Friday, May 27, 2011

inspiration hop, Day 1: "Border Bling" and "Vogue Vases"


How about that release party last night?! It was so fun to mingle and chat with so many of you, thanks for coming out! Today starts our first day of inspiration hops with the design team for all the newest sets from Gina K designs! The first set is my new "Border Bling", made to fit and embellish several of my favorite label and shaped Nestabilities dies, as well as coordinate with "Bring the Bling", (already one of my best sellers!) Be sure to watch Gina's video using this new set with the Liquid Pearls if you missed it last night , if that doens't make you want them I don't know what will! And I say we bug her for all the remaining colors too LOL!)
Here is the sample I peeked yesterday, it uses paper from the new Stamp TV "Vintage Chic" kit, (these sets are really a match made in heaven with it's bling, and sentiments that match pretty much all of Gina's images, will be fun to mix them up!) this border is stamped in black on a Labels Four die cut and then enhanced with one of the smaller bling elements in the set (that are made to fit into corners of the borders, mats, etc) in gray.
Don't you love this quote? Any of you know who* said it? (hint: she is FABULOUS and I would have included it but didn't have room on the plate, we needed more bling MORE than her name LOL! No, it's not Gina, but that's a good guess, hee hee) I am head over heels with this font, too, it is very vintage and so sassy with the bling and for all your girlfriend cards!
Another thing I love about these borders is how they can fit quite a few more dies than meet the eye. Here you can see I have used border designed to fit a Label Fourteen die (the greeting is popped out, it is awesome to be able to remove these when you want to use them on your own or with a different quote or image, but still put it back in to be centered) and then a large scroll element to create a more intricate label to fill in this larger Labels Nine die cut, isn't that fun the way you can customize these to fit your purposes or make them fancier or simpler?And here is the Label Fourteen die cut with a sentiment die cut layered over the same die cut i showed above. I haven't even had time to make a card with it, it has been crazy with school finishing up! (But just had to share this idea, I couldn't wait!)
To go along with this star quote, I added some new bling shapes, so now in addition to the pearls, you've also got RHINESTONES and stars to play with! Hope you will spy some of them along our hop today, I will be using a few of them on samples in the following hop days, so stay tuned!
Next up, we have Theresa's "Vogue Vases" set, which has such a cool art deco or old Hollywood feel, a little bit of line art but also the great silhouettes Theresa is known for! Here I embossed one of her vases (the other is an exact line art match so you can use the other for paper piecing or line them up to use together to make one vase) in black, and then shaded the ferns by thumping two different green markers on them before stamping. If my cropping of the vase looks unusual here, I had a completely different idea in my mind, but accidentally lopped off the top of the fancy die cut label it was on, oops! Rather than scrap it, I just did a tight crop to remove the curvy edges of the label, and to "make it work", I had to come up with a new layout, one that I will admit is MUCH more interesting that my original plan! Incidentally, this is how most of my better layouts come about, trying to make the boo boos work! So don't be afraid of mistakes, embrace the opportunity! :)
I added her long border that can be used as a shelf OR just as a decorative element, that's gonna be a fun stamp! I sponged the edges of the Grass Green Pure Luxury with a deeper green ink and added some ribbon from the new StampTV kit. Still can't get enough of the new Key Lime!
Aren't you just loving how everything looks so beautiful together in this release?
  • Gina K

  • AJ Otto

  • Carolina Buchting

  • Cathy Tidwell

  • Deb Felts

  • Donna Baker

  • Giovana Smith

  • Janice Whiting

  • Jennie Harper

  • Jimmi Mayo

  • Lee Murphy

  • Melanie Muenchinger

  • Michelle Woerner

  • Sharon Harnist

  • Theresa Momber

  • Tina Gilliland

  • Vicki Dutcher
  • 120 comments:

    Melinda said...

    Love your card!

    dvs said...

    Simply Fab!

    Becky said...

    Both of these are lovely.

    catdidit said...

    These are so very awesome Mel! i always love your little ideas how to use all your stamps...im like 'WHY didnt I think of that!' (cause Im not the awesome MEL is why, :D) And I really love the design of that 2nd one, sometimes those are happy mistakes I call them! LOL Hope you are feeling better mf!!

    richardbreaks said...

    Could NOT be better! Congrats on ANOTHER awesome set!

    Tina Gilliland said...

    LOVE how you extended the bling!!! Was just thinking this morning I'd try using more of the "scroll" pieces!! Thanks for sharing that! The vase card is gorgeous in green!!! Really like how you colored the leaves!

    Ravengirl said...

    Wow, Melanie! Now I have two bling sets to purchase!

    JoAnnG said...

    thanks for the great ideas

    Donna said...

    Gorgeous, Melanie! Love your new set and Theresa's!

    Lillian Child said...

    These are simply stunning!

    Scrapacat said...

    Love these sets! Your stamps are always so versatile. Have a great holiday weekend! ♥ky

    Betty said...

    Love the cards, the vase set is AMAZING!

    AlpacaRose said...

    Love your designs. Great idea to put the two long borders together.

    Sharri said...

