Monday, July 10, 2017

Day 1 Inspiration Hop: Pressed Flowers 2 and Framescapes-Tropical Skies

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 by me and Theresa Momber.  Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? 

First off, I am enjoying my Pressed Flowers 2 set and the coordinating dies so much I can't stand it!  Starting off with a simple one here, stamping the flowers and leaves in Peach Bellini, Wild Wisteria, Grass Green, Black Onyx, and then just stamping the outline of the leaves from the coordinating line art A Year of Flowers 2 in Fresh Asparagus to give it a little extra sumthin sumthin!  So fun creating bold pops of color with this big blooms! I am also loving having the separate centers to make new little puffball flowers like the wisteria colored ones you see here, not just for centers! Base is GKD Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White.



I enjoyed learning a new calligraphy style at a workshop recently and just had to create some script sentiments for you in my new set, so on trend and looks good with everything!

I shared this at our release party, but wanted to share some info! Another one I didn't use any dies, but if you DO have them, popping up that top rose would look divine, just sayin'! :)  I masked an area on this white mat and stamped in the roses in GKD Red Velvet, then the ferns and leaves in Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus, and finally sponging on some Sweet Corn before removing the masks.  I love how the corn turned kind of a blush color in some places, blending with the Red Velvet stamped roses before they fully dried!  Base is Pure Luxury Black Onyx.

I was also really excited to find how amazing these bold flowers look paired with Gina's new Art Stencils!


One this first Christmas one, I used the poinsettia and the coordinating die with her Foliage stencil.  I'll share this technique in a video I think!  Colors are GKD Red Velvet, Fresh Asparagus, and Jelly Bean Green for the cardstock layer.  
Greeting is also from my Pressed Flowers 2 set.


On this next one I stamped the flower and leaves in Peach Bellini and Fresh Asparagus after die cutting, and layered them with foam over  the peach and asparagus sponging from the Floral Stencil! 

One this one I stamped the flower and leaves in Peach Bellini and Fresh Asparagus after die cutting, and layered them with foam over  the peach and asparagus sponging from the Floral Stencil!  Don't both these stencils above look *made for* Pressed Flowers 2?!  
I love having dies to make a quick layered embellishment to add some quick dimension to these gorgeous stencil patterns!  I layered all this over my stamped Fabulous Frame because I had one stamped up and ready to go, no need to design a complicated layout.  Sentiment is also from Fabulous Frame
Base is GKD Peach bellini.

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I could go on and on but have to save some surprises for upcoming videos, there are MANY! I know the team will wow us today, too :)

Next up, we have Theresa's beautiful new Framescape-Tropical Skies.  I'm always up for the beach!

I made some subtler backgrounds with this glorious Tropical Skies frame today.  I googled some beach photos to create this one, using Wild Dandelion rolled in Sweet Mango for the setting sun reflection image, then sponged on Moonlit Fog and Powder Blue for the water, and Peach Bellini, Sweet Corn and Powder Blue for the sky.  I used a sticky note to mask the water, and added just the birds and greeting for a "take me away" virtual vacay design!


For this next one,  I knew this frame with its palm tree detail would look really cool with a direct to paper technique, by just swiping on the GKD ink pads horizontally to create the sand, water and finally sky layers: Kraft, Turquoise Sea, and Ocean Mist, in that order. Stamp in this happy couple and the sentiment and layer on a Kraft base and you're done!  My husband will love a card like this.
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Framescapes- Tropical Skies

I will have fun going bolder for my next designs with this and I know Theresa will treat you to some really epic sunrises and sunsets in her upcoming videos with this magical set!


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

Melanie Muenchinger (you are here!)

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!

105 comments:

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

WOWZER! What amazing inspiration. You always have so many great ideas. I am having such fun experimenting with the new flowers.

Debbie said...

So beautiful! Will definitely need to get this one!!

Mary Kay Werry said...

All the cards are so beautiful. cannot wait to see videos on techniques. Have to admit I have been using the Pressed Flowers 1 with the outlines in year of Flowers 2. now I have the Year of Flowers (1) -- but it looks great anyhow.

Beth said...

Love the samples. The beach scenes are incredible

Gayle said...

Amazing and beautiful flowers and beach scenes...WOW!

Sidney Baritz said...

What beautiful cards. I am happy that I have your new stamps and die and the floral stencil. Just wonderful cards, Melanie! Later, when I have more time, I am going to watch your video. I always love your work - Sidney

Jennie Hilligus said...

This is so beautiful!

Mary Reiner said...

Great inspiration here! I may have to try to make that Christmas card😊

freetimegone said...

Beautiful cards and such great ideas for both stamp sets. Off to get more inspiration. Thanks too for the chance to win a prize.

Sandy said...

Love these cards, you did a beautiful job. The flowers need to be in my collection of your stamps because they are beautiful. Who couldn't use a beach card?

Ann Lee said...

Excellent! So many ideas....so little time!

Linda Peabody said...

OMG all your cards are beautiful, love the rose one

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Oh my, what a gorgeous new set of flowers & dies! And your cards are so very inspirational and lovely. And the font of the script, your own!, is beautiful.

Lisa Moore said...

Very nice cards!

Cheryl Miller said...

Awesome cards Melanie! I love them all.

Joy Reese said...

Gorgeous! Love the Red Velvet ink, too.

cindy k said...

Love, Love, Love the beach scene.

Fern Laderoute said...

What a beautiful set of stamps and dies

Leanne said...

Love the cards especially the ones using the tropical skies set. Brings back fond memories of yesteryears.

Debbie B said...

Gorgeous cards! All of them. I can't wait to get my order! Should be here any day now! I am so excited. Can't wait to see what everyone creates with this beautiful release. Thanks so much for all the inspiration and an awesome blog hop!

jeannieob said...

Just ordered my summer kit. I get so much inspiration from all your blogs! All the cards on this blog hop are just gorgeous!

vinita jain said...

I am new here and just impressed with your stunning creations! So inspiring and I love the sunset scenes!

Becky said...

Great cards. Thanks for sharing.

JANIS FROM CANADA said...

LOVELY the colours are amazing... This card I can do ... Thanks

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

Oh my Melanie...I am always awe inspired by your creations! I'm so loving the dies...having a blast just playing around!

Fern Laderoute said...

Love the card and the stamp and die ser

Peg Y said...

Beautiful stamp set and inspiration! I love the idea of the poinsettia with the stencil!

Beverly Robinson said...

Awesome cards as always! I especially like how you used the stencils.

JANIS FROM CANADA said...

YOU ARE CRAZY TALENTED.... crazy in a good way...lol... Thanks so much for all your hard work and to bring us such amazing designs to make our work A work of ART... Thanks so much.. Janis

Theresa said...

Oh my gosh, your cards are all so stunning!!! Love!

Melitta Ball said...

😮 OMG could those cards get any prettier?!?! I love stencils and absolutely love how you popped the poinsettia over top! All of your cards are just amazing!
Blessings
Melitta

Laurie said...

Melanie, these are fabulous! Thank you for all the samples using this set.

Karen Hightower said...

Such Beautiful creations Melanie! I Love them all and the use of the stencil is such a great touch too! <3. :) Thanks for inspiring! <3

BarbLibrarian said...

Love the new flowers, but also the blues in your tropical cards. Very cool!

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Love your cards! And the stamp sets and the Dies and all your tips! Well, just everything! Thanks for sharing!

Judy Woodland said...

All this gorgeousness!!! I just can't stand it....love what you have done with those stencils too. Thanks for all the great inspiration!!!

Joy Meadows said...

Beautiful cards! I love the use of the stencils, too. Love your pressed flowers, Melanie!

Eileen Michaud said...

I love the colors on all of the cards especially the pink on the Happy Birthday card. Very pretty.

Barbara Rosen said...

These designs convinced me! Gotta buy the new stamps. They are gorgeous.

Rema said...

Beautiful cards, designs and coloring Melanie!

Elise Smith said...

Wow! So many beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing :)

Creative Lady said...

Melanie, your cards are gorgeous! I love how you used the stencils too. Thanks for the inspiration.

Pam Sparks said...

WOW! Gorgeous cards! Love how you even incorporated Christmas! TFS!

the PaperTemptress said...

oh my goodness all these card are simply MARVELOUS....love all the inspiration you share with us....

Patricia
the PaperTemptress

Deb said...

Awesome!! You never fail to inspire me with your beautiful cards! Thanks so much!!

Dee Earnshaw said...

stunning cards. So beautifully designed and colored:)

Frances Thorpe said...

Very pretty/

Claire Brennan said...

Wonderful cards Melanie, so many neat little ideas like using the centres as little puffball flowers and that straight to card ink technique

Mary Holshouser said...

The beach scenes are fantastic.
Love the second - wish Bob was
here so we could walk hand-in-hand.
Miss him so much.
thanks for sharing.

Susan Moll said...

Your stamping is always soooo beautiful!!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Super beautiful stamp sets and wonderful cards made using them. I really love the first floral card design with those soft pretty colors.

Chai said...

I love the flowers! All the cards are lovely and I'm trying to decide which one to make first! Since I'm going to a crop this weekend I can make all of them!

Sharon Mattingly said...

Your flowers are always so gorgeous!

Golda said...

Wow, you created a ton of beautiful examples! I like that you included your calligraphy sentiments.

El Ivens said...

Beautiful cards. So glad I don't have to pick a favorite. Love the color combos. I am loving the calligraphy. I took several classes years ago and still love writing with my pens.

Luanda said...

I loved all of your ideas. I think your Hello sunshine card is so versatile. I'm looking forward to seeing the videos.

TAS said...

Love your stamp designs and the cards you created. Please keep the floral designs coming.

Crafty_ma_am said...

love watching your videos. so much inspiration. your stamps/dies are gorgeous, as usual.

cjgusloff57 said...

Beautiful cards! I enjoy watching your tutorials ...you make everything look so easy! Your tips are great too! Thanks for all the inspiration that you share with us!

