Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Inspiration Mosaic Blog Hop!

The candy offering for today's hop is closed, click here to see the winner. But for inspiration, scroll down! ;)

It's here! :)


For today's hop, I wanted to share some simple samples that show off "Inspiration Mosaic" differently than I have so far. Both are easy to create, but I love the effect. The first is a card using paper piecing, but this one doesn't look at all like a quilt! Cardstock is Pure Luxury Ivory and Black Onyx. I stamped the grid in Memento Black onto the ivory CS and pieced with two prints from the Basic Grey Granola DP over it. Don't you just love these "textures"? One of my faves in this earthy pack is this gorgeous black wood grain. Really makes this card feel like it has wood panels instead of just paper!
To keep the piecing simple, the black print is all one piece, and then I cut out three separate pieces of the fern print on top of that. And that was it! The greeting from the set on top is one of the top boxes on Ivory cut out and then mounted in the middle, you can pop up a focal point anywhere on the grid, centered it makes a really strong statement. How's that for a masculine card?

On this next card I was going for stained glass look like the Mission style or Prairie School stained glass windows, click here for designs to inspire, modify or recreate. The grid is a little different this time, right?? To give the grid more facets for coloring, use Post-it notes and the solid black line stamp included in the set, it is the same width as the grid border so your new stamped lines will blend in with the original layout seamlessly.
When you adhere the line to your gridline block, simply cover the borders of the small areas you want to break up with your Post its and use the lines on the block to keep your stamped lines parallel to the parallels in the grid. I stamped three new lines at the left, right and bottom of the mat to make three little sections for the green, orange and blue. Next I used the square outline image, mounting the corners diagonally across the gridline on the block and stamping over the horizontals of the grid to make this repeating pattern. It was fun adding all the colors of the rainbow to contrast the black and white for a festive birthday card (a little like modern confetti! LOL!)


So here's the deal with the blog candy!! I'm so excited about this new set along with 500, 000 hits I added some extras to the stamp set donated by Gina K! Please leave a comment in this post about what inspires you. I will announce a winner this Thursday night. That person will receive a signed copy of the "Inspiration Mosaic" set, a card I made with it, the September issue of CardMaker which features two cards I created using Gina K Designs stamps, an assortment of over 60 Basic Grey and Black Market Designer papers, AND a bag of buttons and brads to match! :) If you already have the set, you can still enter, just promise if you win to give it the stamps to someone who inspires you, okay? ;)


After leaving your comment for a chance to win, it's time to hop!

I have some guest designers joining in tonight:
Jennie Harper, Tina Gilliland, Linda Payne, and Jenny Charboneau


These Gina K Senior DT members have "Inspiration Mosaic" projects on their blogs as well: Cathy, Emily, Erika, Jessica, Donna, Lee, Gina K and Theresa



and finally, don't forget to check out our Center Stage DT members:
Shannon Bracken and Brenda Turner

144 comments:

Trena in Naperville said...

And you're off! :o) What a great idea - blog hop of ideas! I made my first card with my new Inspiration Mosaic tonight. :o) I really dig your idea of the paper piercing and tip about the one piece! That's my favorite today from your site. :o)

Take care Melanie and STAY POSITIVE!

(I just had to leave you a comment. In the unlikely event you pick my number, please pick again. :o))

Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) said...

Wow! You're stained glass card is fabulous! I really like the prints on the masculine card!

Jennie said...

Love your cards Melanie! The paper piecing one I just love the texture the dp gives the card. So creative on the stained glass one, I really need to try one of those :o) Thanks for the chance at the blog candy...I would LOVE to win and would gladly give the stamp set to a friend near by who would enjoy it :o)))) Great start to the blog hop and congrats on ALL of the hits, you rock!

Anonymous said...

I truly love this stamp set and love your tutorials using this wonderful stamp. You always inspire me, but honestly I am so inspired by one of my sisters who is the caregiver for her husband these last 7 years and became a SU demo after his stroke. We live 2,000 miles a part and chat almost daily. I would absolutely love to win this for her as I know she would love it as much as I do. She loves making cards and has wanted to get a couple of GinaK stamps. Kheila

Linda w said...

