Friday, September 16, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 3: "My True Love Gave to Me" and "Cool Beans"

Hello, and welcome to day 3 of our September inspiration hop! Today we have two more fabulous sets from Gina K Designs! The first is the adorable "My True Love Gave to Me", with sentiments from the classic Christmas song and lots of cute, CUTE birdies! I decided to start with the first day (but I know I will be inking them all!) Here is a pretty simple card to mass produce, two layers, but with a few extra touches that make it special!I stamped the sentiment and image in Forest Green Distressing Ink and added the one in Fired Brick, you can really make the number pop using a different color (and it's nice and easy because the numbers are separate stamps so you can fill in whichever you need.) then I colored the image with Copics (E07, E13, and E97 for the pot, E13, E47, and E57 for the trunk, and YG00, YG 11,Yg93 for the pears, YG 63 and BG96 for the leaves, and B95, E07, W-3, E47 and E57 for the bird, I actually had to Google "partridge" to figure out some good colors, LOL!) Then I added just a touch of gold Sakura glitter pen to each pear.
To add a little interest and bring your attention to the tree top, I notched around the tree by placing a Circle Nestabilites over the tree, tracing with a pencil and cutting. Then I used my brand spankin' new Classic Scallop Edgeabilities to cut and emboss the bottom . Love these!! LOVE! (oh, can't wait to show you all the cool things the Edgeabilities can do!) Last I tied some red baker's twine through a light green Pure Luxury Button (to pick up the pears) and tied a little bow. Card base is Lipstick Red. Cute? I think so! Like this set very much! (Of course the inside reads "...a partridge in a pear tree! Have a joyous holiday" :)

Next up we have one of the cutest "Free with Three" sets evah!! It's "Cool Beans"! I decided to paper piece the little coffee cup in three different Echo Park "Walk in the Park" prints and colored the coffee, beans ( E13 and E57) and spoon (W-3) with Copics. Tip: Don't forget to add a little shading with the W-3 over your paper piecing to make it more dimensional!

I put the cups and Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown mat at angles to go with the sentiment's and prints casual and funky feel, and sponged the edges to the Pure Luxury Tan Leather CS with Vintage Photo Distressing Ink to give the paper more depth and richness (like fresh brewed coffee, mmmm!) Brown baker's twine and a button to embellish. Have fun picking out three sets you love from the Gina K Designs store so you can bring this sweet set home! ;)

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!

104 comments:

Olga said...

Your coffee card is amazing!

Riette said...

Love your cards! Very clever layouts on both.

Ravengirl said...

Both of your card look great! Thanks for sharing these two really fun sets today!

Teri said...

Great cards!

Lagene said...

Beautiful Christmas card! I love your "designer" cups!

Paulette Still said...

Fab cards Melanie. Love the extra cutting on the pear tree.

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous cards! I really love these layouts!

alex said...

Love them both Mel, the Christmas card is beautiful, and the coffee card is just so cool

Joyce Evans Erb said...

Love both of these. The christmas one has great colors and love the border and notching. The coffee cups are sooo pretty

mescartes said...

Nice cards !

mermaid fenicia said...

These are very nice made cards. ^_^

Leslie Turner said...

Awesome cards, Melanie! Love 'em!

Tosha said...

Awesome coffee card. Thanks for sharing.

Tina Gilliland said...

OMGosh... can't pick a fav here!!! Just love the layouts on both!!! The Christmas card is very pretty!!

Sue D said...

Both cards are wonderful.

--Marcy said...

Fabulous cards - The cool beans set is really fun!

Helen F. said...

Wonderful cards, Melanie! Love the True Love card and how you cut around the tree~really clever :)

Judy I said...

Great cards!

Renee said...

love the trio of coffee cups. this will be my next stamp set. Coffee is the sweet nectar of life!!! :+)

Laura's New Place said...

Great cards!

jp said...

Love how you "inked" the sentiment.

crotnem said...

Very cool cards lady!!!

Dee said...

