Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 1: Gina K release inspiration hop


ca poppy

Welcome to our first day of inspiration hops for the Gina K release.  I hope you had fun if you came to the party.  They are always fast & furious and a lot of fun, huh? 

First up is my card for Melanie’s new Stately Flowers, the first in a series (can you say yea?!) Personally, I am very fond of the flowers she chose for the first series.  #1 I am a California Native #2 I call Texas home now #3 I want to live in Colorado someday and #4 I hope to visit Wisconsin some day so I can meet Gina!

ca poppy inside

I made this card to send to my oldest sister Val. I had a lot of fun coloring the poppies, which I think are very beautiful and of course, think Melanie did a fantastic job drawing (all of them!) I used White and Sweet Mango pure luxury cardstock, white gold lined organdy ribbon, textile cuttlebug embossing folder and labels.  The poppies were colored using Copic markers.  Here is a photo of the inside of the card.  My sister is always asking for prayers for California because of the bad economy and frequent earthquakes which scare her.  After living here 14 years, I am still trying to convince her to move to Texas where she wouldn’t have to worry about that! 

missing you

Melanie’s other set, Make a State-ment.  I made this card to send to my niece & nephew in CA…I’m sure they will love it.  Since they visited last year, I’m sure a visual of the distance between where they are and where we are, will be helpful to see!  I used kraft and black onyx pure luxury cardstock, Basic Grey Wander papers, distress tool and Distress Inks to sponge.

knit

My next card uses the new Stamp Duo Close Knit Friends.  I love this quote, it’s so true!  I taught myself to knit a few years ago, but so far I have only made 1 scarf.  I have some new yarn to make my 2nd one but now I have to make the time to do it!  I used Sweet Mango, Chocolate and Turquoise Sea pure luxury cardstock, which coordinate nicely with the Basic Grey Indie Bloom papers I chose!  I also stamped Vintage Borders on the turquoise panel and sponged lightly with antique linen distress ink.  My embellishments are chocolate grosgrain ribbon and an orange button.  The image was colored with Copic markers.   

dancing couple

Last but not least is my card using Because of You stamp duo.  I used White, Black Onyx pure luxury cardstock and the pattern paper is from Echo Park - Victoria Garden.  I used gold lined white organdy ribbon again, with a pearl brad accent.  I love the look of stamping on pattern paper, don’t you, that is fun with solid stamps. 

Here is a list of all the designers participating in today’s inspiration hop, make sure you leave comments on each one for a chance to win a grab bag of 12 free stamps!! We will randomly choose two winners and Gina K will announce the winners on her blog.

Thanks for stopping by – be sure to come back tomorrow for Day 2 Inspiration!!

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74 comments on "Day 1: Gina K release inspiration hop"

Theresa Momber on 8:16 AM CST said...

They are all so fabulous, Donna! Gorgeous coloring on the poppies!

Becky on 8:18 AM CST said...

Lovely cards Donna, loving the flower one, so pretty.

Teri on 8:19 AM CST said...

Oh, Donna! How pretty!! Great job!

Vicki Dutcher on 8:23 AM CST said...

Excellent! Love the close knit layout too!

Lagene on 8:33 AM CST said...

Love your cards & especially the Elegant poppy card!

Karen (TLgirl353) on 8:41 AM CST said...

All of your samples are stunning cards, Donna! When you come to Wisconsin to meet Gina, come and visit me too. 88 miles from Gina!

Melanie on 8:46 AM CST said...

These are really fabulous designs, well thought out, too many good things about each to say them all, can't pick a fave!! (California does need prayers, yikes, thanks for mentioning that!)

Angie on 8:55 AM CST said...

Beautiful designs! Beautiful CARDS!!! Lovely artistry!

Tina Gilliland on 9:03 AM CST said...

Fabulous!!! Love the showcasing of the poppie!

Retta on 9:04 AM CST said...

Thanks for the samples.

