Saturday, March 20, 2010

Mini Album #1 : Lucky Me! Altered Coater Album

Let me begin by defining "luck".  I believe there is no randomness in this world.  I believe that all things come from God.  I believe that He has a divine purpose for myself and my family.  So when I use a word like "luck" in my creative process it means blessed. 

I am blessed from God above!  

I am so thankful for my DH (met him when I was 15, and he is "still the one", on most days, teehee), my children (these photos are a little old, Travis is 22 now and Nicole is 20 and I could not be prouder of these 2 young adults who choose to follow God and trust Him to lead their paths.

I am so thankful for this little pup!  Well she is not a puppy any more, but she is only 7lb, so to me she will always by my little pup.  She has brought me so much joy!

And I can not leave off the BFF's.  I love these girls.  It took me to age 40 to find best friends who love the same things I do,  and I cherish them.  It will break my heart to leave them behind when I move to Texas.

The ProjectThis is a 4x4 coaster book.  I used my Crop-a-dile to punch holes for binding.  I painted the coasters with a dark brown.  Then I started going through my stamp catalogs for images that I though would be cohesive.  You can't go wrong with flowers, butterflies, and hearts!  I then pulled out some "friendship" and "family" stamps for their respective pages.  And last but not least some "decorative" stamps.  You gotta throw some swirls in there, right??

I created all of my own embellishments by stamping on beige cardstock with either green or yellow ink, since I decided these were going to be my colors.  I used cuticle scissors to cut them out.  I also embellished this little album using some of my punches, flowers, border, scalloped corners, one of the butterflies and scalloped ovals.  And I had to throw my deckled scissors in there somewhere (my favorite pair).
The DP : brown stripes - Basic Grey, green polka dots and flourishes - My Mind's Eye.
I used a piece of acetate as a page just before the photo of my pup.  I used Staz-on and stamped it with swirls and colored it in with a yellow gel pen. 

I'm thinking about making a few extra and to sale on Etsy.  I have lots of cards I need to sale and some gently used stamp sets as well.  Since we are getting our house ready to sale, I'm in the mood to let a lot of stuff go.  I actually don't know anything about Etsy though.  Can I sale gently used stamp sets on there??  Or is it for ONLY handmade items??  I'm going to have to research that!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me ramble!  I hope you have a wonderful week!


Lovely Linda said...

Hi Melisa - what a treasure from the heart this is!! I love the idea of coasters and am definitely inspired to use them - your personal and handmade embellishments are perfect! What a gorgeous and blessed family you have! It is always hard to leave friends behind, but when they are heart connections - they go with you and these gals look like 'stayers!' There are so many more friends in Texas waiting for someone like you to being some 'SONshine' into their lives! God bless you Melisa - thank you for sharing both your art and your HEART! {{{hugs}}}

Lovely Linda said...

Hello again! LOL! I forgot to say - you could always advertise your stamp sets for sale right here on your blog and give us all a look - I know I would love to see what you have....just a thought!! {{{hugs}}}

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Oh, this is a really special project, Melisa! I love your thoughtful design, the colors and choice of stamps, etc., and the sweet memories you've shared!

A beautiful memory keeper and lovely creation showing off your talents!

You have a new crafting friend right here in me, Melisa! And I agree with Linda, those gals are BFForever!


Kim Dellow said...

What a wonderful little book. Gorgeous piccies. Kim

Jean Franks Beck said...

Wow, Melisa, your work is gorgeous!! I especially love the beautiful album - so creative. Thanks so much for visiting me :)

Linda Beeson said...

Your entire creation is amazing! Great details. I really like your little definition of luck. I will almost never use that term because of how you defined it, it is really about God in my life. I found myself using it a couple times this year for St. Pat's just cause it fits so well.

Joan Ervin said...

What a fabulous album, Melisa...the pictures are beautiful and you have showcased them perfectly with all your awesome details!!!!!

Ceal said...

Melisa I love your mini album. Its so pretty!

Maria Matter said...

oh wow, this leaves my mouth hanging!
INCREDIBLE!!!! you did an outstanding job hun!
blessings, Maria

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