Back in Business

Hi all,

I had my Mac in for service and am now back in business….well, sorta.  My MS Word still isn’t working correctly but, for now, I’ll have to deal with it.

So we left off 2 weeks ago with a review of new technique cards that I’ve been playing around with.

Continuing forward, first is a window card using tulle as a backing for the window on the card front.  I then attached the cut out with a duplicate on the backside of the tulle.  How cute are these card.  I got some inspiration from Jennifer McGuire’s video on making window cards.

Next are some fun cards using cupcake sprinkles.  I cut the word using my Brother SNC and used a strong 2 sided adhesive to attach all the sprinkles to the card stock.Here is a closeup.

I’m working on lots more cards and will share with you in the coming weeks.  FUN! FUN! FUN!!!

I’ll end this week’s post with a something that Papa made for our granddaughter.  Demi saw this on YouTube and just had to have one!  How hilarious is this. Can you guess what it is??????  A kitty cat toilet/litter box.  Demi just needed to have this for all her stuffed animals, kitties, doggies and dinos.Look inside, little toilet seats and an entire roll of toilet paper.Don’t be too embarrassed.  Some kitties just have to go!Demi is loving this and is having so much fun.  Papa did a great job duplicating this idea from YouTube.

That’s all for this week.  Be sure to stop by next week to see what else I’ve come up with.



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Hi Girlfriends,

Last week I shared my shaker cards that I’ve been experimenting with.  This week I’m going down the shiny brick road of FOILING.  Years ago I tried some gold foiling with the transfer liquid and rubbing the gold foiling or flakes on when the liquid dried to the touch. It was ok but I didn’t go any further.  Now it seems foiling is back with a new and improved way of dealing with it.  I’ve been watching tons of videos by various crafters, their different techniques, methods and results and hearing their advice.

Feeling confident and armed with a wealth of knowledge, I dug out whatever supplies I had on hand including a laminating machine that I’ve had for many years.  I did need to get a few more updated supplies and waited patiently for my orders to arrive.  I also was able to find some items in Joann’s, Walmart and Hobby Lobby.  Once all my supplies were assembled, it was time to dive in!!  And here are my results.

Let me say up front, all the samples I will be showing you are trial and error.  As with any new technique, practice makes perfect.  I did have several failures along the way, but all in all, I do think that as I progressed, my foiling images were coming out much more precise.

These first cards I made using double sided tape for a quick and easy touch of foiling. This was really simple to do and the results were good.  I accomplished the stamping using some peg stamp sets I got years ago and still love their effect.  I also used foiling flakes that I had in my stash and like the results.  Finally a way to use the ton of flakes I had on hand.

Here a few more examples using different widths of double sided tape.  The sentiment greetings were from a new stamp set.  Love how they look!  The flowers and embellishments are from my stash.Then my orders started arriving, oh I love happy mail.  I purchase several stencils, foil sheets and some new word die cuts and stamps.  This time I used the laminating machine with good results.

While shopping at Walmart, I came across the section for Waverly stencil products and found a great selection of small stencils for $1.97 each!  Of course, I got almost all of them. Again, using the DecoFoil Transfer Gel, stencils and laminating machine, these are the results.  How beautiful them came out.  I used a variety of foils, gold, silver, rose gold, iridescent and rainbow.  Some die cuts and embossing for the sentiment element make the perfect touch.

This is the laminating machine I have.And these are some of the supplies.

I did have a few failures as far as the foil adhering but I think it may have been user error. All in all, I had a great time experimenting and will definitely continue on with this technique.  Note:  I did try using an iron instead of the laminating machine as some suggested but it didn’t work well.  I may have had my iron too hot.  I’ll try again and let you know if I have better results.

I also picked up some toner paper and a toner pen.  I have learned that you can make your own toner sheets using a LASER printer.  This technique does NOT work with ink jet printers.  I read that the toner is actually some sort of plastic which, when melted, acts as the bonding agent.  My next experiment.

Afterthought:  I probably should have written down exactly how I did things and will do so in the future.  All this has been an experimental adventure using different techniques, products and methods and I’m zoning in on the best way for me with the best results.

Any questions, I’ll be happy to try and answer but remember I’m still a novice at this.

Till next week,


PS:  My computer is going out for service this Saturday and I’m not sure when I will get it back so I may or may not be able to post next week.  Let’s hope for the best.

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Shake It Up, Baby!!!

Good Morning,

Here it is, the first in a series of new-to-me techniques and supplies.  Actually, I have tried several of the upcoming techniques and supplies before but not whole-heartedly and not with the correct supplies or instructions so I didn’t have much success.  Now I’m armed with information to help me better accomplish my projects more successfully.  It’s still trial and error and practice does make perfect so off I go down a new path.

Today I will share with you the all well-loved shaker cards. I’ve done some in the past but sort of made it up as I went along.  Since then, I’ve watched numerous videos and have found that there are several ways to do this technique, some easier than others but all with good results.

There are actual little acetate box type holders for the shaker material but they are bulky, cost money and would add to the postage so I opted for a few more streamline and less bulky techniques.

Most of what I will be showing you come from videos/instructions by Jennifer McGuire. If you’re interested, just do a search for her and you come upon all her videos, blog and YouTube channel.  I like her because, although she shows specific supplies, she also gives alternatives.   Most of the following cards are made from guidance via her videos.

These cards are quite flat and easy to mail.  Tape runner and clear acetate hold the sequins and is attached to the card front.

This is Jennifer’s sample.                                             Here is my version.


These sparkle cards have a silver backing behind the acetate to you can not see through the card.