Melanie I love all of your ideas. These are things I would have never thought of. If I won I would share this set with my friend who is having hand surgery tomorrow. It would definitely give her a boost.

thanks much

Betty N said...

Beautiful cards, Melanie! This is a
very versatile stamp set! I find
blogs such as yours, Gina's, and the
ladies of Stamp TV truly inspiring.
I just started stamping less than a
year ago and I can always find wonderful ideas by blog hopping.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Maria Levine said...

Love your samples!! Your images and ideas are always fantastic!

Debbie said...

Your ideas are fantastic! The possibilities are endless. I love the masculine look with the wood effects. The stain glass look is just awesome. Thank you for the ideas and inspiration!!

Chrissy said...

Awesome cards Melanie!! Thanks for sharing them and the blog candy with us.

Theresa Momber said...

Rockin' awesome! Love that stained glass look! I've been wanting to do that. Congrats on half a million. Wow!

Sue D said...

You inspire me Melanie! I love to see your new stamp sets and all your samples. I can't even begin to list all the wonderful blogs that inspire me including the blog hop tonight--it was great! I also get a lot of inspiration from nature--the colors and textures and from fabric/quilts.

Darlene L said...

Wow--each card I have seen so far is just amazing that you have created with this stamp. I am so impressed with the variety of ideas not only you have, but other designers as well. What inspires me--just the little things around me--someday is the color of a bottle on the shelf, the next day colors from the roosters, etc. Basically it all seems to come from nature's beauty.

quilter said...

I went to CHA and have not ordered your stamp yet, must do that this week. I loved it when it looked like a quilt since I'm a quilter, but it is exquisite as a stained glass window that you've done tonight and the masculine one is so dignified. I can't wait to see all the other ideas tonight. And I get inspiration from people like you on the internet and in magazines. Thank you.

Shirley said...

I love all your cards I must admit. I have already started making my granddaughters first bithday card using this stamp and one of your other sets. You are WONDERFUL! Happy Blog Hop:)

Shirley

Audrey said...

My inspiration comes from various sources. I like to think about who will receive the card (or gift) and start with that. But I will admit, seeing all the various cards on blogs, etc. is inspiring! Have a great day!!!

StampinDi said...

Melanie another awesome stamp set! I enjoy visiting your blog and seeing all your wonderful creations. I'm so inspired by Stamp TV and all the wonderful members on it. Until I found this site I only stamped occasionally. Now I'm stamping on a regular basis and have learned so much and gotten so many wonderful ideas from Stamp TV. Thanks for the wonderful blog candy you are offering. It sure would be fantastic if I won!

Jackie said...

I am loving this stamp! The more I see it being used the more I just love it! Congrats to all the ladies who were selected to join in on the hop, its quite the honor! Way to go Mel, another fabulous stamp set success!

waltermouse said...

Melanie, beautiful cards! I really love those Basic Grey papers you chose on the first one. I'm completely inspired by my LSS - I love staring at not only their samples but also the way they've arranged their papers and ribbons into blocks of color. I've tried to recreate the effect of these enormous color palettes in my home crafting area with lots of papers, ribbons, and markers, all out where I can see them. Thanks for the blog hop of ideas and another generous giveaway! I can't wait to get this set at payday! :)

Selma said...

Melanie I love all the cards you have made with this stamp. You always inspire me. I just received this stamp but would love to win another one to give to a dear stamping friend. I am anxious to go check out all the other blogs. Thanks for all the inspiration.

redwasher1 said...

Melanie I love every one!! I just got this set and haven't got to use it yet, but boy-o-boy you all have given me a lot of ideas. Thanks for the inspirations!! Geri

Jackie said...

I love all of the cards I have seen made with this stamp but the stained glass one takes the cake! I am continually inspired by many talented artists and stampers online - including YOU!

Jan Castle said...

I have to say your card is wonderful and sounds easy but looks difficult...and so masculine! Thanks too for the opportunity to win a set!!!!!!!!! Jan Castle

Karen Knegten said...

