Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day 1 "Lovely Labels" and "Buds and Vases"


Welcome to September's first night of Gina K Designs sneak peeks! I know I always say I'm excited (that's just how I am about stamps), but tonight I am extra super excited because my newest set "Buds and Vases" is a must have companion to one of your favorite floral sets: "A Year of Flowers"! Squeeeeeeeeal!!! This set features *new* flowers drawn in the same style, grouped together and alone for more versatility (and to minimize the need to mask!) plus beautiful containers that will allow you to mix and match the flowers in both sets, arranging them to your heart's content! You simply won't find container stamps or vase die cuts or punches more perfectly suited for the style and scale of the images in "A Year of Flowers" anywhere else! "A Year of Flowers" has almost one THOUSAND samples in the STV gallery, and now with a matching set with vase options, you will never run out of inspiration or design possibilities! :)

This first sample uses the glass vase, colored with pale aqua Copics, a cluster of stems(no masking!) and a cluster of flowers. I made a little tag out of one of the greetings and tied it around the top of the vase with some raffia. Special delivery, indeed! DP is Basic Grey Lemonade, stamped with "In Stitches" and layered onto Innocent Pink. Gingham and button are also Pure Luxury.


Now, there are SO many ways to alter the different containers so will you have even more than originally meet the eye when you see the whole set Thursday night after our party! Here I used the same vase, but this time I inked up just the outside of the image (omitting the middle which makes it look clear) and stamped it onto a Basic Grey Junebug print. Now it looks like a beautiful painted ceramic vase!

I cut a slit following the line near the top with my craft knife and slid my stamped stems inside. Flowers are colored all over first with Cadmium Yellow and outlined with Strong Red. Go back over the blend these areas with the Cadmium Yellow. Leaves are colored first Pea Green and darkened with Moss. (These blossoms also look fabulous without any stems, just trailing out of the tops of a pot!) Although I don't have step by step pics today, I will doing a lot more coloring tutorials in the months to come for these new vases and flowers, plus more tips and tricks to the alter the containers, so be sure to subscribe or follow my blog so you don't miss a post! :)

Base is Red Hot and gingham and button are Pure Luxury.
Now to show how well these containers work with the "A Year of Flowers" blooms, I created a Christmas card, stamping and masking three poinsettias from that set, cut them out, and then stamped the pot from"Buds and Vases" onto a piece of distressed looking solid colored DP from the Basic Grey Lemonade pack, those solids are perfect for old, shabby chic pots! Adhere the flowers overlapping the top of the pot and then trace the underside of the leaves and one side of the pot with a slightly darker marker to give it dimension and shadows. Easy peasy! Poinsettias are colored with Copics and traced with a Stardust pen.
The label is from Nina Brackett's new "Lovely Labels 2", images that custom fit Nestabilities Labels 14, 15 and 16 (more about her new set in a minute!) stamped in cranberry ink on White and colored with a pink Copic for contrast in the middle. Last I matted these onto Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP and Cranberry Tart Pure Luxury and added some buttons and lace using glue dots.



This next card in Pure Luxury Red Hot, White and Black Onyx also uses Nina's "Lovely Labels 2", her second edition of beautiful labels and greetings designed to fit some of Spellbinders hottest new dies! First I stamped the label in Vivid Brick and cut it out. Although I do plan to get each of these new die sets, I want you to know if that is not in the budget I found these shapes with their curves are very easy to free cut just following the outside or leaving a small border, if its not perfectly 1/8" around you won't notice like you would trying to cut out a perfectly symmetrical circle, KWIM? Just sayin', if you start out with 3, 2,1 or none of those dies at all you can still go to town creating immediately with all the label images in the set! (but, as you know, dies make it soooo much easier!)

I added one of her sentiments and embellished it with this popped up spray of blooms, also from "Buds and Vases". These flowers are also one image, so no masking! Don't they complement the floral pattern on the label beautifully? Card is finished with some 5/8" gingham and a Pure Luxury red button.


Now I wasn't planning on these originally for the preview, but your many comments about the jar snippet (yup, I drew it and it's in this new set!) on Gina's blog last week inspired me to go to stamp up several jars and get busy filling with them different Gina K Designs sets: shells, strawberries, and caterpillars, oh my! A few were possibilities I hadn't really been thinking about yet, flowers came first LOL! I haven't had a chance to make them into cards with all the preview we are busy preparing for you this week, but you can see the style and scale of the jar is just as appropriate for flowers as it for sets like "Gifts from the Sea", "Have a Cookie", "A Year of Leaves", Gina's strawberries from "Enjoy the Sunshine ", Tami's "Happy Hearts", and I know many, many more! how's that for a versatile stamp? And, you can also see how you can color the top to make it look like it has a lid, I love that option!



Want to win "Buds and Vases"? Leave me a comment below telling me which of the samples above is above is your favorite or what you would do with this set first!

Want TWO chances? Help me spread the word, because there are so many people out there who own the first set that will want the second! After leaving a comment below, copy and post your favorite sample of mine from above onto your blog, along with the following info and a link back to this preview post:



"Melanie Muenchinger is releasing a companion to her "A Year of Flowers" called "Buds and Vases", a die cut stamp set filled with brand new flowers and containers, this Thursday night, September 30 at 10 PM CST from Gina K Designs! Be sure to check out her sneak preview of the set on her blog and enter for a chance to win the set!"


Then, come back here and leave a second comment with a link to your post so I know you did so! Thanks in advance for getting the word out to your readers (friends don't let friends miss out on stamps! ;) I will choose a winner from all the comments and post it here Thursday before the party!



For more samples with tonight's new stamp sets, please visit these participating designer's blog links:


Thank you for visiting me today, more previews tomorrow!

160 comments:

buggin2stamp said...

Wow, all of your cards are gorgeous Melanie. I think my favorite has to be the red, black and white card with the fun black and white gingham bow. It is a stunner! Oh, and I still want to fill that jar with coffee beans. LOL! Such a cool new set with so many possibilities. :o)

Michelle VP said...

What an amazing set to coordinate with a year of flowers! I love the classic look of your rose card, but I can see myself making poinsetta cards first for the upcoming holidays. :) Thanks for sharing your talent with us through GKD!

Jennie said...

Oh just a beautiful new set Melanie!! The possibilities will be endless that is for sure. Love your samples this evening and the coloring with the red/yellow is AMAZING!!!

JaniceAileen said...

OH MY LA LA! WHAT a post! What awesome creations and such exciting news about your new set!!! I MUST have it! You're right, it IS perfect for A year of Flowers!!!! Ok, I am SO going to go back and reread so I have TWO chances to win this MUST HAVE set! You rock!

Gayle C. said...

What a great set! I adore the 1st sample "you are special" with the cluster of flowers in a glass vase.
Beautiful!

Jeaneen said...

What a great set! I love your first sample the best.

Anita said...

Stunning new set!

MaxineD said...

Just love that second card with the poinsettia - that beautiful colour just 'grabs' me!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

MEL!!!!!!!!!!!

***thud*** Seriously not only are your cards just stunning....I love the colors and using dp for the vase! The jars and all the ideas!!! I had a couple of similar ideas....but not all of those! I'm lovin' them!!!!

Kathy H said...

Ack they are all so lovely... can't pick one!!!

Giovana said...

Wonderful cards Melanie!! Love them all and I can't wait to get your new set ;)

Barbara Howell said...

I think all your projects tonight are fabulous but my favorite is the first one. That clear vase is great. I love the Year of flowers and can't wait to get my hands on Buds and Vases. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Sandra said...

Sure would love a chance to win - I think my favorite card is the first one - the fact that you are using Lemonade, one of my favorite papers helps
Sandra

Peggy said...

Love all your cards but my absolute favorite is the yellow and red one with the June Bug paper vase! Totally AWESOME!!

thestampinglady said...

Great samples of your new set and so hard to pick a favorite, but I will go with the first card. I just love water filled vases/jars holding flowers. Like the pastel colors too. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jan Castle said...

I REALLY like the rose and vase...would make a wonderful thank you, get well, or even a sympathy card. Of course, there is also the romantic angle...and the list goes on...
Jan Castle

PatS said...

All your cards are awesome. I love the Poinsettias the best.

Anonymous said...

Oh, they are all so beautiful it is hard to choose - possibly the first card shown? It is so delicate, soft & pretty - I could see myself using it for so many different occasions.

Gloria Westerman said...

Oh Melanie these are gorgeous....and Nina labels look fabulous with your stamps.....I love the "Buds and Vases" especially the roses......love it....

Cheryl G said...

I love your new "buds & vases". The poinsettia card is my favorite. I will be purchasing a "year of flowers" very soon!

Kary said...

