Monday, November 4, 2013

Faber-Castell and Gina K Designs Blog Hop!! Day 1

Hi Y'all!!


"Welcome to the first ever Gina K Designs/Faber-Castell Blog Hop! We are so excited to team up with the Faber-Castell designers! Both incredibly talented design teams are sure to WOW you with their many beautiful, creative ideas for using Gina K. and Faber-Castell products together.

As you hop through the GKD blogs, make sure to leave a comment, because each day a random comment will be chosen and that stamper will receive a Gina K Designs stamp set of their choice (up to a $24.95 value)!

Pop over to the Faber-Castell Blog (http://designmemorycraft.typepad.com) and leave a comment for a chance to win a Designing With Gelatos Kit too!

We have a full week of amazing inspiration to share with you, so let's get started!"


I have to be honest...before the hop, I had only used Faber-Castell's regular colored pencils. And I always love using those, so I was very excited to participate in this blog hop and get to use more of their goodies! Especially the Gelatos! Oh arent these things wonderful?! Why yes they are! (yes I answer myself too, lol!) Here is my first card I did:


For this card, I embossed the cardstock with an embossing folder. Then I took versamark ink, and did a DTP (direct to paper) technique with it. Doing it light so some card stock would not have any on it. I then poured clear embossing powder all over it and then heat set it. And then the fun began! LOL! I was given the Mix & Match Metallic Gelatos Colors to use and I took each of the 4 colors and used it on the embossed piece. Then I used THE best paint brush there is...My Finger! to push and blend and fill in the nooks and crannies here and there with the Gelatos. And I was also give the Stamper's Big White Pen and I used that to make the white dots on the embossed cardstock. The butterfly was basically done the same way, but embossed with white embossing powder. For the sentiment, I took the purple toned Gelato, and while the piece was still in the die, used my finger to go around the edges to give it the look it has. I totally love Gelatos now! Need them all! LOL!

Here is my next card, and I used the Gelatos and Stampers Big White pen again:


For this card, I wanted to see what the Gelatos looked like on black cardstock, and they are GORGEOUS on it! The big daisy was embossed with white embossing powder again, I then used the Gelatos and did the 'smearing' technique. Then once again used the awesome brush, my finger, the blend it together. I then used a dry cloth to wipe off the flower so the white outline would show, then used the Stamper's Big White Pen to color the daisy. I also used a Silver Mix & Match Metallic PITT Artist Pen to go around the edges of the white cardstock...it gave it just a bit of break up of the white on white for the image and made it stand out a bit more. I had the mini tinsel laying here on my craft table so used it too. I thought it made a very festive birthday card! :D

Ok, one more from me...I did a bit of watercoloring this time:


For this card I used the Mix & Match Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. The colors are in the Neutral set. I actually painted this in a watercolor sketch book I have, and then when I tore it out I thought it looked neat with the side like that...literally ripped from its book! LOL! These pencils are actually THE best watercolor pencils I have tried! And I do love how the feel in my hand too. I did use the Stamper's Big Brush Pen in white on this too, made the small white dots around the flower with it.

Ok, that's all from me today! Now hop on over to the Oh so very talented Becky Oehlers' Blog because I know she will have something fantastic for you today!

And don't forget, these hops are going on all week! Dont miss out too on your chance to win some goodies from Gina K and Faber-Castell!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you were inspired a wee bit! :D


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Card #1
Stamps: Take Flight from Gina K Designs
Papers: Gina K cardstocks
Accessories: Faber-Castell's Mix & Match Metallic Gelatos colors, Faber- Castell's Stamper's Big White Pen, Paper Studios embossing folder, twine, versamark ink, Spellbinders tag die, pop dots, distressing tool, clear embossing powder, white embossing powder, dry cloth.

Card #2
Stamps: A Year Of Flowers 2, Hello Sunshine both from Gina K Designs
Papers: Gina K cardstocks
Accessories: Faber-Castell's Mix & Match Gelatos colors, Faber -Castel's Stampers Big White Pen, Spellbinder's square nesties and scallop square nesties, Miniuature Tinsel, Sticker rhinestones scor-tape.


Card #3
Stamps: A Year of Flowers 2 from Gina K Designs
Papers: watercolor paper for image, all other form Gina K
Accessories: Faber-Castell's Mix & Match Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, Faber-Castell's Stampers Big White Pen, ribbon, tiny attacher, watercolor paper.

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Judy Woodland said...

Whoa....all your cards are stunning Cat. Especially that butterfly. Love all those vibrant colors, well done!!

Barbara said...

Awesome! Cat! These are scrumptious and I want to CASE all of these. Such inspiration.

Terri said...

WOW beautiful cards. Especially love the rich colors for the first card. Absolutely gorgeous!

Sharon Harnist said...

Fabulous projects, Cat! I especially love the white daisy -- just stunning!

Donna Phelan said...

Oh GREAT, I own several of those paint brushes too! Gorgeous cards, I can't believe how different each one is yet all are BEAUTIES! Fabulous, Cat....VERY well done! TFS!!!

Joyce Pritts said...

Very pretty! I wish I was better with I love the white dots on the embossiing!

Theresa Momber said...

Wow, beautiful cards, Cat! I so love the butterfly background. Fabulous!

Melanie said...

I'm very inspired to try the embossing technique with the gelatos you did now, thanks! And your sketchbook card with the sunflower is sooo cool! hugsss

Jan said...

All 3 cards are so beautiful. It's hard to decide which one is more beautiful than the other, so it's good we don't have to choose.

Jan said...

All 3 cards are so beautiful. It's hard to decide which one is more beautiful than the other, so it's good we don't have to choose.

Sean Fetterman said...

These are so gorgeous Cat! WOW! You have been a busy girl! Hugs! Seanie

Marie said...

Beautiful cards! Loved seeing the different techniques that I need to try!

Sharon said...

Beautiful cards! And fun new techniques to try! Thanks for sharing.

Chris Handy said...

Love learning about Gelatos. Such a beautiful card.

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

Cat, your cards are nothing short of glorious! Your eye for color, the techniques, and of course the stamps and coloring tools, add up to WOWZA!

JPScraps said...

The cards are wonderful!

ET said...

Nice to see ways to use the Faber Castell products. Love the colorful embossed butterfly card.

Barbara said...

A marriage made in card heaven! Melanie's stamps and Gelatos. Your cards are gorgeous Cat, but my favorite is the Gelato on black that you so creatively put together. Love that look.

Nancy N said...

Wonderful work Cat. As always.

JoanneO said...

Loved all your cards. I have never tried Gelatos. Guess it is time I did!

LSmith said...

Wow what wonderful cards and ideas, thanks!

Tami Priebe said...

Wow how beautiful. I think I will have to get some gelatos.

dskene said...

Great cards! I haven't used the Gelatos but I love the look they give. My next purchase!

Janis said...

Stunningly beautiful....all of your projects! LOVE that gorgeous butterfly. I haven't tried the emboss resist technique with Gelatos yet. After seeing your amazing card.....now I gotta do it!!
<3 J

NanW said...

I'm in love with the metallic Gelatos!

Marsha said...

Wow, Cat. These are absolutely stunning. I have never used any these products so it is wonderful to see such beautiful cards made with them.

Sabrina said...

Your cards are so beautiful!! I started getting into Gelatos and having a blast!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Gorgeous cards! Love how you used the different FC products, so many great effects!

Sue said...

All the cards are absolutely stunning.

sharon g said...

The With Love card is so pretty and simple. I love the notebook paper look, too!

Liz said...

Oh my gosh, what beautiful cards! Anyone can see how much you love to create these cards.thanks for sharing.

marylouh said...

The cards are beautiful but I was really struck by the first card. The embossing and then adding the color in strips was really nice. The butterfly really popped.

scraphappy4067 said...

Awesome cards!! Love them!

scraphappy4067 said...

Awesome cards!! Love them!

Patzee said...

Thanks for the tip about using the best paint brush, ever! I'm impresssed with the effect of the Gelato on the embossed cardstock--definitely something I will try. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations.

janey said...

