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January 30, 2014


Our challenge this week is to create a card in under 30 minutes.  Do you think you can do it?  I wasn't sure I could.  Usually I take forever to decide on ribbon, embellishments and exactly what paper works the best with the card stock I have chosen.  I am not sure if it is cheating, but I thought about this card for weeks before I actually made it.  I pulled out ribbons and embellishments that I thought would work ahead of time so I didn't have to spend my 30 minutes rooting around to find them.

I decided a shape would give a lot of punch to my 30-minute card.  If you have any dies, a shaped card is super easy.  Just decide on the size you want to use, cut your piece of card stock so when folded in half the die fits, and keep the fold of the card stock inside of the die shape.

(I know it isn't the same card, but I didn't have time to take pictures during the process! I only had 30 minutes, you know!)  This is a super quick way to make a shaped card and you can do it with any die you have.  You can make them large or small and then scale your digital image to fit!

I colored the image Winter Sprig (you can get this image for just $1!) using colored pencils.  I didn't even use fancy ones, just plain old colored pencils.  I would have used my Copics, but the card stock the image is printed on isn't good for Copics.  I used a few layers of the same die shape to add some interest.  The sentiment is computer generated and raised for dimension.

Card measures 4.25" x 4.25"
Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing die
Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Frame 10
ribbon & silver pearls from my stash

January 16, 2014

A Sticky Situation!

Hello!  Do you have a few stickers laying around that you are dying to use?  Great!  Our new challenge at Meljen's Designs is to use stickers on your creation.  I have some sentiment stickers that I never seem to get around to using, so this was the perfect chance for me to pull them out.

I used Party Donkey and colored him with Copics.  The sentiment sticker is a vinyl peel off.  It is a durable material and is very easy to work with even though it is very detailed.

I hope you will join us for the challenge this week!

Card measures 4.25' x 5.5"
Pop-up by Plane Class vinyl sentiment sticker
Imaginisce flower (large)
small flower, pearls, ribbon from my stash

January 2, 2014

Shhh...It's a Secret

I created this card for my daughter.  I plan to send it to her sometime during the semester.  It is colored to look like her and our kitty.  Since the challenge this week is Anything Goes this week, it fits the theme perfectly!

I used A Girl and Her Kitty and colored it with Copics.  She loves purple, black and grey so that was the inspiration for the color scheme.  I was able to use up several scraps and create a card that fits her personality perfectly.

Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Stampin' Up! So Happy for You stamp set
Sew Easy baker's twine
pearls from my stash