Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Inspiration Hop, Day 3: Weather or Not and By the Sea 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 lovely By the Sea 2 by Theresa Momber.
I sponged in this order on Pure Luxury White, using all Gina K. ink pads: Sweet Corn, leaving the very center of the white mat open, Sweet Mango layered around the yellow, Red Hot out to the sides, and finally Cherry Red on the edges. To create the horizon, I placed a piece of scratch paper across the middle and sponged on more Cherry Red along the mask's edge, leaving the center unsponged (is that a word?), to create a huge, bright reflection of the setting sun.  Before removing the paper, I carefully sponged the teeniest bit of black over the Cherry Red to deepen the color, but so this *very* sparingly.  Next stamp the silhouettes: look how crisp and opaque the new Gina K. Black Onyx ink is!!  TIP:  To reflect the pier, I inked the stamp up in Memento London Fog and stamped it on acetate to create a reverse image, then lined it up below the bridge and pressed.  I added just a few a wavy lines for waves with Memento Rhubarb Stalk marker and Ranger Picket Fence White.  Base is Pure Luxury Black Onyx.

 Here is a simple card I showed at the party.  You don't have to make a sponged scene or do a lot of coloring to enjoy the images in this set.  Paired with more graphic elements you have quick and easy CAS!
Next up we have Weather or Not by Beth SilaikaLike these big puffy clouds and all the weather sayings you know and love.  You can use these images and sentiments in any season.

 I added some tiny rhinestone precipitation (wouldn't raining diamonds be amazing? but maybe hurt a little?)  I also used my silver Sakura Glitter pen to go over the dots around the clouds (silver lining, of course)
I used my new Pretty Patterns 2 set to create this colorful background with Gina K Grass Green, Red Hot and Innocent Pink pads,  and Memento Tangelo and Danube Blue. These colors were inspired by a super bright chevron dress I just bought. (Yep, you can totally see me coming!)  It's fun to use this border to imply lightning or precipitation in a very stylized way.  I also used the ginormous arrow from Carolyn's new Stamp it BIG! 2 set to accentuate the greeting and for an extra pop of color, cute right?  I love arrows, have I said that?! (And I love mixing sets, all three being from this release!)

Here is another, with the umbrella, pieced with a pattern I stamped from the herringbone in my Pretty Patterns 2 sets and stamped onto one of the cut files backgrounds. The umbrella (and boot) is such a great image for paper piecing.


Here are the sets we showcased today:

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


67 comments:

richardbreaks said...

These are wonderful. That hot, hot summer sky is a KILLER! Reminds me of growing up in Florida!

Nana Griffin said...

Lovely cards! Great scene one.

Theresa Momber said...

You know how much I adore that warm scene. The waves are stunning. Beautiful cards!!!

Cheryl Wright said...

Fantastic cards, Melanie. I am in awe of your scene card. Your talent is amazing!

catdidit said...

Whew! Made me sweat sitting in that scene! haha! GORGEOUS! and love how you have combined these sets!

Sharyn Polesel said...

Wow! Lots of great color! That first card, especially, is stunning!

Sue D said...

Great cards. Love the gorgeous sunset on the first one.

Sharon Underwood said...

Nice.

Julie Allen said...

Love your cards. The first one reminds me of my trip to Hawaii, and the last one is so creative.

Sylvia said...

Fantastic job showcasing these stamp sets. Love them all!

Carolyn King said...

I would endure the pain if it rained diamonds tho :) Love these. The combination of sets is awesome. Love the first card--I want to go there!

Sharon Harnist said...

Wonderful backgrounds you created, Mel -- your set is so versatile! And I adore that beautiful sunset you created on the water, it's simply stunning!

Maria said...

love the cards

Barbara said...

I'm sure that the first card is sunset in Naples Fl. Lol
Love your colorful cards too.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are all absolutely stunning. And, that scene card is awesome. I love all the details and even the reflection. That really makes it more realistic.

Lisa H. said...

I just love these cards! I am so happy you shared how you made the pier reflection, so smart! Thanks for the inspiration!

Karen Hightower said...

All your cards are wonderful, but I so love the ocean scene. Great cards.. :)

Lagene said...

Fantastic cards!!!! The scene has me listening for the water to gently lap on the shore!

Terri said...

Love the sunset pier scene card, very serene. And the other cards are very bright and FUN!

Unknown said...

Great cards, TFS.

Dana D. said...

A big WOW for your first card. Fantastic colors you used. Terrific new stamp sets.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Super ways to use these stamps! You have outdone yourself!

Susan White said...

Beautiful Cards!! The sunset scene is a stunner!!

Mojca said...

