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So many yummy papers, so little time.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 8

Hello and welcome to day 8!


Everything but the twine and liquid pearls are from the Paper Made Bakery kit (the white label is from a punch I own). I'm telling you, I can work a kit like nobody's business!

Happy Friday! Here's to the weekend!
Melissa

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 7

Here's day 7:


Snowflake stamp: Let It Snow by Lawn Fawn
Everything else is from the Jillibean Card Kitchen Kit
*I added liquid pearls to the adorable snowman (not in the kit)

We made it through one full week!! Think we can make the rest?? I decided to do a HUGE Christmas giveaway at the end of this little celebration too. I have not worked out the deets just yet but I think if we pull all 32 days off we all need some prizes!!

I've had fun suggestions for the name of this little celebration! Thanks to my lovely friends who suggested names! I think I'm going to go with "Crafty Christmas Celebration". I believe Cat lead me to the "C's" for the title, so mwah! Thank you!

Until tomorrow,
Melissa

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 6 of Holiday Inspiration

Thanks for coming back for day 6!


Snowflake stamp: Let It Snow by Lawn Fawn
Seam binding: MossyMade
Tag, Star, Washi and maybe the patterned paper are from the Jillibean Card Kitchen Kit

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Day 5 of Holiday Inspiration

Hello Friends!

Here's day 5:


Gingerbread stamp: Christmas Treats from Fresh Squeezed Stamps
Sentiment stamp: Cozy Christmas by Lawn Fawn
Twine, paper, wooden snowflake and jingle bell all from the Paper Made Bakery Kit.

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!
Melissa

Monday, November 26, 2012

Day 4 of Holiday Inspiration

Hello Friends!

Thanks for coming back for another day of Holiday Inspiration!

Day 4:


Stamp:  Let It Snow by Lawn Fawn
Paper: Specialty Stamping Paper by Ranger
Inks: Distress Stains in some blues 
Liquid Pearls
Can't remember what stamp set the sentiment is from!

A special shout-out to Virginia Lu who inspired me for that background technique. I don't have alcohol inks but I wanted that effect so I white embossed the snowflakes then started covering the background with different blue Distress Stains. I wanted a whirly-swirly look.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a fantastic week!
Melissa

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Day #3 of Holiday Eye Candy

Hello Friends!!

Thanks for your positive feedback for my 32 days of Holiday Inspiration! I need a name for this little series. Any suggestions??

Here's Day 3:


Stamp: Happy Holidays by Hero Arts + Basic Grey
Paper: Nordic Holidays by Basic Grey (not all the cards will be from this paper pack, I promise!!)

Check out that American Crafts glitter tape! I'm a disaster with glitter so this is the PERFECT solution. I love this stuff!! I had it on yesterday's card too!

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!
Melissa

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Day 2!

Hello Friends!

Here's day 2:


Paper: Nordic Holidays by Basic Grey
Stamp: Holiday Sentiments by Sweet Stamp Shop
Sketch: Operation Write Home

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!
Melissa

Friday, November 23, 2012

32 Days of Holiday Inspiration!

Hello Friends!!

I hope you're all well and happy :) I decided to take on a 32 day project from today until Christmas Eve. Gulp. One card or tag per day until Christmas Eve!

I will be quick with the posts, purely eye candy and hopefully some Holiday spirit to spread around! I hope you will enjoy! Laid back, just a quick card. There's A TON of Holiday inspiration floating around so I will be respectful of your time!

Day 1:


Paper: Nordic Holidays by Basic Grey
Stamp: Christmas Elements by Hero Arts

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmastravaganza!

Hello Friends!

Popping in to tell you about a uber exciting, inspiration packed event going on over at A Blog Named Hero blog beginning the night OF Thanksgiving, Novemeber 22nd and lasting until Christmas Eve, December 24th.


Linda and Mary Dawn have lined up some spectacular extra special guests and we will be bringing you Holiday projects EVERY day until Christmas Eve!! Crazy excited, crazy fun.

So you want to know how much, right? All these classes floating around, how will you pick? Well, my lovlies, it's Free. Nothing. Nada. Pure inpiration. Can't beat that! Or can you? There will be PRIZES!! Can you hear the roar of the crowd? Are you excited??

Please join us, November 22nd - December 24th for Christmastravaganza!!!!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Place Tags

Hello Friends!

Need a last minute idea for making Thanksgiving a little extra special? You're not so super busy with prep are you?? Haha! I made name place cards! If you don't live in the States you can take this idea for party props too!

The challenge at Lawnscaping is Tags! Oh my! I adore tags of all kinds and sizes. My teamies have some fun and amazing projects too!



I used the collection pack from Lawn Fawn, "Dewey Decimal", Lawn Fawn lawn trimmings and a random rose brad I had.

If you have longer names that my examples you can use a stamp set or bigger tags! I just ran some tags I bought at an office supply store through my Xyron, adhered the paper, trimmings & alphas. 

Of course I wanted them to stand up so I covered a 2nd tag with paper, scored the top of the 2nd tag and held them together with the rose brad. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Monday, November 12, 2012

Washi, One Layer, Mass Production

Hello Friends!

