Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sneak Peek "Fine Furnishings and Additions" and "Friends are Forever"

Final days of peeks and then it is time to party! First up I have a card where I used both of Nina Brackett's sets "Fine Furnishings" and "Fine Furnishing Additions". "Fine Furnishings" is a lovely set of furniture and home decor and the "...Additions" features a chaise lounge and greetings to go with the larger set. Although I am looking forward to paper piecing the many couches, I gravitated towards the large chandelier image, thought it would be perfect for adding large scale decorative elements to a card. Starting with Pure Luxury White, I stamped the chandelier in Pink onto my 3 3/4" x 5" mat, gave the paper a half turn, reinked and stamped again. TIP: Make sure the mid line of the chandelier is going through the mid line on your grid line block, this makes it easy to line up the second one below the first.
I stamped the picture frame twice in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Pure Luxury White and Passionate Pink, stamped the greeting onto the pink CS and cut out the middle to piece onto the frame, then layered that and my larger white mat on Black Onyx. A punch border and wave flourish make it extra fancy! I couldn't find my rhinestones (eek!) but I did go over some the dots with a glitter pen for some sparkle. This went together really fast and would be a pretty gift set in different colors with the balck and white like lime, turquoise, etc!

Next up we have Gina's "Free with Three" set "Friends are Forever". This was actually the first card I made when our new release stamps arrived, I just had to use all three new colors of Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion, Grass Green, and Sweet Mango! Right away! LOL! So I went with a simple color block background, these each measure 1 1/2" x 4". The two flowers standing straight and serenely were prefect for the color scheme, and they looked like the belonged in a vase...so I cut one out of part of a plastic Nestabilities package with one of my long rectangles dies, and then adhered it over my colored image with some Crystal Lacquer.

Love the perfectly smooth, shiny texture the plastic layer adds, very sleek and modern. Layer it just right and the lacquer showing through looks like water. :) TIP: Be sure to just use a little bit of the lacquer so it doesn't smoosh out the sides when your cover it with your die cut. You may want to wait until the lacquer its almost dry before putting the vase on top. You could also use a Versamarker pen to fill in a rectangle shape and add clear embossing powder to make the water and have a little more control of where it goes.

This is a great set, and free makes it even better! I'm sure you will have NO trouble picking out at least three other stamp sets from our Gina K release this month to earn it! :)



For more samples with the stamp sets being previewed tonight, check out these Designer's Links:


          Please make plans to attend our Release party tomorrow night, Thursday night, May 27th from 7-10 central time which will be held at StampTV. There will be contest questions, challenges, samples from several designers and lots of chatter all leading up to 10pm central, when all the new products and stamp sets previewed this week on our blogs become available online through GinaK Designs store!

          12 comments:

          Casmiles said...

          Melanie - beautiful cards. I love the COLORS too. Fun, bright, happy!!!

          catdidit said...

          Oh love all three of those colors together myself! and I love your design you have created on the first card, too awesome Mel!

          Theresa Momber said...

          Such a cool idea with the chandelier! Gorgeous CAS flower card. Love 'em both!

          Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

          Ooooo woweee!! That double chandelier is just so freakin' cool!!!!!!!!!!!! And the color blocking you're doing is amazing!!!

          Joan said...

          Both of these are beautiful. The pink one is soooooo elegant.

          Lagene said...

          Love the idea for a vase for flowers! Beautiful cards!

          Justine said...

          Wow what a brilliant idea, I love both cards, they are very clever

          NinaB said...

          I love the elegance of the first and the simple beauty of the second. Just lovely, Mel!

          Evelyn said...

          Love the cards as usual!

          joy said...

          Your card had me digging thru my trash can for my nestabilities package! LOL -- This is beautiful card!

          Kay S said...

          Love your great cards, Melanie!Don't you love those new colors?! Your flower card is fabulous and I love, love your idea for the vase! Now I know what to do with all of those plastic packages from my nesties (aside from recycling them!)Very clever idea!

          Mary Friederichsen said...

          Melanie, these are Beautiful!
          And what a clever idea with the vase!! I am definetly going to case that idea!

          Thank you for the Beautiful inspiration!!