Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cookie People

I just had to share this.  My daughter Ali, loves to bake.  She made these sugar cookies and decided to decorate them like people we knew.  We ate ourselves!  I did remember to take a picture of one cookie though.  This one was made for Auntie Elaine.

She really is a creative and talented girl.  She keeps asking me how old she needs to be before she can  make her own website!  Soon, probably, she has lots to share.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
~Melanie :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Oh, my goodness, I cannot believe it is December 19th already. I have been so busy all fall with family, kids, work, school, kids activities, coaching cheerleading, etc!  Time has flown by me!  But, this is my favorite time of year, I need to slow down a little to enjoy.  My goal is to have some more "me" time to enjoy my crafts.

I have been up to a few crafty things over the last few weeks, so I thought I would share.  First, I did my annual craft fair at my sister's work.  It is open to her office building and is not a huge venue, but fun to do.  Even more fun this year because my other sister, Kim, has started selling Lia Sophia and she had a booth next to mine, so we got to hang out all day.

Here I am at my table, I did not really have time to make a lot, so I had some things I previously made and added a few new things I was able to make the week of the event.

And, my sister Kim at her booth:  if you like Lia Sophia her website is HERE

Here are my two new items this year...Snowman Hershey bar and Chocolate Christmas tree!

The inspiration for these items came from the internet... Laurie Furnell and Qbees Quest

Here is a photo from when I made a bunch of Christmas trees...looks like a forest of Christmas trees! :)

Well, I have to go and get some Christmas stuff done now...wrapping, wrapping, wrapping!  Have an awesome day!

~Melanie :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend!

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First I want to say Happy Memorial Day weekend to all!  and, THANK YOU to all of those who have served for our country, present and past!  I thank you and honor you.  God Bless America.

Most of us think of Memorial Day weekend as the kickoff to summer.  Here in Mass we are certainly feeling it.  In fact yesterday, I dragged out a few AC's and put them in the windows!  I just couldn't take it anymore!  A bonus for me is that my craft room is located in my basement.  It is much cooler down there (not so fun in winter...but I have a space heater).  The kids only have a couple of weeks of school left and I have finished with my online courses until the fall...hooray!  So, I have much more free time to craft :)

Yesterday after being lazy for half of the day (hey, it is the weekend!)  I went down to the craft room and had a lot of fun.  I did a lot of projects, from paper to felt to recycled caps...
(there will be a lot of pictures)

This is the first project I made.  I used Papertrey Ink stamps Strawberry Patch to create this fun card.  I had planned to make the card on white card stock and layer on a white card base, but I cut the original paper to small, so I used Stampin' Up Pure Poppy Card stock to mount and I love the result.  The main image is stamped with Momento Ink in black and colored with copic markers.  It is so fun to color with them.

I made a set of 4 note cards, matched them up with envelopes and packaged them in this clear box.  (the box the stamp set came in, I love to recycle! :) )  I then put a little deco on the package and the set is complete.

I did not stop there though...I am making a gift to donate at my work.  I work in a cancer clinic and we are having our 4th annual survivorship night. (This is a fun night that we celebrate the spirit of our cancer survivors - you are a survivor from the moment of diagnosis!  We have dinner, speakers and a candle light really is a special night.)  We get donations for raffles to support our night and we use the money to directly help our patients in need also.  I am making a small set to either use as a raffle or a door prize, whatever it is needed for.

I used the adorable basket die from Papertrey Ink and my SU! Craft cardstock, then I lined it with Pure Poppy card stock for stability and a splash of color through the holes.  I plan on filling the basket with craft shredded paper and then my handmade goodies.  I made the set of 4 note cards, I also covered a mini composition notebook with SU! DSP Just Add Cake.  I added a little strawberry that I had colored and cut, and I did the same to a larger notepad and used the same paper inside the RSVP pen.  Finally, I found this adorable little glass jar candle that is Strawberry Apple scented.

The next project I made used recycled flip caps from medecine bottles.  As I said, I work in a clinic and we are giving tons of medicine and thus we are having tons of waste.  I saw another nurse at the hospital with one of these cute flowered badge holders and thought, I can do that.  So I enlisted the help of my fellow nurses and the pharmacy team to collect these plastic caps instead of throwing them out.  I had tons!  I wish there were some prettier colors, but I do like how these came out.

