Monday, April 3, 2017

Love Us {Clique Kits}

Hey friends, 

Well, the weeks have been flying by and life just keeps on trucking along. In my personal world, I've been so busy but, have still been creating. Just haven't been able to find a few minutes to blog or share! And here I sit, in a nice quiet room with the sun streaming in. I'm on my break from being around my 4-5 year old students and enjoying some time to blog. 

I managed to create another layout, recently, and it uses the beautiful April Jellybean kit! Such a fun collection of product from Bella Blvd and the Make Your Mark collection! Love, love, love! I had to pair it up with a cut file from Just Nick Studio, too. Here is the finished page:

I loved the quote 'be impossible to forget' that was on the bottom of the 12x12 paper. I had used part of the paper for some cards and saved that bottom piece for a page of some sort. I realized I had not scrapped a photo of me with my aunt and cousin, hitting the Placer Wine Trail in California last Summer! I love the time I get to spend with them especially when we get to drink delicious wine!

I threw in some items from my own stash like the black script words. Those are from a Dear Lizzy collection for American Crafts. I like how they ground the overall design and also just help to create a theme and feel for the subject matter.

The acrylic 'beautiful' word piece IS in the kit and is so fun! I chose to adhere it with a staple. Easy peasy and I like how it comes off the page. Not sure how easy it will be to get it into a page protector right now but, that's okay. :)

Other items from my own stash are the pink arrow enamel dots (Doodlebug Design) and the Oh Happy day and date stamp which are both from American Crafts.

I love layering and creating clusters and look how fun that Pink Paislee paper is coming through the cut file! It's also in the April kit. 

Thanks for joining me today! And thanks for hanging around even when I seem to go on these two to three week unplanned sabbaticals. Ha!

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You can find the cut file I used from Just Nick Studio.

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