Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Inspiration Hop, Day 3: Weather or Not and By the Sea 2

Good morning! The Gina K. Designs Team welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Today we hope you are inspired with many beautiful ideas, and as you hop through our blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because Gina will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a few days after the hops.

First up we have the lovely By the Sea 2 by Theresa Momber.
I sponged in this order on Pure Luxury White, using all Gina K. ink pads: Sweet Corn, leaving the very center of the white mat open, Sweet Mango layered around the yellow, Red Hot out to the sides, and finally Cherry Red on the edges. To create the horizon, I placed a piece of scratch paper across the middle and sponged on more Cherry Red along the mask's edge, leaving the center unsponged (is that a word?), to create a huge, bright reflection of the setting sun.  Before removing the paper, I carefully sponged the teeniest bit of black over the Cherry Red to deepen the color, but so this *very* sparingly.  Next stamp the silhouettes: look how crisp and opaque the new Gina K. Black Onyx ink is!!  TIP:  To reflect the pier, I inked the stamp up in Memento London Fog and stamped it on acetate to create a reverse image, then lined it up below the bridge and pressed.  I added just a few a wavy lines for waves with Memento Rhubarb Stalk marker and Ranger Picket Fence White.  Base is Pure Luxury Black Onyx.

 Here is a simple card I showed at the party.  You don't have to make a sponged scene or do a lot of coloring to enjoy the images in this set.  Paired with more graphic elements you have quick and easy CAS!
Next up we have Weather or Not by Beth SilaikaLike these big puffy clouds and all the weather sayings you know and love.  You can use these images and sentiments in any season.

 I added some tiny rhinestone precipitation (wouldn't raining diamonds be amazing? but maybe hurt a little?)  I also used my silver Sakura Glitter pen to go over the dots around the clouds (silver lining, of course)
I used my new Pretty Patterns 2 set to create this colorful background with Gina K Grass Green, Red Hot and Innocent Pink pads,  and Memento Tangelo and Danube Blue. These colors were inspired by a super bright chevron dress I just bought. (Yep, you can totally see me coming!)  It's fun to use this border to imply lightning or precipitation in a very stylized way.  I also used the ginormous arrow from Carolyn's new Stamp it BIG! 2 set to accentuate the greeting and for an extra pop of color, cute right?  I love arrows, have I said that?! (And I love mixing sets, all three being from this release!)

Here is another, with the umbrella, pieced with a pattern I stamped from the herringbone in my Pretty Patterns 2 sets and stamped onto one of the cut files backgrounds. The umbrella (and boot) is such a great image for paper piecing.


Here are the sets we showcased today:

Now please enjoy continuing the hop with our Gina K. Designs design team!  Thanks for visiting!


67 comments:

  1. These are wonderful. That hot, hot summer sky is a KILLER! Reminds me of growing up in Florida!

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  2. Lovely cards! Great scene one.

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  3. You know how much I adore that warm scene. The waves are stunning. Beautiful cards!!!

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  4. Fantastic cards, Melanie. I am in awe of your scene card. Your talent is amazing!

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  5. Whew! Made me sweat sitting in that scene! haha! GORGEOUS! and love how you have combined these sets!

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  6. Wow! Lots of great color! That first card, especially, is stunning!

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  7. Great cards. Love the gorgeous sunset on the first one.

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  8. Love your cards. The first one reminds me of my trip to Hawaii, and the last one is so creative.

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  9. Fantastic job showcasing these stamp sets. Love them all!

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  10. I would endure the pain if it rained diamonds tho :) Love these. The combination of sets is awesome. Love the first card--I want to go there!

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  11. Wonderful backgrounds you created, Mel -- your set is so versatile! And I adore that beautiful sunset you created on the water, it's simply stunning!

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  12. I'm sure that the first card is sunset in Naples Fl. Lol
    Love your colorful cards too.

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  13. Your cards are all absolutely stunning. And, that scene card is awesome. I love all the details and even the reflection. That really makes it more realistic.

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  14. I just love these cards! I am so happy you shared how you made the pier reflection, so smart! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. All your cards are wonderful, but I so love the ocean scene. Great cards.. :)

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  16. Fantastic cards!!!! The scene has me listening for the water to gently lap on the shore!

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  17. Love the sunset pier scene card, very serene. And the other cards are very bright and FUN!

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  18. A big WOW for your first card. Fantastic colors you used. Terrific new stamp sets.

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  19. Super ways to use these stamps! You have outdone yourself!

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  20. Beautiful Cards!! The sunset scene is a stunner!!

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  21. OMG the first one totally blowed me away, this is so so gorgeous!!!!!!!!

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  22. That first card is absolutely stunning!

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  23. Great colorful cards! My favorite is the lighthouse - that is beautiful!!

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  24. such rich sunset colors!
    \thanks
    Holly

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  25. Incredible, breathtaking sky. Wow, oh,wow. I love it.
    Tish
    cattish@verizon.net

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  26. This are wonderful. I love bright colors and details.

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  27. Thanks for giving us soooo many cards today Melanie. They are all terrific.

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  28. The beach card is stunning! Loved the others, too, because I always love your color combinations! Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiration!

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  29. I was impressed with the way you used the patterns with the "Weather or Not" set. The scene with the pier is gorgeous. Reminds me of the sunset in Mexico.

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  30. WOW ! ! Your first card is reeeeallly bright and pretty. Thanks for the "tip". All of your cards are very nice. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Jean McGee

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  31. OMG! Your cards are beautiful......

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  32. GORGEOUS barely describes the sunset card - love it! And the other cards are so bright and fun! Great designs.

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  33. Great cards, I especially like that paper pieced umbrella. Also that sunset on the first card is gorgeous!

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  34. gasp girl! That first card just blows me away! Stunning colour!

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  35. All the cards are terrific. Your scene is outstanding....what wonderful color.

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  36. Your first card is absolute work of art!! Thanks for explaining how you got the reflection of the pier. I couldn't figure it out and it adds so much authenticity. For all the work this card takes, only friends who appreciate it would get it from me.

    Also, I had no interest in this stamp set and now I do.

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  37. These are all great, but the first one is a definite WOW card.

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  38. Beautiful cards, GORGEOUS sunset! TFS!!!

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  39. Just beautiful

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

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  40. Beautiful cards. Fantastic coloring. Love the sunset.

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  41. Woooo Theresa that sunset over the ocean is incredible!!! Luvin those colors! And the chevrons are awesome too - love what you make ;)

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  42. Wow! Awesome sky and sea scene card, Melanie and just love the other cards most especially the last one with the umbrella hooked into your cut file.

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  43. Melanie, the beach scene is gorgeous! Love the umbrella card too!

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  44. Gorgeous cards Melanie, especially the sunset one. Great inspiration here.

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  45. WOW!! All of these are wonderful but that first card with the sunset is simply breathtaking. I opened this post in my email and you know when you just see something and think 'I wanna be able to do that'... I had one of those moments. Im pretty new to cardmaking and have wondered for a while how to do the reflection technique so thanks for sharing your tip, its definitely something that im going to try now as previous attempts have failed. Happy crafting. Hugs xNx

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  46. Melanie, these cards are so beautiful. I love your sense of color and the happy feeling each card creates!

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  47. That is an amazing sunset scene! So glad we don't have to be able to do that to use the stamps ;)!

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  48. The chevrons look amazing with everything!

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  49. Your scene is SO gorgeous!! And love how you used the chevron stripes!

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  50. Lovely bright cards Melaine great inspration for me the sunset card is gourgous

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  51. Maybe my favorite blog stop on this hop! Love your designs!

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  52. I absolutely love your By the Sea "Always"card. The colors are amazing!

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  53. Each card is amazing, love the black onyx on the sunset, love the colors in card 2, love blingy raindrops and love blue & green rogether !!

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  54. It was hard to pick but I think the ocean one might be my favourite!

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  55. What a gorgeous card....love the sunset/pier card! Just amazing, Melanie.

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  56. Gorgeous beach scene and love the colors of the sky and water. A true masterpiece!

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  57. Amazingly gorgeous sunset silhouette with the By the Sea card. Lots of great ideas using the chevron backgrounds, too!

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  58. That first card using By the Sea is absolutely stunning. I see a CASE in my future.

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  59. Love the By the Sea 2 card, thanks for the instuctions for doing it. TFS.

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  60. Thats some amazing sponging! Thanks for the acetate tip to mirror a stamp!!

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  61. I love LOVE LOVE the combo of the colors & sets! WOW!

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