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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! 

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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! 

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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!

125 comments:

  1. Your cards are fantastic, Im so excited for the Old Country Roses!!

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  2. Wow, the blue veins are helping me think outside my leaf box, just gorgeous!! Great tip sheets! These feathers are the best. I love the DTS and the watercoloring you did, great colors!

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  3. Love all your stamps and samples. So great to have you join us. Thanks for sharing the tips for Old Country Roses. Fantastic cards and beautiful tag!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Allie! Hugs!

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  4. Oh, thanks for the info on the rose stamps...that will come in handy when mine get here...do love roses!! :-))

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    1. Ah fab Deb! Hope you enjoy them! The tip sheet is also posted in the GKD store for future ref in case you forget which post it's on here!

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  5. The cards you made with Sophie are adorable! The roses are super beautiful - thanks for the Tips - I needed some help since it had been a long time since i have 3-step stamped!

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    1. Thanks Beth! love that your wee lady had a hand in the piggy set!super fun sentiments!

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  6. Such wonderful cards! I love those roses and the feather. Great tip sheet.

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  7. Love your cards! THe feathers really intrigue me!

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  8. Love, love, love the feather cards. And all the inspiration. I really like the roses on gingham, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Beautiful cards! Thanks for the tip sheets!

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  10. Your color choices always blows me away and now your layouts are something I am going to have to study and CASE.Thanks ever so much.

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  11. Love the colors and techniques you use!

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  12. Fab creations and loving that PIG!

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  13. Beautiful cards Claire! I love each one and such a inspiration! <3 :)

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  14. All of your samples are just stunning. Love that WMS lives on through Gina K!

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    1. Och it's yourself!!! good woman! :)

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  15. So good to see you back creating cards! I absolutely love the feather cards - that last one with the golden feathers is just stunning! xx

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    1. thanks Deborah, cannot tell you how good this feels, I have sooooo missed this!

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  16. Beautiful cards! I love them! TFS

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  17. Gorgeous cards all of them. Looking forward to WMS also.

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  18. Your cards are absolutely beautiful!

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  19. Claire, your cards are beautiful! Love the stamp sets you designed, so happy I get to work with you and all your beautiful stamps!

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    1. Hugs Donna, what a lovely thing to say!

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  20. Exquisite each and every one of your cards...I do believe that when I get my hands on those feather stamps I may never put them down...I am so happy I ordered them the first night at the party! So happy you joined Gina K and look forward to more of your beautiful designs!

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    1. yep - good woman, I had no idea they would go so fast! Don't forget to come back and show me what you make!

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  21. So many gorgeous cards. Love the feather cards especially the 'just a note' as the colors you have chosen make these feathers look so realistic. Thank you for all the yummy inspiration:)

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    1. thanks Dee, yep I love the tan tones too!

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  22. WOW! Amazing, I love how you illustrated the roses.

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  23. Your cards really "tickle my fancy". I love your feathers--absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I really love the roses! TFS!

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  25. Beautiful cards! I'm glad you've got an OCD tendency, as it makes for beautiful designs. I'm pretty sure your coloring on top of white ink on black card is called black magic, but no matter it's name, it turned out beautifully.

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    1. Thanks Golda, I am the pits at remembering things like that but yep I'm all about the millimetres when I'm making!

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  26. Stunning! Love them all. Thanks so much for the tip sheet. I really like your style. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Diana, I appreciate you popping back!

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  27. I love all the cards you created with these amazing new sets. I wanted to order all of them, but some had to be added to the wish list instead. But I am so inspired and so happy you have joined the team. I look forward to seeing more of your great designs.

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    1. Thanks Verna, what a lovely comment, thanks for taking the time, I'm chuffed!

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  28. Gosh, I love them all!! I'm thrilled that you're part of the design team. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. thank you Irene! so lucky to be here!

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  29. Those feathers are exquisite! Definitely on my wish list!!!! Welcome!

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  30. Great cards! Love them...esp. the feathers!

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    1. Thanks Barbara! Ta for stopping by!

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  31. Very nice cards. I specially like the feathers gun in the green shades

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  32. Such fabulous cards. Love them all. Great ideas.

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  33. Fabulous roses and feathers. Awesome stamp sets.

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  34. Your feather cards are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Ta Cindy Lou, thanks for popping in!

