A Little Bit of Inspiration

Good afternoon,

Well, guess what?  It’s raining (again) here in Boston.  Quack, quack, quack!!!  Lots of rain and low temperatures and hardly any sun has set my garden back probably 2 weeks. I’m always a late bloomer since I only get late afternoon sun on the majority of my garden, but this year I’m way behind.  What will happen is when the sun and warmth finally do arrive, it will be too intense for my spring bloomers and they will last only a few days.  Geez, Mother Nature, make up your mind!!

So I’ve been watching lots of how to videos from my favorite designers and have tried out a few new ideas. Sometimes they work out, sometimes not so much.  I try to mimic the designer’s cards without having to purchase anything new. That’s not always possible with the supplies in my stash but sometimes I do luck out and come reasonably close to the original.

Here are some of my cards along with the designer’s cards so you can see the differences.

This first card is called a bridge card. The inspiration came from Dawn’s Stamping.

And here is my version. The card itself is easy but I didn’t have any butterfly stamps with dies in the right size so I used my Scan N Cut for some simple butterflies.

This next card is by Jennifer McGuire and is called a Hinged Greeting Die cut. The heart flips up for a message.

And here is my version, closed. My card is a shaker that flips up. The little beads are Martha Stewart microbeads.


A simpled stamped floral (found on Pinterest).

And my version. My Dandelion stamp is a million years old!!

Shaker card also from Pinterest.

And my version.

Wedding card from Pinterest.

And my version.

Inspiration from Pinterest.

My versions. The figures on my card are totally different but I think they work just as well.  I added some tiny bows for color.

I used some white tulle for the Brides’ veil, added a bow tie and some punched flowers for the bouquet.

So as you can see, lots of good ideas and inspiration on the Internet. Some of my cards are very similar, other’s just a hint of the original inspiration.  Thanks to all the cardmakers and designers for their inspiration.

See you later,


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Mother’s Day Cards and A Few Extras

Good Morning friends,

Still waiting for spring to fully arrive here in Boston. One nice day followed by several days filled with rain and wind.  My garden is finally beginning to show signs of life and should pop maybe next week.  It’s all cleaned, all mulched and ready for the color!!

Today, I’m sharing this year’s Mother’s Day cards I’ve made.  Only a few styles but I made a total of 20 cards.

These two cards use the January 2019 Large die of the Month from Spellbinders.  A sweet bouquet of flowers for Mom.

For this card design, I used my Scan ‘n Cut for the “MOM’ words and simple punched flowers.

This is called a ‘spring’ card. Simple scoring makes the card spring out when removed from the envelope.

I’m also sharing cards made from some card kits I picked up several months ago.  I really like these kits because they include most everything needed to make many cards from one kit.

These cards were made using a “Pansy Card Kit”.

These cards were made using a “Sweets Card Kit”.

And these baby cards were made from a “Baby Card Kit”.

These two cards were made using a background Trellis die. 

A stamped flower pot, some ribbon and a few die cut ovals make a cute and versatile card.

I’ll finish up with 2 special order kids birthday cards.

A Ninja Turtles card for a little boy.

And a sparkle Unicorn card for a little girl.

So that’s a wrap for this week.  Have a great week.



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Queen (Dog) for a Day and Some Cards

Hello friends,

So you know when things are going smoothly and no complaints?  Well, just wait a minute for things to change!  We had a dog for a day. I found this beautiful Husky roaming my very busy street.  She wandered into my yard then right up my stairs and into my house.  I actually thought she was the dog that lives next door so I dutifully went to return her to her owner. Was I surprised to see my neighbor’s dog inside their home?  So who in the heck was this pup I rescued from roaming the streets?  I figured this pup would be staying for a bit so immediately, as all good Italian’s do, decided she needs some comfort food. Spent $20 on dog food only to find out she didn’t like it until I smothered it with Pasta e Fagioli, which she woofed down in a moment’s time.  She was very sweet, obedient and playful and my entire family decided we would keep her. I had to fight them off from going to the pet store to purchase a collar, leash, and toys. This pup has an owner who is probably very worried about her.  She ended up spending the night with us, doing her duty in my garden, digging up 2 plants and peeing on my floor 3 times and my carpet once.  UGH!!!  Through a series of comical phone calls, community news pages on the Internet and Facebook, I found the owner.  When he called me, he was relieved to hear she was being cared for, actually over-cared for and in good spirits. He was at work and wasn’t able to come to get her until after 4pm so we ended up babysitting the dog for the day.  All ended well and Lova, or Blu as we named her, was back home with her owner. Actually, she seemed a bit hesitant to leave us what with all the attention and care she was getting. The owner actually had to pick her up and place her into his car. And to boot, they live only 2 houses away so  I’m sure we will be seeing our “Pup for a Day” again. Here’s her pic, a beautiful Husky.