Melanie - I LOVE all your cards & my favourite is the Christmas card. I love the poinsettias a LOT & the card looks so beautiful. There are so many possibilities with your stamp set - but using them with flowers would be nicest. I've been wanting to get "A Year of Flowers" & this could be the perfect time. Thanks for inspiring me! Your stamp sets have given me so many hours of fun.

Gloria Westerman said...

I post it on my blog.....thank you for sharing....
http://gloriawest.blogspot.com/2010/09/melanie-s-new-year-of-flowers.html

Becky said...

wow all of these samples are gorgeous. My favorite of coarse is "Lovely Labels 2" There are so many things I could do with this set, set scripture inside with flowers, do other images inside. Gold embossing, I do not have the nesties for this but I must get those to use these stamps :)

Margaret Sims said...

What terrific samples you have shown us. This looks like it will be a 'must-have' in my collection. So versatile! I think I'd have to choose the poinsettia card as my favourite tho. Might be an incentive to start on christmas cards....?

tlgirl353 said...

Oh Melanie- You have done it again! Fabulous set and your sample cards are gorgeous. Out of this batch, my fave is....
The one with the spray of flowers and the gingham ribbon!

Darla said...

Wow Melanie!! Gorgeous samples!
Love this set!!
My favourite sample tonight is the "Just a Note" card those roses are to die for. :)

Those little jars are so cute though I can't wait to see what you make with them!

Darla said...

I posted it on my blog. :)
http://stampingunderdoctorsorders.blogspot.com/2010/09/hands-head-and-heart-day-1-lovely.html

Shawna said...

They are ALL gorgeous, but I think I like the poinsettia card the best. The little jars are way cool, too. Once again, this is a set with limitless possibilities.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

They are all pretty, but I like the 'just a note' red one the best.

Maggie said...

All of your cards are beautiful. It is hard to pick a favorite one but I will go with the rose, red, black and white card. I love these colors together and the look is so classic.

Kelly Gilchrist said...

Quite frankly I love all your samples, but I think I am most partial to the red, black, and white card with the roses! I just love the high contrast--it just really stands out! However, the pink poinsettias run a very close second!

NinaB said...

I just love your new set. And your ideas are brilliant! And the cards are beautiful, of course.

Lorraine said...

Ooh, looks like another must have set! Loving your 2nd & 4th card the most! Love how I'll be able to mix & match diff sets!

Cheryl O said...

PICK MY FAVORITE??? You've got to be kidding? If I'm forced to pick, I guess with the holiday's coming up, I'll go with the poinsettia card, however they are all just stunning! I can hardly wait to get this set or win it.....

Debbie said...

It's impossible to choose Melanie! ;) They are all so beautiful. Love the idea of "putting" objects in the jar instead of only flowers, because if people like me who don't have the A Year of Flowers set can also use this set for other things.

The first thing what i would do if i would win your stamp set is buying A Year of Flowers stamp set of course LOL!


Thank you for the oppertunity to win this set,
Hugs Debbie Meijer

Anonymous said...

Oh Mel
That set is amazing - it has so many possibilities . But that pot with the poinsettia is stunning and I can see I would use that combination so much in the coming weeks .
love Chris

creative patti said...

My favorite, would relly have to be all of them, but if I HAD to choose just one it would be the last one Just a Note. Love the colors and the feel I get from this card.

creative patti said...

I just shared this on my facebook under Martha Galvez- pattig161@yahoo.com Thanks.

Anonymous said...

All the cards are great. I really like the Christmas one. Thanks for the chance to win.

Martha

Marthamh2@aol.com

Peggy said...

Wht beautiful cards. lovely label 2. Love the colours you used as well. Have a great week
red467atjunodotcom

Carol said...

All your cards are lovely and your stamp sets are beautiful. My favorite card ... the one that really caught my eye was the red, black and white card with the lovely red rose bouquet and the black and white gingham ribbon and bow. It's vivid and bright and very eye appealing ... but then, they are all beautiful.

Thanx for the chance to win.

Hugz,
Carol

cgargus said...

Really pretty cards! I can't wait to see the whole set. Thanks for the inspiration!

Marsha said...

Your cards are just gorgeous Melanie. My favorite has to be the second one with the paper pieced ceramic vase and flower blossoms...beautiful. So many possibilities with this new set.

Sue VanDeVusse said...

I am totally loving this new set of yours! I think I am partial to the shells in the jar, are you surprised. My mind is already racing with ideas and can't wait to see the whole set. Once again you have created a real winner!!

Miesje said...

Yup, I squealed! I knew when I saw the jar snippet that it was yours and my mind is full of what I want to put in it. I think shells (live in FL) buttons (love buttons), I love the caterpillar too! My wallet is ready for Thursday!

jonim52 said...

Oh Melanie, this set looks fabulouso! My favorite card is the red and yellow with the paper pieced vase! I would love to paper piece this set and try some unusual color combos for the flowers. I think I would fill the jar wth little gingerbread people! Yummy!

Sharon W. said...

I love the poinsettia card the best but they are all great. Thanks for the chance to win this great set.

Marion said...

Well I love them all, but my favorite would be the Poinsettias, also the red, white, and black one is a favorite. Sorry couldnt pick just one.

lisa808 said...

Congratulations on your new set! My favorite sample is the yellow/red card. It is so vibrant and I just love the vase!

Nicole said...

Man, Mel...you've been busy! What a showcase. I love the roses, but those poinsettias just popped off the page at me. I have your poinsettia frame set, too, and I think I'd be making some Christmas cards! Thanks for the chance to win, and I'm on my way to my blog to post.

Andrea said...

I love the one with the shell and the coral - looks like something that would be at someone's beach house on the cape :) Thanks for all of the inspiration and the chance to win!

Christine from FL said...

Love all our cards and this set is a must have!

Nicole said...

I resurrected my blog for Cammie's card drive, and what perfect timing to get to show off your new set: http://scrappermomsworld.blogspot.com/2010/09/new-release-buds-and-vases.html,

Thanks again, Mel

Anonymous said...

I just love the new stamp sets. My favorite is the card with the poincettas. With Christmas coming, I can think of many ways to use this stamp.the jat stamp has many possibilities too. Thanks for the chance to win.

Cheryl said...

This is a much needed set. I like the glass vase sample the best but all are terrific. You are a very talented designer. Thanks for adding this great set.
Cheryl Sims

Tona M said...

I love the Christmas card; the colors are so pretty. I also like the idea of the jars and can think of many things to put in them.

Tona

Barb said...

the cards are awesome. My favorite is the one with vase out of June bug paper and slit for slower stems. Love how they coordinate with Spellbinder dies. I would love to win those dies. thanks for the chance to win.

Jessica said...

this is fabulous! love the first sample with the lavender flowers, how beautiful is that!?! looks like so many fun possibilities with this set!

Marilyn said...

I love them all, but the first in the lovely soft shades of pink is my very favorite. Great job, as usual. Sorry I don't have a blog to spread the word, but will share with all my card making group.

jaymack said...

The vase and pot are a fantastic idea but the jars are my favorite. What possibilities.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Well, Mel, Congrats on another amazing set! This is going to be so much fun! I have to admit, the jars are my very fav and I know I will be filling them with everything under the sun!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Melanie, you have truly outdone yourself this time! Your new set is amazing and your samples are all just gorgeous! My favorite is the pot of poinsettias, I think, but I love the striking "Just A Note" card with the Lovely Labels! My mind is spinning with all the possibilities for this set, alone and in combination with my fav, A Year of Flowers!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Hi Mel, it's me again! I just gave you top billing on my sidebar with photo and release date linked to here! Best Wishes on a great release!

http://lakesidestamping.blogspot.com/

Terri E. said...

I love the jars with all of the other sets. I think that would be the first thing I would do. The chocolate chip cookies would be the first in the jar and then I would make cookies with my little one and give them to my Mom since that is her fav.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

catdidit said...

Well, your cards are all stunning, but I am sooo loving that vase paper pieced like that, cant wait to try it! Good gosh the possibilities with this set and Year of flowers is endless now!! Did I mention you are AWEsome!!??

Sharri said...

Wow!!! Melanie, I love this set!! My favorite card with the Red/yellow flowers.
I can not wait to get my hand on it! I can see it filled with Buttons, Charms from your Charmed Life, eggs from Hip to be square, instead of flowers you could have a bouquet of balloons, fill it with different balls from your sporty sets, or just fill it up with words. Ok, I'll stop now...lol!

Anonymous said...

These are all fantastic. I especially love the card at the top. i am into watercolours. I am not very good but I love painting flowers. I just love the idea of being able to paint delicate floral cards for people. The poinsetta card looks wonderful for Christmas. In my Craft group, i am "Flowergirl" so these will be perfect for me. Keep up the good work.

