Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sneak Peek #3: Whimsical Autumn

This was such a fun card to make with Carolyn's newest set, "Whimsical Autumn". (Haven't we all missed her releases?! She is donating ALL the profits from this set to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of her grandmother, isn't that incredible?!) ) I used my favorite image from this set, which I will now refer to (after being bleeped on SCS after typing it!) as "The Flowers that Must not be Named" LOL!*


First I colored the vase with Koh-i-Noor pencils in oranges and yellows and OMS (this pic shows before blending). For autumn, I decided to go bolder than clear glass and opted for amber. :) (That scallop cut out you see has nothing to do with this card if you're wondering, just stamping on a scrap piece of CS!)
Then I added a little Hazy Grey Fun Flock with my Quickie Glue Pen to the little puffs, and covered the vase with Crystal Lacquer. I just bought this and I LOVE the extra applicator tip that comes with it (as opposed to straight out of the bottle with my old Crystal Effects), you can be SO precise in your placement of it! Using my finger, I rubbed the edges of my mat with silver Metallic Rub-On Paste(this looks really sharp on your mats when paired with all these Basic Grey papers...) And how about that Large Flourish Punch?? After punching out two and blinging them up with amber colored Self Adhesive Rhinestones, then adhering the punches with Mono Multi over my mat at the corners (I found the Quickie Glue Pen wasn't strong enough to hold them), I was able to slide the mat under the punched out negative area.
This next pic shows how you can insert a mat with the flourish "facing out" or "facing in". Doesn't that look sharp?
This card also uses SU! Gray taffeta ribbon and and one of my favorite prints from the Basic Grey Ambrosia pack. Be sure to check out the rest of the design teams awesome sneak peek samples (Jessica, Carolyn, Gina K, Kurtis, and Erika) and don't forget to leave a comment here today, it's the last day to enter for a chance to win my newest set! Winner of the set and my sneak peek of it revealed tomorrow!!!


*This blog is rated "G", and that's official, I checked it just for grins recently with a widget and got the "General Audiences" rating, despite being flagged for numerous instances of the word "knife" (craft or hobby, hee hee!)

76 comments:

charlene.herter said...

I love your card! Another great use for those punches, too.

Carolyn King said...

Gorgeous mel! love the beautiful coloring and the punch frame! Wonderful design!

Gina K. said...

Melanie,
Another fabulous card. You are working that punch girlfriend! Awesome card. I used the no-name flowers too. LOL!

emilymomto3boys said...

you're killing me with that flourish stamp. And of course it is OUT OF STOCK! you big tease! ;)

Angie said...

Wow, I would have never thought that you could do so much with just that one punch! Great card, I really love how you framed up the center image panel.

Chef Mama said...

That's cute! I had to really think to figure out what got bleeped! Maybe you can call it kittywillow! I mentioned on Gina's blog, but I did it again when I came here, I am reading Whimsical Autumn as Whimsical Autism. I have a dd with a form of autism, so that's what my mind sees when I see AUT.....! She's pretty whimsical herself, so it works.

Mary said...

Your card is beautiful. I love looking at all of the different ways you have been using the flourish punch. At some point I will have to buy one. :)

Mary

Ravengirl said...

Beautiful card! I love the dp too! So elegant!

Tejal said...

I think with all that ideas, I'm going to end up buying the flourish punch...you're such an enabler..
Love the matting with the Flourish punches!!!

Way to go girl!!

Anonymous said...

luv the crd with that nu punch i ned that for mi self

merri

Lastel said...

Love your card , it's awesome !

catdidit said...

Yes, have missed Cammie's releases! This set looks soo awesome! Cant wait! OMG, your card! I love your coloring on that vase and you are the master with that punch!

stampinc said...

Fabulous card. I just love all the details you added to this. Thanks for a chance.

Sherri Cramer said...

Wow. I love this card. I can hardly wait though until tomorrow to see YOUR set. I've been waiting since your last set!!!

patty w said...

ROFL...being bleeped...I though but aren't those -----willows? Then..aha... bleep ! Geez..need more coffee!

Love the card, it's great!

Jocelyn said...

Loving all the sneak peeks! Is there a money tree out there somewhere??? I'm in so much trouble!;D

Jennie Harper said...

Yet another beautiful card! You have done wonderful all week featuring the versatility of the flourish punch..
Looking forward to seeing your new stamp release tomorrow!

spredbirds said...

I love everything that you are doing with this punch. You are such an enabler ... I think I MUST find this punch!!! :)

Nancy said...

What a beautiful card! I love the use of the flourish punch, too. You are so creative! I am looking forward to the big reveal of the new stamps!

Lisa F said...

I love the flourishes - might have to get that punch! Beautiful card again!

Theresa said...

You are doing such a great job enabling me to buy those punches. Your card is fabulous. Love the way you colored the vase.

Marji said...

This card is so pretty. I love your samples.

Anonymous said...

Hello Melanie,
Beautiful card, as always. I must say I love what you did with that punch too!!
Have a sparkling day!
Pamela

Janet said...

I love, love, LOVE this card! (Sorry I had to use your comment section wording. LOL) I this one is my fave so far. I think this paper with it's colors just pops with the pussy willow image. Just outstanding! I REALLY have my fingers, toes, and eyes crossed to win this set!!!

Anonymous said...

The card is just beautiful. I love the paper.

Debbie

Terri E. said...

The swirls are fun. Where is your set? I was so exicted to wake up and see a sneak peak? Do you know someone who can help :)

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Pat (mspfd) said...

This is to die for! It is so gorgeous and that punch is a must have. Love this card!

Carrie said...

Wow! I love what you did with the flourishes. I am going to have to get that at some point.
I can't beleive you got beeped for typing pussy willows! Someone has got their minds in the gutter! Wish we could go back to a time when pu**y just meant a cat!

