Friday, May 20, 2011


Hey All My Crafty Friends

Well it's time for some more project using the super cute stamps from SCRAPPY MOMS STAMPS.
Today I will be sharing with you a project using the new release for this month called

Take a look below to see what comes in this set.... SCREAMING CUTENESS !!! :0)

I told you they were CUTE !!!!

So here is the first project I created for this stamp set...

I love how this card turned out and the sentiment ties the whole project together. These stamps make cardmaking so much FUN !!!

Project Details

A2 - 41/4 x 5 1/2 portrait style
Mat - 4 x 5 1/4
Patterned Paper 3 3/4 x 4
White Cardstock 3 1/2 x 3 1/3
Orange Brads
Sun - Simply Charmed - Cut twice @ 3 inches
Sunglasses - Glossy Accents to give the feel of "real" sunglasses
Scrappy Moms Stamps - Sun - Kissed
Quikuts Embossing Folder - Medium Dots

Well I think that is it... :0) I love how my project turned out ... I hope it has inspired you to be creative 

As I told you last week, I am giving away a prize for every Scrappy Moms Stamp POST in the month of May.

So today the prize will be 


So how do you get a chance to win... Leave a comment in this post and as always if you would like to follow my blog just click the link to the right and follow in on the JOURNEY :0)

I will pick ALL WINNERS on Tuesday May 24 2011...

Jump on over to SCRAPPY MOMS STAMPS and check out the new set and will your there check out all the amazing stamp sets and supplies they have for sale... It is a cardmaker's HEAVEN full of CUTENESS !!!

Stop by tomorrow for the next project from this set and another chance to win a new prize.

Until Next Time 

Hugs & Scraps


Sunday, May 15, 2011


Hey Guys

Apparently BLOGGER decided to eat my post from Friday, just realized it this morning... Ugh!! Blogger I love you and want to scream at you at the same time..., so let me retype this.... ;0)

The winners are as follows:

Bling & Ribbon Assortment


Glenda said..

Such a cute and happy card! Love the star theme and the sentiment!

You have done a fantastic job with all your guest designer projects!

Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder

Blogger Sharon said...

This is just beautiful!!! Love the colors! The butterfly and pearls are fantastic. Perfect sentiment!! 



 Debbie Yates said..

So very magical! Great job Melissa

Congrats to each of you for winning !!!
I will be sending you an email to get your mailing infomation :0)

I would like to say thanks so much to Melanie and Tammy (Scrappy Moms Stamps ) for asking me to be their Guest Designer this month... I have had so much fun.

Check back on May 20th, I will be showcasing more Scrappy Moms Stamps

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Thursday, May 12, 2011


Hey All My Crafty Friends

Well today is another fun post for Scrappy Moms Stamps.. I am still having a blast working with the new release from SMS...

Today's Project is **** YOU SPARKLE***

This card is dedicated to all those who bring a SPARKLE to my day ... You know who you ARE !!! :0)

I used the star from SIMPLY CHARMED and the hide contour feature, so I could use one of my favorite tools PEACHY KEEN STAMPS to give my little star just the personality it needed.

Today's prize is :


Who doesn't need some BLING & RIBBON in their crafting projects, so I will be giving one lucky winner an assortment of both... All you need to do is leave a comment in this post and a way for me to contact you when you win...

Also remember to check out all the SCRAPPY MOM POST this week... there are still prizes up for grabs, also if you post about it on Facbook or your blog please come back and let me know and I will give you an extra entry for both...





Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Scrappy Mom Blog Hop WINNER!!!

Hey Guys

Totally Forgot to draw the winner for the SCRAPPY MOMS BLOG HOP on Friday..
Well the WINNER IS


Stephanie said:
So Super Cute!!! Great paper choices! The sentiment goes perfect with that adorable little girl with wings! New follower, looking forward to seeing all your creations! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win!


Thanks Stephanie for stopping by and visiting with me on Friday..

Congrats !!!!!

Hugs & Scraps


Scrappy Moms Stamp Guest Designer Day 3

Hey Guys

Super fast post today, lots of things to get accomplished in MOMMY WORLD !!!

Today is Day 3 of my guest designer spot over at SCRAPPY MOMS STAMPS.. I am having a blast showcasing the new stamp set and hope that I have inspired you to get creative today..

So for today here is what I came up with...

I love this sentiment from the set..... I think it can be used in so many different ways with numerous themes.  I used the butterfly from Once Upon A Princess and one of my favorite color combinations Teal & Brown..
I love the way it is simple but yet somewhat elegant at the same time.. And the sentiment ties all the element together to make a great card...

If you have been following the blog post this week you know I am giving away a prize for every SCRAPPY MOMS post in May...

So today's prize is .....


All you need to do is leave a comment in this post and I will pick ALL THE WINNERS on FRIDAY the 13th... I know really not suppose to be a luck day... But here at A PAPER JOURNEY it IS YOUR LUCKY DAY so leave some comment love....And get LUCKY !!!!

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Hey Guys

Sorry for the delay in posting my project for SCRAPPY MOM Stamps.  Blogger decided to be a "BOOGER" and would not let me post a darn thing for two days... but in the true spirit of "I WILL NOT BE BEAT !!! lol.
I found a new way to post. :0) Took some time to figure out but never the less... I AM BACK POSTING !!

I would like send a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone one who stopped by and left such sweet comments on FRIDAYS post.  I am having a blast be the guest designer this month for SCRAPPY MOMS and hope that I will inspire you to do something creative today.

As I told you on Friday.. The HAPPILY EVER AFTER stamp set is the lastest release from Scrappy Moms Stamps and is prefect for the "little princess" in your life... I have 3 not so little princesses in my life so finding sentiments can be challenging...but these stamps make the challenge so much easier.

I wanted to totally go "OUTSIDE THE BOX" and make a card that could be used for either a boy or a girl...

So here is what I came up with for you today...


I think it is so stinkin cute..if I do say so myself.. I think this card would be great for a boy or a girl with just a few embellishment and color changes.

The sentiment is PERFECTO....

Thats one of the things that I love most about Scrappy Moms Stamps they are created with such love and the sentiment work wonderfully with those everyday moments in each of our "MOMMY LIVES"... :0) If you havent had a chance to check out all the amazing stamps that Melanie and Tammy have created I urge you to go take a peek over at SCRAPPY MOMS Stamps.. Like I said before the hardest part is which ones you will choose..

Well that is it for today as I mentioned the other day I am giving a prize away for every Scrappy Mom post in the month of May so for today's prize I will be giving away ...

If you have never used these you are totally missing out... These little wobbles make any project come to life.

So how do I winner... Well leave a comment in this post and a way for me to contact you when you WIN... If you would like to become a follower just click the link to the right and join in on the journey...You just never know what might happen..




Friday, May 6, 2011

SCRAPPY MOMS STAMPS Happily Ever After Blog Hop

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Well today is the day that I get to play along with the design team from Scrappy Mom Stamps, in yesterdays post I gave you a sneak peek of the new stamp set being released today called HAPPILY EVER AFTER. These stamps are so cute and are not for just the little girl in your life.  I have several project to share with you and over the next few days will be unveiling them to you.  I have tried to think outside the box with these stamps and give you some more uses than just your typical everyday "GIRLY" card.. So I hope you will come back tomorrow to see a new project.            

Also as an added bonus I will be giving away a prize a day to celebrate the new release so please make sure to visit often and leave some comment love ... It makes all this worth while and as always if this is your first visit to a PAPER JOURNEY, and you have been inspired I would love it if you became a follower of my blog, just click the followers button on the right-hand side of the page.

So on to the blog hop..
 I am so honored to be among some of the most talented crafters in the world and still have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming ... I love each and everyone of these ladies work and am always inspired each and everytime I visit their blogs..

If you have arrived here for JOANNAS blog then you are in the right place.  If you would like to start from the begining just click the link below and it will take you back to the beginning.
So ready for the unveiling from yesterdays sneak peek??

Well here is is .....


I chose to go back to a cartridge that I haven't used in over a year A CHILD'S YEAR, I can't believe I forgot about this cartridge.  The images are simply adorable and I felt worked perfectly with this sentiment.


A Child's Year -tooth fairy cut  @ 3 1/2 inches
Card Base - Birthday Bash cut @ 7 1/2 inches
Card Layers cut @ 71/2 & 7 1/4 inches
Tag for Sentiment is actually the same as the card base just cut @ 2 1/2 inches and 2 1/4 inches (clever huh??)
All card stock is CoREdinations / Patterned Paper is from DCWV
Green Brads
Creamy Brown Chalk Ink
Scrappy Moms Stamps - Happily Ever After

So thats it for today.  I hope you will come back tomorrow and check out my next project for this cute stamp set. Also jump on over to SCRAPPY MOMS STAMPS and grab this cute stamp set and while your there check all the other amazing stamps they have for sale ..the hardest part will be choosing which ones to get ...because each one is full of CUTENESS !!! :0)

No blog hop would be complete without some blog candy right?  So today I will be giving away the Textile Stripes Cuttlebug folder ...If your like me you can never have to many Cuttlebug Folders... lol

All you have to do is leave a comment in this post and if you become a new follower let me know this to and I will give you a second entry in the drawing.

