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Thursday, 23 June 2016

... Cofee Lovers Summer hop, plus Candy!


Good morning! Great to see you, today I'm finally taking part in the summer coffee lovers blog hop! I'm sure you know all about it, but if not here's a quick link to all the Coffee Lovers website and main info page for this hop. There are oodles of prizes to be won and Gina K is a super sponsor (cough!, massive sale just begun at Gina's, cough!), you could win big just by taking part! Get your stamps out!


http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2016/06/summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop-2/


This is my card for the hop today and I used my own coffee set, We Go Together, which is just 'new again', at Gina K Designs. I used the small coffee and doughnut from that set on this card:

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2529&categoryId=16

 I trimmed them out and coloured them with copics before placing them on the background panel that I had created with my new Gina K inks. I used the delicious Sweet Corn, Sweet Mango and Red hot inks.

The heart images are from a WMS set from a while back, Halftone Backgrounds, It's not currently available, but maybe someday. The sentiment is stamped in Gina K Dark Chocolate ink, I am so enjoying the Gina K inks, they have great coverage and are fast becoming my go-to range, just need a few more shades...lol...and then I'll need more cardstock and they have matching envelopes...oh you know how this goes....

Anyhow, hope you liked my little summery card, have a great hop!

Can I do blog candy? 

Yep, I think I can... I have a spare set of the Halftone Backgrounds set left over here in my office, was doing a little cleaning out over the weekend... it looks like this:





 This set is currently not available anywhere, and it's a large set, jam packed with halftone background images, it's a super versatile set, and I especially love it for Masculine cards.

If you fancy winning this set (it's clear photopolymer), then leave a comment here on this blog post. No awkward question to answer, just say hi! I'll pick a random winner on Sunday Night and pop out the winners prize on Monday! Ok, see you later!




Monday, 6 June 2016

...May 2016 Tiny Textures Incentive set Blog Hop


The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to a special blog hop featuring the new Tiny Textures incentive stamp sets from the May StampTV Release Party! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs!


Tiny Textures is a fun stamp set that allows you add a splash of something fun to your scrapbook pages or will help you to make a cool stamped background to your card projects. The “Just Because” sentiment from the set is ideal to add the finishing touch to a quick, but thoughtful card!

Now for anyone who is new to Gina K (I know, there's can't be that many of you, but just-in-casey here's how you get your hands on this set:

This stamp set ships free with any $75.00 order placed at Gina K Designs store! 
for more details see the store page here.


Here's the set:

 For my first card today I used the large paint brush mark, I decided to mask off a little strip of card across the front of my front panel and then I stamped the brush mark at an angle using some of my new Gina K inks. I stamped across the top of the mask and then back along the bottom in the opposite direction. I love the coverage I got with these inks, I was using a super smooth cardstock and the ink looks so solid right across the image, great result.

When I peeled back the mask (which was a strip of post-it note) it left me a nice wide space to pop in my sentiment. I used a sentiment from the newly released Coffee set. I trimmed out a little Coffee cup from the set and mounted it on a little foam, stamped the steam and Bob's your uncle.
I used the following inks:  Sweetcorn, Sweet Mango and Kraft - Can I just say that the Kraft ink especially is my new most favourite, I have been looking for an ink to match kraft card stock for a very long time...THIS is the one folks!

Here's the coffee set, it is full to bursting with coffee related stampy stuff - just in case you haven't seen it... ;)

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2528&categoryId=16


For my second card, I used the broad brush stroke again and made a plaid background with it using two tones of ink, I LOVE it, such a nice backdrop to any focal point, I added a rose from the Old Country Roses set. Tiny textures is cracking wee set, I haven't even scratched the surface here!

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2526&categoryId=16


So, off you pop - enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then don't forget to comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few day after the hop.

Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:

Gina K
Allie Gower
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Claire Brennan
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Kendra Wietstock
Melanie Muenchinger
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Susie Moore

Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.


Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, 3 June 2016

...peaceful


Just a quickie from me today - million and one things to do today, but I think I forgot to post this card during the new release blog hop posts earlier this week, so here it is - I went for a blended sky behind the windmill silhouette, but I added some mountain ranges in the distance using some ripped paper as a mask againt which to sponge the darker shades, pretty happy with how this turned out, should have added a sun tho....

