July 4th Crop!

Country Scrappin' in Stevensville, Montana is having a 4th of July crop. From 10am till 4pm, cost is only 5$ can't beat that!

I plan to be there, my hubs is spending the day fishing with 3 buddies, I'll go croppin' with mine!!


SBC041508 & SUO

12x12 layout stampin' up only
Challenge is here

Paper: DSP, Whisper White, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Coluzzle, Rub On's, Buttons

SBC061508 & SUO

Challenge is here

Paper: DSP, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Rose Red
Inks: SU Chocolate Chip
Other: Coluzzle, Love & Happiness Rub On's

3D032 & SUO

The challenge is here

This is a popper. Basically it's a covered can, that you stuff full of goodies (for a birthday, for shower gifts, etc, etc) and they use the pull tab to open it and get the goodies out. It's a fun little gift container for sure!

SU Stamps: Lexicon of Love
Paper: DSP
Inks: SU Basic Black
Other: Red Tape, Mono, ribbon

3D054 & SUO

Challenge is here

SU Stamps: It's All Good
Paper: So Safron
Inks: SU Chocolate Chip
Other: Coluzzle, Crystal Effects, Glue Dots, Paper Clip



delightful card by mel
This challenge can be found here.

SU Stamps: It's All Good
Paper: nothin' but scraps!
Inks: SU Basic Black
Other: Coluzzle, ribbon, popdot, glitter & Tombo


Deam Big card by Mel

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SU Stamps: It's All Good, Priceless
Paper: nothin' but scraps!
Inks: Color Box: Orange, Canary & Dark Brown
Other: Coluzzle & Tombo



CC168 SCS challenge by Mel
CC168 SCS challenge by Mel

The challenge is here.
Colors: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip & Sage Shadow.
Stamp set used: Time Well Spent
Others Used: Coluzzle, acrylic flower, colored pencils


I am what I am

12x12 layout by mel I AM WHAT I AM
Sketch 86

Country Scrappin' Classes

Donna @ Country Scrappin' and I finally got together to come up with a few classes I'll do in July. If any of you are in the Bitterroot Valley, and would like to stop in- feel free!!

7/1: 2-Way Mini Albums, 4:30-6:30 $5+supplies
7/4: Crop, 10am-6pm (this is just a crop going on during the day- more details to follow- she wants to do something fun!)
7/11: CF Mini Album, 10:30-12:30 or 4:30-6:30 $5+supplies
7/11: Comp Book, 1-3 $5+supplies
7/12: Scrapbook 101, 10:30-12:30 $20
7/12: Scrapbook 201, 1:30-3:30 $20
7/18: Waterfall Album, 10:30-12:30 or 4:30-6:30 $5+supplies
7/22: Wood Home, 1:30-3:30 or 4:30-6:30 $20

I will also be doing a Kids Kamp. Call or email Donna for more info, click here, as far as cost is concerned.

Kids Kamp runs from 8/11-8/15, from 10:30-11:30, for 8-12 year olds.

Monday: Mini Bag Book
Tuesday: Journal
Wednesday: Picture Frame
Thursday: Wood Monogram (their choice)
Friday: Take it with ya!

If you have any questions, please direct them to Donna, you can ask me, but really, all I'm doing is teaching them. She will have the supply lists ready for you once you sign up, and also for KK there is a price break for having more than one child come, and also for attending all 5 sessions.


Do Your Part

12x12 layout by  mel

Chill Out

Chill OUt! 12x12layout by mel


I've had a few emails asking why so many naked layouts. The reason is because on Saturday evening a group I've been on forever is having an auction. Each item you make, gives you "money" if it's bought. You in turn use your money to buy items from the other members. I have my eye on a couple of things people have uploaded, and I don't want to be caught broke!

Just so you know.

SBSC144: Great Love

Great Love 12x12 layout by MelThe challenge is here- this is sketch #1



JOY 12x12 layout by Mel

Fabulous Canvas

FABULOUS canvas by Mel

Sweet Summer

Sweet Summer 12X12 layout by Mel


Challenge: SC181

Priceless I'm trying to do more of the challenges while I have the time.

Tutorial: Double Diagonal Card

*Double sided pattern paper or card stock (at least 8.5X11, can be 12X12)
*coordinating papers (scraps work)
*Bone folder


1. For this project I used a sheet of 12X12 double sided paper. You can use card stock as well- I just want patterns on everything. You need to start with a sheet of 8.5X11, so I cut the 12X12 down to the correct size.

2. After the paper is the size you need it, I inked the edges. This is not needed, but I love inking. Then you take one end of the paper and fold the corners to meet each other in the center, at 4.25" You are folding the 8.5" side.

3. Then you take the long side, and fold it all the way over to meet the new line of paper.

4. You then flip it over, exposing the other side, and rectangle it. Leaving about an inch (or so- it doesn't matter) to over hang.

