Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gina K. Designs 2018 New Colors Release Blog Hop!

Hey Y'all!  Glad to see ya!

Gina K. Designs

Welcome to our little hop featuring the new colors that Gina has just released!  OHhhh my are they gorgeous or what??  just look at the gorgeousness:

The name of the inks:

Tranquil Teal, Coral Reef, Lucky Clover, Plum Punch
Key Lime, Slate, Sea Glass, Tangerine Twist
Ink cubes

full size ink pads

Cardstocks AND matching envelopes!  Are you in loooove?!!  I am!  I just love new colors!  The world could use all kinds of pretty colors in it , lol! And this ink, in jet black:

It works with most of our mediums we use for coloring!  I have only used with watercolor so far and it worked fantastic!

 AND FINALLY, Sandy Beach Ink in cube and full size pads!

And before I show my examples, just wanted to tell ya to be sure and comment on each blog for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Gina K. Designs!! You can check a few days after the blog hop in the Big News Forum on StampTV to see if you won!!  

Ok here is my first card for today!  I THINK my favorite color out of the new bunch is the Plum Punch!  But that is subject to change at any given moment, ha!

I stamped that sentiment first and its from Emily's new set, Lettered and Lovely  The flowers are from Lisa's new set,  Hello Beautiful.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white..and the background for that was created by taking the stamp pad and squish it onto some paper!  :D  I didnt even color the flowers because I thought on this design this looked best!  Whatcha think?  I can take it...hahaha!
On this next card I used the mini stamp set, You Make Me SmileYou Make Me Smile
I just played around with some watercolors on this one.  ALMOST through it away Because Shady decided it tasted good on the edges!  So I tore the edge and thought , hey I can make this work, lol!  The new color I used on this one was the Coral Reef!  But then, I'd say this about all of the inks and cardstocks!  But they ARE!    Ok next, I made a shaker card!

For this set I used Melanies' set, Pressed Flowers 2. 
The panel that is holding the 'shakers' is the foil-able sheets from Thermo-Web that Gina carries in her store.  I did not foil this one, i wanted those vines to be black.  The die 'you' is cut out in 3 different colors and I offset them a bit, each color, as i glued.  The flower, I stamped it with the new Tangerine Twist ink and then colored using color pencils to do the shading with.  Super easy really!

I have several more cards, but Ill not hold you up!  haha!  
You should have came from  
 And your next stop will be the 
And anytime you might get lost on the way, just hop back to Gina's blog and that will help you find your spot!  :D  

Thanks again to all of you for stopping by!  And Just want to mention...this is my 9th Year for being on the Gina K. Designs Design team and I plan on having a little party on the blog toward the end of the month...with prizes!  :D  ...stay tuned.....


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Gina K. Designs March 2018 Preview, Day 3!

Hey Y'all!  Glad to have you here!

Welcome to our final day and nothing to be sad about, lol!  Cause its RELEASE day!  yay!  At 7PM tonight all new stamps we have previewed the last few days will be available at Gina K. Designs
 And dont forget!  Leave those comments on the blogs for your chance to win that $50 gift certificate! We will be announcing the winners at the release party, but Gina posts the winner daily on her blog.

You should have arrived form the oh so awesome
Arjita Singh's blog!

Up first today is a new set illustrated by Gina called, "Your Make Me Smile"  Here is what I have for you today:

 Well, this card is another of my booboos that I turned into a card, lol!  I was watercoloring the flowers and it just not doing right!  So i scribbled on with the watercolors, thus creating this background!  I sprinkled some water to get the white spots and the images is heat embossed in white also.  Then distressed the edges a bit, tied a bow and all done!  Easy peasy mistake made pretty!  D

Next up is a new set with new illustrator for us, Emily Schroepfer, Lettered and Lovely.  And ohhh how lovely it is!  I so envy folks who can do this writing like these stamps have!  But, since I cannot, I now have this lovely stamp set!  I LOVE love it!  here is what I have done for today:

I heat embossed the writing with some turquoise embossing powders .  It's hard to tell, but its shiny and pretty IRL, it has pretty silver carstock for the topping and scalloped bottom  and for a layer.  Really makes the colors just pop together! Love this card, the colors especially!

Ok ready for more wonderul inspiring eye candy?  I know you are!  Next up on the blog hop is the ohsoawesome 
And here is the full list of all of us and if you get lost you can always go back to Gina's blog and follow that way!

Gina K - Illustrator of You Make Me Smile
Emily Schroepfer  - Illustrator of Lettered and Lovely
Arjita Singh
Cat Tidwell --you are here!
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Laura Schmidlin
Rema DeLeeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore

Dont forget!  Comment, comment comment! The winner for today will be pulled to be announced at the release party!

Thanks once again my friends that live in my little puter!
~just cat

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Gina K. Designs March 2018 Preview, Day Two!

Hey y'all!! welcome back!

 You should have came from the oh so awesome Arjita Singh's Blog!

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's previews!  And have left your comments on all the blogs for your chance to win that awesome $50 gift certificate to the store!  And same thing today, leave a comment on all the blogs!  Check Thursday night at the release party to see if you are one of the 3 winners we will be giving out!  

Here we are today to preview two new sets this time!  First up is the new set by Beth Silaika, Liam and Liz Lion.  This set is so adorable!  Here is what I have for today with this set:

I made a little shadow box for this set!  This was so fun to put all together, and it will lay flat for easy mailing!  It's got a bit of bulk, but wont cost an arm and leg to mail!  This one is going to my grandsom, Blake.  He loves puns!  Arent those lions just too cute though?  So fun to color too!  Here is a close up of this same thing:

Ok, next up is a brand spanking new set by Lisa Hetrick, Hello Beautiful!  Here is my card to show today for this set:

For this card I used water color metallic inks.  And actually, since I had just gotten these in the mail, i decided to see how they looked and was doing come color blocking...decided to use it for my cards background after I doodled on the rectangles!   Here is a close up too of this to show you the shine:

OOoo sparkly huh?  I love the script of the Hello too! 

Next on your blog hop is the uber talented Donna Idlet's Blog!

Here is the full list of the Design Team's Blogs also!  If you get lost, just hop back to Gina's blog and find your way!  :D

Gina K
Beth Silaika- Illustrator of Liam And Liz Lion
Lisa Hetrick- Illustrator of Hello Beautiful!
Arjita Singh
Cat Tidwell --you are here!
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Laura Schmidlin
Rema DeLeeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore

Thanks so very much for all the awesome comments yesterday!  It TRULY brightens my day!  makes me smile!!  :D  Be sure to come on back tomorrow and then that even we will have the release party (Thursday) and announce the winners of the commenting!!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Gina K. Designs March 2018 Preview Day One!

Hey Y'all!  Glad you stopped by today!  You should have hopped from Arjita Singh's Blog!

And WELCOME!  to our March release blog hop with some awesome peaks/full cards for this release!  We are doing things just a tad different this month.  We will be showing you our creations on these Blog Hops (next 3 days) March 27th, 28th and 29th, all leading up to the release party Thursday night at 7PM EST sharp!  AND you need to get your comments in these next few days!  Because Gina is giving away a $50 gift certificate for the 3 bloghop days and the winner will be announced at the Release Party Thursday night!  So HURRY!  And then be sure to come on to our Release Party so see if you are one of the lucky ones!

Ok, up today we are showcasing a new set by Theresa Momber called Framescapes - Window of Wishes.  I am so loving these Framescapes of Theresa's!  Here is what I did for today:

I created a little view form the window!  :D  I watercolored the sky and the curtains are 'hung' from a curtain rod I made of soft flex wire(will not hurt you! ).  The curtains are paper pieced form a Gina K. designer paper.  I then colored the flowers/shelf and window frame with copics.  This reminds me of my grandma's kitchen view!  They had a farm and about all you saw out her kitchen windows were trees...and chickens, lol!  And I do plan on showing a quick tutorial on how I made the cloudy sky!  I used the best two paint brushes in the world!  :D

Ok, ready for more awesome eye candy!?  Your next hop is to 

And once again, dont forget to comment!  You only have these 3 blog hop days to do so for your chance to win that gift certificate! 

And if you get lost along the way, you can always go back to Gina's blog and start over!

Gina K
Theresa Momber   Illustrator of Framescapes - Window of Wishes
Arjita Singh
Cat Tidwell --you are here!
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Laura Schmidlin
Rema DeLeeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore

Here is a close up of this card too:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Whats black and white....?

And READ all over?  haha!  Hi Y'all!  Glad you stopped by today!  I sure wish my posts were read all over, lol! 

I was at Hobby Lobby and checking out all their clearance stuff.  I found a pencil set and purchased it for $1.75, dont know what the regular price was, but this was cheap so got it!  LOL!  Soooo I played around with the pencils and decided to do a little pictorial for ya!  Hope you enjoy!

I have used the Stippled Flowers stamp set from Gina K. Designs.  This is to show how I color using pencils and I'm using one of the leaf images from the set.  First, I stamped the leaf image onto some Gina K. 120 lb white base weight cardstock and used Memento Tuxedo Black:

Here is a picture of the pencils I used...the bottom being the lightest shade and its the one I used first:

4H, F, 5B, 8B...going from lightest to darkest from the bottom up.

Here I have used the 4H pencil, and using a very light touch to do so:

I think that is one thing that is important, using a light touch.  Because you can always go back over to make it a deeper shade.

Next, used the F pencil:

Not much difference here, but using a light touch once again to gradually build up the depth

Here I have added the 5B pencil.  It's alot darker!

And last but not least, added some of the 8B:

Mostly I added this color at the bottom of the leaf.  Another thing that I do, I make sure to follow the lines of the stamp when coloring too.

Now, I usually use a paper blending stump, just dry, no gamasol.  But I couldnt find mine, got tired of searching some brought out the big gun!
I take it and just blend the differnt shades of pencils I have laid down on the image:

Dont worry about getting out of line.  We gonna fix that here in just  a sec!  :D

Sooo next, the eraser!  And would you believe, I can't find my Tombow Mono Sand Eraser?!  Yea, you would, lol! Sooo, I used a pencil eraser!

I kinda hold the pencil at an angle and will even erase of the edges of the image I have colored to add a hightlight area on the image.

See?  no need to worry about getting out of line on this way of coloring, lol!  

Here is  a picture of the flower that I did with this same method:

I used a white gel pen to add the little white dots in the middle of the flower.  But everything else is colored just as shown above. 

And here is the finished card:

I used Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay inks to do a bit of splatter.  I was orginally inspired by the challenge on StampTV this month that Sheri is hosting, to make a card using black and white and one other 'pop' of color and a bow.  Well, I think mine wont 'qualify' because of the 'gray' tones the coloring with the different pencils.  LOL!  But still, that was what inspired this! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hoping I gave you some tips that might help you in your b/w coloring!  :D



Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gina K. Designs Stamp and Foil Blog Hop!!

Hey Y'all!!  Welcome!  Today we are featuring Gina K.'s brand new goodies with ThermoWeb!  These are sooo AWEsome and fun to play with!  Just wait until you see all of the goodies!

Three new clear stamp sets that have matching dies and matching Stamp and Foil Mates 

Arent they all so awesome??!  Ok, first up today that I am showcasing is the Butterfly Kisses Set Here is what I have done for today:

For this card, I used the Vibrant Vines Foil-Mates, Butterfly Kisses Stamp and die set, the Stamp N Foil-Mates, and the Bubblegum Pink Fancy Foil and Glittering Green Fancy Foil.  This really comes together so quick and its so much fun having like a gazillion combinations of these pieces you could do!   
This is what I have done to show today:

On this card I used the Where Flowers Bloom stamp and die set, the Stamp n Foil set, and the Where's the Party Foil Mates background and Sparkling Silver Fancy Foil.  I decided to color the flowers and leaves after running them through the Minc foiling machine and I used some metallic colored pencils blended with gamasol. (it blends sooo good on this paper that the stamp n foils come on!) After foiling, I took GKD ink in powder blue and sponged it all over the piece.  I took a dry cloth and just buffed up the silver.  I also when stamping the sentiment, i heat embossed that in white.  Next card using this same set:
For this one, I stamped the solid flowers over the little middle part there that is part of the stamp n foil sheets.  and then the leaves, once again colored those with pencils. Sooo quick and fun!!
Ok, next up is all the goodies with the Time To Celebrate sets!

For this card I wanted it very festive!  So I used all of the elements that I could!  The stamp and die set, the Stamp n Foil and the Fancy Foils in about all  the new colors!  I used the background foil mate Wheres The Party then stamped the images of the cake over that, also popped one of the cake images up too along with the glittery balloons!  (Look at that BLUE one!  LOVING it!)  Ok, one more with this set:
Had to do an over the hill one! Since most of my friends are there now, lol!  well, we are probably on the down swing of the hill now, haha!  But all of this is done with gold and gold sequins from previous releases.  This is actually my favorite! A bit classy but fun!

Ok, ready for more eye candy?  You should have come from Beth's Blog and your next stop will be the oh so talented Donna's Blog

And don't forget to leave a comment on all of the blogs because we will be drawing for a winner of a $50 gift certificate to the store!  you can check the Big News Forum on StampTV to see who the winner was!!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Gina K. Designs February Release Inspiration Blog Hop!

Hey Y'all!  Glad you stopped by!

We are so very excited to be sharing a New Mini Kit, Wreath Builder, a new set by Alicia K., Stippled Flowers, and a new incentive called Doodle Sayings.  OH!  and a little Tidy Towel to clean up all that stamping you gonna be do with these new sets!  :D 

You should have come from Rubeena's Blog,  one of our awesome Guest Designers this month!  And if you get lost on the way, you can always go back to Gina K. 's Blog and start over or figure out where you were at!  :D  

Be sure also to follow along on the blog hop and to comment on each blog because we will be picking a winner for a $50 Gift certificae to Gina K. Designs!  You can check the Big News Forum a few days after the hop to see who won!

Up first for you today, I have the new mini kit, Wreath Builder.  And I cannot come close to telling you how much I am totally loving this set!  I have stamped up so many things with the template and images!  It is a Blast to play with and easy learning curve, if any!  Here is what I have for today:

and the inside:
I used Gink K. cardstock in Warm Cocoa and Peach Bellini.  I used the template to stamp out the wreath in the first photo and also used the same images to stamp the inside to tie it together.  This card took me maybe 5 minutes!  And I'm a slow card maker, lol! 

Next up for me is the Stippled Flowers by Alicia K. and its sooo much fun!!  Here is my card for today:

For this card, I used an embossing folder on the upper part of the base and then drew the lines on bottom area with the Scorpal.  I colored the flowers and the base with copics and pencils.  I love these flowers in this set...omg so fun!!  You know a stamp is drawn good if you take and color and it makes a beautiful image without much effort!  :D

And one more from me today with the new incentive set, Doodle Sayings:

I ordered some markers that were suppose to be metallic looking even on black, and they are!  I LOVE how this flower coloed out in white!!  I loved coloring them on black i did a whole bunch! haha!
They are so pretty and shiny!  I also used the same flower to make the background with...stamped and then heat embossed that image in clear to create the bg.  Very subtle but pretty little touch i think!


Ok, ready for more eye candy?  Just follow these links below and leave my fellow DT and Guest Designers a comment on their blogs so we can get you entered to win the gift certifiate!

Next on your hop is  the oh so talented Donna!
Thanks once again for stopping by today!  I so enjoy reading your comments!  They truly inspire me!

Cards from last night's release party in case you missed!

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