Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Hi ya everyone and Happy Halloween!
I have a little card to share with you that I made for the new release image at Tiddly Inks.  Meet Wryn in the Fall!  Isn't she so cute with that little hat and coat.  I got this fabulous new paper from Echo Park called Fall Fever and knew I had to use it with this image.  The ribbon is from my favorite ribbon shop on Etsy; Prairie Bird Boutique

Thanks for stopping by today and have a very Happy Halloween! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

On Cloud 9 - Tiddly Inks Challenge

Hi ya everyone!
  Today, we have a new challenge at Tiddly Inks.  We are challenging people to create a card based on a card by design team member Lou!  I used the adorable On Cloud 9 Wryn, a new release from Tiddly Inks.  She's just the sweetest!  I used a number of beautiful Glitz papers for this creation in addition to the trimmings.  The sentiment is from Close to My Heart.  Head over to Tiddly Inks and join our challenge.

Christy is also having a giveaway on her blog for reaching 2500 followers on the Tiddly Inks Facebook page.  Go over and like our page and then join us on her blog for a $20 gift certificate giveaway!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Decorations!

 Hi ya everyone!
  Sharing with you today on the MarkerPop blog how I made these fun and easy decorative jars for Halloween!  My kids joined in too!  You probably have MOST of the products laying around if you enjoy crafting.  I saw a few different versions of this on Pinterest.  It's sort of a different take on the Christmas ornaments that so many people love!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Copic Coloring Guide Winner!!!!

Hi ya everyone!  Another rainy day here in Portland and to start Monday off with a little cheer I'd like to announce the winner of the third Copic Coloring Guide.  Before I announce the winner I'd like to say thank you to everyone that left such nice comments.  It's truly a thrill to be part of this book.  If you don't have a copy I really do recommend getting one if you enjoy coloring people.  This book is magnificent and Marianne and Colleen have really outdone themselves with this guide!  You can purchase the book from one of my favorite stores too:  MarkerPop  Ashley has wonderful customer service and I was a customer there way before I started on the design team!

Let's talk winner!!!  Again, thank you to everyone that joined our hop.  Don't forget to check the other gals blogs as each of us is giving away a copy of this fabulous guide!


Patricia St Martin October 20, 2012 7:09 AM  
Congratulations on being published. Your coloring is spectacular. I can't wait to get the book, but thanks for the chance to win an autographed copy. I have the first two, so to get this one from you would make my day.
Hugs, Patricia

Patricia, you've won the Copic Coloring Guide!!!  Please send me an email with your address and I'll drop it in the mail asap!

Thank you to everyone that joined in the hop!  Have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Whoooo forgot to post this fun creation???

Hi ya everyone!
And yes, that would be me, WHOOO forgot to post this tag using the adorable new Owl from Some Odd Girl called Owl-ween.  I think he's super cute all dressed up as a masked avenger for Halloween.  I made the little cape part of his wings, but you could color it as a cape to match his mask!  The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Black Onyx on Kraft.  The tag was cut using the Tim Holtz die, Tag and Bookplates.  I also made this fun sparkly paper and I have a tutorial coming up on Monday at Created from Color on how to create this fun sparkly paper using your Copics!  The fibers on the top where a mix from ribbons I've had stashed for a long time.  The crinkle ribbon is from Prairie Bird Boutique.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Snow?? It's October DUDE!

Hi ya everyone!
  Today is my turn to share at MarkerPop!  I created this adorable card using one of the new Wild Rose Studio clear stamps!  Aren't these Christmas Teddies just the cutest?
I used the Copics above and paper: All is Bright from My Mind's Eye.  I typically don't finish the insides of my cards but lately I've been making more of an effort.  Check out this stamp repeated on the inside!!! SO CUTE!
Head over to MarkerPop for all the details!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Snowy Days with Wryn on Tiddly Tuesday

