Saturday, November 29, 2008

ShortCuts Clear Sheets Cupcake Treat box

My son wanted to make cupcakes today and after he finished decorating them I thought they were just so cute they deserved to be showcased so I made one.
Here's a little house for Koale's cute little delicious treats. This little box would make a super cute "just because" kind of gift. I know it would cheer me up if someone randomly gave me a sweet cupcake especially if it was in it's own designer box!! With it's own stand! This is just another reason to try the Clear Sheets from Short Cuts, you can do sooooo much fun and unique stuff with these clear sheets.

This box measures 3.5x3.5x3.5x3.5" and is 6" tall. I made the base and top the same size except it is 1.5" tall. The background is 3.5x6" and it just slips in behind. I attached all the pieces with Tombo adhesive. Glue dots will work as well. Make the stand (inside the base) an inch tall so that the cupcake isn't hidden at the bottom of the box.
Clear Sheets-Short Cuts
Pattern Paper-K&Company
Border Punch-Treading Water-Fiskars
Cupcake-My son made'em

Friday, November 28, 2008

Whiff of Joy blog candy

Wanna win some Candy?? Stop by Bev's blog to find out how to get your name in the draw.

Here's the prize. Isn't it fantastink!

Short Cuts DT call-Frosted card

Another card made with Short Cuts Frosted Card Blanks. Wow these card blanks are awesome! They are so fun to play with and easy to use. Don't forget to stop by Short Cuts blog and leave a comment on your favorites. There are 10 hopeful DT's with lots of sweet items for you to see.

So I found this bird pattern at Scrapbooks Etc (under the title of "Nature Paper-Piecing) along with a couple more. I love this bird!! I hoped I would put the right colours together to make it pretty and I think I managed to do just that. Add a little glitter and a frosted card for a soft look and here you go! Putting the bird on a frosted card really hightlighted the details and added dimension.
Frosted Card blank-Short Cuts
Bird Pattern-Scrapbooks Etc.
Stamps-December word puzzle-CTMH
Pattern Paper-K&Company Christmas Pack
Glitter-Martha Stewart
White Hemp, cardstock and Desert sand ink-CTMH

ShortCuts Design Team call-Clear Cards

I finished all my projects for the ShortCuts Design Team call, they are listed below and I just couldn't not do something with the extra clear card. I LOVE these clear cards, they have so many possibilites and you can create so much depth with your cards, it's a whole new dimension of cardmaking...I wish I had more to play with!!

I used a picture of our house, opened the pic in Photoshop and changed it to B&W leaving only the house in colour. I thought it would be a perfect idea for a christmas card that read "There's no place like home for the holidays". If you look real close you can see my poor JEEP just buried in all the new fallen snow. Good thing it's 4-wheel drive or I'd never get out of my driveway...LOL. The big white spots on the photo are snowflakes, the flash went off and that's what happens when light bounces of them.
Clear card blanks-ShortCuts
Stamp-Holiday Lane-Lizzie Anne Designs
Heart Impressions-CTMH
Snowflake punch-Martha Stewart

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Merry Chirstmas-Digi Style

Well I've been doing a lot of digital layouts for the past few days and haven't stopped to stamp. I know I must be crazy. Anyway I decided to make a digital card, I know its not the same but at least its something.


Sugar Cookies digital kit by NitWit Collections.

A link to the NitWit store is on the right of this blog.

(this is the same kit I used to make my blog title this month)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hurricane Lamp

Here’s my “twist” on the Treat Box, I thought it would make a cute version of a “hurricane lamp”. The full sheet of acetate from Short Cuts is perfect for making these boxes, not only is it perfectly clear but it’s thick, (thicker than any other type I’ve used) which makes it perfect for projects like this. The box is itself is really strong and can hold stuff really good. I scored all my fold lines and it just stays in place, add a little glue and there you go. I find Tombo adhesive runner works best.
The measurements are: Cut one piece of acetate 6x11”, score along the 11” side at 2”,5”,7”and 10”. Fold the score lines and glue where they over lap.
For the base and top covers cut two 5x6” pieces of pattern paper. Score along the 5” side at 1 ½” and 3 ½” and along the 6” side at 1 ½” and 4 ½”.
Assemble the top and bottom and slip over the clear box body. Glue with Tombo adhesive or Sticky strips. Decorate as desired.
The background was made by using my Watercolour and baby wipes technique, see video tutorial for this technique right here in my blog. Stamp images can cut around leaving a 2’ bottom, score ½” from the bottom, fold and glue to base of the box bottom. Glue the rider to the front of the box and the large tree to the back.
Punch 4 snowflakes, sandwich tread between two snowflakes and tread through the top of the box, decide how low you want the snowflake to hang and tie a knot at the top.
This example has a Flameless tea light in it, the pic on the right shows how it glows. I can never seem to get a pic that shows this effect as pretty as it is in real life.
Clear Full sheet- Short Cuts
Pattern Paper-K&Company (Brenda Walton Specialty Paper Pad)
December Word Puzzle & Beauty of Christmas-CTMH Acrylic Stamps
Snowflake Punch-Martha Stewart
Treading Water Border Punch-Fiskars
Flameless Tea Light
Water Colour PencilsInks-Black, Terracotta-CTMH, Night of Navy-SU