Your partridge card in red and white really caught my eye. Love the way you rounded the tree over the top of the card. Clever! Like the paper piecing of the cups in your coffee card. Beautiful work!

Luv 2 Create said...

Fabulous cards!! Love how much thought you always put into your designs.
Marcie

Golda said...

What fun cards. The one with the offset coffee cups is adorable.

Penne said...

Absolutely adorable. The coffee card is soooooo cute. Love the colors... TFS

Peggy Soehl said...

These are great!

cardchick said...

Love the cards. The coffee card is very cute. TFS

Sharon Harnist said...

What a great design on your partridge card, Mel -- love it! And your coffee cups are adorable!!

Michelle said...

Love the layout and cutting on the Christmas card, simple but with oomph! The coffee card is just perfection, like a perfect cup with friends.

foxy said...

Love the cool coffee cups! Terrific work as usual.

Elizabeth said...

Love those coffee cups, they are adorable.

Kay S said...

Love both of your cards! Thanks for the tips pn doing the sentiment on the first one and for doing the leg work of looking up the colors of a partridge! LOL! I hadn't thought of it but I wouldn't know their colors either. Cute coffee card!

Sherry said...

Love the Christmas card that is so cool

Sarita said...

Great card with the three coffee cups. Each one is so different, yet they all tie in together os nicely.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Love both, but really love the first one!

Kary said...

Really great cards, Melanie!! Love both cards, esp the cofee card!!

The Vannoy Family said...

Great job on your projects, Melanie! In the mood for "coffee" now! Thanks for sharing!

Billie Dee said...

Fun fun fun! I really like those cards!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Great card and wonderful set of images.

Susan Leslie said...

Loving all yor card. You are very talented, thanks for sharing

Anita Braddock said...

cool love the cards wow the stamps are great would love them thans for sharing and for the chance to win.
abbraddock@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Those cards show your true craftiness. Thanks for sharing.

pakosko said...

l like the way you cut around the tree and the offset layering on the beans card is appropriate!

catdidit said...

Oh so awesome Mel! I love how you did the circle around the tree, neat idea! And I need a polka dotted cup like that one on your card, love it!!

Ashley Brianne said...

oh wow! The coffee card is so so cute!! Thanks for sharing!

Kris said...

Great cards! But I'm partial to Christmas cards so that one is my favorite! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

jazy1m said...

Loved both of your cards. Thanks for sharing.

Shana said...

Amazing! Love these cards!

Softail_Baby81 said...

These r both absolutely beautiful!!! I have a birch tree in my backyard and growing up we knew come fall thru spring, that tree would be filled with partridge...so obviuously this stamp has a lil place in my heart and u've done a beautiful job w/ it!!!

Scrapacat said...

I am sooooo looking forward to getting some of the new edgeabilities in my hot little hands! Beautiful cards - love the half circle detail. I never think to do that.

lisa2d said...

Thanks for sharing you fun cards, I have to buy the coffee set, it is so cute

Donna Phelan said...

FABULOUS! Love the Christmas card, and yes I also love the coffee card with the awesome angles! :) TFS!

Betty Neville said...

Love these Melanie! Great idea to round the top of the trees; and love those little coffee cups!

Pat said...

Both cards are awesome! Love 'em.

Carolina said...

Your Christmas card is adorable, but that coffee card - thud!!! Love the coffee cups, just too cute in every way!

Hope you have a great weekend!!!

Carrie said...

Beautiful cards! I especially like the different styles and colors used for the coffee mugs. Very pretty! I also like the extension of the tree on the holiday card. Great job!

Unknown said...

Both cards are fantastic, as always. Thanks for showing me how to use the Edgebilities (sp?). I just bought some and had yet to figure out how to use them.

Unknown said...

Both cards are fantastic, as always. Thanks for showing me how to use the Edgebilities (sp?). I just bought some and had yet to figure out how to use them.

lisa808 said...

Two fab cards!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Cute paper pieced cups!! Great card!!

Pattyb said...

Love, love, love your cards! So creative!

mcgeechs said...

