Please note that every challenge in this blog can be entered with any form of art work, not just cards. Themes may have to be slighly altered, but as long as they represent the general idea, feel free to enter.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Anything But a Card Winner Posted

We had some lovely inspiration projects, as well as some lovely players' projects. I apologize that this post is a tad late, but results are in. #2, which is GEMIEL. Gemiel, congrats and your prize will be mailed this week!! Here is her entry, a beautiful layout:

We also have a Surprise Goody Bag going to #2 again, which means Mel is getting the Goody Bag. Congrats to all our participants, winners and talented crafter, all!!
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

What Can You Do with One Sheet of Paper?

Have you been reading Mondays with Mel on our blog? She really lit a fire under my muse this week with her "So Little Paper, SO Many Cards" post. So I've taken up the challenge, but in a smaller way. I took one sheet of patterned paper, and added a punch, a few stickers and some paint chips.
I ended up with five Christmas cards, four ATCs, and a handful of punched snowmen, along with the "negatives" from punching those snowmen. The cards will join 16 others that I made for Operation Write Home, again their creation inspired by our own Mel. I'll turn the ATCs into tiny Christmas cards for my co-workers, and the punchies? Well, I'm sure I'll find something to do with them this winter. It's supposed to be a bitterly cold, snowy one here in the midwest according to the Farmer's Almanac.
So now it's my turn to challenge you, and you can "kill two birds with one stone" by following the current color challenge when I ask you to show us what you can create with just one sheet of paper! Here are the colors you can use for the challenge ending August 31.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Color Challenge is ending soon.

It's Monday and the current challenge, "A color challenge with a Themeis almost over. Have you entered your project yet?
I hear that some of you would like to do something other than a card. For this challenge a scrapbook page using the challenge colors and for the Get Well part, make the page about someone that was hurt, sick, etc.. If you want to make something else, just use the colors and  tell how it relates to our theme of "Get Well" You get the idea

I found a card with a similar design on Pinterest, thought it quite pretty and wanted to make one like it. I did want to change it a bit, to make it my own.  
Now it’s your turn

You have until Saturday at midnight to enter our challenge and be in the random drawing for three (3) digital images of your choice from Stamping Boutique.

Mondays with Mel: So Little Paper, So Many Cards

am a self-confessed paper-holic.  I love to buy paper in packs so that they all coordinate.  It's easy to combine and mix and match that way.

I had a great paper pack from Bazzill called Believe.  It included patterned paper and Bazzill cardstock.  Can we say, PERFECT!!!  I pulled the pack out of my Christmas stash and that is what I played with for a couple of days.

Here is what I came up with using the entire pack of paper.  I think it had 12 12x12 patterned papers and 10 12x12 cardstock papers.  

ended up with 53 cards in total from this one pack.  The layout is the same but changed up the patterns, etc.  It was so easy to do the assembly line production with these!

Up next I want to work on some Winter themed cards then on to religious themed Christmas cards (my fave)!

Have a creative day!

Materials for Merry Bells cards:
Believe paper and cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Colonial White cardstock - CTMH
Chevron embossing folder - Paper Studio
Antique Linen, Fired Brick and Mowed Lawn Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Bells & Boughs, Angelic Joy, Glimmering Gold embossing powder - SU!
Versamark - Tsukineko
Ribbon - Big Lots
Sequins - Studio Calico American Crafts
Brads - Unknown
Doodlebrads - Karen Foster Designs
Pearls - Want 2 Scrap

Thank, Mel. Don't forget to check out all the inspiration Mel offers at her blog.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mondays with Mel: Digital Images, Organized

I don't know if you have started working with digi stamps or not, but I love them!  You pay one small price, download it and can use it over and over and over and over......  You can size it small or big, add another digi to it to make a scene.  The possibilities are almost endless.  

I have a pretty good amount of digi stamps from different sources.  I keep them on a thumb drive separated into folders by website.  I have to go thru every folder to see what I have when I need an image.  I thought that there has to be something better.  

This is what I came up with.  It works great for me.   I opened up a Word document and imported all of the digis from one folder.  I then resized them to fit 3 or 4 wide on a 8.5x11 sheet of paper.  I titled each set by website.  I then printed them and put them in plastic sheets and into a three-ring binder.  

I keep the binder next to my desk where I craft so that it can always be handy.  My next step is to put tabs, but that will be later.

Hope this helps you organize your stash and help to be a little more creative!

Have a creative day!
You can check out more inspiration at Mel's Blog.

Friday, August 15, 2014


It's mid August and the weather is changing around us - no matter where you and I live.  It's been a hectic summer for me.  I spent June in a moon boot and on crutches because I broke my ankle Memorial Day weekend. I also didn't leave the house unless it was to go to the doctor and once I went grocery shopping. Why did I stay home? Because I had a flight of stairs to navigate to get in or out of my house. My days were brightened by cards. 

It made me wonder "how many "Get Well" cards do I have laying around"? The answer was None. Which brings me to the theme of this challenge. The challenge is to make a project reflecting something similar to a "Get Well" theme but using only Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Bermuda Bay.  Your project can be a scrapbook page reflecting someone's illness and recovery, create a small album of cheer up sentiments for a friend using these colors, well you get the idea, go for it ladies.

Any brand of paper is allowed, just match the colors as closely as possible.

We are being sponsored by Stamping Boutique - have you seen their awesome stamps!!  WOO HOO!  This is GOOOOOD!!! The winner will receive 3 images of choice from the Stamping Boutique!

"Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor. We at TSB are very proud to offer original digital images and artwork to you. Thank you for giving us a few minutes of your valuable time to look over the store at Good luck in the challenge and we hope to see you over at our TSB Community network:"
Thanks so much!

Tracey Malnofski

 Here is some inspiration. Our ladies have out done themselves, again.
I would never have thought of using the Medusa stamp for a get well card, but Pat, Kathy, and Holley pulled it off.
Pat using Medusa

Kathy using Medusa
Holley using Medusa

Nor using a puppy that looks to be for a birthday or other gift giving day. Using that little guy is a sure way of cheering up someone not feeling to good. 


Pat using Puppy- Surprise

Then the bear, everyone needs a big bear hug once in a while.

Just Me using Get Well Beary Soon
Mel using Get Well Beary Soon

Below are the digital stamps used by the ladies. Aren't they just adorable? They can be found at Stamping Boutique along with a very nice collection of digital stamps.

TBS Puppy - Surprise
TSB Medussa

TSB Get Well Beary Soon

So come join me and the ladies above in the challenge and perhaps win yourself a fun prize of digis from Stamping Boutique.  Be sure your email addy is somewhere on your blog or in your comment so I can contact you if you win in the random drawing.  Have a happy Summer!  Here's what the winner will receive:  3 images of choice from the Stamping Boutique!

Challenge Rules:
  • You are welcome to combine your entry with other challenges.
  • New projects only - no back linking. Limit three submissions per person.
  • Please link your project post to the challenge blog, not your entire blog link. If your project is not linked, it will not be counted in the random drawing
  • Please include a link back to this blog in your entry post. If it is not linked back, it will not be counted in the drawing.

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