Friday, August 31, 2018

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Holiday Builder and Skeleton Leaves

Hello! Welcome back to our August Inspiration hops!  We are giving away a $50 gift certificate again today! Each comment you leave as you hop through the blogs will be entered as chance to win the gift certificate to the Gina K. Designs store.  Winners from this week's hops will be announced in a few days in the StampTV Big News Forum.


This month's new Holiday Wreath Builder set has some really gorgeous elements and greetings in it that inspired me to do something other than a wreath! I love the scalloped circle frame, so I repeated that three times, in GKD Red Velvet and Jellybean Green, then stamped a border (again, three times, starting in the middle and then on either side), and the large snowflakes and greeting in GKD Christmas Pine.  


I added a few swags in the red and green, carefully inking directly to the stamp with the two colors before stamping, and then added the smaller snowflakes in red around the large green ones.  I finished of this single layer card with some Red Berry Nuvo Crystal Drops to accent the flakes and flowers. Envelope is coordinating GKD JellyBean Green.

The Holiday Wreath Builder also works great with my Holiday Frame! I stamped up a festive door (in GKD Slate) with the frame, centering the builder frame inside in Fresh Asparagus, then stamped the holly, pine cones and berries by hand instead of using the MISTI or wreath builder template, just using the stamped ring as my guide (Christmas Pine holly, full strength and then stamped off, Red Velvet and Dark Chocolate) Since I put the greeting in the center of the wreath, I added the snowflake border across the center below just to fill in the white space and add interest, and then added the door handle element from my coordinating Holiday Frame Fillers set and color it in with a lighter gray marker. 
Be sure to do a side fold card so you can open the door! :) Envelope is GKD Slate Gray.  This will look so elegant when I address it with a white gel pen! :)


Our incentive set this month is a must have, year-round! These gorgeous Skeleton Leaves and greetings are your free for a limited time with a purchase of $75 or more. it will be added directly to your cart. :)
I used the GKD 2018 Add On Ink Cube collection spots to stamp the leaves (Plum Punch, Coral Reef) plus Fresh Asparagus on white Pure Luxury, and then in Versamark to emboss just a few leaves plus the sentiment with GKD Rose Gold embossing powder.  This mat is layered on GKD Plum Punch and a GKD Sandy Beach Pure Luxury card base. Colored envelope is coordinating GKD Coral Reef.

Incentive Stamp Set- Skeleton Leaves


Now let's go see what the rest of the design team has with these two sets! Don't forget to comment for your chance to win! Thank you in advance for your sweet feedback!

Gina K.
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet
Hannah Schroepfer
Karen Hightower
Lisa Hetrick
Melanie Muenchinger-you are here! Thanks for visiting!
Mindy Eggen
Rema DeLeeuw
Sheri Gilson
Susie Moore

114 comments:

  1. Very cool....love how take the stamp set and really make it your own design...so very creative and fresh. LOL love the door handle comment...made me chuckle this morning.

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  2. Love your use of the new wreath builder stamp set!

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  3. Amazing card ideas! You are so creative I wish I could come up with such great ideas!

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  4. I love these colored leaves. So pretty. Love seeing new ways to color them.

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  5. Great ideas.Love how you used the Holiday Frame set too.

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  6. I really like the skeleton leaves card.

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  7. Great cards! love the way you used the wreath builder circles in the first one. I must try the door one. Your leaf layout is so colorful and pretty.

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  8. A door! I adore this idea for the wreath builder. Thank you for this great idea.

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  9. Really like the skeleton leaves for a single layer card. Very pretty!

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  10. I just love that first card and the different way you used the wreath builder stamps!

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  11. thans for sharing way to use the wreath builder with other sets and in a way that is not a wreath.

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  12. Both cards are fabulous, especially love how you showed the versatility of the wreath builder!

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  13. Great cards, thanks for sharing.

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  14. Wow, your first card really showcases the wreath set so spectacularly!!
    Love all your pretty cards. tfs

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  15. Fantastic cards.
    Love the wreath on the door.
    Clever idea. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Oh, how I love your first card. It is folk art looking, which I LOVE

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  17. Oooh so gorgeous Mel! Especially that first onee...is that Christmas Pine ink? LOVE it!