Tami B. on 9:21 AM CST said...

Great cards, especially the poppy card-gorgeous!

Susan on 9:33 AM CST said...

Love your beautiful cards. The poppy is gorgeous, great color choices.

Sharon on 9:41 AM CST said...

What great cards! Especially like the first - embossed background is perfect match for the flower - great coloring!

Robin K on 9:41 AM CST said...

I've always loved the California poppy so this is so fun! Thanks!

alex on 9:46 AM CST said...

Such beautiful designs, but I must say my favourite is the first one, that colouring of the poppy is stunning!

Joan on 9:56 AM CST said...

I especially like the coloring on your state flower card and the beautiful embossing really sets it off. Thanks for an idea!

Marcia on 10:00 AM CST said...

What beautiful cards - the flower card is especially fabulous!

Emily on 10:12 AM CST said...

Love all of them, especially the dancers in black and white.

Barbra Byrnes on 10:28 AM CST said...

oh my goodness you girls are killing me with all your fabulous poppies. I can't wait to get my stamps so I can play too. Thanks for sharing your talents.

mermaid fenicia on 10:33 AM CST said...

Those are really beautiful cards. ^_^ I wish I have the money to buy those stamps.

Giovana on 10:37 AM CST said...

All your cards are great Donna!! I bet your sister is going to love your card. Fantastic coloring as well. HUGS!

lisa808 on 10:42 AM CST said...

Beautiful cards.

Else49 on 10:57 AM CST said...

Donna great cards. Love the colours of the poppy.

Luv 2 Create on 11:16 AM CST said...

Wonderful cards Donna. Great new release!
Marcie

scrappinmommom on 11:44 AM CST said...

As usual, all of your cards are lovely. Especially like your knitting card.

Brenda Lee on 11:51 AM CST said...

WOW!!!! I love the layouts on each card and the color choices are perfect!!

Anita Braddock on 11:52 AM CST said...

Beautiful I love everything such a great job. love the embossing and the colors. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
abbraddock@msn.com

Lynn B. on 12:02 PM CST said...

All these cards are absolutely amazing! Love the way you colored the poppies. And the different dp you used with the close knit friends duo is stellar!

dawna on 12:46 PM CST said...

I LOVE the composition on the poppy card, and the 'close knit' card! Lovely!

littlestamper on 1:34 PM CST said...

I love your cards!

margaret on 2:02 PM CST said...

I am having a hard time to find the place to post so I wish you all the best! I am very happy with the new stamp sets and the freebees WOW will that keep me busy this winter.

Anonymous said...

Such a talrnt you have. Beautiful cards with these new stamps. Lynn

Rae said...

Very nice cards. Especially liked your poppy card. Can't wait to buy the sets.

The T-Shirt & Tole Shop on 2:58 PM CST said...

all so cool. thanks for sharing

scraplizard on 3:06 PM CST said...

Your cards are very nice

elizabeth on 3:21 PM CST said...

What gorgeous projects. My favorite is the knitting basket. So colorful!

Wide Eyed Stamper on 3:22 PM CST said...

stunning colors in you poppy card. I love the knitting basket as well... but oh that poppy! :)

Pauline on 4:06 PM CST said...

Such wonderful creations! I adore your poppy card... thanks for sharing on the hop, it was fun!
hugs and blessings, from Australia,
Pauline

peggy wainman on 4:31 PM CST said...

All your cards are beautiful, but the flower really shines!

Lorraine on 5:12 PM CST said...

Beautiful creations! My fav is the first - love your coloring and the embossed background.

Sandy on 6:58 PM CST said...

Great cards. I especially like the California card.

TrinaM on 7:00 PM CST said...

Four great cards , kicking off with that eye catching Poppy card. Love those colors.

Gayle on 7:06 PM CST said...

Beautiful cards, Donna. Love love love the stately flower card.

Cheryl O on 7:06 PM CST said...

Your cards are just so pretty, I especially love the poppies!!

