Monday, November 1, 2010

Sneak Peek Day 1: "A Year of Borders" and "Winter Mittens"

I am so excited to preview my newest set from Gina K Designs: "A Year of Borders"! These 5" seasonal borders coordinate with SEVEN of my previous hand drawn nature sets, which are also some of my most popular sellers:
You will love having this as an expansion to these sets, or if you have none of them, once you have this you’ll feel like you do! Since the winter holidays are upon us, today I chose the poinsettia border to make an elegant Christmas card, but hopefully you'll see a few other borders popping up today in our design team hop!
I started out with a 4"x 5 1/4" Ivory mat and then punched the bottom. I stamped my poinsettia border above it and colored with Copics (E13 and E57 for pinecones, R37 and R59 for flowers, YG23 and G99 for needles). Next I Cuttlebugged the top of the mat with the Victoria folder and sponged the edges lightly with some olive and Antique Linen ink. I adhered that to a Gina K Pure Luxury Lipstick Red base and embossed my greeting from "Festive Frame" in gold and die cut the mats with Petite Ovals.
I added two more little poinsettias clusters I'd cut out from my second stamped border and popped these up over the greetings like embellishments. I hope this sample give you an idea of how much smaller these individual images are than the ones in the original sets! Accents are Fancy Corners punched from Good as Gold cardstock and adhesive nail heads. Don't forget to add a little sparkle to the centers of each flowers with a Sakura gold glitter pen! This set will make beautiful CAS cards as well, no coloring required, but I just had to do something fancy for our peek! :)

Year round, these are stamps I know you'll reach for again and again. Stamp an entire mat with the borders to create a background in just seconds filled with intricate, already masked natural elements, use a single border to add drama to the side off your card, add one to the inside of your card or create a coordinating envelope, or snip out individual images. It is sure to become a well-loved staple in your craft room.
Would you like to win "A Year of Borders"? Leave a comment at the end of this post telling me which of my nature sets you love best and/or what you'd do with these borders first! Want a second chance to win? Copy and paste a pic of this card and link this sneak preview post on your own blog to help me spread the word! Come back and let me know, thanks in advance!
Next up we have Nina Brackett's set, "Winter Mittens". Stamps in this set coordinate with a few of the Spellbinders sets, which I know you will see tonight in our hop. I hand cut the mittens for this sample, but used a Classic Oval Nestabilities die for the label tag.
Base is Pure Luxury Red Hot and patterned papers are from the Basic Grey Jovial pack. The mats are stamped with Tami Mayberry's "In Stitches" in Memento Rich Cocoa and the tag is stamped on ivory and sponged with Antique Linen. I inked up both the mittens and label images with markers for this two-toned effect. The greetings are separate from the label so you can add the one you want.
My inspiration for this card was to have them look like they are hanging up on the wall, so I used a little turquoise Pure Luxury Button and I love how this Basic Grey paper looks like the distressed and peeling plank in a cabin.
Please see more samples of these two new sets from the rest of our fabulous team!
Nina Brackett- illustrator of Winter Mittens
Release party this Thursday night at 7PM CST at StampTV, it's not a party without all of you Gina K friends, please come!
Thank you for visiting today!

124 comments:

Janet S said...

Gee, do I have to pick a favorite? That is SO hard to do. I love the poinsettia border you previewed today, but "A Year of Flowers" is probably my fave just because it is SO versatile. Thanks for a chance to win. :D

veldt said...

i love the borders, esp the flower to use on simple cards..

Marcia said...

I love this new stamp set, but that is no suprise as I love all of your stamp sets! To hard to pick just one, but the year of flowers is one I use often to make birthday cards!

Melissa Cash said...

Ack Melanie, you're killin' me with this borders set. I NEED it! I can't wait to order it. Your card is beautiful.....:)

AG said...

Just beautiful! Year of flowers is my favorite!

Carolyn King said...

yep...still love that card! awesome girl. Love what you did with nina's set too!! (bah...mojo gone? think not!)

Allison Cope said...

