Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sneak Peek #1: So Grateful

The images in Rupa's new "So Grateful" set have me yearning for some fall weather after this hot summer, along with all the wonderful textures and baking smells it brings with it! A gorgeous set for a worthy cause: from September 5th through Thanksgiving, Gina K will be donating a portion from each set sold to "Feed the Children"! This little acorn and leaf is one of my favorite stamps in the set, it makes the perfect, dainty accent for a fall "Thank you". I really liked the pattern in the little acorn top, so I used my Scor-Pal to make some diagonal lines each way in a criss-cross pattern on my More Mustard CS. I stamped SU!'s Sanded background over it with Silver Encore Ink to bring out that beautiful gray in the Basic Grey Ambrosia DP mat.

Although it was not my intent when I began this card, I used all three of the new punches I just bought from Gina K! The Threading Water Punch across the bottom (this lines up like a dream when you're punching, so cool!!), four Large Flourish punches (from DCWV Earth Elements Textured CS) glued on to make a swirly border (this acorn image actually has some terrific little curlicues on it's topper but I had to cut them off for my accent, they were so delicate) and one of the Rounded Corners at the bottom (attached with a brad). My acorn is colored with Koh-i-Noor and OMS, the buttery texture of these pencils was perfect for the nut. After cutting out, I curved it under with my fingers to make it look more 3D before mounting it on a dimensional.

Additional supplies: SU! Basic Gray CS, Ribbon, hodge podge frame, brads

Don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance to WIN MY new release set! Check out the other designer's peeks (Emily, Jessica, Gina K, and Asela) and come back tomorrow for more reveals and another chance to win!

119 comments:

emilymomto3boys said...

very pretty! love that flourish!

Yvonne said...

Very cute card Melanie! Gonna have to get the set so I can CASE it now! ;)

Anita said...

The swirls are a perfect accent.

Toni K (koolnkrafty) said...

Great card! Love the new set so far, and can't wait to see yours!

charlene.herter said...

That punch is a must have! I also really like how the new Ambrosia paper matches the more mustard CS. You did an awesome job with this card!

Laurie VanDerLinden said...

I can't wait to see what you've come up with this time. Your designs are so fun to work with. I love the Stamps for a Cause sets too.

Carolina said...

Ohhh - loving the flourish and the nut is just the perfect touch!

kat said...

Another great idea; I love the simplicity of this card! Lovely....thanks for another chance to win your new set, too.

Shelly Schmidt said...

What a wonderful set- and I LOVE LOVE the flourishes punch!!! The sets for a cause are so wonderful- Gina K ROCKS!!!

Anonymous said...

Melanie,
I just love all your sstamp setts. If I won your new set, why darlin' Iwould just be in hog heaven.
Charlene

Far North said...

wow what a cute little embellishment set! Love your card!

Angie said...

That flourish looks so good with the acorn and the paper! I love that card. Thanks for the opportunity to win your new set!

Tejal said...

Such a pretty card..I love how the flourish provides the right accent!!

Lastel said...

Great card , love your punch ideas !

Melanie PL said...

Love the card and how you did the swirls!

mcbetty said...

Beautiful!!
The scoring adds so much to the card.
How in the world do you glue on the punch? I'd get more glue on my fingers than anything else.

catdidit said...

OOooo! What a beautiful card! I love how you added the scoring to match the nut and the little acorn...the swirls, perfect touches!

And oh, this? "...the buttery texture of these pencils was perfect for the nut" ummm WHICH nut? hahaha! just kidding....lol

betty lou said...

Beautiful "peek", wonderful cause! Thanks for the chance to win your stamp set! Can't wait to see it!
betty.chet@gmail.com

Cindy said...

Love that punch- gonna have to get one of those. Can't wait to see your new set. Thanks for the chance at some candy!

Mary Duffek said...

I just lovey the images I've seen from this set and what an awesome cause!

Kathy K. said...

Thank you for sharing your awesome talents with us! You are such an inspiration, and I can't wait to get this stamp set!

askagain said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE that acorn!

Jennie Harper said...

Nice card! I love the flourish you made with the punch!

Sherri Cramer said...

Now I want both the set and some of those punches. Great cause too!!

Christina Fischer said...

This is beautiful! I love the colors and the texture! Great way to use those punches!

Jocelyn said...

Love those flousrishes and the little nut! ;D I would really love to win the set. :D Thanks for the chance to win!

Lynda said...

Great card and now I MUST have that flourishes punch!
your work is always spectacular.

Carrie said...

Pretty Card. I really like the punches! looking forward to seeing yours!

Marji said...

This is so pretty. The colors and patterns are perfect. I love your designs.

Christine said...

