Thursday, September 15, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: "Celebrate the Season" and "Home Is"

Welcome to day 2 of our Inspiration Hop with the Gina K Designs team! Our first set today is Theresa Momber's "Celebrate the Season". This set has nature elements for almost every occasion, I had to start with this beautiful branch and some berries for clean and simple, but easy and elegant, Christmas card you can mass produce, with very minimal supplies! :)I used two markers, Memento Rich Cocoa for the branches and Rich Cocoa and Lady Bug for the berry bunches and the sentiment. TIP: Ink with the red first and add the brown second before stamping to avoid getting the tip of the red muddy. Then I added some Sakura Glaze pen over the berries for dimension, Star Dust Stickles for heaps of frost in the curves of the branches, and a single rhinestone to emphasize the sentiment. All three of these "embellishments" are very inexpensive and give you a lot of mileage and pizazz on your holiday cards!
Cardstock is Pure Luxury White and Chocolate Brown, I chose to have just a small reveal of the brown to mimic the branches and I always love a big expanse of white on Christmas cards (just me wishing we had snow covered yards here in Texas!) :)

The next set we have today is "Home Is" from Tami Mayberry, honoring all things home and filled with greetings and images to for welcome, we've moved cards, invitations, etc. I'm sure you will see lots of card using the house today, but when I first saw this sun I immediately thought of the little medallions I saw in a paper flower making set and decided to make a few of my own. :) I stamped the sun three times onto Echo Park "Walk in the Park" paper , added a little Copic orange, and punched them out with a 1" circle punch. Next I cut some long stripes on DP about 1 inch wide with decorative scissors and pleated. I attached the ends together with Scor-Tape to form a tube and pulled out the edges to flatten it. Next I cut some long stripes on DP about 1 inch wide with decorative scissors and pleated. I attached the ends together with Scor-Tape to form a tube and pulled out the edges to flatten it. I put a large piece of adhesive foam on the back to hold it together and on top to hold down the punched sun.
I left out the petal part from the third sun to go with the "Missing you". Card base is Pure Luxury Sweet Mango.

Enjoy hopping with the rest of the team, don't forget to leave comments all along the way for chances to win a free set of your choice from Gina K Designs, the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!

117 comments:

The Vannoy Family said...

Oh! You have inspired me! I'm grabbing scrap paper to practice making these flowers! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your cool weather today!

Joan V said...

Wow, Melanie, I just love your card with the branches. How clean and simple with some bling. Guess I need to try the flowers, too. Thanks for sharing.

Theresa Momber said...

Wowza! That CAS card is absolute perfection. What a perfect sample for quick, yet elegant Christmas cards. Love the "sunny flowers" you did with Tami's set.

jean w. said...

What beautiful cards Melanie! Love the simplicity and beauty of the Christmas one and those flowers...I have to try them!

Teri said...

Very pretty!

gerissman said...

Love the simple and elegant look!!! Great job!!

Becky said...

These are beautiful Melanie..

cgoggin said...

Love the simple clean lines of your Christmas cards. Here in Mn we see plenty of snow come join us sometime!

Sherry said...

Lovely cards the first one is so elegant yet simple thanks for sharing

Riette said...

Both are stunning and so different. Love the CAS (I'm doing that more and more) and gorgeous flowers.

thestampinglady said...

Your branch card is just awesome. I love that cas look. Those flowers are sure the trend these days. Love your color choices for them.

Scrapacat said...

Very lovely - I'm loving the CAS style even more now.

Kary said...

Great samples, Melanie!! Love the CAS branch card.

Penne said...

Love your card with the branches! The card with the flowers is just "fun"! TFS

mmwilken said...

Love the new stamps and adore your card with the branches. Thanks for inspiring me!!

naneruth said...

Wow cool cards!

Beastybunny said...

The colors on the firs tone are great. Never would have thought of that but it is very affective. And the rosettes are brilliant!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Oh I really love that top card!

Barbara Colbert said...

Great job..love the brown and white look...and thanks for the tips on the flowers...great! Nifty new stamp sets!

Renee S said...

Wow, so beautifully simple and elegant!

Evelyn S. said...

White, chocolate and beautiful "cherry-red"! The simplicity is wonderful. And rosettes are always special.

Cindy said...

I'm loving the Celebrate the Seasons set. Your card is beautiful! so clean and elegant!

Dik52 said...

what a great card, outstanding.

Elvira said...

Loved the flowers so bright and cheerful.

--Marcy said...

Love the simple drama of the first card, and the paper flowers are really fun on the second!

Tosha said...

Sweet and simple, I like it...alot!

Jo-Anne said...

What a beautiful take on a stamp set! Inspired!

Judy I said...

Wonderful cards. I like the way you did the multicolor sentiment. I also love the flowers on the other card.

mermaid fenicia said...

Love those cards, they're very lovely made. ^_^

Joyce Evans Erb said...

very unique

Wide Eyed Stamper said...

Love those flowers... i've been planning on trying to make some. maybe i'll get to it now. :) Beautiful cards Melanie!

Anita said...

Stunning cards!

Charlene D said...

Love the idea and that it is different.

Nanc said...

can't wait to try this

glowest said...

what amazing cards, love the first one, so elegant

Billie Dee said...

Beautiful work - as always ;)

GAZ said...

I really like the simple and elegant card with the branches. Thanks for the instructions for making the flowers. Glenda

Anonymous said...

tMelanie...

I just want to let you know how much you have taught me! I am so happy that I discovered Gina K. and you.
Thanks again.

Lindy G

pakosko said...

really like the glitter snow on the branches and i am eager to try the flower techniuque.

Pattyb said...

Love the cards. You've inspired me to try the flowers! Love them!

Softail_Baby81 said...

And I love, love LOVE these creations!!!! Espescially the yo yo!!! Great job and thanx for sharing!!!

The T-Shirt & Tole Shop said...

Love the colors for the missing you card.

lindagrady said...

Love those flowers!! Great CAS card which would definitely be easy to mass-produce, if desired. I would add a teeny bird on the branch, too.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Love both of them!!!

Softail_Baby81 said...

I had to write again...the 1st card is so impecable that I keep coming back to it!!! Bravo on the simple yet outstanding design/color combos!!! Ur hard wrk is sooooooooooo greatly appreciated!!!

Joan said...

The branches with the flowers are gorgeous. The folded flowers are great. I have made them before and the are fun and very easy to do.

Cheryl Bux said...

The branch card is simple, yet elegant. The card with the rosettes is fun and festive - great ideas!

richardbreaks said...

These are my favorites!!! Love the shiny snow, and I am also making these medallions!!

Dee said...

Enjoyed your CAS card of branches and berries on white--very attractive. The Missing You card is eyecatching, and looks like a lot of work to make the circles. Nice!

lisa808 said...

Medallions are always so fun on cards.

Cheryl Winget said...

I think your expanse of white adds a wonderful elegance to your Christmas card. I love it!

Ravengirl said...

Wow, love those fun medallions with the sun centers!

Nana said...

Hermosas, y coloridas tus tarjetas, me gustan.

gingerbaby said...

oh my goodness. Do I love the Celebrate The Season Card. It is so simple and elegant.
The flowers you did with Tami's set is bright and cheery.

Susan said...

Such elegant simplicity on the card with branches. Absolutely love it!

Sharon said...

thanks for giving us such a simple but beautiful Christmas card that can be easily mass produced! Love the flower tutorial too!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Such fun flowers!

Helen F. said...

I have to learn how to make those cute flowers! Love your cheery card and the elegance of your Celebrate card is perfect for mass producing!

alex said...

Love those flowers will be following your tutorial very soon, and as for the beautiful CAS celebrate card, it is just so classy

Bertha W said...

Loved the simpleness of the cards. They were both clean and refreshing. Thanks for sharing.

jazy1m said...

Oh. What some awesome cards. They are just out of this world. Thanks for sharing. They were a WOW factor.

Sue D said...

Great medallion card and thanks for the tip on inking the sentiment on the first card.

Pat said...

So simply, Clean, colorful. Love the flowers too.

Ashley Brianne said...

Absolutely stunning cards, as usual!! The sunny orange flower card is so cute!

Rosie Guiher said...

Love the first card simplicity!!! great flowers on the second one!

Queen Mary said...

Branch card -- perfect for Cherry Blossom Season! Love it! Beautiful flowers!

maryanns said...

Love your cards! The two toned stamping of the sentiment is classy! Great colors on the 2nd card.

vsturm@ec.rr.com

JKB said...

What fun cards. Especially like the bi-color branch one.

Cynthia said...

As always, your card is inspirational.

Unknown said...

Super cards, Melanie! I love the tiny bit of added dimension on the berries for the first card. It adds more than I ever would have imagined. And I think your unique take on your "Home is" card is absolutely brilliant.

Sharon said...

Love the Celebrate card - so very elegant!
And really like the flowers you made for the second card - a very neat technique!

Carol said...

Beautiful! I love these new sets and all the inspiring projects made with them!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Miesje said...

Love the CAS look of the first one and the flowers on the second in those bold vibrant colors is fantastic.

BECKY said...

the card with the branches is REALLY pretty. love simple things

Crafty Math Chick said...

Beautiful! I love the icy touches you added to the branches and those medallions are really cool too!

A Touch of SOL said...

WOW! Love the Simple Elegance of your first card...GREAT JOB!
Thanks for the tut on the second card...
Marisol
atouchof_sol at yahoo dot com

scrappinmommom said...

Your flowers are so pretty and how very clever. Love the card with the branches. So classic.

Gayle said...

Melanie, your celebrate the season card is stunning and I love those flower pinwheels...

June Sefscik said...

I LOVE this basket...I have your other sets with the baskets and love them all....now I HAVE to have this one too.
Thanks for the FUN ideas.

Shari said...

the first card is absolutely super. love the effect. Always love your cards

Sonya van Stee said...

great ideas! I love how you manage to "think outside the box" with all the new sets. Both cards turned out fabulously! Keep up the good work!

Sarita said...

Nice cards.

Kris said...

Love the simplicity of your first card! I adore branches! Lovely second card too! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Marion said...

Melanie, I love your cards and your stamp sets. Thanks for sharing.

Donna Phelan said...

Thos eflowers are so fabulous! I do love how you made the sentiment 2 tone in your first card, it has a nice look to it!

Donna said...

Such inspiration!!!
Love the clean and simple and elegant look of the first card. And the flowery colorful vibrant second one!!
Great cards!!
THanks
Donna

Sandy said...

Your branches card is fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial on it.

Linda said...

Beautiful simplicity!

Sylvia said...

Beautifully elegant card. Love the flowers.

Jill said...

Beautiful cards! Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Luv 2 Create said...

Cute cards.
Marcie

Tina Gilliland said...

Wonderful CAS card and I really like the double color inks!!! GREAT take on the Home Is set!!

Monica said...

Love your cards always! thanks for sharing your talents with us!

maryc1254 said...

I love both your cards and the "flowers".

My Angel said...

Beautiful Cards!!

Honortem said...

So simple yet elegant! Wonderful job

babdu said...

Celebrate -- simple, elegant!
Bravo

Lagene said...

Simply Gorgeous Christmas card! & the pleated flowers are great!

JessicaK said...

Oooooh, those branches with the little blings - simple but so powerful. Gorgeous!

Betty Neville said...

Beautiful Melanie! Awesome Christmas card - love how you did the sentiment! And the flowers are gorgeous!

Maria said...

The cards are both elegant and fun. Love the concept of the flowers and the centers stamped. Great work

Gina said...

I absolutely love the simple elegance of the embossed frame poinsettias. Thanks for the inspiration

SueB said...

Two great cards and that berried branch on white background was such a nice CAS design ... something I'm so drawn to lately! Thanx for the inspiration!
- sue dot blondin at gmail dot com

Nancy said...

Great cards, Mel! Love the stickles on the first card and the medallions on the 2nd card. I'm going to have to give the medallionsv a try.

The T-Shirt & Tole Shop said...

Love the mirror imaged branches and the accordian flowers.

Elizabeth said...

One is so simple and elegant, the other so bright an cheerful. Just love them!

Leslie Turner said...

Love your cards Melanie! The CAS card is gorgeous and I LOVE the flowers on the second one! Thanks for sharing!

dre said...

Beautiful...elegant! Love looking at your creations!

mescartes said...

Very pretty !

Carolina said...

Beautiful Celebrate the Season card - love how you stamped the branches and that bit of snow is the perfect touch!

Love how colorful your Home Is card turned out - so fun & cheery!

mtscrapgal said...

I made some of the flowers with my score board. It's fun isn't it? Your cards are lovely--such wonderful stamps to work with.

Arlene said...

Very pretty cards. Thanks for sharing.

Arlene said...

.Very pretty cards. Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne said...

The card with the snow on the branches was so cool!
I will have to add that to my Winter card ideas.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh that is sooooo cool...what a great photo too of how to make the medallions!! And you do CAS with such elegance!!

Catherine Kraft said...

Your Celebrate the Season card is so elegant and yet is an easier design to be able to duplicate, it definitely says winter! Love the folded flowers with the sun centers, it's very bright and cheerful. Great job!
Blessings~

foxy said...

Beautiful! Love the card with the branches - simply elegant!