks like shiny embroidery thread. A gray alcohol marker for shadows of the folds and wavy trim create the illusion, finished perfectly with the NEEDLE from my Twine Time stamp set! Embossing in gold or silver would be even better but I was a stamping blur and my powder was on the other wise of the room! (I was going to add my scissors too, but had to move on to next card!) I also drew in the bit of thread and added a shadow and the "pokey hole". I loved making this card, and all these sets together 

I don't have the You Warm My Heart, but I am blown away by the samples and I'm sure you are, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Next stop on the hop is Beth's blog.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Gina K. Blog Hop, Day 1: Holiday Trees, Pallet Christmas, and Christmas Script

Hello, and welcome to our Holiday blog Hop!  We are so excited to here our ideas and art with you today, and thankful you are making time for it.  Please be sure to leave a comment on each blog letting us know you were here and what you enjoyed. This feedback not only helps us plan for future hops for you, but you might ALSO win a $50 gift certificate to Gina K. Designs!  One winner will be selected randomly from all the comments and announced on Gina's blog a few days after hops conclude. The more you comment the better your chances. Good luck!

You should be coming from Beth's blog.  The full link list can be found on Gina's blog.


Here is my intro video if you did not see it last night! Build a room in no time, dressed and ready to celebrate!


There is SOOOO much you can do with Pallet Christmas, can you see the potential?  Elemental sets like these are some of my favorite to use because I can make such different looking designs every single time and my imagination runs wild!  I mentioned using the stocking hanger elements in the video to hang instead of the tied string, well here they are!  I also wanted to show you this set in landscape orientation with the longer board from Perfect Pallets as the mantle. To hang these fuzzy knit stockings, I stamped the bold taper candle image upside down in black to make the metal hanger, then used the small wooden block base and a different shaped ornament for each topper above the stamped board from Perfect Pallets. I kept the coloring very simple to give it a farmhouse feel but made the one stocking pop with red marker.  That's the person's who has the most Christmas spirit and faith Santa will come, I believe! ;)


I had to show you something without the board from Perfect Pallets so you know it is a standalone set and a lot more than just home decor! I call it, "Little Cabins in the Woods". :)  For this one, I stamped out three cluster of trees and houses, then cut into three sections with my hobby knife.  After sponging the sky with GKD Powder Blue and Blue Denim and adding my greeting, adhere the sky at top with your tape runner and then layer up your foam squares on the remaining sections, adding an additional layer of foam each time till you get to the bottom for a really 3-D effect! Base is GKD Pure Luxury Christmas Pine.

For this one, I wanted to show you a clean and simple card that you can easily mass produce.  I used Whisper cardstock, stamped with GKD Red Velvet and Jet Black Amalgam. (I used the metal ornament hanger for this card, but I also have a string one in the set and love how this hanger makes it look like each little figure has a hole drilled through it, like the painted wooden ones we made when I was little. I'll show that in another video!) I colored in the ornaments with a white gel pen ( you could make them all different colors, but I thought the white on this subtle gray paper was so interesting and unexpected!and stenciled on some snow with GKD white pigment ink and the Snowfall stencil in the new Warm Winter Wishes Card Kit.
The ornaments can also be hung from the board or even as accents stamped onto the pallets like a sign to frame and embellish holiday greetings.

For this next card I used one of Emily's beautiful greetings from Christmas Script with the new Tall Birch background stamp! Stamp the background in Stormy Sky onto a Kraft base and then again on a white mat and cut a curvy hills with a hobby knife and pop up over the base with foam squares. I stenciled on some falling flakes with the Snow Fall stencil from the new Warm Winter Wishes Card Kit and GKD white pigment ink using a Life Changing Blending Brush.  I thought it would be fun to add some greenery from Pallet Christmas set to the branches in Grass Green and my bold flying bird also from that set in GKD Red Velvet!  These little accents coordinate really nicely in size and theme with this new tree background and add a lot of interest and color to the card. I think I'll hang some of my little ornaments on the next one... :)



My favorite card with Emily's set and one of my faves I made from this whole release will be shared TOMORROW because it also features LISA's new set! Come back, because I know you're gonna wanna make it!

Next up, I love how these geometric trees in Beth's Holiday Trees are both modern and retro depending on how you stamp them and the colors you use.  Two tone stamping really create a cool ombre effect on these bold trees, and the little bits give lots of decorating possibilities. I used Lovely Lavender and Plum Punch, Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus, and finally Dusty Rose and Red Velvet for my combos. Always ink the lighter color first before applying the darker ink to your image, then stamp. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White and Plum Punch.

Thanks so much for visiting today! 
You can find all the new products I mentioned in the What's New category.  come back tomorrow for more inspiration!
Your next stop on the hop is Emily Loggans!

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.

Just joining the hop? Start here at Gina's blog.

Thanks so much for visiting! 
Which card do you like best? 
I truly appreciate your comments and welcome questions!