Friday, April 22, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: "Garden Silhouettes" and "Timeless Textures"

What a release party last night, oh my goodness, that was fun!! Thank you all for turning it out and chatting, there were faces "new" and "old" and it wouldn't be a party without all our amazing Gina K customers and fans! If you missed all or any part of it you can see all the samples, chatting thread, videos and challenges linked on the STV main page! Now, for more inspiration!
Today we focusing on Gina's sets, "Timeless Textures" and the new "Free with Three" set "Garden Silhouettes"! (I love being able to post the full set now that we do our hops after the release, and you are going to love these!) Texture stamps are such great stamps to have in your "toolbox", they are perfect as the focus of a card or a way to add just the right something to make a beautiful design even better! And chunky, bold stamps like these silhouette flowers work for so many techniques, so today I combined the two on my card.


Cardstocks are Gina K Pure Luxury White, Little Boy Blue and in The Navy. I love all the white space on this card! I began by inking up the long "linen" stamp in a pale blue ink, and then inked up the bold iris in Vivid Inky Blue and kissed it all over the inked texture stamp, re-inking each time and varying the height of the flowers by stamping them in different positions. then I huffed on the texture stamp and pressed it onto the white cardstock.




The kissing effect is subtle here, but effective, see below. This texture is so fine that if you used a line art image you would hardly see it kissed, but these bold flowers are just right. :)


Next I did some Direct to Stamp by inked up the different portion of the iris with my Memento Markers, Summer Sky and Danube Blue for the flowers and Cottage Ivy for the leaves and pressed it over the textures on the left, to leave room for my greeting on the right. The bold silhouette really brings out those kissed images on the linen, and that linen block really grounds the solid flower and adds interest to the layout.



I also used the Scor-Bug and Scor-Buddy to pierce a row of holes to underscore the sentiment, skipping around the flower stem. No embellishments on this card! The colors and gorgeous images really stand out beautifully with no distractions.


I decided to go ahead and post this same card portrait style, because I think either layout looks pretty cool! If you send it in an envelope, it'll be up to the recipient to decide which way it goes anyway, and I'm sure most people will have "one" way they see it and one way only, and that's great!











      • Vicki Dutcher

      • Hope you have terrific Easter weekend with your family, and our inspiration hops will be continuing for the rest of our new sets on Monday! :)

      180 comments:

      emilymomto3boys said...

      oh Mel! I saw that card at the hop last night but didn't know who had made it - just lovely!

      AJ said...

      wow- Mel, I LOVE your card. The colors are awesome, and I love the way you layered the images!

      Karen (TLgirl353) said...

      Lovely card, Melanie! So soft and subtle, perfect for a sympathy card.

      imastampin said...

      How lovely. These textures are awesome.

      richard said...

      Melanie--Just got my Gifts of the Sea stamps, via my WIN at StampTV's color challenge! I had to drop everything and spend several hours with them....THEY ARE just STUNNING! Love your work, and love this card too! I just bought myself broke at the launch party.....woohoo, I say. Woohoo!

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      Bloomin Rose said...

      Lovely card, I love that you perforated just toward the edge, added just the right touch.

      catdidit said...

      So awesome Mel! I love the portrait style of it, always love something different like that on my cards too, lol! Such gorgeous color choices too!

      Donna said...

      Lovely card, Melanie. Love the combination of both sets.

      Teri said...

      Very pretty card! TFS!

      Theresa Momber said...

      Gorgeous, Mel! The way you used the texture stamp really makes those flowers pop!

      Gracka said...

      I'm always looking for sympathy card inspiration; this one is lovely.

      Marie / Legojenta said...

      Beautiful card! TFS =)

      Carol Matthews said...

      These are lovely! The layering is so crisp, and I love the colours you used! TFS!

      Leigh M said...

      Perfectly stunning, as usual. Thanks for inspiring.

      Joanne Travis said...

      So clean, elegant, and beautiful! Love this design.

      Mrs Ham said...

      Wonderful card design Mel. Great use of the stamp sets.

      Marie Gamber said...

      Beautiful! you always add that extra touch of elegance to your cards!
      Hugs,
      Marie

      crafty1964 said...

      So inspirational! -TinaG

      Sue said...

      Your cards are gorgeous

      Tina Gilliland said...

      Truly gorgeous!!! LOVE the coloring on the flowers and that you can use the card either way!! Great design!!!

      Patti said...

      like the offset image layer

      CraftyJo said...

      More kissing! Great card for a 'sympathy' - it's so easy to go over the top but this is perfect.

      Nedlnut said...

      It's beautiful. I'll have to try this one too!

