Thursday, December 1, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Dogwood and Butterfly, Label Borders, Friends are Flowers Duo


Welcome back to our November Inspiration Hop with the newest sets from Gina K Designs! First up we have this beautiful set "Dogwood and Butterfly" from Theresa Momber. I love this frame, already embellished with a garland of dogwoods and a space to add your greeting! I stamped it on white and colored with Copics. I referenced some pics I found online with just a hint of peach on the tips to color them, this Basic Grey Curio was perfect to go with! They have really deep veins and grooves in the petals, so I added stripes of gray for shadows. Last I sponged with some Frayed Burlap Distressing Ink, traced here and there with a stardust pen and adhered it behind this popped up Grass Green window cut from a Classic Oval and a Beaded Oval Nestabilities. Card also uses Cuttlebug "Grace's Frame" embossing folder and adhesive pearls, and Ivory and Chocolate Brown for the base and layering.

Next up, we have this fun set of bands with tags "Label Borders" by Tami Mayberry. When I first saw this set, I saw borders, but when I pulled each one off the backing and onto the binder sheet I saw they could almost wrap around my wrist... and that got me thinking about... WATCHES! (I just couldn't share it at the party, wanted to save it for a "hee hee" moment in our hop!) ;) hee hee

After stamping each on different Pure Luxury Cardstocks (Bubblegum Pink, Moonlit Fog, and Key Lime) and cutting them out, stamped them again on white to make the faces from the label part and drew on some simple numbers and hands with Memento markers to show different times during the day ("GREAT day!" all day! ) to go with the greeting. I added a little bling with some adhesive rhinestones and a silver nail head. I stamped "great" on pink and popped it up to make that corner a little more interesting. :) Base is Black Onyx.

Last we have another duo: "Friends are Flowers". I colored this image with Copics (R05, R22, G12 , YG97, and W3 for shadows) but instead of stamping on white I used a piece of green DP from Basic Gray Curio pack to change it up! I cut it with a Labels 14 Nestabilities and sponged on just a little Frayed Burlap before removing the die.


I placed this over a Beaded Oval Nestabilites cut from Chocolate Brown. Patterned paper is also from the Curio pack, a perfect match for this image! The greeting is stamped on a Fancy Tags 2 and attached with mini brads. Base is Pure Luxury White. I love the contrast of the bright white with all these distressed elements!

Thanks very much for visiting today, and please come back tomorrow for our final Inspiration Hop this month! Be sure to leave lots of comments along the way, you could win a grab bag of 12 stamp images from Gina K Designs, the more you leave, the better your chances of winning!

Thank you for visiting! Wishing you a great day!

71 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

Wowza, Mel! These are amazing. Love all the detail and depth of the dogwood card. The watches blow my mind.

Teri said...

Gotta love dogwood! So pretty!

Riette said...

LOVE the watches! Super Cool!!

Melissa Cash said...

Wonderful cards Melanie! Although the dogwood is my favorite, I love the watch card too, it is so whimsical and creative.

catdidit said...

There all are just amazing as usual, but really love the dogwoods, the sponging is just perfect on them too! and the watches...only you Mel!! LOVE it! they reminded me of those 'slap bracelets' remember those? LOL

Becky said...

What fabulously created cards. Just gorgeous, love how you made watches with this border set, so creative :)

alex said...

WOW, the Dogwood is stunning, the watches are brilliant and the duo is beautiful :-)

Lorraine said...

Beautiful cards! Love the fun use of the border labels!

FibreJunky said...

Wonderful cards! I love how you've layered the different spellbinders shapes.

Susan said...

Absolutely love the watches. You are so creative.

margaret said...

nOT ONLY ARE YOUR CARDS STUNNING BUT i APPRECIATE THE NOTES AT THE SIDE OF YOUR PAGE TELLING OF nESTIBILITIES FRIENDLY-- wOW THAT HELPS A LOT. I AM A nESTIBILITIES FAN! THANKS FOR SHARINGLIALOB

Tami B. said...

How clever, using the Labels Borders as watches, very cute idea and pretty cards.

Emily said...

What a fun card with the watches. Love those dogwood flowers too.

janice moss said...

I REALLY like the "watch" card! Thanks for the inspiration.

Luv 2 Create said...

Wow - love the autum colors you have used with these sets. Such a clever idea with the watches. You rock!!!!
Marcie

mermaid fenicia said...

Those are really nice cards. ^_^ Now I really wish I had the money to buy those stamps.

Nanette said...

Nice job! What a clever idea to make watches out of the label stamps...love it!

--Marcy said...

Totally clever and fun! You are an artist!

Giovana said...

Fantastic cards Mel!!

naneruth said...

Great job!

Sharon said...

The cards are absolutely gorgeous - both the colors and great detail on each.
And your use of the borders is the cutest I have seen!

naneruth said...

great ideas!

Linda Gilliam said...

Phenomenal use of those cute borders, I am a watch
fanatic!
Your cards are beautiful as always and I am blown
away by the state sets!!!!!!!!!!

The T-Shirt & Tole Shop said...

love them all but the watches are to die for. I'm stealing...er, borrowing that idea as soon as my stamps arrive!

Else49 said...

Thank you for sharing your cards. Love what you did with the label stamp. Gave me different ideas on how to use this stamp.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh that antique look to the background is fabulous!!! And OH MY HECK!!! The wrist watches are just puredeeoh creative MEL!!!

Mullamy said...

Love it. Thanks for sharing

Bertha W said...

I would never have thought to make watches! Great idea!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

I said "Aaaahhhh" out loud, really out LOUD, when I saw the watches!!! OMG- you are so clever!!! Fabulous Melanie!!!

Payne Holler Cards said...

yikes! so much to take in - those watches are so cool (do remind me of the slap bracelets) but your coloring and layouts on the others - wonderful!

Anita Braddock said...

Wow amazing. love the colors and the papers love the borders you used very cool. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
abbraddock@msn.com

JanLM. said...

Wow! Your cards are beautiful! Luvving the cute watch card too! How fun! Thanks for sharing.

Rae said...

Another set of BEAUTIFUL cards.Loved your background paper that looks like antique wood, and such a clever use of the border stamps.

KonaRose said...

Aloha, Melanie,

Wow - the distressed techniques on the first and third cards are beautiful, and what clever clocks using the border labels!!! Thank you for the ideas!

Donna Phelan said...

How Clever! Those watches are so cool! :)

Lynn B. said...

I love the way you so easily see new possibilities in "regular" stamps. The watches are brilliant. And those dogwoods . . .gorgeous!

Pam~ said...

You are so clever ... love your watches showing a great day! Great inspiration here! I always enjoy your blog and cards!

terrie said...

Your cards turned out all nice.
The one that you made it look like watches is a winner with me ...
tfs...sincerely, terrie

zullu26@aol.com

Angie said...

Wow!!!!! First I was inspired by the beautiful way you designed your dogwood card. Then I scrolled down to the WATCHES!!!! oH MY!!! What an absolutely adorable card!!! "Friends and Flowers" has an elegant vintage feel to it!! Your cards are beautiful!

Pauline said...

Absolutely sublime creations! I love your detailed dogwood, and those watches! Wow! Thank so for sharing on the hop today!
Pauline

Golda said...

How cool! I love all your fun details! The watches are an ingenious idea.

jazy1m said...

Love all your cards. Just adore all the detail. Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

That first and third card are just wow! And how clever is that second card. Very nicely done.

Sylvia said...

How cool are those watches! Wish I had your imagination. Thanks, will be casing this one.

Dee said...

Interesting use of greens and browns! Your dogwood card's coloring look like the real flowers in our area. loved the creative use of the borders turned into watches. Clever!

Lagene said...

Beautiful cards!!!

Gayle said...

Hee Hee is right, Melanie. You are too much; lovely imagination and creativity to create watches out of the labels.

Linda K said...

How clever to make the label borders into watches. You Rock!

Anonymous said...

I learned something, I laughed, and I am inspired. THOSE "watches" were a pleasant surprise. I am glad you saved them for now. TFS your wonderful God given talent.
Jean McGee

sharon g said...

Your flowers are gorgeous!!

Mary D said...

Beautiful cards. Very clever creating the watches! Thank you for sharing.

Marie said...

Love the color combination of each card wow

Sue D said...

Fabulous cards and very clever to make watches.

janey said...

Wow- I love the colors you pulled together in the Dogwood card...the papers you used are wonderful. What a hoot to turn the label borders into watches!! Too clever.

lisa808 said...

Love those watches!!!

Susan said...

Love the watches. What a great idea!

NJMullins said...

The watches are brilliant! Absolutely love it and the lateral thinking that took you there.

pamselinski said...

I am inspired by your use of nestibilities and think card 2 is particularly clever with the watch faces.

littlestamper said...

Gorgeous. Loved the cards. Thanks for sharing.

Kary said...

Hi Melanie! LOVE the watches - what a clever idea!! Great cards, once again. Just fabulous!!

Kay S said...

Your dogwood card is fabulous! So pretty and thanks for the reminder to use that frame embossing folder! I have it but it hasn't seen the light of day in a while! I love how you created watches from the border stamps! Fun, fun!

Chris said...

Awesome cards, Melanie! Love the watches. How clever. I never would have thought of that!

Carol said...

Such beautiful images in these sets! I love the versatility of them and really enjoy seeing all the wonderful projects that are possible!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Betty Neville said...

Wonderful samples Melanie! Love your beautiful coloring, and your watch card is SO creative - once again, I would never have thought of it!

Pati said...

Pretty cards, your watch card with the labels border is Great! Creative and colorful, love it!

Ravengirl said...

Oh my gosh! Your watches are amazing! Love it!

Robin K said...

Love it! Ordered the set...

Joyce Evans Erb said...

love the detail in the dogwoods and the clever use of the labels

TrinaM said...

Three great cards but had to laugh when I saw your Watches card. Smart way to use the stamp set :-)

Kris said...

Fun watches card! Wonderful work! How do you do it? TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Miriam Prantner said...

Beautiful, and how clever is that watch card? Love it!