Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: "Birthday Bash" and "Dreams"

Welcome back to our second day of the May Inspiration Hop with Gina K Designs, I hope you all had a safe and excellent holiday! The first set we have is Rupa Shevde's " Birthday Bash". This blushing bunny with a belated gift behind its back is so "me"! I paper pieced the package to match my mat and used a long length of curled grosgrain ribbon on the side to suggest some very last minute wrapping, most any time I give a gift I wrapped it 90 seconds before I gave it to you and the evidence of that is nearby, hee hee!
Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Turquoise Sea, Red Hot, and DP is DCWV Citrus. this photo shows the layers I did to build up the dimension. The line art uncolored one is what it die cut with the rectangle. the package, which I added a little red Copic to the ribbon and some gray for a shadow outside the bunny outline, gets glued on next, and finally the front of the bunny is popped up over that.
Next up, we have "Dreams" by Tami Mayberry. I started by inking u the oval frame with Lilac Posies and Grape Jelly Memento markers for a two toned effect. After adding the sentiment and extra butterflies, I die cut it with a Classic Oval and matted it over a Beaded Oval. If you are wondering why it's offset like that, the die slipped when I was cutting and I cut off the right side of the beaded border, oops! I'm telling you, I don't like to redo anything! Make it work! ;)
I could have used some larger butterfly stamps for a background but I wanted them to be dimensional so I decided to go through my die and see what I could make since I don't have any butterfly dies. Looked like this little medallion from a Nestabilities Renaissance Hearts Pendant set ought to do the trick!
I snipped it into quarters, using the top two pieces for the top wings and then snipped one quarter in half to make the bottom wings. The last section I used to embellish a corner. Be sure to round off the sides with your scissors, just following the curve toward the end to make a smooth side. ( I decided not to use that purple one after all..for another project maybe!) :)
I put a strip of three adhesive pearls over the sections to join them in front and then added a strip of Scor-Tape to reinforce it as well as attach it.
I sponged pink and lavender inks onto my mat and then stamped a few tiny butterflies in lavender to the corner. The trail is hand dotted with a black gel pen.
Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Black Onyx and Lovely Lavender.

Hope these projects inspired! Please enjoy hopping with the rest of our fabulous design team and I hope to see you back here tomorrow!


  • Gina K

  • Giovana Smith

  • Janice Whiting

  • Jennie Harper

  • Jimmi Mayo

  • Lee Murphy

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

  • Michelle Woerner

  • Sharon Harnist

  • Suzanne Dean

  • Tami Mayberry

  • Theresa Momber

  • Tina Gilliland


  • Vicki Dutcher

  • Carolina Buchting

  • Cathy Tidwell

  • Deb Felts

  • Donna Baker
  • 104 comments:

    Ravengirl said...

    Very cute! I love how you made that amazing butterfly and the fact that you just make things work for you, despite boo-boos!

    Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

    Oh my WOW Mel!!! That bunny is just too cute and the elegance and creativity on the Dreams card is spectacular!!

    lisa808 said...

    Melanie, your bunny card is so sweet.

    catdidit said...

    omg...LOVE your butterfly you made!! And your bunny, wow!! Love the paper piecing of the package (say that fast 5 times, haha!) and your ribbon treatment rocks!

    Patti J said...

    Beautiful, Melanie! The bunny card made me smile, and OMG, that butterfly card is just too gorgeous! Hugs...

    Vicki Dutcher said...

    Fun cards - great bfly!!

    richardbreaks said...

    BEAUTIFUL JOB!!!! LOVE the butterfly!

    Donna said...

    Beautiful cards, Melanie! Love the butterfly idea. I never think of those things. I really need to learn to think out of my box! LOL.

    Rita Kegg said...

    great idea for the butterfly ... thanks for sharing!

    Anonymous said...

    Oh my, love that butterfly!! Can't wait to go and try that.And of course, love your cards.
    Debbie D.

    Deb said...

    Amazed...as I always am when I visit your blog! These are fabulous!

    Sandy said...

    The bunny is sweet and the butterfly is beautiful.

    Donna said...

    SUPERB cards, wonderful coloring on both cards, and terrific idea with the butterfl, that is awesome, you be so creative!!!

    THaNKS

    Donna Przy....

    Stephanie Schuler said...

    Wonderful work! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Jana said...

    Love the butterfly. I'm going to try that today!

    Shelly said...

    Love the ribbon treatment on the first card. How brilliant of you to make a butterfly with the medallion die! TFS!

    Barbara Colbert said...

    LOVE your tutorial...and that bunny and gift are TOO cute!!! And the other is too gorgeous!!! NICE job!

    Teri said...

    That rabbit steals the show!!

    Joan said...

    The butterfly is so great, and the cute bunny just makes you want to hug him/her....

    Dottie Watson said...

    You are just so clever..I love the birthday package..and the way you used the spellbinder die for the butterfly is so awesome. Thnx for sharing. Hugz, Dottie

    Darlene Gabriel said...

