Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Show Me the Stamps Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Show Me the Stamps Holiday kick off!  For this month’s hop, several of the Gina K Designs Illustrators have brought together their design teams and guests.  Each illustrator’s design group has fun and exciting things to share using their stamps.

You might have noticed that I said “Holiday kick off” instead of just blog hop. That’s because this month is special. As you may know, we don’t always have a prize each month, but this month is one that we do!  The Gina K Designs Illustrators want to help you celebrate the holidays in style with some Gina K Design stamps!

For this month’s hop, we will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to the Gina K Designs store!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on each of the Illustrators blogs.

Want an extra entry?
Become a blog follower of any of the illustrators and leave a comment letting them know you did. That’s up to 8 chances to win if you become a follower of each illustrator and leave a comment!!

Of course, you’ll want to check out the blogs on the designer list below, too. Why? Because I will personally be sending out a surprise gift to someone who comments on their blogs as well.

Now for today's projects!  Here's what I've been stamping with lately...
 First, I paired October's Stately Flowers 5 mistletoe and sentiment with one of my bestsellers from the past, Festive Frame.  Aren't they lovely together?  I stamped the frame in Rich Cocoa on Kraft cardstock and colored with Copics R22, R29, E13, E57, and G99. Mistletoe is stamped in Memento Pistachio, greeting in Rhubarb Stalk,  cut with a Spellbinders Decorative Oval die.  I added pearls to the poinsettia centers and card base is Pure Luxury base weight White.
Next I used the Mistletoe image again stamped in Memento Cottage Ivy on Pure Luxury Jelly Bean Green, and used a white Picket Fence marker to color the berries and CopicYG06 to darken the leaves.  TIP:  Use a 3/4" circle punch to create a chain of 6 openings in the green panel to stamp "kisses" inside ("under the mistletoe", you know??) :) Hold the punch facing up so you can see where they will overlap as you punch.   After punching (this is such a fun look and easier than having to adhere 6 punched circles!) place your white layer underneath and stamp the letters from Lots of Letters in Memento Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, and Lady Bug, alternating the colors.  Then pop up the green layer over the white with pop dots.  Love how these white round openings mimic the berry clusters.  Finally, add some bakers twine and buttons.Card base is Pure Luxury Red Hot.


Finally, I had to share something with Pretty Patterns, one of my latest personal favorite sets and one I had in mind for coordination when I designed Lots of Letters.  See how pretty the framed letters look nested into the stamped chevron borders?  And the greeting: hee hee! Just showing you some uses for numbers, not just for dates! I used Memento Angel Pink, London Fog, and Rose Bud on Pure Luxury White. Card base is Pure Luxury Smoky Slate.

You can also find more designs using my line of stamps (can't wait to see what they've chosen to use!) on the blogs of my stamping friends:

Carolyn King 


 Thank you, ladies, and big hugs for playing today! :)

When you get done be sure that you hop on over to the blogs of these Gina K Design illustrators to see what their designers have cooked up as well.



Deadline to enter for the gift certificate drawing is 5PM Central time on Thursday. November 15, 2012—release party day! AND just in time for someone to do some exciting release party shopping when the new stamps become available at 7PM!

Check back here before the release party to find who the prize winners are and see the full reveal of my latest stamp set--Lots of Letters!

ALSO!! Be sure to come back Thursday too because the Gina K Designs Illustrator Team will be hopping again sharing a peek at our sets before the party. But this time we will be showing you peeks from the NEW stamp releases!

My stamp sets you'll see in today's hop!
 
Stately Flowers 5


157 comments:

Connie Gage said...

Love your work...love the Kisses card, so neat.

punkyann@iserv.net

catdidit said...

OOooo cant wait to get my hands on the new stamps! Your designs so rock...im just in awe with the one on kraft...wowza!

Krissy said...

LOVE that you showed the versatility of the mistletoe stamp with your two cards! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jingle said...

These are just wonderful!

Carolyn King said...

Fabulous Melanie! LOVE your peeks of your new set :) The Kraft frame on the first card is absolutely stunning. Love the fun punched sentiment in the kisses card and you know I LOVE pretty patterns with everything! Great use of it with the letters! xo

Theresa Momber said...

Oh my! These are amazing. I love the new peeks of your Lots of Letters set. Gorgeous the way you combined with Festive Frame. Love!!!

richardbreaks said...

I really LOVE these! The Kisses card is just so adorable! BTW, yours is the BEST mistletoe I have seen EVER! Hugs!

Card Crafty Club said...

Beautiful cards Melanie!!! You continue to amaze me with your artistic talents! I'm happy to be a part of the team as Tami's guest! This has been a ton of fun! :) Sean

Olga said...

You have beautiful cards! I'm happy to be your follower =)

sunnyrc2001 said...

Love each of these cards, amazing talent. I'm now a follower of your blog

Marsha said...

Love all your Stately Flowers and this new set is probably my favorite. Just love the first card shown - absolutely beautiful poinsettias and really like the mistletoe in with the sentiment.
So much eye candy this morning by all those participating - wow.

Tina said...

Ohhhhh FABBY designs!!! Love them!! Great bunch of ladies too!!

Riette said...

hi melanie!!
I'm of course a follower for a while!! I just love all your cards. They are truly stunning & inspirational. Love the 'negative' die-cuts!

Verna Angerhofer said...

As usual, your work is awesome and so wonderfully done. I always like your stamp sets you design.

naneruth said...

Love all the ideas using the mistletoe. Great ideas.

Melissa Cash said...

Oh my Melanie, all three cards are beautiful! My fav is the kisses card, I love how you used the negative space for the letters.

Betty said...

LOVE the samples. You are so creative. AND I already am a follower of you!

Unknown said...

Always love your work, thank you so much for sharing!!

Joanie said...

Lovely!!! You can tell some time was spent on these.

Melissa Green said...

I love all the different ideas for the lettering.
~Melissa, Dilly Dabbles Doodles

Melissa Green said...

I am now a blog follower!

--Marcy said...

Love how you combined the past and present stamps. And the reference pictures are great. The cards are wonderful, and I am trying to stretch my internet capabilities to become a follower. But StampTV is always a leading edge company!

weechi2 said...

I love a lot of your stamp sets. I can't wait to get my hands on the letters.The card with the cheverons is awesome.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your stamps. I would love to own them all. Louise

Miriam Prantner said...

Great cards and sets, I especially like Pretty Patterns.

Marys Rasmussen said...

can't decided whether I like the traditional or contemporary card more.

Marcee Rodgers said...

WOW! I love them all!

BeverlyBL said...

Nice samples and the "Kisses" card is very fun. Thank you.

Donna Phelan said...

Gorgeous creations.....how do you do it!?

Kathryn A said...

Love these cards! I would love to have the festive frames stamp set, but am hoping it will be released in clear ;)

Kathy Humphrey said...

Just beautiful, funny, happy cards! Love, love your work:)

naneruth said...

I am a follower.

Marcee Rodgers said...

I'm a follower:)

Kathryn A said...

I am now a follower of your blog, officially, instead of just regularly popping by to see what's new :)

Teri said...

Beautiful job on all of these and the stamps are all so pretty!

Liz said...

How could anyone not fall in love with your projects! I love all your mistletoe cards and the stately flowers? no words for them, just the utmost!! Thank you for all the beautiful and hard work you put into this website.

scrappymo! said...

I am drooling over that kisses card! What a fabulous idea...

Your new stamps are so gorgeous. I love the state flowers!

mommamea’s Favorite Things said...

Your cards are amazing. I really want the set with the wagon.

Brenda said...

I was going to try to pick a favorite out of the 3 you've posted (can't). Like them all.

Yes, I am following your blog.

Thank you.

Sharon said...

Great cards! The first looks very vintate - love it! And the kisses with the cutouts is such a cute design.

Linda said...

Love your Stately Flowers and Holiday Basket stamps, they are so versatile. Beautiful cards.

VCorson said...

Melanie, as always, your ideas are lovely and great idea springboards for me. Your "ura10" card is especially appealing to me.

sillygirl said...

Love all the designs! Thanks for the inspirations!

Barbara said...

Melanie, you are amazing. Your cards are beautiful and I love your stamp sets, they are gorgeous. I am loving your latest Stately Flowers set with the mistletoe.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Your work is so awesome. I love the kisses card. The Festive Frame works great with the floral oval die. I love the mistletoe. I've been a follower for some time. When blogger was causing so many issues, I signed up with friend connect, so I guess you could say I'm a two time follower - but at least I don't miss anything.

Barbara said...

And yes, I am a happy follower of your blog!

Jessica Strider said...

Beautiful cards. I love the kisses under the mistletoe! Such a cute idea. :)

Anonymous said...

I love the design of your Christmas card. It flows beautifully. Louise

Crafty Math Chick said...

Lovely creations as always Melanie! I think my favorite is your kisses card, such a fun & unique way to use punches! Excited for the release of your new alphabet too!
~ Meredith

Crafty Math Chick said...

... and I have been a follower of your blog for a long time now... ;)
~ Meredith

Anonymous said...

Beautiful creations as usual.

Leta said...

love the Kisses card...

Deb Else said...

What fun & beautiful cards! I have the Perfect Patterns set and haven't yet inked it. Great inspiration to get me started!

Annalize said...

Loving the alphabet stamps! Can't wait for those because there's so much you can do with it! Thanks for always inspiring us!

Sue D said...

Wonderful cards--my favorite is the first one--it is so elegant.

Sue D said...

I follow your blog.

Parker said...

I'm already your subscriber. Let me tell you, the first card took my breath away (mistletoe & festive frame). I've never seen the festive frame before. Love it.

Jenny said...

Wowzers! Such beautiful work you do!
Your creations always amaze me...I am already a follower of yours.

Darla said...

Absolutely love your traditional card. Love the effect of stamping and colouring on the kraft cs. Also love the layered effect and the soft colour you chose for the mistletoe - just love the whole thing. Became a follower.

Connie Ludgate said...

I love your cards, ideas and the stamps. I just became a follower and look foward to seeing more of your ideas.

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Janet L. said...

Wow! Great projects and I'm in love with the Beyond Baskets stamp set!

cm said...

A while back, I discovered your site, and immediately became a follower, via Google Reader. EVERYTHING you do is gorgeous and inspiring, and these projects certainly fit that description to a "t." My favourite = kisses. Adorable, heart-warming and just ear-to-ear smile inducing! Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

meemee48 said...

You just have so many neat ideas. Gets my creative juices flowing. Great cards. Am follwing.

me said...

Wonderful, I really like how you did the punching and lettering.

Annette said...

Great ideas! I now follow your blog. Thanks

Krystal said...

I love all of your stamp sets, I think they are all beautiful and wonderfully drawn. The Kisses Card is my favorite, I love the colors, they match my tree!

CraftyRia said...

Melanie, I love all of your stamps. Your artwork is stunning! Thanks for sharing these projects with us.

CraftyRia said...

I just became a follower, too.

usharon said...

That festive frame is beautiful! Your color choices for all cards work well together for each.

Anita Braddock said...

Beautiful cards love the details and the blending of your colors are perfect. the added blending adds that Special touch thanks for sharing and Iam a follower of your blog.

Donna said...

I just subscribed to your blog.
I'm looking foward to it.
Donna

Jan said...

I'm following your blog now! I love your creations!

Melinda said...

Beautiful cards! Great idea, the circle chain for the Kisses. Love the pink and gray color combo.

Melinda said...

I'm now a follower :)

Dilly B. said...

Joined in following your blog today, I have been a fan of your work for a long time. Fun cards!

gobarb26 said...

Love the stamps, love the cards! The poinsettia card is elegant and the other one is so colorful and cheerful!

gobarb26 said...

By the way, I am following you on Pinterest!

Lea L. said...

These are all so cute! Love the Kisses card!

Carolyn Servais said...

The KISSES card definitely caught my eye.

jean w. said...

Following you Melanie!

jean w. said...

Love the different designs of all your cards...you are amazing!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

My oh My!! LOVE your elegant framing on the kraft!! Your poinsettias are simply stunning!! And the mistletoe silhouette in the bg is fabulous!! Then there's that super creative and charming "kisses" card!! How super clever and fun!! LOVE it!! Of course the chevrons with the letters....uber fantastic!! 3 A-M-A-Z-I-N-G creations!!

Sharon Roselli said...

love both cards! Great idea to use circle punch to shoe off letters. love the coloring of pointsettas and mistletoe. great sets.

Unknown said...

such lovely and rich-looking cards!
punching out the circles as frames for the lettering is very nice.
thank you
Holly

Rosy Newlun said...

Look at all the comments - so many!! I love how you mixed the colors of the alphabet up in your cards! And, of course, the pearls!!!!

MamaKaraba said...

BEAUTIFUL cards! Beautiful stamp sets, too!

MamaKaraba said...

I also just joined your blog!

MyAuntKath said...

Oh, Melanie your work is so versatile! Love the idea of punching out the words!

Karen said...

Love how rich your first Poinsettia card is so pretty.

Brenda said...

Wow Melanie these are awesome!!! I love the first one with Festive Frame. The second one is so cool with the off set panel. Then the last one, ooh la la, it is wonderful!!! I love the peek at your new set to. Thank you for sharing your fabulous talent. Hugs

Ella said...

love the stamps. I really like the kisses card.

PiscesGirl said...

All of these cards are fabulous. Love all of them. :)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

These are beautiful I love your fun uses of the sentiments!

MsJudyC said...

I always love the beautiful cards and can't wait for each release. A certificate would really help me to get to my goal of having ALL the stamps...

Anonymous said...

Oh my Melanie, three fabulous cards! I especially like the KISS one, that green cardstock stands out beautifully. I've got your Festive Frame set and love it! Thanks for a great opportunity to win a nice prize. I'll be signing up to receive your blog as soon as I hit the "send" button on this.

Judy Covey
pajudy@comcast.net

Kelly said...

Your first card is stunning! The last two are fun and cute and very clever. Looking forward to more of your inspiration now that I've joined your flock :)

Kathleen Thompson said...

Your poinsettia card is gorgeous! Love the colors, the frame, everything!

Julie Allen said...

Can't wait!!!! The stamps are beautiful!!!

Bobbi Miller said...

Hi! I am new to your blog and of course, came from Teresa's blog. I really love the Merry Christmas card and the kisses card. I really like how that green layer is on top of the white layer and it's off kilter. I don't think I've every seen that before. Great card! I tried to sign up, but Feedburner wouldn't accept my email address. It's yurcute2@gmail.com. Can you sign me up? I like to get email notices since I check that all the time. Thanks for letting me peek at your designs, and for the chance to win. I hope I can get signed up for your blog posts. :-)

Tammie Lien said...

Love your cards you are such an inspiration and thankyou:)Happy Holidays:)))

Susan said...

Love your cards. Love your creativity.

Susan said...

I am now a follower of your blog. Love your blog and card designs and the articles about your faith, friends, and family.

Karen said...

Love your stamps. following your blog

Judy K. said...

What a great way of using letter stamps! I am always wondering how to use the alphabet stamps that I have. Thank you for the idea!

lindagrady said...

Awesome cards. Just love, love the 1st one on Kraft with the frame. Love how you made the "Kisses" card and chevron is a new biggie for me. Wonderful work.

redwasher1 said...

Melanie, all three cards are total works of art!! Love the punched out circles, must try that!! All the inspiration from this hop is just awesome. Has given me lots of ideas. Thank you!!

Shari said...

Love the cards, the punched one is a fun one. Am already a follower.
Thanks

wannabcre8tive said...

Beautiful cards, I especially like the kisses card.

Cathy Homan said...

Your cards are great. Love seeing your work!