      Judy I said...

      I always enjoy seeing your beautiful work.

      Karen said...

      So beautiful. Perfect sympathy card with its softness.

      Sarita said...

      Nice idea with having the background stamp going in one direction and the flower stamp only slightly covering.

      Valerie said...

      2, 2 layouts in one, love it, love the colors and the kissing!

      DebbieM said...

      Stunning card! Love how you've used the kissing technique 'on' the texture stamp instead of 'with' the texture stamp. Thanx for sharing! :)

      inkyfingers said...

      very beautiful... and original!

      gale.sewell said...

      Beautiful card, you are so talented and I love your stamps too.

      Terri (blindstamper) said...

      So soft and pretty...PERFECT for a sympathy card.

      RedGem said...

      Wow... what a great idea using the flower to be the background stamp on another background stamp. Love it! I'm always looking for a subtle sympathy card and this it a good one!

      Linda said...

      Gorgeous card, love it !! Thanks so much for sharing.

      Beastybunny said...

      The colors and textures are simply lovely. Fabulous job!

      --Marcy said...

      Oh My! Tremendous card - the paper piercing is such a great addition, and I forget about it all the time - thanks for the inspiration!

      Jackie W. said...

      OK, now am really inspired. I'm itchin to get into my papers and ink. Great job.

      Cheri said...

      What a soft and lovely card, Mel. I love it from either perspective.

      jazy1m said...

      Loved your card. Thanks so much for sharing.

      patski said...

      makes a wonderful sympathy card - they are so hard to make

      DebraM said...

      You did an amazing job on this card. love everything about it.

      Pam Zirbel 'One Woman Creations' said...

      Gorgeous! Love the blue and the design of your card!!

      Billie Dee said...

      Another to describe as simple elegance. I love your style!

      lisa808 said...

      Exciting new sets.

      babdu said...

      liked the perforation

      jan farnworth said...

      very pretty

      Sheila... said...

      great idea. the reflection of the flower in the background. beautiful job!

      Glamour said...

      Another inspiring hop! Thanks for all the creative ideas, now I need to sit and do something with the ideas.....new stamps would really inspire me......LOL

      Diane

      Marion said...

      Love how you added the flower to the background stamp. Very nice!

      Karen said...

      Love this stamp set your textures and color combo really are great

      GAZ said...

      Great card and I love how you used the texture stamp. Thanks for sharing!

      Stacy said...

      Loved the combo of the two sets!

      Miesje said...

      I agree - it looks good portrait style too! Love the colors and the layout!

      Cathy said...

      Beautiful creations! TFS!

      pqueenie said...

      Your use of the blue for the flowers is beautiful.

      Jackie said...

      So soft and pretty, the perfect Sympathy card.

      Pat said...

      What a very elegant and fabulous way to express one's sympathy. Very creative.

      Lynn B. said...

      I always love an example of a sympathy card that's not overly somber. I tuck away the idea to use myself!

      CLM-cindylu2u said...

      Beautiful card, Love how you used the textured stamp!!

      LyndaG said...

      Lovely card. mello for Mel

      Clare said...

      Very nice and elegant!

      Sharon Mattingly said...

      What a beautiful card - love the techniques you used!

      Golda said...

      Gorgeous card. I love the layout you used.

      Die Cut Lady said...

      I like the way you faded the background stamp.

      jean wilson said...

      Cool card either way Melanie!

      debbie said...

      simplicity at its best! Love this card.

      Arlene said...

      Simple and elegant - nice card.

      Kelly said...

      What a fun way to use the kissing technique. I love the subtle way it shows on the textured image. Beautiful card Melanie!

      Catherine Kraft said...

      Great card and love the different design elements to it.
      Blessings~
      catherinesangels@yahoo.com

      Janet L. said...

      Beautiful card! It's so perfect for a sympathy card.

      firstgrandma6 said...

      Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! you are very talented!

      joy said...

      Wonderful card! I love the touch of black framing that makes your card pop!

      Sandy said...

      Lovely card.

      Scrap Happy said...

      Beautiful card! I like the quote too!

      Jan Castle said...

      Very pretty...I like the combo!
      Jan Castle

      Geri said...

      Beautiful job showcasing the new stamps! Love the colors you chose for your card.

      scrappinmommom said...

      Really love the card. You are awesome.

      coolnana72 said...

      Beautiful card--perfect design for a sympathy card but I can also see using the same design for a get well card. Thanks so much for sharing

      Anonymous said...

      Simply elegant...perfect for a sympathy card. Loving these two sets.
      crafty teacher

      Susan said...

      Love your card. The colors are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

      Mary Friederichsen said...

