Monday, November 29, 2010

Sneak Peek #1: "Mugs and Kisses" and "Block Greetings"


Welcome to Day 1 of our previews! I am so excited to share my newest set from Gina K Designs: "Mugs and Kisses"! It's one of my favorite sets EVER! I have a collection of mugs which started when I was a kid and just love how much personality each one has, how sipping something hot and special out of a beautiful or funny mug can totally lift your mood! You will love having these large mugs to color or paper piece, as well as decorate with the images and greetings included or your other favorite stamps and images to really personalize them (like "Little Tees", but with cups!) And not just for coffee or tea, I've included words like cider, chai etc, which expand all the gift giving possibilities, all your beverage basics are covered here!

Below I've adapted the card above into a small gift bag. You can add some store bought or homemade cocoa and marshmallows (or any other kind of drink or soup mix, even a real mug, I can never have to many, LOL!) inside the clear party bag, labelled and tied with stitched ribbon. Let me show you how I added the marshmallows and pieced the mug. First, I stamped the mug in black on white, then stamped two clumps of marshmallows. No need to mask here because I will cover up the front of the mug with patterned paper! I added a C-1 and C-3 Copic to shade under the cup, saucer and handle, then a little E57 Light Walnut around the marshmallows for the cocoa. TIP: Be sure to make whatever color you are using for the liquid go in a curve, parallel to the top rim of the cup, just follow the line, easy peasy! Stamp some "lovey" steam in gray. :)
Now stamp the mug again onto Basic Grey Jovial DP. I love two toned cup and saucer sets where you have a reveal of a different pattern or color in the inside, so I just trimmed out the cup around the handle, and the bottom of the dish. TIP: To cut out the space inside, don't worry about trying to poke through with your scissors, just make a small snip and cut out the oval, when you glue it down, you won't see that cut, I've left it slightly open here so you can see before adhering it. Now you can stick the little candy cane (stamped in cranberry on glossy CS) or spoon image down into this slot!
And here is a peek using the more "masculine" mug. This is great for funny images and greetings! Here I just used the catch all "caffeine" option to the "Happiness is..." greeting and "Care to join me?" on the tag. I stamped the little beans to make my background on Kraft CS (sponged and a little colored and popped up pile for an embellishment.

Here I shaded the left and undersides of the mug and handle with W-1. To cut out the portion inside the handle, just cut around the bottom of the handle onto the side, again this fits right back together when you adhere, I ran the 5/8" gingham through it and added some jute and a button.

Mat is Black Onyx and card base is Chocolate Brown.


Last one with this set for today, I also couldn't stop without throwing in some more sweets to the set! I love this little chocolate stamp!! I colored, cut and popped out three of them and then stamped the tab with "Start each day with" (where you could then add "a smile", etc for another project) ...

and then stamped "Chocolate" below in this fancy little oval image. This oval fits into the Fancy Tag dies, the Petite Classic and Scalloped Ovals, as well as your other oval punches. It is a really versatile stamp and frames all the single words and small greetings in the set, I love that!
DP is Basic Grey Nook and Pantry, these are so many great prints in this paper pack, perfect for pairing with or piecing these drinks and treats!


Our next peek is from Tami Mayberry, a set called "Block Greetings" designed to fit your Square Nestabilities. Today I used the Labels 15 die, since it's not just for classic or scalloped squares, any 4 sided Nestie die will do, so this is a fun way to make it even more fancy!

I stamped the block in cranberry ink on Ivory Pure Luxury and embossed a greeting in the center with gold embossing powder. The larger Labels 15 die cut mat is Basic Grey Jovial DP. I layered these over some gold lined organdy ivory ribbon and the Ivory card base is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.
I added a strip of 3 mm pearls below it and used the Bow Easy to create the double bow. This card looks so detailed but really assembled pretty quickly, I really like this design for Christmas cards!

Check out more samples of "Mugs and Kisses" and "Block Greetings" from the rest of our talented (and newly improved and expanded!) design team!

And, this month, we are giving away more prizes than usual too! We are giving away two of each of these sets being previewed tonight.

Here's how to play along:


Leave a comment on each of the participating designer's blogs and Gina will randomly choose FOUR winners from ALL of the comments! That means you have LOTS more chances to win free stamps! Gina will announce the winners tomorrow night, right here at the top of her preview entry just before preview day 2. (And you can leave a comment here too because all the comments will count. One comment per blog please.)


Gina K Senior Designers and Illustrators



See you tomorrow!

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rhonda s said...

I have been looking for a mug stamp forever and this one is just what I was tring to find! Can't wait for these sets to come out!

AJ said...

love your projects Melanie! :)

Jennie said...

Melanie, you have blown me AWAY!!! Love your designs with your set and such a great one with Block Greetings too!!

Tina Gilliland said...

TOTALLY FABULOUS cards!!! Love threading the ribbon through the handle!! Tami's set is just a knock out card with that awesome ribbon!!

Misti said...

EEEEKKKK!!! Love it!!! Awesome!!!

Anita said...

I love this set. The cards are stunning! I love how you put the ribbon through the mugh.

Theresa Momber said...

Oh, wow! Mel, you knocked it out of the park! Stunning, each one!!!

Chris said...

Melanie, you never cease to amaze me with your stamps and your projects. Love them!!!

Lucy Chesna said...

beautiful designs

golightly said...

The chocolates are my favorite! Thanks for the great inspirations :)

Sandra said...

WOW! Lots of fun to share today - loving your art!
Sandra

Audrey said...

Love your cards, the masculine cup is great withthe ribbon through the handle. Great work!!

Connie said...

YOU ROCKED THOSE STAMP SETS!!!!Awesome stuff!!!

emilymomto3boys said...

they are all lovely Mel - but that first one is hands down my favorite!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Mel...........you never cease to amaze me girl!!! Oh my HECK! I would soooo buy that cup and saucer IRL if I found that pattern! I have a hot cocoa giftie design in mind too....so perfect for winter!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Now I know how to use the marshmallows! lol - GREAT pp!!

Lorraine said...

Ooh, gorgeous creations! I am already in love with both new sets, lol!

Anonymous said...

oh, thank YOU@ mugs and kisses is amazing, and so are your samples!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Monica-FC said...

love the cards you made. love the tutorial on how to do the mug and marshmallows also. thank you.

Nana Donna said...

Lovely, lovely what great creations
I became a follower of your blog
http://nanadonnascarddreams.blogspot.com/

Rema Timm said...

Absolutely fabulous!!! Love your stamp sets!!!

AUSTINSGRAMM said...

I love all of your creations. Thanks for the tips also.


happy holidays,
bobbi

Giovana said...

Awesome projects Mel!! Your set is great!

annieb said...

Well the chocolate looks good enough to eat. Thanks for the tips. Great stamp set also. TFS

Judy A said...

Great cards--can almost smell the coffee/hot chocolate!

whitneymaryann said...

Beautiful and fun use of both stamp sets.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Another great set, Melanie.

Pam said...

I love this set and especially your creativity!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

I see another successful release on the horizon! Love this set, Mel! Tami's new Block Greetings will be awesome to work with, too!

Anonymous said...

wow!!!!! ty for ALL the info andtut...great pics of your work and set...I love it! cher

hilly77 at comcast dot net

scrappintlc said...

WOW!!! Stunningly gorgeous.

Linda S. said...

Wow!! You're good!!

Melissa Cash said...

Beautiful cards and projects Melanie!

Rita Kegg said...

love the marshmellows you added!

Lagene said...

Absolutely Wonderful cards! WOW! I Love the "block" stamped card!

Anonymous said...

Maggiegirl51

Love this set of stamps, must have this set, all mine! Great ideas, love them all very pretty!

Merle said...

Love the mugs, especially the heart steam. I must try. TFS

Ola said...

I love both of these sets.... I'm really loving the mugs!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

Sara in WI said...

You are just such a "classy" stamper. Seriously. I mean it.

Janet Baldwin said...

You are so clever to think of adding marshmallows! They are cute. I love the colours you have used too.

TropicLuv said...

Super cards! Love the colors! Thanx for the tutorial too. Oh, and I love the wat you put the ribbon through the mug handle, very cute!

craftynikky said...

