Friday, March 7, 2014

Happy Friday!

This stamp just makes me so happy!  I love the bold look, and how much fun with the matching framelits!  I hope this card will also bring some happy into my friend's day...it's on it's way to her right now.

Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!
~Melanie

Stamps: Starburst Sayings
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Real Red
Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Fresh Prints
Extras: Big Shot, Starburst Framelits, Banners Framelits

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bright Thank You


There are cards that say thank you, and then there are cards that beam it...and this is definitely one of the latter.  The bold tempting turquoise embossing provides high contrast against the calypso coral paper, and the whole card just screams spring to me.

It also screams thank you!  And let me tell you about this stamp--it's one of Stampin' Up!'s new photopolymer stamp sets, and I just love it.  So many thank yous, so little time!  But even better than this is the super cling these stamps have with our clear blocks, and the fact that you can see through them for perfect placement.  I highly recommend that you pick up a set (or more) for yourself.  You won't regret it.

Cheers!
~Melanie

Stamps: Another Thank You photopolymer
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Calypso Coral
Extras: Tempting Turquoise embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ombre Flower


Once I made the ombre background for Friday's hello card, I decided it would be great in a few different shapes as well.  I really love this flower framelit, and the second flower in Primrose Petals makes a great drop shadow.

The stamp is from one of my Paper Pumpkin kits.  Paper Pumpkin is a great new addition to Stampin' Up!'s lineup.  It's a subscription that sends you a new kit monthly with everything that you need (except adhesive) to create a wonderful project.  The project is different every time, but always wonderful and perfectly sized to take only 30 minutes--which gives you the creativity fix you crave even when time is short.  Check it out: mypaperpumpkin.com  If you sign up (and you should), please just list me as your demonstrator and HAVE FUN!

Cheers!
~Melanie

Stamps: Background Builders
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush, Primrose Petals
Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Primrose Petals
Extras: Big Shot, Floral framelits

Friday, February 28, 2014

Hello, Ombre

I just love how this card turned out!  I used Background Builders with my Stamp-a-majig to perfectly line up the patterns and create an ombre card.  This card also introduced me to what I think is going to be a personal favorite color combo--Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral.  So bright and springy!

Sadly, it isn't quite springy here yet.  It was way too cold and windy to take my photo outside, so I tried to use the natural light coming through the window...and you can can see some shade from the window panes.  At least it was a bright day!

Cheers!
~Melanie

Stamps: Background Builders, Four You
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush, Primrose Petals, Sahara Sand
Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral
Extras: Labels collection framelits, Big Shot

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sympathy Poppies


I cased this card from stamping genius Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty.  She has a lovely video explaining how to do the painter's tape technique, which I think looks fabulous under the Pleasant Poppies.  And it's so easy!

I never like sending sympathy cards, but this is a great one to have on hand.  

Cheers!
~Melanie

Stamps: Petite Pairs, Pleasant Poppies
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso
Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
Extras: Corner Rounder punch, painter's tape

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sparkles & Chevron


It was warm and sunny here this weekend--what a change!  I took advantage of the sun to capture the sparkle of this card, which is going out in many directions tomorrow.  One for a friend who finished her dissertation (yay! she did it!) and another for a friend who needs a reminder that she's awesome (she can do it!).  I love how this fun card works for both just perfectly.

I also love the chevron and the gold.  Don't you?

Cheers!
~Melanie

Stamps: Positively Chevron, Feel Goods
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Extras: Big Shot, Labels collection framelits

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Inspired Monogram


I love monogram cards, and think  you can never have enough.  I also love these pillows at Pottery Barn, and was inspired to create as soon as I opened the catalog I just got...



So I combined the two to make some bright and fun monogram cards for a friend.  Those embroidered pillow cases sent me immediately to Mosaic Madness, where I found my border, and to bright colors.  

I have plans to try a few more variations of these, and I'm really excited about my first one.

Cheers!
~Melanie

Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Morning Post Alphabet
Ink: Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay