Monday, April 25, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: "Branching Out" and "Follow your Dreams"


Good morning! Happy Monday and I hope you all had a terrific Easter weekend! Today our Inspiration Hops with the Gina K team continue, please enjoy all the samples and ideas our team has for you and be sure to leave comments as Gina will be drawing winners from all the comments for stamp sets! The first set I want to show you is my new "Branching Out". Here is a closeup of one of the frames, die cut with a Standard Square Nestabilitie, and layered over Labels 15 and the Fleur de Lis pendant die. As you can see, these frame images work with a lot of different die sets!
I stamped the frame in gray and then the flowers in red, this particular flower is one of my favorites in the set and I love how easy this and all the other tiny elements are to add anywhere to the vine, bringing it to life, and also adding quick pops of color.


Instead of using the large rectangle frame, which was sized with A2 cards in mind, I decided to make a background paper with the longer vine and showcase more images from the set. I placed my Pure White Luxury mat at an angle, corner to my tummy, so I could stamp the vines ion a diagonal in rows, I find it is easy to stamp them "straight" across with the paper turned rather than trying to stamp diagonally, you know?

Next I used Vivid Brick Red to add two different flowers (they can be different types or just the same trumpet flower at different angles) and the berries to random spots on the vines. Depending on the look you are going for, they can all be stamped in consistent spots on the vine for a more symmetrical print, or randomly, turning them this way and that, like real flowers would be. I sponged the edges with gray before adhering it to my card.

This measures 5 1/2" square, I don't normally make cards this large, but I really liked the Pendant die, turned and I think the delicate cut outs go so well with the vine. Cardstock is Smoky Slate, Red Hot and Black Onyx. I notched the corners with the ticket punch and added adhesive nailheads. That beautiful greeting, which really pops in black, is from our next set we are showcasing today, and is also used on the next two "Branching Out" cards which show simple ideas for the birds...
and this one, both simple ones I shared at our release party...


all three of those sentiments are from Theresa's Momber's "Follow your Dreams", another scenic set I know you will love! This boat image I think would speak to every guy in my life! :) She's made it so easy to create a scene with it at the water's edge and a pine silhouette for a background. First I stamped the boat on a 4" x 5 1/4" Pure Luxury White mat and colored it with Copics. The lines below the boat create some ripples in the water, but also help remind me I need to put a little brown there to reflect the boat! Next I masked the boat and sponged aqua ink over it covering the top half of the mat with sticky notes to make a horizon. Remove your mask and sponge more aqua randomly to make the clouds, and olive ink below it the boat for the shore. And once you have your horizon line, you have a spot to add your trees.

Before removing the boat mask, be sure to remember to flip your trees over and stamp again below it, without reinking, this creates the perfect reflection and completes the illusion of water on your card. (Refer to sample for the clouds and boat reflection in the finished scene, I forgot to get a pic of that, oops!)A scene like that deserves a spotlight, so I die cut an oval window through my Kraft mat I'd stamped with the large "Branching Out" frame and then popped it up over my focal point with foam dots. I love doing windows with nature scenes especially, like you are peeking into another world. The frame allows me to come up with a simple but interesting layout that matches nicely! Base is Pure Luxury Fresh Asparagus, and I added just a few silver adhesive nail heads to finish it off.



176 comments:

Jenny McGee said...

Love your cards, especially making that pattern paper. Beautiful.

JaniceAileen said...

A-ma-zing! I always look forward to what you come up with, Mel!

--Marcy said...

Oh My! Each one of these cards made me gasp! They are tremendous! Simple techniques and wonderful applications!

Lusiana said...

Love the cards Melanie. All of them are beautiful. Now you make really want to have those stamp sets!! :D

Kary said...

Melanie, I LOVE these!! Awesome background on the first card.
I really LOVE your new stamp set. Can't wait for it to arrive ;)

Sheila said...

Such an array of cards that can be used in so many ways! I especially enjoyed the boat scene - so peaceful.

Susan said...

Your artistic abilities never cease to amaze me. What awesome cards.

Su said...

wow. these cards are really lovely. I love the background paper you made from the stamps.

Joan said...

Unbelievable! Those cards are over the top gorgeous!!!!! I'd love to win one of those stamp sets.

catdidit said...

