August 31, 2008

Haiku Canvas Wall Hanging

Here's a project I've been working on for the past two days. It's an 8x10 canvas covered with the new SU! Haiku designer paper. Individual images were cut from the paper to create the flowers. JustRite stamps were used to create the circular images around the 3 flowers located near the bottom.

The main canvas was painted with ivory acrylic before I got started. I added Basic Brown ink at the top only after the entire project was assembled (it needed something but not so much as a large image).

The scallops at the top were created using a circle punch and a brass embossing template. The same template was used to create the largets Scallop circle on the left of the canvas.

Here's a close-up of the flower embellishment. Several peices of flowers were cut from the designer paper and edged with chcolate chip ink. It really makes the flower pop.

Here's a close-up of the JustRite images. So sweet.

Now, I'll be away from the computer for a while as this Hurricane comes through. Hopefully I'll get some more stamping done! The rain is just about to begin. Stay safe all my friends in the path of the storm.


August 30, 2008

Altered Photo Frame

Here's a photo of an upcoming class I will be offering here in Baton Rouge.

This project is also available via mail with an additional $4.60 priority postage. You receive:
  • Designer paper
  • Photo Frame
  • Ribbon
  • Felt flowers (size and variety vary but the colors remain the same)
  • Rhinestone brads (size may vary)
  • Scallop die cut using Birds and Bloom sizzix die.

Other supplies you will need to complete the project (available for additional purchase):

  • New SU! Scallop edge punch (upper left square of frame)
  • True Friends stamp set (stamped images in upper left and bottom left squares)
  • 1 3/8" circle punch
  • 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" square punch (or your handy paper cutter)
  • Gold Brads
  • Boho Punch

Now, I'm off to prepare for this new hurricane. I really think we should be OK, just hope the power doesn't go out. I've got so many projects I want to complete today!

To all my LA and MS friends....STAY SAFE!

Toodles. ~ Melanie

August 26, 2008

Deer Snowman.....

Due to a little faux pas in the previous post I had to resubmit. Not a surprise really, you should come to expect at least one in every post *grin*.

You can read the correction highlighted in BOLD RED on the previous post. I simply forgot to include the additional $15.95 die cut with the 3rd installment of the Big Shot, Big Savings program.

Now, here's a little something I created for my open house as a make and take. I changed it a bit, adding a Basic Grey hat to the snowman and lifted it with a dimensional. The grey really looks great with the bordering blue and red! The 5 petal flower was punched twice to add the red accent behind the snowman. If I could change one more thing to this card, I'd add a layer of black cardstock behind the Bordering Blue. The idea only came to me after I saw this photo of the card laying on the black felt.

Have a great evening my friends.


August 25, 2008

Big Shots, Big Savings ~ edited

If you are a member of the stamping world (particularly the world of SU!) then you've heard the news. SU! has teamed up with Sizzix to offer the Big Shot Die Cut machine. The fact that this machine can die cut through 5 sheets of cardstock at one time is nothing compared to its ablitiy to cut through 50 other types of materials, including: fabric, wood, and tin to name a few. If that didn't make your jaw drop, maybe the fact that is is compatable with practically all other dies (with a few extra accessories to make them work).

This is no small investment (although much cheaper than a well known computerized die cutting machine). To introduce those newbies to the world of die cuts, I’m offering a special payment plan. The “Big Shot, Big Savings Program” will allow you to purchase the Big Shot and any $21.95 die cut of your choice for $55.00 per month for 3 consecutive months.

I created this plan especisally for YOU to get the Big Shot in your hands to play with after only your 2nd month of payment! The total cost of the products, S&H and tax are distributed evenly across all 3 months. Here’s how it works:

Month 1: Receive precut dies from the “Tulipe” die and “Birds and Blooms” die 4-pack.

Month 2: Receive your Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.

Month 3: Receive any $21.95 die cut of your choice (must be selected by October 24th). *** This should have also included a $15.95 die cut of your choice, also selected by October 24th).

Payments are processed the 5th of the month automatically by credit or debit cards. If you are paying by check your payment must be received by the 5th of the month before your order can be processed. All orders will be processed on the 10th of the month.


Already have the Big Shot? GREAT! Then you can get started right away on getting use from those exclusive SU! die cuts (like the beautiful Tulipe die).

From September 12th – October 12th, receive 12% off 1 die cut of your choice with every 3 dies you purchase.

For those of you participating in the Big Shot, Big Savings Program, stock up on your extra dies now to play with when your Big Shot arrives in October.

August 22, 2008

Returning to Blogland

Wow. It's been a month since I lasted posted. It's nice to be back Smiley from

I've been absorbing things as usual; things I want to work on and accomplish. It's a long list, and instead of knocking things out I simply continue to add on and 'fit them in' where I can...back to those "Pockets" of time.

Currently I have been in the new products from the Fall/Winter 2008 catalog from Stampin' Up! Lots of pretties in there. In fact, my open house is tomorrow and I'm supposed to be working on my make and takes. I am playing with my BEEEEEEEEUTIFUL new Stampin' Up! exclusive die "Tulipe". It was in the preview catalog and it's even more lovely close up. After cutting out a sample onto a sheet of cardboard, I simply HAD to share. Look at this:

Do you see what I see? Not only can you use this for die cuts but as a STENCIL as well. I just love it! I'll be creating some beautiful things with this die...just you wait! I'll be sure to share.

A few weeks ago I was able to preorder a few of the new hostess stamp sets and a few others. Here are samples of some swaps I recently completed:

In other news, my husband decided we NEEDED another dog.

Our previous dog passed away on Mother's Day. Now, don't get me wrong, I LOVE animals, HOWEVER, 3 kids and a NEW DOG will can put a mom into overload.

For those of you who have little ones, surely you know what I mean? He's 11 months and requires lots of play and attention (something between my kids, homework, job and my hobby I have NO time for). To make things more complicated, this particular breed needs human companionship (or so the husband says) and needs to be in the house with us. "In the house? He's twice the size of our other dog! Is that completely necessary? We'll never get the smell out."

Here's a photo of our new addition to the family. The kids took it when I wasn't around (otherwise he would NOT be in my bed).

He is the size of a miniature pony (IMO) and is impossible to move. Run into him by accident and it's like crashing into a steel barrel. It's not that I don't like him, he's beautiful and for being new to the house is fairly well behaved (except for the small fact he uses me for a chew toy).

Here he's eating my freshly cut "Tulipe" die's.

I have to just grin and bear it. He's not going anywhere, and the kids love him.

OK...back to preparing for my Open House. Have a great weekend my friends.