Some Fun Announcements & Make It Monday #215

Wow! What an exciting week! I made the top ten over at Virginia’s View and……..I’m Guest Designing over at Uniko Studio and I’m so happy to announce that I’m joining the ATSM Design Team.
 Kylie made watermarks for the DT members. Thanks Kylie. 🙂
Melissa Black
Is that cool or what?! I am so excited to start my 6 month term with ATSM on July 1rst! I am going to celebrate by joining in and playing a card for this week’s ATSM Challenge #150: Photo Inspiration. Make sure you play along!

I made 2 cards inspired by this photo. The first card was also designed with Make It Monday #215: Bringing the Inside Out in mind. Danielle has a fun challenge for us to try. She’s encouraging us to a decorate both the outside of the card and the inside by creating a peek-a-boo window. Here is a card that I made with that in mind:

IMG_6845editedI decorated both the outside of the card above, along with the inside too. I’m also playing this over at SSS’s Monday Challenge: Simon Says Anything Goes.

Here’s Danielle’s oh, so pretty card:

I used the beautiful painting below as inspiration while I stamped my white irises. I stamped the iris image upside down and right side up in white/SU! Craft ink. That made my irises look more like the one in the painting.

White IrisI smooshed the background of both cards with SU’s new Cucumber Crush. I think smooshing may be one of my favorite techniques. You just never know what you’re going to get, but it’s (almost) always beautiful. And Oooo, I love this new color green! I also sponged (another favorite technique) some Pool Party ink onto this second card and then popped up panel.

IMG_6842edited I used PTI’s Flower Favorites Stamp set for both of these cards. I am really really really liking these stamps!

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Did you see my news this past week?! I’m super excited about being one of the newest Design Team Members over at The Mixed Media Card Challenge. 🙂 What a blessing and an incredible opportunity!! I’m humbled to have been chosen to be on 3 design teams.

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PTI June 2015 Blog Hop

  This fun photo for PTI’s June Blog Hop made me smile.

Blog hop inspiration

Aren’t they cute? I ended up making 5 cards to go with this challenge!

Here’s one of my cards.IMG_6657editedOn all of my cards I used PTI’s Make It Market Mini: Garden Gild Kit, designed by Betsy Veldman.

Make It Market Mini: Garden Gild Kit


For this first card, I made my own white embossed/striped bg paper with a stamp from PTI’s Background Basics-Super StripesIMG_6665edited

I used the negative of the die cut for the card above and the positive for this next card.

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Next, I used an embossing folder, inked up with SU! craft/white ink to make this next card.


I tried a differnet technique for this next card. This time I used strips of white and gray paper, adhered to sticky label, to make a striped bg paper. IMG_6685edited



Once again, I used the negative of the die cut for the card above and the positive for this next card.

IMG_6666editedI had fun making my own tag by doing some partial die cutting for this card.

IMG_6669editedHere’s the entire collection!

Thanks for “hopping” by!

P.S. Speaking of shoes, like in the inspiration photo? Have you ever noticed how 1 shoe, or 1 sock or your keys seem to go missing at just the exact wrong time!?? Here’s a fun music video about just that. I hope that it makes you smile. It always does me.

This is the Stuff (Official Music Video) from Autumn Johnson on Vimeo.

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P.S. If you aren’t too tired from your “hopping” and you have the time please check out this post for a couple of my fun announcements from today!