Melanie- this is going to be my go-to set. I have made three cards with it already. No wonder it was a sell-out!!! If I win another I know exactly who to send it to!
Thank you for your talent!

Brenda said...

Oh Melanie I love your cards, you always have such fabulous ideas. As for your this stamp set it totally rocks!! It has been an honor to be a part of showcasing your stamp set.

Congrats on 1/2 million hits, Wow!

Denise said...

What lovely cards and how thoughtful of you to be giving away a gift too!
I am inspired by the women who work each day and still find time for themselves and share their beauty with everyone else.
THANK YOU!!!

Payne Holler Cards said...

fantastic ideas - love the stained glass..I havent even started to use the other stamps in this set yet :) always need inspiration for masculine cards.
Congrats on reaching half million + hits....and a big thank you for your encouraging comments.
Would love to win and share with a dear friend...thanks
Linda

Marsha said...

This stamp is truly amazing. You are so creative - you and the StampTV team are my inspiration.

dasimonds said...

My stamp sets are on there way..
can't wait to ink them :)
What inspires me is that there are so many possibilities with this stamp. I love your stained glass
card! Congrats on your Blog Hits!
Thanks for a chance to WIN :)

Casmiles said...

I love everything I see made with this set. So very many different possibilities. I can't wait to get mine (even better if I win it). Thanks for all the ideas, inspiration, lots of fun!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

I am mostly inspired by other people's work, so I love blog hopping to find great ideas.

Julie.G said...

Wow, I just love this stamp set. This is by far my favorite....I love Basic Grey too....what a treat this would be to win...Thanks so much...My inspiration comes from just about any where...you never know what will spark something in me....

JessicaK said...

I love that DP combination for the first card, and the colors on the stained glass card are amazing. Fantastic creations and what a way for me to start the blog hop, Mel. Thx!

Patti J. said...

Hi Melanie! I actually started with Brenda tonight and worked my way back up to you! I am loving this new set of yours. Each time I see it, I like it more and more. My inspiration comes from folks like you, Gina, Theresa, Brenda, Lee, and the others. As successful as you all are, you always make time for all of us! Comments on our blogs, or our posted work mean so much. Thank you all for staying 'real'.

Anonymous said...

Hi.
What a great stamp-set - I would love to get one of those..
It is different, what inspires me.. sometimes its a colour combo - sometimes a pretty card found in blog land.. but I have to say -that stamp-set just cry out "use me" ;-)
Thanks for the chance to win a set.
/Tina F.

Kathleen D said...

I have always liked paper piecing and to have it incorporated into a stamp set is very fun! I am inspired by blogs like yours. It is so great to be able to surf the web and see all the great projects out there. It always gets the ideas flowing! Thanks for sharing your talent.

Tink said...

I Just LOVE that stamp!I am inspired by everyday little miricals that exist all around us.. If we just STOP and look..

Peggy said...

Love your cards made with this set! I find inspiration in everything around me...nature, magazines, blogs. This set is at the top of my shopping list!

craftymum said...

What inspirational ideas you ladies have to share with us. I never cease to be amazed by your creations. Male cards are so hard to come up with but I love the masculine idea you showed us with this set.
My set is winging its way down under as I type, but my craft group ladies would love it if I was to win another :-)
Thanks for sharing your talent with us

onewinron said...

500,000 hits and another amazing stamp set -- congratulations! You, Gina and the other members of the design team never cease to inspire me.

SherylH said...

What a great blog hop -- had to quickly check out the other designers and then come back here. Love the stamping inspirations I get from the internet, in particular design blogs such as yours. This stamp is now on my "wish list" Thanks!

Shawna said...

Wow, what generous blog candy! I adore your stamps Melanie. My inspiration comes from so many different sources: Nature, magazines (for color combos), my garden. But truly the majority of my inspiration comes from all the wonderful card makers found on the internet, and you are right at the top!! Thank you!

StampinCathy said...

Fabulous cards. I just love this set and it's on my wishlist. I just love all the different ways you can use this set. Maybe this will be the lucky post. Thanks for a chance and congrats on all your hits. Thanks for all your inspiring and creative MOJO you share with us each day.

Happy Now said...

