Friday, October 21, 2011

Gina K Inspiration Hop Day 1: Basket Additions & Strength and Hope


christmas stocking

Welcome to our first day of inspiration hops for October with Gina K!  I hope you were able to make it to the party last night, which was a lot of as usual!  If you follow Gina K, you will know all the stamps went live for sale on the website last night, so they are available for purchase now!  No waiting until the end of the inspiration hops for he reveals.  First up is my project using Melanie’s Basket Additions.  These additions are begging to fill up her baskets from Holiday Basket and Spring Basket sets also coordinates with Basket Buddies!  But of course, when I saw this cute addition of Christmas images with the tassels on the ends, I ‘saw’ a Christmas stocking topper!  So, I took a vertically folded Lipstick Red cardstock, placing the topper over the fold and traced a light pencil line down in the shape of a stocking.  I was trying to make this fit in a standard A2 envelope, but to make it proportionate with the topper, it had to be just a tad larger but that’s o.k. because I have some larger envelopes anyway.  To bring texture to the stocking, I ran it through my favorite Victoria cuttlebug embossing folder.  I adhered the folded stocking with my ‘addition’ peeking over the top.  The white card base is just a single A2 size 4.25 x 5.5 inches.

 

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Next up is my project for Strength and Hope, a beautiful set by Theresa Momber which honors and celebrates those affected by Cancer.  So, Theresa will be donating all of her proceeds for the first month of sales, to Cancer research!  I made a simple card, stamping directly on this beautiful printed paper from Victoria’s Garden.  I crocheted the dishcloths that the card is photographed on top of, so they, along with the card are ready to be gifted!!   My card base is Innocent Pink and the layer behind the printed paper is Chocolate pure luxury cardstock.

As you hop through the designer’s blogs, make sure you leave comments on each one for a chance to win a free stamp set of your choice valued up to $24.95!  We will randomly choose two winners so the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win.  Gina K will announce the winners on her blog.

Thanks for joining us today for the hop!  Be sure to come back on Monday and Tuesday for Day 2 & 3 Inspiration Hops!

Have a great weekend!

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88 comments on "Gina K Inspiration Hop Day 1: Basket Additions & Strength and Hope"

Melanie on 8:14 AM CDT said...

again, terrific idea, not just for baskets! love the pink pearls on the tree!

catdidit on 8:22 AM CDT said...

Awesome idea for the stocking topper Donna! And love your ribbon treatment on the tree card!

Theresa Momber on 8:34 AM CDT said...

Love the stocking idea! Great design and the blinged up tree is fab!

Deb on 8:46 AM CDT said...

You are brilliant to think of this as a stocking topper! LOVE that idea! Gorgeous gift set too! You are so sweet to do that every year!

richardbreaks on 8:54 AM CDT said...

LOVE the stocking idea!!!
The PERFECT choice of DP for the second card!!!

Tina Gilliland on 9:52 AM CDT said...

You're so clever with that stocking! LOVE it! And your DP on the pink ribbon card is FAB!! I keep forgetting to add that to my cart!!! Eeeek... must have!

CraftyJo on 10:09 AM CDT said...

I wouldn't have thought about using it on top of a stocking! Such a great idea.

Patricia on 10:13 AM CDT said...

I'm loving the stocking! Very nice! Beautiful creations. Thanks!

Nancy Woolever on 10:18 AM CDT said...

Beautiful - love the stocking

Olga on 10:19 AM CDT said...

Pretty cards!

Angela (Toucan Scraps) on 10:30 AM CDT said...

wonderfully creative

Sandy Diller on 10:31 AM CDT said...

love your take on the topper!

Carlotta Vachon on 10:34 AM CDT said...

Lovely. I love your tree card the most!

Teri on 10:39 AM CDT said...

So cute!

Sid on 10:43 AM CDT said...

Beautiful !!

Krissy on 10:51 AM CDT said...

Great cards!

alex on 11:17 AM CDT said...

Wow what a great idea with the stocking and Mel's set, just got to try that! The strength and hope card is simply beautiful!

sandy s. said...

Love the stocking! Great cards!

Leslie Turner on 11:47 AM CDT said...

Awesome creations, Donna! Love that stocking and the BC awareness card is gorgeous!

ecpiercy on 11:53 AM CDT said...

What a great idea for the basket topper - top of a stocking! Love it!

pamselinski on 12:14 PM CDT said...

Donna, I love the stocking idea and your Strength and Hope card is awesome,

Thea on 12:36 PM CDT said...

Great stocking idea!

