Friday, August 15, 2014

Catch some zzzzzzzz's

Ever feel just so run down and ill and only a good sleep will help?  That's what this adorable bear is doing.  Catching some zzzz's to get better soon.

That cute guy is from The Stamping Boutique.  He is called Get Well Beary Soon!  This wonderful company is also sponsoring the challenge at Your ScrapbookPlace blog!  Thanks so much!

This challenge is to make a "Get Well" card using a color scheme.  Here are the colors (or something similar).



Here is my submission. 


I tried to match the colors as close as I could.  I used Sunset, Chocolate and Juniper from CTMH.  I think it matches close, don't you?  This little guy is snoring away.  I do that too when I am not feeling well.  At least that what hubby says!  This is the outside of the card. 


And the inside.  I have someone in mind to send this card to already, so I won't have it for long!

I hope you can join us at Your ScrapbookPlace blog challenge.  You can win some really cool prizes!!!!  You've even have lots of time to get it done.  This challenge starts August 15 and ends August 30 at midnight.

So catch some zzzz's and come over and play!

Have a creative day!
Mel

Materials used:
Copics - E37 E13 E11 R20 BG13YR02 E81
Key to My Heart paper, White Daisy and Chocolate cardstock - CTMH
Peacock Feathers Tim Holtz Distress ink - Ranger
C1350 Dainty Thoughts - CTMH
Enamel dots, foam dots and glue dots - unknown
#410 Get Well Beary Soon Digital Stamp - The Stamping Boutique


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ever had one of those days?

Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right for you?  
I needed to work on a DT project today.  To start out with, I was just not able to focus on anything.   That should have threw up a big ole red flag.   So, I started coloring.  Even bigger mistake.   Everything looked horrible.  I even tried to focus somewhere else by watching a little TV and then go back at it.   WRONG!!!
Finally I took a cop out because I was getting really frustrated.   I outlined the animal instead of full color.   But I actually likes the way it turned out. 
I guess the moral of the story is to never give up, no matter how many times you have to start over.  
The pic of my chaos is below.  I ended up using the very first image at the top.  I worked from the bottom up. 
Have a creative day!
Mel

Monday, August 11, 2014

Winter Wonderland in August!!!

Yes, more Christmas/holiday cards!  Here is some Winter Wonderland/Let it Snow cards I made with one set of CTMH paper called Wonderland.  These colors are so awesome together!!!

I made four different sets - three to sell and one for Operation Write Home.

Here they are:

 
 
The tree is heat embossed with white powder.  I went a little overboard with the fancy embellies.  But I think it came out fine.

 
 
This set has the heat embossed white tree too.  It pops on that Twilight cardstock.  I did a mix of rhinestone and enamel dot embellies.

 
 
This set is a little simpler.  The trees are inked with distressing ink.  Minimal embellies with overlays underneath the right lower corner.


This is the set for Operation Write Home.  I always try and keep these with simple embellies. 

Four different looks from one paper pack.  I love how everything coordinates so well.

Next to work on some religious Christmas cards then I should be done with Christmas cards. 

Have a creative day!
Mel

Materials used:
Wonderland paper, Chocolate/Grey Flannel, Twilight, Crystal Blue and White Daisy cardstock, Rhinestone Designer Brads, Wonderfelt shapes, Icing Top Coats, Ribbon, Chocolate Distressing Ink - CTMH
Seafoam White embossing Powder, Broken China & Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Versamark - Tsukineko
Christmas Words - Inkadinkado
Classic Ovals Large Nesties - Spellbinders
Snowflake diecuts, pop dots, glue dots, rhinestones, enamel dots - unknown
White glitter brads - Oriental Trading
Flocked Brads - Paper Studio
Rhinestones - Want 2 Scrap
C1402 In the Month of January - CTMH

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Organizing digi stamps

I don't know if you have started working with digi stamps or not, but I love them!  You pay one small price, download it and can use it over and over and over and over......  You can size it small or big, add another digi to it to make a scene.  The possibilities are almost endless. 

