Saturday, December 31, 2011


A sad good-bye to our December guest designer, Mariska!  She is leaving us but not without sharing another inspiring creation, this time using PATRIOTIC BEAR!  Isn't it just grand!?  Perfect for bringing AND RINGING in the New Year tonight!!

Mariska, thank you so much for sharing your lovely talents with us!  Your paper-creations are always so beautiful and just full of detailed artistry!  We hope you visit us often and participate in our challenges each week so we can see more of your lovely talent!

You can see more of Mariska on her blog, Sending You A Little Smile.

Everyone, here at Meljen's Designs, wishes you a FABULOUS New Year and we hope that this year brings you your heart's EVERY hope and desire!  We appreciate your friendship and support of Meljen's Designs and look forward to continuing to know each of you better in 2012!  God Bless You ALL!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Year in Review & SURPRISE – 25% Sale!

This year has been an amazing one as always. So many new followers and so many lovely gals on our design team. I always love seeing everyone’s crafts – you are all so talented!

As a thank you to all of my wonderful followers, I wanted to share a special SURPRISE sale at my shop. This will run today through Monday Jan. 2nd. It is NOT posted in the shop – this is a sale for my blog followers and friends at facebook… but feel free to spread the word!

** Scroll down to see some of my favorite crafts from my design team (old & new) this year! **


code: MDnew25
(…remember, this code is only good through Jan. 2nd!)

And to everyone visiting from the Year in Review hop, welcome!

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Feel free to stop by Karin’s post to see all of the other lovely blogs participating in the New Year fun. :-)

Enjoy, and have a LOVELY New Year in 2012!

NOW for some of my favorite Design Team crafts in 2011!
(It was hard for me to pick at all, since there are SO MANY! Be sure to browse our blog’s inspiration posts, there are lots of amazing crafts. :-)

lisaf marlena mela nicole rae ann robbie robin parker sandy audrey anita candace cheryl lorie darsie di (dianna) dee katja kindra jess
HAPPY NEW YEAR, and happy crafting! 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Challenge #90

Welcome to another amazing new challenge week!  We are so glad you are here!

Due to our "vacation" last week, there are no images to release today, so this is a wonderful chance for the Design Team to show off some of their old favorites!

Our challenge for you this week is:


And here are some examples from our Design Team!

Using "Caroling Snowmen"
Using "Caroling Snowmen"

Using "Moose Lights"

Using "Happy Little Whale"
Using "Bundled Little Snowboy"

Using "Yeti Cocoa"

Using "Cozy Winter Wolf Pup"

Using "Cozy Winter Wolf Pup"

And now YOU get to show off your work!

Have Fun!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tantalizing Toooosday 12/27/11

We hope that you all had an amazing Christmas!  We are all blessed to have you as part of our online "family" and we love spending time and sharing crafts with you!

Here are a few inspiration pieces from our team - we are still enjoying our family time, so you may have seen a few of these beauties before, but we thought that they were worth sharing again!

We are looking forward to a new challenge this week and can't wait to see you again on Thursday!

Using "Cozy Little Chickadees"
The beautiful snowflake border along the bottom edge of this card really is striking!

Using "Ornament Mouse"
This is one of my favorite cards that I made this season, I hope you like it too!

Using "Eskimo Kisses"
This simple layout and bold paper pairs up for a gorgeous card!

Using "Stocking Kitty and Stocking Puppy"
I love how Jess has combined the images to create such a joyful card!

Using "Harvest Snowman"
Hard to believe that this is our Fall Snowman, he looks so jolly and wintery with the bright red and glittery snow!


Monday, December 26, 2011

Mini Giveaway! ‘Snow Bunny’ digital stamp

Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and to those of you who are still spending time with your family, I hope that time is lovely! :-)

Here is another little giveaway for you – this little Snow Bunny cutie is yet another one of my favorites for Winter time! It’s normally found in the shop, but it is free for you here for today and tomorrow ONLY. Grab it while you can!

(Just click on the image below, then right-click and save to your computer)

Meljens Designs Snow Bunny

** Please remember that my terms apply. Thank you! **

Enjoy and have a wonderful Holiday Season. :-)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from Meljen’s Designs!


(I created this digital ‘card’ for you with the help of my 8-year-old daughter, who is the featured inspiration for my famous little Brooke Bear digi!)

It’s Melissa here – the artist of Meljen’s Designs. It’s almost been two years since I started drawing digital stamps as ‘Meljen’s Designs’ on Etsy! Here I am again with my own shop packed with more than 700 designs. Can you believe it? It seems like it all started so long ago, but I’ve had so much fun!

I enjoy designing all of my little characters and critters for all of you. Hearing the sweet words and seeing your AMAZING creations (from the simple to the extravagant!) from all of you makes it so worth while. I love seeing all that you create with my little pieces of art. I LOVE inspiring creativity!

I am wishing you all a safe, peaceful Christmas with your friends and family.


Lots of love, hugs and warm wishes,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mariska's been busy!

I've got 2 beautiful creations to share with you from our wonderful December guest designer, Mariska!

To start thing off with a bang, Mariska has created an amazing birthday card for her little brother!  Just look at all the dimension and layers, this card definitely falls into the "Stunning" category!  I love the colors and "Party Time Cat" looks fantastic with Mariska's beautiful coloring!  The glittery balloons and the stars just make me swoon!

And now, I am totally IN LOVE with Mariska's "Lovin' Turtle" card!  The texture on his cute little shell is just too much!  (in a good way, of course!!)  I love the ribbons along the side of the image and the flowers are a perfect touch!

Oh, Mariska's creations are always so awesome!  I could go on and on!  Her layouts are always so fun and her attention to detail really makes her work stand out!  You can find more of her designs on her blog, Sending You A Little Smile.  I hope that you are enjoying her creations this month as much as we are here at Meljen's Designs!

On this Christmas Eve, we would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas from our families to yours!  We hope that you all find peace and love in your stockings this year!

Holiday Hugs,

Friday, December 23, 2011

Special Freebies – Letter to Santa & Merry Christmas COLORING PAGES

This is a freebie coloring page that I shared last year, as well. I want to hand it out to everyone all weekend long so that the sweet little ones in your life can use it to write a letter to Santa!

ALSO – there’s a fun Christmas scene coloring page below!

Click on either of the images to visit 4shared for your download. These will be available there until December 26th.

(**Please give credit to Meljen’s Designs when using these pages. My terms apply.**)

Meljens Designs Letter For Santa Coloring Page FREEBIE Meljens Designs Merry Christmas Coloring Page FREEBIE 
Enjoy and happy crafting!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Inspiration

Because we are enjoying a week off and allowing you TWO weeks to enter our "No Rectangle Cards" challenge, we decided to post one more inspiration filled post before Christmas!  See you next week for a new challenge!

We hope you enjoy these last few Holiday cards from our Design Team!

Using "Cozy Winter Owl"

Using "Caroling Snowmen" (Pre-Colored Digi)

Also from Cheryl
Using "Christmas Cocoa" (Pre-Colored Digi)
Using "Christmas Cocoa" (Pre-Colored Digi)

Using "Stocking Puppy"

Using "Moose Lights" and "Merry Christmas"

Merry Christmas from our homes to yours,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tantalizing Toooosday 12/20/11

HI!  So sorry for the delay in todays post!  I have been out of town all day and forgot to put in the schedule info before I left!  Please forgive me :)

Here are your beautiful inspiration pieces from our Design Team:

Using "Christmas Star Snowman" and "Silent Night" ($1 Digi!)

Using "Moose Lights"

Using "Christmas Cupcake" (Pre-Colored digi)

Using "Cell Phone" - Check her blog for MANY more photos!

And now for some Tantalizing creations from you as well!

From Mudmaven

From Jen

From Zahreen

Here's your Oh-So-Special Inspiration badge!

Thanks for playing along with us!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Mini Giveaway! ‘Yeti Cocoa’ Digital Stamp

Hello everyone!

Well, it’s Monday Freebie day, and there wasn’t a freebie! What’s going on!?! No, I didn’t forget you at all! Our team is taking a small break for the Christmas Holidays – and that includes me. :-) But I couldn’t stay away for long. I am going to be hopping in next week too, to give another digi away!

Here’s this week’s giveaway. He is normally found in the shop, but he is FREE for you for today and tomorrow ONLY. So grab him while you can! ENJOY!

(to save him, just click on the picture below to view the full-size image, then right-click and save to your computer)

Meljens Designs Yeti Cocoa

** Don’t forget that my terms apply to freebies too! **

Remember, he’s only free for today and tomorrow! So don’t miss out. :-)

Be sure to check in again next week for one more giveaway!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Enjoy family time and have fun crafting. :-)

(hugs to you all)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

WINNERS! Challenge #88

and our
Lucky Random Winner for this week!

Thanks to everyone who faced the challenge this week to USE GREEN!!  It was a hard decision to pick just five, but we finally came to a conclusion on the following.......

Here's our Random Winner of
the three FREEBIES...
 Here's your badge!
Be sure to display it proudly on your blog!
THEN, email DEE
with your three DIGI-PICKS from our
Meljen's Designs line HERE at the store!

(hand-picked by the Meljen's Design Team!)

 #12 - Faith A

#37 - Christine

#45 - Sarah

#54 - Jess

#56 - Vicki S

Don't forget to grab your badge above!
Congratulations, Ladies!

Check out the 2-Week challenge HERE!

You could win some freebie images from Melissa,
or even get the honor of being in our TOP FIVE!!

(To see complete guidelines for the challenges, click HERE!)