Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mother’s Day Rose

On this card I decided to try something new.  I left the image uncolored.  I have seen some other people do this and I wanted to give it a try.   What do you think?  I keep going back and forth between liking it and thinking it looks unfinished.   Right now I like it but by the time you read this I’m sure I’ll have changed my mind a couple of times.


2012-04-26 MJD Rose WM


I created a custom rub on to add the sentiment to the card.   (I have a tutorial on this technique HERE.) 


2012-04-26 MJD Rose 2 WM


Since it is Thursday, it means there is a new challenge starting on the Meljen’s Design blog.  Our new challenge to you is to use OVALS on your creation.  Link up your entry at the Meljen’s Designs blog for your chance to win some Meljen’s digis.


Today is a bit sad for me. This is my last post as a member of the Meljen’s Designs team.  Sadly, work and family commitments are cutting in to my crafting time so I needed to cut back.   I know I will still be following the Meljen’s Design blog and the blog of the design team members. 


While you are here, don’t forget to check out my paper give-away.   You can see the details by clicking the picture below.

Thank you for stopping by!



  • Stamps:   Rose (digital stamp) from Meljen’s Designs
  • Inks:  Papertrey Kraft Dye Ink, Versa Mark
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzil Basics Pinecone CS, My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Market Street DP pad, Georgia Pacific white CS,
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Papertrey button die, Heat tool, Bow Easy
  • Embellishments:  Hug Snug cream seam binding, Papertrey button twine, Suze Weinberg Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, misc pearls
  • Techniques:  Custom made rub ons


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gigi’s Mother’s Day

First off, let me apologize for the short post.  I worked out this evening and when I was getting out of the shower I realized one of my earrings was missing.  I was really upset because my hubby gave them to me for our first anniversary and I wear them all the time.    So I spent the time that I would usually use to type up my blog post crawling around, looking in the drain, calling all the places I stopped on the way home hoping to find my earring.    The good news is that I eventually found it (Yeah!) but now I don’t have a lot of time to play on my computer.

I made this Mother’s Day card with my Mother In-law in mind.   This sweet image reminds me of my daughter.   I decided to play with some of my paints and distress this card a little.   

2012-04-24 WSS Gigi 2 WM
Here’s another look.
2012-04-24 WSS Gigi WM


An here is a look at the image before I started playing around with it.


Don’t forget that Mabelle is running a special offer in the Whimsy & Stars Studio shop -   Purchase $6 or more and she will send you a special gifty.  Stop by the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog for all the details.

Mark your calendars, we are having our first Whimsy & Stars Studio blog hop on May 1st.   There will be lots of fun, inspiration and prizes.  


Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps:  Gigi (digital stamp) by Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Bazzill Basics Carob CS, My Mind’s Eye Good Day SunShine Girl, Papertrey kraft CS, Starbucks coffee sleeve
  • Tools:  Sewing Machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Victorian Lace Border & Journal tab ties, Sweet N Sassy Heart dies, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Epoxy flower,  misc. buttons, pearl & twine, Malted Milk paint dauber, Adirondack Sandal paint dauber
  • Techniques:  Paper piecing, custom rub on

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cleaning My Craft Room

Lately, I have seen several bloggers posting some of their excess or no longer wanted supplies on their blogs as give-aways. I really like this idea since it makes some space in my craft room and gives some one else the chance to enjoy some supplies that I no longer use. So in that spirit, I have several paper pads and paper sample packs that I am I would like to share.

All of these have been used, some more than others. All are 6x6. I keep each collection in a separate, quart-sized zip top bag to keep all the bits and pieces together.
Some of the papers included are from:
Bo Bunny – Kitchen Spice sample pack
Echo Park – Life Is Good sample pack
Echo Park – Springtime Collection sample pack
Echo Park – Walk in the Park sample pack
Kaiser Craft – Be Merry Collection pad
Kaiser Craft – Belle Collection pad
My Mind’s Eye – Be-Loved sample pack
My Mind’s Eye – Lost & Found – Market Street pad
SEI – Such a Girl sample pack
Upsy Daisy – Avalanche sample pack
Upsy Daisy – Vogue sample pack
If you would like to give these papers a new home, leave your info in the linky tool below. It would be nice if you follow my blog or leave a comment but it is not necessary. I will pick a random winner on May 15th and announce it on my blog some time that week.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hogs & Kisses!


