Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sneak Peek #2: "The Giving Tree" and "Nesting"

Welcome back, it's day 2 of our Gina K Designs sneak peeks! You are going to love Theresa Momber's newest set "The Giving Tree", which is packed with a beautiful tree silhouette and oodles of other images and sentiments to complete the most whimsical little scenes, year round! There is such a tenderness and innocence about this set that I love! The little trio of leaves and hearts really spoke to me, so I had the idea to have two trees reaching out to each other, with their leaves changing to hearts as they got closer...
The tree is stamped twice in Vivid Coffee Bean and leaves and hearts with olive ink. It's so fun to add these wherever you wish, and the branch ends make it easy. You can plant them in some grass with a few swipes of Copics, YG 93 and YG 97. Card base is Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown. There's room for a sentiment, she has some beautiful ones in the set plus a label that fits all the Circle Nestabilities, but I really wanted the focus here to be the whimsy of the changing leaves...
(If I could do this card over, I'd make one little heart RED. Just sayin'! Wouldn't that be SWEET?)
Just to give you a peek of two more images and show how else you can fill out the tree or add quick pops of color, I've added a little fur and feathers to the card, see, the little squirrel and bird are making friends! :) This is such a fun set!
Next up we have "Nesting" from Asela Hopkins. I love these realistic images and the script she used on the sentimental greetings, which would also be really nice titles for scrapbook pages. This little nest with three tiny eggs in it is my favorite, you just want to protect them by putting them in your pocket! I wanted that to be the focus on the card so I embossed a square frame around them with a Square Nestabilitie, (use the 2 B plates and rubber mat and shims with your A plate instead of the C plate so the die won't cut through) to frame the nest and stamped "Family" in Vivid Coffee Bean below.
The eggs are colored with B00 and BG01. T he nest you don't have to color at all if you stamp it in brown! I love the simple elegance of this card, these colors and design just make me think of dainty little box from Tiffany's!


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 3. (And you can leave a comment here too because all the comments will count. One comment per blog please.) Din't forget to see if you won from yesterday!


Now check out more samples from the team and come back tomorrow for our final day of previews!


Gina K Senior Designers and Illustrators

See you tomorrow for our final day of previews, thank you for your comments!

170 comments:

freetimegone said...

Thank you for sharing your creations using the stamps for Day 2. I love the simplicity of the family card.

Jennie said...

Such cool trees Melanie, love the way you used the hearts and the leaves! Nice CAS design with Nesting too.

Tina Gilliland said...

Awww I love the trees reaching out and your Nesting card is FABULOUS!!!!!!

Giovana said...

Oh Melanie your cards are so sweet!!

Carrie K said...

I love, love, love that tree!!

AJ said...

wow- love that pop of blue in your nesting card- it's awesome! :)

Debra said...

You're making me thinkof Spring and winter isn't even here yet. Wonderful designs.

Pati said...

Very cool leaves and grass on the tree cards, love the fur & feathers addition to the second! Yes, I think it would be cute to do a single red heart on the tree, cute idea!

JaniceAileen said...

Fantastic, Melanie! And the hearts are adorable! :)

catdidit said...

So awesome Mel! I really love that 2nd one, wonderful CAS design!

Sarita said...

I'll be back to see tomorrows cards

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous designs, Mel! Love the how you put the two trees together with the hearts touching and that CAS Nesting card is so elegant!

Nana Donna said...

Fabulous, very nice touch with that red bird in the tree

Nicole said...

Awww, you always see such unique ideas in the sets, Mel. Love your trees. And the second card is perfect in it's simplicity. Lovely!

joy said...

Love, love the tree card the addition of the birds is perfect! And I love how the trees seem to hold hands.

Susan White said...

Love the Family card, although both card are very pretty!

jean wilson jlt03@comcast.net said...

Love all the cards! Both sets are really great!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous cards. I just love the trees and how you used the hearts as leaves. I also like the simplicity of your second card. Great ideas
Donna B

dawna said...

How beautiful! The eggs look 3D!

Dawn Fillmore said...

Wonderful Cards Melanie! Just love your creations!

Ravengirl said...

Such darling sets! I love, love, love the card you created with Nesting. What a wonderful idea to only color the eggs!

Lori said...

Fantastic cards Mle!!!

Sharon said...

Love the cards.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Melanie- great cards! The one with the trees would be a fabulous anniversary card, don't ya think?

Christi said...

Beautiful cards, Melanie! I love the two trees with the hearts...so sweet! Your nest card is so elegant!

Christi Denton

Cynthia said...

Both are great. I especially like the CAS design of the "Nested" card.

gale.sewell said...

I really like the hearts in the leaves how special especially for someone who is very special. Cute idea.

Marcy H. said...

Love the trees!! CAS card with the eggs pretty!!

Mary said...

Your samples are wonderful! As is your design work! I haven't met a tree stamp I didn't like and this one is no exception!

Theresa said...

Love the Family card....fabulous look and so simple but so elegant!

Rema Timm said...

I love your designs....

Lindy said...

Always love your stuff, Melanie, and I really like the new tree stamp!

Lorraine said...

Love the nature theme in these stamp sets! Love the nature colors! Your cards are beautiful!

Melissa Cash said...

Love your trees meeting in the middle with hearts and that little squirrel is so cute. Your nesting card is simply pretty and elegant.

Krissy said...

I love the two trees together! so creative!

Sara in WI said...

The Giving Tree card is so sweet....

JulieAS6078 said...

The trees look as if they're reaching out to one another. The squirrel and bird - an added cuteness! I love the Family card especially - simple elegance says it all!

Karen said...

Really like both of your cards. The heart leaves and little animals are precious.

FibreJunky said...

They are beautiful!! I love the trees reaching out for each other. The squirrel and the bird are darling.

Sharon in Arizona said...

Wow Melanie!!!! what lovely cards!! I can't wait to see the rest of these sets. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Sharon :o)

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

You are so clever, Mel! Way to work that tree! I could feel the love! The nest is sheer elegance!

Ola said...

I love your tree card... and your nesting card is fantastic!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

JannaStamps said...

The little "pops" of color in your cards are great! Very nice!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gorgeousness on the nesting card - such elegant simplicity!! Love it!

Clickersister said...

Awww, I love the animals in the tree! So cute!

Neesey said...

I love the way you changed the leaves to hearts. I can't wait to see the rest.

Cheryl G said...

I love the bird and the squirrel!

Kelly said...

Such a clever idea to use the heart leaves that way! Love it!

Deanna A. said...

As usual your cards are so beautiful!!
Deanna A.

kimsparks636 said...

The bird nest is such an elegant card, simply stated.

Becky said...

OH I am loving those tree's with leaves and hearts, so cute. Gorgeous design with the nesting.

Valerie said...

I just love what you've done with Asela's set, stunning!

Carole said...

Adorable cards

Patricia said...

Melanie, When I looked at your two trees on your tree the first thing that came to my mind was love. When I looked closer I saw that you used hearts for the leaves. What a great idea. I love how you made your nest card so simple but very elegent. Once again great job on both stamp collections.

Barbara Jay said...

Another great idea for Theresa's Giving tree . Love it!!
Barbara Jay

Debbie said...

Both cards are so pretty!

Carolina said...

Adorable cards Mel - love the little red bird with your pair of trees...such a nice touch.

You achieved such a beautiful CAS design with the Nesting card!

Debbie said...

Stunning cards! Love the "hand-in-hand" trees! :)

Debbie Meijer

AUSTINSGRAMM said...

Fabulous cards. Love the simplicity of the designs. Beautiful

hugs
bobbi

JessicaK said...

Love the tree duo Mel, and your coloring on those eggs - swoooooon!

stampqueen said...

What a great idea for the leaves/hearts - adorable!!!
Love the nest card too!!

Dee in N.H. said...

Sooo pretty! Love them both!

Shirley said...

Beautiful...needed to look really close can see the changing leaves.

SuseQ said...

Love love love the little blue eggs! FAbulous.

ecpiercy said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards!

jonim52 said...

Awesome cards.

Tanya said...

Beautiful! I love the tree, and the nest is too sweet.

Isabel Z said...

The tree--I have to have the tree. I just love what you created--fantastic!

Juliana T said...

I love the twin trees and the eggs in the nest card is so elegant

Susie said...

The nest card is just beautiful. Elegant, clean and just...wow!

Donna said...

Two wonderful cards! I love both. These new sets just keep getting better and better.

Kary said...

WOW!! I love the trees & the cute bird & squirrel - plus the heart-shaped leaves idea is so cool! Your second card is my favourite - simple and SO stunning!

asela said...

Love the trees together! And love the simplicity of the the other-gorgeous!

Andrea said...

soooo sweet!!! love what I've seen so far!

Lisa H. said...

