Monday, April 10, 2017

Gina K. Designs Inspiration Blog Hop: Day 1

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets  from Gina K Designs! 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 the stamp sets Stately Flowers 11 by me and Daisy Delight, by Theresa Momber.


Please also join us in welcoming Juliana Michaels to the Cast & Crew for Gina K Designs. Juliana has been a project designer in the paper craft/scrapbook industry since 2007 and has worked for many top manufacturers in the craft world.  Her projects have been published in a variety of magazines and idea books. You are going to love her style!

Ready for some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop:


Here is just a simple card you can do with any of the Stately Flowers and the postage frame.  I masked off a border inside for sponging (Wild Dandelion) which I will show in an upcoming video.  You can keep this mask and use it again and again to make stamps for every state! I also just traced below the bottom border and BG3 to create a drop shadow, easier than cutting out the frame! love Utah's sego lily!  So elegant, beautiful for weddings, sympathy or anytime, and with its long stem looks lovely with various vertical sentiments.  So many ways to nest the different words around the different flowers within this large frame. Cardstock is Pure Luxury White and Fresh Asparagus.

For this next card, I saw some beautiful versions of this flower in pink, so I made a scene this time overlapping the border to create a kind of "3-up" postage stamp for my scene. The humps in the border are all the same size, so it is pretty easy to stamp over them with your clear stamp to make them line up! (here 9 humps overlap to make the sections. Yep, I'll do a video!)  Again I masked the borders (this time with post it notes) and then did my stamping and sponging. Background is sponged with Applemint and Peach Bellini and I used just a bit of the grass silhouette image from Theresa's Daisy Delight set to add more texture and grass between the flowers.  Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Edible Eggplant and bubblegum.  Last I popped up the stamped cancelled postmark.

Finally, if you can do a "3-up" , how about a "9- up"?!  This is created the by stamping the frame *four* times, one in each corner, again overlapping the humps (8 at the top and bottom this time) at the top and bottom.  (If you are a hair off, you can touch this up with a white gel pen.) I kept the coloring simple on the mock orange and then made a dimensional butterfly by stamping the butterfly and coloring, cutting out, then flipping over and stamping on the back, a perfect fit!  I used layering weight so my alcohol markers bled through and showed me exactly where I needed to put my colors, already filled it in a bit for me! Fold and pop up with a foam square. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White and Wild Wisteria.  No postage marks this time, as I wanted it to look more like quilting and less like a postage stamp.  I would love to step this card up and do some paper piecing or color blocking in the new squares.

Finally, here is a "no flower" card!  (I could also show a "no postage border" card, but why not when you've got it?!)  This time I stamped overlapped the border on its short side, for three smaller rectangle to showcase images. fits perfectly on A2! I masked off the areas inside each of these with sticky notes and sponged on GKD Kraft ink to match the card base.  That white edge just pops!  You can cut the butterflies out or stamp directly in each box and trace a drop shadow underneath.  Add dots with a white gel pen.
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Please be sure to scroll down to the next posts if you missed my first video with the set or samples I showed at the party. :)

Next up we have Theresa's Daisy Delight, how I love this set!


I love how girly this card is! After stamping the ladybug border and daisy, I colored everything with Spectrum Noir markers, and as a finishing touch added a few of the grass blades in Fresh Asparagus around the flower.  I didn't mask, just used the little rolling tip I showed with a clear stamp in my video a few weeks ago where you press only until you get to the image that would be masked and lift your stamp, easy peasy!  Cardstock is GKD Peach Bellini, Black Onyx and White.


And here is a bit of spotlighting on the ginormous daisy that I shared at our party! You can stamp the daisy or the postage frames first to overlap, either way!  Just color in the center portion.  Effective single layer card! Don't forget the ladybug!! :)
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Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below to enjoy gorgeous inspiration samples and ideas 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. 

Melanie Muenchinger  -  illustrator of Stately Flowers 11
Theresa Momber -  illustrator of Daisy Delight

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.


Thank you for stopping by!

78 comments:

Cathy Tidwell said...

These are alll so very awesome Mel! I totally loving this stately flowers...I prob say every time, buts its true! I love you 3 butterflies card, thats my favorite! and love the ladybugs stamped all in a row!

scrappinmommom said...

Melanie, I like all of them. Love your technique with the postage stamp, I will try that as soon as my order arrives. Love all your Stately Flowers and each one is my favorite?!?

Natalie Godfrey said...

OMG! What awesome cards you made. Great job they are so adorable.
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Susan said...

Love your card ideas. Love Love Love that postage stamp and how you use it.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Stunning creations and so inspiring!

Heidi Stamps said...

Beautiful cards! I love the postage frame and especially how you added the shadow in the first card.

Happy Stamper said...

Melanie,
I can't WAIT to get this set!!! Gerber daisies are my favorite flower (along with hydrangeas), and with that little ladybug? This set will be my absolute favorite! I love all your stamps sets and cards! Thanks for sharing!
-Irene Garcia

Melissa said...

Your cards are always so beautiful.

Debra Baron said...

Amazing designs and colors.

Pam said...

Awesome cards using the new stamps!

Judy Woodland said...

Oh my gosh, Mel. I love ALL of these. Your coloring is so gorgeous, and the multiple stamping with that frame stamp is GENIUS~ thanks for all the great inspiration!!

auntbubbels said...

Stunning. I am loving everything I am seeing.

patti said...

WOW!! What lovely cards, your talent is amazing!!

Theresa said...

I love your amazing ideas! Each card is stunning!

kReN K said...

Oh my goodness! I love these new sets! I am all about daisies and anything daisy-like. I am a happy girl! TFS!

Kim Brown-Blyleven said...

love how you used the stamp base so many different ways!

Lisa K said...

All so beautiful! Love your ideas on making frames with the postage stamp idea. The daisy with the ladybug border is spectacular! I love how you have sprigs behind the daisy.

Mary Kay Werry said...

Every card is just awesomely beautiful!! that pink daisy with the ladybug border is my fav, but all are just terrific.

El Ivens said...

Wow, I am speechless. Those are so cool. Can hardly wait for my set to arrive, hopefully today. Thanks for being such an inspiration by sharing your talents.

JoAnn said...

Beautiful cards and great stamp sets.

Pat Kuhn said...

all of these cards are amazing!!!

Avra Williams said...

OMG! Such gorgeous cards!

Amy Ismail said...

Where did you find the smaller postage stamp that you used for a few of your cards? Really pretty! I am inspired. Thank you for sharing!

Heather Pickens said...

Wow!!! 😍 I love that postage stamp.

Joyce Erb said...

Very cool cards. how how you made different size frames. Both sets are fabulous

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! These are all stunning! Looking forward to some videos on how you layer the postage frame! My "Happy Mail" should arrive today! Can't wait to get started! Thanks for sharing!

Deb said...

These are ALL so wonderful!! I do have to wonder how you did some of those with the frame stamped several times, but they are just beautiful! Also love the border of lady bugs, thats cool!!

Christine E said...

What great inspiration as always, fantastic stamp and so versatile, thank you Mel.

Laurie Pickerel said...

Your cards a beautiful! They really showcase the beautiful stamps.

quilt4fun2 said...

You have so many clever ideas on ways to use your stamps. Beautiful job on the stamps and cards!
quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

Bonnie said...

I knew both of these sets had my name on them but your display today makes me so happy they are in the mail.

Beth said...

Such amazing creations Mel! <3

Johanna said...

Love the ladybugs card especially although I love all your designs. So very creative and some wonderful ideas.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

These cards are all awesome!!!! Love love love the postage stamp elements and all the possibilities. Can't wait until my set arrives.

Tanya Lochridge said...

I am in love with the postage stamp stamps!! All of the components just work together! Thanks for sharing everyone's talent here. So much inspiration!

Sheila said...

Such an array of techniques. Truly liked the way that you used the postage stamp by overlapping the stamped images. Clever!

Tammie Lien said...

All such beautiful cards and can't wait to order.Love them all and thanks for sharing.God Bless....

Elaine said...

Lovely cards!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wonderful new stamps and I love the gorgeous cards you made with them.

Cynthia Cole said...

Holy cow, so many wonderful cards!

