Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Inspiration Hop, Day 3: "You Go, Girl!" and "Pleasant Plurals

Welcome to our final day of the Gina K Designs Inspiration Hops! First up we have the new Free with Three set "Pleasant Plurals", what a useful set of greetings this is! Although the two fonts will go with any type of image, you can grab some DP and add a greeting and a few embellishments and you have a terrific, terrifically simple card! I just got this new Echo Park pack of paper Holly Jolly Christmas, so I thought the pattern with with the rows of houses would be perfect with the "From our home to yours" sentiment.
Originally, I pierced a row of holes and faux stitched with a red marker to make the trail from one house to the other, but it didn't show up well enough on the patterned paper so I used a row of 2 mm rhinestones and added a little Cuttlebug die cut heart for the end of the arrow. Make it work! Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Red Hot, Grass Green, and Ocean Mist.

Next we have the newest set from Tami Mayberry, "You Go, Girl!" This sassy lady and sayings have so many possibilities. I started with this sentiment from Eleanor Roosevelt as my inspiration to make a card with a little tea bag tucked under the panel.
After stamping in Memento Rich Cocoa on Pure Luxury White, after coloring her skin with Copics E21 and E50, I masked off the sides with sticky notes and sponged Spun Sugar Distressing ink along the bottom half with a sponge dauber, allowing it to fade towards the top. I peeled off the notes and added paper piecing for her pants, using plaid paper from the new Stamp TV Kit Wishing You Joy.
Base and mats are Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown, I also used some baker's twine and a hole punch to thread the little heart punched tag with the greeting "You Go, Girl!". Stamped focal point is popped up on foam dots so you can slide the tea bag out. (Now my card smells super good, too!) Finally I added two paper flowers and a brad. I'm sending this card to a very special lady who always shows what she's truly made of (the very best stuff!) in tough times! (Hopefully she'll have a little time to come up for air and have a nice hot cup of tea!)

And now more inspiration from our fabulous Gina K Designs team! Be sure to leave comments all along the hop, we will be choosing two winners from all the comments who will each win a fabulous Gina K. Designs grab bag filled with a least a dozen individual pre-cut images, so the more comments you leave, the greater your chances of winning!!

Thanks for visiting!

72 comments:

  1. I adore both of the cards and especially love the cute sentiment of the second one!

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  2. Melanie- both are wonderful, but the one with the tea bag is genius-what a cute idea!

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  3. Oh wow! All those hearts makes MY heart a flutter! Totally cute card with the tea bag! Hugs to you Mel.

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  4. Gotta LOVE those fancy pants!! LOL Great card.. love the layout! Nice touch with the heart going to the other house!

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  5. What a cute design on the Christmas card!
    And really like matching pants to the background paper on the second!

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the plaid pants!

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  7. I love the background paper repeated in the pants! And thanks so much for the 'recipe!' the soft sponging and the pink/taupe really works with the 'teabag' stamp. Thanks for sharing!
    Virginia tvweston

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  8. I can just see someone taking that tea bag out of the card and enjoying a cup of tea while basking in the love you showed by making them such a GREAT card!

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  9. supper cute cards love the colors and the paper. the Sentiment is great. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
    www.anita-craft-corner.blogspot.com

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  10. I love the use of hearts on both your cards. Totally unexpected

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  11. Okay, the arrow with the heart on the house paper is inspired! Way to go. Love it.

    S. Carter

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  12. Both cards are great and very unique. I adore the paper pieced pants.

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  13. Love that extra heart and You Go Girl !! Great job

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  14. Stunning! I love how you did the highlight on the girl card.

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  15. Great cards, love that paper piecing on her pants!

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  16. Wonderful cards Melanie, love how you used the hearts.

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  17. Love your cards, Melanie - paper piecing is great!!! Hugs, Sharon :o)

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  18. LOVE the paper pieced pants!!!!

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  19. Perfect DP with that sentiment on your first card and just love the paper plaid slacks on your Go Girl, Melanie :o!

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  20. The first card is so fun and festive. Love the teabag idea of the second card.

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  21. Love the paper pieced pants on your sassy girl. Wonderful cards!!!

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  22. OOOOOOOO I sooooooooooo like the rhinestone path with a heart at the end ----NEEEEEEEEEEEat!!!!
    And would you look at that ladies pants???? W O W ! ! !
    Thank you sooooooooo much for sharing your talent/gift - I have learned sooo much from you.
    Jean McGee

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  23. Beautiful card! Love the color and the how the paper goes with her clothing. Very nice!