Brenda said...

Fabulous card Mel, I love the flourish. I came very close to buying that punch yesterday, and now may have to get it. You have been very inspiring. TFS

Darlene L said...

Fantastic example! Love the idea of the gray flocking. Those "flowers not to be named" are some of my favorites!

Darlene

buggin2stamp said...

Melanie, your card is amazing. I love all of the ways you are using that flourish punch. The flock for the "flowers that shant be named" ;o) is another genius idea. I can't wait to see the sneak peeks of your set tomorrow.
Melissa

Megan said...

I need to find that applicator for the crystal effects. The simplicity of this card is lovely.

Jackie said...

I love it! I not only love the end creation, but I love how you take the time to share how you create. I can't wait to see your set...is it Friday yet?!

beth b said...

I love this card! Can't wait to see all the sets Friday!

Tamara said...

You are rocking the punches!!

I love your card with the flower that must not be named. The amber vase is what really caught my attention. Thanks for another GREAT sample.

Sue D said...

Beautiful card and I just love that flourish punch. It looks like a must have.

Marcia said...

What a beautiful card! Wonderful design and technique - thanks for sharing!

Kathy K. said...

Cute card, Melanie, and very funny post script ("G" rating)! Thanks for the chance on the stamps. Here's my PS...Gina K stamps are the greatest!

Wendi K said...

Great card and love how you work that punch.. It is now on my wishlist.

Val said...

I love your card! Beautiful. The frame is fabulous!

MichelleH said...

Very pretty! I really like the amber vase, very autumn. That dp is yummy, too!

Heather "Hev" said...

I love autumn so as soon as I saw this card the colours amazed me :)

Great work :)

sarah ketchum said...

I love your card How do you do it everytime I cant wait to see you next one ..Your great ...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card and use of the punch. Really like the idea of using the negative area of the punch, too. Less scraps then for the scrap pile that never seems to diminish! Really, though----half the fun is reading your blog! lol We love hearing what's on your mind, too! lol
Gail

Lana D said...

I love the way you use punches.

Michelle Adams said...

SO gorgeous! Can't wait to see all the new sets!!!

Verda said...

Great card and I love that punch. Looks like it is going to be a "got to have" tool.

virgo5 said...

Another gorgeous example! I love this, the colours, the flouishes the bling! and I love flowers that can't be named! lol That's too funny! Maybe that's why the parental control block thingy is often on when I come to your blog...you naughty girl!

Annabelle said...

Love your card, and the frame just make it wao.

wildbasket said...

What is not to love about ALL of your work. You should get a commission on the increase in sales for that punch. I would have never given it a second glance but you have made it more versatile than plain cirlces or squares!

Andrea said...

Those scrolls are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Jessica said...

super cute card, Mel!

AG said...

You are so clever! I gotta get me that flourish punch! I'm so inspired by your designs! I can't wait to see your newest stamp set. I love, love, love my Little Tees set!!!!

Karen Francis said...

I love the way you used the punches as a stencil!!!! How cool is that!!??

Vanessa said...

You are loving that flourish punch! Now I really want one! Beautiful card.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card as usual. Great idea with flourish punch. Can't wait to see your new set!! Thanks Christar

Bee said...

Love this design and fall colors! :-) You are such fun with those flourishes! :-)

Terri said...

Pretty card. I look forward to seeing your set tomorrow.

jean wilson said...

Those flourishes are something!

mclesliemom said...

I would never had dreamed up so many wonderful uses for that punch. Thanks

Suzanne J Dean said...

Love these new sets--of course I NEED them all! Your cards this week have been fab!

TFS--
Suzanne Dean

~Q~ said...

beautiful card - I love the frame you created.

Sharri said...

You rock girl! This card is gorgeous and I now need that punch after seeing all the ways you have used it!

sandie994 said...

Love what you have been doing with the punch!! Great card.

Anonymous said...

Your cards are always so 'perfect' that it inspires me to make a bunch from your latest stamp set. I love the excitement and challenge when I get a new set. MarilynY

Kim Marie said...

Wow, Mel this is my favorite card of all the sneak peeks...those colors are wonderful! Love the use of the flocking too! Fun!
Kim Marie

Pamela Smerker said...

This is gorgeous! Love how you used the punches to frame this image.

Marsha said...

I love the new Swirl Flourish Punch, so glad that I ordered mine when I did since it is currently out of stock. Your card is very lovely, great idea with the new punch. :) Thanks for sharing.
Looking forward to your new stamp release tomorrow...can hardly wait....is it Friday yet?

Anne said...

Another gorgeous card. I'm planning on referring to you when my dh sees the size of my GinaK order. ;-)

Dawn K. said...

love this card, beautifl!

Mary Mayer said...

Melanie,
Your card is so cute! Thanks for sharing all the fun ideas with the flourish punch - I will have to buy one! I am looking forward to your release on Friday!
Mary

Julie (Joypup on SCS) said...

Oh my, I am having PUNCH LUST -- oops? Can I say that on a rated "G" blog?! LOVE this...
Congrats on the new set...
Julie

Kelley said...

One day, when I grow up, I want to color my stamped images as well as you do. Highlighting and shading are always hard for me.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Another fabulous card. And I am loving that punch more and more.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ooooooooooo..........the flourish punchies AND then using it as a mat!!! Waaaaaaaaaay coooool!!!! And thanks for enabling.....now I GOTTA have some of that Crystal Lacquer!!! Hmmmm........the "flowers that shall not be named", eh??? How 'bout calling them Kitty Willows??!! LOL

Mel M. M. M. said...

Amazing. I love your colouring & details. PURE art! And the amazing things you do with that flourish! Complete brilliance! :O)