CASology Featured Designer – Week 3 – Drawing, painting and getting messy with Melissa

Hi! Thanks for visiting me today! I’m happy to be here with my third post as CASology’s Featured Designer.


I hope that you’ve been able to visit my week 2 featured designer post:

Craft Space Tour


You can find my week 1 featured designer post here.


If you haven’t and have the time, please do head over after you’re finished here.

I’d like to dedicate this post to my father, Paul Freeman Thibodeau, who is an incredibly gifted artist.

Here’s one of my father’s many beautiful paintings.


For years my father has been saying to me, “Melissa, you need to draw, paint!”

For years I said, “Dad, I do try to photograph something everyday and I have a hobby – 4 children, home-schooling and international moving!” 😉


Germany 2007

I miss both of my parents SO much! Here’s a photo of their wedding day. They were married in my mother’s hometown in Scotland and then moved back to my father’s hometown in Maine.


I am very excited because we are going to be together soon. Next week, my husband, children and I are meeting my parents in Scotland for a family get-together. I am so looking forward to visiting with them and my aunts, uncles and cousins!

My family and I last visited my with parents in late summer of 2014 – it has been nearly 2 years since we were together in Maine.

Map of Maine, USA

It was a tough visit. My grandmother had just passed away and then, towards the end of our time there, my husband, children and I all got the flu. It was bad! My husband couldn’t leave his bed. We had to postpone our plans for returning to Germany because my son had a pneumothorax and couldn’t fly.

Also, the weather had been abnormally dry at the time and since my parents have a dug well that made a difficult situation worse.

Drought Monitor for ME

Laundry and showers for 6 sick people plus 2 more is not an easy task with a low well. However, my parents were so gracious and loved my family and I unconditionally, despite the awful circumstances of our visit.


They are the best! Here’s a photo of them in my mother’s hometown. (I think that it was taken about 12 years ago.)


I love this photo!

I am so looking forward to our time together with them in Scotland. There is sure to be lots of laughter, Scrabble games, fly-fishing, Olympic Games watching, drawing/painting, haggis, charity shop perusing, photography, tea and scones, beach-combing, steak pies, hiking/walking, sight-seeing

Destination Guide - What to see and do Scotland

and fish & chip suppers!

Can you tell how very excited I am!?

For now, please pass the green smoothie! 😉

Green smoothie with celery, cucumber, spinach, apple, lemon in glass

My dad, like any good fly fisherman,, in so many ways, no quitter…..

so, he has kept after me to draw and paint!

Thank you, Dad. I love you.

Your tender heart, perseverance through trials, love for your family and God-given, incredible artistic talent are all inspirational to me. Thanks for encouraging me to be creative. I’m taking baby steps – starting to draw and paint again!

So today, I thought that I’d share some of my drawing, painting and maybe a little bit of my “getting messy” with you.

I hope you enjoy this post and that it does not knock your CAS socks off!

Well, maybe I’m secretly hoping that it will. 😉

First off, I’ll share some of my own drawings/paintings. (Please click on any of the photos to be taken to the original post where you’ll be able to see more pictures and get more details too.)

Here is one of my more Clean And Simple sketched and painted cards. Here’s a mixed media tag with my sketched Cosmo Daisy:

I love the stencil and stamps I used: ARTplorations – Shower of Flutters stencil and STAMPlorations Retro Butterflies stamps.

A sketch/watercolor of some holly that is growing in my yard:

A sketched rose:

inspired by the roses growing outside my laundry room door…….


One more sketched Cosmo: (Another favorite stamp set here, Happy Little Stampers – Butterfly Birthday.)

Some more sketched holly. Papertrey Ink’s sentiment stamps are fabulous!

I’m always a bit afraid to add paint to my drawings lest I ruin them!

I’m still practicing…….I think I hold my breath a good part of the time.

I also love lots of inky, and sometimes messy, techniques. Masking, heat embossing, emboss-resist and ink-blending are some of my favorites. I’m also learning how fun and versatile stencils can be.

Here’s a collection of some of my inky and mixed media favorites:

I stamped this next one with an actual leaf from my yard.













I’d be very happy to have you…….

check out my tutorial

for this project (below) over at STAMPlorations:


I will have a couple of new Mixed Media project posts for STAMPlorations going live soon.

Here’s a tiny peek, just for you!


The link to this project will work on 24 July, 2016

and I will have a new tutorial going live at STAMPlorations on August 1.


The link to this project will work on 1 Aug, 2016. I’ll be having fun in Scotland at the time!

After looking through all of these, I guess I’d say my style is…..COLORFUL! Wouldn’t you?! 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll come back next week for my final post as CASology’s Featured Designer. I’ll be sharing my favorite CAS cards in that post. The link to that post will go live on 29 July. (I’ll be arriving at the Happy Little Stampers Retreat in England on that day!)

Grace & Peace,


P.S. My father has written a book! Check it out!

Also, I’d be very happy if you’d like to visit my Mixed Media Gallery page to see more of my inky-messy creations.



















































Butterflies – 3 x 3

Hi! I’m here with 3, no 4, cards to share with you today.


I made this with Gelatos, a splattering of Smooch Spritz, hand painted Popsicle sticks on regular heavyweight white card stock. I stamped the sentiment in gray.


I did not know this until today, but apparently butterfly ice creams are a real thing!

In 2008 the brand launched double-stick Nestlé Eskimo Butterfly and Nestlé Eskimo Night Butterfly, which can be divided into two sticks with two flavors to enjoy.
Who knew?!
Butterfly...😋🍦🍓🍇🍧💕 #icecream #strawberry #grape #nestle #nestlé #nestleeskimo #nestleicecream


Many of you ask about the little house in my yard. Here’s a view of the Wine Hut, as we call it, from my patio. It was moved here during the 1950’s from a nearby vineyard.  It was recently refurbished.IMG_8036edited

My 2nd card:IMG_8013edited

I also made this with Gelatos, a splattering of Smooch Spritz and stamped the sentiment in gray on mixed media paper.



My 3rd card:IMG_8020edited

A more CAS version with straight stamping this time.



My 4th card was inspired by this week’s Make It Monday #250: Masked Backgrounds with Laurie Wilson:IMG_8099editedIMG_8103edited


IMG_8107editedThese 4 will be fluttering over to my Butterfly Conservatory, so please pay a visit there if you love butterflies!
Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,


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9 squares

I’m back with a card for another challenge at PTI 9th Anniversary.


Create a new card that features nine 1-1/2″ squares, each altered in a different way. Mount them all onto a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ square card base.

This one certainly was a challenge because I’m away from home with limited supplies. I won’t bore you with the more obvious details, but have included descriptions of the basic techniques that I used. Please see below.

My card:


I’d like to play this at SSS Monday Challenge Blog’s Spritz & Spray at The Card Concept’s #48 Sweethearts as a Mixed Media Card and at Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #219 : Anything Goes.


#1 Painted on ❤ stamp w/ Windsor & Newton Rose Madder watercolor paint & stamped. Painted around ❤ w/ more of the same, added splatters.

#2 Stamped off Quinacridone Magenta acrylic (from #6), painted around ❤ w/ more of the same.

#3 Stamped w/ SU Real Red, water-colored w/ more of the same.


#4 Resist Technique – Dotted on Tombow Mono Liquid Glue, allowed to dry, painted stamp with Zig marker, stamped, added Zig paint splatters

#5 Traced around stamp with Zig marker & water-colored with paint brush


#5 after tracing w/ Zig, but before adding water

#6 Wax seal technique?IMG_4488edited_edited-1IMG_4549edited

I have not seen this done anywhere before. I added a blob of Quinacridone Magenta acrylic to the square of wc paper and squashed the stamp into it.


#7 Smooshed background with Real Red, stamped with Titanium White Acrylic

#8 Painted ❤ stamp with Quinacridone Magenta, added splatters of the same

#9 Sponged on Real Red ink, stamped ❤ with water to remove some ink



Laura chose my card as a winner for the Card Concept’s Sweet Hearts Challenge! Thanks so much, Laura and The Card Concept! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,

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Water color paper
White cs
Black cs
Foam Tape
Hero Arts Black Ink Pad
Tombow Mono Adhesive
PTI XOXO Stamps – Heart
PTI Fresh Flower Wrap ups – sentiment
Windsor & Newton – Rose Madder watercolor paint
Golden Heavy Body Acrylic- Quinacridone Magenta
Zig marker
SU Real Red Ink Pad
Ranger round mini ink blending tool
Tombow Liquid Glue
Golden Heavy Body Acrylic – Titanium White Acrylic
White Gel Pen
Red/Pink Gel Pen
Black Journaling Pen
Black Ball Point Pen

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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Motif Building

Hi! I’m here with a card for this week’s MIM #231: Motif Building with Betsy Veldman Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says Christmas and Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #210.


IMG_0905edited_edited-1I made a second version of this card. This was a lot of fun.

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