Monday, May 24, 2010

Sneak Peek: "Hope Grows" and "Candles on your Cake"

Day 2, welcome back! Tonight we start with Theresa Momber's newest set "Hope Grows". I love the magic and fluidity of these images, you will love creating fantasy gardens with the flowers, leaves and butterflies that look like they might just shape shift and grow before your very eyes! No DP on this card, I created the background simply stamping the the different leaf silhouettes in Vivid Brick, Lime, Aqua and Butterscotch inks on White Pure Luxury. I stamped the white twill ribbon in the same colors to coordinate with my background, they aren't quite as vivid as they are on on the paper but I still like the look, gotta love the possibilities of white ribbon! Not only is it wonderfully matchy-match, but it's like the pattern is magically moving from the paper to the ribbon, hee hee! Then I added a few wave flourishes punched from the new Grass Green Pure Luxury to further bring my pattern to life and matted them onto Black Onyx and Ocean Mist.
The butterfly is colored with Copics, cut out and popped up, then highlighted with Sakura Glitter pens. I used markers to ink up the different parts of the greeting and stamped it onto die cut Classic and Large Scalloped Ovals. This card just makes me happy!

Next up, we have my newest set: "Candles on your Cake". Although I've included many birthday greetings and images in previous sets because birthday cards are what I you probably need to send out most often, I've never devoted a whole exclusively to birthdays and celebrations, and I wanted to be sure when I did I could use that one set would work for my husband, friend, or young kids. It can be hard to find images that will work for everyone's specific hobbies and interests, but everyone loves cake, so I am thrilled with how this set turned out! It is jam packed with age appropriate greetings and elemental birthday images you can use for a variety of techniques and the many bold images are perfect for kissing or two step stamping.

Here I used the huge candles that work well as a focal point or border, see the different patterns? I inked them up in different colors to match this beautiful DCWV "Citrus" floral paper and pieced one candle with a striped sheet from the pack. Depending on the colors and embellishments you use, these images will work with any patterned papers, vintage to whimsical, include stars, hearts, flowers and more. You also have several different shaped flames to choose from to make your card more cutesy or masculine,which is really fun! This card is about as "girly" as can be but I will be sure to show you lots of guy cards with this set in the next few weeks! :) (and hopefully we'll spot a few in our hop today)

I don't always remember to find time to decorate the inside of my card, but this set makes me want to , like a surprise party inside! The large solid cake was inked up in yellow, and then I swiped a black marker around the bottom to color the platter outline, and stamped. Next I stamped the little groups of spots in red to decorate it, and then stamped the row of small candles in red with the flame toppers in orange(that is one image). I added a bit of stardust gel pen for sparkle. The Big Scalloped and Classic Ovals* frame this image up so beautifully! Base is Red Hot and scalloped border is the new Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion.
In the past I've often handwritten the "happy birthday song" in my cards to send to people far away like I'm really there to celebrate by singing, so I can't tell you how excited I am have to have the song now in rubber! I left a little space for you to add the name you need, add there are so many fun ways to do this: write it in your own script, use stickers, alphabet stamps, letters cut from a magazine "ransom note style", be creative! Here I used these 1/4" clear Alpha Bubbles I found at Jo-ann's on clearance, then punched out circles of the Pure Luxury colors to put behind them to make it even more festive!
I know you will reach for this set again and again when you need a cute birthday card in a flash! :) Hope you enjoyed today's peeks!
*Notice I used the Big Scalloped Oval Large dies on both cards, would you like to win a brand new set of these versatile dies? Leave a comment below telling me approximately how many birthday cards you make/send out each year, I will choose a winner and post tomorrow! (BTW, I'm not just going with the person who says they do the most, so be honest in your estimation, everyone has a chance LOL!)

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


Please make plans to attend our Release party this 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!

84 comments:

paradise45 said...

I make and send out between 25 and 30 birthday cards every year. Thanks for the chance to win.

Your Candles on your Cake stamp looks awesome!

Kathy H said...

I make about 30-35 b day cards!

Tina Gilliland said...

Oh Mel... you have such a way with stamps!! I LOVE both these cards!!! You HAD to do the bright colors and the rainbows, didn't you? LOL I'm so hooked!!

Birthday cards... oh dear... I have HUGE family with my mom having 11 siblings and my dad having 10 siblings!!! I can't count!!! AND...I have four other siblings with their kids included!!!! Aaaack!

I am guessing... I send... ohhhhh maybe 35 cards on an average. Probably more but I refuse to count that high! LOL

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh how beautiful in those rainbow colors!! And OMGosh what a FABULOUS birthday design....especially for Donna!!!

thestampinglady said...

