Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Simple Flowers and Stamp it BIG! 2

Good morning! The Gina K. Designs Team welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Today we hope you are inspired with many beautiful ideas, and as you hop through our blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because Gina will choose a few random comments 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 few days after the hops.

First up we have the adorable Stamp it BIG! 2 from Carolyn King, follow up to her very popular Stamp it BIG!  You will love these large scale greetings and images.
Here is a single layer card using all these big honking brackets and arrows!  Isn't that fun? I colored in every other line after stamping the patterned arrows, and traced the outer edge of each to make them look dimensional.  Love this little birdie, he can perch anywhere!  I snipped out the heart from his wing to accent the "o" in You. I used the Gina K. Black Onyx ink for my brackets and bird, Ocean Mist for the greeting, and Sweet Corn, Grass Green,Turquoise Sea and Passionate Pink for the arrows.  All these new ink pads are getting a workout, love!!
 I've used the large greetings and butterflies on several cards so far that I've made with my new Pretty Patterns 2 borders, but I hadn't used her house yet and thought it might be fun to try to use the patterns in some different ways...this card was so fun to make!  I thought the herringbone border stamped onto the roof (I masked off the scalloped roof line and chimney before stamping) would make great shingles, and stamped it again in Gina K. Grass Green and trimmed to make a nice strip of grass to anchor it.  
 
I stamped my row of dots from my set to make a Red Hot Swiss dot pattern on the house, and then cut out the heart window to place the bird inside.   Finally, I wanted to show how great these big bold words will pick up texture when you kiss them!  TIP:  Choose a tighter pattern with more details like this herringbone pattern to get more of the textured effect when kissing and pick up more of the letters so it's readable.  After kissing it in brown, it was still a bit light after stamping, so I stamped it again inked up in Gina K. Red Hot over the first stamped image.  You can do that with clear stamps, yes! :)  I love how that pattern on the word ties in the stamping on the house and grass.  Card uses Wild Dandelion, Black Onyx and White cardstock.
Hope you like it, Cammie!
Stamp it BIG! 2

Next up we have Simple Flowers from Ms. Clean And Simple herself, Tami Mayberry! :)

 I managed to use every image in the Simple Flowers set AND EVERY *new* Gina K. Designs Premium dye ink pads (all 8!  Turquoise Sea, Blue Raspberry, Grass Green, Passionate Pink, Sweet Mango, Sweet Corn, Bubble Gum, Black Onyx)  that we just released on this card, how ya like them apples?  Don't they all go so well together?  I love stamping my own patterns, simple indeed. :)  Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Black Onyx, and Sweet Corn.  I added a few small bling to the centers for sparkle.
I also was looking at these floral elements again last night and realized how lovely they would be stamped over some of my Pretty Patterns 2 for even more versatility,
I could put flowers with anything!  ;)  Isn't that so fun and girly?!
I I also stamped the individual Moroccan images on either side of the her punched tag to go with the border.  Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Cherry Red. Ink  is Black Onyx, Chery Red, and Memento London Fog.  Victoria Cuttlebug folder.  I have so many ideas for these round elements paired with my square tile pattern border, too, eek!  So many patterns, so little time!

Simple Flowers

Now please enjoy continuing the hop with our Gina K. Designs design team!  Thanks for visiting!

69 comments:

cropmom66 said...

Very cute cards!! Love the colors.

Carolyn King said...

Shazam! What wonderful cards. Love how you added dimension to the arrows--looks so cool! Also lovin the pretty patterns roof and grass--what a great idea! These rock gf!

Mojca said...

waw the last one is so elegant and just adore the one with the bird in the house, so cute!

~ Connie said...

Such a wonderful variety of how to use these stamp sets! Want to copy them ALL - especially that cute little birdhouse.

Sharon Harnist said...

What an adorable Miss You card and I love your patterned bird house, grass, and kissed Hello -- genius! But my favorite is your "All 8" card -- definitely inspired my card today! :)

Debbie Corbari said...

HOLY SMOKES Melanie! Your talent blows me away. I LOVE that bird house..yes I do! I love how you patterend the roof and the word HELLO! I'm soooo going to case that!

Clare Pearce said...

So many different combinations! Love them all!

Joan V said...

Hi Melanie, wow, these cards are so fun. I love the BIG statements they make. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon said...

What fun cards! Especially like the house with the bird.

mtscrapgal said...

Melanie, love all the stunning details of these stamps. The bright colors & combos of designs make each card special. Thanks

Penelope Nichols said...

Your cards are stunning. And the colors are just fabulous. Your team makes some amazing projects.

catdidit said...

awesome as always Mel! I love your 'grass' you made with the chevrons!

windinstarsranch said...

Such a lovely group of cards and Gena's ink is so vibrant it really shows.

Susan White said...

Amazing and fun cards!! I love all the new bright inks and the fun elements in these sets are so versatile.

Robin said...

Beautiful colors and congrats on using all the stamps AND all the new colors! Ha!

Barbara said...

