Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sneak Peek: Friendship's Garden and Out West

Today I have a simple but elegant card with Asela's new set "Friendship's Garden". A tall graceful plant like this called for a simple layout, and I kept it texture free to mimic the smooth leaves and lily. I love the classic yet modern combo of white, chocolate and green, just says "luxury" to me! Image is colored with Copics, on Gina K Pure Luxury White plus the new Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss , it is most the beautiful bittersweet brown! The greeting is a peek of a peek, stop back tomorrow! ;)
Now, I expect you'll also be seeing LOTS of classic cowboy imagery in our hop today, beautiful Western landscapes, gorgeous saddles and majestic steeds, .... so I thought I'd mix things up a bit...
BWAHHHHHHHH!! I couldn't resist putting the horse in boots when I saw the sentiment "Wanna Horse Around?" in our new illustrator Theresa Momber's debut set for Gina K Designs: "Out West". (Can I get a hip hip hurray for my girl Theresa??! I know none of you are surprised she can draw after seeing all the amazing art on her blog)

Anyway, Western sets lend themselves to a ton of fun techniques I love, although I've never had one before! and I'm a NATIVE TEXAN, too, go figure! Expect to see me using this set a LOT(most of them using leather paper from Paper Temptress, wait til you see!!) After coloring the images with Copics I did lots of sponging with Ranger Antique Linen ink on Gina K Pure Luxury Ivory to give it this warm patina, distressed the edges, added a woodgrained gate with the Cream White Pad on Chocolate Kiss card stock again and made ridges for the boards with my Scor-Pal (watch Gina's video on how to do this here!) I popped up the right side of the door to look like it's going to swing open and added some brads from the Floral Frenzy kit to the left to look like it was attached the stall. (Don't worry, I didn't have to mask out his hooves, you have just the horse head and separate boots image to play around with to your heart's content. :) Again, can I say how excited I am for Theresa and that we all get to play with her designs?! woo-hoo!)
BONUS PEEKS: I had lots of people commenting and emailing hoping for "boy stuff" in the "Wee Tees" set: well, I can't wait til Thursday to let you know I've got it covered (I've got two boys , remember? LOL!), here are just a few more images to tide you over 'til the full reveal! :)
Some simple cards with a little "one sheet wonder" action I stamped up to make my own custom little boy DP! How do like those tiny tees? it's the onesie cut in half! So this set can grow with you as the kids get older, I love that! PLUS...one more peek from one of my stamping idols Jen Del Muro, can't wait to see what magic she's worked up with this set! :)


Please enjoy more sneak peek samples of "Out West" and "Friendship's Garden" from our team: Asela Hopkins, Carolyn King, Cindy Lawrence, Donna Baker, Emily Giovanni, Erika Martin, Gina Krupsky, Jessica Fick, Joanne Basile, Kurtis Amundson, Theresa Momber
plus our "In the Spotlight" Designer Beverly Cole!

37 comments:

Karen Knegten said...

I laughed out loud with this horse card- hilarious. I can't believe how cool all the previews are. Off to check more of them. You all are so talented!

Theresa said...

Mel, you ROCK! LOVE IT! Hee hee. Thank you!

Alex said...

Okay, I totallly busted out laughing when I saw the boots....perfect card, love it!!!! I NEED that set too, and the wee tees you designed is just absolutely adorable....cannot WAIT to order these!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Anita said...

Your western card is just too funny. I love it. I can't wait to see what you did with this set and PT leather paper.

JessicaK said...

OMG - I think my bank account is going to hate me this weekend, seeing all these fab sets getting peeked.

Amazing coloring on these, Mel. And I'm loving the extra peek at Wee Tees. Must have. Must have.

Cathy said...

You should have given a spew alert warning!!! I love your sponging on the card too. Too cute

I love your new wee tee's set too and the previews of all the accessory stamps. Good thing I am getting my tax refund this week :)

Jan Castle said...

Beautiful Cala Lily! Simple, yet elegant!!!
Jan Castle

Lynn Mercurio said...

Oh Mel...these are awesome cards, but the Out West card just had me spewing my coffee. Too much fun!

Mary Duffek said...

Your newest stamp set is adorable!!!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Awesome cards with both new sets, Melanie! I cracked up over your horse in the boots! Super creative and fun! Thanks for the extra peeks at Wee Tees, too!

Laura Jean (AKA LJ) said...

I love both new previews! Especially Theresa's first set!

Beverly aka beestamper said...

Thanks for the laugh!! I almost spewed coffee all over my computer - hahahaha!!!! Love that funny western card.
The calla lilly is gorgeous! I love how soft and elegant your card is!!!

catdidit said...

Hahahaha!! You are soo awesome Mel! LOVE that horse with the boots, OMG, lol! you need a warning...'do not be drinking anything liquid when reading this post' LOL!!

The coloring is soo awesome on all of the cards, the flower and that pot, WOW!...the boots, looks sooo real! Awesome creations Mel!

I am sooo loving the Wee Tees! And the little boy stuff ROCKS! As my grandson pointed to one image and said 'Dsaur!' LOL!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

These are all fantastic! I love the stunning job you did with the peace lily and that horse around card! How fun! Theresa is amazing. No doubt about it. All those boy images are priceless. That is sure to be a GIANT hit! :O)

Linda said...

You are brilliant! I love the Tees that are onesies cut in half.. brilliant just brilliant! I have 3 boys.. one who will be 18 next month! My others are 6 and 5. (and my girl is 3 1/2) So yeah, I need that boy stuff too! So thrilled to see such cute stuff! And the boots on the horse... Mel you have such a great sense of humor.. I adore that!

Jessica said...

Wow - lots of eyecandy today, Melanie!!! They all are so awesome! I really love that OSW baby set you shared - how cute is that!?

Amy Johnson said...

Wow! What a gorgeous Mother's Day Card! I love it! And your horse card is so hilarious. I think I will definately be buying that set since everyone in my area loves horses.

Sharri Seffens said...

Melanie, I love the horse in boots! lol! The card with Asela's set is gorgeous and more peeks of your set, oh my, it's soooo cute!

Donna said...

Mel, I love all your sneak peeks. But I really love the boy smaples of your set. Those are too cute! I can't wait to see the whole set. Congrats to Theresa on her first set too. The flowers are beautiful!

Tamara said...

I horse with boots is too funny!

thanks also for sharing some "boy" images from wee tees.

Jennie said...

Melanie...love all three of these cards! The floral card and the horsing around one...what a fun sentiment! Thank you for sharing another Wee Tee sample, love the One Sheet Wonder cards you created...I NEEEEED IT!!!! So cute!

lisa808 said...

The boots are hilarious!

Paula Laird said...

The horse card is LOL hilarious! I love the first card, too. I'm stealing that layout. :) I love, love, love the Dig This tee you made from the onesie! It's little boy fabulous!

Starla said...

BWHAHAHAAA!!! Your horse card is just crackin' me up!!!!! I'm thinking that your little tee set would be the perfect gift for my son's teacher as she just had her first son (and just happens to be artistic!!)

Mary said...

LOVING this set -- I'm so excited for the big reveal!! This just may have to be my first Melanie set!!! ;)

Carolyn King said...

heee....love the horse card....too funny!!!

Tina Gilliland said...

OH DANG IT!! You are killin me here... LOVE the new sets but those little boy treats... awwww! Still at the top of my list!!!

Kraftyaunt said...

Oh my goodness!! You've got me 'chompin at the bit' for the new sets, especially the wee tees :-> heheheh

See... I'm getting into 'pun' shape already! Luv the cards and the concepts. Can't wait...

buggin2stamp said...

Oh Melanie, I love your horse card. It made me laugh out loud. And your lily card is beautiful.

AG said...

Oh my gosh....I'm loving the little train and dinosaur with the wee tees set!!!!!

Lori said...

Love what you did with the horse and boots, haaaa!

CraftingAnu said...

that is quite a great card. It reminds me of those half man half horse people from Hercules. I love the t shirt idea with the onsie. Never would have thought of it

Casmiles said...

The lily is BEAUTIFUL. But I LOOOVVVEEE the horse in the boots! Too fun!

Kim Marie said...

Aw, that tiny dino is so so darling! I'm lovin' this set!
Kim Marie

Jackie said...

Mel I don't know how I missed this post yesterday! I LOVE the western card you created, such a great twist on what looks like will be a great set. I also love the simplicty to your first card, you really have a way with flowers. I can't wait to see the boy cards on Thursday, so far these look adorable!

Virgo5 said...

You crack me up! I love the horse card! lol

Tanya said...

OHHHH so cute!!! love the baby things!
the horse is funny, and the flower is beautiful, but thsoe tiny baby boy things...! LOVE IT!