Thursday, February 25, 2010

Gina K Designs February Illustrator Hop

Welcome to our February Illustrator Hop! Tonight I have a project using my "Pressed Flowers" set, the challenge Gina threw down for us (and all of you, too, if you choose to participate, there is a SUPER SPECIAL REWARD for the winner, read on!) was to use at least two colors from her Pure Luxury Spring Collection... I chose Lemon Drop and Creme de Menthe... but I didn't feel like making a card this time around LOL! So I made a bookmark instead, it was really very simple...
I noticed the fancy tag die would make a beautiful bookmark base, and a rose at the bottom would look like it was climbing a fancy trellis. After die cutting the tag from Pure Luxury White, I stamped the greeting from the set at the top in Memento Black and rubbed a little yellow ink in along the top edge while the die was still in place, gives it a glow like a sunrise or sunset. TIP: I placed my tag die onto Pure Luxury Lemon Drop CS and traced around the outer edge, which gives your tag a perfectly shaped mat once you cut it out! Next I inked up my rose in Vivid Lemon Ice, added just a bit of shading directly to the stamp with a Memento Cantaloupe marker, then stamped onto White Pure Luxury and trimmed it with Cutter Bee scissors. I stamped two of the leaves onto Creme de Menthe card stock and cut these out too, then adhered all the three pieces to the bottom of the die cut. Before gluing the mats together, I put a long strip of ribbon between the layers in the middle to look like a stem, which hangs out the end of the book. TIP #2: I refrained from using dimensionals or adding any thick bling like pearls, while that could take the project up a notch aesthetically, from a practical standpoint, I don't want any bumps on it: flat I think is better in this case for marking your place!

A bookmark like this would be perfect for Easter or a Mother's day gift, and was so easy and inexpensive to make. I really hope this Spring project inspires! :)

Tonight, we welcome you to join us by using one of the newest February release stamp sets from any of our fabulous illustrating team. Choose any two of our new spring colors to create your card. The colors can be in the card stock, buttons, ribbon or patterned paper. Then, add your project to the Mister Linky on Gina's blog here.

Gina will view every single project linked and she will choose one winner who will be invited to join the Design Team for the month of March. The winner will receive the entire March release including the brand new StampTV kit, stamp sets, card stock AND will participate in our Design Team preview party, release party and special Senior DT and Illustrator blog hops!

The Mister Linky contest will end at Wednesday night March 3rd at 8:00 PM CST. The winner will be announced on Thursday morning and his/her DT package will ship out on Thursday in plenty of time to get ready for their term on our Team! For complete details on this exciting blog hop event, please check out GinaK's blog! We'd love to have you join in the hop by adding your project's direct link to Gina's blog in the Mister Linky box.

AND, we have a gift for you! Starting tonight at 10:00 PM through Sunday night at midnight, place any $35.00 order and you can choose a free set of stamps from this category! (Valued up to $24.95!) Now is a great time to stock up on what you need and get some great stamps for free!

Here are all the designers joining in the hop tonight featuring February's new stamp sets:




I really hope you will all try the challenge, the very best of luck,

I can't wait to see who wins it all!! :)

28 comments:

tlgirl353 said...

Melanie- What a clever and beautiful idea!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh Oh Oh!!!! Totally CASEing that Mel!! It's stunning!!

Maria Levine said...

Fabulous bookmark!

Peggy said...

Very clever. Love the Bible bookmark. God bless!

joy said...

Beautiful bookmark -- What a wonderful gift!

Natalie said...

Thanks for the inspiration and idea you bookmark is a work of art!!

Theresa Momber said...

Oh, I just love this idea! Gorgeous!

Mary Friederichsen said...

Beautiful Melanie!
And you are right I think it would be a lovely Easter or Mother's day gift.
I have been giving bookmarks lately and I have been so surprised at how much people really seem to love them. This will be beautiful inspiration!
Thank you for sharing!

Tertia said...

This is truely beautiful! I love the colours.

NinaB said...

What a great idea. I will have to order these tags, just so I can CASE it. Beautiful as always, Melanie.

Flowers said...

Like the tag on your blog. Floral illustration will add to the beauty of tag.

Marthamh2 said...

This bookmark is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

Marthamh2

catdidit said...

Wowza Mel! What an awesome bookmark, perfect for a friend who loves yellow roses, hint! haha! I just love your 'out of the box' ideas! You rock my friend!

Jennie said...

Beautiful bookmark Mel! Love this :o)

Tina Gilliland said...

Mel.. that is GORGEOUS!!!! FABULOUS!! OMGosh, I want one!!! LOVE the color you used for this as well.

Carolyn King said...

what a beautiful bookmark!!!!

Donna said...

Gorgeous bookmark, Melanie. I love the color combination. Lovely gift.

Melissa Cash said...

Very pretty and creative Melanie!

Giovana said...

Beautiful Bookmark Melanie!! Love this idea very much.

Linda D. said...

Love the bookmark. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Lori Barnett said...

...THUD!!!! This is AMAZING!

SandyK said...

Your bookmark is over the top! Thank you for the great idea. I love it!

buggin2stamp said...

Wow, Melanie, that is a gorgeous bookmark. It is way to pretty to hide in a book. :o)

Lori said...

Your bookmark turned out so beautifully! Love the flower and how you colored it.

Keri Lee Sereika said...

OH wow that is gorgeous and I LOVE the tip about tracing the tag for a perfect mat! you are so smart!

Deebi27 said...

Wonderful. wonderful and what a nice simple gift for a friend!

Marilyn said...

Melanie, LOVE this book mark.
Any chance you would consider mailing this to me? I would just enjoy it so much and so would all the books it will grace.
Think about it... yeah?!?
Marilyn in Texas

Anonymous said...

Lovin' PTL! bookmark from tag die cut on the side blent with Gina K. papers! Just arrived amid some elder care, so missed the terrific stamp set deal.....next time! Thanks for the offer, Gina K. Keep Looking UP! mt23stamper