I have a pretty good amount of digi stamps from different sources.  I keep them on a thumb drive separated into folders by website.  I have to go thru every folder to see what I have when I need an image.  I thought that there has to be something better. 

This is what I came up with.  It works great for me.   I opened up a Word document and imported all of the digis from one folder.  I then resized them to fit 3 or 4 wide on a 8.5x11 sheet of paper.  I titled each set by website.  I then printed them and put them in plastic sheets and into a three-ring binder. 


 

I keep the binder next to my desk where I craft so that it can always be handy.  My next step is to put tabs, but that will be later.

Hope this helps you organize your stash and help to be a little more creative!

Have a creative day!
Mel

Thursday, August 7, 2014

One paper pack collection, so many cards (lots of pics)

I am a self-confessed paper-holic.  I love to buy paper in packs so that they all coordinate.  It's easy to combine and mix and match that way.

I had a great paper pack from Bazzill called Believe.  It included patterned paper and Bazzill cardstock.  Can we say, PERFECT!!!  I pulled the pack out of my Christmas stash and that is what I played with for a couple of days.

Here is what I came up with using the entire pack of paper.  I think it had 12 12x12 patterned papers and 10 12x12 cardstock papers. 







I ended up with 53 cards in total from this one pack.  The layout is the same but changed up the patterns, etc.  It was so easy to do the assembly line production with these!

Up next I want to work on some Winter themed cards then on to religious themed Christmas cards (my fave)!

Have a creative day!
Mel

Materials for Merry Bells cards:
Believe paper and cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Colonial White cardstock - CTMH
Chevron embossing folder - Paper Studio
Antique Linen, Fired Brick and Mowed Lawn Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Bells & Boughs, Angelic Joy, Glimmering Gold embossing powder - SU!
Versamark - Tsukineko
Ribbon - Big Lots
Sequins - Studio Calico American Crafts
Brads - Unknown
Doodlebrads - Karen Foster Designs
Pearls - Want 2 Scrap

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Operation Write Home cards

I took a break from making Christmas cards and made some cards for Operation Write Home. 

 If you don't know about Operation Write Home, check them out here.  They send handmade cards to our service people overseas to be able to send home handwritten letters to their families.  This is something I hold very near and dear to my heart.  Many members of my family have served over the years and have been away from their family and friends.  I've been making cards and sending them to various groups like this for about 5 years now. 



Both these sets of cards were made with scraps and older paper stash from CTMH.  Easy to make!  I knocked out 22 cards in two days.  I took lots of breaks and really wasn't feeling well.  Normally, I could make them in one day but didn't want to push too hard.

I've got a box started to send to OWH.  I'm going to work on some Christmas cards with my leftovers of the cards I'm in the middle of making now.  Won't you join me and sending them some too?

Back to Christmas cards tomorrow.  I really want to be done with Christmas cards by the beginning of next week. 

Have a creative day!
Mel


Materials used for Animal Cookie set:
Animal Cookie paper, Clover Meadow and White Daisy cardstock, Dutch Blue ribbon - CTMH
Enamel Dots, brads and rhinestones - unknown
C1350 Dainty Thoughts and D1187 For Every Occasion - CTMH
Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger.
Birds Galore - Inkadinkado
Travel - Heidi Grace

Materials used for Promise of Spring set:
Promise of Spring paper, Smokey Plum and Colonial White cardstock, Pearls - CTMH
D1187 For Every Occasion - CTMH
Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Enamel Dots - unknown
Textured Fleur De Lis - Stampabilities


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Christmas Santa

It's early August and Christmas will be here before you know it!  I know, no one wants to hear that but you can't hide from it.

I am determined to have all of my holiday/Christmas projects/gifts done by November.  I think I am on track for my goal! 

Here are more Christmas cards.  These are "vintagy" too!


I think the burlap and twill accents make it!  The Santa images are heat embossed with gold powder, as is the "Christmas" sentiment.  The maroon cardstock is dry embossed with a Chevron folder.  These colors look great on the kraft card bases and the pearls complete the look!