I have a large family and some very special friends--so I would estimate about 35. I also make all my mom's cards for her grands and greats, so that adds another 20 plus. Wonderfully designed set--can't wait to see the rest of it!

Carri said...

Wow, i gotta say about 60 or more. Huh, I never really thought about it, but thats alot and I must be haing fun or it would seem like work. Thanks for all the great inspiration and keep it coming.

Nicole said...

Great, versatile set, Mel. I probably make about 15-20 birthday cards per year. I make the cards for my co-workers in my department at work that we all sign, plus select friends and family. Thanks again for your generosity.

AG said...

Great new set! Too cute! I send out probably 15 birthday cards a year.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

I think I send out about 27 cards to family and friends for birthdays. The new set looks really fun, Mel! You can light up a room with the candles on my cake! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm guessing that I send about 40-45 with my large extended family, plus my kids and grandkids. I can see using this set and not having to worry about masculine cards or the insides. Thanks also for the chance to win. Kheila

Elaine Wilson said...

A great set. I like how you really make a set useful when you design it and really think about how it would be used. I probably send out about 50 birthday cards and also make cards to sell.

catdidit said...

Omg, loving your bright creations! I just love your big candles as the focal point, awesome coloring and paper piecing of them!!

Mel said...

Hmm, I probably send out between 15 and 20 per year. As for making them, I'm still new to card making and have only sent out Mother's Day cards so far... but my first family birthday is in about a month, so I'm looking forward to making my first bday card!

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

Great cards Melanie. My answer to your question - not as many as I
*should* be! Seriously - since I began stamping 7 years ago I think I've actually sent out less! birthday cards than I used to!?!? Before than, I was a Hallmark Gold Crown member - lol! But after I started stamping, and had the supplies to make a card anytime - I couldn't bear to buy a card - but I my list of projects to do was always larger than the amount of time I had...I know you all know what I mean here! :)

Janice M said...

Great cards Mel!!

I make plenty of cards but I don't send out near enough! I'd say that I on average I send out about 10 to 12 Birthday cards a year.

Giovana said...

Your creations are always amazing Melanie! Love your designs.
I think I send around 20 cards a year.

God bless.
Giovana

Lynn Mercurio said...

Fantastic use of color, Mel...on both cards. So cheerful and bright...I love them both!

tlgirl353 said...

Melanie-Love your new set!
I send out about 50 birthday cards a year. Our family is rather small, but I send many to friends, neighbors, and my dear grade school and high school buds.

naneruth said...

I make and send out about 17-19 birthday cards a year. I do make extras though that are kept on hand.

lisa808 said...

What a fun set. Between family and friends, I make/send about 20 birthday cards year.

Terri E. said...

Well this year has been not normal with the new baby coming, but most years I make and send out around 40birthday cards. My hubbys family is all out of town, so I always want to let them know we are thinking of them.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Kary said...

Melanie, I LOVE your new stamp set, cos birthday cards seem to be my favourite cards to give out. I regularly send 15 cards each year, and a few additional ones to new friends,etc. Thanks for the chance to win;)

Theresa said...

I make and send 40-45 birthday cards every year. Love the cards. Would like to have that spellbinder.

joy said...

Didn't know I sent out so many until I started to count them -- probably around 30-36 (includes my sunday school ladies).

Bev Gerard said...

Melanie ...your cards are a delight! I love your many colors in your stamped background for your WOW butterfly!

And you always inspire with your sets ... this birthday set is so full of fun elements! Love those big candles!

scrappintlc said...

Blush unfortunately where I am in my life right now I don't have time to make cards. But during the last year I've done 5 I believe. Wish I had time to make more. :(

Casmiles said...

beautiful cards...birthday cards, how many - well there's always the regular bunch that gets them every year ~ about 30-40, then there's the last minute ones that you don't really know about until they "pop up"...

Anita said...

I make and send lots of cards. I make them for OWH and my own personal family and friends. Thanks for the chance. Your new set is amazing! I love the bright colors of both cards.

JaniceAileen said...

Melanie those cards are awesome!!! And, shame on me but I'm horrible about sending out birthday cards!! BUT you've inspired me with your set so hopefully, more b-day cards will be sent out this year!

Lagene said...

I make & send about 30 birthday cards a year! Thanks, I'd love to win those nesties!

Cathy said...

I usually send out about 30 birthday cards every year. Some of my cards won't fit in an envelope, so I hand them or put them in a gift bag. Thanks for the chance to win those nesties.

Theresa Momber said...

Ooooh, I love the festive colors you used on all three cards! Gorgeous coloring on the butterfly. Love your new set!!!

Debbie said...

Gorgeous cards! The colors will make everyone happy! :) And i love it that you made a stamp of the song, super handy!