Wow - all three cards are stunning. I love the look of the gelatos and layering all the colors. So cool.

Judy Covey said...

Beautiful creations Cat. I've heard about the Gelato's before but not sure if I've ever actually seen any cards made using them.

mia said...

Beautiful cards, especially the butterfly card! Your creativity is really inspiring... Thanks!

Maria said...

I loved everything thanks for sharing

Diana E. said...

Absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to use some of this type supplies. Each card is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talent!

Kathy Humphrey said...

Wow! Love the white flower on the black paper. The pencils and gelatos are so versatile-so many different looks!

--Marcy said...

How exciting! Beautiful colors, and techniques - right down to ripping a page out of a book! Nice job Cathy!

Evelyn said...

I agree that finger painting with gelatos is the best! Your black and white is outstanding! I've been working with black and white but haven't used the gelatos so must try that next. Thanks for the inspiration.

Vesta said...

Beautiful card! The background almost looks like aged metal. The butterfly is lovely. It makes me want to buy gelatos!

Lisa K said...

These are so cool! Makes me want to give the Gelatos a try.

Joni said...

Wow. At first glance I thought you used metal sheets. Will have to try this technique

Verna Angerhofer said...

Oh, my!!! What beautiful card designs. I am loving each and every one of them.

itzamitzi said...

Goodness! I don't think I could pick a favorite from your cards. I LOVE what you did with each of them. That bkgrd. on the butterfly card is so stunning, the Gelato flower on black is beautiful, and I really like that you left the spiral tears on the watercolor card.

jj said...

Just got my white Pitt pen and your flower looks so good with it on black. I'm off to try it. Thanks!

Mare said...

I have never used Gelatos but they look like they would be so versitle. Thanks for the beautiful idea.

Betsy said...

WOW!!! Your cards are all so beautiful! Gelatos seem like a really versatile medium to use! I'd love to give them a try!

windinstarsranch said...

I believe I have found a new favorite gelato. The metallics are fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration. I can't wait to get my hands on them...

cairn1 said...


Your cards are gorgeous!!!!

Kathy E said...

These cards are gorgeous, guess I need to get me some Faber Castell to try with my stamps.
Thank you

Tammie Lien said...

WOW!!!! I just love all your cards and all your techniques.Thanks for sharing and the great tips:))Hugs:)))

Grandma Sheri said...

Just Beautiful!! And you've shown me I dont need to be afraid to color!! I am going to try it now. Thanks Cat.

7043280e-5a96-11e2-913c-000bcdcb2996 said...

Great cards. I love the metallic look, I need to get those Gelatos.Thanks for the cool ideas!

Diann S said...

All are so pretty, but the butterfly really caught me!

Diann S said...

All so pretty but the butterfly really caught me!

Four11Lady said...

All of your cards are wonderful, but my favorite is the third one with the page torn from the book. To think, I have many of the gelatos, but have never used them! Guess I will drag them out and give them a try. Thanks for the info and the inspiration!

Marianne said...

Wow! Your cards are all so beautiful. I can't wait to try out some Gelatos!

informinspiremotivate said...

Beautiful designs and love the style of your blog header, too

Susan said...

I'm in love with that first card. So beautiful!!!

Unknown said...

your cards are gorgeous! I love the smeary gelatos over the embossed images
thanks
Holly

Debbie Bradford said...

All three are fantastic! Thanks for explaining how to each of the gelatos and other pens. I can't wait to try some myself!

BeverlyBL said...

Think your "paint brush" did a great job. Your cards all turned out so pretty.

canadian_liner said...

The texture and colour of that first mettalic card is to die for! You had such fun mucking about with your "paint-brush!" Lovely projects!

Carole Renneker said...

Oh my! Beautiful!!! So inspiring! I can't even pick one to like best. Thanks for sharing.

Tasha said...

Love all the cards! Thanks for sharing

The MadStamper said...

Beautiful cards!!! Thanks for sharing all the tech.!

okiedee said...

All are gorgeous...my fav is the #2 Black and white...beautiful smearing with the gelatos...quite impressive.

okiedee said...

All are gorgeous...my fav is the #2 Black and white...beautiful smearing with the gelatos...quite impressive.

GregT said...

Cat, So creative, and ambitious. I like the first card the best. But all three are terrific.
TFS

DebraAnn Costanzo said...

Love all 3 but especially #3. Thank you for sharing

Kate Blair said...

very impressive cards

Natasha said...

These are all so very pretty, I love the colours that you have used. TFS. Hugs xnx

CardsCookiesCarrotCake said...

WOW! Beautifully done, Cat. Thanks for the inspiration.

Linda S. said...

Kat, I especially like the white daisey card. Very elegant looking.

Susan Sieracki said...

OMG, I have to have those metallic gelatos. I love the way that metallic card came out. I have to try that.

Angelika said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE all three cards! Can't wait to try coloring with gelatos which I have never done. you did such a beautiful job!

Cathy said...

All three cards are very nice, but the first one is my favorite. I'm thinking I need to add Gelatos to my stash :)

~ Jo ~ said...

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous!!! I especially love that very first one, so colorful and beautiful!
Hugs,
~Jo~

RedGem said...

I just love your cards, especially the butterfly. Never thought of using gelatos in that way! Must case this creation.

Helen F. said...

Oh myyyy, all three of your cards are fabulous, Cat! I would love to try these Gelatos if I could come anywhere near your beautiful work :)

Anne said...

Such different effects and all beautiful!

jules said...

Lovely cards, especially love the look of the metallic gelatos!

Gramma Deb said...

Y'all are going to get me into so much trouble...
What really great projects!

shensen said...

Love your cards. Very Pretty.

Sharon H.

Sharyn Polesel said...

I know every time I come to your blog I am going to see something gorgeous. OMGosh! That first card is so pretty will all the great color, and then I came to the second card. What a beauty! I have never used gelatos but I know I am going to have to get some now.

GrammySue's Creations said...

Very Pretty cards--love the rich colors. My favorite is the white daisy.

pajaropr said...

Beautiful cards amazing

pajaropr said...

Beautiful cards amazing

Pine Bird Knitter said...

Wowie! Zowie!!

gltinnola said...

All three of these have gone into my favorites folder!! Thanks for sharing.

Darcy Schroeder said...

Stunning card! I have a set of the Faber-Castell's pencils but now I think I must have the gelatos, too!
Hugs
Darcy

Carla said...

Both your cards are gorgeous!! I love the metallic look. Thanks so much for sharing.


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Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautiful cards!!! Love the variety of techniques- that BG is gorgeous!!!!! Thanks for sharing your talents!

Laura Turcotte said...

oh my word!!! WOW---I'm speechless---these are absolutely wonderful!

JoAnn Melanson said...

Beautiful it inspires me

Barb McLeod said...

Love all the cards! I especially like the techniques used on the second card. I can't wait to see what's next!

Debbie said...

Wow, I love all your cards! They are gorgeous!! I have been curious about the gelatos and you really give us some wonderful ideas to try! Thanks!!

Debbie said...

Wow, I love all your cards! They are gorgeous!! I have been curious about the gelatos and you really give us some wonderful ideas to try! Thanks!!

Jill P said...

I love all 3 of your cards!!

Carla said...

Wonderful card, the one with the Butterfly is my favorite one.

Desert Kat said...

Thank you you explain everything so well. I have some of the products you used and now I think I can use mine.

Crafty Lady said...

This is a perfectly elegant card... aquarelles look to be a tool to try.

Patricia L said...

I guess those gelatos are one more thing I HAVE to have ! I love the swirly first card.

LoveSnailMail said...

Inspiring projects! Thanks!!

Denise Ebbs said...

Your colors are beautiful and perfect for fall. Thank you.

Rosy Newlun said...

Lovely creations Cat. I love your ideas about combining embossing with coloring over them and the DTP technique!

craftsbyreva said...

Beautiful cards! thanks for sharing.

paddy said...

love the background on your 1st card - just fab!

creativearts said...

