AAA Cards Game #70 – Stitching

I’m happy to be here today for AAA Cards Game #70- Stitching.

I don’t own any stitching dies or a sewing machine (I might ask my daughter if I can borrow hers for a future card) so I improvised on this challenge!

This week we have a special guest designers, Beverley from Uniko.

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Prize: £10.00 certificate
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EunJi from Follow your Dreams

Welcome, Bev and Eunji.  I hope you like what I did with your stamps, Bev! 🙂

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I used 2 Uniko stamp sets on each of my cards today. I thought both of these stamp sets included images which lent themselves to looking like stitching or embroidery.

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On this 1rst card I drew in some red, orange and yellow ‘stitching’ to coordinate with the circles.

And the second one: (these butterflies have fluttered over to my conservatory)

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I drew in some ‘stitching’ with white gel pen.

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I hope that you are inspired to play along. Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of the design team members blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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Happy Little Stampers August CASE the Designer – Gloria

Hi! I’m happy to be here with you today for Happy Little Stampers’ CASE the Designer Challenge for August- CASEing Gloria!

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Here’s Gloria’s sweet card:

Ooooo!  So lovely! I couldn’t wait to CASE Gloria’s card.

Here’s the card I came up with, using Happy Little Stampers’ Butterfly Birthday:

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I inked up, misted and then stamped with the back side of the butterfly stamp. IMG_9820editedNext I stamped with the front side of the stamp.

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I die cut the heart, stamped the sentiment (HLS Thinking of You) and did some fussy cutting. IMG_9831edited

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Please stop over at the challenge blog to see the super CASEs by my teammates on the HLS CASE the Designer Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace

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CASology Featured Designer – On the CAS side with Melissa

Hi! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I am happy to be here with my 4th, and final, post as CASology’s Featured Designer. It has been a great pleasure and an honor.

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I want to thank Melissa and the entire design team for welcoming me and giving me this opportunity!

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As you read this I will be at the Happy Little Stampers retreat in England or in Scotland visiting with my family!

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Today, I thought I’d share a gallery of some of my own favorite CAS cards with you. I have made the photos click-able, so you can go back to the original posts to find out more if you’d like. 🙂 A new tab should open for you, please let me know if any particular photo does not do this for you. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So! What is your favorite card-making style? Clean And Simple (CAS) or Mixed Media?

I really can’t decide which style I prefer more. CAS or Mixed Media? Hmmmmm. Tough question! I so enjoy playing along at CASology and doing my design work for AAA Cards, but I also love working on mixed media projects for Happy Little Stampers, The Mixed Media Card Challenge and for STAMPlorations. I’m very thankful to have the opportunity to explore both worlds!

I’ll leave you with one of my favorites from each category. 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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Stencil Sunday – July 2016 – A decorative plaque from a broken tile

Hi!  I’m very happy to be here with a post for STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday.

 

Here’s a plaque that I created using the ARTplorations Stencil – Happy Flowers and a stamp from Trendy Birds.

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It’s a a broken roof tile (I think that is what it is? Maybe one of my German friends will know?)  I found it in a pile of other broken roof tiles, pottery, shingles and bricks on a dirt road in the hills of the Oberammergau area of Germany. This was the largest piece there, most of the others were about the size of your hand. Making this plague reminded me of a  the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapter 61.IMG_9771birdplaque

       How I made this project:

  1. Washed & dried tile.
  2. Sponged embossing ink through the flower portions of Happy Flowers – ARTplorations Stencil.

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  3. Added red embossing powder & heated with heat embossing tool.
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  5. Added green embossing powder & used heat embossing tool to set.
  6. Added yellow Gelatos to center of flowers.
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  7. Sponged embossing ink all over flowers and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  8. Stamped the bird (Trendy Birds) and the sentiment in black ink and added clear EP and heat set.IMG_8917birdplaque
  9. Added white acrylic paint to bird.
  10. Colored grass and sky with Gelatos, added clear embossing powder and heat set.
I had a lot of fun creating this plaque and I hope that you have been inspired to create your own mixed media projects! Please check out my teammates’, MariLynn’s and Susanne’s, projects here.
Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
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CASology Featured Designer – Week 3 – Drawing, painting and getting messy with Melissa

Hi! Thanks for visiting me today! I’m happy to be here with my third post as CASology’s Featured Designer.

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I hope that you’ve been able to visit my week 2 featured designer post:

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You can find my week 1 featured designer post here.

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If you haven’t and have the time, please do head over after you’re finished here.

