Inspiration from Melissa

Thursday, September 30, 2010

mini milk carton die CLASS

When: Thursday Oct 7 or Oct 8 @ 6:15 pm(next week)
Where: in my basement
What: make your own "mini milk cartons"
(w/ my die cutting machine)to fill w/ goodies to give away around Halloween!
Cost: $10 (you will make 7) $.50 each for any additionals that u would like to make
just tell me how many more and i will cut it for you. if you like you can stamp here and assemble your additional ones @ home

this would be a GREAT time to bring that special little person (i would suggest no younger than 7 yrs) to spend some quality time w/ you and make these for their friends, your neighbor kids, grandchildren, co-workers, youth group kids, daddy.... they are great for ANYONE bc YOU will fill them w/ candy... and who doesn't like CANDY and a hand made gift from you???!!!

They go together in a snap w/ a little stamping, a bit of folding, add a smidge of **glitter** and some punching and you are finished! i will assist you every step of the way!

I have attached a picture of two that we will be making and there are 2 more that will be a surprise, but are just as cute!

***please bring your own adhesive, if you forget, i will have SNAIL available for $7***

space will be limited
so it's not so crazy in my basement, if need be i will offer two classes ok!? Please rsvp soon!

Can't wait to see you next week!

Animal Stories

Another baby thank you here. used a sketch off of Spitcoast stampers. Anyone can do this... i encourage you to try it! really helps when you have no idea where to start! using up some more retired paper here. the textured crushed curry makes a nice boy card i think! Along with blue bayou and some wild wasabi.

paper: blue bayou, crushed curry textured, wild wasabi dsp, whisper white, early espresso
ink: early espresso, wild wasabi,
stamps: animal stories, a word for you, itty bitty backgrounds
tools: stamp a ma jig
accessories: silver brads

Animal stories

More baby thank yous gone vintage. I used a precious hardware(i like to hoard them) curly label punch to give a bit of the old retired kiwi kiss to the design.

paper: soft sky, crushed curry textured, whisper white, choc chip dsp, kiwi kiss dsp
ink: choc chip
stamps: animal stories, teeny tiny wishes
tools: small oval, curly label punch
accessories: stampin dimensional, hodgepodge hardware

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Animal Stories

this is another of my stack of baby thank yous that i've made. these are all sent out so now i can share! ;) was using up some old dsp from a sale a bration ... 2 yrs ago i think? Then using the modern label and curly label punches, i made my sentiment stand out a bit. a little tab of so saffron ribbon on the lower corner with a cute little brad gives me some balance on the layout. I colored my giraffe with the early espresso and so saffron stampin write markers. Happy Saturday!

paper: marina mist, bashful blue, early espresso, whisper white, retired SAB dsp
ink: so saffron, early espresso markers, early espresso ink pad
stamps: animal stories, thank you kindly
tools: curly label punch, modern label punch
accessories: so saffron ribbon, silver brad, stampin dimensionals

Friday, September 24, 2010

Very Vintage jumbo wheel

we have a wedding to go to on Sat(tom) and made this card for the bride and groom. For the birds i just rolled the jumbo wheel on some very vanilla paper, then stamped the birds on top of where i rolled it. then snipped them out with my paper snips. tie it up with some very vanilla satin ribbon and it's complete

paper: groovy guava, very vanilla
ink: early espresso
stamps: love you much, very vintage jumbo wheel
tools: eyelet border punch
accessories: satin very vanilla ribbon

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Very Vintage

We had a friend recently lose her Mom to a very short battle with cancer and so wanted to make a simple sympathy card.

This is my new Jumbo very vintage wheel. using the 2 way glue pen i added some dazzling diamonds

it's so hard to capture the dazzling shine of these diamonds in a picture but you can get the idea here.

This is a very old retired color and i don't even remember the name of it! Do you? I happened to have a snipit of the ribbon to match... ha ! can you believe it? That's what you call 'saving everything!"  i think it was when wild wasabi first came out. Never mind it was killin me so i had to look it up. Groovy Guava *wink*

paper: groovy guava, early expresso, very vanilla
stamps: very vintage jumbo wheel, thoughts & prayers
ink: early espresso
tools: scallop oval punch, 2 way glue pen
accessories: dazzling diamonds, silver brad, double stitched groovy guava ribbon

Sunday, September 19, 2010

with all my heart

rock n roll is what i used for my green and blue flower. always do the lighter ink first so in this case pear pizzaz and then roll the edges on the tempting turquoise. you can see my color coach laying below the card ... that was my inspiration for this card.