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  18. I really like these cards! So neat combining the wreath builder with the frame stamp. The card with the wreath elements is no neat! Love both cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  19. Love them as always! Great cards.

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  20. Oh, how clever!! I love how you used the wreath with the door - such a great idea!!! Thank you for sharing it!

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  21. Oh my gosh Melanie, these cards are beautiful. I just love the multi colored leaves. And I love how you used the wreath builder set in a different way!! Also the use of the holiday frame fillers with it! Awesome 👍🏻

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  22. Love your bright, cheerful colors on the first card and your out of the box use of the wreath builder stamps. Your door card is one I will definitely be using for my own Christmas cards this year. Those leaf cards are wonderful! You hit it out of the park again, Melanie!!!!!

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  23. Beautiful cards. You are always thinking outside the box. I love how you created the first card and all the elements - then using the Holiday Frame/Door - Awesome. Love how these sets work together. Your leaves are gorgeous too. Thanks for the great inspiration.

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  24. Love all your designs and all the colors you used with them! Amazing.

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  25. Awesome cards. I love the leaf one the most

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  26. Melanie, I am always in awe of your creativity and talent. The door looks so inviting, I want to enter. I like the way you sued the wreath builder in different ways. And your leaves are gorgeous!

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  27. Love all of the ways you used the wreath stamp set! My favorite is the wreath on the dooer.

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  28. Am in love with both the wreath builder and the skeleton leaves set! I actually earned the leaf set when I placed an order yesterday. Yay me! LOL I LOVE what you did with the first card...my head is going to explode!

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  29. Love the plum leaves. The first card reminds me a bit of the Pennsylvania Dutch designs I see in this area. Very nice designs!

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  30. I love that you come up with totally different designs that are beautiful!

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  31. Your style is nothing short of amazing. I absolutely love all of your projects today!

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  32. I love these cards Melanie! So clever of you to make a card look like a door.

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  33. Beautiful cards Melanie! I really like the first one but also really like the one with the different color leaves. I was not expecting a purple leaf but it's gorgeous!

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  34. Beautiful card designs. I really like how you used the incentive stamp set.

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  35. That was a clever idea, to make a "door" background for the wreath. I love
    the colors in the fall leaves.

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  36. Pretty and festive and love the colors of the fall leaves.

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  37. Love the different takes on the wreath builder set.

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  38. gorgeous cards - you always inspire me with your creativity:)

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  39. Great cards with the wreath builder! Clever use of the stamps. And love, love the colorful leaves!

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  40. Awesome cards Melanie, thanks for sharing

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  41. I love the wreath on the door! Going to have to try a version of that idea.

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  42. neat layout my friend I love your card!

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  43. what a clever way to use the wreath builder stamps and such beautiful colors on your leaf card!!

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  44. Beautiful cards. I love the first one using the wreath builder stamps, and the skeleton leaves are gorgeous.

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  45. I absolutely love your cards! The first reminds me of a beautiful Nordic sweater. The second is so clever to make a door for your wreath. And the last is a lovely CAS design in fantastic colors.

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  46. Such beautiful and inspiring creations!

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  47. Beautiful cards, thanks for sharing! I especially love the first card :)

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  48. Wonderful cards. Love the leaves.

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  49. I was pleasantly surprised to see your Holiday Frame made into a beautiful door with a Christmas wreath. Awesome idea. Your different made wreath builder card is another great way to use the set. And awesome colors on the leaf card.

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  50. Great cards, Melanie (especially after all the 24/7 football "stuff" you've been a part of). I especially like the Joy to the World circles card. Great idea to also do a wreath on your Holiday Frame card. Very inspiring .... for now and throughout the year. I love seeing more and more ways to use one die --- thanks for showing us a way to get more ideas from one product purchase.

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  51. Oh my those leaf cards are just stunning I just love how you can make so many great cards with one set of stamps

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  52. You Christmas card is adorable and the fall card is so elegant with a touch of metallic embossing. Love these sets.

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  53. OMG! So beautiful! I love the colors you used! Great job!

