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April 22, 2012

Spring Into a Challenge at Meljen's Designs

Oh my gosh!  I forgot to schedule my challenge post for this week!  I can't believe I forgot.  There are so many things happening here right now, that I seem to be chasing my tail most days!

I used Sunflower Buggies, Stitched Hello, and Little Bug Line.  The images were colored with Copic Markers. I cut the card using my Cricut and the Wild Card cartridge at 5.5".  The flower was created using a punch and I shaped the petals using an embossing stylus.

Card measures 5.5"
Stampin' Up! Key Tag Punch
BossCut Scroll Die
Stickles Glitter Glue

April 6, 2012

Tack-ling a New Challenge

Enfys over at Going Buggy has set a fun challenge this month.  She is challenging everyone to use an item on their project that was not intended for paper crafting.

Some time ago on clearance I bought an item not intended for paper crafting with just such a purpose in mind.  I had forgotten about them until this challenge.  I thought I had missed the deadline, only to find out it doesn't end until Monday.  So I dug out my bargain.  Can you find them on my card?

My item not intended for paper crafting are the large "brads" at the bottom.  They are actually not brads.  They are push pins.  I cut the pin part off using a pair of wire cutters.  They actually started life looking like this:

I had to adhere them using some foam left over from trimming my rubber stamps because they aren't flat on the back.

Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Image by Margaret Sherry as a freebie from Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine
Martha Stewart Swirling Lace border punch
Push pins purchased at Wal-Mart (Mainstays collection)
Ribbon from my stash

We Have a Winner!

I would like to thank everyone that participated in the blog hop this week.  I loved reading all of your comments!

The winner of Monkey Toes as drawn by is

Karen McAlpine.

I will be sending you the image shortly.  If you do not receive it, please contact me via the email on my blog.

Meljen's Designs Blogiversary Blog Hop

This post will remain at the top until 9am EDT on April 6th. For recent posts please scroll down.

Welcome to your next stop on the Meljen's Designs Blog Hop! What an exciting time!  It is the anniversary of the blog. Congratulations, Melissa!  I hopped last year and now I get to participate as a design team member this year!

You should have come here from Nicole's blog. Nicole had some fabby inspiration for you!  If you didn't come from Nicole's blog and you would like to start from the beginning, scroll down for the list of participants.

Our theme was to use our favorite Meljen's Designs image.  It's no surprise I chose Monkey Toes for my project.  You can get the image in black and white or colored.  I used the black and white image and paper pieced it.  One of my co-workers is having a baby and Monkey Toes is perfect for a baby card!

This was one of my first images from Meljen's Designs and I won him on a blog hop.  Now it is your turn!  Just leave a comment here on my blog and I will choose a random winner from all of the comments.  Be sure to leave me some way to contact you so I can send you your prize!  Be sure to comment on all of the blogs on the hop because you will have a chance to win the grand prize...a pack of Melissa's favorite images! Melissa is the creative talent behind Meljen's Designs!

You have until Friday, April 6th at 9 am EDT to post your comments.

In addition to being able to win this image, there is a Buy One Get One Free sale going on at the shop the entire month of April! That is a super deal when you consider the black and white images are $3 and under and the pre-colored images are $4! Head on over to the shop after you finish hopping and fill your cart!

The next stop on your blog hop is Robbie.  Her project is sure to wow you!  In case you get lost along the way, here is a list of participants:

Rae Ann  <-------You are here

You can always pop back to the Meljen's Designs blog and start from there!

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to comment for your chance to win your very own Monkey Toes!

Card measures 5.5" x 4.25"
Spellbinders Picot Circles die
Sentiment from Stampin' Up! Baby Talk set
K & Company Itsy Bitsy Baby Boy stack
Ribbon & button from my stash

April 5, 2012

Feeling Dotty!

The challenge this week at Meljen's Designs is Dots.

I usually choose my image first, but I found this great polka dot paper in my scrap stash and decided I wanted to use it and pulled all of my colors from the paper.  I have had Fuzzer the Monster printed for a while, but haven't used him.  I thought his spots were perfect for this challenge, and, because he is a monster, I could color him to match the paper too!  I colored him using my Prismacolor pencils and used baby oil to blend them.  I tried to get a "fur" effect, but have to practice more to get that right!

Don't forget about the anniversary blog hop going on right now.  You still have some time to get your comments in to win images from each of the design team members.  Also, if you post a comment on every blog, you have the chance at the grand prize which is a pack of Melissa's favorite images!  They are being featured on the blog every day this week so you can see which images they are.  In addition, there is a Buy One Get One Free sale going on at the shop the entire month of April.

Card measures 5.5" x 4.25"
Rhinestones from my stash