Friday, September 16, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 3: "My True Love Gave to Me" and "Cool Beans"

Hello, and welcome to day 3 of our September inspiration hop! Today we have two more fabulous sets from Gina K Designs! The first is the adorable "My True Love Gave to Me", with sentiments from the classic Christmas song and lots of cute, CUTE birdies! I decided to start with the first day (but I know I will be inking them all!) Here is a pretty simple card to mass produce, two layers, but with a few extra touches that make it special!I stamped the sentiment and image in Forest Green Distressing Ink and added the one in Fired Brick, you can really make the number pop using a different color (and it's nice and easy because the numbers are separate stamps so you can fill in whichever you need.) then I colored the image with Copics (E07, E13, and E97 for the pot, E13, E47, and E57 for the trunk, and YG00, YG 11,Yg93 for the pears, YG 63 and BG96 for the leaves, and B95, E07, W-3, E47 and E57 for the bird, I actually had to Google "partridge" to figure out some good colors, LOL!) Then I added just a touch of gold Sakura glitter pen to each pear.
To add a little interest and bring your attention to the tree top, I notched around the tree by placing a Circle Nestabilites over the tree, tracing with a pencil and cutting. Then I used my brand spankin' new Classic Scallop Edgeabilities to cut and emboss the bottom . Love these!! LOVE! (oh, can't wait to show you all the cool things the Edgeabilities can do!) Last I tied some red baker's twine through a light green Pure Luxury Button (to pick up the pears) and tied a little bow. Card base is Lipstick Red. Cute? I think so! Like this set very much! (Of course the inside reads "...a partridge in a pear tree! Have a joyous holiday" :)

Next up we have one of the cutest "Free with Three" sets evah!! It's "Cool Beans"! I decided to paper piece the little coffee cup in three different Echo Park "Walk in the Park" prints and colored the coffee, beans ( E13 and E57) and spoon (W-3) with Copics. Tip: Don't forget to add a little shading with the W-3 over your paper piecing to make it more dimensional!

I put the cups and Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown mat at angles to go with the sentiment's and prints casual and funky feel, and sponged the edges to the Pure Luxury Tan Leather CS with Vintage Photo Distressing Ink to give the paper more depth and richness (like fresh brewed coffee, mmmm!) Brown baker's twine and a button to embellish. Have fun picking out three sets you love from the Gina K Designs store so you can bring this sweet set home! ;)

Enjoy hopping with the rest of the team, don't forget to leave comments all along the way for chances to win a free set of your choice from Gina K Designs, the more comments you leave the more chances you have to win!

104 comments:

  1. Love your cards! Very clever layouts on both.

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  2. Both of your card look great! Thanks for sharing these two really fun sets today!

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  3. Beautiful Christmas card! I love your "designer" cups!

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  4. Fab cards Melanie. Love the extra cutting on the pear tree.

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  5. Gorgeous cards! I really love these layouts!

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  6. Love them both Mel, the Christmas card is beautiful, and the coffee card is just so cool

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  7. Love both of these. The christmas one has great colors and love the border and notching. The coffee cups are sooo pretty

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  8. Awesome coffee card. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. OMGosh... can't pick a fav here!!! Just love the layouts on both!!! The Christmas card is very pretty!!

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  10. Fabulous cards - The cool beans set is really fun!

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  11. Wonderful cards, Melanie! Love the True Love card and how you cut around the tree~really clever :)

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  12. love the trio of coffee cups. this will be my next stamp set. Coffee is the sweet nectar of life!!! :+)

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  13. Love how you "inked" the sentiment.

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  14. Your partridge card in red and white really caught my eye. Love the way you rounded the tree over the top of the card. Clever! Like the paper piecing of the cups in your coffee card. Beautiful work!

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  15. Fabulous cards!! Love how much thought you always put into your designs.
    Marcie

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  16. What fun cards. The one with the offset coffee cups is adorable.

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  17. Absolutely adorable. The coffee card is soooooo cute. Love the colors... TFS

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  18. Love the cards. The coffee card is very cute. TFS

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  19. What a great design on your partridge card, Mel -- love it! And your coffee cups are adorable!!

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  20. Love the layout and cutting on the Christmas card, simple but with oomph! The coffee card is just perfection, like a perfect cup with friends.

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  21. Love the cool coffee cups! Terrific work as usual.

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  22. Love those coffee cups, they are adorable.

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  23. Love both of your cards! Thanks for the tips pn doing the sentiment on the first one and for doing the leg work of looking up the colors of a partridge! LOL! I hadn't thought of it but I wouldn't know their colors either. Cute coffee card!

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  24. Love the Christmas card that is so cool

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  25. Great card with the three coffee cups. Each one is so different, yet they all tie in together os nicely.

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  26. Love both, but really love the first one!

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  27. Really great cards, Melanie!! Love both cards, esp the cofee card!!

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  28. Great job on your projects, Melanie! In the mood for "coffee" now! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Fun fun fun! I really like those cards!

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  30. Great card and wonderful set of images.

