Sunday, February 16, 2020

Lace Floral Heart

Hello and welcome. Happy Sunday to you and I hope you had a relaxing weekend and maybe even had a chance to be creative and make something. I am entering this card for the Try Stamping on Tuesday challenge # 444 and the Retro Rubber # 128 challenge. Inspiration photos below:

RRCB 128

 I picked up some new blending brushes I have been seeing on YouTube and other card makers blogs. I normally use foam blenders, but these gave a smoother transitional look. And I LOVE them! Soft and easy to use. I would definitely recommend them. I picked up an off brand because the brand I saw used were sold out. These looked very similar and seem to work the same. Below is my card:

I like how the white floral heart softly pops off the Ombre background. I did cut out the heart 3 times and glue the layers together for a more substantial look. I added color by using red touches here and there. The Heart and Flower dies co-ordinate with the Bloomin Love set that I used for the sentiments. They are from 2016 I believe and from Stamp Up! 

Thanks for stopping by. Stop by again soon. I will be posting more as I play around with these great new color blending tools. 

 Take care,

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Thinking of You Sweet Friend

Welcome and Happy Sunday! This card is for the new sketch challenge at SUNDAY STAMPS.
Claire is our lovely sketch designer this round and it's a fun one!


I picked up the new Honey Bee set because I really love the images. My name Melissa is Greek for Honey Bee and I love anything with a bees on it. I opted to use the hive as a tag look and not use a typical tag shape.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you stop by again. Please be sure check out the other cards the DT made and hope you will feel inspired to play along.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Thinking of You

Hello and welcome! Happy Saturday! I hope you're weekend is going well and you are getting things done or just relaxing. I have been busy purging and going through my craft room. I am finally getting somewhere. I need to paint the walls and brighten up the space. Before it was my craft room, it was my husbands man cave/den area. It is painted a beautiful pumpkin spice color, but I need it more neutral as well as lighter and brighter to do crafts in. So after I cleaned up and reorganized my work table, I was able to do a card for the Freshly Made Sketches current challenge. Here's the sketch:


I used the Lovely Lily set for this card. First I added a little Balmy Blue to soften the area before I added my images. I choose an open square to let the blue come through, then layered the Lily pad and Lily flowers with foam mounting tape for dimension. I couldn't find a small enough sentiment so I pulled out my old manual Royal Typewriter and made one! I originally bought it to use on cards and just never did. This year I am going to mix things up a bit. I want to explore different stamp companies I don't normally use, try some different styles and mediums and just let my own style grow and see what I create! See my card below:

I like the clean, simple way it turned out. And I really like the typeset look...

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you will stop by again and see my other posts. Have a great rest of the weekend! 

Take care,

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Happy Birthday for SUNDAY STAMPS

Hello and Happy Sunday! It's time again for a new color challenge on the Sunday Stamps blog. The colors are soft and pretty and very easy to work with. See Color image below:


Colors I used: Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sea Foam, Soft Sky...remember Soft Sky?? I still love that color :)

I don't feel the photo captures the colors like in person, but you get the idea. I use the Sale a bration free set Lovely Lily Pad. My next order contains the matching dies so I had to fussy cut this one which wasn't too bad.

Thank you for stopping by and seeing things. Hope you feel inspired to join in on this challenge.

See you in the gallery,

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Hello for SUNDAY SUNDAY Stamps

Welcome and glad you stopped in. This posting is for the new sketch challenge over on the SUNDAY STAMPS blog. Our Heidi did a great job on the sketch and I hope you will join in with us and create something to share on the blog.

Below is the sketch:


Below is my card:

When I was deciding what stamp set to use, I had planned on substituting the banners. Then I decided to use them because they are so fun and wanted to them simple. So I used my paper crimper and added just a little texture in Blushing Bride CS. I liked the solid color between the Birch background and the lovely Magnolia bloom. 

 Colors I used: Blushing Bride, So Sea Foam,  Gray Granite & Crumb Cake. I added the rustic twine for the simple bow which I thought went very well with the rustic Birch background.

Thanks again for stopping in and having a look. Leave me a note and let me know what you think!
Make sure to checkout the other DT cards. I think you will be inspired...

Have a happy day...

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Peaceful Boughs for SUNDAY STAMPS

Hello and welcome. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and had time to spend with family and friends. I have a few days off from work and I'm going to try and make the most out of them and get ready for the new year. I am starting my list of things I'd like to do or get accomplished throughout 2020. I'm not one for New Year resolutions, but I am about starting fresh with the new year!

So on with my posting...this card is for the new color challenge at the SUNDAY STAMPS BLOG.
Take a look at the color inspiration photo below: about a challenge! I love how these challenges can stretch you as creator and maybe sometimes move you into a direction you haven't been or give you that little push to try something new. The challenge for me was to not make it drab and boring! My husband gave me the Peaceful Boughs for Christmas (thanks to the suggestion of my friend and SU! Demo Buddy).

I used Crumb Cake, Black, Granite Gray & White.  I used Vellum to heat emboss the boughs in white and laid that on top of the black which gave it Smokey Gray look so I'm counting that as one of my colors ;)

I also found my Vera Mark marker and added snow to the Pine Cones and on the sentiment sign. I think the Crumb Cake warms it up and I love the Juniper sprigs in frosty white. Now, since I made the card, the Vellum has started to bow and wave so I'm going to attempt removing it with heat from a blow dryer and reapplying with an all over application of Tombow glue.

So the removal worked pretty well, you can only see a little swirling from the glue. I think if I would have watered down the glue some, it would have looked better. It lays flatter and I'm happy with that!

Thanks so much for stopping by, glad you did. Head over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the Design Team created...they are quite pretty...

Stop by again soon...

Happy New Year!

Snow Front

Hello. This post is for challenge #416 from Freshly Made Sketches. Below is the sketch:

I recently picked up the Snow Front and the Water Front stamp sets. I really like the watercolor look of the sets and thought I'd use the winter scene one for this most recent FMS challenge.

I framed my little scene and bumped it up to add dimension. I added Wink of Stella but the camera doesn't pick it up. I wasn't sure what sentiment to use so I created my own so I will probably use it over the next few weeks or so...

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to stop by  tomorrow when I will be posting for the next Sunday Stamps Challenge! 

Happy New Year!