All three are lovely but my favorlite is the first one with all of the lovely swirls and bright colors.

maryc1254 said...

Thanks for sharing these great cards and techniques.

Beverly Perdue said...

Awesome cards! I have never tried Gelatos, but I would love to try it. The effects are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

sueymem said...

That black/white flower is stunningly simple.

Joan said...

Stunning projects!

Kathryn said...

Great job on all of your cards! I have to play more now that I am soooo inspired!

Karen said...

Gorgeous set of cards with some techniques I have never tried but may do now!

stampinfranni said...

Very pretty cards. All are so different from each other, too!

Julie S. said...

These cards are all absolutely amazing! I loved every one of them!

Sandra Fairbanks said...

Beautiful card...love your amazing "brush" work...these products make fabulous cards!

Deb Fortin said...

Oh my , so difficult to choose a favourite so I wont haha
Love the effect the gelatos create so pretty.

Deb Fortin said...

Oh my , so difficult to choose a favourite so I wont haha
Love the effect the gelatos create so pretty.

Janet Zeppa said...

Gorgeous projects! Especially love the one on black.

Marilyn from MI said...

Card #2 is my favorite - it's very "classy" looking!

Rebecca Ednie said...

Wow, awesome cards. I'd never have guessed how the first one was made.

Sharon said...

Wow! Wow! and Wow! These are STUNNING!!I can tell you had a ton of fun with these!

Sandy said...

All 3 cards are fantastic. It's impossible to pick a favorite.

Barb B said...

Have to say the second card caught my attention but I love the colours on the first card. Guess you never know, till you try something new.

Julie said...

wow, love shinniness on that card.

Jeanine Gonzalez said...

Your cards are lovely. You made very good use of those exceptional products!

Jeanine Gonzalez said...

Your cards are lovely. You made very good use of those exceptional products!

Susan Hyde said...

Beautiful cards -- wonderful!

Unknown said...

Being new to gelatos, these are wonderful!

Cammi said...

Wow! Those cards are gorgeous...and I am totally going to use those techniques! Thanks for sharing that beautiful brain!

Barbara Hale said...

Great cards. Will have to try the gelatos.

Dee Earnshaw said...

OMG the embossed butterfly card is to die for

Robin said...

Love Gina K and would love to have some inspiration for using Gelatos!!!

Dee said...

A wonderful collection of different ways one can use the pencils and gelatos. Thanks for sharing!

Penny said...

Beautiful cards and awesome technique ideas!

Barb A. said...

Wow! Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing your time and talents with us.

Tina Doyle said...

Gorgeous card and love the techniques

Carla said...

So prolific, Miss Cat! I love them all!!

Sharon Kent said...

Wonderful cards. They are all nice.

Linda Knox said...

Wonderful, wonderful. I really like how you used all the colors on the first card and, yes, I have one of those famous paint brushes myself that I used often, lol. I just may have to check out that big white pen more closely. I love how you used it on black card stock to color the big daily. Yes, you have given me inspiration..thank you.

Marionment said...

Wow! Beautiful cards. I think I might have to try the DTP technique.

Vickie Kertz said...

These cards are just beautiful. The color combos are fantastic.

Luanda said...

You did a wonderful job on all three cards. I especially loved the first one. That background is amazing!

Cheryl Depler said...

Wow. Looks like I need to get more of these. Thanks!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Your cards are all fabulous, but I really like the first one. the butterfly is gorgeous and I love the background.

Patti Rogers said...

I have never known much about Gelattos but I just love your butterfly card. Now I am interested in trying them. Thanks for sharing it!!!

judybob3 said...

great techniques!!!

Linda said...

Beautiful cards! I would love to try embossing followed by gelatos!

Cheryl O said...

Your cards are great!! Thank you for sharing so many wonderful techniques, can hardly wait to try some of these!

Lagene said...

Wonderful cards! I love the different techniques you used!

fuzzylover said...

Beautiful cards - I especially like the "special" tool you used. Those metallic gellatos turned out great - I have to try them on the black paper.

nancy said...

Wow, the cards are great,

nancy said...