      This is so elegant and just beautiful! I think whoevered received this would find such comfort in the softness of the colors and textures.
      Thank you for sharing your inspiration!
      And I love your new set and the papers Melanie! You did a gorgeous job with them!
      May you have a Blessed Easter!
      Hugs,
      Mary

      Glitter Fantasies said...

      Oh Melanie your cards are as amazing as your stamps!!!

      Jackie
      jmpresearch@gmail.com

      Becky Yo said...

      I'm amazed at all of the creative interpretations I've seen using these two sets! TFS!

      POSH said...

      Great card, luv the card. Very understated..very classy.

      bernietom47 said...

      Love your color combo and the piercing is simply perfect.
      Blessings Bernie

      Patty said...

      I love your cards. How impressive are they?! You are awesome!

      Kris said...

      Totally cool! Love it... simply superb! TFS!

      Kris in Alaska
      funamom at yahoo dot com

      cjgusloff57 said...

      Lovely, sympathy card, very seren and calming. Your work is always special. Thanks for sharing it.

      Lynne said...

      Great cards, really pretty and using the "score" tools does set off the wording very nicely.

      Marie said...

      You are right! The subtlness of the background texture is gorgeous.
      I love this idea using the kissing technique!
      Thanks for sharing!
      Marie

      Linda said...

      Beautiful card and love the layering. Thanks for sharing.

      Linda D.

      sghay said...

      Perfect sympathy card.

      Judy Averill said...

      Love the stamps and the textures.

      Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

      I love the softness of this design Mel!!! Just gorgeous!!

      Linda said...

      I just love you.... blue card it so pretty and neat layout!

      Jimmi said...

      Beautiful and elegant card!!
      love it :)

      nannapat said...

      Oh my goodness! how beautiful is this. tfs with us Mel. Pat x

      Lorraine said...

      Wow, what a gorgeously unique card creation! Stunning!

      Donna Phelan said...

      Leave it to you to pucker up and kiss. LOVE the effect it had on your card. Perfect really!

      naneruth said...

      A very lovely card!

      Gayle said...

      Melanie, This is beautiful with the subtle background. Perfect. Happy Easter to you and yours.

      KVencel said...

      LOVE this idea!

      Peggy said...

      Great card. I like that technique.
      God bless,
      PeggyS

      Frankie said...

      Lovely Card so beautiful!!

      Nana Connie said...

      Mel, such a wonderful card! Simple and elegant. Perfect blending of the two stamp sets. Such great stamps in the release this time.

      Anita said...

      Stunning card!

      jgrady24 said...

      Just so very lovely cards you have created. I am so inspired by you. Thank you so much

      Peggy Abram said...

      Very Very creative. Thanks for posting.

      gramig05 said...

      wow so pretty!!!! i really like these background stamps. would like to try them with the bling set i have!!!! love the kiss method on this too.

      Crafty Math Chick said...

      I love how beautifully these sets compliment one another Melanie, you showcased them so well in your card. Just love it.

      Sharon said...

      What a beautiful soft card, I love how you used the timeless texture stamp!

      Cindy Lou said...

      The card is just lovely, you did a wonderful job, thank yo so much for sharing!

      Sue D said...

      Very pretty--I like the kissing effect.

      Anonymous said...

      Beautiful card! I am so loving the texture stamps! Thanks for the inspiration.
      herzigfam

      Lindsay M. said...

      WOW!!! Gorgeous card!!! Simply stunning!!!

      Pat R said...

      Crisp, clean, layered design!

      Dee in N.H. said...

      Gorgeous card!

      buggin2stamp said...

      Beautiful Melanie! I love your clean design.

      Denise said...

      Nice combination of the 2 sets!
      DeniseB

      Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

      Love the layering and texture.

      Nancy Abair said...

      WOW!! Love it!! P.S. just bought a copy of a cardmaking magazine the other day and see some of your cards in there. It was like seeing an old friend.

      Rita said...

      Loved how you used the kissing technique and using markers to shade the flowers. :)

      Barb said...

      love the card. awesome colors.

      jazzle24 said...

      Beautiful! I love the pierced accent.

      Vicki Dutcher said...

      Love the layouts - both look fabulous~

      cal8007 said...

      Love all the techniques you used on this beautiful card. I'm going to have to try them!

      Carmen L
      cal8007 at aol dot com

      Lagene said...

      WOW! This is such a neat technique with the kissing flower on texture BG!!!!

      Bertha W said...

      Your card is so clean and simple - just my style.

      Giovana said...

      Beautiful cards Mel!!!

      Brenda B said...

      What a beautiful card. So elegant.

