Thursday, November 29, 2012

Birthday Card for a Friend

I need to announce two winners of blog candy.  The following were chosen using
Harvesting Memories - #18: Haven_Mom4
All About Me - #3: Teresa K
Ladies, please check your emails.
Today is my friend's birthday.  I made the following card for her using a sketch from Sunday Sketch & Stamp.  Here's my card...
Here's the sketch...
Supplies used:
Close to My Heart - cardstock, patterned paper, olive ink, rhinestone flowers, ribbon
Inkadinkado - Birthday Wish stamp (I've had this set for at least a year)
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Sunday Sketch & Stamp - challenge #134
Use It Tuesday - challenge #44: Ink It Up...Finally
Moving Along With the Times - 3 elements with same letter (ribbon, rectangle, rhinestone)
Shelley's Images - Oh Scrap (use scraps - the pattern paper was in my scrap folder leftover from a LO)
Color Throwdown - turquoise, vanilla, limeade, cobbler
Shopping Our Stash - #79: Odds and Ends or Waiting to be Used (rhinestone, scrap paper)
ABC Challenge - anything goes
Use Your Stuff - #62: Perfect Patterned Paper
Challenge 4 Everybody - #8: anything goes
Joanna Sheen Challenge - anything goes excluding Christmas
Til next time,

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

All About Me Blog Hop

Welcome to the All About Me Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from Shelley T. If not, please start at the beginning with Shelley P.

In addition to seeing a lot of awesome projects about us, there is some blog candy available too. If you comment on everyone's bloghop post you will be entered to win the goodies.  Shelley, our host, has created a prize package valued well over $50.
Here is my project - a two page spread about ME! This is my school picture from this year. On the opposite page are just a handful of my titles. And I wouldn't give up any of them! Now there have been days in which I threatened to change my name to something that cannot be pronounced :) I used a variety of Cricut cartridges for my titles. I welded each of them using my Gypsy.
Supplies used:
Paper - Quick Quotes, American Crafts, and a piece of cardstock from my stash
Cricut Cartridges - Alphalicious, CM Cheerful Seasons, Cuttin' Up, Makin' the Grade, and Disney-Mickey Font

I have BLOG CANDY! To be eligible to receive a RAK, you must be a follower of my blog and leave a comment with a way to contact you. The lucky recipient will be chosen by and I will post the name Thursday, November 29.

Thank you for stopping by today. Here is the full line-up in case you get lost. Please leave comments along your way. Your next stop is the talented Janet.

1. Shelley P -
2. Judy -
3. Sandy -
4. Shelley T-
5. Melissa - (You're here)
6. Janet - (Go here next)
7. Roberta  -
8. Claire -
9. Sarah -
10. Cathy -
11. Nadja -
12. Tess -
13. Robin -
14. Amy  -
15. Miranda-
16. Kim -

I am entering this layout in Child's Play Challenges The Sound of Music challenge.

Til next time,

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Naked Layout - G Version

Are you one of those scrapbookers who save EVERYTHING with plans to put it in the scrapbook? I am. But then I find myself with more things than pictures that need a home in the scrapbook. This Naked Layout challenge from Lasting Memories is just what I need to get those other things on pages. The challenge of the challenge (ha, ha) is to create a layout with no pictures. Here is my LO.
This is the breakfast menu my two daughters made for "Daddy" for Father's Day. With a little help from me, they cooked his selections and served it to him in his chair (mom's version of breakfast in bed). The mug is from Summer Celebrations Cricut cartridge and is cut at 5".

Til next time,

Be sure to check back Tuesday for the "All About Me" blog hop.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Harvesting Memories Blog Hop

Welcome to the Harvesting Memories Blog Hop where you will get to see various projects related to fall.  Have you been shopping today? I decided to stay home this Black Friday. Whether you are taking a  break from shopping or at home resting, thank you for taking time to visit this blog hop hosted by Lisa of Honeybearz Designs. You should have come from Michelle - If not, please start with Lisa -

For this hop I created a two page layout of my youngest's Thanksgiving Feast when she was in Pre-K, 3 years ago.

Cricut Cartridges used:
Makin' the Grade - title
Celebrate with Flourish - hats and sentiment

CTMH Stamp Set - Thankgiving Day (I've had this at least 3 years) stamped with CTMH chocolate ink and colored with good ole Crayola colored pencils and crayons

All the other supplies came from my stash.

I have BLOG CANDY!  To be eligible to receive the following clear stamps, you must be a follower of my blog and leave a comment with a way to contact you.  The lucky recipient will be chosen by and I will post the name Thursday, November 29.

Thank you for stopping by today. Here is the full line-up in case you get lost.  Please leave comments along your way.  Your next stop is the talented Beth.
Melissa ~ (You're here)

I have entered this layout in the following challenges:
Lasting Memories - #115 Stamp those LO's
Die Cuttin' Divas - #92 Thanksgiving
Oldie But A Goodie - Anything But Christmas
The Stamping Boutique - #59 Giving Thanks
Use it Tuesday - #43 Be Thankful
Exploring Cricut - Count Your Blessings
Lollipop Crafts - #94 We Are Thankful
My Craft Spot - #76 Thanksgiving
Catch the Bug - Bingo: brown, starts with T (turkey/Thanksgiving), die cut

Til next time,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful Bloghop Winner :)

Congratulations Yvonne! You are the winner of the sticker pack from my Thankful Bloghop post. I will be contacting you for your mailing address.

