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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

...Gina K Designs DT Blog Hop, Day 2



Welcome to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from the July 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 stamp sets by Beth Silaika and little old me, Claire Brennan. I have over 20 photos to show you - so you need to pop off right now and get that mug of coffee/tea - whatever will sustain you through the following inkfest.

Bella Elephant

The first set we are featuring is Bella Elephant by Beth Silaika. Beth has created a super cute set with the sweetest images and matching sentiments to make the perfect card project!


I thought the Bella images would be perfect to decorate some baby blocks - and I made up a little template for the blocks. I am trying to get the template ready to giveaway as a download and I may or may not have that ready by the time this post goes live - watch this space. ED - The template will be available here tomorrow, I'll put up a new post for it, it was too much for today's post! So pop back tomorrow for the free download!

The blocks are made of card and they are hollow, I created mine with room decor in mind, and sealed them shut, but when you make these, you could easily leave them open-able and put little gifts such as baby socks or little washcloths or pacifiers in them.

I stamped Bella and coloured her using copics and then added thin frames and the A, B and C - these should be included in the download so you can replicate what you see here exactly if you wish - it's super simple. I coloured my little elephant yellow and used some patterned papers from the  Sending Love paper pad to create my colour scheme.

I made up a matching card to present along with my blocks. Simple assembly, stamping and colouring, and what a neat set you will have to present to your next mum-to-be.


Next up are my sets, sure hope these tickle!

Petite Patisserie

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2649&categoryId=16

A brand new set featuring a large store stamp with two 'dressable' windows and all the little bits that you need to dress this up as a cake shop, an ice cream parlour or a cafe, and all with a little European flair. Even teeny curtains! After all, why say 'Cake Shop' when you can say 'Petite Patisserie' lol! I love this set.

This tip sheet shows you how the accessory stamps (in orange) can be used with the main store image (in black) - there's a multitude of options!


This set can go as simple or as fussy as you like - let's start with fussy shall we? This Patisserie features cakes - these could be birthday or even wedding cakes,
depending on your need.


The idea is simple - stamp and colour - but if you look close up, you can see that I have cut out the windows and then added some curtains in behind. I cut out the curtains too, because I wanted the cakes to be 'behind' the curtains - I had such a load of fun with this set. ALL of the lines that you might want to cut are very simple on purpose, there are no awkward lumps or bumps protruding anywhere that you might want to cut! Just simple clean lines. You can achieve a really detailed look with simple trimming. I used a craft knife, it's way easier than scissors for cutting out internal shapes.


Create a Coffee Shop, below - I simply trimmed the windows and added curtains behind and then the tables and chairs behind that. I would love to show you how easy this is and I'm planning a how-to post in the next day or two where I show you the behind the scenes on how to put a card like this together.


You may have seen this Version already, I shared it at the party:



Of course you don't always need to use the full store when you make cards with this set, the smaller images work well with the sentiments also!

So Cool

Something a little simpler now - the So Cool set. Another brand new set!

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2651&categoryId=16

A super clean, super simple, ice cream and lolly set. A selection of faces is included for folks who enjoy the kawaii look, and indeed these are terrific for adding meaning to your card - take a look at this card below. I stamped some of the small images in two rows and added the sentiment 'you're the coolest ever' together with the word 'dad'. I was able to add the little moustachio-ed face to the orange lolly to reinforce the masculine element.

A super simple, single layer, masculine card, AND you get to use all the bright colours that you sometimes don't associate with 'man cards'! win win!


Or what about this - for the 'coolest ever coach' - reinforce the idea of a 'team' by adding tiny faces to the little triple ice cream cone - I love this so much!

I included some vital words in this set such as 'dad' 'mom' 'nurse' 'doctor' 'teacher' 'friend' 'coach' - these can all be added to the larger sentiments to create specific cards in case you want to make something jolly for the important helpers in your life.


Sweet Thing

 The next set up is Sweet Thing, another brand new set. This is a cupcake builder set and I believe it to be the most versatile cupcake builder set that I have ever seen.

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2650&categoryId=16

This is what the set looks like (click image to make it bigger), below is a tip sheet that shows examples of what you can create with these stamps.
Here's how the tip sheet works - In the top left is a small image of the stamp set -  you can see that I have put numbers beside the various stamps in the set. On the right hand side and at the bottom I show you how to 'add' these pieces together to create the cupcakes featured. 


On this card below, I stamped the cupcake from the bottom right corner of the tip sheet (I added the little banner as an extra) and you can see what pieces go together to create it. Once you get the hang of this, the combinations are endless. I will be doing a dedicated blog post about this set soon also.

There are a ton of sentiments in this set also - I love this one:

 This is another cupcake combination from the set - there are plenty of options for birthdays, babies, weddings, and any other day that cupcakes are required. The little teddy, angel and rose can all be used on their own also.


When I got to the end of drawing this set I had a wee area of blank space and I hate to waste space! So, I drew up a little apron label type stamp - it has room for you to write your name and it's a little 'from the kitchen of' stamp - I love it, it's perfect for when you bake and you are giving out little informal gifts - like these jars of cookies - they are re-purposed salsa jars containing some homemade spice biscuits, simply dressed with a square of fabric and a little apron stamped tag - perfectly simple, the work of moments!




My Island

My Island is a grungy silhouette style tropical inspired summer set, I brought it with me to Gina's from WMS and I love it. Here are a few samples that long time WMS folks might recall, but other folks may not have seen! You will have seen this set featured in Gina's video at the release party.

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2647&categoryId=16





It's been a long post, and thanks for sticking with me, I'm going to stop waffling, but if there's anything you need to know, just leave me a comment and I will reply to you - in the comments. I'll be posting lots of How-To's over the next couple of days, so when you have recovered, you might like to pop back! :)

Don't forget to comment on each DT 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.

After a small nap and some food, you might be 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 Bella Elephant
Claire Brennan (Me!) - illustrator for My Island, Petite Patisserie, So Cool and Sweet Thing
Allie Gower
Cathy Tidwell
Karen Hightower
Kendra Wietstock
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger
Sean Fetterman
Sheri Gilson
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!

56 comments:

  1. Your patisserie is so elegant and beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Your three layer shops. The bon bon and two color frosting. The baby blocks! I die!! You really did shirk the housework a few days, didn't ya? I want to be Claire when I grow up.

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  3. Claire!!!!! It makes my heart happy to see your producing gorgeous stamps and samples again. These are outstanding.

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  4. Wow! What a wonderful collection of cards! They are all so fantastic! Love these stamps its and what you have created! :) <3

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  5. OMG what an incredible selection of gorgeousness. Love the ideas you came up with especially the baby blocks - wow, so inspirational:)

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  6. WOW-great cards and new designs. Thanks so much for sharing your creative talents with us!

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  7. I'm the family papercrafter, but my daughter is so very excited about Bella. She is expecting in February and wants to do the baby's room in elephants. I'm sure I'll be making announcements using Bella. (the first year scrapbook is almost complete). BTW: I love the way you colored Bella.

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  8. Wow, great samples. I really appreciate how you show the different ways to use a set. Sometimes I get stuck using a set one way and totally forget that there are other possibilities. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. These are wonderful ideas! I love these cheat sheets, as you are calling them. They can help so much in figuring out the many ways to use the stamp set. Love those blocks. You have so many ideas that are wonderful!

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  10. Claire, I love your wonderful stamp sets and gorgeous projects!!!

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  11. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  12. You weren't kidding when you said you had a lot of pictures. I love the way you layered the shop to give it such fun detail. Love all of these.

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  13. I LOVE your stamps! They are so versatile and interactive and they are great for summer. You are so creative :)

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  14. My goodness you were busy! Love the dimension in your cards and the blocks are so cute!

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  15. So many fabulous sets, you make it very difficult to choose! I bought several but I am going to order the sweet thing next, its just too cute!

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  16. Oh my, such beautiful cards. Can't wait to get my stamps and try to create some. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  17. Um in awww over all the DIFFERENT ways each set has been used.Its amazing to see all the yummy talent.