5. That extra inch and tucked into the fold. The picture above shows the back side, where it's tucked in.

6. This is the front side. The folds create 2 pockets.

7. I then used my coluzzle to create 2 tags (you can use anything you wish: Sizzix, Quickutz, Cricut, etc, etc.)
8. And finish the card up by making it pretty with stamping & ribbons!

Challenge: SS, GG, RR, WW

You make me smile Scrapbook Layout by Mel
Michele posted a challenge and I took her up on it. What nifty, to me, is that very rarely do I use SU exclusively, but for this page I did. Mom- your album is getting so close to being done! It might actually be ready for you come your birthday or GP day at least!


Before & After

My friend Courtney does "Tackle It Tuesday" and I have always admired her for taking on such challenges. My plan was to do them also over the summer. And today I wanted to tackle my playroom.


And the unveiling of my personal playroom AFTER!
I have desk space, I have a floor, and I have a bed. I organized the paper racks in my closest, the tubs under my corner spot, and also sifted thru my scrap papers.

I'm so excited to have space on my desk again, I'd forgotten what the table top looked like!


Journal: Cherish

This is going to be a 14th b-day gift to our babysitter. She's entering high school this year as well, and I remember everything that happened to make high school journal worthy.

Blog Candy Winner!

Called my son to have him pick a number 1-27 and he chose #11

Congratulations to: JennaZ!

Please email me at ezscrappinmel at gmail dot com and I'll get the loot postal ASAP!

Thanks everyone for playing in my 1st ever blog candy contest!


Friday the 13th Blog Candy

In honor of Friday the 13th, I thought I would give out some blog candy! I've seen others do it, but I've never had the time. School sometimes gets in the way. Since today is a "fun day" for our family, and since my son leaves for 6weeks of summer fun with his daddy- he picked out the goodies.

To get in on it, just leave a comment! Only one comment per person please. Yes, I will ship out of the US, and in the US also. So, no matter where you live, comment! I know a lot of people come, and 98% do not leave comments. It's a chance for me to meet you.

Drawing will be done Monday, June 16th, morning.
I will leave this on top till Sunday night. But check below to see anything else new.

Stampin' Up's Retired List

You have till August 10th to get these stamps before they retire! Don't forget, till the end of the month I'm offering FREE SHIPPING!

For those who live in my town, feel free to stop by my house- my catalog is already marked up for easy viewing of the retired list.

I hate things to retire... but I do look forward to the new stuff!!


FTS June Challenge: You are here

12X12 FTS Challengeclose up 12x12closeup 12x12

The challenge was/is:
7 pictures
6 eyelets/brads
5 flowers
4 pattern papers
3 word title
2 die cuts
1 something special (your choice)

We have snow people

Check out my weather pixie in the side bar-- she's not lying, it IS snowing.

That is just SICK & WRONG.

We're renting movies, and making messes... I swear, Mother Nature is playing a sick joke- it's supposed to almost be summer! We didn't even get spring yet!

*I just turned on the heater in 2 rooms, and the fire place is now going again as well. This makes me cry, big, fat tears.

So Sweet of You

Baby Boy: Brown & Green


Baby Girl: black & pink

Pink & Black Baby Wood letters.  Great gifting idea- created for a craft fair
Materials Used:
That's Nice (SU), Rub-on's, bottle cap, chalk ink, rhinestones, transparency, ribbons

Tutorial: Altering Wood Letters

Materials Needed:
*Wood letters (any will work- I cut my own, the ones I'm using for this are 8")
*Paint, alcohol ink, walnut ink, etc
*Scissors and/or X-acto knife
*Adhesive (I used tacky glue & glue dots)
*Ink pad
*Paper & pretties

1. Either pick up your letters at a craft store, or cut them out. I notched the back for easier hanging.

2. Once ready, paint the sides and back side. The front doesn't matter since it will be covered up. For simplicity I use spray paint, in black for this project. Repeat if needed.

3. Leave letters alone over night, or until dry. I prefer to leave over night so I know for sure everything is dry to perfection.
4. Pick out pattern papers of choice. I've used as many of 3 papers per letter, but for this project I used only 2 papers for each letter- 4 papers total.

5. Trace out your letter shapes on the paper. Make sure you are tracing them correctly, and not backwards! For ease, trace the letter facing the correct direction with the paper underneath. Then you don't need to worry about flipping anything around.

6. Cut along pencil lines for all letters. Erase marking as needed.

7. Use adhesive, I use tacky glue for this part, to cover the letter. Make sure to get the edges really done. Press paper down firmly and hold in place for a few second. I like to put something heavy on top of the letters while I do the rest of the word- just extra insurance for no air bubbles in my paper.

8. Don't worry about ugly edges- we're getting to that!
9. Put a thin line of adhesive on the edge where the papers meet, and cover with ribbon. Once dry, about 10 minutes, trim ribbons to the edge. Sometimes I wrap the ribbons all the way around, but I didn't for this project.

10. Ink, if you like to ink, the edges of your letter. If you are not a fan of inking- use paint. This is the best way to clean up any choppy cuts or ragged edges. It also helps tie everything together.

11. This is where you get to have fun! Go out and embellish to your hearts content.