AAA Cards Game #108 – All You Need is LOVE

I’m here for AAA Cards Game #108.

Our lovely sponsor for this game is:Uniko

Our guest designers are Bev from Uniko and Sue  from suescardcraft.blogspot.

Check out AAA Cards definition of “WHITE SPACE.” Colored card stock is great, but not patterned, embossed or textured.

Here’s my card using an old favorite, Uniko’s Background Builders: Squared. 

I also used a new stamplorations alphabet plate die.

My sentiment was inspired by the DC Talk song  “Luv Is A Verb.” I have heard DC Talk sing this song in person.

LUV is a verb – Chorus

(chorus 1)
Words come easy but don’t mean much
When the words they’re sayin’ we can’t put trust in
We’re talkin’ ’bout love in a different light
And if we all learn to love it would be just right

(chorus 2)
Hey, tell me haven’t ya heard?
Luv, is a serious word
Hey, I think it’s time ya learned
I don’t care what they say
I don’t care care what ya heard
The word luv, luv is a verb

Almost 22 years ago, a few days before our first child’s birth, my husband and I went to a DC Talk concert in Albuquerque.  The concert was so loud that even though we sat in the far back, she did not move a bit during the entire concert or for a long time afterwards. That worried me! Needless to say, I did not attend loud concerts during my subsequent pregnancies.

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I am still a big fan of DC Talk’s former lead singer, TobyMac’s, music. Some of my favorites are Feelin’ So Fly, Love Broke Through, Lights Shine Bright,  Me Without You, and Speak Life.

I hope that you are inspired to play along at AAA Cards this game.

Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of my design teammates’ blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Updated Tuesday, February 6: I am very happy to share that I had 2 cards chosen as HMs at CASology. This card was Anna’s choice for an honorable mention at CASology’s SWOON challenge.

Anna said, “ Love Melissa’s clean and crisp design and I like the positioning of the image.”

Thanks, Anna!


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Hi! I am very happy to be here with a card inspired by this week’s CASology Week 180 cue card:


My colors were inspired by “Just Us Girls” Color Week #326.

IMG_3240editedI partially die cut the snowflake so that the front panel has an opening. (It’s been a while since I’ve played at CASology and I’ve missed it. So, Yeah! Yes! I AM playing!)

IMG_3251editedSince snow falls from the sky, I’d also like to play along at  One-layer Simplicity Challenge #23 The Sky’s the Limit and Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #217 – Anything Goes.


I’ve had some snow at my house during the past couple of days. It’s been beautiful!


It’s been a good time to stay inside and get some after Christmas house cleaning taken care of. Speaking of cleaning house, I’ve been organizing my blog a bit too. If you’d like you can visit by CAS/Nearly CAS and Mixed Media gallery pages. Click on the links or look at the top of this page.




Thanks for stopping by!

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Guest Designer – JUGS Challenge #312 Photo Week

Hi! I’m excited to be here with you today with my 4th post as a Just Us Girls September Guest Designer! I have had a great time at JUGs this month and I hope that you’ve been inspired to play along with the challenges. This week is Photo Week Challenge #312:


I had a lot of fun making this card and I hope you enjoy seeing it. 🙂


I used PTI’s Flower Favorites stamp set, along with a Close to My Heart set entitled Your Own Kind of Beautiful. The embossing folder is from We R Memory Keepers Spotted 2-Pack.

Here’s a quick slide show of some of the steps I used in putting this card together. I’m going to play this over at Seize the Birthday’s Anything Goes.

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I’m also going to play at Fusion’s Peacock Dynasty challenge this week.

IMG_1158editedWell! This is the final week of September and my last post as GD at JUGs for the month. I would like to extend my thanks to the entire team for giving me this great opportunity. I look forward to playing along with you in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Flower Favorites Stamp SetWe R Memory Keepers Spotted 2-Pack Embossing Folder for Scrapbooking

Thanks to Gloria for sponsoring WAW and to Karen from WAW, from whom I won the sentiment and butterfly stamps!

Honored to be Guest Designing for:

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My 4 cards for JUGs’ September 2015 Challenges:





Guest Designer – JUGS Challenge #311

Hi! I’m excited to be here with you today as a Just Us Girls’ September Guest Designer! Also, please make sure you read to the end of this post for a special GIVE-AWAY ANNOUNCEMENT!!

This week is Color Week Challenge #311:


Here’s my card:

IMG_0524editedI used my Hero Arts Tiny Flags Stamp to stamp in VersaMark, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and then sponged on red, orange and yellow ink. Sponging and the emboss-resist technique are 2 of my very favorite stamping techniques. The sentiment is from PTI’s Scripted stamp set.

IMG_0458editedAfter coloring the SU Vintage leaf with my ZIG Real Brush markers I heat embossed the leaf with clear ZING! embossing powder and used the matching die to cut it out. I’m going to play this at Uniko’s Challenge #25: AUTUMN / FALL with an optional twist of THANKS SSS Wednesday’s Simon Says: Die Crazy, SSS Monday’s Challenge: Love This Technique and Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #201: Anything Goes.


I hope you enjoyed seeing my card. Please stop over at JUGs, visit the DT’s blogs. I hope that you are inspired to play along at JUGs this week!

Thanks for stopping by!


Honored to be Guest Designing for:

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My cards for Challenges #309 & #310:


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Tsukineko Full-Size VersaMark Pigment Inkpad, Clear

Vintage Leaves Photopolymer Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Scripted Stamp Set

Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

P.S. Please make sure that you stop over at my blog post (goes live on 21st September at 6am Australian EST) for Happy Little Stampers 1rst Release Blog Hop! We have prizes!!

Here’s a peek at one of my cards:

cropped hls 1rst release butterfly_edited-1Make sure to look for this photo at the end of my post for another chance to win the Butterfly Birthday stamp set, my favorite in this release, from me!!!

IMG_3670edited_edited-1Also make sure you visit all of the designers posts and leave a comment at each one for a chance to win all of the stamps in the first release!

Mermaid for CTS #140

Hi! I’m here with a card inspired by CAS(E) This Sketch #140.

Here’s my card.


I used a NBUS mermaid stamp set that my parents sent to me. Isn’t she cute?!


I also used another NBUS stamp, from PTI’s Ahoy stamp set.


I masked off the mermaid and sponged ink on for the sky. I also used my NBUS Kuretake watercolor paints to color the mermaid. I also used some Glossy Accents and a white gel pen to do make the “splash” and a gold one to add some sparkle to the mermaid’s hair. I added silver to her tail and the water with a gel pen and more Glossy Accents to her shells too. 🙂

IMG_1528edited   I’m going to play along this at CAS(E) This Sketch, Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #200 Let’s Celebrate, Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #5 and SSS Wednesday’s Simon Says STAMPtember® Use A Stamp Challenge And Blog Hop.

IMG_1538editedI’m pretty happy with how this card turned out.

IMG_1547editedThanks for stopping by!

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Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5

Ahoy Stamp Set