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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Just Instagrammed


via Instagram http://ift.tt/2v2xbec Sunset up in North Down the other night, on the way to Nendrum. It's been a gorgeous few days here in NI #sunset #ireland #northernireland #discoverireland #wanderireland #northdown #headspace #roadtrip #blog

Monday, 24 July 2017

... Lovely Lilies 'How - To' Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_COO0lJX8kw

If you'd like to see how to stamp the lilies from my new stamp set, you can now pop over to my Youtube channel and check out my new vid! Click the pic or click here. Hope you find it helpful!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

...Blog Title: Gina K Designs –Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 3



Well folks it's day 3 of our blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets by Gina K and the illustrator team from Gina K Designs! Don't forget to comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! 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 Chris Dayton’s first stamp set and June Incentive set “Happy Mail”. 

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2954&categoryId=16

 

For my first card I stamped the lilies in Dark Chocolate ink and coloured them with copics. I decided to add a pale blue background also with a copic marker, I like how this makes the white lilies stand out all the better. There's a wealth of sentiments in this set, and I added the sentiment 'Congratulations on your adoption' I have never had a set that contained that sentiment before! How neat!


For my second card I decided to try and see what the lilies would look like coloured in with white pencil on black cardstock. I stamped first with Gina K white pigment ink. I deliberately coloured up to just before the lines so that the detail wouldn't be lost. I like the look of this, but for my card I wanted to brighten up the image a little and so I double framed it with white borders. 

I cut my apertures with the stitched oval (large) and stitched rectangle (large) dies from the Gina K/Thermoweb range. I cut slightly smaller apertures with the double stitched oval (small) and stitched rectangle (small) dies and layered them in behind the white apertures to get a sort of frame, within a frame look. The green oval is Jellybean green and the rectangle is a piece of white cardstock that had been sponged with Jellybean Green and Blue Lagoon. Finally I inked up the sentiment in Fresh Asparagus and Blue Lagoon.

Our Incentive set currently is a cracking wee set called Happy Mail. Add these sentiment to the outside of your mailing envelopes, the back of cards, or use them as sentiments on your cards, this is a great addition!


You can get this set absolutely FREE - This stamp set ships free with any $75.00 order! click here for more details

I hope you have enjoyed all of our team samples and 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. Ready for some inspiration?

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

Gina K
Chris Dayton - Today’s featured illustrator
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Claire Brennan
Donna Idlet
Juliana Michaels
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger
Rema DeLeeuw
Sean Fetterman
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.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

... Blog Title: Gina K Designs –Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 2


The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets by Gina K and the illustrator team 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 myself!

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2955&categoryId=16



I adore the whale in Beth's set and stamped it twice onto Gina K white cardstock. I coloured them with copics and then trimmed them out. I made a background panel by blending some Gina K Inks - I used Wild Dandelion, Jellybean Green and Blue Lagoon. I speckled the panel with some water and layered on my whales. I made some fun water spouts with pva glue - I just 'drew' the spouts freehand with the tip of my glue tube. It dried nice and clear and then I went over the spouts one last time with the glue again and this time added some white glitter, I love how this turned out.


For my dolphin card I stamped the dolphin 4 tames and coloured him up. Again I stamped on white cardstock and trimmed them out. The sentiment panel was cut out with a circle stitch die from the Gina K/Thermoweb stitched circle die set. 

I'm excited about that background - I used one of the new Gina K STENCILS!!! it's called Water drop and instead of using it as a stencil, I embossed it onto white cardstock befroe sponging with Wild Dandelion and Sweet mango inks - I LOVE the look!

I arranged my dolphins around the circle to finish. 

Next up - my new Lovely Lilies set.

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2950&categoryId=16
  
This is a layering set and it's quite easy to achieve different styles of flower with this set.
My first card is bold and contemporary - I used just the solid stamps to make the flower for this one. I trimmed it out and popped it up on a sponged background. I used a sentiment from Chris's new set (more on that tomorrow).


To achieve a more traditional style I used the outline stamps on the next couple of cards - I only used two of the solid layers on this flower. There's a handy graphic below that shows how to layer the solid stamps. I'm prepping a quick video on layering these.


 For the card below I created my blooms in the same way, I stamped two of the solid layers in Tomato Soup and Innocent pink. Then I stamped the outlines and stamens in Dark Chocolate. The stamens were clear embossed also. The speckles were stamped in Lipstick. I layered them over some leaves and popped them up in front of a background that I created using the Cottage Garden stamp set. I thought it made a charming backdrop for this happily ever after card.

This graphic gives you an idea of how the layers work together.

I hope you have enjoyed these samples and I encourage you to pop over and see what the rest of the Gina K folks have been making. Don't forget to 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?

Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:

Gina K
Beth Silaika - Today’s featured illustrator
Claire Brennan - Today’s featured illustrator
Cathy Tidwell
Chris Dayton
Donna Idlet
Juliana Michaels
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger
Rema DeLeeuw
Sean Fetterman
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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 10 July 2017

...Gina K Designs –Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 1


The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets by Gina K and the illustrator team 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 Melanie Muenchinger and Theresa Momber. 

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2951&categoryId=16

Theresa's set is called Framescape - Tropical Skies

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2953&categoryId=16

Melanie's set is called Pressed Flowers 2

These stamp sets are so fun and versatile! You will be able to create amazing card projects using each individual set or by combining the images and sentiments from multiple sets from this release. Have fun and be creative!

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? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop  - I'm going to keep the waffle to a minimum, but all inks, cardstocks and stamps are from Gina K Designs, just pop a comment on here if you need to know the details.


I made a set of 3 cards with Melanie's new set - Pressed Flowers 2 to create backgrounds with stamping and sponging - I used the tiny versions of the flowers from Fabulous flowers to create the focal points on the white panel. The sentiments are in a lovely calligraphic font, also from the new set Pressed Flowers 2.

Here they are separately:




 My next card also uses Melanie's set, this time I stamped the large flower in Sweet Mango and used a brown colouring pencil to add some shadows. The background panel was stamped in Sweet Corn, and some Honey Mustard Ink and cardstocks were used for the darker tan tones on the die cut leaves and border. The matching dies are such a boon to this set!


My next samples are made with Theresa's set Framescape - Tropical Skies


I used the main frame for this card and stamped in in black. I did all my sponging before stamping the setting sun in versamark and adding some white embossing powder. Then I took a white gel pen and added some highlights to my silhouetted images.


Been on a bit of a sponging bent and so created this background with some yummy shades - Wild Dandelion, Passionate Pink and Sweet Mango. Dropped some water splats because that's what all the cool kids are doing these days and I like how it looks. I cut a rectangle from the centre of the panel and then stamped my palm trees and setiment on it. Added a black mat and stuck it back in position. Fast card, but nice impact.


Super simple one, a simple strip of Wild Dandelion cardstock sponged around the edges with sweet mango - then stamped with a small island image and some birdies and a simple sentiment.

The black cardstock base was run through the embosser with one of the newest Gina K products - a stencil called Water droplets - it embossed quite well even though that's not really what it is intended for. Try it!

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

Gina K
Melanie Muenchinger - Today’s featured illustrator
Theresa Momber - Today’s featured illustrator
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Chris Dayton
Claire Brennan
Donna Idlet
Juliana Michaels
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Rema DeLeeuw
Sean Fetterman
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!