Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Hey Crafty Friends

This week over at CCC the design team was asked to make a Breast Cancer Awareness card, using any cartridge and color.  Breast Cancer Research is a organization that I try to support when ever I can.  My Grandmother died of breast cancer in 1997 and my mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor for 15 years now...

Breast cancer research has come along way since my Granmother had it. It is true some of us will get breast cancer and some of us will not, but prevention is the key... I know we are all very busy but it only takes a few minutes to check for lumps and getting yearly female exams is a must... We as mothers spend so much time taking care of everybody else that we seem to never have enough time for ourselves. 

So to all my readers please take the time to take care of yourself...with that said I am getting down from the "SOAP BOX"

So back to the challenge..... when I found out I would be making a breast cancer card the ideas seem to pour out from everywhere.....I don't know why maybe because it means so much to me that we find a cure....So in typical "Melissa Style".  I started thinking "outside the box".  I knew I didn't want to do a typical pink ribbon card, but what to do..... I wanted to remind all my girlfriends that taking care of themselves is important but I had to add a little humor to a sometimes uncomfortable subject.

So here it is:  I hope it makes you smile and reminds you to take care of yourself.

Card Front

Pedestal Flap

Card is a Pedestal Card 4/1/4 x 5 1/2 (each mat is 1/4 in smaller than the previous)
Boo (Mini Monsters) of course I did !!!!
Bees (Create A Critter) cut @ 2,1 1/2, 1 inch
Wording (Feeling Groovy)
Check Mark (Hand Cut)
Black Brads (from my Stash)
Diamond Stickles (wings)
Devine Swirls Cuttlebug Folder
Foam Dots (bees and sentiment)

Like I said earlier the ideas started coming from way deep inside this "quirky head " of mine so by the time I finished I had made about 6 cards for this one challenge. ....Cool Huh?

So I will be giving these to my friends this week to remind them to take care of themselves also.

I will be posting them over the next few days so you to can see them also.

I invite all of you to make a Breast Cancer Card for some one you love and care about....It only takes a little while and who knows it might make a difference it someones life.

Need some Creative Inspiration?
Come join us at CCC the design team has some absolutley wonderful cards to get your creativity flowing...
Already have some idea?
We would love to see them post them at CCC so we can come and visit you and see what you have been up too.
Sorry for such a long blog post, but sometimes you just gotta SAY IT!!! lol...
Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Hey Crafty Friends

I came across this today and wanted to spread the word to everyone.  You can get more information at  If you can please send  Madison a card....this would be great.  She is 6 years old and suffering with Leukemia.  If you are healthy or have children that are healthy send her a card in their honor.  I am sure our cards will brighten her day and put a great big smile on her face.  I know from reading the email...she likes pink and butterflies. 

More information is available at the link above.

If your interested in helping please send your cards/packages to the following address by Friday, October 29th (please have it in the mail on or before that date):
Trisha Theo
Po Box 7806
North Port, Florida 34290

Hugs & Scraps

Spider Web Friend Card - Paper Playtime Challenge # 21

Hey Crafty Friends

Over at Paper Playtime the challenge this week is Pumpkins or Spider Webs.  Well I figure I would take another look at how to "think outside the box". 

Let me start off  by saying I have only been blogging for about 2 months now, and I am so very  humbled everyday by the wonderful comments and friendship that I have developed from this blog... I truly believe that God puts people in our path for a reason and I am so glad he has put you in mine.

It's nice to have friends who understand that getting the newest Paper Stack is a rewarding

Having 10,000 pieces of patterned paper is not crazy but COMPLETELY NORMAL  (atleast we bought it with a coupon!!)
And that some paper is so beautiful you could "just EAT it"...

Having the lastest scrapbooking and cardmaking tools is as thrilling as riding a Roller Coaster.

Card Front

Inside Card Sentiment

A2 Size Card
Spider (Paperdoll Dressup) 3 inches REAL DIAL SIZE
Small Spider (PDD) 11/2 inches (RDS)
Bows (Everyday Paper Dolls) 1 inch and 1/2 inch
Hello Friend Stamp (Inkadinkadoo)
Pink Stickles
White Gel Pen (Faux Stiching)
Sentiment (Computer Generated)
Spider Web Cuttlebug Folder
Google Eye (Small and Large) Don't cha just love their eyelashes?

