Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 3: "You Go, Girl!" and "Pleasant Plurals

Welcome to our final day of the Gina K Designs Inspiration Hops! First up we have the new Free with Three set "Pleasant Plurals", what a useful set of greetings this is! Although the two fonts will go with any type of image, you can grab some DP and add a greeting and a few embellishments and you have a terrific, terrifically simple card! I just got this new Echo Park pack of paper Holly Jolly Christmas, so I thought the pattern with with the rows of houses would be perfect with the "From our home to yours" sentiment.
Originally, I pierced a row of holes and faux stitched with a red marker to make the trail from one house to the other, but it didn't show up well enough on the patterned paper so I used a row of 2 mm rhinestones and added a little Cuttlebug die cut heart for the end of the arrow. Make it work! Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Red Hot, Grass Green, and Ocean Mist.

Next we have the newest set from Tami Mayberry, "You Go, Girl!" This sassy lady and sayings have so many possibilities. I started with this sentiment from Eleanor Roosevelt as my inspiration to make a card with a little tea bag tucked under the panel.
After stamping in Memento Rich Cocoa on Pure Luxury White, after coloring her skin with Copics E21 and E50, I masked off the sides with sticky notes and sponged Spun Sugar Distressing ink along the bottom half with a sponge dauber, allowing it to fade towards the top. I peeled off the notes and added paper piecing for her pants, using plaid paper from the new Stamp TV Kit Wishing You Joy.
Base and mats are Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown, I also used some baker's twine and a hole punch to thread the little heart punched tag with the greeting "You Go, Girl!". Stamped focal point is popped up on foam dots so you can slide the tea bag out. (Now my card smells super good, too!) Finally I added two paper flowers and a brad. I'm sending this card to a very special lady who always shows what she's truly made of (the very best stuff!) in tough times! (Hopefully she'll have a little time to come up for air and have a nice hot cup of tea!)

And now more inspiration from our fabulous Gina K Designs team! Be sure to leave comments all along the hop, we will be choosing two winners from all the comments who will each win a fabulous Gina K. Designs grab bag filled with a least a dozen individual pre-cut images, so the more comments you leave, the greater your chances of winning!!

Thanks for visiting!

72 comments:

Sharon Jones said...

I adore both of the cards and especially love the cute sentiment of the second one!

Riette said...

That is so funky!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Melanie- both are wonderful, but the one with the tea bag is genius-what a cute idea!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Oh wow! All those hearts makes MY heart a flutter! Totally cute card with the tea bag! Hugs to you Mel.

Tina Gilliland said...

Gotta LOVE those fancy pants!! LOL Great card.. love the layout! Nice touch with the heart going to the other house!

Olga said...

Very elegant and bright!

Sharon said...

What a cute design on the Christmas card!
And really like matching pants to the background paper on the second!

Teri said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the plaid pants!

Anonymous said...

I love the background paper repeated in the pants! And thanks so much for the 'recipe!' the soft sponging and the pink/taupe really works with the 'teabag' stamp. Thanks for sharing!
Virginia tvweston

Lynn B. said...

I can just see someone taking that tea bag out of the card and enjoying a cup of tea while basking in the love you showed by making them such a GREAT card!

Anita Braddock said...

supper cute cards love the colors and the paper. the Sentiment is great. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
www.anita-craft-corner.blogspot.com

pamselinski said...

I love the use of hearts on both your cards. Totally unexpected

Missy Owen said...

oooh! Love the plaid pants!

cardscrapper said...

Really great cards.

Anonymous said...

Okay, the arrow with the heart on the house paper is inspired! Way to go. Love it.

S. Carter

Debbie Bradford said...

Both cards are great and very unique. I adore the paper pieced pants.

Honortem said...

Love that extra heart and You Go Girl !! Great job

Anita said...

Stunning! I love how you did the highlight on the girl card.

CraftyJo said...

Great cards, love that paper piecing on her pants!

Becky said...

Wonderful cards Melanie, love how you used the hearts.

Sharon in Arizona said...

Love your cards, Melanie - paper piecing is great!!! Hugs, Sharon :o)

Krissy said...

LOVE the paper pieced pants!!!!

Helen F. said...

Perfect DP with that sentiment on your first card and just love the paper plaid slacks on your Go Girl, Melanie :o!

lisa808 said...

The first card is so fun and festive. Love the teabag idea of the second card.

Susan said...

Love the paper pieced pants on your sassy girl. Wonderful cards!!!

Anonymous said...

OOOOOOOO I sooooooooooo like the rhinestone path with a heart at the end ----NEEEEEEEEEEEat!!!!
And would you look at that ladies pants???? W O W ! ! !
Thank you sooooooooo much for sharing your talent/gift - I have learned sooo much from you.
Jean McGee

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Beautiful card! Love the color and the how the paper goes with her clothing. Very nice!

