Sunday, March 12, 2017

Scraplift Sunday: Cathy Martin

So, I'm going to try something. No promises on it being a regular thing but, I just have so many designers that I'm inspired by. Every once in awhile, someone creates a project that makes me want to create! Such is the case with a layout that Cathy Martin recently made for Just Nick Studio. 

Check it out:

Incredible, right???

I didn't recognize the white background paper so, asked if it was already printed with the star circle.


She stamped that baby! Can you believe it??? 

I could stare at this page for hours. I love the colors and the playfulness of it. I love how she incorporated the patterned papers with the cut file and... really... I love all of it!

So, here is my lift. I really didn't do it justice but, I will say it was so much fun to create!

Pardon the photo I used. The last time I used a photo of me making a funny face, I got some negative feedback. Haha. But, I had to show some 'tude with this photo because it was National Coffee Day and I had to go get my own stinking coffee!!! This was after putting out a plea to my friends about being stuck at school with no caffeine. I mean really. Come on friends!!! ;)

I, too, used a cut file from  Just Nick Studio (naturally) and, because I wanted to play up on the XO and LOVE for coffee, I used a small heart stamp from Clique Kits and my black Versafine ink. 

Before I stamped, I traced the circle, lightly, with a pencil so, I knew exactly were to stamp. I like the idea of some of the hearts being covered by the paper.

After that, I did some ink splatter and embellishing. This was a great way to use up some of my enamel dots stash. As much as I hate running out, I did have a couple of packs that only had a few left and matched this collection (Little by Little by Shimelle) perfectly!

Since I only did one photo, I created some "heavy" title work in the place where Cat had placed her other photo. This helps to balance everything out... plus it exudes my love for coffee. :)

So there you have it! 

Thank you Cathy for the amazing inspiration!

If you would like to check out the product I used, here are some links for you:

XO Ring Background from Just Nick Studio
March 2017 Play kit from Clique Kits (use code melissa10 to save 10%)
Thicker Words from Dear Lizzy Documentary collection

I use a Silhouette Cameo to do my electronic die cutting.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CK Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome friends!

Today is a special day as we are blog hopping and introducing the new design team for Clique Kits! If you are just arriving, please make sure you take a step back and visit Maryam's blog, where this all begins. I would hate for you to miss out on any of the amazing inspiration.

Well, I have already enjoyed a term on this team and I'm so thankful, and thrilled, to continue on for another term. You know how it feels when you find the exact fit for something? This is how I feel about CK. I love, love, LOVE the kits and I love the community. It fits me perfectly and I love being able to be ME and create cards all the live long day!  That is my focus - cards. So, you'll be seeing lots of videos and tutorials on how I make my cards. My goal is to show you how you can use every single piece of your kit to make beautiful cards!

Here are a couple of cards I made, especially for this hop, to showcase my style and approach. I used the lovely Chasing Dreams collection from Crate Paper. It's so pretty!

Some of my "signature style" go-to's are layering. I love to experiment with colors, patterns and different textures. I'll check out embellishments and try to get a perspective on new and innovative ways to use them. I also love to throw in some ink splatters. It just creates a fun and messy texture to the card.

The other thing you'll see a lot on my cards is cut files.

I. Love. Cut files!

Each kit has exclusive cut files to use and I love figuring out how to adapt them to cards.

For this particular card, I used a cut file from Just Nick Studio.

Yes, I painstakingly cut out each of those pattern paper petals to go behind the cut file. It took awhile but, the end result is worth it! 

I will usually create a Let's Make Cards with Melissa video so you can check out all the little tips and tricks I utilize while making cards.

Before I send you away, I've got a fun little questionnaire to fill out so you can get to know me better! I love filling these out AND reading them!

1. What's your favorite color? Pink! 

2. What's your favorite song right now? I love worship music and my favorite, at the moment, is What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong

3. Who inspires you? Other designers and artists. I have a long list of who I love to follow!

4. Favorite Book? I don't read much. No time! The last book I read, and really enjoyed, was The Nightingale

5.Favorite Movie? The Sound of Music!!! Mary Poppins is a close second. :)

6.Favorite snack? Popcorn and potato chips... hmmm... and chocolate. 

7. What is your favorite food? Tacos! I could eat them every day.

8. Where would you like to visit someday? I'd love to go visit my homeland - Germany

9. Who got you into scrapbooking? My love for card making is what led me to scrapbook. I loved visiting my old LSS and getting inspired. 

10. How many years have you been scrapbooking? I have been cardmaking/papercrafting/scrapbooking since around 2000. My brain is a little foggy but, that's about when it all began.

11. Favorite Manufacturer? Oh goodness! I love a lot! My top three would be Simple Stories, Crate Paper and Fancy Pants. 

Now it's time to send you on to the next blog! Your next stop is Enza! Happy hopping. 

I've left you a list below in case you get lost. :)

Maryam Perez
Melissa Elsner
Vincenza (Enza) Gudor
Caroli Schulz
Nathalie DeSousa
Candace Perkins
Audrey Yeager
Stephanie Gold
Nicole Martel
Donna Espiritu
Reka Turoczi
Hannah Lemieux
Victoria Calvin
Taina “Evi” Cortes
Sheryl Banares

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Enjoy the Moment

Hello friends,

Today, there are some awesome new cut files in the Just Nick Studio shop and there is one, in particular, that caught my fancy. I was super excited to use with the March PLAY kit from Clique Kits. The PERFECT paper was begging me to cut it into a fun background cut file! I gave in. It didn't take much convincing and, hopefully, you can see why. 

Here is the page:

FUN, right???

Seriously in love with the Little by Little collection by Shimelle, which is featured in the March kit AND seriously in love with that cut file! 

The Enjoy the Moment title is also from the Just Nick shop. I cut it out on white cardstock, which is something I like to do with most cut files because, sometimes, I'm not sure what papers I want to use. That way, I have the option of inking it up or misting it with a color. Which is what I did with this one. I used some Color Shine by Heidi Swapp in Navy. It went perfectly and adds a little bit of shine.

The photos, on this page, were taken at a long weekend crop retreat. It was such a fun time and they brought in a special treat - a photo booth! So, our entire table (minus one gal who was still sleeping!!!) piled in the photo booth. So much fun! As I was digging through my stash, I realized that this paper and, really, all the elements from the CK March kit were PERFECT to create a playful page (hence the name PLAY). 

I really didn't have to do a whole lot, as far as embellishing. I felt like the colors and the cut file did enough. What I did add just helped with the overall balance and dimension of the page. I love dimension! 

Thanks for swinging by today! I've left you some links below. :)

Just Nick Studio Cut Files:

Clique Kits: