Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sneak Peek: "Life is Good" & "Warm and Wonderful"

Welcome back!! Our first preview tonight is of Theresa Momber's "Life is Good" set! While Theresa has included a snow covered cabin perfect for winter, there are a number of other greetings and images in this set that allow for cards year round. When I saw the steam train, though, I couldn't resist making an extra Christmas-y card with it, based on "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg! Most anyone receiving this card would recognize the nod to that celebrated holiday classic. :) The train fits perfectly into the "Festive Frame" window, with the poinsettias setting the holiday tone, and the borders are reminiscent of framed up illustrations in a book.
After coloring the frame and train (I took some liberties on the colors here not being a "train expert" LOL! as well as adding a little wreath to the front with a green ring and red dots) , I reverse masked the oval so I could sponge blue ink around the edges to make the stormy winter night. I cut a little diagonal beam from scratch paper to sponge around the create the light coming from the front of the train. Add falling snow with the Inkssentials white pen. The nail heads around the frame and on the bell make wonderful "train bling" rivets! Last I added the "Believe", the theme of the story, this greeting is from "Botanical Dreams". This is a two layer card, using Pure Luxury White and In the Navy. I just love this set! Thursday night at the party I will have sample using that cabin I mentioned... ;)

"Warm & Wonderful" has all these snuggly knit images in it, and I noticed the rounded cap would be SO cute plunked on top of die cut heart (made from Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly DP) I stamped both this cap and my scarf onto Rocket Red CS, which has the ribbed texture, perfect for knitwear!) accented with White Inksenntials pen. The scarf I cut in two so I could have it hanging over the other side. It may be a bit difficult to see, but if you click for a closeup I stamped the argyle from Gina's "Ribbon Stripes" over each in red for a subtle tone on tone look , this gives these images some additional knit texture! Now my bundled heart on the scalloped square goes perfectly with this greeting "You warm my heart" from the set. I stamped snowflakes from the set onto the new Pure Luxury Ocean Mist and added some adhesive rhinestones to a couple of the flakes centers.


For even more ways to use these fabulous stamp sets, please check tonight's featured Illustrator's blog:


Then, visit our Designer's blogs participating in the previews tonight:

GinaK,
Carolyn,
Cathy,
Cindy,
Donna,
Emily,
Erika,
Jessica,
Lee,
Lynn,
Melanie,
Nina

We also have one of our special Center Stage Spotlight Designer joining tonight:


32 comments:

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh the framed train is sooooo amazing!!!! And cuteness is the hat on the heart!!!

joy said...

The rocket red and the ocean mist made beautiful companions!

Jerin said...

I love how you colored that train! Looks like it'll just chug-chug-along right out of the card! And that heart with the cap and scarf... {squeal} just tooooo cute!!

Sheri said...

Gosh, I didn't even read what you wrote and I right away thought of the Polar Express. You nailed it!

Stampin' Pam said...

OMGOsh I love this Mel - Polar Express is one of my fave stories! You did a bang up job with these - as usual!

SandyK said...

The train card is awesome! I love it.

Melissa said...

Awesome cards Melanie! What you did with your frame and the train is so beautiful. Your little heart card si so sweet too!

lisa808 said...

The train in the frame is stunning.

Selma said...

Mel the train in the Festive Frame is gorgeous. You colored the train perfectly. Love this card.

Jennie said...

This train card is so Polar Express!!! Awesome card with your Festive Frame. Also love the mittens, the Red/Ocean Mist are so pretty together!

tlgirl353 said...

Melanie- I really both of them, but the train one blew me away!

Theresa Momber said...

Oh, my! The framed train is fabulous!!! Love the clever way you "warmed" the heart!!!

Janice M said...

Great cards!! The train looks great in the frame and I LOVE the hat & mittens on the heart like that!

Betty Benton said...

Loving your "polar express"! It's perfect in the festive frame!

Nancy said...

I believe!!!!!!!

Your use of color on the train is magnificent. And your warmly bundled heart is as cute as can be.

Nancy said...

Another gorgeous card! Will you have time to post a tutorial on how you did the background for the Polar Express? It's absolutely amazing!

Thanks!

NinaB said...

I LOVE your framed train card. You colored it perfectly. The warmed heart is adorable, too.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Awesome, Mel!

Nicole said...

Mel, you always have the best ideas. Your creativity amazes me. Love them.

Sandra said...

you are amazing! Great cards!
Sanrda

catdidit said...

Ok, so your Polar Express train so ROCKS!! LOVE it Mel! train bling, lol...love that too! And awesome idea of the hat on the heart!!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Fabulous cards, Melanie! I love the train framed with Festive Frame! Amazing coloring and details! The hat and scarf around the heart is so creative! Love the color combo!

JenMarie said...

AMAZING!!!

Kay S said...

Melanie - your Christmas train is gorgeous, gorgeous! And, how cute is that heart with the hat and scarf? Fabulous cards!

Roxie said...

Love your artwork. I especially like the heart.

Lagene said...

Your framed train IS!!!!!! Talk about catching the scene! It really looks like it is blazing through the night! I love the light path! COOL!!!

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

The Polar Express is one of my personal fav Christmas movies! Awesome design Melanie! I like the love Christmas design too - would be great to give to a spouse as a personal Christmas card.

Lori said...

your polar express is amazing! the warm my heart is adorable. way to go melanie!

Carolyn King said...

you are right...totally polar express...LOVE it! The heart card is adorable too!!! Fantastic

Sara in WI said...

What a great Christmas Train card! I'm bookmarking it for when I get my set! Thanks for sharing!
Sara

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Ohhhhhh, both cards are beautiful but I'm especially fond of the train card. We're HUGE Polar Express fans around here...love the book and the movie!

Giovana said...

Both cards are great! The frame is one is just stunning.

God bless
Giovana