I used up some very old patterned paper from my stash!  BONUS!

Taking a break from Christmas tomorrow and will show some cards I sent to Operation Write Home.

Have a creative day!
Mel

Materials used:
Kraft card & envelopes, Burlap ribbon, chevron embossing folder - Paper Studio
Maroon & Green cardstock - Bazzill
Colonial White cardstock - CTMH
Vintage postcard & Diamond paper, Twill - unknown
Versamark - Tsukineko
B1077 Night Before Christmas & D1243 Peace On Earth - CTMH
Gold embossing powder, Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Cranberry pearls - Want 2 Scrap

Monday, August 4, 2014

More Vintage Christmas cards

Can you tell that I love to work with vintage images/paper?  Here is the other half of the vintage set of Christmas cards I made. 

If you like the image, check out Squigglefly.com.  The image is called A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS PAPERS BY INGER HARDING.  This set also includes some beautiful background paper you can print to use that coordinates perfectly with the images.  I chose to use my own patterned paper, as I am trying to destash!

Here they are:



Not too much embellishment.  Just some leaves and a couple of rhinestones with some crochet ribbon.  I used up some old CTMH paper and other embellishments.

More Christmas cards tomorrow!

Have a creative day!
Mel

Materials used:
Chocolate & Colonial White cardstock, Mistletoe paper, Colonial White crochet ribbon  - CTMH
Twine - Elements
Red brads, white cardstock - unknown
Red brad assortment - Paper Studio
Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Rhinestones - Want2Scrap
Leaves - Prima
Snow Village paper - Pink Paislee
Crochet flower - Linda Weber
D1283 Say it In Style - CTMH

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Vintage Christmas

I've been working on Christmas cards since finishing the calendars.  As of today, 08/03/2014, I've made a little over 100 Christmas cards.  I'll be posting them this week.

This set is the newest set that I completed.  Half of this set has twine and the other half has crochet ribbon.  I used A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS PAPERS BY INGER HARDING.  I love the different ways you can use this set!!!

Here are my cards:





They came out so pretty.  I don't think the pic does them justice.  Very understated! 

Well, it's rumbling outside and starting to pour.  I better get off of here.  I'll post the other half of this set tomorrow!

Make something creative today!
Mel

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Just takes a few minutes

What do you do when you don't have a lot of time to create?  Maybe you just want to sit down and take a 5 minute breather with your crafty stuff?  This is what I do

My parents cooked a big lunch and we had some family and close friends come by to share it with us.  It was a nice time with the kids acting good and playing nicely and the adults talking at the dinner table.  

After the family leaves, it's time for cleanup.   After that, I'm exhausted.  But I came in my room and sat at my craft desk.  I really didn't want to start anything new.   So I straightened up a few things.   I looked over at my scraps box and decided to stamp out a few sentiments.   So that's what I did.   Didn't take any time at all but I felt like I accomplished something.  

I normally put them in some little baggies and label them as to what stamp set they came from and what color ink I used.   My memory isn't as good as it used to be.   But I decided that I would store them a little different now to be able to see them better.   I got some trading card pages and put one color for each page.   Then separated the sayings and labeled them on the back

Then I put them in my handy - dandy binder. 

So you see you don't need oodles of time to get things accomplished.   A little something here and there adds up before you know it

Go do something creative!
Mel

Here's what I was talking about:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Saying goodbye....

to my calendar project!  It is done and complete and a weight lifted off my shoulders!

Here is my November:


Very muted and understated.  Turned out well!

And, December:
 
 
 
This turned out well also - not blingy and showy. 
 
Well, that's it for the calendars.  I'm sure you are tired of seeing of them.  I had a lot of fun making all of them.  This was my BIG project for the upcoming holidays.  Now it's cards.  Those are little more tricky for me.
 
Hope this has given you some ideas to use up some of your stash!
 
Have a creative day!
Mel
 
Materials for November:
White cardstock, enamel dots - unknown
C1215 Throughout the Year - CTMH
Reverse Wonky Rectangles Nesties - Spellbinder
Colonial White, Sunset and Chocolate cardstock - CTMH
Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Harvest Delight paper - Recollections
Fall Harvest - La Petites
Fall Design Shop - Making Memories
Autumn - Jolees
 
 
Materials for December:
White cardstock, red rhinestones, patterned paper, die cuts - unknown
C1215 Throughout the Year - CTMH
Labels 4 Nesties - Spellbinder
Festive Berries Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
White textured cardstock - Paper Studio
White sequins - Tree House Studio
Tulip cardstock - CTMH
Holly - Jolees
Holly - Bazzill
Candy Cane - Paper Bliss

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Something different for September calendar, not for October!

I have been foaming at the mouth to show you my September calendar.  I am a huge football fan so I thought that I would make September calendar football-themed.  If I had my choice it would either be purple and gold or black and gold but just did a general color scheme.
 
Here is September:


Loooove it!  The paper looks like a newspaper's sport page! 
 
Here is October:
 
 
 
Can you believe my Halloween page isn't cluttered and full of bling?!
 
My calendars are coming to an end.  My next projects are to work on Christmas cards.  For some reason those are always hard for me.  I really don't know why.
 
Have a creative day!
Mel
 
Materials for September:
White cardstock, enamel dots - unknown
C1215 Throughout the Year - CTMH
Labels 25 Nesties - Spellbinders
MVP paper - We R Memory Keepers
Black textured cardstock - Paper Studio
Football brads - Carnival Brads
Touchdown, Sports Fan - Karen Foster Designs
Game Day - American Traditional Designs
Milepost Shapes - CTMH
Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Glue Dots - 3M
 
Materials for October:
White cardstock, bat and spider diecuts, cobweb paper, enamel dots - unknown
C1215 Throughout the Year - CTMH
Labels 8 Nesties - Spellbinder
Toil & Trouble Rosettes, Spook Alley glitter ghosts - Making Memories
Gem Webs - Jolees
Black textured cardstock - Paper Studio
Hallowhimsy paper - Imaginisce
Bat - Bazzill
Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Glitter spiders - Oriental Trading
Glue Dots - 3M
 
 
 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer calendars - July and August

It hasn't been that bad of a summer, yet, here.  But we are still in July with the hottest month to come!

Here is my calendar for July and August.


I was able to use some old paper and embellishments here.  Love the way it turned out.  Just a little glitter from the cardstock under the calendar but not too flashy, in my opinion. 


August is school themed as the kids here start back in early August!  Love the "chalkboard" paper used with the embellies!

If you are a football fan, I can't wait for you to see September's calendar!  Come back tomorrow!

Have a creative day!
Mel

Materials used for July:
White cardstock, red striped paper, blue glittered cardstock, enamel dots - unknown
C1215 Throughout the Year - CTMH
Labels 4 Nesties - Spellbinders
Milepost Shapes - CTMH
Glue Dots - 3M
White textured cardstock - Paper Studio
Barn Door Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Americana Clearly Yours - K&Company

Materials for August:
White cardstock, enamel dots - unknown
C1215 Throughout the Year - CTMH
White and Black textured cardstock - Paper Studio
Barn Door Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Curved Rectangle nesties - Spellbinders
6th Grade, 1st Grade Soft Spoken - Me and My Big Idea
Kindergarten, Second Grade, Fifth Grade, Sixth Grade Back 2 School - Reminisce
Grade School Stack - DCWV
Glue Dots - 3M

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

May and June calendars

I've been a little under the weather for the last few days and skipped some posts.  So, here is May and June calendars from my last set. 

All the rage on Pinterest is gray and yellow scheme and chevrons.  I had this in mind when making the May calendar.  Perfect for Mother's Day. 

 
 
 
And, moustaches are all the rage for masculine projects.    I had some of that in mind too for Father's Day/June calendar. 
 
 
 
These came out so cute!  I don't know how I'm going to part with them!
 
Come back tomorrow to check out July and August! 
 
Have a creative day!
Mel
 
Materials for May:
 
White cardstock, yellow paper flowers, ribbon and rick rack - unknown
Reverse Wonky Rectangles Nesties - Spellbinder
Carolina Breeze paper - Teresa Collins
Glue Dots - 3M
Crochet Flower - Linda Weber
Black Glitter brads - Oriental Trading
Black cardstock - CTMH
Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
C1215 Throughout the Year - CTMH
White textured cardstock - Paper Studio
 
Materials for June:
White cardstock and enamel dots - unknown
C1215 Throughout the year - CTMH
Large Labels Nesties - Spellbinder
White textured cardstock - Paper Studio
Swagger paper - Fancy Pants
Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Black and New England Ivy cardstock, Milepost shapes - CTMH
Textured Fleur de Lis stamp - Stampbabilities
Glue Dots - 3M
 

 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Over the edge with Christmas in July

Yep, it's that time.  Christmas in July is here and time to get started on those handmade cards and Christmas gifts/projects.

Here is one project I finished.  They are "non-traditional" Christmas cards with pinks, reds and greens


I'm submitting this card into two challenges.  The first is over at Squigglefly for their Squigglefly Challenge #26, SFC2614 Over the Edge.  Here is the criteria, "This week's challenge is called "Over the Edge."  Something on your card must extend over the edge of your card."  My Santa's head extends past the edge of the card.  That very cute image is "Unconventional Christmas Tree" by Mark Hicks for Squigglefly.

And the second challenge is at Your ScrapbookPlace.  This challenge is Christmas in July with a twist, "Your challenge is to make a Christmas card in non-traditional colors. Yip, no red, white and/or green as dominant colors."  Hopefully I have enough pinks in there to qualify!  We shall see!

I will be returning to the posting of the calendars tomorrow.

Have a creative day!
Mel

Materials used:
White cardstock, Glue dots, buttons, Rick Rack and Enamel Dots - unknown
Copics - C1 C2 0 Y38 R20 E00 C7 R81 R83 G05 G07 R27 R29
Liquid Applique - Marvy Uchida
Red glitter glue - Studio G for Hampton Arts
Glitter Christmas paper - DCWV
Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Pink Starburst brad - Karen Foster Designs
Sequins - Studio Calico for American Crafts
Unconventional Christmas Tree by Mark Hicks - Squigglefly


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Spring has sprung!

March and April calendars are here - bright and cheery colors. 

Working on these calendars I realized that this series of calendars would be great to use scraps and odd embellies.  Use up your stash!

March:



I went with the St. Patrick's theme for March.  I had some great paper to use and some bright embellies with just a touch of gold!

April:


April's theme is a touch of Easter and a touch of Spring.  The paper is from my fave paper manufacturer - Graphic 45.  Loooove it!

Easy peasy!  I just whizzed through this set because there wasn't a lot of thinking involved.  They are all designed the same. 

See you tomorrow for May and June.

Have a creative day!
Mel

March materials:
White cardstock, shamrock paper, enamel dots, green brads, yellow flowers - unknown
Labels 25 Nesties - Spellbinders
Shabby Shutters Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
C1215 Throughout the Year and D1270 March Word Puzzle - CTMH
Herbs & Honey paper - Basic Grey
New England Ivy Designer Ribbon - CTMH
Green paper flowers - Oriental Trading
Gold metallic floss - DMC
Gold cardstock - Bazzill
White textured cardstock - Paper Studio
Glue Dots - 3M

April materials:
White cardstock - unknown
White textured cardstock - Paper Studio
Sweet Sentiments paper - Graphic 45
Milled Lavender Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
C1215 Throughout the Year and Sorbet cardstock - CTMH
Blush Zinnia Blossoms - Bo Bunny
White Florettes - Petaloo
Glue Dots - 3M

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Calendars, calendars, calendars.

I'm pretty sure ya'll are tired of my calendars. I really enjoyed making them this year.  I guess I was looking at them of more of "therapy" than something "I had" to do. 

This set was so much fun to make.  It used minimal paper and lots of different embellies.  Plus, I used some older paper!  That's always a plus. 

