Monday, February 14, 2011

Sneak Peek Day 1: "Spring Basket" and "Basket Blessings"

Hello! Welcome to the first day of our Gina K Designs sneak peeks! I am thrilled to preview TWO new sets I illustrated this month: "Spring Basket" and "Basket Blessings"! The "Spring Basket" set contains smaller versions of your favorite springy images from "A Year of Flowers" (which you will LOVE mixing with your larger blossoms!), plus bunches of flowers (no need to mask!) and a beautiful basket to put them in!

Cardstock: Gina K Pure Luxury Grass Green, Innocent Pink, White, and Basic Grey Sugar Rush

There are endless ways to customize the basket to suit your taste and layout! (I couldn't resist sharing several, see how much fun I've been having playing already??) Crop it in half to create TWO shallow baskets (which I did on my sample above, using just the top half), handles or no handles, trim the sides to eliminate the fluted shape, or drop in a pretty "liner"! All the images you see below are from these two new sets! And I know you will find many other images in your stamp collection that will be super cute inside as well! ;)
This next sample I used just the chicks and eggs (one image) and a greeting, both from "Basket Blessings". I wanted to show you that all these basket "fillers" are FULL images, NOT just the top halves to go above the basket. This gives you a lot more versatility so you can use these images by themselves.

Cardstock: Gina K Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion, Grass Green, Bubblegum Pink, Ocean Mist, White, and Basic Grey Lemonade; Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Border, Petite Classic and Scalloped Ovals; Pure Luxury 5/8" Gingham
I am so excited to show you the full sets on Thursday and more samples with each and paired together! These images and greetings will take you way past Spring and the basket is SO easy to color, I'll share how after our peeks are over this week, so stay tuned! :)


Please check out more of our designers blogs for inspiration with these two sets!

  • Carolina Buchting


  • Carolyn King


  • Cathy Tidwell


  • Deb Felts


  • Donna Baker


  • Emily Giovanni


  • Gina K

  • Giovana Smith


  • Janice Whiting


  • Jennie Harper


  • Lee Murphy


  • Melanie Muenchinger (Illustrator of Spring Basket and Basket Blessings, you are here, thanks for visiting!)


  • Nina Brackett


  • Theresa Momber


  • Tina Gilliland


  • Valerie Stangle


  • Vicki Dutcher

    • Thank you again for stopping by! More peeks tomorrow!

      183 comments:

      catdidit said...

      These are such fun and bright creations Mel, LOVE em! And thanks for showing how to use those handles...I could not figure it out, haha! Feel so silly now, rofl!

      Theresa Momber said...

      Mel, I'm so crazy for these sets and all the wonderful ways to use them! Gorgeous cards!!!

      Julie said...

      Love the baskets. And the chicks are adorable. Great job as always. :)

      jonim52 said...

      Oh my what adorable projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

      Gladys R. said...

      Love the baskets. Wonderful job.

      Schim said...

      Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

      walchowDesign said...

      OMG! You designed all these new stamps - they are just wonderful! Love the new spring stamps!

      Mary Anne / MA54K said...

      Bravo, Mel! Two more gorgeous sets for you portfolio! I'm so ready for Spring, and this helps!

      Sharri said...

      Wow! Melanie, I love what I am seeing of your new sets especially now that I have seen your samples!!

      Eleanor said...

      Excellent job on the stamp sets and the cards.

      Becky Jo said...

      Very bright, fun colors. Thanks for sharing all the images. You did a great job on the cards! Hugs!!

      Chris said...

      Wonderful cards. So many options.

      Tisha Ann Harms (aka Squish) said...

      Adorable stamp sets -- lookin' forward to the release!

      Tina Gilliland said...

      YAYYYY you brought Spring to us!!! LOVING the bright colors and thanks for sharing the examples!!! Never even thought to tip the ruffle/blanket upward on the basket!!! This is going to be a fabulous go-to set!!!

      Howie said...
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      Kary said...

      O WOW!! I simply love your new sets! So so many fun ways to use them & lots of possibilities. Love your cards too. I can't wait for release day.

      Diana said...

      Beautiful cards, thanks showing a variety of ways to use the basket.

      Anonymous said...

      Well, you have done it again. These sets are beautiful!

      Debbie S

      Joni said...

      Crazy for these sets. Can't wait to try them out myself. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing with us.

