Friday, July 29, 2011

Boys and Bots

I love this little robot image from Pink Cat Studios. He is so cute.
I was shopping at Joann Fabrics the other day and saw this cute mat stack of paper from DCWV, and I don't remember the name but it was something boy stack. So I saw these robots and light bulbs and thought I would make a little robot card! And of course I have these adorable screw brads that have to go too. :)
Well, it is Friday, the last workday of my vacation week. I am planning a mild weekend, not much going on :) I do have a baby shower to go to tomorrow. I plan on making cupcakes and some adorable toppers tonight...stay tuned for a peak.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Thanks for popping in...
Melanie :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pink Floral Birthday

I love this card! It is so simple and elegant. I made this birthday card when a friend of mine asked me to make a card for her sister in laws 65th birthday.
I used a SU stamp in Basic Grey for the sentiment.
I used papertrey inks die to cut the pink and grey swatches and then I had a pink flower that I used in substitute of the other pink swatch.

I love how it came out and the girls at work all said they loved it too. Maybe I should do some more like this. Although, rarely do I ever make 2 cards exactly alike, unless I am doing a card set. I prefer my cards to be originals. I usually will change the color or sentiment or an image.

Well, I hope you are having a great day today, I plan to!

Thanks for stopping by,
Melanie :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wild 1st Birthday

Today we have a first birthday party to go to. And, I wanted to make a great card because the family of the birthday girl is very crafty, so I need something good. I love this card:

AND, I actually can tell you what supplies I used!
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Pure Poppy; SU!, Whisper White, Pool Party
Designer Paper: from DCWV Animal Crackers Matt Stack
Stamps: SU!, Wild About You; Papertrey Ink, Tiny Treats Birthday
Dies: Open Scallop Doily Duo Die-namics Die, Cricut Machine to cut 1, SU! 2 1/2 inch circle punch
Ink: SU! Blushing Bride and Real Red

I used supplies from 4 different companies! I think they came together wonderfully?
I hope you enjoyed looking today, now I need to go and get my kiddos ready for the party!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Melanie :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

more contest cards

Okay, I decided to post the 2 other cards I made, although they are not really my favorites. These are for the challenge at Papertrey ink today. Check out Nichole Heady's blog for more info!

Below is challenge # Punch a window from you card cover and tie ribbon or twine from the window to the side of your card. I started fooling around with this idea and then saw a big yellow flower I had cut with my cricut machine. So I thought I would use the window as the center of my flower. Then my ribbon would be the seem and petals of my flower. It seemed a little plain, so I chose some lavender paper and used my SU scallop punch in the center of the flower and again punched my center. So I used the lavender ink to stamp my Papertrey ink sentiment of Happy Birthday. Kind of a cute card...

My last card for today is a sympathy card. I needed one to send out this week, so I figured that I would make my card while doing one of the challenges. Below is for challenge # 5 to take a solid shape and create a custom "faux" border! I saw a heart stamp laying on my desk and decided to use it on the bottom of the card. I stamped it multiple times across the bottom of the card and then decided I should trim the edge a little, and I think I trimmed off too much! oops. The stamp for this card is SU, and the sentiment is MFT, a new set I just got.

Well, not bad, I have 4 cards on my first day of vacation. I have a few more cards on my list that I need to make, so hopefully I can steal away to my basement craft room some more over the next few days!

Contest Play

So today I decided to play along with some contests over at papertrey ink. It seems every hour there is a new contest challenge. I have made a few cards to go along with the challenges. Some I like, and some that I hated! May not share those ones. That's the way it goes sometimes, things just don't come out the way you invision!
I have a limited supply of papertrey ink products, so I did try to use what I had, but some of the products are stampin up also.

Above is the first card I made. It is challenge #2. to use razzberry fizz and charcoal grey
The stamps are papertrey, the die that I cut the white paper is papertrey and my cardstock is papertrey. Ribbon is from Michaels and the buttons from SU!.

Next, I did challenge #6 to use punches to make notches in the side of the card to wrap baker's twine around. This card is so simple, but I like it. The sentiment is SU, and the flowers are using Papertrey dies. I used 2 of them and then mounted them with a blue brad.

I must admit, I am notorious for not knowing the names of the colors, supplies, etc. Sorry!

Hop over to papertrey and have some fun.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Boy is it hot here in Massachusetts today! Upper 90's! A real scorcher!
One more day of work for me and I will be on vacation!
No plans to go away though, but hoping to get some good day trips in with my kids while they are on summer vacation (4o days until school starts! lol, but who's counting?)

Speaking of school, I thought I would show a couple of photos of my oldest daughter, my stepdaughter, Emily. She graduated high school this year and is planning on attending UMass Lowell in the Spring Semester of next year! Congrats Em! We are very proud!

This is my husband, Bill, and myself with Emily after the graduation ceremony:

Next this is Emily on her prom night. Doesn't she look beautiful?

What I find as so funny is that I would never think of a patterned dress for a prom, but it was all the rage this year. (does anyone even say that?) But, it did look very nice on her. I think satin and long, but hey I graduated a few years ago. So, let me show you my prom picture and see if you can guess the year:

Well, either the dresses or the hair styles should give you a clue.
Also, I offered to let Emily wear my dress (that's me far left with the awesome black ruffle and hot pink sequin dress) and she turned me down! Can you believe it? LOL.
(I do still have that dress in a closet at my parent's house though!)

Well, I hope you are all enjoying summer wherever you are, and I hope I get to be creative some next week too.

Thanks for stopping by today,
Melanie :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Is it July already? and is the first week of it already gone? It is....and I have been absent from here, but very busy with my family. So today, I was browsing some blogs and decided I needed to create and I was going to need some inspiration. I found it in 2 places: I used a card sketch and a color challenge. First I went to ColourQ and loved the color combo....

Immediately I thought of summer and the adorable SU stamp set that was one of my first purchases, but I have not used in a couple of years! Next I was at Jodi Collins' blog Stamping a Latte and saw this MFT sketch challenge and decided that this was it!

So this is what I came up with:

What do you think? I love it, makes me feel like splashing in the pool.
I also remembered these cute little fish brads I had bought at Michaels a long time ago because I loved them and had never used them. I figured pools and kids = fish, right? My kids are certainly turning into little fish this summer!

Well, I am glad I had time to create and share today...I hope you enjoyed the card and are having a great summer!
Thanks for stopping by,
Melanie :)