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Christmas Card # 1

Hey Crafty Friends

Just wanted to do a quick post and share my first CHRISTMAS card of the year...only 34 more to go.
I just love the holiday season and getting Christmas cards in the mail is always so wonderful.
In the past I have always purchased a box of premade cards to send out, but since my card making skills have improved lol...... I am challenging myself to make handmade Christmas cards this year.  I think that this will be super special for all my family and friends.

So here is card #1

Card Front

Inside Sentiment
I used Snow Friends for the cute little snowman (cut @ 3 1/2 inches)
Card is an A2 size card 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
All mats are cut 1/4 inch smaller
Sentiment STAMPABILITIES (Hobby Lobby)
Patterned paper (DCWV) Holiday Collection (last year)

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Hey Everyone

Over at CCC this week the theme is anything goes.... I made this quick card using the Simply Charmed cartridge.  I have to say this is another one of those cartridges that you should include in your cricut library if you get the chance...It's absolutely ADORABLE.

The card is an A2 size card
I scored the red paper to give it a grid effect
Paper Character Cut @ 3 1/2 inches
Pencil Character Cut @ 2 1/2 inches
Stamp from Inkadinkadoo

Come on over to CCC and play along DT #1 has done some absolutely FABULOUS cards this week!!

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Hey all my crafty friends

Sorry I have been  MIA for the last few days, been super busy working out the details of some up coming project. 

I have had a serious case of NO CREATIVITY lately and everytime I go to my studio to work I seem to never finish with that said, I have literally about 10 unfinished cards sitting on my craft table.  So this morning I finally finished one of them. YEAH FOR ME !!!!!

I made it with my new ROCK PRINCESS cartridge, I really never intended on getting this cartridge,but I am so glad I did.  It has so many cute images and the font on this cartridge is super cute also.

So here is the card I made:

It is a standard A2 card (portrait style) 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Black Card stock 4 x 5 1/4
Patterned Paper (Hobby Lobby) 3 3/4 x 5
Rock Princess cut at 4 inches (page 28)
Pop Dots
Black Hemp (Walmart)
Sentiment (Clear Stamps)
Rhinestone (Micheals' Dollar Bins)
Stickles (Magenta) skirt,guitar, and headband
Glossy Accents on her boots to give them some dimension and shine
White Gel Pen

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Hey Crafty Friends

This week over at CCC  design team # 2  had to make a card for Thanksgiving using any cartridge and any color that we liked.   I used the turkey from Simply Charmed ( he is so cute). And the layering on this cartridge is super simple. Which I absolutely love !!!


Card base is a standard A2 size card ( Brown Cardstock) cut @  5 1/2  x 4 1/4
Mat cut @ 5 1/ 4 x 4 ((Orange Cardstock)
Patterned Paper (DCWV) Holiday Stack cut @ 5 x 3 3/4
Turkey - Simply Charmed cut @ 4 inches

I added glossy accents to the turkey's wings to give him a little more dimension
Satin Orange Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
Buttons (From my Button Stash)

I had all intentions of printing a sentiment for the outside and inside of the card but my printer decided to not cooperate with my intentions and DIED, so I guess we will be buying a new printer this weekend.....

I encourage each of you to stop by and play along with us at Cricut Cardz Challenge the inspiration is awesome and the friendships are PRICELESS.  Can't wait to see what you come up with....

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Friday, October 1, 2010


It's  ELECTION TIME here at A Paper Journey, I really would like your input on what cartridges you would like to see used in the upcoming THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX SERIES.  I am taking a poll  (located at the top of the page for you to pick from). 

 Also if you have any other suggestion for other cartridges let me know by leaving me a comment on this post.   I would love your feed back. 
I can't wait to get started.... We spend so much MONEY on our cartridges why not get the MOST out of them.  One of my followers commented that we get STUCK in the box with what we see in the hand book which then makes it difficult for us to see all the other possibilities  OUTSIDE the box. With some creativity and imagination I think the possibilities are endless.



Hugs & Scraps


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