Monday, January 14, 2013

Day 1: Stately Flowers 6, Lovely Ladybug, Stamp it Big

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 for our newest sets, and as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products!  To see the winners, check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a few days after the hops.

Starting out, we have my new Stately Flowers 6!  Since the very first month I started releasing the Stately Flowers series, ladies from all over, not just from Pennsylvania and Connecticut, have been begging me to "release the Mountain Laurel!"  (It is apparently a very beloved flower but hard to find as a stamp!)   Here it is!  This bunch of flowers will make gorgeous cascading accents around the corners of your cards and die cuts.
Cardstock is Pure Luxury White and Black Onyx.  Mountain Laurel stamped in Gina K Innocent Pink and Memento Tuxedo Black.  Image colored with Copics: RV19, R11, YG11, G17 and G99, and shadowed  with C-5.  I colored mine to look like all the Mountain Laurel photos I've seen, but of course you can make them any color you wish on your projects.

And here is another rose card I made because I just never get tired of roses, and I love peachy antique ones! Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Ivory and Just Peachy.  I stamped the rose in Memento Espresso Truffle and colored with Copics, as well as adding the Branching Out frame to the peach layer, don't those go beautifully together?  I also added a paper doily and a few buttons from the Gina K Tickled Pink Button collection  to add to the vintage look of the card, this button assortment blends so nicely with Innocent Pink cardstock and the Just Peachy!

Next up, we have Beth Silaika's Lovely Ladybug set.  I couldn't resist making some out of the box balloons when I saw all those patterned circles! Stamp the dotted body three times in different colors.  Then ink up the bottom of one of the little triangular "fillers" that are meant to fill in the bodies below the wings and stamp at the bottom of the circle, this is perfect to make the tied ends of the balloons.  Then I drew some wavy lines with Mono Multi and added some cut pieces of bakers twineEasy peasy! Happy birthday!   Card base is Pure Luxury Powder Blue.
Next we have Carolyn King's Stamp it BIG, and I heart these big greetings! I am all about words and it will be so fun designing simple cards around these big ones!! 
 For today's card, I chose to make a fun and colorful collage stamped border with the small elements, (which can also be used to dot the "i", on this one I just stamped a red flower around it) on Layering Weight White cardstock.
I mixed up the different sizes of stars and flowers and embellished with some rhinestones.  Base is Pure Luxury Blue Raspberry.  (I used Memento inks on this design because I made it before all my new Gina K inks came!)

Here are the sets we are featuring today.








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98 comments:

Beth said...

Love the Balloons! CLEVER GIRL!

Theresa Momber said...

LOVE your gorgeous new set! Your cards with it are stunning. Fabulous job with Beth's and Cammie's sets. So creative. Balloons rock!

catdidit said...

OH those balloons are just awesome!! Love that rose too, one of my favorites now! :D

Susan White said...

Beautiful Cards as always Mel. Those flowers are gorgeous!!

Betty said...

great samples.

Ravengirl said...

Fabulous card! I love the out of the box thinking on your balloon card!

Patti J said...

Wow, Melanie - your flowers just get better and better! Love this new set, too! Beautiful creations, as always! Have a good week :)

Tina said...

Oh Mel, I thought I could pick one as as a fav, but I can't!!! LOVE them all and I am truly inspired by that lovely rose!!!

Sean Fetterman said...

Mel.....your cards are so stunning! Love all of them! Hugs! Sean

Laura B said...

Love your stamps and wonderful ideas, you are my inspiration!

naneruth said...

Lovely flowers and I like that you told the colors used on the one. A very beautiful rose and of course what a cute idea making balloons out of the circle.

Sue D said...

Beautiful floral cards and love the balloon card and Smile card.

stamper said...

Thanks for the lovely sample cards!

Anonymous said...

The Mountain Laurel card is stunning.
The colors are gorgeous and the way you used the punch is fascinating.

Shala C

Lynne said...

You have out done yourself. Yes, I am from PA and love the Mountain Laurel. Thanks. Also love the lady bugs and the balloons.

Laurie Morris said...

Beautiful cards. Great job!

Debbie Corbari said...

Love your set and Love your cards! Such a rock star! Those balloons are so clever!!

