Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Well hello!

Hello there!

Sorry for the long hiatus!  I hope your year has been going well so far!  I've been keeping busy.. I finished the foundation of my December Daily 2010 album a couple of weeks ago, then I was waiting for pictures to be developed and to arrive.  I've been working on that little by little, when I had time.  So hopefully I will have those pages to share with you soon!

My sweet and talented friend Lisa Young awarded me with the Stylish Blogger Award!  Thank you, Lisa!  (I hope you forgive me for taking so long to do this!)  I am supposed to tell you 8 things you might not know about me.  Hmm.. let's see...

1.  I am a "middle child" - I have two brothers, one older and one younger.  I've always wanted a sister. :)

2.  Instead of taking a cruise, I would MUCH rather backpack through Europe.  Someday!

3.  Nature provides some of the most comfort to me.  There is not much better than sitting on a porch, listening to a steady rainfall.

4.  I listen to all kinds of music, and consider it to be a big part of me.  My favorite bands are Flyleaf, Evanescence, and Coheed & Cambria.  I also enjoy a little Taylor Swift and Mindy Gledhill.

5.  I secretly yearn to be a fashion designer.  A friend and I discussed this at length at one point, and even talked of making it into a side business together.  I'm not really an accomplished seamstress, although I am working on it. :)

6.  Seth and I have been together for 9 years, less than a month from today.  We met at our first real jobs, working at a grocery store.

7.  I dream of owning a small-scale farm.  I would love to have my own cows, chickens, and sheep, and a beautiful, old farmhouse.

8.  I've never been a party-girl, and don't mind at all sitting at home, comfy, in my jammies.  Yes, boring, I know. ;)

Ok, those are the things I can think of, off the top of my head!  Here are 8 blogs that inspire me.. please take a moment to check them out, if you can.  I wish I could list you all, because you all inspire me!

Lisa - Life in Flip-Flops
Susan - Susan's Little Scraps
Lora - The Squirrel Hole
Krystal - Krystal's Cards and More
Tanya - Tinkerin in Ink
Marian - Mustard Seed Creations
Donna - Funky Junk Interiors
Anne - The Maui Stamper

And I do have a card to show you!  Fancy that, huh?  hehe

I used Mojo Monday's sketch this week, and a new stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I love that set!  To add a little interest to the strip of DSP (also from the Occasions Mini), I stamped across with one of the stamps in the same set in Crumb Cake ink.  I'm also loving that new Framed Tulips embossing folder.. one of my favorite things to do is to actually emboss a separate piece of cardstock, and adhere it to the same color card base to create a tone-on-tone look.  Subtle, but additional texture!

And hey.. it qualifies for the Valentine's Day challenge on the SUO Challenges blog!  Awesome! :)

Ok, I must run.  I'm off to crop for the day!  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Espresso Amour card supplies:
Stamps:  Clearly for You
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, and Soft Suede
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and Blushing Bride cardstock, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Chantilly Lace Trim, Early Espresso button (Neutrals Designer Buttons), 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Circles #2 Originals Die, Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot, vanilla thread


  1. Ahhh thank you! But I have to say... YOU are the inspiration! Most of those things I did know about you...there were a couple I didn't.

    Love the card! It is too pretty. Your creations always make me want to just buy buy buy!

  2. beautiful colors in that card, you sound so much like me, except you didn't mention the beach, but that's ok, I'll forgive you...hiking Europe. oh yea! Love your talent, M!

  3. Another wonderful card,Melissa!! Love the color!

    There were things I didn't know about you, but n one of those surprised me, so I guess I knew you better than I thought!

    Because a lot of those are the same things that I love or would love to do I certainly don't find you boring!! LOL

    Have missed you. Glad to see your post!

  4. So glad to know that my silly ramblings inspire you; but don't you know that I get my inspiration from you? :) Love the card! I'm thinking that I need that embossing folder now too!

  5. Beautiful card, Melissa!! I love the colors and the LO. It's just perfect!

  6. Oh my oh my this is a card to be cased! Thanks for sharing this awesome card.

  7. The card is simply beautiful! The colors are so pretty. What an excellent job.

  8. What a beautiful vintage card! Thanks for joining in at SUO CHallenges.

  9. Gorgeous! I love the colors and the vintage feel. So glad you joined us at SUO Challenges this week.

  10. Love reading tidbits about you. Sitting on your porch in Knoxville sounds perfect! Oh, btw, love, love, love the card! Thanks for playing!

  11. This is so pretty! Thanks for joining us at SUO challenges! :)


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