Lynn B. on 12:49 PM CDT said...

Love to see the stamp from Mel's set used in a completely different way. Love it in the stocking! And your ribbon card is wonderful. Whoever receives it and that crocheted gift is a blessed woman!

Pat R said...

Making a stocking card with that image is so clever and love the bling on the tree and those softly colored words in the background.

Gerry on 12:55 PM CDT said...

That stocking is just too cute!! Nice job on the Strength and Hope card

sprgstn16 on 12:56 PM CDT said...

Both of your cards are just beautiful! They are unique and it's so nice to see the stamp sets used in different ways. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Verna Angerhofer on 12:57 PM CDT said...

I love, love your Christmas stocking. That is so cute and clever. Also your Cancer card is so very pretty and elegant too. Thanks for the inspiration Donna.

Gayle on 1:00 PM CDT said...

Wonderful ideas and cards, Donna. Love the basket additions used for the Christmas stocking and your Strength & Hope card is stunning.

Sharon on 1:49 PM CDT said...

How cute to use the basket addition with the stocking!
Your Strength & Hope card is beautiful.

Angie on 1:56 PM CDT said...

I just love your cards. Your Strength and Hope card is lovely!

Kay S on 2:07 PM CDT said...

Fabulous idea for making a stocking card! Love it! Thanks for giving the instructions On how you made it.

Tosha said...

Cute, cute, cute love the stocking idea!

Lagene on 2:19 PM CDT said...

Goreogous tree card & the stocking is so CUTE!

Marj on 2:46 PM CDT said...

These cards are wonderful! Love the stocking!

Donna Phelan on 3:03 PM CDT said...

Hi Donna.....*waving madly*.....feel free to wave back! :P Sorry a little Release Party Hangover Humor! :) Beautiful cards, love how you "pearled-out" your tree, but your stocking was such a clever creation! AWESOME!

Kim Hill on 3:12 PM CDT said...

The idea of the stocking was just too cute. Sorry I cannot sign into the comment section as usual but it says I am not authorized so I will use another route. Kim Hill from StampTV following the hop.

naneruth on 3:42 PM CDT said...

Wonderful cards. What a lovely idea with the stocking!

Madeleen Field on 3:47 PM CDT said...

Donna, I love the idea of the stocking card and using the embossing folder on the stocking really makes it pop! The little tree is soooo sweet and those little pink pearls are really cute! Love both cards! Thanks!
Madeleen

Helen F. on 4:14 PM CDT said...

Two awesome cards ideas, Donna! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity :)

Crafty Math Chick on 4:23 PM CDT said...

How are we ever going to CASE such fabulousness in this week's Free-for-All Friday Stamp TV Challenge Donna?!! What a clever and creative use for Melanie's holiday basket additions set (LOVE that stocking!) and your tree of hope is really pretty with the perfectly placed pearls and words in just the right places, beautiful!

Ravengirl on 4:28 PM CDT said...

These are both fabulous! I love that you used that basket topper on the stocking! Too cute!

Elizabeth on 4:34 PM CDT said...

Beautiful projects! Love that stocking.

Kelly on 4:59 PM CDT said...

Love these! I love your Christmas stocking idea! So cute! That is one of my favorite embossing folders as well.

Anonymous said...

now, what a great idea with the stocking! I knew you could use these stamps in different ways, but this is really a cool idea! Thanks for thinking of it [lol]! Love the hope tree too! So pretty!

Vicki Dutcher on 5:16 PM CDT said...

Cute idea to make a stocking card -- beautiful Hope card too!

Honortem@embarqmail.com said...

What an adorable stocking for your card! Love the embossing

jazy1m on 5:38 PM CDT said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

Betty on 5:39 PM CDT said...

Again, a creative idea - out-of-the-box!!
Gotta love that stocking - so fun!

Anita Braddock on 5:49 PM CDT said...

wow what a supper cute stocking love the color and the embossing is great. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
http://www.anita-craft-corner.blogspot.com

Golda on 5:59 PM CDT said...

What a fun and fantastic Christmas card. I am amazed at how well your stocking turned out drawing it freehand. You are one talented lady! The Strength and Hope card is beautiful, as well.

cattie on 7:38 PM CDT said...

Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to use all the sets.

Susie on 7:58 PM CDT said...

Wow! I love all the ideas. Just wish I could make them all!

SandyK on 8:50 PM CDT said...

Beautiful cards, how cute is that stocking??
Sandy

miatagal on 8:55 PM CDT said...

