Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Year of Flowers Hop

This blog candy is closed. The winner of a coordinating floral stamp set was randomly drawn from Gina's blog, and that is

Oh my... I know where my birthday money is going!! My Dad, aged 90, still gives me birthday money :o)!!I am buying the stamps; Year of the Flowers, Pressed Flowers, Buds and Vases and Melanie's book. Happy Birthday to me !! Love the roll technique. I learn so much from your videos.. thank you so much Gina


Congrats Wanda, please contact me within 48 hours with your address and the floral set of your choice! :)

Good morning, and thank you for hopping along today with the Gina K. Design Team!! If you arrived here from Gina's blog, then you're right where you should be. She's got a video on the book you don't want to miss, the perfect start to day's hop! The inspiration for our hop came from my new book called, A Year of Flowers.

While you can make every card in the book with the all occasion “A Year of Flowers” set, the team’s samples today showcase their favorite images from my coordinating floral sets from Gina K Designs, which can also be used with the book's tutorials and designs, and provide endless options and more value for your money! Some of the sets you will see in the hop today are:

  • A Beautiful Life
  • Arranged with Love
  • Buds and Vases
  • Festive Frame
  • Holiday Basket
  • Pressed Flowers
  • Say It With Flowers
  • Spring Basket

Find out how you can win one of the coordinating sets of your choice at the bottom of this post (plus a free gift for everyone who helps spread the word!) Don't miss out on getting your very own copy of the "A Year of Flowers" book which you can purchase HERE!

My sample uses "Buds and Vases", this set is one of my favorites because I love having so many options for putting my flowers in (pot, vase and jar) Today I used the vase and took my inspiration and technique (masking) from the first card sample in the book ( which is also featured on the cover). I used the same color Copics and cardstock and made just a small adjustment to the layout since the combined images made the white mat a little larger. Adding the Passionate Pink layer balanced the colors on this sample better (since most of the bright colors are at the top of the mat unlike the sample with the tulips and lilies where it's all over.) Sentiment is also from "Buds and Vases". For someone like me who doesn't like to spend a lot of time thinking about what sketch to use for a card (and also happened to be short on stamping time this week!) I was really thankful to be able to just open the book and work from there, not a lot of thinking involved!

Here is the sample I showed yesterday that uses the blue quarter sheet from the "Crazy Daisy" digital paper pack. This sample is not in the book, but the digital patterned paper you see here are used in one project...

Would you like to get this Crazy Daisy digital patterned paper pack FREE? Simply link this post and/or Gina's video on your blog, Facebook etc and send me an email (mmuenchinger@grandecom.net) including your link. I will reply with the Crazy Daisy digital quarter sheets pack file, which includes 8 patterns sized for card fronts that coordinate with Gina K Pure Luxury cardstock, these patterns are used in one of the book's projects (May section) Print out the colors you love best, you will adore using these spring and summer florals! Please don't share the file with others, this is my gift to you for helping spread the word about "A Year of Flowers", I so appreciate your support! Post it on your blog and Facebook and get the quarter sheets AND full 8 1/2" x 11 sheet pack!
Would you like to win a signed copy of one of my coordinating floral sets of your choice? Leave comments along our hop today to enter, the more comments you leave the more chances to win! I will draw a name randomly from one blog and post the winner tomorrow morning.

Hope you're finding some great inspiration and wonderful designs to get your creativity jump-started! You can find the newest stamp sets and lots of wonderful accessories in Gina's Store. And then join us on Stamp TV for the challenges and surprises and crafty videos galore!!

Please go to Carolina's blog to continue the hop, can't wait to see what she has for us!

82 comments:

Tina Gilliland said...

Ohhh Mel those are all just BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE he bright colors and I know everyone will LOVE your book! Congrats again, lady!!

Becky said...

wow..these are fabulous Mel, love the red and black with the buttons, that lady bug is a cute touch.

Payne Holler Cards said...

each one is so gorgeous! your book is just wonderful! who doesnt love florals and yours are the best!!!

Lori said...

Such beautiful cards Mel, love them!!! I don't have your book yet but will be getting it soon!!!!

Carolina said...

HUGE congrats on creating such an amazing book...seriously can't say enough about it. Beautiful cards today and thanks again for sharing your talent with us by creating such amazing sets!!! {{{HUGS}}}

Anita Braddock said...

Wow how Beautiful are your Cards. I love the new flower stamps and the way you have layered and colored your cards a Awesome. thanks for sharing.
abbraddock@msn.com

Teri said...

Cool stuff! Love the papers and the card!

Barbara Bryant said...

I cant wait to get my hands on this book, there is so many complements on this one. LOVE FLOWERS

alex said...

Fabulous cards, and a fabulous book, you were put on this earth to inspire, and boy you do that in spades :-)

Anonymous said...

I love that you express yourself in your art and your strong faith in God. It would be wonderful to have a copy of your "Year of the Flowers" book and stamp set.

Betty

Patti J said...

I love coming here - you inspire me to rock out those vivid colors and beautiful stamps!!! Congrats again on your book - love each and every card shown here! You are amazing, dear friend! Hugs...

marose6@comcast.net said...

your flowers look real as if just cut and put in the vase. I need your book.I need the sets too. which do I get first? I have one basket set. so maybe the new set. beautiful paper but I don't do digital my printer sucks ink.lol thanks for sharing.

Luv 2 Create said...

Melanie, you must be elated !!! Publishing your own book???? Wow. I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents with all of us. Looking forward to a copy of your book. Congrats.
Marcie

Annalize said...

What a treat to see all these beautiful cards made from your stamps! You are an inspiration as far South as South Africa! I have a Gina K. wish list and very many of your stamp sets are on there! Congrats with the book! Looking forward to what you have in store for us next!

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous, Mel!!! Love the new book. Amazing!

Caryn S said...

I really love the colors you chose for your cards and the coloring on the stamps is just lovely!

ShariD said...

Beautiful as usual Melanie. Makes me wonder why the book was not purchased on the reveal order as it is needed to learn from. :)

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your book and many of the beautiful stamp sets you created are on my wish list. I really love your beautiful cards you created with them too and I know I can learn a lot from them.

BecciRay said...

Gorgeous! I absolutely love the tulips, especially. My favourite flower. Thanks for sharing.

ibalady said...

talk about inspiring. only nature itself is more beautiful. simply stunning. masking is one of my favorite techniques. alot of my stamps have their mask stored on top of the stamp. sometimes several .

dklessig said...

What beautiful bright cards. Says SPRING!

Jessica said...

Just gorgeous Melanie! I love all of your flowers. TFS and thanks for the chance to win.

cjgusloff57 said...

Beautiful flower cards! Your book looks wonderful! Good Luck!

Amanda said...

This set is already my favorite set of flowers so I'm super excited about being inspired today!! I can't imagine the other goodness I'm going to find.

marose6@comcast.net said...

congrats on your book. I'm sure it will be a great success! you are so talented!

Anonymous said...

The book is beautiful. I am always looking for ideas to make cards.
Jodeana
jr6lewis@yahoo.com

Carole said...

How exciting. Congratulations on the book. What a wonderful inspiration.

PJ said...

Just love your new book. I just received my book and my "Year of Flowers" in the mail last week. Hoping to create some cards as beautiful as yours!

mermaid fenicia said...

Those are lovely flower cards ^_^

crotnem said...

I love all the cards you've done!!! Great job!

Helen Dooley said...

Love the vase flowers too. Really beautiful! Youre so talented.

Betty Neville said...

Really beautiful cards Melanie! Am definitely going to order your book with my next Gina K order!

Jennie said...

Fabulous designs Mel and so excited for you!! This book is amazing and filled with creative ideas that I can't wait to CASE!!! Hoping to use it at an upcoming card class I teach :)

Joyce T. said...

these are so beautiful. Can't wait for mine to arrive....maybe today??

Olga said...

Wow! You are a very nice artist Melanie!!Great book!

Sue D said...

Beautiful cards--such fun colors!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Patricia said...

Your stamp sets and new book are awe inspiring! Thank you so much for all the ideas and the step by step instructions and detail pictures. Can't wait to try it out. Your cards are beautiful too. Looks as good as any picture you could hang on the wall!

A Margery Card said...

Your book looks amazing. The samples you have posted here are simply beautiful and so inspirational. I am excited as I have many of these same stamp sets so as soon as I get my "work" finished today, I am going to jump into stamping. Going to have to get this book. Thanks so much for these beautiful cards.

Cheryl Winget said...

I think these floral stamps are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. And the book looks outstanding! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

Anne Molberg said...

What talent!! Always amazed at what you come up with next. I need the book to help me with ideas and technique.

Mama said...

You do such beautiful work. Love your stamps!

Annalize said...

Hi Melanie,
I have a mac with safari and when I tried to follow your blog through feedburner it would not allow me to. It said that my computer or network may be sending automated queries and to protect users can not process my request. Do you know why? I would really love to get all your updates since you are one of my fave designers for GK!

Bast said...

Those cards are stunning! Love the bright colors. TFS

KimMJ
bast830@comast.net

Melanie said...

Annalize, thanks for letting me know, I just don't know else to do?...?

Diane Clark-Sutton said...

Gorgeous card. I am so glad I have the Year of Flowers set. Now I just need the book and Pressed Flowers.

Donna Phelan said...

LOVE the book! Want to make all of them! :) Congratulations again, how fabulous for you....AND us! :)

Laraine R said...

