Saturday, December 19, 2015

Gina K Birthday Blessings with Kaleidacolor Ink

I only have one Kaleidacolor ink pad, and it is fun to work with!  You get such pretty results with little effort.  It was fun to make this card and refreshing not to make a Christmas card or project.  It was fun to add "just a pinch" of sequins.  They are all in style right now, but I have almost never used them before.

Gina K Birthday Blessings stamp set
Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze Ink pad
Versafine Onyx Black ink pad
Neenah 80 pound Classic Crest Cardstock
Sequins from my stash

This project will be submitted to the following challenge(s):

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Gift Tag - Power Poppy Short Stacks

I decided to stamp out some more Power Poppy images and was inspired by their Go for the Gold challenge and the Gifts from the Heart challenge, and the Simon Says Stamp Tag it challenge.

I colored the image with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  I enjoyed adding the gold accents with a gel pen.  I need a bit more practice, but this will make a great gift tag.  I think it could be used for Christmas since it is versions of red and green.  


Power Poppy - Short Stacks stamp set
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Derwent Inktense pencils
Watercolor paper
Gold gel pen
Ribbons from my stash

This project will be entered into the following challenges:

Monday, December 7, 2015

Power Poppy - Chinese Lanterns - Sunny Harvest Stamp set

I have been eyeing the Power Poppy stamps sets all year.  I finally picked up two sets during the Black Friday sale.  I just love what I got, and the sweet personal touch in my order.  

I decided to participate in this month's challenge, which is to use any of the challenges from this year.  I did two off the list: Pencil Me In (color with pencils) and Hang Some Paper (use at least three patterned papers).  

Power Poppy Sunny Harvest Stamp set
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Derwent Inktense Pencils (Sun Yellow, Poppy Red, Tangerine, Apple Green) 
Distress Ink Antique Linen
My Mind's Eye Sweetest Thing - Tangarine 6x6 paper pad
Watercolor paper

This project will be entered into the following challenge:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Stampin Up Wishing You 2006 Stamp set

I created these cards using my Versafine Ink pads and embossing over this with sparkle embossing powder.  It was really fun and the photos do not show give the sparkle justice.  This stamp set has a nice verse to stamp on the inside of Christmas cards too.


Stampin Up Wishing You 2006 stamp set
Versafine Pigment ink: Smokey Grey, Onyx Black
Recollections Sparkle Embossing Powder
DCWV Linen Closet paper pad (top photo)
My Mind's Eye Christmas Home paper pad (botton photo)
distressed with Antique Linen ink
Darice Snowflake embossing folder

These projects will be entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Silhouette Bells

I tried a new technique for this card. I smooshed different colors of pink, lavender and blue distress inks on my craft sheet.  I sprayed just a bit of water onto it.  Then I used this as a stamp pad to pick up ink onto my stamp.  This took just a little trial and error to get the right amount of water (3 spritzes for me with my mini mister.)

This is a small card, just 4.25 by 3.25 inches.  


Hero Arts Silhouette Bells
Distress inks
Watercolor paper
Hero Arts CL342 Sentiment set
Versafine Onyx Black ink

This card will be entered into the following challenge(s):
ModSquad Challenge Blog: Lavender and Lace

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pink and Grey color combo Christmas Cards

I was able to make two new Christmas cards this morning. I think I am getting much closer to the amount that I will need this holiday season.  I think it is fun to work on them in the summer when there is no pressure at all!

I created a sheet of patterned paper with my snowflake stamp set and then cut it in two to create two similar cards.


Hero Arts CL622 Designer Snowflakes Set
Hero Arts CL342 Sentiment (sending warm fuzzies)
Lawn Fawn Snow Day stamp set (You Warm My Heart)
Avery Elle pigment inks: Fog, Silver Fox, Raspberry and Pixie
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Recollections Grey Kraft cardstock
American Crafts Texture Cardstock in Pink
EK Success Snowflake, circle punches
EK Success Snowflake Border punch (positive and negative)
Spellbinders circle nestabilities

These projects will be entered into the following chalenge(s):

Monday, July 20, 2015

Card: By the Sea by Gina K. Designs

Here is another card using watercolor "dry on dry" brushstrokes from my Craftsy Watercolor Cards made easy class.  This time I used the blue distress ink to paint a sky.  


