Monday, July 15, 2013

Inspiration Hop Day 1: Stately Flowers 7 and Simple Numbers

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, and as you hop through our 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 full list of winners check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops. 

 So excited to share more inspiration with you today for my new Stately Flowers 7!
 No fussycutting here!  I used the mask version of the red clover from the Stately Flower 7 Mats and Masks cut file (meaning it is the exact size of the image), cut it with the Silhouette and then stamped my image in Gina K. Fresh Asparagus inkDon't the leaves look gorgeous in that color?  (If you don't have a silhouette just cut with scissors.)  Then just add a bit of green to the leaves and red flicks of color to the flower. Isn't this flower beautiful with the Watercolor Garden patterned paper?  This set also contains some of my favorite greetings in the whole stately series.  Best friend ever.  Wouldn't you love getting a card saying that, any old day? :)  Cardstock is Pure Luxury Red Hot, Black Onyx and White.  Punched circles are 1 1/4 and 1 3/8".
Here I used that same clover image with another sheet from the wildflower paper pack, and one of the square frames from the Stately Flowers 7 Frames cut file.  That is the patterned paper showing through the middle, but doesn't it look like several layers, instead of just the one piece of DP and the white frame?  Stamp the image onto the cut frame and color. (I accidentally dropped the stamp so that's why I you see a bit of a double image on the leaves and stem, it's not your eyes! I just went with it!!)  Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Black Onyx and Lemon Drop.  I used a black brad and stitched ribbon from one of the StampTV kits, but you can also purchase these embellishments separately, from Gina K. Designs of course!



Here is a card incorporating one of this month's new incentive stamps for a greeting (this one is free with a $75 purchase).  Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Dark Chocolate, and Little Boy Blue.  I added adhesive pearls to the flourishes and corner.


  
I added some highlights to the roses centers with a marker.  See how using clear stamps makes it so easy to stamp the rose stems together as though they are attached?
 
Which image from this new set is YOUR favorite?  Tell me below!  Please see this post if you missed video for how to color the Lady's Slipper!!

Next up we have Tami Mayberry  Simple Numbers.  My older son is starting middle school next month, so I made him an encouragement card commemorating "the big day"  (oh, boo hoo!!!)   I like using the circle image to separate the month, day and year this way.  His school colors are purple, white and yellow (with a black Scottie dog mascot) which determined my color palette, and I added the CB Diamond Plate embossing to make it more of a "dude" card.
Cardstock is Pure Luxury Black Onyx, White, and Wild Dandelion.

 
  
   
Please enjoy more fabulous designs and inspiration from our team:
Thank you for visiting today!!  See you back here tomorrow for another hop!

106 comments:

catdidit said...

LOVE these Mel! That blue with the white dots, my fav!

Caryn S said...

Really lovely! I love how well it coordinates with the watercolor garden paper.

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful cards, beautiful DP fabulous stamp sets!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Oh Melanie- these are such gorgeous creations!

Jennifer Scull said...

whoa nelly! your first card about knocked me outta my chair! all of these are fabulous!

I tend to lean toward the more simple flowers like the wild rose. there is something about it that takes me back to the days as a little girl spent with my aunt and uncle out in the country. beautiful set!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Very pretty! I especially like the card with the incentive stamp and the monochromatic look!

Sue D said...

wow--lots of wonderful cards!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Fantastic card designs. And, am I ever glad I ordered the Stately Flowers and also have the pretty pattern paper on hand too. I can see how they will work wonderfully together. I had to limit my choices this month at least for now. As much as I want them all, I had to make some tough decisions as all the new sets were thrilling to see and pose so many possibilities.

Parker said...

Stately Flowers paired up with the Watercolor Garden patterned paper is quite a breath-taking sight. Truly love your stamp sets.

Sharyn Polesel said...

Wow, Melanie, your cards are gorgeous! I'm definitely going to have to get some of that great Watercolor patterned paper. I'm anxious to get my Stately Flowers 7set, so I can play too!

--Marcy said...

What a fabulous combo! The watercolor DP is so wonderful!

Gabi said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards, Melanie. Put every single one of them in my 'case file' to work on very soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

Love these cards! So excited to get my Stately Flowers set! I just love these stamps !!!

Cynthia Murray said...

I really like the bright, sunshine feeling your card gives!

Marianne said...

I just made 2 cards last night using the Watercolour paper that you have on your blog! I was hearing the The Twilight Zone music playing when I saw that. Beautiful cards...all of them. I just love your stamp sets, the flowers are always so beautiful!

Lynda Jeffs said...

I love the entire set - the flowers are perfect...the butterflies can be used with so many different things... and the sayings - card upon card upon card! I love all the cards made too!

Oneofakind said...

