Monday, May 30, 2016

Gina K. Inspiration Hop Day 1: Fill it with Flowers and Country Roads

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from the May StampTV Release Party! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring two stamp sets, by
Therea Momber and myself! Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

The first set we are featuring is Country Roads 2 by Theresa Momber. Theresa has created a second set to her popular Country Roads collection. Whether you are a country lover or an animal lover, you will be making creative and fun projects with this wonderful set. I am so looking forward to creating more scenes with this set (and copying some of hers like the horses one she shared at the party!) The first idea lots of other designers on our team had, to use the new paint brushed image from the Tiny Textures incentive set as a background for the silhouettes, but I'm sharing it anyway!


  I recommend starting with the bottom stroke to ground the barn in Black Onyx, stamp the barn, and then work your way up: GKD Peach Bellini,  Sweet Mango, Cherry Red, Cranberry Tart. I added the windmill and greeting last. Cardstock is Pure Luxury Back Onyx and White.

This card I shared at the party and had a few requests for tutorials, but it's really pretty straightforward. Begin with a piece of white cardstock and and sponge a little Sweet Corn to the middle, cover with a small circle and sponge Sweet Mango, remove the mask and continue to sponge Tomato Soup, Cherry Red and Cranberry Tart.  Last, Stamp the windmill in Black Onyx, sponge Black Onyx along the bottom and then ink up just the treetop form the barn image and stamp a few times along the top of the black sponged area. Cardstock is Gina K. Pure Luxury White, Kraft, and Black Onyx.


Next, we have my Fill it With Flowers set.  This set is staying on my desk for sure, goes with so much! These flowers and containers will work for any occasion, and I can't wait to see what YOU will create with them! The Hydrangea and Gerbera daisy flowers are also great stand alones, and are *not* part of the Stately Flower series!  (How could no state claim these beauties? Some of my faves!)  I will share some samples and videos using just the flowers, or the containers with images from other sets later, I promise, but today it's all about filling these!

 These colors might look a little unnatural for leaves, but I was going for those dried, dyed branches you can get at World Market or Pier One for arrangements. I'm happy with the look, hope you like! Love this for fall, or a less flowery, more masculine look.  I think it would work nicely for a sympathy card also. I used Spectrum Noir markers LV1, LV2, EB1, GB8, GB6, GB7, PP1, DR7, IG2, and IG3. I will definitely do a video showing how to get nice shadows to shade like the wrap is folded, slightly crinkled  paper! I wish it showed up better in the photo, but I used the Cuttlebug Distressed Branches folder on the Black Onyx mat, which I love anyway, but I think goes so well with the textures of these eucalyptus and lemon leaf branch images.  Base is GKD Honey Mustard. 

Isn't this a happy card?   Stamp the wrap first, then the bow, then mask the wrap and add your flowers next, cover the flowers and stamp the leaves as desired. Don't you love this striped bow?  I can finally afford all the striped ribbon I want, lol! It can also go over the bottle, layered over the other wrap containers, and added to the cup handle. No coloring needed for the bow unless you want it two tone, or to add a simple a shadow by tracing along the underside with the same color as the shadow you use on the outside to give it dimension. Tip: Stamp the tag anywhere and then draw a simple line for the string to attach it to the tied wrap like a piece of string. Or, of course, you can use real twine!  All the handwritten greetings and single words in the set fit on the tag. Use a 1/16" punch for the hole in the tag if you end up cutting it out.  Here I used Spectrum Noir EB1, GB8, IG3, CG3, CG4, FL1, CR9, CT3, CR2, CR4. Card base is GKD Pure Luxury Lipstick.

Last, I couldn't resist, showing something in one of the new container that wasn't a flower. These are the *pencils* from the most recent StampTV kit Sending Love.  I used the round label (stamped in GKD Dusty Rose) and greeting, also from that Art from the Heart set in the kit, to decorate the cup.  It is going to be *so* fun making all sorts of cute stamped cups!! For the background I just grabbed a bunch of those leftover strips of cardstocks you have form cutting down mats that were still by my cutter, in the same colors that I used to color the pencils, and adhered them at a diagonal and trimmed the edges. Shadow is Spectrum Noir GG2.


I just love this release!


Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast and Crew:




Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out ALL of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Thanks for visiting today!

81 comments:

Karen Hightower said...

Melanie, What Fabulous Cards ! I love each one of them The background incentive stamp with the barn and windmill... Love the colors, makes a great sunrise! And of course your flowers are gorgeous! I love your mug with the pencils in it! Perfect for the crafters! <3

Allie Gower said...

