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Monday, December 31, 2012

So Excited...

...to announce I'm part of the Timeless Twine Design Team!! I'm a Twine-ista! How fun is that?? My fellow Twine-ista's are crazy talented and we'll be showing you some super fun ways to use twine!! Expect to see a lot of twine. Like a lot :)

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Check out the announcement post at the Timeless Twine blog!

We have some new colors coming out in January and you're going to LOVE them! While you're waiting, check out the colors HERE!

Thanks for celebrating with me! Have a twinetastic day!
Melissa


Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Paper Made Bakery Day!

Alright, you caught me! I couldn't stay away!

You know I love kits, right? Well, one of my favorites lately are the Paper Made Bakery kits. Something about them is always 100% spot on!

Here's a few of the cards I've made with the December kit.


 See that flower paper? It's on the first 3 cards. It's from one sheet of paper and I colored the flowers with my American Crafts Chromatix markers. Also, the first 3 cards are using a sketch. 

And I committed a serious crafting sin! Gasp! I tossed the sketch so I don't know where it came from! It's a newer one and it had been sitting on my desk. I can't remember where I pulled it from! Please forgive me! And if you know, let me know and I'll edit the post!


A girly BD card, above.


A boy BD card, above


I wanted to layer, so I did!

Thanks for stopping by! If I don't see you again before the New Year's well Happy New Year's! Enjoy your Saturday!
Melissa

Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Linda!!!

Hi! I know I said I was letting your inbox have a break but...

If you're following along on the hop, you should have arrived here from the uber talented Cris!

Today is a very special birthday! One of our fearless leaders at A Blog Named Hero has a birthday! It's tomorrow for us but since she lives in Australia it's already tomorrow for her! It's Linda!

Linda was one of my first twitter friends and she's one of the sweetest, most loyal, funny, talented and kind person I know. Her and Mary Dawn selected me for my first design team too, so they will both always hold a very special place in my heart!

Now, we all know that Christmas time babies often get overlooked/smooshed (I totally Googled that-it's a real word and it's spelled correctly! Yay me!) in with Christmas so Mary Dawn put together a super fun blog hop for Linda!

Happy Birthday, Linda! I wish I could celebrate with you. I hope you have a fabulous day and your family spoils your rotten! I'm so glad we are friends! My life is better because you are in it :) Hugs!


 Hero Arts stamps"Live It Up" CL 174, "Bold Pop Designs Set" (the stamps and die set) & Designer Woodgrain S5208
Hero Arts Ink: Ruby dye, Raspberry Jam mid-tone, Soft Brown shadow, and Bubblegum mid-tone
ColorBox Chalk Chestnut Roan (my other obsession)
Enamel Dots by My Mind's Eye (my new obsession)
Random washi tape and ribbon

Ok, off you go to Chari!


Have a fabulous weekend!
Melissa



Monday, December 24, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 32!!

Hello!

We made it! 32 days of Christmas/Holiday cards! I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting and commenting during this last month! I only skipped one day because I was sick but gave you 2 cards the next day!

After Christmas I'm going to have a HUGE giveaway to celebrate the New Year and to say "thank you" to my lovely blog readers! I'm also going to take a break from blogging from Christmas to New Year's. I think your inbox will thank me!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your families and however you celebrate this time of year, I hope you enjoy it!

Here's our last Crafty Christmas Celebration card parade for 2012!









Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Mwah! See you in 2013! Whoot!!
Melissa

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 31!

Hello and welcome back!

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! I LOVE Christmas Eve! When I was little we were allowed to open 1 gift and we took forever picking which gift would be the ONE! Then we always had candles, snacks and my Dad read us a Bible story. Good memories. What are your Christmas Eve traditions?

Here's day 31:

 Fresh Squeezed Stamps: Christmas Treats. Lots of Hero Hues ink and stickles! I followed a sketch from the January/February issue of PaperCrafts Magazine, page 22.
*bust out your Xyron sticker maker and make this project super fast!*

Lawn Fawn set Ornate Ornaments and Let it Snow. Lawn Trimmings in Peppermint. Paper from Lawn Fawn collection Fa La La.

I hope to see you tomorrow for our last day!
Melissa

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 30!

Hello Friends!

Here's day 30:

Sweet Stamp Shop Holiday Sentiments. 

 Hero Arts Christmas Elements. Lots of ColorBox pigment inks!


Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Friday, December 21, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 29!

Hello Friends!

I know your time is short as we get closer to Christmas. I'll keep the remaining posts short on the chit chat!

Day 29:



See you tomorrow!
Melissa

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 28!

Hello!

It's almost Christmas! Yay!!

Here's day 28:

 A little blurry, sorry. Scallop border, sentiment, paper, hemp from Lawn Fawn's Fa La La collection.

I think this big chipboard piece is from Basic Grey. And I think that sentiment is from Hero Arts. I should have written these things down! I made some of these cards a while ago!

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!
Melissa

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 27

Hello and welcome back!

Here's day 27:

 I covered some Basic Grey chipboard starts with patterned paper and glitter tape! Whoot! Sentiment from Lil' Inker Designs, Holly Jolly Sentiments.

I needed several flat cards for my international friends. This has glitter tape! Sentiment from Sweet Stamp Shop, Holiday Sentiments. And liquid pearls!

Thanks for stopping by! Until tomorrow!
Melissa

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 26

Hello Friends!

This is the last week of our celebration! Thanks for supporting this adventure of mine! I hope everyone is in a warm and fuzzy Christmas spirit! I made more cards than I needed for this little celebration so I'll be sharing 2 cards a day until the final day-then it's a card parade!

Day 26:

 The story: I had this lovely vellum overlay with some beautiful flocking that just had me completley perplexed. BUT, I wanted to use it! So I decided to stamp this Hero Arts Birds & Poinsettia background stamp and lay the vellum over the top! It is prettier in person, I hope! Sentiment stamp from Lawn Fawn, Bows & Holly. And liquid pearls of course!

 I was trying to get a better pic so you could understand what I'm talking about. Sort-of worked.

Yes! This is ANOTHER blue background that I played with. I told you I did several! Isn't the swirl lovely? Lawn Fawn, Let is Snow is the background stamping (super faded). Jillibean soup die's for the circle element. AND...wait for it...liquid pearls! (Yes, there's a theme I'm seeing too - glitter tape, liquid pearls and blue backgrounds!).

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!
Melissa

Monday, December 17, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 25 & Lawnscaping Challenge!

Hello Friends!

It's time for another Lawnscaping Challenge! This time we are asking you to Make it Shine! Bling it out, glitter it up, whatever you want!

We are sponsored by the fabulous and generous Lawn Fawn (who just released 2 new stamp sets! Whoot!)



I used Lawn Fawn's "Let it Snow" set! That's glitter embossing powder for the bell and Lawn Trimmings in Peppermint for the bow. I die cut the 2 shapes and colored the teal in with Peacock Feathers. I've got teal/red in my head this season! And I added Liquid Pearls to finish off the bell! You can't really see but the red card stock has a textured pattern on it, it's really pretty in real life!

Come and play with us! I know you have some glitter, spray and glitter laying around! See you tomorrow for day 26!
Melissa

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 24

Hello, hello!

Thanks for coming by everyday to see my cards, it means the world to me. I just love the friends I've made :)

Today I have a Christmas card and a second card that I'm also linking up to Annette Allen's Celebration party! She's worked really hard and met her crafty goals (including being published!!) so she's having a party to celebrate! And a generous giveaway!

So Christmas:

I'm obsessed with that hot pink and red woodgrain paper from Jillibean Soup! It's SO fun! 
So this is a non-traditional Christmas card! I think it's fun! All the supplies are Jillibean Soup

And for Annette's celebration:


*ETA: This card was featured on the Hero Arts Social Club! So exciting!

You know I've been playing with my American Crafts Chromatix markers lately and this Hero Arts stamp was just screaming to be colored!

I colored all the flowers and leaves and fussy cut them out.
Then I stamped a full background and colored over the whole thing with Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers.
Then I just added all the pretty flowers! Some with foam adhesive and some with a glue pen.
And then I applied dew drops to the center of the orange flowers and some pearls to the background.
That's not all! I applied Rock Candy Stickles to the petals. 

Then I couldn't add a sentiment. It was too pretty! Does that ever happen to you?? Plus, now it's an "any occasion" card! Loads of fun to make!

Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I'll have another Lawnscaping Challenge post!
Melissa

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 23

Hello Friends!

I hope you all have exciting or crafty plans for the weekend! There are so many fun blog events out there to celebrate the Holidays, I may just spend the day blurfing!

Here's day 23:

I've used that tree on several cards now, I just love it! So whimsical! 
The ribbon is a thank you gift I received in an order from the Ellen Hutson store.

And a bonus card because I messed up my labeling and had 2 cards labeled for day 23!

How adorbs are those peppermints?? The images for this card are from Fresh Squeezed Stamps, Christmas Treats. And the twine is from Timeless Twine!

Have a happy Saturday!
Melissa

Friday, December 14, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 21 & 22

Hello Friends!

Sorry I left you hanging yesterday, I've had a horrible sinus infection that has taken me out of it for this week and today I feel slightly more human :(

So today I have 2 cards!

 I've been loving this design lately. So easy! And you can use so many different goodies like washi tape, glitter tape, twine and patterned paper. It's fun because of the different textures and colors you can mix and match! You can rotate the card, or apply the strips at different angles.

I always make some winter themed cards to send too. I made that background by embossed resist in clear sparkle and distress inks. The houses are cut outs from a 12 x 12 Jillibean Soup paper. The smoke is liquid applique. 

Thanks for hanging in there with me! I'm behind on visiting your blogs and commenting too, I know you all understand but I didn't want you to think I was being rude!

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 20!

Hello Friends!!

Welcome back! I chatted your ear off yesterday so, I'll get right to the card today!

Bold?? I think so!
American Crafts glitter tape!!
Hero Arts set Snowman Christmas

I covered a Basic Grey chipboard snowflake in some patterned paper. I CANNOT remember where that paper is from!! If you would just die with out knowing, leave a comment and I'll go through my Christmas box and figure it out!


Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!
Melissa

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 19

Hello and welcome back!

So...do you send out Christmas/Holiday cards? I made a total of 55 this year. And only 2 sets of 4 have the same design. A few designs have 2 cards. I think I've been making cards since October! Do you make your own? Same design? Photo cards?

One of my lovely friends has her kids help with making cards. They make about 100! Isn't that the best? Think of the memories those kids will have. But NO guilt! Whatever method you do, the key is happy!! No guilt! I read a lot of "I'm slacking and doing photo cards". Well I say nonsense! People love getting something, anything in the mail! So whatever you do HAVE fun!

Ok, enough chit-chat! The card for today:

How gorgeous is that blue??
Materials from a Jillibean Card Kitchen Kit
Hero Arts Woodgrain background stamp
Cosmo Cricket sticker letters
*should I take that holly leaf circle sticker off???*

Thanks for coming by! See you tomorrow!
Melissa

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lawnscaping & Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 18!

Hello lovely friends!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I'm over at Lawnscaping today with a...gasp...non-holiday card! What?? Crazy, I know! Sometimes my eyes need a little break from all the Holiday goodness!

But for my Crafty Christmas Celebration I DO have a Holiday card :) It's a win-win, really!

Lawnscaping card: I made this for Sebastian. He's a little 6 year old boy that needs some friendly cards! More info HERE on his little sweet story.


Lawn Fawn "Critter's in the 'Burbs"
I used my new Amercian Crafts Chromatix alcohol based markers! I finally made a Critter scene!!

And now for your daily dose of Holiday cheer:

Hero Arts: "Snowman Christmas"
Timeless Twine
I made the flower with my scallop circle punches. I stamped the Hero Arts Woodgrain background stamp on kraft to get that kraft layer. 

Wanna know who won the giveaway?? I had 11 comments on the giveaway post and Random.org picked comment #4 which was...Annette!!! Whoot! Congrats! I decided the winner can pick either the 6 x 6 paper pad (Lawn Fawn "Dewey Decimal") or the $6 (the value of the paper pad) e-gift card to Ellen Huston. So, Annette, what will you pick??


Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!
Melissa

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmastravaganza & Day 17

Hello Friends!!

I hope you're enjoying the Christmastravaganza over at A Blog Named Hero! There's some serious Holiday spirit over there!



It's my turn today! I wanted to show you a few of my favorite ornaments I make every year. I love handmade ornaments for the tree. In fact, our tree is mainly decorated with tag ornaments I've made. I also love hand stitching my families name on the tags.

