Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Inspiration Hop Day: StampTV Kit, Hello Sunshine, Birthday Greetings, and Life's a Beach

Welcome to our final day of 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 the new StampTV Kit Hello Sunshine! (available in clear or rubber) I am in love with this kit! The bold images are great for so many fun techniques!
Memento pads Bamboo Leaves, Bahama Blue and Tangelo, with a little bit of Ladybug marker are thumped onto the dahlia stamp and centers of the tiny flowers on the focal point. Aren't these just the freshest, most fun florals for creating backgrounds?
Love the distressed greetings in the kit, too! I used Copics to color some rhinestones orange and turquoise to match and add a bit of sparkle. Card base is Pure Luxury Blue Raspberry.
Next up we have this super useful set Birthday Greetings (available in clear or rubber), with sentiments perfect for every birthday card you make, inside and out!
I started with glossy paper sponged with Memento Lilac Posies, Tangelo and Pear Tart. Next, I stamped the greetings all over in Memento Tuxedo Black, and then a few again in Lilac Posies just to add some more interest to the background. I inked up almost every greeting in this set, for the most belated birthday wishi-est card evah!! Think they'll get the point? LOL!
Tear the edge to reveal a pop of white and mount onto Black Onyx Cardstock. That's it! (No excuse really for a card this fast to be late!) ;)Finally, we have the super cute new Free with Three set, Life's a Beach (available in clear or rubber)!
I loved this little pinwheel stamp so it inspired me to make a couple of my own with Gina K Posies DP, it is so easy!
Cut some small squares of DP. Snip into the center from each corner without cutting all the way to the middle. Punch a hole into each corner with a 1/16 hold punch and then pierce a hole into the center.

With the pattern facing up, Pull each corner hole toward you and thread brad into, until you have all four corners together...

...then push brad through center hole, turn over, and press back prongs. Easy peasy!

Since these pinwheels won't be fitting in an envelope I didn't bother to try to make them fit within the boundaries of my A2 card! The stamped pinwheel is paper pieced with the polka dotted Gina K Poppy Prints paper. This is all one piece of paper, I didn't snip apart the individual pieces, star in the middle is holding together. Add glue to stamped mat and then place cut DP on top.
Card base is Pure Luxury Ocean Mist. I didn't show any of these samples at the party, so please let me know in the comments below which you like best!

Thanks again for hopping us today! Please enjoy more inspiration for these three sets from the rest of our Design Team!

Have a terrific day!

96 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

Love these, Mel! So cool. Your pinwheel design is awesome!!!

crafty1964 said...

The pinwheels are so stinkin' cute! How clever!

Teri said...

Love the bright colors!! And love all the stamp sets too.

Anita Braddock said...

Wow Beautiful love the flowers and the splash of colors are Awesome. love the attention to details thanks for sharing how to make the pinwheels. thanks for the chance to win

Parker said...

Who wouldn't want to get a birthday card like this one?

heidi @ ggip said...

Gorgeous samples!!!!!!

Lee Reed said...

There is so much fun and excitement going on in these cards! Love them.

Deb said...

Gorgeous, so creative, and FUN, in that order! Love 'em all!

Tami B. said...

I really love seeing something new or a little different, so your 2nd card is the standout for me today. All 3 cards are great.

Alice H said...

Melanie you never fail to disappoint - these are so cute! Love the colors and layouts. And thanks for the tutorial on the pinwheel!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

LOVE these Mel! Those are cute pinwheels and they look easy to make. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE those flower blossoms and colors on the 1st card.

Melanie, you never disappoint with your lovely cards!

Marie-José B said...

Great cards!
I love the pinwheel on the card!

Kathryn said...

What you can do with ink amazes me!!

Glenda said...

as usual WOW...very inspiring

Patricia said...

Those pinwheels are amazing. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I'm going to try to make one today! Your cards, as always, are amazing.

Sharon said...

WOW! Three outstanding cards! Love the thank you with all the different flowers and colors! Such a fun design to use all the birthday greetings on the same page! And then the pinwheels - too cute!

Debbie Bradford said...

Your cards are fantastic! The thank you card is so very pretty and the others are really fun!

rossi73 said...

Love how you used all these sets. Just amazes me what you come up with!

Wide Eyed Stamper said...

Fantastic creations! love the colors!

mermaid fenicia said...

Those are lovely cards you made. ^_^

Olga said...

I love the cards!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Melanie...these cards are so cool and done so wonderfully. I can't begin to decide on a favorite..let's just say I love them all. Wow!

sas44 said...

The card with flowers is awesome and birthdays greetings make afun card. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

They are so full of color! Thank you for the pinwheel tutorial, it's so cute! Wonderful inspiration!

Anne Biesterfeld said...

Very cute cards. Especially liked the thank you card.

lisa808 said...

I've always wanted to make a pinwheel. tfs

TammieRD said...

Wow Awesome I just love them all. And the pinwheel is so nice and thanks

Joyce Evans Erb said...

My goodness, these are wonderful. Love the birthday idea and the bold background of the flowers. The pinwheels are very cute

windinstarsranch said...

So happy and really bright. These sets are making my fingers want to get busy. Cant wait for them to get here.

Carolyn King said...

You rock my socks! LOVE them all but that first one stole my heart! Fabulous--looks like dp!

catdidit said...

Oh wow Mel!! I ALMOST did a pinwheel like this, lol! But my brain would not cooperate that day, haha! I love all of these, wonderful backgrounds you have created too!

(I'm following Cammie around....shhh, dont tell her!)

Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) said...

Wonderful cards! I especially love the BG and colors of the first one.

AJ said...

too funny- I almost did a pinwheel as well! fun cards Mel!

Giovana said...

Your birthday card is fantastic!! Love the pinwheel idea :)

Keri said...

Awesome! All three of these are just beautiful! I'm loving all the inspiration.

Mary-Anne V said...

Love how you put all the bday greetings on one card...and the stamps sets are great.

Natalie said...

I just love the use of the whole stamp set for the birthday card.

Susan said...

Oh my, Melanie. I love those first two. The Hello sunshine set is fabulous. And I absolutely love how you used all the sentiments at once on the birthday card. Great idea!

Divinity said...

these cards are wonderful!!!!!!!

Ravengirl said...

Mmmmm, love the colors you used for your floral card! And I love the how-to description on the pinwheel!

Mary said...

Very slever use of all the sentiment stamps love it. You certainly have some inspirational ideas

Joyce T. said...

love your cards. the pinwheels are perfect but the birthday card is amazing!

Joyce T. said...

love your cards. the pinwheels are perfect but the birthday card is amazing!

Lisa said...

You have such a great eye for colors. I laughed out loud when I saw the pinwheel card, how fun! Great job.

Linda R. said...

Love every one of your cards. Can't help but love those pinwheels!

Lynn B. said...

Each of your cards is beautiful, Melanie. I always learn something when I come to your blog. I so appreciate that!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Oh Mel - you just never disappoint ;)

Love the multi sentiment bday card -- it looks fabulous~

Lagene said...

Fantastic cards! Love that pin wheel!

Angela Shields said...

Such beautiful cards!! I just love all the colors you used with the stamptv kit and the pinwheels are ingenious!

terri feierabend said...

Love, love those pinwheels. Very creative:)

Jan Castle said...

Great cards Melanie...the pin wheels are so clever!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

JoanL said...

WOW! Love your color combo. Thanks for the pinwheel instructions!

lritchie said...

Love these stamps, I think I'll go have a play making a pinwheel. Keep up the great work!

janet said...

What great use of color!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello sunshine is just bursting with color! and thanks for the pinwheel tutorial!
Holly

Melinda said...

Beautiful as always Melanie. Your illustrations are just the best! I cannot wait to get them home!

mtscrapgal said...

Super neat cards, Melanie. Love your "real" pin wheels. Thanks for the tute.The birthday card is really super. Great idea to "wow" a bithday person. Thanks

Sue D said...

Beautiful cards and love the pin wheels.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Awesome cards, as always. I LOVE the belated birthday card. Your pinwheel card is cute.

carmen said...

love these cards!!!!!!
massey1982@aol.com

Elizabeth said...

The birthday greetings card is so awesome! Love the idea and the great colors on it.

Golda said...

I love the bright colors on your cards! Beautiful work.

Carol said...

Great projects! I love seeing the new releases in action!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Rosy Newlun said...

Hi, Melanie! How incredible your cards always are! Love your sponging, tearing and those pin wheels! Amazing!

Regina said...

Wow, great cards. Love the birthday greeting card and pinwheels are adorable. Regina
regina95370@sbcglobal.net

Donna Phelan said...

Flower card is GORGEOUS! Birthday card is GORGEOUS! Oh and your pinwheel card is, you guessed it, GORGEOUS! All 3 are wonderful and very creative!

naneruth said...

Super cards! Love the pinwheels.

MyAuntKath said...

I really liked all of them in different ways, but loved the floral!

Victoria H. said...

Awesome and so sweet! I adore the pinwheels and thank you for the instructions. Can't wait to try them myself!

Wendy Thompson said...

What bright, happy cards you have made Melanie. I love them.

Lynne said...

Oh my gosh, Mel, these cards are wonderful. You are so talented. Great tutorial on the pinwheels.

Gayle said...

Love your cards, Melanie. Love all those flowers and my fav is the birthday greetings card...very clever idea.

Purple Princess said...

love the pinwheels

Kary said...

Gorgeous cards!! Love all of them esp the flowers and the pinwheels! {hugs}

Helen F. said...

Cool pinwheel card...TFS. Love the flowers bursting all over your fist card and the sentiments card is so fun!

Chris said...

These are all so cool! Love the background with the Hello Sunshine kit and that Birthday card is the BEST! Thanks for such awesome samples.

Diane said...

I couldn't wait to get to your blog! As always, I wasn't disappointed! Thanks so much for the beautiful cards and the tutorial on the pinwheels. Gotta try it!

Dee said...

Beautiful work, as always! My favorite is the birthday card with the pop of colors and variety of sentiments. Beautifully done!

Sharon said...

Super cool cards! Can't pick a favourite, they are all too great!

Betty Neville said...

Such awesome designs Melanie! Your stamped dp is just gorgeous! The sponged background on your second card is so cool; and I love that pinwheel!

Kelly said...

Fun, fun, fun! Love those pinwheels!

Susan Gosman said...

The colors - especially on your birthday card - are simply scrumptious.

Pam D said...

All three cards are great, the colors are over the top, nice, TFS!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Wonderful cards.

NJMullins said...

Wow. The birthday card is breathtaking!

Carolina said...

Love the fun, bright colors you used on the first two and the pinwheel card is out of this world darlin'!

Kris said...

Love, love, love that "all birthday" card! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

alex said...

Stunning cards Mel, love them all, but as you are pressing me for a favourite it has to be the pinwheel and what a great tutorial to go with it :-)

puffinliz said...

All of your cards are awesome! The flower one really pops...

Sharon Harnist said...

Good grief, girl, what a fabulous line-up of cards! LOVE your pinwheel card -- what a great design! Fabulous idea for the birthday sentiments and your bright, cheerful floral background is amazing!

Cathy C said...

All three cards look spectacular! The pinwheels blew me away thank you so much for the tutorial on how to make them! Each card is very inspiring and I will sure be applying those techniques in the future! Thank you and bless you for sharing your talent with us.

Pat Jandacek said...

All three cards are wonderful! The birthday card is especially clever and I love the background you created for it! TFS

Carrie said...

I LOVE the colors you used on the flower card! They are all so cute!

joanieg said...

Just fantastic!! Love each of them! TFS and Inspiring!!

Jan Henry said...

How clever of you to use all of the sentiments on the card front. I've never seen that done before.
Also, tearing is one of my favorite techniques. Your pinwheel card is my favorite. I just did a pinwheel 4th of July card for my card group.

Barb Ghig said...

Hi again, Love your cards! Thanks so much for the tutorial on the Pinwheels ~ They are such a cute embellishment!
Have a great day!