Today I am joining in as a special guest of Melanie Muenchinger in the Gina K Designs October Inspiration blog hop, showcasing the newest stamp set from Gina K Designs, Stately Flowers 5. Stately Flowers 5 is the fifth in a series of hand drawn official state flowers, and is available for purchase in both premium quality clear photopolymer and red rubber.
This set includes flowers for Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Kansas, but the mistletoe and sunflower have been specifically grouped together with all your upcoming fall and winter holiday cardmaking needs in mind, and the sentiments to match!


I am excited to be hopping with Melanie today. For my first card I started with by stamping the sunflower in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on 3 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ piece of white cardstock. It was colored with Copic Markers (Y13, Y15, Y17, E97, E99, YG21, YG25, YG63, YG67, C00, C1, BV20). The image was masked, then a background was stamped over it in Antique Linen Distress ink. The image was cut in three 1 1/4″ wide strips and the edges were sponged with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress ink.

I ran the strips through my Xyron and adhered them to a slightly bigger piece of black cardstock. The edges of the layers were stitched. The layers were adhered to the card base with foam adhesive squares, a 4 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ piece of Lizzard Bazzill cardstock folded in half.

A sentiment from the set was stamped on a piece of white cardstock, cut with one of the Sentiment Strip Die-namic dies. The edges were lightly sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. A button was tied to the upper right hand side of the sentiment strip. The strip was then adhered to the lower right side of the card. Black Rhinestones finish off the card.

I created a second card with that set with last week’s Color Challenge on SCS.

I started by stamping the Mistletoe image in Pink Petunia VersaMagic ink on Neenah Natural White cardstock. It was cut and embossed with a Standard Circle Nestabilities die. The die was kept over the cardstock, the image was masked and the bigger sentiment was stamped over the circle with Antique Linen Distress ink. The edges were sponged with the same color. The image was adhered to a piece of Kraft cardstock, cut and embossed with a Scallop Circle Nestabilities die. Part of the right side was cut off and the edge was stitched.

A 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Natural White cardstock was embossed with the Elegance M-Bossabilities folder. The bottom left and top right corner  were rounded before the edges of the layer were stitched and the circle layer was adhered to the top left. A sentiment was stamped on to the circle layer with Versafine ink.

May Arts Crochet Ribbon was adhered to the lower part of the layer. Pink Seam binding was tied above it.  A Spellbinders Pennant die was used to cut and emboss more Natural White cardstock. The word Mistletoe was stamped on it before it was tied to the bow with Linen thread and a button. Everything was adhered to the card base, a 3 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Kraft cardstock, folded in half. Three rhinestones on the top right edge finish off the card.

Be sure to visit the illustrator of Stately Flowers 5,
today for more samples with her set,
as well as inspiration from the lovely talented 
who is also guest designing this month!
For a full link list of participating designers,

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
Hugs and smiles


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

48 Responses to “Melanie Muenchinger Blog Hop”

  1. Wow, these are really beautiful. I really like how you made the first card. I really struggle with using larger images like that but I really love how you used it, especially with the mask and background stamp… it’s beautiful. Your second card is so pretty… I really love that background embossing and the soft subtle colors.

  2. Love everything about these cards! The split panels are perfect for this huge flower and I love the masking you did to make background with the text! I adore this color combo with the Mistletoe for a Christmas card! Your rocked it! you ROCK!

  3. Melanie has certainly rocked another flower set! And Beate, you have showcased it beautifully! Love the panels in your first card – great look! And who can resist a beautiful mistletoe card? Both are just delightful – Melanie’s so lucky to have you stamping up her new set!!! Hugs…

  4. Stunning cards Beate! Love how you used Melanie’s flowers!

  5. Fabulous split job. How fun to have you joining in the hop today!

  6. Your cards are incredible, no matter whose stamps you are using. Each card is uniquely detailed and lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Just beautiful, Beate!

  8. Both cards are gorgeous, Beate!! I love the beautiful flower on the first card…the sponging really highlights it perfectly!! The three panel design is so pretty!! The second card is stunning!! The embossing is awesome!! Happy Monday 🙂

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  9. Oh, wow, Beate, these cards are just stunning! Love the flowers!! Gorgeous stamps!! Love your work! Hugs

  10. Beate!!! I love being on a hop with you again!! 🙂 Not only is your coloring absolutely divine, but the split panels and little pop of black are just stunning!! And that mistletoe card is GORGEOUS! The embossing on white with that pretty pink color is breathtaking!

  11. So glad to see you over here at STV Beate. I love your work. These cards are beautiful, but I would expect nothing less from you. Love your coloring and design!!

  12. Oh Beate, this is incredible! I just love these sunflowers and you did a fabulous job coloring it!

  13. Beate these are both wonderful! I love the rich coloring on the first – WOW! The design is amazing too. Of course the second is amazing with the soft pink and the wonderful embossing.

  14. Beate, your cards are so stunning! I love the coloring on the triptych and the mistletoe card is so soft and warm!

  15. Awesome cards! I love how you did the sunflower.

  16. Gorgeous cards! Your Thanksgiving sunflower card is AMAZING!

  17. great cards Beate!!

  18. These are both wonderful! I love how you cut the first one in strips and inked the edges.

  19. Beautiful cards! I love the sunflower card…I am a sunflower nut! Your copic coloring is exceptional!

  20. I love how you used Melanie’s new set. And, since I am from South Dakota, naturally it has to be in my collection of sets. Melanie’s designs are always wonderful and you did her justice with those beautiful cards you created.

  21. Love what you did with these stamps. Absolutely beautiful. The three panels are so attractive and love the embossing on the second card.

  22. Oh my goodness these are such beautiful images! Love how you used them and your wonderful coloring

  23. Oh, my!!! The Mistletoe one made me swoon–such an unexpected color combo! Delicately beautiful, Beate!!!

  24. Beautiful cards Beate!! Love the pink mistletoe!!

  25. These cards are gorgeous. I love the sunflower..It is so vibrant and just stands out there for it to say look at me. So pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Gorgeous sunflower card, Beate — I love the split panels, all stitched up! And your pink mistletoe is just breath-taking … love the color combo! So glad you could join us this month! 🙂

  27. Two beautiful cards, Beate! Have you ever made a rubbish one? I think not!

  28. Scrumptious cards Beate – I esp love your stitching touches to the cards, embossing and the text print behind the sunflower 🙂

  29. Oh my Beate, your cards are absolutely stunning!!!

  30. Thank you for the inspiration Beate..I really like the panel sunflower…

  31. wowza!! I am sooo loving your creations Beate! Especially the sunflower, it’s just stunning!

  32. Very lovely Beate.

  33. These are both quite gorgeous cards! I think you have Melanie’s set quite proud!

  34. Just beautiful! The coloring on the sunflower is stunning!

  35. Both cards are so beautiful. I really like the pairing of the grey and white…it’s so peaceful. And, your sunflower is fabulous, Beate!

  36. Wiw! What a great giveaway! I really need that Oklahoma flower stamp for my ATC 50 states swap!

  37. Welcome to the Stamptv blog. I love the different way you used the pink to express your Christmas card. Being October, the pink stands for even more. Thank you.

  38. Lovely cards–my favorite is the sunflower.

  39. Beautiful cards!!

  40. WOW Beate! BOTH of these cards are STUNNING!

  41. Beautiful cards Beate! I especially love the sunflower one since they grow not too far from my house. Thanks for the inspiration.

  42. I LOVE the split panel. Such a cool card. The mistletoe is also cool. Would never thought to use pink on it. Great job, my friend

  43. As a permanent fixture over on Stamp TV I am so pleased to see you create with some of the GKD stamps. As always your cards are GORGEOUS!!! I love seeing your point of view in card making it is soooooo INSPIRATIONAL! Beautiful, beautiful cards! TFS!!

  44. Gorgeous coloring of the flower and like how you made it into panels and the cool stitching around it.
    The soft pink and gray together on the second cards is so lovely!

  45. Beautiful Beate! I really like this sunflower image, wonderful cards.

  46. Wow Beate, love the effect of the split panel on your sunflower. Also your second card is so dreamy and yet packed with texture and interest 🙂

  47. sigh… your coloring on that sunflower is amazing, girl! love the background, too. and the second card is so sweet. love the non-traditional colors for a holiday card. fabulous work as always, Beate!

  48. Oh my word, Beate! Both are fabulous! I love how you’ve created the panels for the sunflower! Adds so much to the card. I never think to use my xyron anymore….thanks for the tip!
    Your second card is so soft and pretty!!!

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