Friday, March 25, 2011

Designing Friend: Melissa Bove (and Blog Candy!)

Happy Friday! I have the pleasure of sharing two beautiful cards with you today from my designing friend, Melissa Bove! Melissa has such a beautiful, shabby style and a love for detial, and I am LOVING these wonderfully feminine samples she's created with Spring Basket" and "Basket Blessings"!
Check out the beautiful prints on this bunny card, they are all so delicate and muted, work perfectly together. The deep pink ink she chose to stamp the basket liner really makes that part pop! She also arranged several of the single tulips around, stamping each in pastel colors and filling with coordinating inks and touch of glitter is such a beautiful look!
This next sample which uses one of the flower borders from "Spring Basket" and a greeting from "Basket Blessings" has a wonderful vintage style, these flowers are a great element to add collage style to vintage papers. Such a romantic feel again, with all the distressing, lace, etc!

I hope you were inspired by Melissa's creations today, I definitely was! Thank you Melissa for sharing your talents and thank YOU everyone who is purchasing these sets, they are HOT sellers right now and I am so glad you're enjoying them as much I'd hoped you would. Please see Melissa's blog for more details about these cards and leave her some love!
Let's have some candy today, shall we?? Please leave me a comment below telling me which of these two sets is your favorite and/or a special idea you have for either set! If you've posted any samples on your blog or an online gallery, you can leave a link to it, we'd love to see! Subscribers and followers can leave a second comment for an extra chance to win! Sign up today if you have not already! Tomorrow I will draw two names to win one of these coordinating sets! Thanks for stopping by!

73 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!!! LOVE her style!

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  2. Awesome cards by Melissa! And both sets are great, Mel! You know I love your flowers, and Spring Basket would go so nicely. But I think if I have to choose, I would pick the Basket Blessings to widen my choice of images. Perfect for Easter, and I'm thinking I can use those cute little animals for baby cards, of which I have NOTHING in my stash right now. Thanks so much for the chance.

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  3. Melissa, you did an outstanding job with your samples. I am a real floral person, so personally I love Spring Baskets. I don't have any ideas--haven't had my coffee yet. I usually just play around with the stamps first, to get ideas. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  4. Beautiful cards, Melissa! I really like the Basket Blessings set.

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  5. Your design work is exceptional! How can anyone choose between the Basket Blessings and the Spring Baskets...they work so well together. This time I really can't choose! Both sets have so many possibilities and together so many more!

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  6. lovely cards, makes me believe spring is on the way

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  7. Beautiful cards..such incredible detail. Love the colors used. The Spring Basket set would be a perfect add-on to the other flower sets I enjoy using. Thanks for the gift to someone!

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  8. Beautiful cards Melissa! I love the Spring Basket set. It would be perfect for my Easter & Mother's Day LO's, not to mention the 11 birthday and Mother's Day cards I have to make for April/May.

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  9. Beautiful samples! I love both sets, but I think I would pick Spring Basket just because I could use it year round. Have a good weekend, Mel!

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  10. Beautiful samples!!! LOVE your new sets! OMG, don't know which i like better. I always loved all your floral sets so if I have to pickone I'd go with the Spring Basket. But I can see how awesome the two can go together! EEKK! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  11. You know I have to go with Basket Blessings. Those bunnies... CUTE overload! I love both of her cards! As for the stamp set, I would use these images to create scrapbook pages about my two rescued twins. Heavenly goodness, Mel! ♥ky

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  12. Melissa's cards are gorgeous!Both sets are truly beautiful and decorate any card themselves. I would use Basket blessinsg for albums and cards for little kids or for baby showers cards. But none the less I like Spring Basket more. Unfortunately I don't have any flowers in my stamp box yet. The sring is here and I want to add some spring floral themes to my cards but I can't. Thank you, Mel, for a chance to win.

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  13. I love the Spring Basket!!! You can do so many things with it!!!! Thank you for the chance to win it!!

