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So many yummy papers, so little time.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Coming Soon! V Day Inspiration + Giveaway

Giveaway + Valentine’s Day Love = Yes, please!

Hello! Hello!

Do you love Valentine's Day? Do you love daily inspiration? Do you love free stuff? Well, you've come to the right place! I'll be doing my 2nd Annual 14 Days of LOVE starting February 1st! I hope you love what I've done or least like looking at my stuff!

Here's a sneaky peeky!


Come back soon or "follow" my blog via RSS/Google Friend Connect/Email so you don't miss a day!

What's that? You'd like a giveaway too? Well, say no more my fellow scrappers! This will also be my first giveaway! Whoot!

So what might a lovely girly girl win?

  • 2 Lawn Fawn stamp sets-“Quinn’s ABC’s” & “Fly Free”
  • Tim Holtz Winter Seasonal Distress Ink pack (comes with 3 ink pads in colors “Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce”)
giveaway goodies

Giveaway deets/rules/fine print/blah-blah:

  1. Become a “follower” of my blog via RSS/Google Friend Connect/Email and leave a comment telling me you did (if you already are, still leave a comment).
  2. Give a shout out on Facebook with a link to this giveaway, then leave a 2nd comment.
  3. Tweet, tweet about this giveaway and leave a 3rd comment! (My twitter name is @mel9252)
  4. Each comment enters you into the giveaway (so 3 total chances to win!).
  5. Comments for giveaway ends Wednesday, February 15th at 5pm MST.
  6. Winner announced Thursday, February 16th at 8am MST.
  7. One winner. Well, you’re all winners but only one will get the goods!
Please leave any questions about the giveaway in this post! Thanks for playing along!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Young Crafters Unite Challenge #6

 A Sketch Challenge!

Sketch challenges are my favorite! I try ever so hard to be creative with sketches. I want my card to be inspired and follow the main design, but I want it to be special too.

Here’s the sketch:

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And here’s my take:

The supplies are from the Simon Says Stamp February card kit! I made the background by stamping 3 different images in Hero Arts Punch Chalk ink, the notecard is the same color. I like the tone-on-tone.


The vellum piece is an envelope that I cut the flap off of. I used an American Crafts Slick Writer to do the stitching (that marker is awesome, no smudges and dries super fast!).  The kraft “love” image is removable, I thought that would be a cute interactive feature.

Do you think I should add white stitching around the top of the card too? I can’t decide.



Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #26-Card 2

Hello, hello!

Lawnscaping Challenge #26 is Winter Wonderland!

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I couldn’t resist making another card. Honestly, I just wanted to color with my Sharpies! The Lawn Fawn stamp sets are so perfect for coloring and paper piecing that I feel like a kid again. Now, I can’t blend or anything, but I really like the bold colors that Sharpies produce, so win-win!

Here it is:


In real life, the 2 shades of blue for the igloo show much better. Mr. Pengy’s belly has some liquid applique for texture. I used Harold’s ABC’s and Critter’s in the Snow for this card.

I free handed the white line around the card, I wanted it to look whimsical.


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #26

Hello! Thanks for coming by!

Lawnscaping challenge this month is Winter Wonderland!

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Here’s my card! You know, I hardly ever start out with a sketch, I usually have a stamp set in mind though. And the background is usually the fun part for me. Then, honestly, I usually struggle with rest of the card. Balancing, positioning, etc. What about you? Does a card just “come” to you or do you mull it over and over?


How I did it:

  1. Emboss snowflakes in sparkle embossing powder.
  2. Color entire front with Broken China Distress Stain. I like that you can still see the swipes from the applicator, gives the image motion.
  3. Stamp polar bear, igloo and sentiment in a waterproof black ink, cut out.
  4. Watercolor igloo with a very light shade of blue.
  5. Apply sparkle fluff, black enamel, pink stickles and draw eyelashes on bear.
  6. Tear two strips of white cardstock, adhere to front of card, applying foam adhesive to one layer.
  7. Adhere igloo, bear and sentiment to card front, use foam adhesive for more dimension.
  8. Apply the finishing touches: glossy accents on sentiment and GLITTER! Stickles on snow mounds and igloo. Glitter pen on some snowflakes. White gel pen dots for smaller flurries. Lightly color snow with light blue to add some interest.

Thanks for coming by!


Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Blog Header


I've made a new blog header! What do you think? The amazing and wonderful Tresa Black had 3 blog posts in October for creating a header using Picasa and I JUST now did it. Thank you to Tresa! It worked on my very first try, really clear and perfect directions!

Check out her blog or YouTube channel!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 9, 2012

CAS-Online Card Class

I'm starting out on the right foot! Day 1 and I've made a card to add to the gallery of projects!

Did I do it? CAS? Who knows! I had fun though, that's what matters. I followed sketch #3. My card was SUPPOSED to be the standard A2 size BUT (ehem) me and measuring sometimes are on different planets so I had to chop (ehem) trim a little bit off. However! I love it!

 I'm loving butterflies right now. Everything but the pearls and base card stock are from Studio Calico's "Field Guide" kit. It's been sitting on my desk and I love it so it's making an appearance again! The patterned paper was a scrap so yahoo me!

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy Birthday

Hi! Thanks for coming by!

I challenged myself to use crazy patterned paper and a card base in a color I wasn't used to using. See the Lily Pad graphic below to see my color inspiration that was provided by Kathy.

Paper: Basic Grey, Indie Bloom; Papertrey Ink, Aqua Mist
Stamp: Lawn Fawn, Sophie's Sentiments
Ink: Papertrey Ink, Dark Chocolate; Distress Ink, Vintage Photo
Chipboard: Maya Road
Twine and some brown faux stitching to top it all off.

I used the "Zots" 3D from Therm-o-web to pop the chipboard buttons off the card front.

And this card is being entered into these challenges, just click on the image to go to the their site:

Thanks for stopping by! The snow is melting here a little bit in Denver, what's your weather like where you are?

Sending Birthday Hugs with Flowers

Hello! Thanks for coming by!

I gotta tell ya, I struggled with this card forever! It was one of those times where I just could NOT make a decision! I took a break, came back and finished. I started out just wanting to color those adorable flowers!

Papertrey Ink (PTI) Kraft card stock, standard size A2 card.
Basic Grey 6x6 paper pad, Indie Bloom.
Lawn Fawn (LF) sets, On the Mend & Sophie's Sentiments.
I used several different markers, mostly Stampin' Up and a glitter pen.
Distress Ink, twine and a white gel pen to finish it all off. 

You can see the glitter faces on the flowers better in this photo:

 I thought the flower bouquet looked good popped off the card front:

I'm entering this card in these challenges, click the image to go to their challenge site:

Simon Says Stamp Challenge

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Sending Birthday Hugs

Hello! Thanks for coming by!

I've been trying out CAS (clean & simple) cards lately. It's fun and different because I can get a card done faster and I kind-of like it! I seem to "worry" less about the card being "done". Do you ever try new styles? I don't think I have one particular style, I'm a style nomad!

I used an embossing folder from Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots, on PTI (Papertrey Ink) card stock, Kraft.

And for the sentiment I've used LF (Lawn Fawn) sets, "Sophie's Sentiments" & "On the Mend". Stamped in PTI, Dark Chocolate on PTI "Stamper's Select White" card stock. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey 6x6 pad, "Indie Bloom". The pearls I got at Michael's, I think it's their brand, Reflections. Final touch of ink around the edges and my version of CAS!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges, click on the image to go to the challenge site:

Simon Says Stamp Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 2, 2012

How I Store My Distress Inks!


I wanted to show you how I store my beloved Distress Inks now. I've tried MANY methods that just didn't work for me. I needed something that would allow me to easily reach any color. I had them stacked too high one way and found myself ignoring the colors at the bottom of the stack.

I was looking for a shelf but stumbled across this very inexpensive solution at a local store called The Container Store. I found this tiered shelf that is meant to go in your kitchen. And it expanded! It's very long, but fits on my craft table. I love that the pads are only stacked 2-3 high and that I can actually see the labels I made for them.

Here they are! Every single color available!

These are one of the reasons I love crafting so much. I don't have Copics and I barely have colored pencils, so these inks are my main coloring medium.

 I love this view from the top, all the pretty colors!

I shared this in another post but included it here too because it seemed appropriate. I got this chart from Britta Swiderski's blog. She had a downloadable attachment a while back. I have tried to find it again but just can't locate it. I think she may have done a video on YouTube as well. If someone has the link, please share in the comments and I'll come back and add it here to the post. 

Basically, she sized four 8 1/2 x 11" sheets of paper and adhered them to a big foam board.

I have a spot for every color and a foam piece. When the Fall and Winter Seasonal colors came out, I just hand wrote those colors in and turned some foam sideways to make room. I used little pieces of velcro to attach the foam.

And this color palate chart came from Ranger's website. The labels for the ink pads came from there as well. When the Seasonal Fall and Winter colors came out, I just hand wrote those in, but there wasn't a spot for the color so I added those on back. It works for me that I'm able to visualize where those seasonal colors fall.

If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Lawn Fawn Contest-Let's Celebrate!

Hello, hello!

I'm submitting this card to Lawn Fawn. They are receiving submissions for their winter catalog and CHA booth.

Lawn Fawn sets featured: Critters in the Snow and Plus One
Start by cutting 3 circles the same size. I used 4 1/4" here. 

Color and punch several 3/4" circles and adhere to one of the big circles, from behind the big circle. I colored my circles with Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.

Layer a second big circle on top of the circles to cover up the back of the little circles.

Cut a circle frame, about 1/4" thick, color and adhere to front of card. I colored mine with Broken China Distress Stain, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls mist.

Stamp images, color and embellish. I colored mine with an orange Sharpie and a metallic pen (I don't have any grey markers so luckily, this metallic pen was way on the mellow side).

 A close up of the adorable little penguin girl!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Lawn Fawn-Have a Whale of a Time!

Hello and Happy New Year!

I'm submitting this card to Lawn Fawn as they are receiving submissions for their winter catalog and CHA booth.

Lawn Fawn stamp set used: Critters in the Sea.
Stamp whale on card, then stamp whale on masking sheet and cut out and adhere over stamped whale on card.
Stamp the waves and water spurt thingy while whale mask is adhered to card, then remove mask.
Stamp sentiment and round corners.

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Lawn Fawn-I Pine for You

Hello and Happy New Year!

I'm submitting this card to Lawn Fawn as they are receiving submissions for their winter catalog and CHA booth.

Lawn Fawn stamp set used: Critters in the Forest and Plus One.
Stamped background with the 2 little stars from Plus One using Pumice Stone Distress Ink.
Stamped all images with Jet Black Archival Ink, then colored all with Sharpies and a little glitter pen.
Cut out all the images, apply pop dots and arrange.
Stamped sentiment, cut out in banner shape and added a touch of Distress Ink around edges.

A close up of the main focal point.

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Lawn Fawn Contest-Hay There

Hello and Happy New Year!

I'm submitting this card to Lawn Fawn as they are receiving submissions for their winter catalog and CHA booth.

Lawn Fawn stamp used: Critters on the Farm.
Background created by masking and using Distress Inks, then I stamped the fence.
 Stamped hay & colored with Distress Inks, added a little twine.
Stamped sheep & colored a little bit with marker then with Liquid Applique.
Stamped and cut out sentiment in a banner shape.

A close up of the main focal point.

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