Monday, August 1, 2016

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Stately Flowers 10 and French Flair

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from the July StampTV Release Party! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring two stamp sets by
Theresa Momber and myself! Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

The first set we are featuring is French Flair by Theresa Momber. Theresa illustrated this wonderful set that will leave you feeling like you may be in Paris or strolling around a gorgeous vineyard! Oo la la! You will feel so sophisticated creating with this stamp set, for all your favorite ladies, but has some wonderful imagines and greetings for masculine cards, too.

I thought it would be pretty to stamp the wine glass on Kraft cardstock in White Pigment ink, like light shining on the glass, and stamp the "Cheers" like it was etched onto the side.  You can see the hint of script through the clear glass, no need to mask! The script is really a background stamp, but I inked up just a few portions I especially liked, small though they are! Spectrum Noir DR6 and DR7 for the red wine, plus a little of the pigment pad painted on over the coloring with a water brush. Base is Pure Luxury White. Corner flourish is stamped and stamped off in GKD Kraft ink.


I showed this one at the party and it was big hit (with all you wine lovers out there anyway!) I stamped the grapes in GKD Edible Eggplant onto the Pure Luxury Cherry Red mat and sponged more eggplant on the edges.  I stamped the smaller tower in Black Onyx on Moonlit Fog cardstock and cut it out to make a little charm (get it, wine charm??) to tie on the jute. Spectrum Noir markers I used to color the wine glass and grapes are: DR6, DR7, CG3, DG4, BG3, IG3.



The second set we are featuring is my Stately Flowers 10. Here is a card with the Dogwood which  I will be demonstrating in an upcoming video, using Zig Clean Color markers and watercolor paper. You can make such gorgeous watery backgrounds with these real brush tip markers!  Base is Pure Luxury White. (Although I think I will be using Ivory, which is a better match for the watercolor paper, and so many of you liked the Ivory version better of last week's video design!)



You can make such gorgeous watery backgrounds with these real brush tip markers!  Base is Pure Luxury White. (Although I think I will be using Ivory, which is a better match for the watercolor paper, and so many of you liked the Ivory version better of last week's video design!) Finish with pearls.

I am so happy with how this Oregon Grape card turned out! Love how the orientation of this flower bunch is just perfectly shaped for nestling into corners.  I will  be demonstrating the coloring for this design in an upcoming video also! The Spectrum Noir markers I used are: Cardstock is Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion and Edible Eggplant. I used the Alison's Ribbon die plate for the trim and I think that detail goes perfectly with these little buds.

Finally, here is a scene I made with the sagebrush image, perfect for high desert and mountain scenes!  I also used one of the butterflies, love having some side facing butterflies to perch on all the flowers in this series. Grass and sponging are with GKD Jellybean, Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus. Sky is GKD Powder Blue and Blue Raspberry, and mountains are sponged in Navy.  The butterflies in this set are glasswings, really spectacular butterflies with clear panes in portions of their wings, like a gorgeous illusion showing flowers, leaves and sky peeking through! This one will be a video demo, too! Dream sentiment is from Theresa's French Flair set.

Please let me know in the comment WHICH of these Stately Flowers 10 videos you want to see FIRST!


Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast  and Crew:



Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com. Thanks for visiting today, and your comments! 

Hugs and blessings,
 Melanie

54 comments:

  1. Stunning cards!!! I love your coloring on the glass and grapes. Your Stately cards are so beautiful and varied. Gorgeous samples!

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  2. Lovely techniques and cards. Beautiful series you have illustrated.

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  3. You are so clever! ;) I love the Wine glass on the kraft... Your dogwoods done with the real color markers are beautiful as are all you creations! I love your set Melanie! <3 Thank You for sharing and Inspiring us all! <3

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  4. Beautiful as always, excited to see the videos especially tbe dogwood with the watercolor background, thanks!

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  5. Awesome cards. I love the white on kraft wine glass, but the other version with the red wine and grapes is wonderful too. Love the dogwood in Stately 10! Any videos using the dogwood would be welcome.

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  6. I am not a wine drinker but I do like your floral creations and would like to see the video on the dogwood coloring first.

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  7. I love scenery cards so I would like to see the Sagebrush card video first but honestly, I never miss a single one of your videos so I'm happy no matter which one you start with. Another beautiful set!

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  8. Your cards are a dream as always! I think the Merci one is my favorite because of the coloring. I just love the purples! Well done! Kim Marie

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  9. I like all of the cards! The dogwood would be my favorite, though.

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  10. the grapes and the glasses of win are shaded
    so beautifully. The glasses look like you
    could pick one off the page and drink from
    it.
    I love the last card. The background is
    fantastic. the sagebrush and the little
    butterfly is so nice.
    thanks for sharing.
    Your stamp set is wonderful - wish one was
    for Illinois.

