Monday, June 4, 2012

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Under the Sea and Enjoy the Journey

Welcome to Day 2 of our Inspiration Hops with the Gina K Designs team! As you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of deeply etched, pre-cut Gina K. Designs stamps! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops.
First up, we have Theresa Momber's new Under the Sea set(available in clear or rubber), perfect for summer! My husband has had marine aquariums as a hobby for over 25 years so he will love all the gorgeous sea life in this set! I decided to use the sea turtles today, don't have any in my collection!
Create a simple, sponged background with Memento Bahama Blue on Pure Luxury White and stamp on the seaweed randomly in Bahama Blue and Bamboo Leaves. Stamping off to get a second shade will create a lot of depth. Add the smaller turtle and a few fish silhouettes. Finally color and cut out this cute turtle! I was looking for some bubbles in the set and then realized a little bling here and there for sparkle would be so much better! "Just keep swimming!"

Come back this week for more samples with Theresa's set. My blog feed is working again, yay!
Next we have Rupa Shevde's Enjoy the Journey (available in clear or rubber), what a great travel set! After staring at all the images and greetings for a few minutes, I decided I wanted to make shaped card, look how simple to make this suitcase....
First, score Pure Luxury Tan Leather cardstock and fold to create a side fold card. cut off about inch of the folded side. This will leave you with a front and back panel that you know you will fit in a envelope. Round the corners with a small corner rounder punch. Then cut the folded part for your handle. Round the corners and cut out the inside in a U shape. Sponge Vintage Photo Distressing ink all over to add depth and bring out the beautiful grain of the leather cardstock.
Open the handle and put a little adhesive at each corner.

Gently fold back together with pressing together, hold the front and back of card together to make sure they are lined up, then pinch the handle closed over the front and back and old for a few seconds to let the glue set.
Now add some little details to finish the case, like piercing the corners with the Scor-Bug and Scor-Buddy, add adhesive nailheads for bling. I also collage stamped the compass to add interest.
Stamp on the globe in black and then stamp again on white CS and color. Cut out the colored image and adhere with pop dots over first image so you can see those lines encircling the globe.
Create tag from leather and white cardstock and stamp greeting.


Please enjoy the rest of the hop, thank you for visiting!

120 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

LOVE! That underwater scene totally rocks! You gave it so much depth! Love the luggage card, too!

Lori said...

Fantastic Mel!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

Olga said...

It looks great!!

Anita Braddock said...

Amazing cards love the way you have made them so very Real. the suitcases are Amazing. the layering and the blending of the colors are super. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

Teri said...

So cute. Love your idea for the travel card. Great job on these.

Patti J said...

Great projects today, as always, Melanie! The Under the Sea card looks like that turtle could just come right off the page - so realistic! Thanks for the tutorial on the second project - you are amazing! Hugs...

Ann said...

TFS and the chance to win. Like the tearing technique~ adds dimension.
Mstgane
Ann

Marie-José B said...

Great cards.
Thanks for the tutotial of the luggage card!

Lindsay M. said...

wow!!! gorgeous cards!!! Love the ocean stamp set!! can't wait to order it now LOL!! Great suitcase too!! how adorable!!!

Anne Biesterfeld said...

Very cute cards. Love the coloring.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Melanie, you are a master! I love how realistic that turtle scene is. It's like I'm looking through a porthole!

The suitcase is amazing in its details, as well.

Hope you are well!

Carol said...

LOVED THESE!! You did an amazing job!! Thank you!

Colleen said...

Gorgeous cards and great tutorial
Thank you
ColleenB.

Sue D said...

Beautiful underwater scene with the sea turtles and I like your shaped suitcase card.

Mary Jo said...

That suitcase is wonderful

Deb said...

Amazing, as always! Your Under the Sea sponging is absolutely gorgeous, and that suitcase is so clever!

Lynne said...

Of course I learned something, I do every time you do a tutorial. Such wonderful talent and great cards.
You are an inspiration.

Dee said...

Loved the turtle/tortoise card with its vibrant colors. Gorgeous! Your unique travel card is a work of art with the detail you put into it. So attractively done! Thanks for the tutorial.

--Marcy said...

It is all in the details! What fantstic touches! Such easy ideas, that make all the difference.

Donna said...

Love the scene you created with Theressa's set. The turtles are adorable. Thanks for the tutorial for the suitcase card! How clever!

mmolynn1030 said...

Love your work
Amazing suitcase
Thank you for sharing

Sharon said...

Your turtles and their background - just beautiful!
And how cute to make a suitcase - and thanks for the great instructions!

Debbie Bradford said...

Fantastic! Love them both. Thank you for the suitcase tutorial. You make everything look so easy after you explain it yet it looks so artistic, beautiful, and complicated.

Pam~ said...

Exquisite cards... great details and photos! Your creativity is exceptional!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Oh, wow! I am so enthused about your water scene...and I am getting that set too. Your other project is outstanding as well. Thanks for inspiring me.

Heartwarmers from Vicki said...

The turtles look like they are having so much fun swimming. :) And the card you made with "Enjoy the Journey" is just so creative!

Wide Eyed Stamper ~ Craft n Be Happy said...

What inspirational cards these are!!! I really love your under the sea card... so vibrant and gorgeous!

Jo Ann said...

I have your BOOK and many of your sets, as always your cards and tutorials have been of great help.Love the Sea card and luggage card. Thank you.

PJ said...

Beautiful cards as usual. Very cleverly design, love your color selection. Thank you for your great instructions.

Lagene said...

Beautiful cards! Gorgeous sea scene and I love the suitcase card!

Regina said...

Oh, I love that underwater scene. What a fantastic card. Regina

Penny Reed said...

Totally wonderful cards! The luggage one is so cute and looks easy with your great instructions. And the turtle is great! TFS!

Alice H said...

Absoutely beautiful. Love your work and these two cards are no exception! Thanks for the inspiration.

Tami B. said...

There are some designers that I just can't wait to click and see what their latest creations are and you are definitely on that list. Another wonderful job on these 2.

Wendy E said...

Love the luggage card - thanks for sharing the great tutorials!

sandsgardenofcards said...

I love that turtle! I want to give him a name and I don't even have the stamp yet. He's so cute! He represents a slow take it easy life.
Sandi Doemel

rossi73 said...

LOVE these....I like the underwater scene the mix of greens and blue! I like your suitcase card....I see you still wearing your mothers day nailpolish!!

mermaid fenicia said...

I love those cards ^-^. I wish I had the money to buy that 'Under The Sea'-stampset. It would go very nice with all my mermaid-stamps.

Diana N. said...

You have done a wonderful job coloring and shading on both cards!

lisa808 said...

Two awesome projects! The turtle card looks so real.

heidi @ ggip said...

Both cards are great, but I love the under the sea card!

Patricia said...

These 2 cards are absolutely stunning! No wonder you're a designer! Really love them BOTH very much. The suitcase is brilliant!

Elizabeth said...

Love that suitcase and your underwater scene is gorgeous.

crafty1964 said...

Great job! You are a true inspiration!

Victoria H. said...

Thank you for the directions for the suitcase card....it is too cute and I am now dying to make one! I'm thinking a welcome your new baby as I have a few we will be welcoming this year in my extended family! How fun and creative...bling for bubbles....I adore it!

Mommamea's favorite things said...

Thank you for the how to's . Your cards rock the way you colored the turtle brings him to life. Awesome job.

Keri said...

Absolutely stunning! Love these both. How creative!!!

Anonymous said...

great to have the tutorial- thanks!
Hoilly

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

As always your cards are fabulous!! Love the turtles. I'm really working a keeping swimming today. The suitcase is so cute. Thanks for the detailed tutorial and all your wonderful inspiration

Pam D said...

Love both of these, the colors are beautiful, and the suitcase is an awesome idea, great job, TFS!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

BEautiful fish card & the suitcase is fabulous.

Lisa said...

Great job on the underwater scene. The depth you created is fantastic. Also love the suitcases--great for masculine cards.

mtscrapgal said...

Excellent coloring on the Sea you card.The turtle is perfect. I like the detail of the suitcase. Thanks

windinstarsranch said...

these are very nice cards. I love the suitcase idea.

janet said...

Love the dimension of both cards!

judy said...

You are so talented! Love everything you do!!

Angela Shields said...

Love the torn edge of of the sea turtle card, it's so neat!! It's so fun to see how other people create things, thanks for sharing!

ginalovesdave said...

Oh wow, those are over the top! The color of the sea is just beautiful!

Joyce T. said...

love the coloring on your turtle and the cut out suitcase for the journey!

alex said...

Such amazing cards, love your under the sea, and your wonderful suitcase and tutorial is inspired :-)

Angela Crafty Spot said...

Great cards!! I love them and these stamp sets!!

Sharon Roselli said...

great suitcase! totally looks like leather! your turtles are so real looking!Thanks for sharing your talent.

MyAuntKath said...

ADORABLE! Love these cards. So clever and nicely done.

Jan Castle said...

Great projects Melanie! Your wonderful briefcase takes mee back to my Pn Am days....love it!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Leah Ann Gast said...

Fintastic! Thanks for sharing ... hugs! Leah Ann

Melanie said...

ohmygosh, so I just looked closely at my post for the first time today and realized I never rearranged my pics to the proper order after uploading for my suitcase tutorial when I drafted last week, yikes!! (blush) You have all been EXTRA generous with your comments not pointing that out LOL! Oh my!! It's fixed now, hope it all makes sense and you give it a try!

Ravengirl said...

Yeah! I finally got an e-mail notification for your blog post. I love the turtle card, your sea and turtle are just perfect colors. Your suitcase card is quite clever too!

Lynn B. said...

That undersea card is breathtaking!Thanks for the suggestion of stamping off to create depth. It's info like that that makes me a better stamper. And your briefcase . . . OMY! It's amazing! Thanks for showing us what glue you use. I've been desperately trying to find something that will work better than what I already have.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for the tutorial for making the luggage card.

