Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Day 2: Welcome Home, Love Conquers and Delightful Booms

Welcome back, everyone, it's Day 2! Today we are featuring Welcome Home by Beth SilaikaLove Conquers by Emily Loggans, and Delightful Blooms by our newest illustrator, Arjita Singh !! You know the drill, please leave us some comments as you hop, we love your feedback and each one gives you a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Gina K. Designs, there are 2 up for grabs!  Winners announced after hops conclude.

You should be coming from Lisa's blog!

Please come see what I made with these lovely new sets....

First up, Welcome Home! All the little houses in Beth's set were so cute, I wanted to make a background with them, not exactly collage stamped but in rows to create a little community, just keep the bottom of each parallel with the mat's bottom edge to help ground them. I perched one tiny bird to go with the baby sentiment and a few hearts! Super sweet! Colors are GKD Barely There cardstock, Chocolate Truffle, Tranquil Teal and Passionate Pink. Very easy single layer card.

I'm glad she added an anniversary greeting, this would make a really nice card for my husband who is continually working on our nest. I'm the one on the left in Passionate Pink, natch! I used a life changing blender brush with the same pink ink to create a simple cloudy sunset, stamped the branch in Chocolate Truffle, then added my birds. I die cut one house from GKD Ivory cardstock (Welcome Home dies), stamped a heart, then "hung" it inking just part of the dotted trail stamp that goes with the birds to look like it's connected to the branch with a chain. Pop up with foam squares!
Next up Emily's Love Conquers!  Wouldn't the world be a much better place if we could all write like Emily?? For now, we just have to settle for her stamps, and I am glad to do that if "settling" means embossing and stamping these babies in every color times infinity! I had to throw a butterfly on both, of course! The first I blended on some blue inks and dropped on a little water to create more texture, then stamped the sentiment a few times with Obsidian Amalgam ink and the Mini MISTI. I used the Beautiful Butterflies dies to cut out the images on both cards.
The next one I emphasize the LOVE in the greetings with the huge new LOVE caps die!  These are the letters from yesterday's card, popped up over a butterfly background I collage stamped with Peach Bellini, Red Velvet and Passionate Pink inks on Warm Glow cardstock.  I love using round (ish!) objects as a substitute for the O in LOVE on projects (or something pointy for the V like a heart)  to add some whimsy, and this perching butterfly on her script greeting does not disappoint! I like how it was roughly the size of the letters, correct scale to blend seamlessly.  Once again, sentiment is stamped with Obsidian Amalgam and the MISTI to get a nice crisp impression.


Finally we have Arjita's new Delightful Blooms! Didn't it follow if she could paint such gorgeous flowers, she could probably also draw a few (hundred) that would take our breath away? Oh, yes. It did! This set *also* sold out, so be sure to click notify me so you know as soon as it's back to place an order! My copy of this set just arrived last night so I only have one sample so far for today, but will share more later for sure! I just love the style of these flowers and fonts. It is has been such a pleasure and privilege to work with Arjita and get to know her personally, she is as kind as she is talented and unbelievably humble. I am so happy for her getting this well deserved opportunity to share more of her art with the world!


I wanted to show something easy to make that would still be very elegant.  I like monochromatic cards for sympathy, it is soft and calming but not overly cheerful. I stamped this one of two GINORMOUS flower bunches in GKD Blue Raspberry and blended the ink same ink around the top with a Life Changing Blending Brush, no need to mask.  The greeting is stamped in Chocolate Truffle ink a few times using the Mini MISTI.  I used another die cut butterfly from the pile I made, always love chocolate with blues. Finish with a rainbow heart adhered with GKD Connect Glue. Cardstock ins Pure Luxury Ivory.  The gentle reminder of a butterfly's life cycle I've found is great comfort to people who are suffering a loss, and of course once can't help but be cheered by beautiful flowers. I can't wait to color both of her floral images and do loads of other techniques, but I'm really happy with how this card turned out! Her illustration captures the beautiful simplicity and complexity of flowers, no doubt a result of the countless paintings she has expertly, meticulously and lovingly created.

            Here are all the stamp sets and die sets showcased today:




Now let's go see what the lovely and talented Mindy Eggen has for us! Thank you for visiting today!

98 comments:

  1. I really like the birdhouse card with the houses stamped as the background.

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  2. This is such a wonderful collection of ideas! Very inspiring!

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  3. The sympathy card is stunning!

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  4. So many ideas! I ordered the butterfly dies, waiting for the stamps to come available. The butterfly card in blues is georgeous! I like seeing how to use the birdhouses.

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  5. Your cards are beautiful. Thank you for sharing

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  6. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards, especially the butterfly background.

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  7. Beautiful cards!
    Your ink blending is marvelous!
    Your Husband will love his Anniversary card.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Fabulous cards Melanie! <3 Your butterflies work well with lots of sets!

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  9. Ahhh birds and butterflies ❤️

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  10. Such beautiful cards! I am in love with the birdhouses!!!

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  11. Beautiful examples, thank you.

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  12. Love all of your cards, Melanie, especially the Love Conquers cards. By the way, your butterfly set is gorgeous.

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  13. Really beautiful cards. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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  14. So many beautiful cards! Love the butterflies.

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  15. You've shared so many wonderful cards. Your butterfly set has so much detail, images to find their way onto any card or simply shine on their own.

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  16. Thank you for sharing your wonderful cards!

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  17. Love your cards, and the sympathy card is my favorite!

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  18. So many great cards with these sets.

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  19. These are lovely! I really like the color combinations you used!!

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  20. Loved all of your cards and loved how you added those beautiful butterflies into your designs! Thank you for sharing!

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  21. I really like your cards using the bird houses Melanie! I agree totally with your thoughts on Emily's Love Conquers stamp set. It's so versatile & I like the way you used it on your card. I also think your card using the blooms is a great example of a way to use a detailed stamp without feeling intimidated at the thought of having to colour it, like I would. lol

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  22. Lovely, I ameam all the inspiration .

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    1. The above post was supposed to say that I am enjoying all of the inspiration.

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  23. Such pretty cards!! I really like how you mixed different set son the cards.

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  24. Beautiful cardsMelanie! I love your butterflies stamp set!

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  25. WOWza! Holy Smokes! Awesome Sauce etc etc etc!! LOL LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your creativity and such wonderful inspiration in your project(s)!!

    Your anniversary card is so stinkin' "tweet"!!

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  26. Awesome cards! I love the torn edges on your butterfly card!

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  27. Wonderful cards to showcase the sets. I love how you used the stamps for the backgrounds.

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  28. I love what you did with the Welcome Home stamp set! The birdhouses and baby sentiment are really sweet together! You are SO creative! (I noticed you snuck in some butterflies!)

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  29. Absolutely beautiful cards. Wonderful job

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  30. Great cards, Melanie! Your butterflies are beautiful on any card!

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  31. Your color combinations are really nice, I'm just brimming with ideas! thank you

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  32. Wonderful cards, amazing release. I love the Delightful Blooms set.

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  33. I have followed your work for years and you just keep getting better and better. Love your projects for today and your stamps as well.

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  34. Such wonderful cards! Love the colors...
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  35. Beautiful cards, Melanie. Your butterfly stamps are so detailed & look great on these cards.

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  36. Love all these new stamp sets.

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  37. the Butterfly cards just make me drool..I love butterflies...amazing cards..thank you...

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  38. Love all of this inspiration!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  39. love love the butterfly cards, everything is so pretty

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  40. There are so many beautiful cards, such a great release. Thank you for inspiring us with so many possibilities.

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  41. I love the lined butterfly background with the prominent detailed butterflyThanks for sharing.

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  42. Beautiful cards. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  43. Beautiful cards!!! Great stamp set!

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  44. Fantastic cards! Thank you so much for all your inspiration pieces.

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  45. Your cards are all wonderful, but I'm really partial to those bird houses!

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  46. Your cards are amazing!!!! I'm loving the design, the techniques and the colors on each one!!! Thank you for such great inspiration!!!

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  47. All of your cards are just so pretty!

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  48. Hi, Melanie -
    Well, you certainly have given us a feast for the eyes! I mean! I truly like ALL your displayed cards. I love how you used the birdhouse stamp set to make adorable baby and anniversary cards. You made a beautiful set with Emily's sentiment stamps... "love never fails" (love that - very Tim Holtz feel to it) and the "a true friend..." (mad about the color scheme of that one!!!). Arjita's stamp set was shown off well, too, here on your blog... that stunning butterfly really finished the card. All of it is really an inspiration for people like me who can replicate but need help thinking up what to put where. Thanks for the guidance!!

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  49. Love the butterflies. Great cards here. The sets have endless ideas to work with. The designers here in the Hop have really displayed the beauty of each stamp set. Great Hop today.

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  50. Great cards! My favorite is the blue, torn edge butterfly. The sentiment seems to fit so perfectly with the colors and the overall layout.

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  51. Loving what you did with the bird houses and of course the sympathy card is awesome, thank you for sharing.

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  52. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards!

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  53. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Delightful cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  55. What a beautiful collection of these wonderful stamps!

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  56. I really enjoyed seeing all of your pretty designs! Really thought the bird house cards super cute!

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  57. Love how you used the birdhouses. All of your cards are beautiful. Looking forward to receiving my order and using your examples for inspiration.

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  58. My dearest Friend Melanie
    Love all your explanation, the cards created by you the anniversary card and the sympathy card are my favourites. Blessings to you and your family

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  59. I love the one with the torn paper. What a great idea.

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  60. Great inspiration! Love your cards. Thanks.

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  61. Lovely samples Mel! Thanks for sharing!

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  62. I didn't buy all of the add ons and kind of wish I had, now, as your cards are lovely.

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  63. Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration! I love the cards. The butterfly ones are my favorite. They are so elegant and beautiful.

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  64. I love how your cards show how to use the stamp sets together!

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  65. Love all the cards, thanks for sharing your marvelous talents with all of us.

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  66. Love everything about these works of art.


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  67. I love the little bird houses and the sentiments!

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  68. Wonderful cards and inspiration.

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  69. Absolutely beautiful cards. I love that many of the designers have used the welcome home stamp to make anniversary cards. Thanks!

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  70. Love the cards and the tips for making them !

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  71. i love the butterfly on the flower card -so different

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  72. Beautiful cards! I love the coloring on the butterflies.

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  73. Really great cards love how you made the cards simple and easy and love how you made your own backgrounds from the stamp sets

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