      Leisa said...

      beautiful card - love how you kissed the main flower image into the textured background so it looked like subtle shadows

      Lori said...

      Yes, I think it works great either way!! I need to try this when my sets get here!!!

      W. Rohlfing said...

      beautiful cards! thanks so much for sharing. Gina sure has some wonderful stamp sets.

      Jennie said...

      Mel, this is beautiful!! Love the way you used the two stamp sets.

      Brenda said...

      Such a lovely card Melanie!

      Linda Beeson said...

      Wow, you have sold me on needing that texture set! What a really neat look you created.

      Melody (lacyquilter) said...

      This is gorgeous. I love how you kissed the background.

      Susan said...

      Outstanding! I love the kissing technique you've used and the colours and the overall look of the card.

      1jmass said...

      You are right-the card works in either orientation.

      Debbie Bradford said...

      This is really pretty. Thank you for your easily understood description of how you made it.

      luvhymns said...

      Wonderful card and thanks for showing it to us different ways. Both have my mind contemplating. Love the blue!

      Debi said...

      I love this card. Beautiful. Thank you

      Andrene said...

      Simple and elegant. Perfect for a sympathy card. Super job!

      Barbara Colbert said...

      Nice job...good use of the background stamps and showing what can be done with it! NICE!

      wfmom06 said...

      Thanks for refreshing the kissing technique. Haven't used it in a while and these stamps work perfectly with it!

      Donna said...

      awesome background you made!

      Kary said...

      Wow, I LOVE your card, Melanie!! Both orientation looks GREAT!

      Wide Eyed Stamper said...

      A lovely sympathy card Melanie.

      Kathryn said...

      Very creative card. Would love to win these stamps so I could make the same card myself!

      Donna said...

      Lovely cards, these seems to be a very versatile set of stamps, all the cards are wonderful!!

      Donna Przy...

      Parker said...

      I don't believe I've ever seen a layout like this and I like it. Thank you for sharing. Isn't Garden Silhouettes with Timeless Treasure a great pair.

      Parker said...

      I have never seen a layout like this before, and I like it. Thank you for sharing. Isn't Garden Silhouettes and Timeless Textures a great pair.

      Carol said...

      What a beautiful card. Absolutely lovely.

      Leonie Castro said...

      very nice card Mel. Love it!

      stampqueen said...

      Absolutly stunning - I adore the subtle kissing texture!!!!

      Helen F. said...

      Mel this is a stunning card! the color combo is just perfect with this image for a Sympathy card.

      Beverly S. said...

      Beautiful sympathy card...love how you used this stamp set.

      stamper said...

      Very nice card Melanie!

      janice moss said...

      Very nice....I wasn't sure what the 'kissing' was but it was easy to figure out...lovely!

      Betty Neville said...

      Lovely card Melanie! That kissing effect is so cool!

      Fab and Sassy said...

      beautiful and inspirational cards

      Debbie said...

      Great design Melanie and a beautiful card!

      Marilyn said...

      I love the color, images and the backgrounds, I guess I love it all. Thank you for all your inspiration.

      Marilyn said...

      Lovely card -- very useful too! Thank you for all your inspiration.

      Traci said...

      So pretty. Love how you combined the two sets. Thank you for sharing. It's always a pleasure stopping by here. ;0)

      Traci Lord
      3team3lord3@comast.net

      Penne said...

      Oh how I love this card! So soft... TFS, Melanie.

      Janeen said...

      thanks for sharing the idea of shadow stmping onto the texture block. great look. i always learn something from your stamping, Melanie.

      Wendi K said...

      Beautiful creation.. Thanks for sharing.


      Wendy K in Chicago

      Charmain said...

      I just love this card and the how you used the kissing techniques here with the two stampsets. I'm definately inspired :^)

      JaniceAileen said...

      Great sympathy card, Mel!

      Ravengirl said...

      These are really beautiful! I missed the release party and am catching up now!

      kflylo said...

      Keep up the great work. Love to get new ideas and each time I learn something new.

      kflylo said...

      so wonderful to get ideas of all the things tah we can do. Please keep up the good work. Love it!!

      Joan V said...

      Wow, what a beautiful sympathy card. Love the way you used both sets of stamps on this card.

      Sue VanDeVusse said...

      Love how you did that textured layer with the flowers! This is a real WOW card!

      Verna Angerhofer said...

      What a gorgeous sympathy card.

      bluemoon said...

      Beautiful cards, great new sets too!

      Becky said...

      You come up with the most fabulous designs Mel..Your card is awesome.

      Sue said...

      Love the cards.

      Diana said...

      Loved your card