      Cheri said...

      OMGosh Mel, These sets are so adorable and so on my list.

      Leigh M said...

      You have done it yet again. Two more must-haves for me. (My husbands says "thanks") :)

      Judy said...

      Wow Melanie, you go girl! Such inspiration, I've already thought up a totally different way to use that basket. TFS

      Sue D said...

      Fabulous! I like the versatility of the basket.

      Donna Phelan said...

      Melanie from designer to fabulous card creator, you have taken it from A to Z....FANTASTIC!!!!

      Jill said...

      Looks like someone was pretty busy! Love what you did with these stamps!

      JaniceAileen said...

      Melanie!!! LOVE the ideas page you included here!!! What absolutely fun things you can do with this basket set!!! love love love it!!!! Your cards are just FAB!!!

      Sue McGuire said...

      Your stamp set design is magnifisant. Your calls make me wish spring was here. Great job!

      Stephani said...

      What an inspiration you are! Love all your projects!

      Joyce Thurston said...

      each design is better than the one before. can't wait to see all of them.

      Bonita said...

      Thanks for creating these sets that are so versatile with so many ways to use them. Pretty!

      Karen (TLgirl353) said...

      Melanie- I am predicting these sets are going to be VERY popular! Fabulous!

      DebbieM said...

      Gorgeous cards, Mel. And i love your samples! Those baskets are really my favourite!!! :)

      Debbie Meijer

      Jean said...

      Bright and cheery cards! Love the colors and paper combos!

      Mary said...

      LOVE these sets!! Thank you for making them so USEFUL. Basket can be altered; the images can be used by themselves, not just as toppers!! And everything is so adorable!! Great job as always!!

      Lagene said...

      Gorgeous & Love your new stamps!!!

      StampinDi said...

      You never stop amazing me with your talent. I love your newest sets. There are so many possibilities with them.

      lisa808 said...

      Oh my Melanie, I so love the spring Basket set!

      --Marcy said...

      Wow - you have got to feel really good at how versitle this stamp set is! You are so talented! Super job - I just wish there was more time between some of these stamp sets that I love so I could catch my breath! LOL

      Ali said...

      Awe, so pretty! The colors you chose are very inspiring :)

      Colleen said...

      Mel,
      I love your sets! The fav of mine is the Blanket Blessings! I'm just in love with those chicks and bunnies.

      susies1955 said...

      LOVE your bright ribbons. :) Cute cards.
      Susie
      susies@twcny.rr.com

      mimucardartist said...

      Melanie, you have warmed my heart and given me so much inspiration with these two sets. Even if I don't win them, I certainly have to buy them I love them both.Mary

      Lori said...

      Love love love these sets Mel!!!!! Cannot wait for these sets to come live with me, so many great possibilities!!!

      Claudine Poch said...

      Great cards and sets! So many ways to use the basket!

      Myrna said...

      Hi, My goal is to collect all your stamp sets! Love them all. These two stamp set are definitely a must have for Easter. Myrna

      Barb said...

      WOW--Looks Like Spring is Coming!

      Becky said...

      These are fabulous Mel.

      Nancy R Grimes said...

      You have shown how versitle the baskets are. Thanks for the inspiration!

      Anita said...

      This is another amazing set! I love seeing how you created the basket in so many ways.

      Shelly said...

      What a grand set you have designed! Thanks for the additional examples! Love your cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

      Carolyn King said...

      FABULOUS...love the options sheet. the cropped basket is FABULOUS! so clever girl!

      Judy McMullen said...

      Awesome images, Melanie! Love the versatility!! These will be well used stamp sets!!! Beautiful cards!

      HandySandy41 said...

      What great colors. They really help me think of spring. Thank you. SandyT

      Cheryl said...

      I just love the baskets, and so many possibilities! Can't wait to see more.

      Cynthia said...

      Adorable cards, Melanie! Thanks for the peek at your newest sets.

      Robin said...

      Basket Blessings is my favorite!

      Heather S. said...

      Wonderful diversity! Love all of the beautiful baskets...can't wait to try them out.

      golightly23 at msn dot com

      Queen Mary said...

      Melanie, these are beautiful cards and thanks for showing the variety of baskets and fillers! I love being able to see so much of the sets!

      buggin2stamp said...