You have done some REALLY fabulous things with this set! Awesome!! So, it goes without saying I think that high on my stamping inspiration list are all of the fabulous stampers who share their creations online through blogs, StampTV, etc. Thanks!

Giovana said...

Congratulations Melanie!! This set is fantastic and also congrats for your 500,000 hits and publications!! Way to go! Your cards are awesome.
I get inspiration from blogs, magazines, TV, books, from everywhere!!

Thanks so much for the great blog candy.
God bless
Giovana

Renee V. said...

Wow, Melanie...your cards are such an inspiration! They're fabulous! Thank you for being such a great inspiration!
Hugs,
Renee

Danielle said...

I love the whole Mondrian inspired theme of this mosaic. There are so many possibilities, and your cards are so inspirational. I love them all!

Thanks for doing all that you do.

Danielle

Kristina G said...

Hi Melanie! Congratulations on all these wonderful accomplishments. I love your new inspiration mosiac. I would say that I am most inspired by nature and things around me. I love clean and simple layouts and your new set makes that possible. It allows for a clean and simple layout that doesn't look it. I am also inspired by random acts of kindness done by others and all the stamping/crafting artists who have shared their gifts so wonderfully. Thanks for the opportunity to win this versatile set.

catdidit said...

both of these are awesome Mel! LOVE how you did the stain glass one though!

starqueen said...

Hi Mel!
I am loving Inspiration Mosaic...it's such a versatile stamp. I am really enjoying all the different ideas I am seeing that can be done with it!

I am inspired by so much...I really like looking at fashion and home dec for colors, patterns and textures. Just being outside can spark a creative idea! And now, all of you blog girls are wonderfulyy inspirational and so-o-o generous with your time and talent!

Thank you for sharing!

Betty Benton said...

These two cards are fantastic. They both have a distinct personality! I am inspired every day on stampTV -- I truly love this site and the friends I've made here! I love tuning into stampTV and gazing at the wonderful creations -- your set is bound to show up again and again and each will be like a snowflake -- no two alike!

Tertia said...

I love your blog and this stamp is my favorite one yet! I find most of my inspiration bloghopping to all the wonderfully talented people out there.
I would love to own this stamp. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

Prettier Stuff aka Melissa said...

I love this set. What a wonderful idea. I also love your samples. I have to say that I get a lot of inspiration by looking at all the great work that is out there. There are so many talented ladies and guys out there.

Susan said...

This was my first blog hop and I found everyone's different cards so inspiring, I ordered the mosaic set! Lol! Your cards are wonderful and the stamp set so versatile. I find it inspiring that paper crafters are so willing to share their ideas and techniques with everyone, and I love that about this community.

I get inspired every time I can figure out how someone has made their card!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhh what a COOOOOL idea for masculine cards!!!! And the stained windows!! I swear Mel.....there are zillions of designs with this amazing Mosaic stamp set!!!!!

Cathy said...

Melanie, This set is awesome and I love all the wonderful samples made with it. It goes with everything, the possibilities are endless. Love It!

KellyRae said...

Melanie, your Inspiration Mosiac is such a versatile set, I'd love to win it. The stained glass card tonight is absolutely GORGEOUS and then to see that totally masculine, classic black card. Wow. I see inspiration everywhere I turn, on a Kleenex box, a billboard, a child's outfit, the sunrise...inspiration is like breathing, it needs to happen often.

kim.mom said...

Beautiful cards and love this stamp! All of the wonderful blogs you lady keep inspire me!

lisa808 said...

Great samples. And, congrats on so many hits! I get inpsired by the wonderful blogs I visit each day. Thank you for the chance to win your generous candy.

Liz said...

Colors inspire me, soft blues, greens and tans remind me of the beaches at Charleston SC,then the rich greens, golds and purples of Mardi Gras in Louisiana, the reds, greens and browns of a pheasant in the SD fall, even our whites and grays of the winter. It's all in what you see in it !! And then there's all the terrific talents of the cardmakers that flock to Gina K and her gang!!!

Jannette said...

I can't wait to get my stamp set, it's on it's way. I love how veritile it is. I get some of my inspiration from my friends and family. Keep up your great work!

