Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bella and Friends

Feeling better from surgery on the 18th. Had a spark of creativity today!!!  What do you think?

Stamp Set - Bella and Friends
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Pool Party, Basic Black
Black Stazon ink
Aqua painters with smokey slate
marker - real red
Silver Cord and Rhinestones


stamp set Bella and Fridays
Cardstock DSP, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White
Black Stazon ink
Aqua painters; smokey slate

Friday, August 26, 2016

Paper Pumpkin details

BOGO - Buy one month and get one month free if you are a new subscriber!  Never has this been offered before!  50% off!  I have not subscribed yet and I am taking advantage of this offer myself!!!!

This is important: Please make sure to pick me, Melissa Christiansen - zipcode is 85142 as your Demonstrator. I don't always get a notice when you subscribe, so when you do, please let me know...Thanks! It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up at and click Join. 
Here is the direct link  to join Paper Pumpkin under me. After you join my Paper Pumpkin Pals and your first kit is mailed out I will send you a little welcome to the group gift.
Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on September 10th, we'll send your kit around September 15th. If you sign up on September 11th, we'll send your first kit around October 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) 
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
Speaking of Paper Pumpkin, if you are a Current Paper Pumpkin Subscriber you can purchase past kits as well as refill kits (while supplies last). You need to email or call me if you want to order these as the Paper Pumpkin department works on a different system than regular ordering.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

had surgery

Update. Had surgery to remove skin cancer on right forearm. and a lymph biopsy. Going to be a few more weeks before I am up and going again.  Healing.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

back to school

I will post more soon.  Just had 1st day back with students!  All time and energy lesson planning and copies for a bit!  Although I did create a fun get to know you activity and stamped the cards students need to use for it.  More to come.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Blog Hop - making flowers with balloon punch

Summer Blog Hop
Create with Melissa

Items used for Tea with Flowers card:
All Stampin' Up! products.

Balloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp Set
Balloon Celebration Stamp Set

Cardstock: whisper white, Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral, Pirouette Pink
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Versamark
Snail Adhesive, embossing gun, Balloon punch, White embossing powder, bone folder, mini glue dots, stampin' dimensionals, rhinestone accents.
Calypso Coral 8-1/2" x 11" CardstockPink Pirouette 8-1/2" x 11" CardstockWild Wasabi 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock

1. Cut Wild Wasabi into 4 1/4 X 11 1/2 card. fold using bone folder.
2. Cut strips of Pirouette Pink 2 inch strips. (2 of them)
3. Cut -  Whisper White - 1 3/4 X 2
   Cut - Calypso Coral - 2 1/4 X 2 1/2 and 3/4 x 5 1/2
   Cut - Pink Pirouette - 2 X 2 1/4 and 1 x 5 1/2

4. Ink up with versaMark and stamp circle stamp onto Calypso Coral - cover with white embossing powder. emboss.
5. Ink up with versaMark the large balloon inside color stamp - Stamp onto Pink Pirouette paper. Cover with white embossing powder. Emboss. Let cool.

Balloon Bouquet Punch
6.  Punch out embossed balloons.  Go from left to right since you are only punching out the large balloon for this flower.
7. Stamp the wild wasabi card with the circle stamp - to create a background on your card.
8. Stamp the sentiment onto the whisper white c/s.
9. Glue together and assemble pieces.

White Stampin' Emboss PowderVersaMark PadRhinestone Basic Jewels
10.  To make flower.  Use bone folder to curve balloons into a slight U shape.
Start with 4 at the bottom using mini glue dots.  The next layer use 4 balloons and overlap the spaces left from the 1st 4.  Use a mini glue dot at the base of the balloon and a stampin' dimensional just above that.  Do this for 3 layers of overlapping total.  Make sure the stack ends on top of each other.
11.  Use largest rhinestone for middle of flower.  You may want to use a mini glue dot to help secure it properly.
12.  Embellish card with additional rhinestones.