I love that you used leaves and hearts as leaves on your trees. And the CAS design with Nesting is so elegant!

Miesje said...

These are wonderful Melanie. I really love the trees - I think the squirrel and the bird are having a conversation! So cute. Love the simplicity of the family nest card - great!

Carrol said...

Love your cards. Thanks for sharing.

Donna Phelan said...

Okay am I the only one that sees 2 trees holding *hands*? Wonderful!

Kathy said...

LOVE your cards!

Sharri said...

Melanie, Beautiful cards! I love the trees in the first one!

Jenny McGee said...

More great cards from the blog hop. The creativity doesn't end, does it. Thanks for sharing.

Susan L said...

The leaves turning into hearts - what a sweet and subtle thought. The simplicity of the nest design took my breath away.

Barb said...

Melanie, these are beautiful. Just love the bird and squirrel in the trees.

Crafty Math Chick said...

These are both so pretty Melanie! I like how you have the trees 'holding hands'.

thestampinglady said...

Simply Stunning!

Nessa said...

WOW! I just love the simplicity and pop of color on the second card. Beautiful!!

Rhonda said...

Absolutely love the clean and simple look of both of these!!!! Fabulous!!!

Leigh M said...

As usual, your work is AMAZING! The "love" trees are so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

Linda from Georgia said...

I just love the nest. Really want it!

Janeen said...

HOW cute is that? And o my, the eggs look real. Love the Family stamp with this, such a cute idea.

Sofia ;) said...

Melanie your cards are awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

These are so precious! Love these stamps. Thanks. BJB

whitneymaryann said...

Love the whimsy of The Giving Tree and the simple elegance of Nesting.

Donna Polley said...

I love the changing leaves!!! Cute cards.

Lisa Lynne said...

Love love love that tree! The card is beautifule.

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

LOVE the simplicity of the nest card - omgosh, so lovely and clean.

Barb said...

love, love these cards!

Kay S said...

Lovely cards, Melanie! The nest card is so beautiful and I love that it is so CAS.

Rebekah said...

Both of these cards are so classy! TFS!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Beautiful cards, Melanie! The two trees are so sweet! Your nest card is so clean and elegant! Love it!

naneruth said...

Great ideas! I didn't notice at first the use of leaves and hearts on the trees. Nice touch.

Lisa Tatem said...

Sweet idea with the heart leaves! <3 Can't wait to see the complete Gina K stamp sets.

Barbara Colbert said...

Thank you...nice creations!!!! Love that tree!

victoriadowns66 said...

Love the cardinal in the tree !

Cathy said...

Just BEAUTIFUL Melanie! FABULOUS.

crotnem said...

Love your simplicity.

eiyiyi said...

Both cards are beautiful but the family card is out of this world.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful use of the leaves and grass on the tree card. The nesting card is wonderful also and my favorite!

Cheryl Stauffer
Cheri926@aol.com

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Beautiful. I like the mix of leaves and hearts.

Chris said...

The trees are perfect. I love what you did with the leaves/hearts! The NEsting card is simply elegant.

Karen said...

Beautiful designs. I especially love the way the two trees are almost intertwined and the way the squirrel and bird look like they are conversing.

Sandra said...

loving this tree - as usual - wonderful job Melanie!
Sandra

Kathy N. said...

I like these sets very much. I especially like the way you show cased the nest with the "family", very cool.
Kathy N.

Cindy Lou said...

Great job on both your cards, but I agree with you it would have been sweet to have one red heart on the tree, it would have been the coupe de gras. Regardless, great job and TFS!

Diana said...

Beautiful cards, thanks for sharing

Gayle C. said...

I'm not sure what to say about "nesting" except fantastic.

Valentina D. said...

Love the trees, so calming!

3blacklabs said...

Your designs are always beautiful. Love the simple elegance of the nest card and the trees are just adorable.

Meghan said...

Both sets are really spectacular! The nest is really gorgeous!

Betty Neville said...

Love your 'tree couple', and that fabulous CAS card!

Merry S. said...

It's amazing how differently everyone is using these sets. These cards are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Barb said...

beautiful, beautiful cards! LOVE the hearts on your trees and the "Family" card is so very sweet.

Gulffire said...

What sweet cards! I just can't get over the simplicity of the nesting card. How perfect for the new family! Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful ideas!

Lynne said...

Melanie - Love both of your cards - so special. I really like how you did the nest card - so simple yet very elegant. Thanks for sharing with us.

LynneZ

Nan G said...

Love the simplicity of your cards.

Joanne M. said...

I love the trees...both are fab.

Mary of Oregon said...

I love the stamps and the cards, thanks for a chance to win!!

Deb Kane said...

So sweet and simple "nesting" card. I agree one red heart would pop, but I also see a shamrock tree on my craft table!!!

StampinDi said...

Great cards! I really love how you had the leaves on the first card change to hearts.

missy said...

love the two trees stamped side by side! looks awesome!!

Barbara Hale said...

Love the whole tree idea!

Connie C said...

What lovely cards! You have such a creative talent, asnd there's nothing like having great stamp sets to enhance that. :-) I see both of these sets in my immediate future.

Anonymous said...

Loved your cards. You
always do such a lovely
job.
Gladys R.

Lynne said...

All your cards were wonderful. I especially liked adding the bird and squirrel to that wonderful tree. This would work for Valentine's day and spring which is right around the corner for card makers.

Sheila D said...

Nice CAS design with Nesting and I love, love, love that tree!!

Deb said...

Love these, Melanie! The trees idea is adorable, and the nest is so very elegant and beautiful!

Pam said...

Great cards. Your creativity is inspiring!

Ingrid said...

I like the two trees with the squirrel and the bird; such clever touches. But I LOVE the CAS nest card with its sentiment. So simple but says so much.

Patti P. said...

Mel, you are so creative, I love your tree idea. If you did two red hearts (one on each tree) and dressed it up some, wouldn't that be be a lovely wedding card? I adore how you did the little pop of color on your Family card. Tfs.

Helen F. said...

Sooo beautiful, Melanie! Love the two trees with the 'heart' leaves and the 'Family' nest is a gorgeous card too!

Cheri said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Melanie! The "Family" card is so gentle and precious. I just LOVE it. Your two trees are so creative. Great cards.

Lesley from WI said...

Gorgeous. Love the simplicity of the family card.

Kim Marie said...

Always always sweet card, Mel...I love them so much! Thank you!
Kim Marie

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

EEEKS!! The trees are FAB!!! And the squirrel and birdie....what a TREE-RIFFIC card!!! LOL And beautiful CAS with the nest!!

Donna said...

Love your cards, both so very differnet and so strickingly Rich, great work.

Ink-Pattie said...

I love those little tiffany eggs!

Luv 2 Create said...

I love the tree Melanie.
Marcie

Bonnie said...

Great cards! Can't wait to see all of them!

Jenny H. said...

Love the simplicity. Just beautiful!

Rose Ann said...

They're fabulous, Mel!! LOVE them both!! Hugs!!

Beth Miller said...

It just doesn't get any more beautiful than your nest card>

redstamper7 said...

Way too sweet, Melanie. I love the look of the trees with the added animals. Very nice!

Becky T

Sue Bridges said...

I love these!

Shawna said...

AWWW! Love thos leaves changing to hearts. Love your CAS family card, too. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards! :)

Marsha said...

Beautiful cards! :)

Pat Jandacek said...

Great framing of that beautiful nest design. Sure lends itself to CAS, doesn't it? And what a great idea for your trees...makes me smile.

Anonymous said...

I liiiiiiiiike your cards. CAS wonderful.
Jean McGee

Styme123 said...

What beautiful work! Always such creative ideas.

The Vannoy Family said...

Love the concept w/ your trees & the heart leaves -Your cards are very pretty! Great job! Gonna have a hard time deciding which stamps to add to my collection! Thank you for sharing!

The Vannoy Family said...

Love the concept w/ your trees & the heart leaves -Your cards are very pretty! Great job! Gonna have a hard time deciding which stamps to add to my collection! Thank you for sharing!

Merle said...

Those leaves are so sweet. I love the "sketched" nest also.

mjensen602 said...

Love the simplicity of both cards...the trees are a lovely symbol of two lives joined together...great for wedding wishes. The nest card is my favorite....so elegant!

mmwilken said...

Such great looking trees and love the embossing card with the eggs with Family on it. Just struck me with good feelings!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Marsha said...

Beautiful. How cute to use some of the hearts as leaves.

Sheahasu said...

I love how you did those trees! They look like they're holding hands!

sjbriese said...

Really like the simplicity of your cards!

laura said...

Very nice cards! I love the hearts in the trees.

Carol said...

Such great stamp sets, love the trees and the nesting set is a must have.

Darla said...

Nice cards