Gina K Designs By the Sea stamp set
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Distress ink Broken China
Canson watercolor paper
My Mind's Eye Patterned paper

This project will be entered into the following challenge(s):

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Inkadinkado Sketchy Sailboat

This water was made using a brush stroke "dry on dry" technique that I learned in a class at Craftsy called Watercolor Cards Made Simple.  

The sailboat was stamped with a simple watercolor stamping technique where you ink up the stamp, then spritz a very fine mist of water on it before stamping.  

Inkadinkado Sailboat Sketch stamp
Gina K Designs stamp set
Versamark ink
Clear embossing powder
Distress inks: Broken China, Faded Jeans
Canson XL 140# watercolor paper

This project will be entered into the following challenge(s):

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fast & Easy Card - Gina K Wildflowers

I have not had much time or inspiration to stamp and participate in blog challenges until just lately.  I had the background stamp out to work on this Shadow Stamping challenge over at Artsy Inkers, so when I saw this challenge for Fast and Easy, I thought it would be the perfect one to keep working with as this card idea only takes a few minutes!


Gina K Designs Wild Flowers Stamp set illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger
Hero Arts Harlequin Shadow Background stamp
Avery Elle Pigment inks in Sea Glass and Sugar Plum

This project will be entered into the following challenge(s):

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Stately Flowers Poppy - Watercolor stamping

I had a lot of fun with this kind of watercolor stamping technique.  I used my Tombow water-based markers to color on my rubber stamp, then just stamped it onto wet watercolor paper.  I experimented with the amount of water and I liked the look with less water, then just applied a touch more coral with a wet brush.

I went ahead and aged the image with tan and brown Distress inks and a sponge.  The matte is kraft cardstock that has also been distresed with the same colors to match.  

I used a background stamp to create the card base with Distress ink over kraft cardstock.  


Gina K Designs Stately Flowers 1 stamp set
Tombow markers 249, 905, 845
Versafine Ink Onyx Black
Distress Inks Frayed Burlap, Tea Dye, Antique Linen
Hero Arts Woodgrain background stamp

This project will be entered into the following challenge(s):

Saturday, May 2, 2015

DCWV Linen Closet Card Set

Today I used a sketch challenge to make a little card gift set.


DCWV Linen Closet Matstack
Recollections 120# Heavy Weight ivory cardstock
Gina K Dies from Birthday Blessings set
Hero Arts CL342 sentiments (Just a Note and Just Saying Hello)
Gina K Stenciled Spring stamp set (thank you)
Gina K One in a Million stamp set (have a happy day!)
Gina K Dark Chocolate Ink
Fiskars and EK Success punches
Cuttlebug Just My Type border embossing folders
Twine from my stash

These projects will be entered into the following challenge(s):

Case This Sketch #121
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Inkadinkado Folk Wreath card

I hope this blog post finds you all doing well today.  I created a very simple card today.  

I stamped this image with a very light colored pigment ink.  I found it hard to tell that it was not white.  I then used my zig glue pen to adhere glitter to areas of the stamp that I wanted to highlight.  I really enjoy doing that because it adds so much, but takes the pain out of applying glitter!  


Inkadinkado Fold Wreath cling stamp
Avery Elle Sea Mist pigment ink
Zig glue pen
Recollections Glitz glitter
Hero Arts Season's Greetings sentiment
Versafine Majestic Blue ink
Sizzix Santa Lucia Embossing Folder

This project will be entered in the following challenge(s):

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Our Daily Bread Lily of the Valley

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I wanted to take the chance to participate in this photo inspiration challenge. 


Our Daily Bread Lily of the Valley stamp
Gina K So Grateful sentiment
Archival ink
Tombow markers
Sakura stardust glitter pen
Echo Park Victoria Garden 6x6 paper pad

This project will be entered into the following challenge(s):

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kaisercraft Bonjour over Stenciled background

I sponged distress ink over my stencil to create the background, then stamped the image.  I colored with watercolor pencils and blended with a Dove blender pen.  


Heidi Swapp Stencil
Distress ink Tumbled Glass
Kaisercraft Bonjour stamp set
Gina K So Grateful sentiment
Archival Ink
Derwent Watercolor pencils
Dove Blender Pen

This project will be entered into the following chalenge(s):

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bucket of flowers

I really enjoy using the Art Impressions watercolor series stamps to make a little flower arrangement. For this one, I used just a few flowers and I used sortof fall colors for the overall card design, but it is still cheery.


