Thursday, July 9, 2009

What's Your Lucky Number?

It's your lucky day! Tonight we are having an exciting blog hop featuring seven stamp sets that are included in one of the most amazing specials Gina K has ever offered. (see all the details below) Each design team member will be showcasing one of her/his favorite stamp sets included in the sale to give you some inspiration.

I'm featuring Cuddles and Hugs, a stamp set designed by Melanie Muenchinger last summer. This stamp set is filled with the sweetest animal images, all cozy and cuddly! I just love how Melanie drew the flamingos so their heads formed the shape of a heart. This is a really great set to stamp with and the sentiments are both heartfelt and fun. Card details and more photos below.

And now here are the details of the sale and blog hop...

Lucky Seven Sale Event: July 10-14, 2009

Buy any three of these seven stamp sets(regularly priced at $23.95 each) for $49.95 and you can choose one from these normally priced $19.95 stamp sets for free! (A value of $91.80)

OR, for an even more amazing deal: Buy them all for $125! Purchase all of the Lucky Seven stamp sets and you will receive all 4 of the free stamp set choices for free! (A total value of $247.55)

Lucky Seven Stamp sets available for this sale event:
Many Happy Returns
How Sweet it Is!
Jumping for Joy
Zoo Animals
Christmas Blessings
Whatever Floats Your Boat
Cuddles and Hugs

Stamp sets available for free with the purchase of 3 of the Lucky Seven Stamp Sets:
Rectangle Greetings
Heartfelt Hits 1
Kindred Greetings for Kids

To take advantage of these sale prices, look for the Lucky Seven Button on GinaK's Online Store that will go live midnight tonight!

Check out these GinaK Designs Senior Design Team blogs tonight for projects made with these seven Lucky Stamp sets!

Many Happy Returns: Joanne and Lynn
How Sweet it Is: Gina and Carolyn
Jumping for Joy: Cathy and Lee
Zoo Animals: Asela and Donna
Christmas Blessings: Kurtis and Emily
Whatever Floats Your Boat: Erika and Jessica
Cuddles and Hugs: Melanie and Theresa

The Lucky Seven Sale event starts now and will end Monday night at Midnight.

Isn't that a sweet deal? I love that if you order all seven, you then get the four sets that you can choose from for the free with three. If you already have one or two of the sets being offered today, I think I would still consider it and save the duplicate(s) to use as gifts or blog candy. BTW, if you purchase all 7 for $125, plus get 4 sets for free, that works out to a little over $11 per set! If you get three for $49.95, plus one free set, that works out to just under $12.50 per set, still an amazing deal!

And now for details of my card...

I colored the flamingos with Copic markers, starting with RV25 around the edges.

Then I added RV23, followed by RV21 to cover the entire feathered part of the birds. I used my blender pen to push back some of the color in the open areas, creating some highlights.

Used RV25 to go back over the darkest areas for a little more contrast. I colored the legs with YR02 and the beaks with N5 and C3.

Then I stamped some of the bamboo and grass around the edge of my cardstock and colored those with Copics, too. I then heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder. Before embossing, I rubbed my cardstock with my embossing buddy to prevent static, then colored over the images with a Versa Mark pen so the powder would have something to stick to.

Using a post-it note as a mask, I sponged So Saffron for the sky.

Added a 1 3/8 inch circle to mask out the sun and sponged Apricot Appeal ink.

Added More Mustard.

And finally, Pumpkin Pie ink. I intentionally made the Pumpkin Pie a little splotchy so it would look like there were some wispy clouds in the sky.

Then I removed the mask from the bottom and tore a new mask to show the sun reflecting in the water.

Placed a mask over the sky that I had already sponged to protect it. Then added the U-shaped mask and sponged So Saffron, More Mustard and Pumpkin Pie in the open area.

Removed the U-shaped mask and added the other piece to the area I just sponged. Then I sponged Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace and Regal Rose.

Used Copic markers, Vo6 and RV23 to add some ripples.

And here is a close-up after assembling. The yellow circle panel was sponged and I used my SU Word Window punch to cut out the sentiment.

I finished the inside of the card using the flamingos stamped with Pretty in Pink and the sentiment stamped in black. I also did some sponging around the edges with Regal Rose ink.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day!


Jessica said...

What a beautiful card, Theresa!!! I love it!!

catdidit said...

This is sooo gorgeous Theresa! I love the colors you have used on it!

JenMarie said...

O.M.Gosh. Stunning! Beautiful!!

CountessLaurie said...

JenMarie said it! That card is simply stunning! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us!

emilymomto3boys said...

That is amazing! One of these days I am going to sit down and go through your coloring tutorials so I can color like you!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

THUD..............THUD.............and triple THUD!!!!!!! Oh this is sooo fantastically gorgeous Theresa!!!!!

Lori said...

Oh WOW!!!! Fantastic scene!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!!

Brenda said...

Gorgeous card, Theresa you rocked another one.

JessicaK said...

What a wonderful, romantic card, Theresa. And thank you so much for including the tutorial.

Rach said...

oh wow, this is gorgeous, an amazing card. love how you show how you achieved this look.. hugs rachxx

lisa808 said...

Beautifully done. So romantic.

Melanie said...

I love how you used the grass and leaves from the set to make this scene, how perfect!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Fabulous Theresa, your projects are all a work of art!

Elena said...

Stunning card, Theresa! Thank you for sharing your inspiration!

Carolyn King said...

what a beautiful scene!!!! LOVE it!

Becky said...

This is beautiful, love the colors, and the scene is fabulous. You go girl :).

Helen F. said...

This is just too gorgeous! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Donna Baker said...

wow! what a great romantic scene!

Scrubbysue said...

Oooooooooh.......this is beautiful!! I LOVE these colors!! they really pop!

Tina Gilliland said...

Simply stunning!! I MUST buy this set... it's the only one of Mel's I don't have... if you can believe that. LOL Your sunsets and colorings just amaze me.

Marimer said...

La ├║nica forma que tengo de aprender es viendo vuestros trabajos y sobre todo tus tutoriales, que son realmente pedag├│gicos. Gracias. Saludos.

Deb Neerman said...

LOVE this!

So different and so beautiful! I love the way you masked this ... you created a beautiful, realistic scene. Dang, I wanna be just like you if I grow up!