Thursday, September 10, 2009

Best Wishes to and from PaperCraft Planet!

A bit of sad news: With mounting family and designing commitments, I have had to make the difficult decision to scale back on my other teams so I can focus solely on my designing and illustrating for Gina K Designs, which includes stepping down from the Paper Craft Planet Supernovas. :( (I never dreamed when I started illustrating in January of 2008 with my first set that a year and half later I would have 22 sets out!) BUT, I am so glad for the experience and friendships I've made through Paper Craft Planet, thank you Susanna and all the ladies of PCP for the opportunity and support! I know Paper Craft Planet will continue to thrive and grow and I will keep sending people your way!

Now some happy news: the PCP ladies are throwing a little going away "Best Wishes" bash for me in the form of a blog hop today featuring my two newest sets "A Year of Leaves" and School, Sports, Spirit!" Aren't they the best?? There's nothing like having people wish you well when you are making big choices for the future, I am SO grateful they are helping me do this with their blessing!! :) So blessed!! I'm playing along too since I wish only the best for PCP and all my peeps there!

I used "A Year of Leaves" to make a simple fall card with "Bless You", this covers so many occasions and best wishes, too! Leaves are watercolored with peerless watercolors, and I stamped the background mat with the different leaves in Vivid Coffee Bean ink. CS is Pure Luxury. I made 2 little pairs of matching earrings from Polyshrink (stamped in Stazon and colored on the backside with Copics) to go with it using one of the leaf images and the acorn, oh my goodness you should see the acorns in real life: they shrink up so tiny, look like little gem stones, so sweet! (I know what i;m makign for gifts this year!!) I pierced some holes through some matted matching CS to coordinate the presentation.

This next card uses "School, Sports, Spirit!", but in keeping with today's theme I didn't go "sports" or "school" with it, just sending lots of love and spirit with this girly, feel good card! "Go for the goal!" is stamped right side up and then turned over to make a complete circle four times on the mat, and then I layered on some Cuttlebugged heart and circle punches inside each. Really fun to frame up little images and punches with this sentiment! Go for it ladies, take the 'Planet to the top!!
To top it all off, Gina K is sponsoring a challenge this week on Paper Craft Planet with a chance to win one of Melanie’s newest sets! Upload a new project with a "Best Wishes" or good luck theme to the PCP gallery with the tag GKDBW by Monday, Sept 14th, 10 EST. A winner will be announced Tuesday, that person will win their choice of “A Year of Leaves or “School, Sports, Spirit!” Hope you will play the challenge!

Now please see more beautiful samples the Supernovas created with my new sets here:
Adela Rossol
Lynn Mercurio
Kim Burmeister
Wendy Price
Jen Tapler
Tammy Hershberger
Erika Martin
Lori Tecler
Jessica Fick
Sankari Wegman
Susanna Boyd

Thank you again, SuperNovas!! :)


  1. Awesome to have such good people in your life who want the best for you!
    Lovely cards & I printed the tip sheet already! Thank-you.

  2. Oh, Mel. It was such an honor to be working with you. You have been blessed with such a wonderful gift in illustrating. Bless you and best wishes to all you have to look forward to.

  3. Melanie we are SOOOOO going to miss you!!!! I am so sad that you are leaving sweet girl!!! You are such an inspiration to me and I can't wait to see all the amazingness that you will be creating!!!

    I LOVE your creations - and WHAT - you made EARRINGS to match!!! Get OUT!!!! That is awesome!!!! You SO rock chica!!! All of your cards are just brilliant!!! LOVE them!!!

    WIshing you all love, happiness and all blessings to you and your dear ones!!! Wishing you continued success and bliss! You are truly amazing and will be missed at PaperCraft - but watch out - because we will be stalking ya!!! LOVE you Melanie!!!
    Big hugs and love always!
    Sankari :)

  4. Love these two cards Melanie! You are an amazing illustrator and the Lord has blessed you with an incredible talent. Your stamp sets are so versatile and vary in styles so there is really something for everyone... Keep it up and best wishes to you as well! Looking forward to what you have to share with your fans in the future!

  5. We will miss you on the Planet, Melanie! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your designs in the future.

    Love your projects for tonight--the earrings are fabulous!

  6. I hate making decisions like that - but family needs need to come first - I wish you the best Melanie with your decision.
    Love your work!

  7. Wow the cards I've seen with your set have been stunning and I've enjoyed viewing them a great deal.
    Sad to hear that you are leaving Paper Craft Planet but fully understand your reasons. May you continue with much success in your designing for Gina K and in your life as well.

  8. Best wishes for what you'll be focusing on, Mel. I've loved you on PCP and am glad we'll still be seeing you and your lovely sets with Gina.

  9. Melanie, those earrings are just darling.

  10. Thank YOU Melanie, for all the of inspiration and laughs you've added to the PCP DT. You will be miss from our group.

    These are wonderfully creative cards...I can see why you have designed so many set...creativity just oozes from you! {{{HUGS}}}

  11. WOW! This is gorgeous! Love how you created the earrings to match the card!

    Mel, it has been such an honor to work with you!!!! I'm excited to see all the gorgeous stamps you're going to create! Good luck!!!

  12. OMG you've only been illustrating for basically a year?!! I figured you'd been doing this forever, all your projects are fabulous! Sorry to hear you are leaving the planet!

  13. Now see, that's what I am talking about. You have all this talent. I just love it. Beautiful creations. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Beautiful cards, Melanie and I LOVE the earrings! What a great idea!

    We will miss you! Thanks a bunch for all the inspiration, and for letting me play in your leaves! :) Best of luck to you!

  15. Ok, first of all those earring are AWESOME!! I'm totally making some of those this weekend with this set!!

    And second, the Planet just won't be the same without you! You've been such an inspiration Mel! I'll miss you a ton, but can't wait to see all the great things I know are in store for you in the future!!

  16. Beat wishes to you, Melanie, with this change! Your illustration and design work are awesome! Looking forward to seeing all your new sets and creations! Both of your cards here are beautiful and the earrings are fantastic! Thanks for sharing your incredible creativity!

  17. Best wishes. You are so talented. I love your cards and earrings.

  18. These are both such fun cards, Melanie! Those earrings are awesome too!!!


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