Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dies and Stamps in Original A Year of Flowers/Pressed Flowers


Hello! I wanted to show you samples I made like the ones in our inspiration hop Monday with my stamps, dies and stencils, but instead using Pressed Flowers instead of Pressed Flowers 2 for a slightly different look!  See how the details in this set are more realistic?  Foliage stencil above, and Floral stencil below...


Pressed Flowers 

Pressed Flowers bold set fills the original A Year of Flowers line art set.  

The A Year of Flowers/Pressed Flowers die set to match both these stamp sets above can be found here


A Year of Flowers/Pressed Flowers dies
This set does not have dies that cut out the flower centers like A Year of Flowers 2/Pressed Flowers 2 does, but DOES have two stem dies (A Year of Flowers 2/Pressed Flowers 2 does not have stem dies).  You can use these with the A Year of Flowers 2/Pressed Flowers 2 stamps!  Same shape as the curved stem image in the Pressed Flowers 2 set, hurray! :)  This way we were able to give more dies you can use in each set without having to repeat shapes. Love it!


Scroll down a few days or click here to see the version I did with these stencils and Pressed Flowers 2 to compare the stamp image and die shape cut out.

A few customers have remarked they have tried layering a "1" stamp outline over a "2" bold stamp (the more sketchy, whimsical version) set and vice versa, and yes, you absolutely can mix up one of the realistic sets with the whimsical one for a really interesting look!  I will stamp up some samples to share!  Below you can see the two die sets also, so you can see that yes, you CAN try substituting one of the die sets to fit the other (1 with the 2's and vice versa), and it will be *somewhat* the same, but not an exact fit, with a rim all the way around, like when you are purchasing the set that coordinates.  Just match up the numbers (stamp set 1 and die set 1, or 2 with 2) when ordering to get what you need!  
So looking forward to the weekend!  New video coming up! I am so glad I have all 4 sets now to satisfy all my flower needs, when I I want to go a little more classic(1) or a little more lighthearted, loose and sketchy (2)! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Day 3 Inspiration Hop: Sentimental Cala Lily and Happy Mail

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from Gina K Designs! 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 the stamp sets by Chris Dayton and Gina K.  Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? 

First up, we have Chris Dayton's Sentimental Calla Lily!  Love these elegant stems and greetings!  For this first design I made a simple single layer on GKD Heavy Base Weight White and stamped the sentiment and calla lilies in Black Onyx.  Flowers are colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  I traced a drop shadow on Congratulations with  GG2.

Next, I mixed in some GKD Kraft and Black Onyx to pop up on the white for this quiet sympathy design.  I used the same Spectrum Noir markers for the stem but used a white gel pen for the lily. Again, I traced the greeting for just a little shadow.  Welcome to the illustration team, Chris, and congrats on this beautiful first set!
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Sentimental Calla Lily

Next up we have the darling Happy Mailfree for a limited time with your purchase of $75 or more, and I love the theme, fonts and words for inside and out, both cards and your envelopes!

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Is this darling, or what? I, for one,  am super excited to stamp "Not a Bill" on *everything*, and pair these fun sentiments with my postage frame and cancelled postmark from Stately Flowers 11! :)  Here are a couple ideas for your inspiration with this fun, free set!
Happy, happy, incoming!!  Letter image  is stamped in GKD Ocean Mist, Warm Cocoa, and Peach Bellini.Greeting is cut with one of the Gina K. Single Stitched Circles dies.




Here I used one of the sentiments with images from my new Pressed Flowers 2 framed up inside the postage Frame from Stately Flowers 11 (back in stock!) It is going to be so fun using all these big postage themed greetings with my big postage frame!!  I added one to the flap of the envelope and a few more flowers to match. Floral elements are stamped in GKD Red Hot, Peach Bellini, and Fresh Asparagus.

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

Chris Dayton - Today’s featured illustrator

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!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Day 2 Inspiration Hop: Karen Dolphin and Lovely Lilies


Hello and welcome back! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from Gina K Designs! 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 the stamp sets by Beth Silaika and Claire Brennan.  Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. 

Ready for some inspiration?

 First up, we have Beth Silaika's Karen Dolphin! I love the little heart and spray droplets you can use with the different creatures to really flesh out your scenes in a simple way. Here I masked the clouds with a sticky mask I made sponged with Ocean Mist and colored the whale and sea with Spectrum Noir markers. Heart die is from Gina's Double Stitched Circle set (Red Velvet cardstock). Cardstock is Turquoise Sea and White.

I loved stamping the scene with this spouting whale! I masked the clouds with the same mask from above with Ocean Mist and colored the whale and sea with Spectrum Noir markers. Patterned papers from the Petite Patterns designer paper in the new Sentimental Summer kit ( or for purchase separately) Card base is Innocent Pink.
For this one, I did a Black Onyx outline and anther, Innocent Pink base, Dusty Rose, accent and Passionate Pink spots n the center.  The layered stamps make it so easy, and I love this combo! Just Google "lilies" for some fabulous color inspiration to create these beauties with the different pads you have. Leaves are Jellybean, Grass Green and Black Onyx.

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Next we have Claire Brennan's Lovely Lilies!! Here I used the Innocent pink and Dusty Rose, without the addition of the third layer on the ends, but added the back outline.  The little dots on the flowers are stamped in GKD Passionate Pink, love that detail I separate for solid or spotty lilies!  These are so fun to layer, so many looks!  Leave are stamped in GKD Jellybean and Grass Green. 


This next card I stamped the lilies first in Wild Dandelion, then added Sweet Mango, then Red Velvet accents and spots, and finally Black Onyx for the anther. No outline this time, but I cut them out and popped them up over the leaves, which are stamped with GKD Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus.  Cardstock is Pure Luxury Red Velvet, Wild Dandelion and White. More Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops!


This is such a gorgeous set!  I haven't tried it yet, but I love that Claire  provided the outline, so you can do your own coloring, with watercoloring, Prismas, etc also when you want to do something different than the two step filler stamps. :)

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Lovely Lilies

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

Beth Silaika  - Today’s featured illustrator
Claire Brennan - Today’s featured illustrator
Cathy Tidwell

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!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Day 1 Inspiration Hop: Pressed Flowers 2 and Framescapes-Tropical Skies

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from Gina K Designs! 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 the stamp sets by me and Theresa Momber.  Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? 

First off, I am enjoying my Pressed Flowers 2 set and the coordinating dies so much I can't stand it!  Starting off with a simple one here, stamping the flowers and leaves in Peach Bellini, Wild Wisteria, Grass Green, Black Onyx, and then just stamping the outline of the leaves from the coordinating line art A Year of Flowers 2 in Fresh Asparagus to give it a little extra sumthin sumthin!  So fun creating bold pops of color with this big blooms! I am also loving having the separate centers to make new little puffball flowers like the wisteria colored ones you see here, not just for centers! Base is GKD Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White.



I enjoyed learning a new calligraphy style at a workshop recently and just had to create some script sentiments for you in my new set, so on trend and looks good with everything!

I shared this at our release party, but wanted to share some info! Another one I didn't use any dies, but if you DO have them, popping up that top rose would look divine, just sayin'! :)  I masked an area on this white mat and stamped in the roses in GKD Red Velvet, then the ferns and leaves in Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus, and finally sponging on some Sweet Corn before removing the masks.  I love how the corn turned kind of a blush color in some places, blending with the Red Velvet stamped roses before they fully dried!  Base is Pure Luxury Black Onyx.

I was also really excited to find how amazing these bold flowers look paired with Gina's new Art Stencils!


One this first Christmas one, I used the poinsettia and the coordinating die with her Foliage stencil.  I'll share this technique in a video I think!  Colors are GKD Red Velvet, Fresh Asparagus, and Jelly Bean Green for the cardstock layer.  
Greeting is also from my Pressed Flowers 2 set.


On this next one I stamped the flower and leaves in Peach Bellini and Fresh Asparagus after die cutting, and layered them with foam over  the peach and asparagus sponging from the Floral Stencil! 

