Playing with Paper

So many yummy papers, so little time.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Chari!

It's a surprise blog hop for Chari's birthday! You should be arriving from lovely Lynette! If you want to start at the beginning, visit Danielle and hop from there :)

I wasn't sure which one I wanted to feature, so Happy Birthday x3!!




Now go celebrate some more at Britta's blog!

Thanks for hopping by! Happy Birthday Chari!
Melissa




Friday, May 25, 2012

Dust 'Em Off

Technically I got this done before the challenge ends. Yes, it closes in 20 minutes but, whatever!

Dust 'Em Off is the current challenge at A Blog Named Hero. Make a card using a stamp set you've neglected.


And what's even more naughty? I have no idea what stamp set this is from because I don't have the packaging. Helpful right? 

The technique: emboss on vellum with white embossing powder (I love Hero Arts powder), wrap the vellum strip around a card stock panel (learned that trick from fellow DT girl Lisa Carroll-thanks Lisa!) so the adhesive doesn't show. I stamped a flourish with some ClearSnap ColorBox chalk ink in Red Barn (from the Cat's Eye Queue "Twist") for a tone-on-tone. Added some ribbon, mounted on kraft, added pearls.


If you still can whip something up or you already have-you're in the running for a Simon Says Stamp shopping spree as they are the sponsors for this challenge!


Better late than never? Who knows but I loved how it turned out! Pull out some older stamps and ink them up again!

Thanks for coming by!
Melissa


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hero Arts Newspaper Background 3D Flowers

Hello, hello!

I'm over at A Blog Named Hero today with a photo tutorial on how to make 3D flowers using the Hero Arts Newspaper Background stamp! Hop over and have a look :)

Sneaky Peeky:

And while you're there, check out our current challenge, Dust 'Em Off sponsored by Simon Says Stamp!




Thanks for coming by!
Melissa

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Simple Card Set Featuring Lawn Fawn

Hello, hello!

I shared this card set on Flickr and I'm pretty sure I never did a post here (if I did, act surprised!). This was a fun set to make!


Hello Mr. Huey's! I played with these mists FOR-EV-ER trying to figure out a way I liked to use them.  Turns out, I love to spray the heck out a piece of paper! Fancy 'eh?

Spray, dry and punch. That's it! Well, I did have to bust out the ruler to align the circles because I can't attach anything straight to save my life! Usually I can fake it, hide it or avoid it. But...not in this case.


I used a Lawn Fawn set called "Grand Greetings". I love how big and bold the sentiments are. And I love using the same set of sentiments to create a set of cards, makes them match & all the stamps actually get some inky lovin'!

Thanks for coming by! Have a great week!
Melissa

PS-Mr. Huey's colors I used: Heirloom Blue, Estate Green and Plum Thumb

Thursday, May 17, 2012

2 Special Cards

Hi Ladies!

I have 2 cards to share today. One is for Jennifer McGuire, she just had the cutest baby girl:


And this one is for Mary Dawn. She's the co-creator/owner of A Blog Named Hero and the DT girls wanted to send her some happy cards to say hi:


I didn't realize till just now that they both have lots of distress inks/stains! I made them about a week apart but I guess I had some coloring on the brain! Jen's card looks flimsy in that photo, I just couldn't get it stand up straight! And the baby clothes pins are a soft pastel.

Thanks for coming by!
Melissa

Hero Arts Stamps:
S5127 Paisley Swirl (Mary Dawn's card)
CL267 Card Messages (Mary Dawn's card)
CL490 Sending Smiles Messages (Jen's card)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Light Box Tutorial

Hi Ladies!

I take my pics in a light box that my hubs and I made at home with a cardboard box, vellum sheets, white poster board and garage style lights with "natural" light bulbs.

And since I wouldn't be able to make this from my own genius brain, here's where I got the instructions:



She has amazing step-by-step photos and explains the steps really well! Hope that helps :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Love me some Flickr!

Do you use Flickr? I LOVE it! So easy to put photos up, organize them, keep them filed. But I really love that I can join groups! And you can chit chat too.

The newest group I joined was of course for A Blog Named Hero! Go check it out!


See you soon for a post on how I did my light box :)

Melissa

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I Think You are Amazing

Mother's Day is coming! I feel like I should send this to all the hubs out there who need a little reminder! Hahah!

I made this one for my mom. She'll be in Ukraine on Mother's Day so this card is special to me. She's an amazing woman and I admire her strength, wisdom, sense of humor and generosity.

For you, Mom:


Please forgive the pic, it's a long card and was just about impossible to photograph in my little light box!

All the material is from the Echo Park, This & That: Graceful collection (except the twine for the banner). I adore this collection pack too. The colors are amazing, the elements are fun and I can't wait to play more!

What are your Mother's Day traditions?

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Take Care My Friend

Hello, hello!



For the current challenge, Topsy Turvy, over at A Blog Named Hero, is to use a sentiment as something OTHER than a sentiment! I decided to stamp a sentiment as a frame around my focal point!

How about a colorful and cheerful card! Lots of distress ink lovin' on this one! Supplies are listed at the end of this post :) And a BIG thank you to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring this challenge! Link up your entries (over at A Blog Named Hero) for a chance to win a $25 gift card!



 For the focal image:
Mask water color paper on all 4 edges, stamp a sentiment and emboss with white or clear.
Swipe the water color paper through blotches of distress ink sprayed with water. Dry.
Stamp a background stamp over the dried colored piece, use a subtle color ink for texture.
Stamp, emboss and color the flower and leaves. Cut out.
Stamp the sentiment.
Adhere with a TON of dimensional adhesive :)

For the card base:
Stamp and emboss a smaller flower around the edges of the card. I used Sparkle embossing powder.

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Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Supplies: