Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gina K January release inspiration blog hop: Day 1

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Day 1 of the Gina K Designs December Release Inspiration Blog hop!  Today we are spotlighting the sets, Stately Flowers 3 and Mehndi Wishes,  illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger and Rupa Shevde respectively.

First up is a card using Stately Flowers 3 illustrated by Melanie.  This is the third in a series of stamp sets profiling all the states and their official flowers.  This set includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana and Alaska.  My card uses the Mississippi State Magnolia flower lightly colored with copics. I made 2 cards, both CAS and using the same paper and coloring scheme.
Next, is my card using Mehndi Wishes illustrated by Rupa.  I must confess.  I didn't know what mehndi was when I received this set, and I had to Google it.  Mehndi is the Indian art form of henna temporary tattoos.  I was amazed and truly inspired at designs of mehndi.  My card was inspired by this lovely picture.  Most of the tattoos are not colored in, so I left my image blank and used some simple strips of cardstock and gold pearls as accents.
For even more samples of these new sets, you can visit each of the GKD Design Team blogs listed below.  Make sure you leave a comment here and on each of their blogs because Gina is going to draw two randomly chosen winners from all of the blog comments, and each will receive a fabulous grab bag of stamps!  You can check out the Big News thread on StampTV next Monday to find all the winners.
 Thanks for stopping by!  I will leave you with some close up pictures.  Be sure to come back Friday when I showcase the 1 Free with Three set!!  
Card Deets: 
Stamps -  Stately Flowers 3
Ink - True Black Memento ink

Cardstock -Pure Luxury White cardstock

Pattern Paper - True 6x6 pad (Echo Park)

Accessories - Spellbinders Labels One Nestabilities, 2 and 3mm pink pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty), copic markers, grey ribbon, stardust stickles


Stamps - Mendi Wishes

Ink -  Rich Cocoa Memento Ink

Cardstock - Pure Luxury White cardstock
, more mustard and cranberry crisp cardstock
Accessories - Spellbinders Labels Ten Nestabilities, 2mm red rhinestones
(Pizzazz Aplenty), gold pearls, Stardust Stickles

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112 comments:

  1. LOVE your CAS design with the Magnolia bloom! And the birdie too!

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  2. Lovely cards! Love the magnolia stamp!

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  3. Thank you for sharing such lovely cards, love how you have created two such different cards with the same image, and the gold bird is stunning :-)

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  4. Love the delicate pink on your magnolia and the glitter around the Nestie label, can't wait to get that one!

    Terrific job translating that Mehndi photo in a card!

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  5. Both cards are stunning Michelle!!!

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  6. Gorgeous designs, Michelle! So perfectly detailed.

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  7. Great cards! So sweet and nice!

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  8. Gorgeous highlight coloring! that inspiration photo is beyond cool!!

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  9. Very pretty. I am lovin' this magnolia stamp so much.

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  10. Both cards are gorgeous. I love the magnolia.

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  11. Nice! I like the subtle bling.

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  12. Love the highlight coloring - Going to have to try that. I get too bogged down on the blending, so it is nice to see some clean and simple applications too!

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  13. I just love all this white, makes these cards so elegant, wonderful coloring of that flower.

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  14. both are great, but love the magnolia ones

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  15. Love magnolias. We have quite a few of them in our area and they are always stunning when they bloom. Great colours with the second card and the row of gold pearls is a perfect accent :)

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  16. Such clean and simply elegant cards...nice job!

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  17. all are awesome. Thanks for the lesson on Mehndi....that helps alot!

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  18. Like the use of pearls. Thank you

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  19. Stunning cards....very elegant...I loved them...thank you so much for sharing....

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  20. Michelle, I just love your use of white here and thank y ou for sharing the Mehndi design picture! Really beautiful form of art! Hugs Lori R.

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  21. Love it all, but the magnolia is my fave ... beautiful job!

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  22. Your work is always so inspiring! Beautiful!

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  23. These are beautiful creations. TFS.

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  24. The magnolia seems to be a real popular stamp!! Nice card!

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  25. Absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE Magnolias! ...or maggie-nolias as I call them... ;)

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  26. Great cards, love the suttleness in the last card.

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  27. Beautiful. Love the embelishments you put on them.

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  28. Beautiful cards. Love the simplicity and elegance of both.

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  29. How Beautiful your Cards are. I love the colors and the papers. your Sentiments are great. Love the way you have layered. the added Bling gives that pop factor. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  30. These stamp sets are really leaning themselves to beautiful simple designs. You have captured the beauty of these stamps wonderfully.

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  31. Elegant! Enjoyed them - showed off the stamps so well.

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  32. Beautiful cards! Like the pearl accents.

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  33. Michelle these are wonderful! I adore all the white space.

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  34. Love both of these cards. Beautiful, clean and simple.

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  35. Love your CAS designs on these. I like how you used patterned paper on the first card. Need to remember this one.

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  36. These cards are so beautiful, love that they are clean and simple, makes the image just pop

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  37. I love simple cards and the color scheme is really eye catching. TFS :)

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  38. These are fabulous cards! Your mehndi wishes card is really gorgeous!

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  39. Thanks for doing the research for me Michelle! I was wondering myself - love your cards! Great samples of great stamp sets.

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  40. What a gorgeous CAS card with the Mehndi bird. Those colors are beautiful.

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  41. I really like how clean and simple your cards look. That's always the hardest technique for me, so it's wonderful to see these samples.

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  42. Great cards--I like the subtle coloring of the flower.

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  43. Beautiful cards MIchelle! Love the CAS design on the floral one and what a beautiful Mehndi card!!

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  44. Beautiful take on the magnolia on your two different cards. The colors you chose for the Mehndi card are so rich and really fit the style of the art.

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  46. Michelle, I had no idea what mehndi meant either! But your simplicity in leaving them white only highlights the art of both the flower and the bird! The bling adds the perfect touch!

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  47. What beautiful cards..love the simple designs and the added bling.

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  48. Love the way you colored the magnolia. Each artist has had a different take on the way to color that stamp. I love them all. Thanks, too, for posting the pic of the mehndi tatoo. It helps so much to see it!

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  49. Love your CAS cards, wonderful creations!

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  50. Your magnolias are GORGEOUS!!! TFS!!

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  51. Love both your cards and the coloring on the magnolia is awesome!

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  52. Your cards are so wonderful and beautiful. Great talent and so inspiring.

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  53. Wow love the simple clean lines on the flowers they are beautiful. But the meh do stamps are stunning! Love the bird with the henna design! I haven't seen anything like that before its so pretty!
    Purpletopaz x

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  54. Awesome floral image; think its my fav on the set. So pretty. Thanks for the link on where you got those Washi Tapes; gotta check it out.

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  55. I love the cards, being Indian I love mehendi you created this card just perfect.

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  56. Wow love te striking cards which are so beautifully simple! The stamps are awesome and you have shown them off beautifully! The mehNdi bird is stunning!

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  57. Beautiful cards, Michelle. Your Mehndi bird is a standout and I really like the look of the design on the bird itself. Wonderful cards.

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  58. The Mehndi bird card is stunning - the border and beaded strips are the perfect accents. Awesome, Michelle!

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  59. Love the grays of your first card. beautiful combination of patterns and colour. thanks

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  60. I love the card that you made using the Mehndi st. At first glance I thought I loved the simplicity but it isn't all that simply but it sure is beautiful

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  61. Love the pinks and grays. Beautiful cards.

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  62. These cards are stunning girl! Love the simplicity of them and those gorgeous stamps :)

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  63. Thanks for looking up "mehndi". I had wondered about that myself. Your cards are beautiful with so much white space.

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  64. Great cards. Love that magnolia image and you did a great job with your cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  65. These cards make me think of "purity." They're so beautiful. TFS

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  66. These are beautiful Michelle! The magnolia just pops!

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  67. Beautiful cards! Lovely flower.

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  68. Very nice cards! Great open layouts, with touches of pattern. Great inspiration card, very nice.

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  69. Lovely cards. I like the clean lines and designs of your cards.

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  70. These images really work great for CAS cards. Beautifully done! TFS

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  71. Lov-er-ly!!!! Thanks for the close-ups. The pearls really add that touch, especially on the bird's tail!

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  72. Love your cards. Very beautiful.

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  73. All gorgeous examples! love that magnolia! Hugs, Jennifer

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  74. Michelle, love both the Magnolia cards, superb job. and the 3rd card is so pretty, love the CAS approach with this one, great work on all.
    hugs
    Donna

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  75. Love your CAS cards especially! I'm learning lots about the Mehndi too!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  76. liked both cards using same coloring scheme and paper but such different results . TFS

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  77. Simply adorable. Lovin' your designs!

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  78. Beautiful cards. Love this technique. Have to try this

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  79. Great cards!! Thank you!! Hugs Lori R.

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  80. Very lovely cards, Michelle. Love both stamps.

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  81. Rupa's set is so cool! Great cards.

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  82. I love the simplicity of both cards and the detail of the pearls!

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  83. Beautiful, beautiful cards, Michelle. Love your stately flowers and your wonderful coloring. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  84. Love the simplicity of your cards they are beautiful, thanks for sharing

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  85. Such different cards yet both are unbelievably stunning. You inspire me to push past my comfort zone. TY ekc

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  86. Beautiful cards! Love the coloring on them and their soft elegance.

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  87. BEAUTIFUL Magnolia cards Michelle! WOW! You colored them so pretty and i really like both of their layouts. I like all the golden domes in your Medhi card as well!!

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  88. Your cards are beautiful, great layout on card number 2 the bird is a showstopper!

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  89. Love the gold bird and the simple elegance of your cards!

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  90. Hi, Michelle,
    The way you barely colored the magnolia on such a simple card, as well as the same for the mehndi birdie are striking pretty! Thank you for some easier card ideas - hugs Rosy

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  91. Gorgeous colors, and beautiful combos. I am so happy to see what Washi Tape is, lol!

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  92. They are all lovely. I really like all the pearl accents. Just the right amount of bling.

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  93. Beautiful cads, Michelle! Your designs get a happy sigh from me every single time!They're like a breath of fresh air! So nice catching up the other day!

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  94. Oh wow, these are all just beautiful!! Love your CAS style!

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