Sunday, June 27, 2010

Day 1 : "Fun Year Round", "Aloha", and "In Stitches"

Welcome to our first day of previews! Starting off with my set "Fun Year Round", my newest frame set will give you more options than ever before! As calm and tranquil as the squares and rectangles were in "Inspiration Mosaic", these new overlapping circles in "Fun Year Round" just burst with energy, ready to be filled with any combination of the 23 round, year-round elements in the set, like an explosion of fireworks, bubbles etc! Think water in the summer, snow in the winter, flowers in the summer. The different sized circles are also perfect for framing up sentiments, your other favorite stamp images, or flowers or other round embellishments, I can't wait to show you all the possibilities!

Here I just stamped the frame in black on white and filled in a few of the smaller circles with some red stamped flowers with black centers. Next I stamped out some flower (or "snowflake", depending on what color you use !) elements in red and black onto white and punched them out with the Marvy flower punches (jumbo punch for perfect fit, larger for layering), then layering them on larger red and black circles or flowers. There are so many ways you can 2 step stamp these different images, as well as how you choose to punch them out. Place them over the circles in the frame, layer onto coordinating card stock and your card is finished!

This next card uses the same set without the frame, just the round elements and the long line included in the set, to help make symmetrical patterns when you want (although random ones will look great too!). You will have a blast creating very simple or very ornate patterns in whatever shapes and colors you choose! First I started with a mat 4 x 5 1/4" and then centered it over the lines on my Scor- Mat. I adhered the line to the grid line block and stamped rows and columns at the black lines on the Scor-Mat, in aqua ink to create a grid. As you are stamping, just line up the white line on your block over the line on either side of your card stock on the Scor-mat.

Then stamp elements into the cross hairs (or inside the boxes for a different look), here I used the large bold flower in aqua and the smaller matching one (not pictured) in turquoise, skipping every other box to leave space for a different color and image.


Next I added this bubble burst stamped in Vivid Butterscotch, I LOVE this image (and there is a smaller one too), so fun!
Last I stamped this little button to the middle of the bubbles in Vivid Brick Red. That's it, the pattern is done!

After making my pattern, I punched out two Marvy flowers in Turquoise Sea and Ocean Mist, these punches match the flower images, and added the round greeting on white to the middle.


Next up we have Theresa Momber's "Aloha". Full of gorgeous tropical images to color, creating with it will feel like a trip to the beach! This little barefoot sentiment she added reminds me of the little baby foot prints I make with my hands for my kids at the pool so I thought it would be fun to create a sandy backdrop with that in ink on my card. It's very simple to do...
First, make a fist and ink up the outside of your hand in a Vivid Tuscan Tan ink, then stamp onto Soft Sand card stock.

Now ink up your finger tip and make five little toes, reinking each time, using the most pressure for the big toe and the least for the pinky toe.

Repeat steps with the other hand, and wash up before you get ink all over your project! I stamped a little bit of my speckle image from "Gifts from the Sea" over it to give it a sandier look, then added the sentiment over the feet in black. Images are colored with Copics and popped up. Below is a closeup to show how you can use the very tip of the brush end of a brown Copic with quick flicking strokes to give the coconut a nice, hairy texture, and also some paper piecing I did on the umbrella with DCWV Citrus. I distressed the Soft Sand edges and layered onto Black Onyx and Turquoise Sea.

Our last peek today is made with Tami Mayberry's new "In Stitches". In this set, you get twelve great trims that can be used for adding faux stitches to your card or creating patterns, I've done both on this sample. I stamped out the flower trim in both yellow and orange, one inch apart, again using my grid line block and Scor-Mat as a guide. Next I added the green loopy stitch and finally the black dotted one.
Then I used the dash dot stitch across the top and on my ribbon panel and envelope to look like, even I , sew on cards! ;) This set doesn't come with greetings but will go with any, so I used the round thank you sentiment from my "Fun Year Round" set around a real button and layered it over those Marvy Flower punches again (green, yellow and blue size) in Wild Dandelion and Black Onyx, see how the flower in that stitch matches these punches, too? (I'm a little obsessed with them right now!) Love it! her'es some of the new ribbon you'll be able to buy in wraps from Gina K Designs, can't wait, this is one of my faves!


For even more samples with the stamp sets being previewed tonight, check out these designer's links:

We'd also like to invite you to attend our Release Party this Thursday, July 1st starting at 7 pm central on StampTV! There will be challenges, contest questions, and more samples from our designers on all the new stamp sets being released this month! We'd love to have you join in on the fun! Thank you for visiting, see you tomorrow!

