Gina K Designs Illustrators Blog Hop…and You’re Invited!!

YOU’RE INVITED!!

Tonight is the night! We are all so excited to party with you from 7:00- 9:00 PM Central Time in our forum at StampTV.com! All of the fun starts right here:  StampTV Release Party Forum

Today, the Illustrators and some of the Design Team have put together a little invitation hop for you! This hop features stamps that will be released tonight! So come hop along with us and dont forget to add a comment on each blog…we will pick an random winner to win an awesome grab bag of Gina K Design Goodies!!

My newest set, Poster Board Christmas  will be available NOW during the release party, and I hope you will love it as much as I do!

My first project today features a set of cards I made using Poster Board Christmas and the woodgrain stamp from Beautiful Banners.

Poster Board Sentiments - Christmas 3I love how these turned out! Have you gotten the Gina K. Designs Kraft Ink yet? It is PERFECT for the woodgrain! I’m in love. There are two wreaths in my new set and one set of berries that fit into BOTH wreaths! Pretty cool, huh? And look at those pretty sentiments to go inside! I almost forgot to tell you… The sentiments from the original Poster Board Sentiments also fits into these wreaths, so you can make beautiful greetings for any season! Just change the color of your wreaths!

Poster Board Sentiments - Christmas 1Here I used a sentiment from Poster Board Sentiments to make a beautiful Autumnal encouragement card, so these beautiful wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. Paired with Gina’s gorgeous color companion ribbons, and Sun-kissed Autumn patterned paper. Look at how well that paper matches that wreath!

For my last card today I decided to go vintage and I just love the softness to this card. Who says Christmas has to be red and green…

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This quietly evokes Christmas like a gently snowfall, right? A little glitter on some scor-tape and soft colors of Kraft and pink. It makes Christmas sing with sweetness. Go and see what the other girls have in store for you today!

Start hopping and be sure to leave a comment!!

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Kreate-a-Lope Blog Hop

Today a few friends and I are having some fun with a cool product called the Kreate-a-lope®. It’s an envelope template that does not require scissors, tracing, or measuring of any kind and it was created by Nick Romer.

Nick is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to relaunch the Kreate-a-lope® and raise funds and awareness for this must-see tool. If you want to support the campaign, you can see a short video and learn more here: http://www.greensneakers.com/kick2 or you can visit his site, GreenSneakers.com.

I got some really great templates from Nick, and I will be using more of the different styles in coming posts, but today wanted to highlight some great sizes for us card makers!

I am smitten with Instagram photos, and use my Printicular app straight through my phone and get them printed out at Walgreens. I also LOVE picture cards, so I thought it would be cool to showcase a card I made using the Kreate-a-Lope 4×4 template. Now, you actually want to SEE the picture you are giving as a gift, and you want the recipient to be able to use the photo, so I didn’t adhere the back flap on the envelope I made, so it would be easy to flip up  and take out. I also used something pretty cool to make this envelope with. A cellophane bag. Yup. Like those bags you get sometimes with your favorite papercrafting goodies in it? I save them. Yes I do. Actually my Kreate-a-Lope templates came in a bag just like this! So why not use them?

2013-09-15_0001  I love this because you can see the picture, and it protects it. Embellish it if you want by using some patterned paper and punches! You can make envelopes out of anything you want! I used my clear stamp set “Spoon Me” available at Gina K Designs to outfit the rest of this card.

Next, I made an envelope for this 5×5 card to go into using, you guessed it, the 5×5 Kreate-a-Lope template.

2013-09-15_0002This was again, really fast to make. You literally just need to rip the paper around the template and fold. SO easy. This time I added a strip of punched patterned paper, the camera from “Spoon Me”, and a sentiment from my “Beautiful Banners” stamp set.

I love how this birthday pairing turned out!

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Becky Oehlers <——You Are Here

 Alice Golden

Heather Pulvirenti

Latisha Yoast

Silke Ledlow

Karin Åkesdotter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gina K. Blog Hop “Beautiful Banners” and “Darling Divas”

Hello all! I am here to show the projects I made with my new stamp set called “Beautiful Banners” available now through Gina K. Designs. I’m so excited about this set, and hope you have been liking the samples shown with it so far!

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For my cards today, I wanted to show you how well they integrate with some of my other stamp sets I have designed. This bold color scheme features a bloom from my “Bold Blooms” stamp set. I used black onyx card stock and embossed the wood grain background stamp with clear embossing powder. This will look great on a masculine card as well! It really gives it something special without taking away from the neutral background color. I used the Nestabilities Large Pinking Circle die for my center circle and backed in with the jumbo circle marvy punch.

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This card was so much fun to make, and just goes to show you can use these banners on their own. It is so fun to see three different stamp sets come together like this! For this card I used the sunburst from American Made, the bowling pins from Spoon Me, and the wood grain and sentiment from Beautiful Banners to make this great bowling lane birthday card. The back level of pins is glued to the card while the others use dimensionals.  I love how Beautiful Banners fits so nicely in line with so many of my older sets and so many other designers sets as well!

Go see what the other designers came up with today for our blog hop!

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Introducing “Beautiful Banners”

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Beautiful Banners is a clear stamp set which coordinates with the Nestability Large Pinking Circle Dies. Available also for this set are the Beautiful Banners Silhouette Cut Files in many combinations.

For my first card today I used the wood grain background stamp a lot to really bring out the fun look of the Gina K Designs Color Companions cardstock and inks.  I also used the Pinking Nestability circle die on this project. I really love the look of these medallions and banners! So fun! I topped it off with some Gina K Sweet Mango Buttons to match the Sweet Mango card stock and ink!

BeautifulBanners6 (1 of 1) copyFor my next card I did something pretty fun. By cutting my medallion sentiment in half, I was able to create an equally nice greeting, but have it take on a totally different look. So instead of it saying “A Big Happy Birthday To You”, it just says “Happy Birthday To You!” I designed this medallion this way on purpose, so you can use it differently each time.

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I then made my own balloons using Gina K Color Companions card stock colors in Passionate Pink, Sweet Mango, and Turquoise Sea. I LOVE this color combo. Make me squeal in delight every time I see it. Really. It’s a bit embarrassing. I used a 1 inch circle punch and cut out some triangles to make the balloons. I then used my Signo Gel Pen to create the balloon highlights. Super fun.

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Look at that background in pink! Isn’t it great! Wood grain is NOT just for guys!! Look at how much that background stamp adds to the card. It looks so great! Please don’t just use this stamp on guy cards! It would be a waste!

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Switching it up a little bit, I played with the banner triangles that come in this set. These triangles coordinate with Melanie Muenchinger’s Lots of Letters stamp set.  I designed it that way so all of you who own that set will be ready to go once you get this one.

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This preppy green and pink combo is a great alternative to your standard baby color card. It reminds me of my polos in the 80s. ;)

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One of my FAVORITE things about designing stamps is that I can have fun coordinating with my previous sets. The sunburst from my American Made stamp set is perfection with my “Hello Sunshine” sentiment.

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I can’t tell you how many times I go to that sunburst, and with that sentiment? It just isn’t the same without it! American Made is a set that comes in Clear or Rubber.  Just a simple white card base is all you need to make a card like this. Simple yet packs a happy punch!

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Turning to the more masculine feel, I like how you can approach a card like this using traditional things like Kraft card stock, but change it up a little just by using different ink colors. On the bottom half of the card I used Dark Sage ink (to match the dark sage card stock on the card), and on the top half of the card I used Honey Mustard ink.

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Another nice way to use this sentiment is to use it all alone. It looks great, and is a nice all-ocassion type of card to keep in your stash. It would look cute sideways, too!

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For my final card today, I wanted to show you something that is fun to do with this set. I have a banner that is a bit smaller and plain (it has no sentiment on it) to use with the ampersand stamp I have in the set as well. This will allow you to create multiple banner options. This card would be great for a graduate. You could even snip the ends off of the banners and give them a whole different look! So many options.

