Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Becky and Melanie's Holiday Hop!

This blog candy giveaway is now closed. See post above for the winner.
  
Good morning!  Becky and I thought it would be great fun to team up for a little Holiday Hop today! We are showcasing Becky's new set, "Warm Woolen Mittens" along with Becky's new cut file "Grand Banners" and "Grand Banners - Winter Sentiments" and my newest set, "Lots of Letters" (clear  and rubber) today, along with a few of my designing friends' recent faves from me! Joining us are some dynamic designers that will knock your socks off with their beautiful work today!  Make sure you visit everyone's blog to leave a comment and be entered to win a clear "I do!" and "Beyond Baskets" stamp set! We will draw a winner randomly and announce Thursday morning!
Now on to today's projects!

 Today I have a sample using both Becky and my newest sets, Warm Woolen Mittens and Lots of Letters! I love how this design turned out and hope it gives you lots of ideas for other ways to frame the letters than the ones I included in the set, like, mittens, for instance! I stamped the outlines of the mittens in Memento Espresso Truffle, and because I didn't have any masks ready, I just went ahead and made them overlap, and colored in the little areas with a Blue Copic, just like the loops in the scripty greeting (and over parts of the knit pattern for accents), isn't that fun?! Then I centered a letter on each mitten to start my greeting, cut them out and popped them up, and added Becky's cute sentiment below. 

TIP:  Stamping out the Lots of Letters alphabet to create just shorter, large words on a card is a *great* way to incorporate them with part of another greeting, rather than spelling out a long one. Mixing fonts and letters sizes this way gives you cards and sentiments such a fresh feel.  I used a Spellbinders Matting Basics B die to trace a border with a marker and then added the little faux stitch detail to connect the greeting to it.  Card base is the beautiful new Powder Blue Pure Luxury!

 Next, I have a very simple card with Lots of Letters and the coordinating Pretty Patterns set (clear or rubber). This fun circles border looks terrific with circle framed letters (punched with a 3/4" circle and popped up), and I will be making some personalized cards and gift sets for the holidays.  Inks are Memento Teal Zeal, Summer Sky, Sweet Plum, Bahama Blue and cardstock is Powder Blue and Pure Luxury White.

 Finally, I had to share this card (because I love it so!) using the magnolia from Stately Flowers 3. It's one of my favorite images in the series, and I made it for a movie inspired challenge (favorite films, can you guess?*)  This is like the triple panel stamping technique, but way easier if you have Spellbinder Matting Basics dies!  Stamp just one piece of CS with the magnolia in hot pink.  Now place three nested rectangle dies from the set on top, centering each and run through your cutting machine. Leave the dies in place and sponge peach ink on top with a sponge dauber. Remove dies and cut two mats 1/8" larger from Passionate Pink to layer under smaller stamped mats.  
  Adhere to a Just Peachy Pure Luxury base.  I used one of the smallest dies in the set for the greeting and stamped the flower again on Ivory (in that same pink) and added just hints of color with Copics (E93, YG00, YG63) and cut out.  I stamped it one more time on Fresh Asparagus cardstock in Bamboo Leaves and cut them out to layer underneath the flower.

Here are the sets I used today:


 Happy holidays and happy hopping!  Don't forget to leave comments for more chances to win some stamps!
Designer Hop-
Becky Oehlers (Illustrator of Warm Woolen Mittens)  
Thanks for visiting today! And thanks to my fabulous guests!

*Steel Magnolias, using Shelby's wedding colors "Blush" and "Bashful"

77 comments:

Beate said...

Gorgeous cards, Melanie. Thanks for letting me hop along.
Hugs and smiles

Brenda said...

Melanie these cards are gorgeous!!! I love the variety of them. Lots of Letters is on my Christmas wish list. Thank you for the inspiration.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Beautiful cards Melanie! Love them!

Maria said...

Every card turned out beautiful

JJ Bolton said...

What a great collection of cards! I recently got my Lots of Letters set and I can't wait to ink it up!

richardbreaks said...

These are gorgeous! These letters are the BOMB! I can't wait to get some really fun looks with the pretty patterns set.

Sharon Roselli said...

Wow I love the combo of warm woolen mittens with lots of letters! all the cards are beautiful as usual. will be casing the patterns with the name spelled out!

Angi Rankin said...

Great cards! I "need" all of these sets under my Christmas tree.

Carolyn King said...

lovin these Mel. Glad you showed the flower card and I bet I know who that second card is for..hee! Awesome job!

jean w. said...

Great cards and greatideas! Thanks Melanie!

Kathryn A said...

Love these cards!! Great inspiration!

Linda said...

Thanks for the inspiration. You always give me great ideas.

Debbie McIntyre said...

WOW.WOW.WOW! Melaine, your cards are stunning. Steel Magnolias is one of my favorite movies and this card popped! Thanks for the tip on the triple stamping technique... I can't wait to try it out!

Connie Ludgate said...

I really like your cards. I am new to stamping and anxious to get stamps so I can follow along.

Stampsnob said...

Great projects .....Lis

Teresa Sparkman said...

You never cease to amaze me. Just when I think I've seen it all, you come up with something new. I wish I had your creativity. Great cards! Thanks for sharing.

Carol Ramsdell said...

More great ideas. I have been resisting getting these but you make it so hard. Thanks

Olga said...

wow, the cards are amazing! I love especially th eone with flower! So tender!

BabaMartha said...

The magnolia card is over-the-top beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work ladies!!! I love the inspiration you've shared! Merry Christmas!!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Great cards! My favorite is that first one. I love how you colored in the overlapping parts of the mittens!

