Monday, October 12, 2009

Hip to Be Square Hop

Thanks for joining our "Hip to Be Square" hop tonight! It isn't often I'm able to do many of the wonderful card making challenges online, (especially not the same day it's posted!), but this week's SCS Technique Challenge to create an easel card (posted by Lynn Mercurio, easel design by Penny Wessenauer), was just too charming not to and too perfect for the "Hip to Be Square" frame in this set, I had to sit right down and make one! I'd been wanting to make a little "mini art gallery" for this grid, and now I have an easel to go with!! Here is the outside of my creation, which also uses "A Year of Flowers"...
This was so simple to do! I stamped two sunflowers on Pure Luxury White and then stamped the square outline from the set four times randomly to capture these little sections. A 1 1/4" square punch fits these perfectly so I just punched them and popped them up onto my grid and colored the border with a yellow Copics. Base is Pure Luxury Black Onyx. Card measures 4.25" square. Now comes the "easel" part!
The front pushes back and props up with a button, which I placed over another stamped sunflower, don't you love that?? Greeting is from "Say it With Flowers". Expect to see more easel cards from me because I just love this design, want to combine the new frame with all sorts of Gina K sets!
This next card is just for fun, these spooky Halloween cookies just like the ones mom used to make!
I stamped the grid onto Basic Grey Junebug DP (this dotted print is I think actually navy, but almost black and makes a great base for a Halloween card) and filled in the border with Orange Copics. Next I stamped my round cookie from "Have a Cookie" four times onto white CS and colored, then added my different pumpkin and ghost (made from the pumpkin eyes and the round eyelet image) faces and Halloween greeting from "Hip to Be Square" and colored. Isn't that fun creating seasonal cookies with these little faces?? I'm so excited about this!
I added a layer of Crystal Lacquer just over the icing on each cookie for shine and dimension, give it plenty to time to completely dry before popping up the cut (and cooled! LOL!) cookies onto the grid. See how the lacquer makes them look like they're really iced?
And finally, a "Hip" Snowman card without the grid, I thought it would be sweet to use the faces and circle to create a snow couple that could stare into each other's coal black eyes by turning the carrot around. I used four different prints from the Jolly by Golly pack, each DP inspired a different detail of this card. I drew some simple stick arms and cut out some little mittens from one of the DP prints, they were the perfect size for these snow people! The large and small striped prints were perfect for the scarves and knit hat, I just used some scraps to make the scrap ends and made a neck that would perfectly cup the round head by punching part way into the paper with a circle punch, then shifting the punch about a half inch again and you are left with a little curved piece!
Want to win this stamp set? Leave me a comment below telling me which of these projects you like best. I will announce a winner tomorrow night.

For even more ideas with "Hip to be Square", visit the GinaK Idea Center here: Hip to Square. My tip sheet has been added to the Idea Center as a PDF so you can print out all the tips and suggestions for a handy reference tool!
Here's all the Designer's Blog Links to check out tonight:

September's Center Stage Spotlight Team:

and finally, my Guest Designer for Hip to be Square:
Karen Knegten
and Special guests:

100 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

OMGosh, the spooky cookies are too clever! Love everything!!!

Giovana said...

Your cards are so cute!!! The snowman is adorable and the sunflowers are wonderful!!

God bless
Giovana

JenMarie said...

FABulous!
Hmmm...the sunflower one is my fave!

Karen Knegten said...

Melanie- love that easel card. I am going to have to case that one!

Jennie said...

No...it isn't fair to pick one favorite one....I love the easel design of the sunflower, the cool glaze on the Halloween cookies and the snowmen are just too cute! Absolute fav....uuumm, I guess the snowmen, but it is a hard choice :o) Great designs Melanie and you can tell this is a fun set to work with! Thanks for the chance!

Selma said...

These are all great Melanie. I love those colorful snowmen but I think I would pick the sunflower easel card.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhhh my gosh how awesome!!! 3 totally different yet all fabulous designs!!!! That easel card with the framed sunflowers is gorgeous!!

Betty N said...

All three cards are beautiful but my favorite is the
sunflower easel card! Thanks for the chance to win!

Darlene L said...

I love all your cards as usual and each has its special touch. My favorite one is the sunflower easel card. I just love sunflowers! They make me smile.

Carolyn King said...

total cuteness...awesome cards!

Payne Holler Cards said...

hmmmm hard choice! love details on each one...but would go with the kickstand card! will be trying that one!

Betty Benton said...

Wow! How difficult to choose a favorite because they are all wonderful! The snow couple are definitely cute but I think my favorite is the sunflower -- the button to hold up the easel is absolutely perfect!

MaxineD said...

The card that is my facvourite is the sundflower card! It is stunnning.

Jamie said...

I really like all of your card designs. I think that my favorite is the Sunflower easel card.

Have a great blog hop.

Jamie

Gloria W said...

Theresa, I love the cookie one better. It looks so real. And I like the snowman too. But they are both so cute to pick only one. But if I have to it would be cookie for sure.

Virgo5 said...

Well they're all fabulous, but I do love the way the button worked perfectly as the center for the sunflower and the Halloween cookies WOW what a great idea!

Lori said...

I love the Sunflower design. Thanks for a chance to win!

Lori

Julie said...

I love them all, but the sunflower one is my favorite...
very cute...
Thank you!

www.creationsbyjulie.blogspot.com

Anita said...

All the cards are amazing! My favorite would be the sunflower card.

AG said...

All your cards are too beautiful to decide on a favorite, but I love how you did the sunflowers and the cookies....so cute!!!!

Mary Ashby said...

My favorite is the sunflower easel card... Just beautiful! Great job as always!

Shawna said...

Melanie, I love ALL your cards, always. You never disappoint, but if I have to pick one, it would be the sunflower easel card!

Ravengirl said...

Oh man! That is a really tough call. Can I say I love all three of them? Their are really fantastic elements to all of them. I love the sheen on the cookies and the cute little snow people with their cut out mittens. Okay, my favorite would have to be the easel card! That is so clever! I will try it for sure!

coloradoleen said...

All of your cards are beautiful, but I think my favorite is the easel card with the sunflowers!

Eileen

Neesey said...

Ok Mel,
I have to go with the snowmen holding hands. They just warm my heart. They're so cute. A close second would be the sunflower card. Love the sunshiny feel to it.
Thank you for sharing
neesey/metalback

Jan Castle said...

have to choose the sunflower easel card...all good so it's a tough choice!
Jan Castle

Deebi27 said...

Toss up the Halloween cookies and snowmen. I just love snowmen...but I only like the snow to look at from inside!!

Casmiles said...

The snowman and lady gazing into each other's eyes is my favorite! Love to have the set. You've shown how versatile it is, and I can't wait to see more.

joy said...

I like the cookie idea card because I could do valentine, christmas, st. patrick - any holiday cookie. What a great idea!!

NinaB said...

These are so cute, Melanie. I love those snow people holding hands.

Cheri Howard said...

I really love the sunflowers!

Angela said...

Love your cards, especially the sunflower one.

StampinCathy said...

I just think all the cards are fabulous and so inspiring. My fav is the easel sunflower card. Thanks for a chance.

Nettie said...

The sunflower gets my vote. I have a total weakness for them and what you have done is stunning! Your snowman one and boo ones is adorable though!

Have a sunny day!

Nettie

Sharon W. said...

I love the sunflower card, the cookie card and the snowman card, I think the sunflower one is just a smidge ahead of the other two, I love all of your work, so if I had to pick a favorite it would have to be your blog, all of it's just great and thanks for the chance to win this great set.

Lisa H. said...

Wow - I love all of your samples, but if you force me to pick just one, I'd say that the sunflower easel card is my fav. I just l-u-v sunflowers!

lisa808 said...

You are amazing! The sunflower card is gorgeous. The Halloween 'cookie' card is so 'smart!' And, the snowpeople are just so cute. It's tough to pick a favorite, but I would say the snowpeople because I love how they are holding hands. Thanks for the chance to win your awesome set.

Terri E. said...

You out did yourself again! Love the snowman with their stinking cute scarves.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

asela said...

Great cards!

catdidit said...

