Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Hello there! I was hoping to have been back sooner with some cards made with retiring sets, but I got a little more than I bargained for with my nephews graduation. I was supposed to do 2 display tables and a scrapbook, but I got an additional 30 tables tacked on. I decided to try my hand at a Card in a Box.

There's tons of tutorials out there and this is the one I used:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKWp-fz-ukk. The first one came together really quickly and easily, so I decided to knock out 30 of them. I kept them pretty simple as I knew I'd be under the gun.

I used Crushed Curry and Night of Navy Cardstock and ink. I did use quite a bit of retiring products, so if you think you'd like to make some, you'll need to act quickly. The retiring products will only be around until June 2, and not everything is guaranteed to be around until then. I used the set Starburst Sayings for the sentiment and the coordinating Starburst Framelits with the Big Shot to cut it out.

I used various DSPs, all of which are retiring. I made the banners and stars out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and the Stars Framelits and Bitty Banners Framelits. I cut out the numbers with a retired alphabet die. I added a bow in Crushed Curry Baker's Twine.

I stapled some retired ribbon to some of the numbers using the Handheld Stapler and Mini Staples. I used Glue Dots to adhere the numbers to the Glimmer Paper and attached the banners to the DSP with Dimensionals. The stars are attached to the box using Window Sheets cut into small strips. I used Liquid Tombow to adhere the Window Sheet strips.

For the backs, I added some Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon...

and retired Night of Navy ribbon.

I used several stamp sets-some of which are retiring, and the star from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I used the Word Bubble Framelits to cut out the sentiments. I used Beach House and Sweet Sadie Washi Tape. I finished off the boxes with some Frosted Sequins, which are available on the Clearance Rack for next to nothing.

See the end of the post for all the retiring products and discounts on some:)

Something To Say stamp set...

And the really cool thing about these Cards in a Box, is that after they've served their purpose as table decorations, they can be tucked into an envelope and mailed out to the other graduates in Kevin's class. I used the Envelope Punch Board to make custom-sized envelopes using Core'dinations Cardstock, also found on the Clearance Rack.

I'm hoping to get some other things made for the tables, so hopefully I'll get time to share them as well. Check back.

Retiring Products:
Stamp sets: Hip Notes-15% to 25% off
                  Just Sayin'-20% off wood
                  Starburst Sayings-15% to 25% off
                  Sumthin' Sumthin'
Framelits: Starburst Collection
                Word Bubbles
DSP: Regals Backgrounds DSP Stack
         Flower Pot, Sweet Taffy, Park Lane, Flashback
Washi Tape: Beach House-40% off
                    Sweet Sadie-50% off
Ribbon: Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Hello there and Happy Mother's Day to you:) My thoughts go out to you who no longer have your mother here with you, but pray you have many happy memories today:) This is the card I made for my mom. She always loves to plant flowers in the spring, so I knew where to start. And the stamp set Flower Patch made it super simple to make some sweet flowers. I started with a So Saffron base and added a piece of the retired SAB DSP, Best Day Ever. Sorry to use something that's retired, but hopefully you got in on some during Sale-A-Bration:)

I used the Big Shot and Berry Basket Die in Crumb Cake Cardstock to make the fun little basket. I simply folded on the score line and cut the excess off. I used the Handheld Stapler and Mini Staples to add the finishing touch. I used Pool Party, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding ink for the flowers on Whisper White Cardstock. The sweet little stake was stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink and cut out with the Handpicked Framelits from the Occasions Catalog. I used the Flower Fair Framelits that are bundled with Flower Patch for the various flowers and leaves.

I heat-embossed the center of the flowers by using VersaMark and Crushed Curry Embossing Powder. I layered the flowers with Dimensionals and tucked a piece of Crushed Curry Baker's Twine underneath. I basically just tied a bow with really big loops and secured underneath with a dot of Liquid Tombow.  I added a bow made with Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon and finished it off with a few sequins I had left over from the Holiday Catalog.

For the inside, I made another faux basket, but for this one I added a thin line of Liquid Tombow to the edges to make a pocket to hold a gift card.

For the sentiment underneath, I used the retired Hostess set Something to Celebrate (sorry).

Thankfully, Flower Patch and Flower Fair Framelits aren't retiring, but unfortunately, From the Garden is:( The images on the envelope are from that set and can be found in the Occasions Catalog. It'll only be available til June 2nd, so act quick if you want to use them with the Handpicked Framelits, which will still be available in the new catalog.

There's several other retiring products used on this card:
From the Garden
Crushed Curry Baker's Twine
Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon
Crushed Curry Embossing Powder

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your day:)

Friday, May 8, 2015


Hello there! Back again to share some samples of my favorite retiring stamp sets. These were all made with Your Perfect Day, found in the Occasions Catalog. You may recognize a couple of the cards which are featured on page 44. I can't take credit for the other ones either...they were made by SU! artists for our monthly demonstrator magazine Stampin' Success. I dearly love them all and will be hanging on to this set for any upcoming weddings I have.

This card was made with a Sahara Sand base with a strip of Something Borrowed DSP added. I used the Big Shot and Hearts Collection Framelits to cut the heart out of a piece of Pear Pizzazz DSP from the Subtles DSP Stack. I would have used Pistachio Pudding DSP to coordinate with the rest of the cards, but I didn't have any DSP in that color. Pretty much of all the retiring In colors products are gone anyway, so Pear Pizzazz makes a good substitute in case you don't have it.

For the insert, I lightly traced the heart in pencil and then stamped the sentiment in Sahara Sand onto a square of Whisper White Cardstock that was almost as big as the Pear Pizzazz piece~that way I had some wiggle room in case I stamped crooked...which I did:) I used Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp the dainty little leaves and stamped the flowers in Crisp Cantaloupe. I cut them out with my Paper Snips and attached with Liquid Tombow. I added Basic Pearls to the centers. I stamped the banner sentiment in Sahara Sand ink onto Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock and cut it out with the Bitty Banners Framelits Dies. I added a piece of a White Tea Lace Doily to the heart.

I placed Dimensionals on the back of the Pear piece and carefully attached to the Whisper White Cardstock~not gonna lie...not an easy task. I then tied a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe Baker's Twine around it in a bow. I added a few more Dimensionals and attached to the card front. I then adhered the banner by putting some Liquid Tombow on the right side and part of a Dimensional on the left.

SU! informed us that they're no longer going to provide lists of supplies for the projects in the catalogs. To be honest, I rarely ever looked anyway, but I would have liked to know a little more about this sample. I love the soft look of this card and couldn't tell if they just stamped off or used vellum. I chose to go with vellum. I started with a Whisper White base and stamped the wreath in Pistachio Pudding. I added the flowers in Crisp Canteloupe and Blushing Bride ink.

I heat-embossed the sentiment onto a piece of Vellum Cardstock using VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder. I looked all over for the DSP they used on the bottom and finally realized it wasn't DSP at all, but Sweet Dreams Washi Tape...that I had~YAY!  I added tiny dots of Liquid Tombow to the top and bottom of the vellum and tied a piece of White Baker's Twine over the seam.

Finally, I stamped the banner sentiment in Pistachio Pudding and adhered with Liquid Tombow. I added a few sequins with Liquid Tombow as well. Love, love, love these cards:)

I started with a Sahara Sand base for this card and added a strip of Gold Fancy Foil Vellum. The smple used silver, which I didn't have any more of. The gold kind of clashed with the Sahara Sand, so I just flipped the vellum over and went with a subtle pearlized effect. I thought it looked a little too plain, so I added the scallop border using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, which I adhered again with tiny dots of Liquid Tombow. I then applied Liquid Tombow to the gold hearts and adhered to the base.

(Looks like I forgot to finish cropping?) For the focal point, I stamped the wreath in Pistachio Pudding onto Whisper White Cardstock. I then stamped the monogram in Sahara Sand using the Sophisticated Serifs Alphabet, also found in the Occasions Catalog. I cut it out with paper Snips and placed Dimensionals on the back making sure to stay away from the center, leaving room for the twine. I wrapped a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe Baker's Twine around the base and tied it in a bow. I then adhered the monogram on top.

I was going to skip cutting out all those little flowers again, by using one of the small circles in the Owl Builder Punch, but I broke down and had to cut them all out. I attached them with Liquid Tombow and added Basic Pearls to the centers.