LOVE that dp you created with the stamps, awesome Mel! And my fav is the birds on a wire! just gorgeous!

Theresa Momber said...

OMGosh, love everything you did! Your new set is so fun and versatile!!! Gorgeous cards!

judybob3 said...

Just gorgeous.........

Kelly said...

Wow! Fantastic cards! I am totally loving this new set of yours! Beautiful!

jazy1m said...

AMAZING---- cards. Love your ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

Teri said...

All just absolutely beautiful!

Evette K. said...

Just adore these cards!!! Your techniques, creative mind and all the rest....makes for unbelievable creations!!!!!!!!

Cindy said...

These are all beautiful. I would never have guessed that you made your own DP!! Love the tutorials!!

Mrs Ham said...

Fantastic cards Michelle.

Sue said...

Love your cards. Your Branching Out set is awesome.

emilymomto3boys said...

These are all fabulous, Mel! Great job!!

Donna Phelan said...

WOW! Such beautiful work, Melanine. Each card is more beautiful than the last!

Tina Gilliland said...

FAB FAB FAB!!! My fav is the grey and red and the "line" birds!!! LOVE how you used Theresa's set with the cut out oval!!

Leigh M said...

I, too, love the patterened paper you made. It makes that card! Thanks for inspiring.

MiMi63 said...

I love all of your cards. I can't even chose one over the other although I think the boat card is a great one for masculine cards.

Nicole said...

What a great set, Mel. Love your samples.

Laraine R said...

Both of your cards are just gorgeous!! I love your new set!!

Marsha said...

Lovely, lovely cards.

Rita said...

OMG these are all so gorgeous! I luv how you created the background on the first card...it's stunning!

Debby said...

Oh my Melanie, what fabulous cards you have created. I would not like to have to pick a favorite out this group. Awesome, awesome and more awesome.....you rock woman.

Lynette said...

WOW these are really lovely!

Bloomin Rose said...

I love the red, gray and black card and the boat image card, all are great cards!

Nana Connie said...

Wow!! Unbelievable beauty on all the cards. Love the way you combined your set with the Theresa's. Fantastic inspiration. Both these sets are on my wish list. Thanks for your designs.

Valerie said...

Great samples, Mel! Love your homemade patterned paper!

Nancy R Grimes said...

I love your branching out set!!!
The card with the boat was so neat. The tutorial on how you colored it was a nice touch. You have inspired me to do masking again. I kinda forgot about it.

nannapat said...

Melanie, your cards are absolutely stunning. tfs with us, Pat x

L8ybug2 said...

Gorgeous! Need I say more?

Pamela Pattison Lash said...

Beautiful work - love the techniques you shared!
pam_lash at yahoo dot com

Sharon Harnist said...

LOVE the patterned paper you created, Mel -- such a wonderful color combo, too, and gorgeous card! And what a great frame you created for your boat scene -- love it!

Rita said...

Oh, I liked them all! :)

stamper said...

Love your new stamp set! Cards are very nice examples of what We can do.

Deanna C said...

Fantastic use of the stamp by creating patterned paper. It is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents.

Lori said...

Your set is so gorgeous Mel, I cannot wait for it to arrive!! Love what you did with Theresa's too!!

JoanL said...

Beautiful! Love the red and gray combination and your boat scene is breathtaking!

Cynthia said...

Great samples, Melanie! Your sponging is great.

Barbara Colbert said...

love the branches!!! Excellent thought to do the background!!! The boat silhouette is lovely also!

Sandra said...

beautiful art! Love your latest images!
Sanra ltb

Donna said...

Beautiful cards, Melanie. I love the versatility of your new set. It goes so well with almost anything. Thanks for the inspiration!

naneruth said...

Wonderful cards! Love them all.

Bette said...

Very pretty and inspiring cards. Love your stamp set, so very versatile and fun!

Jenny H. said...

Love the ideas for creating our own background paper. Very nice!

Becky said...

Gorgeous cards, each and every one. Love how you made the pattern paper.

Debbie B said...

Wow!!! ALL of your cards are beautiful!! I love the way you stamped and made your own background!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

These are beautiful. I love your hand made background paper.

Beate said...

Wow! Your cards are all gorgeous, Melanie!
Hugs and smiles

crotnem said...

TY for such great ideas for these sets!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Each creation is beautiful in it's own special way, Mel! Love them all!

Ciao Bella! said...

What more can I say -- absolutely gorgeous!

Linda said...

Wow! Have to say that the boat card is high on my list of favorites today! Thanks!

gramig05 said...

Love the background paper so pretty!

lisa808 said...

I'm in awe over your first and last cards!

simplysandylee said...

Thanks for showing the little parts to this set. You did an amazing job on all of your cards.

jan farnworth said...

your cards are so pretty. love the simple techniques you used to create some very nice eye candy.

Marsha said...

These are so beautiful. Thanks for so many ideas.

Jill said...

great creations love how you made your own design paper--just beautiful

imastampin said...

What a fantastic scene. I love the oval framing it too. Beautiful works.

Joy said...

The square frame in Branching Out is wonderful. I love the way you used it on your card! Your second card makes me want to get away and relax!

Jo said...

Oh wow! What great designs. Loved em!!

Mary Leeson said...

Melanie, love the grey/red/black combinaiton....very refreshing! Thanks mucho.

Donna said...

Wow, love all of your cards Mel, amazing how versatile they all are, that is a wonderful job, making your own background paper , very creative!!
Wonderful work!!
Donna Przy....

paperfun said...

Great cards. I really love the grey and red together and the boat one is so amazing.

cstargard said...

WOW! Love your cards! The Branching Out set is wonderful! You're Amazing!!

Peggy M said...

Love your cards ..

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Beautiful cards, Melanie! Fun stamp sets!

Glamour said...

did not think I would like anything better than Hop #1 but I do! Love this design.

I need new stamps to get my mojo going!

Diane

sprgstn16 said...

Love how you made your own background paper! So cool!

CLM-cindylu2u said...

Oh my, your work is spectacular!!!

Di said...

A rich looking card in the grays and red! Love that boat...going to be a must in my collection. Love all of the cards! Thank you!

Gerry said...

Love them all. I like how you made your own dp on the first one.

Di said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks, also, for reminding me of the reflection tip!

Laura's New Place said...

I especially like the cards that are so simple and fast to make. Oh, and yet so pretty.

Auntie Marg said...

beautiful job on your cards..TFS

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Anonymous said...

great cards, the new stamp sets look like lots of fun...
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Bertha W said...

Absolutly loved the background paper - just perfect for your card. Thanks for sharing.

POSH said...

luv the red/gray card...very beautiful. I got a chuckle from the two little birds sitting on the wire...so whimsical and so CUTE!! Great job!!!!

Joan V said...

Wow, these are all so awesome. I love the boat card. You did a beautiful job designing your set. Imagine how many cards one can make from this set. Thanks for sharing.

Kris said...

Wow! I love them all and love what you do with stamps! TFS!
Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Bandon, Oregon said...

Oh my... my breath was taken away with your boat card. Just Beautiful.

I liked how you made your own pattern paper with the Branching Out also. very nice.

HandySandy41 said...

I really like the added flowers. both cards are beautibul. Thank you

Cathy said...

LOVE the new sets and ideas! Beautiful cards! TFS!

Patti J said...

Melanie, your cards are stunning - love them! I absolutely MUST have your new set! Love, love, love it!!! Thanks for being such an inspiration :)

Caity Sue said...

Melania - I couldn't wait to see what you churned out. I really really love how you inset the boat and your coloring on that is just amazing!! Thanks for much for sharing with us.

Rae said...

Wow another great set of stamps and loved your cards

Lynn B. said...

Wowee, wow, wow! Thanks for demonstrating, once again, that stamping can be elevated to true art! I know I'll never achieve that level, but it sure is fun to watch you do it!

DebbieM said...

Stunning cards! Love the birds on a wire and your own dp paper. :)

BYT said...

The background branching one is awesome. I've got plans for that one!!!

sandi said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with each day. Just amazing how creative you are. Thank you for inspiring us to create!!!

kim said...

OH MY Where do I start. I love all of your cards and have added you to my favorite site. Thank you so much for sharing.

kim
k1i2m3@cox.net

SherylH said...

Wow -- love your cards! The Branching Out set is so versatile and particularly because I like using vines/leaves images.

cjgusloff57 said...