on the OUTSIDE looking IN

Poor little snowman, always on the outside, wishing he were inside!! These clear card blanks from Short Cuts are awesome!! I can soooo much potential with them. And I’ll share my ideas as they come to me..LOL. Anyway I thought the clear card would be perfect for this idea. Its amazing how you can get a cool dimensional look just by layering images using clear cards.
Clear Card Blank-Short Cuts
All Decked Out and Holiday Joy-CTMH
Cardstock-White Daisy and Desert Sand-CTMH
Pantone markers
Snowflake punch-Martha Stewart
Drippy Goo Border Punch-Martha Stewart
Glitter-Martha Stewart

Gift Card Holders

A cup of Friendship

So here’s an example of my new favourite card type…it’s a Gift Card Holder!! Isn’t it cool!! It folds up like an accordion to form a card that has a little pocket inside. It will hold a gift card perfectly, but I think it can hold other things, so my mission now is to list all the different ways this cardholder can be used.
If you have any suggestions let post it in the comments, I’d love to hear your ideas. I have a few ideas for these and will post pics as soon as they are done. Stay tuned!!
Gift Card holder-Short Cuts
Pattern Paper-Anna Griffen
Cup of Friendship and Annotations-CTMH acrylic stamps
Ribbon and hemp-Michaels
Lace Doily Border Punch-Martha Stewart
Inks-Garden Green and Desert Sand-CTMH

We're Dying to have you-halloween invite

Another sample of what you can do with a gift card holder, make it an invitation and store your information where a gift card would go.
Sketchy Uppercase-CTMH acrylic stamps
Goo Border Punch-Martha Stewart
Gift Card Holder-Short Cuts
Pattern Paper-imaginisce

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I used a tree box template from SCS to make the Angel's body. You can even put candy inside her. What a cute gift for someone!! Hummmm...

The rest of her I made up, the wings are the snowflake stamp, I used MS glue pad to put adhesive on the stamp to make a sticky image and put glitter over top, you can't see it but it's there. The lace trim was punched from a border punch in 3 pieces then glued and trimmed. I have a tiny mitten punch that I love using to make hands and I did bead and tie the snowflakes together. I'm thinking now I should have taken step by step photos of the process.

Here is a fabulous site for step by step instructions on how to make the triangle box

Monday, November 17, 2008


I almost completely cased this card. I loved it when I saw it in SCS gallery. If you want to know how to make the christmas tree visit this blog...
Thank you Gina for sharing your tutorial.
Pattern paper-unknow
star punch
glitter-Martha Stewart
ribbon-fabric store
Christmas Scripts (sentiment)-CTMH

New Fallen Snow cards

So I'm in Love, yep again!! All the snowflakes in this set are beautiful. Atlhough you can't tell since I only used one of them. LOL. These snowflakes are so pretty they make me look good! hahahaha. I used the same snowflake, different colours and voila....I think they are so pretty that I wanted them to stand on their on so I put them on white backgrounds.