Til next time,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Baby Shower Card

I attended a surprise baby shower Monday night for the Membership Specialist of our local Girl Scout Council. With this being her second child, and second boy at that, she doesn't need many things. So diapers and wipes it was! A new mom can never have enough diapers and wipes. My main type of paper crafting is scrapbook LOs. I went out of my comfort zone and created this sweet card to go along with the gift. I followed a sketch found at  ABC Challenges. I cut the teddy bear (and shift) at 3" using Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge. The cardstock came out of my scrap folder. And the patterned paper is from DCWV The Stack 6. I also inked the bear with CTMH Chocolate ink. I recently got into inking, so it's not awesome. But I'm pleased :)

Here is my finished card:

ABC Challenges' sketch:  
Blog Challenge:
ABC Challenges - Sketch
Challenges 4 Everybody - #7 Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges - #45 Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - #133 Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delight - Anything Goes Nov. 4-17
Hiding in My Craft Room - Super Scraps Saturday (use of scrap cardstock)
Little Claire's Designs - New Arrivals

All About Me Blog Hop

Mark your calendar and join me November 27 for the All About Me blog hop. Come check out what bloggers are sharing about themselves while using their favorite techniques and supplies.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Snow Much Fun

If you are looking for the Thankful Bloghop, please click here.
I scraplifted this LO from DT Kimberly at Lasting Memories . I was inspired by her LO and her choice of colors. (I should have posted last night when I finished the LO - sigh. The link to upload is now closed.)
My LO:
Kimberly's LO:
Sketch #78 at sketchabilities
Close up of freebie from Cedar Chest Designs
 Close up of CTMH stamping

I have entered this LO in the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge - anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - anything goes
Simply Create Too - use your stash (cardstock and patterned paper)
Your Next Stamps - use red, white and teal
Sketchabilities - sketch #78
Dream Valley Challenges - anything goes
Quirky Crafts Challenges - layer it up and let it snow
Cedar Chest Design - customer challenge - using one of their images

Supplies used:
Cedar Chest Designs freebie - winter hat
CTMH inks (Holiday Red and Ocean) and cardstock
CTMH stamp - Snow Friends
Cricut - Mickey Font cartridge cut at 2"
LePlume II markers
DCWV Stack 6 - patterned paper
cardstock from my stash

Til next time,

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thankful Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to the "Thankful" Bloghop! This is the time of the year we really reflect on what we have to be thankful for. I am thankful for my husband and two beautiful daughters, God, my family, my friends, my job and co-workers, my church family, and many, MANY more things. I am also thankful to everyone who is taking time out of their busy schedule to check out the projects in this bloghop!

In addition to seeing a lot of awesome creations, there is some blog candy available too.  If you comment on everyone's bloghop post you will be entered to win the goodies.  Michelle, our host, has created a prize package that is a mix of paper, stickers, mists, stencils, stickers, and more!

Here is a picture of the candy I'm going to offer.  I'm working on the list and write up.

You should have come from Diana - If not, please start at the beginning of the hop with Melanie at

For this blog hop, I created a two-page "Thanks" layout.  I have temporarily attached the mats to the page so I can move them around if needed.  I have been trying to use what supplies I already have without spending money.  I am "thankful" I was able to complete a LO without shopping.

close up of "thanks"
Supplies used:
DCWV Cardstock (I'm pretty sure the mats are the same brand; those came from my scraps folder)
ribbon (I've had this for a while; it came from the dollar section at Target)
patterned paper
square brads
CTMH stamp - "Whimsy Lowercase"
CTMH ink - Chocolate and Black
Color Box Fluid Chalk Inkpad - Creamy Brown
Cricut - Speaking of Fall cartridge - leaf tag (shift key)

I have blog candy to show my THANKFULNESS for everyone who visited my blog.  To be eligible, you must become a follower of my page and leave a comment with a way for me to contact you.  The lucky recipient will be chosen by and I will post the name Thursday, Nov. 15.

Thank you for visiting today.  Up next is the very talented Haidee at

Here is the line-up in case you get lost.
Day 1, Saturday, Nov. 10
1. Melanie Rozwood
2. Miranda Enclade

Friday, November 9, 2012

My First Chevron LO

I created this one page LO for Sketch #233 at Creative Scrappers. Chevrons are something new for me. I keep ideas and sketches from various craft magazines in a three ring binder. I recently added an example of a page with a chevron pattern made from a 8x8 paper pad. So when I came across this sketch at Creative Scrappers, I immediately pulled out my binder and used the directions provided in the example from "Creating Keepsakes" Sept/Oct 2012 issue. I will admit I struggled getting the pieces to line up with the vision I had in my mind. I even asked my husband to help me. My finished product is nothing like my original vision. But it's even better :)
the sketch:
my version:
DCWV Cardstock
DCWV The Christmas Stack
CM photo mat
"Handmade Stickers" found at Walmart

Til next time,