Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Day 2 Inspiration Hop: Elegant Florals and Sentimental Holiday

 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.

First up we have Theresa Momber's Elegant Florals (clear and rubber. I love these long stems!  One of my most popular posts recently was a CAS card I made with the colored lilies, but today I wanted to to share some inspiration from one of the set's bold silhouette images. Even with their delicate details, they make for really awesome graphic cards and work beautifully with modern elements, check it!

First I stamped a background with my Lots of Letters set with the long strip of rounded squares going down on white CS, first in Memento Toffee Crunch, then Cantaloupe, Tangelo, and finally Morocco. Next I stamped out some of the individual rounded squares in the same colors, cut them out and adhered them with pop dots over the stamped background to mix up the colored pattern and add dimension.
Now stamp the sentiment and leafy branch in Memento Rich Cocoa.  I also stamped just a bit of the branch to one more square to make the pattern dance and repeat around the card.  Isn't that gorgeous? Base is Pure Luxury Sweet Mango.
TIP:  Stamping the first line of the sentiment in the white space between the stamped pattern makes it easier to read.
Next up we have Beth Silaika's Sentimental Holiday 
(clear and rubber.These sentiments and bold images make creating holiday cards a snap.
 Base is Pure Luxury Red Hot.  Stamp sentiment on Pure Luxury White in Memento Rich Cocoa.  I stamped the star in Bamboo Leaves centered over the & and then did some scoring with the Scor-Buddy though the points of the star and around the mat. I layered this onto Dark Chocolate Pure Luxury.  DP is from the GKD Merry Little Christmas Patterned Paper pack.
I added a few more adhesive rhinestones to embellish the mat and the star print on the DP.

Thanks for visiting today! Please enjoy hopping for more inspiration with these two terrific sets with the rest of the 
Gina K. Designs team.

Illustrator and Senior Designer

54 comments:

Carolyn King said...

so cool...love the dimension on those tiles. Lovin these designs, Mel!

Jennie said...

Wow Mel!!! Love the colors and design of your Lots of letters card, so trendy and your second with the scoring is so pretty!

Tina said...

Love love how you did the Star scoring!! Fabulous colors on the first.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Both fabulous projects. The shading on the colored tiles reminds me of paint chips. It's a great yet CAS card. Love how you embossed out from the star on the second card. I'm looking for CAS Christmas cards this year. Thanks for the great inspiration.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Perfect lineup on that first card - love the popped up pieces too. Fabulous scoring with that star! Wonderful samples today for sure~

Theresa Momber said...

Oh, wow! That is so, so cool! I love how you popped up some of the sections. Great, unique look and great combination of stamps! Love the scoring on the Christmas card!

naneruth said...

Cool scoring on the star card!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

These are amazing! Great job Melanie!

Card Crafty Club said...

MELANIE....these are so AWESOME! I love the colors and dimension! :)

Sharon Harnist said...

Stunning design with your LoL squares, Mel -- love the silhouetted florals! And I love the scoring on your Near & Far card!

Beth said...

I just LOVE the first card - the colors are so warm and wonderful! Love the patterned you created with the shapes and layers - WONDERFUL eye candy! The sentiment paired with the image and dp is perfection in the second card!

Lindy said...

As usual your cards are stunning. You have such a great imagination. :)

Lagene said...

Great "popped" color and I love the scored star!

Connie Gage said...

Love this card, very simple but oh so pretty.

Kathryn A said...

Squeal!! Love the graphics card!! What a great background for these sentiments!

Cindi Hall said...

Love the fall colors and the dimension!

Giovana said...

Love them!! Fantastic cards Mel!

Melissa Green said...

Love the dimensional squares on the first card.

Deb said...

These are beautiful. I'd looked at the tile set and wondered how I might use them.. NOW I KNOW!!

Beastybunny said...

Love the first card! The colors and layout are just lovely!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your artwork is above and beyond wonderful. I love the way you used those sets together in that card. And, all the ideas on how to use the tiles in the alphabet set is very much appreciated.

mermaid fenicia said...

I love those cards ^_^

--Marcy said...

What a difference dimension makes! The scoring on the star card is a great idea!

Joyce T. said...

great designs.

dklessig said...

As always, beautiful cards. I like the scoring on the Christmas card

Carol said...

Beautiful projects, thanks for the inspiration!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Judy K. said...

You always are so inspiring. Love the use of the creases on the star.

Ravengirl said...

Beautiful Melanie! I love the warm colors on the first card and the scoring accents on your second!!

Sharon said...

What a great design with all the tiles like that! and such perfect colors!

Sharyn Polesel said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the colors on the first card....so lovely! Love the treatment on the star on the other card.

Sue D said...

Great cards--I like the background and dimension on the first and the scored lines on the second.

Lori said...

You are a genious Mel!! Both are fantastic!!!

Donna Phelan said...

Love the popped up squares, they really *POP* :) Pretty, pretty colors! Beautiful cards!

jean w. said...

Loved the look of the Lots of Letters card!

Rosy Newlun said...

Melanie - congratulations on CardMaker magazine!!! Love your stamps and cards. First one reminds me of mosaic tile - so pretty! So clever to score where you did on 2nd card!!!

Marsha said...

Always love your beautiful cards. These are so unique and artistic.

Sylvia said...

I love the dimension you added to both cards!

DPF said...

Really loved both of these cards. Fantastic idea to score the star. Made a definite impact!

Gayle said...

Love the scoring on your star. and the tips on the greeting with the lots of letters.

Penny Odell said...

Beautiful cards. Love the colors you used on both cards. The Elegant Florals over that beautiful background is gorgeous.

Paper Crazy Lady said...

Very nicely done. I love the tile idea.

Rebecca Currey said...

I love the scored card. That was a really good idea!

Sherry Butcher said...

TFS both cards I like the tip about stamping on the white for reading.

Mida Williams said...

WOW I love the first card!

Lee said...

Oh that is so cool with the blocking!!! And the scoring around the star is so awesome!

Kitty said...

Just lovely

Blessings,
Kat

Cheryl Wright said...

Wow, Melanie, I love these cards!

I am so taken with the first one - using Lots of Letters - and you've really opened my eyes to the versatility of this set.

I adore the way you've popped some of the shapes, and love the branch stamped across the card!


Your holiday card is wonderful too. Love the background paper, and your scoring really sets the greeting off beautifully!

Elizabeth said...

Wow! Love the dimension and colors on the first card.

Susan Jacobs said...

I am so loving these cards.

Pat Jandacek said...

Yes, it's a gorgeous card and thanks for the tip about stamping the first line in the white area. I love your treatment of the focal point in the second card and the background print is perfect!

Marianne said...

i love how the colors jump ut at you on your cards. Thanks for sharing

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Karenladd said...

Really loving your color combo on the first card...it just drew me in right away!

Kris in Alaska said...

Oh my! I simply adore these two cards!

Kris in Alaska
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PoJo said...

Love your ideas!
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