      Wow! Melanie, you are a genius! :o) I love the basket sets. And the stuffed animals to fill them are my favorite so far. But I could see filling it with cookies from Have a Cookie. Or (this will be a shocker)... Coffee Mug and cookies. LOL! I love how you can trim the basket to make different kinds of baskets too! You rock! And your card is gorgeous!

      Miesje said...

      Melanie you did it again! Another must have set for me - two in fact. I really, really, really love these! Love the versatility. You are amazing!

      Barbara Colbert said...

      You did an excellent job of designing these stamps!! BOTH sets are must haves!!!! AND you have made wonderful looking cards too!!! Thanks so much!!!! CAN hardly wait!!!!

      Anonymous said...

      Melanie both of your sets are absolutely wonderful!!! Would love to have them both!!!

      Bev, Pine Mtn Club, CA

      Crafty Math Chick said...

      Looks like you have two more winners in your collection Melanie! I love all the interchangeable options offered by these sets, and your images are truly adorable. I LOVE that stuffed elephant and the bunnies & chicks are so sweet & realistic looking. Two more for my wishlist. Happy Valentine's Day (Emily called it 'Happy Melanie Muenchinger Day' on her blog, LOL!)

      Peggy said...

      Beautiful!

      Jacqueline Smith said...

      Love the baskets thanks for sharing your illustrations.

      mitch1066 said...

      ahhh spring colours,i love it:)

      mitch1066@gmail.com

      dsood said...

      These 2 stamps set are wonderful. You did a great job to bring Spring to life. great job.

      Toni said...

      Great ideas!

      Donna said...

      Melanie, these are so adorable! I absolutely love the images and the possibilities with these sets. You go girl! Great stamps!

      Sue VanDeVusse said...

      Melanie, congratualtions on these gorgeous sets. I love how you altered the basket and all of the samples. I think I NEED this set!

      Mrs Ham said...

      I love your card, and the stamp sets are a must have. Love them. Great job.

      Anonymous said...

      I love your card. These stamps look great.
      Elaine Wood

      Debbie Bradford said...

      You use such vibrant colors that seem to jump off the card and grab my heart. Thanks for the smiles!

      Marilyn said...

      OK..now I've really got spring fever! Love the bright floral baskets & those adorable spring chicks! Creative us of embellishments - soft pink buttons, pearls & pins.

      Anonymous said...

      Thank you for your time designing and showing us what we can do with these stamps.

      genquilt52-online said...

      I am in love with these sets! They are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!!

      Laraine said...

      what an inspiration you are

      sprgstn16 said...

      Love the different uses for the basket! It is a must have set!!

      Amy said...

      Love the bright colors!

      Beastybunny said...

      Wow! How creative! I love all the different baskets you can create out of the image. Job well done!

      Christine from FL said...

      Great sets!Thanks for sharing!

      Beth said...

      Lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!

      Sue said...

      Gorgeous cards and wonderful set.

      Anne said...

      Brilliant! I love your style!

      scalder said...

      Melanie, I don't know how you do it!! Your stamp sets are THE BEST!!!!!

      Sherry Kushibab said...

      Lovely vibrant colors - those chickies just rock.

      Joan said...

      Beautiful stamp set! I'm just now realizing there are different baskets. I'm going to have to go back and look at all the samples again.

      Mickie said...

      Great designs Melanie!! I love the basket.

      Kay S said...

      Oh, such fun, springy cards! Thanks for creating these awesome new sets. Can't wait to play with them. Thanks for sharing some hints on how to make the baskets even more versatile.

      Deana said...

      I love the versatility of these stamps. And the blog hop, so far, has been "tasty".

      Bernadet said...

      Awesome demo of all the different ways to use the stamp. Great job on the set!

      Lynda said...

      Thank you for sharing the ways to use! Love the versatility of these stamps. Great job....as usual!

      Nancy said...

      Melanie, I just love your new sets! I love all your ideas for the baskets. Sorry I haven't visited in awhile - I hope to visit more often! ((hugs)) my friend. :)

      Terry B. said...

      Wow! Your creative juices are in high gear!! Very innovative ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!!

      Sharon Mattingly said...

      That basket really is versatile - thanks for showing some of the options! And your cards are both great!

      Sheahasu said...

      Love, love, love the versatility of the baskets! It's so nice to see stamp that can be used over and over without getting the same look over and over.

      Debbie said...

      Such great colors to brighten any day!

      gingerbaby said...

      Mel, thanks for sharing so many more ways you can use these wonderful stamps. Love the chickies.
      hugs,
      Brooke

      Anonymous said...

      You did it again. Both sets are winners.
      crafty teacher

      Booknplays said...

      I love these sets. Thanks for showing all the different ways to use the basket

      Marcia Bilkoski said...

      I love the chicks. Colors are so cheerful and bright.

      Carole said...

      I am really excited about these sets. Thanks for your designs and for sharing the possibilities. They are a "must have".

      Ravengirl said...

      Love this fun set! And wow, so much versatility!

      Anonymous said...

      congrats on the awesome images! and thanks for all the inspiring samples!
      linda patti tpatti@windtream.net

      Karen said...

      I love these stamps and the basket of flowers card is spectalar. Thanks for the various samples of using the basket.

      Virginia Wingo said...

      Two more winners Melanie, that of course I will have to own some time soon. Just in time for Easter and spring.

      Donna said...

      so pretty - love all your ideas already. thanks for creating another awesome set!

      Lorraine said...

      Ooh wow, wow, wow...you knocked it out of the park with your new sets! Love them both! Can't wait to see the full reveals!

      Donna said...

      Love this set. I wish I had your talent.

      calamitypam said...

      and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your work!!!

      Susan said...

      Oh Melanie -- your talents just amaze me. Thank you for blessing us with all of your wonderful artwork and super examples of the myriad options they allow us to play with.

      Sharon in Arizona said...

      Wow, Melanie - thanks for the lesson and all the different pictures. Your card is beautiful...such versatile stamp sets. Have a great day.

      Carla S. said...

      Your new sets are awesome, Melanie! Wonderful card samples!

      Pam said...

      You are one busy woman! And as expected, these stamp sets are indicative of your beautiful style and design eye.

      naneruth said...

      Love them! Thanks for showing so many ways to use this basket.

      Harrisville Sportsmen's Club said...

      This is such a fantastic set. I just love it. So many possibilities. Love it!

      redwasher1 said...

      Melanie you have done it!!!! You have made my day!! Yes, I have been wanting baskets!! The different sizes are PERFECT!! This is on my to have list!!

      Cibele Glazer said...

      I absolutely love your illustrations on these sets. Can't wait to see more. Your cards are beautiful!

      harrahx2 said...

      So cute Melanie....You and Carolina make ma smile!

      Vicki Dutcher said...

      So fun to see the different ways to incorporate your stamps! Fun times this month Melanie!

      Joanie said...

      Wow u can design gorgeous stamp sets AND beautiful cards!! Great job

      Pat Jandacek said...

      Fabulous illustrations, Melanie. And I love the colors in your first card in particular. Great idea of cutting down the basket which, of course, I'd have never considered without seeing it. TFS

      BarbStone4 said...

      These are such beautiful stamps. Love your cards, especially the basket of flowers! Thank you.

      Gailanne said...

      The colours you've chosen are lovely. Well done, Melanie!

      Newbie said...

      LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your cards! So VIBRANT and colorful! Says Spring all over. And the ribbons add so much to it! STUNNING!!

      Cheryl G said...

      Beautiful sets!

      deannavanzee said...

      Love the colors!

      Tamara said...

      I Like the Chicks! and you do such a great job!

      Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

      Soooo fabulous!!! I knew you'd show us so many ways to make baskets!!!! I have to try all of them! LOL

      nannapat said...

      Mel. your cards are awesome and thank you for inspiration on using the basket in so many ways. Pat x

      Barbara said...

      I have so enjoyed your Year of Flowers set and now I think I must have both of these new sets. Thanks for sharing the many ways to use the basket. I Love your Easter card.

      AUSTINSGRAMM said...

      Awesome designs for Easter and other days....so very cute.
      thanks and hugs
      bobbi

      Linda said...

      I love your cards just stunning I love them....just Gorgeous cards

      Kim Marie said...

      Wonderful and more wonderful...thanks for showing all the different images, too....such ideas and inspiration!! :)
      Kim Marie

      Gayle C. said...

      Bravo! Bravo! Melanie, These two sets are simply fantastic. I really like the way you are tying your sets together.

      jan farnworth said...

      aww how cute

      Helen said...

