Melanie Makes – August 25

Good morning everyone!  This morning I am sharing a layout  that I made this week, using mostly products from the Maggie Holmes Bloom line.


No methods or techniques to explain for this one- just cut my papers, added embellishments and thats it!

Thanks for looking🙂   I love how sharing my projects on the blog encourages me to carve a little crafting time into each week.


Inspired By…


This week I set out to make some Back to School cards for the students I had in my class last year. I like to send out a little bit of ‘happy mail’ to say Happy Summer! and to wish them well as they head back to school.

I found a bus stamp amongst my stash, stamped the images over twenty times and then used my PixScan mat for my Silhouette Cameo. This tool completely removes the “fussy cutting” of so many images. So easy and so convenient!

After stamping, I took a photo of the images laid on the PixScan mat, with my phone and uploaded it to the Silhouette software,


The software is super easy to use, et voilà! The school bus images were cut out! I can see this being a great way to make multiple Christmas cards this fall as well!

Here’s what I came up with :

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Hope you’re inspired this week!


Create a Card – August 23rd, 2016

Hi Everyone!

I have to tell you that I’m slightly obsessed with the Altenew stamps and I think I’ve found my Christmas card design for this year … of course I always say that late summer and then ‘have’ to buy 10 more Christmas sets!  I really enjoy the quality and the dies that you can get for the sets mean you can make cards with dimension as well.  So for create a card this week I made a Christmas card … I know but I had to try out this set!



  • Neenah Solar White card stock
  • Antlew evergreen ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copics
  • Foam adhesive
  • Wink of Stella – Clear Glitter pen
  • Altenew “Poinsettia & Pine” stamp set and dies
  • Altenew “Haltone Holidays” stamp set
  • Gelly Roll glitter pen
  • Big Shot *not shown




  1. position and stamp the pine and holly boughs using Altenew evergreen ink – onto card panel
  2. on separate sheet of white card stock stamp the poinsettia and pine cone using Memento Black ink
  3. Color images with Copics
  4. Die cut images
  5. adhere pine cone using tape adhesive
  6. adhere poinsettia using foam adhesive
  7. stamp greeting using black ink – trace with gelly roll glitter pen
  8. color poinsettia image using the Wink of Stella Clear
  9. adhere panel to card base
  10. Done!


Happy Stamping.

Wendy Signature


Mojo Monday – My Favorite Things

Today’s mojo monday challenge is inspired by a pre-order we are doing at the Paperie for My Favorite things. I’ve gathered some of my favourite photos from their blog   and Pinterest to brighten your Monday morning!


They also have a lot of cute Christmas stamps – it’s never too early to get started on your cards.  That moose kills me!!!



So what’s the challenge for this week?  Just to create anything inspired by any of the amazing projects on their blog or website.  It can be with their stamps or with any other stamps that you already own.  But have a look at all of the pretty things and if you see anything you like, let Tina know and she will be placing the order soon.


Melanie Makes

Hi everyone, I’m back today with the card I made for my Mojo Monday challenge.


I used papers from the Authentique retro Christmas collection 6×6 pad  REC008-web

I even cut the little reindeer out of one of the papers.  I wanted the holly berries to pop though, so I used some enamel dots.  Now the enamel dots I had were too big for the holly that was on the original reindeer image, so I made my own larger holly to make it work.

I used Liquid Appliqué below the reindeer to make snow, and on his hat to give it some added dimension.  whiteliquidapplique

Then I finished it with some gold wash tape and some ribbon.  I hope you’ve had a chance to play around with Monday’s sketch too!





Inspired By…

This beautiful layout –


Have to admit that I am still spending time scanning Pinterest for ideas on all kinds of things. Have to also admit that my follow-through on creating what I pin, is still not the greatest😉

I found this beautiful layout this week created by a member of the My Mind’s Eye team. I love the layout of the photos as well as the colour combination. The word “love” caught my eye right away and I love how she mixed the fonts on the title.

I quickly found some patterned papers and card stock from the leftovers of a Paperie Page Kit. Love using up the bits of an old kit in a new way!! I also nabbed these stickers at the shop this week. New arrivals from Crate Paper🙂

Here’s what I came up with;


If you’re someone who loves to sit down with a kit and get busy – there’s a great class for you being offered next week @ The Paperie. Our instructor Sara Case Strickland, will be making summertime layouts with a kit. Call or email us for details!


Hope you’re inspired this week!