Fabulous cards!!

Sharon said...

I LOVE your flowers! They are the best! As are all your wonderful card designs!

Giovana said...

Beautiful cards, love the bold colors! Love your sets and did you know the AYOF was my first set I got from GKD, even better I won it :)

Wishing you lots of more success dear Mel!!

Hugs!
Giovana

Marcy H. said...

Your flowers are gorgeous!! So real looking. Congrats on your book!

Marcy H.
jmahugger at yahoo dot com

Angie said...

beautiful cards Melanie! Love your paper combo and the coloring. And just love your AYOF book and stamps they're amazing ! Thank You again for writting it and all the inspirations Angie!

Pat Jandacek said...

No shrinking violets found here!! Your cards are gorgeous and I appreciated your insight about the background piece chosen and placed to balance the color of the focal image. I'm looking forward to Gina's report on your book (after finishing the hop).

Margaret said...

Your cards are so beautiful. I love the bright colours.

Dawn's Craft Place said...

This is so beautiful and love the colors!

KonaRose said...

Aloha, Melanie!
I am very excited for you. I read your whole book the same day I received it. Last night my latest GinaK order arrived, with A year of Flowers stamp set :* am flow-ting! Sent you an email with my FB post ~ congratulations! Rosy

Judy I said...

How exciting to have your own book published, with lots of great inspiration. I'm looking forward to the rest of the hop.

LORRAINE p said...

Beautiful florals. I hadn't ever been drawn to florals but these cards have so changed my mind.

Anonymous said...

These are just lovely! Do you carry a Violet? It is little Rhode Island's Flower. If not, is it coming soon?
Cheryl McAskill
c.mcaskill@verizon.net

Ravengirl said...

Such beautiful cards! You must be thrilled to have such a wonderful book out!

Vicki Dutcher said...

That coloring on your first card......fabulous! Wow. congrats AGAIN on your status of Author! So exciting.

Elizabeth said...

I don't typically go for floral sets. But I have a feeling this hop is going to change my mind :).

Sharon Harnist said...

Oh, good grief -- look at us thinking alike today on your first card's set! Gorgeous cards, all around Mel!

Golda said...

What a beautiful book with so many wonderful ideas. Your stamps are so fun! Thanks for the way to get the Crazy Daisy digital paper, too.

wanda said...

wow....vibrant colours...love the compositions...you always inspire. thank you

Gayle said...

Beautiful beautiful and even more beautiful. Wow Melanie you have out done yourself.

naneruth said...

So very beautiful! Love all the flowers in this set.

Pam Zirbel 'One Woman Creations' said...

Melanie...I had bought your stamp set probably about 3yrs ago!! Soo happy to see you doin so well!!! And I did post you on my blog! Thank you!!

Leta said...

wow!!! it would be awsome to have your book and stamp set...a gift of the digital paper quarters just for sharing a link I LOVE is so wonderful...thank you for your inspiration and talent

Sylvia said...

Beautiful work Melanie. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

gobarb26 said...

Love the new digital papers!

Kelly said...

Congratulations, Melanie, on your book! Thanks for teaching us design tips as well as stamping! I wish you much success, and your cards are absolutely beautiful!

Kelly said...

P.S. I bought the book and the stamp set as a combination at Annies Attic for $29.95! Wooo Hoo!

Dee said...

Beautiful cards as always, Melanie! Your cards' flowers are bursting with the colors of spring. Thanks for faith you share and the beauty of your designs. I hope to get your book AND the stamps sometime soon. They've been on my wish list a while.

Kris said...

Oh so very lovely! I love that vase card especially!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Denise Bryant said...

Congrats on the book! It looks fabulous!
DeniseB

Jan said...

I love this book with all the great items in it and to be able to make them is exciting. I have ordered the book from Amazon.com and have ordered the stamp sets from Gina K. I didn't know she was selling the book as I had looked at the books she has for sale and it didn't show it. Guess I was a day too early ordering but I will enjoy it when it arrives.

Sonia said...

So excited for you! I love the cards you show on this blog hop as well as the daisy paper. Have to get these!!!

Jan said...

Oh I forgot to tell you that I also ordered Stately flowers 1 from Gina K. Just had to have it being I'm from Texas. Thanks for all your beauties.

Wendy Thompson said...

Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful flowers. I can't wait to get the book and stamps.

Gladys R. said...

Melanie, your card creations are
amazing.
I will be ordering your book soon.
Looking forwards to getting it,
especially since I have a lot of
those stamps...still need a few
more so who knows...maybe I will
be lucky....

ktfabian said...

So very pretty! Thanks for a great source of inspiration and I hope I win this great book!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

I'm sooo excited to have your book Mel!!! I'm bringing it with me if I get to come to TX again so you can autograph it!!!