Friday, 21 October 2016

... cabin in the woods

Evening folks - do you get your free cut files yesterday - I added a vest and a stocking and you can get them from here at Stamp TV.

Anyhow, my blog post yesterday was a little overcrowded and I never got to show you anything I made with any of the other sets in the Gina K holiday release - you can see all the new goodies in one place right here.

This card was made with Melanie's newest set Holiday Frame (below). It has lots and lots of little bits and pieces that you can use to dress up the large frame stamp. I pictured a moon in the large circle. I oriented the large frame stamp so that I could add the little cabin underneath the 'moon'. I cut the moon out of a piece of watercolour paper and popped it up a little to add some depth to this otherwise flat card.

Just about everything was stamped in Versamark onto watercolour paper and embossed with white embossing powder set with a heat tool. All of the colour on this card is watercolour paint. Snow was added after by using the snow stamp from Melanie's set with versamark and white embossing powder once again.

I used some of the lovely north woods style trees from Theresa's newest set Dashing to create my forest around the cabin. Here's the entire set below.

The Merry Christmas sentiment fills up the moon nicely - it's from the current incentive set Holly Jolly which is currently FREE with any $75.00 order! This set ship automatically without adding to your cart.

Hope you like it, I will be back soon with the template for the beanie hat cards since a few folks wanted those! thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

... Gina K October Inspiration Blog Hop Day 3, don't forget your free cut files....

Afternoon folks and welcome to day 3 of our fabulous blog hop celebrating the new Gina K releases! Today, we are featuring Beth Silaika’s new Ian Moose stamp set and my stamp sets: Nordic Winter, Noel, Festive Foliage and Compliments of the Season.

Beth’s set, Ian Moose is the most adorable moose with cute accompanying images and fun sentiments! Gina reckons my stamp sets are the best in classic and traditional stamps celebrating this holiday season! I'm going to go right along with that and hope you like them too!

First up is Ian Moose - a cracking scene building set - here it is in its entirety:
For my Christmas scene card, I watercoloured a loose background and allowed this to dry thoroughly, then I stamped my Ian Moose scene in memento inks and used copics to colour it in. I over stamped the scene with little tiny snowflakes and filled in their little ends with a white gel pen. I added a red frame using cardstock from the kit and dashed a little stitching in with a white gel pen. Can't wait to see what scenes you build with this set!

OK, I have 4 sets out this release and I went a bit crazy with samples for this one, Nordic Winter. I do believe this may be my very favouritest set ever, it's like choosing a favourite child, but judging by how many times I reach for this set over other sets, it may be the case...

Ever since I first drew this set I've been meaning to get around to making little jumpers with it. I wanted them for tags, for tree ornaments and they look great on the front of a card also! Perfect also for masculine Christmas cards I think? What say you?

The Nordic Winter set is full of images that are made up of individual knitting stitch shapes - look closely and you will see they are actually the correct shape. I know this because I drew every last one of them. This gives them an authentic print, and when you stamp with these, your projects really do take on that knitted look.

 FREE Cut Files

If you fancy making these little jumpers with your Nordic Winter set, it could not be simpler - I have here free for you the template - you can chose the .pdf printable template that you can print out and stamp on to, and then trim out. OR you can chose the .svg Cut files included if you have an electronic cutter. I will do a how-to on this in the next few days, once you see how easy it is, you won't look back.

Simply CLICK HERE to get these files,choose from ether the printable PDF or the cut file in .svg form to suit your needs.

The files are really simple to use, one is the overall jumper shape, in the card below it is cut out in green card. There are 3 other shapes, one jumper body and two arm pieces and you can use all or none. For my green jumper I left off the arms.

For my stone coloured jumper I used both arm pieces and the jumper body on top of the full jumper. I stamped different strips from Nordic Winter across the body of the jumper to create a nice jumper design. My kid says these are quite 'hipster' whatever that means... The sentiment is from Festive Foliage and is a nice relaxed style, which suits these perfectly.