For this sweet little thank you, I used the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes. I used the single stamp Watercolor Thank You for the sentiment in Sahara Sand. I stamped the flower in Crisp Cantaloupe and I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to make sure I stamped the leaves where I wanted them. I used the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch on the bottom corners. For the envelope, I traced the flap onto a piece of Something Borrowed DSP, cut it out and adhered with SNAIL.

(OMGosh, what is up with this cropping?) How ironic that this says OCD when everything is crooked, off center and kinda terrible! I was messing around and thought these would be cool to make for Olivia if her & Dominique ever get married, but quickly found out they'd be a nightmare. It was a nice thought! Remember, Your Perfect Day and Sophisticated Serif Alphabet are in the Occasions Catalog and only available til June 3rd. I got a sneak peek at the brand new catalog, and these didn't carry over:( Check back for more favorites that will only be around a little while longer. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Hello there! I wanted to pop in here quick and share the Hostess gift I made last month. I knew I wanted to use the adorable Berry Basket Die, but it's so big to fill. I'd seen a cute berry template floating around out there, but didn't know how big it was. Luckily, it was the perfect size for this project:) I got on Pinterest and just typed Strawberry or Berry Template, and printed it off.

I used Soft Suede Cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot using the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. I then cut a strip of Real Red Cardstock and used the Fringe Scissors on it. I adhered it to the inside of the basket using Liquid Tombow. Next, I attached a Tea Lace Paper Doily and wrapped some Real Red Cotton Ribbon around it, with Liquid Tombow as well. I made a handle and attached with Mini Brads.

I used Fresh From the Garden and the coordinating Handpicked Framelits...and saved 15%:) I stamped off the Real Red once for the garland and stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede onto Whisper White Cardstock. I used some of the other styles abd cut them out from Soft Suede Cardstock and Real Red DSP from the Brights DSP Stack. I stacked them with Glue Dots in between and adhered to the basket. I added a bow with a Glue Dot and made the tiny greens using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack in Old Olive Cardstock and added a matching Candy Dot.

I made up 4 strawberries using Real Red DSP from the Brights DSP Stack. After I traced and cut them out, I used a Bone Folder to bend the paper. I punched a hole on each tip of the berry and strung Old Olive Baker's Twine through them. Before I gathered it shut, I added 4 Rolos to each strawberry. I made 4 tops that I ran through the Big Shot using the Flower Fair Framelits in Old Olive Cardstock. I used the 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch again for the holes, and tied the baker's twine in a bow.

I'm hoping to get some cards made using some of my favorite retiring stamps sets in the next few days and will share if I get that far:) I'm so far behind...that's what a vacation will do for you:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, May 4, 2015


Hello there! Here's the final card in this month's CLASS OF THE MONTH:GUY GREETINGS. I wanted to offer an alternative to the vintage style and showcase the versatility of this set by using just the sentiment.

***Really quick...I wanted to ask those of you who have emailed me about this class and last months...to please check your email. It shows up as CenturyLink customer and I think everyone thinks it's spam. You might want to check your Spam and Trash Folders. Thank you!***

Back to the card...I started with a Whisper White base and added a piece of  Birthday Bash DSP to the bottom. On top of that I added a piece of Crushed Curry Striped Ribbon and tucked a strip of Bermuda Bay DSP from the Brights DSP Stack.

I then added a piece of Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim on top and secured it with a few Glue Dots. Next I layered a square of coordinating DSP from the Brights DSP Stack onto a square of Crushed Curry Cardstock. I cut out a Crushed Curry banner using the Big Shot and Banners Framelits. I stamped the sentiment in Crushed Curry onto Whisper White Cardstock and cut it out with the Word Bubbles Framelits.