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  18. Amazing projects, Claire! Your newest stamp release is so sweet!

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  19. Incredible Claire!! You are always so creative and clever. LOVE each and every project. They are all so different, but equally awesome!! I'm always in awe of your artistry!!

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  20. FABULOUS release! I am so thrilled to see your new sets and My Island has always been a favourite of mine. Love love love them all :D

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  21. What a fun release - can't even begin to pick a favorite! great projects and cards!

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  22. Such awesome cards and love all the tips! Looking forward to the next few days, weeks watching what else you come up wiith. Thanks for sharing with us! Hugs!

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  23. Wow! Claire, you really have created some delicious looking cards. I think the little shops are adorable, and those yummy cupcakes are fab! Love them!

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  24. Oh, my! These are sooo fun and cute!! Love!

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  25. Oh my Gosh! Such cute ideas - very clever! I love what you did with Bella - Maybe we can combine a few cards and have Bella eating ice cream! Will work on that today!

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  26. Awesome stamp sets and I just love how you added all those elements to the Sweet Shop.

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  27. These projects are awesome - so many ideas and such talent. Wow! Thanks for sharing the how to's as this always helps if one is trying something new.

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  28. I have been just WAITING to see a tip sheet about Sweet Thing!! Thank you for scratching that mental itch. :-) I saw all the pieces and was curious to see all the ways you had in mind to use them. Looking forward to the dedicated blog post about it!
    In the meantime, everything looks wonderful. So great to see you creating.

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  29. OMGosh--I don't think I have ever seen so many awesome projects/cards in one post! I love everything you have created. The blocks are adorable. Your cards fabulous. The apron stamp cute and useful.

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  30. You are so talented....wow....I especially loved the Island card with the crackle effect and the stitching...You amaze me.....wow...thanks so much for sharing....hugs

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  31. Hi Claire
    Lots of goodies to feast our eyes on, great samples X X X

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  32. What wonderful cards and wonderful sets you've created. Thanks for the awesome tip sheets.

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  33. The stamps are great and I love the blocks!

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  34. My father made a sweet shoppe in miniature.
    This reminds me of the shoppe and him so much.
    Darling design. You did a great job.
    thanks for sharing.

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  35. Your cards your cards are very interesting and inspiring thank you

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  36. Yikes, where to begin...amazing colors and designs makes me want to be in Paris, eating ice cream popsicles and cupcakes. And just how adorable are the Bella blocks...beautiful.

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  37. You have been busy! My fave is the cute baby blocks.

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  38. I've always thought My Island was one of your very beats sets and it's so cool that it now has some new images! I love the cards you've made!!

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  39. Oh my gosh - an inkfest of note!! Love the baby blocks, really cute with a little gift inside. And love all your cards - they're so creative. And you can bake! :) Fabulous idea's - thanks for the inspiration!

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  40. You are amazing!! Your talent is unmistakeable! Love all your projects.

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  41. Your attention to detail is over the top. WOW.

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  42. Great cards! I'm really loving the Sweet Thing stamp set!!!!!

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  43. Oh my gosh amazing samples and absolutely love the worksheets wow!

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  44. Oh my gosh these are all superb! Love those blocks and am looking forward to the download.You have really come up with some really cool ideas. I like the layering of the curtains and cakes in that card.

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  45. Wow! You have been busy! Great cards!! Love those baby blocks though...so cool!!

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  46. I really like the casual, tropical feel of the island cards.

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  47. Spent the evening with a friend who was completing her baby registry. Might have to make her some baby blocks. Too cute!

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  48. WOW Claire you have done an amazing job! Love your creations and your new stamps sets.

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  49. Awesome projects. Thank you for sharing them

    Kathleen

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  50. Love the blocks and thanks for showing some of the different combinations for your sets!

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  51. Love all of your inspiration. The shops are so detailed, very nice.

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  52. Wonderful release and inspiration!

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  53. Whoot Whoot - you went wowzars on creating with the new products - lovely, lovely! TFS

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  54. Awesome new sets! I love all the possibilities with the Patisserie set!

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