I am such a fan of the Stately Flowers series. This one takes the cake with the simple wild rose and the clover flower. I won't be getting this one for a while due to no employment temporarily but will put it on the wish list for sure. Love the creations and inspiration.

Kathy Humphrey said...

Super gorgeous cards...totally love the Stately flowers stamp set!

Sharon said...

All great cards! Especially love the rich colors of the first one!

Lee said...

Simply breathtaking Mel!! Your flower sets are some of my most faves EVER!! And your designs with them keep me inspired!! That blue and white card is stunning!!! And I love your fun design with the Simple Numbers!

Lagene said...

Love your Stately Flowers! Fantastic cards!

itzamitzi said...

That Watercolor Garden paper is certainly bold and makes some bright cards. I go a bit more for the country blue one, but that's just my taste.

Chai Dackermann said...

Gorgeous cards.

Terri said...

What beautiful colors and the background paper is just awesome. Using the new "Stately Flowers" stamps add so much to the cards. Great job!

mermaid fenicia said...

Love those cards ^_^

stampqueen said...

What and awesome bunch of cards - really love the first one - such pretty bright colors!!1

Margarette Muster said...

WOW! That first one is stunning!! Thank you for creating and sharing.

Wendy said...

The wild prairie rose is my favorite image from the stately flowers set, but I love the card you made for your son. Very nice!

cathy said...

Absolutely beautiful. Love this new set of stamps.

mtscrapgal said...

Guess my fave flower is the Wild Prairie Rose for 2 reasons. I love roses anyway and this one looks like our state flower the Cherokee Rose (Georgia). Thanks for a great new flower set, Melanie.

Jane Talbott said...

Beautiful floral cards.

Doris W. said...

Beautiful cards! I'm really digging that red cover flower and it goes so well with the watercolor paper! The blue card is understated but elegant!

Natasha said...

Your Stately Flowers sets just keep getting better Mel, I love these, my fave as got to be the 'ladys slipper'. The cards you've created are beautiful. Hugs xNx

dklessig said...

Love your cards! they are so bright and colorful. Great work!

KraftyKim said...

Loving the stamps and love love love the papers too.

Julie S. said...

Okay, you've convinced me I need everything here, the stamp sets, and that gorgeous paper! My favorite image from this set is the clover. It grows like a weed around here, but somehow on the DT's cards where I've seen it used, it looks beautiful!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Your cards are gorgeous. I love the red clover. This set is on my wish list. The card you made for your son is great - wow - middle school already. Your work is so inspiring.

Roseate said...

These cards are breath-taking! Thanks for the great ideas.

doo6300 said...

The watercolor paper makes the flowers pop. Beautiful!

Papermoon Dreams said...

Beautiful flower stamps . love the cards & bright colors.

Lori said...

Absolutely love the floral theme! Cards are gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial!

Christine Macneil said...

Incredible cards, Melanie! You never fail to blow us away - not ony with the stamp sets you design, but with the cards you create with them. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

I'd have to say the lady slipper is my favorite. It's so exotic.

Marge said...

AWESOME. Can't wait to get my new stamps so I can make this!!

Alexia Misso said...

Awesome card, love it! Thanks for sharing!

Joni said...

All the cards are gorgeous, but my favorites is the red one because red is my favorite color. They yellow is also beautiful so it was a hard choice. I'm thinking the stamp set & the paper are a must have. Thank you for sharing.

Nana Griffin said...

what a wonderful selection of cards! I love them all. The pattern paper sure is pretty with the flower the way you put them. I guess my favorite stamp from the set is the prairie rose.

joy said...

Both are beautiful cards, the bright flowers are amazing

Chai said...

I absolutely LOVE the Watercolor Garden patterned paper!

Denise said...

I am ashamed to say I don't know flowers too well except the obvious ones let alone which state they come from. I like the one that looks like a daisy/sunflower.
(colored yellow)

Denise

Cher Janzen said...

Love the card, very beautiful!
Cher J

Deb B said...

I love the layered look on the "you're invited" card, it's very clever & I never would have thought of trying that on my own.

Barbara said...

Such impressive cards! The patterned paper is wonderful, but the addition of the cut out flower is outstanding. Love both of them.

sarah said...

I never thought of putting the entire date of a birthday on a card before.. Also, I just love the one with the free stamp- is so simple yet delicate- great job!

Anne said...

Gosh what beautiful ideas! Your colouring technique is fabulous. God bless you!

Queen-of-Cards said...

love the variety!!

weechi2 said...

What pretty cards. I especially like the blue flowered one. I think your son will really like your dude card . I really love the CAS card style.

Louise H. said...

Thanks for the beautiful designs. I especially love the prairie rose stamp.

Mama said...

Absolutely, beautiful!

a martinez said...

Love the new flowers and simple numbers. Great use for both!

auntjen4 said...

Beautiful cards!! Thanks for the ideas!!

Ann Lee said...