It's all good! From design to colors and simple to more complex! Love them.

Karen Hightower said...

Wow, all the cards are fabulous, very pretty. :)

Pat said...

Love the cards. When I first saw the stamp set I just couldn't imagine how to incorporate them together. Great Job!

Maria said...

love the cards

Verna Angerhofer said...

Oh, my goodness! You sure rocked those creations. I love how you showed how those big greetings will be able to be used with the kissing method. I haven't done that in years. Thanks for the reminder.

Ava Gavloski said...

great showcasing of the stamps, love that cute little house

Clare Pearce said...

Lovely colourful cards. Fabulous house. Love the patterns used.

Dana D. said...

Your cards are so cute and colorful. I love them. Terrific! Great new stamp sets.

Terri said...

Love the new stamp sets and your use of them on your cards. All very pretty.

Lagene said...

These are so stinking CUTE CUTE CUTE!

Unknown said...

What fun playful and colorful awesome cards.

Sue D said...

Fabulous cards using these sets!

Sharon Underwood said...

Geez, I love every one of your cards--always have a hard time picking a favorite! They all look terrific!

Christine Macneil said...

So many beautiful cards! Lovely eye candy! I'd have to say that my favorite is the red and black one with Simple Flowers and your Pretty Patterns 2 - just gorgeous!!!

TangledFun said...

What wonderful cards!! I don't know what's wrong with me but I would've never thought of using all of those colors like you did on the first Simple Flowers card and I totally LOVE it!! I have to make that card!! Thanks!

Donna Simonson said...

Wow! Beautiful cards! Love the flowered one in all the ink colors! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Cherry Blossoms said...

Bold, bright, and beautiful cards!

Sharyn Polesel said...

Amazing cards, bright, beautiful colors.....great job!

Faye said...

Awesome cards! Especially love the bird house.

Judy Woodland said...

Adorable cards. Love how you've used those stamp sets. You are a genius! Thanks for the inspiration.

Lee said...

Totaly cuteness! I love the cheery designs with all the gorgeous new colors!!

Scrapacat said...

These are all so lovely, and so diverse. I am always drawn to that little something unusual or different that you do with your projects. Can't wait to get my order!
~ky

Jeanne Kouyeas said...

Cute cards, and I'm loving those bright colors!

Donna Phelan said...

Super sweet cards, love the one with all the arrows and the house with the birdie one, super cute! TFS!!

Ravengirl said...

What beautiful bright cards!

Marianne said...

I can't imagine being the recipient and not breaking out into a big smile upon seeing these! Your cards are always so cheerful

Linda said...

all the card so sweet cute I love them all.

Unknown said...

ALL the stamps and ALL the colors on 1 card! and they look great! my fave is the pink and grey
thanks
Holly

Carol said...

Wonderful projects, thanks for sharing your ideas for the new stamps.

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie S. said...

Awesome cards Melanie!

Big Auntie said...

I love every single one of them! Great job!

Lynne said...

Your cards are stunning, love them all. My favorite was the simple flowers.

Julie Allen said...

Wow! The birdhouse card is very cute, and the red, black and white is to die for!

Rosy Newlun said...

I love how you pointed all the arrows at "You!" The house looks 3d, I can see the different colors/pattern in the Hello, and the floral-round stamps looks fun to create the background!!!

Luanna said...

Wonderful, bright, cheery cards. I like the herringbone pattern you used on both the roof and as grass.

Patricia L said...

How fun to use all the images and all the ink pads on one card !! I love that idea !!

Lisa H. said...

Wonderful inspiration samples! Your creativity never ends!

Helen F. said...

So many wonderful combinations of stamps shown here, Melanie! Fabulous cards :)

Dee said...

Who could possibly miss who is being missed on your "arrowed" card?! You create some of the most interesting designs I'd never think to use. Thanks for sharing!.











Gayle said...

fun and sweet cards then awesome one!
Love them all, thanks for the inspiration.

Jean McGee said...

I like alllll of your cards and the colors you chose. I like the way you used the arrows - neat idea. TFS !!!
Jean McGee

mandalj said...

That cute birdie peeking out is so lovely!

Pat Jandacek said...

Three absolutely beautiful and different examples of how to use these stamps. I admire your ability to be able to assemble the designs in so many different ways and have them come out spectacular! TFS

m said...

Wow, beautiful cards! Love your work.

Kitty said...

Just beautiful especially the house

Blessings,
Kathleen

--Marcy said...

Great Cards - still trying to figure out how you used all the stamp set. They sure look great, but how did you get them on the same stamp at once?

Melanie said...

Hi Marcy, Which card are you referring to? I'd like to help explain it, but I don't know which stamps you mean?

Cheryl Wright said...

So many great ideas here. Thanks for sharing!

Nana Griffin said...

So cute! Love the last one!

Golda said...

What fun examples!

Susan said...

Love the cards.

Sherry Butcher said...

Cute and love the Stamp it BIG! 2. TFS.

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Beth said...

I second Cammie's shazam and raise her a wow!