Friday, June 1, 2012

Inspiration Hop: Stately Flowers 4 and Ticket Trio

Good morning! I hope you were able to attend our release party yesterday, and welcome to our first day of Gina K Designs Inspiration Hops with the design 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 latest in my Stately Flowers series, Stately Flowers 4 (available in clear or rubber). This set contains 8 images-5 flowers, 3 butterflies (butterflies!!) and 13 sentiments (9 greetings, including the very versatile "To:" and "From:" for tags!), and 4 state names- Hawaii, Ohio, West Virginia and Washington.) While I *love* the last couple sets I've released, it was hard taking a few months off this Staely Flowers series so I'm glad to be playing in the flowers again! Thanks to ALL of you who wrote to Gina and me asking when it was coming back, hope you love the new set! :)

These blooms are terrific for inchies! I thought these little vignettes, or "moments in time"(which are actually 1 1/4 inchies here, that's my smallest square punch!) were perfect with this new sentiment, Cherish every moment!

Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Key Lime, and Black Onyx. It's hard to see in he photo but I outlined the flowers with coordinating Stardust pens and added Inkssentials White pen to the butterfly wing spots, really makes them pop!

And here is the full card from my sneak peek the other day! Base is Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion, scored on the sides to add interest. love all these colors you can make these flowers! Anyone want me to post a Copic coloring tutorial? TIP: Cut on the lines in between the petals when you are popping these flower images up, this allow you to add more shape and curve to each petal, pulling and pushing them out and in with your fingers for a more dimensional, realistic look.
The next card uses the carnations and a little distressing inks sponged on to add warmth to the white mat. The torn edge and reveal of white goes so well with the jagged carnation petals and adds texture.

I couldn't resist adding this little branch (free file included with machine!) I cut from Pure Luxury Grass Green CS with my Silhouette Cameo that I showed you a few weeks ago, it goes so nicely with all these florals!
The smaller carnation is perfect for popping up over the carnation buds on the larger image to add dimension and variety. There are so many ways to color carnations, and you can use one marker to get a realistic look, don't even need to blend!
It will be hard not to add a butterfly from now on to all the Stately Flowers cards I make! (full card using this embossed background next week)

Hope you love the three in this set, although I read while drawing the series there are NO butterflies in Hawaii? Rosy, can you confirm?? :) I will try to resist the impulse, but with the hibiscus only! ;)

Finally a couple "no color" examples: hibiscus stamped in Memento Tangelo and Pear Tart. Butterflies stamped in Tuxedo Black on Pure Luxury Key Lime and Blue Raspberry cardstock. Love how quickly these large flowers can a make a colorful, no coloring required background, with lots of detail!
Sentiment is stamped on Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea and cropped with a Circle Nestabilities. Base is Sweet Mango.
And last, I had to try making a little distressed Kraft tag with the rhododendron! Tutorial coming soon, plus a distressed embossed card to put it on, grab your distressing inks!
You may have seen these designs at the party, tell me below in the comments which is/was your favorite! :)

Next up, we have Ticket Trio (available in clear or rubber) from Tami Mayberry.

I decided to make a Girls' Night Out card with the pink chevron DP from the Gina K Pure Luxury Sunshiny Day pack. Cardstock is Pure Luxury Passionate Pink, Smoky Slate, and Black Onyx.
I don't currently have dies to cut these stamps, so instead I stamped them out side by side on a strip of cardstock in black, then pierced dots in between to perforate with my Scor-Bug and Scor-buddy, and trimmed the corners with scissors. The gray mat is Cuttlebugged with Seeing Spots and embellished with adhesive rhinestones.
Thanks for visiting and please enjoy the rest of the hop with our team and these two sets!!!


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156 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

Stunning coloring and compositions. Love them all! This is such a gorgeous set!!!

rossi73 said...

Oh my there was so much to look at and all so perfect! I love the inchies and carnations and of course the hibiscus....so pretty . Love all the dimension and colours. Such talent!

catdidit said...

What gorgeousness Mel! I really love that first card, so bright and vibrant and just plain cheerful! This set is another hit in my book!

Sharon Jones said...

Absolutely colorful and stunning, Melanie! I am so hyped by these stamps!

Betsy said...

great cards!

Sharon said...

Absolutely stunning on the flower cards - especially the first two!
And really liked the distressed tag - so pretty! Thanks for your great designs!

Jimmi said...

All of your stately flowers cards are AMAZING! so beautiful Melanie :)
and your ticket card is SO FUN!

Donna said...

Beautiful Flowers! Love the rich colors and the butterflies ... whether they are in Hawaii or not! Great job. :-) Donna

Rae said...

Another beautiful set of State Flowers, and the cards you make with them are gorgeous. Can't wait to see the set that will include New York.

naneruth said...

So very lovely! Your flowers are just gorgeous the way they are colored and displayed on the cards.

Giovana said...

All your cards are beatiful Melanie!! I need more Copics colors :)

scrappinmommom said...

Always love your designs, the card with the inchies is just too beautiful!

crafty1964 said...

So pretty and elegant. I can only hope to be that good someday!

alex said...

What a wonderful new stamp set and an amazing array of cards, cant wait for my order to arrive, I think the hibiscus flowers in the bright colours has to be my favourite, bit they are all so beautiful. Love the colour combo you have used on Tami's set and the layout is fab :-)

Olga said...

I just love your hibiscus colored flowers! Gorgeous!

Joyce T. said...

Melanie: I adore your floral images! I've been looking forward to the rest of the stately flowers. Nice job with the tickets too by the way. :)

Kris said...

Whoa! Those colorful cards rock my world! So vibrant and fun! Really love the first card the most! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Lagene said...

Melanie, Fantastic new Stately Flowers set!!! Your cards are knock it out of the park GORGEOUS!!!

heidi @ ggip said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the stately flower sets, they are all on my wish list.

Carolyn King said...

Love your new set...you have such a way with flowers :)
Beautiful cards...i cannot take my eyes off the first one---stunning........!

Victoria H. said...

So pretty!!! Your cards are amazing and show off these stamps sets to the fullest!

MyAuntKath said...

I love the card with the different colors of hibiscus, and the inchies card, and the one with the butterflies stamped on blue anf gtrrn cs, etc etc. Yes, I would love the copic tutorial!! Plez plez

Lynn B. said...

Swooning here, Melanie. Yes, please give us a copic tutorial. I need all the help I can get in that dept. All of your cards are stunning, but I can't pull my eyes away from the one with the inches. Those flowers could be photos, only much prettier! When I've finished with the hop, I'm going to come back here and just drink it in. Thanks! And thank you so much for this newest set. I keep thinking you can't possibly top yourself, but then you do!

Sue D said...

Fabulous cards and glad to see my birth state(WV) and the state I live in (OH) both in one set.

Joyce Evans Erb said...

Gorgeous stamps and cards. I particularly like the multi colored hibiscus card. They are all beautiful

Dottie Watson said...

WOW, WOW, WOW.. I love these flowers and butterflies.
Hugz, Dottie

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulous coloring with your flowers! Just stunning!!

Patti J said...

Oh my goodness, Melanie - you have rendered me speechless today! What beautiful creations! I see a Book #2 coming out right away! Absolutely gorgeous! And I love what you have done with Tami's fabulous set! She is so creative!!! Have a great weekend!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

So beautiful, love the flowers.

ginalovesdave said...

Those flowers are GORGEOUS! I love the way you punched the smaller squares, creating a totally different look!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous floral cards.

Susan said...

All beautiful projects, as usual. But I may just have to CASE that first one. I love the colors, love the idea...And I may just be convinced to add another butterfly to my supply!

Chris said...

Awesome samples, as always, Melanie! Of your stately flower cards, I have two favorites. The first (Cherish every moment) is so striking with the lime on the black and then just the "Moments" of each flower. My other favorite is the no color Stop and Smell the Flowers card. IT's great to see samples that are equally stunning, but require less work for those times when detailed coloring just isn't in the cards!

Love the Girls night out invite. I'll be there!

Anita Braddock said...

wow gorgeous cards love the colors and the blending is awesome. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
abbraddock@msn.com

richardbreaks said...

Wow! The stamps and the cards are STUNNING! Hugs!

Susan said...

All of them are fantastic and very hard to choose just one favorite.

Paulette S said...

Love these flowers and your coloring is impeccable. I like that you showed they don't have to be colored, but can be stamped in some fun colors. And the butterflies too stamped on a single color paper. The ticket set will be fun too, lots of possibilities. Lots of inspiration. ;)))

TracyP said...

Melanie - this is not fair! There is no possible way I can say which is my favorite - as I looked, read and kept scrolling down, each card was so different and so beautiful! So I guess my favorite is all of them - LOL

Donna Phelan said...

Love the rhinestone accents on your Girls Night Out Card. Your flowers are GORGEOUS.....I see The 2nd Year Of Flowers Book in the making, absolutely stunning!

Gayle said...

Beautiful cards, coloring and design, Melanie.

Lynne said...

Beautiful stamps, flowers, cards, coloring. Yes please on the copic tutorial.

JPScraps said...

Beautiful cards! They look great colored or not.

Mary-Anne V said...

wow I can not believe the number of cards you made... so pretty and inspirational. Love the way you used the whole stamp and part of the images.

Helen F. said...

Beautiful cards, Melanie! These two sets are wonderful ~ I have to have them both :)

Angela Crafty Spot said...

Great cards!!

Sharon Harnist said...

Another amazing set, Mel! I absolutely adore all the great colors and layout of your first card and your Hibiscus quad card is gorgeous ... LOVE all the fabulous colors! Love the coloring of your carnations, too!

zehra said...

Wow, you rocked this set, awesome cards, you just sold me this set, I love the flowers, these cards are gorgeous.

Lori said...

Your stately cards are absolutely gorgeous Mel and I just love your fun ticket card!!

Kitty said...

I love your book. I just finished making all the masks and now on to the fun part. Thank you for taking the time to teach us.

Blessings,
KathleenR

julie e said...

What pretty cards

janet said...

WOW!! I am loving the dimension of your cards as well as the vibrant colors!!

Chookarooni said...

love the hibiscus - my all time favorite!
Mary-Jane

Sandy said...

They're all great but I absolutely love the card with the green background.

Marie-José B said...

Wow! I love them all. Such a happy summer colors too!

Julie S. said...

Wow! You really outdid yourself with the flwoers and butterflies - amazing color and designs! How clever to perforate the tickets too. Wonderful!

Anne Biesterfeld said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the flowers and butterflies.

Janet S said...

This set is amazing. Just love that hibiscus flower. Your crad with all the hibiscus flowers is lovely.

Debbie Bradford said...

Your cards should be in an art gallery! You did a beautiful job with the flowers!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Beautiful set, Melanie, and your cards are luscious!

Keri said...

Beautiful! Love the inspiration!!

Alice K said...

Love all your work, but I have to say my favorite was the first one. I always love clean and simple cards and the Key Lime background really sets off your flower stamps and the butterfly.

Kathryn said...

I especially like the first one, with the vignettes, and the "Stop and smell the flowers", with all hibiscus flowers.

Patricia said...

What stunning stamps & cards, Melanie! You've outdone yourself this time! I'm very excited about all of the new releases.

Robin said...

These are just great! The magic of stamping is we can have butterflies in Hawaii!

Regina said...

No other way to describe your cards but "beautiful". Regina
regina95370@sbcglobal.net

Eileen Bernier said...

I love the stately flowers. The hibiscus is such a beautiful flower...I'm glad it is one that can be purchased. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Those hibiscus are gorgeous and the butterflies --- love how you colored them! Mine never turn out that nice! I need to practice more I think.
tonilea
jiffy1212@aol.com

Golda said...

What amazing projects! I love how you cut out only part of the image on the one, and then added dimension by cutting along the petals on another. Wow!

windinstarsranch said...

I really loved the moments in time card. Loved them all but that was my favorite.

Leisa said...

Gorgeous stamps, gorgeous cards!

Evelyn said...

Melanie, your flowers are wonderful. I love all the colored ones, but my favorite (today) is the "colorless" one. So simple, but so effective. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

Diana E said...

What a wonderful selection of cards -- it's really hard to pick a favorite. I like the "no-color" hibiscus (how easy!!), but my favorite is probably the inchies one you started with. I love the idea of using a larger stamped image to create a "sneak peek" inchie. Thanks for sharing.
Also, FYI, I simply love your artwork. Wish I could afford to buy ALL your sets!!

Jen said...

I absolutely love the stamps, you could do so much with them, brilliant show. Wish I was able to afford to buy all the sets, as they are all so wonderful. Jen

Purple Princess said...

Gorgeous colors! Beautiful work!!

Anonymous said...

Melanie,
I just love all of your designs. I have your book and both stamp sets & wow, do I get compliments for all of my cards. Thanks for your creativity.
scrappingbug@aol.com

Janice said...

Beautiful!!

jean w. said...

Melanie as always love your work! Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay M. said...

Absolutely Stunning!!!!! all of your projects are simply amazing!!! The colors are gorgeous!! I love everything here!!! wonderful job!!!

cincyem said...

I just love all of your flowers but I am particularly fond of this one as it has Ohio's carnation!

sghay said...

Loved them all..absolutely gorgeous, but that green background really made the flowers pop on the first card.

Susan Gosman said...

Your flowers are really works of art - thanks so much for sharing them.

Cheryl Bux said...

Can a person ever have too many flower stamps? I don't think so! LOL These are gorgeous and will have to be added to my expanding collection!

Andrene said...

Beautiful projects!! Love all of your Stately Flowers stamp sets. Don't know how I missed the Ticket Trio set when I ordered last week....guess I'll be placing another order!!

Pam D said...

Wow! You've been a busy bee. All your projects are just gorgeous, TFS!

Debbie said...

The colors and depth are amazing as can be expected from Melanie! The flowers look so real.

I can't wait to see what the amazing things you will create with your stamps and your new Cameo!

You just keep getting better!

Angela said...

Wonderful job Melanie! My favorite card is the one with the hibiscus stamped in different colors and the beautiful butterflies...absolutely stunning!

ashields at onlinenw dot com

quiltea56 said...

Beautiful!!!

Teri said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love them ALL!

Anonymous said...

I initially thought those flowers were to big for me. Then I saw you used them as inches. What a fab idea. Thanks The card is great. Julianne

Melanie said...

Thanks, Julianne! And I didn't use them on these, but there is the mini version of these flowers in the set in addition to the ginormous ones when you need something more understated. :-)

Melanie said...

I don't think so either, Cheryl, glad you agree! :-)

Sheila said...

Your cards are just awesome. You did a beautiful job on them. Thanks for sharing.

Melanie said...

Yay, glad I did it justice for you! :-)

Melanie said...

That is awesome to hear, glad you are putting it to use and getting results you love!

Melanie said...

Thanks, Diana, I'll keep working hard to keep things at the top of your wishlist! :-)

Melanie said...

Thanks for feedback on rhe tag! I will make and share these more often!

Melanie said...

Rosy says there ARE butterflies there, yay! Article I read was wrong

Melanie said...

I received your lovely thank you card yesterday, Joyce, thanks! It's not often I receive one for a blog candy, please enjoy your new stamps!

Pat Jandacek said...

Beautiful cards. I thought I'd resort to the eeny-meeny-mini-mo method of decision making but decided to choose the multiple, beautifully painted hibiscus(es?) A wonderful stamp set.

Melanie said...

Thanks, Lynn!! Wait til you see June and July! (Heehee tease)

Melanie said...

Oh good! :-) I love having the three different sizes, so great for backgrounds

Melanie said...

How great/lucky is that? ;-) Glad it worked out!

itzamitzi said...

If only I could color like you! Those flower cards are marvelous. I'm also waiting to see what you do with the embossed butterfly background.

Melanie said...

Thanks for your email and Cameo feedaback, Debbie, i will reply when I get home!

Janna said...

Just beautiful!! You really show just what can be done with those floral stamps, and I love the colors that you used!! Gorgeous!

Melanie said...

Thank you Patti, pray for good things!

Melanie said...

Not too far off! :-)

Melanie said...

Thank you, Kathleen!! If you have time to leave a review on Amazon explaining what you like about it, I would so appreciate it!

RuthAnn said...

These state floral stamps are so
great, and you do such a beautiful
job presenting them. I love the way they look so real on the cards.
I is a real bonus that you can have either the rubber stamps or clear. Thank you for sharing your
works. Take care.

MitBem said...

I love the carnations - especially the colors as that color carnation is very special to me. My dad had sent Mom home with one from a boquet he had in his hospital room while recuperating from a heart attack. Unfortunately 3 day later he died and so did the carnation. My family made a boquet of the peppermint carnations for me from all the flowers at his funeral.
Love what you do - you give such great ideas.

Ann from Australia said...

Thank YOU Melanie for sharing your talents so generously! This set looks amazing, and I so appreciate your tips and hints for using it - can't wait for more tutorials. Hugs xx

Mama said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous. I love how some of them pop off the page. You are so talented!

Lindsay Ettlinger said...

Oh wow, wow, wow. These 2 stamp sets are amazing. So many ways to use them. At the moment I only have one of the flower set but would love to have them all eventually!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Your new set is fabulous. The coloring on the hibiscus is gorgeous and I'd love to see a copic tutorial for it as well as for the carnation. I think my favorite of the cards is the first one with the mini squares. It is so bright and cheery. You're going to have to do another book for your wonderful Stately Flowers sets. BTW I signed up again - I wondered what was going on. Maybe I'll start getting the e-mail updates again. Thanks for all the great inspiration.

Audrey Cooper said...

great job, I never thought of using only part of the flower as in your first design.

Carol said...

It's really amazing what you've done with those stamps! There are so many possibilities! They are so very beautiful.

shensen said...

Wow what great colors. They are just eye popping.

Linda said...

Just gorgeous... you are so talented I would love to see you do a copic coloring tutorial... bring it on. You inspire me.

Linda Drozd
drozd.linda@yahoo.com

Crafty Lady said...

The Stately Flowers are amazing. So perfect for coloring!

carmen said...

just beautiful!!!!! loving the colors. I just oohed and ahhed.
massey1982@aol.com

Aixa M. said...

Gorgeous cards. The flowers are stunning!

Angel said...

Love your flower stamps. Amazing detail, and your shading and highlights make your images pop off the pages. So realistic you expect to smell their scents too.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Absolutely beautiful florals and all the stamped works of art are fantastic.

Sue Bridges said...

Love your flowers . They are beautiful!

Mary said...

Love,love ,love the Stately flowers 4 set will acquire them all soon as I have a few spare $'s

~ Connie said...

I LOVE the new Stately Flowers set. My favorite 2 cards were the "Inchies" and the "Hybiscus" - especially the tip about cutting along the lines of each petal and shaping. Can't wait to try it!

Judy Averill said...

All the stamps are beautiful but my first favorite is the hibiscus one--stunning. Followed closely by the carnation one--favorite flower of mine ....then...and ...then...

