Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gratitude Hop!


Welcome to another Gina K. Design Team blog hop. Today we're featuring cards with a "Gratitude" theme to them. If you came from Lee Murphy's blog, you're at the right place. If not, make sure to head over to StampTV where you will find a list of all those participating in today's hop.

Here's what I came up with today. I loved the idea I saw on a few blogs during our inspiration hop to use just the topper from the "Basket Additions" set to make a tag or focal point along the bottom of your mat or die cut without needing a basket, here I stamped the fall arrangement, colored them with Copics, and cropped it with a Petite Oval Nestabilties. I sponged some Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen distressing ink over the die to match the Basic Grey Curio DP (also used it to paper piece the fabric cover on the jar). I was able to create the perfect greeting using three different sentiment stamps in this same set: first I inked up "sending you" and the "&" from "hugs & kisses" sentiment, stamped, then added both the "thanks" and "blessings" on either side.

Card also uses Pure Luxury White, Cranberry Tart, and Black Onyx. Originally, I was going to stamp a large leaf from my "A Year of Leaves" set to tuck under the tag, but I loaned it out (oops!) so I improvised with a real leaf off my porch, it IS that time of year! :) I used a hodgepodge buckle I had for some bling and cut a thin strip of another piece of DP from the Curio pack to make the border. The yellowish orange faux ribbon picks up the coloring in the image and balances out the real leaf in the design.

Now please head on over to Sharon Harnist's blog to see what she's sharing with you today! Thank you for visiting, I hope your week is off to an excellent start!

39 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous coloring, Mel! I love the torn paper.

catdidit said...

Yes, gorgeous coloring and love that torn paper edge and the ribbon treatment..well ALL of it! LOL

Teri said...

Gorgeous - as usual, your coloring is perfect!

Tina Gilliland said...

TOTALLY love every little thing about this card!!! Your coloring, the embossing, the ribbon and "buckle", the torn edge... it's just perfect!!!

Sharon Harnist said...

Beautiful, perfect thanks card, Mel!

Riette said...

This is such an interesting card. Beautiful!

Becky said...

What gorgeous rich colors. Stunning card Mel.

The "Crafty Diva" said...

The colors are stunning and so is the card. TFS!

juelmarie said...

I love how you combined the different words from different sets- awesome!! I love the colors - perfect!

Anita Braddock said...

Beautiful Card. Love the papers and the colors with tering the paper and the white showing it adds some pop to this. love the sentament and adding the ribbon gives that wow factor. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
abbraddock@msn.com

Helen F. said...

Beautiful coloring here, Mel. I like the layers and this card design. Great Fall colors the the leaf embossing plate is so perfect.

The T-Shirt & Tole Shop said...

very cool. love the focal image being offset in the oval.

Verna Angerhofer said...

What an awesome Thanksgiving card and love the design you did to achieve it. Your images are so versatile....fit the basket or use otherwise in various ways.

Susan said...

What a super thanksgiving card Melanie. I really like the ribbon treatment, torn paper, and the assortment of canned goods and fall harvest items.

Donna Ellis said...

How pretty! The colors look amazing, and the white just sets things off perfectly! The use of a real leave blends beautifully with your other textures and hues. Happy Thanksgiving!

Ravengirl said...

This looks wonderful, so warm and inviting!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Wonderful!! I love that buckle and the rich, deep colors!

NJMullins said...

I love the combination of colors and textures. Wonderful, warm card.

Caity Sue said...

I love the coloring. Those colors just scream FALL is here! I love them. Thanks for sharing!

Giovana said...

Love the layout and your coloring is superb!!

KonaRose said...

Hi, Melanie,

I love the rich, bold colors you chose to use. Is that a buckle the ribbon is going thru? So very coolio! You paper pieced and 'sentiment-pieced!' Very impressive!

Aloha,
rosy

Lynn B. said...

Ooooo. I am SO gonna CASE this card to send to the two sisters who have invited me to share Thanksgiving with them. They'll love it. And so do I!!!

Gerry said...

Very stunning.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the off the edge -- your coloring is stunning~

Golda said...

Wow! That is gorgeous! I love that you used a real leaf.

pamselinski said...

love your coloring oh so luxurious fall colors and that real leaf well it really works.

Carol E said...

Very pretty card, love the layers, thank you for sharing it.

Lagene said...

Gorgeous fall card, love your colors & design! Hey I landed in TX & I think we brought you some rain!

scrappinmommom said...

Beautiful colors and the neat way to use the topper. So very clever.

Kim said...

absolutely beautiful

Jan said...

Great idea and love the colors.

Nana said...

Hermosa, me encanta el embosado de las hojas en el papel rojo.

Donna Phelan said...

Super card, love the image and the way you used it, the torn paper and that buckle is a lovely touch!

Jill said...

Beautiful card. You did a wonderful job on your coloring. I love the colors you used. Thanks so much for sharing.

Donna said...

Way to go, wonderfully rich card, love the warm colors used, terrific fall card!!
Love it.
Thanks
Donna

Emily said...

Love the stamp peeking over the edge of the die like that! Beautiful colors.

Lynne said...

A wonderful way to stretch the use of the basket toppers, one I will be sure to use.

Barbara Bryant said...

This is gorgious and the fall colors you have made this perfect for this time of year.

Payne Holler Cards said...

warm and loving - beautiful (-: