Inspiration from Melissa

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


This is how the card looks closed
this is your first peek when you flip the first flap
and this is what's inside! (sorry i should have taken these pix w/ a lighter background but hope you can get the idea!) The picture of my girls is just tacked in there so the recipient can pull out and display w/ the rest of the xmas pix if they wish to do so!

For this card my base was 4 1/4" X 11. Then i scored each end @ 3 1/2". From there the sky is the limit for how you embellish! I like to try to stay to standard size for postage cost when it comes time to MAIL all those suckers! ;) So approx 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" will fit into your standard envelope.

paper: choc chip, rich razzleberry, whisper white
inkL rich razzleberry, choc chip
stamps: dasher (only $8.95), teeny tiny wishes, God's blessings
tools: scallop punch, slot punch(to tie ribbon through)
accessories: polka dot ribbon in rich razzleberry, brad, 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds(for Dasher's antlers)

Please let me know if you have any ?'s!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Playing around w/ Christmas ideas!

i was challenging myself to come up w/ something 'different' for Christmas and this is what i came up with today!
Start w/ normal size card 5 1/2" X 8 1/2"
Score one end @ 1 3/4" and flip and score the other end @ 3 1/8"
Picture inside is 3 1/4" X 4 1/2" and matted that on a piece just slightly larger 3 1/2" X 4 3/4"
I like to add a tab to the pix and just 'tack' it in there so they can pull it out and display w/ the other xmas pix!
On the outside i just wrapped a basic black belly band around it and tied basic gray ribbon around that! So to open the card they slide that off.

paper: crushed curry, basic black, old olive
ink: old olive, basic black
tools: crop a dile(to punch holes for brad), stamp a ma jig(for stamping the ornaments on front and making sure your words are straight on the inside), 2 way glue pen
accessories: basic gray ribbon, dazzling diamonds(on ornaments to make the sparkle!)

Happy Stamping! Melissa

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Eight Great Greetings

Back to my circles here! Put this together for a little baby boy that was born using punches, circle scissor plus and the large circle of the Circles Scallop #2 for the chocolate one. The 'C' that says congratulations was cut out w/ 2 circle punches as well and then you only have to snip 2 straight lines to finish it off! Nice and clean that way~

paper: certainly celery, choc chip, whisper white, bashful blue dsp
ink: choc chip
stamps: Eight great greetins
tools: circle punches, circle scallops #2 die, big shot, texture plates, crop a dile(punched holes for brads and you can set the depth so each on is punched EXACTLY the same!)
accessories: brads, stampin dimensionals, sponges(for inking edges of paper)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Perfect Princess

So my kind cousin lent me this set to play around with and i came up with this darling invite... thinking ahead a bit for my girl's b-days! ;) Very simple to do:
Start w/ sheet 5 1/2" X11" and then score from each end 3 1/4" for your fold. Then cut a corner off each side so you make the 'V'! tip:I cut one side and then trace it on the other side so they are the same! To make sure it all stays together snug, i used sticky strip and put it WAY on the bottom edge.
Then for your inside piece(invite), my base of soft suede was 4 1/4" X 5" and then you can layer up from there according to how you like it!
This size fits right into the standard envelope snuggly but it works!
The belly band i made was just a 11"x 2.5" strip that i scallop punches and then wrapped it around, add a layer of soft suede to tie it all together.
On the invite part i stamped the crown in soft suede and then lined w/ my 2 way glue pen and dumped on the glitter for my 'wow' factor! I also added to the word 'princess' on the front~

paper: cameo coral, soft suede, whisper white
ink: soft suede, cameo coral
stamps:Perfect Princess, Really retro(for the 'you're invited')
tools:wide oval, scallop oval punches, scallop edge punch, 2 way glue pen, blender pen(to color part of the crown), sponge(for inking the edge in soft suede)
accessories: dazzling diamonds, stampin dimensionals(300 in a pack for only $3.95)

Don't forget to personalize!! These cool stamps can be found on p.136-137 in the big caty!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Baby boy

Working on another stack of baby boy thank yous! This particular card comes together super quick! One saying, star, and some punches! i think it's too cute when done!

paper: bashful blue, choc chip, bashful blue dsp
ink:choc chip
stamps:Really Retro Sayings(nursery necessities star is on the envelope& large center star on card)
tools: big shot, texture plates, small start punch, large star punch
accessories: brad, stampin dimensionals

Have a great day!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Limited supply challenge

Limited Supply challenge 238 this week is to make card in Halloween colors. It doesn't have to be a Halloween themed card, just use any combo of orange, purples, yellows, blacks, greens and browns (or any other spooky color combo you can think of).

No more than a total of 4 embellishments (brads, ribbons and such). Die cuts do not count as an embellishment.

I don't even own one stamp set w/ a Halloween theme or pumpkins so this is my twist to it!

paper: dusty durango, elegant eggplant, basic black, very vanilla
ink: basic black, dusty durango
stamps: medallion, Holiday Best(level 1 Hostess)
tools: big shot, texture plates, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch
accessories: brads, stampin dimensionals

that's pretty 'limited' isn't it!? ;)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Flight of the Butterfly

I joined in on another challenge today... well i put two together CC237 was a color challenge of using Crushed Curry, Rich Razzlebery and Basic Black together and then CAS31(clean and simple)was to use pop up dots aka stampin dimensionals! This is what i came up with!

Card dimensions: 4 1/4" X 11. Score @ 4 1/2" on one end rotate it and score 1 1/2" from the opposite end. This will give the the folded 'flap' card!

paper~ whisper white, rich razzleberry, crushed curry textured, basic black
ink~ Crushed curry, rich razzleberry
stamps~ flight of the butterfly
tools~ big shot, texture plates, ticket punch
accessories~ 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, rich razzleberry polka dot ribbon, brad, stampin dimensionals (popped the whole butterfly square up!)

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Christmas punch

Starting to turn my gears a bit about putting together some Christmas cards! I know it seems early but if u do a bit @ a time it's not so over whelming!

paper: old olive, real red, choc chip, very vanilla
ink: old olive, real red, choc chip (stampin write markers)
stamps:Christmas Punch(Level 2 hostess set), Holiday Best
(Level 1 hostess set) ask me how you can get these FREE!!
tools: Big Shot, texture plates, scallop circle punch, scallop edge punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, boho blossoms punch(3 flowers punch out the 3 snowflakes perfectly!)
accessories: brads, stampin dimensionals

Have a great Monday ... very dreary here but that allows for me to catch up in the house!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Dasher w/ some bling!

Scallop Circle #2 die the bigger of the 2 circles then i hand drew the dress and cut out w/ a scissors. tip: You can count the scallops on top and bottom for a good starting point.
Dasher's antlers along w/ some versamark, heat n stick powder and dazzling diamonds make this wedding dress rather glamorous!

We have a wedding coming up in two weeks and this should make a fabulous card for the occasion!

paper: bashful blue, basic black, very vanilla
ink: basic black, versamark
stamps: Dasher, Together forever, personalized stamp (on the back of the card)
tools: big shot, scallop circles #2 die, scallop edge punch, matte pack(for piercing along the scallop edge), large oval punch, scallop oval punch
accessories: cream ribbon, vanilla pearl from pretties kit, black ribbon, stampin dimensionals, heat n stick powder, dazzling diamonds

As always for any of these supplies you can shop 24/7 at my site here!

Above you can see one of my newest toys! I finally got my own personalizing stamp for the back of my cards that i make! How very fun! You can find them on p. 136 in the catalog! I will be able to use this forever! Add this to your next order so you too, can proudly present something you made from your heart!

hope you all had a great weekend! What super weather huh?


Friday, September 18, 2009

my Fuzzy 'Dasher'!

Hi guys... well last night i had some fun making my little dasher here fuzzy! Can you see it in the picture(if u click on the picture to enlarge you can see it much better!)I stamped him in Rose Red Craft ink(this is much wetter and gooier than the classic ink and allows for the embossing powders to adhere to it), then used the heat and stick powder along w/ the heat gun and when it was nice and sticky i put his fur on! When i had the pile on top of him i pressed it all down w/ my finger tip and dumped off the excess! I think it makes him very lovable! The snow he is standing in was done w/ the 2way glue pen and dazzling diamonds. Merry Christmas was stamped in Rose Red craft ink, then dump on the clear embossing powder and set w/ your heat gun! Very classy! Punch it out w/ the large oval punch and pop it up w/ a stampin dimensional(so it presses snug against the hardware) and hug it w/ the hodge podge hardware! Last but not least.. i really think his nose needs a tiny red bead on the tip but since i didn't have any... silver will have to do for today!

paper: Rose Red, River Rock, Whisper white
ink: versamark, rose red(craft)
stamps: Dasher(only $8.95!!), Holiday Best(Level 1 hostess set) you could earn this set for FREE! Paisley background stamp(retired)
tools: Matte pack(for piercing the frame around Dasher), crop a dile to punch my holes for the brads, 2 way glue pen
accessories: Dazzling diamonds, clear embossing powder, 1 silver bead, Hodge podge hardware, stampin dimensionals, and the 'fuzzy fur" for Dasher ( i bought this 4 yrs. ago on a garage sale and i FINALLY used it!)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Eight Great Greetings

I really like these colors together! This stamps set works well w/ the scallop square punch as well~
paper: old olive, rich razzleberry, whisper white
ink: rich razzleberry
stamps: Eight Great Greetings
tools: Big Shot, Texture plates, top note die matte pack(to pierce the holes on edges) scallop square punch
accessories: white organza ribbon, stampin dimensionals, 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds(on the leaves)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My first challenge EVER!!

ok so over time i've seen all these people doing challenges and i finally had a dear gal Dawn tell me where i could find them and do them myself!! I found this one here Sketch Challenge 246 on split coast stampers! Ooo, i had fun w/ it! Kind got me out of my box a bit! Thanks Roxi!
Having a sketch to follow really helped me speed this card along and there was no 'scratching of the head' going on over here! ;)

paper: rich razzleberry, crushed curry, choc chip, razzleberry
lemonade dsp
ink: melon mambo, choc chip
tools: boho blossoms punch(for the 3 little flowers)
accessories: silver brads, 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, stampin dimensionals(to pop up 3 lil flowers and the cupcake square), stamp a ma jig(to get those words centered and STRAIGHT!), choc chip ribbon

Baby Boy w/ Nursery Necessities

Here is a cute example of a quick card to put toether. This is one of the stack i made as a baby gift. The large star punch adds a nice extra touch to the card since it matches perfectly with the large star stamp in the set! Don't forget to stamp your envelopes so that match wonderfully!

paper: bashful blue, real red, whisper white
ink: real read, bashful blue (stampin write markers)
stamps: REally retro (for the saying) nursery necessities
tools: big shot, texture plates, large star punch, crop a dile(to punch the hole for brad and ribbon)
accessories: 3/4"polka dot grosgrain ribbon in real red, brad, stampin dimensionals to raise up that little sailboat

any ?'s please let me know and you can always shop 24/7 by clicking the icon on the left top side of my blog!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Eight Great Greetings

Made this for my little gift tag to add to the gift bag for the little girl of my cousins! Scallop Circles die assisted me it getting this done! Both of the scallop circles are from that die #2. Then the leaf is also an addition from the big shot. (Sizzlits little leaves) My tip for the congrats... if you don't have a very steady hand w/ snipping... I stamped it on whisper white, then punched it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch and then the center of the circle w/ the 1/2" circle punch.. then all you have to do is make two straight snips on the straight part of the 'C'!

paper: melon mambo, whisper white, so saffron dsp, razzleberry lemonade dsp (for the leaves)
ink: melon mambo
stamps: eight great greetings
tools: big shot, sizzlits little leaves, scallop circles #2 die, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, texture plates (for the raised polka dots)
accessories: stampin dimensionals (to raise the small scallop circle up)

Monday, September 14, 2009

My sister's b-day!

Take it from plain and simple to wowsers!
A while back i shared my card that i had made in the bag.... and this was the whole thing put together... i couldn't share the complete set till her b-day that was on the 9th! She got a kick out of it and loved the Mary Kay pineapple gift set! It smelled WONDERFUL!!!

for the details on the card... click here!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Wedding card for my cousins!

I put this card together last weekend for my cousin who we went to see get married in Traverse City MI. The simple elegance that this stamps gives simply amazes me every time! I added a little heat embossing on the center and then raised it up w/ dimensionals.

paper: soft suede, whisper white, choc chip
ink: soft suede
stamps: medallion, teeny tiny wishes
tools: 1 3/4" circle punch, heat tool
accessories: soft suede ribbon, clear embossing powder, pearl from pretties kit, stampin dimensionals

below are a few pix to share from our fun weekend away!
Here is the Mackinac bridge in the background and we are riding the ferry to the island
Did a bit of hiking on our 8 mile bike ride to stretch the muscles. Great view from the top!

Playing in Lake MI to cool off! Check out how crystal clear that water is!!!
on the road again... the 8 miles takes u around the entire island along the shores like this! You can see Ms. Hannah on her tag along bike w/ Jesse. She made it 7 miles just great... no complaining at all ...then(we think) she fell asleep and fell off her bike and got quite banged up! Poor thing, bad road rash but she was able to get back on and finish the trek!

Friday, September 11, 2009

a few to share!

Here are a few pretty in pink cards from convention! Are they cute or what? If you have any ?'s with what was used on these cards please let me know! Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Once again show casing my fav stamp here! ;) See the center... making use of those build a brads!

paper: basic black, whisper white, always artichoke
ink: always artichoke, basic black
stamps: medallion, circle circus(for punched out circle), Thank you Kindly, french filigree
tools: scallop circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch for build a brad
accessories: stampin dimensionals, build a brad

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Enjoy Every Moment

super simple card... done in a snap!

paper: real red, old olive, whisper white
ink: old olive
stamps: enjoy every moment
tools: matte pack(for piercing the holes along the top)
accessories: red button, mini glue dot(to hold that button on GOOD!), old olive ribbon

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Things I love...

I love the idea of using circles, but it is something that easily slips my mind! These were all cut w/ punches and then a few rhinestone brads dress it up!

paper: choc chip, certainly celery, bashful blue, whisper white
ink: choc chip
stamp set: things i love
tools: 1/2", 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1 3/4" circle punches, 2 way glue pen
accessories: dazzling diamonds, rhinestone brads, stampin dimensionals

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tree trimmings

This was a card/envelope combo we made at convention using the cute stamp set Tree trimmings! Very simple and quick to put together! You'll have to excuse my 'short' string for my ornament on my envelope! I wasn't watching where i was stamping and forgot to hand draw the line to finish it! oops! (but then again that's right where my return address would go so you would never know if i sent it in the mail bc i would be dangling from that, huh?!)

paper: kraft, whisper white
ink: garden green, real read, choc chip
stamps: tree trimmings and sweet season
accessories: real red polka dot ribbon, stampin dimensionals

ps. I will be MIA after today as we are taking a mini vacation for the holiday weekend! Hope to be back in action next Tues!

Happy Labor Day to you all~ melis

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Treat Boxes!

Are these adorable or what? If you do treat exchanges around the holidays this would be a super cute way to present your treats! Or I love them as well to welcome new neighbors into our neighbor hood w/ goodies... even a teacher/day care provider they would be fabulous for!

They are found on p. 159 in the new caty item #(115690) for only $3.95 for 5 of them! They ship and store flat (so not taking up tons of room) and easily assemble when you want to use them! They look cute just plain or if you want to dress them up a bit tie on some pretty ribbon and you are finished!

box: treat boxes (115690) p. 159
paper: whisper white, old olive, real red
ink: choc chip
stamps: sweet season
tools: 1 1/4" circle punch
accessories: rhinestone brad (from pretties kit), real red 3/4" polka dot grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Host a party in your home!!!

For the Months of Sept and October I'm doing a special of pick any one of these stamp sets or paper cutter free, when you host a party in your home!!! First come first serve basis! Contact me today to schedule your party! My contact info is located on the side of my blog!

Stamp set will be delivered at the time of the party in your home!

Happy Stamping!! Melissa