Thursday, July 31, 2014

Let's See That Card Stock!

Well, here we are the end of July already! One more month and school will be back in! Boy, do we have a lot of work to do before that can happen! YIKES!
Time to think of something a bit more calming; how about card stock. It comes in so many beautiful colours and you can do so much with it... shapes, distress, emboss, the list is endless. That's this week's challenge over at Meljen's Designs -"No DP, Just card Stock". Here's what I came up with...
 
 
 I used 7 different colours of card stock, {all of them from my treasure box!}. And I used 6 different embossing folders! I distressed each piece with an ink from the same colour family that each piece of cardstock came from. Who said card stock looks so plain!
The image is another one of the "Pre Coloured Images" by Meljen's Designs. They come in so handy when life gets busy and you just don't have time to colour up an image.
Well, that's it for today. Hope you will give our challenge a go.
Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Little Summer Giva-Away going on at....

...Pink Paper Paradise! Head on over at and see the wonderful stamps you can win just by entering! Check out the details right here.

Have a great weekend!
hugs,
Nancy

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Read any good books lately?

Good morning! Hope your day is going well. Today over at Meljen's Design's they have a new challenge going on and they would like to see a papercraft project inspired by a book. It can be a layout, card, tag, book mark, etc. I decided on a book mark, and since I love Fairy Tales, {my Dad told the best ones ever!}, I decided to use the "Frog Prince" as my inspiration.
Here, take a look....
 
 
It just so happened that Meljen's has a sweet, pre-colored image called "Frog Prince", so that made this project super easy! I used an assortment of DPs ans supplies from my hoarded stash and added some faux stitching and doodling to pull it all together.
 Well, I hope I've given you a bit of inspiration to give our new challenge a try and to check out the great images over at Meljen's Designs. 
 
hugs,
Nancy

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Delightful!

Hope your summer is off to a wonderful start! Mine is, 'cuz I am offically on holidays! No big plans...just some much needed "R&R".
I've heard a lot of paper crafters say that they don't have time to create at certain times during the year, but I want to show you just how quick and easy a card can come together using one of Meljen's Designs "pre-coloured images". That's exactly what I used to make this card for our new challenge "Button It Up!", {use buttons on your project}.
 

This sweet image is called "Johnny Bird Boots, Color" and you can find it right here.
I always find it so much easier to make up a quick project by using a pre-drawn sketch, and there are a lot of great sites online where you can find these for free! I usually buy my designer paper in coordinating packs, so matching up patterns is pretty simple. When it comes to adding a sentiment, most of the time I simply type it up myself on the computer and play around with the different fonts I have until I find one that I think suits the mood of the card I've made. From start to finish this card took about half an hour to make & cost me mere cents! Less time then jumping into my car, driving to the store, trying to pick out just the right card and paying for it! {Can you believe the price of cards these day!}. Plus, I have to admit I tend to like giving a one of a kind card!
Well, I hope I've encouraged you to give our Meljen's challenge a try, even if you find your days busy!
hugs,
Nancy

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Working with Textures

Time for another fun challenge over at Meljen's Designs. For this week's challenge we would like to see some texture on you r project. Here is my card...


I used the word image "Thinking Of You" by Meljen's Designs, printed on a piece of pretty DP. I folder embossed it and ran my ink pad over the embossed area to add more dimension. I used a bunch of different flowers and flower centers, die cut and embossed leaves, as well as some pretty lace, gross grain ribbon and a couple of stacked buttons. I even added a metal brad heart! Lots of texture there!
I hope I've inspired you to hunt thru your craft supplies and see what you can come up with to add some texture to your project. 
Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Little Walk down Memory Lane...

I thought today it might be fun to take a little walk down Memory Lane; back in time a couple of years ago when I had the awesome privilege to be the June 2012 Guest Designer for Meljen's Designs. I was absolutely thrilled to be asked and even more thrilled when Melissa and Dee asked me to join the Meljen's Design Team full time! I can honestly say that I love being on this team and never tire of working with Melissa's adorable images.
Here are a few photos of the cards I made back in June of 2012...
See what I mean about Melissa's cute images - who could ever tire of working with them! They are so fun! And just to "toot my own horn", the card featuring "Tea Cup Mouse" was published in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine!
Well, thank you for letting me reminisce a bit and I hope this has been an encouragement to you to keep entering our challenges and our Guest Designer calls over at Meljen's Designs; you never know, your turn could be right around the corner.

hugs,
Nancy

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sew Perfect

Good morning! It's time for a new challenge over at  Meljen's Designs and this week we would love to see "Stitching", faux or real, on your project! (and a Meljen's image of course!). 
*-don't forget that Melissa has been giving away a freebie every weekend!-*
 
For my card I worked with MD image "Sewing Machine" and I used faux stitching
 
 
 I printed the image twice, once on beige card stock and then on a plaid DP. I cut out the "fabric" part of the image and paper pieced it to the original image. I also ink coloured two wooden stars and a wooden heart and attached them in the proper places. I used a pretty print DP for my background and cut a fancy border with a Tim Holtz's die. Several buttons, a stamped sentiment and lots of faux stitching helped to finish this card up.
So there you have it. I hope to see your project linked up for the Meljen's challenge right here.

hugs,
Nancy