      Beautiful job, Melanie! The detail is great!

      Dee in N.H. said...

      Love your samples and I am just head over heals for both of these sets!!!

      Kate Stockman said...

      Your stamps are so cute. Thanks for the sample ideas.

      judybob3 said...

      Amazing job Melanie!! Gorgeous!

      pakosko said...

      what a great choice of colors!

      Cheryl S. said...

      Very nice creations. I love your colors!

      craftymum said...

      Another amazing release! And such cute images.
      I'm looking forward to playing with these

      barbara bryant said...

      Oh we are going to be able to do so much with the basket my mind is over drive.

      annieb said...

      Your bright colors are really great. TFS

      Rema Timm said...

      very nice job!

      peggy wainman said...

      Thanks for showing how verstile these sets can be!

      Debbie's World said...

      Thanks for showing some of the options from your play time. Beautiful

      Jennie said...

      Precious cards Melanie and love the inspiration for all of the baskets you can create. Way to go on illustrating FAB stamp sets!

      Sharon said...

      I love these cards and all the different ways to use them.

      marie said...

      Really like the bright colors! My daughter would love your flower basket as Gerber Daisies are her favorite flower.

      Darla said...

      Oh Mel you've done it again! Two mire fabulous sets!!! Great job!

      Kathy Harrison said...

      What a fantastic set. Love your ideas and your card

      Karen said...

      I love all of your creations.

      Saints Rule! said...

      Melanie... I am drooling over these sets... Can't wait to break out my Copics! Love your creations and stamps! Blessings!

      lakergirl said...

      Beautiful cards- as usual!
      I need to go back to work... to many things of your on my wishlist.
      Love all of your work...
      Kim

      Lynne said...

      The spring set is a must, must, must have. Thanks for sharing your talent and ideas. Your cards are beautiful.

      Betty said...

      awesome new set!

      cgargus said...

      Okay, seen enough to move it to my needs list, not just my wish list! Have to have it! Great set, Melanie!

      sue bridges said...

      Such wonderful designs -thanks for sharing your talent with us!

      Lindsay M. said...

      Gorgeous cards!!! Those chickies are too cute!!!! Love them!!!!

      Giovana said...

      Beautiful creations Melanie!

      Colleen said...

      What wonderful and Beautiful creations.
      The Spring Basket designs are awesome.
      ColleenB.

      gale.sewell said...

      beautiful cards, really love the stamps.

      Sheri said...

      Amazing! Oh how fun it would be to fill this basket!

      KF250 said...

      Melanie your stamp sets are just too cute. Definitely a must have for me. You cards as usual are just beautiful.

      Anonymous said...

      Love the happy colors and yes thank you for showing how to use the handles. Thanks for sharing with us.

      Nan G said...

      Cheerful, bright and springy cards! Love the new sets!

      Marsha said...

      So many possibilities.

      Kelly said...

      These sets are beautiful Melanie! Love all your fun samples!

      Sharon Jones said...

      I love your illustrations tremendously, Melanie!! These are so versatile, the way we can use them in or out of the basket! And you did a wonderful job with the colors on your cards!!

      Golda said...

      Very nice sets!

      Sonia said...

      These are so cute!!! Can't wait!

      Terri E. said...

      2 sets, you have been busy. I am LOVING the cute little animals.

      It's a good life!
      Terri E.

      Barbara said...

      I am so enjoying these cards. Love a blog hop. Fun to keep changing the basket. 1 stamp, many looks. good use of my $$$$. thanks for the ideas. Barbara

      Betty Neville said...

      Two awesome sets Melanie! Love your cards! I think I am going to "need" these sets!

      Marsha said...

      Beautiful stamp sets, Melanie!

      Erica said...

      You've outdone yourself with these very versatile and fun to color and paper piece sets.
      Erica Fields

      Kris said...

      LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all those basket ideas!!! TFS!

      Kris in Alaska
      funamom at yahoo dot com

      joanne said...

      I am a regular follower of your blog and know it could 'only' be 'you' to come up with two more versatile sets. Lots to be done with these!!

      Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

      They are both so beautiful Melanie! Love them!!

      MaGoooo said...

      Such GORGEOUS cards! Spring is really returning!!

      stampandweave from SCS said...

      Love the baskets and flowers!