I’d like to dedicate this post to my father, Paul Freeman Thibodeau, who is an incredibly gifted artist.

Here’s one of my father’s many beautiful paintings.

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For years my father has been saying to me, “Melissa, you need to draw, paint!”

For years I said, “Dad, I do try to photograph something everyday and I have a hobby – 4 children, home-schooling and international moving!” 😉

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I miss both of my parents SO much! Here’s a photo of their wedding day. They were married in my mother’s hometown in Scotland and then moved back to my father’s hometown in Maine.

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I am very excited because we are going to be together soon. Next week, my husband, children and I are meeting my parents in Scotland for a family get-together. I am so looking forward to visiting with them and my aunts, uncles and cousins!

My family and I last visited my with parents in late summer of 2014 – it has been nearly 2 years since we were together in Maine.

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It was a tough visit. My grandmother had just passed away and then, towards the end of our time there, my husband, children and I all got the flu. It was bad! My husband couldn’t leave his bed. We had to postpone our plans for returning to Germany because my son had a pneumothorax and couldn’t fly.

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Also, the weather had been abnormally dry at the time and since my parents have a dug well that made a difficult situation worse.

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Laundry and showers for 6 sick people plus 2 more is not an easy task with a low well. However, my parents were so gracious and loved my family and I unconditionally, despite the awful circumstances of our visit.

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They are the best! Here’s a photo of them in my mother’s hometown. (I think that it was taken about 12 years ago.)

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I love this photo!

I am so looking forward to our time together with them in Scotland. There is sure to be lots of laughter, Scrabble games, fly-fishing, Olympic Games watching, drawing/painting, haggis, charity shop perusing, photography, tea and scones, beach-combing, steak pies, hiking/walking, sight-seeing

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and fish & chip suppers!

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Can you tell how very excited I am!?

For now, please pass the green smoothie! 😉

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My dad, like any good fly fisherman, https://i2.wp.com/www.maineartinspired.com/2015/img_2923.jpgis, in so many ways, no quitter…..

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so, he has kept after me to draw and paint!

Thank you, Dad. I love you.

Your tender heart, perseverance through trials, love for your family and God-given, incredible artistic talent are all inspirational to me. Thanks for encouraging me to be creative. I’m taking baby steps – starting to draw and paint again!

So today, I thought that I’d share some of my drawing, painting and maybe a little bit of my “getting messy” with you.

I hope you enjoy this post and that it does not knock your CAS socks off!

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Well, maybe I’m secretly hoping that it will. 😉

First off, I’ll share some of my own drawings/paintings. (Please click on any of the photos to be taken to the original post where you’ll be able to see more pictures and get more details too.)

Here is one of my more Clean And Simple sketched and painted cards. Here’s a mixed media tag with my sketched Cosmo Daisy:

I love the stencil and stamps I used: ARTplorations – Shower of Flutters stencil and STAMPlorations Retro Butterflies stamps.

A sketch/watercolor of some holly that is growing in my yard:

A sketched rose:

inspired by the roses growing outside my laundry room door…….

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One more sketched Cosmo: (Another favorite stamp set here, Happy Little Stampers – Butterfly Birthday.)

Some more sketched holly. Papertrey Ink’s sentiment stamps are fabulous!

I’m always a bit afraid to add paint to my drawings lest I ruin them!

I’m still practicing…….I think I hold my breath a good part of the time.

I also love lots of inky, and sometimes messy, techniques. Masking, heat embossing, emboss-resist and ink-blending are some of my favorites. I’m also learning how fun and versatile stencils can be.

Here’s a collection of some of my inky and mixed media favorites:

I stamped this next one with an actual leaf from my yard.

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I’d be very happy to have you…….

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for this project (below) over at STAMPlorations:

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I will have a couple of new Mixed Media project posts for STAMPlorations going live soon.

Here’s a tiny peek, just for you!

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The link to this project will work on 24 July, 2016

and I will have a new tutorial going live at STAMPlorations on August 1.

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The link to this project will work on 1 Aug, 2016. I’ll be having fun in Scotland at the time!

After looking through all of these, I guess I’d say my style is…..COLORFUL! Wouldn’t you?! 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll come back next week for my final post as CASology’s Featured Designer. I’ll be sharing my favorite CAS cards in that post. The link to that post will go live on 29 July. (I’ll be arriving at the Happy Little Stampers Retreat in England on that day!)

Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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P.S. My father has written a book! Check it out!

Also, I’d be very happy if you’d like to visit my Mixed Media Gallery page to see more of my inky-messy creations.

 

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