That is an awesome card with fall looming upon us soon. I love the flourish and makes me think of all of the leaves swirling around my yard. I love fall!

Dawn said...

Very pretty card Melanie, love the little acorn and the scoring you did on the paper!!!

MichelleH said...

Scoring the bottom panel is a great idea. I am in love with the flourish punch! Great card.

Wendy (songbirdwc) said...

Wonderful use of the punches and flourish to bring out the design in your set! What a lovely sneak peak!

Janet said...

You are just so darn creative! I love this little acorn, too. The scoring on the bottom is perfect for use with the acorn. I now see that I NEED the flourish punch, the Ambrosia paper, AND the new stamp set. It sure would be easier on the old budget if I WON the stamp set!!! *snicker*

deborahphipps said...

Lovely! The flourish adds a very nice touch!

stampinc said...

Your card is so pretty. Who doesn't love flourishes and love all the different ways you can use them.

Hannah said...

So pretty! I really like that little "Thank You."

Lisa F said...

Very cute card and a beautiful set!

Jackie said...

Wow, that card is just so elegant, I love it! I can't wait to see your new set, I just know it is going to be amazing!

Terri E. said...

I love the gird work. What a fun card.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

terri said...

I really like that flourish punch.

sandyh50 said...

I love the punches that you used!Great card!

virgo5 said...

Wow, there's so many great elements on this card! I love the texture made with the scoring & the sanding stamp! Great card!

Darlene L said...

I love all the attention you give to the smallest details in this card. The acorn looks fantastic along with the scored lines on the bottom portion. Darlene L

Pat (mspfd) said...

Melanie, I love this card! It has such style and elegance. TFS!

Brandi W. said...

Beautiful fall card! I love how you used the florish punch!

mclesliemom said...

You are showing such great ways to use the flourish punch! and the threading water!

melissa.flieg said...

Beautiful card - love the flourish. Can't wait to see your set this month.

Wendi K said...

I like the swirl...Thanks for the chance to win...cant wait to see all the new sets

Rosemary D. said...

I love simple beautiful cards. Yours is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Charmaine said...

Love the acorn and the oak leaf...can't wait to see the whole set.

Charmaine

Linsey said...

I LoVE this, Melanie! What a wonderful technique and look you achieved with the criss-cross embossing and distressing! Looks fantastic! I adore that acorn and leaf, too! I know this set will have to be mine! Wonderful flourishes and color scheme on your card, as well--really gives me that warm and fuzzy Fall feeling! :) hugs and I can't wait to see more and of course, for the GINA K. party on Friday!...ooooh, now what do YOU have up you sleeve for this month's Mel. M. set!? eeek! can hardly wait!

buggin2stamp said...

Another must have set and such a great cause. Your card is gorgeous. I love the new punches and that DP is very nice.

sarita said...

what a pretty card - elegant looking...
thanks for the opportunity to win a NEW stamp set!

Andrea Scoville said...

oooh oooh oooh!!! So fallish - I LOVE IT! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

Annabelle said...

I love the flourish, its so a fall card.

Claudia said...

Beautiful card, love that acorn too.
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net
www.claudiafranson.blogspot.com

AG said...

I absolutely love how you scored the cardstock to match the acorn. Great idea and beautiful card!

Annelies said...

Very nice card! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

JenMarie said...

BEEEEEEautiful!!!

Ying said...

Love your card. The flourish looks fabulous.

Anonymous said...

I love all the different designs you can make with the swirly punch.

Thanks for all the GREAT ideas!
Miriam

Tamara said...

This is a great card. so many little touches that make the card great! I love "nature" sets, and the acorn in this one is really appealing.

Marcia said...

Love the card. What a great new set!

Jen said...

Love the swirls!

Brenda said...

Very nice card, I love the flourish. I have a feeling I am going to want this set. TFS

Carolyn King said...

so cool--love how you used that acorn--and the whole design is fantastic!

Kristina said...

Great card! Thanks for walking us through the steps as well - telling us about the punches and how you created this. It is just sparking ideas. Thanks for the opportunity to win a free set. I can't wait to see all the releases.
Kristina

{jennie} said...

Beautiful card! I could definitely take some lessons from you.

Sharri said...

Great job on the card and I love the colors you used.
I can't wait to see tomorrows sneak peek.

Theresa said...

I love all the details on this card! It's gorgeous and that acorn is great!

Chris said...

I love all the DT projects. I am just going to have to get that floruish punch. Great Job!!

Anonymous said...

You're always manage to convince me why I need another item ie: flourish punch, by showing your cards. Just gotta have that one now. It's possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing. MarilynY

Anonymous said...

