Thursday, February 24, 2011

After the Rain...

I love this week's new releases from Meljen's Designs. These Lil Noah Images really caught my imagination.
You can find these images and the new challenge for this week HERE.

When I first saw these images I immediately thought of a Quilt. It was my first thought and it seemed to have stuck. I love the sentiment on this first card, it was rolling around in my brain somewhere and immediately came to mind. "AFTER THE RAIN....A RAINBOW. HIS PROMISES ARE SURE." I used paper piecing on the front of this card.
Card Front:
Card Inside Card Inside Top

I thought these were the perfect images to use to give paper quilting a try.You can find a tutorial for Paper Quilting at Splitcoaststampers.Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the new images and challenges at Meljen's Designs . Remember to look for the incredible projects and ATC cards from the talented Design Team, these ladies pulled out all the stops for these inspiring images.
Happy Creating!

Friday, February 18, 2011

For my Chessa Jean

A Birthday Card for the February Birthday Girl.
Decided to give an Easel Card a try for my Granddaughter's 5th Birthday. Chessa Jean is such a teeny tiny lil mouse...very quiet and shy as well as little, takes after her Mom who is 4'11" and if she was dripping wet and wearing full comabat gear she might weigh 90 lbs. after a big meal. Good thing I adore my DIL or I'd have to do something drastic to her, skinny lil thing. Life can be so Unfair.... I always wanted to be tiny and petite, instead I was born an Amazon-Amazon Wide that is.

For this card I used the new Meljen's Designs Digital Image Birthday Cake Mouse. It's just toooo cute in my opinion.
A Tutorial for an Easel card can be found Here.

Happy creating and thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

TIME TO PAR-TAY - Meljen's Thursday - New Releases 2.17.11

Here they are, The Newest Releases from Melissa Jenkins at Meljen's Designs. Be sure to check them and the new challenge for the week out at the DT Blog, always great ideas and projects from the Design Team Members.

It's a Party....

Here are a few projects I did with these images. So fun to work with.
I love the little mice so we will start with them. This first card uses 'Birthday Cup Mouse'.

This next image of Birthday Cake Mouse just cracks me up, He's so cute and I love the little dab of frosting on his head.

Topsy Turvy Birthday Cake was a lot of fun, so very versatile.
.And Lastly I used both Party Penguin and Stitched Celebration for this Joy-Fold Card. A great easy to follow Tutorial can be found at Splitcoaststampers, a great site with wonderful tutorials and resources.
So here's hoping your day is filled with fun and surprises and remember to come join with us in this week's challenge at MelJen's Designs.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Had Fun with these little Pocket Card Valentines. I just love puns!
Light Bulb-You light up my Life with your Love.
Ewe- Love EWE
Lion-No LION, you're GRRRR-eat!
Hippo-I love you TONS and TONS.
Dog- DOG-gone Valentine but you're Te-RUFF-ic!
Bears-I love you BEAR-y much.

These are all Meljen's Designs Digital Stamps.
Images Used: Lovey Pup, Sweet Lace Heart, Hearty Hippo, Lion Freebie, Light Bulb Freebie, Love Ewe, I love you this much(Bears)

This Last one was for a young lady at church that did an excellant job on a talk she gave.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Meljen's Designs Sale 2.11-13

Just thought I would pass this along if you were unaware. I love her digis! You can find them HERE!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Meljens Thursday. New Releases

It's Thursday and you know what that means.....New Digital Images from Meljens Designs and are they ever cute! I hope you find them as Punny as I did. Who doesn't love a good pun? You'll be one SMART COOKIE, if you grab em' while they're HOT! So PEAR them up with your favorite project and ESPRESSO yo'self, you're sure to be the APPLE of someone's eye if you do.

Here are some projects I used them on.

A Tag using Hot Stuff--maybe for a bag of Spicy Hot Beef Jerky for the man in my life.

A Card using
A Perfect Pear. Bosc pears....yummy.

Another card, this time using APPLE OF MY EYE. Had some 3-D fun with this one. Layer 1 is the whole image. Layer 2 cut out Apple and hole in apple, leaf and worm on right. 3rd Layer placed worm through hole in layer 2 apple. Cuter in person to see the worm coming out of the apple.
And finally a Bookmark that slips over the corner of your page using Smart Cookie. You can find a wonderful tutorial for this at Splitcoaststampers.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to go to Meljens Design Team and Challenge Blog for more info on this week's releases and and the new Design Challenge.

Happy Creating!



Congratulations to Kards by Kathi you are the Meljens Designs Lots-O-Lovin' Blog Hop random winner here at Buttons and Bows. Kathi, reply to this post or email me and let me know whether you would like the Lovey Puppy or Hearty Hippo image. I will then email it to you ASAP.
You can check for the Grand-Prize Winner of the Blog Hop HERE.

These images can be purchased HERE and HERE. Be sure to check back Thursday the 10th (tomorrow) for Melissa's newest releases at her challenge and design team blog or right here at Buttons and Bows. Promise, you're gonna love em'.

I sincerely thank all of you for stopping by and leaving such thoughtful and kind words of encouragement. Y'all are simply wonderful. Thank You for making my first experience with a Blog Hop and a Design Team memorable. Hope you will continue to stop by on occasion. It's been fun. May you have Lots-O-Lovin' hoppin' your way today and everyday....

Sunday, February 6, 2011


If you are Looking for the MelJens Designs Blog Hop Post go HERE

Made this card for my husband, Matt, cause I LOVE him even more than Chocolate. If you know me, you know that is really saying something. My personal view of life is that with Prayer and Chocolate you can handle 'Anything'... This card uses a Tri-Shutter Fold and is a lot easier than I had originally thought it would be. An Awesome tutorial can be found here. I used a freebie image from Meljens Designs Love is sweet and also her Triple Chocolate Treat. The sentiment I just worked up on the computer. A bit of Glossy Accents really adds to the chocolate.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

MELJEN Designs Lots-O-Lovin' Blog Hop

Welcome to MELJENS Designs Lots-O-Lovin Blog Hop. If you have been Hoppin' along you should have come here from Nicole, If not, you can begin the Hop by starting at the main Meljens Design Team Blog and get the 'inside track' on all the fun stuff that is happening. The hop will run from Thurs. Feb 3 - Tues. Feb 9 8pm EST. Be sure and check the MDT blog to get all the particulars on how to win the Grand Prize.

I’m so glad you stopped by and am very excited to participate in this my very first Hop ever! Just a couple of months ago I discovered the wonderful world of digital images and soon came across Melissa Jenkins’ incredibly fun designs. I just fell in love with them and was ‘over the moon’ to be asked to be a member of her Design Team. Such a talented group of ladies to rub 'cyber shoulders' with. Darsie and Candace are also joining me as the newest members. Tons of inspiration will be coming your way here on my blog and at the Meljen's Designs blog, especially Thursdays, where each week there is a new release and a new challenge! Each challenge gives you a chance to win free images , so I hope you play along with us. We love seeing your creations!
Alrighty then, lets get down to business…Here are Melissa's New Digital Image Releases, so cute and sure to bring a smile to your heart and brighten your day. Here at Buttons & Bows I am featuring Melissa’s New Digital Release Lovey Puppy and also Hearty Hippo, they were both so cute I couldn’t decide. Leave a comment to this post during the L-O-L Blog Hop and 1 randomly chosen winner will recieve their choice of either Lovey Puppy

or Heart-y Hippo. This week’s challenge at Meljens Design Blog is to use a ‘Fun Fold’ in your creation. I chose to make a couple of ‘Spring’ Pop-up cards to showcase these delightful images. These cards mail flat and then ‘Spring’ up when taken out of the envelope. A wonderful easy-to-follow tutorial for this project can be found Here. These cards are a lot of fun!

I Wanted to keep the cards themselves simple so they would show off the image as well as the paper and fold of the card. I cut the puppy's mouth with an x-acto knife so I could slide the heart cut-out inside. (Yeesh, that sounds a bit morbid, ok alot.....but I digress…)

Thought the fanny of this Hippo needed to have an additional layer cut out and popped up on dimensional tape, the heart is another layer on top of that. The tail and bird are also 3-D. Those big ole pearly whites were just asking for a bit of Glossy Accents, the bright pink toenails as well. (We girls always want to look our very best.)

Lovey Puppy and Hearty Hippo were colored using Prismacolor colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits. A tutorial for this technique can be found Here .

Remember to leave a comment and you will be entered to win your choice of either Lovey puppy or Hearty Hippo. I will choose a random winner after the Hop closes on Tues evening and announce the following morning, 2/9 at 10AM EST right here at Buttons & Bows. If you are the winner contact me and let me know which image you would like as your prize.

Looking forward to hearing from you and thank you for stopping by.

From here be sure to hop on over to Sandy.

Hope you will continue to stop by on occasion here and at MELJENS.

MELJENS Design Team

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

For My Tweeties

Made these 2 cards for my 5 lil Tweeties, 3 grandaughters (Sage, Jade and Rane) in Texas and 2 grandaughters (Chessa Jean and Zipporah or Zippy) in Japan. Oh how I wish they lived closer, but for the time being I get my "Grandma Fix" by teaching the children at Church, 3-11 yrs. If I'm really lucky a couple of them talk their parents into letting them sit with me during Sacrament Meeting (Worship Service), I bring a "Grandma Bag" full of goodies just in case.
The images are MELJEN Designs digital stamps. I used Tweet Heart Birds and Sweet Lace Heart . I just love the versatility of digital images, being able to resize, crop, insert sentiments, mirror-image, etc. Just print them out, color, create. The best part, no storage problem. Just be sure to back up your computer ;o). I only discovered the wonder of Digital Stamps a couple of months ago, if you've never tried them, give em' a whirl. MELJENS offers freebies for you to download and try. They're free and they're CUTE as a Button.