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  11. I am especially looking forward to the Oregon grape card tutorial. I like the way you are always thinking of new ways to use the stamps we already have. We'll have to put every flower in a seed packet.

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  12. Such talent and so many ideas - don't know how you come up with the ideas sometimes, but I'm so glad you do as it helps me to also come up with something too. Love that wine glass card with the grapes on the red card stock. Wow - that one is stunning although all the cards you make are gorgeous.

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  13. These cards are pure eye candy, Melanie. Thank you for inspiring me:)
    Wasn't sure which entry to comment on, so I am commenting on both. LOL!!

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  14. I love the color you chose for the wine and the grapes! Gorgeous! I also love your watery backgrounds! Thanks for your design inspiration.

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  15. Fabulous cards! I especially like the first one. Looks like I could just pick up the wine glass and take a sip.

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  16. Gorgeous! I love the Oregon grape project...beautiful so I would love to see the video for that. Both stamp set are amazing.

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  17. Beautiful cards! I would like to see the butterfly and sagebrush card video first!

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  18. Love your cards and am inspired by your creativity.

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  19. Gorgeous card Melanie, the depth of colour on the wine card is superb, and i loved the 'etching' on the first card, genius! The florals are scrumptious, I am a huge fan of that dogwood, could colour that all day long! Stunning set!

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  20. Melanie, these cards, your designs are just exquisite. You are in a class all your own.
    It would be hard to pick a favorite for me it's a tie between those yellow flowers what you call Oregon grapes I believe and
    that dream card on my gosh and then there's the other one where you color those grapes that coloring is just incredible and then you get like a shadow of the grapes In the panel below. Sometimes I look at something on one of your designs one of maybe the 12 stamps in the set and I don't really see you know what I would do it and then you take it and turn it in the something grand!!
    Ladyjs711@yahoo.com

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  21. Melanie and Theresa, thank you for creating such lovely new stamps sets....you are both so talented..thank you so much for sharing these beautiful samples....hugs

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  22. Beautiful cards. I especially like the wine glass stamped on the kraft. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  23. Love the florals but living out west I am partial to the sagebrush! Hope to see that video first!

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  24. I love all your coloring and I would love to see how you colored the Oregon grapes (my home state!) first :)

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  25. Like Gina always says, "Melanie has done it again" LOL! I love how you used the grape image stamped in Edible Eggplant onto the Cherry Red cardstock Melanie....the colors are stunning together!

    I watch all of your YT videos Melanie because I learn something new every single time. However, if I had to pick one that I wanted to see first, I'd love to see the Oregon Grape card...again, the colors are stunning!

    Congrats Melanie on creating another gorgeous stamp set!

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  26. Gorgeous cards with awesome coloring and also love the new stamp sets too!

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  27. Awesome cards! Love all of them. As for the videos, looking forward to all of them, any order! Always learn something new from you. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  28. I love the sagebrush card! Can't wait to see that one! They are all very beautiful!

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  29. What beautiful cards and scenes, Melanie! The wine looks real, the mountains are amazing, the flowers incredible. The seed packet is brilliant - it will go with all of our flowers ♥ !!!

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  30. Really love the card with the wine glass in white, nice touch with the few lines in darker ink. Your grapes look good enough to eat! Love the dogwood and the flower card and the Dream card I chose B from your video. Thanks for so many ideas.

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  31. I don't know how I missed commenting, but your cards are gorgeous. I especially like the dogwoods with the light blue background. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. As usual all are beautiful. Very creative!

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  33. Another beautiful stamp set. Your card samples are gorgeous.

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  34. I ALWAYS love your Stately Flowers. I wouI'd like a video on the dogwood first.

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  35. Wow such stunning cards Melanie! So creative and I always learn something new. I look forward to your video's with the new sets.

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  36. Just beautiful cards. Wonderful release.

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  37. Melanie, it seems like every time that I see one of your cards it is more beautiful than the one before. I just don't know how you do it. You are one of the BEST artists in this community! Love your work and YOU of course! xoxoxoxo Seanie

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  38. Oh Melanie! My jaw literally dropped at your cards if I ever think I don't need a stamp set all I need to do is hit your blog to see how wrong I am ha ha!

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  39. These are all such beautiful creations - The Happy Birthday and Dream are my favorites TFS

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  40. WOW! All the cards are gorgeous. If I had to pick one I could not do it. You did a wonderful job.

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  41. These cards are amazing! Especially the last one! So glad to see another stately flowers set!

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  42. Great cards. I love the French Flair set!

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  43. Your cards are amazing! Wonderful card designs and techniques using the new stamp sets.

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  44. Fantastic cards! The wineglass card is stunning.

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  45. Beautiful! Your coloring is always perfect!

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  46. All are wonderful. I like how the words show through the glass, so real looking.

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  47. Lovely cards. The French ones have a great old world feel to them.

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