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February 12, 2015

Love is in the Air!

So Valentine's Day is right around the corner and of course that means our theme for this week's challenge is all about love!  We want to see your projects inspired by love and your special someone!

I was shuffling through the many Meljen's Designs stamps I have printed out.  I always intend to get a few colored ahead of time, but that never seems to happen!  I have quite a few that I thought would work for a Valentine's Day card and then I saw Bad Hare Day.  As soon as I saw him, the song Wild Thing popped into my head! I thought that was perfect for a card with a bit of sass!  So I pulled out my Copics and colored him up.  I am not completely happy with the way the banners turned out, so I may rework them.  But of course the inside will read..."you make my heart sing!"

Card measures 5.5" x 4.25"
Stampin' Up! Hearts a Flutter die set
Sizzix Banner stamp & die set
American Crafts twine
Cuttlebug Hugs & Kisses embossing folder
pearls from my stash

January 29, 2015

Team Spirit! Go Pack!

The new challenge this week at Meljen's Designs is to use your favorite team colors to create a project.  I grew up in Wisconsin and am a die hard Green Bay Packers fan.  So of course my project had to have green and gold.  It seemed like a great color combo for a little spring pick-me-up and this is what I came up with.

The card is even CAS.  That doesn't usually happen!  I used the Little Layered Flowers Sunburst Daisy and Little Layered Flowers Round Leaf.  You can get both of them in the Little Layered Flowers Set that has a bunch of great flowers.  I colored them with Copics and created dimension with foam.  I am going to add a sentiment above the twine, but I am not sure what I will use this card for at the moment.  I will decide and then stamp the sentiment.

Card measures 5.5" x 4.25"
Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Punch Around the Page
Spritz package twine (Target)

January 15, 2015

Shabby Chic Is My Kryptonite!

So it is time for another challenge at Meljen's Designs.  The theme this week is shabby chic.  For some reason I struggle with shabby chic almost as much as I struggle with masculine cards  There is something about the style that I just can't get my head around!  I even had to do a search on shabby chic cards just to get a good idea of what I wanted to do.

I used Peaceful Heart Quilt Square and used some ink to distress it after coloring the heart with Copics.  It is popped up slightly from the die and the die is popped up from the back of the card.  I made the distressed looking flowers.  Can you guess what I made them out of?!  Nope!  A used dryer sheet!  Yes indeed, a used dryer sheet spritzed with Tattered Angels glimmer mist.  I am pretty happy with the way they turned out.  I made the "hat pin" on the right as well as the tassel.  All in kryptonite didn't hurt me too badly, I think. =)

Card measures 5.5" x 5.5"
Spellbinders Luscious Labels One
Maya Road Vintage Butterfly pin
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Lace and pearls from my stash

January 1, 2015

Anything Goes for the New Year

Wow!  It is 2015!  Where does the time go?  We are starting our new challenge year at Meljen's Designs.  We took it easy on you and started off with an Anything Goes challenge.  This way you can recuperate from the holidays and create whatever you have the inspiration to create.

I used Little Top Hat Cat and colored him with Copics.  He is all set to celebrate the new year!  I didn't add a sentiment because I am not sure what occasion I will use this card for.  I don't really send New Years

I hope you will join us in our Anything Goes challenge.  You have a chance to win new images from the shop.  If you use a Meljen's Designs image, you get an extra chance in the random drawing.  You can also join us on Facebook in the Meljen's Designs Club.  You can share your projects and chat with other Meljen's Designs fans.

Card measures 5.5" x 4.25"
Recollections border punch
Spellbinders Classic Oval dies
Stampin' Up! Large Dots embossing folder
ribbon & rhinestone stars from my stash

December 17, 2014

Simply Betty and My First Side Step Card read that right.  My first side step card.  How I  have managed to not make one before now is beyond me!  I have to admit that I thought it would be far more complicated to create than it was.  The fact that it will still fit in a normal sized envelope makes me really happy!  I found this easy tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers.  Now that I have made one, I am sure I will be making plenty more!

The reason I decided to try my first side step card is because of a challenge going on over at Simply Betty Stamps.  I have recently fallen in love with these beautiful, big-eyed ladies.  I actually won Winter Rio in a fun Facebook game that we recently played in the Simply B Stamps Fan Group.  The challenge for Winter Rio is anything but a square.  I really hope this side step card qualifies!  Winter Rio is actually part of a set called Winter Beauties. You can choose to use one or all six for the challenge!  However, each stamp has its own requirements.  If you use all six, you are eligible for a special prize!  You in digi form!  The challenge runs through December 26th, so get to work!

The stamp comes with the sentiment I used as well.  I really love the style of Betty's sentiments.  The papers I used are digital and are in the Winter Wishes Fat Quarter Bundle from Nitwit Collections.  I love that they look like fabric!

Card measures 5.5" x 4.25"
Spellbinders Snowflake Pendants
Spellbinders Floral Ovals
Spellbinders Classic Ovals small
Stampin' Up! Large Decorative Label punch
Stampin' Up! rhinestones
Martha Stewart Lace Heart border punch
Recollections Pearls
The Twinery Cappuccino baker's twine

December 7, 2014

So Excited!

Why am I so excited you ask?  Well, DeNami Design currently has a sketch challenge on the blog.  I haven't played in a DeNami challenge in FOREVER!  DeNami Design is one of my favorite rubber stamp companies and I was so happy to play in another challenge.  Lucky for me, it was a sketch challenge.  It doesn't get any better than that!

So this was the sketch we were given.

And this is my interpretation of the sketch.  I love the way this came together!  I used the Medium Curly Christmas Tree and just colored in the ornaments.  It is hard to see in the picture, but I used Copic Spica pens to add some sparkle.  I have been hoarding saving those little cookie cutter buttons for a special project.  I think it adds a great touch.

Card Measures 4.5" x 4.25"
Stampin' Up! - Curly Cute stamp set
Stampin' Up! -  Lucky Stars textured impressions folder
Dress it Up - A Keepsake Christmas button set

October 30, 2014

It's Magic! Hidden Elements

The challenge this week at Meljen's Designs is to incorporate a hidden element on your card.  This is always so much fun to do!  There are so many different ways to incorporate this challenge into a project.  I hope you will enjoy what I have created for you.

I used the new image Ghoulie Girl Cupcake as the main image for my card.  I bet you are thinking, "but you didn't even color it!!"  Nope...but we will get to the reason why.  I also used Trick or Treat Bag and Bottle of Poison as embellishments.  Quilted Boo is a the top on the tab.  Wait...why is there a tab?! A tab usually means pulling!  So let's get to pulling that tab!

Oh my gosh!  What is happening?!  Let's keep pulling that tab!!

And there she is in all of her Copic colored glory! =)

I thought you might want a little video show and tell as well!


The magic of this card is in the construction.  I can't take the credit though.  I had seen one years ago at a convention.  I forgot until this challenge, so I had to find instructions.  Card Making Magic had a great tutorial for making one.  You have to convert from metric measurements if you don't use them, but it wasn't hard.  You use a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock and divide it into thirds (4" each).  A little trimming and gluing and you are done!

I hope you will join us this week with your own hidden elements!

Card measures 5" x 6"
Melted pony bead enamel dots
Paper Studio paper rose sprayed with Copic ABS
Martha Stewart Drippy Goo border punch
Ribbon from my stash