Ronda C. said...

All of your cards are beautiful, but I love, love, love the poinsettia card. It is gorgeous!

Flower girl said...

These are all fantastic. I especially love the card at the top. I am into watercolours. I am not very good but I love painting flowers. I just love the idea of being able to paint delicate floral cards for people. The poinsetta card looks wonderful for Christmas. In my Craft group, i am "Flowergirl" so these will be perfect for me. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your cards and the samples are wonderful!!! I can see that vase has MANY MANY uses and can be MOST versatile!!! I love how you had it plain filled with water and then colored to look like it was a glass cedorated!!!!! And the flowers themselves are TOO great!!! It will be another must have!!!! Congratulations on another job well done!!!!

Terri E. said...

Here is my blog post

http://terriearley.blogspot.com/2010/09/big-news.html

Thanks for your generosity.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Barbara Colbert said...

I LOVE your cards and the samples are wonderful!!! I can see that vase has MANY MANY uses and can be MOST versatile!!! I love how you had it plain filled with water and then colored to look like it was a glass cedorated!!!!! And the flowers themselves are TOO great!!! It will be another must have!!!! Congratulations on another job well done!!!!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Hi again, Melanie! Just wanted to let you know I posted your announcement and one of your beautiful samples on my StampTV blog: http://stamptv.ning.com/profiles/blogs/melanies-new-set-buds-and

Betty said...

Love the idea of using the labels as a background. Beautiful samples, as always.

Miesje said...

I posted on my blog - this set is a must have on my list!
http://miesdf.blogspot.com/2010/09/whats-in-your-jar.html

Anonymous said...

I just love your designs. It would be so great if I could win "Buds and Vases". This set would work so beautifully with some flower stamps I have in my collection.

Leigh said...

I have sooooo enjoyed following your blog the last several months (I first discovered Gina K this summer when I saw your Inspiration Mosaic stamp used in a card magazine). Since then I have acquired 25 stamp sets! My bank account would greatly appreciate a "freebie".... ;) I look forward to tomorrow, and the next day and the nex...

Newbie said...

This is going to be a VERY EXCITING set, BUDS AND VASES!!!!
I love the idea of clustered flowers! I have the YEAR of FLOWERS set and love it! This addition would make it perfect!!

I DO NOT have a blog, so don't have 2nd chance, but will leave this comment!

Marcia said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this set - there are so many possibilities with all the Gina k stamp sets I have! I love the one where you stamped the vase on designer paper - what a versitle option. This is definetly a must have stamp - Thanks for all the inpiration Mel!

Barbara said...

You are so talented! I love your designs. I love the pots and vases set. My favorite is your Poinsetia Pot. There are just so many possibilities with all your sets!!

Betty BEnton said...

Another extremely versatile set! My favorite of your examples is the one where you stamped the vase on patterned paper -- how many different looks could you get with this technique??????????

JudyI, St. Louis MO said...

Beautiful new set. The possibilities are indeed endless. I think my favorite was the Poinsettias card, though I really liked the idea that the vase can be clear or patterned. Gorgeous.

Sue D said...

Hard to pick a favorite but I will pick your first sample--I like the pretty colors.

Betty Benton said...

Here's a link to my blog post -- can't wait to see the http://bbstamps.blogspot.com/2010/09/buds-and-vases-by-melanie.htmlfull set!

Carolyn King said...

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all of em. LOVE how you showed all the jars at the bottom---great idea!!!

Nancy G said...

WOW! Love them all, pick one probably the red and black with gingham ribbon. I"ll stamp all of the flowers first and color them. Love flowers! then decide how to use them on a card LOL! Hugs, Nancy

Theresa Momber said...

OMGosh, I love this set!!! Gorgeous cards, Mel!

sharonlynn said...

Ooh, I just knew you were the one who had drawn the jar, and knowing that there are other containers makes this the perfect set. Come on, Thursday!

Nancy G said...

Spreading the word, Mel. Here's my link. http://froggydesigns.blogspot.com/2010/09/melanie-muenchinger-is-releasing.html

Liva said...

I'm absolutelly speechless right now - these cards and sets are so beautifull, taht they just makes me dizzy :)
Just as I looked at your first card with flowers in a glass vase, I could actually feel myself making them and doing some dry embossing on them to make even more 3D feel!!!

hwrber3333 said...

