First off is the new set from Nina Brackett. It's called Lovely Shelf and it reminds me so much of my mother as she used to have beautiful shelves full of tea cups and tea pots back when they were still living in the farmhouse here in Vermont. When they moved onto their sailboat 5 1/2 years ago, my mom gave away or sold most of her collection. It just didn't make any sense to take hundreds of tea cups and tea pots (yes, hundreds!) onto a sailboat. After all, boats move and that doesn't work well with delicate china.
I knew that this set would make a lovely card for my mom. I went with a patterned paper that looked like wall paper and stamped the shelf onto it with black ink and then stamped the tea cup onto white paper and colored it with Koh-i-noor pencils. I cut it out and mounted it on top of the shelf with a pop-dot. I used a Black Sakura Glaze pen to draw some steam coming from the cup. The sentiment is also from the Lovely Shelf set and I really like that the "person" stamps (like Mom, Grandma, Friend, etc.) are separate so you can customize your projects. I adhered the patterned paper to Chocolate Chip cardstock and then onto a Kraft cardstock base.
The second set that is sneak peeking tonight is Melanie Muenchinger's new set, Tech Talk. This is a great set for all ages, since all ages are totally into the "computer age" these days. I created a card for my hubby, who, ironically, really isn't into computers, though he knows how much I am, so I know he'll appreciate the gesture.
I wanted to go with something clean and crisp but also something that would convey love, so black, white and red was where I went with it all.
I stamped the computer image onto black cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed it with white powder. I added some of the text images to spell out the greeting. I cut around the laptop and added it to a piece of Rocket Red cardstock with pop-dots. I also stamped some white satin ribbon with one of the emoticon images with black Staz-On ink so it wouldn't bleed into the grain of the ribbon. The hearts across the top strip of black cardstock were done with white embossing powder.
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