blog template

April 10, 2014

Candy Land Colors

Wow!  It is time for another challenge at Meljen's Designs!  This time we have a color challenge for you.  Take a look at this color swatch photo!

Such bright colors!  When I looked at that photo, I immediately though of the digital stamp, Candy Land Dreams.  So, of course, that is what I had to use for my card!

The stamp is colored with Copics.  My "candy dots" are actually melted pony beads!  It is the latest craze sweeping the crafting world.  If you don't mind a little bit of stinky odor, you can cook up a batch of these yourself.  I used mini beads and melted them at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes.  You can get glitter beads, pearl beads, translucent beads...the list goes on and on!

I am also going to enter this in the Card Makin' Mamas challenge to use Buttons, Bits and Baubles!  

I hope you will join us this week for our color challenge!

Card Measures 1.25" x 5.5"
Spellbinders Labels Nine
Cuttlebug Mini Monsters embossing folder
Stampin' Up! Goody-Goody Gumdrops Stamp set
ribbon from my stash

April 3, 2014

Happy Anniversary

We are celebrating Meljen's Designs 4th anniversary this week.  What better way to celebrate than to get a gift, only in this case, YOU get the gift!  Melissa has drawn a special digital stamp that you can get for free for this week only.  Just pop on over to the shop and download it.  (Clicking on the image below will also take you to the shop.)  To play in this week's challenge, you MUST use this image.

Isn't it just adorable!  It is called All Our Friends and you can see many of the images that have become favorites over the last four years:  Brooke, Jaycen, Cupcake Mouse, and Raggy Puppy.  The design team has used this image on their projects and I am amazed at how different they all are!  Here is mine.

I continued with spring colors because today was a gorgeous day and I was inspired by sunshine and warmth!  The image was colored with Copics and it was great practice in using a light hand!  There are a lot of wonderful details in this image.  My card is 5.5" wide so the image was about 2.5" wide!  I think I may print it just a bit larger next time. =)  I made the crocheted flower myself.  I have actually gone a bit crazy and have an entire garden of crocheted flowers!

Don't play along, you MUST use the anniversary image.  It's free, so what are you waiting for?!

Card measures 5.5" x 4.25"
Spellbinders Lattice Rectangles
My Mind's Eye Collectable Notable Wonder brads
Heidi Grace printed punchboard add-ons
Stampin' Up Friendly Phrases

March 31, 2014

Getting Springy

It was my turn to post on the Meljen's Designs blog this month.  I am excited by the return of sunshine and warmer weather, so I thought I would post a spring project.

The colors and patterns were inspired by the current Card Makin Mamas photo challenge.

When I saw this picture, I just had to play along!  I decided to step out of my comfort zone and mix patterned paper.  Still not sure how I feel about it!  I used Little Round Flowers from Meljen's Designs and paper pieced the image.  I also popped several layers up on dimensional foam.  The base image was closely cropped with a die so that parts of the image would extend when pieced.  I like how the piecing turned out at least!

And since the card fits into the spring theme over at the Blitsy Linky party, I am going to post it there too! 

Card measures 5.5" x 4.25"
Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Two
TPC Studios metal embellishments
ribbon and gems from my stash

March 19, 2014

Let's Hear it for the Girls!

I am so excited by the challenge this week at Meljen's Designs.  The challenge is to create a girly card!  Easy peasy!  I got out all of my favorite embellishments and went to town!

I used Tiger Butterfly and colored it with some soft, girly Copic colors.  Then I layered on flowers, ribbon, trim and gems.  I am not sure it is girly enough!  What do you think?!

I am going to add this to the Blitsy Linky Party happening now.  Fingers crossed for some Blitsy credit!  Love that website!

Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Martha Stewart doily
LifeStyle Crafts nesting circles
Fancy Pants embroidered trim
flowers, ribbon, gems from my stash

March 17, 2014

Winner! Winner!

First, I would like to thank everyone for all of the sweet comments you left during the blog hop.  It is always so much fun to read them and I love them all!

Second, I used to draw a number out of the...well...not really a hat...from the cybersphere.  Drum roll please!

The winner was comment number 32, which was an anonymous comment.  The comment was:
                    ·:*¨·••·¨*:· Thanks.·:*¨·••·¨*:·for sharing such a beautiful creation with us.
                    your creation is super cute, love your design and fab coloring!Fantastic project! 
                    I wish you many more creative years of inspiration!!Keep up the fabulous work.
                    Have a marvelous weekend.take care of yourself and stay warm.

                                  ¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨) 
                                 (¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•sending hugs across the miles
The email address has snowbird in it, so are the winner!  Lovely ASCII art in your comment too!  You will be receiving an email from me with the image attached.  Please let me know if you do not receive it.

Thanks again for all of your lovely comments.  Stop by again soon!

March 13, 2014

Lucky Dog!

This week our challenge at Meljen's Designs is to use green on your project.  I just had to use this new image, Lucky Dog!

I used Copics to color the image and a sketch I got from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine.

I used the Fair Isle Pendants from Spellbinders to frame the image.  I cut out the shamrock so it would emerge from the edge.  The sketch made this card quick and easy to complete.

Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Spellbinders Fair Isle Pendants
Boxer Scrapbook Productions button
natural twine from my stash

March 7, 2014

Buttons, Buttons Everywhere!

If you are looking for the blog hop, click here to view my project.  Make sure to leave your comment on that post to win Little Bird's song.

Meljen's Designs is sponsoring the Creative Corner Challenge Blog this week and a couple of us on the team got the chance to provide some additional inspiration.  The theme for the challenge is buttons.  So I pulled out a package of buttons I just bought and started sifting through.  How lucky was I to find three that matched!

I used the precolored Loving Ewe image.  It was already printed and was in my bits and pieces box just waiting to be put on a card.  It also comes in a black and white version.  The sentiment is also from Meljen's Designs.  I added a heart button just in case I didn't have enough on the card! =P

For those of you new to Meljen's Designs, you should check out all of the wonderful images in the shop!  There are a couple of freebies that you can use to join us in our challenges.  And right now we have our 200th challenge blog hop celebration happening!  Just pop on over to the challenge blog to start your hop.  Leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win the digital image used on that blog!

Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Spellbinders Blossom Two
Buttons Galore-Button Bonanza
Jesse James heart button