Beautiful cards! Your coloring on Follow Your Dreams was exceptional! Wish I could do that well! Thanks for all the inspiration.

Carol said...

Melanie, such a versatile set you have created. I love the way you made your own dp and your use of the fab die.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Totally FABamundo!!! I love making my own dp and yours is just stunning!! And have I said again how much that card with the birdies on the wire is just amazing!!

Allison Cope said...

Gorgeous Mel! Love the grey tones with the pop of bright red! Stunning girl!ho

Krystal said...

I love your stamp sets, and cards, I see yours & Theresa's cards, and it makes me want to throw down about $580 for all the stamp sets!

Cheryl S. said...

Thank you for sharing all you cards using these two wonderful stamps sets! How creative and terrific they all are.

DebraM said...

Thank you so much for this fabulous stamp set you created and also for sharing the beautiful cards and ideas for using it. You are a very gifted and talented woman.....I am learning so much from you and all of Stamp TV

Sue D said...

Great cards--I really like how you framed the boat.

Sharon Mattingly said...

Love the way you made your background paper!

Penne said...

oh my gosh! Love the hand made patterned paper! Thanks for the inspiration, Melanie.

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Melanie, these are amazing! Love how you made your own patterned paper. I love them all.

harrahx2 said...

Love that boat card. You are a great artist for sure!

Jean said...

Such neat designs. I loved the one with the red and black. So striking!! You do beautiful work. Makes mine look so simple.

bernietom47 said...

Your stamp set is amazing! The first three are lovely but your nature scene is simply stunning. Thanks for the 'not to' I learned a lot.
Blessings Bernie

Pat Jandacek said...

You sure know how to spoil us, Melanie, not just with your designs but by showing FOUR cards! Loved them all but I'm always drawn to birds. Thanks for the inspirations.

golf_meg said...

like

Sharon Hoecherl said...

Love the three very different looks with the Branching Out stamp set!

Anita said...

Stuning cards!

Gayle said...

Melanie, You are super talented. Love your new set; can't wait to get it and your cards are totally awesome.

Sandy said...

Great cards. I just love your branching out set. It's definitely one I'm going to have to get!

alienanessa said...

Jeepers, I don't even know where to start!! How can so much amazingness be in one person?! The stamping and colors on your Dreams card are stunning!! The Congrats card is about as beautiful as can be {love those birds!!!}, and that boat scene??!! Good golly, missy, it's spectacular!!

tgtboswell said...

Congrats! on another amazing design set! YOU ROCK! Even my 10yro son liked the birds on the wire card! (that's big praise around here:)

Crafty Math Chick said...

Gorgeousness overload! LOVE your new set Melanie, and I love that it coordinates with some of the classic Nestabilities shapes that several of us have in our collection already. I love all the little accent images you included to coordinate with the vines and am SO impressed with how well you lined everything up so well without a SAMJ!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

All are beautiful but love the pattern paper you created. Goes perfectly with the card.

Brenda said...

Wowza Melanie these are awesome!!! I love your set and have it on the top of my much have list.

Dottie Watson said...

I love what you did with the boat stamp. I think you have great talent and your cards are amazing.
Hugs, Dottie

Anonymous said...

W O W ! ! ! ! ! I like all of your cards. Thanks for the tutorial on the boat card. All of your cards are beautifully done. TFS ! ! !
Jean McGee

sandyh said...

each of the cards is great! clean and simple, nice coloring!
sandyh

terri d said...

Loved your cards. Soft but strong!

Birds i View said...

I like your cards and your stamps. I see a lot of use for them.

Glitter Fantasies said...

Oh Melanie your talent is beyond words!! Question about the one that you have the birds and background reminds you of a sunset...is that c/s or did you do that effect?? If you did it or bought it please share! Love it!
Jackie
jmpresearch@gmail.com
I am getting closer to my Bling set!!!!

Neesey said...

I love your sets Mel. I think this one is a must also. I am enjoying the Bling set so much. Thanks for giving me a chance to win this set.

Brneda B said...

WOW - Branching Out is a must have set. So versatile.

Anonymous said...

Love all of your card creations... great idea to use the vine stamp to create the beautiful background.
crafty teacher

Debbie Bradford said...

Your cards are beautiful and your designs are fantastic!

Golda said...

Wow! Gorgeous cards.

Darla said...

Great samples!!! TFS!!!

Ravengirl said...

These are fabulous samples! Love the card with the boat and the do-it-yourself dp!

jean w. said...

Wow all those cards are great! Love each one!

Karen said...

I really like all of your cards. Very nice.

coloradoleen said...

The boat scene card is amazing and I like how the background paper came out on the first card!

Lynne said...

They are all beautiful as is your new stamp set. The Congratulations card was my favorite.

Betty said...

2 must have's. I'd love to win! Great examples to inspire.

Darla said...

Wow!! I just finished visiting all the DT blogs. This set is a definite must-have Melanie!!!!
I love that pop of red colour on the first card and the fleur de lis behind!!

Ms. Earlgrey said...

I love both cards, its like you created you own dp.

Joan

Monica said...

Holy cow! Love each and every card you showcased! Melanie your work is so inspiring.. got to get these stamps!

Vicki Dutcher said...

That boat card is just stunning! Fabulous coloring~

sharman said...

Loved ALL of the cards. They are all soooooo good. Thank you for sharing.

MyAuntKath said...

I didn't think I could see any more beautiful boat scenes in this bunch, but boy you proved me wrong! Love that card. Also I loved the branching out cards. I must have that set! Kathie

Lagene said...

Gorgeous cards! Thanks for the tips!!!

Traci said...

You outdid yourself. I can't even pick a favorite. Thank you for sharing. ;0)

Lindsay M. said...

Whoa!!! Simply stunning!!!! You are so talented!!! Thank you for all the inspiration!!! ;)

bluemoon said...

Super cards. I am loving the boat and scenic ones for men, (always so hard to do men)!

Karen said...

Wow, love your cards. The boat card is particularly gorgeous with the window and beautiful coloring.

Bonnie said...

I really loved all of your cards. The beautiful background as well as the scene. You make it sound so easy to make a scene.

Giovana said...

Melanie, all your creations are fantstic!!!

Carol said...

Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Sue said...

Jimminie Crickets Melanie! What a showcase of talent. I so love what you've done with these sets. I love the way you twisted the paper instead of the stamp, what an ah ha moment. Thanks for that one.

Kay S said...

Amazing, beautiful cards! The red and black one is so awesome! Love the cut out with the scene inside it! Lovely!

Paulette Still said...

Oh Melanie, these sets are just gorgeous. I loved all of your cards and seeing how you all use the stamps differently. The trumpets on your's are so sweet. An older lady to the back of our house has 2 huge trumpet vines on the back of her house over a large arbor, one is orange and the other yellow, I enjoy them so much every year. Flowers just make us smile and I LOVE that boat. =D

Nana Jo said...

Great cards but I love the canoe card. wow!
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Janeen said...

i always click "i learned something" on your blog b/c I always do. love your BG paper you made.

SandyK said...

Your work is always amazing.

Betty Neville said...

These are so awesome Melanie! Thank you for all the inspiration!

AJ said...

love your birds on a wire card!! fabulous!

Jan Castle said...

Oh so pretty Melanie!

sghay said...

Red and gray..I love that combination. Also love the birds on the line..I always wonder what they're discussing when I see that. And that boat card..fabulous, gorgeous, beautiful!

Beastybunny said...

All of these are just lovely! Great work.

Susan said...

Love all the cards, but especially the one with the boat. I am always looking for more masculine card samples...this one is great!

Boo said...

Awesome ideas! Love the bird cards, but the boat is just wonderful. It is a work of art! Thanks for sharing. Sue

Anne said...

Your cards are amazing, just beautiful.
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com

Karen said...

Love how you made the background paper and the reflection of the trees in the water. Thanks for sharing.

SJCarsten said...

love the cards!!

Shirley B said...

Loved your cards. The boat reminded me of times when I used to go fishing with my grandfather in a boat like that.

Mary Friederichsen said...

These are just gorgeous Melanie!

Thank you for sharing!

Hugs,
Mary

stampqueen said...

What an awsome bunch of cards!!!!
Love the birds with the sunset and the boat card!!!

Diana said...

Very pretty cards

Lorraine said...

Wow, gorgeous creations! And your new stamp set looks awesome!