Art Impressions Watercolor series stamp sets (flowers, greenery, containers)
Watercolor paper
Tombow Markers
Gina K Thankful for You stamp
Versafine Smokey Grey ink
Gina K cardstock in Prickly Pear, Charcoal Brown and ivory
Brad is from Michaels
Cuttlebug Decorative Tiles embossing folder

This project will be entered in the following challenge(s):

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hero Arts Joyful Christmas Season

Welcome and thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I have been feeling the need to get more Christmas cards done and out of the way.  A sketch is always a nice way to get moving.

I used the Sketch for the starting point of my card.  I stamped the image in black ink and colored portions in with my Sakura stardust pen.  The sentiment was heat embossed.  


Hero Arts Joyful Christmas Season stamp set
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Versamark Ink
Recollections White Detail Embossing powder
White and Black cardstock
My Mind's Eye Christmas Wish 6x6 paper pad
Sakura stardust gel pen

This project will be entered in the following challenge(s):

Sunday, April 19, 2015

I Brake for Stamps Trillium Card - Coloring with Chalks

Not many stamp companies make a Trillium flower stamp, but there are a few out there of this more rare wildflower.  They grew in our woods when I was growing up, and my grandma had some in her yard.  Since we are in the middle of Spring, I felt like using this stamp.

I stamped the image in brown ink on patterned paper.  I then colored it with Pebbles chalks.  It is a really pretty way to color a flower that is white.  There is white chalk on thre flower petals and it does make them stand out.  

On the inside of the card, I attached this die cut bird.  I stamped the bird in Versamark ink and then used the Poppin Pastel technique to color.

  I hope this card may inspire you to get out your neglected chalks and use them for coloring.  They are easy to blend and are so soft you do not need to feel like it must be perfect to be very pretty.  Plus, if you do not have any, I have noticed they are often deeply discounted in stores since they are not as "in style" for crafting but are still so fun to use!


I Brake for Stamps Trillium
Gina K Designs Birthday Blessings (bird stamp and die)
Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate Ink
Versarmark Ink
Pebbles chalks
Prima Nature Garden 6x6 paper pad
Gina K Designs Grass Green cardstock
The Paper Studio Ribbon

This project will be submitted to the following challenge(s):
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge Blog - In the middle

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Alcohol Ink Background with Stamps

I made a background with blue alcohol inks.  I stamped over it and used silver embossing powder so it was visible, but it is still all cool colors.

The background paper is a background stamp and a matted the image very simply on an angle.


Stampendous Botanical Cling stamp
Versamark Ink
Recollections Silver Fine Detail Embossing powder
Ranger Alcohol inks (Denim, Eggplant, Blending Solution, Glossy paper)
Hero Arts Tweed Background Stamp
Hero Arts Cornflower Shadow Ink
American Crafts Winter 6x6 Paper pad

This project will be submitted to the following challenge(s):

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Potted Plant Trio Card

This card is made without a sentiment.  I have been leaving them off the card front more and more so I can use the card for what I need when I need it.


Gina K Designs Plant Trio stamp duo
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Forever Green
Derwent Watersoluble colored pencils (no water added)
Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6x6 paper pad
Spellbinders oval and scalloped oval dies.

This project will be entered in the following challenge(s):

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bold Flowers Card

I colored the flowers with just two Tombow Water-based markers.  One is light yellow and the other peach.  They look much darker when colored on the sand-colored cardstock.  

The above photo shows true colors, but the first photo shows the lovely golden shine of the Champagne embossing powder.  


Gina K Designs Birthday Blessings Stamp Set (Birthday Essentials Kit)
Versamark Ink
Recollections Champagne Embossing Powder
Gina K Designs Sandy Beach cardstock
Vellum and Kraft Cardstock
Tombow water-based markers

This card is submitted to the following challenge(s):

ModSquad Challenge - Flowers
StampTV Emboss and Color
Power Poppy Stamps March Chllenge - Give It A Little Shimmer with Gold!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

No Coloring Christmas Card

If you are not going to color an image, I think it often looks nice stamped in navy blue.  I used distress ink, then spritzed the stamp very lightly with water and stamped onto regular ivory cardstock.  

