Week of Cards Day 3 – Layered Simplicity


Hi Everyone!  I am back with our third card of the week.  Today I have a simple, yet elegant card for you. I used the Prima Epiphany 3×4 Journaling Notecard (ATC) pad with the beautiful butterfly paper for the top layer.  Love it!!Prima Flowers Card I cut rectangles slightly smaller in size than the previous layer, then pop dotted them together.  I added a ribbon before adhering it to the base of the card.  I had a paperclip with a crystal on it and pretty blue Prima flowers that I added to the bow.  I thought it would be neat to add a clip to the side of the card.  It is usually an item I would use on mini albums, but why not?!

Layered CardPrima CardCardmakingThanks for stopping by, and hanging with me for the week.  See you tomorrow!!

melissa samuels

Week of Cards Day 2 – A Little Birdie Told Me…

Hi Guys!  I am back for our second day of a week of cards.  With this card I wanted to challenge myself by using things that I have around the studio, but are not my “go to” or “usual favorites.” I have had the Prima vine flower I used on this card forever, because I like the colors, but I find it difficult to use pattern printed flowers.  If put with the wrong papers it can look a little too busy for my taste, but I think I pulled it off.  I used papers and the “A Little Birdie Told Me…” embossed tag from the We R Memory Keepers collection Anthologie.  I used vellum to layer over the first red background paper.  The fiber ribbon, resin corner, wooden icon feather (which I chalk inked), and floral tag under the title tag are all Prima.

We R Memory Keepers Card

A Little Birdie CardPrima Flowers CardWe R Memory Keepers Card with featherI think this card is a little different than my usual work, but I like it!  It felt good to challenge myself to do something new.  And, I used up some great product that has just been sitting in in the studio feeling neglected.  I hope you feel inspired to go through your stash, and find a use for some of those treasures.  Happy cardmaking!!!


Week of Cards Day 1 – Reach for the Stars

Hey Guys!  I had so much fun with the monthly card last week, I wanted to do an entire week of cards this week.  As promised, here goes…

First up is my favorite!  I love it because the gorgeous layers of paper and stamping give it such dimension.  Also, the inspirational quote is awesome!  I had an ATC pad of Prima Epiphany paper that had a wonderful quote, “by the light of the moons.”  I found a We R Memory Keepers 12″x12″ paper in my stash called Phraseology with tons of great words and quotes.  I cut out the words “reach for the stars” and added them to the ATC paper.Prima CardThe base of the card is Bazzill 8 1/2″ x 11″ Kraft cardstock (makes two cards when cut at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side).  Kraft cardstock is my “go to” for cards.  I love the earthy look and feel.  The first layer is We R Memory Keepers 12″x12″ Nuance paper.  I used the beautiful blue dot side, and inked it with one of my favorite stamps, Finnabair Honeycomb in  Archival Ink Dandelion. I also used this paper for the resin frame.  I added netting, and I had some scrap paper that sorta looked like paper grocery bag that I tore, and used as another layer.  Don’t be afraid to use everyday items in your work if you think it is pretty.  I can admit I have spent many a night digging through the recycling bin…don’t judge :) .The beautiful blue flower is from a Prima pack, and the resin frame is Prima also.

Layered Cardcard-reachforthestarsMixed Media CardI hope this card inspires you not only in the design, but also the inspirational quote.  Reach for the stars, and make your dreams a reality!

melissa samuels

Graphic 45 January Card – Stamping with Acrylic Paint

Hi Everyone!!!  I cannot believe how long it has been since my last post…my how time flies.  I apologize for my absence.  I have been spending time with my kiddos, having long walks at the park with my hubby (getting conditioned for an awesome summer hiking adventure), and coming up with ideas for the new year.

This month I have been working on a list of new year resolutions.  I had such a wonderful year last year, I wanted to keep the momentum going, and make this year even better!  I don’t want to bore you to death, but I thought I would share some of my resolutions.  I would love to hear what you guys have resolved to do, and I hope it is going well.

#1.  Maintain balance in my life.  Sometimes I find it difficult as a working mom to “have it all.”  Either I am working, and missing out on school trips, or I am at school having lunch with my babies worrying about the work I should be doing in the office.  Then there is the issue of finding quality time with my hubby and friends.  Last year I made a concerted effort to balance all of these things.  I feel much happier, and closer to balance.

#2.  Learn, and push myself outside of my comfort zone!!!  As an instructor I am constantly cooking up new ideas in my studio, and learning about new products to add to what I call my treasure chest of techniques.   I want this year to be like none other.  I want to push myself beyond what I view as limits, and evolve as an artist.

#3.  Maintain a healthy lifestyle.  As many of you may know, a couple of years ago I had some health issues, which made me take a step back and assess my lifestyle.  I lost 55 pounds through diet and exercise.  I got a little off track over the holidays, and have been trying to get back to healthy eating.

#4.  Try something new.  I vowed a few years ago to do something new and exciting every year.  I have hiked the craggy cliffs of Maine, camped on a beach, ziplined, rock climbed, and learned so many outdoor skills from my Eagle Scout hubby.  I want a new adventure again this year!  I don’t know what yet, but I want it to be awesome.

#5.  Keep a positive attitude.  I believe there is a lot of power in thought.  Thinking positive can lead to creativity, success, happiness, inspiration, and the initiative to make great things happen in your life.  This sounds simple, but some days it can be difficult.

I hope that wasn’t a snooze-fest, but putting these ideas out there might help me stick to them, and give someone else some goals to set.  Or, it might have just been a nice nap for my readers :) .  Either way it’s a win…you can’t go wrong with a nap.

Now that you are awake again, here is a little something fun.  I bought a Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 8×8 paper pad (from my store of course) about a month ago, and it has been sitting on my desk begging me to use it.  Since 8×8 is always a great size for cardmaking, and cards are quick and easy, I decided to make monthly cards!  So I don’t get ahead of myself, let me explain this collection if you are unfamiliar.  The paper pad comes with a monthly cutout sheet, and a coordinating pattern double-sided sheet.  They also made a 8×8 calendar pad this year (which I did not use in this project).  This was a follow-up to their Place In Time collection last year.  My goal is to make a card for every month. I realized I needed to get cracking since it is almost the end of the month.  So, here is my card for January.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish CardGraphic45 Time to Flourish CardIf you look closely, I stamped snowflakes randomly along the first few layers of my card using acrylic paint.  I brushed the paint onto my stamp, and stamped directly onto the paper.  If I were using a palette for my paint I would have to stamp off first onto scrap paper.  For cleanup, be sure to wash your brush and stamp before the paint dries.

stamping with acrylic paintGraphic45 Time to Flourish CardI glittered a chipboard snowflake to use as a focal point by priming it with white gesso, stamping it with clear embossing ink, sprinkling it with blue embossing glitter, and heating to set.  I added a pearl brad to the center.  It maybe hard to see, but I had this fabulous netting I layered under the snowflake that has little glittery stars on it.  Adorable!

Graphic45 Time to Flourish JanuaryI hope you enjoyed this card, and I look forward to making one each month from this collection.  One of the greatest things about the card is aside from the base cardstock, snowflake with brad, ribbon, and netting, I only used one sheet of 8×8 paper!!!!  The magic of Graphic 45 cutout pages.

Be sure to come back next week for an entire week of cards!!!!!!!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a crafty weekend!!



“Joy of Christmas” Card Workshop Video Archive

Hi Everyone!!  I have the UStream recording of my “Joy of Christmas” card workshop kit edited and available here on the blog in high definition.  I was able to get the class into one video!  Yay!  Thank you to everyone who joined me live on Ustream.  It has been a couple of years since we last recorded, so I appreciate everyone’s patience while working out the kinks for our first one.  FYI, the kit is now sold out, and no longer available.

Christmas card workshop

I hope you enjoy!!  Happy Cardmaking!!!