Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Northwoods 2 Birthday Blessings StampTV Kit

Good morning, everyone! Welcome back to another Inspiration Hop with the Gina K. Designs team. As you hop through each member's blog, 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 in a few days. The first set we are showcasing is Theresa Momber's Northwoods 2.
I doubt this is what Theresa had in mind when she put these two bears in Northwoods 2, but after looking at the stamps for a minute and drawing from my own experiences it seem natural for this mother and child to go climbing.  It makes me a little verklempt to remember two things as I made this for my son: the sweet picture books about baby animals I used to read him, and the times he loved just being out in nature with me, whether it was on a simple outing or our own yard.  It brings me a lot of happiness and gratitude, but is also bittersweet how much things have changed as they grow up.  (I handle it better some days than others, you know? Sniff!)  Anyway, it came out exactly as I imagined.  Just simple sponging in Gina K. Ocean Mist ink for the sky to really focus on the moment. I reverse stamped the baby bear using an acrylic block and then filled in any blotchy areas with Spectrum Noir EB3, and then colored the tree with EC3, EB6, TN3, CG3, and CG4.  Images and greeting stamped in Gina K. Dark Chocolate.  Cardstock is Gina K. Pure Luxury White, Dark Chocolate, and Sandy Beach.

Next up we have the Birthday Essentials StampTV Kit.
Lovin' the dies!  I used them on both cards today in different ways and they make clean and simple cards so easy and quick. I cut several butterflies with the die from StampTV Kit out of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock, and then layered a piece of GKD Shabby Spring patterned paper the same size under it.  (Save those white butterflies you cut out for another project!)  I cut one final one from the same patterned paper to add dimension, bent it, and accented with adhesive pearls.
I stamped the heart branch twice in the GKD Fresh Asparagus, and then the larger leafy images in the corners in GKD Grass Green.  Bird is stamped in GKD Dark Chocolate, cut with the coordinating die and colored Spectrum Noir TB3.  Color in a kraft-y ink for a more matchy-match, subtle look or pick a bright color like this blue to really pop!  Cardbase is GKD Kraft.
Birthday Essentials StampTV Kit
I hope you are enjoying our hop today! These are great sets! Have fun shopping and earning the free incentives. :)



Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from the Illustrators and Design Team!!




Theresa MomberIllustrator of Northwoods 2

Melanie Muenchinger (you are here!)  

84 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

You always have the best ideas!!! So love how you stamped the bear. Gorgeous cards!

Brandi R said...

Beautiful cards! Love the layouts and what a sweet idea with the northwoods bears....just love it! ♥

Joann6274 said...

Melanie,
Congrats on creating yet another beautiful set of stamps!! I love this set and know how perfect this set will be for masculine cards. Your cards are all beautiful, TFS!
Hugs,
Jo
♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

Karen Hightower said...

Wonderful creations Melanie. I love how you die cut the butterflies and thanks for sharing what inspired you to create the first card! :)

Ann Lee said...

Such pretty creative cards?

Ann Lee said...

Such pretty creative cards!

scrappinmommom said...

Your cards are wonderful, especially love the butterflies.

Heidi Stamps said...

I really like the look of the die cut negatives! TFS!

Marie Migliaro said...

I am really loving this "North Woods" set! Actually, I am loving all of the new items.

Ravengirl said...

How clever you are to make the bears climb the tree! Lovely work with the butterfly die as well!

Alma Dirpaul said...

This is one beautiful set. Thanks for sharing your amazing ideas!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

That bear card is terrific and it is so clever how you reversed stamped!

Cindi Hall said...

Melanie, I love the die cut patterned butterflies!

Melvina Hailey said...

Melanie, I love your creativity. You seem to think of things to create that's very innovative. You inspire me!

Robin said...

Love the butterfly card and will definitely CASE it when my kit arrives!

Dee Earnshaw said...

Love your card ideas. Clever how you made the bears in the first card look as if they are climbing the tree!! Really pretty butterfly card and love how the blue in the bird literally POPs.

Iris said...

Very pretty cards - love the bears climbing the tree.
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Lisa's Scrap Site said...

I love the way you used your stampings in unusual ways,thank you for your idea's, I just love them...

Devy Collins said...

The dies are lovely! Can't wait to play!

Nana Griffin said...

Super cool idea with the bears! Love all the cards.

Lisa K said...

Love the variety you made with these cards! I love the bears trying to climb the tree, the butterflies being a cut-out of the paper, then popped up, and the last card with the bird on the branch.

Ro Donner said...

As always your cards are wonderful! I love how you turn the bears on the side to look like they're climbing the tree.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Wonderful cards. I love how you cut out the butterflies. The bear card is such a sweet tribute to your son. The Remember When sentiment is perfect.

claudia said...

Melanie, I just love the different designs that you come up with! I am going to have to case them all! The redwoods tree with the Bears is so adorable, love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Gaylene Clarkson said...

I love your card with the bears starting to climb the redwood tree. It is great. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Love your cards! Especially the bears! Thanks for all you do for us!

Betty Neville said...

Awesome cards! You always come up with such great ideas! Love that bear card!

Macimbalo said...

Love your cards, esp the butterflies from pp! So pretty!

Debbie Lou said...

Sigh....they grow up too fast, don't they? Thanks for the memories :)

Janeen said...

sweet cards. yes those bears look like they were meant to be that way.

terrie said...

Your bear card is awesome...I like how you put the larger bear climbing the tree...so stinkin' cute.
Very colorful butterflies card.
The bird is peaceful looking
Well done on all of your cards

Susan Sheahan said...

I agree with kids growing up....too hard on us moms! I love that Northwoods 2 set. Thinking I have to have it!

Sharon said...

