Thursday, August 4, 2011

Day 2: "Basket Buddies" and "Heartfelt"

Good morning, and welcome back to Day 2 of our Inspiration Hop! Extra long post today because I've missed blogging and creating for you, and finally got some time to play, and I mean PLAY, with these new little pets, I mean, stamps! I haven't enjoyed a set as much as the new "Basket Buddies" in awhile, can't resist baby animals! The poses really lend themselves to a lot of possibilities and the greetings are terrific for all sorts of cards, gifts and scrapbook pages.

Here is my favorite card from the party the other night, I cut out just one of the puppies, stamped on white and colored with E50 and E51 (to look like a yellow lab) and then popped him up inside this scrap of Chocolate Brown die cut with a Square Nestabilites to look like he's peeping out a window. Embossing dots around the base and frame with a Scor-Bug and Scor-buddy add a lot of interest. I stamped the little name plate in Memento London Fog on white and colored with a gray Copic. I love this little guy's panting grin, so this is the perfect sentiment to use when he's on his own! The final touch which I think makes the card is punching out a few scalloped bites to the sides, very easy detail to add to doggy cards!
I also stamped some little puppy tracks inside the card and across the envelope, these paw prints are terrific for making easy and eye-catching animal patterns!
And of course the set is called "Basket Buddies" so all those cutie patooties can hunker down into the "Spring Basket"!
Here I put the cat and dog together, I angled the cat a little to look like he is nuzzling his buddy! purrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
The basket is stamped on Kraft CS and sponged on the sides and bottom with Frayed Burlap Distressing ink. DPs are from Echo Park "Walk in the Park", I pieced the basket liner (which can also be a cushion)
Last I have this simple pet sympathy card, so often friends we know are grieving the illness or loss of beloved pets who are truly members of the family, and I haven't really had any appropriate stamp to make a card for them. The images and sentiments I've created for this set I feel honor the animal's life, and comfort the recipient with memories of happier times.* Here I just die cut one little paw print out of white cardstock and matted and popped it up on a sponged Tumbled Glass background for sky. Then I stamped a row of faithful dogs with bones and playful kitties swatting at butterflies in the same color ink for subtle but sentimental border.

The next set we have today is "Heartfelt" by Theresa Momber. In addition to lots of outdoor images, what pretty flowers! Depending on the colors you use, these flowers don't really make me think " autumn" at all, so I'll be using them year round, in Texas we have flowers that look like this in about every color I can think of! I love using white on white sometimes, the embossed frame and die cut Fancy Tag Three add a lot of interest and the greenery really pops. I used G93 and G99 for the leaves, E13 and E77 for the centers and just a touch of R00 to the petals near the center.
Now, I am just having too much fun mixing today's two sets! Here you see I did an easy modification to the fence from "Heartfelt", perfect for perching some pets! (full card in this post)

...and when you start looking, what can't you dangle these little guys over?? (pumpkins from Heartfelt, we'll assume these are those cute mini pumpkins, not monster dogs LOL!)
There was a request for a "beagle" stamp the other night at the party, so I just colored to look that way! (because really don't all puppies look like roly polies when they are little, no matter what breed?) ;)

And then, you can get really silly...!
For the pumpkin caps I just colored the top halves of a second set of pumpkins and cut them off, isn't that cute? (And how about black cats with the pumpkin for Halloween...?) Love it!! Stay tuned for more simple layout-but-super sweet ideas like these in the weeks to come, I just can't stop!!

Don't forget to leave comments here and all along the hop, the more you leave, the more chances you have to win a stamp set of your choice from Gina K Designs! Thanks for visiting today!

85 comments:

  1. Everything is so cute. Praying for your kitty!

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  2. Melanie you have created another wonderful stamp set. Your cards are just stunning.

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  3. LOVE your awesome ideas Mel! Those kitties and pups are just too cute and they ARE so fun to stamp with! Love that white on white creation ...gorgeous!

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  4. I think these are adorable. I love the way you work these images. Love this set.

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  5. What great ideas that you give us Melanie! Each one is adorable, but I have to say that the puppy looking out the window is my favorite!

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  6. Oh, man I did not order this stamp set -- now I NEED IT!!!! Your cards are so cute - love the pumpkin hats. Now gotta go order this set!

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  7. LOL OMGosh.... these are all just fabulous!!! LOL You made my day with the pumpkins! LOVE this set and I know what you mean... we needed a "pet sympathy" card a few times ourselves. Thanks for creating just what need... again! :-)

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  8. Melanie- this set is just so adorable and I love all the ideas you are sharing to use it!

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  9. Those pumpkin pups crack me up!!!

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  10. I just love all the cards the puppies are so cute, thank you for sharing them and the chance to win.

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  11. OH my goodness! What a cute new set! I love all the creative things you did with it: especially the pumpkin ones!

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  12. OH how adorable, love how you created all those cards with the dog, and the flower is just elegant.

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  13. Hahaha you had so much fun and were Buzy!! Great cards, ALL of them. What versatile sets these are!

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  14. What a great idea to show different breeds of dogs just by coloring them differently :) Love!
    Kim Marie

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  15. like them all you have such great ideas and a great set

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  16. Totally adorable! Just love the little puppies with the pumkpin tops. Made me smile from ear to ear!

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  17. Such beautiful cards and such a smashing new set you have designed, can't wait to get my hands on it

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  18. It is hard to move on to the next blog post - I love all these so much I keep going over and over them! But time to move on now.....I will be back!!!

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  19. Fantastic work! I love how you combined stamps on the various cards. The puppies in the pumpkins are just adorable.

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  20. All of your samples are wonderful and both of these new sets are GREAT!!

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  21. Absolutely adorable and beautiful!!! You are blessed with a great talent!

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  22. all I can say is "WOW"...truely amazing

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  23. As owner of a new dog, I got a real chuckle out of the bites! thanks.

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  24. melanie,
    your stamp sets are the greatest
    thanks for your card design ideas Being a dog lover they melted my heart

    kathleen

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  25. I just love the puppy stamps and the white on white of the flowers are jut perfect. Thank you

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  26. Melanie,
    Another must have set for all of us animal lovers. Just love the card with the bites taken out of it. How cute is that?!!!!
    I also adore the white card with the cone flowers ( Another one of Theresa's awesome sets). Fabulous.
    Marcie

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  27. How absolutely adorable! Love the pups with the pumpkins, silly but it put a smile on my face and I bet it would on anyones' face. Great job!

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  28. Great cards! The puppies with the pumpkins are too cute!

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  29. OMGosh! I never would have thought to use them separate or with other stuff (ie:pumpkin hats) You're amazing!

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  30. I just LOVE this set!! The puppies in the pumpkins are so silly I had to giggle.

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  31. Oh my gosh Melanie! You have such great ideas! I love the comedy in the puppies with the pumpkin caps! But seriously, the pet sympathy card is beautiful and I can think of several occasions on which I needed such a card!

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  32. Fantastic cards! The sympathy card is just beautiful and "All Pets Go to Heaven" very simple and pure making it extremely touching. The puppies in the pumpkins are really cute.

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  33. Melanie, your puppy and kitty cards are so adorable and I absolutely love the one with the pumpkin lids.....I needed a laugh today and that did it!! It would be a joy for anyone to receive these cards. Your white card is very pretty........did a wonderful job creating!!
    Blessings~

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  34. Thanks so much for all the great ideas, Mel! A friend of mine owns a pet grooming shop and I've wanted to offer him pet sympathy cards but haven't had an appropriate stamp set. This set is an answer to prayer . . . literally! Bless you!

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  35. Love these new stamps! Your puppies are soooooo cute, especially combined with Theresa's new set!

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  36. Your puppy card tugs at my heart...I have 9 rescued dogs & 1 kitty.

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  37. You have really made both of these stamp sets come to life by interchanging and using a mix of both stamp sets for your cards. Always enjoy what you create. Thanks for all the inspiration!
    Corrine Ann

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  38. Such cute stamps. Adorable cards. thanks for the tutorials! Hugs! Leah ann

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  39. My gosh Melanie you outdid yourself today with all the cards and ideas! Way cute all of them! Love them all!

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  40. These are stunning! I just love the puppies with the pumpkins.

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  41. Those pumpkin puppies are the BEST! So fun!

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  42. I love the images in your new set. The puppies are just too cute and your 'grin and bear it' card so fun. The sympathy card is striking.

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  43. SUCH cute cards, Melanie!!
    this set is adorable :)

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  44. You are amazing! I love all the possibilities these stamps allow!