Angie said...

Great cards!!! Just love those paper pieced pants!!!! So Cute!!!!

The heart going from one house to the other is so creative!!!

alex said...

Two brilliant cards, love the use of the DP with the sentiment and the second one is just so funny, it would cheer up any ones day!

Betty Neville said...

Beautiful layouts and design Melanie! Love these!

RachelB said...

Beautiful cards! Love the spun sugar distress ink!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are so cool and wonderful. I love both equally and I can see how those PP work so well too.

Donna said...

fab cards for the inspiration hops as usual! the tea bag card is cute with the little heart - clever! but my favorite card is the snowman & penguin with socks - bwaaaa!!! I am so caseing that!

kim.scrapper said...

Such cute cards, love the inspirational quotes, tfs

richardbreaks said...

The prettiest wrapper for a teabag ever!!!!

KonaRose said...

Hi, Melanie,

These are DEEElightful!!!Love the plaid - I am learning so much from you and the rest of the ladies! Thanks!

Aloha,
Rosy

naneruth said...

Cool pieced pants!

Golda said...

Love the heart on a rhinestone rope and the way you matched the girls pants to the patterned paper. Great cards!

Donna said...

Wonderful card, such a pretty plaid PP, and love the 3d and tea bag added, great idea! And on the first card, love the colorful houses, and the heart pointing to the one, such a cute idea, great paper and card!!
Thanks for sharing
Donna

Kim said...

Love the way her pants match the DP strip on the card.

Joyce Evans Erb said...

Fantastic idea using the teabag...love it!

nannasuep said...

Love the tea bag idea!! Cheery colors too!

Kwright said...

I loved both of those cards, especially the plaid pants! What a great idea to tie the paper to the card. I will have to steal that idea! Thanks for sharing!

mema said...

very,very cute
mema
wilsonp58@yahoo.com

Donna Phelan said...

Loving those plaid pants! Both cards are so wonderful. Love the tract form one house to another!

Sue D said...

Love the dp on the first card and great idea to add a tea bag on the second.

Cheryl S. said...

Really cute house Christmas card- I love this sentiment!!

LORRAINE p said...

I really love your use of the tea bag ib the You Go Girl card. Just fabulous.

SandyK said...

Beautiful card, love the shading and paper you used.
Sandy

Lorraine said...

Both cards are gorgeous! Love the colors & papers of both - and the paper piecing of the plaid.

Crafty Math Chick said...

These are terrific Melanie! I like how playfully you used the rhinestones in your first card and LOVE LOVE LOVE that plaid paper and how you used it to paper piece the sassy lady's pants as well.

jazy1m said...

Love the cards. Thanks for sharing.

JourneyGirl said...

Love both your cards and the way you made her pants match the ribbon!
You GO GIRL!!! Thanks for the eye candy!!!
Dekida

Susan Sieracki said...

Love both cards. The dp for the Christmas card was perfect. But, the paper pieced pants card was AWESOME!

Dee said...

Thanks for the tutorial on shading the card, like the plaid pants, the like the way you added a real tea bag to coordinate with the sentiment. Clever!

Sherry said...

Great cards love the colors on the you go girl card

the 2 Pink Ladies said...

Both of your cards are great! The plaid pants addition was a good idea.
Hazel
hdhall6002(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
www.the2pinkladies.com

Kary said...

Great cards, Melanie! Love the hearts & blings on your first card, it's really clever. And, your second card is really classy - love her paper-pieced pants.

lipton|TEE said...

Loved both cards! Too gorgeous not to love!

Marsha said...

Very clever with the hearts. Love the paper piecing with the plaid. Really cute.

Kris said...

Tea-riffic cards! TFS!
Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

ddlady said...

I do love both of your cards, especially the sentiment on the second card!

Luv 2 Create said...

Super cute and fun with wonderful DP on both.
Marcie

Ravengirl said...

Cute, cute, cute!

Susan said...

Love your card ideas!!

Carol said...

Lovely projects! I love the colors and design!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Carolina said...

LOVE how you inked up the sentiment on your first card and those hearts and buttons are just the perfect touch!

The second card is just adorable with all the plaid touches and including a tea bag is just brilliant!

Carolyn King said...

totally fabulous! love em both (shocked?)

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Cuuuuute holiday house design! And ohhhh I love that fun lady in the plaid pants!!!

JessicaK said...

Awesome shading on that You Go Girl card; her pants are awesome too.

Linsey said...

Awww look at her sassy plaid pants! Soooo cute!! I love that sponged fade too, it's amazing. Then again, you are amazing so no big surprise there ;) Your darling holiday card is perfection too! Love them both Melanie, thanks! xoxo

babar said...

Instead of making large image on card i like the sequel of houses in small size..
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