Thursday, December 4, 2014

My Last Post as a Meljen's Design team Member

Well, it was a difficult decision but I have decided to step down from the wonderful Meljen's Design Team. I have so enjoyed working with Melissa's adorable images over the past 2 and a half years and all the wonderful ladies on the Team. I will really miss all of you but I am hoping that our paths will continue to cross. You have all been a real inspiration and great  at helping  me to learn all the  "computery" things you need to know to be on a Design Team. Melissa, you are an amazing artist and you have such a generous heart; it truly has been a delight to work with your images and I pray that you will continue to flourish in your God given talent. Blessings to you.
My reasons for stepping down are; family, ( aging parents, in laws, children, grandkids),  full time working outside the home and I'm not as young as I used to be, lol! (At least that's what my body and the mirror keep telling me; though my mind says I'm still that girl I remember in my 20's, lol). anyway i will continue to create cards and things but only at a more leisurely pace. I also hope to continue blogging and enter those great paper craft competitions!  
Anyway, here is my last official Meljen's Design DT  porject.
 I decided to work with one of my favourite Meljen's Christmas images "Christmas Holly Fairy". You can find her right here in the shop.
 
 
 
I copied the image twice flipping it for the second one. After colouring her with Copics I fussy cut her out and then adhered her to chip board and cut her out again.
The word Christmas is wooden blocks from the Dollar Store that I painted, distressed and then modge podged pretty Christmas papers to. Then I added all of it to a greenery wreath. Here are a couple of close up shots:



 Well, that's it for now. I hoping to take a bit of a crafting break until the New Year.
Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season.
hugs,
Nancy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thank You!

For the past 3 years my granddaughter, Alanna, has had a "Hot Chocolate Stand" with all the proceeds going to our local Outreach for Hunger. It started out as a Grade 6 school project called "Mr. Nobody". The assignment was for each student to take home a doll that looked just like a blue, faceless gingerbread boy and bring it back to school with something attached or added to it that would identify a need in our community that the student had helped. It actually not only made the students aware of needs in our area, but showed them that, even though they were young, they could make a difference. Well, as I mentioned above, Alanna held a Hot Chocolate Stand, raised over $600 for the Outreach for Hunger and attached a soup label to Mr. Nobody. The following year she decided to do it again, simply because she wanted to, and raised over $800 for Outreach for Hunger. This past Saturday Alanna held her 3rd Hot Chocolate Stand for Outreach for Hunger and raised just over $1650 . She realizes that she couldn't do it without a lot of help from her family, friends and donations from some local businesses. She is so thankful for all of the support she receives. 
Anyway, all that said, today starts the new challenge over at Meljen's Designs and this week's theme just happens to be Thank You! So I decided to make my Thank You card with Meljen's adorable pre-coloured image Christmas Cocoa. My printer ink wasn't the beat so I did add a bit of colour with my Copic markers.


Lots of MME papers on this card, with a few wooden snowflakes embellishments, {that I clear embossed to make shiny}. I also added a bit of this cute pompom trim and some faux stitching. 
I do hope you will get a chance to make a project for our challenge over at Meljen's Designs which you can find right here.
 
I'll leave you with a photo of Alanna and her Hot chocolate Stand.


hugs,
Nancy

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thinking outside the box...

Oh my, but this month is flying by! I can't believe we are headed into the latter part of November. Maybe that's why I felt I just had to make a Christmas card to share with you The only problem was I really wanted to use Meljen's Designs cute little image "Autumn Flower Mouse" . Then it hit me. I'm pretty sure Melissa meant  for that cute little flower  to be a Sunflower but why not turn it into a Poinsettia! Add some pretty Christmas papers, several heat embossed wooden snowflakes, and Voila!, a Christmas card!


I simply typed out this familiar phrase from the poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas" as my sentiment and added a fun twist for the inside verse.


So there you have it...my simple little thinking outside the box. Hope I inspired you to look at things a little differently to create something new, maybe even something for the current challenge going on over at Meljen's Designs!
hugs,
Nancy

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Time for a new challenge...

My, how time flies! Here we are already finishing up the first week of November! The holidays will be upon us before we know it! I've been getting ready for Christmas for a while now because our family started doing a Pinterest Christmas exchange. We simply make gifts for each other from the things we have pinned. Last year was the first time we did this and I was kind of at a loss and everyone ended up with a  gift card inside a hand made gift card holder! {I did find the pattern for the holder on Pinterest!}. This year I am a bit more "Pin Savvy", so the gifts will be more suited to the different members of my family. It's actually quite fun, you might want to give it a try!
All that aside, it is also time for a new challenge over at Meljen's Designs and this week we would love to see your projects using these Autumn Bright Colors:
Remember you don't have to use a Meljen's image,{though there is a bonus if you}. Melissa does have a lot of cute freebies in the shop if you'd like to check them out. 
I worked with this fun image Autumn Candy Apple  
Since I used lots of DPs on this card, I decided to for go the embellishments. I think it turned out nice without them. The image was coloured with pencil crayons. I also ink distressed all the edges. 
Hope you get a chance to make an entry for this week's challenge.

hugs,
Nancy

Monday, October 27, 2014

*** Dream Big ***

Well, I've been working a bit more with those Distress Markers and here is what I came up with:
 

Again I chose to colour another of Mo Manning's adorable images. Isn't she the cutest little pilot you've ever seen! Lots of pink on this card, with a couple of lace accents, as well as an antique button, pearls and a bow. I also took the time to do some real stitching on this card as well. The sentiment I simply typed up on my computer.
Thanks for stopping by and wishing you a great week!
hugs,
Nancy
 
Challenges:
Crafty Calender - Bingo ( pink/sentiment/buttons)
My Time To Craft - Hobbies
Paper Creator's Crafts - Pink or Blue with Buttons
* Mo's Digital Pencil - Pearls and Lace
Alphabet Challenge - "S" Stitching
*Anything Goes With A Twist - Touch Of Pink
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Trick or Treat

Are you busy getting ready for the little Trick or Treaters that will be knocking on your door next week. Well, even though I don't really go for the whole Halloween thing, I do fix up a few bags for our grandkids and 3 little neighbour girls. So since this week's challenge over at Meljen's Designs is "Trick or Treat" I decided to make "tags" as my DT project.
I used the following fun Meljen's images: Bad Spell; Cute Little Candy Corn; Franken Kitty; Top Hat Pumpkin and Whacky Hat Cat. These are all available right here in the shop. Here are my tags...


I quickly coloured up these images with Copic Markers. I used a couple of fun frame die cuts backed with bright Halloween colours to mount the images on. I plan on attaching them to these cute Halloween cello bags that I bought at Michael's, once I fill them with candy. ( still waiting for the candy to go on sale!).
Hope you will take time to play along with us over at Meljen's Designs this week. Remember you do not have to use a Meljen's image, but Melissa has some really cute freebies in the shop and there is always the weekend freebie she gives away as well!
Until next time.
hugs,
Nancy

Monday, October 20, 2014

A bit of practice with Distress Markers

Hope your week has started off well. It is cold and wet here in SW Ontario, but that's OK since I wanted to just do some baking away. It is my eldest grandson's birthday today and since Braden doesn't like cake I decided to make him some Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for his after school snack...always good with a glass of cold milk! Yum!
Anyway, another good thing to do on a cold, wet day is practice your colouring! So here is another of my attempts with the Water Colour Distress Markers, on loan from my daughter, Jasmine.
This time I worked with a Mo Manning image that I bought a few years back. I actually thought I had lost it (due to a computer crash), but thank goodness my husband told me to back up my files onto an external hard drive, because there she was- safe & sound! Here take a peek at the end result:


I decided to work with shades of purple simply because I found them the easiest to blend with and I wanted to finally use this mauve DP that I have had for forever! {You know, one of those papers you just love so much you can't bear to cut it!}. I used 6 different dies on this card, some bling, pearls, an antique gold button and a metal heart! The pretty ribbon flowers, satin edged ribbon, {bow}, and the crocheted lace are all from good old Walmart. I distressed most of the edges with my little heart shaped distressing tool and ink. Lots of machine stitching on this card as well.
I am really pleased with how this turned out. Those distress markers are getting more and more appealing every day! {I sure hope Santa reads blogs, lol!}.
 
Blessings & hugs,
Nancy


Challenges:
Card Mania - Buttons
Craft-Dee BowZ - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Cutie Pie - Purple + Cute
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes With A Butterfly
That Craft Place - Girls - No Pink
Southern Girls - Words