Monday, March 21, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: "Bring the Bling", "Warm with Love", "Make a Splash"!

Welcome to Day 2 of our Gina K Designs March Inspiration hop, I hope you had a fantastic weekend (and that your new stamps will be arriving any day now LOL!) We have three sets to show today, the first is my "Bring the Bling" set. No need to keep buying more packs of adhesive pearl or rhinestone embellishments and then hoarding your favorites, this set does all that and so much MORE! (You can scroll down to see yesterday's post for my tip sheet on the many ways you can use this bling.) I shared several samples with it at the release party, but wanted to show you a very different look today from what I'd shown previously. I was glad Gina mentioned piercing in her release party video, this card uses piercing, faux stitching AND embossing, the result I think looks like I stitched clear sequins onto my mat! Let me show you what I did.

First I stamped the one of the large flowers in Versamark on my Innocent Pink mat. This rounder flower is a little more "cutesy" than the pointy petal flower. Then I stamped the smaller version of the flower inside, see how perfectly it nests? Then, I stamped the large bling flourish in the open areas, turning the stamps as I went. You could leave it like this, but I'm still going! :)

Next, put a mouse pad under it and pierce into the highlight in the center of each dot. It's okay if it's not exact, but having that little circle inside really takes out a LOT of guesswork and makes the piercing go MUCH faster !

Then take a brown fine tip marker and connect the dots, the tracing when the dots are pre-pierced goes so fast, this is the only stitching I ever intend to do on my cards! ;)
Then I added clear embossing powder over the whole thing (yes, it WILL still stick to your Versamark even after you've pierced and faux stitched!) and then heat set. Be sure to emboss AFTER drawing on your stitches or the embossing will resist your marker and you won't be able to make the connections. I'm holding it an angle so you can hopefully see the shine and dimension. (I didn't bother to pierce or stitch the tinier areas, these will mostly be covered by buttons and the tag.)

Last I adhered some buttons in to the flowers centers and on the vine, then added a beaded oval I'd sponged with pink and a greeting from the "Springtime Silhouettes" Stamp TV kit. I created the layer flowers the same way I did my mat above and then cut around the outside and popped up over the oval. Originally I intended for this to be a baby card, the faux stitched mat looked like beautiful girly quilting, but since I don't know anyone due with a girl, I turned it into a thank you! :) An extra step you could take before adding the button embellishments to take the card up another notch would be to emboss it with a flowery or swirly Cuttlebug folder...
Hope this card makes you see beyond the sparkly bling possibilities for this set! It's quickly becoming one of my favorites I've released!


The next set we are sharing today is Theresa Momber's "Warm with Love", filled with illustrations and sentiments in Theresa's signature style you know and love! Who can resist a beautiful swan? A picture of grace and serenity.... I know you'll see lots of beautiful stamped and sponged scenes today, so I decided to play with color and the new StampTV kit papers for a more whimsical look. Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Lovely Lavender and Black Onyx, also found in the kit.
I shaded the swan with BV31 and BV23 to blend with the lavenders in my papers and floral prints and popped it up over the sponged circle. I stamped my small "Bring the Bling" flourish above and below the die cut and then dropped Liquid Pearls over the center of each dot. Allow several minutes for the card to dry FLAT to avoid smearing. Don't they look like real, tiny pearls? I also added some tiny adhesive flowers to finish the project. Love how this project turned out!

Next up we have the fun "Make a Splash" from Asela Hopkins. Kids will love these silly sea creatures! I stamped the octopus twice onto more paper from the STV kit and carefully cut them out, cutting around the heads and in between tentacles just enough so they wouldn't come apart but allowed me to bend some parts forward and push other back to make the more dimensional. Add shadows to the tentacles and a kissy face and rouge to Ms. Octopus with markers!
I used a piece of Basic Grey DP for the sea that had a lot of distressing and variation in the turquoise to make the ocean and then stamped two rows of my "Bring the Bling" scallops at the top, one embossed with Seafoam White, the other with Silver. Cut around the top edge to create the scalloped border and reveal a bit more of the Lemon Drop base.
Here is a closeup. Don't you love the way they are entangled? I embossed some individual bling dots and heart above them in white and the just colored inside the hearts with a pink marker. I didn't bother to rub my paper with the anti-static pad before doing the powder this time, in some cases, like this one, stray flecks can work in your design, now it just looks bit more bubbly. ;)

Have to share an old joke that is stuck in my head ever since I saw these images:

What did one octopus say to the other octopus?

"I wanna hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand."


hee hee


Now please go check out more samples from our talented Gina K Designs team!


  • Gina K



  • Lee Murphy



  • Melanie Muenchinger ( you are here, thanks for visiting!)



