Monday, September 22, 2014

New Address Cards


I've moved too often for this to still be exciting, but it is.  I just love designing and sending out new address cards.  The links in that sentence will take you to the previous versions, and here is the one we just mailed.  As always, this was so easy to make in My Digital Studio--which you should totally download, if you haven't already.

The Fifty Nifty kit comes with outlines and punches for all the states, as well as this card almost all designed.  The original design uses the state of Texas, which takes up a lot of card space, but we didn't move to Texas.  So I deleted the things I didn't want and made Massachusetts a lot bigger (Note: you can do this with SVG files with no pixelation worries.  So glad MDS has switched to SVGs now!  The older files aren't all switched over, so be sure you check the format.)

I picked a favorite patterned paper to fill the state, put our address on the back, and then ordered a lot of these from the new printing service.  They arrived quickly, with envelopes, and I was ready to go.  By far the longest part of this process was getting the cards in the mail, but I *think* everyone whose address I had should have one now.  I hope they'll visit!

Cheers!
~Melanie

My Digital Studio: Nifty Fifty, Sycamore Street

Friday, September 19, 2014

CASE-ing the Catalog


When I got the annual catalog, I immediately fell in love with Flower Patch--and this is mostly because of the gorgeous cards featured on page 154 and 155 of the catalog (though I always love a good flower stamp, especially when it's layered!)  So I decided to C.A.S.E.--Copy And Share Everything--the cards on that page.



Did you know that Stampin' Up! publishes the card ingredients for every project in the catty?  It's true!  So if you aren't sure what color you're looking at, you can always look that up.  But they don't tell you what size the card is.  So I first made the card as a normal 4.25 x 5.5 card, and it just looks a little funny.  The spacing is off and I felt like I needed extra leaves.  Hmm, I thought, maybe that's a notecard?


So I tried again with a 3.5 x 5 card, and everything fit into place.  But I think this looks great at both sizes, and I will certainly make some more.

By the way, I noticed that I thought my colors were off--or at least darker than the catalog--when I was making these cards.  But as the ink dried, the colors lightened considerably, so keep that in mind as you work with the photopolymer stamps.  I don't know what it is, but something about the way they ink up seems a bit fuller than the clear and wood mount stamps.  Yet everything is beautiful once it's dry.

Floral cheers!
~Melanie

Stamps: Flower Patch
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Whisper White

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Confetti Thanks


While it has been a busy few weeks, I certainly haven't lost my love for this confetti look.  This is my first card using Dotty Angles, and I just love it.  It's so easy to layer the dots and you don't need to worry about precision to make a card--or a stack of cards--like this one.  I think I might whip some up in fall colors, and in holiday colors, to get a head start on the busy-ness of the coming months.

Cheers!
~Melanie

Stamps: Dotty Angles, Another Thank You
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Paper: Whisper White

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You're how old?


We all know that cards for guys are hard...and they get even harder as the guys get older!  I had to make two this past weekend and didn't know what to do, until I remembered my Calling All Heroes stamp set. This is one of Stampin' Up's special photopolymer offerings (you won't find it in the catalog) and it's AWESOME!!!

I'm especially a fan of that dotty sky and the cityscape, but the comic letters are what takes the set over the top--endless possibilities!



I mean, how perfect for a funny inside?  I also thought about "I'd wear a mask too" but I was running out of time. 

I'm going to have lots of fun with this set!
Cheers!
~Melanie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hump Day Leftovers


I find that the older leftovers get, the harder they are to work with--and the same applies to my stamping supplies!  So I'm challenging myself to use up my extras quickly, like the extra "smile" overlay and little banner from my latest Paper Pumpkin.  I have some birthdays coming up, so I grabbed my leftover Birthday Basics DSP from the last catalog...because let's face it, at a certain point it's not leftovers, it's hoarding.  I got my confetti colors from the balloon print and this card came together in no time.

I'm challenging you to put your leftovers to good use too!
Cheers,
Melanie


Monday, August 18, 2014

Confetti Fun!

Out of nowhere, I'm suddenly in LOVE with the confetti cards look!  I mean, how fun are these?


We just moved, and I'm waiting for our new address cards to arrive.  In the meantime, I updated my address with My Paper Pumpkin, and am thrilled with this month's kit!  I've already made all the cards, and have big plans for the extra pieces.

The best part is that I've been admiring all these confetti cards, and the kit had just what I needed to try my hand at making my own.  It's so simple and so fun!  I can't wait to get my hands on Dotty Angles from the new catalog now.  Mine should get here this week, along with the address cards.  Yippee!


Also, check out those sequins!  I hadn't played with any yet, and honestly, I thought they would be too fussy and messy.  I was wrong--sequins are so fun!  And the perfect touch for these confetti cards.  I'm excited to get them in the mail.  =D



I'm also excited for my new goodies, which should be arriving this week.  Look for those soon...  But in the meantime, think about signing up for My Paper Pumpkin.  It's a monthly surprise in the mail and oh, so much fun.  My Paper Pumpkin was the perfect size to give me a quick stamping fix on Sunday afternoon--the whole thing only took about 30 minutes and I love my new cards.

You can sign up here:  https://mypaperpumpkin.com?demoid=2042410

Stay tuned for more.
Cheers!
~Melanie

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