Monday, September 23, 2013

Inspiration Hops, Day 1: Winter Blocks and Let it Snow

Good morning!  The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina and the Design Team will inspire you with many beautiful ideas, and as you hop through our blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we 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 StampTV a few days after the hops.
 First up we have Winter Blocks by Tami Mayberry.  These make for such an easy tags and mass produced cards.  After stamping one of the blocks in Faded Brick on White cardstock, I stamped a second block of the same pattern in Kraft Ink (be sure to clean the stamp in between!)  I punched out a circle and layered this over the square with a foam square and added a Faded Brick button with a glue dot.  This really makes that snowflake pop!  The square is layered onto Faded Brick cardstock.
Before adhering the matted square, I positioned it on the Kraft base, stamped the greeting below, and then added some embossed rows with my Scor-Bug and Scor-Buddy to frame up these two elements and bring out the stitched lines in the square design. I wrapped it up some brown twine and a Kraft button.  That's it, easy peasy!
 Next up we have Let it Snow by Theresa Momber.  Branches, snowflakes and a snowman, what a perfect set for your Christmas cards! I just love using different inks to make snowflake backgrounds.  First I had to try some of the new Gina K. Designs Color Companion Inks, Prickly Pear, Edible Eggplant, and Moonlit Fog for the different flakes.  The pear and fog inks are such nice substitutes for gold and silver for your holiday projects!  Aren't these colors so elegant?  The Joy is stamped in Edible Eggplant and shifted slightly right and stamped again to create just a hint of shadow.   I always love stamping elements from a set into an "O" whenever there is an opportunity to do so! 
 
Next I added a row of coordinating buttons with glue dots.  It is so fun picking through the different shades and styles of buttons in the Gina K. packs for just the look you want! Tip:  Lay them out first for placement and then adhere them one at a time. Embellish a few flakes with an adhesive rhinestone in the center. Layer onto Prickly Pear and Edible Eggplant cardstock. The opposite corners are punched with a corner rounder, and I adhered the matted stamped panel slightly offset.

Please enjoy hopping with the rest of the team for more inspiration for these two beautiful sets!

56 comments:

  1. Perfection! I just love the CAS designs. The snowflakes rock in the new ink colors!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love the CAS look and the blue/yellow combo! Great kraft & red combo too!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love the Faded Brick on white with the Kraft, Mel -- so pretty! Great effect with the 2-toned snowflake, too! Love the button & snowflake combo, too!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great designs. love the extra punched layer of snowflake!! Nice touch!

    ReplyDelete
  5. That faded brick on Kraft is awesome. Not to mention the used of the non traditional colors on the second card. Love them both.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Two fabulous sets..love your cards and the awesome inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Your cards are wonderful. Love all the details and the colors are terrific

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm going through a faze at the moment of doing CAS cards , and both these cards hit the spot, really think this will be the way I go with my crimbo cards this year!. Thanks for the inspiration?..

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh my! Love these cards, they are so very pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Two great designs. Love the look with the buttons on the last one.

    ReplyDelete
  11. ooo Melanie...I love both cards but your Winter Blocks card is stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Both are great cards! The faded brick would be great for the men on your list! Love the snowflakes/buttons.

    ReplyDelete
  13. The hole piercing technique is great. Love both your cards!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wishing this release was available in rubber. The samples are awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love the edible eggplant. And the craft backdrop on the first card is wonderful.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love the cards. Very different color combos, but they work well together. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love the colors you have used to make your cards!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Love the colour palettes you've chosen - very different and very effective. The JOY card is so stylish!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Your cards are great. I'm definitely ready to get started on my holiday cards. Thanks for more inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  20. The Joy card is perfect for a male friend. Love the color combo. TFS

    ReplyDelete
  21. Melanie- they are both great, but I sure like that first one so much!!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi there! Wow, these are so charming! I love your color choices so much. Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Interesting and beautiful! Thx for two new techniques to try!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Awesome cards. love the snowflakes the details are amazing. the added buttons are super. thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Both cards are great and easy to duplicate. TFS!!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Just LOVE the JOY card. The colors are fabulous and I love the buttons! THANKS!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I love how you accent these with buttons, beautiful job!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Your layered snowflake is such an interesting idea and the punched holes give it a nice frame.
    The bold and elegant Joy card is very striking.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. Oh I have a Scor Bug too.....WHY don't I ever think of using that? LOVE that card of yours, really wonderful! TFS!!!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Melanie, I love your creativity. Not only do you make great stamps sets for us, but your cards here are simple, yet elegant. I love how you used the natural card stock, added a punch of color, and used "pokes" for texture. Great job! Thanks for all you do for us!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I love red and kraft together, this card is no exception. The button 'divider' is a neat idea!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Like your red and Kraft , especially with those embossed dotted lines. And your snowflake card almost looks nautical to me.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Great cards. The red and Kraft go together so well. Loved the embossed dotted lines. I love how the snowflakes match the buttons.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Beautiful works of art using these fabulous sets of images. So inspired now.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Oh I love the kraft and red card. so pretty, and the non-traditional colors of the second one. Very pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Just beautiful cards and loved the way you did this.Just perfect..Thanks for sharing and hugs:)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Cool combination of kraft and the faded brick. Love the card.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I sooo love the Kraft with the red and white!! And the buttons are so dang darling!!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Gingerbread! Your 1st card looks absolutely delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Great cards! The kraft card is stunning with the piercing!

    ReplyDelete
  41. I like the use of kraft on the first one and the colors and buttons on the second.

    ReplyDelete
  42. I really love theway you went ouside of normal christmas colors. It is so unique!! Thanks for sharing! Scout

    ReplyDelete
  43. Great cards Melanie! I like the different colors you used.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Your cards are lovely. I really like the one on the kraft card stock

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

    ReplyDelete
  45. 2 great cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  46. What fun cards and such different colors, too. Great work!

    ReplyDelete
  47. I can't say perfection anymore without screaming it. Okay....here goes.....PERFECTION! Just pretty much sums you up Mel! xoxoxoxo Seanie

    ReplyDelete
  48. Love these sets. I think they would work great on some small Accucut die box's I have. I am off to check the size of the square's. I see and order in my future!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Two more beautiful cards. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete

Your generous feedback helps make my work and this blog better! Thanks for inspiring and motivating me! :)