32 comments:

Paula Laird said...

SHUT UP! Your "footprint" is so stinkin' cool! that is just genius, Melanie! Love the circle frames and how you made the grid with the line. Wow. So awesome!!!

Giovana said...

Melanie I love all your cards! The one you made with your new set, that BG is fantastic!! The way you used your hands to create feet, Awesome!
Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

Sheri said...

How do you come up with ideas like the foot prints? I would love to get into your head and just see how it works. Great idea. Genius in fact. And I love the card too!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Wow! What a wonderful peek at the new sets. Your creations are awesome.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Melanie - WOW! You have outdone yourself with this fun set!! Excellent job on the "footprint"

Kary said...

Melanie - your stamp set is awesome! Plus all the cards here are so beautiful!! Love them!

Kay S said...

Love your cards, Melanie! And, I can't wait to get my hands on your new Fun Year Round set. Oh, so manta possibilities!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhhhhh woweeee wow!!!! Mel....you never, ever cease to amaze me GF!!!! This new set of yours is just another BRILLIANT design!!! And the footprint.....I'm totally gonna try that!!!

Vanessa said...

All the cards are awesome! My personal favorite is the first one. I think this is a set I have to buy since I love quick and easy and FUN cards.

Mary Friederichsen said...

Melanie, these are wonderful!
Another great frame set! And I love the Alhoa card...sooo pretty, and very clever!

Looks like another great release is coming! ( but we would expect nothing less from you all! :) )

Carolina said...

Adorable cards Melanie and soooo want your set ~ can't wait to get my hands on it. Fun way to create a background with the footbprints, I've done it for baby cards but love the idea of footprints for a beach card ~ so brilliant as always!

Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) said...

I love your new frame set!
Cute and creative cards!

JaniceAileen said...

Love 'em all Melanie! Great job with Theresa's set and your set is just plain fun--love what you did with it! :)

Becky Jo said...

I like all the cards you did, but am really impressed with the "footprint" and how you made it! Great Job!! T4S Hugs!!

Colleen said...

Melanie,
What great cards for the preview. I love your new set. All the info you provided in the post is amazing.

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Fab cards, Melanie! Love all the fun possibilities for your new set! And the "footprint" on your Aloha card is so cool!

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous cards! That little footprint is the cutest. Love your new set. Unlimited possibilities!!!

scalder said...

OMG Melanie your set looks absolutely WOW!! Love the cards you made. Can't wait for par-tee night:)

Donna said...

Way too cool! I love them all. You are so creative! Thanks for sharing them all!

joy said...

I'm always amazed at the versatility of your stamps sets! This is another "MUST HAVE"!

catdidit said...

I LOVE all of these Mel! That grid design you did, wow! LOVE that! And your little footprint...I was in your head this past week, lol!! Just wish mine was as awesome as yours, haha!

Tina Gilliland said...

Omgosh... I totally forgot about making footprints like that!! LOL LOVE it!! I am soooooo in love with your new set but then I bet you already knew that!! LOL GREAT job on all the cards... such fun sets this month, I can tell already I'm in trouble!!!

SherylH said...

Another set of amazing ideas -- love the possibilities using the Fun Year Round set and In Stitches. Thanks for the directions to make "footprints" -- have bookmarked for future baby cards.

Carolyn King said...

what a great collection of cards! awesome--you clever gal you!

Jennie said...

Love these cards Melanie and what a FAB new set you have designed :o) Your aloha card is so cute and love what you did with Tami's set ;o)

Sharri Seffens said...

Gorgeous cards! Your new set looks so fun and I love the foot prints! Thank you for sharing how to make them!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Fantastic project Melanie. Thanks for creating such a fun and fanciful set. I wish I had realized that the line was going to be part of the set...I wouldn't have tossed mine...lol

Love all of your creative style and imagination.

Casmiles said...

What a great selection of cards - you go girl! And thanks for the reminder of the "foot" print. I'd forgotten all about that...

Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama said...

You are so stinkin' clever, Mel!

Donna said...

WOWEE ZOWEE! I don't know what possessed me to say that other than ALL your cards with these sets are out of this world awesome! so clever to use your hand for a footprint - ha, only you! I ADORE the background paper you made using your set, SO going to CASE that!

Jessica said...

Melanie, your set is so fun and you've showcased it well - as you always do! The card you made with Theresa's set is simply stunning! One of my favorites you've ever made!!

Annalize said...

Oh! I LOVE the Aqua and Turquoise symmetrical Card!!!!!! Soooo beautiful! I knew I would love to have this stamp set the moment I saw it!