J Sirak said...

Just beautiful. If I get picked please email me at
Ldyjs@outlook.com

jeb said...

I always have to keep a towel handy looking at your cards. They are soo beautiful. Thank you.

Sheri Gilson said...

Beautiful cards, Melanie! Really love how you incorporated the stencils to create beautiful backdrops!

Linda D said...

Stunning!

Macimbalo said...

So pretty! thanks for the inspiration!

Lady Bug Stampers said...

Wow this set is stunning. Can't wait to go watch the videos. Love the cards they are really inspiring!!!

Robin said...

Beautiful cards. So pretty as always.

Vidette said...

Very lovely cards. Beautiful stamps.

Dawn S. said...

So many beautiful cards!

Marianne said...

Melanie, you never fail to inspire us all with your gift of creativity!

Teresa Lentlie said...

These are beautiful. Can't wait to get my hands on the Pressed Flowers 2, and may even have to get the year of flowers as well! Thanks for sharing your talents.

Barbara Baxter said...

I love this stamp set and all the different cards you made highlighting the stamps. I love the one card with the torn edge on the bottom. It is unusual and the black underneath makes the colored flowers pop. How beautiful the cards are that you used the stencils with! I love seeing something different like that! Thank you for designing this stamp set. And how nice to have matching dies! You also did a great job with the tropical stamps! But you are the queen of the florals!!

Nana Griffin said...

These are so lovely!

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

I am brand new to Gina K's stamps and am now seeing what I've been missing all these years. Holy Cow! What gorgeous stamps, and they look like they all work so well together. Now I just need to figure out my way around your forum so I can begin entering some challenges and get in on the fun. Love your cards and the colors you used.

Pam AKA: picnic said...

Just beautiful.... Love them all,

DJC said...

Just breath taking! I'm very inspired by all the talented designers. Such eye candy!

Terry Ladwig said...

LOVE all of your cards! Great versatile stamp set, love the flowers!

Retta Lutte said...

Oh my gosh, I have got to have your stamp set AND both sets of dies. Love, love, love them!!!! your cards using Theresa's stamp set are just gorgeous, too. You rock!!!!

Sue LD said...

Lovely floral cards and beautiful tropical scenes.

Edwina said...

So gorgeous! I am impressed by these cards. I especially love the floral cards. They are special and would be great gifts as well as cards to mail out to friends and family. Edwina Brown

Janet said...

Stunning

Danita O Leary said...

Melanie - these cards are all beautiful! I love having examples to follow. And one tip I never even thought about is using the center flower stamp to make the little flowers. Great Idea. Thanks for always inspiring me!

Shari Winterstein said...

Stunning as usual! Love you work!

coolmommaweed said...

All of the cards, and the stamp set, are beautiful!

Kathy H said...

These are all gorgeous cards but the first one really has my heart!

GAZ said...

Your cards are so creative and beautiful. I loved how you used the stencils and can't wait to go check them out. Thanks for all you create and SHARE!
GlendaJ

Eve said...

gorgeous flower set! I'm in love with the roses and your take on, using that rose! I also love the poinssetta look for Christmas card. Tropical scenery frame is also beautiful. Love how you did on the sunset! Thank you for great inspiration!

Avra Williams said...

All gorgeous cards!

sherri said...

These flowers are beautiful, they make summer so real

Janis said...

Beautiful flowers! Love the stenciling too!

Bonnie said...

Oh my goodness! Such talent and creativity.
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Silke Ledlow said...

Gorgeous samples Melanie! I really enjoyed playing with your new stamp set! Love how you incorporated the new stencils too!

Kim said...

These are gorgeous!

Susan Wareham said...

WOW you are a busy stamper and designer, beautiful cards

Jeanne Beam said...

Beautiful cards!! Thanks for sharing...

Angela said...

Wow! Your designs are amazing! I am new to Gina K and am so impressed by what I've seen so far! Everything is just wonderful!

Johanna said...

It always amazes me how many ideas you can come up with using any stamp whether you created it or whether by someone else. It inspires me to use my stamps differently.

Cynthia Cole said...

Absolutely stunning cards!

Stacey Kowbel said...

So many wonderful projects! They are all wonderful.

cjgusloff57 said...

Wow, Wow! Beautiful cards and so many ideas!

Sandy said...

I have always been intimidated by flowers, but these make me feel like I can do a decent job, It's raining here so off to my craft room. If you hear a loud scream from the IL and WI stateline---it's me. If not I'm happy.

Linda Brown said...

love the color combo of the envelope card. I always love all your creations. Your encouragement of just stamp and keep moving forward is full of grace.

Bonnie W said...

As usual, beautiful cards. I have the stamp sets and now the dies and you are giving me so many ideas. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Penny Whitlock said...

Awesome! Very talented! Love your cards. Thanks so much.

Sharon said...

I always love your beautiful. Creations Melanie and love that all your sets work with each other.

Chris said...

Such a great new set! I love the large size, and your samples are gorgeous!