Jannette D.

"Tillymint" said...

Hi Melanie, congratulations Iooks like you've hit the right note with your new set!! I really enjoyed seeing what everyone made during the release and am now the proud owner, itching to get some ink on my set!!
I have a real thing about dp - love it!! but the more stamps I get the more I find I buy card/paper with a set in mind!! OK off to check the other blogs!!

Mary said...

Congratulations on so many Blog Hits! Although I am not surprised, you inspire so many people and you can tell you love what you do! It is infectious!
So first off your blog is one place I go for inspiration, I also visit SCS and PCP, Gina's blog and of course Stamp Tv!!
I have noticed that I also look at things I see everywhere differently now. I notice the textures and colors of things more and how Mother Nature puts them together!
Thanks for the chance for an incredable giveaway!

Chrissie said...

Hip hop mosaic is my favorite so far the possabilities are just endless it is your best set to date but then I love them all
Can't wait to have a look at the blog hop Im off now hop hop hop

nancyd said...

My inspiration comes from my truckload of magazines, the cards on these blogs and Split Coast.
Thank you.

cgargus said...

My inspiration comes from the blogs I follow (like yours) and Papercrafts, and CardMaker magazines. You come up with the most amazing ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity! Thanks for the chance at the blog candy, too!

Miesdf said...

Awesome. I didn't buy that stamp because I (mistakenly) thaought that it would not have enough variety. I see I am wrong. Your cards are amazing.

rebecca said...

your tutorials and design ideas provide such an inspiring starting point...lovely.

Sharon W. said...

I love the stained glass card and the other one also but my favorite is the stained glass one. Thanks for the chance to win all the great goodies. Please pick me.

Mindy Andreyo said...

Those are the greatest cards. I love the ideas and would love to win.

You really are talented!

peggy wainman said...

such great cards and a great and versatile stamp. all you guys over at stamptv have been a lot of inspiration for me lately in my card making. thanks for the chance to win!

Michelle said...

Mel,

I am not surprised that you have come up with this MAC DADDY set! What an amazing concept.. I think I get my creative inspiration from all the various blogs out there but my DH is the one that probably gets credit for inspiring me the most.. he's the one that makes me joyful.

Michelle

Sandra said...

Melanie - that is tough one - what inspires me .... I surf the net and see things I like - I am more of a imitator - case, my middle name!
I will tell you, I do find lots of inspiration here!
Thanks for all the neat tips and inspiration.
Sandra

Marilyn said...

I love this stamp! I do not have it yet, but I just love this stamp!

I am inspired by the abundant beauty in nature... a cloud formation, a ripe bold colored leaf amongst the greenery, the richness of the colors of a butterfly fluttering by... how majestic it all is if one just stops long enough to take a glimpse.

I would love it win this stamp.

I wish you all the best in your creative ventures, Marilyn in Texas

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

The hop is really amazing, Mel! You lassoed in some great designers. It is all of you girls at Stamp TV who inspire me. I was always afraid to try new things, but not anymore. I was waiting for the money tree to bloom again so I could get this set! 500,000, wow what a milestone! Congrats!

Trish said...

WOW WOW and WOW again. I just love this stamp and the more I see what it can do the more I 'need' it! The masculine card using paper piecing was incredible- such a great idea. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this terrific stamp and lots of other goodies. I have never been fortunate to win anything so far, but hopefully today it will happen. Congratulations on reaching 500,000
Many hugs,
Trish

Sheri said...

You are my inspiration. I look at your blog first thing every morning. Thanks! I love the stained glass card. That is simply amazing!!!

JazzyH said...

How that is great. I will the paper piercing. You are so talented.

Terri E. said...

Adorable creations. I LOVE challenges. They really push me to think differently. I also like to think about who I am making the card for and what they like as well.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

stampinfranni said...

Wow, Melanie, what great cards! I must admit that YOU inspire me. This set just became a fave of mine. I sure hope I win it so I, too, can play with your fun ideas. I'm getting on the blog hop train right away to see what other inspiration is in store for me.
Thx for sharing your talent & creativity!

Sara said...

