Thursday, August 28, 2014

I Love Sketch Challenges!

So glad you stopped by today because I want to let you know that Meljen's Designs is having a "Sketch Challenge". You can check out the great sketch right here.
This is what I came up with...

I'd call this sketch pretty "CAS" and I loved working with it!
I used Meljen's pre-colored image "Little Gingerbread Man". I used a Spellbinder die to cut out the holly leaves; used some red brads for the berries; a bit of folder embossing and several red buttons. Quick and easy, and it's given me a jump on my Christmas cards!
Well, I hope you will give this sketch a go and then share it with us over on the Meljen's Challenge blog. I'll be keeping my eye out for your work!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Time for a New Challenge....

Hope you are enjoying your summer. It certainly is flying by.  Hopefully the nice weather will hang around for a while.
Over at Meljen's Designs it is time for a new challenge and this week it is called "Splat!"; we would like to use paint, sprayed ink, etc. on your project.
I have to admit I had a hard time with this one, I couldn't get the ink to spray where and how I wanted it to! Let's just say at least 3 attempts ended up tin the trash! Here is what I finally came up with...
I used the Meljen's word art "Smile", with that cute little lady bug on it. I folder embossed 2 opposite corners and then I sprayed it with red Copic ink {from one of my refill colours}.  I trimmed it up close the the edge of the embossing and then mounted it onto white card stock. I ran a few strips of Washi Tape around the edge and then trimmed it up again to fit on my card base. I added a pretty bow and a few red flowers to finish it up. After so many attempts I was pleased with how this turned out.
I hope you will take a visit to the Meljen's Designs blog and see what the rest of the DT came up with and then try your hand at it! 


Friday, August 8, 2014

It's My Meljen's Designs DT Day

Good Friday morning to you. Hope you are looking forward to a wonderful relaxing weekend. Got to enjoy the Summer days while they are here!
Summer is a very busy birthday season for me, so I can never have too many cards on hand. Here is one I made for my daughter...
I used the Meljen's image "Little Stitched Flower", which I printed on 2 pretty DPs, in 2 different sizes. {Re-sizing of images; one of the many things I love about digital images!} I used a double layer of buttons, tied with stretchy gold thread, as the flower center. I had these wonderful big brads,but they were the wrong colour, so I pressed them into my ink pad and sprinkled them with embossing powder and heated them up with the heat gun...voila!, just the colour I needed! I folded little pieces of ribbon in half and attached them with the brads. The sentiment was cut using a die. All edges were ink distressed and, as usual, I faux stitched around most everything!
Well, that it for me.
Until next time.

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.

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!

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. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014


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!