Friday, February 25, 2011

Sew, Sew and more Sewing

Wow, it has been a good while since my last post.  I have been super busy with some sewing orders for friends as well as setting up my Etsy store and a Facebook page for Melanie Makes.  Please feel free to come see my items on Etsy or like me on Facebook.  I would be happy to sew or craft something for you.  It helps fund all my paper adventures.

"Melanie Makes" on Facebook

Now onto my most recent sewing project:
This sewing project was for my friend who is throwing a baby shower.  These cloth diaper burp cloths and taggy blanket are done in a red and white color scheme.  I think they really turned out sharp and hope the mom to be will enjoy them as well.

Now that I have wrapped up my sewing projects I have been working hard on Tyler's 4th Birthday invitations and decorations.  I can't wait to share soon.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Spring is around the corner!

Alright, so we aren't quite at Spring yet.  I can hope though can't I?  I made this flower card for a My Pink Stamper Challenge.  I think with all the snow that they have gotten in OK they are ready for an early Spring.  Let's hope the ground hogs prediction is correct.

I made this flower card with the help of my wonderful Gypsy again.  I love that I can do so much more with the Expression and can design my own creations with it. 

The size for the scalloped card base is 4.25"  The layer on top of that is 4.25", I used my Gypsy to hid the interior layer.  The next layer is just the reverse of the previous layer.  These flowers were from the Accent Essentials cart.  The next flowers were cut from the Plantin Schoolbook cart.  First at 4" and the same flower cut twice at 3" each.  The center of the flower is from Create a Critter.  I again used my gypsy to turn of the center.  These were cut at 1.5" and 1.25".  To finish it off I used a button and sewed it to the paper with some cross stitch floss.  I also used my bone folder to slightly curl the petals. 

I can't wait to send this to someone, but meanwhile I will enjoy looking at in on my shelf. 
Here's to an early Spring!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Present - Just 4 You

Here is a sweet little card that I made for my neighbors little girl, Paige.  She was born 3 days before my Tyler and they will both be 4 in mid-March.  We are very lucky to have children so close in age and most afternoons when the weather is nice you will find all of us all outside.

For this card I used my Gypsy to weld the presents into a card shape. The "Just 4 You" sentiment is from the Create a Critter cartridge.  I think this is one of my favorite cards this year. 

Have a good rest of the week - Melanie


My First Blog Award - January 2011

Wow, I am very excited I just won my first blog award from Emily at .  It is the Stylish Blogger Award and I have seen this award on many of my fellow crafters blogs and it is such a nice honor to be among them.

I have only being blogging since December and when I started I didn't have any idea that this crafting blog world existed.  I soon found out that there are so many wonderful crafters out there.  As part of the award you are to pay it forward to 8 others:

These ladies have wonderful work and I know several of them have already won this award, but wanted to share with them that how much I love their work.

I also need to share 8 things about me:

1. I am a wife and mother to my two beautiful boys (Tyler, almost 4) and (Bryan, just turned one)
2. I have a Master's Degree in Architecture (Not a great degree in this economy)
4. I love my Clemson Tigers!
5. I love to be creative in all sorts of mediums; photography, sewing and paper crafting
6. I love being gardening
7. I love to hike and go camping with my family
8. I drove a Safari Truck in Disney's Animal Kingdom for a summer

Emily thanks again for this award.  If you want to be inspired please check out her work.

Come back to see more projects soon!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Inching for Love Valentine

Since I have been making some Valentine for my husband and sons' I though the grandparents would like to receive one too.  I created this card with adorable little caterpillar with the saying, "Inching for Love". 
The cute caterpillar is from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge.  I made my own little heart board with my Gypsy and the heart was from the Plantin Schoolbook.  I used the same heart for the background.  I used my computer to print out the "Inching for Love" sentiment.  I hope the grandparents will like them.

Have a good week!