Showing posts with label Gina K Designs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gina K Designs. Show all posts

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - A Summer Espresso of My Thanks

Today I'm joining in on the Spring and Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Have you seen all the sponsors and prizes to be one??!!  Not to mention ALL of the super fun coffee/tea inspiration??!
Here's my card.  I used a lovely summer floral paper and a pink lacy trim around my sentiment.

 For my card design I used

You'll find the Coffee Lovers blog hop here.

Stamps:  Coffee Set - Claire Brennan/Gina K. Designs, # stamps from Ali Express/China.
Paper:  Pink Coredinations, DP St. Tropez Paper Pad - Prima, Cocoa Bean, Vintage Cream, Rustic Cream - PTI.
Ink:  Cocoa Bean - PTI
Accessories:  scallop edge die - Ali Express/China 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Today I'm joining in with the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I somehow totally missed the winter hop and didn't want to miss another one!
and here is my spring design coffee card!
I water colored the background on a watercolor panel using watercolor paints, brush and water.  I die cut the coffee cup and donut out of watercolor paper, stamped them with Archival Jet Black Ink and colored them using Ranger Distress Crayons and a waterbrush.
Then I stamped the sentiments on the panel and adhered the cup and donut with foam dots.  I added these sweet white flowers that I got free with an order from Funkie Junkie Boutique 
(Linda includes free treats with all orders!)  
The stamp set, We Go Together,  is from Gina K - designed by Claire Brennan.  
(Claire formerly had this set at Waltzingmouse with a die set that is no longer available.)

You'll find lots of Spring Coffee lovers inspiration over at the hop here

I'm also linking my card to the CAS Watercolor challenge (just under the deadline!)

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Stamps:  We Go Together - Gina K Designs
Paper:  White - PTI, watercolor paper.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories: We Go Together Dies - Waltzingmouse/no longer available, Ranger Distress Crayons Weathered Wood Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, water color paints, water brush, paint brush, water, flowers - Funkie Junkie Boutique, foam dots, Tombow adhesive.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Blizzard of Holly

Well, we had a blizzard yesterday here in New England so it was a great day to stay inside and make more Christmas cards!  We went from nothing to a foot of snow in 12 hours.  Here's Kent snowblowing our driveway last night.
 Here's how it looked at 9 am when it had just started

I got my inspiration from the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - to make a CAS card.
I stamped a simple holly sprig from Festive Foliage (so happy to see that Gina K Designs is now selling this stamp set by Claire Brennan!) on a white panel using Simply Chartreuse Ink and added die cut and stamped berries in red over the holly.  Then I stamped a lovely script Merry Christmas in red and called it done!  
This card looks so simple but actually took me about 30 minutes to get to this design.  I started with another sentiment and the holly and embossed them in gold - nope, didn't like it.  Tried stamping the holly in colors and the other sentiment in black - nope, didn't like it.   Then finally ended up with this design with the green holly and red simple sentiment and it pleased my aesthetic sense (!) 
And as I always try to do when I make Christmas cards - I made 6 of them for my stash!
I used a holly image 1) because I love holly -  

Stamps:  Festive Foliage by Claire Brennan - Gina K Designs, Alpine Christmas - Waltzingmouse (no longer available)
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy - PTI
Accessories:  berry die - Holly Die Set - Waltzingmouse (no longer available), foam dots.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nordic Noel

Yes -  I am excited to be already adding to my Christmas Stash box for 2017!  What a relief to have them all done to mail in the beginning of December this past year.   
For inspiration I went to one of my fav challenges - Merry Monday Christmas
I used both the word Noel and a Scandinavian (Nordic) theme.
I got out Claire Brennan's beautiful Nordic Winter stamp set which is now being sold at Gina K Designs (check out all of the Claire's sets that are now sold at Gina K).  The Noel is from the Waltzingmouse set Compliments of the Season Two (no longer available).  
It was such a clean and simple design that I made 6 of them while I had the supplies out!
I added a simple red rhinestone to the center of one flower on each card.
and for those who are interested in what is on the inside -  I used the same Nordic stamp set.
I'm also linking my card to another Christmas challenge I love:

Stamps:  Nordic Winter - Claire Brennan/Gina K Designs,  Compliments of the Season Two - Waltzingmouse.
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Stormy Sea, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  red rhinestones - Kaiser Craft

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Time to Hit the Beach

Sounds inviting doesn't it?  Hitting the beach in the middle of winter when you live in New England?  A friend at work asked me if I could make a card for a physician that is moving to sunny California - and she wanted a card that suggested warmth.
 I used stamps from My Island by Claire Brennan for Gina K Designs.  I made my own 'sand' using a recipe from Tim Holtz -  mixing Clear UTEE, Antique Linen Embossing Powder, Black embossing powder, Antique Linen Glitter and Glossy Accents.
I made the card big, the card base is an 11" x 8 1/2" card stock folded in half - there will be a lot of people signing the card so they needed space!
Here's what I stamped on the inside of the card.

Stamps:  My Island - Gina K Designs, Say It Loud and Fancy Phrases - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Kraft, Hawaiian Shores, Text Style Distressed Dots - PTI
Ink:  Classic Kraft, Hawaiian Shores, True Black
Accessories:  Sand made with: Clear UTEE, Antique Linen and Black embossing powder, Antique Linen Glitter, Glossy Accents, sequins.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Old Bean

This is my second card created to show how you can use Eileen Hull's dies on a card design - you don't always have to make a 3D item!  (see last week's post if you missed my first card!)
This week I used Eileen's Mug and Spoon die as well as her Basket Weave Embossing Folder along with some pretty fall patterned papers!
I placed the patterned paper on the die so the pattern would be along the side and bottom - aren't the florals pretty!?  I also cut the mug out of kraft card and glued the patterned paper over it to give the mug some sturdiness.  I embossed a piece of Tropical Teal card stock with the basket weave folder and then sponged over it with Ranger Distress Ground Espresso ink and adhered it to the bottom third of the panel.
I adhered another piece of patterned paper on the top half - then adhered the mug over the panel using thick foam dots down the center of the mug and thinner foam dots on the side and handle so the mug is a little curved off the panel.  You can see how I sponged the ink thicker over the top to create a rim on the mug.  I added 3 rhinestones onto the mug.
I stamped the sentiment right on the mug.  I think this design makes a great fall birthday card for a coffee lover!  
 Please check out Eileen's blog to see other examples of using her fun dies to create cards!

I'm also linking my card to:
Anything but Cute - An Autumn Day

Stamps:  Coffee - Gina K Designs.
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Tropical Teal, Kraft - PTI, Bo Bunny Forever Fall Collection.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ground Espresso, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Mug and Spoon Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Basket Weave Embossing Folder - Eileen Hull Sizzix, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, thick foam dots, thin foam dots.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Don't Grow Up Too Quickly

A co-worker asked me to make a 1st Birthday card for her daughter Alanna who LOVES the beach - and she supplied me with this photo of her to use on the card.
I went to the internet to get some beach inspiration and found this photo that I thought would work well as a background.
Here is the card I created -  It's actually a little stand up frame that I made using Eileen Hull's Mailable Frame die from Sizzix.
Here's how I created this Birthday Frame Card.  I die cut the frame out of Little Sizzles Matboard from Sizzix.  Then I laid the beach photo over the die in the frame opening area so I could use a piece of the photo on the frame as well as the inside.  I fussy cut Alanna's photo as well as her beach toys.
Since the beach photo didn't cover the whole frame, I masked at the folds with some Post It Notes, sponged the frame and the inside of the frame with Distress Mermaid Lagoon.  Then I flicked water over the inking to make water spots to add to the watery feel of the card.
I added her name using Idea-ology Label Letters.  I stamped a sand dollar on a piece of white card stock using Distress Brushed Corduroy, stamped the sentiment over it in Archival Jet Black and sponged the edges with Distress Antique Linen.
 (The stamps are from a set called Gifts from the Sea from Gina K Designs - but it seems this set is no longer available - they have similar set here but it doesn't have this sentiment in it)
I adhered it to the frame with foam dots.  I stamped the 3 little seagulls in the sky.
I adhered the photo of Alanna and her beach toys with foam dots.  You can see how the frame stands up in the photo below - it can be folded right up and mailed in an envelope just like a regular card!
Here's a close up of the inside -  I glued the piece of the photo over the matboard piece, sponged the edges with Distress Mermaid Lagoon and adhered it on the inside of the frame being sure it matched the opening in the front.  I added Big Chat, Chit Chat and Small Talk/Occasions stickers for this sentiment.  I stamped the date of her birthday in the corner using some Karen Foster number stamps (no longer available)

My card design was inspired by the Featured Stamper Challenge over on Splitcoast today - I saw this card by Amy and the window on her card immediately made me think of using my frame die! 