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  45. These cards are absolutely darling. I love this stamp set. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  46. Ohhh! I have to get Basket Buddies and it just melts my heart and makes me smile!

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  47. I Love this new set Melanie! It is exactly what I needed. Sets for Pets that have gone to heaven are hard to find,and this one is perfect!
    Love the card that you did with Theresa's new set! /the white is just beautiful!

    Thank you for creating and sharing!
    May you be Blessed!
    Hugs,
    Mary

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  48. As teh huge dog lover that I am, I have been wanting a puppy set for quite some time now - THANK YOU MELANIE! These pups are adorable - LOVE THEM! And I LOVE what you did with them and the pumpkin image from Theresa's set - so clever!

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  49. WOWZERS!!! Totally adorable cards and stamp sets!!!

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  50. Wonderful cards. The bites out of the card is too cute.

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  51. Such talent! These cards were all too adorable and fun.

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  52. Incredible cards. Love the bites on the sides of the card !

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  53. Wow, you are a very busy lady. These cards are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Oh my Goodness - these are amazing Melanie! I love the different ways you used those puppies! Where do you find the time?

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  55. Melanie, Thanks again for some absolutely inspiring cards. I loved each one almost better than the last. The pumpkin hats were the real treat.

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  56. Gorgeous sympathy card and the rest are sooo cute! Love the pumpkin peeking puppies!

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  57. So many clever ideas to use the dogs stamp. Love it.

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  59. Melanie, where does one begin to tell you how fabulous ALL of your cards are? You have been so busy! Love the white on white one, the All pets go to heaven is really sweet. And the pumpkins too. Oh MY they are all FABULOUS!

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  60. Absolutely gorgeous and adorable

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  61. I think these stamps are a "must have". Love your cards, the sympathy card is awesome. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  62. I love these stamps, of course cats are my favorite.

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  63. THAT was FUN!!!!! Adorable cards...Laughed a little,was inspired and learned quite a bit- esp. cutting the tops off the pumpkins. Greaaaaaaat ideas. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.
    Jean McGee

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  64. Wow, what a wealth of ideas and darling cards. Thanks for sharing all your talents.

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  65. All such wonderful cards! Love what you did with the pumpkin for hats.

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  66. Wow! You have so many fun ideas for cards! And lovely as well as touching ones too! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  67. Awesome cards and a great stamp set, Melanie!

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  68. OMGosh, these are the cutest cards! I LOVE the all but really love the heartfelt sympathy card! Just beautiful.

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  69. "DOG"gone cuuuute!!!!! LOL Mel you seriously have such a fabulously creative mind!!!

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  70. I love, love, LOVE Basket Buddies. Thanks for designing this set. Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne

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  71. Love your new set, Mel, and all the different ways you have colored the animals -- so inspiring! The framed puppy and bits out of the card are genius! How adorable are those puppies in the pumpkins! And your white daisy card is gorgeous!

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  72. AWESOME mixing of the sets, way to think outside the box!

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  73. sitting with my up of tea, thanks for ALL the inspiration.

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  74. I love the Basket Buddies! I always send a sympathy card to friends who have lost a pet and when personalized with a specific stamp set, I always get such great feedback. Thanks for the wonderful set.

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  75. Adorable cards! Thanks for a fun blog hop!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. Grin and Bear it - I LOVE it; he took a bite out of the card. So precious...

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  77. Fantastic cards! Love them all! I have a special spot in my heart for Dalmatians so I especially like it that you made one of your dogs a Dalmatian. (used to have a beautiful one but had to give her to someone else when we moved). I love this set -- so many great possibilities with it!

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  78. Great cards--I laughed at the puppies with the pumpkin hats!

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  79. I love your Basket Buddies set. A must have for Animal Cards. Awesome set!

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  80. squeeal! I love your dalmation puppy with kitty and the pups with the pumpkins on their heads is ADORABLE! have to CASE that one for Halloween o send to Gabby & Joey!! thanks for making this set *wink*

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  81. Hi Melanie! Wow, so many awesome ideas from your stamp set. The samples are SO adorable!! Love ALL of them ;)

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  82. Wow, you are just so creative but I particularly love the pumkin hats! too Cute

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  83. OMG, these are so cute. I love the pumpkin caps on those little puppies, and just, wow!

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  84. Adorable and elegant card. Love the pubbies.

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