Wow Melanie nowt only beautifully made but it also makes me hungry, I am obviously inspired, thank you!

Pat Jandacek said...

Oh, wow, your examples are wonderful!

Shawna said...

Your work is always so special and I am really hopingt I get picked to win one of the two drawings. Mugs and Kisses is another winner!!! You rock Mel!

JaniceAileen said...

WHAT in the world??? You ABSOLUTELY killed it tonight! I mean, seriously, all your projects were stunning! FAB job!

Styme123 said...

What beautiful work! Very creative!

CraftinGranny said...

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the tips on how you did the marshmallows. "Hugs" Carol

Piali said...

Gorgeous projects!!
Love the your Mug stamp set...fab!!

Judy Applegarth said...

OMG I just love your work. Awesome job

Donna said...

I absolutely LOVE your new stamp set! Your projects are great, and I appreciate the instructions on the paper piecing and shading. TFS
Donna G

Sheila said...

Like how you used the mask to create a very realistic looking image.

Kelly said...

Such cute ideas of ways to use your new stamp set! The block greetings card is beautiful!

Di said...

Very fancy and I LOVE the colors!

Debbie said...

I just love your new set from what I have seen so far. Oh my goodness, it really is going to be a "must have". Hopefully Santa will read my small wish list this year!

Barb said...

*swoon* your projects are lovely! you are very creative and i am LOVIN' your new stamp set!

Dee said...

Love your latest stamp set,so far,you are a wonderful artist,and your cards are beautiful.

Margaret said...

I love all your designs. I too collect mugs so this stamp set is right done my alley.

Becky said...

These are gorgeous!!

jmahugger said...

Awesome Cards!!

Theresa said...

Love, love your mug set...What fun! Great designs...totally FAB!

PatM said...

I love, love LOVE your work! Thanks for your newest...Mugs and Kisses! And thanks for the creative ideas of using the stamps to make gift items. I love coffee, hot cocoa and these stamps are just perfect....Santa are you listening?????

Kary said...

Melanie, SO many Wonderful ideas!! Every card/project is just awesome - I'm almost speechless;) Now, I cannot wait to get the stamps!

Virginia Wingo said...

Can't wait until these sets are available. Your designs are just fabulous, as usual. The ribbon through the handle was a terrific idea and I will be using it too.:o)

grannypoppy said...

WOW! Absolutely love all your creations, today! Simple yet stunning!

Sheahasu said...

Love all your cards, but the Block one is stunning!

Cheryl G said...

Beautiful examples!!!

Nicole said...

These are all wonderful! I always like your creations, but I LOVE seeing what you do with your own sets. So inspirational.

Jan said...

I love your cards; I especially love the way you put marshmallows in your chocolate. This mug set is the best one I've seen so far. The block greetings are nice, too. Thanks for showing us how you did the marshmallow technique. That was GREAT!!!!

Patricia said...

Once again you have done a wonderful job. Very creative. I always love looking at your work.
Thank You for sharing.

Krissy said...

love this set! you are so talented!

Sharon Peele said...

Melanie, where did you fine the time to do all those beauitful card!
You are so creative!! Your a Great imsperation!! Keep the good work up!

Laura Love said...

Your stamp sets that you create are amazing! They are always so creative and fun to design with! I know I will be needing this set! Your projects are incredible! TFS!

Booknplays said...

Your cards feel like a winter's day after sledding!

Joanie said...

Love your mugs and all the ways you used them. Block Greetings also a huge favorite!

Cheryl said...

Wonderful cards Melanie, as always.

Lucy said...

Your attention to the extra details is astounding. Love the "masculine" card, though I think it would be perfect for anyone. I know I'd like to receive it.

Hetty said...

All your cards are yummie inspiration!

Mary Ann said...

GREAT projects, each design is fabulous! There are so many elements used on each that I just don’t know where to begin! The colors, marshmallows, the chocolates, paper piecing, bow, embossing, and DP’s …. oh my! Now I must make both those stamps sets MINE!! =)

sandra said...

I love the cards. Nice job!

Sofia ;) said...

All I can say is WOW!!!!!Awesome!!!

EllenM said...

OHMYGOSH...adorable!!!