Love both of your cards. Thanks. jeannett_mcgee@comcast.net

WiltedRose said...

Hi, Melanie
Your color choices are amazing, thanks for listing them for us! And your coffee card - I could smell the coffee!!! - Thank you!

The T-Shirt & Tole Shop said...

awesome cards. tfs

Lynne said...

Great cards as always. You are so talented and give me great ideas to work with.

Maria said...

You are all just so clever. Love them all.

Susan said...

Love the cards and the terrific layouts.

Arlene K. said...

Very nice cards. Thanks for sharing.

mtscrapgal said...

Those coffee cups are so cute. Thanks for the inspiration.

Shari said...

whooo. love that coffee one.

Cheryl Winget said...

Great cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

Nancy said...

Beautiful work, Melanie! My favorite is the coffee card!

Gayle said...

Gorgeous My True Love Game to me card and love the paper piecing on the Cool Beans coffee cups.

Anonymous said...

Awesome cards here! I love the coffee card - with the new design and the amazing colors. Thanks for sharing.

Joan
MN

gjgarlough@aol.com

Monica said...

Great cards..both of them! Love the coffee card..

dklessig said...

cute layouts

Donna said...

What an adorable little partridge in a pear tree!! Cute card!! And your cups of coffee all look so inviting!! Thanks for your inspiration!!

Donna

Miesje said...

Love these Melanie. The paper piecing on the coffee cups is too cute!

scrappinmommom said...

Both cards are so clever. Love that twine and thanks so much for sharing such great ideas.

Bertha W said...

Loved the notched card. Thanks for sharing

mmwilken said...

Melanie, you've done great with the cards and these new stamps!! Thanks so much for your inspiration!!

Nana said...

Definitivamente me encantan.

Helen said...

Great cards. They are a wonderful inspiration.

Honortem said...

Love the cutout border on your Christmas card!

Anita said...

Stunning cards!

Sharon said...

Love your cards, the layouts are very inspired!

naneruth said...

Lovely Christmas card!

9kids said...

The baker's twine is the perfect accent. TFS!

Sonya van Stee said...

So clean and crisp, both of your cards look awesome! I love your style! Nice idea with cutting the half circle (or less than half perhaps, but you get my drift) over the pear tree. Great work!

Sonya van Stee said...

forgot to mention I just adore the little swirls you made in the coffee cups... that was pure genius!

Sylvia said...

Fabulous cards! Love the way you made the tree pop! Will have to try the Edgeabilities. Your coffee cups look great.

Lindsay M. said...

wow!!!! gorgeous projects!!! stunning colors!!! thank you for the inspiration!!!!

Crafty Math Chick said...

I really like both of your cards Melanie! I like how the tree has that extra half circle at the top and the festive look of that red & white twine with the green button. And I love your layout and color palette of your coffee card too!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

I soooo love that pear tree....the texture is wonderful! And the coffee cups are so cute!!

NJMullins said...

Fabulous. I am never disappointed with your compositions. They inspire me

Gina said...

Great coffee card layout, nice colors too!

Catherine Kraft said...

Your True Love card is so sweet and love the layout with the edgeability and the notch cut around the tree, I would never of thought of doing this and yet it really added a wonderful element to your design. Love, love, love your coffee card!! It's so cute how you designed each cup different and used them together.
Blessings~

Pink Stamper Girl said...

I'm loving all these stamp sets really cool. I love the way you colored the pears and added the gold pen to set it off! I love the shading on the coffee and all the yummy papers you use and super cool paper piecing on the coffee cups! Your cards are adorable and thank you for sharing them with us! :o)
Hugs, Briana

April J said...

I really like your coffee card!!

RuthAnn said...

Love both of these cards, thanks for sharing, take care.

Laura Love said...

Cute cards! I love the new sets!

SueB said...

love. Love. LOVE the True Love Gave to Me set ... ordered it yesterday and can't wait to ink it up! Thanx for the inspiration!
- sue dot blondin at gmail dot com

Cheryl S. said...

Very nice designs on both of your cards!