The design part is often the most difficult when creating a special card - I had all the pieces but wasn't quite sure how to put them all together - so seeing Amy's card was SO helpful!

I'm also linking my card to:
Seize the Birthday

Stamps: Gifts From the Sea - Gina K Designs
Paper: Little Sizzles White Matboard - Sizzix

Ink: Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Mermaid Lagoon, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen
Accessories: Mailable frame Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, beach photo from internet, baby photo, water for flicking, Idea-ology Label Letters, Big Chat, Chit Chat, Small Talk/Occasions, foam dots.

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Shell in Your Pocket

The Inspiration challenge over at Split Coast this week was a wonderful Shell board on Pinterest.  Here is the card I created.
I was inspired by two photos - my background was inspired by
and the colors for my shells and star fish were inspired by 
I made my background using encaustic wax and a small iron - you melt the wax onto the base of the low heat iron and then run the iron over special white encaustic paper - there are all kinds of youtube videos out there on how to control the design you come out with - but I haven't played with it enough to control it - so I get what I get! Here is a link to where I purchased my encaustic supplies. I just LOVE the depth of the design the wax creates and I thought this piece looked just like the bottom of the ocean might look!
I picked up the small shells on the beautiful shores of Sanibel Island, FL. We vacationed there several years in a row - several years ago - and if you have been there, you know the shelling is super - and you just cannot walk along the beach without picking them up!! The tiniest ones like those here, don't add TOO much thickness - although they might not survive mailing unless padding was added.
I colored my shells with Shell Pink and Butterscotch Alcohol Inks - just adding drops over the shells - then drying lightly with my heat tool. The starfish is from a Tim Holtz die -Sea and Sand - and I embossed it with 3 colors of Wendy Vecchi embossing powder, Pink Peony, Orange Blossom and Tree Branch (one at a time) to achieve a mixed color.
I used the Story Book 1 die from Pretty Pink Posh to die cut the sentiment rectangle out of white.  I stamped the sentiment from Gina K Gifts from the Sea with Archival Jet Black Ink and sponged it all over with Distress Salty Ocean Ink. Then I spritzed it with water to create water drop marks.
I'm also linking this creation to:
Cut It Up challenge - Back toNature - use a die cut of things you find in Nature  - (my star fish)

So, just as I'm happy to welcome fall weather - I'm thinking of summer days at the beach again!! OR maybe a nice winter vacation on Sanibel Island again??!!

Stamps: Gifts from the Sea - Gina K
Paper: Encaustic card stock, white and true black - PTI, Little Sizzles Mat Board - Sizzix
Paper Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Ink: Archival Jet Black, Wendy Vecchi Archival Tree Branch, Ranger Distress Salty Ocean.
Accessories: Dies- Story Book 1 - Pretty Pink Posh, Sand and Sea - Alterations/Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi Emb Powders Pink Peony, Orange Blossom, Tree Branch, Adirondack Alcohol Inks Shell Pink and Butterscotch, ScoreTape, Foam Dots, Rhinestone - Kaiser, Encaustic Wax, small iron.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Birthday by the Sea!

My good blogging buddy Anne, hosted Saturday's Inspiration challenge over on Split Coast this week.  She had us looking at the Outer Banks Trading Group web store.  I recently purchased a wonderful Gina K Designs stamp set called Gifts from the Sea (check out the terrific sentiments in this set!) - and I was inspired by this beach tote to use my new stamps!
 Sand dollars are such a wonder to me.

I made my little bag from a PTI die, stamped the sea gulls and sand images on the front and sponged the edges all around.

I white embossed the sand dollar on Creamy Caramel cardstock and adhered it to the bag with foam tape. I stamped the happy birthday, cut it with an oval punch and adhered that with foam tape. Then I just added a twine bow and some basket shred.

I just love little treat containers,  the perfect little box to place a gift for a friend or loved one!

Stamps: Gina K Designs - Gifts from the Sea
Paper: creamy caramel - SU, Rustic Cream - PTI
Ink: Versamark, Ranger Distress - Brushed corduroy, Antique Linen
Accessories: white embossing powder - SU, hot gun, foam tape, small oval punch - SU, twine & Favor It Box 2- PTI, basket shred -Michaels