A Tribute Blog Hop for Melissa Lane

Hello everyone.. welcome to our special tribute blog hop in memory of our crafty friend, Melissa Lane. It is a hard post to write today but we would love to celebrate her beautiful life today.

Melissa passed away on October 2… She was a sweet friend whom I met through couple design teams. She as kind with her words and encouraging others. She inspired me with her love for God, her family, gardening, and cardmaking. On her blog, you can see lots of beautiful works and stories behind them. I am going to miss her a lot… My prayers are for her family that may God comfort her husband, children, and parents with the love and hope in Christ Jesus.

This tribute blog hop for Melissa starts at STAMPlorations Blog where you can see more inspirations form the team. And I created these two sympathy cards with some butterflies on them becuase Melissa loved butterflies.

I used Trendy Butterflies 2 Stamp Set to create the background and the sentiment is from the Fond Expressions Stamp Set. On the left card, I did stamping and watercoloring, and on the right one I used alcohol inks and gold foil sheet along with the stamping.

You Are In My Prayers

For the first card, I stamped the butterflies on the left side of a cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black on the right side of a watercolor paper. I trimmed the paper into 4″ x 5.25″. I freely painted the butterflies with Sakura Koi Watercolor Paints. I added some splatters with black watercolor paints. I dried the watercolor paper craft heater, and then I stamped the sentiment on it with VersaFine Onyx Black ink pad using my Mini MISTI. I added the finished panel on a dark blue card using dries-clear adhesive glue.

You Are In My Prayers

On the second card, I added some on the alcohol inks on a glossy photo paper using the felt applicator and alcohol blender. I slightly tap the ink on the paper to get the softer look on it. I let it sit to dry for a couple of minutes, and then I added the Deco Foil Gold Sheet on the paper that is still bit tacky to get the gold-ish marble look on it. I let it dried completely before stamping step.

I stamped the butterflies using the VersaFine Clair ink pads. I am so happy to see that they work great on glossy paper, too. I trimmed the 4″ x 6″ photo paper into 4″ x 5.25″ and added it on a light blue card base with Scrapbook Adhesive EZ Runner Grand. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair – Purple Delight, and then trimmed it into a sentiment banner. I added it on the card with 3D foam tape for extra dimension.

We would like to invite you all to join us in celebrating her life by creating a butterfly card in her memory. You may blog about the card you make as a tribute to her or not, but either way, please add your card to Melissa’s Butterfly Gallery at the end of this tribute post.

Oh and… when you use any STAMPlorations products on your projects, you can also link it up at STAMPlorations Neverending Anything Goes Challenge:

Before you all go…. Here’s a special discount code for you to use at STAMPlorations StoreSTAMPGIRLHELEN to save 20% OFF on all your order.

We are so thankful for all of you and Thank you again for being here to celebrate Melissa’s life with us.

Have a wonderful day!

I link up at these challenges:

Anything Goes week 356-357

ARTplorations Blog Hop | Mixed Media Cards

Hello everyone! Today I have two mixed media cards that I created using new stencils, word die sets, and mixed media mediums.

I am joining the STAMplorations Girls for the ARTplorations Blog Hop showcasing the new stencils by Sanna Lippert Designs.

On my first card, I use the new Lupinus ARTplorations Stencil and Birthday Wishes Phrase Die.

On a piece of watercolor paper, I added the texture paste using the Lupinus Stencil. After it dried, I added the 2 shades of purple Gelatos and using my finger to blend the colors. I added the green Gelato on the stalk and leaves and blended the color the same way I did on the flowers.

I scribble some of the blue Gelato around the flowers and blended it in with my finger to create the blue sky background. Once in a while I wet my finger with baby wipe.

I cut out the Birthday Wishes twice using purple and white cardstock. I stacked them together and added on the card with dries-clear adhesive glue. This glue dries clear and permanent.

I added some of the purple Stickles on the card and let them dried.

On this second card, I used the Fairy Tales ARTplorations Stencil, Big Hugs Phrase Die, Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies.

I created a watercolored background using watercolor paints. I used wet-on-wet technique. I dried the paint with craft heater and then cut it with the large size of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies.

I added the texture paste with the stencil and let it dried completely. After that, I run it through my laminating machine with the DecoFoil Teal foil sheet. It was fun to see the foil revealed when I removed the sheet.

I added some white acrylic paint with fan brush and then I added the background panel on a white card with adhesive glue.

I cut out the word die with black cardstock and added them on a white cardstock. I trimmed it into banner and I added it on the card with 3D foam tape. I embellished this card with some of the teal sequins I have in my stash.


And what’s a blog hop without prizes, right? Here are the details on the prizes:

To enter the giveaway, you simply leave a comment on STAMPlorations blog and participating designers’ blogs between now and Sunday, October 21, 11:55 p.m. Pacific for a chance to win. Only one comment per blog, please. Winners will be randomly picked from comments left here on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers’ blogs. We’ll announce the winners on November 10 in the October Winners post.

Before you all go…. Here’s a special discount code for you to use at STAMPlorations StoreSTAMPGIRLHELEN to save 20% OFF on all your order.

Thank you so much for hopping by my blog! Have a wonderful day!

Mixed Media Challenge | You’re So Very Special

STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge

Hello everyone… I am here today with a new mixed media challenge. Also, it is a new challenge for me! It is an anything goes challenge, including cards!

Starting this month, I am a new member for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team. So excited to be part of this team and create with these creative ladies.

On my almost-one-layer mixed media card today, I use Retro Circles Stencil – ARTplorations StencilMixed Media Elements Stamp Set, and Fond Expressions 2 Stamp Set.

I added some of the texture paste with the stencil on a piece of watercolor paper. I added it only the center of the paper. After the texture paste dried, I sprayed it with the Marabu Art Sprays. I sprayed one color at the time. After I sprayed it, I held the paper in angle position and let the paint drip down on both side.

Once the sprays dried, I stamped the script stamp randomly on it with Archival Black Ink Pad. And then I stamped the sentiment with the same ink pad at the bottom corner.

I trimmed the paper and added it on a white card with adhesive glue.

I hope this inspire you to create a mixed media project and join our challenge this month. If you used at least one STAMPlorations products (digital or clear stamp, stencil, die, or a page from any of our coloring books), make sure to link it up to our Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge too for a chance to win more STAMPlorations products!

Before you all go…. Here’s a special discount code for you to use at STAMPlorations StoreSTAMPGIRLHELEN to save 20% OFF on all your order.

THANK YOU so much for stopping by today! Have wonderful day!

Joy Clair New Release Blog Hop | Drink Tea, Read Books, Be Happy

Hello everyone… Today is an exciting day at Joy Clair… It is the New Release Day!!! Let’s grab your favorite drink and hop along to see the inspiration projects from the team featuring the new stamp sets.

Today, you all can check and grab the October New Release Stamp Sets at Joy Clair store. And I am sharing this card featuring the new Tea Time stamp set!

I created the background using the Broken Brick Background Stamp and using my Gelli Arts Plate with acrylic paint. After I printed the brick background, I added some Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade Ink using the make up sponge and splatter some water. It make the background looked aged. I added some white splatters using brush and white acrylic paint. I dried the whole panel with craft heater and I added it on the card with adhesive glue.

I stamped the stacked books and tea cup on a watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black using Mini MISTI. And then I colored them using Leisure Arts Watercolored Pencils. I used small round waterbrush to pull the colors. I dried the images with craft heater and fussy cut them with micro-tip scissors. I added the books on the card with adhesive glue and I added the cup on top of the book with 3D Foam Tape.

I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Clair Pinecone Ink Pad with Mini MSITI, trimmed it into banner, and I added it on the top left corner card with 3D Foam Tape.


To celebrate this release, Joy Clair is giving away a $25 gift certificate to ONE lucky winner! Please leave a comment on the Joy Clair Blog and ALL Designers Blog by Sunday, October 7th, for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on the Joy Clair Blog on October 31st, 2018. 

Our new products are now available in Joy Clair Store! We hope you find something you like!

Are you ready for more inspiration? Here is the list of design team members hopping…

Joy Clair Blog

Martha Lucia Gomez

Angie Cimbalo

Lindsay Adreon

Andrea Bjork

Jenny Fruchey

Ceal Pritchett

Monica Maier

Donna Idlet

Nicole Winslow

Helen Gullett

Kerry Urbatch

I hope you are inspired by my project today. THANK YOU SO MUCH for stopping by my blog. Have a wonderful day!

Coffee Loving Cardmakers | National Coffee Day Blog Hop | Graciellie Design

Happy National Coffee Day!!! We are at Coffee Loving Cardmakers community celebrating with a blog hop! Grab your favorite drink and hop along with us.

This blog hop starts at Coffee Loving Cardmakers’ Blog where you find all details of the blog hop and giveaway from the Super Sponsors, and Design Team projects. And head over to Gracie’s blog to check out more inspirations from her team and more chances to enter her giveaway!

On my first card I used the Stay Cozy digital stamp and Coffee Lovers SVG Digital Cutting File from Gracillie Design.

I printed with my inkjet printer and cut it with my Silhouette Cameo using the Print-and-Cut feature from their software.

I created the background with Distress Ink pads and watercolor paper. And then I distressed the edges of the watercolor paper and I added it on the card.

I colored the cup with Arteza Real Brush Pens and watercolor brush.

The heart in the middle of the cup, I cut out the Deco Foil Toner Sheet using the Coffee Lover Digital Cutting File, and then run it through my laminating machine with the Deco Foil pink melon sheet. I added it on the cup with 3D foam tape.

On my second card, I use the new digital stamp, Fall Wishes. I print and cut in the same way like the first card. And then I colored it with Arteza Real Brush Pens and watercolor brush.

On the background, I used the burlap sheet. And then I added some splatters using the Marabu Art Sprays.

I added the cut on the card with adhesive glue. And then I added the sentiment that I cut out using the Coffee Lovers SVG cutting file.

I also use the Deco Foil Toner sheet and Gold Foil Sheet on the sentiment cut out. I added them on the cup with adhesive glue.

I finished the card with some of the fall color sequins assortment I have in stash.


I hope you all like these projects today. And… Gracie is so generous to let me giving away the new released digital stamp set, Fall Wishes!!! All you have to do is to leave a comment on my blog post and at Gracie’s blog post. Commenting open until Friday, October 5, at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be announced on Monday, October 8th.