Monday, September 23, 2013

Inspiration Hops, Day 1: Winter Blocks and Let it Snow

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.
 First up we have Winter Blocks by Tami Mayberry.  These make for such an easy tags and mass produced cards.  After stamping one of the blocks in Faded Brick on White cardstock, I stamped a second block of the same pattern in Kraft Ink (be sure to clean the stamp in between!)  I punched out a circle and layered this over the square with a foam square and added a Faded Brick button with a glue dot.  This really makes that snowflake pop!  The square is layered onto Faded Brick cardstock.
Before adhering the matted square, I positioned it on the Kraft base, stamped the greeting below, and then added some embossed rows with my Scor-Bug and Scor-Buddy to frame up these two elements and bring out the stitched lines in the square design. I wrapped it up some brown twine and a Kraft button.  That's it, easy peasy!
 Next up we have Let it Snow by Theresa Momber.  Branches, snowflakes and a snowman, what a perfect set for your Christmas cards! I just love using different inks to make snowflake backgrounds.  First I had to try some of the new Gina K. Designs Color Companion Inks, Prickly Pear, Edible Eggplant, and Moonlit Fog for the different flakes.  The pear and fog inks are such nice substitutes for gold and silver for your holiday projects!  Aren't these colors so elegant?  The Joy is stamped in Edible Eggplant and shifted slightly right and stamped again to create just a hint of shadow.   I always love stamping elements from a set into an "O" whenever there is an opportunity to do so! 
 
Next I added a row of coordinating buttons with glue dots.  It is so fun picking through the different shades and styles of buttons in the Gina K. packs for just the look you want! Tip:  Lay them out first for placement and then adhere them one at a time. Embellish a few flakes with an adhesive rhinestone in the center. Layer onto Prickly Pear and Edible Eggplant cardstock. The opposite corners are punched with a corner rounder, and I adhered the matted stamped panel slightly offset.

Please enjoy hopping with the rest of the team for more inspiration for these two beautiful sets!

56 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

Perfection! I just love the CAS designs. The snowflakes rock in the new ink colors!

Beth said...

I love the CAS look and the blue/yellow combo! Great kraft & red combo too!

Sharon Harnist said...

Love the Faded Brick on white with the Kraft, Mel -- so pretty! Great effect with the 2-toned snowflake, too! Love the button & snowflake combo, too!

Carolyn King said...

Great designs. love the extra punched layer of snowflake!! Nice touch!

Barbara said...

That faded brick on Kraft is awesome. Not to mention the used of the non traditional colors on the second card. Love them both.

Kathy W. said...

Two fabulous sets..love your cards and the awesome inspiration.

Dana D. said...

Your cards are wonderful. Love all the details and the colors are terrific

KathR said...

I'm going through a faze at the moment of doing CAS cards , and both these cards hit the spot, really think this will be the way I go with my crimbo cards this year!. Thanks for the inspiration?..

Kathy Humphrey said...

Oh my! Love these cards, they are so very pretty.

Barbara Hale said...

Really love the kraft card.

Nana Griffin said...

Two great designs. Love the look with the buttons on the last one.

Debbie Corbari said...

ooo Melanie...I love both cards but your Winter Blocks card is stunning!

Olga said...

Fantastic cards!

Sharon said...

Both are great cards! The faded brick would be great for the men on your list! Love the snowflakes/buttons.

ScrapaDiddle said...

The hole piercing technique is great. Love both your cards!

Mom M said...

I love your cards :)

Scrapacat said...

Wishing this release was available in rubber. The samples are awesome!

Oneofakind said...

I love the edible eggplant. And the craft backdrop on the first card is wonderful.

Terri said...

Love the cards. Very different color combos, but they work well together. Thanks for sharing.

Susan White said...

I love the colors you have used to make your cards!!

Von said...

Love the colour palettes you've chosen - very different and very effective. The JOY card is so stylish!

Carole Renneker said...

Your cards are great. I'm definitely ready to get started on my holiday cards. Thanks for more inspiration!

Neesey said...

The Joy card is perfect for a male friend. Love the color combo. TFS

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Melanie- they are both great, but I sure like that first one so much!!!

richardbreaks said...

Hi there! Wow, these are so charming! I love your color choices so much. Beautiful!

Ann Lee said...

Interesting and beautiful! Thx for two new techniques to try!

Anita Braddock said...

Awesome cards. love the snowflakes the details are amazing. the added buttons are super. thanks for sharing.

Nanette said...

Both cards are great and easy to duplicate. TFS!!!

lamepaw said...

Just LOVE the JOY card. The colors are fabulous and I love the buttons! THANKS!

Cindy M said...

I love how you accent these with buttons, beautiful job!!

Auntie Em said...

Your layered snowflake is such an interesting idea and the punched holes give it a nice frame.
The bold and elegant Joy card is very striking.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Donna Phelan said...

Oh I have a Scor Bug too.....WHY don't I ever think of using that? LOVE that card of yours, really wonderful! TFS!!!

Glenna Anderson said...

Wow, both your cards are amazing!

Bobbi's Paper Trail said...

Melanie, I love your creativity. Not only do you make great stamps sets for us, but your cards here are simple, yet elegant. I love how you used the natural card stock, added a punch of color, and used "pokes" for texture. Great job! Thanks for all you do for us!

Pat Jandacek said...

I love red and kraft together, this card is no exception. The button 'divider' is a neat idea!

Jeanne Kouyeas said...

Like your red and Kraft , especially with those embossed dotted lines. And your snowflake card almost looks nautical to me.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Great cards. The red and Kraft go together so well. Loved the embossed dotted lines. I love how the snowflakes match the buttons.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful works of art using these fabulous sets of images. So inspired now.

JoAnn said...

Oh I love the kraft and red card. so pretty, and the non-traditional colors of the second one. Very pretty.

Tammie Lien said...

Just beautiful cards and loved the way you did this.Just perfect..Thanks for sharing and hugs:)

Pixie said...

Beautiful Cards!

Gayle said...

Cool combination of kraft and the faded brick. Love the card.

Lee said...

I sooo love the Kraft with the red and white!! And the buttons are so dang darling!!

Pamela Selinski said...

Gingerbread! Your 1st card looks absolutely delicious!

Lagene said...

Great cards! The kraft card is stunning with the piercing!

Sue D said...

I like the use of kraft on the first one and the colors and buttons on the second.

scout voss said...

I really love theway you went ouside of normal christmas colors. It is so unique!! Thanks for sharing! Scout

Julie S. said...

Great cards Melanie! I like the different colors you used.

Kitty said...

Your cards are lovely. I really like the one on the kraft card stock

Blessings,
Kathleen

dskene said...

2 great cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

Cheryl Depler said...

Great colors on these. Thanks!

Golda said...

What fun cards and such different colors, too. Great work!

Sean Fetterman said...

I can't say perfection anymore without screaming it. Okay....here goes.....PERFECTION! Just pretty much sums you up Mel! xoxoxoxo Seanie

Die Cut Lady said...

Love these sets. I think they would work great on some small Accucut die box's I have. I am off to check the size of the square's. I see and order in my future!

elizabeth said...

Oh so pretty cards.

Lisa K said...

Two more beautiful cards. Thanks.