Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sneak Peeks Day 1: "The Best Things in Life" and "Perfectly Polished"


This month I am offering you a "greeting" set like no other : "The Best Things in Life"! (When I called Gina a few months ago to tell her about it, the first thing I said was the title and she replied "oooh, I love it already!" LOL!!!) In it you will find 39 coordinating stamps that will help you celebrate all the things YOU love in life: happy, silly, and sentimental, all in one set, suitable for any occasion! Expect a LONG tip sheet with this one that will still only scratch the surface of combinations you can create, too many to number! These large scale words are PERFECT titles for scrapbook layouts of any size(I thought long and hard about scrapbookers' needs when I created this set!), as well as being just what you need when you want the focus of your card to be a sentiment, when you need to make something quick and only have time for a greeting and your favorite designer paper, or to compliment any of your favorite stamp images (and, as you might expect, there are a TON of Gina K ones that go quite nicely!);)
The mixed fonts in this set create a fresh and fun look that will work with any designs you choose! Today I made a simple card using just three of the stamps from the set, "the best things in life" is one you can build on in many ways (you'll see more in our peeks and at our party!) I was able to line up all three at one time on my round acrylic block so I only had to stamp once, coloring directly onto the stamps with my SU! markers (Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose and Rose red ) to give it this colorful look (and give the words you really wan to accentuate that extra POP!) as well as match the beautiful new Basic Grey Bittersweet paper you can purchase Thursday night in Gina K's store with the rest of our release (oh, yeah, I'll be getting a couple more PACKS of this DP, if I can get my order in fast enough!) I found two beautiful cardstocks from Paper Temptress to compliment these Basic Grey prints : the base is Mountain Rose Glimmer (see how shimmery ??) and the yummy brown paper is Pop Tones Hot Fudge! Some heart Nestabilities, a few charms (from Joann's they came in a pack, average about 20 cents a piece!) I hung from silver brads, and SU! 5/8" grosgrain finish it off! Easy EASY! (I had a hard time deciding what to show today as my other sample is completely different, so please be sure to come check it out at the release party Thursday!

Check out more samples of this set from our Gina K Design team (maybe we'll get some insight as to what each of them consider "the best things in life" LOL!!):
Carolyn King, Donna Baker , Emily Giovanni, Erika Martin, Jessica Fick , Kurtis Amundson, Theresa Momber
and Gina K!

This next card uses Rupa's newest "Perfectly Polished" set, super girly, super fun!

The mirror image in the set really inspired me to try a card where the recipient would be looking back at themselves while reading "You're the fairest of them all!" (how's that for a daily affirmation?!) I found a 24 pack of little round mirrors in the exact sizes I needed for $2.49 at Hobby Lobby(which made them 10 cents each!) This card uses the 1" and 1/2" sizes, adhered with Mono Multi, isn't that fun? (now I can make about 10 more cards like these, hee hee!!)




This was definitely the hardest card I've ever tried to photograph (to really capture the cool reflection and not have something like my camera ofr cuttlebug in the pic LOL!!) I used Brushed Silver for my base and mat, and another fun Bittersweet print! I love how the dots play off those round mirrors! Image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo black, colored with Copics, and a little bit of Copic atyou Spica Silver for more shine. To dress it up a bit more, I punched out some large flourishes and accented them with adhesive metal dots to make it look like a fancy swivel easel, similar to the mirror image.


More peeks of "Perfectly Polished" found here:
Cindy Lawrence
Jessica Fick
Joanne Basile
Kurtis Amundson



and in the Spotlight's Mary Anderson!


and two more new peeks here tomorrow! Like what you see here so far?? Let me know here!! :) (or tell me YOUR "best things in life", betcha I've got you covered, hee hee!) Don't forget you can win this set by donating cards, you have a couple more days, read this!

50 comments:

Shannon said...

Lovin' it!!!! Let's see....best things in life....chocolate.... ;-)

Have a good night!!!! TTYS!!

Melissa Sauls said...

Oooh ooh ooh! I really like it! I'm itching to see more! Great samples too. :)

Mindy said...

I was up so I just had to come see what you cooked up for us this month. I love it! Cannot wait to see what else is included in the set. That card is truly gorgeous.

Theresa said...

As always, you blow me away with your creativity! These ROCK! I am so in love with your new set!

Laurie in MN said...

I love "the Fairest of Them All" and the little mirrors. I bought the mirrors ages ago but could never figure out how to use them.

Besides the kids, husband, family and friends,
The best things in life is a full sock drawer, a full underwear drawer and bra's that fit.

Laurie in MN said...

I returned to your blog hoping to see more of the Best Things in Life set. :O( Unfair, you're making us wait.

scrappintlc said...

Okay I think its a definite on both sets. Love your card Mel, definitely creative.

Laurie in MN said...

My favorite is
"Best Thing in Life" is God.

Carolina said...

Seriously - can you be anymore brilliant!!! Love what I've seen so far with your new set...can't wait to get it all inked up!

Love your samples today and I've already seen one of my favorite things in life - caffeine so happy to see that. Now did cupcakes make the list?

Becky Sorensen said...

Wow, great samples.

Casmiles said...

Can't wait to see the rest - hurry up Thursday!!! Love the samples...

Moni said...

Just love it, you inspire me, and great stamps to, love to have it! hugs,Moni

StampinCathy said...

This is fabulous! Best thing in life stamping and a chance at some sweet candy. Thanks for a chance.

Viv said...

Wow! Totally jaw-dropping cards!
Gotta have that set. I love that paper too. I'l be watching, ready to pounce! LOL
Viv xx

Elaine A said...

Mel -

You've done it again! I love your "Best Things in Life" set. What a fantastic idea.

Elaine Allen

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhh my first guess was right about the nail polish!!!! Ohhhh a girlie set with TRULY the best things in life!!!! Awesome sentiment!!!! Ohhhhh do I ever wanna see the whole set!! You totally DID save me one for the night of the release?? ACKK!!!!!! Can't sell out!!!! Oh and soooo perfectly gorgeous with the Bittersweet dp!!! Okay....little mirrors on my shoppng list!!!! LOL

catdidit said...

Gahhh! You never cease to amaze me too! I LOVE your new set...cant wait to get it! And the little mirrors, too cute! Beautiful cards Mel!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh Mel....only you could come with such a wonderful set that can go with all the cute stamps!!!! Girlie for Rupa's or Gina's coffee set.....or so meaningful and special.......ohhh these just are going to be so perfect with every single set I already own!!!!

Sorry.......had to come back and tell you I finally figured it all out!!! LOL

Donna said...

wow! love your heart card (don't you adore that bittersweet pad?) what a cute idea to put the little mirrors on the images! sweet card - adds a whole new 'dimension' to it!

Cammy said...

I love your set and the mirrors are great. I so wish we had a Hobby Lobby by us -- went to one by my mom and after 90 minutes, we hadn't seen anything.

Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama said...

The mirrors are a genius idea!!!

Jessica said...

Aw, how perfect - both of them!! Love your set, Melanie! Can't wait to see what everyone does with it!!

Sandra said...

great set, can not wait to see the whole thing ...
Best things in life are kids!
Sandra

Sharon said...

Sounds like Best Things in Life will be a best seller set! Love your mirror card; how cool to use real mirrors.

Sharon

seamom said...

You are so clever! Both cards are wonderfully beautiful! I especially like the mirrors... wish we had a Hobby Lobby close to where I live! I can't wait to see the whole set, "The Best Things in Life".

emilymomto3boys said...

oh wow - those mirrors are perfect! I love the heart card as well!!

Sharri said...

I am lovin' what I have seen so far of you new stamp set! I love the mirror idea you used with Rupa's new set! Guess where I will be walking to during my lunch hour today-Hobby Lobby!

jules p said...

Your card is great. I love the added touch of the mirrors. You are so smart.

Susan said...

I'm loving this! It's making me want to get my nails back on! Nothing like a good coat of nail polish to lift the spirits!

Norine said...

love the sets and what you did with them very nice
hugs
Norine

Elena said...

Wow! I love it! I love the new stamp set!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful sets and great samples! It will be hard to wait till Thursday. I think your set will make me want to scrap again. Best things in life? God, my husband and family!
Ad K.

Nancy said...

I'm absolutely lovin' it!!! I can't wait to get my hands on your "The Best Things in Life" set. I know it will be fun to make cards with this set but I already have a ton of ideas of scrapbook page layouts with pictures of Miss Jess enjoying her life (along with her brothers, dad, myself and other family & friends). Just because she is very ill doesn't mean she doesn't enjoy her life. And the best things in my life involve my loved ones.

ps Jess is having a lot of tummy pain so please keep her in your prayers.

((hugs))

Carolyn King said...

awesome girl! love the mirrored reflection. Brilliant! BEautiful heart card too!

cheribella said...

I just love these sets. Your little mirrors are super! I would have enjoyed participating in the valentine cards but unfortunately I just came across all of this today and it is now too late. The only one that is still open is the hand-in-hand offer and I don't own that stamp set:( Maybe next time around.

Paula Laird said...

I can't wait to see your set! I love sentiments!
THe mirror card is so cute! Love it!

GramaCat said...

Absolutly charming ...Melanie ! I expected something unusual, and I was plesantly rewarded. Bravo ! Bravo!
GramaCat

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Marilyn Hitterman said...

Love the new stamp set, Melanie. Very girly girly! Can't wait to see your other one.

Stampmouse said...

I sooo could have used the title set this weekend. I just made a comment on Gina's blog about how I hate to write in my books but I would love to put little sayings on there.

melissac said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The new set!! Can't wait to get my hands on it and play!

Erin Bassett said...

LOVE those cards!!

One of the best things in my life is the Lord....coffee & chocolate are great too though LOL!

Kim Marie said...

Love it??

YES! Especially using those clever little mirrors! Weren't you so so PSYCHED that they fit so well?! Cool!
Kim Marie

Tangii Crain said...

Melanie I love your new set (as always!!), and you cards are wonderful! I always love Rupa's sets too, your card with her "...Polished" set is stunning!!!!!!!!!! THanks for sharing!!

Tracey said...

Gorgeous cards Melanie! The mirror idea is very cool!! And your set rocks! I am a scrapbooker first so this so appeals to me!! :)

Rose Ann said...

Fabulous peeks, Melanie!! I love both of your awesome designs, girl!!

Joanne B. said...

How cute are YOU finding the mirrors. So clever! Thirty nine stamps in one set, is that the record for Mel Stamps so far? ;-) You're the greatest.

Beautiful cards as always Melanie! Just gorgeous!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Wow! Girl, these are both just beautiful! Love the mirror and the gorgeous colors you chose!!!

Cynde said...

Can't wait to see the rest Mel. They are just Tooooo Cute...

Pamela Smerker said...

What an awesome set! I can't wait to see more.