Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Challenge #5 - Show Us Your Shape!

Hello, Crafters!

Are you all ready for another super fun challenge AND another amazing release from Meljen's??

The Design Team was given some time to play with the new images in this weeks release, and have come up with some fun, fun projects to share with you!!  I just can't wait to show you what they've done!

But first!  It's New Release Day!!  Yay!!  This weeks release contains 7 new adorable images!  Some of you may have seen a "Stamp Bakery" post with a cute little octopus?  Do you remember him?  Well.. he's here and he brought some friends with him!  Check it out!  The release is called:  "Sea Critters" and it is just the cutest!!

Our challenge for you this week is to make a SHAPED card!  No squares or rectangles allowed!  Let's see something different!  This is a great opportunity to step "outta your box" and try something new!
We can't wait to see what you create!

Here are the samples you've been waiting for from our amazingly talented Design Team!  These girls are just the BEST!

Using "Little Fish"
Using "Lots O Love Octopus" & "Little Fish"

Using "Cutie Crab"
Using "Cutie Crab"

Using "Scuba Bear"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Hello! Andrea here for the second tutorial for MelJen's Designs. Today I bring you a step by step guide to paper piecing a digital stamp.

When I think digitals stamps I immediately begin choosing my papers. I am in love with patterned paper. So much variety in patterns, texture, and color that it can really make an image pop off the page. In this tutorial I wanted to break down the steps to paper piecing one of my favorite MelJen’s Design images, “Pansies”.

I began the process by inserting the image twice into a word document, resizing one to make it smaller than the other. Taking the idea from the Shannon’s first tutorial, I wanted to “merge” these images on paper.

Once you have chosen your paper, print your images and get ready to cut and create!

Start with your base, in this case the cream cardstock. I wanted to use the larger image as the base and add an additional flower from the smaller image, as shown below. (By adding this, it gives me the outline I need to line up the next layer correctly.)

Now you want to add the layers of color. With each layer add 3-dimensional tape to give the image depth.

Finally, add more detail using markers, glitter, or other embellishments.

And your project is complete!

Tip: You will be sure not to waste paper if you use the remaining pieces to create additional images.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and be sure to check back in two weeks for #3 brought to you by Shannon.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Challenge #3 Winners and some Inspiration!

Happy Monday! Today we've got another batch of winners, Top 5, and Inspirational creations for your viewing pleasure.  Remember, the 25% off sale with coupon code MDsale25 ends Wednesday so you still have time to do some shopping!

Our random winner of 3 digis is....
Congratulations, Meghna! Please contact me (Ann) at with your choice of 3 digis from the Meljen's Designs store!

Again, it was another tough week to choose the Top 5, but here they are. Ladies, please feel free to grab the Meljen's Designs Challenge Top 5 badge!

And now, for some inspiration from the DT:


Lisa F.



Thanks for stopping by and congratulations to all the winners!  Please scroll down to enter Challenge #4.

- Ann, DT Coordinator

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Customer Appreciation Store-wide SALE!!

 (Please scroll down for Challenge #4)

To show our appreciation for sticking with us through the store renovations and download issues, Meljen's Designs is having store-wide sale: take 25% off all items in the store when you use the coupon code: MD25sale! Yes, that includes the super cute new release images from this week AND since this is a store-wide sale, so it also includes new release packs and discount packs.

Have you had a few images on your wish list for a while? If so, it's time to "stock up" and grab those digis!

Customer Appreciation Sale
Take 25% off all items in the store!

Spread the word to your crafting buddies that the cutest images around are on sale!  How can it get better than cute digis and a sale?  Hm, that's a tough question :)

Happy shopping!

- Ann

Challenge #4 - For the Little Ones

It's time for another Meljen's Thursday Challenge!  Are you ready?

We all LOVED visiting your blogs and seeing your wonderful creations last week during our 3-D challenge!  You are all so amazingly talented and we are glad that you love to share your projects with us!
Don't forget to check back in on Monday for our list of WINNERS and another dose of INSPIRATION!

