Monday, 27 June 2016 espresso of thanks

Howdy do? I'm taking the ostrich approach to politics this week and just sort of ignoring everything that has been happening with Brexit etc, I've no clue how all of this will pan out and sadly I don't think the folks 'in charge' have any clue either...but hey-ho the sky hasn't fallen in today so far, so here's a card.

I made this for last weeks MIUM challenge over at Stamp TV forum. I must admit I'm pretty hit and miss with challenges, but I wondered what MIUM meant and nope, I'm not going to tell you - pop over here and see this weeks MIUM challenge for yourself, lol!! and then maybe you will be reeled in like I was!

Anywho this card started as a great excuse to further explore my new Gina K inks and I am smitten, I'm loving these inks for solid images, I'm loving how the stamped image seems to sort of smooth itself out as it dries, the coverage is so good and the colours that I have used so far are scrumptious.

I stamped my coffee pot and did a little random shading with a brown colouring pencil just to give the image a little depth. I didn't bother with working out where a light source would be or anything so complicated, I just added a little rough shading on areas of the image that I thought would look good. I wanted to keep the illustrated feel rather than make it look too realistic.

I used the Coffee Set stamps, just released at Gina K's for this one. Huge mileage in this set, many, many sentiments for lots of different occasions.

How to ground a stamped image

Many times when you stamp an image, it can look a little lost there, floating on the page and when that happens you need to ground the image on the page somehow by making it look like it was meant to be there. There are loads of ways to do this, and I did it for this card by roughing in a suggestion of a tablecloth. Here's how, I'm using a slightly larger set of images on my example, but it's the same principle:

 I masked the bottom of the coffee pot with a post it. The I lightly sketched diagonal lines with a colouring pencil.

 Changing direction, I then went back and sketched diagonals going the opposite way. I sketch lightly and I stop short of the edge of the panel, I was just interested in creating a 'suggestion' of cloth, I wasn't aiming to actually draw a tablecloth. I lightly shaded a little crosswise also, but not enough to take away from the diagonal lines.

I removed the post-it note and had a nice tablecloth effect. You can see how I did the same thing on the actual card below. The background floral panel was stamped with flowers and dots from the same stamp set. Inks used were Sweet Corn and Dark Chocolate both Gina K Designs.

..Winner Winner! Halftone dinner!

Congratulations to Tenia Nelson who said:

So very cool!!

Tenia was my random winner for the blog candy I posted on my Coffee Lover Summer Blog hop post! Hope you enjoy this set Tenia! Pop me your addy via Facebook or email and I'll get this set right out to you!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

... so happy for you - and psst! there's a sale at Gina's

I wanted to make some more cards for the coffee hop, but time kinda got away from me and I missed the deadline, not to worry though, I have this little teeny card for today. I used the 'We Go Together' set for this. I stamped the tiny happy coffee cup and tiny smiley doughnut twice and then coloured with copics. I trimmed those out and popped them up on a BG that I had stamped with the sentiment 'So happy for you' I thought these went together so well. I clear embossed the sentiment so that the ink would not run when I coloured underneath the words with copics.

The sentiment came from Gina K's new incentive set, Scripty Sayings Two. So you can get that set FREE if your order comes to over $75USD. Here's the set:

 Also, there is currently a HUGE sale happening at Gina K Designs right now and I'd hate for you to miss it! Click on the image to go shop,

 Hope it tickles! I'm off to begin commenting on the hundreds of coffee lover blog hop cards, you up to anything fun this W/E?

Thursday, 23 June 2016

... Cofee Lovers Summer hop, plus Candy!

Good morning! Great to see you, today I'm finally taking part in the summer coffee lovers blog hop! I'm sure you know all about it, but if not here's a quick link to all the Coffee Lovers website and main info page for this hop. There are oodles of prizes to be won and Gina K is a super sponsor (cough!, massive sale just begun at Gina's, cough!), you could win big just by taking part! Get your stamps out!

This is my card for the hop today and I used my own coffee set, We Go Together, which is just 'new again', at Gina K Designs. I used the small coffee and doughnut from that set on this card:

 I trimmed them out and coloured them with copics before placing them on the background panel that I had created with my new Gina K inks. I used the delicious Sweet Corn, Sweet Mango and Red hot inks.

The heart images are from a WMS set from a while back, Halftone Backgrounds, It's not currently available, but maybe someday. The sentiment is stamped in Gina K Dark Chocolate ink, I am so enjoying the Gina K inks, they have great coverage and are fast becoming my go-to range, just need a few more then I'll need more cardstock and they have matching envelopes...oh you know how this goes....

Anyhow, hope you liked my little summery card, have a great hop!

Can I do blog candy? 

Yep, I think I can... I have a spare set of the Halftone Backgrounds set left over here in my office, was doing a little cleaning out over the weekend... it looks like this:

 This set is currently not available anywhere, and it's a large set, jam packed with halftone background images, it's a super versatile set, and I especially love it for Masculine cards.

If you fancy winning this set (it's clear photopolymer), then leave a comment here on this blog post. No awkward question to answer, just say hi! I'll pick a random winner on Sunday Night and pop out the winners prize on Monday! Ok, see you later!

Monday, 6 June 2016

...May 2016 Tiny Textures Incentive set Blog Hop

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to a special blog hop featuring the new Tiny Textures incentive stamp sets from the May StampTV Release Party! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs!

Tiny Textures is a fun stamp set that allows you add a splash of something fun to your scrapbook pages or will help you to make a cool stamped background to your card projects. The “Just Because” sentiment from the set is ideal to add the finishing touch to a quick, but thoughtful card!

Now for anyone who is new to Gina K (I know, there's can't be that many of you, but just-in-casey here's how you get your hands on this set:

This stamp set ships free with any $75.00 order placed at Gina K Designs store! 
for more details see the store page here.

Here's the set:

 For my first card today I used the large paint brush mark, I decided to mask off a little strip of card across the front of my front panel and then I stamped the brush mark at an angle using some of my new Gina K inks. I stamped across the top of the mask and then back along the bottom in the opposite direction. I love the coverage I got with these inks, I was using a super smooth cardstock and the ink looks so solid right across the image, great result.

When I peeled back the mask (which was a strip of post-it note) it left me a nice wide space to pop in my sentiment. I used a sentiment from the newly released Coffee set. I trimmed out a little Coffee cup from the set and mounted it on a little foam, stamped the steam and Bob's your uncle.
I used the following inks:  Sweetcorn, Sweet Mango and Kraft - Can I just say that the Kraft ink especially is my new most favourite, I have been looking for an ink to match kraft card stock for a very long time...THIS is the one folks!

Here's the coffee set, it is full to bursting with coffee related stampy stuff - just in case you haven't seen it... ;)

For my second card, I used the broad brush stroke again and made a plaid background with it using two tones of ink, I LOVE it, such a nice backdrop to any focal point, I added a rose from the Old Country Roses set. Tiny textures is cracking wee set, I haven't even scratched the surface here!

So, off you pop - 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 day after the hop.

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

Gina K
Allie Gower
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Claire Brennan
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Kendra Wietstock
Melanie Muenchinger
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

Thank you for stopping by!