Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Mystery is....Where is Spring?!

Hi all!

I'm back with my card for the current round of Mystery Swappers....a group of happy card makers on Split Coast Stampers website.
The real Mystery around here though is..........GOSH! Where is the Spring weather?! The high today was like 35* and it spit snow! It's almost April and it feels like it is still January. Oh me!

For this Mysterious round of card making, Ms. Mae was our hostess. She sent us an adorable SU! image.

This is what I made:

I made a super simple card (gasp! I know you can't believe that) with her cute image. I wanted it to be the spotlight.

Here's the inside:
I can't wait to see what everyone else did with this image.
Thanks Mae for a great round of Mystery Swappers!

Until next time...
Blessings...


Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Dueling Darlings are Celebrating......

UMBRELLAS!

March is National Umbrella month.....who knew?! LOL

The Dueling Darlings are a group of ladies I create with on Split Coast Stampers. We have a different hostess each round for the Dazzler team and the Diva team.
This round, Terry is the Dazzler's leader.
She and LJ (Diva's leader for this round) decided to send out kits that included umbrellas. That is such a cute idea! I had fun with this kit, even though I had to color the image 3 times and I'm not happy with the end result. uggggggg! My Spectrum markers didn't like the paper or something, they kept bleeding over the lines of the image. So, I had to color the image with my watercolor pencils. Well, I haven't done that in ages so I royally messed it up. Oh well.

Here's what I made:

I cut the image out after I finished coloring and matted it with some of the paper Terry sent. The flower paper I cut at an angle and then backed that with the pale blue paper.

The image is popped up with pop dots. All of the embellishments I used came in the kit along with the sentiment.

Thanks Terry for a wonderful kit! So sorry I am late in the day getting it posted.

Be sure to check out all the other Darlings creations. You can find their blogs listed in my left sidebar.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time...
Blessings...

 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Do You Know How to Frolic?

I do! :)

Now that I joined the "Frolicking in the Forest" Swap on Splitcoast!
Thank you Forest Ranger, Jeanette, for letting me "Let My Hair Down" :) *giggle* I love frolicking!

So how do I frolic you may ask?
I pick flowers and talk to the birds in the Forest of course!

My stamp is from CC Designs....called Peggy. I colored her with Spectrum Noir markers. Then I used my SU spellbinders framelits for the shape around the image.
I used a "wire" embossing folder behind and turned it the opposite way for a different look.

I love how these turned out! Can't wait to get back some FAB cards from this swap! :)

I'm also entering my card at Cute Card Thursday - Springtime!

thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...
Blessings...


Monday, February 24, 2014

I {HEART} Bookmarks


Hi all!

I wanted to share a bookmark I made today.
We have a monthly challenge over at the Scrapbooking with M.E. Boutique's Members group on FB. This month's challenge is Hearts. Your creation must be heart shaped.

I decided to try my hand at a corner bookmark.

 I cut my heart base. Then, I layered on 1" circle punched from scrap paper.
 I then sprayed the entire thing with shimmer Mr. Huey's added some red and white....let dry
 Then drew some faux stitches around each circle and added.....
a button with a metal embellishment in the middle.

I had fun making this....I love the layered circle look!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today :)

Until next time...
Blessings...


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Dueling Darlings' Love Fest!

Hi all!
I've been in such a crafty slump lately. Can't you tell? It's been forever since I posted to my blog.
So sorry.

I also apologize to my Dueling Darling Sisters.....I'm late getting my card posted for our February challenge.
We are honoring our fearless leaders this month. Thank you Kelly and Jeanette for all you do to keep us straight! We love you!

Here it is, Debbie, sent us a lovely kit. She is a great Dazzler hostess! ;)

kit supplies:
Ribbons from Stampin' Up!
Doily - Wilton cake decorating
Flowers - Joann's
Lg white brad/brown brad - Stampin' Up!
Heart brads - ???? My stash
Plaid DP - Hot Off the Press - Christmas Plaid
Heart DP - Hot Off the Press - Lots of Love
"Love" DP - me & My Big Ideas

I made my card 5.5" square.
I colored the leaves on the image with Spectrum markers.
I added a small red flower to the others that Debbie sent and some black card stock behind the image.

I really, really love this kit she sent. Absolutely pun intended! :)

Now, I'm off to see all the yumminess on my DDD sisters' blogs!

Until next time...
Blessings...


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January Kit Creation for the Scrapbooking with M.E. Boutique

Hi everyone!

I'm sharing a Mini Album I made with the January kit from the Scrapbooking with M.E. Boutique on FB.
The paper collection is called "Key to My Heart" from Kaisercraft.

My album is 5"x7" (the covers are 5.5"x7.5")




The following are pics of the inside and all the pages. There are 6 double pocket/double sided pages.






 Each page has a 4x6 photo mat in the pocket.
Then there is a pocket at the top of each page that holds
gate fold booklets in each
Here are pics of one of those....



Back cover.
The closure is ribbon with a magnet under the flower piece on the front cover.

I did a little something different to "spice" up the binding...

I am also entering my mini album at:
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog ~ Use ribbon and/or lace

Well, that's it. Let me know what you think.
Also, I am uploading a YT video right now (as I type this post). Be sure to check it out here:

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...
Blessings...

Melina
 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lovin' My Handmade Journal!

Hello everyone!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

I have a journal to share with you today.
This was our January challenge at the Scrapbooking with M.E. Boutique on FB.
This was the first time I ever used the Zutter Bind it All. I'm so behind! :)

This is a "from scratch" journal. The covers are covered chipboard.
I used the Echo Park, Love Story collection. It's an older collection but one of my favorites that EP has ever come out with. I'm hoarding my leftovers. :)
 There are 3 dividers inside with 10 sheets of white card stock pages in between. Here's the front and back of the first divider. Each divider has 2 pockets, on each side and a matching tab at the top.

 Here is the 2nd divider, front and back.

 and on to the 3rd divider, front and back and the back inside cover. The inside cover also has 2 pockets with lots of little tags tucked away in them :)

And lastly, the back cover.
I loved making this journal.
Please be sure to check out my YouTube video I made showing all the details.
You can find it here:

I am also entering my journal at The Pink Elephant ~ Challenge #234

Until next time...
Blessings...

Melina

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mysterious Dinos!

Hi!
I'm back with a card I made for the Mystery bunch!

We are a group of card makers on SplitCoastStampers. Each round has a new host that send us Mysterious images that we color and make cards with.
Kate was our hostess this round and she sent the most adorable little dinosaur image from Stampin Up!

Here's what I made:

I used all SU! papers and card stocks, cut the image (colored it with Spectrum markers) out with my large scallop circle punch (SU) and then some layering circles with my Spellbinders dies. The sentiment is from an AmyR set "Sweet Sentiments". I punched that out with my SU scalloped oval punch. I finished the card with a star brad from my stash.
Simple, simple, simple. :)

The orange circle is popped up on foam dots.

This little image just said "boy's birthday" to me so that's what I went with.

I'm excited to see what everyone creates with this image and what cards I get back from the swap!

Thanks for visiting me!

Until next time...
Blessings...

Melina