Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Hello crafters and welcome to The World Cardmaking day blog hop DAY 4 on this the 5th October.
This is a 5 day blog hop with 10 different participants each day.

I have to admit, my post is not the post I wanted it to be when I signed up for this blog hop. A lot has happened in my life the past few months, hence the lack of entries over the past 3 and a half months.... I can hardly believe its been that long since my last post.

I nearly cancelled this blog hop, as I had to with others, but stood with it... even though I may not be able to post a few cards as I originally intended, I can at least do one... I cannot offer any blog candy with this, but I am donating my card to a charitable cause...and hopefully I'll be able to make a few more to add to it... So this was a personal challenge for me, too.... I had to force myself to take a few moments out of my busy day and create...

But ... back to the blog hop... If you have arrived from Lisa G's blog ( you are on the right track... if you have just happened on my post, but would like to see what the hop is all about, as well as all the great candy on offer, please go to Gill's blog ( Gill is the wonderful person who has organized this blog hop, and I know she has been working around the clock to make it a success...

Todays bloggers are:
Tami -
Lisa G
Melanie - YOU ARE HERE

Now on to my card....

One of my latest favourite things to do is make tear bears... I could not decide if I wanted a sentiment on the card or not, so I've left it blank for now.

I made the tear bear entirely purple except for its muzzle and inner ears. I also chose to make the card all purple too, with just a dash of pink.

The eyes were made entirely by hand. I drew them onto card, cut them out and stuck them in place. I drew the lashes on, and with a white gel pen added some detail to the nose and a few freckles on the cheeks.I hope you enjoy the hop.... and hope its not too long before my next post....

Your next stop is Jennifer (

Love Mel <3

Friday, June 17, 2011

summer inspiration

Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since my last po Life happened and has rudely interrupted my crafting time... oh well, I have to earn a salary some how, and I'd rather continue doing what I'm doing, as it still allows me to be creative...

Anyway ... this week at Patties Challenge the theme is summer...

We were given this picture as inspiration. These are Pattie's granddaughters in the pic...

I chose to bring out the blue and the orange from the picture, and as the theme is summer, I used an image from Patties store called Watering Can with Daisies.

I found a great paper I had in my stash... it's a Queen of Hearts paper, and the pattern is in shades of orange and the pattern reminded me of waves, so I had to use it.... I added a few orange flowers with buttons in the centre, and a little stitching along the side.

Please go over and join in the fun at Patties blog....

Thanks for popping by...

x Mel x

Monday, May 23, 2011

Welcome to the very first Birthday Bash Blog Hop.Link

If you have arrived here from Sheri's blog you’re on the right track. If not, and just lucked up on this blog, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us.

We're so excited to being doing this hop, and we have a fabulous line up with some very talented folks. There will be lots of fun projects, along with some great blog candy, and an AMAZING grand prize for this hop.

This hop runs all day on May 23, so you have plenty of time to make it all the way through the hop. Check out each blog and see what BLOG CANDY you could possibly WIN!!

Here is the complete line up

Lisa -

Lisa -

Shawnee -

Creativek Kuts -

Deb -

Corrine -

Tristan -

Mickie -

Rachelle –

Sheri -

Melanie - YOU ARE HERE

Christine -

Bobbi –

Debbie -

Leila -

Emily -

Jennifer - www.craftycardgallery.blogspot.

April -

Jennifer -

Ashley -

Donna -

Elsa -

Shannon -

Ashley -

Monica -

Lisa -

Scrapping With Lisa on facebook at

There is also going to be an overall grand prize, which is being sponsored by Lisa from Scrapping with Lisa and she will be the first and last blog on the hop. In order to be eligible for the grand prize you must leave a comment on every blog in the hop, as well as become a fan of Lisa's and of Scrapping with Lisa on Facebook. If you don’t do facebook, this won’t count against you for the grand prize, just let me know that in a comment. You must do all Linkthis, it is mandatory in order to be eligible for the overall grand prize.

I wasn't sure what to do for this hop, as it was a case of "anything goes" as long as it's birthday. hmmm... do I do a card with a digi, or paper piecing (which I'm really enjoying), so I decided to do a birthday themed scrapbooking layout. I popped off a mail to Heather from PaperyAnne to see if she had any birthday themed paper piecing patterns. She didn't but she rustled up something in no time at all for me... and this was the result.

This is the full double page layout

Page 1 - I love stitching at the moment, so I just HAD to add some stitching to the banner. I found some buttons that went perfectly with the page and colours, so had to add them too (and I stitched them into place)

Page 2 - I've used a border punch for the heart border and then just matched up some plain and patterned paper. The hearts that were punched out were used on the cupcakes (and I just punched some extra from other scraps). I used one of my stencils for the circular pearl pattern.

Close-up of the banner and buttons

Close-up of the pearls

And finally another close-up of the banner.

One lucky winner will be entitled to this gift voucher:

Just leave a comment below and I'll select a random winner once the hop is over.

PaperyAnne is looking for some new DT members to join our team. If you enjoy working with paper piecing patterns or Digi Stamps, then email Susanne with your application (include a little about yourself, what you do, and your blog address)

Thank you for hopping by, and I hope you've gained some inspiration from my blog.

Your next blog is Christine -

Have a GREAT day!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

NO NO NO Cards!!

This week's challenge at Patties is to create anything but a card.

You can see my life has been rather busy - I haven't blogged for the last 2 weeks!! Yikes...

My idea with these little tags, was to actually use them on a scrapbook layout... I didn't quite manage that, but at least they're now ready for when I do decide to do it.

I coloured each baby (I love this image) in a different colour, but kept them in the yellow/orange/brown range - I'd like to create a vintage look page.

These tags were really easy to put together - I just cut some rectangles from textured cardstock, then cut 2 rectangles from patterned paper and tore them across (giving me 4 pieces). I used a rounded corner punch on just the one edge. Then just a little ric-rac ribbon down the side, a brown flower with a flower brad in the centre and finally an eyelet with some raffia tied through.

Hope to be back with some more... oh yes I will on Monday...

but maybe I'll share a little more with you before that (I have a few projects to share)

x Mel x

Friday, April 22, 2011

The theme for this week's challenge at Patties Creations Design Challenge is Mother's Day.

I chose Pattie's new image "Mother and Baby 2". Isn't it adorable.

I went with deep colours and naturals, and I really love how it came out.

My embellishments used: 2 flowers, 2 flower pearl headed pins, a green feather, 2 punched out leaves and a few pearls

Pop over to take advantage of Pattie's 20% sale- be quick... sale ends on the 23rd April

x Mel x

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

More sales.... More discount....

Patties Creations has decided to extend the 20% off sale until the 23rd of April - there are some really lovely digi's in her store...
Some samples of the digi's you could get...
And then a whopping 60% off all purchases at Paperyanne... Heather has some wonderful new digistamps and paper piecing files
There's some cute digi's available...

And some sweet paper piecing files.... here's the new Bronto Family...
And the tooth fairy....
And here's a project I made with the tooth fairy... This was my DT project for Paperyanne's second challenge - the theme was "BLING"... I think I did a good job... :)

Take advantage while you can....

x Mel x

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sale at Patties

Go check out Pattie's 20% sale APRIL 15TH TO THE 18TH (USE COUPON CODE ALLIE).

And once you've taken advantage of the sale, head over to her blog and join the challenge - the theme this week is Easter / Spring.

x Mel x