Thursday, November 15, 2012

You're Invited to a Party!

Good morning! Today the Gina K Designs Illustrating Team is inviting you to our release party tonight at 7 PM CST on StampTV! Really hope you can make it! We are all sharing a taste of the new stamps you'll see at tonight's release! Today I am showing a gift set of cards I made, because this year, I think a lot of my gifts to friends and family will be homemade ones! (Is that your plan, too?)
To help all the cards coordinate, I used 4 Pure Luxury cardstock colors, 3 inks, and 1 pack of coordinating Gina K Designs patterned paper (Sun Kissed Autumn, love these earthy colors any time of year!), plus copper brads to embellish each.  I made all the designs very different to give you ideas, as well as showing how to stamp out your greetings or trim letters individually as tags.

This was the first card I made.  Only after I finished did I decide to make a gift set, so I took cues from this design for the rest of my choices.   First, stamp circle images in Memento Rich Cocoa onto Honey Mustard.  Stamp letters inside.  Punch with a 3/4" circle (perfect fit!), then mount each on a 1" white circle. Doesn't that look sharp?  Adhere these on a 2 1/2"x 5 1/4" scrap of Gina K  Sun Kissed Autumn DP, I popped up every other letter to add more interest. Pure Luxury White mat embossed with CB folder Forest Branches. Three brass brads to embellish.  Honey Mustard base.
 Punch outs from Sun Kissed Autumn papers range 3/4" to 1 3/8" circles.  Cardstock is Sandy Beach and Honey Mustard.
 Base is Pure Luxury Warm Cocoa.  Circles stamped with Memento Peanut Brittle (stamped off for middle circle), and Toffee Crunch. I colored in the "o" with a Peanut Brittle marker.
 For this card I just used scissors to trim the white squares.  Base is Pure Luxury Sandy Beach.
 
 Pop them in a clear box and your gift is done!  (If you don't have clear boxes, you could also put them in a gift bag or tie them up with ribbon.)  You could just do all one design, or keep it even simpler making them all white bases for fewer supplies to purchase, but I like making lots of different designs so I don't get bored!  Which of these do you like best? Let me know!

TIP:   If you make multiples of several designs, you can mix them up to make multiple gift sets so each recipient has a nice selection in their box. :)


I can't wait for you to see the full reveal of Lots of Letters tonight at 7 PM CDT! (You're going to freak when you see aall the options you'll have with the shapes!)  All new products will be loaded to the store here at that time for you to get your shop on!

Illustrator and Senior Designer

Now please visit the rest of our illustrators for peeks and inspiration for ALL the new sets:
Party starts today (Thursday), November 15, 7PM Central Time in the Stamp TV Release Party Forum. Join us for Challenges, Contest Questions, Design Team Samples, Full Stamp Set Reveals and, of course, party chit chat!!! Hope to see you there!!

Also, if you haven't yet entered to win the $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate being given away by the Gina K Designs Illustrators from our Tuesday hop, there is still time to to so. The deadline is 5pm Central this evening.  Simply scroll down to Tuesday's post for full details.

70 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

I love, love this set of cards! Great designs on each one. So different, but all coordinated. Your new set is going to be awesome! So fun and versatile!

Becky said...

Yay for alphabets! This is great, Mel!

catdidit said...

I can't wait to get mine! LOVE your cards you created Mel, so awesome as always! I thought the one just said 'hell' though...couldnt figure out why at first, haha!

Olga said...

The cards are adorable. Lots of creativity!

klarcher said...

I have to say that they are all beautiful, but I'd pick the Happy card first.

Unknown said...

Great cards, thank you for sharing!

Linda Anderson said...

Gorgeous set of cards!! My favorite? That's a tough one, but I'd have to say the 2nd one, Happy Birthday with all the different size punched circles.

Linda

joy said...

Love each one of the cards! - My favorite is the thank you! This will be a wonderful basic set, easy to use for any occasion!

Elizabeth said...

Love this card set. Such great ideas for using alphabet sets.

crotnem said...

Oh, your cards are fantastic!!! Love them all. Now can you pick me?!

Barbara Patrick said...

I love the colors. My family and friends like it when I give them card sets.

Kathryn A said...

Great cards, made with great stamps! Love the alphabet stamps and their "accessories"!

Lori said...

Love all of your cards Mel!! I can't wait to get this set, it is going to be so much fun!!!

Card Crafty Club said...

Your set of cards are beautiful! We are all looking forward to the fun tonight!

Beastybunny said...

Fantastic cards! I love the color pallet of the papers. Perfectly lovely!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Holy moly! These are amazing!!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Just gorgeous!

Detra said...

Beautiful cards, love that Sun Kissed Autumn paper!!

Sharon said...

Great designs! Cute use of the letters and really like the background papers.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Wonderful cards. Looks like LOTS of delightful options. I have to miss the party, but I'll be checking back tomorrow to see the entire set.

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a great set of cards. I like the round punched out pattern paper card with different sizes. Great way to use up leftovers too. But all are just wonderful!

Betty said...

Great samples and love the paper.

Misti said...

Love how all of the cards coordinate, but are all different too.

Anonymous said...

I love these cards, but my favorite is the "Thank You" card. You have given me some great ideas!

Diane Lee

Anonymous said...

These are all great cards but the first is my favourite: it was hard to choose. Can't wait for the full release.
Katherina

Judy Woodland said...

Oh my gosh Melanie. I love how you've used all the DPs. Great inspiration, thanks so much.

Rosy Newlun said...

Oh, Melanie! What a glorious set of cards! Love your alphabet stamps - so clean! I guess my favorite is the thank you card but it's tied with the happy card :)

gobarb26 said...

Love the cards and stamp set. I especially like the one with the different designed circles.

coloradoleen said...

Fabulous set of cards and great inspiration!! Looking forward to seeing the entire set tonight.

Marsha said...

Oohh, what a wonderful collection of cards. Super neat gift.

cm said...

Oh my - your card set has me on "melt" it's so heart-warming! Whoever receives this gift will be delighted beyond compare - thoughtful and beautiful (perhaps displayed as art rather than sent...)! Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

Donna Phelan said...

Awesome set of cards. Love the Happy Birthday one with all the punched out DP!

Jennie said...

Fab cards Mel!! Such a fun looking new set my friend :)

Carol said...

Love these cards, those papers are so fab!!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Hobbit girl said...

These are great ideas for a card set! Will definitely use this for the many, many sets I have to make for christmas! Thanks so much!

Michelle VP said...

Love how every card is unique, yet part of matching set too. :) Thanks for showing the versatility!

Ravengirl said...

These look amazing! I really like that paper as well!

zehra said...

this is such a gorgeous set of cards, love the color and the layouts

Rita said...

Beautiful, beautiful! Such inspiration for us all!

Leigh M said...

I LOVE this set of cards! You and your work is such an inspiration for me.

meemee48 said...

I love all the colors and patterns in your cards. Lovely set!

Donna said...

Wow ... you sure made me "happy" with your cute set of cards. I love the "circle" ideas and I want to "thank you" for the wonderful designs.

Joyce T. said...

love this card set. I like the thanks one best but all are lovely.

Sue Lamontagne said...

Very different! Cute!

tea time and roses said...

Oh my goodness these are beautiful and love the colorway! Lovely indeed!

Smiles♥

Beverly

cjgusloff57 said...

Lovely cards! Like the colors and also that all were different but all worked together. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

All your cards are beautiful. Never thought to use circles that way. That is going to be a great gift. I always try and make some of my gifts.
Chalsie

Wendy Thompson said...

Can't wait to see all the new products. Love the sneak peaks so far.

Lana said...

Beautiful cards! Can't wait to see the new products and how you gals use them.

Lori Arnett said...

Those are beautiful cards. I never would have thought to use those colors. Thanks for the inspiration.

bluemoon said...

Wow! What a fabulous set for some lucky person to receive from you. I am trying to do some cards to give also. bluemoonbynte at yahoo dot com

Sue D said...

Great set of cards--I like all the circles.

Cathy C said...

Such beautiful cards and love the colors you use. Such a wonderful inspiration!

God Bless!!!!

I'm also a follower of your blog through my Google Reader!

Rebecca Yoder said...

I think the Happy Birthday card is a favorite, but my answer could be different tomorrow! :)

Christy Q @ SchnauzerCrafts Creations said...

I love all of the cards and the circular theme is dynamite. Such a great way to showcase the stamp set - can't wait to see the rest of the set!

Mardi Weber said...

Which one do I like the most………hmmmmm………that's a really tough choice. They are all beautiful.

Kitty said...

These gift sets are wonderful and I thank you for sharing themn with all of us. I plan on making several gift sets as Christmas gifts for people that I know will appreciate them and my hard work to make them as I am disabled.

Blessings,
Kat

Jill said...

WOW--love all your cards--to hard to pick just one!!!!

Sharon said...

oh these are amazing, I want to make card sets this year and you just made me think it's possible

Gayle said...

Melanie, love your card set and even more I really believe you may have sold me on Lots of Letters. Can't wait to see more.

Sylvia said...

Melanie, as always, GREAT JOB! Love these cards.

Jan Castle said...

Wonderful job with the cards...I like the 'thank you' card best - certainly was hard to pick just one!
Paper Hugs
Jan

lindagrady said...

Gorgeous gift!! Love the colors you used. Love them all; but, esp. the birthday one.

Anonymous said...

Great gift. I would love to be the one receiving these!

Lagene said...

wONDERFUL cards!

HappyCrafter said...

Gorgeous cards! My favourite is the thank you one with lots of white space.

naneruth said...

Lovely ideas.

Stampin_melissa said...

Such lovely cards! Amazing how simple yet different and elegant they are! What a wonderful idea for a gift box!

Laurie Morris said...

I love this set of cards. Especially like the colours which are so perfect for this time of year.

Me said...

Love the colors you used but my favorite one is the Happy Birthday with the many circles!