Donna Phelan on 7:47 PM CST said...

Your cards are wonderful, Donna, love the look of each of them. I have to chuckle about your knitting skills, I also taught myself to knit and it took me 3 years to make ONE scarf! hahaha, I ripped it all apart last Christmas Eve and finished late that night, wrapped it up and place it under the tree for my daughter....maybe we should meet and make our 2nd scarves together! :)

Gwen on 8:38 PM CST said...

All your cards are gorgeous!!!

Golda on 8:40 PM CST said...

Your window just blows me away with how wonderful it is. All of the cards are great, but that one and the dancing duo are my idea of fantastic!

Sylvia on 8:54 PM CST said...

I like all your cards, especially the poppy card. The embossing and the colors are simply stunning.

Mary D on 9:10 PM CST said...

Love your cards, really love the embossing on the poppy card. It makes everything so crisp and stunning. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Your flower card is B-U-TEEEE-FULLL!!! The frame and the EF are wonderful touches along with the color CS you used for them.
Jean McGee

Riette on 9:53 PM CST said...

WoW - Stunning. You were BUZY!

Kay S on 10:12 PM CST said...

Gorgeous poppy card! Love how you framed the flowers and your coloring is fabulous. All of your cards a lovely! Thanks for sharing!

KonaRose on 11:02 PM CST said...

Thanks for the great examples of coloring & stamping solid stamps onto patterned paper. I didn't think or know about that :D Keep going with your knitting - I love crocheting myself.

Betty Neville on 11:09 PM CST said...

These are all beautifully done! You sister going to love her card!

Valerie on 11:18 PM CST said...

Amazing work. you are very talented. Thanks for sharing.

Lucy on 11:30 PM CST said...

Love the patchwork look on the basket card. The embossing touches sure give the cards an extra bit of pizazz.

Kris on 11:41 PM CST said...

FABulous cards! I can't believe all the different ideas with all these sets! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Marie on 11:46 PM CST said...

Love the card the are great. thanks

Bertha W on 12:43 AM CST said...

Loved your dancing couple card, thanks for sharing!

Debbie Rogers on 5:39 AM CST said...

Your Poppy card is gorgeous Donna! Really like the embossing with it!

Nanette on 9:50 AM CST said...

I love your flower card the best. It is just beautiful!

naneruth on 12:00 PM CST said...

Great ideas!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) on 12:11 PM CST said...

They're all lovely....the Poppies are stunningly colored!!

Payne Holler Cards on 2:21 PM CST said...

oh my - each one is so different, your range of creativity is amazing - cant pick a fav but sure NEED that duo set (-:

mtscrapgal on 8:04 PM CST said...

Your color combos are excellent, Donna. Thanks

sharon g on 8:30 PM CST said...

SO pretty. It looks like a Calif. Poppy

mitz on 9:28 PM CST said...

..great job.. way to WOW us.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

Sheahasu on 12:26 PM CST said...

Lovely! I like them all!

Carol on 1:13 PM CST said...

Super versatile sets with lovely images! It is so fun to see all the different projects they can make. Thanks for the inspiration!]



Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Pati on 2:32 PM CST said...

Very pretty poppy card, love your colors and layers! Great state card, neat idea using the USA map to show distance. I Love the colors, the papers and your layout of the knit card, very pretty, bright and cheerful in a warm, cozy knit-sweater or scarf way! : ) I love the layers and layout of the couple card, that is cool, I forget to try stamping on dp, very nice effect.

Judy I, St. Louis, MO said...

Your cards are awesome, but I love the way you've colored and framed the poppy. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

Sue D on 8:46 PM CST said...

Great designs and coloring.

Miriam Prantner on 6:16 PM CST said...

Beautiful cards! You did a wonderful job. I love the embossing on the first card. Looks amazing!

JanLM said...

Your orange framed floral is beyond goreous! What an effect! Ienjoyed all your cards, they're FAB! thx.

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