Happy Monday!


paper: textured rich razzleberry, tempting turquoise, whisper white, pear pizzaz

ink: pear pizzaz, rich razz, temp turq

stamps: with all my heart, very vintage jumbo wheel

tools: modern label punch, scallop border punch, itty bitty punch pack

accessories: pear pizzaz ribbon, brad, stampin dimensionals, rhinestone

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wedding sweet

i think the white organza ribbon from su! just screams wedding elegance. Here i used the new Marina Mist w/ soft suede and the rhinestone bling to give a bit of shine. Pop the sentiment up on a dimensional to make it stand out. The over spray is from the log cabin smooch spritz found on p. 195 in the big caty. to give it justice u really got to see it up close in your hands, it actually has a sparkly shine to it.(only $4,95) It's really pretty! so each of these cards got just one squirt and it's done.
paper: soft suede, marina mist, whisper white
ink: marina mist, soft suede stampin write markers
stamps: wedding sweet
tools: log cabin smooch spritz, circle punche, itty bitty punch pack
accessories: white organza ribbon, rhinetones, stampin dimensionals

Thursday, September 16, 2010


check out the sentiment... you can see what I'm making more of! ;P Same concept as yesterday but using the new IN COLOR Peach Parfait. Isn't it pretty? I actually like this one better than yesterdays. not sure if you can tell on here, but when u hold it in your hand i used the Versamark for the first image on this card. I like it much better
than tone on tone. It's crisp but not so strong? Make sense?
You can see my crumpling up and then i just got happy with my punches. All done in a snap!

paper: peach parfait, very vanilla, early espresso
ink: early espresso, peach parfait
stamps: medallion, absolutely fabulous
tools: 5 petal flower punch, boho blossoms flower punch, small oval punch
accessories: stampin dimensionals, 1/2 pearl

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Capturing the elegance of this single stamp the Medallion is so
simple to do and can be done so MANY different ways! I hope
this one never retires;) Here i stamped it first on melon mambo
w/ melon mambo ink and then again on very vanilla with pink
pirouette ink.
Then just trimmed down my very vanilla piece and put on top of the other w/ dimensionals just like fitting a puzzle piece together i guess! I stamped it once more on scrap melon mambo and used the 1/2" circle punch, crumpled it up, roughed the edges a bit, added a rhinestone and it's complete! Isn't this new 1/2" Chantilly ribbon so dainty? I love it! Only $6.95!

Using a word from the set on your birthday i added my phrase for
inside on a piece of matted very vanilla card stock.

paper: melon mambo, very vanilla
ink: melon mambo, pink pirouette
stamps: medallion, whimsical words, on your birthday
tools: 1/2" circle punch
accessories: 1/2" Chantilly ribbon, rhinestone, stampin dimensionals

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My week back home to WI

So I was gone for over a week and only looked @ the computer ONE time the entire time i was gone...blogging world was neglected so thought i would share w/ you what i did on my week+ vacation! ;) It was wonderful to get away and have some nice down time! got to visit w/ my good friend Ashley from high school on Thursday and we got to meet each others baby's for the very first time! isn't her little Leighton a doll???
Great Grandma Derksen watched Chase while we picked walnuts up

Hannah and her humping frogs.... nice eh? Seriously they were 'stuck' together!!! yuck!

Andrea's birthday party where the 'kids' can gamble .... pay $20 for tokens to redeem for approx $1 in prizes...nice huh? *sigh*

Hannah getting the ride of her life w/ Auntie Erica, she loves those horses!

Jaden & Haley bouncing around

Visiting w/ cousin Sarah from MI over Labor Day weekend

Hannah working hard on the dreaded job of picking up walnuts! My folks have 3 very large trees that shed these suckers like crazy and you have to pick them up b4 the lawn can be mowed. I picked 8 of these baskets heaping full w/ the help of the 3 little kidos... if you can call it help:)
Have a great day! Melis

Monday, September 13, 2010

I just heard!!!!

so those of us who have been blessed with children know the excitement you feel when you know you are carrying a little life inside of you....lately i feel like i've heard of so many and i'm having a hard time keeping up w/ making new and exciting cards to share in their excitement with them! ;) this is one that i made four of and they are all gone! i found this super dooper cute lil prego lady in a dollar bin @ Michael's *gasp* yes i do shop there (once) in a while... and i just had to have her! the bottle came with her too and a few others but they aren't very cute.
so after adding Stampin Up! ribbon, rhinestones, punch and dsp... i like how it all comes together! I have to make it a smidge 'vintage' by rolling that upper left hand corner of my whisper white paper...not sure why.... it just didn't look done to me w/o it! *wink*
paper:pear pizzaz, tangerine tango, whisper white, so saffron dsp
ink:pear pizzaz, choc chip
stamps: (Michael's $1 bin), absolutely fabulous
tools: scallop border punch, matte pack
accessories: rhinestones, pear pizzaz ribbon

Saturday, September 4, 2010

trendy trees

two more cards made @ Jess's camp. same stamp set and two very different looks! for those of you who have made mistakes when trying to copy a card right in front of you. don't i've been doing this for almost 5 yrs and this second card didn't turn out like Jess's... it was too late by the time i realized my mistake so i left it but guess you woulda never known that if ididn't tell you right?! ;) enjoy!

Friday, September 3, 2010

punched posies

these are two very different looking cards using the same stamp set! Punched posies is a level 2 hostess set out of the summer mini that is now retired! ;( the Holiday mini is now live! I made these cards @ Jess's camp! way too fun! She has such great ideas!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Build a Bear baby thank you

how precious is this??? leah is so crafty she even made a 'home made' pipe for baby bear! and i just love how he is tucked into the little sleeping bag blanky!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Baby thank you's

here are two baby thank you's that i've been sending out. Ms. Leah did me a huge favor and did some stamping up of these for me! i told her she could cut loose in my stamp room, take what she needed and this is what she came up with! super cute eh? Thanks Leah! stay tuned for tom's post... it's my favorite from Leah!

If you have any ?'s on what she used for supplies, please leave a comment and i'll do my best to let you know!