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August 20, 2012



I so love that you're doing MIM now!! Be Blessed!


These projects are phenomenal! I just loved your video tutorial at PTI! Your tag pockets blow me away! Well, that's enough for exclamation point button is starting to get overheated. I am happy to be a new follower, and love your PTI stuff SO much (I have to get one more in...)!

Troy Louise

Such pretty goodies. Will definitely go & check out your video. Sending you hugs to make it thru today. I worked full time so it wasn't as hard as being at home, but I still felt that heartache of having him growing older & more independent each year. You are a great Mama. XOX

Patty O'Malley

I just love the tag pockets and the cards with the felt flowers. First day of school (and, for me, quite frankly, every school day) is never easy. My son is taking college classes now; but when he was in school, I always had those pangs.

Diana Waite

wow, wow, wow! AWESOME stuff!


Great cards and projects!! I love the fabrics you used for the Make it Monday. Do you have an online store you can refer me to? I would love to get some of that great prints you showed in your video. For the moment, I'll use waht I have here to have some fun ;)

Hugs!! Joan


I really enjoy your videos. You have such a pleasant sweet voice. And as always, LOVE your projects. I like how you give them such a vintage feel. I do have a question for you....How do you tea stain your fabric? Thanks for the tip about the Krylon spray paint. I was ironing on interfacing to the fabric to give it "some weight." Thanks so much Melissa. All the best to you and your family.

Nancy Dynes

Hi Melissa! I so LOVE all of your work! You give a special touch to each and every project. I understand about the 'school blues.' We just moved our youngest to his college dorm 2 days ago. He is 4 hours away from us now. I can't stop crying. I hate walking past his empty room. Motherhood is the greatest joy one can experience, but it can be heart wrenching too. Hugs, Nancy

Jessie McLaughlin

Melis I hope your blues get better as the week goes on! I am sure you are missing your peanut! Lovely cards!! You are such a wonderful Mom!! :)


Being a mommy is a tough job sometimes, thinking of you Melissa. I watched the PTI video and look forward to giving it a try!

Jill Norwood

Melissa I so identify with the first day of school blues...we still have 3 weeks before school starts but I am not looking forward to all!

Love your Make it Monday video and hope to play along. I still want to make the owl you showed on your blog post earlier so maybe I can combine it and make an owl with fabric die cuts.

Love the pockets you made too! Such pretty details!
Blessings to you! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!

laura huffman

love your projects, will check out the video. thanks and sending hugs your way.

Beth Brittain

Loved your MIM.


Awesome!Thanks just love it...


Just sent my boy off for his second year of college. I know you miss your sweet girl. Hugs! You have made my day brighter seeing you did a MIM tutorial! Yay! I watched it and loved the tips you gave us! So love watching you create! Learning from a master! :-) thanks so much!

Mary Beth

Thank you for an excellent MIM video! Great tips and clear instructions. Can't wait for your next MIM!

Elisabeth Larsson

Thank you for the new MIM video, Melissa! I love your videos, you're always teaching me something new! I'm so happy you continued making videos after the stamp-a-fair! I love your way with colours and textures! Please keep the videos coming!

ReNae Allen

I get that "blue" feeling from time to time, especially when I drive by the grade school my (grown) children used to attend. I remember all the fun I had with them while they were still young. Now my memories must sustain me. And I just have to remember that now they are building these happy memories with their own children! Ugh. It's not easy, but like the song says, "These are the good ol' days!" We have to remember that each day is a gift and to treat it as such!
love and hugs, ReNae

Sandy Vincent

Thanks for the MIM video. I have one question...when you die cut the paper/fabric combo, do you cut with the die facing the paper or the fabric? I wondered if that would make a difference in the crispness of the cut. I haven't tried it yet, need to go to JoAnns and pick up a little fabric first. Thanks!
Sandy V

ReNae Allen

Oops almost forgot! I am so glad you featured fabric on this Make It Monday video! I was an avid quilter and seamstress before I discovered paper crafting, and I have so many charm packs, fabric swatches and the like that this really appeals to me! I have incorporated fabric into my cards before, but never have attempted to "die cut" them. I appreciate your tutorial and I can't wait to give it a try! You make it look easy and I know it's harder than you let on, but thanks for giving us the inspiration to try this fun technique! ~ReNae from KS

Amy Papale

Love your video Melissa! You are so talented and I love being able to watch you work your magic. Please share more videos in the future as they are so wonderful!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful talent:)

Barbara Martin

Great job on the video Melissa! I am learning so much from you! I understand the end-of-summer, back-to-school blues - once you get into the new routine, it will be fine. My daughters are grown (one working, one starting her senior year in college) - I still get blue every time they leave. I just keep reminding myself that part of my job as a mother was/is to launch them to be independent. Motherhood is not easy!

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