Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nope, not an April Fool's joke... it's a real blog post. :-)

faux bleach Hero Arts flower card DETAIL

Dear sorely-neglected Blog Friends,

Hello again! Well, where to start? (I guess, I should first say, despite the date, this is not an April Fool's joke!) :-) How the time passes; it's been over a year since I've blogged?

So many things have happened in the past year or so -- starting with technical craziness with my computer that has set the entirety of my PC contents out of my reach for the time being (digital papers, cut files, and even tutorial photos). Though hopefully I'll be able to retrieve them all soon.

Looking back I think losing access to all of my work broke my mojo. I just couldn't seem to craft much and blogging felt so off. I didn't feel right posting anything until I could share the free cut files and papers that went into making things.

On a personal note, my apologies for being away so long and being so silent. I have missed You all ever so much, but wasn't sure how to reconnect. Now though, I will be here weekly and hope to find my blogging voice again. That and start making new schtuff, so I can share with You again!

So, without further ado, a card:

faux bleach Hero Arts flower card

I did this stuff to make the card...

Step 1) Heat embossed a Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms stamp in white ink & e.p. on My Favorite Things, Steel Grey cardstock.

Step 2) Created a faux-bleach technique by painting on white Distress Paint (Tim Holtz Picket Fence) watered down and applied with a paint brush. Added white splatters as well & then allowed it to dry.

Step 3) Added colour (the turquoise and yellow) with Copic markers & a colourless blender pen.

Step 4) Made the sentiment banner using 2 layers of Canson Tracing Paper (on which I stamped a Tim Holtz Reflections stamp on the back of in White Stazon).

Step 5) Created a "Hello" cut file in Silhouette Studio (using Lobster - a free font); cut it from white cardstock & coloured it with a black marker. Adhered it onto the tracing paper.

Step 6) Adhered the image & sentiment to a piece of yellow cardstock Staples Canary cardstock. Added some hand-stitching in white thread & stuck it all on a white card top-fold A2 card.

The stamp text/numbers on Tim Holtz's Reflection stamps are reversed, since they were designed by Tim for kissing techniques and for use with embossing folders:

tim holtz reverse stamp on tracing paper white stazon

However, I wanted to be able to use them for regular stamping, and stamping them on the back of tracing paper allows it to show right side up:

tim holtz reverse stamp on tracing paper white stazon (2)

free cut file

I made a silhouette file to share, with some card fronts and the sentiment.
(They're set up for print & cut if you want to fill it with a pattern or photo).

hello card panels - lobster font - free cut files by mel stampz

Details: These cut files are designed to fit an A2 card while leaving a band of coloured cardstock or whatnot exposed at the side. (They are 5.5" tall x 3.72" wide, but you could easily change the width to be 4.25" to cover the whole card if you prefer).

To download the free Silhouette file,
click the image or click this link.
SVG files are available here:

This digital work is offered up for free, but mainly for personal use or handmade sale items only.
Please do not use these to make digital papers or kits for sale, nor mass produced items.
If you have any questions, please be sure to read my terms of use here or email me. Thanks!

Thanks so much for stopping in,

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Well hello again!

traced doodling hello card

It's been so long since I shared a card that I almost forgot how to do everything!
Anywho, here's some yadda-yadda about the bits & pieces that went into this one


The birds were made using this teeny little 'Resting birds' die from Memory Box which I cut out of Glossy Photo paper & coloured with a black copic & a white gel pen.

The wire that they are sitting on is thin floral wire coloured with a grey copic marker & stapled on with a Tim Holtz tiny attacher.


The 'hello' speech bubble is a sweet lil'

...made by Christine Newman (Listgirl)
(I can't stop using it on everything!)


The turquoise & beige stamped background is made using Hero Arts & BasicGrey Sweet Threads stamp, white ink & a prismacolor pencil.

The white debossed dot background is made by embossing this Seeing Spots Cuttlebug folder and then tracing inside the dots with a silver prismacolor pencil.

The silver background is made by adding silver-leafing to Silhouette's printable sticker paper then sanding it and adding black ink & doodling to distress.

Traced Doodle Butterfly Card 
(the striped paper is there as a freebie, if you like it)

By the by, Miss Mouse is doing well. We're still not sure what it was that was bothering her. Odd! And though I'm still having computer troubles, I do hope to blog a couple times in April. I'm writing final papers and exams for a University course (and oh how I would rather be here with You!) ;-)

Hope you & yours are doing wonderfully!

Monday, February 10, 2014

An update on our Miss Mouse...


Thank You all so very much for your sweet words of support about our Miss Mouse! I have some good news to share with you now, but there is not as much news to report as we would like...since after all this time we are still not sure what is ailing her.

The new specialist Vet now thinks it is her liver that is irritated, and can't rule out cancer of the liver yet... but has thankfully ruled out lung cancer. What looked like a tumour on her lung was a blood vessel! All we know right now is that she has asthma (hence the blood vessel in her lung) & that she'll need to use an inhaler. But she is coughing much much less & she does seem to be feeling up to playing and cuddling and eating like a wild ravenous beastie!

I just can't thank you all enough for your kindness. I read all of your kind comments with such gratitude (though I was unable to answer each one as I would have liked to) and I feel for those of you who have lost your fur babies or who have sick ones at home. I'm sending my love & hopes & hugs right back to you all, people and animal-loved-ones alike! ox

Much Love and Thanks,
Mel & Charles & Miss Mouse.

P.S. my computer is semi-salvaged so I hope to be able to do a post soonish. :-)