Today Mabelle is adding some new, adorable images to the Whimsy & Stars Studio shop.   Stop by the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog to get a look at all the new releases.   Mabelle is also giving away blog candy.    She will be selecting 5 random winners from those who leave a comment on today’s post at the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog.   The winners will win one digi of their choice from the new releases.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 24th.



As soon as I saw  Loo Loo Ballerina, I had to make a card with her.    She looks so sweet and shy.   As I mentioned previously, my daughter loves pigs.   Her favorite stuffed animal is a pig who has been with her most of her life.  (You can see a prior post about Piggy Boy HERE.)   I’m stashing this card away to give to her on a day she needs a little boost or maybe to congratulate her on awards day at her school.


2012-04-19 WSS Looloo WM


To celebrate spring and the new releases, Mabelle is also offering a special gift with $6 purchase.  With every order of $6 or more from the Whimsy & Stars Studio shop, customers will receive the "Blooming Bouquet" digi stamp.   Check all the details on the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog.




Don’t forget to stop by the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog to see all the other new digis and leave a comment for your chance to win Mabelle’s blog candy.   


Thank you for stopping by!



  • Stamps:   Loo Loo Ballerina (digital stamp) by Whimsy & Stars Studio, Paper Tray Tiny Tags II
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Chocolate & Hollyhock inks
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white, Papertrey white CS, Bazzill Basics CS, My Mind’s Eye Fine and Dandy Tickled Pink paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities dies, Papertrey Tiny Tags die, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Hug Snug seam binding, Twinery bakers twine, misc. button



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Releases at Whimsy & Stars Studio tomorrow!


Stop by tomorrow to see my card using this adorable little piggy.  Mabelle will also be offering up some blog candy and a variety of adorable, spring images.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

We Love Sea Turtles!

One of our favorite exhibits at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center was about loggerhead turtles.    When I got home and was looking through my Meljen’s Designs digital images, I saw this little sea turtle and had to use him.   He inspired me to create a scrapbook page to help us remember the day.


2012-04-17 MJD turtle lo WM


Don’t forget to stop by the Meljen’s Designs blog on Thursday when the new challenge is revealed.  It’s a good one! 


Thank you for stopping by!



  • Stamps:  Turtle’s Little Star (digital stamp) from Meljen’s Designs
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Bazzill Basics, Papertrey Rustic Cream CS, My Mind’s Eye Quite Contrary Little Boy Blue DP
  • Tools:  Copic markers, Sewing machine
  • Embellishments:  Misc. clip, buttons, twine


Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Break!

Did you miss me over the past week? During my little blogging break, we headed to Virginia Beach for Spring Break. I thought I would share a few photos of what we were up to.

This is the photo from the balcony of our room. The absolute best part was that we could watch the dolphins swimming around every morning. That is a sight that I would never tire of.

We spent a day a Colonial Williamsburg. (Liz is dressed in a period costume.) There was so much to see. We spend an entire day there and I feel like we saw only about 1/3 of it. We will definitely head back there if we are in the area again.

We also visited the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Very fun!

Of course we spent some time on the beach. Liz was very disappointed that it was too cold to swim in the ocean when we were there. (It warmed up the day we were leaving.) Liz decided to put her feet in the ocean even though we told her it was cold and she promptly ran back out.

And this was the main event! Liz was fencing in the North American Youth Cup. She was the only one from her club that went. I’ll spare you the photo but there was over 30 fencing strips and an area for wheelchair fencing. It was HUGE! There were a lot of fabulous fencers including the Northwestern University Fencing team and London bound athletes such as Tim Morehouse. (The April 15th photo on his blog of the Olympic Men’s Saber team was taken here!)

