Thursday, May 30, 2019

Stamping Friends Trifecta Blog Hop


Hello and good morning! Today we are THREE companies and design teams strong, hopping together to showcase some of their fabulous new products and how well they all play together! Thanks to Picket Fence Studios, My Sweet Petunia and Gina K. Designs for this fun, creative opportunity! Each participating company has generously donated one $50 gift card to their online store, and the winners will be randomly drawn from all the comments at each stop on today's hop. Winners will be announced on the company blogs no later than June 7th. The more comments you leave today, the more likely you are to win a prize! Best of luck to you, I hope you win!

You should be coming from Karen Reategui's blog, but if you are just joining in, the full list is at the bottom of the post. I hope you have time to check out every stop and enjoy the different styles and ideas created for your inspiration today. :)

For my first card, I used the Picket Fence "Martini Stencil" along with stamps from the Gina K. Wishes stamp set . A rainbow of different Gina K. Ink cubes and one of Picket Fence Studio's Life Changing Blending Brushes filled in this cute drink background in no time. I think it's really cool how working the blending brush up against the edges of the stencil details creates such a realistic shadow on the edge of these glasses, with translucent color to look like blown glass!  Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Passionate Pink, Black Onyx, and White. My Sweet Petunia's new Cut-Align tool makes it so easy to create quick and perfect mats without measuring (I hate measuring, but I also hate wonky, uneven mats), just follow the line!


Gina K. Wishes stamp set 

My desk is pretty small, so my cardstock is in a file cabinet on the other side of the office, where I keep my big cutter with a rotary blade on top, no room for it here. With the Cut-Align I LOVE now being able to make perfect quick cuts and mats while I'm seated as I make changes to my design on the fly with a craft knife, instead of getting up and going back and forth, not to mention not having the precision of the Cut-Align with my current cutters, so the Cut-Align will be used ALL the time, not just for mats but long enough for full sheet of cardstock to create bases! I have a smaller guillotine cutter for cropping, but it isn't large enough to handle a longer piece of cardstock, but Cut-Align will accommodate any size and I love that it has not one but two rulers, to use the one you need, instead of always using a larger one. And you can make the teeniest of cuts mats, and trims. Iliana really put a LOT of thought into this tool based on a crafter's needs, which I very much appreciate!

 Can you current cutter do THIS? (Probably not) 
Without the Cut-Align I would not have attempted these tiny woven swatches, for sure!
I made this card for a friend whose family is from Denmark and when she came back from a recent trip to Copenhagen, she brought me a kit to make some little woven basket hearts to put on the Christmas tree, papercrafting and weaving is very popular and old tradition there!  The woven baskets are much bigger and made out of thinner paper to do the weaving, but I wanted to scale it down and use Gina's Pure Luxury cardstock, so these 1 by 4 inch pieces of Coral Reef and Tranquil Teal were my compromise. Cuts are made every 1/4", with a 1/4" space at the top to keep the strips togther and the smaller Cut-Align ruler made it simple. I mounted it over my stamping with foam squares and think it's a fun graphic element to go with the flowers and leaves. I know she'll get the reference to her gift to me.  Adds nice texture and an intricate handmade embellishment.  Stamping with the GKD Elegant Asters stamp set is done GKD Soft Stone, Peach Bellini, Coral Reef, and Tranquil Teal.

As bright as the first samples were, I wanted the next to be very soft. I used some of the new pale Amalgam inks Gina carries, designed for watercoloring and no line coloring, but fabulous for other uses and elegant for your paper and card base choices, for my stamping and blending.  The round Waffle Squares stencil from Picket Fence Studios reminded in its shape and texture of a dream catcher, so I paired it with the dreamy greeting from Gina's Elegant Asters set. Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Stormy Sky, Barely There and White. Stamping is done in Gina K. Warm Glow, Peach Bellini, Barely There, and Soft Stone. 

Adjusting where you hold the long handle of the brush  shifts the pressure of your blending without you having to push a lot harder, which is easy on the hands and wrists, and allows for a much wider range or shades in your sponging with just one color. I love the control and the ability to add just a hint of ink with these!  The smaller brushes in the Fine Blending 6 pack assortment or full set of 10 allow you to work in tight areas and small stencil details without getting color in an unwanted area, so those are very unique and useful as well, had not used anything like that before!


I used My Sweet Petunia's Mini MISTI to stamp the greetings and images on all cards for a solid, crisp impression. :) All the gorgeous cardstock and inks in today's post can be found in the Gina K. Designs store.

I am really enjoying all the new supplies and grateful to be part of today's hop! Below is the full link list. I can't wait to see what the other designers have in store for us!  Your next stop on the hop is the Angela Bode!

83 comments:

  1. Lovely cards Melanie! My favorite is the martini card!

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  2. Wonderful cards, Melanie! Love the background you created for your second card!

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  3. These are beautiful. That Cut-Align certainly looks like a very useful tool. I think the last card is my favorite with the soft, colorful background and the black sentiment.

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  4. Love your cards. I really like the martini glasses🙂

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  5. Your cards are very inspiring, Thank you.

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  6. Drinks anyone?! such fun cards!

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  7. The weaving is super!!! I also like the fading on the cards. By far, I love the weaved card the best. You did an excellent job

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  8. Your work is always special. Love these.