Connie Ludgate said...

What a great bunch of samples. I just love the rose on your new stamp set.

Sharon said...

Beautiful cards! How cute the balloons are!

Heartwarmers from Vicki said...

Wonderful examples!!! My very favorite is the gorgeous card you made with the rose!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are all magnificient! But the making of balloons was a really cool idea for me. Now I am so glad I ordered that bug set so I can do more things besides bugs. Great idea!

Luanna said...

Melanie, I love everyone of your Stately Flowers sets. Wish I had them all. The rose and pine cone on this new set outstanding. Love your cards too!

Marianne Barkman said...

Stunning stamps, Fabulous cards. Breath taking. i love all of them, but the flowers are my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

mtscrapgal said...

Melanie, Great way to use the lady bug stamps for balloons. So glad you created a Mt. Laural for us. We have them surrounding our mountain home and your drawing is perfect of them. Loved all your projects. You are a wonder, girl. Thanks

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Melanie- Your samples sure made me smile. Thanks for sharing with us!

--Marcy said...

Great new additions to the stamp lines!

Mateja Povše said...

Baloons are so adorable! TFS :)

janet33234 said...

Beautiful flowers, love the balloons so very whimsical. Can't choose a favorite card they are all wonderful.

Sharon Roselli said...

Love your new set! the roses are wonderful, but I love the pinecone! great ballons so clever I never would of thought of that. sweet colors on the smile card love all the little stamps.

Beastybunny said...

Great cards! Love the new flower set! I love coloring and these stamps are perfect for it!

Margy said...

Peachy antique rosé = gorgeous! Love the smile card, too.

Elizabeth said...

Lovely cards and great new stamps.

Kathy Berger said...

Love the cards and the inspiration!

Divinity said...

Lovely carda! Love the roses! :)

mermaid fenicia said...

Love those cards ^_^

mamasue123 said...

Great cards! Love the balloons and twine, what a great idea?

EstherT said...

Those mountain laurels are beautiful! All you cards turned out wonderfully!

JoAnn P said...

I love them all.

gramajackie said...

so many ways to use these stamps! WOW

Susan said...

As usual, all your cards are lovely!

Audrey said...

I would love to receive one of these cards in the mail, that would just make my day. Great work.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Gorgeous cards. The balloons are so cute - what an inspired idea. That peachy rose is awesome. I'd love to knows the colors you used.

carrie said...

Great cards! Love the coloring of the Mountain Laurel card.

Kris in Alaska said...

Oh I just love each one of those cards! The balloons are my favorite because I'm a CAS kind of gal!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Carol said...

Thanks for a great hop and a look at the new releases. The whole Stamp TV Team rocks!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

windinstarsranch said...

Every one of these cards are fantastic in their original way. You rock!

Sharon Harnist said...

You are so darn creative with those ladybug balloons! And I love your bright, cheerful Smile card! Thanks for another gorgeous flower set!

Doris W. said...

Gorgeous cards Melanie! I'm partial to the peachy rose and the mountain laurel cards.

Craftymima said...

Very beautiful cards love them

Anita Braddock said...

Beautiful Cards love the new flower stamps and the baloons are super cool great job. thanks of rsharing

LisaMartin said...

Wow the doily idea is really cleaver, thank your for sharing.

usharon said...

Just beautiful! Love the rose.

Jennifer S said...

So cute, I love Stamp it Big

meemee48 said...

Wow. So many lovely ideas. can't wait.

Brenda Lee said...

Fantastic cards. So much creativity. I especially love the bright colors on your Stamp It Big card.

thebridgeamit said...

very adorable cards! i love to color flowers as well!

thanks for the chance to win!

jean w. said...

Wonderful cards, as always! Love each one!

PiscesGirl said...

You have really made some wonderful cards. What a great way to show case these new sets.

Susan Sieracki said...

What a way to start off this blog hop. I love your samples. The rose card in peach is gorgeous. I love the baker's twine paired with the "balloons" too. Just perfect.

Dee said...

Love those balloon tails!Mountain laurel and roses...gorgeous! ALL cards full of inspiration! Thanks!

Sharyn Polesel said...