This one will probably get duplicated with different bows and papers.  


Stampendous Fireside Ivy Stamp
Distress ink Chipped Sapphire
My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas Paper
Bow and twine from my stash

This project will be entered into the following challenge(s):

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Paper Tole and Watercolor Embossed Background

Updated: I was so pleased that this card was chosen as a Top 3 card at ModSquad Challenge blog!  Thank you!

The embossed panel was created using the Watercolor Dry Embossing technique as part of a Winterfest 2015 Challenge.  Usually, this is done with an image type embossing folder, but I wanted to try it with my tiled folder. I think it is pretty.

The flower was stamped three times as per the Paper Tole technique, colored with purple and blue metallic cream chalks and cut in various sizes.  This is the first time I have tried it! I love the look!  I used Glue Dots new clear pop up dots so they are pretty invisible from the side.

Thanks for looking!


GKD Birthday Essentials Stamp TV kit (flower image and blue card base)
GKD Stenciled Spring (sentiment)
Memento Black ink
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Decorative Tiles Embossing Folder
Distress inks - Dusty Concord, Broken China, Tumbled Glass

This card is submitted to the following challenge(s):

WinterFest 2015 Watercolor Dry Embossing
ModSquad Challenge - Paper Takes its Tole
StampTV Mix and Color Challenge
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge No Rules
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Add a Little Texture

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Flower Wreath Easter Card

First things first -an invitation to Winterfest!  Winterfest is going to start this Saturday at Artsy Inkers Stamping Forum!  You might remember Winterfest or other stamping Fests that happened in the Stamping Forum at TwoPeas In A Bucket -- where there were quite a few challenges run by members and some offer RAKs.   When TwoPeas closed, a lot of the stampers moved over to Artsy Inkers, where we continue this fun tradition!  Please consider joining the forum and joining in! 

I am working on Easter cards so I took this pretty wreath stamp, added the tiny bird and greeting, colored and done!   

Hero Arts Flower Wreath stamp
Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday set (little bird and sentiment)
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Tombow water based markers
Uniball Signo Broad white gel pen
My Mind's Eye - The Sweetest Thing - Bluebell paper pack and brad
Distress ink - Tea dye (to distress edges of paper)

This card will be submitted to the following challenge(s):

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Easter Bunny Card

Craftsmart woodmount stamp from Michaels
Hero Arts Shadow ink in Soft Pool and Tidepool
Tombow grey marker
My Mind's Eye - Stella & Rose - Mabel 6x6 paper pad
My Mind's Eye - The Sweetest Thing - Brad
American Crafts Ribbon

This card will be submitted the the following challenge(s):

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Farm Life Pop-Up Card

Bear with me as I share my very first pop-up card!  I had a lot of fun making this! I watched a couple tutorials on youtube and then just gave it a try.  I found that it is easy to create a simple pop-up --and even multiples in one card, but then started thinking of ways to make it more stable, and decided dies designed for this are probably a good thing.

                        The cow has a 1.25 inch pop-out and the duck has a 0.5 inch pop-out.

The stamp set was a lot of fun to work with, as it just seemed perfect to create a scene where some things were near and some far.   

The images were stamped on regular cardstock and colored with Tombow water based markers and the blender pen, and the background was sponged with Distress Inks.

Stampendous Farm Life stamp set
Memento Black Ink
Tombow water-based markers
Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Broken China
October Afternoon Sasparilla 8x8 inch paper pad
Scor Tape

This card will be submitted to the following Challenge(s):

ModSquad Pop-Up Challenge
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - All Creatures Great and Small

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lily of the Valley Valentine

I still need just a few more Valentines to send out to family.  Many people do not love love Valentine's Day, but I still like to send them a card.  Those people are who I am thinking of when I use non-traditional colors or images. However, this card could have easily been a wedding, anniversary or even Easter card.

I stamped the flower with green ink.  I colored the leaves with water-based markers then added a liberal amount of glitter to each flower.  I fussy cut the image.  I really love the look.


Our Daily Bread Lily of the Valley stamp
Gina K Stately Flowers 5 stamp set (sentiment)
Hero Arts Shadow ink Field Greens 
Tombow water-based markers
Spellbinders Nestabilities Lattice Rectangles die
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Frame Tags Two
American Crafts Ribbon

This card is being submitted to the following challenge(s):

Our Daily Bread Stamps - Anything Goes

SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cloudy Day card

This cloud challenge was fun because I created a card that is a little out of my comfort zone because of it.  I embossed my patterned paper, then swiped white ink onto the raised clouds. 