These sets are also two pages each just like the others.  This is my last set of two.  I made 9 12-month calendars.  That is 216 6x6 pages.  That's the most I have ever made!

So here we go.  I'm going to do two months in each post.

January:



 
 
 
and February:
 

I just took pics of the first pages on this set.  All the months are designed the same - background paper with three coordinating paper strips and embellies around the side of the month. 

I used up some old embellies that I've had for ages.  I decided to make January a winter theme instead of New Year's and the traditional Valentine's Day for February.  Thanks Linda Weber for the wonderful, handmade crochet flowers.  They are my fave!

Tomorrow will be March and April.

Have a creative day!
Mel

Materials for January:
White cardstock, snowflake die cuts - unknown
White textured cardstock - Paper Studio
Winter Wishes paper - Echo Park
Poolside Paperie - Making Memories
Winter Felt - La Petites
Light Blue rhinestones - Want2Scrap
Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress ink - Ranger
C1215 Throughout the Year - CTMH
Glue Dots - 3M

Materials for February:
White cardstock, Kiss the Girl tag, Acrylic Heart - unknown
Black textured cardstock - Paper Studio
Labels 8 Nesties - Spellbinders
Pretty in Pink paper - Glitz
Je t'Adore - Making Memories
Baby Girl hearts - Heidi Grace Designs
Cupid, Sweet Nothings - Jolees
Conversation Heart brads - Queen & Co.
That's Amore paper - CTMH
Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Crochet flowers - Linda Weber
C1215 Throughout the Year - CTMH
Glue Dots - 3M


Monday, July 14, 2014

November and December Throwback

Ahh, the end of the year months for my Throwback calendars.  This will complete seven of my nine sets of calendars to make.  Each month on each calendar has two pages per month.  So far, I have made 168 6x6 pages!  The more amazing thing - I've used up some of my old stash!  Whoooo whooo!

Calendar made in 2011 on left and calendar made in 2014 on right.

November:



Both calendars have a straight edge and 2014 has a ribbon border.  Both are blinged (minimally) with pearls.  2011 has three stamped/colored embellies while 2014 has one stamped embellie and one large leaf.  I think the 2011 is just too busy.  My one word for 2011 is JAM-PACKED and for 2014, LESS.

December:


These both have a straight edge with a border - 2011 has a sticker and 2014 has ribbon. 2011 has stickers and stamped images with bling and 2014 has stamped image and pearl embellies.  I think the biggest difference is theme.  2011 is non-religious themed while 2014 is more religious related because of the Nativity stamp.   My one word for 2011 is BRIGHT and for 2014 is CLASSIC.

This has been a revealing experience to see how my tastes and abilities have evolved in three years.   Who knows, I may even try this next year with 2014 calendars.  I never know what I want to do until I catch the idea.

Tomorrow I will show you the "Simple" calendars I have made.  Yes, my last set!!! 

Have a creative day!
Mel

November materials used:
White cardstock and fall leaves - unknown
Reverse Wonky Rectangles Nesties - Spellbinders
Felicity paper, Autumn Terracotta and Desert Sand cardstock, Chocolate Distressing Ink - CTMH
Cinnamon Stickles - Ranger
Bliss Bohemia Twill Ribbon - My Mind's Eye
D1312 November Word Puzzle - CTMH
Sage Green pearls - Want2Scrap
Glue Dots - 3M
Thankful stamp set - Hero Arts for Basic Grey

December materials used:
White cardstock - unknown
Labels 4 Nesties - Spellbinders
Mistletoe paper, Cranberry and Desert Sand cardstock, New England Ivy/Season's Greetings Designer Ribbon, Mistletoe Assortments, Pearls, Chocolate and Black Distressing Inks - CTMH
Holly Stickles - Ranger
Pearl Brackets - Want2Scrap

Sunday, July 13, 2014

September and October Throwback

Almost done showing ya'll the throwback calendars.   In some of the months, there isn't any major change and other months, the difference is obvious.