Wow, the cards are great,

Sue D said...

Wonderful cards. Love the background on the first one.

Cindy M said...

WOW all three are fabulous, will definitely be checking out the Faber-Castell products especially the Gelatos!

Judy said...

These cards are beautiful. The butterfly is my favorite. Such colors. I would love to try the gelatos.

kramomma said...

Your cards are gorgeous.

Betty Neville said...

WOW Cat! These are just gorgeous!

Mrs_Mac said...

Great cards and you used my favourite tool, your finger.

Bandon, Oregon said...

OK... I have never seen the first two styles before... WOW!!! something else for sure.... I love the flower one.... all very, very nice... I have to try some of these things out. Thanks for sharing...

Faith

Robin B. said...

What stunning cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

Phyllis said...

Great card! I've never used Gelatos before, so it was interesting to read your directions.

Kathy H said...

Oooo, so creative!

Nana Griffin said...

Three lovely cards! I especially like the white one.

Stephanie said...

All 3 cards are gorgeous!! I've never tried gelatos....yet. :) Your cards just make me want to try them even more.

Nana Griffin said...

Three lovely cards! I especially like the white one.

Glittered Paws said...

Love love love the butterfly card and loved how you shared you techniques.

Jan Castle said...

All three cards are lovely!!!! TFS

Alice said...

It's all been said so, add me to the list of "I love the butterfly card".

cal8007 said...

The metal colors on the first card are so brilliant! You are so talented! The other two cards are also very nice. Thanks for the inspiration indeed!

Carmen L

Marita said...

Your cards are all beautiful especially the Butterfly one! Gorgeous colors and textures.

Judy Grace said...

These are beautiful cards. I wish there was a video to watch since I don't understand some of it by just reading the directions.

http:/drdeweypibbs.blogspot.com said...

Love the black card. So elegant.
Beautiful work.

Mary Williams said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing!

Mary Williams said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing!

Carolina said...

Stunning cards Cat! I would have never known this was your first time using the Gelatos - beautiful job indeed!!!

MsJudyC said...

All the cards are just beautiful.

Katie said...

Three awesome cards! I just love your watercolored flower with the torn edge. And thank you for showing us how the gelatos reacted on the black cardstock, very cool. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

joy said...

Great ideas from all 3 cards, but the first one is a real stunner! The embossing makes the colors look so rich!

Suman Pandit said...

lovely vibrant colors, All your cards are lovely !!

Victoria H. said...

Oh my three absolutely gorgeous cards! I love the watercolor image torn from your book...fabulous!

Betsye Rose said...

Can we say simply gorgeous! I can't get over the look of the metallic gelatos.

Sherry Butcher said...

Wonderful, love the Faber-Castell's Mix & Match Metallic Gelatos colors, the Faber-Castell's Stamper's Big White Pen(must have)and the butterfly. Great designs! TFS.

Shari said...

All three cards are beauties! You've inspired me to try to Gelatos on black cardstock...looks stunning!

gramajackie said...

Very cute cards.

Teri said...

Wow! All gorgeous!

Vicky Scheiber said...

Love the vivid color and pearly affect of gelatos.

Cathy Homan said...

Great cards. I think my favorite is the Large Daisy. Thanks for sharing.

gobarb26 said...

Great cards. The one with the Butterfly is my favorite. Love you technique

Kathy Berger said...

Beautiful cards and really creative uses of the gelatos and white brush pen!

Auntie Em said...

Wow!!! Your cards are all so colourful and amazing! I love the way the metallic colours blended and the white on the black background shows up so well. Not a lot of white inks or pens do. Gotta put that on my list of must haves! lol
The watercolouring on the last one is so soft and artistic.
Thank you for sharing these great ideas and techniques. Now I have to go shopping!

Sharon Roselli said...

wow! wow! I now need all the colors and the metallic gelatos too! Your cards are amazing! the background colors on the first one. and how the white just springs off the page of the flower card. You are an inspiration.

Diane said...

Wow...beautiful projects...so unique and different!!

Susan White said...

Beautiful Cards Cat!!!

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