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The wood grain looks so great and bold here, but the shine is in the yellow ink! Who doesn’t LOVE grey and yellow together? So classic! Here is a picture of the stamp set in it’s entirety:

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Go and check out what the other illustrators have in store for you today, and don’t forget to come to the release party tonight over at StampTv!

 

Gina

 

Becky <——– You Are Here

 

Beth

 

Debbie

Melanie

 

Tami

 

Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Go Gold and Go Bold using the Bold Blooms Stamp Set

Hi everyone! I am stopping by the blog today to show you a really great way to make a huge impact on a card and you don’t even have to be good at coloring!

My favorite thing to do as of late is to use my gold embossing powder, but not in just any way, in a bold way. I love the look of foiled paper, and this is a great and easy way to achieve the same rich look. First, start with a neutral, but colored card stock. For this card I went with the Gina K. “Moonlit Fog” card stock. I then gold embossed a flower form the Bold Blooms stamp set.

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I then colored it using only ONE copic marker. The number I used was V09. I love how rich it looks. For the inside of the flower I randomly colored some of the leaves and left some open.

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This gives a nice effect. I finished the card off with a background element from the Bold Blooms stamp set as well as a sentiment from the Poster Board Sentiments stamp set.

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Gina K. Blog Hop – A Little Something and Darling Divas

 

 

The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a few days after the hops.

My first card today is using the new Free with Three set, “A Little Something”. 

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Keeping it simple and light, I made a  birthday card using black onyx ink and some sequins. This is great because it can be made so quickly and yet look like a million bucks!

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Throw some of those sequins in your envelope, and you will give your recipient a little surprise party ;)

My next card is using the new Green Thumb Diva mini stamp set. I totally love how this sweet card came out!

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I colored the diva in with copics, but then paper pieced her pants to match my accent card stock which I stitched down the sides using my sewing machine. This is a nice idea because you are just bring a little bit of the background accents into the foreground. I grounded that gingham paper by using it to set off my sentiment as well, which then brought the gingham in three times, which is what you want to strive for in good design. I also brought it into the front of my envelope I made.

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I kept her colors as close to the patterned paper colors as possible. I shaded her in a light violet. Remember, shade has color!

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I also finished off the back of my envelope I made with my Kreate-a-Lope envelope maker and glue. Notice the stitching detail I brought into the strip. Before you adhere the strip, just run it on the sewing machine. This now ties in with the card front!

Hope you enjoyed the inspiration today! Go check out the other designers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gina K. Blog Hop – By the Sea 2 and Weather or Not

 

The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a few days after the hops.

 

My first card today features Theresa Momber’s new set, By the Sea 2! Theresa always inspires all with her use of colors and tutorials. Her silhouettes are just begging for a fun implementation of color. I used my copics and made a sand, sea and sun wash on white cardstock. This is a beautifully modern take on a Father’s Day card, and I am in love with the result. I made a matching envelope using my Kreate-a Lope again, and am looking forward to using this technique more.

 

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For my second card using Beth Silaika’s new set Weather or Not, I got out my gold stickles again (yes…I am into the gold this week), and made those clouds, lightening bolts and boots a tad chic.  Even though it was a bit hard to photograph, the gold stickles on the kraft is REALLY cool, so try it!

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Go check out the other designer’s inspiration!

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Gina K. Blog Hop – Simple Flowers, Stamp it Big! 2

 

The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a few days after the hops.

Simple Flowers (1 of 1) copyMy first card today features Simple Flowers, designed by Tami Mayberry. Between the fun borders and the neat spiral designs, these simple flowers are not just for girls. As you can see here, they make great masculine cards as well.

 

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My second card today uses Stamp it Big! 2 designed by Cammie King. I used up some old Cosmo Cricket paper here to paper piece this sweet little note of thanks. I love how Cammie designed the thanks sentiment to fit into the heart. I topped it off witha little heart punch coming from the chimney.

I made matching envelopes for both of my cards using the Kreate-a-Lope templates and envelope glue. It really gives a nice added touch to receive a matching envie! 

