Saturday, 28 December 2013

Vintage Valentine Digikit

Hi everyone.

Well, that's Christmas done and dusted. I hope you had an enjoyable time and are not feeling too full. I didn't "do" Christmas this year which was a bit strange and I'm glad its over. Just New Year to get through now and then I shall be very pleased indeed to see the back of 2013.

I've not felt much like doing any family history scrapping for a while but over Christmas I started again. I had a couple of sepia photos of my late mother which were taken in 1925 when she was three years old and decided that the lovely Vintage Valentine digikit from Kreative Designs by Karen would work really well with them.

I cropped the shuttered window embellishment to make it work as a frame so that I could put the two photos side by side. Then I changed the colour of the tag embellishment and used that for my journalling. I layered various background papers and materials and gave them a digital torn edge, then copied and pasted the heart shaped doily embellishments to make the fan shape at the back. After that it was just a case of adding the gorgeous flowers, some digital lace, a couple of butterflies and the cute teddy!

I love working with Karen's digikits and Vintage Valentine is definitely one of my new favourites.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2013

Stop Press: This page was the Featured Project on on 30 December 2013. This was a great honour and by far the best thing that's happened to me for ages!

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Debbi Moore Free Papers

Hi everyone.

Well, not long to go now to the Big Day. Actually, I'm not "doing" Christmas this year for the first time ever. It's been a bit weird not writing cards or crossing presents off my list, but definitely less stressful.

I have, of course, still been making Christmas cards, mainly to sell in the online shop on my website I've also made an easel card (yes, another one!) using some of the fabulous Free Papers that are available on the Debbi Moore website There are absolutely loads of freebies from Debbi's CDs etc on there. Well worth checking out.

For this card, I used Winter Moments Sheet 2 for the toppers and embellishments, then Winter Moments Paper 2 for the background papers. I matted the toppers onto black card and the embellishments onto gold mirror card. I made the gold star using a Woodware small star punch, then added faux pearls, gems and a mini bow from my stash. Finally I used Reeves Diamond Glitter Glue on the toppers because you can't make a Debbi Moore card without using glitter!

So all that remains for me now is to show you a photo of the card and to wish everyone a peaceful, happy Christmas and a bright New Year.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2013

Monday, 9 December 2013

Making Cards Magazine

Hi everyone.

I hope you are feeling a lot more festive than I am! The trouble with starting Christmas in June is that by the time you get to December, you are pretty much all "Christmassed" out and don't really want to see another Christmas card or hear another Christmas song until about the middle of March.

It was a relief then the other day to come across an old issue of Making Cards Magazine ( This is one of my favourite crafting mags, mainly because it always has such gorgeous free papers which are really good quality, unlike the free papers you get in many other mags. It was the January 2013 issue so no mention of Christmas, thank goodness!

I decided to make a card with the lovely pink and black "Luminous Lace" papers. I seem to be having a thing about easel cards at the moment as I think they show off the toppers so well. I took the wonderful Mel Heaton's advice and just cut various sections from different papers at random, then played around with them until I found a layout I was happy with.

I matted two sections from the same sheet of background paper onto pink silk-art card and added some small raised designs matted onto black card. They were then glittered and some micro gems and pink pearls were added. I mounted the toppers onto a strip of black card and added two horizontal borders from the same sheet of paper used to cover the base of the card. I added a border to the base from the same paper as the topper background paper and made some co-ordinating flowers using one of my Tonic Petal Punches. Finally I added the black ribbon and bow.

I put the card on the magazine's Facebook page and received a nice comment back plus a few "Likes". Now it's time to get back to those Christmas cards!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2013