  • Michelle Woerner


  • Nina Brackett



  • Sharon Harnist



  • Theresa Momber



  • Tina Gilliland



  • Valerie Stangle



  • Vicki Dutcher


  • AJ Otto



  • Asela Hopkins



  • Carolina Buchting


  • Cathy Tidwell


  • Deb Felts


  • Emily Giovanni


  • Giovana Smith


  • Janice Whiting

  • Jennie Harper

  • Thanks for joining us! Hope it inspired! :) More samples and ideas tomorrow, see you again soon!

    123 comments:

    Theresa Momber said...

    Such beautiful cards, Mel! Love the stitching on the bling and your swan card is gorgeous! Super cute octopus.

    Carolina said...

    Gorgeous cards Mel! Love your faux stitching on your first card and thanks for the tut! Your swan is just stunning and the octopi card is just too cute for words!!!

    Crafty Math Chick said...

    LOVE the faux stitching Melanie! Your Bring on the Bling set is so versatile - I thought those were real pearls! Your swan card is gorgeous too.

    Anonymous said...

    love the swan

    Ravengirl said...

    Melanie, these samples are amazing and I absolutely love your new set, bring the bling. I will be adding it to my collection very soon!

    Sue VanDeVusse said...

    Beautiful, Melanie! I love how you incorporated the bling in each card.

    Jennie said...

    Oh, just love your cards Melanie!! The faux stitching is just perfect and love your swan design :o) All of your cards are just perfect!!

    Valerie said...

    What wonderful cards, Mel! That's a lot of piercing, but makes a great impace!

    Gladys R. said...

    All of your cards are gorgeous.
    Great job!!

    Deb said...

    I feel like I say the same thing every time I come here! Wow! Wow! WOW! :) You just KNOW that we're all gonna be CASEing!

    Sharon Harnist said...

    Now why didn't I think of FAUX stitching? (I would only embroider for you, Mel!). Your "sequined" and stitched background is awesome! Will definitely be trying that! And your swan card is absolutely gorgeous!

    catdidit said...

    Love the faux stitching on that Mel, looks fantastic! And I LOL on the octopus!! ROFL...too cute!

    Barb said...

    Love the cards--they are such cute creations. And, I loved the stiching on the card! Love all of the Bleeng that is added too--gotta have some of that. Great images for all of you to use too--you rocked this release!

    Sue D said...

    Fabulous cards! Thanks for all the tips using Bring the Bling.

    Karen (TLgirl353) said...

    Your cards are all wonderful-can't wait to play with these sets!

    Rita Kegg said...

    I am loving the new sets! And all the team is doing with them ... thanks for sharing. Blessings

    Donna said...

    What fun cards, Melanie! Love your bling, Theresa's elegance and Asela's whimsical look. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Jenny H. said...

    So cute! Your swp card is beautiful!

    Anita said...

    Wow! This is amazing!

    Barbara Colbert said...

    Great job!!! Love the swan!!!

    Jill said...

    Beautiful job on your cards. I love the stitching.

    Debbie Bradford said...

    "Bring the bling" is fantastic! Cute, cute, cute, cards.

    Debbie Bradford said...

    Fantastic Bring the Bling set! Cute, cute, cute cards.

    Kaatje said...

    Great cards i love them. what a lot of ways to use the swirl stamp realy great

    lisa808 said...

    Melanie, you have designed another amazing and awesome set. Today's samples are gorgeous.

    Lisa M said...

    "hand, hand, hand...LOL." Thanks for the giggle and the great inspiration on your cards!

    klarcher said...

    adorable cards, love the Bling as water bubbles

    emilymomto3boys said...

    great cards, Mel! I love how you did the *stitching* on the bling card - great idea!

    Big Anne said...

    Your faux stitching technique blew me away, Melanie! I plan on trying it very soon!

    And the images on Theresa's "Warm with Love" really make me smile and give me a warm feeling inside.

    Thank you for sharing your awe-inspiring creative talents with us!

    --Marcy said...

    Ohhhh pretty cards! Nice job with the 3 stamp sets!

    Penne said...

    B U tiful cards!!! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

    Nana Connie said...

    Incredible piercing and 'stitching'! Just gorgeous, and your directions are so helpful. Really love the bling set!

    DebbieM said...

    Very gorgeous cards Melanie! These two octopi are so cute with them holding 'hands'. Btw i just ordered your set and i'm definitely going to try the faux stitching. :)

    Hugs, Debbie Meijer.

    naneruth said...

    These are wonderful Mel! Thanks for showing us step by step on the bling stitching.

    Stacy said...

    Beautiful cards! Love the spring colors!

    Tameko said...

