Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spellbinders Blog Hop

Good morning! The Gina K Designs team would like to welcome to you a special Spellbinders Thank You Blog Hop!! Recently Spellbinders generously gifted each member of our Design Team with the amazing new Grand Calibur, what a perfect gift for a papercrafter and we are all enjoying this fabulous machine! We have made some special cards and projects to showcase the new Grand Calibur and why we are loving it so much! (You should be coming from Lee Murphy's blog, but if you're starting here, you will find another link at the end of this post which will take you to the end and allow you to circle back around!)
Here is a card I made with one of the Fancy Tag Dies. These beautiful tags are often the inspiration for the entire card, the elegant flourished and intricate details make it easy choose paper and images to create a gorgeous, coordinated project and really add flair to any sentiment! I embossed a greeting from "Basket Blessings" in gold into the center of the die and then rubbed some metallic paste over the die before removing it, I love using these dies like stencils, just makes the beautiful details in the embossed edges pop even more.

I embossed my bunch of tulips and lilies from "Spring Basket", stamping one on ivory cardstock then flipping the stamp over to stamp below and create this rounded, wreath effect. Cut out and mounted under the tag die cut, it looks like a beautiful medallion, I love the way the flower bunches frame the sentiment.
Gina K Pure Luxury Good as Gold and Ivory Cardstock
Gina K Organdy, adhesive nailheads, Wave Flourish Punch
As I've said before, the thing I love most about the Grand Calibur is having the ability to cut and emboss so many images at once on the large plate, but I also love how evenly it applies pressure, so that even when you are doing one die like this Fancy Tag, it easily cuts out all those tiny details in just one pass.


Thank you again, Spellbinders for the Grand Calibur! For someone like me who is a constant collector of Nestabilities, this machine and streamlines the cardmaking process and gets me using all these beautiful dies more often! Love it!
Time to continue the hop, please check out another project using Spellbinders at Michelle's blog!

63 comments:

catdidit said...

How gorgeous with all the gold Mel! Stunning creation!

Gladys R. said...

Your card is so elegant.
Love it. I love all the
ways you are using the
new stamps. I have this
tag set and use it often.
It really does make a
difference with the cards
by using one of the tags.
Thanks for all the inspirations.

Robin (Tqmnurse) said...

beautiful, elegant card...thanks for sharing.

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous!!! Such an elegant card and I just love this layout!

JaniceAileen said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Melanie! Way to rock this hop!

Susan said...

Love the card and colors.

crafty1964 said...

So elegant and lovely. Hallmark has nothing compared to you lady!

Cheri said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Melanie!

Debbie said...

Melanie this card is so elegant. Love the use of the new stamp set!

Donna said...

what a beauty!

Sharon Harnist said...

What a clever idea you used to make your tulip wreath, Mel -- LOVE it! What a elegant and gorgeous card!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the pop of gems - gorgeous card

Becky said...

This is elegant in the gold.

Ravengirl said...

This is just so rich looking! Love that tag out front and center!

Gail said...

I am very much a fan of embossing - nicely done!!!

Crafty Math Chick said...

Beautiful use of those flowers Melanie. I love all the golden accents.

Carolyn King said...

gorgeous. love the elegance of the gold embossing!!!

Mary said...

Very, very nice. Very classy! I love what you did with your stamp and the die cut....wow. Gotta love those embossed backgrounds. Thank you so much for inspiring me.

Mary Hansen said...

Outstanding card!!

Mrs Ham said...

Beautiful. I love all the embossing that went into making this card.

Auntie Em said...

How elegant! Love the little flourish on the bottom.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Mary Friederichsen said...

This is just gorgeous Melanie!
So Elegant!
Thank you for sharing!
Blessings and Hugs,
Maru

alienanessa said...

all the gold is just beautiful, great job!!

SherylH said...

Very elegant!

Nana Connie said...

Totally elegant! Love the soft neitrals and the gold accents. Wonderful use of the tag dies.

Viv said...

Stylish, elegant, picture perfect! Love the clever way you made that 'wreath'! xxx

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Beautiful! Love all that gold embossing - so classy and elegant!!

Golda said...

That is absolutely gorgeous!

nannapat said...

What a stunningly elegant card! The inspiration you give others is truly appreciated. Pat x

terrie said...

Your card is so elegant..the gold against the white is so perfect...thank you for sharing it with us.

Georgei said...

wow very pretty like the color
every thing is beautiful
thank for showing

Linda said...

Very pretty, thank you for sharing.

Giovana said...

Beautiful and elegant card Melanie!!

Carol said...

Elegant!!

Tamara said...

Beautiful card!!

Lagene said...

Elegant! GORGEOUS!!!

Carol said...

How lovely!!

Moments by Marla said...

Your card is just stunning and elegant. Wonderful use of the spellbinders. Thank you!!

KareS said...

What an elegant card! Thank you for sharing!

MaryNSC said...

FANTABOLOUS BEAUTIFUL!!! Love the embossing.. U make me want to go emboss something..:O)

Donna Huisinga said...

Yours is so elegant. I know it's been said, but that is just a good way to describe it. Really pretty.

Cathy -Mercieschild said...

Melanie, what a gorgeous card. Wow, it is elegant . I love it. Now I know I have to have one of these machines. Thank you so much for being part of the blog hop so I could see this beautiful card and the others too. hugs Cathy K

Glamour said...

Beauty!

Diane

Saxon and Jaedyn said...

gorgoeus card!!! very elegant!!!

Judy said...

Beautiful!!! TFS

Diane said...

Very elegant, Melanie!fr

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

so pretty

Donna said...

Such a rich and elegant looking card , just love it!! Terrific work!! Nesties RULE!!

Jan Castle said...

Very pretty Mel...elegant...know you must be enjoying your G.C.!

Julie said...

beautiful card.

SueB said...

elegant card - TFS! great perks of being a DT member, eh?!

Valerie said...

So elegant, Melanie!

Mary B. said...

I love the layers you are able to create using the dies! Beautiful card! Thank you for sharing!

grandmalee said...

What a fabulous stamp to use with these Spellbinder dies! Stunning!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhh Mel....just rich and elegant and classy to the MAX!!!!

Clare said...

What a wonderful card! Congratulations!

Ro said...

tks Mel for this work of art! a thrill!

Deb said...

So elegant and gorgeous, Melanie! Love the way you framed the tag with gorgeous flowers!

kellyisascrapdiva said...

What an elegant and stunning card! Just love this! Thanks for a great blog hop!

Janine said...

Very pretty

Miesje said...

Oh this is just so beautiful and elegant. I love the gold and white simplicity! Your stamp sets are always so perfect!

Nancy said...

I love your card! In fact I'm really enjoying all your bunny & turtle cards too. I'm so excited that you got a Grand Calibur! Guess what? My hubby bought me one on HSN yesterday!!! Just because he loves me. What a guy! I can't wait to get it! :)

Susan said...

The gold and white is so classic and elegant. Beautiful!