Sunday, December 29, 2013

SURPRISE!!! It's a Birthday Blog Hop!

Happy Birthday Corinne & Irene!

Betty supplied us with images and with the help of Tanja organized this WONDERFUL surprise for a WONDERFUL set of twins.  One of which happens to be born on the same day as my daughter, December 29th.  Irene gets her own day December 30. guess it pays to be a slow poke :)  We over at the Simply Betty Fan Group LOVE these ladies.   They are the best at organizing swaps and challenges, commenting on our posts and Corinne makes sure we all make our deadlines.  We have often teased her about "Cracking the Whip".  I begged her to please take a pick with a flower pot on her head like the "DIVO" hats but her response was simple... " NO hat will go in this head".  So, it is on her page below.  My husband was nice enough to make the Scrap page holders shown.  They hold 6X6 pages that you can flip, a scrapbook picture frame if you will.

I hope they like these.  Our group is so much FUN ~ we couldn't do it all with out half of the stuff these ladies do for us & Betty.  Thanks Ladies <3 p="" ya="">
Now, you should have arrived here from Robin's Blog and you are off to Sharons's Blog
Happy Hopping Everyone!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Simply Betty Stamps December Fan Challenge

This is one of my favorite images from Simply Betty Stamps.  She is fun to color and can be used for any kind of card.  Part of this challenge was to use snowflakes on our card. I used a Darice embossing folder then highlighted the raised image with a Sukura Stardust pen to add sparkle.  The Sukura pens were also used on the image after I colored it with Copics to add sparkle through out.  Spellbinders Label 30 was used to cut her out and then folded behind the card to offset the main focus.  I hope you like her. 
Happy Coloring and Crafting,

Friday, November 29, 2013

Simply Betty Stamps ~ November Challenge

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  This month we had our choice of a Pilgrim Corinne or an Indian Betty.  The Indian was my choice, made in a New York minute, given my Cherokee Heritage.  She is adorable and so fun to color.  Next month we have another head to head challenge with The Stamping Chef!  Both images are wonderful!!! I already have the one from The Stamping Chef, plan on getting the Betty one this weekend.  Now ~ here's my card with the cute little Indian girl.
Be sure to check out Betty's Blog for all the cards using this image and the Pilgrim image too.  These ladies are super talented!!!
Big hugs <3 p="">Mel

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Birthday Betty!

We are having a very special Blog hop today in honor of a very special person, the ever so talented and wonderful BETTY ROBERTS!!!  We all got an image courtesy of another fabulous artist Tamara Van Wijk,  The Stamping Chef.  Then we each made a card and mailed it to Betty ~ SURPRISE!  So without further delay here is my card:

You can get Betty the Queen of Halloween at The Stamping Chef. You can also see several wonderful cards all along the way on this Blog Hop!!! Happy Birthday Betty!!! We all LOVE you!!!
So, you should have come here from Sharman Deluca's Blog and now you are off to Tanja Charles' Blog ~ enjoy the hop and please join us for more fun over at the Simply Betty Stamps Fan Group!  See you there.  Bonus Betty is having a SALE over at Simply Betty Stamps!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Secret Pumpkin Swap !

Betty had another WONDERFUL Swap.  You should have come here from Sharette's Blog if not You can find the entire list at Betty's Blog. Now to show off all my loot!
Check this out!  My Secret Pumpkin Sister was the ever fabulous Sheri Scraps!! I got this great bowl with tons of goodies inside!!
See!  One of the stickers is already used because I couldn't wait to take pics I was busy crafting and it was perfect!  The purple bag in the middle is GODIVA truffles and I have been rationing them like gold.  My daughter LOVED the 2 cups, yep, she claimed both of them.  The one on the right glows in the dark, that one is her favorite. We used all the cool party supplies for her haunted slumber party.  Plus Sheri  made me a really cool card that has been on display since the moment it arrived.
Thank you so much Sheri!!! This swap was wonderful ~ just like all of Betty's swaps.  From here your next stop on the hop is Kathy .

Monday, October 28, 2013

October Fan Page Challenge

This month we had our choice of two images, so I got the Fortune Teller Betty as my FREE DIGI and then bought the VooDoo Corrine image.  For those of you that don't know Corrine's neighbors have lots of trees.  These trees fill Corrine's yard with leaves and she hates it...Being the mature, understanding group that we are she gets teased relentlessly over her hatred of these leaves, but it is all in good fun.  So now that you know the story these card will hopefully give you a laugh. :)
This my VooDoo Corrine Card ...

and here is my Fortune teller Betty card.  Hope you like them!  Remember to check out the 13 Days of Halloween Challenge still going on over at Simply Betty Stamps, just click the image at the top right of this page to hop on over.
Happy Halloween!!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Simply Betty Splatter Challenge

Simply Betty Stamps still has the 13 Days of Halloween Challenge going on.  Todays challenge was SPLATTER.  I just had to jump in on this one because I LOVE to make a mess.  The image I used is a Digi from Simply Betty Stamps called Woodland Witch.  She is one of my favorite images so sexy and fun.  Hope you like her!  Be sure to check Betty's Blog tomorrow for another Challenge and chance to win.
Inky Hugs!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Day 2 of the 13 Days of Halloween!

The challenge this time was body parts and with everything going on I am SO jumping through a thousand hoops to get this up in time.  Hope you like it and I hope to still be in the running for that FABULOUS big prize at the end.
If you would like to participate in any of the challenges we would love to see your creations.  There are lots of GREAT stampers and EXTREMELY fun women over at or you can find us on Facebook in the Simply Betty Fan Group.

Friday, October 4, 2013

13 Days of Halloween

October is here and we are in a tizzy!  Miss Isabelle and I both Love Halloween!  Here is my first project for the 13 days of Halloween Challenge.
Photo: 13 days of HalloweenI hope to pick up my desktop computer today so that Picture will be able to be cropped and posted correctly... until then please accept my apologies for this sideways photo.
Big Hugs for a Busy day,

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Summerween Swap Hop !

Hi Everyone,
You should have came here from Dianna's Blog and as always you should have started at Betty's Blog With a group like this you won't want to miss any of the blogs along the way.  My partner for this swap was Summer Hills-Painter ( I LOVE her name).  She made the most incredible box, filled to the rim with tons of goodies for me.  Check it out!!
 The Fabulous box, with easel card on top.

 I don't know how she fit so many great things inside because this baby was PACKED!

See?! I told you ~ a ton of goodies to play with and as an added bonus she sent me the directions so I can make more! Well, a friend of mine is going to teach us to make more.  Summer is teaching this as a class down by her too. Now you get to check out her BLOG.
Happy Hopping,

Friday, September 13, 2013

Simply Betty Fan Page Challenge

Here is my entry for the latest Challenge.
The digi is Mercedes and can be found at the Simply Betty Stamps store listed in my sidebar.  We already have our next image and you can buy that at the store too if you would like to participate.  Frankin Betty with the saying All wrapped up is the next image.  We also have a fabulous Blog Hop planned for this weekend.  Hope to see you here on the 15th to see the great hop we have planned.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Battle of the Skater Chics!

Simply Betty Stamps and the Stamping Chef were both wonderful enough to each offer a FABULOUS FREE DIGI on the condition that you had to use it.  Betty had color requirements ~ Black, Lime Green and Hot Pink, while the Stamping Chef had a Recipe, 1 ribbon, 2 buttons and 3 background papers.  So here are my creations for the challenge:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Simply Betty Fan Page Challenge

Welcome back!  Here is the GOOD Mermaid for this months Fan Page Challenge.  The second picture is to show the Shimmer on her fins.
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You can purchase her and many more FABULOUS Mermaids not to mention other stamps for just about anyone's taste or "Quirk".  Her link is in the CHECK THESE OUT section on my sidebar.  I got tons to get done for the Hartford Swap and ..... wait for it ...... I GET TO GUEST DESIGN for BETTY's September 1st release!!!!!!  Just a ~ A LOT EXCITED!!! 
Big Hugs,

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ribbon, Fiber and Trim Swap (SBS)

My partner for this Swap was Trish the Dish and she REALLY spoiled me!!! The blue and pink box shown was stuffed to the brim with goodies! Tons of brilliant ribbons, a wonderful card and chocolate that I had to hide from Isabelle.  What more could a girl ask for?  Thanks so much Trish for another GREAT Swap.  For those of you not familiar there is a group of us on Facebook that like to spice up each other's creative lives.  The group is Simply Betty Fan group.  We have challenges and swaps all the time to inspire each other.  The next stop on this hop is  Sherri we all hope you enjoy seeing the wonderful goodies everyone exchanged on this swap!  Thanks again Trish :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Simply Betty Stamps ~ Red White & Blue Challenge

OK I know this is kind of last minute but Isabelle and I each created a project for this challenge.
Here is Isabelle's Binder.  She used the Diver from Betty's Sweet Goth Olympic Kids.

Here is my card.  I used the Gymnast from Betty's Sweet Goth Olympic kids.  Hope you like these, the challenge can be found HEREWe will be making lots more stuff using Simply Betty Images so be sure to check back. Have a GREAT day!!!
Melissa & Isabelle

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer Fairy

Hi everyone! I have been "shipwrecked" on Paper Craft Island, completing projects in an attempt to be the "Sole Survivor".  Sadly I did not win the title but we were all considered winners because the vote was so close.  This is one of my projects submitted in the finals. 

You can find this Digi at Simply Betty Stamps.  She is our image for the Fan challenge on facebook.  If you would like to join us in these challenges and lots of other stamping fun just join her group.  It is pretty easy to follow along and join in.  Hope to see you there!
Big Hugs!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring Basket Swap ~Simply Betty's Fan Group

Hi everyone!  The snow has melted ...for now,  but they are calling for more this weekend.  We are all trying to soak up as much sun as possible here. On a VERY sunny note today is the BLOG HOP for all of us that participated in the Spring Basket Swap.  You should have arrived here from Erin's Blog if not Betty's is the starting point.  My Swap buddy was Darcy Schroeder.  We were on the same wave of thinking because we both left our cards blank so the other person could use it again.

Her card with the Betty image is so pretty I may just keep it for myself.  My daughter has been wild about the Jelly Beans and I have to say nothing fixes a bad day better than GODIVA chocolates!  Yep that egg on the left side of your screen has them in it. YUMMY! The bag is right up my alley, so is the box, the stamp and all the BEACHY Jolies! Thanks You so much Darcy I LOVED EVERTHING!!!! HaPpY dAnCe.  From here you are off to Katya's Blog.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Simply Betty Fan Challenge ~ March

This is the card I made using the FREE image from Simply Betty's Fan Group on Facebook.  We were only to use Creme, Black and one other color of our choice.  Skin tones were also allowed.  There is a new Free Digi for us to use this month, but you will have to go to the Fan Page and request it for yourself.  There is a great group of ladies that have already joined this group plus we have alot of laughs.  Hope to see you there.
Big Hugs!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Simply Betty Challenge (Feb)

Isabelle and I made these cards for the February Challenge over at the Simply B Stamps Fan Group.  We got the image for free and the the challenge was to use NO PASTEL colors.  Can you guess who made which card?  The winner will receive a basket full of crafty goodies.  A winner will be picked from the correct guesses received on March 31 ~ Good Luck!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Valentine Bucket Swap

You should have come here from Trudie's Blog if not make sure to check HERE for a complete list.  Here's a couple pictures of the goodies my Valentine Bucket Swap buddy, Jackie R, sent me.  She decorated the cutest little mailbox with the Rio image that we got.  The brown box with the letter H is a little piece of heaven!!  Hazel Hill Chocolate Traditions is now a new love for my whole family!  My Husband is in favor of me doing more swaps now ~ so Thank You for that Jackie! You have performed a miracle.  Thank you so much for all the great craft supplies & I LOVE the flowers. Your next stop on the Swap Hop is:
Emily Candy

Sunday, February 3, 2013

First Steampunk Card

This was my very first Steampunk Card.  This card and the supplies to make it can be found at Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids.  The image is from Stampendous, embossing folder is Tim Holtz and punch is EK Large Scroll.  I used the metallic rub paints in silver over the embossed clocks on black cardstock.  Hope you like her.
Inky Hugs!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Simply Betty Stamps January Sketch Challenge

Above is the sketch for Simply Betty’s current Challenge and below is my entry for this challenge.  Hope you like it.

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This Simply Betty Stamp is available HERE.  I also used EK Large Scroll punch for the bottom along with Memory Box dies La Rue Heart and Grand Heart layered behind the carefully cut out image.  The flowers were left over from the Shadow box Scrapbook page I did of my husband and me.  That makes this card eligible for the Corrosive Challenge #165 too! BONUS! Hope you like this card! Steampunk has become a new interest of mine so there will be more of these to come.

{Inky Hugs}


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Steampunk Challenge for Simply Betty Stamps Fan Group


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OK this is mainly to show the FREE DIGI that you can get for participating in this challenge.  AJ thinks that the black feather looks bad so I will be making another card for this challenge.  Besides if you join the Fan Group and see some of the other cards you will understand.  These ladies have MAD SKILLS!!!  Plus we seem to laugh every night.  All you have to do is be on Facebook, Search or go to Simply Betty Fan Group and join.  The Admin girls are very fast so you will be in pretty quick.  Hope to see you there.  The link for Simply Betty Stamps can be found on my side bar or you can get to her shop by visiting the blog (my only blinkie).

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope to finish one project each day no matter how big or how small.  Starting with this one!!! It's Done!!! This was done with the Glitter Ribbon Technique I learned from Frankie at Let's Create.  Everyone that knows me knows my love for glitter.  This is now framed in a Shadow box and proudly hung in our living room. Now, to print out some more of our pictures and frame them to complete the new look we have put into place.Big hugs to everyone & a Stamping good Year !