Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: "Whimsical Wishes" and "Garden Fresh"




Welcome back, to day 2 of our Inspiration Hop! First up, we have Theresa Momber's "Whimsical Wishes". Along with some beautiful images a greetings, it has some really cool negative nature silhouettes in circles that are great for punching and for making patterns. I used all three silhouettes and Stormy Sky, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint Distressing Inks to stamp the background on Pure Luxury White. That gorgeous card base is the new Blue Raspberry Pure Luxury and it is THE most beautiful blue evah! (At first when I pulled it out of the box I thought it was really similar to Turquoise Sea..until I got out my Turquoise Sea CS that is!! This is so much deeper, you are going to love!) I ran my Bahama Blue Memento marker round the edge of the circles inked in the Stormy Sky because I thought that would be a better match (pad is now in my shopping cart!) and then also went over the little details of the cut out dragonflies wings and made a shadow for the greeting with the fine tip after stamping. I also traced the popped up dragonflies with some Blue Star Sakura Glitter pen for a little sparkle. Great set Theresa, it has serious style!


Next up, we have Gina's "Garden Fresh", are these little fruits and veggies cute!! Love the sweet, funky style incorporating both bold and line art and the stitched lines on each, what a fun detail! I really like ALL the images in this set, they are completely different from any stamps I have and will be so versatile, but wanted to try something little different and thought it would fun to make smiley face from with the wedge of watermelon and some buttons! I inked up the outside of the melon with Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves Memento markers and black for the seeds and inside and stamped. I colored the inside of the melon with Copics and then sponged Brick ink onto the Pure Luxury Just Peachy mat to make it a little juicier"' and added a layer of Fresh Asparugus I trimmed with scalloped scissors to mimic the rind.
Base is Key Lime and ribbons are Pure Luxury Stitched and gingham. I pierced some holes in each of the scallops and added black brads to make some seeds... :) (Hope YOU like this card, my son William, not so much! He came in when I was making this melon card and said “Can’t you do better than that?” “What?” I asked, “ you don’t like it? I’m not done yet…”. “Well”, he said “I just think you can do better… like this one” holding up the "Birthday Bash" bunny card I made for last month’s inspiration hop…LOL! Hmmph! ;)

Thanks for visiting today, enjoy hopping (and shopping!)

90 comments:

  1. Both cards are wonderful! Love the cutie smile you made with the melon!

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  2. LOVE all the circles!!! And your watermelon "face" is sooooo cute!! Love the colors!

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  3. Melanie, both projects are off the charts! Love the circle silhouette background and the way you popped up the dragonfly. I'm crazy in love with that watermelon face!

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  4. Haha! too stinking cute on the watermelon face one! LOVE it! Made ME smile too! :D And love how you did the circles, gorgeous colors!

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  5. love your smiley watermelon slice.

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  6. Hehehe - Your watermelon card is so fun. LOVE the Whimsical Wishes card. How did you manage to line the circles up so perfectly!!!

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  7. Melanie, both the cards are adorable!!

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  8. Fabulous lining up of your circle card!!

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  9. FAB cards Melanie :)
    and my niece who is 6 is here with me and LOVES the melon card and said I "have" to make her one, lol!

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  10. Love the color combination, and the melon smile you used made me smile.

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  11. The raised leaves and such make for a really great look. Love the vines and smiles

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  12. Love the melon card...awesome job!!!!

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  13. love both of them. Thanks so much.

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  14. I love these! The happy face with the melon cracked me up!
    I think that blue raspberry is winning me over, too....

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  15. These are both so cute, and the watermelon card makes me smile.

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  16. Oh my goodness....your cards are stunning!!! And of course your stamps are alway at the top of my list to buy!!! Thank you for you great inspiration.

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  17. These are so sweet and whimsical! I just love them.

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  18. I happen to love the watermelon smiley! Sounds like your son isn't so crazy about it, to each his own!

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  19. LOVE the circle card. The colors and design are fantastic! I have to admit, it took me a split second to catch the watermelon face. When I did, it gave me a giggle. Great job.

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  20. Love your card with the Whimsical Wishes set. Have to agree with everyone such a cute watermeon.

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  21. Hi Melanie! Both cards are awesome! Yes, I do love the new Blue Raspberry cardstock..anything blue looks good ;) The Garden Fresh set is so cute and your card is super cute!!

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  22. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you created--so cute and fun.

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  23. your color choices are beautiful, so rich!

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  24. Both great cards! Especially love the colors on the first one.

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  25. Melanie, I really had to chuckle when I saw your watermelon card smiling at me....way too cute.

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  26. Greeeeat cards!!! Love Theresa's stamp set,they always seem to be so versatile and so interchangable with each other, and you did such a great job. Love your watermelon looking card, so juicy looking, or I guess I should say refreshing.

    Thanks
    Donna Przy...

