Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sneak Peek #2: "The Giving Tree" and "Nesting"

Welcome back, it's day 2 of our Gina K Designs sneak peeks! You are going to love Theresa Momber's newest set "The Giving Tree", which is packed with a beautiful tree silhouette and oodles of other images and sentiments to complete the most whimsical little scenes, year round! There is such a tenderness and innocence about this set that I love! The little trio of leaves and hearts really spoke to me, so I had the idea to have two trees reaching out to each other, with their leaves changing to hearts as they got closer...
The tree is stamped twice in Vivid Coffee Bean and leaves and hearts with olive ink. It's so fun to add these wherever you wish, and the branch ends make it easy. You can plant them in some grass with a few swipes of Copics, YG 93 and YG 97. Card base is Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown. There's room for a sentiment, she has some beautiful ones in the set plus a label that fits all the Circle Nestabilities, but I really wanted the focus here to be the whimsy of the changing leaves...
(If I could do this card over, I'd make one little heart RED. Just sayin'! Wouldn't that be SWEET?)
Just to give you a peek of two more images and show how else you can fill out the tree or add quick pops of color, I've added a little fur and feathers to the card, see, the little squirrel and bird are making friends! :) This is such a fun set!
Next up we have "Nesting" from Asela Hopkins. I love these realistic images and the script she used on the sentimental greetings, which would also be really nice titles for scrapbook pages. This little nest with three tiny eggs in it is my favorite, you just want to protect them by putting them in your pocket! I wanted that to be the focus on the card so I embossed a square frame around them with a Square Nestabilitie, (use the 2 B plates and rubber mat and shims with your A plate instead of the C plate so the die won't cut through) to frame the nest and stamped "Family" in Vivid Coffee Bean below.
The eggs are colored with B00 and BG01. T he nest you don't have to color at all if you stamp it in brown! I love the simple elegance of this card, these colors and design just make me think of dainty little box from Tiffany's!


We are giving away TWO of each of these sets being previewed tonight!

Here's how to play along:

Leave a comment on each of the participating designer's blogs and Gina will randomly choose FOUR winners from ALL of the comments! That means you have LOTS more chances to win free stamps! Gina will announce the winners tomorrow night, right here at the top of her preview entry just before preview day 3. (And you can leave a comment here too because all the comments will count. One comment per blog please.) Din't forget to see if you won from yesterday!


Now check out more samples from the team and come back tomorrow for our final day of previews!


Gina K Senior Designers and Illustrators

See you tomorrow for our final day of previews, thank you for your comments!

170 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your creations using the stamps for Day 2. I love the simplicity of the family card.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Such cool trees Melanie, love the way you used the hearts and the leaves! Nice CAS design with Nesting too.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Awww I love the trees reaching out and your Nesting card is FABULOUS!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh Melanie your cards are so sweet!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow- love that pop of blue in your nesting card- it's awesome! :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. You're making me thinkof Spring and winter isn't even here yet. Wonderful designs.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Very cool leaves and grass on the tree cards, love the fur & feathers addition to the second! Yes, I think it would be cute to do a single red heart on the tree, cute idea!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Fantastic, Melanie! And the hearts are adorable! :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. So awesome Mel! I really love that 2nd one, wonderful CAS design!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'll be back to see tomorrows cards

    ReplyDelete
  11. Gorgeous designs, Mel! Love the how you put the two trees together with the hearts touching and that CAS Nesting card is so elegant!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Fabulous, very nice touch with that red bird in the tree

    ReplyDelete
  13. Awww, you always see such unique ideas in the sets, Mel. Love your trees. And the second card is perfect in it's simplicity. Lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Love, love the tree card the addition of the birds is perfect! And I love how the trees seem to hold hands.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Love the Family card, although both card are very pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  16. jean wilson jlt03@comcast.netNovember 30, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Love all the cards! Both sets are really great!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Fabulous cards. I just love the trees and how you used the hearts as leaves. I also like the simplicity of your second card. Great ideas
    Donna B

    ReplyDelete
  18. How beautiful! The eggs look 3D!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Wonderful Cards Melanie! Just love your creations!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Such darling sets! I love, love, love the card you created with Nesting. What a wonderful idea to only color the eggs!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Melanie- great cards! The one with the trees would be a fabulous anniversary card, don't ya think?

    ReplyDelete
  22. Beautiful cards, Melanie! I love the two trees with the hearts...so sweet! Your nest card is so elegant!