Macimbalo said...

Really gorgeous cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

m fountain said...

Melanie
Your cards Rock! The combo of your stamp and Theresa sunflower truly shows how versatile these set are and how creative you are. Rock on!

April Rogers said...

I know I keep saying Oh Man... But OH MAN!!!! Love your style! Cards are so wonderful. TFS I am a fan ;-)
XO April

Marcia said...

Your cards are truly inspiring. The are beautiful - all of them. Thank you. Lucky to be able to see how you incorporated each stamp into a card design.

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

Oh my word...not only are the stamp sets stunning, but your canards are WOW WOW WOW!!!

Rema said...

Beautiful work Melanie! Love them all!!

Susan Liegeois said...

I love the the daisy flowers and the different techniques!!!! Very inspiring

Stanlee Runner said...

Beautiful stamps. There are so many ways you could use them.

Donna Phelan said...

WOW! What an array of Beauty! I played in my gardens all morning....nothing like your pretty posies...yet!

Susan Wareham said...

Beautiful Card designs and just awesome stamp sets.

Rosy Newlun said...

Way to go, Melanie! I love your creative insight. Look at the variations of your use of these images! Thank you for the inspirations and can't wait for my sets to come in! ♥ These look like real postage stamps. Amazing!

Jeanne Beam said...

Beautiful cards. The stamps sets are awesome. I love the ladybug....

Donna Idlet said...

Melanie, your cards are amazing! I love all of them, I cannot just pick one. Thanks for the inspiration.

nonnacindy said...

All of your cards are stunning. Love love the Daisy.

Robin said...

These are so adorable. You always do a fab job on everything.

Gayle said...

Beautiful and creative. I love the different ways you transform your stamps.

Sherry Hearington said...

I Love the daisy & ladybugs the best!

Donna Anderson said...

I love your Stately Flowers Set. I want them all...but I will wait!
My favorite of ours is the spotlight technique. So many different ways to use both yours and Theresa's set.

cardscookiecarrotcake said...

These are all beautiful cards! I love how you stamped them in different ways showcasing their versatility. Thanks for the inspiration.

Dale Sue said...

These are gorgeous!

Susan Dominikovich said...

Fabulous spotlighting card with the daisy. And I love the nine up idea!

Linda said...

love you new stamps very pretty!

ldiggs said...

These are all just fantastic! So versatile and gorgeous!

Sharon said...

Always love your flowers! And really like the postage frames - so many fun looks with this!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love how you divided the cards
with the stamping.
Really makes the items inside
the boxes pop.
Great coloring.
thanks for sharing.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Wow, your coloring of these flowers is so inspirational - thanks you for sharing:)

Golda said...

These are all fantastic. Love all the different ways you used the postage frame.

Retta Lutte said...

OMG, I can't wait to get my hands on that "stamp" stamp! Talk about versatile!!! The ladybug border is my FAVORITE!

Sheri Gilson said...

Gorgeous cards, Melanie! I really love your new addition to your Stately Flowers Collection!

Helen F. said...

What beautiful creations, Melanie! I LOVE the Stately Flowers stamps and really need them in my collection :-)

Carolyn Pokorney said...

My first Gina K blog hop and wow! Your cards each a new technique with gorgeous foowers colors and the use if the oostage frame makes this so much fun! I love the masking to make it crisp and then the overlap version and then then the middle colored section. You kept me intrigued and have a wish list of wants!

ShelleyV said...

I just adore both of these new sets! I really like the elements you include with your main images. That postage frame is so versatile.

Karen Hightower said...

How Awesome Melanie, each and every one! Love your flowers and those beautiful butterflies and how creative you were with that wonderful lady bug from Theresa's set as well. You coloring is something I always admire! ❤️❤️❤️

Chris said...

Oh wow! Your lilies are breathtaking!

Sue LD said...

Wonderful cards you made with this pretty set.

Nana Griffin said...

I love seeing all the cool ways to use the postage stamp. I think I need to order this set now!

Joyce Erb said...

Fabulous set and great sample! The postage stamp is so versatile

Karen Judy said...

Love your postage stamp cards but the lady bug card is really cute and awesome!