Dec 18, 2009

Tech Talk Blog Hop!

Welcome back to another GinaK Blog hop!

Tonight it's all about Melanie Muenchinger's Tech Talk stamp set - and I can't wait to see what everyone is going to be sharing with us tonight! Do you remember that I mentioned on both Nina and Theresa's hops this week that I used the same sketch, Basic Grey Wassail papers & embellishments, and same elements on all my cards for this week's hops? See if you see the similarities on my two cards tonight. I hope you aren't bored of it yet! *wink*

I made this card for Brad - look at how cute the inside is ...


Melanie has added such fun things to put in the laptop screen! My laptop has become VERY important to me so I am thrilled to add this stamp set to my collection and know it will get tons of use.

My next card is a Christmas one. I stamped the laptop on patterned paper and colored the base with Copics but left the screen showing the pattern of the paper...

See? Same sketch, but this time I put the papers on the bottom of the card and used a border punch to decorate it. This is one of my most favorite and 'go-to' sketches of all time, I think! lol!

and the inside...


For more inspiration with Tech Talk tonight, check out these links:

Melanie Muenchinger {Illustrator}
Jessica Fick
Donna Baker
Lee Murphy
Lynn Mercurio
Nina Brackett
Theresa Momber
Sankari Wegman

Melissa Shultz {CSS Designer}
Peggy Wainman {CSS Designer}
Tina Gilliland {Guest Designer}
Karen Knegten {Guest Designer}

The Tech Talk discussion on the StampTV Idea Center is a valuable resource filled with tips, sample projects, and tutorials. Melanie's tip sheet, free PDF template as well as the Card Kit is available in the discussion as well.

If you haven't already, stop by GinaK's blog today to leave your comment on her blog for your chance to win today's featured stamp set or any other stamp set designed by Melanie valued at $23.95 of your choice!

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Before you go though, I have to share these photos of an amazingly thoughtful gift I received at work on Wednesday afternoon. A delivery man showed up after lunch with a cookie bouquet. I called out to Gina to come and see who gave her the gift and then the man said "I'm looking for Jessica." I was SO surprised! lol!

I was thinking who on earth would send ME something... and then I read the card. The gals from the CenterStage Spotlight Alumni Design Team sent this to me! Are they the best, or what?!? Thank you SO much, girls! It is the most beautiful set of cookies I've ever seen!

Here's a few photos of my kids with the bouquet so you can see how fabulous these girls are to me! I asked Isaiah to hold the basket of cookies before I opened them - look at this amazing presentation...

Don't they look too good to eat!? Well, to you and I maybe - but Ashley couldn't wait to get her hands on this one...

These photos just give me the giggles - Ashley was SO excited about them and even dressed up to match them for the photos! She is wearing her snowman sweater, holding her snowman stuffed animal - all in honor of the cookie bouquet the CSS gals sent me! Isn't that just the sweetest thing?

She took her cookie to school for her lunch snack today. Isaiah is a little more reserved - he's decided to save his cookie for after his Christmas party next week because he thinks they are too pretty and special to eat. So, I asked him to 'pretend' to take a big bite for me...

The difference between my kids is so funny sometimes... Isaiah is a little more reserved and practical like me in many ways while Ashley takes after her dad in her personality and zest for life. I love that about both of them - and makes me feel a bit sorry for my son too... lol!

So, thank you CSS team for your Christmas present - It was so sweet - literally!! I can't wait to eat one... but I feel like Isaiah - how can you even dare to take a bite of one of these works of art?! I'll be sure to ask Ashley how when she gets home from school! lol! (By the way, you can see the CSS Alumni team's blogs on my blog roll on my side bar. I love these girls!)

Jessica

29 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

Jess, these are so beautiful! I love the colors!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Oh Jess, these cards are just wonderful...creative with so many yummy details. BUT - what's REALLY yummy is this wonderful cookie bouquet. WOW, I don't think I've seen anything like it. What a great surprise.

Savor the Journey said...

Fabulous cards! I love the Basic Grey papers with this set ... such a great combination! And WOW! What a fabulous gift bouquet! No wonder you're beaming!

~Bev

Carolyn King said...

fabulous card--love the cute hearts popping out.
What a fantastic surprise...and so deserved. what adorable kids (and cookies!)

tlgirl353 said...

Jessica- both cards are wonderful. I think it is a great go-to sketch and can understand why you like it. The pix of your kids and the cookies are so cute.

Melanie said...

these techie holdiay cards are fabulous!!! oh m, that cookie bouquet is realy amazing, so is that team!!!

Sankari W. said...

What awesome cards Jess! I LOVE the way you did the card for your hubby - sooo very sweet and love your christmas card - what a great way to use the DP and then the copics!! AND WOW!!! that bouquet is amazing!!! and your kids are simply beautiful holding it!!! How awesome!!!! Thank you for everything this week Jessica - you are sooooo sweet!!! Sending you big hugs!!!
Sankari :)

Kristie said...

Very cute!! My fiance would love that first card :)

What a sweet basket you received, cute kids too!

alienanessa said...

OK, so the kids are absolutely adorable, those photos are A++++!! hehehe

Your CARDS rock m' socks!! Love them!! I so, so, so want that stamp set! =)

Jennie said...

Love these cards Jessica, nice designs and they are so different with different sets.... :o) Love the pics of the kids with the cookie bouquet! My oldest is reserved as well (like my dh) and she wouldn't be able to eat it either... Just so cute to see them with the cookies. Go ahead and eat one..you deserve it!

Mary said...

Both of your cards are wonderful Jessica. I love the design and I love that you used the design for both cards but flipped the bottom to the top for the second card. What awesome Valentines day cards you have made.

Love the cookie bouquet. The cookies look delicious but too pretty to eat. Thanks for sharing your photos I loved looking at them. Your children are both beautiful.

Mary

Gloria Westerman said...

Love the card Jessica. The colors are just prefect. I like out you use this layout of the stamps.
PS your cookie bouquet is pretty neat. And your children are adorable.

Lagene said...

Wonderful colors,wonderful card!

Becky said...

wonderful card, awesome colors.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhhh I love the snowy computer themes!!!! I have to try using the Kraft more....it's soooo cool!!! And your kiddos are just so darn cute!!!

cindy said...

Love that card with the present PP. I have that same paper.

Sue VanDeVusse said...

I love your cards, such beautiful color combos. I always forget about using kraft cs and I love it.

catdidit said...

Both of those cards are so awesome Jess! Love that kraft!

You kids make me smile too, isnt it crazy how they both are from the same gene pool, raised the same, but both such different personalities! I can tell Ashley's full of 'zest' by her eyes in the pictures, you can just see it, lol! Tell her what an awesome outfit she had on! AND how awesome that CSS alumni is, but we all knew that!LOL!

JazzyH said...

Great cards!

Pat Jandacek said...

It took me several moments to wrench my eyes off your gorgeous son before I could appreciate the beautiful cookie arrangement! (I'm 70 years old, not to worry...about me, that is, but, oh, my...). Your darling daughter has the right idea...eat them before they get too stale. Keep the pictures. Merry Christmas

joy said...

What beautiful cards. I love your colors and the detail you have designed into your card. Oh, the kids are so cute! Go ahead eat a cookie - you deserve it!!!

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these pictures of your chicklettes are adorable!!! how brave are they!!! and yummy delicious treats. i hope they actually ate them!!! i love your cards. the paper is so beautiful. the hearts are cute, one in front and one behind. what a neat idea for a holiday card too. very very cute!

Crafty Math Chick said...

I love the DP and color combo in your card. I agree with you - I would have trouble eating those cute cookies too!

NinaB said...

Jessica, what adorable cards, even more adorable are the kids with the cookies. You did a great job on BOTH!

Stampin' Pam said...

*tee hee* Adorable cards Jess and even cuter snowman cookies!!! You deserve them so go ahead - eat - eat!

buggin2stamp said...

Jessica, your card is beautiful. I love the pics of your kids with the cookies. You totally deserve the cookies. You do so much for everyone here. Enjoy!

Linda D. said...

I love your card using the Tech Talk set. Thanks for sharing.

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Love both your fun and creative cards with Tech Talk, Jessica! Fantastic papers and details! Great pictures of the treats with the kids!

Kay S said...

Love your cards, Jessica! So fun and you have inspired me to break out my Tech Talk set so I can make a Christmas card for my hubby!
Those cookies are gorgeous. I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed them. They are really such a small thank you for all the wonderful things you do for the CSS Team and everyone at Stamp TV. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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