I love the fall colors you could use for September and, oh how I love the colors for Halloween.

Calendar made in 2011 on left and calendar made in 2014 on right.

September:


2011 has a ribbon border and 2014 has a glitter tape border.  2011 has cascading leaves with pearls and 2014 has leaves with bling swirls.  I used the same paper on each year.  Neither month has a stamped/colored image.  My one word for 2011 and 2014 is FLOWY.

October:



Minimal bling, large embellies and straight edges with a border (2011 border punch and 2014 ribbon border) connect these two together.  In 20111 the traditional orange, green, purple palette was used, while in 2014, more muted colors were used.  I added the close up of the embellie for the 2014 because the first pic is kind of dark.  My one word for 2011 is TRADITIONAL and my one word for 2014 is GOTHIC.

I can't believe I am just about done with my calendars for the holidays.  {Patting myself on the back, if I can reach!}.  I planned and gave myself a deadline for this project.  I'm not really a procrastinator but I like to know that it has to be done before a certain time.

Next post will bring the Throwback calendars to a close. 

Hope you have a creative day!
Mel

September materials used:
White cardstock - unknown
Labels 25 Nesties - Spellbinder
Cinnamon Stickles - Ranger
Brown Sugar and Sunflower Glitter tape - American Crafts
Brown Swirls - Want 2 Scrap
Leaves - Bazzill
Chocolate Distressing Ink, Colonial White/Barn Red/Sunset/Chocolate cardstock, Olivia paper - CTMH
D1310 September Word Puzzle, D1312 November Word Puzzle, D1311 October Word Puzzle - CTMH

October materials used:
White cardstock - unknown
Labels 8 Nesties - Spellbinders
Black Diamond and Yellow Stickles - Ranger
Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink Stickles - Ranger
Pumice Stone Distress Ink - Ranger
Damask Glitter tape - Paper Studio
Black cardstock, Midnight Felt Shapes and Mischief paper - CTMH
D1311 October Word Puzzle - CTMH
Black Rhinestones - Want 2 Scrap
Glue Dots - 3M




Saturday, July 12, 2014

July and August Throwback


Up next for my Throwback series of calendars, are July and August.  These are two of my favorite months to make.  I really don't know why.  Maybe it's the colors or themes?

2011 made calendar on the left and 2014 made on the right. 

July:



 
 
 
Lots of similarities on this one - same paper, straight edge with rick rack border and stamped images as embellies.  Only comparable difference is that 2011 has lots of bling and 2014 has minimal bling.  My one word for 2011 is LOUD and for 2014 is MELLOW.
 
 
And here's August:
 


I really liked the 2011 version so I didn't change much.  I used the same paper, both have straight edges with a border, minimal bling, and a large image/embellie.  I forgot that I don't have Teacher Anya anymore.  I really wanted to use her on the 2014 calendar also, but I think the large fabric sticker works just as well.  My one word for both of these is CLEAN.

Next post is going to be for Sept and Oct. 

Have a creative day!
Mel

Materials used for July:
White cardstock - unknown
Labels 4 Nesties - Spellbinders
Christmas Red, True Blue Stickles - Ranger
White Daisy cardstock, Fanfare paper, Designer Rick Rack - CTMH
D1458 American Celebration, C1417 In the Month of July, D1289 July Word Puzzle - CTMH
Fired Brick, Faded Jeans Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Clear Rhinestones - Want2Scrap
Glue Dots - 3M

Materials for August:
White cardstock - unknown
Curved Rectangles Nesties - Spellbinders
Aged Mahogany Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Juniper/Black/Bamboo cardstock, Typeset paper, Typeset Compliments stickers, Black Distressing Ink - CTMH
Black Rhinestones - Want2Scrap
Glue Dots - 3M
C1418 In the Month of June, D1290 August Word Puzzle



Friday, July 11, 2014

May and June Throwback

I think the one thing I've learned so far is that in 2011 everything was more, more, more.  I guess I hated having any white space.  Today, I am embracing white space more.  I like the paper to show more than it being jam-packed with embellies.

