Sunday, September 23, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Art Jounal - No Place Like Home

A short entry in my art journal.  "No Place Like Home" - enough said :)

Friday, September 21, 2012


Hi ya everyone!
  There is a fun new release happening right now at Some Odd Girl.  Meet Snowball Tia!  Yesterday, there were two new Kaylee's that were released and today it's Tia and a furry friend just for you!  Make sure to hop by the blog to see all the gorgeous creations and pick up some new digis while your at it!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thinking Pink and celebrating LIFE!

Hi ya everyone!
  Typically, I share only creations on my blog and occasionally I share personal information but not too much as really this blog is about my cards, layouts and crafts.  This card however, is dedicated to a very special aunt in my life.  My sweet Aunt Jane is a breast cancer survivor and recently had a small scare that showed her cancer was back.  It was luckily caught early and surgery removed the cancerous portions and she got a clean bill of health.  I'm so thankful that my aunt takes good care of herself and has regular check-ups to keep herself healthy. 
  I created this card with her in mind, because I'm happy to be able to celebrate her life.  She truly is the best aunt that anyone could ask for.  I have so many blessings in my life but mostly my wonderful family.  Here's to you Aunt Jane - (((HUGS)))
  This is a new image from Some Odd Girl called Pink Ribbon Mae.  You could really use her for all sorts of causes but with this being Awareness month I thought it appropriately colored in pink!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Father and Daughter Layout

Hi ya everyone,
  Lately, I've been missing layouts.  I used to love to scrapbook with my photos, but card making took over and I hadn't done a layout in so long.  The large format became intimidating.  However, I've been so inspired by others that do scrapbook that I just had to try this.  My Mind's Eye, one of my favorite paper companies, also has a new September challenge currently and so I thought I'd join in.  All my papers and most of my embellishments are from My Mind's Eye collections.  They are mixed and matched from Out and About, The Sweetest Thing and the Lost and Found collection. 

Snowy Days are COMING!!!

Hi ya everyone,
  I am ready for COOL fall weather...maybe not winter weather, but definilty cooler.  See, I live in Portland, OR.  It's supposed to be rainy and cool, or at least it has been this time of year since I moved here five years ago.  However, it's HOT and I mean stinking hot!  Everything has turned brown and the next few days are to be 90+ once again...BOO.  Thank the Lord above that Kristy from Some Odd Girl is thinking cooler and has just released a number of cute digital images just in time for the upcoming holidays!
Meet the Tobies!  Aww, aren't they super cute - it's hard to find really adorable boy images but these are sitting right on over at Some Odd Girl

Warms my Heart

It's Tiddly Tuesday and we are back with a fun and inspiring new challenge!  For the next two weeks we'd like you to be inspired by our fabulous design team member Asa.  My creation was made based on her sketch from the card you are to use (can be found on this week's challenge post).  Head over to the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog to check it out! 
I had a lot of fun coloring this sweet and adorable Tiddly Ink image called Donna.  I used some of my Copic skills to color the water puddle and background.  That was a lot of fun and got me out of my normal comfort zone! 
Happy Tiddly Tuesday!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Rain or Shine - MarkerPop

Hi ya everyone!  We have a fun new challenge at MarkerPop and you must join as it's anything goes!  WOOT!  I used the adorable Anya set called Rain, Snow, Shine from The Greeting Farm.  I also used a no line coloring technique by stamping in a light pink; angel pink from Memento Ink.  I used a number of beautiful ribbons from The Ribbon Carousel too!  The die is from Cheery Lynn Designs.  Stop by the MarkerPop blog and join us!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Cozy Kaylee at Some Odd Girl

Hi ya everyone!
  The releases continue at Some Odd Girl this week and today Kaylee is adding to her closet.  This adorable set called Winter Warmth includes the perfect outfit for all those fun chilly cards you want to create using Kaylee!  The white snowflakes are also included in the stamp!  Join us at the Some Odd Girl blog to see more fun creations with Kaylee!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Thinking of You at MarkerPop

Hi ya everyone,
  Today, I'm sharing a fun tutorial on the MarkerPop blog, how to create an easy whimsical sky with Copics.  I used this technique to create the fun image below.
If you'd like to learn how, please join us at MarkerPop.

Gingerbread Fun with Some Odd Girl

Hi ya everyone!
  Well, there is an ADORABLE new clear release this week at Some Odd Girl and unfortunately, I lost my mojo just in time :D  I love this image she is super cute, but I am NOT loving my creation today.  Typically, I'd create something new but really didn't have time.  I think my craftiness is slowly returning, but it's taken a number of weeks.  I love this image and she was so much fun to color and I rather love how she turned out...but my papers and layout aren't me at all.  So, what you must do is check out the rest of the AMAZING design team at Some Odd Girl to be totally inspired!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sky Inspiration at MarkerPop

Hi ya everyone!
  Well today is a first here on Melissa Made.  I've never created anything using a Magnolia stamp.  Today I did, introducing Baby Edwin!  I received this little cutie in my design team package from MarkerPop and since we are featuring Magnolia this week on the MarkerPop blog I thought I would use him.  The inspiration for the week is to create a sky with clouds.  This is the first time I've drawn clouds myself, and the affect is pretty cute, and I'll be doing it more often I think!  Check out all the sky inspiration on the blog today!

Join us tomorrow at the MarkerPop blog for a small tutorial I'm sharing on how to create a fun and easy whimsical background!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Thrilled and BEYOND Excited about this news!

Exciting News!!!!  Here's a sneak peek at something I've been involved in!  Can you guess what it is?If not, here's a link!!!

If you are looking for my Some Odd Girl and MarkerPop blog hop post - scroll down!

Friday, September 7, 2012

A Holiday Hop with Some Odd Girl and MarkerPop!

Hello and welcome to the Holiday Hop presented by Some Odd Girl & MarkerPop! Today we are teaming up to share some amazing holiday inspiration created with Some Odd Girl's new release along with some of our favorite coloring tools from If you are just joining us on the hop, you are going to want to start back at the beginning at the Some Odd Girl Blog so you can see why we are hopping & what amazing prizes are up for grabs!
Now, let's get to my project.  I created this image using the adorable image called Ornament Tia from Some Odd Girl.  I changed it a bit and turned it into a bright little bulb instead.  I used Copic X-Press It paper for the image, and adorable design paper from First Edition Christmas Joy.
Thank you for stopping by to see my creation! Be sure to visit the rest of the designers participating in this blog hop, click on the next name on the list below. Also don't forget to leave me a comment for another chance to be entered into our prize drawing. When you are done hopping, make sure to stop by the MarkerPop Blog so you can play along with our holiday hop challenge.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A little vacation and a new challenge!

Hi ya everyone!
  Sorry for my absence the past week or so...I was on a wonderful camping vacation with family.  We had a rough start however with a bit of a breakdown.

But we arrived to our site a day late but had so much fun.

Now, back to the card above using Photo Kaylee from Some Odd Girl.  We are starting a new sketch for the month and it really is a gorgeous one.  You'll have to the Odd Girl blog to see it and all the WONDERFUL inspiration from the design team...truly it's amazing what everyone did!