What a great giveaway. It's really sweet of you to do this. I make something between the 30-50 birthday cards. Why? I just love to make them and i think i give/sent about 35 for family/friends. I keep the rest for the next birthdays and sometimes my sister-in-laws want to buy one or more of my cards. Can't wait to see the rest of your stamp set.

Hugs, Debbie Meijer

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Melanie, your new set is fantastic from what I have seen! I love those candles. I make and send out around 50 or more birthday cards a year. I finally got a Big Shot and am starting to collect dies and the big scallops would be perfect to add to my very small collection.

Diane said...

I would estimate I make about 25 birthday cards for family, but I make lots more, as my friend works at the courthouse and takes them to sell for me.....love it!!
Love your card designs...colors~details....great new collections!!

Linda Peterson said...

I make and send out about 25 to 30 birthday cards a year.

Anonymous said...

I really don't know how many cards I send each year. I try to send to all of my family and co workers. I guess about 20 to 25.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Martha

Rama said...

Loved your cards, especially the one with the butterflies. Love the coloring, very vibrant. I would say that I send out about 15 - 20 birthday cards a year.

Christine from FL said...

I send out around 10+ cards a year. I am just loving your new stamp set and can't wait to see more of it!

Nancy said...

Those candles just pop right of the card..... I send out about 20 cards a year and probably give out around the smae amount at work! thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win a great prize!

Peggy said...

Wonderful stamps and cards!! I usually send out about 25 birthday cards each year. Then there is the staff at work to add another 10. In my stash of cards the ones with birthday sentiments are few and far between!

peggy wainman said...

Love your cards Melanie!! I'm not sure how many birthday cards a give out each year, but you are right, that is the type of card I do give out most. I think probably around 20 or so. Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth S said...

Not a whole lots of birthdays cards here. Just 15.

Carolyn King said...

beautiful rainbow butterfly and you know i love the birthday card.......great colors!!!!! great design!

Janet said...

I make at least 30 birthday cards I send out every year. I love card making. Love the coloring job you did on this card. It's outta this world!

Cheryl said...

I send about 2 cards a month. I also make a lot of thank you cards. So I would say I send about 24 birthday cards a year. I love sending something I have made.
Cheryl Sims

Anonymous said...

I send out over 50 or more Birthday cards a year. I make all the Birthday cards for out Dept at work.

Anne Marie said...

Wonderful ideas.
Beautiful colors.

I make and send 40 to 50 birthday cards a year.

Donna said...

I am excited about your birthday set because by far I make more birthday cards than any other kind of card. I'm guessing I make about 100 birthday cards each year: family, friends, co-workers and for the military. I love your cards. Both of them are fabulous. Can't wait to see the full reveal on Thursday night.

JenMarie said...

Beautiful creations Mel!!
Let's see.... probably 25 to 30 birthday cards a year... that I send to peeps...
Now, I probably make more, LOL!!

Anonymous said...

I'm new to card making and have counted up about 35 so far...your stamps and cards are fabulous! Susana

Anonymous said...

I make about 20 to 25 birthday cards a year...the rest for other occasions...thanks for the chance to win...
Denise Trottier

Shirley said...

Love both of the cards you made! Love the new sets! Thanks for the chance to win!

sfread171@hotmail.com

Patti P. said...

Love the new set and all the creations everyone is showing...can't wait until the release. I send out about 25 personally, but make many more for my friends that buy theirs from me for the year. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lori said...

Your cards are beautiful. The bright colors are so nice. They are very cheery.
It seems as though there are quite a few birthdays every month. I want to make cards for everyone but there are so many that I can not keep up. I only do a couple a month even though I could use at least 15-20 per month.

Lorraine said...

Wow, can't wait to see your full new set and I love your cards! I haven't counted the number of birthday cards I make a year - so I'm guessing around 20 or so?

Verona said...

I'm guessing that I send 3 dozen birthday cards. I keep a record, but don't know where last year's is. So far this year I've sent 67 cards of all kinds, but only 25 were handmade. I like your big candles stamp.

Darla said...

I love how versatile your sets are Melanie!! This one looks wonderful!!!
I make probably 25-35 birthday cards a year... I'm ure this will increase now with my 1 year old son getting older and attending bday parties. Already had 4-5 more than usual this year.. haha

Crafty Math Chick said...

I make and send about 25 birthday cards for family and friends every year (reminds me, I need to resume filling up my stash!). Thanks for the chance to win melanie. Can't wait to see your new set during the full reveal!

PatS said...

What a great giveaway. I make about 15 birthday cards every year. Love your butterfly card design.

Erin Smetak said...

