I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Card Making

Right after Hannah died, Rachael and I began making cards. It seemed to help us both as we grieved over the loss of one of the most precious children I have ever had the privilege of knowing. We often got together at her house or mine to make cards together. While Rachael has a fabulous studio, I've never had a good place to make cards, and hauling everything out to do so was quite a commitment. Recently, I decided to make my downstairs (basement level) into a multi-use room. My grandchildren's toys are there, and it's where they like to play. I keep a bed there in case I have an extra amount of company. All the CDs are there and also a small television set. Best of all, there are a plethora of built-ins and it finally dawned on me that part of them could be used to store my supplies making them easily accessible. So, I now have a studio of sorts. This past week I've enjoyed spending time there making cards. I've played with all sorts of things--my embosser, embellishments, odd color combinations, interesting ribbons, and so on. The results of most of my week's work can be seen in the photos below. Some of the cards I like, and some of them I'm not too happy with. But, I had an enjoyable time making them, so even the ones I think aren't so great were fun to create. I made others, but didn't take pictures of them. Perhaps, I'll post them another time.

You can't see the embossing on the two bottom cards. They look better in person. I like the card at the top for two reasons: First, I like the stamp set, and second, I like the colors in the designer paper.

These cards are all okay. I like the one on the bottom right best. The top two ovals were made using nestabilties and my Big Shot machine. I liked how the ovals turned out so much that I ordered a couple more sets of nestabilities in different shapes.

I like all of these cards, but I'm gaga about the one at top left. I'll use that layout again for other cards. It's time consuming and a bit tricky, but the results make it worth the effort. Perhaps if you click on the photos you can see more detail.




Rach said...

Super! I think I'll start posting mine here as well. :).

Jess said...

I love the yellow one too!

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