Monday, January 23, 2012

Featured on CardMaker

A fun announcement today for those who haven't received their issue yet (and I am among those who haven't, hee hee, come on USPS!): I am the Featured Designer this month at CardMaker! (how exciting!) :) Brooke posted a simple card I made for the issue's feature article on the CardMaker Editor's blog using the "A Year of Flowers" stamp set, thanks CardMaker for featuring me in the March 2012 issue and today! :)

This issue is really special to me, because in addition to sharing several of my designs and a step by step paper flower tutorial I made, Brooke did a fantastic job interviewing me about my illustrating and how I came up with the idea for the "A Year of Flowers" book. (By the way, I'm pretty sure the neighbors heard me scream when I saw the ad for the book on the first page in the digital issue!) :D

Here is another card I made for the issue, using "Branching Out" set from Gina K Designs (you got your wish Mary Anne, here you go!) ;) For a full list of materials and instructions, check out the issue! (p. 57). As always, their photograph and staging of it looks so much better than my own! :0)

I have been so blessed to have so many opportunities to design for CardMaker the last three years! Everyone over there is a joy to work with and I just wake up every day grateful they like my style and ideas! :) It's so important in life to find that! If I'd never bit the bullet and submitted to their magazine, I might still be unpublished and certainly would not have this book! I hope this encourages those of you who haven't submitted before, or have but are still trying to get that first acceptance. Not everyone's going to love your work, but the ones that do, that is a gift from above and ALL you need to shine! :)

More design spots on their blog will be coming up over the next several weeks, I hope you'll become a subscriber!

PS One last bit of trivia, I have a card on their cover this month, that's the first time that has ever happened, I was just tickled pink! Do you know which one?

PPS Gotta give a shout out to all my Gina K peeps (Jennie, Carolina, Michelle, did I miss anyone?!) who are rocking cards in this issue (woot!) as well as few a cards I can't help mentioning that use my stamps (yippee!): Tonya Dirk made an adorable one using "Candles on your Cake" on p.50, and Giovana did the cutest baby card with "Basket Blessings" on p. 72. Thanks so much ladies!!


  1. Congatulations Melanie for being featured in CardMaker Magazine. You must be on top of the world right now. What a beautiful card you made for the magazine love the colors.

  2. Congrats, Melanie!! So very happy for you!! It's hard to find that mag here, but I'll be looking out for it.

  3. I DID receive my magazine and saw your wonderful feature! Big congrats!! Your cards are gorgeous, and that is a beautiful photo of you!

  4. I got mine, and even made DH read it! How much fun to say "that's my friend, Melanie"!!! Big big congratulations, dear friend!


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