Playing with Paper

So many yummy papers, so little time.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Special Happy Birthday!

Hi! Thanks for coming by!

A very special little boy in my life is turning 6 and I love making him cards, bookmarks, little note cards, etc. because he loves them! Sometimes I stamp with a water proof ink on white paper, bind several images together with twine and send him a little coloring book.

He has a big piece of my heart! I nannied for him when he was a little tiny, tiny preemie! And now he's getting straight "A's" in Kindergarten!

Well, he'll be 6 on March 7th and here's what I came up with!

Paper & chipboard from "Wander" by Basic Grey. Stamp set "Sentiment Sampler" from Paper Smooches.


I'm entering the card into this challenge as well.


Thanks for coming by! Hope you have a great week!
Melissa

Friday, February 24, 2012

I WON!

So, I'm on top of the world right now!

I've just won my FIRST card challenge! I've come in runner up on several, but never THE WINNER!

The challenge blog: I Spy is brand new, only 4 weeks old and of course I love them! They do challenges based on sketches found in blog land from us "common" peeps! And every week there are 2 winners!

Here's the card:



So cool!
Melissa

Thursday, February 23, 2012

If Friends Were Flowers

Hello, hello!

It's my sister's birthday today! The big 3-0! And she's in the Eiffel Tower today celebrating it. Can I re-do my 30th?

This card was fun to make because the challenge is Distressing! Whoot! I'm entering it into Lawnscaping Challenge #28!


I used several techniques of distressing:
~Distress Inks on the hills, around the card edge, around sentiment piece and frame background.
~Distress Edger Tool on card edge.
~Stamped sentiment with Faber-Castell markers then sprayed with water.
~Misted background with Ranger Sunflower Sparkle.


Lots of dimension on this card, all but the dotted green hill is popped up! I used 3 sets from Lawn Fawn: Fanciful Frames, Hello Friend and Blissful Botanicals.


Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Saturday, February 18, 2012

All the Lovely Roses

I wanted to play around with different photo effects/angles and my Valentine's Day roses were the perfect practice piece! They are still opening up and I LOVE all the bright colors! I'm the biggest newbie to photography so I don't actually know what I'm doing, I just fill the frame with pretty colors and click!

MDH had them sent to me, it was especially wonderful because I was home really sick that day! Hubs for the win!

Anyway, not really crafty, but still pretty to look at! I could turn the colors into a color inspiration challenge for myself maybe???















Have a great Saturday! We're thinking of watching Harry Potter as I've only seen the first one (maybe the 2nd? I can't remember!)

Melissa

Thursday, February 16, 2012

And the WINNER is...

Thank you to everyone who participated in my 14 days of LOVE! I appreciate all your comments, feedback and support! I know there a a lot of blogs we all read and visit each day so I'm so happy you came!

The winner of my FIRST giveaway is...Christina from Christy Gets Crafty! Christine, if you'll email me your address I'll get your goodies sent!

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Have a great Thursday Ladies! I hope I get to craft this weekend! I crammed 35 hours of work into 3 days so the weekend cannot come fast enough!

Melissa

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

14 Days of LOVE - Day 14!

2nd Annual 14 Days of LOVE! Day 14


Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you've enjoyed the love eye candy for the past 2 weeks! I think V day may be my favorite holiday to make cards for! Christmas is right up there, but something about hearts and love and glitter, ahhh, so nice!

You still have until tomorrow, Feb.15th at 5pm MST to enter my giveaway! Check it out!

Day 14:
Today is all about Rockin' Love! The die is Tim Holtz Heart Wings, tissue tape is Tim Holtz, glitter is Distress Stickles and color medium is...Tim Holtz Distress Inks! I guess I was in a Tim mood :) Letter stickers are Basic Grey.

DI colors: Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo.




Thank you for joining my these past 14 days! I hope I've inspired you to create something or to play or to just take a break and check my stuff out! I'll announce the winners Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Melissa

Monday, February 13, 2012

14 Day’s of LOVE–Day 13!

2nd Annual 14 Day's of Love!

Here’s the scoop (and thank you to the lovely crafter’s who have seen this paragraph now for the 13th time!):

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

I’ll add all 14 days to my Flickr photostream, I’ll try to add them one-by-one everyday but for sure I’ll add all 14 days at the end.

Day 13:

Stamp set is from Lawn Fawn, My Silly Valentine and the speech bubbles are from Hero Arts, “Write Your Message”. I colored with my NEW Prisma colored pencils!!

I love mini card sets and I love that this Lawn Fawn set has enough cute images with sentiments to make a set! This might be my favorite day of love! These cards are 3” x 3”.

I’ve entered this set into the Lawnscaping #27 challenge too.

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My giveaway deets can be found HERE!

Thanks for coming by, tomorrow is the last day of LOVE! That sounds so tragic! Love will continue I’m sure Smile
Melissa

Sunday, February 12, 2012

14 Day’s of LOVE–Day 12!

2nd Annual 14 Day's of Love!

Here’s the scoop (and thank you to the lovely crafter’s who have seen this paragraph now for the 12th time!):

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

I’ll add all 14 days to my Flickr photostream, I’ll try to add them one-by-one everyday but for sure I’ll add all 14 days at the end.

Day 12:

Paper is from Basic Grey, “Indie Bloom” and the stamp is Lawn Fawn, “My Silly Valentine”. Rosette is Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Rosette Die.

I started out with a tag and hand stitching and then just went from there!

I also entered this card into 3 challenges: Lawnscaping #27, Lily Pad Cards Patterned Paper Challenge and Kathy’s Lily Pond Palette Challenge.

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Thanks for coming by and I hope you’ll come by again!

My giveaway deets can be found here!

Have a great day!
Melissa

Saturday, February 11, 2012

14 Day's of LOVE–Day 11!

2nd Annual 14 Day's of Love!

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

I’ll add all 14 days to my Flickr photostream, I’ll try to add them one-by-one everyday but for sure I’ll add all 14 days at the end.

Day 11:
Hello patterned paper-meets-embossing festival of ABC’s! I wanted to use the Lawn Fawn set, “Quinn’s ABC’s” with Basic Grey’s “Kissing Booth” and wham! This is the result. Time. Consuming. I loved it though, the letters are just about almost too small to fussy cut out. I ran the letters through my mini Xyron sticker thingy to make things easier.

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There's a couple more days to enter my giveaway!


*EDITED TO ADD: I'm entering this card in the current Lawnscaping Challenge as well as my first time in the CAS-ual Friday Challenge. Two of my blogger friends recommended this card would be good, so a huge thank you to Barb and Karen for the encouragement!



I hope you’re day is going great! Thanks for coming by! 
Melissa



Friday, February 10, 2012

14 Day's of LOVE–Day 10

2nd Annual 14 Day's of Love!

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

I’ll add all 14 days to my Flickr photostream, I’ll try to add them one-by-one everyday but for sure I’ll add all 14 days at the end.

Day 10:
Here’s another take on the faux chipboard technique I learned from the Online Card Class. I just used white for the layering and Scarlet Jewel for the top. Lawn Fawn stamp set is “My Silly Valentine”. The size is a 4 bar (I’m loving this size lately!).

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You know you love free stuff! Go on, go enter my giveaway!
Thanks for popping in! Have a great day!
Melissa

Thursday, February 9, 2012

14 Day's of LOVE–Day 9

2nd Annual 14 Day's of Love!

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

I’ll add all 14 days to my Flickr photostream, I’ll try to add them one-by-one everyday but for sure I’ll add all 14 days at the end.

Day 9:
This 4 bar sized card was, well, a bit of a “I don’t care, I just want to use ___”. The notecard is hard to read but it says, “Loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, always will”. Cute, right?

I started out wanting to play with glossy paper, that’s what the circle heart is stamped on. Then I started playing. Card base is sparkle embossed using a Lawn Fawn set, “Teeny Tiny Backdrops”. Circle heart stamped with American Crafts set, “Cute”, that came in the February Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. The bird kraft image came in that kit too.

I finally broke out a Tim Holtz edger die for the bottom of the card. A little glossy accents & faux stitching and BAM! All done!

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Now, go enter my current giveaway!

I hope you’re having a great day!
Melissa

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

14 Day's of LOVE–Day 8!

2nd Annual 14 Day's of Love!

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

I’ll add all 14 days to my Flickr photostream, I’ll try to add them one-by-one everyday but for sure I’ll add all 14 days at the end.

Day 8:
CAS! I’m really falling in love with CAS! I learned this faux chipboard technique in the Clean & Simple Online Card Class. Basically, you punch/die cut lots of layers of your image, adhere them all together and viola! I used Scarlet Jewel from Papertrey Ink for the bottom layers of the hearts.
Stamp sentiment is from Lawn Fawn, “My Silly Valentine”. The heart shape is from a punch, I’m not sure what brand but the punch is pink! Rounded corners and a little stitching! All done!

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My current giveaway-here's the deets!
Thank you for coming by! I hope you’re having fun!
Melissa

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

14 Day's of LOVE–Day 7

2nd Annual 14 Day's of Love!

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

I’ll add all 14 days to my Flickr photostream, I’ll try to add them one-by-one everyday but for sure I’ll add all 14 days at the end.

Day 7:
Lawn Fawn! I have two V day sets from them, here I’ve used “Love ‘n Breakfast”. I also have “My Silly Valentine” that I have not used yet. I water colored with pencils, regular Stampin’ Up markers, glossy accents and glitter. CAS!
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You still have time to enter my giveaway!
Thanks for coming by! I hope you’re enjoying my series!
Melissa

Monday, February 6, 2012

14 Day's of LOVE–Day 6

2nd Annual 14 Day's of Love!

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

Day 6:
A little tag using supplies from the February Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. I believe these images are from a 12x12 Jillibean Soup collection.
I added “You’re My” with a Lawn Fawn set called “Love ‘n Breakfast”. I had to add some glitter and glossy accents too!
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Free stuff! Here's my current giveaway!
Thanks for coming by for another day of LOVE!
Melissa

Sunday, February 5, 2012

14 Day's of LOVE–Day 5

2nd Annual 14 Day's of Love!

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

Day 5:
A sideways sentiment? What? I don’t know, I just went with it. I wanted the vertical row of hearts, I was making a 4 bar sized card and I really wanted to use this sentiment, so there you go!
Paper from BG-Kissing Booth. Sentiment stamp from HA-Happy Valentine’s Day. Not sure about the ribbon, it came in the February Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.
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Enter my giveaway! Here's the deets!
Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Saturday, February 4, 2012

14 Day's of LOVE-Day 4

2nd Annual 14 Day's of Love!

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

Day 4:
99% of these supplies are from the February Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. Basic Grey paper is from the Kissing Booth collection. I’m not sure where the other little items come from. The little tag is from Office Depot, I just colored the heck out of it with Distress Inks. The card base (it’s a 4 Bar size card, 5x3.5) is Stamper’s Select White from Papertrey Ink.

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I have a giveaway right now too! Here are the deets!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re enjoying the LOVE! (So cheesy, I know!)
Melissa

Friday, February 3, 2012

14 Day's of LOVE–Day 3

2nd Annual 14 Day's of Love!

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

Day 3: 99% of these supplies came from the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit. The background stamping (birds/hearts) is from a Hero Arts stamp set-Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Remember to enter my giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by! Just in case someone notices-the shaped piece is from the cut out from yesterday’s card! I lined the inside of the card with this patterned paper and I wanted to still use the shape, so I did!
Melissa

Thursday, February 2, 2012

14 Day's of LOVE–Day 2

2nd annual 14 Day's of Love!

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!

MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!

Day 2: The main focal image is a big stamp, I traced and cut it out for a window card.
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products: HA layering paper, HA stamp-Happy Valentine’s Day, HA flower gems

Remember to enter my giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave any questions!
Melissa

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

14 Day’s of LOVE! Day 1

2nd annual 14 Days of Love!

Last year I made 14 love tags (there are several posts, just keep scrolling!) for MDH and I decided to do it again this year! I’m doing tags and little cards. Just whatever I want to create!
MDH and I have an understanding that during the “romantic” holidays (V day & our anniversary), I can step away from masculine and go all lovey-dovey and mushy! Yippee!
Day 1:
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products: Inkssentials kraft tags, BG stamp-heartthrob, HA Punch Chalk Ink, BG paper-Kissing Booth, HA flower gems, HA stamp-Love Flourishes, BG stamp-Amour
I want to keep these short posts, just eye candy really (Wait!! Did I just do a pun?? Ha!). If you’re interested in the process/products, I’ll happily share! I think I’ll post these on my Flickr account too. Sometimes it’s just nice to have all the LOVE in one place, you know?

Remember to enter my giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa