Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Inspirational Words - Whimsical Wednesday Challenge!

Click HERE for The Digi Bistro "This to That" Tuesday Challenge post!

This week's challenge at Whimsical Wednesday is to create a project inspired by one of the words shown in the picture below.  You must include the word in your project too.

I noticed the word LOVE right away.  Love inspires every one of us!  So, I made a gift from the heart for my hubby.

It is hard to tell from the pictures, but I did some stamp embossing on the box and the tag.  I used the same color ink as the paper so it just gave it an elegant texture.

I used a pocket tag and inside is a personalized note to my hubby.  This is where I included the word LOVE in my project.

I filled the box with chocolate mint candies.  Anything chocolate with mint always wins over my hubby's heart!  :)

I am entering this project into this week's Just Us Girls color challenge.  I love this color palette!

I hope my project inspired you to make something special for someone in your life!  Visit the Whimsical Wednesday blog to see all of the creations by the design team and enter the challenge if you are able to.  The prize for this week's challenge is sponsored by BugBites.  She has donated a set of her adorable new stamps "All Year Round."


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Digi Bistro "This to That" Tuesday Challenge #2 - Step Card

This week's challenge at Cher's Studio (The Digi Bistro blog) is to create a step card.  Each of the The Digi Bistro designers created a step card using a different Digi Bistro SVG set so you can see the versatility of all of the sets.  By the way, there were more design team members added, so please stop by Cher's Studio to welcome them and see their work!

I used the Flower Frenzy set to make this card.  I love all of the flowers in the set and I had fun making them in different colors and layering and crinkling them up to add dimension.

Here is a picture of the Flower Frenzy set which is available for purchase at The Digi Bistro store:

This is the first step card I have made and it was much easier than I expected.  There are loads of tutorials on the Internet.  I used the tutorial linked HERE.  All you need is a paper cutter, ruler, and a score board.  I don't have a score board so I just took out the blade on my cutter and used a bone folder in it's place - it worked perfectly!!!!

To enter the challenge, create your own step card using your Cricut and/or the SVGs you have already, go to Cher's Studio and link your project by 11:59 pm on 8/29/11.  There will be 3 prizes up for grabs - gift certificates to The Digi Bistro store!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my project!


Friday, August 19, 2011

The Digi Bistro - "This to That" Challenge Project

I am a little late to the party in sharing my creation for the "This to That" color challenge at The Digi Bistro blog.  This week's color challenge was used to announce The Digi Bistro Design Team (there will be more designers to be announced soon) and to provide inspiration.  Next Tuesday will be the start of the very first challenge open to everyone. 

I am so so so excited to share my first project as a Design Team member of The Digi Bistro.  I had so much fun playing with these SVGs and hope you are able to check out the store to see all of the wonderful SVGs available to play with.

The super adorable bird with the swirly feathers is from the Birds of a Feather collection and the scalloped frame in the background is from the Stylish Edges collection.  This frame can be purchased separately as well.

Here is a close-up of the bird.  Isn't he the cutest!!!  He was so easy to cut - all of the layers fit perfectly, no trimming or adjustments in SCAL needed!  :)

Make sure to check out the adorable projects created by the super talented design team HERE


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

So Excited! Some Fun News to Share!!!

I hope everyone is enjoying their week so far.  I am so excited to announce that I am joining The Digi Bistro Design Team!  I AM SO EXCITED!!!  :)   If you aren't familiar with The Digi Bistro, it is a new and wonderful place to get extremely cute SVG files to use with Sure Cuts A Lot or Make-The-Cut software and your die-cutting machine.  You can check out The Digi Bistro's Store HERE and Facebook page HERE

The Digi Bistro Design Team: 
Melanie (me)
Cher (SVG Designer and Store Owner)

I am so impressed by this team's talent!  Seriously, I am a bit intimidated by the talent.  Let's hope I can keep up!  :)  Check out the wonderful DT's creations using The Digi Bistro's SVGs and the color combo below (see their individual blogs linked above for their creations).  I don't have a project yet - I hope to share one soon!

In the near future, there will be weekly challenges on Tuesday that you can particpate in.  The DT will be creating projects for inspiration each week.  I am a part-time designer, so I will only have a project to share once or twice a month.  I hope you will participate in the future challenges if you are able to.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back to School - It's Whimsical Wednesday!!!

Hi Everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  This week's challenge at Whimsical Wednesday is to make a Back to School project - anything goes, but no cards this week! 

For my project, I made a 'sweet' candy bar holder for a teacher and/or student.  I haven't decided who is going to receive this sweet treat yet!  :) 

The front of the holder: 

The inside:

- Candy Bar Holder SVG by SVGCuts
- Apple SVG by My Scrap Chick
- SNF Lollihop font by Lettering Delights
- Alpha stickers by Making Memories
- Gems, pearls and ribbon by Recollections
- School days print by Vickie's Digis
- Large Hershey's candy bar - You may have noticed that I bought the wrong size! 

Thanks for stopping by today!!!  I hope you join the challenge this week!  There are some great Stampin' Up! prizes up for grabs!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Halloween Decor Anyone?

I love, love, love Halloween so I am so excited that it is not too far off!!!  In the next couple months, look for some fun Halloween decor items from me.  I already have lots of the supplies, just need to get some time to work on the projects!  I haven't had as much time to craft lately.  Our house has been under construction for months and the remodel of our main level is almost complete.  I will share the before and after photos when complete.  I am getting so anxious for it to be done, so I can decorate!!!  Especially for Halloween!  :)

Here is the first shadow box I made for Halloween.  I just love creepy and spooky things so I had to do something with a creepy tree!!!

- Tree SVG is part of the Free Spooky Scene SVG at Precious Memories Scrapbooking
- Bat Fence SVG by DtsArt (no longer available)
- Free Bat SVGs by Free SVGs Blog
- Stickles glitter glue
- Tree Ornaments & Spider Web to embellish

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Giveaway Winners!!!

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!  My husband and I went to Wisconsin for a weekend motorcycle trip with some friends.  We road with other bikers to support Home for Life which is a wonderful charity that provides care to animals that are not adoptable due to illness, injuries, birth defects, etc. We enjoyed visiting the animals and you could tell they loved the attention they were getting!  If you are interested in supporting Home for Life and/or sponsoring an animal, you can visit their website HERE.

My giveaway has ended and I have some winners to announce!  Thanks to everyone that entered and a special thank you to those of you that mentioned my giveaway on your blog!  It was not required to win the main giveaway, and I really appreciate you spreading the word!  Also, to those of you that left your blog address in your comment, I stopped by to follow you too!  If I missed you, please let me know and I will come visit!  I love finding new bloggy friends and inspiration!!!

Without further ado........

The winner of the "All About Letters" bundle which includes the Lyrical Letters Cricut Cartridge is......

marg0006 said... Just became a follower and always enjoy challenges, giveaways, and how-to videos. My favorite giveaways are phrase stamps, embossing folders and carts. Thanks.

There was an extra prize available for those that posted about my giveaway on their blog.  The winner of the Creative Charms goodies is......................

CallyAnn... I love all your ideas. I like the tuturiols also. I am a new follower. I also posted your link and giveaway on my new blog. Check it out.
Thanks CallyAnn

Congratulations to the winners!  Please email me at with your mailing address within 1 week.  Thank you!!!