This is just SO pretty Mel! Love the poinsettias! Can't wait to see the full stamp sets!

Kelly Gilchrist said...

I love this new borders set! I have enjoyed Gifts from the sea, and I just got A Year of Flowers--I need to cut them out! They are all so beautiful--who can choose???

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Melanie-I love your Year of Flowers. I use it often, but I enjoy using all my Melanie sets! This one looks like another winner and I'd like to win it. I am crossing fingers and toes-LOL.

Allison Cope said...

I linked ya up Melanie!

I love the poinsettias and I know I'd make a whole wack of Christmas cards using that particular stamp! Thanks for a chance to win!

Tina Gilliland said...

Oh Mel.... what a FABULOUSLY gorgeous card!!! So elegant and sooo festive!!! I think I'd HAVE to try those poinsettia's first... then the butterflies. I am always scared to try the poinsettias but I did ok with them last year and I MUST try them with the border now!!!

thestampinglady said...

Your border idea is great. The poinsettia border you show tonight is simply stunning. I am a big fan of Year of Flowers, very versatile. Thanks for the chance to win.

lisa808 said...

Gorgeous poinsettias. I think I would first make placecards. Congrats on another great set.

Nicole said...

They're both gorgeous, Mel. But I need the border set! I just KNEW it was yours when Gina showed the snippet. The poinsettia (you know, one of my favorite stamps) gives you away! ;) Love it, as always.

catdidit said...

That one with your set so rocks, love everything about it, how you cut them out and did the oval...LOVE it! and the mittens and the dp, just perfect Mel!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhhh your border card is PRIMO FABBY!!! And the mittens are sooo cute hanging as a pair!!

emilymomto3boys said...

Wow - your poinsettia's are just GORGEOUS! That whole card is just lovely. And the mittens - totally cute!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

I think I like Buds & Vases the best. And the borders are awesome!

Theresa Momber said...

Freakin' awesome stamp set, Mel! Love using it. Gorgeous poinsettia card, so perfectly detailed. Love the hanging mittens. Too cute!

Crabtree Creations said...

I absolutely love this card! It is fabulous!

paradise45 said...

Hard to pick just one, but I think my fav is "A Year of Flowers". Your poinsettia card is absolutely stunning...I love this border! Thanks for the chance to win!

Nan G said...

Love 'em! First up would be some cute card sets for gifts. Then pair the borders up with the Buds and Vases!

Lindy said...

I love your "Gifts from the Sea" set the best. With the borders, I can see a card set with a matching box for my mother in law's Christmas gift. She would love it.

Lindy said...

I posted your picture on my blog, with a link to yours. That's for my second chance to win... :)
Lindy

Nan G said...

Spreading the word. Check out my blog http://froggydesigns.blogspot.com/

joy said...

I would love to do my Christmas cards with the poinsettia border stamp. My favorite nature set is A Year of Leaves, because it is easy to use for fall -- and for spring also!

joanne said...

I favour your border set Melanie. I sure would like to have the pointsetta to do my Christmas cards this year. I would also like to make some gift card packages with them.

Jennie said...

Stunning Melanie!! Love this new set of yours and know this will be a huge hit!! Cute mitten card too, love the design!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Mel - another winning stamp set - a must have - REALLY I MUST HAVE IT! LOL - Cute nitten card also~~

joy said...

Got your card on my blog -- thanks for the opportunity to show my friends your wonderful talent.

Anita said...

This stunning! I love how it makes a beautiful card quickly. I love all the sets and they are all high on my wish list.

Julie S said...

I love your Gifts from the Sea set because we go to the ocean any chance we get. I'd probably be using the sea shell border stamp with that set first, but all these border stamps look fantastic!

Sandra said...

Wild at Heart ... the one I don't have, isn't that how it always is? The grass is always greener on the other side?
Beautiful work as usual!
Sandra

Lorraine said...

Favorite? Hard to pick just one of them. Hmm, year of flowers or buds & vases. Sorry, that's two. Can't wait to see the full reveal of your set! And beautiful card!

Betty Neville said...

These are so gorgeous Melanie! Really hard to pick a favorite nature set - maybe "Year of Flowers". No wait, maybe "Wild at Heart"! Both!

browns2 said...

Hello, I love what you did with the new border and mitten stamp sets. I also love your 'wild at heart' stamp set and I think it will be one of the first I will order since I am new to this and your website. Thanks for sharing on your blog. Especially for the instructions on how to make the same card.

Theresa said...

Love the borders...would make great cards for box sets to give as gifts. My fave is A Year of Flowers...which I love to use most often.

SherylH said...

Another beautiful set of floral images! If I had to pick one of your sets, it would be the Year of Flowers - so versatile and classic.

Anita said...

I have put a note on my blog.
http://cardsandcoffee.blogspot.com/2010/11/news.html

Pati said...

I love this poinsettia border and can't wait to see the rest! As to a favorite in your nature sets... The Wild at heart, or A year of flowers, no wait, A year of leaves...you really expect me to pick ONE Favorite?? I don't do favorites, really.

Joyce Batty said...

Love the new borders--how versitile. Hard to pick a favorite. I can see adding some of your other sets to my collection to correspond with the borders.

Becky said...

I love the borders, this is just so elegant. My favorite is year of the flowers.

Paula Laird said...

Melanie, it isn't nice to make people pick favorites! I love Year of Flowers and Year of Leaves sooo much, but, I guess, if you're going to make me choose, Year of Flowers wins out by a smidge. I love the rose image so much.

These are fantastic cards. The poinsetta one is just fabulous!

Cheryl G said...

I guess festive frame would be me most favorite so far. I can't wait to do Christmas cards with your new border stamps!

Cheryl said...

They are all beautiful, but if I really have to pick a favourite I would have to say the butterflies. I already own A Beautiful Life and use that Butterfly all the time on many projects, this border set would take it to the next level. Thanks for a chance to win one.

Neesey said...

Oh this is a hard one. I love " A Year of Flowers" but I am partial to flowers of all kinds. This card is stunning. Love the mitts too!

SJ said...

If I won a set, first I would make holiday cards and tags. Seems like endless possibilities with the borders.

Barbara Murfield said...

I love the "Wild at Heart" set and can't wait to get these new borders stamps so I can use the butterfly border with it.

Cynde said...

I love your Year of Flowers, although I think I like all that you've designed. The card you did today with the poinsetta flowers is gorgeous. Thanks for the elegance in my day!

Kary said...

Melanie, your poinsettia card is SO SO Gorgeous!! I love all the details on it. Beautiful card.
The mittens card is very cute!! Love the distessed look and the cute mittens hanging from the button & bow.

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

OMG! Your card with the borders is stunning! Love it! Love it! Love it! I'm embarrassed to say I'm actually giddy over this set! LOL!

Cheryl O said...

I love your new borders set, Melanie.

To pick a favorite of your other sets is just too hard, since they are all so great, especially the latest ones! I guess I use A Year of Flowers and The Leaves the most. They are all amazing though, you are so in touch with nature!!!!

jonim52 said...

My favorite set is Gifts From the Sea, because I love the ocean. I will probably use the poinsettia border first, tis the season....

Liva said...

I don't think that cards could go any beautiful then you have made them!!!
I do love the borders - they are so versatile!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Oh Melanie, these new borders are gorgeous! I haven't even started my Christmas cards and I think that poinsettia border would be perfect. I love so many of your sets, it's hard to choose just one favorite, but I would have to say A Year of Flowers because it was my first GKD set.

Miesje said...

Okay - you did it again. MUST HAVE the borders to go with every one of the sets that I have! A year of flowers is still my go to set but buds and vases may be moving up fast. I truly have them all and love them all!

Christine from FL said...

I love your pointsettia border! I think my favorite is year of flowers!

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

Being a teacher, you'd think I would read everything better. LOL! Since I have it on my blog, I'm hoping it's okay to post twice. It's not nice to make us choose a coordinating set we like best, but since I have to, I'll choose Gifts of the Sea. I love shells, the beach, and summer.

http://designsbyboo.blogspot.com/2010/11/wow-wow-wow.html

It's a direct link. I posted all the preview samples... couldn't help it. I love them!

Marsha said...

Your newest set, A Year of Borders, is just lovely...can't wait for release day!! Although it is quite hard for me to pick one "favorite", I would have to say at the moment I am loving Buds and Vases. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

christine pethers said...

Its not fair making me decide .
But I have to say that Poinsettia border has got so many ideas whizzing thru my head.
Cant do a second entry as I dont have a blog - really really must do something about that
love Chris

Donna said...

Hmmm, do I have to pick a favorite? I guess A Year of Flowers has long been a go-to set for me. This new border set has all kinds of ideas whizzing through my head but I guess Christmas cards would be topmost right now. I don;t think I have enough made yet. LOL! Thanks for the chance to win!

StampinDi said...

Love your newets set! How fanastic that it coordinates with other sets of yours. My favorite set that it coordinates with would be a Year of Flowers. If I had this set one of the first things I would do with it is make holiday placecards. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Anonymous said...

Love them all, but the poinsettia border is spectacular.

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Amazing new set, Melanie! You know this is a must-have for me!! Your preview card is absolutely gorgeous! It is hard to pick a favorite of your nature sets, but I have to say A Year of Flowers because I use it all the time. That said, your frame sets are among my favs, too! Super cute card with Nina's mitten set, too!

Aunt T said...

Ummm ... it's hard to pick a favorite. Today I think it's Year of the Flowers ... Thanks for all of the great inspiration!

Teresa

Donna said...

gorgeous poinsettia card - WOW! love the gold embossing, makes it so rich. cute mittens card too. love the pics of the boys in their costumes and fabulous Johnny Depp pumpkin-Sankari would drool over that!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

All your sets are beautiful, but my favorite is Gifts from the Sea. The new border set is gorgeous and has a lot of great possibilities.

Tina Gilliland said...

I put your card and link on my blog to post today at noon!! I need all the freebies I can get! LOL

Again... LOVE this set, GF!!

Pam said...

Thanks for sharing your talents!! I love the Gifts of the Sea as well as the Year of Flowers. I would use both sets plus the borders to create seascape holiday greeting cards! (since I don't live far from the water). I also LOVE the butterflies, so I would try to create cards using some of the stamps from each set. Your sets would get lots of use! I appreciate your creativity and insight Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

NinaB said...

Oh Mel, this is another winner. Your cards are beautiful.

Leigh said...

I love your Wild at Heart set and can't wait to see the border that coordinates with it. I see many of the other sets in my future!

Thank you for your ministry. I begin each day with my devotionals and then blog-hopping to see your beautiful creations.

Yvonne Jackson said...

I have a job to pick a favourite set but if you are pushing me I would have to go with the Year of Flowers. I love your card with the poinsettia border, I think that is going to be a "must have" set for me !! Congrats on your new release.

Ravengirl said...

Those borders are super cute! I just love the shells! So I would have to say Gifts from the Sea is my favorite. I would first make a CAS set to give away as a gift!

Chris said...

Oh boy, you've done it again! Another "gotta have it" set. How do I pick my favorite? I have almost all of them! I think that Gifts from the Sea would have to come out slightly on top. Can't wait to get my hands on this set and get it inky. I've already got so many ideas popping in my head!

Thanks for the chance to win one!

Selma said...

Oh Melanie. I just love how you keep adding coordinating sets to go with my all time favorite "A Year of Flowers". This is a must have set. Your card is absolutely gorgeous.

Lynne said...

Your poinsettia card is the best I have seen this year. Thanks for the inspiration to create something of my own. Love the new border stamps and your use of Spellbinders dies with them.

Janeen said...

Oh my, these poinsettas look as if you could pick them off the page. I guess I lke the original year of flowers the best.

