Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's Been Awhile...

Well, she's back. Anyone miss me? And, I thought what better than to start off with song titles for my blog posts again. Who guessed it? Staind. They put on a good show. I saw them with Nickelback (swoon) in 2007. Anyway...this post is not about music.

So...I took a hiatus from my blog. Obviously. Not really an intended one. Just sort of happened. Kind of like life just happens. Like Ferris Bueller said..."life moves pretty fast. you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." Oh, so very true! Can't believe it has been 2 years since I've blogged.

Where to start?!?!? Well, I'm still scrapping. And, still loving it. Think I have definitely found my style within the past year or so. Still love paper. Lots of paper. Layers and layers of paper. Everyone always asks who my favorite manufacturer is...I don't have one, I have many! Love alphas, love inks and chalks, love glimmer mist...just love all of it!!!

Had something super-dee-dooper happen to me a few weeks back. Posted a layout in my gallery (as I always do). It's a layout done with the awesome "my friend birdie" line by Nikki Sivils. Well, I ended up getting a comment from Julie Tucker-Wolek. She wanted to know if I would e-mail her my layout for her to showcase on the Nikki Sivils blog! Ummm....yeah!!!! That totally made my day (week, month, year...)!!! I couldn't wait to wake up and check out the blog on the day she said it would be there. Sure enough, it was just as promised. Here is the layout that is being featured on the blog:

These papers just seemed to be made for my picture! I just love the little birdies! I used stickles on them to make them all sparkly and shiny (:

I've been working on a ton of Christmas cards lately. I need to send them out! Here are 3 of my favorites that I made:
This one was made with Bo Bunny's "Noel" line. Love, love, love the vintage look to these papers! I used glossy accents and diamond dust on the poinsettia (Prima).

This card was made with Echo Park's "Everybody Loves Christmas" line. Love the whimsical Santa! I used glossy accents and diamond dust on him, too!
And, lastly...this card was made with Lily Bee Designs "Christmas Town" papers and chipboard buttons. Used some glimmer mist and cat's eyes chalks on this one.

I have many more cards, but these are just a few (of my favorite I think I am just about done making them. Now to address all of them and get them in the mailbox.

I still have quite a few gifts to make. I have both of Nicholas' teacher gifts to make. I am also making my family's gifts this year. For the teachers, I am making shadowboxes out of old books. Love the way they turn out. Not sure yet what I will make for the family. I'll figure something out. That's the beautiful thing about being can always come up with something!

I am off work tomorrow (woohoo)! I think I will start putting up the tree while Nich is in school. He will not help with any of the manual labor part, anyway. He just likes to put on the ornaments. I am hoping to find some scrappy time, too! My girl, Jillian Cassity, sent me a HUGE box with our Christmas pressies in it! Of course, mine was all scrappy stuff! Can't wait to play!!!!

Well, it is getting late....and I am getting sleepy and silly. Before this post begins to not make any sense, I will sign off. I will check back in tomorrow....hopefully with pics of a decorated Christmas Tree!

Until next time....


Peggy said...

Yeaaaah, she's back!!!!! How wonderful to see you blogging again Mel. Yay for you for having your LO featured on the Nikki Silvis blog, that's so exciting for you. And I love your cards as well! I hope you'll stick to blogging now, I can't wait to hear more about you and how you've been lately.
xxx Peggy

Alia said...

Cute use of buttons on the LO and adorable santa card!

Melissa said...

Aaaah, thanks so much for stopping by girls!!!!
Alia...I just signed up to follow your blog!! Thanks for adding me!! I'll try to stay more!

Peggy...big hugs, my friend!!!! Hope all is well on your side of the world!!

Jillian Deiling Cassity said...

Yaayyy im soo glad ur blogging again! I know your blogging will inspire me to get off my lazy behind and bllog more too! Lol.
U know I adore your cards and your amazing nikki sivils lo! U r awesome!
Good lluck putting up ur tree today. I expect updates!

Manda_K said...

Glad to see you are back! :D Love the cards, so cute!!!

Heather Landry said...

Oh lord she's back!!!! Whoo hoo! I am already a follower. It's about time girlie. I missed ya! Congrats on your Nikki Silvis blog spotlight. That's awesome!

Jeni said...

Glad you got your work recognized Mel! You so deserve it. I love your style and you always do such nice work.

TheresaK said...

wow. she blogs!!! <3 Congrats on the Nikki Silvis blog!!