With Blu safely home, it’s back to cardmaking.

I’ll start with some Art Impression watercolor cards. These are lots of fun, easy to do and well received.  I’m no artist but with the AI way, it makes me look good.  These all are stamped and painted from the Window series.

Die Cut floral sympathy card.

Multi -stamped leaves in rainbow colors.

Mass production of simple stamped floral cards with a variety of sentiments including Birthday, Sympathy, Thank You, Thinking of You, Get Well and Best Wishes.  48 cards in total.

Next week is the Boston Marathon and I was asked to make a banner for a good luck party for a runner hoping to be the winner.  The banner and party were a success and wish Brian success in his endeavor. The words are flanked with silhouettes of a runner from the start to finish line.

I’ll finish up this week’s post with one final card.  My daughter has finally completely recovered from her foot ordeal which lasted 7 months.  She planned to give her plastic surgeon a thank you gift and card.  This is the card I designed for her. Her doctor loved it!!!

See you again soon,





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It’s Springtime or is it???

Good Afternoon,

I’m a few hours late posting today but I was waiting for the temps to rise and the sun to come out. It’s afternoon and neither has happened. So what’s happened to March going out like a lamb? In fact, we’re getting more rain here in the Boston area. But I’m determined to be optimistic so I’m sharing today my Easter, Spring and Passover cards.  I got some guidance from my friend, Robin, as to proper depiction of Passover so I hope you like what I’ve done.

I’ll start with Passover which begins April 20, 2019.

These cards were made from dies and cardstock from my stash, free graphics via the internet and printed sentiments I designed on my computer.  Lots of blue and gold.

For those, like me, who celebrate everything, I couldn’t resist this Rabbi/Bunny! I love it!!!

And, what’s better than Matzah?

This year Easter is on April 21, 2019.

My Easter cards were made by using items from my stash along with some computer graphics I designed.  I cut the peeps using my Scan n Cut and used a face stamp to give them character.  I designed the word background and sentiments on my computer.

Die cuts and punches made easy work of this card.

Here, again, I used my Scan n Cut to cut out the bunnies and an embossing folder for the background.

This adorable bunny is stamped and watercolor using a very old bunny stamp. I loved it when I purchased it and I still do!!

Another older die set for the chicks, grass, and clouds, an all-time favorite.

And, of course, Spring arrived on March 20, 2019.

These spring cards were made using the February 2019 Spellbinders small die of the month. The card is held closed using a band which is removable to open the card.  Yikes, tons of die cutting but the end results are worth the effort.

These last 3 Easter cards are for my younger grandchildren. They were made using the Spellbinders March 2019 small die of the month. I stenciled the sunshine and sunray background using a handmade stencil.

It’s a nice change to get into making cards for warmer weather occasions.  All the colors are so bright and cheery and a sign that better days are coming….. in my case, I can only hope.

Spoiler alert: May and June are busy months for celebrations so I’ve been working on cards for Mother’s and Father’s Day, wedding, and graduation all which are quickly approaching.  I better get to making more cards!!!

Until next time,


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Variety is good!!!

Good Morning Friends,

Hope your week is going well.  We’ve had ‘sick house’ here again. This bug is relentless, just keeps going back and forth.  Poor Miss Demi is sick again, this time with a stomach bug. I’ll be ‘Nurse Nana’ today.

The weather temps here in Boston are trying to break through but it’s slow going. Today should be a real taste of spring (or so they say), close to 60 degrees.  Yippee!!!  As usual, I will be outside shoveling the snow off my patio and garden.  Why am I the only yard in the entire neighborhood with tons of snow remaining?  Not fair.

So this week, I’ve managed to eke out some cards.  But first, I’d like to send a big ‘THANK YOU” to all the great people over at Mass. General Hospital for liking and purchasing my cards.  Money is good but sharing is great!  Thank you so much for your support.

So here are a few cards produced recently.

First up are a few nautical themed cards as a special request.  I used various free graphics from the Internet along with stamping, die cutting and embellishments.

These last 2 cards are hand embroidered on paper, an all-time favorite of mine.

Kids birthday cards are always fun to make.  What could be cuter than unicorns and dragons?  Kids just can’t get enough.

I used a beautiful border floral die to create these cards.  This die is a favorite of mine and so versatile.  A few crystal gems enhance the lacy floral border.

A new home is exciting and a gift paired with a handmade card is a wonderful way to congratulate a new homeowner.

Okay, so these cards are special for me.  The floral papers used are handmade papers that I’ve been hoarding in my stash for a very long time. It finally dawned on me that papers hiding in my stash are not sharing their beauty. It was hard for me to cut into these papers but I did it and love the results.  They’re stunning!!  Adorned with butterflies and a standout sentiment, these cards are perfect for someone special.

Using the GinaK deco foil transfer sheets and gold foil, I created some beautiful backgrounds for butterflies, also foiled in gold.  A simple sentiment creates stunning and ‘wow’ cards.

Sympathy cards are sometimes a necessity and how perfect is a beautiful butterfly to signify rebirth.

So another week for the record.  Next post I’ll be sharing my Easter, Spring and Passover cards so be sure to visit me in two weeks on March 29.

Have a great weekend!!!


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Card Kits for February 2019

Good Morning Friends,

Thanks for stopping by to check out what I’ve been up to recently. I’ve been very busy, for sure!!

Okay, so where did February go to?  March 1 has arrived and that can only mean one thing – spring is on its way!!!  Are you happy?  I am, for sure. Although we haven’t had much snow here in Boston, it has been a very cold few months so any spring warmth is welcomed right about now.

So I’ve been working on a ton of cards for the upcoming holidays, Easter and Passover which I will post about in a few weeks. But for now, I have received my monthly kits for February 2019 from Spellbinders which is always exciting and full of great products and ideas.  I receive the Kit and Caboodle which includes the regular card kit, the small die of the month and the large die of the month.

After receiving my monthly kit, the first thing I do is make up some cards using the ephemera included in the kit.  These cards are usually quick and easy and set the mood for using the rest of the kit supplies. I was able to make 14 cards with tons of ephemera left for more cards later. I did add a few embellishments from my stash such as sequins, ribbon, stickers, and sentiments but everything else was included in the kit.

Side note:  I did get lots of ideas from Tina at Cards and Coffee.  Tina is fantastic and always has lots of inspiration.  Thanks, Tina!!!  Here’s the link if you would like to check out Tina’s YouTube videos.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3ZoJC2zdIvGRa2kvt9yBkg

Also included in the kit is a die which this month is called Golden Swan and it’s beautiful. I made up 12 cards using this die for a variety of occasions including wedding, congratulations, and engagement.

I also had 2 special orders, an engagement and a twin card (boy & girl).

This engagement card was quite involved and took some time to put together but it was well worth the effort. The request was for ‘fancy’ and pastel colors. Lots of planning, die cutting, layering, and embellishing.  The base card is ‘blush’ although my camera didn’t pick it up as the true color.  It did come out pretty, don’t you think?

For the twin’s card, I made 2 different styles only because I couldn’t make up my mind so the client can choose the one they like the best.  The theme was nautical, pink and blue and to include an anchor and a whale.

And just so you know, I still do my chores during the day. My craft room is now in my dining room (don’t ask!!) right off my kitchen which makes it easy to cook, do laundry, vacuum, take care of my granddaughter and make cards at the same time.  Look at me, I can multi-task, too LOL!!!

So there you have it, another week of card making.  See you all in a couple of weeks.


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One die, Ten Ways

Good Morning friends,

This week I’m sharing a bunch of cards all using one die.  Honestly, I can’t remember ordering this die so I’m thinking it was a Scrapbook.com ‘free’ gift with purchase over Black Friday weekend.  It’s a small die but has lots of potential. All the cards were put together using an inlaid method.  I was able to interchange the bits and pieces to make multiple cards. I used a variety of ‘dots’ to fill in the swirls including gems, rhinestones, and Nuvo Crystal Drops.  As you can see, this design lends itself to cover pretty much any sentiment.  I turned some into sympathy, birthday, and thinking of you cards. I love a design that has multiple uses.  Also, as you can see, the last card is positioned opposite. I think the design works well either way.

Super cute, super easy and super versatile.  This die has become one of my favorite.

Here in Boston, I’m in a total state of confusion with our weather.  Freezing cold to mild spring-like temps in one day.  Don’t know whether to layer up or layer down!  Maybe it’s a sign that spring is on its way!!!

I’m changing gears and started on Easter/Spring & Passover cards which I’ll share in upcoming posts so be sure to check in regularly.  You can also subscribe to my blog and be notified to a new post.  Just hit the ‘Follow My Blog” button on the right.  You can also follow me on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/abitofmelac/

Think SPRING and keep well,





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