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  9. All nice! Really like that third card.

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  10. beautiful cards. I like how you blended the martini glasses to have those shadows!

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  11. Fantastic cards Melanie. I am loving how everyone is using the stencils.

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  12. You always share some of the most beautiful projects. I love seeing your work. I am a huge fan. Thank you so much for sharing your talents today....fun blog hop!

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  13. Thank you for the lovely inspiration! I love all 3 of these companies!

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  14. Such lovely cards ! All three companies have such awesome products. Thank you for sharing!!

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  15. Unique and creative cards! Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Lovely cards! I am enjoying seeing stencils used in many ways.

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  17. Beautiful cards. Love them.

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  18. Your cards are beautiful as always.

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  19. The martini glasses... Such a fun card!

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  20. love the creativity of your cards

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  21. Melanie, as usual your cards are gorgeous. I love the story of the basket weave and the outcome of the card. Please show us one of the ornaments in the future. I would love to see one. Your second card is so soft and beautiful.

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  22. I'm in awe of all the gorgeous creations that I am seeing...holy moly!! Love, Love, Love

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  23. The martini glass stencil is soooo cool! Love the colors you used for it! The basket weave is such a fun technique! Thank you so much!

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  24. Cool technique and beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Wow, those are beautiful. Looking forward to playing with my order from picket fence, ordered some stencils. Thanks for inspiring us and sharing your talents with us.

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  26. Such cute cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Great cards! Love the martini card!

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  28. The soft card is very different and so pretty, another new idea to try!

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  29. Lovely cards! Such soft colors.....

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  30. Melanie, your cards are lovely as always, I especially like the soft colors on the "Follow your Dreams" card.

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  31. lovely cards, Melanie - but the soft colors you used on the second is my absolute fave!

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  32. Thanks for the tips on using these awesome brushes. Just love how well they blend colors together.

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  33. Interesting cross section! I like them!

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  34. What a fun card, perfect for celebrations!!

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  35. I have seen and done those little woven hearts - they are adorable. Leave it to you though to come up with a quick way using a new tool to make them. You always do beautiful work and I love getting ideas from you

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  36. I LOVE the Martini glass card and have ordered that stencil. :)

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  37. I loved the soft colors and implied shadows of the second card. I have not worked with the Aline tool and really appreciate the tips. Robbie

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  38. Love the martini stencil background and your card would be perfect for a few friends of mine. Gorgeous ink blending.

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  39. Thank you for the fresh ideas, lovely!

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  40. You always have delightful cards, I love your Martini background it’s whimsical and just plain rocks! Lol Great cards

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  41. Awesome and Fun cards. Great work!

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  42. I so agree, that soft touch does add elegance to the card. Love it!!!!

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  43. Nice job! This is so much fun

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  44. These are all great cards Melanie but I love the softness of colour on the last card. Its very dreamy.

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  45. Great cards, those martini glasses are so fun! And I really love the muted background on the last card, so pretty!

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  46. Your cards are very well done. I like the colors and designs. Thanks for sharing. Brenda West

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  47. Love your cards. Love the colors. Martini glasses are cute.

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  48. Beautiful, Mel! Aren't these stencils and brushes such a great compliment to all things Gina K.....WOW!!!

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  49. Beautiful cards! Love the rainbow martini glasses!

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  50. Love the weaving. Fun way to
    add interest. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. Awesome cards. I love the colorful martini glasses and how you've shaded them.

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  52. thanks for your tips on the cutter. always love your work.

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  53. Lovely cards with these products.

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  54. How cute is that Martini stencil...something every gal pal should have!

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  55. Thanks for sharing your cute card designs!

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  56. Such wonderful cards!
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  57. Beautiful cards! I love the bright colors on the first two cards, but the softness of the last card is so pretty.

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  58. I always love seeing your beautiful creations Melanie.

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  59. Great cards! Love the pastel rainbow of colors on the wishes card. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. Lovely cards! Love the martini stencil!

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  61. Love these fun cards. Gorgeous colors and such unique layouts.

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  62. These are such pretty cards! :)

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  63. Awesome creations, I especially love the softly blended martini glasses card!

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  64. All your cards are wonderful. Love all your different techniques. Thanks for sharing.

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  65. Playful, fun, creative and sweet cards! Wonderful techniques and amazing card designs.

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  66. Your cards are beautiful. I especially love the dream catcher card. I think the dreamy coloring is gorgeous.

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  67. All of your cards are so pretty. If I would have to pick a favorite it would have to be the You are Loved card. I love the basket weave on that card. So unique!

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  68. I love the soft look of the last card.

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  69. Beautiful cards! Love the woven piece for color and texture!

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  70. Loved all of your cards. The last one was my favourite. Might have to buy those rulers.

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  71. Wow Melanie! Your cards are beautiful!!! And you're so thoughtful to include a reference in your card to this friend! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  72. Love these cards! I’m getting my eyes opened as to all of the fun products Picket Fence Studio has. Of course I knew about the Life Changing Brushes but not about the other products.

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  73. Gorgeous cards! So much inspiration on this hop!

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  75. Very artistic design for your cards. In each of them something of clever or new.

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