Watercoloring

I find watercoloring very therapeutic.   I found these cards in a pile of boxes.  I think I stamped them two moves ago.  For some reason, I started working on them the other day and it was so relaxing.

I believe the images are Penny Black, but I stamped these at least four years ago, so I honestly don’t even know.  I used a myriad of colors with a niji waterbrush on Fabriano cardstock.  Some I finished off with ribbon and some I left alone.  I had also stamped the envelopes as well.

I have actually been crafting more lately so I should have several new things to show this week as well as a new Top Ten Font list.

And be sure to check out my Stamps For Sale – I’m sure you need some of them!!  I recently added several new sets to the list, be sure to look for them!

Enjoy!

Gina K Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 3


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 deeply etched, pre-cut Gina K. Designs stamps! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops!!


Today I have the latest Buy 3 Get 1 FREE set to share with you, One in a  Million.  I paired the floral image with Lacy Borders earlier this week and I decided I wanted to expand on that.  I love the simplicity of the layout and decided to use different colors to watercolor the floral image from One in a Million to make a set of cards.  They are all the same layout, but different colored flowers and different sentiments.  I thought this would make a great gift set!


Check out all the amazing designs and inspiration:


Gina K Inspiration Blog Hop – Day2

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 deeply etched, pre-cut Gina K. Designs stamps! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops!!

Tami Mayberry designed this great set, Vintage Notes.  So of course, I did something vintage!  I love distressing things and making them kinda grungy.  So this was an easy one for me!  I paired it with Cranberry Tart Pure Luxury.  I love it for the antique look.

Theresa Momber has once again illustrated a gorgeous “nature” set!  Sweet Strawberries is beautiful, and I love strawberries!  I decided to use the Strawberry Daiquiri image to make a sweet sparkly birthday card!


Check out all the amazing designs and inspiration:

Gina K Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 1


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 deeply etched, pre-cut Gina K. Designs stamps! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops!!


First up I have a truly CAS card with Melanie Muenchinger’s Basket Additions 2! I wanted to show that you could use this set by itself as well as with all her other gorgeous basket stamps!

Next up is Lacy Borders! This set is so beautiful!  I knew I wanted to stamp this on some kraft cardstock first!  I paired it with the image from the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE set, One In A Million.  Just gorgeous lace!


Check out all the amazing designs and inspiration:

Gina K Blog Hop – Day 2!

Today I have 3 different sets to share with you.  One of them also uses another of my Grunge Damask papers as well.  Be sure to check out the other Design Team links at the end of the post for more fantastic samples!

First up is Make A Splash by Asela Hopkins.  This set is so adorable!  Adam used it for a book he is making for school this weekend.  I paired it with some nautical papers by October Afternoon.  My favorite part is the glitter!  You can never have enough sparkle!

Next up is Warm With Love by Theresa Momber.  I paired this with some of my Grunge Damask papers.  They matched quite well with Lovely Lavender and Moonlit Fog Pure Luxury papers!

And lastly, I have Bring the Bling by Melanie Muenchinger!  I paired Melanie’s Pressed Flowers with Bring the Bling for this card……and used a TON of bling!  Basically I stamped the swirl stamp from Bring the Bling and then used a Quickie Glue Pen and lots of little gems……man my shoulders were cramping up from hunching over this card!  But it looks spectacular, lol!

Also, the Quarter Sheets for the Grunge Damasks were added to the shop.  So if you would like the papers resized onto two 8.5×11 sheets of card fronts, you can find those {HERE}!

Be sure to stop by and see the rest of the samples from the ever fabulous Design Team!  And as always – Gina will have lots of free stamps to share this week, so watch her blog for all the information on how you can win!

Enjoy!

Gina K Sneak Peek – Day 1!

It’s Melanie Meunchinger day! Not really – but I have samples from two new fabulous sets from Miss Melanie to share with you today! Be sure to check out all the Design Team blogs listed below for more great samples – this release is going to knock your socks off!

These two sets are completely different, but can be used together! Leave it to Melanie to accomplish that! First up I have something made with Spring Basket. I decided to watercolor the flowers and then cut them out.  Dang that was a pain, lol!  The cutting, not the watercoloring!  But I even got the the tiny inner parts with that handy Tim Holtz knife.  That thing is awesome!  Anyway, I paired it with some Amy Butler paper I had and here is is!

Next is the set Basket Blessings!    This arrived at just the perfect time – one of Matthew’s coworkers just had a baby girl this week!  So here’s my take on this set – done with paper piecing and some Graphic 45 papers…..

Enjoy!

Gina K Sneak Peek – Day 1!

Hello!  It’s been a few months and I am thrilled to be back in the groove with Gina’s releases.  And excellent timing too, because this month is some FABULOUS goodies!  I’ve also realized I am a bit addicted to Lipstick Red Pure Luxury cardstock!  I used on many cards for this week – apparently it’s a really great color!

First up I have something with Melanie Muenchingers newest set, A Year of Borders.  While this isn’t *just* a Christmas set – it was perfect to use with the new Basic Grey 6×6 pad: Jovial!

Next, I have something from Nina Brackett.  This is the first of two sets from Nina this month, Winter Mittens.  This set is adorable AND it coordinates with the new Mitten dies from Spellbinders!  How cool is that?!?!  I don’t have the dies yet – so I just trimmed mine closely.  I paired this with some of October Afternoon’s Very Merry papers.  Perfect with the polka-dotted mittens!

Please check out all the other Design Team member samples tonight!  And be sure to join us for the Release Party over at StampTV on Thursday – thread link will be posted later this week!

Cathy Tidwell
Carolyn King

Emily Giovanni

Gina Krupsky

Lee Murphy

Melanie Muenchinger

Nina Brackett

Theresa Momber

Enjoy!

Gina K Blast From the Past – Day 5

Today I have two move artists to share with you.  One is fairly new to Gina K Designs – Tami Mayberry.  The other is more than an artist – she is one of the most amazing women I have had the pleasure to work with, Gina K herself!  And for the icing on the cake of this wonderful Blast From the Past week – Gina has offered a coupon for you all!  So if you have spotted a set this week that you may have missed over the last few years – you can snag it with this coupon!

I only have a few sets by Tami Mayberry, but I knew right away which one I wanted to show tonight.  When I first saw this set, the star with damask jumped right out at me.  I had to make something else for my son during that release so I wasn’t able to use it then.  But I am a sucker for damask patterns so I went right for it this time!  I also adore the sentiment that was in this set as well.  So here is something using Stars…..

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Now for Gina K – this was much harder!  I have so many wonderful stamps drawn by Gina…..but honestly – those of you have followed my blog for any amount of time know that I adore flowers.  And this was one of the first Gina K stamps I ever owned – and one of my absolute favorite stamps EVER!  If you haven’t seen me use it before (I’m not sure where you’ve been because I have many many times!), I bring you the flower trio from Simple Pleasures…..(and yes, I used that October Afternoon Fly A Kite paper AGAIN!)

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For even more samples of some of our favorite ‘Blast from the Past’ GinaK Designs stamp sets, check out these participating designer’s blogs:

The entire GinaK Designs team would like to invite you to the virtual Release party we’ll be having tonight (Thursday, August 5th) on StampTV.  It will be a bit different than our usual release party, but we’ll still have challenges, contest questions, and designer samples that you won’t want to miss out on!  See you there for all the fun!

Enjoy!

Gina K Blast From The Past – Day 3

I am so excited about the illustrators I have to share today!  I have something with a StampTV Kit (by Gina K herself!) and something from Alicia K (her daughter!).  I am always so amazed at what Alicia can draw – and she has inspired one of my boys to get into Manga drawing as well!

First I have a card using Wishes and Dreams by Alicia K.  I used some paper from the Basic Grey Urban Prairie 6×6 pad to create a sort of whimsical background for the little fairy image I watercolored.  I think am getting a bit better at coloring these!  I topped it off with some glitter pen accents on both the word ‘magical’ as well as the fairy herself!

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Now for a StampTV card!  I love the whole idea of StampTV that Gina has created.  And the kits are just fabulous!  In just one kit you get tons of things to use to make the cards as well as a REALLY well-rounded set!  There are always lots of images as well as sentiments for many occasions!  I used Enjoy the Sunshine kit for my card because I adore the strawberries and I wanted to use them with the October Afternoon Fly A Kite paper! (Have I sold you on this paper pack yet?? LOL!)

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For even more samples of some of our favorite ‘Blast from the Past’ GinaK Designs stamp sets, check out these participating designer’s blogs:

The entire GinaK Designs team would like to invite you to the virtual Release party we’ll be having this Thursday, August 5th on StampTV.  It will be a bit different than our usual release party, but we’ll still have challenges, contest questions, and designer samples that you won’t want to miss out on!  More information on that event will be shared by GinaK soon, so stay tuned to her blog for all the details this week.

Enjoy!

Gina K Sneak Peek – Day 4

Today I have two more gorgeous sets to give you a peek at.  Well – really it is THREE!  Nina Brackett has created a set called Fine Furnishings and there is a second set called Fine Furnishings Additions.  Both of these have so many possibilities – and I just ADORE this gorgeous chandelier in this set!  And it comes in TWO fabulous sizes!  Sorry – that was a lot of words in all caps – I’m just excited!

Apparently my *thing* for today is cream, black and pomegranate.  And I made these on different days!  Oh well – I love the colors, what can I say!

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And then I have a little something from the Buy 3 Get 1 Free set – Friends are Forever.  This is a lovely floral set – my favorite kind!  And of course it was just crying out for a Fabriano watercolor card – so I whipped out my niji brush and made this….no idea what color that flower should actually be, but I made it pomegranate!

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For more samples with the stamp sets being previewed tonight, check out these Designer’s Links:

Please make plans to attend our Release party tomorrow night, Thursday night, May 27th from 7-10 central time which will be held at StampTV.  There will be contest questions, challenges, samples from several designers and lots of chatter all leading up to 10pm central, when all the new products and stamp sets previewed this week on our blogs become available online through GinaK Designs store!