Playing with Paper

So many yummy papers, so little time.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Projects

Hello Lovelies!

I'm here to share some of Thanksgiving cards & projects I've made so far this year! Some of these you have seen before but I wanted to do a post just with T day projects! The last 4 you have NOT seen :)



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I see some of the pics are blurry :( I'll have to fix that! Right after I figure out why, ha!
Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mary Dawn!

This is for one of our "mama's" for A Blog Named Hero, Mary Dawn! I hope you have a fabulous day and everyone spoils you!


I used this Hero Arts stamp, "Live it Up". It's adorable.


And everything else but the pearls came from the Artful Delight Card Kit from September. LOVE those kits. Seriously, LOVE!

Go see what my other teamies made for Mary Dawn!

Happy Birthday, Mary Dawn!
Have a great week lovely ladies!
Melissa

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oh My Inks!

Hello!

How's your Tuesday going?

I'm at A Blog Named Hero showing my latest project for organizing my ink pad colors. It's been popular ever since the Online Card Class and lots of girls have been making color swatches out of everything!

Come check it out!

A peek:


Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by :)
Melissa

Monday, October 15, 2012

Try Something New!

Hello Lovelies!

You know when you see a new technique out there in blog land and you try really hard to remember to try it and just end up forgetting? Well, that happens to me All. The. Time. So when the new challenge for Lawnscaping was announced, I was so proud of myself for remembering that I've dying to try a technique that I saw Michelle demonstrate a long time ago: ghost stamping! Whoot! I may have patted myself on the back for remembering. Just sayin'.


Here's my card featuring Lawn Fawn "Harvest Season" stamp set and "Dewey Decimal" petite paper pad.


Ghosting is fun and not just because Halloween is coming. Ha! I'm a hoot, I know.

So, just ink up a solid image stamp in something creamy and light. I used Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream. Then ink up with a darker ink, I used ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan. Then when you stamp the darker image, just off-set the image a little. I used a stamp-a-ma-jig because I'd make a hot mess otherwise!

The other technique isn't new to me but I have not done it in for-EVER and my fellow Lawnscaping DT girlie, Jenn, did it for the last challenge so I decided to bust out the edge distresser.

Thanks for stopping by! This is the perfect time to try out a new technique! Lawn Fawn is sponsoring this challenge so win-win all around!

Happy Monday!
Melissa

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Card Share

Hello Lovelies!

Thanks for coming by as you do and leaving me wonderful comments. I appreciate each of you so much!

I just wanted to share some cards I've made lately.

Some you might have seen in my Flickr Gallery. Just having fun with the kits I subscribe to! This is a photo heavy post so if you have any questions about a specific card, please just ask! If I explain/describe each one, you'll go running the other way!











Tomorrow is Friday! Hang in there! LOL!
Melissa

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hugs for Addison

Hello Lovelies!

I hope your Monday was at least decent if not wonderful! My hubs went to Whole Foods and bought a super yummy dinner that was all ready when I walked in the door for work. Awww. Swoon.

I'm participating in a card drive for a little 6 year old girl, Addison. She has cancer :( and is facing a 2 year treatment plan. She has 2 little sisters and my crafty friend, Karen Baker, helped spread the word for a card drive.

The goal is to collect 104 cards so that Addison can have one card per day of her treatment. Now, that's just for Addison, she has 2 little sisters who need some love and support too! More info can be found on Kelly's blog HERE.


Here's what I've made so far:
Now, I know some of them are not totally juvenile but I think they are all pretty for a little girl! I'll let her mom pick how they go out. For example, the card with "You're so very special to me" I thought could come from a family member. And if I make 1 or 2 of the same design, those cards can be given at different times or at the same time to avoid fighting! LOL! 



 







I know we all have huge bins of cards we make, won't you go through yours and pull out a couple for Addison? 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic week!
Melissa

So Thankful...

Hello Ladies!

I'm over at the Lawnscaping Blog today with a Thanksgiving home decor project! It's fun and super easy!

Here's some of the project:



I'd love for you to go over and take a look!

Have a fantastic week!
Melissa

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lawnscaping Fall Blog Hop!

Hello Hoppers!

Welcome to your next stop on the Lawnscaping Fall Blog Hop! I hope you've landed here from Elise's blog, Stamped Sealed Delivered! Full list of participants can be found on Lawnscaping Blog!

Our inspiration comes from this beautiful photo!


Halloween is coming so I thought I'd make cupcake toppers! I just assembly lined a BUNCH of rosette's and stamped out various images from Lawn Fawn sets: Heebie Jeebie's, Happy Haunting and So Thankful.

   
  


Remember to leave comments along the way for PRIZES. Full details can be found at the Lawnscaping Blog. You have until Sunday, October 7, 2012 midnight EST to comment.

Now hop along to Crisblog, My Inky Corner, for more Fall goodness!
Have fun!
Melissa

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mission: KitPossible!

Hello Girls!

My friend, Jen, and I are at it again! We've taken the Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit and given each other 3 cues that we must use to make 2 cards. She gives me 3 cues and I give her 3 cues. Then we each make a card with each set of cues. It's fun and a great way to kick start our creativity to use the kit!

Jen's cues to me:

  1. Make a shaped card
  2. Use any other ink other than black
  3. Emboss something
My cues to Jen:
  1. Use the perfect pearls
  2. Use the chevron circle
  3. Use a punch
We just have a few rules: We're only supposed to use the kit, mostly :) We've noticed the last 2 months have been a little light on embellies so we've made it ok to use inks/sprays, stuff like that. It was hard not to pull buttons or brads. 

Here's my card using Jen's cues:


 I had this wonderful idea to cut one of the 6x6 papers in half and use that as my shape. Well, it sort of worked. The card is super tiny (not a bad thing) but won't stand up because of the shape (sort of annoying).

That flower: stamped on water color paper with Versafine black, embossed with clear. Water colored with Distress Inks, sprayed with Smooch Glitz. It's beautiful in real life.

My card using my cues:


Sprayed the circle with Mr. Huey's. Punched circles for scallops. Perfect pearls as the faux stitching.

Then I got mad. Yup, mad. I was so frustrated over the kit that I just started to play. I cut up paper and just played. To kick start my brain I thought I'd make some Operation Write Home (OWH) cards. So I cut everything up! I did start to pull other supplies in because these cards were not part of our cues, so I thought I was safe to pull other goodies!

A few cards are not for OWH because I added buttons (buttons are too bulky for the Heroes to mail). And I will add a liner to the black base cards (so our Heroes can actually write a message!).
















Lots of cards! But really, a few of them don't even have patterned paper. I recently purchased that black and white chevron washi tape and just started playing. Then I pulled out more mists and twine. Just had fun.

Thanks for stopping by! For a kit that had me stumped I think I pulled out a good number of cards! Remember to go see what Jen did with our cues!

Melissa