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  27. Your cards are fantastic...love the circles background card. These stamp sets are on my wish list for sure.

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  28. I very love your design. Your cards are very lovely.
    Love them both.
    Petite Fleur

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  29. Love the cards. The colors are beautiful and bright. Love the circles on the first and the simplicity of the card. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  30. Love, love, LOVE the super cute watermelon card!

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  31. I love, love, love, both cards. That melon is too cute.

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  32. Great images and great cards :-)

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  33. That second card is so cute. I love the effect you created with the stamp colors on the first card.

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  34. Inspirational putting eyes onthe melon slice. CUTE

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  35. Most of us have the eye of "big brother" on us, Mel....you have the eye of William. LOL. How cute is he?
    William, I think your Mom has created a caauuute watermelon face card and the circles on the other card are over the top.

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  36. I like both cards, but the "eyes" on the watermelon are super cute!

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  37. Loved seeing your work. Beautiful!

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  38. What great cards! Totally love your watermelon card! So clever!

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  39. Both super cool cards! The watermelon card brought a smile to my face.

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  40. What fantastically fun cards!

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  41. Great layout on first card and very funny melon card.

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  42. LOL my son is my critic too. I love the cards! tfs

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  43. Is that melon smiling? Loved it. Since I purchased the Whimsical stamp set, I will be casing your card. :)

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  44. Love the BEAUTIFUL cards! Nice happy vibrant colors! Cute smily face with melon!! :0)

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  45. Love the colours in your watermelon card.

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  46. Lovely cards. The watermelon happy face masde me smile.

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  47. I love your cards! Wonderful details.

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  48. I smiled so big when I saw what you did with your watermelon and the buttons! How cute is that! I also loved how you did all the circles in the other card. Beautiful work!

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  49. You always have the most beautiful creations! Love all the circles.

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  50. Haaa - love the watermelon smile! The other card looks like a photo - nice work!

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  51. Haha, the melon card is so cute. Love the circle card. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. WOW, beautiful cards. Love all the circles on your card...its wonderful

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  53. That watermelon smiley face is toooo cute. I am definitely copy that one. The silhouette background card is so pretty.

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  54. No disappointment here....two great cards, thanks!

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  55. Adorable smiley face watermelon! Love e colors and the design on the first card.

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  56. beautiful cards. I love the first one!

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  57. Terrific cards Carolina (despite what your home critic thinks)! I love the repeated images and colours on your first card, and the little smiling face and all the layers on your second card.

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  58. great cards! Love that watermelon face and the great ribbon!

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  59. Can only repeat what others have said, FANTASTIC!

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  60. Cute smiley face! great idea!

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  61. Wow...these are both great...love the peacefulness of the first one and the cheerfulness of the second!

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  62. I love thpse greens and orgie yelows to gether!!

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  63. Those dragonfly circles are sooooo cute. Love the colors and layout.

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  64. It's always fun to visit your blog ~ LOVE your creations with the new stamp sets!

    Thanks so much for your inspiration, and for a chance to win a set of stamps!!!

    Wishing you a great day!

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  65. Awesome stamp sets and even more awesome card designs.

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  66. The Whimsical Wishes stamp set is definitely going to be a "fav" of mine and I like your design using the circle shapes.

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  67. What a choice of colors - LOVE the blue! And the "melon face" is adorable!

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  68. Fabulous and that watermelon card is just too cute, may have to scrap lift that idea TFS
    Cute these new stamps are a must have, hope I win a set
    http://nanadonnascarddreams.blogspot.com

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  69. Wow Mel!! I love how you stamped the circles!! And the melon...ack!!! Cuteness with the buttons!!

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  70. Awesome cards Melanie! Love how you used the circle images; and your watermelon card is fun and fabulous!

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  71. Okay, that melon card is just toooooo cute! Reminds me of the melon carvings that are frequently sent around by email. :)

    S. Carter

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  72. I like the fresh colours on the circles, great idea to 'edge' them in another colour. The melon card made me laugh, it's so cute!

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  73. hahaha love the happy little watermelon face, Melanie.....2 cute! Your circles card is just so pretty, love the soft colors!

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  74. love the cards and stamp sets. so versatile.

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  75. Love your cards! The circles background look awesome and that 'melon-face' is really funny! :)

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  76. Both cards are very cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  77. ... your *smiley* card makes us smile.. wtg.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

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  78. Fabulous card Melanie!! I love how you made the smile with the watermelon.

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  79. Fantastic cards Melanie! Your melon card made me smile :)

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  80. Thanks for giving us lots of colorful inspiration.

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  81. Those bold and beautiful cards are certainly that BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL.

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  82. love love love the circles card!

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  83. Beautiful design your first card - love the repeating circles and the way you popped the dragonflies. Your second card is just too fun for words - lovin' the happy watermelon face!

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