Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Moving on... {Good and Sad News!}

Sorry, I have been absent much has happened in the past couple of weeks. We have purchased a new home and are now in the process of selling this one. And I'm sure those of you who have sold/purchased a house, know what a daunting task it is! I am usually pretty easy going and always trying to think positive, but all of this has drove me crazy! While, it is a great time for us, and we are very happy, it is also very stressful! Always keeping the house sparkling clean, just in case, a prospective buyer may stop by! Not easy when you have an active 3 yr old running around and moving boxes everywhere! But none the less, we are truly blessed and happy! But here is the sad news, I have had to resign from all my design teams, temporarily! It was a very hard decision for me to make! I have worked so hard to get where I was and to have to resign was not easy. But like I said, it will only be temporary. I just couldn't do it all. It was getting too overwhelming not to mention I have had to pack up most of my supplies. But I will be back!

I will still post things on here, in between the move and I will let you all know how we are progressing. I have enjoyed posting here and reading all your sweet comments and I couldn't stay away from you all for long. So I will still be around here when I can. I still have one last project I have to do for Shimmerz Paints! There will be a release of some new colors on the 21st! Can anyone say Vintage!! Oh yeah! I also may have one last giveaway before I move. So stay tuned for that! :)

Before I leave you today, I just want to show you a couple of projects I made for the June Dirty Dozen gallery over at SCS. The theme was called "In the Beginning" So we could do something for a new baby, new home, new car, etc. My FAVORITE theme!!

This is a Godiva Chocolate box that I altered to give as a little welcome gift to a new neighbor. It uses some Clear Dollar and Lizzie Anne stamps, a wooden birdhouse, Shimmerz Paints and some papers by Pink Paislee, Basic Grey and October Afternoon.
This card was made using a stamp by Magenta, simply called Baby Carriage. Isn't it precious? I love that stamp!
And finally, this button tree. I think it would be a perfect centerpiece for a baby shower. I would also make a fun game. Can you guess how many buttons were used to make this??!
I will be back shortly, with a few more things from this fun theme. You all are the BEST! Thank you so much for all your support, sweet comments and friendship! I cherish every one of you! ;)


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Nurture...Love...Grow. ♥ Free Butterfly Digi Stamp! ♥

Hi Everyone! Today is Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Day! And that means she is giving away a free digi stamp! And guess what? This week it is my turn to give one away! Lindsay is giving away this beautiful Swallowtail butterfly Digi Stamp! Just go HERE to download it!

The flowers on my card are actually part of a bouquet of flowers that I picked up at ACMoore for like 5 bucks. There must be a hundred of these beautiful flowers on there. They look alot like some of the new Prima flowers that recently came out only ALOT cheaper! I colored in the butterflies with my Copics and then added some pearls to them. The sentiment is a Melissa Frances Rub-on.

Don't forget that Lindsay is having an awesome sale at her Store. For every $5 you spend, you will get a free digi stamp. Most of her stamps are only $1 each, so if you spend $10, that's 12 digi stamps!!

Now let's go and see what the rest of the DT has in store for you this week! I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

Melissa C

Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It's a JBelle Contest!!

All this month we are having a contest over at Jacksonbelle Embellishments! All you have to do is make a card, LO or altered item using the weekly challenge that will be issued every Tuesday on the JBelle blog. Then you must email your creation to You must also put a link to your card on that week's post on the JBelle blog. Once we receive your card, you will be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to the JBelle Store to use on whatever you want! There will be a first place winner for a $50 g/c, a second place winner for a $30 g/c and a third place winner for a $15 g/c! There will also be a goodie bag for ALL the winners as well! And a random winner out of all the cards linked to the JBelle blog will also receive a goodie bag! Lotsa stuff to giveaway!! Now here are the rules:

You have to use Inkadinkado, Stampavie, Prima or Basic Grey stamps. (Any stamps that can be purchased at the store) as well as use one of our Tuesday challenges! You can enter as many times as you’d like! As always, we will post coordinating Keywords for the challenges if you are posting on Splitcoaststampers. com, so we will all be able to see your card(s)!

Following the last Tuesday’s challenge (Sept. 28th), you will have until Thursday, Oct. 1st at midnight (EST) to get your cards to us! After that, the design team and Lindsey will need a few days to decide on the winners!! Make sure to check out the design team’s blogs and store blog each week for LOTS of inspiration using the weekly challenges!

Ok, so here is this week's challenge! It is to make a 1-layer card! I am so used to putting a couple of layers of papers on my cards, so this wasn't as easy as I thought it would be! LOL Here is my first one.

♥Happy Fall Ya'll♥ This one uses the Inkadinkado mini set called Fall!
♥Happy Thanksgiving♥ And this one uses another Inkadinkado stamp set called Harvest Expressions.
Good luck to everyone who enters this fun month long contest! We can't wait to see what you come up with! Here are the rest of the JBelle Rockstars!

AJ Otto
Heather Lee-Reppen
Jennifer Buck
Jill Dunn
Lynda Benden
Tobi Crawford
Trudee Sauer
Stephanie Hargis
Mitzi Koons
Loretta Lock
Jimmi Mayo
Bethany Paull
Michelle Philippi
Carly Robertson
Shemaine Smith
Lindsey Botkin~Owner

I hope you all have a wonderful day!


Giveaway Winner......

It's time to announce the winner of my Giveaway! The lucky winner is.......

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Alexa luvs to Scrap! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Congratulations Alexa! Please email me your snail mail addy to You have until next Tuesday, if I don't hear from you by then, I will have to pick a new winner!

Thanks again for playing everyone! I will have yet another giveaway very shortly!

I'll be back soon with details on a fun contest by Jacksonbelle Embellishments where you could win a gift certificate to the store!