Ooooo I just love them cookies!! Too stinking cute Mel! LOVE that easel card, I had the same idea when I saw it, lol! your set is perfect for that type of card!

Sue D said...

I like the sunflower card the best because sunflowers are my favorite flowers! The easel card is cool --I will have to try that.

Donna VW said...

I love the sunflowers!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

What a great idea to use the cookies. I don't use the cookie set enough so that is my fav. Just love everything I have seen with this set!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Fantastic projects, Melanie! The snowman are adorable and the Halloween cookies are so fun! May favorite is the easel card, though, because I love sunflowers! Great idea to add the button stop to the flower center!

Sara said...

I love the cute snow-couple holding hands. How cute is that!

Cheryl said...

Very hard to choose but I think I like the easel card with the Year of Flowers the best. They are all just adorable.
Cheryl Sims

Anonymous said...

I love the cookie card, but they are all really nice. Have a great day. Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne

Jenny McGee said...

I love them all. But I think my favorite is the sunflowers easel card. Very cute.

Anonymous said...

All the cards are great...but my absolute favorite is the sunflower.
Striking!!
tmblueb@hotmail.com
Teresa Blue

mspiggy7 said...

Love all of your cards but my fave is the snowmen. They are so simple but adorable. The sunflower you used on the other card is one of my fave flowers in that set. Thanks for sharing

scrappintlc said...

They are all fabulous but my favorite is the sunflower easel card. I cannot wait to try making one of those, they look to have many creative possibilities to them. Thank you for the chance to win Mel.

Lynda said...

How to pick just one??? They are all adorable. I do like the snow'people' as they are so creative. But the Halloween cookies are super. NEED to know how to make that easel card also!

Donna said...

I have to pick? They are all amazing! I guess if I have to pick one I'll pick the easel card. I haven't made one of those yet. I guess I'll have to try that. It looks very simple but elegant! Make it a wonderful day! Big hugs!

Mary Sue said...

I think they are all great cards. I do love sunflowers so guess I would choose that one.

Theresa said...

Love all the projects but would pick the cookies as my fave...maybe I am a bit hungry!
Great easel card. Great stamps!

Maria Levine said...

These are fabulous! Those sunflowers rock! I have this set I need to ink it up soon!!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Piali said...

OMGosh!!! absolutely adorable cards...my fave is the snowmen...love the way the flower card is done.Thanks for sharing wonderful ideas .

Olga said...

All of your cards are always gorgeous, my favorite is easel card. I just love your sunflowers.......

Pat Nimmo said...

Hello, I think it is hard to pick between the snowmen and the sunflowers, because it is getting cold and flowers are going I am going to say sunflowers because they add a touch of color. TFS

lillianchild said...

I think the sunflower card is my favorite - each square is a piece of art by itself, but then pulling them together really creates an awesome layout! Very cool.

Sheila said...

I just love your easel card and I would love to win the GK set Year of Flowers. My DH has been laid off almost a year and I can't afford to buy that set. Thanks so very much for sharing.

JessicaK said...

Oooh, well, I love the snow couple card and could totally use that type a lot. But I was floored by the halloween cookie card. Awesome!

paradise45 said...

Tough choice to pick one favorite...but if I have to it would be the adorable snowmen card. However, the easel design sunflower card is awesome, and the Halloween cookies look good enough to eat. Thanks for the chance to win.

Susan H.
tomsue@charter.net

Joanne said...

I'm a recent Gina K fan, and I have the other Melanie Meuchinger set that goes with the Hip to Be Square, and how I'd appreciate being the person who wins that set! I can visualize so many neat ideas to play around with that set, but none of mine are as inspired as the gorgeous sunflower card as you've made. I'm still not totally sure how you've stamped the flowers, or how the button works. The card with the cute halloween cookies is so very cute and effective too! This is my first look at your blog and I plan to subscribe so that I can see all of the cards that you create. I'm considering buying the latest Stamp TV kit as I bought the Signs of Autumn kit as my first and thought that it was a terrific value and wonderful quality. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us!

Have a terrific day.

Blessings,

Joanne

Darla said...

Your snowman card is adorable but I have to say my favourite is the easel card. I am very partial to anything floral and am completely addicted to using your year of flowers and arranged with love on pretty much everything I make lately, so this one HAD to be my fave of course!! lol

Thanks for the chance and your ongoing inspiration of course!!
Darla

Susan White said...

Melanie these are so cute!!. My favourite is the Sunflower card. I just love how you used different part of them in your squares.

StampinDi said...

I love all the samples, but my favorite would have to be the sunflower easel card. It's absolutely stunning!

Ree Donnelly said...

Mel, I am torn between the Halloween card & the Snowman card! But... I have to say the pumpkin ghostie cookies win out!! Sooo cute!
Thanks!!

JenniferCR said...

What adorable cards! The easel card is gorgeous! I love that this set is so versatile...you really showed us that with your examples!

Big Hugs!

Jennifer

Banu said...

WOW all the cards are wonderful, but the Sunflower Easel card is my favourite. It just stands out and gorgeous.

Ronda C. said...

I love snowmen, so anything with snowmen would be my favorite! Love this set.

Ronda C.

Jannette said...

I hope it's not to late to enter this great give a way. I love that set. The snowmen is my favorite.

Jannette D.

trish said...

I love them all, but particularly the sunflowers- the colours are stunning. Many thanks for the chance to win them.
Hugs,
Trish

Jailbird said...

The sunflower is my favorite but the cookie card is so darn cute - will have to case them both!

Donna said...

HA!! too clever on ALL the cards -I esp ADORE the halloween iced cookies!!!

Tina Gilliland said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh I LOVE them all!!! That easel card is fantastic!!! And I think those cookies DO look like what mom use to make!!! GREAT Mr & Mrs Snowman! Hee Hee. You are so clever!!!

Frndly1 said...

I like the sunflower also.

Katherine said...

All the cards are great but I think the snow couple card is my favorite.

Melissa Cash said...

Thanks for the inspiration Melanie! I love the sunflower card! I'm off to play with my set now.

Karen said...

Ooooh, I LOVE the pumpkin cookies card! How clever!

Janice M said...

Great cards! I LOVE the easel back card! I Love how the button keeps it up!

Brenda said...

All of these are fabulous!!! I really like the "cookies" they do look like something Mom would have made. Thank you for all the inspiration.

P.S. please don't enter me in the drawing as I have already won this fantastic set.

Marina said...

I really like all the cards, this stamp set is so versatile !
My most favourite one is the last one, the snow couple !

Dotty said...

They are all wonderful. I absolutely love Sunflowers, so that one is my favorite!

Sandra said...

I like them all - but I think my favorite is the first one, the one with the sunflowers!
Thanks for all the fun!
Sanra

Pia said...

I love the snow couple, though it was pretty close! They are all great.

Kelli P. said...

My fav is the snowman couple. So cute and creative. I'd love to win this set, as it is so very versatile. Thanks for sharing! Kelli

upcdaze said...

I love the flower card the best. Maybe it's because I love sunflowers. All are awesome - actually hard to choose just one.

Deb Else said...

I love the sunflower card. What a gorgeous example!

Lori said...

Your cards are all spectacular! Each one has a special element to it! The iced cookies are my favorite!

Jana said...

Definitely love the snowpeople card. I just love snowmen. Or should I say snowpeople and I can't wait to play with this set!

jonim52 said...

Love the snowmen card, I mean the snow people card. Love it , love it love it.

Laraine R said...

Love them all but if I had to pick it would be the sunflower card!! Great ideas!! Love the hop!! Thanks for all the inspiration!!

carpediem said...

All of your cards are wonderful! Especially like the snowman card! laura j

Crafty Math Chick said...

Ilike the spooky cookies the best. I think it was a lacquer that really made that card stand out (though all your cards are beautiful). Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Love all three projects - but for some unknown reason the sunflowers really caught my eye.

Chris R. from Iowa

jan farnworth said...

wonderful darling snowman. you did a great job with the easel card.

redwasher1 said...

WOW! Your cards are fantastic!! I lov, love them all!!

Juls said...

gorgeous card!! Just love the sunflower one!! gorgeous!!

Vanessa said...

I really like the sunflower project because I LOVE flowers. And the easel design is too cool! This stamp set is a hit!