    Christi Denton

    ReplyDelete
  23. Both are great. I especially like the CAS design of the "Nested" card.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I really like the hearts in the leaves how special especially for someone who is very special. Cute idea.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Love the trees!! CAS card with the eggs pretty!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Your samples are wonderful! As is your design work! I haven't met a tree stamp I didn't like and this one is no exception!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Love the Family card....fabulous look and so simple but so elegant!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Always love your stuff, Melanie, and I really like the new tree stamp!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Love the nature theme in these stamp sets! Love the nature colors! Your cards are beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Love your trees meeting in the middle with hearts and that little squirrel is so cute. Your nesting card is simply pretty and elegant.

    ReplyDelete
  31. I love the two trees together! so creative!

    ReplyDelete
  32. The Giving Tree card is so sweet....

    ReplyDelete
  33. The trees look as if they're reaching out to one another. The squirrel and bird - an added cuteness! I love the Family card especially - simple elegance says it all!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Really like both of your cards. The heart leaves and little animals are precious.

    ReplyDelete
  35. They are beautiful!! I love the trees reaching out for each other. The squirrel and the bird are darling.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Wow Melanie!!!! what lovely cards!! I can't wait to see the rest of these sets. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Sharon :o)

    ReplyDelete
  37. You are so clever, Mel! Way to work that tree! I could feel the love! The nest is sheer elegance!

    ReplyDelete
  38. I love your tree card... and your nesting card is fantastic!

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

    ReplyDelete
  39. The little "pops" of color in your cards are great! Very nice!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Gorgeousness on the nesting card - such elegant simplicity!! Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Awww, I love the animals in the tree! So cute!

    ReplyDelete
  42. I love the way you changed the leaves to hearts. I can't wait to see the rest.

    ReplyDelete
  43. I love the bird and the squirrel!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Such a clever idea to use the heart leaves that way! Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  45. As usual your cards are so beautiful!!
    Deanna A.

    ReplyDelete
  46. The bird nest is such an elegant card, simply stated.

    ReplyDelete
  47. OH I am loving those tree's with leaves and hearts, so cute. Gorgeous design with the nesting.

    ReplyDelete
  48. I just love what you've done with Asela's set, stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Melanie, When I looked at your two trees on your tree the first thing that came to my mind was love. When I looked closer I saw that you used hearts for the leaves. What a great idea. I love how you made your nest card so simple but very elegent. Once again great job on both stamp collections.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Another great idea for Theresa's Giving tree . Love it!!
    Barbara Jay

    ReplyDelete
  51. Adorable cards Mel - love the little red bird with your pair of trees...such a nice touch.

    You achieved such a beautiful CAS design with the Nesting card!

    ReplyDelete
  52. Stunning cards! Love the "hand-in-hand" trees! :)

    Debbie Meijer

    ReplyDelete
  53. Fabulous cards. Love the simplicity of the designs. Beautiful

    hugs
    bobbi

    ReplyDelete
  54. Love the tree duo Mel, and your coloring on those eggs - swoooooon!

    ReplyDelete
  55. What a great idea for the leaves/hearts - adorable!!!
    Love the nest card too!!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Beautiful...needed to look really close can see the changing leaves.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Love love love the little blue eggs! FAbulous.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards!

    ReplyDelete
  59. Beautiful! I love the tree, and the nest is too sweet.

    ReplyDelete
  60. The tree--I have to have the tree. I just love what you created--fantastic!

    ReplyDelete
  61. I love the twin trees and the eggs in the nest card is so elegant

    ReplyDelete
  62. The nest card is just beautiful. Elegant, clean and just...wow!

    ReplyDelete
  63. Two wonderful cards! I love both. These new sets just keep getting better and better.

    ReplyDelete
  64. WOW!! I love the trees & the cute bird & squirrel - plus the heart-shaped leaves idea is so cool! Your second card is my favourite - simple and SO stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  65. Love the trees together! And love the simplicity of the the other-gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  66. soooo sweet!!! love what I've seen so far!

    ReplyDelete
  67. I love that you used leaves and hearts as leaves on your trees. And the CAS design with Nesting is so elegant!

    ReplyDelete
  68. These are wonderful Melanie. I really love the trees - I think the squirrel and the bird are having a conversation! So cute. Love the simplicity of the family nest card - great!

    ReplyDelete
  69. Love your cards. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  70. Okay am I the only one that sees 2 trees holding *hands*? Wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  71. Melanie, Beautiful cards! I love the trees in the first one!

    ReplyDelete
  72. More great cards from the blog hop. The creativity doesn't end, does it. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  73. The leaves turning into hearts - what a sweet and subtle thought. The simplicity of the nest design took my breath away.

    ReplyDelete
  74. Melanie, these are beautiful. Just love the bird and squirrel in the trees.

    ReplyDelete
  75. These are both so pretty Melanie! I like how you have the trees 'holding hands'.

    ReplyDelete
  76. WOW! I just love the simplicity and pop of color on the second card. Beautiful!!

    ReplyDelete
  77. Absolutely love the clean and simple look of both of these!!!! Fabulous!!!

    ReplyDelete
  78. As usual, your work is AMAZING! The "love" trees are so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  79. Linda from GeorgiaDecember 1, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    I just love the nest. Really want it!

    ReplyDelete
  80. HOW cute is that? And o my, the eggs look real. Love the Family stamp with this, such a cute idea.

    ReplyDelete
  81. Melanie your cards are awesome!!!

    ReplyDelete
  82. These are so precious! Love these stamps. Thanks. BJB

    ReplyDelete
  83. Love the whimsy of The Giving Tree and the simple elegance of Nesting.

    ReplyDelete
  84. I love the changing leaves!!! Cute cards.

    ReplyDelete
  85. Love love love that tree! The card is beautifule.

    ReplyDelete
  86. LOVE the simplicity of the nest card - omgosh, so lovely and clean.

    ReplyDelete
  87. Lovely cards, Melanie! The nest card is so beautiful and I love that it is so CAS.

    ReplyDelete
  88. Both of these cards are so classy! TFS!

    ReplyDelete
  89. Beautiful cards, Melanie! The two trees are so sweet! Your nest card is so clean and elegant! Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  90. Great ideas! I didn't notice at first the use of leaves and hearts on the trees. Nice touch.

    ReplyDelete
  91. Sweet idea with the heart leaves! <3 Can't wait to see the complete Gina K stamp sets.

    ReplyDelete
  92. Thank you...nice creations!!!! Love that tree!

    ReplyDelete
  93. Just BEAUTIFUL Melanie! FABULOUS.

    ReplyDelete
  94. Both cards are beautiful but the family card is out of this world.

    ReplyDelete
  95. Wonderful use of the leaves and grass on the tree card. The nesting card is wonderful also and my favorite!

    Cheryl Stauffer
    Cheri926@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  96. Beautiful. I like the mix of leaves and hearts.

    ReplyDelete
  97. The trees are perfect. I love what you did with the leaves/hearts! The NEsting card is simply elegant.

    ReplyDelete
  98. Beautiful designs. I especially love the way the two trees are almost intertwined and the way the squirrel and bird look like they are conversing.

    ReplyDelete
  99. loving this tree - as usual - wonderful job Melanie!
    Sandra

    ReplyDelete
  100. I like these sets very much. I especially like the way you show cased the nest with the "family", very cool.
    Kathy N.

    ReplyDelete
  101. Great job on both your cards, but I agree with you it would have been sweet to have one red heart on the tree, it would have been the coupe de gras. Regardless, great job and TFS!

    ReplyDelete
  102. Beautiful cards, thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  103. I'm not sure what to say about "nesting" except fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
  104. Love the trees, so calming!

    ReplyDelete
  105. Your designs are always beautiful. Love the simple elegance of the nest card and the trees are just adorable.

    ReplyDelete
  106. Both sets are really spectacular! The nest is really gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  107. Love your 'tree couple', and that fabulous CAS card!

    ReplyDelete
  108. It's amazing how differently everyone is using these sets. These cards are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  109. beautiful, beautiful cards! LOVE the hearts on your trees and the "Family" card is so very sweet.

    ReplyDelete
  110. What sweet cards! I just can't get over the simplicity of the nesting card. How perfect for the new family! Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful ideas!

    ReplyDelete
  111. Melanie - Love both of your cards - so special. I really like how you did the nest card - so simple yet very elegant. Thanks for sharing with us.

    LynneZ

    ReplyDelete
  112. Love the simplicity of your cards.

    ReplyDelete
  113. I love the trees...both are fab.

    ReplyDelete
  114. I love the stamps and the cards, thanks for a chance to win!!

    ReplyDelete
  115. So sweet and simple "nesting" card. I agree one red heart would pop, but I also see a shamrock tree on my craft table!!!

    ReplyDelete
  116. Great cards! I really love how you had the leaves on the first card change to hearts.

    ReplyDelete
  117. love the two trees stamped side by side! looks awesome!!

    ReplyDelete
  118. What lovely cards! You have such a creative talent, asnd there's nothing like having great stamp sets to enhance that. :-) I see both of these sets in my immediate future.

    ReplyDelete
  119. Loved your cards. You
    always do such a lovely
    job.
    Gladys R.

    ReplyDelete
  120. All your cards were wonderful. I especially liked adding the bird and squirrel to that wonderful tree. This would work for Valentine's day and spring which is right around the corner for card makers.

    ReplyDelete
  121. Nice CAS design with Nesting and I love, love, love that tree!!

    ReplyDelete
  122. Love these, Melanie! The trees idea is adorable, and the nest is so very elegant and beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  123. Great cards. Your creativity is inspiring!

    ReplyDelete
  124. I like the two trees with the squirrel and the bird; such clever touches. But I LOVE the CAS nest card with its sentiment. So simple but says so much.

    ReplyDelete
  125. Mel, you are so creative, I love your tree idea. If you did two red hearts (one on each tree) and dressed it up some, wouldn't that be be a lovely wedding card? I adore how you did the little pop of color on your Family card. Tfs.

    ReplyDelete
  126. Sooo beautiful, Melanie! Love the two trees with the 'heart' leaves and the 'Family' nest is a gorgeous card too!

    ReplyDelete
  127. Absolutely gorgeous, Melanie! The "Family" card is so gentle and precious. I just LOVE it. Your two trees are so creative. Great cards.

    ReplyDelete
  128. Gorgeous. Love the simplicity of the family card.

    ReplyDelete
  129. Always always sweet card, Mel...I love them so much! Thank you!
    Kim Marie

    ReplyDelete
  130. EEEKS!! The trees are FAB!!! And the squirrel and birdie....what a TREE-RIFFIC card!!! LOL And beautiful CAS with the nest!!

    ReplyDelete
  131. Love your cards, both so very differnet and so strickingly Rich, great work.

    ReplyDelete
  132. I love those little tiffany eggs!

    ReplyDelete
  133. Great cards! Can't wait to see all of them!

    ReplyDelete
  134. Love the simplicity. Just beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  135. They're fabulous, Mel!! LOVE them both!! Hugs!!

    ReplyDelete
  136. It just doesn't get any more beautiful than your nest card>

    ReplyDelete
  137. Way too sweet, Melanie. I love the look of the trees with the added animals. Very nice!

    Becky T

    ReplyDelete
  138. AWWW! Love thos leaves changing to hearts. Love your CAS family card, too. Lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  139. Beautiful cards! :)

    ReplyDelete
  140. Great framing of that beautiful nest design. Sure lends itself to CAS, doesn't it? And what a great idea for your trees...makes me smile.

    ReplyDelete
  141. I liiiiiiiiike your cards. CAS wonderful.
    Jean McGee

    ReplyDelete
  142. What beautiful work! Always such creative ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  143. Love the concept w/ your trees & the heart leaves -Your cards are very pretty! Great job! Gonna have a hard time deciding which stamps to add to my collection! Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  144. Love the concept w/ your trees & the heart leaves -Your cards are very pretty! Great job! Gonna have a hard time deciding which stamps to add to my collection! Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  145. Those leaves are so sweet. I love the "sketched" nest also.

    ReplyDelete
  146. Love the simplicity of both cards...the trees are a lovely symbol of two lives joined together...great for wedding wishes. The nest card is my favorite....so elegant!

    ReplyDelete
  147. Such great looking trees and love the embossing card with the eggs with Family on it. Just struck me with good feelings!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  148. Beautiful. How cute to use some of the hearts as leaves.

    ReplyDelete
  149. I love how you did those trees! They look like they're holding hands!

    ReplyDelete
  150. Really like the simplicity of your cards!

    ReplyDelete
  151. Very nice cards! I love the hearts in the trees.

    ReplyDelete
  152. Such great stamp sets, love the trees and the nesting set is a must have.

    ReplyDelete

Your generous feedback helps make my work and this blog better! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me! :)