So here you are! I'm showing one tag here and few more over at A Blog Named Hero.

And for my celebration, here's day 17:



1. Color a tag with 2 Distress Inks.
2. Spray Hero Arts background stamp (here I've used Poinsettia & Birds) liberally with water.
3. Keeping the stamp face up on your desk, carefully press the tag onto the stamp. Keep there for a minute.
4. Stitch. 
5. Add embellies.

I hope you like it! Remember to stop by A Blog Named Hero and see more tags!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Crafty Christmas Celebration Day 16 & a Birthday!

Hello my lovely friends!!

I hope you're all having an amazing weekend!

Today I have 2 cards!

Day 16:

I used the same Fancy Pants rub-on's that I did for Wednesday's 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge.

Confession: I think it's a fail! I don't like the design! And I didn't plan ahead. Those ornaments have little hooks but I added the twine after I applied the entire rub-on. I tried to scrap the hook off a little and just messed it up more. And the twine doesn't match. The colors of the rub-on's are brighter than the twine. Sigh. 

I don't know why I even photographed it and showed you. Just because I still made it I guess!

Now this card! I like this card! It's for fellow design team member on Lawnscaping, Nette's birthday today!
I used Lawn Fawn "Bake Me a Cake" and "Happy Everything". Paper pieced using Lawn Fawn's "Bright Side". 
That banner is a Simon Says Stamp die!

I'll have project tomorrow! It's my turn on A Blog Named Hero! I hope you've been over there to see all the fabulous guest designers and Holiday projects! I'm doing some tags and ornaments!

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

PS-you have until Sunday, December 9th to enter my little giveaway! Deets HERE!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 15 of Crafty Christmas Celebration

Friday! Friday! Friday! I'm a tad excited :) Just because it's Friday. Not because something uber exciting is actually happening :) Well, there might be a little giveaway at the end of this post today :)

Day 15:

Stamp: Holiday Sentiment from Sweet Stamp Shop
Card stock: red from American Crafts; Specialty Stamping Paper from Ranger (started out white, it's blue now)
Snowman sticker: Doodlebug
Pearls, Perfect Pearl (that I mixed myself)
Distress Stains in random blue
American Crafts Glitter Tape (what? I love that stuff!)

Remember day 4? It's the background I wanted to look all swirly and like I used alcohol inks because Virginia Lu makes the best cards ever and I wanna be just like her? No, well...I made lots of backgrounds during that session. This is another one :)

I also want to say thanks to all my dear friends who come by my blog and leave wonderful and encouraging comments :) It lifts my spirits and encourages me to be creative! Thank you so much! 

As an impromptu giveaway, I'd like to give one of you a 6 x 6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn! Just leave a comment by Sunday night, December 9th, and I'll draw a winner using Random.org :) For my international friends (so outside the US because that's where I live :) I love you too, so if Random.org picks your name, I'll give you a $6 e gift card to one of my favorite online stores, Ellen Hutson (the value of the paper pack). 




And that's not all!! I'm entering this card into the Shop Our Stash weekly challenge! The challenge is to make something with a Holiday/Snow/Winter theme! They ask for a bit of explanation on how you incorporated the theme so: 1) It's blue, like we make snow, even though snow is white. Whatever. 2) See that snowman. Yeah, snow again. 3) The sentiment "cold" = snow. The red card stock is what I've had in my stash since the beginning of time. If anyone is keeping track, this is 2 challenges I've managed to enter. In. a. row. Whoot!

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Badge


Let the weekend commence!
Melissa

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 14 of Crafty Christmas Celebrations

Hello and welcome back!

Day 14 (and one of my favs so far):


 Green card stock from American Crafts
Everything else except the twine & pearls (and green card stock) are from a Jillibean Card Kitchen Kit

*I used Tombo Mono Multi glue for the adhesive on the twine. So tacky (the glue, not my card, haha!). Just keep your grubby fingers out it or else the whole stinkin' card is tacky and gummed up.
Ask me how I know :/

AND!!! I found a new challenge! Timeless Twine! Whoot! I've been using this gorgeous stuff on a LOT of cards lately, I got 3 sample colors in a Paper Made Bakery kit and LOVE them! They have a challenge that ends Dec 30th and check out this prize pack:


Hang in there peeps! Tomorrow is Friday!
Melissa