Friday, January 25, 2008

Hip Hip Hooray, YOU Make My Day!

Still have to photograph my blog candy, it will be up later today! I wanted to go ahead and get something posted, though, for now...(you will have a couple days after I post to leave a comment to win, so check back when you can)

I made this card for one of my kids at church. About 2 1/2 years ago I volunteered to make the birthday cards for all the children 12 and under. I haven't met them all personally, but I feel like I know them as I address them to the same children each year, and I can pray for them as make them. While I have never been contacted by anyone for custom-made cards or workshops as a result, I definitely believe God has blessed me in MANY other ways for doing this! :) (The reason I share this story is I thought it might be a way a lot of you card makers might enjoy using your talents if you are looking for a way to serve your church. I know mine really appreciates having someone who is willing to do it, and I'm definitely better at making cards than I am leading songs or running the nursery! We all have different gifts! LOL!)
After stamping and coloring my image, I sketched in some stems and leaves with my Old Olive marker. I had to use "my boo boo stamp", SU!'s Itty Bitty background splatter on the focal point, I smudged! (lazy stamper, CAN'T start over) With my white gel pen, I accented the DP flower centers, my versamarked flowers on the Chocolate Chip background, and the little brad holding my prima and 5-petal flower.

AND FINALLY, here it is:

Thank you SO MUCH Rose Ann and Donna for nominating me for this award and encouraging me that my blog is a place you like to be! That made my day! (I still have a lot to learn, but I'm enjoying it!) Now to pass it on...

The rules: Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. here they are*, in particular order:

Gina K-Well, she's made my day SEVERAL times now, but I'll just mention her recent post with a link to my treat box put me on the map, that was fun! Not to mention the great projects she shares, things she does for others, and that can her posts can make me both laugh and cry! Thank you, Gina!

Donna Baker-Donna's sweetness and caring for others just emanates through the screen as she shares cards and gifts she makes for all the people in her life. You can always see she puts so much thought and love into every beautiful card she makes :) And she's definitely on a winning streak lately, wining card contests of both skill AND chance! Go check her out and get some of her good mojo!

Sharon Johnson-one of the first to design with my stamps and share on her blog! thank you I'm so honored! Love, love ALL your work!

Rose Ann-such talent! We did NOT know each other and she bought my set anyway LOL!(and then made the cutest card with it!) Thanks for being one of the first to come check out my blog and taking the time to leave such nice comments!

Carolyn King-one of my new peeps! Thanks for adopting me the past few weeks, and always leaving something wonderful on my blog. I'm glad to have you as my new "partner in crime", so to speak!

Nichole Heady-the first blog I found with step by step tutorials! I love her style, ideas and her ability to keep you coming back! I studied hard and took lots of notes on what a blog could be...

Beate Johns-it's just so FRESH! and FUN! You make blogging and creating beauty from paper and ink "look easy", and that's a GOOD thing! Thank you for posting ANOTHER terrific card with my set!!

Lauren Meader -someone who tackles stamping and motherhood with unbelievable style and grace! What an inspiration to me...

Debbie Olson-just a beautiful blog and lady, can't miss it

Joanne Basile-I'm so glad to have found her blog, her work is just outstanding, and recently, hippy! Since she made Gina K's new design team, she will be designing with my new releases the next three months! Now THAT makes my day!

and Barb Schram, but she doesn't have a blog, so is that against the rules?? Barb, get on the blog train, whatcha waitin' for? I could defintiely name more than 10, so I will work on that for later, can you ever say something nice to too many people?

(Now I just need someone to"tag" me so I can reveal lots of terrifically random stuff about myself!) ;)

* and, of course, all these women are hippy! ;)


  1. Your card is so cute, Melanie!! I love the designer paper you've used, and the rounded corners! Love it!!

    Thanks for the kind words! You are too sweet!! You're fairly new to blogging, but I'm sure you'll have people flocking here in no time!!

  2. Awww gee shucks, I'm honored to be in such great company on this list. I can't even stand it! (blush) I'm so looking forward to working with you the next few months!

  3. Melanie;
    I am so glad you posted this cute little birthday card with the reason why you made it. I make cards for my Church as well and I also make little booklets for the kidlets when they accept Jesus, or get baptized. In it there is a card for them welcoming them to the Family. I really enjoy doing this. I also teach Sunday school (preschoolers), and I make cards for fundraising for our Church for children's ministry and for summer camps. I think this is the only way I know how to use my gift of making cards for the glory of God. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Okay, for whatever reason, your email server hates me and rejects my mail. boo. Any idea how I fix that? :-)

  5. Awwww...thanks Melanie! Your blog does make my day! And drum roll.....I will be joining blogland very soooon, a few more tweaks and I'll be there!

    And thanks for sharing your card and idea today! From a children's ministry director standpoint(that's my job), this has such a far reaching positive impact.

    Through a child's eyes, someone cares enough to hand make a card just for them!!!! If we could only see the all the ripple effects from a good deed as this...but God does! And that's good news to me!

    (Sorry this is sooo long) Take good care! Barb:)

  6. Such an adorable card! I just ordered this set. . .have to have it! LOL Some of those same people you listed make my day too!

  7. I love this set Melanie! Thank you for posting about your smudge and concealing it. I'm a lazy stamper too!! I'd much rather try to figure out a way to "make it work" than pitch it!

  8. Okay, I hope this isn't creepy. :) The first thing I noticed on your blog was that you have the *cutest* hair!

  9. ha! I do the same with smudges, I guess I'm a lazy stamper too (well, sometimes I start over!) I read this earlier and it truly brought tears to my eyes, thank you for your sweet words about my character. I love that you do this for the kids at your church! love your card!

  10. You're too sweet! Thanks so much! You are a blessing in my life too!
    Gina K.


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