    What a beautiful cards and I love love love the butterfly you made. I have that die and never would have thought to do that - I can't "see" those other way to use things, but I'm so glad that you are willing to share. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

    Nana Donna said...

    Your cards are amazing. Love how you did the ribbon on the first one. I have tried this but never seems to work for me :(

    Suzanne J Dean said...

    Love the paper piecing and festive colors on the first--so fun! And the 2nd is so elegant, love those beautiful butterflies!

    hugz,
    Suzanne

    Scrapacat said...

    Mel. OMG. O.M.G. You are brilliant! I want to see what present the bunny has in that box. And the butterflies!?! Swoon! I'll be looking at my dies from a whole new perspective. Thanks for sharing your inspiration! ♥ky

    Riette said...

    I find it so inspirational to see twists on using tools and materials! Fantastic!

    Valerie said...

    Really cool idea on the butterfly, takes someone creative to think of that. Great job.

    Giovana said...

    You are so creative Mel! Love your creations!!

    Joni said...

    Beautiful butterflies and colors.

    Marsha said...

    Both cards are wonderful. So creative. Love how you did the butterfly and your bunny card - coloring is fab.

    Joyce Thurston said...

    love the butterflies. what a great concept....use something else to make what you want.

    The Vannoy Family said...

    Such beautiful cards - Thanks so much for sharing Melanie! Love Gina K's blog hops - so inspirational! Have a great day!

    Jaclynn Marie said...

    How creative and thank you sooooo much for the tutorials! Will def be casing you! TFS!

    Mrs Ham said...

    Great cards Melanie. That butterfly is so creative. By the way, I saw your card in Card Markers magazine, congrats.

    calamitypam said...

    What an innovative idea for the butterfly!!! Love, love, love it!!!
    And that bunny is so darn adorable....who could be mad for being late when they get a card like that!!!
    Thanks for your inspiration!
    Pam

    Get Connected said...

    love the new sets.

    Becky said...

    Adorable..Love how you created that butterfly.

    scraphappy4067 said...

    Love the cards...especially the bunny...so very cute!!...thanks for sharing!!

    Louise Fox said...

    Melanie, Your cleverness and creativity continue to surprise and delight us all. That butterfly is CLEVER! Beautiful work on both cards and thank you for the inspiration. I am off to make butterflies! Blessings.

    Sharon Harnist said...

    Your bunny coloring and card is amazing, Mel! And what a clever idea for your butterfly!

    Sue D said...

    Fabulous cards! I really like how you make the butterfly--I think I have that die.

    Sue said...

    Very adorable cards

    Sally said...

    I have not seen anything you make that i don't want to copy!

    Chris said...

    Beautiful cards, Melanie. The bunny is so cute. That dream card is exquisite! Thanks for inspiring us to figure out how to make those mistakes work!

    Karen Denson said...

    I love your cards. I can't believe how beautiful the butterfly is. Thanks you for showing us how to do it. Beautiful!

    Robin said...

    I love your Bunny card so sweet & your butterfly card is amazing.

    dklessig said...

    The bunny is so cute and what clever ways to rescue a mistake

    Barbara said...

    Where to begin...your cards are absolutely wonderful. I love the paper piecing for the gift with the bunny leaning against it and also how you've curled that pretty red ribbon around the focal image and your "Dreams" card is so amazing. Love what you did to create the butterfly, amazing and oh so inspirational.

    marie said...

    Your making butterflies out of the die cut is brilliant! And I love the directions for making the bunny card (and the story that goes with it).

    Bonnie said...

    The bunny card is bright and adorable, and I can hardly find words for the butterfly card. Just a big WOW !!!

    jean w. said...

    Melanie two cute cards! But I so appreciate the butterfly! Thanks for sharing how to make it!!!

    Arlene said...

    Thank you for all the ideas and your cards are always just beautiful. Keep up the good work.

    Kary said...

    Hi Melanie! Love the first card - such lovely bright colours!! And the butterfly is adorable - now I need to search through my dies and try this. Super cool idea!!

    Isabel Z said...

    Your creations brought a smile to my face--thank you!

    Diane N said...

    Melanie your designs take my breath away! You are my kind of crafter! I like the way you make things work.

    Betty Neville said...

    Awesome cards Melanie! Your first card is beautifully colored and pieced, and the ribbon is perfect! Love that butterfly you've created for your second card. I have that die and will try that - thanks so much!

    Carol said...

    Such wonderful card ideas! Thanks for sharing.

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

    Kay S said...

    What an adorable bunny card! The second card is lovely and I love it that you make mistakes, too! I've had to cover up a lot of those and "make it work!"

    Anita said...

    Stunning cards! Great tip!

    naneruth said...

    Wonderful butterfly made out of the
    nestie die. So cool! Love both cards.

    Yvonne said...

    Love both cards. The bunny card is darling and the other card is so clever and inspirational.