OMG the first one totally blowed me away, this is so so gorgeous!!!!!!!!

windinstarsranch said...

So beautiful.

Sande said...

Gorgeous cards.

elizabeth said...

That first card is absolutely stunning!

joy said...

Great colorful cards! My favorite is the lighthouse - that is beautiful!!

Unknown said...

such rich sunset colors!
\thanks
Holly

Tish said...

Incredible, breathtaking sky. Wow, oh,wow. I love it.
Tish
cattish@verizon.net

Linda said...

This are wonderful. I love bright colors and details.

mtscrapgal said...

Thanks for giving us soooo many cards today Melanie. They are all terrific.

Donna Simonson said...

The beach card is stunning! Loved the others, too, because I always love your color combinations! Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiration!

Cindi said...

The cards are stunning!

Luanna said...

I was impressed with the way you used the patterns with the "Weather or Not" set. The scene with the pier is gorgeous. Reminds me of the sunset in Mexico.

Jean McGee said...

WOW ! ! Your first card is reeeeallly bright and pretty. Thanks for the "tip". All of your cards are very nice. Thanks for the inspiration.
Jean McGee

Rita said...

OMG! Your cards are beautiful......

Sharon said...

GORGEOUS barely describes the sunset card - love it! And the other cards are so bright and fun! Great designs.

Julie S. said...

Great cards, I especially like that paper pieced umbrella. Also that sunset on the first card is gorgeous!

ChristineCreations said...

gasp girl! That first card just blows me away! Stunning colour!

Lynne said...

All the cards are terrific. Your scene is outstanding....what wonderful color.

Lee Kendel said...

Your first card is absolute work of art!! Thanks for explaining how you got the reflection of the pier. I couldn't figure it out and it adds so much authenticity. For all the work this card takes, only friends who appreciate it would get it from me.

Also, I had no interest in this stamp set and now I do.

Golda said...

These are all great, but the first one is a definite WOW card.

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful cards, GORGEOUS sunset! TFS!!!

Kitty said...

Just beautiful

Blessings,
Kathleen

Pegmarie Dills said...

Beautiful cards. Fantastic coloring. Love the sunset.

Rosy Newlun said...

Woooo Theresa that sunset over the ocean is incredible!!! Luvin those colors! And the chevrons are awesome too - love what you make ;)

Gayle said...

Wow! Awesome sky and sea scene card, Melanie and just love the other cards most especially the last one with the umbrella hooked into your cut file.

Beverly Perdue said...

Melanie, the beach scene is gorgeous! Love the umbrella card too!

Judy Woodland said...

Gorgeous cards Melanie, especially the sunset one. Great inspiration here.

Natasha said...

WOW!! All of these are wonderful but that first card with the sunset is simply breathtaking. I opened this post in my email and you know when you just see something and think 'I wanna be able to do that'... I had one of those moments. Im pretty new to cardmaking and have wondered for a while how to do the reflection technique so thanks for sharing your tip, its definitely something that im going to try now as previous attempts have failed. Happy crafting. Hugs xNx

Helen F. said...

Melanie, these cards are so beautiful. I love your sense of color and the happy feeling each card creates!

mandalj said...

That is an amazing sunset scene! So glad we don't have to be able to do that to use the stamps ;)!

Ravengirl said...

The chevrons look amazing with everything!

Betty Neville said...

Your scene is SO gorgeous!! And love how you used the chevron stripes!

Andrea Beecroft said...

Lovely bright cards Melaine great inspration for me the sunset card is gourgous

Robin said...

Maybe my favorite blog stop on this hop! Love your designs!

96ea26c0-b8a5-11e2-bae5-000bcdca4d7a said...

I absolutely love your By the Sea "Always"card. The colors are amazing!

Patricia L said...

Each card is amazing, love the black onyx on the sunset, love the colors in card 2, love blingy raindrops and love blue & green rogether !!

Marianne said...

It was hard to pick but I think the ocean one might be my favourite!

Victoria H. said...

What a gorgeous card....love the sunset/pier card! Just amazing, Melanie.

Dee said...

Gorgeous beach scene and love the colors of the sky and water. A true masterpiece!

~ Connie said...

Amazingly gorgeous sunset silhouette with the By the Sea card. Lots of great ideas using the chevron backgrounds, too!

Susan said...

That first card using By the Sea is absolutely stunning. I see a CASE in my future.

Sherry Butcher said...

Love the By the Sea 2 card, thanks for the instuctions for doing it. TFS.

Chaitali Narla said...

Thats some amazing sponging! Thanks for the acetate tip to mirror a stamp!!

Beth said...

I love LOVE LOVE the combo of the colors & sets! WOW!