Doris W. said...

Beautiful cards Melanie! Your magnolia card blows me a way. What a stunner!

--Marcy said...

Fun ideas! Thanks for the hop!

Diana Nguyen said...

Gorgeous cards - my favorite is the magnolia one. Thanks for the tip on using the dies.

Diane said...

Pretty and fun cards...love the mitten stamp set that you can change it up...awesome sets!!

Jeanne said...

Wow! What beautiful and fun cards. I am enabled AND inspired! Thank you very much! :-)

Sharyn Polesel said...

Beautiful cards, as usual. I love that you combined your set with Becky's. They work so well together!

Shari M said...

love them all. Thanks so much

Holly Annette Amero said...

Gorgeous cards! The Magnolia is my Favorite!

Mary R. said...

Magnoila is my fav except the rose flower you have I love all your stamps its hard to buy after the retiredment thing so ladies if you are going to retire get the stamps before ....

MaryRedford

Leisa said...

Gorgeous cards! Thx for sharing :)

Jackie B said...

I love the mitten greeting and the triple matted magnolia card the best but all of them are great thanks for the inspiration.

Shawna said...

Gorgeous cards! That magnolia card is especially lovely.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love the magnolia card. I would love to make it. Louise

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing your God given talent with so many stampers & scrapbookers. I am new to this beautiful activity and so appreciate the inspiration you give. Wishing you and your family a Joyous and Blessed Merry Christmas.
Sharron

Sonia said...

beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration and the tips

naneruth said...

Love them. The flower is my favorite.

Karen B said...

Beautiful cards and such a variety.

Card Crafty Club said...

Gorgeous Mel! I love the variety! Always inspiring!

kathr said...

Such a wide variety of beautiful cards, loved the woolen mittens one...Happy Holidays..
hugz Kath...xx... fae Bonny Scotland

Rosy Newlun said...

Breathtaking cards, Melanie - I love your stamps and creations!

Mama said...

ove, love, love these!!

Val.S said...

What wonderful cards! Love all the stamps!
Cheers,
Val.S

Marilyn said...

These are beautiful cards! Love all the stamps.

Tosha Leyendekker said...

What a fantastic trio of cards!! Love the clever mittens and the graphic circles!! Your flower card is beautiful with all the layers!! Wow!! Thanks for letting me hop with ya'll too!!

zehra said...

Wow these are just gorgeous love the magnolia one and love how you matted it thanks for the tutorial

Melinda said...

Beautiful cards! Love the warm woolen mittens stamp set!

Ravengirl said...

These are all so cute! I really like how you have spelled out warm on the mittens!

Sharon said...

Great cards! Especially the magnolias - that one is beautiful.

murray1958 said...

wonderful, wonderful, wonderful

Lori said...

All are fantastic Mel!!

Lynne said...

I live in Magnolia, DE so that is my favorite but all the cards are lovely.

Sharon said...

Wow these are absolutely awesome

tinyfeet said...

Your cards are stunning!
The card using the stately flowers is "over the top".

Donna Phelan said...

Precious mittens! And I'm loving that triple stamping technique! Gorgeous cards!

Lady Bug Stampers said...

Wow Melanie I love that magnolia I may just have to put that on my wish list for Christmas. I am indeed a flower lover and have a magnolia tree in my back yard. The colors you chose were out of this world beautiful. Thanks so much for the tip of tripling it. Happy Crafting

Beverly Perdue said...

Melanie, I have always admired your cards. I absolutely love the magnolia card with the layers and the colors you used are so beautiful.

Sue D said...

Wonderful cards--I really like the magnolia card.

Lagene said...

Great cards! Love all your variety of styles!

Tammie Lien said...

Love love love them all and thanks for sharing these lovely ways to making cards:)))))

AShley said...

Beautiful Work! I love the warm woolen mittens set.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful cards. Got a late start but glad to be hopping along now. Very inspiring indeed!

Gayle said...

Gorgeous cards, Melanie, I fell in love with your Brooke card because that's my grandbaby's name.

Nanette said...

Beautiful...especially the magnolia card!

Nanette

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

They're all great cards, but that magnolia is just jaw droppin, eye poppin GOR-JUS!!! That set is on my wish list.

ajax said...

These cards are great. My favorite is warm woolen mittens. I am partial to mittens this year. Could be because I live in FL and it is still hot down here. Send me some cold weather. I am going to make the mitten card tomorrow. I have some mitten dies.

Latisha said...

such a fun hop...your cards are awesome! I love the card with the Lots of Letters & Pretty patterns!! I think I need the pretty patterns stamp set now lol

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Awesome cards! My favourite is the one with the flower, thanks for the tip which would make it more "post office friendly" and hanks for the chance to win.

Cheryl W said...

Wow! Your magnolias took my breath away!

Annalize said...

Your magnolia card is to die for!

Cynthia Clark said...

I love that magnolia card. So beautiful.

Kitty said...

Your cards are beautiful but I especialy like the Magnolia card. It is gorgeous.

Blessings,
Kat

Mary-Anne V said...

wow what fabulous cards...love the graphic card using the pretty patterns stamps.

Sherry Butcher said...

Love the warm winter mittens, they are all pretty. TFS.

Betty Neville said...

Awesome cards, Melanie! LOVE that magnolia card - super gorgeous!

Kathy Bosi said...

Just way too cool

Diana Evensen said...

Thank you for the neat ideas. I especially appreciate your trick for the triple layered card. That's a wonderful idea!