My favorite is the second card using the Junebug paper for the vase. The colors are so vibrant and it just makes you SMILE when you look at it.

hwrber3333 said...

My favorite is the second card using the Junebug paper for the vase. The colors are so vibrant and it just makes you SMILE when you look at it.

Liva said...

I posted your wonderfull message on my blog: http://livaly.blogspot.com/2010/09/lovely-labels-and-buds-and-vases-chance.html so please, please, please make sure, I am eligable to win your fab set!!!

Chris said...

This is going to be another month of MUST HAVE sets! All of your samples are beautiful. I think my favorite is the red and black one that also showcases Nina's Lovely Labels 2 set. I like the simple elegance of it and the colors are always a big hit. I also can't wait for the jar stamp. I have so many ideas for filling it with so many different things...

Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win one!

Debra said...

Your cards are wonderful! My favorite - that seems an unfair question, but I do love the "ceramic" vase.

Kay S said...

I am SO excited to see the rest of this set, Melanie! It is fabulous and what a great idea to go with many of your other sets. I'm having a very hard time picking a favorite from your cards but I think the one with the red and yellow flowers and the the "painted" vase is at the top of the list. I can definitely see making some holiday cards first thing with this set!

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

Oh they are ALL lovely - as usual! :) I'll go with the poinsettia cards because when I saw GinaK's post about this new set first I immediately thought about Christmas cards with a bouquet of poinsettias. Which is also how I would first use this set, then move on to floral bouquet get well cards, birthday cards..... :) THANKS for the opportunity to win one.

LaNell said...

I absolutely love the first example.
Basic Grey is my most favorite DP.
Thanks for your wonderful ideas and fun stamps to use with nesties.

quiltindiva said...

Your cards are so pretty...I think I LOVE the "Jars" best and the ones with the gingerbread and christmas trees are the cutest!

SusieQ said...

I'm just not sure which is my favorite. I look at one and think, "that's it" and that just keeps happening with each card. I think I'm in love.

Kay S said...

Here's the link to my blogpost about your gorgeous new set!

http://livinlifeinthecreativelane.blogspot.com/2010/09/new-bud-and-vases-set-by-melanie.html

ladybugg61 said...

All are lovely cards, and I'm torn between 2 as my fav. That gorgeous rose surrounded by that amazing Label stamp, or the glass vase. I think it has to be the 1st (glass vase). I just love the colours and how feminine it is. Can't wait to see the new release!

Judy W said...

I am soooo sorry Melanie but I am having a great deal of difficulty picking just one favourite....they are all beautiful. I guess if I am being forced to choose just one then it would be the clear glass one! I have never purchased GKD before but I am definitely going to purchase this one and the accompanying Year of Flowers. Your talent is just so incredible and special and much appreciated by so many!

jean wilson(jlt03@comcast.net) said...

Melanie I love the red, black and white card with the black and white gingham ribbon and red button! You are awesome! Thanks!

Tina Gilliland said...

Eeeek...so excited about this set!!!! I LOVE the caterpillar and leaf!!!

Wow... first??? I'd probably do what you did and put all kinds of things in it THEN make cards!!! LOL But... Probably... I'd throw in butterflies first. You know I love my color!! Will post on my blog later today to help get the word out.. soooo much fun this set will be!!!!

Theresa said...

Wowzer...so many ideas swimming in my head for this set...will have to have since A Year of Flowers is my fave. Love your cards but the ceramic vase is so lovely. Will be back after I post in mt blog.

Ratty Hugs said...

Mel, All the cards are super, what a hard choice. I'll have to say the red, white & black one is my fav. It is such a sophisticated and simple card. Thank your for sharing all the lovely samples.
~C8>

Anonymous said...

I love what I have seen so
far. I would be filling the
vase and jar with the flowers
from "A year in flowers" set,
which I use so much.
Gladys R.

Olga said...

I love them all! If I have to pick I guess I'll go with the poinsettia card. I can't wait to see the rest of the cards everyones made!!!!

Stacey said...

I absolutely LOVE this set and am going to ask for two sets for my birthday which is Sunday! My favorite one of your jars is the one filled with Christmas cookies - I can almost smell the cinnamon in the air --Yummy!!

I can't wait to use these sets to make my Christmas cards this year. Thank you so much for all your great work and wonderful inspirations.

Olga said...

okay I posted it on my blog !
http://www.craftieodamae.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I'm torn between the poinsettia and the petunia's. Beautiful work and love the idea of die cuts. Thanks for the inspiration.
Granmaknit

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Juanita B said...

