Stamp-a-faire 2015: My Stamping Island/Corner

Hi! I’m here with a post for PTI’s Stamp-a-faire!  This is my first year participating in SAF and I’ve been having a lot of fun.  I thought that it might interest you to see a photo and then a slide show of my creative space.

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Caution! I did not straighten up my space before taking these photos. Nothing like some photos of your stamping spot to make you want to clean up!

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I’m stamping by myself this year because I’m living in the Stuttgart area of Germany, about 36 miles (58 kilometers) from an American Army base. The commute averages about 45 minutes one way without any traffic problems. One time it took my husband 3 1/2 hours to get home! Being a country girl, born and raised in Lincoln, Maine, living in such an urban place has been tough for me. I’m thankful for Skype though and have been able to keep in close touch with my good friend, Cindy, since she’s moved back to the U.S.. I hope that we’ll be able to get together to do Stamp-A-Faire in a few of years. If not, I’m hoping we’ll both be in the same time zone so we can Skype while playing along at SAF! 🙂

Cindy made me a photo book a few months back. You can see it on the top left shelf of my stamping island. Thank you, Cindy, for introducing me to stamping and most of all for loving me. Hugs to you my friend!

IMG_0835editedI would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of my new online friends whom I’ve met through stamping. Since launching honeybeelane last January, I’ve been amazed and encouraged by the creativity and friendliness of the card-making community. I won’t name names because I’d be sure to leave someone out, but I have made friends from Maine to California and from England to Australia.

I would like to say an especially large “Thank You” to Nicole and everyone at PTI for their generosity and creativity. As the 2015 Year of Stamps winner, I’ve been so uplifted by my monthly package from you. With some still unresolved health issues, you will never know what an encouragement this prize has been to me. I pray God’s blessings on you, your business and your families.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

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SAF 2015: Threads Challenge

Hi! I’m here with a post for PTI’s Stamp-a-faire. This is my first year participating in SAF and I’ve been having a lot of fun.

Here’s my card for the Threads Challenge:

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I cased Laura’s card as inspiration for mine.

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 I used the same ink-blending technique as Laura used on hers. The ink on the 2 panels is lighter in the center.IMG_0822editedI used PTI’s Heart Cover Plate Die, the Sunshine Impression Plate and a sentiment from the Scripted Stamp Set to make this card.

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XO
Melissa

PTI Supplies:

Papertrey Ink - Sunshine Impression PlatePapertrey Ink - Cover Plate: Hearts Die

Scripted Stamp Set

 

 

 

Other Supplies:
Tsukineko Full-Size VersaMark Pigment Inkpad, ClearClassic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5

 

 

Places I’m playing:

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SAF 2015: Patterns Challenge

Hi! I’m here with a post for PTI’s Stamp-a-faire. This is my first year participating in SAF and I’ve been having a lot of fun.

I used Ashley’s pattern:

AshleyHere’s my card for the Patterns Challenge:IMG_0804editedA very literal take, but that’s the kind of gal I am! IMG_0823editedStamping, masking, ink-blending, the emboss-resist technique, Smooch-Spritz and sequins all went into the center greeting panel on this card. I used a stamp from Center Style: Feminine Stamp Set and some flower stamps and paper from the Make It Market Mini: Garden Gild Kit. The sentiment is from Graceful Greetings. I really like how this card turned out.

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I’d also like to play this card over at SSS’s Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #198 – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

PTI Supplies:

Center Style: Feminine Mini Stamp SetGraceful Greetings Stamp SetMake It Market Mini: Garden Gild Kit

Other Supplies:
Tsukineko Full-Size VersaMark Pigment Inkpad, ClearClassic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5Vellum 8-1/2

Places I’m playing:

4-patterns-challengeSimon Wednesday Challenge BlogGrab our badge:

SAF 2015: Bridal Challenge

Hi! I’m here with a post for PTI’s Stamp-a-faire. This is my first year participating in SAF and I’ve been having a lot of fun.

Here’s my card for the Bridal Challenge:

IMG_0812editedI used PTI’s Heart Cover Plate Die the Cover Plate from the Make It Market Mini: Garden Gild Kit

and the sentiment is from the Book Cover Details Mini Stamp Set.

IMG_0814editedI’d like to play this card over at SSS’s Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #198 – Anything Goes.

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XO
Melissa

PTI Supplies:

Make It Market Mini: Garden Gild KitBook Cover Details Mini Stamp SetPapertrey Ink - Cover Plate: Hearts Die

 

 

 

 

Other Supplies:
Tsukineko Full-Size VersaMark Pigment Inkpad, ClearClassic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5Vellum 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

 

 

Places I’m playing:

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Simon Wednesday Challenge BlogGrab our badge:

 

 

 

 

AAA Cards Challenge #47: Spectacular Embossing & an Exciting Announcement

Well Hello! Thanks for visiting today. I’m so excited to have you here because I have a fun announcement to share with you. With this post, I have the honor & privilege of joining the ladies at AAA Cards as one of 3 new members of the AAA Cards Design Team!

AAA new DTThis week’s Challenge#47 is Spectacular Embossing.

Here’s my card:

IMG_0714cropsquare  I am truly “Giving Thanks” to the ladies at AAA Cards for inviting me to be part of their team! I had fun with this card and used a couple of my favorite techniques, sponging/ink-blending and emboss resist. I learned these techniques from Laura Bassen in her “Craftsy” class.

After stamping my image in VersaMark and heat embossing with clear embossing powder, I did some ink blending on top of the butterfly. I really enjoy using this stamp! The sentiment if from PTI’s Scripted stamp set. I highly recommend this set.

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I’d like to play this card over at SSS’s Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #198 – Anything Goes.

Please head over to AAA Cards and check out all of the superb creations by my new teammates. Thanks for stopping by for my debut post with the AAA Cards Design Team! I’m very happy that you did. 🙂 I hope that I helped to inspire you to play along with challenge #47.

XO
Melissa

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.Places I’m playing:

Simon Wednesday Challenge BlogGrab our badge:IMG_0465editedSupplies:

Paper: SU Real Red

Stampin’ Up! inks: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight

Other:

Product DetailsScripted Stamp SetTsukineko Full-Size VersaMark Pigment Inkpad, ClearClassic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5Product Details