The colors are stunning ... using pencils in the teacup - brilliant!!! I have so many more ideas for making cards after seeing yours. WOW!

Theresa said...

These are stunning, stunning cards! Your coloring is off the charts. Gorgeous!

Susan said...

Love your new set Melanie and great samples.

Lynne said...

Your flowers are always beautiful and this set is outstanding. Have you considered creating dies to go with your lovely stamps?

Sue D said...

Love what you created with this great release.

Glynda Janz said...

These are so pretty! Just love all the colors!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

WOW what wonderful inspiration. Love all of your samples. Your new set is fabulous and has so many possibilities.

Barbara Helton said...

Oh I love using flowers, but your cards are inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

I can't wait to play! These are wonderful inspirations, Melanie!

Beth said...

I love the windmill with the red background - WOW! Stunning - and the teacup with the pencils is awesome!

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

Your cards are so pretty. And I really appreciate seeing the variety of ways I could use your new stamp set!

Sheri said...

I love them all but the sunset windmill is my favorite. Well, now I have to take that back. It was my favorite until I saw your fill it with flowers and then I liked those best. Let's just say it gets better and better!

Bonnie said...

The bows are going to be the most used for shipping reasons. Thanks ever so much.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Really nice cards - I'm just over the moon about those background texture stamps!

Priscilla Geisler said...

"Fill it with Flowers" stamp set is beautiful and very inspirational. I just love flowers!!

El Ivens said...

Anxiously awaiting my stamp package. Love your set, Fill it with Flowers.

Becky said...

Great cards, lots of inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

ncasper929 said...

Melanie...Your talent is always so inspiring. Really like cup and pencils card, as well as using the textured backgrounds stamp with the barn and windmill. Your stamp sets are so easy to mix and match...love them!

Claire Brennan said...

Amazing cards! Love the pencils in the mug! and that atmospheric red sky...wow! Stunning bunch of cards Melanie!

Sheri Gilson said...

Beautiful cards, Melanie! Lov them all...My favorite is the gorgeous inked sunset you created!

Irene S. said...

You are just so creative! I love ALL the cards! Thanks for sharing.

Sharon Fontenot said...

Love all of the beautiful cards. What a wonderful idea to make these lovely containers to put out floral stamps in. BTW: My friends are going to be super jealous when they start seeing my cards with the hobnail vase - just sayin'.

Nana Griffin said...

Great cards and great colors!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wonderful cards. I just love all of those you created and all are such great sets too.

Mary Anne said...

Melanie, I just love this release, too. Can't wait for my package from GKD to arrive, so I can follow along with your tutorials. Summer is looking good!

SuzanneS said...

Love that the flower stamps have different type of containers so much to choice from

Lisa K said...

Love these cards! Those containers are amazing. I like how you found a container for the pencil stamp in the kit.

Crafty Grandma said...

You always amaze me...love your beautiful designs...I especially love the card with the cup and the pencils...so unique...not something you see every day! Love it!

Judy Woodland said...

What beautiful, awesome colors!! So much great inspiration here, thanks!!!

Terri said...

Very, very , VERY cool cards Melanie! Wow.

Daylene said...

Love all the cards. The further down I scrolled on the page and it revealed more cards, I just kept saying "Wow". Your cards are inspiring and you have a great eye for coloring images. Thank you!

Cindy M said...

Fantastic cards!! I am so excited to explore the possibilities with your Fill it with Flowers set. I think they're endless!!

MsJudyC said...

Outstanding cards.

Robin said...

Melanie, I love your cards and your stamps are so versatile. Wonderful ideas and tips from your videos. I always learn so much.

Rose Mary Smalley said...

Wow cards as usual....thank you so much.

scrappinmommom said...

Melanie, they are wonderful! Love your coloring on the flowers and the background of the farms scenes. Beautiful cards.

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Awesome cards, all of them! Love the cup! Great ideas, just waiting for the mailman now!

Rettarae said...

OK, now I have to make another order. I didn't order your new stamp set because I'm not very good at putting flowers in vases, but after seeing your cards, I see I am going to have to have it! Just beautiful. I couldn't even tell you which is my favorite!

Gayle said...

Stunning cards and colors. Love the ideas to use with your Fill it with Flowers set.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Wow, these cards are so beautiful. Love the vibrant backgrounds on the first 2 cards and your beautifully designed floral cards:)

Ladyj711 said...

Melanie, thank you so much for the stamp set featuring containers for all our flowers. Once again you hit it out of the park!
The card in the folded paper wrap... WO W. You rock, girl! All the cards are fantastic.

Nikki said...

Gorgeous cards. Especially like the flowers in the wrap. Love your work.