CrafteA said...

WOW! Awesome cards. TFS

Valerie said...

I really liked your inches card and then the one with the beautiful butterflies, love that color of CS.

Kathy said...

I'm blown away!!! Your card creations are outstanding and I definitely am inspired. Thanks for the tips on how to cut the flowers out and how to color with just one color. I wasn't able to join the hop yesterday because it was my birthday and I was out all day, but had to come this morning and check out all the amazing work!!!

Regina said...

I love the flower set. You did so many amazing cards with the set. Love the minis. Regina regina95370@sbcglobal.net

Sonia said...

WOW! I love all of your cards! A great tip on how to make the flowers look more realistic. This is something new for me as I do not usually cut and pop up things. Looking forward to trying it!

Lee Reed said...

Your Stately Flower sets never cease to amaze and excite me. These are simply beautiful!

Lesley Greenlee/Petminder@aol.com said...

Wow your cards and designs are just beautiful. I am new to the card making business and I am having so much fun learning from all the talented people at Stamp TV. I added Stately flowers to my wish list and hope to be ordering it soon. Have a happy day!

Joy said...

Beautiful. I love the hibiscus.

Heartwarmers from Vicki said...

Beautiful cards and so many great inspiring ideas!

mtscrapgal said...

As always you have given us more beautiful flowers, Melanie. ThanksAll the butterflys are outstanding too. Thanks. I think the hybiscus is my favorite. I've been to Hawaai 3 times and enjoyed the flowers each time.

Brenda said...

Stunning cards as always Mel!!!! I ordered your set and can't wait for it to get here.

Luanna said...

I love the stately flowers samples. The card with the inchies was my favorite. It gave me some new inspiration!

Sylvia said...

Love your first card, the colors are stunning. I can't wait to get this set.

Betty Neville said...

WOW Melanie! These are all amazing! So much to look at and admire! You've created another gorgeous set; and I love the addition of the butterflies in varying sizes!

Colleen Dietrich said...

You have COMPLETELY blown me away with your flower creations, Melanie! Oh my. I'm here shaking my head and whispering, "Oh my goodness!" at each one. I'm properly floored!

Anonymous said...

Whoa! Whee! What a release set of State 4 flowers and a ticket set ready for most any occasion. Now you are talking stampin'! Simply lovely! Smart problem solving, Mel, that piercing quickly makes perferation lines. mt23stamperaty Keep Looking UP!

judy said...

Gorgeous! I'm loving the hibiscus stamp more and more! Gonna have to get it!

Cathy C said...

WOW! All the cards are so BEAUTIFUL that i just couldn't pick one. Also, yes it would be wonderful if you could post a tutorial on coloring with the Copics. I love how you color and it would be a great honor to learn from you! I can't wait for the next set of flowers. Thank you for all your hard work! Bless you and your family.

miatagal said...

Amazing creations as usual, Melanie! I especially love the suitcase; great project. Everything is so inspirational.

Ravengirl said...

Oh my word! Your new set is fabulous! Love all those gorgeous flowers!

Carol said...

Beautiful projects with tons of fun ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Kelly said...

I love all the fantastic things you have done with this new set! That first card is awesome--reminds me of a photo gallery!

Monica Depung said...

I really like the stately flowres set. the card was beautiful.

Sharon said...

Stunning projects but I am so drawn to that first one, I think I can actually smell the flowers

Kary said...

Such AMAZING samples, Melanie!! I am in awe :) The new Stately flowers set is just Awesome! LOVE it!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

There is no simple about it Mel....you are amazing!!!! I can't wait to color more of these flowers and CASE some of your design ideas!!!

Linda R. said...

Your cards and flowers are just stunning! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing them.

Wendy Thompson said...

You have been very busy Melanie. Your cards are outstanding I love them all.

Carrie said...

Your stamp designs are BEAUTIFUL! I especially love the vibrancy of the colors in the first card. Stunning!