Thanks for the chance to win. This looks like a really fun set. My son is my current inspiration, he's a very happy kid and loves to laugh. He's a great inspiration.

Lynda said...

There is no doubt that what inspires me most is wonderful blogs like your own. I am constantly challenged by the creativity of so many people. TFS

Lisa H. said...

I just love this stamp set. Your samples and tutorials are amazing! My favorite is the stained glass window card that looks exactly like something from the Prarie School of design. Last summer we visited Oak Park, Illinois (suburb of Chicago) and toured the Frank Lloyd Wright house and this card would fit right in!! Thanks for giving us a chance to win some blog candy!

Lee said...

Oooh! I love those cards and would love to get the chance to play with this set myself!

Thanks =)

Kim Burmeister said...

Melanie, I love your new stamp set. So many possibilities with this one! The blogs I visit every day inspire me. Ever since I started blogging, I never has a loss for ideas and inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win.

jonim52 said...

I am actually inspired by all the challenges on stamp tv. When I see all the beautiful cards, I just have to start stamping and creating. Thank you for the inspiration!

Doris said...

Love that mosaic set and would LOVE to have it! Thanks for the tips on how to paper piece it.

SusanR said...

love the Inspiration Mosaic and all the samples and tips! I would like to think that I'm inspired by everyday things . . . but sometimes I need to case ideas from all the blogs I visit - you guys are great!!!

Donna said...

You never cease to amaze me, Melanie. Whether it's an intricate design or a very simple one you always make it look so elegant. Money is tight this month with tuition payments so I haven't been able to get this set yet. But if I don;t win it it's a definite on my wishlist as soon as money frees up. Thanks for the inspiration. I just love to come to your blog. And congrats on the 500,000 hits! WOW!

Beth Mak said...

I just love this Inspiration Mosaic it's on the top of my wish list. The mascaline and stained glass effect cards are so clever. Thank you for sharing.
bam7679@sbcglobal.net

Corrine Ann said...

There is much that inspires me, such as my card magazines,nature and the blogs that I check out.Some days there are more ideas than I can possibly make! You and Gina are especially exceptional...don't know how you manage to come up with all the beautiful cards and stamp sets. Keep up the good work! Would be so happy to win Inspiration Mosaic! Thanks for the chance.

Laura said...

Oh my gosh, what great cards and tutorials! I just found your site via Erika's blog. I'm subscribing to your blog for daily inspiration! Your work is just beautiful. Congrats on your half-million hits!

Laurie said...

Melanie: I have enjoyed every single one of your samples using the Mosaic. They have been diverse & unique. Thanks for your willingness to share your work!

What inspires me....flowers of all kinds & colors, the sky, works of art, beautiful photographs of people, beautiful stamped samples by others.

corinna said...

Lately I am inspired by nature...everything in nature! I moved from the city to the base of the ADK mountains and am so enamored by the beauty all around me.

Congrats on your half million hits, new ss release and wow, you are such an inspiration to me as well! :-) God Bless and keep the creations coming!

Anonymous said...

What inspires me? Talented designers like you and your willingness to share your ideas.

I was blown away by this set used to create a masculine feel.

I'd love to be the "right" number!

Beverly Bishop

neighbor_nancy said...

I agree that designers like yourself inspire me! Necessity MOTIVATES me, however. I have to make a bday card today!!!

Maggie said...

Wow! You never cease to amaze me with your talent. You inspire me to try new things. When I get stuck in a rut, all I have to do is check out your blog and it's off to the craft room I go! Thanks for the chance to win.

Sharri Seffens said...

Love your cards! The stained glass one is so creative! Congrats on a half a million hits to your blog!
My inspiration comes from many different sources especially from all the wonderful on-line crafters such as yourself!

Carolyn King said...

I love this set Mel--your cards are fabuous. CAnnot wait to get mine!
xo

Carole RB said...

Hi Melanie

Congrats on your 500 000 hits. I love this stamp set. You always make great cards with it.

What inspires me? Everything inspires me: a sunset for it's colors, a tree, a tissue box, fabrics even you with your tutorials.

Thanks for giving us a chance to win your great blog candy!