I love what you did with the flourishes. How creative!!! I guess I will have to have this punch!

Susan C. in NY said...

Beautiful card. Love the flourishes (and your "suggested uses" post for the punch a day or so ago). Can't wait to see your new set too.

Anne said...

Please stop with the beautiful flourish because your examples are pushing it to my "need" list. ;-)

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

Stop - oh please stop with the Flourish Punch! OKay - who am *I* kidding - it's more like don't! Stop! Don't! Stop! Don't Stop! Don't Stop! LOL Thanks for a chance to win! Your sets are adorable!

Mary (Happy Now) said...

The excitement is building... Keep those peeks coming! :)

Janie Dunning said...

I have only been visiting your site for a few weeks but all I can say is WOW. How do you do it? Turn out beauties every time? I tried to order the stamp & it is out of stock already? I think I understand why. It is very elegant. Will add drama to any creation. Thanks for what you do. You are an inspiration!

Janie in Canada

Jessica said...

Nice card, Mel! You are the queen of flourishes - love what you've been doing with them lately!

KIMMIEKAYE said...

I just love your blog

Shannon said...

You are so talented! Great work:)

melissac said...

I can't wait to see your latest stamps!! I sure hope you spill the secret early--don't know if I can wait until Friday!!

Mel said...

Wow!! Love your elegant and classic card!!!! Love what I've seen in the sneak peeks; can't wait to see more!

Terri said...

I am looking foward to seeing what you have come up with next.

Eileen McClean said...

what a wonderful flourish.Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Eileen

Anonymous said...

You're right, that acorn is terrific, and I love that you used the grid pattern on your cardstock to match the top of the acorn!
Can't wait to see more of the releases!
Gail

Pamela Smerker said...

Love that flourish, the quilted look on the bottom half of the card and the cute little acorn.

Mary said...

I love the card! The acron is is a really great fall touch! Thanks for the chance to win your new set!

Erika M. said...

Love the card - can't wait to see a full sets!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see whatyour new set looks like. The card you've made from Rupa's set is amazing. Sharri

Shannon D. said...

WOW, what a Great looking card! I love how you described WHY/how you made the card! Very clever of you. would love to win your next stamp set! Thanks

sandyh50 said...

REally cute fall card!!

Anonymous said...

That flourish is just awesome! Can't wait to see your new set...the last one was awesome, so I'm sure this one will be, too!
Deborah in TX

mycardz said...

Wow, great card...I think you've sold me on the punches too! :) Thank you!!

Karen said...
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anni said...

Love the card! Must get that swirl punch!

diane (cookiestamper) said...

very nice- I like your combo of dp and scored backgrounds!

specialcraftmom4 said...

What a stunning card! I love the flourishes on this fall card (:

kathryn pickering said...

Oh, I too love the little acorn. I know of some children's books that have little forest people who wear acorn caps for their hats! I especially like the way you carried out the cap design with your Scor-Pal. Such attention to details just MAKE a card!

Jessica said...

Wow, your cards are so beautiful. I love the way you multipurpose items, like the flourish, for new textures and effects. And the acorn card! I can't wait for that new set to come out so i can get it.

Gina K. said...

Very cool post Melanie! Love what you've been doing with that punch!!

Amanda Sewell said...

Super cute card! Love that punch and love the color combination!!! Gorgeous!!!

Allison said...

Very pretty - love the little acorn too!

Rachel said...

Love the card! Can't wait to see your new set! Thanks for the chance to win.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

I am loving what you are doing with that punch.

love2Bcreative said...

Oh! How awesome Melanie -- your work is absolutely wonderful!
TFS~

patty w said...

Wow...these are all so pretty!

Kathy H said...

Perfect swirls...

Nancy said...

Beautiful card! I love the acorn stamp and the flourish punch. Thank you for the chance to win a free set too.

Stampin Cats said...

Love the card. I really like the flourishes punch and the corner punch. Thanks for sharing this great card.

Kelley said...

Such a beautiful card, you totally sold me on that flourish punch!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Wow!!! And here I thought the new punches would NOT be a temptation for me!!!! LOL I should have known that you would make some amazing creations and I'd just HAVE to buy those awesome new tools!!

Barb said...

Cute card. I love that florish!! I can't wait to see your new set. Your designs are always great!!!

Sue D said...

I really like how you used the Scor- Pal to mimic the acorn top--nice detail

Ravengirl said...

Melanie, I have to comment as I love your work! This one is ringing of Fall! I can't wait for the change of the seasons!!!

Wanda in NC said...

Flourishes are great!

jules p said...

pick me! I love the swirls.

Casmiles said...

I'm behind in my posts so am reading as fast as I can. Love the acorn adn can't wait to see more!