This is made with stamps from The New Gina K Designs stamp set - Country Roads 2 - you can see that set right here.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

...Gina K Designs May Inspiration blog hop Day Two



Hello folks and welcome to the second day of inspirational posts for the Gina K Designs May release - I'm even more excited today than I was yesterday because today we get to look at two of the sets that I have in this release! I cannot wait to see what the rest of the DT folks have done with these!

This post is seriously picture heavy - you're gonna need more coffee...

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from the May StampTV Release Party! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring two stamp sets by Beth Silaika and yours truly! 

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2524&categoryId=16

The first set we are featuring is Sophie Pig by Beth Silaika. Beth has created a super cute set with the sweetest images and matching sentiments to make the perfect card project to make the card recipient smile or feel better right away! 

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2526&categoryId=16
http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2527&categoryId=16

The second and third sets we are featuring are my sets Old Country Roses and Fine Feathers! My Old Country Roses set is a layering set based on those old style cabbage roses and you can easily whip up a fresh bouquet or two for any project. Fine Feathers is a collection of highly detailed feathers that are a perfect focal image to create a message of inspiration, hope, thanks and more! ED- I hear that Fine Feathers are temporarily sold out, but I happen to know that more are on the way, all the more time to get your ideas together.

Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then don't forget to comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

Ok, here are my samples for today's blog hop!

First up, miss Sophie Pig!


Hogs and kisses, love it! For my first card I just stamped Sophie and coloured her with copics before floating a few hearts around her, for my second card I thought I would make her the star, literally! I stamped her in the wee muddy puddle and masked her a little to get the puddle to surround her. I moved a few splashes also to suit my layout. I cut an aperture using a star shaped die in my card front and popped her in behind, I then added a frame onto which I drew stitches with a white gel pen. I love a punny sentiment and this wee set is full to the brim with them! Super cute set!


This was the Sophie card that I shared at the release party - don't be afraid to colour around the letters in your sentiments, sometimes it the 'extra' that you need!



Here are the samples for my set Old Country Roses.

Gingham is my most favourite thing to pair with old fashioned roses - the Sending Love kit was full of gingham, it must be fate.... :)


This 'Have a wonderful day' card uses the biggest bloom in the set. I mounted the big bloom on top of the large trio of blooms just for some dimension. Leaves were also cut out and stacked underneath. I like to use 3 shades of ink, a pale a medium and a strong shade - they don't have to be the same colour, I got a nice effect using a blue on top of a green for these leaves - it reminds me of vintage fabric and the way floral prints would be slightly offset in interesting colours.

Old Country Roses is a layering set and I have prepared a tip sheet to help you see how simple it is to line these stamps up - some folks worry about alignment, but I purposely designed these to be super simple - all of the lining up is done on the centre of each bloom - here's the tip sheet:


You can see how each bloom or leaf is made using 3 separate stamps - it's so simple, just select 3 shades of ink to work with and follow the tip sheet and you cannot go wrong.

Here's a graphic to show you the 4 types of blooms and 3 types of leaves that can be achieved with this set.


The tiny Roses are sooo cute, they look so pretty, I made some tags up in the smaller sizes. I'm loving the roses in yellow!


 And pat on the back to you for getting all the way down to this part of the post! Here are my last bunch of samples for today - My cards for the Fine Feathers set.


I stamped the largest feather twice in versamark and then sprinkled over some white embossing powder. I curved the stamp a little on the clear acrylic block before stamping, so that the stamped images would create a little focus on my sentiment - 'Let your dreams take flight' Once the embossing was dry, I got out those re-inkers and 'watercolored' with them - I love using re-inkers for this purpose because the colour is much more concentrated than watercolour paints.


For this card, I used the rock and roll technique - think that's what it's called when you ink up in one colour but roll the edges of the inked stamp in anther colour before stamping, love doing that. I love the fine detail in these stamps, I'm all bout detail, I don't mind spending hours drawing the smallest details. I just might have OCD...

There are a selection of 8 different feathers in this set, some solid images, some line art, which makes it versatile enough for any style of project. I combined both types in this card above. I'm particularly fond of that spotty feather.

And finally, because you are really going above and beyond the call of duty by making it all the way down to this last card... "You have earned your wings many times over" 

I really tried hard with this set to come up with original and usable phrases to go with the feathers. Just for fun, I stamped the feathers in a white ink on black cards. Don't know about you, but all my angels have golden wings, Once the ink was dry I shaded parts of the feathers with various tones of yellow and gold colouring pencils, I'll bet this technique has a fancy name, but I forget what that might be... anyhow it makes the images pop and I love this effect - hope you do too!



OK, If I haven't burnt you out and you are ready for more awesome creations, just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:


Gina K
Beth Silaika – Illustrator for Sophie Pig
Claire Brennan – Illustrator for Old Country Roses and Fine Feathers
Allie Gower
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Kendra Wietstock
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Susie Moore
Theresa Momber

Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.


Hope it tickles!

Monday, 30 May 2016

... Gina K Designs May Inspiration blog hop Day One


 It's my first blog hop as a member of the GKD team! So excited! There's a lot of pics, grab a cuppa! Here's what you need to know:

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from the May StampTV Release Party! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring two stamp sets by Therea Momber and Melanie Muenchinger. 


The first set we are featuring is Country Roads 2 by Theresa Momber. Theresa has created a second set to her popular Country Roads collection. Whether you are a country lover or an animal lover, you will be making creative and fun projects with this wonderful set. 



The second set we are featuring is Fill It with Flowers by Melanie Muenchinger. Melanie has done it again! She has created another wonderful set that is incredibly versatile and fun where the possibilities are endless for making beautiful cards for any occasion.

Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.


Ok, here we go with my Country Roads 2 cards:


I made this cheery Happy Birthday card with the Country Roads 2 set - I brushed the large floral stamp with bottled inks and stamped it - it comes out all watery and splotchy, but when it dries you can stamp the image again with proper stamping ink and it gives this artsy painterly look, I like how this turned out.


This is what the image looks like stamped in the bottled, liquid inks.


Once it dries, I stamp again with black ink, the detail shows up nicely over the 
artsy look of the dried inks.

I used the smaller floral image from Country Roads to create these little notelet cards, 4 inch square, the fine detailing lent itself to a simple card layout.



If you were at the release party at Stamp TV you may have seen this card - 

I decided to take one of the silhouette images from the set and do something a little different with it. Instead of using it as a silhouette, I stamped it in a very pale shade of grey and then used some colouring pencils to add some colour directly to the stamped image. There's some how-to pics below, you can try this with other silhouette images. It can be a great way to extend the range of your stamps.



And now for my Fill it with Flowers cards:


I loved this milk glass style vase from Melanie's set, I paired it with some of the oversize blooms and coloured with copics. I stamped a few extra flower heads and trimmed out the flower heads and some single petals. I used an embossing tool on the backs of my trimmed-out images to create a little dimension and then I stuck some of the extra petals to the flower heads to give the arrangement a little more depth.



The butterfly was fussy cut from some of the patterned papers in the Sending love Stamp TV kit, it was just the perfect size! The lovely gingham paper is from the kit also. Have you seen the kit? It's here.

For my second card I used the paper wrap stamp and paired it with the hydrangea stamp. The paper wrap is an ideal stamp to paper piece - all the patterned papers on this card are from the sending love kit - it's a great kit. I used copics again to color the flowers and I sponged a little behind the main image to ground the bouquet a little. Couldn't resist another little butterfly.

I sure hope these tickle and I can't wait to see what you folks get up to with these sets - also tomorrow I'm looking forward to showing you some more creations, there's another hop!

If you are ready for more inspiration today, just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:


Gina K

Theresa Momber – Illustrator for Country Roads 2

Melanie Muenchinger – Illustrator for Fill It with Flowers

Allie Gower

Beth Silaika

Cathy Tidwell

Claire Brennan

Donna Idlet

Karen Hightower

Kendra Wietstock

Laurie Schmidlin

Sheri Gilson

Silke Ledlow

Susie Moore


Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.
Thanks for popping in!