Thursday, October 1, 2015

Gina K. Inspiration Hop Day 2: This & That and Simply The Best

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs is back with another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! More projects for our September Release stamps sets, so please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win an awesome grab bag of GKD goodies!   To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

I tell you what, the silhouettes in the Simply the Best set just have the coolest, most interesting textures!  I stamped this leaf in both Black Onyx and Grass Green, and then colored the flowers with Spectrum Noir markers, LY3, CT4, GB4.  I accented the flower centers and around the greeting with adhesive rhinestones.


Next in Beth's Silaika's This & That, I love the three big scroll-y ampersands you have to choose from that work with so many different images, and all the fun words in a font that is both classic and modern. Tons of combinations and orientations to be made for your designs with these greetings! These are stamped in Sweet Mango, Wild Lilac, Ocean Mist and Jelly Bean Green. I stamped off the Ocean Mist ampersands so it would be easy to read the overlapping sentiments. Love the circle accents! To finish, I stamped on the bakers twine from Triple Play Holiday (dotting in whit gel pen to the twine on the colored base) and embossed the bottom corner with a dotted folder to add more texture and match the stamping.

A drop shadow on the ampersand by simply tracing with your marker is fast and really makes these sentiments pop. (Video coming up showing you how to create the stitched vines with the Triple Play Holiday set!) Sentiment stamped in Wild Lilac and Black Onyx and flower and vine in Wild Lilac, Prickly Pear, and Fresh Asparagus on Gina K. Pure Luxury Jelly Bean Green cardstock.


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




47 comments:

Karen Hightower said...

All of these are Fantastic & Pretty! I have to say the twine on the second card … Trompe L'oeil at it's finest! WOW… :) <3

Beth said...

Both the cards are fantastic - Also - rabbit rabbit rabbit - ask Debbie - she makes me do it! something about bringing you luck

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Super cards. I love your fabulous & wonderful card. The fabulous & forever card is pretty cool too. I LOVE the stitch flowers, stem and leaves.

MiamiKel said...

Your cards are divine! I love the fun and whimsical look and the colors - such happy cards! TFS!

Lisa K said...

You always have great ideas! I like how you stamped a shadow with the words and added stitching. However, the first one is my favorite today. I like the flowers and leaves along the side with the sentiment being framed by them. The gems add a nice touch.

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Awesome cards - just amazing how you keep coming up with so many ideas! Love the twine - looks so real! Thanks so much for sharing!

Becky said...

As usual, you have some stunning cards. Melanie, how in the world would I ever pick a favorite? I love them all! Thanks for sharing.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Melanie, You are such a motivation to get moving!

Carol Hodgkins said...

I really like your first one. It's clean and simply but has lots of texture. You inspire me every time watch one of your videos. Thanks for all you do!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Gorgeous and wonderful ways of using these stamp sets. Love them both.

Nikki said...

Beautiful cards as always. I really like the second card. You give us such great ideas. Thanks.

Bonnie said...

Love the bling in the center of the flowers in the first card. You are so correct about all the texture. Now just the wait till I can play.

Heidi Mitchell-Sanchez said...

I Always look forward to seeing what you come up with! I love all three but the second is my favorite! thank you for your creativity!

Dawn S. said...

Gorgeous cards! I love all of them!

Cindyloohoo said...

Super fun. Love the cards. :)

Allie Gower said...

Melanie, I can't tell you how much I love your cards. They are always so colorful and show me new ways to use the images.

Super!

Tami Priebe said...

Sweet colors and just the right amount of bling!! Thank you for sharing your creativity you definitely inspire me.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Gorgeous card, Melanie. Love them all especially the You & Me card on that lovely Jelly Bean Green card stock, looks amazing. Great tip on using a shadow to make the words POP:)

Deborah Vasel said...

Your first card is so gorgeous!
Over the top gorgeous!

Caroline Pollard said...

Beautiful cards Melanie!
Thanks

Shari said...

Interesting cards. The offset mats seem to be popular

Shari said...

Interesting cards. The offset mats seem to be popular

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

I can't decide on my favorite between the top two... Gorgeous colors on the first, and I love the embossing in the corner on the second!

Joyce Erb said...

Wow, that is gorgeous, love the green and black

Sharon Underwood said...

Very inspiring, Melanie! Love your new Triple Play set!

cardscookiecarrotcake said...

Fabulous cards Melanie!

Talitha Wright said...

Very pretty cards. Good ideas.

sinnamon crunch said...

Love the ideas with the ampersands. I will definitely be trying them out. Thanks for sharing.

Gayle said...

Love your This & That card and your use of that gorgeous jelly bean green cardstock.

Selina Macisco said...

Oh my! Beautiful!! I especially like the "This and That" set, but I really adore your "Simply the best" set too.
Beautiful cards by a beautiful person! :)

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Gorgeous cards! Both stamp sets looks awesome & versatile.

quilt4fun2 said...

You have so many ideas for cards! These are so beautiful and I love the different techniques. Fabulous cards!
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Sue D said...

Wonderful cards!

Gloria Magdaleno said...

Absolutely wonderful how you put everything together and make it look so amazing. Thank you for your stellar talent!!

Betty Neville said...

These are beautiful, Melanie! So many times, I look at your wonderful cards, and think "Why didn't I think of that?"

Linda S said...

So many new ideas to play with, it is hard to pick one of anything (designer, sketch, stamp set, technique, etc) that I want to play with first!!!

kittykat3308 said...

Your cards are beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing how you made the card with the stitched vine. Thank you

Blessings,
Kathleen

L.A. De Valk said...

Very pretty cards. I'm really liking the faux stitching.

Cheryl Depler said...

Great cards, love the stamp sets! Thanks!

jeb said...

As always, I love your cards but You and Me is just beautiful. Thank you.

Nana Griffin said...

I like them all but the first one keeps pulling at me.

Golda said...

I am loving all of these! You have such fun ideas that you put together so well.

Loretta Rush said...

Love your cards! You are always so inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

I really like the first card. It has so many colors and the stamp set is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Sharon said...

Melanie, I loved the video you did showing us to create a vine, the green card is my favourite. I cannot get over how 3D the ampesand looks with just a shadow behind it. I'm going to try this for sure

Bobbi Miller said...

Beautiful, every single one! These are stunning new releases as always. There goes my purse strings! Love them all.

Noreen Bilsborough said...

Beautiful