Check out all the amazing designs and inspiration:

 

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Gina K. Blog Hop – Pretty Patterns 2 and Bold Blooms

 

The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a few days after the hops.

The newest set from Melanie Muenchinger called Pretty Patterns 2 is a great building set for all of your background making needs. This card highlights the background and uses the sentiment from the Mr. & Mrs. Diva mini stamp set on the front of the card.

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I used gold stickles in between the Moroccan pattern. I have been a real sucker for gold these days. It’s making a huge comeback in fashion, and I am kind of digging it.

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I used the main focal image from Mr. &Mrs. Diva inside! Simple, but quick!

I decided way back to make this a gold and black themed day. I was itching to see what my Bold Blooms set would look like in gold embossing powder. I am SO glad I did this. Holy smokes is it impressive.

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Using Bold Blooms and Poster Board Sentiments, I set about making a card that would just be a jaw dropper. I “gold dusted” the edge of the die cut holding the sentiment. I just ran my versamark ink around the edge of the die cut and then used the gold embossing powder. This gives it a dusted look that I just think is so cool!

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Then I went about making my own envelope for my card using my Kreate-a-Lope envelope maker, which I am now completely obsessed with. And the lick and stick glue that comes with it? It’s perfection, and it is SO FAST. If you don’t believe me, they have a video on their site showing how fast it is.  I am no longer going to buy a single envelope. I had some old 8×8 SEI papers in my stash which matched nicely, so I went to town creating a stunning gold foil (yes, it is actually gold foil on that paper) matching envelope.

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Check out all the amazing designs and inspiration:

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Introducing “Bold Blooms” – Gina K. Designs Illustrator Hop

Today is the day! Join the design team over at Stamp TV this evening at 7pm central time, and be inspired by the projects and grab yourself some great stamps after you see the full reveals!

Bold Blooms

I am here today to introduce to you my new stamp set, Bold Blooms. Bold Blooms is available in clear,  and there is also the Silhouette cut files available for purchase as well.  Bold Blooms grabs your attention and will soon be your go-to favorite. I couldn’t put these babies down!  Want to take a look?

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The big beautiful flouncy peonies are just to die for. I have also included two masking files in the Silhouette files for the two big blooms in this set, so you can easily mask and not have to fussy cut. I shaded these flowers with a violet. Do you know what I learned? Shade is always a color. Not gray or black, but shade has actual color to it. Try shading using a color instead of gray. You will love it!  I used my Poster Board sentiments stamp set to pair with my blooms in this card.

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Here are more of these beautiful blooms using black embossing and coloring the kraft card stock with white ink using a dauber and a white gel pen. Is this striking or what? This has to be my favorite look of them all. Notice the little white gel pen highlights in the leaves? Just makes them pop! Again, the sentiments are from Poster Board Sentiments.

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This was great fun! Using all of the Gina K. blue cardstock colors, I created this very classic yet modern color block to feature my white embossed bloom on. The sentiment is from the Free with 3 set this month! How perfect!

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How about some more blue? This time I took a myriad of Gina’s blue inks and created this vignetted background along with dark blue flecks (using ye olde toothbrush technique).  I then embossed the large hydrangea bloom on top and added the bold sentiment from Cami’s Stamp it Big! 2 set.

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Here’s a fun thing to do with this bold bloom! Stamp onto color card stock with white ink and shade around the white using a marker which is a tad darker.  Great idea if you don’t feel like coloring.  What a fun look, even on the leaves! The sentiment is again from Stamp it Big! 2.

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Or…feel free to color! ;)

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I added some other great little flowers in this set, too, along with their leaves. This allows you to make some great one sheet wonders as backgrounds to your cards. Look at all of these great Gina K colors. Are you excited about all of the color companions, too? Finished off with these sweet sequins to match makes a perfect birthday card for a little girl. Sentiment used is from Poster Board Sentiments.

Hope you are inspired! Go and have a visit to the other illustrator’s blogs to see their new sets!

 

Gina

Becky <——– You Are Here

Beth

 

Carolyn

Debbie

Melanie

Tami

Theresa

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