AAA Cards Game #104 – Christmas

I’m very happy to be back with you for Game #104 – Christmas.

AAA Cards is a challenge blog for Clean and Simple (CAS) Cards. Unless otherwise stated in the blog post for a particular challenge only players who submit cards will be eligible to be a winner.

I’d like to welcome our Guest Designer – Cathy – cathyscardspot.blogspot.co.uk

Our lovely sponsor for this game is:Uniko

Here’s my Clean and Simple Christmas Card.

I cut the “Merry Christmas” out of vellum.

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

 

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

 

 

 

Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags – 2017

Hi! I’m very happy to be here with you today for STAMPlorations & Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017.

I have 2 tags to share with you today.

I also have a coupon for you.

Check at the bottom of this post for a 20% OFF Discount Code.

To make the first tag I used Sketchy Yule Trees – Shery Russ Designs, Manila Tags Nesting Dies – CUTplorations and Come Adore Him – Typografia Christmas.

For the second tag, I used Pierced Curly Frames/Tags Nesting Dies – CUTplorations,

Merry Christmas Word Art Die – CUTplorations

and a different tree from Sketchy Yule Trees – Shery Russ Designs.

Here’s a look at my STAMPlorations supplies with the 2 tags.

And another look at the tags.

 

I hope that you enjoyed your visit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

melissastamplorationsdtbadge

Use my coupon and receive 20% off your STAMPlorations order.

slide1_edited-1

 

STAMPlorations/CUTplorations:

preview-manilatags

preview-comeadorehim

preview-piercedcurlyframestags

preview-merrychristmasdiepreview-SketchyYuleTrees

 

 

 

Places I’m Sharing:

Grab our badge:

 

 

AAA Cards Game #103 – Celebrate

I’m very happy to be back with you for Game #103.

 

AAA Cards is a challenge blog for Clean and Simple (CAS) Cards. Unless otherwise stated in the blog post for a particular challenge only players who submit cards will be eligible to be a winner.

I’d like to welcome our guest designer, Ros of ros-mikeysmom.blogspot.co.uk.

Our sponsor for this game:

Picture

with a $20 gift certificate.

Here is my card. I used the smallest “Happy Birthday” sentiment from Happy Little Stampers’ Mix Mash.

I also used a tiny flower from HLS’ retired Bold Birthday Sentiments.

Bold Birthday Sentiments

I masked off a frame and stamped the tiny flowers in red and blue.

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

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

Places I’m Sharing:

Grab our badge:

 

 

 

 

Sponsor Products:

Happy Little Stamper Watercolor Challenge – June 2017 – Mask

Hello! I’m very excited to be here with you for our  HLS Watercolor Challenge.

As always at Happy Little Stampers’ challenges……..we have a prize for you!

Here’s my card, using Happy Little Stampers Butterfly Birthday, Doodled Flowers and Butterfly Dies.

img_1979_edited-1

   img_4037_edited-1I smooshed my watercolor panel onto a craft mat that I had sprinkled with Brushos Crystal Color and spritzed/wetted. Then, to add some large, impressionistic bold flowers, I added more Brushos through a stencil. I did some stamping, masking and heat embossing with the butterfly and flower stamps. img_1984_edited-2Then, I did a combination partial die-cutting with a HLS Butterfly Die and also some fussy cutting to cut out the butterflies and flowers. I attached all of the pieces of the panel, including the cut-out pieces, in puzzle-like fashion, onto the front of a card base. I added foam tape to the flower/butterfly puzzle pieces. img_1978_edited-1I added white details with a gel pen. I stamped the Sending Hugs (Doodle Flowers) sentiment on black cardstock. I heat embossed and fussy cut that. img_1986_edited-1I hope that you are inspired and that you going to enjoy joining in too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

melissa signature

HLS Products:

Butterfly Birthday

 Doodled FlowersButterfly Dies

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Happy Little Stampers February 2016 Mixed Media Challenge – Tear/Rip

Hi! I’m very happy to be here with you today with a card for Happy Little Stampers February 2017 Mixed Media Challenge.

Our  challenge:

Here’s my card.
  img_5341_edited-1 Washi tape, stenciling, stamping, die cutting, sponging, and of course, tearing/ripping went into the making of this card.
I used Happy Little Stampers’ Butterfly Birthday and Butterfly Dies.
 Butterfly BirthdayButterfly Dies
This level of grungy mixed media is out of my normal comfort zone. I considered reworking it or ditching it all together. I showed it to my husband and told him what I was thinking.img_5326_edited-1
He gave me some advice,”Well, be honest. Share that this is not your favorite card or style. You don’t always have to love everything you do. Maybe it would be refreshing for someone to read that you are sharing something that you are not really super crazy about.”
So, here we are. Grunge Melissa-style. Hmmm. I’ve seen some people who do lovely work with this style, but it is not really my favorite. img_5321_edited-1
I stamped the butterflies in a dark brown. After waiting a while, apparently, not long enough, I added the white embossing paste stenciled hearts. The brown ink bled through and gave the hearts a dirty, grungy appearance. I’m not a big fan of that. This is what I would do differently next time.
Any advice? Will the ink bleed through no matter how long I wait?
img_5342_edited-1

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

melissa signature

Places I’m Playing:

Rock the Red!

Emerald Creek Dares

Grab our badge:

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save