Monday, April 1, 2013

Inking

I have been watching lots of videos on YouTube on inking techniques. Here are a few cards I have made after watching those videos.



Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Sunday, March 31, 2013

HAPPY EASTER



I hope you have a wonderful day!

Melissa

Happy Easter 5: Plaid Easter



Recipe:
A2 card
Purple @ 3" x 4.25"
Plaid @ 2.75" x 4"
Yellow Banner @ 1" x 4" from Art Philosophy (resized using Gypsy)

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Card 4: Bunny in a Basket



Recipe:
A2 card
Pink mat @ 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Printed mat @ 4" x 5.25"
Purple mat @ 5" from Elegant Edges (button 5)
Bunny in a Basket & all parts @ 4" from Baby Steps (button 41)

A very special thank you to Glora at Glora's Crafts for helping me figure out this cut.

I contacted Glora and asked her about, what appeared to me to be, 2 missing egg cuts. She agreed and said that she had recut her base cut for one of the eggs and hand traced the other one. Me? .... well I am a little lazy and I usually mass produce my cards to send to family. So, I went to my handy-dandy Gypsy and sized the "green" egg cut to fit (for the yellow and plaid egg).

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Card 3: Egg with Bunny



Recipe:
Egg Card @ 5.5" from Art Philosophy
Bunny # 2.5" (RDS) (button 14) from Kate's ABC's
Embossing folders used: Baby's Breath & Polka Dots

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Card 2: Bunny



Recipe:
A2 card
Blue mat @ 5.25" from Elegant Edges (button 28) - emboss with Cloudy Day by Stampin' Up!
Grass @ 2" x 4 5/8" embossed with Stripes by Stampin' Up! then torn or cut to create a "hill"
Bunny (& all parts) @ 3.5" (button #14) from Kate's ABC's
Emboss grass with bunny cut with Swiss Dots embossing folder

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Card 1: Bunny-Bear



Recipe:
A2 card
4 1/8" x 5 3/8" blue mat (emboss with Cloudy Day by Stampin' Up)
3" bear from Teddy Bear Parade
3" bunny clothes from Teddy Bear Parade
12" purple ribbon - tie around Bunny-Bear's neck
Eggs in basket @ 1/4" from Art Philosophy
Eggs in grass @ 1/2" from Art Philosophy (emboss)
Grass @ 1.25" & 1" from Plantin SchoolBook
Action Wobble

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cowgirl Birthday Card

I originally saw this card here. I fell in love with this card and thought it would be a great birthday card for my aunt.



Recipe:
Card base: Art Philosophy (page 23, button 3) @ 5.25"
Card base: Art Philosophy (page 58, button 38) @ 5.25" (cut twice)
Circle: Art Philosophy (page 21, button 1) @ 2.25" & 2"
Star: Art Philosophy (page 40, button 20) @2.25"

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Multi Purpose Card

This is another idea I saw on Pinterest. You can find the original post HERE. This is a great card. It could be used as a birthday card, thank you card, or thinking of you card. Very multi purpose!!!




Recipe:
A2 card
Outside Mat @ 2 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Inside Mat @ 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Embossed with Daisy Delight embossing folder
Sides punched with Martha Stewart punch around the page (I can't find the name of it, so if you know the name, please let me know and I will update this post).

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Monogram Note Cards

I saw this on Pinterest. You can find the original post HERE.



Recipe:
A2 card
White mat @ 4" x 5" embossed with Polka Dots embossing folders
Scallop Circle @ 2" from Art Philosophy
White Circle @ 1.4" from Art Philosophy
Initial @ 1.66" from Calligraphy Collection

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day - 2



Recipe:
A2 card
MS Shamrock punch
Green Mat @ 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" - embossed with SU Square Lattice embossing folder
Tan mat @ 5 1/8" x 1.75"
Printed mat @ 4 7/8 x 1.5"
Tan oval @ 1.75" from Art Philosophy
White scalloped oval @ 1.5" from Art Philosophy

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day - 1



Recipe:
A2 Card
4" x 5.25" mat - embossed with SU Square Lattice embossing folder
White mat @ 4.75" from Elegant Edges
Green printed mat @ 4.5" from Elegant Edges
Green scalloped oval @ 1.5" from Art Philosophy
Tan oval @ 1.25" from Art Philosophy
White oval @ 0.95" from Art Philosophy

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Valentine 4


The idea for this card came from here. I was in the process of looking through my Lyrical Letters cartridge (in order to make the inspiration card) when I came across this heart and thought it would make a great Valentines card.

Recipe:
A2 card
Red Mat/rectangle @ 4" x 5.25" from George
Framed Heart @ 4" (hide outside cut with Gypsy and layer onto the 4" x 5.25" rectangle. Group the two cuts and weld together.)
Heart @ 3.5". Emboss. Ink edges with Rhubarb Stalk (Momento). Layer on top of original heart with pop dots.
Tiny Hearts embossing folder (The Paper Studio).

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Valentine


I saw this card on Pinterest and followed it here. I love the simplicity of this card. Jeri used the Jubilee cartridge, which I don't have. I used this banner from the Artiste cartridge.

Recipe:
A2 card
White Cardstock @ 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Heart Blocks Cuttlebug folder
Banner @ 3/4"

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Friday, January 18, 2013

I love you BEARY much!

I love the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge and have been playing with ideas of what to do with this cute bear.
Recipe:
A2 card
White mat 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Printed mat 4" x 5.25"
Bear @ 3" (I cut the wings out of vellum and gave him two sets and off set them slightly)

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Masculine Birthday Card

I saw this card on Pinterest, here and fell in love with the idea. I struggle with masculine cards and when I saw this, I just knew I had to give it a try.
I purchased the Dakota paper pack from Close To My Heart a while back and thought it would work great for this card.

Recipe:
A2 card
Mat 5.5" x 3"
Banner 2.25" x 5" from Art Philosophy
Happy Birthday mat 1.25" x 3.75"
Buttons from JoAnn's
Hemp Cord from JoAnn's

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Monday, January 14, 2013

Embossing Folders

I saw someone online make these tags for their embossing folders and of course had to give it a go.
Here are all of my tags/embossing folders. I love having them on this ring. I keep it hanging close by so I can look through it when I am making my cards.
I write the name of the embossing folder on the tag before embossing the tag.
I love that Provo Craft is now printing the name of the embossing folders on them. My folders that don't have the pre-printed name on them have a label from my label maker. Of course all of my embossing folders are in alphabetical order (as are all of my sample tags).
I created my tags using my Gypsy and Plantin SchoolBook. As you can see, I can fit 5 tags on a 8.5" x 11" piece of paper by cutting my tags at 4.8". I keep a ring of blank tags ready at all times (because I am constantly picking up new folders).

I hope you give this a try.

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Stamp Book

I was on vacation between Christmas and New Years and finally got started on this little project. I first saw this idea from my friend Trish and thought it was a GREAT idea ... but a little overwhelming to start.

I purchased a 4x6 photo album from Michaels when they had them on sale last summer. I cut white cardstock to 4x6 then ran them through my printer in order to add the name of the stamp set and the maker of each set. Anyway, this is what I came up with.


I am pretty anal about putting things in "order". I decided that there was no way that I would be able to keep these in order by maker, so I just stuck them in as I completed a set.

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Valentine's Day Card

Today is our first Card Club of 2013. I love Card Club and the ladies that participate in it, we have so much fun together. Anyway, January's theme is Valentine's Day.
Recipe:
A2 Card
Stamp mat - Elegant Edges - White Shadow @ 5"
Stamp mat - Elegant Edges - Pink Oblong @ 5"
Mailbox - Doodlecharms @ 3"
Letter - Doodlecharms @ 1.5"
Post - 3/4" x 2.5"
Banner - Artiste @ .40" (on Gypsy)
Tiny Hearts embossing folder - The Paper Studio
Woodgrain embossing folder - Tim Holtz

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Stamp Pad Storage


I have seen people using old cassette tape storage (wooden Napa Valley) as stamp pad storage. A friend of mine gave me these two old cassette tape storage racks. I had to put a small piece of chipboard across each spot (to create a shelf) so that the stamp pads don't fall. Not as nice as the Napa Valley cassette tape storage, but it works just fine. Not to mention, these came in the vinyl storage cases, so if I want to take them to a crop all I have to do is lay them back in their cases.

Thanks for looking,
Melissa

Tuesday, January 1, 2013