Hi ya everyone!
  Today I'm sharing a very simple card I created using the adorable new Wryn image from Tiddly Inks called Winter Wryn.  I so love this sweet snowman and Wryn's adorable outfit.  We still have the Halloween challenge happening on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog - be sure to join us and you could win a gift certificate to Tiddly Inks.
  Christy also released an adorable new image yesterday!! I love her and posted my creation with her on Facebook.  I'll be sharing it on my blog next Tuesday.  Want a peak at Wryn on Cloud 9, uncolored?
Super cute right?  Head over to the Tiddly Inks Facebook page to take a peak at my creation!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Copic Coloring Guide Level 3 FAVORITES

Hi ya everyone and welcome to a very special blog hop!  I am excited to announce my participation and publication in the new Copic Coloring Guide, Level 3: People!

 Authors Colleen Schaan and Marianne Walker have partnered up again with the team at Annie’s and some of the most talented artists and designers in the industry to bring you a quality publication packed full of techniques, theory, tutorials, and inspiration.  The 64-page book is the next step in the Coloring Guide series, offering information and educational material for crafters of all skill levels.
From the how and why behind picking colors and coloring skin to the tips and techniques for coloring hair to the helpful hints on how to create realistic looking clothing and fabric, this book presents information in an easy-to-follow format.

An included CD contains all of the hand-drawn images used in the tutorial section of the book, along with the assembly instructions for all of the projects, and a number of blank reference charts.
Each participating designer is hopping today to give you a peak at their favorite project from the book - and a chance to WIN your own autographed copy

I'm super excited to be in this book!  Each artist is absolutely amazing and to be part of it makes my little heart all-a-flutter.  I have two creations in the book, but I'm only sharing one on my blog today.  So, you'll have to get the book to see the other and to find out how I made each one.  I used the adorable Tiddly Inks image Wryn - New Nest.

To help kick off the celebration of the new book... each designer on the hop is giving away an autographed copy of the book...signed not only by Colleen and Marianne, but by the individual designer too!  Please comment on this post for your chance to win your copy of mine!  Commenting will be closed Friday, October 26th at 12am PST.  Increase your changes of winning by stopping by each blog on the way!  Each individual artist has a copy to award!

Melissa Andrew - That's me!
Can't wait for your copy? 
Copic Coloring Guide Level 3: People is now available at many stamping and scrapbooking stores. Visit your local store today and ask about availability.  It is also sold through the Annie’s catalog, accessible online at Annie's.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Happy Little Thoughts with SPARKLE

Hi ya everyone!
  Today, I'm sharing a little something different.  I am falling in love with the Crafter's Workshop stencils.  The are so versatile for scrapbooking of course, but wow, I loved using the Layered Butterflies by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer on my card.  I used a fun technique using my Copics and Spica's too.  Did you know that Kristy and I are having a Spica giveaway on our blog this month?  Yup you could win a set of 12!
I wish you could see the sparkle better on this card, but I used my Spica with the Copic airbrush system.  I created a short simple tutorial for you right HERE.
We also still have a few spots left in our Basic Created from Color Copic class if you are interested!  Have a beautiful day!

In addition you must head over to Kristy's site today.  I'm sharing how I created this little refrigerator magnet box with you in her 31 days celebration.  You should stop by, lots of tutorials, how to's and GIVEAWAYs!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Hi ya everyone!
Fall is one of my favorite times of year.  Portland can be rough for those that aren't used to the rainy days, but honestly, I love them.  It means yummy hot food like soup and chile, warm cozy blankets, and lazy days snuggling with family!  Really, how could you not LOVE that?
This also means Halloween at Tiddly Inks!  I love Christy's adorable images, but then she goes and creates sweet Halloween images like monsters and witches and I get downright GIDDY!  The next challenge starts today and it's all about Halloween!  Please head over to the Tiddly Inks blog and check out the two new images and then join us on the challenge blog.
For today's card, I used the edited Peek-A-Boo image.  Christy added and subtracted a bit from this image so it's new and fresh and ready for your Halloween creations.  She's also added the adorable Princess Wryn since so many asked for her.  Both would be perfect for any Halloween creation!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Make a Wish and Believe

Hi ya everyone!
Monday already?  Yikes, the weekend goes so much faster than the week...why is that?  My husband and I got a lot of cleaning and organizing done this weekend so that feels really good.  I always love starting my week with a clean organized house.  That includes my craft area; moved some things around and put some things away and now I love my whole home all over again!
We are starting off this Monday with a little WASHI tape at MarkerPop.  I love my Washi!  I have to admit though, I do something a bit different when I use Washi, I always put it on some white paper first.  Is that weird?  I like it to be really bright and noticable, so adding white paper underneath always accomplishes that for me.  I also like to trim it, like I did above, into pennants. Having the white paper underneath makes that a lot simpler.
I used the adorable Bright Bean from the Greeting Farm and decided to enter their fun color challenge too.
Everything here is from MarkerPop from the papers to the embellishments!  The paper is from two different stacks: Simple Stories - Country Botique and My Mind's Eye!  The Washi is square grid yellow.  I don't know if you can tell but her bathing suit is also paper pieced.  I used my Copics for the coloring of course and finished off with a touch of stitching! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Starting to look a lot like Christmas???


Are you getting ready for Christmas yet?  I know I am NOT!  I'm sort of a last minute person when it comes to holidays.  I still need to get all my Halloween decorations up and I love fall and Halloween.  Sometimes, those are the things we put off until last though.  We are in the middle of painting our fireplace and walls, so putting up decorations would just get in the way.  

I have however, started making a few Christmas cards.  This one uses the adorable Lawn Fawn set called Critters in the Forest.  You can check out all the product details on the MarkerPop blog today!  Have a great day! 

Monday, October 8, 2012


Hi ya everyone!
  I have a NUMBER of things to share with you today, so bare with me.  You'll want to pay attention though as one of the most important is a giveaway.

#1  Let's start with my card first, as there is a NEW release at Tiddly Inks and it's MONSTERIFFIC!
This is image, Monsterous Party, that Christy of Tiddly Inks redid.  These little monsters are PERFECT for any Halloween card or even a cute Birthday card for a boy!  I had so much fun coloring and paper piecing them.

#2 Next announcement is the class that I teach with Kristy Dalman is having an awesome giveaway!!!  Do you like SPARKLE?? We do, and for the month of October we are having tutorials each Monday using the theme SPARKLE.  We are teaching you how to make glitter glue, how to use your SPICA pens with the airbrush and much more!  You won't want to miss it as at the end of the month we will choose a random commenter to win a 12 pack of Spica Pens from Copic Marker!
Please head over and leave a comment on Monday (tutorial days) and Friday (Wrap-Up)!  You have a pretty good chance of winning as we don't have a huge follower base.

#3 Make sure to check out Kristy's tutorial from today on how to make your own Glitter glue with Various Ink!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

An Adorable Puppy Tag!

Hi ya everyone!  I created this fun tag using the Some Odd Girl clear stamp set Preppy Pups!  The mustache, pup and sentiment are all from the set too!  I created a fun video on how I colored him too.

Enjoy :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Too Cute - Fall challenge at Tiddly Inks

Hi ya everyone!
  There are NEW Images at Tiddly Inks and a new challenge at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog!  I used the adorable new Wryn the Witch for the Fall Challenge that starts today!  Isn't she adorable!  There are so many new and cute images waiting for you today too.  Check out my design team buddy creations HERE and HERE and be inspired!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sweetest Wishes - New Odd Sketch Challenge

Hi ya everyone!
  New challenge today at Some Odd Girl!  I love the new sketch - usually I'm someone that follows the sketch closely but this time I decided to dice it up a bit and added a few elements that might not seem completely the same!  Here's the sketch for you to see:
 Pretty cute!  I used the adorable HollyDay Gwen, one of my favorite clear Oddies!  She's a GREAT image for Christmas but I think she looks pretty cute as a Halloween sweetie.  She even comes with the sentiment I used "sweetest wishes".  I hope you'll join us for the challenge this month - always good prizes to win!