Sunday, September 27, 2009

Rain or Shine

I didn't have much time to stamp this weekend, but I did get this one card done. Isn't she the cutest. This is a MFT set, Rainy Days Friends, that I have had for a while, and hadn't inked up. The sketch is the sketch challenge at Get Sketchy, and guess who their sponsor is this week! My Favorite Things! Great sketch, one of my very favorite stamp companies, who could ask for more! This is also my card for the MFT challenge at Splitcoast this week, to use buttons.

The DP is Cosmo Crickett. I love this collection! I colored with copics and the rain coat is paper pieced. The buttons on the coat are mini brads from MFT. I cut out the umbrella, and popped it up, added a little glitter to look like rain drops. I stitched around the edges, added lace, a border punch, and a sentiment for the set. Then I made a border with buttons. I threaded each button, and then add the next button and used glue dots to hold them in place. I added a little distress ink around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a good week!
Melody

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Sweet Christmas Angel

This is my Sarah Kay stamp, Noel Peace, from Stampavie. Isn't she the cutest!!! I purchased her from Jacksonbelle Embellishments. I have placed two orders through them now and I have to say they have incredible customer service. I received my order just days after it was placed!
I used the sketch from this week's challenge at Priscilla's Styles. Her challenges are definitely a CHALLENGE, but I am happy with my sweet card! I colored with my Copics. The shading is already done for you on the stamps, so easy to follow! I drew in the wood floor, added rhinestones and green Stickles to highlight the wreath in her hair. It may be hard to tell in the photo, but there are diamond Stickles on the wings, halo, and star. The DP is new Making Memories and the middle panel is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. A little decorative lace and pretty ribbon that follows the sketch, and she ready to go in the Christmas card stack!

Hope you have a good weekend,
Melody

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Baby Blessing

I am going to a baby shower for my niece this weekend, and little baby girl! My stamp image is from American Art Stamp, one I had in my stash for a long time, but still love! There are a few sketch challenges I have been wanting to try, you know, never enough time! My layout for my card is based on the sketch challenge at 2 Sketches 4 You.

The DP is a piece of Cosmo Crickett I had been hoarding, but it seemed perfect for a little girl. The image is colored with Copics and the rails of the cradle are done with Gold Spica Pen. I added some machine stitching, lace, ribbon and a charm. The pearls in the corner were white. I used my copics to make them pink.

Thanks for visiting my blog,
Melody

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Rain and Shine

This week the My Favorite Challenge is a MFT Rewind! The challenge is to go back in time and use one of your first MFT purchases! If you read my blog you know I am a huge MFT fan! I fell in love with Who's That Girl the first time I saw a card made up with her image. My first two purchases were Take the Cake and Rain or Shine. I chose to work with Rain or Shine for this challenge, still one of my favorites!

My layout for this card is Jen's sketch challenge. The raincoat and the dog's coat is paper pieced from this great Bo Bunny paper I love. I added a layer of Crystal to the umbrella and popped it up. I added glitter with a glue pen around the edge of the puddle. The pearl flowers are Basic Grey. I also added ribbon from MFT.

Here is the inside of the card. I really love this sentiment!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week!

Melody

MFT Customer Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Favorite Things Customer Blog Hop! The MFT customer blog hop is on the 20th of each month, which is Celebrate MFT Day. I was so thrilled to be asked to be part of this month's hop! If you just happened upon my blog and want to start at the beginning, the hop is kicked off by Joanne!

With Halloween around the corner, I made this little gift set to have on hand and ready to go! The orange pail is from the $1.00 bin at Target and perfect for some trick or treat candy. I used the new Halloween set, To Cute to Spook, for my project.

I stamped my tree first. Then I cut out a small hill from some DP and glued it down, and then I stamped the fence and the bats. The little girl, her cat, and the moon are cut out and the moon is popped up. The coloring is done with Copics and the background is a combination of markers and sponging. Her skirt is paper pieced. There is zig zag stitching around the outer edge. The star border punch is Martha Stewart, and I added a velvet trim and rhinestones to the corners and the tree branches.

Here is a quick look at the inside of the card. I just love this sentiment!

To spruce up my little pail, I stamp the witch and colored her to match the card and cut her out with my nestibilities. I punched a slot on each side of the circle, threaded ribbon throw them, and tied a bow. I also added more of the velvet lace to the bottom of the pail. I made a small tag and attached it to the handle the pail.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. The next stop on the hop is Jennifer! Hope you will join us in celebrating MFT day in the MFT forum at Splitcoaststampers.

Melody

Stamps: My Favorite Things Too Cute to Spook
Ink: Memento Black, Distressing Ink in Orange Marmalade and Peeled Paint
DP: Basic Grey

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Autumn Blessings

With fall in the air, I decide to make an autumn themed card last night. I used the sketch challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges. This is a great group of stampers with lots of inspiration!

My stamp image is from Papertrey Ink. I colored the image with Copics and added a little Spica gold glitter pen to the gold leaves. This pretty fall paper is also from Papertrey. I cut the four squares and sponged the edges with Tim Holtz Distressing Ink in Vintage Photo. Yes, I am hooked on these distress inks. I like the soft edge it give to my paper. I added some sheer ribbon, pearls in the corner, and pearl flower accent, and a sentiment from the Autumn Abundance stamp set.

Have a good day,
Melody

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Warm Christmas Wishes

This my first Christmas project for the year. It is hard to believe it is already September. You can feel fall in the air here today. We even got a little rain last night. With colder weather in mind, I made a Christmas card with a pocket for a gift card to a favorite coffee place. I find having a few little gifts can come in handy when the season gets busy!

My sketch for this card is this week's challenge at Get Sketchy. Great ideas and inspiration over there! The layout is perfect for a card that opens from the middle. The cute cup is from Stamping Bella. I colored with my copics and added small red rhinestones to the berries on the cup. I covered the panels with paper from Memory Box that I recently purchased at Cat's Craft Cupboard. I did a little sewing, added lace to the bottom, and used a SU paper punch to cut a slit to run my ribbon through.

On the inside I made a pocket for the gift card, added a little more sewing and a MS border punch.

Thanks for looking,
Melody

Sunday, September 13, 2009

My Sweet Little Minnie

Today I am posting a scrapbook page that used a sketch challenge for inspiration. I love sketch challenges and have been experimenting with adapting a sketch to a scrapbook page. The sketch challenge I used for this page is the MFT sketch challenge for this week in the MFT forum at splitcoaststampers, MFTSC98.


I like the idea of combining stamping and scrapping. I can use stamps I already own for embellishments and I think it is such a nice personal touch. This is my daughter, Lisa, when she was almost four years old. She was so excited that she matched her preschool teacher. She is 21 now, so I have to say I so enjoy a little reminiscing! I used the MFT Stamp set, Trick or Treating with Who's That Girl. The pumpkin and the sentiment are included in the set. The images are colored with copics.

I did a little sewing, added a few brads, and a little journaling. I love the way it came out!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Melody

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friendship Has Its Perks

Hi All! So happy it is the weekend! Nice to a have a little free time. My project today incorporates two challenges. The card is inspired by the sketch challenge at Priscillastyles, Midnight Madness sketch #18. This layout was definitely a challenge for me! Getting all those brads lined up!! If you haven't visited Priscilla's blog, you need to stop by. The blog candy is AMAZING!

The second challenge is the My Favorite Challenge in the MFT forum at Splitcoaststampers. This week's challenges is to use metal on your project. I used metal brads and a metal charm.


I am absolutely loving this new set, Coffee? Tea?, from My Favorite Things. The dress is paper pieced and I cut out and popped up the sleeve for some dimension. I colored with Copics and added shading with BG000 about the image and Tim Holtz distressing ink in Tea Dye around the edges. I pulled out a ruler and did a little math to get the brads to line up right. Then I wrapped twine around the brads twice. I added crocheted lace up the middle, and tied on a beautiful charm at the bottom. I did zig zag around the edges with my sewing machine. Tough sketch challenge, but I will say I am very pleased with the final product!

I needed a small thank you for a friend, so I put some of her favorite tea in a clear bag. I made the topper with my nestibilities. I made the tag with the same stamp set. The set come with three adorable cups. I used the plain one and did a little paper piecing. The sentiment is also from the set. These beautiful papers are new by Memory Box, which I purchased from Cat at Cat's Craft Cupboard.

Thanks for stopping by! I sure appreciate all your comments!
Melody

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Sweet Halloween

This week is the first challenge at the new challenge site, Crazy 4 Challenges. If you stop by their blog you will see many familiar faces. Certainly some of my favorite stampers! This week is a sketch challenge sponsored by Stamping Bella. So I decided to pull out one of my favorite Stamping Bella stamps, Little Witchy. The sentiment is from one of the new Halloween set from My Favorite Things.

I colored her with my copics and added a little glitter pen. After doing a little shading around the image, I put dots of glue with a glue pen around the cat and the broom, and sprinkled on some glitter. I did a zig zag stitch around the edge of the card, added lace, a couple different ribbons, two rhinestones, and a button threaded with ribbon and tied in a bow.

Have a great day,
Melody

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Tutu-rific!

I am so enjoying having a three day weekend and a little time to play in my stamp room. One of my friend's daughter will be turning four and she so loves her dance classes, so I made her a "tutu-rific" birthday card. The inspiration for the layout of my card comes from the Week 4 sketch challenge at Get Sketchy. I am really enjoying their sketches and they are giving away great prizes! I always love the pink, black and white color combo! And this week the My Favorite Challenge in the MFT forum at Splitcoaststampers is this use these MFT colors.

The stamp and sentiment is from the MFT set Isabelle Paper Dolls. I colored her with my copics, paper pieced the tutu and added a little glitter with a glitter pen. I drew in the wood floor and the ballet bar. I laid out the rest of my pieces and did a little sewing. I used a SU slot punch to run my ribbon through, added a charm, and used some great crochet lace at the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by,
Melody

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Halloween BOO!

It is hard to believe that is it already September. My goal is to have about 10 cards and treats ready to go for Halloween. This project is set number three. For inspiration, I used the Midnight Madness sketch challenge at at Priscillastyles. There is a lot going on Priscilla's blog!

The cute little witch on this card is from Crafty Secrets. I stamped her in Memento Black, and colored her with my copics. I used a glitter pen on the stars on her hat and a Sakura black glaze pen on her shoes. Following the sketch, I wrapped ribbon around the card, and hung a pumpkin charm with a jump ring. The opposite corners are done with a SU punch. I added black lace and rhinestones in the corners.


I love the glassine bags from PaperTrey Ink! I filled it with a few sweets, and attached the topper. The topper is cut with my nestibilities. The shoe and sentiment are from the same set as the witch, punched out with SU punches, and attached with ribbon.

Hope you are having a great weekend.
Melody



Friday, September 4, 2009

MFT Kit Challenge - For You

This is my second MFT challenge that I did for this month's release. Each month, a new My Favorite Things kit is released, complete with an unreleased stamp set, and the items you'll need to complete a number of special projects. This month, the challenge was to think "More is More." Use the contents of your kit, but add something extra! Embellishments, papers, additional cardstock colors.

For my card, I used the set from the kit, but pieced in the window from the MFT set Window Shopping. The dress and the shopping bags are pieced and I used the cute little brads that came n the kit to accent the bags. Then I made a little awning with a border punch. A couple of laces, ribbon, and a rhinestone cherry finishes it off!

This is the cute little bag that comes in the set, in a great red. I covered the box with my DP and then put it together. The tag is made with SU punches. The sentiment if from the set. I added lace to the top. Perfect for a gift card or small gift!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend! It is a three day weekend here in the States. Yeah!

Melody

Ingredients:
MFT Kit
DP - Graphics 45, PTI black, MFT paper panels
Ink: Memento Black

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Vintage Halloween

My Favorite Things will be having their September release party in the My Favorite Things Member Company Forum on Splitcoast at 8:00 pm eastern on Wednesday night. The "One Click Collection" Challenge, and a chance to win the entire new release, is all about boxes! Create a box and decorate to suit whichever occasion you wish, be it Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthday .... the list goes on! I decided to go with Halloween. I want to send some Halloween treats this year to my daughters and niece who are away at college, so I went a little adult with my project. My new My Mind's Eye, the Spiders web, took me in the vintage direction.

The sketch for my card is from Jen del Muro's sketch for you to try. I had to make a few changes to meet my needs, but the inspiration came from her sketch. I paper pieced my "styling" witches' dresses and colored the rest with my copic markers. I added rhinestones to the hat and black stickles to the boots. The witches and sentiment are from MFT's Totally Witchin'. The little spider is actually a brad that I had in my stash waiting for Halloween to be here! A little distressing ink, black rhinestone, velvet rick rack and lace finish it off.

For my box I made a gable box that I covered with DP. Then I added lace and rick rack that matches the card. The cauldron is also from the same stamp set. I stamped it black craft ink, and embossed it with SU Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.

I added rhinestones coming out of the pot and distressed the edges a little. I made the tag with a sentiment from MFT Trick or Treating with Who's That Girl and added another spider brad.

Thanks for stopping by,
Melody

Stamps: MFT's Totally Witchin' and Trick or Treating with Who's That Girl
Paper: My Mind's Eye, PTI Black, Vintage Cream, and Bazill Gold
Ink: Memento Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Other: Lace, velvet rick rack, Creative Imaginations spider brad, rhinestone