Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Inspiration Hop Day 2: Tropical Nature and I Do!

Good morning! Welcome back to our Gina K Designs Inspiration Hops with the design team! As you hop through the 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 this adorable wedding set I Do! from our newest illustrator, Becky Oehlers, woot! Becky made so many cute samples for bride and groom and anniversary cards for our party, and I'm sure you'll see more on the hop, so I wanted to try to go a little out of the box with the small elements in this set if I could. It may be a little over the top...

but here's what I came up with....hee hee! Do you like it? "I do!"

Everything you need is in this set, and Clearly Gina K stamps make creating this face so easy! I don't have any mustache stamps despite how the current craze, so now I can be part of the "in crowd" lol!
Start by stamping the bracket for a mustache in Memento Tuxedo Black. Next stamp the equal sign above, centered over the bracket to create the bridge of the glasses. Color the middle with gray. stamp a circle (ahem, lens!) on both sides touching to creating the spectacles. Add a heart inked in Memento Love Letter to each side for a smitten look! The 4 suggest a cute nose and the "ever" makes a nice little mouth/chin. Now the card/face "reads" from top to bottom, almost like a rebus: "love 4 ever".
Next up we have Tropical Nature by Theresa Momber. I love how all the images in this set and her previous Aloha set complement each other, with all these elements you can create the paper islands of your dreams! I had to start with some of these beautiful palm fronds (get the clear stamps on this set too, by the way, great for two step stamping all those leafy bold and line art images!), which are so versatile as embellishments for so many cards, and her pineapple*, love this symbol of hospitality!
Cardstock is Pure Luxury Sandy Beach, Calypso Orange and Turquoise Sea. I stamped the scallop from Pretty Patterns on both the orange (in Memento Morocco) and blue cardstock (in Memento Teal Zeal) to suggest a sunset and waves. The torn edge and raffia adds to the casual, tropical feel. These waves are calling me!! Love it, Theresa!!

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Now please check out the rest of our fabulous team for more ideas and inspiration:

See you back here tomorrow for our final day of inspiration hops!

*Incidentally, pineapple is one of my favorite fruits, and one I totally craved while pregnant with Jonathan. Like, go buy one, cut it up, and eat the whole thing in one sitting! I know, right?! But hey, fat free, could've been worse! Sorry, I digress, just a funny memory!

80 comments:

Carolyn King said...

you are too funny. love your mustache face and that pineapple card is beautiful. love how you used your set to frame it...works perfectly together!

catdidit said...

hahaha Mel! LOVE your face you created! Toooo stinking cute! You so rock! And of course, love how you used that pineapple with your set, works so perfect together how you did it!

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Love the moustache card.

Jimmi said...

that mustache card really made me SMILE, what a cute idea :)
Your tropical card is beautiful, love the pretty colors!

Theresa Momber said...

Hee! LOVE it! Such a fun, out of the box idea! Perfectly executed. Love the pineapple card!!!

Lori said...

Your first card is so cool Mel!!! Your pineapple card...yummm!!! My absolute favorite fruit too (though I hate cutting up those pesky things!)

Teri said...

Both cute cards. Love the pineapple.

Vicki said...

Your cards put a smile on my face!!!!

Olga said...

Ha-ha, love the first one. What a great idea!

mtscrapgal said...

What a cute way to use the "I do" set, Melanie. I like the scene you created for the tropical card. Thanks

Tina said...

How fab BOTH cards are!!! I love how you did BOTH cards but I "moustache" to see the others. Bwahahaha

--Marcy said...

Darling! Whimsical touch on the mustache! Nice job!

Tami B. said...

Love the pineapple card. You've got me craving some now.

Kathryn A said...

Cute face! I love the beautiful colours and background on the pineapple card :)

Sharon said...

The tropical card is gorgeous! Such pretty colors and what a great design!

AJ said...

fun card Mel!! People will love that sets versatility!! and love your colors on the second card!

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a fun card...and I am sure that mustached gentleman would have love in his eyes if he saw his lady ...or so we would hope.
I also think your pineapple card is super great. I agree...nothing like pineapple slices for a good treat and so refreshing too.

Anne Biesterfeld said...

Cute cards. Love the whimsy on the first card, and the colors on the second card..

Mama Milly said...

I can't imagine being so creative!! The I do set looks like it was designed for that face card!
Awesome!
Charity

Golda said...

What fantastic cards! You gave me a laugh with the first.

Maxine #6215 said...

love all the tropical feel

Billie Dee said...

That first card is great! I really did laugh out loud. And I love the coloring on the second card.

Joyce T. said...

too fun. I didn't know 'staches were "in". LOL

Kathy said...

Hahaha, your card is cute! Love the colors in the second one:)

naneruth said...

Lovely pineapple card!

Sharon Roselli said...

love your funny face card! the pineapple card with the pretty patterns is fab! love the coloring.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Love the mustache. So clever. Your pineapple card is awesome and it works so well with your Pretty Patterns.

Deborah said...

Both are nice but what you did with the I do set is brilliant!

windinstarsranch said...

like these

alex said...

Wonderful cards Mel, love your sense of humour with the face, and the pineapple card teamed with your new set is gorgeous :-)

Elizabeth said...

That first card is so clever and so cute. And I absolutely love the rich colors of the second one.

terri feierabend said...

The first card is so cute. I love the colors you chose for the second one.

Kay S said...

What a clever way to use the elements on the first card to make that funny face! Love your second card. The way you created the sky and the ocean with the pattern stamp is really cool. Your story about eating the pineapple made me laugh and reminded me of my son when he was about 2.5 and got his first taste of fresh pineapple. He ate so much that his poor little mouth got all sore from it! He still loves pineapple to this day, though, and he is 20!

Janice said...

wow! That pineapple card is gorgeous! I love your colors and the shading behind the pineapple. Really pretty!

Ravengirl said...

Oh my word! That is too funny (what you did with Becky's new set)! Love your gorgeous pineapple and background!

gobluektb05 said...

Silly girl! I like it, "I do"!
Very Hawaiian on the Tropical Nature card. Bring on the Mai Tais!

Judy Scott said...

Just great

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fun first card - great mustache~ :) great coloring on the pineapple too!

Judy Scott said...

Real cute

Michelle said...

Holy cow, these are amazing! The first one is just too funny, and SO clever. And the colors of your second card are to die for!!!

Donna Phelan said...

GREAT face! lol Quite creative! Love the richness of your Tropical card, the colors are FAB!

Kelly said...

So fun. I love to see the inventive things you come up with on your cards!

Debbie Bradford said...

The wedding card is adorable and so much fun! The colors on the second card are great!

Julie said...

Love the face you made out of the wedding stamps, adorable.

Katherine said...

Cute cards! The face is funny & very creative. Love the design of your tropical card. TFS!

crotnem said...

The card w/the mustache made me chuckle~

Victoria H. said...

Beautiful cards!!!

Beverly Perdue said...

Melanie, I love your cards! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Rosy Newlun said...

Hi, Melanie!
Tee hee hee - you made me laugh with your mustache card!!! And your tropical card - I totally see the sunset on waves - gorgeous prettiness!

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

i wish i was getting married, and someone made that card for me! I love it! Fun! And the pineapple card is just a feast for the eyes!

Sylvia said...

Love your creativity! Great cards.

Kristen said...

That is hysterical with the first set! I love it! The second is so pretty and love the flip on design with the color.

Evelyn vasquez said...

How creative...cute face card

Robin said...

These are really great!

Sue D said...

The mustache card is too funny! Lovely colors on the pineapple card.

Carol said...

Fun new sets and a great hop once again!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Jo4Him said...

Very pretty; love your funny face. Thanks for sharing

Linda said...

Love your cards so bright and whimsical

Gayle said...

Too funny, Mel, loving it.

Paulette S said...

You have such a vision for your card making. Love all the details of the love/face card. Ah, I noticed sun and surf immediately, and oh how these colors pop. Both great cards.

Lisa said...

Patterns + pineapple + raffia= super card! :)

Kay said...

Love the colors in the tropical card!

Kay said...

Love the colors in the tropical card!

MyAuntKath said...

I do, too!

Love the bright pineapple card!

Lucy Newton said...

Great cards!!!

ddlady said...

Melanie, love your 4 ever card. So simple but, perfect. And I love the brightness of your pineapple card! Great job!

Jennifer said...

Very creative!! Thank you for a chance to win!

Anonymous said...

When i make a wedding card, I try to make something that I would really like to have for myself...and your is a riot! I would have loved that card for my wedding. :)

S. Carter

Anonymous said...

I love your new back ground stamp set

Blessings,
Kat

Linda R. said...

Both cards are great! The first made me smile and the second is so colorful!

Sonia said...

Such great cards- absolutely LOVE them!!!

itzamitzi said...

I like the symbolism on the wedding card. Cute! And those BOLD color work so well for a tropical card.

Sharon Harnist said...

Fabulous cards, Mel - that pineapple looks real enough to eat! Love it combined with your wonderful background stamps!

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

Such a unique card/face! Very whimsical. And pineapples are a fav of mine too (eating too much!). That card is really beautifully put together.

NJMullins said...

Your pineapple sunset is wonderful and vivid!

ajax said...

ROFL! The mustache face it too cute. The card is simple yet so right. In the 2nd card, the pineapple is so delicious looking. The coloring is perfect. Thanks

verna garrison said...

cute cards and hey pineapple is good any time right??

Joyce Evans Erb said...

love the pineapple card and great background

Karen Roth said...

I love the tropical card, it is so pretty and bold ^.^

verna garrison said...

love the pineapple card ;;cute idea .