I will pick the winner on Tuesday May 10, 2011 and will announce the winners here.  Also please leave an email address for me to get in touch with you in case you win...

Your next stop on the hop is the super talented LIZ so click on the link below and you will be on your way.


Thanks for stopping by today 




Thursday, May 5, 2011

SCRAPPY MOMS STAMPS - Guest Designer Sneak Peek ;0)

Hey All My Crafty Friends

I am so excited to finally be posting has been crazy over the last few weeks and I am finally back to what I love CRAFTING... :0)

So many things have happen to me over the last few weeks and I can't wait to share all of it with you guys.  As you can see from todays post I have been asked to be the guest designer for SCRAPPY MOMS cool is that? I was so honored when Tammy and Melanie asked me to be their guest designer, not only are their stamps SUPER CUTE they are some of the best quality stamps I have ever used and trust me I have bought alot of stamps...:0)

SCRAPPY MOMS STAMPS is having a BLOG HOP to celebrate their newest stamp release,

on May 6, 2011.
So please come back tomorrow and join in on all the FUN...So until then here is a sneak peek of one of the adorable stamps available in this set.

I know I'm being a tease but thats all you get until tomorrow, so don't forget to come back and see the rest of the project and also all the other projects that the  SCRAPPY MOMS Design Team has created for this stamp set.



Thursday, April 14, 2011

DDLL - Sitting Larry

Hey All My Crafty friends

Well today is another Digital Delights Thursday.... This week I chose to use the super cute digital image SITTING LARRY and the super cute matching digital paper BUMBLE BEE PAPER SET... They both are perfect together and this sweet little card came together in no time....

You can find both these digital items by Clicking HERE.

Also Wendy has all the EASTER IMAGES on sale this week for 50 % off, so go by and check them out they are to cute to pass up... :0)

So on to this weeks project :

Doesn't it just scream HAPPY !!!! 

Well thats it for today, I hope you will buzz on over to DIGITAL DELIGHTS BY LOUBY LOO and check out the new digis in the store and don't forget to check out the sale items in the store.  Also why your there pop on over to the DDLL Blog and check out the amazing projects the other members of the design team have created this week...They are sure to inspire your creativity.  



Thursday, April 7, 2011


**** If Your Looking For the Cricut Cardz Challenge Blog Hop ***

***** Please SCROLL DOWN to the NEXT POST ******

Hey All My Crafty Friends

I want to share with you the new set of digis from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  It is the new Pirate Collection and it's just adorable.  For today's project I decided to use the accessories set that accompanies these cute little images and create a super fast card using my new Life's a Party Cricut cartridge.

Card Details :

Cricut - Life's A Party pg 44 card feature cut @ 6 1/2 inches
DDLL -Pirate Accessories Set 
DDLL - Sentiment - Your A Treasure

It literally took me about 15 minutes from start to finish to make this cute little card... Gotta love the simplicity of Digital Images and the card features available on various Cricut cartridges....

Please stop by and check out the new collection over at Digital Delights and why your there jump over to the DDLL Blog and take a look at the amazing job the other design team members did with this collection.  You won't be disappionted :0)

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cricut Cardz Challenge EASTER BLOG HOP !!!!

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Welcome to the first ever Cricut Cardz Challenge EASTER Blog Hop.  I am so excited to be apart of this design team and even more excited to be a part of this hop with some of the most talented papercrafters on the planet...

So if you have arrived here from Barbara's blog then you are in the right place... If you need to start from the beginning the click here to go directly to Mary's blog at CRICUT CARDZ CHALLENGE

Here is a blog line up just in case you get lost along the way

So for today's project it's  KID-FRIENDLY !!!! There is nothing better than sharing the love of paper crafting with kids...
 So clear out a spot and yell for the kids and CRAFT TOGETHER.. You will be glad you did !!! :0)

The project is so super simple to make.... EVEN A CAVE MAN CAN DO IT !!!!! LOL :0)


(1) 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 piece of cardstock
Score at 2 3/4 on all four sides
Cut slits at four corners to the first score line
Corner rounder on all for corners
 Handle cut 1 1/2 x 8 inches
Punch hole to hold sides of basket and handle to basket

Easy Peasy Japanesy !!!!


Cricut Tags Bags Boxes & More
Cake Box cut @ 5 1/2 inches
Score on score lines
Assemble using sticky tape
Green Stems ( cut with PAPER SHREDDER ...LOL) and crimped in paper crimper
Crop A dile through top of lid and feed stem through the lid

Each box holds 5 chocolate eggs or two small chocolate bunnies !!!
I think these would make great EASTER treats for your next classroom or bible school class ...

Well this is a blog hop and no blog hop would be complete without some BLOG CANDY

I decided for this blog hop to make the blog candy a SURPRISE just like the surprises we get in our EASTER BASKETS..

In order to win the SURPRISE BLOG CANDY you have to leave a comment with an email address in this post also you don't have to become a follower of my blog but if you would like just click the link on the right hand side of the page...There's always something going on here so you don't want to miss out on all the fun ... :0)

*** Due to shipping rates I can only ship to US and Canada Address ***

I will use to choose my winner on FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2011

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time with me today....

Now on to the next stop along the hop....The super talented RUTHIE just click HERE and your on your way.

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Thursday, March 24, 2011

DDLL - Lili the Skunk

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Welcome to another digital Thursday for Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  This week I am using the super "Stinkin" cute digi Lili the Skunk. 

I am so glad the weather is starting to warm up and the cold days of winter are almost behind us.  Spring is my favorite time of year and I so look forward to seeing butterflies and dragonflies flying in the air.  There is just something really enchanting about watching a butterfly fly through the air.  Makes me know that God's amazing grace is always around. So when I saw Lili holding the sweet little butterfly ... It reminded me that I am so thankful for the many blessings in my life and how special our time here is...

As I always say its the journey through life that is most important... For a butterfly their life is not that long..but there journey to being a butterfly is what makes them simply amazing.  :0)

So on to today's project :

Front View

Side View

Card Details :

Cricut - Wild Cards cut @ 5 1/2 inches
All layers cut @ 5 1/2 inches
DDLL - Lili the Skunk 
Primacolor Pencils / Markers
DCWV - Celebrations Paper Stack
Cardstock - Coordination
Ribbon - Hobby Lobby
Sentiment - Fiskar Stamp Set

So thats it for another DDLL Thursday... Please stop by and check out what the design team has created for  you this week... You won't be disappointed !! Also check out the new digis in the store. They are super cute and great for your springtime projects.


Check out the March Madness sale at Digital Delights 

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cricut Cardz Challenge # 67

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Gosh it has been one of those weeks... Blogger has been just a nightmare but I think I have finally figured out how to win the battle ... It has taken me almost a week to get it to work...But HOPEFULLY crossing my fingers and my toes this will continue to work... So enough with my recent dilemma and on to this weeks challenge

Over at Cricut Cardz Challenge the design team was asked to make a project for SPRING using the colors white,pink and green only... 

So here is this weeks project :

Pretty simply card .... Clean and Simply but somehow ...I think very charming :0)

Card Details

Standard A2 card
Cricut Kate's ABC's - VASE pg 54 cut @ 4 1/4 inches
Sentiment -My Pink Stamper Stamps 
Cardstock - Coordinations

Well that's it for this weeks challenge ..Please stop by CCC and take a look at all the amazing work the rest of the design team members have created this week for SPRING.. Also play along I would love to stop by and see your SPRING creation too..

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Friday, March 18, 2011

Technical Difficulties - BLOGGER

I am having technical difficulties with Blogger... I have sent them an email hoping they can resolve this issue. Until then I will be limited to what I can post.. As of right this second it works fine.

Hopefully I will be blogging really soon

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps

Melissa :0)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

DDLL - Snookie the Chick

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Today is you know what that means... Time for another project using the sweet digis by Digital Delights by Louby Loo. Wendy has really out done herself with her newest designs.. Snuffle the Chocolate Bunny and Snookie the Chick... The are so sweet and remind me that "YES" Spring is Coming!!! Thanks Goodness.. :0)

So on to this weeks project.. I used Snookie the Chick for my project and decided that since Spring was just around the corner I would try to brighten the last days of Winter with as much color as I could find.

