Upcoming Events

I was reluctant to set dates for the entire Jan.-Feb.-Mar. quarter when I sent out my last Stampin' with Melissa newsletter. Against my better judgement, I did set dates, and I have learned my lesson!

  • The January 8 for $10 workshop was postponed twice due to snowstorms and finally took place on Tuesday, February 3rd.
  • The February 8 for $10 workshop was postponed until Thursday, March 5th because of the January workshop taking place so late and other unavoidable occurances.
  • Now, I am cancelling the Stamp Camp originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14th. Our church is organizing a big volunteer work day with all the local high school athletic departments on March 14th, and I don't want to conflict with such a worthwhile event.
  • The March 8 for $10 workshop is still scheduled for Tuesday evening, March 24th here at my home.
Sorry to make everything so confusing for everyone! If you look over at the right side margin of the blog, you'll see a schedule of my upcoming Stampin' Up! events. I will keep it updated so that it always has the latest, most updated information.

If you are planning to attend the 8 for $10 workshop next Thursday, March 5th at 7pm here at my house, please RSVP by Monday, March 2nd. You can just let a comment here to let me know if you're planning to attend.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

"L" Monogrammed Cards IV

I should apologize for the poor picture quality on these cards this week. As usual, I was crafting late at night and needed to take pictures before packing them up to deliver the following morning. The colors aren't as bright as they should be, but maybe you can at least take some easy layout ideas from them. Thanks for stopping by!

"L" Monogrammed Cards III

Also, these were made with a retired Stampin' Up! double-sided designer series paper set called Flowers for You. It was a great way to use up some paper scraps that I have left from previous projects. I thought they were perfect colors for a young lady. Thanks for stopping by!

"L" Monogrammed Cards II

I should tell you that these were made with the Curlz font from the Curlz Delux Kit, a JustRite Stampers monogram set. Thanks for stopping by!

"L" Monogrammed Cards I

The rest of this week I'll be sharing the eight monogrammed cards I told you about in yesterday's post. Thanks for stopping by!

A Good Day for a Birthday

A nice young lady at church just happens to share the same birthday as me. So I decided to make her a little gift. You can see the pack of eight monogrammed cards with matching envelopes here tied up with a ribbon. Then on the right is the Mermaid Anya birthday card I made for her. I even used some glitter! I don't get to make girly cards very often, so this was fun. Thanks for stopping by!

Quarterback Ian

A while back I posted about finding this great little stamp store on the internet. The owner has since changed the name of the store to The Greeting Farm. I just love the Anya and Ian stamps. The only problem is that I just haven't found much time to use them yet!

My grandfather was ill, so I wanted to send him a get well card. Since the Steelers had just won the Super Bowl, and he's a big Steelers fan, I decided to use this stamp and make the little Quarterback Ian a Pittsburgh Steeler. He sort of looks like a throwback Steeler with these colors. I really should have used summer sun instead of more mustard, but he's still pretty cute. Ironically, Quarterback Ian is #10, which is the same number as the Super Bowl MVP, Santonio Holmes.

This card is pretty simplistic, and really could have been embellished a little more, but I was running short on time that day and wanted to get it in the mail. Thanks for stopping by!

The Last of Valentine's Day

Here's my last post with Valentine's Day projects. If I wouldn't have been getting things done at the last possible minute this year, I would have actually shown you these things BEFORE Valentine's Day! Maybe next year I'll be more on the ball. I'll try to do better for St. Patrick's Day.

Late Friday night I embellished this empty peanut butter jar just a little with some patterned paper. Then I added some heart-shaped chocolates for my hubby. No, I didn't do much to the jar, but it was enough, right? Especially for a man?

The card there beside the jar is a lovely handmade valentine from my mom and dad. Thanks, Mom, for making us a valentine! Thanks for stopping by!

Valentines for the Boys

Here are the valentines I made for the boys this year. I ended up making these at like 9pm Friday night, so they weren't what I originally had in mind. However, I thought they turned out pretty cute for last minute creations! The back of the card says, "You're out of this world!" Thanks for stopping by!

Preschool Valentine Lollipops

Using the same pattern as the lollipop covers in yesterday's post, I made these for my son's preschool class. We made up little treat bags for each child and the teachers too. I have more fun than my son getting to do things like this for preschool! The girls got the little skunks which say, "I stink you're sweet!". The boys got the rockets that say, "You're a blast!" Thanks for stopping by!

Jan. 8 for $10 Workshop Door Prizes

At the last minute, I made some little Valentine's Day lollipops to use as door prizes at the January 8 for $10 Workshop. It was postponed twice due to snow, so the January workshop was actually in February.

You can see some Halloween lollipops I did at a workshop last fall here. You can also see where the original inspiration for the project came from too. Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Valentine's Day!

January 8 for $10 Workshop - IV

Have you ever visited the Splitcoast Stampers website? If not, you should. As I've mentioned before, I am terrible at coming up with a design from a blank slate. I often go to the SCS website when I want to make a card with a specific stamp set, but don't know exactly how I want to make it.

I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day, so I don't have many stamp sets for it. I have one or two, and I like to get a lot of use out of them. One set, Happy Hearts, is retired, but it's a nice basic set with about five or six heart stamps in it.

Anyway, I went to the SCS website's gallery. There, you can look at galleries of cards for specific Stampin' Up! stamp sets. So I went to the one for the Happy Hearts set, and I found this card that I liked. However, I have since lost the link to take you back to that card and give the designer their proper credit. My apologies, and I will do better job of this in the future! Thanks for stopping by!

January 8 for $10 Workshop - III

This card is completely copied from a card I made at my friend, Gretchen's stamping workshop back in January 2006 just before I became a demonstrator. The demonstrator's name was Leah Sears. The card is very simple. The main image on the card is made by rolling a Stampin' Around wheel across the white card stock three times. I love simple, quick cards! Thanks for stopping by!

January 8 for $10 Workshop - II

I can't remember where I got the idea for this card. Sorry whoever I snagged this layout from!

Thanks for stopping by!

January 8 for $10 Workshop - I

Now that the workshop is over, I'm going to share with you the four projects we made. If you weren't able to make it Tuesday evening, watch for details to come on the February workshop. I'd love to have you come and stamp with us.

This first project was inspired by Dawn Griffith's blog here. I changed it up just a little for our workshop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rescheduled 8 for $10 Workshop

The January 8 for $10 workshop is rescheduled for Tuesday, February 10th. Thank you!

Here's another look at the sneak peek of the four projects we'll be making Tuesday evening for the January 8 for $10 workshop that has been postponed twice due to snowstorms! Hope to see you there! Thanks for stopping by!

Cowboy Kid

I must have been on a real stamping tear two years ago. Along with my last two posts, here's another card that I made for Valentine's Day 2007. I made one for each of the boys, and I just love the hearts on the red card stock. The retired Happy Hearts stamp set has the paisley heart in it, and it worked just perfectly to make it look like a handkerchief background. I stamped it in black and then used my white gel pen to highlight a little.

The cowboy came from a set called Cowboy Kid. It was in the 2006 summer mini catalog. Stampin' Up! never included it in an Idea Book & Catalog, and I don't understand why. I thought it was an adorable set!