    Fabulous cards! Great Bring on the Bling demo. Now I need that set!

    Laraine R said...

    Great cards!!

    Giovana said...

    Mel, your cards are fantastic and super cute!!

    Sue Bridges said...

    Really great job showing off the new stamp sets!

    whitneymaryann said...

    Like how you incorporated multiple new sets for the cards. Thanks for the inspiration, especially all that faux stitching on the first card.

    jan farnworth said...

    really pretty cards

    Sherry said...

    Gorgeous cards love the pink one thanks for sharing how to do it

    Olga said...

    Your cards are always amazing Melanie!!Like your new set!

    Terry B. said...

    Adorable card with Bring the Bling, and lovely card with Theresa's Warm with Love set!!!

    Scrapacat said...

    Oh how beautiful! I love the versatility with Bring the Bling - I must stock up on liquid pearls now. All your cards are so lovely. Had to giggle at your joke too. ♥ky

    mollymoo951 said...

    Love the faux stitching using Bring on the Bling!

    Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

    So beautiful! What fun with the faux stitching!!! That swan card is so stunning and those love octopuses are PERFECTION!!! Hugs to you!

    buggin2stamp said...

    Using your set for "stitching" is genius! I love that look. Love the fishy card with the inverted scallop waves and your swan card is gorgeous!

    Rosamond Crawley said...

    Well, I love all of your card, but the Warm with Love is my fav! Thanks for sharing.

    Nicole said...

    Tee hee..you're such a cornball, Mel. I know we'd be great friends IRL. I'll have to email you one of my favorite jokes. Your cards are terrific, and I see you worked the Bring the Bling in to each! Such a great, versatile set.

    Anonymous said...

    Wonderful job. Ilove what you did with the faux stitching...great idea.
    crafty teacher

    Betty said...

    such wonderful ideas. Can't wait till it's in my mailbox!

    Mary Friederichsen said...

    Melanie! These are fun and gorgeous!
    I love your new stamp set! so many possibilities. my shopping cart is full of so many of the new releases right now! tehe!
    Thank you for sharing,and for all the hard work you put into these stamp sets that you create for us!
    Have a great week!
    Blessings and Hugs,
    Mary

    Sharon Mattingly said...

    Great cards! And really appreciate the instructions!

    Donna Phelan said...

    OMGoodness! LOVE all of your cards. Actually thought that faux stitching was REAL! WONDERFUL!!!!

    Anonymous said...

    So totally fun to stop by, learn and muse over upcoming projects. Thank you for sharing your lovely cards.
    Keep Looking UP!

    Karen said...

    Love the way your pink card looks like clear sequins and brown stitching. Very fab...

    Fay Chave said...

    Beautiful cards. The faux stitching on the first card, beautiful. Great job!

    Stephani said...

    Love the paper piercing on the first one, the color combo on the swan card and the whimsy of the last card. Great job!

    alienanessa said...

    OMGosh, all of your projects are absolutely adorable! And that does look like stitching, it's almost the first thing I thought. That swan card - wowzers!!

    pqueenie said...

    These stamps open up a whole new world of possibilities. Very nice.

    The Vannoy Family said...

    Cu-te cards! Love the faux stitching...

    carrie said...

    All GREAT cards! Really appreciate your set of directions for the bling card. This is great place to use the pearl pens I have been buying.

    Lisa Lynne said...

    Wow! What beautiful work!

    Lynn B. said...

    Love those sweet octopi! Until I saw your card just now, I couldn't figure out how in the world I'd ever use that stamp set. Now I gotta have it! Hee, hee, hee.

    jazy1m said...

    Love all of your cards. Thanks for sharing.

    StampinDi said...

    Beautiful cards! Love the faux stitching.

    Carol said...

    Great projects, they really showcase the new stamps!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

    mescartes said...

    Beautiful cards.

    Lori said...

    Wow...lots of work on that first card and so worth it. All the cards are super!

    Vicki Dutcher said...

    Great tutorial - beautiful coloring on your swan, and just a fun octopus card!!

    sandi said...

    Pretty cards Mel!!!Also love the bling.

    Griperang/Angela said...

    Very awesome cards. I love the sets especially the bling set.

    Betty Neville said...

    These are fabulous Melanie! Beautiful designs and love the versatility of your new set!

    Leslie said...

    Oh these are beautiful cards and I love the faux stitching idea

    StampinSher said...

    Oh Mel, when I saw the Bring the Bling set on Gina K. Designs, I knew I had to have it immediately. Wonderful design with us in mind! Thank you so much. Your cards are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    Carole said...

    Wow - I thought you use real stitching and sequins. Great cards!

    Donna said...

    how fun! love the paper-piercing with your bling set! the octopus card was my favorite of yours from the party! the swan card is a beauty

    Peggy said...