Pam said...

Gotta get this set! Can't wait for the release! Tami you rock!

Shirley said...

Melanie,

Always! love your work...beautiful. I'm still trying to figure out piercing :o)

Miesje said...

I can already see this set of mugs going into my favorites! I love the way you used them too. Another winner Mel.

Donna said...

Wow, Mel, you sure do some awesome work, all of the cards and creations you have done are so pretty, so well done!!

Stephanie said...

Very pretty! I love how you put the ribbon through the coffee cup handle. So, creative! TYFS!

kathr said...

Wow love what you have done, really like the ribbon through the handles, great touch...hugs Kath...

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Melanie, your new set is super cute and I love everything that you have done with it. That card and matching gift bag are fantastic. Your Block Greetings card is so elegant, beautiful.

Sarita said...

What a talented lady

jonim52 said...

Definitely have to have the mug set! Aweome cards, melanie.

Dee in N.H. said...

This is "THE" mug set for sure! Love, love, love it!

Christine from FL said...

Wonderful cards! I love how you put the ribbon through the handle of the cup!

Anonymous said...

Delightful stamps & cards. So many uses for variety of projects. Thanks. BJB

Luv 2 Create said...

OK Melanie, I've got to tell you, you have stolen my heart once again with such a fabulous stamp set!!!! This is so cute and so versatile. Just keep on designing them and we will keep buying them. Love your work.
Hugs,
Marcie

asela said...

Great ideas! Love them

Marion said...

Love your cards Melanie. Beautiful! Thanks for the tips and sharing.

Sheila D said...

WOW! Lots of fun to share today - I love all of your creations. Thanks for the tips!

Terri E. said...

Loving all of your mug card. Fun set!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Gayle C. said...

Elegant Block Greetings and homey Mugs and Kisses...the best of both worlds. Always awesome.

kim said...

Love these new sets and can not wait to get my hands on them.

Kim
k1i2m3@cox.net

Lisa H. said...

Both of these sets are fantastic! Thanks for the marshmallow tutorial! Your work is gorgeous!

peggy wainman said...

GGreat projects!! I especially love the chocolate card!

c_glass said...

WOW! I really love the marshmallows and the way you made that ribbon go through the mug handle, nicely done!

trishey said...

I have been wanting a mug and I love your mug and kisses.
Can't wait for these to come.

Manderly said...

I am new to this blog stuff and new to you...so, so happy that Gina K featured your work! I love your unique use of the ribbon through the Mug-I love all of it! Your blog site is great and your own stamp designs are just the kind that I like. Thank you, Melanie!
xxxooo

jazy1m said...

Adore your cards. They are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

stampqueen said...

Awsome stuff!!! Love the paper piecing and the ribbon through the handle of the other cup - great idea!!!!

P Myers said...

I love this set. Great Job!

Dawn said...

Love the mug, awesome job

--Marcy said...

Great job! Delightful cards. The ribbon through the handle on the mug is just great!

Dawn Fillmore said...

Awesome Set Melanie! And Awesome Cards using that set! Wonderful inspiration! love the tut on how to paper piece and achieve the look of floating marshmellows! Thanks!!!

Amy said...

Your mug set is just amazing and I love all the cards I've seen with it! Thanks for the tips on how you made that first card--it's beautiful!

Carrol said...

How am I ever going to wait until release day to order this set. I want it now. I have this thing about mugs.

Life On the Scrappy Side Store said...

The marshmallows are just too cute These are the stamps you just have to add to your collection. Awesome cards
Barbara

Ink-Pattie said...

Thanks for showing the detail on the paper piecing--those marshmallows had me flummoxed! Love your cards, too!

Michele said...

I just love all of these! You are so creative!

Suzanne said...

I love all of your cards. You are so incredibly creative and talented!

Holly Hickman said...

Cool paper piecing. Thanks for samples.

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Awesome designs, Melanie! Your new set is fantastic!

dawna said...

Great cards!! I'm loving the ribbon thru the handle of the mug!

gale.sewell said...

great ideas, love the projects.

Rhonda said...

