Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 1 Inspiration Hop: Lots of Letters and Warm Woolen Mittens

Good morning!  The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas, and as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because a few random comments will be chosen and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners, check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops.
 This get well card with Lots of Letters (available in clear or red rubber) was so fun to make!  My letter stamps were all laying in a jumble on my storage board sheet after making so many different words for other designs, so I smacked my Versamark pad on top of the letters and then pressed a piece of Sweet Corn CS on top and embossed with white EP to create this alphabet soup! Die cut with a circle.
 "Soup bowl" frames are stamped in Memento Cantaloupe ink and then I stamped the individual letters at angles to look like they are floating around to spell the sentiment.  Card uses Pure Luxury Sweet Corn, Black Onyx, Kraft, and White, and the  spoon image is from Mugs and Kisses, stamped in Tuxedo Black on Moonlit Fog CS.
   Last I added some black gel pen faux stitching around the edges and folded up a little scrap or Merry Little Christmas DP with a little strip on black CS as a holder and adhered with a pop dot.  I created this template for the card for the bowl cut out and windows for the letters using our Studio cut files Lots of Letters Circles (for the words) and Lots of Letters Rounded Squares for the rounded mat, sized for A2 cards.  (you can see the one I made for the template below in this post.)

I created this template for the card for the bowl cut out and windows for the letters using our Studio cut files Lots of Letters Circles (for the words) and Lots of Letters Rounded Squares for the rounded mat, sized for A2 cards.  (you can see the one I made for the template below in this post.)

  

Be sure to watch Gina's video for how easy it is to customize your mats for these letter and image stamps in just the length you need for the number of letters in your word by copying and pasting the different options available in the Lots of Letters cut files, in just the orientation you want them!
Also, please help me welcome my special guest for Lots of Letters this month, Beate Johns! Can't wait for you to see what adorable project she has cooked up with these stamps!

  It was super fun getting to "knit" my own pattern for once! :)  
I stamped the border in Memento Rhubarb Stalk on Soft Sand Pure Luxury CS. Stamp mitten outlines and cuffs in Memento Rhubarb Stalk on White Pure Luxury. Then stamp the knit border across both and cut.  TIPTake care to make the pattern straight and even across both (I just lined up the diamond in between the two thumbs, so they look like a matched set.)
Cut them out and adhere with pop dots.  I stamped a piece of white twill with Tami Mayberry's Perfect Plaids in Love Letter, love the plaid and knit patterns together on one card.  Add a bit of red bakers twine to tie on the mittens.  Greeting is stamped in Rhubarb Stalk and Love Letter.  Base is Pure Luxury Innocent Pink.  Pierce holes across the top and bottom of the white layer with the Scor-Bug Embosser and Scor-Buddy.
So snuggly! :)

Illustrator and Senior Designer
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69 comments:

Beate said...

What a wonderful card, Melanie! I LOVE your new set! :) Loved that napkin you added. What a great touch!
Hugs and smiles

catdidit said...

omg, too stinking cute Mel! LOVE the napkin too, lol! And the soup bowl...just awesome! Love the mittens too, and that stamped ribbon!

Beth said...

SO clever! <3

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous samples, Mel! I just love everything you've made with the Lots of Letters set!!!

Tina said...

HA!!! LOVE the soup!!! Your napkin is genius!! Cute cute cards!

Anne Molberg said...

Love the cards....and what great stamp sets!!

Anita said...

Wow! Stunning cards!

Connie Gage said...

Just love this card the soup bowl and love the words as well. Love it all. You gals are very tallented.

meemee48 said...

You're mitten card is really cute, but your alphabet soup card is to die for!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Wonderful samples, Melanie!

AJ said...

great idea with stamping the plaid onto the ribbon! love both cards! and Congrats on CM!

Olga said...

Wow! Love the mittens! The idea of the first card is very good!

Sue D said...


Very clever get well card and love the sweater pattern on the mittens and card.

Sharon Harnist said...

Oh good grief, what a darling alphabet soup card -- genius! And I love the sweet plaid twill you added to your cute mitten card!

Anonymous said...

What a cute card. I would of never thought of that. Thanks for sharing. Mandee

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

total cuteness girlie! That alphabet soup takes the cake!!

Jackie said...

Love your set and what you did to make the soup bowl. The napkin and spoon are a great touch. The warm woolen mittens card is just too cute for words.

mermaid fenicia said...

Lovely cards made with lovely stamp-sets ^-^

Sue said...

The soup bowl idea is pure genius not to mention the little napkin too! Also, love the mittens - what a cute card! You are so talented!!

Carolyn King said...

you are so dang creative. LOVE your alphabet soup...that adorable napkin..eeks! And huge congrats on the CM dt! Woohoo!!! :)

naneruth said...

Love the colors on these cards. Nice job.

Lisa Lara said...

A totally genius card Melanie!

Emily said...

the spoon is ingenious! great job on the soup!

Susan said...

The alphabet soup card is just too cute!

Sharon said...

Such cute cards!

Lori said...

Your mitten card is amazing along with the soup card, LOVE that idea!!!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Great cards. Love the alphabet soup!

Joyce T. said...

cute cards as always. Who wouldn't feel better recieving your bowl of soup?

Golda said...

Your alphabet soup is fantastic! Love those mittens, too. Thanks for sharing!

Marsha said...

What a great set you have created. Endless possibilities. Your card is as cute as can be. So clever.

Penny Odell said...

Melanie what amazing cards you made! There are so many different ways to use your new stamp set, Lots of Letters.

Karenladd said...

Wow, loving these cards! That alphabet soup card is the cutest!

PoJo said...

Love your designs! As a newbie to paper crafting I need all the ideas I can get. Thanks for sharing!

Margaret said...

Can't wait to make a bowl of soup. What a great idea!

Barb said...

love the stamp set and the card. so neat. so many possbilities.

Ravengirl said...

Cute, I love your alphabet soup and your sweet printed mittens!

Joyce Evans Erb said...

Great cards, the soup is genius!

canadian_liner said...

LOVE the serendipity of your alphabet soup-bowl, and the little napkin just makes it! Great how you stamped a design on the ribbon, too, on your mitten card.

Gayle said...

Cute and Clever, Mel. Adorable!

Doris W. said...

Love, love the alphabet soup! Love how you did the ribbon on the mitten card!

Rosy Newlun said...

Melanie - The alphabet soup -- fabulous!!! And thanks so much for the hint about stamping the mittens! <3 rosy

DPF said...

The alphabet soup is brilliant!

Judy Woodland said...

Your cards are adorable Melanie. Now I want some alphabet soup! Thanks for all the inspiration!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

So cute with the soup! Great card samples as usual!

Kathryn A said...

Terrific soup bowl! And I love the mittens card! Can't wait for my stamps to arrive, so that I can get creative, too!

Kathryn A said...

Terrific soup bowl! And I love the mittens card! Can't wait for my stamps to arrive, so that I can get creative, too!

Sylvia said...

Melanie, if I were sick I would definitely feel better after receiving this card! I love the alphabet soup you created and all the elements you put together for this card. Thanks for the inspiration, I can't wait to get my set and start creating.

Carol said...

Gorgeous new stamp sets and wonderful projects. Thanks for the inspiration!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Sharon said...

What a fun idea,Alphabet soup! Both cards are fabulous

Donna Phelan said...

lol Love your alphabet soup--prefect time of year for it! Your napkin is adorable too! Very creative! :)

Mida Williams said...

Love the alphabet soup card! It would be sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who was feeling poorly.

Lagene said...

Great cards! Gotta love the alphabet soup!

Cheryl Wright said...

You are so creative, Melanie! Love what you've done with the soup!!! Both your cards are gorgeous.

Lee said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyyyyy heck!!!!!! I love the alphabet soup card!!!! Dang girl I envy that creative brain of yours!!! I also love stamping on twill so I will definitely be doing that soon! So happy to see you use my PINK! ;)

jean w. said...

Wow what an awesome idea! Love the mitten card too!

freetimegone said...

I love what you did with the letters. Who would have thought about soup. I love the mittens too. What great ideas on this hop.

Sherry Butcher said...

so cute and nice to give. TFS the get well card.

Susan White said...

love the Get well card so creative, and those mittens are too cute

Kitty said...

Both of your cards are lovely but the Get Well card is awesome. I love the alphabet soup.

Blessings,
Kat

Divinity said...

very creative!

Divinity said...

love the border stamp and the way you added it to the mittens. pretty details to your projects :)

Beastybunny said...

Wonderful cards! I am loving these sets!

Verna Angerhofer said...

You are amazing. I love all your artwork and just love these cards.

Sharyn Polesel said...

I love your new letters stamps, and the card with the soup is sooooo cute!

Elizabeth said...

Alphabet soup! So clever. And I love the mittens too.

Susan Jacobs said...

These are sooo cute. Thanks

Pat Jandacek said...

The alphabet soup is a great card, Melanie. Of course, all of your cards are and your designs, too. TFS

Marianne said...

Love your get well card, well all of them really! Thanks for sharing

marianneDOTwanhamATgmailDOTcom

Kris in Alaska said...

Love it! So many uses for this type of set!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com