Sunset – Beautiful Negativity

Hi! I’m happy to be able to share 2 cards with you today.

My cards were inspired by City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 299 ~ Negativity.

Oooooo! I love this!

Here are my takes on this beautiful piece of art. I’m nothing if not literal. 😉

Card 1: Slide002I was also inspired by all of the DT’s bird cards at CASology: Week 185: Egg.

I used an ARTplorations stencil:


I’d like to play this 1rst card along at:

and the second at:

Card 2:Slide001I was also inspired by the colors from The Card Concept #49 {Floral Radiance}.

What do you think? Would you categorize these cards as clean and Graphic?


Slide003Here’s a quick tutorial slideshow:

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I’d also like to play along at Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #220: Anything Goes.

Grab our badge:Slide002I’m very happy to share that this card was featured by Sundays With Lorraine at The Weekly Scrapper. I am honored. Thanks Lorraine!

Blog-Header_SSBEThanks for stopping by!
Grace& Peace

I’m happy to share that this card IMG_5048editedwas chosen as the WINNER at:

Winner BadgeThanks so much, City Crafter Challenge! 🙂


Thankful for PTI

Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by.

I have to start by saying THANK YOU to Nichole and everyone at PTI for their incredible gift to me. You see, I was the 2015 Year of Free Stamps Winner!

How did I find out about winning? Well, my friend, Darnell,  sent me an email.

She said,”Oh, Melissa! Congratulations on your HUGE win from Papertrey Ink, you lucky, lucky girl! I’m so happy for you! Hugs!Darnell”

After I read her email I thought, “No way! What’s she talking about? I checked the winners list!” Then I went and checked it again and then remembered the year of free stamps. By this time my hands were shaking and I kept thinking, “CALM DOWN!” 🙂 I went to Nicole’s Day 4 post and saw that the announcement was going to be at the web site. I had forgotten about that! I clicked over there and OH WOW! My name was on the front page!!!! I did clamp my hand over my mouth, grabbed the phone and ran downstairs to tell my daughter, or more like yell at my daughter, “I won the YEAR OF FREE STAMPS FROM PTI!” And then, with a loud sob I said, “Thank you, Lord!” (I was thinking about how God blesses me in so many big, little and surprising ways, and how all are very undeserved!) Then I proceeded to BALL like a baby! I then called my husband at work to tell him and yelled up the stairs to tell my son and other 2 daughters. Everyone is very excited here. 🙂 What a super nice surprise for a gray February day. 🙂 I’m so thankful for PTI’s generosity.

I have to say that this was a Providential gift as this was by far the most difficult year of my life.

Various illnesses, the death of a sweet bunny, a surgery, a scary and stressful hospital stay and still not diagnosed health issues have been a large part of my family’s year. It seemed that 2015 was a year of trials for the Lane family, but God has used the monthly deliveries of BEAUTIFUL Papertrey Ink stamps to remind me of His love and care and to encourage my heart. It might seem silly, but as I used or even looked at each stamp set I seemed to hear the Lord whisper, “I love you, Melissa. See? I have good and beautiful things for you.”

The monthly releases were fun and encouraging too. Seeing the beautiful products put to use by a group of talented women brought beauty to my days.

PTI-Morning By Morning




Every release contained stamp sets that I felt were designed just for me. Some of them literally brought me to tears. The thoughtfulness of the designs and sentiments have made me smile and grabbed my discouraged heart on so many occasions.


Because of life’s circumstances, many of the stamps are still awaiting ink! I look forward to more creative times, inspired by all the beautiful stamps, which are sitting patiently beside my crafting table.

Thank you, Papertrey Ink. God has used you to encourage me beyond measure. Happy Anniversary and may God bless your next year!

With much affection and thankfulness,

Melissa Lane

I have 2 cards to share with you in this post. The first is for the DT Favorites Inspiration cards challenge.


Here’s a quick slideshow of the process I used:

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I’d like to play this card at Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #19: Anything Goes and at Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog’s: Ray Of Sunshine.


My card was inspired by Betsy’s colors:


And Lizzie’s design (and colors):



Now I have a second card for Make It Monday #238: Valentine Ombre Stamping with the lovely Melissa Phillips.