Beautiful use of color!

Pat Kenoyer said...

Such pretty cards. Love the one with the lemon cardstock and the layerd look.

bjescalan said...

Those were beautiful cards. My favorite image is the lady slipper. It is beautiful.

Kristen V said...

Hop!

Linda Mc said...

I like that you used just one simple stamped image to a pretty layered card.

Kay S said...

Wow! All of your cards are fabulous! Love the first two especially with that gorgeous watercolor paper.

Cheryl W. said...

Gorgeous cards! I am definitely getting this stamp set. It's a must-have in my book!

jean w. said...

Oh my! Your flowers are always exceptional and these are too! That watercolor flowered paper is awesome! Love the card for your son, that could be done for birthday, anniversaries etc.!

Jean Bullock said...

Beautiful cards. Talk about inspiration. I'm going to copy ...er ... I mean absorb the wonderful samples you have made for us today. I love all three cards. Equally. Wonderful designs. Thanks so much.

Golda said...

What pretty examples! Though, some of us actually like fussy cutting.

Rosy Newlun said...

So stunning Melanie! You have such beautiful images!!

Linda said...

your cards so pretty i love flowers in the new stamps set.

ANDREA JACOBSEN said...

Love, love, love, your cards. Thank you for sharing your talent

Beverly Perdue said...

Hi Melanie, I love the wild prairie rose!

Connie Ludgate said...

WOW I really like your designs using the flowers. Can't wait to start my collection.

fuzzylover said...

I love your flower cards - absolutely stunning.

Judy Woodland said...

WOW, your cards are gorgeous Melanie. Love every single one of them, thanks for the great inspiration!

Luanna said...

Gorgeous cards. I really love the wild rose. The card with the Watercolor garden paper was awesome!

Susan White said...

Beautiful Cards!! Love the flowers, they are so pretty!

Gayle said...

Gorgeous cards. They are fabulous with the watercolor garden patterned paper. So glad I have the paper and ordered your stamp set, Melanie.

cjgusloff57 said...

Beautiful cards as always!

Linda said...

Melanie there is no other word besides gorgeous to describe your cards... thank you for the awesome flower sets that you illustrate... of course I have to have then all... keep up the great work... you are an inspiration!!

Robin said...

Your cards are always just beautiful and these are just great.

ajax said...

I was just in awe when I saw these beautiful, brightly colored cards. I think the stately flowers is a must have. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Dee said...

The lowly clover can look absolutely gorgeous, as you proved, Melanie!

ddlady said...

Melanie, I love all of your cards. From the simple blue to the watercolor garden paper card! You always to such a beautiful job!

Kitty said...

I would have to say that my favorite flower from this set is the Wild Prairie Rose.

My favorite flower is the Lilly of the Valley. Any chance you could draw one soon?

Blessings,
Kathleen

Jan Castle said...

Beautifully done Melanie!!!

Ea Christiansen said...

Really lovely cards all 4 of them, but I really love the blue one. So CAS. Just gorgeous. Love the detail with the pearls.
Hugz
Ea

Ravengirl said...

Beautiful cards! Your floral sets are always so amazing!

Tammie Lien said...

Oh my goodness..I beleive they are all drop dead gorgeous...Love them all and thanks for the tips..Hugs to you:)

Jeanne Kouyeas said...

Such beautiful and elegant floral cards.

Rita C Jackson said...

So many beautiful cards! I love your state flower stamps.

Karen Hightower said...

Love your cards. I really like the use of the pp and that clover. They both are beautiful. I really like the flowers and the whole arrangement of the blue card, Thanks for your inspirations.. :)

Billie Dee said...

fabulous and great inspiration.

Betty Neville said...

Beautiful samples, Melanie! The water color dp is perfect with with your gorgeous clover! I think my favourite flower from your new set is the rose (always difficult to choose a favourite!)

~ Jo ~ said...

Gorgeous cards Mel! Love the new sets and the flowers turned out great with the cut file!
Hugs,
Jo

Sabrina said...

I bow at your feet!! Your cards are so exquisite and gorgeous and I just love the deep rich colors of the flowers!!!!

Carol said...

Super fun new stamp sets!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Carla said...

These are all amazing!

Nancy Fagan said...

THESE CARDS ARE BEAUTIFUL

shopgirlstudioB said...

Love the flower card. Inspired thanks.

Kathy Berger said...

When I grow up I want to be able to color like you! These cards are absolutely fabulous!

dskene said...

Gorgeous cards. Lots of ideas!

Linda said...

I Adore the wildflower card. It's stunning! Love the card made with incentive stamps, too! Thanks for great inspiration!

Carolina said...

Beautiful cards with your new set, but my fav is the blue card with the incentive set...just stunning in every way!

Your Simple Numbers card is such a great CAS design, great color combo lovin' the texture background.