    Adorable cards. The bling card to great. So many possibilities with that one. The octopus card to so cute.
    God bless,
    PeggyS

    Tessa said...

    I love your cards!

    Donna said...

    Melanie, lovely design on all 3, love the connect the dot idea in your first card, and your second card with Theresa's set is so pretty, and he under the sea card is also very cute!! Great job on all 3.!!

    Christine from FL said...

    Your octopi card is too cute! Love the joke!!

    Gayle C. said...

    Extremely beautiful cards, Melanie

    Marsha said...

    All three are just great. Love what you did with the bling set.

    Lorraine said...

    Wow, gorgeous creations! Love the colors of your second card!

    Chris said...

    Great cards, Melanie! Love the different technique you showed on your Bring the Bling card! I also liked how you used that set to provide subtle accents on the cards for the other two sets!

    Melody (lacyquilter) said...

    Wonderful cards.

    Lindsay M. said...

    WOW!!!! Gorgeous cards!! Stunning colors!!! Great job!

    sprgstn16 said...

    Your cards are adorable! I am loving the new sets even more!

    Judy said...

    Stunning cards, and so inspiring! TFS

    Golda said...

    Wonderful cards! Thanks for all the tips on how to do them.

    NinaB said...

    Congrats on another innovative design, Mel. And you do such a great job showcasing its potential.

    bernietom47 said...

    These are absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing, the inspiration and the chance to win!
    Blessings Bernie
    bernietom47 at yahoo dot com

    cgargus said...

    Thanks so much for sharing! What a great original set!! Love your cards!

    FibreJunky said...

    Mel, you are amazing!! It really does look like clear sequins on your first card. I'm still groaning over that awful joke, though...have you been talking to my youngest daughter behind my back??? That totally sounds like one of hers.

    Debbie G said...

    The first two cards are gorgeous and the third is adorable.

    Tina Gilliland said...

    Ha Ha... corney jokes aside... LOVED the pink Bling card!!!! AWESOME!!! So looks like thread!!!

    Casmiles said...

    Mel - love the way you stitch - my kinda' stitching too. Your swan card is beautiful - the colors are gorgeous. And the in love octopi - how cute...

    Monica said...

    LOVE all your cards! Favorite is the swan... but I totally loved your tutorial! Love all your work!

    Lynne said...

    Melanie, your cards are wonderful as always. Your designs are lots of fun to play with.

    Janeen said...

    ha ha. loved the joke. what a nice way to use the bling, it really does look like sequins.

    Jan Castle said...

    Wonderful cards your created...love the set - already ordered it!!! Can't wait to try my liquid pearls!!!
    Jan

    Debbie said...

    Super cute cards!

    Carol said...

    Love how you used the bling on all your card samples...... The stitching on the first card is a great idea.

    Kelly said...

    Love your cards Melanie! I love your "sequins" and "stitching". I really love your beautiful swan with the liquid pearls flourish!

    Lagene said...

    Oh my goodness! these cards are fantastic!!! Thanks for the tutorial on stitching!

    Jennifer said...

    Great cards! That pink bling one must have taken some time and patience! Great job! Beautiful work

    Leanne said...

    Wow! Gorgeous creations.

    Cynthia said...

    All three cards are fabulous, Melanie! The octopus made me smile!
    (Hold your hand, hand, hand)

    Deebi27 said...

    LOVE it Mel! Yout tips are sooo right on! Thanks!

    Sandy said...

    Love how you did the faux stitching...way to go out of the box!

    Deanna said...

    Love these! Thanks for sharing.

    Booknplays said...

    I never thought of piercing the bling stamps. Great idea. I love the swam card!

    Kris said...

    That swan is just lovely!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

    Kary said...

    Gorgeous cards!! Really love that faux stitching. What a great idea!

    scrappinmommom said...

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards. Love the bling.

    Linda Peterson said...

    You always come up with the best ideas! Love what you did today.

    Paula Laird said...

    Fantastic! Your posts always have such great information! And I love the swan card! I never would have paired it with that yellow, but it looks great!

    Traci said...

    Love the stitching. The swan is beautiful. Great cards. Thanks for sharing.

    Traci Lord
    3team3lord3@comcast.net

    Linda said...

    Love your cards. I have to have the bling set. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

    Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

    PEEEEEEEEENK BLEEEEEEEENG!!! I love the pink flower bg with the versamark!!! Stunning!!!

    DottyA Cards & Things said...

    Love this stamp set...and your cards is beautiful!

    JessicaK said...

    Gorgeous cards, again Mel. And wow, that octopus card totally cracks me up - the LIPSTICK! :D