Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Awesome Blog Giveaway

Wee Memories is giving away a Color Cubbie by Studio 3 Solutions.  These things are AWESOME for copics or really any markers that you prefer to use.   Hurry and check it out as the winner will be announced for New Year's!!
Good Luck!!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Red and Green Blog Hop Winner

Yeah!!  We have a winner!!!

and she said . . . . 

This is a lovely card. well designed and constructed...

Beautiful use of the colours too.

My favourite Christmas tradition is at tea time on the day after boxing day we have a small gift that was hanging on the tree. Rather than under it. they have to be inexpensive but it stops that feeling of 'let down' the next day.. something to get the children excited again. LOL

So ScattyShirley, please email me your shipping information to get that CuttleBug folder to you for your prize.

Thank you everyone for notes on the post!!  I loved reading the holiday traditions and commentary on the cards created.

Friday, December 10, 2010

CuttersCreek Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cutters Creek Red and Green Blog Hop!

Our wonderful design team members have all created some fun Christmas projects to inspire you! The only requirement for the projects were that they must contain Red and Green. You just saw a fabulous project on Laura's blog. Your next stop along the hop will be Sandi's blog. If you are just finding our hop please head over to the Cutter's Creek Design Team Blog to start from the beginning; I also have it listed below. There are 8 inspiring projects for you to check out as well as 8 chances to win a great prize from Cutters Creek!

Blog Order:
Melissa- you are here

Please leave me a comment about your favorite Christmas Tradition. Comments left up until 11:59pm on Sunday December 12th will be eligible to win. Unfortunately, only 1 entry per person. All winners will be selected Monday and posted on each blog so make sure you check back to see if you have won! I will have mine posted no later than 5 pm AZ time. You will have 48 hours to respond before we choose another winner. will be used.

Blog Candy up for grabs is the CuttleBug Emboss Plus Monogram Seals - -aren't they adorable!!

Here is the project that I have created for today's hop.

So I made a trio of cards for my red and green "card".  Don't you just LOVE how the thin red square gives an illusion of a third and fourth layer?!?!  I LOVE how these cards turned out! 

I started with a 5 x 5 card base using Dotted Swiss Multi-Pack, a layer of Simply Smooth White Cardstock with alphabet stamps from my stash to stamp "Merry" multiple times; a thin 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 square of Dotted Swiss Multi-Pack.  The "Christmas Blessings" is also from my stash stamped on Simply Smooth White Cardstock.  The trees are cut with my Cricut via Make-The-Cut from the library.  The papers used for this were from Fairy Flora Paper Pad, and Dotted Swiss Multi-Pack.  Also, I used the WONDERFUL 1/8" Scor Tape to assemble it all.    

Here are the insides of the card . . . I just love how the trees turned out perfectly for this!

My Inspiration for my card came from the Clear and Simple Ipod App

If interested, here is a cut file with all the shapes I used.  The oval and square are mine but the tree (Pine Trees) I snagged from the MTC library.

So what do you think?  Next, head on over to Sandi's blog for more great ideas!!

thanks for looking!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

This Weekend

Well I'm back.  Hopefully this time for good!!!!  I will be participating in the Cutters Creek Red and Green Blog Hop this weekend so be sure to start at the beginning early Saturday morning. There will be a total of 8 prizes so be sure to visit each site!! The prizes will be available until 11:59 pm on Sunday night.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Party

So I have actually been pretty busy lately with work and some bathroom work being done at my house.  I work in accounting at a well known university with our quarter close coming up next week but we still had time to celebrate Halloween as a department which was kind of cool.  There were costume competitions and pumpkin carving competitions as well.  One department dressed as Sherriff Joe and inamtes - -they even did the inmate shuffle like they were shackled as they came into the conference room.  Other teams dressed as Wizard of Oz, Jedi's, Inquisition (auditing department), and the Taxes -retro active tax dressed in 80's style clothes, foreign tax (my fav) dressed as a samurai, penalty tax dressed as a ref - -and many more.  Can you get an idea of the type of humor we have in accounting - -yes we are nerds :o)  I wish I had gotten pics of some of the costumes - -some were very inventive with them.  Below are some pics from the pumpkin carving competition - -lots of them.  At the end is my finished (finally) bathroom shower.  I am so excited to finally be able to use it again :o)

These are two different teams -- the theme of frozen was very popular - are floors are set at 65 degrees so eveyone freezes.

This team actually made a pinata

Death Star Battle Scene reinacted - -a story was written as well but I didn't get a pic of that.

This one won Most Creative as it is supposed to be Sylvester with a picture of Granny on the wall.  Up close, there is a fish swimming in his stomach.
This team also dressed up with lab coats and big M&M's on the back.

This is supposed to be the M&M getting into a pretzel?  I didn't get it but I guess there is a commercial about it.
Can you tell which pumpkin they made?  This is actually the finance trainers.

This was my teams; a Trick or Treat Crime Scene

A Close up

1 of my two favorites - -How Pumpkin Pies are made

My 2nd favorite.  Isn't this incredible!  They even painted a castle in the background  "Cindeadella"

And here is my Shower now :o) 

Isn't is pretty?  Thanks Grandma and Grandpa :O)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Alphonso Smith is Carlton Banks

hehehe - -thanks to Gaydos (from KTAR's Mac & Gaydos) I was able to see this clip from the Detroit game - -Carlton is back!!!!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Neverending Card for CuttersCreek DT

Well I am finally back!!  Overtime has ended at work for the most part and I am now able to finally create again!  I have been hearing a lot lately about Neverending Cards so I decided to do some research and was able to make my own.  Now if you have no idea what I am talking about, it is perfectly fine!  I didn't know what it was either!  Below is a short video (under a minute) showing a completed Neverending Card and the 4 panels you create.  Hopefully it sparks your interest too!

Just in case it doesn't load for you, click here:

Ready to start making your own?  It is soooooo simple!  You will start with 4 sheets cut to 3" x 6" and scored at 1 1/2" on each side.

Next, you will want to go over each score with your scor-tool in both directions (with the scored portion on top and than on the bottom) This way it bends much easier after assembled. 
Lay out two of the 3" x 6" pieces horizontally and line them up evenly to apply tape to the 4 corners only. 
Take the 3rd sheet of 3" x 6" and lay it over one side vertically. Only remove the adhesive one corner at a time so you can line up the pieces perfectly.  (Ask me how I know this!)
The last sheet is extremely easy to apply as you really only need to line it up against the other vertical sheet.  But remember to still only remove the tape one corner at a time.

And here is your assembled card!

Just in case, here is the youtube link:

The next part is simple.  It is probably the most time consuming part because you are cutting out the sections for each of the 4 panels.  The measurements for each panel are below.  I am using color 1 and color 2 so you can see how I layered them.  Also, if you are going to be using layers, I would recommend using patterned papers or thin papers as cardstock makes the card very thick and heavy if you are mailing.

Panel 1:  Color 1:  (4) 2 3/4 x 1 1/4
              Color 2:  (4) 2 1/2 x 1
              Color 1:  (2) 2 3/4 x 2 3/4
              Color 2:  (2) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2

Panel 2:  Color 1:  (2) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2
              Color 2:  (2) 2 3/4 x 2 3/4
              Color 1:  (4)       1 x 1
              Color 2:  (4) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4

Panel 3:  Color 1:  (4) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4
              Color 2:  (4)       1 x 1
              Color 1:  (2) 2 3/4 x 2 3/4
              Color 2:  (2) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2

Panel 4:  Color 1:  (2) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2
              Color 2:  (2) 2 3/4 x 2 3/4
              Color 1:  (4) 2 1/2 x 1
              Color 2:  (4) 2 3/4 x 1 1/4

Now the best thing I have found about this card is that there are so many areas to fill that your imagination has free reign.  But, you are limited on your 3D embellishments as with all the folding it may not work properly.  I love simple cards so I was inspired by a discontinued CTMH set called Treasure Life - -lots of sayings and flowery backgrounds that can be used alone or mixed with each other.  So I used the flowers for my background inplace of a patterned paper and sponged like crazy!  I love how it turned out.  You can see how very little embellishments are needed after everything was stamped.  Some good stamps to try from Cutterscreek for this idea are:
Pink Cat Studio Garden Plate.
Inkadinkado Chandeliers, Filigree Fall, Leaves Galore, O Holy Night  (this would make an awesome Christmas Card!!!)
FlowerSoft Flower Foliage
Autumn Leaves Swirls V2

So here is my end result  Embellished and all.  First a close up of my last Panel.  I used an image from the Mini Hannah Collection from Pixie Cottage available at Cutterscreek.  I listed the copics used as well (they are in the order I used as well).  Let me know what you think!

Water: B000, B00, BG10
Sky: YG11, G0000, BV0000, RV0000, YR000
Skin: E50, E00, E02
Stones: N1, N4, N6, N9, C00, C2, T1, 0
Grass: YG03, YG63, YG17, E33, Covered with: YG11, YG06, YG03, YG63
Leaves: YG91, YG93, YG95
Flowers: Y04, R30, R32, R35
Dress: Y32, Y35, Y17
Hair Band: Y17, Y19, Y18
Hair: E33, E97, E99, 0
Spicas: Pitch Black (Birds), Clear (Water), Peach (Flowers)

Items Used from CuttersCreek:
Prism White Paper
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Mini Hannah Collection by Pixie Cottage
Atyou Spicas
Scor-Tape 1/4"

Additional from Stash:
PTI: Kraft, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss papers; Spring Moss ink
CTMH: D1306 Treasure Life
Bazzill Flowers
Paper Flowers from Stash