Is it too late to enter?! I probably send out 15 to 20 b-day cards a year. My problem is that they are always late! LOL! But they ARE sent! Thanks for a chance to win! Those oval scallops are awesome!

Paula Laird said...

Awesome cards! I am so excited about the birthday set! Hmm, honestly, I probably make 30ish birthday cards a year and actually send about 15 of them because I'm lame like that. I'm working on it!

Deanna said...

I make around 20 cards a year, I think. I'm sure that will go up, since my youngest starts kindergarten this fall. I make all the cards for their friends. I find if I make them, I get them done- I hate just writing in premade ones!
What a wonderful prize! Thanks for the chance to win!

Spicey Cat Chick said...

It seems I'm always making birthday cards. I'm about the last of the old school card senders in my friends and family, and send out at least 5 a month (hubby's family too). In addition, I make cards for my coworkers (either to give or sell). So, all in all, I probably make close to 70 birthday cards a year. WOW! No wonder I'm always running out of my other cards - all my time is spent on birthdays!

I love what you did with the new set and the SB die is FAB!!!

Ravengirl said...

I think I make and send out about 9 for personal use. I really do make more for relatives who always need an extra card here or there.

Marcia said...

Hi Mel: I am a pastor's wife and I make birthday (as wll as anniversary) cards for everyone in our congergation. After your question I wondered about how many I actually do - so after I counted the church folks and the estimated the family cards - in birthday cards alone it is about 150 cards.

I tend to make several of the same design because some months I'm not creative enough to make 30 different cards:). I love your new set - it will make this joyful task easier!

JudyI in St. Louis said...

Although I have list of about 50 people on my birthday list, they do sometimes get a belated card. I'm making more of an effort to get the cards done in a more timely manner, so I'm doing more CAS cards. I am always looking for ideas for masculine cards. You always provide good inspiration for cards of all kinds.

Alison H said...

I would have to say I make about 20-25 birthday cards per year. I am loving this set. Can't wait to see the whole thing!

Toni K said...

I would love to say I make and send out 30 and send them out. The truth is I'm REALLY bad at sending them out, or even making them in time for birthdays. I actually get out about 10. I really have to get more organized!

Jennie said...

Love these cards Mel... Do you count Belated B'day cards? I probably send far more of those, LOL!!! Love this new set of yours, so cool and FUN!!

Alice said...

I've just gotten started with cardmaking since the first of the year so can't say how many I will do in a year. I DO know that I send cards now to people I never sent to before -- it's just such a special feeling sending something I've done myself! Would LOVE to have this nestabilities set -- just getting started, my supplies are pretty limited!

Valerie said...

I would have to say I probably only send out about 5 a year, but each year I do more.

JessicaK said...

Usually, I make and send out between 15 and 20 cards a year. But this year, people have moved, so I've made and hand-delivered some instead, so the 'mailing' part is probably around 10-15 now. Love what you did with these sets.

Anonymous said...

What a fun set - I love the song! I make probably 25 and mail maybe 10 a year? The more embelished ones I hand deliver.

Chris R. from Iowa

ckrobinson01@hotmail.com

Barbara Hale said...

I am so excited about your new set Candles on your Cake. It has been my ministry at my church to send birthday cards to everyone at my church and I am blessed to be able to send out about 250-275 birthday cards a year. It is so touching when someone, often our older members who live alone, comes to me and thanks me for their card and then says "It is the only card I get every year". I love doing it and I love having new and creative ways to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Cynthia said...

How many birthday cards? How should I answer that one...I make lots of cards to send to OWH, but I'm afraid I don't send enough of my own out to family - that would be quite a lot, if I did. But I'm addicted to card making.

grammydglc said...

I probably send out around 40 a year. How cute are those candles? Thanks

Sandra said...

a lot, seems I am always working on one! let me see - I counted 45 .... not sure if I counted everyone ...
Love your work!
Sandra

Donna said...

you do rainbow-inspired cards so well!! I ADORE the sneak peek of my birthday card - woohoo!! Thanks in advance!!

Sue D said...

I like that the happy birthday song is a stamp. I've never counted how many birthday cards I make as I make a lot of cards for our church card ministry. The ones for my personal use probably is between 15-20.

jean wilson - jlt03@comcast.net said...

I make about 20 birthday cards a month to send to residents of a rehabilitation home and senior housing unit. Thanks for a chance to win.

Meguiz said...

Oooh my goodness Mel, I make approximately 25 - 30 birthday cards each month. Yep I did say each month *smile*

Thanks for the opportunity to win. Good luck to everyone!

Linda Beeson said...

I love your yellow cake with red dots, cute idea!

Jenny McGee said...

I make about 10 per year. Thanks for a chance to win.