Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sneak Peek Day 1: "Gifts from the Sea" and "Oh Boy!"

Thank you for joining us for our first day of Gina K Designs peeks! I am so excited to share my new set, but first let me tell you a little about my inspiration for it. I was born in Galveston while my father was in the Coast Guard, and although we only lived there for a couple years, I grew up visiting the beaches in Texas and Southern California. To me, the best vacations involve a beach, and one of my favorite ways to spend that time is taking a long walk with a loved one along the water in search of "treasure". You talk about anything and everything or just enjoy listening to the waves in the spaces in between as you spy one-of-a-kind shells the sea left there just for you to find. Each is beautiful in its own way. I have collections of them in various containers around our house, and each one is a wonderful memory.
This life-long love of the ocean and collecting and a recent trip to La Jolla with my dad and sons over Spring Break inspired the drawings and greetings in my newest set "Gifts from the Sea". You will love coloring these life-size images and adding them to your nautical and nature themed cards for men and women alike! The images above are stamped in Memento black and brown on Pure Luxury White and colored with Copics.
In this sample I wanted to create a scene that would represent the sentiment "If you want to know how much I love you, count the waves." There are so many ways to create waves on a card, and this is one of the simplest: tearing a piece of scratch paper and sponging turquoise ink above the rough edge, starting at the bottom of your mat and working up. The lighter areas in between look like tumbling surf. Usually I create a horizon line by sponging along a straight edge, but I chose not to have a distinct separation between sky and sea here, it's a little more atmospheric and like the quote, you can't find the end. I know you will be seeing a lot of our newest Pure Luxury color in our peeks and I'll have ample opportunities with this set in the future, so I chose a less traditional "beach" color for my base and sky, Lovely Lavender, which reminds me of sunsets and some of my favorite shells to find in this tender shade of purple! All the White and Chocolate Brown popped up mats create frames within frames that highlight the sentiment and echo the meaning.

Another thing I really love about this set is this long border, made of scallops and sand dollars to create a natural scalloped edge, perfect for creating a quick, coordinating envelope and liner to match the card. A couple other stamps included I know you will find very useful for any project you stamp: tiny birds to make an instant sky on any scenes you are stamping, in two different sizes to give you a sense of near and far, and a speckle stamp, to create sand or beautiful natural texture on any of your neutral or colored card stocks for a natural, "confetti" look. The torn layer of solid colored Soft Sand card stock is stamped several times with the speckles in Vivid Coffee Bean ink, almost looks like sand paper!
This is the same sample but I added some twine and a tiny real shell I got from a pack at a hobby store, just wanted to give you some more ideas for how to add more texture and pump up the volume on this card, although my husband's opinion is he likes the first, simpler version better. Your choice! I can't wait for the full reveal of this set later this week, and sharing more ideas and techniques with it, it it is one of my most personal sets to date and already one of my favorites, hope you love it, too! :)

Next up we have Tami's Oh Boy! set, filled with all the toys for little boys, so they'll get a lot of use in my house! I chose the rocket and stars today to go with my one of my favorite lines from the children's book "Guess How Much I Love You": "I love you to the moon and back." I started reading that story a year before my first child Jonathan was even born, when I was working as a nanny for a little girl and that line at the end choked me up every time, because I loved her but also because I was trying at the time to get pregnant with a child of my own. Jonathan has always loved space, so I added a photo of him to the rocket window below. The sentiment is actually one long stamp, but I stamped it out into three strips of card stock to trail behind the rocket. ( I will just go ahead and say in my original plan this rocket was gonna MOVE had my hand been 100%, and it would have been SO!! cool!! maybe later in the month...!) ;)

Base is Red Hot, I also used Black Onyx and the newest Pure Luxury Color: Turquoise Sea. The moon is half a die cut circle I Cuttlebugged with the Spots and Dots folder. All the stars are stamped onto Lemon Drop and cut out and popped up, I also added some Gina K buttons attached with glue dots for planets and a few adhesive nailheads. Oh boy, this card was fun to make! He came in to my office and saw his pic on the card when I was editing for the blog and said "You love me?" Silly boy, you know I do... to the moon and back... :)



Designers Participating in previewing tonight:


The Release Party is this Thursday, April 22 on StampTV. There will be challenges, contest questions, chatter, as well as tons of samples from the Design Team members from 7-10 (central time) all leading to the new products being available in Gina K's online store at 10pm. We'd love to have you join us for our monthly party!

36 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

Fantastic Melanie! Such creative designs. WOW!

Donna said...

beautiful card using GIfts from the Sea and your rocket card is out of this world! I bet J loved it!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh wow!!! Those shells are truly elegant!! And what a ROCKIN' boys card!!

Theresa Momber said...

Fabulous, Melanie!!! Your card is so stunning. I love this set. What a great idea with the rocket!!!

Anita said...

WOW!!!!!! I love the sea. This set is perfect. I can't wait to order it. Your cards are amazing.

catdidit said...

Oh I soooo love your card with your set, gorgeous colors and design too, ;) (i show you thursday..great minds ya know, haha!) I so love this stamp set too! LOVE the rocket card, too cool!

Tina Gilliland said...

Ohhhhhh purple!!! I LOVE LOVE that card girlfriend. Just fabulous!!!

Valerie said...

Gorgeous, Melanie! And a big thanks for creating such a spectacular set in "Gifts from the Sea" it's so beautiful!

lisa808 said...

Love your new set!!!

Queen Mary said...

Melanie, beautiful set, love your cards -- especially the purple clouds, I can't wait to try my hand at those!

emilymomto3boys said...

that shell card is so so pretty!! And the way you did the sentiment with the rocket ship is perfect!

Maria Levine said...

Fabulous creations! Love those shells

redwasher1 said...

Melanie, I love your set!!!! It is so gorgeous!! Your cards are just lovely!! Hope your hand is better.

Pat (mspfd) said...

Melanie, I love your new set! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.

Kary said...

These are beautiful cards! Love the seashells card - just seeing it brings a smile. Thanks!

Linda Beeson said...

CUTE! I am in love with the purple and blue waves/sky you created on your card. CUTE use of Tami's little rocket ship too.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful cards Melanie! Your seashells are so realistic and that border is awesome!

Pam said...

Gorgoous, Just love your new sets. Can't weait to see the rest of them.

Carolyn King said...

ohhh Melanie...your set is FANTASTIC...cannot wait to play with it. GREAT samples as always!

NinaB said...

These are beautiful, MElanie. I just love your new set.

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

ILOVE your sea shell stamp set and card Melanie.. beautiful!! All the details are exquisite!

Miesje said...

Fantastic! Love them both and love what you did with the rocket!

Trena in Naperville said...

Melanie, What a lovely, cool card! In colors and layout. :o) Congratulations on another beautiful set!! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the images!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Beautiful samples, Melanie! I am loving your new set! The seaside scene you created is gorgeous! And the rocket card is adorable! Hope your thumb is a little better!

Tami Mayberry said...

Gorgeous work as always!!!

joy said...

I am going to ADORE the sea shell set. Our family loves the coast of Maine and I want to give this set as gifts to my 3 grown stamping daughters! Love, love, love it!!

Donna said...

Love your new set. I can't wait to see the whole thing. The sentiment you used today is wonderful. Great card with Tami's set too. Adorable! Have a great week. Hope the thumb keeps improving!

Newstampinaddict said...

Melanie,
Jaw dropping.. really. Your gifts from the sea card is just utterly amazing!

Love the rocket card and the very sweet story to go along with it.

Marcia said...

I love your new set - it brings back so many memories of walking on the beach and picking up shells, which is a favorite pastime of my families! If I ever get around to scrapbooking again (LOL) it will be a great set to use - until then I'll just have to make cards with it!

Christi said...

Oh, wow!!! Your shell card is gorgeous, Melanie!!! I am so excited about your new set! Our family goes to the beach every year and we have so many wonderful memories there! Walking along the shore of the ocean and collecting shells is one of our favorite things to do!

Your rocket card is super cute!!! I love how you added the picture of your son inside the rocket!

Lori said...

Fantastic samples! I love shells and beach scenes and your moon is awesome!

Debbie said...

WOW! These cards are stunning! :)

Hugs, Debbie Meijer:)

Giovana said...

WOW Melanie, your new set is fantastic! and your cards are awesome.

God bless.
Giovana

Payne Holler Cards said...

just beautiful!!! so looking forward to the release... really lovin that beach set, I think its callin my name LOL

Deb said...

So gorgeous! I love the colors! I graduated from physical therapy school in Galveston! I loved the seawall and The Strand...such a beautiful island, many fond memories! :)

Bee Burg said...

LOVE both cards Melanie! Your shells are so realistic looking, I love that! :-D Congrats on another great set! <3