One this one I stamped the flower and leaves in Peach Bellini and Fresh Asparagus after die cutting, and layered them with foam over  the peach and asparagus sponging from the Floral Stencil!  Don't both these stencils above look *made for* Pressed Flowers 2?!  
I love having dies to make a quick layered embellishment to add some quick dimension to these gorgeous stencil patterns!  I layered all this over my stamped Fabulous Frame because I had one stamped up and ready to go, no need to design a complicated layout.  Sentiment is also from Fabulous Frame
Base is GKD Peach bellini.

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I could go on and on but have to save some surprises for upcoming videos, there are MANY! I know the team will wow us today, too :)

Next up, we have Theresa's beautiful new Framescape-Tropical Skies.  I'm always up for the beach!

I made some subtler backgrounds with this glorious Tropical Skies frame today.  I googled some beach photos to create this one, using Wild Dandelion rolled in Sweet Mango for the setting sun reflection image, then sponged on Moonlit Fog and Powder Blue for the water, and Peach Bellini, Sweet Corn and Powder Blue for the sky.  I used a sticky note to mask the water, and added just the birds and greeting for a "take me away" virtual vacay design!


For this next one,  I knew this frame with its palm tree detail would look really cool with a direct to paper technique, by just swiping on the GKD ink pads horizontally to create the sand, water and finally sky layers: Kraft, Turquoise Sea, and Ocean Mist, in that order. Stamp in this happy couple and the sentiment and layer on a Kraft base and you're done!  My husband will love a card like this.
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Framescapes- Tropical Skies

I will have fun going bolder for my next designs with this and I know Theresa will treat you to some really epic sunrises and sunsets in her upcoming videos with this magical set!


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

Melanie Muenchinger (you are here!)

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!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Video: Stamp Out of the Box Flowers with Pressed Flowers 2


Hello! Today I am sharing how you can create your own out of the box flowers using the LEAF images and centers from my Pressed Flowers 2 set!  It is SO fun to reverse the leaves' direction to make each one a "two-fer" and mix and match the different sizes to create completely NEW flowers!   Skip a space and use the matching leaf dies from A Year of Flowers 2/ Pressed Flowers 2 die set to create falling "loves me loves me not" petal embellishments! So versatile! Please enjoy!  Let me know in the comment which layout or details you prefer, A or B! 


Supplies: 
Gina K. Designs Pressed Flowers 2 stamp set
Gina K. Black Onyx (for greeting), Innocent Pink, Turquoise Sea, Sweet Mango, and Honey Mustard ink pads
Gina K. White (base weight 4 1/4" x 11, scored at 5 1/2", layering weight 3 1/2" x 4", and scrap for die cut pieces),  Black Onyx (3 3/4" x 4 1/4"), Turquoise Sea (2 1/2" x 5 1/2") cardstock
Gina K. A Year of Flowers 2/Pressed Flowers 2 die set
die cutting machine, adhesive foam, tape runner, black enamel dots or Nuvo Crystal drops 



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Pressed Flowers 2


A Year of Flowers 2/ Pressed Flowers 2 die set

Thanks for visiting today!  Inspiration hops are coming next week!  And more videos, too! 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Video: Introducing Pressed Flowers 2 and Dies!

Good morning! I have a new video for but am working remotely and unable to embed the video in my post, so please click this link to view it!
Today I am introducing my new Pressed Flowers 2, a bold year round floral set which coordinates and fill with my line art A Year of Flowers 2, plus a matching die set!  You will LOVE being able to make single flower embellishments or gorgeous layered bouquets in no time with these stamps and dies, no coloring yet SO colorful! I use the rock and roll technique to ink the flowers and share how you can mix and match the different flower and center options to create gorgeous NEW hybrid blooms! Please enjoy!  Tell me in the comments below which layout or color you prefer below: pink or blue, landscape or portrait....

This die set cuts out TWO different stamp sets, making it a great value and first at Gina K. Designs!  Pressed Flowers 2 and the coordinating "two-fer" die set are available for purchase beginning Thursday, June 29th 7PM Central at ginakdesigns.com !


Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Pressed Flowers 2 stamp set
Gina K. Blue Lagoon and Ocean Mist (or Innocent Pink and Passionate Pink), Fresh Asparagus, Black Onyx ink pads
Gina K. Blue Lagoon (4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½” )  Black Onyx (3 7/8”x 5 1/8”), and Layering Weight White (3 ¾” x 5”, plus 2 quarter sheets for the die cut pieces) cardstock
Gina K. A Year of Flowers 2/Pressed Flowers 2 die set
Acrylic block, tape runner, foam adhesive, die cutting machine

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Video: Tool Stamped and "Tangled" Fish



Hello everyone!  Forgive me for the week off from videos last week, summer is in full effect! Today I have some fun techniques like tool stamping and "tangling" with a gel pen for the changing up the look of the bold and line art fish in my Gifts from the Sea set.  See all the fun patterns below?  The other images included in this versatile set help you create a beautiful underwater scene with ease, and I liked this one with Fabulous Frame so much that and I went ahead and stamped up a few other cards using Holiday Frame and Inspiration Mosaic to show how you can make different lay outs.  Please enjoy!

Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Gifts from the Sea and Fabulous Frame (or Holiday Frame or Inspiration Mosaic) stamp sets
Gina K. Designs Black Onyx and Blue Lagoon ink pads
Gina K. White and Wild Dandelion (A2 size) cardstock
Spectrum Noir markers: CT2, JG1

Sponge dauber, scissors, acrylic blocks, white gel pen, adhesive, foam squares (optional for popping up fish)




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Typhoon Texas! (and BOGO for Dads this Weekend)

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Good morning!  Just a heads up, William and I were thrilled and delighted to preview the new Typhoon Texas the week before school let out to see all the awesome additions to the water park in Pflugerville, so I wanted to tell you a little about it!  This is the first time we've been to the location in the evening and it was so relaxing, with the live music playing at the band stand and cooler temps.  We checked out all the slides and lazy river we enjoyed from previous summers, but the main attraction (for us, anyway) was really the enormous multilevel water playscape, with kids and families in mind, but my tween and his buddy and I had a blast running up and down this thing, and getting wet, wet, wet! 
 Seriously, in addition to the huge constantly filling and dumping bucket that will rain a deluge on everyone in the vicinity approximately every 5 minutes (check my perfectly timed pic above just before the water hits!), there are sprayers, soakers, guns and pouring curtains of water at every turn, so staying cool is no problem!  What makes this playscape extra exciting is there are 6 or 7 different slides branching off the different levels, so if you want to play tag or hide and seek like us there are multiple quick exit and escape routes, with no waiting in line! Obviously, it's way better to slide down than use the stairs if you can!  There are also cargo nets, bridges  and towers which give you lots of safe but fun challenges and hidey holes if you are playing a game.  It's also in the center of the park, so easy to find, or find stray family members!  The lazy river goes right by so you can check in on the littles!  Here is William giving me a wave!


We also really enjoyed all the Texas names and theming! Check out this new adventure if you are in or planning to visit the Austin area!

Plus, here’s a Father’s Day gift dad won’t soon forget if you are looking for a way to enjoy some family time– free admission to Typhoon Texas Austin all Father’s Day weekend. Simply purchase a regularly-priced, above-48-inch, single-day ticket at the Typhoon Texas ticket window, and dad can enter for free June 17-18. Typhoon Texas Austin is open until 10 p.m. both days to ensure dads and their families have plenty of time to enjoy the park’s high-speed raft rides and tube slides, free-fall body slides, four-story children’s Gully Washer with 800-gallon water bucket and more than 100 spray areas, Texas-sized wavepool, winding lazy river, family adventure trail and challenge course, and more.
Single-day passes Father’s Day weekend are $34.99. Children under 48 inches tall, seniors 55 and older, and military personnel (with military ID) are $24.99. After 5 p.m., tickets are always $19.99. Children 2 and younger are free.

More about the park:

Typhoon Texas Austin is a 25-acre waterpark located at 18500 TX-130 North Service Road in Pflugerville. This Texas- themed waterpark is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Children and adults of all ages can enjoy relaxing and having fun on tube slides, body slides, a mat racer slide, wave pool, lazy river and the family adventure park and challenge course. An island in the middle of the park features a splash pad with toddler slides for children ages 0 to 4 years, and and the Gully Washer, a four-story play structure with an 800-gallon water bucket, seven slides and more than 100 spray areas, offering hours of play and exploration for kids ages 3 to 10. The park offers a wide range of fresh food concepts at the park, such as hand-tossed pizzas, hamburgers and fresh-cut french fries, hand-dipped chicken tenders, corn dogs, fried shrimp, fajita tacos and a full bar. Park hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Visit www.typhoontexas.com for more information about special events, live music, cabana rentals, season passes and daily tickets.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Inspiration Hop: Sentimental Summer StampTV Kit

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fantastic blog hop celebrating the new Sentimental Summer StampTV Kit.  Join us by hopping along on all of the Cast & Crew blogs to see the wide variety of samples, which will give you ideas as you create your own projects with this kit. 
Sentimental Summer StampTV Kit
Contained in the kit are:

·         24 sheets of Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Card Stock including Passionate Pink, Turquoise Sea, Layering White, Black Onyx, Heavy Base Weight White, Wild Dandelion and Sweet Mango
·         Petite Patterns 6X6 pattern paper pack
·         Dazzling Dahlia stamp set
·         Your Own Kind of Beautiful stamp set
·         Set of 13 dies that coordinate with images from the two stamp sets

Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog. We will be selecting one lucky commenter at the end of the hop today and that person will win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. 

Ready for some inspiration? This first card I made with the Dazzling Dahlias stamps.  I stamped them all in Red Velvet and Grass Green and then the outlines in Black Onyx.  

I chose to cut out just the largest flower using one of the dies and then popping it up offset on some adhesive foam on a Red Velvet mat.  White Pure Luxury card base is stamped with one of the flourishes in GKD Black Onyx.  I just had try this out in red to start, but it would look gorgeous in the Passionate Pink in the kit! ;)


This next card I made with the Sentimental Summer set.  I stamped the bike and sun first in Black Onyx and colored everything in with Spectrum Noir markers.   I  masked in the cloudy sky (scalloped sticky note I cut) with Ocean Mist and the ground (masked with a straight edge) with Moonlit Fog.  

Next, I cut out the sun and bike with the matching dies, and them popped them up on foam, offsetting the sun by one ray to have them radiating. Card base is Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion.  I also added some Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops to the wheel axles or some nice dimension and shine.

Love both of these sets and this kit! :)

Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew, and make sure to leave a comment on the blog for a chance at the prize!



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!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Video: Kissed Tile Background


Hello! Today I am sharing how using a direct to stamp technique (kissing!) with my bold Wild at Heart frame and one of the borders from my Pretty Patterns 2 set allows you to create this complicated-looking floral tile background with ease!  Simple cut flower embellishments are made with my coordinating Wild Flowers set. Please enjoy!  Supply list below. Let me know in the comments whether you prefer the square or diamond oriented greeting! :)





Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Wild at Heart, Pretty Patterns 2, Wild Flowers stamp sets
Gina K. Blue Denim, Powder Blue, and Fresh Asparagus ink pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury Powder Blue (4 ¼” x 5 ½”)  Blue Denim (2 1/8” square), White (3 7/8” x 5 1/8”, 2” square,  and scrap for cut flowers) cardstock
Scissors, tape runner, foam, acrylic blocks, adhesive pearls

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Video: More Stately and Postage Fun!



Hello! Today I am sharing yet another way to use the postage frame from Stately Flowers 11 (back in stock, but limited quantity, more on the way soon), omitting portions and enlarging it to fit large stamps or greetings in the middle of your sketch! I showcase the hibiscus and butterfly from Stately Flowers 4, with simple Prismacoloring and blending. Hello, Summer! Aloha! :)


Supplies: 
Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 11, Stately Flowers 4 stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Prismacolor 72 pencil  tin-True Green, Grass Green, Orange, Poppy Red, 70% Cool Gray, Violet, and Imperial Violet
Gamsol, blending stumps, sanding block, scissors, adhesive foam and tape runner