Melissa Phillips’ card

My card:


I would like to play this second card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog’s: Simon Says: Have a Heart and at CAS(E) This Sketch. I would also like to play this at Double D Challenges: Pretty Pink Hearts. My design was inspired by Sam’s sketch for CTS #158.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,

 P.S. I am not affiliated with PTI in any way and do not receive anything for sharing this information with you. I was the winner for 2015 and would like to pass this information on so that someone else will have the opportunity of entering, winning and being blessed by this incredibly generous prize!


I am happy to share with you Papertrey  Ink’s “Year of Free Stamps” Contest.  As their tradition is, one lucky winner will receive monthly shipments after every release containing all of the newly released stamp sets in 2016!  This can easily amount to over 175+ stamp sets total throughout the year! Imagine never having to worry about choosing what stamps to cut out of your cart because of budget constraints.  You will get every stamp set, every release February 2016 through January 2017.

To enter this contest, you will just need to enter your information within the appropriate data base, which can be accessed HERE.

A winner will be formally announced on the front page of the Papertrey Ink storefront website on release night (February 15th), after 10pm EST.  Only one entry per person is permitted.  Entries must be received before 7am EST, February 15th, 2016 in order to qualify.

Also, check out this: “One lucky winner will receive their Papertrey wish list for FREE (up to a $300 value)! Be sure to create a special wish list within your account on our website labeled “2016 PTI Wishlist”. If you are randomly selected as a winner, you will be sent the first $300 worth of items on that list!!! We encourage customers to include more than $300 worth of items on their anniversary wish list because if a particular item is out of stock on the morning of February 15th when the winner is selected, we will replace it with the next item on the list. Best of luck with the contest!” This is from here: You need to follow the instructions above.

EDITED SAT FEB 13: I am happy to share that my “He restores My Soul” heart card was chosen as a CAS(E) This Sketch favorite! Thanks CTS!








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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #19 Reminder 2 – January – Beginnings

The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi! Thank you for spending some of your time to visit me. 🙂 I’m very happy to be here today with a reminder for The Mixed Media Card Challenge’s Challenge #19 – January – Beginnings.

Here’s our January Challenge Graphic:

The card I have to share with you today makes me happy. I salvaged a panel that I thought I had ruined and it turned into one of my favorite mixed media cards! Yay!IMG_3279edited

I have added this card to my new Mixed Media Gallery page. If you have time, I’d like to invite you to please visit it here.

 How I made the card in this post:

  1. I used a embossing-paste-slathered stencil to stamp/create a print on water color paper. Here’s the card that I originally stenciled.

    IMG_3141editedI used the left over embossing paste from the above card to create the beginnings of the panel in today’s post.


2. I set the panel aside and let it dry for a few days. The embossing paste was very thick.IMG_3293edited

2. I replaced the stencil onto the panel, sponged embossing ink through the stencil and added white embossing powder.


3. Here’s where I almost ruined the panel. I sponged black ink through the stencil and hated it!

4. So, I wiped it off with a paper towel and then heated embossed with more white ep on top of the black ink.IMG_3300edited

5. Not quite satisfied, I got out my acrylic paints and repainted a rainbow on top of the now muddied embossing paste.IMG_3301edited

6. I dabbed the paint off of the white embossed areas and reapplied the heat tool to brighten the white.IMG_3310edited

7. I die cute a square for my sentiment. That resulted in my embossing paste getting a bit squished, which was disappointing, but quite a bit of texture did remain.


What about you? Do you try to fix your mixed media boo-boos? Or do you do what I normally do with big messy mistakes? Chuck ’em?! 🙂 I am glad that I didn’t do that this time! I’m very happy with my result.

         I’d like to play along at at STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog’s: Best friends (Doesn’t this verse describe the kind of best friend you want to have and be?), Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #217 Anything Goes and CASEplorations January Challenge: CASEing the incredibly talented and fun Laura Bassen.

Please stop by the challenge blog and checkout my teammate’s wonderful creations. We have quite a variety of cards for you to enjoy this month. I had a lot of messy fun making these cards.  I hope that you are inspired to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace

1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by January 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on January 31.

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