    Nancy said...

    You are just TOO creative!!!! Always love visiting your site.

    Designs By Sky said...

    The bunny is so so cute! Love the second card. I wouldn't have known it was an accident if I didn't read it. TFS

    Crafty Math Chick said...

    Awesome! I love the tutorial on how you created that butterfly using the nestie die Melanie - thanks! Your cards are lovely, I like the paper pieced present.

    Donna Phelan said...

    Melanie, your bunny card is 2 cute! He looks like he had his fill of birthday cake! :)

    Wide Eyed Stamper said...

    ADORABLE Birthday Bash card! Great job with coloring and paper piecing.

    Jenny McGee said...

    WOWSERS on both cards. That bunny and ribbon is adorable.

    Gayle said...

    You are awesome Melanie. The bunny is just way to cute and very elegant for the dreams. Learned something new on both of your cards. Thanks.

    Anniesgg said...

    Oh my gosh! I just love the little bunny card, I would have never thought to make this, thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    Barbara Hale said...

    Your bunny image is too adorable - thanks for sharing how you did the layering.

    Sharon said...

    Great cards! The bunny card is so sweet! And the butterfly card is so neat.

    Pam Young said...

    love the shading and coloring on the bunny!! The secons is beautiful and creative!!

    Jill said...

    I always love to see what you come up with--very clever and amazing butterfly

    Karen (TLgirl353) said...

    Cute, cute card! Love the idea for the die cut butterfly, you clever lady!!

    Susie said...

    I love, love, love your cards! Just great ideas!

    --Marcy said...

    What inspiration you are! That bunny with the package is too cute, and the butterflies on the second are amazing! Quite a compliment to the great stamp set!

    Verna Angerhofer said...

    The piece card is so cool and I love how you recreate designs from other things. That is so amazing. What an inspiration you are.

    mjensen602 said...

    Outstanding cards, Melanie! The butterfly is just beautiful and so 3D using that Nestie.
    Your bunny card is adorable too!

    jazy1m said...

    Loved the cards. Oh which one do I like more. Love the idea for the butterfly. Thanks for sharing.

    Susan said...

    Melanie -- your cards are wonderful! I love the cheerful Belated Birthday card and the butterfly card with the violet background is stunning!

    MaxineD said...

    Smiled at your description of your gift giving, but was blessed by the beauty in the second card.
    Thank you
    Blessings
    Maxine

    redstamper7 said...

    Amazing. Wonderful. Fabulous and I could go on and on. You just have soooooo much talent.

    Becky T

    Michelle Single said...

    That bunny is TOO cute!!!

    Tina Gilliland said...

    WOW!!!!! LOVE how you did the bunny card and the butterfly you created is AWESOME!!! Really like how you colored that stamp as well!

    Lorraine said...

    Wow! The bunny card is just too darned cute! And your second card is just stunning!

    Teresa said...

    Oh I love your butterfly card. Beautiful. Hugs, Teresa E.

    Sue VanDeVusse said...

    Love the ribbon treatment and that paper pieced present, too cute. Pure elegance and style on the second one.

    Cynthia B. said...

    Your coloring and inking are beautiful! Great colors on these cards - I esp. like the touch of the grosgrain on the first card. TFS!

    Debbie Rogers said...

    Can it get any better than butterflies....So many wonderful uses for the Dream set!

    Jennie said...

    Eeks, so stinkin' sweet Melanie! Love how you did the bunny and fab design and you knocked it out of the park with the Dreams design. How creative with the dies...got to try that!

    Golda said...

    Ingenious butterfly! That bunny is adorable.

    vlyrat said...

    Gorgeous~ so inspiring!

    Kelly said...

    LOVE that second card! I love the sponged background, your butterflies, etc.!!!

    Brenda said...

    Amazing Melanie!!! I love your cards and the butterfly is pure genius!

    Melody (lacyquilter) said...

    What a fabulous way to make a butterfly.

    Patti aka NW Lady said...

    Wonderful butterfly! But oh I love that bright cheery bunny card you did. Just eye popping! Patti

    Lagene said...

    Your cards are amazing!

    Kris said...

    Perfect! Love the butterflies especially! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

    Luv 2 Create said...

    Love that creative butterfly! Super cards.
    Marcie

    pakosko said...

    what a fantastic technique using the spellbinder, and your coloring is excellent

    Barb said...

    Stunning, Just Stunning Creations! Love how colorful they are--thanks so much for sharing!

    Carolina said...

    Ahhhh...love the way you colored the bunny and the paper pieced present is just perfection! Love the butterfly on your second card - goes beautifully with the sentiment!

    thekolbes said...

    They are both awesome
    Trish
    krazykcrafters at msn dot com

    scrapalajen said...

    OMG Mel, I love how you worked out to get that butterfly look. I will definitely try this out!TFS!

    Miesje said...

    These are awesome -love that bunny card and I love how you made a mistake work for you! You are amazing!