    Beautiful cards Melanie!

    Kelly G said...

    Love the cards...

    Anonymous said...

    Very lovely cards... love both of these sets.
    Debbie D.

    Carol said...

    Great cards, love your style!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007@gmail.com

    sprgstn16 said...

    Your cards are great! Thanks for sharing.

    Carla said...

    I'm agreeing with everyone on this blog and on this hop...your cards are awesome

    Sue D said...

    Great sets and cards and it is nice to know you make boo boos too!

    alienanessa said...

    Holy jeepers, gorgeous projects!

    sonyaeverding said...

    Loved the green card especialy the detail on the vase

    Riette said...

    A round of applause!! Thanks for also showing how to adapt the bling stamp on other shapes. Fantastic.

    Crafty Math Chick said...

    I love how versatile your set is Melanie - it works well with so many different Nestability shapes! And your card using Theresa's set is stunning - the thumping technique looks awesome with that image!

    ~ Connie said...

    Fabulous! Can't wait to see your set featured - it's one of my favorites.

    Bev E said...

    Great talent, great cards!

    Sandy said...

    Great creations. I especially like the black and white.

    Anonymous said...

    I get so much inspiration from seeing the cards and the ideas. I thank you for being so dedicated to this effort.
    Tish
    cattish@verizon.net

    WyoGirl said...

    Classy cards, love them.

    Alice H said...

    Awesome as always. Love your sets.

    Joan said...

    Super-esp. like the green/black combo on the Vogue Vases, but of courst bling is always super.

    Joni said...

    classy cards.

    Chris said...

    Beautiful samples, Melanie! Love how the Border Bling stamps can be expanded to be used with other dies. I can't live with out using my nesties!

    Wendy said...

    Love the layout developed from a mistake! You're GOOD! :-)

    Joyce Thurston said...

    love all the bling

    Carole said...

    Such wonderful composition on your "vase" card. Serendipity.

    Barbara Bryant said...

    You have went over the top Lady and I appreicate this truly do.

    Pat Jandacek said...

    Wonderful comments on the stamps and your thoughts in their design. I LOVE the birthday card and pairing the 'decorative shelf' makes an absolutely gorgeous element. I agree that solving problems turns the creative juices on. Thanks for sharing.

    Billie Dee said...

    WOW!

    gerissman said...

    Beautiful job as usual!! I especially love the look that the thumping technique gave to the ferns!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

    RuthAnn said...

    So many ideas from these stamps, very cute card, thanks for sharing, take care.

    Shirleo said...

    Love the classic look of your cards!

    Sharon Harnist said...

    Looks like we were on the same b/w wavelength with your first card, Mel -- love it! And the purple label sure is pretty, with the added bling elements. Love the variegated greenery in your Vogue Vase, too! Have a wonderful long weekend, and I hope you feel better soon!

    Jenny McGee said...

    Gorgeous cards.

    Jill said...

    Beautiful cards!!!

    Barbara Hale said...

    I love everything about the birthday card - the accidental layout (which I will probably have to case sometime in the future) and the colors - the whole card is just beautiful.

    Vicki Dutcher said...

    LOVE your green card - just pops!!

    Gerry said...

    Lovely, lovely cards.

    Jana said...

    Your work is amazing. I love the vogue vases card, so simple and lovely.
    Terpstra1ataoldotcom

    Debbie Rogers said...

    Great job on the Border Bling set Mel! I do love your bright green card too using the Vogue Vases set. The green is so happy it puts a smile on my face just looking at it!

    Linda said...

    Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

    Verna Angerhofer said...

    I love both of these new sets of images but I can see where the sets that go with the Nestabilities will be so well used by many stampers. Your card designs and images designs are awesome.

    Stephanie said...

    All your cards are terrific

    Diane N said...

    There are no mistakes in art, just opportunities to use your creativity! Beautiful cards! And I love the stamp set.

    Wide Eyed Stamper said...

    Loving the colors you chose! I simply MUST have the Vogue Vases stamp set!!!

    Sharon said...

    Love both your cards! Great designs!

    Celeste said...

    I love these new sets!!! You rock!

    Anonymous said...

    great cards, thanks so much for sharing!
    linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

    Tamara Pendleton said...

    Love it adore it Just can't get enough of it!! That green and detail are awsome!

    Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

    Both are just beautiful! Thanks for showing us the use of Labels Fourteen. I had no idea. Hey, can you show us all the combinations? Hugs to you!

    scrappinmommom said...

    Great cards! Love what you did with the vase. And Bling is always good.

    harrahx2 said...

    Lovely job Mel. I so enjoy the colors too!

    Lusiana said...

    Beautiful cards as usual, Melanie. Thank you for the inspirations.

    Luv 2 Create said...

    Class act - both cards. love the technique you used on the vase.
    Marcie

    Marsha said...

    "Classy and fabulous" - that is what your cards are. Absolutely love the new sets.

    Kay S said...

    Love your new bling set! Can't wait to get it and do some playing! Your second card is fabulous -- love the green and black together and the way you used to border to create the design.

    Gayle said...

    Melanie, Great cards and another great stamp set.

    Golda said...

    Fabulous cards! I love the "ferns" on the second one.

    Peggy May said...

    Love your card

    Susan said...

    Two great cards. I love how you used the border from the vase set to make an interesting detail on your card.

    dklessig said...

    I love the color combos you used.

    Melody (lacyquilter) said...

    Wonderful cards.

    lisa808 said...

    Awesome new bling set.

    Karen (TLgirl353) said...

    I love when boo boos can be saved! Great job on both of these.

    Kelly said...

    Great cards! Love the ferns!~

    Donna said...

    Wonderful cards Melanie!!!

    A Touch of SOL said...

    WOW! TFS the versatility...FA-BU cards...
    Marisol Gutierrez
    atouchof_sol at yahoo dot com

    Barb said...

    lovely cards.

    Barbara Colbert said...

    Great creations!! Love these sets!!!! And congrats on Cardmaker too...great job!

    mtscrapgal said...

    So many wonderful samples for us. Thanks

    Sylvia said...

    Great cards, love the way the leaves are painted.

    Lagene said...

    Gorgeous! Love your green vase card especially!

    KristinaG said...

    Great cards! Thank you for sharing that mistakes are just opportunities to improve things.

    Jennie said...

    Beautiful cards Mel and love the bling set!! The the shades of green on the fern image. Great job my friend!

    Lorraine said...

    Wow, such beautiful creations! and thank you for sharing your ideas!

    Rita said...

    Great cards! Especially love what you did with the vase. :)

    Kris said...

    Lovely! I adore the vase set so much! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

    Donna Phelan said...

    Wow Melanie, really beautiful cards.....just lovely!

    Terri E. said...

    Such fun as always!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

    Barb's Boys Inspired said...

    These are both remarkable creations...I love how you can pop out the sentiment and fit it right back in again! And the extra mini border...genius!

    Clare said...

    What awesome cards! Love the techniques you used, and the colors are outta-this-world!

    Isabel Z said...

    Absolutely stunning creations!

    buggin2stamp said...

    Your black and white card is stunning! And I love your layout on the second card. I am seeing a log ot green and yellow out there and I am loving it.

    Jill said...

    Beautiful cards. Thank you so much for sharing

    Shelly said...

    Absolutely fab cards! Love the little tut too! TFS!

    Deebi27 said...

    Time to order another Bling set, just love what you are doing OMG wonderful! OMG how do I decide which set...hmmm

    naneruth said...

    Fabulous cards! Thanks for showing the different dies with them.

    Jo said...

    Wow!!! Just beautiful.

    Mary Hansen said...

    Really lovely cards, and great ideas!

    Sue VanDeVusse said...

    Ooh! Both are truly classy and fabulous! Love the elegance of the first one and that layout on the second really rocks!

    Barb said...

    Very Cute creations--I think I need to go shopping...................

    Sharon said...

    I knew your cards would be fabulous and I was right, I'm lov'in the new green paper

    Laura's New Place said...

    Your cards are great!

    paigeg said...

    Love the Cards, thanks for sharing.

    Paige
    paigegathome@yahoo.com

    Sue Bridges said...

    Love the cards-just terrific!

    Sonia said...

    I love both of your cards! They have just a little different take and that is always great!

    pakosko said...

    i absolutely love the border bling and all the hints

    Glenda said...

    Too much Border Bling Inspiration - LOL! Vintage Chic really does go with with the new sets and I'm liking it more with every sample I see. You have shown us how to go from simple to simply elegant with the Border Bling set. Great tips too, those Liquid Pearls can be tricky. I'm sure there is more to come!

    Your cardstock choices are awesome for your Vogue Vases card. The thumping on the ferns really makes them pop, I love that technique. Thanks so much for EVERYTHING you've shared in this post.

    Glenda

    Kary said...

    Hi Melanie! These are awesome cards!! Love both of them!! I believe Coco Chanel said those fab words.. Have a wonderful long weekend!

    Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

    Beautiful cards!! I love the shading on the bamboo in the vase.
    Kathy
    Katsews at gmail dotcom

    Janeen said...

    bling is good! love the look of your vase card. the ribbon with that "buckle" is perfect

    Camerageek said...

    i am totally loving these stamps and btw who said that quote? i'm thinking elizabeth taylor or marilyn monroe. you got me curious now.

    Leslie said...

    Love your Cards and thank you so much for the bling stamp instructions too!!!

    Kathy Ness said...

    Fantastic, thanks for sharing.

    Brenda said...

    Gorgeous cards Melanie!! Congrats on another fabulous set!

    stampqueen said...

    Great cards and great sets!!!! Must haves for me!!!

    San said...

    Great examples of many uses for the BORDER BLING and the Vogue Vases uses my fave colors.

    Carolina said...

    Love the classy look you achieved with the first card! Thanks so much for creating such a fun set!!! Your birthday card is so beautiful - lovin' all the green and yellow!

    thekolbes said...

    Awesome
    Trish
    krazykcrafters at msn dot com

    scrapalajen said...

    Just fab and lovely!