Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Best things in Life are....

Good Morning Everyone,

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! I am so excited to share with you some exciting news! In December, I participated in Melanie Muenchinger's Hand-in-Hand sentimental journey challenge to create a card/project where hands are being featured. The winner of her challenge would get to be a guest desinger for Melanie in January and feature her latest stamps that are being released in January. I was soooo happy when Melanie selected my scrapbook layout and I got to be part of the release party of her newest stamps for Gina K. Designs. Melanie just released her newest set of awesome stamps called the The Best in Life.

Melanie is the senior illustrator at Gina K. Designs and has some amazing stamps that she has created and her blog: Hands, Head and Heart is just filled with amazing cards, projects and stories. Check out all of Melanie's stamps here and check out all of Gina K.'s amazing products here.She is someone whose work I have totally admired and I was so excited to be picked! YAY! Thank you Melanie!

Her newest stamps are sentiments that express what the best things in life are - they are sooo versatile and I just loved playing with them! you can mix and match sentiments and create your own new phrase of what the best things in life are. Melanie just posted a tip sheet on how you can use the stamps and what some different ideas for them are - you can check out her tip sheet here. Here are two cards that I created using her stamps:

This first one - I created using Melanie's The Best things in Life stamps and Gina's Warm and Cozy Christmas stamps and mixed the two together using Julee's awesome Mojo Monday sketch #70 I really loved making this card - because it was something I wanted to give to my MIL who is always so supportive and always such great care of our kids. These two little munckins in the their coats look just like our son and daughter. I loved the sentiment - from God - because no matter what your religious beliefs - children are a miracles. I paper pieced all the children's clothing and added alot of dimensionals to the card.

The second one - I created a card for a very special friend and the sentiment that I created from Melanie's stamps are: "The Best things in Life are shared" - I loved this! This card was created using the colors (black, kraft and pink) from the fabulous ladies at the Color Throwdown and uses Jen del Muro's sketch from last week.


I loved using Melanie's stamps for this card for my friend. She is such a sweetheart and is always sharing and taking care of others. The sundae's on the card have liquid pearl and the glass on the sundae's have a liquid glaze on them. I have so many ideas spinning around in my head on projects to use with Melanie's stamps - there are so many.

The thing that i like the best about her stamps is that she has sentiments that really fit everything you could want to describe and share in a card or layout or project. They are just so versatile. Please go check out Melanie's stamps and her awesome blog! She is not only an amazingly talented artist - but after having a chance to email back and forth and talk with her on the phone (we have to do it longer next time Melanie! :) she is just so sweet, kind and encouraging. I absolutely adore her!

I hope your sunday is restful and relaxing!! My sunday is unfortunately looking like a laundry kind of day - oh well! :) Hopefully, I can get some stamping done too!

Thanks for visiting!
Ciao for now!
Sankari :)

32 comments:

Smita said...

Congratulations, Sankari. Good people like you deserve the very best in life!! :-) I am so happy for you.

God bless...

Love,
Smita.

Justine said...

These are complete WOW cards. Great work. You my dear are very talented yourself!!!!!

Debbie Pamment said...

WOW - these cards are stunning!!!

Heather said...

great cards! I love the sentiments! Very nive job!

Rachel Brumley said...

Sankari's

I love Melanie's stamps - own a couple of them.

Congratulations on the designer spot - you deserve it! Your cards are always so beautiful!

wendyp said...

Wow!!! With each blog post you amaze me more and more. I just want to reach out and touch that sundae card. The texture on it is out of this world awesome!!!!

Congratulations!!!!

The Mama Monkey said...

Both of the cards are so awesome! You are so good with detail!

I must admit, that ice cream sundae card is my favorite! Love how you dazzled it up and that shimmery background paper is to die for! Yummy!

Ann said...

These are beautiful cards, Sankari! I'm sure your friend will love them!

Melanie said...

Thanks for posting! Your cards are beautiful!! :)

Traci said...

Both card are so cute! I love the colors you used in the first one. They are so adorable looking all bundled up. The 2nd one is yummy-licious. Those sundaes look so real! I love all the dimension you added to them. Very cool.

gale said...

These are both gorgeous!! I love how you put so much little detail in all of your cards.

Toni K said...

Awesome cards!
I love Melanie too! She seems to think of everything!

Chris said...

These projects are terrific. Kuddos on your exciting news. I enjoy reading you so much!

Savitri said...

Congrats you!!! That's just wonderful!! Can't wait to see a lot of cards from you with them new Gina stamps!!!! Awesome awesome!

Your work is great as usual. These are just amazing. Love them all!

Thanks for the note/comment. Yes yes yes, we're all getting busy! As long as we stay in touch that'd just be awesome for me. I love your work and it's always fun to communicate with you, the little or much that we do online.

See ya!

Heather said...

I tagged you on my blog!

LeAnne said...

Thanks for playing the challenge, Sankari--we always love what you come up with, and this one does not disappoint! It's a beauty! I love Melanie's new set....like you, I can see endless possibilities! TFS and congrats!
LeAnne

broni (waterchild12) said...

Wow, Sankari! Your card is so sparkly, beautiful and especially yummy!! The new sentiment goes perfectly with the sundaes image!

Brooke S said...

Congratz!!! How cool!! I totally agree I totally thought of the two little munchkins at your house when I saw them... The sentiment is so sweet especially will all "J" questions of late. I think the new sentiment set form Melanie is one of my favorite of hers.. What flexibility... I totally thought as I read the second card that is was going to read "Chocolate" and you put "Shared" that fits you so much better.. I would have put chocolate but you being you are always thinking of others.. You're my HERO!

Warm Snugly HUGS
Brooke

Cathy Indelicato said...

What a cool card - thanks for playing and congrats!!!

Maria said...

Hey Sankari!! Congratulations on being a Guest DT!! Whoohoo! Your cards are always a "knock out" and so inspiring!! There's always something different and stunning about them!

Love both of your cards. . .the Christmas card is so adorable with all the pretty colors and your second card looks. . .yummy!! Makes me want to get a sundae just looking at it. Your friend will definitely love it!!

Maria

Linsey said...

Oh my goodness, Sankari--these are both absolutely fabulousss!! Your coloring is divine, I adore both of these awesome cards! And I totally agree--Melanie is one the most talented and special artists I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. She is amazing and it seems your pretty amazing yourself-and I've been missing out! But no more-I will be back to your wonderful blog often! Super inspiring stuff! :) hugs and smiles!

Tammy Hershberger said...

WILSON! You did an awesome job with Melanie's stamps this week! That sentiment fits so perfectly across the top corner of your Throwdown card, and the whole thing is so sweet! Your other card is adorable, too! They look like your kids! :) Thanks for playing!

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Oliva said...

Beautiful cards! I love all of the details & testures!

dpkennedy said...

Ooh yum! What a great card! I love the sparkles! You did a great job on this!

Ila said...

You are amazing sweety! I love your cards!

Norine said...

Congrats on the designer spot well deserved
love your cards this is my first time to your blog will be signing up for sure
Hugs
Norine

Eva said...

Sankari, these cards are so gorgeous and congrats on the Guest Design!! You so deserve it! Have a fabulous weekend!

Tanya said...

Ok, WOW! Just read all about you on Melanie's blog. Youv'e only been doing this NINE MONTHS????? That makes you even more incredibly talented!!! So, huge congrats!!!
I LOVE the little snowy kids- looks like my fam and sounds like yours too! So adorable!

Anthonette said...

Hi Sankari,

I was so excited to see you featured on Melanie's blog last week, but I had forgotten to comment on your blog. A huge CONGRATS! I'm sure you are thrilled. Your cards are great! Well-deserved.

Barbara said...

Great card! Love thLove the new stamps and all the shine! Thanks for playing the Throwdown--hope to see you next week!

CathyRose said...

Congratulations, Sankari, well deserved! Your creations are always an inspiration!