Your cards are always so beautiful! I especially love the peachy rose. I ordered Stately Flowers 6, and can't wait until it comes. Thanks for all the great ideas!

Leslie - The Addicted One said...

Love the bright fresh card. Beautiful colours and fun balloons! Glad I bought this set!

Sharon said...

Your new set is gorgeous! Love all your cards and your colouring is awesome especially on the balloons

weechi2 said...

The birthday balloons are so cute. I especially like the popped out flowers on the mother's day card. What a girly card with the lace circle. you make beautiful cards

Tammy said...

Just gorgeous. I love flower stamps!

Scrapacat said...

Love love love these cards! I can't get enough of your work or your lovely stamps. Can't wait until mine arrive so I can CASE you.
~ky

Lucy Newton said...

Beautiful stamps and cards!

Julie S. said...

Your cards are all wonderful, I can't wait to get all three of these sets!

Auntie Em said...

Beautiful stamps! The pine cone and tassel is my favourite.
I love both the pretty floral cards. The sentiment is so sweet. The balloon cards are adorable. Clever way to stretch your stamp collection! :)

cltague said...

Melanie, such an awesome job. You keep inspiring me.

Caryn S said...

Wonderful job with all the stamp sets! Your projects are so bright and cheerful. Your balloon card was really clever!

Kitty said...

Love your stately flowers 6,heck, I love all of your stately flower sets. I also love the peach rose as well as the other cards you showcased today. Simply gorgeous

Blessings,
Kathleen

Jean McGee said...

You are a wonderful inspiration. Your cards are WOW ! ! ! And then you go and make balloons from the lady bug stamps...o my..TFS ! !
Jean McGee

Jan 808 said...

Just wonderful!

Christy Q @ SchnauzerCrafts Creations said...

Your new set is just gorgeous and the ladybug balloons - clever!!

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful cards...

Madeleen said...

Wow, as always, your creations never disappoint! I love all of them! What a cute idea to turn the ladybug set into balloons!!

Ann said...

Thanks you for the Stately Flowers set with the gorgeous spray of Mountain Laurel! And yes, I'm from CT and you're right--I've never seen another Mountain Laurel stamp!! The card is just lovely, and the others are too--beautiful rose, and the balloons are so clever and colorful!

Lee said...

Just beautiful! Those balloons are sooo freakin' cute!!

Mida Williams said...

All great cards. loved the balloons!

Jasmine said...

I love your use of the stamps, especially those balloons! Thanks for the chance to win.

Cynthia Clark said...

Lovely florals. Love the Mother's card.

Jeanette Hebden said...

Love these gorgeous cards and Stamp it big is my fave, no, stately flowers, no..... I think I want them all,

Betty Neville said...

These are just gorgeous! You did a beautiful job with the coloring! Love those balloons, too!

Olga said...

All cards are gorgeous! Love the flowers!

ScrappyKsue said...

Very pretty! Love all of these.

Leanne said...

Love the way you stamped the balloons.

Sherry Butcher said...

Love the Stately Flowers, great job of coloring. TFS.

Sonya van Stee said...

I have to say that Mother card is absolutely STUNNING! It's so soft and feminine - perfect! Your SMILE card is playful and fun and brings a smile to everyone who sees it :)

Carla said...

WAUW...your 1st card with the flowers is just amazing.
Like the way you have coloured the flowers.

Carolina said...

Beautiful cards Mel - love how you added a the image on the card front and then popped it up on the front; your rose is colored beautifully on the second card; and such a clever idea to make the polka-dot circles into balloons!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

What great cards.

Sylvia said...

Beautiful cards! I love how you popped the rose onto the doily, it's so delicate and beautiful. These stamp sets are spectacular.

nancy said...

lots of great ideas.

Sherry Butcher said...

Love the rose, one of my favs. The you make me smile would be one of the best for cards to send to Hospitalized Kid! TFS,.

marylouh said...

Love all of the sets. The flowers are good for many seasons. The words are large enough to be seen. Too often they are small and insignificant.

NJMullins said...

All are lovely, and I love that you used the stamp sets to make interesting backgrounds!

Angie said...

Such stunning cards! Sure do love the rose with the doily breath taking!