New Fallen Snow-CTMH

Christmas Scripts and Festive Thoughts (sentiments)-CTMH

Inks-Black, Juniper, Sorbet, and Blush all CTMH

Pantone Markers

Glitter-Martha Stewart

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Holiday Shopping

I've had the little image here stamped, coloured and cut out for about 3 days now and I just figured out what to do with it. I'm glad I waited for my Mojo to return...Oh I guess I haven't told you....I lost my Mojo a few days ago. Boy it's depressing!! Wanna know why I think it came back, well I went shopping with my Mom yesterday and now I back!! (I hope...LOL)

Holiday Lane-Lizzie Anne Designs
Craft Paper-The Paper Company
Star paper-CTMH
Red Ribbon-Fabric Store
Liquid applique + glitter then heat to puff up
Pantone markers (my new best friends)

Antique Christmas

OK so the vintage look of this card was completely by accident. You gotta love those "happy little accidents". To keep with the theme I thought it best to stamp the tree in brown and sponge the edges in both brown and black. My new punch (which I hated when I brought it home and now it's kinda growing on me).
Oh and if your like me and do not have an oval cutting anything here's a trick...I took an (oval)tag off a jar of Olives and used it as a template. My husband thinks it's the only reason I bought the olives..hahahaha

Holiday Joy-CTMH acrylics
Paper-unknow (cause I bought the little paper pack about 3 years ago and lost the cover)
Felt ribbon-Michael's
Border Punch-Zig Zag-Martha Stewart
Black paper-CTMH

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thank you for stopping by. I wanted to share this card with you today for two reasons. First it was my first attempt at using markers. I'm starting to see more and cards beautifully coloured using Copic Markers and then a light came on. I have Pantone Markers!! Oh my I had them all along stashed away. What a CRIME!! So I blew the dust of them and started colouring.

My Second reason is...I made this card for my friend, I think she's the greatest mom ever (besides my mom) and this image of a little girl and her mom cuddling reminded me so much of Laura that I had to make her a card with this stamp. I even tried to make the hair match!

So here's to Laura, your the best girlfriend.

Love Melyssa


Cudding-Rachael Anne Miller (clear stamps)

Christmas in the City-Lizzie Anne Designs

Pattern Paper-Making Memories

Snowflake punches and glitter-Martha Stewart

Markers-Pantone (yeah baby!!)

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Rocking Christmas

Rocking chair pattern by

As soon as I saw this rocking chair template I just had to have it. The trouble is what to do with it when you have it..LOL It would make a really cute christmas ornament. There are so many things you could put in the seat. Pumpkins, real treats (like Kisses), a heart or heart box, flowers....oh I could go on and on. Hahaha.


Clear stamps-Teddy bear by Rachelle Anne Miller and CTMH's December word puzzle and Shining Star

Inks-CTMH Tulip and Creme Brulee

Snowflake punch and glitter-Martha Stewart

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Here's my second favorite border punch it's called Doily Lace by Marta Stewart.
As soon as I saw this little bear leaning on some presents I just had to have him. I made one that is for a baby, maybe a baby's first christmas and one that is more traditional (red and green).
Doily Lace border Punch-Martha Stewart
Artic and 2008 Snowflake-Martha Stewart
Clear Stamps called Teddy Bear-Rachelle Anne Miller
Green pattern paper-Chatterbox
Pink and blue pattern paper-Foof fa la
Sentiment-Lizzie Anne Designs
watercolor pencils

Friday, November 7, 2008

Drippy Goo Border Punch

So I bought this punch (Martha Stewart Goo border punch) and I LOVE IT!!! I can see so many possibilities with this punch. I know it is a halloween punch but who's say's I can't improvise. My goal is to make cards using this punch in as many different variations

as I can possibly think of. I hope you can help.
If you can think of another use for this punch add your idea in the comments. I will update this list as the ideas arrive.

here is my list so far:
1. Green goo from a witch's cauldren (dahhh no brainer there...LOL)
2. The ends of a dress (giving the dress a tattered look) someone did this to a witch's dress, it was awesome.
3. Icing like on a cake or cupcake (first card)
4. Melting icecream (second card)
5. Icicles or snow covered something
6. Icing on a gingerbread house
7. Rain, spilling water, splashes (summer fun, pool party, beach card)
8. Punch in white for Spilled milk (can you see the phrase for this card!!)
9. Punch in red for blood (halloween, someone's hurt, get well, bleeding heart, etc.)
10. Wet Paint-thanks Paula! OR Egg paint as in Easter Eggs
11. Drippy CHOCOLATE!! yuuummmm, thanks Heidi
Don't forget I'd love your ideas to add to this list. I am going to try and make a card from each item in the list

Monday, November 3, 2008

So here's a close-up of the faux rinestones....aka the "Bling". And of course photos of my son hamming it up for the camera. He was doing his posing all night, he's to funny.

The kit I used is by NitWit collections called "Let's Be Frank".