Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 3: "By the Sea" and Free with Three!

Hello! I hope you have been enjoying our inspiration hop so far! Today we have two AWESOME sets to share, the first is Theresa Momber's "By the Sea", this is going to be one of my favorites from her, as I love the beach! Great for men and women alike, sail away on a virtual vacation with these gorgeous stamps! The sample below uses the new Pure Luxury Just Peachy with Chocolate Brown and Ocean Mist, I love this combo!
I stamped the bird and sentiment and then trimmed around the birdy's tail so I could die cut it with a Long Rectangle Nestabilities to look like he is wading into the scene. This sandpiper is one of favorite images in the set. Sponge on a little coral colored sunset and blue water, remove your die, color him with Copics and you have such a realistic scene you can almost feel the waves lapping over your toes! :) I placed my focal point low and then extended the sky into the peach layer, to really emphasize the vastness of it, adding some large and small seagulls from the set in Versamark to the peach layer above and more sponging to really emphasize the big expanse of sky. A little hemp tied in a sailor's knot (I found an easy tutorial for it online) finishes it simply.
Hope it inspires, this is my favorite card I've made for this release! I also can't wait to use it with my "Gifts from the Sea" set, too, the style and selection of images complement each other perfectly! Gorgeous images from her set for the background and shells for the foreground from mine and you can really make some sweet scenes! Congrats on an awesome set, Theresa, and thank you!

Next up, we have Gina's new Free with Three set "Elegant Elements". This set is a long time coming and I am amazed that this versatile set is FREE with the purchase of only three sets, (have you given Gina a virtual hug lately for her generosity? I mean honestly, anything free rocks and this set for me is at the tippy top of the heap of all her "Free with Three" offerings! Here are four patterned papers I was able to quickly crank out with just a few of the different elements on solid Pure Luxury colors: Key Lime, Kraft, Smoky Slate, and Ocean Mist ( from left to right using black , brown and cranberry, gray, and finally brown ink) The possibilities are really endless and creating patterns with stamping is one of my favorite things to do as a stamper.
This sample shows the Key Lime mat I made, layered onto White and Black Onyx. This round medallion is probably my favorite, all the little details inside but then the clean round border of the circle really lend it to both fussy and "frou frou" designs as well as clean and classic, you know? I used the "Border Bling" that fits the Labels One die, and I think the white embossing on black turned out really sharp! I thought using the sentiment about a "pearl" was perfect for white on black and then accented the medallion centers with adhesive pearls. I love how nicely these borders in "Border Bling" really tie in and bring out all the little dots in the "Elegant Elements", these two sets are great for making a really detailed looking card in flash!
I used the "Border Bling" that fits the Labels One die, and I think the white embossing on black turned out really sharp! I thought using the sentiment about a "pearl" was perfect for white on black and then accented the medallion centers with pearls. I love how nicely these borders in "Border Bling" really tie in and bring out all the little dots in the "Elegant Elements", these two sets are great for making a really detailed looking card in flash!

Thanks for visiting today and please come back tomorrow for the final day of our hop! Please enjoy all the projects the team has created for you!

  • Gina K

  • Melanie Muenchinger (you are here!)

  • Michelle Woerner

  • Sharon Harnist

  • Suzanne Dean

  • Theresa Momber

  • Tina Gilliland

  • Vicki Dutcher

  • AJ Otto

  • Carolina Buchting

  • Cathy Tidwell

  • Colleen Schaan

  • Deb Felts

  • Donna Baker

  • Giovana Smith

  • Janice Whiting

  • Jennie Harper

  • Jimmi Mayo

  • Lee Murphy
  • 86 comments:

    1. LOVE the patterned paper you created with Elegant Elements and your By the Sea scene is beautiful!

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    2. Love your beach scene! It's fabulous with all it's details. And your patterned paper that you stamped just blows me away!

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    3. How versatile these sets are - great job!

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    4. your work is so neat and sharp

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    5. Gorgeous! Love beach themes!

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    6. Beautiful sunset scene! Love the backgrounds you created with those medallion stamps, too.

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    7. so awesome Mel! really love those patterned papers you made too...that sea scene one ...just wowza!

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    8. You totally rocked that patterned paper!!! Love how you added the pearls to the center to go with your Border Bling. Nice! Great scene with Theresa's set and I too like those colors together!

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    9. Love the paper ideas, Love the cards

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    10. Gorgeous patterned paper. Loving your sea scene.

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    11. Neat background paper--love both your cards

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    12. Another set of gorgeous cards! Love the backgrounds!

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    13. What an elegant card, so easy and fast, my type of card!!! Maria

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    14. These are truly amazing. I love how with shading you created a whole scene! And I love the key lime and black background. Fantastic.

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    15. Love the colors of your sea gull card. Beautiful shading. I must learn more..All yur cards are wonderful. Thnx for sharing.
      Hugz, Dottie

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    16. Your scenery astounds me. Love both cards and the new stamp sets.
      Marcie

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    17. you are so clever with design, also really like your sand piper off the edge like that. thx

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    18. Wonderful cards. Thanks for sharing.

      Linda D.

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    19. Love the paper that you created
      with these new stamps! How versatile is that!!!! Thanks
      for sharing.
      Blessings, Pat

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    20. Beautiful cards, I love the colors and the design.

      Carol B
      ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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    21. What beautiful cards. Love what you did with both sets.

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    22. Stunning, Just Stunning Creations! Love how colorful they are--thanks so much for sharing!

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    23. Wow Melanie! I love all the samples you made with the free set. The card is beautiful with the sweet pearls.
      Can't wait for my order to come!

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    24. Melanie, cute cards, love the first one it almost looks like you could see through the card, the color choices are great and really match the base color of the card!!
      Second one is also very nice.

      Donna Przy....

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    25. Both cards are wonderful Melanie, but I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your beach card......fabulous!

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    26. The beach scene is fabulous! Love the patterned paper that you designed also!

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    27. I love coming here to see what eye candy you have, Melanie! Great summer sea scene - absolutely stunning. Love the DP card too!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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    28. Great project. I love that background paper you created with the stamps. Thanks for sharing.

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    29. Wow! Love that seagull card. The colors are fab! I just purchased this set and can't wait to get it!
      Thanks for the inspiration!
      Southernmrs
      at verizon
      dot net

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    30. Your beach scene is great! I couldn't wait to read how you did it and your instructions are so simple for me to understand. Your patterned paper is also so very pretty.

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    31. Beautiful cards. Ilove the patterned papers you created with the free set.
      Debbie D.

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    32. What great paper you created with the stamps and both cards are beautiful!

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    33. oh my! so much inspiration - these are incredible (-:

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    34. Your beach scene card with the detail on cut out of the bird is gorgeous and I really like the patterned paper you stamped. It really makes your cards unique.
      Thanks for sharing! :)

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    35. Beautiful card ... love the effect of your water, and your patterned paper is gorgeous!

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    36. Loved your cards! The sandpiper's tail was a great touch.

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    37. Very nice cards. Love the summer colors you used in the first card. Nice work.

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    38. Beautiful cards, Melanie. Love the samples of patterned paper that you made with the Elegant Elements. That one is going to be fun!

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    39. Adore how your little bird is standing in water - great inking technique!

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    40. Both cards are Great. Thank you for sharing.

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    41. What can one say that others haven't another wonderful card, thanks

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    42. gorgeous cards! love the backgrounds you did with the elegant elements. I love the color combination of by the sea. actually I love all of that card. I am definately going to buy some just peachy cs. TFS

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    43. Great cards--I really like the color combo on your beach scene.

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    44. beautiful use of patterned paper - very nice.

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    45. I love to beach scene. I have never used the long rectangle die-- now you have inspired me== THANKS!

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    46. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing them. I'm partial to the seabird... they are my favorite with how super fast they move those little legs! LOL

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    47. Fabulous beach scene..I can almost smell the salt sea air!

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    48. I love the little sandpiper and the beautiful sentiment on the first card. Your designer papers and lime card are lovely.

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    49. Love the By the Sea card' so pretty! Great pattern paper you made on the other.

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    50. I'm not sure which one I liked more, the beach scene or the patterned paper with the pearls! Thanks for such wonderful ideas.

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    51. Beautiful sponging in your first card. I love all the different DPs you created with the new one free with three set!

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    52. Absolutely GORGEOUS cards! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for a chance to win some goodies!!!

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    53. I love it Melanie! I really love the colors you used on the beach card and the DP you created is wonderful!

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    54. OHHhh my goodness! Love the beach scene card & your created BG card is beautiful!

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    55. The patterned papers you made with the elegant elements stamps are great.

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    56. I love the colors in your sandpiper card!

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    57. Very nice! Liked the two-toned section on the beach card!

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    58. Wow both cards are so gorgeous!! I love the beach scene - so pretty, and the patterned papers are so awesome.

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    59. The patterned paper you made is fabulous. Great samples

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    60. I love your card with the bird especially because I'm borned and rIses near the Sea and loves those image. Wonderful colors on the second card.

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    61. Beautiful cards! Love the scene you've created on your first card, and the variety of dp created with Gina's "free with three" set!

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    62. Such a realistic beach scene - the shadowing on the bird and the shimmer of the water - lovely.

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    63. Both your cards are quite cool. I love the colors on the first and the bling on the second.

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    64. Great beach scene. Love your work.

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    65. Awesome cards Melanie! I love the color combo on the first card.TFS

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    66. You created some beautiful papers. I love the shading you did with your other card. Very beautiful.

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    67. Oh I love the elegant shore scene! And yes....I'm also loving making dp with the elements!! So fun in the green!!

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    68. Gorgeous! Totally love them both! TFS!

      Kris in Alaska
      funamom at yahoo dot com

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    69. Beautiful scene you created on your first card, but the patterned papers you came up with - WOW! LOVE them all and how you used one of them on your card is just delightful!

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    70. Melanie you are such a great teacher and looking forward to try this.

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    71. Love the peach and blue color combo!

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    72. Absolutely divine what you created!

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    73. Beautiful job, Melanie! LOVE the colors you used!!

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    74. Love em
      Trish
      krazykcrafters at msn dot com

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    75. Very very nice cards! I like the way you divided the sky and water with the birds on the first one. The second is just striking with the green and black!

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    76. Your cards are so amazing I really love your most recent one.

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    77. That is just as cute as can be. Great eye candy.

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