One Of A Kind

Since May, I’ve put card making on pause and have focused on working a crazy amount of hours, and earning money to pay for school, that however is a very stressful thing, and im thankful to be back in my craft chair and covered in ink.

Today I created a simple card with Simon Says Stamp’s new “Fingerprint doodles” stamp set with the help of hero Arts inks. I’m not going to be sharing how I completed this specific card, but just wanted to get back in the saddle and share my newest creation. Here’s to creating daily.

 

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Hero Arts; Prayers Card

Thank you for joining me! I hope you enjoy the card I recently created, I went to a church about a month back with my Aunt, and it was brought to my attention that they had a card ministry, in which they provided cards to those going through a hard time or just needed a little encouragement, so that’s when I began creating cards for the church.

Supplies used:

Hero Arts - Prayers Stamps and Dies
Canson Water Color Paper
Distress Inks of varying Colors
Embossing Powers
Versamark ink
Ranger Archival Black waterproof ink
Vellum
Simon Says Stamps Circles Dies
W Plus 9 Pretty Little Peonies Stamps
Zig Real color brush markers

Creating:

  1. I started with using fossilized amber over the entire back of a 4.5 by 5.75 peice of water color card stock. I then stamped the pretty little peonies down onto the distress inked background.
  2. I used Zig water color markers to color in several of the flowers and leaves, but keeping many the fossilized amber.
  3. I die cut the background with a A2 sized stitched rectangle, as well as a sheet of vellum for over the background to make it faded and more subtle.
  4. I die cut a white circle with the SSS circles, in multiple sizes to see which i liked best, and placed a die cut prayers over it. The prayers die cut was also heat embossed with a corrdinating color powder or distress inked then heat embossed with a clear powder.
  5. Finally a small sentiment was added to a black cardstock piece to finish it off and the whole background was attached to an A2 top fold landscape 80# neenah solar white cardstock piece.

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I die cut and heat embossed many Prayers diecuts so I could make multiple cards, and save time!

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Science, Not Silence.

As you may know, I am a biology major at a college in Boston and will be beginning my senior year come septemeber, so you can imagine that since Lawn Fawn’s Out of This World stamp set came out, I have been over the moon. I love that they have science stamp sets, it truly makes me happy because I believe that science is such an important aspect in everyday life. Today I would like to show you several cards that I have recently made with the stampset! I have already shared one with you all back a few weeks, but I keep coming up with more ideas, so please enjoy! (Warning: THERES ALOT!)

Light Up, Interactive Space Scene:

For this card, I knew I wanted it to be interactive, so I first began with making the rocket move underneath the moon! But then I wanted it to light up as well, so I added chibitronics blue light under my green ringed planet/ I thought the blue light would compliment the colors of the galaxy well.

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To Add the light, I had to use 3 layers of foam tape! This is certainly not a card that you want to send in the mail, but since its so cute, the extra postage my be worth it to get it to someone special! IMG_0504.JPG.jpegIMG_0502.JPG-1.jpeg

Space Themed Thank You Card:

I recently got glasses, and my aunt dropped her plans to come help me pick out the least ridiculous frame possible, so a thank you card was needed, I loved pairing this sentiment from altenews “Hello Sunshine” stamp set with the planet and astronaut. I chose light purple, and grey copics to complment the background. My auntie really made my world brighter that day, especially because I can see now!

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One Was Not Enough:

One card was not enough, so I made 3! All of the cards are interactive spinner cards where the Earth or the rocketship is able to rotate around.

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Thanks for Joining me to just look at what I’ve created, more instructive posts are soon to come as the semester ends in a week, for now thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed!

xx Melanie

 

 

Tangent: – Below you will find just a little backstory to why I love science so much. Its really given me more confidence than anything to know what I am on the path to a right career.

As you may know, I am a biology major moving into my senior year at my college in Boston, science is very important to me, and should be very important to you! In my 3 years that I have now almost completed (T minus 2 weeks left) I have learned that chemistry can tell you the amount of  lead in water, and YOU can make something that removes the lead in a natural and safe way, and that biology, immunology, microbiology, physicals, calculus, anatomy and much more are needed to keep us alive, and keep new inventions and discoveries alive as well. So I continue, I have done research in a lab, and have seen first hand that even though it is difficult, it is so necessary and proves to you that you can make anything.

That semester, when I performed research in an organic chemistry lab, my team and I created a polymer with assistance from our amazing professor, and we took that polymer to the drawing board where we created a way for it to remove lead from contaminated lead water. Science is the answer, not silence, so I leave you with that small saying that has a large and powerful meaning. A group of four 19 year old students were inches away from solving a water filtration, public health issue with an inexpensive polymer they made. Do not even allow someone to silence your thoughts or opinions, they are all valid.

Stalking USPS Delivery! 

Question: If you don’t stalk the estimated delivery and refresh the page every 5 minutes, did you really order crafting supplies??
Happy mail = happy days! Hi everyone, as you may have seen, last week was my college’s spring break, and I was able to make several cards with some new goodies that arrived mid week, so I thought I’d share with you what I received last week as well as a snail mail package that should be in tomorrow ( due to the foot of snow we got today in Massachusetts ❄️❄️)

I ordered from 3 different crafting stores and shops the first week of March, they were:

  • Hallmarkscrapbook 
  • Scrapbook Pal
  • JoAnns (I don’t personally enjoy ordering from big companies, but the sale was too good to pass up!) 

From hallmark scrapbook, I ordered the lawn fawn “out of this world” stamp and die set since it’s sold out everywhere! I’d rather pay a few extra dollars to get it when I want it than wait and not get to use it until summer break. Below you can see several cards I made using this set, if you don’t have it I highly recommend adding it to your must have list, it’s so versatile and is really great for both males and females as well as all ages which really adds value to this set! 

That is all I ordered from this shop, so let’s go into scrapbook pal! 

Here I ordered the much wanted stamp shammy!! I’ve been waiting for sooo long, but every time I ordered it was sold out of I talked myself out of it and back into using baby wipes, but my goodness this was one of the best $6 I think I have ever spent! I also was able to get my hands on the lawn fawn “hang in there” stamps and coordinating dies! The little sloth is so cute, I can’t wait to make my sister a card with it ( our little cousin calls her a sloth 🙈). Lastly I added the lawn fawn “slide on over -circles” to my cart, I used these in my out of this world cards to make spinners as well  with the loads of fun stamp set to turn the washer into a spinner! (See below)

From Joanns I bought 3 new embossing powders from WOW, I chose the metallic colored ones since I’ve been really enjoying them, I also purchased several of the Nuvo drops colors so I could grow my collection. I’ve been using them on almost every card lately so I thought it was time to expand my collection! I don’t personally enjoy shopping at the large big name craft stores anymore unless I can really get a deal that I can’t find online at a family owned/ small stamp shop, and with being a college student money is tight, so you do what you have to do! They were around $2 a piece which I thought was great, compared to hallmark scrapbook they were just under a dollar cheaper at Joanns so I went for it. 
Below you can see my other cards created last week and weekend with my new goodies! Cards are to follow with my new nuvo drops! Thanks so much for stopping by, tell your friends and help me get to 100 followers on instagram!! @melamay1 

OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Guess what arrived today! Some of lawn fawn’s newest sets, including out of this world, slide on over circle dies, and hang in there! Here’s my newest creation, enjoy! 

GALAXY 

I first started by making my background panel, I created 4 by using google distress ink on water color card stock. I used several bright colors including, picked raspberries, abandoned coral, mermaid lagoon, seedless preserves, dusty concord, chipped sapphire, and fossilized amber. Once  I had a base down I added black soot over the colors to make a galaxy look. White paint was used to make the appearance of stars. 
Above are my distress ink color choices, any of the brighter colors would work great including cracked pistachio, mustard seed and many more! 

COLORING

I chose 4 images from out of this world including the adorable astronaut, the rocket, earth and what may be Jupiter! I chose to color the astronaut with cool greys, red, blue, and hints of yellow. 

The Copic markers that I used are below in the next image. 


SLIDE ON OVER

For the spinning aspect of the card, I used the second largest slide on over circle die, I put the rocket on the track, so it can appear like it’s traveling to the other planets. 

SUPPLIES

Lawn fawn – out of this world

Lawn fawn – slide on over circles 

Nuvo crystal drops 

Versamark ink

Metallic silver WOW embossing powder

Post it tape

3M foam tape 
Final Product

Here is my final product for my card, I hope you enjoyed! Follow me on instagram @melamay1 for more images and other products. 

Incoming! 

Can you guess what I’m getting?! The new lawn fawn “out of this world” is on its way, and for preparation I made some galaxy backgrounds using distress ink mini cubes. This week is spring break so I’m back to posting! Keep an eye out to see what I make this week and tune into the blog and instagram: @melamay1 

I used abandoned coral, chipped sapphire, fossilized amber, black soot, seedless preserves, mermaid lagoon, and picked raspberry to make the backgrounds, after all the vibrant colors went down, black soot went over it. I used white paint splatters to make stars, to the white paint i added perfect pearls to add a little shine!

HAPPY MAIL!

Hi everyone, today I wanted to show you some of the items I have recently purchased from Hallmark Scrapbook. I will link to each item below from Hallmark Scrapbook. Several of the items were cheaper at different stores, but I chose to spend the extra dollars/cents since hallmark scrabook has a rewards program, every dollar you spend you get 1 point, and at different point values, you get a certain amount off. Also, I wanted free shipping, and it wouldnt have been worth splitting orders up to save maybe 2 dollars in the end, but lose out on shipping prices. So let’s jump on in and get started!

Altenew:

Hello sunshine – Clear Stamps

This stamp set is amazing! I don’t know why I have never purchased and altenew set before today, I stamped out just a few flowers and i am hooked!

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Avery Elle:

Amazing – Clear Stamps

Concord and 9th: 

Perfectly Penned – Clear Stamps

I am so very excited to welcome this stamp set to my collection! It wil be so useful is addressing envelopes, and personalizing cards, since my cursive is not the best, this makes me very happy, because now i can fake it!

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Lawn Fawn:

Scripty Friends – Die Cuts

Sunflower – Dye Ink

WPlus9:

Hand Lettered Thanks – Clear Stamps

Pretty Little Peonies – Clear Stamps

Pretty Little Peonies – Die Cuts

Happy Wishes Words – Die Cuts

Wow!: 

Metallic Silver – Embossing Powder

 

Thank you so much for joining me today, I am going back to class this week so posts will be scattered, and crafting will be less than while I was on break, but I promise to get a weekly blog post in, and instagram posts if I have any time to create. In just 16 short weeks I will be off of school for 4 months before my senior year of college begins, and I am hoping to produce many posts over that time! Until my next post, feel free to contact me, with any questions or requests!

Melanie xox

Snow Day!

Hi Everyone! So yesterday it snowed up here in Massachusetts, and it was our first real snow storm of the season, we have only had a few past times where it has snowed, but we only got a dusting or a few inches, but yesterday we got almost 8 inches. Now 8 inches is not alot of us, even two feet at a time isnt, but the roads in my town were awful, not plowed until late last night, so it was a snow day, craft day! I packed up my supplies and headed to my boyfriend’s house to make cards with his mom all night, and we had a blast!

What I Made:

I stamped and colored quite a few sheets of paper with my Frosty Fairy Friends stamp set, I recently received a new order of copics and wanted to make fairies in all different colors. I had recently made a light up card, you can check it out at my first blog post It Lights Up! Last night I made one light up card,  (I took apart 2 old blood glucose meters for 3V batteries to make light up cards with my chibitronics kit) Here’s my second light up card, again I used the mushroom as a point of pressing to complete the circuit!

What She Made:

My boyfriend’s Mama made thank you cards for the students who gave her little gifts for Christmas, she works in an elementary school. She used one of my favorite sets from lawn fawn Thanks A Bushel and one of the scripty thanks dies from Simon Says Stamp. I taught her how to use the cuttle big for die cutting, copic blending and that I had an obession with foam tape (as I showed up with a 36 yard roll in hand)! We die cut the thanks with red foil from an american craft 6 x 6 pack that I got at target! Target every season up in the dollar spot has had 18 sheets for 3$, my secret is wait until the seasonal items go to 70-90% off and buy 20 of them…. yes I bought 20 after the fall, and many more after Christmas items went on a super sale! No one showed pay $3 went you could pay 30 cents!  Here’s a few pictures of her cards, she was so happy to create, I created the next card maker!!

What Sam Made, YES my Boyfriend MADE A Card:

Sam’s attempt at a card was made using the Lawn Fawn Happy Harvest stamp and die set, the large and small stitched rectangles, distress ink, and some 6 x 6 mini pad papers. I have to admit, he did such a great job! I wouldn’t let him watch hockey, and made him craft, but he did it with a smile, at the end he was bored and I coul tell. He has a really good eye for picking colors and ideas, but once it didnt turn out the way he wanted it, crafting was over and I released him to watch his team Win! Below is his card front, I’m a very happy & proud girlfriend!

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Thank you so much for stopping by. If you have any questions on supplies used or where to buy feel free to contact me via my contact page, instagram @melamay1 or even twitter @Melanieamay1

I’m now off to rearrange my room and craft space!

xox Melanie

 

Organization For A Small Space

Hi everyone, Melanie here, and today I wanted to show you a little of how i store my supplies! This is going to be a rather quick little post, but I wanted to share what ive been doing, whats working, and whats not working for me!

Copic Markers:

My copic markers are currently hanging in storage containers that I purchased at Ikea recently. I used to have a more rounded container from ikea which hung from the same rod, but there was less space in each so i chose to switch. I also have the set of spectrum noir markers which i have in a small plastic 5 drawer container.

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Copic Marker Storage

The second image shows storage just a little bit more zoomed out, i also keep my zig real brush markers in the same container. Here you can see my spectrum noir and copic charts. I find it helpful to have it directly above my creating station.

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Copic and Zig

Distress Ink Cubes:

I have my mini distress inks in a storage container that my mom got from work. It was used in a beauty display for one of the companies she distrubutes for. She thought I would use it for nail polish, but I thought that mini cubes would fit even better, and they do! each blending sponge for the colors are behind the cube.

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Mini Distress Ink

Paper:

My 11 by 8.5″ paper is stored in a file rack, i organized it in rainbow order, and 6 by 6 pads i have are stored in a metal basket by theme/holiday/color family. All of my 12 by 12 packs are in a 13 by 13 cube similar to those available from stamp n storage.

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Paper Storage

Embellishments:

I keep almost all of my embellishments in plastic containers, where I then label them according to whats inside. A large amount of these items are used rarely so I keep them in a unit from Ikea which has 8 large squares in a 4 by 2 pattern. This unit also holds my minc machine and misc items.

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Embellishments

I like being able to see through the containers to know what is inside, but i also do not like that i can see inside because i feel like it looks messy in certain situations, but as time goes on, im hoping to get more Alex drawers so everything can go behind a closed door.

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Embellishments

I keep all of my sequins in these small 2 by 3″ bags that i purchased at AcMoore and Michaels. They’re very inexpensive, and handy to have around.

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Sequins

Stamps & Dies:

This storage unit is also from a display from one of the companies my mothers company distrubutes, it hooks into a peg board which i currently am not using. I keep all of my Stamps and dies in one of these containers in individually labeled pouches. The dividers are plastic folders that I had from school last semester and no longer could use for class. I cut them to be 5.5 by 6.5″, labeled them and placed infront of the cooresponding brand.

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Stamps And Dies

I keep all of my stamp sets in these plastic cellophane pouches that I purchased at my local craft store, they’re thin plastic, but very inexpensive, and I have only had to replace one in the last year. The only downside is that there is no closure to the top of the bags to tuck in, but very few of the contents has fallen out.

I have a second storage container which is identical to what I use for stamps that I have all of my envelopes and pre-bought card bases, as my stamp collection grows however, I will switch the envelopes to a different area on my desk, and continue my stamp and die storage in the way described above.

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Stamps And Dies

All coordinating dies are kept in the same pouch as the stamp set, I bought magnetic vent covers at Home Depot and cut them to fit the dies and adhere it to the white cardstock i put in the pouch with my stamp. The sheets come in a 3 pack for around $4, and is worth every cent, since it keeps my dies from falling out of the package since there is no closure to the top.

I use my label maker for almost every thing in my room, stamps, dies, drawers, it comes in really handy and is a great investment to make when organizing not only your room for crafting, but your entire house.

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Stamps And Dies

Thank you for taking the time to look at how I store some of my items in my craft space, since i do not have a separate craft room, I use the back corner of my bedroom, these storage options work for my small area, and i hope they may work for yours if you are in the same situation!

 

 

Thanks again, xox Melanie!

Follow me on Instagram @melamay1 and feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or would like to see more of how I organize my supplies!

 

Christmas In… January?

Hi everyone! Now that the holidays are over, and the new year has begun, I wanted to share a closer look at what I did for my Christmas cards this year. This year, I used a technique that I found online at Jennifer McGuire’s Youtube channel, if you have not seen her videos I highly recommend that you check them out, I’ve learned so much from watching her videos, and greatly appreciate them all!

My christmas cards this year were designed using my cricut cutting machine, I first designed a print and cut image, and then printed it multiple times on 80 lb cardstock with a laser printer. The secret is in the toner! Next I cut all of my printed images down to 4 x 5.25, so I could mat it onto a A2 sized card.

Once I had all my printed pieces cut and ready, I used silver foil from Heidi Swapp, and my minc mini tool to foil the snowflakes and sentiment on my card.

Below is my template that I created in cricut design space! I printed only the white portion of the card out, and used the tan as a background while i decided what I was going to do.

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After I foiled all my cards, I mounted each one onto foiled cardstock that i had cut into 4.25 x 5.5” pieces. I used scor tape to adhere each piece to the foiled paper since it is a strong adhesive, I did this process on my hour train ride into Boston for school one morning, killing to birds with one stone!

In the image below, you can really see the silver foil in the top portion of the card, the second image shows the foiled piece matted onto the foil cardstock

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This year, I wanted to do a photo christmas card, so I made sure when I created the template I saved space for an image in the middle between the “Merry christmas” and my sentiment below. The space was about 2.5 inches tall and I cut the image to be 5.25 inches across.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did for my 2016 Christmas cards, and hope that it inspires you to make your own cards next year, or for a different holiday. It was a fun and pretty simple task! Thanks for joining me today!

xox Melanie L.

Heres my finished card, and supplies used are linked to my favorite retailers!

Scor Tape 1/4″

Silver Foil – Heidi Swapp

Mini Minc

AcMoore Gold Foil Cardstock (12 x 12 sheets)

Laser Printer

11 x 8.5 80lb white cardstock

Fiskar Wire Guide Trimmer

CVS photo printing (They were ready for pickup within 30 minutes of ordering online!)

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