Monday, November 10, 2014

Gina K Monday Morning Inspiration!

Good morning!  This morning we have some fun Monday Morning Inspiration from a few members of the Gina K. Designs team!  We are sharing ideas for some past favorite seasonal and all occasion stamp sets.

For my first project today, I used the Always Autumn stamp set and rather than using autumn colors, I used the set for a birthday card that can be used any time of the year.  

{My card layout was completely inspired by this card from Karen Dunbrook}
Here's how I made my card:

Step 1: Stamp the flower image in white pigment ink on watercolor paper.  Then emboss with white embossing powder.


Step 2: Determine your marker colors.   I selected shades of pink Spectrum Noir Markers (PP3, PP4, PP5).  Start with the darkest pink (PP5) and outline the edge of one side of each petal.  Since this flower isn't very big, I did the whole flower rather than work in sections.



Step 3: Fill in the rest of the petals with the next darkest marker (PP4).  Keep going over the darker color until you achieve the blending you like.



Step 4: Using PP2 and PP3, color in the center of the flower.


Step 5: Since this set didn't have small leaves, I stamped a second flower and used some of the flower petals for leaves.  Using the CG1 & CG2 Spectrum Noir markers, I colored some leaves to tuck behind my finished flower.


Step 6: Using scissors, cut out the flower and the leaves.


Another view of my finished card...



For my next project, I wanted to share some special gifts I made for my kids and the drum majors that I gave them before they went to the Marching Band State Finals this past weekend.   I purchased some of the custom M&Ms to match their show and then used the Keep Calm stamp set to make the label.


The title of the show was The Power of Green and we used the power button symbol on everything this year.

Our kids were amazing and I am so incredibly proud of them! They came 2nd and took home a huge trophy as the State Runner-Up in the State Championships. My daughter Megan is one of the drum majors and is on the far left in this photo. We are all so happy ~ winning first place would have been great, but doing your best show of the season and knowing you couldn't have done anything different, that is priceless!



Enjoy our little hop today & we hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

29 comments:

Donna Phelan said...

Your flower card is beyond beautiful, love how it is embossed and colored! What an awesome project for your kids and the Drum Majors....they are GREAT! I hope they all were impressed with your efforts, truly a labor of love! TFS!!!

catdidit said...

What an awesome tutorial! Love it and thanks so much for doing that!

Congrats to band members! They rock! (yes, old band member here, lol)

Karen Hightower said...

Wonderful tutorial- Thanks for sharing! Beautiful card! I also love the topper on the bag. Perfect! :)

Becky said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I need to practice more with my markers. Congrats to the band members, too! :-)

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Congrats to the kiddos! And I LOVE that first card!!!

Dawn S. said...

Thanks for a lovely card and tutorial. Congratulations on the 2nd place win! The little gifts are sweet and very appropriate!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I adore that flower and love the tutorial showing how you created it too! And, how lovely of you to make those gift candy bags for those contestants. I hope it brought them inspiration and good luck as well.

Jan Castle said...

Beautiful card...TFS a how you made it!
Jan

Sharon said...

The flower is gorgeous - your coloring is perfect - thanks for sharing. The treat bags you made are wonderful!

Lisa K said...

The tutorial is wonderful and easy to follow. I love your tutorials. So happy for your daughter's band. You are a great Mom to put together those M&M packages specifically for this group.

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Beautiful card - and Daughter! You must be so proud! Thanks for the coloring video - I get a little better with each one I do - just put you you on my iPad and do it step by step. Amazing if I follow along how great they come out! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing with all of us!

Diane said...

Beautiful card and fun candy bags!

Beth said...

I love the M&M packaging! It is adorable! Should have done that for the shen swimmers! Next year!

I love the way you used the petal as a leaf! Your tutorial was great! Thanks Kendra!

Debbie Corbari said...

Good Lord you are so talented! I loved your tutorial...and those m&m bags are the cutest!!! LOVE!

paddy said...

Love that card - thanks for showing that tag with the colors you used to color your beautiful flower card - paddy

Brooke said...

Kendra I love your flower card, so simple yet so classy.
I especially like your M&M idea. My granddaughter is a cheerleader and just won to go to Disney and this is a great idea to celebrate.

Tami Priebe said...

Love the card, I appreciate you sharing the tutorial going to give this a try on this snowy Minnesota day!!

Brooke said...

Kendra, I love the flower card but I also love your idea with the M&M's. My granddaughter is a cheerleader and won to go to Disney finals so this would be a great gift.

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

Ok, the marching band taking second place...AWESOME!!! I love marching bands! And those treat bags are sensational! The step by step photos are wonderful, making the card will be easy! It's so pretty! Yes, you are awesome!

Joyce Evans Erb said...

Fantastic projects. Really fun one for ypur kids and congrats to them! Love your flower card

Dee Earnshaw said...

Great tutorial and awesome gift bags. Always love seeing your creations.

Sue D said...

Very pretty card. I like the white embossing and colors.
Perfect treat bags.

Loretta Rush said...

Love your cards. The gift bags are really cute!

Joni said...

Absolutely gorgeous card. Thank you so much for the great tutorial.

Cheryl Depler said...

I really love what you did for the kids. A great little giftie item. Congrats to your daughter, et al!

Denise Bryant said...

beautiful card! love that pretty flower!

Judy said...

I love the saying, about keeping calm. I love how you used green. We tend to overlook that color. Thanks.

Rushd Lady said...

Beauty reins in both young people and in flowers. I have both washi tapes, so have a new idea to play with them. Oh, and cute candy packs too!

lisa808 said...

Pretty card, colors, and coloring.

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