WOW!! You have been busy! I absolutely love the first card the best! The colors really pop! All of your projects are stunning! Thank you so much!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Melanie- Thanks in advance for creating another fantastic stamp set. Those mugs are adorable and my mind is spinning with ideas already! Love all the ideas you presented today and can't wait to see more. The card you made with Tami's set is lovely!

Anonymous said...

Love the red, tan, white and black, beautiful color combo. Thank you for sharing. jman4@comcast.net

Helen F. said...

WOWZA, what great cards and fun projects here, Melanie! Love the marshmallows in the cup o'cocoa :o)

Jane said...

Your cards are beautiful!

naneruth said...

These are so neat! Love how you put the marshmallows in the cup.thanks for the tip about the liquid curve.

Betty said...

Your designs just blow me away!

Cheri said...

I think I have nearly all of your sets, Mel...they just continue to be fun sets and this one is NO exception. I think I see a Christmas gift for me in my stocking!!!! Your creations are gorgeous, Mel. TFS

Crafty Math Chick said...

Coffee AND chocolate?!! (THUD!) YUM! Those little sweets look good enough to eat Melanie. Your holiday mug card has been my favorite on the hop. Congrats on adding another set to the collection at GKD!

She's Crafty! said...

Simply beautiful.. I love the ribbon

Marie said...

Wow , these cards are gorgeous. Love them!

Sandy said...

Love, love, love your cards--All of them

RedGem said...

Wow your creations are great, I can hardly wait to get these sets!

eiyiyi said...

WOW .... as always your designs are amazing and the samples are fabulous.

Carolyn King said...

awesome job with your set mel! love all the creative ideas for using it. Great double framing on the last card too!

stephanie said...

I just love what you've created!!!! Great stamp sets.

Leigh M said...

Once again, your sets and your projects are stunning. Mugs and Kisses is definitely on my "must have" list.

Thanks for Sharing!

Teri said...

Awesome projects - as usual!

Lyngo said...

Wow Melanie - you sure have given lots of inspiration for the mugs and kisses and set - love your colour combos. And the block greetings card is awesome. TFS

Robyn said...

thanks for all your insspiration and sharing

Tara K said...

I love your cards!!! They are amazing - and the gift bag really really cute!

Frankie Coolidge said...

you have the BEST projects!

Valerie said...

Love your samples, Mel! The ribbon through the handle, genius!

Katy said...

I love mugs and this one makes me want a cup of cocoa!

Judy McMullen said...

Wow! Melanie, your Mugs and Kisses images are fantastic! I love how versatile this set is. And thanks for the great stamping/piecing/coloring tips!!

Lisa Lynne said...

I really like your designs! Thanks for sharing.

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

Wowza that was a great preview! Wonderful projects as always Melanie!

Cheryl said...

Melanie, I just love, love, love your new set! So many possibilities! Oh, and such beautiful samples too!

Laura said...

You have such a talent Melanie! I can hardly wait for you to show us more.

Anonymous said...

Great cards!!!! RosieG(gramig05)

CJ said...

Love the new stamp sets. I have always been looking for mug stamps for my tea swaps. You have answered my wishes.

Thanks so much.

CJ

Lisa Oliver said...

Mel, I really love your new set and can't wait to get it in my inky fingers! Thank you in particular for the "how to" tips and photos - they help so much!

Gulffire said...

Just beautiful as always!! Can't wait to own this set. The possibilities are unlimited.

Deb said...

Wow wow wow wow! LOL! You always leave me with my mouth hangin' open! Amazing projects!

Cynthia said...

fun set! Great projects.

StampinDi said...

Another fanastic set! Love your cards!

Sandie said...

OHHHHHH!! The candy canes and marshmallows are just the sweetest additions to the upcoming mug stamp set! How excited I am to see them in their full display!! You have done a fab job with both your designs!!
THANK YOU!!!
~Sandie

Amy said...

Your creations are so amazing! I especially love the mug card; it looks so down homey!

Barbara Colbert said...

LOVE your projects!! These are great and really show the new stamp sets off!!!

Fab and Sassy said...

very creative

Catherine Kraft said...

Ohhhhhhhh I love both of these stamp sets, but my favorite is your mug set. It is so adorable and I can think of so many ideas for this set. Love the marshmallows and the candy stick, the stripe is so perfect!! I hope to have this set soon.

Blessings,
Catherine
catherinesangels@yahoo.com

Joyce said...

super cute! I especially love the first one. I wish I owned it already as I'm working on a swap that includes mulling spices....it would be perfect! Can I get it by friday? LOL.

Carol said...

Mugs and Kisses what a fab set..can't wait to see all of them. Instructions for marshmellow card was appreciated. Tnx

Deanna said...

Melanie, you are one talented young lady! LOVE the mug stamp set!!

Sue Alger said...

Oh Melanie, I can just smell and taste the hot cocoa. And what is hot cocoa without marshmellows.

Lisa Tatem said...

Just love your mug cards, because I'm a mug collector too. :) The way you put the ribbon through the handle adds so much. I can't wait to see the "Mugs & Kisses" set....maybe I'll win it!

Karen said...

Absolutely fabulous cards! I really appreciate the info on how you created them. I can't wait to get these stamps.

Cathy said...

Love what you did here! Awesome ideas! Just BEAUTIFUL work Melanie! TFS!

Lisa Tatem said...

I just realized YOU designed the "Mugs & Kisses" stamps! LOVE what I've seen so far...can't wait to get my own set. FUN!

Lori said...

Mel, WOW!!! I LOVE it all!!!!

crotnem said...

WOW lots to see here! I love reds and pinks together!!! So that's my fav...

colleen said...

WOW... can you say AMAZING cards!!! I love your layouts and the subtle style... wonderful!

Jennifer Roach said...

Love all your projects!! The first card is pure perfection :)

Clare said...

Your projects are awesome! I love the way you paper-pieced the mug!

kimsparks636 said...

These are my favorites so far:)

Suzanne said...

Love your work, every time! Great colors, (what could be cheerier than kraft and red?) Paper piecing is a favorite technique of mine, and i love the papers you chose. thanks for the inspiration!

klarcher said...

Wow, they're all beautiful. Love the inspiration

Anna K. said...

Your samples are SO fantastic! I love the mug stamp!

Barbara Hale said...

Why oh why don't I have more hours in the day to case some of these great projects. I LOVE Block Greetings and always love anything having to do with mugs and/or coffee!

Joni said...

I enjoy this set so much. Ideas are bouncing in my brain. The marshmallow trick was cute. Thanks.

Susan L said...

True artistry! Thanks so much.

bookmark67 said...

I love your set. You are so creative! I love all the projects you've done. Can't wait to get my hands on this set.
Diane

Jeanette said...

You are soooooo AWESOME!!!!!!!! I love your idea about paper piecing. Thank you so much for all your ideas.

Lynne said...

Wow - you were a busy girl with the stamps. Love all of your projects and the step out on the masking technique. Thanks for sharing.

LynneZ

Mary of Oregon said...

I love these cards! Thanks for a chance to win.

The Vannoy Family said...

OMG! Thanks for the tip w/marshmallows! These are too cute! Great job! Thanks for sharing your projects with all of us!

Debbie said...

Stunning!!! Love all the cards and projects you have made!

Debbie Meijer

Anonymous said...

Your projects are truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Pam said...

Super new stamp set you have designed. Thanks so much for the "marshmallow" tutorial.

Clickersister said...

Very nice! I loved seeing your work!

Marcia said...

I love this mug stamp and know it will become a quick favorite of my collection (just like most of your stamps are :)

harrahx2 said...

How adorable, absolutely adorable!

Mary said...

This mug set is "to-die-for"! LOVE IT!! And the paper piecing you did on the first sample is BEAUTIFUL! SO Christmas-y.

Must have Must have Must have this set!!!

helenbrendan said...

The mug set is so versatile. As a coffee lover with lots of coffee lover friends I see lots of uses!

Carole said...

Absolutely wonderful designs. You have such a talent

Carole said...

Absolutely wonderful designs. You have such a talent

dmbennett said...

Great cards. I'm really liking the mug set... Thanks for sharing.

Jenny McGee said...

So very cute, your cards are. I love the marshmellows. Thanks for sharing.

Janet M said...

Nice work. I'm inspired

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