Monday, 29 August 2016

...Painted Autumn Blog Hop - Day 1

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new Painted Autumn StampTV Kit! 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 one of the stamp sets from the kit - Painted Autumn

 Featuring a 3-4 step floral image, together with a lineart image, you can create flowers with as much or as little depth as you choose.
Stamp one flower, stamp a bouquet - you choose!

Here is the entire kit (click to enlarge):
The Painted Autumn kit includes:
  • Painted Autumn 6" x 8" stamp set
  • Give Thanks 6" x 8" stamp set
  • Give Thanks die set
  • Give Thanks 6" x 6" patterned paper pack
  • 24 sheets of card stock
  • 1 binder sheet
  • Plastic Storage Box
  • Weeks of project videos at
Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then 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.

My first card today uses just the lineart images of the two sizes of flower and one of the leaf/vine stamps. I stamped in memento onto the Ivory cardstock from the kit and then colored them in just like I would with any line art stamp. These beautiful stamps are drawn in a loose painterly style which lends itself really well to good ol' colouring in! I don't feel like it's necessary to be just so fussy as normal with these little flowers, it really ads to the overall look if you go just over the line in a few places, these suit me down to the ground! Card base is the lovely Sweetcorn cardstock from the kit.

For my second card today I have used two of the possible 4 stamps to create the flower. I used the full solid flower shape, which I stamped in Sweetcorn and Sweet Mango inks, both Gina K. Once those were dry I went in with the lineart stamp in black.

This set is very versatile in that you can stamp all 4 layers of each flower, or only one layer - like in my first card, or only two - like in this card, or just 3 - it's totally up to you.

Again I love the slightly offset look and so I didn't stress about perfection when lining these up - it's all about that loose painterly style! Here's a close up on one of those blooms, you can see how I didn't bother to clean my stamp in between stamping the yellow and orange solid shapes and I have a little blending of colours going on there, which I loved!

I took the 'So thankful' stamp and masked the 'thankful' work so that I could stamp 'so' all around the floral pattern. Then I masked the 'so' and stamped the word 'thankful' on my sentiment band.

The card base is the beautiful Ivory cardstock included in the pack, as was the lovely sweetcorn cardstock that I used on the sentiment panel.

just in case you need a hand lining up your stamps when you are layering these, Gina has prepared a couple of cheat sheets, here they are (click to make bigger or download your own larger PDF files from under the video presentation here on Stamp.TV):

When you are ready for some more inspiration, 

simply click on the links below for samples from the Cast & Crew:

Gina K
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Claire Brennan

Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Kendra Wietstock
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger
Sean Fetterman
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore
Theresa Momber

Silke Ledlow

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

Thanks for popping in!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

... Heads up, Painted Autumn Blog Hop tomorrow!

Just thought I'd let you know that there's a blog hop happening tomorrow and Tuesday to celebrate the new Painted Autumn kit from Gina K designs - have you seen it? The DT opened the bidding at the party last Thursday night over at Stamp TV. This is one of the cards I showed at the party, I will have plenty more to show you tomorrow and Tue, so get some chocolate and coffee ready and call by then for some fabulous fall inspiration!

This card features the bear from the Give Thanks set, I die cut him first with the enclosed die and then I trimmed around his arms and had him hang over the sentiment panel. Behind him, I stamped up his very own pumkin patch. The red paper is from the kit also, as is the brown cardstock. I mahe a matting layer using cream cardstock and just coloured the edges of it with the same copics that I used on the pumkins, so that it would match the yellow/orange tones. Simple pimple! Hope you likey!

Here's the full reveal of the kit, there are two super stamp sets, a pack of lovely autumnal papers, 24 gorgeous colours of cardstock (The color palette includes Red Velvet, Honey Mustard, Ocean Mist, Fresh Asparagus, Sweet Corn, Dark Chocolate along with Ivory accents), cutting dies for the Give thanks set (set with the critters), binder sheet, storage box and there will be weeks and weeks of videos to accompany this kit, so you will not be short of inspiration this autumn!

Friday, 26 August 2016

...New Kit release party at Gina K's

Just a quick head's up - the Gina K New Kit - Painted Autumn is being released tonight, in fact the party starts in less than an hour - are you going? It's just a click away right here - there will be a full kit reveal, contests and lots of inspiration in the party threads at the Stamp TV forum - come on over!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

... it's still sizzling....

It's pretty warm here in the old N of I today, and so I was feeling a little tropical this morning. Only had time for a quick card - a little smooshing of inks in the background and then a nice crisp silhouette of a palm tree. (Gina K Dark Chocolate Ink)

For some reason I thought this would look neat with a little melted gold on the edges of the brown cardstock panels, jury is still out, but I'm running with it anyhow... love the pinks and oranges though...

Made this with the My Island stamp set, just released over at Gina K's - check it out by clicking on the stamp set image, it's perfect for a little high summer sizzle!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

...A County Kerry postcard

So a few weeks ago the old blog was a bit vacant - I had run away to County Kerry for the fortnight (took the family of course...), it's my very favourite place. I took over 1500 pictures and my people are bored rigid looking at them, but I thought maybe you might like to see a few snaps, some of these days I'm going to buy a big fancy camera, one with all the bells and whistles.

This is Blackwater Pier, just outside Kenmare.

There's an awful lot of these in Kerry, think this one is just outside Glengarriff.

May have called into a few of these... has to be done.

Saw literally billions of these...

Found this shop in Cork City - my new favourite craft store, pity it's a 5 hour drive away...

look... and just fyi, they do mail order from their webstore right here
Besides the acres of craft they sell acres of books.
want to quilt again now...

Maybe one or two more spirit grocers were visited, like McCarthy's of Castletownbere

Lots of history, I love history. This is Ross Castle, Killarney.

and more of my pet photography project - Irish windows.

Hope you enjoyed the spin!