Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Say it With Flowers

I am so thrilled to be Melanie Muenchinger's guest designer for her latest release with Gina K Designs. I love Melanie's stamps and this month she has TWO amazing new sets!

The first set, A Year of Flowers, is packed full of beautifully drawn flowers. Like all of Melanie's sets, she has squeezed in as many images as possible, making this a fantastic value. There are 21 stamps in A Year of Flowers and only two of those are greetings.

Now, are you wondering where the greetings are? No worries. Her second set, Say it With Flowers, is full of fantastic, coordinating quotes, and greetings. This is my favorite sentiment set of all time. I am not a big fan of sappy sentiments, and the phrases and quotes in Say it With Flowers are right up my alley. There are a lot of really great quotes that are perfect for the inside of cards, and will work with all my flower stamps. (you may have noticed I am fond of flowers)

On this first card, I used one of the quotes from Say it With Flowers, stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I scored the sides of the white panel. Behind the white panel comes a layer of Basic Black, Lavender Lace, another Basic Black, then Whisper White card base.

The flowers and leaf stems were stamped, then colored with Koh-i-noor pencils, blended with odorless mineral spirits (OMS). I used a blue craft marker to add some extra shading. I cut them out and place them in the corners and added the ribbon.

For this card, I used the Poinsettia and stamped it once with black and three times with Versa Mark on Very Vanilla. I heat embossed the three Versa Mark images with gold glitter embossing powder. The single image stamped in black, I colored with Koh-i-noor pencils, blended with OMS.

The top panel is Very Vanilla that I dry embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. I doesn't show up in the photo, but I ran my Versa Mark pad over the raised dots and then brushed Pearl Ex powder over them.

Below the Swiss Dots panel is a layer of Riding Hood Red. I wrapped gold cord around both panels. The greeting was stamped on Very Vanilla and punched out with my large SU oval punch. Then I ran the edges of the oval on my Versa Mark pad and heat embossed with more of the gold EP. I punched a small hole in the oval and tied it to the gold cord with ribbon.

A Year of Flowers & Say it With Flowers and all the new releases, will be available in the Gina K Designs Store starting at 10pm cental.

Be sure to check out Gina's blog (if you haven't already) for more peeks and some fantastic new products. Don't forget to leave a comment on her blog for a chance to win one of these wonderful new stamp sets. She will also have a list of all the members of her design team that are sharing projects with Melanie's new sets. Two people, that I know are previewing them, are Melanie (of course) and Cathy (aka Catdidit on SCS).

There is going to be a fun release party tonight, in the Gina K forums, from 7-10pm central. I love Gina K parties. It is always super fun with challenges and contests. My user name at SCS is TheresaCC. Be sure to say "hi" if you stop by. I would love to see you.

In the coming weeks, I will be posting more projects with using Melanie's new sets and she will also be featuring some of my projects on her blog.

I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

32 comments:

Anita said...

Your cards are so beautiful. The flowers look real.

Melanie said...

You should put that first one in a frame instead of an envelope, I love it!
Love how you made some of the poinsettias white!
(gotta email you with the rest of my comment!!);)
hugs!!

chelemom said...

Congrats on the guest DT spot! From what I can tell (I am new to your blog....) it was well deserved! These cards are absolutely gorgeous!!! Your coloring is just amazing!

catdidit said...

This arent only amazing, they are jaw -dropping Theresa! OMG, congrats on you guest DT spot, sooo very deserving! Your work is awesome and you know I have admire it very much! I love that first one, love the bright colors, I agree with Mel, it needs framing! And the poinsettias, WOW! love the idea of coloring the one like that...wonderful pieces of art girl! Your ROCK!!

Jessica said...

Theresa, your cards are BEAUTIFUL!!! Your layers, attention to detail, coloring, embellishments... ahhh, so much eyecandy to see this morning! Thank you for sharing your art with us! I can't wait to see what else you're going to make!!

Trina said...

These cards are absolutely gorgeous!! I love the coloring and how realistic they look! Absolutely beautiful!

Debby said...

Your cards are stunning. As is everything you make I can see. Congrats on your DT spot. Hope you have a great day!

Vanessa said...

These cards are amazing. I am sure Melanie is very proud of your work :)

stampinc said...

WOW these cards are just beautiful. I love how you did both the flowers. You're just so creative and inspiring.

tmhowe@charter.net said...

I love the poinsetta card! The gold poinsettas are such a great touch and help the red one pop out! Great job on this card. The first card just jumps right out on you and the saying is just awesome. Love the job you did with these sets!

Deedee Anderson said...

These are both absolutely gorgeous, though I'm partial to the colors, etc. of the second. Beautiful work!!

Anjou Krelovich said...

Beautiful!

Julie Koerber said...

Congrats on the guest designer post! You really rocked these new sets! Your coloring is absolutely off the charts beautiful!! Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

MichelleH said...

So gorgeous! I'm not sure which is my fave. The top one is so vibrant and fresh looking. The bottom one is serene and elegant. Both are amazing! TFS. Congrats on the guest designer spot, obviously it's a well-deserved honor.

Tracy said...

WOW such great depth & detail. A gorgeous job on these new sets! Congrats & ENJOY!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

These are gorgeous!

Julie (Joypup on SCS) said...

Exquisite craftsmanship and design! Wow, what more could anyone ask for/hope for! So glad I came by!

virgo5 said...

Oh Theresa, these are beautiful! I specially love what you've done with the poinsettia! I was thinking I didn't really need more flowers til I saw your gorgeous cards! lol

Jamie Martin said...

Both cards are wonderful, great job with the coloring :)

Deb Neerman said...

Woooooooohooooooo!! Congrats!!! You're a rock star, my friend!

And these samples are off-the-charts!!

So happy for you!

~Hugs, Deb

dasimonds said...

The Flowers...so Pretty.
Your Cards...so Beautiful!!
Your coloring techniques
are Wonderful..blended so
nicely. TFS

sparklystamper said...

GORGEOUS!
GORGEOUS!
GORGEOUS!

Marilyn Hitterman said...

Hi Theresa
This is my first time visiting your blog, which I saw on Gina K. What wonderful and clean work you do! So often I see, both on the net and in craft magazines, framing of paper and lines of embellishments (like beads/crystals) uneven and it just ruins the project for me. But your work is absolutely beautiful and makes me want to create a card like yours but with my own twist. Thanks for your incentive. I so appreciate it. I don't have a blog, but I figured I had better catch up with the times! So I'm in the process, along with my husband's help, of creating my own.
I just have to ask you the definitions of some abbreviations included within this blog. I'm 62 yrs. old and got my own laptop several months ago, so some of the 'lingo' is new to me. You used the initials of: SU - SCS - OMS. Could you please tell this un-enlightened senior/grandma what these letters stand for? I'd appreciate it, Theresa.
Thanks for sharing your lovely artwork with everyone, especially me!!
Marilyn Hitterman
Angleton, Texas

Donna said...

WOW!! Congratulations, Theresa - I love both cards, but the first one with the pop of the black is a work of art!! love the white poinsettias too-that card is so elegant!

Patti J said...

You have a very elegant style - thanks for sharing with us! I plan to 'follow' your blog as long as you will let me!

Deb said...

These are both absolutely stunning!! Way to showcase these gorgeous stamps!!

Annapurna said...

Gosh Theresa, what happened here? I must have been in a hole. I used to be the first to comment and now the 27th?

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!
I knew you were up to something as soon as I saw the picture of you on your profile :-)

Honest to god, I didn't see this post before I sent you that email this morning.

Melanie did a great job picking you and you did a great job, showing off her sets. Sorry I missed the partay :-(

fishlips said...

Wow the flower sets are just so wonderful that I had to go and order them tooo...Your cards are just stunning and wow do you do a great job showing off these new sets!!!

Catherine said...

Congratulations for being a Guest Designer... both cards are just gorgeous!

Shirley said...

Everything has already been said. This is drop dead gorgeous! Everything about it is just so elegant!

Shirley said...

oooops! I can't forget those beautiful blue flowers on that vibrant purple, black, and white BG. Another beautiful card, Theresa!.

Rhonda Langley said...

Lovely as usual!!! Love your art!!! Fantastic cards!!!