2011 calendar on the left and 2014 calendar on the right.

May:


 
 
 
Almost looks the same, doesn't it?  Both have the same paper, use of punches, and pearls.  2011 has torn paper edge and 2014 has straight edge with lace trim border.  Not much of a difference.  My one word for 2011 is CLUTTERED and for 2014 is CLEANER.
 
 
June:
 


For both of these, I tried to keep the embellishments at a minimum to make it more masculine for a Father's Day theme.  Both have straight edge paper with border, ribbon and antique brads.  Only real difference is that 2011 has smaller stamped images and 2014 has one large stamped image.  My one word for both calendars are SIMPLE.

Hope you are enjoying seeing my then and now work. 

Have a creative day!
Mel

Materials for May:
White cardstock - unknown
Reverse Wonky Rectangle Nesties - Spellbinders
Cinnamon Stickles - Ranger
Le Crème pearls - Want 2 Scrap
Glue Dots - 3M
D1287 May Word Puzzle and C1415 In the Month of May - CTMH
Lace - Recollections
Petite Petals Punch - SU!
Chocolate Distressing Ink, Desert Sand and Smoothie cardstock, Roxie paper - CTMH

Materials for June:
White cardstock - unknown
Large Labels Nesties - Spellbinders
Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Chocolate Distressing Ink, Desert Sand/Colonial White/New England Ivy cardstock, It's a Guy Thing paper, New England Ivory Ribbon - CTMH
Antique Brads - unknown
D1288 June Word Puzzle and C1416 In the Month of June - CTMH
Artistic Collage Tim Holtz Collection - Stamper's Anonymous





Thursday, July 10, 2014

March and April Throwback

I am getting into these "then and now" throwback calendars.  I can't believe that my style has changed quite a bit!
 
2011 calendar is on left and 2014 is on right.
 
March:


 
 
 
Whoa!  Big change at first glance!  Yep, you guessed it; 2011 is St Patrick's Day themed and 2014 is spring themed.  Similarities are they both have stamped/colored images and minimum bling.  Other than the themes, the other difference is 2011 has torn edges and 2014 has straight with ribbon border.  My one word for 2011 is SCATTERED and for 2014 is SUBDUED.
 
 
And moving on to April:
 
 

In April, both sets are Easter themed; but, 2011 has bunnies and 2014 is more religious.  Other differences are one has a larger colored image and other has a smaller stamped image, one has rhinestone swirl and the other has a few pearls, and 2011 has a torn border and 2014 has straight edge with border.  They both have the same paper and almost the same placement.  My one word for 2011 is FLASHY and for 2014 is RESTRAINED.
 
Looking at this on the computer, I think I should have used something other than the glitter tape on the 2014 calendar.  What's done is done.  Mental note made.
 
Up for tomorrow is May and June.
 
Hope you have a creative day!
Mel

Materials for March:
White cardstock - unknown
Labels 25 Nesties - Spellbinders
Patina Stickles - Ranger
Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Marker and Ink - Ranger
Copics - RV63, RV66, G43, G46
C1395 Enjoy Every Moment, D1270 March Word Puzzle, C1404 In the Month of March - CTMH
Garden Green and Orchid Bouquet cardstock, Floral Tapestry paper, Orchid Bouquet Organdy Ribbon - CTMH
Le Crème pearls - Want 2 Scrap
Tuxedo Black Momento Ink - Tsukineko
Glue Dots - 3M

Materials for April:
White cardstock - unknown
Classic Rectangle Large Nesties - Spellbinders
Fruit Punch and Baby Blue Stickles - Ranger
Spun Sugar Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ranger
Chocolate Distressing Ink, Pink Carnation and Heavenly Blue cardstock, Precious Paisley paper - CTMH
D1270 March Word Puzzle, D1271 April Word Puzzle, B1201 Faith - CTMH
Powder glitter tape - American Crafts
White Pearls - Want 2 Scrap
Glue Dots - 3M
Ivory flowers and pink mini brads - Oriental Trading