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Monday, 17 October 2016

...Gina K designs, Christmas release Blog Hop, Day 1


The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new Home for the Holidays StampTV Kit and a number of gorgeous stamp sets by our illustrator team! 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 some of the stamp sets from the kit and also the new ‘Tis the Sea-Sun stamp set. 

“It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas” around Gina K Designs! Gina K and the illustrator team have been extremely busy preparing the most fun stamp sets with a variety of images and sentiments to make so many incredible cards and holiday projects!

My card above used the trio of fir trees stamp from the kit, and a sentiment - you can see the whole kit right here below, it's jam packed with Christmas and winter themed goodness.

For my card I used inks from the Gina K line, Applemint, Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea, Fresh Asparagus and Black. I used a smooshing technique to create a coloured BG for my trees which I had white embossed beforehand. I used some of the deep green card from the kit for my card base, I love how the Gina K inks and cardstocks match perfectly!

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2746&categoryId=16


Next up I have some things I made with the 'Tis the Sea Sun stamp set.


I used the winter penguins from the set and paper pieced their hats and scarves to match the patterned paper that I used on my card base. This is such a fun technique. I also wanted my two outer penguins to be looking at the middle guy, so for the right hand penguin I stamped an extra penguin image and trimmed out the eyes, so I could stick them on, facing the opposite direction, over his original eyes. 


I love the matching sentiment "It's penguining to look a lot like..." the "Christmas" is stamped on the inside of the card. The penguins are coloured with copics and set up on a dotty, spotty background that I created by inking an acrylic block with Ocean Mist ink and then spraying it with water - if you don't spray too much water, all of the ink separates into little droplets giving this sort of snowing effect, perfect for winter cards.

Here's the set:

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2747&categoryId=16


 I used patterned paper from the kit and the palm tree image for my next penguin card. A little sponging of ink above the waterline for a sunset and a distant palmed island set the scene for this winter guy.


If you were at the release party the other night you might have seen these tags, thought I'd share them here also, just in case you missed it. Again I used paper piecing, and this time I used the Christmas trees/pennant papers. I cut out some little pennant shapes and made them into trees to match my penguins scarves and hats. Fussy cutting motifs like this is a super simple way to get more from your patterned papers. I used a post it note cut in a curve to mask the snowy hills and sponged above them with Ocean mist ink to create the hills before adding the other elements.

That's it from me today, but I hope you are going to hop a little further and enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team. 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 more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast and Crew:

Gina K
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Chris Dayton
 Claire Brennan
 Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
 Kendra Wietstock
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger
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!

114 comments:

  1. Claire - these are just fabulous! The little penguins are adorable! Great work.

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  2. Claire, you have not lost your touch! Super cards and tags and wonderful tips you shared. That Nordic paper would go nicely with your winter Nordic stamps, too!

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    1. Ah Charmaine, you are too kind!! hugs to you also!

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  3. All of your projects are WOWs!! LOVE that first one especially, how you did the watercolor!

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    1. Och thanks Cathy, what a kind comment! Smooshing is how I did the watercolour! seems to work easier for me than a brush!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous. Those tags are so darn cute!! I'm so excited to hop with you today!

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    1. Its great to have you Chris!!! thanks for popping in!

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  5. We went nuts over these tags when we got to view the party thread later! Ackk!!

    That tree card with the watercolor wash is fantastic, I love all those blue greens for a non traditional design, and the mix of pine elements and hot weather sponging are just cracking me up , I love it!

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    1. Melanie, thank you!! I really appreciate the lovely comments!! :)

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  6. Love all your designs Claire!! The tags are too cute!!

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  7. Holy cow, so much gorgeousness. Love your watercoloring. Those penguins are my favorite this release...I need to check out i my cart LOL. Love your sweet tags

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    1. Hi Joyce - thank you, what a lovely comment!

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  8. These are so cute and I am grateful that you shared them with us!

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  9. Claire, your cards are so beautiful! I just love all your ideas with 'tis the Sea-sun. Very cool trick with the eyes.

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  10. Great cards and tags. I love the Tis the Season set. It looks like so much fun to use. Love all the releases this time.

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  11. Super cute! Those tags are just precious!

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  12. Oh my goodness so much cuteness on one post Claire!

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    1. Thanks Marybeth and huge congrats on your recent dt appt! :)

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  13. Super cards. I love the trees embossed in white, and all those little penguins - they are just adorable.

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  14. Those penguins are just too stinkin cute!!!!! Love the colors in the tree card!

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    1. Pam they are a hoot! Thanks for popping in!

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  15. I like how you used the patterned paper on the penguin card to tie everything together. Beautiful cards!

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    1. I love the pattern papers in this kit Beverly! Thank you!

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  16. There seems to always be room for rick rack.

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    1. Bonnie when you have a couple of dozen drawers full of the stuff..... lol, thanks for popping in!

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  17. I love the smooshing technique~such a great scene! Your penguin projects are delightful Claire!

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  18. Wow, these cards are beautiful!!

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  19. Wow! I love your cards. I think my favorite is the one with the 3 trees, because it looks watercolored, and I'm in love with watercoloring at the moment. However, that being said, the rest of your cards are absolutely gorgeous. I love how you made the 2 outer penguins looking at the middle guy. Too cute. Thanks for sharing. I want to go home and play now....

