Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Top 10 Blog Hop 2015!


It is that time of year again! We've got a fun blog hop for you today featuring blogs from some awesome designers in the industry. As we close out another year of creativity, I always love looking back at all my projects. Each one holds a significant piece of my creative soul but, it's also interesting to pick out the favorites of the bunch. These projects are the ones that had me sitting back completely satisfied and super excited with what I had made.

You should have arrived from the fabulous Kelly's blog. If you are just arriving here, I invite you to start at Christine's blog. There is just so much goodness from each blog, I don't want you to miss it! 

Here we go! OH... and the hop is named Top Ten but I have to rebel and choose 15. SUCH a rebel!!!

Isn't she adorable? That's my friends daughter and she is so generous to allow me to scrap with her photos. This page shows how I've stretched my style this past year. I still use Clean and Simple as my foundation but, I've started to have fun with inks and mists too. SO fun!

There's a lot to love about this card. Layering and vellum have been fun to utilize on cards!

Awesome product and a fun grid style makes this a fave!

I'm surprised I like this card. Not a typical design choice for me but, it was fun nonetheless and I actually really love it!

More ink splatters and sparkle! Plus, my summer was so awesome so, recording it on this page definitely put it into the top 15. Plus... hello October Afternoon!

It's been no secret how much I've loved the collections from Simple Stories. This was a fun one too. I even busted out my STICKLES! Whaaaa?

A favorite element to throw into my projects, this past year, is the doily. Especially on top of kraft paper. Such a beautiful contrast! 

More layering with one of my favorite collections. And I would love an unlimited supply of that Heidi Swapp wood veneer!

The cut files from Just Nick are bar none. This one, in particular, is a favorite and this card turned out better than what was in my head. SO fun!

I am not normally drawn to using colored cardstock for my pages. I've had to for assignments and will do it but, rarely do I loooove it. This layout is different and I think it's just a combo of everything. I especially loved using those word Thickers.

Another favorite cut file using a favorite color combo!

The subject matter of this is what is actually my fave. I mean the product is pretty awesome too but, I've been on a bit of a health revolution this past year so, doing a 5K was a big deal for me.

Oh hello beautiful blue wood grain!

My favorite collection of the year from Simple Stories. LOVE Summer Vibes and all the yummy woodgrain. PLUS, used some awesome cut files from Just Nick. Easily a favorite layout.

More pretty colors and a super fun cut file!

Well that was fun!

Now, before I send you off, I've got to let you know that there is a prize with this hop. One lucky hopper is going to win a gift certificate to their online store of choice. All you need to do is leave a comment by 11:59 pm CST, January 3rd. A winner will be chosen on January 4th and announced. To ensure you get notified, please include an email to get in touch!

Alright now get out of here and go visit one of my favorite paper crafters, Shannon Morgan. She's next!

Don't forget to comment!!!


For your convenience, here is a list of the entire blog hop:

Melissa Elsner  <<< You are HERE
Shannon Morgan 

48 comments:

Leinzlove Tear Bears said...

Gorgeous layouts! <3

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

Gorgeous layouts and cards Melissa! I especially love the contrast of a white doily or cut file against a Kraft background. I am pinning a few projects to remind myself to try that. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!!

MA K said...

Powerful projects 💖💖

Michele Kovack said...

So happy to be hopping along side with you! I love each of your projects, but my favorite is the True Love layout. The hearts, the sweet picture, and the pop of black are perfection!

Jennifer Matott (Sigmagirl) said...

You know that I'm a huge fan! I love your work and you! So proud of you this year and all your changes! You are brighter and more beautiful than you know! Happy New Year!!!

Giorgia Rossini said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Kelly said...

Amazing projects! You've had a fabulous year :)

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful! I really love your cards!

Mary Holshouser said...

Congratulations on your 5K.
the layouts are wonderful.
I don't scrapbook a lot so I usually use a plain background for the pictures that I do scrapbook. Thought your green page was great.
thanks for sharing
Happy New Year
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Ruth G said...

Wonderful projects! Thanks so much for sharing!

I hope 2016 is filled with inspiration and lots of crafty goodies to keep you busy!

Alexia Misso said...

Gorgeous projects!

My Flower said...

i follow and i like make a wish

Majken Pullin said...

Very inspirational! Adore Simple Stories, and you've done a beautiful job on these projects! Thanks for sharing them with us! majkenmarie@yahoo.com

Sharon Sweeny Russell said...

Those eyes are awesome!

Lisa P said...

Everything you've done is amazing but I have fallen in love with your card designs. I love the woodgrain one and the grateful. So fun. A person would be totally lucky to get something that fun in the mail.

cghundley said...

Terrific looking projects
and I really like your
cards!
Carla from Utah

scrappin_in_AK said...

wonderful creations - I especially love the birthday card - so festive

Sandy Ross said...

Love all your layouts....I can see why you picked 15!!!

Denise Bryant said...

Fun cards and layouts!

Pam said...

Happy Birthday card and the 5K layout are my favorites.

petunia670 said...

I love your work! Congrats on the 5k, I too need to do that! I'm really loving that layout & I adore the SS summer vibes layout too!

Mendi Yoshikawa said...

Great projects! Especially love the grid layout you did about yourself. Always nice to scrapbook ourselves and it turned out really fun! :)

Brandi R said...

Beautiful projects! Love your paper choices ♥

My Kraft Kloset said...

Thank you for sharing all your talents with us. Very creative. Great ideas. I'm following you and hope you follow me too. Thank you. Happy New Years!-Kim Klinkovsky@My Kraft Kloset

jan Williams said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I love the cards

Roseanna C said...

Thanks for the inspiration of cards and layouts.

Paty said...

Todos los diseños son increíbles!!! Me encantan todos!!!

Janet Zeppa said...

Lovely projects!

julie e said...

Love that pretty layered birthday card. juliee181 at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I love that happy birthday card you created!
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2amscrapper said...

really like your style!

Sharon Allison said...

Thank you for the inspiration. You have a wonderful style. As a newbie, I am loving seeing how different but fantastic each artist is. I am trying to incorporate some of the new ideas into a scrapbook for my newly wed son and his gorgeous Italian princess bride! I had almost no pictures of my wedding 47+ years ago, so want to make sure they have something to spark their memories after they have been married for 47 years! Your designs are definitely going to be the inspiration for some pages.

BunnyD said...

Love your use of the cut files. Great colours in your layouts also.

ScrapaDiddle said...

You have a wonderfully unique and fun style. hatfieldhome1@gmail.com

amy tolley (amylynn73) said...

i love your layouts great choices love the cards also followed blog as well

LisaM said...

Your work is so pretty! Congrats on making the Just Nick DT!

Gaelle Lemay said...

Such cute and colourful projects - thank you so much for sharing!
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Janet Mack said...

Fun cards. I am more of a cardmeker then a scrapbooker.

Laura Turcotte said...

wow---such impressive work!!!

Stacie D said...

Love your projects and my fave is make a wish!

Kelly Jean said...

Melissa, always love your pretty projects! I loved your cards this year so much! So happy to hop along with you!

Mandi Holmes said...

Amazing work. My all time favorite is the first card you shared,

Stephanie Eaken said...

Your projects are drool-worthy!! Love them!

Renee said...

Oh my! Your cards are GORGEOUS!!!! Well, cards AND pages!

kelly barron said...

You have lovely projects! I love your grid design and congrats on your 5K!!

Carrie Sedlack said...

Love Those Eyes layout. How precious.

latanya t said...

really love the wood grain card

Chantalle said...

Great to be hopping with you Melissa! Gorgeous projects (and congrats on Imaginisce!)