I flipped the word bubble over and added some SNAIL to it. I then zigzagged a piece of Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine over it and added a couple of Dimensionals. Before I attached the word bubble, I tucked a paperclip underneath from the Basic Hodgepodge Clips and a piece of washi tape from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory pack. Finally, I scattered some Champagne Glimmer Paper stars all over using the Confetti Stars Border Punch and the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

Again, there's several retiring products on this card:
Champagne Glimmer Paper
Brights DSP Stack
Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine-50% off
Basic Hodgepodge Clips-50% off
Word Bubbles Framelits:(-50% off
Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack-50% off

As you can see, there's lots of great retiring products and many are at an amazing price! Make sure to go check everything out at:  www.lauramellinger.stampinup.net   and get what you want before it'gone. I'll be putting in an order on or around the 10th of this month, but you may not want to wait that long and order it online. There's already some items that are sold out-look for the X in the last column to see what's already gone:(

Remember, the deadline for ordering this month's CLASS OF THE MONTH:GUY GREETINGS is May 10th and the cost is $35. If you already have the stamp set, the Kit is $10.

And finally...new Clubs will be starting in June with the kick-off of the brand new catalog! Let me know if you're interested as soon as possible, so I make sure I have a catalog for you:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Hello there! Here's card #3 that you'll make with this month's CLASS OF THE MONTH:GUY GREETINGS. I'm going to give this card to our son for Father's Day. He doesn't have any kids of his own yet, but he's been like a father to his 2 nephews:) I started with a Crumb Cake base and ran it through the Big Shot using the Alphabet Press Embossing Folder. I then used a Sponge Dauber in Early Espresso ink to add a little definition.

Next, I layered a couple of pieces of DSP from the Adventure Bound DSP Stack, and heat embossed the image in Whisper White Craft ink and White Embossing Powder. I waited to adhere the DSP together until I used Gorgeous Grunge on the striped piece and the Crumb Cake, and tucked a piece of Epic Day Washi Tape underneath.

I then cut a few bricks out of the DSP and attached with Dimensionals. Since Joel is such a softy, I thought it appropriate to add the heart from the Basic Hodgepodge Clips to complement all the other testosterony stuff. I finished it off by folding a piece of Beach House Washi Tape around the heart, flagging the end, and adding a pair of Early Espresso Candy Dots from the Neutrals assortment.

I had intended to order the Mustache Framelit to use on this card, but forgot and couldn't get it here in time to post for the class, but I'm happy I was able to make it work without it. Again, I used some retiring products on this card:

Alphabet Press Embossing Folder-50% off:(
Basic Hodgepodge Clips-50% off
Epic Day Washi Tape-50% off
Beach House Washi Tape-40% off

Stop back tomorrow to see the final card included in this month's class. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Hello there! Here's another card you'll be making with this month's CLASS OF THE MONTH:GUY GREETINGS. I had my dad and father-in-law in mind when creating this card. They are both in their early 80's, but they seem much younger. I don't know how I'd feel about receiving a card calling me a classic? but hopefully they'll know I'm referring to each of them as a class act:) I started with a Basic Grey base and added a trio of designs from the Adventure Bound DSP Stack.

I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to center the shoes and hats on the DSP using Basic Grey ink. I then used the Essentials Paper-piercing Pack, Mat & Tool to add the faux stitching with the help of a Basic Grey Marker. Next, I stamped the car image on yet another coordinating paper from the DSP Stack, and cut it out with the Big Shot using the Party Pennants Die.

I attached the pennant with Dimensionals and added a couple strips of Sweet Dreams Washi Tape. I added a Silver Basic Metal Button with a Glue Dot and wrapped some Basic Grey Baker's Twine around it. I stamped the sentiment in Smoky Slate onto Whisper White Cardstock and added a strip of DSP underneath.

I love the classic look of this card with the Basic Grey, Smoky Slate & Island Indigo color combination.

There's some retiring products on this card:
Basic Grey Stamp Pad(getting a new product, along with Basic Black)
Basic Grey Baker's Twine-50% off
Essentials Paper-piercing pack-50% off
Party Pennants Die-40% off

Time to get my jammies on and get into slug mode. I just got done with my 3 hour tour of duty with Q, and right before that we just got home from Newton~a 2 1/2 hour trek North. Our band at church played for a dedication of a new Conference Center. It was midnight last night before we got everything set up and the sound check done. And my sweet hubby just got done moving 2 refrigerators and a water heater. Time for dinner and a movie on the couch:( ) Thanks so much for stopping by! See you back here tomorrow:)