These heart shaker cards have a window on the front and the same cutout on the back so you can see clear through the entire card.

On this star shaker card, the star is made separately and adhered to the card base using dimensional foam.  A bit time consuming going around the star shape with the tape but I like the results.

This last card is actually made using tulle and not acetate.  I love the more feminine look. This is made the exact same way but using tulle instead of acetate.  On my card, I tried a new layering floral stamp I just got.  Not too bad for my first attempt.  I’m actually waiting on an order for more inks so I used a punch for the green leaves.  I also included some seed beads along with the sequins inside the tule for something a bit different.

This is Jennifer’s sample.                                                    Here is my version.


Lastly, another pair of shaker cards but with a twist.  Instead of using sequins, I used actual sprinkles.  How fun is this as a birthday card. The pink card I think I got a bit carried away with the amount of sprinkles.  I printed the card bases off my computer and used a square die for the opening.  I attached the acetate in the same manner.

I definitely will be making more shaker cards.  I especially like the tulle effect.  Most of these cards will be going to Card Care Connection as a donation.

Be sure to check me out on Pinterest at  (abitofmelac) where I have separate board for Jennifer’s videos.  I also pin most of what I do there so be sure to follow me, too.  Come back next week to see what my next technique/product will be.



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An Interesting Birthday Card

Hello all,

Not very much happening here (yet).  I’ve been busy cleaning and  rearranging things (again) in my craft area.  Why, you ask???  To make room for some new toys.  To treat myself for my birthday, I went on a mini shopping spree and ordered several (well, a lot) of things that I’ve been wanting but kept putting off spending the money.  I finally decided to take my birthday money and get the things I’ve had on my wish list forever.

Some new dies, some new stamps, some new inks along with foil.  These new supplies will be used to make some new style cards using techniques that are new to me.  Hopefully, I’ll have some things to show you next week.  Right now I’m on the hunt for confetti.  Can you guess what I will be making?

I’ll leave you with a card that I received for my birthday. This is NOT handmade but was purchased by my daughter for $6.99 courtesy of Hallmark Signature Line.Isn’t this genius?  Yep, you’re seeing clearly….those are sprinkles for cupcakes.   I’m so going to CASE this card.  These sprinkle letters are sitting on top of the card but my friend, Robin, suggested to die cut the card base and set the sprinkles inside, sort of like inlaid work.  I’ll let you know how I do.

See you all back next week with some cards to share.


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Good Morning Friends,

So here in Boston the spring weather has been a bit fickled.  One day it’s 98 degrees, the next it’s 54 degrees.  My poor garden doesn’t know what to do.  My Wisteria tree did better this year but still not its usual, glorious, knockout spectacle.   Usually the flowers blossom first and then the leaves.  This year, because of the crazy hot/cool weather, the blossoms were reluctant to fully bloom but the leaves continued to do their thing.  Hence, a tree with both blooms and greenery.  It still looks beautiful.  My Lilacs and Peonies bloom and passed and now the Iris are ready to explode with their deepest, darkest purple color.  I’ll take more pics this week if the weather cooperates.  I’m seeing lots of purples in my garden. Do I have some sort of theme going on???

This past Saturday I attended my daughter Carly’s graduation ceremony from Suffolk University, Sawyer School of Business.  She received her  dual masters, MBA/MSA.  We dined out after with a delicious celebratory meal.

Other than that, there isn’t much more happening here except that tomorrow is my birthday but I don’t go there anymore LOL.  I’m trying to forget.

See you all next week with hopefully, a more interesting post.


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Just in Time….

Hi friends,

This week I started and finished my second elephant baby quilt just in time before our mini heat wave hits here in Boston.  AND, I finally got the a/c installed.  Why do it ahead of time when you can wait for the last minute.

This second elephant quilt is the same as the first that I showed you last week, only pink as the different accent color.  This second quilt went faster than the first. Guess if I need to make another, it will go even faster.

Here are both quilt sets ready to present.

Last month, my friend Fran, sent me this adorable stamp set, HANDLE WITH CARE, which includes all the symbols for fabric care.

I chose the symbols for machine wash and machine dry and stamped them on the back of my business card which I included with the quilts.  Thanks, Fran, this worked out great!

I haven’t done much else this week.  Since the weather is cooperating, I’ve been busy outside tending to my garden and planting some flowers.  My Wisteria tree should be in full bloom by this weekend.  I’ll take some pics and post next week.  I also dragged out the pool and water table for Demi so she’s been having a ball playing in the water.  Nice to get outside after the long winter.

See you all back here next week.


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Hello friends,

Okay, what’s going on???  Babies galore.  In one week, I’ve had 2 orders for new baby girl quilts.  And, the same theme, ELEPHANTS.  And the same base color, grey.  One with yellow, the second with pink.  I have done several baby quilts now with grey as the base color. I believe we have a trend going on here.   QUESTION FOR YOU ALL:  IS IT GRAY OR GREY????  Which to you mostly use?

So this week, I’ve finished up the first of the elephant quilts, for little Evangeline born 2 weeks ago. Grey was the theme and I added yellow as the secondary color.  I also made a matching pillow. For baby girl quilts I like to added a ruffle. Simple hand tied knots finish it up.

Here are my fabric choices for the 2nd elephant quilt in pink.

In the midsts of sewing, I stopped to make a CASE graduation card for an order.

 YOURS                                                              MINE



That’s all for this week.  Hoping the weather will warm up so I can get outside and do some planting.  Still haven’t made a decision on the awnings for my front yard but now I’m looking into solar shades for the porch instead.  Hopefully, I’ll find something I like and can afford!!

Until next week,



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