Here is my link for posting your gorgeous work on my site. Thank you for two chances to win. (i hope it's me, i hope it's me) :)
http://janeen-alittlebitofthisandthat.blogspot.com/2010/11/gorgeous-gorgeous-gorgeous.html

Donna Polley said...

I would love to live close to you so I could come and play.God has blessed you with a wonderful talent and I am so glad you are sharing it with us all.Lovely set!
Donna

Die Cut Lady said...

I put a link on my blog for you.
http://diecutlady.blogspot.com/2010/11/check-out-teasers-for-gena-ks-new-stamp.html
Donna

Charl said...

I am obsessed with tags now -- for gifts, goodies and as part of a card. I think the borders will work wonderfully with them. Love your work!

Barbara Colbert said...

OH MY!!! How could I decide??? I think the Year of the Flowers...but then the butterflies...but the poinsettias.......so OH how could I decide????

Darla said...

hmm. a favourite?!?!?! well.. I can't pick one since I LOVE them all and use them all.. all the time!! Right now though I seem to reach for wild at heart and pressed flowers the most (which of your sets I reach for most changes weekly though they are all so wonderful!).

Darla said...

oh... I posted it on my blog too!! :)

Barbara Colbert said...

I put it on my blog....you really do a remarkable job with your creativity and stamps....I really like them!!!!
Thanks!!

Kathy Braun and Lucky said...

Oh is it Thursday yet!!!!! It is better than Christmas. These cards are stunners and absolutely gorgeous. Now that I have caught my credit card (yes I am the one who had her credit card running out the door and down the highway on the last STV release) I am sitting on it this time! Love your stuff.

Barb said...

How can I pick "one" favorite? I LOVE them all!! I can narrow it down to 2 - but can't pick between them, so those 2 would be "A Year of Flowers" and "Festive Frame".

Becky said...

PS. I have you up on my blog.

Cathy said...

Oh my I LOVE your work Melanie! :) And to pick a favorite is SOOOOO HARD. I actually found two - I LOVE Wild at Heart and since it is autumn, I will throw in Year of Leaves too! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and for sharing your beautiful work!

Anonymous said...

love the pointsettia border, can use as individual flowers or as a border. Suzyq

Olga said...

I love poinsettia;s, these look so real, my favorite of all of yours has got to be A Year of Flowers. I love it!!!

Melisa said...

Your Season's Greetings card is elegant and gorgeous. The poinsettias have amazing detail. I cannot wait to see the other borders. I have to admit my favorite set is the "Gifts from the Sea" set. I just love the ocean and I think that set would be perfect for my new scrapbook of our time in California. Keep it up Mel, loving all of your stamps.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Bravo, Mel! Looks like you will have another hit on your hands! Gina was so right when she said this will be a year round go to set. I can see the poinsettias in stripes, in rich cocoa on kraft and then a focal image. You know I love A Year of Flowers, but that may soon change!

I linked ya to my side bar!
http://lakesidestamping.blogspot.com/

Kay S said...

Oh,my gosh, Melanie - your poinsettia card is stunning! I'm loving the new borders set and can't wait to play with it! Your mitten card is really cute also!

Anonymous said...

I love all your stamp sets, too hard to choose but a year of flowers would be a good guess and how I would love to win a year of borders...I especially love that poinsettia border...what I wouldn't do with that...place cards, side border for my Christmas cards etc.so many ideas come to mind...thanks for the chance to win...
Denise Trottier

Barbara said...

I love your stamps and the border set is going to be just as beautiful and so versatile. My first stamp set was the Poinsettia and oval. Then I also bought the tulip and oval. And etc.... lol. Barbara

Barbara said...

I love all your stamp sets and I think I will feel the same about this new set. My favorite is A Year of Flowers with Gifts from the Sea being a close second. Your card today is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

whitneymaryann said...

I use Pressed Flowers for making bold impressions of solid color or with Versamark for subtle backgrounds on colored cardstock. Think the border stamps would be great for clean and simple with sentiments.

Anonymous said...

Love your card. A Year
of Flowers is my favorite.
I use it a lot. Thanks for
a chance to win.
Gladys R.

Anonymous said...

I love the Wild at Heart but also your poinsettia frame from last year. I sent that to all my special people. This new set looks like something I would use over and over. Thanks for the chance to win. Joyce W.

Linda said...

I love the cards today! Well I always love your cards.
I love your poinsettias. They are my birth flower. I love A year of flowers.
Linda
http://cardsbylinda.blogspot.com

Vickie Steele said...

I love your creative cards using the borders. I choose the poinsetta card over the mittens.
Thank you for giving us a chance to win one of these. Looking forward to another showing.
Vickie
rnsteele80@aol.com

Melissa said...

I'm torn and it's hard to pick one....a year of flowers...love the new year of borders...

redwasher1 said...

WOW! Melanie your cards are stunning and the coloring is beautiful!From what I have seen looks like a winner to me.

redwasher1 said...

Ok, I'm back! It really does pay to read the entire info!!! LOL. I have all of the sets you mentioned and my all time favorite has always been Year of Flowers but I love them all! The first thing that come to mind about using A year of Borders is to make a small version of Festive Frame.I can see it now.

Dee in N.H. said...

I am so head over heels for your border stamp! The ideas are just swimming in my head. First thing I would use it for would be the poinsettia for my Christmas tags. Who can choose a favorite amongst your incredible designs?!

Brenda said...

Melanie this set is awesome!!!! A must have for sure. My fingers are itching to get inky with this one. Thank you.

Brenda said...

Mel I am back I have posted about your set on my blog.

My Blog

Thank you for the second chance to win.

stampqueen said...

My favorite set that matches your new "Year of borders" is "Gifts from the sea" I love the seashells and the phrases both in that set.
Your pointsetta card and the mitten card are both great - can't wait for thursday night!!!

redwasher1 said...

Melanie, I have your set posted on my blog! Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful set.

Georgei said...

wow this is beautiful cards that you made love them alot

Sue D said...

If I had to pick one favorite it would be Gifts from the Sea but really they are all my favorites!!

Mdegraeve said...

love the poimsettia border! so beautiful:) and with the holidays around the corner!!!!
fingers crossed

Deborah said...

I think your artwork is inspiring. The new borders are terrific. I love flowers, and especially like the holiday festive frame -- it is what brought me to find Gina K. and StampTV AND YOUR BLOG!

Luv 2 Create said...

This is one of the prettiest Christmas cards I have run across so far this year. Just stunning. Your stamp set is beautiful and a definite must have for all year round. Thank you for all your beautiful stamp designs.
Marcie

Jan Castle said...

Can't decide which I like best!!! Both are wonderful!!!

Donna said...

Hi Mel! I've added a pic of your card and a blurb about your give away on my blog. You cna check it out here: http://indianainking.blogspot.com/2010/11/new-release-for-melanie-muechinger.html Thanks for the second chance. Love the set!

Carrol said...

I love the idea of having borders to match previous sets. My favourite has to be "Gifts from the Sea".

Nancy S said...

Being from Canada I would have to say the Year of Leaves. I like the variety the pack gives you.

Nancy S
seedstlc@distributel.net

Shelly N. said...

love the pine and the poinsettia together, just breathtaking

Sheahasu said...

I have both a Year of Flowers and Pressed Flowers. I can't say which I like best...I use them both too much. Your new border stamps are fabulous! Can't wait to get my hands on them.

Barb said...

Do I have to chose one of your outstanding sets? I do love the borders set--can't wait to see all of it.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

My favorite is your Wee Tees set, but also a year of leaves!

stampkat said...

What a beautiful card! I love your new border set. My favorite set is 'Festive Frames' and this border set will coordinate with it beautifully. I had a hard time picking my favorite nature set as I have all but the newest set. I like them all!

Payne Holler Cards said...

gotta have this set! would immediately use it with my Festive Frame set for Christmas!!!
I've been so busy, sorry just getting in to view the previews!
beautiful cards - cant wait to par-tay!!!
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