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  24. Great cards!!! Just love those paper pieced pants!!!! So Cute!!!!

    The heart going from one house to the other is so creative!!!

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  25. Two brilliant cards, love the use of the DP with the sentiment and the second one is just so funny, it would cheer up any ones day!

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  26. Beautiful layouts and design Melanie! Love these!

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  27. Beautiful cards! Love the spun sugar distress ink!

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  28. Your cards are so cool and wonderful. I love both equally and I can see how those PP work so well too.

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  29. fab cards for the inspiration hops as usual! the tea bag card is cute with the little heart - clever! but my favorite card is the snowman & penguin with socks - bwaaaa!!! I am so caseing that!

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  30. Such cute cards, love the inspirational quotes, tfs

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  31. The prettiest wrapper for a teabag ever!!!!

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  32. Hi, Melanie,

    These are DEEElightful!!!Love the plaid - I am learning so much from you and the rest of the ladies! Thanks!

    Aloha,
    Rosy

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  33. Love the heart on a rhinestone rope and the way you matched the girls pants to the patterned paper. Great cards!

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  34. Wonderful card, such a pretty plaid PP, and love the 3d and tea bag added, great idea! And on the first card, love the colorful houses, and the heart pointing to the one, such a cute idea, great paper and card!!
    Thanks for sharing
    Donna

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  35. Love the way her pants match the DP strip on the card.

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  36. Fantastic idea using the teabag...love it!

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  37. Love the tea bag idea!! Cheery colors too!

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  38. I loved both of those cards, especially the plaid pants! What a great idea to tie the paper to the card. I will have to steal that idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. very,very cute
    mema
    wilsonp58@yahoo.com

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  40. Loving those plaid pants! Both cards are so wonderful. Love the tract form one house to another!

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  41. Love the dp on the first card and great idea to add a tea bag on the second.

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  42. Really cute house Christmas card- I love this sentiment!!

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  43. I really love your use of the tea bag ib the You Go Girl card. Just fabulous.

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  44. Beautiful card, love the shading and paper you used.
    Sandy

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  45. Both cards are gorgeous! Love the colors & papers of both - and the paper piecing of the plaid.

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  46. These are terrific Melanie! I like how playfully you used the rhinestones in your first card and LOVE LOVE LOVE that plaid paper and how you used it to paper piece the sassy lady's pants as well.

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  47. Love the cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Love both your cards and the way you made her pants match the ribbon!
    You GO GIRL!!! Thanks for the eye candy!!!
    Dekida

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  49. Love both cards. The dp for the Christmas card was perfect. But, the paper pieced pants card was AWESOME!

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  50. Thanks for the tutorial on shading the card, like the plaid pants, the like the way you added a real tea bag to coordinate with the sentiment. Clever!

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  51. Great cards love the colors on the you go girl card

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  52. Both of your cards are great! The plaid pants addition was a good idea.
    Hazel
    hdhall6002(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
    www.the2pinkladies.com

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  53. Great cards, Melanie! Love the hearts & blings on your first card, it's really clever. And, your second card is really classy - love her paper-pieced pants.

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  54. Loved both cards! Too gorgeous not to love!

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  55. Very clever with the hearts. Love the paper piecing with the plaid. Really cute.

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  56. Tea-riffic cards! TFS!
    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  57. I do love both of your cards, especially the sentiment on the second card!

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  58. Super cute and fun with wonderful DP on both.
    Marcie

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  59. Lovely projects! I love the colors and design!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. LOVE how you inked up the sentiment on your first card and those hearts and buttons are just the perfect touch!

    The second card is just adorable with all the plaid touches and including a tea bag is just brilliant!

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  61. totally fabulous! love em both (shocked?)

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  62. Cuuuuute holiday house design! And ohhhh I love that fun lady in the plaid pants!!!

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  63. Awesome shading on that You Go Girl card; her pants are awesome too.

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  64. Awww look at her sassy plaid pants! Soooo cute!! I love that sponged fade too, it's amazing. Then again, you are amazing so no big surprise there ;) Your darling holiday card is perfection too! Love them both Melanie, thanks! xoxo

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  65. Instead of making large image on card i like the sequel of houses in small size..
    custom credit cards
    hotel key card

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