Donna,

Very creative use of the Basket Additions topper with the Christmas stocking! The Strength and Hope project tree is beautiful.

the 2 Pink Ladies on 9:32 PM CDT said...

Donna, I like how you used the basket addition in a stocking. Very creative. I like how you spruced up the tree in your Strength and Hope card.
Hazel
hdhall6002 at sbcglobal dot net

Kary on 9:33 PM CDT said...

Hi Donna! The first card is so adorable - love the stocking with Christmas goodies!! Your second card is gorgeous, I think it's such a cheerful & sweet card.

Anonymous said...

I love the stocking
Linda
gostlady@yahoo.com

Kathi on 10:07 PM CDT said...

Love the Basket Additions with the Stocking, what an awesome idea, so adorable! The Tree of Hope card is just beautiful and what a wonderful gift package for someone!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your tree of life card. Its simplicity makes it truly elegant!

Marsha on 10:11 PM CDT said...

Cute stocking idea. The second card is absolutely beautiful. What a great idea with all the pearls. Perfect paper.

Sharon in Arizona on 10:12 PM CDT said...

Oh Donna, what beautiful cards!!!! The stocking idea is pure genius and is adorable!! Hugs, Sharon :o)

Anonymous said...

Love how you used the fillers in the stocking instead of a basket.

jamie

mays331@embarqmail.com

Mario H. said...

Beautiful Boot!

Riette on 12:17 AM CDT said...

Excellent stocking idea! Perfectly cut too.

Kris on 1:14 AM CDT said...

Love, love, love your stocking idea! And that tree is simply lovely! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

RachelB on 8:28 AM CDT said...

Beautiful projects!

Sonya van Stee said...

Hey Donna! Very cute cards! Love the stocking topper idea, and your strength and hope card is very lovely, too! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Single on 1:57 PM CDT said...

Such fun cards!!! Love the elements on the hope card!

Sandra Hess on 7:42 PM CDT said...

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work.I lost my dear son David to cancer in 2005 at the young age of 26.Sincerely,Sandra Hess from Ohio

zehra on 9:14 PM CDT said...

Beautiful, lovely card, le the stocking as the base

sarah on 9:31 PM CDT said...

Luv both cards!!the stocking idea is just so cute..

Hi...I'm Cindy on 10:23 PM CDT said...

ohhhh love the stocking, great idea, the hope card is lovely

Scrubbybubbles(sue) on 10:40 PM CDT said...

Oh donna! just lovely! I love the use of the newspaper print behind the image too! very elegant!

Sue D on 6:28 PM CDT said...

Fabulous! I like how you made a stocking to fit the topper.

lipton|TEE on 8:35 PM CDT said...

Love the stocking idea. This shows that the stamps aren't just for baskets. The pearls on the tree = too cute for words.

Betty Neville on 12:21 AM CDT said...

Awesome stocking - what a beautifully creative idea! And that dp is such a perfect background on your second card!

Luv 2 Create on 1:36 AM CDT said...

Stocking is an adorable idea with this stamp and your hope card is lovely also.
Marcie

Sherry on 10:23 AM CDT said...

What a cute stocking...and the hope card si gorgeous...you are one talented lady!

Lorraine on 2:43 PM CDT said...

Beautiful cards and designs!

Kwright on 5:09 PM CDT said...

I loved the stocking card. I thought it was just perfect....and then I saw the Strength and Hope card! How perfect can you get! And you have the pink dish cloths with the card. What a great pair. Thanks for your beautiful work!

kim.scrapper on 7:52 PM CDT said...

Very cute idea using the stamps to come out of your stocking. Love the cancer awareness stamp set, so inspirational, tfs

Carol on 8:18 PM CDT said...

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the inspirastion!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Love the use of the hemp twine on 'You Go Girl!' And the dry embossing on the Christmas card! The instructions on the tag 'envelope' will surely get the imagination going!
Thanks for sharing!
Virginia tvweston

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards on 1:58 PM CDT said...

Love your twin on your "You Go Girl" card. Pretty!

Donna on 2:24 PM CDT said...

Donna,
Both of your works are great, I love the stocking Idea, that is just too cute, the grandkids would love that!! And your tree looks so pretty and cute in the second card!! I love the background you used!! Wonderful, wonderful projects!!
Thanks for sharing your talents,
Donna

Carolina on 3:29 PM CDT said...

That stocking is to die for and your tree cards is sweet as sweet can be!!!

miatagal on 4:42 PM CDT said...

Donna, Love all of the tags!

JessicaK said...

Man, that stocking with the "treats" peeking out at the top - genius!

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