Jessica said...

Melanie, you KNOW how much I LOVE your cards and this set - great job!!!!

Marianne said...

I have this set on my wish list, I just will need to order it if I don't win!

Katherine said...

I have really been inspired by StampTV and it's design team. I was a scrapbooker just dabbling in stamping but now have really gotten into the stamping and am even using it in my scrapbooking. Melanie, I just love your designs. Thanks for a chance to win!

Tamara said...

I am inspired by so much. Blogs, magazines, displays in stores, the people for whom I am creating, sketches, challenges, just about everything around me can be an inspiration.

Kim Marie said...

I cannot believe all the different ways this set can be used! I think this is one of the best strokes of genius you've had yet, Mel!

What inspires me? God's grace and mercy everyday :) He gives me ideas for my craft and lets me know who to share them with! And blesses me in the process :) Especially with people like you!
Thanks Mel! I'm off to the next hop spot!
Kim Marie

Paula Laird said...

Awesome cards!!! I'm inspired by clothing, especially Archer's clothes! Little kid's clothes have such great color combinations and pattern mixes!

Diane said...

i am inspired by the colors of nature. Green being my favorite color.

Thank you for the wonderful samples.

Dee Ruger
dlruger@msn.com

Lori said...

Hope I can still enter, missed the hop last night. I usually do miss evening things and log on the next morning. StampTV inspires me most. Your site inspires/blows me away! I can't wait to get my order and follow your tutorials on how to use the Mosaic.

Kay S said...

Melanie - I absolutely adore your stained glass/Prairie style card made with the Mosaic set. This is a fav style of mine and would go so well in my house that I think I'm going to try creating some of these to frame! Cool idea! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work with us!

Anonymous said...

I get most of my inspiration from all you wonderful girls on the blogs that I frequent. You have such wonderful ideas for the various stamp sets. It sure helps to see them done up in all the different ways. Some times that is all it takes for me to decide to order the set. thanks for a chance at winning!
Nan

Lorraine said...

Wooohooo!!! My first blog hop.
Loving the cards you've made with that set, especially the stained glass one.

I get inspired by lots of things and people. TV adverts are a fave of mine and I often base scrapbook LO's around something I've seen on the tele.

Anonymous said...

Inspiration comes from many sources, friends and their dedication, nature and all its beauty, love of family, and wonderful ideas like your on the web. Thanks for all your creative ideas.

Shirley

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msfreida said...

It is amazing what can be done with this stamp set! The paper piecing tip was fabulous, but the stained glass is my favorite! You ALWAYS share such useful info and offer endless inspiration. Where do I get my inspiration from? You and several other talented artists whose blogs I love!

Tara Woodburn said...

I would definitely have to say that my inspiration comes from my son!! I have an 11 year old boy, that is my pride and joy!! I am a single Mom, so I have him all to myself! He loves to sit with me and create things, and I cherish every moment with him. We would love this set of stamps to be able to share more things together! Thank you so much!!

Stampin_melissa said...

What a wonderful stamp! I love all the ways you showed using it. As for what inspires me. . . . I love browsing blogs of awesomely talented crafters!

Jena said...

I simply love this stamp set and all the wonderful artwork I've seen with it! I find inspiration in so many things - from my kids clothing to magazines and childrens books - the whole world is full of inspiration!

Banu said...

WOW, awesome. I love this stamp set and the variations you can create from it. I really liked the stained glass card and am going to try and CASE it.

Diane (DeeDee) said...

Awesome stamp set and your cards are so inspiring! It looks so different on each of the cards you and gina created. TFS!

Ravengirl said...

Well, I am inspired by many artists that I see in the card making world (you included)! I find lots of inspiration in children's clothing and in nature! Congratulations on your milestone!

Penny56 said...

Melanie,

Your stamp sets create the coolest cards; I love them all--what great art! I need that visual idea to help get me going on ideas to use the stamps. Also, the layout challenges provide me with inspiration.

Thanks so much for all the cards samples and hints on how to use the stamps.

Karen S. said...

I really like all the different looks you can get from this mosaic set! Thanks for the inspiration!

