Tuesday, September 26, 2017

What's Coming Up!

Hello, hello faithful blog reading friends!

I almost miss the days when I loved to blog. The excitement of sharing projects and all the new scrappy goodies made it OH so much fun! Then, it became work. Work, work, work. And that is what become of design team work too. This past year, while I did design for an awesome company, I realized that I am DONE with doing design team stuff. It's time to just create for ME and only ME. No deadlines. No assignments. No forced product. No stress. 

With that said, I'm not disappearing. 

I love to teach. In fact, my current "day job" is as a PreK teacher. In the past I've taught older ages art and music. So fun. I love equipping, facilitating and inspiring. While I want to create for ME, I also want to balance a way to instruct and guide other creative types - specifically card makers. Or wannabe card makers. 

So, here is what is around the bend. The next month, is going to be 100% focused on craft shows. November is my craft show month and I'm busy finishing all the goodies I'll have in my booth. I'm also taking it a bit more seriously this year as it will also be an opportunity to spread the word about my new focus and adventure in this industry. 

After November and all the holidays... I will, hopefully, be in a place to open my new CLASSROOM! This will be a local, and live, card making class, as well as, online classes. 

My pile of craft show creating supplies and my NEW Stitch Fix!!! Love this machine!!!

I truly believe this will satisfy my love to teach AND my love to create but it will all be on MY terms. The cards I'll be sharing will be 100% with product that I love and in a style that I enjoy. If you like what I create then, these classes might be something for you. If you are looking for a different style or approach, we have the wonderful blessing of having SO many talented designers who do process videos and classes - I'd be so happy to refer you! 

And, real quick before I head out - thank you so much for sticking around! I'm so thankful that you still read this little old blog and are part of my community. 

On that note, I won't have any  new blog posts until October or November. They will be posts related to my craft shows if you have any interest. ;) I'll be sharing what I'm creating and then sharing photos of my booth with some thoughts, etc. 

Peace out bean sprout!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clique Kits August Challenge

Hey all! 

The August Challenge over at Clique Kits is live! If you haven't seen the August Malibu Kit yet, click HERE. Don't forget the BACK TO SCHOOL sale is going right now, too. Head over to the shop and then use code SCHOOL17 at checkout to save 25% off your total order!

Now, on to the challenge. We have an awesome sketch by Kristine Davidson of Creative Scrappers to use as inspiration. The challenge this month is Title Play: create a fun title with a mix of thickers, stickers, cut files, etc.! Head over to the CK blog post here to see the sketch and other design team member's take. 

Here is the card I created with a couple of close ups:

Thanks for swinging by today! Happy creating!


Thursday, August 3, 2017


Hey friends, 

The August Malibu Kit from Clique Kits is so perfect for those beach layouts! So, when we got it, and after I whipped up a few cards, I knew I wanted to do a couple of layouts too. I shared the first one in my last post. And, I was so excited after actually spending time at a local beach to have some photos to do a REAL beach layout! Yay! It's always fun when I get to use themed collections for their intended theme! My creative brain can relax.  All that to say, this layout is a bit out of my usual style. I've dubbed myself as clean and simple with a touch of whimsy. That whimsy might include some ink splatters or a little stitching or just a little of somethin' somethin' to add some not so "clean" touches. This page, though, has a lot!

First, I was drawn to the piece of patterned paper with all the words on it. I added some gesso and inks and mists to it using a couple of techniques - packaging paper technique and splattering till the cows come home.

Fun, right???

I love that background paper and the life it brings to this page! And constructing a grid design was so easy. I did some layering and then added little embellishment clusters to ground each photo. I am digging those shells! Aren't they awesome???

When I originally made the grid, it was missing something. So, I decided to add those purple strips and layered on top a thin strip of striped paper. It really did bring everything together. 

I threw in some enamel dots from my own stash to just add a little something.

And that's it! Love this collection from Pink Paislee! Head over to Clique Kits for more inspiration AND to shop till you drop! Use code melissa10 to save yourself 10%.