Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Peek-A-Boo to Someone New!

Good Morning, Stampers!

We are trying out the new watercolor pencils in my weekly 3/$5 card classes this week!. A
quick and simple design keeps the watercolor background as the focal point. Easy and fun to do!


Contact  me for the Weekly 3/$5 Card Class schedule!
SU!pplies:
Stamps: Something for Baby
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Whisper White, Watercolor
Accessories: Watercolor pencils, Aqua painter, Baby's Firsts framelits

Happie Stampin'!
~Melissa

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop-A Sara Thing Kit

Good Morning, Stampers!


EXCITING NEWS! We have an ALL-NEW Blog Hop
featuring the April Paper Pumpkin kit - A Sara Thing!
Whether you are arriving from Dena Rekow's blog or just 
starting out, WELCOME! As you continue around the hop, 
you will be filled with lots of different ideas
using your April Paper Pumpkin kit!

We were all so thrilled to hear that Sara had taken creative control
for the April kit. We all loved her bold color choice as well
as her own hand-writing on the photopolymer stamps.
AND, if all that wasn't enough, she included a FREE GIFT, too! BONUS!!

So, this hop is geared towards alternative projects created
with the April kit. I loved that the stamp set included teachers
in the sentiments. It is approaching the end of the school year
and the perfect time to get started on teacher gifts!


I created a box from the cards by cutting two cards in
half at 2 3/4". Then, along the long edge, I cut the 
pieces to 7". I folded all four pieces on the score lines
and adhere the 2 3/4" squares together to form the
base of the box as shown:

Finally, I brought up the sides of the box and adhered
them with the Basic Black Washi Tape included in the kit
and filled the box with a coordinating flower and supplies. 
SO SIMPLE!!


BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY: To be entered into a drawing for a FREE 
"A Sara Thing" Paper Pumpkin Kit, you must leave a comment on 
EVERY blog. Drawing closes on Saturday, April 29th at 9 PM EST. 
The winner will be announced on Monday, May 1, 2017.

 Happie Stampin'!
~Melissa
Now, continue on the hop to see what 
Kim Smith has created with her kit!


In case you get disconnected along the way, it's easy to jump
right back into the loop!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

For You Gift Bag

Good Morning, Stampers!

One of the great things about Stampin' Up! images are their versatility. This everyday flower image from the Blooms and Wishes stamp set is perfect as a holiday poinsettia. Never to early to start your holiday projects!
SU!pplies:
Stamps: Blooms and Wishes
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Watermelon Wonder, Garden Green
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky
Accessories: Linen Thread, Stitched Shapes framelits, Glassine Gift Bag

Happie Stampin'!
~Melissa

Saturday, April 22, 2017

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop - Punch Art

Good Morning, Stampers!

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop!
This week, we are sharing fun ideas using punches!

One of the things I love to do with my punches is to
combine them with other punches to create out-of-the-box ideas!
You get more uses out of the punches and a lot more "bang for your buck"!

I learned how to make dragonflies from punches when I was
first starting out and to this day, is still one of my favorite 
punch arts to create. It's so simple and easy and requires
just a 3/4" circle punch and a heart punch.
The wings are punched from Vellum cardstock and embossed 

with the Falling Petals embossing folder.



SU!pplies:
Stamps: You're So Sweet
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Pacific Point
Paper: Watercolor, Pacific Point, Vellum, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Basic Black marker, Sweetheart punch, 3/4" circle punch

Happie Stampin'!
~Melissa
It’s not too late to subscribe to the Create with 
Connie and Mary April Mini Edition!  


Our mini sessions include 
the instructions for 14 projects and are
available right away so you can get creating!

Visit Create with Connie and Mary to subscribe!


Are you ready for more great punch ideas?
Go forward to see Connie's project
or back to see Debbie's project!

               


Friday, April 21, 2017

Estern Palace Kit to Go

Good Morning, Stampers!

I have a great new Card Class and Kit to Go to share with you today! The Eastern Palace Suite is a sneek peek into the New 2017-2018 Idea Book and Catalog! Products will be available for purchase beginning May 1st in my online store. These cards are great for personal use as well as for clubs, classes or stamp camps!


Kit INCLUDES:
* Consumable supplies to create (3) cards
* Die cuts and embellishments
* Full-color step-by-step instructions

Kit DOES NOT INCLUDE:
* Stamps/stamped images
* Inks
* Adhesives
* Shipping - (US only)

Eastern Palace Kit to Go - $10.00
(+ shipping - US Only)

(Kits ship May 1)
Happie Stampin'!
~Melissa

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Control Freaks April Blog Hop - Mothers/Friends

Hello, Stampers!

Welcome to the April Control Freaks Blog Hop!
This month, we are celebrating Mom's and friends!
Whether you are arriving from Cindy's blog or just starting out here,
we have a great hop planned for you!

Ready for hanging! Can you guess what these little bird cages are made from?
If you said Stampin' Up! embellishment containers, you'd be correct! 


I covered the bottom of the container with a 1 1/4" x 8 1/4"
piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock using Tear and Tape.

Then I wrapped a 3/4" x 8 1/4" coordinating piece of Fruit Stand 
designer paper around the center. 

To finish it off, I snipped the top of the Pear Pizzazz cardstock
using the Fringe Scissors.


I then cut (4) 1/8" x 8" strips of So Saffron cardstock and
glued to the inside of container on each edge.

The birds are stamped on Whisper White cardstock
using Archival Basic Black ink and colored with a blender pen.


Lastly, I filled with crimped paper pieces
but little candy treats would fit nicely, too!
You can tie to hang or add a bow at the top.
Either way, it's a great treat for a Mother or friend!

SU!pplies:
Stamps: Best Birds, Crazy About You, Bloomin' Love
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Marina Mist
Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Fruit Stand DSP
Accessories: Fringe Scissors, Basic Rhinestones, Birds and Blooms thinlits, embellishment containers

Happie Stampin'!
~Melissa

Head over to Debbie's blog to see what
fabulous project she has to share with you!


Thanks a Bunch

Good Morning, Stampers!

I've been working on my Easter thank you cards. The carrots from the Basket Bunch stamp set are adorable with the "thanks a bunch" sentiment. The stamping is very simple, but I added the fine tip glue after coloring for a little "touchy-feely" surprise!

SU!pplies:
Stamps: Basket Bunch
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Blender Pen, Fine Tip Glue

Happie Stampin'!
~Melissa

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Tranquil Thank You

Good Morning, Stampers!

Exciting news! Beginning May 1st, the new Eastern Palace Suite will be available for purchase BEFORE the new 2017-2018 Idea Book and Catalog goes live! Bright, new, bold In-Colors
as well as gorgeous new designer papers, stamp set and coordinating framelits are all included.
This is one amazing suite you will want to add to your collection!


Be sure to check back May 1st for all of the details and how
you can get your bundle! 

In the meantime, check out the card I created using some of the
new suite products. The yummy new color is called Tranquil Tide!

SU!pplies:
Stamps: Eastern Beauty
Ink: Tranquil Tide
Paper: Whisper White, Eastern Palace DSP
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Linen Thread, Eastern Medallion thinlits

Happie Stampin'!
~Melissa