I broke out the hot glue gun and I used the circular clip badge that holds our name badges and I just hot glue gunned the circles to make these cute holders.  It took all of 30 seconds to make each one!  I am making one for everyone I work with... I think they are adorable!

And since i had my hot glue gun out...I decided to make some felt flowers that I saw online.  I am going to post a few pictures and I will post more details later...

It is kind of hard to see in the photo above, but I also turned the flower into a pony tail holder...Below, is my youngest, Sophia, modeling for me!  <3

Speaking of Sophia, I also had to show this photo:

Please ignore the floor, as I said my room is in the basement.  So, I gave Sophia some scraps and she had glitter and glue and she put herself to work making "Valentines" for mommy and daddy!  She is so sweet.

Well, thanks for sticking around for this long post...I hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!  And, don't forget the reason for the holiday!

~Melanie :)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

More cards!

I made more cards this weekend!  Woo hoo!
I was so excited to get down to some business!  I made 2 new cards.  

The first is a birthday card.  I wanted to use some DSP to make a ribbon for behind my birthday label.  I just cut a strip of Stampin' Up paper and cut a V shape at one end.  I used MFT dies to create the Happy Birthday label.  (all of the paper is Stampin' Up)  I decided to jazz up the label with some buttons that were threaded with embroidery floss.  For some dimension, the label is popped up with foam tape dimensionals.  
To jazz up my background I used Papertrey Inks circle background stamps to stamp the top portion of the card.  I still felt it was too plain, so I used one of papertrey inks edgers border dies to cut the bottom edge of the card, and I layered some dark purple paper behind.

 The second card uses the same paper, that often happens when making cards because I use what is out and go with the flow!  I wanted to use these adorable paper cup stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink.  I punched them out with my Big Shot and then stamped the cup image and used different colors for the paper holders.  I had another piece of that pink polka doted paper laying there, so I grabbed it and matted it with white cardstock.  I was trying to use "the rule of threes" on both of these cards...where you use a color three times throughout the card for a more complete look.  I used the purple ink to make a strip of circles using one of the stamps from the same Papertrey Ink set as the circles above.  And I used the purple again for the sentiment and for one of the cups.  The pink is obviously in the polka dot paper, in one of the cups and in the 2 rhinestones I added next to my sentiment.  The green is in the background paper, the paper cup and then I decided the card was kind of boring and I wanted to add a little something, but not buttons, so I picked ribbon.  I cut a 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon and attached it to my paper with staples, yup, just plain, average staples.  I was pleased with the final product.

What do you think?  Do you also find yourself making multiple cards with similar paper when you have it out?  I would like to hear how you tend to create.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great one!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

MFT sketch challenge

School is over! (for me, not my kids ;0) I actually had time to craft today!  There were probably lots of other things I should have been doing, but I made cards intsead! :)  
I have 2 to share with you today.

  I went over to MFT blog and checked out the new sketch challenge for this week.  I knew I wanted to make a baby boy card for my next door neighbors who just had a baby the other day.  So, I found this cute stamp and got started.  (I cannot remember the brand or names of half of the stuff I use, so craft room is in my basement and I am upstairs right now)  Isn't he cute?  I also found this adorable yellow bunny button in my papertrey ink button stash and I had to use it too.  All of the paper is Stampin up and my markers are copics and stampin up.

Next I decided to make a birthday card to replenish my stash...I like to keep a few on hand, but have none left!  I got this stamp set from stampin up and could not wait to use it.  It's so summery and cute.  All supplies for this card are stampin up.  except the flower which I made from felt and a MFT die-namic flower die.  The center is a button from papertrey ink.

I had a lot of fun with this layout and was so happy to get into my craft room!  I hope you enjoyed looking.  Thanks for stopping by,
~ Melanie :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Just A Little Note

I love to make card sets. They are so fun, especially baby designed sets. I recently made these adorable cards that can be used for baby thank you cards, or for a note from a new mom or any other reason really.

The shape of this card is actually a die from papertrey ink. I started with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card base folded and then laid my die on top while letting the die hang off the top edge of the card at the fold a little more than a quarter of an inch. I wanted to be able to open and close the card, not cut through both layers completely.

After I die cut the card, I stamped my cute whale image from Stampin' Up and my sentiment from Papertrey Ink.

It is hard to see, but at the bottem of the card, I scored a line about 1/2 inch up from the edge, and then I used 2 brads to make "snaps" on the baby onesie.