Check out that lunge! Liz is on the right in this photo. She fenced really well but the competition was tough. She didn’t finish as well as she hoped but had a great time. We are so proud of her!

Lastly, before we left we rented one of these contraptions (a surrey?) and road up and down the boardwalk.

It was a really fun vacation but it feels really good to be home sleeping in my own bed.

I hope you have a great week!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! This is the last Easter project that I have to share with you this year. It uses part of the Dancing Egg & Chick image from Whimsy & Stars Studio. You can see the entire image further down in my post.

2012-04-10 WSS Chick tag WM

This tag started when I was sadly looking at all the little scraps that were the only remains of my favorite papers from the October Afternoon Sidewalk pad. I decided to stitch them together to make a tag. I actually stitched the scraps of DP to a scrap piece of white CS, which I glued to my tag, so that the back would remain nice.

Here is a look at the whole Dancing Egg & Chickie image.

Just a quick heads up - next week Mabelle will be giving away a free digital image on the Whimsy & Stars Studio Facebook page. Stop by and “like” her page now so that you don’t miss out!

You won’t see me around much this coming week. My daughter is on spring break and I am going to take the week off blogging, try to stay off the computer, and enjoy my time with my family. I’ll be back posting as usual the week of April 16th.

Thank you for stopping by!


  • Stamps: Dancing Egg & Chickie (digital stamp) by Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks: None
  • Papers: Neenah Crest solar white CS,Stampin’ Up Vellum, October Afternoon Sidewalks DP pad
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Copic markers, Heat tool, Stampin’ Up Word Window punch
  • Embellishments: Tag, Doiley, Hug Snug seam binding, Crochet sting, misc buttons, Ranger clear embossing powder, Spica clear glitter pen
  • Font: Milk & Cereal


Music Saves My Soul


My choice this week is a little bit different than usual.    I didn’t pick this video because of the song (which is alright) but because of the actual video.   It was created by cutting the scenes out of over 12,0000 pieces of paper.   How cool is that?  Since this is a paper crafting blog, I thought it was a goo fit.




If you would like to share  a song/video, link up your blog post on Marcea’s blog.


Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Meljen’s Designs Blog Hop Winner


Thank you for hopping along with us to celebrate Meljen’s Designs 2nd anniversary.      One random commenter from my blog will win the digital image Birthday Cake Mouse.



That lucky winner is……

ewavermella said...

Very beautiful card... love the image, tickets and banner.


Congratulations!  I will email you Birthday Cake Mouse shortly.


If you were not one of the lucky winners, remember that Melissa is running a BOGO sale in the Meljen’s Designs store all month.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Meljen’s Designs Challenge #104–Dots


You still have time to help us celebrate Meljen’s Designs 2nd Anniversary.   Join in the fun and have a chance to win prizes by hopping along to see the DT’s favorite Meljen’s Designs images. By hopping along with us, you have a chance to win a digi from the designer at each stop of the hop and and grand prize bundle of Melissa’s favorite images.  If you haven’t had time to hop with us yet, the first stop on the hop is Audrey’s blog.

You can click on the little snippet below of my project to go directly to my blog hop post.  Remember to leave a comment on my blog hop post with your email address for a chance to win the digital image I used.



You also have the chance to purchase your favorite Meljen’s Designs digital images with a BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) sale for the entire month of April.




Today also marks the start of the Meljen’s Designs challenge.  This week we are challenging you to use DOTS on your creation using a Meljen’s Designs image.    You can link up your entry on the Meljen’s Designs blog.


Have a fabulous week end!  Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Vintage Easter

I can’t believe Easter is already coming up. This year is already flying past. And I have so many Easter images to still play with!

This week I wanted to color this sweet image from Whimsy & Stars Studio. Isn’t she adorable?

2012-04-03 WSS Bunny card WM

I don’t remember if I mentioned it before, but when spraying items with glimmer mist I always put some flattened coffee filters in the box under them to catch the overspray. Letting the overspray just coat the box seems like such a waste. The coffee filters always looks so pretty and shimmery and I have big ideas on what I can do with them. (Of course up until now it was all ideas.) So for this card, I broke out my stash of shimmery coffee filters and finally used them. I die cut flowers out of my filters and then sprayed them with my Copic Airbrush system to make them the correct color. Although the photo doesn’t pick it up, IRL the flowers have a beautiful shimmer. See, I knew those coffee filters would come in handy some day. (I also sprayed the lace a bit to make it coordinate with the designer papers a little better.)

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!


  • Stamps: Springtime Basket Bunny (digital stamps) from Whimsy & Stars Studio
  • Inks: Ranger Distress Ink Antique Linen
  • Papers: Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzill Basics Blossom CS, Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two DP pad
  • Tools: Sewing Machine, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Big Shot, Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals die, Papertrey Tiny Tags die, Copic Airbrush system, Copic Markers
  • Embellishments: Flower (made from coffee filters), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Hug Snug Cream seam binding, Papertrey button twine, Sakura white gel pen, misc. button & lace
  • Font: Written On His Hands from Dafont
  • Technique: Custom made rub on – My tutorial can be found here.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Meljen’s Anniversary Blog Hop & Blog Candy

Welcome to our blog hop to celebrate Meljen’s Designs 2nd anniversary! You should have just hopped over from Ceal’s blog. If not, you might want to start at the beginning of the hop on Audrey’s blog so that you don’t miss out on anything. Remember you have a chance to win a Meljen’s Designs digital image at each stop on the hop along with a grand prize of a bundle of Melissa’s favorite images which will go to one lucky hopper.

Can you believe grand opening of the Meljen’s Designs store and the kick off of the Meljen’s Designs first design team took place just two years ago? When we were asked to make a project using our favorite Meljen’s Designs image for the hop, I have to admit I was at a bit of a loss. Melissa has created so many fabulous images over the last couple of years that I cannot pick a single favorite. So, in honor of Meljen’s Designs anniversary or birthday, I decided to use Birthday Cake Mouse. I guess you could say he is my favorite for this week. Besides, what kind of birthday celebration is it with out cake and candles?

2012-04-02 MJD Birthday hop card WM

I am giving away this image, Birthday Cake Mouse to one lucky winner who leaves a comment on this post before the close of the blog hop on April 6th at 9 a.m. central time. If you would like a chance to win this cutie, be sure to leave your email address in your comment so that I have a way to contact you.

Here is a look at the uncolored image. Of course the winner will get the version with out the watermark.

Melissa is also having a BOGO (buy one get one free) sale on digital images in the shop for the entire month of April.

I was on the original Meljen’s Designs DT and participated in the first blog hop. For fun, I thought I would share the projects that I made for that hop 2 years ago. (You can see my original post HERE.) I think I have progressed a long way with my crafting.

Here is a list of all the stops on the hop in case you get lost along the way. Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win a Meljen’s Designs digital image on each stop of the hop. There will also be a GRAND PRIZE winner who will receive a bundle of Melissa’s favorite images, so be sure to comment at every stop.

Rae Ann

Your next stop on the hop is Dee. I know she has something fabulous to share with you. Thank you for hopping with us!

Don’t forget to leave your email in your comment to be qualified to win the Birthday Cake Mouse digital image.


  • Stamps: Birthday Cake Mouse (digital stamp) by Meljen’s Designs, Ticket Sentiments by Raindrop Echo Designs at Whimsy Stamps
  • Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa
  • Papers: Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzill Basics CS, October Afternoon Sidewalks DP
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Stampin’ Up edge punch & small circle punch, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: Jenni Bowlin button, misc. button, Papertrey button twine, Twinery bakers twine, misc. crochet trim, Glossy Accents, Ranger petal pink Liquid Pearls, Clear Spica pen, Picket Fence Distress Stickles