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  54. Love your take on the wreath set. Glad it fits your frame set. Love all your cards :) TFS

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  55. Beautiful card, love the trio card.

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  56. Lovely cards Melanie. The wreath on the door is really cute!

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  57. What an imaginative way to use the wreath builder, I love it! This release is one of my favorites!

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  58. I'm pretty amazed at the ways the Skeleton Leaves set is used. Just got it yesterday and need to work on that one.

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  59. As always you have come up with some very original and creative ways to use the stamp sets Love those leaves especially.

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  60. Love those leaves! Such beautiful colors.

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  61. Your first card looks like a quilt pattern...a Christmas quilt...very special!

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  62. Waiting for my Holiday Wreath order to come; love how you used it in a different way, altho' I do love the wreaths. The skeleton leaves are awesome!

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  63. Wow very creative wreath builder creation

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  64. Wonderful cards, Melanie! I love how you used your frame to make the door for the wreath.

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  65. Wonderful cards!! Love how you used the Wreath Builder Set!

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  66. Beautiful cards! I really enjoy your creativity - thanks for sharing it with us!

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  67. Ohhh, I just LOVE seeing different ways of using the wreath builder sets besides wreaths! Lovely! And the leaves look wonderful too! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  68. Pretty. Cards. Thank you for sharing

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  69. Love how you put the wreath on a door. Thank you

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  70. These are so creative and pretty :)

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  71. Beautiful cards. Love the designs.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  72. You are so creative! Love your cards and these new sets!

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  73. Oh my word !!! These cards are beyond amazingly gorgeous 😍 I’m so excited to get my stamps and play with them and the frame sets!!!

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  74. Love the colours on the first card, but best of all the sentiment, truly the heart Christmas.

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  75. Love the colours on the first card, but best of all the sentiment, truly the heart Christmas.

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  76. Love the frame idea, and the leaves are nice .. Thanks for sharing

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  77. Wow! Another great release. I love seeing out of the box creating. I love how you took the elements of the wreath builder and made a unique card. The wreath builder set is great and those leaves are amazing. Just lovely cards. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  78. How clever and beautiful are your cards! I love how you used your frames and made a door. Your colorful leaves are so pretty. Fabulous job.
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  79. So, Melanie, you nailed the wreath cards without using the wreath builder, and they are wonderful. Those Skeleton Leaves though are beautiful in your fun palette of colors. Great release!

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  80. Beautiful cards! I love how you made a door with a lovely wreath.

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  81. Your cards are simply gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration! I really love your skeleton leaves!

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  82. I love that first card and the way it showcases the versatility of the Holiday wreath builder set!

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  83. I love the color of your leaves! Lovely cards

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  84. I really enjoyed your alternate idea for the wreath builder set. I always enjoy your creativity. The colors on the leaves are beautiful.

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  85. I really enjoyed your alternate idea for the wreath builder set. I always enjoy your creativity. The colors on the leaves are beautiful.

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  86. I love how you used the wreath builder stamps independent of a wreath. They are so versatile.

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  87. Melanie, your first card is so festive! I also love that you used elements with your Holiday Frame. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  88. I love the way you used the stamps in the wreath builder set. Great job!

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  89. wow! you took the wreath builder to a new level!
    stamping sue
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  90. I am in love with your cards, Will be trying to duplicate them today. Thank you

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  91. Love those leaves so much! Lovely cards.

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  92. Love the colors you used for the leaves!

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  93. You have so many great ideas. I like how you used the wreath builder set with your holiday frame set. Thank you for sharing your cards.

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  94. SQUEAL!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  95. Gorgeous cards with the wreath set and those beautiful leaves! Such an awesome release!

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  96. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards, love that new wreath builder set! Thanks for sharing!

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  97. This month's new Holiday Wreath Builder set has some really gorgeous elements and greetings in it that inspired me to do something other than a wreath! I also love the scalloped circle frame. These all are looking so elegant.
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  98. Just love these new stamp sets and your cards are simply beautiful.

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  100. Oh my !! What a wonderful set of cards !! My favourite is the first one. And I love how you’re using colour. Thanks for the inspiration.
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  101. Awesome creations! I especially love the lovely skeleton leaves card!

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