LOVE the butterfly birthday blessings!

GrammaCJean said...

Really love the playfullness of the bears card!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Those butterflies are SO pretty!!! I love that card!! (And the others, too, of course!)

m fountain said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent...
Your cards always inspire,
and challenge us,
the new beginners.
Marilyn

Sherry said...

love your cards!! I really like how the bears are climbing the tree!! also thanks for all your videos!!

jules said...

Stunning creations! I am feeling very nostalgic with the remember when sentiment.

Denise said...

I like your idea of the bears going up the trees. Great idea!!!

Denise

Kathy E. said...

What a joyful set of cards..you just feel happy looking at them...Thank you!

Dawn S. said...

Love the Bears climbing the tree and the negative die cut butterflies! Thanks for the inspiration.

Joni said...

The card with the bears is so cuteand all of the other cards are very pretty.

Becky said...

My favorites are the bears climbing and the cut out butterflies. Great cards. Thanks for sharing.

Donna Phelan said...

lol Perfect! This is WHY it is soooo important to look at what everyone is doing with stamp sets.....never would have thought of this scenario, yet it is probably a common sight in the wild! Well done! TFS!!!

Sheila said...

Great idea having the bears climbing!

Donna Simonson said...

Love what you did with the bears! Both Birthday cards are beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lagene said...

Super cool cards, I especially love the mama teacing baby bear to climb a tree!

Kathy Krug said...

Love what you did with the bears. It makes the card so much fun. Fabulous idea with the butterflies. So easy but so elegant.

crafterab said...

I love your cards! The bear card is so very cute. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Joanie said...

I love how you made the bears climb the tree. I also love the idea of using the die cut as the focal image.

Sandra Schroeder said...

The momma and baby bear are nice, but I like the butterfly card. I like the way you inlaid the die cut butterflies and then popped up the last one for dimention. The blue bird card is very nice as well.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Now just love how your mind works. I never would have had those "bars" climbing up the tree. LOL And, die cut butterflies are so beautiful on your card with that pattern paper. I can hardly wait to see what else you come up with using dies. And just love the darling bird scene too. I am so excited to get my goodies now.

cardscookiecarrotcake said...

The bears climbing the tree are so cute. I love the butterfly cut out from the dp, its stunning against the white.

Jim Burton said...

So many cute ideas!!! I want to try them all!!! How do you all manage to keep them all coming??? Some of my friends tell me that I am very creative, but any one of you has me beat by a long, long way!!!

nzillingworth said...

WHAT A FUN WAY TO USE THE BEAR STAMPS. I WOULD NEVER HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT, BRILL JOB

Judy Woodland said...

Oh my gosh, using the patterned paper and that die on those butterflies is genius!!! Love all your cards, thanks for the great inspiration!

Debbie said...

Those butterflies are SO pretty!!! I love that card!
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LAURIE VAN PARYS said...

And the ideas keep coming! Thanks for the great inspiration for using stamps/dies in a different way!

Ann Nethercutt Powell said...

The bears are so cute. Love the butterfly cuts, too. Beautiful.

Louise H. said...

Great stamps and cards. I love the bears. They are so cute.

Barb A. said...

Awesome cards! Thanks for sharing your time, talents, creations,and tutorial on how to do reverse stamping.

Tami Priebe said...

What wonderful creative cards. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cards!!

Sue D said...

Beautiful butterflies and bird card and love the bears climbing up the tree.

Rosy Newlun said...

I'm sniffing along with you as I miss my kids, too. They grow up too fast. Sniff sniff, wahhhhhh! Oh, sorry. I love your cards. You are so imaginative using the bears that way! Thanks for explaining the butterflies - I thought they were 4 die cut out. Real beauties Melanie ♥

Margarita Navarro-Rivera said...

Love the butterflies card and the bear card is very clever!

Kelly said...

Love your climbing bears--and the cool sky background! Fun ideas with the dies as well.

Gayle said...

Love those little bears.

Devy Collins said...

Love those butterflies!

Loretta Rush said...

Great cards! Enjoyed your videos also! I always enjoy your coloring! Thanks for sharing!

Judy Shuck said...

I knew when I clicked on your name these were going to be good....I was not disappointed!

Loster said...

These cards are adorable - most look simple and easy to make. Love the stamps and dies used.

BeLinda Andrews said...

Love the way u did the Bears climbing up the tree . The butterfly was my favorite one . TFS !

Cheryl Depler said...

So glad to see die cuts included now. Makes it even MORE fun! Thanks!

Kathy Bosi said...

Always wonderful

Tanya said...

WOW!! Totally breath taking!! LOVE the bears!!! You ROCK!!

Tanya said...

Totally in love with the butterflies!! Thank you for such wonderful stamps yet again!! Never surprised with your talent!!

Julie S. said...

These cards are all so wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Susan White said...

beautiful cards!!

Helen F. said...

Such a clever idea on your first card, wonderfully scenic.
Card #2 has the prettiest butterflies and I am totally loving the blue bird on the leafy branch :-)

Dawn B said...

Your "Remember When" card is my favorite of these and I love the touching story you told along with it. We all experiencing losing that touch of wonder and magic as our kids grow up so it was lovely to hear you reflect on your memory as you created this card. I also love the sponging you did, it really created the perfect cloud in the sky background. TYSMFS!

Linda said...

Great cards and love how you show the bears trying to climb the trees. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Parker said...

I woulda never thought to have the bears from the Northwoods appear climbing. Good job.

Janice Riedel said...

Love the designs! Looking forward to receiving my kit and stamp sets.

Cammi said...

I've always liked your cards, Melanie, and just purchased by first dies to use in my cuttlebug. This set, with the matching dies is REALLY calling my name....temptation!