Teri said...

I like the stained glass card and also the textured one. Really does look like wood panels!

This is a great set to win and the blog candy is awesome.

Thanks for the chance.

Cindy H. said...

This stamp set & the many things I've seen done with it are incredibly inspiring! I don't usually get this exicted about stamps, but this is a set I HAFTA have! Wow! LOVE IT!

AG said...

Gorgeous cards, Mel! I'm inspired by all the blogs that I visit. There are so many talented people out there! :)
~Angie

mcgeechs said...

Different things inspire me. It depends on what i am working on. I used pattern paper scraps to inspire me a couple days ago. Thanks for a chance to win.

Donna Baker said...

I LOVE these cards! Especially the extra color blocks on the 2nd one!

Kathy H said...

I find inspiration find inspiration from all the blogs I visit and also at SCS!

Kathy H said...

oh and your one of nt inspirations too! Lovely card!

Janet said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I'm inspired when I look at blogs and by nature.

Anonymous said...

I am so inspirered by the beautiful cards you gals create. I get so many ideas from blogs and all the projects on SCS. I spend hours a say looking at these wonderful cards. I read your blog daily.Thanks for sharing all your talent!
Kate

Susan G said...

I'm really loving all the ideas I've seen with the mosaic stamp. Congratulations on your huge number of hits. The candy sounds fabulous. Someone will be very lucky! I get my inspiration from the work so many generous people share on their blogs. I've learned so much about stamping from the hints and tips I've picked up along the way. Thanks to you and all the others who are so willing to share.

cyndybr said...

What inspires me? All the wonderful stamp designs I find on your blog, Gina K's blog and website, and her Stamp TV site. I'm waiting -not too patiently - for my Inspiration Mosiac Stamp so I can create some of the ideas that are flitting around in my head. Today's samples are great - especially the Stained Glass Mosaic - Nice!

Angie Williams said...

I am inspired by colors and images that catch my eye. I am inspired when I am having one of those days where I feel awesome and I am inspired by my kids... Sometimes these days are few and far between but so worth it!!

Spicey Cat Chick said...

It's been so exciting to see all the fabulous cards made with this set. At first I wasn't sure about it, but WOW! It's so versitile. Obviously, I get my inspiration from all the great crafting blogs out there. I am always bookmarking new ideas and learning. THANKS!

Beth said...

Melanie, this set is fabulous. I couldn't order it right away so it would be so fun to win. I love your ideas and creativity!!

Linda Peterson said...

All of your ideas for using the Mosaic stamp inspire me. I have gotten so many ideas. I get paid tomorrow, so guess what website I will be going to.
Linda Peterson

Anita said...

Both cards are awesome! I love how you showed two different cards using the same set.

Shannon said...

WOW!!!!! I LOVE these cards. So amazing. The black one is just stunning!

You inspire me!!!

Laraine R said...

What gives me inspiration is the blogs I visit daily!! And yours is one of them!! Love your blog and all the cards and tutorials!! Thanks for all the inspiration!!

Stampin' Pam said...

You and the senior DT girls at Stamp TV give ME inspiration - DAILY - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. OMG off to case it.

Lori said...

What fabulous samples, Mel! I'm loving all of the projects I've seen with your latest set. Lots of my inspiration comes from the other very talented people around me--I'm always amazed at the new, creative ideas in the stamping world.

Nancy said...

I know it's too late to enter the contest but I just wanted to let you know that I get my creative inspiration from you and the other designers for Gina K Designs. There are other blogs that I stalk out there too. lol

I get much of my spiritual inspiration from my miracle daughter. She has such deep faith and is an inspiration to so many. One of her new nurses told me yesterday that "Jessica just radiates love". She is right. I'm so honored to be her mom. (I know that you probably already knew that Mel, huh?) But thanks for the opportunity to express it here. ((hugs))!

scrappintlc said...

Awesome creativity. Who inspires me is the awesome talented Gina K Design team who never ceases to amaze. What a great prize package. My birthday is coming Mel *wink wink* LOL

Marsha said...

Beautiful cards!! Thanks for inspiring us with your cards and the blog candy.

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