TODAY IS RELEASE DAY!!  YIPPIEEE for weekly releases!  You should have seen the Design Team comments when we saw the release!  There were so many "aaaahs"  and "oooohs" and "Oh My GOSH, that's the cutest thing I've ever seen!"  We are sure that you will just want to cuddle up to these adorable new images as much as we all did!  You're going to LOVE this new release!  There are 10 new images in the Meljen's Shop for you and some of the team members have handcrafted some adorable creations using them to share with you as well!
The name of Meljen's new release this week, you ask?
"Stuffed With Love"

I have another special announcement!  Starting today and going for ONLY ONE WEEK Meljen is having a Customer Appreciation Sale!  Each and every image in her shop is 25% off this week!  How amazingly cool is that?  And, yes - this sale INCLUDES the new "Stuffed With Love" release!  So, now is the perfect time to grab some of your wish list images!  Have fun!

Our Challenge theme this week coordinates perfectly with this release, as we want to see cards or projects "For the Little Ones"  So, grab your pastel colors, print up some new images and turn up the CUTE! 

Here to share some "Stuffed With Love" are:

using "Rag Rabbits Trinkets"
using "Little Sock Monkey", "Rag Rabbit Trinkets" and "Raggy Puppy"
Using "Teddy Cookie"
Using "Little Sock Monkey"
Lisa S.
Using "Raggy Puppy"
Using "Stuffed Elephant"

Using "Loved Little Bear"

 Using "Dolly"

Leave your link below for a chance to WIN 3 images of your choice from the Meljen's Shop!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Challenge #2 Winners and DT Inspiration

Hey look, I finally posted something on time!

There are a few things going on this week including a new release on Thursday.  You will see sneak peeks from the DT as well as image peeks at Melissa's blog.  I know I'm biased, but wow, these are some of the cutest images you've ever seen. You will not be disappointed with this release.  To top it off, as I mentioned before, we will have a new release every week starting next week.  Will you be seeing some images from Melissa's Stamp Bakery? Hmm, I guess you'll have to keep checking to find out!

Okay, so first things first!  Our randomly chosen winner of 3 digis is...

Congratulations, Joanne! Please contact Melissa ( and let her know that you're the winner for Meljen's Designs Challenge #2.

Wow, we were impressed with so many entries from the last challenge!  It was hard to choose just five and since one of the Top Five is our guest designer, I thought it would be okay to choose six this time around :)  Ladies, please feel free to grab the Meljen's Designs ChallengeTop 5 badge!

Whew! Well if that wasn't enough inspiration for you, here's some more eye candy from the design team.  Make sure to check out their blogs because they have lots of other creations that will just blow you away.

Remember to come back on Thursday for Challenge #4 and to see the new images from our new release.  You are going to love them!

- Ann

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Challenge #3: Add those 3D elements!

Are you ready for another Meljen's Designs Challenge?  We were overwhelmed by the entries from the last challenge.  Remember to please come back on Monday to see the winners for Challenge #2.

First, an announcement!  We have a new release coming up next week on April 22 of 10 brand spankin' new images AND starting next week, we will have weekly releases!  We felt that 3 weeks was just way too long to wait for each new release so we're bumping it up to a new release every week.  Melissa will be hard at work hitting the sketchbooks :)

Now, on to what you came here for today!

What's our challenge this week?
Add those 3D elements!

We would like to see lots of 3D elements on your card, altered, item, scrapbook page, or whatever other creation you make.  As you can see from the DT's gorgeous creations, you can take this to mean different things and you can add many different types of 3D items to your card.  Click on their names to find out more about their creations.

Can I get a round of applause for these wonderful creations, please?  I hope the DT's creations inspire you to create those projects using some 3D elements!  Come back again on Monday to find the winners for Challenge #2 and for our Inspiration Post with creations from the rest of DT members.

So go ahead, get carried away - we would love to see what you do!
- Ann