Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Happy Hopping with Melanie!


Good morning!  Today several members of the CardMaker Blog team and Gina K. Designs team are  showcasing stamps used in Melanie Muenchinger's newest book Fabulous Stamped Frames, published by Annie's. This cardmaking tutorial book features 36 projects using seven of Melanie's bold and line art frame stamp sets from Gina K. Designs.  These versatile setseach contain a frame stamp large enough to fill an A2 card front, which can be rotated portrait or landscape style, along with coordinating images and sentiments, that allow both beginners and advanced crafters to enjoy endless design possibilities for year-round themes, occasions and styles. Not all sets are needed to get a ton of instruction and ideas from this book! Melanie challenged us to each put our own spin on one of the sets, so we hope you enjoy what you see today!  She and Gina will be sharing videos as well to show more of the book and some of the stamps in action.

Here is what I made :)


I got to play with Melanie's beautiful set Branching Out.  It has numerous elements in square, circular or rectangle fashion that can be used alone, or other elements from the set added to accent the frames. I love the delicate feel to the set and the numerous elements that you can mix and match together.  All the bits and pieces are interchangeable.  I stamped the circular framing piece in black adding the pretty perched bird and then all the other coloured flowers and berries with soft peaches and blue-y greens to match this pretty Teresa Collins Summer Stories  paper.  Just those little bits of dimension really accent the frame.  


I've paired it with some metallic black paper, pretty pearls and some button, lace and iridescent twine.  I wanted it to have that simple delicate feel because it has that sort of dainty feel to me.  Lovely and peaceful isn't it?  

Here's what this lovely stamp set looks like:


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And here's where you can hop along to get tons of inspiration from Melanie's sets in the book...enjoy!

Christine Okken (you are here)

60 comments:

Melanie said...

Ooh, Christine! I love how the patterned papers and your layout play of the bird's scene! just gorgeous!

crafty1964 said...

Very inspiring! -Tina

Beth said...

WOW! I love the colors you chose! So pretty!

Barbara said...

Beautiful beautiful card! Love the colors that you chose. . Did I tell you that it is beautiful?

Betty said...

FANTASTIC layout, colors and use of this stamp set. I never thought of using it that way.

Theresa Momber said...

Wonderful card! I love your colors and wonderful pattern papers.

RedGem said...

beautiful card... love this stamp set. Tks for the inspiration.

Nana Griffin said...

Lovely!

Judy K. said...

I love your card. I think this is my favorite set.

ET said...

I like how the framed image coordinates with the patterned papers.

Directmailscrapper said...

It is just amazing how different you guys all used similar stamps! These blog hops are so great for inspiration. Love your card!

Gabi said...

Very pretty card. The popped up flowers and the little bird are just darling!

catdidit said...

What a gorgeous collage-y style creation, LOVE it!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the soft colors with the black.

dskene said...

Love the stamp set. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sue D said...

Lovely card. I like your choice of papers.

Anna Jernigan said...

Stunning card. It IS peaceful and serene. Love all the lacy touches, and the glorious sparkly bits.
Wonderful combination of stamping and pp., and gorgeous card!
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the opportunity to win, anything! LOL

elizabeth said...

Very pretty card.

Stephanie McKnight said...

Christine, yours is my favorite card, as it is do delicate. I think it has some Asian influence as well. Now, I gotta run and order this lovely stamp set! Thank you so much!

Mary said...

Great card with great colors. Love it!

Carla said...

I adore this card. A LOT! I'm going to go look at it some more...

Susan White said...

Beautiful card, I love the little pearls in the branches!!

Judy said...

Now, this is my style. Love the design, colors and everything. Would love to see how you finish the inside.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful card! Love the patterns and colors used.

nzillingworth said...

HAVE TO HAVE THIS STAMP. LOVE THE COLOURS YOU HAVE PUT TOGETHER. SO VERY DELICATE

Lynne said...

Beautiful use of many different elements.

Sue said...

I love the colors you used on this card. Very pretty

Dee said...

What a pretty feminine card! Love the soft colors you chose to use.

MsJudyC said...

Very pretty card.

Unknown said...

lovely colors! the black really brings out the peach and blue
thanks
Holly

Kristen V said...

Great pattern and texture choices all put together to make one beautiful card. Lovely!

Doris W. said...

Gorgeous! Love the added dp with the delicate stamp set!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Gorgeous card. Thanks for the great inspiration.

Carol said...

Beautiful projects! Thanks for some great ideas on this blog hop!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Sean Fetterman said...

This is absolutely stunning! I love it! :) Sean

Cindy M said...

Oh what a beautiful card!!

Sharyn Polesel said...

This is such a lovely card. I love the soft, beautiful colors!

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful, love the design and layout!

Carole Renneker said...

Beautiful job on this card. so many beautiful layers.

Parker said...

I have this stamp set, and you've definitely inspired me.

Theresa said...

Very nice! You have wonderful ideas!

Julie S. said...

Wow, that is beautiful! I made need to case this card sometime!

Judy Sander said...

Oh, I love the detail you added to this frame set. So very pretty. I'm always at a loss on how to dream these things up.

Peggy M said...

love this stamp set.. Beautiful card

Mspollycrafter said...

Very pretty.

itzamitzi said...

Not my style, but I can certainly appreciate the work that went into it.

Betty Neville said...

Gorgeous card! Love the dimension, and the lovely color combo!

weechi2 said...

Very busy card but pretty colors

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous card Christine.

greetings karin

Ea Christiansen said...

What a stunning card - love the mix of colors.
Thank you for showing your coloring technique also.
Hugz
Ea

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Gorgeous card. I love the layers and papers.

TFS An'Jenic

Colleen Dietrich said...

Lovely sketch and color palette! It reminds me of Art Nouveau.

Brooke said...

Very pretty! I love the use of black on this card!

calamity jane said...

This is fabulous! I love the colors & papers you used! This is my favorite stamp set..so versatile!

gobluektb said...

Great coordination of all the papers, colors, and textures.

Judy Woodland said...

What a lovely card. Love the soft colors with the black, makes for a very striking combination!! Just beautiful, thanks for the great inspiration!

Judy Tuck said...

Stunning card. Beautiful stamp set.

Linda w said...

Such a beautiful card. I love it.

gettin' inky...

Kitty said...

Your card is just lovely

Kathleen

Lee said...

Fabulous!!! What an elegant design!!