Winter 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Stacked Cups

Hi! I’m here with a card for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!!!

To start, I printed a free stacked cups image from Beyond the Fringes Crafts. 🙂 Thanks for the free digi, Carmen!

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I also printed the image onto removable mailing label and cardstock, then I fussy cut the images out. I also created a mask and then sponged on the silvery-gray shadow of the cups onto the background, to the left of the cups.slide02

Here’s a closer look at the “shadow” that I sponged on:slide03

I  fussy cut the sticky cups apart and then sponged on different Christmassy colors. Then, to add some rigidity, I restacked the sticker cups onto the cardstock stack of cups. I made the curls by stamping and heat embossing with my prize stamp from the Fall CLBH!

I love this gorgeous background STAMP!

Curls Background Builder Cling Rubber Stamp

I added gold to some of the swirls with a glass pen. I stamped the curly-swirly, steamy background with the JVD Curls background stamp too.

Thanks, Jillian! I love this stamp and have designed 2 more cards for the Winter CLBH with it. slide01

I designed my own “stacked” sentiment (see the bottom right below) and printed it onto vellum.

You are welcome to print some of these for your own use. 🙂slide1slide02Thanks for stopping by!

Grace, Peace & Merry Christmas,

Melissa

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Mixed Media Challenge + Stencil Sunday – December 2016 Mini Calendar

Hi!  I’m very happy to be here with as a member of the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design team with a project for Stencil Sunday and the December Mixed Media Challenge.

Remember to add the following challenge graphic to your post in order to be eligible for the prizes each month.
The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice.

Here’s a mini calendar page that I made using the ARTplorations stencils

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The calendar measures approximately 5 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ or 14.5 x 22.25 cm matted.

  1. First I heat embossed the flourishes in silver.
  2. I sponged on red ink over the silver embossing.img_3583_edited-1img_3598_edited-1
  3. Next, I stenciled red embossing paste through the Dots All Over stencil onto silver foil cardstock..
  4. I matted the red and silver flourishes panel with white linen cardstock.img_3583_edited-1

img_3587_edited-15. I designed the little calendar as a word document and printed it onto white cardstock. It measures about 4″ x 2 1/4″ or 4 cm x 5.75 cm.img_3586_edited-1

6. I decorated the calendar by sponged red ink through the Dots All Over stencil, added some silver gel pen accents and inked the edges of the calendar by swiping it across a red ink pad and then attached it with foam tape.

7. I matted the entire project with linen cardstock stenciled with the flourishes stencil in red.img_3594_edited-1

I had a lot of fun creating this calendar page and I hope that you have been inspired to create your own mixed media projects! I’d be very glad to have you join us for the mixed media challenge this month. I’m so excited to be here with you and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Please remember that this is not a card challenge…it’s anything BUT a card.  🙂

To be sure that you’re eligible for the prizes each month, please create a mixed media project, add a link to the challenge and also remember to show the Mixed Media challenge graphic. Please check out what the rest of the design team has made here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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For your convenience here our challenge rules:
  • Your project(s) can be anything mixed media except a card (so no cards, please!).
  • You must use a stencil or stencils (any brand) in your project(s).
  • You can enter as many projects as you wish as long as they are in separate blog posts.
  • You must display our STAMPlorations/ARTplorations mixed media challenge graphic  in your post and link back to the challenge post (not just the main blog) in order to be eligible to win (and receive the corresponding prize).
  • Link up by December 31, 11:55 p.m. Pacific time (GMT-7).

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Happy Little Stampers October 2016 Mixed Media Challenge – Nature

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

Our  challenge:

Here’s my card using Happy Little Stampers Thinking of You, Everyday Sentiments, Butterfly Birthday:

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Although this is a mixed media card, I wanted to keep it on the clean side and allow the beauty of the fern shine. So, I made the white space left behind by the embossing be my focal point. While the warm colors may be vibrant, I think the fern remains the star and are complimented by the HLS products.

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How I made this card:

  1. I created my background by stamping in embossing ink with a live fern.
  2. I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.img_1380_edited-1 3. I then added Brushos (in brilliant red, scarlet and yellow) and used spray starch and plastic/cling wrap to add some bright color to the panel.img_1395_edited-1

4. After the panel dried, I stamped with the script block stamp from HLS’ Thinking of You. img_1898_edited-1

5. Then I framed the panel with black card stock.

6. I created the card base and before attaching the panel I randomly stamped a butterfly from Butterfly Birthday  around the edges of the card base with light yellow ink.

img_1874_edited-17. I also stamped and heat embossed a butterfly onto gold vellum. img_1897_edited-18. I fussy cut the butterfly, but I could have used my HLS Butterfly Dies.

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  9. I stamped the sentiment, using the “Happy” and “Anniversary” stamps from Everyday Sentiments. img_1875_edited-110. I heated embossed the “Happy” in gold embossing powder on black card stock.img_1896_edited-111. I fussy cut the ‘Happy’.

12. I assembled the different pieces onto my card base.

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I enjoyed making this card very much and hope you enjoyed this post.

So?! Are you excited to join in with our Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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AAA #49 Word Play – use mostly words

 I’m happy to be here with you today with a post for AAA Cards Challenge #49: Word Play -use mostly words as a member of the AAA Cards Design Team.

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I wanted my card to appear as if someone had written on a steamy/rainy window with their finger.

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 The stamps are from SU’s “Another Thank You” stamp set.

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I used an emboss-resist technique, some water-color smooshing, some Glossy Accents and silver sequins to achieve this look. I double stamped and embossed the “Thank You” so that it looks like the window started to steam back up.

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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!

XO

Melissa

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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:

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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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