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  35. Claire, I enjoyed your beautiful designs and card examples. I love the country rose and feathers. So glad to see you on the Gina K team.

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  36. What awesome cards. The coloring on your Just a Note card is gorgeous. There are so many possibilities for your wonderful feathers. I'm really excited that you've joined the Gina K team and look forward to seeing lots more of your designs.

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    1. Thanks Judy, I really appreciate the kind words!

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  37. Wonderful cards, Claire! Love how you made sweet Sophie a star and your sets are amazing along with your samples!

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  38. Lot of inspiration! Thank you.

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  39. Some wonderful techniques are explained in this post.
    I love the multi-step stamping.
    the feathers are beautiful. You achieve so many
    beautiful feathers.
    thanks for the tip sheets.

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    1. MAry, thanks so much for taking the time to comment! Much appreciated!

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  40. Love the cards, they are all awesome. Looking forward to playing with your rose stamp set.

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  41. It's amazing what you can do with feathers! I especially like the 3D roses :-)

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  42. Cute cards of the piggy. Lovely roses and thanks for the step by step chart for those flowers and leaves.

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  43. The roses are beautiful. The tip sheet is AWESOME.

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  44. Love your cards. Old Country Roses is my favorite set.

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  45. Beautiful creations, love the watercolor feathers, gorgeous!!!

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  46. Oh wow - i love your cards - makes me want all these stamp sets - so creative

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    1. Jenefer thanks for the kind words! :)

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  47. Fabulous cards and I love the tip sheets. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  48. I love the pig stamp in the star! It makes it really stand out.

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  49. Your projects are amazing. Lucky design team to have snagged you. And lucky us to reap the benefit of your immense talent. Your feather cards just blew me away. TFS.

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    1. Och Linda what a lovely thing to say! hugs to you!

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  50. I am sure that I posted this earlier, but I do not see it in the list. However, I want to make sure that my name "is in the bucket" whenever the random name is chosen:

    Claire: Your Sophie cards are very cute and inspiring. Thank you so much for the “tip sheet” to go with your “Old Country Roses.” The understanding for these concepts of coloring and layering are far from intuitive for me, but MAYBE with enough practice this “color and flower challenged” gal will begin to feel not so intimidated!!! Your “Fine Feathers” are so finely textured that they will be a joy to use, and it is easy to see why the first batch has already sold out.

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    1. Thanks Linda, yep I moderate the comments and so they don't publish immediately, which can makes folks think they didn't 'stick' sorry about that! You are very kind to leave such a lovely comment, and thanks for taking the time to make sure it posted. I really appreciate that, thank you!

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  51. Beautiful stamp sets! I love the roses. There are so many ways to colour them in and make them personal. Takes me back to the pretty bedroom I had in the 90s! Your feathers are so elegant and detailed. Amazing detail. All your lovely cards are such pretty inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing! :)

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    1. Me too Auntie Em, I had this wonderful floral bedspread with pink roses it was so sweet! Thanks for the lovely comment!

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  52. Gorgeous cards. So lovely to see so many of your creations. Love the feathers stamped on the dark cardstock. Fabulous.

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words!

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  53. Those roses and feathers are stunning.

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  54. Lovely cards Claire, I especially like the cards made in different styles with the feathers X

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  55. All of your cards are wonderful Claire, you do gorgeous work! I'm so happy that you are part of the GKD team!!

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    1. Och thanks so much Lori, yep, it's lovely to have a home in craftland!

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  56. Your cards are just beautiful! Thank you for all of the tips!

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  57. Cute pig cards and gorgeous floral and feather creations.

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  58. These are awesome! Love the new florals and congratulations!

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    1. Many thanks Lisa! much appreciated!

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  59. The feathers that were colored with colored pencils...fantastic...what a sheen to the feathers. Thank you for that tip/technique. Need to use my pencils more than what I do now.

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    1. Yep I have this massive big expensive box of pencils that have been used maybe...3 times...lol! Thanks Sheila!

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  60. Oh my goodness Claire - totally utterly stunning work - thought my stamping days might be over but this makes me want to play hehehe!! They are very inspiring :)

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    1. Och thanks Helen! Fabby to see you pop by! I'm dusting off my wee blog list and will be by soon! hope all is going well with you!

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  61. Lovely cards! The colors you used are stunning!

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