A little trick I like to do is to use a pencil or stylus to score the back of the overall jumper shape, just along the bottom where the cuffs and waistband fall - I make small scratches to suggest the ribbing that you normally see in the cuffs of a knitted sweater - I did the neckband too. I used a little Gina K white pigment ink, just lightly sponged along the cuffs and neckband, this really brings out the ribbing, I swear this could not be any easier, it's so simple I'm thinking of doing a video, I don't think I could mess this up...LOL we will see.

Using the Nordic Winter set creates nearly limitless possibilities for jumper design!

Of course you can make cards with it too, here's a nice tonal one I made with Kraft cardstock, some of the dark brown and Ivory cards in Gina's Kit and matching Inks from Gina's range.

I loved it so much I went and dressed up a baggie to match...which also needed a tag...

I adore these tags... here's another one made with the jumper files!!!

I think it makes a neat 'man' set in these colours! Look how great that Gina K Ivory ink holds out against the darker colours, it really pops!

You can also be brave and try using traditional Christmas colours with Nordic Winter ;) I adore all of the different variations you can make by combining the strips and motif stamps - this little Christmas gift set is one of my faves. I like the Scandinavian design feel you get using just red and white.

OK I'm also meant to be showing you some samples for other stamp sets too so here's the 'Noel' stamp set - a set featuring larger than average Christmas greetings

And a few things I rustled up:

Yep, guilty, I used a single stamp from Nordic Winter on this to create a little gift-able ornament for the front of my card. The sentiment I used is a  fair size and fits the bottom third of a card front quite well on it's own and so I just gave it the chalkboard treatment and let it speak for itself.

I love the chalkboard feel and there seemed no better technique to really show off the typography on these sentiments, here's a tag I made for a little tin gift box:

By curving your large labels you can get them to sit up quite nicely on the top of boxes, nobody ever said gift tags had to be flat...

The smallest of the sentiments is quite fun on it's own also.

Go ahead and churn out a bunch of tags while you are at it, the beauty of large typography is that it doesn't need images if you are short of time. - each of my tags above are the same - I stamped in black which was clear heat embossed onto the simplest of shapes - a circle (- I KNOW you have a circle die somewhere) - and then I had a little fun with the edges. 

I used glue and glitter on the red tag. I dipped the edge of the gold tag in Versamark before dipping it again in gold embossing powder and using the heat gun to set it. Back to glue and grassy glitter for the green tag. Each got matching ribbon and a white jingle bell. The work of moments.

This next card was one I hared at the release party, just popping it up here in case you missed it!

The holly sprig in this card is from the next set:

Festive Foliage is full of winter themed foliage - perfect for Christmas and the months either side.

I'm going to be just a little bit sneaky and show you something that Debbie Olson made with Festive Foliage - and the Noel set - which just made my heart go pitter patter:

Isn't that marvellous? I adore that card.

 Since we are already at picture overload, I'm going to slow down a bit with samples and maybe post a couple over the next few days, I know I'm rambling on a bit and you have all the other DT to get to also...

my last set today is Compliments of the Season:

In the spirit of well prepared hosts everywhere, here are two projects I made earlier with the Compliments of the Season set.

 And here's one I made yesterday, and yes that is Nordic Winter...again....can't help it...

I did use the Compliments of the Season set for the interiors, I felt i was the perfect fit for these fun knitted beanie cards - Let it snow! I have my woolly hat on!

Do you fancy having a go at this? If you do, just let me know in the comments, I could easily whip up a template for these also... again, super quick and simple, any colour you like... :)

Don't forget to comment!

OK, I really should be letting you go now, I've held on to you for way too long already, don't forget to leave a comment, I know you're exhausted, but you could 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.

If you have plenty of stamina, you might be ready for more inspiration -   Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:

Gina K
Beth Silaika – Illustrator for Ian Moose
Claire Brennan - You are here
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet 
Chris Dayton

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 stopping by!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

... just in case you fell off the hop!

Afternoon folks, the Gina K blog hop continues today and just in case you have landed here in error, I just wanted to let you know that I'm not on the hop list today, I have samples for 4 sets to complete for tomorrow and I'm just putting the finishing touches to those, so I'm sitting it out today.

However I do think you should have a look at the two new sets the team are featuring today - Melanie Muenchinger’s new Holiday Frame stamp set and Theresa Momber’s new Dashing stamp sets.

Here is a look at Melanie's new set, Holiday Frame:

Here's a peep at one of Melanie's cards from today, to see the whole thing pop on over to the hop - links below

And Theresa's set, Dashing:

And a peep at one of Theresa's cards

So off you go, back to the hop and as you enjoy the beautiful projects by the team don't forget to leave a 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.

After the hop, stop by our online store at and check out all of the new products available this month in the What's new category.
Back tomorrow with an overblown blog post... get the coffee in....

Monday, 17 October 2016

...Gina K designs, Christmas release Blog Hop, Day 1

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new Home for the Holidays StampTV Kit and a number of gorgeous stamp sets by our illustrator team! 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 some of the stamp sets from the kit and also the new ‘Tis the Sea-Sun stamp set. 

“It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas” around Gina K Designs! Gina K and the illustrator team have been extremely busy preparing the most fun stamp sets with a variety of images and sentiments to make so many incredible cards and holiday projects!

My card above used the trio of fir trees stamp from the kit, and a sentiment - you can see the whole kit right here below, it's jam packed with Christmas and winter themed goodness.

For my card I used inks from the Gina K line, Applemint, Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea, Fresh Asparagus and Black. I used a smooshing technique to create a coloured BG for my trees which I had white embossed beforehand. I used some of the deep green card from the kit for my card base, I love how the Gina K inks and cardstocks match perfectly!

Next up I have some things I made with the 'Tis the Sea Sun stamp set.

I used the winter penguins from the set and paper pieced their hats and scarves to match the patterned paper that I used on my card base. This is such a fun technique. I also wanted my two outer penguins to be looking at the middle guy, so for the right hand penguin I stamped an extra penguin image and trimmed out the eyes, so I could stick them on, facing the opposite direction, over his original eyes. 

I love the matching sentiment "It's penguining to look a lot like..." the "Christmas" is stamped on the inside of the card. The penguins are coloured with copics and set up on a dotty, spotty background that I created by inking an acrylic block with Ocean Mist ink and then spraying it with water - if you don't spray too much water, all of the ink separates into little droplets giving this sort of snowing effect, perfect for winter cards.

Here's the set:

 I used patterned paper from the kit and the palm tree image for my next penguin card. A little sponging of ink above the waterline for a sunset and a distant palmed island set the scene for this winter guy.

If you were at the release party the other night you might have seen these tags, thought I'd share them here also, just in case you missed it. Again I used paper piecing, and this time I used the Christmas trees/pennant papers. I cut out some little pennant shapes and made them into trees to match my penguins scarves and hats. Fussy cutting motifs like this is a super simple way to get more from your patterned papers. I used a post it note cut in a curve to mask the snowy hills and sponged above them with Ocean mist ink to create the hills before adding the other elements.

That's it from me today, but I hope you are going to hop a little further and enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team. 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.Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast and Crew:

Gina K
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Chris Dayton
 Claire Brennan
 Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
 Kendra Wietstock
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger
Sean Fetterman
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Susie Moore
Theresa Momber

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

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Just Instagrammed

via Instagram All the green inks this time. I do love a good simple card. So easy with this stamp set, Nordic winter, available now from Gina K Designs. #blog #clairebrennandesign #ginakdesigns #cardmaking #stamping #craft #ginakdesigns #nordic #winter #christmas