Margie F.

Golda said...

How fun! Love your examples!

Carol said...

Wow! What a fun hop, loads of great projects and wonderful inspiration. Thanks!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Susan said...

Your use of color takes my breath away! So realistic - great new stamps.

Joyce Evans Erb said...

love the 2 turtles at different sizes

Giovana said...

Both projects are great!! Love the suitcase, I may CASE your idea :)

naneruth said...

Great! Love the turtle and a wonderful job on the luggage piece.

Donna Phelan said...

The colors on your under the sea card are really fabulous, it's such a well thought out underwater scene you created. Love the luggage card, I thought it was so much larger, smoke & mirrors! :) Just great creations!

DianeL said...

Oh Melanie, your colors are so vibrant and beautiful. I just love your creations.
loyaz1 at wbhsi dot net

DianeL said...

Oh Melanie, your colors are so vibrant and beautiful. I just love your creations.
loyaz1 at wbhsi dot net

DianeL said...

Love your colors and your scene layout. TFS
loyaz1 at wbhsi dot net

carmen said...

amazing...love the colors!!!!
massey1982@aol.com

Gayle said...

Gorgeous sea turtle and love your luggage. Thanks for the tutorial.

Pat Jandacek said...

Fabulous cards, both of them! The torn bottom edge on Under the Sea adds so much to the scene. And the suitcase is perfect. TFS

Monica Depung said...

I love the sea turtles and sea life set. Can't wait to order it.

Kelly said...

Love both of these! Your underwater scene is wonderful, and I absolutely love that suitcase!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Your turtle card is fabulous -- looks like he is being spotlighted! Love the "case" card - very fun tutorial too!

Sylvia said...

Beautiful coloring in your underwater card. Your briefcase card is awesome. Thanks for the tutorial.

Betty Neville said...

These are stunning Melanie! Your sea scene is just amazing - like looking at an aquarium! And the little suitcase is so clever!

Helen F. said...

Love your coloring in the 'under the sea' card and the suitcase is a fun idea. TFS, Mel!

nanaluvs2stamp said...

The colors on the turtle card...awesome! Thanks for the info on the suitcase card. Will be casing this one!

Kary said...

Both cards are SO Awesome!! Love the undersea scene, the turtle is fabulous. The luggage card is totally genius! Love it!!

~ Connie said...

TOTALLY AWESOME sea turtle - looks so real and 3D. Thanks, too, for sharing the steps for the suitcase card - going in my CASE file!

Mary said...

Lots of scope for making underwater scenery thanks for the ideas your card is marvellous. The suitcase is awesome thanks for the tutorial

NJMullins said...

Your colored fish scene is amazing and the suitcase card is just so clever! Thanks!

Susan Gosman said...

Thanks for the tutorial on the suitcase - can't wait to give it a try.

Luanna said...

Your underwater scene practically jumps off the paper! Love those vibrant colors. Thanks for the tutorial on how to make the suitcase.

Kris said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Love these cards! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Kathryn said...

Awesome cards!

ddlady said...

Melanie, as Connie said your Under the Sea turtle looks so real and 3D. And I really like the briefcase card you made for Enjoy the Journey!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

What a stunning undersea card!!! And that travel case is fabulous....I love your tutorials!!!

Melanie said...

Your suitCASE file??? Heehee

Melanie said...

Just an observation, all these images look particularly terrific laid out of the file, swimming around! :-)

Melanie said...

Thanks for letting me know, Jo Ann, so glad you are enjoying them!

Melanie said...

Hee hee, yes, I noticed that, too just a few bits here and there, wondered who might catch that! ;)

Melanie said...

The bling made all the difference!

Melanie said...

I'm great! And hope you are, too, thanks for your comment and checking in!

Melanie said...

Woo hooo on the feed! Glad to be back up and running!!

Mary-Anne V said...

wow amazing use of distressed ink.

Anonymous said...

Your cards are always among my favorites.
scrappingbug@aol.com

Susan said...

Melanie, I love your work. Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda R. said...

Great cards. Love the details! Thanks for sharing!

Chris said...

STunning turtle card. The colors are awesome. I really like the little suitcase card. Thanks for the tutorial!

Jean MacNaughton said...

love the travel card but have to ask how do you open the card? It looks like it is held together with the fold on the left and the handle on the top. Obviously I'm missing something!

Jean MacNaughton said...

oops Ignore my previous comment about opening the travel card - re read the instructions and realize the handle is the only fold.
You are an inspiration - have many of your stamp sets and love them all!

Wendy Thompson said...

Fantastic Melanie thanks for the tutorial.

Purple Princess said...

Wonderful work! Fabulous tutorial!!

Sharon said...

Wow totally rocks! Thanks for the great tutorial too

puffinliz said...

Aww, your turtle card is awesome. Love it...

Sharon Harnist said...

What SWEET turtles and bubbles, Mel -- fabulous card! And your suitcase card turned out amazing!

Carrie said...

I adore the turtle card. The background is so simple yet it sounds like it is very easy to recreate.

Georgee said...

Great