Card Details

Card Base 5 1/2 x 5 1/2
DDLL - Snookie the Chick
Create A Critter - Pond cut @ 2 inches /Sun cut @ 1 /1/2 inches / Clouds cut @ 1 inch & 1 1/2 inches
Fiskars - Grass Punch
Recollections - 3D Stickers
My Pink Stampers Stamps - Sentiment
Pop Dots
Coordinations Cardstock / Recollection Patterned Paper
Cuttlebug - Divine Swirls Embossing Folder

Well I think that is it for today...
Please stop by and check out all the cute projects the design team has made for you over at Digital Delights by Louby Loo and stop by and check out the new stamps Wendy has created for you ..They are simply to cute to pass up..SO GO GET SOME !!! LOL

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Thursday, March 10, 2011

DDLL - Little Dumpling

Hey All My Crafty Friends

Today is another digi card featuring the super cute stamps from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.
I fell in love with this stamp the moment I saw it.  This stamp is so perfect for both boys and girls.  And could be used for baby shower announcments, invites, cards and even scrapbook layouts. Just by changing the colors used the possibilites are endless.

So make sure you go by Digital Delights by Louby Loo and purchase one yourself.  Also Wendy has alot of really cute stamps on sale for $1.00 so go by a grab some before there gone forever.

So on to todays project :

Project Details

A2 size card - 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Mat layers - 5 1/4 x 4 & 5 x 3 3/4
Scalloped Circle - Cricut Mini Monograms cut @ 4 1/2
Circle -Cricut Mini Monograms cut @ 4 inches
Patterend Paper Strip cut @ 5 x 2 inches
White Signo Gel Pen
Pop Dots
White Ribbon - Hobby Lobby
Pink Gingham Bow - Hobby Lobby
Stamp - colored with Prisma Premier Colored Pencils

Well that's it for today... Please stop by and check out what the other design team members have created for you.  Their card are full of inspiration and talent.  :0)

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Let your voice be heard !!!

Hey All My Crafty Friends

I have been making so many cards lately that I feel some times my first love of scrapbooking is getting pushed to the back burner.  Dont get me wrong I so love making cards but also would like to share my love of scrapbook layouts too. What do you think?  Anybody interested in partricipating in a scrapbook layout challenge each week.?

I am taking a poll to get your feedback.. It is located on the top right hand corner of my blog. So if this is something that interest you . Let your voice be HEARD !!!!

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps


Friday, March 4, 2011


Hey All Crafty Friends
Well its Friday ..which means its time for another FLAUNT IT FRIDAY challenge ....

The design team was asked to make a project using the super cute cartridge TWINKLE TOES.. If you dont have this cartridge you really need to get it...It is super cute for all those "Girl Projects"..

Card Details:

Card Base - Birthday Bash cut @ 5 3/4
Twinkle Toes cut @ 4 inches w/ all layers
Scalloped Layers cut @ 6 1/4 , 5 1/2 and 5
Rhinestones - Hobby Lobby
Stamp - Inkadinkadoo
Black Lace (Skirt)
White Signo Gel Pen
Peachy Keen Stamps - Wide Eyed Kids ----- LOVE THEM !!!
Action Wobble ( looks like she's CUTE !!! :0)

Well thats it for today... Please come by and join in the challenge at FLAUNT IT FRIDAYS. And as always leave a link so I can come by and see how you FLAUNT IT !!!

Until Next Time


Hugs & Scraps


Thursday, March 3, 2011


Hey All My Crafty Friends

I woke up this morning to the sweetest surprise ever.... I got an award from my sweet friend Leslie :0) Yeah for ME !!!
I feel so honored to receive this award.

So Thanks a bunch Leslie !!!

Part of the requirement for receiving this award is to tell (3) things about myself that nobody knows...

(1) I LOVE 80's music... My kids think Im weird because I know all the words to just about any 80s song written... LOL

(2)  I love a good "CHICK FLICK"... ie... The Notebook, Ghost, P.S. I love you, and most definitely PRETTY WOMAN .... Nothing like watching a good chick flick and getting so upset that you have the "UGLY CRY " at the end... :0)

(3) I love to dance and sing and will just start singing and dancing if the mood strikes me...Can at times be very embarrassing for my kids...but they have to love me  they have learned to live with it.!!!!

So thats (3) things Im sure you didnt know about me but now you do... Another requirement to this award is to play it forward.... Give this award to 5 people who make a difference for me personally... Its was really hard to just pick 5 but each one of them came to me I guess it was meant to be...

When you get a chance stop by and check out their blogs ...the journey is so worth it.. Each one of them make me smile each and everyday.. And I am so glad to have them in my life...

Until Next Time

Hugs & Scraps



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