I left the card blank inside so it can be used for any purpose. I previously had made a set of these for my cousins baby shower and used a thank you sentiment. A new mom can always use thank you cards, right?
For this set, I paired the cards with kraft colored envelopes and packaged them in a clear box tied with a twine bow.

I think this would make a really cute gift for a new mom. I am selling them over at my esty store. And plan to make more colors and designs. It really is fun to make baby themed gifts.

Well, thanks for stopping by today! Happy Stamping!
~ melanie :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012


So, I have not had much time for crafting lately...I am back to school for my Bachelors degree evenings while working during the day and having a large, my card sending has been sporatic at best (so if you had a big event and I missed it, I am sorry).

A friend of mine did get a new job recently after having not worked outside of her home since the birth of her children. I felt this was a big event, so I wanted to make her a card. Of course for a congratulations card I thought of my Bella stamps from and went with Winobella! She is always willing to toast!

I also knew I wanted to use this new filagree die from Papertrey ink. I found this purple paper from stampin' up and chose to go with yellow and purple, I love these two colors together. I used my copic markers to color my bella and her wine and then used pale blue to sponge around the frame of the main image. I used stitching for texture on the card front and attached the filagree to the left side. Finally I added a piece of white card stock that I cut by hand in a wavy pattern and Wrote the word congratulations. I usually like to stamp the sentiment because I don't always like my writing on cards, but I could not find a good Congratulations stamps so I went with it and was happy with the results.

I hope she liked the card and just want to remind everyone that sending a card is a nice gesture, doesn't cost a lot and can make someone smile! Why not send a card today?

Have a great weekend~
~melanie :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sew Cute!

Okay this week I made the cutest thing! I saw it first on this blog: Crafti Staci and I knew I had to make one!

Isn't this sew cute? I think so.
It is a coffee sleeve/coffee cozy! It is reversible, washable and insulated with the same material inside pot holders to keep you from burning your fingers on your coffee cup!
I love it!

Below you can see the two fabrics I used:

This is what it looks like when it is not on a cup:

This is the brown side of the sleeve:
And finally the colorful side again:

This could easily be folded up and tucked into your purse or your glove compartment.
Wouldn't this make a great gift to go with a gift card to your friend's favorite coffee shop?

I am planning on making these and posting them in my online store:

I can't wait to make other colors! I hope you enjoyed my new project today, it's supposed to be a cold and snowy weekend her in Mass. Perfect for crafting because who wants to venture out in the cold? Hopefully it won't be two months before I post again! lol

Have a great weekend!
~melanie :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Craft Fair today

Is it really a week until Christmas? My how time flies...I have been so busy, just finished an online class as well as working and taking care of kids and trying to prepare for a craft fair. I only did one craft fair this year. I have only had craft fairs at 2 places, my work and my sisters. This year my work did not have the fair, so that left me with the one, a little less pressure. Next year my goal is to prepare in advance and to try some other fairs...out in public! lol

So, the fair today went well, not too busy, but got good feedback and reviews. Here are some pics of my table.

I was afraid I wouldn't have enough stuff and my table was packed! I did a wide variety, a lot of note pads and journals and then this year I added magnets. A big hit were the magnetic 2012 calendars with the 2 matching bottlecap magnets. Super cute.

Another big seller was the chapstick purses. Those I had seen online and then changed them up a little, they are too adorable!

Well, I had fun at the fair, and even more fun making the crafts.
I hope you all are having a great holiday season and if you need any stocking stuffers or other gifts (don't forget teachers and co-workers) let me know what you are looking for...I have some left. Hope to get it posted to my etsy store, but to avoid fees and shipping costs, let me know and I can get it to you.

Merry Christmas!
Melanie :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Caramel Apples!

Fall is here!
My sisters and I took the kids apple picking the other day and then I came home motivated to play with my new Pure Innocence stamp set from MFT Stamps isn't she adorable?

Actually I have a pie in the oven right now, and it's starting to smell good in here!
But anyway, I made 2 cards that I would like to share with you today.

Both of the images were stamped on whisper white SU cardstock and then colored with my copic markers. Above I decorated the card with buttons, and I used a few rows of scalloped designer paper to add texture.
Below I decided to use my finger to smudge ink around the edge of the white rectangle. Just wanted to try something fun!

Well, I do agree "Fall days ARE fun Days"! And now I'm going to eat some apple pie!
Thanks for stopping by today!

~melanie :)