I'm over at Lawnscaping today with a card that is 1) easy to mass produce, 2) one layer and 3) uses LOTS of washi!



Come see, come see!
Have a great week!
Melissa

Saturday, November 10, 2012

First Cards

Hi Sweetie Heads!

So one of my new online friends, Amy Tsuruta, had her 5th Blogaversary this past week and she celebrated by doing tons of giveaways with fun questions and a fun blog post that re-visited her first 4 cards she blogged! I was supposed to link this up in time to enter one giveaway but...yeah...totally missed the deadline. Oops :)

BUT, I pulled my first 4 cards! I didn't even remember when I started blogging! So this was SO fun to go down memory lane! My first post was July 2010 and I didn't post a pic of a card until Oct 2010! Me + camera = disaster so I had to work up to it! I really ramped up the blogging in 2011. I guess I'm still a baby!

So here you go!

I used a collection pack for these, I made a big 'ol stack. This is from October 2010.

I was a new Close to My Heart consultant and was trying out some techniques I learned from my upline  Teresa Black. October 2010

 For 2 years now I've made hubs Valentine's Day tags. I start Feb 1 and end with Feb 14th! These are from February 2011. (I wasn't a consistent blogger back then, thus the huge gap!).

For 2 years now I've made hubs Valentine's Day tags. I start Feb 1 and end with Feb 14th! These are from February 2011.

What I've learned: I'm still new! I should pay attention to my Blogaversary date too! I have a HUGE box to giveaway, I've been waiting for the perfect time! I think soon :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hero Arts + Lawn Fawn = Heaven

Hello, hello!

I'm SO excited for today's post! A Blog Named Hero has teamed up with Lawn Fawn! It's been such a fun week seeing all the projects that use my 2 favorite stamp companies!




Here's mine:


Stamps:
Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain S5208
Hero Arts Scattered Leaf Border H5230
Lawn Fawn Bannerific
Lawn Fawn So Thankful

Inks:
Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Soft Brown
ColorBox Pigment Ink in Canary, Violet & Cranberry
ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan

Go check out A Blog Named Hero for more mixed magic! And there are prizes! Prizes ladies, prizes!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
Melissa

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Birthday, Cheiron!

It's birthday time! My lovely and uber talented teamie at A Blog Named Hero, Cheiron has a birthday today!



I hope you have a fabulous day sweets!

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Monday, November 5, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge!

Hello!

It's time for another Lawnscaping Challenge!



I dusted off my Prisma colored pencils! I love coloring with them on Kraft card stock! I got this Lawn Fawn (Sweet Christmas) set right after they released it but never inked it up! So, while it's not old, it was un-used in my stash! Totally counts!

We are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp for this challenge! Play along for a prize!!

Simon Says Stamp

Thanks for stopping by and head over to the Lawnscaping blog for more inspiration!!
Melissa

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Card Kit Share

Hello and Happy Sunday!

Did everyone remember to turn their clocks back who need to? I love the extra hour of sleep but it takes my body a couple of weeks to get used to the daylight time vortex.

I wanted to share cards I've made with the October Artful Delight Card Kit. Now, sometimes people think I get these cards done all in one sitting. That's not the case at ALL! I just don't photograph my cards as often as I make them so when I do pull out the camera I have LOTS of cards to photograph!

And you know I love using the kits until there's practically nothing left. The Artful Delight kits are hard because you get SO. MUCH. PRODUCT. Totally not complaining, it's awesome!!!

So, here you go!

 Made for Operation Write Home using sketch #145

  Made for Operation Write Home using sketch #145

  Made for Operation Write Home using sketch #145

 Made for Operation Write Home using sketch #145

This one will go to Addison 

 I plan on sending this one to someone who's NOT turning 29. I'll put, "yeah, right" or "you wish" on the inside. Hehehe. This is also a hot mess. I was trying to layer. *Sigh*

 This one will go to Addison

 This one will go to Addison

 I have no plans for this one :) That happens all the time :). Sentiment is from Neat & Tangled "Kindess Matters"

This one will go to Addison

There were a few others but I lost track of where they are and I think I've already shared them :)
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great week!
Melissa

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Colorful Leaves

Hello Lovelies!

It's challenge time at A Blog Named Hero! We are to use a die or punch on our projects this round. As always, we are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp!



I decided to use a Spellbinders die and make a shaped card. Then I wanted to use some gorgeous inks by ColorBox that were a Fall color palette because I wanted to use a new-to-me Hero Arts stamp set, Leaf Print!


 ColorBox inks: Squash, Pinetree, Gooseberry and Chianti
Distress Ink in Tea Dye
Versafine Onyx Black for sentiment
Hero Arts stamp Leaf Prints CL395
Spellbinders Labels 8
Papertrey Ink Banner die
Doodlebug Christmas Pearls

Thanks for stopping by! Check out ABNH to see what my other teamies have made! Have a great Thursday, the weekend is almost here!
Melissa