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Friday, 21 April 2017

...throwback to the last time I footered with clay.



So now and again I make some pottery stuff, I fire them and glaze them myself - lots still to learn, but it's addictive. I sell some of these at craft fairs and I loaded up a few things to Etsy to see how that goes, but mostly it's just for fun. I was taking some pics this evening and thought maybe you might like to see, this is a 4 inch tall mushroom/toadstool ring tree - I thought it was cute, I love working with clay and don't get to do it nearly enough, but these are fun. I adore how the glaze pools and settles, it's like magic! If you are curious there's a link to my Etsy in the sidebar. :)

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

...Gina K Designs –Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 3

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets by Gina K and the illustrator team from Gina K Designs! 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 the My Anchor Mini Kit.  It's a stunning kit and everything included is shown in the graphic below.

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2886&categoryId=16

The stamp set in this kit is a charming series of hand illustrated scenes and motifs perfect for masculine cards. For my card above, I stamped the chairs scene in memento and coloured it up with copics, I took the liberty of just extending the post on the right up a little using a black pen just so I could add in a sunset. I used Ivory card, but mounted it on a kraft card base.


For my lighthouse card I stamped the scene in brown ink and then coloured before blind embossing the frame and adding a yellow card base. The sentiments in this set are meaningful and I can see me getting a lot of use out of them. Words from the heart.

Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then 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 some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop: 

I've also got a little card I made with the incentive set for you here - I forgot to show this yesterday!
Scroll back for info on how to get your hands on that set for free!


Ready for more awesome creations?! 
Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:

Gina K
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Chris Dayton
Claire Brennan
Donna Idlet
Juliana Michaels
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger
Rema DeLeeuw
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 http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

... Gina K Designs Inspiration Blog Hop Day 2


The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets by Gina K and the illustrator team from Gina K Designs! 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 the stamp sets by Beth Silaika, Claire Brennan (me!) and the Botanical Blocks Incentive set.

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2884&categoryId=16
Vicky Mermaid from Beth Silaika


http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=99&categoryId=18
Botanical Blocks Incentive set
(This stamp set ships free with any $75.00 order! 
This set ship automatically without adding to your cart.) For further details click here.

Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then 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 some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop:

First up is my Mermaid card made with Beth's adorable set Vicky Mermaid
I created a watery background by stamping off some Blue Lagoon and Jelly Bean Green ink pads onto some clear acetate (front cover of a stamp set is great for this). I spritzed it heavily with water and then laid my watercolour paper on top of it and kinda smooshed it around. Once dry I cut it to size and stamped and coloured some of the seaweed details from the set. The mermaid and seahorse were stamped on Gina K luxury card, coloured with copics and then fussy curt - I use a scalpel.

OK I have rather a lot of cards for you, some you may have seen at the party and some you might have spotted in the video for my Cottage Garden set.

This is the card that is featured in my video - an Introduction to Cottage Garden. It's a card that looks complicated but is actually very simple to create - You can see how in the video here - if you haven't subscribed to my youtube channel - I invite you to do so, I have another video for Cottage Garden in the works that you might find helpful :


Most of my Cottage Garden cards featured today can be made using the example in the video so it's well worth a watch. 

for this card below I use the cottage, trees and hedges only. It's very simple but quite a pretty layout and depending on the colours you choose it can be made to suit any time of the year or the mood of any occasion.


You don't have to use the cottage, the garden gate works perfectly well on it's own. I used a shape from the cutting files (available from my dropbox here) to mask the cloud shape and just sponged lightly around the edge.


I used the same masking technique as in the video to add the large tree behind the house.

The cottage looks pretty set into an aperture and you can go mad with the colours - the vintage styling on the set really lends itself to off-the-wall colour choices.

Ready for more awesome creations?! 
Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast &Crew:

Gina K
Beth Silaika - Today’s featured illustrator
Claire Brennan - Today’s featured illustrator (that's me!)
Cathy Tidwell
Chris Dayton
Donna Idlet
Juliana Michaels
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Melanie Muenchinger
Rema DeLeeuw
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 http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, 10 April 2017

...Gina K Designs –Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 1


The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets by Gina K and the illustrator team from Gina K Designs! 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 the stamp sets by Melanie Muenchinger and Theresa Momber. 
http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2882&categoryId=16

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2883&categoryId=16
Daisy Delight by Theresa

These stamp sets are so fun and versatile! You will be able to create amazing card projects using each individual set or by combining the images and sentiments from multiple sets from this release. Have fun and be creative!

Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then 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 some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop - I'm going to keep the chat to a minimum, because there's quite a few cards - if there's something you really need to ask about, shoot me a comment, I will reply!
My cards made with Melanie's set




These are my cards made with Theresa's set 


Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew and please join us in welcoming Juliana Michaels to the Cast & Crew for Gina K Designs. Juliana has been a project designer in the paper craft/scrapbook industry since 2007 and has worked for many top manufacturers in the craft world. Her projects have been published in a variety of magazines and idea books. You will instantly fall in love with her projects!:

Gina K
Melanie Muenchinger - Today’s featured illustrator
Theresa Momber - Today’s featured illustrator
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Chris Dayton
Claire Brennan
Donna Idlet
Juliana Michaels
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Rema DeLeeuw
Sean Fetterman
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Susie Moore


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 http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 7 April 2017

...Wishing you Well

http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/product.sc?productId=2885&categoryId=16

Sharing another card I made with the Cottage Garden set just released last night - did you make it to the party at Gina's? I didn't. Isn't it wonderful how children can be up all night ill and then waken at dawn feeling better and full of zest while we mums and dads emerge from the night shift feeling older than dirt and twice as grubby...

Anywhoo the angels on the Gina K Design team shared a few of my cards at the release party, this might have been one of them, super simple to put together - the video shows you how - this card was created pretty much like the one in the video except that I left off the garden gate image, scroll down, or click here to see that video.

To see all of the new goodies now available at Gina's click here.

There are a series of 3 inspirational blog hops coming your way on Monday, I do hope you can pop back to see what we made with all the new releases! See you then!