Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fabulous Stamped Frames Blog Hop!


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Good morning!  Today several members of the CardMaker Blog team and Gina K. Designs team are  showcasing stamps used in my newest book Fabulous Stamped Frames, published by Annie's. (You can also download a digital copy, no waiting! :)  This cardmaking tutorial book features 36 projects using seven of my bold and line art frame stamp sets from Gina K. DesignsThis frame series is near dear to my heart, being what I feel are among the best, most innovative and versatile sets I've designed.  Each set contains a frame stamp large enough to fill an A2 card front, which can be rotated portrait or landscape style, for a perfectly balanced layout every time.  Along with coordinating images and sentiments to customize your designs, these sets allow both beginners and advanced crafters to enjoy endless possibilities for year-round themes, occasions and styles. Some stamps are bold and some are line art, so virtually any technique can be achieved with a mix of these stamps.  Not all sets are needed to get a ton of instruction and ideas from this book!  I asked my designing friends to put their own spin on one of the sets that really spoke to them, so we hope you enjoy what you see today! Gina and I have videos also to show more of the book and some of the stamps in action.
In this video, I chose to recreate a card from the chapter on Sponged Scenes, (since so many of you love creating scenes!), using Inspiration Mosaic. Start to finish this card is only 5 minutes!

The amazing thing about the mosaic frame is that its clean lines and sentiments look beautiful with any other stamps in your collection stamped into or over the different panes, whether they are whimsical or realistic (here is another video showing just that).  This frame is really a "tool" stamp that will add structure and stylish complexity to any card.

At the end of the video I  also shared a new, simpler sponged scene, but this time with A Beautiful Life, along with the  matching Studio cut file to cut out the oval window and create the oval sentiment tag.



And here are just a few more peeks at cards and techniques in the book!
 


 using Wild at Heart...
using Festive Frame ...

Fabulous Stamped Frames
using Fun Year Round...


And guess what? All seven sets frame stamp sets are all on sale for the first time ever (click that link to view them all.) Take this opportunity to stock up on your favorites or complete your collection.   



There is also a prize today! A $25 gift certificate to use on any stamp sets, templates, digital paper or Studio cut files in my line of Gina K. Designs productsTo enter, leave a comment on the blogs in our hop today.   One commenter will be randomly chosen and posted Friday on Gina's Blog.  The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win.  

See full details for the prize and the sale on Gina's blog.

Please enjoy the hop!  Good luck on winning the gift certificate!  Thanks for hopping today!

Finally, this is my final hop on the CardMaker blog team.  Thank you Brooke and Tanya for choosing me, and thank you fellow CardMaker bloggers who joined in my hop today!.  It's been such a fun year of posts and challenges and I am grateful for the new friendships I have made through this design team!

93 comments:

equinerider26 said...

I so enjoyed your ideas! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity.

crafty1964 said...

So creative and inspiring! Absolutely beautiful!~Tina

Barbara said...

I love your other books and will be adding this one too. Thanks for all of your creative art.

Unknown said...

beautiful cards!

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Beth said...

I LOVE the moon card - so pretty! All the samples are delightful!

Julie Allen said...

Oh! I love these stamps, and can't wait to get my hands on your new book! Fantastic!!!!

Unknown said...

wow awesome cards, love the stamps

spolack@cox.net

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous cards, Mel! Love your Fabulous new book!!!

RedGem said...

What a wonderful card... tku for the great inspiration.

Gina Newell said...

Sorry, but I just cannot perpetuate that wrong quote of shooting for the moon and landing in the stars---it's just not accurate.
Your work itself is beautiful, absent that quote.

Patricia Kinney said...

I love that Annie's allows one to download the book. It's wonderful!! Now I just have to patiently await the stamps! Love them all!!

Sue D said...

Beautiful creations!!

Ann Lee said...

You are so talented and creative! Have to have this book!

ET said...

I love all of Melanie's designs. Beautiful card ideas and helpful tutorials too.

Mary said...

Love your card, Love your ideas, I am buying your book and some of the stamps! Thanks!

Kristen V said...

Such wonderful protects. Wish I could have all the stamps. Fabulous ideas!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Huge congrats on your 2nd book!!

Ravengirl said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous work Melanie!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love the stamp sets and just ordered several of them. I wanted the book too, but it was out of stock. I just love that scene you did and then with the frame stamped overtop. I found that to be most beautiful. And, am so looking forward to working with all the stamp sets I ordered. The Wild Flowers set is another favorite. Thanks for the inspiration.

Gabi said...

All your cards are so creative, Melanie!

catdidit said...

This books is gonna be so awesome! Cant wait to get mine! :D LOVE your video, you are a pro Mel!

dskene said...

Wonderful ideas with some great stamp sets.

Anna Jernigan said...

Wow, what an awesome video, and what a stunning card. Melanie, Congrats on the new book! I have your other book, and I just love it.
I am so glad to see your lovely stamps used in such new, fresh, and innovative ways. It's "Wow" time. Oh dear, I feel a "must have" coming on....LOL
Thanks for the video, and for the chance to win ANYTHING!

Karen Hightower said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for inspiring us all. :)

richardbreaks said...

Just wonderful!! Congrats on the new book! You are becoming quite prolific!

Susan White said...

Hi Melanie, I love your stamps and ideas. I just ordered your book and some of the frame stamps, to add to my collection. I plan On trying out all the techniques. Thanks for being so inspiring!!

elizabeth said...

Congratulations on the new book. Fabulous projects.

Carla said...

That card is gorgeous! I have never made a scene card before, but this looks like something I could manage-thanks for the informative video!

Judy said...

Love this so cool and looks easy to do. Will have to try this technique.

Joyce T. said...

just ordered the book and the few stamp sets I didn't already have. Waiting for the next book installment.....

Sharon said...

What a wonderful book this must be! And beautiful cards you have done. Thanks for showing the sponge technique. Can't wait to give it a try.

nzillingworth said...

WHAT WONDERFUL CARDS AND SO EASY TO DO. LIKE ALL THE CARDS BUT MOON IS MY FAVORITE.

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Lynne said...

Wonderful ideas, thanks for the tutorial. The book looks like it is full of education and the cards are lovely.

Pat said...

No matter how long I have been making cards I always appreciate fresh ideas and thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Sue said...

Your cards are always so beautiful. I wish my backgrounds would turn out like yours!

Dee said...

Beautiful! You make it look so easy. Now I must try it myself.

Melanie said...

Just spoke with Gina, she added more books to the store, yay!

MsJudyC said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

lovely stamps! and great ideas for using them!!
thanks
Holly

Bea Connor said...

Beautiful cards as always!

Doris W. said...

Beautiful cards Melanie! I have been wanting this book forever since I have your first book. I placed an order this morning with a couple of new frame stamps to add to my poinsettia one.

Pat Jandacek said...

Oh, Melanie - that first card "knocked my socks off!" And then the second one, too. You do such beautiful work. And congratulations on another published book!

Judy Sander said...

Couldn't help myself. Purchased the magazine via download. Thanks so much for your creative inspirations.

Sharyn Polesel said...

You know how much I love this book! I am so happy to see your latest video. I love that card. Can't wait to try it myself. I just ordered two more frame stamps.....happy dance!

Jayem said...

I love the variety in your cards. The colours in the moon card really appeal.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

As always your cards are awesome. I love the sponged moonscape, and the sentiment is perfect. I'm looking forward to what I know will be a very inspiring and inspirational hop.

Carol said...

Lovely projects, thanks for some great ideas on the blog hop!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Cindy M said...

Your cards are beautiful, I'm loving the mosaic tile stamp, I can see so many uses for this, thanks for the video!!

Sean Fetterman said...

Congratulations Mel! Your book is awesome! Your cards are beyond beautiful! Thanks for all of your talent and inspiration! HUGS! Sean

Victoria H. said...

What gorgeous cards! You have the most amazing creativity and stamps sets.

Donna Phelan said...

Such GORGEOUS Cards! Really outstanding, Mel!

Natasha said...

Wow, both of these cards are absolutely gorgeous. I love, love, love the first one though. You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful projects, stamp sets and constant inspiration. Congrats on the new book, both that and a few of the stamp sets will definitely be added to my 'I really MUST have' list. Thanks for sharing. Hugs xNx

Carole Renneker said...

Your Card is so stunning! Thank you for sharing your talent. I so appreciate it! Id love to be able to get all of your stamps they are truly lovely.

Parker said...

Much creativity shows through. I like using your stamps.

Theresa said...

I love all the cards but the really dark colored ones are my favorite!

Julie S. said...

Your cards are so beautiful. I own three of these sets and they are among my most used. I have so many ideas for that Inspiration Mosaic, I'll probably never get them all done in this lifetime! Thanks for sharing your incredible talent with us!

Lorraine P. said...

You are so talented, Melanie! Love your designs!

Jeanne Kouyeas said...

Congratulations on your new book Melanie! Your cards are absolutely beautiful.

Tami B. said...

I quit doing hops some time ago, but I love your Inspiration Mosaic set so much I want to see more of it, so hopping I will be. This is probably the best & most exciting stamp set I've seen all year.

Peggy M said...

You are a very talented lady, Love your stamps and cards

Mspollycrafter said...

I like all of your cards, but especially the striking natural scene in the first card. Beautiful!

Trena Johnson said...

Wonderful card.

Mardi Weber said...

The finished card looks like so much work and it's really so simple. You made me want to start playing right now! Thanks for a great tutorial. I can't wait to get your book!

itzamitzi said...

Looks like another great book. I love the inspiring cards... especially the moon one.

Betty Neville said...

Absolutely gorgeous creations! You are super talented!

Janis said...

Love that ombre I Love You Forever card!! All of the cards are just lovely.
<3 J

Ea Christiansen said...

abselutely gorgeous cards. Really like the mosaic one - can see so many ways to use this.
Hugz
Ea

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Such beautiful cards. I love the all. And mosaic frame is my favorite. This will be a must have. TFS An'Jenic

Brooke said...

We're so glad to have had you as part of the team, Melanie!!

calamity jane said...

I think this book (and all of your stamp sets) are fabulous!! It's such an inspiration & learning tool and on my must-have list. Thanks for sharing your talents!

windinstarsranch said...

Oh that moon. Fabulous!

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gobluektb said...

I love the moon card!

mtscrapgal said...

Melanie, after I saw Gina's video, I placed an order for 2 of the stamp sets but the books were sold out. I found it on Amazon right quick & am thrilled to get started on some cards. Thanks

Judy Woodland said...

Just gorgeous Melanie. I want every SINGLE one of those sets. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!!

Judy Tuck said...

What a fabulous moon card.

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Kitty said...

Beautiful cards

Kathleen

Lee said...

Mel!!! You never, ever disappoint!!! So many gorgeous designs!!! You know I LOVE your stamp sets and your talent!!!!

CraftyRia said...

Beautiful!

Julie Allen said...

Hi Melanie,
I got your book - finally - it seemed like it took forever, but that is just because I was so excited. I am absolutely loving it so far, but I have a question.
On Page 35, Red Barn, under Sources on the right, it says digital stamp from included CD. I can't find that digital stamp on my CD that came with the book.
Can you help me please?
Thanks so much,
Julie

Melanie said...

Hi Julie,
Perhaps you bought one of the Copic books? I don't have CDs with either of my books, or any projects with a red barn? hope this helps! Hugs!

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