Your stamps are AMAZING! You are soooooooooooo creative and I thank you for sharing and making this beauty available to us. Also, Happy Belated Anniversary prayers. The dress is exceptional!! Again, TFS.

Lyngo said...

HI Melanie - it is hard to pick a favourite - just love the roses with the gingham bow - those stamp sets are awesome...gets my imagination flowing.

Stacey said...

I seriously love these sets - my favorite sample is the poinsettia one. I put all this information about your great sets on my blog. It can be fouind here at:
http://craftykiterscraftycorner.blogspot.com/2010/09/brand-new-set-by-melanie-meunchinger.html I really hope that you like the changes that I have made to my blog - I have a few more that I would like to do soon - I just need to figure out how to do them.

scalder said...

OH Melanie, you've done it again!!! I love the black, red and white, "just for you" card. I'm partial to roses. I have the "year of flowers' set and have used it SO much. This set is making my fingers itch:) Thanks for yet more possibilities:)

Lagene said...

Beautiful cards, Gorgeous set! I love the pink card with the thick based vase!!! I've posted on my new blog here: http://inkymema.blogspot.com/2010/09/melanie-muenchinger-is-releasing.html

Anonymous said...

They were all beautiful but I love the Christmas card. Too beautiful.

Edna R

harrahx2 said...

Melanie, I love the first card with the soft colors and the clear vase. I love the red and black card also.....I love the vase iteself and can see it filled with so many different things, like you did with the shell....like buttons! How many button styles and colors can you fill it with!

Pat Jandacek said...

A Favorite?? Impossible, each is as beautiful as the next. The assembly of Just a Note is a real stunner. I do not have the talent to have considered not making the flowers the focal point on the circle but this looks like the message is underlined by the roses. The result is fantastic! Thanks for expanding my potential.

Beth B said...

I love all the samples but I am so excited to add this to Year Of Flowers. You do an amazing job of creating fun new ideas for all of us!

Corrine Ann said...

Have to say I like all of them. My two favorites are the yellow and red card and then the poinsettia card which I thought would make a pretty Christmas card. I could certainly see myself making any of them. All your flower sets are just stunning!

Theresa said...

Just posted about your new release.
Love your new release.
http://theresastudio.blogspot.com/2010/09/melanie-has-new-release.html

Brenda said...

Oh Melanie I love this set. I was telling Theresa last night when I first saw it that I want it now!!!LOL

My favorite card of yours so far is the poinsettia card. I am just about ready to get going on my Christmas cards and I love this! Thank you so much for sharing you fabulous talent with the rest of us. Thank you also for the chance to win this set.

Brenda said...

I have posted about your set and give away on my blog Here

Sonia said...

All your cards are wonderful, but my favorite is the red roses followed by the poinsettias a close second. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards!

Marilyn M. said...

Okay, this is just not fair! Having to pick only one???? Fine. Guess it would have to be the first card with the pale purple flowers. The poinsettia one is very close behind, though. All your cards are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Paula Laird said...

Melanie, this is fabulous! I am so stoked for this set! ALL your samples are amazing! I love the first one with the clear vase! It's such a perfect design so I don't have to be a genius at coloring! Thank you for that!!

Ink-Pattie said...

I like all the samples, but I'll go with the first two, because I was amazed that it was the same vase in both cards! This looks like it will be an awesome set.

redwasher1 said...

Melanie, WOW!! I love it and it is just what I have been wanting so perfect for "Year of Flowers" for which I love. All your cards are just gorgeous! I can't seem to pick just one but I sure see a lot of things I would do with this set. The one that most caught my eye the most is the filled mason jars.

Betty Neville said...

WOW Melanie! Congrats on another awesome set! I know it's going to be as popular as "A Year of Flowers"! All your cards are so beautiful but if I HAD to choose one, I think it would be the one with the spray of roses. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful set!

Sheahasu said...

What would I do first? I don't even know wher eto start! I just got the year of flowers set and immediately sat down and made 2 cards from it. I'd have to do something with them and the vases first. Then Icould move on to jars...with oh so many things to put inside!

redwasher1 said...

I'm back!! Hoping for a chance to win this fabulous set.
I got it posted on my blog
http://geriscards.blogspot.com/2010/09/buds-and-vases-by-melanie.html

scrappintlc said...

WOW....those are fabulous. Great companion pieces.

Sue Bridges said...

I love your creativity, I love wild about you stamps and love your sample jars! Great idea

Sue Bridges said...

I mis-spoke-whoops. I love wild at heart my latest set from you- still love these new sets!!

Carol said...

I am so excited about this set! I can't wait to get my hands on it and play. I love all your samples but really like the jars you have filled with other Gina K images, this really shows how versatile this set is. Thanks for designing this set!

Carol B

Pati said...

Wow! All of your cards were inspirational! I think my favorite was the last one with the buds and that red, black & white, very sharp looking. But I also really like the Poinsettia card, because I like the flower so much! very cool use of paper piecing for the vase, so many ideas! Great new stamps!!

Deebi27 said...

The jars ARE talking to me. I work with a Pre-K age level class. I am always about bringing in a new creature for the class to see and ask sooo many new questions about. So with that said, your jar with the leaf and caterpillar is talking very loudly to me!

stampqueen said...

I would love to win your new set - I really like the first sample best (though they are all sweet!!!) I really like the look of a clear jar!!!
I almost wish I hadn't had my family reunion this weekend so I could have played along sunday too!!! Too bad there isn't 2 of me :)

Janet S said...

Oh, WOW! I love ALL the cards, but I guess my fave would have to be the second one with the "June Bug" vase. I love the way you colored the flowers - they just POP! Thanks for a chance to win, too. :D

Peggy said...

Ok! I have my blog post showing one beautiful Bud Vase set! Check it out at http://www.artfulljourney.com/2010/09/melanie-muenchinger-is-at-it-again.html
Thanks for a chance to win!

Donna said...

I love the pot of Poinsettias. So pretty and they make such a lovely Christmas card . I'm off to post on my blog!

Donna said...

I've added your blog candy to my blog. You can check it out here: http://indianainking.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-candy-alert.html
Love the new set and can't wait to see the full reveal!

the_arucanos said...

I love your red hot, white and black onyx card. It is the perfect pairing of Nina's new Labels 2 set and those gorgeous roses from your Buds and Vases set!!!

SuseQ said...

Love it all Melanie! My favourite is the one with the ceramic vase cut out of DP--clever! I have a thing for ceramic vases. Well done!

Jessica said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!!! Each and every sample - each and every image, Melanie! I adore this new set of yours and have been waiting for it forever! Thanks for all your hard work showcasing your gorgeous stamp sets!

StampinDi said...

What a beautiful set that coordinates with "A Year of Flowers." I love all your samples especially the poinsettia, it's gorgeous. Flowers stamps are my favorite and there are so many possibilities with this set. You are so talented and I enjoy visiting your blog.

stampandweave from SCS said...

They're all beautiful, but my favorite is the red, white and black card! The first thing I would do if I won the set is case your card! I hope I get that chance! :)

Anonymous said...

Melanie, They are all equally beautiful, I don't know that I could pick just one! I love how you mix patterns and colors and layer everything, it's very inspirational. I would use the jars for everything, they are so universal, but I would probably do something geared toward the holidays of TG and Christmas first. LOL
Paulette S. in MO

Anonymous said...

i love the clear vase look. it is amazing. looks so real!!!
i would like to add some of these beauties to my scrapbook pages:)
thanks- Misti D. in PA

Paula Laird said...

Blogged your giveaway today! So excited about this! http://distractedlydomestic.blogspot.com/2010/09/win-melanies-new-set.html

Ravengirl said...

Well, I am in the mood for Christmas. So the Poinsettia card really Wow-ed me! I also thought the gingerbread in the jar was super cute! I feel some Christmas cards coming on!

Joan V said...

Love this set. Well, Melanie, my favorite card is the first one with the clear vase. I have been looking for a set such as this for a while now. I think this set will be so versitile. Who said flowers just need to go in this vase. How about some fall grasses or some winter fir boughs? Though, I would use this set to send a card to those that I can't get real flowers to. Maybe this is a good card to send to our service men and women overseas. I have seen so many requests for handmade cards. Think this set would be wonderful.

Teepee said...

I think that my favorite card is the rose one. Simple and elegant, just the way I like to make cards. I think the "Lovely Labels" is a must have set.

Mary of Oregon said...

I love the labels stamps! I can't wait to order them!

Melisa Waldorf said...

Oh I just love this set!!! So many possibilities!

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Oh, and I still want to fill that jar with coffee beans. LOL! Such a cool new set with so many possibilities. :o)