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    1. Thanks Becky, yep I feel a whole new addiction starting with that watercolouring... thanks for the kind words!

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  20. What a lovely tree card and such cute penguin projects!

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  21. Love them all! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Thanks for sharing your cards. I thought I already posted, but I don't see it. So, I'll post again. I love, love, love your card projects. My favorite is the three trees, only because they look like they are watercolored, and I'm obsessed with that right now. However, that being said, I love the 2 outer penguins looking at the middle guy, and the tags are very vibrant. Love them all. Thanks for sharing. I want to go home and play now....

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    1. Becky sorry, I think the approval was on, so it didn't show up immediately!! sorry!

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  23. Love them all but the tree is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  24. Wow! Fantastic cards and tags! I love the first card with the white trees -- so elegant! Those penguins are so darn cute and you did such a great job of making cute cards with them. Love that you made the one penguin's eyes go in the opposite direction so he could be looking at the penguin in the center! Very clever!

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    1. Thanks Kay, yep they are great fun stamps!

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  25. Gorgeous card with the trees. The penguins are so cute!

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  26. Love these cards. Your tree card is especially beautiful. Everyone will miss the Waltzing Mouse Stamps for sure!

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  27. So, so cute! Love this set! So wish you could have joined us at the Christmas at the Villages! Party. Was awesome!

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    1. Oh I would have LOVED to have been there, it looked amazing!! Maybe some year! Thanks Diana!

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  28. I love how you did the scarves on the penguins and those tags are adorable. And I love the background on your first card. Great inspiration - thank you!

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    1. Thank you Laurie, glad you liked them!

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  29. Fabulous projects Claire! The first one with the water coloring is stunning!

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  30. Fabulous projects, Claire! Your tags are ADORABLE!!

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  31. I love all your card projects! The watercolor one is wonderful and I love the tags, but I think you are so clever to cut out a set of eyes so the two outer ones are looking at the little guy in the middle! To cute! :)

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  32. Love the embossed white trees.
    the tags are darling.
    Great projects.
    thanks for sharing.

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  33. Love the watercolor background with the trees! And the penguins are so cute!

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  34. Those penguins are super adorable. Love all your projects.

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  35. All are cute...but the trees are beautiful! I love how they look full of snow!

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  36. Love your cards - they are so sweet and ridiculously CUTE:)

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  37. Love your cards. Your watercolored card is amazing!!!

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  38. All of your designs are so beautiful and well done. I am always loving what you do and I am so glad you joined in as an illustrator and designer on Gina's team.

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  39. Your projects are wonderful, Claire! My personal favorites are the cute little paper pieced tags. How adorable!

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  40. These penguins are too adorable. Love the tags and especially love the background on the card. Thanks for sharing how to do this.

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  41. I especially love the colors and the softness of your watercolored trees.

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  42. Too funny about the penguin eyes. I probably would have added google eyes....love your layering and paper piecing.

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  43. So many awesome cards Claire!! Love them all, so cute!

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  44. Oh my goodness!!!!!! Gorgeous creations every single one! Love the tips and techniques too! Thanks for sharing such gorgeous inspiration!

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  45. Those Christmas trees are gorgeous. I love those adorable penguins too. Beautiful tags, thanks for sharing :)

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  46. The cards are awesome!!!!! Love those penguins!....thanks so much for sharing

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  47. Wonderful creations. I really like the first one with the trees.

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  48. My favorite is the card with the watercolor background!

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  49. Beautiful cards.... I love your ink blending and the white embossed trees.
    Ladyjs711@yahoo.com

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  50. Love your cards and tags! The trees are gorgeous in white with that watercolored background, and the penguins are adorable with the paper piecing.

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  51. Love all your cards Claire. Those penguins are adorable and cute.

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  52. Especially love the card with the trees-beautiful.

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  53. Beautiful cards. Love the way you did the penguins

    Kathleen

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  54. Loved your use of rick-rack on the sunny florida card. And your integration of the patterened papers is very professional

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  55. Such fantastic designs, Claire! I love them all. Your coloring and paper piecing using the new patterned papers are fabulous, so inspirational. Thanks.

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  56. I really enjoyed the water colored card with the white trees and aren't those penguins just adorable???

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  57. Love that Christmas tree card, but those penguins are so darn cute! Great job!

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  58. Gorgeous water coloring, FUN tags, awesome cards. Really beautiful!

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  59. These are the cutest cards EVER! I love all of them. You are so creative and came up with some wonderful, delightful techniques! I can't wait to make some of these. I especially love your smooshing technique for the trees card. Ingenious! Thank you, thank you! I'm going to try following you to see some of your great, creative ideas!

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  60. Thanks again for your great cards. Love the penguin's background technique

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  61. So cute! Love your use of different mediums.

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  62. I love the penguin tags. They are sooo adorable.

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  63. Wow! This is my first Gina K. kit - ordered and awaiting its arrival!! I love all your projects, but my favorite is the winter scene. The colors are amazing.

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  64. just love the way you design your cards. I can't wait for my kit to arrive

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