Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sneak Peek Day 3: "A Charmed Life" and "Wreath of Wishes"

I feel one of the simplest pleasures is sharing a nice meal with friends and family and raising glasses to each other, celebrating the many joys and blessings life offers. On vacation last summer I was toying with a tiny charm on my glass at dinner and got the idea for a stamp set with stemware, charms and words you could pick and choose from...and it completely charmed me LOL! (pun intended, sorry, I could resist!) I am thrilled to preview my newest set from Gina K Designs with you today: "A Charmed Life". Including stamps that are both elegant and whimsical, this set has endless options (including toasts in other languages, and occasions you've probably wished you had stamps for but could never find), and is sure to be a year-round favorite! I've drawn it in a sketched style that lends itself towards "still life" designs, works with your antiqued, distressed, and vintage print papers and colors for a old world, cozy "cafe" feel, or when paired with trendy urban ones gives you a cool, cosmopolitan look!
Here is simple shaker card I made to celebrate an anniversary. I stamped my glass twice in Memento Black ink, cut out the bowl on the glass, and added a layer of acetate behind it. I pieced some Autumn Hay Glimmer CS from Paper Temptress for the liquid (which I also used for my card base), the shimmery golden color is perfect for champagne or sparkling cider, no coloring needed there! I added some clear beads before sealing it up and just love how festive and sparkling that looks, the way the beads rise and fall like bubbles is almost like the real thing, pop POP!! I chose the ring charm this time, and added self adhesive rhinestones to bling it and the wine ring up and traced with the Stardust gel pen, this pen is perfect for outlining the little wire ring around the stem and adding sparkle to your charms!) Black and white papers here are Gina K Pure Luxury white and the new Pure Luxury Black Onyx! Punch is Large Flourish. I added just a few shadows to the glass with gray Copics.

One more peek for today with this set (because I suspect you will be seeing several glasses in our blog hop!), here is a simple "charm bracelet" I created with several of the charms , stamped around a loop of metallic cord ("beads" are stick on metal dots), colored with Copics and covered with Crystal Lacquer for dimension. The bracelet design and this greeting could be just as appropriate for a 6 year old as a 60 year old (I always loved being called a "lady" as a young girl!), just add the charms that suits her best!

Now about that "vase" in this post,.. I think many of you figured out I was up to something... and I DID draw it ... right before Gina plated and vulcanized it! So yes, you can have this vase for all your flowers, too, when you ink up or cut out just the top of the glass from the "A Charmed Life" set! :) Please turn out for our release party tonight as the rest of team and I will be sharing more out of the box ideas for this glass and charms, as well as elegant and easy gifts with it that I think will make you say "WOW!" (can't wait!!)

More peeks of "A Charmed Life" from our design team here:

our "In the Spotlight Designer" Sharri Seffens,
PLUS My Guest Designer this month... Cathy Edgar! hip hip hurray! :)


This next little card, using "Wreath of Wishes" by Gina K, was fun to make! I scored a 6 x 5 1/2" piece of Gina K Pure Luxury White base weight CS at 3" with my Scor-Pal, so that the finished card is 3 inches across, a nice "door proportion", and still fits in a regular A2 sized envelope. I took one of my smallest dies from the Nestabilities Long Rectangle set and embossed it 4 times, one in each corner, to make the different panels. Then I stamped the wreath in Memento Black, colored it with Copics, stamped a greeting inside and carefully trimmed around the flowers. I put a gold brad through the top like a nail and popped it up on dimensionals. For the "knob", I took a large white brad I had, dipped it in Versamark and gold EP, then embossed to match my other brad. I snipped the prongs off the back with my Tim Holz Scissors (not just for trimming rubber!) and attached it with a dimensional (rather than poking it through, I didn't want the ends to show through my single layer card.)

As you can see, there is no latch or closure, as it stands it already looks ajar, on the inside you find a greeting from the same set, "My door is always open"... Isn't that sweet? This "open door design" is perfect for a friend, family member or to welcome a new neighbor. Did I mention this is the new "Free with Three" set? Do you have a list of three Gina K Designs sets you can buy to earn it yet? ;)


More samples of "Wreath of Wishes" from our team here:


Gina K and our In the Spotlight Designer Sharri Seffens


The release is just HOURS away! EEK!!! Party is here (probably already started, but you'll be fine if you join us at 7 CST) :)

30 comments:

Theresa said...

Oooh, I love the bubbly! I was trying to think of how to do that. Absolute gorgeousness!

Sharri said...

OMG! I love the cards you made with both sets!

Mindy said...

Ahhhh.....I just made jewelry for the first time this week so I am in LOVE with this set. Can't wait to see the whole thing!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

***jaw dropping*** OMGosh!! Where to start?? LOL The wine glass shaker....how cute!!! Looks like bubbles in the Bubbly!!! And a truly charming Charm Bracelet!!! I share your love of puns!!! LOL Soooo many awesome new sets of course!!!!

Lynn Mercurio said...

OMGosh...what a creative group of projects. I just love how you used the beads in the glass..GENIUS!

Lisa H. said...

OMG! Your creativity never ends! I love the wine glass set and the charm bracelet is a must have, too! I love the idea of making a front door card to hang the wreath on! I can't wait until tonight!

Suzanne said...

I love your bubbles...and your door with the wreath is fantastic! You are so creative in how you use your stamps.....Thanks for sharing that creativity with us.

Kurtis said...

I about fell out of my chair when I saw that door with the wreath on it. Too Cute!

buggin2stamp said...

All of your samples are absolutey fabulous. I love the charm bracelet. And the idea of using just the top portion of the wine glass. I already have an idea for that.

Elena said...

Wow! Your glass of wine looks like real! And charm sare so cute! Love your door card idea too!

Toni K said...

I was anxiously awaiting your latest set, and it was definitely worth the wait! Gorgeous! I have to have it! Love your cards. You are so darn smart!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Your new set is looking fantastic, Melanie! What beautiful and creative cards you made! I love the bubbles and the charm on the glass and the pretty charm bracelet! The wreath card is gorgeous, too! Thanks for sharing!

catdidit said...

Oh my goodness Mel! That bubbly, just WOW! You just continue to amaze me with your creativeness...Pleaseee let me pick your brain, haha! That is so awesome with the beads and making it into a shaker card! And the door...Ok, I am running out of descriptive words here!! LOL! sooo brilliant!! I cannot WAIT to get your new set...I just knew that 'vase' had to be a sneak peek of something to come, lol!

Jessica said...

I LOVE these cards, Melanie!! You are a rock star illustrator and designer, my friend! That shaker card is really one of my favorite ideas with your new set - how creative!! Love the bracelet too!!!

Donna said...

WoW - where to start? I'm nearly speechless because these cards are over the top AWESOME!! there I said something. you never cease to amaze us with your creativity! you go, girl!

Norine said...

love the bubbles and all the other cards too pretty
Hugs
Norine

lisa808 said...

Is it tonight yet?!?!?

Your charm set is fab.

Starla said...

GET OUT OF HERE!! Love your bubbles!! How CUTE!! (actually, I've been neglegent in my blog hopping and have missed the last few posts...your lilies reminded me of the lilies I carried on my wedding day (mine were all white, but my sister carried THOSE!)

JessicaK said...

Sitting in awe of these cards. The bubbles are fantastic! And the new set is a must have.

Tamara said...

Great cards as always. I love the simplicity of the door, but the detail of the embossing you did.

I had to click on your champagne glass to get a bigger photo, because it really does look like bubbles. I am amazed!

Gina K. said...

WOW, I am trying to pick my jaw up off the floor. (And did you see Kurtis nearly fell off his chair? ;) That's big!)

Kristina G said...

Wow Melanie! Three great cards. I love the shaker technique that you discussed; the charm bracelet is "charming" and the wreath is wonderful. I can't wait to see the full sets. Congratulations on another great release.
Kristina G

Carolyn King said...

fabulous. I love those bubbles! heehee! GREAT charm bracelet too and that door is too cute!

GREAT job!

Elaine A said...

Mel -
I love your new stamp set and what you have done with it. The glass with the "bubbly" is just fantastic and the charm bracelet reminded me to go and look for my charm bracelet my Mom gave me years ago. Another fantastic job on your part!

Thanks
Elaine Allen

Stampin' Pam said...

SO SO SO SO SO SO Clever! Gosh I love it - thank you for sharing your creative mojo with the rest of us.
Hugs n smiles :-)

Linsey said...

Meellllll!!! I live!!! (just in case you wondered, lol) hey buddy-I see I've been missing out on your usual awesomeness and what a loss! But no time like the present to get back into the swing of things and you are just the medicine I need....along with that glass of bubbly, ahem! hehe. And that charm bracelet, holy cannoli--all I can say is, wrap it up cuz I'm sold! I adore your new set and really hope to get it soon. I will be at the party tonight and can't wait to visit with all the terrific Gina K gang again. hugs and smooches xoxoxo

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

You are one amazingly talented Lady! I love the peeks of your new set. You never cease to bring the freshest (and most fun) ideas to the table. Charming!!!! ;O)

Jessie/knightrone said...

Your new set is amazing Melanie!! You are so creative!! Gorgeous samples, I love the wreath on a door!!

Libby Hickson said...

Yet another GREAT set - LOVE IT! And your bubbley is just perfect, what a fun card! Love the charm bracelet too!!

Allison said...

I LOVE the beads in the wine glass. I had to read carefully to see that's what it was - it looks so real!