Gina K Designs Warm Spring Wishes stamp set
Versafine ink Onyx Black
Darice Cloud Embossing folder
Crate Paper DIY Shop 6x6 paper pad
Avery Elle Pigment ink Pure White 

This card will be entered into the folloing challenge(s):

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hero Arts Love Jar CASE

I am sharing another card I CASED.  The original can be found here. I did decide to simplify it just a little.  


Hero Arts Love Jar stamp set
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Grass Green Hills
Versafine Ink Onyx Black
Pebbles Yours Truly 6x6 Paper Pad
White cardstock from my stash

This card will be entered in the following challenge(s):

Holly Christmas Card

I have a Christmas card to share today.  I heat embossed  the image on watercolor paper and colored it in with Tombow water-based markers and the blending pen.  I went outside the lines, and was not going to use the image.  But then my son casually asked me if I was cutting that one out, so that is what I did!  I will need to thank him later.


GKD Holiday Cheer stamp set
GKD Stately Flowers 5 (sentiment)
Versamark ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Clear embossing powder
Tombow water-based markers
Pebbles Home for Christmas 6x6 paper pad
American Crafts glitter ribbon
Cuttlebug embossing folder
gems and cardstock from my stash

This project is submitted to the following challenge(s):

StampTV Monday Challenge - What's your name?

Rudolph Days January Challenge hosted by ScrappyMo

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Falling Snowflakes

Here's a quick, easy and fun card to share.


Gina K Holiday Cheer Stamp set
Hero Arts CL342 
Hero Arts Shadow ink Soft Blue, Cornflower
Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink Ice Blue
Versafine ink Onyx Black

This card will be submitted to the following challenge(s):

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mama Elephant Cup of Wishes CASE

The ModSquad Blog Challenge this week was to CASE (Copy and Steal Everything) another card. I thought this was a good opportunity to visit some of my pins on Pinterest, and I found this card on the Mama Elephant blog.

Here is my version:

I masked the teacup to make a stack of them and masked further to add the flower to each cup.  I colored these with both Pebbles Metallic Chalks and Tombow markers.  I trimmed out the cups.

I did not have the paper used in the pin, so I stamped my own with a background stamp.  

I plan to use this as a Valentine.  

Mama Elephant Cup of Wishes Stamp set
Hero Arts Love Jar Stamp set (for sentiment)
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Hero Arts Tweed Background Stamp
Gina K Innocent Pink ink
Pebbles Metallic Cream Chalks
Tombow Water-based markers
American Crafts bakers twine
Black and white cardstock from my stash

This is being submitted to the following challenge(s):

Monday, January 19, 2015

Watercolor Resist with Leafy Vines and Distress Inks

To make this card, I stamped the Leafy Vines with Versamark ink onto watercolor paper, then added clear embossing powder and heat set.  I smooshed Distress inks on my craft sheet in Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire and spritzed water that had a scoop of Perfect Pearls onto the ink.  

I used a paint brush to apply the homemade pearlized watercolors from light to dark.  I allowed the panel to air dry.  

I heat embossed the butterfly stamp onto white vellum paper and trimmed it out.  I used a single glue dot in the middle to adhere this.  


Hero Arts Leafy Vines
Gina K Designs Warm Spring Wishes (butterfly)
Hero Arts CL342 (sentiment)
Hero Arts Shadow ink Navy
Versamark ink
Distress inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire
Watercolor paper
Vellum paper
Light blue cardstock

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Purple & Teal Color Challenge - Wild Flowers Card

This card was made for a color challenge - Purple and Teal.  I did not have a teal ink so I mixed two colors of Distress ink - Broken China and Mowed Lawn.  Not only did this get me to teal, but there is also a nice subtle color gradient in those stamps.  

Stamps: Gina K Designs Wild Flowers designed by Melanie Muenchinger
Inks: Distress Broken China, Mowed Lawn and Dusty Concord
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz Fancy Frame and Floral set

This card is being submitted to the following challenge(s):
ModSquad Challenge Blog Purple and Teal Color Combo