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  14. The Spring Basket is my favorite!!! It would make great Mother's day cards!!! Thank you for the chance to win and I love your designs!!!!

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  15. These two cards are very, very beautiful, love the colors on the first card and the vintage look on the second card.

    I love both your sets, but i would choose 'Spring Basket' because i really, really love baskets. :) My idea would be to stamp the basket with flowers and butterflies, than i would use your newest set 'Bring the Bling' to get the idea that they are flying from one flower to the next.

    Thank you for the oppertunity to win one of your sets,
    hugs Debbie Meijer.

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  16. Totally adorable! Love both these cards! It's so difficult to decide which set I like the best because they are both so awesome! But since I can't say "both" I guess I'll go with the Spring Baskets. Thanks Mel for giving us so much inspiration!

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  17. Second comment since I am a subscriber. Thanks, Mel. You are the best!

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  18. Beautiful samples! I love both sets, but I think I would pick Spring Basket..since I love flowers
    thanks so much for being so generous..

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  19. I like the bunnies the best. The animals would look cute on any easter or baby card. Also would look adorable on an easter "box" template.

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  20. Second comment since Im a follower..Love ur work..The spring basket set would be perfect for making cards year round

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  21. Thanks Mel for the sweet words! I LOVED using these sets! They are both awesome and I plan to use them over and over again! :)

    Thank you to everyone too for their kind words! You all are so sweet!

    And whoever wins one of these stamp sets are in for a treat! Good luck!

    Hugs...
    Melissa

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  22. I love baskets and so Basket Blessings would be my choice. I am sure that I could coordinate it with some of the many flower stamps that I already have from you. I love your stamps!

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  23. Adorable cards. I would love to have both sets, but if I had to choose one it would be the Spring basket. I would make my easter cards with this set. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Beautiful cards. Love the Spring Basket but how can you have without the other....both are great sets. Would make some lovely Easter cards.

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  25. I am a follower so am signing up for a second chance to win your lovely stamp sets. Thanks for being so generous.

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  26. I love Spring Basket! I sent you an email ooing and ahing over her use of them in the vintage card. :) Hope to see something you did with these sets.

    Shala C.

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  27. I'm a subscriber, so I'm commenting twice. I love Spring Basket because my birthday is one of the first days of spring and it's too cold here even for pansies yet. so seeing these cards is a breath of fresh air. :)

    Shala C

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  28. My favorite is the basket blessings set, love those little stuffed animals!

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  29. Oh...How can we possibly choose!?!?
    Well- if I have to I would pick thE " Spring Basket"! Lots of fun ways to use this set- not only for Easter but, throughout the year. Love them both...
    Kim

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  30. Beautiful cards!
    I really like the Basket Blessings set..since you're twisting my arm and all.

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  31. I like the basket blessings best. I can see using it on baby pages and cards as well as spring pages and cards.

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  32. What great cards. I'd pick SPRING BASKET. The flowers give you so many optons for cards. Of course the accessory set adds to the possibilities.

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  33. Hello Melissa, both of these cards are just lovely, my favorite one are the bunnies in the basket, it is just stunning, I like all the colors. Excellent! I do not have that much of easter stamps in my collection, so please put me in your drawing. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy Easter!

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  34. Beautiful cards!!! I love the flowers stamp which they are so versatile and can be use in so many different types of cards. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your lovely giveaway!!!
    best regards,
    Wanda

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  35. I love the basket...it will be perfect for Easter and Mother's day..PLUS could actually use it year round by putting in different flowers. It is a great design!!!!!

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  36. Since I am already a follower...I'll put another name in..I love both sets and actually would LOVE either one....The bunnies are adorable in the basket!! But I think I still like the Basket one best....

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  37. WOW! Melissa's cards are absolutley BEAUTIFUL! I would have to say that Spring Basket is my most FAVE! Thanks for your generous give away Melanie!

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  38. I think my favorite would be the bunnies.

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  39. Lovely cards. I really like the Spring Basket - so pretty filled with flowers.

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  40. Posting second comment as a subscriber - I love how your drew the flowers in "clumps" so we can just set them in the basket (Spring Basket set).

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  41. The cards are gorgeous! I would have to choose Spring Basket because it would work so well with Mothers Day. Really beautiful cards. And aren't you sweet in offering us a chance to win!

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  42. This is my second entry because I'm a follower!!!!

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  43. Beautiful cards! I love the Spring Basket. The possibilities are endless as to what can be placed inside!

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  44. Second entry as I am a subscriber!

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  45. Beautiful card Melissa!! I love both stamps sets. Spring Basket is my favorite. I don't have any ideas at this point, but would love to make Easter and Mother's Day cards with them.

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  46. Second post for be a stalker, oops I mean follower. I love all of your beautiful sets.

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  47. Beautiful cards, both of them!! I think I like the Basket Blessings set the most.... it's a hard choice!!

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  48. And here is my second comment as a follower.... love following your blog :-), and I amdire the talent you have been given and so really share.

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  49. ooops - apologies for the typos - I Admire your talent that you so readily share!!

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  50. I love both cards are amazing. I would love to have to have the border set. It would make great easy cards for OWH.

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  51. Beautiful cards by Melissa! My favorite is "Spring Basket" which I am going to buy (unless I get REALLY lucky! - then I will have to buy "Basket Blessings"). I love the basket and the flower images in this set which I can mix and match with other sets! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  52. Second comment for being a follower!
    Thanks again for your generosity!

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  53. Melissa's cards are fabulous!
    How can you pick a favorite--they go together like peanut butter and jelly! If I had to I would pick Basket Blessings just because it has words.

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  54. These cards are beautiful and inspiring!! Just think of all the Easter and cute Baby cards I could make!! I would need both so If I win one I'd have to order the other lol

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  55. Both cards are lovely....my favorite would be the basket!
    Jan Castle

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  56. I love the flower basket as I can see sooooo many ways to use it. Great cards, too.

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  57. very nice work - love them both.
    love the Spring Basket set.
    inbar

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  58. Love, love, loved the cards! They were very inspiring! I would pick the basket blessings because you could use them for so many different kinds of cute cards. TFS!

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  59. Beautiful card!! Melanie, I have both of these sets already and love them!! I finally made a card using both and here is the link.
    http://geriscards.blogspot.com/2011/03/css-alumni-blog-hop-sketch-challenge.html

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  60. Beautiful cards. I have and love both of the sets and am going to be using Basket Blessings for a baby card. But here's one with Spring Basket.

    You'll have to copy & past to see my Spring Basket card which I'm sure will be getting a workout shortly. http://stamptv.ning.com/photo/shells-galore-sketch-challenge/prev?context=user

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  61. Such beautiful cards! I love both of these new sets! I think Spring Basket would have to be my fave though.

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  62. Loving both actually, but the animals are always my weakness.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  63. I am a subscriber.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  64. I love both sets. Both cards are just gorgeous! I would love to win one of these sets.. thanks for the chance to win!

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  65. I love the Spring Basket as it is so vesatile for any occasions!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  66. As along time follower - I think I should say Thank you for all the cards you have posted as well as others who have inspired me so much!! Thanks Melanie & Melissa!!

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  67. love the bunny card with the basket being like a wee table.

    This group is absolutely wonderful

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  68. Simply adorable!Nowadays having a unique and chicky card is really something that makes us more inspired. Creating such stuffs like that is really one of a kind, it seemed that your just a part of Website design Chicago where in everything comes out by your imagination.

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  69. OHHHhhh my Goodness! This bunnies in a basket card is absolutely Gorgeous!

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  70. I haven't opened a google account so that's why I'm posting anonymous. Those bunnies are adorable! I think your cards are great! --Aixa M.

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  71. What wonderful and beautiful cards Melissa. And, as to which set of the basket sets I prefer, that is a toughie. But I think I like the Spring Basket set more and would get more use from it as well. I love all the designs you have done Melanie. I am so glad you got everything restored too from your blog.

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