Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Inspiration Hop Day 3: Lots of Dots, Darling Divas, Petite Borders

Good Morning! The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to our final day of fabulous Inspiration Blog Hops! 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.

Today we are sharing samples with Beth Silaika's Lots of Dots, Debbie Corbari's Darling Divas, and the new Free with Three Petite Borders set.

I mixed Lots of Dots with Debbie's Mommy-to-be Diva, who can resist a fabulous lady with a bump? (look for more diva samples I'll make with the other cute sets later this month!)
 
Pardon my very very dirty block, took this photo on a whim!  Just wanted to to show how I stamped the border of large dots in Gina K. Powder Blue ink, then rotated it 180 degrees to stamp off the lighter blue shade of dots neatly between the first set to create that look.  Last I added just a few stamped hearts from "Mommy to Be" to the lighter dots and then picked out some buttons from the Singing the Blues button collection over the dot of the same shade.
 Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Kraft, and Powder Blue.
  Next, here are a couple fun, quick cards made from stamping out the Lots of Dots rings of dots in different Gina K. ink colors (Red Hot, Ocean Mist, Honey Mustard, and Dark Sage), punching with a 1/14" circle, matted with 1 3/8" Pure Luxury Black Onyx CS circles, and then layering them over my new A Year of Flowers 2 daisies and sunflowers stamped in black.  
Aren't those dots fun as centers for these flowers?
Finally, a super simple card with Petite Borders, the Free with Three set!  
So versatile!  I really like using long stamps like these to make pretty ribbon even wider and fancier.  Greeting and frame is from Poster Board Sentiments and sunflower is from A Year of Flowers 2  (and the matching Studio cut file) No coloring!  Gotta love classic black and white. 
 (Yes, I totally made this card in five minutes)
 And of course, it is perfect for adding a really sharp detail to any card when you need a little something, or just want to fancy it up!

  
Now please check out more designs and inspiration from our team for these new sets, and
remember to leave comments for more chances to win the prize from Gina!

86 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

Love these, Mel! So cool the way you used the dots for the flower centers!!

Sue D said...

wonderful cards. Love the dot border on the first one.

Sharon said...

Great cards. Love the flowers and circles used together!

catdidit said...

I ALMOST made flower centers too, lol! LOVE this Mel!

dovescrapper said...

Gotta appreciate all your hard work on these cards. They are super. Love them!

--Marcy said...

Wow - crazy great ideas! You guys get me every time! I have no more room in my stamp drawer, but I will find a way.....

dsharp said...

Beautiful cards. Loved all the bright colors and how you designed you mommy-to-be card.

Sharyn Polesel said...

Your cards are wonderful. The new stamp sets are such fun and work so well together.

Pat said...

Melanie give you a few stamps and you'll always manage to WOW us. Good job once again.

DebbieG said...

Melanie beautiful cards. Love them all.

Tanja Dunn said...

Very nice Love the dots what a creative way of using these stamps very inspiring thanks for sharing amazing talent with us
Hugs, Tanja

Teri said...

Gorgeous!

Anouk said...

Love your cards with polka dots

Connie Ludgate said...

All the cards are very pretty. The yellow one jumps right off the page.

Ginny said...

I'm a new follower and I have really enjoyed all of your cards during this release! I just LOVE your style!!!

Valerie said...

Love your Diva card! And the dots for flower centers are fab!

Sean Fetterman said...

WOW! These are super fantastic! I love them so much! I feel a serious CASE coming on! Thanks for the ideas and inspiration! Hugs! Sean

meemee48 said...

Love all of your cards, but especially the flower one. It is so bright and cheery.

Donna said...

Wonderful cards! Love your colors and layouts. Those borders are too cute!

Beth said...

Love all your samples! Thanks for showcasing my set with yours -- it will be sure to inspire!

naneruth said...

Great ideas! Love the tip on stamping the dots and turning the stamp.

sharon g said...

Your coloring is great--especially her hair and jeans. Nice

Cheryl W. said...

I am always inspired by your creations - today's are no exception. They are beautiful and innovative.

mermaid fenicia said...

Those are lovely cards ^_^

Betty said...

Great use of the sets and dots for flower centers is brilliant!

shopgirlstudioB said...

dots just crazy. love them.

Barbara said...

Darling cards all and thank you for the fun tutorial using lots of dots. Love the way you used the Diva sets too, fun fresh approach.

scrappinmommom said...

You have given me such inspiration for these new sets. Love the diva card.

Kathryn A said...

What a great idea to use the dots as centres for your flowers! I wasn't sure about ordering the dots, but I'm glad I did, now. (Can't wait for your flower set to arrive!)

Marilyn from MI said...

Love your cards as always! Thanks for the explanation on making the flowers.

Julie Allen said...

Oh! Love the 2 color dots and the nice tutorial on how you did it! Thanks so much.

Kathy Berger said...

Love the circles as centers for your flowers. Fabulous idea! Thanks so much for all the inspiration this week. I have loved hopping!

Hey Jude said...

great use of the different stamps

Sabrina said...

Bright and beautiful dots! Just love them!!

Jan Castle said...

Lots and Lots of Dots...love it! Great stamp sets!!!

Ann Lee said...

Wonderful!

Rita said...

Super great cards. Love all of them.

Ralph Singer said...

wonderful use of dots! so very creative.

Debbie Corbari said...

I absolutely Love these! I love how you alternated those dots on the diva card adding hearts to them and I adore how you used the dots as the center of your flowers!

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

I am always impressed with your cards! You are one very talented Lady!

Ravengirl said...

Mmmm, love the dots on top of your flowers! That was really a stroke of genious. The divas are so cute!! I just love the Momma diva!

Faye said...

Wonderful cards! Especially like the mom to be card.

Catherine Kraft said...

Very cool idea with the polka dots and loved the way it turned out. Never would have thought about using the polka dot circles as flower centers like you did - very clever! Also like the way you used the border with the ribbon to complete it. Wonderful job!!

Rosy Newlun said...

All your cards are amazing Melanie. I esp love how you colored your mommy to be!!!

Crafty Math Chick said...

These are terrific Melanie! I like how you created the illusion of another cardstock layer with the new one free with three set and how you created that dotted background behind the expecting Mommy!

Donna Phelan said...

LOVE your Mommy coloring! :) AND your dotty flowers, very pretty! TFS!!

Wendy said...

Great job on the coloring detail in your "Mommy-To-Be" diva card. Thanks.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

These are fabulous. I love how you double stamped the row of dots.

Judy Woodland said...

Your cards are so awesome Melanie. Love every single one of them, thanks so much for all the wonderful inspiration!

Sharon said...

I love all of these but especially the Mummy to be love your colouring her hair is fabulous!

joy said...

Fabulous cards! Love the two-toned dot border!!!

Lee Kendel said...

\love your art. Loved the flower cards.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Wowzer! Awesome cards. The mommy card is so cute. The dots look amazing with your new flower set. THanks for the great inspiration.

Susan White said...

Love how you combined the stamp sets!!

Marilyn C. said...

Cool cards - love the detail!

Raquel Rodriguez said...

Love all your cards. Especially the one with the pregnant women.

Sally Lawyer said...

Your tutorials are so very helpful since I am a beginner Copic user. Hooked

Victoria H. said...

What fabulous cards!

Donna Simonson said...

Love the way you used the lots of dots! Thanks for sharing the technique!

elizabeth said...

Love the mommy card and how clever to use that dots set as the centers of those flowers.

Lagene said...

WOWZERS! I love your cards!!!!

Marianne said...

Loved, loved, loved that first card especially! Thanks for inspiring us!

Gayle said...

Wonderful inspiration using your flowers with the dots...love it and your mommy to be diva card, too.

Oneofakind said...

I love the dot and flower combos. Beautiful cards all of them.

freetimegone said...

Wowsers! I wish I had all the stamps so I could create some beautiful cards. I love the yellow one...so bright and cheery on this cold, wet day. Great ideas on this hop.

Em's Thoughts said...

Mel, you are so talented. I love the designs on your cards. Thanks for such a great hop.
~Em~

Leslie - The Addicted One said...

Fantastic cards. You rereally did an awesome job!
Leslie

Golda said...

These are so cool! Love your fun work.

Jean McGee said...

Thanks for showing how you did the dotted border on your first card. What a neat idea using the dotted circles for the center of (your)flowers. Thanks sooo much.
Jean McGee

mandalj said...

Beautiful cards, especially the first one with the cool dots/heart strip.

Julie S. said...

Love all your cards Melanie! I especially like how you paired lots of dots with your new flower set!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wow! Melanie those cards are magnificient. I am so inspired and love the dotty flowers. They are so cool!

Unknown said...

lovely as always!
thank you
Holly

Luanna said...

I am always amazed at your creativity! You provide so much inspiration.

Kitty said...

Wonderful new release and hop. Thank you

Amy Jones said...

I love the petite boarders & the circles. Your cards are lovely!

CraftyRia said...

I love your cards, Melanie! The dots inside the flowers are a nice touch!

bridget22868 said...

I like all of these~!

Carolina said...

Your mommy-to-be card is so darlin'...love how you incorporated the dots at the bottom and added the hearts in the middle of them.

The circles in the middle of your flowers is just brilliant! Great colors to make these happy, bright cards.

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Lee said...

Ok seriously!!!! The flower centers are so dang awesome!!! Beautiful cards...all of them!!

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