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  31. Loving all yor card. You are very talented, thanks for sharing

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  32. cool love the cards wow the stamps are great would love them thans for sharing and for the chance to win.
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  33. Those cards show your true craftiness. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. l like the way you cut around the tree and the offset layering on the beans card is appropriate!

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  35. Oh so awesome Mel! I love how you did the circle around the tree, neat idea! And I need a polka dotted cup like that one on your card, love it!!

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  36. oh wow! The coffee card is so so cute!! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Great cards! But I'm partial to Christmas cards so that one is my favorite! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  38. Loved both of your cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. These r both absolutely beautiful!!! I have a birch tree in my backyard and growing up we knew come fall thru spring, that tree would be filled with partridge...so obviuously this stamp has a lil place in my heart and u've done a beautiful job w/ it!!!

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  40. I am sooooo looking forward to getting some of the new edgeabilities in my hot little hands! Beautiful cards - love the half circle detail. I never think to do that.

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  41. Thanks for sharing you fun cards, I have to buy the coffee set, it is so cute

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  42. FABULOUS! Love the Christmas card, and yes I also love the coffee card with the awesome angles! :) TFS!

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  43. Love these Melanie! Great idea to round the top of the trees; and love those little coffee cups!

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  44. Both cards are awesome! Love 'em.

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  45. Your Christmas card is adorable, but that coffee card - thud!!! Love the coffee cups, just too cute in every way!

    Hope you have a great weekend!!!

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  46. Beautiful cards! I especially like the different styles and colors used for the coffee mugs. Very pretty! I also like the extension of the tree on the holiday card. Great job!

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  47. Both cards are fantastic, as always. Thanks for showing me how to use the Edgebilities (sp?). I just bought some and had yet to figure out how to use them.

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  48. Both cards are fantastic, as always. Thanks for showing me how to use the Edgebilities (sp?). I just bought some and had yet to figure out how to use them.

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  49. Cute paper pieced cups!! Great card!!

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  50. Love, love, love your cards! So creative!

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  51. Love both of your cards. Thanks. jeannett_mcgee@comcast.net

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  52. Hi, Melanie
    Your color choices are amazing, thanks for listing them for us! And your coffee card - I could smell the coffee!!! - Thank you!

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  53. Great cards as always. You are so talented and give me great ideas to work with.

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  54. You are all just so clever. Love them all.

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  55. Love the cards and the terrific layouts.

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  56. Very nice cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. Those coffee cups are so cute. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  58. Great cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  59. Beautiful work, Melanie! My favorite is the coffee card!

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  60. Gorgeous My True Love Game to me card and love the paper piecing on the Cool Beans coffee cups.

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  61. Awesome cards here! I love the coffee card - with the new design and the amazing colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Joan
    MN

    gjgarlough@aol.com

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  62. Great cards..both of them! Love the coffee card..

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  63. What an adorable little partridge in a pear tree!! Cute card!! And your cups of coffee all look so inviting!! Thanks for your inspiration!!

    Donna

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  64. Love these Melanie. The paper piecing on the coffee cups is too cute!

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  65. Both cards are so clever. Love that twine and thanks so much for sharing such great ideas.

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  66. Loved the notched card. Thanks for sharing

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  67. Melanie, you've done great with the cards and these new stamps!! Thanks so much for your inspiration!!

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  68. Great cards. They are a wonderful inspiration.

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  69. Love the cutout border on your Christmas card!

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  70. Love your cards, the layouts are very inspired!

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  71. The baker's twine is the perfect accent. TFS!

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  72. So clean and crisp, both of your cards look awesome! I love your style! Nice idea with cutting the half circle (or less than half perhaps, but you get my drift) over the pear tree. Great work!

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  73. forgot to mention I just adore the little swirls you made in the coffee cups... that was pure genius!

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  74. Fabulous cards! Love the way you made the tree pop! Will have to try the Edgeabilities. Your coffee cups look great.

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  75. wow!!!! gorgeous projects!!! stunning colors!!! thank you for the inspiration!!!!

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  76. I really like both of your cards Melanie! I like how the tree has that extra half circle at the top and the festive look of that red & white twine with the green button. And I love your layout and color palette of your coffee card too!

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  77. I soooo love that pear tree....the texture is wonderful! And the coffee cups are so cute!!

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  78. Fabulous. I am never disappointed with your compositions. They inspire me

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  79. Great coffee card layout, nice colors too!

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  80. Your True Love card is so sweet and love the layout with the edgeability and the notch cut around the tree, I would never of thought of doing this and yet it really added a wonderful element to your design. Love, love, love your coffee card!! It's so cute how you designed each cup different and used them together.
    Blessings~

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  81. I'm loving all these stamp sets really cool. I love the way you colored the pears and added the gold pen to set it off! I love the shading on the coffee and all the yummy papers you use and super cool paper piecing on the coffee cups! Your cards are adorable and thank you for sharing them with us! :o)
    Hugs, Briana

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  82. I really like your coffee card!!

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  83. Love both of these cards, thanks for sharing, take care.

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  84. love. Love. LOVE the True Love Gave to Me set ... ordered it yesterday and can't wait to ink it up! Thanx for the inspiration!
    - sue dot blondin at gmail dot com

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  85. Very nice designs on both of your cards!

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