{Mixed Media Tutorial} Melissa Makes a Springy Calendar – April 7, 2017


Hi! I here to share that I have a new Mixed Media Tutorial up over at the STAMPlorations Blog today. I’m sharing how I made my project for this month’s Mixed Media Challenge.


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Please go on over and visit the STAMPlorations blog to see all of the details. I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to make it.img_5833_edited-1

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and look forward to reading your comments over at the blog!

Grace & Peace,


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A Plaid Leaf

Hi! I’m here with a card inspired by several fun Fall Challenges.


I created the plaid leaf by first sponging an ombre background (red to yellow from the stem to the leaf tip). Then I repeatedly masked off portions of the leaf and sponged on ink. I love using this technique.


I used a “Thankful” die from CUTplorations.


I sponged on a red band and attached the white panel to the orange cardstock.

img_3729_edited-1I attached the leaf and the die cut with foam tape.


I really like this card. A plaid leaf!? Sponging, ink blending, lots of red (my favorite color to use when making cards), ombre Autumn colors? I don’t normally make the same card twice, but I may have to repeat this one. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,


Challenge #25 (Stripes & Plaid)

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UPDATED Thursday, December 1, 2016: I so very happy to share that Virginia chose this card as one of her TOP 10 favorites at Virginia’s View Challenge #25. (Sadly, her last challenge.)







More Pretty Leaves

Hello & welcome. I have 4 leaf print cards to share with you today.Slide08I have been enjoying using REAL LEAVES to stamp with recently. There is so much beauty in creation and I find it fun & challenging to try and capture a little bit of it on paper.


So, yesterday I inked up some leaves from my yard with some Craft/white ink and/or with red & yellow re-inkers and 3 different Stickles colors (which added some texture to this first card) and then stamped with them.  I’m very happy with how these cards turned out.

Slide02I’d like to play this card at Virginia’s View Challenge #20 and SSS Monday: Thanks/Thankful.


I love how nature sings of God’s glory and mercy. I have also been doing some sketching recently too, trying to capture some of the beauty of creation through drawing some of the flora in my yard.


I’d like to play this at Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #210: Anything Goes.Slide07 Slide2


I’d like to play this last card at CASology’s Challenge: Pretty.Slide05 Slide06

Are you interested in seeing some other leaf prints that I’ve made? Please click on the leaf print “Tag” or “Category” at the bottom of this post.

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Pretty Leaf

Hi! I’m here with a quick post with a card for CAS(E) this Sketch #149 and CASology’s Week 173: Pretty.

I made a birthday card for my husband. His birthday is on the 28th. Here it is:


I inked up a leaf from my yard with some Craft/white ink along with red & yellow re-inker inks and 3 different Stickles colors and then stamped with it. I used Happy Little Stampers’ Everyday Sentiments on this card too. I’m very happy with how this turned out. I’m also going to play this at Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #210: Anything Goes. I stamped a bunch of different leaves today, but I’ve put those away for another time. I have an unexpected date to go on!Slide1

 My husband is coming home early so we can go out for a walk. We have not had any alone time for a long while, so I’ll hide this card and go get my sneakers on.  After the month we’ve had it’s going to be good to hold his hand and walk in the woods. Well, that’s it for me for now.

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Updated Wednesday Nov 18: I made some more leaf cards today. You can see them over here:

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AAA Cards Game #52

I’m happy to be here with you today with a post for AAA Cards Challenge #52: Thanks/Thanksgiving as a member of the AAA Cards Design Team.

Here’s my card:

IMG_9416editedcrop To makes this card:

1. I inked up a leaf from a tree in my yard. I used the inked up leaf as a stamp,  pressing down & rubbing on the back of the leaf with piece of scrap paper.

2. After letting it dry, I fussy cut the leaves out & used a pinked die to trim the edges.


3. Then I spritzed the stamped leaf with some water and let the ink run.

4. I used my heat gun to dry the leaf and then spritzed on some Smooch Spritz and traced the outside with a black journal pen.

5. I stamped on the sentiment & then affixed the leaf panel to the card base with foam tape.IMG_9418editedcrop

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

Thanks for stopping by!