Marsha said...

Love your cards! As always, your projects are such an inspiration. Love your newest Stately Flowers 5 stamp set!

Sherry Butcher said...

Great cards and stamps, love the flowers. TFS.
New follower.

MB Isaac said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE the state flowers stamps.

Gayle said...

Gorgeous cards, Mel. Love your blog and your work.

Directmailscrapper said...

Your flowers always blow me away! Wow!

Karenladd said...

Both cards are wonderful and so very different! Love the traditional take and then the fun contemporary pop of color!

Karenladd said...

New blog follower here!!!

Kris in Alaska said...

The kisses card is my favorite!

Kris in Alaska
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Kris in Alaska said...

I've been a follower for a long time!

Kris in Alaska
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Sylvia said...

Gorgeous cards, great stamp sets! Your team did a wonderful job showcasing your stamp sets. Thanks for inspiring and a chance to win.

Katherine said...

Awesome projects! You are one of my favorite designers and I just can't wait to see what you come up with next! Love the nesting of the letters beside the chevron border - great idea that looks fabulous!
Warm Hugs,
Katherine xx

Katherine said...

Oh and forgot to mention I am a new follower. Funny I visit often for inspiration, but hadn't become a follower yet. :)

Luana said...

Absolutely gorgeous...I am now a follower.

kathypa@comcast.net said...

Beautiful cards. The flowers are wonderful. Your are so creative. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Caryn S said...

Your work is beautiful. My absolute favorite of the three is the first one, the Christmas card. Your Stately Flowers sets are really incredible!

Caryn S said...

Also, I am now a follower!

Anonymous said...

Love your stamps

Robin said...

Your cards are so inspiring! I can't wait to get to work!

Diana said...

Love your cards. They are beautiful. The kisses card is absolutely adorable.

Pam T. said...

I love the warm feeling the kraft paper gives & what a great idea to punch the circles out instead of gluing then individually! Clever.

Felicia - Scrapper in the Making said...

These are some very nice and festive creations. Smooches...

Mary-Anne V said...

Beautiful cards...love the elegance of the first and graphic look of the last two.

Mary-Anne V said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Angela Shields said...

I love it when you stamp on kraft cardstock! I must try that, but first I need to get my hands on some!! :) All your cards are amazing!

Angela Shields said...

I am already subscribed to your blog!!

Petite Fleur said...

I am allways surprise by your work. Everything is beautiful and give me some inspiration to creation
Thank you.

Ravengirl said...

Love these fun, fun cards! Those zig zags or chevrons are super cute!

Ravengirl said...

Of course I am a follower and have been for quite some time!

nancy said...

Great ideas and thanks/.

Jaycee Cooper said...

Cutting the holes for the letters in kisses was a great idea! It really makes it unique. The green color also gives it a fresh look. Your flower stamps are quite beautiful as well.

ChatterScene.com said...

Beautiful cards!

Sharon said...

Beautiful cards Melanie but absolutely adore the kisses card

Sharon said...

....and I just subscribed to you, yippie

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Lori said...

Wowzers Mel!! They are all stunning!!

Kitty said...

I love your stamps and projects. I already belong to your blog and check it often

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Paula said...

Love the letters, especially the "Kisses" card!!

mtscrapgal said...

All the crds are lovely as usual. My favorite is the first one. I love the die you used. Thanks

mtscrapgal said...

I'm a follower of yours, Melanie

Beastybunny said...

Fabulous sets! I love to color and these are perfect. And your cards are gorgeous!

Beastybunny said...

Forgot to mention I follow your inspirational blog

joann said...

These cards are beatuful.

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Carol said...

Love these projects, thanks for the inspiration!

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Carol said...

I am now following your blog, thanks!



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bluemoon said...

Fabulous cards! I adore all the stately flower stamp sets, they're gorgeous. Thanks. bluemoonbynite at yahoo dot com

nzillingworth said...

Like the merry christmas card best but thin they are all fab x brill job x

Laurie West said...

Melanie, I always like the colors you choose. Thanks.