Barbara Green said...

Melanie again inspirations in each cards.

Linda Drozd said...

Another great set Melanie I just had to have this one (too) this release was awesome and your cards are to die for.

Elizabeth Garcia said...

Stunning cards.

Shari Winterstein said...

Love these cards! I may have to purchase that container set to use with those pencils!

Linda said...

Great cards and it would be difficult to choose a favorite. Each card has something different and outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Kay S said...

I cannot even begin to pick which of these cards I like the best! They are all SO fabulous! Love the way you created the Father's Day card and the branches wrapped in the paper wrapper are perfect -- they do remind me of the dried ones from Pier 1! Your new set is great and I can see a lot of ways to use it.

Susie Moore said...

Your cards (as always) are pure works of art. I love your style. My favorite might be the coffee cup. Love it!

Deb said...

Beautiful cards, just LOVE the sunset with the windmill...but then I adore windmills, so thats not surprising. Love how you used your set too, and that cup with the pencil's is really cool...hadn't thought about that one, even though I use cups for pencil's all the time! :-))

Heidi Stamps said...

How pretty, all these cards are so lovely!

Golda said...

Beautiful example cards! I really love your new set and the fun ideas for using it.

cindy lou said...

Love your cards. You bring any flower to life and smiles. I was in the process of throwing away my Spectrum Noir markers when I came a cross your youtube channel. You have saved my markers and opened my coloring world with them. Thank you. Your talent is just wonderful.

craftymom205 said...

Love the Country Roads 2 set. The cards for this set are great.

Mary Holshouser said...

Fantastic cards.
Love the vivid colors in the sky in the second card.
the fussy-mussies are so pretty.
thanks for shring.

Patty said...

Cant' wait to get Fill it with Flowers!

Teresa said...

Holy Cow! What talent you have! Just love all that you do!

~ Connie said...

How totally AWESOME!!! Your designs, samples and tutorials have been so helpful to me. The releases just keep getting better.

Sissyc said...

So cute!

Johanna said...

I just love all those cards you have created and the stamp sets are awesome. How I wish the Canadian dollar would be stronger. Until it is I can't buy much.

Silke Ledlow said...

Fabulous cards Melanie! Love them all!!! What do you use for masking?

quilt4fun2 said...

Such beautiful stamp sets and cards. Wonderful masking job and using real twine would be fun too. So much inspiration...thank you!
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Macimbalo said...

Wow, you cards are absolutely stunning!

Loretta Rush said...

Lovely cards! I especially like the windmill card! Thank you for sharing.

Zelda C said...

Wow! Fabulous range of cards. Love them all. I really like the look of dried flowers. Brilliant!

Yvette Sexton said...

Thanks for sharing. There are so many things you can do with this flower set. I enjoy seeing the creativity that you show with each card.

Linda S said...

Melanie: I so want to add your newest to my collection!!! Thank you so much for the vases, wraps and more flowers that we can add to your other flower sets. I really like all of your cards and can't decide which I would CASE first, or most.

Rosy Newlun said...

What a stunning sky, Melanie. It is glorious. All your stamp sets are so much fun! I can't wait for the order to get here so I can play. Thank you for all the images and inspiration!

Cheryl Depler said...

Totally cool stamp sets. Thanks so much! Great cards.

Pam Young said...

Love, love, love you amazing sky background! Love the 2 sets you showcased in your stunning cards!! Thanks for all your inspiration and a chance to win!!

Terri (blindstamper) said...

I can't wait to get my Fill it with Flowers and Country Roads sets!

Sallie Gow said...

I really love your stamp sets, so interchangeable and so inspiring. Your cards and colours are always so perfect. I love the fact that Some of your cards do not require a lot of layers. I am always on the lookout for your youtubes. Thank you.

L.A. De Valk said...

I like the pencil cup idea. Nice cards.

Sharon said...

Great cards! The first are such great masculine cards. and the flowers - just gorgeous!

Gail said...

So beautiful all of the creations here! Loving the Country Roads first card with the color splashes very much - nice work!

KT said...

Melanie, I love the colors you used in the gerbera daisy card and your sponging for the farms scenes. Cannot wait to get my order and get started.

eemel said...

I love how you colored all of the flowers! They are beautiful~

nonnacindy said...

My word your choice of colorings is stunning. I love how you did the 3 pigs. I am off to buy that set.

Lori said...

Your cards are amazing Mel! Cannot wait for your set to arrive at my door step, I'm so in love with it!

Marsha Thome said...

Melanie as always your cards are amazing! They inspire me to keep working and trying new techniques.